Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Kano Police Command Parades a Female Sponsor of Political Thugs

The Kano State Police Command has arrested 23 suspected political thugs who were allegedly involved in political clashes in the state alongside one Hajiya Aisha Maijamaha who was claimed to be the sponsor of the group by the police.                 While parading the suspects today, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris said they were arrested in Tudun Wada Local Government Area with some dangerous weapons such as swords, Cutlass and charms among others, adding that the suspects will be charge to court immediately. Idris, who lamented the desperate moves by some politicians who are engaging the youth on social vices capable of truncating the peace of the state, vowed to hunt for those politicians and ensure that they face the wrath of the law accordingly.                                                                         He also threatened that henceforth, the organizers of any political rally that recorded any form of violence or death in the course of their political campaigns will be charge to court to serve as deterrent to others.   Meanwhile, the accused sponsor and gang leader of the political thugs, Hajiya Aisha Maijamaha who is a member of the PDP stated that her arrest was politically motivated but refused to substantiate whether her claim was intra or inter party affairs.   

Federal, States and LGs share N500.13bn for January

The federation account allocation committee yesterday shared the sum of N500.13 billion as revenue for the month of January, which is lower that N580.38 billion shared the previous month.
Briefing newsmen after the FAAC meeting, Minister of Finance for state and chairman of the committee, Isa Yuguda, stated that the gross revenue of N416.09 billion was received for the month of January, which indicated a decrease of N73.93 billion. 

Speaking further on behalf of the finance ministers of the 36 states, Timothy Odah, said the decline in revenue shared was as a result of the dwindling crude oil prices in the international market and subsequent devaluation of the 
The next FAAC meeting holds on the 16th and 17th of March, 2015.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


The House of Representatives has asked it's committee on Police Affairs to investigate comments credited to Assistant Inspector General of Police Joseph Mbu in which he was said to have allegedly instructed his officers to disregard the immunity being enjoyed by any governor among other comments

The House took the decision following a motion by Ali Madaki who expressed concern that a statement allegedly made by Mr Mbu that the police would kill 20 people for any one policeman killed is at odds with the expected conduct of a police officer.
Joseph Mbu

In his ruling on the matter Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha who presided at plenary today directed the committee on Police Affairs to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, a motion by Minority leader of the House Femi Gbajabiamilla on the need to investigate the unconstitutional deployment of military personnel for election purposes suffered another setback today.

The motion was brought before the House last week and the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal directed 3 committees to look into the matter and advice the House accordingly.

At plenary today Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business one of the committees directed to look into the matter asked for more time ‎to do a thorough job.

‎The House at plenary today also passed a resolution commending the Nigerian Security Forces for dislodging Boko Haram insurgents from communities and Local governments they had annexed.

Coming under matter of urgent national importance lawmaker Ali Monguno said the commendation became necessary in view of the fact that he had earlier brought a motion before the House on the annexation of areas by the insurgent.

The motion which was well debated was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


The Independent National Electoral Commission, says card readers will be used for accreditation in the forthcoming elections to improve credibility in the electoral process and reduce incidences of rigging.

Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, stated this when he appeared before the senate to explain his commission's preparedness in conducting the rescheduled general elections.

Professor Jega explained that despite some inadequacies, the card readers  will be used in the forthcoming elections, adding that any other postponement will be unconstitutional.

Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega

The INEC Chairman who noted that the card reader may be imperfect, said there will be room for replacement if any such occasion arises and any time lost reallocated. 

Professor Jega however insisted that Temporary Voters' Cards will not be used because of cases of multiple registration and electoral offences.


Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal has expressed optimism that the ‎House will pass the Petroleum Industry Bill before the end of the 7th Assembly.

In his remarks to welcome members back from their break Honourable Tambuwal also promised the expeditious passage of the 2015 budget and the electoral Act to accommodate internally displaced people. 

While describing the postponement of the general elections earlier scheduled for February as unfortunate, the Speaker ‎called on government to make effort to restore public confidence in the entire process as well as its commitment to free, fair and credible elections.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Speaker House of Representatives of Nigeria.

Tambuwal who called on the relevant agencies to check the rising incidence of inflammatory speeches intended to intimidate people into voting candidates of their choice also called on Nigerians to resist forces seeking to truncate democracy.

Meanwhile the House has adopted the reports of the resolution of the state Houses of Assembly on the amendment of the 1999 Constitution following the presentation of the report by the Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha at plenary

Six members of the House defected from the People's Democratic Party  parties to other parties.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

FRSC records 42 percent reduction in road crashes in 2014

As the February 2015 elections approaches, the Federal Road Safety Commission says it is working with relevant stakeholders to create an environment free from traffic during campaigns. The Corp Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi made this declaration in Abuja at the press briefing  for the 2014 Special Ember Months Patrol and the unveiling of the Corps 2015 strategic goals.

Boboye Oyeyemi
  Mr Oyeyemi said the FRSC will continue to educate political parties on the need to abide by traffic rules and regulation.
While elaborating on the data for the 2014 ember months patrol operations, he said there was a recorded 42 percent reduction in road crashes across the country, which he attributed to round the clock survey of major roads by FRSC officers.

The FRSC boss further said the commission will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the country experiences less road accidents in 2015.

Friday, 23 January 2015

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies aged 90

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz  has died aged 90 
The US Ally who sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms .
The royal had been in the hospital since December, battling pneumonia, and his half-brother Salman, 79, has become king.
His death was confirmed on state television yesterday with channels cutting to Koranic verses - only used following the death of a senior royal.
Abdullah's funeral will be today following Muslim tradition that a burial should take place within 24 hours of death.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Abdullah, who has been an ally of Washington in its fight against terror.
'As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions,' Obama said in a statement. 
'One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.

A statement released by the new king read: 'His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1am this morning.'
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

One of his last decisions is thought to have been referring the case of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes, to the High Court last week. 
Abdullah - who fathered 22 children with about a dozen wives - had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2005, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke. 
New King Salman has been crown prince and defense minister since 2012. He was governor of Riyadh province for five decades before that.