Monday, 31 August 2015

29m bank customers yet to register for BVN

Fresh facts emerged over the weekend that the  number of bank customers  that have yet to enrol on the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform stands at over 29 million.

With two months to the deadline which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  set for the conclusion of the exercise, the CBN revealed that 19 million bank customers had so far enrolled for the BVN.

This means that going by available NIBSS’ document on industry analysis of BVNs linked to bank accounts as of April 2015 which listed the nation’s 23 banks as having 48,389,614 active accounts, more than 29 million customers have not registered.

The CBN Deputy Director, Banking and Payments System Department, Mr. Musa Jimoh, disclosed the number of registered customers at an interactive session with journalists during the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) bi-monthly forum held in Lagos.

Mr. Jimoh urged bank customers who were yet to enroll on the BVN platform to endeavour to do so before the expiration of the October 31 deadline as there would be no further extension.

Though, Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access(EFinA), an organisation committed to deepening financial inclusion in Nigeria, said about 28.6 million adults in the country have bank accounts, the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria stated that the number of bank account holders as of March 2015 (made up of both individuals, including children, and organisations) has reached 76 million out of a population of 170 million people.

According to Jimoh, customers who do not obtain their BVN at the expiration of the deadline may not be able to deposit into or make withdrawals from their accounts.

It would be recalled that the CBN had extended the initial June 30 2015 deadline for the BVN registration by four months to October 31, 2015.
The BVN, which is an initiative of the CBN and the Bankers’ Committee, was launched on February 14, 2014.
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Akpabio discharged from hospital

Senator Godswill Akpabio has been discharged from the hospital in Abuja.

Reports said the former Akwa Ibom state governor and now senate minority leader was given the all clear this evening at the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital in Abuja.

Akpabio’s vehicle was involved this morning in an accident, when his convoy broke through a red light along the Airport Road.

A witness said Mr. Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle and taken to hospital.
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Buhari's appointments baesd on merit, says Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Against the backdrop of the widespread criticism that trailed the 29 appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has rather commended the President, noting that the appointments were made purely on merit.

According to Oshiomhole, the recent appointments of the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Comptroller General of Customs and Presidential Liaison Officers to the National Assembly, were based on merit and not political sentiments or ethnic consideration.

The governor in a press statement issued and signed on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, said; “The appointments are based on merit and not political sentiments or ethnic consideration as some tribal jingoists would have us believe. The Nigerian nation has come to a point where we have to use the best hands to confront the peculiarity of our problems.

“It is not all the time we descend to the level of geopolitical balancing; we need to employ unusual methods to solve an unusual problem. The level of decay in the country at present requires very seasoned hands and incorruptible Nigerians that would help to
translate the APC agenda of change for the benefit of all Nigerians. We must not reduce governance to political patronage of bread and butter.”

According to Oshiomhole, “rather than condemning the President for taking this bold step, we should commend him for having the uncommon courage to take plausible decisions in the appointments he has made so far, as he settles down for the real task of governance.

“If we must make a huge difference in the lives of Nigerians, things must be done differently. We cannot continue to apply same template in the recruitment of persons and expect different results. The new appointees are Nigerians who have served the country in different capacities before now and deserved every bit of our cooperation and support to make them excel in their new jobs,” he added.

The Governor who congratulated the recently appointed men he described as having tall credentials, wished them well “in their new jobs of helping to sanitize a system that has become so rotten and corrupt as a result of manifest incompetence and mismanagement.”
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DSS Arrests Boko Haram Members That Executed Potiskum, Kano, Zaria, Jos Bombings DSS Arrests Boko Haram Members That Executed Potiskum, Kano, Zaria, Jos Bombings

The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested some members of the ruthless Islamist sect, Boko Haram that executed bombings in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.

In a statement issued by Tony Opuiyo, the agency spokesman, stated that the DSS in its renewed effort to rid Nigeria of the terrorists have put in new a strategy against the sect troubling the Northeast.

Read the full statement below:

“In line with the Department of State Services’ (DSS) re-strategised counter-terrorism measures to combat the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the service has continued to make significant breakthroughs in this direction.

“This followed the rounding-up of notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country. It should be noted that the group’s new pattern of movement and spread is necessitated by the pressure being put on them in their core areas of strength in the north east.

“Consequently, a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between 8th July and 25th August, 2015. Of particular note was the arrest on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe State of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.”

“He claimed that the said Isa Ali has links to the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, from where he collects monies to fund operations undertaken by their Markaz. Also, he revealed that he has participated in several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks at Gwoza divisional police station in 2014.

“Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four out of the nine of them were used as suicide bombers in executing all the (suicide) attacks,”the statement further revealed.

“It would be recalled that Shuaibu and his group were arrested on their way to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute another heart-rending bomb attack and this was frustrated by the arrest.

“Furthermore, the sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State points to the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to the state and in fact, other parts of the country. The arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area. However, the service is making efforts to conclude its investigations and commence prosecution of the suspects.

“Drawing from the above, the DSS reiterates its avowed determination to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country. Citizens and residents are therefore called upon to rise to the occasion by volunteering useful information to the Service and relevant security agencies,” the statement said.
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Buhari will soon balance appointments – Oyegun

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

The national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint Nigerians from all the geopolitical zones of the country to serve in his government.

Mr. Oyegun said most of those already appointed by Mr. Buhari were his personal staff.
Speaking Monday in his office in Abuja, when he received a delegation from the Muhammadu Buhari Organisation Dynamic Support Group, led by its national coordinator, Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Oyegun said he believed Mr. Buhari would get it right.

He said the apparent outrage generated by recent appointments by Mr. Buhari, were coming from those who may not mean well for the president and his administration.
“There have been a lot of unfortunate misinformation and uproar against appointments at this stage. We have two sets of appointments that have been taking place.

“One set are the personal privilege of Mr. President, as far as his personal staff are concerned. The other set has to do with a few important and strategic persons that are going to help him either in the fight against corruption or the fight against insurgency in the North-east of our country. But this is not where to play the political balancing game. These are serious and the president has the right to appoint those he has confidence in because these are the areas where he has made promises to Nigerians.

“But we have thousands of political appointments and he has just made a few appointments while thousands are still waiting. The balancing must happen when the political appointment are being made, but we must not at this particular point in time with the few appointments say that one must be from the North, one must be from South or from the east; not at this very stage.

“So, one must make that clear at this stage. Nobody, no leader can disadvantage any part of this nation, that will not happen,” the APC Chairman said.

On the anti-corruption fight being pursued by the president, Mr. Oyegun said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, which had been in power for 16 years, is against it because its members may be guilty of corruption.

“If a particular group has ruled for 16 years, then who is guilty of corruption?

“And all the fight, witch hunting are neither here nor there. What is important is that everybody who has a skeleton on his cupboard are the ones who have something to fear. If you do not have any skeleton in your cupboard, you can go to sleep and sleep very sound, but of course if you have one, you will pretend and try to divert attention,” he said.
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Warri refinery closed down over vandalism

The Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (NNPC) has been shut down barely one month of resuming production, Punch reports.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Sunday that the refinery was shut down due to the activities of vandals on the pipelines supplying crude oil to the refinery.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, who confirmed the closure, however, assured that the refinery will be re-opened on Tuesday.

The Warri refinery, which was inaugurated in 1978, is the first Nigerian government’s wholly-owned refinery built to process 100 000 barrels of crude oil per day but was later de-bottlenecked to process 125 000 barrels per day in 1987.
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Saraki Urges Nigerian Govt to Appoint More Youths Into Leadership Positions

Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki, speaking at the Rise Networks International Youth Day event on Monday, has urged the Nigerian government to appoint more youths into leadership roles.


"The perfect summation of the Nigerian society: "The older generation are the 'investors', while the younger generation are the 'primary stakeholders'" he said.

"What Nigeria needs today to solve many of her pressing problems is a bridge between the investors and the primary stakeholders.

"We need to put more young people in leadership roles to enable them to start advancing ‘New School Ideas’ in our ‘Old School Country.’

"We need realistic-progressive ideas and ideals like ‘The Medici Effect’ - a new way of thinking that lies at the intersection of ideas.

"The innovation that we need to solve our problems will come from the intersection of the past, the present, and the future generation," he said.

"There needs to be a constant meeting of the ideas of younger and older people in government offices, corporations, and social institutions."

According to him, if the younger generation succeeds, Nigeria'll succeed as a country.
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Wike’s probe, a silly distraction – Amaechi

Former Governor of River State, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday described the panel set up by his successor, Nyesom Wike to probe his administration as a silly distraction to deceive the public.
In a press statement released by the former governor’s office, Amaechi said probe was an attempt to distort his statement on the amount of money he left in the state treasury.
Wike and Amaechi
Wike and Amaechi

“Again, our attention has been drawn to comments by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, where he attempts to justify his fraudulent, sham probe of the immediate past governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and distort our statement on the amount of money Amaechi left in the State treasury.

No matter how hard Wike tries, the public can clearly see through his fraudulent deception and the sham he calls Commission of Inquiry to probe Amaechi. That panel was set up to indict Amaechi of corruption. Everything about the probe commission is at variance with the ethics and laws of a fair, just and unbiased probe commission.”

Indeed, the hack panel has not disappointed its paymaster since it started its shambolic public hearings. As we earlier warned, it is a comedy to grab media headlines with bogus, phantom and fabricated claims of corrupt practices against former governor Amaechi.

He added, ” The public hearings have become a comedy of errors for the media. We maintain that Wike’s probe commission shall not achieve anything beyond political excitements, entertainment and theatrics.

However, what the public may not know is that Wike’s deceptive probe of Amaechis a distraction to entertain and keep the public focus on his circus show, while he siphons and salt away billions of naira from the State treasury.

From the moment he stepped into Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike has run a government of lies, deception and fraud.

He first made a show and gave a performance of his false accusations that Amaechi stripped the Governor’s Lodge bare, saying that the former governor stole spoons, plates, knives, cups, mattresses, forks and even curtains from the Governor’s Lodge! However, in the images Wike showed to back his lies, the curtains in the lodge were clearly there, seen and intact.

Wike then claimed he met a completely empty treasury. That again is another big lie and grand deception to steal state funds. We have said that former governor Amaechi left billions of naira and we even went ahead to mention the banks and give the names of the accounts the money were, as at May 29, 2015.

We repeat that N7.5billion cash were left behind as balances in the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) account with Skye Bank, FAAC account with Zenith Bank, balances with Access Bank and funds in the State reserve fund account in First Bank.This is besides other balances in the state Government House account with Zenith Bank and other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) accounts, like the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).

Amaechi left N939 million naira in the Commercial Agric Credit Scheme Account in Zenith Bank. By the time you pull all these balances together, we are looking at readily available cash in the region of eight to ten billion naira left for the Wike administration. We have mentioned banks, account names and funds left in the accounts. These are facts that cannot be distorted by Wike.

If Wike says he’s not lying that he met an empty treasury, we challenge him to publish the statements of these government accounts that we have mentioned and other Rivers State government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) accounts as at May 29; to prove his claim and show the public that Amaechi left an empty treasury for him. But, we dare say, he will not because he runs a government of lies, deception and fraud, always wanting to hoodwink the public.

Rather than this comedic, puerile and silly distraction he calls probe commission, Wike should explain to Rivers people what happened to the funds Amaechi left, the N30 billion naira loans he took under 30 days and other funds that has accrued to Rivers State since he became governor. Amaechi left a legacy of accountability; Rivers people expect nothing less from Wike.
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U.S. Embassy confirms ex-Governor Akpabio’s convoy collided with own vehicle


The United States Embassy in Abuja has confirmed the convoy of former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, collided with one of its cars on Monday.

A Senior Information Specialist in the embassy, Sani Mohammed, who responded to an inquiry by PREMIUM TIMES, said the embassy was already cooperating with relevant security authorities in the country investigating the incident.

“A U.S. Embassy vehicle was involved in the accident,” Mr. Mohammed said. “We are staying in touch with local authorities who are investigating the matter.”

Asked to speak on the condition of the driver of the embassy vehicle involved in the crash, Mr. Mohammed said he did not have information on the driver.

As at 4.30 p.m., the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who arrived the hospital at 12.25p.m., was still inside the ward where his predecessor was being treated.

Other functionaries who visited the former governor in hospital included the member representing Akwa Ibom North-East at the Senate, Bassey Albert; the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Aniekan Uko, among others.

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64 million Nigerians are mentally sick- Nebo

64 million Nigerians are mentally sick- Nebo
Former Power Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Monday in Enugu rated governments at various levels low in the area of psychiatric and mental health care.

He said this was worrisome considering that some medical scholars have revealed that in a population of 160 million or thereabout, “it is speculated that 64 million Nigerians suffer from one form or the other of afflictions of mental illness- deserving attention”.

Nebo spoke as a guest lecturer at the 2nd Public Lecture organized by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing.
Speaking on the theme: “Psychiatric and Mental Health in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”, the former minister said whereas government had done much in the area of Primary Health Care, much was yet to be done in the area of psychiatric and mental health.

“I will confess that while Government has built modern diagnostic centres, dialysis and ophthalmological centres, and constructed more than 710 Primary Health Care Centres throughout our political wards in Enugu State, we are only beginning to give priority towards optimizing and modernizing our Psychiatric Mental Health Institutions in the State to meet required demands.

“Despite the efforts of all levels of government in the medical sector of our nation, Nigerians still grapple with many social challenges, including poverty, high level of unemployment and other social pressures.

“The prevalence of these situations have been escalated by the fact that there is high level of poor knowledge and understanding of the malaise of mental health disorder and the positive treatments required by the growing population of mentally ill patients,”he stated.

He identified causes of mental illness to include genetic composition, early development, neurological and psychological experiences and environmental stresses.

While calling for increased awareness on the treatment and management of mental disorder, Nebo said “the belief that many Nigerians seem to hold that mental disorder is a result of supernatural forces and, therefore, only responds to cure through traditional practices and supernatural incantations- must give way and face the realities of modern conditions, which in fact, produce the stresses that lead to different level of mental conditions”.

He called for adequate funding for research and training of mental health manpower, stressing that “this will increase our output of psychiatric nurses and create more positions for residency training in psychiatric”.
Nebo equally advocated for community based mental health care services, total integration of the mental health care into the Primary Health Care System and periodic review of legislation governing the care of the mentally ill.

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe said the institution was the only one of its kind, East of the Niger, with staff strength of 1000 workers, including eight consultants specialist psychiatrists, more than 400 psychiatric nurses and 27 resident doctors.

Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was represented at the event by his commissioner for special duty, Mrs. Rita Mba, while former Governor Sullivan Chime, represented by his son, Nnamdi Chime, was inducted into the institution’s hall of fame.
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PHOTO: Liverpool complete signing of Taiwo Awoniyi

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Liverpool Football Club have confirmed the signing of Taiwo Awoniyi.

The Nigerian youngster, who is a regualr for the U-17 and U-20 teams, is joining the Premier League club from Imperial Academy.

He has, however, been sent to Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt on loan, as he does not qualify for a work permit yet

The 18-year-old told “This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here.

“I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team.
“When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy.”
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Fish seller in court over N3.9m fraud

A 55-year-old frozen fish seller, Tawa Kollington, has been charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly obtaining N3.9 million worth of frozen fish under false pretenses and refusing to pay for it.

The prosecutor, Inspector Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the accused committed the offences in December 2014 at 4, Rowland Street, Alakuko, Lagos State.

Unuigbe said: “The accused obtained cartons of fish worth N3.9 million, property of one Mr. Lawrence Olowokere with the promise to pay installmentally.

“Tawa sold the cartons of fish but refused to pay as promised since 2014,” the prosecutor added.

“The offences contravene sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and the accused is charged on two-count of stealing and obtaining money under false deceit.”

Unuigbe further stated that Section 285 provides two years, while Section 312 prescribes 15 years imprisonment for false pretenses.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Erinle, in her ruling, granted the woman bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till October 5 for trial.
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Buhari Never Promised He Would Do Anything in 100days - APC

Lai Mohammed, National Publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC has joined the Presidency in disowning a campaign document 'My Convenant With Nigerians' which listed what President Muhammadu hoped to accomplish within his first 100 days in office.

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Speaking on CHANNELS TV programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday, Mohammed said Buhari never promised he would do anything in 100days.

''Buhari never promised he was going to do anything in 100 days, that’s the honest truth.

''You see, when you’re running a campaign all kinds of literature will emerge with all sorts of volunteer groups, but i came here and i said there are only just two documents that you can judge a party with, that is the constitution of the party and the manifesto of the party; those are the only two documents that are registered with INEC you can go to court on or hold a party accountable for''.
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Osinbajo Leaves For Abidjan Today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the swearing-in ceremony of Nigeria’s immediate past Agriculture Minister, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank, AfDB. Osinbajo departed Abuja today for Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

The inauguration will take place tomorrow Tuesday 1 September 2015, in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
President Buhari actively supported the candidature of the AfDB president-elect in a keenly contested election conducted in May this year even before the Buhari presidency assumed office.

According to Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President (Media & Publicity), the Vice President will speak at the event and return to Abuja later tomorrow
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Four masquerades invade Ondo church, flog pastors, worshipers

 One of the masquerades, Tunde Arohunmolase was however arrested while others fled after flogging the pastors and the worshipers.

Police source said that the masquerades invade the Christ Apostolic Church in the town while the service was on-going and abruptly ended it.

Two of the Pastors were reportedly injured by the time the masquerades left the church premises.

It was gathered that when the masquerades arrived the church premises they were challenged by some of the church workers.

But they reportedly ‎overpowered them and went straight for their target.

While other worshipers fled leaving the Pastors , their attackers reportedly had a field day dealing with them.

It was also leant that the matter ‎was later reported at the police station and one of the suspect was apprehended.

Police detectives are probing the reason for the attack of the church by the masqueraders during the service.

When contacted the police Image Maker, Wole Ogodo, confirmed that two Pastors were wounded during the attack and have been treated.

He gave the names of the Pastors as Jacob Ogunmola and Kehinde Ilori.

The Police Spokesman added that one of the suspect- Tunde Arohunmolase is in Police custody and has made useful statement.

Ogodo assured that the fleeing masqueraders would soon be arrested from their hideouts.
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109 arrested in 2 days for crossing highway in Lagos

NO fewer than 109 pedestrian have been arrested for crossing the highway along Ikorodu Road in Lagos State.

The offenders were arrested by a joint task force comprising Rapid Response Squad (RRS), unit of Lagos State Police Command, Task Force and officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

The arrest of the people has been described as "an effort to instill discipline towards the use of pedestrian bridge in order to prevent loss of lives on highways and ease free flow of traffic in Lagos State.

The arrested suspects included 102 male and seven female offenders who allegedly crossed the expressway at Ketu bus-stop along Lagos-Ikorodu road last Friday and Saturday.

According to the operation's Joint Task Force team: “The special operation was necessitated by the increase in the rate of lives that were lost on the highways."

The police officers who were part of the exercise stated that the directive came from the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to prevent loss of lives on highways and ensure people cultivate the habit of using the overhead bridges built by tax payers’ money across the state.

“This operation is a continuous one. We are saddled with the responsibility to instill discipline into erring individuals to prevent lives and properties. This is why we can’t fold our arms seeing many lives being lost for not using the bridges.

“This act of indiscipline will not be allowed in Lagos State any longer. If traffic is allowed to flow freely, the menace of in-traffic robbery cases will become thing of the past.”
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“I have conducted more burials than weddings, naming ceremonies” – Pastor In Plateau

Following ongoing killings in some communities in Plateau State, the Anglican Bishop of Jos, Rev Dr Benjamin Kwashi, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the lingering crisis bedeviling the North Central Region.

Kwashi made the appeal while speaking during a peaceful protest by Plateau citizens, who protested to the State House of Assembly to register their displeasure over renewed killings in the State.
The Cleric, while addressing the gathering, revealed that the Plateau State was losing citizens to attacks.

“As a pastor, I have conducted more burial-occasions by attacks than weddings and naming ceremonies since 2001.

“It’s sad to note that most victims of the attacks are armless children, some infants, women and youth; the present administration must end the killings, attention should not be concentrated only at the north east alone, people are being killed here in Plateau, Benue Nasarawa and Kaduna states.”
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Peter Azi, said the legislature was working towards curtailing incessant killings of residents of the State.

Azi condemned the killings, and said the House under his leadership would see to the end of the killings.

In his earlier address, Leader of the protesters, Dr Daniel Meshak, observed with disappointment that most parts of the State were under siege, particularly in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs, adding that most of the affected communities had been deserted due to activities of attackers.

Meshak revealed that over 50,000 people were “displaced from their homes, with many being killed; as we speak, four of our members, on their way to join us in this peaceful protest today (Monday) were killed, we do not know who will be next.”

It is no longer news that commuters along Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Mangu Council Areas, have been severally ambushed and killed through attacks.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards included: “Plateau is under siege; Mr President, come to our rescue. Mahanga is no longer safe. Sambisa forest now exists in Jos. Stop the genocide on the Plateau.”
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Ondo female politician dies after police attack


A 50-year-old female politician, Ronke Adelugba, died in Akure, Ondo State after policemen invaded her house and hit her in the head with a gun butt.
Ms. Adelugba, who was the woman leader of the Accord Party in Ward 5, Akure South Local Government Area, was assaulted by policemen who arrived at her house in search of some miscreants on Sunday, residents said.

The policemen numbering seven stormed her three bedroom residence located at No1, Akinyemi Street, Off Ijoka Road, Akure in a white police hilux van with registration umber NPF 4236 B, in search of hoodlums who were smoking Indian hemp at a nearby bush.
A witness told journalists that the policemen attempted to search Ms. Adelugba’s house, but an argument ensued as she insisted that only her children were in the house.

The woman had insisted that the police present a search warrant.

The policemen started a brawl, hitting her on the head. She was said to have slumped.
Residents said police frequently raided the area in the past and illegally arrested people and forced them to pay between N5000 and N10, 000 for their release.
The policemen immediately fled the scene as residents started gathering to ascertain the condition of the woman.

When residents discovered the woman was dead, they carried her body to the Ala Police Station to which the affected policemen are attached.

One of the sons of the deceased, who identified himself as Henry, said his mother was beaten because she asked the police men a question.
“She only asked one question … before she was beaten by two of the policemen. One of them hit her on the head with a stick and another hit her at the back with gun butt,” he said.

“They quickly left the house without making any arrest after she fell and died.
Henry said his mother had no history of illness and had never been to any hospital for treatment before the incident. He said she was strong and was popularly called “Iron Lady”.

Henry said the policemen later took the lifeless body to the hospital where it was deposited at about 9pm on Sunday. He said the family would seek justice for the wrongful killing of his mother by law enforcement agents.

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Wale Ogodo, confirmed the incident, but said the woman started panting and died after policemen left the house.
He denied that her death was as a result of the police beating her.

Mr. Ogodo said that an autopsy would be carried out, adding that “the police has commenced an investigation into the incident to unravel the mystery of the woman’s death”.
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Lateness: Fayose Recommends 31 Civil Servants for Disciplinary Actions

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Ekiti State  governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose

For coming late to work,  31 civil servants  cutting across various ministries and departments in Ekiti State were on Monday recommended for serious disciplinary actions by the State government.
The Ekiti State  governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose , who had arrived the state secretariat located along Ado-new Iyin road in company of the
Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, were caught napping and found it difficult to extricate themselves from blame, having been warned by government at various fora.

Some of the workers came to work about 8.30 am, which the governor described as unfortunate and unacceptable to his government.

The affected workers, who burst into tears, had prostrated while those who were women, had knelt down and begged the governor to rescind the pronouncement to save them from being sacked.
The governor's Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, said the visit was part of unscheduled visits the governor would be paying to government offices.
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PHOTOS: Huge Python Killed Along Lekki/Epe Express Road This Afternoon

This snake was killed by just a single man with cutlass!! Seriously! I think some men got balls!! Right there and then, he sold the snake for 10k! in a very short interview i asked the man how he managed to kill a snake as big as this all alone? He said thats what he does for a living! He kills bigger snakes like this on daily basis! See pics Below!

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PHOTO: Man Sets Pregnant Woman Ablaze In Edo

Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State, on Monday sentenced one Lucky Esonahae to five years imprisonment for setting his pregnant lover ablaze.

The 37-year-old bar operator was arraigned on a count of causing bodily harm.

The charge read, “That you, Lucky Esonahae, on July 6, 2015, at Uwelu Quartres, Benin, in Egor Magisterial District, did unlawfully cause grievous harm to one Stella Isaac, by setting her on fire with kerosene, which cause her bodily harm and, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 355(B) of the Criminal Code Cap 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, as applicable to Edo State.”

The prosecuting officer, Sergeant Ganiyu Yahya, told the court that the incident occurred at Uwelu Quartres in Benin, and was reported by the victim, Stella Isaac, on July 6, the same day it occurred.

Yahya said Esonahae had poured kerosene on the head of the woman, who was said to be seven months pregnant, lit a match and set her on fire.

‎He said the victim was later rescued by one of her sons and one of her neighbours, who forced the door of her room open, as she had been locked in.

He said the victim, who was later rushed to the Central Hospital where she received treatment, however, sustained burns on her hands and forehead.

The police prosecutor‎ also told the court that Esonahae had earlier accused the pregnant woman of infidelity for allegedly returning at about 6pm from her antenatal and had threatened to kill her before she ran to her sister’s residence.

The accused, however, pleaded guilty to the offence and begged for leniency.

But the presiding magistrate, Igho Braimoh, ‎said the court would not be lenient, adding that “for a 37-year-old man to set a lover on fire leaves much to be desired.”

She, therefore, sentenced him to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
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Medical Doctor Arrested For Carrying Out Abortion In Edo

Men of the Edo State Police Command have arrested the Managing Director of the Ofure Royal Medical Centre located at Upper Uwa Street, Benin City, Dr. Omokhomion Kingsley, for allegedly conducting abortion at his clinic.

Dr. Omokhomion was apprehended by police officers from the Zonal Criminal Investigation Bureau, Zone 5’ police headquarters, Benin City, following complaint that a woman’s pregnancy was terminated.

It was learnt that police operatives brought a patient disguised as a pregnant woman demanding to abort her pregnancy.

The doctor alongside four nurses were arrested while attempting to terminate the pregnancy.

A Police source told the Nation that its operatives recovered a lifeless foetus and hospital equipment suspected to be abortion apparatus.

The hospital was raided following a complaints sent to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the zone, Mr. Musa Daura who stated that the woman whose pregnancy was aborted happens to be on a danger list at another hospital.

The arrest of the doctor was confirmed by the acting spokesperson for the Zone, Emeka Iheanacho.

Iheanacho affirmed that the police have been investigating the case of abortion, adding that the hospital has been under surveillance.

“All of them were arrested because they were involved in the act and they are telling us their involvement in the act.

“As I am talking to you, the person involved is still laying critically in a hospital,” Iheanacho averred.
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PHOTO: Homeless woman with sick child in Lagos need help

A reader spotted this homeless woman in tears with a very sick looking child by the road side just by Tantalizers at Allen round-about in Ikeja. Please if there's anyone around the area who can help her ..
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Consider South East in your appointments - Okorocha appeals to Buhari

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has appealed to President Buhari to consider the people of the South East in his appointments. According to Vanguard, Governor Okorocha made the appeal during a meeting with selected stakeholders in the state over the weekend
"What I can only do is to continue to appeal to the president to consider the South-East in his appointments. And as far as I am concerned, the president had executed what the office empowers him to do, and it is believed that he did that in the best interest of the nation.

Again, most of the appointments the president has so far made are like his personal staff. I don’t think South-East will ever be forgotten in this administration, we will get our due. In fact, if you ask me, I would say we should be more interested in the projects coming down to the South-East, and as much as we can get. The projects will bring about development of the South-East. Although the South-East had expected so much, we believe all will be well with the Buhari presidency and for the development of the South-East. It is wrong for some people to begin to use the issue to incite the people of the South-east against the president.
The government is about to celebrate its one hundred days, and the appointments are just beginning to come, and by and large, the South-East will get their dues. The point is that we cannot begin to judge President Buhari with the appointments so far made. We cannot obviously use it to judge his intention. I think he means well for the nation and with every geo-political zone inclusive. So, let us give him a chance” he said
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PHOTOS: Gov. Ambode commissions 20 Mobile Care Units and 26 Transport Ambulances

The Governor of Lagos State, Akunwumi Ambode, in his bid to boost the Health Sector has commissioned 20 Mobile Care Units & 26 Transport Ambulances for the state. His Deputy, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule was also present at the commissioning. More photos after the cut...

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