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=>BREAKING: Chris Ngige collapses at National Assembly-DailyPost
reports suggests that Nigeria’s minister of labour and employment, Dr
Chris Nwabueze Ngige collapsed today at the National Assembly. Share on
Facebook Share on Twitter Senator Chris Ngige during the condolence
visit to his residence on Saturday, January, 2016. Photo: Emmanuel
Osodi. Senator Chris Ngige reportedly slumped at the National Assembly
today, February 18. Daily Post reports that the minister collapsed while
defending his ministry’s budget before the House of Representatives’
Committee on labour. Sources disclose that he was immediately rushed to a
hospital. Senator Ngige’s sudden collapse is a wake-up call for
Nigerian public office holders to be sure they are fit health-wise
always. It would be recalled that the General Overseer of the Latter
Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare had a similar experience in which he
was also rushed to a hospital after he reportedly collapsed, while
delivering a lecture in Lagos state.
=>Exclusive: Nigeria has over 6,000 illegal borders – NATFORCE – Naij.com
director general of the National Task Force to Combat Illegal
Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons (NATFORCE),
Emmanuel Osita Okereke has alleged the Nigerian Customs Service of
undermining its efforts to reduce the influx of illegal arms into
Nigeria. Speaking exclusively with Naij.com in Abuja on Thursday,
February 18, Okereke revealed that Nigeria has over 6,000 illegal
borders are currently being used to smuggle dangerous weapons into the
country. He stated that some NATFORCE officials recently intercepted a
truck load of arms from Ghana to Nigeria. He revealed that some Customs
officials had illegal diverted a ship loaded with arms to Calabar adding
that the said ship had come into Nigeria from Ivory Coast through the
Onne seaport in Port Harcourt. In his words: “I monitored a ship loaded
with arms from Ivory Coast to Onne seaport in Port Harcourt. When we
notified Nigeria Customs that we wanted to be part of the inspection,
they refused and immediately shut down the port. After two months, they
diverted the ship to Calabar and that was the end of the matter.”
NATFORCE DG Tells FG “Again, we monitored a trailer load of arms with a
Ghanaian registered plate number to Onitsha. We apprehended the truck
and handed it over to the police. The truck is still there at the state
police command in Awka. The problem is, Customs believe that we are
duplicating their job, which is not suppose to be so.” “Personally, my
life has been in danger. I insisted that we must fight against illegal
arms. They have paid so many people to assassinate me. They even bribed
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the declare me
wanted. Unfortunately, Ibrahim Larmode who declared me wanted embezzled
over 2.5 trillion. “The Biafra people said they want to start carrying
guns, well until we are allowed to begin full operation because right
now, we are not allowed to do what we should really do,” he added.
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=> Obasanjo says Buhari does not seek his advices-BBC
Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has
disclosed that Muhammadu Buhari didn’t invite him to discuss vital
issues. Obasanjo while speaking from Uganda on the Hausa Service of the
BBC monitored in Jos defined President Buhari as a man of his words,
stating that prior to the 2015 general poll Buhari vowed to fight
corruption and was now being witnessed fighting it. He said: “No, I am
the one looking for him but he did not give me the permission to see
him.” Former president added that the current fight against corruption
embarked upon by Buhari was on the right course, saying he is in support
of the fight. “I support the fight against corruption of the incumbent
administration. Buhari had prior to 2015 election vowed to fight
corruption and he is doing it. We are seeing how he is collecting the
stolen money from corrupt officials,” Obasanjo said. When he was further
asked on whether Buhari could save the economy of Nigeria from its
current difficulties to the improvement of Nigerians politician said:
“Yes, Buhari could do it. If he approached the economy like the way he
handled Boko Haram problem, he would help the economy of the country.”
When Obasanjo was a military ruler in the 1970s, Buhari held the key
post of minister of petroleum affairs. Relations between the two former
generals may now thaw following what seems to be an endorsement for Mr
Buhari from Mr Obasanjo in his recently released autobiography.
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=>Man strips half naked in banking hall (photos/video)
the 6-minute video posted on Facebook by one Omowunmi Micheal, the
young man claimed a sum of N150,000 vanished from his account and all
his efforts to get it back proved abortive. After a month and few days,
he resorted into pulling off his clothes in the banking hall so his
money can be given back to him. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Capture All efforts by the security men and other bank customers to get
him together proved abortive as he continued ranting loudly in Yoruba
language in the banking hall….saying before he can leave the place, his
money must be given to him. See the video as posted on Facebook below:
=>Naira Falls To N370 Per Dollar – Guardian News
The fall in the value of the naira is yet to abate as the local currency
exchanged for N370 to a dollar yesterday at the parallel market.
was observed that the fresh pressure on the naira since last week
Thursday has seen the currency fell further from N318 to N370 to a
dollar, an additional N52 margin.
While the Bankers Committee
meeting held in Abuja last week Thursday was considering the inclusion
of medical tourism and school fees payment abroad in the prohibition
list, TheCable colloquium in Lagos, had some of its participants
supporting the policy, as well as opposing devaluation.
the foreign exchange reserves have fallen to $27.81 billion from $28.95
billion in barely six weeks, representing a decline of $1.14 billion.
The Director of Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),
Alhaji Ibrahim Mu’azu, said the reserves would have decreased to about
$20 billion, but for measures adopted.
Buhari, while in London, said that his government decided to stop the
sale of foreign exchange to bureau de change operators because of
fraudulent acts perpetrated by some top officers of the CBN. According
to him, some directors of CBN own bureau de change and when foreign
exchange comes, they take it to their companies and give government the
But the Acting President of the Association of Bureau De
Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, told The
Guardian that there is high-level leakages in the system, causing the
pressure, adding that devaluation is not totally the answer.
said government should put mechanism in place to ensure that whatever
item everyone demands the dollar for, is actually imported and that
quantity declared, alleging that some importers are also involved in the
According to Mu’azu, the renewed pressure in the
market could be attributable to announcement effect and CBN is very
much aware of the market development and has been responding
accordingly, raising hope that as much as foreign exchange earnings
improve, market interventions would also increase.
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=> Lady found dead in her room after Valentine-Punch
What started as a celebration on Valentine’s Day, last Friday ended
on a sour note for a 24-year old hair dresser who was found dead four
days after the celebration inside her apartment.
The young lady, identified only as Nanchim, was found dead in her
room in Nassarawa Gwong area of Jos North local government of Plateau
Our correspondent gathered that the hairdresser, who is also a
student of the University of Jos, was found dead in her room on Monday
Plateau State Police command is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the death of the woman.
Spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Emmanuel Abuh who
confirmed the incident said one person has been arrested in connection
with the incident.
“One suspect said to be a boyfriend of the deceased has been arrested and is currently in police custody,” Abuh said.
The deceased’s aunt, who did not want her name in print, said that the boyfriend has a culture of violence.
Nanchim’s corpse has been transferred from Bingham University
Teaching Hospital to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for
autopsy, witnesses said.
=>Soldier batters bus driver for sneering at him-Punch
A soldier, simply identified by his name
tag as Emmanuel B.J., on Wednesday battered a commercial bus driver,
Mr. Moshood Olaniyi, at the Ojodu-Berger Motor Park in Lagos State for
allegedly sneering at him.
The soldier initially pounced on Olaniyi and thrashed him with horse whip before he used his fists to punch him.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Emmanuel ignored pleas by passersby and food vendors at the park.
Instead, he removed the vehicle’s key from the ignition and dragged Olaniyi down from the bus and battered him the more.
The soldier held Olaniyi’s waistband and
threatened to kill the driver boasting that nobody would query him if
he killed the driver.
When the crowd urged the soldier to state the driver’s offence, Emmanuel B.J. slapped Olaniyi again for more than 12 times.
He said, “Who does he think he is? I
will kill him and nobody will query me. I have killed many people who
are older than this idiot (Olaniyi) in the past and nobody queried me
“The idiot attempted to hit me while
reversing his vehicle and when I asked him why, he just sneered at me.
If at all he is older than me, I don’t care. I will do to him what he
will never forget for the rest of his life.”
Emmanuel dragged Olaniyi to the park of
commercial motorcycle operators, a distance of about 50 metres, before
he released him after much pleading that lasted for about 45 minutes by
eyewitnesses and other motorists.
Olaniyi was later advised to seek medical attention due to the extent of the assault.
Olaniyi, who could hardly open his mouth
to talk because of his swollen lips after the soldier released him,
denied that he sneered at the soldier.
He said he was reversing his vehicle when the soldier suddenly pounced on him.
One of the witnesses, who identified
himself simply as Festus, said the beating was too much, adding that he
did not expect that Olaniyi could still stand on his feet after the
soldier released him.
Festus said it was the beating that drew his attention from where he was fixing some mechanical faults in his vehicle.
He said, “I did not know the cause of
the disagreement between Olaniyi and the soldier, but from what I saw,
Olaniyi was sitting in his vehicle when the soldier started beating him.
I didn’t know whether Olaniyi sneered at the soldier or not.”
A bread seller at the motor park, who
preferred to be addressed as Ajoke, said she witnessed the assault from
the beginning to the end.
Ajoke said she joined other passersby to
beg the soldier to let Olaniyi go when it appeared that he was not
ready to stop the beating.
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=>IGP warns Biafra agitators, IPOB against use of firearms – Nigerianeye
Following media reports credited to members of the Independent Peoples
of Biafra (IPOB), threatening to carry arms in self defence against the
Nigerian nation, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has warned
pro-Biafra agitators to reconsider their stand on bearing of arms or
face the wrath of the extant laws concerning firearms.
Arase also warned that anybody who dares security
agencies in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, and
make life difficult for law abiding citizens, will face dare
consequences of their actions. In a statement signed by the Force Public
Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the IGP further cautioned “the
IPOB members to follow appropriate avenues in ventilating their
grievances as anybody who steps out of bounds will be decisively dealt
Consequently, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and State Commands
CPs to strictly enforce the laws against the use of illegal firearms
across the length and breadth of the country. The statement reads, “The
attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a publication
credited to the Indigenous People of Biafra ‘to carry guns in self
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has sternly
warned members of the IPOB to reconsider their stand or face the wrath
of the extant laws on bearing of firearms. “Members of the group should
therefore note that it is an offence punishable under the criminal Law
of the Federation of Nigeria for a person to have in his possession or
under his control any prohibited firearms without licence or permit.
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TOP NEWS IN NIGERIA TODAY(MORNING EDITION)
=>Jonathan’s ex-aide may soon be arrested by EFCC as Stella Oduah loses in court-DailyTrust
Kingsley Kuku, the former adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan may soon be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after having his case struck out by a court today, Wednesday February 17. The co-coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme had filed a suit to stop his investigation or arrest by the EFCC, but in his judgment, the trial judge, Okon Abang noted that the anti graft agency is statutorily empowered investigate him over alleged fraud during his leadership. He also added that if Kuku refuses to honour EFCC’s invitation, the agency has the right to arrest him, noting further that the present troubles of the ex-special adviser in the administration led by Jonathan has nothing to do with his political affiliation. Kuku is presently outside of the country on medical treatment and had alleged that there was purported plan to arrest him at the airport in Lagos when he returns to the country, hence the application. Similarly, Stella Oduah, a former aviation minister has had her suit against the EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) dismissed by a federal high court in Lagos today. Abang, same justice who handled the Kuku case struck out the suit, holding that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter, thereby ordering Oduah to pay a cost of N15, 000 to the AGF. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Stella Oduah has had her case struck out by a federal high court. Stella Oduah has had her case struck out by a federal high court. Oduah, now a senator reresenting Anambra north in the senate had prayed the court to stop an alleged plan to prosecute her over the two armored BMW cars allegedly purchased for N255 million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) under her watch. Her fear stemmed from the fact that the present administration, in its war against corruption, may have concluded plans to humiliate her over the allegations, and sought an order restraining the respondents from probing her over the case of 2013. The EFCC challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos court to entertain the suit, adding that Oduah’s claims were baseless and speculative.
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=>Tompolo moves against EFCC, seeks appeal-Vanguard
Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tomopolo, a former militant leader who has refused to appear before a Federal High court to answer his charges is trying to play a fast one on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Tompolo Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo has appealed his case before the federal high court. The embattled ex-warlord on February 16 appealed to a federal high court, sitting in Lagos state, to give him a copy of the ruling of February 8, 2016 in the charge filed against him by the EFCC, to allow him appeal against same, Vanguard reports. One of the counsels to the ex-militant leader, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has reportedly been visiting the court to get the ruling, but to no avail. Adegboruwa, yesterday made an oral appeal to Justice Ibrahim Buba, conveying his frustrations in respect of the ruling. The defence counsel told the court that it was pertinent to appeal to the judge to intervene because of the limited time Tompolo has to exercise his right of appeal. Responding to the defence counsel request, Justice Bubu said the court’s ruling was only delivered on February 8, 2016, adding that he had accumulated judgments and rulings to deliver. Justice Buba told Adegboruwa, that a lawyer from his firm had been frequent in the court since February 8, 2016 over same request. The judge said the ruling was being typed, but assured Adegboruwa that it would be ready today (Tuesday) for him to pick up. The EFCC on February 11 declared Tompolo wanted after he failed to show up in court to answer his charges. The anti-graft agency recently revealed that the former militant leader was declared wanted for illegal diversion of N11.9 billion ($60 million) belonging to NIMASA.
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=> Buhari fired media DGs over inability to stop Radio Biafra – Vanguard
Vanguard reports that the directorate of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) made this disclosure on Tuesday, noting that they Nigerian media could not rival the technological superiority of the radio station. News had made the rounds on Monday of how Buhari sacked the media chiefs, as Sola Omole of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA); Ladan Salihu of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Sam Worlu of the Voice of Nigeria (VON); Mike Omeri of the National Orientation Agency (NOA); Emeka Mba of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Ima Niboro of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) all got the boot. And in his address, IPOB’s coordinator of coordinators, Clifford Iroanya informed that inspite of the huge amounts of money pumped into the development of the media firms, they could only come up with dismal performances in their responsibility of outshining Radio Biafra. He noted that the federal government-owned stations had boasted of effectively neutralizing Radio Biafra and went to town partying for their phantom success but “To their chagrin, Radio Biafra continued to broadcast to the entire humanity with more devastating and damaging evidences of structural deficiencies inherent in the British concoction called Nigeria. “Radio Biafra has been able to raise the consciousness of Biafrans as well as the International Community on the plight of Biafrans and provided incontrovertible evidence that Biafra consists of the present-day South-East, South-South (except Edo state), Igala in Kogi state, and Idoma in Benue state.” The statement also read that “the ‘divide-and-rule’ strategy fashioned against Biafrans by the British and their Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba accomplices were effectively deconstructed and destroyed by the superior evidence, logic, and research undertaken by the Editorial Board of Radio Biafra.
Spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said last night, the troops laid ambush against some elements of the Boko Haram at two of their crossing points at Komala and Musafanari general area coming from Sambisa forest. According to Col Usman, the ambush party decisively dealt with some terrorists on motorcycles in which a number of terrorists were killed and a few others flee with gunshot wounds. The troops recovered one AK45 rifle with registration number 56-2614519, in addition to a magazine containing 9 rounds of 7.62mm (Special), 6 motorcycles, 2 bags of salt and other assorted food items as well as various Improvised Explosive Making Devices (IEDs). The army public relations officer said the recovered items clearly shows that that the terrorists were out for a nefarious mission which was aborted by the timely ambushes. Consequent upon this, he informed that the army wish to implore members of the public to kindly oblige with timely information on the Boko Haram terrorists to enable the military and indeed the security operatives to deal with them decisively. Col Usman stressed that the troops in various axis of the theatre are poised for the clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in our country.