Showing posts from May, 2015

Why My Father Was Kidnapped – Chimamanda Adichie

Renowned Nigerian female writer, who has often times been ranked in the leagues of the great Elechi Amadi and who is known for works including, Purple Hibiscus, Half Of A Yellow Sun and Americana among others, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has blamed the kidnap of her father earlier in the month of May, 2015 on her fame as a writer.

The writer expressed her guilt over her father’s kidnap in an article that was published by the New York Times. Adichie wrote about how the kidnappers had asked her father to tell his daughter the writer to pay his ransom fee.

EFCC Arrests 5 CBN Staff For Stealing N8 Billion Meant For Destruction

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended five top officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and 16 others for alleged currency fraud of about N8 billion.

This was made known via a statement issued by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.

Man Allegedly Harassed By Soldiers & Police For Helping Accident Victims

If you’ve ever travelled between Abuja to Lagos, this won’t surprise you!
(Some Nigerian soldiers, Police and “The Man-in-Orange” in these photos who claimed to be a uniformed man in mufti will be the subject of this poor narrative).

Between Lokoja and Okene, we witnessed a fresh auto accident and immediately disembarked to help accident victims. However, what happened to us next was the most despicable act of callousness by Nigerian security agents.

Nigeria Vs Brazil (2 - 4) U-20 World Cup On June 1st 2015

In Brazil, the Flying Eagles face their stiffest opposition in the group stages. The Brazilian side is lacking in confidence having qualified for the mundial by finishing 4th at the Sudamericano Sub-20 tournament in Uruguay. After some stern and rather uncomplimentary words from Jose Maria Marin, the president of the Brazilian Football confederation (CFB), Coach Alexandre Gallos and his charges will be heading to Kiwi Land to try to prove a point.

Adopting a rather cautious approach this time round, Galos dropped all players he labeled as inexperienced and not lacking clear carrier paths, opting for a more experienced personnel. The Nigerian technical team would want to keep an eye in the heart of midfield where Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira and Atletico Paranaense’s Marcos Guilherme will be pitching their camps and firing ammunition at the Nigerian defense, while Real Madrid’s Jean Carlos and Fluminense little magician Kennedy will be sniffing around for mistakes from the backl…

Ijaw Youths Criticize Buhari’s Comment On Termination Of Amnesty

The December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari for the termination of the presidential amnesty programme for ex- militants in the Niger Delta has drawn the ire of Niger Delta youths and former militants, with the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, and ex-militants under the aegis of Third Phase Amnesty, faulting the deadline.

IYC expressed disappointment that the President failed to address key issues dear to the Niger Delta such as clean up of the environment, implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP report on Ogoni and tackling the menace of oil theft which has greatly contributed to environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region which he promised to tackle during his presidential campaigns.

President Muhammadu Buhari Reacts To Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri Mosque

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the Saturday’s attacks on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where no fewer than 11 persons were killed.

Buhari in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the presidency media officer, extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

Fire Killed Many In Onitsha: Graphic Photos

Eyewitness narrates the tragedy that happened in Onistsha today as below:

I was coming back from village when I arrived at upper iweka (asaba park) precisely when a tank carrying fuel fell in front of the park and ignited fire. Many lives were lost and also buses. Bodies of victims are as many as 50 and counting.

Link to the graphic photos:

Kashamu Apologises To Neighbours, Commends Media

Senator-elect, Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu, on Sunday apologised to neighbours who were affected by the siege by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The apology came three days after the NDLEA withdrew from his Lekki residence, after keeping him hostage for six days.

My Life Threatened For Doing The Best For My Country – Diezani Alison-madueke

Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has alleged that her life is being threatened by members of a powerful cabal who benefited from petroleum subsidy fraud.

The Nigeria’s first female Minister of Petroleum Resources and first female President of OPEC, said the cabal is resisting the reform in the sector.

Man Beaten To Death For Beheading A 5-Year-Old Boy As A Sacrifice For The Hindu god of Death In India

A lynch mob has beaten a guru to death in India after he allegedly beheaded a five-year-old boy as part of a grisly sacrifice to the Hindu god of death.Nanu Mirdha, who was in his 30s, had his hands tied and was attacked after the blood-soaked body of Sajan Bag was found inside his prayer room in Rangapara Tea Estate, Assam.

Gruesome video of the beating shows a mob using their feet, fists, and large pieces of wood to strike Mirdha, who is believed to be dead as the footage starts.

There are more PhD holders from Nigerian origin in Europe or in America than in Nigeria’ – EU

The European Union (EU) has on Thurday, May 28, 2015 revealed that the number of Nigerian professionals in Europe exceeds those that are here in Nigeria, warning that such a trend could be detrimental to the development of the country.

EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Michel Arrion, revealed this at a Conference on National Migration Policy Thematic Areas, organised by UN International Organisation for Migration in Abuja.

US Officially Removes Cuba From Terror Blacklist

The authorities of United States have on Friday, May 29, 2015 removed Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.

This was following an order signed by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, as part of efforts to strengthen ties between the former Cold War enemies.

6 Wedding Guests Killed As Suicide Bomber Invades Venue In Borno

The Borno State Police Command on Friday, May 29, 2015 disclosed that about six persons were killed by a suicide bomber, who attacked a venue of a wedding ceremony in Tashan Alade in the Hawul Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Opadokun, made this disclosure during a brief with some gentlemen of the press in the state.

I Remain Grateful To Bayelsa People, Nigerians – Goodluck Jonathan

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Yenagoa said he remained grateful to Bayelsa people for the support he enjoyed during his political career from 1999 to date.

Jonathan, who expressed his gratitude at the civic reception organised in his honour by Bayelsa government, said that he was honoured to have been found worthy of public service.

FULL Text Of President Muhammadu Buhari Inauguration Speech

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria today, May 29th, 2015.

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

Tragedy!!! Girl Dies After Being Electrocuted to Death by Power Bank (Graphic Photo)

A young Ghanaian girl identified as Blandine was on May 25th electrocuted to death after the power bank she was using to charge her phone got stuck on her skin and electrocuted her.

According to reports from Dumsor, Ghana, the girl was chatting with a friend when she fell asleep and placed the power bank she was using to charge her phone around her Bosom  region.

She had connected the power bank to an electricity source so it can charge when power is restored. As power was restored to her area, their was a power surge, the power bank got heated and got stuck on her skin, electrocuting her to death. Her parents found her dead. So sad!

Female Bank Manager Caught Red Handed By Husband In Bed With Driver

A female bank manager simply identified as Susan, with one of the new generation banks in the country was handed the disgrace of her life when she was reportedly caught having sex with her driver on her matrimonial bed by her husband.

According to reports, the sordid incident happened in Lugbe, a suburb of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, when the husband, a director with a ministry in the FCT, acting on a tip off after he was intimated of his wife's adulterous way of life, came back home suddenly to meet what turned out to be a nightmare for him.

According to the story, the woman, a pretty mother of three from Enugu State, who also ran a beauty palour in Wuse, was in the habit of sleeping with younger men both in hotels and even in her matrimonial home and when information got to her husband who is said to be in his 60s, he did not believe at first but when his friends started making mockery of him, he decided to begin monitoring his wife which paid off.

A source who was par…

Soldiers Nab Bomb Makers In Gombe (see What They Recovered)

A cordon and search operation conducted by troops in Gombe has yielded the arrest of 3 bomb making experts. The arrested persons are suspected to be members of the terrorists group in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from the stronghold in Sambisa forest and other enclaves.

Items recovered from the apprehended include a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation.

Court Throws-Out Application To Stop Buhari's Inauguration

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an ex-parte application seeking to stop the swearing-in of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

In a ‎ruling on an ex-parte motion brought by a civil society organisation, the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, Justice Mohammed described the application as "self-induced urgency", owing to the plaintiff's failure to challenge Buhari's emergence as president-elect after two months of the presidential election.

Woman Stabs Son To Death On Children's Day In Ogun

A young woman, Funmilayo Adeyanju, in a fit of anger hacked her three years old son to death on Children Day, throwing neighbours at the Ogunso area of Otta, Ado-Odo/Otta local government area of Ogun State into shock and mourning.

Adeyanju was said to have returned from somewhere and had barely rested for about 30 minutes when she picked up a kitchen knife and attacked the boy.

No More Business As Usual, Buhari Warns

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his willingness to work with any leader of the National Assembly that the process throws up,irrespective of what part of the country he or she comes from.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr. Buhari said that this has become necessary in view of the continued name-dropping in some circles linking his name to some candidates.

MTN To Withdraw Multi-million Digital Library Donated To UNILAG

MOBILE telecommunications firm, MTN Nigeria may have commenced subterranean moves to evacuate the abandoned Universities Connect Library at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos.

The state-of-the-art digital library, donated to the school in 2005, has been placed under lock and key in the last five years and much to the dissatisfaction of the donor organisation.

Why NAFDAC Shuts Down Chocolat Royal, Cool, Wazobia FM Chairman On The Run

National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Tuesday night, sealed completely the business outlet of a popular elite and confectionary company, Chocolat Royal has emerged, The City Reporters can exclusively report.

Apart from the importation, storage and use of fake, unregistered and expired/unwholesome food products to produce consumables for customers, we can authoritatively report that Chocolat Royal was sealed by NAFDAC on discovery of six illegal 40ft cold rooms fully stocked with contaminated food products built on top of sewages (suck away pit) and in front of toilets.

NYSC Member Found Dead With Broken Skull And Bruises In Kwara

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme identified as Miss Yetunde Idowu, has been discovered dead with a broken skull and bruises on her body in Kwara State.

Idowu who was a member of the 2014 batch B set in Kwara State, was serving with the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Kwara, Ilorin.

Man Goes Completely Naked Because He Couldn’t Buy fuel In Lagos

A young man has stripped himself totally naked out of sheer frustration following his inability to buy some petrol in Lagos State.

The incident reportedly took place at Petrocam petrol station located at the Igando area of the state.

Kenyan Lawyer Offers To Marry Obama’s Daughter With 50 Cows

A controversial Kenyan city lawyer, Kiprono Matagei, has  expressed his interest in marrying one of US President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia.

He is known simply as Ruto’s lawyer for an audacious application he once made in court to have Kenyan politician William Ruto sworn in as president when the President Uhuru Kenyatta travelled to The Hague for an ICC case.

House Of Rep-Elect For Benue Contests Court Decision Over His Certificate Forgery

A Benue House of Representatives member-elect whose victory was nullified on grounds of a forged certificate is contesting the validity of the decision against him.

It would be recalled that Christian Abah initially won the  seat to represent Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo, but was later discovered to have been found guilty of forging an Ordinary National Diploma from the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi in 1985.

6 Guineans Jailed For Moving Corpse Of Ebola Victim In A Taxi

The body of a dead Ebola victim was seated upright in a taxi, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans with sunglasses and sandwiched between three others for a cross country journey in Guinea, said the head of Guinea’s Ebola response, Dr Sakoba Keita on Monday, May 25, 2015.

The six people found with the body have been put in isolation in prison in Guinea after being charged with travelling with a corpse .

10 Strong Corrupt Cases Nigeria National Assembly Failed To Resolve

The seventh National Assembly will most likely end its tenure in early June without resolving majority of the huge misgovernance and corruption issues that characterised the outgoing administration.Under the present dispensation, the oversight power of the legislature was not judiciously exercised to guarantee Nigerians the dividends for electing their representatives.

There were clear cover-ups and lack of political will to bring a lot of the cases to closure.

Even when it issues reports on certain important national issues, such as the fuel subsidy scam, the National Assembly lacked the firepower to compel the execuitve execute its recommendations.

Over 100 Killed In Benue Communities By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen

Over 100 persons, mostly women, children and the elderly, were feared killed early Sunday morning in villages and refugee camps located at Ukura, Gafa, Per and Tse-Gusa in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, in one of the bloodiest attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The areas, which until the latest onslaught, hosted most refugees from previous attacks by the herdsmen, is where the home town of Governor Gabriel Suswam is located.

Alfa And Prophetess Connive Together To Defraud Bankers Of $30,000

Two staff of a new generation bank (names withheld), simply identified as Temitope and Yusuf, have been allegedly defrauded by an Alfa and a prophetess, identified as Mubarak Abdulahi and Bola Ojo, respectively, in Lagos.It was gathered that Temitope, a marketer with the bank, met one Ajibola who introduced himself to her as the aide of a renowned politician.

He furthered told her to assist him with the exchange of $30,000 and asked her to bring the money to another bank and collect the naira equivalent.

Female Kidnapper Arrested In Ojuelegba Lagos After Luring Girl With Puff Puff

A woman accused of being a kidnapper has been arrested by residents of Qadri Close in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos.The suspect was allegedly nabbed with a seven-year-old girl, identified only as Khadijat.

The suspected abductor, Mrs. Grace Uduak, said to be in her 30s, had reportedly lured the girl with puff puff around 10am and was about to leave the neighborhood when she was rounded up.

Guys, Beware Of Sexy ladies, The New Method Of Robbery

The  Nigerian Police force just shared this eye opening story on their Facebook page.

Police Arrest Six Suspects In Stabbing Of School Pupils In Kano

Men of the Kano State Police Command have arrested six suspects in connection with the stabbing of two pupils of Fagge Special Primary school in the capital on Wednesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya made this known in Kano on Monday while briefing newsmen on the State Command’s activities.

Power Situation Worsens As Nigeria Loses 2,000MW To Gas Shortage

The Federal Government, yesterday said Nigeria has lost more than 2,000 mega watts in the national grid due to shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants.

A statement signed by the Chairman of the National electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi said that only five out of 23 power plants are currently generating electricity.

 “In the last couple of months, electricity supply has been generally poor on account of increase in vandalism in the run up to the April 2015 elections. But this bad supply condition has worsened in the last few days,” Amadi said.

“At present, 18 out of the 23 power plants in the country are unable to generate electricity due shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants with one of the hydro stations faced with water management issue. This has led to loss of over 2,000 megawatts in the national grid.

“This situation is further compounded by the recent industrial actions embarked upon by workers in the oil and gas industry, a development which is …

Buhari Hands Shocker To Governors, Says They Won't Nominate Ministers

Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, says no minister will be picked by governors for the incoming administration.

General Buhari dropped the hint at the weekend in Abuja. He insisted that he will chose his ministers by himself from the six geo-political zones, irrespective of political party and without consulting the Governors.

FG Declares Friday May 29 As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has announced that Friday, May 29, will be observed as a Public Holiday to celebrate the 2015 Democracy Day.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement signed yesterday by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji.

In the statement, Moro urged Nigerians at home and Diaspora to support the incoming government of Muhammudu Buhari, and pray for the success of Nigeria’s democratic process.

Moro also congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians for the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

The President-elect, Buhari was hailed for his electoral victory, as Moro, wished his administration good luck.
President Jonathan will formally hand over power to Buhari, on May 29, which is the country’s democracy day celebration.

33-Year-Old Driver Arraigned For Stabbing Man To Death With Bottle

A 33-year-old driver, Tunde Azeez, who was charged with stabbing another to death using a broken bottle to death, on Monday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, whose address was not disclosed in court, is facing trial on a charge of conspiracy-to-murder of one Lukmon Ayedun.

Hoodlums Stab 21-Year Old Student To Death For Asking For His Sim Card

A group of unknown assailants stab a 21-year-old student, Mohammed Abubakar Nagenu, to death in Sango area of Minna, Niger State after they demanded his cell phone.

The tragic incident took place around 6pm on Friday, May 22, 2015 when the slain victim ran into the knife wielding hoodlums said to be about five and all teenagers.

Mad Man Sexually Assaults DELSU Student At ATM Centre

Anxiety at the weekend enveloped Abraka metropolis in Delta State when a suspected insane man identified as Theophilus (surname withheld) allegedly raped 22-year-old female student of the state-owned university, DELSU, when she went to get some money at a popular ATM unit.

Reports said the suspect emerged from the bush close to the ATM unit unseen by unsuspecting persons waiting to the withdraw money and allegedly pounced on the victim, identified Ejiro (surname withheld), dragged her into the bush. Her attempt to raise the alarm failed.

Gunmen Kidnap Kogi High Court Judge, Kill Orderly

Gunmen on Monday kidnapped a Kogi High Court Judge, Mr Justice Samuel Obayomi, and killed his orderly, Cpl. Usman Musa in an early morning attack.

Obayomi of the Ebogogo High Court in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi was kidnapped while on his way to work.

Kashamu Refuses To Appear In Court As NDLEA Maintains Seige

Businessman and Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, on Monday failed to appear in court in the suit opposing the alleged plot to abduct him and extradite him to the United States to face a contentious drug-related charges.

Kashamu has locked himself up in his Lekki Phase 1, Lagos mansion since Saturday when operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency stormed his house to arrest him to fulfill a request by the US government for the extradition of the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain to face charges in connection with a 1994 drug case.

The NDLEA, in a statement on Monday by its Head, Public Affairs, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the house of the businessman and politician, who recently won an election to the Senate to represent Ogun East, had been condoned off until his appearance in court.

Ofoyeju said, “The agency is working hard to ensure that he submits himself to the due process of the law. His house remains cordoned off by anti-narcotic officers pending his appearance in court.


Boko Haram Overpowers Soldiers In Maiduguri Raid

Boko Haram fighters killed several people and destroyed dozens of homes in a raid on a town in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, local residents, a vigilante and the military said on Sunday.
Scores of Islamist militants in trucks and on motorcycles stormed the town of Gubio, 95 kilometres (60 miles) by road north of the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday night.

“Boko Haram invaded our town last night and killed many of our people and burnt more than half of the town,” resident Babor Kachalla, who fled to Maiduguri following the attack, told AFP.
“We all fled into the bush amid volleys of bullets and rockets. We lost many people in the attack because the gunmen overpowered the soldiers guarding the town,” he added, without specifying a death toll.

Another resident, Adam Kakami, said the attackers, who were dressed in military uniform, withdrew after six hours.

“We stayed in the bush from where we could hear sounds of guns up to 3:00 am (0200 GMT) when the shooting stopped but we coul…

Jonathan Given 30-day Deadline For Assets Declaration

President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo, were directed by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to declare their assets.

Moreover, 29 governors, 42 ministers, 109 senators and 360 House or Representatives members were ordered to do the same, The Punch has obtained.

SHOCKING: How A Guy Was Almost Kidnapped Today For Rituals

It was a terrible experience this morning at my farm located at Odoyanta, Ijebu Ode. I just finished feeding the fish, so on my way back I heard a loud noise and the noise was coming from the father of the boy working for me although the man speaks in Igbo language. I had to ask the boy working for me to translate what his father said. He told me that his father said there are ritualist in the bush that they've taken someone from a fish farm nearby. That we should come out on time.

It happened that the ritualist tried to kidnap a fish farmer. They have succeeded in beating and chaining him like a dog. It was while the incident was going on that someone in the bush saw them and quickly ran back to town to alert guys in the community.

They were able to arrest two out of the three ritualist and the last one escape. The woman who is iyalode in the town was behind the operation

Here are the pictures below after the cut: pic 1 are the kidnappers, pic 2 is the iyalode of the town and pic…

The Leader Of Burundi’s Opposition Party Shot Dead

It’s getting serious in Burundi. The leader of a Burundian opposition party was shot dead yesterday Saturday May 23rd along with his bodyguard, following weeks of anti-government unrest.Zedi Feruzi was the head of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD) and was walking home with a bodyguard in Bujumbura’s Ngagara district when he was attacked by gun wielding men.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw the bloodied bodies of both Feruzi and a police bodyguard lying outside the house soon after the shooting.

​We​ Received A Formal Extradition ​Request For Kashamu –​ NDLEA

A formal request for extradition from the Embassy of the United States of America triggered the siege laid by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Buruji Kashamu's house in Lagos, Saturday​, the anti-drug agency has said.​

According to the NDLEA, Mr. Kashamu's house arrest was to pave the way for his arraignment before the Federal High Court on Monday.

Prices Of Food Stuff Rise In Warri

Prices of stable food stuff have increased in Warri, Delta commercial city, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A survey conducted by NAN on Sunday in the popular Igbudu Market revealed that price increase affected rice, beans, yam, garri onions and groundnut oil.

Alhaji Kasimu Haruna, the Chairman of Onion Unit in Igbudu Market, said the price for a bag of onion had risen from N8, 000 it was sold in April to N9, 000.

He attributed the increase to the high cost of transporting the commodity from the northern part of the country to the city.

He said that the increase in cost of transportation was as a result of fuel scarcity in the country in addition to the scarcity of the commodity.

He said: “the cost of a bag of onions together with the cost of transporting it from Sokoto to Warri is now about N7, 000.

“There are no fresh onions now; the ones we are selling are from the storage we made last year and the lower the supplies the higher the prices.

“So between now and the harvest …

Teenager, 9-Year Old Girl Kidnap 9-Month-Old Baby In Ogun State

A teenager, Rachael John in connivance with a nine-year-old girl, Joy Atunramu, have been arrested by officers of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping their neighbour’s nine-month-old baby.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday, May 20,2015  by detectives attached to Ilese Police Division, Ijebu Ode.

Unknown Bandits Kidnap Woman, Daughter In Oyo

A woman identified as Mrs Opeyemi  Adeniran, and her daughter, Oyinkansola, have been abducted from their house by a group of bandits believed to be kidnappers who drove them away in a Volkswagen Golf car.

The incident happened at Plot 4, Lodi 2, Apooyin street, Lodi 2, Academy, Odo-ona Elewe in Ibadan, Oyo State’s capital .