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=> Lassa Fever Kills Doctor, Nurse & Pregnant Woman In Kaduna-Dailypost
The confidence to invest and make profit in Nigeria has dropped drastically over the last year, with investors withdrawing more than N2.2 trillion from the economy in 2015. According to statistics from Nigeria’s Data Bureau (NBS), as quoted by Quartz Africa, investor confidence in Nigeria rose significantly between 2010 and 2013, only to take a little dive in 2014, and a drastic drop in 2015. When Goodluck Jonathan was announced acting president of the country in 2010, following the illness and subsequent death of Umaru Yar’Adua, investing interest in Nigeria rose by N1.17 trillion. In Jonathan’s second year, and after a “successful” presidential election, investing interest rose by N396 billion to an approximate N1.6 trillion. By 2013, investing interest in Nigeria had risen by N2.65 trillion to N4.22 trillion. In 2014, towards the build-up of the 2015 general elections, which predicted endless doom for Nigeria, some investors withdrew their monies from the Nigerian economy, leading to a drop from N4.22 trillion to N4.1 trillion. In 2015, however, there was a drastic withdrawal of investing interest in Nigeria, and according to NBS, investing interest declined by N2.2 trillion in 2015.
Some investors blamed it on the uncertainties that surrounded the 2015 elections, while many others blamed it on the lack of policy direction in the first five months of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Data from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) show that investors were voting their monies out of the economy prior to the election, but immediately after the relatively free and fair poll, they brought the monies back.
=> “I’m 17, I’m Here To Be A Muslim, I Don’t Want To Go Back” – ‘Abducted’ Ese – PremiumTimes
A teenager, who was allegedly kidnapped from Bayelsa State to Kano, Ese Oruru, said on Monday she was not interested in reuniting with her family, denying reports that she was abducted from her home in Bayelsa State.
In an exclusive audio recording obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the girl also said she eloped with her lover to Kano in order to convert to Islam.
“My name is Aisha Chuwas. I am 17-year-old. I came here to be a Muslim and I will stay here,” she said in the audio.
The recording appeared a conversation between Miss Oruru and a police interrogator in Kano.
A human rights lawyer, Huwaila Mohammed, who was given access to the girl at the Zonal Police Headquarters in Kano, said upon interrogation, she understood the girl was never forced to convert to Islam.
“I was there to protect her rights,” Ms. Mohammed said. “When I approached her initially, she refused to talk to me. Later she opened up to me.
“She is very defiant. She told me she was born in February 1999. I personally wanted her to reunite with her family, but surprisingly she asked me to tell her mother that she will never return to Bayelsa.
“The police should ensure that she is protected and returned to her family. She is still not matured enough to take such a weighty decision without parental consent.”
Ms. Mohammed, who also spoke with Miss Oruru’s lover, Yunusa Yellow, said upon interrogation, she established that he is 18-year-old man “not anywhere above 20”.
“I was surprised when I saw a very small boy. He is just 18-year old. I was enraged thinking that it was an old man involved in the saga. From the way I see it, they eloped not because of religion but love,” she said.
In his reaction, the emir of Kano denied reports that he was holding Miss Oruru.
The emir said on Monday that since September last year, the emirate council handed her over to AIG Zone 1, Tambari Yabo, for onward transportation to her family in Bayelsa.
He said the district head of Kura brought the case to the palace when Mr. Yunusa presented Ms. Oruru to the district office, seeking approval to marry her.
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=> Abducted Bayelsa Girl, Ese, Finally Released-TheNation
Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old girl abducted by one Yinusa, aka Yellow from Bayelsa to Kano has been reportedly released and is now in custody of the Inspector General of Police.
Tosan Blessing, a lecturer in Bayero University, Kano in a facebook post confirmed her release.
” I can confirm that Ese Oruru the girl abducted in a kamikaze pattern from Bayelsa State by a randy Yinusa is in the custody of the Inspector General of Police. I saw her at the Central Police Station about 30 mins ago where she was being prepared for medical procedure and ancillary services. I spoke with her for about 16 minutes, She looks opinionated and seriously brehwared. but well oriented and wanting to leave Kano.
“She had said it was all the works of the Devil. She said she was converted to Islam and giving the name Aisha. I told her she is now being reconverted and her name of Ese is restored. She cant speak Ijo but smarts Urhobo . I gave her some cold drinks and Zebadinne fresh yoghurt to cool the ehware tract and went back to my academic Duties. My names are Tosan Blessing Merhiakpome Harriman and that’s the way I see it.”
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=>“Buhari Never Promised N5,000 Jobseeker’s Allowance” – Presidency–Punch
The Presidency on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari never promised to pay unemployed graduates N5,000 monthly.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said this in an interview with State House correspondents.
Akande, whose boss, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo supervises the economy, spoke while reacting to statement credited to Buhari in which the President ruled out the possibility of his government paying N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed youths in the country as promised by his party, the All Progressives Congress, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
He said the provision the government made in the 2016 Budget currently before the National Assembly is to pay N5,000 monthly to one million extremely poor Nigerians, and not the unemployed graduates.
He said the promise to the poor still stands.
He explained that a provision for half a trillion naira had been made in the budget for social investment, which he said included the payment for the extremely poor.
Akande said, “The budget for 2016 which has been submitted to the National Assembly has made an allocation of half a trillion naira, the first time in the history of this country’s budget where you have that huge chunk of money allocated for social investment.
“In that N500bn which is half a trillion naira, close to about 20 per cent of the entire budget, there are six social safety net programmes.
“One of them is the Conditional Cash Transfer where government is going to pay N5,000 monthly to the vulnerable and extremely poor Nigerians. That promise stands.
“The President never promised to pay unemployed graduates N5,000; the President never made that promise and the government never made that claim that it will pay N5,000 to unemployed graduates.
=>Photo: 3 Night Guards Kidnap & Gang-Rape Virgin Teenager Till Day Break In Lagos–PMnews
A 16-year-old girl has been hospitalized after three night guards abducted and gang-raped her till day break.
The victim lost her virginity in the process and was taken to a General Hospital where she is receiving treatment for the injuries she sustained in her private part.
The incident happened on 20 February, 2016 at Tedi town in Ojo on the outskirts of Lagos State, western Nigeria, where the victim lives with her parents and where the suspects were employed as night guards.
Following the dastardly act, the police in Ojo division arrested two out of the three suspects and charged them before Ojo Magistrates’ Court with conspiracy and unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim.
The two arrested suspects are Ugo Onuora and Bright Anaenyewu, while the third suspect is now on the run.
The victim’s ordeal started when she took a ride on a commercial motorcycle popularly known as Okada while returning to her parents’ home at about 9 p.m.
The suspects who had resumed work on that day flagged down the motorcycle rider, discharged the rider and ordered the victim to follow them to where they used as their office.
They forced her to pull off her clothes and warned her not to scream otherwise they would kill her.
The victim obeyed out of fear and they raped her in turns till early morning when they allowed her to go.
When the victim returned to her house, her parents and their neighbours who were already searching for her asked her what happened and she narrated her odeal with blood still streaming from her private part.
The matter was reported to the police who took her to a hospital and went after the suspects.
Onuora and Anaenyewu were eventually arrested and taken to court on Monday.
When they were arraigned, they pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mr A. A. Paul granted the suspects bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The court also ordered that the sureties must pay N100,000 into Chief Registrar’s account pending the determination of the case and evidence of tax payment.
The suspects were remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when they will perfect their bail.
The matter was adjourned till 26 April, 2016.
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=> “I Served Rev. King Stark-Unclad,With No Pant Or Bra For 7 Years” – Former Maid-Dawntodustknews
Miss Susan Chizoba, a former maid to the General Overseer of Christ Praying Assembly (CPA),Rev. Emeka King, was one of those who testified against him before an Ikeja High Court in 2006. At the time, Rev. King was on trial for the murder of one of his members, Miss Ann Uzor and attempting to murder five others by pouring petrol on them and setting them ablaze. Testifying at the trial in October 2006, Miss Chizoba informed the court that she was taken to the church in 2000 by her parents believing it to be a Christian home but that her parents stopped coming to the church six months later while she lived with Rev. King for seven years.
In her words, Miss Chizoba, testifying at the court said: “When I came to live with the accused (Rev. King), he told me that I would be his permanent maid and that I would agree not to marry. He said anytime I wanted to serve him I must be stark Unclad which I did. No pant, no bra, I would be completely Unclad before him and I did this not once, not twice, but for several years. He also ordered me not to tell any member of my family where I was living. He gave me a ring which I always put on to indicate that I am his permanent maid and all this he made me to put into writing. I am a member of the Lord’s army and we bully people, putting fear into them and molesting them.
“The accused(Rev. King) is a very violent person, he would beat us mercilessly and as a result we always have wounds on our bodies. He called himself god, the owner of the universe and could do anything. We know this is not so but out of fear we could not challenge him. On the 22nd July 2006 the day of the fire incident, a sister named Kelechi came to call me from the Boys Quarter of the accused’s house where we were staying that the accused wanted to see me.
“When I got to him he did not even allow me to kneel down as we usually did when talking to him before he started beating me with stick, rod and anything he could find. I started crying, shouting and begging him not to kill me. It was then I noticed others who were there; Cosy, Chiejile, Jessica, Ann, Vivian and Kelechi. He accused me that I lied to him that Chiejile did not sleep with me whereas Chiejile had confessed to him that he slept with me. But Chiejile never did he only said that so that the accused will not kill him.
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=> No Going Back On Treasury Single Account – FG Insists-TheNation
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), other government agencies and parastatals hoping to get exemption from Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA), have been advised to partner with government for the success of the policy.
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, said the introduction of TSA will bring a lot of benefits to Nigerians, adding that those against the policy are simply being narrow-minded.
Mrs Winifred who spoke yesterday in Lagos during an official visit to the Administrative Staff College of Nigerian (ASCON), Topo, Badagry expressed worries that some unscrupulous Nigerians might want to circumvent TSA implementation.
She said: “TSA is a global best practice for the control of government resources. All the hue and cry of being exempted from TSA is purely being done from a narrow point of view. TSA, when it is fully rolled out, is for the benefit of everybody because it is for the central control of government resources.
“Already, we know that there has been so many leakages; every agency and organisation was just allowed to operate by itself, but so far as government agency is drawing from the central pool, there should be a control.
“I believe that all agencies, and universities should come to terms that TSA has come to stay and they should put in their best in ensuring its success. I do not see anything wrong with TSA, I’m only worried about how we Nigerians always want to apply things in our usual ways; trying to run away from control, accountability and discipline.”
She said just as the new word ‘budget padding’ entered the nation’s political lexicon, she was equally shocked to learn what she also called ‘a strange development’.
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=> Power Supply Drops To 2,665MW Due To Explosions And Gas Constraint-ThisDay
Inadequate supply of gas to the power station and explosions at transmission lines in the Lagos area and Jebba have resulted in a drop in electricity generation to 2,665MW, THISDAY has learnt.
THISDAY gathered that with this development, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has directed the 11 distribution companies (Discos) nationwide “not to pick loads to avoid a system collapse”.
Data obtained from a source at TCN on the “Daily Load Analysis and Day Ahead Consumption” for yesterday showed that between 1 am and 6 am on Saturday, generation fell to 2,500MW.
However, between 6 am and 11.59 pm, the hourly dispatch to the Discos rose to 2,721.20MW, thus averaging 2,665.90MW for the whole day.
The chief executive of one of the Discos, who did not want to be named, told THISDAY yesterday that with the abysmally low level of generation, TCN directed the Discos not to pick loads to forestall a system collapse.
“When generation is very low like this, TCN tries to stabilise it and the only way to stabilise it is to balance the load. Right now, we can’t pick any load, otherwise there will be a system collapse,” he said.
TCN had at the beginning of this month announced for the first time that the country generated about 5,074.7MW of electricity.
The attainment of the new record peak generation as well as the highest maximum daily energy of 109,372 megawatts hour (MWH) was recorded on February 2, 2016.
Before this, the previous peak generation was put at 4,883.9MW attained on November 23, 2015, and the previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled out nationwide was 107,142.32MWH recorded on January 26, 2016.
It was however gathered that supply, which later averaged above 4,600MW, has deteriorated in recent weeks due to transmission and gas supply issues.
At the recent second sectoral meeting held in Lagos between the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and all the operators in the power and gas sectors, TCN had identified 51 transmission issues for resolution in areas like Alaoji, Sokoto, Ahoada, Damaturu, Gbarain, Calabar, Afikpo, Nsukka, Okigwe, Ihiala, Ayede, Ikeja, Ajah, Lekki, Kebbi, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Makurdi, Kainji, Kafanchan, Otukpo, Hadejia, Wudil, Kumbotso, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Daura, Abuja and Maiduguri.
A source at the National Control Centre (NCC) in Osogbo, Osun State, who spoke to THISDAY yesterday on the condition of anonymity, blamed the poor supply situation on inadequate gas supply to the generation companies and explosions that occurred on the transmission lines in the Lagos and Jebba areas.
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=>Kanu: Biafra agitators seek Pope Francis intervention
Made 5,500 calls to the Pontiff, as 35,000 receive prayers We never met any American group—Ohanaeze youths I didn’t declare support for Biafra—S-East chairman of monarchs By Anayo Okoli, Ugochukwu Alaribe & Chimaobi Nwaiwu ROME—Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis greeted a group of activists from the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, group, who are campaigning for secession from Nigeria, after they gathered at the Vatican on Sunday. During his weekly Angelus address where the Pope addresses crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis extended a word of welcome to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The Pope’s statement was greeted with cheers and celebration by the Biafran group, who were waving flags during the address. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at St Peter’s Square Rome, during their visit to Pope Francis at theVatican. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at St Peter’s Square Rome, during their visit to Pope Francis at theVatican. In a release yesterday in Nigeria, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, said it took its agitation for the release of its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu to Pope Francis at Vatican City for him to see the level of killing and injustice meted to them by the present All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Nnewi, IPOB Media and Publicity Officer, Mr. Emma Powerful said IPOB has made 5,500 calls to Pope Francis who accepted and gave his word to pray for the agitators and talk about Biafra and its restoration. “The IPOB bombarded Pope Francis with 5,500 calls and the Pope answered the calls and gave his word to make sure he talks about Biafra and its restoration and yesterday, about 35,000 Biafra agitators in Europe, Asia and America visited the Pope at Vatican City and the Pope and other Catholic leaders addressed them as Biafrans and prayed for them.That was the first time a world leader at that level addressed us and called us by the name Biafrans and prayed for us,” he said.
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=> 2face Idibia’s First Son Is Working On His Music Talent (See How Grown He Is Now)
Nino will be the opening act at his mum, Adesunmbo Adeoye, Inspiring Change Convention, on March 5th.
=>Yemi Alade – ”I Use Calabash As Bra Because I Am An African Woman”
Yemi Alade is known for her Afrocentric style, mainly promoting her fashion style by wearing Ankara prints/African prints ensemble in her music videos and both on and off stage.
In a recent chat with Silverbird TV E-weekly interview, Yemi stated that she does not dress because she is trying to be super sexy.
Of her unique fashion style, she said:
“If you have followed my music, you will see the way I dress, I like being very comfortable and real with my fans. Not that I am trying to be sexy or expose myself, I just dress for myself and pres¬ent myself to my fans the way I am. In reality, the original African woman is almost half-Unclad when she wants to dance.
Remember in the past, when the women come out to dance; they are almost half-Unclad, what am I even say¬ing? Till today, in South Africa, there is this festival they do, where women come out without tops, not even a bra.
The King does not allow the use of bra at all. I am an African woman, that is why when you see me in some videos I use calabash as bra and other times I wear very short things, not because I am trying to be super sexy, I am only presenting myself the way I am to my fans,”