• Presidency, Niger Delta stakeholders meeting in Aso Rock

    23/Mar/2017 // 470 Viewers

     

    Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari is currently meeting Niger Delta stakeholders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    “This morning, in continuing with the implementation of our New Vision for the Niger Delta, we’re hosting stakeholders from the region,” the Presidency said on its official Twitter handle.

    The meeting which is holding in the conference room in the office of the chief of staff is called to find a lasting solution to the problems in the region.

    According to the Presidency, the dialogue which will have representatives from states in the region and officials from the Ministry of Niger Delta and NDDC in attendance will “discuss and review job creation efforts across the Niger Delta.


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  • BREAKING: Two found guilty of killing Cynthia Osokogu

    23/Mar/2017 // 670 Viewers

     

    A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Thursday found Ezekiel Eloka and Echezona Nwabufor guilty of the murder of a postgraduate student, Cynthia Osokogu, who they lured from Nasarawa to Lagos before strangling her to death at a hotel in Festac Town, Lagos, in 2012.

    Justice Olabisi Akinlade declared that after carefully analysing the evidence presented before the court, testimonies of prosecution witnesses, and confessional statements the deceased made to the police, she was left with no doubt that the accused killed Ms. Osokogu.

    She also found them guilty of the second charge of committing felony by stealing her Blackberry phone saying the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused intended and in fact took the life of the deceased in the process of stealing her phone and belongings.

    She also found the duo guilty of the first and third charge – conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to steal.

    Ms. Osokogu who met Mr. Eloka on Facebook was lured to Lagos and murdered on July 22, 2012, at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town.
    Orji Osita, a pharmacist, was discharged of the charge of recklessness and negligence for selling prescription drugs without prescription which the accused used in drugging the deceased.
    The court is still in session.


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  • BREAKING: PDP crisis ends as Sheriff, Makarfi sign peace deal

    23/Mar/2017 // 1395 Viewers

     

    The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ended Thursday on a peaceful note with the feuding parties agreeing to sheath their swords in the interest of party unity.

    National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP headed by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State brokered the deal.

    The parties said it was time to put their differences aside and work to take back power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

    PDP in a communique signed by both the Senator Modu Sheriff faction and the Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee, agreed to halt the current practice of making public statements capable of further inflaming the crisis.

    The communique was jointly signed Bernard Mikko, the factional PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary for Sheriff’s group and his counterpart in the Makarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

    Other signatories are the factional acting National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Dave Iorhemba and Ahmed Gulak, former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

    During the event which was witnessed by Governor Dickson and former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, the groups also resolved to work with the National Reconciliation Committee to put an end to the prolonged crisis.

    The major actors in the matter emphasised that they would henceforth stop activities that were capable of further weakening the party.

    The communique reads: “That all actors of the party should desist from making derogatory, inflammatory and divisive statements against party officials, stakeholders and members.

    “That the party should not dissipate her energy amongst itself but to focus on how to unite and be a formidable opposition capable of taking over power from the failed APC led government

    “That all key actors in the on-going peace process should henceforth desist from making public press statements attacking each other and statements insinuating negative acts capable of dragging the party to the mud.

    “In conclusion, all key actors in the PDP have agreed to work together with the National Reconciliation Committee led by Governor Seriake Dickson to engender peace and genuine reconciliation”.


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  • Nationwide jubilation as dollar maintains steady crash, Naira rises, see exchange rate as of Thursday

    23/Mar/2017 // 2377 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 23, 2017: (DGW) The Nigerian Naira has continued to maintain steady rise against the US dollar and other major currencies as of Thursday on the parallel market following the sustained forex policy by the nation's apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria.

    However, the Naira reportedly traded for N390 on the parallel market in Abuja while it also appreciated against the Euro, exchanging at N400 while remaining stable against the Pound Sterling at N465.

    August 2016 was the last time the Naira traded at between N390 and N400 to the dollar at the parallel market.

    The gain in the Nigeria in the last five weeks is part of the CBN’s forex policy to bridge the gap.

    At the Foreign Exchange (FX) interbank market, the naira traded for N375 to the dollar for invisibles and N307 to the dollar for manufacturers and importers of raw materials eligible to buy Forex from the segment of the market.

    The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday, showed optimism on the convergence of the Forex rates at the official and parallel markets, stating that the gains made by the naira against the greenback in the last five weeks were not a fluke.

    Emefiele said he was happy that the central bank’s intervention was yielding positive results.

    “I am happy, indeed very gratified, that the interventions have been positive; we have seen the rates now converging and we are strongly optimistic that the rates will converge further.

    “In terms of sustainability, I think it is important for us to say that the foreign reserves at this time are still trending upwards to almost 31 billion dollars as I speak with you.

    “The fact that we have done this consistently for close to five weeks should tell everybody, or those who doubt, the strength of the central bank to sustain this policy.”


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  • Breaking: MASSOB to reintroduce Biafran currency

    23/May/2016 // 1038 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 23, 2016: (DGW) - THE Movement for the Actualization for the Sovereign State of Biafra says it is set to reintroduced the Biafran currency throughout Igboland since the value of the naira has depreciated.

    MASSOB Anambra North Director of Finance, Martins Ezeaka, stated this in Onitsha, Anambra State. He said the group has no option but to reintorduce it as it did in 2011.

    Recall MASSOB former leader, Chief Ralph Uwa­zurike, had on February 27, 2011, launched the Bi­afran currency, vehicles, motorcycle plate num­bers and driver’s licence.

    Said Ezeaka, “now that the naira has depreciated, it is to the advantage of Biafra cur­rency because you can buy things with Biafran money at a very cheap price.
    “We can now consoli­date our finance sector with valuable economy to meet the world stan­dard and we attribute this feat to our brain, re­sourcefulness and holis­tic approach to the strug­gle for a Biafran state.”

    MASSOB threatens to exchange Naira for Biafran currency

    Speaking further he said “It is corruption in the financial sector that made the naira to exchange for N200 of­ficially and about N350 in the black market,” he stated further.

    Also speaking MASSOB Director of Agriculture, Obaji Obaji said “We now go into mechanised agriculture in places like, Adani, Igbariam,Atani, Nsuk­ka, Abakaliki, Ogbaru among others.''


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  • Niger Delta Avengers are ignorant – Kachikwu

    23/May/2016 // 445 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 23, 2016: (DGW) THE  Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu Ibe has blamed  the action of the Niger Delta Avengers on  sheer ignorance of President Muhammadu Buhari's change agenda.

    This is a government, he said, that is fighting corruption and it is this anti-corruption fight which does not go down well with some people in  certain quarters that precipitated the ongoing bombings of crude oil pipelines and other assets in the region.

    While in Benin City the Edo State capital at the child dedication of the General Overseer , Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, Charles Oszuwa, the Minister defended the fuel subsidy removal which he said was in the best interest of the country .
    ''The determination to build service infrastructures and intervene in other critical sectors of the economy  like roads, education and agriculture  is of paramount importance to the ruling All Progressives' Congress.

    Said the Minister: “I have the hope that those who are offended by virtually the policies that we have pursued and to see it free to break the pipelines and express their anger, will sooner or later, see the hope that we are trying very hard to produce and work with us in brotherhood to fix this country.

    “We have hope that agriculture will take hold and we shall feed the children and our communities and make this country an economic hub that would make Nigeria, that giant again.”

    “I urge all of you to begin to look at the Country where you do not spend all your time criticising people, criticising your leaders, criticising concepts and ideas, but empower yourself because you were here for a purpose and add value to Nigeria.

    ”It is not about me or the national Chairman of (APC), but, it is actually about you and the Country- Nigeria and believe in your sense of service”.


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  • Buhari Splashes Whooping #3.914billion on Aso Rock Maintenance!… Breakdown Details Will Make You Cry For Nigeria!

    23/May/2016 // 842 Viewers

     

    Despite dwindling economic fortunes of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari will splash a whooping N3.914bn on the maintenance of the Presidential Villa, Abuja Punch newspaper is reporting.

    According to the report, the Federal Government will pay the N3.914bn to Julius Berger Plc, a construction company responsible for maintaining Aso Rock.

    The N3.914 billion is different from another N282.962m he has already set aside for the general maintenance services of state house (Headquarters); and the N41.844m budgeted for general maintenance services of state house operations (Vice President), the report added.

    A breakdown of the N3.914bn which is tagged annual routine maintenance of villa facilities revealed that state house operations (President) got N1.698bn while state house operations (Vice-President) got a total allocation of N289.617bn.

    Out of the N282.962m budgets for general maintenance services of state house (Headquarters), N182.079m will be spent on maintenance of motor vehicles/transport equipment; N11.545m for the maintenance of office furniture; N27.846m for the maintenance of office/Information Technology equipment; N13.620m for the maintenance of plants/generators and N47.870m for “other maintenance services.”

    The breakdown of the N41.844m budgeted for general maintenance services of state house operations (Vice President) shows that N27.139m is for the maintenance of motor vehicles/transport equipment; N1.451m for the maintenance of office furniture; N4.422m for the maintenance of plants/generator; and N8.832m for “other maintenance services.”

    Also, N103.470m is budgeted for foodstuff/catering materials supplies; N321.070m for miscellaneous; N276.879m for honorarium and sitting allowance; while N44.190m is allocated to publicity and advertisement.

    N32.368m is allocated to General Consulting and Professional Services, financial consulting got N25.063m; N2.713m allocated to legal services; and N4.591 budgeted for budget preparation. The Federal Government will also be buying recreation materials worth N12.075m for the Presidential Villa during the year. - currentnewsnow


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  • Tinubu's meeting with labour leaders amounts to usurping the throne - Presidency frowns

    23/May/2016 // 2187 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 23, 2016: (DGW) All is certainly not well with the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives' Congress, (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Presidency for the meeting he convened with the Nigerian Labour Congress.

    Mr. Tinubu called the meeting and appealed to the labour leaders to call off the nationwide strike following the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government. Sources from the Presidency told DailyGlobeWatch that the Presidency considers Tinubu's intervention an act of usurpation to the throne.

    Tinubu, the source , told us did not seek clearance from the presidency before convening the meeting which it said amounted to supplanting the president's rights.

    Said our source, ''That he is the leader of the ruling party does not qualify him to dabble into  sensitive state matters without following the due process. His meeting with labour leaders without the expressed consent from  the presidency amounts to transgressing the bounds of decency''.

    ''Certainly he will be queried'', our source added.

    In what looked like a swift  reaction to Tinubu's 'transgressions' against  the president, an angry  Buhari  who was billed to be in Lagos State on a  working  visit to commission some projects had to call it off  because he does not want to openly   give him the  cold shoulder during his visit  with his aide citing a disturbing ''ear infection''

    The President was, however , represented by Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President. 

     

     


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  • Afenifere backs Fayose's ban on cattle grazing in Ekiti

    23/May/2016 // 406 Viewers

     


    PARIS, MAY 23, 2016: (DGW) THE Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has described as “courageous” and thrown its weight behind  the move by Ekiti state Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, to ban cattle grazing in the state.

    This was contained in a statement issued by its  National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin Monday that “the action of the governor is a timely move to strengthen the civilization that places higher premium on human lives above cows.
    “We have sacrificed enough blood in the unending cycle of bloodletting by Fulani herdsmen the latest being those killed in Ekiti two days ago.”

    Afenifere said further in the statement that “The responsible action of the governor should jolt the Federal Government that has appeared largely indifferent to the murderous activities of the Fulani herdsmen to act responsibly over this matter.

    “We fully endorse this action which is in conformity with the resolution of the 2014 National Conference that cattle breeders must embrace ranching as against grazing reserves being canvassed in certain quarters.


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  • How I was tempted to seek diabolical means to win 2015 election – Melaye

    23/May/2016 // 802 Viewers

    Photo of Senator Dino Melaye rolling in church in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Kogi State.

    Senator Dino Melaye, on Sunday stunned holy congregation at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Oke-Ayo (Iluafon) Assembly in his home town, Ayetero-Gbede, Kogi State, when he narrated how was tempted to seek diabolical means during preparations for the 2015 general election.
    According to him, the several temptations were to ascertain his fate at the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in which he floored his arch rival, Smart Adeyemi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    Melaye, who chairs the plum Senate Committee  on FCT and representing Kogi West, made the revelations during a special thanksgiving service and empowerment programme for youths in the area, attended by 26 Senators and all traditional rulers in the area.

    During the empowerment programme, 18 seater Toyota Hiace Bus valued at N9 million each was donated by him to the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in Kogi West, Council of Ulamas, Kogi West and the National Automotive Technicians and Artisans Association (NATA) and Ijumu Development Union (IDU).

    Other items donated include a 32 seater coastal Bus to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) within Kogi West valued at N32 million; electric grinding machines to widows in all the 85 wards of Kogi West; sewing machines to indigent apprentice who have completed their trainings and driers and salon kits.

    Melaye also doled out computers to secondary schools within the senatorial district; 250 telephones to dedicated his loyalists valued at N100,000 each.
    The Senator who had earlier done 100 boreholes in Kogi West Senatorial District, gave out scholarship to indigent persons in all the wards.

    He however added a new dimension to the purity and supplication when he rolled on the floor of the church, wept before God and thanking God for His mercies to the admiration of the congregation.
    According to him, some of his core loyalists who were so deeply concerned about his fate ahead of the election, tempted him to seek victory prediction through different diabolical means, including soothsayers, for which he flatly rejected.

    Melaye said, “When I was contesting election, even from among my supporters, some people came with various advice. In fact, somebody came that I should go to the seven Local Government Areas and fetch the soil of the seven LGs. He said that was the way to my victory and I laughed at his ignorance. But I rejected because I’ve vowed thatI will never be diabolical in my life, it pleases to served God.”

    Speaking about his election court cases in the Election petition tribunal, the senator, regretted what he called “unnecessary court cases”, he went through from his political rival, but thanked God for granting him victory in all.

    He said, “After the victory, I was taken to the tribunal. I’m one of the few persons in this country who was taken to different courts for four times. I went to four different courts. It all started from the tribunal to Apeal Court. The Court of Appeal ordered retrial of the case at the tribunal and we started again.

    “When again we finished from the tribunal and went back to the Court of Appeal, external forces came in. But in all these, God saw me through. External forces came in during the second time I appeared at the Court of Appeal. But God, in His mercy, gave me victory for the second time.”


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