BBNaija: (PEG) Tacha launches pad for every girls (photos)


Natacha Akide has launched a new project, tagged ‘Pad for every girl’ (PEG).

The reality star went on a short visit with her team to Government Girls secondary school, Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, and they donated sanitary pads to the young students.

Natacha further shared a seminar with the girls, on maintaining menstrual hygiene, where she talked about menstruation and how the female students should carry themselves while on their periods.

Sharing an update of the event via her verified instagram page, the reality star wrote;

“Natacha Akide Initiative has launched a project, Pad for Every Girl (PEG) Myself and my team shared sanitary pads and I gave lectures on Menstrual Hygiene Management🔱 @kuwtacha”


#Newsworthy. .

Lagos Okada Ban: Horse transport from Ikoyi to Obalende, N3,500


A show promoter has claimed that he was asked to pay 3,500 Naira for a horse ride from Keffi street, Ikoyi to Obalende.

Instagram user @Iamstillonstill revealed he waited for a bus for like 30 minutes but when he didn’t see one, he decided to ride on a horse to his destination.

However, when he asked the rider how much it will cost, he was told he will have to pay 3,500 Naira for the short journey.


#Newsworthy…

Bayelsa chairman appoints 118 year old woman as his special adviser


A woman has been appointed as a special adviser for a LGA Vice Chairman in Bayelsa state but her age has got social media users talking.

The woman identified as Mrs. Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono is about 118 years old… (yeah you read that right).

A twitter page with the handle @BayelsaLink shared the news on the micro-blogging site and wrote ;

KOLGA VICE CHAIRMAN APPOINTS A 118YR OLD AS SPECIAL ADVISER ON ELDERS MATTERS.

See appointment letter below ;

See some reactions from twitter users ;


#Newsworthy…

Oshiomhole is the one with killer squad – Philip Shuaibu backs Obaseki


Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, has dismissed a claim by the 14-Edo lawmaker that his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has killer-squad detailed to kill the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The 14-Edo lawmaker had, while accusing Governor Obaseki of hatching plan to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders in the state, said: “We want to believe that because the leaders of our party, across the country, have been quiet to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.


“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt public peace,” they noted.

However, reacting to the claim while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Shuaibu alleged that it is the APC boss that should rather be accused of training a killer squad, due to his claim that he has infantry.


Asked what he knew about his governor training killer squad to kill Oshiomhole, he replied: “I don’t know anything about the governor’s killer squad. The governor does not have any squad rather, it is Oshiomhole who boasted in both social and conventional media that he has an infantry.

“So, if we are looking for the person who has killer squad, it should be the person who has infantry,” he said.


On the possibility of peace reigning in the party, the deputy governor maintained that the condition for peace to reign politically between him and Oshiomhole, is an apology and an endorsement of the governor for the second term.

“The only condition for two us to be on the same page politically is for him (Oshiomhole) to come back to Edo State as a father and say what has happened is in the past.

“And that he believes now that Governor Obaseki has taken the governance to the next level and for all of us to come back together and vote him for second term.

“When he (Oshiomhole) does that I will now be on the same page with him politically,” he said.


#Newsworthy…

Shocker: UNN ban Okada in Nsukka campus


The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has banned the use of motorcycles in Nsukka campus to check persistent cases of insecurity and need to secure the lives and properties.

The ban was contained in a memorandum to the university community dated January 17, 2020, which was signed by Mr Chris Igbokwe the registrar of the university. It was entitled, “Total ban on the use of motorcycles in Nsukka campus.”


The memo partly reads: “I have been directed to convey to the university community and the public, the total ban of the use of motorcycles in the premises of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus with effect from Monday, February 18, 2020, as already obtained in the Enugu campus of the university and other federal universities.

“This decision was taken after due consideration of the security situation in Nsukka campus and the persistence of disturbing cases of insecurity of human and material resources. Most of these unwholesome criminal acts are perpetrated through the use of motorcycles on campus.


“All defaulting motorcycles will be impounded by the security department, and will only be released on payment of recovery fee of N5,000 by each offender.

“The acting chief security officer and the security departments are directed to ensure full compliance and apprehend and detain any motorcycle that is found within the university premises in contravention of the direction.


“For avoidance of doubt, affect all categories of staff, students and the general public,” he said.

Mr. Christian Alumona the acting CSO, UNN, confirmed to our reporter that motorcycles are been used for criminal activities on campus.

He said that the ban was not targeted at anybody or groups but a decision was taken to safeguard the lives and property of staff and students of the institution, adding that

the security department will ensure total compliance once the ban takes effect.


#Newsworthy…

25 year old alleged defiler of 5 faces Magistrate’s court in Lagos


Samuel Imoh, 25, on Wednesday, appeared before Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos State over alleged defilement of a five-year-old girl.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione, told the chief magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, that the defendant committed the alleged defilement on January 26, by 7.00 a.m., at No. 40, Akiti St., Okota area of Lagos.


He alleged that the defendant unlawfully had sexual intercourse with the minor which contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The offence attracts life imprisonment if found guilty. The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The magistrate ordered that the defendant be remand at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending when the case would be filed at the Ikeja Special and Sexual Offences Court and adjourned the case till February 26, 2020.


#Newsworthy…

NSCIA to FG – Declare state of emergency


National Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has joined some other Nigerians in calling for a state of emergency to be declared on security in Nigeria.

The NSCIA said the state of security has deteriorated to the point that human life has significantly lost value, hence the urgent action by the Federal Government to salvage the situation.


NSCIA director of administration, Alhaji Yusuf Chinedozie Nwoha, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the nation has lost confidence in the capacity of security agents to guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians.

He condemned the protest march taken by some Christian leaders some days back against the rise in insecurity in Nigeria, stating that it was politicised.


#Newsworthy…

MMIA Airport: Customs intercepts $8.065m cash from suspect

…Uncovers N10.3bn pangolin scales


The Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted $8.065 million cash from suspected money launderers.

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) zone A also impounded 147 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 9,504.1kg and valued at N10.264 billion at an abandoned warehouse in Isheri Estate.


However, Daily Sun learnt that the currency was intercepted in a bus belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) at the airport tarmac, which was ready to be smuggled into an aircraft.

While showcasing the seizures yesterday at a press briefing in Lagos, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), said that the consignment packed in a coaster bus was laoded in six big Bagco bags, adding that one suspect, the driver of the bus, Chimezie Okonkwo, was arrested.


According to him, after the preliminary investigations, the money would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigations to reveal the real owners of the money.

Speaking on the pangolin scales, Ali said the seizure would attract World Customs Organisation (WTO).recommendation.


He, therefore, commended the FOU Zone A for making such huge seizure of the pangolin scales.

According to him, Nigeria is a signatory to Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which categorises this species under absolute prohibition. “Therefore, its importation or trade is illegal globally”, the Customs boss added.


On other seizures, he explained that 3,067 bags of contraband foreign rice (50kg), 3,722 jerry cans of 25 litres and 1040 of 4.73 litres of vegetable oil, 14 units of exotic vehicles, 575 pieces of used tyres, among others, were seized with a Duty Payment Value (DPV) of N303.244 million, making a cumulative duty paid value of N10.567 billion within the month under review.

While reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company plc (NACHO), Tayo Ajakaye, said:

“NAHCO as an organization has no connection whatsoever with this alleged act. The company has initiated contact with the Nigerian Customs Service’ hierarchy to provide it with details of this incident. As a responsible corporate organisation, NAHCO will cooperate with all regulators, agencies and other stakeholders in not only finding out the truth about this unfortunate incident, but also rooting out malpractices in the sector.”

However, he said NAHCO does not condone irresponsible and criminal behaviour, adding that the company takes seriously the trust of its esteemed clients, partners and other stakeholders, both local and international, and will do everything to protect that trust.


#Newsworthy

Island of Jersey, Nigeria, U.S signs repatriation deal of $318.4m


Federal Government has signed a Tripartite Agreement with the U.S. and the Island of Jersey for the repatriation of 318.4 million dollars looted by former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

Nwonye said Nigeria signed the Tripartite agreement with the U.S and Island of Jersey on Monday in Washington D.C.


Nwonye said that the funds are to be used to fund three major projects, namely, the Lagos-Ibadan Express way, the Abuja – Kano Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge.

He said the projects will be supervised by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).


“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the United States of America and the Island of Jersey today, Feb.3, at the U.S Department of States, Washington DC.

“Signed a tripartite agreement for the repatriation of the sum of 318. 4 million dollars being an amount looted and starched away by former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.


“The agreement which was signed by the Attorney General of the Federation Mr. Abubakar Malami on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Mr. Mark Temple, Assistant Solicitor General of the Island of Jersey on behalf of the Island.

“And Mr. Kevin Drisioil, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the US Department of Justice on behalf of the Government of the United States was witnessed by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

“And his counterparts from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; Humanitarian Affairs, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the National Security Adviser.

“Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Group Managing Director of NNPC, and the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, among others,” Nwonye stated.


#Newsworthy…

NIHSA says ‘Raining’ this year will be fire-for-fire


Ahead of the raining season, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) has predicted more intense flooding.

Director General of the agency, Mr Clement Nze, who made the disclosure when he briefed newsmen on the 2020 flooding season in Abuja, yesterday, admonished Nigerians to make adequate preparation to avoid loss of lives and property.


Last years, flash floods hit at least 124 local government areas across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory – Abuja (FCT) and affected 210,117 people with 171 casualties and 130,610 people reportedly displaced.

He called on all state governments, stakeholders, multi-national companies and the general public to construct drainage to prevent flooding across the country.


He said flooding incidents had led to loss of lives, property, disruption of economic activities and loss of several hectares of agricultural lands across the country.

According to him, this is the appropriate time to build dredges, river channels, clear blocked gutters and drainage.


“This is also the right time to pull down structures that are within the flooding plains and flood paths, this dry season is a reasonable and better time to do that before the rains set in,’’ he said.

Nze said Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on its Seasonal Rainfall Prediction made available recently recorded that South-south areas would start experiencing rainfall on February 24.


“The northern states of the country will experience rainfall from June 22. The respective predicted cessation date for south-south is December 28, while northern parts are September 26.

“This implies that Nigeria is likely to experience longer period of rainy season in 2020, compared to 2019. This however does not automatically translate to more flooding incidents.’’


The director general said NIHSA was the most active and visible agency in the prediction and issuance of flood early warning alerts in the country.

Nze said flooding were caused by high intensity rainfall of long duration, inadequate drainage of low lying areas, human activities and increasing global population, among others.


“It is believed that flooding will continue to persist as long as expanding activities of man also continue.

“Therefore, there is the need to control human activities, environmental adjustment and purposefully adopting actions in certain areas that will make the adjustment possible.’’


Nze said NIHSA had the responsibility of monitoring all the major rivers in the country, including the trans-boundary Rivers Niger and Benue.

“The agency does this through the establishment of automatic hydro-meteorological stations which measures several parameters on the rivers from where long-term data are acquired and archived for accurate prediction of various phenomena.’’


He said that the agency would be presenting the 2020 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) to the public very soon.

He, however, warned Nigerians to heed to the flood predictions as well as adhering to the necessary measures put in place to prevent loss of lives and property.


NiMet has also predicted flight delays and cancellations in year 2020 due to extreme weather conditions.

NiMet said activities accompanied with onset and cessation of the rainy season such as squall lines, thunderstorms, wind shear, microburst, flash floods could flood the runways.

“Additionally, dust haze during the Harmattan season could result in poor visibility which also leads to disruption of flight operations.

“Therefore, aviation stakeholders should take precautionary measures especially during the onset and cessation of rainfall for smooth and safe operations,“ it said.


#Newsworthy…

Embassies, Multinational firms to support Sokoto state’s “National Trade & Exhibition”


Sokoto State is set to play host to the 11th edition of National Trade and Exhibition fair slated for February 10, 2020.

President, Sokoto State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SOCCIMA), Alhaji Muazu Bello Maiwurno disclosed this while briefing journalists on Wednesday.

He said the edition tagged “Sokoto 2020”, with the theme: “Revitalizing the Agricultural and Social Networking Mineral sectors as key to Economic Diversification of Sokoto State and the Nation,” is scheduled from February 10 to March 24, 2020.

Maiwurno noted that the theme is in line with the current economic agenda of the Federal Government on the overall diversification of the nation’s economy.

He further disclosed that 23 foreign embassies and no fewer than 300 multinational companies across the country have been invited to participate in the trade exhibition.

Speaking on the gains of the exhibition, Maiwurno said it will promote and encourage development of industrial inputs as well as to accelerate development of commerce and industry in the state.

The president added that the exhibition is also aimed to provide access to research findings, new technologies, and ideas for actualising them by industrialists and policymakers through B2B interactions among others benefits.

Maiwurno informed that preparations towards the successful hosting of the exhibition have reached advanced stage.

He also listed Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, Dangote Group, Sahara Bakers Eatery and Confectionaries, Rima Foam: AGG Mall, Fodio Mall, Yusha’u Abdullahi Furniture Factory, Alkanci Furniture and Sokoto Rima Basin as part of numerous national and multinational companies invited for products exhibition.

The president, however, commended the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for his financial and moral support as well as the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for what he described as his fatherly support.

He noted that the standing organising committee of the exhibition is currently working relentlessly with experienced consultants towards ensuring most organised, innovative and successful trade fair in the history of the state


#Newsworthy…

U.S donates $40m to assist humanitarian efforts in Nigeria

…Says it will hold Nigeria accountable if security forces violate human rights


As Nigerians grapple with the reality of the visa ban slammed on the country and five others, the United States has donated an additional $40 million to assist humanitarian efforts in the northeast.
The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced the donation at the end of the 5th Session of the Nigeria-United States of America Bi-national Commission held in Washington D.C, United States.
The United States added that the amount will help in the rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram insurgency, including others who have suffered similar fate in the northeast.
Pompeo who spoke after a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, recalled that the United States had in 2019, provided nearly the sum of $350 million to assist the victims.
He disclosed that the meeting centred on how to continue to strengthen the economic and security ties between both countries, which he said, was a real priority for the Trump administration in Africa because Nigeria is Africa’s most populous democracy and its largest economy.
Pompeo added that Nigeria is already America’s second-largest trading partner in Africa as United States companies from Google to Chevron to KPMG, invested over a billion dollars in Nigeria in 2018 alone, creating over 18,000 jobs and indirectly supporting three million others.
He further disclosed that both countries discussed how to tighten trade ties even further, including in infrastructure investment and embracing free-market policies that attract capital – private capital, ensuring consistent enforcement of the law, stating that doubling down on anti-corruption efforts are the surest way to grow prosperity in Nigeria and all across the region.
Pompeo added that the United States was pleased that President Muhammadu Buhari had prioritized that fight against corruption in the country which was why the United States signed an agreement to return more than $308 million in assets stolen by former military head of state, late General Sani Abacha.Pompeo who further spoke on the cooperation between the United States and Nigeria in the area of security, said the cooperation had been expanding.
“Case in point: Nigeria’s recent $500 million purchase of 12 U.S.-made A-29 aircraft. This supports President Buhari’s recently-stated goal of creating ‘a security force with the best training and modern weaponry.’
“He also pledged that those forces ‘will be held to the highest standards of… respect for human rights.’
“The United States will hold Nigeria to that pledge, and we’ll help you achieve it. The United States has already invested in the training of Nigeria’s military on human rights and the Law of Armed Conflict.
“Nigeria was one of the first African nations to join the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. America is now supporting the Nigerian fight against ISIS’s largest global affiliate, ISIS-West Africa – a dangerous threat to both of our countries.
“In part, due to this terrorism threat, on Friday, President Trump announced the suspension of immigrant visas for Nigerians because Nigeria has room to grow in sharing important national security information. I am optimistic that’s going to happen. In the proclamation, President Trump highlighted Nigeria’s importance as a strategic partner in the global fight against terrorism and recognized the government’s commitment to improving information sharing with us.
“The foreign minister and I also discussed today, the massive humanitarian crisis and the conflict with Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa and other religious and ethnic violence.
“We know that these issues are hard. We know that they’re complicated. But I strongly encouraged the Nigerian Government to do more to protect its civilians, including religious communities and the humanitarian organizations seeking to assist them.
“To aid in this effort, I’m pleased to announce today an additional $40 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria, adding to the nearly $350 million that we provided last year,” Pompeo said.On his part, Onyeama said the Nigeria-United States Bi-national Commission was a very important and valued framework for the cooperation between the United States and Nigeria which reflected the importance that Nigeria attach to the bilateral relations between both countries.
He stated that the areas highlighted by Pompeo such as security, democracy and governance, corruption and economic development were extremely at the heart of the Buhari administration.
“We – the three thematic areas that we dealt with, which were also mentioned by the secretary – of course, security. Security for us has become a major issue, an existential threat. But of course, we know that terrorism is a global threat, and we appreciate and value very much, the cooperation that we’ve received from the United States Government. As the secretary mentioned, there are some fighter planes, A-29 Super Tucanos that we hope to be able to procure to help us on this fight. But there are other areas – sharing of intelligence with our partners – that the United States has been supporting us in. We appreciate very much that support.
“Of course, we are faced with other security issues within Nigeria, and we know that some of them are causes of disquiet amongst our partners, and we are addressing a number of them. And in addressing those internal challenges, and especially in the security area, we absolutely make it clear and strive to uphold human rights. We have the greatest interest in protecting the – and respecting the human rights of our population, and we do that.
“Of course, the other area that we’ve discussed has been democracy and governance. And as the secretary has mentioned – and we thank again the United States for it – the sums of money that was restituted to Nigeria with the Bailiwick, it’s called, State of Jersey and the United States, $321 million, we appreciate the effort – and steps that have been taken in accessing these stolen funds. And it’s an area that we prioritize in our country because huge resources have been siphoned out of our country.
“And of course, in some of these cases, it takes a bit longer than we would like to have these funds returned to our country, but we’re working very closely with the United States and we appreciate the support being provided in recovering and repatriating these illicit financial flow funds, and also, of course, as I said, the government of Jersey,” Onyeama said.


#Newsworthy…

Lagos: Okada riders clashes with Police


There is total lockdown at the Iyana Ipaja area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway with commercial tricycle (‘Keke’) and motorcycle (‘Okada’) operators barricading the road and destroying commercial buses.

The Okada and Keke operators, armed with guns, machetes, daggers and broken bottles, disrupted commercial activities and vehicular movements on the road.


They were shootings and throwing of stones on passersby and motorists.

The police are presently trying to disperse the rampaging protesters who are protesting the state government’s restrictions on their activities in some local government areas, bridges and routes in Nigeria’s largest city and most populated state.


#Newsworthy…

Oduduwa Republic Beckons – Forget about Restructuring


Since the amalgamation of Nigeria by the British, Nigeria never knew peace. The amalgamation produced a “convenient fiction” known as Nigeria. The political arrangement makes for no political cohesion but political confusion and contradictions.

The long running monopoly of power at the centre by the northerners anchored on politics of exclusion, gives undue and unmerited advantage and privilege to the northerners at the expense of other ethnic groups. The non-inclusive politics and governance practiced by the northerners, arbitrarily ceded the ownership of Nigeria as it were, to them. This practice of politics of exclusion makes it impossible for a government of collective purpose and common vision. The federalism practiced by northerners is a business run by family, village, clan, and Sharia irredentists.


The recent bombings, killings, kidnappings, Boko Haram, and Fulani herdsmen terrorists are the latest signs that Nigeria cannot be one country for long. Some Nigerians especially the delusional few ruling elites still believe the trading back and forth of Muslim and Christian, north and south presidents is the best way to prop up the collapsed country.

It is tragic that General Muhammadu Buhari as president and his few supporters refused to see the handwriting on the wall that Nigeria is on the brink and that Nigeria has fallen apart. As a matter of fact, Nigeria has collapsed. There’s no semblance of government in any of the 36 states of the federation. We are watching a Nollywood horror movie “Nigeria: A Bloody Country” graphically depicted in unrestrained horrific state of disorder, killings, violence, corruption, escalating religious and ethnic tensions, that continue to fuel agitation for separation.


For the past almost 60 years after independence, the situation in Nigeria looks no different. With each passing day, it looks irredeemable. Nigeria is always boiling. Always engulfed in violence. Disaster is always looming. It’s always fresh calamities. Nigeria has always been on the brink. Nigeria is doomed with an inexorable collapse.

To think of restructuring Nigeria will be like pouring water into a basket. An attempt to restructure Nigeria will fail because the northerners with collaboration of few bribed Yorubas and Igbos will defeat any meaningful restructure. You all remember what happened at the National Conference set up by President Goodluck Jonathan. At the conference, the northerners opposed every progressive proposal such as more autonomy to the state and local governments. They opposed state and local police, new revenue sharing formula based on derivation and other ideas to move Nigeria forward from the 17th century feudal country to a modern 21st century nation.


The northerners remain the greatest obstacles to a workable union based on true federalism. Federalism is a political system that permits a large measure of regional self-rule, a preserver of liberties, and a vehicle for flexible response to citizens’ problems. These features are meant to reduce conflict between diverse communities. They are meant to encourage competition, creativity, and innovation.

But the Northerners controlling the centre are anti-true federalism, anti-democracy, anti-one Nigeria. In their greed for power and resource control, they monopolized every available political and governmental positions. There used to be “federal character” whereby all states were equally represented in political appointments and in the federal bureaucracy. But, not anymore.


Federalism allows regions to federate and govern themselves, or risk national dissolution. The northerners’ interpretation and practice of federalism is winner takes all. The states have been turned to beggars. They have rendered the states powerless. The federal government has 68 items on its exclusive list – a recipe for dysfunctional federalism and ungovernable nation. The federal government is too powerful, too rich, too prodigal, too corrupt, too irresponsible and unresponsive, too moribund, and too lopsided to foster a united, purposeful, peaceful, and prospered nation.

A true federalism based on equity and fairness prevents agitation for separation. In the absence of a true federalism, separation is the alternative and the lasting solution. After almost 60 years, we still don’t know where we are coming from and where we are headed. Nigeria is not one. Nigeria can never and will never be a nation. Enough of the tomfoolery. Let’s reason like human beings with some intelligence and wisdom.

Now to the international community, America in particular. It is no more politically wise for the US to continue playing the role of non-interventionist in the theatre of destruction caused by religious bigotry and ethnic cleansing sponsored by General Buhari through his Fulani terrorists jihadists. By its sheer size, population, and economy, Nigeria is too important for the US to play the role of an observer.

The US should do all in its power to hasten the peaceful break up of Nigeria before the Fulani terrorists jihadists plunge the country into another civil war. The situation in the country has reached the climax where separation is inevitable. The Igbos are long gone from Nigeria. The agitation for Oduduwa Republic is deafening. Oduduwa Republic beckons!


#Newsworthy…

Court reinstates colonel auwal suleman since 2016


The compulsory retirement slammed on a serving military intelligence officer, Colonel Mohammed Auwal Suleman, by the Nigerian Army Council in June 2016 has been voided and set aside by a law court.

The court rejected the mischievous claim of the Nigerian Army that Colonel Suleman ought to serve 18 years only in the military service.


Colonel Suleman, a multi-award-winning counter-insurgency officer, had served diligently in the Presidential Guard, Military Intelligence Unit and coordinated the activities of the Anti-Terrorism Joint Taskforce that recovered many towns from Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East in addition to his international posting where he received numerous recognitions and awards, according to PRNigeria.

The National Industrial Court in a judgment in Abuja ordered the Nigerian Army Council to immediately reinstate Colonel Suleman to the position he was in 2016 when the purported compulsory retirement was carried.


In addition, the court ordered the NAC to pay all his salaries and allowances due to him from 2016 till date.

Delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Colonel Suleman against the Nigerian Army and eight others, Justice Sanusi Kado held that the purported retirement effected through a letter on June 9, 2016 was unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional and of no effect whatsoever.


Justice Kado rejected the claim that the army officer was compulsorily retired from the military on account of overstay of 18 years in service, adding that there was no evidence to the falsehood adduced to justify the unlawful act of the army.

The judge in the ruling, which lasted over an hour, took a swipe at the NAC for breaching the doctrine of fair hearing in the case of Suleman, adding that it was more surprising that the plaintiff was compulsorily retired without being court-martial, charged with any known offence, issued with query or indicted before the purported retirement was carried out.


Justice Kado rejected the evidence given by the only witness of the army council, David Igodalo, to the effect that the colonel was compulsorily retired because he overstayed beyond the 18 years he ought to have stayed in the Army and thus allegedly breach Section 30 of the Nigerian Army Council Act.

The judge noted that the witness lacked knowledge of the case of the plaintiff and was not a reliable witness because throughout his evidence he never drew the attention of the court to the condition of service that stipulated that the colonel was to serve only 18 years.


Justice Kado further held that the claim of the colonel that he had served for 25 years and nine month diligently and received accolades nationally and internationally was not disputed by the Nigerian Army and therefore there was no lawful reason to justify the allegation of serious offence in the purported letter of compulsory retirement.

The court agreed with counsel to the plaintiff, Olayinka Adedeji, that the purported compulsory retirement was done in bad faith and ought not to be allowed to stand in the face of the law.

Consequently, Justice Kado declared the purported retirement and the letter as null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

Reacting to the judgment, Olayinka Adedeji thanked the court for doing justice to the case of his client and expressed optimism that the Nigerian Army Council as a creation of the law would respect and obey the ruling.


#Newsworthy…

Agba Jalingo’s case rested till Friday as he was no where to be found


Officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service has failed to produce detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, in court prompting the adjournment of the case.

Jalingo, who was charged with terrorism and cybercrime, was billed to appear before Justice Simon Amobeda, who presides over Court 2 of the Calabar division of the Federal High Court after 55 days of no activity on his matter.

A lawyer in his defense team, James Ibor, explained to journalists that it was due to an administrative issue as his production warrant was not signed.


He said, “The court had earlier notified us that they are ready to hear our application today and we were in court for to be heared but unfortunately, being a criminal trial, Agba Jalingo was not produced. So, the Court has made an order that the prisons should produce him on Friday and with that order, I am very optimistic that Agba Jalingo will be produced on Friday for the purpose of taking our application.”

Justice Amobeda had in December granted the prayers of the defendant for the provision of an electronic verbatim recorder before also recusing himself.


But Ibor said that having waited for so long and the provision of the EVR not forthcoming, the defense had to file a motion to vary the order of Justice Amobeda.

He added, “We have applied to the court to vary its order for verbatim electronic recording. The reason is because the process of procuring those equipment, I think, will take a lot of time. The court has ordered that the Federal Government to provide the verbatim electronic devices to its court to enable them record proceedings verbatim.


“But unfortunately, the process of procuring that or installing that may take a long time. I am not speaking for the Federal High Court but I am speculating that it is over a month since the order was made and it has not been provided and it may take quite a long time to do so knowing the way things work in this country.

“So, we don’t want to wait. We are confident that the court will give us justice and that is why we want to make use of the longhand, archaic, backward, handwritten recording for now, pending when the Federal Government will do the needful.”


Also, a twist in the case showed that the Cross River State Government may take over the case by the next court date.

When asked to explain whether that was possible and the reason for it, Ibor averred that, “It will be difficult to answer for the Attorney-General of the Federation taking over the matter or the Attorney-General of Cross River State taking over the matter.

“Constitutionally, it is their duty, it is their right to take over or discontinue any trial or prosecution anywhere in Nigeria. I am not in a better position to answer that.

“The matter will not be transferred to a state High Court. They are federal offenses and the matter will remain in the Federal High Court and we are very optimistic we will get justice.”


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Ema – You No Dey Use Me Play (ft. Osinachi Nwachukwu)| N.Rs Gospel >> Mp3


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You carry me
When some carry their God
You feed me, Lord,
When some feed their God
You fought for me
When some fight for their God

Jesus
You no dey use me play oh
Na Na Na Na Na Na
You no dey use me play oh

You carry me
When some carry their God

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You feed me, Lord,
When some feed their God

You fought for me
When some fight for their God

Jesus
You no dey use me play oh
Na Na Na Na Na Na
You no dey use me play oh

Osinachi Nwachukwu (Igbo)
Ikum naka
Mgbe ndi ozor ku chi ha na aka
Ina azum dika aturu
Mgbe ndi ozor na enye chi ha nri
Inahu ekwe ka ihere me npuru obi mo
Eze ndi eze onweghi chi di ka gi

Obu gi bu chi na agbanwe onodu nile
Oke mmanwu na eti onwe ya
Ibu ogbara nkiti oku biri na onu ya

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Eze ndi eze
Okwa gi bu epekue dike obilie megharia aru
Chi na edobe ogbuba ndu
Onweghi onye dika gi

Odighi okwu obula
Nke ana adihu ikwupu na aha gi ebibi
Ikwesiri ekele mu eh
Nnam kam bulie aha gi elu

Life Giver
Life Changer
Jehovah
The covenant keeping God
Destiny Helper
Mountain Mover

Jehovah
The covenant keeping God
Life Giver
Life Changer

Jehovah
The covenant keeping God
Destiny Helper
Mountain Mover (x3)

Jehovah
The covenant keeping God
Covenant keeping God
Covenant keeping God (x5)

Na Na Na Na Na
You no dey use me play oh (x4)



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Former lawmaker of Ogun, Yinka Mafe dies shortly after his birthday


Yinka Mafe, the immediate majority leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, has died.

According to reports, Mafe died on Tuesday night February 4th shortly after celebrating his 46th birthday.


The lawmaker was said to have complained of chest pain after the celebration and died shortly after. His remains have been deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Earlier on Tuesday, the deceased organised a prayer session at his country home in Emuren as part of activities to celebrate his birthday. He reportedly visited inmates and warders at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Sagamu before the proper birthday celebration which took place at Tenth Planet & Suites in Sagamu and was attended by party faithful, well-wishers, associates and his MafeLafe political team.

Born February 4th, 1974, Mafe was elected the Councillor of Ward three in Sagamu Local Government Legislative Council in December 1998, a term which ended in 2002. He represented Sagamu Constituency I (Ofin) at the State House of Assembly between 2011 and 2019 on the platform of the all Progressives Congress (APC) formerly Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.


#Newsworthy…

Man explains why he faked coronavirus after causing flight to return to the airport


A 28-year-old an who made a false claim that he had coronavirus, causing a Toronto-to-Jamaica WestJet flight to return to the airport, has explained why he did it.

The man named, James Potok, who has been arrested and charged with mischief and breach of recognizance, told Global News that he did it because he was looking to “get a viral video” to boost his profile as an artist, but admits the stunt was in “poor taste.”


Man who made fake coronavirus claim causing Toronto-Jamaica flight to return to the airport, explains why he did it?

“Well, I had my camera with me. I was looking to get a viral video. I was looking to get it up on all the social media platforms,” James Potok told Global News on Tuesday.


“It seemed to me like this was in poor taste, in retrospect. What I did, I stood up, I said, ‘Can I have everybody’s attention? I just came back from Hunan Province — and that was it.”

“I figured it would invoke some type of reaction, not on the plane. More people seeing on social media, going, ‘Wow, this kid’s got some balls,’ or, ‘This kid is crazy.’”


According to Peel Regional Police, Potok will appear in court on March 9.

In a statement, WestJet said Flight 2702, with 243 passengers on board, was on its way to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Monday when the flight was disrupted by an “unruly guest.”


The airline said the plane returned to Toronto, and “out of an abundance of caution,” the flight crew followed all protocols for infectious disease on board.

The airline also disclosed that Flights 2702 and 2703 were cancelled as a result of the incident


Another passenger, Tiffany Richards, who was on the flight at the time of the incident said she was asleep when a man got up and made an announcement.

“What he basically said (is), ‘I need everyone’s attention. I have just returned from Wuhan, one of the capital cities of China, and it’s an epicentre for the coronavirus,” she recalled.

“I’m feeling really, really sick right now. I think I might be infected. I need everyone to stay away from me, like please don’t come near me.

“He repeated himself a couple of times, and that was that. And he sat down.”


#Newsworthy…

EFCC reacts to keeping Shehu Sani in Underground cells


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani’s allegation of putting suspects in undergound cells.

The Zonal Office Head of the anti-graft agency, Aminu Aliyu, who took newsmen round the EFCC facility said undergound cells does not exist in the building. He also alleged that suspects prefer coming back to the cells after arraignment in court than being taken to prison.


He said;

“As you can see for yourself, we do not have underground cells here. Most of the suspects begged the judges to be taken back here because of the facility on ground.

“They eat normal food and three times a day, we have a clinic here where detainees are first treated in case of emergency.

“If anyone of you thinks all these have been arranged, you are welcome to come at anytime you chose, to spend time with us and see for yourself.

“If you want to visit any of our facilities across the country, you don’t need to give us prior notice of your coming. You can even arrange it as a group of reporters if you don’t want to come alone.”


#Newsworthy…

Saudi teen called out for wearing bikini in Canada


A young woman from Saudi Arabia who fled to Canada, has been abused and shamed after she shared before and now photos to celebrate her freedom from “being forced to wear black sheets”.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun moved to Canada following her escape from Saudi Arabia (read here). Afterwards, she went online to share an old image of herself in a niqab and another where she was wearing a bikini.

She captioned the photo: “The biggest change in my life.. from being forced to wear black sheets and being controlled by men to being a free woman.”


Her post earned her criticisms from Twitter users in her native country. They called her out for making herself “naked.”

One Twitter user said: “I really feel sad for people like you, Saudi woman are living in happiness, they are living a normal live they drive, go malls and now they travel alone, plus our prophet Muhammad said that women and men are equal.”


Another said: “I was checking her previous posts and got to know that she literally got all this fame because she threw hijab away and started clothing like in the second picture.”

Qunun fled Saudi Arabia in January 2019 and barricaded herself in her hotel, saying she was escaping abuse from her family. She escaped her family while they were visiting Kuwait then flew to Bangkok. She was denied entry by immigration police and her passport was seized. She then took her case to social media, sparking the hashtag #SaveRahaf, and posted video of herself using a table to block the door to her hotel room.

She also renounced Islam and declared herself an atheist, saying: “Physical, emotional and verbal abuse and being imprisoned inside the house for months. They threaten to kill me and prevent me from continuing my education. They won’t let me drive or travel. I am oppressed. I love life and work and I am very ambitious but my family is preventing me from living.”

As a result of her campaign, she was given UN protection and she chose to fly to Canada after being granted asylum there.


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