Apprentice kidnaps boss’s son over failure to settle 

​Apprentice kidnaps master’s son for ‘settlement’ failure

By Odita Sunday (Lagos) and Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh (Uyo) | 
• A’Ibom ex-speaker rescued from kidnappers’ den

A twenty-three-year-old Chimaobi Sylvester has told the police in Lagos that he kidnapped his master’s son because of his boss’ refusal to pay him his ‘settlement money’ after allegedly serving him for four years.

The suspect, who was paraded at the command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday said after the fourth year he was sent away by his boss without any benefit.

According to him: “I have worked as a sales boy and apprentice, but after spending four years, when it was time for him to settle me, he asked me to go back to the village to do something else.”

“After I had spent two months in the village, I came back to Lagos to kidnap my boss’ son.”Sylvester said because he had lived with his boss, he knew when he was not always at home, saying “I banked on that with one of my friends, Emmanuel Blessing 20, and went to his house last week Thursday and lured his eight-year-old son and took him away.

“I took the boy to the apartment given to me by the hotel management, where I worked at Oyingbo area, and locked him up. Blessing then contacted my boss and informed him that his son had been kidnapped and we demanded for N5 million ransom.

“After the victim’s father had agreed to pay the N5 million ransom, I went to the bank with a friend to perfect my Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw the money not knowing that anti-kidnapping policemen were around. I was arrested with my friend.”

The state police boss, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, advised businessmen, who bring young boys to work or learn a trade to fulfill their promises to the boys and their parents to avoid ‘bad blood’. He, however said, the suspects would be charged to court at the completion of investigation.

Meanwhile, a community vigilance group aborted what would have been a big catch for a six-man gang of suspected kidnappers in Esit Eket Local Council of Akwa Ibom State at the weekend, when a former Speaker, Mr. Bassey Essien, was rescued from the hands of the hoodlums

Family sources told The Guardian in Uyo that unknown gunmen kidnapped tEssien on his way to the farm in Etebi, Esit Eket, but was rescued by the gallantry efforts of youths and policemen from the area.

“The gunmen blocked his vehicle and dragged him out. They forced him into their own vehicle and headed towards neighboring Udung Uwe community in Urueffong Uroko Local Council but unfortunately their vehicle broke down and they mobilised motorcycle and continued their journey amidst heavy rainfall .Again, the motorcycle had flat tyres.”

The abductors, unable to continue the journey into their forest hideout, decided to hide in the thick forest around the community. By this time, information of the kidnap had filtered into the community.

Rivers State Commissioner of Police dies

Rivers State Commissioner of Police dies

The death has been announced of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Francis Mobolaji Odesanya

According to a Press Statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood,  obtained by Demoadefa’s Blog, Odesanya died on 31st January 2017 after a brief illness at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat in India.

He was 56.

The late Commissioner of Police was enlisted into the Force on the 1st February, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the rank. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police Department of Operations and that of Finance and Administration in Rivers State before he was promoted and posted as Commissioner of Police Rivers State Police Command on the 20th July, 2016, the position he held until his death.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, expressed his and the police management team’s condolence to the Odesanya Family in Ikenne, Ogun State on the sad incident. 

BREAKING: 2 killed in fresh suicide attack in Borno

BREAKING: 2 killed in fresh suicide attack in Borno

Two person  have been killed  in an attempt to bomb a congregation worshippers inside a Mosque in Dalori, a community on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno state.

The attack which occurred at 5:40am on Tuesday killed a suspected child suicide bomber and a male security guard who prevented the killer from gaining access into the mosque.

“When the security guard overpowered the child suicide bomber, he detonated the bomb,” one of the worshippers told the media.

The authorities are yet to make a statement on the incident but emergency security response teams such as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were deployed in the area.

The army says Boko Haram insurgents flushed out of the Sambisa forest after camp zero fell were trying to be relevant, hence its recent attack around the north-east.

How Atiku, DSS boss Daura plotted my exit from police, Oba Akiolu

How Atiku, DSS boss Daura plotted my exit from police, Oba Akiolu

Gboyega Akinsanmi

Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, monday disclosed that former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku;Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, others plotted his ouster from the Nigeria Police in 2002.

The monarch also said it was possible for them to convince former President Olusegun Obasanjo to summarily retire him from the Nigeria Police because the Police Service Commission (PSC) “is a toothless bull-dog.”

He revealed this at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Victoria Island, Lagos, describing his retirement from the force as conspiracy by chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win 2003 elections in Lagos.

At the meeting, the monarch lamented the state of the Nigeria Police, which he said, was crippled by the previous military regimes, especially from 1984 to 1999 and outright neglect by the successive administrations.

He said he “was a victim of that circumstance. Then Atiku, Daura and others sat down and advised President Obasanjo that if he wanted to win Lagos in 2003, I should be removed. It was written on paper.”

The monarch therefore, defended the former president, whom he said, argued that he “did not know anything about it. He had to send for the Inspector-General of Police (IG) because the then Chief of Staff challenged the plan to retire me.

“For someone to sit at the PSC and determine who retires from the police is unfair. This is not how to run a very efficient and effective police force,” Akiolu lamented.

He condemned the manner former IG Mr. Tafa Balogun, was humiliated out of office, saying Alhaji Gambo “is still bitter because he wanted Balogun to disclose what the PDP wanted him to do in 2003.

“All the money they alleged Balogun was possessing was contributed by some serving governors then. So, the PSC is a toothless bulldog. I have asked the officers who took the federal government to court to withdraw the suit and go and claim their benefits.”

Akiolu narrated what he encountered in 1984 when he was serving as the head of the police strike force, lamenting that it was the military that killed the efficiency and performance of the Nigeria Police.

Unlike in the past, the monarch said President Muhammadu Buhari “is willing and prepared to assist the Nigerian police,” thus urging him to work with open minded people who would give the IG free hand to run the Nigeria Police.

He said: “We are clamouring for community policing at the moment. But I must tell you that it requires dedication, funds and men who are prepared to work. The reason for police barracks collapsing was that

“The federal government needs to release funds to rehabilitate the barracks in order for the Divisional Police Officers and others top police officers to live within the community they have been assigned to work.”

Source: ThisDay

Shocking discovery! Customs find 661 rifles hidden inside door container

​Officers held as Customs seize 661 riffles in Lagos
Samson Folarin

Some of the rifles

The Federal Operations Unit , Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service , has intercepted a container loaded with 49 boxes of 661 pump – action rifles along the Mile 2 Apapa Road of Lagos State .

The 40 – foot container , which was cleared at the Lagos port , was intercepted by Customs officials who were on patrol .

The officials were said to have discovered that although the manifest said the container had “ steel doors and other merchandise goods , ” boxes of the weapons were concealed deep in the container .

Our correspondent was told that the rifles, tagged , ‘ JOJEFF made in Italy , ’ could take up to 10 cartridges and could wreak a lot of havoc .

Other items found in the container were diapers , office cabinet , towels , mattresses , soft drinks, toiletries, among others.

The Comptroller – General of Customs , Col . Hameed Ali (retd . ) , during a press conference on Monday at the FOU , Zone A, Ikeja , said the container came from China , but was routed through Turkey to “ cause confusion . ”

He explained that three suspects , Oscar Okafor (importer ) , Mahmud Hassan (clearing agent ) and Sadique Mustapha (escort ) had been arrested .

He said the suspects were undergoing interrogations at the agency ’ s office and would not be paraded until their culpability was established .

He said , “ On Sunday , January 22 , 2017 , the roving team of the NCS , Federal Operations Unit, while on information patrol intercepted a Mack truck with number plate , BDG 265 XG, conveying a one by 40 – foot container with number: PONU /825914 / 3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road.

“ The truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A, Ikeja , where physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a total of 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods . In the declaration of the items in the container , the importer concealed the weapons and declared them as still doors .

“ These rifles are under absolute prohibition ; therefore , their importation is illegal . The importation and transaction of pump – action is totally against the law of this nation.

“ Such a deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security situation in some parts of the country. We have kidnappers and armed robbers and there is insurgency , it is more intense . There are also the cattle rustlers, who are also using the same weapon . So , they are deadly . ”

Ali explained that investigations had commenced into how the truck escaped the vigilance of Customs officers at the port, adding that all officers involved in the clearance were in detention .

He noted that the importer , exporter , escort , officials of the agency and others, would be prosecuted at the end of investigations.

Ali called for vigilance among residents, saying it was important that people shared information with security agencies on the movement of suspicious items .

He said , “ One of the important roles we play is the security of Nigerians . And the only way we can do this is to ensure that things like this don ’ t get into the country . Where they find their way in , we must ensure the importers don ’ t enjoy the illegality . This is why our men are all over the place.

“ However , we need the assistance of the public because these things do happen. Imagine if this truck had escaped and had been offloaded by some people. They will be transferred and if we don ’ t get information , there is no way we can apprehend them. In the end, you and I will be affected by this . It could fall into the hand of an armed robber or a kidnapper and there will be problem .

“ This is why the security network of this country must involve everybody . We must ensure we give the prerequisite information . Without information , we won ’ t be able to do anything . This happened because we got information and our men acted promptly . ”

Ali described the seizure as one of the biggest feats the agency had recorded in 2017 , promising to reward the officials who carried out the operation .

While fielding questions from journalists , Ali admitted that there were problems with the nation’ s scanners at the borders .

He said most of the scanners were faulty , adding that the agency was working towards resolving the problem .

He said , “ We have problems with the scanners . Most of the scanners are not working . We realised that while a few of them can be repaired , majority are bad . And I need not tell you that paucity of funds has been part of the problems . But you will start seeing changes as we are working hard to resolve the problem . ”
Source: The Punch

​Ambode appoints 3 new permanent secretarie

​Ambode appoints 3 new permanent secretaries

Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the appointment of three new permanent secretaries in the Public Service.

Acting Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye, made this known on Monday in a statement.

The newly appointed permanent secretaries, she said include Engr. Temidayo O. Erinle who will now oversee the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Mrs. Adetutu Abiola Liadi for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Dr. (Mrs.) Atinuke Muyinat Onayiga, Primary Healthcare Board.

Mrs Adesoye, while wishing the new permanent secretaries a successful tenure, noted that the appointments were with immediate effect.
Source: Tribune

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Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

Budget: Osinbajo meets Dogara, Senate leader behind closed doors
Katsina varsity’s religious ban
Ambode and Ijagemo-Ijegun Road
FG and IPOB protesters
Restructuring Nigeria is a must
‘I kidnapped boss’ son for not settling me after apprenticeship’
Youths, police rescue A’Ibom ex-speaker
Robbers kill police sergeant in Rivers, cart away cash
Naira reverses loss after dropping to 500/dollar
Man found dead in well with injuries
10 ways to destroy your smartphone
BREAKING: Apostle Suleman quizzed, freed by DSS
Officers held as Customs seize 661 riffles in Lagos
Trump’s travel ban discriminatory — Obama
Arrest Kashamu
FG disburses loans to 23,400 artisans in 13 states, Abuja
‘I kidnapped boss’ son for not settling me after apprenticeship’
Youths, police rescue A’Ibom ex-speaker
Robbers kill police sergeant in Rivers, cart away cash
Riot as Hausa trader kills driver over N30
Hunter shoots wife, mother-in-law, pastor over land
Rivers APC expels assembly Minority Leader
APC condemns attacks on Buhari
Leadership crisis: Police seal Ondo Assembly
No money to conduct LG elections in Bauchi – Commissioner
Probe alleged N15m fraud in Ondo Assembly, APC urges EFCC
S/East lawmakers differ on Obasanjo’s call for Igbo presidency
Ahmedu, Ogunade, others barred from NBBF AGM
Ighalo set for China
Shooting Stars chair appeals to fans
National Stadium traders lament as tourneys dry up
Access Bank Lagos marathon: Organisers to close roads
Foundation plans boxing tourney in Imo
Humans’ oldest ancestor was egg-shaped, had no anus – Scientists
Despite daring do, BBN housemate Gifty is married!
We’ll resist petrol price increase, says NUPENG
‘Nipco acquisition of Mobil will boost investor confidence’
Reps to probe corruption allegations at NAICOM
Market posts N38bn loss as 21 stocks tumble
Airlines sell N330bn tickets in 10 months
#BBNaija: Soma, Efe and Miyonse up for eviction
I love you like Trump loves Putin, OAP Toolz tells hubby
Nigerian celebs bag 2017 MAYA Awards Nomination
Support Suleman, Nollywood actress begs Christians
Don’t eat suya without vegetables, expert warns introduces e-Library cards for universities
Only 24-hour power supply can guarantee cloud adoption –Okeowo
Software developer to stop $1bn spend on foreign products
Editorial: Ikorodu and criminality in Lagos State
Lover boy accidentally sends same text to 32 girls
Prison officer smuggles inmate’s sperm out of jail
Justice Ademola: Prosecution alleges threat to witness’ life

In Reopening in 2nd Qtr, Forcados Pipeline Set to Boost Oil…
Yinka Folawiyo Petroluem Taps Century Energy on Aje Field
Brains and Hammers Partners Kano Government on Landmark Economic City
Customs Seizes 661 Pump Action Rifles Imported from China
Benin Republic Hit by Nigeria’s Car Import Ban
Despite Recession, Airlines Sold N330bn Tickets in 2016
Lagos to Use Art, Tourism to Boost Economy
Senate: We‘ll Avoid Pitfalls of 2016 Budget Process This Year
Apostle Suleman Visits DSS, Leaves after 30 Minutes
FG Disburses Soft Loans to 23,000 Artisans, Traders
House C’ttee Queries CBN, Others over Royalties, Signature Bonuses Paid for Oil Blocks
Emerald Energy Faults $45.7m Debt Allegedly Owed Chinese Firm
Alleged Threat to Life of Prosecution Witness Stalls Justice Ademola’s Trial
N’West APC Condemns Attacks on Buhari
Akiolu: Atiku, Daura Plotted My Removal from Nigeria Police
Acting CJN Asks NBA to Nominate Lawyers for Appointment into Supreme Court
NDDC Sets 21-point Agenda for Niger Delta Development
2019 Election: FG Unveils Indigenous Solar-powered
FG Vows Action against Destroyers of 190-year-old Brazilian Building in Lagos
Police Seal Ondo Assembly over Leadership Crisis
Restore Wike’s Security, Rivers Traditional Rulers Tell Buhari
47,229 Awaiting Trial in Our Prisons, Says Osinbajo
Guterres Proud of Amina Mohammed
Malawi Delegation Arrives Abuja This Week on a Study Tour of EITI Implementation
SON Lauds N’Assembly for Supporting Fight against Substandard Products
Tension as Hausa Trader Kills Yoruba Bus Driver in Lagos over N30
10 Men Arraigned, Remanded in Lagos Prison for Publishing ‘The Biafra Times’
Police Smash Human Trafficking Cartel
23-year-old Student Stabbed to Death in Kano
Apprentice Kidnaps Master’s Son for Refusal to Pay Him off
FG Appoints Goldman, Stanbic to Sell Debut ‘Diaspora Bond’
Moghalu Urges IMF to Help Africa Manage Resource Dependency Risk
FCMB Promotes Export Trade
Discos Illegally Retain Electricity Market Funds, NERC Insists
Cooking Gas Scarcity Persists over Delays in Arrival of NLNG Vessel
House Orders Expeditious Investigations into Alleged Diversion of $9bn CBN Grant by…
Osinbajo, Dogara, Okorocha Meet behind Closed-doors
APC Crisis Deepens, Expels Rivers Minority Leader for Anti-party Activities Politics
Edo Governorship Poll: Ize-Iyamu, Others Testify at Tribunal Politics
Remembering NAF’s Forgotten Heroes
‘DisCos Can Only Distribute Available Power’
Carl Ikeme Up against Victor Moses’ Chelsea in Fifth Round
Transfer: Odion Ighalo Close to China Deal
Alli Gives Update on Road Closure, Kits Distribution
Donald Trump and the Muslim World
Tortuous Convolvulus

The Nation
Trump defends travel ban as Obama backs protests
Osinbajo: delay in justice administration self-inflicted
Police seal Ondo House of Assembly over crisis
Five oil firms implicated in Diezani’s $153m scandal
DSS holds ‘friendly chat’ with Apostle Suleman over alleged hate sermon
CBN, AGF trade blame over oil bloc account
‘Acquisition of Mobil ‘ll raise investors’ confidence’
23,000 artisans, traders get Fed Govt’s soft loans in 13 states, says Presidency
Power ‘ll improve this year, says Eko DisCo chief
Challenges of deploying technology
How prepared is Nigeria for cyber threats?
INTELS, others owe NPA over N17b, says ministry officia
Customs seizes 661 pump action gun
Back to the typewriter
When the state is on AWOL
Free El-Zakzaky now
Say what you mean
The priest, the governor and the state
One war, discordant voices
Again, court refuses Wike’s prayer to stop probe of Rivers rerun violence
Publisher, nine others held for floating ‘seditious’ Biafra Times
Senate Leader briefs Osinbajo on 2017 Budget
Vampire, king of the underworld
ANLCA boss asks maritime agencies to embrace reform initiatives
APC expels Rivers Assembly’s Minority leader
Ogun shuts seven health facilities
Coalition passes vote of no-confidence in Melaye
‘No certificate, no promotion’ for Kwara teachers
Kudos for Ambode on Epe’s development
Lawmaker to traders: avoid arbitrary hike in commodities’ prices
University matriculates 1,569 students
LASPOTECH joins ASUP strike
ASUU lists conditions to resume academic activities in LAUTECH
Polytechnic lecturers begin one week warning strike
Fidelis Ilechukwu: NPFL win feels like a trophy
Angry fan slaps Rangers ‘bad signing’ Daniel Etor
Plateau United living on Boboye’s wizardry
Chairman Christian Chukwu is Rangers GM/CEO
Swan condoles Sports minister
Rangers seek fans understanding after poor start
FG partners Lagos State on National Theatre
‘R2 Stations is about youth and entertainment’
BBNaija: Bally, Kemen, Marvis, TBoss and CoCo Ice up for mock eviction
Producers back plan to distribute Nollywood films in W/Africa
Double celebration for Akay Glorious
Mainframe opens doors for second batch of students
EDITORIAL: Free El-Zakzaky now
•The Federal Government must obey court ruling
CBN, AGF trade blame over oil bloc account
• House summons Kupolokun
Acquisition of Mobil ‘ll raise investors’ confidence’
Customs seizes 661 pump action guns
Why I kidnapped my boss’ son, by suspect
Rain causes flooding, gridlock in Ikoyi, Victoria Island
Quack doctor held as hospital is shut
Transporter, others arrested for N78m rice ‘diversion’

 NASENI Develops Solar-powered Electronic Voting Machine
Defectors To APC From S-East Are Enemies Of Biafra — MASSOB
Partner With Govt On North-East Devt, Saraki Urges NGOs
Senate Meets Today For Smooth Passage Of 2017 Budget
Igbo Leaders Of Thought Moves To Reconcile S-East Govs
 Reps Give CBN, Others Ultimatum To Account For $22.6bn Oil Blocs
 Global Energy Demand To Grow 30% By 2035 —BP Energy Outlook
NBBF Seals $12m Sponsorship Deal
Another University Lecturer Kidnapped In Akwa Ibom
Alleged N40bn Fraud: Investigate Fayemi Or Face Legal Action, EKHA Tells EFCC
Customs Impounds Container Laden With 661 Pump Action Rifles
OGFZA To Grow Investment By 80%
Justice Ademola’s Trial: Witness Escapes Assassination Attempt
Ofili-Ajumogobia: ‘Account Opening Requirements Were Waived’
OPEN DEFECATION: Nasarawa Govt Goes After Offenders
Attempted Murder Allegation: Borno Court Orders Release Of Inuwa Bwala
Ugwuanyi Appoints Chukwu Rangers GM
Why Itsekiri Needs More Military Presence In Creeks, By Olu Of Warri
10 Journalists Arraigned Over The Biafra Times Publication
Benue Police Arrest Disabled Man For Allegedly Making Bullet-proof Vests For Criminals
Brittania-U Begins Crude Oil Export
Delta Govt Inaugurates Ground Rent C’ttee
Senate Hearing On Maritime Varsity: Stakeholders Urged To Make Informed Submissions
NNPC, PPMC Earn N1.14trn From Petroleum Products Sale In 11months
DSS, Suleiman In Ding-dong Drama Over Invitation
Vampire: Police Raid Prison, Recover 264 Mobile Phones
Ndigbo Should Talk About Presidency After Buhari’s Tenure – Okorocha
Beware Of Fake Vanguard Websites
How Trump’s Immigration Policy’ll Affect Nigerians
Finally, PMAN Set To Hold Delegates’ Conference, Elect New Leaders
Miss France Wins Miss Universe Contest
Nationwide Protest: More Entertainers Back 2face
Obaseki Ready To Shun Enemies Of Progress – Arigbe-Osula
Police Seal Ondo Assembly Following Rowdy Session
Ugwuanyi Appoints Chukwu Rangers GM
AFCON 2017: Elneny Ruled Out Of Semi-final
Mourinho: I Think Premier League Is Almost An Impossible Mission
Mourinho Rejected China’s ‘big Offer’
Odion Ighalo On His Way To China

The Guardian
Twists in Ondo Assembly’s impeachment saga
Mane delay disappoints Liverpool boss
Apprentice kidnaps master’s son for ‘settlement’ failure
It’s N500/$ at black market despite rising reserves
NCAA to intensify audit of airlines over poor financial obligations
Army sued over alleged breach of fundamental human right of four persons
Return to classes, Oyo appeals to LAUTECH lecturers
NECA urges CBN to obey ruling on N50 stamp duty
2017 Australian Open, a parade of old guard
Arsenal faithful high on Nwakali’s Dutch performance
Enugu sacks Rangers GM, hands office to Christian Chukwu
Watford accepts Chinese club’s £20m offer for Ighalo
FirstBank provides secure cash transfer services
FMBN posts N2.7 billion operating surplus for 2016
No economic growth, no democracy
What has Fashola done on federal highways?
Interpreting the ‘change’ we voted for!
After hit streak, dance duo Chainsmokers plan album
Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ tops box office for second weekend
‘How to protect telecoms sector’s $68billion investments’
Snapchat parent to offer shares on NYSE: reports


Saudi Arabia, UNIABUJA To Collaborate On Peace Studies
MDAs Begin 2017 Budget Defence Before NASS Today
Kogi: Screening Committee Discovers Level 13 Medical Officer With School Cert
Bauchi Fadama III To Assist IDPs With $5m Farm Inputs
Jigawa Approves N600m To Boost Northern Economy
Kwara LG Owes Sweepers 8 Months Salary Arrears
Recruitment: Peace Corps Denies Compelling Applicants To Pay N48, 000
Fear Grips Nasarawa Commissioners Over Cabinet Dissolution
Rivers Health Workers’ Rancour: MHWUN, NLC Settle Out- of- court
 Igbo Will Be President After PMB’s Term – Okorocha
 Osinbajo, Ambode Lament Delay In Justice Administration
Renewable Energy: Battle For Future Generations
Stock Market Heads South As Optimism Wanes
BoI Engages Aba Manufacturers, Releases Tips On Loan Access
NNPC Clarifies Position On Revenue Collection
Day Of Reckoning For Electoral Offenders

The Sun
BREAKING: 2 killed in fresh suicide attack in Borno
Customs intercepts 661 imported guns in Lagos
Rivers rerun: Judicial Commission of Inquiry probes December 10 killings
• IGP urges court to throw out Wike’s suit against police investigation From Tony John, Port Harcourt
Ex-gov Orji’s aide shot dead in Imo
I kidnapped my boss’ son as payback for his wickedness –Suspect
Nkire commends Nnamani as APC South East leader
•Peace Mass Transit boss dumps PDP for ruling party
Police seal off Ondo Assembly
Justice reforms: Osinbajo recommends penalty for delayed trial
•Functional judicial system’ll encourage investors, says Ambode
Ogun begins feeding programme
Presidency: South East should wait till 2023 –Okorocha
…Igbo should agitate for fair share of national cake –Kalu
Saudi Arabia will maintain the cordial relationship with Nigeria — Consular
Man erects Goodluck Jonathan’s statue at UNIPORT
Several dead as suicide bomber blows self up in Maiduguri mosque
BREAKING: 2 killed in fresh suicide attack in Borno
Water tales of two estates
•Residents groan in pains, beg governor to intervene
Our ordeal in the hands of NPA, by ex-trainees
• The Sun special report on how hemp smoking and other dangerous drugs are taking over university
Buhari, Patience Jonathan, and Theresa May
NNPC: We’re not in charge of oil block funds – Baru
The killer midget and the stunted dwarf (1)
We’ll dislodge APC, PDP -Sani, mega party chair
… Says it will be suicidal for INEC not   to register party
Defection: S’East govs going nowhere -PDP spokesman
Cooking gas prices soar amidst NLNG’s 26,000mt supply
Airlines rake in N719.4bn from tickets sales in 21 months
…As FG seals BASA with Bahamas, Seychelles 
We’re not in charge of oil block funds –NNPC
Ighalo seals N12bn China deal
•As Celtic offers £1m for Onyekuru
Russia 2018: Cameroon’ll shock Nigeria – Bell
AFCON 2017: Renard tips Pharaohs for title
N’Assembly raises 2017 health budget to N100bn
Court warns AGF, IGP, DSS: Free El-Zakzaky or risk jail
2019: No problem with mega party if…, says Saraki
Prisons officials stripped me naked, chained me –Okah
EDITORIAL: CBN and the Monetary Policy Rate controversy

‘GMOs will not replace conventional seeds’
FUNAAB agog for fishing sports festival
EDITORIAL: Corruption: TI’s rating of Nigeria
The missing link in youth empowerment and Nigeria’s development
Turkey’s Erdogan and ISIS’ new breeding ground
LAUTECH: Let’s avoid unruly behaviour
Cultism: A growing scourge
Nigerian masses need real empowerment
On CBN’s forex policy
Domestic travel fetches Nigeria 97% of tourism revenue in 2016 — Jumia Travel Report
I stand by my words, Apostle Suleman insists
Military killed efficiency, performance of police — Oba Akiolu
LAUTECH: We remain on strike —ASUU
Kwara to implement ‘no certificate, no promotion’ rule
Ogun pays N1.7bn to 685 pensioners
Buhari will return home safely
Govs defection to APC: I spoke too early — Okorocha
Ambode appoints 3 new permanent secretaries
Why do women hide their age?
Another tale of police brutality, delayed justice

Daily Trust
Niger, NNPC in talks over crude supply to Kaduna refinery
Gunmen kill police officer in P/Harcourt
Keke-NAPEP association chairman, others, escape death in S/Kaduna attack
Govs’ Abuja meeting not on Buhari’s health — Ajimobi
Anambra gov’ship: Aspirants to pay N9m for posters
APC expels Rivers Assembly minority leader
FG asks Goldman, Stanbic to help sell ‘diaspora bond’
Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees after Trump ban
Ibadan Discos accused of diverting bailout fund
Has Trump triggered the end of the American century?
59 strategies are too many
ASUP begins one-week warning strike
PLASU graduates 344 students in first convocation
NSE urges NYSC to post engineers to relevant engineering organisations
First heavy rainfall in Lagos in 2017 causes flooding, gridlock
Jigawa Govt. spends N2billion on water projects – Official
Shell rules out compensation for communities after crude discharge
Labour decries rising poverty in Nigeria
Can Buhari appoint substantive EFCC chair without Senate’s approval?
NHRC declares emergency on treatment of complaints
Al-Mustapha: What the Supreme Court said – JB Daudu SAN
‘How accessing raw material is affecting my oil biz’
Low patronage forced Jigawa women out of fish farming business
Women urged to invest, save money
Witness against Justice Ademola escapes assassination — FG

Alpha Conde emerges Chairman of African Union

Alpha Conde emerges Chairman of African Union

Alpha Conde

President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea has been elected as the new Chairman of the African Union.

He succeeds President Idriss Deby of Republic of Chad,

His election was conducted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, during their 28th Ordinary Session holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chairperson of the AU is the ceremonial head of the Union.

He or she is elected by the Assembly of Heads of State for a one-year term.

The post rotates annually amongst the five geographic regions of Africa; and over the years it has assumed the following order: East, North, Southern, Central and West Africa.

In 2002, South African President Thabo Mbeki served as the inaugural chairman of the union.

The Chairperson in his acceptance speech said his focus would be on the unity of the continent and solidarity among the leaders which is the legacy of the founding fathers of the Union.

Conde said access to modern energy would be a major priority adding that he would also develop a roadmap for energy , which is key to industrialisation.

He called on the member states to work towards achieving the renewed commitment announced at the end of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Kigali where African leaders adopted the Agenda 2063.

Among the major decisions made is the adoption of a new funding model for the AUC, which will see all the 54 member countries contribute some 1.2 billion dollars to the Union’s coffers every year through levying 0.2 per cent tax on eligible imports.

The funds will be directly sent to the AU secretariat, which would use it in financing operational costs as well as development programmes and peace support operations.

Earlier, it had been observed that overreliance on foreign aid meant that that the continent often intervened too late in conflict-torn regions while the continent also had little influence on the nature and extent of intervention.

He said that the funds will be directly sent to the AU secretariat, which would use it in financing operational costs as well as development programmes and peace support operations.

He called on the leadership to remain indivisible and independent as well showing proper Africanism to keep the flame of hope of the founding father on value of solidarity and unity.

He appealed the UN secretary General to support the course of Africa at the UN

During the hand over ceremony, Deby thanked his pairs and his country for the opportunity given him to serve.

He commended the AU Commission under the leadership of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for the good work in pursuing the transformation reforms under Agenda 2063 and for the support they gave to his team.

He urged the members to support the incoming Chairperson in addressing the challenges of the continent which include terrorism, crisis in South Sudan, Libya and Central African Region (NAN)

APC expels minority leader of Rivers Assembly

APC expels minority leader of Rivers Assembly

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has expelled the Minority Leader of the state’s House of Assembly, Benibo Anabraba, a lawyer, who represents Akuku-Toru constituency 2.

APC, through its Rivers Chairman, Chief Davies Ikanya, Monday in Port Harcourt, revealed that the member of the main opposition party in the state was expelled for anti-party activities, disobedience and negligence in carrying out lawful directives of the APC.

Rivers APC said: “The State Working Committee (SWC) of the APC, Rivers State chapter, having invited you (Anabraba) three times to its meetings to discuss the allegations of your anti-party activities, disobedience and negligence in carrying out lawful directives of the party, and your refusal to attend any of the three invitations, the SWC in its meeting of January 27 resolved that you are guilty of anti-party activities, and also guilty of disobedience and negligence in carrying out lawful directives of the party.

“Your willful and consistent refusal to attend the proceedings on the three occasions you were invited has confirmed your disrespect to constituted authority of the party.

“The party considers your willful and deliberate refusal to make yourself available to answer to the allegations against you as sufficient confirmation that the said allegations against you are true.

“Therefore, the party pursuant to relevant provisions of the constitution of APC (October 2014 as amended), particularly Article 2l (A) ii, iii, hereby expels you from the party forthwith.”

Efforts were made to get the expelled lawmaker’s reaction, but his mobile line was not available, as at press time.

Police shut down Ondo House of Assembly as two factions lay claim to leadership

Crisis: Police Seal Off Ondo House Of Assembly

By Tope Fayehun

Suspended Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Jumoke Akindele

The ongoing crisis in the Ondo State House of Assembly on Monday took a new twist as the Ondo State police command sealed off the  Assembly complex .

The closure of the Assembly complex according to the investigation, was to prevent a fracas which would have occurred at the Assembly between two warring factions laying claim to the leadership of the hallow chamber during their sitting.

Some aggrieved members of the House of Assembly had on Friday impeached the Speaker Rt Hon. Jumoke Akindele ,Deputy Speaker, Hon.  Fatai Olutu and Majority Leader, Hon. Dayo Akinsoyinu over allegation of financial mismanagement.

They hurriedly appointed Hon. Malachi Coker representing Ilaje Constituency 1, Hon. Ayodele Arowele from Owo Constituency 1 and Hon. Olamide George, representing Akure North Constituency as the speaker, deputy speaker and majority leader respectively in acting capacity.

But the embattled speaker had insisted that she remain the speaker because her removal did not meet the constitutional requirement.

To this end, the legislators loyal to Hon. Malachi Coker on Monday morning gained entrance to the Assembly premises as early as 6:00 a.m and the acting speaker immediately sat on the speaker’s seat in readiness for the day’s plenary.

The Akindele’s faction later stormed the Assembly and the embattled speaker personally challenged Coker that he has no right to sit on the speaker’s seat.

But Coker told her she is no longer the Assembly speaker because she had been impeached.This resulted to altercation between the two factions.

It was the quick intervention of police led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, that prevented break down of law and order .

The security operatives who were already at the Assembly premises immediately ordered the lawmakers including the workers out of the  Assembly complex .

Addressing journalists at the embattled deputy Speaker’s residence, Information Committee Chairman, Hon. Oluwasiji Akindiose expressed regrets over the Assembly closure and accused some fifth columnists of fueling the crisis.

Akindiose insisted the other faction do not have the required number to carry out the impeachment.

According to him, “Impeachment is a long process. You must give the other side a fair hearing before going ahead with the impeachment.

“We are not comfortable with the closure of the Assembly.  Some people are hell bet on stopping the seamless transition going on in the state. Those who did it will soon regret their actions because with the closure of the Assembly, we cannot serve our various constituency now. ”

Akindiose, however expressed optimism that the crisis will soon be resolved, insisting that it was just  a family affair.

Meanwhile ,the other faction led by the acting speaker, Hon. Malachi Coker has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris to urgently withdraw the policemen attached to the former leadership of the Assembly.

Speaking on behalf of other members, Hon. Ogundeji Iroju said their decision to remove Akindele and others remain unchanged.

Iroju said, ” On Monday, we got a wind that the minority group led by the former speaker wanted to sit and we swung into by carry the mace which is the symbol of authority and we told them that they are on suspension and they started begging.

“The impeachment carried out on Friday evening remain unchanged and the business of the house continues despite the closure. All the banks must desist from transacting business with the former leadership of the house because they are already on suspension.

While showing the copy of the impeachment notice signed by 20 out of the 26 members, Iroju however debunked the allegation that members of the faction molested and dehumanised the House Pay Master.

He said the Pay Master was caught by the members and he (The Pay Master)  said he was acting on the order of the former leadership.

Source: Leadership