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Reports have emerged that the decision of the Supreme Court to sack Senators Stella Oduah and Andy Ubah representing Anambra central and Anambra south respectively was based on an appeal by a faction of the PDP in Anambra State led by Ejike Oguebego, Premium Times reports. The two senators who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were earlier declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the senatorial election last year but the Supreme Court annulled their election in a ruling delivered on Friday, January 29.
The court ordered that Chris Ubah from Anambra South and Annie Okonkwo from Anambra Central should replace the ousted senators. Uche Ekwunife, the third senator from the state also from the PDP had earlier been removed by the court of appeal. PDP members of House of Representatives from Anambra state were also sacked. READ FULL NEWS….
=>10 Killed In Bauchi Suicide Attack -TheNation
At least people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up on Friday at a busy market in a town in Bauchi where the Boko Haram group is waging an insurgency, residents and a Red Cross official told Reuters. Boko Haram has been waging an almost seven-year campaign in Nigeria’s remote north to build an Islamic state. Thousands have been killed and more than two million people displaced by the campaign. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has been using suicide bombers since the army, helped by neighbours Chad and Cameroon, expelled the group from territory it had captured previously READ FULL NEWS
=> Mystery: You need to see the baby this woman delivered after being pregnant for 4years (photo)-TheNation
A 33-year-old woman identified as Oluwabunmi Ogidan was delivered of a baby on Wednesday, January 27 after reportedly being pregnant for four years. The town of Ikugbomire in Obafemi Owode local government area, Ogun state became a sort of Mecca as people trooped to Alayo Vantage Hospital from far and near for a glimpse of the miracle baby, The Nation reports. She had gotten married to her husband, Bankole Ogidan on August 27, 2011 and in 2013, there were signs that she was pregnant. Narrating what happened, her husband said: “We went for pregnancy test and it was confirmed positive. A few days after, my wife complained that she was feeling pains in her womb. We went to a midwife who told us that the pain was not a problem; that the pregnancy was intact. I was not satisfied, so I took her to another hospital (name withheld) where we did a scan but the doctor said he didn’t see any pregnancy. The doctor said there had been a miscarriage. I asked him that shouldn’t there be an outflow of blood if she had a miscarriage? The doctor said yes. I told him that we had not witnessed anything like that and he was shocked.” READ FULL NEWS
» EFCC Traces N4.8bn To Obanikoro’s Children Accounts- Dailypost
Messr Babajide and Gbolahan Obanikoro, two sons of former Minister of state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, may soon be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This indication follows a disclosure that N4,745,000,000.00 was traced to a company the duo have interest in, Sylvan McNamara Limited. According to Vanguard, the money was allegedly paid in several tranches into the company’s account number: 0026223714 with Diamond bank from the Office of the National Security Adviser account with the CBN. READ FULL NEWS
=>Four confirmed dead as boat capsises in Lagos -Punch
Four people have died after a commercial boat taking them to Lekki area of Lagos capsised in the Badore. The boat was on the way to Lekki from Ijede in Ikorodu when it capsised. The Spokesperson, South-West Zone, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said it had been initially thought that six people had died in the accident, but two of them survived.
That brings the survivors to 13 as 11 the passengers were rescued earlier. It, however, remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the boat. Five people had died in September 2015 when a boat carrying 20 people capsised in the Bayeku-Igbogbo area of Ikorodu. SOURCE
=> President Buhari must probe our VC, OAU students lament – Punch
Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari with the responsibility of probing their Vice Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole. This message was passed to the president through Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of Information and Culture, during a recent visit to the institution to deliver a lecture titled ‘Nexus between corruption and underdevelopment of Nigeria’. The Punch reports that the students in their hundreds, also told the minister that they were tired of the indecent hostels which they have been sleeping in for years, asking the federal government to do something about it. READ FULL NEWS
=>First photos of Tunde Demuren at his traditional wedding to Toolz today- Linda Ikeji
Tunde Demuren and his friends all dressed up at his Traditional wedding today. We await photos of the Bride – Tolu Oniru.
=> N60bn health fund missing – NMA faults 2016 budget – DailyTrust
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed shock that N60 billion, equivalent of 1% of consolidated revenue guaranteed by the National Health Act to fund basic health is missing from the 2016 budget, Daily Trust reports. In a statement a Friday, January 29, president of the NMA, Dr Kayode Obembe said President Muhammadu Buhari’s N6.08 trillion budget only provides N1, 448 per capita health spending, lower than the N1, 546 per capita spending in 2015, compared with a recommendation of N6, 908 by the World Health Organisation. Obembe stated that it was a sharp departure from the prescribed 15% of the national budget for health made in 2001 in a meeting of African Heads of States and Government which Nigeria hosted in Abuja. He noted that the 3.65% allocation for health in the 2016 budget would “never encourage the advancement of universal health coverage which is the only panacea towards improving availability, access, quality and efficiency of the health services to reduce the disparaging health indices which continue to malign the image of our country in the comity of nations.” READ FULL NEWS….
=> Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as mad people – DHQ-Naij.com
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorists are now using a new tactic in launching successful suicide bombings in the country. According to a statement made by Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, the DHQ spokesperson, on Saturday, January 30, the militants have now switched to disguising as mad people to infiltrate locations. “It has come to the notice of the Defence Headquarters that Boko Haram, in their desperation to cause colossal havoc, have now devised a new method where they dress like mad persons to gain unsuspecting access to public areas to detonate bombs. “The two male suicide bombers, dressed like mad women and carried out suicide bomb attack in Gombi, Adamawa State, is instructive in this direction. Five people lost their lives and several others were wounded in the heinous attack by these ungodly people. READ FULL NEWS….
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=> I Respect Obasanjo But He Introduced Bribery To The National Assembly Says Dino Melaye-Thecable
Anambra Senator and Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, has debunked reports that the Supreme Court has nullified her election into the Senate. There had been reports earlier on Friday that the Supreme Court had sacked two Senators from Anambra State, Stella Oduah and Andy Uba, nearly two months after a third Senator from the state, Uche Ekwunife, was sacked. This was following the Supreme Court ruling which re-affirmed the chairmanship of Ejike Oguebego as the authentic State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State. The Supreme Court also declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emekayi-faction illegal. But in an interview with Channels Television to clarify the implication of the judgement on her election into the Senate, Oduah said, “In all its entirety, it is false.. READ FULL NEWS….
=>EFCC Closes In On Ex-Nigerian Defense Minister Obanikoro & Two Sons Over N4.8B -Saharareporters
SaharaReporters has exclusively learned that two sons of Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, are currently on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a massive amount of monies transferred to their accounts from funds budgeted for the procurement of weapons and other equipment for the country’s military. Two sources at the anti-graft agency told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that the EFCC had traced N4.745 billion to the bank account of Sylvan McNamara Limited, a company in which the former minister’s two sons, Ibrahim Babajide and Gbolahan Olatunde Obanikoro, have major interest. Our sources disclosed that the funds were paid in several tranches into the company’s account number 0026223714 with Diamond Bank. The sources added that the funds were paid from an account maintained by the Office of the National Security Adviser at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). READ FULL NEWS
=> Biafrans across Europe storm EU parliament (photos/video)- Naij.com
Members of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) across Europe, on Thursday, January 28 stormed Brussels, the capital of Belgium (the headquarters of the European Union parliament) venue for the European Union summit to protest the illegal detention of their leader and director of radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The Biafra Times reports that the members came from Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Ukraine, Ireland, England, Sweden, Kosovo, Switzerland, Finland, Greece, Hungary and other countries in Europe. The IPOB in Europe assembled in Brussels, Belgium in-front of the European Union headquarters where President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the parliament.
» Lai Mohammed says N273.9bn looted from pension funds – Punch Nigeria’s federal government has yet again revealed that government officials looted N273.9bn from pension funds between 2005 and 2011. Revealing this, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who spoke while delivering his note as the guest lecture of the faculty of arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, on Friday also listed other corruption cases in the country. N1.9bn Special Intervention Ebola Fund Scandal; the Police Equipment Funds scandal in which about N774m was diverted; the Dasukigate that has so far revealed that 21 individuals benefitted from the scam to a tune of 54bn; the pension scam, in which top government officials in charge of pension funds in the country looted about N273.9bn from 2005 to 2011 and the fuel subsidy scam, in which Nigeria spent N2.587trn on fuel subsidy in 2011, 900 per cent more than the N245bn that was appropriated for that purpose. READ FULL NEWS
=> PDP has since overcome defeat trauma – Metuh Speaks After Release -Naij.com
The national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh says the party has since overcome the initial trauma that accompanied the electoral setback of the 2015 general elections, and is now poised to regain power at the center in 2019. The PDP spokesman’s view was contained in his opening remark at a meeting of the party’s publicity directorate with some visiting parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, led by Rt. Hon. Mark Field, member of Parliament and Chairman of International Office of the Conservative Party, and Colin Bloom, director of outreach-BCP in Abuja on Friday. READ FULL NEWS….
=>Arms scam: EFCC operative arrested for collecting N45m bribe -TheNation The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one of its operatives, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, who is a Deputy Detective Superintendent for allegedly collecting $150,000 (about N45 million) from some military officers currently under investigation for their involvement in the arms procurement scam. He promised to give the unnamed seven military officers soft landing to escape probe in the $2.1billion arms scandal. A statement issued by the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said documents relating to the ongoing arms scandal investigation were recovered from the suspect. The statement said: “An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, a Deputy Detective Superintendent, (DDS) has been arrested for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and impersonation. READ FULL NEWS
=>JAMB closes forms’ sale on Friday, approves more CBT centres – Vanguard
The embattled National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has regained his freedom. Metuh is facing trial over alleged N400 million fraud. Metuh, was arrested by four operatives of the anti-graft agency from his Abuja home on January 5. Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Limited, were charged before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court over alleged N400 million fraud. The charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2016, was signed by the Assistant Director, Legal & Prosecution Department of the EFCC, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir. READ FULL NEWS….
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the traditional ruler of the Olomoro community, HRM Josiah Umukoro Agbaza 11, on Friday in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. This abduction comes less than two weeks after the death of the traditional ruler Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Delta state, Obi Akaeze Ofulue III, whose decomposed body was found after being kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen. At the time of publication many details of monarch’s abduction are unknown. Sources confirmed the story to SaharaReporters saying that the traditional ruler was kidnapped from Olomoro’s office at about 8:00am on Friday. Meanwhile, the Delta State House representative from Isoko South Constituency II, Mr. Johnson Erijo, condemned this abduction in strong terms. READ FULL NEWS….
=>Biafra: Dutch Lawyers File Complaint Against Buhari At The Hague – Reuters
The pro-Biafran activist group led by the imprisoned Nnamdi Kanu has filed a complaint against Muhammadu Buhari in The Hague, accusing the Nigerian president of war crimes. Thousands of people in southeast Nigeria have demonstrated in recent months, demanding independence for Biafra. Kanu, the leader of one of the most prominent activist groups—the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)—was arrested by Nigerian security forces in October 2015 on charges of ethnic incitement and sedition. He remains in detention and was refused bail by a federal high court in the capital Abuja on Friday. Goran Sluiter, a lawyer at Dutch human rights legal firm Prakken d’Oliveira, filed the complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Friday. Sluiter tells Newsweek that there has been “an intensification of violence and crimes committed against Biafrans since Mr Buhari became the Nigerian president.”READ FULL NEWS….
=> Pastor with stolen car says it’s God’s blessng – Punch
A pastor, Titus Onwuchekwa who was arrested by the police for being in possession of a stolen car claimed he thought God had brought him a blessing. The Punch reports that he 32 year old pastor who came from Umuahia, Abia state was paraded alongside Felix Osas who sold the vehicle to the pastor and an accomplice, Ndibe Samuel.
Titus Onwuchekwa Image/The Punch
The notorious car thieves reportedly sold a Mitsubishi Pajero worth about N2 million to the pastor for a mere N350,000 and the unsuspecting latter claimed he thought the give-away price was a blessing from God. Onwuchekwa said he had come to Lagos to attend a Christian programme when he sighted the 2005 Mitsubishi Pajero in Alaba area of Ojo, Lagos and he dialled the number of the seller pasted on the car. READ FULL NEWS
=> Bird flu in 18 states, affects 2.5 million chickens – Punch
Avian Influenza, popularly referred to as bird flu, is now in 18 states in Nigeria and has affected over 2.5 million chickens resulting in the loss of several billions of naira, the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science has said.
Avian Influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds. While most Avian Influenza viruses do not infect humans, a few others like A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.
NIAS, which is the regulatory agency of the Federal Government for the regulation of all matters pertaining to animal husbandry in Nigeria, on Friday, stated that bird flu was spreading so fast and as such, all adequate measures to stop the spread must be enforced.
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