President Jonathan finally sacks Oduah, Orubebe, others

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sacked four ministers, including the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, who had been enmeshed in a scandal over the N255m armoured cars purchased for her by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. Other affected ministers include Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (Police Affairs), Elder Godsday Orubebe (Niger Delta) and Dr. Yerima Ngama (Minister of State, Finance). On Monday, the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, resigned his appointment suddenly amid speculations that he had fallen out with the President and powerful politicians in the ruling party Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, however said the resignation was based on Oghiadomhe’s

Boko Haram terrorists slays 39, raze 2,000 houses in Borno

Gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect on Tuesday evening stormed Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, killing 39 residents including members of the youth vigilance group popularly known as civilian JTF.Some 2,000 houses were also torched in the attack which also claimed some security personnel. The gunmen succeeded inflicted serious injuries on victims who are now receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Bama, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH and other healthcare centres across the state.Konduga, with a population of over 10,000, is about 45 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. It is

Nigeria Army redeploys 88 Generals and 19 Colonels

The Army announced yesterday the posting of 88 Generals, comprising 36 Major-Generals and 52 Brigadier-Generals.Also redeployed were 19 Colonels.Among the deployed officers are: Brig.-Gen. A. B. Omozoje, who now heads the Guards Brigade; Brig.-Gen. A. O. Folorunsho, to 81 Division; Brig.-Gen. B. A. Akinroluyo, moved to 3 Division; Brig.-Gen. A. G. Okunola, moved to 82 Division; Brig.-Gen. E. O. Udoh, now heads the 7 Division.

Jonathan Sacks Oduah, Orubebe, Olubolade, Ngama

President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the resignation of four Nigerian ministers, including the embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah from the service of the Federal Government. Other ministers include: Minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade and Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama. The president made the announcemnet…

Gas Leak From Agip Pipeline Displaces Bayelsa Community

Road Construction workers in Biseni Community of Yenagoa  local government area of Bayelsa State were yesterday sacked from their  homes following leakage of strange gaseous substance from the Well 3 of  the Agip oil facility located in the state. The oil well identified as Idu Well 3 is located in Egbebiri area of  the community spewed crude oil from the liquefied section and discharged  crude into the environment. The toxic smell of the gaseous discharge had compelled construction  workers at the road in the area to vacate the site. The construction  workers were seen parking their earth moving machinery while they  discussed the oil and gas leak when our correspondent visited the spill  site yesterday. “This leakage has made this whole area very unsafe, the smell of the  gas is very poisonous and I cannot continue to expose my workers to it,  we have to suspend work until something is done about the oil and gas  discharge,” the site supervisor who wished to be anonymous said. A surveillance staff of the oil firm who was found at the site said  that the leakage was reported to the oil firm since February 7 but  regretted that no steps had been taken to stop the leak. Mr Eris Doubra said that he had been exposed to the toxic gas emitted  from the oil well and appealed to the management of the oil firm to fix  the leak. “This leak was noticed on Friday and immediately reported to the  surveillance department, they asked me to put it in writing in addition  to sending them a video clip I recorded with my phone. “They have sent different group of people to come here but they just  looked at the leak and go, they are supposed to send down a maintenance  team to halt he leak. “It started small but you can see that the site is already surrounded  by a pool of oil , the leakage is worsening by the day as more oil is  gushing out as the pressure is widening the leak on the pipe,” Doubra  said. The oil from the wellhead collects into a pool and flows into a  nearby pit where remnants of an earlier spill awaits recovery and clean  up.

Northern leaders accuses Sambo of sponsoring (Northern Elders’ Council) NEC

 Govt ready to work with any group that wants Nigeria’s progress – VPBY SONI DANIEL, Regional Editor, NorthNORTHERN leaders yesterday engaged in war of words over the allegation that the Presidency was behind the emergence of the newly-formed Northern Elders’ Council, NEC, headed by former Presidential Adviser, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.Vice President Namadi Sambo, whose office is alleged to have bankrolled the NEC has however denied sponsoring the group, arguing that there is nothing wrong with its formation and identification with the present administration.The emergence of the NEC on the political arena, has altered permutations for the 2015 and divided the northern support for and against the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.While NEC, which is reportedly backed by Sambo to drum support for him and Jonathan ahead of the 2015 poll,  Northern Elders Forum, NEF led by Prof. Ango Abdullahi,is frontally opposed to Jonathan’s re-election and is rooting for a northern President instead.Prof Abdullahi told Vanguard yesterday that it was not surprising that those who had always worked against the interest of the north had gone ahead to float NEC all in a desperate attempt to truncate the political ambition of the region in 2015.The former ABU Vice Chancellor said that it was also not surprising that some desperate individuals had gone against the decision of the north to back a  northern presidential candidate in the next election to declare support for Jonathan.Abdullahi said however that there was no need to fight against the decision by NEC to work for Jonathan since the people would decide at the right time how to actualise their goal of enthroning a northern president in 2015.The NEF leaders said, ”They (NEC) are advocates of Goodluck Jonathan for President in 2015 but we are advocates of a Nigerian president of northern extraction.“The matter is before the public domain to decide between their position and that of NEC. The forces behind NEC formation have always been on the other side against the interest of the north.”But the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, had denied any involvement in the formation of NEC, saying that  government was ready to work with any group or individuals who promote peace and unity.The Special Adviser on Media to the Vice President, Sani Umar, made it clear that as the political head of the north, Sambo was open to work with all groups that are positive-minded.

17-year-old docked for sleeping with own mother, raping four children.

The suspect who blamed his strange sexual escapades on his mother, Mrs.  Idam Augustina Josephine, confessed to have had sexual intercourse with  his mother on several occasions and that he doesn’t know what usually  compel him to have sex with children in the area.Parading the suspect at the Command headquarters in Abakaliki, the  state Commandant of NSCDC, Mrs. Ego Echendu, said the suspect was  arrested after a tip-off by an indigene of the area, adding that the  suspect had in a confessional statement disclosed that he had sexual  intercourse with his mother.He said: ”We got a tip-off and sent some of our men to follow up the  information concerning an adolescent male who has been in the business  of raping children.“We continued to monitor the suspect and fortunately at about 3 p.m  yesterday, our divisional office at Afikpo  North Local Government Area  was able to locate him and his mother who, we reliably gathered, was  also a  key player in the son’s sexual escapades.”The suspect confessed to have been having sexual intercourse with  the biological mother and we asked to know when it started and he said  last year and also claimed that the mother usually encouraged him to  sleep with children of tender ages.”Because this case involves women and children of these age bracket,  we want to transfer this case to the Ministry of Women Affairs in the  state for them to take it from there.“He sleeps with his own biological mother who is in our custody now;  and again he also told us that he is a homosexual, he sleeps with other  male friends.“From my analysis, I think he has some sought of brain disorder.”Vanguard gathered that the suspect, who hailed from Amangu village in  Nkpohoro, began raping young children since 2008 and a Senior Secondary  School, SSS, 1 student of Oziza Secondary School, Afikpo North Local  Government Area of the state.

N1.5bn Subsidy Scam: Ship In Brazil Discharged Products In Nigeria – Witness

Justice Lawal Akapo of the Federal High Court in Ikeja,  Lagos, was yesterday told how Ifeanyi Anosike and his company, Anosyke  Group of Companies, refused to carry out any Ship-to-Ship transfer of  15,000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) contrary to claims to  that effect.A statement by the spokesman of Economic and Financial Crimes …