Taraba govt set to spend N100b on works, health, others ..

The Taraba State government is to spend over N100billion on works, health, education, provision of portable water and other critical sectors of the economy in a bid to achieved accelerated and holistic development in the state.

The commissioner, state Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha disclosed this at a press briefing in Jalingo on the 2020 approved budget estimates and capital expenditure on Friday.

Elisha said that while the state government plans on spending over N76billion on works, housing and transport, the health sector in the state is expected to gulp almost N15 billion while education and water resources will gulp over N10billion and over N3billion respectively.

He further disclosed that “the budget of accelerated development will pay attention to all critical sections of the economy in the hope of bringing uncommon development to the state in terms of human capacity and infrastructural development”.

Elisha said that the budget is predicated on the assumptions that the national inflation rate, GDP growth, oil production benchmark, oil price benchmark stand at 9.43%, 3.60%, 2.3million and N305/ $, respectively.

The commissioner, state Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha

The commissioner who disclosed that the total budget stands at over N215 billion, said that the recurrent expenditure will only take 33.52% while the capital will take the chunk of 66.48% respectively.

Elisha said the total budget stands at Two Hundred Fifteen billion, Eight Hundred and Twenty Three million, Five Hundred and Seventy-Six Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ten (215,823,576,810) Naira only, and is aimed at completing the ongoing projects and ensure that new ones initiated are also worked on and completed in good time.


If Oshiomhole dies, we will hold Obaseki responsible – Lawmaker-elect ..

The 14 estranged Edo State lawmakers-elect have told Nigerians to hold Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, responsible if the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is killed.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, spokesperson of the group, who represents Esan Central, Victor Edoror, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari, party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Progressives Governors’ Forum not to fold their hands and allow Governor Obaseki killer-squad kill the APC chairman.

The group further accused the Edo governor of fuelling the crisis in the state and frustrating all the peace efforts

“There have been series of attacks on members of APC across the state on different occasions just because they bear opposing views from that of Governor Obaseki and the government of the day in Edo. Homes of most leaders of the APC in Edo State have been marked for demolition by Governor Obaseki.

“Several petitions written to the IGP from June 18, 2019 after the attack on us in Benin, yet nobody has been held responsible for it.

“We want to believe that because leaders of our party across the country have failed to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.

“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt the public peace.

“IGP should wake up to his responsibility of protecting lives, properties and maintaining public peace in Edo State by standing against infringement on rights of Edo people. We beg him to advise the Edo commissioner of police to be professional in his duty.”

But, in a swift reaction, Governor Obaseki said on the contrary, Oshiomhole was the one creating crisis and disrupting peace and safety.

In a statement by his spokesman, Obaseki claimed Oshiomhole along with other dissidents who were members of the Edo People’s Movement (EPM) have been making frantic efforts to make Edo ungovernable.

“They have been setting fire to market places and public buildings and creating all sorts of chaos in the state.

The state government has warned that the embattled national chairman and his co-dissidents in the EPM, are hellbent on causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Oshiomhole has disobeyed orders by the police at the federal and state levels not to hold public gatherings against the directives of the state government.

His actions have led to the hospitalisation of tens of Edo people and the destruction of properties valued in millions of naira.

“From Edo South to Edo North, he has traded in violence and left many in anguish in the wake of his strong-headed approach to entrenching himself as a godfather in the state. Even with this, he has not relented, but rather continues to fan the embers of division, acting as if he is above the law in the state.

“We call on the IGP and the Presidency to call Oshiomhole to order. His ambition to become a godfather in Edo State is not worth the safety of the four million people in our state.”

Meanwhile, crisis rocking the state chapter of APC, turned bloody yesterday as a top member of the party, Henry Idahagbon narrowly escaped death as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked him in his office.

Two persons were, however, said to have sustained bullet injuries during the attack.

One of those injured and said to be APC ward chairman, was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical treatment.

Besides, restaurant at the ground floor of the building was severely damaged by the rampaging gunmen.

Idahagbon, a former attorney general and commissioner for justice, said the gunmen, who came in three vehicles, fired several shots at his office located on Siluko Road.


FG seeks help from LGs to fight insecurity ..

The Federal Government, yesterday, resolved to seek the cooperation of states and local government areas in a bid to find a solution to insecurity in the country.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, made the disclosure when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the National Security Council in Abuja.

The meeting of the highest security body in the country chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari came a day after the Senate and the House of Representatives, at separate plenaries, decried the parlous situation amid calls for the removal of the service chiefs due to the ongoing security challenges across Nigeria.

Asked to give a general assessment of security situation and judge whether it was stable or critical, the NSA replied: “The security situation is like a graph, sometimes it goes up, sometimes it comes down, and that is why we have to assess it periodically. It will never remain on the same level till we bring the whole situation to an end.

“Sometimes, it could escalate, sometimes, it would go down. So, there is no perfect answer to that. If I tell you that it has improved, as we walk out of this place, something might happen, there might be an explosion somewhere. These are things that are not predictable; these are things that you cannot actually determine. That is the nature of this type of conflict we are facing.”

On whether the call for service chiefs’ resignation featured on the agenda of the meeting, the NSA said: “The meeting basically made an appraisal of the current security situation in the country and took a look at the possibilities, the opportunities available to government in addressing most of the recent challenges.

“There were discussions and, at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with was the need to for collaboration both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society, because of the type of the insurgencies we are faced with, the complexities, the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.

“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society, to collaborate more vigorously.

“There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.

“Therefore, council has decided to take a closer look at issues that will help us, not just at the federal level or at the state level, but right down to the local government level. But this is going to be done after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders.”

Asked to give the specifics of the collaboration, he said: “The issue of collaboration, it’s not something that I can disclose right now.

“We just concluded the meeting and we have to look at the issues before coming out with whatever decision.

“For collaboration, I want to think that everybody understands the need for a whole government approach in collaborating with the whole of society approach to achieve a lot.

“This situation requires everybody in the country to work together to deal with these challenges. So, where there are gaps we need to close these gaps. That is what I mean by collaboration.”

He said the resolution passed by the House of Representatives asking Mr. President to relieve the service chiefs of their appointments was not discussed at the meeting.

‘Buhari aware of security challenge’

Meanhile, the Presidency condemned when it described as “mischievous twisting of President Buhari’s comments on insecurity’’ by some traditional and social media outfits in the country.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja, yesterday.

He said it was wrong for anyone to postulate that the Nigerian leader was unaware of the security challenges facing the country.

The statement read in part: “It has become compelling to react to a mischievous slant being given by both the traditional and social media to the comments of President Muhammadu Buhari on the security challenges in some parts of the country.

“On Monday, while hosting Eminent and Respected Citizens of Niger State at State House, Abuja, the President had said: ‘I was taken aback by what is happening in the North-West and other parts of the country. During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country. We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security. If we don’t secure the country, we will not be able to manage the economy properly.’”

Adesina observed that the reportage of the statement above was slanted to mean that President Buhari said he was unaware of the security challenges in some parts of the country.

“Far from it, except to the mischievous mind. The President is fully aware and fully in charge of all that is going on.”


Female bombers killed 2 persons, 5 others injured ..

Two female bombers have detonated explosives in a crowded area in Maiduguri, killing no fewer than two persons. Five others were also injured.

The two bombers were targeting a populated area of Muna Galti on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Thursday night but hurriedly detonated the explosives after sighting some security operatives.

Borno police command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Edet Okon in a statement said five other persons were injured in the blast.

“At about 7.45pm, two female suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate a crowd at Muna Galti, Jere Local Governmenr Area, on sighting security operatives, hurriedly detonated their improvised explosive devices killing themselves and two other people,” he said.

He said the injured persons were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment treatment.

He also disclosed that the scene of the blast had been cordoned off by the Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD).

The bomb explosion was the first this year in the city, the birthplace of Boko Haram


Naval officers arrested 3 suspected robbers ..

The Nigerian Navy has arrested three sea robbers suspected to have links with the pirates that killed four naval ratings in Ondo State.

The suspects including Odun Ogunse, Adeojo Sunday and Edema ThankGod were arrested during the week by the team of naval officers in Igbokoda area of the state.

Their arrest comes barely a day after the navy declared 33 sea pirates wanted for the abduction of three foreign sailors (two Russians and one Indian) in the Niger Delta.

Recall the tragic incident that occurred penultimate weekend when some navy personnel were killed in a gunfight at Gagira, a suburb in the Awoye coastal community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base in Igbokoda, Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, disclosed the arrest of the suspects to SaharaReporters in a chat on Friday.

Ndanusa said the suspects were arrested in the creeks of the Niger Delta after extensive intelligence and surveillance.

He identified the earlier arrest of another suspect Bamitale Iwatan, who is wanted for the kidnap of three foreign nationals.

According to him, Iwatan alongside his gang members also stole a cache of ammunition belonging to the naval ratings during the rescue mission.

Ndanusa added that the wanted criminal was an ex-militant who claimed to have repented during the amnesty programme of government but still engaged in criminal activities.

He said, “We have issued out the names of those we arrested and handed them over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“We are still looking for about 33 other suspects who have been perpetrating all sorts of crimes in the creeks across the region.”


PDP protested to US, UK embassies over Buhari’s resignation call ..

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday in Abuja stormed the embassies of the United States and United Kingdom respectively to protest the Supreme Court judgment, which aw to the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State.

The team led by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, alongside members of the National Working Committee.

Among the protesters are former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, former Imo State governor, Achike Udenwa, and Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe among others.

The protesters are asking the international community to prevail on the Supreme Court to reverse the judgment.

Secondus asked the US and UK to prevail on the Nigerian Government to obey rule of law and not to truncate the nation’s democracy.

The party also said that it was in support of calls by Abaribe and other Nigerians for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising spate of insecurity.

Secondus said, “On behalf of the PDP and the masses, we call on the international community to come to the assistance of our dear country.

“The content of our letter is for international community to advise our government to obey the rule of law particularly as it relates to National Assembly and judiciary.”

Secondus noted that President Buhari was overwhelmed with the security challenges in the country.

The apex court had on January 14, 2020 declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the duly elected governor of the state, thereby bringing Ihedioha’s reign to an abrupt end.


EFCC bars couples from participating in its ongoing recruitment process ..

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has barred married people from participating in its ongoing recruitment process.

In the recruitment notice of the agency, one of the criteria listed was that the applicant must be single.

The decision has, however, been criticised by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Director-General of NECA, Timothy Olawale, told PUNCH that the EFCC’s action was in contravention of International Labour Organisation’s conventions.

Olawale said, “The issue of inclusion is one of the problems we have in this country. We always find a way to exclude people. One of the principles of fair recruitment is fairness. What the EFCC has done is in contravention of ILO conventions.

“During recruitment, you don’t segregate any class. Even if you will apply some factors discretionally in the course of recruitment, you don’t make it public. What offence have married people committed?”


Lassa Fever: UNIZIK student infected ..

A student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University has been confirmed positive for Lassa Fever virus in Anambra State.

The student was confirmed positive at the Chukwukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.

The unnamed female undergraduate has now been moved to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, after necessary decontamination.

The outbreak of Lassa Fever has spread to a handful of states across the country including Osun and Ogun.


Trump set to announce visa ban which could affect Nigeria ..

As the US presidential election is fast approaching, Trump is making immigration restrictions a central focus of his 2020 campaign.

President Donald Trump of the United States (US), will today (Friday, January 31, 2020), disclose the expansion of his controversial travel ban list.

According to Politico, two people familiar with the matter have confirmed the development.

It was gathered that the travel ban expansion list was supposed to have been disclosed on Monday, January 27, to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the original order, which restricted travel from several majority-Muslim nations. But the expansion list disclosure could no longer hold, as the Trump administration was busy responding to the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Two US officials have confirmed that one of the changes in the updated list, which will soon be announced, calls for people coming from Sudan to be barred from the US diversity visa program, which awards green cards to immigrants.

An official however said it might be possible for some Sudanese to get waivers.

A draft of the updated ban that was being considered also would place immigration restrictions on an additional six countries, but not necessarily completely bar all citizens of those nations from entering the US.

As earlier reported, Nigeria, Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania, will be on a list of countries to be placed on visa restrictions.

Although, at press time, it is unclear which other countries will make the final ban list, or exactly what the new restrictions will entail, but government officials in the US, said as of Thursday, January 30, the proposal was still in flux


Mr. Eazi celebrates 3 years beautiful relationship with Temi Otedola ..

Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola are celebrating three years of a very beautiful relationship.

Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi recently celebrated three years of being together as a couple.

Temi Otedola took to her Instagram page on Thursday, January 39, 2020, where she shared an adorable photo of Mr Eazi and herself.

Unlike most celebrity couples who are known for showing off their poetic skills during celebrations like this, the fashion vlogger only went straight to the point with her message; “3 years 🤍.”

Congratulations to Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola on their relationship anniversary from all of us at Pulse.

This relationship has been one of the most interesting and not so private ones we’ve come to love in the entertainment industry. From beautiful vacation photos to expensive and out of the world kind of gifts, Mr Eazi and Temi sure do know the business of being in love.

The surprise gifts…

Back in 2019, Temi took to her Instagram page where she shared a post about the surprise gift she gave her boyfriend and music star, Mr Eazi. According to Temi, when she started dating Eazi, she realised that he was a huge fan of Andrea Bocelli, so she decided to get him tickets to go watch him perform live.

Obviously pleased by her gesture, Mr Eazi took to her Instagram comment section where he professed his undying love for her.

The vacation trips…

On Friday, August 9, 2019, Mr Eazi took to his Instagram page where he shared a photo of Temi and himself as they enjoy their vacation. The couple took a trip to the beautiful Greek Island where they got to spend quality time together.

For all time these guys shared a photo of their love life on social media, they leave everyone not just in total awe but inspired by their beautiful love story.


FG shun protest to fire security Chief over insecurity ..

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and other members of the National Security Council on Thursday met 24 hours after Senators and members of the House of Representatives called for the sack of service chiefs.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), who briefed journalists on behalf of the council after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the NSC did not discuss the call by the lawmakers.

Both chambers of the National Assembly had on Wednesday lamented the rising insecurity in the country and called on the President to sack the service chiefs on the grounds that the security heads, who were appointed in 2015, had outlived their usefulness.

Besides calls for the sack of the service chiefs, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday had demanded the President’s resignation.

Abaribe had condemned Buhari who, on Tuesday, said he was surprised by heightened banditry in the North-West and other forms of insecurity in other parts of the country.

The service chiefs – the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar – attended the quarterly security meeting, but hurriedly left the venue after the meeting ended, leaving Monguno to speak with reporters on the outcome.

When asked whether the call by the lawmakers was tabled at the meeting,Monguno replied, “The issue of the National Assembly resolution did not come up at the meeting.”

Supreme Court verdicts and defectors’ hunger for comfort zones
He, however, said the council was aware of the enormous security challenges facing the country. He said security agencies needed the collaboration of Nigerians to address complex insurgency the country was facing.

Monguno said the meeting called for “wider collaborations” among security agencies on the one hand and the larger Nigerian society to tackle insurgency, banditry and rising cases of kidnapping in the country, on the other hand.

But the NSA failed to speak on the specifics of the collaboration and how it would be carried out. He merely said the collaboration would involve states, local governments and communities.

We need Nigerians’ collaboration – Security council

The NSA stated, “There were discussions and at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with is the need for collaboration both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society, because of the type of insurgency we are faced with, the complexities, the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.

“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society, to collaborate more vigorously. There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.”

The meeting was held amid strident calls across Nigeria on the Buhari regime to restructure the security architecture of the country.

Only on Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution asking Buhari to sack the service chiefs in order to inject fresh hands into the security management system. They also called for emergency to be declared in insecurity.

Monguno further said the Buhari regime was aware that Nigeria faced enormous security challenges, a reason it was seeking collaboration across Nigeria.

He said, “The challenges, all of us are aware of them; that is why in a nutshell, I said, there is a need for this government and the larger society to work together to find a solution to this problem.

“No one is oblivious of the enormity of the problem at hand. Government is aware and that is why we held this meeting at the highest level.”

The security council’s call for collaboration with Nigerians came on the heels of the South-West states’ move to set up a security outfit, Operation Amotekun, to address killings and other crimes in the zone.

The Federal Government, initially opposed the security outfit, but decided to approve it after a meeting on Thursday attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN,

Apart from the service chiefs, others at the security council meeting were the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rafa’i-Abubakar; and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi.

Presidency keeps mum over Reps’ call for sacking of service chiefs

Apart from the security council’s failure to discuss the call for the service chiefs’ removal, the Presidency ignored enquiries by The PUNCH on Thursday, seeking the position of the President on the resolution by the House of Representatives calling on him to fire the service chiefs.

The PUNCH had made several failed attempts to get the two most senior media aides to the President, Mr Femi Adesina and Mr Garba Shehu, to speak on the National Assembly’s decisions. None of them responded to enquiries by the newspaper.

The PUNCH still called Shehu and Adesina at 6.16pm and 6.18pm respectively on Thursday, but none of them picked their calls. Text messages sent to the two earlier were also not replied to as of 6.54pm.

Buhari surprised by banditry in homogeneous Hausa-Fulani N’West – Presidency

But the Presidency rose in defence of Buhari (on Thursday, denying that Buhari said he was not aware of the security challenges faced in parts of the country.

Clarifying Buhari’s statement, it said Buhari expressed surprise over banditry in the homogeneous Hausa-Fulani North-West.

It said Buhari’s comments while meeting with ‘eminent citizens” from Niger State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, were “twisted” by some publications (not NobleReporters) to suggest that he was not aware of the security challenges of the country.

His media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, repeated what he said were the President’s comments.

The statement quoted Buhari, “I was taken aback by what is happening in the North-West and other parts of the country. During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country.

“We have to be harder on them. One of the responsibilities of government is to provide security. If we don’t secure the country, we will not be able to manage the economy properly.”

However, the Presidency said Buhari’s comments were slanted the next day by both traditional and online media.

“The reportage of the statement above was slanted to mean that President Buhari said he was unaware of the security challenges in some parts of the country. Far from it, except to the mischievous mind. The President is fully aware and fully in charge of all that is going on”, it said.

The Presidency stated further, “The statement by the President was clear enough, and these are the salient points, in 2015, we knew there was Boko Haram insurgency, particularly in the North-East, and we mentioned it in our campaigns. There are clear economic and cultural factors behind the clashes that sadly rocked many of our communities, be they the Fulani-Tiv or Fulani-Berom conflict, the Tiv versus Jukun and so on. By now, these conflicts are fairly under control.

“By 2019, banditry had surfaced in the North-West. It was surprising, as the area is almost homogeneous, made up of Hausa-Fulani. The combatants are largely Muslim. This is what the President said he was surprised about.

“The point he made was that what is happening in the country is not about ethnicity or religion, it is plainly an evil plan against the nation.

“It is disingenuous that the earlier and latter parts of the statement were downplayed, and the middle part misinterpreted to mean that President Buhari was unaware or surprised by the security situation in the country.

“The traditional media, and commentators on social media, are encouraged to keep fidelity to the truth, and not concoct narratives to suit some sinister motives.

Match words with action, Reps tell Buhari

In the House of Representatives, lawmakers again on Thursday called on the President to show sincerity of purpose on the rising spate of insecurity in country.

The lawmakers decried the insurgency, killings, banditry and kidnapping in various parts of the country. The issues were raised when the lawmakers debated a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Mr Solomon Maren.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted, was titled, ‘The Need to Stop Further Killings in Mangu/Bokkos Communities – Death Toll Has Risen to 32 and Increasing Daily Unabated.’

Adopting the motion, the lawmakers resolved to condemn “these killings and observe a minute silence in honour of those killed.”

The lawmakers urged “the President to show sincerity and commitment in dealing with the matter, match words with actions and save the country from deepening into anarchy.”

Moving the motion, Maren said, “The House notes the deteriorating security situation in my constituency in Plateau State, which has claimed several lives and property worth millions of naira.

“The House further notes that Kulben, Kwatas, Ruboi, Marish, Murish, Lokudung, Sabon Barki, Pil, Mania and Mbiri-Ishala villages were attacked; 32 killed, three churches burnt down, 10 shops looted and over 200 houses burnt down, with foodstuffs and seedlings destroyed worth over hundreds of millions.

“The House is aware that these attacks which occurred within two weeks were unprovoked and went on unabated without any intervention to stop them. The House is concerned that if such continues, it will push citizens to start seeking for self-help, which will compound the security situation in the country.”

Bad governance, cause of insecurity in Nigeria – Secondus

On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party said bad governance was the cause of the rising insecurity in the country.

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, also said it was imperative for the President to declare a state of emergency in insecurity.

He said, “In the last four years of the current regime, we can see that good governance has been a terrible challenge for this country. What we have experienced now is direct dictatorship by the APC government.The lack of good governance in our country is the cause of the insecurity. It is the cause of the underdevelopment and the suffering of the masses.

Insecurity: I am worried, says Jonathan

Secondus spoke just as former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said he was worried by rising insecurity in the country.

According to a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan, however, expressed hope that Nigeria would overcome the security challenges.

Jonathan, while receiving officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja, said he was traumatized by killing of a soldier during an attack on a military outpost near his house on December 24, 2019.

He stated, “I am worried that so many people are becoming victims of sporadic shootings, kidnappings and so on. I believe that the country will get over the kind of insecurity it currently faces.”

Senate leadership to meet Buhari on security after panel report

Also, on Thursday, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said the leadership of the upper chamber would meet with the President on the security challenges confronting the country after its ad hoc committee had submitted its report.

The 17-member ad hoc panel, led by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, was constituted by Lawan on Wednesday to interface with military and security agencies in the country on their challenges.

The panel, which is also expected to come up with realistic and practicable solutions to the issue of insecurity, was given two weeks to submit its report.

Speaking further on the issue, Lawan said upon the receipt of the panel report, the Senate leadership would have a robust engagement with the executive.

He said, “We have passed resolutions now. The second step is for the ad hoc committee members to work assiduously to ensure that they finish their work within two weeks. That will be the second step.

“The third step will be the implementation; in that case we have to work even much more closely with the executive arm of government on those things that we resolved to do.

“It is not everything we resolved on that is going to be operated. We pray that whatever we resolve on is a resolution that will bring solution.

“The executive may have their own opinion on the way forward. So, there will be a need for us to marry the two positions between us and them, to ensure that the lives of Nigerians are well protected.

“As we represent people here, we must not shy away from what affects their lives. The reality is that today, the security of our people is the issue that concerns almost every single Nigerian.

“There is nothing we can do better than to discuss it and find solutions to the issues at stake.

“This is not something we can do alone; we have to work with the executive arm of government. Mr President himself has been working very hard to ensure that the security is there to protect the lives of our people.”


Rihanna hanging out with A$AP Rocky but not dating ..

The dating rumors linking Rihanna and her close pal A$AP Rocky have been shut down, as it has now been claimed that the singer is still very much single after her recent split from her ex-Billionaire boyfriend, Hassan Jameel.

Since splitting from the Saudi Billionaire, Rihanna and rapper A$AP have been seen hanging out lately, sparking speculation that they are dating. But insiders have shut down the romance rumours, saying Rihanna is single and she’s not about to rush into a new relationship.

‘[Rihanna] just got out of a long intense relationship with Hassan,’ an insider told E! News. ‘She wants to be single and isn’t going to jump into something.’

Addressing all the A$AP talk, they added: ‘She’s hanging out with A$AP Rocky, but she is not dating him. They have a long history and she’s just having fun.’ Reports claimed the pair are ‘casually’ dating, with a source telling The Sun that the pair recently shared a hotel suite during a trip to New York.

They also said that things between the pair were still ‘early days’. ‘Rihanna is reluctant to put a label as it’s so soon after Hassan. They’re really enjoying each other’s company and taking things easy.’


Internet fraudsters up to 11 arrested in Enugu (photos) ..

Eleven suspected fraudsters have been arrested by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 30th 2020.

One of the fraudster, a female, was arrested at Airport View Estate, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.

The arrest, which was the first by the zone in the new year, followed several intelligence report on the ostentatious lifestyles of the suspects.

On the strength of the intelligence, operatives of the Commission, with duly signed search warrant, raided about four building within the same vicinity where they recovered several mobile phones, lap tops, computers, several MTN Sim packs, a Toyota Venza, Mercedes C350, two Lexus Jeeps, one GLK 350 Benz, two ES350 Lexus, a Mustang 455FA car and other incriminating items.

Interim investigation revealed that the suspected female fraudster was discovered to have a software in her phone with an instruction and format used in duping gullible individuals.

Further analysis is being carried out on items recovered from them and on their persons.

The EFCC in its statement said the suspects will all be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.


Sen. Shehu Sani regains freedom ..

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after perfecting his bail conditions.

Recall N.Rs reported that the former lawmaker who was arrested on December 31, 2019, was granted a N10m bail after being arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo on two counts of fraud involving alleged extortion of $25,000 from a businessman in November 2019. He was accused of extorting the businessman on grounds of passing the money to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad and the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Sani whose bail conditions include submitting his international passport to the court and producing a surety with a landed property that is worth the bail sum, was released around 6pm on Thursday January 30 as confirmed by his media aide, Suleiman Ahmed.


Hardship, Jealousy made me kill my girlfriend ..

The Taraba State Police Command has arrested and paraded a 31-year-old man for killing his girlfriend.

A native of Donga Local Government Area, the suspect identified as Munda Bala allegedly conspired with two of his friends and killed his girlfriend.

Briefing journalist at the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, the Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said the victim was burnt to ashes and her remains buried in a bush.

He noted that efforts were in top gear to arrest the other two fleeing suspects while the principal suspect would be charged to court.

The suspect who was paraded with some ashes and bones of his victim admitted to have committed the crime and blamed economic hardship and jealousy for his decision.

He said, “I fell in love with Imbajuri Ambisi. She became my girlfriend; I got her pregnant and she delivered a baby boy and killed him after seven months.

“This got me angry and I couldn’t tell anyone. My money got finished and she ran away to some wealthy guys who engage in the selling of rosewoods to foreigners.”

“This got me jealous and I met two of my friends who advised me that if I really want my heart to be at rest, I have to kill her, hence our decision to eliminate her,” Bala added.

More Suspects Paraded

The command’s spokesman also paraded five suspected ritualists whose supposed victim escaped with a deep cut after luring him to cut fingernails for their boss in a forest in Kona Garu, a suburb of Jalingo metropolis.

Investigations, according to the police, indicate that the suspects have been in such nefarious acts for a long time.

Misal noted that the suspects would also be charged to court for prosecution.

Also paraded were five suspected kidnappers and armed robbers who have been terrorising Mahanga Village along the Jalingo-Wukari Expressway.

The police said the suspects were responsible for the security threats along the axis as they stop commercial vehicles and abduct passengers to unknown destinations.

Other suspects were paraded by the police for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, armed robbery, and purchase of stolen properties among others.

All the suspects admitted to have committed the crime they were accused of.


DR Congo Attack: 24 freshly killed ..

Up to 24 people were killed on Thursday in a fresh attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s east attributed to the Allied Democratic Forces militia, taking the number of civilians killed this week to over 60, officials and a monitor said.

Twenty-four bodies were found at four sites near Oicha in the volatile Beni region, the area’s top administrator Donat Kibwana said.

The Kivu Security Tracker, a joint project of the Congo Research Group and Human Rights Watch put the toll at 19.

DR Congo troops have been carrying out a military operation on the ADF, which originated in Uganda but now active in DRC’s east — long plagued by various militias.

Militiamen have responded with a series of massacres against civilians with gruesome attacks involving machetes.

The ADF, blamed for the deaths of more than a thousand civilians in Beni since October 2014, began as an Islamist-rooted rebel group in Uganda that opposed Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

It fell back into eastern DRC in 1995 during the Congo Wars and appears to have halted raids inside Uganda. Its recruits today are people of various nationalities.

UN experts estimated the ADF in 2018 to number around 450 fighters.

A report to the UN Security Council recently said the ADF seemed to follow an extreme Islamist ideology, but there is no information on whether the group has links with international jihadist groups.

The spate of massacres has become a major challenge for President Felix Tshisekedi, who took office a year ago.


Abaribe speaks for terrorised Nigerians – Segun Sowunmi ..

Mr Segun Sowunmi, a spokesman for the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, on Thursday supported the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinanya Abaribe, over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Speaking, Sowunmi explained that Senator Abaribe was speaking on behalf of slain Nigerians, their families, and others who were victims of the security challenges in the country.

He said, “I think Senator Abaribe’s comments must be situated properly.

“He is speaking on behalf of the people of the North-west; he is speaking on behalf of the North-central, he is speaking on behalf of the families of slain Nigerians, the dead and their loved ones.”

The PDP member added, “He (Abaribe) is speaking on behalf of apolitical Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of friends of Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of the Minority Leader in the House (of Representatives) and he is making a very frank call that there is no reason for human lives to be lost under the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration.”

Reiterating the call, Sowunmi also asked President Buhari to resign, stressing that his government has failed to address the security challenges plaguing the nation since he assumed office in 2015.

According to him, it has gotten out of the President’s capacity to manage the problem of security.

“There is nothing wrong in honourably resigning and allowing competent hands to take over,” the PDP member stated.

He said, “That is the reaction from all of those that are friends of this government. They are reacting as it were, spitting on the graves of the dead. We are not talking about the loss of income which is also a problem for them, we are not talking about the loss of jobs, we are not talking about lack of harmony in the country, we are talking about the loss of human lives,” he said.

Senator Ababribe had while addressing lawmakers during a motion on national security challenges on Wednesday, asked the President to quit over the security situation in the country.


5-0: Barca defeats leganes after Valencia lose ..

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona hammered Leganes 5-0 on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and deliver a much-needed boost for new coach Quique Setien.

Messi’s double, as well as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo rounded off an emphatic win at Camp Nou, where Barca successfully bounced back from Saturday’s surprise La Liga loss away at Valencia.

“We did a lot of things well but I am not completely happy because we also lost control of the game in the latter stages of the first half,” said Setien.

Defeat at Mestalla allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top of the league and put early pressure on Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as coach earlier this month.

His appointment will be judged on performances in the league and Champions League this season but Barca have a rich recent history in the Copa del Rey, which they have won in four of the last five years.

They will be in Friday’s draw for the last eight where, despite a number of upsets, they join a familiar-looking field.

Real Madrid, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Granada, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao are already through, with Sevilla to face Mirandes later on Thursday.

A home tie in the last 16 against La Liga’s bottom club always looked a kind route back to winning ways for Setien’s side, whose next four league fixtures now include Levante, Getafe and Eibar, all at home, as well as a trip to Real Betis.

Victories in those games would give Setien momentum but performances will be important too given his arrival was as much about changing Barcelona’s style as their results.

After a ponderous display against Valencia, they outclassed Leganes, who pressed high from the start, despite early indications suggesting this Barcelona team might struggle more against opponents that sit deep.

Before the game, the Catalans’ club director Guillermo Amor ruled out buying another striker before the end of the January transfer window on Friday, meaning Griezmann is likely to step into the role of the injured Luis Suarez down the middle.

“There may be a risk of injuries but I have confidence in the players I have,” said Setien. “It wasn’t to be and that’s fine with me. We have to think about what we have and we are happy because in a few weeks we will have Dembele back too.”

Griezmann made his case by opening the scoring after four minutes as Nelson Semedo cut back for the Frenchman to control and poke home his 13th goal of the season.

Another Griezmann strike was ruled out shortly after, only for Lenglet to head in Messi’s corner at the near post to put Barcelona two up after 27 minutes.

Messi made it three after springing in behind just before the hour and then Arthur Melo, on for Griezmann, added another, banging in after both Ansu Fati and Messi had been denied.

Leganes were finished but Messi had one more goal left in him as he latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s pass and rounded Pichu Cuellar, before finishing for his 19th of the season and third under a relieved Setien.


FG surprises Corps members with N33,000

Federal government elates corps members with huge sum increasing the monthly allowance as promised from N19,800 to N33,000.

Of course, many has been of doubt since the allowance has not been paid since 28th of this month.

Many said, maybe federal government has been planning to pay N33,000 to shock everyone.

Days back, the new elected Director-general of NYSC promised the increment which many doubted. NobleReporters reported.

Details later…


House of reps leader, Daguwa have 27 kids, still counting ..

Ado Daguwa, majority leader of the house of representatives, has revealed that he has 27 children with hopes of having more.

Daguwa, who represents Doguwa/Tudun Wada federal constituency of Kano state, during the house plenary session on Wednesday, showed off his four wives whom he said had come to support him as he was sworn in as the majority leader.

He said, “Mr. Speaker, I would like to let you know that with me today here, are my four respected wives,” he said, before requesting all four to stand up to the cheering of his colleagues.

“Mr Speaker, these four wives you have seen have produced 27 kids for me, and I am still counting. I am still counting.”

In his response, Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, jokingly asked him to “continue”,. saying “the more, the merrier”.

Gbajabiamila said: “I must bring to the knowledge of this house a little anecdote, what you told me, some time ago. You told me, don’t beg me, you told me it was getting late around 7 o’clock, and there were many children playing in front of your house in Kano.

“You got worried and you went out, you told the children, “common, what are you still doing outside by this time of the day. You people should go to your homes.

“And one of them said to you, “haba, baba, this is my house.” So he was one of those 27 children. But I guess, the more, the merrier. You get my point; continue.”


Maryam Sanda was calm 7 years ago – Former classmate react

A Nigerian man identified as Usman Rasheed, who is claiming to be a former classmate with Maryam Sanda, has taken to his twitter page to write about the ‘unforgettable memories’ they shared together during their MSC days in the UAE.

Maryam Sanda was recently convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for killing her husband and father of her child, Bilyaminu Bello in 2017.

In the wake of the conviction and sentencing, the ‘former classmate’ said It’s emotional that Maryam will be put to death by hanging adding that she was a very cool and calm person seven years ago.