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Who is Raila Odinga in Kenya politics

Aged 72, son of Kenya's first Vice-President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.Nicknamed Agwambo (act of god) by supportersTrained as medical engineer in former East Germany.MP for Africa's biggest slum, Kibera, for 20 years.Has been a mainstay of Kenyan politics since the 1980s and plotted a coup in 1982.Holds record for being Kenya's longest-serving detainee.Also holds record for switching political parties.Has stood four times for the presidency

Kenya opposition leader rejected re-run election

NTV news agency reports that, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the re-run presidential election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta gaining a second term.However, Mr Raila Odinga called it "a sham" but made no mention of any legal challenge.Mr Kenyatta won 98% of the vote with turnout under 40% - less than half that recorded in August's vote, largely because of an opposition boycott.The Supreme Court annulled the first vote in August citing "irregularities and illegalities".In his first official reaction to the re-run election, Mr Odinga called for a "national resistance movement" including the formation of a "people's assembly" to bring civil society groups together to "restore democracy". But he did not explain how that would work.

Spanish apex court summons sacked Catalonia leader to appear before it

State media reports revealed that, Spain's high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear in court later this week.The apex court also gave them three days to pay a deposit of €6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities.However, the summons comes after Spain's chief prosecutor on Monday said, he would press charges including rebellion.Meanwhile, Mr Puigdemont is in Belgium with several former ministers. He earlier said he was not there to seek asylum.Carles Puigdemont triggered a crisis in Spain by holding an independence referendum in early October in the semi-autonomous region despite Madrid's opposition and the Constitutional Court declaring the vote illegal.

8 people were killed in New York terror attack

Report reaching us indicated that, an estimated of about eight people have been killed and 11 seriously hurt in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.Official report said, a 29-year-old man who emerged from the white pick-up truck was shot by a police officer and arrested.According to the security report, "It was a terror attack ".State media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to the US in 2010.CBS news agency reports revealed that, a note was found in the truck that referred to so-called Islamic State.The suspect - who had apparently settled in Florida - was taken to hospital.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was a "cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians".He added: "We know that this action was intended to break our spirit. But we also know that New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to …

President Muhammadu Buhari handed over Babachir Lawal and One to EFCC, ICPC

Sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke are to be quizzed by the anti-graft agencies.A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s position is that  "Investigation agencies which have already commenced the investigation of the two officers removed from office will go on with their work without any interference or hindrance”.“The President, who is fully conversant with the provisions of the constitution will not stop the investigation of anyone because he has no such power under our laws. This is a decision of the Supreme Court,” Shehu said, adding: “Although, the President under our laws can, through the Attorney General, enter a nolle prosequi to stop an ongoing trial. He may, upon conviction, order a pardon.“Beyond these, the President cannot order investigation agencies to not investigate anyone and …

Catalonia leader run away to Belgium

Report reaching us revealed that, the sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has gone to Belgium, according to Belgium lawyer.The Belgium lawyer, Paul Bekaert, did not comment on reports that Mr Puigdemont could be preparing an asylum claim.However, the Spanish prosecutor have called for rebellion charges to be brought against him and other organisers of Catalonia's banned independence referendum.The Spanish central government took direct control of Catalonia on Monday, replacing sacked officials.Meanwhile, it suspended the region's autonomy and called for fresh elections after Mr Puigdemont and his government declared independence last week.

Russia-based facebook operatives hits 126 million American users

According to the reports reaching us, Facebook has said, as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years.The social networking site said, about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election.BBC report said, most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages.Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing where it - together with Twitter and Google - will detail Russia's impact on the popular sites.Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last US presidential election, in which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.Meanwhile, on Monday, Google also revealed that Russian trolls uploaded more than 1,000 videos on YouTube on 18 different channels, according to the Washington Post, according to BBC report.Reuters news agency reports revealed that, Twitter found and suspended all 2,752 accounts that it had tracked to Russia-based In…

Dangote deny as a PDP candidate for 2019 election

State media reports revealed that, the Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has denied reports he will run for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 2019.Dangote made the denial when one of the country newspaper firm, Daily Times interview him.He was reacting to a report that officials of the PDP think-tank programme set up by former President, Goodluck Jonathan had contacted him to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2019.He said, “I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise".Dangote added: “I am not interested in politics and this is authoritative. No member of any think tank committee has contacted me. People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency".“This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people who are jealous of the successe…

Senator Danjuma Goje's wife is dead, age 55

Report reaching us indicate that, Mrs Hajiya Yelwa Danjuma Goje, wife of the former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje is death.Hajiya Yelwa 55, died in a Hospital in the United States of America early hours of Monday 30th October, 2017 after a brief illness.She is survived by her husband, Senator Danjuma Goje, six children, 10 grandchildren and many relatives. May Allah be please with her and grant patience to all those she left behind.

Nigeria Air Force hits regrouping Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

According to Daily post reports, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday sent five fighter jets to the notorious Sambisa Forest to crush Boko Haram terrorists operating in the area.However, the operation is coming on the heels of new reports that the terrorists were regrouping in the forest.The insurgents have recently attacked Maiduguri, Adamawa and Yobe States.Report also said, the Nigeria Air Force, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the Nigerian Air Force had intensified its intensive day and night aerial bombardments of Boko Haram terrorists’ locations within the North-east.He said on the fourth day of the ongoing Operation ‘Ruwan Wuta II’, the NAF conducted air interdiction on some structures in Dure, a BHT-infested location, 12km east of Sambisa.Adesanya explained that “reports from NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms had revealed the gradual resurgence of BHT activities in the settlement, particularly at the…

Professor Ango Abdulahi reacted to Emir of Kano's statement on Northern Nigeria

Professor Ango Abdulahi said, "With due respect to the Emir of Kano, the statement he made was misleading and misrepresentation of facts about the true state of northern Nigeria. You see, what I have been saying for a long time is that the North has advantage over other parts of Nigeria in terms of population, proportion and resources. What I am saying is that Northern Nigeria should wake up to its challenges like other part of the Nigeria. Of course, every part of Nigeria has its peculiar challenges and problems in terms of development likewise Nigeria as whole. I am an advocate of dividing Nigeria at the different levels and I disagree with the Emir’s position.”He added: “The North sustained and can still sustain this country..., The greatest advantage of the North over other regions is that 75 per cent of land in Nigeria comes from North; agriculture contributes 45 per cent of the GDP against oil, which contributes 14 per cent. Apart from the foreign exchange which oil provide…

President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption alone

President Muhammadu Buhari is an ordinary human being like us. He has a plan to fight corruption but, it seems like he is the only person fighting corruption alone.All those in his cabinet are not ready to fight corruption instead, are fighting Mr president back with his own hands.From our research paper, National Assembly members are not with him because of their selfish interest. The governors are not happy because Buhari do not give them opportunity to select ministers and other appointment for him like previous administration. The Judiciary are not interested in fighting corruption but running after politicians money. The masses as usual believe in social media rumors on corruption cases. Religion leaders are not teaching their respective religious believers on corruption but, they are after material things like money.Advice, President Muhammadu Buhari needs to have a good committee set up and they must give a quick decision as possible.Finally, people need to see a decisive decis…

North Korean leader visit cosmetics company on Sunday

State media reports revealed that, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and sister Kim Yo-jong.State media released undate of the visit on Sunday. Both women are rarely seen in public.Ms Kim's appearance comes shortly after her recent promotion to a powerful position in North Korea's government.However, foreign luxury goods including make-up have become scarce in North Korea after several rounds of UN sanctions.BBC news report said, the visit is "to show that North Korea can look out for its own people, and provide prosperity on a level comparable to Beijing and Seoul"."Even if we know it's not true, it's important for the regime to show its people that it can provide material pleasures".North Korean state news agency KCNA reports revealed that, during his visit to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory, Mr Kim praised the company for producing "world-level cosmetics" …

Main reason state governors are not happy with Buhari - Plateau State Governor

State  media reports revealed that, the governor of Plateau state, Mr Simon Laying, has stated that the presidency's political appointments are not sitting well with state governors. He state that, governors aren't contacted before political appointments are made by President Muhammadu Buhari. He spoke at the commissioning of the office complex of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) in Abuja.Mr Laying added that, “If things are wrong, they are wrong. If they are right, they are right. But it requires very courageous people to come out and say these things are wrong or they are right".“Let Mr. President be aware that this is the time to do it, because even as governors, we are also complaining in our various states. We complain in our states that we sit down and we hear appointments made and then people start asking you as the governor where is this man coming from? But when we turn right and turn left, we don’t know where such a person is coming from".“Many people …

Federal government has released N450 billion for capital projects - Kemi Adeosun

According to local media, the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, disclosed the general public that, N450 billion has so far been released for capital projects in 2017.The minister made the statement on Thursday while addressing state house correspondents after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.However, Ms Jenkins Adeosun did not give a breakdown of the release.The N7.4 trillion 2017 budget has a total of N2.2 trillion (N2,177,866,775,864) meant for capital projects.In September, the ministry of finance had said a total of N336 billion was disbursed for capital projects in the first quarter of 2017.A statement which Patricia Deworitshe, the ministry’s spokesperson, had showed that the ministry of power, works and housing received the largest allocation of N90 billion.This was followed by defence and security which got N71 billion.The ministries of transport and agriculture received N30 billion each while N115 billion was shared among the other sectors.

Nigeria military forces destroy Boko Haram training camp

Official reports reaching us indicated that, troops of 112 Task Force Battalion and Mobile Strike Teams of 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in collaboration with some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have on Friday, 27th October 2017, based on credible information from well meaning Nigerians, carried out clearance operations in Gawa, Bone, Kajeri 1, Kajeri 2, Kube, Dubula, Boboshe 1 and Boboshe 2 villages, Borno State. However, during the operation, the gallant troops discovered that the terrorists had make shift night market in Boboshe with newly harvested farm produce on display for sale. After conducting a thorough search of the vicinity, they recovered 3 Isuzu vehicles, 4 Dane guns, 1 Dummy gun, suspected to be used for training of inducted Boko Haram terroists and mattresses hidden under shrubs, amongst several other items ahead of Bone village. They also rescued 5 persons taken captives by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists gang at Boboshe 1 and Dubula. The tro…

President Buhari in late-night meeting with National Assembly leaders

State media reports indicate that, President Muhammadu Buhari met with Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, late on Thursday night at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja.OJABE NEWS BLOC learnt that, the meeting was about the 2018 budget.However, the meeting happened after the lawmakers had initially left the Villa in anger, after security operatives insisted on screening them.President Buhari later reached out to them, but majority of the lawmakers had left the residence of Saraki, where they converged after the embarrassing incident.However, Saraki and Dogara returned to Aso Rock and were hosted to a dinner.Others present include: Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, alongside Ita Enang and Sulaiman Kawu and other presidential aides.

Ghana police set to investigate child rape case

State media reports revealed that, Ghana's inspector general of police has ordered an investigation into the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl after national outrage over the case.But, the parents of the child said, a traditional ruler told them nothing could be done because the community gods deemed the suspect innocent.However, many said, the case demonstrated a culture that shielded sex attackers.Local police are also now under investigation following accusations of poor handling of the incident.The case has caused concern, dominating radio and social media conversations with the hashtag #JusticeForHer trending on social media.There is also anger about the traditional leader's alleged attitude to the rape.

God love Nigeria

God has filled Nigeria with wonderful things so we can know how good he is to mankind!But, sometimes things are not so wonderful. People are mean to each other, and they hurt each other. Bad things happen.But that is not how God wants things to be.That’s what sin does.Sin is when we do what we want, instead of what God wants. And when we do, bad things happen. Sin ruins things. Someone always gets hurt. Maybe not right away, but someone always gets hurt sometime. And it only gets worse and worse.But it's not God's fault, it's ours.But bad things happen, and people think it’s God’s fault. They think God can’t be good if bad things happen. And Nigerians they can’t believe God loves them.That’s the terrible thing about sin. It keeps people away from God.That’s why God hates sin so much.

President Muhammadu Buhari will not be disappointed - EFCC boss

Report reaching us disclosed that, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), declared in Abuja on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari would not disappoint in the fight against corruption.The EFCC boss gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of a preparatory meeting towards 2018 African Union (AU) conference.According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the meeting focused on Nigeria’s role as the champion of the 2018 AU theme, “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.Meanwhile, African leaders had unanimously mandated the Nigerian leader to champion the fight against corruption in the continent, during the 29th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Magu said that Buhari had demonstrated commendable political will in the fight against the menace, adding that his feat in that war earned him the trust to be chosen by African leaders to champion the c…

Boko Haram kill 8 soldiers in Yobe state

According to Daily post, some suspected Boko Haram members have attacked Sassawa village, Damaturu local government area of Yobe state and killed 8 soldiers including an officer.However, a top security source who doesn't want to be named confirmed to Daily Trust that the attackers stormed the village around 6pm in 5 hilux vans and open fire on the military."The attackers took the soldiers unawares at a football pitch and open fire on them. Eight soldiers including an officer were killed, some others got injured".He blamed the military for not doing enough to dislodge the insurgents from the long time hideout in the area.
Residents, speaking anonymously, told Daily Trust that the military conveyed copses of the eight military men to Damaturu at around 10am.He said, "Yaran ( the [Boko Haram] boys) had their field day, after the attack, they forced many shops and stores open and carted way with food items. Today around 10:00 am the military conveyed copses of the soldi…

Nigeria military forces ambushed Boko Haram, clear their hide out

Report reaching us indicated that, Nigeria troops of 112 Task Force Battalion of 22 Brigade deployed in Dikes on Operation LAFIYA DOLE in furtherance of the ongoing clearance operation at the early hours of Thursday, 26th October 2017, successfully ambushed a group of Boko Haram terrorists.The terrorists were attempting to cross into Sambisa forest through Lumda village, some few kilometres away from Maiduguri - Dikwa Road in Borno State. The troops sprung the ambush on the unsuspecting terrorist and neutralized 3 of them, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. The troops further recovered 5 bicycles, mechanic tools, sacks containing various items and some mosquito nets from the ambush site.However, military authorities requested the general public to remain vigilant and report suspicious movement of persons to security agencies.

Nigeria President congratulated Chinese president on his re-election

State media reports revealed that, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election as the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China and the leader of the nation.According to the reports, Nigeria President expressed his conviction that the success of the 19th National Congress of the CPC and the implementation of its important decisions will serve to fulfil the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. He added: “Your widely acknowledged wise and firm leadership has played a critical role in the changes in China in the past five years and the renewal of your term will no doubt strengthen the unity of CPC and its central, unified leadership and further enhance cohesiveness of the Chinese nation".However, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed belief in the capability of the CPC Leadership and President Xi to take China to a new level and enhance its standing around the globe in the next five years.President…

North Korea has promised to release South Korea fishing boat

State media reports revealed that, North Korea says, it will release a South Korean fishing boat it seized six days ago for "illegally" sailing into its waters.According to KCNA report, "the vessel and its crew will be released "at the military boundary in the East Sea".North Korea news agency said, "The decision was made after the crew apologised for the "offence".It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region with both sides running a series of military exercises.However, North Korea said, the release of the fishing vessel, due later on Friday, follows an admission of wrongdoing from those on board, who it said had "repeatedly asked for leniency".In a reaction to the issue, South Korean government spokesman said, it was a "relief" that the crew would be returned.

How Nigeria SSS paid N152 million into Maina's secret account is revealed

According to PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service (SSS), once made curious huge cash transfers into a bank account associated with a former chairman of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.The uncovering of the payments, investigators say, suggests Mr. Maina and the security agency had been in an unholy relationship for a while.Mr. Maina is on the run following moves by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to charge him to court for alleged N2 billion fraud.As exclusively reported by this newspaper two years ago, Mr. Maina has a history of using bankers and other intermediaries to launder most of the money he allegedly embezzled from the pension funds.Sometimes in 2011, while serving as chairman of the pension task force, Mr. Maina, using his banker sibling, Khalid Ali Biu, opened a corporate bank account in the name of Cluster Logistics Limited domiciled at Fidelity Bank.Mr. Biu, who was a staff of the bank, was both the…

Liverpool FC Georginio Wijnaldum  is readyis fit to play this weekend

According to Liverpool Echo, the Netherlands international missed the Reds’ defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday after sustaining a knock during the team’s final training session before the match at Wembley. However, Wijnaldum has since returned to full training and is available for this weekend’s Anfield meeting with David Wagner’s side. “The knee is good now,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood on Thursday. “I was unlucky that in training before the game I had a kick on it, it was in a duel. Milner tried to shoot and I tried to block but I was a little bit late with my block, he’d already shot the ball and he swung his foot on the inside of my knee.  “At first it didn’t look like it was that bad, but after training I had more pain than during training and the day after, on Sunday before the game, I had a lot of pain. I could barely walk, so it was not possible to play. “I’m still in a little bit of pain but I can play with it. I had full training yesterday and felt good so…

No PDP candidate for Anambra state governorship elections next month - INEC confirmed this

Local media reports revealed that, the Chairman of Nigeria Independent Eectoral Commission INEC confirmed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP do not have a Governorship Candidate in the Anambra State governorship election coming up on 18th of November 2017.But, in an interactive session on Tuesday, the 24th of October 2017 in Abuja, the Chairman confirmed that two Political Parties changed their Candidates who won Primaries and some parties also did not use the original Certified True Copy (CTC) of delegates that won delegate elections in the various Wards.These certified delegates were the official delegates known to INEC who were qualified by law to vote in the primary election of political parties. Unfortunately, such was the case.This revelation is a big blow to PDP as INEC confirmed that they will be present in any court to prove that some of these parties like PDP committed fraud.Meanwhile, it was recall that, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP last month shortchanged some of t…

Edo state government inaugurated Edo boundary committee

Report reaching us disclosed that, the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday inaugurated the Edo Boundary Committee with a charge to address intra and inter-local government boundary disputes in the state.Governor Obaseki said that, the state would no longer allow boundary disputes to degenerate to conflicts that affect economic activities in the state.He explained that, despite his administration’s efforts to get the support of the National Boundary Commission to tackle intra and inter-state boundary disputes, “unfortunately we have not had the desired response and the matters are not treated with the required urgency.”He said that, the longer the disputes were left unresolved, the more lives and property would be lost, hence the need for the state to set up its own boundary committee in accordance with the National Boundary Committee Establishment Act of 2006. “We have several boundary issues within communities in the state and between communities in several local g…

ACF inaugurated committees to rekindle politics in the region

According to NAN report, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Tuesday inaugurated four standing committees to “rewire” politics in the region and rekindle hope and justice among the populace.However, Mr Anthony Sani, the ACF Secretary-General, who inaugurated the committees in Kaduna, said that the aim was to institute a new political culture of electing political leaders who would be accountable to the people.He added: “There is the need to rewire the politics, re-engineer our sense of justice, make mercy smarter and hope more strategic".Mr Sani says that, the youth, who should be avatar of change, must be guided “to make judicious use of their democratic right and vote only credible leaders who are accountable.“This would help supplant both plutocracy and kleptocracy with democracy premised on triple foundation of justice, liberty and common decency".The scribe recalled that the ACF had earlier formed a Think Tank, to “harmonise all existing documents on Northern challeng…

Ugandan opposition leader free on bail

Local media reports revealed that, Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who has been charged with inciting violence, has been freed on bail after six nights in detention.However, Five other people were given bail along with Mr Besigye, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).According to AFP news agency reports, Mr Besigye was arrested last week after an opposition supporter was killed during a protest which the authorities declared illegal, in Rukungiri, western Uganda.The protesters were marching against a ruling party plan to amend the constitution to remove presidential age limits, a move that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand for a sixth consecutive term in 2021.

Uhuru Kenyatta promised to deal firmly with anarchy situation

According to NTV news, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed that he will not allow the country to slide into anarchy, as tensions rise ahead of tomorrow's presidential election run-off.Mr Kenyatta made statement in a televised address, saying, "I call on each and every one of us to turn out and vote."His main rival Raila Odinga has called on people to stay at home, saying the poll will not be free and fair.

Tension as Kenyans go to re-run poll today

NTV Kenya report revealed that, security has been tightened in Kenya as voting gets under way in a re-run of the presidential election which is being boycotted by the main opposition.However, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful.But, the opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has pulled out of the election re-run, has called on his supporters to boycott it.Mr Kenyatta was announced the winner in an 8 August vote but the poll is being held again because of "irregularities".The polls on Thursday opened at 06:00 (03:00 GMT) with tens of thousands of police and other security personnel deployed to protect voters and polling stations.

Nigeria military forces cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists

On Tuesday 24th October 2017 has gone down as one of the best in the outing of troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in their daily clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists especially in the northern parts of Borno State. However, the unit in conjunction with gallant 22 Mobile Strike Team accompanied by some Civilian JTF, based on credible information carried out offensive operations at suspected Boko Haram terrorists hide outs at Mogola, Ngaiwa, Tongule and Warsele villages in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.The operation which was supported by the NigerianAir Force was very successful in achieving its objectives. The troops discovered and destroyed Boko Haram terrorists' Logistics Base and Workshop at Ngaiwa, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Tongule and rescued 85 persons held hostages by the terrorists in the villages. The gallant troops neutralized 11 Boko Haram terrorists, recovered 1 Gun Truck, 4 alre…

Governor Aregbesola Commissions Ilesa Government High School, Osun State.

Report reaching us indicated that, Governor Aregbesola Commissions Ilesa Government High School, Osun State.However, the Governor was welcomed by a mammoth crowd who all cheered when he arrived the scene of the commissioning.The world class high school named Ilesa Government High School is part of the new models witnessed today in the state.

David Maraga apologised that the petition was unable to proceed over election re-run

NTV report revealed that, Kenya's Chief Justice has said the Supreme Court is unable to hear a petition calling for a delay in Thursday's presidential re-run.However, David Maraga said, not enough of the court's seven judges were available to hear the case.The deputy chief justice was not available after her bodyguard was shot by gunmen on Tuesday.We learnt that, the election is now expected to go ahead as planned.The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August, saying there had been "irregularities and illegalities".Opposition leader Raila Odinga is boycotting the re-run, saying nothing has changed.President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has said the ballot must go ahead.

Aerospace and Aviation exhibition started in Ghana

Report reaching us revealed that, the first West Africa Aerospace and Aviation exhibition has started in Ghana's capital, Accra.Ghanaian local media reports said, the three-day exhibition is giving aircraft manufacturers, airlines and equipment suppliers an opportunity to showcase their products.The products on display range from miniature planes to aircraft equipment. According to the International Air Transport Association, Africa's air transport industry will be the fastest-growing in the world in the next 20 years.The growth will be propelled by a burgeoning middle class and an improvement in the economies of African states, it says.For now, the continent’s aviation industry is bedevilled with problems. Some airlines, including South African Airways, are in financial crisis while others have a poor safety records.But experts say, things are improving, and some airlines are doing well.

Cancer endemic is a major killer in Africa - WHO

According to BBC report, World Health Organization (WHO) says, cancer is becoming a major killer in Africa, accounting for an estimated of about 500,000 deaths a year a death rate set to double by 2030.But does the disease get the public health priority it deserves? Fred Okuku, a Ugandan oncologist from the Cancer Institute at Mulago Hospital in the capital Kampala, told the reporters about the type of cases he sees.

Tanzania private own newspaper firm suspended

Report reaching us indicate that, Tanzania's government has banned the opposition-linked Swhaili language newspaper, Tanzania Daima, for 90 days after accusing it of publishing false information.However, the ban also applied to the daily newspaper's online edition, government spokesman Abbas Hassan said.Tanzania Daima’s publication company, Free Media, is owned by Chadema opposition leader Freeman Mbowe.The government says the ban is because the paper published a false story, alleging that 67% of Tanzanians use anti-retroviral drugs.This is the fourth newspaper to be suspended in a space of four months.

Ugandan MPs collected bribes over proposed age limit bill

According to Reuters news agency reports, a move denounced as a bribe, Ugandan MPs have received a one-off payment of 29 million shillings ($8,000; £6,000) each for consulting their constituents on a bill seeking to scrap the presidential age limit.However, the proposed bill seeks to remove the upper age limit of 75 and is seen as a way of removing constitutional barriers that would prevent President Yoweri Museveni, 73, from running for office gain in 2021.According to parliamentary spokesman Chris Obore, "the one-off payment had been released to the legislators’ bank accounts this week".He added that, “It’s to help them to consult with their constituents on this bill".

Governor Samuel Ortom praise state police command for arresting criminal gang stars

According to the reports from Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom today commended the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Police Command for bursting a criminal gang of suspected robbers and recovering assorted weapons and other items including handsets and i-pads.Governor Ortom spoke to journalists when the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, showed him the paraded suspects and the recovered items at the police headquarters in Makurdi today.He however stated that, he would continue to support the police to track and arrest criminals and prayed that God would protect and reward the gallant officers who carried out the arrest.
Some members of the state executive council accompanied him.The police gave the names of those arrested as Monday Iorgongba, alias Yahooze, Mvendaga Abu, alias Wasco, Terver Tse, alias Tor Tiv and Katherine Ukoho, wife of one Isaac Nenge, alias Kasco, who is on the run.

Former governor of Katsina state, lost appeal case, head to supreme court

After loosing at the Appeal Court, the embattled former governor of Katsina State Ibrahim Shehu Shema has again approached the Supreme Court in his bid to quash the charge preferred against him and three others before the Katsina State High Court.Meanwhile, Ibrahim Shema is being charged alongside three others, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba for allegedly diverting public funds to the tune of over Eleven Billion Naira to their personal use during his tenure as Governor of Katsina State.However, on the 28th day of March, 2017 when the matter came up for hearing, the court was informed by the counsel representing the accused persons that his clients have challenged the ruling delivered by the trial court in respect of the motion to quash the charge at the Court of Appeal.In the judgment delivered on September 13th 2017, the Court of Appeal dismissed the application of the former governor and upheld the ruling of the lower court, thereby compelling the l…

Aisha Buhari pay a condolence visit to Alhaji Musa Bello

Report from the office of the Nigeria first lady, Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was in Kaduna on Monday, 23rd October 2017, visiting two elder statesmen, Alhaji Musa Bello and Dr. Mahmoud Tukur to offer condolences over the death of a common relation, Alhaji Ahmed Usman, an uncle to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello.Alhaji Ahmed died recently after a protracted illness.Mrs. Buhari, who was accompanied by family members, prayed Allah to repose the soul of the deceased and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.The first lady was received at the airport and accompanied during the visit by Wife of the Governor of Kaduna state Mrs. Hadiza el Rufai and the Wife of the Deputy Governor Mrs. Ladi Bala Bantex.

Nigeria sign a bilateral cooperation with Indonesia

Nigeria and Indonesia will work together to increase the level of economic cooperation between both countries, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.Prof. Osinbajo spoke earlier this morning at a bilateral meeting he held with his Indonesian counterpart, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, on the sidelines of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Beneficial Ownership Transparency Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.Nigeria is open for business and more investment, the VP noted, while also recollecting his meeting with members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce on Monday."We are looking forward to more Indonesian investments especially in the manufacturing sector in Nigeria, trying to exploit our local raw materials," Prof. Osinbajo said.He also informed Mr. Kalla that the Buhari administration has implemented reforms that have made the Nigerian business environment "a more favourable environment."In his own remarks, the Indonesian Vice President…

Kenya Supreme Court set to ruled on whether the re-run election should stop or postpone

Report reaching us indicate that, all eyes are on Kenya’s Supreme Court, which carries the weight of the country’s democracy on its shoulders.However, the Supreme court has already made one unexpected and unprecedented decision by forcing a re-run of the presidential election, saying that the 8 August poll - won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was marred by “irregularities and illegalities.”We learnt that, the court has to rule on whether that re-run should be stopped or postponed, less than 24 hours before the polling stations are due to open.The petitioners are asking the court to clarify its 2013 interpretation of the constitution, that if a candidate drops out, the whole months-long process should begin again, rather than simply holding a re-run.That’s the case opposition leader Raila Odinga’s lawyers cite in connection with his decision to boycott the poll.According to the constitution the vote must be held before 1 November, but if the chairman of the electoral commission says that…

Zimbabwean authorities establish ministry of cyber security

Report reaching us indicate that, the Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe created a new ministry two weeks ago to deal with cyber security.The ministry's full title is Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation.But, Zimbabweans reacted to the announcement in customary humour.According to BBC report, a fake letter with the signature and letterhead of the newly appointed cyber minister, Patrick Chinamasa, instructed all WhatsApp group members to register with the ministry by November.The news agency also said, the letter was signed "By The Cyber Powers Vested In Me".However, Mr Mugabe's administration has been uneasy about social media after pastor Evan Mawararire spearheaded the #ThisFlag movement last year.Using platforms like Twitter and Facebook it organised a stay-at-home demonstration, the biggest anti-government protest in a decade.President Mugabe's spokesperson, George Charamba, says Mr Mugabe came up with the idea of a new ministry to deal with an…

US senator blistering attack on President Donald Trump

Just In: According to BBC report, a Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has unleashed a blistering attack on US President Donald Trump, after the two Republicans traded insults on Twitter.Report also said, senator Bob Corker accused the president of lying in a series of television interviews, adding that he debased the US and weakened its global standing.But, the two men are due to meet at a Senate luncheon later on Tuesday.Mr Trump's visit to Capitol Hill comes as the White House attempts to forge a consensus on the Republican tax reform plan.Mr Corker told reporters that, Mr Trump is purposely breaking down relationships we have around the world that had been useful to our nation".President Trump tweeted that, "Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts.....".

Nigerian military forces cleared Boko Haram ambush in Maiduguri

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations disclosed to journalists that, troops of 3 Battalion under 22 Brigade on Friday, 20th October 2017 at about 11.30am while on routine patrol came under Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) ambush close to Missini Village along Dikwa, Ngala road, northern part of Borno State. The gallant troops cleared the ambush and neutralised 3 Boko Haram terrorists. However, the team recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number KO357026 and 39 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.

NEMA appealed to the National Assembly to pass the Bill seeking to amend the establishment of the Agency

Report reaching us indicate that, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja has appealed to the National Assembly to pass the Bill seeking to amend the establishment of the Agency.He however said, this would improve the working condition of the staff and disaster management in the country.A statement from, Sani Datti Head, Media & Public Relations said the DG made the appeal on Monday at the National Assembly when he led the management staff of the agency before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in Abuja.The meeting was at the instance of the Committee, which had invited the NEMA management and its staff union leaders to resolve the recent industrial disputes that resulted in a one day strike action by the staff last week.Engr. Maihaja told the committee that the misunderstanding had been resolved and that it was not the wish of the management to allow such matters to degenerate into …

National Assembly okays Local Government autonomy

Just In: National Assembly okays autonomy for local governments, INEC to be in charge of Local Government elections!!!However, the National Assembly on Tuesday, granted full financial and administrative autonomy to all the 774 local council authorities across Nigeria by amending section 124 of the nation’s constitution.The section provides a consequential provision for the making of the local councils, a full third tier government without undue interference from the state governments.The amendment was one of the 22 others approved by the House of Representatives last week and ratified by the Senate on Tuesday.Both chambers had through a conference committee harmonised versions of the amendments into the constitution carried out by each of them last month.By the development, the National Assembly had ratified all the 23 clauses and sections that had been ammended by both chambers.The newly ammended document which would be sent to States Houses of Assembly, for approval, also approved t…

Justice Malami order Head of Service to reinstate a fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina

Wonder shall never end in Nigeria as a surprise revelations have emerged over the controversy surrounding the recall of fugitive and former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed MainaAttorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami reportedly directed the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to reinstate Maina, after being on the run for alleged N2b scam, among others.The Nation reports that, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, did not make any input into Maina’s reinstatement.The details of who authorised Maina’s return were contained in a letter of reinstatement sent to the wanted officer by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).The letter, dated September 18 and signed by Mustapha L. Sulaiman for the FCSC chairman, indicated that the AGF advised the FCSC that Maina should be reinstated.The letter said: “Kindly refer to the Attorney-General of the Federation/ Honourable …