Nigerian men arrested for raping 12-year-old girl

The country has an extremely low conviction rate for rape and sexual abuse

Police in the north-western state of Jigawa were alerted to the alleged crime when they received a complaint about a man in his 50s luring the girl to a hidden place so he could have sex with her.

During a police interview the girl said that 11 other men had also raped her.

She is now in hospital and police have told the BBC there is medical evidence of rape.

The incident follows the killings in the last week of two young women that have sparked widespread anger.

In one case, the family of 22-year-old student Uwavera Omozuwa say she was raped inside a church and bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher in the city of Benin.

In the other, a 16-year-old was shot dead by a policeman in Lagos.

Amnesty International has said that although rape is a crime in Nigeria, the rising number of attacks is due to the failure of law enforcement.

The country has an extremely low conviction rate for rape and sexual abuse.

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Nigerians enjoy more electricity than many countries

Five West Africa Countries have topped the energy access status in the ECOWAS region with their population having access to electricity, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) says.

Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE, disclosed this during his presentation at the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Monday in Abuja.

He said that Cape Verde, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Cote D’ivoire were leading in the region while Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo had the least status.

According to Mr Kappiah, only 42 per cent of the total ECOWAS population had access to electricity while only eight per cent of the rural population had access to electricity.

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He said that more than 175 million people are without access to electricity services in the region, adding that more needed to be done to improve the statistics.

The ECREEE director said that about 1.7 million people would benefit from the introduction of the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP).

He said that the estimated budget of the project was 223 million dollars, which was aimed at enhancing electricity access in West Africa and the Sahel region through stand-alone solar systems.

Kappiah added that the project would also benefit solar companies and local entrepreneurs from the ECOWAS, Mauritania, Cameroon and Chad.


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“The next phase of ROGEP under ECREEE leadership is Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, which are targeted because the countries are the major providers of candidates for emigration.

“The status of readiness of these countries to host the proposed activities is acceptable, given the political institution and technological environment.

“The implementation will create one million jobs, self employment for youths in the region, enhance various agriculture value chain as fundamental of the West Africa economy.”

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The executive director added that the extension to all ECOWAS countries would follow recommendations by the ECOWAS Parliament.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mandate of the ECREEE is to sustain development and cooperation in the region with the objective of promoting cooperation among member states for the development of a viable regional infrastructure.

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In particular, it has the specific sub-objectives of promoting provision of efficient, reliable and competitive energy sources to member states through the common exploitation of traditional and alternative energy sources.

It also promotes rural access to affordable energy in the region. (NAN)

At least 30 people killed in triple suicide bombings in Nigeria’s Borno state

Over 30 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing in northeastern Nigeria, emergency services reported on Monday, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram jihadist group.

Three bombers detonated their explosives late Sunday outside a hall in the town of Konduga, where soccer fans were watching a game on television. Konduga is about 22 miles southeast of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

Usman Kachalla, the head of operations for the Nigerian emergency management agency, said on Monday: “The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured.”

Ali Hassan, the leader of a self-defense group in Konduga, said that the attack happened at around 9 p.m. on Sunday and that the operator of the hall had prevented one of the bombers from entering the packed venue.

“There was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber who blew himself up,” Mr. Hassan said by telephone, adding that two other bombers who had mingled among the crowd at a tea stall nearby had then also detonated their vests.

“Nine people died on the spot, including the operator, and 48 were injured,” Mr. Hassan said.

Mr. Kachala of the emergency management agency said that the high number of fatalities was because responders had been unable to reach the site of the blast quickly and were ill equipped to deal with large numbers of wounded.

“Lack of an appropriate health facility to handle such a huge emergency situation and the delay in obtaining security clearance to enable us deploy from Maiduguri in good time led to the high death toll,” he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the imprint of Boko Haram, which has led a decade-long campaign to establish a hard-line Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria.

The last suicide attack was in April, when two bombers blew themselves up outside the garrison town of Monguno, killing a soldier and a vigilante and wounding another soldier.

Konduga has been repeatedly targeted by suicide bombers from a Boko Haram faction loyal to its longtime leader, Abubakar Shekau. The faction typically carries out suicide attacks against civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations, often using young women and girls as bombers.

The jihadists are believed to sneak into Konduga from hiding places in the nearby Sambisa Forest.

The Boko Haram insurgency has so far claimed 27,000 lives and forced around two million people to flee their homes. The violence has spilled into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to battle the insurgents.

Yomi Shogunle.

Yomi Shogunle sacked over too many ‘Public complaints’

The Nigeria Police have sacked the head of its public complaints unit, a senior official said Saturday.

Yomi Shogunle.
Yomi Shogunle. Photo: BBC

Yomi Shogunle, a controversial officer who at times rattled social media users with his posts, was removed from the Police Complaints Response Unit and posted to Ebonyi State.

The assistant commissioner of police was transferred on Friday morning to head the police area command in Nkalagu, Ebonyi State.

“He was transferred on Friday morning after the Force Headquarters received too much complaints about his conduct,” a police chief said on Saturday afternoon.

Messages about the transfer first spread on social media Saturday morning, eliciting reactions. Many of his critics, however, suggested that only an outright dismissal would be sufficient for Mr Shogunle’s alleged misconduct.

Mr Shogunle was named as the pioneer head of PCRU after it was created to receive complaints against police officers in late 2015.

The department achieved initial credits by following up on allegations of misconduct against officers.

Social media also played a heavy role in amplifying the unit’s activities and response time. But Mr Shogunle soon found himself consumed by social media distraction. He began to exchange regular insults with citizens online, especially on Twitter.

Some commentators said Mr Shogunle’s conduct undermined his unit’s successes, and demanded his removal. Several petitions were filed online for his removal, but it seemed the latest one was what eventually did him in.

Amidst outrage over police clampdown on women in Abuja, Mr Shogunle justified the discriminatory arrests in a manner many considered too objectionable.

Since 2017, Mr Shogunle had also faced online scorn for his frequent ridiculing of #ENDSARS, a nationwide campaign to end police brutality. He described the movement, which has helped many citizens obtain justice against errant police officers, as a scam.

The Force Headquarters had been observing the controversies being courted by Mr Shogunle, who has been based in Lagos.

“We decided it was time to take him out of that important office because he had become an embarrassment,” a police chief said. “We wish him good luck in Ebonyi.”

The senior official, who spoke under anonymity because he was not the police’s spokesperson, said Mr Shogunle’s transfer signal was dispatched on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Frank Mba could not be reached for comments Saturday afternoon.

Ebonyi police commissioner, Awosola Awotunde, told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday he had not received the signal. Depending on its urgency, a police signal usually take three to four days to reach recipients.

Mr Shogunle, too, did not respond to calls.

SOURCE: BBC/Premium Times

Nnamdi Kanu ‘must appear in court’ – Justice Binta

A Nigerian judge has said she wants missing pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu back in court after he resurfaced in Israel following his disappearance last year, the AFP news agency reports.

The head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) has been charged with treason after campaigning for an independent state called Biafra in south-eastern Nigeria.

In 2009, he set up Radio Biafra, a station that broadcasts to Nigeria from London calling for an independent state for the Igbo people.

He was released on bail last year after spending more than 19 months without trial.

He went missing after his house in the south-eastern Abia state was raided by the military.

But last month a video of him appeared on social media showing him praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

At the hearing in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, judge Binta Nyako ordered the three people who stood surety for Mr Kanu when he was granted bail to produce him in court or forfeit their money, AFP reports.

“I want you to go out to look for Nnamdi Kanu, I gave you a Nnamdi Kanu and you have lost him and I’m not happy with you. I want him back,” she is quoted as saying.

Nigeria army denies planning a coup


The Defence Headquarters has debunked the claim by the Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu that the Army could take over power, saying the “Military has no political ambition.”

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Nigerian army. Photo: Premium Times


The Miliatry’s response was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General J.A Agim and distributed by PRNigeria- a Press Releases distribution platform- on Thrsday night.

“The Defence Headquarters wish to state clearly that, the Nigerian Military has come of age and is in tune with best international military practices of complete and total subordination to democratic governance,” he said.

Senator Ekweremadu on Wednesday 7 March 2018, while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central, had stated: “The Problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue”.

But the Military said while the comment may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse, it was however derogatory to the Army used in the expression and by extension to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“The statement in the true sense has the capacity to denigrate the Nigerian Military in every ramification including its loyalty to the President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the confidence of the general public to defend Nigeria’s democracy.”

It assured the public that the Military will continue to support Nigeria’s democracy.


SOURCE: Daily Trust

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

Army General leading Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram removed

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Attahiru Ibrahim, has been removed from that position.

Mr. Ibrahim’s redeployment comes three days after Boko Haram insurgents carried out one of the deadliest attacks on Biu town in Borno where at least 18 people were killed and 52 others seriously injured.

Mr. Ibrahim, a major general, took over the command of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North-east in May 2017. The former occupant of that position was Lucky Irabor who was redeployed to coordinate the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF.

Boko Haram attacks appear to have increased since Mr. Ibrahim assumed duties with scores of suicide bombings, mostly by teenage girls, occurring between May and December.

The Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, apparently unimpressed with the way the operation was going, had in August issued a rare ultimatum of ’40 days’ for the theatre commander to arrest the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and put an end to the incessant Boko Haram attacks. Neither was achieved.

The insurgents continued to stage daring attacks including on military formations.

Though a large number of Boko Haram hideouts were raided and many terrorists including kingpins reportedly killed by soldiers during the period, well over 50 soldiers including officers were killed between May and now.

Some of the most recent cases were the ambush in Magumeri that caused the death of about 19 soldiers and kidnap of some oil explorers.

The military also suffered a major loss of some 15 soldiers including a commander in November when Boko Haram insurgents attacked troops’ location in Sassawa village near the Yobe State capital, Damaturu.

Also in November, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, witnessed one of the worst suicide bombings in recent times when four female suicide bombers attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of the city, killing 14 persons.

About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State.

Another suicide bombing was witnessed on December 2 when two teenage suicide bombers attacked Biu market killing at least 18 persons and injuring 52 others.

About two weeks ago, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, paid a sudden visit to the Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief. No reason was given for the CDS’ visit without other service chiefs.

Mr. Ibrahim has now been replaced by Rogers Nicholas, also a major general.

The new Theatre Commander was, until his appointment, the Chief of Logistics at Army headquarters in Abuja. Before that, he was Commander of the Special Security Task Force in Jos as well as Chief of Civil Military Affairs at Army headquarters.

Mr. Ibrahim is believed to have been redeployed to the Army headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

Although the army has not officially announced the new deployments to Nigerians, the military radio in Borno has already made the announcements.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Premium Times/Channels TV

Nigerian man jailed seven years without trial freed

Nigerian man jailed seven years without trial freed

The Chief Judge of Anambra, Peter Umeadi, on Tuesday discharged a 31-year-old prison inmate, Chukwujekwu Ifejika, who had been in Onitsha Prison for seven years without trial.

Nigerian man jailed seven years without trial freed

In his ruling during his yearly visit to prisons in the state, Mr. Umeadi said that Mr. Ifejika was discharged for lack of criminal record or case file in an alleged case of armed robbery.

According to him, the suspect has been in prison custody for seven years without any hearing in court.

“If the accused was convicted for the crime he was accused of, he would have served seven years in prison and he has spent seven years here,” Mr. Umeadi said.

The chief judge also granted bail to one Chiotu Eluemuno, 32, in the sum of N50,000 with his mother as surety.

Mr. Umeadi, who expressed displeasure over the loss of case file of the accused at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), ordered that that the accused be granted bail.

In an interview with journalists, Mr. Ifejika expressed mixed feelings over his release, saying he lost his parents while in incarceration.

“I thank God above all things for my freedom today. I did not have anybody to speak for me and I lost my father and mother while in the prison.

“I am going back home to meet relations to tell them my story.

“My incarceration has opened doors for me to learn a lot of handicraft like painting, carpentry and tailoring.

“I am happy, if not for anything; I am going home with this knowledge. I was among the prisoners that painted some parts of the prison,” he said. (NAN).


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/All Africa/Premium Times

Nigerian University employing snake charmers to stop snake bites on Campus 

university in north-west Nigeria is hiring snake charmers to eradicate the danger of fatal snake bites on campus.

Zainab Umar, a final-year economics student at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University in Katsina state, died last week after a snake bite.

The dean of student affairs, Suleiman Kankara, said charmers had been hired before after snake reports.

Snake charming is commonly practiced in south Asian countries but also in parts of Africa.

Against medical advice, Ms Umar was taken away by her friends and her brother from the university clinic where she had been receiving treatment, Mr Kankara added.

Snake charmers typically play a flute which the snake appears to respond to, often at close striking range.

Astonishingly, the snake seems reluctant to strike despite a flared hood in the case of cobras.

In Nigeria, snake charmers physically handle cobras with their bare hands in street performances and sometimes involve members of their audience.

It is common in the northern part of Nigeria as a form of street entertainment but also as a means of advertising the possession of “special powers, charms or medicines” which are sold to onlookers.

Cameroon invade Cross River, kill six villagers 

Six residents of Danare, a village in Boki local government area of Cross River state have allegedly been shot after Gendarmes from Bodam community in Cameroon invaded the village.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the incident.

Inuwa said the residents told him that they were preparing to retaliate because Cameroonians had encroached their land.

“We found out that six persons were shot and they are currently in the hospital as the pellets were being removed from their bodies,” he said.

“They were shot by the people of Bodam village from Cameroon. We have advised the people to restore normalcy and shun all forms of crisis and allow the government to take charge.

“They told us that they were preparing to repel the attack because the Cameroonians had encroached almost 43km into their land.”

Itam Abang, member representing Boki I constituency in the state house of assembly, alleged that over 1,000 cocoa, plantain and banana farms were destroyed by the Cameroonians.

“When we got there, the Danare people had already mobilised for war. Luckily, we arrived on time in company with the commissioner of police and we had to prevail on them not to go into the forest,” he said.

“From where we were standing, we could hear gunshots because the Cameroonians had really encroached into the Danare community.

“And from what my people told me, the Cameroonians have destroyed over 1,000 of their farmlands and this is a huge loss to the farmers.

“We advised residents in the community to hold their peace that the state and federal government were going to step in with a view to restoring peace and normalcy in the area.”

Finnish Diplomats to Nigeria in a deadly car crash

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be on high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.

The details is still sketchy and is developing. 

Nigeria begins issuance of visa on arrival to all Africans

Nigeria has kicked off the issuance of visas upon arrival to all Africans, a decision described as a move towards Africa’s integration agenda.

It could be recalled that Nigerians in the other hands have faced challenges and hardships in other countries leading to killings of Nigerians or a mass deportation back to Nigeria. 

South Africa has been on the lips of Nigerians following the continued recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and their companies in the country. 

Nigeria Army finally announces end of Python dance II In South East

The Nigerian Army has announced the end of its exercise Python Dance 11.A statement by the Spokesman of 82 Div,Colonel Sagir Musa said  the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division Nigerian Army Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar represented the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General TY Buratai to formally declare the end of  Exercise EGWU EKE 11.

The ceremony took place in Sector 1 Tactical Headquarters at  Umuahia, Abia State at about 7pm to 8pm on Saturday 14 October 2017, with the traditional activation of camp fire to formally signify the successful completion of the Exercise.

General Abubakar commended all the officers, soldiers and personnel of paramilitary organizations that collaborated and synergized, worked tirelessly and commendably throughout the one month period for the Exercise.

He remarked further that the achievements recorded during the Exercise in the areas of attainment of the mission specific training objectives, improvement in peace and security, curtailing the menace of violent irredentist groups in the theatre of the Exercise(South Eastern part of Nigeria) is remarkable.

On the part of the Government and good people of Abia State, the representative of the Governor of Abia State Engineer Emmanuel Nwabuko expressed appreciation of the government and people of the State for the numerous achievements of Exercise EGWU EKE 11 in terms of improvement of peace, security and stability of the State.

He remarked further that the collaborative relationship with the Nigerian Army can be traced to the time when in 2010 – 2011 kidnappers, armed robbers and other hoodlums paralyzed economic and social activities in the State, it was the army that rescued us. So, we are ready to always leverage on this relationship whenever the need arise.

In attendance Were the representative of the Chief of Training and Operations Army Headquarters, Brigadier General Ndalolo, Defence Headquarters Observer Team led by Commodore Shammah, the Security Adviser to Abia State Governor, Captain (rtd) Idonsi Awa and the Commanders of 14 and 34 Brigades Brigadier Generals AK Ibrahim and IH Bature. Others were the Commanders of 44 Engineer Brigade, 82 Division Garrison, and Supply and Transport Brigadier Generals Mark Mamman, LA Adegboye and EA Anaryu respectively.

One interesting aspects of the camp fire was the disposition of troops who surged, formed a ring and girated round the fire, shouting/praising the Chief of Army Staff and the GOC for providing them the necessary logistics to successfully conduct one of the successful military Exercise in the history of Nigerian Army Exercises.

“Nigerians are heartless” – Presidency responds to reactions on Buhari’s World Bank request 

residency has Friday, clarified what President Muhammadu Buhari aims to achieve when he asked the World Bank to focus on rebuilding the North East.

Reference: 

President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim Thursday, said the bank’s concentration on Northern Nigeria was as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s request.

Kim said, “You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that.  Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult.”

The statement signed by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Buhari requested that World Bank focused on the North East was because “we inherited a Northeast beset by a humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions: villages and towns laid waste; more than 20,000 dead.”

It also states that “Northeast Nigeria has always been a priority for President Buhari, right from when he campaigned to be President.”

He, however, added that “any part of the country that requires special attention would receive it, irrespective of primordial affinities.”

School Children killed as Men dressed in Nigeria military uniforms allegedly inject students

According to UNCONFIRMED reports reaching Bloomgist, men dressed in Nigerian Army Uniforms have killed over 6 school children in Ozubulu, Anambra state. 

Acoordinator to a resident, them military men who arrived in Army vehicles entered school with immunization boxes, forcing every child to be injected and beating up teachers and students who fail to comply with the excersise.

A source who spoke to Bloomgist on the phone after getting an assurance to stay anonymous state:

The military men came with two military hilux vans, telling everyone to come to be injected, but when Pepe tried to run away out of fear, they were forced back.” 

Another residence of Ozubulu who reached out to us via Whatsapp state:

“As I’m chatting with you now, the whole area is under fire, people running for safety without being sure of where they are running to because the army men are positioned almost in every junction.”

All the effort by the Bloomgist to contact the Police Public Relation office in Anambra were not successful as the calls were neither picked up or returned. 

No cause for alarm, NMA

Bloomgist has obtained a statement from the NMA saying that the who story is all but rumour spread out of fear and panic by residents of the state. Read below:

*UPDATE ON THE PANDEMONIUM IN PARTS ANAMBRA STATE*

I have authentically confirmed from the intelligence services that:

1. There was actually a scheduled medical outreach Programme by the Nigerian Army;

2. Such Programmes are routinely done after every military exercise in communities e.g. Operation Python Dance;

3. That the Council Chairmen and Traditional Rulers of concerned communities were duly informed;

4. But, it appears that to information was not adequately disseminated to the citizenry;

5. That soldiers were only setting up the sheds and stands for the exercise when some individuals concocted the rumors of an ulterior motive and began disseminating the false alarm;

6. That the false alarm led to considerable panic and confusion in the whole State now -Awka, Nnewi, Ozubulu, Onitsha, etc;

7. The Military has therefore been advised to suspend the Outreach Programme immediately in order to calm frayed nerves;

8. The State Government will soon make a public broadcast to dispel the rumour and properly explain what happened.

On my side, I am still collating information from the footmen that have been sent to the field by NMA ANAMBRA State. If what we collate vary from the official version from what I got from the intelligence agencies, I shall give out the update.

*JKC*

*_Chair, NMA ANAMBRA State Branch_*

More details coming… 

Breaking: Monkey Pox hits Lagos, 2 cases reported 

The deadly  but rare viral zoonotic disease (from animal to man) caused by Monkey pox virus that recently began in Bayelsa has reportedly hit Lagos state with two cases allegedly recorded. 

The first case of monkeypox in Bayelsa has been traced to a monkey, but the biology of the virus allows it to be transmitted from human to human once it gets into human populations

A week ago, fear had griped residents of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, following the outbreak of the viral epidemic, Monkey Pox, in the state, with report that 10 persons had already been infected while authorities in the state said they were tracking 49 persons alleged to have come in contact with the infected persons. 

Monkey Pox is a viral illness caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and small pox. 

The first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequently it had outbreaks in the West African region. The virus has two types, the Central African and the West African types with the West African type being milder and having no records of mortality. 

However,  the Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said there is the need to sensitize members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease. 

Dr. Idris said two cases have been reported in the state and that one of the victims has just returned to Lagos from Bayelsa State, where the incident was first recorded last week. He said there are thirty-two (31) reported cases across the country, with two (2) in Lagos. 

Dr. Idris told newsmen at a news conference on Monday that it has become necessary to sensitise residents about the viral disease which has been reported in some states. 

“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is the need to sensitize members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State Government,” he said. 

“I need to state that though there is no specific vaccine for the disease, vaccination against Smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox. There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox, however, the disease is self-limiting and could be managed conservatively.” 

“The symptoms in human is similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patient although less severe. 

“Monkey Pox Should be suspected in any person with rash, fever, chills, sweats, headache backache, lymphadenopathy, sore-throats, cough and shortness of breath. 

“Residents are urged to put adequate measures in order to reduce the risk of contracting the diseases. “Health workers should have a high index of suspicion any person with the above symptoms in order to improve case detection. 

“I need to state that though there is no specific to a vaccine for diseases, vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox. 

“There is also no specific anti-viral therapy for Monkeypox. 

“However the diseases are self-limiting and could be managed conservatively.” 

“The preventive measures to be taken against the spread of the disease include; avoiding close contact with infected people; avoiding consumption of bushmeat and dead animals; cooking of meat and meat product thoroughly before eating and washing hands with soap and running water frequently and thoroughly.”

Four judges, secrete trials | 1,600 Boko Haram suspects set to apear in court

The first of more than 1,600 suspected Boko Haram militants are due to appear in a series of trials scheduled to start later today in Nigeria.

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Most of the defendants were arrested in the last few years as the Nigerian government stepped up its campaign against the Islamist militant group.

Boko Haram has been fighting for the last eight years to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.

There are at least 5,000 suspects being held in different locations in the north-east of the country who are expected to face trial in the coming weeks.

To date a small number of people have been tried and convicted for links to the insurgency.

The Nigerian courts are also chronically slow and these are cases with more difficulties than most, he says.

Four judges begin secret Boko Haram trials

Nigeria has now started the trials of thousands of suspects accused of being involved with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Sources at the ministry of justice have told me that four judges have started their trials at the military detention facility in Kainji town, north-central Niger state, where more than 1,600 suspects are being kept.

It is not clear how many have been arraigned on the first day of the trials.

Four judges, secrete trials | 1,600 Boko Haram suspects set to apear in court
Millions of people have fled their homes during the eight-year insurgency

Up to 1,670 people will be tried in the coming weeks with a further 5,000 people after that. Many of the suspects have been detained for years.

This is the biggest series of terrorism-related trials in Nigerian history so far.

The trials are to be conducted in secret at detention facilities across the country – although they are not military tribunals.

Human rights activists and some families of the suspects have expressed fears that this will undermine transparency.

The trials are likely to last for months, or even years, because of the huge number of suspects who will be tried individually, according to Justice Minister Abubakar Malami.

Plus the judicial system here is chronically slow.

More than 20,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced by Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency in several countries in the Lake Chad region.

Many people, including women and children, have also been abducted by the militants.

 

At least 10 people killed as gunmen attack Port Harcourt Market

At least 10 people killed as gunmen attack Port Harcourt Market

Gunmen attacked a market in southern Nigerian city Port Harcourt early this morning, reports AFP news agency.

At least 10 people killed as gunmen attack Port Harcourt Market
Port Harcourt has high levels of crime and political violence

Most of the victims were market women, said trader Agnes Tarila.

Local resident Arutere Utuama said: “As soon as I heard of the incident I ran to the market where I counted at least 10 bodies.”

Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni told AFP that the motive for the killings was not clear yet.

Details soon…

Breakdown of Nigerian senate activities this week

The eighth Nigerian Senate resumed for the week’s legislative business on Tuesday, October 3.

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The lawmakers, during the week, deliberated on issues of national importance ranging from 2017 budget implementation, JAMB Post UTME, to allegations of corruption against public office holders.

Below are the major events and decisions of the Senate this week;

Tuesday — The Senate revisited the regulatory conflict between the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board and universities in offering admission to candidates. While considering scrapping of Post UTME, the senate referred the issues to its committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to meet with parties involved.

The Senate asked the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to remove speed bumps indiscriminately erected on federal highways.

Following an earlier resolution, the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation received the Ministers of Finance and the Ministers of Budget and Planning to address issues on implementation of capital projects in 2017 budget.

The Senate called for construction of captive dams in communities across Nigeria towards putting a check to the drilling of boreholes in the country.

Wednesday — The Senate constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the challenges of poor funding and embarrassing state of the country’s foreign missions.

The Senate set up an eight-man ad hoc committee to investigate allegations of corruption brought against the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Idris Ibrahim.

Senator Isa Misau accused the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, of having sexual relationship with two female officers.

The Senate set up an ad-hoc committee to carry out “holistic investigation” into allegations of corruption against Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director, GMD, as contained in a letter written by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari and the state oil firm, NNPC.

Thursday — After considering report by its joint committee, the Senate said it would not allow the Executive arm to embark on the selective implementation of projects in the 2017 budget.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Premium Times

Biafra: Ooni speaks up, says IPOB is not a terrorist organization

Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi has said members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) should not be regarded as terrorists.

He said this on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State.

Why it matters:

  • The South-East Governors’ Forum has proscribed the activities of the group, after a clash with soldiers.
  • A Federal High Court had also declared the group a terrorist organisation.

What the Ooni said:

  • He renamed the group Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN).
  • They were justified in asking for justice and equity.
  • Their energy could be tapped and channeled to build a better Nigeria.

“There is something that is bordering them; there is something that is making them to cry,” he said.

“We should not throw them away; we should draw them closer because the youth of this country are the future, the energy, they are the heartbeat of this country.”

“We must chart the course of doing things with positive energy. I want to let you know that you are not alone in this,” he said.

“We stand by you positively in a very progressive manner. We stand by you; we all must come together to build a united Nigeria. We don’t want any war; we don’t want any disintegration.”

Kachikwu/Baru face-off: Senator demands Buhari resignation as Petroleum minister

A Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the position of a petroleum minister.

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Mr. Sani urged the president to appoint someone who is accountable to the position.

The Senator made the call in a statement on Thursday.

He said because of the demands of the presidential office, Mr. Buhari has limited time to control the oil industry.

“President Buhari should disengage from being a Petroleum Minister and appoint a substantive minister whom the nation can hold accountable to the happenings in the nation oil industry,” he said.

“The President position as a minister can drag him into issues in the oil sector of which he has limited time to attend to. A broom immersed in oil cannot sweep clean.”

The call is coming amid a contract scandal that has engulfed the petroleum ministry.

Tension as Maikanti Baru visit Buhari, just after Kachikwu left the villa

Tension as Maikanti Baru visit Buhari, just after Kachikwu left the villa

Aftre an early morning visit to the President by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru was on Friday seen at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Tension as Maikanti Baru visit Buhari, just after Kachikwu left the villa

Background:

The NNPC GMD has been accused of corruption in a memo written by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kachikwu had met the President on Friday after his memo to him but had refused to speak with reporters at the end of the meeting.

What is happening:

According to Punch, Baru was sighted at the Vice-President’s Wing of the Presidential Villa before he proceeded to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/YNaija/Sahara Reporters

Russia 2018: Why Super Eagles must beat Zambia

When the Super Eagles class of 1997 qualified for France ’98 World Cup, they did so with a match to spare; and 20 years later, history is about to repeat itself.

Russia 2018: Why Super Eagles must beat Zambia
Super Eagles celebrating after a goal in one of their matches

But for the Super Eagles to qualify the way their illustrious predecessors did in 1997, under the tutelage of Phillipe Troussier, the famed “White Witch Doctor’’; the team must scale the Chipolopolo obstacle. 

Super Eagles With three points separating the two arch rivals, with the Super Eagles topping Group B with 10 points and closely followed by the Chipolopolo with 7 points; the Zambians believe that they can close the gap. 

The back-to-back victory recorded by the Chipolopolo over hapless Desert Foxes of Algeria, and the 1-1 draw with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at Yaoundé; the Zambians are now hopeful of qualifying for the World Cup. 

Even though the Super Eagles have all, but qualified for the 2018 World Cup, they must affirm their qualification by beating the Chipolopolo in Uyo; before the final qualifying match against the Desert Foxes. 

This is where the tactical acumen of Coach Gernot Rohr must be brought to bear on the Super Eagles as they engage their very worthy opponents; who are hell-bent on knocking the Eagles off their perch. 

The likely defensive quartet of Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun, Troost Ekong and Elderson Echiejile must play as a cohesive unit, and maintain their shape against the expected onslaught from the Zambians. 

As for the midfield, depending on the combination, Mikel Obi is expected to roam box-to-box, Wilfred Ndidi and Ogenyi Onazi or whoever, must provide a near impregnable cover for the defence line. 

Victor Moses and Odion Jude-Ighalo and others in the attack must be razor sharp in front of goal, and make hay when goal scoring opportunities come their way. 

The Super Eagles must be focused, must be professional in their approach, must be their “brother’s keeper’’; so to speak; by closing ranks when the team is under attack from the rampaging Zambians. 

The team must guard against conceding a goal before scoring their own, because where the Zambians should score before the Super Eagles; we stand the chance of conceding more goals from counter attacks. 

Even if the Zambians should score against us, let it be after we might have scored a couple of goals that would likely swing the match our way; even a 1-0 scoreline and the vital three points would be enough to take us to Russia. 

The fans must not relent in their support for the Super Eagles, even if the team is not living up to their expectations, their ultimate aim is to cheer the team non-stop until victory is achieved against the Chipolopolo. Even a draw against the Chipolopolo; much less a defeat can reduce our chances of qualifying for the World Cup to the barest minimum; hence the need to go for an outright win against the Zambians. 

By beating the Chipolopolo, the Super Eagles will automatically qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia with a match to spare, thereby making the final qualifying match against the Desert Foxes a mere formality.

House of Reps moves to review Nigeria’s membership of ECOWAS over Morocco admission 

The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Foreign Relations and Regional Integration to undertake an appraisal of Nigeria’s membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over speculation that Morocco would be admitted into the regional body.

The committees were given 12 weeks to report back to the House for further legislative action.

The decision of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion calling for a review of Nigeria’s membership of ECOWAS in view of the clamour to admit Morocco, sponsored by Bosun Oladele, and five other members.

The House in stating its objection to ECOWAS admitting Morocco into its fold, said the move would be highly detrimental to the growth of Nigeria’s manufacturing sector.

The lawmakers expressed worry over the seeming determination of the regional body to welcome Morocco into ECOWAS despite many objections to the move, coming from Nigeria, a country that has contributed immensely to the peace and stability of the region.

Leading the debate on the motion, Oladele said it was worrisome that the leadership of ECOWAS approved Morocco’s membership in principle, in contravention to its Treaty of1993, which discourages multiple membership by its members.

The north African country, which is a member of the Arab Maghreb Union, applied to join ECOWAS last June.

The lawmaker who reminded members on the need to take a stand as the regional body would make recommendations on Morocco’s application in December, also called for the House to ensure it was well informed on decision to be taken by the Federal Government over the matter.

He maintained that Nigeria should stand firm on its rejection of the European Union-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and equally resist indirect moves to implement the agreement.

“Since Morocco enjoys non-tariff partnership with the European Union, if admitted into ECOWAS, it will enjoy Free Trade Status and therefore, European goods will inevitably flood the ECOWAS market through Morocco.

“This will adversely a affect the production and manufacturing sector of Nigeria and its economy as a whole”, he said.

In a related development, the House expressed dissatisfaction over the deplorable state of Nigerian embassies.

The House therefore mandated the Committee on Foreign Relations to conduct a public hearing to appraise the state of Nigerian embassies.

This followed the adoption of a motion entitled: “Deplorable State of Nigeria’s Foreign Missions and its Consequences on the Nation’s Foreign Policy”, sponsored by Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje and 21 other members.

It’s distressing that my private letter to Buhari was leaked – ​Ibe Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, says it is distressing that the letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari was leaked.

In the letter, which was circulated on social media on Tuesday, Kachikwu notified the president of the alleged insubordination of Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He said he was being sidelined based on allegations that he is corrupt, anti-north and conspiring with militants.

But in a statement which Idang Alibi, director of press in the ministry of petroleum, issued on his behalf,

“The attention of the ministry of petroleum resources has been drawn to a publication on a memo emanating from the honourable minister of state for petroleum resources to the president,” the statement read.

“The communication under reference is a normal procedural correspondence by the minister to the president relating to developments in parastatals under his supervision.

“It is most distressing to the ministry of petroleum resources that a confidential communication to the President on the performance of one of its parastatals can be made public.

“The focus of the communication was on improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.

“It is noteworthy that the President has been fully supportive of the efforts of the Ministry to entrench good governance and accountability in the oil and gas sector.

“The ministry of petroleum resources remains focused on achieving measurable progress in the implementation of the ongoing oil sector reforms in line with the mandate of the president.”

Reps: What Jibrin must do before he will be re-admitted to the House

The House of Representatives has said suspended member Abdulmumin Jibrin, must apologise before he would be re-admitted to the House.

Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaq Namdas, who stated this during a weekly media session in Abuja on Thursday.

Background:

  • Jibrin who was the former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, had accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officials of padding the budget.
  • Following the accusations, the lower chamber suspended Jibrin for 125 legislative days.

What Namdas said:

  • Namdas said Jibrin had not completed his 180-day suspension.
  • Jibrin must notify the House formally after the completion of the suspension.

He stated, “I have also asked the Ethics and Privileges Committee Chairman about the issue and he said the 180 days suspension is not over.

“Jibrin will also have to notify the House. He will write an apology letter too. You know there are other conditions he will have to meet to complete the procedure.

Nigeria pulls out of 90 International Organizations

The federal government has decided to stop Nigeria’s membership of 90 international organisations.

This is as a result of a backlog of $120 million in membership dues and other financial commitments.

The decision was reached at the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Addressing reporters at the end of the weekly meeting, Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, said the council agreed that henceforth, the country would only belong to international organisations considered to be necessary.

“Basically, Nigeria is a member of 310 international organisations and a committee was set up to review the rationale of our continued membership of such a large number of our organisations, particularly in the light of the fact that in many cases we are not actually paying our financial obligations and subscriptions which is causing some embarrassment to Nigeria and our image abroad,” she said.

“In particular, it was discussed that there are some commitments made to international organisations made by former presidents which were not cash backed. So, when our delegations turn up at those organisations, we become very embarrassed. So that was what drove the committee.

“The committee made some recommendations: That out of the 310 organisations, 220 organisations should be retained and the rest we should withdraw membership from.

“But council directed that more work needed to be done, particularly there was a dispute as to the figure of how much is owed. The committee had a figure of about $ 120 million but we are clear from ministry of finance and other ministries that is far more than that. Our subscriptions are in arrears in a number of major organisations.

“So, the directive of the council was that we should go and reconcile those figures and come back to council and have a payment plan for those figures to avoid Nigeria being embarrassed internationally. And also circulars needed to be issued on who can commit Nigeria because it was discovered it would be a director or an ambassador who attended the meeting who committed subscription on behalf of Nigeria. Of course, then the international organisation then begins to chase us for its money.”

Some of the international organisations Nigeria belongs to are African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, African Development Bank(ADB), African Union (AU), Commonwealth of Nations, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Group of 15, G-19, Group of 24 and Group of 77.

Others are International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Chamber of Commerce, (ICC), International Civil Aviation Organization, (ICAO), International Criminal Court (ICC), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), International Olympic Committee, (IOC), International Organization for Standardization (IOS), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IRCRCM), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Interpol, Non-Aligned Movement, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Permanent Court of Arbitration, United Nations Organization (HNO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITR) and United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNIA MK).


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/The Cable

If Dieziani was a man, she won’t be harshly judged – Chimamanda

Nigerian frontline novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has taken a swipe at Nigerians for criticising former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dieziani Alison-Madueke over fraud allegations.

According to her, Dieziani’s case would not be capitalised if she was a man because stealing money is a norm practised by Nigerian politicians.

While speaking at the university of Edinburgh, Chimamanda stated that assumptions that men are expected to steal and women should be like angels aggravated the former Minister’s fraud case.

She said: “We shouldn’t assume, that because a person is born a woman, that person is somehow is just one step lower than angel.

“I find it quite dehumanizing for women because what is means is that women cannot be judged on the same terms as men.

“I remember once a politician in Nigerian who was a woman had stolen money which is an exercise most Nigerian politicians are very adept at

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“she was pilloried, i remember a journalist saying and she’ s a woman.

“Somehow the assumption was it will be better if she was a man because then Nigerians would not judge her harshly since we expect men to steal.

“I think the idea of women being another specie of angel is bad for both women and men because it makes the standards uneven. I dream of a world in which women are seen as women where women are allowed to be many things.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Daily Post

House of Reps order banks to unblock Patience Jonathan’s accounts

House of Reps order banks to unblock Patience Jonathan’s accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has directed six commercial banks to free accounts operated by former first lady, Patience Jonathan.

House of Reps order banks to unblock Patience Jonathan’s accounts
House of Reps

The committee chaired by Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP), gave the directive on Tuesday in Abuja at a hearing on a petition by Mrs. Jonathan.

The affected banks are Union Bank, First Bank, EcoBank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank and Skye Bank.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had directed the banks to freeze the accounts over allegations of corruption in the sources of the funds.

Officials of Union Bank, led by a lawyer, Kenneth Otowo, had told the panel that the bank placed Mrs. Jonathan’s account under a ‘precautionary restriction’ following a directive by the EFCC.

“We received a communication from EFCC to put a precautionary restriction on the account. The letter was dated March 21, 2016, so we had to act based on that,’’ he said.

But, the committee deplored the action, saying the bank could only take such decision if EFCC proved that it had obtained a court order to that effect.

“Until EFCC proves otherwise, I’ll ask you to remove the precautionary restriction on the account. Let me tell you, whatever you’ll do, you must follow the law. A bank can’t hold a legal entity to ransom.

“I want to order all other banks that all the accounts that have no specific pending order from the courts, please release them,’’ the committee chairman said.

The counsel to EcoBank, Afam Osigwe, said Mrs. Jonathan’s account could not have been on restriction because there was no court order to that effect.

He later said that the bank would cross-check its records and get back to the committee.

As for Diamond Bank, Mr. Jonathan’s lawyers said three of her accounts were frozen there.

However, Unoma Ndulue, who represented the bank, said two out of the three accounts were fully operative, while one was closed.

On Fidelity Bank, Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers said they did not have a direct issue with the bank, but that it was through the EFCC.

Officials of First Bank and Skye Bank were not present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the committee has given Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC acting Chairman, up to October 4 to appear before it or have arrest warrant issued against him.

Similarly, the panel asked Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to reconcile their positions on an alleged tax default of over N10 million.

FIRS had said that Aridolf Resort Wellness and SPA, owned by Mrs Jonathan, failed to pay taxes in spite of serial reminders.

However, her lawyers insisted that they had paid all their taxes to the agency.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Premium Times

Putin to Merkel: U.N. peacekeepers could be deployed not only on Donbass contact line

Putin to Merkel: U.N. peacekeepers could be deployed not only on Donbass contact line

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that UN peacekeepers might be deployed to eastern Ukraine not only on the Donbass contact line separating the sides of the conflict but in other parts where OSCE inspectors work.

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‘Putin-Merkel Meeting Sends a Strong Signal to the World’. Photo: Sputnik International

Putin, in a phone call with Merkel, gave her a detailed description of Russia’s initiative to establish a UN mission to protect observers from a special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Taking into account the ideas expressed by Merkel, Putin said Moscow was ready to add new functions to this UN mission proposed in the Russian variant of a UN resolution on Ukraine.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/REUTERS

Nigerian army deny attack on Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu

Nigerian army deny attack on Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian army has denied reports that on Sunday it stormed the house where Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous of People of Biafra (Ipob), is staying.

Nigerian army deny attack on Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu
IPOB alleges that the house where Nnamdi Kanu was staying was attacked. Photo: AFP

Kanu’s lawyer said that the army descended on the house and fired shots killing three people and injuring up to 10.

A Bloomgist corespondent in Awka, Anambra state, said that the area is up and in huge tension as the presence of military men with guns sends fear into the streets

But in a statement, army spokesman Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi said it was his forces that were attacked, pelted with stones as they tried to pass close to the house.

He said a female passer-by and a soldier were injured in the clash but no-one was killed.

But videos circulating online yesterday evening showed a young man in civilian clothing, with what looks like a bullet wound in his leg being carried into a car outside the house.

Boko Haram: 10 kidnapped as fighters attack Borno Community

Boko Haram insurgents attack Borno IDPs camp

Boko Haram insurgents on Friday reportedly attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno state.

Boko Haram: 10 kidnapped as fighters attack Borno Community
Nigeria Military on watch in one of the Northern states

According to the Cable, the insurgents stormed the camp in two Hilux trucks at about 11pm.

Bamus Garba, an eyewitness said the insurgents attacked the camp from the rear, firing an RPG into it after jumping the fence.

The insurgents also reportedly detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the camp.

A security personnel said the explosion was followed by intense shooting while the IDPs scampered for safety.

“A lot of the IDPs secured various degrees of injuries by stray bullet while some of them were hit by the bullets,” one of the sources said.

He added that the attackers were, however, repelled by the military.

The attacked IDP camp is currently on lockdown.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/YNaija/The Cable

Two SUG leaders suspended by OAU over N3.8m fight

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has indefinitely suspended two students union leader over a clash.

The students are Vice-President, Jacob Tosin Grace and Director of Socials, Adedayo Afolabi Emmanuel.

It was learnt that the clash occurred while the union was deliberating on how to expend the sum of N3.8m released to the union by the school management.

According to a member of the union, Grace was displeased about how her colleagues wanted to disburse the funds and engaged in a physical altercation with Emmanuel.

A statement released on Friday by D.O. Awoyemi, OAU registrar, conveyed the notice of their suspension.

It read in part: “Following a report of physical manhandling received by the vice-chancellor involving two members of the students union central executive council on September 5, the vice chancellor is satisfied that the code of conduct for the university community has been breached.

“He has therefore decided to suspend the students alleged to be involved in the incidence until a full investigation is conducted to determine their level of culpability.”

Diezani stole more money than Abach did – Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu says the funds allegedly stolen by Diezani Alison-Madueke, surpasses that of the late military head of state, Sani Abacha – as only 15 per cent of her loot has been recovered.

Diezani  Alison-Madueke

Mr Magu said the agency was already making moves to facilitate the extradition of the former minister and to recover the rest, which will take some time.

“We are working on the process of Diezani’s extradition. But we have to allow them (the UK government) because we are collaborating,” he told Punch.

“There is the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service in London, and our colleagues, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in America. We had cause to meet in London. I was there myself for about a week. We are working not only on the Diezani case, but the Diezani case has become a test case.

“It is even more notorious than the so-called Abacha loot because we have not seen anything yet. I’m sure what we have seen is not more than may be 15 per cent. I think it is going to be a long time. That is why sometimes I think we should appeal to the looters to return the loot. Come and tell the government, ‘This is what I have stolen.’ Since you have voluntarily complied with the instruction to bring back the loot, then the government will take a decision. I think it is the best way to go about it, otherwise, the monies would be wasted.

“Diezani has a lot of people who are well connected, like (Jide) Omokore who are international businessmen. They have private aircraft and you can’t see any of them in Nigeria. They went and kept them in Ghana, some of them.”

Magu added that the EFCC is in collaboration with “almost all law enforcement agencies in the world” to recover loot stashed abroad by Nigerians.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Punch/YNaija

As long as Nigerians cannot afford 3-square meal, Nigeria is still in recession

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said recession is not over until Nigerians can eat three square meals.

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He said this while responding to a report by the NBS that the nation has exited recession.

In a series of tweets in Wednesday, Atiku said although the news was a good one, inflation was still high.

He wrote, “As a Nigerian, investor and employer of labour, the news of Nigeria’s official emergence from the recession is most welcome.

“The news is surely a boost for Nigeria — it tells investors, local and foreign, that our economy is worth investing in.

“While we rejoice, it’s also important to recognise that economic weakness at the bottom of the pyramid remains. Inflation is still high.

“We must continue working hard to expand economic opportunity for all Nigerians.

“When all Nigerians can eat three square meals, that’s when the real recession ends. We have work to do.”


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/YNaija

Nollywood Actor, Obi Udoka Madubogwu Is Dead

Nollywood Actor, Obi Udoka Madubogwu Is Dead

By Ifeanyichukwu Fredrick Atuanya


Bloomgist can report that Nollywood Actor, Obi Udoka Madubogwu Is Dead

Nollywood Actor, Obi Udoka Madubogwu Is Dead

According to report, he died Monday afternoon after battling with ‘acute diabetics foot ulcers’.

Obi Madubogwu became popular for his role in the blockbuster ‘Battle of Musanga’ were he played the lead role.

Some months ago, the actor expressed his heartfelt thanks to Nigerians who helped him out financially, physically and spiritually. He also urged them not to give up on him and but to assist him complete the final stage of his treatment which entailed flying out to a US hospital.

The Nigerian teen who was accepted into 8 Ivy League schools

The Nigerian teen who was accepted into 8 Ivy League schools

A 17-year-old Nigerian teenager, Jude Okonkwo, based in the United States, has been accepted into the eight Ivy League schools.

The Nigerian teen who was accepted into 8 Ivy League schools

Okonkwo’s story comes a week after another Nigerian-born teenager, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, also gained admission into all eight Ivy League schools.

The Chaminade high school student was accepted by Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University.

Speaking with WCBS-880, Okonkwo, said, “It’s a tremendous honour to gain acceptance to all eight Ivy League schools. It’s something I never could have imagined.”

Okonkwo, who wants to study medicine says he is leaning towards Harvard.

“Hospitals were severely impacted by the storm while so many people needed so much help. It motivated me to serve as a summer lifeguard for the disabled after we moved to New York,” he said.

“My parents enrolled me in swimming lessons after seeing the powerful flood waters Katrina brought ashore, and I realised I could use swimming to help people.

“Tragedies occur in everyday life, and I want to be someone who can help a person and their family heal in their times of need.

“Right now, I’m leaning towards Harvard, because I applied there on early action and I’ve had a chance to kind of engage with the community and get a sense of what the school is all about. But I’m still very much open to the other schools and I want to learn more about them.”

The #Ourmumudondo movement storm EFCC office, demands repatriation of Diezani

Convener of the #Ourmumudondo movement, Charles Oputa popularly Charly Boy and some other protesters have besieged the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.

Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for corruption in Nigeria and currently in the United Kingdom.

The group is demanding the repatriation of former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for corruption in Nigeria and currently in the United Kingdom.

Nigeria economic crisis: Buhari in serious meeting with Adeseun, Emefiele others

Nigeria pesident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday August 28th met with governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma; and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to discuss worsening Nigeria economic crisis.

The meeting is coming barely two weeks after Buhari’s arrival to Nigeria after a medical trip that lasted for over 100 days.

Details later…

440,000 candidates to write UTME in 2 days

JAMB finally releases cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed the cut off marks for tertiary institutions.

Jamb releases the "Not Too Bad" 2017 UTME results

Ishaq Oloyede, registrar, JAMB, made this known on Tuesday at the policy meeting of the stakeholders of tertiary institutions in Abuja.

He said the stakeholders unanimously agreed that the minimum cut-off marks for university degree is to stand at 120.

The stakeholders, according to him, pegged that of polytechnic to be 100, colleges of education 100, while national innovative enterprise institution remained at 110 marks.

The registrar said the timelines for admission of first choice was October 15, while second choice would be December 15.

Oloyede also said 569,395 of the 1.7 million candidates that wrote this year’s UTME scored over 200 marks.

He said 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks.

Oloyede urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admissions exercises as it was not the board’s responsibility.

He said that no candidate without O’ Level prerequisite would be offered admission.

“JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises,” he said.

“CAPS will not replace admission processes of institutions. It will enable institutions to simply communicate with JAMB in a more dynamic and timely manner.

“It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course.”

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

In his remark, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, commended the board for conducting the UTME.

According to him, the stakeholders have worked together to create synergy for advancement of education in the country.

“We restate our commitment to ensure expansion of access to students in our institutions,” he said.

“To ensure equity in regard to rural and urban areas; we are committed to refocusing our curricula to meet our development need.”

Adamu, however, advised heads of institutions to accommodate qualified candidates in the most transparent and flexible manner.

NAN reports that the meeting was attended by stakeholders in both public and private tertiary institutions.

Why did New Heads of Agencies appointed by Osinbajo declined his directive to resume work?

The new heads of some agencies appointed by Prof Yemi Osinbajo while he was Acting President have declined his directive to resume their portfolios pending the Senate’s confirmation.

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Vice President Osinbajo directed the new heads of the ICPC, CCB and PenCom to take up their roles and report to their offices on Monday, 21st August, 2017. This message was countered by the Senate last week which made it clear to the new officers that they were to await their approbation first before assuming their roles.

The agencies for which new heads were appointed are under the Presidency, but it is the belief of the Senate that its constitutional duty of giving assent to the appointments made by the Executive does extend to include those made for agencies under the Presidency.

This argument has become necessary following the insinuation by Prof Osinbajo, in line with Femi Falana’s opinion, that the EFCC Chairman did not need to be screened and approved by the Senate. It has been a particular point of disagreement for both arms of Government, with neither party backing down.

Finding themselves in the middle of the loggerheads between both, maintaining their status quo of non-deployment proves to be the more pragmatic choice, to avoid being in contempt of the legislature. The ICPC and CCB are particularly sensitive agencies, with some politicians as their targets; Senate President Bukola Saraki only just got off the hook from the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s inquisition. The ICPC secretary has resumed, but the CCB officials have held off the temptation to jump on board.

Rather than take the acting roles that would have made them play to the will of the Executive while anticipating the decision of the Senate, the politicized nature of the Magu example is perhaps the masquerade that has scared them away.

On arrival, here is what Buhari said to security chiefs

Here is what Buhari said to security chiefs On arrival

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday directed security chiefs to ensure the unity of Nigeria just as he stated in his nationwide broadcast on Monday.

On arrival, here is what Buhari said to security chiefs

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, disclosed the presidential directive to State House correspondents after a meeting Buhari had with the nation’s security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari had in his broadcast to the nation said, “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

Highlights from what Olonishakin said:

  • The President asked them to ensure they follow what he said in his address.
  • Buhari said Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable.
  • Security Chiefs must ensure that lives and property are very well protected.
  • Troops abroad should carry out their jobs effectively.
  • All security threats were treated one after the other, ranging from “terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to IPOB issue.”
  • “On the Boko Haram issue, you all know it is an asymmetric warfare. It is not that the Boko Haram has stepped up their game. It is just the issue of the suicide bombing that has been the problem and of course, we also working with the security agencies and the intelligence agencies to make sure that we address that menace.”

BREAKING: President Buhari returns to Nigeria after much pressure

The sickened Nigerians president on Saturday, the 19th day of August 2017, returned to Nigeria after over 100 days in an unknown London Hospital.

President Muhammadu Buhari who had been in London where he is being treated of an unknown sickness arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja Saturday afternoon.

On the ground to welcome him include the minister of information and communication, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, His media aids and host of other APC members.

More details soon…

27 killed as suicide bombers hit city of Maiduguru

Suspected suicide bombers have killed at least 27 people and wounded 83 in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

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According to a source quoted by Reuters, a woman bomber, during the attack that happened on Tuesday, reportedly blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in Konduga, a village near Maiduguri.

Two suicide bombers were also said to have blown themselves up at the gates of an internally displaced person (IDP) camp.

Although no life was lost in the attack, many were said to have sustained injuries.

The unfortunate incident happened less than 24 hours after Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect, released a video where he threatened to carry out attacks in the ancient city.

“You are finished! You the people of Maiduguri, we will finish you for choosing the way of the infidels, for embracing democracy,” the sect leader had said in the video.

This is the third known Boko Haram attack in the north-east on Tuesday alone.

Suspected insurgents had earlier razed Muduvu and Nyibango villages in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state.

Yusuf Muhammed, chairman of the local government council, told NAN that the villages had been deserted.

He called on the federal government to come to the rescue of the affected communities.

Boko Haram has continued to carry out attacks in the region despite military presence.

After killing some oil workers in Borno last month, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered service chiefs to relocate to the hotbed of the insurgency but the order has not put the insurgents in check.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander, operation Lafiya Dole, announced the establishment of a special strike force to crush insurgents.

He said the force was one of the new approaches evolved by the military to end insurgency and enhance security network in the region.

NLC supports ASUU indefinite strike, says FG not doing enough

NLC supports ASUU indefinite strike, says FG not doing enough

The Nigeria Labour has said it supports the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).\

NLC supports ASUU indefinite strike, says FG not doing enough

General Secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Esontold Punch that the Federal Government has the responsibility to honour its agreement.

He was part of the team that negotiated the 2009 agreement on the side of ASUU.

He accused politicians of not caring because their children school abroad.

He said, “When an employer enters into a collective bargaining agreement, it is expected that both parties will honour the terms of the agreement. The 2009 agreement was entered into. Incidentally, I was a member of the negotiating team.

“I negotiated that agreement on the ASUU side and it took a long time for a decision to be reached. Initially, government backed away, then it reconstituted and gave authority to the Onosode committee and at the end, the agreement was signed, but government has failed to fully implement it.

“In 2013, when there was a problem, the NLC had to broker the condition that led to the signing of the MoU. Government again has reneged on its own side of the bargain. So when we say ASUU has gone on strike so many times, we need to put it in perspective to say government has consistently failed to honour its own side of the bargain.

“They (government) do this so brazenly and so easily because most of their children do not attend universities here. They are abroad. And that is where the citizens come in. Citizens must be able to hold these people accountable by insisting that their own children have a right to uninterrupted education too and therefore force government to do what is correct so that education can be without interruption.”

Two suspects arrested in connection with mob killing of soldiers in Nasarawa

he Nassarawa State Police said it has arrested two persons over the death of a soldier, Ayuba Ali in a mob attack.

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Ali was killed at the Akwanga area of the state on Monday.

The command’s spokesperson, Kennedy Idirisu confirmed the arrest of the suspects.

Idirisu said the victim who was in mufti reportedly hit a street hawker while riding on a motorbike.

He added that an angry group of youth pounced on him and beat him to coma.

Idirisu said the soldier later died at the hospital, while investigation has begun.

A witness, John Abimiku said the area has been deserted for fear of the unknown.

“As I speak with you now, about four military trucks are stationed in the area and soldiers are picking up any youth on sight,” Abimiku added.

He claimed that the two persons arrested by the police were among those who took the soldier to the hospital after the mob action.

No old politician will leave politics for you - Obasanjo to Nigerian youth

No old politician will leave politics for you – Obasanjo to Nigerian youth

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that unless Nigerian youths come out to contest elective positions, old generation politicians would not quit the stage for them.

No old politician will leave politics for you - Obasanjo to Nigerian youth

Punch reports that the former president spoke on Saturday August 12, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark International Youth Day 2017.

That the programme was organised by Youth Development Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

Obasanjo, however, was quick to add that the youth who would occupy leadership positions in the country must have carved a niche for themselves through hard work.

Obasanjo, who warned that leadership is not just for the asking, said youths have to work for it.

The former president who noted that moral values have been eroded in the society when compared to what obtained in the ’50s and the ’60s, said those moral values were required for leadership position.

He said Nigeria was in need of leaders who are academically and spiritually sound, urging the youths to get prepared to occupy elective offices, as there were moves to lower the age requirements for election into elective positions such as that of the president, governor, and National Assembly.

He appealed to them to stop complaining and moaning.

Obasanjo said: “I joined politics from the top. The only position I contested for in Nigeria is the Presidency, but I had a track record of achievements, which led to that.

“Nobody will choose you; you have to choose yourself. Why should you have to become president at the age of 40? Why can’t you become president at the age of 35? Why can’t you become president at the age of 30?

“General Gowon became Head of State at 33. I became Head of State at 39. And it is because of my track record, and thanks to (late Gen. Sani) Abacha) for putting me in jail.

“Those were the reasons why I have opportunity to come back as elected president of Nigeria.

“The point is this: how prepared are you? Are you really prepared?”

The former President also spoke about unity and integration, urging Nigerians to see themselves as one family instead of pursuing things that could divide the country.

He also called on Nigerian youths to be united, and to also contribute to the development of their fatherland.

The former Attoney-General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi (SAN), who spoke on the roles of youth in peace and stability of a nation, urged Nigerian youths not to allow artificial boundaries to split them.

Rather, he counselled, they should work more on things that would unite them as a people

He said: “If Obasanjo can make it, you can also make it. He joined the army and survived. When he was sent to prison, he survived. He was sentenced to death but here he is.”

The chairman of the occasion, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN), urged Nigerian youths to eschew violence, and “to remain resolute and committed to Nigeria’s development.”

Buhari’s doctors don’t want to let him go | Here are what we learn from the last visit to London

President Muhammadu Buhari should be back to Nigeria now if only his doctors will let him.

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That is discernible from the statements that have emerged from the recent visit of the Presidential aides to Buhari in London. Buhari’s doctors are supposed to give the clearance for him to be able to leave Abuja House – where he has been for close to 100 days – for Abuja.

Buhari’s health has been among the most trending issues in Nigeria throughout the year, but moreso in the last three months. The object of his ailment remains a tightly held secret despite the pressures from several quarters, local and international, for the President’s ailment to be revealed. As has been defended by his aides, more recently Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari has enjoyed the usual patient-doctor confidentiality that guarantees the matter of his health to be unknown to the public.

Besides, patient-doctor confidentiality, there are other aspects of the relationship between a doctor and a patient that are instructive to note. With the return of the President now tied to the “green light” of his doctors, it is worthwhile to revisit the words of Buhari’s former physician, Prof Sadiq Suleiman Wali.

In an interview with the Daily Trust in February, Prof Wali enumerated the four principles guiding the relationship between doctors and patients.

“There are four ethical principles, namely:

Autonomy, where a doctor has to explain any action he intends to take with its advantage and disadvantage, possible harms and benefits. The patient has the right to accept or reject the recommendations.

Then there is Beneficence, where all actions and procedures should be of benefit to the patient.

In the case of Malfeasance, it’s ‘do no harm’.

Then there is Justice, when benefit to the patient and community should be assessed. If there is a danger to the community, the doctor can override the wishes of the patient like Lassa fever, Ebola disease and so on. In such cases, the doctor is obliged to report to appropriate health authorities.

Of the four, the matter of deciding whether he is well enough to return to Nigeria or not would appear to be under the principle of autonomy. It is expected that the doctors would respect the decision-making capacity of individuals to make choices that are rational. Again, if the doctors determine that it would be in Buhari’s best interests to remain for a while longer in London, it would be in subscription with the principle of beneficence. As it appears, the President has chosen to do whatever his doctors say.

That would be hoping it does no malfeasance to Nigerians, many of who have not held back showing their frustrations with the elongated absence of the President for the undisclosed illness.

BREAKING: ASUU begins nationwide strike

ASUU begins nationwide strike | All universities on standby

Nigerian students are set for a lengthy stay at home as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has embarked on an indefinite strike action.

BREAKING: ASUU begins nationwide strike

The lecturers decided to go on strike after an estensive deliberation at its meeting held at the University of Abuja from Friday.

Consequently, the union has directed all members against going to teach or involving themselves in any academic activity, Premium Times reports.

According to a statement signed by Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president, the union explored all means of negotiation before the decision to embark on an indefinite strike action was reached.

The statement is expected to be made public at a press conference in Abuja on Monday morning, the news-outlet revealed.

“The national executive council (NEC) of ASUU met at the university of Abuja main campus, Giri, on the 12th of August 2017 to consider the results of a referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 agreement and MoU of 2013,” it read.

“The result of the referendum showed that an overwhelming majority of the branches of our union voted for the strike.

“In the light of the foregoing, and having exhausted all avenues to get government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU as well as related demands, resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action commencing Sunday, 13th August 2017,” the ASUU president said.

Reports also have it that ASUU had earlier tasked its branches to conduct referendum among members on whether or not an indefinite strike should be called.

The position of the local branches on whether to proceed on a strike action was reviewed in the Abuja meeting which ended in the early hours of today, Monday August 14.

The overwhelming position of the local branches was consequently adopted.

Poor funding of universities, part-payment of salaries of lecturers and the kidnap of two lecturers of the University of Maiduguri by the Boko Haram are among major reasons for the strike action.