Eid-el-Maulud: FG Declares Monday, Dec 12, Public Holiday

The federal government has declared Monday, Dec. 12 , as public holiday to mark the Eid-el-Maulud celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. AbdulrahmanDambazau (rtd), made the declaration on behalf of the federal government yesterday in Abuja.

In a statement signed by the acting permanent secretary of the ministry, AlhajiMuhammaduMaccido, Dambazau enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to join hands with President MuhammaduBuhari to build a strong, united and peaceful nation.

He also urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace across the nation.

The minister also called on all Nigerians to be patient and supportive of the present administration for the successful implementation of its laudable programmes.

He wished all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Eid-el-Maulud celebration.

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FG Declares ASUU Strike Unconstitutional

The federal government yesterday declared the planned nationwide strike Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as unconstitutional given that the union was yet to exhaust all the necessary mechanisms required before a strike could be embarked upon.

The government also appealed to the union to shelve its planned strike billed to commence today.

In a statement released late last night and signed by the Director of Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, quoted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, as urging ASUU “to rescind its decision on the strike so as to give the government an opportunity to discuss the all contending issues arising from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) it reached with government.

Ngige explained: “In view of the prevailing circumstances, the issuance of warning strike by ASUU was unconstitutional as the body was yet to exhaust the conflict resolution mechanisms clearly mapped out in the labour laws.

“The claims of nationwide consultations by ASUU cannot be true as the Ministry of Labour and Employment which is the chief conciliator of industrial relations disputes is yet to receive a direct petition from ASUU against the federal government who is the jurisdictional employer,” the minister stated
The minister therefore “appealed to ASUU to give the present administration the opportunity to fully address its grievances which stemmed from the inactions of the past administration.”

Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday waded into the rift between the federal government and ASUU and mandated its President, Bukola Saraki, to mediate on the matter.

The union had last Monday issued an ultimatum to the federal government to fulfill the agreement it reached with it in 2009 or face a one-week warning strike.

Moving a motion for Senate’s intervention in the matter yesterday, Senate Committee Chairman on Tertiary Education, Senator Jibril Barau, drew the attention of the parliament to the threat of warning strike by ASUU and harped on the need for the federal government to urgently engage the lecturers in a dialogue before the matter snowballs into a full bloom industrial action.

Jibril had argued that fulfilling the agreement it reached with ASUU in 2009 was necessary for the well being and development of the Nigerian public universities and warned of the consequences of failing to respond to ASUU threat.

“The ASUU is insisting that if the Federal Government of Nigeria continues to fail to implement their aforesaid agreements as well as made certain key necessities, the public shall continue to be incapacitated in carrying out their functions as centre for knowledge acquisition, research and community service in citadel of learning.

“The Senate further notes that there are six vital issues whose continued pendency before the federal government and ASUU are creating discontent among members of the union and they have therefore been calling for the intervention of stakeholders to prevent the breakdown in the university system nationwide.

“The Senate is further concerned that one of the six issues in contention is the introduction of the single treasury account (TSA) system in the universities which is believed by ASUU to be hampering the smooth running operations of public universities,” Jibril said.

The Senate therefore called “on the executive arm of government to engage the ASUU in first talks to proffer solutions on how best to implement all the agreements that both bodies entered into since 2009 and implementation of key necessities that are vital for the well-being and development of our universities as canvassed by ASUU.

The parliament also resolved that whatever “was agreed to be paid by lecturers and other actions to be taken as a result of prayer one above should be captured in the 2017 budget for prompt implementation.”
It also commended “ASUU for choosing the path of dialogue rather than confrontation as a means of resolving all the outstanding issues between it and the federal government and to urge the union not to relent in its approach of dialogue.

In his remark, Saraki said preventing the strike was imperative “in the interest of the people that we represent and to ensure that we must find a way of seeing the implementation of this agreement, which is over eight years now.”

Saraki promised to honour Senate’s mandate by getting “the relevant parties to quickly come to the table so that we can find a way of moving forward and report back to us.”

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Obama’s Village In Kenya ‘Votes’ For Clinton, Declares Her Winner Of Election

A highly unscientific poll by a Kenyan Twitter pollster puts US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton a whopping 69% ahead of Donald Trump.

another Kenyan poll which puts her even further ahead.

People in President Barack Obama’s father’s village held their own mock election, reports Kenya’s Star newspaper.

Mrs Clinton came won with 78% of the vote against Mr Trump’s 22% in the dummy election in Kogelo, Siaya county.

This tweeter monitored the election:

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Sokoto Declares Tomorrow Holiday For Islamic New Year

The Sokoto State Government has declared tomorrow as public holiday to commemorate the start of the Islamic New Year (Muharram 3, 1438 AH).

A statement yesterday by Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s spokesman Malam Imam Imam congratulated Muslims for witnessing the Hijra New Year.

It quoted Tambuwal as appealing to the people of the state to use the occasion of the public holiday to intensify prayers for the nation.

It urged all citizens to care, love and protect one another, adding that, Islamic virtues of unity, peace and honesty, should be promoted by all persons.

Sultan declares Monday 1st Muharram, Sokoto Govt declares Tuesday public holiday

The declaration followed the declaration of yesterday as the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

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#Nigeria@56: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday as public holiday to mark the nation’s 56th independence anniversary celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), who made the declaration on behalf of the FG, congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary.

He assured  them that the government was working assiduously to put in place “various palliative measures to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.”

The minister, in a statement by the acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido on Thursday in Abuja, urged all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his “avowed determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers.”

“He wished all Nigerians a happy anniversary celebration,” it added.



Anambra Community Declares 4 Chiefs Missing

The Abagana Welfare Association, AWA, in Anambra State has declared four prominent traditional leaders of the community missing.

The Onowu (traditional Prime Minister) of Abagana, High Chief Alfred Onugha who spoke in a telephone interview, yesterday, said that those allegedly missing after the police invasion of Abagana community following the land dispute between the people and Ukpo community include High Chiefs Amobi Ezekwe, Eugene Anene, Stephen Ezediegwu and Charles Nwazojie.

This was even as police sources said in Awka that the traditional chiefs who were arrested on August 19 in their residences over alleged conduct likely to cause a breach of peace were helping detectives in their investigations over the issue. However, AWA asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to compel the state Police Commissioner, Samuel Okaula, to immediately release all persons arrested in the wake of the latest round of clashes between the two communities or, in the alternative, charge them to court.

They said that some of those arrested in the land dispute were paraded as terrorists while the whereabouts of others including the high chiefs were unknown. In a petition to the IGP, AWA also, accused the state police command of allegedly taking sides in the said land dispute, pointing out that the activities of the command had increased threats to the peace, law and order in the area.

The petition was signed by Counsel to the community’s umbrella union of all the cultural associations, Emma Ifeadike. AWA noted that the Police Commissioner and his subordinates, especially the Area Commander (Awka) ACP Longe, and the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, in charge of Dunukofia and Njikoka Local Government Areas, laid siege on the Abagana community as they had become pawns on the chessboard of a billionaire and business mogul native of Ukpo community (name withheld).

The community stressed that the land feud between the two communities was before the Court of Appeal in Enugu (in case numbers CA/E/86/2002 and motion CA/110M/2015), adding that despite the pendency of the case, hundreds of thugs were mobilized into the disputed land last June to bulldoze several properties, farmlands and economic trees belonging to members of Abagana community.

According to them, the Ukpo Community had since built a police post on the disputed land, “with illegal police protection…, apparently to frustrate the upcoming appeal court case.”

According to them, “Since August 20, 2016 when the youth of both communities engaged in renewed confrontation, scores of leaders of Abagana community have been arrested in midnight swoops by policemen, with most of them still languishing in detention.

“The mass arrest is believed to be targeted at people close to Chief Emmanuel Nwude, (Owelle Abagana) who is suspected to be financing the court case against Ukpo.

“Curiously, barely 24 after the arrest, Commissioner of Police, COMPOL Samuel Okaula addressed a world press conference where he paraded 10 workers of EM Guest Inn, Abagana, owned by High Chief Emma Nwude, and branded them as terrorists.”

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US Declares Borno, Adamawa, Rivers, Imo, 16 Other States Unsafe

The United States government, in its latest travel advisory to its citizens living in Nigeria, has listed 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states as unsafe and advised them to stay away from them.
Among the 20, it cited Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as complete no-go areas as “the ability of the US Mission to provide assistance to US citizens” in those states remains severely limited.

The travel warning published on Wednesday on the website of the U.S. Department of State, replaced an earlier one of last February, reported Afrique News yesterday.

In addition to the three frontline states, the State Department also “recommends against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

“The Department of State also warns against travel in the Gulf of Guinea, because of the threat of piracy,” the advisory published online added.
It said based on safety and security risk assessments, the embassy maintains restrictions for travel by US officials to the states listed above.

Officials must also apply for advance clearance by the US mission for any travel to those states.
The statement also urged vigilance around government security facilities; churches, mosques, other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

It added: “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.

“Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.”
The U.S. State Department noted that kidnappings remained a security concern throughout Nigeria, as criminal elements across the country orchestrated kidnappings for ransom; Islamic extremists, operating predominantly in the North, also have been known to conduct kidnappings.

It said: “Separatist groups have staged demonstrations in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Rivers States, some of which have turned violent.
“Militant groups have destroyed oil production infrastructure in Bayelsa and Delta states.

“U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these states where these incidents have occurred.
“Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years.

“Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travellers.
“The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.”

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FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared July 5 and 6, 2016, as public holiday to mark the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, on Thursday in Abuja, urged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general “to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which are love, peace and justice to their daily living and through these, contribute to the development of the nation.”

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Bassey Akpanyung, said Dambazau also urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of “this spiritual rejuvenation to reflect on the imperative of unity and peaceful co-existence in strengthening the bond of togetherness for a strong and virile nation.”

The minister, while wishing Nigerians a peaceful celebration, urged total support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed determination to bequeath to the nation an enduring political legacy.

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EFCC Declares Omisore Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The EFCC said this on its official Facebook page on Tuesday.
The commission said Omisore allegedly received N700m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)
The anti-graft agency said Omisore had been evading arrest for several months and it thus had no choice but to declare him wanted.
The statement read, “The EFCC, today,  May 24,2016, declared a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore wanted.
“The former senator is wanted in connection with a case of receiving and misappropriating the sum of over N700, 000,000.00 from the Office of the National Security Adviser, between June and November, 2014.
“Omisore has been elusive and refused to report to the Commission after invitation was extended to him on April 7, 2016 requesting him “to come and make clarification on the ongoing investigation.”
The EFCC explained that instead of responding to the Commission’s investigation, Omosore had approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.
It added, “Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf consequently ordered that Omisore should only be arrested through a due and legal process. The EFCC thereafter obtained a warrant to effect the arrest of the politician.”
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Navy Declares Fake Captain, Others Accused Of Bribery Wanted

The Nigerian Navy has declared an impostor who collected bribe from unsuspecting members of the public as a senior naval officer wanted for impersonation.

The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Christian Ezekobe, made this clarification on Monday following a report that one “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle” who claims to be a senior officer of the Nigerian Navy collected the sum of N100,000.00 from Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni as mobilization fee for investigation into alleged fraudulent dealings involving another naval officer, whose name is given as Prince Aderemi, Aderemi’s wife and one Mr Olugbenga Ayeni.

Ezekobe said that in view of the report and a formal complaint forwarded to the Naval Headquarters by Mr Olugbemiga Ayeni on the behavior of the said “Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle”, the Nigerian Navy carried out a thorough investigation on the identity of the names mentioned and discovered that the men who are parading as officers of the Nigerian Navy are impostors.

“To this end, the Nigerian Navy wishes to state categorically that the said Prince Aderemi is not a naval rating as alleged. Also Captain Olugboyega Olubiyi Ayokunle whose photograph is hereby attached to this disclaimer is not a Nigerian Navy officer. The naval uniform insignia worn by the suspect is fake as such not that of the Nigerian Navy,” he stated.

“Therefore he cannot be serving in the Western Naval Command of the Niigerian Navy as alleged in the news report,” he added.

The DINFO declare that the said “Captain OA Olugboyega is a wanted Person by the Nigerian Navy for offences ranging from impersonation and illegal possession of fire arms as shown in the attached pictures”.

To this end, he said, the general public is advised to henceforth desist from dealing with the imposters who claim to be in the Service of the Nigerian Navy, as the Service will not be responsible for their fraudulent activities.

He however, urged that “when and wherever sighted, they should be apprehended and handed over to the nearest Naval or military formation for prompt action”.

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FCT Polls: INEC Declares Kuje Area Election Inconclusive

Tight security preceded the announcement of results of the Saturday Federal Capital Territory. (FCT), Kuje Area Council election which was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Out of the ten wards, All Progressive Congress, (APC), won eight, while the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), got more votes in two.
APC had 13, 549 total votes, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), 5, 516 and People Democratic Party (PDP), 11, 478 votes.
The INEC returning officer, Dr. Nicholas Belikatu who made the declaration in Kuje while announcing the result said that the results failed to meet some criteria for declaring a winner for the election.
Explaining why the election was inconclusive, the returning officer stated that, a party must win with a simple majority of the highest vote cast, and must meet a 2/3 spread across the ten wards in the area, and that the number of cancelled votes must be lower than the winning margin.

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No Negotiations, No Surrender, Boko Haram Declares In New Video

Just a week after its leader Abubakar Shekau hinted at ending Boko Haram’s reign of terror in northeastern Nigeria in a video, the group released a new video Friday denying any suggestion it might surrender.

“You should know that there is no truce, there is no negotiations, there is no surrender,” an unidentified masked man in camouflage said in a prepared script in Hausa, the dominant language in the north, in the video posted on YouTube.

in Friday’s message, Boko Haram maintained it was a potent fighting force, with men holding AK-47s posing in front of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks and a lorry mounted with a military cannon.

“You should know that there is no truce, there is no negotiations, there is no surrender,” an unidentified masked man in camouflage said in a prepared script in Hausa, the dominant language in the north, in the video posted on YouTube.

“This war between us will not stop.”

The video, of markedly better quality than Shekau’s and including Arabic subtitles, featured nine masked Boko Haram fighters standing on sandy ground in an undisclosed desert location.

It is unclear if the masked people in the video include the Boko Haram leader.

Shekau was still the head of the “West African wing”, said the masked speaker, likening Boko Haram to the Islamist insurgencies in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

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Nigeria Declares Friday, Monday Easter Holidays

The Nigerian Government has declared Friday and Monday public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations respectively.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration in a statement issued by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Muhammadu Maccido, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister urged Christians and Nigerians in general to support and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to build a peaceful, united and virile nation.

He urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity across the nation.

While wishing Nigerians and Christians the world over happy celebrations, Mr. Dambazau also reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to the change agenda in the country.

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EFCC Declares Tompolo Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday declared a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, wanted.
The anti-graft agency in an advertorial signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said it declared Tompolo wanted following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he has been charged with N45.9bn fraud.
In the said advertorial which carried a photograph of Tompolo, the EFCC described him as a 47-year-old, dark-complexioned man from Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The wanted Tompolo, whose address was given as No. 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State, is said to speak both Izon and English languages.
The public announcement issued by Uwujaren read in part, “The general public is hereby notified that Government Ekpemupolo (a.k.a. Tompolo), whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in relation to the offence of conspiracy, illegal diversion of the sum of N34,000,000,000.00 and N11,900,000,000.00 belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.”
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a bench warrant against Tompolo on January 14 after he shunned a summons dated January 12 issued on him by the judge to appear in connection with the fraud charges filed against him and nine others by the EFCC.
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WHO Declares Zika Virus Global Health Emergency As Nigeria Advises Travel Restriction

The World Health Organization on Monday declared Zika Virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

WHO also said protective measures against mosquito bites remain the most important preventive measure against the virus.

Margaret Chan, the WHO Director General, said at a press briefing in Geneva, Monday, that? a coordinated international response is needed to intensify the control of mosquito and expedite development of diagnostic tests.

“I convened the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with Zika ?virus,” said Dr. Chan.

“The experts agreed that a causal relationship between Zika during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected.

“The causal relationship between Zika during pregnancy and microcephaly is not yet scientifically proven.

“The Committee found to public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus.

“At present, the most important protective measures against Zika virus are the control of mosquito populations, prevention of mosquito bites in at-risk individuals, especially pregnant women.”

Dr. Chan, however, advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to Zika virus-affected areas as well as protect themselves with safe mosquito repellant or long clothing.

The WHO’s position came a day after the Nigerian government advised a travel restriction of its pregnant citizens to Latin America, the worst hit region since the Zika virus outbreak began late last year.

Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Health Minister, ?said the restriction would remain in place until “the situation improves.”

Zika virus is transmitted via the bite of Aedes mosquitoes.

The viral infection has been linked with babies born with underdeveloped brains.

?There is currently no vaccine or drug to stop its spread.

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Appeal Court Sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Declares APGA’s Alex Otti Winner

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.

The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance  the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, said the APGA candidate scored 164, 444 valid votes to defeat Mr. Ikpeazu who scored 114, 444 votes.

The court declared that Mr. Otti was the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in Abia.

Justice Omoleye said the cancellation of the elections held in three LGAs of Obingwa, Osisioma Ngwa and Isiala Ngwa by the returning officers after the results were uploaded to INEC was wrong.

“In the Electoral Act, the Returning Officer has the right to only declare results of elections and not to cancel elections.

“This panel discovered that the earlier results uploaded to INEC headquarters correspond with the correct valid registered voters in the three LGAs, while that awarded to the respondent shows over voting and therefore null and void.’’

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FG Declares Tomorrow As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Friday, January 1, 2016 as public holiday to mark the New Year celebration.

The declaration was made on behalf of the Federal Government by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd).

He called on Nigerians, irrespective of their religious inclinations, to inculcate the spirit of the season as exemplified by love, joy and peaceful co-existence.

Dambazau also urged all Nigerians to continue to promote the unity of the country in its progress towards building a nation devoid of rancour and bitterness.

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Buhari Declares Free Higher Education

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that there will be free education for science, technology and education students in tertiary institutions.

 Buhari gave the assurance Tuesday while presenting the 2016 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

President Buhari stressed that this would indeed mark a historic milestone for us as a nation.

 Buhari said his administration would unveil a conditional cash transfer programme for the poorest and most vulnerable.

 The president said the full programme would be presented in the coming weeks and that it would include home-grown public primary school feeding.

“Furthermore, through the office of the Vice President, we are working with various development partners to design an implementable and transparent conditional cash transfer program for the poorest and most vulnerable.

 “This program will be implemented in phases. Already, the compilation of registers of the poorest persons is ongoing.

 “In the coming weeks, we will present the full programme which will include our home-grown public primary school feeding and free education for science, technology and education students in our tertiary institutions.

 “Indeed, this will mark a historic milestone for us as a nation”, President Buhari said.

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INEC Declares It’s Decision On Bayelsa Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the elections which held in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

INEC says the polls were marred by several electoral malpractices especially ballot box snatching and thuggery.

The situation in Southern Ijaw, according to INEC, renders the election inconclusive.

The commission says a new date for fresh elections in the local government will be announced soon.

The collation of results in the Bayelsa governorship election resumed on Monday at the Collation Centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yenagoa, the capital of the state.

The results from seven local government areas have been collated. On Sunday, results from five local government areas – Brass, Ekeremor, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Sagbama and Yenagoa were announced by INEC’s returning officers, while Nembe and Ogbia were added on Monday.

Election in the Southern Ijaw Local Government was rescheduled to Sunday owing to major disturbances and challenges experienced by the electoral body.

The Sunday election, however, started late because of the peculiarity of the riverine area and the challenge of securing electoral officials and materials which eventually arrived late.

Earlier in the evening, there were also reports that ex-militants had disrupted the election in Amassoma ward of Ijaw South Local Government Area.

The militants carrying firearms were said to have chased away the voters and INEC officials conducting the exercise in the area.

INEC’s decision to cancel the Southern Ijaw election, which renders the entire election inconclusive, had been predicted by an election observer, Abiodun Ajijola, who warned that owing to the violence in the region it could be impossible to declare a winner without results from Southern Ijaw LGA which has 425 polling units.

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Group Declares War On ISIS In Warning Video (WATCH)

After the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Friday’s wave of attacks that killed 129 people in Paris, the hactivist collective Anonymous declared war on the terrorist faction and its supporters.

“Make no mistake: Anonymous is at war with Daesh,” the enigmatic hacker group wrote on Twitter over the weekend, using an alternative name for ISIS.

The group uploaded videos in multiple languages, including English and Italian, in which it vowed to “neutralize” the perpetrators of Friday’s attacks.

“We will not give up, we do not forgive,” said a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. “Expect us.”


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EFCC Declares Former Pension Boss Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared the former Chairman of the Presidential Task team on Pension Matters, Abdulrasheed Maina, wanted over fraud allegations regarding the use of funds meant for Nigerian pensioners.

The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the move, also said the anti-graft agency had have already secured an arrest warrant against the former pension boss.

He said the warrant will enable the commission to arrest Mr. Maina “wherever he is in the world”.

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Nigerian Army Declares 100 Boko Haram Terrorists Wanted

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, launched the circulation of large posters carrying photographs of wanted Boko Haram terrorists including the supposed leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau.

The large posters, with inscription written in various languages of Nigeria, also had phone numbers which the public could easily call or text to indicate which of the characters in the numbered photographs they know or have information of.

The photo posters was launched as part of the counter terrorism material packaged by the Directorate of Army Public Relations.

The army chief launched the posters shortly after delivering a paper titled ‘Contemporary Warfare, War Reporting and Dilemma of Military Leadership’ at the three day 2015 DAPR Study Period that ended today.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, had said that most of the faces on the poster are those of kingpins of Boko Haram still at large.

He said “members of the public that have any credible information on any of the wanted terrorists should call any of the phone numbers printed on the posters. Mr. Usman said the information given would be treated discreetly and professionally.

Number  to call are :- 08181555888, 08160030300, 07053333123

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Sam Smith Not Gay Again, Declares He’s Straight For This Girl…

Sam Smith went out on a date with his pal, Tiffany Clare, right after the James Bond Spectre premiere. on a romantic trip to McDonalds.

Captioning the pic of himself and Tiffany draped around each other at the fast food chain, Sam wrote: “McRomance”, before sharing a snap of Tiff in her gorgeous blue gown, laden with McDonalds’ bags, and quipping that he is “straight” for her.

He wrote, wrote: “IM STRAIGHT STRAIGHT STRAIGHT FOR THIS GIRL @tiffany.clare”.

See pics of the romantic date below:

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FRSC Declares Full Compliance To TSA Directive

Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi has stated that the corps had fully implemented the Treasury Single Account, TSA, in line with the directives of the federal government.

Oyeyemi disclosed this yesterday while declaring open a three-day workshop organized for the FRSC accounts staff by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation towards the efficient implementation of the new accounting policy by the federal government.

In a press release signed by Bisi Kazeem, head, Media Relations and Strategy, Oyeyemi applauded the federal government for introducing the policy, stating that its efficient implementation could standardize the accounting system of the federal government, stressing that the FRSC had fully implemented it.

According to him, in accordance with the directives, all the corps’ accounts with commercial banks have been closed down following the commencement of the implementation of the policy on September 15 this year.

“The new policy is a welcome development and capable of standardizing the accounting system of the federal government.”

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FG Declares Bumper Packages For Nigerian Teachers

The federal government has announced series of incentives that are expected to booster the morale of Nigerian teachers and enhance increased performance and productivity, as part of the activities marking the ongoing world teacher’s day, which will officially kick start on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

The acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi said government recognises the fact that no nation or society can rise above the quality of her teachers and the education system.

She said, ‘’the federal government has accorded the development and welfare of teachers a top priority. Our focus is to equip teachers with the required skills, knowledge and competence to meet the varied needs of the 21st century learners.’’

Mrs. Abdullahi, who further acknowledged the theme of this year’s celebration titled, ’’Empowering the teachers, building sustainable societies’’, as being apt, maintained that it was in line with the effort of the ministry to reposition the education sector so as to meet national aspirations.

She further unveiled government’s plan to host National Teacher’s Summit, which will among other themes, focus on the implementation of teacher’s salary structure, the challenges associated with their career growth, including status improvement ,remuneration and condition of service.

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FG Declares Thursday, Friday Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday this week as public holidays to mark the celebration of this year’s Eid-il-Kabir.

The declaration was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by the Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Yusuf Isiaka, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abubakar Magaji.

Government enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians from all walks of life to extend the religious benefits of the festival, which include love, peace, empathy and tolerance to one another for the overall development of the nation.

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JNI Declares Wednesday Eid-el-Kabir Sallah Day

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, the umbrella body of Islamic groups in Nigeria, has declared that the month of Dhul Hajj begins today (Monday) which means Eid-el-Kabir Sallah would be observed on Wednesday, September 23.

The JNI, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, stated this in a statement on Sunday.

The statement signed by its secretary general, Khalid Aliyu, said the Sultan and the JNI “felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah over the successful commencement of Dhul-Hajj today Monday 14th September, 2015. This is indeed gratifying as Wednesday 23rd September 2015 will mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, In-Shaa-Allah”.

The JNI implored Muslims who can, to fast for the first nine days of the month, especially on the Arafat day, as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad, for non-pilgrims.

“We should also seek Allah’s forgiveness, glorify and extol Him more. This is so because of the special virtues of the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and the immense benefits therein,” the statement said.

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Navy Declares War On Oil Thieves

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Pathfinder, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, seems to have declared war on illegal refining sites, following its destruction of illegal bunkering and refining sites in the state almost two weeks ago.

The naval personnel, who had been combing the creeks  to prevent the activities of the illegal bunkerers and refiners, were offered N600,000.

The Commander of the NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Shuwa Mohammed, told reporters yesterday in Port Harcourt that four suspects, who were arrested and would be handed over to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“Ironically, while setting the refinery ablaze, four out of the fleeing oil thieves came back and offered us a bribe of N600,000 to leave the refinery.

“The four suspects were subsequently arrested and would be handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for investigation and prosecution,” he said.

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Kanye West Declares 2020 Presidential Bid

Kanye West says he’s planning to run for president in 2020.

In a candid and at times heartfelt acceptance speech at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper concluded his remarks by announcing a presidential bid for the election five years from now.

“I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” West said. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”


Police Declares Plateau PDP Governorship Aspirant Wanted Over N22m Dud Cheque

An aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2014 governorship election in Plateau State, Jimmy Cheto, was on Thursday declared wanted by the Nigeria Police over a dud cheque he issued for a N22million loan he obtained five years ago.

The warrant for Mr. Cheto’s arrest was issued by the office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The notice, which was advertised in the Thursday, June 11, 2015 edition of Daily Trust, said the former aspirant issued a dud check to his creditors for a N22million loan obtained in August 25, 2010.

The police had also offered a handsome reward to any person who locates Mr. Cheto and aids his arrest.

Reacting to the warrant for his arrest, Mr. Cheto denied he was evading the police. Speaking with journalists on Friday at his residence in Jos, the Plateau State capital, he said no police personnel had confronted him over the issue.

“I am a law abiding citizen”, he said. “How can I resist police arrest? No police personnel has demanded my attention on this matter. For more emphasis, I have not travelled out of this country in the last five years. I have been in Nigeria; presently, I reside here in Jos, No. 19 Nasarawa Road Jos, Plateau State, and no police officer has looked for me. How can they say I am nowhere to be found?

“I believe the publication in Daily Trust of today (Thursday), page 9 was done to embarrass my person. But as a law abiding citizen, I have consulted my lawyers and they have advised me accordingly. I told my lawyers to accompany me to the headquarters of the Nigeria police here in Jos to report myself to the commissioner of police, so I am not wanted”.

Mr. Cheto, however, declined comment on the details of the N22 million loan, saying his lawyers have been fully briefed on the allegations.


June 12: Ogun Declares Friday Work Free Day

The Ogun government on Thursday declared Friday work-free day to mark the 22nd anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in the state.

Notice of the holiday is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa in Abeokuta.

An indigine of the state, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola was widely believed to have won the 1993 presidential election but the poll was annulled by the then military government.

The Ogun government, therefore, urged residents to spend the day in peaceful celebration of the anniversary and to pray for the repose of the soul of late Abiola.

The statement also urged residents to pray for the political and socio-economic growth and development of Nigeria.

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Nigerian Military Declares Gwoza Reclaimed

The Nigeria Military reports it has taken over Gwoza, the phantom caliphate headquarters of the Boko Haram sect. A statement from the Defense Headquarters in Abuja, confirmed the breakthrough.

“The military has been able to take over virtually all the enclaves and hideouts where the terrorists were marauding. It is observed that some of the terrorists are currently fleeing towards border areas,” read a statement.

The military said the fleeing terrorists would expectedly run into subsequent encounter with contingents of partners in the Multinational Joint Task Force who have been mandated to contain them. It added that mop up operation in Gwoza and other liberated areas will continue in order to ensure that no vestiges of terrorists or terrorism remain in our country. “The Defense Headquarter thanks Nigerians and our partners in the sub-region who have consistently encouraged and supported us in the course of these operations,” added a statement.

It said the military is more than ever before determined to once and for all stamp out every trace of terrorism and insecurity in our country. All citizens have been urged to remain vigilant and report every movement or assemblage of suspicious characters to the security forces.

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Nepal Declares Three Days Of Mourning Over Earthquake

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala thanks donors as rescue operation continues with helicopters crisscrossing mountains.  Nepal’s prime minister has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of Saturday’s devastating earthquake which has left at least 4,700 people dead.

Rescue operations continued on Tuesday, with helicopters ferrying the injured and delivering emergency supplies to remote villages near the epicentre. PM Sushil Koirala also thanked donors in a televised address to the nation.

He had earlier warned that the number of people killed in the country’s worst earthquake in decades could reach 10,000. With the UN estimating eight million people have been hit by the disaster, Koirala said getting help to some of the worst affected areas was a “major challenge”.

He said authorities were overwhelmed by appeals for help from remote Himalayan villages left devastated by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Aid workers who had reached the edges of the epicentre described entire villages reduced to rubble.

“In some villages, about 90 percent of the houses have collapsed. They’re just flattened,” said Rebecca McAteer, a US physician who went to the earthquake zone from the distant Nepal hospital where she works.

Two rescue helicopters on Tuesday reached Ranachour village, in Gorkha district, evacuating eight women, two of them clutching babies, and a third heavily pregnant, to the nearby town of Gorkha.  “There are many more injured people in my village,” said Sangita Shrestha, who was pregnant and visibly downcast as she got off the helicopter.

In Barpak, further north, rescue helicopters were unable to find a place to land. On Tuesday, soldiers had started to make their way overland, first by bus, then by foot. Helicopters dropped food packets in the hope that survivors could gather them up.

Meanwhile, an avalanche struck a village on Tuesday in Rasuwa district, a popular trekking area to the north of Kathmandu. Uddhav Bhattarai, the district governor, said up to 250 people were missing.