For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Sen Bukola Saraki

THE FULL STATEMENT
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ABUBAKAR BUKOLA SARAKI, CON,  ON JULY 31, 2018. 

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence. 

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served. 

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist. 

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion. 

The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere. 

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this. 

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve. 

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people. 

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable. 

The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation. 

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different. 

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP. 

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted. 

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria. 

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people. 

What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part.  It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another. 

Thank you.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
President of the Senate

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Breaking News :Kwara State Gov Alhaji Abdufatah Ahmed Dump APC To PDP

The Kwara State Governor,  Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday said he had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress.

Ahmed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr.  Muyideen Akorede, in a statement said he took the decision after wide consultations.

Akorede said, “Following due consultations with the people and in response to calls by major stak

Breaking News:At Last APC Kick Saraki out

Bukola Saraki, Senate President, has announced his exit from the All progressives Congress (APC).

Making the announcement in a short message on his social media accounts, he wrote: “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

Stay tuned for more details……….

Breaking News:Court Stop Gov Okorocha From Replacing Impeached Deputy Governor

High Court in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, has stopped the swearing-in of Calistus Ekenze as the new Deputy Governor of the state.

The court issued an interim order stopping the swearing-in ceremony following a suit by Eze Madumere challenging his impeachment as Deputy Governor.

Madumere was impeached on Tuesday by the Imo State House of Assembly after a six-man probe panel found him guilty of abandoning his duties, failing to carry out official duties assigned to him by the Governor and gross misconduct, among

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Immediately after Madumere’s removal, Acho Ihim, the Speaker, read a letter from Governor Rochas Okorocha nominating Ekenze, the Head of Service, as the new Deputy Governor.

However, the impeachment is believed to be politically motivated, as Madumere wants to be become Governor in 2019, against the wishes of Okorocha, who has anointed his son-in-law and Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, for the position.

After top government officials had waited for hours at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, Miletus Nlemadim, the Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, announced that Ekenze’s swearing-in by the Chief Judge of the state, Pascal Nnadi, had been suspended in compliance with a court order.

Nlemadi explained that the state government, being law-abiding, would do everything possible to vacate the order before swearing in the Deputy Governor designate on a future date

BREAKING NEWS : Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu in EFCC custody

News Update :Blogger wants online platforms regulated

Popular Blogger Ono Bello has called for a regulatory structure in the country to checkmate malicious content and other unprofessional ethics from online media platforms. Bello, founder of onobello.com made said this in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja. “With the way things are going on now, I think it will be a great idea if the online communities can have a body or a structure to put in place a code of ethic. “We need to come together to create a structure so that if there is any information that is posted and is false, the public knows the body to approach and lay complaints. “I think we need to have a similar body like the NUJ; the online communities needs to have one body where we can be able to regulate our activities,’’ she reiterated. On posting obnoxious materials on the internet especially on social media, the blogger said the fact that individuals have accounts does not give them licence to post everything online. She explained that whatever anyone post could go a long way either in making or breaking someone adding that social media users should maintain ethical conduct at their individual levels. “For example before you post anything online, you need to consider the feelings of others; and if you want to post some sensitive information, you need to warn viewers about it. “If you are going to post pictures of dead bodies of humans on social media, you need to warn people before you let them see it. “This is because people might just be going about their normal business on social media and the next thing is to see something horrible and it affects them negatively. “So we need to be principled and have some certain rules as human beings; you need to be kind to humanity,’’ Bello stressed. She emphasised that the rush to break stories online should not lead to damaging someone’s reputation or bringing a personality down adding that her online magazine published correct and authentic news. “We have not had issues where we are taken to court for reporting fake news because we always do our background checks before we post any news.’’ She however said, as a blogger, managing information was not easy, because one need to be on ground, network with people and make calls to get the sense of the stories and the sources.

Culled from Vanguardngr

Breaking News :Eze Madumere, Deputy Governor of imo State, has been impeached

Madumere, who is seeking to replace Governor Rochas Okorocha in 2019, was impeached on monday by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly.

Impeachment proceedings against him kicked off on July 10, when Ugonna Ozuruigbo, the Deputy Speaker, moved a motion accusing him of abandoning his duties and failing to carry out official duties assigned to him by the Governor, among others.

The house then set up a six-man committee headed by Kennedy Ibe, the member representing Obowo Local Government Area, to probe the allegations and report back within seven days.

Madumere’s governorship ambition has pitched him against Okorocha, who is rooting for Uche Nwosu, his son-inlaw and current Chief of Staff.

Okorocha and Madumere belong to two different factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Hon Obinna Chidoka :Every legislator or parliamentarian owe it as a duty to the people he represents to ensure the mandate bears the people.

Laws are made for the people and by the people. Every legislator or parliamentarian owe it as a duty to the people he represents to ensure the mandate bears the people’s collective interest.

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Environment and Habitat under the Chairmanship of Hon. Obinna Chidoka (Honourable Member representing Idemili North and South Federal Constituency) made possible the Public Hearing of some bills which include:

1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Environmental Standards and Regulations enforcement Agency NESREA (Establishment) Act, CAP 164, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria to provide for and adopt Clean Air Policies and for Related Matters, 2017 (H.B 992)

2. A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Disposal of Waste by Industries or Companies: Prohibit Environmental Pollution: Prescribe Penalties Against Offenders; And for Other Related Matters, 2016 (H.B 346)

3. A Bill for an Act of the Establishment of Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and vest it with responsibility for Prevention, Control and Management and Redress of Erosion and for Other Related Matters (H.B 1019)

4. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment, etc) Act, 2006 and for Related Matters (H.B 964)

5. A Bill for an Act to Establish Desertification, Erosion, Food and Ecological Control Agency and for Other Matters Connected Therewith (H.B 101)

6. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Institute of Environmental Practitioners of Nigeria to be charged with the Responsibility of Regulating and Managing Environmental Practices of Nigeria and for Related Matters (H.B 1022)

Bearing in mind that the South Eastern Zone especially Anambra State is prone to natural disaster like erosion, landslide and other related matters as well as soot which emanates from industrial gas plant and wastes, Hon. Obinna Chidoka is optimistic that these bills awaiting the presidential assent will curb the various environmental challenges facing the masses when implemented.

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Culled from  Nonso Ezeagu Otigba Facebook page

ABS to Launch Station on DSTv, Graduates Pioneer Filmmakers from the Academy- Obika Chidiebele

The Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), today graduated the pioneer set of Filmmakers from its Film Academy.

The event which held at the Academy’s Auditorium, ABS premises, Awka, had the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, ABS Board Members, Ndi Igwe, State Executive Council Members and Anambra youths in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Obiano said that the state had injected about N3b into the ABS Radio/Tv. This feat made ABS the first state owned Broadcasting Agency to attain digital status in Nigeria. “We have set aside N50m for any script that passed through proper scrutiny for film production. Anambra is the birth place of Nollywood, and we must encourage it”, Gov. Obiano said.

He recalled that over 10000 youths had been trained in various skills in the state and empowered with seed money to enable them practice their trade.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the ABS Managing Director and Rector of the Academy, Nze Uche Nworah appreciated the governor for his efforts in repositioning the Agency. He said, “currently, the Station could be viewed on Terrestrial, Startimes and Metrodigital respectively”. The Academy took off offers a three month intensive training on filmmaking, directing, Photography, Cenamatography, Costume making , among others, took off with 35 students, with 27 graduating on schedule.

Nwora further said that the first movie produced by the Academy “Move On” has been ranked seventh in the world. He disclosed that the Academy was currently in talks with the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Federal Polytechnic, Oko, on increasing the number of courses offered in the Academy while the Fort Foundation has promised to sponsor the best graduating student of the Academy to USA.

In his remarks, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Chief C-Don Adinuba thanked Gov. Obiano for his all round giant strides in the state saying that Anambra is truly the LIGHT OF THE NATION. “What is happening in Anambra is akin to what obtains in California, USA,” Adinuba said if California were to be a country, it would be the world’s sixth largest economy, with her success anchored on creatively developing solutions to the world’s surging problems and needs. “Anambra is doing same now. Anambra has the best of actors and actresses in Africa and we must develop these potentials to the fullest.” He used the occasion to inform ndi Anambra that by October, 2018, ABS will be launching her DSTv channel.

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In his thank you remarks, the Veteran Nollywood Legend, Chief Pete Edochie who retired as the ABS ‘Managing Director some two decades back, appreciated Gov. Obiano calling him “Aesthetically Original governor” of Anambra state.

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He said with Governor Obiano, all sectors of the economy are working. “As a retiree, i received my gratuity and pensions are regularly paid”, said Pete Edochie.

Highlights of the ocassion included the airing of the Academy’s first Movie “Move On”, stage display of APGA bu nke Anyi song by BFI and presentation of certificates to the graduands.

BREAKING NEWS :Benue Assembly suspends Okloho, Adanyi, six others

The authentic Benue State House of Assembly members have just suspended the Eight  members that had a kangaroo seating aided by the Nigerian police for the period of six Months. They include the following:

Adanyi Benjamin –

Terhemba Chabo

Benjamin Nungwa

Bem Mngutyo

Adams Okloho

James Okefe

Nick Eworo

The suspension motion was moved by the majority leader of the house Rt. Hon. Hon Avine Agbom and seconded by Hon. Ianna Jato.
Recalled that the former speaker of the assembly was impeached last week with the majority of 22 members who append their signatures to that effect.

Note also that a Makurdi High court presided by Hon. Justice Adam Onum, the Benue State Chief Judge issued an injunction restraining the impeached speaker Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange from parading himself as the speaker and to return all government property in his possession to the assembly.
The plenary is adjourned to 21st of August 2018

Police In Delta Arrest Three Naval Officers Selling Off Tompolo’s Seized Properties

Three naval officers have been arrested for engaging in the unauthorized sale of the properties of former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, seized by the Federal Government in 2016.

According to the Delta State Police Command, the properties of Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, located along Chevron Clinic Road, Opposite Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) in Warri, Delta State, were consistently burgled over a period of months by a syndicate of naval officers.

The naval officers were said to be auctioning out the properties to criminal elements and unsuspecting members of the public.

The Police said its men attached to the A Division in Warri apprehended the suspects following a tip-off from the residents of the area who had been noticing the suspicious activities around the premises.

At the point of arrest, the suspects were about to sell off a truckload of electricity transformers stolen from the property.

Overall, the cost of all the equipment they had sold was put at over N3billion.

On February 9, 2016, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize all properties of Tompolo, who had been declared wanted by the Commission following his refusal to heed court summons to answer to fraud charges.

The properties are:  No. 1, Chief Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension, Effurun, Delta State; Mieka Dive Limited and Mieka Dive Training Institute Limited situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State; Muhaabix Global Services Limited; a River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15; the property known as ‘Tompolo Dockyard’, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun; the property known as ‘Tompolo Yard’, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri; the Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River; the property known as ‘Tompolo House’ at Oporaza Town , opposite the Palace and any other moveable and immoveable property discovered by the EFCC, belonging to the 1st accused person.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Breaking News “The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of Philip Edward Wilson, presented by S.E. Mons.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday. Earlier this month Wilson, 67, was sentenced to a year in detention after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge.

“The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson,” the Vatican said in a statement.

His resignation comes less than a fortnight after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the pope to sack Wilson, who was found guilty in an Australian court of failing to report allegations against paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

He had long denied the charges and initially resisted calls to resign pending an appeal against his conviction. Wilson’s legal team made four attempts to have the case thrown out, arguing that he suffered from Alzheimer’s and so should avoid trial. But a magistrate in Australia found Wilson guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding that his primary motive was to protect the church.

He said when sentencing him that Wilson showed “no remorse or contrition”. The court has adjourned the matter until August 14 to assess whether Wilson can serve his sentence under home detention.

BREAKING NEWS : APC Lawmakers Server Impeachment Letter To Benue gov, Ortom

Some lawmakers of the Benue State House of Assembly on Monday served an impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom.

Channels TV reports that the lawmakers who served the impeachment notice on the state governor are the eight All Progressives Congress members of the House.

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https://morningstarnaija.com/2018/07/30/breaking-newsbreaking-kano-assembly-impeaches-speaker-abdullahi-ata/

The spokesman person for the eight lawmakers told journalists that the House has commenced impeachment proceedings against Governor Ortom on the allegations of diversion of state funds and abuse of office.

Stay tuned for more details…..

 

Association devises easy way to collect, dispose of maize husks, other vegetables waste

Jakande Fruit Market Maize Sellers Association, Ketu, Lagos, says it has made the disposal of maize husks and other vegetable wastes from the market easy with immediate evacuation. The association’s Vice Chairman, Mr Lawal Nurudeen, who made the assertion in an interview on Monday, said the collection and disposal of the maize husk from the market was organised in a way that it was evacuated immediately the corn is sifted.

“The waste truck that takes the maize husks and other perishable vegetable waste are stationed daily at the road corner near the market.

“The truck is different from the ones arranged by the market association that collect mixed waste from the market. “Wheelbarrow pushers, over 20 of them, who carry the vegetable waste mainly maize husks from the market to offload them into the truck are at hand, he disclosed.

“The boys are paid by the maize sellers and they in turn have their own payment agreements with the truck driver. “The husks are taken to the factory that turns them into fertiliser that are sold back to farmers to use on their farms.’’

Nurudeen said that the truck collecting the maize husks and other valuable vegetable wastes did not accept any other type of wastes. He said that with this way, the sellers on their own started sorting out the waste to make it easy for the companies that needed them.

The vice-chairman said that some other groups in the market could also sort their waste for easy collection and disposal if companies indicated interest in using them as raw materials.

He said that farmers sent the maize sold in the market straight from their farms with each bag of maize properly identified as belonging to a particular farmer.

Nurudeen said the maize were sold to customers by the sellers on behalf of the farmers. He said that the association only collected ground rent from the sellers and the buyers, while the money from the sales were taken to the farmers.

Nurudeen added that the association also supervised the sale of the maize brought by farmers to ensure that their money was taken to them. He said the market had been functioning like that and that there had never been problems or complaints by farmers. (NAN)

Breaking News:Breaking: Kano Assembly impeaches Speaker Abdullahi Ata.

They  just impeached  speaker of Kano state House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Ata was sacked over allegation of corruption, http://www.morningstarnaija.com reporter confirmed it

Other allegation leveled against the former speaker was late coming.

He is also accused of not carrying other principal officers in running the affairs of the house.

The House has also sworn-in a new Speaker, Alhassan Rurum.

Stay tuned for more details………

News Update :bloody weekend in Akwa Ibom as armed militants ambushed soldiers at a checkpoint at Iwukem And 7 Souls Feared Death

It was a bloody weekend in Akwa Ibom as armed militants ambushed soldiers at a checkpoint at Iwukem in the volatile Etim Ekpo council, killing one soldier and five civilians, while two persons sustained injuries.

Apparently piqued by the development, a detachment of soldiers from the military base in the state, yesterday, went on rampage, setting shops and houses ablaze in Iwukem. http://www.morningstarnaija.com confirmed  that the militants, numbering about 70, stormed the sleepy community at about 10p.m. on Saturday night, and attacked the soldiers stationed in the community to maintain the peace.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Yes, they (the militants) captured two boys and ordered them to take them through the bush path that linked Ikot Esop and Iwuekm. “The boys took them along the track that led to the junction through Hospital Road. When they came out from the road, they came face to face with the soldiers at the roundabout.

“Because the soldiers were not expecting any eventuality, they were caught off guard; the bullets killed one of them. The Hilux van was set ablaze, while others fled in a hail of bullets. Five other civilians were killed in the crossfire.”

The source said two of the dead civilians came from the neighbouring villages of Ika and Ukanafun, while the other three hailed from Iwukem, where the incident occurred. The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Madcon Ogbechie, who confirmed the incident said: “Investigation is already ongoing and we will get to the bottom of it.” At press time, the military hierarchy at 2 Battalion, Nigeria Army, Uyo, did not respond to inquiries on the issue. On his part, Divisional Police Officer, Etim Ekpo, Chairman Dore, said efforts were on “to ascertain whether the dead civilians were innocent local residents or some of the hoodlums caught in the crossfire.”

He blamed consistent militants’ activities in the area on cultism, lamenting the inability of the local residents to volunteer information on criminal elements in their neighbourhoods for easy detection and confrontation by security forces.

News Update :Barely 200 DAYS To Elections: Number Of Presidential Aspirants Hits 46​

With barely 200 days to next year’s general elections, the political chessboard is replete with twists and turns, even as the number of aspirants jostling for various elective positions is increasing by the day. Checks by Daily Trust on Sunday reveal that no fewer than 46 politicians have indicated their intentions to throw their hats in the presidential ring on different political platforms to slug it out with incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the timetable and schedule of activities released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier this year, the Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019.

The PDP lost political power after ruling the country for 16 years, having produced three presidents over the period, namely:  Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Umaru Musah Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

Already, President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who upstaged the PDP-led government in 2015 has indicated his intention to seek a second term. Buhari had made his declaration after a prolonged silence on April 9 during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC.

The President reportedly said that having made wide consultations and conscious of the need to consolidate on his achievements in office, he had decided to stand for re-election, adding that he had been under tremendous pressure to make the declaration and felt it was courteous to first inform the NEC before going to town with it.

Earlier on March 1, the APC passed a vote of confidence in President Buhari, denying that it was not the same as endorsing the President for a second term.

The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was recently reported to have endorsed the second term bid of President Buhari, saying as incumbent he had the right of first refusal of the party’s presidential ticket, but checks by Daily Trust on Sunday indicate that two others have also indicated interest in the APC’s presidential ticket in 2019.

Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, a United States-based Nigerian is one of them. On April 30, 2018 was reported to have been hosted by the Nigerian Union Diaspora, NUD, during which he declared his intention to vie for the Presidency of Nigeria on the platform of the APC.

Also, 35-year-old Adamu Garba, the Chief Executive Officer of IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, a cloud computing company headquartered in Lagos had in April reportedly announced his interest to contest the presidential ticket of the APC.

It is believed that the Presidential ticket of the APC would be picked by the Buhari.

Among the presidential aspirants are eight from the main opposition PDP while the rest are drawn from other registered political parties. Nigeria currently has 68 registered political parties but with more applications by political associations pending before INEC, the number is likely to increase, an indication that more presidential aspirants may emerge ahead of the 2019 elections.

Prominent among those seeking presidential tickets on the platform of the PDP are a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who formally declared his intention recently in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

At a rally in Yola, Adamawa State, Atiku vowed to unseat the APC government not only in Adamawa State but also at the federal level and reclaim them for the PDP.

According to him, Nigerians were disappointed with the APC-led government as the insecurity situation has worsened. He reportedly said: “In 1998, I took this state to the PDP. Today, I have returned to take what rightly belongs to the PDP.”

However, to slug it out with Buhari, Atiku would be jostling for the PDP presidential ticket with other PDP presidential aspirants like: former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, former Governor Ahmed Makarfi of Kaduna State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State, former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State and the outgoing of of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose.

Also seeking the PDP presidential ticket for 2019 is Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, a former minister of Special Duties during president Goodluck Jonathan as well as Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, a female Professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education. Adesanya-Davies officially joined politics as an ardent member of the ACCORD Party in Kwara State where she remained for years, until she moved to the PDP.

Other presidential aspirants outside the two major political parties include Professor Remi Sonaiya, a 2015 presidential candidate of the KOWA Party, who hopes to take another shot at the presidential election on the platform of the same party and Fela Durotoye, a consulting expert, leadership coach and public speaker and Tunde Fasua of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP).

Some of the aspirants are yet to indicate the party on which platform they want to contest. List of presidential aspirants boxed.

2019 Presidential Hopefuls

Compiled By Haruna Ibrahim

1. Kingsley Moghalu

2. Sule Lamido- Pdp

3. Donald Duke-Pdp

4. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki-Pdp

5. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi-Pdp

6. Ibrahim Dankwambo-Pdp

7. Muhammadu Buhari-Apc

8.  Fela Durotoye-

9.    Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies- Pdp

10. Remi Sonaiya- Kowa

11. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese- From Ncp To Ann (Alliance For New Nigeria)

12.   Omoyele Sowore- Publisher, Sahara Reporters

13.   Enyinnaya Nnaemeka Nwosu

14.   Ahmed Buhari

15.   Peter Ayodele Fayose-Pdp

16.   Adesanya Fegbenro-Bryon

17.   Charles Udeogaranya

18.   Mathias Tsado

19.   Eniola Ojajuni

20.   Olu James Omosule

21.   Tope Fasua- Anrp

22.   Elishama Rosemary Ideh

23.   Kanu Nwankwo

24.   Usman Ibrahim Alhaji

25.   Datti Baba Ahmed

26.   Adamu Garba

27.   Chris Emejuru

28.   Yul Edochie

29.   Oluwaseyitan Lawrence Aletile

30.   Omike Chikeluba Lewis

31.   Olu James Omosule

32.   Ibrahim Ladaja

33.   Omololu Omotosho

34.   Fidelis Akhalomen Lawrence Ekoh

35.   Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

36.   Ibrahim Shekarau

37.   Professor Iyorwuese Hagher

38.   Chike Ukaegbu-35

39.   Attahiru Bafarawa- Pdp

40.   Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso- Pdp

41.   Alhaji Ibrahim Eyitayo Dan Musa

42.   Gbenga Olawepo

43.   Prof. Jerry Gana

44.   Mr Festus Obeghe

45.   Dr Yunusa Tanko

46.   Mrs Eunice Atuejide

Galadima: Buhari Didn’t Want Alliance With Tinubu… I Brought Them Together

Buba Galadima, Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), says the cosy relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is an afterthought.

In a tell-all account in the current edition of The Interview magazine, Galadima said he was principally responsible for the alliance between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), against Buhari’s wishes.

Buhari and Tinubu were the leaders of CPC and ACN, two of the five legacy parties that formed the APC in 2014.

“Buhari was the one against the alliance with Tinubu and I don’t want to say anything,” Galadima said. “Let Buhari deny what I have said. I was for it and I organised it and wrote a memo that even produced a candidate for the vice presidency, this same Osinbajo.”

Galadima gave a hint that Buhari may have, in fact, pencilled in another running mate candidate in the INEC form that was to have been submitted.

In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the Galadima interview as “the stuff of a broken love affair, with no closet details are spared”.

Using a slogan, ‘Anybody But Buhari (ABB)’, Galadima said he was planning to write an open letter to Buhari very soon, adding that the President is a “floored candidate” who will lose his deposit if he contests re-election.

“If he was raising cattle in Daura, I wouldn’t bother about him,” he said. “I’m criticising him because he’s the President of Nigeria and he’s not doing very well.”

He did not spare the Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, whom he described as a latter-day Buharist bent on hijacking the ship.

In the same edition, the Executive President of Women in Africa, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, said she suspects the autopsy conducted on her father, MKO Abiola, was inconclusive, because “not all poisons can be traced”, lending credence to suspicions that the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election may have been poisoned in detention.

Abiola-Costello shared the last conversation she had with her mother, Kudirat, before she was murdered, the impact of her parents’ death on the family, and family’s business, among others.

Also in the edition, the wife of the Kaduna State governor, Hajiya Hadiza El-Rufai, talked about her passion and role as wife, mother and first lady, saying, “my husband is too honest”

Breaking News :Terrible Accident: Dangote Truck squeezed Hummar Bus at Benin Bypass But No Lives Lost

Terrible Accident: Dangote Truck squeezed Hummar Bus at Benin Bypass But No Lives Lost

According to Mr Agozie Ezeike (AGOSCO National)  one of the passenger of Bus reports to http://www.morningstarnaija.com that their Motor just had an accident now along Benin bypass going back to Lagos from village and Collide with Dangote truck and all passengers and driver alive.

He said  that  the driver of Dangote zoom  off but was intercepted by good people of Nigeria

An Eyewitness said  the  accident happened infront of my bus. Dangote truck hit the bus while entering the lane without looking. only the driver sustained minor injuries.

They also  gives thanks almighty God for protecting their lives.

Stay tuned for more information…..

Breaking News :Former Imo Governor Dump PDP And Joins APGA

The Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, has defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for the governorship seat in the state in the 2019 general elections.

Ohakim announced his defection on Friday while addressing a crowd of APGA supporters at the Kanu Nwankwo sports complex in Owerri the Imo State capital.
He said his wealth of experience as a former governor of the state is what is needed at this time to salvage Imo State from the shackles of the ruling APC.

He also stated that APGA remains the only credible and honest party that could help him achieve his dream.

He, therefore, urged all Imo indigenes home and abroad to support his course as he intends to run for just one term and afterwards handover to a credible man from Owerri senatorial district.

Breaking News :Carl Ikeme: Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper announces retirement

Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

The Nigeria international has been with the Molineux club for his whole career, making more than 200 appearances.

In June, Ikeme said he was in “complete remission” after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy”.

“Thank you for the support over the years,” heposted on social media on Friday.

“My last day as a footballer but one I am happy and grateful for. Thanks to everyone to do with Wolves and everyone in football I have met.”

Ikeme’s decision to retire has come after consulting medical experts and he told his team-mates on Tuesday.

“The doctor suggested I should retire after the toll the treatment has taken on my body. I can’t really risk trying to come back,” he told theWolves website.

“My health is my main thing. I just want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.

“I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.”

In a statement, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi praised the goalkeeper’s strength of character in “what has been a very challenging time for him”.

“Carl is more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family,” said Shi.

Ikeme joined the West Midlands club – who won the Championship last season to earn promotion to the Premier League – as a 14-year-old.

He was a regular when Wolves won League One in 2014 and played 10 times for Nigeria, who honoured him at this summer’s World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.

The Super Eagles were knocked out at the group stage in Russia and before the tournament their coach Gernot Rohr said: “My biggest regret is the absence of Carl.”

Culled from BBC

News Update :Rotimi Amaechi, Transportation Minister, has revealed why Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, will dump the All Progressive Congress, (APC).

Mr Amaechi and the governor where among bigwigs of the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who left to the APC prior to 2015 general election.

Tambuwal who was then Speaker of the House of Representatives contested for the state’s governorship and won on the platform of the party.

The Minister who said the federal government was aware of the governor’s plan of defecting from the party hinted that Tambuwal is nursing a presidential ambition hence his decision to leave the APC.

He stated this on Friday while addressing reporters after the inspection of Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri project in Delta State.

Amaechi also mentioned the governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, as one of those already known to be planning their exit from APC. Ahmed had on recently hinted of his intention to decamp.

“No matter what you do, the governor of Sokoto will leave naturally because he had the ambition of being the president in 2019 and even if you take a chicken to him he will still leave. It is same with Kwara,” the former governor of Rivers State said.

“These are people you expect they will leave. They left with members of the National Assembly but they came from the areas that the President is very comfortable. Do you honestly believe that the President will lose election in Sokoto? It is one of his comfort zones,” Amaechi said.

He said no matter who leaves the ruling party at the end of the day, President Muhammad Buhari will still win.

“The next persons that left are from Bauchi and if you bring the president on a sick bed in Bauchi he will win. He has never lost election in that state. If you bring him on a sick bed in Kano, he will win.”

The former governor also said those defecting were doing so because they have realised that their political ambition will not be considered in the party, adding that: “Again, you will say that it happened during our time but we sold our candidate one year but they are doing it six months to the election. It was clear who will be APC candidate one year ahead of time.”

DARK FRIDAY!!! ‘Nigerians Can See Blood Moon Today From 6:44Pm To 9:21Pm’

Today, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day.

The much expected total lunar eclipse or rather ‘blood moon’ will be here with us.

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow.

The Guardian had reported that Nigeria and most other parts of the world would on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse.

A ‘blood moon’ happens when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos.

The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the moon turns red.

Also, timeanddate.com reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

Also, on July 27, Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done for 15 years.

The phenomenon, known as perihelic opposition, will make the red planet appear larger and brighter than normal in the night sky.

The rare event occurs when Mars reaches its closest point to the sun as the same time as Earth’s orbit brings it directly between the two.

Although the actual point of opposition will take place on July 27, Mars will be noticeably larger for the majority of the month of July.

Perihelic opposition can be seen with the naked eye, meaning there is no need for expensive equipment for stargazers to spot the rare event next month.

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

The space agency said Nigeria, like most of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region would witness a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of July 2018.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: “The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm.

The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018.

“The total Eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st century.

No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century.

The moon is expected to turn reddish as against the familiar whitish appearance in the period of totality.

Hence the appellation of ‘Blood Moon’.” According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun.

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

“If Earth partially blocks the sun, and the darkest part of its shadow falls across the moon’s surface, it is called a partial eclipse.

Hence a black shadow will be seen taking a bite out of the moon.

Sometimes, the moon passes through the lighter part of Earth’s shadow, causing a penumbral eclipse and total eclipse occur when the Earth completely block Sun rays from reaching the moon,” he said.

Source :Naija loaded. com

The Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for Nigerian passports.

The Federal Government has approved a 10-year validity period for Nigerian passports

This followed a presidential approval to change the face of the e-passport 10 years after it was introduced in the country.

The Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, who said this in a report monitored on Channels Tv on Thursday, added that the extended validity period would reduce the stress Nigerians went through every five years to renew their passports.

“One of the reforms he (President Buhari) has approved is that we would improve the quality, security of our passport booklets.

“Ten years after the enrolment of the e-passport system, we need to improve the security features. You can’t keep documents for 10 years without seeing decreased values in them, so we are improving the security features which would raise the standards of the passports,” the CG explained.

He added that the President also approved improved security features for the documents.

Babandede, however, disclosed that the new passports would cost more, but he did not reveal the new prices for the various categories of the passports.

He said, “President Buhari has equally approved 10-year validity for passports which is great news. When the report comes, passports will be valid for 10 years which is great news especially for adults from the age of 18 and above.”

“Though people will pay more, if they can pay more and get the booklets quickly, it’s good with improved security for 10 years validity. They would pay more but the document would be available, that’s good,” Babandede said.​

 

Senator Dino Melaye Regain Freedom From Kidnappers

Senator Melaye who took to his twitter handle to announce his freedom said he spent 11 hours in what he called the wilderness. It is not clear what exactly happened or how he regained his freedom but the senator thanked God and Nigerians for letting him escape “dangerous attacks” and for their prayers, respectively.

According to him, “I thank God once again for escaping another dangerous attack. I also thank Nigerians for their prayers and show of Love. Spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized but God preserved me. God is the best and in whom ONLY I trust. They will continue to try. WE SHALL OVERCOME,”

Breaking News :The Former Governor of Gombe State, Abubakar Habu Hashidu is dead

A family source said Late. Hashidu died of Alzheimers disease on Friday morning at his home in Gombe.

He was aged 74. The family source said the late ex-governor will be buried on Friday evening.

According to the family source, “With total submission to the will of Allah, we announce the death of former Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu. May Allah forgive his soul and grant him Jah hands. ”

Late Hashidu was governor of Gombe state under the platform of then All Peoples Party (APP) from May 1999 to May 2003

He  survived by his wife, Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Habu Hashidu and eight children.
 
Among his children is Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Hashidu, who was recently appointed as a Commissioner of Community Development by Governor Dankwambo.

 

BREAKING NEWS : Boko Haram Attacks Military Formation In Jakana Village BORNO and many feard dead

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have launched a deadly raidon the military formation in a village in Borno State, leading to fears that scores may have been killed.

A vigilante source said that the insurgents rode on utility vehicles to the military base and police station in Jakana Village, situated along Maiduguri-Kano Highway in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.

According to the source, the insurgents came at about 6pm and started shooting sporadically for hours, leaving many travellers trapped.

Local sources also told SaharaReporters that the whole village was deserted as a result of pandemonium.

“The villagers ran into bushes for dear life, as military engaged the insurgents in a gun duel,” the source said, adding that many may have been killed among motorists using the highway.

Jakana is some 15 miles to Maiduguri, stronghold of the insurgents.

As of the time of filing in this report, neither the military nor the Police had issued a statement on the attack.

Culled from SaharaReporters and Edited by Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson

News Update :Liquid water ‘lake’ revealed on Mars

Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars.

What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.

Previous research found possible signs ofintermittent liquid water flowing on the martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on the planet in the present day.

Lake beds like those explored by Nasa’s Curiosity rover show water was present on the surface of Mars in the past.

However, the planet’s climate has since cooled due to its thin atmosphere, leaving most of its water locked up in ice.

The result is exciting because scientists have long searched for signs of present-day liquid water on Mars, but these have come up empty or yielded ambiguous findings. It will also interest those studying the possibilities for life beyond Earth – though it does not yet raise the stakes in the search for biology.

The discovery was made using Marsis, a radar instrument on board the European Space Agency’s (Esa) Mars Express orbiter.

Image copyrightNASA/JPL/MALIN SPACE SCIENCE SYSTEMSA white layer of ice in a swirl shape, on the dusty landscape of Mars
Image captionThe proposed lake sits beneath ice near the south pole of Mars

“It’s probably not a very large lake,” said Prof Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, who led the study.

Marsis wasn’t able to determine how thick the layer of water might be, but the research team estimate that it is a minimum of one metre.

“This really qualifies this as a body of water. A lake, not some kind of meltwater filling some space between rock and ice, as happens in certain glaciers on Earth,” Prof Orosei added.

Image copyrightESA/INAFIllustration of Mars Express probing the surface of Mars. Superimposed above are the radar findings, showing the thin layers of the South Polar Layered Deposit, with one small area in bright blue
Image captionArtists’ impression: Mars Express probing the planet’s surface. Marsis radar results above.

How was it found?

Radar instruments like Marsis examine the surface and immediate subsurface of the planet by sending out a signal and examining what is bounced back.

The continuous white line at the top of the radar results above marks the beginning of the South Polar Layered Deposit; a filo pastry-like accumulation of water ice and dust.

Beneath this, researchers spotted something unusual 1.5km under the ice.

“In light blue you can see where the reflections from the bottom are stronger than surface reflection. This is something that is to us the tell tale sign of the presence of water,” says Prof Orosei.

Image copyrightUSGS ASTROGEOLOGY SCIENCE CENTER, ARIZONA STATE UNThe white ice cap of the South Polar Layered Deposit with radar data superimposed. Each band changes colour according to the intensity of the signal - a clear area of blue is visible.
Image captionArtists’ impression: Marsis data shows an area of high reflectivity (dark blue) which is thought to be water

What does this mean for life?

Nothing definitive. Yet.

Dr Manish Patel from the Open University explained: “We have long since known that the surface of Mars is inhospitable to life as we know it, so the search for life on Mars is now in the subsurface.

“This is where we get sufficient protection from harmful radiation, and the pressure and temperature rise to more favourable levels. Most importantly, this allows liquid water, essential for life.”

This principle of following the water is key to astrobiology – the study of potential life beyond Earth.

So while the findings suggest water is present, they don’t confirm anything further.

“We are not closer to actually detecting life,” Dr Patel told BBC News, “but what this finding does is give us the location of where to look on Mars. It is like a treasure map – except in this case, there will be lots of ‘X’s marking the spots.”

Image copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYA green lake with salt residues around the edges
Image captionAstrobiologists study extreme environments like salt lakes on Earth to understand how life might survive on Mars

The water’s temperature and chemistry could also pose a problem for any potential martian organisms.

In order to remain liquid in such cold conditions (the research team estimate between -10 and -30 Celsius where it meets the ice above), the water likely has a great many salts dissolved in it.

“It’s plausible that the water may be an extremely cold, concentrated brine, which would be pretty challenging for life,” explained Dr Claire Cousins, an astrobiologist from the University of St Andrews, UK.

What next?

While its existence provides a tantalising prospect for those interested in the possibility of past or present life on Mars, the lake’s characteristics must first be verified by further research.

“What needs to be done now,” explained Dr Matt Balme from the Open University, “is for the measurements to be repeated elsewhere to look for similar signals, and, if possible, for all other explanation to be examined and – hopefully – ruled out.

“Maybe this could even be the trigger for an ambitious new Mars mission to drill into this buried water-pocket – like has been done for sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica on Earth,” he added.

Image copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYSatellite image of a flat region of ice, surrounded by more textured terrain
Image captionThe area has been compared to Lake Vostok, which lies 4km beneath the Antarctic ice

Scientists have previously claimed to find bacterial life in the buried depths of Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, but drilling on Mars would make for an ambitious project indeed.

“Getting there and acquiring the final evidence that this is indeed a lake will not be an easy task,” said Prof Orosei.

“It will require flying a robot there which is capable of drilling through 1.5km of ice. This will certainly require some technological developments that at the moment are not available.”

Culled from BBC

BREAKING NEWS:Black Thursday In Zamfara As Gunmen Attack Mosque, Kill Four, Injure Eight

Some gunmen have attacked a mosque at Kawddi Village in Zamfara State, leaving four persons dead and eight others injured.

According to Channels Television, the incident happened at about 8 pm in Zurmi Local Government Area of the State.

The spokesman for Zamfara State Police Command, Mr Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the incident on Thursday morning.

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He said, ‘’The gunmen invaded the village in large numbers and started shooting sporadically and in the process, killed four people while eight others were critically wounded.’’

Shehu disclosed that security operatives have been deployed in the village to forestall further attacks and restore calm to the area.

BREAKING NEWS : Tambuwal, Sokoto Assembly DUMP APC And Joins PDP

Sokoto State governor and Former Speaker of Federal  House of Representatives , Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and all members of the State House of Assembly members on Wednesday evening dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, and joined the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Stay tuned for more details………….

 

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