Monday, May 09, 2016

Fashola restates FG's commitment to developed sustainable infrastructure


Abuja, May 8, 2016 The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has restated the Federal Government’s determination to develop stable power supply, good road network and affordable housing for Nigerians.
This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja by the Minister’s Special Adviser (Communications), Mr Hakeem Bello.
It said that Fashola gave the assurance when he spoke at the African Alliance 2016 Investors Day in Lagos.
It stated that the ministry was determined to achieve results by doing things differently to develop sustainable infrastructure to convert current challenges to opportunities for economic growth.
He was quoted to have decried the problems inherent in the entire power chain, “from distribution to transmission, generation and gas supply, including a cross-cutting liquidity problem”.
The statement said the existing gap of meter supply in the distribution segment of the power chain had created enormous opportunities for local production for estimated three million consumers.
``Local producers or investors are expected to meet a significant local content participation that would help Small and Medium Enterprises supply an estimated three million consumers who needed to be metered.
``Apart from metering, the distribution companies have aging assets: Transformers, ring main units, poles, cables, breakers and so on, some of which are 20 to 30 years old.
“It is a problem on one hand and enormous opportunity on the other hand," it said.
The statement stated that the ministry planned to complete about 47 transmission projects to deliver 1,000 MW more carrying capacity this year to expand national growth plan.
The statement said that the Federal Government, in spite of low oil revenue, had upgraded budgetary allocation to ensure completion of existing roads across the six geo-political zones.
“This is the first step to sustainability. But it is not enough to budget.
``It is important to implement the budget and use the finances properly.
``We plan to phase 206 roads over three years to ensure completion or substantial progress of existing roads with heaviest traffic and strategic economic significance in each of the six geo-political zones.''
The statement also reported the Minister as saying that an agreed common purpose and parameters must be defined to have a sustainable and affordable housing design that had national acceptability.
The minister disclosed that the Federal Government, in partnership with the private sector, was on a Nigerian housing model that would consider geo-political cultural differences.(NAN)

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, UNDP reiterate commitment to N’Delta development.


Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have re-emphasized their commitment to the sustenance of infrastructural and socioeconomic development of the Niger Delta region.
This disclosure was made in Abuja on Friday, 6th May, 2016, when the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani hosted a delegation of the United Nations, led by the new United Nations (UN) Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Fatma Samoura,  who also doubles as the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria.
The Minister commended the efforts of UNDP in strengthening relations with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the oil-rich Niger Delta region.  He also called for more collaborations of the United Nations’ organ with the Ministry, in order to give its developmental efforts a proper focus in the region.
Usani urged UNDP to invest in skills acquisition programmes for the youths and women of the region, and empower them financially.  He also appealed to the organization to carry the Ministry along in all its developmental policies and programmes, for the benefit of the people of Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.
Minister revealed that the Ministry was putting finishing touches to the establishment of a trust fund for the development of the region, in collaboration with the Ministries of Finance and Justice.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Daramola commended the United Nations in its efforts to sustain Niger Delta development, and reiterated the Ministry’s readiness to work with any policy or body that is aimed at improving the living standard of the people of the region.
Earlier, Ms. Fatma Samoura recounted UN support to the Federal Government’s Presidential initiative on Niger Delta, in 2007, at a national conference, which led to the creation of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2008.  In her words: “The recommendation of the conference led to the establishment of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2008.”
She also noted that UNDP has been supportive of the Ministry on capacity building, in the areas of programme management, conflict prevention and community mobilization.
The UN Representative pledged the continued support of the global organization to the Ministry, to ensure accelerated and effectively coordinated development in the Niger Delta region.

world Bank unveils innovative agriculturalagricultural technology projects


A support mission team from World Bank and the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), have embarked on a tour of innovative projects in some parts of Nigeria.
The West African Agricultural Productivity Programme is a World Bank funded project  involving thirteen countries in the West African sub region aimed at boosting food security and is a ten years, two phase project.
According to von the tour and inspection is aimed at accessing the level of progress made so far by WAAPP-Nigeria’s collaborative institutions and to get a feedback from projects’ handlers.
The two day tour started in Lagos with the inspection of Nobex Technology Company, a design and fabricator of agro allied food processing equipment, in Idimu Alimosho Local Government area of the state.
The Managing Director, Mr. Idowu Adeoya told the team that “we collaborated with WAAPP-Nigeria and the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria about two years ago on food drying technology, and when we collaborated with them. They took us to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to under study how they dry their fruit especially mangoes and pineapple and they exposed us to their technology.”
WAAPP-Nigeria also provided the company with a prototype of one of the machines to be used as a guide for their fabrications.
He said the company was working to meet the stipulated time frame.
“The MoU says we should do the job within one and half year, which is eighteen months. The eighteen months is going to last till June this year and the machine is almost 95% complete, so that’s what we have done so far.”
FIIRO
At the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos, the Director General, Dr. Gloria Elemo said the institute was collaborating with WAAPP-Nigeria in the aspect of training and entrepreneurship.
FIIRO, which is the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, having the mandate of industrializing Nigeria through research and development of its natural resources in the areas of Agriculture and mineral resources, very much fitted into the programmes and objectives of WAAP, and we have been working together to make sure that these programmes are very effective and they work very well,” she said.
Dr Elemo explained that, “WAAPP gave us four major projects. One is capacity building and entrepreneurship. The issue of entrepreneurship cannot be over emphasized, not only in Nigeria but the whole of the West African sub regio. We must learn to add value to what we produce now, for us to be competitive internationally and also for us to grow industrially. That is why this programme is so important and critical to Africa.”
The World Bank implementation support mission team and the WAAPP-Nigeria team were also shown some samples of the project being carried out by the institute.
Some of such samples include cassava bread, car brake pads made out of agricultural waste such as coconut back, palm kernel back and mango powder.
This institute’s efforts to make seasonal foods and fruits available in the Nigerian market all year round, were also show cased.
NIOMR
The final stop for the World Bank implementation support mission team and the WAAP-Nigeria team in Lagos was the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, NIOMR in Victoria Island Lagos.
At the Institute for Oceanograph,y the Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Gbola Akande spoke on the collaboration with WAAPP and how it can boost fish and fish feed production in Nigeria.
Dr. Akande said Nigeria needed to start producing her own fish feed as all the fish feeds in the market right were all imported to the country and that NIOMR was working on a research on fish feed production in Nigeria as one of the collaborative projects with WAAPP-Nigeria
He said, “we need to make sure that cat fish is available all year round. The other one is that of the fish feed. Thank God we now have a vessel on ground and we used the money provided by WAAPP to fuel the vessel to go and catch the Lantern. The Lantern fish has been caught, fish feed has been produced from the lantern fish and we are now doing what we call feeding trial, to compare lantern fish meal to the important Danish fish feed.
He further stated that, “one of the biggest achievements of the Institute is production of the smoking kiln which is used to dry the fish for cat fish for the market and also the facts that new research shows that Nigeria can go into tuna and sardine production which can help Nigeria generate lots of foreign exchange as this particular species of fish is docile in our waters.”
 At the end of the project site tour of WAAPP-Nigeria collaborative institutions, the World Bank WAAPP Supervisor Mr. Shehu  Salau said the implementing institutions had done very well and that some of them had even gone beyond the call of duty.
“I think overall, the implementing institutions have done very well and some of them have even gone beyond the call of duty like we have seen in ‎NIOMR.
They participated in some research and they have gone further in disseminating their findings to a wider community by attending conferences to disseminate because these are scientific information that are very useful coming out from a WAAPP supported project,” he said.
Mr. Shehu  Salau further stated that he was very pleased with what he had seen,  because the funding for WAAPP is very small  when compared to other World Bank donor supported projects.
“They have worked within the MoU signed and overall, it is excellent,” he said.
The project site tour by the World Bank is a routine procedure aimed at monitoring all WAAPP sponsored projects.

Source: VON

Read press release by the DHQ


The federal ministry of information posted this on their Facebook account.

"The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) hereby warns that it will not condone any unwholesome acts by persons or group seeking to engage in acts that are capable of causing breaking down of law and order in any part of the country. Citizens are advised to refrain from taking laws into their hands and avoid actions that may cause breach to harmonious co-existence. Individuals or groups seeking for relevance should follow the due process in accordance with the law of our land and not through acts of brigandary.

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Fani Kayode finally appears in EFCC custody

Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (EFCC), is now in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-graft agency tweeted that the former minister arrived at its headquarters at 9: 35am on Monday. Fani-Kayode is being investigated for allegedly receiving money meant for arms purchase from the office of the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki. A letter inviting him to the commission for questioning read in part: “This commission is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering involving Joint Trust Dimension Ltd. in which you featured prominently. In view of the above, you’re requested to kindly report for an interview with the undersigned.”



 Courtesy: thecable

Saturday, May 07, 2016

LMC fines kano pillars 2.4million for attacks against the peoples elephant


The League Management Company (LMC), has fined Kano Pillars N2.4million for trouble caused by their fans, during and after a league defeat against champions, Enyimba, on Wednesday.
According to the LMC, pillars will also pay N150,000 to Enyimba for repairs of the damage done to their team bus, as well as another N250,000 to the official injured during the incident.
“LMC established that fans of four-time champions, Pillars were disorderly; throwing objects towards the pitch of play and encroaching,” the LMC said in a statement.
"Pillars will pay N500K each for throwing objects during the game and encroachment impeding movement out of the arena after the game.
“An Enyimba official injured during the commotion is to get N250K Pillars money as compensation.
Enyimba's bus driver beaten by Kano pillars fans.

“Pillars to take conduct mandatory seminar on acceptable behaviour for its fans. To be supervised by LMC.
“Pillars under close watch and placed on suspended 2-match without fans at Kano Stadium if similar incident repeats.
“Enyimba will get N150K to effect repairs on vehicle damaged in Kano.”
Pillars however escaped being banished from Kano, where they will host Ikorodu United on Sunday.

football fans| sad day as another footballer die playing the game that most of us love so much


A Cameroonian football international Patrick Ekeng has died after collapsing during a game with Dinamo Bucharest on Friday.
A spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, Cristian Pandrea, confirmed that doctors tried to resuscitate the Cameroon international for an hour but failed.
Although he added that the cause of death was unknown, local media are reporting that Ekeng suffered a heart attack.
The match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was at 3-2 and being broadcast live, when the midfielder fell to the pitch in the 69th minute, just seven minutes after he came on as a substitute.
Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded.
“Dinamo tonight lost footballer Claude Patrick Ekeng Ekeng forever. On behalf of all of Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul,” A statement on Dinamo’s official Facebook page said.
Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter.

Nicola Salerno: Watford ready to offload Ighalo


Watford are reportedly ready to finally sell Nigeria internaional Odion Ighalo, Ighalowill be allowed to leave Watford this summer if the offer is right, Watford sports consultant, Nicola Salerno has disclosed.
Ighalo, has become the toast of many clubs after scoring 20 goals which aided Watford’s promotion last season from the English Championship to the Barclays Premier League.
The former Udinese forward has also scored 14 goals this season for the Hornets in the top flight, a feat which has continued to earn him offers from other EPL clubs.
“Everything will depend on what offers we get for Ighalo,” Salerno said.
“He is an extraordinary player who could interest a lot of clubs. He has done really well this season, scoring so many goals.”
This development may ignite battle for his signature between Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Africanfootball.com.
Ighalo is also eyeing three more goals in the English Premier League this season to beat Yakubu Ayegbeni who remains Nigeria’s all-time scorer with 16 goals in a season (2003) for Portsmouth FC.

photos| Nigeria troops today cleared more boko haram terrorists in operation crackdown





UPDATE ON OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE BY COLONEL SANI KUKASHAKU USMAN

Nigeria troops today continued their offensive operations against boko haram terrorists as
"Troops of 26 and 223, Battalions, Army Headquarters Strike Group and Armed Forces Special Forces have continued offensive operations in furtherance of Operation CRACKDOWN. The troops have cleared remnants of Boko Haram in Izza and Njima general area. Although they did not encounter any Boko Haram terrorists, there were noticeable fresh footprints, motorcycle and bicycle tyre marks in the seemingly abandoned places.

However, the troops came across and recovered 8 abandoned vehicles belonging to Boko Haram terrorists. The advancing troops also cleared all Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts along the way including their camps at Bula Buba and its environs where they recovered 1 Hilux, 1 Canter truck, 15 AK-47 rifle magazines, a 60mm High Explosive Bomb, 200 G3 rifle magazines, 3 Browning Machine Gun tripod stands and a 60mm mortar bipod stand. Other recoveries include several metal links of 7.62mm (NATO) and 12.mm ammunitions.

In their area of operations, troops of 121 Task Force Battalion today, intercepted 35 civilians comprising 6 men, 7 women, 7 males minors and 15 minor females who claimed to be coming from Balaganje village. However, preliminary investigation reveals that they had been living in Balaganje as captives by Boko Haram terrorists who threatened to kill them if they attempt to escape. They are being investigated further.

In a related development, quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists have continued to surrender. Yesterday, out of 16 male adults that came along with their families to troop’s from Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages in the Dure district, 7 of them confessed to be Boko Haram terrorist members.

However, on proper interrogation, the suspects confirmed to be Boko Haram terrorists with some of them having specialized trade and status. Three of them were Ameers (leaders) in the Boko Haram terrorist group’s hierarchy; for instance, Hamidu Buba was found to be the Ameer (leader) of tailors, while Musa Buba is Ameer of mechanics and Ali Idrissa, an Ameer of carpenters. The others confessed to be “Rijal” (fighters) adding that they have participated in various Boko Haram attacks on so many villages and towns. They further stated that the ongoing crackdown operation is really taking its toll on them as they can barely survive.
As a matter of fact, they confessed that they were all fed up with the situation which has become worse as a result of Operation CRACKDOWN. They also stated that the Boko Haram terrorists have ran out of food and they now survive on roots and unripe mangoes. They also said 2 of their members sent for food were killed at Frigi crossing point some days earlier by troops, (you may recall that we reported the military’s ambush at the crossing point).
The troops of 122 Task Force Battalion injunction with some elements of 26 Task Force Brigade on receipt of information from some escapees, embarked a clearance patrol to Fadagwe Muni, along Yamtake-Gwoza road. On sighting the troops, the suspected Boko Haram terrorists fled and left behind an abducted 16 year old female cripple. The terrorists also abandoned large stock of grains stored in underground pit. Other items recovered include grinding machine, 2 tricycles and 1 photographs printer. The troops nevertheless pursued the fleeing insurgents and killed some of them.

Similarly, troops of 121 Task Force Battalion also conducted clearance operation at Kadera Dam and Anguwar Fulani, while troops of 192 Battalion that conducted similar operation to Guduf, Nagadio, Duma and Kusarha. The Boko Haram terrorists ran to the top of the mountains and they were engaged heavy mortar fire.
The 7 Division and its supporting elements has also intensified the clearance and rescue operations deep inside Sambisa forest. On Friday, they had encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Alafa in which they cleared all the  terrorists hibernating there.
The troops in various axis have continued to exploit further till they accomplish the mission of Operation CRACKDOWN.

In a related development, vigilant 7 Division Garrison, have arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists fuel suppliers with 2 Golf Volkswagen vehicles with registration numbers Borno MAG-112XA and Borno AA739-KBG.They were arrested at NNPC Mega Filling Station, along Damboa Road, Maiduguri at 2.00pm today, Friday, 5th May 2016.

The two suspected Boko Haram terrorists modified the booth of their cars with constructed tanks to take in more fuel for their accomplices hiding in the forests. One of the reconstructed tanks contained150 litres of petrol, while the other was empty.
Both suspects have been handed over to the Joint Intelligent Centre for further interrogation.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations

Monday, May 02, 2016

Ambassador Rachel and Amb.John Fashanu receives chieftaincy title in Enugu state


Fashion and trends enthusiast ambassador Rachel Bakam and Ambassador John Fashanu have received a chieftaincy title in Enugu state.

Ambassador Fashanu was crowned OFIA-AFULU-AGWU 1 OF EZE OKWE KINGDOM ENUGU meaning Lion in the jungle and Ambassador Rachel was crowned UGO-DI-NAMBA 1 OF EZE OKWE KINGDOM ENUGU meaning eagle queen from another kingdom.
Both persons are now Prince and princess of ibagwa kingdom.

Nigeria army: Boko haram terrorists now hides in fox holes




Nigeria army have revealed that the boko haram terrorists group now hides in fox holes, this is according to a statement realised today by the Nigeria army headquarters Abuja it reads,

 "In compliance  with the military high command’s directive which is to ensure that all villages and towns are cleared of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists,  troops of 22 Brigade Garrison in Operation LAFIYA DOLE,  on Sunday  1st May 2016 cleared  4 villages of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.  The terrorists hibernating  in Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, were armed with dangerous weapons and have been terrorizing the communities. During the operations 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed,  while 9 of them who tried hiding in foxholes and dug outs were identified and captured alive.

Items recovered from them include 9 Dane guns, 3 machetes, 1 bow with arrows, 6 motor cycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists to ferry slaughtered cow meats to Boko Haram terrorists hideouts were recovered and burnt. Other items recovered include 1 tricycle, 4 x Tiger Generators and 1 solar panel. The troops also recovered 300 herds of cattle rustled by the Boko Haram terrorists from Fulani herdsmen and handed over to their rightful owners. Similarly, 400 persons held hostage by the terrorists were rescued and  set free. It is gratifying to state that we have not sustain any casualty to own troops and equipment and troops morale remain very high.

Please disseminate this information to the public through your medium.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka
Acting Director Army Public Relations

Pochettino: spurs must beat Blues


Mauricio POCHETTINO is hoping the motivation of trying to win a London derby will help keep Tottenham's primier league title challenge alive at chelsea on today. Tottenham slipped eight points adrift of table-topping Leislcester city with a 1-1 draw at home to westbrom last time out. subsequently spurs cannot afford to lose against their london rivals at stamford bridge today.

WELBECK's gOAL NAILS CANARIES



Arsenal edged closer to a top finish with victory at home to relegetion battling norwich city thanks to danny welbecks strike amid pre planned protests from home fans, the gunners battled to victory over norwich, who dropped to 19th after newcastle and sundeland both picked up points earlier in the day it was a quiet first half at emirates stadium, with the off-field protests seizing the spotlight from the tepid on field action. danny welbeck's goal gave arsenal a much needed victory over norwich. arsenal had more of the game before the break, but their visitors had the better chances, with petr cech having to make saves from nathan redmond at the beginning and end of the half. arsenal finally broke through just before the hour mark when Olivier Giroud headed the  ball back for welbeck to fire home arsenal are naw eight points clear of fifth-placed west Ham, who have one game in hand, and sixth-placed Manchester united, with two games in hand. norwich, meanwhile, are a point behind sunderland and two behind Newcastle, although rafa Benitez's men have played an extra game.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

TRANSITION OF OBA OF BENIN A GREAT NATIONAL LOSS - PRESIDENT BUHARI



President Muhammadu Buhari has received with sadness and an immense feeling of great national loss, news of the passing away of the highly revered traditional ruler of Benin Kingdom, Omo  n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.

On behalf of the Federal Government, President Buhari extends sincere condolences to Governor Adams Oshiomhole,  the people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State on the passage of the beloved monarch who had ruled over his people since his ascension to the throne in 1979.

The President extends  special  commiserations to  Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa and other members of the late Oba's immediate family.

President Buhari assures them of the fullest sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they mourn Oba Erediauwa who will always be remembered as one of the most outstanding traditional rulers of his era.

As the late Oba goes to join his very illustrious royal ancestors, President Buhari believes that his place of honour in the history of the Benin Kingdom and Nigeria has been assured by his long and highly successful career as a public servant, administrator  and chief custodian of the much celebrated culture and traditions of his people.

The President prays that God Almighty will receive the late Oba's soul and grant him peaceful repose.

He also prays that God will grant Crown Prince Erediauwa the wisdom and courage he will require to build on the laudable legacies of Oba Erediauwa.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 29, 2016

Nigeria troops discover large pit used by boko haram terrorists to dump bodies of victims


TROOPS DISCOVER BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS DUMPING PITS


Troops have intensified efforts to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various parts of the north east through various military operations on daily basis.
It is in line with this that troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B attached to 22 Brigade embarked on combination of foot and mobile fighting patrols on daily basis to deny the Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action in their area of operations.
Yesterday Thursday, 28th April 2016, they embarked on such efforts in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, Duguno 2 and 3. However, on reaching Mbaraka, they encountered some elements of the Boko Haram terrorists who engaged the patrol team in a gun battle.
The troops rose to the occasion and successfully cleared the terrorists and proceeded to Jadda village which was suspected to be strong hold of the Boko Haram terrorists. As rightly believed, a large number of them were discovered to have the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in their domains.
The troops engaged the Boko Haram terrorists and killed 4 of them. The patrol team also made another startling discovery, a big pit where the Boko Haram terrorists used for dumping bodies of hapless victims of their nefarious activities to decompose.
It was also discovered that the terrorists held lots of people as hostage in Jadda. The fighting patrol team also succeeded in freeing those held hostage and recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number OF-4814, 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane Guns, 1 motorcycle, 2 Solar panels and food storage facility. Other items include 120 litres of AGO and packs of Panadol.
Sadly, one of our soldiers suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for further medical treatment. We are glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment.
You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.

Thank you for your kind and usual cooperation.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations

Friday, April 29, 2016

#OCCUPYNASS GROUP earning 400,000 a day for anti Saraki protest.


The #OccupyNASS campaign group has denied being sponsored to move against the National Assembly, or its embattled chairman, Bukola Saraki, pointing instead to a robust support package from unnamed Nigerians, at an average of N400, 000 daily, throughout its campaign period, Premium Times reports.
The group on Thursday said it would bring down its tents and leave the main gate of the National Assembly on Friday morning, three days after starting a sit-in there.
At a hastily-arranged press briefing Thursday night, the movement listed its achievements, demands and plans for the future.
Bunmi Awoyemi, its convener, said the protest was ending on a good note for all Nigerians.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that Nigerians from all walks of life were able to galvanise each other to come to Abuja to shut down the National Assembly,” Mr. Awoyemi said. “We succeeded in sending a very strong message that Nigerians will no longer be taken for a ride.”
The group denied that the protest was against Mr. Saraki who is under pressure to step down from office as he faces corruption trial.
The #OccupyNASS said Mr. Saraki was merely a symptom of a dysfunctional National Assembly.
“As we have said since the beginning of this protest, it’s not about Saraki. The aim of this protest is not to get Bukola Saraki to resign because he’s a symptom of the entire rot in the legislature,” Mr. Awoyemi said. “The aim of this project is to achieve fundamental reforms.”
It also denied being sponsored against the nation’s legislature, saying its activities were fully funded by Nigerians who are sympathetic to the movement’s cause.
“From day one, when Nigerians said they’re interested in occupying the National Assembly, contributions started coming in. Nigerians started asking for the account of the movement,” Mr. Awoyemi said.
“Five thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand and even one million. A Nigerian, sitting amongst you today, donated ₦1 million to this protest. From U.S., from U.K., people were contributing to this movement. We were averaging ₦400,000 every day.”
The #OccupyNass group, however, rejected a call to open its internal processes to public scrutiny, describing demands by the media about publishing details of its account as “insulting”.
The group said a series of missteps by lawmakers in recent weeks informed their decision to take over the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly was trying to amend the law in order to escape justice. Some of them even said making laws that will further balance gender issues will make women turn to prostitutes,” the group said.
The group also held the lawmakers responsible for the ongoing budget impasse between them and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We know the president sent a terrible budget,” the group said, “but they (lawmakers) took this terrible budget, mutilated it, destroyed it, pounded it, separated it and pocketed it.”
The group listed areas it believed the protest had been “resoundingly successful”, and acknowledged its agitation was buoyed by the overwhelming support from Nigerians on the Internet.
“When the movement of OccupyNass started, there were issues that were related to the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal Act and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, it was when this movement took off that they took those controversial bills down.
“We succeeded in sending a very strong message that Nigerians will no longer be taken for a ride.
“The senators also held a private meeting in which they said there’s too much negative publicity about the National Assembly because of our protest.
“They also cancelled the summons of the CCT chairman.
“This is a victory not just for the Nigerian people but the agitation on social media as well,” the group said.
The movement demanded an immediate return of newly-acquired Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles by the lawmakers, immediate passage of the petroleum industry bill as well as a reversal of all constituency projects proposed in the budget.
Its members said they will take their campaign to the country’s hinterlands where they will interact with other citizens on the need to recall their lawmakers if their demands were not met.
They also promised to continue their agitation for a better Nigeria by sensitising rural dwellers on the activities of their elected lawmakers.
Other leaders of the “OccupyNass” who participated at the briefing include Hamid Bakare, Isa Abubakar, Rekiya Sani and Jubril Gadzama.

Source premium times

photos| Kenya takes though measures against elephant poaching

Kenya is currently implementing measures directed at combating the Elephant poaching and illegal trade in elephant ivory.





Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, while opening the inaugural annual gianta club submit in Nanyuka,  laikipia county he said, "These historic meeting heralds a new beginning not just for Kenya but for elephant range states"
"My government have declared total war against poaching. We must mobilise friends and partner across the globe to join us in the fight" 
"I commend the giantsclub for its choice of key areas of intervention in the conservation and management of African elephants"
"As part of our commitment to saving elephants, Kenya is a signatory to the elephant projection initiative (EPI)"
"The submit and the burning of Kenya's elephant ivory & rhino horn stockpile shows my government's strong commitment to fighting wildlife crime"
"The projection of giants requires the combined wisdom of our elders and the hope of our youths"
"
To lose our elephant would be to lose a key part of the heritage we hold in trust. We will not allow it.
"We will not be the Africans who stood by as we lose our elephlost.

Boko haram| FG sign Mou on citing of MNJTF intelligence headquarters in Abuja


The Federal Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) citing the headquarters of the Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit (RIFU) of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Abuja.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, at the event, decried the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the West African sub-region.
Onyeama said that the establishment of the Unit was important to totally defeat the insurgents operating in the Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
“The Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit is something that was created within the framework of the intelligence of the insurgency that this country and neighbouring countries have been facing.
“In coordination with some of our country supporters like France, it was decided to institutionalise the sharing of intelligence among the frontline states engaged in the battle against Boko Haram.
“It was agreed that in institutionalising this intelligence sharing cooperation mechanism a headquarters should be established.
“And it was agreed that the headquarters of this intelligence sharing mechanism should be located here in Abuja,” he said.
The minister said the formal establishment of the headquarters of the Unit in Abuja was a very important step in the battle against extremism and terrorism.
“We know that beyond the classical military confrontation, one of the most important weapons that we have in fighting terrorism and insurgency worldwide is intelligence sharing.
“Intelligence gathering ability has to be really tip-top to really make headway in this fight because it is now a different kind of fight, no longer so much in the battlefield.
“But as we see with these sporadic terrorist suicide bombers using improvised explosive devices, penetrating local communities, what we absolutely need in that fight is intelligence.
Onyeama pledged Nigeria’s commitment to supporting the RIFU to make it a success.
“As we are the host of this international organisation, we will do everything possible to make sure that your residence in our country is a happy one.
“We commit to providing you with the enabling environment to be able to carry out your work effectively as a member of the organisation.
“We also commit to doing everything to ensure your success because your success means the security of not only the sub-region but increased security for the whole world,” he said.
Responding, the Coordinator of RIFU, Mr Dennis Myntia, from Cameroon, said Boko Haram could not be defeated without intelligence sharing and commended Nigeria’s contributions to the Unit.
“Without intelligence sharing, nothing can be done; not only in the field of security or terrorism but on every field that exists.
“The intelligence we have made helped in the arrest of the masterminds of the first Boko Haram attack in Chad, and also in Niger.
“Nigeria gave us some telephone numbers and we sent them to Niger, and Niger, after investigation, succeeded in arresting the head of the vast network in Niger.
Myntia said the Unit had operatives in all the member-countries who were inter-linked and sharing intelligence all the time.
“As Boko Haram has network, we have a network also in sharing intelligence if not we cannot succeed. We have to be ahead of them.
“We have operatives in every country involved in the fight against Boko Haram in the region,” he said.
He said the MoU was a proof that Nigeria was determined to go all out to end security challenge in the country and all over the world.
“This is because RIFU is not working for Nigeria only but for all the regions.
“We in RIFU are determined to do our job in order to satisfy the high interests of our Heads of State and to end the insurgency in our region by intelligence sharing.
On the financial commitments to RIFU, Myntia said: “Nigeria is contributing more; we cannot compare Nigeria with other countries. Most of the finances come from Nigeria”. (NAN)

Photos| PDP governors and it's National chairman commission multiple projects in Ekiti state

The National chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) And the party's governors led by governor of Ondo state Mimiko join the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose to commission the Awedele-bank dual carriage road.




The party's national chairman H.E Ali Modu Sheriff also performed the foundation laying ceremony of the People Democratic party (PDP) Secretariat in Ekiti state.



Also commissioned was the Royal gallery, Ewi's, Ado Ekiti by the PDP National chairman H.E Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.




George Weah to run for Liberia presidency in 2017


Former Liberia international footballer, George Weah, has announced he will run for president of the West African country for a second time.
Weah had an illustrious playing career, starring for Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, AC Milan and Chelsea among others.
The two- time African Footballer of the Year is the only player from the continent to be named the FIFA World Footballer of the Year, winning the accolade in 1995, africanFootball.com reports.
Weah, 49, previously ran for president in 2005, but was defeated by current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Sirleaf’s second term in office will end next year and under the country’s constitution she cannot run for the top political post again.

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Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai orders hospitals to treat people with gunshot wounds, before police report


Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has directed all hospitals in the state to treat persons with gun wounds and accident victims before demanding police reports. The governor said that the duty to save lives is primary, and must come ahead of formal reports to the police.

The spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan,disclosed this in a statement shortly after the 15th Kaduna State Security Council meeting held in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.

“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has directed all hospitals in the state to,with immediate effect, start treating persons with gunshot wounds and accident victims without demanding Police Report as a basis for attention.

“Lives must be saved first, before the formalities of demanding Police Reports from victims. After saving lives, hospitals and other agencies can start making inquiries regarding how the gunshot wounds and other injuries were sustained. We consider it a gross abdication of responsibility if any hospital leaves injured patients unattended because of the absence of Police Reports.

“What is important is saving lives. There is no reason for an innocent citizen who has survived armed robbery and needs treatment for a gunshot wound to be denied the medical attention he requires. The hospitals can comply with reporting requirements to the police after providing the care the patient needs.

“This is the unanimous resolution of the Kaduna State Security Council. As Governor, I have communicated this decision to the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services and other concerned agencies operating in the state. A moment of trauma is not the time to put paper before lives. All our healthcare agencies have been advised that it will amount to criminal neglect to deny or delay critical care to such patients.”

The meeting of the Kaduna State Security Council which endorsed the resolution was attended by representatives of  the Army, Police, Air Force, Navy, DSS, Civil Defense, FRSC, NDLEA and the Customs service. Also present at the meeting were HRH AlhajiShehu Idris, the chairman of the Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Emir of Birnin Gwari, HRH Alhaji Zubairu Jibril II and KpopGwong, HRH Paul ZakkaWyom.


Signed.

Samuel Aruwan

Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)

28th April, 2016.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photos| More Boko haram terrorists leaders apprehended







In a renewed onslaught on the leadership of Boko Haram terrorists, troops have earlier today, Thursday 28th April 2016,  again made an unprecedented catch.

The gallant troops  tracked and arrested 6 terrorists kingpins  who sneaked into Kala Balge as a result of the onslaught of our heroic  troops on the terrorists in Sambisa.

The 6  notorious Ameers (leaders), noted for getting logistics support and information for the Boko Haram terrorists, were arrested in a swift military operation by troops  of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade.

The unrepentant and hardened insurgents which include Musa Kalile Sabakara (an Ameer), Babagana John  (an informant and also seller of foodstuffs), Isah Abakar (an Ameer) and Usman Abasa,  (who specializes on cattle rustling and selling of food stuffs), as well Bukar Gujja (a tailor who prepare clothes for the terrorists) and Bukar Kahalifa (also a tailor who prepares the dress for the Boko Haram terrorists), are presently undergoing interrogation.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations