"Trust in Nigeria's Future"

"Trust in Nigeria's Future"

Saturday 16 March 2019

WARNING: Our reporting contains content viewers may find upsetting

It is New Zealand's deadliest terror attack: 49 people have died in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Details emerge about the Grafton man police believe are responsible for the massacre. Three men and a woman are in custody in connection with the attacks. Join FACEOFAGULU for the latest in news and events that affect you in your local city, as well as news from across Africa and the world.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

I Will Never Forgive Buhari For Killing My Brother: Nkem Owoh

Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh has spoken about a very painful subject regarding the death of his younger brother Bartholomew Owoh.
Bartholomew Owoh was one of the three young Nigerians executed by General Buhari for an offence that allegedly did not carry the death penalty. Bernard Ogedengbe (29), Bartholomew Owoh (26) and Lawal Ojuolape (30) were publicly executed by General Buhari.
According to a source close to the Nollywood actor who spoke with Breaking Times, Nkem Owoh and the rest of his family have not recovered from the trauma of the cold-blooded killing of the three young men, particularly their brother and son, Bartholomew Owoh.
The laws of Nigeria at the time the offence was committed did not prescribe the death penalty. When Buhari took over power, he insisted the young men should be executed and they were killed publicly by the firing squad.
According to the source, “Nkem Owoh and his family have not forgiven Buhari for killing their brother at the young age of 26.
Every time Nkem Owoh sees Buhari on TV, he weeps bitterly over his brother. He can’t even believe that Buhari has the nerve to seek re-election as President”.

CAC Oline Registration Launched In Nigeria

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on Monday in Abuja launched a 24-hour online company registration platform to fast track its business services to its customers. Dr Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said that the new online registration portal was developed by CAC to make registration of business in Nigeria easy and accessible to its clients.

“Nigerians will no longer have to incur extra costs and will not travel to the CAC’s office to register their businesses,’’ Aganga said. He added that it was a joint initiative with the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology under Government Service Portal initiative.

He explained that the portal was robust enough to accommodate all platforms such as inter-switch, e- transaction and visa card. Others include Verve card, American express and other forms of electronic payments. Aganga explained that any person that wanted to register his business would now do so easily in any part of the world without physically coming to CAC.

Mr Bello Mahmud, the Registrar General of CAC, said that the new portal would save a lot time in doing business with the commission, adding that the public, other than accredited agents, would carry out transaction directly with CAC.

You can access the CAC Company Registration Portal (CRP) here.

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Save Prince James Uche`s life

Prince James Uche, Another Nollywood Actor with Heart Disease and Kidney Failure: Served with eviction notice; wife on the run!
Should the unexpected happen and God forbid, Prince James Uche kicks the bucket, all his friends, colleagues and relatives who deserted him now will start singing his praises. Now, the young man is in distress and  seeks help, nobody has come to his aid.
Prince Jame Uche is obviously and sadly on his own as his land lord served him a quit notice to vacate his apartment. We all are still mourning the death of Muna Obiekwe whose sudden demise took the movie industry like a thunder-storm. I have called Ibinabo Fibrisima, the National President of the same Guild , James served as the Vice, to know what AGN is planing to do for James, IB, who is on Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign train is yet to return my calls.
Daily Times of Nigeria has the full story, Please read-
“Nollywood actor, Prince James Uche, who was once a vice president of AGN, has been issued with a quick notice to leave his Gbagada home despite the fact that he is currently battling with an undisclosed heart disease and kidney failure. His wife is said to have abandoned him few years ago with their 3 children.
James now spends most of his time in his church, Our Lady the Queen of Peace Catholic Church near his home. He revealed his sickness started since 2007;

“Something struck me on the left side of my face about eight years ago, when I was heading for the burial ceremony of Pete Edochie’s mother at Nteje in Anambra State. “I got to the venue of the ceremony and stayed in the town for two days. On the third day, I suddenly found that I could no longer move my body freely. Although I barely managed to get up on my feet, I could not climb up the staircase.
“I had to wait till the following Sunday before deciding to leave for Lagos. But my friend, Edoche, persuaded me to follow him to Enugu where he lived at the time. I slept in Enugu on that day. In the morning I went for treatment in a hospital.
“After the doctor had finished examining me, he stared at me with his mouth half open in shock for a long time. “When I asked what was wrong, he said I should have been dead. He took my pulse again and then, sweating, said my blood pressure was abnormally high. He said it had risen up to 300 and it was a miracle that I was still alive.”
According to reports, Uche’s health has continually deteriorated over the past years. Aside battling from the heart disease, he is also slowly losing his memory and sight. As if to worsen it, he is also suffering from kidney problem. His kidney is said to not function properly and there is fear it it might be completely destroyed. He was lucky to be helped by church members who paid for his diagnosis five times in 2013. But now it is in dare need of medical attention.
Uche is really looking emaciated and financial support is mainly coming from the church. This is very sad. Fans are already pleading with the AGN president, top notch movie stars, and good Nigerians to help him so that we don’t lose another star like we recently did”-Time of Nigeria.
Nollywood actors should please come to the aid of one of their own.  Musicians pulled resources together recently to help with their own who had a kidney problem. Nollywood actors should be able to do more. Are we going to wait again until another Muna Obikwe tragedy happens?
Time to save Prince Uche James is now!

Yeye Dey Smell : Disqualification Suit Against Buhari, fixed for Feb. 9.

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday fixed February 9 for mention and hearing of a suit seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, from contesting the February 14 election.

The court also ordered that Mr. Buhari be served the court documents ahead of the hearing.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola gave the order on Monday in a suit FHC/ABJ/CS/14/2015 filed by way of originating summon by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Max Ozoaka, against Mr. Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Mr Ozoaka sought and secured an expart order for the defendants to be served by substituted means, including notices in three national dailies.Mr. Ademola also granted the applicant’s prayers for an abridge time within which the defendants would enter appearance in the matter. In the substantive suit, Ade Okeaya-Inneh, SAN, counsel to the Mr. Ozoaka, is seeking among other relief:

-“A declaration that by the combined provisions of Sections 31(1)(2) and (3) of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended and INEC Form CF 001, the 1st defendant is mandatorily obliged by the law to comply strictly with the provisions laid down under the Electoral Act as amended and INEC Form CF 001 as it relates to attaching evidence of the 1st defendants birth certificate and evidence of his educational qualifications as required under INEC Form CF 001;
-A declaration that by the combined reading of Sections 31(1)(2) (3) and 31 (8) of the Electoral Act, the 1st and 2nd defendants are mandatorily obliged by law to comply strictly with the provisions laid down under the Electoral Act vis-a-vis the filing and submission of INEC Form CF 001, by the 1st defendant attaching evidence of educational qualifications as required under the said INEC Form CF 001 and that non compliance with this condition inherent amounts to an offence under Section 31(8) of the Electoral Act;

-A declaration that the curriculum vitae and voters registration card attached by the 1st defendant in his INEC Form CF 001 and submitted to the 2nd defendant as a presidential candidate in 2015 general election is not in conformity with the form prescribed by the Electoral Act/INEC Form CF 001 and is manifestly in contravention of the said Act/INEC Form CF 001 and therefore null and void;
-An other declaring as invalid the INEC Form CF 001 as filled by the 1st defendant as being inchoate and manifestly in contravention of the provisions of the Electoral Act/INEC Form 001 as the 1st defendant did not comply with a condition inherent/precedent in the INEC Form CF 001 submitted to the 2nd defendant, by failing and/or refusing to attach evidence of his birth certificate and educational qualifications which are conditions inherent/precedent as prescribed in the form;

-A declaration that the 1st defendant is not eligible to participate in the 2015 Presidential election for failure to comply with the terms for submission of list of candidate and affidavit of personal particulars of persons seeking election to the office of the president;

-A declaration that the sworn affidavit by the 1st defendant stating that his original certificates are presently with the Secretary Military Board cannot replace and/or satisfy the provision under INEC Form CF 001 requiring him to attach evidence of his educational qualification as such requirement is a condition inherent and a condition precedent to his eligibility to contest/participate in the 2015 presidential election;
-An order disqualifying the 1st defendant from contesting and/or participating in the presidential election fixed for the14th February, 2015 or any other date that the 2nd defendant may fix; and
-An order restraining the 2nd defendant from permitting the 1st defendant from participating in the presidential election fixed for 14th February, 2015 or any other date that the 2nd defendant may fix.
Mr. Ozoaka also raised eight questions for the court’s determination. Among the questions are:
-Having regards to the clear, unequivocal and sacrosanct provisions of Section 31(1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Electoral Act, Cap 15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010 and INEC Form CF 001 which stipulates the conditions to be complied with in the submission of list of candidates and their affidavits to INEC, whether the 1st defendant herein has complied with the said law and INEC Form CF 001, when he failed to attach evidence of his educational qualifications to the INEC Form CF 001 submitted to the 2nd defendant for the purpose of the 2015 presidential election.

-Whether the curriculum vitae of the 1st defendant as attached by the 1st defendant alongside the affidavit sworn by the 1st defendant and attached in the INEC Form CF 001 to the 2nd defendant suffices and/or replaces evidence of the 1st defendant’s educational qualifications as required by INEC Form CF 001 and is in accordance with the prescribed form as stipulated by Sections 31 (1) of the Electoral Act, Cap 15 LFN, 2010.

Sunday 28 September 2014

3 students shot and in criticial condition after gunmen storm ESUT

Three students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Agbani, are in critical condition at the the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) after being shot and wounded by suspected armed bandits who invaded their hostel,

The affected students are currently undergoing intensive surgery at the hospital where they were rushed to in the early hours of Saturday. One of the students was shot in the stomach and it was suspected that some pellets of the bullet were lodged in his abdomen for which doctors are battling to remove.

The two other victims were also undergoing surgery at the hospital while efforts were being made to contact their parents.

The Unique Hostel where the incident occurred and other hostels within the Agbani Permanent site of the university, according to sources, have been placed under security watch as it was suspected that the gunmen could be members of a secret cult.

To forestall a reprisal attack, the source said, the management had taken measures to beef up security at the hostels with plain-clothe policemen deployed to strategic locations.

Police spokesman, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu,  who confirmed the armed attack said that preliminary investigations revealed that the gunmen could be “student robbers”,  assuring that the police would do everything possible to get to the root of the matter.

He could not say if any arrest had been made but he said that the command was already on top of the situation and would give further details after the ongoing investigations.

“From what we gathered when the gunmen attacked some students at the ESUT Unique Lodge, which is mainly Boys Hostel, there was a stiff resistance by the students who succeeded in arresting one of the gunmen.  The arrested gunman alerted his armed colleagues who returned to the hostel and began shooting indiscriminately during which three of the students were shot and wounded,” the police spokesman said.

Source: The Nation

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Kaduna records first case of Ebola

According to a report by Premium Times, a 19 year old student of Law at Ahmadu Bello University has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Kaduna.

PT reports that the PRO of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Bilyaminu Umar, confirmed the case yesterday Monday September 1st when contacted via phone; saying that the student was diagnosed at ABUTH, Shika, Zaria.
"Yes, there was a case of a suspected Ebola patient. He is with the Faculty of Law, ABU, Zaria and will be placed on isolation. I am out of town, but will confirm details on my return from a trip.” he said

What's the true situation in Bama? Did soldiers really conquer Boko Haram?

This is quite confusing. The Nigerian military and the presidency is claiming that Boko Haram didn't capture Bama yesterday, which is contrary to what many media sources including Sahara Reporters, AIT, Channels, BBC and Punch are reporting. According to Nigerian military, the Nigerian Armed Forces chased out Boko Haram from Bama town yesterday and even killed 59 insurgents but according to Punch today, I80 people were killed yesterday during the battle with the insurgents.

They said the spokesman of the youth vigilante in the town, Barr. Jubrin Gonda, made this revelation. And according Channels TV, residents said the insurgents have gained control of the town. Witnesses say after the initial military intervention in repelling the attack. The sect members re-grouped and launched a successful attack on the town which they say is presently under the control of the sect.

The reports from Channels TV
A military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the military, says the soldiers on ground did their best in repelling the first attack but ran out of ammunition as there was no reinforcement for subsequent operation.
“I can confirm to you that the soldiers on ground did their best in repelling the first attack but we ran out of ammunitions and it will not be a surprise if they have eventually taken control of the town
“We needed immediate reinforcement but nothing came and I can categorically tell you that there is sabotage somewhere,” the army officer said.
He said the foot soldiers were willing to end the insurgency but lacked needed support.
Report says the insurgents also launched an attack on Mongonu town which also has a military barracks like that of Bama.
The Bama military barracks last year suffered attack by the dreaded sect members, as part of the barracks was vandalised during the attack.
At the moment, Madagali in Adamawa State, as well as Gwoza, Pulka and now Bama of Borno State are under the control of the dreaded sect members the Boko Haram.
President Goodluck Jonathan had in July requested for immediate approval of one billion dollars external borrowing by the National Assembly to tackle insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria’s north-east.
In a letter to the Senate, read by the President, David Mark, President Jonathan said the money would be used to upgrade the equipment of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
President Jonathan stressed that there was an urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistic of the country’s Armed Forces and Security services to enable them confront the serious threat posed by Boko Haram sect more forcefully.
The loan has not been approved.

Big Brother Africa postponed due to fire incident at BBA house in SA

Big Brother Africa Hotshots which was supposed to begin this Sunday 7th September has been postponed indefinitely after a fire incident at the BBA House in Jo'burg, South Africa. Below is a press release from M-Net.
"M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so." Continue...

At this stage M-Net and Endemol are urgently looking for an alternative Big Brother house in which to film the production, however as this production has highly technical infrastructure, camera and edit requirements an alternative is not immediately available.  Every effort will be made to find a solution as quickly as possible to ensure that Africa’s biggest reality show will continue.

Where is the BBA house?

It is based at the Sesani Studios in Johannesburg

Was anyone injured in the fire?

No one was injured during the fire. 

As more information unfolds, we will communicate.

Sunday 18 May 2014

Yes, I am Boko Haram – Immigration officer confesses, names other security personnel in Islamic sect

JTF spokesman, Sagir Musa
JTF spokesman, Sagir Musa
Nigerians have consistently maintained that the dreaded sect Boko Haram must surely have sympathisers in government and security agencies, considering how effective their attacks have been. Finally, there is proof.
A high profile Boko Haram member, who is an officer of Nigeria’s Immigration Services, Ahmed Grema Mohammed, has named some security personnel among those carrying out terrorist attacks in the country. His confession came after he was arrested by the men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Mohammed, who is an officer of the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) attached to the Nangere office of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yobe State, was apprehended at a checkpoint on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road while on his way to kill a former special adviser to the immediate past governor of the state.
Most of the personnel named by Mohammed have been arrested, while security agencies are on the trail of others.
The news of Mohammed’s arrest was contained in a JTF statement signed by the task force spokesman, Lt. Col Sagir Musa.
According to the statement, Mohammed had been on the wanted lists in the country and was arrested on August 17, this year for impersonating a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.
“Mohammed confessed to be actively involved in the killings of some senior civil servants, security agents, and politicians in Damaturu who spoke against the activities of Boko Haram, particularly the former chairman of Damboa Council, Alhaji Lawal Kawu.
“He also took part in the attack on the old Police Headquarters in Damaturu, where some policemen were killed and large quantity of arms and ammunition carted away.
“In addition, he was among the terrorists that attacked Damaturu Prison, burnt some primary schools, the State CID office and the Police Safety Vehicle, among others.
“The suspect revealed to JTF that he and 15 other members of the organization were intensively trained for three months on G3 and AK 47 rifles, as well as in assassinations and special operations in Niger Republic.
“He also revealed names of some security personnel that participated in terrorists’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states.”
Recently, the Joint Task Force has recorded a string of successes against Boko Haram, including thekilling of the sect’s spokesman, Abu QaqaSOURCE

Saturday 17 May 2014

U.S Involvement May Worsen Boko Haram Insurgencies - Abubakar

Former commissioner of Police Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has shared his strong opinions on the issue of insecurity in the country and the involvement of the United States in Nigeria's fight against insurgencies.
Alhaji Abubakar who is well respected for his role in the force during the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha spoke in a recent interview about the emergency rule in Borno, the abducted girls of government secondary school Chibok and the threat posed by terrorist group Boko haram in the state.
According to Alhaji Abubakar, there was no sense in calling for an extension of emergency rule in the troubled states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, since it has not helped in anyway to curb the terrorist attacks in the state.
"There was emergency rule in Borno State but the Boko Harram sect came and abducted these innocent girls, passed through the road where there were supposed to be road blocks without any hindrance. Our borders are suppose to be guarded by customs, police, including soldiers. nobody saw anything and these people went free.
"So what is the essence of the state of emergency or is the government aiding the scourge of insurgency? Don't be surprised that many officials and politicians are making serious money out of the insurgency and would not like the situation to come to an end.
Alhaji Abubakar also noted that there was need for the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram on the exchange of terrorist prisoners for the abducted girls, saying that the schoolgirls were innocent and should not be caught in between fights.
"The law says that it is better to release an accused person than to punish an innocent person. These girls were held because these people want to have their men in police custody released. Under normal circumstances it is not right because they committed so many crimes against humanity. They killed and maimed people, burnt houses. So it is not proper to release them. But in a situation like this, the aim of the government is to save these innocent girls. They should negotiate with the sect. They are just innocent people who were just taken from their parents. If the government says they want to use the military force to rescue these girls forcefully they may get them killed by the sect.
"For the sake of the girls, I absolutely agree with that school of thought that the Federal Government should negotiate with the sect.
"If the Federal Government refuses to negotiate with this sect, then how do they plan to release these girls? If there is any other option the federal government has to rescue these girls without hurting them let them apply it. If they use force, it may cost these girls their lives.
"If these girl were not abducted, I would have suggested that the best way was to sacrifice everything by going into their base and wipe them out but since these innocent girls are involved force may not work." He said.
Responding to whether it was a good move to get the United states involved in the fight against insurgencies, the former commissioner had this to say:
"We have observed that countries where Americans interfered in like Afghanistan , Iraq and even Libya, they still suffer crises till today because they are oil rich States. If we allow America to interfere in our matters, something similar may happen to us. If you recall vividly, they predicted come 2015 that Nigeria will disintegrate. Their coming into this matter may cause more confusion because they are most times interested in crude oil. SOURCE
READ MORE: http://news.naij.com/66520.html

“Why I Denied Being Married” –Kcee

“Why I Denied Being Married” –Kcee
Last week, in an interview with media personality, Toolz, Limpopo crooner, Kcee denied ever being married. However, The singer through his manager, Soso, said he neither denied nor accepted that he was married in the interview. He said that his client was joking with his interviewer when the question was asked because he likes keeping his marital life private.
He clearly said his alleged wife was his sister and claimed that the photos from their wedding were from a movie set. This however did not go down well with fans as many felt that his disclosure was in total disregard to his wife.
He debunked rumours that the singer was gay as alleged following a picture where Phyno and KCee appeared in a seemingly compromising posture. The picture which went viral earlier in the week showed the male duo as gay.
“Phyno was talking very close to his ear because they were in the club and the music was very loud. It was a motion picture and the camera angle made the picture appear as if they were kissing. Even if they were gay, is it in a club or a public place they would be kissing?” he asked.
Soso however refused to comment on KCee’s actual marital status.