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Thursday, 31 December 2015

NEWS: NIGERIA - Appeals Court gives Abia Guber to APGA'S Alex Otti


The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.

The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Presidential media chat: Being an opposition party, not licence to abuse Buhari, APC tells PDP


THE All Progressives Congress , APC,  Thursday, took exception to what it referred  to as unwarranted abuse of President Muhammadu Buhari by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its members, warning that it may not condone such act anymore.

WORLD NEWS: BELGIUM - Brussels police detain six over 'New Year terror plot'



Police in Belgium have detained a further six people in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year's Eve, prosecutors say.


The six were detained during raids at locations in and around the Belgian capital on Thursday.

NEWS: NIGERIA - NCC ready to force MTN to pay fine as deadline expires


Nigeria said it was expecting telecoms giant MTN to meet a deadline for paying a record $3.9 billion fine which expires Thursday, despite the South African operator challenging the penalty in court. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecoms regulator, had in October fined the firm for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards, citing security concerns in a country plagued by frequent kidnappings and an extremist Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.

BREAKING NEWS: Here are the first tow countries to welcome 2016 as the continent of Asia welcomes year 2016


Following the variations in global time zone, some countries have welcomed year 2016 while others are still expecting.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ishaku Defeats Mama Taraba At Appeal Court


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has set aside the judgment of the Taraba State Gubernatorial Election Tribunal that sacked Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-hassan, had filed a suit at the tribunal challenging the victory of the PDP candidate, Ishaku in the 2015 general election, on the grounds that the primary that produced him as his party’s candidate was faulty.

WORLD NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigerian to unveil ‘biggest’ statue of Jesus in Africa


A Nigerian businessman is set to unveil what he says is Africa’s largest statue of Jesus, describing it as a symbol of peace in a country wracked by Islamist insurgency.

Obinna Onuoha commissioned the 8.53 metre (28 foot) tall “Jesus de Greatest” statue in 2013, hiring a Chinese company to carve it out of white marble.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Media Chat exposed Buhari undemocratic character-PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s responses at the WednesdayPresidential Media Chat were not only embarrassing but also further exposed his undemocratic character as an unrepentant tyrant who has no regard for the rule of law and the self-worth of Nigerian citizens.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Defection: PDP stalwarts, Ayade’s kinsmen switch parties in Cross River

The gale of defection in Cross River State has continued unabated as a former member of the House of Representatives and immediate past Commissioner representing Cross River state in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Hon. Paul Adah and his teeming supporters have defected to the APC.

BREAKING NEWS: 2016 - New Zealand and Australia already in 2016


New Zealand was one of the first countries to welcome in 2016, with people gathered in Auckland to watch a colourful fireworks display.

Australia followed, with Sydney Harbour providing the backdrop to a spectacular show.

Elsewhere security is being stepped up in major European cities ahead of New Year celebrations.

New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital Brussels because of an alert. Extra measures are being put in place in other cities, including Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow.


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GIST: HMM!!! FAYOSE SPITS FIRE AGAIN!!! Buhari’s presidency a misadventure for Nigerians, he remains a dictator – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the return to power of President Mohammadu Buhari as a misadventure for Nigerians, calling on the international community, especially organisations like the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to focus their attention on human rights abuses and contempt for the rule of law in Nigeria in 2016.”

GIST:Rwandan pastor sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide crimes

A Rwandan pastor accused of leading and coordinating attacks on minority Tutsis during Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been jailed for life, Rwanda's high court said on Wednesday, December 30.

FOOTBALL: Messi, Suarez & Neymar MORE influential than Ronaldo, Bale & Benzema


Barcelona have broken Real Madrid's record by scoring 180 goals in 2015 - and Barca's star trio have contributed more than their rivals did last year

Barcelona have ended 2015 in style by breaking Real Madrid's record for the most goals scored in a calendar year.

WORLD NEWS: US- CANADA - Turbulence on Air Canada flight from China injures 21


A Canada-bound airliner was forced to make an emergency landing after severe turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children, officials said.

The Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary after the turbulence hit.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Buhari’ll not shield APC members who misuse security votes —Lai Mohammed


The Federal Government will not shield any high profile member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, involved in the alleged misuse of security funds, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday.

NEWS: NIGERIA - National Assembly not aware of electricity tariff hike –Gbajabiamila


Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed yesterday that National Assembly is unaware of the recent hike in electricity tariff by the National Energy Regulatory Commission (NERC).

He also said the House is in the dark about the planned removal of fuel subsidy in 2016.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Nigeria’s cashew export hits N49.7bn

Nigeria is making a fortune from cashew export as annual revenue earned from the commodity now stands at $250 million (about N49.7 billion).

The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Pastor Tola Faseru, who disclosed this at a logistics meeting in Lagos recently said the average export price goes up yearly with increased demand coming from consuming nations.

NEWS: NIGERIA - US embargo forced Jonathan to buy arms with raw cash –Fani-Kayode


Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said former president Goodluck Jonathan was forced to buy arms with cash because of the embargo placed on arms purchase.

FOOTBALL: BARCELONA FC - Barcelona break Real Madrid's record for most goals in a calendar year


Luis Suarez's goal has put the Spanish champions on 179 goals for the year - one ahead of Real Madrid's total for 2014.

WORLD NEWS: BELGIUM - Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels


New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital, Brussels, because of a terror alert.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision had been taken "given information we have received".

WORLD NEWS: SYRIA - Syrian forces backed by Russian jets clash with rebels


The Syrian army backed by Russian warplanes engaged in fierce fighting with rebels close to the border with Jordan, residents and opposition fighters said. 

The clashes on Wednesday - which involved Russian air strikes on Western-backed rebel groups - came as the Syrian government attempts to capture Sheikh Maskin, an area crucial to its attempts at gaining control of southern Deraa province.

WORLD NEWS: RUSSIA - US; Putin calls for cooperation with US in message to Obama


Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year's message to US President Barack Obama, has called for cooperation between their countries to respond to international challenges.

Ties between Moscow and Washington reached a post-Cold War low when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and threw its support behind separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

WORLD NEWS: US-ISRAEL; US sued over donations for illegal Israeli settlements



A lawsuit has been filed in a US court seeking to stop non-profit groups from sending billions of dollars worth of tax-exempt donations to support illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli army.

A group of American citizens filed the suit on December 21 against the US Department of Treasury, claiming about 150 non-profits have sent an estimated $280bn to Israel over the past two decades.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Biafra: Kanu didn’t apologise to Buhari, says lawyer



Vincent Obetta, counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has refuted reports that he (Kanu) tendered an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obetta told TheCable yesterday that reports of Kanu’s apology were proof that government was trying to use all instruments at its disposal to ‘puncture’ the Biafra campaigner’s defence. “It is not true,” he reiterated.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ijaw leader backs Buhari’s govt


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and current Chairman, Egbema and Gbaramatu Development Council, Chief Michael Johnny, has warned that any one who instigates Niger-Delta youths against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will be treated as a criminal and saboteur.

WORLD NEWS: US - NIGERIA; US renews collaboration with Nigeria, neighbours against Boko Haram


The United States, US, government has restated its commitment to help Nigeria and its neighbours to counter terrorism acts by Boko Haram.

A statement issued by the US Embassy in Abuja, yesterday, however, said that much still needed to be done to ensure that the people of Nigeria and its neighbours lived in peace.

NEWS: NIGERIA - PRESIDENT BUHARI'S RESPONSE TO KEY TOPICAL ISSUES IN PRESIDENTIAL MEDIA CHAT OF 30TH DECEMBER, 2015



President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, made a robust defence of the integrity of all 36 ministers in his cabinet challenging anyone with a contrary view to present evidence against such a minister.

Speaking in his first media chat, the president said the first gains of the war against corruption would become evident by the end of March, next year, even as he accused erstwhile National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) of having allegedly committed atrocities against Nigeria through reckless disbursement of billions of government funds.

NEWS: NIGERIA - EXCERPT OF PRESIDENTIAL MEDIA CHAT


President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that soon things will takes shape in the country adding that “by the end of the next quarter, we will not be talking about subsidy. How much is the price of fuel now.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

WORLD NEWS: BELARUS - NIGERIA; Nigeria wins bid to manage Belarus’s satellite for 15 years


Nigeria has made history in the global space technology market by becoming the first country in the Sub-Sahara Africa to manage a foreign satellite.

This followed the emergence of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) limited, the operator of NigComSat-R, the Nigerian Communication Satellite as the winner of a bidding process to provide In-Orbit test (IOT) and carrier Spectrum Monitoring (CSM) services for Belintersat-1 Satellite.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Ambode’s convoy apprehends Airforce cadets for locking boy in car trunk


The convoy of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday apprehended two Airforce cadets in Mile 12 area of the State while dehumanizing an artisan, Dahiru Lawal for allegedly breaking the windscreen of a Chrysler Stratus car with registration number KRD 267 DV.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Buhari to spend N18.1 billion on Presidential Villa


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari apparently plans to spend more money than his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan to run the presidential villa in the capital Abuja. If approved by the National Assembly, the Nigerian leader will spend 18.1 billion naira (about $91 million) on the State House in 2016, which is 11.5 billion naira more than what Jonathan’s administration spent this year and 5.9 billion naira more than the amount spent in 2014, according to Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, which cited details from the proposed 2016 budget.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Road crashes reduced by 33 per cent during Christmas — FRSC


The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has said that road crashes across the country was reduced by 33 per cent during the Christmas period.

This is contained in a statement by Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy in the commission and made available to journalists on Monday in Abuja.

WORLD NEWS: SEVERE WEATHER - NASA WARNS THAT THE CURRENT EL NINO COULD BE AS WORSE AS THE 1998 RECORD



The US space agency Nasa has warned that the effects of the current El Nino weather phenomenon could be as bad as those of 1998, the strongest on record.

That El Nino played havoc with world weather systems and was blamed for several extreme weather events.

WORLD NEWS: UK - PHOTOS; Homes evacuated and power cuts as Storm Frank hits UK

Storm Frank has battered parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland leaving more severe floods in its wake.

Scotland bore the brunt of the bad weather with hundreds of homes evacuated in the Borders towns of Dumfries, Hawick and Peebles. More photos after the cut>>>

WORLD NEWS: US storms: Missouri floods close Mississippi near St Louis



A five-mile (8km) section of the Mississippi River near St Louis, Missouri, has been closed to vessels as rising water levels caused "hazardous conditions", the US Coast Guard said.

Storms and tornadoes have lashed the region in recent days, swelling rivers and causing flash flooding.

WORLD NEWS: ENTERTAINMENT (US) - Bill Cosby charged with indecent assault


Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have filed the first sexual assault charges against US comedian Bill Cosby.

Mr Cosby, 78, has been charged with aggravated indecent assault over an alleged incident in 2004 involving a former local university employee.

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Laughing out my intestines. Lol. Pastors sora oh!


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Entertainment: Football - Ronaldo wins Goal's Salon D Or

The Real Madrid star has once again claimed Goal's prize to recognise outstanding hair in the football world, as voted for by readers

Gist: Lol - Filipino priest grounded by church for gliding on hoverboard during mass



Lol. Things we see every day. A priest in the Philippines has been suspended by the church after video shared on social media showed him gliding on a hoverboard while preaching during mass.

WORLD NEWS: US ELECTION 2016 - Donald Trump 'to spend $2m a week on campaign'


US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump says he is planning to spend $2m (£1.3m) a week on campaign advertising.

Mr Trump said he would bring out "substantial" adverts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina ahead of primary elections in February.

WORLD NEWS: CAR - Voting due to begin in CAR elections


Polls are due to open in the Central African Republic in delayed presidential and parliamentary elections aimed at restoring stable government after years of turmoil.

Thirty candidates are vying to replace interim leader Catherine Samba-Panza.

NEWS: NIGERIA - How we’ll fund N5,000 welfare scheme —Lai Mohammed


THE Federal Government, yesterday, explained how it would fund the N5,000 monthly welfare payment to vulnerable Nigerians just as it reaffirmed that the Boko Haram insurgency had been technically suppressed.

KONGA ONLINE MALL UPDATE: If your value proposition’s right, people’ll use your platform, says Konga.com boss


One of Nigeria’s largest online malls, Konga.com, has unveiled an innovative payment solution, called KongaPay, that allows customers to perform one-click payments for their transactions, creating better shopping experience for them.

NEWS: NIGERIA - N1.04tr fine: NCC challenges court jurisdiction in MTN suit


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has challenged the competence of the suit filed by MTN Nigeria Communications‎ Limited, asking that the suit be dismissed.
The commission, through its consortium of lawyers, led by Dr. Wale Babalakin, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, Mr. Paul Usoro, Mr. Ahmed Raji, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), asked the Federal High Court in Lagos, where the suit was filed by MTN, to decline jurisdiction.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Shettima meets Civilian JTF, donates N20m for members


Following recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday met with members of youth volunteers involved in counter insurgency operations popularly known as ‘Civilian JTF,’ appreciating their gallant efforts, he unveiled welfare packages for them.

NEWS: NIGERIA -FG announces reduction of petrol price by 50 kobo



With effect from January 1, 2016, petrol will sell for N86.50 per litre, as the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency’s (PPPRA) yesterday announced a 50 koko reduction in the pump price. At present, the official price of petrol is N87.


A press statement by Farouk Ahmed, executive secretary of the PPPRA, announcing this said:

WORLD NEWS: US -Close encounter between U.S. warship and Iranian rocket


A U.S. aircraft carrier came within about 1,500 yards of an Iranian rocket while operating in the Strait of Hormuz, a Pentagon official told CNN.
While transiting the strait that sits at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the USS Harry S. Truman had the encounter while the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise in the area on Saturday, according to Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Man, 28, docked over alleged theft, presentation of fake US currency

A 28-year-old man, Musa Bukar, was yesterday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court over alleged stealing and presentation of fake United States dollars to a customer.

NEWS: NIGERIA - Man shot dead by Police in Edo after killing 6 people

A middle aged man who went berserk after he was confirmed to be suffering from food poisoning was shot dead by a police patrol team Monday in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State after he allegedly shot six persons dead in the community.
policeThe man identified as Onana Osua was said to have left the hospital a sad man, after he was told by the hospital management that he had five days to live due to the poisoning he allegedly suffered.