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Only female Resident Electoral Commissioner designate finally gets appointment letter

REC’s lone female designate finally gets appointment letter

By Hamza Idris 
At last, Dr. Asma’u Sani Maikudi, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) designate from Katsina State finally got her appointment letter last night.

Daily Trust gathered from reliable sources that Dr. Maikudi was asked to report at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), this morning and was subsequently given her letter of appointment.

Sources at INEC headquarters in Abuja said she would be sworn-in this afternoon alongside her colleagues cleared by the Senate.

Dr. Maikudi’s letter was reportedly hijacked by a “cabal at the Presidency,” who allegedly felt she should not represent Katsina State at INEC.

The development had elicited backlash from various quarters, including CSOs and women groups.

She is the only female among the 27 people nominated by President Muhammadu, in March.

Speaking with the Daily Trust, Dr. Maikudi confirmed the receipt of her appointment letter today.

“I received a call last night and when I went to the SGF office, I was given my letter of appointment. We would be sworn-in later today, Insha Allah,” she said.

Dr. Maikudi’s travails came to the fore soon after she passed all stages for the appointment, including clearance from the DSS, the Code of Conduct Bureau and confirmation by the Senate on July 20.

It was gathered that though President Buhari pencilled her for the post based on merit, some forces at the Presidency were allegedly not comfortable with her representing Katsina State.

The Senate had divided the 27 nominees into two batches for screening and confirmed the first 15 on June 1.

On July 20, the Senate confirmed eight of the remaining 12 nominees, including Dr. Maikudi and deferred the nomination of four others.

All her seven colleagues got their letters thereafter from the SGF office after approval from the Presidency. They included Mr Sam Olumekun (Ondo), Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto), Kassim Gana Gaidam (Yobe), Jibrin Zarewa (Kano), Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi), Mr. Mike Igini (Delta) and Abdulganiyu Raji (Oyo).

Those whose confirmation was deferred included nominees from Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara and Lagos states over some contentious issues.

Source: Daily Trust

​At last, Osinbajo assigns portfolios to new ministers

At last, Osinbajo assigns portfolios to new ministers

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Acting President , Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers he inaugurated about 22 days ago .

The two new ministers are Stephen Ocheni ( Kogi ) and Suleiman Hassan ( Gombe ) .

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Laolu Akande , announced the development on his Twitter handle .

Ocheni was named Minister of State , Labour and Employment ; while Hassan was named Minister of State , Power , Works and Housing .

“There are now two ministers of state in Power , Works and Housing ministries ,” Akande said .
Source: The Punch

Man rapes 14-year-old daughter, aborts pregnancy for her three times

14-yr-old girl aborts three pregnancies for father

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO— A popular pastor of a new generation church in Kano State has been detained by the Police authorities in Kano for allegedly raping twin sisters, aged 13, and their 11-year-old sibling.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, stated that the Pastor was arrested after a formal complaint by parents of the victims and their neighbours.

DSP Majia decried the rising spate of rape cases in the state, saying that “since August 1, 34 cases were recorded, which in essence translates to an alarming situation if efforts are not multiplied against it.

“In the light of this ugly development, it is necessary for the Police to call on the general public, especially parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders, to take a firm stand on the general activities of their wards, who always turn out to be victims of such dastardly acts.

Cases of incest

“It is unimaginable to see a father taking advantage of his biological daughter in the absence of her mother. Such instances are where one Abubakar, aged 40, of Unguwa Uku quarters, Kano, was found to have raped his biological 14-year-old daughter, who survived three abortions.

“Also, one Ibrahim, 25, of Zangon Marikita quarters, was arrested for raping his cousin-sister several times.

“Pastor Samuel of Sabongari, Kano, was arrested for raping 13-year-old twin sisters and their 11-year-old sister. Also, one Haruna and Lawan both of Sheka Quarters, Kano, conspired and acted in an unnatural manner against their nine-year-old old male victim.

“All the suspects confessed to the commission of the crime.”

The Police spokesman pointed out that from the 34 cases recorded, 35 suspects were arrested while 36 victims, aged between five and 13 years, are involved.

He urged members of the community, especially neighbours and relations, to “keenly and closely look into their neighbourhood with a view to detecting any unruly behaviour.

“Presently, about 15 pending cases of sexual assault will be transferred to SCIID for discreet investigations from various divisions,” he added.
Source: Vanguard

​Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

The Nigerian Air Force has sentenced to death by hanging Airman Kalu Bernard, for killing his lover , Solape Oladipupo , aka Shomzy Shomzy, on March 12 , 2017 .

The judgment , which started 9am on Tuesday , dragged till 4 pm when it was stood down before the panellists reconvened at 7 .30 pm .

Reading out the 70 -page court findings , which lasted for about two hours , the Judge Advocate, Flight Lieutenant M .A. Umoh , listed the eight – count charges against 21 -year -old Kalu to include murder , house breaking , impersonation , attempted murder , among others .

The defence counsel, Abimiku Ewuga , urged the court to temper justice with mercy , saying the accused was his family breadwinner .

The President of the court, Gp. Capt . Elisha Bindul , who found the accused guilty in six out of the eight counts, sentenced him to death by hanging , subject to the confirmation of the conveying authority .

Ewuga later told reporters that he would appeal the judgement .

Kalu had on March 12 , 2017, killed Oladipupo at her Corporal and Below Quarters, Compound 9, Air Force Base, Makurdi , on the suspicion that she was in a love relationship with another man .

He had broken into Oladipupo ’s home before shooting her in the neck at close range .

Source: The Punch

News Headlines August 16, 2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines August 16, 2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

Strike enters third day, ASUU says negotiation hasn’t started with FG
SARS detains wrong suspect, collects N100,000 for bail
Community performs ritual on IBEDC premises over outage
NSCDC arrests driver, conductor for vandalising cable
Man, wife, three children die after rice meal
Customs intercept FUNAAB bus conveying cannabis
Buhari shunned official for undermining Osinbajo, says presidential aide
Dissolution: S’West PDP excos sue Makarfi, others
Quit notices must be stopped, says PDP BoT
Support FG agric scheme, Okorocha urges NYSC
APC, PDP disagree on state of the nation
NSCDC operative killed
Anambra APC
‘Kwankwaso still APC member’
Pensioners flay Aregbesola for allegedly paying aides N50m
Restructuring: N’Delta leader backs Obasanjo
Man arrested for robbing bank customers
Fleeing kidnap, robbery suspects died in hospital – Police
Drama as Pastor Adeboye kisses, lauds wife
At Dada’s funeral, Abe urges leaders to lead by example
Graft: FG gets 5,000 tips from whistle-blowers
Nigeria, warehouse of imported goods
Man, wife, three children die after rice meal
Stone-throwing mob attacks #ResumeOrResign protesters, damages Charly boy’s car
Group threatens to protest against cable tv companies
SARS detains wrong suspect, collects N100,000 for bail
Airman who killed lover to die by hanging
I consulted Adeboye, Dolapo before accepting VP position –Osinbajo
Guy dates six women same night, says he’s only looking for love
ASUU strike political – Lawmaker
Obama’s tweet condemning hate killing becomes third most-liked in history with
[BREAKING] Obiano emerges APGA candidate for Anambra poll
Embrace ‘change begins with me’ message, Akeredolu tells corps members
Anambra Gov primary: APC alleges candidate bribes, asks delegates for oath-taking
New Edo Speaker orders House Clerk to retrieve predecessor’s official vehicles
New Speaker presides as Edo Assembly resumes plenary
Kwankwaso remains APC member, insists organising secretary
Fashola makes a U-turn, says consumers can pay for meters
Osinbajo approves issuance of 615 land titles
NCC audits telecom firms’ financial status
Compliance audit: NPDC, BPE, Total among 15 lowest performers
Naira drops to 370 on lack of dollar supply
Rohr confident of Enyeama Eagles’ return
Five drugs found in Woods’ system after arrest
Barca lack firepower without Neymar –Busquets
TMC brings Venus’ fashion brand to Africa
AITEO Cup: Clubs to share gate revenue
Future Eagles tackle Morocco U-15 in friendly
91-year-old couple kiss, hold hands in double assisted deaths
FG appeals to ASSU to suspend strike
58% pass Maths, English as NABTEB releases May/June results
In Africa, the five best universities are in South Africa — ARWU
ASUU strike: NANS give FG 21 days ultimatum
Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage, warns about husky craze
Lassa fever: Scientists to map rats in affected states
UK varsity, UI to study health services in Nigerian slums
Doctors withdraw services at LAUTECH hospital
Three tricks to record audio with smartphone
Pentium 4
Eight reasons not to keep smartphones in bras, pockets
Editorial: North Korea: World on the brink of nuclear war
Wrong people visiting President Buhari
PDP: Between Obasanjo and his ‘boys’
Public debt burden: Dollar-backed T/bills as a breather
Kenya 2017 election: Lessons for Nigeria
Drama as Pastor Adeboye kisses, lauds wife
Constituency projects: Reps knock Obasanjo, insist he’s father of corruption

ThisDay


FG Receives 365 Actionable Tips from Whistleblowers
• Investigative agencies to embark on tour of Australia
Amaechi Defends Cost of Chinese Funded Railway Projects
Clash over Anti-Buhari Protest Leads to Closure of Abuja Market
Forex: CBN Takes Further Step to Crash Parallel Market Rate
Why More Expensive Wine Tastes Better
Suspected Target of Ozubulu Church Attack, ‘Bishop’, Visits Injured Victims
FG Appeals to ASUU to Suspend Strike, Reaches Accord on Audit of N30bn
Suicide Bombers Kill 27, Wound 83 in Borno
Local Rice Production Hits 15m Tonnes
Apapa Gridlock: Council, NPA, Others Endorse Prosecution of Traffic Violators
Nigeria Air Force Sends Killer Airman to Death by Hanging
Ribadu: People in Government Undermine Fight against Corruption
Buhari, Ekweremadu Sympathise with Sierra Leonean Leader over Mudslide Tragedy
UPP Suspends Chidoka, Ofodile, Two Others
Boko Haram Renews Attacks on Adamawa Communities, over 20 Killed by Suicide Bombers in…
Count Your Days in Office, PDP Tells APC
APC Postpones Anambra Guber Primary
Shareholders Receive 30k Interim Dividend as GTBank Posts N84bn Profit
W’Bank, AfDB, Others Give TCN $1.6bn Lifeline to Restart Key Projects
Fracas in Sokoto Assembly as 10 Lawmakers Attempt to Impeach Speaker
PSC Suspends Police Special Promotion Exercise
Flights to Lagos Slump as Cairo, Nairobi Jump
Elemah: Richer Nigerians Should Pay Taxes
Nigeria Heading the Way of Rwanda, DRC, Warns Ezekwesili
PDP Campaign Funds: EFCC Recovers N553m from S’East
NSCDC Arrests Two for Vandalising Ikeja Disco Cable
Tenure Limit, Sanctions, Others Raise Dust as NCC Unveils Corporate Governance Code
NEITI’s Board Approves New Auditor to Undertake 2015 Oil Sector Review Cycle
Police Seek N.3m Cost against Evans’ Lawyer
Calls for Igbo to Leave North a Huge Joke, Says PDP BoT Chair
INEC, Parties Move to Curb Campaign Expenses, Litigation
Stop Disparaging Kastina Emir, Atiku, Group Warns
Irabor to Deliver Lagos SWAN Week Lecture Today
NYPF Plans Workshop on Power for Stakeholders, Community Leaders
Oando Exhibits Resilience amid Tough Times
Ikpeazor: With TSA, Pension Funds Abuse Over
FirstBank Promotes 3000 Staff
Ecobank Unveils Premier Banking Lounge
Nigeria-India Trade Volume Hits $10billion
Fate of Nigeria’s Infrastructure Master Plan Worries NESG
Makarfi, the Survivalist
PDP: Back from the Brink
Makarfi, Obi Dragged to Court over Dissolution of Anambra PDP Exco Revisiting Ambode’s Waste Mgt, Infrastructure Targets
Aminu Dabo: Bridging Health Gap in the North
Venus Williams Brings Activewear ‘EleVen’ to Africa
Chelsea Sets Tough Conditions for Costa’s Return
Injured Iniesta to Miss Super Cup Return Leg
Champions League: Own Goal Seals Liverpool Win at Hoffenheim
 Udom Assures NFF of Maximum Support for Eagles against Cameroon
AfroBasket: D’Tigress Departs for Mali
On the Structure of the Debate
EDITORIAL: THE CHALLENGE OF MAINTAINING IDPS

The Nation


Forensic audit of N30b given to ASUU coming
Buhari: Traders attack Charly Boy, others in Abuja
Telecoms sector FDI hits $68b, says NCC
Adeboye’s role in my life, by Osinbajo
Ribadu: unholy alliance working to scuttle anti-graft war
Anxiety in APC over Kwankwaso
‘The hard work of climbing out of the hole has begun’
Osinbajo okays 615 land titles
Police suspend special promotion
ASUU interrupts research conference at UNILAG
Ondo Assembly confirms 18 commissioner-nominees
ASUU frowns at mandatory sale of handouts by lecturers
NANS urges FG to intervene in ASUU strike
Buffon, Messi, Ronaldo Make UEFA Award Shortlist
AITEO Cup: Participating teams to share gate takings
NFF appoints CP Baba as security advisor
Nigeria’s Future Eagles go up against Morocco U15 squad
Federer’s pullout of Cincinnati, hands number one spot to Nadal
D’Tigress to depart Mali on Wednesday for Afrobasket campaign
Mourinho celebrates wife’s birthday on Instagram
Tragedy of third tier of government
‘You can’t rule PDP out in Edo’
How Lalong has changed Plateau, by aide
Pete Edochie may have shared first kiss in a movie
Aspiring actors storm “MTV Shuga” auditions
Etihad Airways partners Indian designer Manish Arora at Lakme Fashion Week
Three children, parents die after rice meal in Anambra
Igbonla kidnap suspect’s wife charged to court
Police urge court to fine Evans’ lawyer N300,000
Council, residents, others unveil plan to unlock Apapa traffic
NCC: Telecoms sector FDI hits $68 billion
South Korea dumps Nigeria’s oil for U.S.
NSC, NNPC, NEXIM Bank, others partner on truck park
Preparing youths for employment

Vanguard


The Changing Patterns Of August Meetings In Igbo Land
 Notice Of Quit To Northerners, Yoruba: N-Delta Leaders, Stakeholders Disagree With Militants
 Ozubulu: Police Invite Ikegwuonu
 Hoodlums Attack Lagos Task Force Personnel Over Okada Seizure
 Obiano Has Performed, Deserves Second Term — Obi, Anambra APGA Boss
 LASSA FEVER: LUTH Discharges 1, Clears 60 Under Watch
 UPP Dissolves Anambra Exco
 Where Hate Speech Meets Hate Song 14-yr-old Girl Aborts Three Pregnancies For Father
 I’m On A Divine Mission —Edochie, Nollywood Actor
 Oil Firm Organises Leadership Training For N-Delta Youths
 My Gang Members Can Unlock Any Keke, Okada— Ajona
 Sokoto Assembly Removes Deputy House Leader
 NEITI Indicts BPE, 15 Oil Firms For Audit Non-compliance
 Ajimobi, Amosun, Akeredolu, Fayose Host New Corps Members
 Many Killed, As Terrorists Loot, Set 2 Adamawa Communities Ablaze
Protesters Should Go Look For Work, Says Garba Shehu As Pro, Anti-Buhari Groups Clash In Abuja
Lockdown In Varsities Continues As ASUU, FG Begin Talks
CBN Injects $364m As Naira Depreciates To N370/$ In Parallel Market
We Got Over 5,000 Whistleblowing Tips – Adeosun
What Should I Expect At Menopause?
He Seems To Like Large-breasted Women
How Can I Keep My Friends During A relationship
ResumeorResign Protest: My Husband Is Doing what God Wants Him To Do, Declares Lady D
Harrysong Set To Nurture Young Talents With new Label
Obiano Has Performed, Deserves Second Term — Obi, Anambra APGA Boss
I’m On A Divine Mission —Edochie, Nollywood ctor
Oath Taking Scare Hits APC
Chidoka, Ofodile Did Not Show Documentary evidence They Resigned From PDP – UPP
Quit Notice A Joke That Must Not Be Allowed, jibrin Warns
What You Sow Is What You Reap! Ebewele Slams Nigerian Sports
West Brom Sign Everton Midfielder Barry
Everton Set To Seal Sigurdsson Swoop
ASUU Strikes Paralyses Ekiti Varsities
Toilet Soaps: Manufacturers Repositioning To Meet Changing Consumer Preferences

The Sun


Anti-Buhari protesters escape death
• Charlie Boy, others attacked at Abuja market  • Count Dankwambo out of protest –Northern youths
Kalu condemns altercations at Wuse market
Fight in Sokoto Assembly
… Speaker escapes with broken mace
Emohua: Rivers inaugurates peace committee
NADDC introduces road worthiness proof for clearing tokunbo cars
ASUU strike grounds varsities
…FG can’t meet lecturers’ demand –Presidency
Ozubulu: Police invite ‘Bishop’ for questioning
• Say no need to arrest him
Man, wife, 3 children die after garri meal
Whistle-blower policy: FG gets 5,000 tips –Adeosun
Anambra poll: Obiano emerges unopposed APGA candidate
Anambra guber: Nwibe has our support -IDU
Anambra guber: No going back on Moghalu’s endorsement –Group
Anambra guber: APC postpones primary to August 26
Anambra guber: ….As Uba denies tampering with delegates’ list
‘We’re not responsible for price hike of vehicles’
IGR: Ugwuanyi’s impressive revenue regime
Why flood may still ravage Lagos
•Environmentalists, others warn
Misquoting Wike, Obiano
“APC no match for (to) PDP—Wike” “It was attack by hoodlums who disguised as masquerades (masqueraders)…”
Aguiyi Ironsi: The tragic comet of the July 29, 1966, coup
Wonder–woman who cures prostate cancer with herbs (4)
Hidden spiritual knowledge (11)
The Ozubulu in all of us
Accord Concondiale: The continuous search for Nigeria’s elusive unity (10)
‘Why Kano recalled 37 students from further studies abroad’
Zimbabwe’s First Lady accused of assaulting South African model
Nigeria struggling to fulfill cooperation obligation – Japan
… Awards scholarship to Nigerians North Korea delays Guam missile firing
• Dialogue up to Kim -US
‘Reasons telecom companies need to consolidate’
…As NCC probes operators’ strength status
Smart cities: Stakeholders advocate public-private sectors synergy
GE Garage’ll revive zeal in manufacturing – Obozuwa
Mohammed leads D’ Tigress to AfroBasket Women 2017
 Team departs for Mali
Ronaldo, Buffon, Messi shortlisted for UEFA award
Boxing: Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam
EDITORIAL: Unexploded bombs in Owerri
Resettlement: FCT indigenes square up for fight
New beginning in charity work
Okorocha’s daughter opens shelter for stranded, poor women, children in Imo Hidden spiritual knowledge (11)

The Guardian


 ASUU strike may end in two days, says government
Pro-Buhari protesters attack The Guardian reporter, Charly Boy, others
CBN injects $364m into inter-bank forex market
Government records 5000 whistleblowing reports in eight months, says Adeosun
Niger Delta group asks Yoruba, northerners to disregard quit notice
Suspect lynched for kidnapping three school pupils in Lagos
Two youths shot dead in Lagos Island mayhem
Nigeria may go the way of Rwanda, Congo DR, says Ezekwesili
NSCDC personnel, three others killed in Edo
Own goal seals Liverpool win at Hoffenheim
Bayern expected to win sixth straight title
‘Coaches ‘messed up’ Nigeria’s medal chances in London’
Nigeria’s Future Eagles go up against Morocco U15 squad
D’Tigresses to depart for Mali 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Championship today
Nigeria owes me N44.5m, says jumper Tosin Oke
 CBN joins NPA, NIMASA’s port charges to forex window
CITN lauds NIPOST Bill, seeks thorough legislative work
Women in technology
 Policing and extorting sexual minorities is unacceptable
Editorial: Terrorism, conflicts and foreign investment
 Honourable, show me your colour!
That call for Buhari’s resignation
History beckons National Assembly
Ozubulu tragedy and the conspiracy theory
‘We are in recession because APC is clueless’
Obiano wins APGA ticket for Anambra guber poll
APC and a broom’s incapacity to sweep internal impunity
Stakeholders want financial autonomy for SIECs
 Mo Eazy Releases New Video
Checkout New Adidas Tennis Collection By Pharrell
 MSCN, COSON set for legal tussle over royalties
CopyrightX Nigeria Alumni to mark World Photo Day in Lagos
Ikpoza’s Geometrism radiates positive energy
Book on digital public service for launch August 24
 Gas production to grow faster than oil, coal by 2022
Modular refiners to get pioneer status, duty waivers
Nipco group retail outlets hit 500
CypherCrescent, CHPED launch technology research for oil sector

Leadership


APC: As Controversy Trails Composition Of Restructuring Committee FEATURED
Wema Bank Opens Maraba Branch
Stock Market Sustains Bearish Sentiment With 2.25% Decline
Re-7 APC Governors Who May Lose Re-election In 2019
Ogoni: Knocks, Kudos For HYPREP As UNEP Report Clocks 6
Minister Task Office Holders On Humility
Patients Protest Rape, Robbery In Edo Central Hospital
Senator Tinubu Calls For State Of Emergency In Education Sector
‘Nigeria’s Future Lies In Youths’
APDA: NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Mohammed
No Record To Show APC Out-performed Any PDP Govt
Shehu Sani, Groups Fighting el-Rufai Over Kaduna’s Bailout Fund – APC Youths
Edo Assembly Impeachments: No Cause For Alarm, State APC Chair Assures
DMO Raises N5.2bn From FGN Savings Bond In 5 Months
Competence, Decisiveness, Positive Attitude Make A Business Leader Tick – Ubah
FG Approves N39bn Loan For Supply Of Electricity Meters – Fashola
Saraki, Kachikwu, FIRS Boss, Others Shortlisted For Peace Achievers Awards 2017
Savannah Conference 6: Pillars Maintain Winning Streak
Enyeama Will Return To Super Eagles – Rohr
Why PPP Model Should Be Adopted For National ID
A Way Forward For The Railway…1
EDITORIAL: Obasanjo And The National Assembly

New Telegraph


 Attack on Charley Boy: Police shut Wuse market
Your days are numbered, PDP to APC
UN chief condemns Borno attacks, condoles Nigeria
Lessons from London 2017 IAAF championships
Cost-cutting: Banks dump pool cars for Uber
Airman to die by hanging over girlfriend’s murder
22 days after, Osinbajo fails to assign portfolios to ministers
Students count loses as ASUU strike hits campuses
Kalu: Be sensitive to president’s health
Sleep therapy relives arthritis pain
27 dead, 83 injured as Boko Haram strikes again
FG, ASUU agree on N30bn forensic audit
FG seeks immediate suspension of ASUU strike
Nigeria may follow Rwandan path if… – Ezekwesili
400 dead, 600 still missing in Sierra Leone mudslide
 Trump blames both sides for Virginia unrest
Grace Mugabe ‘home’ despite SA assault claim
 Leave Afghanistan – Russia, Taliban tell US
Thor’s hammer up for sale for £40,000
Ethiopian Airlines orders 59 more aircraft
Injured Iniesta to miss Super Cup return
 UEFA League: Own goal seals Reds win at Hoffenheim
 LASU pedestrian bridge turns nest for miscreants, lunatics
NIMASA frets over non-exploitation of seabed resources
 Whistle blowing: Civil servants, others supply 5,000 tips
Market infraction: Surveillance tech to the rescue
Amosun, Osoba rekindle rivalry
 Lessons from London 2017 IAAF championships

Tragedy! Father, mother, three children die after vomiting blood

Family of five die vomiting blood in Anambra
Tony Okafor , Awka

Five members of Ndenemu family in Umuatuegwu Okija , Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State have reportedly died vomiting blood .

The victims were Albert Ndenemenu , a commercial motorcyclist ; his wife , Nwanne and their three children.

There were conflicting reports about the cause of their deaths .

While a version of the story said the victims ate poisoned food ( rice ) , others alleged that a relation poisoned them .

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State , Mrs . Nkeiru Nwode, confirmed the incident .

She said investigations were ongoing , while awaiting the autopsy.

An eye witness told our correspondent that Mrs . Nnwanne Ndenemu , who was the last to die , prepared a rice meal for the family’s lunch , which all of them ate and shortly after, her husband and her three children started vomiting blood .

“When people rushed into their compound following her alarm , it was discovered that they were already dead .

“The woman , on seeing the lifeless bodies of her husband and children, slumped and was taken to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital , Nnewi, where she also died ,” our source stated .

An indigene of the area , Sir Ignatius Okonkwo , told our reporter that the cause of death of the five persons was yet to be ascertained , adding that efforts made to prevail on the authorities of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital , where the bodies were first deposited , to conduct an autopsy on the dead persons did not yield any result.

An in- law to the family was said to have attempted to take the corpses to a mortuary , but when stories started doing the rounds that they might have been poisoned , he brought the five dead bodies back to their house where they were lined up in the open for several hours before some members of the family decided to return them to the mortuary .

It was gathered that three distant relations of the diseased persons had been invited by the police and they were being interrogated at the Okija Police Station .

Source: Punch

The many PDP myths

The many PDP myths
By Abu Najakku 

Last weekend, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), still smarting from the beating it received at the 2015 general election, regrouped at Eagle Square Abuja at a non-elective convention. The party had broken into two with a faction led by each of the former governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and former governor of Borno state, Senator Modu Ali Sheriff. PDP’s attempt to hold a convention in Port Harcourt in May, 2016 was prohibited by a court which also ruled in favour of Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party. However, a recent ruling by the Supreme Court handed the party’s leadership to Senator Ahmed Makarfi. So, there is a chance that PDP will pick up the pieces and cohere again, which is a plus for our democracy.

Nonetheless, there are a number of myths clouding the PDP skyline. A leading PDP myth was that they were going to rule Nigeria for an unbroken period of 60 years! Well, we all know that this myth has been shattered because the party was thrown out of power after 16 years miserable years. To be sure, when the PDP was formed in 1999 by the likes Chief Alex Ekwueme, Mohammed Abubakar Rimi, Chief Solomon Lar, Professor Jerry Gana, Bola Ige, etc., it held great promise but alas, it was taken over by outsiders and by 2003, it had ceased to be the peoples party conceived by the founders.

The party continues to brandish itself as the largest party in Africa, even though it doesn’t know how many members it has, which is just another myth. When one of its former chairmen, Chief Okweselieze Nwodo attempted to digitise its membership, he was removed from office. Obviously, the PDP prefers to bandy imaginary figures regarding its strength and capturing the data on computer would have exposed their fallacies. Ask PDP, how many members has it.

The number one thing that accelerated the departure of PDP from governance in 16 instead of 60 years was its failure to solve the very problems it promised to tackle, on top of a debilitating culture of corruption that it promoted and this brings us to another myth about the PDP. It is that the party and its members are being witch hunted by the current administration. Notwithstanding the recoveries of millions of Dollars, Naira and Pounds as well as ill-gotten property made by this government, the PDP continues to protest the innocence of its thieving stalwarts. No one who had observed how PDP exercised power during these 16 years would believe that they are innocent when it comes to the management of our national resources.

So, contrary to what its old face, former President Goodluck Jonathan, spiritedly submitted at the Eagle square this past weekend, corruption was alive and well during his administration. His unremitting defence and exoneration of Diezani Alison-Madueke, “Nigeria’s best Minister of Petroleum”, of allegations of corruption turned out to be silly and embarrassing. Neither her nor the NNPC, which she superintended was innocent of those charges and with continuous scandalous revelations at the UK and US ends of the intercontinental investigations, it is hard to see how this mammy oil will avoid conviction. Remember, the PDP wanted to build a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at the cost of N64 billion! They PDP wanted to construct a gate at the Vice President’s new residence at the cost of N7 billion! We are still constructing the Umar Musa Yar’adua expressway that connects the city of Abuja with the airport even though the PDP awarded the contract in 2009!

The latest myth about the PDP is that it will return to power in 2019, I don’t know what makes them believe so. The party is still behaving like its old self and unless it wakes up to the current reality, it will spend the sixty years it gave itself, not in government but in opposition. Instead of building new rail lines, the PDP spent billions of Naira trying to breathe life into a century-old, expired railway system. Although the PDP awarded contracts for the renewal of the expressways in the South East, none of them had been done because the money had been stolen.

Another myth is that PDP will return to power with Atiku Abubakar at the head of its ticket. Atiku is in and out of political parties seeking their tickets to contest the presidency and he has been running since 1992! Is Atiku no longer part of the problem? Is he now part of the solution? Have the bigots in the southern part of Nigeria ceased to see the Fulani as the cause of our national problems? Because I need to remind them that Atiku Abubakar is a Fulani man and speaks only Fulfulde when he is in Adamawa! On the other hand, their nemesis, Muhammadu Buhari, does not even speak Fulfulde. How can the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode allow the presidential ticket of the PDP to be zoned to those “morons and devils” up North in 2019?

Be that as it may, Atiku Abubakar is unelectable. Atiku cannot win the North West and South West. The North West and South West zones will not vote for Atiku because he is permanently damaged by the perception that he is corrupt and desperate for the Presidency. Of course, he will do well in the South East and the South South because for them the All Progressive Congress is a humiliation and so any alternative candidate will be welcomed. But Atiku is a hard sell in the North and his stunning stance on restructuring lately will finally sink him.

The question Nigerians will still ask the PDP is how was it possible that the party did not solve a single national problem despite the quantum of resources that accrued to it from 1999 to 2015?

Source: Daily Trust