Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tell Eurovision in 1944 Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to protect them from punishment for Nazi war crimes, by Scott

On Saturday, May 14, in Stockholm’s Globe Arena an event called the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest final will take place.
According to the Eurovision Official Rules 2016 posted on eurovision.tv:
1.2) Criteria of eligibility
1.2.1) Songs
“The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC as such or the EBU into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No  swearing  or  other  unacceptable  language  shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs.  No  messages promoting  any  organization, institution, political cause or other, company, brand, products or services shall be  allowed in  the  Shows and  within any official  ESC  premises (i.e. at the venue,  the  Eurovision  village,  the  Press  Centre, etc.).  A   breach   of   this   rule   may   result   in disqualification.”

28 Years Old Pastor Arrested For Stealing His Colleagues Car In Abuja

A 28-year-old pastor has been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing a Toyota Sienna car belonging to his pastor friend in Byazhin, Kubwa, Abuja.

The suspect, identified only as Destiny, was said to have been apprehended in Nsukka, Enugu State, where he took the car to.
City News gathered that the suspect, who used to visit the victim’s residence, took away the car key without his friend’s knowledge.

I Found A Lot Of Money On Dariye When I Arrested Him In A UK Hotel, Says Detective.

Peter Clark, a retired detective constable with the UK Metropolitan Police, on Monday, told a federal capital territory (FCT), high court, sitting in Gudu, Abuja, that Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state, was still wanted in the United Kingdom for money laundering charges.

Dariye, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds before Adebukola Banjoko, the judge, is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.162 billion.
Clark gave a blow-by-blow account of how foreign currencies were allegedly found on Dariye, who is now a serving senator, in September 2014, when the Nigerian politician was arrested at Marriott Hotel on George Street in the UK.

Again, Buhari Promises To Exterminate Militants As Military Invades Gbaramatu

Reveal your identities, ex-militants tell N’Delta Avengers
Osinbajo, Seriake, security chiefs, oil firms hold crucial meetings on oil industry attacks
Following the heightened attacks on oil industry installations in the Niger Delta, the threats by militants to bomb major cities in the country, and break up Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari monday restated his determination to deal squarely with insurgents wherever they are in the country, promising that his administration would ensure the continued existence of Nigeria.

EFCC Invites Shekarau

The Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) has invited former Kano State governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau for questioning over N950 million campaign funds.
Shekarau, EFCC sources said, was expected to be at the commission by 10am today.
“Shekarau was invited and is expected to come to the commission’s office in Kano today (Tuesday), he had accepted that in his acknowledgement,” the sources said.
Shekarau, a former minister of education under the Jonathan administration, was invited in connection with the N23bn campaign funds scandal, said the source.

Dariye Bought Pen For £7,000 In 2004 –UK Witness

A retired detective with the Metropolitan Police in London, Mr. Peter Clerk, on Monday, narrated to a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gudu, Abuja, the operations that led to the arrest of a former Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Joshua Dariye, in September 2004.
Clerk was testifying before Justice Adebukola Banjoko as the ninth prosecution witness in the trial of the former governor on charges of alleged diversion of about N1.162bn Ecological Fund meant for Plateau State in 2004.

Why Buhari Cannot Be Represented At Foreign Meetings – Lai

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday said it is in the interest of Nigeria that President Muhammadu Buhari attends meetings that require his presence outside Nigeria, saying that so far, only the president exudes the kind of personae that attracts the confidence of world powers.
Mohammed, who was a guest at a radio and television live programme in Kaduna hosted by Liberty Radio and Television, said sending representatives to such meetings as some people have suggested would not be as effective as having the president attending them in person.

“Give Buhari Time To Look Address Your Demands’’ – APC Tells Niger Delta Avengers

The South-East caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday urged the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to sheath its sword and give President Muhammadu Buhari time to address their demands.
This is contained in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja by the spokesman of the party in the South-East, Mr Osita Okechukwu. The APC group told the NDA to be mindful of the laudable projects the current administration had lined up for the Niger Delta and allow the president some time to execute them.

EFCC Detains Fani-Kayode, Asks Him To Refund N840m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday, detained a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, for allegedly receiving N840m from the party’s campaign funds.
The ex-minister, who arrived at the EFCC headquarters at about 9.45am, is currently being held at the anti-graft office for further investigations.

Fani-Kayode was accused of receiving the said amount from the Director of Finance of the campaign organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, during the build-up to the 2015 election, which the Peoples Democratic Party lost to the All Progressives Congress.

Buhari: I Chose Bakare To Silence My Critics.

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he chose Tunde Bakare, founder of Latter Rain Assembly, as his running mate in 2011, to prove wrong those who saw him as a religious bigot.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Kastina State Economic and Investment Summit, the president said he made the move to make his critics “shut up”.

Find Solutions To Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis, Buhari Tells Governors

by pmnews ·
President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged state governors to find lasting solutions to the persistent cases of farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country.
The president gave the challenge at an interactive session with members of Katsina Elders’ Forum organised by the Katsina State Government in Katsina.
He tasked the governors to go back to a comprehensive study and report carried out by the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) on how best to address farmers/herdsmen conflicts.
“When I was in PTF we did a comprehensive report on grazing reserves and cattle routes across the country.

Buhari: Fight Against Corruption Not Selective

As Masari says Katsina Has Blueprint to survive without oil
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the ongoing war against corruption is not selective but aimed at ensuring financial and economic discipline in the country.
He spoke on Monday when he visited the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, at his palace in Katsina, Katsina state.

Edo A Must-Win For APC — Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday, said that because of the strategic position of Edo State, the party must win the September 10, 2016, governorship election.

He said: “It is important. It is very necessary to emphasise the fact that for us, it (Edo State) is a critical state strategically. I hope I would not be misinterpreted if I say it is also a must-win state.”
Chief Odigie-Oyegun said this at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, while inaugurating the Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led APC Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Committee.

Reps May Include Age Reduction In Constitution Amendment- Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has hinted that the House will consider lowering the age of eligibility for Nigerians seeking election into political offices in order to allow youths to actively participate in the political process. Dogara also charged youths to participate more actively in politics by breaking voters' apathy and electing leaders who will secure their future and destiny. The speaker disclosed this yesterday while speaking during a dialogue with students drawn from universities across the country at the National Assembly.

Shell To Continue Operations, Denies Plan To Evacuate Workers

EIA: Nigeria loses 500,000bpd of crude to disruptions
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Shell Companies in Nigeria have restated their long-term commitment to the Niger Delta, saying they would continue operations in the oil-rich region despite the spate of militant attacks in recent days.

Shell has also denied evacuating its personnel from the region, saying that it was monitoring the security situation in the region very closely.

A militant group, which has identified itself as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), had attacked Chevron’s facilities in the Escravos area of Delta State last Wednesday and Thursday.

Tompolo Writes Buhari A Letter: ‘I Supported Jonathan NOT Because I Hate You’

Government Ekpemupolo, militant leader better known as Tompolo, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to relax the pressure on him at the moment, saying he did not support former President Goodlcuk Jonathan in the presidential election because he hated his opponent.

Tompolo, who has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said some “anti-Ijaw elements” around the president were misleading him.

Buhari: For Nigeria To Divide Now, It Is Better For All Of Us To Jump Into Sea

President Muhammadu Buhari vowed, yesterday, in his home state of Katsina, to use all resources at his disposal to crush any agitation for the division of Nigeria.

The president said the country fought a civil war which claimed over two million lives in order to be united.

Buhari, who spoke at the palace of Emir of Katsina also urged Nigerians to be patient with his government as, according to him, the current hardship being experienced, may not be unconnected with efforts at laying a solid foundation for sustainable nation building.

Man Slaps Wife And Got Her Blind (Snapshot)

This is a true story of domestic violence shared by a doctor friend.
"Her presenting complain was inability to see with the left eye of two days duration following a slap from her husband, I wasn't happy but had to be calm because the young man was also in the consulting room, after examination it was obvious that she was blind in that eye.

Photos: McDonald Obasuke Disrupts Obaseki's Campaign With Thugs (photos

Blood Shed As Oshiomhole’s Commissioner Disrupts APC Campaign With Thugs (photos

Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Edo State, Barr. McDonald Obasuke yesterday in Owan West Local Government Area disrupted the campaign train of Mr. Godwin Obaseki with armed thugs who beat up delegates loyal to the governorship aspirant and chased them away with guns.

Obasanjo Drops Bombshell On Successors

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday said Nigeria would have made remarkable progress if his successors had continued with the policies and programmes of his administration.

He declared that while the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua reversed some of his policies, the succeeding administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan also slipped into massive corruption, which his (Obasanjo) regime fought to a standstill.

He also said though President Muhammadu Buhari may not be actively knowledgeable about economy and foreign affairs matters, he believed in the current leader’s fight against graft and insecurity.

Fayose: I’m Qualified For Vice President Position In 2019

Speaking yesterday night during his monthly media chat, Meet Your Governor, as reported by the Nation, Fayose urged the people to put “Gammalin 20” inside water to kill the herdsmen’s cows.

He declared that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, will retain his position at the party’s May 21 National Convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

But he vowed to work against Sheriff if the PDP boss plans to transmute himself to a presidential candidate in 2019.

Wike Sacks Kelvin Wachuku As Commissioner 6 Months After Appointment

The Rivers state Government have relieved Kelvin Wachuku of his position as the Commissioner for Works in the state.

Consequently, Governor, Nyesom Wike has appointed Bethel Iheanyichuku as the new Commissioner for Works.

The Rivers State House of Assembly had earlier screened and confirmed Iheanyichuku as a Commissioner-designate.

His screening followed a request by Governor Wike.

Olu Falae Firm’s Account Frozen By EFCC Over Alleged GEJ N4bn Campaign Funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has frozen the bank account of a company belonging to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, The Punch reports. It was gathered that the account with the United Bank for Africa titled Marecco Nigeria Limited with number 1000627022, was frozen as part of investigations into the N4bn disbursed by the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election. It would be recalled that Falae had received N100m on behalf of his party, but said he was not aware that the money belonged to the Government and it wasn’t a personal fund but something he got on behalf of his party.

Faces Of Boko Haram Terrorists Captured By Civilian JTF In Borno. Pics

These are the faces of the latest set of Boko Haram terrorists captured by Civilian JTF in Borno. Among the four captured militants, is an Ameer, seen undergoing interrogation. See pictures below;

CCT: Paul Erokoro Blasts FG ‘For Wasting Tribunal’s Time’

A mild drama took place at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Tuesday as a counsel to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Paul Erokoro lambasted Federal Government’s lawyer for insisting that only one counsel should be allowed to cross examine a witness.
Saraki is standing trial on a 16-count charge of false assets declaration.

Erokoro said this while reacting to the submission of Federal Government’s lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, who condemned the trend where more than one defence lawyer keep cross-examining a particular witness.

Thugs Machete Task Force Officials In Lagos (photos)

SOME Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) officials were on Saturday stabbed with cutlasses and broken bottles by miscreants and illegal abattoir operators at Idi-Araba near Lawanson in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos.

They also damaged the task force’s two Toyota Hilux vans and a Black Maria and stopped the operatives from sealing off the illegal abattoir.

Saraki’s Trial Resumes At The Code Of Conduct Tribunal

This Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES is bringing you live updates as hearing resumes in the landmark case of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal headquarters in Abuja.

Today’s proceeding was expected to commence at 10:00 a.m., but the tribunal chairman has not arrived.

Mr. Saraki arrived at exactly 10:00 a.m with his aides and supporters, who include his colleagues from the National Assembly. .The courtroom is already filled with mostly lawyers for both prosecution and defence teams, as well as reporters.

Japan To Invest $1bn In Lagos Monorail Project..

Japan to invest $1bn in Lagos monorail project..

The Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade on Monday disclosed that France and Japanese Governments will be investing the sum of $1 billion in the construction of mono rail project in the State.

Veronica Ezeh-Chioma, UNIZIK Student, Dies Of Gas Explosion (pics)

Female final year student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Biochemistry department, Miss Veronica Ezeh Chioma,died of gas explosion last week in the school hostel. The death was as a result of the gas explosion last week in the school hostel.

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Lagos State Generates N101Billion In 4Months

The Lagos State Government generated a total revenue of N101.69bn in the first quarter of 2016 out of which a surplus of N4.85bn was realized as against an expected N29.92bn deficit, the State’s Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade said on Monday.

Speaking at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to commemorate Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s first year in office, Ashade said the generated revenue was above that of 2015 which stood at N97.28bn in the first quarter, adding that in absolute terms, the revenue performance was N4.4bn more than comparative period of 2015.

5 Categories Of People That won't feel The Country's current Inflation

These category of people are not feeling much the bad turn affecting the country presently. Some of them may even still be siding the presidency hoping for better things ahead. Those set still frown at anyone abusing the current administration. Don't mind them, it is because they are still in one of the below categories.

Corpses Of 8 Boko Haram Terrorists & Weapons Recovered By Troop Today

Following the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on troops location last night in Sambisa forest, eight more bodies of killed Boko Haram terrorists have been recovered from the forest. The bodies, according to Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, were recovered Monday morning in addition to other recoveries earlier made. In a related development, on 8th May 2016, at about 10.30pm, 3 Boko Haram terrorists went to Puchi village to tax the community.