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Protest In Ondo Over Raging Fire At Chevron's Ojumale Oil Field

14 June 2019 - 10:19am

The coastal communities of Ugbo in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have protested over the harsh conditions they are passing through as a result of the explosion caused by the Ojumale oil field. 

Their protest came barely two months after the 'Ojumole Oil field' went up in flames and cause heavy inferno which spread to other areas.

The protesters also carried different placards which inscriptions: "We are dying gradually due to poison"; "The Govt should come to our aide"; "Chevron doesn't care about us", lamenting their loss as a result of the fire. 

On April 18, 2019, the Ojumale oil field went up in flames in Ororo, Parable Field, Isan-West Field, Opokaba and Malu fields.

Many of the communities affected by the incident are the Ehinmoghan -Ikorigho, Iluayo, Otumara, Ikorigho, Ajegunle-Ikorigho, Zion Ikorigho, and Kendo Ayeren.

The operating oil company, Chevron Nigeria Limited, had alleged that a "third party" tampered with the affected oil well which stopped production in 1998.

During the protest, the residents said the devastation caused by the Ojumale fire had brought them untold hardship.

They added that Chevron had yet to put out the fire despite all promises to do so when the case was formally reported. 

The protesters explained further that the facilities owned by American oil giant, Chevron, had continued to ravage their communities within impunity. 

According to them, fishing and farming business, their main sources of livelihood, is badly affected by the oil well's fire.

They maintained that, on a daily basis, they are exposed to hazardous fumes and gaseous content from the burning oil well. 

Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager in Charge of Policy, and Public Affairs at Chevron Nigeria Limited said the oil company was working with some emergency response contractors to safely put out the fire as quickly as possible. 

"Due to the peculiar terrain of the well location, we had to create an access path to the slot leading to the well head. Having created the required access, we have moved heavy equipment and the personnel required to work on safely putting out the fire.

"We continue to keep all stakeholders, including the government, regulatory agencies, media, and community leaders engaged on our efforts at putting out the fire in a safe manner," he said .

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BREAKING: Naira Marley Released 14 Days After He Was Granted Bail

14 June 2019 - 9:45am

Azeez Fashola, Nigerian musician better known as Naira Marley has been released from prison custody after perfecting his bail condition.

The artiste was arrested and charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an 11 count charge of advance fee fraud popularly called 'yahoo yahoo'.

Azeez Fashola, aka, Naira Marley, who had been in prison custody pending when he would perfect his bail conditions following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Nicolas Oweibo of Federal High Court, Lagos. 

Justice Oweibo had said one of the sureties must be on Grade Level 10 in the federal or state employment.

The other surety must have a landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

The judge directed the EFCC to verify the bail terms and adjourned until October 22 for trial.

The EFCC is prosecuting Naira Marley for alleged credit card fraud.

He was charged with 11 counts of violating the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The musician risks seven years in jail if found guilty.

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Why I Chose To Be Called First Lady Of Nigeria – Aisha Buhari

14 June 2019 - 9:36am

The wife of the President, Mrs, Aisha Buhari, has announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and gave a reason for doing so.

Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

“But, I realized that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning. But now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.

She said this would take effect immediately in order to also resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

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Oil Licence: Nigerian Claims To Be NNPC GMD, Dupes Korean Of N30 Million

14 June 2019 - 9:34am

A Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, on Friday, ordered the remand of one Jamiu Isiaka, 31, for allegedly impersonating the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation ( NNPC ), Dr. Maikanti Baru and others.

The suspect, with others still at large, allegedly used the names of the senior government officials to scam a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30 million.

He said the defendant committed the act with the pretence of getting Kim NNPC approval/marketing form and licence to buy crude oil in Nigeria.

The prosecutor said that the defendant thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 of the advance fee fraud and other related offences act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice M Abdulgafar said Isiaka should be remanded in Mandala Prison custody until the next adjourned date.

The defendant is facing a four-count charge of impersonation, intent to defraud, among others.

Abdulgafar adjourned the case until June 19, for trial.

Earlier, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuting counsel, Mr. Andrew Akoja, told the court that between April and September 2018, the defendant impersonated Dr Baru, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, as well as other prominent citizens.

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Apapa Gridlock: Osinbajo Gives Presidential Task Force Two More Weeks To Clear Traffic

14 June 2019 - 9:16am

The Federal Government has extended by two weeks, the time given the Presidential Taskforce on the Apapa traffic gridlock to resolve the matter following a request for an extension by members of the taskforce and other stakeholders. 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, approved the extension at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force with stakeholders held at the Presidential Villa, earlier in the week. 

The task force which commenced its assignment on May 24 had up to June 7 to complete the assignment but is now expected to present a formal report at the end of its extended mandate on June 24.

The presidential directive was issued for the clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within two weeks. 

The directive followed an emergency meeting convened by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on the 25th of April, 2019. See Also Environment President Buhari Gives Truck Drivers 72 Hours Ultimatum To Vacate Apapa Road 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago

While the Vice President chairs the task force, its daily operations are supervised by an Executive Vice Chairman, Comrade Kayode Opeifa. Membership of the team is drawn from the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Shippers Council. 

Other members include a special unit of the Nigeria Police Force led by a Commissioner of Police, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), representatives of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and other relevant MDAs.
The vice-president said at the meeting held on Tuesday, “We will extend the tenure of the taskforce by two weeks and we must all work together to be able to resolve all the issues raised here today.” 

Speaking on steps to be taken to find lasting solutions to the problem, Prof. Osinbajo added that “it will take both medium and long term solutions to ultimately enable us present to the users an efficient port environment for the economy and businesses to thrive.”  

He warned that “we will not allow any interests to undermine our nation’s economy”.
The vice-president directed the NPA and other stakeholders to expedite action on the opening of additional truck parks and parking bays around Lagos as well as the commencement of the electronic call-up system at the Port.

In his presentation at the meeting, Opeifa, the Executive Vice Chairman of the taskforce, summarised the progress made so far by the team. 

He said despite challenges experienced in the course of the assignment, it was able to record a significant compliance level of the presidential directive on the clearance of the Apapa gridlock.
According to him, efforts are ongoing to open new parking bays for trucks around the port area and in other parts of Lagos, preparatory to the commencement of the electronic call-up system at the port– one of the measures proposed to ameliorate the hardship at the port area.

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Don’t Re-appoint Ngige, Fashola, Adamu, Adewole -Nigerians On Facebook, Twitter Urge Buhari

14 June 2019 - 9:12am

Nigerians have asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to include Chris Ngige, ex-minister of labour and employment as well as Adamu Adamu, ex-minister of education, in the list of ministers that would work with him in his second term in office.

Following the dissolving of the cabinet by President Buhari on the midnight of May 29, 2019, SaharaReporters conducted an online poll asking Nigerians to pick who they did not want President Buhari to be reappointed based on their performances.

The poll had the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labour and Employment, Ngige; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; and Adamu.

23,357 Nigerians participated in the poll with 40% of votes going to Ngige, while Adamu came next in the line for firing with 24%. 

Fashola, whom many Nigerian had tipped to perform exceptionally as a minister, received fewer votes with 21% and Adewole got 15% of the votes.

Giving reasons for their votes, some Nigerians said the aforementioned ministers were not competent enough and could not surpass the citizens' expectations. 

Many, however, said all the ministers should be dropped, urging Buhari to look for fresh minds and hands.

One of the commenters on the poll, @Oseni Fatai Oludare, said, “Minister for health, I've never felt his or her impact in a Nigerian government hospital or is it d negligence of d federal government on our health, very poor 0% tolerance.”

Another commenter,@Rasaq T. Zubair, claimed: “Ngige has outlived his usefulness. And the fella with the red beret must be rescued from further embarrassing himself.”

But@Lucas Xavier stated: “How is everyone not voting the unprofessional and uncouth health minister nor are we playing politics with incompetence.”

“They all contributed to the failure of this government... They should all drop themselves from the top to bottom. Nigeria is in dire need of a brand new government...,” asserted@Austeen Ojie.

@Friday Omobude wealth, however, pointed out: “All these ones are not ministers, they're kleptomanias. Besides, where is AMACHI (Amaechi) in this list? Ministers are supposed to be specialists and technocrats, not polithiefians.”

A fuming @KennethErhabor said, “Every single one of them should be dropped! Starting with the minister of darkness!” 

@Omarbappah was even angrier that “Ngige, and Adamu Adamu kept me at home for more than 3 months of ASUU strike.”

Meanwhile, on Facebook, the same poll pitched Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Of the 21,900 votes cast, Mohammed received 78 percent (17,100) while Fashola had 22% (4,800 votes).

Giving reasons for their votes, a Facebook user,@Balarabe Abdullahi, wrote: “I have chosen Lai simply due to his immense contributions that he gives on how to teach our children (younger generation) the easiest ways to spread lies in the society.”

“Nigerians suffers worst power outage throughout 4 years of APC rule under the watch of Hon. Minister of power Babatunde Fashola who have been providing PHCN with all forms of shelters and protections from being prosecuted by PMB,”@Aminnew pointed out.

“We pray and hope that God will expose and humiliate PHCN with all their affiliates in this political dispensation known as NEXT LEVEL.”

Another Facebook user, Mhizta Francis Chukwuneme, said: “Lai should be dropped immediately that man doesn't know how to talk...I think Fashola needs time, even though we haven't seen his work but I believe he isn't sleeping.”

Itodo Itodo claimed: “Lie Mohammed... That man is just disgracing us that are bearing Mohammed anyhow.” 

Liye Anthony Dallah: “Fashola is a complete failure, the electricity situation in Nigeria today is much worse than when he came onboard. I don't even want to talk about his other two portfolios. No be by English and grand standings. Oh… By the way, what business has a lawyer with power? This is the second time that a SAN was made Minister of Power, the first one (Bola Ige) was killed by power, the second one (Fashola), killed power.”

“Let Fashola go. If the provision of housing and power is his mandate, then he has failed woefully. I have little or no business with Liar Moh'd. I don't need his information. To me, that Ministry should be scrapped, the presidential media aides are taking care of that,” said Yakubu Musa.

@Smart Olufemi said: “All of them! They haven't demonstrated an atom of competence.”

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Caleb University Issues Stringent Rules For Students’ Readmission On Campus

14 June 2019 - 8:48am

The management of Caleb University has issued new and strict guidelines before students can be readmitted on the university campus.

The reason for the new guidelines might not be unconnected with a clash between students and some policemen over disciplinary actions taken by the institution on the two students.

The students concerned had violated a memo released by the school authorities prohibiting students from hanging out between 7 pm and 8 am. 

The students were sanctioned for violating the rule, which led to a protest on campus. It was gathered that the school management invited the police to restore peace and order in the school. 

However, the police in their usual manner fired teargas canisters and shot live bullets at the students.

This led to a riot on campus with the management asking the students to go on a compulsory holiday.

In a memo issued by the Dean of Student Affairs of the university, the management listed new rules and guidelines every student must be ready to abide by before being “readmitted”.

The university also demanded N10,000 readmission fee and an undertaking containing willingness to abide by all the institution's rules and endorsement that any breach would be "addressed promptly and appropriately".

The memo read, “For students to be readmitted they must come with: evidence of full payment of school fees, a bank draft of N10,000 readmission fee and a letter of undertaking written by parents and sealed by a legal practitioner.

“The letter of undertaking should contain the following elements: a full name, matric number of students, programme of study, level of study, a willingness to abide by all school rules, an endorsement that any breach of the rules will be addressed promptly and appropriately by the university authority, individual letter by each students for parents with more than one child.”

The management noted that upon readmission, there would be a general assembly of all students, a university-wide test for all students immediately after the assembly.

The memo dated June 4, 2019, and signed by the institution's dean of student affairs said the students should return to the school by June 13. It is not clear if all the students complied with the new directive and guidelines.

All efforts to speak with the dean and other representatives of the school were unsuccessful. "I won't speak on the issue. Get to speak with the PRO."

The school's spokesman, one Mr. Elvis, directed SaharaReporters to another employee of the school.

"Please, speak with Prof. Caleb. He'll give you all the needed information," he stated.

When Prof. Caleb was contacted on the matter, he kept quiet and later switched off his phone.

Following a text message were sent to the three individuals, Mr. Elvis called to say: "It (memo) is a collective decision of the management to take that step."

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9 Terminologies New Lawmakers In The Ninth Assembly Should Know

14 June 2019 - 8:38am

Amidst the drama, intrigues, brinkmanship, and shenanigans that often characterize politics, regardless of where it is played, the principal officers of the  9th Assembly in Nigeria emerged on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal emerged as the Senate President while Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Together, these two lawmakers will be calling the shots at the upper and lower chambers jointly known as the National Assembly.

The legislature is the organ of government saddled with the responsibility to make, revise, amend and repeal laws for the advancement and well being of the nation. It is also involved in the twin complementary doctrine of checks and balances so as to make the separation of powers realizable. In  Nigeria, the parliament bristles with history. Apart from being used for legislative duties, the floor of the parliament is often a place for the display of verbal pyrotechnics.

It was on the floor of the house that the late Adegoke Adelabu used the timeless " Peculiar Mess" phrase that would later be corrupted into 'penkelemesi'. It was also on the floor of the house that the late Kingsley Mbadiwe( a wit like Adelabu) invented the phrase, " a man of timber and caliber". And recently, Patrick Obahiagbon, a Wole Soyinka in a vestigial state in terms of words usage, furnished and entertained us with jaw-breaking, polysyllabic Latinized expressions.

The parliament is also a sanctuary or redoubt kind of. This is because by Nigerian laws, whatever a member does on the floor of the House is outside the ambit of the law. For this reason, the floor of the House is often rigged up for theatrical fireworks. Lawmakers have become boxers on the legislative floor before, countless free-for-all have been experienced on the floor in which the mace often get smashed on a fellow lawmaker's head. Vituperation and verbal lashings are not often ruled out on the floor of the House.

As the 9th assembly begins the serious task of legislation, we anticipate another round of intriguing drama. So that the drama and the legislative proceedings will not be lost on you we present you NINE(9) legislative terminologies.


The mace is the symbol of authority of a legislature. Its presence confers legitimacy on the activities in the House. In other words, the legislature cannot embark on any legitimate business in the chamber without the mace. The mace is made of the coat of arms cast on the heavily gilded silver handle. The placing of the mace on the table before the clerk at the centre of the chamber signifies the readiness of the House to officially commence business.

The import of the mace is well known to legislators and that is why it is often the target whenever there is a need to forestall a legislative proceeding. In the first republic in the heat of the crisis between the leadership of the defunct  Action Group( led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo) and the Premier of the Western Region( Samuel Ladoke Akintola), Mr. Ebubedike, a member representing Badagry East, snatched the mace and made away with it.

Again, in 1999 the simmering hostility between Chuba Okadigbo, popularly called " the Oyi of Oyi", the Senate President and President Olusegun Obasanjo got to a head when the president started to plot the impeachment of Okadigbo. Okadigbo who had got wind of his impeachment plot ran away with the mace, first to his Abuja residence and later to his village. He was said to have boasted to his supporters that he had kept the mace in the secure company of the pythons he was rearing. The mace would eventually be retrieved from him by the police. He was alive though when they retrieved the mace from him. Okadigbo had boasted that they could not retrieve the mace from him by saying: "I have to be dead before you get the mace." The mace is that significant in the House.


This is the minimum number of the members of the legislature that must present to conduct the business of legislation. The quorum for the National Assembly is a  presence of one-third of all the members of the House. Section 54(1) of the constitution talks about the quorum for the National Assembly.

A quorum for a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of the Representatives is one-third of all the members of both House as stated in section 54(2) of the constitution.

It was, among other reasons, because of the quorum that the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki could not be impeached despite all the drama in the twilight of his tenure. His political adversaries could not form a quorum of one-third.

Order Paper

This is the printed schedule of a legislature for a particular day. It is the House program bearing motions, Bills and even committee meeting and other matters fixed for a particular date. The order paper serves as the House agenda for a particular day as scheduled by the business and rules committee.


A Bill is a draft or proposed law instrument used by the legislature in the making of laws. A Bill is a potential law or "law in the making" it requires the satisfaction of the constitutional and standing orders/Rules stipulations through the required majority of the members and the Chief Executive's assent to transform it into law.


A motion is a request by a legislator(s) to the House or the Executive arm of government for the solution of a burning issue of the moment with his constituency, state, region or the entire country. A motion represents the collective expression of the populace through their representative in the legislature on a matter of utmost importance.


Hansard (also known as the Official Report) is the report of the proceedings of the Parliament. It is a full report, in the first person, of virtually every word said in the debates in both the upper and lower chambers, with only repetitions and redundancies omitted and obvious mistakes corrected.

The debates are extremely useful for tracing the passage of a Bill through Parliament, and for establishing Parliament's feelings on political issues of the day.

Plenary Session/Sitting/ Recess

This refers to the day, period of time in which a legislature formally assembles for the purpose of lawmaking. A session must consist of not less than 181 days within a legislative year.

Sittings are meetings or hearing periods of the legislative assembly within a session or legislative year. There is no constitutional provision for daily sittings. Each House has to decide what's best for it. However, It has been observed since 1999 on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Recess refers to the long break of the house at the end of a session. It is known as periodic adjournment and should not be confused with the usual adjournment after a plenary sitting. Recess is the period both or either chamber of the National Assembly takes a long adjournment for holidays or to perform oversight functions.


This medium enables interest groups( communities, organization) and even private citizens to convey and express their support or disapproval for particular legislation. This is a closed book to most Nigerians and it has been greatly under-utilized.

The common form of petition emerges as a complaint by members of the public, aggrieved group or a person seeking redress or help from the legislature. It is usually addressed to the petitioner(s) representative in the legislature who will formally present it to the  House for consideration.


A resolution is a formal declaration of a legislature decided by vote, expressing the 'prevailing' opinion of the legislature on a matter it considers of great importance.

A resolution is required for the removal of the presiding officer of the state House of Assembly, House of Representatives and the Senate.

A resolution could be SIMPLE if it pertains to the decision of one legislature which demonstrates its stance on an issue it accords prominence; CONCURRENT when it involves the State and National Assembly. It emerges in the amendment of the constitution or national issues of paramount importance like the adjustment of state boundaries and creation of states or JOINT which emerges as a product of a declaration by the Senate and the House of Representatives on a particular issue of National interest.

Joint resolution is needed to extend the periods of holding an election position beyond four years during a period of war as adjudged by the president. Also, the declaration of a state of emergency by the president requires Joint resolution.

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10 Air Crashes That Shook Nigeria

14 June 2019 - 7:00am

Scene of Boeing 737 crash

Nigeria has suffered several terrible accidents, most of which are roads. Meanwhile, some air accidents have left the country with deep scars.

Here is a look 10 air crashes that shook Nigeria.

1. On November 20, 1969, 87 people lost their lives in a Vickers VC-10 Airplane which crashed in Lagos, Nigeria.

The VC-10 took off from London to Lagos with a stopover at Rome and Kano. Upon approaching Lagos, the VC-10 descended below the normal approach path and struck trees. 

The aircraft crashed and caught fire.

2. On January 22, 1973, a Boeing 707 chartered by Nigeria Airways to fly pilgrims back from Jeddah to Lagos crashed in Kano and killed 176 people.

Due to inclement weather in Lagos, the flight was diverted to Kano. The aircraft touched nose-wheel first and then collapsed along the runway centre line. Two crew members and 23 occupants were rescued alive.

3. On July 11, 1991, 261 people died after a McDonnell-Douglas DC-8 aircraft flying hajj pilgrims to Sokoto on behalf of the defunct Nigeria Airways, crashed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the worst accident in the history of commercial aviation in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Airways flight took off from Jeddah runway but shortly after take-off, at 2000-3000 feet, problems with the cabin pressure were reported. 

These reports were quickly followed by a burst tire and loss of hydraulics. The aircraft lost control and crashed in flames while trying to return. It was the worst accident involving a DC-8 and the second worst accident in Saudi Arabia at the time.

The root cause of the flight was blamed on human errors at the Nigerian aviation system.

4. On September 26, 1992, 158 occupants died after Lockheed C-130H Hercules operated by Nigerian Airforce crashed near Lagos.

After take-off, one engine failed, followed by a second engine shortly afterward. The crew tried to ditch the aeroplane into the Ejigbo canal, but then a third engine failed again. 

The Hercules crashed, nose-down into the swamp. The exact number of casualties is uncertain. But at least 150 Nigerians, five Ghanaians, one Tanzanian, one Zimbabwean, and one Ugandan were involved.

5. On November 7, 1996, a total of 144 people died after a Boeing 727 operated by ADC airline took off from Port Harcourt to Lagos and crashed in Ejirin in Epe, killing all its occupants.

The aircraft crashed after it lost control during an evasive action maneuver. The pilot’s attempt to avoid a head-on collision with another aircraft failed. The aircraft crashed and disintegrated on impact.

“The untidy traffic separation by the radar controller” was the immediate cause of the crash, investigations later revealed.

6. On May 4, 2002, 72 people died after a BAC One-Eleven jet on a flight from Jos to Lagos via Kano, crashed shortly after take-off from Kano airport.

The Aviation Safety Network reported: “Shortly after departing Kano, the aircraft reportedly stalled. It came down in the heavily populated district of Gwammaja about half a mile from the airport on the outskirts of Kano.

It sheared roofs from two-story concrete homes and sliced a mosque in half as it broke apart and burst into flames. Some 23 houses in Gwammaja area were destroyed, along with a school and the mosque."

Moments before the crash, the aircraft had been reportedly grounded for 52 days because of engine problems. It crashed 10 hours after another engine, from another grounded plane was fitted into it.

After the crash, the aviation ministry issued a ban on all aircraft in Nigeria, older than 22 years.

Scene of Boeing 737 crash

7. On October 22, 2005, 117 people died after a Boeing 737 operated by Bellview Airline crashed near Lagos.

The Bellview flight 210 took off from Lagos at 20:35 for a domestic flight to Abuja. 

Tower lost radio contact with the flight about three minutes after take-off. The next morning, the wreckage was found about 30km north of Lagos.

Bad weather was blamed for the crash.

8. On December 10, 2005, 108 people, mostly students of Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja, were killed after a McDonnell-Douglas operated by Sossoliso Airlines crashed while landing at the Port Harcourt airport. Two occupants were rescued alive.

The major reason that caused the crash was bad weather.

An investigative report had said “the crew’s decision to continue the approach beyond the decision altitude without having the runway and/or airport in sight” was the immediate cause of the crash. 

Other causes were dysfunctional runway lighting and poor airport design.

9. On October 29, 2006, a total number of 97 people lost their lives after a Boeing 737 operated by ADC Airlines crashed near the Abuja airport a few minutes after take-off.

The ADC Airlines flight departed Lagos on a scheduled domestic flight to Sokoto with an intermediate stop at Abuja.

Immediately after take-off from the Abuja airport, the Boeing 737 contacted the ground, broke up and caught fire in a corn field. A woman working on the field was reportedly killed after being struck by debris from the crash.

The primary cause of the crash was bad weather but the immediate cause was the pilot’s refusal to acknowledge prevailing weather conditions.

10. On June 3, 2012, a Dana aircraft crashed and killed 153 occupants.

A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 passenger plane, 5N-RAM, operated by Dana Air was destroyed when it crashed into a residential area of Lagos. 

All 146 passengers and seven crew members were killed. At least, six victims were found inside the buildings that were hit by the plane.

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Lagos Announces 100% Increase In Allowance Of Traffic Management Officers

14 June 2019 - 6:32am

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced a 100 percent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials.

Sanwo-Olu announced the increase when he visited the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu promised that the increase would commence from the end of July 2019 while also saying that LASTMA officials would be entitled to free treatment.

“From the end of next month, we are going to double your allowance, from the end of next month. If you are earning N5,000 allowance, we are going to double it for you.

The governor said: “It is Lagos State tax payer’s money we are going to be giving to all of you so the citizens are going to be expecting a new, reformed and more civil LASTMA officers.”

The governor added, “Any LASTMA official that is on duty and has reported one form of illness or the other should be treated free of charge.”

He commended the officials for their service to ensure a free flow of traffic and traffic management in the state.

The governor also reiterated his promise to rehabilitate bad roads in Lagos while insisting the government would be strict with traffic offenders.

He tasked the LASTMA officials not to allow any offender go without paying fine saying, "if the person says he knows the governor, tell him to call the governor to pay the money for the offence.”

Sanwo-Olu urged the traffic management officers to be civil when engaging road users.

“They (people) want a LASTMA officer that shows civility. Courtesy demands courtesy if you are going to even arrest or apprehend somebody, be courteous and respectful to them,” he added.

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Nigerian Army Launches Special Squad To Rid Ondo State Of Kidnappers

14 June 2019 - 5:14am

The Nigeria Army, 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Barracks, Akure, says it is battle-ready to rid Ondo State and neighbouring states of kidnappers and bandits. 

Brig. Gen. Zakari Logun Abubakar, Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, disclosed this to SaharaReporters in an interview on Friday. 

Abubakar lamented the rampant cases of kidnapping which is fast becoming a growing 'business' for criminals who use the deep forest for cover and demand for a huge ransom. 

He also said the military has put in place modalities to ensure kidnapping is either curb or reduced to the barest minimum.

He said that one of the tactics to be employed in curbing the rampant kidnapping in the state is the launch of the ‘Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad’ of the military. In order to fight this scourge heads long, we have already launched the anti-kidnapping squad of the military section. 

"This squad, which is a special one would be active, mobile and swift in reacting to cases of kidnapping in the states of our jurisdiction and in order to achieve this vigour, they are to mount strategic location on roads, check on passengers and be vigilant to react to any kidnapping.

"We have identified the prone areas where these criminal elements use to perpetuate their evil work. They are bushes in Ondo, Ekiti, and Ibilo that is Kogi State," he said.

Mr. Abubakar, who assured that the military would fight the scourge of kidnapping with full strength in the state added that he has invited all security stakeholders for a dialogue in order to further achieve success in the bid to wage war on kidnapping.


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Boko Haram Attacks Borno, Kills Commanding Officer, Other Soldiers On June 12

14 June 2019 - 2:46am

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked troops of the Nigerian army of the 158 Battalion located at Kareto Village, SaharaReporters can authoritatively confirm.

The attack which took place as Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari gathered world leaders to celebrate democracy day claimed the life of a Lt. Col commanding officer of 158 Battalion and other soldiers.

A top military source who confirmed the attack to SaharaReporters said when the attacks happened at Kareto Village, Mobbar local government area of Borno State, the attacks were not repelled and troops at the location were dislodged. 

The source added that shortly after the attacks, the Boko Haram terrorists relocated to Fuchimiram village, six kilometres West of Kare to and are still within the location.

The attacks came in the wake of intensified Boko Haram activities in Nigeria's North-east region and at a time when the Nigerian government claims to have defeated Boko Haram and confined it's remnants to the fringes of the Lake Chad. 

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Request For Yoruba Oba Of France Is Ridiculous, Anti-Yoruba Culture -Alaafin Of Oyo

14 June 2019 - 2:45am

Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has condemned the proposed installation of a Yoruba king in France, describing it is a desecration of culture, custom, and tradition of the Yoruba race.

The Alaafin made a statement following a letter written to him by the Mayegun of France, residing at 1 Pare D’Orgemount 95500-Gonesse, France, who sought Alaafin’s approval for the appointment of a Yoruba monarch in the European country.

Oba Adeyemi said: “The challenge before us as keepers and custodians of our cherished tradition is to emphasize the monarchical structure of the Yoruba society. In a nutshell, the Yoruba system does not provide for honorary obaship. It is institutional just as it is traditional.”

He appealed to other monarchs to speak with one voice in resisting any desecration of their cherished institution, urging them to “resist any temptation or sentiment for any kind of support for this mockery” based on profound reasons.

He said: “In the Yoruba custom, the Obas are rulers over a homogeneous community, such as Ibadan, Oyo, Ijebu, Ijesha, Egba and so on. The Oba, being proposed, can only be heterogeneous of mixed Yoruba varieties.

“As I raised my response to that letter of request, what will be material affluence or age – neither of which is acceptable to Yoruba tradition and custom.

“To me, the request is as ridiculous as expecting the British citizen in France for whatever reasons to appoint a queen or king in France. I deliberately chose that analogy between Yoruba and the British because we have a common history of monarchy, both in age and value. We should not allow any negative modernity to take us back from our cherished values and customs.

“Let me appeal to all of us to raise various protests in whatever form we can adopt, including the media, to frustrate the emergence of any pseudo-Oba in the Diaspora. They should content themselves with elected officers for their welfare and interest in countries of their abode.”

Oba Adeyemi explained that the proposal for a Yoruba Oba of France, “as laudable as it sounds, leaves us with quite a number of questions begging for answers. It will be interesting to know the process through which the proposed candidate will emerge. Who are the kingmakers, and through which process will they be appointed, selected, elected or empanelled?”

“For our information and careful consideration, kingmakers in Yorubaland have their respective dynasties or hereditary lineages… The Yoruba central authority system is a delicately balanced system of inclusive and representative government. It is equally important to ask the central question about Consenting Authority for the appointment of the Yoruba Oba of France. Would the consenting authority be the president of France, who himself exercises power under a Republican Order?

“It will be equally interesting to know the pattern or order of succession to the proposed stool of Yoruba Oba of France. How many ruling families are being proposed and what are the processes and procedures for their emergence?"

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Soldiers Face Impending Attacks In Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio And Fuchimiram In Borno State

14 June 2019 - 2:15am

Nigerian soldiers may soon be attacked in Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio and Fuchimiram area's of Borno state SaharaReporters can confirm. 

Boko Haram terrorists who are planning the attacks are currently taking refuge in Fuchimiram village, six kilometres West of Kareto Village where they carried out a deadly attack on June 12, 2019.

Military intelligence seen by SaharaReporters shows that the leadership of the Nigerian army and President Muhammadu Buhari were notified in advance of the democracy day attacks.

The intelligence of the possible attacks in the affected area's was dispatched on the 6th and 7th of June, 2019.

The new threat, if not taken seriously, could deal a serious blow to the Nigerian army causing mass casualties to ill-equipped Nigerian troops on the frontline battling Boko Haram insurgents.

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Amnesty Programme: Navy Recovers Over 2,000 Assault Rifles From Ondo Militants

14 June 2019 - 2:11am

Abdul Adamu, Admiral Superintendent NOD of the Nigerian Navy has announced the commencement of the destruction of 2,829 firearms recovered from participants in Ondo State Amnesty Programme.

According to the superintendent, part of the arms are unserviceable firearms belonging to the service. This exercise marked the first since the depot’s establishment in 1966.

The exercise was organised the Naval Ordinance Depot (NOD), Ojo, Lagos State, following approval by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.

The weapons comprise of 2,108 single-barrelled rifles, 57 units of double-barrelled rifles, 189 short guns, 187 FN (Fabrique Nationale) rifles, 215 SIG (Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft) rifles and 73 SMGs (sub-machine guns).

“The depot was established in 1966 as a strategic naval establishment primarily responsible for the storage and issuance of arms and ammunition to NN fleet and establishments.

Adamu said: “Its overtime roles expanded to include installation, servicing and on-demand maintenance of arms on board NN ships. The depot also caters for sister services in storing their ordinances from time to time.

“The naval headquarters recently authorized the depot to destroy the unserviceable weapons, which comprised weapons seized from repentant militants by the Ondo State Amnesty Programme and unserviceable NN weapons. These consist of 2,108 single barrel rifles, 57 units of double-barrelled rifles, 189 short guns, 187 FN rifles, 215 SIG rifles, and 73 SMGs, which are earmarked for destruction during this exercise.

“It is also significant to state that the exercise will be conducted for two days to ensure that the weapons are rendered unusable. This would involve cutting of the barrels into tiny unusable pieces and finally burying the pieced weapons in a dug hole at the depot.

“It is believed that this approach will permanently deny criminals and miscreants access to the seized weapons, which could pose security threats to society.

“Solving the problem of firearms proliferation is not for security agencies alone. These criminals are subsets of society. Thankfully, the President has signed into law a bill that prohibits the bearing of arms. The police are doing well in arresting and parading the local manufacturers as we usually see in the media.

“What the Navy has done with this exercise is another great step to stop the weapons from finding their way back into society. So, I recommend that sister security services with such arms in their armouries or inventory should destroy them so that bad eggs within the system do not recycle these firearms back into the society and put them in the hands of these criminals.

“In the custody of the Navy today, this is all we have to destroy. As you know, security is dynamic and these criminals keep evolving. But we are not sleeping also. Definitely, as we arrest them in future, I am sure the Navy will also approve their destruction.”

The CNS, who was represented by Director of Arms Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Danjuma Dongoyaru, decried the proliferation of firearms.

He noted that the destruction was part of measures to curb the menace.

Acknowledging there were other use the metals could be put to, he said the navy didn’t want to take chances that could make the weapons land in the hands of criminals again.

“There are other uses for the metals but we do not want to take chances. We do not want a situation whereby they will get into wrong hands and are fabricated again.

“Moreover, in the process of disarmament, after you have seized the weapons you must destroy them even if they are brand new.

“We see daily seizures by the security agencies. A lot of weapons are being displayed but I can tell you that is just a tip of the iceberg. Destroying these weapons is a means to curb firearms proliferation.

“Allowing them find their way back into the society will amount to fetching water with a basket. What we expect is for other security services with such arms in their custody to also destroy them,” he said.

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Rape Victim Asks Court To Dismiss Case Due To Family Pressure, Personal Integrity

14 June 2019 - 2:05am

A victim, who was allegedly gang-raped by Don-Chima George, son of the owner of Dallankester Hotels, and Olusegun Rasak, his friend,  has asked the court to discontinue the rape case. 

George and his friend were arraigned at the Lagos State Division of Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court in April of last.

The suspects had allegedly laced the victim’s drink with a substance that made her weak and took her to the hotel, where she was said to have been repeatedly raped, while the escapade was recorded.

At Thursday’s proceedings, the victim in a letter dated June 3, 2019, and titled ‘Letter of Withdrawal’, addressed to the Director of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State, requested the discontinuation of the defendants’ prosecution.

In the letter, which was read in court by Justice Abiola Soladoye, the victim stated that she was withdrawing the case because of family members’ intervention and her integrity.

However, the prosecutor, Akin George, opposed the complainant’s request.

He said, “We do not have a directive from the office of the attorney-general and my lord, the attorney-general is the complainant in this case.

“In every criminal matter, the victims are natural witnesses and as we speak, there is no AG in office due to the change in power and we are also aware of the rule of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, which states that even the Court of Appeal cannot stay an ongoing proceeding.

“Our office initiated this action in court and there has to be a closure one way or the other. My Lord, we have submitted issues for the respective decisions of this court and we will bring the witness to state her position before the court, while we continue proceedings and await directives from the AG’s office.”

Responding, the defence counsel, Tunji Ayanlaja, said while he shared the views of the prosecution that Lagos State originated the criminal suit, he disagreed that the absence of the AG had created a vacuum.

He stated, “The constitution is so clear that when we do not have an AG in office, the solicitor-general takes over the function of the AG. My Lord, we are ready to proceed.

“The unfortunate thing is that the defendants have been in prison ever since. The complainant, who is the witness, has developed cold feet for one reason or the other; this development is replete in the letter by the complainant and to meet the end of justice, I apply that your lordship should consider releasing the defendants on bail.”

Justice Soladoye, however, noted that the court would continue with the proceedings and adjourned the case until June 18 for directives from the office of the AG.

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Buhari vs Atiku: Tribunal Reserves Ruling As INEC Denies Having A Server

14 June 2019 - 1:58am

The presidential election petitions tribunal has reserved ruling in the application filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, in the February 23 presidential election.

PDP and its candidate Atiku had earlier moved a motion seeking for access to inspect the server and data of smart card reader used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the presidential election.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved ruling in the application shortly after counsels in the case argued their briefs in the suit.

The PDP earlier asked the court to grant the order in the interest of justice; fair hearing and neutrality to enable the petitioners to maintain their petition.

Responding to the application, counsel to INEC, Mr. Yunus Usman asked the tribunal to refuse the request of the petitioners.

"The PDP said we should bring something we don’t have,” Usman told the court.

In opposing the application, counsel to President Buhari, Mr. Wole Olanipekun filed a motion with two exhibits which include an ex parte motion filed by the PDP seeking to inspect election materials.

While exhibit two is the ruling of the appeal court of March 6, 2019, for the application filed by the PDP and asked the tribunal not to grant the application nor overrule itself.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) through its counsel, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi aligned himself in asking the tribunal to dismiss the application of the PDP.

In urging the tribunal to dismiss the application the court should be wary of making an order which is incapable of being enforced as INEC has said they do not have what the PDP is asking for.

He adds that there is no concrete material before the tribunal to prove otherwise.

Tribunal, therefore, adjourned to June 24, for the continuation of the pre-trial hearing.

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I Raped My Mother Because I Couldn't Resist Urge For Sex -45-year-old Man

14 June 2019 - 1:58am

Paul Ihuaka, a 45-year-old man, has been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly raping his mother.

Ihuaku, who hails from Umueke Ezagbogu in the Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of the State, was handed over to the corps by the youth in the community after his mother reported the incident to them.

The NSCDC commander said: “The men of the command later proceeded to the residence of the suspect and arrested him,” he added.

Fielding questions from journalists, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he was under the influence of alcohol.

“After drinking on that fateful evening, there was a heavy downpour and I could not resist the urge for sex; so, I had to use a local pistol to threaten my mother to submission and I later raped her,” Ihuaku stated.

Asked if he was married, the suspect said he did not have the means yet, as he was not doing anything tangible.

“I was not bewitched. I was under the influence of alcohol,” he added.

It was also gathered that the incident took place in the house the suspect is living in with his mother.

The mother (name withheld) confessed that the incident was the second time.

She said, “I was in the kitchen and saw him (Ihuaku) with a pistol. He used it to threaten me. He told me that he would kill me. I could not do anything other than to beg him to drop the gun.

“It was in the process that he threw me on the ground and it (rape) happened.

“I had to call on the youths the next morning, as the incident happened when it was already dark and damp. The youth later went to the NSCDC headquarters in Itu to report him, hence his arrest.”

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$135,000 IAAF Scandal: We'll Conduct Thorough Investigation, Says ICPC

14 June 2019 - 1:56am

Solomon Dalung

Solomon Dalung

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has assured stakeholders of a thorough investigation into the missing $135,000 IAAF funds.

This was confirmed by Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC spokesperson.

“We will do our work thoroughly. The AFN president actually wrote to invite ICPC to investigate,” she said.

The $135, 000, an excess of a grant paid by the international athletics body IAAF, was earlier declared missing until officials of the AFN said it was spent on the purchase of kits and payment of athletes’ allowances for last year’s Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba.

Though ex-Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the money was diverted, a statement by the AFN quoted the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Olusade Adesola, as saying “there was no issue of diversion of funds.”

Until last Thursday when a reconciliation meeting was held in Abuja, the AFN board members were divided.

The aggrieved board members, despite the reconciliation meeting, insisted that the AFN president, Shehu Gusau, be investigated.

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Gusau declared that he was ready to be investigated.

When contacted, the ICPC confirmed that it had received a letter from Gusau seeking that the expenditure of the missing fund should be investigated.

Gusau in the letter gave a brief detail of the grant’s payment and clarified that the fund was paid before he took over as the board chairman.

A copy of the letter submitted by Gusau read in part, “I am inviting the (ICPC) chairman to investigate the AFN. This is due to some allegation involving the IAAF missing $135,000.

“This has caused a great deal of disrepute to Nigeria as a nation. May you please investigate to establish the veracity of the matter. It is expedient that this investigation is carried out immediately.”

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Shops Submerged As Flood Destroys Over N15 Million Goods In Aba

14 June 2019 - 1:52am

A heavy downpour on Wednesday night in Aba, the commercial city of Abia, has left many homes, shops and markets submerged by flood.

Goods estimated at over N15 million were also destroyed by the flood.

At Ahia Ohuru (New Market), over 25 shops on lines 10, 16, 20, 43, 44 and 47 were all submerged.

Mr. Obinna Ogugua, a trader in the market, was said to have lost 32 bales of clothes, worth about N2.9 million.

The more than six hours rain also flooded the Ahuronye, Nwaogu and Mathew streets on Obuda/Eziukwu and Ohanku roads in the Ndiegoro area of the city, leaving many houses flooded.

The unfortunate development also rendered scores of residents of the area homeless.

A resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told NAN that he lost all his household items to the flood.

He said that it took the intervention of neighbours to save some children, especially those whose parents were away during the downpour, from being swept away by the flood.

Mr. Okechukwu Egechi, a landlord in the area, said in an interview with NAN that Wednesday’s experience was not new to them.

Egechi, however, said that the extent of flood and resultant damage of property was significantly higher than similar incidents in the recent past.

He said that he was away when the rain started but regretted that it was difficult for him to access his house when he returned at the end of the rain due to the heavy flood.

He said: “We have been complaining about the poor drainage in this area for many years, but nobody listened to us.

“It is so bad that we have people representing us at the state and federal levels but they do not know about the perennial flooding facing us.”

Egechi, who claimed that he lost all his property to the flood, also said that he nearly lost his 13-year-old daughter to the flood.

“As I was told, she was the last to leave the house and suddenly fell into the flood but was rescued by neighbours,” he said.

Mr. Oriaku Chisom, a Senior Pastor at the Garden of Life Ministries, situated at No. 6 Ahuronye Street, said that flooding had become a perennial problem in the area.

Chisom said: “The situation is not new. It has become an annual incident and usually takes residents unawares.

“What is happening is simply a sheer sign of neglect by our political leaders. People will suffer and buy household equipment only to lose them to flood every year.”

He said that although he was sent packing from his residence in the area by a flood some years ago, his church was still situated there.

He regretted that the Federal Government’s contract through the Ecological Fund Office for the reconstruction of the drains to properly address the flood menace was allegedly abandoned.

“We are calling on our leaders, from councilors, council chairmen, state and federal lawmakers, and the governor to urgently intervene in order to save the residents from the disaster,” Chisom said.

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