Skip to main content

Posts

National Assembly to Amend Constitution Item by Item

Adopts separation of office of AGF from minister of justice Agrees president, governors must attach portfolios to names of cabinet nominees Shola Oyeyipo in Lagos and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja Ahead of the proposed amendment of the 1999 constitution, the Senate, the House of Representatives and all the 36 state Houses of Assemblies, at the weekend in Lagos, adopted what was described as “incremental approach” to the amendment exercise by taking the contentious issues in their respective bits and dealing with them differently from time-to-time to prevent the entire amendment from being thrown out altogether. To this end, all the state and national legislatures, at a three-day retreat in Lagos, concluded work on 23 distinct bills, which deal with some of the critical and pressing issues to be presented to the National Assembly for consideration during the amendment exercise. Deputy Senate President and chairman of the committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who spoke at the end of the …
Recent posts

US Moves to Seize 200ft Yacht, Other Luxury Properties from Kola Aluko, Others

Alison-Madueke to Kola Aluko: “If you want to hire a yacht, you lease it for two weeks or whatever… You don’t go and sink funds into it at this time when Nigerian oil and gas sector is under all kinds of watch.” – Intercepted recording of an apparent phone conversation between former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and oil trader, Kola Aluko Demola Ojo with agency reports US prosecutors on Friday moved to seize $144m in assets including a 200-foot yacht and a Manhattan condominium one block from Central Park, calling them the fruits of an international bribery scheme that involved the former Nigerian Oil Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The justice department action targeted Nigeria’s oil man, Mr Kola Aluko’s vessel, Galactica Star, which its builder bills as the “world’s largest fast displacement yacht”, along with condominium units in Manhattan and real estate in Southern California located just three miles from the Pacific Ocean. From 2011 to 2015, two Nigerian oil…

What Senator Ndume Can Teach President Buhari and Tony Blair About Leadership - Reno

Recently, I had a conversation with Mohammed Ali Ndume, the senator representing Borno South senatorial zone and who was recently suspended by the Senate. Because of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume’s notorious history, I must confess that my mind was a bit biased against him and so when on Sunday the 8th of July 2017, he complained that Boko Haram had upped the ante of their attacks, I was a bit irritated by him because he was one of the many All Progressives Congress politicians who had praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ‘defeating’ Boko Haram. I was outraged enough to release the following statement on facebook: In today’s paper, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume who once praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ‘defeating’ Boko Haram now says he is worried about the ‘worrisome’ dimensions of Boko Haram attacks! In fact, Ndume says he is ‘disturbed’! I am also disturbed too. My disturbance is based on this: How can people who have been ‘defeated’ now increase the tempo of their attacks to …

Leaked Tape: Adeyemi Asks NJC, DSS, Others To Probe Melaye, Judge

Immediate past senator, who represented Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi, has asked the National Judicial Council, NJC, and Department of State Service, DSS, to probe the judgment of Kogi State Election Tribunal, which dismissed his petition, and declared Dino Melaye as duly elected senator for the district. Speaking with journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, while reacting to a leaked telephone conversation alleged to have involved Senator Melaye and the chairperson of the tribunal, Justice Akon Ikpeme, Adeyemi also called on anti-graft agencies to wade into the matter. He said: “I, hereby, call for a thorough investigation by the appropriate authorities, that is, the Chief Justice of the Federation, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, National Judicial Council, NJC; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and Department of State Service, DSS. “I hold the view that the …

@EVERYNIGERIAN: DO YOU REALLY KNOW BUHARI?

Here is a selection of statements that Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari made in public domain. They are quite unusual and paint a picture that may be seen as quite extreme but perhaps also present a Buhari who has never concealed who he is. You be the judge. On Election Rigging: Kill Them “Ku fita ku yi zabe. Ku Kasa, ku tsare, ku raka ku tsaya. Duk wanda bai yarda ba, ku halaka shi.” In English: “Firstly, you must register, come out and vote. You guard, protect, escort to the collation centre and you wait until the result is counted. Anyone who stops you, kill/destroy them! (Crowd chants wildly.)” – Video, Pre-elections 2011 [Note: Buhari locked up ex-Governor Sule Lamido for identical words] On Boko Haram: Don’t Kill Them “The appropriate thing to do, according to the law, was for the police to carry out investigations and charge him (Mohammed Yusuf) to court for prosecution, but they killed him, his in-law was killed, they went and demolished their houses. Because of that…

COUPISTS MOVE TO PLAN B, ENLIST CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, SADIQUE ABUBAKAR

…Airforce chief prepares to bomb army formations With the massive expose that visited plans by Hausa-Fulani officers in the Nigerian military to violently overthrow the constitutional, democratic order in order to prevent Acting President Yomi Osinbajo from taking over full reigns of power in the event of President Mohammadu Buhari’s death, the coupists have moved to plan B. Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, had raised alarm to the effect that some officers were conducting nocturnal meetings with politicians with a view to overthrowing the government of the day. The army later launched an investigation and claimed to have made some arrests. Pointblanknews.com had reported that the putschists had planned to arrest the Acting President and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and accuse them of poisoning President Buhari. Tinubu recently reacted to the coup plot by stating that democrats who sacrificed so much to ensure the enth…

COUP SCARE: VP OSINBAJO, TINUBU TO BE ARRESTED OLIGARCHS, ARMY MAJORS FINGERED IN PLOT ARMY CHIEF, BURATAI IN THE DARK

Sensing another scenario that would signal the loss of political power and a replay of the latePresident Musa Yar’Adua/Goodluck Jonathan scenario, elements from the core north are allegedly making undercover moves to salvage the situation should President Muhammadu Buhari die in office or resigns due to illness. Recall that late Yar’Ádua from Katsina State, where Buhari hails from in the North-west geo-political zone, died in office in 2010 after a protracted illness, automatically forcing the zone to relinquish power, following the constitutional provision and zoning arrangement adopted by the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with the swearing in of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Pointblanknews.com checks have revealed a plot by northern oligarchs, using the military to create confusion and ensure that power is retained in the zone. It was gathered that an army major and Buhari’s kinsman (names withheld), who is a member of the presidential guard, has been g…