Friday, 10 August 2018

Falconets beat Haiti to keep hope alive

Nigeria's goal came from a penalty after Anam Imo was fouled in the
box in the 36th minute of the encounter.

Falconets of Nigeria beat Haiti 1-0 in their second game of the 2018
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France to keep hope alive of
progressing from the group stage.

Nigeria were beaten 1-0 in their first game by Germany » but bounced
back to take all three points from Haiti on Thursday, August 9.
Nigeria’s U20 girls, needed a win to keep hope alive and it was stand-
in captain Rasheedat Ajibade » that scored the only goal of the game
to give the Falconets the win.

The goal came from a penalty after Anam Imo was fouled in the box in
the 36th minute of the encounter.

In the second half, the Falconets held on to their lead after the
Haitians improved in search of an equaliser.

Chiamaka Nnadozie won Woman of the Match after her impressive
saves between the goal for Nigeria.

Nigeria are now second in Group D and will aim to beat China in their
next game to seal qualification to the quarter-finals.
China were beaten 2-0 by China in the other Group D game.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Ogun ADC Governorship Aspirant Shares Chin-Chin & Cake (Photos)

A gubernatorial aspirant in Ogun State under the platform of ADC shares Chin-Chin and Cakes as souvenir during campaign.

A sign of better things to come I guess.

Funke Akindele Celebrates Her Wedding Anniversary With Wedding Photo

Famous Actress Funke Akindele Celebrates her wedding anniversary with beautiful wedding photo.

She’s beautiful. She shared this photo with caption

#wcw #allglorytoGod Oba to se oun gbogbo ninu oun gbogbo

“It’s True, Wizkid Helped My Career” – Duncan Mighty Says

’s not only popular belief but it’s true that Duncan Mighty has been a hot stuff in the music industry in the last three months. This is largely due to his collaboration with Wizkid on ‘Fake Love’.

Since then his career seem to have taken off again with so much vigor. The Port Harcourt first son in an interview with online media platform TheNet NG shared talked about getting to feature Wizkid and also working with Tiwa Savage.

In a candid reply Duncan Mighty stated that everything changed after he released ‘Fake Love’ with Wizkid. He said this when asked what he thought about ongoing debates Wizkid brought him back on the scene. Wene Mighty readily agreed saying they are correct about that assertion. In addition, he noted that it was easy getting Wizkid to work with him as he is more than just a colleague but a brother.

He also stated that he was quite amazed having to work with Tiwa Savage on her latest single ‘Lova Lova’.

Catholic Bishops Warn Members Against Endorsing Politicians

With less than one year to the 2019 general elections, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, on Tuesday warned Catholic clergy or laity (members) against public endorsement of any candidate for political office.

The organisation also warned that ecclesiastical properties should not be used as a platform for the support of any political candidate or political party.

The clerics said they took the decision because of the political tensions and realignments currently taking place and the gale of defections by politicians to different political parties.

The CBCN also called on Catholics to recite the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress, which it composed during the military rule at all masses and other liturgical celebrations.

The CBCN issued the warnings in a statement by its President and Archbishop of Benin City, Augustine Akubeze, and Secretary and Bishop of Ikot Ekpene, Camillus Umoh. The statement was obtained by The PUNCH in Jos on Tuesday.

The directive was issued to Catholic Bishops and Major Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life, Catholic Priests, consecrated men and women and the Catholic Lay Faithful.

The statement partly read, “We, the members of the CBCN, as teachers of the faith and morals do have the serious obligation to educate our faithful on their role in the political life of the country.

“We have observed that the political atmosphere is very tense and also noticed the political realignments that are taking place. Some politicians are changing political parties and urging their supporters to switch over their support to their new parties as well.

“Given this development, we wish to use this opportunity to make it clear that the Catholic Church remains ever apolitical and does not endorse or subscribe to any political party.

“Consequently, we hereby declare that no Catholic clergy or laity should publicly endorse any candidate for political office. Liturgical ceremonies must never be used as an opportunity for political campaigns.

“Similarly, ecclesiastical properties should not be used as places for support for any political candidate or party. All priests and laity should avoid giving the impression that the church favours one candidate over another or one political party over another.

“These are difficult times in the history of Nigeria. As people of faith, we must work hard and also pray hard for the future of Nigeria. During the military rule, the CBCN composed the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress. Dearly beloved in Christ, Nigeria is in distress. We consequently, call on Catholics to recite this prayer at all masses and other liturgical celebrations.

“We entrust Nigeria into the hands of God and implore Him to improve the situation in our country. May God intervene in the life of Nigeria once again, so that we can enjoy true peace, justice, and prosperity.”

5,000 Nasarawa APC Members Defect To PDP

The gale of defection sweeping across the country yesterday hit Nasarawa State as over 5,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) belonging to the Kwankwasiyya group in the state defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The event took place at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lafia, where the defectors bade farewell to their former party, APC. Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event, a representative of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and leader of the Kwankwasiyya group, Aminu Dabo, said they were at the PDP secretariat to formally merge with party.

He said: “The Kwankwasiyya group came to formally present themselves to the chairman of the state PDP, which will open the way for all our members to start registering with the party.

“We have decamped from APC to PDP long ago. So this is the coming together formally of our members so that everyone will go to his ward and register with the PDP. “Each one that came here is the representative of the Kwankwasiyya group. Over 5,000 members came to formally present themselves to the PDP.”

In another development, PDP in Nasarawa State yesterday alleged that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura led APC government in the state received over N390 billion federal allocations in the last seven and a half years with no commiserate development projects to show for it.

State Chairman of the party, Hon. Francis Orogu, made the allegation in Lafia while receiving Senator Solomon Ewuga, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the party, who was at the party secretariat to formally inform the party of his gubernatorial ambition in the 2019 general election.

Orogu claimed that the alleged amount received from the federation account since 2011 to date was exclusive of other intervention funds from the Federal Government and regretted that the state had so far been indebted to the tune of over N70 billion within the period under review despite the sale of public assets by the state government.

Top 8 Things You Should Do Immediately You Get A New Android Smartphone

Getting a new smartphone gives you butterflies in your stomach especially when you are upgrading to a better smartphone. However there are important things you need to do once you switch to a new smartphone.

#1 Check out the Device

After buying a new smartphone, and before you turn it on, you need to check your device properly. Check what’s inside the box properly and make sure you bought a phone instead of a box of soap and make sure all the accessories are complete and working.

#2 Prepare Your Phone

Try to charge your phone properly first. You are going to use a new device for the next couple of hours, and I’m sure you don’t want your new device dying on you right in the middle of something. It’s advisable to do charge the phone full before using.

#3. Clear Your Home screen

By default the home screen of your device is usually filled with some apps and widgets that are placed in their default order as provided by the manufacturer. You can simply remove them and make your homescreen look less congested or you could install a new launcher.

#4 Unwanted Bloatware

Most manufacturers pack some unwanted apps in their new products. These useless apps are just annoying and you will definitely want to remove them. You can remove these apps by just going to app settings and removing or disabling them from the available options.

#5 Setup Your Google Account

If you used an Android phone previously I don’t need to emphasize much about this. Without having a Google account, you won’t be able to access Google Play store and other Google services.

#6 Secure Your Device

Most devices come with fingerprint security these days.Make sure you set up some solid security measures to protect your privacy and identity. You can put up a Fingerprint,PIN or pattern lock.

#7 USB Debugging

USB debugging is very important because it helps just in case you ever forget your pattern lock or pin lock then you can reset the password by enabling the USB debugging. You just need a computer and USB cable to reset your old pattern lock with the help of USB debugging.

#8 Photo Backup

.Create a backup with the Google account where you want to store all your data, you have up to 15 GB and you can access it anytime. To create your own data backup, just install Google+ Photos app on your device.


LAUTECH Lecturers Begin Two-Week Warning Strike

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso chapter, yesterday commenced a two-week warning strike.

They alleged poor funding of the institution owned by Oyo and Osun State governments.

The union, in a statement after its congress, signed by its chairman, Biodun Olaniran and the secretary, Toyin Abegunrin, said the strike was approved by its national body.

The statement read in part: “On 13th February, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) LAUTECH Branch Ogbomoso signed a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the Governing Council (GC) of the University.

“The signing of MoA led to the suspension of the 8 months old strike on the 17th February 2018. One of the fundamental clauses of the agreement is the promise of the GC that “it will ensure that the governments (of Oyo and Osun states) will be made to be responsive to their legitimate responsibilities (funding inclusive) to the University.”

“The GC also promised to work out the modality of paying salary arrears, promotion arrears, earned academic allowances (EAA) as well as paying monthly salaries as and when due. Out of eleven months salary arrears owed, only one month had been paid.

“The payment of monthly salary had become dwindling since May and nothing had been paid on promotion arrears and EAA. The Union observed these reneges of the MoA on the part of the GC and the University administration and several correspondences were made to the duo of the University administration and GC to call their attention to the implications of reneging on the MoA.

“It is worthy of note that most of the time, the GC do not reply our correspondence to it and whenever it does, the message has been “bear with us until the University finance improves.” The latest of such correspondent to the GC was on the 5th July, 2018. No reply was made on this correspondence.

“Reviewing the MoA, the union observed that the situation in LAUTECH is not improving because the Visitors to the University are not responsive to their financial responsibilities to the University. The situation becomes unbearable to members of ASUU in LAUTECH, who are being owed 10 months salaries among others.

“The Branch sought and obtained permission to embark on two weeks warning strike from National Executive Council of ASUU.

“The ASUU LAUTECH Branch is on two weeks warning strike due to poor funding of the University by the owner states government. Let the owner states government remember the masses and give them their social right!”

Why The Senate Is Never Peaceful – Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke yesterday voiced out his opinion on why the Nigerian Senate is never peaceful via his Twitter handle.

According to him, it is not until former Governors stop making the Senate a retirement home that it will find peace.

Photos From The Mass Burial Of 21 Victims Who Died During Boat Mishap In Sokoto

 mass burial has been held for the 21 victims who died in a boat mishap that occurred at the Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State in north western Nigeria on Aug. 2. 12 people were also rescued in the tragedy.

According to reports the victims were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from a camp where people who escaped a recent gunmen attack in the state were settled.

According to the Director-General of the Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ibrahim Dingyadi, the boat mishap happened as a result of overloading.

He said that 33 people boarded the boat from the IDP camp at Gandi community going to a village known as Gidan Kare in the Rabah Local Government Area of the state.

The SEMA chief said that no sooner had council officials reported the incident than the agency set out to rescue the victims.

He said that the victims were mainly women and children and that the dead people among them had since been buried.

NYSC Reacts To Members Allowance Increase From N19,800 To N48,900

 Monday, August 6, 2018, a twitter handle, APC Newspaper, which claims to be a social media mouthpiece for the ruling party, All Progressive Congress announced that President Muhammdu Buhari has raised NYSC allowance to N49,800.

This writer, however, tweeted at NYSC to confirm the credibility of the APC Newspaper’s tweet about the allowance increase and @officialnysc replied saying it is a rumour.

Shortly after responding to the tweet that asked the agency to clear the air on the rumour @officialnysc immediately deleted the tweet. also spoke NYSC official in Edo State about the rumoured allowance increase. The official who prefers to be anonymous however said he is not in the best position to confirm the increase in corps member allowance.

Recall that the Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure recently has reportedly said the Federal Government has already started the review of the NYSC corps members’ allowance.

The DG also said that the Presidency also copied the Ministry of Finance in the letter.

Kazaure announced this on Thursday, August 2, 2018, during a tour of the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja


Defection: How Osinbajo Made Us Donate Akpabio To APC – PDP

The chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Walid Jibril has said it was the action of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, that made the PDP donate former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio to the APC.

According to him, it was the response of the Acting President to the security siege at the National Assembly that made the opposition party allow Akpabio to go.

He, however, said that the PDP wants Akpabio to learn from the past.

He also said the PDP was happy “donating ” the former Senate Minority Leader, to the APC.

Walid said it was within his right to decamp to another party, adding that there were competent hands in the party to take over from him.

“The recent attempt to tamper with the legitimate function of the National Assembly by selfish individuals who attempted to block the Assembly should be condemned and appropriate action taken against the intruders,” Walid told reporters in Abuja yesterday.

“In this respect, the Acting President Osinbajo should be praised for taking a decision to do away with the DSS boss, promising that the situation will be further investigated.

“The purported resignation of our minority Leader, Godwill Akpabio is also an act of democracy.

“Therefore, considering the recent action taken by Acting President Osinbajo, the PDP is happy to donate Senator Godwill Akpabio to APC through him with great pleasure, as we have many PDP Senators to do that job which has been upgraded to majority leader.

“On behalf of the BOT we wish Akpabio bye-bye and safe journey, advising him to learn from history especially from those that left us and are now returning in droves,” he said.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Nigerian Winger, Samuel Kalu Replaces Brazilian Winger, Malcom At Bordeaux

Nigerian winger, Samuel Kalu, has linked up with French Ligue 1 side, Girondis Bordeaux, on a five-year deal from Belgian outfit, KAA Gent.

Bordeaux announced on Sunday that they have reached agreement with Gent for the transfer of the talented winger.

They have now confirmed the capture of the 22-year-old for a reported €8m fee.

“#Mercato � It’s done! Samuel #Kalu is Girondins! The striker �� has committed for 5 years with the club from @KAAGent!,” reads a tweet on on Girondis Bordeaux’s official Twitter handle on Monday.

Kalu comes in as a direct replacement for Brazilian winger Malcom who joined Spanish champions Barcelona this summer for €30m from Bordeaux.

Kalu scored seven league goals in 32 appearances for Gent last season in the Belgian Juliper league.

He joined K.A.A Gent from AS Trencin of Slovakia in 2016.


Pogba Agrees A Whopping £350k A Week Deal With Barcelona

Paul Pogba might be signing for Spanish giant, Barcelona in the next 24 hours if Manchester United sanctions the move.

Paul Pogba has reportedly agreed incredible an £350k-a-week deal with Barcelona.

The midfielder has reportedly grown weary of playing under Jose Mourinho

Paul Pogba has told Manchester United players and chief executive Ed Woodward he wants to be sold to Barcelona, reports.

The report even states that the 25-year-old has already agreed a contract with Barca worth £89.5 million (€100m/$116m) over five years.

United maintain that Pogba will not be sold, with the club unlikely to find a replacement before Thursday’s transfer window closure.

Senator Akpabio Formally Says “Bye Bye” To PDP

Senator Akpabio Formally Says “Bye Bye” To PDP
Senator Godswill Akpabio has formally defected to the national ruling
All Progressives Congress (APC) at a mega rally held at the Ikot
Ekpene township stadium on Wednesday.

No fewer than 30 APC’s senators and members of National Working
Committee (NWC) were on hand to receive the ex-senate minority
leader, Akpabio.

The senate Majority leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, who introduced his
colleagues spoke on Akpabio whom he described as a nationalist and
patriot who believes in Nigeria’s unity.

He said: `This defection surpasses all other defections.
“This is a defection that has shaken the opposition Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP).
“They followed Akpabio everywhere to prevent him from defecting but
he ignored them.’’

He said Akpabio is a nationalist who believes in the administration of
President Muhammadu Buhari.

55-year-old Akpabio, is a lawyer and politician who was also Governor
of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.
In 2002, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum
and Natural Resources by the then Governor Obong Victor Attah in
Akwa Ibom State.

Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a Commissioner in three key
ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and
Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.

In 2006, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a hotly
contested primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to emerge
the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
His campaign with the slogan, “let God’s will be done” received mass
support and was elected Governor in 2007.

He was re-elected for a second term in office as Governor of Akwa
Ibom State in 2011.

Alex Attempts To Unite With Cee-C And All Former BBNaija Housemates

Reality TV star and dancer, Alex has made attempt to unite every
feuding ex Big Brother Naija housemates after much pressures from
fans and colleagues to do so.

This is coming after an alleged acid threat on Cee-C from an Alex and
Tobi’s fan. Cee-C had taken to the social media yesterday to post the
threat and the reaction it gathered has been overwhelming.
The update by Cee-C actually opened cans of worms as other
housemates began to open up on their efforts to unite her and Alex,
but which has always been frustrated by Cee-C
Another housemate, Princess even suggested the entire threat could
have been a publicity stunt by Cee-C as the social media was not the
right place to post that.

Alex some few hours ago then decided to make an update with a
genuine attempt to re-unite all the ex Big Brother Naija housemates.

She wrote:

Today is my wild appreciation Wednesday. I appreciate you all (house
mates,fanmily). @tobibakre @miracleikechukwu @ifuennada
@kokobykhloe @officialomololu @ceec_official @antolecky @nina_ivy_
@bammybestowed @ricoswavey_official @sirleobdasilva @iamteddya
@bittobryan @k.brule @angelthebrand @vandora_vandora
@comediandeeone @iamprincess__official @ahneeka_
I’m not preaching friendship,all i preach is peace and love. Let love
lead please. Before posting this, I damned advice and reactions.
Turning off my data again today. Try take chill pills my loved ones.
May God bless us all,in our different ways,we will all be successful in
Jesus name.No competition at all. We go all dey alright Las Las 



Full Transcript Of Saraki’s World Press Conference On DSS NASS Invasion

Below is Saraki’s full speech:

It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the
National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly
Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State
Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked. The National
Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown.
Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented
from gaining access.

2. The ensuring standoff was a show of shame that played itself out
over several hours in full view of the country. In no circumstances
should this have happened. And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits
instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world,
images that shame us as a democratic nation. The siege was also an
act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment
of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law. People
who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the
injury to democratic norms.

3. I have to say that this is not about me – Abubakar Bukola Saraki as
an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu
Dogara. I am speaking for my colleagues when I say that this is about
the soul of Nigeria, what we represent as a country, and our standing
in the comity of nations. This is a country where so much is expected
of us, so many rungs of the ladder that we are supposed to have
ascended as a nation. Instead we are wallowing in impunity and illegal
show of force, all of which slowpoke our progress.

4. This is most disheartening. I don’t get any joy in saying: I said so. I
don’t. However, some of you may recall that about two years ago, I
stated that there was a government within this government, to a
purpose that was not in the interest of what the people voted for. I
said it then, and now we are beginning to see the manifestations of
that government within a government. It beats one’s imagination how
the head of an agency could have authorized the brazen assault on the
legislature that we saw yesterday. Despite the threat to our lives, we
shall continue to fight impunity and injustice in this country.

5. Happily, by the actions that Nigerians took yesterday, they
demonstrated our strong resolve as a nation not to give ground to
oppression. The legislature, more than any other institution in this
country, more than any other arm of government, represents the will of
the people. We are elected by the people, and an assault on the
legislature is an assault on the people of Nigeria. The forcible
shutdown of the legislature was an unconscionable assault on a
national institution, and thanks to all your efforts, the aggressors have
been put to shame.

6. The resistance mounted by staff of the National Assembly, my
colleagues in both chambers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
who refused to leave the entrance of this Complex until the siege was
broken, strengthens my faith in the people of this country. The rain
fell, the sun rose, but Nigerians stood their ground in defence of
democracy. With the strength of will demonstrated by everyone against
unwarranted and unconstitutional militaristic might, the siege could
not stand.

7. By this, we have shown that Nigerians can resist government within
government in whatever guise, and this is humbling for me. Those who
sought to attack the National Assembly under my leadership for their
selfish ends have only affirmed my belief in this country. They
attempted to execute an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the
Senate without the backing of the law, but they faltered. I am confident
that, together, we shall always defeat acts of unconstitutionality. The
rule of law shall always prevail.

8. I want to thank Nigerians, Senators, Members of the House of
Representatives and National Assembly Staff, for standing up to be
counted for democracy during yesterday’s siege. I thank the thousands
who monitored the situation on radio, television and social media,
voicing their outrage at the siege, thereby sending a clear message to
those that hatched the plot that the Nigerian public would not buy this
act of gangsterism using instruments of state such as the DSS.

9. I also thank the international community – particularly the European
Union – and the international press, for their prompt reactions to the
invasion of the National Assembly. CSOs and Socio-cultural groups
were emphatic in their statements during the crisis, and we very much
appreciate their vigilance.

10. Among the many that come up for special mention, I believe that
Honourable Boma Goodhead, a member of the House of
Representatives, stands out. She looked a masked security operative in
the eye and dared him to shoot. She let it be known that Nigerians
would not stand for the barricade at the National Assembly, that we
would not be cowed. It was another pointer to what is possible in this
country when women take their place in leadership.

11. I applaud all who kicked against the atrocity and who stood firm
until sanity prevailed. I am proud of how everyone conducted
themselves in what was no doubt a tense standoff. The principled
stance and defiant reactions to the ugly incident, proved crucial to the
failure of the plot. This is what we have been saying about the power
of the people. The role of the people in defending democracy is

12. I thank the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling
of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday. His decisive
action went a long way towards restoring confidence. It sent a
powerful message – that the DSS cannot be recklessly deployed
against institutions of our democracy. The path of leadership is not by
party, and we must commend it wherever it is found. Mr. Acting
President did the right thing. However, the damage control so far does
not address the question of how this atrocity happened in the first

13. This is an incident concerning which we have it on good authority
that it has been in the planning for months, and yet it was allowed to
happen. How is it that such an atrocity was not prevented? How is it
that the masterminds were not deterred? Very serious questions remain
that can only be answered by a full investigation. We call for an
investigation, and we demand that all perpetrators are brought to
book. We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never
occurs again. Many agencies have abused their powers and acted
outside the ambit of the law on occasion. Where abuses occur, similar
actions must be taken immediately and full investigation instituted.

14. I must say that when we fought for Change, we could not have
envisaged a scenario such as unfolded yesterday – an atmosphere
where people cannot tolerate dissent, or mere differences of opinion
as to the future of our dear country. This is not the Change we fought
for. We did not fight for instruments of state to be used to oppress
Nigerians and their lawmakers. I know that I, certainly, did not fight
just so the legislature could be undermined and subjected to this

15. There are many lessons to be drawn from the ugly incident we all
witnessed yesterday. For one, government must ensure that security
agencies remain neutral and act in line with the position of the
constitution as well as their enabling laws. Heads of Agencies should
be accountable, and those who step out of line must be held
responsible for their actions. Enough with impunity. Enough with the
reckless and senseless deployment of militaristic force. Enough.

16. In this dark cloud, we can see the silver lining, and that silver
lining is the commitment of Nigerians to defending their hard-won
democracy. I am more than encouraged by the strength, the
determination and the resolve of ordinary Nigerians to see to it that
democracy survives and thrives in this country. I am also strengthened
by the determination of the media to report and analyse the truth as
they see it.

17. I want to reassure Nigerians that, on our part, we remain committed
to working for a country governed by the rule of law. Our desire is to
have a society where there will be equity and justice, not oppression.
We stand committed to doing our utmost as lawmakers to ensure that
the responsibility and functionality of governance are met. Although
we are on annual break, we are daily reviewing the situation and are
alive to the responsibility to take action as necessary. Unfortunately,
yesterday’s shutdown prevented us from meeting with INEC, as
scheduled, to address funding concerns. We will continue to look into
the matter. In the spirit of that, we also appeal to Mr. President to sign
the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill which has been sent for his

18. I remain confident in the support of my colleagues and their focus
on the job at hand, which is to serve the Nigerian people. My
confidence is unshaken. I remain committed to the success of the
historic 8th National Assembly, and to the continued progress of our

6 Kano Lawmakers Defect To PDP

Six members of Kano State House of Assembly on Wednesday defected
from ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP).

The decamped lawmakers are members representing Gwarzo, Gwale,
Gezawa, Rogo, Madobi and Bichi local government areas of Kano state.

Details later…

I’ll Leave If Impeached By Two-Thirds Of The Senate – Saraki

“The day two-thirds of our members no longer have confidence in us,
we will leave this place,” Saraki said as he wound up his speech
nate President Bukola Saraki says he is not desperate to stay in office.
However, a condition has to be met: his removal must be by two-
thirds majority of the upper chamber.

Saraki said this on Wednesday while addressing a ‘World press
Conference’ on Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by the
Department of State Services (DSS).

The Senate President defected from the All Progressives Congress
(APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July, sparking calls
for his resignation/impeachment by the ruling party.

“The day two-thirds of our members no longer have confidence in us,
we will leave this place,” Saraki said as he wound up his speech.

Rivers State Government Set To Recruit 10,000 Teachers

The Rivers State Government is set to embark on the recruitment of
10,000 new teachers in the state.

The Rivers State comissioner of education, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja
disclosed this in a statement made available to Views Media.

Dr Gogo Jaja disclosed that the new recruitment is part of the vision of
the Wike- led Government to reposition the state educationally and
also curb the rate of unemployment amongst youths in the state.

Dr Jaja stated that the state ministry of education is ready for the
recruitment of the new teachers and is only waiting for the approval of
the state governor,Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

Other non academic and auxilliary staff will also be recruited.
The recruitment exercise is to commence in the next academic session
in september 2018.

Banky W Reacts To DSS National Assembly Invasion

Nigerian singer and business man “bankyW” took to his twitter page to
react to DSS national assembly invasion.

He Wrote:

Politicians are playing musical chairs with our country’s destiny.
Instead of us coming together & cancelling ALL of them, some of us
are picking sides, fighting on their behalf & FALSELY accusing
ourselves. News flash: They’re ALL out 4 self-interest. We need an
entirely new path.

Rochas Okorocha And Wife Gift Widow N1 Million, A House & Automatic Job (Pics)

The Imo State commissioner of information wrote :
Pray for a Divine Destiny Helper as we all have our needs and
Any day, any where, any time, any how, your level can change for
It is for GOD to do it…
HE can use any medium or occasion, any person or persons, any style
or fashion, any power or authority!
This woman in this picture with HERO THE HERO and Governor of Imo
State, is a true life story of instant migration from rags to riches.
Her story is a moving one and a practical demonstration that GOD does
not take permission from our enemies before HE will be on our matter.
This homeless widow and her poorly children came to the 2018 Imo
Women August Meeting which held on 7 August at Dan Anyiam
Stadium Owerri as one of the poorest of the poor and not knowing
where their next meal will come from.
Mother luck smiled at her and the Host of Heavens opened a floodgate
of bounties.
She and her children left the venue clutching millions of Naira in cash,
a house gift, automatic employment in the Ohaji/Egbema LGA and other
goodies courtesy of HERO THE HERO and her wife and Mother Theresa
of our time Ugo Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha.
Level don changeooooo be that…THANK GOD!
There are countless other lucky ones from the 645 Autonomous
Communities in Imo State who smiled home with big time, life
changing winnings.
Imo Women got it so good with the valedictory August Meeting…gifts,
gifts, gifts and gifts.
We salute the praying woman and mother of genuine philanthropy that
is filled with milk of human kindness and a divine destiny helper…UGO
NNEOMA NKECHI ROCHAS OKOROCHA on the successful hosting of the
2018 Imo Women August Meeting.
It was an epic classic!
Pray GOD to put out your destiny helper!”
Read more and see more emotional/happy moment of the widow with
the governor

Yul Edochie Slams Those Planning To Bath Cee-C With Acid

 and politician, Yul Edochie has reacted to an acid bath threat
directed at former big brother Naija housemate,Cee-C.
Cee-C shared the email and it has gotten several reactions from fans
and even celebrities. Yul Edochie has now slammed the sender.

He wrote;
“To all those planning an acid bath for Cee C, shame on all of you.
Your acid shall burn you all first!
How can you build up so much rage in your heart from a mere TV

Channel your pain to our corrupt leaders who have made you all
jobless & brought deaths & hardship upon us”

Football gossip: Pogba, Boateng, Kepa, Courtois, Grealish, Butland

Manchester United and France's World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, has told team-mates he wants to leave Old Trafford and join Barcelona. (Mail)

Pogba has told United he wants a £200k-a-week pay rise — if he has to stay. (Sun)

United are furious with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola for trying to engineer a move to Barcelona. (Star)

United have missed out on signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. The 29-year-old Germany player called United boss Jose Mourinho and told him he was grateful for the interest but would not be moving to Manchester. (Bild)

However, Leicester City have given United fresh hope of signing England defender Harry Maguire, 25, by lining up two new defenders. Croatian Filip Benkovic, 21, has already had his medical before a £13.5m move from Dinamo Zagreb and a £22.5m deal for Freiburg and Turkey player Caglar Soyuncu, 22, is close. (Mirror)

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa, who is close to joining Chelsea for £71.5m, almost signed for Real Madrid in January for just £17.9m. (Guardian)

Kepa is travelling to London to finalise a move to Chelsea which will see an increase in his current 4m euros-a-year net wages (£3.58m). (AS)

Real Madrid could replace Kovacic with Thiago Alcantara or Miralem Pjanic. Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Alcantara would cost £54m, while Juventus' Bosnian midfielder Pjanic would be £72m. (AS - in Spanish)

Courtois, 26, is facing a £200,000 fine from Chelsea for staying away from training. (Mail)

AC Milan are in talks to sign Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, on loan. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham made a £25m offer for former England Under-21 midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, on Tuesday and are awaiting a response from Aston Villa. (Telegraph)

Everton are confident of signing Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma, 23, on loan. (Mirror)

Watford have made a £10m offer to sign Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 23. (Sun)

Joe Hart's arrival at Burnley could see fellow England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32, leave the Clarets within six months. (Mail)

West Ham are attempting to sign Roma's French midfielder Maxime Gonalons, 29, for £8.9m. Gonalons is also attracting interest from Everton and Crystal Palace. (90min)

Meanwhile, the Hammers hope to complete the £5m signing of Arsenal's 29-year-old Spanish forward Lucas Perez in the next 24 hours. (London Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace and Fulham both want Swansea City and Ghana forward Jordan Ayew. The 26-year-old is refusing to train with his Championship team. (Mirror)

Newcastle United plan to offload Morocco defender Achraf Lazaar, 26, and 27-year-old Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet. (Chronicle)

Brighton's new South Africa striker Percy Tau, 24, is set to be loaned out to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, who play in Belgium's second tier. (The Argus)

England goalkeeper Jack Butland could be forced to stay at Stoke City because signing a replacement for the 25-year-old would be difficult so close to the transfer deadline, says Potters boss Gary Rowett. (Sentinel)

Sporting Braga's Montenegro midfielder Nikola Vukcevic, 26, is a target for Nottingham Forest. (Record)

Blackburn Rovers have offered $1.25m (£965,000) for 25-year-old United States midfielder Wil Trapp, who plays for Colombus Crew. (The Athletic)

Leeds United are poised to sign Brighton's 27-year-old former Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood. (Leeds Live)

Bolton Wanderers want to make "several" signings before Thursday's deadline - including Ipswich Town's 30-year-old former Preston striker Joe Garner. (Bolton News)


Biafra: ‘Buhari Should Reverse IPOB Ban’ – Prof. Ben Nwabueze

The federal government has been urged to revise its proscription of
the Nnamdi Kanu-led pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous Peoples of
Biafra (IPOB).

Foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, who made the
call, also urged the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other prominent leaders to
liaise with the governors of the south eastern states to pressurise the
federal government to rescind the proscription order on the

Nwabueze made the disclosure during a closed-door meeting he had
with the president general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo
and IPOB in Ogbaru, Anambra state.

The pro-Biafran group had, in the meeting, asked the federal
government to rescind the proscription order on it.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, which he described as fruitful,
Nwabueze said, “IPOB’s major worry is to get the federal government
to lift its proscription order on them. We have promised to liaise with
the state governors to do so in a later meeting that will hold on
August 8.”

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other leaders of the zone had resolved to hold
a meeting with South East governors to put pressure on the federal
government to lift the proscription on IPOB.”
Nwabueze, who revealed that the meeting also deliberated on the 2019
general elections and the Igbo interest in the presidency, said the
South-East was not interested in the presidency of the country.
“The primary need of Ndigbo now is restructuring, not Igbo
presidency. We want a restructured Nigeria; that is the only way we
can get what we want and every zone would be satisfied. If Nigeria is
restructured, that will go a long way to satisfy our demands.

“We don’t want Igbo presidency. As the country is today, we cannot
get anything until Nigeria is restructured. We can begin to talk about
Igbo presidency only when Nigeria is restructured,” he posited.
Expressing worry over the increasing rate of disunity in the country,
the constitutional lawyer explained that the essence of the gathering
was to make everyone understand the need for peace to reign.
His words, “Leaders can only succeed if their followers are with them.
We will not be united if followers are disenchanted with the leadership.
There is trouble in Nigeria; we do not know what will happen in future
but we can predict and we know there is a problem.

“We love Nigeria but the leaders of the nation are not doing the right
thing. We are not in control of anything in Nigeria; it is for this reason
that we need to come together and be united.
“We have no control of anything in Nigeria and if we lose control of
ourselves, we are finished and we will not let it happen while we are

An insider in the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told
our correspondent that all the parties in the meeting agreed that the
Igbo would not field any presidential candidate in the 2019 general

“Prof. Nwabueze just consolidated on the previous peace meeting
between Ohanaeze and IPOB, which held in Enugu some months back.
It is necessary to consolidate on the existing peace between both
groups as a way of forging a common front among the Igbo,” the
source said.
Also in the meeting were a former Dean, Church of Nigeria, Most Rev
Maxwell Anikwenwa, and a counsel for IPOB, Mr Aloy Ejimakor.

Erosion Menace: Enugu-Onitsha Road About To Cut Off

ENUGU – WITH the rainy season at its peak, most landscapes are
giving in to degradation in most parts of Enugu State, same as other
states in the South-East with porous soil formations.
Worst affected places in the state are road sides that are being cut off
due to either poor or complete lack of drainage on the sides.

There are numerous sites of such degradation but prominent among
them are the Enugu end of the Enugu-Onitsha road, particularly along
the 15 kilometres Abakpa Junction-9th Mile section of the road which
the Federal Government neglected until it’s now about to cut-off.
Travelling the short distance between Enugu and 9th Mile is a
nightmare, not just for the road that is impassable but for the fear of
skidding into deep gullies that have chopped off major portions of the

At Ekulu bridge, just behind 82 Division Abakpa Barracks, is an
erosion gully that is not only risky to commuters but is also a threat to
the bridge that serves as a connector for Abakpa and the two lanes of
the federal highway.
At Ugwu Onyeama proper, a section of the road with undulating hill
formation where coal was mined, the portion is almost cut-off with
more than 60 per cent of one lane barricaded to avert tragedy occuring

An alternative route to avoiding Ugwu Onyeama which is the Milikin
Hill-Ngwo Road is also being threatened by the same erosion despite
the recent rehabilitation of the colonial road by Enugu State
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, however, went back to the site to check
the threatening portion and the road is presently being made safe for

In a similar situation, even within the Enugu City are some forms of
degradation threatening establishments such as industrial complexes.
At Rico Industrial site at Ngenev near Coal Camp, massive gully is
about to sack part of the industrial complex, with Chairman of the
Group, Chief Eric Chime calling on all authorities to come to its aid.
But the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP,
said it’s not an emergency agency that rushes to urgently required
sites for salvation. While agreeing that all the erosion sites in the
state required urgent attention, including the Enugu-Onitsha highway,
NEWMAP regretted that the process of its intervention takes time.
Enugu State coordinator of NEWMAP, Mr. Egechukwu Obetta said that
despite the protocol involved before its intervention, it has done much
work in the state and named sites where it has done enormous works
to include Ajali Water Works erosion site, Udi-Ozalla, Imiliki, Onuiyi
Nsukka and Ohom Orba erosion sites.

Obetta after visiting the new erosion sites made barricade sign at the
dangerous gully that has entered into the Enugu-Onitsha highway at
Ekulu bridge behind 82 Division. He stated that Enugu State
Government has paid over N200 million counterpart fund to enable the
state source World Bank NEWMAP facility to combat further
degradation in the state.

Obetta disclosed that because of the counterpart fund it paid, the state
was able to commence work at Umuavulu-Abor erosion site among
other sites it has been working on.
Obetta said: “Erosion is closing in on all our roads and people want
NEWMAP and the Federal Ministry of Works to do something about
them because they are all emergency situations.
“As NEWMAP, we take proactive measures to respond to erosions. We
take damage control and have less time for proactive analysis like we
just had in Nsukka.

“Erosion projects are gigantic projects and that is the reason why
we’ve been able to complete only two projects in the state but our
major impendement which was counterpart fund, has been resolved.”
Obetta also hinted about four fingers of heavy gullies in Ngwo
community, noting that an edifice is about being submerged at
Amauzam-Ngwo. On the perennial Nsukka flood which has consumed
may lives due to large quantity of rainfall, Obetta said that a pool that
would look like a lake is being designed for Nsukka to serve as a
collection centre instead of channeling all the water through long
distances that brings about the flood.

Governor Willie Obiano Celebrates His 61st Birthday

Chief Willie Obiano is a Nigerian banker, technocrat, politician and the
fourth Democratic Governor of Anambra State.
Happy 61st Birthday Sir !!!

Nollywood Identical Twins Pose With Their Backsides In Sexy Bikinis (Photos)

Nollywood identical twins, Tracy and Teasure flaunts their backside in
sexy bikinis as they hit the beach with caption;

Play as a child never grow old! Leave the adult thing for the serious
minded people of the world.

The 11 Sins Of DSS Boss Daura That Led To His Sack

*Denting President Muhammadu Buhari’s image
*Overruling Buhari, Osinbajo on crucial matters, such as the
$43.45million recovered at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos and
confirmation of Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu
*Alleged disrespect for court orders on ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki and
Ibrahim el-Zakzaky as well as the detention of Jones Abiri
*Determining who to see (or pray with) Buhari
*Unauthorised deployment of operatives / sting operations against
Supreme Court Justices, National Assembly, ex-DSS boss Kayode Are
*Alleged interference in the affairs of other security agencies,
especially the EFCC
*Alleged refusal to take orders from NSA Gen. Mohammed Babagana
*Row over freedom for Chibok and Dapchi girls
*Romance with National Assembly officers
*Alleged hostility to the media
*Usurpation of anti-graft agencies’ functions
Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Lawal Musa Daura
was sacked yesterday for allegedly denting the image and democratic
credentials of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, The Nation learnt
last night.
Matthew Seiyefa, the most senior director at the DSS, took over the
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo fired Daura for deploying DSS
operatives to lay siege to the National Assembly.
The deployment was considered by the Presidency to be
“contemptuous” of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The DSS was suspected to have worked with some principal officers of
the National Assembly “to embarrass the Presidency”.
Daura is believed to be “very close” to a principal officer of the
National Assembly, which has been at loggerheads with the Executive.
The siege to the National Assembly came few hours after Osinbajo
brokered an understanding for the lawmakers to reconvene and
consider the supplementary budget to avoid a shutdown of the
Neither Buhari nor Osinbajo was informed of the deployment of DSS
operatives, it was learnt.
The Presidency is said to have ordered Daura’s detention. He is also
to be disarmed.
The police and other security agencies were combing Daura’s office
and residences as at the time of filing this report last night.
More heads may roll in DSS and other agencies implicated in the siege
to the National Assembly.
Daura was consumed yesterday by the political intrigues in the
country. He was fired with immediate effect .
Daura was summoned to the Presidential Villa by the Acting President
a few minutes before his sack was announced.
He was directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the DSS
until further notice.
The Acting President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, in a terse statement, said:”The Acting
President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the termination
of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service,
Lawal Musa Daura, with immediate effect.
“Mr Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of
the State Security Service until further notice.’’
Daura was joined at the Villa meeting with the Acting President by
Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, who arrived at about 12.35
p.m. Daura got in around 1.15p.m.
Osinbajo described the blockade of the National Assembly by
operatives of the DSS as unauthorised.
He condemned it as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of
law and all accepted notions of law and order.
He said that the unlawful act, which was done without the knowledge
of the Presidency, was completely unacceptable.
The statement said Osinbajo assured Nigerians that “all persons within
the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be
identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action’’.
Daura, 64, was appointed to head the agency on July 2, 2015 to
replace Ita Ekpeyong. He worked and retired from the agency before
his appointment by Presidnt Muhammadu Buhari.
An unusual security blanket was thrown around the National Assembly
Complex in Abuja early yesterday by men of the DSS.
National Assembly employees, legislative aides and reporters who
arrived before 7 am met stern-faced operatives who barred them from
the facility.
Shortly before 8 am when our correspondent visited the National
Assembly Complex, about 20 policemen were at the outer gate, with
only very few bearing AK-47 rifles.
At the second gate, the situation was different, with nine masked gun-
wielding DSS operatives in black fatigues, along with several other
DSS personnel in suits and regular clothing firmly blocking the
The armed men who also had black face masks and hand gloves
carried IMI Tavor Tar-21 assault rifles produced by Israeli Military
Three Ford Ranger SUVs without number plates were packed in front of
the gate, ostensibly to disallow anyone from driving in.
A young man who was making a video recording with his mobile
phone promptly stopped after receiving verbal threats from one of the
masked DSS personnel who said: “If I catch that your phone now, I go
march am”.
Initially, everyone, including senators and members of the House of
Representatives were being barred from entering the complex, but
around 8am, 47-year old Honourable Boma Goodhead, militant leader
Asari Dokubo’s sister, defied the security operatives and became the
first lawmaker to enter the complex.
After the entry of Hon. Goodhead, a PDP member who represents
Asalga/Akulga Federal Constituency of Rivers State, several senators
and House members, such as Reps Teejay Yusuf (Kogi), Kingsley
Chinda (Rivers), Agbedi Frederick (Bayelsa), Razaq Atunwa (Kwara)
and Joseph Akinlaja (Ondo) entered the facility.
Senators who entered by 8.15 am include Ben Murray Bruce, Ubale
Shittu, Isa Hamma Misau, Biodun Olujimi and Rafiu Ibrahim.
They walked in through the second gate with their Identification Cards
(IDs) on their chests. All their vehicles were forced to stop and park
outside the gate unlike the usual practice whereby their drivers drove
straight in to their chambers.
Why Osinbajo sacked security chief Daura
Lawal Daura was fired yesterday as Director-General of the Department
of State Services (DSS) for embarrasing the government, a source said.
The source, who pleaded not to be named because of the “sensitivity”
of the matter, listed 11 reasons why Daura got the push.

They are:
Denting President Buhari’s image;
overruling Buhari, VP Osinbajo on crucial matters, such as the
$43.45million recovered at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos;
confirmation of the Acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu and others;
alleged disrespect of court orders on ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki and
Islamic cleric Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and detention of Jones Abiri; and
using security reasons to determine who to see (or pray) with Buhari.
Others include unauthorised deployment of operatives/ sting
operations against Supreme Court justices, National Assembly, ex-DG
DSS Kayode Are, others; alleged interference in the affairs of other
security agencies, especially the EFCC on some sensitive cases,
including those involving some ex-Service Chiefs, Nigeria Intelligence
Agency (NIA), DSS; alleged refusal to take orders from and
irreconcilable differences with the National Security Adviser, Gen.
Mohammed Babagana Monguno; controversy over negotiation of
freedom for Chibok and Dapchi girls; intelligence report on alleged
romance with Saraki and some principal officers of National Assembly;
alleged hostility to the media and alleged usurpation/ duplication of
the functions of anti-corruption agencies.
The source said: “The DG, DSS had his cup full in the past few weeks
when the President detested some of his actions based on intelligence
“In fact, the President had agreed on a two-week deadline to remove
him. The invasion of the National Assembly by DSS operatives
hastened Daura’s exit.
“The President got an instant briefing from Acting President Yemi
Osinbajo. Buhari also had the privilege to watch the siege on
television.,” the source said, adding:
“Buhari felt insulted that Daura drafted DSS operatives to the National
Assembly without any covert or overt instructions. He, therefore,
directed Osinbajo to fire the DG.”
The source gave the details of how Daura ran the DSS to the
embarrassment of the Presidency.
He said: “What embarrassed the Presidency most was the affront by
the sacked DG in overruling the President on some issues. When AVM
JON Ode Committee was set up by the President to probe the $2.1b
arms deals, he faulted the composition of the panel, which had no
representative from the DSS. He never forgave all those who made
input into the composition of the panel.
“The impunity with which he overruled Buhari on the eligibility of
Ibrahim Magu as a nominee for the chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) with ambiguous security reports
shocked the government. The Senate relied on DSS reports to reject
Magu twice. There was obvious poor cohesion in this administration.
“When the President appointed VP Osinbajo to head a panel to probe
the $43.45million recovered at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos, Daura
disagreed with some recommendations in the committee’s report and
raised a curious memo citing why security funds cannot be probed. At
a point, Buhari alluded publicly to Daura’s representation.”
Responding to a question, the source added that “the saddest moment
for Buhari and his deputy was the unauthorised sting operations on
the homes of Supreme Court justices by DSS operatives. A perplexed
Buhari could not justify the arrest of the justices when a former Chief
Justice of Nigeria, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud
Mohammed met with him on the incident.
“There was no intelligence report made available to the President or
VP Osinbajo; no pre-operation briefing, and when he was confronted,
Daura reminded Buhari that there was a presidential verbal directive
that he should do anything to fight corruption.
“Although it was convenient to overrule Daura but the President
allowed the judges to go through the judicial process instead of using
fiat to reverse the DSS.
“The same impunity applies to the disobedience of court orders on ex-
NSA Sambo Dasuki and Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and detention of a
journalist, Jones Abiri. Daura cited security reasons for his action.
“After his long medical trip to London, the President once asked Daura
if Dasuki was still in detention. He justified Dasuki’s detention by
claiming that the ex-NSA was only freed on one of the matters in
court. He said he had more legal hurdles to cross.
“When there was too much noise on El-Zakyzaky’s prolonged
detention without trial, the DSS quickly arranged a parade of the old
man to prove that he was doing well.
“The raid of a former DG of DSS, Col. Kayode Are, in an inhuman
manner was said to have smacked of vengeance because Daura was in
service when Are led the agency.
“The 2018 International Press Institute(IPI) World Congress in June
was expected to fetch some mileage for President Muhammadu Buhari
but the President was shocked when IPI Executive Board Chair John
Yearwood demanded the release of a detained journalist, Jones Abiri
in Nigeria by the DSS since July 2016.
“Some ministers denied that any journalist was detained until the
picture became clearer that Abiri was in DSS gulag.”
The source attributed the removal of Daura to lack of synergy among
security agencies, especially between the National Security Adviser
“He does not have respect for the National Security Adviser, Gen.
Mohammed Babagana Monguno and he refused to report, to him while
in office. This caused a huge gap in inter-security agencies’
His irreconcilable differences with Monguno got to a stage that a
former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayo
Oke, had to intervene on why they should forgive each other to ensure
a seamless security coordination. The two security chiefs agreed to
work together but the truce collapsed, The Nation learnt.
Daura’s outstanding moments were in securing freedom for Chibok and
Dapchi girls, but there were issues on the negotiation, with
“When a journalist with Daily Independent, Tony Ezimakor, reported the
issues on the international dimension to the negotiation, the DSS
wasted no time in detaining him.
“In the past two weeks, some organizations had been advertising in
some dailies to ask the Presidency to revisit the negotiations.”
The source also alleged that Daura had allegedly tried to interfere with
the investigation of some high-profile suspects, scuh a former Chief of
Army Staff, by the EFCC.
He was also accused of pettiness on security issues.
“The crux of the matter between the DSS and EFCC bordered on moves
by the former to cause a stay of action on some cases. At a point, the
DG became uncomfortable that Magu was not taking instructions from
him. The battle line was drawn between Daura and Magu when the
EFCC started probing the tenure of a former DG of DSS, Mr. Ita
Ekpenyong, and discovered that Ekpenyong left huge funds in the
accounts of the agency, contrary to the allegation that he diverted
same. Daura felt Magu was after him because he was introduced to the
President by the NSA.
“Even when peace was initiated, he told Magu that his rank was not
worth more than an Assistant Superintendent of Police in DSS cadre.
Also, he reminded Magu that he wrote the position paper which led to
the establishment of EFCC and he coordinated the take-off of the anti-
graft commission.
“It was the same venom with which he opposed the clearance of Magu
by the Senate. As if he was not done with the Acting EFCC chairman,
an operative stopped him a few weeks ago from joining the President
at the mosque at the Presidential Villa based on orders from the DSS
“The same ill-treatment was meted out to Sen. Ali Ndume when he
was prevented from praying at the mosque by DSS.
“As we speak, the accreditation of a journalist with The Punch,
Olalekan Adetayo, has not been restored because of security reasons
cited by DSS DG in spite of intervention by some media aides.
“At intelligence meetings with top editors, Daura assumed unusual
airs. He once told editors that if he wanted to cause a crisis in Nigeria,
he can do it within five minutes.
The source explained that in the last few months, the Presidency had
been uncomfortable with Daura when it discovered that he had been
very close to a principal officer of the National Assembly.
“President Buhari initially ignored the alleged romance between Daura
and the principal officer until it became evident that the officer and his
loyalists have more intelligence about government than meet the eye.”
Our correspondent could not locate where Daura was detained after his
arrest. But a reliable source said: “The initial steps taken by the
Presidency was to disarm Daura because a DG of DSS has a lot of arms
and ammunition under his control.
“He was arrested and detained to enable the police and other agencies
to mop up arms and ammunition under his care.
“All I can tell you is that he is in a safe location.”

CBN May Increase Interest Rate Soon

The Central Bank of Nigeria has hinted about plans to increase the
interest rate as it hopes to tighten the monetary policy in response to
higher inflation ahead of the general elections in February.

A Bloomberg report on Tuesday quoted a CBN Deputy Governor, Dr
Joseph Nnanna, as giving the indication on Monday on the sidelines
of a conference in the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.

Already, he said virtually all members of the Monetary Policy
Committee had supported the idea, that “the Monetary Policy Rate
should increase if inflationary pressures build up.”

But finance and economic experts have expressed divergent views on
the issue with those opposed to the idea saying increasing the MPR
would make it difficult for businesses to raise funds.

According to the report, the MPC has held its key rate at a record 14
per cent since 2016 in a bid to prop up the naira and tame inflation
after it spiked to double digits in the same year. While price growth
has since slowed to below the monetary policy rate, the panel has
shifted from some members voting for rate cuts in January to three of
10 members favouring higher rates at the July meeting.

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, flagged the delayed passage of
the 2018 budget of N9.12tn ($25bn) and pre-election spending as
possible price risks in the second half of the year. Nigerians will go to
the polls in February next year for a vote in which President
Muhammadu Buhari will seek another term.

Nnanna said, “These factors would warrant a rate increase to send the
right signal to the public, that the central bank will tighten policy to
respond to higher inflation. There’s a scope to raise rates before the
elections in February.”

He reportedly voted for a 50 basis-point increase in May. While the
individual member statements from the July MPC meeting have not
been released, one person voted for 25 basis-point hike and two
wanted to raise the rate by 50 basis points.

“The central bank is still in the mood for tightening. How fast are we
going to tighten is what members haven’t agreed upon,” he said.
Nnanna said while policy tightening by the United States Federal
Reserve was a concern, investors still saw Nigeria as an attractive
market, thanks to the stable naira and the yield curve on fixed-income
instruments higher than in the US or Europe.

“I am not worried about reversal of capital flows. If any investor wants
to exit the market, we shall meet them at the door and write a cheque
and give them their money,” he said

Reacting to the issue, in a telephone interview with one of our
correspondents, a former Director General, Abuja Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, Dr Chijioke Ekechukwu, said while tightening
would help curtail the threat of inflation, the burden that would arise
as a result of high cost of funds would be transferred to consumers.

He said, “An increase in the interest rate is to achieve a specific goal.
It’s either to reduce inflation or to protect the foreign exchange market
by reducing importation. Once interest rate increases, it wants to curb
importation and protect the local currency because people will not
have enough money from banks at cheaper rate.

“When businessmen and women have cheaper funds from banks, there
will be so much request for foreign currency. On the other hand,
Nigerians would have expected that they would reduce interest rate
because when interest rates are increased, the impact will still be on
the consumers. It will affect the inflating rate as a matter of fact but
the businesses will pass the ultimate costs on consumers and they
are the ones that will suffer everything when the rates are increased.”
Also speaking, a professor of finance at the Nasarawa State University,
Uche Uwaleke, said the threat of election spending, which might
impact negatively on inflation, could force the apex bank to increase
the interest rate.

He said, “Single-digit inflation would justify easing monetary policy.
This is not yet the case. The impact of largely unproductive expected
election spending on inflation has to be factored in. Reducing the MPR
may not necessarily translate to lower lending rates by the banks to
the real sectors due to poor transmission mechanism from structural

“On the other hand, increasing the policy rate will increase cost of
funds for businesses, lower productivity and most likely increase non-
performing loans for banks since they are likely to re-price their
The President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of
Nigeria, Dr Uche Olowu, said the MPC would be taking a right step by
increasing the interest rates.

Olowu, who described it as a wise decision, said an increase in
interest rate was necessary to compensate for loss of value.
He said the next necessary thing to do when inflation rates start rising
would be to raise the interest rates so that money would not lose

According to him, there is currently too much money in the economy
because of electioneering activities, which will bring about liquidity
and eventually raise inflation.

Olowu said, “So, to counter that, interest rates have to be raised.
However, the rates should be increased after the elections, and not
before. If they increase now, this current government would be of the
view that they want them to lose the election, or that they are working
for opposition parties. After the election, there is nothing to lose.”

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