Thursday, 30 April 2015

FG sacks Director of FAAN

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka has sacked the Director of finance of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Tochukwu Bede Uchendu, over allegations of irregularities associated with his appointment into office as well as granting unapproved waivers worth N1 billion.
Mr Uchendu's sack was effected following a petition by the Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) dated March 23rd and addressed to the office of the Head of Service.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Jonathan, Sambo, Ministers, others to get N3.24bn severance pay

 According to the Remuneration Package  put together by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-president Namadi Sambo, non-returning Senators and House of Representatives members, ministers and  presidential aides will be paid a severance package of about N3.24bn as their stay in office terminates on May 29th this year.
According to Punch, President Jonathan  is entitled to 300 per cent of his annual basic salary which is put at N3, 514,705 and therefore his severance allowance will be N10, 544,115 after May 29. This however does not affect his constitutional benefits as a former President.

Buhari lacks the powers to stop AIT from covering his activities - Dokpesi

The Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi says that the president-elect, Gen Buhari lacked the constitutional powers to stop his TV station from covering his activities. According to him, the decision to bar the station on Monday April 27th was a reminder of the Decree 4 era which he, Buhari, enacted against freedom of the press when he was in power
    "I am sure that the President-elect needs to be reminded of Decree 4, and he should be clearly reminded that section 32 of the constitution makes it mandatory for the media to hold public officials accountable to the people. The president-elect said that he does not want to be covered by AIT, but AIT has a responsibility to the Nigerian public to report the things that are happening.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

NNPC audit reveals double payment of subsidy on petrol & kerosene, spent N3.65trn without approval

The just released audit report by PricewaterHouse Coopers PWC on the financial management of the NNPC has revealed that there were many cases of duplicated subsidy payment by the NNPC to many oil marketers between 2012 and 2013.
According to the report, payment of subsidies for petrol (PMS) and kerosene (DPK) between January 2012 and July 2013 when investigated had a difference of $980 million (about N195 billion) due to duplicated payments.

Monday, 27 April 2015

APC alleges GEJ's administration engaging in last minute dubious activities

The Leadership of the APC has alleged that members of Pres. Jonathan's administration are engaging in last minute dubious activities ahead of the May 29th handover. In a statement released by the publicity secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed, the party alleged that reports from the media as well as information gathered from reliable sources suggest the current administration is engaging in rushed contract awarding and staff recruitment.

Lagos to provide Wi-Fi to all Lagos residents

The Lagos state government   has revealed plans to provide Wi-fi to every resident of the state..
According to Channels, the Permanent Secretary of the State’s ICT Ministry, Mrs Nike Animashaun said the first phase of the Wi-Fi connectivity would be deployed at parks located at different parts of the state.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Photos: Senate President David Mark visits Gen. Buhari

 Senate President David Mark paid a congratulatory visit to President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari today April 23rd. More photos after the cut...

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President Jonathan orders removal of Jonathan/Sambo campaign billboards, banners & posters

State House press statement below..

    With the 2015 presidential elections now concluded and the country preparing for the inauguration of a new administration on May 29, President Goodluck Jonathan believes that it is appropriate that steps be taken to restore the environment in Nigerian cities, towns and villages to their pre-elections campaign state.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Bobbi Kristina is brain damaged, remains unresponsive - Cissy Houston

Yesterday Bobby Brown told the press that his daughter Bobbi Kristina was off life support and was finally awake but Bobbi's grandmother Cissy Houston says this is not true. According to her, the 21 year old girl is suffering from irreversible global brain damage and is completely unresponsive.
    "Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me. I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive.We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time. Keep us in your prayers." Cissy told TMZ

Former Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian criminal court in Cairo, Egypt's capital has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012. The former President's supporters attacked opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012, sparking clashes that killed at least 10 people.
Delivering judgement today, Judge Ahmed Youssef dropped the murder charges against Morsi and said the sentence was instead linked to the “show of force” against protesters & unlawful detentions. Morsi who is Egypt's first freely elected president came into office in 2011 after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. He was ousted by the army in 2013.

Pres. Jonathan sacks Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has been sacked by president Jonathan. Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati just made the announcement.
Abba took over from M.D Abubakar as IG of Police in August 2014. Pres. Jonathan has appointed DIG Solomon Arase as Acting IGP with immediate police. Find the press statement after the cut...

Monday, 20 April 2015

"Bobbi Kristina is Awake''-Says Bobby Brown

Since Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub on the 31st of January 2015, she has remained in a medically induced coma ,,
However, her father, Bobby Brown told an audience on Saturday night that she is 'awake.'He said this while performing at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas when he told the stunned audience that
 'Bobbi is awake. She's watching me.'

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Buhari will reduce petrol to N40/L - Tam David-West says

Former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof. Tam David-West, in a telephone conversation with Vanguard said Buhari will reduce the current fuel price which is N87 to about N40 per litre when he becomes president.
    “I want to assure you that by the time he takes over, petrol will be dispensed at N40 per litre. This is possible and he has the credibility to make it work. The major assignment of the president-elect when he's eventually inaugurated is to restore confidence to the industry. As military head of state, he dealt with the Federal Executive Council with the tenets of democracy. Buhari will build new refineries to make petroleum products available for the masses. No responsible government will allow the masses to suffer. He will strengthen the refineries within a year. It is possible as we won’t spend any amount in setting up a green field refinery. We already have a blueprint as we shall use what we have to get what we want." He said

Six Countries Turn Down Alison-Madueke’s Asylum Request

 Culled from Sahara Reporters;

No fewer than six countries have already refused to grant an asylum request by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Business Council for Africa (BCA) said in its just-released monthly report, noting that about US$ 1 trillion is the latest estimated figure of the looting of the Nigerian treasury between 1960 and 2005 alone

May 29th handover: Ministers, heads of agencies, others prepare handover notes

Ahead of the May 29th handover to the General Buhari-led government, the federal government has directed all Ministers, heads of agencies, Service Chiefs and others to prepare their handover notes.
According to an exclusive report by Premium Times, in a memo titled "Request For Hand Over Briefs”, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Ayim Pius Anyim, directed that handover notes be submitted on or before April 20th.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Photos of Femi Fani-Kayode and Precious Chikwendu, at her sister's wedding

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode with his girlfriend, Precious Chikwendu at Precious' sister, Prisca Chikwendu's traditional wedding which held in March 2015.

I can't promise my government will find missing Chibok girls - Buhari

President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari says his incoming government cannot promise the return of missing Chibok girls but that they would do everything within their power to secure their return. He said this in a statement he released on April 13th to commemorate one year of the girls' abduction. The statement below...

Monday, 13 April 2015

Presidential Transition committee begins work

A transition committee that would work towards the smooth transition in government from outgoing President Jonathan to President-elect Gen. Buhari on May 29th was inaugurated in Abuja today April 13th.
According to The Nation, the inauguration committee is chaired by vice president Namadi Sambo. In attendance were other members of the committee which includes Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, Head of Service of the Federation, Daniel Kifasi, Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelil Adesinyan & NAFDAC DG, Paul Orhii.

New Music:Tony D Monarch – Ekabo

Na Promo crooner makes a come back since his last single in 2011. This time his here with a Rap dance track,”No doubt this is a well delivered tune which would get you on” EKABO” (wellcome) Enjoy by Superstar boy TONY D MONARCH as produced by Ekeyzondbeat.


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PDP's Nyesom Wike wins Rivers Governorship election

PDP governorship candidate in Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has been declared winner of the state governorship election. INEC's returning officer, Prof Faraday Oruwense announced the results this morning. He said Wike pulled a total of 1,029,102 votes to beat his main opponent, APC's Dakuku Peterside who had 124,896 votes. 

All my political appointees will declare their assets on resumption and termination of their appointment - Buhari

 President elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari says all political office holders, governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of foreign staff and others, will be declaring their assets before a law court on assumption of their appointment and at the end of their appointment. According to him, this would ensure accountability amongst public servants. He said this in an interview with Sahara TV yesterday April 12th

Beyonce's mum weds

 Beyonce's mum Tina Knowles, 61, married her 67 year old fiance, actor Richard Lawson in a super yacht outside of Newport Beach, California. Everyone wore white to the ceremony, including Beyonce, Solange, Blue Ivy and Jay Z.

INEC declares Imo Governorship election inconclusive

INEC has declared the Imo State Governorship election between APC candidate, incumbent governor Rochas Okorocha and PDP candidate, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, inconclusive.
According to INEC results announced in Owerri yesterday, the APC candidate polled 385,671, while the PDP candidate polled 306,142.
Returning Officer in Imo state, Prof. Ibidapo Obe, said they were declaring the election inconclusive because of the number of canceled votes which was 144,715, compared with the margin of win by Okorocha which was 79,529. Prof. Obe said a new date for new election in the wards in the different LGAs where the votes were cancelled will be announced soon.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Lola & Peter of P-Square’s Interesting Instagram Posts

 Lola okoye posted this on Instagram... Check out Peters Response after the cut...

April 11 election: Police restricts movement from 8am-5pm

Find the Police press statement below...
In a bid to further ensure safety and security in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections holding on Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba CFR, NPM, NPOM, mni has ordered a restriction of vehicular movement in all the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015 only.
This restriction excludes vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, Ambulances and vehicles used by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement/security agencies.
There is no restriction of vehicular movement in the Federal Capital Territory as there is no election taking place there on the said date.

The IGP assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere. In this regard, Policemen for election duty have been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act. They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.
Meanwhile, citizens are enjoined to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police authority.


9ice appointed Special Adviser to Oyo state governor

9ice (Abolore Akande) has been appointed Special Adviser to Oyo state governor,Abiola Ajimobi's .9ice has still been active on the political scene despite losing the APC house of reps ticket in the state..

Jay Z shares video from his wedding to Beyonce to celebrate 7th wedding anniversary

Screenshots from the snippet of their wedding video Jay Z posted on instagram today to celebrate his 7th wedding anniversary to Queen Bey.See more photos after the cut...

Kidnapped Orekoya boys: Nanny demands N15million ransom

23 year old Mary Akinloye, the nanny who kidnapped the Orekoya boys on Tuesday April 7th from their home has reached out to the family of the kidnapped boys demanding a N15 million ransom for their release. A friend of the family who spoke with Punch said the nanny called and demanded for N15 million before the boys can be released.Lagos state Police spokesperson, Kenneth Nwosu says further investigation into the matter is ongoing. He said there are things the police know but cannot reveal now so as not to break the line of communication with the kidnappers. He said what is important right now is that the boys are returned hale and hearty.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

President Jonathan mourns Oronto Douglas

President Goodluck Jonathan is deeply saddened by the death this morning, of his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas.
President Jonathan extends his heartfelt condolences to the Douglas family and the government and people of Bayelsa State on the death of one of their most distinguished sons who served his country, state and the Niger Delta region, passionately and diligently, during his very impactful years on earth.

Court rejects application to stop Fayose's impeachment

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the application of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose,  and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to stop the 19 APC members of the state House of Assembly from impeaching them.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, turned down their request but granted only the prayers contained in their ex parte application regarding the service of the court processes on the defendants.
Fayose and Olusola, through their counsel, Ahmed Raji, had in an ex parte application dated April 7 urged the court to set aside the impeachment notice by granting an interim order stopping the impeachment notice served on them.

Beyonce and Jay Z fighting over his secret phone to call Rihanna?

From The Mirror
Beyonce is reportedly fuming at Jay-Z for having a secret phone to call his protégée Rihanna. Beyonce is said to have been rowing with her husband over the singer after she discovered the mobile which is reportedly for business purposes.
A source told Grazia magazine: "Jay has several phones, one of which he keeps reserved for Rihanna, supposedly to discuss business interests.
"It's obvious when she calls because he'll interrupt meetings, even walk away from the dinner table to speak to her."
The insider claims Beyonce, 33, knew Jay had a number of phones but wasn't aware RiRi had a hotline to her husband and hates how close they are.
Jay has vehemently denied that him and Rihanna have ever been more than friends and work colleagues after rumours went into overdrive last May.

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President Jonathan visits Senate President David Mark at his home

 President Jonathan paid a private visit to former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma at his home in Abuja yesterday.The purpose of the meeting was not made known but according to presidential media aide, Reuben Abati who shared the pics, Danjuma praised President Jonathan for conceding defeat after results of the Presidential elections was announced in favor of his opponent. "The manner in which Pres. Jonathan conceded victory is totally unAfrican, it's very important for Africa" Danjuma said. Another photo after the cut...

Elder bother of Sokoto state Governor kidnapped

The elder brother to the Sokoto state Governor, Aliyu Wammako Alhaji Salihu Baraden Wamakko was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at his farm in Sokoto state yesterday evening April 8th.  The Sokoto state Police spokesperson, DSP Al-Mustapha Sani said the police is now on the trail of the abductors, as their men are now in search of them. The kidnappers are yet to contact the victim's family for any ransom.

Presidential aide, Oronto Douglas dies of cancer at 49

 The Special adviser to President Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy and Niger-Delta environmental activist, died in the early hours of today April 9th at about 5am at the State House hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a cancer related illness.
The lawyer and environmentalist had been sick for a while but continued to work so hard because he believed in the Jonathan administration. He was said to be devastated when President Jonathan lost in the last Presidential election. 
The former Commissioner for information in Bayelsa state was born in 1966. He's survived by his wife and children. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

Jonathan visits Senate President David Mark at his home

President Jonathan paid a private visit to Senate President David Mark at his home in Abuja yesterday April 8th to felicitate with him as he turned 67. A photo of David Mark cutting his birthday

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Photos: Nigerian ship reportedly sunk deliberately to hide evidence of illegal activities

  Captain and crew of a sinking Nigerian ship,were rescued on monday by Environmental activists .The rescued 40 crew from the sinking ship are suspected of conducting illegal fishing near the island of Sao Tope, off the Gabon coast.
The Nigerian-flagged Thunder was being tracked by activists from the charity Sea Shepherd, who believed it was engaged in illegal fishing.

Man with earphone on crushed to death by train in Lagos this morning

An unidentified young man with earphone on, was killed this morning April 8th by a passenger train at Cappa area of Oshodi, Lagos.A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who was inside the train reports that the man was standing on the rail track oblivious to the fast approaching train. The NAN correspondent reports that the Ogun-Lagos-bound mass transit train was leaving its Oshodi station to Mushin when the accident occurred.

Ini Edo covers April issue of Genevieve magazine

This month, Genevieve magazine cover features Nollywood actress and producer, Ini Edo, who recently premiered her latest movie, “While You Slept”. In a very rare interview with Genevieve, the actress sheds more light on her new movie, her recent separation and future plans.
Photography: Yetunde Baba Eko. Make-up: Bimpe Onakoya.

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Court orders DStv to suspend increase in subscription fees

In March, MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owners of DStv announced a 20% price increase for all its satellite pay TV bouquets in Nigeria. Multichoice said the increase, which was supposed to take effect from April 1st, was necessary for them to continue offering good quality programming to its subscribers. But the increase is not going to happen for now after a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos restrained the company from increasing the tariffs.

The restraining order was given at the court following a class action suit filed by two Lagos-based lawyers, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji, challenging the increase. The judge said there should be no increase until the court meets on April 16th to hear the case.

It Is Immoral For You To Decamp To The Opposition Party, PDP Tells Members

The Peoples Democratic Party has told its members decamping to the main opposition party, APC that it is uncalled for and very immoral of them to decamp to the opposition simply because they lost the presidential election. Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, while speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja and answering questions about why thousands of the party members have been decamping to APC, Metuh said he wonders why party members should resolve into that and wonders what those decamping will teach their children about morals. 

Gbemisola Saraki dumps PDP, moves to APC

Senator Gbemisola Saraki has left the PDP and moved to APC. Gbemisola, who vied for the PDP governorship ticket in Kwara state and lost, announced her defection and that of her followers in a statement she released today April 7th. Senator Gbemisola among other things accused the PDP of female victimization. Her statement in part below...
"I come before you for a formal declaration of our move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).  This is not to underplay the reality that we have joined the APC a fortnight ago, just before the presidential and national assembly elections, but I believe I owe you the obligation to formally announce this move to you as a deep respect for your love and your support of the GRS Movement over the year. 

President Obama presents Jega with Certificate of Commendation

US president Barack Obama a few days ago presented a Certificate of Commendation to INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, over the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on March 28th, which they said was free and fair, credible and the best election ever held in Nigeria. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

President Jonathan meets with EU observers, praised for conceding defeat

  President Jonathan had a closed door meeting with members of the European Union Observers group at the presidential villa yesterday. The group, led by Mr Santiago Fassi, praised President Jonathan for conceding defeat after loosing in the 2015 presidential election. The group said President Jonathan is a true symbol of democracy and is worthy of emulation not just by other African leaders but all leaders in the world.

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