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You’re Ungrateful, Selfish, Akeredolu Tells Ondo Workers

14 November 2018 - 1:22am


Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, has said civil servants in the state are “selfish and ungrateful”.

Akeredolu spoke at a public event in Akure, the Ondo State capital, where he presented cheques to the owners of private properties affected by the ongoing demolition of buildings in the state to pave way for road dualisation.

SaharaReporters reported that the governor’s remarks was the result of the demand by the civil servants for the payment of their outstanding salaries.

On Monday, civil servants in the state through organised labour unions, issued an ultimatum on the payment of backlogs of salaries. See Also Politics Ondo Workers Give Akeredolu 48 Hours Ultimatum To Offset Outstanding Salaries 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

The Ondo State government had confirmed the receipt of N20 billion as its own share of the last tranche of the Paris Club Refund from the Federal Government.  

However, on Tuesday, Akeredolu lashed out at the civil servants for being “ungrateful” to his government, despite prioritising their welfare since his administration took over in 2017.

He claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state had put smiles in the faces of workers, even with lean resources by ensuring the civil servants come first in any policy.

“Since I came into office, I have paid your salary arrears, yet our people (referring to the civil servants) are both ungrateful and selfish. And since we came into office, we are not owing even a month’s salary. Not one single month," he said.

Akeredolu, who took a brief swipe at the former government of Olusegun Mimiko for leaving behind backlogs of salaries, however, agreed that his government might not have met other expectations of the workers, and the people of Ondo State, based on the promises made during the election campaign.

“Somebody (referring to Mimiko) was in office and did not pay your salaries and leave allowances. But we have paid and even promoted you, and you people still think we have done nothing. l can tell you that I agree that we have not done nothing; I know that is how life is — you people are both selfish and ungrateful.

“In terms of the welfare of workers in this state, we have done our best. No state has done better than us because we believe a worker deserves his pay."

According to the governor, the wages of government workers — who are less than five per cent of the population — take 90 per cent of revenues accruable to the state.

He continued: “We pay people who are less than five per cent of the population of the state and they take 90 per cent of the income. The revenue that comes to this state, 90 per cent of it goes to less than five per cent. We are up to date in the payment of salaries and pensions; all officers who are due for promotion have been duly served; the 2017 leave bonuses have been paid while some workers have equally enjoyed vehicles loans."

He, however, affirmed that the government and organised labour leaders have been holding meetings on the modalities to be used to offset the outstanding salaries of the civil servants with the N20 billion Paris Club Refund received from the Federal Government, adding that "before the end of this week, we will clear all arrears”.

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Ex-Oyo Governor, Ladoja, Loyalists Dump ADC For Zenith Labour Party, Give Reasons

14 November 2018 - 1:12am


Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and thousands of his loyalists across the state on Tuesday dumped the African Democratic Congress (ADC), and joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

The decision to leave ADC and join ZLP was taken Tuesday afternoon after a meeting of his loyalists (Ladoja), at his Ondo Street Ibadan residence.

A close ally of the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, who confirmed this to DAILY POST, said that the decision was owing to the lingering crisis which had engulfed the ADC in the last few months.

Olatunji, a former Public Relations Officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party told our correspondent that he had secured the House of Representatives ticket for Oluyole Federal Constituency under the ZLP.

Olatunji added that another reason they decided to leave ADC was that “Senator Lanlehin has not been confirmed as the gubernatorial candidate of the ADC”.

He said, “Yes, it is true. We have left the party, ADC. The decision was taken today. I can tell you and confirm that to you that we have left the party and joined ZLP. Yes, quote me, I am one of the candidates of the party. Now, I am one of the House of Representatives candidates. We have left the ADC. We have joined ZLP.

“Do you know why we are leaving. We left ADC because up till now, Lanlehin has not been confirmed as the gubernatorial candidate. Even, they have picked the deputy gubernatorial candidate and Lanlehin was not carried along.

“It was Chief Koleoso that was supposed to produce the deputy gubernatorial candidate, but he was not carried along. Lanlehin was not involved.

“Another reason we are leaving ADC is that there are so many names that were substituted in Abuja without informing the state chapter.”

He added that “There are about 5 litigation in courts that may stop ADC from having candidates in the 2019 general elections, these and more are some of the reasons we are joining ZLP”.

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: I Consulted Buhari – El-Rufai

14 November 2018 - 12:58am


Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said he settled for  Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim,  as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because she is the right person for the job.

The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, who came to thank him for picking their daughter as his running mate, said he based his choice on competence and performance.

“Muslim-Muslim ticket is not a religious ticket but a competence and performance ticket,” the governor said.

Balarabe’s choice as el-Rufai’s running mate had generated criticism in the state.

But el-Rufai,  while responding to critics, said before he picked Balarabe, he consulted President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “About a year ago, the Deputy Governor,  Barnabas Bala,  told me that he was going to contest the senatorial election, I was in a dilemma to get a replacement for him.

“So, we started with a list of people for consideration, and I had up to 32 names, including the names of some people seated with me here today.

“Then, we started selection and dropping names based on merit. From 32 names to 17 to 12 and then five, three males and two females.

“At that point, and as usual of us, when we are taking serious decisions, we consult President Muhammadu Buhari,  because he is the only person I know that has worked in the army, he has been Governor, Minister and President.

“So, when I told him, he said anyone older than me should be dropped. Then one name was dropped, remaining two men and two women, then he said ‘since you are interested in a woman,  pick the best woman’. That was how I picked Hadiza,  because she was the best.”

The governor added that most of his Muslim-Muslim critics were those who did not vote for him in 2015.

He said, “The people that have criticised me most on this are people who never voted me in the first place. So, are they not supposed to be celebrating it. In their own opinion,  I have made a wrong choice? Then, why are they mourning?”

The  Paramount ruler of Numana in Sanga LGA, Brigadier-General Aliyu Yamma, said the choice of Balarabe had given them hope of being in government.

He said.”The governor couldn’t have made a better choice than the selection of Hadiza. We now feel a sense of belonging in Kaduna government. We are just like black Americans in Kaduna State.”

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CAN: Politicians May Set Nigeria On Fire In 2019 If…

14 November 2018 - 12:49am


Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Christian Association of Nigeria says it has seen desperation in politicians, expressing fear that if care is not taken, they may set the nation on fire.

This is just as the CAN plans to meet President Muhammadu Buhari next week on issues concerning the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

The CAN president, Dr Samson Ayokunle, stated this yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when he visited Deputy Governor Rear Admiral Gborigbogha John Jonah.

“The desperation we see in politicians is unacceptable, and it gives us fear that if care is not taken, they may set the nation on fire. The church says no to every evil manipulation in these forthcoming elections,” he stated.

He disclosed that the CAN had registered and trained over 300 independent  observers all over the country to monitor the 2019 general elections with a view to ensuring that elections were conducted in line with best practices.

Ayokunle also urged politicians to stop killing of Nigerians in the name of the 2019 elections.

He said: “Those we have trained will have to train others from the geo-political zones of the country, because we believe that we can place three observers in each polling booth, and they will continue to report to us during and after the election.

“We are praying seriously for God to rule over the affairs of Nigeria in 2019 elections. We are also parleying with those in government who can make things happen because we need to ensure that this country has free and fair elections come 2019. I and my team will be visiting President Muhammadu Buhari next week to discuss issues bordering on  the conduct of the election so that we can have a free and fair exercise.”

He said all suspected herdsmen killing innocent Nigerians must be brought to book. If they are not arrested, that means they are being encouraged to continue in their evil ways.

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Oshiomhole: Saraki Must Go

14 November 2018 - 12:41am


National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has said Senate President Bukola’s Saraki’s continued stay in office is unacceptable to the party.

The APC national chairman also said it would be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace,” against the backdrop of recent events in APC.

Oshiomhole said these when he appeared on Arise Television, yesterday and added that the APC is prone to controversies because it is a large party.

Last week, the party chairman was detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) and grilled for nine hours after some governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

In his reaction, Oshiomhole said although the aggrieved members were allowed to grumble but the party has moved on and has put in place internal procedures for reconciliation.

“We have finished our primaries and we have submitted names to INEC and there are internal procedures for reconciliation and we are working on them.

“We are a large governing party and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble and grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions.”

Asked whether the party still has plans to remove Saraki, he replied: “I think it’s about morality.

“We just had an election in the US. The democrats won more members in the congress. Without much ado, the leadership of the House changed. This question didn’t have to arise. Saraki belongs to a minority party; as it stands, today, in the senate.

“The truth about democracy is that it’s a game of numbers. It’s unacceptable that minority provides leadership over majority.”

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Court Orders Heritage Bank To Forfeit Unclaimed N157bn Recovered By EFCC To FG

14 November 2018 - 12:24am


The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of N1,250,000,000; $327,132.35, £167.85 and €157.91 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the Federal Government.

Justice Chuka Obiozor gave the order on Tuesday, following a suit filed by the EFCC against Heritage Bank Plc and Secure Electronics Technology Limited.

The anti-graft agency said the funds were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Iheanacho Ekene, Counsel for the EFCC, told Justice Obiozor that “The persons in whose possession the funds were found are not laying claim to them and surrendered them for forfeiture.”

In August, Justice Obiozor had made a temporary forfeiture order in respect of the funds. He ordered the EFCC to publish the interim order in the newspapers for anyone interested in the money to show up in court to prove why it should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

On Tuesday, Iheanacho told the judge that the publication order had been complied with, adding that no one had shown up to lay claim to the money. He urged the judge to order that the funds be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

As there was no opposing application, Justice Obiozor ordered the sums of N1.2bn, $327,132.35, £167.85 and €157.90 permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In a supporting affidavit to the forfeiture application, a female investigator with the EFCC, Oghare Ogbole, had averred that the funds were discovered following an intelligence report received by the anti-graft agency.

She added that, “Heritage Bank did not provide any legitimate explanation for the above transactions (involving the sums) and consequently returned the said money through 16 separate bank drafts issued in favour of the EFCC Recovered Funds Account.

“Attached and marked as exhibits EFCC 7A to 7F are the bank drafts representing the refund of the sums of N157,000,000,000 by Heritage Bank Plc, on the sums of $327,132.35, £167.85 and €157.90," she said.

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Shi'ites Issue Ultimatum To Human Rights Commision To Probe Killing Of 48 Members

13 November 2018 - 1:13pm


The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has marched before the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to demand justice for 48 of its members killed during a procession in Abuja.

Speaking on behalf of the group, during a protest by the Sisters Forum of the movement at the commission's headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, Firdausi Ali asked the commission to investigate the "gruesome murder of children and women by the security operatives and bring the perpetrators to justice".

According to Ali, the action has further exposed the "tyrannical tendency of the present administration".

Her words: "These crimes against humanity were committed by the Military and Nigerian Police during the annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trek. These attacks on innocent Nigerians between 27 to 30 October, 2018 are unjustifiable and have further exposed the tyrannic nature of the government of Buhari.

"These atrocities are crimes against humanity and we are calling for investigation into the attacks and prosecution of all the perpetrators. Any delay in prosecuting the perpetrators will lead us to taking legal action against all the actors in the attacks.

"While mourning the passing away of our dear brothers and sisters, as well as treating our injured sisters, we are demanding the end of illegal protective custody and kangaroo Kaduna court case against our leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife."

The protesters,thereafter, submitted a formal petition to an executive of the commission, Mohammed Nasir Ladan, who promised that the commission would investigate the matter. 

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Armed Robber Accidentally Shoots Gang Member While Escaping After Operation

13 November 2018 - 12:12pm



A member of an armed robbery gang met his waterloo as residents of Amarata suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, mobbed him to death after dispossessing customers of a popular supermarket of their valuables.

The dead member of the robbery gang, identified as the driver of the getaway tricyle popularly known as 'Keke NAPEP', was accidentally shot in the back by one of his colleagues, who was aiming at the mob chasing them.

At about 9pm on Monday, the four-man robbery gang arrived at the popular supermarket located along the Imgbi road, and raided the few customers present by collecting mobile phones and cash realised from sales for the day. 

However, things went south for the robbers, when some youth seated across the supermarket noticed their attempt to escape. They pelted the robbers with bottles despite gunshots fired to scare people away. 

It was also gathered that despite the gunshots fired by the fleeing robbers, the angry mob chased after them and caused the fleeing tricycle to collide with a stationary car along the street. 

An eyewitness who identified himself as Chinedu said: "In the process of colliding with the car, the tricycle somersaulted and we heard another gunshot. Later, we discovered that one of the robbers loaded guns went off and hit the tricycle driver on the back. Three of the robbers escaped, while the tricycle driver attempted to escape with gunshot wound but was chased to the back of First Bank in the area and he was handed over to the Police."

Evangelist Parkinson Ekide, Chairman of the Bayelsa State Vigilante service, and the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development. 

Meanwhile, Joseph Mukan, the State Commissioner of Police, has held a consultative meeting with the leadership of the State Vigilante Service and the Bayelsa Volunteer Force on Monday, over the rising cases of cult killings and armed robbery incidents. 

Mukan assured the youth of a new order in the operations of the Police Command in the state with needed protection for the identity of those that supply information to the Police and the "diligent prosecution of those caught with firearms and involved in violent crimes". 

He also expressed concern over the quick release of arrested suspects from Police custody, stating that "it is disheartening to hear that suspects caught will be on the streets under 24 hours. Such acts will not be condoned except they are released by the court. Our approach will be total."

"During my tenure, the law will be allowed to take its full course," he said.

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Presidential Spokesman Asks Journalists To Expunge Buhari's Comments On Ganduje Bribery Video

13 November 2018 - 11:14am



President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the videos showing Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, receiving kickbacks from a contractor.

The President’s statement was the response to a remark by a Kano student in France. The student was said to have lauded the achievements of the Governor, especially on scholarship.

However, according to Daily Nigerian, the President snapped, and asked the student if he had watched the videos of the governor receiving bribe in dollars.

“That aside, haven’t you watched the videos of the governor stuffing dollars under his gown?” one of the participants quoted the President as asking rhetorically, while demonstrating how the Governor was stuffing the bundles of dollars inside his outfit.

“We gave the videos to security agencies for vetting. And we will surely take action on the matter if he is found guilty,” he stated.

However, the President’s response did not go down well with a member representing Nasarawa Constituency, Nassir Ali-Ahmed and Personal Assistant to the President on Broadcast Media, Sha’aban Sharada, who pleaded with journalists to remove the portion where the President spoke about Ganduje.

The Paris town hall meeting, held at Shangrilla Hotel, was attended by Nigerians studying in various institutions in France, as well as the Nigerian community in France, APC members in France, among others.

The President was accompanied by Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, Ambassador of Nigeria to France Modupe Irele, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno.

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'Don't Give Money To Any Airport Official' — FAAN Responds To Aremu Afolayan's Video Outburst

13 November 2018 - 9:17am



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has urged Nigerians not to give any airport official money before gaining access into the terminal.

A statement issued by FAAN on Tuesday stressed that "access to the terminal building is free".

Although it didn't say it, FAAN's statement was likely a response to a video that went viral on social media, in which Nigerian actor, Aremu Afolayan, lamented that he had been extorted by airport officials. See Also Travel 'You're All Bastards' — Aremu Afolayan Tears Into Buhari, Ambode, Ethiopian Airlines 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

He had specifically accused the airport officials of demanding money from him before his "family members" could see him, just as he berated President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and Ethiopian Airlines for the frustrating travel procedure.

However, the statement signed by FAAN management read: "The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby notifies all passengers and other airport users that access to the terminal building is free.

"All passengers and airport users are therefore advised not to give money to any 'airport official' to gain access into the terminal."

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CNN Sues Trump For Suspending Jim Acosta's Press Pass

13 November 2018 - 9:13am


Winner of US Presidential Election Donald Trump

 

CNN has filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump and several of his aides, over the ban of the station's White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.

The lawsuit is a result of the suspension of Acosta's press pass, known as a Secret Service "hard pass", last week.

According to the suit, CNN claims that Acosta's and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

While CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs, the suit also has Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine, Director of the Secret Service, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away last Wednesday as defendants.

The Secret Service Officer is identified as John Doe in the suit, pending his identification.

A statement by CNN read: "CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN's Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.

"The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process."

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VIDEO: 'Repeat After Me — Anayo Rochas Okorocha Is Better Than Obama'

13 November 2018 - 8:39am

A video has emerged online showing a group of people in their hundreds expressing their loyalty to Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State.

SaharaReporters confirmed that the video was recorded last week, and that the crowd in it are members of the Imo Community Watch (ICW), a security outfit established by Okorocha. 

In the video, published on Twitter by @AMADICHIMA, the people were seen in a series of queues, while a man — indentified by SaharaReporters as Pastor Frank Onwumere, the Commander General of the ICW — asked the people to repeat the words he was about to utter.

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"If you love me, I’ll love you to repeat what I am saying," he said from the storeyed building where he was standing.

Then he started speaking; everything he said, the crowd repeated after him:

"Anaoya Rochas Okorocha, you are the best in the whole world.

"Anaoya Rochas Okorcha the Governor, you are our mentor.

"You are our champion. 

"You are our father.

"You are great.

"You are great.

"You are a man of wisdom.

"You are a leader.

"You are a leader.

"You are our King.

"The Governor of Imo state, you are the next Governor.

"In this life, you are better than Obama.

"You are better than the people in the world.

"Governor of Imo state, you are a prophet.

"When you say something, it will come to pass.

"I love you my Governor.

"Raise your hand and say I love you my Governor."

After everyone clapped, he asked the audience: "Are you here?"

The he led another line of refrain during which he described Uche Nwosu, Okorocha's son-in-law and Chief of Staff as "one of the best persons in the world".

"He’s a gentle that doesn’t like to compromise what is not good," he added. "He has been the best Chief of Staff; he has been working to make sure that there is peace between the workers and the government."

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BREAKING: Anambra Speaker Impeached Over 'Financial Impropriety'

13 November 2018 - 7:56am


Rita Maduagwu, Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, has been impeached. 

She was impeached by 20 of the 30 members of the House on Tuesday.

Ikem Uzozie, member representing Aguata II constituency, moved the motion for impeachment and was seconded by Onyebuchi Offor of Ekwusigo Constituency.

Three members of the house were also suspended.

The impeached speaker was accused of financial impropriety, gross misconduct and sundry allegations.

Uzozie was appointed the new speaker of the house.

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BREAKING: Troops Arrest 19-Year-Old Female Suicide Bomber Trying To Hit Maiduguri

13 November 2018 - 6:57am

A female suicide bomber has been arrested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Nineteen-year-old Shaidatu Adamu was arrested by soldiers after an attempt to detonate a suicide vest in Maiduguri.

She was arrested by troops of the 251 Task Force Battalion in Maiduguri.

Upon interrogation, Adamu, a native of Gwoza in Borno State, said she was sent on a lone mission.

She also disclosed that she had been in Sambisa Forest for about three years.

Troops from 47 Explosive Ordinance Device Battalion were invited to defuse the explosives, while Adamu has been transferred to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri for further investigation.

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Troops of 251 Task Force Battalion Maiduguri arrested a female suicide bomber who attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri to detonate her suicide vest and inflict maximum casualty on innocent Nigerians. pic.twitter.com/e09yuVlTQE

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Niger Delta Students Protest Killing Of 16-Year-Old Colleague By Cultists

13 November 2018 - 5:09am




Students of the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, have staged a peaceful march over the killing of their colleague by suspected cultists, after they snatched off her cellphone.

Seiyefa Fred, a 100 level student of the institution, was shot dead over the weekend at Amarata, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. See Also CRIME 'Cultists' Gun Down 16-Year-Old Student For Refusing Attempt To Snatch Her Smartphone 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Marching through the streets of Yenagoa, the students were clad in black and chanted sorrowful songs, as they demanded justice on the death of their colleague.

Ebi James, one of the students, said Seiyefa's death was "one too many", and urged security operatives in the state to live up to their responsibilities.
 

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I'm Not The One In Buhari, Ambode 'Bastard Video', Says Kunle Afolayan

13 November 2018 - 5:03am


Nigerian actor, Kunle Afolayan, has distanced himself from the video of his brother, Aremu Afolayan, making the rounds on social media where he referred to President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and staff of Ethiopian airlines, and workers of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport as "bastards".

On Sunday, Aremu Afolayan had posted a video of himself calling out the government and airport officials for the "unprofessional attitude" of Immigration officials at the airport. See Also Travel 'You're All Bastards' — Aremu Afolayan Tears Into Buhari, Ambode, Ethiopian Airlines 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

However, Kunle Afolayan took to Instagram to say he had received numerous calls and comments from people who mistook him as the person in the video. He stated that the person in the video was not him but his brother.

Alongside a picture of his brother in the video, the Yoruba Filmmaker wrote: “For clarity purpose, I think it is imperative I clear the air.  Aremu Afolayan is the one in this video and not Kunle Afolayan. People have been responding to the video and tagging my handles as I have also received some calls. Oloun a so’lu dero. Ire.”

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BREAKING: With 'Less Than 10 Senators' Present, Senate Postpones Proceedings

13 November 2018 - 4:18am


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The Senate has postponed its sitting till next week Tuesday as members are on oversight duties across the country.

At the plenary sitting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, which began at some minutes before 11am, Senator Philip Aduda cited Order 10 and moved the motion for adjournment of the plenary.

Aduda premised his motion on the fact that 38 senators must be present to form a quorum, and at the sitting today, less than 10 senators were present.

The motion was seconded by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, but he observed that the members present were not less than 10 but less than 20.

Speaking on the point of order raised, Senate President Bukola Saraki said: "This is in line with Order 10:3; if we do not have quorum, we need to adjourn".

He also urged senators currently on oversight function to try to complete all duties before the end of the week.

Staff and students of schools in Abuja were present at the National Assembly to observe the proceedings.

The plenary sitting was adjourned till Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

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'Buhari Trying To Intimidate Atiku After Seeing The Political Handwriting On The Wall'

13 November 2018 - 4:08am



The Atiku Campaign Organisation has accused the Federal Government of "deliberately embarrassing" Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Candidate (PDP), by ordering a search of his plane on his return to Abuja from Dubai on Sunday.

Atiku had said the search of his plane on Sunday was an attempt to "intimidate" himself and members of his staff. 

In a statement released late on Monday, the campaign organisation had referred to a media report where it quoted the All Progressives Congress (APC) as laying foundation for the search by urging security agencies to "be awake to its responsibility of investigating the Dubai meeting".

The statement read: "On November 5, 2018, exactly a week ago today, the All Progressives Congress released an official statement accusing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of having strategy meetings for the purpose of moving 'illicit cash' into Nigeria and they asked the security services to investigate HE Atiku Abubakar and his plane. 

"To quote from the APC’s statement, the ruling party said: 'Our intelligence, anti-graft and security agencies must be awake to its responsibility of investigating the Dubai meeting. Cash and carry politicians must be prevented from moving illicit cash around to induce voters and sponsor election violence and rigging. Again, relevant agencies must check suspicious movement of cash both locally and internationally by politically exposed persons under the guise of a 'Dubai meeting' or any clandestine meeting'. (See https://www.channelstv.com/2018/11/05/apc-calls-for-investigation-into-atiku-pdp-dubai-meeting/).

"They thereafter asked the security services to search aircrafts belonging to members of the Peoples Democratic Party. 

"That statement evinced an obvious premeditated intention by the APC and its Federal Government to deliberately embarrass the former Vice President by invading his plane with security personnel and possibly to set him up for the crimes they had already officially accused him of in their statement. 

"The official denial by the All Progressives Congress and the Presidency of any hand in the ordeal of the former Vice President is put to lie when you examine their statement of last week which was clearly what was implemented against the former Vice President. It also shows that both parties have no credibility and will do or say anything to further their interests."

The organisation also referred to the statement credited to Hadi Sirika, Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, referring to the search as "routine", as an afterthought.

The statement continued: "The statement by the aviation ministry that the search of Atiku Abubakar’s plane is 'routine' is an afterthought that does not hold water for the simple reason that the PDP presidential candidate has been flying in and out of Nigeria without ever receiving such a treatment until the APC released their statement. 

"This event raises grave concerns about using government services for purely political purposes and what this portends for the conduct of free and fair elections in February 2019, and shows as hollow President Buhari’s promise to superintendent over credible polls.

"The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation wishes to remind Nigerians and the international community that by Nigeria’s constitution, only the President can order the deployment of military and paramilitary personnel as Commander-in-Chief.

"That, combined with the statement released last week is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that what happened to Atiku Abubakar was not a routine exercise, but a deliberate attempt to intimidate him by those who have seen the political handwriting on the wall."

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Akeredolu: We Sacked The Drunkards, Blackmailers And Gamblers — Not Journalists

13 November 2018 - 3:34am



The Ondo State government has clarified the report that it expelled journalists from the Governor's office.

SaharaReporters had reported on Monday that the state government expelled some journalists — from Channels Television, the African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower and Core Television.

However, a statement by Yemi Olowolabi, Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Tuesday, noted that the state government only "rid the place of impostors and parasites parading themselves as professional journalists" when they had in fact "turned the newsroom in the Governor's office to beer parlour, gambling station and blackmailers hideout". See Also Sahara Reporters Akeredolu Declares War On Media, Expels Channels, AIT From Govt Office 0 Comments 5 Days Ago

The statement read: "In the last 24 hours, the online platforms have been awash in trenchant criticisms of the Ondo State Government over the purported expulsion of some journalists from the Ondo State Government House Press Crew. This is nothing but deliberate mischief sponsored by some meddlesome interlopers and their hirelings who were screened out of the Governor's press corps.

"For the record, we have not expelled any journalist from the Governor's office. What we did was to rid the place of impostors and parasites parading themselves as professional journalists. 

The standard practice in Government House Press coverage is to accredit journalists who cover the beat. And no duly accredited Government House reporter has been barred from covering the daily activities of the governor. I challenge any duly accredited reporter who has been expelled to come out and say so.

"Truth is irrepressible. No amount of blackmail can destroy it. Neither can it be submerged by the syndicated falsehood. What really happened at the Government House Press crew?
My office was inundated with serial complaints about professional misconduct by some 'journalists' who turned the newsroom in the Governor's office to beer parlour, gambling station and blackmailers hideout. Some of these complaints were investigated and were found out to be true. In fact, I have received complaints from some important guests who were made to pay for interviews and news items that were never used on any channel.

"Also, most of the whimsical stories trending on the social media are anchored on the purported sack of AIT and Channels TV's reporters from the Government House. Again, there is a procedure that guides the engagement and disengagement of reporters from all the broadcast stations that are working with us. Duly signed official letters are usually sent to the broadcast stations headquarters to convey our intentions to their managements. Our last official communication with the stations was in April 2017. 

"Another twist to this fairy tale is the reckless innuendo that we sacked some reporters from the Government House because they were writing negative stories. This is a preposterous account bereft of logic and rationalisation. For instance, in the last one year, the Channels TV's reporters here have not filed a single story on the activities of the Governor, either positive or negative. I challenge them to contradict this position. Yet the 'journalists' stay in the Governor's office from morning to night every day. Doing what?

"This was the simple question we asked. Their answer is the syndicated blackmail designed to frustrate the sanitisation of the Government House Press Crew which is in utter danger of vulgarisation. 

Undoubtedly, however, our Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, remains committed to a free, vibrant and independent press as his entire career has always been in pursuit of truth, justice and equity."
 

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NYSC: Anambra Corps Members Moved To Ebonyi, Imo Over Lack Of Facilities​

13 November 2018 - 12:58am


Prospective corps members, who were supposed to do their national service in Anambra State were moved to Ebonyi and Imo states due to lack of adequate camping facilities.

Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Anambra, made the disclosure during the closing of camp for 2018 Batch C orientation exercise in Umunya Temporary Orientation Camp on Monday.

Aremu said Anambra was the only state in the South-East geopolitical zone that did not have permanent orientation site.

He said the present site which was owned by the Anglican Church had become grossly inadequate considering the number of prospective corps members posted to the state.

“Sadly, corps members deployed to Anambra will be holding their orientation course in Imo, earlier this year, Anambra corps members were dislodged to Ebonyi and Imo states.

“This is because Anambra is the only state in South-East of Nigeria without a permanent orientation camp.

“I wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to the vibrant private sector in Anambra to complement the efforts of the state government towards delivering the orientation camp in Umuawulu/Mbaukwu for 2019 Batch A,’’ he said.

Aremu added that the posting of the corps members was guided by the scheme’s policy and requests from deserving employers which fitted into the human capital development strategy of the state government.

He disclosed that the corps members had been trained with fitness drill and entrepreneurial skills as well as the ways and culture of the people to enable them contribute maximally to the communities they were posted for primary assignment.

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