Nigeria: Before the sweeping sword of anger ~ Japheth J Omojuwa @omojuwa

Published:11 Dec, 2012

Nigeria is an interesting country in every sense of the word. A friend told me of a friend of his with seven cars parked in his Abuja house and some other luxury machines in his village starting a sentence with “we the masses…” Of course, I used to think that I was part of the foot of the Nigerian pyramid until January 2012 when I was faced with the folly of my illusion. I had lived in my usual way, in a distorted reality all along.

To put things in context, I attended a relatively expensive private school, though not too expensive, I was a student at King’s College and my dad collects rent from at least 300 people and he had enough to spare at least two buildings for poor people evacuated by the government to live in free of charge. I was born into wealth but I appreciate the opportunities I had at tasting the bitterness of poverty. I felt what the poor feel and my works at making life better for everyone I can help is born out of that experience. I grew up with all my essential needs met. My dad had more than enough to host public Christmas parties and enough to spare for another car every now and then. Through this experience though, I never for once thought I was different from other poor Nigerians. This must be because my dad kept us grounded in that reality. That totally changed for me during the Occupy Nigeria movement. I had left the Gani Fawehinmi Park at the Ojota end of Lagos in a clean, air conditioned Toyota car with my friends Olumide Gbadebo (@msgbadebo) and Tolu Obamuroh (@toluwabisi) for the Alagbado studios of Africa Independent Television AIT. Tolu was driving on this day. We were going to express the views of other poor Nigerians – or so we thought – but the truth stared at us at least four times on this day and each time with the ugliness of danger, fear and for me regret.

Angry young men were collecting tolls on the road. This is a common sight even during days the nation is not on a total lock down. On my way from the Abuja airport recently, just before the military check point, just after you turn into the Umaru Yar’Adua way, on the right side of the road, I saw young men and women collecting tolls on a dusty road. That hurt me because that’d send a striking message to a new visitor to this country. The difference on this day was the anger on the faces of these Sagamu express road toll collectors. We were asked to “kill the AC! Wind down! Wind down!” and don’t even think about making a dash off because you are certain to hit one of them and while that’d put you in police trouble you’d not need to go through the legal wahala because these boys had more than enough anger in them that day to kill anyone and enough left to burn the car and whatever. I was totally pissed off. So I spoke out of anger. I told them we were running late for an appearance on AIT on our way from the Ojota Park end of Occupy Nigeria. “Efi yin le, a wa o ko yen je o” (forget that story, we are not interested). I told them we were one and the same and we were in the same struggle but that apparently got them a lot angrier. “Eyin te wa ninu AC en wa oko ayokele eni ba kan na ni wa. Etu imi pa. En ya were!” (You are in a posh car with AC and you are claiming we are one? Tell another lie. You are mad!”)

To cut the long story short, Olumide waded in with a calmer voice. She told them the long and short of who were and they were interested in listening to her. Olumide wears contacts and that really got them to shut up and just get enraptured in her looks. They even made comments like “Oju Olongbo” (cat eyes) but it was in a calm way. I am not good at recalling bad experiences but I recall I felt closest to danger on this day. That happened a lot more times on our way but by this time I was so angry and when I get to this point within me, I lock my mouth. It is most deadly at this stage, apart from the dangers of talking to these mobs.

At the Ojota end of the movement, we – rich and poor, old and young, touts and gentlemen, the famous and the practically inconsequential etc – were all united and there was peace. There was no single incident. It never looked like we were from different levels of the Nigerian pyramid of deprivation. The journey to AIT offered a stark reality. It was on this day I realised that whenever the revolution of the poor rises – if it ever does – even I will be seen as one of “them” and the them here includes those the poor feel are responsible for their poverty. When I was making this point, someone said he earned his money legally without stealing from government and I told the person that when the sword of anger sweeps the city for whom to devour, it would have no time to ask you how you became rich. Your only passport to death would be that you are rich.

I have made these points to send a message to Nigeria’s rich. Charity is good. My dad for all his human imperfections taught me the art of charity. Charity will not save us from the anger of the poor. If we do not do all within our powers to make this country work for the benefit of the majority, the rich and privileged minority will not live in peace. We hear tales of kidnapped popular and influential figures in the news, we are not privy to the news when it affects the less famous or influential but that really is the order of the day.

They may not read newspapers or pay attention to the numbers in the news but they cannot be unconvinced that their poverty is not because some have chosen to have more than is due them from the national treasury. The ministry of petroleum needs $41m (6.2b) for the PIB awareness campaign, the President needs $15m (N2.2b)to build a Club House or what do you call a Banquet Hall in a deep sense? The principal members of the national assembly are waiting to move into their $7m (N1b) – per person – houses. Last year the Federal Government claimed it had over 71 thousand ghosts in its employ costing the nation $186m (N28b) but no one has told us why this money has not been accounted for after the revelation. Are we still paying these ghosts or we simply diverted the money elsewhere? $31b (N5 trillion) has disappeared under the watch of this administration even as it claims it is on top of the fight against corruption. The Swiss government has told us it returned $700m to Nigeria but the Nigerian government still plays deaf and dumb. Mothers and children are getting killed every day in the North-East, their sin, they live in the same land where terrorists have made their abode. Trillions of naira upon trillions to provide security yet what we have is more deaths, more kidnappings and more insecurity in every sense of the word. The President of Nigeria himself does not feel safe.

The flood displaced millions of people after killing some others, Gen. Owoeye Azazi who failed woefully after supervising the expenditure of trillions as National Security Adviser heads the Committee on Flood victims.

As a people, we trudge on, looking to get the chance to have our chance at the national cake. The richest amongst us are not safe here so they make homes in far lands. What is the point of a home where peace is not seen let alone recognized? We are the 7th most terrorized country in the world and yet we think there is no revolution yet. The revolution has started, it has only not started in the way that you imagined it would start. In the coming months and years, the fear of living in Nigeria would be more than the fear of being in a plane the pilot just announced an impending crash-landing. We can change this impending reality but first we must all as one people agree that if Nigeria does not work for all us, it is not working. If the transformation of the land does not transform the lives of the common man, those who tell lies of transformation should keep their tears within their eyes when the street comes looking to unleash bloody justice. A word is enough for the wise

~ I am @omojuwa

  • http://Website Olanrewaju Smart

    We must realize that this Nigeria is sick and with the sincerity of our leaders and followers we must rejig a new chapter in he history of this country

  • Aminu Shariff

    Great!

  • Akinyosoye Victor

    we shall all see very soon, it will be brutal that you will beg for your life and that of your kids and you will never get it.

  • spygalz11

    There is obviously fire on the mountain, and nobody is running. Nice piece.

  • Emma

    Very true words from the heart. Perhaps the experience made it so. If you get to Makoko community and see poverty, you will appreciate these words. Kudos man

  • @xahido

    This is a prophesy and an imminent threat,but how do we avert it if we can’t stand as one like we did during d Occupy movement.Nigeria is going into comatose is not there yet. We have all we need to be a great nation but we are lacking good leaders to take us to d promise land and kickstart d revolution in the right direction. Five word for you Japh, God Go Make You Bigger.

  • @ushalilu

    Waw! its so true and touching. What ever is about to happen in Nigeria have started.

  • Malik

    I was frustrated at work for not getting my entitlements, got to my hometown for sallah with no salary. But then a good samaritan warned me of my jobless neighbours who he said are envious of my small car nd little house. We are in soup!

  • http://www.wealthymotivator.wordpress.com Stanley G. Jack

    I love Nigeria; with all my heart and pride. I have no other country. I can’t imagine living in d West bcos of fear of living in my own country.
    We will really be wealthy genuinely and soon, so I asked my friend d other day, “What will happen to our families when we bcom really rich?
    We can protect ourselves but how do we protect our families, friends and loved ones from kidnappers and other criminals?” He opened his mouth but had no answer.

    Nigeria today is product of d dreams of our wicked fathers and mothers, selfish and greedy uncles and aunts. But time has come for us young people to begin building d Nigeria of our own dreams. We own this country!

    What are our dreams for Nigeria?

    We must begin to dream a new Nigeria and we must believe that change is possible. We must believe that everyone can make a difference no matter how little; just from where u are.
    If not today, when? If we don’t, who will? If we don’t start now, when shall we ever?

    I will not give up on my country. I will start and build businesses that build lives and create employment instead of searching for one. I will join a political party and run for office to try to cause change from within (even though they are all the same). I will vote rightly and be voted for.

    Above all, as long as there is God in heaven who still answers prayers, I will never cease from praying for my country. What will u do, my friend?

    ~ @wealthymotivatr

  • http://www.byolararies.blogspot.com Beeyolar

    This is a very good and humane write-up. @omojuwa you are very detailed and shows human feelings despite your priviledged background and this is very uncommon amongst youths in our generation. This country most times leaves me with nothing to say except pray and hope for a better future. The corruption, lack of fear of God, killings, BH, bad governance, etc. I read somewhere not too long ago that Nigeria is one of the worst places for a child to be born (What is that!!!!). Infact I am speechless.

  • adebola adebajo

    Time will tell…justice will be done by any means

  • amon_Ra_G

    I am not wealthy, neither am I rich or close to what you can call “average”. Its sad when u see some people and you still gotta imagine what it must be like to be as poor as they are.. My brothers and sisters, I doubt if this country can last another 5yrs, honestly! Think about it, what do you think the worst that can happen would be if it hasn’t already happened? I just want everyone to be happy and live in peace and if that includes Splitting up this country then so be it!!! I’m not getting younger and I will not run away from this country!!! We can make it happen, all we gotta do is decide when and how. How Much are you willing to sacrifice for the future of tomorrow?? Are u ready to put ur large businesses and mansions and fancy cars on the line?? Are you ready to hit the streets and say no? Are you ready to go to every government house and demand justice standing against the opression of Guns and tanks??? Time is running out!

  • amon_Ra_G

    Here’s the deal…. Would you rather sacrifice half of everything so you can Repo that half when things finally get better or relax and refuse to act and lose everything in about 5yrs?? We are not the first to have to pass through trying times but we gotta to learn from nations who have been here before, what did they have to do?? Fight!!!! We must fight!!! We must protest!!! They can’t kill everyone so there’s nothing to be scared about! Let’s build a resistance because we are at war whether u want it or not, we just haven’t gotten to the Bombs phase but yes we are!!! 150million people can’t be cowards, its a game of numbers so that makes it about 140million to about a few thousand selfish and greedy politicians, do we have up to 2 million policemen and and soldiers put together?? They are nigerians too and they sure don’t enjoy the situation of things!! You see?? We already have this so let’s take it all back!! Occupy Nigeria was a mock revolutions, a drill, the real one is bouta happen! Are you ready????

  • http://ikonallah.wordpress.com Abdul IkonAllah

    Prophetic. It baffles me that d elites hv nt seen d hand writing on d wall.

  • oyefemo

    This is very nice piece but what is the way forward? We need to look beyond proffessional politicians and see how we can give back to the society. For example, I was in Benue State to work and the host community insisted that I fix their road before I will be allowed to work. The road has not been passable for years but to my suprise I paid just 90k for a grader that worked on the road and made it motorable.

  • suleiman

    Nyc one bro we love N god will blass u N family

  • suleiman

    Nyc one bro we love N god will blass u N family come on nigerian we can do it

  • http://www.myown9ja.com @olu_d

    This piece is a reflection of what makes me laugh so much about my country…a country where the few who perpetrate grievous injustice and a continuous rape of Nigeria think they are secure in their ill gotten wealth. Fools think they are secure in a society where those responsible for security are insecure….I dey laugh o!

    I can assure you those who are responsible for our current state cannot live anywhere other than in Nigeria. They run a very high risk of ending in Jail for Money laundering. Their only illusion of security is in the thought that they can run away with theirs when trouble starts…but I guarantee them it shall be like a thief in the night… unannounced.

    Many days for the thief…one day for the owner!

  • âniekanabasi

    The poor and down trodden have so had it that it doesn’t matter to them who is fighting their course. They are more concerned about meeting ends needs. I pray we won’t get to that time in history where blood of innocents and guilts would be shed under the notion of revolution. We say to ourselves that it is well, my question is, IS IT WELL?

  • Rotimi Balogun

    Omojuwa nice write up, a nation that ranks 7th in terrorism, where in the world the ranking of the best university is 6340 (university of Ibadan 57 in Africa) , the 35th most corrupt country in the world(could be higher ) with a leader who is the most travelled in the world since he assumed office and cares not for the needs of the common man, yes Omojuwa there is need for change, a positive wind of change. The truth is the masses know themselves u can’t be in a posh car with ac and tell the common man walking under the scorching sun that you know his plight with words, you have to make him see that you share in this dilemma . Once again nice writeup bro much respect

  • samuel

    Indeed the Revolution has began, but it is too slow for my liking. I think the docility on the part of the majority of Nigerians is too much, I cant wait for the time when we the oppressed will take our destiny fully in our own hands.So sad, the vice presidents house will gulp a whooping 16billion Naira, i am sure the Housing Authority will not get up to that to provide houses for the populace. What hell of a country. Arise o compatroits..cos silence to injustice is disobidience to God. Lets turn all those mansions that have been built with our common patrimony into schools and hospitals..till then, the anger is still burning..north, east south or west..poverty is not zoned.they want to divide us along ethnic and religious lines..so it will make it easier for them to continue looting..the veil is off.

  • Olalekan badmus

    This article touches me more than I could have imagined!!! I am (and truly I am) made of d street! Yet I could afford †? use blackberry curve 4 wt anoda nokia join… Where there r ppl that cannt even afford a torchlyt nokia!! Yet I struggle for myself, stil a student wt no monthly allowance forthcoming!! But when d revolution comes †? reality…. D just shall live by his/her faith..???»?·???·??????????????????????k?????????????·???·???«??

  • Olalekan badmus

    This article touches me more than I could have imagined!!! I am (and truly I am) made of d street! Yet I could afford †? use blackberry curve 4 wt anoda nokia join… Where there r ppl that cannt even afford a torchlyt nokia!! Yet I struggle for myself, stil a student wt no monthly allowance forthcoming!! But when d revolution comes †? reality…. D just shall live by his/her faith..???»?·???·??????????????????????k?????????????·???·???«??

  • nas

    Yeah let rich know the poor hungry man u neglect on the side of d road while u zoom pass in a million dollar car, will soon be the angry man that disturb ur peace

  • Ade

    Interesting piece; it makes me wonder, and ponder over a lot of issues. However my message for Nigerians all over the world is simple: we all have to make our country a better place. It’s no secret that our leaders aren’t doing us good, but let each one of us answer these questions honestly – are we doing our nation good? Would we do things differently in positions of power? I’ve seen enough to know that as a people, we don’t practice what we preach – folks talk about the baleful effects of corruption, yet they seize every opportunity to engage in malfeasances and excrescences like lobbying, shunting, bribery to mention a few. My people, only God can deliver us. But as we look to him for revival and sustenance, let each and every one of us act as the change we want to see in our country. Let us all play our part and hope for a better tomorrow. As far as I know, God cannot forsake Nigeria. Nigerians will smile again, we just have to keep the faith!

  • Farida

    Spot on, very true and very very scary. For a long time, I have observed the angry look on the faces of uniformed security guards stationed at the gate of my office. A government ministry whose staff feel aggrieved themselves. Most of these security guys are graduates and you can almost feel their hatred everyday as they open the gates and give you the looks that say ‘you don’t know what it means to b poor’.. I tell u dat when d revolution begins, most of us who can afford to feed well, own a tokumbo car, own a blackberry fone or even dress well in second hand clothes are going to be very surprised to know dat they do not belong with the ‘masses’. May God help those of us dat r neither rich nor poor, Amen!

  • @dreamygiorgi

    The truth laid bare for all to read,learn,tell others and hopefully change our ways.n

  • dR hUSSEIN

    The just shall live by faith. Still hoping 4 a better Nigeria. But for how long? Me is ready 4 a better Nigeria even though a price must be paid. Its that price that has being the procastination factor. Remember, procastination is a thief of time. Tell me if our time of getting to our promise land has not been stollen by procastination. We must stop blaming the rich. Put yourself in their shoes and them in your shoes and tell me if the story will change. A word is enough for the wise.

  • Muneer Maisaje

    A superb piece by a patiotic citizen who has his country @ heart, who also feels the pains felt by majority Nigerians, we have been doing the talking, let’s now do the action.

  • seun

    This is a good write up and advice to the government and the rich, but are they willing to take to the advice wheather they like it or not revolution is here. I used to tell my friends that our problem in this country can only be solve by gun. My brother people are really suffering Lagos is a little bit better go to other western states of the country you will understand what am saying. Next you hear is revolution…

  • Ladan S.A

    Their eyes and ears are closed becouse they are power drunk and very they shall all become sober when we the masses get revolution drunk. The days are already here.

  • http://www.ewewale.wordpress.com Ewewale

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Your chicken is not safe if your neighbours go to bed starving.

    A word is enough for the wise!

  • beewai

    Nice piece Mr J. News making round today says angry youths protesting in plateau burnt houses belonging to a legislature, local govt chairman etc. R we still far from d bloody revolution? Soonest if dere r no improvements a lot will go wrong.

  • amon_Ra_G

    Who’s side are you on?? Decide while you can because NIGERIANS are about to turn it up!!! You’ll see! 150million people, they(politicians) should be scared tho! We Are coming, Its REPO Time!!!!! God bless and keep us alive enough to be able to Celebrate that victory.

  • lekan

    ‘The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshened by the blood of patriots and tyrants; it is it’s natural manure’ – Abraham Lincoln. Are we ready? Unless there is a deterrent force to corruption this evil will continue. The masses must move out and without sentiments exterminate the ruling class and their cronies- we know all of them.

  • Aeesh

    It hs been brewin since d beginin of time,we ol re aware of evrythng,yet nothn is being done. Its a recipe 4 disaster,nva hav i seen a country such as mine. Wat happnd 2 d legacy left by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe,Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Sir Ahmadu Bello? They were Nigerians,they did it even at a tym wen nt many were educatd lyk nw. Y cnt d legacy go on? This s an issue dat encompasses ol wether u r 4rm d north,south,east or west u r affectd n u hav d scar 2 show,we r nt dumb nor stupid.

  • JDk

    prophetic! kudos! timely! wonderful, etc!!! what are the action points here. whats the difference btw this and a PDP manifesto? where do we start? How do we as stake holders avert the impending danger? cos obviously, the so called leaders will read and either ignore this prophetic piece as usual or give @omojuwa the Tunde Bakari treatment! (I pray God gives u his kind of grace) we like and speak too much grammar in this country! are we, as youth of this great country who obviously has greater stakes in this project going to stay put and watch until the revolution catches up wth us? it shall be like the day of rapture! Action Now!!! pls

  • Simon Elaigwu

    To them it nothing serious but when the day come they will all wish for a new begining that will never come.

  • babs

    This is a wonderfully crafted, well timed write up. I have nursed this fear since our activist days in school. We used to say the privildged n the less privildged will always meet one day. The privildged as the victim and the less priviledged as the assailant! He that have ears, let him hear.

  • Toh

    Hahahahahaha, laughter, absolutely. Hahahahaha, the problem of our great nation is not corruption only rather religion and ethnicity. A reminder please, when people came out on subsidy removal, the south south people were against it that some part of the conspired to sabotaged their son, the yorubas did that with Obasanlo’s tenure and the north also. Sorry i don’t see revolution in the near future, what we need right now is accepting our selves Muslim or Christian, Northerner or Southerner and one Nigeria. Veraciously, obviously lets learn to live with one another. Hahahahah!

  • Justice Oguaba.

    Charity is poison when it’s given as a substitute for justice.This nation has gone terminal at the blurring of the line between the oppressors and the oppressed.To count me in the class that mob justice would consume for possessing the perks of my junketing in and out of court rooms would leave much to be desired.

  • oyinbo

    See grammar galore… We aint ready yet as a nation. The mofos from the east started kidnapping all on fighting for the masses shey?! They ended up enriching their pockets. Nigeria is a welfarist state, we just don’t know it. The majority wakeup to get there someday and forget about it all! Revolution my foot, We all see corruption to our faces and we do nothing about it and we are waiting for the great move. How many of us have walked out of that rich uncle’s sight knowing his wealth is filthy?! Justice is delayed everyday and the lawyers that fight for criminals are our friends, yet we smile at them and pray for intervention. A crazy lawyer is defending babalakin right now and a mad doctor claims he is ill. We should come together and give our own justice, take out any idiotic corrupt nuisance. One less idiot to bother about and the message for crime is sent! In Nigeria I trust!!! Individual Elimination of these bigots would help.

  • oyinbo

    I why; Jeph u’ the man! Bless you

  • neyobills

    Very intresting artcle,thumbs up.

  • http://storyworld.com storytell

    Hmmm…just like the days of Noah many who didn’t believe the report of Noah were slept by the flood suddenly,so also in our own time too; this revolutionary flood will sweep those who do not believe and hear the lines and sounds from the many messagers-4 now everything is just building up to a
    climax(a series of events building up to a climax)like Noah we must prepare with lifestyle,good deeds and warn others from the impending cleanings!!!

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The Kaduna State Government has dismissed claims that the former government left over N8 billion in the accounts. Former deputy governor, Mr. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, made the claim  over the weekend. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor said the Mukhtar Ramalan Yero government actually left the state in deficit. “The Kaduna State Government had N228,333,371.67 in its central account on 29 May 2015....

Man Pictured Draped In Isis-Like Flag Near Big Ben And Houses Of Parliament In London

Police have confronted a man draped in what appeared to be an Isis flag, as he walked past the Houses of Parliament with a young child on his shoulders waving a miniature version of the parchment. Startling images of the incident shows the man walking past a group of scouts with a black flag around his shoulders as he...

Boko Haram Members Sell Seized Goats To Owners To Raise Money To Buy Petrol

A survivor of Boko Haram attack on a Borno town made a startling revelation that Boko Haram insurgents were selling goats and other livestock seized from owners during se­ries of attacks on the communities to buy pet­rol. Danladi Umar who fled the troubled Kukawa town, north of Borno following the Wednesday Boko Haram at­tack disclosed to Sunday Sun. “They took away our goats, chicken and other livestock after attack on Kukawa and other neighbouring villages. They also...

Photos: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Daughter Weds

The traditional wedding of Temi, the daughter of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to her beau, Jaiye Randle, the son of Lagos Chief, Bashorun J.K Randle, took place today July 5th in Lagos. Congrats to them...

What I Told Nicki Minaj When She Broke Up With Safaree – Meek Mill

Meek Mill has opened up on his role in Nicki Minaj's break up with Safaree ...It was reported he was instrumental in their breakup,by setting Safaree up on various occasions .Speaking with Sway of Sirius FM, Meek said all he did was tell her: ‘Do what’s best for you really. I’m not no hater,‘Do what’s best for you. Whatever you feel in your heart.‘Cause I don’t want to be in the middle of something and that ain’t...

‘Negotiate With FG And Stop The Killing’ – Saraki Tells Boko Haram

Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari's offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today...His statement reads My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil...

I Did Most Of The Work In The EME Album – Skales Reveals

 Its no news that Skales and Wizkid had a huge social media fight over somethings the former said...Skales had alleged he wrote most of Wizkid's hit songs,he also said Wizkid was avoiding a collaboration with him.. Now,Skales has moved on to a new record label but tells whoever cares to know,he wasn't unproductive during his time at Banky W' led EME records..In a new interview with RubbingMinds today,Skales...

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Just Got Married

According to People magazine, the stars tied the knot this weekend, reps have not yet responded to requests for comment. There were several rumours they had been married earlier this year but they are finally married now. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006. "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show," she said in W magazine's August issue, adding, "We all get movie star crushes....

Dangote Explains Why He Wants To Buy Arsenal

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by acquiring a local Nigerian football team and promoting the Nigerian Premier League rather than...

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored...

Graphic Photo From The Jos Bomb Blast At Yan-Taya Mosque Yesterday

This is a photo from the deadly bomb blast that rocked the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos yesterday.  The blast had happened as a sermon on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was going on. Another blast occurred at Bauchi Road, a major thoroughfare in Jos that is also in an area where many Muslim families reside. At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were injured...

Best Foods For Weight Loss & Quick Results

Listed below are a few of the best food categories to promote healthy digestive health. They each have helpful functions to cleanse your body of harmful toxins and promote overall wellness: 1. Foods that are Rich in Fiber You are probably going to notice one recurring theme throughout this article. That theme is the use of healthy dietary fiber. This is an important dietary staple to focus on since our current diets tend to lack...

Ministerial Appointments: Delay Aimed At Assembling Best Hands – Al-Makura

Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming delay in the appointment of ministers and other key government officials has nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the party. He added that it also has nothing to do with insinuations that the president is finding it difficult to take action because he is torn between patronising those who contributed to his victory and those who can really deliver the goods.

PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years. According to her, the president's’ silence on the issue was unacceptable,...

Police Arrest Ikorodu Bank Robbers

Four members of the robbery gang that raided two banks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on 24 June, have been arrested, the police claimed. The gang had robbed First Bank and a new generation at Ogolonto and carted away huge sums of money. The police in Lagos in the aftermath of the public outrage triggered by the robbery and the manner of escape via the Ikorodu lagoon, offered a N5 million reward for information.

Buhari Reacts To Criticisms On Appointing More Northerners

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered...

USA Women Team Wins World Cup For The Third Time

The female team of USA showed once more they are great by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd was the star of the day as she became the first woman to score a hat-trick in world cup final. USA lifts the world cup once again in 16 years, since their last title in 1999.

Ben Affleck Denies He Has Serious Feelings’ For Margot

Fans of 'Bennifer' were left heartbroken earlier this month when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called time on their 10 year marriage. And in the days that followed, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The latest claims to plague the 42-year-old actor are reports that he's 'developed serious feelings' for his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie.

Greek Finance Minister Announces Resignation

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming "No" vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash. In a statement published on his personal blog on Monday, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors. "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made...

Nigeria Can’t Be Fixed Overnight – David Umaru

Senator David Umaru representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the 16 years of destruction of Nigeria by the former ruling party cannot be fixed in a short period. The senator who spoke over the weekend at a Thanksgiving service organised by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Shiroro District Church Council (DCC) at Gwada area of the state, called for patience from Nigerians. David Umaru assured that the present...

We Have No Hand In Ekweremadu’s Police Invitation- APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate...

Fraudsters Alert: Chibok Girls’ Parents Warn Nigerians

The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. Yakubu Maina, the chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. “We wish to alert Nigerians and corporate organisations on the existence of some individuals and organisations masquerading as parents of...

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party. Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the...

Hundreds Defect From PDP To APC In Kogi

It was celebration galore in Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government in Kogi State, as thousands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the local government defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The leader of the decampees, Engineer John Ibrahim Ocheje, who led all the 10 former councillors, PDP ward chairmen and their supporters to the venue of their defection at Onyedega, said that the decision of the people to dump PDP for APC...

Gunmen Attacked Two Villages In Zamfara

Gunmen killed at least 30 people in the Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, in Zamfara. Chairman of the council, Muhammad Gusami, said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages, setting houses ablaze and carted away animals mostly cows. The previous day, some attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to try to prevent the attack. This might have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish...

Another Accusing Finger Points At Okonjo-Iweala For Mismanaging ECA Funds

Raymond Omachi, the acting chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has stated that the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan and its Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala mismanaged funds in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Although Omachi did not mention names, he frowned at the practice of the federal government to pay subsidy from the ECA or to share to states from the ECA when available funds are not adequate to meet revenue projections. He said...

Jos Bomb Blast: Read What Really Happened

Scores of people were believed to have lost their lives as two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in Jos, the Plateau State capital this(Sunday) night. Reports gathered that the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi road campus of the University of Jos at about 9.15pm, while the second one exploded at a mosque near Yan Tyre (tyre market) area of Dilimi Junction, along the same Bauchi road about 15 minutes later.

Suicide Bomber Strikes RCCG Church; President Buhari Responds

A suicide bomber on Sunday found his way into the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe State, and detonated an explosive device which led to the death of five worshippers and the bomber. One other person also sustained injuries. The dead bomber, suspected to be a member of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, entered the church auditorium during Sunday service with the Improvised Explosive...

Abducted Ex Gov’s Wife Released On “N8.2 Million Ransom”

Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released. Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday. A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers...

Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police. Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered. The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply...

Twitter Account of President Buhari’s Daughter @Zahra_Buhari Was Hacked

The Presidency disowned a comment on Twitter, credited to one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra. The tweet contained some uncomplimentary comments about some foreign leaders through a Twitter handle, @Zahra_Buhari. But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Twitter handle has stopped being Zahra’s for a long time since it was compromised by hackers. Therefore, the said comments from the handle are therefore...

#NoiseOfRevolt: The Speed of Change and Buhari’s First Eleven – By @Obajeun

After all, we must move on to the next level of national engagement with slight references to our wins and defeats in the immediate past. But to politicians, this may not always be the case and in one way or the other, they will still come back – for some don’t usually feel defeat-able. It is normal per human psychology of bossing tendencies. Saraki/Dogara victories are transient. In politics, you don’t win the battle against time. These power brokers...

“And I Got Hacked” – Tunji Andrews Writes On How Hackers Taught Him A Lesson

Tunji Andrews, popular on Twitter for his #MoneMasterClass sessions told me about how he got hacked across virtually all his online media channels. I got an update from him this morning and it has been published unedited.  AND I GOT HACKED This would probably be as unbelievable to you as it still is to me. On many levels, i’m still trying to wrap me head around it. The whys, seem endless really. Why would anyone...

Indirect Free Kick: DSS Director Demotes Marilyn Ogar, Others Promoted By Past Administration

Newly appointed director general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura, has demoted Marilyn Ogar, the agency’s former spokesperson, via a memo. Apart from demoting Ms. Ogar, the acting DSS director general also directed the demotion of numerous other officers of the agency who were just promoted in March in what was seen as a politically motivated exercise. Ms. Ogar was seen as a controversial official of the DSS who often made statements...

Oshiomhole Claims Nigeria Is Almost Bankrupt Because Of Okonjo-Iweala

Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had always been displeased with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, administration. He described the situation as mismanagement of the economy under the watch of Okonjo-Iweala. The governor started echoing the economic crunch in the country since early last year when he predicted that the way the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and other oil revenue funds...

Maiduguri Under Surveillance Due To Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

The deadly attacks by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Borno State has left no less than 200 persons killed in the last 10 days. As a result, the Nigerian military after survelliance checks said that it recovered a four-wheel vehicle loaded with bombs meant for more attacks. According to Defence headquarters, “A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises, IEDs, was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari Muna,...

Anambra Prison Taken Over By Military

Since Boko Haram detainees have been moved to the Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State, the military has taken over the security of the prison facility. Security operations in the prison are no longer exclusively ran by officials of the Nigeria Prison Service. Armed military personnel were located in strategic locations around the prison. Free movement of people and vehicles are no longer permitted around the place. Passengers moving by were frisked and vehicles searched. Residents of Anambra had been protesting against...

America is Unaware of the Location of Chibok Girls -Hawkins

Past United States Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, in a recent interview said - "No. I will like to say that the Nigerian government is trying very hard to generate information and tell us where they are. But when people ask, ‘Do you know where these girls are?’ I do not think they quite get the dynamics of the Chibok girls’ situation. First of all, we are talking about a large number of individuals (group of girls) who are sitting in...

Cases Of Political Killings Would Be Reopened by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised and emphasized that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassination and kidnapping in the country are thoroughly investigated. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, released a statement that quoted the President as making the promise while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Femi Adesina said, “I can confirm to you that the President did say during the closed-door meeting...

Group Alleges Plot By Gov. Wada To Assassinate PDP Guber Aspirant, Mohammed Ali

A group, Kogi PDP Youth Network has alleged that the governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, has perfected plans to assassinate a governorship aspirant under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi State, Mohammaed Ali. The group in a statement made available on Saturday by its Secretary, Ibrahim Rabiu, also accused the suspend Ali from the party, commence the arrest of his supporters and also the destruction of his campaign billboards and posters throughout the state. Citing a...

NFF: Keshi Fired, Amodu Hired

Stephen Keshi's appointment has been terminated by the Nigeria Football Federation as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday read, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to...

Rabiu Kwankwaso Denies House Arrest

Ex Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has debunked reports he was being placed under house arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement signed by his private secretary, Kwankwaso, now representing Kano Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, said he was neither invited by the EFCC nor was ever prevented from discharging his legislative duties by any agency. He also noted that some political detractors of the politician were bent on causing a...

Aisha Buhari Expressed Her Vote Of Confidence in Mr President’s Administration

Mrs Aisha Buhari has spoken confidently that her husband would go the the extra mile to improve the standard of living for Nigerians. Mrs Buhari gave the assurance when she broke the Ramadan fast with the less privileged at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She further solicited the support of all Nigerians, saying the country at the moment is still undergoing a transition. She said, “Ladies and gentlemen, you know that the nation is passing through a...

FG Will Not Be Negotiating With Boko Haram From A Position Of Weakness

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that the federal government will only negotiate with extremist Islamist sect, Boko Haram, from the position of strength. He made known that the federal government was open to negotiations with the sect no matter how furious and vicious the negotiation goes. “So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it. Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness,...

Buhari Fires His Chief Security Officer

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday fired his Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa, Premium Times reports. The presidency has yet to officially announce the development, but Premium Times learnt that Mr. Mani has...

18+: 25 Unmistakable Signs He’s in Love With You

Some signs of true love are subtle. Others? Well, they all but hit you over the head with obviousness. If you’re blissfully happy and searching for signs that your guy is hooked on you too, these 25 signs will make it crystal clear. 1. He actually listens when you give him a 20-minute-long play-by-play of a dramatic situation with your work frenemy. 2....

Joda Committee Proposes Merger Of DPR, NERC

The Nigerian Government may be considering the establishment within the next 30 days of an inter-ministerial energy committee that would undertake the regulatory functions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in the gas/electricity value chain, to ensure uninterrupted supply of natural gas from the oil companies to the power plants in the country. Under the National Gas Master Plan, the DPR is mandated to implement a Gas Pricing...

Col. Umar Blasts Govs Owing Salaries, Says It’s Insanity To Create More States

Former Military Governor of  Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, rtd has tongue-lashed State governors who could not  pay salaries of workers in their respective states, accusing them of  living a lavish lifestyle that contributed to the economic crunch. In a statement titled, “ Insolvent State” and made available to journalists yesterday, Umar also blamed his immediate constituency , the Military for causing this financial mess by creating some states which were not economically viable and...

Long Queues At Abuja Petrol Stations Will Soon Disappear- DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that fuel queues in Abuja will soon disappear as 3.2 million litres of petrol were released to the city from Suleja Depot on Thursday. Mohammed Saidu, Zonal spokesperson DPR Abuja, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday. Saidu said the volume supplied on Thursday would bring fuel supply to the city within two days to 9.3 million litres.

Central Bank In No Mood To Devalue Naira

Nigeria's central bank is no mood to devalue the naira given the risks to inflation from a weaker currency, its spokesman said on Friday, potentially delaying investment flows into Africa's biggest economy. The central bank (CBN) said in a statement it believed the 22 percent depreciation in the naira after it scrapped the official foreign exchange window "is optimal at this time" and the bank would not be pressured into "desperate measures". International investors, who...

A Dollar Would’ve Been Exchanged For N500 Without Subsidy- Dangote

Media men had a piece of Aliko Dangote last weekend. And when they were done many appreciated why he is one of the richest in the world. In an interactive session with senior editors Dangote discussed state of the nation while explaining some details in his businesses that are geared towards a better life for Nigerians. On oil subsidy he said, The issue with subsidy is that government needs to block all loopholes. If there’s no subsidy,...

Boko Haram Kills Nearly 200 In 48 Hours Of Slaughter

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from their beds in the dead of night. A young female suicide bomber also...

Chad Seizes Suspected Boko Haram Weapons Cache

Chadian security forces, announced that they have seized a large weapon cache including guns, rockets and ammunition in a house in N’Djamena occupied by suspected members of the Boko Haram. The officials said the weapons, buried under the courtyard of the house in the eastern neighbourhood of Guinebor, were destined for northern Nigeria. One of the investigators, said on condition of anonymity, that they were part of the weapons that Baana Fanaye, Boko Haram’s logistics...

PMB Urges Muslims To Rise Against Boko Haram

Against the backdrop of the incessant terrorism attacks in Nigeria and the world over, President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday urged the Muslim community to make a strong statement that would condemn the activities of insurgents. According to the president, speaking with one voice was a sure way of rejecting the attackers claim of acting in the name of Islam, stressing that it would also stop the abasement of their religion. This is even as Buahri called...

Find Out What Kiss Daniel Thinks About Gay Marriage

Rising singer Kiss Daniel has subtly supports same sex marriage which was legalized in the United States of America  last week.  The ruling of the Supreme Court of America to legalize homosexual marriage has been criticized by many Nigerians. "Ok, so, g@y marriage is legalized in the U.S? Some are mad, some are indifferent, some are glad.  Straight or G@y, what matter is we’ve got a heart that can love. Love is love and love always...

Let APC Work & Let This System Work- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that all APC faithful must collectively come together to rise above the current crisis threatening to engulf the party. Buhari made the call in Abuja on Friday at the first National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) after its victory at the polls. He said ?party members should strive to win the war (National Assembly crisis) as they won the battle (general elections). He said:...

Obama’s Grandmother To Cook For President On Kenya Trip

President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available," she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi. She tempted him with...

Bank of Industry Presents Cheques To Two Off-Grid Solar Home System Providers | Statement from the CEO

Speech Delivered By     By RASHEED OLAOLUWA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BANK OF INDUSTRY At the PRESENTATION OF CHEQUES TO TWO OFF-GRID SOLAR HOME SYSTEM PROVIDERS Under the BOI/UNDP SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAMME: July 3, 2015 Gentlemen of the Press,   Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a well-known fact that Nigeria’s current electricity situation is unsatisfactory. Let’s rewind a few decades...

Accept Party Supremacy, Buhari Tells Senators, Reps

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the National Assembly to accept the party’s supremacy in the interest of democracy. In his opening remarks at the ongoing meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, Buhari charged members to put whatever interest they have in their “pockets” and accept the supremacy of the party in the overall interest of democracy. He said: “What ever your personal...

NEWS ALERT: 11 Killed As Suicide Bombers Target Borno Highways

At least 11 people have been killed after two separate suicide bombings were carried out in Borno State by suspected female terrorists. More than 20 people have been injured. The State Police Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “There was an explosion at Malari village along Bama/Konduga Highway on 2/7/15 (Thursday) at about 1400 hours," said Opadokun. "A female suicide bomber detonated IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) strapped to her body, killing herself and...

Lagos On High Alert To Thwart New Ebola Outbreak

The Lagos State Government has reiterated the need for members of the general public to ensure and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the Ebola virus disease recurring. This follows reported cases of resurgence of Ebola in some neigbouring West African countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi, gave the advice from her office at Ikeja. She said the need to...

Science Explains Why Hot Women Don’t Always Go for Hot Guys (Vice Versa)

We’ve all seen couples pass us by on the street where the woman is hot and the guy is, well, not — and vice versa. If we’re truly being honest, we’ve secretly wondered how they got together in the first place. These types of couples may stand out in our minds is because, in general, research shows we’re more likely to be romantically interested in...

Furious Oyegun Denies Taking Bribes To Support Saraki

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied taking bribe to support the agenda of the lawmakers who became principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of his own party. Mr. Odigie-Oyegun made the denial when the leadership of the South-East, South-South Professionals paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday. He said the allegation in some media reports that he was induced to support Bukola Saraki’s bid...

Chinese Company To Fine Workers Who Get Pregnant Without Permission

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. “Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,” read a policy distributed by a credit cooperative in Jiaozuo, in the central province of Henan. “The employee must strictly stick...

FIRS Generates N1.8tn Tax In Six Months

The acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Sunday Ogungbesan, yesterday disclosed that the service had generated a whopping N1.842 trillion from taxes into the federation account in the first half of the year. Ogungbesan made this disclosure yesterday while briefing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the performance of the agency in the last six months.He was accompanied to the meeting by members of the senior management team of the agency.

Police Arraign 3 Farmers For Defiling 10 Year Old Girl

The police yesterday arraigned three farmers in a senior magistrates’ court in Katsina for raping a 10-year-old girl. The accused are Yahuza Musa, 20; Tasiu Abubakar, 20; and Sadiq Isyaku, 20. The trio, who reside at Dakiya village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, appeared before Senior Magistrate Nafisa Bagiwa on one-count charge of rape. The prosecutor, Insp. Hashimu Musa, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 11...

18+: Rihanna’s ‘#BBHMM’ Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated; Judge For Yourselves

The new, highly anticipated video for Rihanna’s “#BBHMM” is an epic, 7-minute visual kaleidoscope of style and excess and, as was clearly intended, it’s generated a lot of buzz since debuting online at midnight today. In the video, we watch Rih, accompanied by two silent minions, kidnap the modelesque wife of an accountant (surprise! Mads Mikkelsen) who owes her some serious coin. The sexualized violence in the video is graphic and disturbing (we'll get to...

JAMB To Determine Admissions Cut-Off Marks July 14

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will hold its 2015 Policy meeting on July 14 to determine cut-off marks for admission of candidates into tertiary institutions. The board said it has concluded all arrangements to commence the process of the 2015 admissions. Speaking to journalists Thursday, JAMB’s spokesperson, Benjamin Fabian, said the 2015 Policy Meeting, where the cut-off points for admissions are usually decided at, has been fixed for 14th July, 2015.

I Was Not Invited To Buhari’s Meeting– Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has denied reports that he was invited for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. There had been media reports that Buhari would hold a meeting with Dogara and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership for the speakership position. Dogara in a statement signed his Special Adviser Media and Public Affairs; Mr. Turaki Adamu Hassan said “Attention of the...

President Buhari To Accomodate Investors From Japan, Others To Revitalize Economy

President Buhari said his government will welcome greater investment in-flows from Japan and other developed countries to revitalize the Nigeria’s economy and create more jobs. Buhari said this yesterday while receiving the new Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke who was at the State House to present his letters of credence. He said his government would take all necessary steps to significantly improve the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria. The...

APC Crisis: Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Others To Assemble Today For NEC Meeting

The All Progressives Congress (APC) vowed yesterday to emerge strong from its first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting after its post-election crisis. The crisis, which has split the party’s leaders, erupted after the June 9 election of principal officers at the National Assembly. Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged against the party’s wish. The party endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila for Speaker. “We...

Arase Deploys New Commissioners Of Police In Lagos, Rivers, Ogun

Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has deployed new Commissioners of Police in Lagos, Rivers and Ogun states. According to him, the move is to inject fresh ideas in the security architecture of the states, and some other Force Headquarters Formations. A statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle said the postings are with immediate effect. In the deployment chat, Ajani Fatai Owoseni was posted...

NASS: Tension In PDP Over Principal Officers

Indications emerged yesterday that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be heading for a deep crisis over the choice of its principal officers at the National Assembly. The choice of who gets what in the Assembly among PDP lawmakers, it was gathered has pitched many party stalwarts against one another as they differ on who should get what in the National Assembly. It was gathered that while former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife,...

President Buhari Set To Release Ministerial List Soon- APC

All Progressives Congress(APC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance over the delay in the appointments of ministers,saying that the list would be released soon. National publicity secretary of the party, Alh Lai Mohammed speaking with journalists at Oro, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Thursday at the 9th annual Ramadan lecture also admitted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would have fared better had the ministerial appointments been made before now.

Tragic Secrets Whitney Houston’s Daughter Has Been Hiding

Three weeks before she was found unconscious in the bath, Bobbi Kristina Brown phoned one of her best friends, Alex Reid. She was distraught and scared, and was hiding from her live-in boyfriend, Nick Gordon. Her refuge of choice—inside her deceased mother's closet. "She was sobbing. Nick had hit her and she was scared," explains Alex, recalling the conversation with Krissi in an exclusive interview with E! News. "She was very upset. She didn't know what...

Some Governors Yet To Declare Assets- CCB

The Code of Conduct Bureau has expressed worry over the delay by some state governors to declare their assets, one month after assuming office. “The people we are having problem with now are some governors, but I cannot be categorical in terms of statistics except I confirm.” Chairman of CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. He said, “The governors are not even supposed to start work as...

President Buhari Set To Sack Service Chiefs

President Buhari is set to relieve all the service chiefs of their appointments before the end of the month, according to sources from the Presidency.   The service chiefs involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu.   According to Punch, the President is considering leaving out the Inspector General of...

13 Political Parties Blast PDP, Support Buhari On New INEC Boss’ Appointment

The Coalition of Progressive Political Parties, an umbrella organisation for 13 registered political parties in Nigeria, has condemned the statement issued by the Peoples Democratic Party on the appointment of the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Amina Zakari, acting chairman of INEC, hours after the outgoing chairman, Attahiru Jega, had handed over to Ahmad Wali. The PDP condemned Mr. Buhari’s action and demanded its reversal. In...

Huge Foreign Currencies Smuggled Out Through Borders- CBN

Following the restrictions placed on importers of rice and other non-essential items from accessing foreign exchange at the nation’s foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has revealed an on-going massive smuggling of foreign currencies out of the country through her borders. The apex bank which made the revelation of the unwholesome practice to frustrate the latest policy to conserve foreign exchange in the country, said it has taken steps, working with other agencies...

Buhari Sacks DG Department Of State Service

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.   According to an announcement made by Alhaji Haruna Imrana, the Director of Communications, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation,  Mr. Lawal Musa Daura has been appointed as the Acting DG of the DSS.   The new Acting DG of DSS, Daura was born in Daura on August 5,1953, he attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 1977 to 1980, started his...

Nearly 150 Killed In Suspected Boko Haram Attacks In Borno Village

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday. Dozens of militants stormed three remote villages in the flashpoint Borno state on Wednesday evening, setting houses ablaze in the bloodiest day of attacks by the extremist group since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May. Gunmen killed...

NASS: Crisis In PDP Over Principal Officers’ election

Crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party over the election of principal officers' elections in the National Assembly among its senators.   One of the senators, who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity in Abuja on Thursday, said powerful forces in the party were planning to install their cronies as principal officers of the party in the National Assembly.   It will be recalled that the party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, had on Wednesday announced the zoning...

Sai Gobe! Buhari Fires DG DSS Ita Ekpeyong, Replacement Announced

President Buhari has sacked the Director General of the Department of State Security Service, Ita Ekpeyong. He has been replaced with Lawal Daura.

Wike To Use 30Bn Loan To Develop Rivers

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Rivers, Mr Opunabo Inko-Tariah, has said that the state government’s N30 billion loan will be used to develop the state. Inko-Tariah told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday that insinuations by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress that Gov. Nyesom Wike intends to borrow N100 billion were untrue. He said there were compelling needs to...

External Interferences Caused NASS Crisis – David Umaru

The Senator Representing Niger- East , David Umaru has said that the crisis rocking the National Assembly is due to undue external influence on the National Assembly. The senator who spoke to Journalists in Minna yesterday, stated that the election of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and that of Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara is not negotiable at his party’s ( APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting scheduled for weekend. Umaru stated that interference from outside...

“Even Satan Wasn’t Gay” – President Mugabe Allegedly Says

Following the legalization of gay marriage across America by the Supreme Court last week, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who is known for his extreme anti-gay views has been making headlines. Earlier this week was a marriage proposal to president Obama and yesterday, he allegedly said what you see below during another interview; "Even satan wasn't Gay, he chose to approach naked Eve instead of naked Adam." - President, Mugabe on homo sexuality.