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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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists. Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north. Presidential guard soldiers were posted on rooftops of houses and along the route from the airport to the presidential palace in Yaounde, while vehicles armed...

Ijaw youths task FG on economic plan for Niger Delta

The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on economic plan for the people of the Niger Delta. The youths said they are not against the president’s moves to curb oil-related theft in the region, but advised president Buhari to do the needful before deploying soldiers in the region.

Saraki Shocks Nigerians, Names Four Senate Committees

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has shocked Nigerians, by naming four Committees at Wednesday plenary. The committees include: 1. Selection Committee to be headed by the Senate President. 2. Rules and Business Committee with Senator Babatunde Omoworare representing Oshodi East Senatorial District as Chairman 3. Ethics and Privileges Committee with Senator Samuel Anyanwu representing Imo East Senatorial District as Chairman 4. Ad-Committee on Publicity is to be headed by Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi West Senatorial District. Read More: 

Obama warns world leaders to change attitude towards Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama in his visit to Ethiopia on Tuesday urged world leaders to change their attitude toward Africa. In a historic speech at the AU, Obama spoke strongly against corruption, bad leadership and economic exploitation of Africa by foreign powers, without naming any countries. He, however, sent a strong message to African leaders against extending term limits to cling to power indefinitely. He said “Africa’s progress is at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. “No person...

Drake Comes For Meek Mill On Diss Track

Round 2. Just four days after dropping his diss track “Charged Up,” Drake takes aim at Meek Mill once more on his “Back to Back” freestyle. On the three-minute track, the 6 God addresses the ghostwriting controversy head on, rapping, “This for ya’ll that think that I don’t write enough / They just mad ’cause I got the Midas touch.” Drizzy goes on to bash Meek, who is currently opening for Nicki Minaj on her “Pinkprint Tour.” “You love...

New Terrorist Group In Kaduna, Police Arraigns 120 Suspected Members

Kaduna State Police Command yesterday arraigned 120 suspected members of a new terrorists group known as Sara- Suka before a Kaduna court. The suspects who were taken to court in large number, were later assigned to various magistrate courts by the Chief Magistrate court One, Awaulu Musa Aliyu, for the continuation of the case. However the suspects were taken back to police custody. It would be recalled that, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, had...

Incredible! Man Cuts Off Wife’s Hand Over Adultery Allegations

Man, identified as Jacob Nwachukwu from Abala in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, has cut off his wife’s left hand over allegation of infidelity. The man’s wife, Mrs Nwadiokeonu Nwachukwu, is now at a hospital in Aba, while her severed hand had been taken to her husband’s village at Abala for burial. The incident happened, Monday, at Ogbor Hill Area of Aba, where the woman had lived for years, while the husband lived at...

Nicki Gets Intimate With Meek Mill In Sexy Video

All eyes are on Meek Mill and Drake’s beef. But the Dreamchasers rapper turns the spotlight on his relationship with Nicki Minaj in the video for “All Eyes On You,” the first single off his chart-topping album Dreams Worth More Than Money. In the Benny Boom-directed clip, Meek and his boo show why they’re hip-hop’s hottest new couple, putting their love on display for the world to see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut9ThAbfde0 Credit: MeekMillTV

Man Kills 41-Day Old Baby Just To Divorce Wife

A 41-day-old baby, Zainab Olajide, has died after she was allegedly poisoned by her father, Kazeem Olajide, in a desperate attempt to divorce his wife. The incident happened at about 7am on Friday at Toluwalase Estate, Ijoko-Abule, in the Lemode area of Ogun State. Punch Metro learnt that the mother, Abosede Ogundare, had left Zainab with Kazeem to sweep the compound only to come back and met the baby with foams gushing out from her...

Nicki Minaj’s Ex Safaree Samuel Comes After Her, Labels Meek Mill Fat

Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend has taken a new dig at the superstar, claiming he ghostwrote some of her hits and slamming her current boyfriend Meek Mill as fat. Safaree Samuels blasts The Pinkprint rapper, 32, saying in new song Lifeline that he wrote lyrics for her hit album. In the track, Samuels raps: 'My bars on The Pinkprint no one will ever match'. Queens-raised...

Man Dies After Drinking 20 Sachets Of Gin In N500 Bet

A middle-aged man, identified as Chucks from Imo State, has died after consuming 20 sachets of gin in a N500 bet with a woman. The deceased, said to be a barber, is married with a child and lived along Ngwa Road area of Aba, Abia State. An eyewitness said the deceased had on the fateful day, gone to a nearby local shop situated within the area to take a sachet of his usual brand of gin and boosted to...

Letter To President Buhari: A Tripartite Solution To Terrorism In Nigeria By Olawale Rotimi

Dear President, Terrorism which was alien to Nigeria has become an intrinsic challenge to the country. This challenge has led to serious infrastructural damage in the areas of education, health and social welfare facilities, poor economy particularly in affected areas, while millions are left homeless. Terrorism in Nigeria did not develop from a vacuum; there are some social and political factors that gave birth to terrorism in Nigeria. Though the terrorist group, under the name “boko...

Air Force Unveils Unmanned Bomb Detector, Light Surveillance Aircraft

The development is part of the force’s contribution to the fight against insurgency in the troubled north-eastern region. Commandant of the AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwe, introduced the device at a gathering ahead of the institute’s 44th Convocation Ceremony coming up on Friday. The Commandant demonstrated how the device could dictate and pick up Impoverished Explosive Device to safer locations for disposal. The device has a frequency jammer to distort GSM signals and...

Beneath Leahy’s Law By Anthony Ademiluyi

Senator Patrick Leahy etched his name in the world of diplomacy through the instrumentality of the American Senate – an institution he has belonged to since 1975 with the promulgation of the Leahy act named after him. The Leahy vetting is the process by which the United States government vets assistance to foreign security forces to ensure that the recipients have not committed gross human rights abuses. Military aid is automatically withdrawn if there are established and...

Names Of Oil Thieves Handed To Buhari By U.S

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari's entourage during last week’s visit to the US has disclosed that the US gave the president names of Nigerian oil thieves. The source disclosed that the President was given two separate lists – one listing the names of top government officials who have been stealing the country’s oil, using their high offices to perpetrate the stealing; and the other containing the names of illegal oil bunkerers. He said the...

Fake Baby Bump? Kim K Flaunts It Anyway

Kim Kardashian’s pregnant tummy seems to be growing, then shrinking, then growing again! While the KUWTK star, 34, has been extremely vocal that there is no way she’s faking her second pregnancy, Kim was under speculation yet again after her baby bump seemed to drastically change size within one day. So how is Kim reacting to the controversy? Well, not exactly how you’d expect! “Kim thinks the whole ‘fake’ baby bump controversy is hysterical. If anyone doesn’t think she’s pregnant they should take a...

Nigerian Army Arrests Soldier Responsible For Sporadic Shooting In Damaturu

The Nigerian Army said the sporadic shooting heard around Damaturu metropolis on Tuesday was due to an action of one of its soldiers. The explanation came in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman. “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and clarify that the sporadic firing heard in Damaturu this evening was a gross act of indiscipline on the part of a soldier who has already been arrested,” Usman...

Kaduna State reconstitutes boards, names Special Assistant on Persons With Disability

-    Binta Dikko-Audu heads SIECOM -    Aboki leads KASUPDA -    Aliyu Muhammed Salisu is Special Assistant on Persons with Disability The Kaduna State Government today announced new boards for it agencies responsible for managing elections, urban planning, traffic and emergencies. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, disclosed that the governor has approved the reconstitution of the boards of SIECOM, KASUPDA, KASTELEA and SEMA. Dr. Binta Dikko-Audu will chair the board of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral...

PDP Supports PMB’s Anti-Corruption Move, Warns Against Victimization

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government. The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimize innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

APC Accepts Gbajabiamila’s Emergence; Still Indifferent On Saraki, Ekweremadu

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed “relative satisfaction” with the choice of Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He, however, expressed indifference to the vote of confidence passed on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other principal officers of the upper legislative chamber. Mr. Gbajabiamila on Thursday emerged the House Leader. He had on June 9 contested the Speaker position but...

We Were Not Elected To Fight For Positions, Saraki To Senators

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told his colleagues that the primary purpose of their election was not to fight for leadership positions but to pursue good governance and purposeful leadership. Saraki made this remark while welcoming his colleagues back to the plenary after  a four-week recess which was dictated by fierce struggle for leadership positions. Saraki said: “Nigerians did not give us our mandate to come and pursue leadership; their mandate was for us to...

Dozens Of Women, Children Freed From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by...

Tyga Sued For Not Paying His Rent

17-year-old Kylie Jenner owns her own $2.7 million home, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Tyga, is being sued for not paying his rent ... yet again. Tyga's being sued by his landlord for failing to pay two months rent on his house in posh Calabasas. The pad rents for $25k/month ... and the landlord says he's behind that amount times 2. If Tyga doesn't fork over the loot by Saturday, the landlord will go for eviction and charge him...

Kissing May Cause Cancer?

Kissing has overtaken smoking and drinking as the leading risk factor for developing head and neck cancers. The humble French kiss can pass on human papilloma virus (HPV), and Head of Maxillofacial and Head and neck Surgery at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Dr Mahiban Thomas, said the virus was responsible for a ‘tsunami’ of cancer cases. Dr Thomas told NT News if you became infected by HPV in the oropharynx, your risk of developing head...

Actress Linda Ejiofor Beautiful In New Photos

Nollywood Actress Linda Ejiofor looks glamorous in her new photoshoot.    

Amina Bala Zakari: Is She Good Enough To Lead INEC? – Tunde Babalola

The narrative has changed in Nigeria’s political hemisphere since power changed hands via the ballot on May 29th, with the PDP having some trouble settling into its new role as opposition after 16 years in charge. This perhaps explains why like a toddler learning to walk, the party is holding onto every action and inaction of President Muhammadu Buhari to form the fulcrum of its criticisms. From probes, to speeches, to appointments, the PDP has made it...

EFCC Interrogates Saraki’s wife for six hours

Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, invited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office in Abuja on Tuesday for interrogations, arrived with a plethora of supporters who are lawmakers. Mrs. Saraki was invited alongside Zainab Dankingari, the wife of a former governor of Kebbi State and daughter of the late president,...

President Buhari Appoints Gen Boroh As Head Of Amnesty Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Brigadier-General Paul.T. Boroh (rtd.) as the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants. Brig. Boroh, whose appointment takes immediate effect, is to take over the responsibilities of Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme. The appointment of a new Coordinator for the Amnesty Programme is expected to lead to the speedy resolution of recent...

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, dies at 85

THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has reportedly passed on, on Tuesday, at 85 years. Sources said the monarch, who was said to have been flown out of the country since last Friday, died in the United Kingdom. A former commissioner and indigene of Ife, who spoke to Punch said, “It is true. I was with him on Wednesday. Last Thursday when we held the political summit in Ife, he supported us and sent an emissary to the summit. He...

KogiDecides: Politics Aside Kogi State Deserves Good Governance – @Lanre_Olagunju

Nigerian politicians most times fail to realize that Nigerians aren’t as concerned about the party in government - be it the People’s Democratic Party or the All Progressives Congress - as much as they are concerned about good governance. Politicians, in many cases, are still mostly conceived to be liars and king of mischief. But in the real sense, good governance doesn’t lie. When a government works, everyone feels the impact. But when a government in power...

Bobbi Kristina’s Body Released For Burial

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has released Bobbi Kristina's body and it is currently at a funeral home in preparation for burial next to her mom. The body was released Tuesday at around noon, a day after an autopsy was performed. The Medical Examiner has all the information he needs to determine the official cause of death, although it appears from the preliminary results there were no signs of foul play. The service is set for...

Prophet commits suicide in kirikiri prison

Destiny Onwudinjo, an acclaimed prophet of Heaven Divine Ministry, in Shasha, area of Lagos, has committed suicide inside the Kirikiri maximum Prison. Onwudinjo who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine for absconding from court to evade trial, decided to terminate his life inside the prison after he became dejected about his conviction and jail term. According to his co-inmates, he hit his head several times on the prison wall and broke his head. He later fell down and...

Gaddafi’s son sentenced to death

A Libyan court  has sentenced Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others including Gaddafi’s former head of intelligence -Abdullah al-Senussi, to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution. More than 30 close associates of the deposed leader are also on trial for suppressing protests during the uprising.

Amaechi behind REC’s arrest, says family

The family of the arrested Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, has accused former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, of being behind the arrest of Khan by the Department of State Services. Khan’s family, from Peretoru in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, made the allegation in a statement on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

Senate: PDP mourns as Akpabio suffers first ever judicial defeat

... tribunal dismisses ex governor's  preliminary objection against Okori ...fear, anxiety grips Akpabio, PDP as witness testimony begins July 29 ...ruling a big setback for us - PDP As early as 9am the courtroom was filled to capacity. Counsels, APC supporters, journalists, tribunal staff all took their sit in preparation for the commencement of the days proceedings. The main agenda was the tribunals ruling on the two preliminary objection...

Lady Gaga’s Fiancée Bought Her $295,000 Worth of Alexander McQueen Shoes

Lady Gaga in a nude bodysuit with three pairs of Alexander McQueen armadillo boots. “Long Live McQueen. Look monsters, we got a sign of love from the beyond,” she wrote.  Aside from the models contractually obligated to wear Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo boots down the runway,Lady Gaga was one of the only women who was brave enough to take them for a spin in real life. Now, years after the shoes made their catwalk debut and their original designer passed...

Patience Jonathan was not denied access to the VIP lounge at PH airport – FAAN releases official statement

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has denied reports that the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan, was denied access to the VIP lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport. FAAN has said even though the former First Lady was not denied access, her convoy...

Why I Joined ISIS & Left After 3 Days, Former ISIS Militant Explains

A former Islamic State militant recently spoke with NBC news about his experience fighting with the group in Syria — and why he surrendered after just three days on the frontlines. The man, a 24-year-old single father and college dropout who traveled from New York back to his native Turkey, told NBC what has become a familiar story. Socially isolated and lacking meaning in his life, he was seduced by the jihadis' promise...

Fed High Court Clears Saraki To Constitute Senate Standing C’ttees

The Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to grant an ex-parte order seeking to stop the Senate President Bukola Saraki from constituting the senate standing committees . While ruling on Tuesday in an ex-parte motion filed and argued by Manman Osuman on behalf of five senators led by Senator Kabir Marafa, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that there was nothing urgent in what the plaintiffs are asking for. Justice kolawole said that the senate standing...

Publish Jonathan’s Handover Notes, PDP Reps Charge PMB

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the handover notes of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the official  gazette of the federation. The resolution,Tuesday, at resumption of plenary after a recess, followed a motion by Uzom Nkem-Abonta who observed that only officials of the presidency have access to the document at the moment. Mr. Abonta however noted that “some extant laws may place restrictions on the publication of the document” even...

Tinubu seeks 100 days of honeymoon for Buhari

An APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, urged Nigerians who have been accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being too slow to allow the President at least 100 days of honeymoon. Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed-door with Buhari at the...

81 Senators Pass Vote of Confidence on Saraki

The Senate on Tuesday passed a Vote of Confidence on Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki's presidency, putting to bed insinuations in some quarters that it is divided. The motion, which was moved by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo east), had a wide range of support base and acceptance of majority of the Senate, as 81 Senators supported the motion. The passage of the Vote of Confidence on Saraki's leadership as President of the Senate has effectively laid to rest...

Khloe Kardasian Brings Sexy Back In Smoking Hot Photo Shoot

Khloe Kardashian has shared an unaltered photograph from a recent photoshoot after haters slammed the pictures online for being overly retouched. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality star is the cover story of Complex mag’s August/September edition in a sexy workout shoot.   Read More: uk.celebrity.yahoo.com

Yes! Eva Longoria Wears Glasses

She’s the face of a new campaign for Australian discount eyewear brand Specsavers, and Eva Longoria has been accused of faking her need for glasses just to get the gig. Jenna Clarke of the Sydney Morning Herald claimed, “Eva was in town representing a budget eyewear chain, but according to photographers that have been snapping her for close to 15 years, she doesn’t wear spectacles. I’ve only found two photos of her ever spotted wearing glasses outside the...

Robbery, Thuggery, Now Forgery: A Legislative Evolution By Gbolahan Yusuf

The legislature. Many see it as the most important leg in the tripod of governance, especially given its power as a supervisory arm over the almighty executive even while limiting the power of the judiciary over it. It is public knowledge that any democracy revolves around the people (of, by, and for the people), and so the powers of the legislature are easily justified seeing as it stands for the people in any government. Or well, it...

EFCC Forms Team For Saraki’s Wife, Yar’Adua’s Daughter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raised a team of crack investigators to grill Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife, Oluwatoyin and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari. Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC seeking to appear today or tomorrow. Expressing her readiness to cooperate with the anti-graft commission, she had never received unlawful public funds. A source in the commission said: “We are ready for Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki and Hajiya Zainab...

Gbajabiamila emerges Reps Majority Leader

Representative of the Surulere Federal Constituency, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. Details to come later...

Gbajabiamila Emerges Reps Majority Leader

The leadership crisis in the House of Representatives appears to have been resolved as the member, representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has emerged the Majority Leader of the House. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met the representatives ahead of their resumption today but the federal lawmakers emerged from the meeting singing discordant tunes, suggesting that the meeting with the president had failed. Read More: punchng

Two Senior Pastors Continue Their Bloody Fight Over Who Will Be General Superintendent

The shameless leadership tussle in the Assemblies of God Church is getting out of hand. Reports suggest that there would have been another bloodbath recently but for the timely intervention of the police. Vanguard reports that factionalization of the church has resulted in crisis which has been brewing in the church as two senior Reverends, Professor Paul Emeka and Dr Chidi Okoroafor, have been at loggerheads, each laying claim to be the overall leader of...

APC Supports Buhari’s Probe Of Jonathan’s Administration

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed strong support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past federal government, saying the revelations of mind-boggling corruption that are just beginning to emerge have made such a probe imperative. ”Some people have insinuated that the Buhari Administration should ignore the massive looting of our patrimony and move on. We say no responsible government can afford to do that, because it will amount to endorsing corruption and...

“Poverty Is Not An Excuse For Failure. Do Something!” – Auma Obama

Some inspiring quotes by President Obama's sister, Auma. "When Barack first came to Kenya he slept in a small camping bed in my flat" "I once drove Barack in my battered beetle here in Kenya. 27 years later he gave me a ride in the Beast. Poverty is not an excuse for failure. Everyone can succeed. Do something!" Credit- linda Ikeji

Boko Haram Fails In Another Attempt To Capture Home Town Of COAS

Boko Haram terrorists have failed in their latest attempt to capture Buratai, Borno State, the home town of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai and also the location of a military camp. The Director Army Public Relations (DAPR) Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a short message Tuesday noted that this is about the fourth time since February 2014 the dreaded group has attacked Buratai. Usman said that the terrorist invaders had...

38 People Dead: Boko Haram Members On The Run, Chadian Forces In Pursuit

The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. On Monday, “violent clashes” raged near...

PDP Spent N2.5bn, APC N728m During Election Campaigns – Report

A report by Compliance and Content Monitoring Ltd (CCM) has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) spent a combined N3.23 billion on political campaign advertisements for this year’s general elections, according to a report at the weekend. According to the report PDP spent for about N2.5 billion (77 per cent) and APC spent N728 million (23 per cent). CCM said the media advertisements were placed on radio, television, press...

Bobby Brown will Not Get Any Part of the Fortune Whitney, Bobbi Kristina Left Behind

Bobbi Kristina was set to inherit at least $20 million when Whitney Houston died, but there were strings attached and it looks like most of that fortune will be determined by Whitney's wishes ... not her daughter's. Accordng to News We got from TMZ: We've seen a copy of Whitney's will, which established a trust in which Bobbi Kristina got 1/10 of Whitney's estate when she turned 21. Bobbi Kristina was set to get 1/6 of...

Court Refuses To Stop Probe Of Ekweremadu, Others

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to stop the police from continuing investigation of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others over alleged forgery of the Senate 2015 Standing Rules. Justice Gabriel Kolawole yesterday refused an ex-parte application filed by Senator Prince Gilbert Emeka Nnaji which sought to restrain the police from proceeding with the investigation and making public the report of the inquiry. Nnaji requested interim orders to restrain the...

Gaddafi’s Son Sentenced To Death

A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam, the most prominent son of Libya's slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, to death by firing squad. He was sentenced in absentia on Tuesday by a court in the capital, Tripoli, along with eight other senior members of the former regime, which was overthrown in 2011. They were accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the revolution, a state prosecutor said in early June. The trial...

PMB Seeks Senate’s Confirmation Of Newly Appointed Service Chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs, recently appointed by him. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary as the Red Chamber resumed after five weeds recess. Saraki said that the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004. Read More: vanguardngr

House Crisis: Reps Adopt APC’s Zoning Formular

A make or mar meeting between opposing factions of All Progressives Congress members in the House of Representatives, ended early Tuesday with the two sides adopting an earlier directive from the APC leadership on the zoning of key leadership positions. The party had zoned the positions in a letter to the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on June 23. In the letter, the party presented Femi Gbajabiamila (South-West) as the house leader; Ado Doguwa (North-West) as deputy...

Late Bobbi Kristina Had History of Falling Asleep Wasted in Bathtubs

Bobbi Kristina got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room ... and it could be critical evidence in the homicide investigation. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Bobbi was partying with Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton bar and got drunk and unruly. Bobbi Kristina went up to her room, drew a bath and fell asleep in the tub ... intoxicated. By the time she...

Over 250,000 Barrels Of Oil Siphoned Daily, PMB Raises Alarm

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the alarm that oil theft continues at the moment with an average of more than 250,000 barrels being siphoned daily. Speaking yesterday on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme tagged “Good Morning Nigeria”, Buhari promised  that he would soon ensure that those committing that crime against Nigeria are faced with facts and prosecuted. He said crude was  being illegally loaded from the country’s terminals by unpatriotic Nigerians that only...

Tyrese Blasts Urban Radio For Not Playing His Song

White radio will ONLY play R&B/Soul if it's performed by white guys ... so claims the black guy who has the #1 R&B/Soul album ... Tyrese. Tyrese does not mince words ... he says he can't get white radio DJ's to play his single "Shame" to save his life ... it's only played on black stations. He then ups the ante, claiming white radio would love "Shame" if it was performed by Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith or Robin Thicke.

Woman Who Accused Bill Clinton Of Sexual Harassment Launches Anti-Hillary Website

A woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton during his presidency in 1993 is going after his wife with a website chronicling 'a scandal a day' – and she's looking for more sex-harassment victims. Kathleen Willey testified in a lawsuit brought by Paula Jones against the former president that he groped her and kissed her in a small room near the Oval Office. The Clintons and their lawyers disputed that claim. But...

Nick Gordon Learnt About Bobbi Kristina’s Death Over The Internet… Releases Press Statement

Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon learned of the 22-year-old's death over the internet, according to reports. An insider told Us Weekly that Nick learned of Bobbi's death "just like everyone else did, from the internet" as he was in Florida with his mother at the time the news broke. Nick had been banned from seeing Bobbi Kristina and earlier this month he was served with $10 million lawsuit, accusing him of being violent towards her...

Army To Establish Motorcycle Battalion To Combat Terrorism

The Nigerian Army is considering setting up of a special force that will use motorcycles to check the activities of terrorists. The new battalion, when established will complement efforts of the ground troops. It has been learnt that the Motorcycle Battalion will be a special unit out of the initiative of the army chief, Major General Tukur Buratai, in his efforts to wipe out Boko Haram within the shortest possible time. Reports say that the new...

Earthquake Hits Indonesia

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Indonesia’s Papua region on Tuesday. It said the quake struck inland, some 244 kilometres west of the provincial capital of Jayapura. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage. Credit: NAN

More On Obama’s Speech During AU Visit

Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder. He said the "urgent task" of generating jobs for a population that is expected to double to...

Obama Addresses AU, Emphasizes On Human Rights

Barack Obama arrived at African Union headquarters Tuesday, where he will become the first US president to address the 54-member continental bloc, at the end of a tour focused on corruption, rights and security. In his speech, President Obama addresses climate change, security, food security, human rights and democracy. Details on his speech will be brought soon...

Rihanna And Lewis Hamilton Dating?

Lewis, 30, has cooled things off with model Kendall Jenner so he can give the singing star his full attention. Last Saturday he and Rihanna, 27, dined at New York restaurant Da Silvano before moving on to 1 OAK nightclub. They then went to her penthouse in the city to carry on partying into the early hours. Read More: 

News Alert!! Godswill Akpabio Emerges Senate Minority Leader

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio has been named the minority? leader of the senate. THE CABLE reports that Akpabio was nominated by the south-south caucus of the PDP in the senate. His nomination, however, is against the standing rules of the senate, which exempts first-term senators from holding principal positions. More details later.

This Man Is CONVINCED He is Jesus Christ, Already Gaining Followers

An Australian man believes the Shroud of Turin proves he is the second coming of Jesus Christ - and he says the Vatican is convinced, too. Before we go any further, we have to explain what the shroud of Turin is. The Shroud of Turin is  a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Many believe that the image on...

Jihadi John Flees ISIS?

British terrorist “Jihadi John” has reportedly left  ISIS, fearing for his life after being identified six months earlier as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner from a well-to-do family. Jihadi John left because the terrorist organization might drop him "like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them," according to a source for the British news outlet, the Daily Express. The Daily Express report has not been confirmed by government...

Committee Threatens Sanctions Against Violent House Of Reps Members

As members of the House of Representatives resume plenary on Tuesday, the Adhoc Committee on Code of Conduct has warned returning members to behave orderly. Plenary was cut short the last time the House sat on June 25 when some members attempted to seize the mace leading to a free-for-all fight between members loyal to Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Femi Gbajabiamila. After the fracas, Mr. Dogara postponed plenary to July 28. The ad hoc...

NASS Crisis: I’ll Crush All Opposition, Mostly APC Members – Speaker Dogara Warns

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Monday, July 27, 2015, warned all members of the parliament, mostly, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who are against his leadership, to conduct themselves orderly as the parliament resumes, otherwise, they would be severely dealt with. According to Daily Independent, Members of the APC Loyalist Group had been at dagger drawn with the speaker over the allocation of the Principal Officers seats meant for the...

Flood Wreaks Havoc In Anambra

Awka and Onitsha, the capital and commercial nerve centre of Anambra state, were yesterday heavily impacted by flood following torrential rains that lasted from the early hours of Sunday to yesterday. By yesterday afternoon, the flood had pulled down a residential building at Udoka Estate and submerged another at Ngozika Estate in Awka. The flood also made Awka Ring Road leading to Nibo impassable. The flood, which made the Obibia River to overflow across the road,...

A Minister In GEJ’s Govt Stole $6Billion – Gov. Oshiomole Alleges

Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has alleged that a minister that served in former president Jonathan's administration stole a whooping $6billion. Governor Oshiomole made the allegation while speaking to state house correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari today. He said American officials made the alleged fraud known to the Buhari led delegation during the state visit to the US last week. "PDP destroyed the country. I mean from the lips of American officials; senior officials of the...

Tribunal Dimisses Wike’s Bid To Relocate Election Tribunal To Rivers

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has dismissed an application by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, seeking an order relocating its venue to Rivers. In a ruling, the three-man panel led by Justice Muazu Pindiga, dismissed the application on the ground that the tribunal had power to sit in Abuja, following security challenges in the state. The tribunal also held that the composition of the tribunal was not in any way defective...

Boko Haram: President Buhari To Visit Cameroon

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks with that country's President Paul Biya on combatting the regional threat from Boko Haram, Nigerian officials said. "President Buhari is going to Cameroon on Wednesday. He will hold talks with President Biya on arrival on Wednesday and the issue of Boko Haram will be central in their discussion," presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said. Since his inauguration on May 29, Buhari has...

A Lot Of Knowledgeable Nigerians Have Been Compromised, Buhari Explains Why It Is Taking Time To Appoint Ministers

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari has once again explained why it is taking him time to appoint ministers, saying that a lot of knowledgeable Nigerians fit for the position have been compromised and it is very risky to appoint such people into office. He explained that appointing ministers who will be taking instructions from ‘powerful people’ outside the cabinet will take Nigeria back to square one and that is part of what...

Eve & Billionaire Husband Maximillion Cooper Enjoy a Family Vacation in Barbados

Grammy award winner Eve and billionaire husband Maximillion Cooper got engaged on Christmas Day in 2013 and wedded in June 2014 in Ibiza, Spain. They were on Sunday papped enjoying a family vacation in Barbados. The 36-year-old rapper wore a white two-piece with a scalloped top while on holiday with Gumball 3000 co-founder Maximillion and his four children from a previous marriage. Eve was in the driver's seat of a Yamaha jet ski with Maximillion, 43, right behind...

Bobbi Kristina’s Autopsy Shows No Evidence Of Foul Play

There are no obvious signs someone tried to kill Bobbi Kristina ... this according to the preliminary autopsy results. According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death."  The Medical Examiner goes on to say, "no significant injuries were noted." Short story ... this could help Nick Gordon, who has been under the police microscope from the get-go. The report says there were no previously unknown medical conditions that could...

States To Repay Bailout Loans From Allocations

It has been revealed that the bailout package being prepared by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the 36 states of the federation is to be deducted from their statutory allocations. On Monday revealed that some state governors had started visiting the central bank to discuss modalities on how and when the funds would be released. It was gathered that the CBN would release the package to the states as concessionary loans to be repaid over a longer period...

Crude oil falls below $54, threatens Nigeria’s savings

The global benchmark crude oil hit $53.33 per barrel on Monday, threatening the expected accretion to Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account this year. The steep decline in oil prices had forced the National Assembly to settle for $53 per barrel as the oil benchmark price for this year’s budget, down from $65 proposed by the...

Forgery Scandal: Lawan group heads for court again

Senators opposed to the leadership of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, operating on the platform of a group called Senate Unity Forum, on Monday filed a fresh suit at Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the nullification of the inauguration of the 8th Senate carried out by the management of the National Assembly, on June 9.

Buhari: I won’t make persons who lack integrity ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he would not make compromised citizens and ‘hostages’ ministers. “We will try as much as possible to avoid appointing hostages; by this, I mean people who have been in the system but compromised their personal and professional integrity, Buhari said on Monday in a live programme, Good Morning Nigeria, on...