June 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari

A source close to the president told the newsmen why President Buhari is relunctant in appointing ministers saying  Buhari was very determined not to build his government on a “very rotten foundation.” There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may not appoint ministers till September 2015 following the state of affairs of government finances and resources.

According to him, “You cannot even begin to imagine the situation we have met on the ground,” the source who has unfettered access to the president and is one of those presently working with him behind the scenes said. Almost everything is in a state of decay. There is absolutely no way the new government can hope to achieve anything long-lasting without first building a new foundation.”

“President Buhari’s plan of action will be likened to that of a doctor who first has to break a poorly set bone afresh, before resetting it to allow for smooth and proper growth.The president plans to cut down the number of ministries and parastatals. He wants to cut down the cost of running government. He wants to make sure that all the loopholes that enable corruption to thrive are blocked. All these are procedures that require time and careful planning. You cannot do it in a rush. The President wants to walk his talk on stable politics and being a leader for all, he has a plan for the National Assembly .”

Patience Jonathan, Ex-President Wife
Former Principal Security Officer(PSO) to the wife of the ex-president, Patience Jonathan,DSP Tamuno Jacob Igbomie has been shot dead by unknown assailants. Igbomie’s corpse was found in his Honda Accord car last Friday along the Airport Road, Abuja. Igbomie, who was married with two children, was reportedly killed by assassins who shot him at close range in his car and left the engine running. His body was found early in the morning with all his phones, wallet and other personal effects intact in the car.

The deceased who hailed from Okrika, Bayelsa State, was serving at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command before he was deployed to the Presidential Villa as Aide-De-Camp to Patience when her husband was the Vice President. He was later appointed as the PSO to Patience when her husband became the President in 2011. He was redeployed back to his former position at the FCT Police Command, where he was in charge of posting of junior officers.

The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has said there is a plan by the Federal Government to relocate Boko Haram convicts to Anambra state. Obiano however says he objects to this. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, James Eze, the governor dismissed speculations of his involvement as “hearsay, untrue and beer parlour banters.”

Among Governor Obiano’s objections are:

“That Anambra has been one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria in the past one year under his watch and that the arrival of these radical elements in any part of the state would disrupt this peace and lead to a new regime of a different kind of fear in the state. That Ekwulobia Prisons is not a Maximum Security Prison. It is therefore not suitable as holding place for convicted terrorists. Global experiences show that terrorists and terror suspects are kept in strongly fortified and isolated places.

“A good example is the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp where the US keeps high-risk terror suspects and convicts which is a military facility, located away from the people. Ekwulobia Prisons does not fit into this category of detention facilities. That Ekwulobia Prisons has a capacity to hold 85 inmates. At the moment, there are 135 inmates in the prison. Therefore, there is no space for new prisoners. The acute shortage of space presents a high possibility for the radicalization of other inmates by the Boko Haram convicts.

“That unlike other locations where the terror-convicts are held in sparsely populated areas which makes their isolation from the people easy, Ekwulobia is a densely populated town. There is a very high risk of contact between these radical prisoners and the civilian population with an avoidable danger. That the relocation of these prisoners to Anambra may not have paid adequate attention to the sensibilities of the country, especially the fact that some ethnic populations have suffered the most from the activities of these convicts across the North.”

Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor with the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday June 25th. He was born December 15, 1995. Okafor's father, Chukwudi Obika Okafor is of Nigerian descent (Anambra state) while his mother Dacresha Lanett Benton is a mix of African-American and white. Congrats !

CHADIAN Prime Minister, Kalzeube Deubet, yesterday said that following the recent Boko Haram attack in two suicide blasts in the capital, N’Djamena, which killed 37 people, government would commence rounding up of foreigners in that country.

The premier did not give details on whom the raids would target and where. He said those detained would be placed at centres in Baga Sola on the shores of Lake Chad.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Deubet as saying the country wanted to get rid of terrorists “once and for all.” He said the government had earlier announced other security measures, such as bans on the burqa, an article of clothing that covers the entire body, and on public gatherings.

A 28-year-old lady, Alom Chukwudi, has dragged her boyfriend, Onyebuchi Nwufu, a businessman, to a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Nasarawa State, claiming damages for deceiving her into believing he was going to marry and later dumping her.

While briefing the court, the prosecutor, Corporal Friday Adaji, said that Chukwudi had reported a case of betrayal at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba, on June 12, 2015, where she stated that she had been dating Nwufu since August 2014, and he had promised to marry her.

He encouraged her to move in with him and while living with him, she carried out all the duties of a wife in the hope that he would make the union official but

Nigeria’s four refineries will resume production next month, a spokesman for the state-run oil group said Thursday, raising hope of an end to perennial petrol shortages that have plagued Africa’s largest crude producer.

The refineries at Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna will resume next month after a successful turn-around-maintenance (overhaul) of their facilities,” Ohi Alegbe of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told AFP.

“The turn-around-maintenance has been on for some time. We did not just want to make any noise about it. The refineries will start production as soon as they have delivery of crude oil for refining,” he said.

The NNPC has four refineries — two in Port Harcourt in the south, one in

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lashed out Thursday at US billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying Mexican immigrants were bringing crime and drugs to the United States.

"I completely reject Donald Trump's statements. Rogue. Thief. How dare you mess with our brothers. Your country has already persecuted and

There are reports that President Buhari has directed that nine of the VIP transport aircraft under the presidential fleet should be sold as part of the federal government’s cost measures.

Industry sources said that the presidential fleet, which are registered as Nigerian Air Force aircraft, is one of the largest in Africa and the third largest in Nigeria after Arik Air and Aerocontractors.

According to a report by ThisDay, an aviation source, who is aware of the directive to sell the aircraft, said the presidency has a number of serviceable and unserviceable aircraft that need to be disposed of in order to reduce the amount spent by

Former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged corruption while in office.
He was arrested around 8am on Thursday from his residence in Asokoro District of Abuja, after failing to honour an invitation from the commission on Wednesday.
An official of the Commission confirmed the arrest to Vanguard in a telephone interview, saying Ohakim was still being quizzed as at the time of filing the story.

It was not clear if he would be allowed to go on bail.

Ohakim was arrested by agents of the commission to shed more light on the alleged transfer of the state funds to acquire choice property in many locations, a charge he flatly denied when confronted with the evidence.

The EFCC is said to be preparing charges against the former governor having been convinced by the evidence provided by former key officials in the

Rivers State Government recovers Government vehicle illegally acquired by Spokesperson for Amaechi’s administration

In furtherance of efforts by the Rivers State Government to recover government property from officials of the immediate past administration in the state, security agents and government house officials on Thursday took possession of government vehicle from the home of the former spokesperson for the Amaechi administration, Mrs Ibim Semenitari.

The security operatives carried out the operation at the home of Mrs Semenitari located at Ernest Ikoli Street

The Osun state government has lambasted the senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce, for offering to donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers who are owed 7 months salaries(Read Here).

In a state through his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, Mr. Aregbesola accused the lawmaker of playing to the gallery and engaging in self-serving philanthropy.

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 You can have attractive assets or you are among the ladies whose natural endowment are on the average side and still beautiful. But if you don’t know how to behave, your man will run, sooner or later.

Sometimes, after a few fantastic dates you had with a guy you really like, he suddenly stops calling and then it goes on and on with others too. And you soon start trying to use your body to keep them.

If you check well, it could be that your behaviour was really embarrassing for those guys and unless you take time to realise what those behaviours are, good men will keep running away from you.

Do you want to know the things that make men run and how to keep your man?

Elizabeth Stone of Your Tango have listed things ladies do that scare men away from them:

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A senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, Ben Murray Bruce, has said he will donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers who are owed 7 months salaries.

Mr. Bruce also said part of the now controversial wardrobe allowance “will be publicly given to the head of widows association in my community of Akasa”, Bayelsa state.

Mr. Bruce stated this in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening.

“I, Ben Murray Bruce, will not sit down idly, while my fellow citizens die because salaries have not been paid. As a first step, I am immediately donating my wardrobe allowance to unpaid workers in Osun state and widows in my Constituency,” he wrote on his page.

He said as soon as his wardrobe allowance is paid, he will divide it into two, with half publicly given to the Nigerian Labour Congress Chairman in Osun state.

He tweeted further: “We are starting in Osun, but we will not end there. I will do as much to help workers who’ve not been paid in other states. I call on all my friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook to donate NON PERISHABLE food items for these our brothers in need.”

Mr. Bruce, who is the chairman of Silverbird Group, urged the media to make use of the Freedom of Information bill to unravel outrageous money paid to public office holders.

A 26-year-old frustrated mother, Funmilayo Tijani has been arrested by the Ogun state police command for allegedly stabbing her two-year-old son, Emmanuel, to death at her residence on Ogunso Street, Orelope Estate, in the Egan, Sango Ota area of the state on May 27th.

According to a report by Punch, Funmi, who is separated from her son's father and lives with her father, was arrested after Neighbors raised an alarm after she was found with a blood stained knife. Her child was later found dead with stab wounds. Mother and late child pictured above

A neighbor, Akeem Ijaola, who resides in the same area with Funmi when the incident happened said Funmi, a fashion designer, narrates what happened

"Funmilayo and her son stayed with her father in a one-room apartment. The boy attended a private school in this area. About 4pm on the fateful day, we noticed that something was going wrong in the apartment. When people went near, they saw the boy in a pool of blood. He had been stabbed many times. Funmilayo at that time looked like

Africa's Richest man, Aliko Dangote says he will soon buy Arsenal Football club once he completes the refinery that he is building in Lagos. He said this to BBC Hausa on Tuesday June 16th

“When we get this refinery on track, I will have enough time and enough resources to pay what they are asking for. There were a couple of us who were rushing to

Isn’t this lovely ? The HKN boss who is prepping up for the release of his sophomore album ‘The Baddest’ can be seen feeding his little bundle of joy at a corner of his living room.


“Chief Bode George bought our operational bus for us and stocked the vehicle with arms and ammunition whenever we were going on operation to confront our opponents.” This was the claim of one of the suspected thugs arrested by the police for the killing of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Otun Azeez, in Isale-Eko area of Lagos Island last year. The suspect, Adebayo Dipo, 30, and two others – Alade Ogbulu, 30, and Kofi Olumede, 21 – were paraded yesterday by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Aderanti, at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Aderanti said the suspects were apprehended by a Crack Squad led by Joel Oguwe. Dipo, who police described as a sharp shooter, was said to be the one who shot Azeez on the chest. At press time, George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was said to be out of the country. But a very close aide, who craved anonymity, said it was a ploy to tarnish George’s name. He said: “Since Baba (George) started his political career, he has not bought gun or ammunition for any political thug to kill for him. “Baba has not come across anybody with the name Adebayo Dipo who claimed he (George) bought their operational vehicle and ammunition for them.”

The late Azeez was in his house that fateful morning, when someone alerted him that one Abija, a chieftain of PDP and his ‘boys,’ were fomenting trouble in the area. Immediately he heard the news, he rushed to the scene, to check if his boys were among the fighters. He reportedly tried to pacify Abija and his boys who were returning from former President Goodluck Jonathan’s rally at Tafawa Balewa Square. When the late APC chieftain got to Adeniji Adele Plaza junction, he was hit twice in the chest by gunshots from the PDP thugs. He fell down. Olumede, who hails from Ghana, said he came to Nigeria in 2007. He said:

“I was into confectionery when I arrived in the country. When the money I was making was not enough, I went to join the PDP gang through a friend. “I was not the one who shot the late Azeez that fateful day.
We were coming from the PDP rally at TBS when some boys confronted us. It was in the process of exchanging fire that gunshots hit him. “Three of our members were also killed that day. To avenge their death, we regrouped and went to Isale-Eko the following day, which was on Sunday, and shot five people to death at Enuowa area of the Island.” On his part, Ogbulu said his duty was to drive the gang whenever it was going out during the campaign period. He said: “I have not killed anybody in my life. All I did was to drive the gang’s vehicle whenever its members were going on operation.

Those of us who were with Abija were not earning salary. All he gave us in return was to fix us at motor parks to collect tolls.” Ogbulu said it was Olumede, Dipo and other members of the gang who went to Isale-Eko a day after Azeez was killed and shot dead five followers of the late APC chieftain.

Dipo said Abija was persuaded by top PDP leaders in Lagos to come to their fold. He added: “Our defection to the party did not go down well with some leaders of APC; that was what led to our fight.” Items recovered from the suspects included one single barrelled rifle, four rounds of cartridges, two cutlasses and one axe.

Lucy Tonge was 13 when she developed narcolepsy after having the Pandemrix jab. She is appealing against the rejection of her compensation claim.

When Lucy Tonge started drifting off in front of the television as a 13-year-old, her parents put it down to typical teenage lethargy. And when she developed a strange habit of slumping forward when she laughed, her mum told her: “Stop doing that stupid thing when you laugh. It makes you look silly.” But she couldn’t.

It was only when she started collapsing with no warning that her family sought medical advice that led to a diagnosis of narcolepsy. Soon afterwards, Tonge discovered that her sleeping disorder was very likely to have been triggered by the swine flu vaccine, which she had received in 2009 a couple of months before her symptoms first emerged.

The government has acknowledged the rare side-effect of the Pandemrix jab, which was given to 6 million people in Britain during the 2009 and 2010 swine flu pandemic, but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)has rejected the compensation claims of about 80 people including Tonge on the grounds that their disabilities were not “severe”.

Tonge, who celebrated her 18th birthday last week, described the government’s stance as unjustifiable, saying narcolepsy had changed her life has been changed deeply and irreversibly.
She falls asleep on average 40 times a day, sometimes for a few seconds mid-conversation, but other times for a lengthy nap. She also suffers from cataplexy, the complete loss of muscle control after a sudden burst of emotion such as surprise or happiness.

“I’ve had some bad experiences, falling down stairs or off a chair on to tiles,” she said. “Sometimes my neck falls too far back or forwards and it can restrict my breathing, which is terrifying really.”
Taking public transport on her own is a risk but her condition rules out learning to drive, and her A-levels were a struggle that she only got through with gritty determination.
“It’s two years I’d quite happily forget,” she said. “I used to be a complete bookworm, but I can’t really read anymore because I have to exert so much energy to get through a passage. It’s quite distressing really.”

Her Spanish A-level exam, which normally takes two hours and 45 minutes to complete, took her five and a half hours. “You listen to something once and then you fall asleep,” she said.
When Tonge goes on a rare night out with friends she has to decide whether to come off her medication so she can have a drink, and she worries about her safety in the dark, chaotic atmosphere of a nightclub.

“When you have cataplexy it makes you slur and stagger and look like you’re drunk. I’ve been in situations when I’ve had to hang on to someone for a few minutes and people have thought I was drunk.”

She takes three medications for narcolepsy and two others to deal with the side-effects they produce.
Despite the hurdles she faces, Tonge is optimistic, independent and enthusiastic about her future. She is looking forward to moving out of home in September, when she hopes to study radio production at the University of Westminster.

The DWP wrote to Tonge’s family in 2013 to acknowledge that the vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK), had caused the disorder. It argued, however, that she did not meet the threshold defined as 60% disabled, equivalent to the loss of a hand, for its statutory damages scheme, meaning she was not eligible for any compensation.

Her family now intends to appeal against the decision.

“When we got the letter, my mum was so angry. I was angry too, but my immediate reaction was just to laugh,” she said. “It was ridiculous. If someone has an incurable neurological disease caused by a vaccine they’ve been recommended to have by the government, you need to compensate them for that. You shouldn’t have to prove you’re damaged enough.”

A government spokesman said: “The vaccine damage payments scheme provides support in very rare cases where someone has become severely disabled as a result of immunisation against certain diseases. Decisions on claims take into account the individual circumstances of each case and the latest available medical evidence.”

A GSK representative said: “We are actively researching the observed association between Pandemrix and narcolepsy, and the interaction this vaccine might have had with other risk factors in those affected.

“We’re also continuing to support ongoing work from other experts and organisations investigating reported cases of this condition, and we hope these efforts will enable us to provide more answers in the future. We take the safety of patients who entrust their health in our vaccines and medicines very seriously.”

This week, the group was given fresh hope that the challenges they face will be acknowledged after a tribunal ordered the government to pay £120,000 in damages to a 12-year-old boy whose narcolepsy was also linked to Pandemrix.

Source: FNB

A prosecutor of the Kwara State Police Command, Mr. Matthew Ologbon, has informed an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Mr. K.A.Yahyah, that a female National Youth Service Corps member, Miss Yetunde Idowu was raped to death by a 51-year-old man, Abdullahi Tanko, and his gang members.

According to the report that Idowu’ corpse was found at the Ilorin GRA.

The police prosecutor told the court that on May 23, at about 12pm, the police found Idowu in a pool of blood.

Ologbon told the court that investigation by the police revealed that Tanko and his collaborators, now at large, tricked Idowu from her residence to Fate Road, where they raped her to death.

He added that Tanko and his gang members raped the deceased inside their car.

He said, “After they had raped Idowu, they carried her dead body to a nearby junction. The police located Tanko’s house through the blood traces of the deceased and the suspected killer was arrested.

“The mobile phone of the deceased was found with Tanko.”

Report says Asiwaju has taken delivery of his second private jet, a brand new Bombadier Global Express XRS valued at $50 million for effective intercontinental dash and junketing around the troubled Nigerian contraption. The jet, will be the second which he now personally owns and he reportedly got it so that he would not be refuelling when he goes on long haul journeys.

The jet is a Bombadier Global Express XRS. Asiwaju’s jet is the same type owned by Aliko Dangote, Folorunsho Alakija and Mike Adenuga Jnr which comes at the plus $50m bracket, according to an aviation expert.

After all the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeoye, justified his ownership of a private jet, saying it is necessary for efficiency in his assignment for evangelism.

Interestingly, the luxury toy is a whooping N8.2 billion jet as at 2010, because it’s one of the most expensive in the world.

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that his age would limit his performance as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Buhari, who was a military governor at 33 and Head of State at the age of 40, said he would have loved being a President when he was at a younger age . He will be 73 on December 17, 2015.
The President spoke with Nigerians resident in South Africa on Monday after taking part in the 25th assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg.

"How I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do. But what brought me there I think mainly is because I love this country. I was in the war front for 30 months during the civil war. I lost a lot of loyal people to me, I lost relatives. A lot of Nigerians did too. We lost about two million Nigerians just to keep Nigeria one. So, nobody should come now and tell us rubbish. We are going to remain one country.

God has given us another opportunity to reorganise this country. Those who work hard, the society will pay them back. Two fundamental reasons I joined politics, I will tell you. One, when I went back home after being a governor of now six states – Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, and Gombe, petroleum minister under former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) for three-and-half years, Head of State and chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, the most irritating thing was that of all these positions I had held, people didn’t remember any.

They only remember my days at the PTF because I bought bed sheets and put in hospitals and some x-ray machines and some buses for the schools. They remember me more as chairman of the PTF than as former Head of State, governor or minister of petroleum, in spite of the fact that it was during my time that I signed the contract for the Warri and Kaduna refineries, laid more than 3,500km pipes and built more than 20 depots. We got the tankers off the roads; we saved lives; we saved fuel; we saved the road itself. But from 1999 till date, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has messed it up. That is why Nigerians decided to vote me.

The second thing that happened that finally convinced me to join partisan politics was what happened to the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was an empire in the 20th century that collapsed without a shot being fired. Everybody went home; there was confusion. Now, there are 18 countries out of the old Soviet Union. They were more advanced than the Western countries in science because they wanted to go to space specifically in 1957, and they had more nuclear war heads and delivery system. And they had organised their societies; they had much less crimes as they got jobs for people.

When people had no jobs they got some for them. That was when I decided, and I believe that the best form of governance is multi-party democracy with a big caveat – election must be free and fair. And that was why I was in trouble. I moved from the All Peoples Party, APP, to the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and eventually, the All Progressives Congress, APC. I contested in 2003, spent 30 months in courts and ended up in the Supreme Court. I contested in 2007, spent about 20 months in courts and ended up in the Supreme Court. I contested in 2011 and spent about eight months in courts – all ending up in the Supreme Court. Why was I doing this? I know the reason; I believed in it! I believe in a system where election is free and fair,”he said.

Mauricio Galdi, 27, Tte son of a film distributor and a housewife from a middle-class neighborhood of Brazil's capital Sao Paulo,said he envied girls growing up because he never played with dolls because of fear of prejudice, he explained.

After realizing he wasn't 'beautiful' at age 17 when he went to an acting class, the Brazilian started getting plastic surgery, starting with a nose job and eventually having injections of polymethylmethacrylate, a filler.

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