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=>Saraki Formally Replies Obasanjo, Promises To Cut Waste, Fight Corruption-Vanguard
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.
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.
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.
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.
faulted the plans by the lawmakers to acquire new exotic cars for
themselves, saying “whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary
He advised that “a pool of a few cars for each
chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any
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
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.
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
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
=>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
=>Senate Fixes JAMB Application Fee At N2,500, Extends Validity Period To 3 Years
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.
also resolved to amend the Act establishing JAMB to reflect the
extension of the validity period which is at the moment a year.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
crude oil trading firms, Duke Oil and Tranfigura reportedly lifted the
crude oil between 2011 and 2014 without valid contracts.
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.
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.
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
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
=> ‘Abducted’ 14-Year-Old Ese Is 5 Months Pregnant (Photo)-Vanguard
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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