UOU: A Gold fish has no hiding place.

By David Augustine

The renewal of the appointment of Mr. Umana Okon Umana as the Managing Director and CEO of Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority by President Muhammadu Buhari did not come as a surprise to those who have followed this technocrat per excellence in his career as top flight civil servant and later public officer in Akwa Ibom State.

His incredible work ethics and ability to infuse discipline to work environment stand him out anywhere he finds himself. Continue reading “UOU: A Gold fish has no hiding place.”

News: Militants attack emir of patiskum, kill 3 aides along Kaduna- Zaria highway

By Mohammed Ibrahim Yaba

Militants have attacked the First Class Emir of Patiskum, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram killing three of his aides along Kaduna- Zaria highway. The emir was said to be on a tour of traditional institutions across the North as part of preparations for the official commissioning of Patiskum Central Mosque scheduled for January 18, 2020. He was on his way to Zaria when he came under attacked by the gunmen. ‎The incident happened at a place called Fandatio village closed to Maraban Jos around 2:am Wednesday morning.
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Biafra: Ndigbo Have No Apologies For Going To War – Onyeka Onwenu

By Obinna Ezugwu

Nigeria’s lady of songs, activist journalist, Onyeka Onwenu, has said the Igbo people will make no apologies for going to war with Nigeria, as according to her, the Biafra was a war brought on them and they had to fight in self defence.

Onwenu who spoke on Monday in Lagos at the ‘Never Again Conference’ organised by Nzuko Umunna, an Igbo sociocultural group, to mark 50 years since the end of the Biafra war in 1970, also recalled how her widowed mother’s property was seized in Port Harcourt, Rivers State after the war. Continue reading “Biafra: Ndigbo Have No Apologies For Going To War – Onyeka Onwenu”

Breaking News: CJN escapes mob at court

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has retired to his chambers over the congestion in the Supreme Court hall. Justice Muhammad, who is presiding over the determination of seven outstanding governorship appeals complained about the rowdy hall.

Supporters of the governors from Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, and Plateau states had thronged the court premises since 6:00am on Monday.

Niger: House of Assembly accused Gov. Bello of profligacy

Gov. Abubakar Sani

Niger state House of Assembly Today Tuesday accused the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani of spending a whooping sum of N126 billion meant for capital projects in 2019 without anything to show for it.

The assembly said all the projects the state government claimed to have embarked upon in 2019 have brought no value to the people.

The Legislators expressed their reservations at the floor of the house while discussing the 2020 appropriation brought before them by the Governor, during their first plenary sitting for 2020.

The member representing Borgu Constituency (APC), Honorable Mohammed Abba Bala, who led the deliberation said that despite the over N126 billion approved for capital expenditure in the 2019 budget, “there was nothing to show for it in the local government areas across the state.”

According to him, “a lot of money has been spent as claimed by the Executive but the people did not get the value for the said money.

“N126 billion was attained as capital expenditure in 2019 and looking at projects across the state in every local government, it leaves a lot to criticize. With that amount, even if each local government gets N5 million worth of projects, the story we would have been telling here would have been different.

“A lot of money was said to have been spent on roads and transport, but no work was done,” he queried.

According to him, “Take for example, every part of the roads that money was said to have been spent, the Minna-Suleja road and the Minna-Bida road, the money spent does not commemorate with the work done. The roads are still extremely bad.

“If a lot of money was spent as claimed here, I think there is no value for that money.

“Niger state has become one of the most backward states, the states that we fall in the same category have left us and they are in the next level. Niger state is not yet ready to move to the next level, I do not know why.”

Bala therefore urged the government to look into ways of improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state by having a concrete arrangement spelled out.

Also contributing, member representing Suleja Constituency (APC), Honorable Shuaibu Iya stated that a lot needs to be done, adding that “if the Executive declares a state of emergency on education, health, information and lands, and housing, it will not be a wrong move”.

He stated that “these sectors need a lot of interventions and the money purportedly claimed to have been used in these sectors has not shown any reflections that such monies have been spent”.

Also reacting, the Member representing Bosso Constituency, Honorable Malik Madaki Bosso berated the government for taking years to complete some of the uncompleted projects across the state.

He also lamented on the attitude of the government in bringing reversed budgets after the budget has been passed and signed into law urging his colleagues to be focused and stick to whatever will be passed as the 2020 budget.

It was at this point that the Speaker, Honorable Abdullahi Bawa Wuse shifted the debate to next legislative sitting as deliberation on the budget continues.

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Benin: Shaibu replaces Oshiomhole as leader of APC

BENIN – Philip Shaibu, Edo State deputy governor, has taken over the political leadership of Edo North Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the suspended National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

The APC leaders from the wards and local government areas in Edo North took the decision during an enlarged meeting at Jattu-Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area, which had state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in attendance.

The decision was taken sequel to the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole from the ward and local government levels, which recuses him from the party’s activities at the local scene.

The meeting had in attendance the Edo State APC chairman, Mr. Anselm Ojezua; members of the state executive council, as well as party delegates and leaders at wards, local government councils, state and national levels.

Alhaji Usman Shagadi, APC leader from Etsako West, said, “The only leader we know in Edo North is Hon. Philip Shaibu and we support the Obaseki-led administration because it is people-oriented,” echoing the decision of other party executives in the senatorial district.

On his part, Obaseki said, “Oshiomhole thought he was setting a trap when he chose Philip Shaibu as my deputy and Osarodion Ogie as Secretary to the State Government. He was thinking that we will always quarrel, fight and then run to him for settlement.”

Obaseki maintained that the party and its members did not support godfatherism in the state, adding, “If you behave like godfather, we will fight you.”

He added that he attended the meeting to thank the party members for their support for his administration and for standing behind their son, the deputy governor.

Mother, son, pastor ‘kill’ LASU final year student for ritual.

Pastor, son and mother

A mother and her son have been arrested by Nigeria Police Force for the murder of final year Theatre Arts student of Lagos State University (LASU), Miss Favour Daley-Oladele.

The mother, Mrs Adeeko and her son, Owolabi Adeeko, lured Favour from Lagos State to Osun State, where she was murdered and some of her body parts were dismembered.

Ogun State police spokesman in a statement said Favour was declared missing at the Mowe police station on December 8 and that detectives went into full scale technical and forensic investigation of the case.

Through the police investigation, Favour was traced to a white garment church in far away Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State. The church was pastored by one Segun Philip.

“On getting to the church, the self acclaimed pastor was promptly arrested but he was quick to inform the detectives that the girl was brought to him by her boyfriend Adeeko Owolabi who was still within the vicinity of the church,” DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said in the statement, adding that “the said boyfriend was traced and apprehended immediately.”

“When asked what pushed him to such devilish act, Owolabi explained that he decided to go into money ritual because things are not going well with his parents economically most especially his mother who used to be the breadwinner of the family; and when he sought for assistance from the pastor, he was asked to bring a human being for that purpose and the available person at that time was his girlfriend.”

The ritualist boyfriend confessed to the police “that that while the girl was sleeping, the pastor gave him a pestle with which he used to smashed Favour’s head and the pastor quickly used a knife to cut off her neck, ripped open her chest and removed her heart which he used in preparing a concoction for him and his mother to eat.”

Police authorities described the gruesome murder of the deceased as “superlative degree of wickedness” and vowed to ensure that all the suspects face the full wrath of the law.

Nobody Will Sleep If I Reveal What Is Going On In Nigeria

– Danjuma

A former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) , says if he reveals what is happening in the country, Nigerians will no longer sleep.

T. Y. Danjuma

He spoke yesterday at the University of Ibadan during the launch of a book, 70 Years of Progressive Journalism: The Story of the Nigerian Tribune and the presentation of Tribune’s Platinum Awards.

He stated: “In Yorubaland, everybody seems to have lost their voice, scared. And people appear not to care about what is happening. If I tell you what I know is happening in Nigeria today, you will no longer sleep.

So, Chief Ayo Adebanjo’s warning and advice are very timely. If you want details, I will give it to you privately.

We are in a big hole as a nation. And people who put us in this hole have continued today. So, we’ve to wake up. Only we can save ourselves.

“The fifth columnists’ activities going on among your people are not helping matters. May Almighty God continue to bless this country, but only we can save ourselves from ourselves.”

Earlier, Adebanjo, an Afenifere leader, had raised the alarm that Yorubaland was in danger, saying “We’ve been submerged.” He said only few governors in the southwest “are responsible for us. They’ve shut down. They cannot face the Head of State because of their own shortcomings.

“Buhari is not ruling the country. He wants to dominate us. I don’t mince words about it. There’s tyranny in the country. There’s anarchy. When the Head of State said there’s no respect for the rule of law, where are the lawyers? The moment there’s no respect for the rule of law, there’s no government again, there’s anarchy.”.

Crime: Kalu gets 12 years imprisonment for fraud

The federal high court in Lagos has sentenced the former governor of Abia State Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to 12 years imprisonment after being found guilty on all the 39-count charges brought against him.

He was convicted of N7.65billion fraud perpetuated when he was Abia State governor between 1999 and 2007.

Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former director of finance, Ude Udeogu.

The court also ordered forfeiture of all assets of his company to the federal government.