Saturday, December 5, 2015
Tens of thousands of left-wing protesters have taken to the streets of South Korean capital, Seoul, on Saturday to protest a number of government policies, which they believe threaten the country’s well-being and liberties.
An estimated 30,000 people showed up for the protest against President Park Geun-hye and her government, according to Itar-Tass. The event is held less than a month since the previous massive anti-government rally in the capital on November 14.
About 120 civic groups organized the Saturday protest in Seoul. They are against a free trade treaty with China, which was signed recently, which, protesters say, would benefit big corporative sponsors of President Park’s conservative Saenuri Party by opening new markets for them, and hurt small businesses, which would be challenged by Chinese competition.
They also criticize resent changes to the labor law, which gives employers more leeway in sacking workers.
The Presidency has approved the promotion of 907 Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officers between the ranks of Deputy Corps Commander and Deputy Route Commander. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy, and issued in Abuja on Saturday.
According to the statement, 90 of the officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Corps Commander to the rank of Deputy Corps Commander, while 35 Senior Route Commanders were promoted to the rank of Chief Route Commander.
24 Senior Route Commanders were also promoted to the rank of Senior Route Commander, just as 758 Deputy Route Commanders were promoted to the rank of Route Commanders.
The Corps Marshal of the commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for motivating his men to do more.
Parents Kim Kardashian, 35, and Kanye West 38, have welcomed their second child, a boy, today. The announcement came via Kim's website. "Mother and son are doing well," their two-sentence statement read.
The couple have not announced the new baby's name yet
Kardashian, who has flouted the rules of traditional maternity wear throughout both of her pregnancies, made it clear she was ready to evict the little guy in an Instagram post late Friday night. "Ready whenever you are," she wrote.
MTN Business, a unit of MTN Nigeria Enterprise, recently launched its MTN Prestige Corporate Loyalty programme to reward its top 100 corporate customers, who have continuously done business with them over the years.
The ICT giant hosted a collection of 100 CEOs and captains of industry at the prestigious Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The esteemed guests were treated to a night of truly beautiful music from an orchestra and the climax of the exquisite evening was a scintillating performance from Nigeria’s music export Asa and R&B singer/songwriter Praiz. Continue….
Online magazine, OnoBello.com has released the cover and editorial spreads of its December 2015 ‘Lingerie’ Issue, aptly tagged ‘Undercover’.
This shoot simply emphasizes that as women, what we wear underneath is as important as our clothes. Founder of the online magazine-Ono Bello poses confidently in six different types of lingerie from retail brand Brief Essentials while being photographed by the renowned Reze Bonna.
The magazine explains the inspiration behind this month’s theme, saying: ‘What’s under your clothes matters!’ Feeling and looking good should be both from the inside and outside, which is why your lingerie is important. It’s something meant not only for your partner to see in the bedroom, but it should make you the woman feel sexy too. Play with and enjoy your moods, which can go from dreamy, flirty, modest, casual to plain by wearing lingerie that match them. Spend time and effort on your body, because beautiful lingerie most times affirms your self-worth and has been proven to boost your self-confidence. More photos below.
Well, I never know the kind of people that read my blog. Poor, rich, wealthy, super mega rich? Lol ofcus... I know there are a lot of rich folks including politicians who read this blog and one of them might just be interested in this property. Even you guys too can! This property has been put on sale for so many years with no BUYER. Well, guess what, it’s not expensive! Instead of getting a single house in town for $250,000 you can get this entire town for the same price. What’s more is that it’s spacious enough for your business too, but it might just be you and your family living there alone and oh one more thing, one or two ghosts might pay you a regular visit or just LIVE there with YOU. Let me break it down;
A former Commissioner for Finance and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Adamawa state during Boni Haruna’s administration, John Elias has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment without option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Yola.
The judge on Friday also ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission to shut down his company, ALHAKIM NIGERIA LIMITED as well as pay the state sum of N51.5 million which he stole while he held sway in office.
The presiding judge who delivered the judgement under section 3 (2) of the miscellaneous act said the judgement will serve as a deterrent to occupiers of public office who may want to filter resources meant for developmental projects. Continue…
Akingbade said a cannabis warehouse run by Nwoke was discovered during the raid. It was there the NDLEA discovered nine bags of cannabis weighing 87kg.
When Ogbonna was arrested, a vehicle he used for the distribution was also impounded. 50kg of cannabis ready for distribution was reportedly recovered by the NDLEA agents in the process.
At a press conference yesterday, the Northern youth under the aegis of the Arewa Triumphant Youth Foundation, (ATYF) urged South- Easterners, especially Biafra agitators, to lay down their arms and embrace peace. According to the National President of the group, Ibrahim Yusuf, Northerners will not be happy to see South-Easterners pull out of Nigeria. He begged them to embrace peace irrespective of tribe or religion and also asked the government to come to their aide. Hear him;
“We are brothers. We should be able to live together as one big family. Nothing should separate us. MASSOB should lay down their arms, and allow us to stay together for the betterment of this great country.
“There is no doubt that 99 per cent of these people that are into these various crises are young persons, and this is because they are jobless, and to stop them from being violent, government at all levels must provide jobs and the enabling environment for the youth.
I have to admit that this time around, I wasn’t too eager to make a dash for the door. Maybe because I heard Asa was on the song and thought that it would have at least inspired Naeto C to use better and more inspiring rhymes. Hope is a very dangerous thing. It turned out that I hoped for too much. The first line of the song almost pulled off my knee cap. It is the most fatal accident I have had till date. I almost died when I heard “what a conundrum” within the first few lines. What Conundrum? Like seriously? Bros Naeto, the only thing close to a conundrum in the whole song was how you convinced Asa to feature in the song.
It’s a miracle. Such a pathetic story. I hope Wale is never released on bail again. Such a man shouldn’t live with humans.
The police in Ekiti State have arrested three persons in connection with a robbery attack on a retired United States Naval officer, Mrs. Titilope Ayeni-Are.
The woman had just arrived Nigeria from the US after being away for over 12 years. She was due to resume her new role as a lecturer in one of the tertiary institutions in the state when the incident occurred.
The first robbery attack occurred on Sunday, August 9 when burglars invaded her residence at Charity Street, Adehun, Ado Ekiti, the state capital, while she was away in church between 9.15 am and 1.45pm. Before her arrival, valuable items including three laptops, two DVD players, three mobile phones and a modem had been stolen.
Friday, December 4, 2015
The National Chairman of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh has confirmed the kidnap. So so sad.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, the Minister said all the trips have been anything but frivolous, and that they have started yielding fruits in terms of turning the tide in the fight against the insurgents who have been most active in the North-east, attracting investments in the range of billions of dollars, and securing global support for the administration’s anti-corruption fight.
”Nigerians, whether in the ruling or the opposition parties, have a right to ask questions about the activities of their President, but it is absolutely important that they do so from an informed, rather than partisan or sensational, standpoint,” he said.
Sixteen people died today when bombs struck a Cairo restaurant in what Egypt's Interior Ministry said was an attack apparently motivated by a labor disagreement and not terrorism.
The restaurant in the Agouza area, near Cairo's city center, also housed a bar and nightclub in a building's basement. Three masked men reportedly threw Molotov cocktails, or burning gasoline bottles, into the restaurant before fleeing.
"Initial information indicated that disagreements between workers at the night club and others caused ... [the suspects] to throw Molotov cocktail at the ... door," the Facebook page of the Interior Ministry read.
Twin bomb blasts have rocked two different places in Borno today. According to reports, suicide bombers reportedly hit Kimba area of the Biu Local Government Area (LGA) and Sabon-Ngeri, both located in Borno State this afternoon.
The numbers of those injured or dead is unknown at the time of publication.
The Café Bonne Biere in Paris, where five people were killed by Islamic State terrorists on Nov. 13, reopened today.
"This is a big moment for us to welcome back our customers," bar manager Audrey Bily told a crowd on the sidewalk before the doors opened. "We are a big family here together. This has always been a place of sharing and conviviality. Now we want to get going again."
The five victims were killed while sitting on the terrace surrounding two sides of the building three weeks ago. Surveillance videotape recorded two gunmen opening fire on them.
The restaurant has been cordoned off by police tape since the attack, and has become the site of piles of personal memorial remembrances.
Organizers of Russia's Festival of Chocolate said this year's event will feature life-sized chocolate sculptures of VLADIMIR PUTIN and HIS DOG. The festival, scheduled to begin Dec. 5 in St. Petersburg, will feature a 170-pound sculpture of the Russian president as well as a chocolate sculpture of his dog, Connie.
Organizers said the sculpture is not meant to make any political statements and was inspired by a life-sized sculpture of Pope Francis created from chocolate last year.
The sculptors said they plan to submit the Putin sculpture to Guinness World Records as the largest chocolate sculpture of a secular leader. Hmm.
He reportedly went to bed last night and didn't wake up.
The Late Emir ascended the prestigious throne in 1978. Funeral rites would take place after Juma'at prayer in Keffi today according to Islamic teachings.
He said the measure would allow free flow of traffic in the axis and ensure all traffic laws in the State are obeyed while violators will be punished according to the dictates of the law.
An Ado-Ekiti High Court, yesterday, sentenced one David Olugboyega to death by hanging for armed robbery involving N14,570. The Judge passed the judgment following the confessional statement of the convict and the conclusion of trial by the prosecution.
“An accused may be convicted on his own confession alone as long as the court was satisfied. Based on the confessional statement of the accused, the court found him guilty as charged. Besides, the prosecution has also proved his case beyond reasonable doubt by providing seven witnesses.
“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. This will serve as deterrent to others in the society. May God have mercy on your soul,” he said.
Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari who is the Governor of Zamfara State after a meeting with President Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa Abuja said the NGF should not be seen as anti-labour, The governor said the sharp drop in oil price had resulted in huge reductions of federal allocations to states.
He added that some states get as low as N55M monthly as federal allocation and there was no way they would continue borrowing to service overheads.
He said the distribution of card readers, result sheets and ballot papers was ongoing in 105 wards of all the Local Government Area. However, the commission would distribute collation sheets on Friday evening or early Saturday morning. He also said the movement of materials were heavily policed and that all agents of the parties involved in the election would also be part of the exercise.
The duro crooner who has been getting everybody to dance at parties and club houses has just released the official video of his new song, WASH. He also released new photos of him to complement the new video. See the video and more photos all after the cut.
You probably don’t know Sugabelly. I don’t know her either. But it is the twitter handle of a Nigerian lady: @sugabelly, who in the wake of the death of former Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi State felt the urge to go public with her story. My foregrounding her/story as opposed to his/story, is further affirmation of an earlier submission that Audu’s death is “inconclusive” (The Guardian, Nov 27).
As the rest of Nigeria mourned the death of Abubakar Audu and pondered the implications of an inconclusive electoral process, Sugabelly showed up on social media and started celebrating his death. Her message was that the death of the man was good riddance to bad rubbish. “I feel so amazing”, she wrote. “Like God actually answered my prayers… That’s usually how it is. Powerful people rarely remember the people whose lives they destroy.” She alleged that Audu’s sons once gang-raped her- seven of them, when she was an impressionable 17-year old and that Governor Audu used his position as a big man to rubbish her, slammed her with a $2 million libel suit, denied her from getting justice, with his lawyers insisting that “14 years” is the age of consent under the Penal Code in the FCT, and so there is no case. For eight years, her life, she says, has been a nightmare including contemplations of suicide and spells of manic depression.
The National Association of Nigerian Students has condemned the speed of the Senate in reading and debating a bill as it concerns Social Media Users in relation to other volatile bills pending in the 8th National Assembly.
Read the press statement below...
Read the press statement below...
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, condemn in totality the unusual rapid readings and debate in which the bill to jail social media users got from the Nigerian senate of the 8th National Assembly within a week, where we have pending volatile issues turning the nation down that needs their urgent attentions as stakeholder.
Haliya ended up having burns on her buttocks and private parts and thereafter rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital for treatment. The incident was reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Division which led to the arrest of the teacher, Maryam.
The school proprietress was invited for questioning by the police and mandated to make part payment for the treatment of the toddler. Haliya's health condition worsened due to complications.She was later transferred to Gbagada General Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
He was also the pioneer pro-chancellor of the first University of education in Nigeria, Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED. Family sources confirmed that he died of cancer related ailments.
The police in Lagos have arrested two securTity guards, Muhammed Kiga and Joseph James, for allegedly setting two houses on fire in the Ajah area of Lagos State. Punch Metro learnt that the two suspects, and one Musa, who is at large, conspired to commit the offence in November, 2015.
A police source said Musa and Kiga were employed to guard a property on Loius Fadipe Street, Thomas Estate, Ajah. Musa, who owned a motorcycle, was alleged to have had a disagreement with the landlord after his motorcycle scratched the latter’s car.
The source said, “They had a disagreement and the landlord banned him from bringing the motorcycle into the compound.
Three members of a robbery gang allegedly terrorising communities in the Agbado area of Ogun State have been arrested by the police.
It was learnt that the suspects – Tope Oyeleye, aka Elede; Abiola Yekini and Yusuf Olohuntoba, aka Ete – were arrested on Monday by policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Agbado Police Division.
However, other members of the gang, identified as J.J, Absorber, Sule and Ramoni, are still at large.
The naira fell against the United States dollar from 243 to 247 at the parallel market on Thursday. This is coming a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria banned over 1,600 Bureau De Change operators from participating in its twice-weekly sale of foreign currencies.
The naira had hovered between 241 and 243 before falling to 247 on Thursday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday scrutinized the Abuja residence of Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the former Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, in continuation of its investigation into the controversial disbursement of $2.1bn arms procurement funds by the ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
It was gathered that Dokpesi was taken from the custody to his house where the officials of EFCC searched the businessman’s residence for certain clues that might aid its probe. It was however not clear if they found any important document.
After the search, he was taken back to the EFCC headquarters, where he was kept overnight.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
A human rights and public interest litigation lawyer, John Nwobodo has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation at the Federal High Court Abuja over the dichotomy in the status of ministers of government of the federation.
The Plaintiff in the suit marked as FHC/ABJ/CS/9942015 is seeking the determination of three questions namely:
(1) Whether the 1st defendant in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under section 147 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is not bound to appoint one Minister from each State, who shall be so designated and not otherwise.
(2) Whether the designation or appellation “Minister of State” or “State Minister of” with its diminutive status is not discriminatory against the states from which Ministers of such designation were appointed and therefore unconstitutional. Continue...