Friday, May 31, 2019

Bauchi: Governor Mohammed Orders Payment Of Workers Salary

Bauchi: Governor Mohammed Orders Payment Of Workers Salary

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has ordered the immediate payment of the state workers salaries.

Bauchi: Governor Mohammed Orders Payment Of Workers Salary
The order was contained in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Mohammed Gidado.
According to the statement, he ordered the payment of salaries to the workers in order to ameliorate their sufferings. The statement containing the Salaries payment directive.

 Governor Mohammed however ordered that workers engaged by the immediate past administration in the last one month should be exempted from the payment.

 “The state Accountant General is to ensure that all persons engaged into the state service between April and May are not reflected in the payment,” the statement warned. Governor Mohammed in the statement reiterated his administration’s commitment to worker’s welfare as its cardinal principle.

He therefore called on workers in the state to be committed to their work to ensure an effective, result oriented and efficient workforce foe service delivery.
Nisa Hospital Offers Free Medical Care, Gifts To Orphans

Nisa Hospital Offers Free Medical Care, Gifts To Orphans

Nisa Hospital Offers Free Medical Care, Gifts To Orphans
Nisa Premier Hospital, in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Association of Orphans and Vulnerable Children of Nigeria (AOON) has provided free medical outreach and food items to Facado Orphanage,  New Karu, near Abuja. Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Dr. Obioma Odogwu, a consultant and Head of the Department of Paediatrics, said the exercise was done to put smiles on the faces of the orphans and to enable them join in the celebration of this year’s Children’s Day.

 She said every year the hospital visited different orphanages to  mark the day  with children, adding that  the team came with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet the health needs of the children and the community. She said vaccines were provided for children under five, in addition to malaria and urinalysis screening, as well as toys and toiletries for the children.

 “Children, listen to your parents and know that you can achieve so much in life. Be good children, have focus, study hard and become people that can make impact in the country,” she advised the orphans.

Another paediatrician from the hospital, Diana Shola Doye, advised the children  to imbibe the habit of washing  their hands always, adding  that, “Washing hands is very important as it prevents so many diseases that can spread among children.

She said orphans and vulnerable children needed love and care, and that the gesture was geared towards showing them love as they marked their day. 

Coordinator of  Fatherless and Motherless Children Aid Organisation  and Facado Orphanage, Mrs. Ngozi George, said the 12-year-old orphanage had 32 children under its care and that they all went to school; except the youngest orphan. While calling on government to increase effort in ensuring that all children in the country had access to education; at least to secondary level, she said Nigerians should  join hands with the government to fight drug abuse, especially among children.

She thanked Nisa Premier Hospital for the medical outreach and gifts, and called on government and well-meaning Nigerians to assist in providing the  orphanage a better accommodation, generator, computers, beds, food items, and cash for salaries and daily running of the home.
Oye, Maku Returns As APGA National Leaders

Oye, Maku Returns As APGA National Leaders

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Friday re-elected Dr. Ike Oye and Mr Labaran Maku, as its National Chairman and Secretary, respectively, for a second tenure of four years.
Oye, Maku Returns As APGA National Leaders

Oye was re-elected alongside other former national executive members at the party’s national convention held  at Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

It was reported that all the national officials were re-elected through a unanimous voice vote from the party delegates drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.

In an acceptance speech, Oye thanked the delegates for re-electing them for a second tenure, saying that the gesture demonstrated the confidence they reposed in them.
We will not abuse the confidence,” Oye said.

He said that his leadership was aware of the enormous challenges facing the party and promised that they would steer the ship of APGA to safety.

Oye further said that APGA had risen to,become the third largest party in Nigeria and that the task before the party leadership at all levels was how to win elections.

He said: “Our main goal as leaders of the party is to win elections and we have no choice than to take the party to the centre stage of national politics.

“Another immediate challenge before APGA is the need to build a national secretariat in Abuja because we are still operating from a rented office.”

Oye assured the party faithful that the N1.3 billion realised through the sale of forms during the general elections was intact in the bank.

He appealed to all the aggrieved members, who defected to other parties to return, saying that they still had a lot to enjoy in APGA.

Also, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra hailed the peaceful conduct of the party’s congresses from ward to national level.

Obiano, who doubles as the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, urged the re-elected officials to work harmoniously and in line with the party’s guiding principle of unity and oneness.

Highlights of the event included the swearing-in of a 32-member board of trustees of the party.

Membership of the board included Emeka Ojukwu, the first son of the founder of APGA, late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, his wife, Bianca, Prof. Charles Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume and Chief John Gbor, the party’s presidential candidate, among others

Thursday, May 30, 2019

EFCC Arrests Woman, 5 Others Who Claim Snake Swallowed Jamb’s N35m

EFCC Arrests Woman, 5 Others Who Claim Snake Swallowed Jamb’s N35m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigns woman, 5 others who claim snake swallowed JAMB ’s N35 million.

EFCC arraigns woman, 5 others who claim snake swallowed JAMB’s N35m
EFCC will tomorrow arraign controversial official of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Philomena along with the other five officials of JAMB in the matter are Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu.

Philomena, who is a JAMB official in Benue State, became popular when she made an outlandish claim that a mysterious snake swallowed about N35 million cash arising from sale of e-JAMB cards in the state.

EFCC is prosecuting the controversial JAMB official on an eight-count charge, following her refusal to provide the management of JAMB the true information on the financial status of JAMB e-cards supplied to the Benue Zonal office between 2014 and 2016.

 An EFCC investigator, who probed her and seven other heads of JAMB offices nationwide, where widespread stealing took place, noted that instead of Philomena rendering account on the said N35 million, being the shortfall of unremitted e-JAMB cards in connivance with other officials, she claimed that a mysterious snake swallowed the money.

Philomena ought to know that the shortfall in the unremitted e-JAMB cards, which she claimed disappeared as a result of manipulation from the kingdom of darkness, is false and untenable before the law.

“The shameful action of the suspect breaches Section 139 (a) of the Penal Code Law,” the officer said.

One of the charges in case No. CR/339/19 filed before the FCT High Court and dated May 17, 2019 reads:

That you, Samuel Sale Umoru and Philomena Chieshe between August 2014 and July 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court conspired among yourselves to misappropriate funds belonging to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria and you, therefore, committed an offence contrary to Section 97 (2) of the Penal Code Law”.

“That you, Samuel Sale Umoru and Philomena Chieshe between August 2014 and July 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court while being state coordinator and clerical officer of the state office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said properties and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable by Section 315 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you, Samuel Sale Umoru and Philomena Chieshe between August 2014 and July 2016 in Abuja and Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court while being state coordinator and clerical officer of the state office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria and you, therefore, committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 309 of the same law. – Lailasnews reports
I Am A Madridista' - Ramos Announces Real Madrid Stay After China Offer

I Am A Madridista' - Ramos Announces Real Madrid Stay After China Offer

The defender was rumoured to move on from the Bernabeu this summer after 14 years at the club, but has declared his desire to stay
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has announced he intends to stay with the club next season, despite receiving an offer from China.
I am a Madridista' - Ramos announces Real Madrid stay after China offer

The 33-year-old centre-back's future has come into question in recent weeks, with reports suggesting he might be on his way out of the club where he has spent the last 14 seasons.

And it was those reports which prompted Ramos into action, with the defender calling a press conference on Thursday to announce his desire to remain in the Spanish capital.

"I am Madridista. I want to retire here," Ramos told reporters. "I don't want the fans to be left in any doubt.

"There has been too much speculation about my future and I wanted to reiterate my commitment to the club."

When asked about his bond with club president Florentino Perez, he added: "My relationship with the president is similar to that of a father and son."

The announcement comes amid talk of a lucrative summer move to China, and while Ramos admitted he has received an offer from the far East, he was quick to address his situation.

"There is an offer from China," he confirmed, "and If I didn't feel wanted (at Real Madrid) then it's an alternative.

"But at present my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract.

"The Ajax game created a great deal of tension that's true and it was a time for us to reset things.

"It's important that I feel wanted here at the club - by the fans, team-mates and, of course, the president."

After underlining his commitment to Real, Ramos said he wanted to speak publicly "so we can all enjoy the summer and ensure that my name is not in the headlines.

"I get annoyed to see stories circulating that are not true and that was the motivation for calling the press conference.

"It's wrong that people feel when these situations arise with me and the club that it's to do with money."

Earlier this week, Perez said the Spanish international would not be leaving the Bernabeu on a free transfer in the wake of a prospective a move to the Chinese Super League (CSL).

Ramos addressed those comments by saying: "I held a private meeting with the president, where I informed him of the offer from China.

"This was a private conversation that has been leaked, and the result is the specualtion we've seen over the past few days. Once again, this was my motivation in holding this press conference."

The defender conceded he might be subject of boos by the Madrid faithful, but acknowledged it can happen to anyone.

"The fans whistle as they want a reaction from the players," Ramos said. "I've had it . Even Cristiano was whistled. Sometimes things don't work out as we hope in the game of football."

He did not, however, rule out the prospect of leaving Spain at some point over the next few seasons but did say he would not ever want to face Madrid as an opponent.

"My intention is to construct a new Real Madrid with the president and start to look to the future.

"I still have the physical strength to play for the club. How long will this last? I don't know ... two, four, six years.

"When the time comes to move on I'll do so but in a place where I never have to face Real Madrid."

Despite the current offer from China, Madrid is not entirely certain he would play there, elsewhere, or just hang it up when his Madrid days are over.

"I'm not sure if I'd consider China as a future destination.

"I've always felt a warm welcome there, but I really don't know if two or four years from now I'll go to China, the United States or if I'll stay as a coach."
Certificate Scandal: Senator Adeleke Wins At Appeal Court

Certificate Scandal: Senator Adeleke Wins At Appeal Court

Today, Thursday, the Court of Appeal, Abuja has ruled that Senator Ademola Adeleke(A.K.A dancing senator) was legally fit to contest the September 2018 governorship election.
Certificate scandal: Davido's uncle, Senator Adeleke wins at appeal court

A three-man panel of the court made the pronouncement in a unanimous judgment which upheld the appeals by Adeleke and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

Justice Emmnuel Agim who read the lead judgment of the Court of Appeal, awarded the cost of N3m against the plaintiffs who instituted the suit before the FCT High Court Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb who were respondents to the appeals filed by Adeleke and the PDP.

Freshreporters News recalled that Adeleke’s and PDP’s appeals had challenged the April 2, 2019 judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which had declared Adeleke ineligible to contest the election on the grounds that he forged his secondary school credentials submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2018.

Justice Othman Musa of the FCT High Court had also declared Adeleke a dropout of the Ede Muslim Grammar School in Ede, Osun State, and thus was not qualified under section 177(d) of the Constitution to contest the last year’s governorship election in Osun State. But, upturning the judgment on Thursday, Justice Emmanuel Agim, who delivered the lead judgment of the Court of Appeal held that the suit having not been filed within 14 days after Adeleke’s Form C.F001 was submitted to INEC or 14 days after his name was published as a candidate in the September 2018 election, the suit filed before the FCT High Court, by virtue of section 285 of the Constitution had become statute-barred.

Justice Agim also held that the failure of the FCT High Court to deliver its verdict within 60 days of the filing of the suit had rendered the lower court’s judgment was a nullity.  But the Court of Appeal also held the affidavit evidence of the West African Examination Council and result ledger attached to it showed that Adeleke was not a dropout but actually sat the May 1981 examination of the body at Muslim Grammar School, Ede.

Justice Agim held that by virtue of section 177 of the Constitution, by merely writing the examination and without passing any paper, Adeleke was qualified to contest the governorship election – LIB reports

I Think It Is Goodbye' - Hazard Bids Farewell To Chelsea After Europa League Win

I Think It Is Goodbye' - Hazard Bids Farewell To Chelsea After Europa League Win

After dripping two goals in the final match against Arsenal, the Belgian star appeared to confirm his exit from Stamford Bridge
Eden Hazard appeared to confirm his Chelsea exit after scoring twice in his side's 4-1 Europa League final defeat of Arsenal.
I Think It Is Goodbye' - Hazard Bids Farewell To Chelsea After Europa League Win

Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season and confirmed after the game that his time at Chelsea has likely come to an end.
"I think it's a goodbye but in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League. I played here for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world and maybe it's time for a new challenge," the Belgian told BT Sport.

Hazard has already said his decision was made and on Wednesday he indicated that an announcement on his future would be forthcoming shortly.

In his words:
"I don't know yet. I think it will be decided in a few days," Hazard said.

"My target was to win the trophy, that was the only thing in my mind. I made my decision already. I said it two weeks ago. Now it depends on the clubs, both clubs.

"I am just waiting. You will see, you will know in a couple of days."

Hazard won't be leaving Chelsea without one final strong performance though, as his brace in Baku helped his side to a trophy in manager Maurizio Sarri's first season in charge.
The Blues and the Gunners entered half-time scoreless before the deluge of goals in the second half, with Olivier Giroud and Pedro opening the scoring for Chelsea before Hazard's brace.

"When Ollie scored, I think it was the beginning of a great night," Hazard said. 
"We played well in the second half. They had a few chances at the end when the score was 4-1. I'm just happy to lift this trophy with the boys." 

With his double, Hazard became the first player to score a brace in the final of a major UEFA competition for an English club since Mark Hughes for Manchester United against Barcelona in the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final.
Obi Urges Buhari, 29 New Governors To Increase Tempo Of Development In Nigeria

Obi Urges Buhari, 29 New Governors To Increase Tempo Of Development In Nigeria

Inauguration: Obi advises Buhari, 29 new governors
Mr. Peter Obi, the vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election has encouraged the sworned in President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the 29 state governors on Wednesday to increase tempo of development in Nigeria.

Mr. Obi gave the advice in a press release signed by his Media Officer, Mr Val Obienyem while commemorating 20 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria.
Obi, in the statement urged the newly sworn-in chief executives to hit the ground running immediately to accelerate activities that would position the nation on a path of all sector growth.
“Do not allow the ecstasies of your elevation to becloud your sense of purpose,”  he said.
Obi described their swearing in as `historic’, adding that it coincided with 20 years the nation had practiced uninterrupted democracy.
He reminded them that they were saddled with the task of repairing the chequered democracy, which according to him was now going through a tough time.
In his words: “How you start will define how you will continue and probably end,” obi said.
He appealed to the president and governors to use the event to reflect about the country, about the life of service and about the condition of Nigeria.

Obi said that upon reflection, he was sure they would realise that they had a lot of work to do in different aspects.

“You are embarking on a serious journey.  Our country is today negative in all indices of development. 

“Our power sector, security, health sector are crying for regeneration. 
Today, the unemployment rate in the country is alarming. 

“It is regrettable that our electoral processes are still a far cry to what it ought to be and urgent attention is needed to pull the country from the brinks,” he said.  

While pledging his support in any way he can, Obi urged them to remain close to the people by always identifying with their sufferings and needs.
Education For All : Gov. Ganduje Declares Free & Compulsory Education

Education For All : Gov. Ganduje Declares Free & Compulsory Education

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has declared free primary and secondary education for school age children in the state.‎
Second term:Gov. Ganduje declares free, compulsory education
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has declared free primary and secondary education for school age children in the state.‎

He made the declaration in his acceptance speech, shortly after being sworn in as Kano State Governor for second term in Kano on Wednesday.

He promised free and compulsory basic education for all schoolage children in Kano.

According to him, tertiary education for Kano indigenes will also be subsidised, as government consolidates on the achievements so far recorded in healthcare delivery.

Ganduje said he would establish new company known as “Kano State Small Town Water Supply Agency” to carter for the water needs of communities in rural areas.

He also promised to boost agriculture and reiterated his administration’s policy of zero tolerance to corruption.

Freshreporters News understands that the governor was sworn in by the Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nuradeen Sagir Umar, alongside his Deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

The inauguration  was witnessed by prominent personalities, including National Assembly members-elect from the state, top government officials, as well as traditional rulers and  members of the business community. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Obasanjo, NACCIMA DG,393 Others Escape Crash Aboard Ethiopian Airlines

Obasanjo, NACCIMA DG,393 Others Escape Crash Aboard Ethiopian Airlines

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and 393 others aboard and Ethiopian Airlines plane, escaped crash on Wednesday at Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

Obasanjo who was reported to have been absent from the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, escaped crashing in the plane.
Obasanjo, NACCIMA DG, 393 others escape crash aboard Ethiopian Airlines
Other prominent Nigerians in the Ethiopian airline passenger aircraft, Boeing 777-300, included the Director General of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Amb. Ayoola Olukanni.

Also in the plane was Prof Samson Tunde Adebayo, the Director of Ports Inspection, National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) as well as scores of Nigerians and other nationals.

The passenger aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at about 9:10 a.m., Ethiopian time; 7 a.m Nigerian time.

A NAN correspondent, who was among the passengers, reported that the almost 5-hour flight from the Ethiopian capital to Lagos had been smooth until the pilot attempted to land at the Murtala Mohammed International airport.

Rather than landing on the first touch line of the runway, the pilot over short it, due to rain and heavy wind, landing on the third touchline.

It was reported that on realising this, the pilot quickly maneuvered the plane back air, flying out of the Lagos airport.

After hovering between Lagos and areas suspected to be in Ogun, causing panic in passengers and crew members, the plane finally landed in Lagos airport, some 20 minutes after the initial false landing.

The atmosphere in the air bus upon landing was replica of what is obtainable in some Nigerian worship centres, as many passengers broke out into worship songs and clapping, while some fell to their knees in prayer.

Officials of the NCAA were unable to confirm the incident as the General Manager, Public Relations of the agency, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said there was no report of any incident in Lagos so far while the General Manager, Public Relations, Accident Investigation Bureau, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, said he had not received any incident notification from any airline.

Checks from the Control Tower also gave the same report.

But the Duty Manager and Chief Customer Service (Nigeria) of the airline, Mr Otori Otan, told our source that if the pilot had continued taxing down after landing on the third touch line, he would have overshot the runway.

But this is an experienced pilot. He realised this immediately.

“Fortunately, the distance between when he realised the situation still permitted him to take off and renegotiate landing,” Otori said.

He added that the incident was not out of place, while confirming that the wind obscured the pilot’s vision.

Otori also disclosed that most of the aircraft that flew out of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport had to fly against the mid day heavy wind.

These things happen. That is where the sophistication of the aircraft and experience of the cabin crew members come in.

“The aircraft is one of the best you can have around and we are fortunate to have pilots who know their onions ” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Ikechi Uko, Media Consultant to Ethiopian Airline, confirmed that the aircraft had a “missed approach” while about landing due to poor visibility caused by inclimate weather.

The aircraft thereafter made an air return before it proceeded to land successfully .”

He said the pilot’s effort was in line with the Safety and Recommended Practices (SARPS) in aviation

Obasanjo and Olukanni had both attended a Stakeholders Dialogue on Continental Trade and Strengthening Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which ended on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
Man Attempts Suicide After Girlfriend Broke Up With Him (Video)

Man Attempts Suicide After Girlfriend Broke Up With Him (Video)

This post entails the incidence of a man from Ghana who attempted to commit suicide because his girlfriend broke up with him.

The video of the man, posted on social media, shows him in the midst of his friends who were profusely angry at his move and were all scolding him.

Man attempts suicide after girlfriend broke up with him (Video)

The man had set beside himself a substance to be consumed to take his life. But for the timely intervention of his friends, he would have gone ahead to commit the act.

It was said that the man had already written a suicide note, which he dropped by the bed and could be seen sobbing with serious intensity.

Thanks to God for he was eventually rescued by his friends.

Watch video as seen on twitter:

This made us to recall the case of Chukwuemeka Akachi, a 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) who committed suicide earlier this month.

A close friend of Akachi had said Akachi posted a suicide note on his Facebook wall shortly before he committed suicide.

The suicide note reads:

“Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone you know.

“I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I don’t drown, I was the water,

“Where do atheists go when they die! Lol. Amen.”

After going through his profile, he was said to have posted on 12th of Ma:-
“My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit.

“Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You May have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive right?

“Thank you for trying. Amen.”
FLASHBACK: 14 Key Things Buhari Promised During His 2015 Inaugural Speech

FLASHBACK: 14 Key Things Buhari Promised During His 2015 Inaugural Speech

President Muhammadu Buhari begins his second stint as a democratically elected president following his victory in the February 2019 elections.
FLASHBACK: 10 Key Things Buhari Promised During His 2015 Inaugural Speech
The incumbent president defeated his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party to be elected for a second term in office beginning from 2019.

During his 2015 inauguration ceremony following his defeat of Goodluck Jonathan, the president made some key statements and promises to Nigerians in his speech.

Freshreporters News bring 14 key things the president said during his 2015 inaugural speech:

1. “Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”

2. “A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.”

3. “Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethren should be rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it.”

4. “I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.”

5. “At home, we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.”

6. “Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan Fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.”

7. “There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives, we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.”

8. “For their part, the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedevilling governance today.”

9. “Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments.”

10.“My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people.”

11.“For the longer term, we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.”

12. “The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory cannot be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”

13. “No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less.”

14. “Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our party’s manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.” had earlier reported the arrival of dignitaries at the Eagle Square in Abuja, venue of the May 29 swearing-in ceremony for President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo's second term.
BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term

BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term

President Muhammadu Buhari has been finally sworn-in for a second term in office at the Eagle Square, Abuja, today May29.
BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term
The Acting Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, administered the oath of office at 10:37am. The president was flanked by his wife, Aisha when the oath was being administered.

Dailytrust reports that earlier, the acting CJN had administered the oath of office on the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at 10:25am. He was also flanked by his wife, Dolapo.
The ceremony was witnessed by some members of the first family.

Freshreporters News recalled that President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had won a disputed presidential election in February 23, 2019, defeating his former ally and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buhari emerged the winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku scored 11,262,978 votes.
BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara arrived the venue by 9:40am, our source observed.
The inauguration was witnessed by a former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, and former president and former head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. Our correspondent reports that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida were absent at the event.

Other dignitaries include members of the diplomatic corps, security chiefs, business mogul Aliko Dangote, governors, lawmakers, former ministers, traditional rulers, among others.
BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term

“I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Buhari said at Eagle Square, Abuja. “I will preserve, protect and defend the constitution.”

Also at the Eagle Square were the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; the national leaders, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, among others.
BREAKING: Buhari Inaugurated For Second Term
Our correspondent reports that Saraki and Tinubu hugged each other at the event.

Major events for the swearing-in have been shifted to June 12, the country’s new Democracy Day.

Dangote Still Most Admired African Brand — Survey

Dangote Still Most Admired African Brand — Survey

A revelation made in Johannesburg during the weekend had it that the Dangote Group has for the second year emerged the most admired African brand ahead of the telecommunication giant, MTN, in a survey of 100 Africa’s best brands.
Dangote Still Most Admired African Brand — Survey
The South Africa-based Brand Africa, in a survey carried out in collaboration with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and which report was released at the weekend, of 15,000 brands mentioned, Dangote ranked first when consumers were prompted to recall the most admired African brand.

In the top 100 list, Nike, a non-African brand, retains the overall number one brand in Africa spontaneously recalled by consumers. South African telecoms brand, MTN, is the number one African brand spontaneously recalled brand, while surging Ethiopian brand, Anbessa Shoes, at number two, swapped positions with Nigerian conglomerate, Dangote, which is the number three most admired brand of African origin.

However, when consumers were prompted to recall the most admired African brand, Dangote retained the number one position. Just last year, the Dangote brand was named the most valuable brand among the top 50 brands in Nigeria for 2018 by Brand Nigeria.

The Brand Africa 100 rankings are based on a survey among a representative sample of respondents 18 years and older, conducted in 25 countries across Africa.

The founder and Chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership, Thebe Ikalafeng, said of the outcome of the survey, “It is disappointing that despite its vibrant entrepreneurial environment, Africa is not creating new competitive brands to meet the needs of its growing consumer market.”

In his reaction, the Group Chief Corporate Communication Officer of Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina, said the Dangote brand’s ranking was not unexpected because the company had a long-standing reputation for quality, relevance compliance and social stewardship.

We are touching lives by providing their basic needs and empowering Africans more than ever before creating jobs, reducing capital flight, and helping government conserve foreign exchange drain by supporting different industrial infrastructural projects of African governments. 

“All these are our credo and we do not compromise it. And the ranking is just an acknowledgement of all these by our stakeholders, We keep our brand promise and stay authentic,” he said.

Below are the 15 African companies at the top of the most admired brands in the continent:
1. Dangote Group
Industry: Consumer goods
Country: Nigeria
2. MTN
Industry: Telecommunications
Country: South Africa
3. Anbessa
Industry: Apparel
Country: Ethiopia
4. DStv
Industry: Media
Country: South Africa
5. Globalcom
Industry: Telecommunications
Country: Nigeria
6. Shoprite
Industry: Retail
Country: South Africa
7. Tusker
Industry: Alcoholic Beverages
Country: Kenya
8. Safaricom
Industry: Telecommunications
Country: Kenya
9. Amarula
Industry: Alcoholic Beverages
Country: South Africa
10. Mukwano
Industry: Textile
Country: Uganda
11. Econet
Industry: Telecommunications
Country: Zimbabwe
12. Ankara Clothing
Industry: Textile
Country: Ghana
13. Tiger Brands
Industry: Consumer, Non-Cyclical
Country: South Africa
14. Jumia
Industry: Consumer, Non-Cyclical
Country: Nigeria
15. Azam
Industry: Consumer, Non-Cyclical
Country: Tanzania
Just In: Gowon, Shonekan, Others Arrive For Buhari’s Inauguration

Just In: Gowon, Shonekan, Others Arrive For Buhari’s Inauguration

General Yakubu Gowon- former head of state former head of Interim National Government, and Chief Ernest Shonekan are among the dignitaries at the Eagle Square in Abuja, venue of the today’s swearing-in ceremony.
JUST IN: Gowon, Shonekan, others arrive for Buhari’s inauguration

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo are to be sworn-in for second term at the venue.

Freshreporters News understood that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida are yet to arrive the venue. Other dignitaries include members of the diplomatic corps, business mogul, Aliko Dangote, governors, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), lawmakers, among others.
It was reported that there was tight security at the venue.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

UTME: ICPC partners JAMB, Launches Probe Into Malpractices

UTME: ICPC partners JAMB, Launches Probe Into Malpractices

Investigations has begun by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) into alleged malpractices during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted across the country.

A member of Board of the commission, Mrs Olubukola Balogun, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.

She said that the commission was investigating the alleged malpractice by candidates, who were sometimes aided by their parents and professional examination writers.

According to her, the commission is doing a lot to investigate the matter.

“We have the mandate for investigation, prosecution and prevention.

“We are putting everything together for JAMB. I can assure you that we will get there.
“The commission is going to know what happened and how we can prevent it in the future,” she said.

Balogun said that anyone found culpable would be prosecuted, insisting that “those that err, after our investigation, we are going to prosecute’’.

Describing examination malpractice as “an act of corruption’’, the board member said that such activity would not be allowed to thrive in the country’s education system.

“There is a lot of corruption everywhere; therefore, we have to go back to the drawing board and we have to all come together for this fight against the scourge,” she said.

Recall, it had reported that JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had at an event revealed that some desperate parents were in the habit of paying up to 10 persons to sit for the examination for just one child of theirs.

“You will discover that such a candidate who goes to university with his or her picture is not the same as the one who wrote the UTME, neither was he nor she the one who wrote the WASSCE.

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“So, what is going to happen is for us to find a way of ensuring more synergy between the assessment bodies and the institutions, in such a way that all sharp practices are nipped into the bud.

“We are also looking at building mega CBT centres for our examinations but this we cannot also achieve alone.

“We will also encourage genuine private investors who will now be the body that will accredit its own sub groups, just as we will also bring in the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria,” Oloyede said. (NAN)
Stop Blaming Us For Your Failure, Speaker Dogara Fires Back At President Buhari

Stop Blaming Us For Your Failure, Speaker Dogara Fires Back At President Buhari

Recall that the President of Nigeria, Buhari blamed all his predecessors for failing to build infrastructure. Some weeks ago, he even blamed the media for failing to showcase his achievements.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives,Yakubu Dogara, blows hot on  President Muhammadu Buhari for always blaming people for his personal failings.
Stop Blaming Us For Your Failure, Speaker Dogara Fires Back At President Buhari
Buhari, while speaking, on Monday in an interview broadcast on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA said “I asked them how they felt to hold the country at ransom for seven months without passing a budget. Unfortunately, they were not hurting me; they were hurting the country. So, really, in terms of patriotism, I think I rated them very low indeed.”

Reacting to the allegations in a statement on Tuesday, Dogara said: “His first budget was the 2016 budget, which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.

“The minimum time the National Assembly requires to pass a budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016’ and that ‘what Nigerians didn’t know and the President won’t say is that the Executive through the various ministries continued to propose additional projects to be included in the 2018 budget even as at April and May which further delayed the passage of the 2018 budget. These were communicated officially and if anyone is in doubt, the letters are there with the dates they were written and received. But here’s Buhari blaming the National Assembly.’

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“President Muhammadu Buhari a few days ago, in his usual characteristics of self-righteousness, and buck-passing blamed tardiness in the passage of budgets by the National Assembly for the delay in the completion of projects across the country by his government.

“To be precise, the president said, ‘If the National Assembly takes seven months to pass a budget, then we should be commended for the much that we have achieved, and can still achieve. I personally feel very disappointed. I spoke with the leaders of the National Assembly on the issue that seven months is a long time to work on a budget.”

“Even though buck passing and blame game is not new to Buhari as it is now his stock in trade; in the past few days and weeks, there is no day that passes without the President blaming others in a desperate move to exonerate himself from any blame or failure of the Executive under his leadership to execute projects across the country.

“In fact, very recently, Buhari blamed all his predecessors for failing to build infrastructure. And I wonder why? It was the general consensus that the former employees didn’t perform as expected and that was why Nigerians hired him for a job he has sought for four conservative times but here he is blaming the same people he replaced. If you are the boss of ” Nigeria limited”, what will you do this employee?

“Some weeks ago, he even blamed the media for failing to showcase his achievements.

“I’m very disappointed with the Nigerian press. They didn’t give this government the credit of the go back to the land programme,” he said on 26 October. Time and space would not permit me to list all his “blaming”.

“However, it is disingenuous for President Muhammad Buhari to blame the National Assembly for his government’s inability to implement budget and execute projects that affect the lives of Nigerians in the last three years.

“To set the record straight, this is a President who, from the inception of his government didn’t show any sign that he was well prepared and ready for the job he sought for four times in 16 years and for which we voted for him.

“For instance, it took him six months, yes six months not six weeks to form his cabinet. It also took him two years to appoint board chairmen for most government agencies. This is was his greatest undoing and was principally responsible for plunging Nigeria into recession because activities in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government were brought to a half for the period since civil servants could not take decisions due to the absence of political heads in a country where public sector spending drives the economy. At a point, he even said he was happily working with civil servants because ministers or politicians were noisemakers because “they are only there to make a lot of noises”, he told a French television station in September 2015.

“Now, after three years, with the election in three months, the President is at it again, exonerating himself from the apparent failure of his government thereby throwing the blame right at the doorstep of the legislature. But facts don’t lie and they could be stubborn and here are the facts.

“Since his assuming office, the president has been unable to present the budget on time. His first budget was the 2016 budget which was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the fiscal year.

“The minimum the National Assembly requires to pass a budget is three months. But he presented it just nine days to 2016.

“Again, the 2017 budget was presented on December 14, 2016, just 17 days to the end of 2016. ‘The earliest he presented budget was on November 7, 2017, which was the 2018 appropriations bill. It was less than two months to the end of the year.

“However, his ministers refused to appear before National Assembly committees to defend the budget for five months thereby delaying the passage.

“It was after the leadership of the National Assembly sought the President’s intervention on March 16, 2018, that the ministers reluctantly appeared before the committees, an exercise that takes at least one month to complete.

“In fact, some of them who felt they were super ministers sent in their permanent secretaries.

“What Nigerians didn’t know and the President won’t say is that the Executive through the various ministries continued to propose additional projects to be included in the 2018 budget even as at April and May which further delayed the passage of the 2018 budget. These were communicated officially and if anyone is in doubt the letters are there with the dates they were written and received. But here’s Buhari blaming the National Assembly.

“Violation of Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 ‘Since the inception of the Buhari administration, it has been in constant violation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act which stipulates that budgets should be presented in early September. The wisdom or import of the FRA is that the National Assembly will have at least three full months to work on the budget bill.

“Intact, the Executive admitted its failure and inability to abide by the law on August 24,2018 when former minister of Budget and National Planning, now minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed disclosed that the Federal government will present the 2019 budget in September in a bid to restore the budget circle from January to December but here we are in November without the budget estimates before the lawmakers. See link

“Buhari’s Failure/Refusal to assent to budget submission Bill ‘In a bid to address the issue of late budget presentation and passage, the National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment bill that requires the President to submit the Appropriation Bill not later than 90 days to the end of the financial year but unfortunately, very, unfortunately, the president has vetoed the bill.

“Veto of National Assembly Budget Office Bill ‘In an effort to improve the institutional capacity of the Parliament to process and pass budget expeditiously, the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO) establishment Bill was passed into law. It was loosely modeled after the American Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Again, President Buhari has also vetoed the Bill.

“Lack of Adequate Consultation ‘Under a Presidential system of government like ours where the doctrine of separation of powers and principles of checks and balances is well enshrined in our constitution, wisdom presupposes that the Executive at all time engages the legislature on all issues that requires legislation in order to have their buy-in even before it is presented to the parliament formally.

“The three President’s before Buhari, from 1999 -2015, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan despite their failings sustained this tradition which is necessary for harmonious relations between the Executive and the Legislature and smooth running of government. Under this, it is expected that the President meets with the leadership of the two chambers (Body of Principal Officers including members of the opposition) and brief them on the details of the budget and key projects he would want to execute. They, in turn, would brief their colleagues while the MDA's will then engage the committees over sighting them in pre-budget session. President Shehu Shagari used to hold such meetings monthly.

“Doing this would have helped in reducing the time it takes to pass the budget because even before it is presented, the MPs would have been well informed about it and their inputs are taken into consideration at the preparation stage by the various MDAs. Unfortunately, this too has not been done in the last three years. “National Assembly Not A Rubber Stamp Parliament”

“The National Assembly has repeatedly challenged the Executive to approach the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the constitutional powers of the legislature over budget, but up till now, they have failed to do so. Until then, the judgment of the Federal High court in FHC/ABJ/CS/259/2014 delivered on March 9, 2016, which was not appealed by either party stands.

“This is what his lordship, Hon Justice Gabriel Kolawole said in delivering judgment in the suit by Femi Falana SAN “the National Assembly was not created by drafters of the Constitution and imbued with the powers to receive ‘budget estimates’ which the first defendant is constitutionally empowered to prepare and lay before it, as a rubber stamp parliament. The whole essence of the budget estimates being required to be laid before Parliament is to enable it, being the Assembly of the representatives of the people, to debate the said budget proposals and to make its own well informed legislative inputs into it.”

Nigerians React As Buhari Rates Saraki, Dogara ‘Very Low’

Nigerians React As Buhari Rates Saraki, Dogara ‘Very Low’

2019 Budget: I Rate Saraki, Dogara low on patriotism(Nigerian's Reacts)

Nigerians React As Buhari Rates Saraki, Dogara ‘Very Low’
A lot of feedbacks has been displayed as result of a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that he rate the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, “very very low” on patriotism.

It was reported that the President made this statement when he addressed Nigerians in a “Special Interview” aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) yesterday, Monday, May 27.

We on understands that President Buhari addressed many issues including insecurity, the economy, judiciary, the 2019 general elections among others.

In President Buhari's words during the “Special Interview” revealed that the National Assembly, led by Saraki and Dogara held Nigeria to ransom for seven months without passing the budget.

I told Saraki and Dogara that by holding the budget for 7 months, you’re not hurting me, you’re hurting Nigerians? In terms of patriotism, I rate them very very low,” Buhari said on Monday night in the Special Interview.

The president said the national assembly wanted to show they were the government and not the executive, and he made his displeasure known about their conduct.

So, after the Special Interview, some Nigerians who were not satisfied with his statement took their feelings to the social media, Twitter, to air their opinions President Buhari’s statement about Saraki and Dogara.

See some of the reactions we got below:-

Flashback Photos: 13-years After Uche Jombo, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic And Ini Edo Hold A 'girlscot' Reunion

Flashback Photos: 13-years After Uche Jombo, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic And Ini Edo Hold A 'girlscot' Reunion

Do you still Remember the 2006 hit Nollywood movie 'Girls Cot'?
Photos: 13-years After Uche Jombo, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic And Ini Edo Hold A 'girlscot' Reunion

It was produced by Sylvester Obadigie, directed by Afam Okereke and features Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Ini Edo and Uche Jombo.

The four leading actresses had a bit of re-union this weekend. Uche Jombo who shared the photo captioned it, 'a little Girlscot reunion happened over the weekend'.

Below is a photo of them in 2006...

Photos: 13-years After Uche Jombo, Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic And Ini Edo Hold A 'girlscot' Reunion

May 29: Supreme Court Asked To Stop Buhari’s Inauguration

May 29: Supreme Court Asked To Stop Buhari’s Inauguration

Hope Democratic Party, HDP, one of the parties that participated in the February 23 Presidential election has asked the Supreme Court to stop the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled for Wednesday.

The party prayed the apex court to restrain the President-elect from presenting himself for swearing in ceremony pending the final determination of petitions challenging the validity of his election.
May 29: Supreme Court Asked To Stop Buhari’s Inauguration
In a notice of appeal to Supreme Court, the party faulted the striking out of its motion on the notice by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on may 22, on ground of lack of merit.

In the appeal filed on its behalf by Yusuf Ibrahim, HDP prayed for an order of the apex court directing the Senate President or the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to take over the rein of power pending the time all issues arising from the last election would be fully resolved.

It also prayed for another order setting aside the ruling of justice, Joseph Ikyegh which on May 22, refused to stop the inauguration of Buhari.

In the notice of appeal, filed on May 24, the HDP claimed that the tribunal erred in law in striking out its motion without giving cognizance to relevant law cited.

Specifically, the party claimed that the tribunal failed to apply the extant provision of section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010 mandatorily suspending and returns of the questions election of February 23, 2019 presidential election until the validity of the said election is determined by the tribunal

The party claimed that “The court is under an unwavering duty to obey and apply the expressed constitutional prohibitive and injunctive provision of section 1(2) of the 1999 constitutional to safeguard and uphold the sanctity of the constitution above any individual; or group interest under any guise.”

However, the notice of appeal may have suffered a setback as the registry of the tribunal refused to transmit the notice of appeal to the Supreme Court.

The registry said the notice will not be transmitted to the apex court until the party makes a deposit of One Million Naira (N1M) for assessment of the record of proceedings and transmitting same to Supreme Court as required by law.

But in a press statement, the HDP accused the tribunal of arbitraries and attempts to truncate its appeal.

The press statement signed by Sani Usman, its national publicity secretary read in part.

It added, “It has come to our notice that our party/petitioner’s notice of Appeal to the Supreme Court duly lodged and assessed by the tribunal Registry has since Friday 25/05/2019, after due payment of the filling fees, has been withheld by the tribunal registry, demanding just this Monday the deposit of N1 Million before any other step will be taken to issue date of settlement of records to ascertain the volume of documents to be transmitted to the supreme Court in the interlocutory appeal arising from the said court ruling of 22/05/2019.

“This development appears arbitrary and unfortunate at this stage of our democratic experiment. It is like putting the cart before the horse and clear attempt to deny the petitioners/Appellant their constitutional right of appeal on a subject deserving and towards improving our laws.

“We hope that our relief seeking order at the Supreme Court that either the Senate President or the chief Justice of Nigeria preside over or hold the rein of government until appeal is determined in accordance with the law as no vacuum is allowed in the government of a nation after May 29, 2019.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Police vs Dino Melaye: What Happened In Court On Monday

Police vs Dino Melaye: What Happened In Court On Monday

A Prosecution witness has told an FCT High Court that Sen. Dino Melaye did not jump out of a moving vehicle on April 24, 2018.

A police driver with the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad, Inspector Abana Mallum, while testifying, said: “anyone who said Melaye jumped out through the window, is a liar.”
Police vs Dino Melaye: What Happened In Court On Monday

Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly, was charged before Justice Sylvanus Oriji, sitting in Apo,, by the police with six counts bordering on attempted suicide, attempt to escape from custody and damage of police property.

He was said to have committed the alleged offence on April 24, 2018 while being conveyed by the police to Lokoja, Kogi.

The police alleged that Melaye sat on the ground, holding a substance in one hand, threatening to drink it to kill himself and implicate police officers.

He was further alleged to have broken the windshield of the vehicle in which he was being conveyed to Lokoja with his elbow and caused damage to police property.

The offence, the prosecution said contravened the provisions of sections 148,153,173,231, 326 and 327 of the Penal Code.

The witness, made this known while being cross examined by counsel for Melaye, Benson Igbanoi, who held the brief of Dr Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

He stated that the police team conveying Melaye to Lokoja took off from the Abattoir office of the IGP squad and was intercepted at the Area 1 roundabout in Abuja by a Hilux van.

Mallum, who testified as the second prosecution witness (PW2), informed the court that the bus he was driving was blocked by an unknown van that someone in the bus forcefully opened the door.

He said Melaye was seated in the second row on the left side of the vehicle.

He said that there were six other policemen, including the team leader, ASP Sunday Ibrahim.

The witness told the court that he did not see the senator holding a gun at the scene of interception by the Hilux van.

Mallum, however, told the court that Melaye held something in his hand but he could not identify what it was.

“I don’t know where he got the thing from,” he said.

The police inspector further informed the court that the police team chased the Hilux van caught up with it at the Yar’Adua Centre.

“We caught up with them near Yar’Adua Centre.

“Some of them ran into the bush behind the National Mosque. Only one person was eventually arrested there.

“I don’t know the name of that person. I don’t know if that person was charged to court for any offence. I don’t know how many of them escaped; I only know one was arrested.

“Anyone who says three person were arrested, that person is telling lie,” Mallum told the court.

Meanwhile, Justice Oriji has adjourned till May 28, for continuation of hearing.
How Amaechi Has Proved That He Is A Failure – Peter Obi

How Amaechi Has Proved That He Is A Failure – Peter Obi

Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)‘s Vice Presidential candidate in the general election has taken a hit at Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, for uttering some statements that the Igbos do not have the chance of becoming Nigeria’s next President After President Muhammadu Buhari.
How Amaechi Has Proved That He Is A Failure – Peter Obi

Peter Obi in his words said, Amaechi does not have the right to make such comment as he failed while he was still governor in his home state.

Recall that Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, the Igbos had supported President Buhari’s campaign, he would have joined the south to bargain for Igbo presidency.

Read his statement words below: 
“I was the first to do that [promise Igbo Presidency] but I don’t know what the situation is now.

“I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC. For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot.

“For people like us in the APC, if the Igbo had come and voted Buhari, they would boldly tell Mr President and the National Chairman of the party that presidency should go the Southeast since the South-south; South-west and North-west have produced the president.

“What argument would the Southeast come up with now to convince anybody that they deserve the slot for 2023 president?”

Reacting in a chat with newsmen, Obi mocked Amaechi over the outcome of the general election in Rivers.

He said: “He’s is not from South East so he cannot speak for us. He’s not in a position to make such statements.
Even he that’s in the APC didn’t contribute anything to that the success of that election. He didn’t achieve anything in his own state.

“Those of us from the South East in the PDP contributed to the success of our party.

“For example, PDP in my state got 95 percent and they (APC) didn’t even get 25 percent in Rivers. So, he isn’t competent to speak on that”.

Buhari Gets Asset Declaration Form Ahead Inauguration

Buhari Gets Asset Declaration Form Ahead Inauguration

Buhari Gets Asset Declaration Form Ahead Inauguration
The Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, today Monday, received his assets declaration form from the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Muhammad Isa.

This revelation was made in a post on Twitter by the New Media aide to Buhari, Bashir Ahmad.

Freshreporters News recalled CCB had earlier disclosed that the President and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to submit their forms ahead of their inauguration on Wednesday.

AC Milan Miss Out On Top-four Finish Despite SPAL Win

AC Milan Miss Out On Top-four Finish Despite SPAL Win

Former European Cup winners AC Milan endured a bittersweet 3-2 win at SPAL in the last round of the Serie A, finishing the campaign outside the top four after their nearest rivals both booked their Champions League berths on Sunday.
AC Milan miss out on top-four finish despite SPAL win

The result left Milan fifth on 68 points, one behind third-placed Atalanta and fourth-placed city rivals Inter, meaning they will have to be content with the Europa League next season.

Atalanta came from behind to beat Sassuolo 3-1 at home, while Inter eked out a 2-1 win against relegated Empoli at the San Siro.

“I am happy with the development of my players, I think many of them have improved a lot,” said AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose future with the club is uncertain.

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“We can still get better although it will not be easy to improve this season’s 68 points.

“The biggest regret is that in the last few months we have not played well and we have lost too many points, but all in all our work has been good,” he added.

“There are regrets but also pride. I’ve congratulated the squad for what they have given me this season.”

Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan ahead in the 18th minute with a first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area after Franck Kessie played the ball into the Turkey midfielder’s strike from the left flank.

Kessie doubled Milan’s lead shortly afterwards when poor SPAL defending gave the Ivorian playmaker time and space to tee himself up for a left-footed shot into the roof of the net from close range.

The home side pulled one back in the 28th minute after left-back Francesco Vicari found the top left corner with a glancing header and levelled early in the second half when Mohamed Fares met Alessandro Murgia’s cross with a thumping header.

Kessie converted a 66th-minute penalty after Krzysztof Piatek was hauled down to rekindle Milan’s hopes of earning Champions League football next season, but their joy was short-lived as news of the other results came through.

NSCDC Arrests Two For Having Inter-course In Public

NSCDC Arrests Two For Having Inter-course In Public

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has arrested two teenagers in Maiduguri, Borno over illicit intercourse in public.
NSCDC Arrests Two For Having Inter course In Public

The Commandant of the Corps, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, said that the suspects were arrested at Abbaganaram area of Maiduguri On Friday.

Abdullahi disclosed that the suspects were 20 year-old man and a 17 year old girl.

He said the suspects were apprehended by men of the command sequel to formal complaint by a member of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), who spotted them having intercourse in an open ppace

The commandant added that the prime suspect said that he decided to have sex in public because he could not afford exorbitant hotel bills.

He gave assurance that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation into the case was completed.