INEC Announces Osun Election Rerun

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Police Nabbed Man With ‘Fake PVC, Money’ In Osogbo

A man has been arrested at Ward 5, Unit 17 in Ataoja, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, after he was found with an undisclosed amount of money and a fake Permanent Voter Card (PVC).

The Osun governorship rerun election has been characterised by heavy presence of security officials in various polling units.

Dominik Williams, a British High Commission official monitoring the rerun election, said he observed the heavy presence of security agents at Ward 07, Polling Unit 012, Olode in Adererti village, Ife South LGA.

However, despite the heavy presence of security operatives, voters have trooped out en masse to cast their votes at Ward 5, Unit 7 in Ataoja, Osogbo.

Hours earlier, gunshots were heard close to the polling unit.

Osun Election Rerun :This Is ‘Coup’ Not Election Ongoing In Osun – Adeleke

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State. SenatorAdemola Adeleke has described the ongoing rerun election in seven units in the state as a ‘coup ‘.

Adeleke, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said that supporters of the PDP were being denied access to ballot papers in the governorship rerun election.

“What is happening in Osun State now is not an election. What we have is a coup. That is what we are witnessing now.

“Our supporters are being harassed and are not allowed to vote at all. Let the whole world know that this is not the democracy, ” he said.

APC Thugs’ Armed With Guns, Cutlasses Invaded Voting Arena And Snatches Ifon Residents’ PVCs

Residents of Ifon town in Orolu Local Government Area of Osun State have lamented the forced collection of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by thugs said to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the residents, the hoodlums came armed with guns and cutlasses, and collected PVCs of residents of the area, an incident that has caused them not to vote in the ongoing Osun governorship rerun election.

One of the residents, who preferred not to be named, told morningstarnaija.com : “They have all collected our PVCs; we can’t vote. They have been shooting at us — the APC thugs.”Please no

Unknown Gunmen Kidnapped 16 Local Miners In Kaduna

Armed men suspected to be from Bogoma village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have abducted 16 local miners in the region.

DSP Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

The miners were abducted on their way home after they had finished their mining business for the day.

The Kaduna State Police Command described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the command’s anti-kidnapping squad has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers with a view to arresting them and rescuing the miners.

Breaking News: Rigging Alert! Thugs Block PDP Voters From Entering Polling Unit At Kajola

There is a plot to rig the Osun State governorship election in Ward 8 Unit 1, Kajola Village in Orolu Local Government area, Sahara Reporters can authoritatively confirm.

When our correspondent visited the polling unit, members of the community were being screened by some thugs. The residents were asked to tender their PVCs and were asked which party they belonged to. Failure to answer this question meant the residents were sent back, while those who answered that they were for the All Progressives Congress (APC) were a

Upon arrival at the polling unit, Sahara Reporters noticed that the agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was absent at the unit, and that voting had already begun with heavy security presence. 

The polling unit in this area is located in a very thick bush, rendering access to the area very difficult.

The secnario in kajola mirrors SaharaReporters’ findings in Disu, also in Orolu Local Government Area of the state, where residents refused to vote until adequate security was provided, following attacks on their farms on Wednesday by thugs they accused of being loyal to the APC.

The residents had alleged that the thugs threatened them against coming out to vote today, stating that if they did so, they would regret it.

They said most of them could not sleep in their homes on Wednesday night, as the safety of their lives could not be guaranteed

Culled from SaharaReporters

Police Nabbed Man Who Threatened To Rape Atiku’s Wife And Bomb His Plane

Nigeria Police Force has paraded one Augustus Akpan, who had threatened to kidnap, rape and kill Atiku Abubakar’s wife and daughter if he fails to discard his presidential ambition.

Augustus, aged 43, had also sent a message to the former vice president, threatening to blow his plane mid-air.

The Police claimed to have retrieved a mobile phone and SIM card from Augustus, which he allegedly used to send the life-threatening message to Atiku and his family. The exhibits were discovered to have been stolen from a lady.

Speaking during the parade of the suspect, Jimoh Moshood, Police Public Relations Officer, stated that Augustus was arrested while attempting to flee to Lagos in a bid to evade arrest.

Moshood also mentioned that the suspect had confessed to having committed the crime.

“During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and admitted that he resorted to the threat and intimidation when all efforts to extort money from the former vice president were unsuccessful.”

According to the Police, Augustus also confessed to having defrauded and extorted many prominent personalities, while posing as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent.

The suspect, who is fluent in English, Ibibio, Russian and Portuguese languages would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

The Threat Text Messages:

i. Text Message to Fmr Vice President, Alh. Atiku Abubakar GCON

Turaki Atiku, we are watching you and your family, we ask you right now to withdraw from the race for Presidency; we will kill, rape your wife and daughters. That your ambitious and black daughter Maryam who worked at CBN and left because we were going to mess her up. We will molest, rape, deform her and kill her. Your daughter Fatimah the former Commissioner of Health in Adamawa State, we have a lot of information about her. Also pictures of her naked body, we will mess your overly prostitute wife Jennifer up. We have a lot about. Let Buhari run against your against your PDP members. We know that you are bigger than all those candidates in PDP. That is why we need you to step down. We will blow your plane off from the sky and we will poison you and your family. Atiku Abubakar, take our words for granted and watch what will happen to your family before you. You are going to see what we will do to you and your family. We know where and where your children travel to. We have watched your daughter who is a strong supporter of her father (your daughter Maryam) at number 5, Buzi close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo close”.

ii. Text Message to Wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar GCON

Jennifer. Tell your husband to step down. We will blow up his plane and kill all of you his family. We will rape you and all his daughters and also kill all of you out there. Do not underestimate us. We know your office at 13 Danube Street Maitama. We will blow up the place and rape all your stepdaughters that we know you don’t like already. Tell him to step down now and forget about running for the presidency’’

iii. Text Message to Daughter of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar GCON, Rukaiya Atiku

Tell your dad to step down. He should forget about the Presidency. If he refuses, we will blow up his plane the Gulf Stream from the sky and also rape you and kill off his daughters. No amount of Police or protection will stop us. We know where all of you live in. We know number 5 Buzi close and number 5, Lake Maracaibo close. Try us and blood shall spread.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Power Supply Declines At 3,761MW, Sector Loses N381bn

Nigeria’s power sector has struggled to sustain an average daily supply of 3,761 megawatts (MW) within the first nine months of 2018, according to a performance trend data obtained from the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The power sector also lost N381 billion during the period under review as a result of high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure, poor gas supplies to generation companies, and water management constraints were the major challenges of the sector.

The data obtained by THISDAY revealed that after the sector achieved a peak power generation of 5,222MW on December 18, 2017, it managed to generate and supply up to 4000MW for only 72 out of the 263 days of 2018.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and electricity distribution companies (Discos) through their umbrella association – the Association of Electricity Distributors of Nigeria (ANED) have persistently disagreed on Nigeria’s power generation and distribution figures.

Fashola has insisted that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been making steady progress in electricity generation and distribution.

The minister in August during a retreat of the ministry in Cross River State, stated that power distribution had risen to 5,222MW. He also said it was an all-time national high.

However, THISDAY’s summation of the production and supply figures in the power supply trend, showed that the highest generation and supply mark attained so far in 2018 was 4419.6MW achieved on March 28.

It was further discovered that on the average, the sector could not supply up to 2,914MW of electricity to homes and offices in the country due to these constraints. Equally, under the period under consideration, the market had not earned a whooping sum of N381.798 billion due to the various operational constraints it encountered.

According to it, in January, the sector managed to produce and supply an average of 3697MW daily; in February, it did 3937MW; in March, it supplied 4029MW; as well as 3985MW in April.

Continuing, in May, 3,780MW was the average daily energy level the sector could afford to produce and supply, while 3588MW was produced averagely in June. For July, it was 3619MW; 3660MW in August, and then 3,486MW so far in September which has about seven days left to come to an end.

For the unearned revenue, January accounted for N40.419 billion; February was N35.522 billion; March was N36.399 billion; April was N33.175 billion; while June had N48.759 billion. The month of July saw the sector failing to earn N50.082 billion, while August saw it lose the most as N59.976 billion could not be earned. So far in September, it has lost N36.439 billion.

The trend report also indicated that for the period, a total of 182,741 metric million standard cubic feet (mmscuf) of gas was supplied to power generation plants in the sector, thus indicating an average of 20,304 million standard cubic feet per day per month and 654.985mmscf/d.

On the average, the data also showed that four power plants were shutdown mostly on account of gas constraint.

Notwithstanding, a daily operational report of the sector’s performance showed that for instance that on September 21, which is the most recent of its daily reports, average energy sent out was 3,710MW up by 613.5MW from what was delivered the previous day.

It also stated that 1,452.2MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas, while 2,350.3MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.

The power sector, it explained lost an estimated N1.825 billion on September 21, due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure and transmission infrastructure, just as its dominant constraint for the period remained high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure

Rohr, Super Eagles Prefers Akpabio International Stadium Over ABS Kaduna

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohrer  has advised the Nigerian Federation to move the venue of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya from the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

 

AFP PHOTO / Contrary to reports in the local media, the Nigerian Federation have not yet changed the venue of the AFCON qualifier to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, but Rohr expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Nigerian Federation during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday, September 24. Rohr inspected the ABS last month and told Pinnick and his lieutenants that the field he inspected was too small, not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf. Rohr told his employers that he expects the Libyan team to be very defensive when they face the Super Eagles on October 12, pointing out that South Africa were forced to a goalless draw because the North Africans were too defensive conscious.

 

He added that it would be very difficult for the Super Eagles to get a win on the small Kaduna pitch, and that he would have loved the game to be played in Uyo, where the pitch is bigger and the defensive Libyans can be opened up.

Delta Assembly Suspends Former Speaker Over Embezzlement

Delta State House of Assembly has slammed its former speaker, Monday Igbuya, with three months suspension over alleged financial embezzlement while in office.

During plenary in May 2017, 22 out of the 29 members of the Delta State House of Assembly voted to impeach the speaker, Monday Igbuya and immediately replaced him with the member representing Okpe constituency, Sheriff Oborevwori.

Six months after his impeachment, a committee which was set up during its executive session in October 2017 submitted its report in February 2018.

The motion for the former speaker’s three months suspension under matters of urgent public importance was moved by the House Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere, seconded by member representing Ughelli South, Rueben Izeze and was unanimously adopted by the house during its Thursday plenary presided over by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori.

Owhefere said: “You will recall that in our executive session held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a committee was set up to look into issues relating to financial recklessness on the part of the immediate past speaker and member representing Sapele state constituency, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya. Mr Speaker, the committee did submit its preliminary report to the executive session on the 27th day of February 2018.

“Consequently, Mr Speaker, I move that this House sets up another committee to review the preliminary report of the committee earlier set up and the member representing Sapele State constituency, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya be suspended for a period of three months to enable the new committee carry out unfettered investigation devoid of any interference.”

At this junction, the speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori announced the constitution of a three-man ad hoc committee headed by the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Bomadi constituency, Oboro Preyor, while the member representing Ndokwa West constituency, Azuka Azaka and the member representing, Ughelli South constituency, Rueben Izeze are members.

The House however said Igbuya’s ksuspension was to enable the ad hoc committee carry out its assignment without interference.

The new three-man adhoc committee is to review a plenary report of an earlier committee set up by the house to investigate the matter and report back to the house with its report on October 9, 2018.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the impeached Speaker, Monday Igbuya, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the All Progressives Congress, (APC), where he is currently vying for the Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie federal constituency in the forthcoming 2019 House of Representatives election

Culled from SaharaReporters

Defunct Skye Bank Directors Under Investigation, Says NDIC

The  revocation of Skye Bank Plc licence by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the former chairman and another director of the defunct bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni and Dr. Festus Fadeyi are currently under investigation.

This is coming as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with other African countries where Nigerian banks are located to protect host countries.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Umaru Ibrahim, disclosed this on the sidelines of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) Africa Regional Committee(ARC) workshop in Lagos wedbesday.

The heavy borrowings by Ayeni and Fadeyi are largely linked to the insolvency of the defunct Skye Bank, which led to its being taken over by the CBN two years ago. Its licence was, however, revoked last Friday while its assets and liabilities were taken over by a bridge bank called Polaris Bank Limited. Records from the last financial results showed that Ayeni, and Fadeyi, had borrowed heavily from the bank. Ayeni and his partners were alleged to have taken loans to fund their acquisitions of the Ibadan and Yola Electricity Distribution Companies; NITEL/M-Tel; and an energy services firm, Ascot Offshore Nigeria Limited.

Also, Fadeyi, through Pan Ocean, took loans to fund the firm’s oil and gas upstream projects which were considered as one of the major non-performing loans amongst others.

On the board members who were responsible for the bank’s downfall, Umaru said: “They are being investigated and I can assure you that when the time comes, the necessary security and law enforcement agencies would do their work.”

He also said that on recent developments around cross border collaboration, the CBN had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with other African countries where Nigerian banks are located to protect host countries.

Umaru said: “ There are many Nigerian banks that are operating in other parts of Africa and other parts of the world and that calls for collaboration and at various jurisdictions. CBN for instance has signed MoUs with the bank of Ghana, Sierra Leone and wherever our banks are so that in case of failure of a branch of a Nigerian bank a particular country outside Nigeria there can be a collaboration so as to ensure that the depositors of those host countries do not suffer.”

In his presentation at the forum the NDIC boss said:“The fabric of the global financial stability is constantly being threatened by one form of crisis or the other. The potential threats in recent times and currently, include monetary policy normalisation in some notable economies which may result into sharp volatility and disruptions in financial markets; another issue is the partial dis-intermediation of the banking system arising from proliferation of digital currency, such as Bitcoin, as well as the activities of FinTech in general.”

“The latter has the tendency to jeopardise the efficacy of safety-net arrangement and prudential roles of the traditional banking system, such that this function becomes available to a smaller segment of the banking system. Growing risk of protectionism and ongoing trade wars between the United States and the rest-of-the-world China, North America, and Europe could degenerate, with negative implications for the global financial system stability. Rising exposure of emerging market to reversal of foreign portfolio inflows and US Dollar appreciation also constitute risks to the global Financial system stability.”

“The aforementioned issues present potent downside risks to achieving financial stability and precursors to redesigning broad-based financial systems’ policies. How prepared are we as regulators and supervisors in managing a systemic financial crisis should they occur. Increasing financial inter-connectedness has shown that banking crisis can have contagion effects. A system-wide approach to crisis management, involving collaborative efforts of financial safety-net participants and regional deposit insurance systems is therefore imperative. I am optimistic that at the end of this Workshop, strategies for system-wide crisis preparedness and resolution options in promoting financial stability in the region would emerge..”

According to him, the NDIC as one of the resolution authorities in Nigeria, has adopted different resolution mechanisms in resolving the failure of distressed deposit-taking financial institutions in the country.

“The failure resolution mechanisms used by the corporation include: deposit pay-out; purchase and assumption; open bank assistance; assisted mergers; and bridge bank. Through these failure resolution mechanisms, the NDIC had so far closed 52 deposit money banks (DMBs), out of which 49 are currently in liquidation while the remaining are involved in litigations challenging the revocation of their licence by the CBN. In the case of other deposit-taking financial institutions, a total of 187 microfinance banks (MFBs) and 42 primary mortgage banks (PMBs) are currently in liquidation,” he said.

Culled from SaharaReporters

CBN Withdraws Licences Of 182 Financial Institutions

The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has revoked the operational licences of 182 other financial institutions (OFIs) across the country.

In a notice of revocation of licences of 182 OFIs obtained from its website, the apex banks lists the financial institutions to include 154 microfinance banks, 22 finance companies and six primary mortgage banks.

Giving reasons for the exercise, CBN explained that 62 of the MfBs 79  of them failed to recapitalise, eight were on voluntary liquidation and only one was insolvent.

Culled from Daily Times

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Has Distanced Itself From The Coalition That Iyiola Omisore With APC

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has distanced itself from the coalition that Iyiola Omisore, its candidate in the Osun State governorship election, entered with the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of Thursday’s rerun.

In a terse statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, SDP said it was not part of the conclusions reached Omisore and the APC.

“The Social Democratic Party (SDP) would like to make it categorically clear that the National Leadership of the party was not part of the recent developments involving our party’s gubernatorial candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore of Osun State, and the conclusions arrived at,” read the statement.

“We remain irrevocably committed to serving the Nigerian people on the basis of the vision, principles and goals of social democracy which underlie the philosophy of our great party, the SDP.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Omisore had announced his readiness to work with the APC ahead of the rerun, saying the decision was made “after due consultations with the party leadership and members in all the 30 local government areas of Osun State”.
He said APC had agreed to adopt SDP’s manifestos in “forming a coalition government with SDP in Osun State”.

Ghana Government Shut Down Over 400 Businesses Owned By Nigerians

Over 400 businesses owned by Nigerians have been closed by authorities in Ghana, sparking a protest by owners who have issued a week ultimatum to the Nigerian government to resolve the surrounding the maltreatment of Nigerian business community in Ghana.

Already, the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) have written a petition to President Buhari and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the issue.

The association gave a one-week ultimatum to the commission to intervene in the matter, warning that the association would occupy the ECOWAS premises if the situation in Ghana was not addressed.

In their protest march to the ECOWAS Secretariat on Monday in Abuja, the traders urged the Commission to intervene to stop the alleged victimization of Nigerian businessmen and women in Ghana.

According to some local media reports on Tuesday, the President of NANT, Ken Ukaoha, stated that the development has reached a point where the Ghanaian Parliament has passed a legislation to make the business environment hostile to foreign investors. He said that the ECOWAS President, Jean-Claude Brou, had been petitioned over the development.

“This is a save our soul call and the urgency of this protest is to inform you of the state of fear, uncertainty, and insecurity that Nigerian traders are currently subjected to in the hands of the government and people of Ghana in different cities under the coordination of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and Ministry of Trade and Industry,” Ukaoha said.

According to him, the members of the association have been shut out of their business premises in pursuance of the eviction order dated July 27, 2018, demanding that “we must have $1m as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana”

Breaking News:Omisore Address His Supporters Whom To Vote Osun Election Rerun

The governorship candidate for Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Wednesday urged his supporters to vote for any party that believes in what their party stands for. According to him, good governance, social justice and accountability are what he (Omisore) and his party intends to achieve in Osun if he had won in the election.

 

Recall that after the inconclusive declaration of the last Saturday’s election in Osun by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, both PDP and APC chieftains have been storming his residence to solicit for his support. In view of that therefore, Omisore in a statement obtained by Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday averred, “Osun state has always been a stellar example of democracy where the people have consistently and freely expressed their franchise to determine who governs them. “This should remain so. Osun people have shown that it is not business as usual. It is a positive deviation from what was hitherto the norm.

 

“I am telling my people that they should go with any political party that believes in what we in the SDP stand for; good governance, social justice and accountability. I have already detailed how we planned to restore Osun to the path of good governance through the five thematic pillars in the manifesto I shared during the electioneering. I will not negotiate for personal gains and abandon my people. “My alliance is with the people of Osun state irrespective of the political party they belong. I want my people to be treated with the dignity they deserve. I desire that they have a government that will be accountable to them. I want them to experience the good governance the founding fathers of this state envisaged. I have told the parties that have solicited for my support to approach the electorates and ask for their mandate as I have assured them that I will not coerce them for political or social power. It is because I have kept my promise that has made me enjoyed their unalloyed support all these years. “As highlighted in SDP manifestos, the five thematic pillars the SDP had hoped to implement to improve governance, eliminate financial reckless and reposition the economy of Osun state include: Economic management and accountability; Professionalism and performance; Equity in access to service; Local content and innovation and Security. “To this end, he has said to all Nigerians that this is the centre point of his campaign and “democracy we both fought for and believe in. It is the right and democratic freedom of people to choose by their own free will.

Their votes should not be coerced by money, vote buying, intimidation in form of militarisation, political and social power. “Their voices of demand for good governance, accountability and human dignity should continue to be heard as well as salaries paid. All these are what I stand for and which the SDP had promised the people all through our electioneering campaigns.

They are still paramount to me as we collectively chart the way forward for the governorship elections rerun in Osun state.”

Police Arrested 16yr Old Boy Over Illegal Possession Of Gun And Bungery.

The Pollo no. ice in Enugu State have arrested a 16-year-old  JSS-2 student in Udi Local Government Area, who allegedly specialised in house-breaking. SP Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu, said the teenager was nabbed on Sept. 24. Amaraizu said that the police tracked the suspect as a result of information from good Samaritans about his activities in Umuabi community.

He said that the suspect was a student of one of the secondary schools in Udi council area. “The JSS 2 student was nabbed by police operatives following intelligence information received from public spirited individuals. “The suspect is helping police operatives in their investigations as he has revealed how he had been breaking into victims’ houses and carting away properties within Umuabi and its environs,’’ he said.

 

The police spokesman said that a locally-made pistol was also recovered from the suspect. “The suspect, who specialises in finding out buildings whose owners are not around, carted away items such as wrappers, breakable plates, radio sets, generating sets, television sets, money and other valuables,’’ Amaraizu said.

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Peter Okoye Beats Davido to win his first award since Psquare disbanded

Peter Okoye defeats Davido to win his first award since Psquare disbanded (Photo) Information Nigeria 18 hours ago Peter Okoye, popularly known as Mr P, a former member of Psquare, has won his first award as a solo artiste.

The ‘Ebeano’ crooner was named best international male artiste at the 2018 edition of the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA). The award ceremony took place on Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in London, UK.

Now known professionally as Mr P, he was nominated in the best male artiste and best international male artiste categories. The singer beat Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Cassper Nyovest, Medikal, Black Coffee, among others, to win the best international male artiste category.

Mr P shared news of the award on Instagram, saying “this is just the beginning”. He wrote: “My very first award as a solo act! You guys made this happen. Slow and Steady but surely! God is great. “I was hoping to be in London but as you’re aware, I’m in the middle of my US/Canadian Tour at the moment!

I will be by to pick up my award personally. “Thanks again and I’d like to dedicate this award to my super fans and my awesome son Cameron who’s birthday is today.

Double celebration for sure. More coming. “Team P this one is for Us! Thanks for the love and support. This is just the beginning. I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

Breaking News:NLC Embark Indefinite Strike Over Minimum Wage

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has declared an indefinite warning strike from Wednesday, to press the federal government to implement a new minimum wage for workers.

Its sister labour group, the Trade Union Congress, had earlier on Tuesday announced that it would begin strike from the early hours of Thursday, following the federal government’s failure to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage.

Last Thursday, the NLC resolved to commence an indefinite nationwide strike, after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the FG which will elapse Wednesday.

In a press statement signed by the NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, the congress resolved that the strike commences in the midnight of Wednesday.

“Representatives of organized labour, after due consultation and meetings, have therefore agreed that all unions and our Civil society allies should embark on a warning strike from midnight of Wednesday, 26th September, 2018.

“All affiliates and state councils are therefore expected to mobilize their members nationwide to ensure total compliance.

“The nationwide warning strike will remain in force until further directives are conveyed,” the statement said.

Applicant Reported Dead At FRSC Recruitment Exercise In Kogi

male applicant in the ongoing recruitment exercise of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been reported dead in Kogi State.

The applicant was said to have fainted yesterday after returning from a road walk embarked upon from the Chari Maigumeri Barracks to Zango; a suburb of Lokoja metropolis.

It was further learnt that the applicant was rushed to the Army Clinic where he was confirmed dead.

Sector Commander of the FRSC in Kogi State, Mr Olusegun Martins who confirmed the incident, said more details about the incident would be provided subsequently.

Housewife Arrested For Killing Stepdaughter With ‘Otapiapia'(Local Insecticide)

20year-old woman, Zulac Kabiru, has confessed to killing her eight-month-old stepdaughter, Rukaiya, to teach her co-wife how to respect “her superior” by giving her local insecticide, otapiapia, to drink.

Zulac, who was arrested by the police in Niger State for alleged killing at Danauta village in Mariga Local Government Area, said she took the action because the second wife was always insulting and assaulting her.

The suspect was said to have secretly given the baby the poison, which resulted in her death.

It was gathered that the suspect and her fellow wife had not been in good terms for a long time.

Addressing reporters when she was paraded, Zulac said: “I warned my husband to desist from getting another wife but he did not listen. The second wife loved insulting and assaulting me at all times. One day, I decided to poison her eight-month-old daughter to increase her sorrow in the family so that she will learn how to respect her superiors in the family.

“Before my husband married her, and I kicked against it, we were living in peace. But when she came, she split the family. My husband gave her more attention than he gave me. Snd since then, our family has been in shambles.”

The suspect said she did not know when she carried out the act.

According to her, it was the work of the devil.

“It was the work of the devil. I don’t know when I did it. It is a wicked act,” she said.

Police spokesman Muhammad Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the suspect would be arraigned in court after investigation.

Miss Culture Anambra Tourism Putting Smiles To The Face Of The Less Privileges

Miss Culture Anambra Tourism 2017, is a young lady, whose mission on earth is to give hope to hopeless, to eradicate poverty in rural areas, modify the lives of the teenagers in Nigeria, Most especially Anambra state for now.

When Morningstarnaija.com reporters came across her magnificent project, we interviewed her

 

“My name is Amasiaku Amaka Jane, From Adazi Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra state, Nigeria.

Currently, I am Miss Culture Anambra Tourism  2017, on the day of my crowning, I made convenant with my God and good people of Anambra State Anambra, Nigeria and Less privileges around the world, to help the poor and need.

To make them not feel left out, to make them know they are one of us by taking care of them, clothing them, feeding them and if possible to provide shelter for them.I  also goes  to schools and encouraging pupils and students to do more and to put in their best effort imtheir education and also promoting igbo language and culture.

For the past  one year, by the grace of God and our partners this is my ACCOMPLISHMENTS

(1) I fed over 100less privileged on the streets of awka,

(2)Gone  to schools  like ckp primary school Adazi Nnukwu and progress Academy Awka and gave the pupils writing materials like books, pencil,  Pen, ect.

(3)I had also  crowned a miss in one of the schools to promote the igbo language and culture.

I had also visited hospitals, Age men and women etc

 

Currently am now organizing “PUT SMILE ON DISABLED(physical challenged people)”  To visit Disabled Homes and distribute gifts items to them
Our major challenge is sponsorship ie financial crisis. We are also  looking for people to partner with us.

 

For more information, please Contact

Miss Amasiaku Amaka Jane

Phone number :08105748519

Bank = Dimond Bank

Account number :0079059164

Thanks you all, let’s help people to succeed in life, let’s give back to the society.

 

Kemi Olunloyo Revealed Why She Dislike Linda Ikeji

Even after once benefiting from billionaire celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji’s wealth, during her incarceration in Port-Harcourt, controversial blogger cum journalist,  Kemi Olunloyo, has finally opened up on why she dislikes the blogger who recently welcomed her first child in Atlanta.

She made the revelation on twitter when a fan inquired to know why she is always at the gossip blogger’s throat.

Linda Ikeji on the hospital bed in Atlanta The controversial blogger who spares nothing whenever she means to drag anyone in the mud, used unprintable words in explaining why she dislikes Linda Ikeji.   In her defence, she alleged that Linda had been responsible for a misfortune her younger sister suffered in 2006. Recall that Vanguard Ripples reported that the controversial blogger accused Linda Ikeji of being deceitful about her pregnancy.

She alleged that Linda was never pregnant but paid a surrogate mother 1.8M for the child. “Sincerely, I have been respecting myself but I think I need to fill you guys into this. Linda Ikeji got pregnant using ‘donor sperm’ because she started getting scared of menopause.

Nigeria oil price Risen From $79 To $82.00 Per Barrel In The International Marke

For the first time this year, oil price has risen from $79 to $82.00 per barrel in the international market following high demand from major importing countries.

Oil  Specifically, the price of Brent, usually used to benchmark other prices rose from $ 79.90 to $82.10 while the WTI and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC basket of 15 crudes stood at $ 72.32 and $78.81 per barrel respectively. READ ALSO: People, real assets in oil, gas industry – AOGS In its report sent to Vanguard, OPEC stated: “The price of OPEC basket of 15 crudes stood at $78.81 a barrel on Monday, compared with $77.08 the previous Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. Reuters disclosed that independent refiners in China’s Shandong province imported 42.4 million tonnes of crude in the first half of 2018, 41.4 percent higher than a year earlier, a senior refinery executive said, yesterday. It stated that “demand from Chinese refiners for Angolan crude has been robust this month.

Only around 40 percent of the 46 cargoes in the November programme are still available for sale.”

Culled from Vanguardngr

Sen Kwankwaso Endorsed His In-law To Be Next Kano Governor

Sen Kwankwasoof the Kwankwasiyya political Movement has dismissed insinuations of nepotism over his choice of his relative Abba Kabiru Yusuf, as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate saying, “he is not my direct son-in-law”. *Kwankwaso In an interview monitored on the BBC Hausa service on Tuesday, Kwankwaso explained that the selection was made to avoid a repetition of what happened during the last dispensation where the Kano Kwankwasiyya movement backed Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje being the most senior in age, qualification and other services records to become governor only for the governor to in his words “betray them and stab” them in the back.

He explained that those accusing him of selecting his in-law are only mischievous as Abba is not the husband of the daughter he gave birth to but the husband to a member of his extended family.

He said he comes from a very large and extended family where anyone of them can meet and get married to anyone they meet anywhere and will not be refused. “You cannot stop anyone from marrying from your extended family because of your own personal interest” he stated.

He added that “It is also illogical to say that you would refuse to appoint or select a qualified person for any position simply because he is married from your extended family. What should be avoided is basing such selection or appointment on personal whims and sentiments. What is important is for everyone to acknowledge his qualification and ability to deliver”.

He also explained his reasons for not anointing the former Kano deputy governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, and a prominent politician in the state Alhaji Sagir Takai. Hae said he had known Prof Hafiz for over 40 years and has assisted him wherever necessary.
Culled from Vanguardngr

81-yr-old Bill Cosby Bagged 10 Years Imprisonment For Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby, once popular for his comedy features, has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison for sexual assault.

Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common sentenced Bill Cosby, who had been out on bail to immediate imprisonment.

According to BBC, Cosby, who was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, would be listed in the sexual offenders register and must undergo counselling for life.

“This was a serious crime, Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come,” Judge O’Neill said during the sentence hearing.

Arguing Cosby sentence, the prosecutor, District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in state prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, saying he had shown “no remorse” for his actions.

However, Joseph P. Green, Cosby’s defense counsel, urged the court to place his client on house arrest, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.

He said: “Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not a danger, unless perhaps to themselves.”

Cosby was convicted for drugging and sexually molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Describing how the assault, which happened in 2004, had impacted her life, Constand said: “”Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others.”

He has also been accused by 60 other women of sexual assault, but no other charges have been filed so far.

I Don’t Know My ADC Uses His Position To Defraud Unsuspecting Officials– Aisha Buhari

WIFE of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has distanced herself from the arrest and detention of her Aide De Camp, ADC, Sani Baban-Inna, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, over allegation of N2.5 billion fraud, saying that she has no hand in her ADC’s travails.

 

But the President’s wife has also said that she was dismayed by the revelation from initial investigations by security operatives that have shown that CSP Baban-Inna who has been her ADC since 2016 and has been associated with her could use the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials.

Mrs. Buhari in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna in Abuja Tuesday said that the arrest and detention of the ADC by the police was within the jurisdiction of the force. The statement read, “The attention of wife of the President, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has been drawn to some media publications and releases purporting illegal detention of her Aide De Camp (ADC) over allegations of fraud.

“The story as it pertains to her ADC, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Sani Baban-Inna has it that he has been detained on the orders of Her Excellency for dropping her name and defrauding unsuspecting officials and associates.

“She wishes to use this opportunity to refute such allegation and to state that she has no hand in his arrest and detention.

“CSP Sani Baban-Inna has been her ADC since 2016 and has been associated with her ever since. To the utter dismay of Her Excellency, he has used the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials as initial investigations have shown.” Justifying that the police acted within its powers, she said, “The Nigeria Police Force, his employers arrested him to investigate the allegations leveled against him, this, being within their jurisdiction.

“She therefore wishes to use this opportunity to inform the general public that she has never sent any of her staff to collect any favours on her behalf or on behalf of her children and will never do so. She is therefore imploring anyone that has been defrauded by Mr. Baban-Inna to get across to him to retrieve whatever he took from them.

Mrs. Buhari wishes to reiterate that she will not condone fraudulent behavior by any of her staff.

“She uses this opportunity to call on all those in positions of authority to rise above intimidation by their aides and deal with such attitudes as extortion by name-dropping, especially within the Presidency.

As she always emphasizes, this government was voted into office based on the trust and confidence of the people.”

Kassim Shettima, Governor Of Borno State,Dissolved State Executive Council .

Kassim Shettima, Governor of Borno State, has dissolved the state executive council.

News of the dissolution was announced via a statement by Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, Secretary to the State Government, on Tuesday.

It is not clear why exactly the council was dissolved, but the commissioners have been requested to hand over affairs of their ministries to the respective permanent secretaries on or before Friday, September 28, 2018.

The statement read: “His Excellency, the Executive of Borno State, Hon. Kashim Shettima has in accordance with the powers conferred on him by sect,192 sub-section 2 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, has hereby dissolved the state executive council.

“Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa who announced this in a statement said all Honourable Commissioners are required to hand over affairs of their ministries to the respective permanent secretaries on or before Friday, the 28th of September, 2018.

“The SSG conveyed the profound appreciation of Governor Kashim Shettima to the outgoing Commissioners for their services and contributions to the unprecedented developmental progresses recorded by the administration. He said the Governor wishes all the former Commissioners the very best in their future endeavors. He also conveyed government’s appreciation to all those who supported the Commissioners in the discharge of their duties.”

The SSG said a new state executive council would be constituted in due course.

PDP Presidential Aspirant Atiku Visit Iyiola Omisore Ahead Osun Election Rerun

Atiku Abubakar, presidential aspirant and former Vice President, is the latest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwig to visit Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (PDP), in furtherance of the opposition’s party charm offensive towards convincing their formal ally to work for them.

Until May, Omisore was in the PDP, but he left after it was clear the party’s power brokers had settled to hand the governorship ticket to Ademola Adeleke, brother of the late Isiaka Adele, who had himself defected to the PDP after the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to hand him the ticket for the senatorial bye-election to replace his brother, who had died in April 2017.

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Saturday’s election inconclusive and fixed a rerun for Thursday, PDP leaders — notably Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and Abiodun Olujimi, the Senator representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly — have been visiting Omisore in Osun State in a bid to convince him to pass on his supporters to PDP, a scenario that would likely bring Omisore’s former party, and Adeleke his political adversary, to power.

Details of the meeting are not yet public, but a source who was privy to it told SaharaReporters: “Atiku had first of all spoken to him on the phone yesterday, but the former Vice President travelled to Osogbo this afternoon to physically meeting with him.

“I won’t tell you specifically what went down at the meeting but I can generally tell you that it was all about convincing Omisore to work for the APC ahead of the rerun. Some offers have been made but we’d see how it goes.”

Abdusalam Peace Committee Shifts Attention To Chairmen Of 91 Political Parties, Immediately After INEC

Ahead of the Osun State rerun election slated for Thursday, September 27, 2018, Abdusalam Abubakar, former Head of State and members of the Peace Committee, have met with Professor Mahmood Abubakar, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The meeting, held behind closed doors at Enugu Hall in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on Tuesday, will be followed by another with the chairmen of all 91 resgistered political parties.

Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Peace Committee, Abdulsalam Abubakar, said the committee decided to interact with the stakeholders following the happenings after the announcement that declared the elections inconclusive.

On Sunday, Professor Joseph Fuwape, the INEC Returning Officer, had declared the election inconclusive on the premise that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,498, no winner

However, Abdusalam said the essence of the meeting is to ensure that all stakeholders play by the rules for peace to reign in the country.

He said: “We are all aware that we are approaching the 2019 election and already you are very much aware how the polity is being heated  as a result of which we have decided to step in to ensure that there is peace in the country and that the politicians play by the rules of the game, and also for security agencies and INEC to play their roles accordingly.

“This morning, we have interacted with the INEC chairman and his staff and also the security agencies here who have got one role or the other to perform in this election.

“All in all, we have had a briefing and later this afternoon, we are going to meet the political parties and the chairmen of the 91 registered political parties in furtherance of ensuring that there is peace. We are going to listen to them, hear their complaints and also appeal to them to make sure that politics is played without bitterness.

“As you  are very much aware if there is no peace in any country, there would be no country at all. So, the essence of this meeting is to ensure that we are all on the same wavelength.”

Also at the meeting were Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah; Former Vice-President Ebitu Ukiwe and Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Nicholas Okoh.

The election was declared inconclusive when the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke scored 254,698 votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 254,345 votes.

The rerun election will hold in seven polling units in Orolu, Ife South, Ife North and Osogbo Local Government Areas.

Iyiola Omisore Denied To Work With PDP In Osun Election Rerun.

Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Saturday’s Osun State governorship election, has denied multiple claims by loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he has agreed to work for the party ahead of Thursday’s rerun.

Omisore is no longer in the race, and in fact already conceded the election, having placed a distant third with a margin that cannot be closed were he to win all the votes in the polling units where results were cancelled.

However, with the strength of his support despite defecting to SDP from the PDP just four months before the election, both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC0 recognise that his support could all but determine where the pendulum swings on

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, was the first to say on Monday that Omisore had expressed willingness to work with Adeleke ahead of Thursday’s rerun.

Senate President Bukola Saraki subsequently said Omisore had agreed to work with the PDP because their goals were the same. “Over the next 24 hours, we will work out the details,” he had even

However, despite going on Twitter to himself thank Saraki “for the visit”, Omisore has told SaharaReporters that the meetings do not in any way make it final that he was now working for the PDP.

“We met and we discussed. SDP is a party, so also is the PDP.

“APC too had reached out to us in SDP. Our concern is good governance of this state. We are here to ensure that whichever party takes over the government adopts SDP’s programmes and policies as stated in our manifesto.”

Omisore’s words were reiterated by his media team, a member telling SaharaReporters: “To situate it well, Senator Iyiola Omisore has not agreed to work with PDP; he discussed with its leadership just as APC also reached out to him for discussion.”

In Saturday’s election, Adeleke polled 254,699 votes, while APC’s Isiaka Oyetola recorded 254,345 votes.

Omisore placed third with 128,049 votes.

Since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,498, INEC declared that no winner had emerged, and ordered a rerun in the polling units where the results were cancelled.

Culled from SaharaReporters