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Anthony Joshua to present world championship belts to Buhari

World boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will soon present his belts to President Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential aide disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents on behalf of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the briefing took place after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja. Akande, however, said the date for the presentation of the belts was yet to be fixed.


“The Minister of Sports announced that Anthony Joshua will be presenting his belts to the President in a matter of days. “The Council members also expressed appreciation for the gift of books from the Vice President which has become an annual tradition,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Joshua, a Nigerian-British boxer, beat Mexican-American boxer, Andy Ruiz Jr., through a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The victory helped him to reclaim the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight world championship belts he lost to Ruiz Jr. in June.
Author: CuteNaija
Posted: December 11, 2019, 10:04 pm
Buhari's government is now Fuji House of Commotion - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said the Wednesday morning public outburst by First Lady Aisha Buhari was “another sad commentary” that has further exposed the alleged “incompetence” of the President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and why governance has allegedly failed under his watch.

The party stated that the development had also exposed the alleged failure of the retired general to lead and enforce “an organised governance structure,” and that the governance of Nigeria has been “ceded to the cabal.”


The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also said it was appalling that under Buhari’s regime, the nation’s once productive and highly organised presidency had “been bastardised and reduced to Kunle Bamtefa’s soap opera, Fuji House of Commotion.”

He said, “Instead of governance, the Buhari Presidency has continued to serve Nigerians and the international community with tragicomedies that make mockery of leadership.

“Nigerians can now further see why nothing works under the Buhari presidency; why the administration has remained shambolic and plagued with policy somersault and executive recklessness; why our economy has remained comatose and why our nation has been dangerously drifting to the brinks under President Buhari’s watch.”

According to him, the Buhari regime has proved to be a huge national embarrassment and a big problem for the nation.

He said that never in the history of the nation had “the office, essence and symbol of Nigeria’s presidency been so stripped and ridiculed.”

Ologbondiya urged Buhari to immediately put his house in order and save the nation further embarrassment.
Author: CuteNaija
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:57 pm
Maina’s sister disowns accounts opened in her name


One of the lies of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Pension Reform Chair, crumbled on Wednesday, as his sister, Fatima Abdullahi told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that she was not aware of the companies and bank accounts opened in her name by her brother.


Fatima, who told Justice Okon Abang that she shared the same parents with Abdulrasheed, said she became aware of the companies when she was arrested by EFCC operatives in Kaduna.


Fatima, a civil servant, who gave evidence behind a screen where her face could only be seen by the judge, was the second prosecution witness to testify in the ongoing trial.


Testifying, the witness said she had never heard of companies called Common Input & Investment Nigeria Ltd, Kangolo Dynamic Clinic Services and Drew Investment Ltd. until around August 2019 when she was arrested.



“Sometimes in August, 2019, I went to the ATM of Diamond Access Bank to withdraw some money.


“Unfortunately, I could not. So, I went inside the bank to see the manager to complain. The manager told me to hold on, that he would find out the reason.


“After waiting for an hour, the manager told me that I was under arrest and he took me to an office and asked me to wait for the EFCC officials to come and take me to their office in Kaduna.


“That was when the manager told me that my accounts were blocked.


“So when the EFCC official came, they took me to their office for questioning. When we got there, the officials were asking me if I know any company by the name Common Input, to which I told them I do not.


“In fact, that was the first time I was hearing about the name.


“They told me that there was a transaction in Common Input and I told them I am not aware of the transaction. So, they made me to write a statement.


“Afterwards, I was given an administrative bail on the same day and that I should proceed to the EFCC office in Abuja the next day.


“The next day, I went to the Abuja office of EFCC together with my lawyer. The officials also asked me if I know any company by the name Common Input, to which I say I do not.


“So, they presented a CAC incorporated form of the company where the name Fatima Samaila Abdullahi was stated together with my date of birth but the phone number on the form is not my own.


“Even the name as stated on the form is not my name because my full name is Fatima Abdullahi,” she narrated.


Fatima also told the court that her signature was neither the one on the form nor the one on another CAC incorporated forms for Kangolo Dynamic Clinic Services and Drew Investment.


“So, I was asked to write a statement, which I did.


“Also, I was shown an account opening package of Common Input and Drew Investment with UBA.


“I was shown a BVN, which is my BVN and I told them I don’t know anything about those accounts.


“I was never given any form to sign in respect of those accounts before and I have never made any deposit or withdrawal from Drew Investment, Common Input and Kangolo.


“I have never opened any account with UBA.


“The other accounts I have are in GTBank, Access, Fidelity and First Bank,” she said.


According to Fatima, all my genuine accounts were blocked together with those fictitious accounts.


“Even my salary account was blocked and I can not access it,” she added.


The witness also denied knowledge of shares bought in her name in the companies, adding that the photograph attached to the documents was a younger version of her before she got married.


Justice Abang then adjourned the matter until Dec. 16 for continuation of the cross-examination and hearing of the bail variation application filed by Maina.


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:16 pm
‘I choose to remain a minister’ — Akpabio pulls out of senatorial rerun


Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, has pulled out of the Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial re-run election scheduled for January.


Akpabio made his decision known in a letter addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


In the letter dated December 2, Akpabio said as a minister, a huge responsibility had been placed on him.


He said he could not “abandon a critical assignment” placed on him by President Muhammadu Buhari in pursuit of a re-run election.


He urged the party to write the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in line with Sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010, and submit a replacement to run in his place.


Chris Ekpeyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had defeated Akpabio in the February election but the former minority leader of the senate headed to the court to challenge his opponent’s victory.


He had taken oath office as a minister when the court of appeal ordered a rerun election in Essien Udim local government area where Akpabio hails from.


Below is Akpabio’s letter:


I wish to recall that I was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District Election held on the 23rd day of February, 2019,” the letter read.


Upon the declaration of Christopher Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the purported winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, I challenged same at the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.


The Tribunal in a split decision by a majority of two to one (Honourable Justice W. O. Akanbi and Honourable Justice 0. D. Etubu) dismissed our Petition, while in a dissenting judgment delivered by Honourable Justice Hahz S. Tahlr, the petition was adjudged proven and all the reliefs sought were granted.


Being dissatisfied with the decision of the majority judgment and upon the erudite points of law and conclusion contained in the minority judgment, we appealed to the Court of Appeal, Calabar Judicial Division which in a unanimous decision delivered on the 9th day of November, 2019, allowed our appeal and set aside the Judgment of the Lower Tribunal.


I have taken into consideration the critical national assignment bestowed on me by Mr. President which will be of immense importance to Nigerians and in particular the indigenes of the Niger Delta region and have resolved to remain as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to further discharge my contributions and services to our great fatherland.


It is on the premise of the foregoing and particularly in line with the provisions of Section 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) that I want to formally and voluntarily withdraw my candidature as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming Court ordered Re-run Election for the Akwa lbom North-West Senatorial District.


It will be inappropriate in the circumstance and pursuant to Sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) for the party to immediately communicate this withdrawal to the Independent National Electoral Commission and forward to her the name of another candidate of the party to replace me at the Court ordered Rerun Election for the Akwa lbom North-West Senatorial District.


I want to seize this opportunity to thank our formidable party, the All Progressives Congress, its leadership at the state and national levels for availing me the party platform and the immeasurable support I received throughout the period of the election and beyond.


Mr. Chairman, may I advise that the National Working Committee of our party should reiterate our earlier plea to the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission to redeploy Mr. Mike Igini (the Resident Electoral Commissioner) from Akwa lbom State if a free and transparent re-run exercise is to be guaranteed.


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:16 pm
FG has ordered probe of court invasion by DSS —Malami

The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the operatives of the Department of State Service, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has said.

The DSS, in their bid to rearrest the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 general election, Omoyele Sowore, had invaded the court, during which the judge fled the scene.

Malami spoke to reporters on the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, after paying a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Tsoho.

He evaded question on the reason for Sowore’s rearrest, which had drawn criticisms locally and internationally.


Fielding questions from reporters, he said did not visit the Chief Judge over Sowore’s case but to congratulate him on his confirmation by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Asked if he was not appalled by the DSS’ conduct, Malami said, “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us.

“I can never be preemptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness to.”

He added, “But one thing I am certain of is that the government has but in place mechanism for investigation of the reported incident.

“So, I would not like to be preemptive in terms of a conclusion, one way or the other, without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process.”
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:15 pm
'Nigerians may celebrate New Year in blackout'


Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has expressed the fear that there might be a nationwide blackout over the ongoing industrial action by the National Union of Electricity Employees.

Members of the union had vowed to go on a nationwide strike after the 21-day ultimatum it issued to the Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, expired.

The lawmaker representing Enugu said if urgent actions were not taken, Nigerians may end the remaining part of 2019 and celebrate the New Year in a blackout.


This is as the House of Representatives says it will meet with heads of Ministries of Power, Labour and the National Pension Commission to intervene in the industrial action by the NUEE on Thursday.

Okechukwu moved the motion under ‘Matters of Urgent Public Importance’ at plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday.

The motion was tagged, “Urgent need for the Federal Government to interface with the management of electricity companies and the National Union of Electricity Employees to avoid impending electricity blackout.”

Okechukwu recalled that a petition was written by NUEE to electricity distribution and generating companies, warning of a nationwide strike if their demands were not met.

“A petition, dated Nov. 7, was written to the Minister of Power by the NUEE and copied to all DISCOS and GENCOS, where the union warned, and gave a 21-day ultimatum to declare a nationwide strike if their demands were not met by the electricity companies.

“These include non-payments of salary arrears, remittance of pension deductions, refusal to pay over 2,000 disengaged workers of the ex-PHCN staff since 2013, underpayment of over 50,000 ex-PHCN staff and casualisation/outsourcing of workers,” he said.

The lawmaker said NUEE accused the ministry of power of failing to respond to their strike notification letter which expired on December 10.

“The union, having exhausted every avenue for resolution of the dispute, has no other option than to withdraw services, without further notice.

“Their resolve to go on with the strike without further notification came as a result of the information by a power sector consultant, Mrs Rahila Thomas, wherein she stated that GENCOS and DISCOS direly need N1.2 trillion bailout to improve services,” he said.

He expressed the concern that “the whole country would be plunged into a blackout if the union should be allowed to carry out its threat.”

The lawmakers also expressed the concern that if the reasons for the nationwide strike by NUEE were not addressed, it would lead to “serious financial losses for both private and government establishments, and pose security challenges in our country.”

(NAN)
Author: CuteNaija
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:13 pm
US seizes jet of Nigerian ‘involved in multi-million dollar fraud’

The US federal authorities have seized an aircraft belonging to a Nigerian facing multi-million dollar fraud charges in the country.

According to WSB-TV, the seizure was made on Tuesday at the Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Georgia.

Federal agents were said to have ransacked the aircraft for evidence, while another team searched for drugs and other contraband.

However, the authorities did not mention the name of the Nigerian whose aircraft was seized.


“For the most part, people don’t even understand. They don’t know what’s happening in Atlanta, Georgia,” one of the special agents said.

“This is all day, every day. I mean, this is the fruits of our labor, and this is the successes of a great team effort by our state, local and federal partners coming together to hit the bad guys where it hurts, in their pocket.

“When we see a certain type of aircraft get sold, it raises our suspicions.”

In November, US authorities indicted Allen Onyema, chief executive officer of Air Peace, for allegedly moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through US bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of aircraft.

Onyema was said to have started travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.

Onyema was indicted alongside Ejiroghene Eghagha, the airline’s chief of administration and finance, who is said to have committed aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

A US district court of the northern district of Georgia was also reported to have issued a warrant to arrest Onyema and authorised US marshals service to bring him into custody.

The billionaire businessman has denied any wrongdoing, expressing the willingness to clear his name.
Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:59 pm
Gattuso named new Napoli coach

Italian World Cup winner, Gennaro Gattuso, was named as Napoli’s new coach on Wednesday, replacing the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, the Serie A club announced.

The 41-year-old Gattuso, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, left his previous role as AC Milan boss at the end of last season after failing to take the team into the Champions League.



(AFP)
Author: CuteNaija
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:53 pm
You have no right to change Buhari’s title — Presidency replies PUNCH again

The presidency has issued yet another response to PUNCH over its protest against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

After the newspaper announced that it had taken the decision to henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said the action is a proof of press freedom in the country.

However, hours after Adesina responded to PUNCH, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, issued another statement where he accused the newspaper of bias.

Shehu ignored the allegations Aisha Buhari, the first lady, levelled against him.


In a statement on Wednesday, Buhari’s wife had accused Shehu of disrespecting her family, saying he ought to resign.

She had alleged that Shehu had been taking instructions from Mamman Daura, the president’s nephew, alleging that there had been times the presidential spokesman carried out actions that Buhari is unaware of.

But Shehu did not make reference to the issue which trended on social media, focusing only on PUNCH which he said had hatred for Buhari.

He wondered why the newspaper did not call former President Olusegun Obasanjo a general when he led the country between 1999 and 2007.

Buhari and Obasanjo are the only men who have ruled Nigeria as military heads of state and civilian presidents.

“The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible,” Shehu said.

“The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari’s official title to General because of his government’s alleged disregard for the rule of law.

“Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for that is his title, and he was indeed a Major General, but today retired from that position and now twice democratically elected president of Nigeria – is not the choice of Punch Newspaper’s editors and owners, that is clear.

“He is, however, the two-time electoral choice of the voters of Nigeria, those very people who Punch Newspapers described this morning as “lethargic”: a disdaining epithet apportioned to decent, hard-working, everyday Nigerians for not agreeing with, and for not having voted in line with their publication’s editorial and political opinions.

“Punch’s editorial today is, however, entirely in line with holding and exercising the right of free speech and freedom of the press, as my friend and colleague, Femi Adesina said earlier today.

“Femi, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity said the fact the Punch can insult the President in a front page editorial and they go home to sleep, peacefully, is the best testimony to the prevalence of the freedom of the press and of expression in the country.

‘NIGERIANS ARE FREE UNDER BUHARI’

“In countries around the world where this right does not exist, newspapers do not publish articles such as the one Punch did today; nor do they get to express political opinions contrary to that of government. The exact freedoms Punch claims are missing are self-evident here – in print, on the internet – for all Nigerians and the whole world to see.

“There is nothing wrong with expressing contrary opinions to this government – nor being in opposition to the president: this is the right of very Nigerian.

“However, calling for the armed overthrow of the democratically elected administration is a different matter entirely: this Punch has in no way done – but others who they seek to defend, have. There is the difference. Punch: oppose the government as much as you want to.”

He said while the newspaper is entitled to its opinion, it has no power to “throw insults at the good voters of Nigeria for not agreeing to your choice at the last election”.

“It is not within the power or rights of a newspaper to unilaterally and whimsically change the formal official title or the designation of the country’s President as it pleases,” Shehu said.

WHY LEAVE OUT OBJ, IBB

“It is unprecedented and absurd in our recent political history. The Punch never changed President Olusegun Obasanjo’s title from the President to General Obasanjo, despite the latter’s refusal to comply with Supreme Court judgment, ordering him to release N30 billion of Lagos State local councils funds.

“When General Ibrahim Babangida who wasn’t democratically elected assumed the title of President, why didn’t the Punch challenge him or address him by any title it so desired?

“In fact, IBB closed media houses for several months and years, including Punch. But the paper didn’t stop addressing him as President, despite the fact that he wasn’t elected. It is obvious that the Punch newspapers are playing partisan opposition politics which has nothing to do with journalism.

“The Constitution of Nigeria recognises the President as the formal official title of the occupant of that office. Can the Punch newspapers, in their hubris address the President as Prime Minister as it pleases?

“Is it within the paper’s responsibility or power to change the official title of the man who occupies the office of the President? Does that mean any newspaper is free to address the Comptroller General of Customs a Colonel rather than his official title?

“The Punch newspaper should separate journalism from partisan politics. What it is embarking upon is purely political and it is designed to play to the gallery and cause confusion.

“Punch Newspaper’s double standards in cuddling some of our past dictators and their open contempt for President Buhari clearly show that the paper has sinister motives for its current curious editorial judgment. Its personal hatred for and animus towards President Buhari should not be allowed to becloud its good judgment.”

Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:15 pm
Calling Buhari ‘Major General’ is proof of press freedom -Presidency reacts Punch's title change


Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says the decision of PUNCH to refer to the president as a “major general” is proof of press freedom.


In an editorial entitled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand”, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for the rule of law”.


”As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially Punchng.com) will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law,” it said.


But responding hours after the editorial went viral, Adesina said Buhari earned the rank, adding that all over the world retired military personnel are now “democrats”.



“A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.

Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,” Adesina said.


“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.


“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.”


The Buhari administration has been criticised for its application of extra-judicial means in matters.


In October, 2016, agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the residences of judges in the dead of night knocking down doors.


Also, there have been arrests and detention of citizens by the secret police without regard to the verdicts of the courts on the cases.


Omoyele Sowore, pro-democracy activist, was rearrested last Friday — less than 24 hours after he was released on Thursday. He had spent 124 days in detention before of his brief release.


No charges have been filed against him since he was re-arrested, but he has been held for more than 48 hours against the law, which states that a person shall not be detained for more than 48 hours without an order of a court.


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:14 pm
We’ll henceforth call Buhari ‘Major General’ — Punch protests against ‘autocracy’


The Punch newspaper says it will now prefix President Muhammadu Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s in all its publications in protest against the rising disregard for the rule of law by his administration.


In an editorial entitled ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand’, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for the rule of law”.


”As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially Punchng.com) will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law,” it said.


The Buhari administration has been criticised for its application of extra-judicial means in matters.



In October, 2016, agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the residences of judges in the dead of night knocking down doors.


Also, there have been arrests and detention of citizens by the secret police without regard to the verdicts of the courts on the cases.


Omoyele Sowore, pro-democracy activist, was rearrested last Friday — less than 24 hours after he was released on Thursday. He had spent 125 days in detention before of his brief release.


No charges have been filed against him since he was re-arrested, but he has been held for more than 48 hours against the Hebeas Corpus law.


Under the law, a person shall not be detained for more than 48 hours without an order of a court.


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:14 pm
‘You’re correct, Major Femi Adesina’ — Twitter users mock Buhari’s aide over jibe at Punch

Nigerians on Twitter are reacting to the comment of Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, on Punch newspaper’s adoption of “major general” title for President Muhammadu Buhari.


In an editorial entitled ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand’, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for the rule of law”.


But responding to the editorial, Adesina said Buhari earned the title of major general, and that the newspaper was not out of order.


“If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order. The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria,” he tweeted.
If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order. The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) December 11, 2019
Reacting to the tweet, some Nigerians accused Adesina of deliberately avoiding the focus of the editorial in order to do his job of protecting Buhari’s image at the expense of the country.


Wale Bernard, a Twitter user, sarcastically tweeted that Adesina is correct to defend the president since the media aide is now a ”major” in the government.


“You are very correct, Major Femi Adesina,” he tweeted.


Don Obinna, a commenter, said the appointment of Adesina, a former president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, as a presidential media aide revealed his true colours.


“Thank God for your appointment, we would have stupidly been referring to you as a journalist of repute. It’s a shame that a former MD of a national newspaper has no balls to advise the president properly or resign to save his face. I wonder what you will tell us after 2023,” the tweet read. 

Thank God for your appointment, we would have stupidly been referring to you as a journalist of repute. It's a shame that a former MD of a national newspaper has no balls to advise the president properly or resign to save his face. I wonder what you will tell us after 2023
— Don Norman Obinna (@NormanObinna) December 11, 2019

You are very correct, Major Femi Adesina.
— Wale Bernard (@waleBernard1) December 11, 2019

Major General?? Earned it?? Remember 1983? Remember the bloody coup that ousted Shagari?? Remember??
— Pride of my daddy (@LadyNkem_xx) December 11, 2019
See how salary is controlling human life. Salary will end one day... but what you did will be remembered forever
— Torra (@TomiwaSoughtout) December 11, 2019

Looking for the sense in this tweet pic.twitter.com/Q7okpUFW5l
— ιgвσ вσү тσ ∂α яσσт (@Zuchradio) December 11, 2019

🤣...
Pre 2015....this account would be praising PUNCH

This life eh
— #25 (@IamEkeminiEsn) December 11, 2019

He totally missed the point, he is (or the Govt.) supposed to respond to the issues raised by punch that resulted in the name shaming. But as usual, they only read to respond. The government is becoming an assembly of hopeless case.
— Umar Ismail | اسماعيل عمر (@iswampa) December 11, 2019

E dey pain you o gaga🎶🤣😂😂🤡🤡
— Dann_essy (@Dann_10) December 11, 2019

@aishambuhari will soon come on you...she just gave @GarShehu his own dose...Yours is coming
— OmotayoAbiodun (@Sthabbey) December 11, 2019

Chai! This man has no conscience again! A whole guild! Things we do for money! Smh
— Tolexandre (@tolex_andre) December 11, 2019

How can they @FemAdesina + @BashirAhmaad be missing the point here even a blind deaf man can identify. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
— Dat Ijaw Boii (@Dat_Ijaw_Boii) December 11, 2019

Confirmed one.

Imagine the thought of a grown man.

Grown man. Tueh
— PO (@PhilipCKO) December 11, 2019

Once one starts down the dark path, forever will it dominate their destiny. Consume them it will.
— A Wise Yoda Bot (@yodaism) December 11, 2019

Uncle Femi! Eyin na? You should contradict the narrative in that article. The image depicted in that article is horrible and this is a very pedestrian way to deal with it. Silence would have been better.
— TTA (@adetomiwa_tolu) December 11, 2019

— Femi❗ (@DJPhemzydee) December 11, 2019
Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:13 pm
Fresh Crisis rocks Presidency as Aisha Buhari attacks Mamman Daura, Garba Shehu


Nigeria’s First Lady has accused a close relative of President Muhammadu Buhari of issuing a presidential directive behind her husband.


Aisha Buhari, in a statement she signed and sent to Daily Trust newspaper, accused Mamman Daura of issuing a directive to a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, not to recognise her office.


Mr Buhari had before his election in 2015 said he would not allow for the office of the First Lady. During Mr Buhari’s first term in office, the presidency repeatedly referred to Mrs Buhari as the ‘wife of the president.’


However, after the president’s re-election, Mrs Buhari released a statement saying she should henceforth be referred to as the First Lady and her office as the ‘Office of the First Lady’.


Since then, the presidency has referred to Mrs Buhari as the First Lady and President Buhari has also assigned official aides to her office.


The Controversy


On Wednesday, however, Mrs Buhari accused Mr Daura and Mr Shehu of undermining her office.


“Nigeria’s development is hinged on the ability of public officials to execute their mandates professionally, and to be shining examples in their various areas of endeavor. It is not a good sign when officials abandoned their responsibility and start clutching at straws,” the first lady wrote in the statement she sent to Daily Trust.


Her spokesperson, Suleiman Haruna, confirmed that Mrs Buhari authored the mail.


“As spokesperson of the President, he has the onerous responsibility of managing the image of the President and all the good works that he is executing in the country. Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the compact that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015 and 2019.


“To make matters worse, Mr. Shehu has presented himself to these people as a willing tool and executioner of their antics, from the corridors of power even to the level of interfering with the family affairs of the President. This should not be so. The blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves.


“We all remember that the chief proponent appropriated to himself and his family a part of the Presidential Villa, where he stayed for almost 4 years and when the time came for him to leave, he orchestrated and invaded my family’s privacy through a video circulated by Mamman’s Daughter, Fatima, the public was given the impression that on arrival into the country I was locked out of the villa by Mr. President. Garba Shehu as Villa Spokesperson, knew the truth and had the responsibility to set the records straight, but because his allegiance is somewhere else and his loyalty misplaced, he deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for the President who appointed him in the first place.


“Consequently, his action has shown a complete breakdown of trust between the First Family and him.


“Mr. Shehu was privy and part of the plan and it’s execution and he was shocked when he realized that I had publicized my return to Nigeria on October 12, 2019 and cleared the air on the many rumors that took over social media, a job he was supposed to do but kept mute to cause more confusion and instability for his Principal and his family. “Garba then, vented his anger on the National Television Authority (NTA) Management insisting that the media crew to my office must be sacked. He succeeded in getting them suspended for doing their job. I had to intervene to save the innocent staff from losing their means of livelihood by involving the Department of State Services (DSS) in order to ascertain roles played by key actors in the saga.


“It is at this late hour that I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu who claimed that the government will not allow office of the First Lady to run. He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President. This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realize the fact that First Lady’s office is a tradition which has become an institution. ” Today, even without a budget, I am able to run my humanitarian programmes. In saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers.


“GARBA SHEHU NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.


“The latest of his antics was to wage a war on the first family through an orchestrated media campaign of calumny by sponsoring pseudo accounts to write and defame my children and myself.


“Based on Garba Shehu’s misguided sense of loyalty and inability to stay true and loyal to one person or group, it has become apparent that all trust has broken down between him and my family due to the many embarrassments he has caused the Presidency and the first family. We all have families to consider in our actions and therefore it is in the best interest of all concerned for Garba Shehu to take the advice of the authority, given to him sometimes in the first week of November, 2019,” Mrs Buhari wrote.


Mrs Buhari has repeatedly complained about the influence of Mr Daura in the villa and on her husband.


She once accused him and others of hijacking her husband’s presidency and threatened not to support Mr Buhari’s second term bid.


Mr Daura is one of the closest confidants of the Nigerian leader and is considered one of the most powerful unelected officials in government.


Efforts to reach Mr Shehu for his reaction was unsuccessful Wednesday morning. Calls to his phone were unanswered


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:13 pm
Nigerians react to Aisha Buhari's fresh attack on Mamman Daura, Garba Shehu


Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react to Aisha Buhari’s recent attack on Garba Shehu, her husband’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity and Mamman Daura, her hubby’s closest ally.



Some Nigerians on Twitter are not taking sides with Aisha Buhari on this matter, mostly because she is in support of the Social Media Regulation bill. See their reactions below.


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Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 8:12 pm
Major General: Fani-Kayode attacks Buhari over reaction to Punch’s editorial

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and social commentator, Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his reaction to Punch Newspaper’s editorial on Major General title.

We had earlier reported that in an editorial entitled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration.


However, in reaction to Punch’s decision, Femi Adesina, a Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the newspaper’s decision to call Buhari ‘Major General’ is not out of order.

Adesina on his Twitter page @FemiAdesina added that Buhari has earned the rank ‘Major General’

Adesina wrote: “If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order.

“The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.”

Reacting to Adesina’s reation to Punch, Fani Kayode in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Wednesday wrote: “Whether he has earned the title of Major General or not the fact remains that the Punch has voiced the opinion of millions that your principal is a divisive, vicious, unstable, repressive, fascistic & dangerous tyrant who is unworthy of being called Mr. President. Suck on that!
Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 5:24 pm
Reps probe corruption in universities accreditation by NUC

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate allegations of corruption in Universities accreditation exercise done by National Universities Commission (NUC).

The House mandated the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the allegations.

The resolution followed a motion moved by Chinadu Onwuaso on Wednesday.

Onwuaso said that the NUC has the mandate of conducting accreditation process, but raised concerns that there are allegations of extortion and blackmailing during on the spot assessment by NUC agents


“National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation system has been used, over the years, to maintain and monitor quality and high academic standards in Nigerian Universities and the NUC uses this process to evaluate academic programmes every five years.

“In the course of carrying out its mandate, the NUC Accreditation Teams undertake on the spot assessment of facilities, lecture halls, quality of academic content, laboratories among others to ensure that the universities meet up with the required” standards to run such academic programmes in order to determine whether to revoke, withhold or grant accreditation,”he said.

The lawmaker expressed concerns over “allegations of intimidation and extortion of huge sums of money from universities in order for their programmes to be accredited.

“W are worried that the alleged monetary demands for accreditation may have led to some universities increasing their tuition fees so as to meet up with the demands of the NUC Accreditation teams,” he stated.

The committee was given 6weeks by the House to conduct the investigation and report back to the House for further legislative action
Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 5:22 pm
FIRS: Senate shift vacation date to approve appointment of Fowler’s replacement

The Senate scheduled to embark on Christmas break tomorrow (Thursday) had to shift it forward to enable it to consider and confirm the appointment of a new Chairman for the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

Recall that the former Chairman Babatunde Fowler was removed last Monday by the Presidency and replaced by Mr Mohammed Nami.

Fowler’s tenure had expired last Monday and it was renewed by the Presidency.

This came to fore when the Senate suddenly during plenary had asked the committee on Finance to screen the appointee and report back next week.


But the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan was quickly reminded that the Senate was vacating on Thursday.

It was resolved immediately that the break should be shifted till next week Thursday to enable the Senate to approve the appointment.
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:56 pm
FAAN reacts to banning Uber, Bolt, others from airports

The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it did not ban Uber, Bolt and others at Lagos and other airports in the country.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the attention of FAAN was drawn to an online report, which she said was false.

Yakubu said: “We will like to state with all emphasis that passengers and the general public are free to use whatever means or mode convenient to transport themselves to the Lagos and other airports in Nigeria.

“We will, therefore, like to use this medium to inform the general public that the said signpost did not emanate from FAAN.


“Our security personnel have been instructed to remove the signpost and investigate the issue.”
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:52 pm
Alleged invasion: Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer sues police, demands N2bn damages

A lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed of the group – Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) – Ifeanyi Ejiofor has sued the Nigerian Police Force before the Federal High Court.

Ejiofor, who has since been declared wanted by the police over his alleged complicity in the murder of some policemen, is accusing the security agency, in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, of invading his house and killing of four occupants.

Ejiofor, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/135/19, filed by a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, is seeking, among others, an order to compelling the defendants to pay him N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his house and shooting of his aged mother by the police at his Oraifite hometown in Anambra State on December 2 this year.

Listed as defendants in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, Divisional Police (DPO) in Anambra State, the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).


Ejiofor claimed to have been called to bar over 17 years ago and wants the court to restrain the respondents, their agents and privies from further harassing, intimidating, threatening his life and destroying his house and other properties.

He is also seeking an order of the court stopping the respondents from threatening him with arrest and torture and to compel them to retract the public notice made on December 3, which declared him wanted and to also tender apology to him in five major newspapers and any other form of reparation.

Ejiofor, in a supporting affidavit, claimed that he was in his Oraifite hometown in Anambra State between November 25 and December 1, for the burial of his late brother, Reverend Louis Ejiofor.

He stated that on December 2, his house was still filled with relatives, friends and well-wishers, helping him to evacuate tents, chairs and other materials used for the burial ceremony, when a group of 16 policemen allegedly invaded his house.

His senior brother, who described himself as Evangelist Emeka Ejiofor, further stated, in the affidavit, that the police claimed to be looking for suspects involved in an alleged communal clash and that he spoke on phone with the Area Commander promising that he would make himself available on same day by 11am.

He stated that by 10.15am, the same police squad led by the Area Commander, came ahead of the appointed time and violently invaded his ancestral home with sporadic shooting at every living object.

“In the confusion that ensued, the plaintiff said that four young men were instantly shot dead while his aged mother sustained gunshot injury from the trigger happy officers.

“The dead bodies were evacuated from his house to a market place and burnt there,” he said and referred photographs and video clips, which he claimed showed “the wanton destruction of” the plaintiff’s house by the police.

Ejiofor, who promised to tender the photographs and video clips during trial, added that on December 3 this year, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State caused a public notice through television stations and other news media that he had been declared wanted without been given adequate time and opportunity to respond to any allegation against him if any.

He, therefore, wants the court to declare the alleged invasion of his house and subsequent shootings and killing of unarmed civilians as barbaric, wicked, illegal, oppressive and a gross violation of his rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, fair hearing and right to private and family life as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

Ejiofor is equally praying the court to declare that the setting ablaze of all buildings and properties in his Oraifite ancestral home in Ekwusigo Local Government of Anambra State by the police is illegal, barbaric, oppressive, unlawful and amounted to a gross violation of his rights to property as guaranteed by the constitution.

He also wants the court to declare that the December 3, 2019 public notice by the police, declaring him wanted, without giving him opportunity to respond to any allegation against him, if any, is illegal, unconstitutional, unreasonable, null and void as the action violates his right to fair hearing as guaranteed by law.

The case is yet to be assigned to any judge for hearing.
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:39 pm
Segun Arinze reacts to alleged assault on his security guard

Veteran Nollywood actor, Segun Arinze, has opened up on the viral video of his alleged assault on his security guard in Lagos, on Monday.

The actor was seen in a video on social media chasing his security guard identified as Isaiah Dauda on the streets of Chevyview Estate, Lekki.

A Twitter user @CloakedAdonis had posted the video with a caption alleging that the actor assaulted his domestic staff for breaking the burglary of his house and also for using his car without his permission.

“He said the boy removed the burglary proof and used his car without informing him or so,”@CloakedAdonis tweeted.


Reacting to the allegation, Arinze said:“Isaiah has been working with me for over a year, I take him as a younger brother and I never treated him like a staff; but his excesses are too much.

“He leaves his duty post at will without informing anyone in the house.

“He left the gate open unguarded countless times. I have spoken, counselled, gotten angry many times, to no avail.

“On Sunday, he left the house without informing me; he returned on Monday afternoon, saying he went for a party and forgot my gate key at his friend’s house.

“At that point, I couldn’t bottle up my anger any longer, so, I slapped him, he told Punch

Speaking further,  Arinze said, “It is sad that the man who filmed the incident couldn’t spare some time to ask what led to the public outrage”.

“Everybody in the neighbourhood knows me as a peace-loving resident.”
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:32 pm
Mourinho bans Tottenham players from watching replays of Bayern defeat


Jose Mourinho has forbidden his Tottenham players from watching back their humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich ahead of their match in Germany tonight.

Spurs, then managed by Mauricio Pochettino, suffered what was one of the heaviest defeats in their 137-year history back in October, despite having taken a first-half lead through Heung-min Son.

Two months on, and Mourinho has replaced Pochettino as manager and have qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

But ahead of the reverse fixture of that devastating loss, Mourinho was asked whether he and his players have analysed the match – and if so, have the players been left scared by it.


“No, I forbid any image of it,” answered Mourinho. “I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys. No. Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern. “

“We’re going to try to develop our model of play, with different bodies, different phases, different players. But there is a certain way that we try to play football and try to develop our principles of play.
Author: Fashola MC POSCABA
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:27 pm
Banks now offering me loans they rejected when I lost my senate seat -Smart Adeyemi

Smart Adeyemi, senator representing Kogi west, says some commercial banks are offering him loans because he has returned to the senate.

Adeyemi, who was sworn in last week, said this on Wednesday while contributing to a motion on Nigeria’s unemployment.

The motion was sponsored by Ike Ekweremadu, senator representing Enugu west.

While contributing to the debate, Adeyemi said the banks had refused to give a loan while he was out of office and engaging in business.



“Yesterday Mr president, Ii was in my house, more than four different banks came to me and were telling me to fill forms and take money, just because I am back to the senate. These are people I spoke to some months back to appeal to them to give me facility to run my business but they were not forthcoming,” the senator said.

“In essence, banks in Nigeria, they have contributed in no small measure the problem of unemployment in Nigeria.

“They refused to give faculty to small scale industry but when they see you as a politician, Nigerian banks are easily available to you.”

The lawmaker said the country’s unemployment situation is a “serious problem.”

“This is an issue that all of us should take us take seriously by proffering solutions in reducing unemployment in our country,” Adeyemi said.

“One of the major achievements of our governments, was the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari is making sure the iron and steel complex is back to business.

“Iron and steel complex alone is capable of employing 25,000 people, today I doubt if they have up to 500 people at the iron and steel complex Ajaokuta, it was abandoned by previous administrations.”

Dino Melaye had sent Adeyemi out of the senate in 2015. Adeyemi also lost to Melaye in the 2019 general election but he filed an appeal in court and Melaye’s victory was annulled while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was asked to conduct a rerun election.

Adeyemi was declared winner of the election.

Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:05 pm
Obasanjo visits El-Rufai in Kaduna

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, visited the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

The visit was a surprise as government officials said they had no information the former president would be at the Government House.

The former president was received to the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House by the Kaduna governor and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.



It is believed that Obasanjo is in Kaduna on a private trip.

The ex-Nigerian leader routinely makes local and international travels.
Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 4:02 pm
FULL LIST: Naira Marley, ASUU strike, ‘what is xenophobia’ top Google’s 2019 trending searches in Nigeria


Popular search engine, Google on Wednesday announced the results of its ‘2019 Year in Search’ with Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike topping this year’s trending news search.


Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google Communications Officer, said that ASUU strike was followed by `AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’.


Kola-Ogunlade said that the results of the ‘Year in Search’ offered a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.


“This year’s top trending news search is `ASUU Strike’, which took the highest place over other trending news topics like ‘AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’.


“Naira Marley’, leads the list as the most searched person over ‘Atiku’ (Abubakar), Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party at the 2019 Nigerian general election.


“Neymar’, Brazilian professional footballer. ‘Neymar’ made the lists as the top trending sports person searched by Nigerians in 2019,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said in a statement.


According to him, Regina Daniels was the most searched actor, ranking over other actors like Genevieve Nnaji, Tonto Dikeh, Hadiza Gabon, among others, NAN reports.


He said that Wizkid, “Joro” was the most searched song this year; ‘what is xenophobia?’ the most asked question; while Big Brother Naija and Mehek were the most searched movies and TV shows.


Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 2:41 pm
IGP says Kogi, Bayelsa polls were peaceful — despite widespread violence


Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), says the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states were peaceful.


Adamu said this while speaking at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.


The elections, conducted on November 16, were marred by cases of violence, thuggery, ballot box snatching and intimidation of voters and electoral officials.


At least four persons were reported dead in separate attacks in the two states.


But speaking at the meeting which was held at the INEC headquarters, Adamu, who was represented by Bashir Makama, an assistant inspector-general of police (AIG), said the polls were “relatively peaceful”.


He, however, admitted that there is a need to improve election security.


“In the whole, despite the related infractions or some sort of thuggery observed and other challenges that were faced, the election could be said to be relatively peaceful,” he said, adding that “there is still room for improvements.”


He said the police arrested at least 43 suspects in connection with violence and violation of electoral laws during the elections in the two states.


In his remarks, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, asked for proper identification of all police officers deployed in polling units “so that they will be held responsible for the conduct of elections in those locations”.


“The commission believes that the purpose of security deployment during elections is to protect the voters, election officials and materials, accredited observers, the media and to safeguard the integrity of the processes generally, including the polling units and collation centres,” he said.


“Therefore, the deployment of security personnel in all future elections should be tied to specific locations and activities.


“All security personnel deployed to polling units and collation centres should be identified by name as is the case with INEC officials.


“This will not only enhance transparency, but the commission and security agencies will know who to contact in specific locations during elections when the need arises.”




Author: Motunrayo Ogundipe
Posted: December 11, 2019, 2:15 pm