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Rivers APC candidate demands a refund of money from INEC

A shocking video has surfaced online of Azubuike Nwajoku, a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, demanding a refund of some money he gave an electoral officer. According to video, the man stormed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office on Sunday, demanding a refund of his N12million which he allegedly gave the officer to enable him win last weekend’s election into the Rivers state House of Assembly. Chibuike Nwajoku at the INEC office, demanding a refund of his money after losing the last election. The Trent reports that the man made his way into the INEC office in Ikwerre local government area, alongside his thugs, demanding the money he paid since he did not win in the said local government area. Watch video below:

15 year old suicide bomber detained in Cameroon says she's one of Chibok girls

According to Reuters, a 15 year old female suicide bomber who was arrested with a bomb in Limani village, an area of northern Cameroon, today March 25th, says she is one of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. The girl and another suicide bomber were reportedly apprehended by the villagers and handed over to the Cameroonian soldiers who interrogated them. "One of them indeed declared that she is one of the Chibok hostages. She is around 15. We are now verifying, because on the Nigerian side they have the names and photos of these girls," said local government administrator Raymond Roksdo. Two military sources who spoke anonymously, confirmed that the girl had claimed to have been one of the Chibok abductees. "We need a few days to be able to confirm this information. We have to debrief all the men who were present and interrogate the two girls before we can say anything," one of the military sources said.

Buhari never rejected joining the Islamic States Coalition against Terrorism- Shehu Garba

In an article titled "The Smell of Trivia" which he shared on his Facebook wall, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, says President Buhari never rejected joining the Islamic States Coalition against Terrorism. Garba in his article said the backlash after Nigeria joined the coalition is uncalled for as Buhari during his meeting with Saudi Arabia's king only said "Even if we are not a part of it, we support you". Read his article after the cut.. A good number of the reactions to President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement that Nigeria has joined the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism, show quite clearly that many Nigerians do not fully understand the president’s motives for this decision. With the rise of the Boko Haram Terrorist group of the past few years, Nigeria faces a threat such as no other in its entire history and existence. Desperate times require desperate, unusual, measures. The girls in Gwoza who were raped by militants d…

Saraki late to Buhari’s meeting with APC leaders

Bukola Saraki, senate president, arrived late for a meeting of the caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday night. Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar also arrived late for the meeting which was held behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at new banquet hall of the presidential villa. Saraki is currently fighting charges of false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The meeting started at 8pm when Buhari arrived, but Atiku and Saraki got to the hall thereafter. Other party leaders at the meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives; Yusuf Lasun, his deputy; John Odigie-Oyeigun, the APC national chairman; and Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state. APC governors were also in attendance

Jose Mourinho signs pre- contract deal with Man U...will be paid £15m if he isn't appointed by June 1

Jose Mourinho has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United to take over as the new coach of the club this summer. The Portuguese coach has been linked with Manchester United ever since he was sacked by former club Chelsea in December, but has now signed a pre- contract agreement with Manchester United according to an exclusive report by top Spanish newspaper El País. According to the report Mourinho will be paid up to £15m if by June 1, 2016 the club refuses to employ him. “If United do not sign the final contract [with Mourinho] before 1 May, they must pay £5m; if by 1 June he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m. May is the key, because it’s the month in which the vast majority of the signings of players are closed and the plans formed.” Read the report. El País claim that the clause has been included because senior figures at Old Trafford, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, are not entirely convinced that Mourinho is the right …

Fayose Dares Buhari, Says State Of Emergency Won’t Work In Ekiti, Rivers

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday said any attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Ekiti or Rivers State would be resisted. Fayose spoke with State House correspondents shortly after taking part in the economic retreat organised by the National Economic Council inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor said he was aware that Buhari was planning a state of emergency in Rivers State over the bloody election rerun that took place in the state over the weekend. He said he was also aware that the President had the same plan in stock for the people of Ekiti State. However he said if he went ahead with the plan, Buhari would be thought a lesson that power belongs to the people and not their leaders. He said, “They have been insinuating that (state of emergency) too in Ekiti. We have been waiting for them. Power has gone beyond the leaders; power has gone back to the people. “You want to declare state of emer…

INEC Suspends Rivers Rerun As PDP Wins 9 In 10

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended all actions on the legislative rerun election in Rivers state over reported irregularities. Results have been declared in 10 constituencies, with the Peoples Democratic Party winning in nine, leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) with one. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC’s director in charge of voter education and publicity, said the suspension does not affect constituencies where the exercise has been completed and results declared by the returning officers. Results have been declared in 10 constituencies, with the Peoples Democratic Party winning in nine, leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) with one. The constituencies where the PDP won are: Degema, Akuku Toru I, Akuku Toru II Ahoada East I, Ahoada East II, Emohua, Omuma, Obio/Akpor I Obio/Akpor I, while APC emerged victorious only in Opobo/Nkoro. Uzzi said the elections proceedings will continue after the receipt of a comprehensive report from INEC’…

We Will Generate 10,000mw Power, Against 20,000mw Promised

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration would generate 10,000 megawatts of distributable power over the next three years, against 20,000 promised. Speaking at the national economic council (NEC) retreat on Monday, the president said the power situation in the country is no longer a laughing matter. “Nigerians’ favourite talking point and butt of jokes is the power situation in our country. But, ladies and gentlemen, it is no longer a laughing matter,” he said. “We must and by the grace of God we will put things right. In the three years left for this administration we have given ourselves the target of ten thousand megawatts distributable power. “In 2016 alone, we intend to add two thousand megawatts to the national grid. This sector has been privatised but has yet to show any improvement in the quality of service.” Unveiling their plans for the nation during the campaign, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to deliver 40,000 megawatts of electricity w…

5000 well-wishers gather to watch two dogs tie the knot (photos)

If you think a canine wedding is bizarre then consider that it was no puppy affair with over 5000 guests in attendance complete with all the trappings of a traditional Hindu wedding. The unusual ceremony was held in the village of Parawa, in the northern-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The groom, Shagun, and his bitch, Shaguniya, were dressed in children's clothes and said their vows on a purpose-built podium to raucous cheers from the crowd. Jung, the father of the bitch, said: 'I raised her like my own daughter. Today, I am giving her hand in marriage to Shagun. I wish the couple a happy married life together.' Excited guests danced to music played by an orchestra and traditional Indian cuisine was served to hungry revellers. Jung gave Shaguniya a tearful send off as his beloved pet departed in the car with the groom. Guests said the unusual ceremony was a 'historic one', which demonstrated Indian society's love for their dogs.

PDP: APC plotting emergency rule in Rivers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of plotting to impose a state of emergency on Rivers state by inciting violence in the state. The PDP national leadership in a statement issued by Olisa Metuh, its spokesman, on Thursday, warned that “dire consequences would follow any attempt by the APC to push its plot to impose a state of emergency in the oil-rich state”. The party said it had also rallied all its formation in the state to stiffly resist by all means necessary in a democracy any move by the APC to scuttle the Saturday’s national and state assembly rerun elections in the state. “The party is privy to a grand design by the APC to orchestrate violence in the state with a view to truncating the elections, having realised that the PDP and its candidates are more popular and ready to win overwhelmingly in all the reruns,” it said. “We are aware that the orchestration of violence is designed to serve as stimulus for the …

FG suspends PTAD DG over claims of her receiving N50m monthly salary and allowances

The Director General of the Pen­sion Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Nellie Mayshak, has been placed on indefinite suspension and is being investigated after it was discovered that she allegedly re­ceived N50 million monthly in salary plus other allow­ances. According to The Sun, the discovery was made possible via the Bank Verification Number (BVN) which the CBN used to trace the money being paid to her account every month. According to the Finance minister’s Special Adviser on Media, Festus Akanbi, “it is normal within civil ser­vice procedure to allow the DG to proceed on indefinite suspension pending when the investigation on the matter is concluded.” PTAD was set up to take care of workers who retired on or before June 30, 2007 un­der the pay-as-you-go system. Myashak is the pioneer director general of the agency. Those who are serviced by the agency include the police, customs, immigration, civil servants, para-military and other para­statals. It was established …

CBN reacts to reports that they are illegally recruiting children of Atiku, Arase, others

The Central Bank of Nigeria has reacted to the public outcry of an illegal recruitment exercise allegedly carried out by the apex bank. Sahara Reporters on Tuesday March 15th, reported that the bank employed the children of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, IGP Solomon Arase and others to some key positions in the bank. The list of beneficiaries of the CBN’s secret job recruitment includes a daughter of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, a son of Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Buhari and one of the closest members of the president’s inner circle, a son of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, a daughter of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba, also daughter of of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, a son of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdurahman Danbazzau and at least 86 others. This report has sparked up public outcry as many believe that the bank should have publicized the job openings for many …

Bill Gates Writes Bauchi Governor, Barr Mohammed Abubakar

Since his tenure began, the Bauchi state governor has been making strident efforts to eradicate polio and other diseases. The self-acclaimed chief marketing officer of Bauchi, who gave the ministry of health the second largest share of the Bauchi 2016 budget has always reiterated his commitment to the health sector and this has now earned him the commendation from the the world's richest man, Bill Gates. See the letter after the cut...

Photos: Woman's ex-lover sets fire to her house after she ended their relationship, kills 7 members of her family

Heartbreaking scenes unfolded in Koster, the North West farming town of Reagile, South Africa as the coffins of Mojaki Elizabeth Mwale, 74, Christina Sepinki Mwale, 36, Abram Mwale 15, Samantha Mwale, 12, Refilwe Mwale 10, Ofentse Mwale 8 and Precious Mwale, 3, were lowered into their graves in a mass funeral on Tuesday, March 15. The seven victims were burnt to death when the jilted lover poured petrol in the shack which his ex shared with other members of her family and set it on fire on Monday, March 8. The 49-year-old suspect who is in police custody committed the heinous act after his girlfriend, Mammy Mwale, the mother of three of the victims, ended their relationship. A family member Emily Mwale and an eyewitness said the man burst into the house with a bottle full of petrol and started pouring them on her and Mammy Mwale. "They began to fight, Mammy pushed him outside but he overpowered her. He then ran into the house and poured petrol all over, got out and ran away…

Religious Bill: Revoke your law or die – Apostle Johnson Suleiman dares Governor El-Rufai

President of Omega Fire Ministries, OFM, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has rained curses on Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, over a bill aimed at substituting the Kaduna State religious preaching law if passed into law. The bill is directing that pastors and churches must be licenced to preach. The Senior Pastor of OFM, in a video being circulated on the social media, warned the governor to “revoke your law or die!” Recently, Governor El-Rufai reportedly sent a bill to the State House of Assembly to regulate religious preaching across the state. The bill titled: “A bill for a law to substitute the Kaduna State religious preaching law, 1984. “It is also aimed at banning the usage of loudspeaker for religious purposes, other than inside a Mosques or Church and the surrounding areas outside the stipulated prayer times (8:00pm).” Government wanted the Assembly to enact the law that will stop the playing or circulating of, “all cassettes, CDs, flash drives or any other communicat…

FG importing Grass seedling from Brazil and not grass

Last week, news that the Federal government was importing grasses from Brazil for Nigeria's livestock was rife on Social media. According to the reports, the Federal government in its bid to revamp the agricultural sector, was planning to import high valued grasses from Brazil that will be given to Nigerian cows which will make them grow well and also increase their yield. This was widely condemned by many Nigerians including Senator Ben Murray-Bruce. The Ministry of Agriculture has now released a statement stating that it was only importing grass seedlings that will be planted in Nigeria and not importing grasses. Read the statement after the cut..

EFCC A Toothless Bulldog? - Obasanjo

Former President Obasanjo has attacked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which was founded during his regime, calling it a toothless bulldog. Speaking during his 79th birthday celebration held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State yesterday March 5th, Obasanjo said "Honestly, when Nuhu was handling EFCC, he handled it in such a way that people coined the saying that ‘the fear of Nuhu Ribadu is the beginning of wisdom ‘ and then the question you will ask is, how did we go down? How did we lose that? Nuhu Ribadu is still here, he’s still alive. The institution we started together is still there, but what made the institution to become a toothless bulldog? That’s the matter we have to keep looking at, so that we don’t take two steps forward, one step aside and three steps back.”

Freed at last! New photos of Patience Paul shared by her brother, praises Nigerians and the Sokoto State Govt

The 15-year-old school girl who was forcefully abducted in Sokoto State by two men and taken to the Sultan's palace with the intention of converting her to Islam, has been rescued. Patience Paul was found on Friday night at the house of one Malam Ibrahim. The suspects and three persons have been arrested in connection with her abduction. Her brother shared photos of her and wrote; "I Paul Isaac wish to use this opportunity to thank The Government of Sokoto state. Governor Tambuwal, The Sultanate council, the commissioner of police in sokoto, the Assistant commissioner of police, The justice development and peace commission, the General public, all Public social media's, channels tv, vanguard, all Nigerian's and other Private NGO's both within and outside the country who have assisted in one way or the other to help me see my sister patience Paul again....... I wish to use this medium to inform you all that as at the time of compiling this vote of thanks, Patienc…

Ibori, other inmates in UK to be transferred to Nigeria

– Nigerians serving jail terms in the United Kingdom are to be transferred to Nigeria – The Uk and Nigeria governments signed an agreement to this effect – Ibori, former governor of Delta state is to be part of the scheme Following the injunctions of a new agreement between Nigeria and UK governments, Nigerians serving jail terms in the UK will soon be transferred to Nigeria to complete their period. The agreement was reached by the two governments on Wednesday, March 2. A top government source has disclosed that former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, will be part of those that will be repatriated to complete their jail term in Nigeria. Ibori still has more than six months to stay in prison. The ex-governor was rearrested in the UK after initially regaining freedom from a London prison. He was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initi…

Ex-minister Moro received with mixed feelings in Kuje prison

– Hearing on Moro to resume on Thursday, March 3 – Moro’s return to Kuje prison was barely a year after visiting as a minister – Inmates curious to know reason for his detention After being remanded at the Kuje prison following a court ruling, former Interior minister, Abba Moro has been welcomed with curiosity by inmates. Some inmates who saw the ex-minister, remanded in prison custody by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the federal high court, Abuja, over his alleged involvement in a N676 million job scam, were said to have been shocked as they could not believe their eyes. According to The Nation, the former minister (joining some other prominent Nigerians who were recently remanded in same prison) was reportedly brought to the prison around 12 pm on Monday and went through the routine procedures for taking inmates. The report stated further that on seeing the ex-minister, some of the inmates were curious and wanted to know what exactly led the minister to join them in detention, when h…

Seven-Hour Wait For Ese’s Parents Ends In Vain

The long wait of journalists for the parents of Ese Oruru, the minor allegedly abducted from Bayelsa state and taken to Kano state, ended in vain on Tuesday, as the police could only confirm when late in the evening that they had arrived Abaji, Abuja. Olabisi Kolawole, police spokesperson, told journalists, who had waited for seven hours at the police headquarters, that the teenager would be handed over to her parents on Wednesday. “My initial plan was to invite you when they are here,” she said. Responding to TheCable’s question on their whereabouts, Kolawole said: “They are still on the way, at Abaji.” TheCable understands that Ese’s parents travelled by road from Bayelsa to Abuja. Earlier, Ese arrived at the police headquarters a few minutes before 1pm. She was covered in a hijab, and was escorted into an office at the seventh floor of the police building. She looked firm without a smile on her face. Her alleged abductor, Yunusa, was brought in handcuffs to the police headquarters…