The Abia State Police Command yesterday paraded 19 pregnant girls in Umuahia, the state capital. The rescued pregnant teenagers are: Mercy Francis, 18; Valentine Ikediora, 18; Martha Joseph, 19; Tina Inau, 20; Oluomachi Friday,19; Nkechi Eze, 22; Chidinma Andrew, 19; Grace Bassey, 23; Ifunaya Chika,19; Ibe Amarachi, 18; Uduak Thomas,19; Favour Sunday, 21; Caroline Peter, 22; Chikamso Magbo,15; Peace Patrick,16; Mary Linus, 19; Gift Nwankwo, 22; Ogechi Okoro, 22 and Happy Sunday, 18. The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Tilli Abubakar, told journalists that the teenage mothers were arrested at an illegal charity
Rivers State governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has again been speaking on why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Governor Amaechi said he joined the APC to protect the interests of Rivers State that has been neglected by the PDP Federal Government. He said the state suffers neglect and victimisation in the absence of Federal Government projects and the ceding of oil wells belonging to the state to neighbouring states.
House of Reps asked President Jonathan to fire the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, over her purchase of two luxury. Hypocrisy While Fashola’s enjoys N610 million Bullet Proof luxury Cars
The House of Representatives today has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to fire the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, over her purchase of two luxury and overpriced bulletproof cars through a department under her, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The recommendation came today as the House adopted the report of its Committee on Aviation which investigated the purchase.
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IT was a grim verdict yesterday on the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by one of its governors. The ruling party is dead, waiting to be buried, declared Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido. Lamido, one of the founding fathers of the PDP in 1998, was one of the Group of Seven (G7) aggrieved governors who challenged the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and joined the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP. Five of the governors – Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdultfatah Ahmed (Kwara) – have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lamido and Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu stayed back in the PDP.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, is set to clash with the leadership of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the party’s request, yesterday, that he declare the seats of all 37 House members that defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, vacant. Meanwhile, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who is fighting moves by the party’s governors and some stakeholders to shove him aside fought back yesterday, saying his antagonists were inspired by their determination to stop the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a plan he said, was bound to fail.
Clark-OBJ-300x300Former Federal Commissioner of Information and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to reply and address the allegations contained in a letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to him in the national interest.Clark, who was speaking with journalists at the Nigeria Centenary Lecture in London on Tuesday, said that the allegations,…
Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday stopped the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the Senate President David Mark, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from declaring their seats vacant when they eventually defect to another political party.The order, which was issued by Justice A. R. Mohammed, was sequel to a motion filed by 79 lawmakers in the National Assembly, including the 22 senators.The order reads in part: “The second and third defendants should be asked to maintain status quo on any proposed deliberation to declare the seats of the affected and interested plaintiffs vacant, at least, pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiffs’ motion for interlocutory injunction.“It is directed that the parties and in particular the second and third defendants shall maintain status quo on any proposed deliberation to declare the seats of the affected/interested plaintiffs in this suit vacant pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiffs’motion for interlocutory injunction already served on them.”The judge consequently fixed January 22 for hearing on the matter.The 22 senators named as plaintiffs in the case are Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central), Bello Gwarzo (Kano North), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), Magnus Abe (River South- East), Wilson Ake (Rivers West), Shaba Lafiagi (Kwara North), Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Aisha Alhassan (Taraba North), Ali Ndume (Borno South), Ahmed Zannah (Borno Central) and Simeon Ajibola (Kwara South).Others are Bindowo Jubrilla (Adamawa North), Abdulaziz Usman (Jigawa North-East), Danladi Sankara (Jigawa North-West), Abdulmumuni Hassan (Jigawa South-West), Hassan Barata (Adamawa South), Umaru Dahiru (Sokoto South), Ahmad Maccido (Sokoto North), Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East), Garba Mohammed (Kano Central), Isa Galaudu (Kebbi North) and Ahmed Alkali (Gombe
Bribery and Corruption Disguise, Okorocha commends Imo NUJ for Under-reporting of Atrocities in the State
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has commended journalists in Imo for being objective in the reportage of events and issues since the inception of the current administration in the state.Governor Okorocha gave the pass mark at the 2013 NUJ Press Week held at the NUJ Press Centre Owerri.He described journalists as vehicles of information dissemination and advised them to embrace objectivity and fairness in the discharge of their duty.According to him the government is appreciative of constructive criticisms as it provides the administration the opportunity to take more positive decisions in governance which is manifest in the array of developmental programmes and projects of the administration.The Governor recalled that his predecessor had N4 billion taken away from the state coffers each year as security vote whereas the total school fees of all Imo students was not up to N1 billion, adding that it was upon the recognition of that fact that he decided to sacrifice his security vote to ensure that the children of the poorest of the poor could go to school through the provision of free and comprehensive education from primary to tertiary education.He further revealed that before the inception of the Rescue Mission government, the Imo State University(IMSU) was near collapse as the institution had borrowed up to N1.8 billion from Diamond Bank which his administration paid off and equally increased the subvention of the school.Okorocha enumerated some landmark achievements made by his government to include the massive road transformation in the state, the rehabilitation of Imo Palm Plantation and Concord Hotel, the development of Orlu and Okigwe into modern cities as well as development of other new cities.Other infrastructural projects, include, the 27 New General Hospitals, the 305 highrise primary schools, the International Conference Centre, the Odenigbo Guest Houses, the Heroes Square,
THE United States has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fulfil his promises to implement developmental projects in the troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in order to curb Boko Haram insurgency in the region. The three states have been under the emergency rule since May. US Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who said this in her opening remarks at a meeting with some civil society organisations in Abuja on Wednesday, also expressed worry about what she called uncoordinated security crackdown on Boko Haram members. This, she noted, had resulted in loss of lives of many innocent people. She said, “The United States is concerned by some of the stories we hear of inhumane detention practices in Nigeria, and I have discussed this with officials here.