Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Some residents of Adio, Ekimogun streets and Kehinde Lane in the Bariga area of Lagos State have started fleeing their homes after robbers kept attacking them repeatedly
Punch Metro learnt that,during the raid of Ekimogun, a newly-wed woman who just moved into the house with her husband was raped while her husband was forced to watch.The security guard of a nursery and primary school on Adio Street was bound by his hands and feet and beaten up severely. 

The landlady in one of the houses, who identified herself as Olubukola, said her children had stopped going to school because she no longer slept at home.
She said despite not staying at home, the robbers still broke into her room and carted away valuables.
She said, 

In another house on the street, the robbers carted away handsets, laptops, money and ATM cards.
A resident, who identified himself as Solomon Johnson, said, 
“They demanded the PINs of the cards. After they left and discovered that the PINs were incorrect, they returned to the room the next day and attacked the owners for giving them wrong PINs. They then asked for the correct PINs from them.”
It was gathered that the robbers, who were mostly teenagers and in their early 20s, wielded cutlasses, crowbars and axes.A resident said while some wore masks, others did not hide their faces.
A resident, Solomon, said he was attacked with a cutlass after the robbers thought he was hiding phones from them.He said, 
“They cut my leg with a cutlass and beat me up, telling me to release the phones. I told them I did not have any phone. I was admitted in the hospital for two days.”
On Ekimogun where the rape took place, a resident said the incident happened around 2am.
He said, 
“There is a sports viewing centre around here and some of us stay there. If we knew a robbery was going on we could have done something.
“But those robbers sneaked in and held those people hostage. The woman just moved into the house with her husband. They got married less than a month ago.

Image result for ARMED ROBBERS
“One of the robbers raped her. She was taken to the hospital the next day for treatment.”
A community leader and Chairman, Security Committee for Adio Community, Femi Emiko, said the robbers always fled through the Oworonsoki Expressway, adding that the police were not using the right technique to arrest them.
He said, 
“Actually, within one week, they have visited Adio five times. They have turned this community to an ‘ATM machine’ where they can withdraw money anytime they like.
“The police do come, but immediately the robbers hear their siren, they run away. We have been having meetings to see how to form vigilantes and fight these robbers. They are young guys and we can win this fight.”

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to implement the recommendations of Environmental Audit Report on Lake Chad Basin Commission.
He made the resolve yesterday, after receiving the report at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Buhari pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the Lake Chad Commission in the discharge of its duties.
He restated Nigeria’s determination to offer effective leadership in fighting insurgency and tackling other environmental challenges of the Sahel region. 
The President, therefore, called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the domestication of the Lake Chad Basin Water Charter adopted by the Summit of the Authority of Heads of States and Governments in April 2012.

Buhari also demanded an explanation on the report of a study on the diversion of some rivers from Central African Republic into the Chad basin initiated by the military administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


He said that the study, which gulped about five million dollars, was sponsored by Nigeria. The Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr Samuel Ukura, however absolved his office of blame. He explained that the report of the study identified construction of dams and excessive diversion of rivers as some factors responsible for the drying up Lake Chad. Mr Ukura also identified other factors like poor water management and failure to enforce penalties for the indiscriminate violation of the Lake Chad.


President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of fifteen additional ministerial nominees to the senate for screening.   The names of the additional nominees will be made public by Senate President Bukola Saraki this morning.
President Buhari had on September 30th sent an initial 21-man list to the senate following a self imposed ultimatum to forward same to the National Assembly before the end of September.  The screening exercise will commence today in plenary, at the senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions yesterday announced the suspension of the petition against former Rivers governor Rotimi Amaechi. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sam Anyanwu, said the decision to step down on the petition brought by Senator George Sekibo representing Rivers East, was reached as a result of a pending suit against the charges on Amaechi.    The former governor had appeared before the senate committee to defend his nomination.  Amaechi is facing stiff opposition from his state government who accuse him of embezzling over N70 billion, among other charges while in office. Earlier, another nominee, Hajiya Amina Ibrahim told the committee that she will be representing Gombe state in the Buhari cabinet and not Kaduna as widely reported. Senator Danjuma La’ah from Kaduna state had petitioned the senate leadership against Amina’s nomination to represent the state.  Amaechi and Amina were being grilled ahead of today’s screening by a committee of the whole. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Nigeria's President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has formally unveiled the much anticipated list of Ministers.
At plenary today, Senator Saraki read president Buhari’s communication, which was forwarded to the Senate on the 30th of last month.
The list, includes Dr Chris Ngige, Dr Osagie Ehaneri, Dr Ibe Kachickwu, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Lai Mohammed, Honourable Ahmed Musa Bello, Ibrahim Usman Jibrin, Senator Hadi Serika, Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma.

Others are Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Abubakar Malami, Abdurahman Bello Dambazzau; Aisha Jumai Al Hassan; Adebayo Shittu;  Solomon Dalong; Rotimi Amaechi; Chief Audu Ogbeh and  Mrs. Amina Ibrahim.

The names were among the first batch of 21 nominees forwarded to the senate by President Buhari last week.      

Monday, 5 October 2015


Insulting President Robert Mugabe on social media is a risky business, as a Zimbabwean man who's been arrested for posting a message to the wrong WhatsApp group will no doubt testify.
Nduna Matshazi, a Councillor for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, says he sent on a message about Mugabe "by mistake", the state-owned Chronicle reported this weekend.
Instead of sending it to a political chat group, Matshazi posted the message to a group of Councillors for the rural district of Bubi in southern Zimbabwe.
The group's administrator, who is not being named, reported him to the police.
It's not clear exactly when Matshazi was arrested nor in which police station he is being held.
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe 
According to the Chronicle, which is published in Bulawayo, the message is a parody of the Lord's Prayer in the Bible. The administrator of the Whatsapp group says the prayer is "twisted to demean and attack the president."
Zimbabwe's insult laws were declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2013 but justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa (who is now vice president) said they were necessary and needed to stay in place.
Commenting on the arrest, a reader posted on the Bulawayo24 news site: "Do not trust open chat groups that are easily infiltrated."

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Over 2 Schools, clinic burnt down in protest

SOUTH AFRICA: Three schools and a clinic were burnt down during a service delivery protest in Atamalang near Delareyville on Wednesday, North West police said.
Captain Paul Ramaloko said protesters, demanding electricity torched ten classrooms at the three schools in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“Five classrooms were burnt at one school, four classrooms at the second school and one classroom was torched at another,” he said.
Schools, clinic burnt down in protest
Four people were arrested for malicious damaged to property, they were expected to appear in court on Thursday, he said.
“Five classrooms were burnt at one school, four classrooms at the second school and one classroom was torched at another”
North West education department spokesman Elias Malindi said schools in the area were affected.
“Learners did not come to school as results of the protest. The situation here is bad, there are no people on the streets,” he said.
He said the roof of one school looked as it was blown away by a heavy explosion.

Monday, 28 September 2015

President Buhari to send supplementary budget to National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to send a supplementary budget to the National Assembly.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this yesterday. Adesina was answering questions on what the Federal Government would do since it had exhausted its borrowing limit in the 2015 budget and the Debt Management Office had continued to issue fresh government bonds and treasury bills. 

MUHAMMADU BUHARI, President, Fed. Republic of Nigeria

The presidential spokesman said the Ministry of Finance had already prepared a letter to be sent to the National Assembly, suggesting a supplementary budget for the country. He said the supplementary budget, once approved, would then empower the DMO.