The Jonathan-metricks of Fuel Subsidy Scam – Ogunyemi Bukola @zebbook

Published:13 Dec, 2012

The Jonathan-metricks of Fuel Subsidy Scam – Ogunyemi Bukola @zebbook

One of the factors that encouraged my failed attempt at studying Medicine at the University is my passionate dislike for mathematics. I literarily can’t stand numbers and the magic that comes with mathematical procedures. But President Goodluck Jonathan in his infinite capacity for the miraculous sent me back to school for extra classes in Basic Arithmetic on Tuesday 11th December when I read a report that the President had made a request to the National Assembly for a Supplementary amount of N161 billion as fuel subsidy payment for the remaining three weeks in this year as, according to him, the original N881 billion budgeted for that purpose for the whole of the year had been exhausted.

Now, there is no reason to suspect our dear President of falsehood, but the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had on October 21 said the N888 billion allocated for subsidy payments in the 2012 budget should be enough to pay petroleum product importers and that government might not need supplementary appropriation for subsidy payments in 2012. So I thought maybe Mr. President had been misled, yet again, by his retinue of ineffective, over-paid aides into submitting a supplementary budget request for the wrong purpose, or maybe there was a typographic error on the request paper and Mr. Jonathan meant to ask for N16.1 billion, or N1.61 billion. Anyway, I brought out my calculator to crunch some numbers to see where lays the error.

Just so you know how big N161 billion is, at least in budgetary terms, consider how it compares to some selected allocations in the 2013 Budget Proposal presented by President Goodluck Jonathan to the National Assembly some weeks back:

The N161 billion for 3 weeks fuel subsidy is: almost twice the total allocation for Agriculture in 2013 (N81 billion times 2 = N162 billion); more than twice the total allocation for Power in 2013 (N74 billion times 2 = N148 billion); more than thrice the total allocation for Water Resources in 2013 (N47 billion times 3 = N141 billion); more than twice the capital allocation for Education in 2013 (N60 billion times 2 = N120 billion); almost thrice the capital allocation for Health in 2013 (N55 billion times 3 = N165 billion); more than the capital allocation for Works in 2013 (N151 billion); more than twice the total allocation for Niger Delta in 2013 (N63 billion times 2 = N126 billion).

The N161 billion for 3 weeks fuel subsidy is more than twice the Statutory Transfer for Universal Basic Education in 2013 (N72 billion times 2 = 144 billion); more than twice the Statutory Transfer for Niger-Delta Development Commission in 2013 (N57 billion times 2 = N114 billion), more than the Statutory Transfer for the National Assembly in 2013 (N150 billion). Indeed, the N161 billion for 3 weeks fuel subsidy is more than the sum total of the 2013 total allocation for Science and Technology (N31 billion), Mines and Steel (N13 billion), Environment (N21 billion), Lands and Housing (N24 billion); Aviation (N53 billion) (sum total = N141 billion).

 

Now that we know just how big the additional N161 billion Mr. President is asking for is, please follow me diligently as we go through the arithmetic of year 2012 fuel subsidy payments. Please note that some of the figures used here are approximates.

 

First let’s go through the basics:

There are 52 weeks in year 2012, out of which we have spent 49 weeks, with 3 weeks left.

So far, we have spent N881 billion on fuel subsidy for 49 weeks, which translates into about N18 billion per week, N2.6 billion per day, N107 million per hour, N1.8 million per minute.

According to Mr. President, we need an additional N161 billion to pay for fuel subsidy for the remaining 3 weeks in the year, which translates into about N53.7 billion per week, N7.7 billion per day, N319 million per hour, N5.3 million per minute.

 

How much is fuel subsidy?

On January 1st 2012 when the government of Goodluck Jonathan decided to completely remove subsidy on fuel, one litre of PMS sold for N141. After the OccupyNigeria nationwide protests and help from Labour Unions, government agreed to a partial subsidy regime, with PMS to sell for N97 per litre. This means that actual subsidy on one litre of PMS is N44 (N141 minus N97).

 

How much fuel can we subsidize with N881 billion?

How many litres of fuel can we subsidize with N881 billion at the rate of N44 subsidy per litre?

N881 billion divided by N44 = 20 billion litres.

So the federal government has used N881 billion to, benevolently, subsidize 20 billion litres of fuel between January and now, which puts consumption at 20 billion litres in 49 weeks, 408 million litres per week, N58 million litres per day, 2.5 million litres per hour.

 

How much fuel can we subsidize with N161 billion?

So how many litres of fuel can we subsidize with N161 billion at the rate of N44 subsidy per litre?

N161 billion divided by N44 = 3.7 billion litres.

So the federal government is going to use N161 billion to, benevolently, subsidize 3.7 billion litres of fuel between now and the end of the year, which puts projected consumption at 3.7 billion litres in 3 weeks, 1.2 billion litres per week, 174 million litres per day, 7.3 million litres per hour.

So government estimates that Nigerians are going to consume three times more fuel in the next three weeks than they did at any point during the past 49 weeks.

 

How much is fuel subsidy for the entire year?

If the National Assembly approves the N161 billion Fuel Subsidy Supplementary Budget request as made by Goodluck Jonathan, total amount spent on fuel subsidy in year 2012 would be:

Amount spent on fuel subsidy for 49 weeks (N881 billion) plus Amount to be spent on fuel subsidy for 3 weeks (N161 billion) = N1.042 trillion

N1.042 trillion spent on fuel subsidy in 52 weeks translates into about N20 billion per week, N2.85 billion per day, N119 million per hour, N2 million per minute.

 

How much fuel can we subsidize with N1.042 trillion?

So how many litres of fuel can we subsidize with N1.042 trillion at the rate of N44 subsidy per litre?

N1.042 trillion divided by N44 = 23.7 billion litres.

So the federal government is going to use N1.042 trillion to, benevolently, subsidize 23.7 billion litres of fuel for the whole of year 2012, which puts consumption at 23.7 billion litres in 52 weeks, 455 million litres per week, 65 million litres per day, 2.7 million litres per hour.

 

How much fuel do Nigerians actually consume per day?

The answer to this question depends on the source you consult. According to Mr. Enoch Kenawa, the Secretary of the Oil Marketers Association, it is 35 million litres per day; according to Mr. Reginald Stanley, the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Nigeria imports 59 million litres of fuel per day, but Nigerians only consume 35 million litres, while the remaining 24 million litres are unaccounted for; while the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation puts national daily consumption figures between 30 and 33 million litres.

So we can safely assume Nigerians consume 35 million litres of fuel per day, which translates into about 245 million litres per week and about 13 billion litres for the entire year.

 

Subsidy figures based on national daily consumption:

If Nigerians consume 35 million litres of fuel per day, and government pays a subsidy of N44 on each litre:

Subsidy payment per day: 35 million litres times N44 = N1.54 billion per day

Subsidy payment per week: 35 million litres times N44 times 7 = N10.8 billion

Subsidy payment for 3 weeks: 35 million litres times N44 times 7 times 3 = N32.3 billion

Subsidy payment for 49 weeks: 35 million litres times N44 times 7 times 49 = N528 billion

Subsidy payment for a year: 35 million litres times N44 times times 365 = N562 billion

* Please note that the combined daily fuel productions of Nigeria’s four refineries, which are not subsidized, were ignored in this calculation to avoid complications.

* Also note that fuel was not subsidized for the first 3 weeks of year 2012.

 

Summary:

The federal government claims to have spent N881 on fuel subsidy for the past 49 weeks when in fact that actual amount should be N528 billion

The federal government proposes to spend N161 billion on fuel subsidy for the next 3 weeks when the actual amount should be N32.3 billion

If request for supplementary fund is granted, the federal government would spend a total of N1.042 trillion on fuel subsidy in year 2012 when the actual amount should be just about half of that (N562 billion).

The difference between government’s claims and actual amount is: N480 billion. Haven taken you through the rigours of how big, in budgetary terms, N161 billion is, I won’t take you through that stress for N480 billion. But do note that N480 billion is almost 3 times N161 billion.

Every single day in year 2012, for all of the 365 days in the year, including public holidays, and Sabbaath days which God asked us to keep holy, Goodluck Jonathan is short-changing Nigerians to the tune of N1.3 billion. N1.3 billion disappears from the coffers of the nation, goes into the pockets of the croonies of the criminals in power, and someone somewhere writes on that monumnetal fraud: Fuel Subsidy!

Every single hour in year 2012, N55 million disappears under the government of Goodluck Jonathan. Mr. President has installed an Automated Looting Machine into the cashware of the nation’s finances., he called it Fuel Subsidy. The machine dispenses N55 million every hour, almost N1 million per minute, round the clock. And that machine is about to get really busy in the next three weeks, if the National Assembly rubberstamps that N161 billion request.

Mr. President has declared an end of the year bonanza for his friends, it would cost the nation N161 billion.

 

Closing:

In closing, I bring you the words of Mr. Enoch Kenawa, the Secretary of the Oil Marketers Association via the Punch, he said: “We have said it continuously in the past that the N888bn fuel subsidy budget for 2012 was inadequate but the finance minister has been proving stubborn and deceiving Nigerians that the amount would be enough. We have been in this business for a long time and we know what the trends are. I am happy that our position has been justified. We are calling on the National Assembly to quickly pass request of the President so that supply of products can increase. Once the money is approved, Nigerians are assured of a good holiday period to ensure adequate supply of fuel during Christmas.”

There, brethren, is the handwriting on the wall, in bold letters for all to see.

 

Key Actors:

Oil Marketers: The bride of a looting regime; wants business to continue as usual.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: after the resurrection of her conscience, refused to release funds for the yuletide looting bonanza.

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Daddy’s girl, angry with her born again sister, reports her to big daddy.

Goodluck Jonathan: promised to create wealth, presents an end of the year, chop make I chop proposal to the National Assembly.

National Assembly: asking “what’s in this for us?”

Nigerians: Cheated, deceived, robbed and raped, suffering diligently, smiling cheerfully.

Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook): The writamatician, he advises all Nigerians to take classes in calculus as the knowledge of partial differentials may prove useful in the understanding of the 2013 version of the Jonathan-metricks of fuel subsidy scam

 

The End

  • Bolaji

    Excellent piece

  • http://www.olalekanakogun.blogspot.com Akogun Olalekan

    *Sighs* The house is gradually getting divided against itself. Well that’s goodnews to me. GEJ promised to create wealth, he’s doing or about to do just that, but sadly only for himself and other cohorts. Our fate lies in the hands of the NASS on this matter. Will they be bought over? Answers to manifest shortly.
    Kudos @Zebbook for painstakingly painting these indices to the public, and @Omojuwa for providing this platform.
    Twitter: @Olalekanakogun.

  • @lordrooz

    The ‘machine’ has already started working! NASS approved! *sigh*

  • Idowu Adeniyi

    Guess it serves nigerians right, until we begin to think straight and not being sentimental on the choice of leadership, until we begin to think rationally else we will continue to suffer and smile.

  • http://www.twitter.com Oyindamola

    where’s dis country heading to….God help the helpless.

  • parrot

    Jonathan should be shot. All these wimpers on social media will get us nowhere.

  • @oluwassledge

    Its really appalling and Sad to know d truth and can’t do anything.Maybe that’s y dey Kidnapp Madam’s Mother sef to bend her hand.SMH

  • Leonard

    Revolution,bloody revolution is all we need.

  • batarhe

    My head is spinning from seeing all those figures considering that I’m an Engineer that’s a lot of numbers, shame on Goodluck and Madueke and the Marketers

  • Okey bishop

    I feel sorry for this country.That is the much i can say for now.

  • Osoria

    That we have access to the truth, is enough weapon to arm ourselves against them in UNITY…we r not fools, just operessed. But their judgment is near, very close…great work bro.

  • http://facebook.com/fahadfackz Musawa Fahad

    Unless we change our voting criteria I.e Not being sentimental interms of choice of leadership we will soon witness our dooms day.

  • Aliyu gam

    GOOD LUCK NIGERIA.HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  • julius peters

    We all love to comment, and we all run from action.

  • A M Kolo

    This is wonderful calculus that exposes monumental corruption.

  • Alahjizaks

    Hahaha,end of the year FRESH-AIR….!

  • Imrana

    What a nation with all the financial watch dogs. What a leadership of a giant country full of promises of hope to the ever increasing hungered, unsecured, unemployed and unenterprising citizenry. The solution to Nigerian misdeamour is beyond the unrealistic free and fair election, above the scape goat style of sacrifices, far ahead of deceitful judicial unending legal proceedings etc etc. Nigerian most realise that this country belongs to more 160 million masses whom are deprived the privilage of power to realise their dreams of small scale businesses, secured environments without the fear of bombs or being kidnapped, sound and mordern health care without spending a lot to travel overseas or watch a dear one died of lack of good medical attention locally and or good and sound education for the leaders of tomorrow. A call for justice to even our unborn children.

  • Ade-Adedeji Adeyera

    I’m singing that old classic. Whoever remembers could join in.

    “Come and see Nigerian wonder; Come and see Nigerian wonder……”

  • adeola samuel

    Hmmmm! What a docile followers called citizens.Am ashamed to be counted as part of this generation

  • abkreal

    Hmm,honestly this country has evolved into a land full of opportunities for two sets of people.1.†?? oil-wealth type ????? 2.†?? IGR(internal generated revenue/real-estate.Don’t know who ??? trust in this nation.

  • mamman musa kolo

    Why are you critisise the President?, our problems is not the President, we the masis vote for him at the price of #50 in the first place, secondly our low-mekers we voted them to protect our intrest, but they are there busy protecting they are intrest,not ours, well we have to pray harder.

  • http://naijaobserver.wordpress.com naijaobserver

    @Zebbook, you have said it all, as I read through your piece, my heart was filled with much anger, lots of people are suffering,dying everyday, the masses have all lost hope, while GEJ and his gang of thieves loot the treasury dry, we shouldn’t be suprised when subsidy payments for 2013 increases dramatically to over N2trillion. At the end of GEJ’s tenure, nigeria’s treasury would have been looted to the end and the country would be in severe debt!
    God bless you @Zebbook once again!

  • kale

    Wat on earth is wrong wit our leaders? Diz money can’t buy dem heaven except heel. They should’ve learnt frm late gen Abacha.

  • umar idris

    Well, wat more can i say. We need more of this fresh air. It servs us rite. We new who shld rule us but we believd in fresh air, lets nt forget he is da chosen one oh. I dnt regret cos i never wasted my vote for him. And i knw we wld continue to reciev dis fresh air until 2019.

  • Abacha

    Vote for me I beg. 2015. Make I calculate ‘am for una!!! No bi so you no sabi!

  • yomi

    We need a revolution to bring sanity to this country. The youth should stand up to put a stop to a cancer that has metastasize all over the place. Enough of talk talk let’s start purging this nation that God has blessed so much of the cancer that is eating us up.

  • Ijeoma

    I don’t believe this

  • Aiyeola oloye

    This calculation is mind blowing and its not new.All we need to do is to rise up and fight to win!
    Talking and analysing we lead to no where.The govt knows we are very good in talking and no fierce actions.
    The truth is…..we are very coward!
    This country will never change for good without lootocrats heads rolling!

  • beegwhale

    They won’t last cos they’re rushin it…their cup soon to full tho,’goodluck’ to them as they wallow in self-destruction! The money ‘d eventuali kill them,sure thing!

  • otto

    I feel raped! I hate nigeria! Pls the patriots can take several seats!

  • MTK

    Omo Nigeria ewo l’ewo? Which way my country?

  • Jub

    Its sad to read all dis figure been looted everyday but we arnt ready yet to stop it ourself. Why? We believe it will stop itself. Lie, it willnt stop and we will continue suffering and dying in our lots. Nigerians Stand up and fight 4 yours, ur children and ur unborn children. Let’s give them(idiots) a real Occupy Nigeria Come 2013 we dnt need to wait 4 any election period. Thanks to d person dat gave us dis great information.

  • Amadin Osamudiamen J P

    Salutations
    My head is spinning
    I have‘nt seen dat much figures since i wrote maths in waec.How can very few people hold a whole nation to ransome? So much money;
    Human want of a truth is insatiable

  • http://yahoo.com Tayo

    Are u kidding me?! I guess these figures are even more than when there was zero subsidy removal.

  • Fatima

    So, who do you think kidnapped our minister NOI’s mother. Is there a clue in all this?

  • alimas

    D facts r clear,d writing is boldly on d wall.
    Dis is outrageous & preposterous besides d fact dat is just atip of d iceberg cos if d fraud in other sectors is exposed …..!????!!! Don’t forget d borrowing proposals. Wat do we intend to do to save our children

  • rasaq

    Thank God,I didnt vote Fø????? him. So, Fø????? those who voted him into looting they should right their wrong!This could be Tahrir square style or through the ballot in 2015.LBT

  • @seunmike

    This figures are mindblowing!!! What the hell are Nigerians waiting for? Revolution now!!!!

  • Anas LG

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

  • mani

    He that invited the rain will surely be beaten by the rain

  • http://sammiealiu.com Aliu Samuel

    Nigerians let us take lead from our other African brothers Egypt & Lybia. Let’s actually “OCCUPY NIGERIA” without fear of intimidation. We ve suffered & smiled enough. Our unity is enough to fight these maggots called leaders b4 they devour d future of our children.

  • @xahido

    Another saga of lootitudes making use of the ALM(automated looting machine) isn’t dat perfect. Subsidy is the scam is the biggest scam of the decade and its proving to be effective and funds gulping than any other means of looting that’s y dis administration decide to make use of it to milk us dry. Let’s hope and pray for our saving grace which for now we don’t know who,what and where it is. Hope we find is soon,so that we can pit an end to dis solace of life. Mr bukky thanks for d headache o(plenty calculus) you don’t fall short of expectation bro.Maximum hailing for you.Bless

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  • alcapoco

    I A????? an unemployed petroleum engineering graduate and any time I see or read about the frauds being done by our top govt officials, I feel like picking up harms and wiping them off. I have had enough and I believe that the masses will agree with me that it is time we take the future of this country into our own hands since our so called leaders/politicians have failed us in every way. Let’s bring on revolution for a better tomorrow. God bless the nigerian masses not its government.

  • Tblash

    Only God can deliver Nigerians from the most corrupt government since our independence. Someone should please also remind GEJ that PMS has become a scarce commodity for over 3months now and d product sells for btw N105 – N115 without anybody saying anything about this increase. The era of buying and paying what d pump displays as since ended as we now need to calculate using calculators. God will surely fight for us!!! I will not be surprised if the recent kidnapp of Okonjo Iweala’s mum is part of the script for this corruption?

    Nigerians, it is hightime we woke up from our slumber and fight fir the future of our children as ours are already messed up by this government!!!

  • francis

    Naija! Wen will all dis ish stop… God help us!

  • D-Wil

    I voted for Jonathan not PDP.

  • Muhammed

    May God save Nigeria. Why are some people so heartless, seeing Millions of their people wallowing in hunger, Millions homeless, Millions can’t afford hospital bills and are dying as a result, our so called leaders siphoned Billions of naira.
    Thanks to this good thinker for this analysis

  • Abdul

    When I read all these right ups and see the condition the masses are, I begin to think may be we Nigerians are being served what our hands put forward because we shamelessly gave our votes to a party which had shown its in competency for years and thought that a miracle would happen, oh no Nigerians we can’t expect mangos from an orange tree, sadly but surely the only way forward lies in revolution because as bad as it is now, when given the chance to vote, I fear Nigerians would make the same mistake again bcos history has shown that we don’t learn from our mistakes. So as I said revolution remains our best bet, that is if we can summon up the courage to act and not sit down cursing the people responsible for our predicament.

  • isoh

    Gud fresh air regime. Enjoy it while it lasts my country people. God bless Nigeria

  • http://www.facebook.com Tunji

    There is no other viable option. We have to come out as we did in January but a peaceful protest will not work. We need to do the needful before we allow them to ruin this country completely. In the present state, any further delay will bring further tragedies and frustrations

  • Browny

    What can I say. Majority of us expected this from the “shoeless” man. At least I dnt vote for him so I’m not surprised. God help us!

  • ch.Dele Adeladun

    Very impartial and convincing piece. Without the Nigerian equivalent of the Arab Spring, noone will stop GEJ from ‘leading’ our beloved country to the gallows for summary execution

  • teslim

    This is a through breakdown of how jonathan and his cronnies loot the treasury everyday under the guise of subsidy. We need a revolution in this country. I rest my case!!!

  • Adeolu Ajobiewe

    Al Nigerians u voted 4 GEJ shld ofer dos of us u votd against him an apology. They ar wht Yoruba cald ‘Alakoba’ (One who invites trouble into the lif of his inocent neighbour.) I’m caling 4 1:1:13 to b d day of confesion 4 this serious sin of sentimental votin on f.b dat has brot teribl asault on sane senses, poverty nd even death to some. They shld txt their cofesn nd promis never 2 vot alng rligious/ ethnic lines again bt 4 d bst that can do d job. If we do this, we av protested nd we av movd 4ward in creatn a beta electorat. What do u say?

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Nigerians are a very special breed of people who possess unique qualities that only they could have been blessed with. Today, I will be attempting to help you recognize a full blooded Nigerian when you see one. If you are a Nigerian who has lived mostly in the diaspora, especially if you didn't spend your formative years here, you may not be able to relate with the characteristics I will be highlighting, sorry... but that only suggests...

On The Ball : The Rise Of Dele Alli By Edward Okaro

In this piece, I'll be talking a little bit about the two things I absolutely adore as an avid football/soccer fan: (a)The Barclays Premier League (The most watched league in the world) and (b) My beloved Nigerian National Men’s Football team (or the Super Eagles as they are fondly called) The subject to which these two things are centred around is none other than promising Nigerian born starlet Bamidele ‘Dele’ Alli and I’ll be...

One Minute Extra With Jess : Jess Says Thank You

This episode is to say thank you to everyone for the feedback, corrections and especially to my viewers and subscribers. We are closely coming to the end of the first season of One Minute Extra With Jessica and I look forward to a more informative and entertaining season two.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yMAauCC_AQ&feature=youtu.be

Kidnapped Wife Of Former Bayelsa Acting Governor Regains Freedom

The kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has been released. According to a family source, the 48-year- old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family adhered to the strict instructions by the kidnappers not to involve the police. She was released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a...

Army Plans More Court-Martial To Fight Indiscipline

The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said that the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial to check indiscipline among troops within its ranks. The Army boss, who made the statement while speaking during the an Interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015, NADECL, added that the Army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops. “I must set up court-martial and...

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

Cross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC). According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government. Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at...

Free Man : Delta State Policemen Rescue Pastor From Kidnappers’ Den

A joint team of police operatives from Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area and NNPC area in Warri have rescued a pastor of a new generation church in Effurun from kidnappers’ den after he had spent some days in captivity. It was gathered that the victim was rescued from a bush along ECN road, Otu-Jeremi following a tip-off. The victim, our correspondent also learnt, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at about 8:30 pm, along Keme...

Pope Francis Begins South America Trip In Ecuador

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador, in his first visit since becoming pope to the Spanish-speaking part of South America, bringing a message of solidarity with the poor in the region, while trying to rally his church amid dwindling numbers. Francis, history’s first South American leader of the Catholic church, arrived in the capital Quito at 19:40 GMT on Sunday for a week-long tour of the continent, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating. His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi. While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as...

NEMA Releases Official Report On Jos Bomb Attacks, Contradicts State Govt’s Report

The Director in charge of the North-Central zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has put the number of deaths in Sunday night’s bomb attacks on Jos at 44. Mr. Abdulsalam also told journalists via telephone on Monday morning that 48 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the Plateau state capital. But the Plateau state government insisted that only 18 people died in the incidents, with 18...

Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state. The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses. “Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not...

President Buhari To Revisit Unbanning Of Textiles

President Muhammadu Buhari is to revisit the recent decision of the Jonathan Administration which removed the importation of textile products from the list of banned items. A highly placed government official  said the decision by the last administration to remove textile from the list of banned items to be imported into the country was “unconscionable” ?in view of larger implications on the unemployment situation in the country. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity...

Why We Invited Ekweremadu For Questioning- Police

The Nigerian Police Force has given reasons for inviting the deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to its headquarters for questioning. The police explained on its Facebook page that it received a petition from a senator who alleged unauthorized substitution of senate document. It said in line with the policy of the police leadership on evidence gathering, the matter was referred to the Force CID in Abuja for investigation. Following the investigation, a...

Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government. The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places. Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have...

Yero left Kaduna in deficit, says KDSG

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...