Sunday, February 14, 2016

Workers who go on strike will lose their salaries- Gov.Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Fayose

Government workers in Ekiti State who embark on strike without following due process should be ready to lose their salaries during such industrial action, Governor Ayo Fayose has warned.

Fayose gave the warning yesterday evening in Ado Ekiti while appearing on his monthly media chat, Meet Your Governor.

He also denied awarding contracts for the construction of Erekesan Market, Airport and flyover to his children, family members and cronies.

Fayose’s latest hard stance was coming on the heels of a two-day warning industrial action by primary school teachers last week to protest non-payment of September 2014 salaries and 2014 leave bonus.

According to him, the state would henceforth divert salaries of striking workers to those ready to show concerns and understanding with the parlous economic situation of the state.

He said: ”Since I came back, Ekiti is financially challenged. I have not hidden the financial position of the state from workers, particularly the teachers, because they are the set of people I have shown so much love for.

“I celebrate them on annual basis. Even during my first term, people called me Teachers’ Governor due to my love for them.

“But the strike they embarked on recently could have been resolved without any crisis if we had dialogued.

“They said respect beget respect. Every worker in the state knew how much Ekiti takes after FAAC in Abuja because I used to lay it bare on the table.

“We should also know that the people who are not salary earners must be taken care of. We can’t be paying salary and neglect other people from having access to facilities like good roads, good water supply and this market I just flagged.

“So, I enjoin the workers to show some level of understanding that we have to balance the two, I mean paying salary as the money comes and also help the masses as well.

“There is nowhere in the world where the entire budgetary provision will be centre around recurrent expenditure.”

On the recent visit to his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, Fayose said: “Governor Aregbesola is my very good friend. It is only in Nigeria where two friends in different political parties won’t be free to greet each other.

“My visit to governor Aregbesola is in Yoruba’s interest.

“We have to forget about our political differences and build Yoruba into a huge political force in Nigeria.”

Culled from The Nation 

Lady Gaga inks chest with a tattoo of David Bowie's face before Grammys

POPSTAR Lady Gaga will perform an eight-minute Bowie tribute for the Grammy Awards on Monday and wanted a tattoo of the icon to mark the occasion.


SNAPCHAT

INK ME UP: Smiling through the pain

The 29-year-old decided she'd share the event on Snapchat, so we all get to enjoy the painful process alongside her.

Gaga opted for Bowie's iconic portrait from the Aladdin Sane album cover.

Music legend Bowie, 69, died in January this year after an 18-month secret battle with cancer.

SNAPCHAT

THE IMAGE: Gaga getting closer to Bowie

Gaga's latest tattoo is rumoured to be her 18th inking.

Tattoo artist Mark Mahoney inked Gaga at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood.

The short video sees Gaga topless on the bed and looking away as Mark gets to work.

Source: UK Daily Star

Rihanna blasts herself as a 'major b****'

POPSTAR Rihanna decided to diss herself in an English accent after showcasing her Puma collection in New York on Friday.

TWITTER

TURNING THE TABLES: Riri decided to interview others about her being a b*****

Holding a pretend microphone, she picks out a random fan and asked them a very personal question. 

Rihanna in a British accent “I heard Rihanna’s a major b****, is she?”

The lady vigorously shook her head.

Rihanna in a British accent “I heard Rihanna’s a major bitch, is she?” ������������#FENTYxPUMA #NYFWpic.twitter.com/QrzIt9Znm3

— Rihanna News (@RihannaDiaryPL)February 13, 2016




The Bajan babe was showcasing her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection at New York Fashion Week on Friday. 

She even walked the catwalk herself in an oversized hoody, graffitied with Japanese symbols.

Source: UK Daily Star

Kendall Jenner flaunts sculpted body after leaving house in just her knickers

KENDALL Jenner forgets her clothes in the latest ad campaign for Estée Lauder.

YOUTUBE

OOPS: Kendall seems to have forgotten something

The sexy clip sees Kendall jumping out of bed as she's running late for a photo shoot.

The 20-year-old supermodel gets dressed but forgets her trousers and runs out the house in just a pair of grey knickers. 

Of course the ideal opportunity to gets those sculpted pins out.

YOUTUBE

TIME WAITS FOR NO WOMAN: Kendall sleeping in the ad campaign

Instead of putting on her trousers, she reapplies some of the new lip gloss from Estée Lauder. 

Strutting away in her stilettos, trousers are clearly a thing of the past.

But clearly make-up isn't.

booty #LOVECLUB

A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Feb 5, 2016 at 8:55am PST


YOUTUBE

RUN AWAY: Kendall doesn't feel she's missing anything

Source: UK Daily Star

India PM Modi in 'happy birthday' gaffe to Afghan president

*Reuters*Despite the mistake, Mr Modi (l) and Mr Ghani (r) appear to still be on good terms

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a happy birthday - only for Mr Ghani to explain he had got the wrong day.

Mr Modi had tweeted his best wishes to Mr Ghani, writing: "Praying for your long life & exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead".

Leading Mr Ghani to gently point out his birthday is, in fact, on 19 May.

Mr Ghani's profile on Google lists his birthday as being on 12 February, which may explain the mistake.

It is not known if Mr Modi himself wrote the erroneous tweet. His posts are reportedly written by his social media manager, Hiren Joshi.

And it is unlikely Mr Ghani, who is at Munich Security Conference, wrote the polite reply, as any posts written by the president himself are signed AG.

Given there at least 22.2m Twitter users in India and that Mr Ghani has more than 176,000 followers, the mistake was spotted by plenty of people.

One Twitter user in India, replied to Mr Ghani: "We don't care when you b'day is , if our honourable PM has wished you today, we will celebrate it today."

Another, Richard Rego, said it was "the biggest international joke from someone occupying the biggest chair in the biggest democracy".

Source: BBC

CCT trial: Senate President Bukola Saraki reaches out to Buhari, Tinubu again

    

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has made fresh moves to reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, following the Supreme Court judgment on his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Supreme Court had on February 5 ruled that Saraki’s trial should continue at the CCT. The apex court had affirmed the propriety of Saraki’s trial at the CCT on 13 counts of false asset declaration.

In the 13 counts initiated by the Federal Government, Saraki was said to have made false asset declaration in his forms at the Code of Conduct Bureau as a two-term governor of Kwara State.

The CCT had on Friday said Saraki’s trial would resume on March 10.

Source: Punch

Bomb Scare, as APC receives former Senate leader Victior Ndoma-Egba, Others

There was a bomb scare, yesterday morning, at the Government Primary School, Calabar, Cross River State, as the former Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, and over 1,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leaders and their supporters were formally received into the fold of All Progressives Congress (APC).

Yesterday morning, threatening text messages like, ‘Police uncover bomb at venue of today’s APC rally in Calabar,’ ‘Bomb scare at APC rally venue in Calabar,’ made the rounds in the state.

However, the police dismissed speculation of bomb scare, but maintained heavy security at the jammed venue of the ceremony, which ended peacefully.

National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was grateful for the turn out, saying it showed the state was a progressive one.

Source: The Guardian

Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga, Bags 2015 Man Of The Year Award 

CHAIRMAN of the Mike Adenuga Group, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., has won the 2015 City People Man of the Year award. He won the award because of his philanthropic gestures in Nigeria and beyond.

The society magazine, while presenting the award to the Executive Director, Globacom Group, Mrs. Bella Disu, who received it on behalf of the Chairman at the Mike Adenuga Towers in Victoria Island, said Dr. Adenuga won the award ahead of other prominent Nigerians.

Notable Nigerians such as former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Babatunde Fashola, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote were nominated for the award.

The organisers explained that the award was conferred on Dr. Adenuga because of his “silent philanthropic gestures across Nigeria” and his leadership role in the business sector in Africa.

Source: The Guardian

Sagay, Oritsejafor Make Olu Of Warri’s 26-man Think-tank

The Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli (middle) with the Olu-in-council members

THE Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, yesterday, inaugurated a 26-man think-tank, known as the Olu-in-Council, to create a master plan that will enhance the development of Itsekiri/Iwere land and its people.

Members of the council include Prof. Itse Sagay, Chiefs Yahaya Pessu, Isaac O. Jemide, Brown Mene, Francis Omatseye, Ayirimi Emami, Roland Oritsejafor, Kofi Kartey, Thomas Ereyitomi, Rita Lori-Ogbebor, and P.E.B Uku.

Others are: Prince Eroro Emiko, Dr. Andrew Ayu, Ebiyemi Emiko, Toritseju E. Emiko, Pa J.O.S Ayonmike, Edward Ekpoko, Alex Neyin, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon Arawore, P.K Gbragada, Jolomi Rewane, Dr. Ebietsuwa Omatsola, Charles Ajuyah (SAN), Dr. Jackson Reyeforju and two youth representatives.

The council is expected to provide advice on local and national issues, formulate conflict resolution strategies, as well as develop and update a data bank of qualified Itsekiri in readiness for placement.

Other responsibilities include ensuring there is a national purse for the people, pursuing finance for palace activities and other projects, as well as setting up of an archive/library/museum for the Itsekiri nation.

While inaugurating the council members at his palace in Warri, the Olu said he envisages a strong, united Itsekiri nation that will coexist peacefully with her neighbours.

He charged the council to develop a 10-year master plan for Iwere land to harness human resources and initiate a template for partnering oil companies and other entities for sustainable development.

Prof. Itse Sagay told The Guardian that by setting up the council, the Olu wants to consolidate on resources from Itsekiri to move the nation forward.

Notable women leader and activist, the Igba of Warri, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, praised the Olu for inaugurating the think-tank, saying the formation of the team is long over due.

Source: The Guardian

Gunmen ‘Kill 15’ in Rivers State,South-South Nigeria

UNKNOWN gunmen Friday night invaded Omoku Town in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A source in Omoku said the attackers, armed with AK-47 rifles, stormed the homes of perceived opponents.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said several families were seen packing their belongings and leaving for the state capital.

“It is difficult to ascertain the number of the gunmen, but certainly they were many, going by the sporadic gunshots. Omoku has been a hot spot for gang war in the past two years. In this attack, at least 15 persons were killed,” he said.

Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, however, said six persons were killed in the attack, which he blamed on battle for supremacy between rival gangs.

Source: The Guardian

$2.1b arms scandal: Dasuki, Alex Badeh, Adeshola Amosu face separate trials

Dasuki

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, former Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Adeshola  Amosu,  and some retired military chiefs  who are currently being interrogated for alleged corruption are likely to face separate charges, according to indications last night.

They are all in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) whose lawyers are said to be working round the clock compiling charges to be preferred against them in court.

It was gathered that the commission is still gathering information on the beneficiaries of the N10billion oil signature bonus cash allegedly made available by Dasuki ahead of the PDP National Convention where ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was the party’s sole presidential aspirant in 2014.

The EFCC wants Jonathan’s ex-ADC, Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe, who is also in detention to provide the list of all the beneficiaries.

Adegbe allegedly shared the money along with a former aide to Jonathan, Waripamowei Dudafa.

Dudafa is believed to be outside the country.

Sources said that once the EFCC gets the list, it will demand full repayment of what each delegate collected.

A well placed source said:  “From the revelations at our disposal on the ongoing probe of former and serving military chiefs, we may have to opt for separate trials for ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adeshola Amosu, and others.

“They will be arraigned with the ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki based on gross abuse of the procurement process in the military.

“We are already at a crucial stage of the probe with the invitation of some serving and retired military chiefs.

“So far, we are investigating 29 serving and retired military officers and more than 22 companies implicated in the arms deals.

“As we are establishing facts and gathering evidence, we are compiling charges against some of these suspects. We actually work round the clock. All those invited are in safe custody, we will soon prefer charges against them.”

Asked how many times Dasuki will appear in court, the source added: “We have different issues being probed and we can’t ignore all these dimensions.”

The military chiefs (retired and serving) being questioned include  Badeh, Dasuki, two former Chiefs of Air Staff, Air Marshals M.D. Umar and A.N. Amosu (rtd).

Some of the affected serving officers are the most senior Air Force officer, AVM A. M. Mamu (the Chief of Administration); AVM O.T. Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters);  AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer Tactical Air Command, Makurdi;  AVM J.B. Adigun(former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF); and AVM JA Kayode-Beckley (Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); AVM T Omenyi (MD, NAF Holdings)four top officers at the Defence Headquarters(DHQ), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi; Air Cdre GMD Gwani; Air Cdre SO Makinde; Air Cdre AY Lassa and Col. N. Ashinze , who was the Special Military Assistant to the ex-National Security Adviser.

The Nigerian Army confirmed on Thursday that 12 of its officers had been sent to the EFCC for investigation.

The  Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a terse statement that the officers  “comprised three serving Major-Generals and one retired, three Brigadier-Generals, four colonels, and one Lieutenant Colonel.

“However, it should be noted that at the end of the commission’s investigations, those found culpable will be tried by a Military Court Martial.”

Investigation revealed last night that many PDP chieftains benefited from more than N10billion ($47m) withdrawn from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for delegates to the special convention of the party to adopt ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election.

Another top source in the anti-graft commission said: “The EFCC has grilled Jonathan’s ex-ADC and asked him to produce the list of beneficiaries of the N10billion (over $47m) withdrawn from an oil bloc account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Although the former ADC claimed that he acted on the instructions of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, we are only demanding the list of disbursement to PDP stalwarts. It is left to the ex-ADC to make the list available to the EFCC.

“We will then release the list to the public at the appropriate time. We will recover this over N10billion from the affected beneficiaries. The cash was from a Signature Bonus Account in CBN.

Source: The Nation

President Muhammadu Buhari fires 13 Federal University Vice-Chancellors

•Buhari

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and the 12 Federal Universities established by the Jonathan administration now have new vice chancellors following the unexpected removal of the incumbents by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president also approved the reconstitution of the universities’ governing councils.

No reason was given for the action which drew the instant ire of some civil society organisations (CSO’s).

The CSO’s claimed that the Governing Council of NOUN of which Professor Vincent Tenebe was a member is the only body empowered to remove him.

Replacing Tenebe is Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu, who until now was of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano.

Professor Auwal Yadudu, who served as Special Adviser on Legal Matters to the late military head of state, General Sani Abacha is the new Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Birnin Kebbi.

He was until now of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano.

A former head of the Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Kayode Soremekun is the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, while Prof. Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano is the VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

The rest are: Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State; Prof. Andrew Haruna, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State; Prof. Magaji Garba, Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State; Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani, Federal University, Kashere , Gombe State; Prof. Muhammad Sanusi Liman, Federal University, Lafia; Prof. Angela Freeman Miri, Federal University, Lokoja; Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State; Prof. Seth Accra Jaja, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Education Minister Adamu Adamu merely said in a statement yesterday that : “The President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces  and Visitor to all federal universities, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the appointment of new vice chancellors for the 12 under-listed Federal Universities and the National open University of Nigeria with effect from Friday, February 12, 2016.”

The Ministry in a separate notice said the president had approved the reconstitution of the governing councils of the new 12 Federal Universities with immediate effect.

The chairmen of the new councils are scheduled to meet with the minister tomorrow in Abuja.

However, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups protested the VCs’ sack in a letter to President Buhari.

The group said the action contravened the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No.11 of 1993 (as amended) by decree No.25, 1996 and further amended in 2003 and 2012 respectively and other agreements as contained in the 2009 FGN staff union agreement.

The petitioners claimed that four out of the 12 new VCs are from Bayero University, Kano alone, which in their view violates the federal character principle.

They said: “while this does not come as a surprise owing to the influence of one of the Special Advisers to the Minister of Education in orchestrating the appointments of his friends and cronies without following due process, we are, however, concerned about the constitutional breach and the resultant litigation battle this action may cause, which in turn may generate unnecessary distractions to your focused administration.

“While we are not unmindful of the fact that you would have acted on the recommendation of the Minister of Education in approving their removal, it is pertinent to know that in the pursuit of ambition driven by unguided passion and greed, impunity becomes inevitable as the end irrespective of the means is all that matters and in this case, the removal of these Vice Chancellors is the outcome of an unguided passion and greed by the Minister of Education and his Special Adviser.

“The constitution is quite clear on the procedures to be followed in the appointment and disengagement of Vice Chancellors and none of these procedures were followed in the above case.

“The appointment of Vice Chancellors is a tenured appointment, which presupposes that every appointee is expected to serve the prescribed number of years as stipulated by the Acts governing the institutions.”

The coalition said none of the Vice Chancellors was allowed to complete his tenure and all were removed without following due process of the law.

The CCSG argued that if a Vice Chancellor must  be removed from office before the expiration of his tenure, it is only  the Board of the Governing Council that is  empowered to recommend or effect such removal.

The group said: “In the above case, the Minister already dissolved the Board of the Governing Council with the statutory powers to recommend or effect the removal of a Vice Chancellor from office thereby making the removal of these Vice Chancellors illegal, null and void.

“In appointing new Vice Chancellors or any public officer for that matter, it is an offence and a breach of the Federal Character principle for one third of the total appointees to come from a particular state.

“The action of the Minister is greeted with sadness as it is considered a breach of the provisions of the University Amendment Act or legislation and to a large extent a gross violation of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees universities autonomy in Nigeria.”

The letter was signed by the coalition’s chairman, Etuk Bassey Williams and Secretary-General, Ibrahim Abubakar.

However, Prof. Michael Faborode, the Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC), has said the tenure of vice-chancellors of nine Federal Universities will expire on Feb. 15.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja, that it would not be fair to say that the vice-chancellors were sacked.

According to him, “The tenure of the vice-chancellors of nine of these universities expires on Feb. 15. It will be unfair to say that they were sacked; they have exhausted their tenure; when your tenure is not renewed; it does not mean you are sacked. I do not know the reasons why the vice-chancellors of the other three universities were affected.”

Source: The Nation

PHOTO: Four Ikirun,Osun State bank robbery suspects arrested by the Nigeria Police

•The arrested suspected robbers who attacked banks in Ikirun, Osun State on Friday being paraded with their loot yesterday

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Kola Sodipo, yesterday confirmed that the armed robbers that attacked branches of First Bank, Skye Bank and Union Bank in Ikirun, Osun State at the weekend killed two policemen and two bankers before they were overpowered. Four of the robbers were killed.

At a press conference in Osogbo, the police commissioner said four members of the robbery gang, Aderibigbe Oluwaseun, Ndubisi David, Ayuba Abubaka Saliu and Nuhu Jimoh, were arrested and three AK47 rifles with one hundred and twenty four rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them.

According to him, the police responded promptly to distress calls from the banks and exhibited gallantry and professional expertise in combating the armed robbers who were armed with sophisticated weapons and improvised explosive devices.

The police boss also disclosed that seven million, four hundred and eighty-six thousand, three hundred naira (N7,486,300) and a Nissan Sunny car that the robbers used for the operation were recovered from the suspects after their arrest.

He said that the Armoured Personnel Carrier provided for the police in Osun helped the policemen to overpower the armed robbers. He said full scale investigation into the incident has commenced and that the fleeing members of the robbery gang would be apprehended

Two policemen, two bank officials and six passers-by reportedly died in a gun duel between the bandits and the police.

It was gathered that the robbers suspected to be indigenes of Kogi and Benue States had been in Osun State through their informants before eventually launching the attack around 4.00 pm on Friday on the two banks along Ekoeinde road in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun local government area.

It was further gathered that the bandits successfully overpowered the police in Ikirun and blocked the team from gaining access to the robbery area to dislodge them.

But the DPO from Iragbiji was said to have sprung a surprise when he led a team of police with an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) to engage the armed bandits in a gun exchange for about thirty minutes before reinforcements came from Osogbo.

A source said the DPO operated the APC and used it to demobilise the operational vehicle of the armed robbers.

He reportedly killed three of them and foiled the operation.

Police Commissioner, Kola Sodipo, said that two members of the gang were arrested.

Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, explained that the robbers attacked the banks with dynamites and placed explosives in strategic locations in the area where the banks are located.

She, however, said the police anti-bomb squad was able to identify the explosives and successfully diffuse them.

Source: The Nation

Nigerian born West Ham newly-signed striker Emmanuel Emenike ‘Football has made me cry’

EMMANUEL Emenike, West Ham’s newly-signed striker, may have moved on to bigger things after the match fixing allegation that rocked his career in Turkey.

But the Nigerian won’t forget that episode in a hurry so much he tagged it as his ‘most traumatic moment’ in life. The former Al Ain striker recounted how he spent four days in Istanbul prison after he was robed in a match fixing scandal while playing for Karabukspor.

In May 2011, Emenike was accused of faking injury to avoid playing against Fenerbahce due to transfer negotiation between the two clubs for the Nigerian striker. He was later acquitted in one of the biggest football trials in Europe that saw the president of Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, go to jail for six years.

“I was treated like a common criminal,” states a very emotional Emenike. “I cried like a baby because it was strange to me.”

He continues: “At a point, the trauma was so much for me to bear, so I had to go for counselling. After I was released, it was difficult for me to concentrate. There was no way I could remain with Fenerbahce and be focused.

“It was a bad and wicked experience. At that point, it was not about the money or passion but about my life and my happiness, so when the Spartak Moscow offer came I quickly jumped at it.

“The fans did not want me to go but I just had to because the prison trauma had affected me psychologically. In addition, it was an emotional day for me when I returned to the club in the UEFA Champions League qualifying match. I received a rousing welcome at the Istanbul Airport; they kept saying I was wanted in Fenerbahce, but I had put Istanbul behind me forever.”

Culled from The Nation

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Possible locations of Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram identified-Nigerian Air Force

Possible locations of the abducted Chibok school girls may have been identified by the Nigerian Air Force ,according to indications last night.

The Director of Public Relations of  the Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, told Channels Television that the force has therefore  abstained  from attacking the identified areas to avoid hitting the girls.

The  latest aerial bombardment of Sambisa forest,Famuyiwa said, had been aimed at the logistics base of the Boko Haram sect and not areas where the Chibok girls could be located.

He said:“We have no fears that the girls are not there because hat particular location has been under surveillance for quite a while and we suspected maybe it’s a kind of ammunition depot or maybe a workshop that they are using as their logistics place.

“Once you take off the logistics base, of course you gradually weaken the resolve of the enemy to be able to prosecute any campaign.”

Group Captain  Famuyiwa said the military  is deploying  the  Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to maximum use in its battle with Boko Haram  because it is cheaper to run  and reduces   lives.

The UAVs,he said : “have the capability to be airborne for up to eleven hours and they are quite cheap to maintain. So, we have been able to employ the UAV to a great extent to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance basically for intelligence gathering on the activities of the Boko Haram.”

He said that the UAVs have also helped the Air Force to understand the terrorists’ pattern of movement and “how to be able to counter them should they want to strike or spring any surprise”.

The girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School,Chibok,Borno State.

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo said last week that the girls may never be found again.

Source: The Nation

UK Facebook 'friends' left man for dead after stabbing him with dagger

A MAN was left for dead after being stabbed with a half-moon shaped dagger by two thugs who had befriended him through Facebook.

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE

ATTACKERS: Juma Munyankore (left) and Hamza Mohumed were jailed for nine years each

Hamza Mohumed, 34, and Juma Munyankore, 25, first made friends with Albert Mashoko on social media seven years earlier.

But in September last year their relationship suddenly turned nasty.

They attacked him and repeatedly stabbed him with the dagger as he walked to a friend's barbecue in Coventry, West Midlands.

Dozens of people witnessed the attack, including a six-year-old child.

GETTY

BROAD DAYLIGHT: The attack took place in Coventry

“He was lucky to survive”

Detective Constable Helen Keating


Mr Mashoko was taken to hospital by air ambulance and was treated for injuries to his chest, legs, lung, liver and diaphragm.

Mohumed, who was originally from Somalia, and Munyankore, who was born in Rwanda, were arrested a few days later.

Munyankore had been frogmarched to a police station by his furious mother.

They were charged with attempted murder but that charge was dropped when they pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Today both men were jailed for nine years at Warwick Crown Court.

Detective Constable Helen Keating said it was an "outrageous" attack in broad daylight.

She said: "The victim came across his attackers while walking to a family friend's house for a barbecue.

"He went to greet them and shake their hand but was met with punches and was head-butted."

Det Con Keating said doctors believed Mr Mashoko was "lucky to survive" and she said it was not clear what had sparked the row.

Source: UK Daily Star

Banks, officials behind 23,000 ghost workers to be prosecuted – Finance Minister


Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday revealed that the Bank Verification Number (BVN), and Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System had helped the Federal Government discover 23,000 ghost workers in the civil service.

Mrs. Adeosun made the revelation when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance to defend her ministry’s budget on Thursday

She lamented that having ghost workers in the civil service had caused grave leakage to Nigeria’s revenue.

Mrs. Adeosun also explained how the use of the BVN assisted the IPPIS to detect the fraud perpetrated through the creation of ghost workers.

She said, “As we speak now, we have about 23,000 that we need to investigate. Those whom either the BVN is linked to multiple payment or the name on the BVN account is not consistent with the name on our own payroll.

“If we are able to get everybody onto the BVN platform, we will be able to save a considerable amount of personnel cost.

She added that economic crimes investigative agencies would prosecute the banks, firms and individuals working in cahoot to defraud the Federal Government by padding it payroll.

“My job is to get them off our payroll, what happens from there on goes to the investigative agencies; we will pass our files onto them and they will take a decision as to what sanctions they will take.

“Not only will we remove those people from our payroll, but we will also be going after the banks involved to collect our money.”

The chairman of the committee, John Enoh, commended the ministry for the discovery.

Mr. Enoh added that government should not only recover monies from those found guilty of the fraud but also hand them over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution.

Source: Premium Times

NDLEA arrests mother of 3 with 904grammes of Cocaine at Abuja airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arrested Mrs. Saidat Bola Hassan at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The 48 year old mother of three was scheduled to fly to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, via an Egypt Airline flight en-route Cairo when she was apprehended during screening.

She had ingested about 80 wraps of a white powdery substance weighing 904 grammes that later tested positive for cocaine.

NDLEA Abuja airport Commander Mr. Hamisu Lawan said that efforts were made to protect her from any harm resulting from drug ingestion.

“As soon as we discovered that the suspected wraps she vomited tested positive for cocaine, we took measures to ensure her safety by preventing any harm that may result from drug ingestion. While under observation, she excreted sixty-five (65) similar wraps. In all, she ingested eighty wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes; her case is under investigation” Hamisu stated.


Chairman of NDLEA, Col. Mohammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) said

“This is gross ineptitude on the part of a mother saddled with the responsibility of nurturing her children into future leaders. I am glad that she did not die from drug ingestion and she is alive to face trial. Besides escaping the risk of swallowing cocaine, this arrest also saved her because drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is punishable by death. She will soon be charged to court because the law must run its full course. I expect the general public to learn lessons from this case that drug trafficking leads to pain, ignominy and untimely death,” Abdallah said.


Narrating her ordeal, Mrs. Saidat Bola Hassan, a native of Idiroko, Ogun State who resides in Lagos Island said that she is a business woman dealing in clothing materials. According to her,

“I am a business woman and I sell women clothes at Balogun Market. I used to buy my goods from Ghana. I was introduced into the drug business by a friend and business partner. The drug was brought from Abidjan, Ivory Coast and we were to share the proceeds equally. Until my arrest, I never knew that the cocaine I ingested would have led to my death in Saudi Arabia. I thank God for keeping me alive”.


Source: Vanguard

Lionel Messi named La Liga player of month…for first time

Messi’s form today can determine the outcome of the game.

In a stellar 12-year career, Lionel Messi has won the world player of the year award five times and broken endless goalscoring records, but he had never been named player of the month in Spain, until now.

The 28-year-old Argentine forward received the award for La Liga’s player of the month for January on Friday, the first time he has won a prize inaugurated in 2013.

His eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo won the award back in November 2013 and the likes of Atletico Madrid pair Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin and Nolito of Celta Vigo have won it twice.

Messi, meanwhile, has had to wait until now despite winning the La Liga title seven times in his career.

As well as winning the Ballon d’or in January, Messi scored six goals in five games in La Liga to help Luis Enrique’s side hold a three-point lead at the top of the table over Atletico Madrid while also having a game in hand.

Messi, who became the all-time leading scorer in La Liga in 2014, has scored 298 goals in Spain’s top flight and will have the chance to reach the 300 mark at home to Celta on Sunday.

Source: AFP

Nigerian Hip hop star,Davido records new Slsong with US Rapper, T.I

With the news of his deal with Sony Music Entertainment still fresh, HKN chief and act, David Adeleke well known as Davido, might just have recorded a song with US rapper and actor, T.I.

The singer has revealed that he has a new song with the star and his brother Sina Rambo. Davido made the announcement via twitter, stating that he “just did something crazy for T.I and Sina Rambo.”

The new collaboration sees Davido record another song with a US act after his 2015 exploits with Maybach rapper, Meek Mill, on the song Fans mi. Rapper T.I also has history with Nigerian group P-Square, with whom he recorded the single Ejeajo, contained in their Double Trouble album.

Although, the details of his deal with Sony Entertainment are yet to be released, the record label has released a detailed press statement on the nature of the deal. With the deal, Davido leans towards music publishing, and set to drop his sophomore studio album this year.

A video published on Youtube captures the signing of the deal. In the video, Davido is seen on the streets of New York, where he makes his way to a bank, withdrew money, purchases jewelry, and heads off to Sony Music offices, where he signed the deal.

“A couple years ago I was a kid, in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria, now I’m at the top of the building…” Davido says in the clip.

His debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ released in 2012 to critical acclaim earned countless award nominations and accolades including two MTV Africa Music Awards and the 2014 BET Award for Best African Act. A world tour followed, which saw the Ekuro singer perform to sell-out venues across Africa, Paris, New York and London.

Source: The Guardian