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Politics / President’s Wife Behind Okrika Violence – Amaechi by wales(m): 10:25pm On Feb 17
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, of being responsible for the attack on members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Okrika, Rivers State, on Tuesday.

Amaechi, who spoke on Tuesday with newsmen in Abuja after an enlarged APC leaders’ meeting at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, condemned the act of violence and expressed disappointment over the law enforcement agents’ failure to ensure a hitch free campaign for the APC, despite having earlier assured the party of security and gave approval for the campaign to hold.

He added, “Again, as usual, the wife of the President won’t allow the APC hold rally in that place (Okrika). The wife of the President and the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers again organised thugs to disrupt the APC rally.

“As usual, the police couldn’t protect us; over 200 policemen. I asked the commissioner of police and he said they have over 200 policemen there. Yet, three explosions and then they opened fire on members of APC. The Channels TV reporter, I hear, was injured, stabbed, and members of APC injured.

“We had meetings with DSS (Directorate of State Service) and police and they confirmed we could go ahead. There were 200 policemen and there were over 20 to 30 DSS men, who came there and they did nothing.”

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Politics / Re: We Will Beg Obasanjo, Says Lamido by wales(m): 8:53pm On Feb 17
9ja for show!
Politics / Re: We Will Beg Obasanjo, Says Lamido by wales(m): 8:27pm On Feb 17
Okay oh!

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Politics / Re: Jonathan Sends Ministerial-nominees List To Senate by wales(m): 7:43pm On Feb 17
We are waiting to see things as they unfold. May God be with us!
Politics / Jonathan Sends Ministerial-nominees List To Senate by wales(m): 7:21pm On Feb 17
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday sent a list of eight ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and approval.

The list which was contained in a letter signed by Jonathan and addressed to Senate President, David Mark, include names of senator Musiliu Obanikoro from Lagos state; Senator Patricia Akwashiki (Nasarawa); Mrs. Hauwa’u Lawan (Jigawa) and Prof. Nicholas Akise Ada (Benue).

Others are, Col. Augustine Akobundu (retd.) (Abia); Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo (Ebonyi); Mr. Kenneth Kobani (Rivers) and Senator Joel Ikenya (Taraba).

Jonathan in his letter dated 16th February, 2015 noted that the request for senate screening was in accordance with Section 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Briefing journalists after plenary, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, said the ministerial nominees would start appearing before the senate as from Wednesday next week.
Politics / Re: Governor Mimiko Denies Pushing His Younger Brother For INEC Top Job by wales(m): 10:14am On Feb 17
God will surely save us!
Politics / Governor Mimiko Denies Pushing His Younger Brother For INEC Top Job by wales(m): 9:41am On Feb 17
A reporter who attended the interaction told SaharaReporters that the governor stated that Mr. Jega would still remain at the head of the electoral commission and preside over next month’s general elections, noting that the Presidency had made the same point.
Apparently rattled by widespread media reports, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Sunday evening denied tipping his younger brother, Nazim Femi Mimiko, a professor,
for the chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking at a media event at the old banquet hall of the Government House in Akure, the state capital, Mr. Mimiko said reports that he was pushing for his brother, who was the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), to replace current INEC chair Attahiru Jega were mere “rumor.”

There had been several reports that Mr. Nazim Femi Mimiko was being groomed to take over the INEC top post from Mr. Jega whose tenure is due to expire by the end of June, 2015.

A reporter who attended the interaction told SaharaReporters that the governor stated that Mr. Jega would still remain at the head of the electoral commission and preside over next
month’s general elections, noting that the Presidency had made the same point.

“I don’t know where the propaganda came from about Professor Femi Mimiko, but I think I am in a position to know that nothing can be further from the truth,” said Governor Mimiko. He claimed that his brother was never approached.

Governor Mimiko added, “The President has said he had no intention to remove Professor Jega. So, I don’t know where the rumor emanated and what purpose it was supposed to serve, but I know there is no truth whatsoever in the rumor.”

But Mr. Mimiko’s denials did not impress all. Human rights lawyer Adeniyi Ogundare reacted with skepticism. “I can’t be moved by [Governor Mimiko’s] denial on tipping his younger brother whom he made the vice chancellor of the state-owned university now for the INEC chair’s job,” said the lawyer. He added: “We are watching with keen interest, but we won’t keep mute.” A source who attended the media event disclosed that Eniola Akinsola, the chief press secretary to Governor Mimiko, also berated some reporters whose papers he accused of functioning as the “opposition party’s paper.”

He urged the reporters to act professionally, telling them that it was unfortunate that some of them write negative reports against the state government. SaharaReporters had revealed that Dr. Mimiko had become one of the arrowheads of hawks within President Jonathan's kitchen cabinet who are notoriously bent on scuttling 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
Politics / Governor Uduaghan Orders Deportation Of Trainees For Talking To Saharareporters by wales(m): 8:28pm On Feb 13
The trainees were airlifted from Nigeria in December 2014 by the Delta State Government with the promise that they would attend various trainings in Agriculture, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts at different location in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, both in the West Indies. But following rife allegations of poor treatment and neglect the trainees had spoken to SaharaReporters in the hope that their government would act in their favour.

About 80 participants in the foreign training component of the Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) are now living under constant threats of deportation from their current base in Barbados for disclosing their poor living conditions and other details to SaharaReporters.
The trainees were airlifted from Nigeria in December 2014 by the Delta State Government with the promise that they would attend various trainings in Agriculture, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts at different location in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, both in the West Indies. But following rife allegations of poor treatment and neglect the trainees had spoken to SaharaReporters in the hope that their government would act in their favour.

They had described the programme as the “highest scam so far in Delta State” and also pointed accusing fingers at the Governor, his Deputy Prof. Amos Utuama, Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha and one Ms. Donna St. Hill, a Barbadian, for conniving to syphon State resources under the guise of training and empowering the youths of Delta State.  

The action of the trainees and the weighty disclosures reportedly angered the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan who was said to have ordered the immediate commencement of deportation processes and termination of the programme. The Governor’s order was personally served on the trainees by the Deputy Governor who travelled to Barbados to meet the youthful Deltans.

From their base in Barbados, one of the trainees who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal told SaharaReporters, “In the past weeks we have received several notices informing us to prepare for our deportation…we must continue to let Deltans, Nigerians and the whole world to know that the so called government youth program is nothing but the highest scam so far in Delta State. Can you imagine the Deputy Governor, Utuama can take a flight to Barbados just to issue us deportation threats? The program is nothing but a scam.”

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters has obtained a letter to the trainees from the Delta State Government. Titled ‘Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme: Notice of Suspension’ and signed by Ataine Paul on behalf of the Commissioner for Higher Education, the letter reads:

“I have been directed to inform you, our trainees in Barbados, that in view of the challenges which you currently face on welfare, the admissions process, coupled with certain acts of rudeness exhibited by some of you, Government has decided to suspend the Barbados end of the programme.

“Consequent upon this, it is the decision of Government to bring you our TRAINEES BACK FOR NOW. This is to enable us review the process all over again with a view to sending those who qualify, back to Barbados after the exercise. It will equally afford Government time to address all the identified challenges.

“I am further directed to urge you all to be calm and peaceful, for no good thing in life comes easily. All inconveniences are highly regretted. Thanks and God bless you all. Amen.”

Among other grievances, the trainees had complained of being housed in a poor hotel accommodation in “a hurricane prone location as against the earlier procured place at Infinity Hotel we were supposed to stay,” food poisoning, and lack of water to bath. They had written and sent a ‘Save Our Soul’ to the Delta State Government but got no response.

Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha said his ministry is in charge of the programme but dismissed allegations that it was a scam. He, however, admitted knowing that the trainees were having some accommodation challenges in Barbados.


Politics / Drivers Attack DSS Official In Ekiti by wales(m): 8:12pm On Feb 13
Irate drivers at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti on Friday attacked an operative of the Directorate of State Service (name witheld) and beat him silly for allegedly interfering in their protest.
Trouble started following a disagreement between the students of EKSU and Akoto drivers designated vehicles plying the institution over the number of passengers on a seat.
The students were said to have protested that the drivers reduce the number of passengers on a seat to its normal three from four that they had started carrying.
The disagreement escalated into a free-for-all and caused traffic gridlock from Bawa Area of Ado Ekiti.
An eyewitness said some of the drivers carried clubs, cudgels and sharp objects to scare passengers and motorists plying the road.
They also forced motorists to discharge students of the institution.
The situation took a more violent trend as the DSS official was attacked.
His clothes were torn to shreds and in the process sustained bruises, cuts and blood stains on his body when the reporters met him.
“I was punched, clubbed, stoned by the drivers and if not for the timely intervention of another colleague who fortunately came to the scene and shot in the air severally to scare the mob away, it would have been worse, ” he said.
Officials of the DSS, Policemen and some top officials of the  EKSU later visited the scene to restore peace in the area.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Albert Adeyemi, could not be reached for comments.
But a police source said it was the DSS official who courted trouble by challenging the drivers.
“He shot into the air four times and in the process heightened the tension.”
Meanwhile, the students have vowed to ensure that the drivers comply with the regulation of only three people on a seat.

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Politics / Wike’s Allegations, Tales By Moonlight – Amaechi by wales(m): 9:40pm On Feb 12
The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday described as bogus and ‘tales by moonlight’ the claim by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, about government expenditure in the state.

Wike had accused Amaechi of running the “most corrupt regime” in the country, alleging that the governor had, between January and November 2014, squandered over N298bn that accrued to the state from the Federation Accounts and loans obtained from various commercial banks.

The PDP governorship candidate also alleged that between December 2014 and January 2015, the governor, through the Government House and the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, expended N11bn believed to have been channelled to the Buhari Campaign Organisation.

But Amaechi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. David Iyofor, said Wike’s verbal attack during his recent campaign rallies in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor were outright lies aimed at deceiving the public.

He said, “It (Wike’s claim) is a failed attempt to tarnish his (Amaechi’s) sparkling image. But he (Wike) should know by now that the people are not gullible and know that Wike is rather an embodiment of corruption and everything that is wrong with our country.”

The governor urged the people of the state and Nigerians in general to disregard Wike’s allegations, even as he described the former minister as a drowning man, desperate to score cheap political points by falsifying figures and spreading falsehood.

It read, “That Governor Amaechi run a transparent, accountable administration has never been in doubt. Everything about the income and expenditure of this government is in the public domain and have never been shrouded in secrecy. So, Wike’s ignominious attempt to dish out cooked figures will never fly.

“Is Amaechi a candidate in the governorship election? Why has Wike insisted on campaigning against someone that is not a candidate? Is Wike clearly telling the public that he is no match for the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, and the only way to divert attention is to keep making wild, spurious claims?

“Of course, it is glaring that the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, is by far, a better choice than Wike. The two can’t be compared in terms character, attitude, performance and achievements in public service.

“As supervising minister for education, Wike drove the Nigerian education sector to comatose. Universities and polytechnics across the country were on strike for months. He is known for squandering public funds on frivolous, selfish activities.”
Politics / Security Operatives Surround APC Campaign Spokesman’s Residence by wales(m): 10:57am On Feb 12
A combined team of security operatives have surrounded the residence of the Director of Media of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization,  Mallam Garba Shehu.
The operatives who were armed to the teeth, took positions around ‎the house located at area 11, Garki Abuja, as early as 5:35am on Thursday morning.
One of Shehu’s colleagues  at the Atiku Media 0ffice, who pleaded anonymity, called The PUNCH at about 6am.
He said, “Security men have surrounded the residence of our director, Mallam Garba Shehu in Area 11. They came in several vehicles. I cannot make out which of the security services because it is still dark here.
“None of them has said anything about why they are laying siege at his house.”
It was gathered that the security operatives were miffed by the audacity of the APC campaign.
The APC campaign which Garba heads, organised a prime time interview for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd)  ‎on CNN.
It  was aired minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan held a media chat on national television.
Analysts say the CNN interview gave Buhari the advantage of responding to some of the allegations against him as well as some of the issues raised by Jonathan.
Some of the issues include  the shift in the 2015 elections, the Boko Haram insurgency and the anti-corruption fight.
Garba could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.
Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 10:56pm On Feb 06
Thanks all, my dog is now feeds fine and in good sharp. Thanks to all your advice.

Thank you all.
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Pls any other location in Lagos.

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Do u still have the scanner?
Technology Market / Re: 2D Barcode Scanner (QR Barcode Scanner) by wales(m): 9:23pm On Feb 04
Thanks for the info it really helped me. Can you still advice on more places I can get the scanner.

Technology Market / 2D Barcode Scanner (QR Barcode Scanner) by wales(m): 5:12pm On Feb 04
Can someone in the house give me contacts of where I can buy a 2D Barcode Scanner which is also referred to as a QR Code Scanner.

Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 9:16pm On Jan 28
Thanks all I will do as advised.

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Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 5:09pm On Jan 28

Choice of dewormer matters's always advisable to leave the job of deforming to a good vet, for a novice.

Shedding is also a reason. As gsds are heavy shedders.

If both are in place, then feeding a meal rich in omega-3 fats is advisable.

I have done that which d vet did sometime last year. All I did was to stop the vet from coming this year for I felt they is no need to give the dog injection almost every month. Can that also be the cause ? for the vet came around about three times last year to inject the dog. Please do advice. Thanks.
Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 4:26pm On Jan 28
D dog is five month with about three days.
Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 3:46pm On Jan 28
Your dog is shedding which is normal, but at a second thought your dog look malnourished which can also lead to shedding.

Thanks for your reply, I feed d dog three times a day which d dog became very lazy and always sleeping, so I was advice to feed him less which I than feed him once a day. Can that be the cause or is there something else? Please do advice me further on this issue. Thanks.

Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 3:23pm On Jan 28
Dog's picture!

Pets / Re: My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 2:35pm On Jan 28
D dog is about 5 month
Pets / My Dog's Hair Is Removing! by wales(m): 12:13pm On Jan 28
Hello house, can someone advice me please for my dog hair is removing. What should I do?
Culture / I’ll Send Corrupt Nigerians To Kirikiri – Buhari by wales(m): 1:45am On Jan 07
The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has assured Nigerians that all corrupt politicians will end up in jail once he is elected into power.

Buhari, who gave the assurance on Tuesday during the APC rally and the presentation of the party’s governorship flag to Umana Umana as its candidate in Akwa Ibom State in Uyo, said he would close all loopholes through which money was being siphoned out of the country.

“When we come into power, anyone who steals Nigerian money will end up in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. We are going to make sure that Nigeria’s wealth belongs only to Nigerians,” he said.

He decried the overdependence of Nigeria on oil, saying that the country would not have faced the economic downturn if the country had invested in agriculture.

According to Buhari, Nigeria used to export tin and columbite but all of a sudden, it stopped producing and exporting these minerals with the belief that the country has oil.

On the power sector, Buhari stated that many industries had shut down operation because of epileptic power supply. He noted that Nigerian producers were not able to compete in the international market because of huge cost of generating alternative power.

Buhari, who was a former military Head of State, assured Nigerians that his government would create over three million jobs yearly to take care of the jobless youths.

The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who is also the Director General, Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, said he was ashamed to read on the pages of newspapers a story credited to the Peoples Democratic Party that things had improved in Nigeria from 2011 onward.

He added that governors decided that the excess crude money be shared because of the missing cash that was involved.

Amaechi said, “I was ashamed to read on the pages of newspapers, where the PDP said things had improved from 2011 till now.

“Oil price used to be between $120 and $145 before now. Our savings used to be between $45 and $46bn. We had over $10bn to $20bn in excess crude. The reason why the governors asked that excess crude be shared was that after each meeting we had, if the money was $10bn, before we come back for another meeting, it would be $8bn. Who has taken the $2bn? We did not know.

“When we discovered that our money was being taken away with reckless abandon without accounting, it was then we asked, ‘Oga, please share this money. You are not a bank. And if it were a bank, it would add more to the money.”

Amaechi urged members of the party in the state to go to their units and educate the people. He asked the people to make sure that their votes count after voting, so that the PDP government would be voted out of power.
NYSC / Re: Corper Precious Died In A Car Crash In Jos. (pix) by wales(m): 2:01pm On Dec 10, 2013
Autos / Re: Loads Of Tokunbo Buses Just Cleared Lagos Apapa by wales(m): 4:04pm On Dec 09, 2013
Can d Toyota go for 600k ?
Autos / Re: Clean Serena Bus And Volkswagen Lt Tokunbo Buses Forsale Fresh From Europe by wales(m): 4:02pm On Dec 09, 2013
What is d last price for the Serena need it as soon as I can get one within the range I want.
Autos / Re: (duke Auto)nissan Serena Bus For 380k by wales(m): 4:00pm On Dec 09, 2013
Is this still on ground ? If yes what is your last price !
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What is price on it ?
Politics / Re: China Closes Nigeria Visa Centre In Beijing Over Illegal Activities by wales(m): 8:47am On Nov 17, 2013
Corruption, criminality and fraud unabatedly is now the order of the the day, in GEJ's Nigeria, since dem always "need to do the needful" and "na their time to chop".


Politics / China Closes Nigeria Visa Centre In Beijing Over Illegal Activities by wales(m): 8:42am On Nov 17, 2013
China has asked Nigeria to close down a visa application centre in Biejing for what it called “illegal activities”.

It could not be confirmed if there was such development in Germany and the United States.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that China had written a protest letter to the Nigerian Embassy in Beijing to communicate its disapproval.

The private visa application centre had opened to business to receive requests for intending travellers from China to Nigeria.

But the host country said Nigeria did not follow due process in setting up the agency, thus making its activities illegal.

A source confirmed the development to our correspondent on Saturday.

He said, “The information is correct. But it is not the Nigerian consular office that was asked to close down, it was the ‘illegal’ visa application centre. The Nigerian authorities did not inform China of its intention to open a visa application centre through a private company before it started operation.

“There is a procedure which must be followed. It is good to avoid a diplomatic row and to continue with the good relationship between the two countries on one hand and the citizens on the other hand”, he added.

In the note verbale written to the Nigerian embassy, China requested Nigeria to follow due process in setting up the private company as an agency for visa processing.

Note verbale is a diplomatic language, memorandum or note not signed, sent when an affair has continued a long time without any reply, in order to avoid the appearance of an urgency, which, perhaps, the affair does not require; and, on the other hand, not to afford any ground for supposing that it is forgotten, or that there is no intention of not prosecuting it any further.

Another source in China said, “It is true that the Chinese authorities asked Nigerian authorities to follow due process. The host country in situation like this will not take laws into its hands by shutting down the centre itself. It will only request the concerned country to do the right thing by closing down the place until the right things are done.”

When contacted last night, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ogbole Ode, said he was not aware of the development.

“I am not aware. It is already midnight in China so there is no way to confirm now”, Ode said.

But the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Ding Awhua, neither confirmed nor denied the report.

He said, as far as I know, the Nigerian Embassy or the cousular office in Beijing is open to business as usual. China and Nigeria enjoy cordial diplomatic relations, even if there is any issue between the two countries, there is a diplomatic channel of communication. Both China and Nigeria are law abiding countries and will not do anything contrary to the law.”


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