Showing posts from December, 2017

Yusuf Buhari’s ‘Forgotten’ Biker Friend, Bashir Gwandu, also in Coma

By Sunday Okobi The friend of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, Bashir Gwandu, is also fighting for survival at the intensive care unit of Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, Yellowstone Media can report. Bashir Gwandu is Yusuf’s best friend with whom he collided in a horror crash on Tuesday night. Reliable sources told journalists that the accident occurred when Yusuf revved up the engine of his motorbike to overtake Bashir Gwandu, and suddenly lost control of the bike. According to the source, “The accident happened when Yusuf was trying to overtake Bashir. They collided and somersaulted. “They lay unconscious there for a while before permission was sought to take them to the hospital,” said a source. It was also gathered that a security vehicle was trailing and giving cover to the president’s son when the accident occurred along Ahmadu Bello Way (near NEXT supermarket), Abuja.
Rumours were rife on Thursday morning that Yusuf was flown to Germany for treatment but spokesman for the presiden…

Buhari Son, Yusuf, Flown Abroad ‘Against’ Doctors' Orders

President Muhammadu Buhari son, Yusuf, has been flown abroad (to Germany) on Thursday morning for medical treatment, but against the counsel of the doctors attending to him. Yusuf, who was involved in a bike accident at Gwarinmpa in Abuja on Tuesday night, was treated at Cedacrest Hospital where he had surgery for a broken limb and a severe head injury. Contrary to reports, Yusuf has been in a critical condition and was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
However, it was also gathered that the decision to fly him abroad was not fully supported by the doctors at Cedacrest who counselled that he be allowed to stabilise before the trip explaining that it is could be dangerous to move him out of the ICU.
Unsatisfied and worried about his status, the President’s family, supported by some of the family doctors, went ahead with its plans and got an air ambulance to convey Yusuf to a German hospital.
Sources confirmed that he was driven to the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, amidst t…

Relief in Ibadan as Gastab Joins Total, Bovas, SAO, Others, To Sell Petrol At N141

Residents of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, are in ecstasy as Gastab Mega filling station continues to defy odds against the landing cost of the petrol by selling at N141 in all its stations.
Checks conducted round the city for the fourth day running on Thursday, showed that Gastab owned by a 2nd Deputy Zonal Chairman, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) of NUPENG (Lagos zone), Saheed Omogbolahan, are selling the products at N141, a price below the Federal Government official pump price of N143. The stations are in areas like Awolowo road, Oke -Ado Ibadan and Polytechnic Eleyele expressway. Though there were long queues, but motorists are conducting themselves in orderly manner as petrol was being sold to them at N141.
Also a leading depot owner in the country, Bovas is also selling in virtually all its filling stations along Ologuneru-Eruwa road, Apata, Bodija, Oluyole and other areas in Ibadan at N143 per litre. The situation was the same at SAO filling stations owned by the National Chairm…

Benue Government Denies Rift with Catholic Church

The Benue State Government on Thursday denied any rift between it and the Gboko Diocese of the  Catholic Church following an incident that took place during the 64th birthday of the Former Governor of Benue State Senator George Akume in Wannune Tarka Local Government.

 In a statement on the incident and made available to journalists, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, stated that Governor Samuel Ortom understands and respects the decision of Gboko Catholic Diocese not to allow politicians to speak during masses,  pointing out that his boss did not  feel slighted when the Priest in Charge of the Wannune Parish stopped him from speaking during the mass in accordance with the decision of the Diocese.

We urge those amplifying the incident and making inflammatory statements for political reasons to sheathe their swords.

 "Governor Ortom is a God-fearing leader who submits himself to Christian authorities and has enormous regard for the Catholic Church in particular. He …

Buhari Meets Suspended Rep Member,Jibrin, In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, met in a closed door meeting with suspended member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Jibrin who represents Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State was the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation before he was suspended by his colleagues over claims that the 2016 budget was padded. The lawmaker had claimed that the 2016 budget was padded to the tune of over N284 billion by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in connivance with three other principal officers of the House. Jibrin who has been on suspension for 16 months now had, on Wednesday, December 20, petitioned the presidency and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, calling for intervention in his continued suspension. However, the embattled lawmaker arrived the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday to meet with President Buhari over his suspension. He however refused to give details of t…

Nigeria Should Quickly Return to Parliamentary System, Says Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on Thursday in Enugu canvassed for Nigeria's return to parliamentary system of government, insisting that the the present presidential system had not only become expensive but cumbersome.
Speaking during a parliamentary session of the Enugu West People’s Assembly at Udi Local Government Area Headquarters of Enugu State, Ekweremadu said the present system of government had disconnected the people from governance.
He argued that the parliamentary system of government will not only make it faster and easier to pass legislation but will help institute the will of the people, which will clearly quicken legislative action. The politician maintained that the parliamentary system of government will engender more robust debates which always brings out the best in a democracy and assured the people that all their requests will be captured in both the Federal, State and Local Government budgets.
The parliamentary session served as an opportunities for …

Man Kills His 6-Month-Old Child in Ogun

Operatives attached to the Ogun State Police Command have apprehended a man for allegedly killing his six-month old daughter.
The incident occurred last Tuesday at Aiyedere in Obada-Oko area, an outskirt of Abeokuta metropolis.
It was gathered that trouble started that day when the mother of the child, Omowunmi Teleda, left home, leaving behind the six-month-old child, Precious, with her husband, Andrew Koku, to see her daughter that she had for her former husband somewhere in Abeokuta but only to return home and met the corpse of six-month-old Previous.
The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Opeyemi, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged by the mother of the deceased baby, Teleda, at Adigbe Divisional Police Station, Abeokuta.
According to Opeyemi, the mother explained that the baby was hale and hearty before she left home, and within the few hours she spent away from home, the child is dead.

Saraki Orders Senate Committee On Petroleum To Halt Recess Over Fuel Scarcity

Senate President Bukola Saraki has directed the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources to cut short its recess and convene a stakeholders meeting over fuel scarcity being experienced across the country. This was disclosed in Thursday by Kabir Marafa, Chairman of the Committee, in a statement which revealed that the meeting would hold on January 4. The statement explained that the meeting was meant to address the lingering fuel scarcity with a view to putting a complete stop to the unsavoury development. Marafa added that the Committee also summoned Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of state for Petroleum Resources and other stakeholders. “The meeting which will be held in the senate hearing room 221 and its proceedings aired live on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), is meant to address the lingering fuel scarcity bedevilling the nation in the last few weeks with a view to put a complete stop to the unsavoury development,” the statement read. “The senate which is presently on Christm…

Nigeria Govt: US Agrees Delayed $593 Million Fighter Plane Sale

The United States has formally agreed to sell 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons to Nigeria, the West African country’s air force said, confirming the resurrection of a deal frozen by the Obama administration over rights concerns. Former U.S. President Barack Obama delayed the sale in one of his last decisions in office after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp in January. But his successor Donald Trump decided to press on with the transaction to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight Boko Haram militants and to boost U.S. defense jobs, sources told Reuters in April. The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria presented letters of offer and acceptance to Nigeria’s air force earlier on Wednesday, the air force said in a statement. It said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale and final agreements would be signed and necessary payments made before Feb. 20. There was no immediate statement from the U.S. embassy or from authorities in Washington. U.S. government and Nigerian Air F…

Crude Oil Price Hits High at $67 Per Barrel First Time Since May 2015

Oil price on Wednesday hit $67 per barrel for the first time since May 2015, before dropping to $66.27, despite the supply disruptions in Libya and the North Sea.
The prices of both crude futures fell after hitting a near two-and-a-half year high in the previous session as analysts said the rally was gradually running out of steam.
While Brent crude futures dropped to $66.27 a barrel, after breaking through $67 for the first time since May 2015, the United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $59.53 a barrel. WTI broke through $60 a barrel for the first time since June 2015 in the previous session.
Last Tuesday, Libya lost around 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil supplies from a blast on a pipeline feeding Es Sider port. Repair of the pipeline could take about one week but will not have a major impact on exports, the head of Libyan state oil firm NOC told Reuters on Wednesday. The Libyan outage added to supply disruptions of recent weeks, which also included th…

Ekiti Monarch Arraigned For Murder, Remanded In Prison Custody

The Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, was on Wednesday remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged murder. The monarch was arraigned with five others in connection with violence which erupted shortly after the he inaugurated his hotel located in Gbemisola area of the town on Friday. Report indicates that suspected thugs vandalized the hotel over a statement made by Obasoyin which they believed was against the interest of a governorship aspirant who hails from the town. Responding, loyalists to the Monarch allegedly launched a reprisal attack on those identified as the perpetrators on Monday and killed one Kolade Adefemi during the fracas. According to a remand order form marked MAD/181fk/17, the accused persons were arraigned for conspiracy, attempted murder of Ayodele Osanyinbola and murder of Kolade Adefemi. Others charged with the Olukere were – Ajewole Sunday, Adetowoju Bode, Kayode Michael, Olowolafe Tola and Aluko Taiwo. The offences are punishable …

Fuel Crisis: ASUU Says Buhari, Like Others Before Him, Doesn't Believe in Nigeria

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Deji Omole, on Wednesday described as shameful the fact that Nigeria under the President Mohammadu Buhari cannot refine enough fuel for domestic consumption despite being the Minister of Petroleum.
Apparently miffed that the situation under Buhari played out in similar regimes before him, Omole stated that evidences have shown that neither APC nor PDP has the solution to the problems facing ordinary Nigerians.
The ASUU chairman stated that Nigerians appeared to have been defrauded by the government when the President said he would want to oversee the Ministry himself to get the desired change. Dr Omole who stated this while featuring as guest of the month at the Oyo State Correspondents’ Chapel stated that those leading Nigeria do not believe in Nigeria and are not committed to solving her problems.
The ASUU boss who lashed out at the APC-led Federal government said nothing would change in the Education and health sectors …

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Robbed On Board While Private Jet Taxis On Lagos Airport’s Runway

A private jet carrying two top Nigerian musical artists, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid and Tiwa Savage from Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, was attacked and robbed last night while taxiing on Lagos airport’s runway 18L.

The Bombardier Challenger 605 jet with registration number T7-A00 arrived in Lagos from Uyo about 8:33 p.m. and was slowly taxiing to the arrival hangar when the cargo compartment was burgled.

Tiwa Savage had her luggages stolen.
The Rock Nation star, revealed that immediately they landed while still on the runway, the pilot noted that he saw the cargo hold light come on only for them to discover that some luggages were missing after investigating.
Tiwa called out the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over the lax security, noting that it would have been as easy for a terrorist to plant a bomb, as it was for the thief that stole her bag.
In her snapchat post she wrote “So our plane lands and while we are still on runway, someone opens the cargo ho…

EFCC May Cripple Multiparty Democracy in Nigeria If…, Says HURIWA

By Sunday Okobi
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Wednesday alleged that throughout 2015 and until the last week of December 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has carried out daredevil partisan attacks on top officials of the presidential campaign team of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while “overlooking the need to  be balanced, objective and patriotic by failing to take a forensic investigation of the campaign finances of the now ruling party- the All Progressives Congress(APC) which sponsored President  Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.”
 HURIWA in a statement jointly issued by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, said: “This open and brazen act of perfidy and biasness is even against the backdrop of the fact that over five governors under the platform of the then ruling party left to join APC and were known to have heavily bankrolled the campaig…

EFCC Fraud Charge Against Me Laughable, Aimed to Destroy My Business, Says Innoson Boss

The Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma, has dismissed as laughable and a 'no issue' the alleged fraud charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications, Innoson Group, Mr. Cornel Osigwe, the entrepreneur said the purported charge was a calculated attempt by the anti-graft body to justify the gestapo style of arrest used in bundling him out of his residence last week Tuesday.
In the statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, the vehicle manufacturer said the charge was an action taken in bad faith to change the narrative to portray Innoson in bad light and divert the attention of the public who have continued to condemn the illegal action taken by the commission.
According to him, "We have some reservations with the publications of the details of the suit in question on some online blogs because the charge which E…

George Weah Announced President-Elect Of Liberia

Former AC Milan footballer and one time Ballon d’Or winner, George Weah, has been announced as the President-elect of Liberia. The 51-year-old won 13 counties out of the 15 counties in Liberia while his 73-year-old opponent, Joseph Boakai, won in 2. Weah who has been elected as the 25th President of Liberia with the population of just a little above 3million took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to thank all his supporters, saying that he plans to liberate the country. “It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honouring me with your vote today. It is a great hope,” he wrote @GeorgeWeahOff.

Buhari’s Son, Yusuf, Involved In Bike Accident, Stable After Surgery

President Muhhamadu Buhari son, Yusuf Buhari, was reportedly involved in a bike accident last Tuesday, December 26. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Yusuf had the accident around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He broke a limb, had an injury to the head and had to go through surgery at a clinic in Abuja but is in a stable condition. “Yusuf Buhari had a bike accident last night around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” the statement read. “He broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition. “The President and his wife, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, are thankful to Nigerians for the good wishes and prayers for their son. “May God reward you all.”

Melania Trump Orders Removal of Near-200-Year-Old Tree From White House

The historic Jackson Magnolia has been on the south facade of the White House since the 1800s—making it the oldest on the grounds. But Tuesday, Melania Trump reportedly made the decision to have it removed after tree specialists determined “the overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised,” reported CNN. CNN obtained documents from specialists at the United States National Arboretum, which determined the magnolia tree must be removed. The tree is “completely dependent on artificial support,” the document read. The document said, “Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail.”