Lulu-Briggs escapes assassination attempt in Rivers state

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An oil mogul, Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs, the Regent of Abonnema, on Saturday, escaped assassination attempt at his home town Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Lulu-Briggs had visited Abonnema for a peace and reconciliation meeting between chiefs, opinion leaders and elders of the area in respect of the crisis rocking the position of the Chairman of Council of Chiefs of Abonnema.

Chairman of the Council, Chief Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, was last week suspended from the position based on an allegation of witchcraft levelled against him.

Consequently, Lulu-Briggs was appointed in acting capacity to man the position till the controversies raised were resolved.

Based on the development, Lulu-Briggs had visited Abonnema in order to broker peace, but was held by hundreds of youths, who attacked his convoy and damaged several cars including the bullet proof vehicle carrying the High Chief.

Youths numbering over 200 gathered at the community palace took over the scene immediately the convoy arrived and were hauling stones and other weapons on Lulu-Briggs’ team, as well shooting.

Speaking, a chief, who witnessed the incident narrated: “Some youths we do not know attempted to kill High Chief Lulu-Briggs when he came to Abonnema for a peace and reconciliation meeting.

“They gathered his car, destroyed car in his convoy, but he was saved because his car is bullet proof. They were shooting guns. We do not know what their annoyance is, but we know they were hired”.

However, Chief Lulu-Briggs has sued for peace in Abonnema Kingdom, stating that violence and killings would not resolve the issues surrounding the position of the Chairman of Abonnema Council and development of the area.

The philanthropist, who spoke through Chief Ibim Iyibo Young-Briggs, noted that was need for reconciliation of all the factions in the face-off, expressing regrets over poor infrastructural development in the area.

He added: “I want to call for a dialogue of all concerned to immediately resolve all misunderstanding, acrimonies and for that matter grievances, so that Abonnema will be restored to its characteristics acclamation of ‘York City’.”

 

Gov Wike Alleges Soldiers & SARS Officials attached to Amaechi tried to Assassinate Him

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According to Vanguard News, Governor Nyesom Wike alleged that he escaped assassination attempt Saturday as soldiers and men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, allegedly on the convoy of the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi attacked Wike’s convoy in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

A statement by the governor’s media aide, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, said the ugly incident happened at Nwanja junction, Trans Amadi road when the governor was inspecting ongoing road construction job in the area. The statement said that the convoy allegedly hit the governor’s out rider and the Policemen in the Pilot car attacked. Governor Nyesom Wike according to the statement was not hurt, he continued with his inspection of the road project after the incident.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike Bags United Nations Award

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In recognition of his contributions towards ensuring sustainable human settlement in Rivers State through infrastructural development and elimination of slumps in the State, the Global Forum for Human Settlement (GFHS) on Monday, October 30, 2017, conferred the sustainable Cities and Human Settlement Award (SCAHSA) on the Rivers State Governor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

The award ceremony, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America, precedes the Award for Excellence by Chatham House, United kingdom days ahead.

This award is for the governor’s investments in the development of urban renewal programmes, housing and projects that improve the living conditions of less privileged persons

The Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Award (SCAHSA), formally Global Human Settlement Contribution Award, is a worldwide prize awarded annually by the Global Forum for Human Settlement (GFHS) and supported by the UNEP, through its SBCI and GI-REC initiatives, and is aimed to promote 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the implementation of SDG = II.

There were 23 awards in six different categories. The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike received his “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contributions Award” under the “individual Initiatives to Advance Sustainable Development Category.”     

In a letter of notification of the award earlier sent to Governor Wike, Secretary of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Main Representative to the United Nations, Mr Lu Haifeng said that the award conferred on the governor at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 31, 2017, was part of the 12th Global Forum of Human Settlements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

According to the Main Representative to the United Nations, Governor Wike is being recognised for his great commitment and contribution to sustainable cities in Rivers State.

The group further lauded Governor Wike for developing infrastructure in settlements in different parts of the state and ensuring that people have access to basic amenities.

Governor Wike was also applauded for constructing the Iriebe Medium Housing Estate, Rivers Quarters at the NNS Pathfinder, Quarters for Junior Staff of the DSS and facilitating the improved investment in housing by private investors.

The Rivers State Governor also received commendations for investing in land reclamation/sand filling in Asari-Toru, Degema, Akuku-Toru and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media informed that Governor Wike has accepted the award.

The statement noted that Governor Wike pledged his commitment to further investments in the development of infrastructure and housing that will improve the living conditions of the people.

Governor Wike dedicated the award to Rivers people who totally support his administration’s investments in the development of infrastructure and housing.

 

Obasanjo appointed to United Nations High-Level Advisory Board

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed to an 18-man UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

In a press release by the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez, the board was described as a part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” Gutierrez has consistently advocated.

The board is said to be expected to allow the UN work more effectively with regionaly organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.

Obasanjo, in the release, was described as “one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.” Gutierrez wrote:

He served as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979.  Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. In 2008 he was appointed the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region.

Others on the board are President Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Jean-Marie Guéhenno(France), Tarja Halonen (Finland), David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).

Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria), Graça Machel (Mozambique), Asha-Rose Migiro(Tanzania), Raden Mohammad and Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia), Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan), Michèle Pierre-Louis (Haiti), José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala), and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (United Kingdom) are also on the board.

‘With your lies, are you sure you are still a Pastor?’ Reno Omokri asks VP Yemi Osinbajo

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He asked this question in a post shared on his Facebook page. Read his post below…

My attention has been drawn to claims in the media by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, against former President Jonathan. Speaking on Friday the 27th of October 2017 in Lagos at a ‘Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference’, the Vice President said “Weeks before the 2015 elections, the government then, gave out N100billion in cash and $295million in cash ostensibly for security within two weeks”.

I make bold to say that the Vice President has once again taken to his characteristic habit of lying.

Nigerians may recall that only last week, Vice President Osinbajo was in Anambra state where he lied that the present administration had paid $2 billion for the second Niger Bridge.

I had cause to expose that lie and forced the Presidency to issue a ‘clarification’. The money released was 2 billion Naira and it came from the Sovereign Wealth Fund set up by the Jonathan administration which the APC resisted and challenged in court.

It will also be recalled that in February 2016, the Vice President again lied when he claimed that both the Jonathan and Yar’adua government did not build a single road. This fact was easily disproved when even members of this administration, including Osinbajo’s boss, President Buhari, began commissioning projects, including roads built by the Jonathan administration.

Nigerians will recall that the Jonathan administration rebuilt the Benin-Ore portions of the Benin-Lagos road, the Vom-Manchok road, the Kano-Zaria Road bridge (named after late Emir Ado Bayero) and many more.

On this recent allegation by the Vice President, not only has the Vice President again lied, he is doing so to divert attention from the Maina scandal in which the administration in which he serves, by the testimony of the Maina Family, invited Abdulrasheed Maina, the infamous alleged pension thief, back into the country, reinstated him, promoted him and deployed him as Director of Human Resources in the ministry of Internal affairs.

When they were found out, the Presidency resorted to its favorite past time of blame game by preposterously accusing former President Jonathan of somehow magically being the brain behind Maina’s return. This is even as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had already revealed that he “acted in the public’s interest” in initiating the process for Maina’s return.

There is also the $25 billion Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation scam which is the biggest scam ever in the history of Nigeria since 1914 to date.

Finally, Nigerians want to know the truth about the Babachir Lawal probe which has been concluded and handed over to the President many months ago but of which no action has been taken.

Nigerians want to hear the truth about these scandals and not tired lies about looted funds that keep being recycled without proof.

I would like to remind the Vice President that he is a parlor and therefore conversant with the biblical admonition in Revelations 21:8 that “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”

It is not too late for the Vice President to turn a new leaf and begin to apologize to Nigerians for the three million jobs a year he and his boss promised, but ended up losing 4.5 million jobs in their first two years according to the Nigerian Bureau of statistics.

If Vice President Osinbajo is looking for who to blame for the present sorry state of the Nigerian economy, he should buy a mirror.

The rushed implementation of the Treasury Single Account policy of the Jonathan administration, the constant negative comments about our economy by the President while on foreign trips, the inconsistent foreign exchange policies of the government, the advise to the World Bank to focus only on Northern Nigeria, the openly pro Northern Agenda which gives promotion and appointments to persons of Northern extraction irrespective of merit or experience are to blame, not Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Jeff Bezos gains $7 Billion overnight to become World’s Richest Man

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American technology and retail entrepreneur, investor, computer scientist & philanthropist Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world after amassing nearly $7billion overnight as at Friday morning

According to calculations by CNBC & Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Amazon chief’s wealth shot up to more than $90 billion due to Amazon’s share price surging.

This helped Bezos move past Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man. Gates also added to his fortune with $550 million but his earnings was not enough to stay ahead of Bezos.

This could still change however if Microsoft‘s shares continue to rise and Amazon’s shares drop.

 

 

El-Rufai, IGP ordered to pay Audu Maikori N40m over “improper” arrest

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Chocolate City Group’s President Audu Maikori has been awarded the sum of N40 million by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Maikori had filed a violation of human rights suit against Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, demanding N10 billion damages for his arrest and detention between February 17 and 18, 2017 and again between March 10 and 13, 2017.

Maikori was arrested for posting “inciting” tweets alleging the killing of some Southern Kaduna students by Fulani herdsmen.

The tweets turned out to be false and Maikori who expressed regret, apologised for them, saying he obtained the information from his driver.

According to Punch, the judge presiding over the case Justice John Tsoho, ordered that the 4 respondents, the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, the Governor of Kaduna State and the Attorney-General of Kaduna State, pay Maikori N40 million for damages.

The judge also asked that the respondents pay the sum of N1,430 the cost of instituting the suit.

Justice Tsoho also ruled that the judgement should not interfere with the ongoing trial of Maikori in Kaduna State.

He declared that Maikori’s arrest was unlawful, describing it as “improper, irregular and wrongful.”

 

“The key to the unity and progress of Nigeria is in the church” – Osinbajo

The vice president Yemi Osinbajo has encouraged Christian leaders in the country to pay no mind to what they have described as “Islamic Agenda.”

Osinbajo spoke in Lagos at a conference tagged “Towards a Better Nigeria,” organized by Nigerian pastors.

According to Punch, the vice president addressed the Federal Government’s N100bn Sukuk (Islamic bond), which has been criticized by Christian leaders in the country as a plan to Islamise Nigeria.

He described the Sukuk as an Islamic concept which allows people access to credit, and has been used in the US, UK, China, and South Africa. He said:

The Sukuk is an Islamic concept, which enables people to have access to credit. It is essentially like a bond. The US, UK, China, South Africa have all used the Sukuk. Once there is money in the market, let us not get sentimental. The most important thing is for us to use those monies well.

Some people say there are some hidden things in this arrangement and that one day somebody is going to take us over. Where? How will that happen? These are straightforward financial systems used all over the world. I don’t think it presents any real problem. It is a very progressive financial system.

Nigeria became a member of the Islamic Development Bank in 2005 and the first person to sit as director of the bank was Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The second person to sit as a director is the current Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, and both of them are Christians. So, when people talk about Islamic agenda, sometimes I am lost.

The person who brought us into the bank is not a Fulani or Northerner, the person was a Christian, so why are we complaining? Nigeria is the fourth largest shareholder in the Islamic Bank. This wasn’t Buhari’s making. We must have facts before saying things. But above all, we must ask ourselves if being a member of the bank profits us or not.

For me, I have no problem with this. We can use what we get there to develop our society. This is the most important for me.

He said a part of the problem with Nigeria is the failure of Christian leaders to take their “rightful place.” He said:

Part of the problem is the failure of Christian leadership to take its rightful place. We focus our minds on something we call the Islamic agenda. We look for it everywhere as if we are looking for demons.

But where is the Christian agenda. Are we not entitled to one? We are too divided as Christians to have an agenda. The key to the unity and progress of Nigeria is in the church.

Osinbajo also addressed the issue of corruption in the country. He described the Nigerian elite as “selfish,” and “unprepared to make the sacrifices.” He said:

We must deal with corruption decisively. It is created by leadership elite that includes not just politicians but also religious leaders and people in the private sector. We must also deal with tribalism, religion and other parochial tendencies. It is difficult to find national leaders today. Many Nigerians speak from a tribal perspective.

There is no nation on the face of the earth that would survive under the weight of corruption that our country had gone through. Nigeria’s elite, regardless of political, religious or ethnic differences, think alike. They are driven largely by the same motive.

They are selfish, unprepared to make the sacrifices either in service or self-restraint that leaders of successive societies make. High-level corruption knows no religion, ethnicity or other considerations.

Corrupt elements in our society are united; they fight for each other and are prepared to go down together. They are actually one tribe, indivisible despite their diversity.

We have to address the issue of corruption pointedly. The system is corrupt. Corruption is generally the rule in our society. This is a time to build. We can become Africa’s most productive nation in the very near future.

 

People who joined us halfway have derailed us – Customs Boss Hameed Ali on Buhari Administration

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) has said that people who were absent during President Muhammadu Buhari‘s journey to the presidency and are now present have hijacked the vision.

Ali, according to Punch, spoke at the unveiling of an ultra-modern Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) office complex in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday.

The Buhari Support Organisation is the umbrella group of 189 bodies that campaigned for the president in the 2015 elections.

Attending the event was the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar; and their Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong.

Ali asked that the organisation return to the study room and fight for good governance. He said:

We have been infused by people who were not part of this journey and these people are the ones that call the shots today. That is why we are derailing.

We are the ones that will be asked to account for what happened. Are we willing to face Nigerians and tell them that we have failed? I think this is the time for us to come together, create a system that is very robust enough to fight back and take back government in our hands and ensure that we deliver.

I will, therefore, ask my colleagues of the BSO to go back to the study room. This is a commission, but it is also the beginning of the fight for good governance. We must get back to the trenches, draw our own battle plan and battle line. I enjoin you to have the same commitment we had in 2015; I implore you to bear with us and commit yourself to a better future for Nigeria.

We will be calling on you from now on and we will be working day and night. We must do so because we want to save our name at the end of the day and the name of the President for what he is doing.

He added that the administration is losing its mission and vision. He said:

Let me say here without fear of being contradicted that I think halfway through the journey, we are losing our core values. We are losing our vision and mission and I think that the idea of our being here today is to look critically at what we need to do to get back on track.

There is no doubt that we have derailed because we are not doing what we say we want to do. Why is it so? We need to find an answer to that. If we do find an answer; then, what should we do to get us all back on track? We owe this great nation and the 180 million Nigerians the duty to give good governance.

Good governance is what they voted for and good governance is what they expect to get and they deserve that. We, therefore, as BSO, have a great task ahead of us. My dear comrades, the battle and the job start now.

We have won one battle by taking over power. But what we make of this power is essential to us and to humanity. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to tell my colleagues here that we have to change the narrative. When we were out there working and jumping on the streets and reaching every corner, we were shouting change, change for a better Nigeria.

Now, the keyword is good governance for Nigerians. We must agree that we cannot finish our four years without delivering and leaving something to be remembered for in this country for a long time to come. We have no problem with our President because he is on course.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawal, also spoke at the event.

Lawal said that “by the grace of God,” Buhari will run for president in 2019 to complete “the good work he has started.” He said:

l believe that we have every justification to be happy because the President campaigned on three major pillars of anti-corruption, fighting insecurity across the country and revitalising the economy of Nigeria.

It has been a very, very good journey so far and I also believe that Mr. President and Nigerians have a future beyond 2019. What he has started, by the grace of God, he should be able to complete, up to 2023.

I also believe that the future is bright and by the grace of God, by 2019, we would have achieved so much in this administration and Mr. President would have no option but to continue the good work he has started.