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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Benue Anti-Grazing Law to Take Effect on November 1

Governor Samuel Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom

As the new Benue anti-open grazing law takes off next week, Governor Samuel Ortom has warned owners of cattle to either ranch them or leave the state.

Governor Ortom, who addressed journalists in Abuja ahead of the November 1 take-off of the law, warned that there will be no compromise for non-compliance with the new law by any individual or group in the state.

2016 U.S Election Probe: 3 Top Campaign Officials Charged

 Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, left, prepares for his speech
In this July 21, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accompanied by Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, left, prepares for his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The stigating Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential race announced criminal charges Monday against three former campaign aides to Donald Trump, including his former campaign manager, marking an explosive new phase in the FBI investigation of the president’s inner circle.

One of the three repeatedly sought to arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and senior Russian officials in London or in Moscow, according to court documents. The meeting did not take place, but court documents describe an extensive effort by Russian officials to gain access to Trump’s operation.

Alleged NGN400M Money Laundering: Court to Rule on Diezani's Request to Join Case

Alison-Madueke Diezani

Court fixes Novermber 1 to rule on Diezani's Application to Join Case.

The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed November 1, to rule on an application filed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Alison-Madueke in the case is urging the court it to compel the Attorney General of the Federation to bring her back to Nigeria to defend a criminal charge bordering on alleged laundering of N450 million.

Catalan Crisis: Puigdemont leaves to Brussels to Avoid Arrest


Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont and other members of the regional government have fled to Brussels amid charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement. 

Metuh's Trial: Former President Jonathan, Dasuki Absent from Court

Nigeria Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Nigeria Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The Wednesday hearing in the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has resumed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, but former President Goodluck Jonathan and the detained ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, ordered by the court to appear, are absent.

Jonathan’s absence from court could be because of inability of the court bailiff to serve him with the court’s subpoena on Tuesday, it was learnt.

Buhari aware of Maina’s reinstatement, I warned him —HoS in leaked memo

Winifred Oyo-Ita-maina.jpg
Winifred Oyo-Ita-maina

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs . Winifred Oyo -Ita , has said Pres. Buhari is aware of the reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service, Punchng reports.

She however said she warned the President agdqainst it. Oyo - Ita said that her warning was based on the implications such reinstatement would have on the anti - corruption war of the FG.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd Split After 10 Months

Gomez and Weeknd
Gomez and Weeknd

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd have split after nearly 10 months of dating. 

The news comes soon after it was revealed that Gomez has been spending time with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. They rekindled their friendship a few months after her kidney transplant. 

BREAKING: Buhari Sacks Babachir Lawal, NIA DG, Appoints New SGF

Babachir Lawal
Babachir Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sacked Babachir Lawal, as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)

This was contained in a statement by Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Anthony Joshua Plans To Fight In Africa After Takam Bout

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua

Britain’s world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua hopes his long-held dream to fight in Africa will move a step closer with a successful defence of his IBF and WBA belts against Cameroon-born Carolos Takam on Saturday.

Joshua — who weighed in at a career-heaviest 18st 2lbs (114.3kilos) compared to Takam’s 16st 11lb — has his eyes set on Nigeria as his mother Yeta is Nigerian and his father Robert Irish-Nigerian.

Saudi Arabia Reforms: Women to be allowed into sports stadium for the first time

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia women

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to drive.

Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families.

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont could run if not imprisoned

 Mr Puigdemont has urged "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid

Mr Puigdemont has urged "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid

Spain's foreign minister has repeated his government's position that the sacked Catalan leader could run in new elections in December, but stressed that meant only if he was not in jail.

Alfonso Dastis spoke as a huge rally for Spanish unity was held in Catalonia's largest city, Barcelona.

U.S Based 28-yr-old Nigerian Basketballer Dies in Auto Crash

Omokhoje Daniel Daudu
Omokhoje Daniel Daudu

Former Nigeria international and former University of Indianapolis basketball player was killed in a crash on I-65 early Friday morning, in Indianapolis .

Omokhoje Daniel Daudu, 28, was killed when a large part broke off the rear of a northbound semitractor-trailer and struck Daudu’s 2012 Buick LaCrosse as he was driving southbound around 5:30 a.m.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

How Jonathan’s govt, PDP tried to manipulate 2015 elections – Former INEC Chairman, Jega


Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the immediate past government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to interfere with the 2015 elections.

Jega claimed that Jonathan’s government tried to “interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers”.

Fani-Kayode Reacts to Osinbajo’s Claim That Jonathan Doled Out N100bn, $295m Cash Before 2015 Election


Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, on Saturday reacted to claim by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan doled out 100 billion naira and $290 million two weeks to the 2015 elections.

Berating the claim, the former Minister described it as false.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chieftain maintained that the Vice President has turned himself into a “pernicious and unrepentant liar.”

Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga Calls for Another Election

Raila Odinga
Kenyan Election

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has said in an interview with The Associated Press that the repeat presidential election was a sham and that a new vote should be held within 90 days.

Odinga said Sunday that low voter turnout in the election on Thursday, a rerun of an August election, indicated that the process wasn’t valid and that the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta is trying to “destroy other institutions of governance in our country,” including the Supreme Court. 

Real Madrid Overtake Barcelona as Most Successful Club of All Time

Real Madrid Super Cup

Real Madrid are now the most successful club of all time.
The La Liga champions have overtaken their El-Clasico rivals, Barcelona, who previously held the title with their many trophies including 24 La Liga titles, 29 Copa Del Reys and five European Cups.

But after FIFA said it officially recognised the winners of the Intercontinental Cup, which was staged between 1960 and 2004 as club world champions, Real overtook the Catalans.

Maina Pension Scam: NANS blow hot over fugitive, warn Buhari’s govt

Abdulrasheed Maina

National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate suspension of those suspected of complicity in reinstating Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Task Team, into civil service.

NANS’s President, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said this would ensure credible probe of the scandal.

16-Year-Old 100-Level Student of OAU Commits Suicide Over Poor Grades

OAU Student
OAU Student

Mercy Olamide Afolaranmi, a student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has committed suicide.

According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi, poisoned herself. Students and a neighbour close to the deceased also said she killed herself due to poor grade.

Takam demands rematch with Anthony Joshua, blames referee for defeat

Anthony Joshua.
Anthony Joshua

Carlos Takam has said he wants a rematch with International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

The Cameroonian-born French boxer, 36, was defeated Joshua via technical knockout in round 10 of their world heavyweight title fight in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Anthony Martial strikes late as Manchester United beat Tottenham

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Manchester United were at their smash-and-grab best, soaking up 80 minutes of Tottenham pressure before Anthony Martial snatched the win.

Anthony Martial struck the winner for Manchester United as they snatched a 1-0 win from Tottenham at Old Trafford to cement second place in the Premier League.

Pension Scam: Immigration puts Maina on watch list


The Nigeria Immigration Service says it has directed its operatives at border formations and other command posts to look out for the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, and prevent his escape from the country.

It said all NIS personnel across the country had also been issued strict directives to arrest Maina on sight.

Italian HIV-positive man bags 24 years in jail for infecting 30 women

Valentino Talluto
Valentino Talluto

An Italian man has been jailed for 24 years after intentionally infecting 30 women with HIV. 

Valentino Talluto is said to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women after his HIV diagnosis in 2006, the youngest of whom was 14 at the relationship's start.

PDP has hijacked Buhari’s govt - Comptroller-General of Customs Hameed Ali.

Buhari-Hameed Ali
Buhari-Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.), has said the ruling APC has not fulfilled its promises after two years in government. 

He said more than 50% of the positions in the Buhari government are being held by members of the PDP who fought against the actualisation of a Buhari Presidency. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Commandant of Kano Hisbah board calls for separation of male and female passengers in public transport

Malam Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa's Office
Malam Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa's Office

Malam Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, the commandant of Kano Hisbah board has called for the separation of male and female passengers in public means of transportation, Daily Trust reports.

Malam Daurawa gave the advice while delivering a lecture on the position of Islamic law on the relationship between male and female passengers in public transport, during a one day sensitization seminar organized by the office of the senior special assistant to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state on tricycles, Hon. Salisu Shitu.

Latest News: Evans Charged With Murder


Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, has been indicted of new charge bordering on murder before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos High Court in Igbosere.

Recall that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere had, on 23rd October, adjourned the arraignment and hearing of pending application of Evans, to Today, October 27.

Woman arrested for using a bowl of soup to smuggle a phone into prison for her remanded lover

Fatima Balogun
Fatima Balogun

An attempt by a 33-year-old woman, Fatima Balogun, to smuggle a mobile phone into an Abeokuta prison, to give to her remanded boyfriend, backfired and landed her in trouble. 

The woman was, on Wednesday, arrested after hiding the phone in a soup prepared for her boyfriend, Ganiyu Ajibode. The boyfriend was remanded for alleged armed robbery at the Abeokuta Maximum Prisons in Ibara. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Sen. Ben Bruce Visits to Airports: Bruce left speechless after his visit to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State while on tour

Sen. Ben Bruce Visits to Airports: Bruce left speechless after his visit to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State while on tour

Sen. Ben Bruce Visits to Airports: Bruce left speechless after his visit to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State while on tour

Here is what he noticed at the Enugu airport.
In his words:

Maina’s family lied! - Presidency declares, as it denies claims that Buhari invited ex-pensions’ boss to join 'change agenda'

Abdulrasheed Maina
Abdulrasheed Maina

The Presidency says the claim that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration invited the wanted Abdulrasheed Maina back into country is a`freshly minted falsehood’, and should be discarded by well meaning citizens.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a two-paragraph statement issued on Wednesday night in Abuja, dismissed the claim as ridiculous.

Gov. Fayose G-Class got burnt in Lagos, his driver seen packing burnt cash

Fayose G-Class

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, narrowly escaped death on Tuesday after fire consumed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos State. 

According to a report by Punchng, the vehicle had just had a lone accident when the governor fled it and escaped into another car which was in his convoy. It was gathered that traffic officials with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency later responded to the incident. 

Buhari’s Government Invited Maina For Reinstatement, Gave Him DSS Protection – Family Speaks


The family of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Pensions boss, on Wednesday alleged that their son was reinstated by the Federal Government because he is a messiah that reformed the Pension scheme.

Insisting that Maina is not a fraudster, spokesperson of the family, Aliyu Maina accused a “cabal” of being behind the travails of the ex-Pension boss.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Buhari signs North-East Development Commission Bill

File Photo of President Buhari
File Photo of President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the North East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2017.

This is contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters – (Senate) Senator Ita Enang.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Breaking News: EFCC Seals Maina’s Plaza, Properties In Kaduna

Maina's Pension Scam
Maina's Pension Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has sealed two houses allegedly owned by the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina in Kaduna State.

China's Communist Party Boosts 'Xi Jinping Thought', key Xi Ally to Step Down

Xi, center, at the opening of the Communist Party Congress last week
Xi, center, at the opening of the Communist Party Congress last week. Photo Credit: Bloomberg

China’s ruling Communist Party approved a revised charter that enshrined President Xi Jinping’s name under its guiding principles, elevating him to a status that eluded his two immediate predecessors.

The new constitution approved Tuesday at the end of the party’s twice-a-decade congress in Beijing listed “Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” alongside the theories of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. While presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao also secured contributions to the document, neither was featured by name.

Cristiano Ronaldo defeats Messi and Neymar to be name 'Best FIFA Men's Player 2016-17'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17.

Ronaldo takes home the award for the second year in a row, as he managed to defeat competition from fellow finalists Neymar and Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in London.
The 32-year-old turned in another stunning campaign for Madrid in 2016-17 as he led the Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double, including a brace in the Champions League final against Juventus. 

Olisa Metuh to call Goodluck Jonathan as witness in N400m, $2m alleged fraud trial

Metuh Olisa Been Handuff
Metuh Olisa Been Handuff

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary Olisah Metuh told a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday that he intends to apply to the court to compel ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to testify as a defence witness in his trial.

Lawyer to Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), told the court that a letter was written to Jonathan on the issue, but since he did not respond, his client intends to apply to the court for a subpoena to be issued on the ex-President to testify for him and his company, Destra Investment Limited.

Accused Kim Jong-Nam Killers Taken To Crime Scene

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, wearing bulletproof vests, were brought to Kuala Lumpur International Airport's budget terminal along with the judge in the case, defence lawyers and prosecutors

Two women on trial for murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited the Malaysian airport on Tuesday where they allegedly poisoned him, escorted by huge numbers of heavily armed police.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, wearing bulletproof vests, were brought to Kuala Lumpur International Airport's budget terminal along with the judge in the case, defence lawyers and prosecutors.

U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Monday just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan, meeting the top political leaders in each of the embattled countries.

Cloaked in secrecy, Tillerson flew into Iraq from Qatar. Earlier in the day, he traveled back and forth from the gas-rich Persian Gulf country to Kabul.

Chibok diaries: 'Kidnap was not Boko Haram’s plan' - Released Chibok girls reveal

Abducted Chibok Girls
Abducted Chibok Girls

One of the oldest in her class, Naomi Adamu was 24 when she and more than 200 mainly Christian students were taken off into Boko Haram's Sambisa forest hideout in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014, sparking global outrage.

While in captivity, the girls were given exercise books for the Koranic classes they were made to attend.

How AGF Malami ordered Maina’s recall

Maina’s recall
Maina's Recall

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed that controversial civil servant Abdulrasheed Maina be fired.

Maina, former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team was restored and made director after being on the run for alleged N2b scam, among others.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami directed the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to reinstate Maina.

Pension Scam: Maina Flees, Goes Into Hiding Again

N2 Billion Fraud

The embattled ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been accused of complicity in a N2bn fraud, has gone into hiding.

The fugitive, who is still on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the alleged offence, went into hiding soon after news that the anti-graft agency had launched a manhunt for him became public.

"Unlike your govt, I provided fuel without paying N1.3 Trillion subsidy"-Buhari blasts Jonathan


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hit back at former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying his achievements are neither lies nor propaganda.

The former President last week alleged that the government had been running on lies and propaganda.

Nigerian Singer Mr. 2Kay Robbed At Gun Point During 2face's Show At Eko Hotel(Photo)


Singer, Abiye David Jumbo popularly known as Mr. 2Kay was robbed at gun point in his hotel room at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to a statement by his record label, Graftin, the incident happened at about 11pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017, during the Buckwyld and Breathless concert where he also performed.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Biafra: Jonathan, South-east leaders have denounced IPOB – Presidency mocks Fani Kayode

Lauretta Onochie and Fani-Kayode
Lauretta Onochie and

Presidential aide on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has lashed out on a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode for describing President Buhari as a “closet radical Islamist and Christian-hating mass murderer and salafist.

Fani-Kayode, as usual, shared a tweet where he said President Buhari was a “Christian-hating mass murderer.”

Illegal Detension: Court orders the release of Evans brother-in-law, fines police N2M

Evans in court
Evans Case

The federal high court in Lagos awardsN2M to Mr Okwuchukwu Obiechina the brother-in-law of alleged kidnap kingpin Chukwudueme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans.

Justice Muhammed Idris declares that Obiechina's arrest and detention by the police was unconstitutional. Mr Obiechina has filed a fundamental right enforcement suit over his arrest by the police before the court

Inspector Shoots Okadaman, 3 Others Over N50 Bribe, Arrested

NPF Logo
NPF Logo

A Police Inspector in Ondo State has been arrested for allegedly shooting three farmers on commercial motorcycle, popularly called Okada, over N50 bribe.

The incident happened at an illegal roadblock along Amusigbo, on Ajowa-ldoani Road in Ose council area of the state. Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, confirmed that the Police Inspector will undergo orderly room trial over the allegation, although Joseph claimed that the Inspector shot at the victims after they mobilised some youths to attack the Police team at a stop-and-search point.

Shocking: Rene Rizerio Rocha Keeps $17 Million Under Mattress

$17 Million Under Mattress

Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, a Brazilian whose arrest led U.S. authorities to discover $17 million hidden under a mattress in an apartment in Westborough, Massachusetts , United States, has pleaded guilty that he tried to launder funds tied to one of the largest pyramid schemes ever.

Rocha, who prosecutors said tried to help get money out of the United States that a co-founder of TelexFree Inc left behind when he fled the country, entered his plea in federal court in Boston.

MAINA: Governor Fayose mocks President Buhari for reinstating pension boss accused of N2 Billion fraud


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday mocked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for reabsorbing the wanted ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, despite being indicted for allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of N2 Billion.

EFCC-Maina Paid $2 Million Cash for Abuja House


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claim that the wanted Nigerian civil servant AbdulRasheed Maina bought a $2 million house in Abuja.

The mansion was allegedly acquired by Maina when he was the chairman of the controversial Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Man City Cruise Past Burnley as Run Continues

Man city team
Man city team

Sergio Aguero equalled Manchester City's goalscoring record as the Premier League leaders saw off hard-working Burnley 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentina striker netted his 177th City goal from a controversially-awarded first-half penalty to set City on their way to a club record-equalling 11th successive win in all competitions.

Tagbo’s Brother Speaks on Davido’s Absence at Burial

Late Tagbo
Late Tagbo

Tagbo’s brother, Chigbo has revealed that Nigerian pop artiste, Davido, did not attend the burial ceremony of his friend, Tagbo Umeike on Friday.

Tagbo, allegedly died of alcohol after spending his birthday with Davido and his crew in Lagos.