Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Benue set to release a block buster movie "Tavershima", First indigenous film from North Central Nigeria.

With the released of #Tavershima(a classic Tiv movie) it is now clear-crystal that Benue state is set to break the jinx as the first state from North Central Nigeria to make a mark in the indigenous film category of the Nigerian motion industry globally known as Nollywood.

This potential award winning movie have not only placed Benue on the country's film map but have also raised Benue homegrown stars.

The cast which is a collaboration of Nigerian Nollywood actors and professional Tivwood actors have celebrated Benue born actor-cum-producer Maxwell A Petaz Jr in the lead role.

No land was seeded to Fulani herdsmen – Ortom

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday night said no land was seeded to the Fulani herdsmen in the state.

He was reacting to allegations levelled against his administration following the signing of a peace agreement between the Agatu people in his state and the Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom said his political detractors were behind the allegation.

The governor spoke with State House correspondents after close door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Two Americans Including Eight-Year-Old Girl Die In Donald Trump's First Anti-Terror Raid

Two Americans were killed in Donald Trump's first anti-terror raid on foreign soil - an eight-year-old girl whose father was an al-Qaeda leader, and a Navy SEAL Team Six member involved in the mission.

Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora, was among the non-combatants killed - along with several women - in Sunday's military operation at an Al-Qaeda camp in Yemen.

She was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki , a dual US-Yemeni citizen who was the first American to die in a US drone strike.

2Face nationwide protest- group plan a counter rally on same day.

While the Feb. 5th protest a lot of celebrities including 2face are supporting is against the policies of this government, another set of Nigerians are planning a different rally that will celebrate the policies of this government.

Meanwhile 2face Idibia has invited his fans and supporters to join him on his social media platforms by 3pm as he has a special announcement to make.

FG Vows Action Against Destroyers Of 190-Year-Old Brazilian Building In Lagos



The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has promised that the federal government will not let the persons who pulled down a historic structure built by returnee slaves from Brazil to go scot-free.

Muhammed made the vow in a statement issued monday after inspecting the cite of the 190-year-old structure in Lagos at the weekend.

The Brazilian themed edifice was gazetted as a national monument in 1956.

Government has already instituted legal actions against the developers over the property.

Photos: One year after, white woman who rescued Nigerian baby gives update.

This is nothing but miraculous! Poverty is a disease, hunger is deadly and illiteracy is a killer. These were the factors that were meant to kill this promising baby but for the intervention of an angelic being who saved the baby a year ago. Read her update below…

DSS Only Invited me, Do not Protest – Apostle Johnson Suleman

As against the earlier call by some concerned bodies for christians to come out enmasse for a protest march to the Abuja DSS office on Monday as Apostle Johnson Suleman honours its invitation, the servant of God through his ministry, Omega Fire Ministries Inc, has urged caution against any form of protest for the sake of peace.

The Department of State Security (DSS) had sent a formal invitation to Apostle Johnson Suleman to appear before its officials on Monday 30th January 2017.

In a statement signed by the OFM Admin, Pastor David Apelorioye, the ministry pleads; “We ask all Christians to stay away from the planned protest and pray for the nation. We can almost agree that this is not a war but an invitation.

Photos: Guinean President, Alpha Conde elected new African Union Chairperson at 28th AU Summit

Guinean President Alpha Conde has been elected new African Union (AU) chairperson at the ongoing AU summit which started Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Conde will succeed the Chadian President, Idris Deby, as the head of the union.

He will become the 15th African leader to hold the position and the fourth from West Africa to chair the union. The election of Conde, by the Assembly of Heads of State, was expected as the position rotates among the five regions of the continent; North, Central, East, West and Southern African regions.

Woman commits Suicide after MMM crash (PHOTO)

Makurdi, the Benue State capital, was thrown into mourning last Friday after the discovery of a lifeless body of a mother of two said to have drowned herself due to her inability to repay the loan of N400,000 she invested in MMM.

Husband of 34-year-old mother of two, Gloria Samson, whose lifeless body was discovered floating on River Benue by the police in Benue State, has said he didn’t have any inkling that his wife planned to kill herself.

Speaking in an emotion-laden voice, David Samson said that he was aware that his wife was a victim of the money-doubling scheme; Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox otherwise called MMM.

Breaking! Donald Trump Fires Acting Attorney General for defying his executive order

President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, for ordering the Justice Department not to defend Trump's executive order on the refugee ban, read here.

According to a tweet released by his press secretary, Sean Spicer, she has been fired from her position and replaced temporarily by Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA.

Trump also made a statement to confirm the appointment of Dana Boente as Acting AG. Read his tweets below:

Monday, 30 January 2017

Miss France Wins Miss Universe 2017

 
 A dental student from Paris was crowned Miss Universe on Monday, becoming the second Frenchwoman to win the title in the pageant's history and the first champion from Europe in more than a decade.


Iris Mittenaere beat 85 other hopefuls in the finale in the Philippines in the 65th edition of the three-hour show that focused on diversity and empowering women to overcome the struggles of life.

Pres Buhari pictured hale and hearty in UK eating dinner with Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

 
President Buhari is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom. He has been rumoured to be dead or incapacitated.

Photo credit: Buhari Sallau


How Trump’s immigration policy’ll affect Nigerians.

Unless the Federal Government reviews its visa policy with the United States of America, Nigerians will no longer enjoy visas to the US with two-year validity, according to an Executive Order issued on Friday by President Donald Trump.

Section 9 of the Executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all non-immigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. 

Two Nigerians charged for stealing 1.2 million US dollars from UK Bank

The Igbosere Mag­istrate Court has docked two employ­ees of a Lagos-based com­pany for allegedly defraud­ing a bank in the United Kingdom (UK) to the tune of 1.2 million US dollars.

The accused, Oladapo Oyeniyi, 48, and Kunle Ayotoye, 45, are stand­ing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, steal­ing and fraud.

The prosecutor, Insp. Amedu Adoga, told the court that the accused committed the alleged of­fences between December 2012 and January 2013, at No. 3, Oje Imsisnvan Street, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

ASUP begins nationwide strike today

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has insisted members will down tool by 12 noon today, to press home implementation of their demands.

ASUP General Secretary, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe told Daily Sun that lecturers have been mobilised for the one week warning strike and stressed that, “by 12 noon today, we will withdraw our services, both academic and administrative jobs.’’

He said no polytechnic is exempted from the strike but noted that individual institutions should address challenges before joining the industrial action.

Trump stands firm over travel ban amidst massive protest.

The Trump administration is standing firm over its ban on immigration from seven countries despite court rulings and mass protests against it.

In a statement, President Trump said visas would once again be issued once "the most secure policies" were in place, and denied it was a Muslim ban.

The move has been widely condemned. Sixteen state attorneys general have said the order is unconstitutional. Several federal judges have temporarily halted the deportation of visa holders.

SAG awards 2017: full list of winners

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) took place on Sunday evening with some of Hollywood's biggest stars stunning on the red-carpet in blings and gorgeous dresses at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Denzel Washington, Emma Stone and the cast of Hidden Figures took the top awards of the night as several actors spoke out against Donald Trump. Full list of winners and more photos after the cut.........

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Benue: COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE DEFRAUDS FARMER OF N12 MILLION


This is certainly not a good time for the Governor of Benue state, Chief Dr.  Samuel Ortom, as his Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. James Anbua, is presently under police investigation for duping a Benue farmer, Dr. Felix Apeh Lawani, of a total sum of N12 million over sales of fertilizers.

According to copies of the police reports(attached to this story) which were obtained by New-Nigeria Reporters this morning, the suspects Hon. Anbua, the Director of Finance of the ministry, Mrs. Christiana Mhambe, and one Mr. Samson Abeh who is an official of the ministry had used the bank account of the Ministry to dupe the victim, Mr. Lawani

CAN Defends Apostle Suleman, Says Osinbajo’s ‘Silence’ No Longer Golden

The Christian Association of Nigeria has vowed to defend the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, after operatives of the State Security Service tried to arrest him on Tuesday.

The group also criticised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying he has failed to speak up against attacks on Christians.

Fiery Edo State-based preacher, Mr. Suleman, caused a stir by calling for the killing of Fulani herdsmen found near his church.

Customs Seizes 2 Helicopters At Lagos Airport, Hands Them Over To Air Force

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Command of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, yesterday seized two Bell civil models l Helicopters which were imported into the country last year but remained unclaimed at the ware house of the Skyways Aviation Handling Company Limited ,SAHCOL, at the cargo section of the airport.

The two abandoned helicopters have therefore been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force to fight insurgency in the North East.

Donald Trump Bans ALL Refugees From Entering The US For Four Months And Syrian Refugees Indefinitely

The brutal reality of Donald Trump's hardline stance on immigration came into force last night when he ordered a four-month ban on all refugees entering the US.

The President also singled out refugees from Syria as barred from entering the country indefinitely, or until he himself decides they are allowed in.

No visas will be issued to immigrants from seven mainly-Muslim nations including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.

Osita Iheme 'Pawpaw' launches music record label, signs 2 artist

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Nollywood actor, Osita Iheme, popularly known as Pawpaw has launched his own music record label and has signed a record deal with two young artists. Pawpaw revealed that he launched his record label, Young Boss Record, to give talented Nigerians a chance. 

To this end, he has signed two new acts, Barrister Max and Charisma, and both artists are said to have released their individual singles. Congratulations to him.

I’m not your servant, I am fighting for myself and for my beliefs - President Museveni tells Uganda People

President Yoweri Museveni has left the people of Uganda shocked after telling them that he is a freedom fighter, fighting for himself and not serving Ugandans. 

'I hear some people saying that I’m their servant, I’m not a servant of anybody. I am a freedom fighter, I’m not your servant. I am fighting for myself and for my beliefs. That’s how I come in. I’m not an employee.' he said.

The president on Thursday, January 26, 2017, made the statement while giving a speech during the celebration of his thirty-one (31) year in power. Yoweri Museveni, who is the 9th President of Uganda, was elected into office on January 29, 1986.

What's really wrong with African Presidents?


Source: Tuko News

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Okonjo Iweala to rescue Nigeria in 2019?

There's a sponsored post floating on Facebook that former Minister of Finance‘Okonjo-Iweala will be running with Adesina in 2019. Don't know how true this is because she has denied that she would run for Presidency.

Do you think these duo makes a good rescue team for Nigeria?

Burna Boy throws his weight behind 2Face led nationwide protest against Nigerian goverment, says he is ready to die to it.

'I'm ready to die for this sh*t', Burna Boy said in support of 2face Idibia led nationwide protest.

Yesterday, music legend, 2face Idibia announced on Instagram that there will be a massive nationwide protest on February 5, 2017 against the Nigerian Government. Now he's getting more support from fellow musicians. Burna Boy tweeted that 'he's ready to die for the cause'.

Read his tweet and 2Face Idibia's protest statement after the cut......

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

How security agencies tried to assassinate me – Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has claimed that the six police officers that were dismissed from the Force were relieved of their duty because they stopped security agencies from assassinating him.

Wike stated this when he received the Aluu council of chiefs on Tuesday at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“The policemen were dismissed because they did not allow the security agencies to assassinate me as was planned,” he said.

2017 UTME: JAMB, NECO, WAEC, NABTEB harmonise Time-table

Ahead of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has agreed on a harmonized timetable with other examination bodies in the country to have a hitch free examination.

The Board at a brainstorming meeting with National Examination Council (NECO), West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Business and Technical Examination (NABTEB) held at the national headquarters of the Board in Abuja unanimously agreed to harmonize the examination timetable because of the candidates desire for qualitative tertiary education.

Imo Air begins, indigenes to fly at 10% rebate



Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday launched Imo Air at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, the state capital. Okorocha said that the airline would operate under a 10-year agreement with Dana Air until it obtains its licence.

He said it was planned to create new jobs and address the high traffic volume in the area, describing Owerri as the fastest-growing city in the country after Lagos and Abuja.

Okorocha said that four aircraft would be added to the 140-seater plane by next year, adding that an international cargo airport would be built to complement its operations.

Seven year old writes touching letter to Donald Trump.

Bana Alabed, the seven-year-old Aleppo girl known worldwide for her tweets from Aleppo, has written an open letter to Donald Trump.

"You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you," she wrote.

Bana escaped Aleppo with her family in December during the mass evacuations, and is now living in Turkey.

Her twitter account became famous for its messages from besieged east Aleppo.

Breaking: Fayose foils DSS plan to arrest Pastor Johnson Suleiman in Ekiti.

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’s Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early morning on Wednesday foiled an attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries World wide in Ado Ekiti. 

The firebrand Pastor was alleged to have been preaching against Islamizing Nigeria and asked members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to resist the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation. The Pastor who was in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade that was also attended by Fayose was trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House to his hotel room by the operatives of the DSS in Adebayo area of the State capital who almost forced their way to his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel that insisted to know their mission. 

Gambia Revokes State Of Emergency In Step Towards Political Normality

Gambia's parliament on Tuesday revoked a state of emergency imposed last week by former President Yahya Jammeh shortly before he fled into exile, as the tiny West African country slowly recovered from its political crisis.

Jammeh plunged Gambia into turmoil in early December when he refused to accept his election defeat to challenger Adama Barrow, demanding a new poll and later dissolving the National Assembly and declaring a three-month state of emergency.

But the former soldier finally relinquished power on Saturday under strong diplomatic pressure that was backed-up by several thousand West African troops who crossed into Gambia and were poised to enforce the election result.

Electricity: Why Nigerians are in darkness – Kainji GenCo boss.

Managing Director of Mainstream Energy Solutions, Mr Lamu Audu, has dismissed claims by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, that low water level was partially responsible for the current gross inadequate power supply in the country. He told journalists in Abuja that the issue of low water level did not arise, because, indeed, the level of water in the nation’s two main electricity generating dams in Kainji and Jebba were still rising, due to the black flood from Lake Chad. 

He said: “For anybody to mention water level is unacceptable. It is not true. The issue of water does not arise.” According to Audu, of the total generation on the grid of 2,929 megawatts, as at Monday morning, Mainstream operators of both Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power plants contributed about 700megawatts and adding that Shiroro hydro power also had about 300 megawatts. 

Reported dismissal of 59 officers false - Nigerian Customs Service

The Nigeria Customs Service through Joseph Attah, the AG. Public Relations Officer for Comptroller-General of Customs has denied the repoted dismissal of 59 officers. In the press statement released the NCS reads:

The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a misleading publication by a section of the media, concerning a supposed dismissal of 59 officers by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd). This misleading report quotes a circular dated 19th January 2017, signed by the Ag. Comptroller (Discipline).

Kidnapped students, staff of Turkish School regain freedom after 11 days in captivity

The kidnapped staff and students of the Nigerian Turkish International School, Ogun State, have regained their freedom, Channels Telvision reports.

They were released on Tuesday evening, January 24th. One of the parents told Channels Television that ransom worth millions was paid through a negotiator and the gunmen gave the assurance that the victims would be released.

The eight students and staff were abducted from the school premises by unknown gunmen. According to staff of the school, the gunmen gained entrance through the back fence of the school, escaping through the swamp.

Men of the Nigeria Police and the anti-kidnapping team of the Ogun State Police Command, have since been on the trail of the abductors.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

“YES I CAN” -Dino Melaye charges Youth at the Nigerian Youth Parliament Press dinner/lecture.

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Sen. Dino Melaye speaking at the NYP Press Dinner/Lecture.

The Nigerian Youth Parliament which is the legislative arm for youth in Nigeria held the maiden edition of its annual press dinner/lecture on Saturday, 20th January, 2017. The event titled: The roles of fast emerging social media in the socio-political economic development and good governance was attended by notable dignitaries and stakeholders from all around the federation.

Dignitaries at the event include, German Ambassador to Nigeria H.E Michael Zenner, The Oba Aladetoyinbo Deji of Akure, Senator Dino Melaye, Hon. Tony Nwulu and many others. 

The senate President Bukola Saraki who was scheduled as a special guest of honour for the event couldn’t make it due to his tight schedule. However he was ably represented by Sen. Dino Melaye who delivered his goodwill message. He gave a highly inspiring speech on how youth can influence positively on leadership by building capacity, taking responsibility and been resilient. 

Renovated Abuja Primary Healthcare Centre begins operation

Two weeks after the commissioning of the Model Primary Health Care Centre, Kunchigoro, in Abuja, the authorities are ramping up efforts to ensure that proper services are rendered to the people at the facility.

The centre was commissioned under the first phase of a Federal Government scheme to revitalise over 10,000 healthcare centres across Nigeria.

The government said a centre would be made functional in each of the 109 senatorial districts of Nigeria. This means every state of the federation would have three in the first batch, including one in the Federal Capital Territory.

Boko haram now use babies in suicide bombings, officials warn

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Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are now carrying babies to avoid detection in their attacks, authorities warn.

An attack in the town of Madagali on 13 January saw two women detonate their devices, killing themselves, two babies, and four others.

They had passed a vigilante checkpoint, mistaken for civilians because they were carrying infants.

Buhari asks Senate to review stand on Magu, Babachir

President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly pleaded with the Senate to reconsider its rejection of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was learnt at the Senate that the president has equally asked the lawmakers to review their stand on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal.

If the Senate approves Magu after initially rejecting him, the Executive, the Senate, the anti-corruption campaign and the Department of State Services (DSS) may face credibility problems since the allegations against Magu have not been adequately addressed.

Ex-VP, Atiku’s campaign poster floods Kebbi

With the 2019 general elections about two years away, the campaign posters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is already being circulated across Kebbi State.

Atiku, who visited the state at the weekend during the Abdullahi Fodio 1805 book launch at the Emir of Gwandu’s palace, was surrounded by political supporters chanting “Say Atiku Turaki Adamawa for President 2019.”

The former vice president who was the chief launcher at the occasion donated N10 million. He described the book as historical, chronicling the qualities of good leadership since 1805.


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Former Education Minister, Saka Saadu Is Dead

Saka Saadu, a former Minister of State for Education has died. He died yesterday's morning at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, Kwara State.

He was however buried according to Muslim rites in the evening at his GRA residence. He was 80.

Explosion rocks block of flats in London

Police, ambulance and fire crews have been called to an explosion at a block of flats in east London. The explosion occurred shortly after 5pm yesterday in Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch and it was thought that there were a number of casualties.

As many as 60 firefighters were said to be on the scene, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately known. 

Firefighters were dealing with a blaze in a ground floor flat in a three-storey building.

Nigerian Army makes clarification on the war between them and PREMIUM TIMES,

The Nigerian Army has made clarification on the libel allegation against The Premium Times. A statement issued on Monday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, read:

"The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to erroneous impressions and insinuations on a libel case against the Premium Times to whip up sentiments. .Therefore, we wish to clarify that the issue at hand is purely allegation of libel in which Premium Times falsely and unjustifiably accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of false declaration of assets, owning mansions and estates in Dubai and further stated that he was being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau for false declaration of assets in their publication of 12th December 2015. Consequently, concerted efforts were made to make Premium Times retract the story and apologize, to no avail. 

TURKISH COLLEGE KIDNAP: Victims starve as kidnappers run out of foodstuffs and why they have not been released.

Indication emerged yesterday that kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian Turkish International School, NTIC were starving , as the camp where they are kept had run out of foodstuffs. 

It was gathered that the person who used to supply food to the kidnappers den had not been seen since Saturday. According to Vanguard source, the food supplier had been arrested, another said that he disappeared with some foodstuffs he was to supply Saturday night, apparently to avoid being nabbed by the Police who mounted surveillance around the den. 

Gambia President Adama Barrow have named a woman Fatoumata Jallow as Vice President

Ajaratou Fatoumata Tambajang has been appointed as Vice President of The Republic of The Gambia. Tambajang, a prominent pro-democracy activist was part of the opposition coalition that unseated long time ruler Yahya Jammeh.

She is touted as one of the main brains behind the formation of a coalition going into the December 1, 2016 polls. Her appointment was announced on Monday by Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson of President Adama Barrow at a Press Conference held in Banjul.

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