The Early Edition: Glancing At The Major Headlines For 18th May, 2015

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My Wife Wasn’t A Model – Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that his new wife, Iara, was not a model professionally, although she is a model to him. He, meanwhile, said his new wife was not a replacement for his late wife, Clara, whom he said was irreplaceable.

peaking at a thanksgiving Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi, yesterday, Oshiomhole denied reports that his wife is a ‘top model,’ saying the speculation might have been generated from her poise and beauty.

He said: “When I read newspaper stories and they said that I married a top model, I felt maybe they were referring to another person.

“The lady that God has directed to my path and heart to marry is not and was not a model. Of course, she looks beautiful and I understand that is why people assume that this kind of a lady must be a model. But, of course, she is a model to me and we hope and pray that we will be models in the eyes of our God and I think that is the most important thing.”

Governor Oshiomhole appealed to the congregation to keep supporting him and his new wife in prayer, saying: “I  ask you to please continue to pray for us. It is not easy. I lost my first wife and it is not possible to replace her. Yes, I have married another but it is not a replacement.”




Fuel Crisis Why We Create Scarcity – Marketers

The lingering fuel  crisis may continue till the May 29 handover date to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari government, as oil marketers have resorted to hoarding the product to force government to pay the outstanding debts as claimed, Vanguard learnt.

This is coming on the heels of the fact that the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, is yet to fulfill its promise to begin evacuation of petroleum products from tank farms and depots in Apapa area nine months after.

It was learnt that marketers resorted to hoarding fuel due to fears that they might not be paid their outstanding subsidy claims for imported fuel, and as a result, decided to create the scarcity as a way of forcing the government to speed up the process of effecting payment of the subsidy.



Sambisa Offensive: 10 More Terrorists’ Camps Fall

Military authorities, yesterday, disclosed that an unconfirmed number of terrorists died on Saturday as 10 additional camps used by terrorists were overran in the continuing offensive operations against the terrorists in Sambisa Forest.

According to a statement from Defence Headquarters, “the Dure camp, which is one of the most prominent camps in the forest, witnessed the fiercest battle as the Special Forces, backed by air power, descended heavily on it before it finally fell.

“Four of the camps were located in a place called Iza within the forest, while three others were noted to be recently established by the terrorists before the assault began.



Buhari To Drop Military Rank From Official Designation As President

Effective May 29, when he is inaugurated as President of the country, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will drop his military rank of General from his official designation.

This was confirmed in a statement by his media office, yesterday which also released the official portrait of the President-elect and that of the Vice-President elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.



Former Kogi Governor, Idris, In Road Mishap

The immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, was involved in an auto crash that left him and his three aides hospitalised on Saturday.

According to an eyewitness, the ex-governor was said to be returning from a marriage ceremony of the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ali Ajuh held at Idrisu in Omala Local Government Area of the State when the incident occurred.

The former governor, who narrowly escaped death was riding in an SUV that when the front wheel pulled out, and rammed into a stationary vehicle at Ochadamu junction in Ofu Local Government Area of the state. The Hilux van conveying his security aides also crashed into the vehicle, injuring all occupants in the process.



At Farewell Service: Jonathan Begs For Forgiveness; Wife Speaks On Health Challenges

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, pleaded with Nigerians to forgive him and members of of his administration of anything he might have done wrong during the period that he piloted the affairs of the country.

He made the plea at a special thanksgiving service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel to bid him and his immediate family farewell after losing the March 28 presidential election to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. He said that no man is born perfect.



I Disappeared During Campaigns For My 13th Surgery – Mrs. Jonathan

The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan again s hocked N ige­rians yesterday when she disclosed that she disap­peared from the public glare during the re-election cam­paigns of her husband, Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan, to undertake her 13th surgery as a result of another round of health challenge.

Mrs. Jonathan said a sharp pain on her side and an exami­nation by the doctors revealed she needed an urgent surgery, adding that with the help and understanding of her family, her condition was kept under wraps while she sneaked out of the country to Germany in January to undergo a major surgical operation.



El- Rufai To Nigerians: Pity Us, Stop Congratulating Us

Kaduna State Gov­ernor-elect, Malam Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai, has called on Nigerians to stop congratu­lating him and the Presi­dent-elect, General Muham­madu Buhari, saying they should rather pity them and pray for their success.

According to him, the call became necessary because they are inheriting an econo­my that was already bankrupt, insisting that it had become so bad that the President Good­luck Jonathan- led govern­ment had to allegedly obtain loan to pay salaries.

El-Rufai made the remarks at two separate functions held yesterday, at Arewa House, Kaduna.



CNPP Backs Buhari On War Against Corruption

AHEAD May 29 inauguration of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has, again, backed the president-elect on his pledge to eradicate corruption in the country.

The national publicity secretary of CNPP, Osita Okechukwu, in a press statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune, in Enugu, on Sunday, said “We are re-stating our position, because we have noticed some looters of our commonwealth milling around the Defence House, the temporary office of the president-elect.

“To compound matters, pundits are pushing the narrative that Buhari should let bye-gone be bye-gone and move on, accommodate all in his cabinet, hence a unity government. The unity government, if necessary, should be devoid of corrupt men.

“Whereas, courtesy demands that the good, bad and ugly will pay courtesy call on the president-elect; however, it is our considered view that some of these looters should be kept at bay. These are the same ignoble men who wittingly misled President Goodluck Jonathan, who grow mega-rich, widen the inequality in the land and pushed the greatest number to abject poverty.

“For us, Nigerians voted for Buhari on two broad social contract unambiguously stated in his covenant with Nigerians –  corruption and security. These are the integrity premium on which our votes are anchored and we take solace on the truism that he cannot risk dashing the hopes of Nigerians,” he said.



APC Set To Announce ‘No Zoning’ Policy

THE leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have washed its hands off the zoning controversy currently raging in the party.

The party is expected to announce its zoning arrangement to dictate the location of the National Assembly’s presiding and principal officers ahead of the inauguration of the National Assembly in June.

But the process had, so far, been delayed, following a rumpus that was ignited by the leakage of the proposed zoning arrangement recommended by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).



Nigeria Will Disintegrate If Uwazuruike Is Arrested – MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualsation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MAS­SOB), has warned that Ni­geria would disintegrate, if its leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike were arrest­ed by the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), adding that he has no constitutional power to arrest him.

The group gave the warning in Onitsha, Anam­bra State.

Reacting to a statement credited to the MASSOB leader that Buhari was plan­ning to clamp down on him using the organisation’s Regional administrator for Nnewi South Region, Tony A. Nwodo, said General Buhari has no constitution­al power to arrest Uwazur­uike and warned that such alleged plan if carried out, would result in disintegra­tion of the country.

Nwodo said: “Uwazur­uike is our spiritual and physical leader, Buhari cannot arrest him. It is like saying you will arrest the Sultan of Sokoto, who is the religious leader of the muslims.

“He should first arrest Oba Rilwan Akiolu of La­gos State, who is now into partisan politics for vowing that Igbo living in Lagos State should perish in the lagoon if they failed to vote for APC gubernatorial can­didate.

“If Uwazuruike is ar­rested, Nigeria will disinte­grate. By virtue of Uwazur­uike’s position, you can’t arrest him. Buhari should focus on how to provide dividends of democracy to Nigerians and not to look for perceived enemies to clamp down upon. We are not in the days of the mili­tary that based its actions on dictatorship.



2015 Polls: Amaechi Wants Buhari To Probe Army, Police In Rivers

the police and the army in the last general elec­tions in the state.

Amaechi made the ap­peal yesterday at the Greater Together Campaign Organ­isation (GTCO) of All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) special thanksgiving service to celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout the electioneering period in the state held at the Obi Wali International Confer­ence Centre, Port Harcourt.

He alleged that the police, army, militants and the Inde­pendent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were used to rob APC of victory and cause electoral irregularities in the state.

Also, he requested that the police commission should dis­cipline police officers indicted in the electoral crisis in the state, “whether they were pro­moted and transferred out of the state or not.”



‘Petrol Scarcity Bites Hard On Water Transport In Lagos’

THE Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), on Friday, bemoaned the current petrol scarcity, saying it was seriously affecting its operations.

The Managing Director of LASWA, Mr Olayinka Marinho, told newsmen in Lagos, on Friday, that the petrol situation would affect the authority’s revenue target for the month.

This is because the scarcity had forced the authority to reduce its number of boats servicing the waterways.

Marinho said that most of its operators now spend several hours queuing to get petrol to move their vessels.

He, however, said that the waterway transportation now records more intending passengers in the state due to the petrol scarcity.

“The gridlocks on some major roads in Lagos since last week have caused more passengers to patronise services provided by ferries from Apapa to Marina and also in Ojo area of this state,’’ he said.



Tax: FG To Raise N38bn From Private Jet Owners

The Federal Government will generate about N37.9bn annually from luxury tax to be imposed on private jet owners, first class and business class passengers, investigations by our correspondent have revealed.

As part of measures to ensure a more sustainable revenue profile in the 2015 budget, the Federal Ministry of Finance had in April announced that all local and foreign private jet owners in the country would pay an annual surcharge of N3,200 per kilogramme on the weight of each aircraft.



Construction Work Begins On N325bn Lekki Seaport

The management of the Lekki Port Lagos Free Trade Zone Enterprise has announced the commencement of work on the construction of the N325bn Lekki seaport situated in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.

The total value of the marine and land infrastructure for the L port was given as N156bn.

The contractors for the project, the EPC Contractors and China Harbour Engineering LFTZ Enterprise, received an advance payment of N1.42bn from the Lagos State Government at a ceremony held in Lekki on Saturday.

The event was attended by the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Alhaji Sanusi Bayero; Head, Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered Bank, West Africa, Mr. Leke Ogunlewe; Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Olusola Oworu; Senior Vice-President/Chief Executive Officer, Africa Region, International Container Terminal Services Incorporated, Jens Floe; and Managing Director, CHELE, Mr. Wang Zhichao, among others.



Please Forgive Us, Armed Robbers Beg Police

Six suspected armed robbers, who were recently arrested by men of the Enugu State Police Command, have pleaded for forgiveness.

The suspects, also said to be members of a secret cult, were identified as Monday Ojah, Chibuike Duhu, Onyeka Abuchi Nweke, Ibe Ifeanyichukwu, Malachy Ugo and Chinonso Eze.

It was gathered that the suspects had been operating in the Uwani area of Enugu and its environs.

It was further gathered that their arrest, by men of the Uwani police division, followed information provided by residents of the area.

The suspects were nabbed as they were returning from an initiation ceremony.



Oil Theft: Navy Impounds 30 Ships In Six Months

THE Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy on Saturday disclosed that it had confiscated 30 ships, tugboats and baggies in the last six months as a result of criminal activities, including illegal oil bunkering, on the waterways in the states under its authority.

Flag Officer Commanding, ENC, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, made the disclosure in Calabar, Cross River State during a regimental dinner to mark the end of the FOC’s first bi-annual three-day sea exercise which ended on Thursday.

According to the FOC, beyond confiscation, navy personnel now take further steps to ensure that they apprehend those behind the crime.

“In the last six months, we have arrested well over thirty ships, tugboats and baggies. Almost on a daily basis, my operation men in Port Harcourt, Ikot-Abasi, Calabar, Bonny and Ibaka go on aggressive patrols and we have destroyed numerous illegal refineries.



APC Tackles Fayose Over Delayed Salary

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of implementing policies that threaten the development of Ekiti people.

A statement by the APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, regretted that instead of promoting policies that would take Ekiti people out of poverty, the governor was busy removing the attention of the people from self-sustaining schemes by distributing bags of one kilogramme rice to few people.

He argued that the timely payment of salaries could help workers do extra works at their spare time to increase their family earnings.

The governor had promised to pay workers after the verification exercise, which he said was aimed at saving about N500m being lost to ghost workers monthly through the e-payment system.


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