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Saturday, 10 November 2018

FRSC 2018 Recruitment: Full List Of Shortlisted Candidates For All States

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has released a list of candidates shortlisted for 2018/2019 recruitment examination.

According to the 257-page list obtained by Concise News, the examination will take place in all the 36 states of the Federation.

The list also shows the screening state, centre identity, seat number and centre name for all the shortlisted candidates.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

DSS Arrests Six Suspected Kidnappers Of Kaduna Monarch

Security operatives have arrested some suspects who were said to have kidnapped the traditional ruler of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Chief Maiwada Galadima.
The six suspects were paraded on Wednesday at the state headquarters of the Department of State Security Services (DSS)

The state Director of the DSS, Mahmood Ningi who briefed journalists, said the suspects were tracked and arrested at different locations in Igabi, Soba, Kachia and Jos in Plateau State.

Gunmen had intercepted the convoy of the royal father at Maikyali village along Kaduna-Kachia Road on October 19 and opened fire on the vehicles which forced them to come to a

During the operation, the traditional ruler’s police orderly and three others in his convoy were shot dead by the gunmen who later took him and his wife away to an unknown location.

The traditional ruler’s wife, however, regained her freedom two days after, but he was held hostage by the abductors who demanded a ransom from his family.

About a week later, the state government announced that the monarch had been killed.

The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, made the announcement in a statement he issued on October 26.

According to the statement, the body of the traditional ruler was found near a bush at Kateri area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in the early hours of Friday.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Leicester Helicopter Crash: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Confirmed Amongst Five Dead After Helicopter Crashed And Burst Into Flames At King Power Stadium

Leicester City football club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died after his helicopter spiralled out of controlled and crashed at the King Power stadium, the club has confirmed.

Leicestershire Police said the others who died in the helicopter crash were Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, who were members of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Bunches of flowers and tributes had been laid at the stadium on Sunday morning.

A statement from Leicester City Football Club said: "It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.
"The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.

"In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy."

Witnesses saw the helicopter spin out of control and plummet to the ground near the club’s staff car park at about 8.30pm on Saturday after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

A helicopter is engulfed in flames outside the King Power stadium in Leicester (AP)

Shocking images showed a wall of flames and smoke billowing into the sky after the helicopter crash which sent people running for their lives.

The air accident watchdog has launched an investigation into the crash which has been described as "the darkest day in the club's his

A sea of floral tributes at the Leicester City ground (REUTERS)

Fans were gathering to lay tributes outside the stadium on Sunday morning. Small bouquets were left outside the ground by members of the public on Sunday morning alongside a large image of the Hindu god Ganesh which was also propped up in amidst the flowers.

Leicester City chairman VichaiSrivaddhanaprabha and vice chairman AiyawattSrivaddhanaprabha with the trophy as they celebrate winning the Premier League in 2016 (REUTERS)

A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as more people gradually gathered to pray for anybody who may have been on the helicopter. Messages from Leicester fans on the flowers included "In our thoughts!!" and "Thank you xx".

Emergency services at the scene where a helicopter has crashed outside the King Power stadium in Leicester (EPA)

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey appeared to confirm that Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the helicopter as he discussed Leicester’s draw with West Ham with the pundits on Saturday. As the helicopter prepared for take off on the pitch behind them, he said: “As you can see, the owners are now heading off.”

A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner VichaiSrivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium before it crashed (REUTERS)

The club's owner was known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games.

Witnesses told Sky Sports News the helicopter took off from the pitch but lost control within a few seconds and crashed in the club's staff car park.

Emergency services outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester (PA)

The website Planefinder said that Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's Agusta Westland AW169 helicopter set off from near Fairoaks Airport in Surrey at about 2.45pm on Saturday, and travelled into Fulham, west London, before turning north and proceeding to the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who owned the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February, leading the club as they became Premier League champions in 2015-16.
Fans gather at the stadium after the helicopter crash on Sunday night (AFP/Getty Images)

One man, who wished not to be named, but has had a season ticket for over 40 years, said: "I saw (Leicester goalkeeper) Kasper Schmeichel run out first and then loads of security guards and stewards.

"I was stood outside the ground but it crashed on the other side. I hope everyone is OK."

Police and emergency services work at the scene of a helicopter crash at The King Power Stadium (Getty Images)

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said people were "running for their lives" in the aftermath of the crash.

"The car park was still populated with people at the time whether that was members of staff leaving the stadium or spectators watching the game. It's so close to the stadium, a couple of hundred metres

– if that – from the stands.

"There has be to concern for people who are walking back to their cars or get buses back to the train station and any impact that would have.

"An eyewitness and his nephew ran for their lives, they were that concerned they were going to be hit by the wreckage of the helicopter. It burst into flames as it hit the ground."

Footballers and high-profile sporting figures have expressed their shock after the crash with players and pundits sharing their horror at the events following the game between Leicester and West Ham.

BBC Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker tweeted shortly after the incident that the crash "looks horrendous", adding: "Not sure yet if any, or how many casualties. Thoughts with everyone concerned."

He later said it was the "most difficult @BBCMOTD I've ever hosted", calling the crash a "terrible tragedy" and "heartbreaking".
The helicopter erupts in a fireball outside the King Power stadium (PA/Sky Sports News)

BT Sport host Humphrey said everyone was evacuated from the stadium in the aftermath of the incident, adding that "huge numbers" of emergency service crews were at the scene.

"Thoughts and love to all involved," he tweeted. "A day I can't wait to end."

Robbie Savage called it an "absolutely terrible terrible day", while Gabby Logan said she could not stop thinking of the club.

A supporter adds flowers and a Leicester City scarf to floral tributes lined up outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium in Leicester (AFP/Getty Images)

Several Leicester City players tweeted praying hands emojis, including Riyad Mahrez, Andy King and Jamie Vardy.

West Ham footballers also shared their shock, with Pablo Zabaleta tweeting: "My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the helicopter accident at Leicester City."

Baroness Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Leicester City, horrific pictures on the news, I pray everyone is ok. I can confirm everyone from WHU has safely left the stadium."

Jonathan Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, described "awful, horrific scenes" at the stadium, tweeting: "I've been in touch with our emergency services and thanked them for responding so quickly. Our hopes and prayers for all those caught up in this desperately awful incident."

Dozens of English football clubs also tweeted their support for Leicester, while the Football Association said: "Our thoughts are with all at @LCFC following the major incident after their game at the King Power Stadium tonight."

Normalcy Returns Back To Kaduna After Relaxation Of Curfew

Normalcy is gradually returning to the Kaduna State capital and its environs following the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew that was imposed by the state government last week Friday.
The Curfew was relaxed in the affected areas of the state capital from 6 am to 5 pm with no incident of violence reported since it was imposed.

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai had reimposed a 24-hour curfew in the state capital after the city was engulfed by violence as a result of the killing of the Traditional Ruler of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area, Chief Maiwada Galadima by suspected kidnappers.

On Sunday, the state government adjusted the curfew, and residents are now returning to their various businesses.

Although markets, motor parks, schools, financial institutions reopened for normal activities, most traders at the various markets in the state capital did not open due to fear of the unknown.

However, there is still the presence of security agencies in the metropolis to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

Buhari Receives Governor General Of Canada

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the Governor General Of Canada, Julie Payette.
Ms Payette was received at the courtyard of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, alongside officials in her entourage.

She is scheduled to address journalists after the meeting with President Buhari.

Thereafter, she will deliver a lecture at the National Space Research and Development Centre Agency.

The Governor General of Canada is the Federal Vice-Regal representative of the Canadian, that is Queen Elizabeth the second of England.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

20 Persons, 17 Motorcycles Missing In Boat Mishap At Buruku

Reverend Jacob Aernyi, the Special Adviser to Benue Governor on Religious Affairs and Civil Society, has sympathised with the families of victims of a boat mishap, in which no fewer than 20 persons were missing.
Aernyi told newsmen that he got details of the incident on Thursday in his office in Makurdi through the Secretary, Buruku River Workers’ Union, Mr Samuel Nakombo.

He described the incident at River Buruku, where many lives and property were lost as very unfortunate and called for more proactive measures by the Federal Government.

The special adviser said a boat conveying more than 20 passengers and carrying some Bajaj motorcycles was sailing on Wednesday evening when the ugly incident occurred.

He said that more than 20 passengers were still missing while about 17 Bajaj motorcycles were yet to be recovered.

The special adviser noted with dismay the continued loss of lives and property at River Buruku, saying it was high time adequate measures be taken to stop such mishaps.

He recalled that in December 2013, a similar incident had claimed many lives.

PBS Newshour Sued You Can't Fire Me For Admiring Meghan Markle!!!

Meghan Markle's drop-dead-gorgeous looks are having unintended consequences for a writer, who claims PBS NewsHour canned him due to a comment he made about the Duchess' looks.
Hugh Heckman, an award-winning newswriter, is suing over his firing. In docs, obtained by TMZ, he says on November 25, 2017, a female coworker sitting 20 feet from his desk complained to her boss after hearing him say "not bad" in reference to a photo of Meghan they were using for a story.

He says another female employee overheard and chimed in, "Haven't you learned?"

Heckman says he was embarrassed because he didn't mean it in a sexual way, and only wanted to convey he thought Meghan "possessed charm and beauty and was a suitable match for her fiance."

He says 2 days later he was fired. In the suit, Heckman says he heard the same 2 female coworkers once call Justin Trudeau "hot," but they were not fired. He's pissed about what he calls an obvious double standard at PBS NewsHour.

Heckman is suing for wrongful termination based on gender. We've reached out to PBS NewsHour ... so far no word back.

The Game Gets Arrest Warrant Dropped

The Game is free to move about the country without fear of the U.S. Marshals swooping in on him -- he just got an arrest warrant dropped.
The federal judge in his sexual assault lawsuit yanked the warrant after Game's attorneys handed over the financial documents that have been requested more than 3 weeks ago. TMZ broke the story ... the judge gave Game 48 hours to hand over several records, and when he didn't ... the judge issued the warrant.

As we've told you ... Game lost the lawsuit filed by Priscilla Rainey -- a former contestant on his reality show, "She's Got Game" -- and was ordered to pay her $7 million.

Pastor, Two Others Allegedly Kill Nurse In Makurdi

A chief magistrates’ court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has remanded a pastor identified as Sabastine Igwe, as well as James Akpa, and Michael Ochigbo for allegedly killing a nurse.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the prosecutor, ASP Edward Imo, told the court that the Pastor and his accomplice allegedly murdered the nurse at Anwu Village near Makurdi.

Imo stated that the case was transferred from Obusa Divisional Police Headquarters to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on October 17.

The Prosecutor said that one Chief Joseph Awugo of Anwu Village in Idele Oju Local Council in Benue reported the case at the Obusa Police Station, Anwu.

He said, “The nurse identified as Favour Nwojiji, from Abakaliki was found with several machete cuts on her body. 
‘’The police investigation revealed that the accused and others now at large conspired and murdered the nurse.’’

The prosecutor also said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and requested for time to enable the police complete its investigation.

However, the plea of the accused persons could not be taken for want of jurisdiction.

The offences contravened Section 97 and 222 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue State, as amended.

The Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, adjourned the case until November 26, for further mention.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Federal Government To Pay Workers Salaries Despite Strike Action – AGFFederal Government To Pay Workers Salaries Despite Strike Action – AGF

Despite the commencement of the indefinite strike action embarked on by the Organised labour, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris has restated his commitment to pay salaries of all workers on the Federal Government payroll in spite of the on-going Labour strike.
The AGF gave this commitment today while speaking to Newsmen at the Treasury House in Abuja.

“We have a standing order from Mr. President to pay workers salaries from the 25th of every month, which we have striven hard to fulfill to Nigerian workers and this month will not be an exception” said the AGF.

Ahmed however said that the payment of salaries cannot be achieved in an atmosphere where the critical stakeholders are not allowed access to their offices. “I must explain that salary payment involves a number of processes that do not begin and end with the OAGF.

There are other critical stakeholders like the Cash Management Department in Ministry of Finance and others who are supposed to do their beat before we can finalise”, Mr Idris said.

“On coming to the office this morning we met the gates of the office locked and wondered how we can keep this promise if we are being locked out of the office. After speaking with the local arm of the Labour in the office on the need to pay salaries, they conceded to allow me and some of my staff in but the Gates are still locked. I therefore appeal to labour to open our gates so that we can have unhindered access to meet their needs”.

The AGF further appealed to the National Leadership of Labour to reconsider their stand on the on-going strike saying that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari more than ever has demonstrated high commitment towards meeting the welfare of the Nigerian Workers.

He therefore enumerated some of the very salient actions the present Government has so far undertaken to improve the welfare of the workers to include:-

i. the payment of over N50 billion for Promotion arrears from 2012 – 2016;

ii. the approval of another N60 Biilion for the payment of Salary Arrears with effect from 2011 -2016;

iii. the President’s recent approval of N22.68 Billion for the payment of pension Arrears to the retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways workers which has been outstanding for over 14 years;

iv. the President’s approval of N20 billion to meet ASSU’s demand for infrastructure development in both Federal and State Universities;

v. the Federal Government policy of Non-retrenchment of workers ;

vi. Provision of jobs for the teaming Nigerian unemployed youths, especially: the recruitment of over 10,000 Policemen; recruitment by the Army, Navy and Air force; recruitment by the para-military such as the Fire Service, Immigration, Nigeria Prison Service , Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps;

vii. Appointment into Various Ministries, Departments and Agencies;

viii. the payment of salaries to Federal Government Workers as at when due, as well as promotion of workers as at when due.

UPDATED: Pilot Dies As NAF Aircraft Crash In Abuja

Two aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have been involved in an accident.
This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.

Daramola said the air accident occurred during rehearsals for the Independence day celebrations.

“I wish to confirm an air incident involving 2 Nigerian Air Force aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day Celebrations,” he said.

Daramola did not state if the accident was a collision or a crash.

One of the aircraft was reported to have gone up in flames before it eventually crashed.

The Nigerian Air Force in a different press release later on Friday announced the death of one of its pilots who was involved in an accident.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made the announcement on Friday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce that one of the pilots who successfully ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft that crashed earlier today has passed on. May his soul RIP,” Daramola said.

Source: Channeltv

14 Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Attack

Fourteen people have been reported killed in a fresh attack in Plateau State.
The incident occurred on Thursday night when Gunmen attacked Rukuba – a resident of the community told Channels Television.

According to the witness, the 14 people comprised of one child, five men and eight women.

Residents claimed that efforts were made to reach security officials when the attack was going on but the officials failed to respond until Friday morning.

In the early hours of Friday, youths of the community took to the streets, protesting against the late response of the military.

They mounted barricades preventing motorists and passers-by from accessing the road, but troops of the Operation Safe Haven moved into the area and cleared the barricade.

The tension has, however, spread to Gada Biu, Katako, Farin Gada and the Jos main market as traders and shop owners have closed to avoid any vandalism by hoodlums.

‘I Was Called Baba Go Slow’: Buhari Blasts Elites For Nigeria’s Challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday blasted elites who he said were silent and allowed the mismanagement of Nigeria.
He said this during a meeting with the Nigerian community in the United States of America on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The President who hailed ‘ordinary Nigerians’ who stood by him blamed the elite that allowed Nigeria to be mismanaged for 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration without as much as raising a voice in consternation.

“They didn’t say a word.

“Under the PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund, of which he was Chairman), we did roads from Lagos to Abuja, to Onitsha, to Port Harcourt. Since then, the roads were not done, between 1999 and 2015, yet the elite did not say a word,” Buhari noted in a statement signed on Friday by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President also took a swipe at those who referred to him as ‘Baba Go Slow.’

He further blamed elites who he said had remained silent since 1983 when corrupt politicians that were jailed by his administration were later set free after he was put in detention.

“I was called Baba Go Slow. Those who were going fast, where did they get to?
“In 1983, military officers gathered and made me Head of State. I packed the politicians into jail, told them they were guilty until they could prove their innocence.
“We seized what they had looted, but after I myself was put in detention, the politicians were given back what they had looted. How many elites complained about that?
“Three times I contested elections; three times I went to court after the elections were rigged against me. No justice, but I said ‘God dey.’
President Buhari then hailed people he described as ‘ordinary Nigerians’ who voted him into power and stood by him.

“It was mainly the ordinary people that stood by me. That is why I am always conscious of them. They are my constituency. 

“Even pregnant women on the queue would fall into labour, go to have their babies, and still come back to vote for me. I will keep doing my best for the country.”

Buhari also promised that if he wins the 2019 election, and he spent another four years in office, “I will leave some difference in that office.”

The diaspora Nigerians who were in the interactive meeting with the President include top-flight professionals drawn from fields like medicine, engineering, sports, the arts, investment, academia, politics, agriculture, transport, education, publishing, and many others.

He told them that, “You are contributing to this great country (America). If you want to help back home, invest in education in your constituencies. If you educate people, they won’t then accept nonsense from anybody.”

President Buhari said the administration has kept faith with its three key campaign promises; to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption.

“I’ve tried to do my best since I came.
“Security-wise, we are better. Boko Haram still conducts cowardly attacks, but the insurgency is not the same as it used to be. They are terrorists and have nothing to do with religion,” he said.

The President concluded that his administration will continue to deal with terrorists and war against the insurgency.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Why Eminem’s “Kamikaze” Is One Giant Diss Track

Eminem, one of the best rappers in history (and this is not just a fan’s wishful thinking but a consensus among the greatest rappers in the world) has released a brand new album called “Kamikaze“.
This is the tenth studio album released by the rapper, launched as a surprise on August 31.

The album topped the charts in many countries (it didn’t even make it to the top 50 in Nigeria, though) from Australia to the United States but it has also generated a lot of criticism and controversy… because at times, it feels like one giant diss track.

Diss tracks have been exchanged by rappers for ages – these tracks are forms of public criticism used by many rappers to fuel their feuds with their “rivals” in the scene. With his new album, Eminem has dissed out a series of rappers but he didn’t stop there – he has a few select words for politicians, too.

Rappers dissed by Eminem

In “The Ringer”, Eminem has a few words for Vince Staples, who called his famous BET Awards freestyle “trash”, Joe Budden, who called his track featuring BeyoncĂ© “trash”, Lil Yachty, calling him “not for me”, Lil Pump and Lil Xan for imitating Lil Wayne.

In “Greatest”, Eminem disses Ja Rule (as part of a decade-and-a-half-long feud), Token, who he called unworthy of a response.

In “Lucky You” and “Not Alike”, he disses mumble rappers in general, calling their work “songs about nothin’”, pointing out Migos, he gives Machine Gun Kelly a big dose of dissing, criticising him, among others, for “sneak-dissing” and using sublime messages.

In “Kamikaze”, he disses his fellow white rappers and Drake, in “Fall”, he has a few words for Charlamagne Tha God, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and the list could go on and on and on.

Non-rappers dissed by Eminem
This new album is not only about dissing fellow rappers. Some of the messages included on Eminem’s new album are pointed at politicians and the music industry as a whole.

In “The Ringer”, Em points a finger at the President of the United States of America, reminding him that his freestyle at last year’s BET awards at least made him – and his “sidekick” Mike Pence nervous enough for “Agent Orange” to send the Secret Service to visit the rapper.

In “Fall”, Em points a finger on Pitchfork for giving his album “Revival” five points out of ten, and the Grammy Awards for “sucking the blood” of the music industry, nominating popular artists to various awards and giving them to others instead.

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