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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Ortom Condemns Killing Of Nine Persons In Fresh Benue Attack

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has condemned the recent killing of nine persons in the state.
In a statement on Friday by his spokesperson, Terver Akase, the governor vowed to clamp down on militia in the state and bring an end to the incessant killings.

The attackers stormed Tse Ujoh community in Katsina Alla Local Government Area of the state, shooting indiscriminately while some of them entered into peoples homes to kill them.

The governor described the act as “unacceptable”, noting, however, that troops have been deployed to the affected areas to control the situation.

He also assured the people that decisive actions are being taken to prevent further attacks, adding that three persons have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Ortom, therefore, encouraged residents to cooperate with security agencies and provide them with relevant information that can lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.

Oshiomhole’s Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking” – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the position of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he should be impeached is merely wishful thinking.
A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Yusuf Olaniyonu, on Friday, said the APC will continue to dream about their plan to impeach him as they need 73 senators to lawfully remove him.

“The position of Oshiomhole and his cohorts in the APC that the Senate President must resign is a mere wishful thinking.

“They will continue to dream about their planned removal of the Senate President. They will need 73 Senators to lawfully remove Dr Saraki and they will never get that in the present eight Senate,” Olaniyonu said.

Furthermore, he said the argument of the APC that the Senate President must come from a majority party, that the Senate presidency is their crown and that the National Assembly is their palace, is only supported by ignorance and dangerous delusion.

He explained that Section 50 (1) (a) of the constitution is clear that any Senator can be elected as Senate President.

Olaniyonu also stated that it was hypocritical to think that the same APC had jubilated when Honourable Aminu Tambuwal retained his position after he defected from the PDP, even when his new party was in the minority.

He, however, maintained that the issue of which party is in the majority will only be resolved when the Senate resumes.

According to Olaniyonu, the fair distribution of the Committee chairmanship is one of the stabilizing factors in the 8th Senate and has helped it in achieving more than all its predecessors.

He, therefore, stated that all efforts by the APC chairman to impeach the Senate President will remain an exercise in futility.

“We hereby assure this garrulous, tactless and reckless APC chairman that a million of Adams Oshiomhole cannot remove Saraki as Senate President.

“His illegal plots can only feed his insatiable ego and keep him awake at nights. But it will remain an exercise in futility,” the statement read in part.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Davido Celebrates As His Private Jet Finally Arrives In Lagos

About three months after he announced he bought a private jet, Davidohas now confirmed that the jet jas indeed touched down in Nigeria
With the arrival of his jet, Davido now becomes the first Nigerian entertainer to own a private jet. In his words, ‘now we up as fuck and yes my jet has landed on y’all fuck niggas’.

EFCC Unfreezes Benue State Government’s Accounts

The Benue State government says the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfrozen its bank accounts.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, confirmed this to Channels Television in an interview on Thursday.

The Anti-graft agency had on Tuesday August 7th, frozen the accountsof the state government domiciled in three banks. EFCC said the accounts were frozen while they investigated alleged abuse of the state’s security votes.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Freezing Benue Account Unconstitutional – NGF

Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum, NGF, and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari has said that freezing accounts of Benue State government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was an attempt to shut down the state.

Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Abubakar YariGovernor Yari also described the action of EFCC as unconstitutional, and wrong, especially as the state was still battling with security challenges.

Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, Yari said the federal government should not allow security agencies to become lawless.

According to him, “The freezing of any account of the state government, whether Benue or anywhere is unconstitutional and is not right. That is shutting down government. Government must spend, most especially Benue that is facing insecurity challenges.

“Well, we don’t know why the EFCC took the action. But if indeed EFFC freezed the account, from my point of view, it is wrong.

“This government will not sit down and oversee unlawful operation from the security agencies. From what happened yesterday (Tuesday, Daura sack), everyone can understand that government is following due process and the laws of Nigeria.

“For one to just send security agencies to shut down the National Assembly, and the action that followed, that is what gave credit to this government by local and international community.

“Similar thing had happened in 2011 and 2014 respectively, but nothing was done about it, this time around, government said enough is enough. But the government of Muhammadu Buhari is following due process and will never oversee an unlawful activity by any security agency. So in the case of Benue, I believe something must be done.”

Angelina Jolie Accuses Brad Pitt Of Not Paying Enough Child Support

Angelina Jolie has accused Brad Pitt of failing to support their kids financially amid the couple’s long-running divorce.
Attorneys for the 43-year-old actress alleged on Tuesday that the 54-year-old actor hasn’t paid ‘meaningful’ child support for 18 months, according to court documents seen by‘As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation,’ Jolie’s attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean wrote.

‘Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO for the establishment of a retroactive child support order,’ the filing says.
The actress-turned-director alleged her third husband has not been meeting his financial obligations and has demanded the court force him to pay up.

She has asked the judge to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue.Pitt’s team are yet to formally respond.

A Pitt source familiar with the situation hinted to that the actor would likely fight the allegations, commenting: ‘Brad always fulfills his commitments’.

Later on in the day a spokesperson for Angelina explained to People why the star had requested child support to ‘provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.’

Jolie’s net worth has been estimated at $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth and in 2014, she was ranked 74th highest-earning celebrity by Forbes. The same site puts Pitt’s net worth at $240million.

It’s been nearly two years since their shocking split was announced. Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences.

EFCC Allegedly Freeze Benue State Govt Accounts

The Benue state government’s bank accounts have been reportedly frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to Vanguard, the government accounts were frozen by the anti graft agency on the premise that the Governor’s security vote was being investigated.

The state government is yet to release a statement confirming this report.

Unauthorised Journeys By Corps Members Remain Banned

As part of measures to avoid unnecessary tragic incidence, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has restated the ban on unauthorised journeys by corps members.
NYSC warned that its standing rule was being repeatedly ignored in a manner that suggested that it had abdicated its roles of ensuring the well-being as well as the welfare of the corps members.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Zakari Kazaure, said on Tuesday that to travelling out of camp or places of primary assignment without obtaining permission remained an offence.

Kazaure spoke at the Ekiti State Permanent Orientation Camp, situated in Ise/Emure, in Ise/Orun local government area of Ekiti.

He was on a visit to educate corps members on dangers in playing with their health and security.

“You all have to avoid night journeys and other unnecessary journeys for that matter

” Remember that before you embark on any journey, the need arises that you first inform your immediate supervisors and obtain necessary permits

“A graduate is expected by the society to be above board. I, therefore, want you to please join hands with me to ensure that the tragic incident in Taraba is the very last of such.”

Kazaure, who arrived in the Ekiti state camp at about 4.45p.m expressed regrets over the tragic death of nine corps members in Taraba State during the weekend, describing it as a huge loss to him personally, and the nation in general.

NAN reports that the director-general who himself claimed to have undergone the NYSC mandatory programme, over 30 years ago, said the sad incident was highly regretted and called for a minute silence to honour those who lost their lives.

According to him, there is also the need for corps members to respect the culture and tradition of their host communities.

Kazaure said that any corps members were free to call his personal number on 07042542779, in cases that require immediate attention which supervisors could not handle.

He warned them, particularly the females, to avoid dressing irresponsibly and also do away sharp practices, including Internet fraud.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the new State Director, Mrs. Aniefiok Okpongete, told the director-general that a total of 1,809 Corps members were registered, comprising 1,109 males and 700 females.

However, she said that a total of 187, among them, 149 females and 38 males had been advised to leave camp on account of being either pregnant, nursing mothers or facing critical health challenges.


Defection: Akwa Ibom State Government Sack Akpabio’s Brother, One Other

The Akwa Ibom State Government has sacked the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Ibanga Akpabio, from the state Executive Council.
Ibanga is said to be the younger brother of the state’s former governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio. The termination of his appointment was contained in a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government; Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem.

Godswill Akpabio will be defecting to APC in a few hours time.

According to the statement, Ibanga was removed from the state executive council following his reluctance to comply with good governance processes of government.

He has been mandated to handover to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry before close of work today.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Former Governor Of Benue State Gabriel Suswam , Set To Join APC

The former governor of Benue State, Dr Gabriel Suswam, has finally sealed a defection deal with Senator George Akume to dump his party,the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for governor Samuel Ortom and senator Barnabas Gemade ahead of 2019 general elections.

LEADERSHIP observed that majority of Suswam’s loyalists who are vying for elective positions in 2019 under the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) have started removing the PDP’s logo on their posters, especially online, signaling their take-off from Egypt to the promise land.

Our correspondent authoritatively gathered that Makurdi,the Benue state capital was locked down on Sunday night by Akume/Suswam versus Ortom/Gemade camps to perfect final decamping arrangements.

A source who attended Suswam’s all night meeting which ended by 5am Monday explained that despite the begging from Ortom/Gemade’s camp for Suswam to remain in PDP, the duo prefer to join (APC) another available vehicle with his teeming supporters,saying those who want to join PDP have bypassed the opposition stakeholders in the state who have suffered to build the party in the last three years.

Another PDP source buttressed further why they cannot work with Ortom in the party ,adding that the non payment of salaries by the present administration will affect the party’s chances of clinching the governorship in 2019 as majority of workers and pensioners will work against them.

One of the close allies of the former governor, said Suswam had already briefed PDP state and local government executives of his pending decamping to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),adding that they cannot work together with Governor Ortom:” We cannot work for the re-election of Governor Ortom and we have decided to leave the party as the governor is joining the party.

We don’t think Benue workers will support PDP with Ortom as a candidate. We weighed all options and decided with our leader,former Governor Gabriel Suswam to join APC and work together with Akume.Governor Ortom/Gemade camp begged Suswam not to defect to APC but he refused “.

The ongoing political realignments in Benue state has left some aspirants stranded as many are contemplating which side to go. According to sources, former governor Suswam has been given APC automatic ticket for Benue zone A senatorial seat, while Senator Gemade who is seeking for third term was given PDP automatic ticket to vie for Benue zone A senatorial seat.

Benue State governor, Ortom, may decamp from his party,the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) today with his teeming supporters.

Recall that governor Ortom had claimed that the state APC leader, Sen.George Akume, gave him red card ahead of the 2019 guber primaries. 

Although, the APC national chairman,Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, intervened but the governor had already made up his mind to dump his party for an automatic governorship ticket in PDP. PDP had in a statement issued by its National Secretary,Sen.Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, called for an emergency meeting which it was learnt was to deliberate on defection of APC bigwigs into its fold among other issues.


BREAKING: Benue Governor, Ortom Defects From APC To PDP

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor made the announcement during a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors on Wednesday at the Government House Makurdi, hours after protesting youths barred him from traveling to Abuja to attend the APC reconciliation meeting.

The announcement brings to an end months of speculation that the governor will return to the PDP as a result of his disagreement with leaders of the APC in Benue and at the national level.

His defection follows major political decisions in the state over the last three weeks, all of which had fuelled the speculations of his exit.

The governor recently sacked over 80 percent of his cabinet members and, on Tuesday, the Benue House of Assembly impeached Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange as its Speaker.

Benue Youths Prevent Ortom From Attending APC Meeting(Video)

Benue youths in their numbers on Wednesday blocked the Government House, preventing the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, from travelling to attend the APC reconciliation meeting in Abuja.
Governor Ortom is scheduled to meet with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and some other party members.

The youths are asking the governor to resign his membership from the APC.

Leader of the protesting youths, Dave Ogbole, dared the governor to crush them and embark on his trip.

Mr. Ogbole said, “If the governor insists on travelling to Abuja for the APC meeting, he will risk losing the support of the people”.

Despite the governors’ plea to allow him attend the meeting as agreed by party members in the state, the youths stood their grounds until the governor’s convoy made a U-turn.

The youths have however continued to stay guard to ensure the governor does not travel.

Demi Lovato In Stable Condition After Suspected Heroin Overdose

Singer Demi Lovato was rushed to ER a few hours ago in what appears to be an overdose of heroin.
Multiple reports confirm that a distress call from the singer’s Los Angeles apartment signaled paramedics and the LA police.

Variety reports that “law enforcement officials, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a medical emergency at the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in the Hollywood Hills, where Lovato’s home is located”.

TMZ reported that an unconscious Lovato was given Narcan- a medication use to reverse the effect of opioid overdose.

Thankfully, new reports from TMZ confirm she has been stabilized.

Lovato’s latest health scare will most likely affect the singer’s Thursday Atlantic Beach concert as unconfirmed reports say the organizers have rescheduled the show indefinitely.

Photo Credit: @ddlovato

Tape Of Trump Discussing Hush Money For Alleged Affair Released

Donald Trump can be heard discussing with his personal lawyer how to buy the rights to the story of a Playboy model, who says she had an affair with the now president, on a tape released Tuesday by CNN.
The existence of the tape, secretly recorded by his former longtime attorney Michael Cohen two months before the 2016 election, was reported last week by the New York Times, which said the FBI seized it during a raid on Cohen's office this year.

Now, the recording is available for the world to listen to.

It involves Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had a months-long fling with Trump after they met in 2006, shortly after Trump's wife Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.

In the tape, Trump and Cohen talk about buying the rights to McDougal's story, which she had sold a month earlier to the National Enquirer for $150,000. The tabloid never published the story.

In the at-times muddled recording, Cohen says he wants to set up a company to acquire the rights off American Media, the company that owns the Enquirer.

During the campaign, the Trump team denied any knowledge of the deal between McDougal and American Media.

But in the tape, candidate Trump expresses no surprise when the issue comes up and Cohen talks about essentially reimbursing the company for what it paid McDougal.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend David," Cohen says, apparently referring to David Pecker, the head of American Media.
"When it comes time for the financing, which will be --," Cohen says, at which point Trump interrupts and says "what financing?" 

"We'll have to pay --," Cohen says, according to a CNN transcript of the conversation, which also addressed other business issues between the two men. 

"We won't pay with cash?" Trump asks, according to the CNN transcript of a segment that is particularly hard to hear.

Cohen is then heard saying "no, no" and it is not clear what is said next.

The tape, made in September 2016, two months before the election, was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis.

Cohen, who has fallen out with Trump, is under federal investigation in New York for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws.

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