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Politics / Re: Amosun Attends Swearing In Of Ogun LG/LCDA Chairmen (Photos) by dridowu: 1:42pm On Oct 11, 2016

Nothing to say about that beyond the highlighted.
Let me also add that all this rigging etc is possible because WE do not bother about our local politics. Meanwhile these LGA officials are the enablers of the elections that produce the president etc. Not so

Even though APC boycotts the election those that mean those parties that contest the election don't have a good candidates ? And i remember vividly in 2007 Oyo State ex Gov Rasheed Ladoja (2003-2007) organise local government election some days before May 29 AC cleared all the seats, few months after ex gov Adebayo Akala (2007-2011) sacks them and reorganize another local government elections PDP cleared all, my little sermon is that the 99.9% of the time Governor party determines the political party that will win LG election in Nigeria
Drama In Ekiti As PDP Sweeps LG Polls, APC Boycotts

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the 16 chairmanship and 177 councillorship positions contested in the local government elections held in Ekiti state on Saturday, December 19.

Five political parties contested in the election, with the PDP making a clean sweep at the poll.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Justice Kayode Bamisile, the chairman of Ekiti state Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), said all the winners are expected to be inaugurated today, December 21, by Governor Ayo Fayose after they might have received their Cer­tificates of Return from SIEC.
Politics / Re: Amosun Attends Swearing In Of Ogun LG/LCDA Chairmen (Photos) by dridowu: 1:06pm On Oct 11, 2016
Ondo LG Election: PDP Clears All 18 Council Chairmanship Seats, , Loses Only 1 Councillorship Seat.


Drama In Ekiti As PDP Sweeps LG Polls, APC Boycotts


So fast.
Indeed... The election was planned/rigged


Typical rigging by the Association of ProgreTHIEF Criminals, APC from time immemorial.
Can one imagine if all 36 states were always won by PDP when they organised elections with INEC
Ondo and Ekiti states conduct their LG before Ogun and PDP claim all the chairmanship seats likewise 99.9% of councillorship seats , what can you say about that ?


Crime / Two Nigerians Arrested For Cocaine Related Offence In India by dridowu: 2:08pm On Oct 03, 2016
The Central Crime Branch officials arrested two Nigerians and recovered 300 gm of cocaine worth Rs. 20 lakh from them.

Bright Ighalo (36) and Ibe Chinedu Mike (33) were nabbed by a team of CCB sleuths while they were waiting for customers at Bhoopasandra bus stop on Saturday.

According to the police, the accused, who had come to India on student visas, had dropped out of college and were peddling drugs. They said the accused had purchased the drugs from their contact in Mumbai and were selling it to their contacts in Bengaluru.

The police have recovered seven mobile phones, two weighing machines and Rs.6.01 lakh in cash from them.


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Crime / 2 Nigerians Held For ‘cheating’ Woman In India by dridowu: 1:54pm On Oct 02, 2016

: Two Nigerian nationals have been arrested for allegedly cheating an Indian woman of more than Rs. 8 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Chukwuma Collins and Nicudemus Obinna. The victim is a resident of Goa.

The police said one of them had befriended the woman on Facebook claiming he hailed from the UK.

“He became close to the woman by concocting a story that he had lost his wife, leaving him alone to take care of their five-year-old son,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint CP (Crime). Carried away by his story, the woman had accepted him as her “brother” and promised to help him whenever he needed her.

Web of deceit

It was around a few weeks ago that the woman received a call from the man she had accepted as her “brother”. He told her that his wife had left behind a lot of jewellery, some of which he wanted to gift the victim. A few days after the man claimed to have parcelled the jewellery to her, the woman received a call from someone claiming to be a customs officer at the Goa airport.

“The caller told the victim that the parcel had to be seized as the sender was found to be flouting certain norms,” said an investigator. The caller then went on to propose that if she paid a penalty of Rs 8.04 lakh, she could receive the parcel. The woman ended up depositing the amount in a bank account provided by the caller.

When the woman did not receive any parcel, she tried to contact her “brother”. The alleged cheat, however, had switched off his mobile phone and deleted his Facebook account.

The woman then got an FIR registered with the Goa Police. A probe revealed that the cheats were operating from Delhi. The Delhi Police were subsequently contacted.

Technical surveillance helped establish that the accused were living in west Delhi’s Mahavir Enclave. A raid was conducted on Friday, and the two were caught from their rented home. Three laptops, two dozen mobile phones, around three dozen SIM cards, seven data cards and three pen drives have been seized from their flat, said the police.


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Politics / Re: Edo Governorship Election: Unofficial Results - Nkiruhomann.com by dridowu: 12:08pm On Sep 30, 2016
PDP have won the election already........get your meme ready guys! Ngeneukwenu and co. go hear am today grin grin grin grin
hahahahahahahahahahah if you win election Godwin ooooooooo
Politics / Re: Godwin Obaseki's Promise Of 200,000 Jobs Got Him These Responses On Facebook by dridowu: 11:26am On Sep 30, 2016
How APC go take win Edo state, i never see the magic them wan perform cool
APC has won Edo ,
Politics / Re: PDP Crisis: Court Adjourns Suit indefinitely by dridowu: 10:47am On Sep 30, 2016
Apc stole the peoples mandate in Edo and they will be resisted in Ondo.
Chanji remains rejected!
how did APC stole peoples mandate ? When pdp won Bayelsa, you didn't complain , why now ?

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Crime / Nigerian Nabbed For Smuggling Government Fertiliser In Ghana by dridowu: 7:13pm On Sep 16, 2016
Police in the Ashanti Region have intercepted a VIP bus with registration number AS-3614-T with bags of cocoa fertiliser which were meant to be distributed to farmers for free.

The bus was traveling from Kumasi to Aflao.

A 60-year-old Nigerian was arrested in the process for allegedly being responsible for the consignment.

Briefing the media, Ashanti regional police PRO, ASP Mohammed Tanko, said “We intercepted a VIP bus with huge bags of fertiliser – that is fertiliser meant for farmers. These are fertilisers distributed by government for free to cocoa farmers and some people managed to divert them and sell to others. So we managed to intercept the bus that was travelling from Kumasi to Aflao and we uncovered 12 of those huge bags in the vehicle. Our investigations have so far traced us to this man – Yekini Adejuma, a Nigerian”.

“We are advising the public that any agrochemical with the inscription not for sale means it is government that has procured them for free distribution to farmers and it is against the law for anybody who is not meant to deal with them to either sell, receive or buy them,” he advised.


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Family / Re: Angry Nigerian Kid Steals His Father's Keys & Drives Off His Car In U.S (video) by dridowu: 9:57am On Sep 16, 2016
After all the drama, na koboko sure pass in 9ja


Education / South African Universities To Offer Bsc Witchcraft by dridowu: 9:17am On Sep 16, 2016
The South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande has announced plans to have witchcraft included in the curriculum from 2018.

Speaking to representatives from student unions around the country, the minister announced the shocking move and urged future university entrees to consider taking Witchcraft. “There is a lot we can learn from witchcraft, like how they fly in that winnowing basket. Imagine if we learn that skill. It will eradicate traffic jams and everyone will just get in their basket and fly. It also means we will not be importing fuel anymore.” Blade said.
The announcement was met with boos and bottle throws from the packed auditorium who had gone to the meeting hoping the minister would announce a 0% fee increase for the coming year. The unperturbed minister also invited renowned witches to make an appointment with his office so they can have their skills tested and those outstanding would then be hired as lecturers.

He also invited witches from across the border, promising them permanent residents permits. “I spoke to Gibs (Minister of Home affairs Malusi Gigaba) and he agreed to issue witches from outside South Africa with permanent residence permits. I heard Malawi and Zimbabwe have an impressive collection of witches. We are hoping they will heed the call”, he added.

Applications is said to be closing on the 30th of September at midnight, after which an appointed panel with conduct interviews. There currently is an opening for 109 witches.


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Crime / Nigerian Man Arrested For Raping Kenyan Student In India by dridowu: 6:13pm On Sep 15, 2016
NOIDA: A 25-year old Nigerian national was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a woman in Greater Noida. The accused, Obina, is a B-Tech dropout from Sharda University. The victim, a resident of Kenya, has also completed a bachelor programme in nursing from the same university recently. Police said the duo knew each other and also lived together for some time.

Sudhir Kumar Tyagi, SHO Kasna police station said that the duo came in contact to each other in the University. "The accused was pursuing a B.Tech programme and the woman studied a programme in nursing. Obina dropped his studies over some personal issues and started living in Sector C-5 in Greater Noida. The woman also started living with him since May 2016," he said.

Their relations turned sour when the woman recently got pregnant. On Thursday she reached police station accusing the man of rape. The woman in her complaint said that she was drugged and raped by the accused on several occasions.

The police registered a case of rape under Section 302 of IPC and arrested the accused. During interrogation, the accused told police that they were in love with each other and had planned for marriage. "The accused said that he was ready for the marriage with the girl," said Tyagi.

Police said that the accused's visa has expired and he was also living illegally. "The victim has also completed her studies. They will be deported to their respective countries after all legal formalities," said police.

Travel / Arik Airline Resumes Operations After Temporary Suspension by dridowu: 8:28am On Sep 14, 2016
Arik, the airline with the largest fleet in the country, will resume full operation wednesday after tuesday’s suspension of operations due to its inability to renew its aircraft insurance.

“We have resolved the issues relating to the insurance. Our flights have resumed but our full operations will start tomorrow. Two flights are already leaving to Port Harcourt and Abuja this evening. We sincerely apologise to our clients,” Adebanji Ola, its spokesman said in a statement.

In another statement, the Group CEO, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, apologised to its passengers and said the airline was fully committed to normal operations and minimise any unfortunate inconvenience to them.

“Where flights have been cancelled, the airline will notify passengers through SMS and in such cases, passengers will be accommodated on first available alternative flight as soon as normal flight operations resume,” he said.

The airline had tuesday afternoon announced suspension of operations owing to difficulties in getting approval for its aircraft insurance. “Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline, has alerted all air travellers of a temporary disruption to its operations, pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal,” the airline said in statement by Ola,” adding: “we working around the clock to resolve the necessary documentation, which has been a challenge due to the long weekend holidays due to Ed-el-Kabir.”

The development left many passengers stranded at airports across the country, many of whom were returning to work after the Moslem festival.

According to international regulations, aircraft could not be allowed to fly without insurance, which is done for the total number of aircraft in the airline’s fleet.

The airline, however, said in another statement that flight operations were resuming after 16 hours of disruptions, apologising to its passengers across the country for the inconvenience the suspension of operations might have caused them, adding that it would get in touch with them to provide an update on rescheduling of their flights.

“All customers are kindly advised to contact Arik Air’s Call Centre (01-2799999), Airport or City ticket offices or visit the airline’s Website (www.arikair.com) for further updates. Passengers are also advised to check with the airline regarding the status of their flights before proceeding to the airport,” the airline said.

Arik is the third domestic operator to suspend operations since the effect of the nation’s economic downturn began to hit the aviation industry.

Aero Contractors and First Nation had suspended operations two weeks ago, citing difficulties in procuring forex for the maintenance of their fleet as their challenge.


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Sports / Nigeria's Nollywood Winner And Other Paralympic Surprises by dridowu: 7:09pm On Sep 13, 2016

At the half-way point through the Games, here are five things you may not know about the team.
1. A gold medal has been won by a Nollywood actress
When Lauritta Onye threw a shot put 8.40m she not only won gold but broke a word record.
The Nigerian Paralympic gold medallist is also known as…. Laury White.
Under that name she starred in the Nollywood film Lords of Money in 2015.
Her performance skills were put to good use on Sunday night when she celebrated her victory in acrobatic style in front of the cameras.

2. More medals than the Olympic team
Nigeria's Paralympians already have six golds, two silvers and one bronze medal.
That's compared to Nigeria's Olympic team which only took home one bronze for football last month.
At the half-way point Nigeria's Paralympic team is 10th in the medal table and top among African countries, whereas the Olympians were joint 78th by the end.
3. It's not the first time
At London 2012 the country won 13 medals at the Paralympic Games and not one single medal in the Olympics.
And again they came home with more medals in 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996.
A point not missed by some Nigerians on Twitter:

Before this Games, the former director of the National Sports Commission went as far as to say that he hoped the Paralympians would "erase the shame of the dismal showing at the Olympic Games", reports Nigeria's Daily Trust.
4 Serial record breaker
Weightlifter Lucy Ejike broke a world record on Sunday to win gold with a lift of 142kg in the women's under-61kg event.

It the third time she has broken a world record - in Beijing in 2008 she broke two during the under-48kg event.
The 38-year-old wheelchair user has won three gold medals since she started competing in 2000.
5. Powerlifting dominates
Only one of Nigeria's nine medals is not in powerlifting - so far it has five Paralympic powerlifting golds, two silvers and one bronze.

That's added to 15 other powerlifting gold medals since Nigeria started competing in 1992.
But then the numbers are against the other Paralympians - 14 of the 23 Nigerian competitors are powerlifters.
This doesn't appear to be by accident.
After the powerlifters came back from the 2012 Paralympics with 12 medals the then Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi told the UK's Guardian paper that Nigeria would just put money into a few sports where they have a comparative advantage.


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Politics / Edo APGA Executives Defect To APC by dridowu: 5:29pm On Sep 13, 2016
The Publicity Secretary and Chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Edo State, Hon (Chief) Pius Okolie, with over 1,000 of his supporters, including executive members and chieftains have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Those who defected with him included, the Organising Secretary, Mr Chidi Eze; Ikpoba Okha Ward 1 Chairman, Festus Agbonlahor; Ward 2 Chairman, Uchenna Ogugba; Ward 7 Youth Leader, Pastor Peter Akeredolu; Woman Leader, Mrs Blessing Aikharaekpen; Uhunmwode Youth Leader, Godfrey Ogbarate and Chief Raymond Okpara, Ex-Officio.
Okolie, a former aspirant for House of Representatives for Oredo Constituency and House of Assembly, Ikpoba-Okha Constituency who spoke with newsmen in Benin City said his action was based on his conviction that only an APC government led by Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Hon Philip Shaibu can sustain the good works already started by the Oshiomhole’s led government.

According to him, “I believe Obaseki will consolidate on Oshiomhole’s good works and even do better.”
Okolie said the pedigree of Obaseki will live up to expectations.

He disclosed that his defection to APC would enable him contribute his quota more to the development of the state where he had lived for over 40 years.
Assuring his Igbo kinsmen that under the Godwin Obaseki led government, the enabling environment would be created for their businesses to grow, he said there would a review of the tax regime with a view to making it more people friendly.

He also assured his kinsmen that Obaseki led government would build more markets for their businesses to flourish, while urging them to vote APC during the election.


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Politics / Re: Residents Of Gwoza Town Hold Eid Prayers For The First Time In 3 Years by dridowu: 8:01am On Sep 13, 2016
Peace Must Return Back To Nigeria May God Gives The Presi Buhari Wisdom To Achieve It


Travel / The Nigerians Who Go Surfing In Lagos Harbour by dridowu: 8:07am On Sep 12, 2016
It is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a mega-city like Lagos but sitting on the Atlantic Ocean means Nigeria's biggest city is a prime spot for surfers.



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Politics / Re: Salvador: PDP Will Take Over Lagos In 2019 by dridowu: 8:40pm On Sep 11, 2016

Are you sure there would be PDP by then?
Sincerely i can't say but i want a vibrant opposition that will gives the ruling party a run for their money
Politics / Re: Salvador: PDP Will Take Over Lagos In 2019 by dridowu: 5:10pm On Sep 11, 2016
PDP 1999 : We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2003: We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2007: We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2011 : We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2015 : We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2019 : We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2023 : We will win Lagos guber election
PDP 2027: We will win Lagos guber election

PDP almost captured Lagos during the last elections.

With a very divisive APC and non-performing federal government, APC held states will feel the wrath of the citizens come 2019.
@bolded, most of the thing in life is almost

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Politics / Re: Dimeji Bankole Prostrates Before Ooni Of Ife As Ooni Smiles by dridowu: 4:58pm On Sep 11, 2016
Yoruba ,Culture and Respect


Politics / Salvador: PDP Will Take Over Lagos In 2019 by dridowu: 4:51pm On Sep 11, 2016
It has been the ambition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State to win the governorship election of the state. But much as the party tried, controlling the government of the cosmopolitan state and the commercial nerve centre of the country has been an elusive venture for the party, which ruled the country at the centre for 16years. For a factional Chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Moshood Salvador, however, the time is ripe for the party to take over the mantle of leadership in the centre of excellence. Oladipupo Awojobi recently engaged Salvador in an interview, where he spoke on issues affecting the party, the state and Nigeria in general

Moshood Salvador, factional PDP chairman in Lagos State, declared during a recent chat that it was so clear that Lagos State could be won by the PDP, recalling that the party won six seats at the Federal House of Representatives, and eight seats at the state House of Assembly in the 2015 general elections.

This, he maintained, serves as an elixir, and stressed that the party was waiting for the forthcoming local council elections in the state to further prove its mettle with an assurance that they would win the bye election of the House of Reps coming up in Ifako/Ijaiye area of the state with the recent death of the lawmaker representing the constituency, Dr. Adewale Elijah.

The politician added that it was glaring that the PDP could still control the central government provided the managers of the party manage it right.

“Good enough, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has started cleansing the PDP. Some people call it persecution, the government calls it prosecution, but I call it cleansing of my party. If you can have it in mind that if I misbehave somebody is there watching me, then you would adjust,” he said.

Salvador does not agree with those who say that the PDP is factionalised, but admitted that there are crises in the party.

He accused the media of magnifying the issues in the party, while admitting that there are factions within the party, but that when a party is really factionalised, they will have different secretariat in all the states of the federation and at the national level.

“But nothing of such is happening in the PDP. You were in this country in the early days of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), when Abdulkadir was used by the PDP against Mamman Yusuf of AD then. The faction was supported by the government of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and Abdukadir’s faction had secretariats in Abuja and all over the states of the federation, that is what we call real faction.

“In politics, where you have 10 offices, and over 1,000 people are vying for the offices, you would see the losers protesting that they were rigged out. We are never honest in this country, so we have no confidence in one another.

“Do we even have confidence in the government not to talk of individuals. I don’t blame anybody for that. I would appeal to the media to help solve the problem in the PDP rather than aggravating it. Some people are aggrieved in the party, but the best thing is for us to make sure we reconcile and solve the problems,” he said.

He cautioned that the fight against corruption by the government of President Buhari could not work, and accused the ruling party of chasing thieves and leaving the remaining goods, adding that other people would steal the goods.

According to him, it was wrong for the government to concentrate on fighting corruption, while other areas are suffering.

“You can fight corruption, protect what you have and hand over any culpable person to the anti-graft agencies, it is not for you to be fully involved in fighting corruption and leave economy, security, healthcare and others to suffer, I would not agree with them on that. “Everybody agrees with him on the fight against corruption, it is a way of cleansing my party too. You cannot see my name on the list of corrupt persons. I didn’t collect a dime from the PDP in Lagos State, not to talk of at the federal level. I contributed my money for the success of the party, I gave N5million to Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe to assist the party in the last general election,” he said.

Salvador does not see the current probe by the federal government as giving his party a negative image, adding that the whole thing boils down to the fact that those are the people they have exposed, and that there is no government without corrupt individuals.

His words: “Who can convince you that there is any government without thieves, when you can wake up one morning to see someone that came to beg you for N1,000 having all the money two months after getting to power and driving a Rolls Royce without anybody asking questions.

“It can only happen in Nigeria. We were in Lagos, when somebody went to Dubai to celebrate his first N1 Billion less than six months of getting to a public office. I mean just a Special Adviser to the Governor.

“It happened in Lagos State and instead of condemnation, we celebrated him, only God knows how many billions of naira he has stolen now. Immediately they stole all these money, they would come to say they want to be governors or senators.

“This is why it is difficult to correct anything because 80% of the people that are now governors or senators are guilty of corruption. They made their money in such a funny and nasty ways and use it to buy power.”

The issue of budget padding that recently rocked the Federal House of Representatives also came to the fore during the interview and Salvador disclosed that this is another matter of concern, saying that “it was unimaginable that the Speaker of the House of Reps, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara could have the gut to say that budget padding is not a crime.”

“This is a man that does not have much experience in legislative services, a greenhorn. This year, they would pad the budget and make N100 Billion, another year, it is N200 Billion, the following year, it is N400 Billion and so on like that. By the time they leave office, they would have made so much money that they can ever manage.

“They are not even trained to manage, they don’t have any experience to manage things properly. Even if you fill a building with N1 Trillion, they would waste it. That is why I am recommending life imprisonment for anybody that is found guilty of corruption.

“The reason is that they are killing some people. Innocent people are losing their lives, I have a team of doctors I give money to regularly so that they could treat indigent people in the society. I give money to people to eat and it is affecting my pocket too. I almost shed tears, when someone told me he had not eaten for three days, I had to put N20,000 in his account to assist him, “he said.

He accused the incumbent government of not going in the right direction on the economy, and said that they were not even prepared, or experienced to handle power, while advising that they should have hired experts to help them.

He made reference to what former president Olusegun Obasanjo did, when he got to office in 1999.

“How much did he meet in the coffers of the country, but he went ahead to bring the likes of now Governor Nasir El Rufai to develop the FCT, Abuja as minister, he brought former finance minister, Mrs. Okonjo Iweala, Ezekwesili and others.

“Didn’t you see the effect of Iweala, she was not after money, she was just after a cause. Buhari is old, he could not jump the way ex-president Goodluck Jonathan was jumping then, he cannot jump the way former president Olusegun Obasanjo was jumping because he was younger, when he got to office in 1999.

“We have to pity Buhari, he needs assistance and he should open the windows of assistance for experts to come in. Now, our industries are dying, industrialists are leaving the country, many airlines have left.

“The next thing was for him to approve N179 per dollar for pilgrims, when those in the productive sector buy it at N400 per dollar, I see this as a big problem,” he stated.

On the Edo State Governorship election, the PDP chieftain emphasised that all the crowd in the campaign grounds of the two leading parties; PDP and APC could not translate to votes, alleging that they are hired crowd.

“Go to the electorate and ask questions, they condemn the APC government in Edo State. The PDP is prepared to win, though we don’t have police or military power, we just need to protect our votes. We want the people of Edo to do that, it is difficult for the APC to win in Edo State again,” he said.

The issue of state and community police, he said, were addressed in the AD many years back as he said that they are the ones that can protect the people better, while making reference to the architecture of a house, which he said belongs to the owner before the architect is called to design it.

“So, nobody can know the corners of my house more than I do. You cannot just bring someone to come and take care of my area and police it. In a particular area, we know what they do in the compound without entering the place.

“We know their culture and tradition, there are some compounds we know that they deal in masquerades, we know, where they are Osun worshipers and others. So, nobody can deceive you about what they do in those places. So, all these can be handled by state or community police,” he said.

The veteran politician was part of the delegates at the 2014 Constitutional Conference organised by former president Goodluck Jonathan and he felt the report of the conference is one of the things that could turn the nation around. He made it clear that if any government thinks the report should not be implemented, then they should have other ideas. “Now, it is obvious that they don’t have any other idea, they would still go back to the report of the conference because there is nothing you want to do that is not there. If they have the money to waste, they can organise another one, but the money is not even there for them,” he stated.


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Politics / Edo KOWA Candidate, Osadolor Withdraws, Blames INEC by dridowu: 7:16pm On Sep 10, 2016
The candidate of KOWA Party in the Edo State governorship election, Thompson Osadolor, has withdrawn from the race.

Osadolor, who confirmed this to our correspondent on Saturday, explained that his decision to withdraw from the election followed the impact of the shift on his campaign.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Thursday postponed the poll after the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security suggested a shift due to security threats.
But the KOWA candidate, who condemned the postponement, lamented that the failure of INEC to hold the election on September 10 ‘destabilised’ his campaign.

He said, “I am not satisfied with the postponement of the election. They (INEC) knew that we would win the election; that was why they postponed the election.

“Having done that, they have destabilised us. That is one of the reasons we withdrew.‎”

Osadolor, however, endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and urged KOWA supporters to channel their votes to the major opposition party.

According to him, PDP was a better alternative because of the similarities between the manifestos of the two parties.

Osadolor explained, “Because of the postponement of the election, I met with my campaign team; we decided to harness our campaign with that of the PDP.

“Our manifesto and that of the PDP are very similar and I think we will be able to work together. We reached an agreement with the PDP that we are going to run an inclusive government.‎

“PDP did not make any financial commitment to us. We do not have any financial agreement,” he added.


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Travel / Anthony Oshinuga Fulfills Dream Of Flying by dridowu: 7:11pm On Sep 08, 2016
Son Of Nigerian Immigrants Fulfills Dream Of Flying

Anthony Oshinuga, the son of Nigerian immigrants, arrives early most days at a California airport to check his vintage Cessna aircraft, ready to shuttle passengers over Temecula Valley, the booming wine country north of San Diego. Later, he'll fly loops and rolls in his Pitts Special, an aerobatic aircraft, as he lives his childhood dream of being an aviator.

“It's the fact that you're free in the three dimensions, up down, left, right – yawing left and right – so you're pretty much free. You can do anything you want to do,” he said, “and you can't get that freedom walking on the planet.”

His parents left Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to Austin, Texas, in 1980. Oshinuga was born the following year.

He set his sights on flying at the age of 5, when visiting an airport. “I was taken by what was going on,” he recalls. “I told my father, that's exactly what I want to do.”

With his small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed and polished so it looks brand new. He has partnered with two of the many wineries in this valley, the largest wine-producing region in southern California.

“We provide clients with 30-minute aerial scenic flights over Temecula, and then we land and they go down there and do wine tasting,” he explained.

Oshinuga started training as a pilot eight years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013. He first entered national flying competitions in 2014.

“That's when I went to the US National Aerobatic Championships (in Denison, Texas), and placed fourth out of 25 competitors,” he recalls. “Since then, things have been really blossoming in the arena of aerobatics and air shows and air racing.”

In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category.

Oshinuga studied engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and says that engineering helps to pay the bills, but his passion is aviation, and he plans to stay aloft as long as he can.




Crime / 8 In 10 Nigerian Women In Italy Are Sex Trafficking Victims by dridowu: 4:51pm On Sep 07, 2016
(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 7 - At least 80% of Nigerian women and girls arriving in Italy are sex trafficking victims, Vatican news agency Agenzia Fides reported Wednesday.
"Hundreds of thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking every year in Africa alone," Monsignor Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told an international conference against human trafficking organized by Christian Organisations Against Trafficking in Human Beings (COATNET) and Catholic charity Caritas in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
"Of the overall number of victims, 79% are sexually exploited and the majority are women," said Kaigama, who is the archbishop of the central Nigerian city of Jos and president of the Nigerian Bishops Conference.
"The remaining 21% are coerced into forced labor, and the majority of these are men". "In some parts of West Africa, the majority of trafficking victims are children under 18," he went on. "This conference must find a way to put an end to child labor in all its forms," the archbishop said.
He also called on the Nigerian government "to declare human trafficking a national disgrace, and to take urgent and long-lasting measures to address its root causes. This in light of recent reports that 80% of Nigerian girls that reach Italy, do so for reasons of sex trafficking".

Education / Nigerian Students Sue Alabama College For Treating Them ‘like Animals’ by dridowu: 10:40am On Sep 07, 2016
Godsgift Moses, Promise Owei, Thankgod Harold, Success Jumbo, Savior Samuel, and 30 more Nigerian students came to America hoping it would be the promised land.
It’s only fitting that “Opportunity is here” is the motto of Alabama State University, where they got full scholarships from a Nigerian government fund for four years of education. Instead of getting opportunity, they say the school took their country’s millions and used the money to discriminate against them.
In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, 41 Nigerian nationals—many of whom are now Alabama State University alumni—allege the school overcharged them for books and meals, enrolled them in classes they never took, and more, all because they were black foreigners.

“They called us cash cows,” said Jimmy Iwezu, an ASU alum who claims the university intentionally mismanaged millions from a scholarship fund set up by the Nigerian government that was paid in advance for every exchange student. “I’m a black man and I’m proud to be black, but I felt discriminated against.”
The 37-year-old social work grad cites the school’s self-proclaimed autonomy to do whatever it wished with the seven-figure sum Nigeria prepaid back in 2013 for some 41 students to go to the school.
Attorney Julian McPhillips, who brought the lawsuit to court for the second time—the first attempt, back in April, accused the school of breaching its contract with Nigeria and was dismissed—suggests ASU violated Title VI civil rights.

The students allege they were shorted their deserved monies by ASU “because of their Nigerian national origin,” according to the lawsuit.
McPhillips contends the school hammered the students with exorbitant “billing” and weren’t “being treated like other students” when the school allegedly inflated the costs of staples like books and room and board, and repurposed the funds to pay for the school’s “bond issues” and to help front costs for “a new stadium,” and, ironically, a center for civil rights awareness.
“The school acted in a really disingenuous way and were self-serving,” McPhillips told The Daily Beast.

While most college students are permitted to bargain shop for textbooks wherever they wish or dine at different establishments beyond the school cafeterias, the Nigerian nationals at ASU, according to the federal complaint, were boxed in.
The lawsuit claims “they were not allowed by ASU to spend this money, but instead the money was credited towards certain expenses the students incurred, or towards other expenses ASU incurred that were unrelated to the students.”
“The school compelled us to buy books from the book store and eat only at the cafeteria,” Iwezu said. “I tried to make them understand, ‘Hey, we don’t want to live in the dorms anymore, and we don’t want to eat our entire meals at the dorms.” He said greed trumped reason.
“They want our money,” he said, adding that the surcharge to live on campus was raised specifically for him and his Nigerian counterparts. “They make us pay $3,000 [a semester] to live in the dorms, and that is more than a mortgage on homes in this area.
“Enough is enough.”
Back in 2013, Dr. David Iyegha, a geography professor at ASU for almost three decades, made a pilgrimage to Lagos, serving as the school’s ambassador to recruit fellow Nigerians with a mandate to attract its best and brightest to relocate to Montgomery, Alabama, for their higher education.
“I went to Nigeria with one other faculty member and recruited these students to be sponsored by the Nigerian federal government,” Iyegha told The Daily Beast.
Today he is withered in regret.
“I feel very, very bad because I was the one who was instrumental in bringing these students to the campus,” he said.
Iyegha, whose son is currently on a Ph.D. track at ASU, feels like he let down so many promising prospects.

“[Nigeria] paid for everything, including their books, and all of the money is supposed to be given to the students so they can buy this or that.
“But the college refused to release any of that money at all for the past three years.”
While the money was prepaid and guaranteed by the Nigerian government, that didn’t grant the school carte blanche on how it was supposed to be spent, he said.
“I asked them, ‘Why are you treating these kids like this? Why are you depriving them?’ and after talking to them at length, they told me they spent all the money and there is no money left.”
An ASU spokesman told The Daily Beast that “since it’s pending litigation against our university, Alabama State University has no comment.”
Meanwhile, the retired 67-year-old academic says he is stunned the school he faithfully served and recruited for shorted these Nigerian nationals.
Iyegha said Nigeria allocated approximately $30,000-$35,000 annually for each student to attend fall, spring, and summer semesters. Those funds would also go toward for books, room and board, and incidentals. Nigeria “paid in full the entire cost” for the 2014-15 year, but ASU hoarded the money instead of depositing “any excess sponsorship monies into the students’ accounts,” the lawsuit claims.
The students were suspicious of the allegedly questionable accounting practices and decided to raise cain with their consulate.
In a May 2015 letter addressed to ASU’s president Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, a special adviser to the former president Goodluck Jonathan named Kingsley Kuku blasted the college for its “discriminatory practices” and for breaching its fiduciary duties.
The dignitary empaneled a delegation to head to Montgomery to deal with the financial fracas and demanded that “all credit balances for tuition be carried over for each student and be used as initial deposit for the next semester fees” and that ASU refund “each student” for “all other line items.”
After months of inaction, the students’ attorney McPhillips shot back in November, demanding ASU quit the “stonewall” or “continuing silence” and instead “treat them justly from an economic perspective” and refund portions of “tuition, books, room and board, especially for the summer semesters of 2015 and 2016, and all personal expenses not used.”
He pointed to Nigerian student Success Jumbo, who had married and was living off-campus and deserved a refund because his government “paid for nearly two years of dormitory expenses on his behalf, even though he has not needed said expense.”

In a terse response two months later, Kenneth Thomas, ASU’s general counsel, wrote back stating that the oral agreement between Nigeria and ASU supersedes McPhillips’s clients’ claims. “There is no financial agreement between the University and the individual Nigerian students,” Thomas wrote.
That meant the Nigerians’ gripes were frivolous and that if there were any refunds to be had, they would “inure to the Nigerian Government and not to the individual students.”
Thus, the school’s counsel wrote, “Alabama State University denies your claim.”
While the legal process was underway, the Nigerian students refused to be treated like naive foreigners.
They started to school themselves and enterprisingly even traded notes with other students at neighboring schools like Troy State and Alabama University.
“We looked at what happens with other students when they are given refunds and compared it to our student accounts,” Kehinde Batife told The Daily Beast. “We would see a refund, but before we could do anything about it, the refund was taken out.” The now 28-year-old criminal justice graduate says he was charged for summer school he never attended, after he had already graduated.
“They had me as if I was going to school this summer,” the puzzled graduate said. “I asked them, ‘I graduated in May, so where is the scholarship money my government gives to you?’”
And when he called the administration out, he says school administrators quickly denounced him.
“They tell me, ‘You’re a resident of the scholarship.’ So they think they can do whatever they want with the money [Nigeria] gives them…I’m not going to let them treat us like animals.”
Batife, who is hoping to afford law school to one day, remains irate about ASU’s alleged underhanded tactics.
“I’ve been here three years and I’m a super intelligent person,” he said. “I’m not nosy, but I ask questions, and this school thought we don’t know anything and they could do whatever they want to us.
“I cannot forget about this and I’m ready to fight the school, even if it means 10 years from now I’m still fighting to get justice.”
The fight isn’t about riches either.
A victory for Iwezu would be for ASU to pay restitution that can then bankroll future Nigerian students’ higher education in the U.S.
“I want justice to prevail, and the remaining money should go to [Nigeria’s] Treasury and make a better life for other Nigerians.”


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Crime / Malta Court Order Re-arrest Of A Nigerian Over Drug Trafficking by dridowu: 12:41pm On Sep 06, 2016
A court has revoked the bail granted to a Nigerian man who absconded to Hungary while awaiting trial for masterminding a 2010 cocaine smuggling attempt.

32-year old Stephen Ikeckikwu Egbo had been arrested in late November 2010 during a sting led by drug squad police. The investigations led to the seizure of 60 capsules of cocaine that had been discovered in the stomach of a Romanian drug mule on arrival to Malta from Dusseldorf a week prior.

Using the information garnered from the Romanian's interrogation, the Drugs Squad had carried out a controlled delivery to the Nigerian’s home in San Gwann and arrested him. Egbo had only been in Malta for three months at the time.

He was subsequently charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.

News reports from the time show that his request for bail was initially refused, but as often happens, this was eventually granted under strict conditions. But after Egbo failed to turn up for several court sittings in late December 2015, police found that he had changed his address without informing them and had probably absconded.

He was stopped and arrested in Hungary last March on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant and returned to Malta under police escort.

He took to the witness stand in August, telling magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera that he had been granted bail “3 or 4 years ago” and had been legally employed as a licensed security guard.

Egbo had been ordered to sign a bail book every day as part of his bail conditions which, he claimed, made it impossible for him to work. His wife had left him as a result, he said.

The Nigerian had applied to study at MCAST to find a better job after embarking on a romantic relationship with a Hungarian girl, who promptly fell pregnant and returned to Hungary as he couldn't provide for her.

At the same time his security guard licence was revoked because of the ongoing criminal proceedings, leaving him with no income and homeless.

A further complication presented itself in the form of a refusal by the Hungarian authorities to acknowledge a declaration of paternity that he had sent through a notary, insisting that he make it in person. He had never seen his daughter, he said.

He claimed to have left Malta "because he saw that no progress was being made in his drugs case" and felt that the five-year wait meant that his right to a fair trial had been violated.

In her judgement on the matter, Magistrate Scerri Herrera noted that although the prosecution had declared that it had no further evidence to produce in 2014, it took till March 2016 for the criminal inquiry to be concluded, because of several requests filed by the Attorney General for more sittings to hear evidence.

The court urged the Attorney General to issue the Bill of Indictment without further delay, while pointing out to the accused that he was afforded remedies at law to contest such a situation.

“It is true that the situation that the accused found himself in can be frustrating, but doing what he did certainly did not help the situation but only worsened his own case,” the magistrate said.

Egbo's bail was revoked, the court ordering his re-arrest. His €2,500 deposit was also confiscated, as was his €35,000 personal guarantee.


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Politics / Re: Sheriff’s Faction Moves To Displace Ize-Iyamu In Edo Guber by dridowu: 8:19am On Sep 03, 2016
APC is really jittery now in Edo state so this may be one of their many last card to be played.Sheriff is a willing mole.
If APC is using Sherriff, what then do you say about Wike and Fayose that went ahead to wake up the sleeping dog ?

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Politics / Sheriff’s Faction Moves To Displace Ize-Iyamu In Edo Guber by dridowu: 9:13pm On Sep 02, 2016
Ahead of the September 10 governorship election in Edo state, the faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to the ousted national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the candidate of the group, Mathew Iduoriyekwemwen, as the PDP’s candidate f‎or the election.

A ‎member of the House of Representatives representing Egor/Kpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, was at the INEC office on Friday to submit a court ruling ordering the commission to accept Iduoriyekwemwen as the PDP candidate for the election in Edo state.

But there was an altercation between the lawmaker and the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr. Rotimi, when the latter scolded the delegation for barging into the commission’s premises to address the media without any notice.

The plan of Sheriff’s delegation to meet with the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, failed as the chairman was said to have left for Jumat prayers.

Addressing newsmen later outside the INEC premises, the lawmaker said the commission’s decision to publish the name of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who emerged from a primary election conducted by the PDP National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi as PDP candidate for the election was illegal.

He said the INEC’s legal department should advise the commission’s chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu accordingly in order for the “righful thing to be done”, adding that “INEC must obey court order”.

“Today, I am challenging INEC ‎to do the needful and be on the side of the law. We are not in a Kangaroo country. Nigeria is a great nation. Something good can come out of Nigeria. I have submitted a letter to the INEC chairman to as soon as possible, with immediate effect, put Hon Iduoriyekwemwen‎ as candidate of PDP for the Edo governorship election because the court order has been struck out.

“Today, Hon Iduoriyekwemwen‎ is the rightful candidate. So there is nothing more to say about this than for INEC to ‎be on the side of the law, obey the law of the land. Anybody that refuses to obey the law of the land will face the music at the end of the day.

“There was a court order given recently by Justice Adeniyi of the FCT High Court. There was a case filed by Ize-Iyamu at the same court that has brought us to where we are now but INEC decided to place Ize-Iyamu as candidate of PDP; which is the Makarfi group.

“It is also on record that the Judgement given by Justice Abang, said that in law, Makarfi does not exist, that His Excellency, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is the authentic chairman of PDP,” he said.


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Politics / 7 APC Aspirants Step Down For Segun Abraham In Ondo by dridowu: 11:35am On Sep 02, 2016
Confirming live from APC secretariat in ONDO, 7 aspirants have stepped down for Dr. Segun Abraham


Politics / Re: Jimoh Ibrahim In Court To Stop Jegede by dridowu: 8:23am On Sep 01, 2016

A Federal High Court in Akure Ondo State has already rulled banning INEC from recognising Him and banning them from holding their primary in akure. That I why they ran to Ibadan to do their wee hour primary
Well, what i know is that shame on Nigeria Judiciary in general for selling justice to the highest bidder. Whether Sherriff faction/Markarfi faction , they both got the money and power to buy the judges to their side, so therefore until Nigeria judiciary weeds out the corrupt among them so many things will rot. Sherrif group run to Abuja because they believe his judgement, Markafi group also runs to Ondo because they believe his/her judgement also. Do you think both of them will run to judge they did not trust ? Yes/No
Politics / Re: Jimoh Ibrahim In Court To Stop Jegede by dridowu: 8:10am On Sep 01, 2016
Why are they always running to Justice Abang?
They run to the judge because they have faith in him just the same way Markafi group have faith in FHC Port Harcourt Judge.
Tit for Tat

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Politics / Jimoh Ibrahim In Court To Stop Jegede by dridowu: 1:32pm On Aug 31, 2016
Group Managing Director of Energy Group and Ondo State governorship candidate of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, yesterday filed a suit asking a Federal High Court, Abuja not to recognise the candidate of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).
The suit filed before Justice O. E Abang is between Jimoh Ibrahim, the PDP versus Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Odion Ugbesia, Senator Abdul Ningi and Barr Kabiru Usman.
Also joined in the suit were Prince Adeyeye, Aisha Aliyu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The applicants are asking the court to restrain the caretaker committee from sponsoring any candidate for election into its offices or holding any State Congress, Primaries, Conference in Ondo State in whatsoever name for the purpose of electing any candidate for the PDP.
Part of the reliefs in the suit is also that the plaintiff remains the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 election pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

They also prayed the court for an order allowing the Plaintiff/Applicants to serve the originating summons and its accompaniments, motion for interlocutory injunction and hearing notice in the suit on the 1 — 7th defendants through substituted means to with: by advertising the originating summons and its accompaniments, motion for interlocutory injunction and hearing notice in two national newspapers.
The plaintiffs also asked for an order for the abridgment of time within which the 1 — 7th defendants may enter appearance and file their responses to the originating summons to eight days, upon being served with the originating process.
Part of the reliefs is also for an order for accelerated hearing of the suit and for such further order or others as the court may deem fit.


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