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=>Saraki Formally Replies Obasanjo, Promises To Cut Waste, Fight Corruption-Vanguard
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has formally replied a letter ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to the National Assembly on January 13, accusing the country’s federal lawmakers of corruption, greed, lawlessness and impunity. This came barely days after the Senate President took delivery of exotic cars for the Senate.
In his reply, dated January 29, Saraki responded to Obasanjo’s concern, saying the 8th National Assembly under his leadership was already taking deliberate steps to strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and ensure prudent management of resources.
“This is to ensure that we plug all leakages and minimize waste across our expenditure systems,” the Senate President said in the two-page letter.
“Likewise, the 8th National Assembly has made the issue of plugging leakages and cutting wastages in our public expenditure system a major priority that should not be toyed with. This may have happened in the past but it will not happen with us,” he said. The former president had in his letter, addressed to Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, accused the lawmakers of fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved for them. He also alleged that most of the 109 senators and 369 members of the House of Representatives were receiving constituency allowances without maintaining constituency offices as the laws required of them.
He faulted the plans by the lawmakers to acquire new exotic cars for themselves, saying “whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive.” He advised that “a pool of a few cars for each chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty.” But in his response, Saraki told the former President that the lawmakers were fully aware of the challenges the nation was facing.
=>How Soldiers Flogged And Used Boots On Protesting Women In Delta State – Vanguard
EKU— REMINISCENT of the military era, about 10 soldiers flogged and used boots on hundreds of women protesting at Ovre-Eku (Iwevbo) community yesterday, over a land which had been in dispute for years between Edo and Delta states. The women, numbering over 500, wearing black clothing, had converged at Eku community from where they marched to the disputed land carrying a coffin covered in palm fronds to express their displeasure over alleged sale of the land to an oil company.
Getting to the spot at about 10:45a.m., they were accosted by the soldiers, who ordered the women to leave the site. The women insisted on being addressed by a representative of the company. Angered by the stand of the women, a senior military officer identified to be the Unit Commander at the site, Lt. E. D. Oworobo, cocked his riffle, threatened to shoot and then ordered his men to flog the women. Two journalists, including a Vanguard correspondent, who had accompanied the protesting women, suffered the same fate.
The soldiers chased the fleeing women into adjoining bushes at the site. The aged among the women, some in their 80s, who could not run, were trampled on by the soldiers and others flogged with tree stems. Unit Commander’s reaction When the Unit Commander, Lt. E. Oworobo, was contacted by this reporter to comment on the way and manner the women were treated, he described the reporter as an “idiot and a madman.” Meanwhile, the soldiers again went berserk at about 11:30a.m., invaded parts of Ovre-Eku community, destroyed nine motorcycles and 13 bicycles, while residents of the community fled, following the arrival of the soldiers in a white Toyota Hilux
=>Lagos School Abduction: Kidnapper Demands N20m Per Student-Vanguard
By Evelyn Usman,Bose Adelaja, Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru LAGOS—There were indications on Wednesday, that the kidnappers who stormed Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, Monday night, abducting three Senior Secondary School female students have reduced the ransom to N20 million per student. As at midnight Tuesday, the kidnappers who initially demanded for N100 million for each student, succumbed to passionate pleas by their contact in the school, as Vanguard gathered that they reduced their demands to N20 million. Besides, the kidnappers have been discovered to be militants turned More details soon
=>Senate Fixes JAMB Application Fee At N2,500, Extends Validity Period To 3 Years
The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution reducing the registration fee of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to N2, 500 from N5,650 that was paid this year by students. The resolution was taken following the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the inquiry into the new admission policy of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The Senators also recommended for the extension of the validity period of the UTME to three academic year. They also resolved to amend the Act establishing JAMB to reflect the extension of the validity period which is at the moment a year. The Senate also adopted the recommendation of the Committee chaired by Senator Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North) that the change of institution, course form and other incidental activities around the exam should be free. Contributing to the debate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Central) said stressed the need for government to look into the revenue being generated by JAMB.
Also yesterday, the Senate condemned the non- payment of allowances of Nigerian students studying abroad who are beneficiaries of the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) and other scholarships of the federal government. The condemnation was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator David Umaru (APC, Niger East) and seven othersThe Senators also urged the Federal government to take immediate steps to ensure prompt payment of all outstanding allowances of students who under its scholarship scheme abroad.
The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Wednesday failed to appear before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating the crude oil swap contracts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The former minister neither appeared in person nor sent a representative to the hearing of the committee, which is chaired by an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kwara State, Mr. Zakari Mohammed.
The committee had summoned Alison-Madueke and a former Managing Director of the Pipelines Product Marketing Company, Mr. Haruna Momoh, in connection with the lifting of crude oil worth $24bn in exchange for refined petroleum products.
Two crude oil trading firms, Duke Oil and Tranfigura reportedly lifted the crude oil between 2011 and 2014 without valid contracts.
The summons were issued after three former GMDs of the NNPC – Mr. Austin Oniwon, Mr. Andrew Yakubu and Mr. Joseph Dawha – had informed the committee that Alison-Madueke “approved” the contracts without signing any valid agreements with the firms.
On Wednesday, however, the former minister failed to show up at the committee’s sitting.
Momoh too did not come.
Instead, he sent his younger brother, Mr. Suleiman Momoh, to inform the committee that he was ill and would not be able to appear before the panel on Wednesday.
Mohammed was left bewildered when he called for appearances and realised that Alison-Madueke was absent.
He said the committee would take the “appropriate steps” to address the absence of the former minister, but he did not elaborate on the nature of the steps.
=>Rivers: Patience Jonathan fingered in gruesome election killings-Naij.com
Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s immediate past First Lady, has been named alongside many others in the killings that rocked Rivers state during the 2015 general elections. This much was disclosed by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) via a petition sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Madam Amie Bensouda. According to Sahara Reporters, the group is urging the court to investigate, arrest and prosecute persons connected with the gruesome murders, grievous bodily harm and assault of indigenes of Rivers State during the election. The petition signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, showed that the Nigerian government has consistently failed to carry out its constitutional role in fishing out criminals and ensuring that they are adequately punished. READ ALSO: Hillary Clinton inspires me – Patience Jonathan The petition reads: “The wife of the former president, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was fingered in misuse of state apparatuses and abuse of power during campaigns, resulting in the wanton killings and infliction of grievous bodily harm on several citizens in Rivers State. “Journalists on professional assignment were not spared in a wanton destruction of properties, disruption of campaigns and attack on human persons. “The various criminal acts were perpetrated with the alleged support of Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the former president. The said onslaught was allegedly coordinated by AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (then Commissioner of Police of Rivers State Command) and Deputy Commissioner of Police John Amadi, now posted to Nigerian Railways Corporation, Lagos (then the Deputy Commissioner of Operations in Rivers State).” The statement also revealed that over one hundred people were brutally murdered. Some were inflicted with grievous bodily harm while others were unlawfully arrested and detained by the Nigerian Police in collusion with the perpetrators of these crimes. READ ALSO: Jonathan was an exceptional child, mother reveals The group’s list of perpetrators in the criminal acts are Chief Felix Amaechi Obuah, state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Chief Chris Onyiri, Henry Ogiri, executive director finance, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); Dr Tammy Danagogo, former minster of Sports; Senator Olaka Johnson Nwogu, representing Rivers South East, among others.
=>Senate Moves To Enforce Patronage Of Local Goods – Telltimes
THE Senate, Wednesday adopted a motion seeking the amendment of the Procurement Act to compel all government agencies and institutions to give maximum priority to patronising locally made products. Adopting a two prayer motion moved by Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South) titled “Need For Patronisation of Made-in-Nigeria Goods,” the Senate urged the Federal Government to initiate and implement the first option policy on purchase of locally manufactured goods for any government procurement in all arms of government and every public funded organisation. It also urged both the National Assembly to amend the Procurement Act to ensure that as a matter of law, agencies of government and government funded institutions adopt ‘the made-in-Nigeria’ goods first option policy and where consideration is first given to the local industry before any other. In a comment shortly after the motion had been passed, Senate President Bukola Saraki said: “I used the opportunity to commend him because I had the opportunity to attend the ‘Made-in-Aba’ exhibition which he has been doing using the zonal intervention funds and I think it was very good because as you all know there is a wrong misconception sometimes of this zonal intervention funds of the National Assembly. The perception sometimes are these monies is not used for any good course and it was very commendable to see that for years these monies has been used to support his trade fair,” he said. Earlier, Abaribe lamented that: “Today, Nigeria consumes what it does not produce. Investment in real sector has given way to trading in foreign and imported goods, stressing that the resultant impact has been a negative balance of trade, the shutting down of textiles companies, battery, tobacco, wood processing factories, cocoa and palm oil farms and other factories that had been the bane of the Nigerian economy.” According to him, government spends billions of naira yearly to purchase imported vehicles, furniture, textiles, printing paper and even consumables such as rice, drugs, vegetable oils, fruit juice, noting that in the second quarter of 2015 alone, Nigeria spent N42.4 billion in importation of wheat and meslin and spent N25.3 billion in importation of rice. Abaribe, therefore urged government to put measures in place to ensure obligatory official patronage of locally made products for all agencies of government and all officials funded by public funds, local producers and investors will have the incentive to invest quantitatively and qualitatively in the country because of the certainty of the market demand.
=> ‘Abducted’ 14-Year-Old Ese Is 5 Months Pregnant (Photo)-Vanguard
14 year old Ese Rita Oruru, the Bayelsa born girl child who was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow but rescued by the Police in Kano, has been discovered to be about 5 months pregnant, very reliable sources have told Vanguard. Freed Ese Oruru at Police Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday. Consequently, it was gathered that the white Hijab dress she wore on her arrival from Kano on Tuesday, was used to cover the pregnancy even though her physical condition and looks created a suspicion. Vanguard was told that it was the condition in which Police authorities discovered about Ese that informed the IGP, Solomon Arase’s directive that she should be handed over to the Gender and Child Protection Unit and later, a team from the Medical Department of the Force to carry out a comprehensive medical examination of the girl-child at the Police Medical Facility in Area 1, Garki. Upon certifying her medical status and emotional state, Vanguard gathered that the Inspector General of Police feeling uncomfortable with the transport arrangement of the mother that they return by road, cancelled the arrangement and directed that both Ese and her mother be flown to Yenegoa by air. Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Bayelsa State Police Command to take over investigation in the child violence offense saga because according to sources, the offense was committed in Bayelsa which is the place of residence of the abductor, Yunusa Dahiru. Consequently, Vanguard was told the Yunusa will be moved to Yenegoa to face interrogation and prosecution for kidnapping and child abuse as well as violence against a girl-child.
=>Video, Pics: Nigerian Children Below 10 Years Talk On How To Molest And Kill A Girl -Newseveryhour
These children spoke in hausa and it was translated that they were talking on how To Molest and kill a girl. GOD have mercy..I honestly don’t know what to say because it scares me children of this age could have such evil intent.
=> Nigerian Songstress Releases Video Dissing Ghanaian, Kenyan Vaginas
Los Angeles based Nigerian singer, Princess Vitarah released a video titled Nigerian Pussy where she compares the vagina of Nigerian girls to that of girls from other countries. Shot on the streets of LA by a Brian Lynch, Princess Vitarah claims Nigerian girls have vaginas that are the tightest and cream of the crop. A part of the song goes,
“Nigerian p***y is the tightest Kenya p**y is not Nigerian p***y is the softest, it’s the cream of the crop Naija p***y make a nigga wanna pay. I got it off the shelf and he bought it right away I’ll make you fall in love, you will put nothing else above And now we are rolling in the car that you bought me yesterday.”
=>Olamide Declares Love For Princess Vitarah’s Nigerian Kitty-Cat Song
Princess Vitarah’s Nigerian Kitty-Cat song is still trending. And now the upcoming singer/rapper has earned one big fan – the YBNL boss Olamide, who tweeted at her yesterday to declare his love for her music. “Thank u Aunty oni Nigeria Kitty-Cat for making me laugh ds morning,” Olamide said, adding, “I love ur music” On Twitter, Princess Vitarah revealed that she has no management and is not signed on to any label. But the tasty song has garnered over 60, 000 views since it’s release midnight February 29, more than the views most Nigerian top singers get on the first day of their music release. Now, the huge question is this: has she drawn any record label attention? On Twitter, Olamide said Princess Vitarah ‘done blow’, and it brings to mind his recent revelation that he is set to sign on the first female to his YBNL record label. “My YBNL First Lady should be combination of àśà and Dejloaf,” Olamide tweeted in January, before asking fans, “What do u suggest?” Well, the award winning rapper may have just found the right lady. Yesterday, he gave a short review of Princess Vitarah’s song. “Apart from d Bleep yans shaa I felt her bounce and rhyming skills,” he said, adding, “sometimes we need ppl like ds to spice things up – she made me laugh.”
=> Blackface Threatens To Beat Tekno When Next They Meet (photo)
Just recently HKN Artist, B-Red threaten to beat Yung6ix and his crew up, well this another beef has blackface come out to blast the singer of using the name of a mobile phone to sell his brand just to fit into the industry.
Though he never made a direct name calling but with the description attach to his descriptive expression, it is easier to detect who he is making reference to. According to him, “some artist wey go dey bear telephone name just to be popular. That day I catch you, pray say a savior come to your aid, creepy agents, creepy artists.” Though fans have come dragging the singer on his tail urging him to grow and stop smoking and concentrate more on reviving his career.SOURCE
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