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Sunday 15th September 2019,
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The amnesty programme established by the Federal Government to bring an end to the crises that rocked the oil rich Niger Delta region is drawing to a close. According to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme will be terminated by the Federal Government in 2015. According to reports, Kuku, however, said government had put in place machinery to ensure that over 10,000 ex-militants passed through various educational and vocational trainings within and outside the country before the termination of the programme in 2015. The special adviser spoke during the departure ceremony for 186 ex-militants that left the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos for training in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and South Africa. Kuku said the batch of 186 delegates brought to 16,683 the number of ex-militants so far sent for offshore and local training since the programme started in 2010. “By 2015, this programme would be winding up because it has a terminal date; we are pursuing this doggedly. From inception, the programme was designed to run for five year which we believe should not be altered,” he said. The amnesty programme was established by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua to rehabilitate ex-militants who renounced fighting and surrendered their weapons under the Federal Government’s terms for ceasefire. “We train about 4,000 in 2013. In 2014 we will train 6,000; and in 2015, we will have less than 6,000 to train. This is novel and we do not need to delay our work to remain in office. That is not our vision,” Kuku added. He said that out of the 186 latest batch, 60 would undergo a 12-month vocational training in South Africa as emergency medical technicians, while the remaining 126 will be studying various courses in tertiary institutions in the UK and Ireland. According to him, the latest batch of delegates is the largest to be sent for training in the UK, describing it as a unique opportunity. Kuku urged the delegates to be good ambassadors of Nigeria by abiding by the laws of the host countries. While re-iterating the Amnesty Office’s zero tolerance for misconduct, the special adviser disclosed that over 690 delegates had been repatriated and reprimanded for various misconducts during their training.

Amnesty programme to wind up in 2015 – Kuku

The amnesty programme established by the Federal Government to bring an end to the crises that rocked the oil rich Niger Delta region is drawing to a close.   According to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta [...]

September 16, 2013 Strife and sectarian violence
Multiple award winning singer, D’Banj, is now the leader of the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10

MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 Chart: D’Banj on Top with ‘Don’t Tell Me Nonsense’

Multiple award winning singer, D’Banj, is now the leader of the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 with his hit video, “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense.” D’Banj displaced Chidinma’s “E Mi Ni Baller”, video from the number one spot to number [...]

September 16, 2013 Music and film
No ill will over daughter Professor Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i. — Lamido

No ill will over our daughter Professor Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i. — Lamido

JIGAWA State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido has said there would not be any ill will over the sack of the Minister of Education, Professor Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i.   The governor made the disclosure during a reception in honour of the [...]

September 16, 2013 Government and politics
Our Varsities Have Only 350,000 Carrying Capacity As Against 500,000 On paper

Our Varsities Have Only 350,000 Carrying Capacity As Against 500,000 On paper

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, has revealed that Nigeria’s public universities have only 350, 000 carrying capacity as against 500, 000 on paper. He made this revelation on Friday during the inauguration of the [...]

September 16, 2013 Education
US America Diversity Visa Lottery

Nigerians No Longer Eligible To Apply For United States Visa Lottery

Nigeria and some other countries will no longer be eligible to participate in the America Diversity Visa lottery programme.   Information from the United States Department of State sighted on Sunday said Nigerians and citizens from few other countries were [...]

September 16, 2013 Uncategorized
Jonathan, Obama meet next week in New York

Jonathan, Obama meet next week in New York

FROM LAOLU AKANDE, PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan and United States (U.S.) President, Barack Obama, will meet next week in New York apparently to repair the diplomatic friction arising from the U.S.’ snub of Nigeria during Obama’s visit to Africa in June. [...]

September 16, 2013 General
You Won't Believe What This Pastor Did To His Church Members

You Won’t Believe What This Pastor Did To His Church Members

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 [...]

September 15, 2013 Religion
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Why Nollywood Marriages Breakdown –Iyabo Ojo 15 September, 2013

Iyabo Ojo, Nollywood actress, is a household name and a front-liner in the Yoruba movie circle even as she maintains a crossover appeal with the English counterpart.   Noted more for her girl-about-town roles, Ojo is also a film producer of class, having [...]

September 15, 2013 General
Police IG Remarries In Stylish Wedding

Police IG Remarries In Stylish Wedding

Many dignitaries, including Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, multi-billionaire industrialist, Aliko Dangote, and state governors, on Thursday, graced the wedding of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and Zarha Bunu in Abuja. The wedding (fatiha) which took [...]

September 15, 2013 What the papers say
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, slated September 20 to commence hearing on the suit filed before it by the Bamanga Tukur led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to declare activities of the "New PDP" illegal. Justice Elvis Chukwu who presided over the case Friday, said he would hear both the substantive suit and preliminary objection filed against it by the respondents, led by the factional chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on the same day. Other respondents who yesterday urged the court to dismiss the suit as lacking in merit included former Vice President, Atiku Abukakar, national secretary of the splinter group, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Baraje's deputy, Dr Sam Jaja. It was the contention of the respondents that the suit not only lacked competence, but constitutes a domestic affair of a political party. While challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter, members of the 'new PDP', insisted that the case ought to have been filed before a state or FederalCapitalTerritory high court. Arguing through their lawyer, Mr Raji Ahmed, SAN, the Baraje group, maintained that "This action is incompetent and this Court lacks the jurisdiction to hear it. The subject matter revolves around the domestic affairs of Peoples Democratic Party. "It is only in matters within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court under section 251 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that can be competently entertained in this Court. "The subject matter herein is not cognizable under section 251of the 1999 Constitution, and this Court does not have the jurisdiction to entertain it." Consequently, they asked the court for "an order striking out the suit in its entirety for lack of jurisdiction." Meantime, determined to halt activities within the camp of the faction, Tukur and eleven national officers of the PDP, urged the court to restrain the four respondents from parading themselves as officials of the party. Equally joined as a respondent in the suit was the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Tukur Vs Baraje – Court Hears Case September 20

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, slated September 20 to commence hearing on the suit filed before it by the Bamanga Tukur led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to declare activities of the “New [...]

September 15, 2013 Government and politics
Hunger Forces Boko Haram to Kill Three, Demand N1 Million From Traders

Hunger Forces Boko Haram to Kill Three, Demand N1 Million From Traders

Following the dislodgement of Boko Haram camps in some parts of Borno State by troops which had forced many of the terrorists to scavenge for food from villagers, the terrorists have resorted to armed robbery thereby robbing innocent civilians and [...]

September 15, 2013 Incidents
Road accidents involving buses claimed 1,437 lives in 6 months – FRSC

Road accidents involving buses claimed 1,437 lives in 6 months – FRSC

Road crashes involving buses claimed 1,437 lives across Nigeria between January and June, 2013, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has said.   The Corps Marshal, Mr Osita Chidoka, disclosed this on Friday in Sokoto at a sensitisation campaign on [...]

September 15, 2013 Transportation
Akwa Ibom govt to partner FG on seaport construction

Akwa Ibom govt to partner FG on seaport construction

The Akwa Ibom State government has said it  is committed to commencing  the construction of  Ibaka Deep Seaport in partnership with the Federal Government.   Governor Godswill Akpabio disclosed this at a gala night organised in honour of the visiting [...]

September 15, 2013 Transportation
Police: Nigeria youths retaliate, kill police

Police: Nigeria youths retaliate, kill police

BY HARUNA UMAR MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Angry youths in a vigilante group mobbed and killed a policeman and threatened others Saturday in retaliation for the killing of one of their members in northeast Nigeria, police and military officials said, causing further [...]

September 15, 2013 Incidents
The kidnapped Dean of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta, Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, has regained freedom after a week in captivity.

Kidnapped Anglican Archbishop Regains Freedom

Ernest Chinwo The kidnapped Dean of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta, Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, has regained freedom after a week in captivity. Kattey, who was abducted alongside his wife, Beatrice, [...]

September 15, 2013 Crime
Comrade Peter Akpatason

‘Nigerians Deserve Good Leadership’

By ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU   Comrade Peter Akpatason, former national president of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and member of the House of Representatives, representing Akoko Edo Federal Constituency, spoke to ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU in Benin City [...]

September 14, 2013 General
Falana vows to sue Lagos government over ‘illegal repartriation’

Falana vows to sue Lagos government over ‘illegal repartriation’

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on Friday disclosed that he was set to sue the Lagos State Government for “illegal repatriation of Nigerians”.   He said it was unfortunate that the state governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), gave such directive.   [...]

September 14, 2013 Law
A former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

Thieves Worse Than Ibori Walking Free – Ribadu

A former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said that thieves worse than convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, are walking free in the country   “There are worse people than James Ibori in [...]

September 14, 2013 General
You Will Not Believe What Goes On In Motor Parks At Nights

You Will Not Believe What Goes On In Motor Parks At Night

In major cities and towns across the country, villages strategically located along highways, there are over 3000 motor parks and joints in  which travellers eat, drink and smoke without mandatory closing time, from morning through the night till day break. [...]

September 14, 2013 General
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Top 21 richest Nigerians based on the value of their shares held in quoted companies – Forbes

Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola and few others have made the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.   Forbes also reviewed the top 21 richest Nigerians based on the value of their shares held in quoted [...]

September 14, 2013 What the papers say
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How Ex-gov. Segun Agagu Mysteriously Died

The death of the immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Agagu is such that can be described as shocking and sudden. A very sad one.   Agagu who had returned from the US on Thursday, reportedly slumped in Ikoyi, [...]

September 14, 2013 What the papers say
Al Mustapha

Al-Mustapha Meeting With Fasheun, Uwazirike and Asari Dokubo A Gathering Of Terrorist. – Northern APC Youths.

The recently release former aide to Late Gen Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has been receiving bashing from Northern Youths of the APC for visiting founder of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasheun, MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike [...]

September 14, 2013 Government and politics
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

NFF Receive Official FIFA Query over Keshi’s ‘Racist’ Comments

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the receipt of an official query from FIFA over comments made by the Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.   Keshi was reported to FIFA after he called former Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet “a white dude [...]

September 14, 2013 General
Nasarawa Boils As Ombatse, Alago Youth Clash

Nasarawa Boils As Ombatse, Alago Youth Clash

Palpable tension has enveloped Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, and environs, following a clash between Eggon youths suspected to be Ombatse militia and Alago youths in Obi local government area of the state. Odobu, a village few kilometers to Obi [...]

September 14, 2013 Incidents
Africa’s Top Teams Fear Eagles – Dosu, Elaho

Africa’s Top Teams Fear Eagles – Dosu, Elaho

Ex-internationals Joseph Dosu and Friday Elaho say Super Eagles fans shouldn’t worry about Nigeria playing a top team in the final qualifying play-offs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.   The Eagles defeated Malawi 2-0 in Calabar on Saturday [...]

September 14, 2013 Sports
Sacked Ministers: Lobbyists Storm Aso Rock

Sacked Ministers: Lobbyists Storm Aso Rock

By: Bayo Oladeji, Chibuzo Ukaibe, Patrick Ochoga Two days after President Goodluck Jonathan sacked nine of his ministers, some leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP), business moguls and traditional rulers yesterday stormed Aso Rock, the seat of power, [...]

September 14, 2013 Government and politics
Heavy rains kill baby, destroy 100 houses in Zamfara

Heavy rains kill baby, destroy 100 houses in Zamfara

A five-year-old girl died following heavy rains which also destroyed not less than 100 houses with many inpeople injured at Magami-maitarko village in Gusau local government area of Zamfara the News Agency of Nigeria reports (NAN).   One of the [...]

September 14, 2013 Incidents
Lagos police dismisses two female officers caught on tape for extortion

Lagos police dismisses two female officers caught on tape for extortion

The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed two police officers who were caught on tape receiving N100 bribe from a commercial bus driver. Elizabeth Itolor and Jennifer Azingbe, two female corporals were handed their dismissal letters on Wednesday for “despicable [...]

September 14, 2013 General
Nigerian Student Caught With Cocaine at International Airport

Nigerian Student Caught With Cocaine at International Airport

BY SUNNY OSAZE A 400-level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra, was arrested this week at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, for ingesting 25 wraps of male condoms filled with cocaine. 32 year old Chizoba Nwabuwa arrived aboard an [...]

September 13, 2013 Incidents

I Am Going Back to University to Teach, Says Ruqayyatu Rufa’i

Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, who was among the nine ministers relieved of their positions by President Goodluck Jonathan in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, says she will be going back to the university to teach.   She, who handed over the [...]

September 13, 2013 Government and politics