Saraki Dumps APC Alongside APC Spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi


Senate President Bukola Saraki has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) alongside the party spokesman, Bolaji Abdulai and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed. .
Saraki announced his defection in a tweet on his official handle @bukolasaraki, noting that his decision follows extensive consultations.

 Although the Senate President is yet to announce the political party where he will be pitching his tent, he is currently in Kwara State, in a closed-door meeting with the State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The meeting is holding at Saraki’s residence in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. Members of the National, State Assembly, Commissioners and 10 representatives from 16 Kwara local governments are said to be in attendance.
Saraki’s defection from the APC comes a week after the defection of many members of the Senate and House of Representatives from the ruling APC.
Saraki’s defection from the APC comes less than 24 hours after the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC dissolved the State Executive Committee of the party in Kwara State.
The dissolution according to a resolution signed by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole,

‘We're Living Like Refugees', 'No Pay Since May... Say Soldiers In Gubio


Troops of the Nigerian Military deployed to Gubio Local Government in Borno State have accused the government and the chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, of abandoning them in the state.
 They said, “Since we have been on this assignment, we have not been eating well. No food for us to eat and we have no money to get food. We were supposed to be paid N1,000 daily but we were never given. The last time we got money was May, after the two weeks of training we had before coming to Gubio. We've been living like refugees."
The troops, who were recently attacked by Boko Haram, bitterly complained that the Chief of Army Staff sent them to Borno with inadequate ammunition despite the refusal of many soldiers to embark on the trip.
They said they had not been eating feeding well since their deployment to Gubio, particularly

Bishop Kukah To Buhari: Nigerians Are Dying Aimlessly, Mindlessly Under Your Watch


Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr  Matthew Hassan Kukah,  has lamented the incessant killings of Nigerians under the present administration, describing the killings as aimlessly and mindlessly wastage of lives in Nigeria by enemies of the nation.
Bishop Kukah and Buhari in a recent event
Speaking when he led other members of the Catholic Church to Gandi town, Sokoto State where he donated relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons from Tabanni village in the Rabah LG area.
Kukah who called for solidarity with one another in such trying times, warned that Nigeria was heading towards agricultural disaster because the killers were gradually but systemically preventing locals from going to the farm and rearing livestock, advised that the Federal Government should work out a more formidable measure capable of halting the ugly trend.
Seeing the gale of unwarranted killings going on in Nigeria as a ploy to set the

Show Of Disgrace In Glasshouse: Court Adjourns Pinnick vs Giwa Case Till Tomorrow


The Minister for Youths and  Sports, Solomon Dalung who is believed to be the arrow head behind Chris Giwa and the engineer of the crisis brewing in the NFF has decided to pursue the case that could earn Nigeria the FIFA Hammer, to a logical point as the suit on the lingering tussle for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation by Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa received yet another adjournment yesterday (Monday) by the Federal high Court in Jos.
 
Pinnick vs Giwa

In contrast with widespread hope that the case would eventually be dispensed with after last week’s intervention by the Presidency which led to Pinnick-led board returning to the Glass House, the Jos court adjourned hearing of the matter till tomorrow (Wednesday).
The court stated that it would sit on August 1 for hearing of the motion to vacate its previous orders granting recognition to the Giwa  lead NFF while invalidating the process that brought in Pinnick as the president of the Nigeria soccer governing body.
Pinnick’s lawyers had filed a counter-motion to dismiss the orders, and the court has now adjourned till August 1, for hearing of their plea.
While Giwa’s case was dismissed at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, and even slammed with

Lagos Leads,Kwara Follows, Ekiti Moving Up, Katsina In Relegation In Nigerian States Rank In Terms Of Progress


Nigeria's 36 States ranked in terms of progress, from best to worst, 2018.
 Lagos is still taking the big boy lead in the latest report of Nigerian States Rank In Terms Of Progress, followed by Kwara State as Ekiti shows a positive sign of progress but Katsina State could not capitalise on the advantage of having the number one citizen of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and ohher numerous citizens of the state in power, enjoying robust appointment in the presidency and in government parastatals.
   See full report bellow

Herdsmen Menace: Anglican Church Commissions Fulani Pastors To Engage Herdsmen


Diocese of Enugu North , Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in the state’s Ecclesiastical Province, has engaged three Fulani Christian missionaries to help reach out to herders in parts of Ezeagu, Udi and Enugu North local government areas of the state.

The Diocesan Bishop Sosthenes Eze also disclosed that the diocese has created the Hausa/Fulani mission outreach with an indigene of the state, Canon Nnaji, who had lived and served for long in the North as the coordinator.
   Speaking at the third session of the third synod of the diocese held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Okwojo, Ngwo, Enugu State, he explained that the move became necessary to stem the spate of farmers-herders’ clashes in the state, especially in the mentioned areas, which, according to him have witnessed influx of herders.

Bishop Eze appealed to Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma for the church to develop a massive strategy of evangelising to Fulani herders.

“Because of the influx of Fulani people; all these areas have been invaded by them and we cannot

Benue Governor, Ortom Impeached By Eight APC Lawmakers

It shall not stand: Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has been impeached this morning days after he left the APC.

He was impeached this morning by eight lawmakers of the Benue state House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The lawmakers served the governor an impeachment notice this morning after a meeting at the state Assembly complex on Monday, 30th July, 2018.
Ortom’s aide, Tahav Agerzua who confirmed the development said that the lawmakers took over the Assembly complex to sit and pass the impeachment notice while the police blocked further access.

Resign or be sacked, FG tells appointees loyal to Saraki


Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has asked Kwara state members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the camp of Senate President Bukola Saraki to either resign federal government appointments or risk being sacked.
 The minister said this at a press conference in his Oro, his hometown in Irepodun local government area of Kwara state.
Mohammed said it is unacceptable that members of the party who chose not to desert the party would not benefit from the government, while those who have decamped to other political parties would still hold on to the political appointment of a party they have dumped.
The minister also expressed confidence that the ruling APC would win the gubernatorial election in the state in 2019.
For six members of house of representatives to decamp from All Progressives Congress in Kwara

Benue State House of Assembly shutdown police take over complex


A detachment of armed Mobile policemen, believed to have been drawn from Abuja, Nasarawa and Benue have taken over the house of assembly complex.
 The heavily armed men blocked the main entrance leading to the assembly complex, thereby preventing workers from gaining entrance.
No reason has been given for the invasion at the moment, but sources confirmed that the action was another move by the opposition party to reinstate the sacked Speaker, Rt Hon Terkimbi Ikyange.
More to come…

God is Not Mocked, Whatsoever APC Sowed So Shall It Reap


On October 29, 2014, Muhammadu Buhari, while commenting on the defection of the then Speaker of the House of Representatives said, “I will like to thank Aminu Tambuwal for what he did yesterday (defecting from PDP). Taking such a remarkable risk and sending everybody on holidays till December is an achievement”.

Muhammadu Buhari was referring to the deft move by the then Speaker, who after cross carpeting, sent the House on recess so that no work could be done on the 2015 budget and no legislative activity could take place. The then Speaker, and those of his colleagues who had joined him to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, wanted to be able to focus on taking down the Peoples Democratic Party.

Fast forward to July 24, 2018, and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, announced the defection of 14 All Progressives Congress Senators to the Peoples Democratic Party, and immediately after, he adjourned plenary to September 25, 2018, effectively placing on hold many urgent and important

Stakeholders Query Essence Of Katsina Refinery Whille Kaduna, Warri Other Refineries Remain Nonfuntional


• FG Strategising To Abandon Niger Delta – PANDEF
• Govt Sending Conflicting Signals On Niger Delta Development –Onuegbu
• Project Not Transparent – CISLAC
Stakeholders and civil society groups have labeled Tuesday’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Niger Republic for the building of a new refinery in President Muhammadu Buhari home-state, Katsina, while the NNPC  four refineries, two in Port Harcourt (PHRC), and one each in Kaduna (KRPC) and Warri (WRPC) with combined installed capacity of 445,000 bpd remain nonfunctional  as an incredibly parochial move aimed at satisfying sectional interest.
In fact, some experts are calling for the immediate cessation of the Federal Government’s involvement in the project, insisting that it was unreasonable for a country, which has failed to optimise the production capacity of four existing refineries, to enter into a new MoU for a new plant, instead of fixing the comatose ones.
President Muhammadu Buhari, and his Nigerien counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, signed the document for the proposed facility, which is expected to come on stream between two to three years,

Xenophobia: 121 Nigerians Killed In South Africa Since 2016


The Nigerian community in South Africa has confirmed the killing of a 42-year-old, Mr Chibuzo Nwankwo from from Enugu State.
SA President, Cyril Ramaphosa has failed to halt killings
The community said that Nwankwo`s death brings to 121 the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa since  January  2016.
Mr Habib Miller, the Publicity Secretary of the  Nigerian Union in South Africa, confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Pretoria on Saturday.
According to him, the victim was shot in the early hours of Friday at a local bar in

Buhari Presidency now ‘citadel of liars’ — PDP

Tthe Buhari presidency has become a “citadel of liars” where lies are churned out daily to deceive Nigerians.
PDP was reacting to a statement credited to the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, claiming that members of the National Assembly, who joined the PDP had agreed to work for Mr Buhari in the 2019 election.
Ita Enag carrying the box of lie?
While addressing journalists on Thursday on the recent defection in the National Assembly, Mr Enang said the defected legislators had assured him of their readiness to campaign for the reelection of President Buhari in 2019.
“The affected lawmakers have expressed solidarity with President Buhari and stated emphatically that they are not against President Buhari or his re-election in 2019,” he said.
“In fact, in my interaction pre and post expression of intent to defect, all the dramatis personae — the senators and House of Representatives members — a great number of them have indicated that even if they pursue their bid on a different political platform they’ll still campaign for President Buhari for

Twitter Take Abayomi Shogunle's Twitterng Account @Yomishogunle Down


Uzor BN started this petition to Twitter, Inc and 2 others

In Nigeria today there is an increasing lack of care to human life. Recently so many innocent citizens have been killed unjustly. The most terrifying is that of the Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS created by the federal government of Nigeria to combat crimes. 

Their activities of late have ranged from extortion, kidnapping and demanding ransoms in form of bail and lastly killing citizens without being punished. At the wake of public cry, an office PPCRU “POLICE PUBLIC COMPLAINT RESPONDS UNIT” was created by the police to address the complaints about the sars menace. 
Sign here

Sadly, the “Head” of this PPCRU ABAYOMI SHOGUNLE with twitter handle @YomiShogunle has shown himself to be a complete misfit and incompetent officer. His interactions with Nigerians on twitterNG are full of unbridled arrogance and total disdain for their concerns which his unit is supposed to treat with all seriousness. He has likened the concerns of Nigerians who have suffered

German FA Boss Admits Mistakes In Ozil Affair


German Football Association (DFB) head Reinhard Grindel on Thursday in Berlin said he should have made clearer that racism is unacceptable after midfielder Mesut Ozil quit the national team.
    Ozil, who plays for English Premier League club Arsenal, had cited “racism and disrespect” over his Turkish roots after he quit the former world champions side.

He had been widely criticised for having his photograph taken with Turkey’s authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan in May.

Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, a team mate of Turkish descent who also posed with Erdogan, were jeered by German fans in warm-up games before the World Cup in Russia.

Grindel rejected Ozil’s accusations of racism against the DFB but said he regretted the photograph had been misused to justify “racist words’’, even though he did not go into any details.

“In retrospect, as the president I should have clearly said what is obvious for me personally and for us

Ronaldo Gets 24 Months In Prison Over Tax Evasion Fined €3.2m


New Juventus Boy, Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 3.2 million Euros (3.7 million dollars) and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday.

 The 33-year-old is accused of evading 5.7 million euros in taxes. He has denied the allegations.

Ronaldo is unlikely to go to prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.
The football star will be required to pay the 3.2-million-Euro fine plus the 5.7 million Euros in back taxes, 1 million Euros in accrued interest and 250 Euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.
This amount is likely to be only part of the striker’s fines over the case, which are expected to rise to around 19 million Euros in total.

Oshiomhole Mistaking APC For Labour Movement– Ogunlewe


Ex minister, works and housing and a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain, Adeseye Ogunlewe has cautioned the Adams Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress [APC] not to mistake a political party for a labour union.
The former minister who made the observation while speaking on Politics Today in Channel’s TV on Thursday, said the arrogance displayed by the leadership of APC will only frustrate the party’s chance come 2019.
Although, Ogunlewe did not directly mention Oshiomhole’s name but the manner at which he kept alluding to APC not being a ‘Labour union’ points his talks to the [Oshiomhole] who was a former Labour union leader.
While answering a question on question on what motivated APC lawmakers to defect to PDP, Ogunlewe replied, “One factor, is the tendencies of governors placing overbearing pressures on lawmakers…and there instances where lawmakers are also presumed by electorate as surrogates of

Boko Haram Launches Deadly Attack At Military Base In Borno


Boko Haram fighters aboard dozens of vehicles raided a base near a key city in northeast Nigeria, in their latest assault on the security forces, police and local militia said Friday.
 
Following the attack, the Nigerian army announced a “major” redeployment of senior officers, naming a new commander to lead counter-insurgency operations against the jihadists.
It was the third commander to be named for the military operation in the space of a year.
The Islamic sect late Thursday stormed a base on the outskirts of Jakana, a village 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
They then sacked and burned down a police station before fleeing, local militia said.
“Yesterday at about 1742 hours, Boko Haram terrorists in about 30 vehicles launched (an) attack on Jakana,” Borno state police spokesman Edet Okon said in a short statement.

“The police combat units were deployed for reinforcement. The insurgents were successfully repelled

Tension In Imo As Gunmen Murder APC Chairman


The road to the 2019 election was baptized with blood on Friday as gunmen suspected to be assassins in the early hours of today murdered, the All Progressives Congress chairman in Ideato North Local Government of Imo state, Sunny Ejiagwu,.
Ejiagwu, popularly known as Ohaneze was one of the 27 LGAs chairmen inaugurated on Monday by the new state chairman, Daniel Nwafor, after the state APC rescheduled election as ordered by the court.
The state commissioner of police, Dasuki Galandanchi, who confirmed the murder to our correspondent in a telephone conversation, said that the corpse had been evacuated to a nearby mortuary.
According to the CP, the politician was killed along the Akokwa road in the Ideato North LGA .
The CP said “the APC chairman in Ideato North has been murdered. I was at the scene of the crime

Leukaemia: Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, Retires From Football


Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has confirmed his retirement from professional football on Friday following a battle with acute leukaemia.

The England-born player, who was capped 10 times and named as an honorary 24th player in the Nigeria squad at the recent World Cup, revealed last month he was in complete remission from the disease.
“The support has been incredible,” the 32-year-old, who has been with Wolves for his whole career, said in a statement on the club’s website.
“Every day someone has asked me how I am for a whole year. It’s incredible to think people actually care so much that they’ll do fundraisers in my name.”
“I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire, because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body,” he added. “He thinks it’s what is best for me and I can’t really risk trying to come back — my health is the priority.”

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