May 21, 2018

*Aluu 4:Court frees traditional ruler, four others *Boko Haram: It’s tough handling IDPs- Osinbajo

*Aluu 4:Court frees traditional ruler, four others *Boko Haram: It’s tough handling IDPs- Osinbajo





Aluu 4:Court frees traditional ruler, four others

A rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged and acquitted the traditional ruler of Aluu community in Ikwerre Council,Alhaji Hassan Welewa, and four others alleged to have been involved in the murder of four undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt.

The monarch and 11 others have been standing trial since December 2012, following the murder of the Uniport students- Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Tekena Elkannah and Chiadika Biringa- on Friday, October 5, 2012. Read more

Boko Haram: It’s tough handling IDPs, says Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, said it was tough handling Internally Displaced Persons in the North East.

Notwithstanding the challenges, he said the present administration was committed to making lives meaningful for them. Read more

Wike urges NDDC to focus on development

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) to focus on the development of the region, instead of being involved in partisan politics.

Meanwhile, a militant group, the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusader (NDRC), said rather than bomb pipelines, it would henceforth target federal agencies in the region.  Read more

Ondo speaker impeached over alleged fraud

Less than four weeks to the inauguration of the Ondo State governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, members of the State Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Jumoke Akindele, and her Deputy, Akin Olotu, over allegation of N15 million fraud.

The suspension of the Speaker was effected by 15 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and five member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) around 6p.m. yesterday at the Assembly Complex along Igbatoro Road, Akure.  Read more

Ogun Assemby approves Amosun’s request to access N65.7bn facility

The Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s request to obtain N65.7bn credit facility in line with the 2017 approved State budget to finance capital projects in the State.

The approval of the Governor’s request was sequel to a motion for approval of the request moved by the House Majority Leader, Hon. Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Hon. Rasaq Oduntan and supported by the whole House through a voice vote, shortly after members had debated on the desirability of the credit facility. Read more

World Leprosy Day: Minister worries over new cases, stigmatization of victims

Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole has expressed concern over the existence of new leprosy cases, saying that in 2015, a total of 2,892 new cases were notified among which 9% were children and 15% have grade 2 disabilities because of late presentation at hospitals.

Speaking in Umuahia on the occasion of 64th/2017 World Leprosy Day with the theme, “Zero Disability Among Children Affected By Leprosy”, he noted that stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their families is still a major challenge. Read more

Nigeria cannot disintegrate, says bishop of Jos

The Archbishop of Jos, Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has said that it is the responsibility of every Nigerian to ensure that the country moves forward. He noted that everyone thinks the problem is the other person or with those in government, when it truly lies within us.

He made this statement at the opening ceremony of the golden jubilee celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Association, held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Maryland, Lagos, yesterday. Read more

Nigerians to pay more for hospital bills, as teaching hospitals groan under recession

As the economic recession bites harder, Nigerians may soon pay more for medical treatments in teaching hospitals nationwide if the Committee of Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) current lobby of the Federal Ministry of Health sails through.

The rising cost of running the hospitals and slow infrastructural development due to the dwindling economy has prompted the committee to approach the Ministry of Health for an approval to increase charges on medical services. Read more

Tunde Kelani to Train Students in Movie Industry

Legendary Nigerian director, Tunde Kelani, has set all plans in motion to train new sets of students in the art and business of filmmaking at his Mainframe film and Media Institute, next month.

The institute is set to hold the second edition of her Film School Basic (FSB) where interested applicants can learn the basics of filmmaking and turn their dreams to reality. Students will be taken through the art and technique of filmmaking in response to emerging media applications. Read more

Police arraign Unilag student for fraud

A final year student of the University of Lagos (Unilag) was yesterday, arraigned before an Ebute-metta Magistate’s Court, Lagos, for alleged N2.6million fraud by the Police from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), of Lagos State.

The final year student identified as Adewunmi Johnson, is facing a five counts charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretense, stealing, issuing of dud cheques, and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. Read more

2019: Igbo youths slam Obasanjo for canvassing south-east presidency

YOUTHS under the auspices of the South East Youth Vanguard yesterday described calls by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for an Igbo president in 2019 as mischievous and an act of double standard, accusing him of being the one who frustrated the emergence of an Igbo president in 2003 Read more

Acquire “Disputed Land’ Ijaw  Leader Advices Delta Govt 

An Ijaw leader in Delta State,  Chief Micheal Johnny has proffered a lasting solution to the lingering boundary dispute between Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities in Warri South West local government and Udu local government areas which has claimed several lives.

Johnny, also Chairman of Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation said yesterday that it was becoming worrisome that over the years, the Delta state government never made any genuine efforts to resolve the boundary dispute which    had claimed many innocent lives and properties. Read more

CAN condemns attempt to arrest apostle Suleiman

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the attempt by the operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest the Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, in Ekiti State during the week, warning that treating ministers of God and members of CAN as common criminals was unacceptable to the association.

CAN, which called on the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to intervene in the clampdown on the church in Nigeria, argued that Vice President is in the office primarily to represent the interest of the Christians, adding that his studied silence was no longer golden Read more

Pray for Buhari rather than wishing him dead, says expert

The Founder of Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI) Dr. Mike Omotosho, has canvassed more prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, who at present undergoing check-up abroad, rather than using social media network as a channel of ill will for him.

Omotosho told newsmen yesterday in Ilorin that issues associated with health and life should be separated from politics, noting that Nigerians should stand by Buhari in his trying moment to get the best of him when he is back in the country. Read more

Abia guber: Supreme court gives Oti nod to challenge Ikpeazu’s election

The Supreme Court yesterday gave the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 governorship election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, the go ahead to appeal against judgments challenging the validity of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s election.

Granting his application to appeal, the court unanimously held that his (Oti) right to fair hearing, as provided under Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, was inviolable and as such cannot be denied on the grounds of technicalities.  Read more

Customs seize two illegally imported bell helicopters worth N9.7b

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) yesterday seized two Bell civil models Bell Helicopters imported into the country, by unknown importers.

According to sources, the unknown importer failed to produce end-user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) in contravention of Section 36 (2) of the Customs and Excise Management Act. The helicopters have, however, been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force Read more

Sultan challenges governor on job creation for youths

To overcome youth restiveness and criminalities, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saadu Abubakar 111, has challenged the governor to create jobs for the army of youths roaming the streets.

The religious leader said this during the commissioning of the newly constructed Kogi State Revenue House to mark the first anniversary of Governor Yahaya Bello of the state. Read more

Reps committee summon Emefiele, Baru over missing $1.75 billion oil blocs proceeds
The House of Representatives has summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, over the refusal of the corporation to disclose the proceeds from oil blocs signature bonuses worth about $1. 75 billion.

Also to appear on Monday before the House’s adhoc committee on Oil Prospecting Licenses (OPLs) and Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) are Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele; Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris; and heads of the Directorates of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC). Read more

Bayelsa sues Agip for N1.6tn over oil spill

The Bayelsa Government has dragged Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd. to a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over an oil spillage from the company’s SBM Sirius in Brass Local Government Area of the state.

The government disclosed this on Friday in an originating summons filed by the Bayelsa Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kemeasuode Wodu. Read more

Nigerian Ship Owners Demands Better Deal with FG

Nigerian ship owners have demanded for a better deal with the Federal Government in this New Year to avert the pitfalls that inhibited the sustainable growth of the shipping sector of the economy in 2016.

The indigenous ship owners identified the need for the Federal Government to encourage investment in shipping business through creation of funds and credit facilities with single digit interest rate to enable them acquire vessels in 2017. Read more

OGFZA MD backs planned amendment of 1996 Act

The Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Mr. Umana Okon Umana, has thrown his weight behind the planned amendment of the OGFZA Act of 1996 by the National Assembly.

Umana believes the agency stands to reach higher grounds on account of the amendment that is now before the National Assembly. Read more

Six killed as gunmen invade courtroom

Dare-devil gunmen stormed the Owerri High Court in commando style yesterday, killing no fewer than six persons, including two prison wardens.

The invaders also ferried away a notorious kidnap suspect, Henry Chibueze, popularly known as Vampire, who had been brought to the court from Owerri Prisons. Read more


Coutinho saying everything Liverpool fans want to hear

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has insisted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he is not thinking about joining another club in the future.

What’s the word?

The Brazilian recently penned a new long-term contract at Liverpool, but rumours that he could one day be lured by the glimmer of Barcelona continue to rumble. Read more

David Beckham recalls velvet knickerbocker outfit on Desert Island Discs

David Beckham has recalled one of his early fashion moments in the 75th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs.

The former England footballer, 41, was picked as the castaway for the landmark edition of the Radio 4 series, hosted by Kirsty Young.  Read more

Mazzarri confirms Ighalo offers

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri revealed the club were considering a “very offer” for forward Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo, 27, was linked with a move to West Brom, while Chinese clubs are also reportedly interested.

The Nigeria international has scored just one goal in 18 Premier League games this season, having struck 15 times last campaign. Read more

West Ham sign Snodgrass from Hull for $13 million

West Ham has made forward Robert Snodgrass its second signing of the January transfer window. The 29-year-old Scot joined for $13 million from Premier League rival Sunderland on a contract through June 2020.

Defender Jose Fonte has also signed this month for Slaven Bilic‘s West Ham, which is 10th in the standings in its first season at London’s Olympic Stadium. Read more

‘Pogba always wanted to be the best but he keeps having stupid haircuts’

It is easy to understand why Warren Joyce was unsympathetic to any youngster under his WATCH at Manchester United who might have been reluctant to go that extra yard.

As a teenager, he once broke his neck on a school rugby tour of Australia but played through excruciating pain for another 10 matches over a six-week period before returning home to discover the severity of the injury. “They told me later I could have paralysed myself,” he says, almost matter of factly. Read more

Arsenal relief as Wenger escapes stadium ban

Arsène Wenger has escaped a stadium ban for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor, but will not be on the touchline for Arsenal’s crucial clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea next Saturday.

The Arsenal manager was hit with a four-match touchline ban, the first of which will be served in today’s FA Cup tie against Southampton, and a £25,000 fine after being charged with misconduct and improper conduct by the Football Association for his actions in the 2-1 victory over Burnley. Read more

FA CUP- Musa Subbed In, Ndidi Benched As Leicester City Secures Dramatic Draw

English Champions Leicester City almost crashed out of the Emirate FA Cup but Wes Morgan late goal helped them draw 2-2 against a Darrent Bent inspired Derby County.

The former England striker scored at both ends, firstly netting an own goal before cancelling it out with an equaliser for the Championship side to bring scores to 1-1. Read more

Chelsea Looking To Loan Out Promising Nigerian Defender, Ola Aina

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte announced at Friday’s press conference that talented Nigerian right back Ola Aina might be farmed out on loan before the transfer window closes for business next week.

Despite impressing the Italian gaffer at pre-season training, the England youth-teamer has seen his first-team opportunities limited in the current campaign, with Super Eagles star Victor Moses ahead of him in the pecking order Read more

Court declines to shut down NPFL for Giwa FC

The High Court of Plateau State, Jos, presided over by Hon. Justice D.G. Mann, at Court No.3, has refused to hear an application for an order setting aside the entire results of all matches played in the last season, 2015/2016, of the NPFL, the top tier professional football league in Nigeria.

The Court made its position clear in its ruling delivered on Friday, 27th January, 2017. The application had been brought by the plaintiff in the case, who is contesting in court the decision of LMC to expel Giwa FC from the league for multiple infractions of the Rules of the League. Read more


Internet bride of unlawfully killed millionaire has fled to Spain

A former stripper who refused to talk to police about her millionaire husband’s unsolved murder has fled Britain for a new life in the Spanish sun.

Ukrainian internet bride Anna Ziuzina, 38, is living in a luxury villa – one of two properties she has bought in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Read more

Sir John Hurt: Bafta-winning actor dies aged 77

Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said.

The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s wife. Read more

Pro MMA fighter faces death penalty after being arrested for ‘killing two people in a botched armed robbery’

A professional MMA fighter allegedly killed two people during a botched robbery of a laundromat in Oklahoma on Monday.

Roshaun Jones, who has a record of 2-6 as a fighter in pro MAA, was arrested on Friday in connection with the robbery, TMZ reported.  Read more
Baylor University football players ‘committed 52 rapes in four-year period’, federal lawsuit claims

A former student has filed a federal lawsuit against Baylor University, claiming her alleged rape was just one of 52 that occurred at the hands of the school’s football players between 2011 and 2014.

Identified only as Elizabeth Doe in the lawsuit, the woman accused Baylor’s former football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman of brutally gang raping her, court documents state. Read more
Theresa May ‘to discuss trade’ with President Erdogan on Turkey visit

Theresa May is set to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with Turkey during weekend talks in the country with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The prime minister arrives in Ankara early on Saturday from the US, where she met President Trump. A new trading relationship with Turkey following the UK’s exit from the European Union would form part of discussions, Number 10 said. Read more

North Korea has restarted reactor to make plutonium, fresh images suggest

New commercial satellite imagery suggests North Korea has resumed operation of a reactor at its main nuclear site that is used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program, a US thinktank said on Friday.

Washington’s 38 North project, which monitors North Korea, said previous analysis from 18 January showed signs that North Korea was preparing to restart the reactor at Yongbyon, having unloaded spent fuel rods for reprocessing to produce additional plutonium for its nuclear weapons stockpile. Read more






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