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Nigerian Senate sets new record, approves 23 ministerial nominees without questioning


The Senate presided over by Ahmad Lawan has confirmed the 43 ministerial nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, only 20 were actually grilled while 23 were confirmed without being asked a single question.

This is a new record in modern Nigerian history.

The 23 nominees, who were not questioned include Chris Ngige, Hadi Sirika, Muhammad Bello, Gbemisola Saraki, Pauline Tallen, Sharon Ikeazor, Lai Mohammed, Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva, Zainab Ahmed, Godswill Akpabio, Sa’adiya Umar Farouk and Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.

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Others include Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, George Akume, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Tayo Alasoadura, Maryam Katagum, Abubakar Aliyu, Mustapha Shehuri, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Emeka Nwajiuba and Maigari Dingyadi.

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51 years after giving land for Kainji hydropower, host communities wallow in darkness, poverty


AFEEZI HANAFI, who visited the Kainji Dam area in Niger State, writes that the communities who migrated to other areas to make a way for the hydropower projects are in the grip of darkness and poverty

Fifteen-year-old Seyida Ahmed doesn’t have even the faintest idea of city life unlike her peers residing in urban centres. Her world is stuck in dreary rural life.

She has learnt functions of home appliances at school, but longs for the day she will physically see a refrigerator, an electric cooker or a pressing iron working .

For her and other children in Shagunu, a drab suburb of Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State, watching films on television is a rare privilege they enjoy once or twice a week in the evening. They only savour such moments after trekking a two-kilometre distance to the residence of a villager, Mahmud Adamu, located near Shagunu Government Day Secondary School.

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As queen, I can only marry a woman –Dunkwu, Omu of Anioma


The Omu of Anioma, Martha Dunkwu, is a revered traditional ruler of Anioma land, which covers nine local government areas in Delta State. Anioma people are the Igbo located in Delta, who are separated from the Igbo in the South-East by the River Niger. Dunkwu tells OCHEI MATTHEW about the historical background of the Omu, its spirituality and others

What has been the most interesting part of being the monarch?

The most interesting part is the fact that the throne is indigenous to Anioma people. The two titles of Omu: Omu queen mother and Eze Nwayi (queen). Our forefathers’ intention was for the Omu to be a queen in charge of women. So, you find out that when I go all over the country, people look at me as if I’m a TV screen or movie star because they had not seen such before. Our former governor, Chief James Ibori, wrote me a goodwill message when I celebrated my 50th birthday, 14 years ago.
How did you feel when you got to know that you would become the traditional ruler?

Well, initially I was apprehensive because in the past, Omus were women in their early 80s and 90s and as you are aware, Omu doesn’t get married. And if you are married, once you become Omu, you must leave your marital home. However, I was not married so I didn’t have any issue with having to leave my husband. I wasn’t quite sure of how I would handle it but when I was convinced that it was the intention of God, I took it upon myself to do the right thing and I will continue to do to the right thing.

How has your life as a female monarch been?

Rosy…(laughs). Well, it’s challenging when you cannot marry, go into a relationship or attend a burial. There are so many things you cannot do as Omu.”

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Justice Tsoho sworn in as Acting Chief Judge of Fed High Court


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Friday swore in Justice John Tsoho as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

The ceremony, which took place at the Ceremonial Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja, came over 24 hours after the seat of the head of the Federal High Court had been vacant.

The former Chief Judge of the FHC, Justice Adamu Kafarati, retired from the bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 65 midnight of Thursday.

Tsoho’s inauguration as the Acting Chief Judge was earlier suspended in the morning to await clearance from President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Armed Miyetti Allah members set up vigilante group, checkpoint in Ondo.


Some armed members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria have set up a vigilante group in Ondo State, mounting checkpoints along the highway.

The General Secretary of Forward Buhari, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Abuja on Monday.

Ajulo said he was travelling to Ondo State with armed policemen on Sunday when he sighted the armed herdsmen with their cattle.

The former National Secretary of the Labour Party said when he accosted the herdsmen, they claimed they were doing it with the permission of the Nigeria Police Force.

He said, “I was in my state yesterday (Sunday) when I saw Fulani herdsmen under the auspices of Miyetti Allah tagged themselves as Vigilante Group of Ondo State in this country, in the South-West. They were all over and nobody is stopping them. I was with some armed security men and so we stopped them. We were even trying to call the DPO and the police to ask if they were aware of their presence.”

When asked to explain his better, Ajulo repeated, “I was in Ondo State around 4pm yesterday and we saw Fulani herdsmen with cattle, guns and cutlasses and they showed me their ID cards that they are vigilantes and they are the ones securing the highway.

“I took pictures of their ID cards and I questioned them and they said the police were aware of what they were doing.”

Ajulo, who is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, said he had always been of the opinion that the herdsmen/farmer crisis should not be given an ethnic colouration but his recent experience had altered his stance.
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AFCON: I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians — Buhari 


President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to play every match for the honour of their motherland as they file out in their first match against Burundi in the African Cup of Nations holding in Egypt.

The President, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, urged the Eagles to lift the flag of Nigeria high, and reinforce the reputation of the country as a football powerhouse on the continent.

He said: “I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians would also do. “You have our solid support, and we will cheer you to victory,”he said.

Via: punchng.com

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I slapped my ex for looking at another babe – Ordega


Super Falcons forward Francisca Ordega has played a key role as the Falcons reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years. She took time off to talk about herself off the pitch in this interview with KELVIN EKERETE

The Tiv woman is generally viewed as having a big heart and is determined to survive the odds. Would you say this has helped in your career? (Laughs) Of course, Benue women, not just Tivs, are strong-hearted people. I’ve met some guys that say they must marry a Benue girl because they’ve dated Benue women and know we are interesting people to be with. The feeling is different and how (Benue women) they take care of them. We are a strong people, we have good hearts, we are very supportive when it comes to relationships and friendships generally we are very supportive, loveable and hardworking so it helps me a lot.

I watch a lot of women back home, they inspire me a lot, for example, my mom. She really showed me that being a woman doesn’t stop you from taking care of your responsibilities, so that helped me a lot, so we have a good heart and I wish I was a guy I will definitely marry from Benue State.

Are you satisfied with the state of the girl child in Nigeria?

As a girl child also, I’m not satisfied at all because it’s so crazy when you talk to a guy, some parents as well, and they are like, ‘You’re just a girl, you don’t have to do this , ou don’t have to do that.’ For me as an example, I’ve really talked about my story, what I went through, how ignorant my mother was not to let me do what I’m doing now or become this successful. She tried to stop me but should I say I was stubborn? Yes, I was somehow, to pursue my career. She always made statements like, ‘You’re a girl, you should be doing something else not running around the streets with boys.’ So, I think it’s not just me, a lot of girls face that same problems and issues back home and I’m not really satisfied with it.” Read more in www.punchng.com – #obyorijiblog

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Buhari congratulates Lawan, Gbajabiamila


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, following the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan as the President of the Senate and Mr Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Mr Idris Wase also emerged as the Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker respectively.

“The President also salutes all the national legislators and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.

“He commends the transparent and fair nature of the voting process, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy in the country,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said on Tuesday.

Buhari noted that the new leadership was “new dawn, different from duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past.”

He advised the leadership to work for the interest of Nigeria, using their exalted positions.

Buhari touched on the executive-legislature relationship, saying, “The Executive does not desire a rubber stamp Legislature. While separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all Arms of Government should be the name of the game.

“Opposition need not be virulent.”

The President added, “Stepping into the Next Level, the legislature has a big role to play for the goals of the administration to be achieved…This is for the ultimate good of the nation.” – #obyorijiblog

Via: Punchnews

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Tight security as NASS members elect presiding officers today


Foe those of you qgo dont know, it is very typical of Nigerians living in Nigeria to always suspect that someone is after their lives, money and property. But it is even more pronounced in the midst of these politicians who assume that Nigerians are always after them for all the wrongs (hidden and public) they have done.

Like it waa announced by punchnews that the usual right security meant for only the leaders and politicians, were seen yet again at the National Assembly  this morning,  as the nation awaits the proclamation of the ninth Assembly and the election of new presiding officers.

A combination of military personnel, policemen, officers of the Directorate of State Service and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps are on ground to provide adequate security.

This is yet again another depiction of the fear embedded in every Nigerian. They are predicting that the opposition party wasn’t up to no good, the terrorist sects that is said to be sponsored by them, the angry masses and ordinary Nigerian, might come in and attack them.

Other wise why will you simple have the security meant for the entire masses only guiding a few influential, money laundering citizens while the rest of the millions of masses are left to manage a very few number of Police men inadequately. Get a task or two done you guys, no body has the time to come attack tour assembly. Just get the country to a better state of affairs.

Thank you.. 😒😒

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Godzilla King of Monsters leads box-office


Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” stomped to the top of the box-office in its opening weekend in North American theatres, taking in an estimated $49 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.

But analysts called the creature feature’s debut disappointing. Its total for the three-day weekend came in far behind the studio’s previous “Godzilla” installment (which opened in 2014 with $93 million), and the new film cost $200 million to make.

The plot has eco-terrorists stealing a sonar device developed by scientist Emma (Vera Farmiga) to control the title monster; her ex-husband (Kyle Chandler) is recruited to track it down even as Godzilla clashes with monstrous rivals like winged Mothra and three-headed Ghidorah. The film has drawn tepid reviews: The Guardian called the sound track “thunderingly tedious.”

Slipping to second spot was Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” at $42.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the feel-good film stars Will Smith as the fast-talking genie and Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the wily title character as he seeks the attention of the lovely Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

In third came Paramount biopic “Rocketman,” with Taron Egerton playing the part (and singing the words) of Elton John. The film, which has drawn inevitable comparisons to last year’s hugely popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen and Freddie Mercury, took in an even $25 million.

Egerton has garnered strong reviews, including the highest of praise from the 72-year-old John himself, who told Hollywood Reporter that in watching the movie “I didn’t think it was Taron. I thought it was me.”

Fourth spot went to psychological thriller “Ma” from Universal and Blumhouse Productions, at $18.3 million — a solid opening weekend for a film that cost a mere $5 million to make. Octavia Spencer stars as a middle-aged woman who lets some teenagers party in her basement before things turn scary and weird.
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Is Zamfara mining a source of the dreaded bandits?


There is a connection between those engaged in illegal mining activities in Zamfara State and marauding bandits who have become thorns in the flesh of the ordinary folk in the rural areas of the state. Collectively they pose a serious threat to national stability and development.


After more than 5,000 people had lost their lives to the criminals in five years, Federal Government suddenly woke up to ban illegal mining in the North, a crime ignored for several decades because of the privileged persons involved.

Although Zamfara gold should provide development opportunities, renewed interest in the solid mineral represents a real threat to stability in the North-West. The availability of gold appears to nurture deep-seated resentment among local communities and contributing to border tensions with neighbouring tribes.


The situation has given rise to fears that the presence of gold reserves in commercial quantity in the region would exacerbate deep-rooted conflict dynamics.


An upsurge in fighting since the start of 2010, including the emergence of bandits, has further complicated the situation. Conflict gold remains a major obstacle to peace and a driver of the black market economy in Zamfara. It provides a significant source of income to armed actors from the North-West, who kill and sexually abuse civilians with impunity, while trading gold for weapons and ammunition.

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Saraki is the biggest loser in 2019 elections, says BMO


The Buhari Media Organisation has said Senate President Bukola Saraki is the biggest loser in the 2019 general elections because he has lost so much in the power equation and is fast on his way to political extinction.

The Pro-Buhari group described Saraki as a perennial political schemer who had suddenly lost relevance and therefore frustrated.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the BMO said Saraki’s comment that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election would be short-lived could only be described as the ranting of a politically expired person.

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No vehicular movement during supplementary election —FCT Police


The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory has imposed restriction on vehicular movement in Bwari, Kuje and Kwali Area Councils of Abuja from 6 a.m to 6 p.m on Saturday.

Deputy spokesman of the Command, ASP Danjuma Tanimu, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The restriction of movement is aimed at ensuring peaceful and credible Area Council supplementary elections in the FCT on Saturday.
Tanimu added that the restriction would be limited to only the wards affected in the three councils.

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Please be informed and act accordingly. Don’t go poking them government and it’s rules. They do not want you driving on that day, repect yourself and don’t drive. That is not the day to go testing if the gun the policemen carry is louded.

Are an emergency situation, don’t be too big to explain vividly to the police what the emregency is. Don’t be too tired to speak on behalf of the person needed an emergency. Explain the situation to everyone policeman that need it, and Don’t be feisty about it.

They might not have hedda your explanation, please be calm and explain it for as much as it is required. Don’t expect them to just let us through when hey don’t know what the problem is.

Other than an emergency situations, please feel free to stay home and respect the law. Thank you guys.

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Chief Justice of Nigeria absent as his corruption trial begins


Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), was absent today, as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) commenced sitting at 10am.

He had been summoned for not declaring his asset, following a petition submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by a civil society group identified as the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI). .

He later admitted his mistake and blamed it on forgetfulness. Meanwhile, at least 47 lawyers, including five senior advocates of Nigeria (SANs), were at the CCT to defend him.

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Nigerians left broken hearted as US embassy closes indefinitely


Thousands of Nigerians will miss their visa appointments as the United States embassy in Abuja and its consulate in Lagos have shutdown indefinitely.

This implies that persons who have applied for tourist, study, business visas, immigrant visas or any other travel document will have to cancel their plans.

The US embassy in Nigeria said in a Facebook post that the development was caused by the government shutdown in the US.

The statement read, “Due to the current US government shutdown, the American centres located in the embassy, Abuja and Consulate-General, Lagos are unfortunately closed. They will re-open once the US government shutdown is resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience to our valued patrons.”

The executive arm of government led by President Donald Trump and the legislative arm have been at loggerheads for nearly two months over Trump’s attempt to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Building a wall was one of Trump’s major campaign promises as part of efforts to curb illegal migration and crime.

He had boasted during his campaign that the Mexican government would pay for the wall.

However, with the refusal of the Mexican government to fund the wall, the President approached the US legislative, asking the bi-cameral institution to provide $5bn which would be used in funding the wall.

The Congress, however, rejected Trump’s proposal.

On December 11, Trump held a televised meeting with Speaker-designee, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, in which he asked them to support $5bn in funding for the border wall.

They refused and Trump said: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security … I will be the one to shut the government down. I’m not going to blame you for it … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.” Three days later, Politico reported that Trump was willing to sign a bill that delayed a government shutdown into 2019 and the new Congress.

On December 19, the Senate unanimously passed a continuing resolution, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, lasting until February 8, 2019.

Via: Punchnews


We guess something is actually stronger than the Presidency of Donald Trump.  Something that Nigerians hope will be done to their very own president, and although the decision is for good, the ripple effect from it will break many hearts.


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The Nigerian Police invades Dino Melaye’s residence, arrest domestic workers


Scores of armed policemen  on Friday invaded the Abuja residence of the lawmaker representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.

The invasion of Melaye’s  mansion located at 11 Sangha Street, off Mississippi Avenue, Maitama, Abuja,  took place just after  midday.

The policemen,  who  arrived at  the house in six patrol vehicles,  entered the compound after allegedly beating a private security guard for arguing with them.

Addressing journalists outside the building, Melaye’s younger brother, Moses,  said  the policemen  did not tender any search warrant or an  arrest warrant before invading  the compound.

He said, “I met the senior officer in charge of the operation and asked for the arrest or search warrant, but he simply went  away.”

But speaking to one of our correspondents on the telephone, Melaye,  who claimed he was outside Abuja, stated that he heard about the invasion, which he claimed was “an attempt by the Kogi State Government to destroy me”.

He said, “I am outside Abuja right now, but I understand that the police laid  siege to my house  and forced their way into the compound. My domestic staff were beaten and arrested.

“This is what I have been crying out about. There is a deliberate attempt by the Kogi State Government to kill me. I have since released this credible information to the public.”

via: Punchng.com

JUST IN: Melaye Refuses To Come Out As Police Invade His House In Abuja

Not fewer than 30 policemen have laid siege to the house of Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

When journalists arrived with cameras to cover the incident, the leader of the security team, who was on mufti, asked journalists to leave, stating that they didn’t want the operation to be recorded.

Via: Saharareporters


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