The Early Update: Glancing The Major Headlines For May 15th

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How We Defeated Jonathan – Tinubu

ALL Progressives Congress, APC, leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, attributed the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election to a commonsense revolution anchored on a rebellion against the excesses of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He spoke at a book launch in Lagos where Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka extolled him, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as the drivers of the uprising, which he said, was fast-tracked by President Jonathan’s mishandling of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF crisis.





Imo Poly Staff Drag Rector To Okija Shrine

The crisis of confidence rocking Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Ohaji/Egbema Local Council Area of the state, has degenerated to the point of the institution’s Rector, Rev. Fr. Wence Madu, being dragged to the dreaded Okija Shrine in Anambra State.

The invitation letter, which was allegedly extended to the Rector, was signed by one Ukaegbu N. Ogidi, who claimed that there was a complaint of injustice against Rev. Fr. Madu.

While stating that any respondent coming to Ogwugwu Okija must come with clean hands, Ogidi also informed the Rector that “Ogwugwu kills only those whose hands are not clean, especially those who committed evil against their fellow human beings at work places, churches, mosques, markets and other public places.”

The letter also claimed that Rev. Fr. Madu knew about the issue at stake, “but turned around to conspire and deal with an innocent person.”



Over 60 Killed, Scores Injured As Troops , Boko Haram Clash

At least 60 people mostly suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram insurgents were feared dead in a clash between troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army around Kayamula village, just some few kilometres drive from 21 Armoured Brigade (Giwa Barracks) on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.



I Will Return Stronger To Rebuild PDP, Jonathan Tells Party Leadership

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has told the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that he would return stronger to help rebuild the party after taking a short break outside the country with his family.

The President urged the leadership, stakeholders, leaders, elders and members of the PDP to put behind them the defeat the party suffered during the March 28 presidential election where it lost to the All Progressives Congress, APC, after 16 years in power and build the party for future elections.



NYSC Begs Fashola For New Permanent Orientation Camp

The Lagos State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Cyril Akhanemhe, has appealed to Lagos State Government to provide a more befitting permanent orientation camp in the state.

Akhanemhe, who made this appeal at the NYSC Orientation Camp, in Iyana-Ipaja, during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2015 Batch ‘A’  Stream I corps members, deployed to Lagos State.

The Coordinator said the NYSC current orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja was no longer conducive and spacious to contain the ever increasing members of the corps yearly.

He commended Goernor Babatunde Fashola for his unwavering support to the scheme especially in the provision of quality welfare to corps members.



Boko Haram Attack: Military Deploys Six Fighter Jets

About 79 people including three soldiers were killed Wednesday when suspected Boko Haram militants advanced towards Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The military has deployed six combat helicopters to fight the insurgents and imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital.
Six vigilantes and an unspecified number of Boko Haram insurgents were also killed in Wednesday’s attack.
Two villages including Bale Galtimari and Kayamla on the outskirts of Maiduguri, were also sacked by the suspected Boko Haram militants while on their way to the state capital.



Obasanjo Presents Report On Priority Areas To Buhari

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday submitted a report to the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on ways to tackle the most important challenges facing the country when he assumes office.

Obasanjo constituted his own think-tank about four months ago to study key areas of challenges and suggested ways of dealing with them by the incoming President.
Five key areas identified in the report are education, power, economy, security and infrastructure.
Vice chairman of the committee, former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu presented the report to the incoming president at a brief ceremony at the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) office in Abuja yesterday.



UPDATED: Fire Guts Abuja Federal Secretariat

Fire service men were sighted by Daily Trust reporter battling the fire.

At the time of filing this report, the fire had began to subside.

A witness said he was in the office with his colleagues when they heard a loud bang‎ sending everyone scampering for safety.

They later learnt it was fire and they all evacuated to safety.



Update: 3 Soldiers, 6 Vigilantes, Many Militants Killed As Army Imposes 24-Hour Curfew On Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army  has declared a 24- hour curfew on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, hours after hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents launched what seemed a surprise attack in the town.

A statement by Colonel Tukur Gusau, a deputy director, army public relations  said residents should remain indoors as troops continue to ensure their safety.
“In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis, a 24hr curfew is hearby imposed in the city. This is done to protect lives and properties of innocent and law abiding people of maiduguri.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to once again thank you for your continuous support and cooperation. The situation is  firmly under control,” the statement said.

Our correspondent reports that Maiduguri is now very quiet as movements have been restricted.



Armed Forces Set For Buhari’s Inauguration

Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces have intensified their preparations for the May 29 handover of power to the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

In the last few days, detachments from the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Police had mobilised to the Eagle Square, venue of the ceremony, carrying out march-past drills to be performed as part of the inauguration activities.

An open-top Land Rover four-wheel drive vehicle expected to be mounted by both the outgoing President Jonathan and his successor, to carry them around for inspection of the parade, was also sighted at the Eagle Square, apparently being used to rehearse the moves.

A joint committee made up of nominees from the Federal Government and the incoming administration had been working since April 25 to ensure a smooth handover ceremony.



Boko Haram: 275 Rescued Women, Children Free Of HIV/ AIDS – UNICEF

THE recently rescued 275 women and children from the clutches of Boko Haram in Adamawa State are free of HIV/AIDS, according to an official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ms Ruth Ugwu, a Nursing staff with UNICEF at the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Malkohi, Adamawa State, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, on Thursday.

Ugwu said that their clean health status followed medical screenings and health rehabilitations conducted on the victims.

The nurse confirmed that after intensive medical check-up at the camp clinic, the victims were found HIV/AIDS negative.

“Both rescued women and the children, after several health screening, the result available is that they are free of HIV/AIDS.

“The only illnesses we noticed among them, especially the children, are malnutrition and eyes problem,” Ugwu said.



Jonathan, PDP Plot 2019 Return; Mu’azu Absent At Villa Meeting

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have initiated a process which they hope would help the party back to power in 2019.

The president met with party stakeholders on Wednesday night, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they reviewed the party’s performance at the just-concluded election, as well as the administration’s contribution to the party since assuming the role of its national leader.

The national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, was absent at the meeting.

He was said to be out of the country on what the party explained was a pre-arranged medical treatment.



You Have No Excuse For Failure, Lamido, Aliyu Tell Buhari

Governors of Jigawa and Niger states, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, respectively, have told the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to stop making excuses, but to fulfill his electioneering promises to Nigerians.

The duo spoke on Thursday, at the commissioning of the ultra-modern and multi-billion naira Shiroro bridge, on Shiroro River, in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

They said Nigerians would hold Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) accountable, whether the economy was okay or not.

According to Lamido, “you must fulfill your promises, because there was no condition given on how to do it when you were campaigning for election. Whether the economy is favourable or not, do not give us any excuses.

“We will not tolerate any excuses. Whatever the APC is, they owe it all to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), because PDP, one way or the other, brought almost all of them into politics.

“It is about time for them to reflect, because Nigerians will definitely hold them accountable. They must fulfill all their promises.”



FG Harmonises Tax, Levies Nationwide

THE Federal Government, on Thursday, heeded the appeals of the organised private sector, with the harmonisation of various governments’ tax and levies operation nationwide.

Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, disclosed this at the annual tax conference (ATC) organised by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), in Abuja.

Okonjo-Iweala, represented by the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yugudu, said the harmonisation of the tax and levies was to curb illegal taxation and levies encountered in the real sector of the economy.

Okonjo-Iweala said the harmonisation was approved at Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on May 13.

According to her, the president was unhappy with the high level of double taxation and decay in the nation’s operational tax system.



12 Killed As Pipeline Vandals, Policemen Engage In Shootout

About 12 people including three policemen were on Thursday feared killed as suspected pipeline vandals engaged the police in a bloody clash.

Eight members of the vandals reportedly lost their lives in the battle which lasted for more than 40 minutes.

Tribune Online gathered that operatives of the Inspector General of Police Task Force on pipeline vandalism had gone on a surveillance tour of Igando when the hoodlums attacked them.

It was gathered that scores of vandals were on operation with some of them strategically placed to ward off disturbance from the police or any other group.

The vandals were in the thick of siphoning petroleum product from the pipeline when the policemen, said to be from Abuja, swooped on them.



Fuel Scarcity May Persist Beyond May 29 – Fuel Marketers

Major oil marketers and depot petroleum products marketers on Thursday said that the current fuel scarcity in the country might persist beyond May 29 if the Federal Government failed to pay their outstanding claims on subsidy.

The Executive Secretary of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Mr Obafemi Olawore, disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos.

Olawore said that the outstanding payment on subsidy and interest remained unpaid by government and this had led to its members’ inability to import petroleum products in the last few days.

According to him, the scarcity may also persist beyond the handover date that will usher in a new political administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).



It Took Me 7 Hours To Swallow 70 Wraps Of Cocaine – Suspect

A 39-year-old suspected drug trafficker, Celestine Ikechukwu Okonkwo, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of drug barons who sponsored his trip to Brazil.

The suspect, who used to sell used clothes at Idumota market, Lagos State, said that he was promised a good job abroad but was made to suffer untold hardship before being used in smuggling cocaine.

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s commander at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, Mr. Hamisu Lawan, who said that the suspect tested positive for cocaine ingestion, declared: “the suspect tested positive to drug ingestion while returning from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He later excreted 70 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.326kg.”

Okonkwo said that he was a happy man until the drug barons approached him with a promise of better job abroad.

“I was in my shop at Idumota market where I sell used clothes. I will never forget the day a young man came to my shop to buy shirt. He told me he is from Anambra and that he lives in Brazil. He also promised to help me with a good job opportunity over there.

“Honestly, I was excited and felt it was answer to my age long prayer. He collected my phone number and left. This was how it all started,” Okonkwo stated.



We Now Live In A Highly Sexualized World – Dakore Akande

According to popular actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande, the world is now a highly sexualized place. Dakore was speaking in a recent post on her blog Here’s what she said: “As we all know, we live in a highly sexualized world where sex sells just about everything and I find myself worrying about the impact that has on the children we are raising today.

In my household we are huge lovers of music of all genres, be it our very own Naija pop, hip-hop, or R&B. And one of my favourite things to do is to dance with my daughters. In the past, I would leave the TV on and watch TraceTV or SoundCity and let it keep showing, now I have to be extra vigilant with all the nudity and shaking of bum-bums.

I find I have to reduce watching those shows or leave it to when my daughters are asleep or play the audio version only, or just switch to another channel entirely. When the video that comes up is too risqué and that always causes troubles with my feisty 3 year old. We really have to be more vigilant with our kids so they don’t grow up too fast and start dealing with things they don’t understand.”



$12.5bn Oil Money: Experts Agree With Sanusi’s Call For Probe

Experts in various economic sphere have supported a fresh probe of the alleged missing $12.5 billion oil money under the watch of the outgoing President Jonathan Goodluck, following the ‘unsatisfactory’ report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) so that the allegation can be appropriately put to rest.

The chief executive officer of Economic Associates, Dr Ayo Teriba, said it would be very difficult to disagree with the Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Muhammad Sanusi II, who is calling for a fresh probe of the missing $12.5 billion after the PWC had probed the issue and submitted its report because as a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), he might have information that is not in the purview of the public.


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