Friday, November 29, 2013

I’ll resign if Jonathan doesn’t seek re-election -Gulak

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has threatened to resign his appointment “if the President refuses to make himself available for the 2015 presidential election.”

The President has repeatedly warned anyone against starting 2015 campaigns for him.

While Jonathan is yet to declare his ambition, preferring to make his decision public, there has been serious pressure on him to run for re-election in 2015.

But Gulak who has consistently maintained that the President is eligible to contest in 2015, said there was “no alternative to President Jonathan in 2015.”

Gulak, according to a statement by his Special Assistant, Chief Perry Opara, made the declaration in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while addressing a group during a unity rally for Jonathan at the Rosy Arts Centre.

When contacted to confirm if actually he issued the threat, Gulak told THE PUNCH that it was true.

He said, “Confirmed! It is true, I issued the threat to resign if Jonathan does not make himself available for the 2015 presidential election. That was during the unity rally held for Jonathan in Owerri.”

Joining APC not solution to PDP crisis – LAMIDO

Joining APC not solution to PDP crisis – LAMIDO

on November 29, 2013 at 2:00 am in News
By Our Reporters
THE heat generated by the defection of five of the aggrieved G-7 Peoples Demo-cratic Party, PDP, governors to All Progressives Congress, APC, continued yesterday with one of the governors, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, saying joining APC was not the solution to the crisis, and called for everyone to join hands in fighting impunity in the country.
Lamido, who did not defect to APC, spoke as the court re-instated National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said his expulsion by the national leadership of PDP would not stand even as the party said, yesterday, that it was not losing sleep over the defection of the five governors and leaders of the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led new PDP.

Meanwhile, Governor Murtala Nyako, who also decamped to APC, has asked his supporters to join the opposition party en mass, with PDP House of Representatives members saying they would wade into the crisis next week.
Lamido made the comments, yesterday, while receiving for-mer Head of State, General Ab-dusalami Abubakar (rtd), who was in Dutse for the commi-ssioning of Jigawa State Judicial Complex.
Lamido, Abdulsalami’s comments
Lamido told Abdulsalami, “the democracy you nurtured is today being cannibalised. The present crises bedeviling the party for quite some time now will not augur well for the nascent democracy.
“The PDP crisis is a problem not only for the party; it can equally consume the whole nation.”
Responding, Abubakar said it had become necessary for Nigerians to fight for peace as no meaningful development could be achieved without peace.
Directing his supporters in Adamawa State to register en masse with the APC yesterday, Nyako said thopposition has good intentions for the state and the nation at large.
The directives came as PDP flags were being removed from public institutions across the state.
Nyako gave the directives yesterday at a meeting of stake-holders of APC and the nPDP at the Government House, Yola.
The governor said that PDP had betrayed the people of Adamawa in spite of all they did in ensuring PDP victories at all levels in the last general elections.
He described the plight of the people of Adamawa under PDP as that of Israelites under Pharaoh, necessitating their mass exodus.
The governor debunked insinuations that he was working for his son’s political ambition, saying his son will not contest any election in 2015.
Nyako said: “My son will not contest any election in 2015. What we are doing is for peace, progress and unity of the state and the nation in general.
“The way PDP is operating in Adamawa is inimical to peace and unity of the state.
“APC offered better opportu-nity with level playing field for everyone. There is no new comer or old member in APC, so go and mobilise your people to join the popular movement.”
PDP Reps to mediate
Apparently disturbed by the development, PDP Reps, yesterday, agreed in a meeting to interface with President Goodluck Jonathan on the way forward, next week.
In a closed-door meeting held at the Reps’ wing of the National Assembly complex, they expressed disappointment in the manner the crisis was being handled and agreed that all the members would meet with Mr. President and bare their minds.
The meeting, which was chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, resolved to work as one large family and look issues dispassionately.
A front line member, who attended the meeting told Vanguard that “we have decided to work together as one.”
Asked whether it was both the PDP and nPDP Reps that met, he said, “Yes. We all met and there was no division of any sort. We met as one body.
“We are going to see Mr. President and tell him how we feel and how we intend to serve our fatherland without involving our members in whatever is happening outside the House.”
Another source said: “Those who are parading themselves as our representatives at the Presidential Villa are not selfless people. We have agreed to deal with Mr. President collectively.
…rule out House
leadership change
Meanwhile, the House said yesterday that despite the defection of five nPDP govern-ors, nothing will change in its leadership as no member has so far communicated to the leader-ship of his intention to move.
Deputy spokesman of the House, Mr. Victor Ogene (APGA, Anambra), said until such a time when members formally declare their intention, the House remains the way it is.
He said Section 68 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, provides that members can only defect to another political party in group base on merger agreement, but that what was happening in PDP cannot be defined as such.
He said: “In politics, things like this happen. But as a House, we remain one. Section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, says people cannot cross carpet in group except in merger situation.
“But defection has to do with individual member. So if they’re defecting, the proper thing must be done by activating that section of the constitution.
“As at now, we are not aware of any member defecting to another party. Remember, going by our rule, until a party has 181 members, you can’t talk of having the majority.”
Oyinlola reacts
Also yesterday, Oyinlola said that his expulsion from the party as recommended to the party’s NWC by Alhaji Umaru Dikko-led Disciplinary Committee would not stand.
In a statement by his Principal Secretary, Femi Adelegan, Oyinlola, who noted that democracy was on trial, said: “The recommendations of the committee will not stand, as nobody can build something on nothing; and falsehood on truth.
“The committee does not exist because its composition was not ratified by the National Executive Committee of PDP, which is statutorily empowered to approve the composition of the body.
“They really worked with great speed in their feverish ambition of getting rid of Oyinlola before the hearing of his suit at an Abuja Federal High Court, challenging the validity of illegalities.
“No sane or decent person would be surprised at the recommendations of the illegally constituted Disciplinary Committee, which from the outset shouldered a heavy burden of legitimacy, integrity, lack of respect for fair play, principles of natural justice and the Rule of Law.”
Cross carpeting of disloyal elements, not merger— PDP
The national leadership of PDP, yesterday, took a swipe at the five governors and some members who defected to the APC, saying it was not a merger, but an opportunistic cross carpeting of disloyal elements, reiterating that as a party it would not lose sleep over the action.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP said a tree that is pruned blossoms the more.
It added that there was no way the fusion of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led splinter group of PDP into APC could be described as merger because the group was never a party, adding that the Bamanga Tukur-led NWC stands as the only PDP known to law.
Metuh said: “Our attention has been drawn to press reports and statements from some persons passing off the cross carpeting of a group of former PDP members to APC as a merger.
“This information is false and is intended to mislead the public. What happened was not a merger. You can only talk of a merger where there were two distinct parties.
“In this case, there is only one party, APC. The so-called nPDP was never a party. This was established on October 10, when a Lagos High Court gave judgment against then PDP and on October 11, when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, wrote the nPDP to say that the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP is the only recognised party by that name.”
A sad devt— Anenih
Meanwhile, Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday, described the move of the five governors as sad and urged members of the party not to be moved or disturbed by it.
Chief Anenih expressed satisfaction that the party leadership, President Jonathan, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, former National Chairmen, Barnabas Gemade and Ahmadu Ali as well as himself “invested enough energy, commitment, maturity and sincerity in the collective effort at reconciliation.
“I had expected the governors to stay on in the party, which has offered them a unique opportunity to serve their people.
“Surprisingly, they decided to abandon their home and platform to take up tenancy in an opposition party even when it was apparent that the effort of Mr. President for genuine reconciliation was enough for them to see good reason to show restraint and understanding. However, as adults, the final decision was and remains theirs.
“I would like to urge our party members and sympathizers not to be disturbed by the exit of some of our governors but to continue to mobilize grassroots support for our party, Mr. President, and his Transformation Agenda.”

Breaking!! Dr Fashakin arrested by the SSS for criticising President Jonathan

This Jonathanian intolerance of criticism & moves to abuse freedom of expression, association & conscience must be resisted by every citizen.

Just got information that SSS arrested Dr. Emmanuel Fashakin, a on arrival from USA at MMIA this morning for posting criticisms about GEJ...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Doubts surround alleged attack on Oduah’s car

Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah
An alleged attack on the car of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, at Maitama, Abuja on Friday was reported to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Monday.

An Escalade car belonging to the minister was reportedly attacked by unknown gunmen at Ministers’ Hill, Abuja on Friday, but the incident was reported to the police, three days after the attack.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Altienne Daniel, who confirmed the incident, said the attack on the minister’s car was reported to the FCT Police Command on Monday, adding that detectives who checked the vehicle retrieved a metallic object which was being subjected to ballistic test to ascertain whether it was a bullet or not.

“The incident was reported to us on Monday at exactly 5.45pm and we are subjecting the metallic object we recovered from the car to ballistic test. I can’t say whether the object is a bullet or not, so I can’t give you any information on it for now,” she said.

It was alleged that three shots were fired at the car while the incident happened at about 10.30pm on the fateful night.

A source, who pleaded not to be named, said, “Her (Oduah’s) Escalade car with registration number FST914BL was shot at but she was not in it.”

When contacted, the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mr. Joe Obi, confirmed the incident to one of our correspondents.

He said the issue was being investigated and noted that the minister was safe as she was not in the car at the time of the incident.

He said, “You said you heard that the minister’s car was shot at, right? Of course that is true and it happened last Friday at about 10.30pm.

Emeka Ike: “Producers Hate Me Because I Don’t Allow Them Sleep With Actresses"

Veteran Nollywood actor Emeka Ike who was common in almost every Nollywood movie in the late 90s and early 2000s, opened a can of beans.
Emeka in this interview disclosed why he’s hated by some movie producers and directors in the movie industry.
He speaks on his stand on not allowing up and coming actresses to be used for s*x-for-movie roles and how it has made him to be hated in the film industry in Nigeria.
Read excerpts below: -
“If you knock at their office and you can’t sleep with them, you won’t be allowed to act. Is it fair to tell a girl that ‘if I don’t sleep with you, you won’t get my favour?’ if God does that to us, where would we be today? the actor asked.
He added that, “this situation is a general norm. Ask the smallest artiste about my position on the situation. I have stopped productions severally because of this (s*xual harassment). That’s why sometimes they get issues with me.
Emeka narrated an ugly incident he witnessed on a movie set, he said, “There was a day I saw a girl crying at a corner of a movie set, her name is Esther. She is a make-up artiste now because she has stopped acting for them.
“I approached her and asked why she was crying. She was lamenting like a girl who has just lost her mother. She told me that ‘look at the girl going with my script, that ugly animal. The producer said if I can’t sleep with him, I can’t get the script.’
“She mentioned the name of the person. So because she can’t sleep with that man, she has to be marginalized, Kai! I have something against that. If a girl wants to sleep with you because you are a star or because she likes you, so be it. Don’t arm-twist someone, that is r*pe. Abroad, they will go to jail for even suggesting it to her.
“You need to be responsible and responsive to the young people you have exposed acting to. You need to stand up and fight for them. Right now, they are interested in acting and there is no place to go to. They go to Ajao and they tell them open your legs, is that what we made the industry for?
“I gave the lady her artiste fee that day. Go to Enugu and ask of Esther, the make-up artiste. She will tell you about this story. That is why they don’t like me.”

30 Killed, 61 Injured In Iraq Attacks

Thirty people have been killed and 61 wounded in a series of attacks in Iraq.
A bomb went off in a cafe in central Baghdad’s Sadriyeh market on Monday, killing 15 people and wounding 35, officials say.
In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide car bomber targeted an army special forces convoy, killing six people and injuring 18. Most of the casualties were civilians.
Attacks on two checkpoints in the city also killed two soldiers and two Kurdish Peshmerga troops and left five wounded.
In Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, a local official, two policemen and two members of the pro-government Sunni Sahwa militia were killed in a series of attacks, which also left three policemen injured.
There has been a sharp rise in attacks in Iraq in recent months, raising fears of a return to the violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
According to UN estimates, 979 people were killed in attacks in October alone.

Rebel governors clash with Tukur again

The New Peoples Democratic Party and the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP have renewed their war of words on the crisis rocking the ruling party.

While the New PDP, through its National Secretary, Chukwuemeka Eze, accused Tukur of blocking Sunday’s meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the seven aggrieved PDP governors, the PDP national chairman distanced himself from the allegation.

Before the New PDP made the allegation, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, said the aggrieved members of the PDP, including the rebel governors, were free to leave the party.

Akpabio’s comment immediately drew flak from the factional PDP and some of the rebel governors, who accused him of playing to the gallery.

The New PDP had in a statement by Eze, called on the founding fathers of the PDP not to remain silent over the crisis in the PDP because Tukur was not happy with the ongoing reconciliatory meetings.

Jonathan had on his arrival from London, postponed another round of meeting he was billed to hold with the rebel governors in the Presidential Villa on Sunday.

Although he cited jet lag and ill health as reasons, The PUNCH gathered that he was under pressure from hawks in government to do so.

Before he announced the postponement, some of the rebel governors had arrived in Abuja, hoping that the meeting would hold.

The seven aggrieved governors are Rabiu Kwakwanso(Kano); Aliyu Wamakko(Sokoto); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Sule Lamido(Jigawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Abdulfatai Ahmed(Kwara); and Murtala Nyako(Adamawa).

• Tukur aggravating crisis

However, the New PDP said the suspension of four of its key members by the Tukur-led National Working Committee of the ruling party, was aimed at further aggravating the crisis in the ruling party.

The four are; Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, erstwhile National Chairman of the PDP; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure.

The four men had been asked to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the PDP on Wednesday in Abuja.

The New PDP said, “As if that(suspension) is not enough, Tukur has also told whoever cares to listen that the proposed peace meeting of President Jonathan and the G-7 governors cannot see the light of the day as long as he is the national chairman of the PDP.

“Instructively and shockingly, the meeting which was scheduled to be held last(Sunday) night was put off at the last minute by Mr. President, who is the PDP National Leader, despite publicly announcing that he was fit again and set to resume work last night upon his return from his London trip.”

• Count me out of your woes-Chairman

But Tukur told the New PDP that he was not part of its members problems.

He advised the members not to make him the arrowhead of their political war.

Tukur, through his media aide, Mr. Oliver Okpala, told one of our correspondents in Abuja that the meeting between the rebel governors and Jonathan was purely an initiative of the Presidency.

He said, “It is wrong and completely unreasonable for any right thinking person to accuse Tukur of having a hand in the deadlock of the meeting because it is a presidential initiative and not an NWC affair, where Tukur presides.

“Therefore, there is no way he can get involved or frustrate such a presidential initiative. The so-called factional members should desist from insulting the integrity of Tukur, who is a nationalist.

“Tukur is not part of their political problem and therefore should not be seen as the arrowhead of their political fight. The earlier these people retreated from their rascality, the better for them.”

• Aggrieved PDP members free to leave

Earlier on Monday, Akpabio had said aggrieved members of the PDP, including the rebel governors, were free to leave the party.

He also warned them against capitalising on President Goodluck Jonathan’s humility and patience to continue to distract him.

Akpabio gave the warning while speaking with State House correspondents on the sideline of the launching of the third edition of the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria programme in Abuja on Monday.

Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, had reminded those against the PDP leadership, that no one could be a good leader without first being a good follower.

He added that the PDP, as a big and robust party, was not worried by some of its members’ threats to dump it and join the opposition All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Movement.

But he admitted that in politics, it was normal for people to leave one political party for another .

He said that political leaders must realise that sometimes, when they wanted to join another party, their followers might not go with them.

The governor claimed that there were many APC members who had already expressed their desire to join the PDP.

He added that many of those who fell under that category would soon come out publicly to identify with the PDP once the issue of the seven rebel governors was resolved.

Akpabio said, “I don’t see a problem in the issues of certain politicians wanting to change party. It is a normal thing in politics that people move from one political party to the other. But what is important is that we move on and the country moves on.

“And as the PDP is very big and robust, with branches in 774 local government areas, if you have five persons moving away from it, you have 10 to 50 moving into it.

“There are so many APC members who are approaching me on a daily basis that they want to be in the PDP but I keep telling them that it is not yet time. When we resolve this issue of the G-7 governors, you will see the big fishes that will come out of the APC.

“They are ready to come out and when they come out, it is going to be a boom for the PDP.The party is robust enough to readjust itself. It is the only political party in Nigeria that is not owned by any individual or a certain group.

“The PDP belongs to Nigerians. So, if one Nigerian leaves the PDP, another Nigerian comes in and the party goes on.Those of us who are leaders need to be careful because when we are moving to another political party, our followers may not go with us.

“ In the PDP, there is no shaking. I’m

very delighted that the President is very prepared to continue to discuss with any group, not just the G-7, any group of Nigerians within or outside the party.”

The governor also cautioned aggrieved members of the PDP against taking advantage of Jonathan’s humility and patience to distract him.

He said, “I just believe strongly that we have a very humble and patient President . I hope that we don’t take advantage of these attributes to waste his time and distract him.”

The governor added that it was imperative for people to know that they could only be good leader by first being good followers.

Akpabio said it was based on the conviction of the PDP leadership and that of the President that any rebellion could be resolved through dialogue that peace meetings were initiated.

He said, “I have seen newspapers clips where they mentioned ‘the rebellious governors,’ ‘the G-7’ and so on and so forth.

“In any rebellion, we can resolve it through dialogue and I think that that’s what the President is doing. That is also what the PDP leadership is doing; to see how it can discuss and bring the situation to a close.

“But I believe that you cannot be a good leader unless you are a good follower and I believe also strongly that leadership comes from God.

“So the question of rebelling against leadership has its repercussion because if I rebel against the leadership at the federal level, I should expect somebody also to rebel against my leadership at the state level, maybe from my own local government.

“And it is expected that as a state governor, I should respect the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, it is not important who occupies the position. I think what is important is to give respect to the institution of the Presidency. And that way, the international community can also respect Nigeria.”

He however said he was not opposed to continued dialogue with the aggrieved governors.

The governor said there should be an end to the dialogue so that the President could concentrate on the work he was voted into office to do.

He added, “There is no price you cannot pay for. There is the need for all to have peace . But the disagreement in the PDP is not something to worry about. It is just that it is overblown by the press.

• Akpabio playing to the gallery

However, some of the aggrieved governors dismissed Akpabio’s suggestion that they were free to leave the PDP.

One of the governors, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Akpabio was simply playing to the gallery.

He said, “Where was he when we formed the PDP? He is in no position to tell us whether or not to leave the party. He has no such moral authority. The party does not belong to either him or Tukur; it belongs to all of us.”

Umar Kyari, the Director of Press and Public Relations to Lamido , said his boss would not leave a party he and others formed and nurtured to maturity.

Kyari added, “His Excellency is not leaving the PDP.

“He will remain to ensure that the right things are done and the party tows the path of internal democracy, justice and fairness.”

Also, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Tony Okocha, disagreed with Akpabio that rebel governors’ supporters would not follow them to another party if they decided to dump the PDP.

Describing Amaechi as the head of the political infantry in Rivers State, Okocha expressed worry that Akpabio and his cohorts had failed to advise Jonathan on the need to realise the electoral strength of Kano and Rivers states.

He said, “Amaechi is our leader and he has the mandate to make case on our behalf and if he decides to leave the party (PDP), we will join him. Akpabio is living in a world of illusion.”

• ‘Akpabio politically inferior to rebel govs’

The New PDP has also flayed Akpabio, saying he is the brain behind those plotting to discredit Jonathan if he ventures to contest the 2015 election.

It said, “Because of his inferiority complex, he (Akpabio) does not want those who are better than him in all ramifications to be in the PDP. All the G-7 governors are his superiors in politics.

“He has lost ground in Akwa Ibom and can’t guarantee his ward for the PDP much less of the state. He is the arrowhead of 16 is superior to 19 to exhibit his poor understanding of democracy.”

• Bauchi New PDP members back Tukur

Meanwhile, leaders of the New PDP in Bauchi State have pledged their loyalty to Tukur.

The leaders made this known in a letter dated November 19, 2013 and signed by their Chairman, Lawal Isa; Secretary, Mr. Ishak Umar; Youth Leader, Alhaji Abubakar Doma; and Woman Leader, Alhaja Baba Fika.

The letter, reads, “We are better informed. We wish to extend our unflinching loyalty and solidarity to you (Tukur). We know that within this short period, you have introduced programmes aimed at rejuvenating the party towards success in 2015.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: President Jonathan Sacks Another Aide

President Goodluck Jonathan sacked his Special Assistant on Social Development, Mrs. Aisha Umar, from her post as on November 24, 2013, Sunday.

This has been confirmed by brief statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr. Sam Nwaobasi, the Special Assistant (Media) to the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim with Ref. No: PPR/OSGF/PR/02.
The statement did not disclose the details on why the aide was relieved of her job. The statement further read that, the termination takes “effect from November 25, 2013.”
I would be recalled that the President has sacked three of his aides in the past several months. The first was the Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir, followed by the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Mrs. Joy Emordi, and the Special Adviser on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Dr. Tunji Olagunju.

SHOCKING PHOTOS: Woman Gets A Missed Call And 48 Texts From ‘Satan'

A Colorado mother got a strange call in the middle of the night from a strange source, 1-666-666-666 and within hours she received dozens of texts from multiple numbers, all displaying ‘Satan’ on her caller ID.

The woman, Jenn Vest was half asleep while chest-feeding her son when her phone rang from the number 1-666-666-666.
She said, “It really freaked me out because I was half asleep feeding my son and it woke me up. I thought maybe I was dreaming at first, and then I stayed up the rest of the night praying and hoping nothing would happen.”

Jenn Vest said she tried calling the number back, only to get a recorded message saying the number was no longer in service.

According to report, the phone number has been used to prank people in the past, sometimes with threatening messages telling people they were going to die.

This is really scary.. you guys should watch out oo

IBB, Ciroma Can’t Stop Jonathan In 2015 – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said prominent northern leaders, including Alhaji Adamu Ciroma and a former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, could not affect the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections if he decided to contest.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, said this in an interview with our correspondent.
Gulak was responding to a media report that northern politicians had set up a committee whose membership included Ciroma and Babangida to speed up the move by the seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors to join the opposition All Progressive Congress.
He said it was on record that the President won the 2011 presidential election without the support of the named northern politicians.
The presidential aide said the latest move, if true, could not therefore affect Jonathan’s chances in the 2015 election.
“I am not aware of the setting up of such a committee. What I can tell you however is that if you recall, those people whose names you just mentioned did not support President Jonathan in 2011 and that did not stop him from winning. So this latest move too cannot stop him if he decided to contest in 2015,” he said.

‘God Wants To Take Back The Talent He Has Given You’ – A Prophecy For Wizkid

Few hours ago, a certain Wizkid fan posted a prophecy on popular social media forum, Nairaland and the post has since generated a lot of buzz.
Check-Out the Prophecy below:
“This is a prophecy for Wizkid, God wants you back, he wants to take back the talent he has given you. He wants you to start singing for him. Thus saith the lord. God’s eternal salvation plan confounds human logic. Humans expect salvation to come in ways humans normally experience it like through strong, powerful, authority figures.
God promises to bring salvation that will transform the world’s power structures. Please this should be taken seriously, this is from me to you Wizkid. You know I’m right, the dreams and the strange sensation of awe you experience most times, that’s God, come to him and the joy you think you have now will be smithereens where his joy is.

Top 20 Replies to “I Love You”

When someone tells you they love you, you may be tempted to reply, “I love you too.” But what if you’re not ready to return the sentiment—or you think saying “I love you too” is just boring? Never fear! I have prepared a list of more original responses that you can use to express your feelings:

1. Good!
2. So do I!
3. Most people do.
4. I don’t blame you!
5. Cool story, bro.
6. That makes two of us!
7. I love me, too.
8. That’s nice.
9. HAHAHAHAHAHA. You WERE kidding, right?
10. I figured.
11. Thanks, I wish I could say the same for you.
12. I’d rather you didn’t.
13. Let me know how that works out for you!
14. I wouldn’t think too much of it, I get that all the time.
15. Sounds fun.
16. Oh, great. This is just hunky dory peachy keen.
17. What part of “restraining order” do you not understand?!?
18. Okay, bye.
19. And I love unicorns!
20. Good for you.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

House Of Reps Member Died After Sleeping With Female Banker, Woman Arrested

A member of the House of Representatives from Ondo State died in the early hours of yesterday after what security sources said was a s*xual affair with a female banker in his private residence located at Gwarinpa Estate in Abuja.

Rep. Raphael Oloye Nomiye, who was 50 years old, was until his death representing Ondo, Ilaje, Ese Odo in Ondo State under the platform of the Labour Party.
The lawmaker was said to have died shortly after an affair with the banker (names withheld). The spokesperson of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, Hyelhira Altine Daniel, confirmed the incident, saying the command was still investigating the cause of the legislator’s death.
When Sunday Trust visited the deceased’s residence at Second Avenue in Gwarinpa Estate, neighbours and witnesses said the banker, who managed his accounts, was said to have rushed down for the one-storey building to inform the policemen on guard at the house that “oga just fell down and is vomiting blood.”
They said when the policemen entered into his room upstairs, they found him laying on the floor with a towel tied round his waist, while he bled from the mouth. He was then quickly taken to a private clinic on 3rd Avenue within the estate in his official Toyota Camry 2012 car with Registration Number 148B Rep.
It was further learnt that doctors at clinic declined to attend to him, saying it was a “serious” matter, following which he was then rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police sources disclosed that the banker, who is now in police custody at the Gwarinpa Police Division, had earlier denied having s*xual affair with the lawmaker before his death.
But she was said to have changed her statement after doctors at the National Hospital conducted an examination on corpse, which confirmed that the deceased had slept with a woman shortly before his demise.
The sources said after the test, the banker admitted to interrogators that she had actually slept with the deceased and had helped him to clean up, following which he went into the bathroom, where he suddenly fell and began to vomit blood.
Police investigators who inspected the lawmaker’s house had succeeded in recovering some items, including a bottle of water, which the deceased lawmaker had drank from some tissue papers and the clothes the deceased had worn earlier in the day, Sunday Trust gathered.
When our reporters visited the banker’s private residence located at Kado Estate in Abuja, two of her professional friends, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the banker and Raphael had been friends. They, however, denied knowledge of the lawmaker’s death.
An investigation by Sunday Trust also revealed that although the late lawmaker was married, his wife and children were not living with him in Abuja.
As at press time, there was no official statement from his family or the House, but a lawmaker in the Lower Chamber confirmed the lawmaker’s demise. He added, however, that the House would make an official statement until it received formal notification from Nomiye’s family.
“I heard of his death, but we’re yet to get any official statement from his family or any doctor. The House will make an official statement when it eventually receives confirmation from his family,” said the source.
When contacted, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity, Victor Ogene, said he was yet to get an official confirmation of the death and, as such, wouldn’t comment on it.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Explains Why She Missed Tiwa’s Wedding

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is close friends with Tiwa Savage, but sadly couldn’t attend her wedding.
According to Omotola, she couldn’t attend Tiwa’s wedding because her Invitation arrived late.
Omotola issued a statement on Twitter, saying the invitation only arrived yesterday, on the day of the wedding.

Friday, November 22, 2013

I want to be a pastor - Timaya

Egberi Papa act, Timaya, speaks with JAYNE AUGOYE about his past, career and his secret ambition

Popular singer, Enetimi Odom, aka Timaya, seems to have been off the entertainment scene for awhile. It was a tough call chasing him around Lagos for many weeks before he finally gave our correspondent an appointment for an interview in his home in the Lekki area of Lagos.

It was obvious that the self-styled Egberi Papa 1 had not quite recovered from the impact of his breakup with a controversial actress that he dated a few years ago.

Although it is common knowledge that Timaya broke up with the actress in 2009, he confessed that the relationship had robbed off on him badly and wished he could be rid of the attendant negative aura.

“You should not date somebody who already has a negative record. In my own case, it affected me at that time. I feel that a relationship should be between two people and not exposed to the rest of the world. Only a smart man is able to keep his relationship private.

“You see, Desmond Elliot and Jimmy Jatt are both married, but you will never see their wives in public. Naturally I’m a private person. The only thing that takes me out of my shell is my music, which is what I do for a living. It seems that the only thing people know about me is that ugly episode. So I don’t like to talk about it,” he says, adding that he has learnt a lesson from the experience.

However, the singer is currently involved in what he describes as a healthy relationship and he has since moved on with his life.

Apart from that single dark spot in his life, Timaya seems to have been on top of his game since his fortunes shot up about a decade ago. During that period, he earned a fat bank account, recorded six successful albums and scored several chartbusting hits. The seventh album is currently in the works.

In spite of his achievements, the artiste, who considers his maiden album to be the turning point in his career, nurses a secret desire.

“I wish I had the power to heal people. I am always inspired whenever I see men of God like Bishop David Oyedepo preaching and teaching people. They practise the same teachings and become millionaires overnight. I wish I can do that with my music. I would love to be a pastor. I really want to be one,” he says.

Describing himself as ‘privileged’ to be considered relevant in the competitive Nigerian music industry, Timaya says he has reached the point where there should be a change in his career and focus. To prove that he is serious about this, he has shed his dreadlocks and started experimenting on a new music style with his last album. The album is titled ‘Upgrade’ and it was released in 2012.

Although many fans think the album is riddled with lewd songs, such as ‘Ukwu’ and ‘Shake your bum’, the singer expresses a different opinion.

“A lot of people think I love the female backside a lot and that is why I sing about it all the time. But then, people will always complain, no matter what you do. When I was still singing conscious music they complained that my songs were always full of bile and loathing. The truth is that I sing about the way I feel at any point,” he says.

Interestingly Timaya is currently writing his memoir, which will be out in 2014. Regarding his decision to write the book, he says, “I am at the point where I feel that people can read and be inspired by my story rather than me singing songs.”

When probed further about the content of the book, he lets out a teaser, “I have also told the story of a ex-girlfriend of mine who always wanted to have sex whenever she was in the mood for it.”

Although the singer enjoys being a father, marriage is not in his plans yet.

“I am not considering marriage for now. But it is something I must do. Before now, I wanted a child and God gave me one. I don’t want to have children from different women. My father had 15 children and I am the last child. I don’t want to live like that. The truth is, I’am not ready to get married now,” he says.

Unlike most other successful artistes, Timaya is not the type to show off his wealth or material acquisitions especially on the social media.

“I don’t show off on social media because It is not just my thing. I bought a Bentley two years ago and everyone started buying theirs. I m not even sure some people know I own one. I bought my G-Wagon two years ago. Some people will buy a shoe and put it out there for everyone to see. I simply don’t fancy that. Music has made me rich and it gave me the opportunity to travel out of the country,” he says.

For now, all that matters to the artiste, who was once a backup singer for Eedris Abdulkareem, is promoting his newest artiste, Patoranking, as well as re-positioning his label, DM Records, for the future.

President Jonathan falls ill in London … unable to attend investors’ council’s meeting

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday became indisposed in far away London where he was scheduled to preside over the meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors’ Council.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, made this known in a statement he made available to journalists in Abuja.

Abati said the President, who turned 56 on Wednesday, had since been examined by competent medical practitioners.

He added that Jonathan was advised by his doctors to rest for a few days.

Abati neither disclosed the nature of the ailment nor the duration of the resting period. He assured Nigerians that Jonathan’s medical condition was “nothing serious,” adding that the medical attention he sought was only “precautionary.”

His statement reads, “In the course of his ongoing visit to London for a meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors’ Council, President Goodluck Jonathan became indisposed and could not be present at the opening of the meeting today (on Thursday).

“President Jonathan has since been examined by competent medical practitioners. He has been advised to rest for a few days.

“The Presidency wishes to assure all Nigerians that President Jonathan’s condition is nothing serious and that the medical attention he has sought is only precautionary.”

Jonathan who was born on November 20, 1957 in Otuoke, the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State clocked 56 while in London.

In his absence, Vice-President Namadi Sambo led other members of the Federal Executive Council to mark his birthday in a brief ceremony during which they wished him long life.

Jonathan became the President after the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua whose Presidency was affected by ill-health.

It will be recalled that the President’s wife, Patience, also fell ill in August last year and spent about seven weeks abroad.

Although her media aides had claimed she was resting abroad after the rigours of hosting the African First Ladies Summit, she was actually admitted at a German hospital during the period.

At a special thanksgiving held in her honour on February 17, 2013, Patience had confirmed that she passed on for more than a week before God miraculously raised her from the dead.

She said her situation was hopeless to the extent that some people close to her who were convinced that she would never return to the country alive had started selling off her personal effects.

She recalled how her tummy was opened and her intestine out for days.

Describing herself as the Biblical Lazarus who Jesus Christ raised from the dead, Patience said it was God himself who sent her back to the earth because she had some unfulfilled tasks to carry out.

Although she did not disclose the nature of her ailment, she said she underwent about nine surgeries within a month.

The President, at the event, had said the miraculous recovery of his wife succeeded in putting an end to the superstitious belief that no President enters the Presidential Villa and leaves with his family intact.

He had said, “The story was that one of us (the President or his wife) will die. Today, we are celebrating her.

“Her recovery has put an end to that belief. I am not too good in celebrating, but for this particular one, I think we have to thank God for keeping the life of my wife.

“If anything had happened, there would have been different stories. Fake prophets would have given their stories.

“As mortals, we must fall sick and die but how and when are what matter most.

“To die when serving your people is not good. Death should come after you have finished serving.”

The President had recalled that when he was still a deputy governor in Bayelsa State, he lost a second cousin.

He said during the burial, a story was told of how anybody in his community, who is gradually going into limelight always died mysteriously.

Jonathan had said all eyes were focused on him, apparently insinuating that it was his time to die.

He had said he prayed hard that he would not die young and God had answered him.

INEC to announce Anambra supplementary election date today

The Independent National Electoral Commission will meet today (Friday) to pick a date for the supplementary election of the Anambra State governorship poll.

Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, confirmed this in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday night.

He said, “Today (Thursday’s) meeting was just a meeting where the field staff debriefed the commission on the last election and not just for the choice of a date for the supplementary election. The 12 national commissioners of INEC and the Chairman will meet tomorrow (today) and it is likely that a date would be fixed for the Anambra state governorship election.”

Among the issues discussed at Thursday’s marathon meeting were the late arrival of materials, absence of voting materials and complaints about voters not getting their names on the register and other administrative lapses.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu and the Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke were among the INEC officials at the meeting.

The commission had stated that it had commenced “administrative interrogation” of its field staff who participated in the election and those involved in some administrative lapses.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, could not be reached at the time of going to press as his two lines were switched off, despite several calls put across to him.

He had identified late arrival of materials, absence of voting materials and complaints of voters not getting their names on the register as areas to be given attention.

According to him, the electoral officer who was arrested in connection with the crisis in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state has been handed over to the police and is facing interrogation.

On the interrogation of other INEC officers apart from the Electoral Officer who has been handed over to the police, he said, “I am not aware of that and whoever said that, may be, got their information from the police.

“All I know is that the electoral officer has been handed over to the police.

2 Teachers, 3 Students Killed As Suspected US Drone Strike Hits Pakistan

At least five people have been killed in a suspected US drone attack on an Islamic seminary in Pakistan’s northwestern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, often visited by Taliban-linked Haqqani network.
According to a local police officer, Fareed Khan, the unmanned aircraft fired at least three rockets at the madrasa in the Hangu district, killing two teachers and three students just before sunrise on Thursday.
The identities of those killed on Thursday were not immediately clear.
An intelligence source told Reuters news agency separately that Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the Afghan Taliban-linked Haqqani network, was spotted at the seminary two days earlier.
Pakistan publicly opposes US drone strikes, saying they kill too many civilians and violate its sovereignty, although in private, officials admit that the government broadly supports them.
Most drone attacks occur in the North Waziristan region, where Taliban fighters are holed up, and are rare in densely populated places like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The latest attack took place a day after Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s foreign policy chief, was quoted as saying that the US had promised not to conduct drone strikes while the Pakistan government tries to engage the Taliban in peace talks.
The US has not commented on Aziz’s remarks.
The previous drone strike in Pakistan on November 1 killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the group’s stronghold of Miranshah in northwest Pakistan, in an attack denounced by Pakistan.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

'Have you taken cocaine?' David Cameron declines to answer Ed Balls after Commons drugs slur backfires

The Prime Minister faced renewed questions about past drug use after he tried to humiliate a Labour MP in the Commons
No answer: David Cameron
David Cameron sparked fresh questions about his drug use when he tried to humiliate a Labour MP in the Commons today.

Mr Cameron repeatedly raised disgraced Co-op bank chief Rev Paul Flowers’ use of “mind-altering substances” at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The PM even used the scandal to fend off an inquiry about Britain’s failure to invest in business from former minister Michael Meacher.

“I can only conclude that the right honourable gentleman, too, has been on a night out on the town with Rev Flowers and that the mind-altering substances have taken effect,” he said.

Labour’s Ed Balls angrily demanded to know whether Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne had taken cocaine after the insult.

“Have you taken cocaine?” the Shadow Chancellor shouted across the Commons Chamber. “I’ve not.”

Mr Cameron has refused to say whether he has taken cocaine in the past.

And his spokesman said afterward: “I’m not discussing things like that.”

The PM was forced to apologise after Michael Meacher appealed to the Commons Speaker John Bercow.

Mr Cameron claimed: “I tried to answer with the point about inward investment into Britain.

"I made a light-hearted remark—if it caused any offence, I will happily withdraw it.

“I think it is very important that we can have a little bit of light-hearted banter, and a sense of humour on all sides.”

Jonathan Meets Rebel Govs On Sunday

In an effort aimed at finding a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, President Goodluck Jonathan is to meet with the seven aggrieved governors from the party on Sunday.
Already, sources close to the governors said a letter had been sent to them concerning the meeting.
The letter was said to have been signed by the President’s Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadomhe, who indicated in the letter that the meeting would hold by 9 p.m. at the First Lady’s Conference Room, the State House, Presidential Villa.
The governors are Rabiu Kwankwanso(Kano); Aliyu Wamakko(Sokoto), Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Babangida (Niger); Abdulfatai Ahmed(Kwara); and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
A source close to one of the governors, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent on Wednesday night, said the governors would attend the meeting.
He said, “Yes, we have been invited to the meeting, which will hold on Sunday. We will be there and we hope that this time around, we would be able to resolve our differences.”
Before now, the President had met with the group twice, but they were not able to arrive at an agreeable conclusion.

DISGUSTING: Woman Sleeps Next To Her Dead Husband’s Decomposed Corpse For A Year (Photos)

A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband’s decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grizzly discovery this week.

Apparently, 79-year-old “Marcel H.” from Liege, Belgium, died back in November 2012 of an asthma attack, according to Carters News Agency. His wife was so upset that she failed to report the death and continued to sleep with the body until Belgian authorities made the bizarre finding on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
They were led to the apartment because the landlord claimed the couple hadn’t paid their rent since last year. Neighbors never reported a bad smell. The body had mummified.
Expert’s Opinion:
“A body can mummify in a dry, warm environment,” Philippe Boxho, pathologist at the Forensic Center of Liege told Carters. “It takes at least a week to reach such a state. In this case the body had rotten [sic] in the bed [and] his internal organs had melted and liquefied. … Even though the smell of human decay is quite specific, many people equate that smell to the smell of garbage and once the body has become rotten the smell does decrease significantly.”
!!WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW. Viewer Discretion Is Advised!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tania Omotayo confirms she’s still with Wizkid

Hope this thrills wizkid's fans.

Kwankwaso: G7 Govs Will Play The Real Politics In 2015

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has said that the level of politics that will play out in 2015 would be unprecedented in the history of the country since the return to democratic rule in 1999.

He also said that the group of seven (G7) governors under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) will ultimately block another third term bid in the country in apparent reference to President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 ambition, the same way the 2006 third-term bid was killed.

Kwankwaso, who is one of the arrow heads of the G-7 governors, made these views known yesterday while speaking with the Hausa Service of British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, in London.

He said, “Since the return of democracy in 1999, the real politics will be played in this 2015. The last time a similar true democracy was played dated back to the third term period that was eventually killed, the same way that we would not allow this third term to scale through, by God’s grace.

“Where it is one-party rule in politics, it portends problems. That is why I welcomed the formation of APC because it is healthy for a democracy to have a strong opposition. And this is what disturbs PDP.

“Presently, no individual, local government or state, even a region in the country is important in the party. Because they will tell you whether you are there nor not, they must win election.

“That is why we called on Nigerians to understand that what is happening now is a true picture of democracy. But I have not lost interest in the party, rather, it is the party that seems to end its interest in us, in view of how they throw all sort of things at us.”

Kwankwaso also recalled the incident at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja when a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) stormed the lodge and ordered the G7 governors to stop their meeting based on ‘orders from above’.

“Also, they went and arrested Sule Lamido’s sons, these things demonstrated absence of dignity in the system at all. Therefore, we were quite aware of such harassment and insults right from the beginning of this our course,” he said.

New Aviation Fees: Private Jet Owners Begin Strike

New Aviation Fees: Private Jet Owners Begin Strike
As the new directive from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) announcing a new price regime for all private airlines operating in the country took effect from Tuesday, Private Jet owners in the country yesterday began an indefinite strike to protest the development.

NAMA, in a circular dated November 18, 2013, and signed by its director of operations, Mr J.C. Onyegiri, on behalf of the managing director, Mazi Nnamdi Udoh, all foreign registered aircraft engaging in non-scheduled operations were directed to pay the sum of $3,000 fees for every departure except round trips without changes in passenger manifest or return ferry. Such fees, NAMA explained, must be paid in advance and before any departure.

Also affected by the same directive are all Nigerian registered aircraft engaging in non-scheduled operations but their fees were pegged at $2,500.

According to the circular, the fees shall include landing, parking, navigational and terminal navigational charges and shall be in respect of the first 10 hours after which additional parking charges may apply.

Before now, the tariff on private jet or charter operations was not unified as each agency was expected to collect its own fees.

It was learnt that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) collects tariffs on landing and parking, while the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) charges its navigational fees which is based on their operations.

Justifying the latest tariff regime, NAMA spokesperson, Supo Atobatele said it was introduced as a means of increasing the revenue generation of aviation agencies.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kelly Rowland Is Engaged To Her Longtime Manager, Tim Witherspoon Buffer

The beautiful songstress, Kelly Rowland said Yes to her long time manager and boyfriend Tim Witherspoon after he popped question.

The presentation of the 2014 budget scheduled for Tuesday is postpone

The decision to postpone the presentation is contained in a letter sent by the President Goodluck Jonathan to both chambers of the National Assembly.
In his letter, Jonathan explained that “there is a need for both chambers to harmonise the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Financial Strategy Paper (FSP) before the presentation” of the next year’s budget.
“[I]n the circumstance, it has become necessary to defer the presentation of the 2014 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly until such a time when both respected chambers would have harmonised their positions on the MTEF,” said the President, adding that he hopes that harmonisation will be done “in the shortest possible time.”
After the announcement, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila told Channels Television, that President “gave a very cogent reason why the budget could not be presented. Under the Fiscal Responsibility Act, as you will be aware, the budget is predicated upon the MTEF and the MTEF has not been passed” noting that the Senate passed a version of it with a benchmark at $76.50 and the House has passed $79 per barrel benchmark. Despite the setback, the House Minority Leader maintained that “we cannot sacrifice a proper budget at the altar of timeousness.”
Last week’s session was shifted because the MTEF, the government’s financial outlay for the next three years, was not adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

BREAKING NEWS: Multiple Explosion And Gun Battle Rock Kano

Reports have it that Multiple explosions and sporadic gunshots has left Gayawa village, Ungogo Local Government area of Kano state in a state of chaos on Tuesday morning.

According to an eyewitness report, “The early morning military raid lasted for one and half hours and there are fears of heavy casualties among the suspected insurgent.”
Tuesday’s operation was on the heels of a raid where two soldiers and two suspected terrorists were killed in the city.
Efforts to speak with the JTF commanders for confirmation proved abortive.
Details later.

(NMVA) Flavour Emerges Biggest Winner at the 2013 Nigerian Music Video Awards

The winners of the 2013 edition of the Nigerian music Video Awards (NMVA) were unveiled yesterday, November 15th, 2013. Flavour emerged the biggest winner of the night carting home four solid awards ( Best Indigenous concept, Best Costume, Best High Life Video and Video of the year)


(1) Best Gospel Video (Amaray Oke Nbagi)

(2) Best Video By Minor (Ozzybosco Tinini Ft Olamide)

(3) Best Soft Rock Alternative Video-
(Black Magic – Repete)

(4) The Best Dance hall And Reggae Video – (Orezi – Rihanna )

(5) Best Pop Extra Video ( Chidinma- Emini Baller)

(6) Best Video By New Act ( Sean Tizzle Sho Lee)

(7) Best Video Director (Clarence Peters)

(8) Best Afro Hip-Hop Video ( Olamide- Durosoke)

(9) Best R’n'B Video (Banky W -Yes or No)

(10) Best Indigenous Concept ( Flavour- Ada Ada)

(11) Best Use Of Costumes ( Flavour- Ada Ada)

(12) Best Use of Visual Effects- ( Sound
Sultan – Natural Something )

(13) Best Contemporary Afro Music Video
( X-Project – Azuka)

(14) Best Cinematography ( Clarence Peters – D’Banj- Don’t Tell Me Nonsense)

(15) Best Afro Hip-Hop Video ( Ice Prince VIP)

(16) Best Afro Beat Video ( Burna Boy- Run My Race)

(17) Best New Director ( Mat Max)

(18) Best High Life Video ( Flavour – Ada Ada)

(19) Best Afro Pop Video ( 2Face – Blood On The Dance Floor)

(20) Video Of The Year ( Flavour – Ada Ada)

(21) Life Time Achievement Award
Dr Victor Olaiya

Nigerian Banks To Short Down Nation Wide

A major crisis looms in the financial sector, as all banks in the country may shut their doors to customers anytime this week, as their chief executive officers (CEOs) move to protest the continued detention of their staff by the Department of State Security (DSS).

Daily Sun gathered that the CEOs are irked by the arrest and detention of several key officials of no fewer than 13 banks over the last two weeks by security operatives, saying that this has not only crippled their operations but also poses a great risk if normal banking operations continues.

The 13 banks directly affected by the arrests are Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, Unity Bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), First Bank Plc, Skye Bank, Sterling Bank, Diamond Bank, Ecobank, Wema Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and CitiBank.

The arrest of the bank officials are linked to money laundering case against the Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, a key member of the G7 governors, who is also one of the arrowheads of the New PDP believed to be opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s rumoured second term ambition.

The DSS is said to be investigating questionable transactions involving the governor and two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha, who is the District Head of Bamaina, their hometown. While the governor is said to have escaped arrest, as a result of his constitutional immunity, his two sons were arrested last week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). However, it is the DSS that is handling the case of the bankers.

According to the DSS, following the arrest of Aminu, last year, at the Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, for failing to make full declaration of the $50, 000 he had on him while trying to board a flight to Egypt, where his wife was receiving treatment, further investigation of the sources of income of the governor’s son revealed huge transactions involving the movement of Jigawa State funds into accounts of companies in which both the governor and his two sons are believed to have interest. The amount involved, according to the DSS, is about N10 billion.

The DSS had subsequently swooped on the 13 banks in which the companies have accounts and even obtained a court order to freeze the accounts. Also, it had begun a systematic arrest and detention of senior officials of the bank in the last two weeks.

While not questioning the powers of the DSS to arrest anybody, a source close to one of the bank chief executive told Daily Sun yesterday that the CEOs were worried that the bankers have been held without arraignment, for over two weeks, a clear violation of their rights.

“The laws of the country say that nobody can be detained for more than 48 hours without been charged to court,” the source said, adding: “Some of them have now been detained for 16 days without access to their families or lawyers. They are being held incommunicado.”

According to him, the bank chiefs, some of who met last weekend, are saying that they might not have any other choice than to shut down operations, as some of the officials being detained are key to their operations.

“One of those arrested is a director. Some others are risk managers, fraud control and detection officers, zonal and regional coordinators and key IT experts. There are compliance managers among the arrested. There are also account officers, branch managers, chief inspectors and heads of treasury among those arrested. To continue to operate without these key personnel could expose depositors’ funds to serious danger. So, the bank CEOs are thinking it might be safer to close shop to secure depositors’ funds and reduce expose to a possible collapse of the nation’s banking system,” the senior bank sour said.

Apart from the risk of possible compromise of the system, the bank chiefs are also frowning at the propriety of the DSS action. They fear that, unlike the EFCC and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which have the wherewithal to investigate bank transactions and fraud, the DSS may not be threading on a familiar turf.

The source said: “The banks daily, and statutorily, report transactions and fraud alerts to both the EFCC and the CBN. If there is any suspicion over such transactions, the DSS can crosscheck and verify with both the EFCC and the CBN. It is rather shocking that the investigation of transactions by companies of the sons of the Jigawa State governor would warrant such mindless and elaborate disruption of banking operations in 13 banks, which is what this arrest and continued detention of these critical bank official amount.”

Another source close to a bank CEO said the manner of arrest was an issue also. According to him, the idea of literally kidnapping these bankers and traumatising their families is particularly unfair.

“Even though none of the officials was said to have resisted arrest or refused to co-operate with the security operative, the security personnel still hounded them down like common criminals. Some were aroused from sleep, with machine guns pointed at them and their family members,” the source stated.

He particularly pointed to a case in Lagos, where the child of the affected officer was rudely awoken from sleep by scores of gun-wielding operatives, who were turning their home upside-down, allegedly searching for documents.

According to him, another of the bankers arrested in Lagos was eventually moved to Abuja in a military aircraft.

He said the bank chiefs, who are seriously considering the option of closing shop and going on strike may make true their threat anytime between today and Wednesday, to secure depositors’ funds, which, he said, have been exposed to grave danger, by the arrests.

When contacted on the development last night, a highly placed officer of the DSS said the service was unmoved by the threat of the strike,

“I dare them to try it. Nigeria will not collapse. We might be forced to go public with information we have on what they are doing, both the governors and the bank chiefs. If you tell Nigerians the whole truth the citizens of some of these states would want to stone their governors. It’s not only the Jigawa case. Many governors are also into it. Also, it is not about, nor is it restricted to G7 governors. It cuts across.”

On the propriety of the DSS investigating and arresting bankers, the officials directed the CEOs to the statues setting up the service.

“Our brief covers what we are doing. We are empowered to investigate both security and financial crimes that could have security implications,” he insisted.

He further asked: “How can somebody steal as much as N75billion that has the capacity to upturn the entire economy and you say you can’t investigate?”

He said that era of people using strike and all manner of threat to blackmail security officials from uncovering their dubious ways have passed. “Let them go on strike and we would get our bosses to address a press conference to go public with what we have uncovered,” he fired back.

Daily Sun gathered that the law actually empowers DSS to probe financial crime. Instrument 1 of May 1999 empowers the service to carry out the prevention, detection and investigation of: a) Threat of espionage; b) threat of subversion; c) threat of sabotage; d) economic crimes of national security dimension; e) terrorist activities; f) separatist and inter-group conflicts; g) threat to law and order.

All efforts to get the CBN to comment on the development proved abortive, as calls to the line of the apex bank’s governor kept saying it was switched off.

Similarly, he was yet to reply an SMS to that effect as at press time last night.

ASUU Strike: Union To Decide During Friday NEC Meeting

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may to hold its postponed National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday to decide whether or not to call off the strike it began since July 1st.

This was made known by an official on condition of anonymity

The source was however uncertain if the NEC meeting will still be held at the Bayero University, Kano where it was initially proposed to hold.

The leadership of the Union postponed the scheduled Kano NEC meeting following the demise of one its key members, Festus Iyayi, a former President, who died last Tuesday in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Kano for the postponed NEC meeting.

The source debunked speculations in the social media that ASUU has called off its NEC indefinitely, explaining that the union only postponed the NEC meeting as a mark of honour and respect for the late Iyayi.

The source also confirmed that ASUU officials hat were supposed to participate in the NEC meeting last week Wednesday had converged at the Bayero University, Kano, before news of Iyayi’s death filtered in and disrupted the agenda for the meeting.

The Union has been on strike since July 1 over the 2009 agreement it reached with the Federal Government.

ASUU has said it will deliberate on Federal government’s offer and take a position after its forthcoming NEC.

CAR SCANDAL: Panel Submit Result, Recommend 3-year Jail Term For Oduah

CAR SCANDAL: Panel Submit Result, Recommend 3-year Jail Term For Oduah
The House Committeeon Aviation which investigated the purchase of two armoured BMW cars for the aviation minister, Stella Oduah at the rate of N255m has submitted its report.

Oduah should face the consequence of spending public money on unbudgeted expenditure such as the purchase of the cars: a three-year jail term and a fine of N100, 000. These are part of recommendations of the report of the House Committee on Aviation.

The report reads:

“That the contract for the purchase of the cars was not listed in the budget by NCAA, the agency compelled by the minister to make the purchase, and was not listed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

“That spending public funds on unbudgeted projects attracts three years in jail and a fine of N100, 000 as stipulated by the ICPC Act.”

“The minister’s poor supervisory role led NCAA into unilaterally appropriating funds against next year’s budget. The above is an indirect contempt of parliament, even so that the president and commander-in-chief has not submitted to the National Assembly the 2014 Appropriation Bill.”

“The minister has not addressed why the NCAA paid a price tag that auto dealers in the US and UK described as ‘a rip-off’. It is a fact that each of the BMW cars should cost no more than $167,000 which is approximately N36 million.

“Aviation minister approved NCAA’s request to procure 55 operational vehicles valued at N564.665 million; there is no evidence to show that the Hon. Minister presented NCAA’s request to FEC for its approval. Further, the attempt to procure now and pay later is against the extant laws of the federation.”

They therefore recommended that “the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should review the continued engagement of the Hon. Minister for Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, having contravened the 2013 appropriation and approved revised thresholds by exceeding her approval limit of N100m with the purchase of 54 vehicles valued at N643m”.

On the finding of the panel that the cars allegedly purchased were different from the ones they inspected, the legislators recommended that the “Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other relevant anti-corruption agencies further investigate the discrepancies and the chassis number DW68032 of the vehicles on the one reported to be delivered and the one inspected by the committee, and, if found wanting, prosecute all persons/institutions involved in the transaction”.

The report also asks the company from which the cars were purchased, Coscharis Nigeria Limited, to pay the value of the waiver for the two BMW armoured cars, having been found to have lied about the federal government giving it waiver on the cars.

It states: “Coscharis Nigeria Limited should be investigated on the issue of waiver, source and exact cost of the two (2) BMW vehicles supplied to NCAA. It should be made to pay the waiver value into the treasury account.

“Coscharis Motors Limited claimed that the Federal Ministry of Financegranted it import duty, VAT, ETLS, CISS and port charges waiver to import two (2) bulletproof BMW armoured cars. This claim is false.”

The lawmakers also found that there were: “No copies of advertisements or solicitations for bids published in at least 2 national newspapers and the website of NCAA as well as any procurement journal. No copies of bids submissions registers and duplicate copies of receipts issued to bidders on submission bids. No minutes of public bidding for technical and financial proposals, including list of CSOs and professional observers. No copies of bids evaluation by the sub-technical committees of the Tenders Board, and copies of minutes of meetings of the Tenders Board approving the winning bidder.”

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Is Wizkid Relationship with Tania Over?

it seems like the relationship is in a lot of trouble now. 

Breaking News: 50 killed in Russia plane Crash

A Boeing 737 belonging to domestic Russian airline, Tatarstan Airlines, has crashed while attempting to land at an airport in western Tatarstan, killing all 50 people on board, Russia’s emergency situations ministry said.

“According to preliminary information, all the people on board the flight, 44 passengers and six crew members, were killed,” a ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

“There were no children among the passengers,” she added.

The local branch of the ministry said in an earlier statement that 44 people had died when the jet, arriving from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, crashed on landing in the Volga city of Kazan at 7:25 pm local time.

The Tatarstan Airlines plane “hit the runway and burst into flames”, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Local news agencies reported the plane had tried to land three times before crashing.

There were no immediate indications of what may have caused the crash. Weather in the city soon after the crash was reported to be light precipitation and winds of about 8 metres per second.

Air safety in Russia is a major issue for the authorities following a severe deterioration in the quality of domestic services after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Officials blame most problems on pilot inexperience as well as poor maintenance by the small and poorly-regulated airlines that have sprouted up across Russia in the past two decades.

Kazan is the capital city of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, it is about 720 kilometres east of Moscow.
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