Friday, 2 June 2017

Ekiti state Black market petrol dealer thanks state governor, Ayo Fayose, for the lingering fuel scarcity in the state

Black market petrol dealers in Ekiti state are currently making brisk business from the lingering fuel scarcity in the state.

Governor Ayo Fayose and the state chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN, are currently having a face-off over the former's decision to demolish all petrol stations built in residential areas in the state.

TV Continental sacks 145 staff

The management of Continental Broadcasting Service, owners of Television Continental, TVC, this morning sacked 145 members of its staff. TVC is owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

Among the reason for the mass sack is over bloated workforce and high over head cost.

The media house in its downsizing, also shut down one of its TV station which is the TVC News Africa. The photo above shows the sacked workers being addressed by the management just before they were dismissed. They were however paid their entitlements as they were disengaged

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Fayemi files a lawsuit asking the court to stop Fayose from probing him

Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State and curret Minister of Mines and Steel Development has asked an Ado-Ekiti High Court to stop the Ekiti State govt from probing him.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, Dr Fayemi wants the court to restrain Governor Fayose, the state’s attorney-general and members of the judicial commission of enquiry from probing him because two cases on the planned probe are pending in courts of competent jurisdiction.  
The Ekiti State House of Assembly, which ordered the governor to set up the commission of enquiry, and the Speaker of the Assembly were also joined in the suit.

The Ekiti State Assembly had asked the governor to set up the judicial panel to probe Dr Fayemi after it accused him of failing to honour repeated invitations to appear before the lawmakers to answer questions regarding the finances of the state during his tenure as governor. 

But Dr Fayemi wants the court to declare the resolution of the Assembly directing the governor, who is the first defendant in the suit, to set up the commission of enquiry to investigate or probe his administration null and void.  This, according to him, is because the resolution was passed during the pendency of a case involving him, the Assembly and its speaker, which touched on the legality of the summons and powers of the Assembly to conduct any investigation or direct any other person or body to do so without strict compliance with the tenets of the 1999 Constitution.  The minister accused the Assembly of oppression, claiming that it had already investigated him and submitted the report of the investigation to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further action

Throwback photo of former President Alhaji Shehu Shagari with Buhari in a meeting before he was overthrown in 1983

This throwback photo of former President Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Muhammadu Buhari and other military leaders at a meeting was taken in 1983 before he was overthrown from power.

He was overthrown by General Buhari in a military coup on December 31, 1983 after his administration was plagued by allegations of corruption, including allegations of electoral fraud in the 1983 election. Alhaji Shehu Shagari who is the 6th President of Nigeria served as the first and only leader of Nigeria's Second Republic.

Serena Williams reveals she doesn't know the sex of her baby yet, clarifies what Venus meant

Yesterday, Venus Williams gave the impression that her sister Serena Williams was expecting a baby girl. While granting an interview at the French Open, she referred to the baby as "she" and everyone assumed it meant it would be a daughter for Serena and Alexis but it isn't so. Apparently, Venus was misunderstood and Serena has now clarified

House of Representatives in a rowdy session as members reject bill to establish South-East Development Commission

The House of Representatives was today thrown into a rowdy session after majority of the lawmakers rejected a bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, SEDC. The lawmakers turned down the bill because according to them, there was not enough consultations carried out before the bill was presented to the House.

This however did not go down well with the lawmakers from the South East region. The South Eastern lawmakers argue that the South-East Development Commission if established, would be charged with the responsibility, among other things, to receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federation Account for the development, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructure, as well as tackle the menace of poverty, ecological problems and any other related environmental or developmental challenges in the South-East states and for other related matters (HB 915).

According to Honourable Chukwuka Onyema who led the debate for the bill, the commission would serve as a unifying factor for Nigerians from the South East. After listening to the debate, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara put the question for the bill to scale for the next reading.

Majority of the lawmakers answered nay and it was immediately stepped down. It is however not clear whether the South Eastern lawmakers would amend the bill and represent it to the house.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Schools to teach Mathematics, Science subjects in indigenous languages- Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu says

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, today disclosed that primary and secondary schools in the country will soon start teaching Mathematics and Science subjects in indigenous languages. Onu made this known at the inauguration of an inter-ministerial committee in teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in Local languages in Abuja

Fashola advocates for decrease in House rent nationwide

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday advocated for a decrease in the house rent collected by landlords nationwide.

Speaking at the inauguration of the board members of the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria in Abuja, Fashola said going by the economic slow down being experienced globally, most house owners have adjusted their rent by giving their tenants some discount but in Nigeria, that has not been the case. Speaking, Fashola said;

"Just recently, I checked the property markets in some other jurisdictions and because there is a global economic slowdown, what we see is that people are offering discounts in order to ensure optimum occupancy. But I’m not sure that the practice is the same here. So are these values consistent with the realities? Why are we not seeing rates, rents and values drop? Why are we having many houses unoccupied when people are looking for accommodation? The argument sometimes has been that properties are valued higher so that it can have impact on percentages and commissions. Let me just ask you a question since everybody is here; is there nothing that we can do in this country about this practice of demanding rent for two, three years in advance from people who get their salaries monthly in arrears? Is there nothing that can be done, because we can’t continue like this?”

House of Reps member, Garba Durbunde, kidnapped along Kaduna-Jere road

A member of the House of Representatives, Garba Durbunde, has been kidnapped. Although details surrounding his kidnap are still sketchy, it is said that Garba who represents who represents Sumaila/Takai federal constituency, was kidnapped along the Kaduna- Jere road while on his way to Kano from Abuja yesterday May 30th.

Efforts are now being made by security agents to trace his abductors and rescue him safely

See what rapper Lil Kim looks like now after latest surgery

Rapper Lil Kim unveiled her new face following her latest cosmetic surgery and it seems she's gone too far. Her face has been changing constantly since 1999. She's gone through nose jobs, breast implants, skin lightening, blue contacts and platinum blonde weaves just to get the perfect look.

She has not hidden the fact that she struggles with self-esteem issues but it seems the multiple surgeries has done nothing to make her feel better about herself as she is making no move to stop anytime soon. 

Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo signs new laws that allow the use of motor vehicles and other movable assets as collateral for bank loan

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed two new laws that will facilitate access to more affordable credit facilities for businesses in the country. The new Acts are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

LASTMA Dismisses 20 Over Corrupt Practices

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, says it has dismissed 20 of its personnel over corrupt practices.

LASTMA’s head of public affairs, Mahmud Hassan, confirmed the dismissal to journalists in Lagos. He said;

“The management of the agency has dismissed 20 traffic officials and sanctioned 20 others for offences ranging from extortion, misconduct to indiscipline.

“The actions of those dismissed were considered not to be in tandem with the agency’s new philosophy, rules and provisions of the Lagos State Civil Service

Occupants Of The Building That Collapsed Yesterday Were Warned Several Times To Evacuate

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) said occupants of the three-storey building which collapsed on Monday in Lagos failed to heed its repeated warnings to vacate the house.

LASBCA Acting General Manager, Oyewale Joseph, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the building collapsed due to weak foundation and use of substandard materials.

Two people died while 14 others survived when the building under renovation collapsed at Daddy Alhaja Street in Apongbon area of Lagos Island on Monday

Lord Lucan Used To Beat Me With Cane Before We Had Sex, Widow Shares Intimate Details

The widow of Lord Lucan has revealed that her husband would beat her with a cane for pleasure before having sex with her.

Lady Lucan describes in a TV interview how she became depressed during the breakdown of her marriage and how her husband would beat her on the bottom with a cane, as he put it, to beat ‘the mad ideas out of your head’.

‘He could have hit harder,’ she says. ‘They were measured blows. He must have got pleasure out of it because he had intercourse [with me] afterwards.’

Monday, 29 May 2017

Don’t wish us dead, you still need our mentoring- Obasanjo tells Nigerian youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, appealed to Nigerian youths to desist from wishing their past leaders, including him dead, as the youths still need their mentoring and advise‎. Obasanjo made the appeal when he spoke during the Youth Governance Dialogue organized by the Youth Development Centre arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library(OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital‎.

"Don’t wish us dead, don’t wish us to disappear because you will need us. You need us mentors and advisers to mentor and prepare you for the future. You need our experience and assistance of some of us to guide you through life. You should not lose hope, you should not feel frustrated. Whenever I go, they always ask me what is my fear about Nigeria and Africa. And I said my greatest fear is youth anger, frustrations and youth explosion which have no bound. 
We have the Boko haram in the north, the MASSOB and IPOB in the South East, the militants in the Niger Delta and the Oodua Peoples Congress in the Southwest. All of these are expression of anger and frustrations. We have what it takes to be great as a nation and we can’t transform this country without the youths. My greatest hope in this country is also the youth. You the youth should work to help yourselves. You must be ready to pay the price for what you stand for,”he said.

Teachers arrested for cutting pupils nails and taking their blood samples in Ondo

Two teachers in Ondo State have been arrested by the state police command for collecting the fingernails and blood samples of two pupils in a very suspicious manner.

According to reports, the teachers identified as Sola Kalejaiye and Blessing Omowera collected the samples with the intent of using them for rituals. The state police command in a statement released, said Omowera who is a teacher at Heritage Nursery and Primary School, Ondo town, had called two of her pupils, both three year old, forward to cut their nails. In the process, she cut their finger and used a cloth to clean the blood stain and thereafter collected both the cut nails and the blood stained cloth. On getting home, one of the pupils informed her father, Ambrose Akinnodi, what happened in school. Her father then lodged a complain at a police station.

When Omowera was arrested, she told the police that it was one Mr Kalejaiye who is a teacher at a secondary school in the state, that asked her to collect the items. She reportedly confessed that Kalejaiye informed her that he wanted to use the nail and blood samples for ritual.

While Omowera has already been charged to court, Kalejaiye is still in police detention and would be arraigned in court.

Photos: Osinbajo, Ambode, Tinubu, other dignitaries at Lagos @50 Gala Night at Lagos House, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd right); former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (right) and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (left) during the Lagos @ 50 Gala Night at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Lagos state writes police to transfer Mercy Aigbe's domestic abuse case files

The Lagos State Government has written a letter through the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, demanding that the Nigerian Police should forward the duplicate of the case file on the alleged domestic assault meted out on actress Mercy Aigbe by her husband Lanre Gentry.

The letter indicated the interest of the state government in prosecuting the assault case in the earliest possible time so that both victim and offender can have their case resolved promptly. 
This is in line with the statement made by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, during this year’s ministerial briefing 

Mr Kazeem said: “The DPP is committed to ensuring that all offenders are brought to book thereby discouraging impunity in our society. We are also committed to speedy trials, especially so that suspects are not detained for too long awaiting trial. It is our belief that both the victims of a crime and the alleged offenders deserve to have their cases resolved at the earliest possible time.” 

Vanguard reports that the resolve to write the Police was sequel to the result of the recent medical check-up conducted on Mercy Aigbe that indicated alleged assault by her husband.  Asides writing to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigative Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos Mainland Local Government, DPP also copied other relevant agencies, to alert them of its plan.

It would be recalled that the Coordinator of the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour- Adeniyi, had argued during a sensitization programme that Domestic Violence is a crime committed against the State. She said that if anyone is abused, the state is also being abused, hence our mindsets have to change and domestic violence has to be treated as a crime against the state

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba starts off Ramadan by going on pilgrimage to Mecca

It’s the Ramadan period for the Muslim faithful and Paul Pogba, a Muslim, decided to start the fasting season by going to Mecca for the non-mandatory Umrah pilgrimage.

The Manchester United player took the trip to Saudi Arabia while other footballers are at their usual post-season hotspots like Las Vegas and Dubai.