Tuesday, 31 January 2017

BREAKING: Buhari commiserates with Sports Minister Dalung on his wife's death from London

President Buhari commiserates with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung on the death of his wife, Mrs Briskila Dalung, who died after a brief illness on Sunday January 29 in Jos.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Nneka Anibeze, the Special Assistant, Media to the minister, said the president commiserated with Dalung through the telephone from London.

Anibeze said the president prayed that God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

He also prayed to God to give the family she left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.

The president promised to support the Dalung family in their moment of grief.

The presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu quoted his principal (Buhari) on Facebook after he spoke by phone with the sports minister.

"I spoke with Sports Minister, Barrister Dalung, to commiserate with him on the death of his wife, Briskila. May her soul Rest In Peace," Buhari said.

Ruggedman blasts Blackface for criticizing 2Face-led anti-govt protest

Ruggedman blasts Blackface on social media for criticizing 2Face-led anti-govt protest. Read what Ruggedman wrote below:

''[BLACKFACE FACE WHAT’S REAL @blackfacenaija you be my guy and @official2baba na my guy but I will tell you that this your move right here is very disappointing. You sang hardlife and all when things were even a bit bearable, but now that things are really messed up you have kept quiet. But here you are mouthing off over a 2Face move? Guy you fall my hand. Talking about educating people.

First of all, it is not a protest being led by 2face. He said he saw the post and thought to lend his voice to it. Something a few other artists and people have done.

So, you knew about all the governors embezzling funds and yet you said nothing. But you are quick to shout now because 2face name has come out on something. But you make it too obvious you have something against 2face and you should have let all this go by now. NIGERIANS are suffering and you are just monitoring 2face…''

Afrobeat singer, Dede, storms out of radio interview after clash with Buhari's spokesman Femi Adesina

Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Dede Mabiaku, on Monday stormed out of a live radio interview after presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, asked him to “keep quiet.”

A female presenter on Lagos Talks 93.1 FM had teed up questions about Buhari administration policies as well an upcoming nationwide protest championed by entertainer, Innocent ‘TuFace’ Idiabia.

About 40 minutes into the interview, which took place in Lagos Talks’ studio in Ikoyi, Mr. Adesina said Nigerians who are gearing up for the protest, slated for February 5 across the country, are those still disgruntled by the outcome of the 2015 elections.

The protesters are still “living and romantisising in the immediate past”, Mr. Adesina said.

Mr. Mabiaku then interject: “Haba! Femi, Iro nla!.” Translated literally from Yoruba: “Hah! Femi, that’s a big lie!.”

Mr. Adesina then asked him to “keep quiet and let me talk.”

Mr. Mabiaku initially yielded to Mr. Adesina’s slapdown for a few minutes while the presidential spokesman sued for more patience from Nigerians.

President Buhari has a mandate that should last “48 months”, but he had not even spent half of it, Mr. Adesina said.

The interviewer then turned to Mr. Mabiaku and asked him to respond to Mr. Adesina’s excuse.

“Why do you want to hear me when he had the audacity to tell me to shut up?” a visibly-irritated Mr. Mabiaku.

He then stood up and unplugged the studio headset and reached for the door knob. All efforts to calm him down by the host failed.

When Premium Times called to ask why he would interject a citizen in that manner in public, Mr. Adesina said he did not make the statement.

“Please go and see the video very well and get back to me,” he said.

A video shows the presidential spokesperson asked Mr. Mabiaku to “keep quiet” for him to talk.

Mr. Idibia himself has been enduring regular attacks from supporters of the Buhari administration who questioned his moral authority to lead such a major protest, including allegations that he is getting financial backing from opposition party politicians.

But he denied the allegations and said he remained undaunted by them, promising his supporters that the march will go on as planned.

Culled from Premium Times

UPDATE: Nigeria declares senior Customs officials wanted over importation of rifles

The Nigeria Customs Service has declared two of its senior officers wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country.

The arms, which were intercepted at the Lagos port, were concealed with steel doors and other merchandise good.

The wanted officers are Abdulahi, I, an assistant superintendent of customs (ASC), with service number 44483 and ACIC Odiba Inah, with service number 133386.

An alert issued on Tuesday evening by the Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Dan Ugo, requested that the officers should be arrested wherever they are seen and taken to the nearest customs formation.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, had on Monday said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.

The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.

Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

“Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” NAN quoted the comptroller-general as saying.

The suspects are: Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

Mr. Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey, adding that there was a mix-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.

He said Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’.

Mr. Ali said the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.

Premium Times

Blackface blasts 2face over planned nationwide protest against Buhari

Former colleague Blackface is blasting 2face over planned nationwide protest against president Buhari-led administration:

"LETS EDUCATE THE ILLITERATE AS HE LEADS THE PROTEST. I read Tuface Idibia's verbal tirade in Vanguard in which he said he will be leading a protest against Buhari on the 5th of February for among other things not paying salaries of civil servants.

I think he needs to be educated about the efforts of the Buhari administration: So far Buhari has released three bail out funds to the 36 states in Nigeria totalling over N1.5 trillion in the last 18 months.

Apart from this another trillion was released as Paris Club refund money to the 36 states. Buhari emphasized the need for the states to prioritize the payment of salaries of workers and pensions of pensioners as these states receive the money.

Unfortunately, instead of some states to use the funds to pay off civil servants and pensioners salary and pension arrears they chose to loot the funds. A governor of one of the South South states siphoned N3b of the funds using his mistress as a front and now the mistress has run away with the funds.

Tuface Idibia you can now see why Nigerians are suspicious of the motive and source of the funds for the protest you want to embark on. Why didn't you lead a protest against these governors who mismanaged the Buhari bail out funds and the Paris Club refund money? Why did you not protest against GEJ's looting of N51 trillion naira and the Godswill Akpabio alleged looting of over N1 trillion naira from the Akwa Ibom state treasury for which he is being prosecuted by the EFCC? Why didn't you protest Akpabio's alleged corrupting of a Supreme Court justice who is currently being tried for corrupt practices on the bench? Is it because you are a corruption apologist? Is it because you are the agent of corruption fighting back? Is it because you are part of desperate plot to poison the hearts and minds against a fantastically incorruptible President who fights the corrupt no matter whose ox is gored?

We your fans want to assure you that if you go ahead with this protest we will reevaluate our support for you and it may be downhill for you afterwards. Rethink your actions and reflect deeply. Dr. Bunmi Awoyemi Divinewealth"

Diplomats defy White House warning, criticize travel ban

Hundreds of American diplomats defied a White House warning on Tuesday, sending a memo to the State Department's leadership that criticizes President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. It is believed to be one of the most popularly supported statements of dissent in the department's history.

A State Department official said the cable was received just a day after White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested those disagreeing with Trump's new policy should resign. The official did not have an exact number of signatories, but said more than 800 indicated they would sign after drafts of the cable circulated over the weekend. 

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and demanded anonymity.

The document argues that the executive order Trump signed last week runs counter to American values and will fuel anti-American sentiment around the world.

"A policy which closes our doors to over 200 million legitimate travelers in the hopes of preventing a small number of travelers who intend to harm Americans from using the visa system to enter the United States will not achieve its aim of making our country safer," the diplomats wrote in the so-called "dissent cable."

"This ban stands in opposition to the core American and constitutional values that we, as federal employees, took an oath to uphold," a draft of the cable said. The final version wasn't immediately available.

Dissent channel cables are a mechanism for U.S. diplomats to register disagreement internally about U.S. policies. It was established during the Vietnam War and was most recently used by diplomats to criticize the Obama administration's approach to Syria. In that case, former Secretary of State John Kerry met with signers of the cable to discuss their concerns.

Trump's secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson is still awaiting Senate confirmation and it was unclear how we would respond to the memo.

In response to reports of the cable Monday, Spicer said of the diplomats: "They should either get with the program or they can go."

He dismissed the criticism from what he called "career bureaucrats." While he later said Trump appreciates the work of public servants, Spicer said they should respect the desires of the American people and the importance Trump places on protecting the country.

"If somebody has a problem with that agenda, that does call into question whether they should continue in that post or not," Spicer said. "This is about the safety of America."

Signers of dissent cables are supposed to be protected from retribution from superiors.

The department, along with other agencies entrusted with implementing Trump's order, has been confused about the details, offering several contradictory instructions to embassies and consulates on how it plans to do so.

As word of the executive order began to circulate last week, diplomats at some embassies began to prioritize visa applications from citizens of countries they suspected might be affected, according to officials.

On Friday, before the order was signed, workers at one embassy dumped bins of hundreds of approved passports on the floor to pull those from the affected countries and affix visas in them, officials said. That effort stopped when the order was signed, they said.


Ex-presidential candidate, Pere Ajuwa, dies

The Presidential Candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria and the Alliance for Democracy in the 2003 and 2007 elections, Chief Pere Ajuwa, has died.

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson described the Ajuwa’s death in a statement as sad, shocking and a monumental loss to the government and people of Bayelsa State.

He reportedly died at a hospital in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Dickson, in his condolence message, recalled Ajuwa’s forays into politics, which saw him contest for the governorship of the old Rivers State and later for the presidency, making him one of the very few minorities of the Ijaw stock to run for the highest office in the land.

According to the governor, the efforts of the late Egbesu of Egbesubiri greatly inspired the younger generation of Ijaw politician and gave a greater insight and meaning to why people should legitimately fight for what rightly belonged to them, without resorting to violence.

Dickson said Ajuwa supported every genuine effort of the Ijaw people to be properly recognised and be accorded their pride of place politically, economically, and in other areas of human endeavour by using his personal resources to fight for the political and economic emancipation of the minorities of the South-South.

He added that even though Ajuwa was dead, his legacies and strides as an Ijaw patriot and a fighter for the rights of the minorities of this country would live long after him.

Dickson prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and for God Almighty to grant the family he had left behind, the strength, courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Lover boy accidentally sends same text to 32 girls

The text message seeking to chat up a willing female was intended to be sent to one girl at a time. However, lover boy only realised his error when the backlash began to pour in like floods of water!

At the end of the day, he failed to hook up with any of the girls.

The young man who refused to be named texted 32 girls simultaneously.

The idea was to spread his ‘net’ as far as far possible, hoping that out of the 32 ladies he had tried to ‘toast,’ at least one would click

The message, “You’re cute, where are you from?” was supposed to initiate a conversation, which he thought he could improve on.

He, however, ran out of luck when he sent the message to a group.

He had clicked on all the names of his targets, expecting the text message to be delivered in ones.

The text messages were delivered to individual phones, really, except that each recipient was informed that “there are 32 persons in this group.”

Each girl quickly understood the game of chance that the playboy had intended, sending them into a fury.

And, probably still thinking he could remedy the situation, he quickly sent an explanatory text saying he thought he had sent the message separately. But the deed was already done.

One of them posted a screenshot of this epic fail on Imgur — an online image-sharing community, where it attracted all sorts of acidic commentaries.

Some of the responses are as follow:

“RIP this guy. He died doing what he loved,” wrote one Imgur user.

Another wrote: “But why would anyone want to message 32 different people? Talking to three people is already exhausting.”

Yet another wrote: “Rip him he died.”

Punch Via Metro UK

Actress Jewel Infinity accuses soldier of beating her with iron rod - PHOTOS

Actress Jewel Infinity is accusing a Nigerian soldier named Sulaiman Olamilekan of beating her with iron rod. While in her hospital bed, she is 'calling out for justice against violence'.

The actress wrote on her Facebook account 


Please my good people of our nation, i am sincerely calling out for justice against violence. I am hospitalized right now as i type this with the lil stamina in me; i am in serious pain and agony; in between life and death. This is my story:

This morning, at about 11.50am, i boarded a siena vehicle leaving PortHarcourt for Onitsha. As we approached the first checkpoint immediately after the airport, we pulled over as the soldiers ordered us to, for the usual scrutinization.

One of them, the youngest of them, by name, SULAIMAN OLAMILEKAN, began to molest me. He accused me of discussing him, where i was only having a friendly debate with the lady beside me about whether his car is tinted or not bcos of the way the we where being delayed bcos the driver didn't bring the back glass down when​ he stopped us immediately he was like 'hey you wetin you just talk now' I explained to him that he was never in the picture of the gist but he ignored me and demanded i disembark from the vehicle, kneel down and apologise to him.

I called his bluff and explained to him that i did nothing wrong to apologise. To my greatest dismay, this dude went in search of any object at his disposal (a huge stick), and started hitting it all over my body. He shove me out of the vehicle and when he piecesed the stick on me he went in search of another thing and he came back with a big rod immediately I saw him coming with that one and I noticed everyone was already scared to come closer also his colleagues were just there busy with the stopping of other vehicles I ran out of the vehicle and jumped down wanted to run over to the other lane to where their ogas used to stay but on a second thought I sensed he might throw the big rod on me I then stood still not believing he could actually used that on me b4 I knew it he started hitting my two leg with it

I was helpless as my fellow passengers were scared to intervene, the others (soldiers) disengaged him from hitting me further but they did not reprimand/reprove him. Instead, they confiscated my phone and prevented me from taking pictures of any of them my phone's screen is in pieces now . When i told them that i would nolonger proceed with the journey, they restrained me from going back to Portharcourt by compelling the driver to embark on our journey to (Onitsha) with me.

The driver drove off to some distance away from there, and i alighted from the vehicle and boarded another one heading back to Portharcourt. The passengers in the bus were astonished at the injuries i sustained from the brutality. They sympathized with me and advised me to take the matter up. Even the new driver confirmed Ola to be a ruthless soldier as he has had an encounter like that with him before.

As soon as we arrived Portharcour, i went straight to the Army Barracks to file a report about him. I narrated the whole story to them. The soldiers and the superiors there, were astonished at the cruel act and were sympathizing with me and pleaded that i shouldn't take the case any further; that the Ola dude would be remanded for one month in the barracks there (which i feel is not enough justice)they said he just joined then in the yr 2015

I was quickly attended to and was taken to their clinic for treatment. They summoned for Ola, the dude was very shocked that the case had gotten here already. To God be the glory, he confessed correctly that i didn't do anything to have warranted his cruel action that he was in a very bad mood He said what happened there was inexplicable. This time, he genuflected and implored for compassion. He took my number when I was giving it to the nurse for my admission at the hospital an whatsapped me to forgive him and not take things seriously. (This was how i tracked his identity on True caller.)

Right now i am bedridden. The doctor said i am running temperature due to my high blood pressure. I am in serious pain and rendered partially immoveable. How do i explain this uncomely incidence to my family in Onitsha whom i was supposed to meet with? Here are the pictures of what happened in the scene including the picture of the violator and the rod he used You can access him with his facebook addy, "Sulaiman Olamilekan".

Please Help! Help me reach out to anybody in authority, who can fight this violence. Violence is indeed a cankerworm that has eaten us deep into every fabric of the Nigerian Army Force. Soldiers fight and protect their own, not to destroy the innocent civilians.''

BREAKING NEWS: Rivers State police commissioner Odesanya is dead

The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Bolaji Odesanya has passed away, Punch reports.

Odesanya was said to have died this morning in an undisclosed hospital abroad after a brief illness. He was the 37th Rivers State Commissioner of Police, having succeeded Mr. Foluso Adebanjo on July 12, 2016.

Odesanya joined the force on February 2, 1986, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks to his current position of Commissioner of Police.

Farmers kill two in Benue, dump bodies in bush

A 25-year-old farmer, Sunday Abah, was on Tuesday remanded in prison on the orders of a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court.

Abah is standing trial on charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

When the case came up for mention, the plea of the accused person was not taken for lack of jurisdiction.

The prosecutor, Insp. Abraham Akule, told the court that the case was reported at Otukpo Police Station by the Caretaker Chairman, Otukpo Local Government Area, Mr Ijache Udeh, on April 9, 2016.

Akule said that the complainant sent his boys namely, Oche Okopi and Adakole Baba, all male of Ondo Ogobia village to his farm, but they were attacked on the way.

He further said that the attack was led by Ijache’s younger brother, Benjamin Udeh, one Ocholije Ogah and others armed with guns and other  weapons.

The prosecutor said that the victims were shot in their heads and they died instantly.

Akule said the attackers then took the bodies and threw into the bush along Ondo Amala village in Otukpo L.G.A. road.

He said during police investigation, Benjamin Udeh and Ocholije Ogah were arrested and arraigned before Chief Magistrates’ Court 6.

Akule said upon further investigation, Sunday Abah was later arrested in connection with the crime while others were still at large.

He said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and prayed the court for another date for mention.

Akule said the offences contravened Section 97 and 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State 2004.

The Magistrate, Mrs Franca Yuwa adjourned the case till Feb. 6, for further mention.


Staphylococcus can cause bone infection -Expert

An Orthopedic Surgeon with a private hospital in Abuja, Dr Gabriel Adejimi, has warned that untreated bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus could lead to an infection of the bone called Osteomyelitis.

Staphylococcus aureus is a gram-positive, round-shaped bacterium that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is frequently found in the nose, respiratory tract, and on the skin.

Adejimi said on Tuesday in Abuja that Osteomyelitis was rare but a serious condition.

He explained that infection in one part of the body may spread through the bloodstream into the bone, or an open fracture or surgery that may expose the bone to infection.

The doctor, who is a bone specialist, also said that bone surgery, including hip and knee replacements, also increase the chance of bone infection.

He said, “Only two out of every 10,000 people get Osteomyelitis, the condition affects children and adults, although in different ways.

“Certain conditions and behaviours that weakens the immune system increase a person’s risk for Osteomyelitis,

“In children, Osteomyelitis is usually acute, acute Osteomyelitis comes on quickly, is easier to treat, and in overall, turns out better than chronic Osteomyelitis.

“In adults, Osteomyelitis can be either acute or chronic, people with diabetes, HIV, or peripheral vascular disease are more prone to chronic Osteomyelitis, which persists or recurs, despite treatment.”

Adejimi said that chronic or acute Osteomyelitis often affects an adult’s pelvis or vertebrae of the spine, it can also occur in the feet, especially in a person with diabetes.

Acute Osteomyelitis develops rapidly over a period of seven to 10 days, the symptoms for acute and chronic Osteomyelitis are very similar.

He said, “The symptoms include fever, irritability, fatigue nausea tenderness, redness, warmth in the area of the infection, swelling around the affected bone and lost range of motion

“Osteomyelitis in the vertebrae makes itself known through severe back pain, especially at night.”

The expert noted that a bone biopsy is necessary to confirm a diagnosis of Osteomyelitis, this also helps determine the type of organism, typically bacteria causing the infection so that the right medication can be prescribed.

He said that treatment focuses on stopping infection in its tracks and preserving as much function as possible.

He said, “Antibiotics also help bring the infection under control and often make it possible to avoid surgery, people with Osteomyelitis usually get antibiotics for several weeks.”

The best way to prevent Osteomyelitis is to keep things clean, if you or your child has a cut, especially a deep cut, wash it completely.

He said, “Flush out any open wound under running water for five minutes, then bandage it in sterile bandages.”

He urged people with the infection to seek medical attention as soon as possible, noting that the sooner you treat Osteomyelitis, the better.

“In cases of acute Osteomyelitis, early treatment prevents the condition from becoming a chronic problem that requires ongoing treatment.”


BREAKING NEWS: London Court finally clears James Ibori

Former Delta State Governor Chief James Ibori was on Tuesday cleared by the Justice Garnham of the Royal Court of Justice in London.

Details later..

I-G appoints CSP Jimoh Moshood as new Police spokesman

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, NPM, mni has appointed CSP Jimoh Olohundare Moshood as the substantive Force Public Relations Officer; he takes over from Ag. CP. Don N. Awunah fsi who has since been posted as Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command.

CSP Jimoh O. Moshood hails from Ilorin Township in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State, a proud holder of B.Sc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.  He was once a Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the position which earned him Commissioner of Police commendations for diligent and excellent performance.

He attended several courses within and outside the Country few of which are Crime Prevention Of Korea Police, At Police Training Institute, Seoul South Korea, Training Course on Anti - Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China. He is a member of Nigeria Institutes of Public Relations, member of Africa Business School,  Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.

The officer has served in various capacities in the Nigeria Police Force as DPO Central Area, Abuja between 2012 - 2013 and Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Police Command, Abuja among others. Until his recent appointment he was the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer FHQ Abuja. He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police Force.

Protests erupt in Lagos over poor power supply, high bills

Lagos residents on Tuesday besieged the premises of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Orile Agege District over poor power supply and incessant hike in electricity tariff.

The protesters, most of whom are residents of Oko-Oba community at Agege area of the state, said they opposed the "politicization of electricity supply" to the area.

While chanting various Anti-corruption songs, they called on the state government & the electricity regulatory authourities to intervene urgently and save their source of livelihoods.

Daily Trust

Armed Robbers Attack Guaranty Trust Bank In Port Harcourt

A suspected robbery gang on Monday stormed the Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) branch along Shell RA Bus Stop in Port Harcourt, Rivers, injuring some persons.

An eye witness who spoke in anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the robbery took place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The witness said it was not certain if the gang succeeded in leaving with some amount of money as a soldier was said to have pursued the fleeing robbers with his private car. Sources said the hoodlums escaped through Rumuibekwe Street to unknown destination.

Mr Nnandi Omond, the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state told NAN that he learnt of the robbery, but had yet to receive the full details. Omoni said he would get back to journalists after getting the details of the matter.

Robbers had attacked Owo town in Ondo state in what appears coordinated attacks on banks, residents of the town have said.

Several banks in the town were attacked in the two-hour operation, with a manager in one of the banks reportedly shot dead. Bystanders and passers-by were feared dead, and several others injured, while one of the attacked banks was set ablazed, a security source said.

The robbers were believed to have made away with large amounts of money from the banks.


Trump tells Democrats to move on Cabinet picks

President Donald Trump is jawboning Democrats to move faster on approving his Cabinet nominations.

In an early morning post on his verified Twitter account, the president said, "When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet."

He said, "They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn't work."

His choice to succeed Loretta Lynch as attorney general, Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions, was due for a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee later Tuesday morning.

Several other Cabinet picks are due for votes by the respective committees in the next few days.

In another news:

A shakeup at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has resulted in the departure of acting director Daniel Ragsdale.

The administration didn't offer any explanation for the move announced late Monday. The move came on the same day that President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for publicly declining to defend Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees.

ICE executive associate director Thomas Homan has been elevated to the role of acting chief. The agency's Twitter account says Ragsdale is returning to his previous position as deputy director of ICE.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in announcing the change that Homan had led efforts "to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens." The statement didn't make any mention of Ragsdale.

An ICE spokeswoman didn't offer any further explanation for the move when reached early Tuesday.


Trump fires acting Attorney-General for refusing to enforce travel ban

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday night fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his Refugee Order designed to protect the citizens of the country.

The White House, in statement obtained by the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, announced the appointment of Dana Boente as the new acting Attorney-General.

Ms. Yates sack came after she told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.

The White House said “the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.

“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country.

“Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country”.

Ms. Yates, in her directive refusing to enforce the presidential order wrote: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.

“In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful”.

The White House statement said “tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”.

The White House quoted Boente as accepting the honour to serve in the new capacity.

“I am honoured to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed.

“I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” Boente was quoted as saying.

Mr. Trump’s order temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely stopped Syrian refugees from coming to the United States.

UPDATE: Apostle Suleman quizzed, freed by DSS

General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, was on Monday night allowed to go home after being quizzed by the Department of State Services for about three hours.

The cleric secured his freedom about 10:45 pmamidst cheers from members of his congregation, friends, family and some of his pastors.

Suleman was invited by the Department of State Services based on his recent alleged inciting comments that Christians should defend themselves against attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

His Communications Adviser, Phrank Shaibu, confirmed his release in an interview with the Punch on Monday night, but promised to give the details tomorrow. (Tuesday morning).

“Apostle Suleman has been allowed to go. The DSS exhibited high level of maturity, competence and professionalism.”, he stated.

But on his Facebook page, he simply wrote: “Jesus is Lord.”

Hunter shoots wife, mother-in-law, pastor over land

A hunter at Iwewe-Ichama community in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, Jerome Adoko, has been arrested by the police for allegedly shooting his wife, Regina Adoko, his mother-in-law, Esther Edoga, and a pastor, Eze Udoh.

It was learnt that the pastor died from injuries he sustained from the gunshots, while the two other victims were still undergoing treatment in a hospital.

According to Punch, the suspect and his wife had been at loggerheads over the ownership of a parcel of land in the community, while efforts by their relatives to settle the dispute had hit a brick wall.

Jerome was said to have claimed that he owned the land while the wife insisted that they jointly raised fund to buy it.

It was said that both parties had maintained an uneasy silence until last Thursday when Jerome accused his wife of cutting up and cooking an animal he hunted in the bush without his permission.

A relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Jerome cashed in on the Thursday’s altercation to attack his wife over the land, adding that the pastor wanted to make peace when he was hit by stray bullets.

He said, “Jerome and his wife have an issue over a parcel of land and families of both parties have been trying to sort it out. But he insisted that the land belonged to him.

“That day, he said his wife cut up and cooked an animal without seeking his consent. 

He confronted the wife, which led to exchange of words between them. The mother-in-law, who was on a visit to their house, tried to calm them down but to no avail.

“He went into his room and brought out a gun he used for hunting. The mother-in-law raised the alarm. The pastor and other neighbours came out to stop him. He wanted to shoot his wife, but the pastor and the mother-in-law were also hit. The pastor later died, while the wife and her mother are still in the hospital.”

A source disclosed to the newspaper that Jerome said he had planned to sell the animal to raise some money.

“But nobody believed that claim. We think he actually used the animal as an excuse to pounce on his wife. He wanted to kill her. Some youths beat him to a pulp before the police came to rescue him,” the source added.

The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

Moses said, “He was almost beaten to death by a mob before the police intervened and rescued him. He is in our custody undergoing interrogation.

“According to the report we have, he was quarreling with his wife, Regina Adoko, over a parcel of land. He fatally shot one Eze Udoh (the pastor) and wounded one Esther Edoga (the mother-in-law) and his wife. He will be charged to court after investigation.”

Two Killed As Suicide Bomber Attacks Muslim Worshippers Opposite The University Of Maiduguri

A suicide bomber has killed 2 people during an early morning prayer session at a mosque in Dalori quarters opposite the University of Maiduguri. The suicide bomber died and another person believed to be a student of the university was also killed.

A spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, Sani Datti, confirmed the attack stating that the bomber killed himself and another person. 

An eyewitness told Saharareporters that a loud explosion jolted residents when the suicide bomber, a male, detonated the IED strapped to his body. 

Dalori is a few kilometers from a major Internally Displaced Camp in Maiduguri. This is the second attack around UNIMAID in two weeks. Last week a suicide bomber killed a university professor during an attack on a mosque within the university.

Special Adviser On Media To Abia State Governor Murdered In Owerri

The Special Adviser on Media to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Mr.Ben Onyechere has been assassinated .

According to the report,the gunmen had traced him to Maris Super Market Ikenegbu, Owerri, shot his driver in both legs and abducted him to an unknown place.

The incident occurred Sunday 29th January 2017 around 8pm but his lifeless body was discovered in one of the streets in Owerri yesterday.

The Imo state Public Relations Officer,  DSP Andrew Enwerem confirmed the incident in Owerri

The deceased, an indigene of Imo state, was the former national publicity Secretary of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) led by former Abia State Governor,Orji Uzor Kalu

Monday, 30 January 2017

Breaking silence, Obama speaks out on Trump immigrants order

Former President Barack Obama praised protesters who amassed across the country in opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration orders, breaking his silence on political issues for the first time since leaving office.

"The president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion," Obama's spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said.

In his first statement on behalf of the former president, Lewis said Obama was "heartened" by the amount of engagement taking place in U.S. communities. Lewis, a former White House official, pointed out that Obama used his last official speech as president to talk about Americans' responsibility to be "guardians of our democracy," even in nonelection years.

"Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake," Lewis said.

Lewis didn't specifically invoke Trump's immigration order. But he rejected comparisons between Trump's recent actions and Obama's foreign policy decisions.

Trump said he took cues from Obama by temporarily banning travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries that Obama's administration identified as places of terrorism concern. But Obama's designation related strictly to eligibility to enter the U.S. without a visa; he never considered a travel ban.

Obama's office also circulated excerpts from a speech the former president gave in November 2015, in which he called the idea of a ban on Muslims "shameful."

"That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion," Obama said in the aftermath of attacks in Paris that prompted calls for the U.S. to restrict Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

Trump and the White House have vigorously disputed the notion that Trump's order is a "Muslim ban." Trump's halts all refugee admissions for 120 days, suspends the Syrian refugee program indefinitely and also suspends entry to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. But the White House has stressed that dozens of other Muslim-majority countries aren't included.

Lewis' comments mark the first time Obama has weighed in on Trump's actions since Obama left office on Jan. 20. In his final weeks as president, Obama said he planned to follow George W. Bush's example by giving his successor room to govern without being second-guessed.

Yet Obama pointedly reserved the right to speak out if Trump violated what Obama called basic American values. He suggested a ban on Muslims or a move by Trump to deport immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children would cross that threshold.


Nigerians will not accept fuel price increase – NUPENG

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has warned the Federal Government against any further increase in the price of petroleum products.

The President of NUPENG, Mr. Achese Igwe, said that the increase in the pump price of fuel could not be the solution to the biting economic situation in the country.

Igwe made the comment while speaking on a Channels TV programme monitored on Monday.

He stressed that the claim that the Federal Government was owing the Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria was no reason to consider any increase in the pump price of petroleum products.

When asked about the amount owed DAPMAN, he said “That shouldn’t be a basis for talking about increases in the price òf petroleum products. If marketers are being owed by government, I believe they have a right to ask for their debt, I believe Government also has a responsibility to pay part of their debt.

“NARTO (The Nigerian association of road transport owners) is also complaining that they have filed transportation claims, they are yet to be paid by marketers, that is also happening.

“My concern here is, must we continue to talk about fuel increase, the economic situation we find ourselves today as worker is frightening in the sense that life is very hard, thing are hard economically.

“Yet somebody works up to somebody and say that the only option you can apply is to talk about increase in fuel price, because you think for you to make profit out of the whole margin is to make sure fuel price is increased.

“The answer to us is no. We won’t accept that. No Nigerian won’t want to accept fuel increase, and as such Nigerians workers are watching with very keen interest.”

Igwe said that it was the position of NUPENG that Nigeria which was blessed with huge natural resources should discontinue the importation of petroleum products.

He said that the issue of how to get the refineries to function at optimal capacity had not featured in meetings held on the sector.

He said that Nigerians had huge expectations from the promises of the government that the refineries would work; that there would be improvement in the energy sector and several others.

“It beats our imagination as a Union that a country that is blessed with such huge natural resources, will continue to depend on the importation of petroleum products. In all our discussions, nobody has talked about how our refineries will be operating optimally, and to stop this incessant crisis of talking about the importation of petroleum products or talking about increase in fuel price. And it is very worrisome.

“As Nigerians we have very huge expectations, in terms of what the government was talking about. Refineries would work, this would work, that will work, the energy sector would improve, and the rest of them but today, that has not happened,” he added.

Today NG

Yobo and his wife Adaeze welcome baby girl

Former Nigerian football player Joseph Yobo and his ex-beauty queen wife Adaeze Yobo have welcomed a new born baby girl. The couple already have two boys together. Congrats to the happy couple on their new bundle of joy!

Nigerian authorities intercept 661 pump-action rifles imported through Lagos port

The Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles from China, concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port, an official said.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, made the disclosure while briefing journalists on Monday in Lagos.

Mr. Ali said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the consignment was cleared from Lagos port.

The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.

Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.

“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country.

“Already three suspects have been arrested in connection with this illegal importation,” NAN quotes the comptroller-general as saying.

The suspects are: Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

Mr. Ali said initially the consignment was said to have originated from Turkey, adding that there was a mix-up in the document which finally revealed that the consignment originated from China.

“Investigation has already commenced and I have directed that the drag net should be wide enough to fish out all persons involved in the importation and clearing of the consignment, ‘’ NAN quotes Mr. Ali as saying.

He said Customs officers who were involved in the clearance of the containers were in the custody of Comptroller Mahmud Haruna of FOU Zone “A’’

Mr. Ali said that the seizure underscored the determination of the service to enforce all laws relating to importation and exportation of goods into and out the country thereby contributing to the economy, security and well-being of the country.

The comptroller-general said that the seizure was commendable and represented the new normal rule in the service “where most officers and men are on a daily basis ensuring that illegalities are not allowed unchecked’’.

He commended the Comptroller in charge of F.O.U. and officers and men who were involved in the seizure.

Mr. Ali, however, urged the media as well as meaningful Nigerians to help the service with information that would assist the service perform its statutory responsibilities in the interest of Nigeria.

He said the seizure would be handed over to the appropriate authority.


26 ships loaded with petroleum products, food items to arrive Lagos

Twenty six ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos from Jan. 30 to Feb. 18.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its publication – `Shipping Position’, – a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that five of the expected ships would berth with petrol.

NPA said that the remaining 21 ships contained buck wheat, general cargoes, base oil, frozen fish, bulk salt, crude Palm olein and containers.

The document noted that six ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, diesel and petrol.

NAN reports that 13 other ships are at the ports discharging empty containers, bulk wheat, frozen fish, pet coke, containers, bulk corn, soya beans and petrol.


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