News Headlines 12-04-2018

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News Headlines 12-04-2018
 
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Eight power plants shut down over operational constraint

At least Eight out of the 27 power plants in Nigeria were shut down on April 9, due to gas, line and frequency management constraints, data from the Power Generation Report by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, has shown.

For instance, the Trans Amadi Gas Turbine (GT) 1 and 2 were out due to line constraints while GT 3 was on fault. GT 4 tripped on generator differential lockout.

Also, ASCO Power plant GT1, was shut down due to leakage in the furnace, while Ihovbor Nigerian National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) GT 1 was out due to gas constraint. GT2 was also out due to malfunctioning gas regulating valve.

Alaoji NIPP Gas Turbine 1, 2, and 4 tripped due to low gas pressure, while GT3 was shutdown due to generator air inlet filter trouble.

Afam IV and V Gas Power Plant GT13-16 were out on blade failure. GT17 tripped on loss of excitation. GT18 was out on inspection and maintenance, while GT19 and 20 are awaiting major overhaul.

The Guardian, April 12, 2018

ME: And the Darkness gradually envelope the land.

Regulation ‘inevitable’ for social media firms, Zuckerberg says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable” and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders.

zuccBut after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

House lawmakers aggressively questioned Zuckerberg Wednesday on user data, privacy settings and whether the company is biased against conservatives.

As they did in the Senate a day earlier, both Republicans and Democrats suggested that regulation might be needed, but there was no consensus and few specifics about what that might look like — or even what the biggest problems are.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, the top Democrat on the panel and a 30-year veteran of the House, said at the beginning of the hearing that he plans to work on legislation but is pessimistic that Congress will pass anything.

“I’ve just seen it over and over again — that we have the hearings, and nothing happens,” he said.

Me: Mark Should school them on the required moves. 

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Buhari speaks on 2019 bid; farmers, herders clashes

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President Buhari and Archbishop of Canterbury

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said irresponsible brand of politics played by some unnamed persons was responsible for the perennial farmers/herders clashes that has claimed hundreds of lives across the nation in recent months.

Mr Buhari also said the crisis predated his administration but added that ‘enduring solutions’ are being worked out to stem the bloodletting.

He also explained why he recently declared his intention to run for another term in office on Monday, April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in London Wednesday, President Buhari gave his reasons.

“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

The President recounted some successes of the administration to his guest, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90 per cent saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, he stressed the need for continuous education of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” adding that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

Responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President also gave his position.

“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”

President Buhari lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said:

“We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organizations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Mr Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for.”

“You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”

The Archbishop presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book, ‘Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.’

Nigerian govt bungles prosecution of two Boko Haram suspects

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Two Boko Haram suspects who were arrested over five years ago have been freed.

They were freed by the court on Wednesday after the judge accused the government of poor prosecution.

The Federal High Court in Abuja discharged two persons, Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu, arraigned for alleged ties with Boko Haram, for lack of diligent prosecution.

Discharging the defendants, Justice Binta Nyako noted that Mr Ahmed had been in detention since 2013 while Mr Argungu had been detained since 2012. The judge said since the time of their arrest and prosecution, the government prosecutors are yet to call any witnesses.

“The defendants have been in custody with no trial because the prosecution cannot bring its witnesses to court. So, I discharge the defendants and the suit is hereby struck out,” she said.

Mrs Nyako, however, said that whenever the prosecution was able to get its witnesses to attend court, the defendants could be re-arraigned.

The judge added that the defendants, although discharged, would be monitored. She warned them not to associate with any person of questionable character.

Mr Ibrahim, who said in his statement that he was a security guard at the Government House, Sokoto, was alleged to have been responsible for giving passage to Boko Haram members.

Over 100,000 people have been killed across Nigeria due to the activities of the Boko Haram terror group.

However, the terror group’s activities have been heavily curtailed by the military, who have since restricted the limited attacks to Adamawa Borno and Yobe states. The military have also ensured that the terror group no longer controls any whole local government in the country.

Nigerians paid less for petrol, kerosene, diesel in March – NBS

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NIPCOThe average price paid by consumers for petrol, diesel, and kerosene decreased in March compared to February, the National Bureau of Statistics has said

The bureau released separate reports on Wednesday on each of the fuel products.

The average price for petrol, per litre, decreased by 5.3 per cent from N172.5 in February to N163.4 in March.

The average price recorded for March 2018, however, increased by 9.6 per cent when compared to the N149.4 in March 2017

Although the official price for the sale of petrol in Nigeria is N145, the report shows that petrol is sold at higher prices in almost all Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.

In fact, only Abuja had petrol selling at the average price of N145 per litre.

Apart from Abuja, the states with the lowest average prices per litre were Bauchi (N145.6) and Kaduna (N147.3).

The states with the highest average prices of petrol per litre for March include Taraba (N184.4), Jigawa (N180.9) and Ekiti (N173.9).

For diesel, the average price decreased by 1.65 per cent from N209.9 in February to N206.4 in March.

The average price also decreased by 12 per cent when compared to the N234.5 recorded as the average price of diesel for March 2017.

Taraba, Sokoto and Kebbi States had the highest average prices of diesel per litre, at N254.2, N249.2, and N230.8 respectively for March 2018.

The states with the lowest average prices per litre for March 2018 were Delta (N189.6), Bayelsa (N187.5) and Abia (N185.8).

For kerosene, the average price per litre across states was N268.9.

The average price was a 6.8 per cent decrease from the N288.6 recorded for February 2018 and a 13.6 per cent decrease from the N311.6 recorded for March 2017.

States with the highest average prices of kerosene per litre were Nasarawa at N305, Yobe at N300.7 and Cross Rivers at N300.6

Abia, Delta and Borno States had the lowest average prices per litre of kerosene at N229.3, N227.7 and N225.1 respectively for March 2018.NIPCO.jpg

14 hurt in new fires at Nigerian camp for displaced people

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Tens of thousands of people are holed up in the camp at Rann — many live in tents or ramshackle dwellings

At least 14 people sustained burns in a fresh outbreak of fires at a camp housing tens of thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram jihadists in northeast Nigeria, according to an aid agency.

The outbreak comes just two weeks after a blaze at the camp, located at Rann, about 175 kilometres (108 miles) east of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, killed five people.

“There have been three separate fires reported,” stated a memo seen by AFP from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) circulated among international aid agencies in Maiduguri.

The incidents, which occurred over a number of days, resulted in “reported 14 injuries (and) estimates that over 1,000 shelters have been burned,” said the memo, which blamed flying embers from “cooking of food”.

Kaka Ari, a civilian militia member assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram in the town said fires had ruined hundreds of tents. The camp shelters refugees as well as internally-displaced people.

“For three consecutive days we recorded fire outbreaks in different parts of the camp which destroyed more than a thousand,” Ari said.

“People cook in the open and the breeze carries firewood splinters in all directions which end up at the tents and fire breaks out,” Ari said.

Last month five people were killed and several others injured when a fire broke out in the camp while residents were making breakfast.

Rann, where nearly 80,000 people are living and supported with humanitarian assistance from international aid agencies, has been vulnerable to attacks from Boko Haram.

On March 1 heavily-armed Boko Haram fighters killed three aid workers and abducted a female nurse, prompting aid agencies to suspend their operations.

In January 2017, a botched Nigerian air strike intended to hit jihadist fighters killed at least 112 people in what the military said was a mistake and blamed on “the fog of war”.

(AFP)

‘Liverpool weren’t happy after Man City’ – Dejan Lovren

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Man City 1 – Liverpool 2

Will Liverpool win the Champions League?

Jurgen Klopp’s men completed a fabulous 5-1 aggregate win over Man City in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scored the Liverpool goals in the second half after Gabriel Jesus fired Man City ahead after two minutes.

Dejan Lovren after Man City

After the match, Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren gave an interesting interview to Jan Aage Fjortoft.

Lovren was asked to reveal what happened in the Liverpool dressing room after the match. How did they celebrate?

According to the defender, many of his team mates struggled to enjoy the win:

I told them now, ‘we’ve been a little bit too quiet’. I said ‘we need to be a little bit happier’.

Maybe we still haven’t realised that we are in the semifinals. But maybe tomorrow we’ll be a little bit happier.

Lovren was also asked about which side he’d like Liverpool to face in the final four. The Croatian replied that he’d like to face either Bayern Munich or Roma in the next round.

Liverpool odds slashed

The morning after Liverpool knocked out Man City from the Champions League, the bookies have slashed the odds on the Reds winning the competition.

Previously 11/2, Liverpool’s odds have been sliced to 3/1 to win the Champions League.

Of course, Liverpool will find out who they have to play in the final four in Friday’s draw at UEFA HQ in Switzerland.

Also see: What Pep Guardiola said to ref to get sent off at half-time of Man City vs Liverpool.

2018 Ballon d’Or: Mo Salah’s odds crash, Cristiano Ronaldo the favourite.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tuface “Tu Baba” Idibia to run for political office

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Multiple music award winner, Mr Innocent Idibia, is set to swell the ranks of entertainers seeking political offices. Speaking on Tuesday in Lagos, the R&B crooner and songwriter said it is about time good people intervened in Nigeria’s politics. He however, did not reveal under which political platform and at what level he would be seeking to actualise his political aspiration.

Nonetheless, Mr Idibia said he was interested in affecting lives positively and would soon pick up the challenge of a political position. He also urged youths to get more involved politically. “Politics affects everything I do. So, I am definitely going to be interested in politics. I will soon participate as a contestant and speak the truth at all times.

“I hope and pray that good men will rise up and make a difference in this country, because we need more patriotic people in all aspects of life,” he said. Also, Idibia called on Nigerians to come to the aid of victims of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

 “There is so much we’ve been saying about this crisis, but nothing much has come the way of the victims. We just need more people to support and join hands to continue extending relief materials to affected people.

“This is the most important thing we can now do; bring succour to the victims,” he said.

The musician said people need to be sensitised on safety precautions during times of crisis. Idibia also appealed to the Federal Government to do the needful by ensuring permanent solution to the crisis.

“This thing is going on for too long, repeating itself over and over. There has to be a solution, the victims are not goats they are humans and should be taken care of.

“I feel terrible not because it also happened in Benue State, where I hail from, but because it is also happening almost throughout the federation.

“It does not have to happen to someone you know before you speak up about it,” he said.

INVESTIGATION: Senator Foster Ogola in certificate scandal

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A Nigerian lawmaker, Foster Ogola, has taken his spot on the infamous list of prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals attached to their names.

A few weeks ago, a confidential report was made using the Leaks.NG platform hinting that the senator, currently representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, has fake credentials from an unaccredited university in Nigeria.

“Sen. Foster Ogola has a fake PhD. His official profile on the NASS Website says he has a PhD from GMF Christian University. There is no official site for the university and it is not accredited by the NUC. There is also no research paper or thesis to his name online. Although he got the degree in 2012,” the report alerted.

On his official National Assembly profile, the senator is credited with having a PhD in Christian Leadership from the GMF Christian University Lagos, the same course he reportedly has an MSc. in from the Imo State University, Owerri.

Upon enquiry by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), it was revealed that the federal government has not licenced the GMF Christian University, Lagos, where Mr Ogola claims to have earned his PhD from in 2012.

NUC reacts

The Director of Corporate Communications of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Ibrahim Yakasai, was contacted on the validity of the institution.

“We have never heard of that name,” he said.

A copy of the commission’s weekly bulletin provided by Mr Yakasai showed a list of 57 illegal universities operating in the country; GMF Christian University was not among, buttressing the fact that the commission is even not aware of its existence.

The director also said that since 1999, the NUC has approved 74 private universities in the country and ‘’any certificate obtained from the GMF Christian University or any other degree mill will not be recognised by their authority.”

Other discoveries made by Leaks.NG coalition informed that the GMF Christian University still has no website offering information on the institution or its courses and there is no information on the Christian Leadership course the embattled senator purports to have a PhD in.

PREMIUM TIMES reached out to Mr Ogola, who is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology and Cybercrime, to speak on the allegations levelled against him including attending an illegal university and obtaining a fake certificate.

In response, he said: “Kindly clarify for me if Premium Times does exist, to entertain allegations from third parties, whose identities are not mentioned, especially, when they are criminal in nature.”

Rather than answer the questions raised, the lawmaker stated that the allegations could be a product of “mischief makers with a potential to foment distraction from weighty matters of state.”

On the unaccredited GMF Christian University, the senator was asked if there was an exemption from the NUC on the Christian Leadership course which Mr Ogola purportedly has a doctorate degree in.

“When did students or products of universities become accrediting bodies?,” the lawmaker said obviously not addressing the question.

In an attempt to verify GMF Christian University’s existence and understand how it operates in Nigeria, a member of the Leaks.NG coalition, TheCable, paid the academy a visit.

TheCable traced the Gospel Missionary Foundation (GMF) Theological University to 165 Isolo road, Cele bus stop, Egbe-Ikotun, Lagos.

It was revealed that the controversial university lies on the first floor of a two-storey building. Besides the one and only lecture room, which was empty at the time of visit, there are about three other rooms serving as offices.

Hope Obioha, the registrar and wife of the president of the university, Daniel Obioha, who claimed to be a professor, received the reporter who went there under the guise of a prospective student.

She took the reporter to her office where she introduced him to the university and the courses it offers.

According to the materials given, GMF Christian Theological University was established on May 4, 1988 and is registered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It says it seeks to fulfil its commitment to ‘‘individual special ministry calling, through graduate education, professional development and spiritual formation in all its activities including teaching, nurturing, worship, service, research, publication and missions.”

Mr Obioha and his wife established the university. When asked if the NUC has accredited the university, the registrar said that they do not operate like a secular university, hence, the university is not registered under NUC.

She presented the “accreditation certificate” of the university by some international bodies. Checks revealed that all the bodies that gave the debatable accreditation do not have an online presence.

However, one of the materials she released contains the graduating list from 2013 to 2016.

It is worthy to note that 2012 is the year Mr Ogola claims to have obtained his PhD in Christian Leadership.

Additionally, the Christian Leadership course was not reflected in the list of courses offered by the illegal university at doctorate level.

On a second visit to the GMF Christian University on March 13, the centre was empty again as the man who introduced himself as a lecturer said it was examination time.

He said while the full-time students attend lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the part-time students go on Saturdays alone.

He was reluctant to release the list of those who graduated in 2012, but the reporter obtained a Skye bank account of the university in order to pay for the admission process for a “diploma in theology.”

At the end of both visits, TheCable was still unable to establish the veracity of the senator’s claim that he attended the school and has a PhD. in the Christian Leadership.

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) was unable to find any Christian Leadership course offered by any school in Nigeria.

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On March 30, a member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for the alleged forgery of a polytechnic diploma.This report was put together by Leaks.NG, a coalition of news and civil society organisations, which provides a platform for Nigerians to submit evidence of wrongdoing by public office holders in Nigeria.We have permission to publish.WhatsAppFacebook315TwitterEmailLinkedInPrintTelegramGoogleSkypeMoreDOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APPNow available on TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call WillieAll rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.More in Headline StoriesChampions League: Barcelona, Manchester City Crash OutBuhari makes 23 new appointments including rectors for six polytechnics (FULL LIST)Abacha Loot: Controversy trails requested payment of $16.9 million to AGF Malami’s lawyersBuhari in NASS [Photo Credit: Linda Ikeji’s Blog] ” data-medium-file=”https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/09/Buhari-in-NASS.jpg?fit=526%2C315&ssl=1″ data-large-file=”https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/09/Buhari-in-NASS.jpg?fit=604%2C361&ssl=1″ style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, ‘times new roman’, times, serif; vertical-align: baseline; height: auto; width: 245px;”>Buhari writes Senate, makes 26 new appointments (FULL LIST)Special anti robbery squad of the Nigerian police force used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng] ” data-medium-file=”https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/12/SARS1.jpg?fit=465%2C349&ssl=1″ data-large-file=”https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/12/SARS1.jpg?fit=604%2C453&ssl=1″ style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, ‘times new roman’, times, serif; vertical-align: baseline; height: auto; width: 245px;”>Bribe-seeking SARS officers force Nigerian writer to hide in bank toiletCommonwealth Games: Nigeria wins three gold medalsTop NewsIke Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President ” data-medium-file=”https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2015/12/Ike-Ekweremadu.jpg?fit=526%2C296&ssl=1″ data-large-file=”https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2015/12/Ike-Ekweremadu.jpg” style=”max-width:100%;” />

Police detain five SARS operatives for harassing businessman for bribe By Ayodele Bello

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested five operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for allegedly harassing a businessman in the state for bribe after seizing his company documents.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the men were attached to the Ipakodo base of SARS.

The culprits, according to him, are Inspector Taiwo Omojope, Inspector Arigidi Ebibor, Sergeant Rotimi Adesoba, Sergeant Olalekan Olakunle and Sergeant Friday Oni.

It was reported that the businessman, Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, had gone to a Zenith Bank branch at Ago-Palace Way, Okota, for a transaction when he was approached by one of the cops who took him to where their operational vehicle was parked.

The victim had alleged that after searching his car and perusing his documents without finding anything incriminating, the policemen ordered him to enter the vehicle and take them to his office in the Ikoyi area of the state.

After some arguments, a resident was said to have mediated, urging the policemen to release the 37-year-old.

The cops were alleged to have demanded money from him, as they turned down a telephone call from the police command headquarters.

Ibe-Anyanwu was said to have sneaked into the toilet of the bank on the pretext of going to withdraw money for the cops.

The policemen reportedly removed the number plate of his car after waiting for about two hours.

The victim said he was forced to enter his car and speed off after bank workers asked him to leave the premises.

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, was reported to have ordered that the policemen be identified and arrested.

The police spokesperson, Oti, had said preliminary investigation showed that the team was led by one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta of SARS, Ikeja.

But on Tuesday, he absolved Akhoyemta of complicity in the crime, saying the culprits were from the Ipakodo base of SARS

He said, “In line with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, the command wishes to inform the public that further enquiry into the allegation of harassment of one Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu by SARS operatives at Ago-Palace Way, Okota, has revealed the true identities of the policemen involved in the highly regrettable incident.

“The men, numbering five, are from the Ipakodo base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and not the Ikeja unit as previously reported.

“The names of the policemen are Inspector Taiwo Omojope, Inspector Arigidi Ebibor, Sergeant Rotimi Adesoba, Sergeant Olalekan Olakunle and Sergeant Friday Oni.

“They are currently undergoing interrogation at the command’s X-Squad Section and will be marched before an adjudicating officer at the Police Provost Department for the commencement of their orderly room trial.”

Meanwhile, a group, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, has commended the police for swiftly acting on the allegations.

The National Coordinator of the group, Okechukwu Nwanguma, in a statement on Tuesday, said, “…rights abuses breed public resentment for the police and corrode public trust and support.”

He said with deterrent punishments, the police would regain the confidence of Nigerians

BREAKING: Attacks AAUA Student Protest in Ondo State on Order of Akeredolu

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Police on order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu  has disrupted the peaceful protest by students of AAUA, the students were protesting the hike in their tution from ₦25k to ₦180, reports reaching me says the police are shooting spirodically, injured students rushed to the hospital

My daughter’s Danish husband started assaulting her last year –Singer, Alizee’s father – Reuben Abati

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alize.jpegalize2.jpegThe family members of the late Nigerian singer, Zainab Ali-Nielsen, aka Alizee, are still in shock over her death.

The 37-year-old singer and her four-year-old daughter, Petra, were found dead on Thursday in the kitchen at their residence in Banana Island, Lagos. Some reports have alleged that Alizee’s Danish husband, Peter Nielsen Schau, murdered them.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Alizee’s father, Ali Madaki, gave some information about the couple. He said, “I have known my late daughter’s husband for over seven years now. At the outset, he was of good character but last year, he started fighting his wife. Last November, a case was reported at the police station when he beat her to a coma. He then wrote an undertaking that he would never batter her again.”

Recalling how he was informed about the ugly incident, Madaki said, “On Thursday morning, he called me; I was in Abuja. Since I missed his calls, I called back and he told me he saw my daughter and granddaughter on the floor in the kitchen. I asked what went wrong; he didn’t say a word and dropped the call. One of my two daughters staying with them called their mother and broke the news. We took the next flight to Lagos and found out she was dead truly. I didn’t even know my grandchild was dead too. I told my daughter to get Petra for me and we should go, then she told me she was dead too. I was shocked. The husband claimed it was gas suffocation that killed them. We know that gas doesn’t kill people that way. In the pictures, you would see bruises all over their bodies. They were strangled to death. I strongly believe he did it because their compound is highly secured. Whenever I visited them, the security operatives had to confirm my visit with them before I would be allowed in.”

Stating that he was unaware whether the Danish man was a drug addict or alcoholic, Alizee’s father said, “I don’t know if he has a history of being an alcoholic or drug addict. She once came back to our house in Abuja after being battered by her husband. She was there for almost a month. The man came and started begging that he was drunk. He said he consumed too much alcohol on the fateful day he beat her. Since they had been together for a while and he had never misbehaved, I accepted his plea and allowed Alizee to return to Lagos.

“My two daughters are in the police station right now to give their statements because they witnessed all that happened. They said he hit her head on the wall. In the morning, he then asked them where his wife was. They pretended they didn’t know what happened. They knew that if they had made any attempts, they could be attacked too. There were five people in the house when the incident occurred – my late daughter, her child, husband and my two daughters – one 12-year-old and the other 10-year-old. I have four girls; Alizee is my first child and her immediate younger sister works in a bank.”

The mourning father stated that he wanted justice to prevail. He added, “He cannot do this in our country and get away with it even though he could get away with it if he had done it in his country. We want our government to pass a strong message to other foreigners with this. If this happens in their country, they would surely execute the Nigerian. Our government must give justice too as they do in other countries.”

Meanwhile, Alizee’s younger sister, Gift Madaki, who allegedly witnessed the incident, stated that when she heard Alizee crying for help, she went out to peep. “I was at home when the incident occurred. When she was crying for help, I went to see what was going on and I saw the husband hitting her head on the wall. I couldn’t come out because I knew he would descend on me too. The man is aggressive,” she said.

Punch.

President Muhammadu Buhari announce his intentions to vie for elections in the 2019 Presidential elections.

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The President has also asked party members to grant waiver to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odegie-Oyegun and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, who want to recontest in the party’s Congress. Speaking at the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting ongoing at the APC Secretariat CBD, Abuja, the President also appealed to members of APC NEC to grant weavers to the party’s national chairman, Chief John Oyegun and other National and State Executive members wishing to seek re-election.

NEC meeting which is ongoing and  is being attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and 24 APC state governors.

More Reports soon….

FCTA to relocate all night clubs from residential areas to curb noise pollution

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The Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, says the council is set to remove lounges and clubs in residential areas to curb the menace of noise pollution in the territory.

Mr Shuaibu said this at a news conference on the council’s readiness to curb the menace of noise pollution in the council area, on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, the concerns of the city residents about noise nuisance within the residential precincts are recognised, and the AMMC through its various departments is taking steps to address the challenges.

He said the various noise nuisances from the lounges, night clubs and worship centres within the residential areas were in contravention of the extant statutes and city regulations.

“The council has observed the increasing trend of conversion of residential buildings to lounge/night clubs and has taken several steps to address the situation.

“This is in recognition of the fact that the implications are beyond noise nuisance, and also include intractable traffic challenges within the precinct.

“There is also negative social influence on the psyche of the youth resident in the area where these lounges are located,’’ he added.

The coordinator said some of the steps taken by the Department of Development Control to deter the trend were the removal of contravening structures at De Point Lounge/Night Club along Lingu crescent, Wuse 2.

“We also ordered the demolition of Lounges located at Kampala Street Cadastral Zone A08, also at Wuse 2 District.

“As a follow-up to this, and in order to ensure inclusionary governance process to address this city management challenges, a meeting was convened on the instruction of the FCTA with majority of the night club operators.

“The operators include Messrs Caramelo Lounge, Utako, Jorany/Passport Lounge, Xtacy Lounge, De Point Lounge, House of Freeda, Neiverder Lounge, and Midnight Lounge all at Wuse 2.

“The meeting was to enlighten the operators on how their lounge/night club activities amount to contravention of the city’s Master Plan.

“Also, the meeting is to discuss the need to revert the use of the premises to its designated residential use,’’ he said.

Mr Shuaibu noted that the riot act reeled out by the FCT Permanent Secretary stated “the operators should revert to their respective premises to the designated land use within 30 days.

“This decision has been further communicated to the lounge operators.

“According to Clause 10 in the condition of Certificate of Occupancy, a developer is not to erect or permit to be erected or build on the said land buildings other than those permitted to be erected by virtue of this certificate.

“The Clause 10 also states that the developer should not make or permit to be made any addition or alteration to the said buildings erected or buildings already erected on the land.

“The Clause further added that except in accordance with plans and specifications approved by the President or the other officer appointed by the President on his behalf, in this case the Minister of the FCT’’.

“With regards to the noise levels generated from places of worships (Churches and Mosques), the city regulation specifies the minimum of threshold of decibels expected from residential and commercial area during day and night times.

“The council has mandated the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to ensure strict compliance to the City Regulations, serve abatement notice and shall very soon constitute mobile court to prosecute offenders where necessary.

“For avoidance of doubt, the management is not on `auto-pilot’.

He said that the area council has the mandate to rid the city of any nuisance, adding that it is doing its best to create enabling environment for functional, efficient city for working, living and recreation.

Mr Shuaibu, also a Town Planner, said the council would ensure that the city was safe for both residents, visitors and realises the beautiful city envisioned by the founding fathers and the Master Plan.

(NAN)

AKALA’S VISIT TO THE SOUN OF OGBOMOSOLAND

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The social media was agog today about the visit of the former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala to His Imperial Majesty, The Soun Of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III. The visit according to sources was the directive of the Constituted Authority,the number one peacemaker of the state, through the honorable commissioner of Agriculture, who happens to be the son of the Highly Respected Monarch. The visit, according to an insider, was to apologize for total forgiveness in whatever way he might have wronged the Kabiyesi in the past, towards ensuring peaceful and more intimate relationship.

While some see the visit as being connected to the 2019 coming election which the former governor is vying for the governorship ticket in the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he worked tirelessly against in the 2011 and 2015 elections but recently decamped to. Some say it’s a right move because without The Soun’s royal blessings it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for him to win any election in Oyo State.

Alao-Akala-andAjimobi.jpgSome questions waiting for answers include; Won’t the intended marriage between him and the Kabiyesi be a ” marriage of inconvenience”? Why can’t the former governor play an elderly role by supporting a younger, experienced loyal, digital and more focused candidate? Will the people support him for governor and still support his son, Lamijuwon Alao Akala for Ogbomoso North Local Government Chairmanship post? Will the same people who voted him out in 2011(when he had all it takes to win elections) and 2015 now work for his re-election ?  Are his chances not slim because of the pending corruption cases against him and others with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) since the INEC Chairman has said anybody with corrupt case(s) won’t be allowed to contest?

What newer machineries has he put in place to push up his dwindling political performances since Chief Lamidi Adedibu died given the results of 2011 and 2015 governorship elections?
Given that  he needs to take is to work assiduously to bringing together his ‘key loyalists,real game planners and political scientists who have left his camp. How possible is this?

Buhari Senati=.jpegWhile some keen political observers suggest he vies for the Oyo North Senatorial seat. The million dollars question is can he unseat the present performing, Distinguished Senator Dr. (Prince) Abdulfatai Omotayo Buhari, whose achievements have been reputed by many as unprecedented in the history of representation in the zone and Oyo State as a whole since 1999, whom rumours has it that he might pull out of the APC in furtherance of his aspirations. We keep our fingers crossed as events unfold in coming days ….
Iree ooooo”

I am not desperate to be governor – Senator Teslim Folarin by Daramola Adebayo

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tess2Former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin has declared that he is not desperate to govern Oyo State. Folarin made this known on Wednesday while speaking with journalists shortly after he paid a condolence visit to the Ibadan residence of a third republic Senator and Agbaakin of Ogbomosoland, Chief Ayantayo Ayandele, who died recently.

The ex-Senate leader said contrary to rumour, he was yet to declare his governorship ambition because the decision of who would succeed the present governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi rested in the hands of the governor. Folarin said “In 2015, I was in the PDP and we didn’t have a sitting governor then but now in APC, we have a sitting governor who is doing well, he will determine a lot of things. “I am ambitious, I want to be governor, I want to be President if I get the support, at least, I am a Senator, former Senate leader but I am not also stupid because I know that it is not possible to be anything without the support of the man who is leaving, that is why you don’t see me wasting my time. “I am experienced in the game, but governor Ajimobi is the main man; if we don’t have sitting governor, you can scheme and there is no better schemer than me but we have a sitting governor who holds the ace.

“If he (governor Ajimobi) says Teslim Folarin, I want you to succeed me, yes sir, if he says Teslim Folarin I want you to return to the Senate, yes sir, if he says Teslim Folarin I want you to stay at home, yes sir, but he has not told anybody anything”. The ex-Senate leader, who was accompanied by some of his loyalists, described the deceased as a man who lived a simple life. He said he knew the deceased in 2003 before his election to the Senate and since then he had continued to learn many things from him. According to him, “He lived a simple life. I know him in 2003 during my electioneering campaign, he is a very straightforward person, since then he has continued to be a role model.
“I even said he is not supposed to be a politician, because politicians don’t behave that way. I was surprised about his behaviour.” The Senator died on Saturday 24th March and would be buried on Friday 13th April at First Baptist Church Ogbomoso

Reigning Daily With Christ -Pastor Jide Ogunsakin New Kingdom Church, Abuja

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JIDE OGUNSAKIN

PASTOR JIDE OGUNSAKIN Senior Pastor, New Kingdom Church, Pameec Plaza, Wuye, Abuja, Nigeria +234 806 313 4845

Friday April, 6

GIVE GOD HIS DELIGHT

MEMORY VERSE:

…therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Habakkuk 13:15).

TEXT:

Psalms 34:1-10

The only thing that keeps God on His toes is praise. God can’t see quality praise and remain seated, NEVER! Each time God sees quality praise He goes into action immediately. God is super active and most dangerous at the verge of quality praise. Remember the bible says: “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). Do you want to experience the glory of God? Do you want God to show Himself fearful in the camp of your adversaries? Do you want God to do wondrous things in your life even today? Then give Him heartfelt Praise!!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Praise is a go-getter. You can pray amiss but you can never praise amiss.

PRAYER:

Father, show Yourself fearful in my favour today.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 4:15-49,   5     Luke 11:5-32     Proverbs 8:32-36

IGP reinstates Janga as Kogi police Commissioner – Daily Trust

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jangaMr Ali Janga has been reinstated as the Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, the state police command spokesman, ASP William Aya, has confirmed.

Aya told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Lokoja on Thursday that Janga returned to office on April 3 on the order of the Inspector -General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

He said that Janga was reinstated after meeting the one week ultimatum given to him by the Inspector -General of Police to re-arrest the suspects who escaped from police custody.

The police spokesman confirmed that all the six suspects that escaped from lawful police custody on March 28 had been re-arrested.

Aya also said that 13 persons that aided the escape of the suspects had been arrested in Lokoja.

According to him, those arrested are commercial tricycles operators that ferried the suspects to safety after their escape and the owners of the houses where they slept after their escape from custody.

He said that all the suspects would be charged to court after conclusion of investigation.

Janga had on March 28 announced that six suspects, including Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salisu, who had named Sen. Dino Melaye as their gun supplier escaped from lawful police custody in Lokoja.

Following the incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, removed Janga as the state Commissioner of Police and named Mr Sunday Ogbu as his replacement.

Aya said that the 13 policemen that were on duty on the day of the incident had gone to the police headquarters for interrogation as directed by the IGP, saying that they had started returning to their duty posts.

Breaking: 18 killed, 84 injured in Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri.

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deploymentMaiduguri- At least 18 people were killed and 84 wounded when Boko Haram jihadist  clashed with Nigerian soldiers near the northeastern city of Maiduguri overnight, the emergency services agency said Monday.

“So far we have recovered 18 dead bodies from the two villages Bale Shuwa and Bale Kura,” on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Benlo Dambatto, an official from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told AFP.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, is the birthplace of Boko Haram, whose nearly nine-year fight to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has claimed at least 20,000 lives and displaced more than two million people.

“The victims were killed while trying to escape the fight between the insurgents and the military,” said the Borno branch of SEMA.

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Troops kill 21 bandits, recover arms in Zamfara

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops killed 21 armed bandits in the ongoing clearance operation at Tunga Daji in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara.

Brig. – Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement that many bandits escaped with gunshot wounds in battle with soldiers on April 4

He disclosed that an army officer and a soldier lost their lives in the fierce battle with the bandits. Chukwu said the troops recovered five AK 47; one Light Machine Gun, five AK 47 magazines and 35 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

“Troops of 232 Battalion Zuru, on clearance patrols on Wednesday, April 4, neutralized 21 armed bandits in encounter at Tunga Daji in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“During the fierce battle many bandits escaped with gunshot wounds to the top of high ground close to the area.

“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and a soldier during the encounter. The remains of the gallant troops have been evacuated to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau.”

Meanwhile, troops deployed in Bena, acting on intelligence, have raided a bandits’ camp at Laka village in Kebbi.

Chukwu explained in a statement that the troops killed one of the bandits and recovered an AK 47 rifle with a magazine.

According to him, the troops were mobilised on a special operation to comb the general area and arrest any fleeing bandit.

Benue: Herdsmen kill two farmers, injures three

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Two persons have been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani militia in Agasha town, Guma Local Government area in Benue state. The herdsmen also shot and wounded three persons who are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital and rustled hundred cows.

Police spokesperson DSP Moses Yamu said he was yet to get the information from the Guma Divisional Police Office.

President of Tiv Barenda Association (TBA) Chief  Aondona Adzuu, reported that the Fulani herdsmen stormed the house of the victim called Asema at about 2am when everyone fast asleep.

“They surrounded his house located on Tilley Gyado Farm road in Agasha town and shot him dead before rustling his 100 cows,” said Chief Adzuu.

While escaping, they shot and wounded three other persons who are receiving treatment at a hospital .

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Adzuu, who is a community leader in Agasha said that the second person died as a result of the gunshot he sustained from the attackers .

This is the second time Agasha town is coming under Fulani attacks. First was in 2014 where seven Tiv farmers were slaughtered.

NAF deploys Special Forces to Zamfara State

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Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the deployment of Special Forces to Gusau, following the recent attack on Bawan Daji community in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State where some lives were lost.

A statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF said the deployment was directed by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

He noted that the NAF Special Forces, who were trained in asymmetric warfare, were airlifted from Kaduna with the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft to complement the efforts of other security forces on ground to prevent further attack on innocent citizens.

He said the personnel and other supporting staff would operate from the recently established 207 Quick Response Group in Gusau, where they would reinforce the existing Regiment personnel in the Unit in support of the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI in the State.

In his address to the troops at Gusau shortly before their deployment, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Ismaila Kaita was quoted as saying that the Special Forces would be further deployed to remote areas of Zamfara State, where they would be engaged in Internal Security operations.

He therefore urged them to effectively utilize their experience and training to protect the lives and properties of the people of Zamfara State.

airforcesHe added that the NAF leadership expects the Special Forces to exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and respect for human rights in discharging their duties.

In recent times, the NAF had taken additional measures to enhance its contributions to tackling Internal Security challenges in the country, in fulfilment of its constitutional responsibility.

In addition to earlier established Quick Response Groups and Wings and the deployment of NAF Special Forces to various states, the NAF recently established Quick Response Wings at Agatu, Doma and Nguroje in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States respectively to bring security closer to those in the relatively remote areas.

He said arrangements were also ongoing to establish a new Quick Response Group in Jalingo, Taraba State to superintend the activities of the 3 new Quick Response Wings

Emergency rule: Marafa is being mischievous, envious – Zamfara govt

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Zamfara state has fired back at the senator representing Zamfara central in the senate  Kabir Marafa over his recent call for the removal of  Abdulaziz Yari as the executive governor of the state.

Senator Marafa had earlier clamoured for the removal of governor Yari when he raised a point of order at the plenary of the senate calling for the adoption of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s approach in addressing the killings in the state.
But in their reaction to the statement, the state government through the commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Alhaji Sanda Muhammad Danjari Kwatarkwashi said for Senator Marafa to make such calls he was only being mischievous and envious.
“As for the clamour for emergency rule in the state by senator Marafa we are at lost as to what his motives actually are. He has unlimited access to governor Yari why can’t go and advice him. Senator Marafa did not even find it expedient to go and condole with the people there,” he added.
Alhaji Danjari further said that after the recent unfortunate killings in Bawar Daji village governor Yari has directed that any civilian caught wielding rifle illegally should be shot at sight and that was part of the numerous measures taken by the state government to ensure that peace has returned to the state.
“Our simple assessment is that Marafa is up for mischief against governor Yari and is envious of the position Almighty Allah has bestowed on governor Yari. Marafa is on a race against time. The people of the state are waiting for him to come and test his popularity in 2019,” he added.

REIGNING DAILY WITH CHRIST- Pastor Jide Ogunsakin

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Thursday April, 5

HUMILIATE YOUR ADVERSARIES

MEMORY VERSE:

Who art thou, O great mountain? BeforeZerubbabel thou shalt become a plain… (Zechariah 4:7).

TEXT: 1st Samuel 17:45-47

Genuine praise givers are praiseful not because they don’t have challenges, but because they know that their challenges are nothing before their God. Amazingly, the more they praise, the more their challenges are being humiliated. The devil is always trembling before praise givers because he cannot predict or understand them.

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Power of Persistent by Pastor Jide Ogunsakin – +2348063134845

There was a story of a man who was given a sack letter in the office. The devil thought he had succeeded in stealing his joy but surprisingly, the man rushed down home, gathered his family members and said, “let’s celebrated God I have just been promoted.” They all dance and danced praising God until they got exhausted after which he handed over the sack letter to the wife to her astonishment. Not too long after, he was called upon and was offered a better, bigger and much juicier job. Wow!!!The devil couldn’t stop the praise in his mouth so he couldn’t hinder the blessing in God’s hand from getting to him.

I pray for you today, whatever the devil has stolen from you, it shall be restored unto you hundred folds as you praise God wholeheartedly today. God has never failed, He won’t start with you! Be blessed!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

The wall of Jericho crumbled at the appearance of praise and every other wall can still fall thereby.

PRAYER:

Father, thank You for being there for me. Oh Lord, turn around my captivity today and give me a new song to sing in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 2:24-37, 3, 4:1-14 Luke 10:25-42,11:1-4 Psalms 41:7-13