Alexander Okere, BeninNIGERIAN returnees from Edo State on Tuesday staged a protest over what they described as a “systematic delay” in the payment of their monthly stipends and an alleged breach by the state Task Force against Human Trafficking. The protesters, who carried placards, marched from the temporary shelter provided for returnees on Reservation Road to the Government House, calling for the dissolution of the task force. They also accused the task force of alleged discrimination in the selection of beneficiaries of empowerment programmes organised for them. The protesters, in the letter signed by their Chairman, Vincent David; Vice Chairman, Okosun Festus; and Secretary, Amawu Osariemen, said, “The returnees have vowed to resist any attempt by the task force to short-change any of our members.”Copyright PUNCH. Contact: [email protected](Visited 155 times, 6 visits today)
April 24, 2018 23:03 UTC
Chukwudi Akasike, Port HarcourtA middle-aged fisherman, Mr. Gogo Onyeoma, from Agwut-Obolo in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, has appealed to the Rivers State Government to fish out those who killed his 22-year-old son, Goodnews Onyeoma. Between 1.30pm and 2pm, I saw a group of persons from Finima (in Bonny). They even came back to carry my son’s corpse, but before they came, I had already moved my son’s corpse away. But the Youth Leader of Finima community, Mr. Eric Tay-Brown, described the claims by Andoni traditional rulers as false, adding that Finima people had never been known to be violent or killers. “I am so sad to hear this; Finima people are not violent, we are not known to be killers.
April 24, 2018 23:03 UTC
American rapper Meek Mill has been released from prison after being incarcerated for violating his probation. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that the rapper be granted bail on Monday. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” Meek said in a statement released to Billboard. “While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I’m on the way back to pick him up as we speak!
April 24, 2018 21:33 UTC
Heavily armed policemen have taken position at Zankli Hospital, Abuja, where Sen.Dino Melaye is being treated after he allegedly jumped out of a moving police vehicle and sustained an injury. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a team of policemen trailed Melaye to the hospital and re-arrested him. Moshood alleged that hoodlums and miscreants in two Toyota Hilux vehicles blocked the police vehicle conveying Melaye around Area 1 roundabout and took him to an unknown destination. READ ALSO: Sex-for-marks: What Monica Osagie told panel – Counsel“The Police team re-enforced and trailed Sen. Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja, where he was re-arrested. He said the Inspector -General of Police had directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Melaye from lawful custody.
April 24, 2018 21:22 UTC
Continue playing APC tenure elongation: We are on the same page with Mr president - APC Governors You may also like Watch again APC tenure elongation: We are on the same page with Mr president - APC Governors You may also likeThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reliably gathered that the meeting would discuss national issues including the forthcoming APC’s national convention slated for May 14 in Abuja. Already the leadership of the party has written the Independent National Electoral Commission to intimate it of plans to hold congresses and convention across the country. President Buhari had at the last National Executive Council(NEC) meeting of the party declared his intentions to seek re-election in 2019. Those attending the meeting included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. APC state governors in attendance were; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalung of Plateau, Jubrila Bindow of Adamawa and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara.
April 24, 2018 20:48 UTC
…says he will face trial in Lokoja ‘without delay’The Nigerian Police said they would arraign Senator Dino Melaye ‘without any delay’, after re-arresting him from an Abuja hospital on Tuesday. Police confirmed an earlier report that Melaye, escaped from lawful custody earlier today when ‘miscreants and hoodlums’ blocked a police vehicle conveying him to Lokoja to face trial. According to Assistant commissioner of police, Jimoh Moshood, the “hoodlums and miscreants” in two Toyota Hilux vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying Senator Dino Melaye around Area 1 Round About, Abuja. “The Police team reinforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. “The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody.”NAN.ng(Visited 3,672 times, 44 visits today)
April 24, 2018 20:46 UTC
Continue playing Dino Melaye fires back at Nigerian police for declaring him wanted You may also like Watch again Dino Melaye fires back at Nigerian police for declaring him wanted You may also likeAyodele in statement in Abuja on Tuesday said: “for the avoidance of doubt, Sen. Melaye had never evaded police invitation before now because there was none extended to him in the first place. “Rather, what the Police Force Public Relations Officer Mr Jimoh Moshood had been doing was to summon the senator through media briefings, a practice unconventional.”The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Police had on Monday laid siege at residence of the lawmaker. However, a statement earlier on Tuesday quoted the police as saying that Melaye as law-abiding citizen voluntarily submitted himself to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who laid siege to his private residence since around 3.35 p.m. of Monday, April 23, 2018. The statement added that “he (Melaye), along with his lawyers and personal aides, were driven in his private car to the SARS office in Guzape district of Abuja, among numerous police vehicles earlier deployed to his house. Read More: How Dino Melaye escaped from police custody“With the media hype the whole saga generated especially his unwarranted travails in the hands of Immigration officials at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Monday and the attendant but dramatic police siege to his private residence thereafter, it became necessary for Melaye to end the drama, hence his choice to appear before the police.”Melaye’s aide said “we are constrained to make the record straight sequel to avalanche of calls by well-meaning Nigerians and supporters.
April 24, 2018 20:37 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential villa, Abuja, prevailing on them to support former Edo state governor, Adam Oshiomhole, for the post of the national chairman of the party. The party has scheduled its national convention for May 14 in Abuja where it is expected to elect its new National Working Committee (NWC) members. ALSO READ: Laziness: Act fast or risk imminent revolution, IYC warns BuhariThe incumbent party boss, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who is also from Edo state, is thought to be interested in retaining the seat. The APC had decided to retain the current zoning formula for its national offices which ceded the post to the south-south. The source said: “The President called this meeting with the progressive governors to ask them to back Oshiomhole’s candidature.
April 24, 2018 20:37 UTC
The Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL), an investment holding company for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has described as an outright falsehood a report that it is planning to sack 80 per cent of its workforce. The company made the denial in a statement issued on Tuesday by a member of its Interim Management Team/Head Corporate Services, Mrs Omobolanle Olatunde, adding that there was no crisis whatsoever in the company. “Also, the Interim Management Team of AICL has never lobbied or requested the Board to appoint or confirm it as the substantive management team of AICL. “Such individuals incited some staff to create tension at the time the Board meeting was taking place in order to embarrass the members and the IMT. “They circulated outrightly false and jejune information that 80 per cent of the staff was being considered for retrenchment due to idleness and incompetence.
April 24, 2018 20:37 UTC
Senator Dino Melaye has been rearrested at the Zankil Hospital, Abuja, following his earlier evasion by thugs. “The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senator Dino Melaye to Zankli Hospital, Abuja where he was re-arrested. The Senator would be arraigned in court without further delay. “Meanwhile, one of the Toyota Hilux vehicles used by the hoodlums and miscreants in aiding the escape of the Senator has been recovered by the Police investigation team. “The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the rescue and escape of Senator Dino Melaye from lawful custody,” a statement signed by ACP Jimoh Moshood, Police Public Relations Officer read.
April 24, 2018 20:32 UTC
Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has placed a ban on members who had spent a minimum of eight years as the ward, council and state executive members from seeking re-election in its May congresses. The incumbent chairman of the APC in the state, Otunba Henry Ajomale, and several others would be affected should the ban stand. The party’s national leadership had recently fixed May 2,5, 9 and 14 for the ward, local government, state and national congresses respectively. APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, announced the ban on Tuesday while addressing party leaders and party faithful at the state secretariat of the party on ACME Road, Ikeja. “I mean, if you have spent more than eight years as party executive, you should have done whatever you need to do.
April 24, 2018 20:26 UTC
A recycling start-up company, RecycleGarb Hub Ltd, has finalised plans with Lead City University, Ibadan, to host a waste management sensitisation programme for students and other members academic community. Adebola Sobanjo, Founder/CEO of RecycleGarb Hub Ltd, said, “We just sealed an SDG partnership deal with Lead City University and we will be organising a seminar soon in line with sensitisation of students on waste reduction and management. Lead City University is proud to be part of this.”Giving insight into the nature of the company, the CEO said, “RecycleGarb’s vision is to be a global player in impacting nations by addressing the issues of waste while creating a socio-economic impact. ALSO READ: Earth Day: What US ambassador told Nigerian youthsSpeaking on her motivation for creating a recycling start-up, Sobanjo said, “I want to do more for the country and the society. It gives me more joy when I do something for people than myself.
April 24, 2018 20:03 UTC
The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and Commonwealth Academies of Science have called on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change. The call is part of a Consensus Statement on Climate Change, launched recently by national academies and societies of science from around the Commonwealth, ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Summit in the United Kingdom. The statement made available to Ecoscope represents the consensus views of tens of thousands of scientists. Part of the consensus statement reads: “Scientific research should continue to inform policy, actions and outcomes. “A range of approaches including pre-emptive and responsive mitigation and adaptation will be required by Commonwealth Nations to achieve this objective.
April 24, 2018 20:03 UTC
Zinedine Zidane insists James Rodriguez has nothing to prove to him when the Colombian faces Real Madrid with Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final, first leg, on Wednesday. James has shone at Bayern since Zidane let him leave Real on a two-year loan deal last July at the end of three often difficult seasons in Madrid. “James loves to play football, so of course he’ll want to play well, but not to show me or prove me wrong,” said Real coach Zidane. “The only reason he went was that he wanted to play more football,” said Zidane. “We can’t shit our pants before a game like this, you have to enjoy it,” said Zidane with a grin.
April 24, 2018 19:07 UTC
NATIONAL chairman of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) Chief Odigie Oyegun has described as childish, Monday endorsement of former Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the south-south consensus candidate for the office of national chairman of the ruling party. The convention has been fixed for May 14 with the position of national chairman retained in the south-south geopolitical zone. Certain leaders of the party from the zone, led by its national vice-chairman, Hillard Eta at a meeting in Edo state pronounced Comrade Oshiomhole as the zone adopted candidate. The resolution was however rejected by state chairmen of the party from Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Bayelsa state, leaving the former Edo state governor with the support of Edo state and scant backing from Cross Rivers andDelta. But speaking with newsmen on Tuesday at the APC national secretariat, Chief Oyegun said the endorsement was “childish, absolutely childish.
April 24, 2018 18:00 UTC