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PDP WILL BOUNCE BACK, EX PRESIDENT JONATHAN BOASTS

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would resolve the crisis that engulfed it and come out stronger.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would resolve the crisis that engulfed it and come out stronger.
Jonathan expressed the optimism at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa when he received the report of the Gov Seriake Dickson-led PDP reconciliation Committee.
He said resorting to courts for political disagreements was abnormal.
He applauded the committee for getting the two factions of the party to the negotiating table and added that a truce was in sight given the commitments so far given by the party faithful.
He noted that there was an urgent need to return the power to the people arguing that litigation had surrendered the mandate of the people to the judiciary.
“I have always believed that political differences should be resolved outside the courts, but unfortunately we are already involved with it and gone up to the Supreme Court, but we are hopeful of a political solution.”
“Party politics is supposed to be a family affair and ought to be resolved amicably without resorting to the courts,” Jonathan said.
Also, Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson said he accepted the challenge of rebuilding the PDP to express gratitude to the party that gave Bayelsa the platform to lead Nigeria through Jonathan.
He said political option remained the best way of resolving the crisis within the party.
He noted that Jonathan laid the foundations for a political solution when he convened a meeting of PDP governors a few weeks ago that approved the peace plan.
He said the report, which is a roadmap to achieving peace was open to review and urged stakeholders with ideas to rebuild the party to table such ideas for discussion.
Speaking earlier, a member of the reconciliation committee Mr Mohammed Gana said Jonathan epitomised peace in the way he conceded defeat at the last general elections, a development that stabilized the country.
Gana applauded Jonathan for his efforts at rebuilding the party and urged party loyalists to support the efforts of the reconciliation committee.

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How Buhari restored Nigeria-US ties –Ambassador

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The Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, Ambassador Hakeem Balogun, has described the relationship between Nigeria and the United States of America as “very warm.”

Balogun told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria that the relationship had improved greatly since Muhammadu Buhari became president.

According to him, the Nigeria-U.S. relationship was not too good prior to the inauguration of Buhari as president.

“The relationship is quite good. It’s been very warm and lovely ever since the coming of this administration.

“Prior to President Buhari’s ascendancy, the relationship was sort of lukewarm following America’s complaints over Nigeria’s handling of security issues, human rights abuse allegations, issues of corruption, and governance.

“These are issues which the present government has come in to make the focal point of its administration. And no doubt, even since then, our relationship has been very robust.

“Our relationship has entered on the fulcrum of the Bi-National Commission and based on that, it has formed the bedrock of our relationship.

“The bi-national commission is the foundation, the basis of the relationship between both countries.”

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ARE DEFAULTERS OF MMM NEW CASE FOR POLICE ?

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On Wednesday, 22 March 2017, Tobi went to GTBANK @ Pako Bus Stop around the Iyana Ipaja aera of Lagos to withdraw money using his ATM, he discovered he was unable to withdraw money and approached the customer service desk to complain only for him to be arrested by the police. He was taken to the Aera ‘M’ command at Idimu in Lagos at the instance of GTBANK. With the help of a retired AIG, we were able to get audience with the aera commander who informed us that he had a court order supporting his arrest and subsequent detention pending the arrival of policemen from Abakaliki Area Command, Ebonyi State.

The purported court order was not shown or read to anyone as the Area Commander claimed that only the men from Abakaliki has the right to do so. Immediately, I registered my displeasure with the Abakaliki arrangement and even asked the Area commands if I could approach the court to get another court order restraining the policemen from taking the 19 year old boy to Abakaliki, the Area commander did advise that wouldn’t be necessary as the matter, no matter how serious, can be resolved easily at the instance of the Abakaliki police men. I obliged.

While still trying to figure out what the issue was, we got a call from one Stanley Onyenma (phone Number withheld) introducing himself as an agent managing over 40 МММ (Mavrodi Mundial Movement) account for different people. He made us understand that the bone of contention is the sum of #259,000 that Tobi was suppose to remit to them since October 2016; he further assured that if we can pay the sum
to the AccessBank account provided, in good time, the case will just die a natural death. The said money belongs to an influential and highly connected honorable in Abakaliki by name, Obiya Jude Emmanuel, It appears Stanley has been trading for Jude in the Ponzi Scheme using the name Simon Ogbonna.

At exactly 7:53pm on Friday 24 march 2017, A call was placed to the Nigeria Police Complaint unit on 0805 700 0001 to report this seemingly ‘conspiracy like’ issue but succor seams far away as a purportedly court order was involved.

At about 8pm on Friday, 24th of march 2017, the Abakaliki police, lead by an ASP who introduced himself as the Aera Crime Officer(ACO) in the company of the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) and two others, eventually arrived at the Aera ‘M’ police command in Idimu, in a Lagos States registered Toyota Highlander jeep with vehicle registration EKY 808 EC. They were clear on their mandate to bring Tobi to Abakaliki and they said they will be leaving very early with Tobi early morning on Saturday 25th March 2017. We pleaded with them to apply their conscience in the process of discharging their duty and ensure that the young boy be treated fairly. The police men conclude what seems
like some form of documentation and left almost immediately.

Thereafter, A very senior police officer (names withheld) thereafter advised us to go meet with them at a given hotel. We turned down the advice which obviously was a Greek gift and could do more harm than good.

In my thoughts, can any court in the Federal Republic of Nigerian issue an order to a bank to place Lien on a customer account and facilitate his arrest thereafter over a Ponzi scheme such as MMM? Obviously, there must be a well orchestrated story to have obtain such order (if any).

While every possible legal means will be deployed to pursue this case to is logical conclusion, Nigerian please Watch out for the rest of the story as it unfolds.

As you read please pass on till this illegality get to the notice of the Inspector General of Police and Aso Rock.

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World Bank approves $200 million loan to boost agriculture in Nigeria

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The World Bank has approved $200 million loan to Nigeria to support the government’s effort to boost small and mid-scale farmers.
A statement issued by World bank on Friday said the funds will help tackle low yields, lack of seed capital to set up agro-factories, low-level adoption of technology and limited access to markets.

‘PRIORITY VALUE CHAINS WILL INCLUDE PRODUCTS WITH POTENTIAL FOR IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT OF FOOD SECURITY, PRODUCTS WITH A POTENTIAL FOR EXPORT AND FOREIGN CURRENCY EARNINGS,’  THE BANK SAID IN THE STATEMENT.

According to the Bank, about 60,000 individuals will benefit directly from the funding, of which 35 percent are women. About 300,000 farming households will be affected indirectly.
However, Nigeria is aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in rice by 2018 and in wheat by 2019 or 2020. By the latter date, it also hopes to be a net exporter of rice, cashew nuts, groundnuts, cassava, vegetable oil and many others with the World Bank loan.
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FG proposes to expel undergraduates with less than 0.5 CGPA from next academic session

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Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Onwuka, yesterday disclosed that the Federal government is proposing a new policy that will enable Vice Chancellors of various institutions to expel students with as low as 0.5 CGPA.

Onwuka who disclosed this at the 31st convocation of the University of Port Harcourt, said students with as low as 0.5 CGPA have no business in the University and should no longer be accommodated.

“We must stop to continue housing adventurers, who have no business remaining in the universities beyond the time specified for their studies in the universities. In that wise, it is being proposed that at the end of this academic year, any student with less than 0.5 CGPA should cease to be a student of the university and should be shown the way out. The universities must continue to have people who are serious in what they have come to do. If you have less than 0.5 in your CGPA, you are out. You are out for good so that the space will be left for those who have come to do serious business”he said

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Investigation Reveals Racial Abuse, Nigerian Link In London Terror Attack

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Following investigation into the identity of the London’s westminster terror attack, it has emerged that attacker has a Nigerian connection.

The attacker, Masood, was born as Adrian R Elms to 17-year-old Janet, and at some point took the last name of his step-father – Phillip. His step dad is 77-year-old Mr. Philip Ajao, who is believed to be of Nigerian background.

Police, on Friday, released the first photograph of the killer, showing him staring unsmiling into the camera almost exactly 48 hours after he unleashed a horror attack on Westminster.

It is in stark contrast to photographs of the man in his youth, with a black and white photo giving a glimpse into the normal childhood of the terrorist who grew up in the leafy county of Kent.

Adrian Ajao, was taken when Masood was at Huntleys Secondary School for Boys in Tunbridge Wells.

Police have now warned the man was known by several names, including Adrian Elms and Adrian Russell Ajao, the UK Sun reports.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley this morning appealed for help from the public, to try to figure out if the man had acted “totally alone” or if others had encouraged or directed him.

He said that a total of 11 people had now been arrested as part of their anti-terror investigations, with searches of two Birmingham homes and one in East London still ongoing.

School friend Kenton Till, told MailOnline Masood suffered racism for being the only non-white boy at their school and they later fell out after he smoked drugs.

Mr Till said: “He wasn’t religious at all. He was a big character, very friendly and a good laugh. He might have been the only black kid at the school. He experienced a little bit of racism but not a lot because he always tried to be popular.

“We used to socialise together up until we left school but he turned up to a party at my house with some friends after they had been smoking puff [cannabis] and my mum threw them all out. We sort of lost touch after that.”

During his childhood, he grew up with his family in a £300,000 house in the seaside town of Rye, East Sussex before moving to Tunbridge Wells, Kent, where they lived with Masood’s half-brothers, Alex and Paul.

But the young man, who was born on Christmas Day, later changed his name to Khalid Masood – even becoming known as “the vampire” for wearing black as he stalked the streets at night.

Neighbours said they gave him the name as he would only come out at night while wearing black.

He went on to become an English teacher but had a rap sheet which included stabbing a man in the face in a 2003 row plus assaults, criminal damage and public order offences.

The killer is said to have blamed racism for slashing a cafe owner across the face in 2003 before he was jailed, and the converted to Islam.

He told Hove Crown Court he has snapped after being “ostracised” by villagers who had a certain “view of black people” in Northiam, East Sussex, where he lived with his first wife and children.

His criminal activity was enough to catch the eye of authorities, with Prime Minister Theresa May revealing that he had been investigated by MI5 several years ago – but was dismissed as a “peripheral figure”.

It is now known he took on at least three names before carrying out the atrocity in the heart of London – which killed a police officer and ISIS have since claimed

The 52-year-old was gunned down by a security guard moments after mowing down crowds on Westminster bridge.

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Pres. Buhari sacks PS for defrauding Federal Govt

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked a Permanent Secretary, who has been using his office to defraud the Federal Government by awarding contracts worth billions of Naira to himself through the award of phantom contracts.The yet to be identified secretary, who was appointed by Buhari in 2015, was dismissed on Tuesday, on the orders of the President.
He was driven out of the Federal Secretariat in Abuja by two police officers following his dismissal.
A Presidency source confirmed that the President ordered the immediate removal of the top civil servant, who presided over the affairs of one of the strategic ministries handling intervention programmes in the country following evidence that he awarded contracts to companies belonging to him.
It was learned that the illicit activities of permanent secretary were exposed by key officials of the ministry to security agencies for investigations.
One of the security agency officials,  who spoke to Vanguard confirmed the Permanent secretary dismissal saying:
“We have been monitoring the man and the various companies being used by him to siphon huge sums of money from the ministry, which handles intervention programmes in the Niger Delta region but he has been very smart and suspicious of our movement, thereby making it impossible for us to arrest him despite the ambush we laid for him and his cronies.
He said:
‘But Mr. President did not waste time in asking the Head of Service of the Federation to sack the man with immediate effect as soon as he got to know that the man had used over 500 companies to award fake contracts to himself and move huge sums of money from the ministry in question.”
‘In fact, the discovery of the large-scale fraud in the ministry, which has suffered a lot of project failure and the subsequent sacking of the permanent secretary by Mr. President, followed a painstaking investigation by the anti-corruption agencies, which will soon charge the man to court,’ the source added.
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President Buhari orders Police IG to end Ile-Ife and Zaki-Biam crisis

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President Buhari met with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris today where he gave a marching order to security agencies in Nigeria to immediately put an end to incidences of crisis present in some parts of the country.
Speaking to Journalists after a the meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, police IG, Idris said it was untrue that the crisis in Benue and Osun States were related to religion or ethnicity.
The Inspector General of Police told newsmen that he would ensure that the Presidential order is carried out to the letter.
In his words, “It’s a specific directive to all of us to use the facilities at our disposal to ensure that such incidences are brought under control immediately and I gave the President the assurance that we are going to do that”.
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Fayose tells Buhari: Nigerians are beginning to believe your wife’s claim that a cabal has taken over your govt

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Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, says Nigerians are beginning to believe Aisha Buhari’s comment that a cabal has taken over President Buhari’s government.

In a statement released by his media aide, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose says the refusal of Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, to wear his Uniform for an appearance at the Senate, is shameful and potrays the Buhari-led administration in a bad light. He volunteered himself if President Buhari needed help to curb the excesses of some of his apointees.

“Governance has been reduced to a theatre of the absurd. These appointees of yours are needlessly and embarrassingly flexing muscles and are heating up the polity. They appear to be having fun and regaling themselves at the expense of the nation. The economy has collapsed and the people are suffering. There is hunger and anger never before witnessed in the land. Yet, Presidential appointees are preoccupied with trivialities and inanities. Wearing of uniform has suddenly become a Supreme Court matter. Why a man who will not wear uniform went to take a uniformed job beggars belief. How someone who has so little respect and scanty regard for an organisation like the Nigeria Customs Service should be made to head the same organisation must baffle right-thinking Nigerians. In other societies where people have a sense of decency and decorum, people with such irreconcilable differences would honourably resign their position. And where a government finds itself unable to effectively govern, as we appear to have here on our hands, it behoves the head of that government to do the needful. Mr. President, let it not be said that you have lost grip of your government. Nigerians are beginning to believe, as a statement of fact, your wife’s allegation that a cabal has taken over your government. Your defence that your wife belongs to “the other room” now rings hollow in the ears of Nigerians. The saying is that he who appoints can also disappoint. Your appointees are your creation and it is an aberration when they become greater and more powerful than you. Mr. President, the tail is wagging the dog right now. You must take effective and firm action to reverse this ugly and unwholesome trend. I am also the head of a government and I know how it works. The ‘consortium of presidents’ around you, as Nigerians now derisively refer to those ‘powerful’ and larger-than-life appointees of yours who take delight in riding roughshod over the polity and desecrating the hallowed chambers of justice, must be cut to size. If you need help, Nigerians are ready to queue behind you on this issue to put an end to your appointees’ shenanigans. Mr. President, I, Ayo Fayose, volunteer to help you in this regard. As a state governor, I cannot brook a tenth of what you are taking from your appointees. None of my appointees can disrespect and disparage the Ekiti State House of Assembly like your appointees are doing to the National Assembly. Did you listen to what a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic said this week on the floor of the red chamber; that for the 59 days that you were away on medical leave in London, your appointees were gentle and behaved themselves and there were no killings in any part of the country by rampaging herdsmen; but now you are back and the troubles are back with us again? We all prayed for your quick recovery and swift return to office. Must we now regret doing so?”he said

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