Saturday, October 10, 2015

Opral Benson advises women to dress decently, maintain natural complexions

Dr Opral Benson, a famous beautician and Liberia’s Honourary Consul to Nigeria, has advised women to dress decently and maintain their natural complexions instead of bleaching or whitening their skins.

Benson gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.

She blame the men folk, whose admiration, she said, encouraged the women to alter their skin tone.

The octogenarian, who also owns the Opral Benson Beauty Training Institute, Lagos, urged the men to complain and tell the women to stop bleaching because women were only doing it to please them.

“Why don’t you say something about it?

“I think, you should complain and say you don’t want to see their flesh and once they know that you don’t want to see their flesh, they might not show their flesh you never know.

“But I think, as I said, they are following international standards, you haven’t complained enough because if you do, the women want to do what they think you will like them to do.

“And they are showing their flesh because they think you will like to see it, but if you don’t, please just say so and I’m sure, they are gonna stop because they want to please you.

“I think that they should stop showing their flesh because that’s not really the answer to any question.

“I don’t approve of skin whitening because we have white people and we have black people.

“So, those of us who are black should continue to be black and those who are in-between, it must be for a reason you are in-between; maybe your parents were in-between or whatever.

“But I don’t agree with whitening your skin, I have a beauty school and we do not insist or agree or teach that people should do whitening of their skin.

“I mean, why, what for? A white person I don’t think is any different from a non-white person.’’

NAN reports that Benson, who was married to the late elder statesman, T.O.S Benson for 46 years, was bestowed with the title of the Yeye Oge of Lagos by late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan in 1973.

Source: NAN

Rivers govt orders former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Ukpo, et all to refund about N100 billion

Rivers state govern ment has ordered former governor Chibuike Amaechi , Brigadier Anthony Ukpo rtd  and some appointees of the former governor to refund  about 100 billion naira allegedly missing from the state’s coffer.
This development is contained in a white paper released yesterday by the state government on the recommendations of the commission of inquiry set up by the government to probe the alleged sale of valued assets of the state and related matters by the administration of former governor Amaechi.

Commissioner for Housing, Mr Emma Okah who read out portions of the white paper to newsmen yesterday in Government House, Port Harcourt said the alleged sale and lease  of valuable assets of the state by the former government  did not follow due process.
Continuing he said the Attorney General of the state and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Emma Aguma, SAN will soon commence proceedings in court to recover the alleged missing money, adding that former governor Amaechi, his commissioner for Power were among those to be prosecuted,
According to the commissioner,  the former government allegedly diverted part of funds meant for the monorail project, failed Clinotech projects, adding that a loan secured for development of the agricultural sector was allegedly pocketed by the former administration.
The white paper which queried issues around sale of the four power assets of the state said the government should review the action for the common good of the state.,
His words, “You will agree with me that the Omereji commission had several terms of references and we  will be taking them one after the other. The first term of reference is to ascertain the sale of the Omoku 150 megawatts gas turbine; Afam 360 megawatts gas turbine; Trans-Amadi 136 megawatts gas turbine and the Eleme 75 megawatts gas turbine by the administration of former Governor Chibhike Rotimi Amaechi.
“The commission finds as a fact that the sale of 70% equity from the First Independent Power Limited in Omoku gas turbine, Trans-Amadi gas turbine, Afam  Phase I gas turbine and Eleme gas turbine, have been very difficult to justify. They have therefore recommended the review of sale of the power assets  and the government of Rivers State has accepted that recommendation.
“Refund of proceeds by Chibuike Amaechi , Chamberlain Peterside, and Augustine Nwokocha. In furtherance of this findings that the sale of the four gas turbines was unjustifiable and against the interest of the government and people of Rivers State.
“The commission recommends that the former governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, along with his former commissioners for Finance and Power , Dr. Chamberlain Peterside and Augustine Nwokocha, respectively, should be held to account for their roles in the sales of the power generation assets of First Independent Power Limited and the disbursement of the proceeds there from.
Meantime , secretary, Media and Publicity Committee of the All Progressive Congress, APC in the state, , Mr Godstime Orlukwu said the former governor was ready to meet the state government in court, describing the white paper as a non issue.

Source: Vanguard

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces have shot dead two Palestinians in separate incidents in East Jerusalem after they reportedly attacked Israelis, the latest incidents in a wave of violence across Israel and the Palestinian Territories.  

A 16-year-old Palestinian was killed on Saturday near occupied East Jerusalem's walled Old City after he stabbed two Orthodox Jewish men, Israeli police said.

Earlier on Saturday, another Palestinian was shot dead by paramilitary police after he opened fire at them during late-night clashes at the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp, police said.

Hamas, Palestinian group which controls the Gaza Strip, said in a statement that the victim was a member of their organisation.

"The hero martyr fought the Israeli occupation with language they understand," Hamas said.

Saturday's violence is a continuation of 11 days of unrest in which four Israelis and 17 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in Israeli cities.

Scores of Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli troops and at least 12 Israelis have been wounded in almost daily Palestinian stabbing attacks.

The violence has been fuelled by Palestinian fears that visits by Jewish groups, including legislators, to the Jerusalem Old City are eroding Muslim religious control of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly he will not allow any change to the arrangements under which Jews are allowed to visit the site but non-Muslim prayer is banned.

The violence is not of the intensity of two Palestinian uprisings in the late 1980s and early 2000s but it has prompted talk of a third "intifada".

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot dead seven Palestinians in protests near the Gaza border and a knife-wielding Israeli wounded four Palestinians in the southern Israeli town of Dimona.

In the northern town of Afula, a Palestinian woman was shot several times and wounded by police who closed in on her as she held up a knife, a video clip circulated on social media showed. Police said she had tried to stab a bus station guard.


In Jerusalem's Old City, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a 14-year-old Israeli boy, and near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman before being shot dead.

There was also violence in the West Bank city of Ramallah, with video footage showing an Israeli army jeep running over a stone-throwing Palestinian, who was injured.

Also on Friday, the Israeli military said a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel. No group claimed responsibility. The attack caused no casualties or damage.

Both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have called for calm and Palestinian police continue to coordinate with Israeli security forces to try to restore order, but there are few signs of the violence dying down.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza - lands Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war, for a future state. US-brokered peace talks broke down in April 2014. 

Source: Reuters

Deadly explosions hit Ankara peace rally

Two explosions have rocked a road junction in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens of others, the interior ministry said. 

The blasts took place several minutes apart, with the first going off at around 10:00am (0700 GMT), local media reported.

A video on social media showed the moment of one explosion: young people were dancing and waving banners as a massive fireball erupts.

#Ankaraday?z  Emek, Bar?? ve Demokrasi Mitingindeki patlama an? videosu #dokuz8  / @meliketmbk  pic.twitter.com/it3dodESKz

— dokuz8 (@dokuz8haber) October 10, 2015

The explosions occurred near a train station where people were gathering for a peace march to protest against the conflict between the state and Kurdish fighters in southeast Turkey.

Video footage on social media showed several bodies lying on the ground, as survivors tried to attend to the wounded. 

Emergency crews were at the scene, responding to the injuries, with ambulances rushing off to several local hospitals. There were reports of shortages of blood and calls for donations.

'Barbaric attack'

"We heard one huge blast and then one smaller explosion and then there was a a great movement and panic. Then we saw corpses around the station," said Ahmet Onen, 52.

"A demonstration that was to promote peace has turned into a massacre, I don't understand this," he said, in floods of tears.

Demonstrators angered by the attack on their fellow activists shouted "police murderers!" at the scene of the blasts but were then dispersed as the security forces intervened.

The rally was organised by several leftist groups, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Ankara'da patlama! Patlamalara çöp kutular? içine olan bombalar neden oldu. Çok say?da a??r yaral? var. pic.twitter.com/etEQ73Ubs6

— 'Hayal Tamircileri' (@HayalTamir) October 10, 2015
"We are faced with a huge massacre. A barbaric attack has been committed," said the HDP's leader Selahattin Demirtas.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly denounced the attack.

"I strongly condemn this heinous attack on our unity and our country's peace," Erdogan said in a statement posted on the presidency's website.

"No matter what its origin, aim or name, we are against any form of terrorist act or terrorist organisation. We are obliged to be against it together," Erdogan said.

The attack came with Turkey on edge ahead of November 1 polls and a wave of unrest over the past few months. 

An attack in the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc on July 20 targeting pro-HDP activists and blamed on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters killed 32 people and wounded a hundred others.

The armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) accused Ankara of collaborating with ISIL and resumed attacks on the Turkish security forces after observing a two-year ceasefire.

Over 140 members of the security forces have since been killed while Ankara claims to have killed over 1,700 Kurdish fighters in weeks of bombardments of PKK targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq.

PPK ceasefire

Hours after the blasts in Ankara, the PKK called for a unilateral ceasefire in its fight against the Turkish state "unless they or the Kurdish people are attacked", according to a statement carried by Kurdish news agencies.

The statement was released by the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) and did not reference Saturday's attack in Ankara.

The move was widely expected as analysts said the PKK hoped it would boost the HDP's score in the upcoming election.

The HDP performed strongly in the last vote on June 7, winning 80 seats to deprive President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of an outright majority for the first time since it came to power in 2002.

The AKP then failed to form a coalition in months of talks, prompting Erdogan - who had been hoping for a large majority to push through reforms to boost his powers - to call another election on November 1.

Initial reports on Saturday's blasts spoke of a single explosion but Turkish media said later there had been two separate blasts in short sequence.

The authorities were exploring the possibility that the blasts could have been caused by a suicide bomber, the official Anatolia news agency said.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had been briefed over the blast by Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Anatolia said.

"We are investigating the explosion and will share our findings with the public as soon as possible," a Turkish official said, without giving further details.

Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies

FLOOD: Lagos State Ministry of information urges residents to relocate to safe areas

Mr Oluwatoyin Awosika, the Director, Public Enlightenment, Lagos State Ministry of Information, on Friday urged residents living on flood-prone areas to relocate to safe locations.

Awosika told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the ministry had commenced sensitisation of the affected residents to change their attitudes in order to avert flood disasters.

He said that the state spent huge resources to make refuse collection cheap and affordable, adding that measures were already in place to relocate residents in case of flood disaster.

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“People would tell you all sorts of things, the water is flowing, they dump everything there but it is going to block somewhere so what happens, the water will fight back into homes.

“At night they cross the roads to dump refuse into the drains and on the highways.

“Government is always very careful.

“If you force people out now they would tell you where do you want to relocate them to.

“Government doesn’t have the house to relocate, if there is a flood disaster, we would move them to the Imota and the Egbeda resettlement areas.

“So, you can’t say you are going to push them there until the rain leaves, so the best is to advice (them) to evacuate.

“It is not easy sincerely, where are they going, are they going to rent new apartments and then come back when the rains have stopped?

“So government is to continue to sensitise you to the dangers.

“Why we are telling you to relocate is that if a serious flood comes you are now giving the excuses of money and this, lives would go.

“You cannot buy the lives, your property gone, you cannot replace most of them, so it is better you try to relocate.

“Our own is to continue to hit the mindset, attitudinal mindset that is all we continue to do.

“People change; we keep showing the documentaries for people see how the drains are blocked.

“What happens, how they deflood, hit the road, spoil houses, everything.“

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NAN reports that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had predicted heavy rains and possible flooding in 2015, and advised people living on flood plains to relocate to safe areas.

Source: NAN

Babcock University Performs First Heart Surgery

BABCOCK University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State recorded another milestone last Thursday, as the first heart surgery was performed in the institution’s Teaching Hospital, by its doctors. The operation lasted six hours.

The first beneficiary of this feat in the history of the university is a 34-year-old woman, who brimmed with exceptional spirit as she calmly walked through the door with gaiety into the theatre for a life saving venture in the human hands of cardio thoracic surgeons, Professor Kamar Adeleke, Dr. Michael Sanusi, Dr. Mudashiru Lawal and Dr. Edward Anderson, all resident doctors.

According to the institution, there are other 15 critical care personnel in the operating theatre to provide specific required services. They included perfussionists, cardiac operations nurses, internists and anesthesiologists.

Friday’s surgery was a milk valve replacement. Yesterday, another set of patients’ hearts received care from the surgeons’ hearts that care. Dozens of other patients are on the roll call and will have their turn as scheduled from now at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital.

The senior vice president of the university, Professor Iheanyichukwu Okoro, who is also a surgeon said, “So, what is going on now at the Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre of the University is not the last of such operations until all afflicted hearts are rid of that which prevents their effective functioning.”

Okoro and the institution’s Vice president, development and strategy, Mr. Olukunle Iyanda, said the medical feat couldn’t have happened at a better time than this. “This is inspirational and praiseworthy; another achievement by God through mortal men.”

Source: The Guardian

Nigerian students demand resignation of NANS exco over Senator Buruji Kashamu

Students in Nigerian tertiary institutions have called for the resignation of the executives of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.
This came in the wake of an award of “golden man of the year” conferred on Buruji Kashamu last week by the apex students’ body.
Mr. Kashamu is the senator representing Ogun East, whose election was quashed on Friday by the National Assembly election tribunal.
In separate interviews with students, they described the award investiture as “a complete show of shame”.
The Public Relations Officer of Obafemi Awolowo Students’ Union, Emmanuel Ojedokun, described the award as a completely unnecessary move.
He said that, “the current set of NANS Leaders are political jobbers who need to be shown the way out if they fail to leave honourably.”
“Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union is not part of the latest move by NANS,” Mr. Ojedokun said.
Also speaking, a students’ representative from University of Lagos, Tope Ojedele, who is the president of the school’s press team expressed disappointment at the action of NANS.
She said “The action of NANS is very questionable especially looking at the integrity of Mr Kashamu. The award is more like ‘cash and carry’”.
“We want the NANS leaders to resign, if they cannot explain the reasons for the award since they may have their own reasons.”
She expressed fear that the next set of NANS could be worse.
Samuel Opeyemi, another student of Obafemi Awolowo University, also condemned the award by NANS.
“It is pitiable and laughable that national Association of. Nigerian Students leaders have decided to drag the name of the association into mud,” he said.
“If we as students have no integrity, I wonder what the hope of Nigeria is. It is high time we had new sets of leaders in the students’ body.”
However, a student leader of the University of Ibadan and president of union of Campus Journalists called for caution in condemning NANS leadership.
“Even though the action of NANS is condemnable, taking hasty steps in dealing with NANS leaders may spell doom,” he said.
“The only thing we may want to do is to go back to the drawing table so we can restructure NANS. Moreover they may have their reasons for giving the award to Kashamu. We need to listen their reasons,” he said.
Reacting to the condemnation of the award, NANS, through its South West General Secretary, Oloja Olanrewaju, said the award was given to Mr. Kashamu for his philanthropy.
“Buruji Kashamu is an untiring hardworking man who has an exemplary and leadership style. During the eight months unpaid salary saga in Osun state, he supplied 5000 bags of rice and 1000 gallons of kerosene, he has also supported democracy and education that is more of why he emerged as a senator in Nigeria that is why we think he deserves the award,” he said.

Source: Premium Times

Lai Mohammed is Lagos based,he cannot represent us- Kwara APC Youths

The youths in Kwara South under the aegis of Coalition Groups of All Progressives Congress, APC members Friday in Ilorin protested‎ against the nomination of Alhaji Lai Mohammed as minister from the state, describing it as cheating.
Spokesman of the group‎,Prince Adetoyese Omokanye who led the protesters had earlier went to Ajase-Ipo,the political headquarters of Kwara South to express their anger to the senatorial Chairman,Alhaji Jimoh Balogun who also brought them to the state secretariat in Ilorin.

Omokanye who demanded immediate replacement of Alhaji Lai Mohammed while presenting the letter of protest to the state chairman,Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani at the party secretariat said that the ministerial nominee did not contribute in any way to the success of APC in kwara state in the last elections.
According to him,”His permanent voter’s card(PVC) was registered and collected in Lagos and all his contributions for the emergence of APC at the federal level are through lagos. He was not in Kwara all through the electioneering exercise and couldn’t influence our electoral successes at the poll.His son is presently a member of Lagos state house of assembly”
“Therefore,he stressed,”we are baffled when newspapers claims indicated that he represents Kwara state in the ministerial list submitted by the president to the national assembly for screening”
“Our assumption was that two nominees have been taken from Lagos,Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola”he added.
The spokesman also said that,”confirming Lai Mohammed as representing Kwara state in the ministerial position is denying Kwara state of being represented at that level.
It will be justice denied,and a promotion of unfairness and political exclusion of Kwara state in the affairs of our country”
He said,”To this end,we request that Mr President chose among qualified individuals with impeccable character from Kwara South senatorial district to represent the state at the federal council. Kwara south senatorial district is made up of seven local government out of the sixteen in the entire state”
“We have great minds,success stories that could bring more and positive impacts to the nation building,people with unbeatable track records and have impacted positively to the social,political and economic integration of Kwara state. These group contributed greatly to the success of APC at all levels in Kwara state‎”he added.
Responding,the state chairman,Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani commended the youths ‎for conducting themselves peacefully without any rancour,assuring that their concern would be forwarded to the appropriate c quarters.
He also told journalists that the party hierarchy in the state was not consulted before the nomination of Alhaji Lai Mohammed .

Source: Vanguard

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GRAMMAR EXPLOSION: Patrick Obahiagbon reaction to Edwin Clark's statement refering to Jonathan as weak leader

Former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon, has described as ‘’heretic revisionism’’ the recent depiction of former President Goodluck Jonathan by elder-statesman, Dr. Edwin Clark, as weak.

Obahiagbon, presently the Chief of Staff to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State in a statement made available to Saturday Vanguard said:
“I read with smug satiation and righteous indignation the abjuration of Chief Edwin Clark to the effect that “Jonathan didn’t have the political will power to fight corruption…..Drivers of yesterday are living in palatial buildings now under his government”.
“I would expect that this animadversion from Papa Clark would put an irrefragable quietus to all Jonathanian political jingoists still spewing and yarning Goebbelian sputum in support of former President Jonathan. This is because if there exists anybody who should have intimate knowledge of the concentric layers of malversation that characterized the failed Jonathan administration, it would be Papa Clark, the self proclaimed father of Jonathan. But has Papa Clark said anything new? The answer is a resounding NO and that was why Nigerians voted for President Buhari in their gargantuan numbers. Am happy that President
Buhari is already discharging his historical duties to our admiration.
“But that it took the eschewable fall of Jonathan for Papa Clark to peregrinate the road of the biblical Damascus and the scales thus falling off the eyes of Jonathan’s political father is not only execrable but demonstrates a putrid and rancid narration of the story of Nigeria’s political class as a Damnosa Hereditas.”

Source: Vanguard

Cancer: Pray for me, Diezani Alison-Madueke begs Nigerians

IMMEDIATE past  Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is battling with cancer in London and  being investigated by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for alleged corruption, has asked Nigerians for a special favour. She wants Nigerians to pray for her as she undergoes cancer surgery next week.

Speaking through Oscar Onwudiwe, her family’s lawyer, according to online newspaper, The Cable, Diezani, who denied reports of her arrest, said she was undergoing cancer treatment in the UK and “hopes to come out strong to face all the allegations.”
In a statement, Onwudiwe said: “The Madueke family, like most other families, has its own challenges. For instance, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been receiving treatment for cancer in the UK which started while she was in office. She completed months of chemotherapy just last week and she is scheduled to undergo surgery next week in London.
The family has been bearing this challenge with prayers and as much grace and fortitude as possible; and would plead with all reasonable Nigerians to pray for her recovery so that she can face these allegations and give account of her stewardship.”
The call for prayers came after an earlier statement released on Thursday in which the family revealed the state of the former minister. Onwudiwe had made the following statement:
“The stories are false but it(sic) feeds  the mood of the moment; hence, the silence from Diezani all along. It is worth emphasising that Mrs Alison-Madueke was never arrested or detained and her passport was never seized.
She was merely invited, and she honoured it promptly. But there is a limit to how much any reasonable person can bear the tactics of these … We all know that what makes a lie fly is the little truth contained therein.
This happens to be the weapon used to defame highly-placed people.” Onwudiwe also accused the Nigerian media of reporting “laughable claims” of a purchase of an apartment in Hyde Park with an “amount which embarrassingly ranges from £12.5 million sterling to £13 billion sterling (N3.9tr).
“This claim is utterly false and laughable, for the amounts mentioned are only in the imagination of the reporters. This property is quite popular. It belongs to a well-known eminently successful Nigerian entrepreneur who would also find this allegation embarrassing as the intention to sell the property has neither been contemplated nor disclosed to any person.”
Mixed reaction greets Diezani’s prayer request
Diezani’s request elicited mixed reactions from some Nigerians. While some said they would not pray, others said they would pray for the speedy recovery of the former minister to enable her face her graft trial.
We will pray for her and all Nigerians – Ikokwu
Second Republic Politician, Chief Guy Ikokwu, who has always called for the restructuring of the country and adoption of the parliamentary system of government to check corruption, urged Nigerians to pray for the former oil minister.
‘’We will pray for her and all other Nigerians,  both those who are ill and well so that God bestows His mercy on all for the right things to be done in the nation. Nigeria needs God’s mercy. God knows those who are guilty and those who are not guilty,’’ he said.
We will pray she recovers and asks for God’s forgiveness – Sarah Jubril
Former Presidential Candidate, Mrs Sarah Jubril said apart from quick recovery it is also good for Diezani to ask for God’s forgiveness if she is guilty of the graft allegations.
Her words: ‘’Thank God she believes Nigerians have a forgiving heart. We will pray she recovers and ask God for forgiveness if the allegations against her are true. Thank God she is alive. I wish her quick recovery. It is good she has the humility to ask Nigerians for their prayers. We hope to see her in good health soon.’’
She doesn’t deserve our prayers – Gbagi
However, former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, disagreed and urged Nigerians not to pray for her. ‘’How can we pray for her when she put Nigeria into bankruptcy? Let her go and ask forgiveness from God.

Source :Vanguard

Revealed : Salary and allowances of Nigerian National Assembly members

The controversy over the monthly salary of a Nigerian lawmaker has finally been laid to rest with a formal disclosure of what the legislators earn. The National Institute of Legislative Studies, NILS, apparently worried by growing public outcry against the Nigerian lawmakers, on Friday released a set of documents, showing what constitutes the earnings of the 109 Senators and 360 members of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

The documents, which were made available to Vanguard in Abuja on Friday, indicated that the Nigerian lawmakers earn perhaps one of the least salaries among legislators in the world, as against the notion that their pay was outrageous.
Apart from releasing   global comparative figures drawn from nine countries, the NILS also gave a breakdown of what constitutes the monthly take-home pay of each Nigerian lawmaker. The figure shows that while a Nigerian Senator gets an annual basic salary of N2,026,400,00 a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives goes home with N1,985,212, 50 per  year.
But beyond that a Senator takes home a bouquet of allowances which hike their salary to N12, 902, 360.00 while their House of Representatives counterpart goes home with N9,525,985.50 annually.
Thus, for the four-year tenure which the lawmaker stay in the NASS, the Nigerian government spends a total of  N1, 406,357,240.00 as basic salary on the 109 Senators and N3,428,994,780.00 on the 360 members of the House of Representatives.
The breakdown of the allowances are on: Vehicle fuelling/maintenance, Constituency, Domestic Staff, Personal Assistant, Entertainment, Recess, Utilities, Newspaper/Periodicals, Houses Maintenance, Wardrobe, Estacode, Duty Tour, which attract  more money available to the lawmakers than their basic salaries.
Beyond that, the lawmakers earn special amount in every four-year period on Accommodation,  vehicle loan, furniture, and severance allowance, which make every Senator to pocket N24,090,000.00 and a House of Representatives member to go home with N23,822,00.00 within the same period.
Thus for every four year which a lawmaker stays in the NASS, the Federal Government spends N2,625, 810,000.00 on accommodation, vehicle loans, furniture and severance gratuity on the 109 senators and N8,575,920,000.00 on the 360 House of Representatives members.
This payment brings the total expenditure of the government to N33, 992, 360 for the senators and N33,347, 985, 50 on the members of the HoR. The figures are lower when compared to what their counterparts in eight other countries earn.
But the monies Nigerian lawmakers earn from their oversight functions and other sources make them big earners.
A global comparison released by the NILS shows that lawmakers in the Philippines earn the highest annual basic salary of $4, 497,957, followed by their counterparts in the United States of America where a Senator goes home with $3,409,422 while a member of the US House of Representatives takes $1,429,909 home annually.
This is followed by lawmakers in Kenya who earn $968,013 per annum followed by their counterparts in Australia who take home $646,230 while those in the United Kingdom go home with £494,285.43.
The list is followed by lawmakers from India, who earn $474,484, Singapore with $253,469, and Tanzania with $230,961.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian government has been spending a total of N150 billion per year on the NASS but has been forced to step it down to N120 billion this year following rising outcry that the lawmakers are taking too much from the Federation Account leaving little for other sectors.

Source :Vanguard

Igbo in Diaspora drum support for Buhari

Igbo people in the Diaspora have called on Nigerians at home and abroad to support the President Muhammdu Buhari administration to achieve its mantra of change for the good of the country and its citizenry.

In a message to Nigerians at the occasion of Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Spanish Chapter, Chief Ugochukwu John Nduwuisi, and his deputy, Chief Ferdinand Ezejiofor Akpusi, appealed to all Nigerians, including the Ndigbo at home and in the Diaspora, to “support and work collectively with the President Muhamandu Buhari administration to achieve a greater, safer and better Nigeria.”

The Ohanaeze chieftains, while acknowledging the industrious nature of the Ndigbo whom they noted are respected worldwide and law abiding, urged them to be patient with the present administration and unite for the progress and development of Nigeria, particularly the Igbo race.

They said that Ndigbo in the Diaspora, particularly those in Spain have been collaborating with their hosts to bring home foreign investments, joint mechanised farming ventures, education and cultural integration for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Spanish Chapter, has announced the date for the Igbo Day Celebration in Madrid, Spain.

According to the body, the event which will hold on October 24, 2015 in Madrid, will showcase Igbo culture and tradition, which would be presented to the entire African and European communities in Spain.

It will be recalled that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Spanish Chapter, has been vocal in drawing attention to alleged marginalization of the Igbo race in the affairs of the country.

In the last administration, it had called on former President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately relieve his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba-Aji of his position over inflammatory comments that there would be no vacancy for Ndigbo in 2015.

The body noted then that the comments were capable of overheating the polity and truncating Nigeria’s democracy.

Source: The Nation

Alleged looting of Benue: EFCC summons Suswam, grills ex-commissioner for eight hours

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday invited a former Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, in connection with the ongoing investigation of his tenure.

The commission also yesterday grilled a former Benue State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, for eight hours.

As at 5.24 pm yesterday, Oklobia was battling to meet bail terms, but it was unclear if he was able to fulfill the stringent conditions.

Investigation revealed that Suswam is under probe based on the report of the Benue State’s 16-member Transition Committee, led by its Chairman, Mr. Mike Iordye.

The committee had uncovered over N90 billion debts and the disappearance of N6.507 billion meant for SURE-P,

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have started looking into allegations against Suswam and some of his former commissioners. These allegations border on mismanagement of public funds, diversion of moneys meant for projects, outright embezzlement of funds and abuse of financial procedures.

“The former governor is expected to appear before our operatives for grilling on Monday. A formal letter of invitation has been sent to him. He will respond to isolated allegations on misuse of public funds.”

Responding to a question, the source said the immediate past Benue State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, was quizzed for eight hours on Friday.

“We invited Oklobia, who served under Mr. Gabriel Suswam, a former Benue State governor, to defend the allegations of diversion of public funds, abuse of office, embezzlement and fraud while he was in office.

“Oklobia arrived at the EFFC office in Abuja at about 10 am, where his statement was obtained under caution based on his complicity in the allegations.

Shortly after Governor Samuel Ortom took over, he said he would probe the administration of Suswam.

He said: “We are going to look at Governor Gabriel Suswam’s administration, though we do not have specific areas where we intend to look at. But I assure you that we are going to stand for the people of Benue State.”

On his part, Suswam recently said he was not afraid of the ongoing probe of his administration by Ortom’s government.

He said the probe may set a bad precedent in the state and no one knows whose turn is next.

Suswam said: “On the issue of the probe going on in Benue State, it is not that one is afraid, but once a precedent is set, it is a double-edge sword. You don’t know whose turn it is tomorrow. You don’t know tomorrow.

“When I became the governor of Benue State, I met some issues on ground but I resolved them amicably. When there are issues, let us talk about them amicably instead of grandstanding.

“This remains my approach to life but to go and do grandstanding. I encourage us in Benue to toe the path of peace.”

Source: The Nation

Passenger attempting to smuggle $34,000 to Brazil arrested at Lagos airport

An attempt by a passenger to smuggle 23 wraps containing $34,000 has been foiled by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The suspect, Ozoh Ikenna, was arrested  yesterday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on his way to Brazil.

The dollars were detected during screening of passengers on the Etihad Airways flight to Abu Dhabi.

The money was packed in wraps similar to narcotics and concealed in his shorts.

The NDLEA Airport Commander, Ahmadu Garba, said  the arrest was facilitated by the scanning machine.

“The wraps of dollars found on Ozoh Ikenna were detected with the aid of scanning machine. We also conducted a follow-up operation where one Ogbo Emmanuel who gave Ozoh  $34,000 was arrested,”  Garba stated.

Investigation conducted by the Assets and Financial Investigation Directorate headed by Mrs Victoria Egbase revealed that the suspects were involved in the laundering of a substantial amount of money which was illicit drug proceeds.

Egbase said:”We were able to trace over N226,000,000 to one bank account, belonging to the second suspect, Ogbo Emmanuel. The account name is Eternal God International Limited”.

Ogbo Emmanuel hails from Umunya in the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. After his primary and secondary education, he travelled to Onitsha to work as an automobile parts businessman.

In 1996, he relocated to Lagos. In 2005, he left Nigeria for Gambia in search of greener pastures. While in Gambia, he travelled to Germany twice to purchase fairly used electronic equipment.

Ogbo came back to Lagos in 2008 and had been selling  cosmetic products at the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.

Ozoh, in his statement, said:  “I live in Brazil since 2008. I was paid to smuggle the $34,000 to Brazil. They promised to pay me five per cent. I agreed to smuggle the money to alleviate my financial hardship. I could not swallow the wraps, so I decided to hide them in my shorts.”

Investigation also revealed that suspected drug proceeds were regularly deposited in the said bank account by members of an international drug cell that smuggles cocaine from South America to West Africa.

Findings also revealed that the cosmetic business of Ogbo Emmanuel at the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos was a mere cover-up as his sales record did not justify the large flow of money into his bank account. A Hyundai Tucson Jeep was seized as an exhibit during the raid operation.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade,  said that the agency is strategically targeting criminal wealth.

“Asset forfeiture is one of the effective ways of responding to organised crime threats. We are working assiduously to trace and confiscate criminal wealth of drug syndicates. Strategic efforts are ongoing to prevent the entry of drug proceeds into legitimate economy and criminal financing,” Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss assured members of the public that in view of the overwhelming evidence linking the money to narcotics, the agency will diligently prosecute the suspects.

Sourc: The Nation

Friday, October 9, 2015

Big rise in German attacks on migrant homes in 2015

*AFP*Remchingen, southern Germany: An asylum hostel gutted by fire and a banner says "stupid"

The German government says there have been almost 500 attacks on homes intended for asylum seekers this year - three times more than in 2014.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called such violence "shameful". Two-thirds of the attacks were carried out by locals who had no previous criminal record, he said.

Germany expects to host at least 800,000 asylum seekers this year.

Bavaria's leaders have demanded that Berlin restrict the numbers arriving.

The southern state's conservative CSU government opposes Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door policy for refugees. Yet formally the CSU is allied with her Christian Democrats (CDU).

Many of the migrants reaching central Europe via the Balkans have expressed a wish to settle in Germany.

Germans are split over Ms Merkel's welcome for refugees from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones. That welcome does not extend to non-EU economic migrants.

Mr de Maiziere called for tough action against those who attacked asylum seekers. Some attacks were on empty buildings, but others targeted hostels already occupied by migrants.

Those responsible "must be made to understand that they are committing unacceptable offences: assault, attempted murder, arson," he said.

In a statement on Friday the Bavarian government threatened to go to the German Constitutional Court to compel the federal government to impose a cap on asylum seekers.

*Reuters*Horst Seehofer says Bavaria must step up emergency measures to handle the influx

Bavaria received 241,000 migrants between 1 September and 5 October, of whom 86,000 were sent on to other German regions, the Munich authorities said.

Speaking at a news conference, Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said "we need to restrict immigration in order to maintain the public's solidarity with those in need of protection".

He also said a cap on the numbers was necessary "to guarantee our domestic security".

He said the influx was not posing a terrorism threat, but "it's a question of criminality in the broadest sense".

Next year Bavaria plans to appoint more than 3,700 extra public service staff to handle the crisis.

Mr Seehofer's deputy Ilse Aigner said Germany could expect as many as seven million refugees, because of relatives legally joining those granted asylum in Germany.

Mr Seehofer said Bavaria should have the right to refuse entry to migrants at its border with Austria. However, the federal - not Bavarian - police are responsible for border controls.

Source: BBC

Doctors report major AIDS breakthrough


Here’s an image of a T cell infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in yellow.

Could this lead to a cure for AIDS?

Researchers in England report that some patients with HIV show no signs of the virus months and years after ending drug treatment regimens — and scientists think they can learn from those disease-free cells.

Typically, someone being treated for HIV still has detectable virus cells in his or her body after going off medication — but in some people the virus remains undetectable after stopping treatment, according to the study, done by Oxford University.

"Focusing on (why that happens) has given us vital clues as to why some people are able to better control the virus after therapy has been interrupted," said Rodney Phillips, a former Oxford dean who worked on an earlier version of the study.

The finding stems from research into the effectiveness of anti-retroviral therapy, which has significantly lengthened the lives of people with HIV.

Patients who are being treated with such drugs are not cured, but the virus lingers in what researchers call “reservoirs” and generally returns once the treatment stops.

But not for all patients. Some go into remission for as long as 10 years, the researchers discovered.

The study was published Friday in the journal Nature Communications.

*Culled from New York Daily News

Rita Ora in see-through outfit

RITA ORA risked a wardrobe malfunction last night after stepping out in see-through tights and not much more.

WENN/GETTYSTUNNER: Rita Ora wowed on her night out in London

Opting for an all black outfit Rita teamed the high waisted garment with a tight top and chunky Chanel belt.

While most people would wear something over their tights it seems Rita ran out of time as she flashed her underwear as she left a secret London location.

And it wasn't just the popstar's bottom half that was left unfinished.

WENNFLASHING THE FLESH: Rita risked a wardrobe malfunction with her outfit choice

She appeared to have left in a rush as her blonde locks were rolled up in tight curls.

Earlier in the night the Body On Me singer wowed as she performed at the VIP launch of posh new restaurant Sexy Fish.

Dressed in a glittering golden dress Rita stunned as she made her way into the venue before taking to the stage.

Joined by Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss and Chloe Green, the 24-year-old was spotted partying the night away before being whisked off to her private jet.

SNAPCHATHIGH LIFE: Rita took to Snapchat to show off her lavish lifestyle

Taking to Snapchat the star revealed it was the first time her dad had been on "a PJ" – though as you would expect Rita is used to luxury travel.

After releasing just one album the London born star has become one of the world's most in demand women fronting countless campaigns around the globe.

And things are about to get a shoe lot busier with X Factor live shows due to start in a matter of weeks.

Rita joined the hit talent show this year along with BFF Nick Grimshaw.

WENNCHART TOPPER: Rita Ora is one of the biggest stars in the world

Source: UK Daily Star

Mercy Aigbe stuns in new photoshoot

 The actress shared new photos rocking blonde hair! 

Yvonne Nelson shares childhood photo

The Ghanaian actress shared an adorable childhood pic.She says she was cute then and cute now with the same hair.