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Gunmen Attack Ambulance, Kills 2 On Ondo-Edo Boundary

sam, 2019-06-15 16:36




Gunmen have attacked an ambulance conveying medical materials along the boundary between Owo in Ondo State and Edo State.

SaharaReporters gathered that the ambulance, a white Toyota bus had some medical personnel and members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) when it was attacked.

An impeccable source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter confirmed the attack to SaharaReporters.

The source added that the ambulance was conveying some medical drugs meant for the treatment of Lassa fever when it was attacked at the boundary between Ondo and Edo states. 

"I learnt the team was on their way to present drugs and some medical materials,” the source explained, “which were meant to assist in the fight against Lassa fever before they were attacked.”

He added: "The team was traveling in the bus (ambulance) from Port Harcourt to deliver the materials when the bandits struck on Benin road.

"They stopped the bus and attacked the medical team – and shot people in the vehicle. At least, two people were shot dead.”

Another report said some of the ambulance’s occupants were abducted. 

However, Femi Joseph, the police spokesperson in Ondo State, when contacted on the telephone said the incident did not happen in the state.

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State House Clinic Recruitment: We’ll Investigate, Prosecute Individuals Peddling Falsehood, Says Presidency

sam, 2019-06-15 16:25


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State House PM News

Amidst reports that the Presidency has begun a recruitment exercise for the State House Clinic, the Permanent Secretary of the clinic, Jalal Arabi, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not employing any Nigerians at the moment, vowing that anyone involved in spreading such information will be investigated and prosecuted.

Arabi urged the public to ignore notices of recruitment at the State House Clinic currently making the rounds on the Internet.

In a Presidency statement, the Permanent Secretary advised the public to be more circumspect and wary of such notices that are designed by mischief makers to deceive and extort unsuspecting job seekers.

Arabi assured that the sponsors of the publication will be investigated and prosecuted.

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Suicide: Nigerian Teacher, 40, Found Dead In His Room

sam, 2019-06-15 16:04


A 40-year-old man, Femi Oguntumi, has been found dead and hung with a rope to a ceiling fan in his room at Dakata Quarters Kano.

Oguntumi was a staff of Karish College in Kawaji area of Kano and there has been no indication yet as to what led to the incident.

However, the police say they have launched a discreet investigation to determine whether it was suicide or not.

Abdullahi Haruna, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kano State said in a statement on Saturday in Kano that the police received information on the incident at about 8:15 pm on Friday.

He said that the body of the deceased was discovered hung with a rope to a ceiling fan in his room in what looked like a suicide.

“On reaching the scene of the incident the police found his lifeless body and was rushed to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano where he was confirmed dead.

“The corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the said hospital.”

Haruna added that Police Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered that discrete investigation be carried out to find out the cause of the unfortunate incident.

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Sex for Marks: Another Nigerian Lecturer Caught Pants Down

sam, 2019-06-15 16:01


 

The management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, says it has begun investigations into an allegation of sexual misconduct involving one of its lecturers, Dr. O. O Aduwo.

Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution in a statement on Saturday, said that the university had also queried the lecturer concerned.

”The attention of the management of Ekiti State University has been drawn to a video that has gone viral on an alleged sex scandal involving one of our lecturers.

“The video allegedly fingered one Dr. O. O. Aduwo of the Department of Accounting as the culprit and query has been issued to the accused lecturer, to state his own side of the story.

“This will be followed by a panel which would dig deep into the matter,” he said.

Olofinmuagun said the university would not condone any act of sexual harassment in the university.

This, he said, necessitated the query issued to the concerned lecturer to defend himself of the allegation as a first step in the spirit of due process.

“Thereafter, a panel of investigation will be constituted to get to the root of the matter, while the findings of the panel will be made public.

”The general public is hereby assured that management will continue to be transparent and will not allow such a matter that could smear its good image to be swept under the carpet,” the university’s spokesman added.

The lecturer was allegedly caught pants down a couple of days ago, trying to have carnal knowledge of one of his students (name withheld) as a condition to pass exams.

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Eagles Set For Friendly Against Teranga Lions

sam, 2019-06-15 15:26


Senegal’s Teranga Lions is Africa’s number one-ranked team, but the Super Eagles (ranked third) are determined to give a good account of themselves when both teams square up in Ismailia on Sunday evening.

Feelers from the camp indicate only a very positive ambience with players and officials thinking of how to bring honour and glory to the nation, when the whistle goes for kick off at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in seven days.

The last time both Nigeria and Senegal clashed at senior level was on 23rd March 2017, at The Hive (home of Barnet FC and London Bees) in London. Kelechi Iheanacho equalized from the spot after Moussa Sow had put Senegal ahead – both goals coming in the second half.

Three time African champions Nigeria are on an eight match unbeaten run since elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Sunday’s game has been scheduled to start at 7pm Egypt time (6pm Nigeria time) and both Federations have agreed that the match be played behind closed door in order to enable both coaching crews to tinker with tactics and strategy during the encounter.

The Nigeria delegation will depart from Ismailia on Monday morning, for Alexandria – venue of their Group B attrition against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

 

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Wig-wearing Women Get Ready: Tanzania To Impose Wig, Hair Extension Tax

sam, 2019-06-15 15:01


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Illustration; Woman wearing wig. DHgate

A row has broken out in Tanzania over the government's decision to impose a tax on wigs and hair extensions.

Many male and some female MPs applauded and thumped their desks in approval when Finance Minister Philip Mpango announced the tax in parliament.

Supporters of the levy say it will help women keep their hair natural.

But there has also been public outrage, with women saying they are being punished for wanting to look good in wigs and hair extensions.

Tanzanians tend to uphold traditional values, but society is changing and many women now wear wigs and extensions, the BBC's Aboubakar Famau reports from the capital, Dodoma.

In his budget speech in parliament on Thursday, Mr. Mpango announced a 25% tax on imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10% tax on those made locally as part of a series of measures aimed at increasing government revenue.

The cheapest wigs currently costs around $4 (£3.40), but they can sell for up to $130.

Mr. Mpango also scrapped the exemption on value-added tax placed on sanitary towels, saying consumers had not benefited as businesses did not reduce prices when it was introduced

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International Dream Cup: Future Eagles Lose 4-1 To Japan

sam, 2019-06-15 14:51


Nigeria’s U15 boys on Friday lost their second match of the 2019 International Dream Cup tournament to host nation Japan 1-4 at the Yurtec Stadium in Miyagi.

Following their 3-1 win over Mexico’s U16 on Wednesday, the Future Eagles were confident of a result against the Japanese.

But they got a lesson in marksmanship and staying power by the Japanese.

Katsushima, who would eventually annex the match ball with a hat-trick, opened the floodgates in the 16th minute.

Adeyeye Damilola equalized for Nigeria 10 minutes later.

Katsushima got his second four minutes after the restart, and then made it three for himself and Japan in the 52nd minute. Suwama Kosei made it 4-1 with seven minutes to go.

The Future Eagles will take on the U16 team of Romania on Sunday at the last venue, in their last game of the tournament.

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Kano Emirate Kingmakers Lose Bid To Stop Ganduje Emirs Parading As Kano Rulers

sam, 2019-06-15 14:51


 

A Kano High Court has rejected an application filed by four Kano emirate kingmakers, seeking the court to restrain the four newly installed emirs of Bichi, Karaye, Rano, and Gaya from parading themselves as emirs.

Voice of Nigeria reports that counsel to the plaintiffs, Suraj Said, also prayed to the court to stop Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the state from recognizing the new emirs and taking further actions on their appointment.

However, in his ruling on the application, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Badamasi dismissed the application, arguing that it lacked merit.

He then adjourned the matter until June 27 for hearing.

Following the appointment of the four new emirs recently, the plaintiff filed a motion to the state high court, asking it to stop the state government and the state House of Assembly from recognizing the emirs.

The motion also asked the court to restrain the newly appointed emirs from parading themselves as emirs.

But in his ruling, Mr. Badamasi ordered that status quo ante be maintained pending the ruling on the application on Friday, June 14.

Voice of Nigeria observed that the Plaintiffs in the suit were Madakin Kano, District head of Dawakin Tofa, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, District head of Wudil, Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, the district head of Gabasawa, Bello Abubakar and Sarkin Ban Kano, District head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.

The defendants included the new emirs; Tafida Abubakar-Ila of Rano; Ibrahim Abdulkadir of Gaya; Ibrahim Abubakar ll of Karaye, and the son of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero; Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero as well as the Attorney General of the state, Ibrahim Mukhtar.

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Federal Government's Dispute With MTN Plunges Foreign Investment By 43 Percent

sam, 2019-06-15 14:28


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Nigeria’s dispute with the telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria Plc, may have taken a severe toll on the nation’s foreign direct investment profile as FDI plunged 43 percent in 2018 at the backdrop of a significant 13 percent rise in FDI across sub-Sahara Africa within the same period.

The FDI inflow closed at $2.0 billion in 2018, down from $3.5 billion in 2017, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), a development which the report said, came as two global financial giants, HSBC and UBS, closed their representative offices in Nigeria.

The UNCTAD in its “World Investment Report”, also said FDI in sub-Saharan Africa rose 13% to $32 billion, adding that the rise in the FDI inflow into sub-Saharan Africa bucks a global downward trend, reversing two years of decline.

It stated: “Development of new mining and oil projects, a new U.S. development-finance institution and the ratification of an agreement to create a continent-wide free-trade area could further boost foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2019.

“Africa stands in sharp contrast to developed economies, which saw FDI inflows plunge 27% to their lowest level since 2004.”

The report said some African countries fared better than others, noting that “the Southern Africa region performed the best, taking in FDI of nearly $4.2 billion, up from -$925 million in 2017.

Foreign investment in South Africa more than doubled to $5.3 billion. “Though much of the South African jump came from intra-company loans, new investments included a $750 million Beijing Automotive Group plant and a $186 million wind farm being built by the Irish company Mainstream Renewable Energy.

“By contrast, inward FDI to Nigeria, a major oil producer, plunged 43% to $2 billion. Investors were put off by a dispute between the government and South African telecom giant MTN over repatriated profits.

Banks HSBC and UBS both closed representative offices there in 2018.

“That left Ghana, which is in the midst of an oil and gas boom and saw inflows of $3 billion, as West Africa’s leading destination for foreign investment.

“Italy’s Eni Group was behind Ghana’s largest greenfield investment project. Ethiopia remained East Africa’s top recipient of FDI at $3.3 billion, despite an 18% drop compared with the year before.

“Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania all saw increases in FDI inflows. Foreign investment in Uganda jumped 67% to a record $1.3 billion, boosted by the oil and gas development of a consortium that includes France’s Total, CNOOC of China and London-listed Tullow Oil.”

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President Buhari Salutes Former Head Of State General Abdusalami At 77

sam, 2019-06-15 14:24


President Buhari has congratulated former Head of State, General Abubakar Abdulsalami, on a life of purpose, driven by a passion to serve his country and humanity.

The president extols the former head of state’s commitment to peace, stability, and development in Nigeria, and the African continent, as he continually and relentlessly follows and counsels leaders and communities on values of togetherness and collective vision.

President Buhari believes General Abubakar’s visionary and selfless leadership style, and willingness for inclusive growth and development sets him apart for commendation, while the handing over to a civilian government in 1999 secured an enduring place for him in history.

He joins family members, professional colleagues, and friends in celebrating the African elder statesman and global voice.

The Nigerian leader that the almighty God will grant Gen. Abubakar longer life and good health as he continues to serve humanity.

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Lawless Lot: In Six Days, FRSC Arrests 5,713 Traffic Offenders In Nigeria

sam, 2019-06-15 14:20


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has arrested no fewer than 5,713 offenders nationwide during the recent Sallah celebrations.

According to Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Public Education Officer, the 5,713 offenders were apprehended for 6,481 offences committed across 2,053 routes covered by the corps during its special patrol operations which lasted six days.

He said that the patrols were part of the corps’ “renewed commitment towards creating a safer motoring environment in Nigeria.”

Mr. Kazeem disclosed that the FRSC successfully recorded a seven percent decrease in the total number of road traffic crashes and 12 percent reduction in fatality during the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir.

“The corps recorded a total of 117 crashes as against 126 of the same period in 2018 representing a seven percent decrease in the total number of crashes recorded within the period.

“Twenty-two out of the 117 crashes were fatal, compared to 25 of the same period in 2018, representing a 12 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded.”

He further said the most prevalent offence recorded during the period was seatbelt use violation with 1,492 offenders apprehended.

“More to this, public enlightenment campaigns within the period increased by 5.7 percent.”

Mr. Kazeem said that the recorded decrease in road traffic crashes during the 2019 Sallah celebration was as a result of improved patrols, robust public enlightenment campaign and prompt rescue services.

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APC Women To Buhari: 360 Of US Contested Last Elections Only 0.1 Percent Scaled Through

sam, 2019-06-15 14:15


The All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Aspirants Forum has criticized their male counterparts in the ruling party for marginalizing women to the extent that many of them could not clinch the party’s ticket to participate in the last general elections.

The forum, however, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the successful Democracy Day celebration which followed his inauguration for a second term in office.

The leader of the forum, Mrs. Adedoyin Eshanumi, who led other women aspirants to a thanksgiving prayer on Friday on behalf of the president noted that God answered their prayers by ensuring that both events were hitch-free.

Eshanumi, who used the occasion of the thanksgiving to seek God’s protection for President Buhari, as he pilots the affairs of the nation for another four years pleaded for the inclusion of more women to facilitate nation-building.

“We pray to God to give our dear president the good health, strength, and wisdom needed to lead the country to the next level. We are about 360 women that contested different elective positions but only 0.1 percent scaled through.

“Our dear president promised to include us in his government to show us love the way we have supported him through our votes and prayers and we promise not to let him down, especially as the anti-corruption crusade intensifies,” Eshanumi said.

Mrs. Omorede Osifo-Marshal, a former commissioner for Youths and Sports in Edo, who aspired to represent Oredo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said, Nigerian women needed 50 percent of the available appointments in President Buhari’s cabinet.

“We want women ministers, special advisers, board chairmen; we want state governors to make women commissioners and all of that.

“We don’t want the lowest positions; we are women aspirants and we worked very hard to represent our people but at the end of the day, it didn’t work out, some of us were denied our tickets.

“I believe that as a man of integrity, our president will keep his words, not just to the women of Nigeria but to the women aspirants because we have worked for the success of our party,” Osifo-Marshal said.

Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze, Senatorial aspirant in Ebonyi South, who also spoke at the event pleaded with the president to give the APC Women Aspirants choice appointments to position them for 2023 election.

“The states that have never produced a Minister should be seriously considered for Ministerial appointments and heads of parastatals. Other women that have the experience should also be included to serve,” she said.

Another aspirant Princess Nkem Igwe, who aspired for the party’s ticket for Ebonyi State House of Assembly, urged the president to carry more women along in his government.

“We have been so marginalized by the men in most of the contests but I thank God almighty for bringing President Buhari back for a second term in office,” she said.

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Borno Attacks

sam, 2019-06-15 14:03


The Islamic State says its fighters have killed no fewer than 20 Nigerian soldiers in some attacks in Borno State.

One of the attacks was carried out on Wednesday, July 12, in Borno State with the insurgents attacking troops of 158 Battalion Location in Kareto Village of Mobbar Local Government Area, Borno State.

Reuters News Agency reports on Friday that the outlawed group claimed responsibility for the attack in a message published on a website.

The group claims its affiliate, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split from the Boko Haram terrorist group in 2016, has carried out a number of attacks in the northeast over the last few months.

Efforts to get a reaction from the military proved abortive as the spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa did not respond to phone calls or reply text messages.

Meanwhile, the group also claimed to have attacked a military base in Kareto village which is some 130 kilometres from the Borno State capital Maiduguri.

The group claims an army commander was shot dead in the attack which the military is yet to confirm.

The attack has however left many soldiers dead with many others still missing. Locals confirmed that the whereabouts of the Commanding Officer of the battalion is still unknown.

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There’s No Future For Nigeria, Northerners Unreasonable, Unrealistic –Ohanaeze Ndigbo

sam, 2019-06-15 13:25


Chief. Nnia Nwodo

Chief. Nnia Nwodo

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Friday warned that there is no future for Nigeria with the current structural imbalance in the political spectrum of the country.

The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo who stated this in a statement,

The Ohanaeze president general said, “There is no future for Nigeria. As long as the north decides to be unreasonable and unrealistic, this country can never get better.

“The country is only heading for implosion as long as equity and fairness is denied some sections of the country. The only solution is restructuring or the country will eventually hit the rocks – if not today, tomorrow. What does it cost to be fair and live in peace?

“Certainly, nobody will blame anybody if emotion runs high and the thread holding the country becomes thin and snaps.

“No condition is permanent in life. There are ominous signs and the clouds are gathering. Let the remaining generation that witnessed the Nigerian civil war recant and save the country from the cataclysm that will envelop her if the upcoming generation are allowed to inherit the callousness and wickedness pervading the land now. Nigerians beware of civil war.”

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Buhari’s Cabinet: To Be Or Not To Be? By Fredrick Nwabufo

sam, 2019-06-15 12:21


Fredrick Nwabufo

Fredrick Nwabufo

“It will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So, Nigerians just have to be patient.”

This was Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, speaking to Reuters on July 1, 2015 on the hold-up in appointing ministers. He said the president was taking his time to assemble a team of “credible and competent” Nigerians.

But after six months of suspense and wearisome wait, some persons of blemished character and of inchoate competence still got hoisted into the cabinet. What a pathos-inducing denouement that was?

As a matter of fact, reinforcing failure is solving a problem with the same washed-out tools, methods and liveware. A president is as good as his cabinet; this is the reason competence must supersede every other value item in the check-list.

It has been 14 days since the inauguration of the second Buhari administration, and it is shaping up to be the sophomore of a prosaic interlude charged with a numbing suspense.  

Really, I think this uneasy wait could be the result of intense lobbying in “high places” or a consequence of ambivalence in making that important decision of appointing persons to the cabinet by President Buhari. And there is the speculation that most of the "arid hands" may return because they are angling and sparing no quarter in scheming to have another round at retailed power.

In an essay entitled, ‘Mr President, may we discuss your cabinet?’ Simon Kolawole delivered an incisive piece of protest when he said: “Mr President, I will now be straightforward: if you retain certain ministers, I will finally give up on your government. I have seen enough reasons to lose faith but there is this never-say-die spirit that keeps me hoping even when it does not make sense. That is in my DNA. I have, however, been gravely worried that most of the ministers have been saying quietly that they are returning. In fact, I am told more than half of your cabinet will be re-appointed. I hope this is a joke, Mr President. Tell me it’s a joke, Mr President. Assure me, Mr President, that this is a joke. This is a cabinet you should have dissolved years ago! How on earth would they be retained? Say it ain’t so, Mr President.”

With due attribution, I so declare: “I will finally give up on Buhari, if certain former political 'appointees' return.” The truth is, loyalty is not a strong point for outsourcing critical ministries or offices to loudly incompetent persons. This was the intended experiment with Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications. He is, perhaps, the most tragic misfit to have headed that ministry.

And it is not that the president lacks a pool of human resources to make his pick from within or outside his party. But the Nigerian brand of politics of cronyism, loyalty and patronage blights credible choices.

To say the least, I am not oblivious of the achievements of some officials in the administration.  I know that there have been genuine reforms at some agencies. At PTAD, I know, Sharon Ikeazor, executive secretary of the agency introduced the Anti-corruption Transparency Unit to purge the agency of institutional corruption; I know she created a database for pensioners, jettisoning the antiquated and cumbersome filing process; yanked off more than 24,000 ghost pensioners from the system, saving about N495 million monthly for the government. But would it not be fantastic if we had a female Secretary to the Government of the Federation? What is to be said for gender inclusion?

At NEITI, I know there have been reforms. I know there is a push to establish public registers of beneficial owners (real owners) of oil, gas and mining companies which operate in the country by 2020. Already, there is a published roadmap on beneficial ownership disclosure which provides clear definition of who beneficial owners are. The essence of this is to bring transparency and accountability into the extractive industry. What better way to fight corruption in the opaque sector? Also, the man leading this charge at NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio, is a public officer who is known to have shrunk the appurtenances of office off his own bat.

At the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the integrity of data has remained untainted. I remember a few months to the 2019 election; the NBS published some unemployment figures which were unfavourable to the government. Really, it takes special courage to hold up the end of non-compromise in this circumstance. Dr Yemi Kale, statistician-general, braved death threats to do his job.

And there are many other Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in public service like Dr Joe Abah who initiated a series of pristine reforms while he was the director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms. The talent pool in Nigeria is inexhaustible. But the committee of “political scouts” are comfortable with the optional familiar.

President Buhari should imagine himself as the CEO of a blue-chip company. He must understand that competence is ultimate; it comes first, and that appointing career politicians to sensitive offices as he experimented in the time of "change" will not take us to the "Next Level" now.

 

@FredrickNwabufo

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76 Parties Declare Bayelsa State Election Commission Chairman Unfit

sam, 2019-06-15 12:15


Ahead of the council polls in Bayelsa, 76 political parties have called for the removal  of the acting chairman of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) Ball Oyarede, within three days.

The parties under the umbrella of Party Advisory Council (IPAC) also directed members to withdraw from participating in the forthcoming elections.

Their stance was based on allegations that the chairman is a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections.

The leadership of IPAC also directed all member political parties that have not conducted their primaries to put their primaries on hold until their demands were met.

State chairman of IPAC, Mr. Eneyi Zidougha, confirmed the report, threatening to drag the state government to court if their demands were not met after three days.

He said: "Our demand is simple. We are asking the state governor to remove Ball Oyarede, who is a card-carrying member of the PDP and replace him with a none PDP member, preferably somebody from the academia. And we are giving the Governor a three day ultimatum to meet this demand." 

BYSIEC has yet to react to the allegations.

Mr. Oyarede was a serving member of the Bayelsa State sixth Assembly whose tenure ended on June 6, 2019.

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Mob Attack Ruggedman In London Restaurant Over Naira Marley Comments

sam, 2019-06-15 12:07



Veteran Nigerian rapper Micheal Ugochukwu, better known as Ruggedman, was attacked at a restaurant in London, the United Kingdom on Friday night.

The rapper, who is in London for a show was having dinner at a fast food named 805 restaurants when he was accosted by a group of four boys wearing a hoodie.

In a video circulating online, the rapper could be seen trying to protect himself while his attackers made use of chairs and objects around to hit him. Ruggedman in the midst of the scuffle found a way to escape out of the restaurant as his attackers continued chasing him. 

A few hours later, Ruggedman took to his official Instagram handle to confirm the incident saying he won’t stop in fighting for the youths. He also thanked the London Police department for their prompt action.

“Being attacked by four misguided boys will not deter me from fighting for the youths, even though they blindly fight me” He wrote alongside a picture of him and a London police officer.

It will be recalled that prior to the arrest and arraignment of Nigerian singer Azeez  Fashola better known as Naira Marley, Ruggedman had chided the singer for showing support for cybercrime better known as Yahoo Yahoo. 

"@nairamarley My brother, I love your music and all but you need to get one thing clear and do not mislead people. Especially kids on social media. You can do Yahoo all you want, but do not disrespect the part of the black race that was sold into slavery by trying to use it to justify cybercrime. The people who bought slaves died ages ago. If you want to fight that, then start a cause/movement against the British and America. Whoever owned slaves, but stealing the hard earned money of other people isn't about slavery. You say the Nigerian leaders are looting trillions outta this country, why aren't you hacking their accounts and giving back to the people Robin Hood style? I swear I go hail you for that one,"

"But bro respect the black race and don't try to use it to justify cybercrime. E no follow. If it wasn't a crime popo won't be busting boys for it. Thousands of qualified Nigerians can't get jobs outside Nigeria because of "yahoo". Their families are suffering. Young Nigerians are suspect everywhere they go because of "yahoo". If you want to do it, enjoy. Nobody is stopping you. But remember that if you do the crime, if you are caught you do the time. I got friends that are into it, I don't judge. I got friends who are in jail as we speak for doing it, I don't judge. All man dey hustle. God bless all our hustles and let's hold our leaders accountable." the rapper wrote on his Instagram April.

This did not go down well with Naira Marley who went on Instagram live few hours later  to call out Ruggedman  saying he is a "moron' and addressed the rumour of him sleeping with 9ice's wife, which broke up their marriage.

However, few days after the jibes throwing by both artist, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  picked up Naira Marley on his birthday at his fellow artiste house, Zlatan in Lekki, Lagos.

After his arrest, Naira Marley was arraigned on 11 count charge of violating the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015. This led to insuination by fans of Naira Marley that Ruggedman had a hand in the arrest of the singer.  

Although, the rapper has severally denied playing a role in the arrest of Naira Marley this did not stop him from being attacked by aggrieved fans in London last night. 

Naira Marley who regained freedom yesterday after meeting his bail conditions left Nigeria for United Kingdom at the age of 11 years old and has lived in there most part of his life until his return in 2018 following the success of his single "Issa Goal".

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Super Eagles Drop Three Spots In Latest FIFA Ranking

sam, 2019-06-15 12:00


Super Eagles

Super Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped three spots to 45th in the latest FIFA ranking.

The Eagles had moved four places in the previous release back in April but now join Guinea, DR Congo, Lesotho and Seychelles as the African teams with the biggest drops in the standings.

Despite the global fall, however, the Eagles remain the third best team in Africa behind first-placed Senegal and Tunisia in second.

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We’re Not Against New Zamfara Governor – Opposition

sam, 2019-06-15 11:57


Ten political parties in Zamfara have disassociated themselves from a court action challenging the election of Governor Bello Matawalle said to have been instituted on their behalf by the All Peoples Party (APP).

The governorship candidate of APP in the election, Alhaji Zayyanu Haske, has filed a case at the Zamfara governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Haske is asking for the nullification of the election that returned Matawalle as governor.

The APP candidate, who claimed to be supported by other political parties in the state, also asked the tribunal to order for a fresh governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the matter, leaders of 10 political parties, led by the Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Alhaji Musa Mai-mai, said that they were not a party to the case and were not consulted before it was instituted.

“We were not consulted; we believe that the Supreme Court judgment, which gave the mandate to Matawalle, after annulling the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the candidate was in order,” he said.

Briefing newsmen at the AD office in Gusau, Mai-mai said that those challenging Matawalle’s seat were “carrying out a blind opposition which is not right”.

“We are dissociating ourselves from those people and their moves; we want the whole world to know that they are on their own.

“Many leaders and elders from the state have extended their hands of fellowship to the new administration, including the immediate past governor, Yari. So, we believe that everyone should rally round this government to help it succeed,” he said.

The AD official urged people of the state to disregard those challenging the new administration and pray for the government to succeed, especially in its fight against bandits.

Other political parties that signed the document dissociating their groups from challenging Matawalle included PRP, SDP, ID, HD, ASD, MMN, NAC, KOWA and FRESH.

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Over 180 Million Nigerians Require 2 Million Units Of Blood Annually -Ministry Of Health

sam, 2019-06-15 11:50


The Federal Ministry of Health has said Nigeria requires an estimated two million units of blood every year to adequately meet the blood requirements of the populace.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abdullahi Mashi, said at a news conference to commemorate:

He said that less blood was currently being donated thereby leading to avoidable deaths, morbidity or ill health, particularly among the womenfolk, new-born and children, victims of road traffic accidents and insurgencies.

Mashi specifically noted that as long as the demand outstrips the supply, touting and racketeering of blood and blood products would continue to thrive.

He emphasized that the situation could only be improved “If only one percent of the country’s adult population commit themselves to voluntary non-remunerated blood donation on a regular basis”.

According to him, transfusion of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year and in fact, every few seconds, someone, somewhere needs blood.

“The use of blood and blood products has become an integral part of modern medical practice.

“Access to safe blood and blood products is a key component of an effective health system and a significant building block for the successful achievement of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“With a population of over 180 million, Nigeria’s estimated blood need is about two million units per annum. Unfortunately, much less is currently donated leading to avoidable deaths, morbidity or ill health,” he noted.

The permanent secretary noted that the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) has been established to coordinate blood safety activities in Nigeria, adding that the enormous task required the support of all and sundry toward the attainment of its set goal.

The NBTS according to him strives in line with its mandate to provide an adequate supply of screened and safe blood, using a minimum standard of semi-automated enzyme-linked immune-sorbent assay technology.

He noted that the service last year collected about 20,503 units of screened blood from voluntary blood donors through its network of 17 centres, while 16,098 units of blood were issued to various hospitals nationwide for transfusion purposes.

Mashi emphasized that universal access to safe blood transfusion required innovative strategies to ensure safe and sufficient blood supply, which included 100 percent of voluntary blood donation as well as ensuring 100 percent testing of donated blood.

He assured that the service would continue to work hard to increase its annual blood collection, adding that efforts were being made toward expanding the reach of NBTS.

“NBTS is set to migrate its blood screening platform from a semi-automated system to a fully automated system at its centres in Abuja and Jos.

“One Architect 1000SR equipment has been installed at these two centres.

“This equipment has a shorter turn-around time and will ensure the availability of blood units screened for the mandatory four transfusion-transmissible infections (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis) within twenty-four hours.

“Considerable progress has also been made in institutionalizing a Blood Rotation Scheme through linkages established with hospitals in both urban and rural communities.

“Therefore, I make a special appeal to our tertiary and secondary hospitals to embrace the Hospital Linkage Programme designed by the NBTS in order to ensure increased access to safe blood and improvement of our maternal and child health indices.

Mashi noted that the theme for the year was adopted to emphasize the vital need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial role that voluntary blood donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

According to him, the day was set aside to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products worldwide and also to appreciate voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gift of blood among others.

 

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