How Several Houses Got Burnt Down Over 50 Naira ‘Madiga’ Bread

How Several Houses Got Burnt Down Over 50 Naira 'Madiga' BreadThree houses have been set ablaze in Bayelsa community of Ozizebiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, following the killing of a 22 year old boy by a new military recruit, over a 50 Naira local bread known as Madiga.

The military recruit, identified as Ayibakare Oguo, 26 years old, stabbed the deceased following an argument.

According to eyewitnesses, the victim, identified as Princewill, an indigene of Opuama community in the same local Government area, was killed after a fight with the Oguo.

“The accused Ayibakare was alleged to have beaten up the younger sister of the deceased over 50 Naira Madiga he bought on credit.

“So in anger the deceased went to him to inquire why his sister was beaten up and a fight ensued and that was how the deceased was stabbed to death.”

Confirming the development on the floor of the House of Assembly, the member representing Southern Ijaw constituency 2, Honorable Monday Obolo explained that the killing of the 22 year old has led to a reprisal attack and the burning of three houses.

According to Obolo, “Even though our traditional rulers and elders are trying to resolve the matter, angry youths from Opuama have already invaded the alleged Killer’s community and set some houses ablaze”.

Obolo, who received unanimous support from members of the House, called on security agencies in the state to deploy armed troops to the area to avoid total breakdown of law and order.

‘Madiga’ is a local bread, produced from sweet potato flour in place of wheat flour consumed mostly by the people of the Niger Delta regions of Southern Nigeria.

Leaders Must Rise Above Personal Interests – Gov. Ambode

Lagos State, lekki free zoneNigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.

This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.

Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.

The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.

Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.

Jazz Artiste, Kirk Whalum Talks About His Roots

Kirk WhalumJazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, started out as a band leader, performing in clubs before he joined the big league and went to on win 12 Grammy awards.

In the 80’s, he formed a band, having regular gigs in local clubs.

It was at this time he was discovered by jazz pianist, Bob James. That move proved to be his biggest decision as he went on to play for top artistes, including late soul singer, Whitney Houston.

The originator of ‘Gospel According to Jazz’ backed up for top artistes in America, including late singer, Whitney Houston, who gave him a slot in the song, ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Kirk recently visited Nigeria to celebrate the International Jazz Day and Entertainment News seized the opportunity to speak with him about his roots and music.

Do enjoy.

EDHA Reacts To Oshiomhole’s Letter On L.G.A Chairmen’s Tenure

OshiomholeThe Edo State House of Assembly has summoned the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to appear before it on Monday.

This is for him to explain why the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, was not well advised concerning a letter sent to the House on the tenure of local government chairmen in the state.

The resolution was passed after the lawmakers deliberated on the letter challenging the House on why it recently passed a resolution directing the local government council chairmen whose tenure expired on Thursday to hand over to the head of local government administration in their respective LGAs.

Night Grazing Banned In Plateau State

grazingSecurity operatives have banned the movement of cattle and herdsmen after 7PM in Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Tagbo Ude, made the announcement during a town hall meeting between community leaders, village heads and Ardos of the affected communities as part of efforts to maintain law and order in the areas.

Top of the agenda at the meeting was the return of internally displaced persons ousted from both the Berom and Fulani settlements.

They also looked into the issue of maintaining peace and having an understanding between the cattle rearers and farmers especially during the rainy season.

During the interactive session some community leaders expressed concerns on issues of internally displaced persons returning to their homes, in spite of the assurances that it was safe for them return to commence.

Major-General Ude again allayed their fears on the destruction of newly built houses of returning displaced persons. He maintained that security operatives would be available to protect such structures.

He went ahead to read the riot act to perpetrators of such crimes, insisting that the security agencies would not condone any excesses.

The banning of night grazing was one of the agreements reached at the town hall meeting. Participants expressed hope that all concerned would adhere to the decisions taken and embrace peace for the sake of development.

Partial Niger Election Results Show President Heading For Victory

Niger presidentNiger Republic’s President, Mahamadou Issoufou is heading for a crushing victory in a run-off election that became a near-formality when the opposition coalition declared a boycott, partial results on Tuesday showed.

With 226 constituencies counted from a total of 308, Issoufou received 93 percent of Sunday’s vote, according to the national electoral commission. Turnout was around 61 percent.

Issoufou, an ally of the West in its fight against Islamist insurgents in West Africa, won the first round comfortably last month with 48 percent of votes but failed to clinch the outright majority required to avoid a second round.

The candidate who came second, opposition leader Hama Amadou, has been in jail since November on charges relating to a baby-trafficking scandal, but was flown to France for medical treatment last week.

Amadou says he is innocent and claims the charges against him are politically motivated.

The Coalition for an Alternative (COPA), which unites about 20 political parties including Amadou’s MODEN, called for a boycott of the polls, claiming the process had been tainted by fraud.

Southern Niger, which borders Nigeria, has been the target of frequent deadly raids by Islamist Boko Haram militants.

It also shares borders with Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, where al Qaeda-linked groups are active. Libya, home to Islamic State affiliates, lies on its northern border.

Clashes Spread To New Areas Of Southeast Turkey After Bombing

turkeyFour people were killed in clashes between security forces and Kurdish militants on Tuesday, security sources said, as fighting widened in southeast Turkey following a suicide bombing that killed 37 people in the capital Ankara.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters blocked roads and halted vehicles in the Kaynartepe neighborhood of the city of Kurdistan Workers Party and clashed with security forces sporadically through the night as a police helicopter flew overhead, witnesses said.

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s car bomb that tore through a crowded transport hub in Ankara, but security officials have said it involved two militants, one of them female, from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Violence has surged in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey since a 2-1/2 year PKK ceasefire collapsed in July. The militants have focused their strikes on security forces in southeastern towns, some of which have been under curfew.

One police officer and three militants were killed in the fighting in the Baglar district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, the security sources said.

A curfew was imposed in Baglar’s Kaynartepe neighborhood from 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) after moves by militants to set up barricades, dig ditches and plant explosives, authorities said.

The curfew was later widened to encompass more city streets as clashes continued in the morning. Gunfire and explosions rang out across the city and police in armored vehicles parked on street corners called for people to stay inside.

Conflict in Diyarbakir, the southeast’s largest city, has until now has been focused in the Sur district, parts of which have been devastated by the fighting.

INSPIRING: Nigerian Without A Degree Builds Mini Aircraft

The power of the mind and how much it can achieve is seen in the act of Aghogho, a young man without a degree, who read how aircrafts are made and brought it to life.

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“I have not been to any school, I do my research at home” Aghogho said.

 

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Aghogho’s first aircraft flew in 1999 with many setbacks since then

 

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After many failures, he started to think there was something spiritual about things that fly

 

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According to Elbert Hubbard, in these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by someone doing it.

 

 

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There is much the mind can achieve if we go after the information we need to do whatever we want to do.

 

 

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Aghogho has become a ray of hope for many; young and old in his community

 

Watch Aghogho’s aircraft fly. Enjoy the video.

NACA Takes Public Health Campaign To Rural Communities

nacaThe National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) has extended its public health awareness campaign to rural communities in Benue State.

The agency has been offering free medical services and HIV/Aids testing.

An Assistant Director of Strategic Knowledge Management on HIV/AIDs in NACA, Mr Lawrence Kwaghar, said that the free medical services is aimed at reducing the infection rate and to improve on Nigeria’s public health concerns.

Some beneficiary of the four-day free medical services in Tarka Local Government commended the NACA for the initiative.

They said that it has afforded them the opportunity to get tested, know their health status and better their standards of living.

In Imo state, several people trooped into the Premier Primary School at Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government for the NACA/Sure National HIV testing and counselling.

The Programme Director, Mrs Agatha Thomas, said that the essence of the programme is to create public awareness to members of the public to avail them the opportunity to have access to some basic health services which is being funded by the federal government.

Also speaking, the Programme Coordinator for Imo State, Nwokedi Onyekachi, said that the agency is working round the clock with massive mobilization and sensitization exercise to ensure that by 2030 over 95% of Nigerians would have done the HIV test so as to reduce the problem of stigmatization and victimization.

Appeal Court Reserves Judgment On Taraba Speaker

TarabaThe Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, on Monday reserved judgment on the appeal filed by the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Hon. Peter Abel Diah.

Diah had approached the Appeal Court to set aside the judgement of the Elections Petitions Tribunal which nullified his election victory under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The 3-man panel of judges of the Yola Appeal Court – Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey, Justice U. Onyemenem, Justice Saidu Tanko Hussaini, called on the counsel to the Speaker and APC to deliberate and inform the court on the day they agree for judgement.

Speaking to reporters briefly after the court sitting, the counsel to the PDP, Barrister Solo Akuma (SAN) said that he was confident that the Appeal Court judgement would favour the embattled Speaker.

The embattled Speaker was also optimistic that the Appeal Court would upturn the verdict of election tribunal. He called on his political supporters to remain calm.

Tough Times Are Ahead For Nigerians – Udo Udoma

Udo-UdomaThe Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has urged Nigerians to brace up for tough times ahead because of the negative economic and social issues happening across the globe.

Speaking at an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Senator Udoma said that the federal government would cut all frivolous expenditure in the 2016 budget and overheads will be reduced by 7%.

The Central Bank Governor, the Group Managing Director at the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) as well as the Ministers of Finance, were also at the forum to discuss the 2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) with members of the senate committee.

The Minister of National Planning explained how the federal government arrived at the indices in the MTEF while the NNPC boss, who is also Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, gave a breakdown of the oil and gas sector, including how much has been spent on petroleum subsidy in 2015.

In the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, the 6.077 trillion naira budget with a revenue target of 3.82 trillion naira, projects a deficit of 2.22 trillion naira and projects that recurrent expenditure would drop from 84% in the 2015 budget to 70% in 2016.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, explained how the federal government plans to cut recurrent expenditure.

In the proposed framework, capital expenditure of 16% in the 2015 budget was raised to 30% in 2016 but with dwindling oil prices, economic analysts have expressed concern about how government intends to fund the 2016 budget.

The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue, Mr Babatunde Fowler, said that one of the strategies which the federal government intends to use is by blocking loopholes and opening up the tax base.

African Oil Producers Must Cut Production Cost – Kachikwu

KachikwuThe Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, says Nigeria and other African oil producing countries must begin to device strategies to cut costs in oil production in order to break even.

This came in the face of persistently dwindling oil prices in the global market.

Dr Kachikwu said that this current challenge requires strong collaboration among smaller oil producing countries in the continent and a lot of decisive action in areas of structure, management and operations in oil production.

He said that the African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition – CAPE VI to be hosted by Nigeria in March 2016 would focus on promotion of cooperation among member nations in technical assistance, marketing policies and strategies geared towards returning African oil producers to the lowest cost in oil production.