Politics

Python Dance in South East constitutional – Northern Elders Forum

***Says Ohaneze’s reaction, a vindication of the position of Arewa Youths By Henry UmoruBUJA- THE Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF Friday threw its weight behind Federal government’s military show of force in the South East through its body called Python dance 11, presently taking place particularly in the remote villages around Umuahia the Abia State capital, saying that it was the responsibility of security agencies to take on the challenges threatening the peace of the country in whole or in part. According to NEF, some agitations have been going on in the South East for quite a while and that the military has a constitutional role, mandate as well as instructions to what to do in terms of what was on the ground there. Speaking with Journalists Friday in Abuja, former Vi...

Rwanda genocide: France keeps 1990s archives secret

Image copyright AFP Image caption June 1994: French soldiers on patrol pass ethnic Hutu militiamen in Rwanda France’s top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher. In 1994 France backed Rwanda’s ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people – mostly Tutsis – were killed. The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand’s documents is legitimate. A researcher, François Graner, had sought permission to study them. He argued that the rule keeping many government documents under wraps violated the public right of access to official archives – a right dating back to the 1789 French Revolution. He said he is prep...

We don’t have any GMO food, but genetically mortified plants – FG

Nigeria’s bio-security guaranteed, FG again alleys Nigerians’ fear CALEB AYANSINA ABUJA – FEDERAL Government has strongly assured its citizenry again that the country’s bio-security is guaranteed, insisting that there is no Genetically Mortified Foods (GMO) in Nigeria. Corn The government, while placing alert on importation of unauthorized maize, made it clear that no genetically mortified maize had been imported into the country’s markets, contrary to the ongoing speculation in the media. Genetically modified foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA, using the methods of genetic engineering as opposed to traditional cross breeding. The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril said the government was working assid...

Why Nigerians must support LG autonomy – Group

The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), has called on Nigerians to support the ongoing constitutional review seeking to grant autonomy to local governments. Dr Otive Igbuzor, the facilitator of the DFID funded programme disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday. He said the Bill titled; “Distributive Pool Account’’ would help to strengthen local government councils. According to him, the bill seeks to abrogate the State Joint Local Government Accounts. “It seeks to empower each local government to maintain its own special account and make provisions for savings. “From our experience over the years, I think everyone should support local government’s autonomy. “What is required is a simple majority in at least 24 states out of t...

International Day of Democracy: Obaseki tasks leaders on masses’ welfare

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has tasked global leaders and other players in the democratic space to translate democracy to tangible pro-people policies and programmes that will lift the poor masses from poverty. Obaseki threw the challenge at international and domestic political actors on Friday, as the world commemorates the International Day of Democracy. According to the governor, “the essence of democracy and all its support institutions must be to protect the weak, distribute resources and wealth equitably, and mobilise every stratum of society to participate in the decisions that mould our lives.” He stressed that “until a strong nexus between democracy and the good of the masses is established, democracy as a political theory or philosophy will...

KPMG clears out South African bosses amid Gupta scandal

Image copyright PA Accountancy firm KPMG has removed the leadership team of its South African arm after an internal investigation into work it did for the Gupta family. Chief executive Trevor Hoole, chairman Ahmed Jaffer, chief operating officer Steven Louw and five other senior partners have all left the firm. No evidence of corruption or illegal action by staff was found, KPMG said. But KPMG said work done for the Guptas, who have close links to President Jacob Zuma, “fell short of our standards”. Who are the Guptas? Zuma and the Guptas The new chief executive of KPMG’s South African arm, Nhlamu Dlomu, said: “This has been a painful period and the firm has fallen short of the standards we set for ourselves and that the public rightly expects from us.” She sa...

Obaseki Commissions Classroom blocks, boreholes in Okpella

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commissioned two blocks of classrooms as well as bore hole projects executed by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Anamero Idofe Anamero Foundation, at Ogute Community in Okpella, Estako East Local Government Area of the state. Commissioner for Education, Hon. Dr. Christopher Adesotu; Former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; representative of the Governor of Edo State and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Akerele; MD Treasure Oil & Danco Investment Ltd, Mr. Anamero Dekeri and the Imah of Somorika, HRH Oba Sule Idaiye during the commissioning of a block of 6 Classrooms and Principal’s Office at Oguteoke Secondary School, Okpella donated by Anamero Foundation on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Speaking during the event...

Chef threatens to poison Trump

Anthony Bourdain, host of “Parts Unknown” on liberal CNN, has said that he would poison U.S. President Donald Trump if he was asked to cater a peace summit between the President and Kim Jong Un. Bourdain, a celebrity chef said he would serve Trump “Hemlock,” when he was asked by TMZ what he would serve the U.S. president and the North Korean dictator. Anthony Bourdain: Chef who jokingly said he will poison Trump Hemlock is a poisonous plant that has been used as a method of execution. The video was published by TMZ last week, but is just now gaining attention. When reached by Fox News, Bourdain, apparently joking, said that he meant to say “kale” instead of hemlock. CNN recently fired Kathy Griffin for posing with a bloody head made to look like Trump. The liberal netw...

IPOB/army clash: Agitations should be settled in civil manner – Labour

By Johnbosco AgbakwuruABUJA – The organized labour on Friday advised those agitating for Self Determination and the government to exercise restraints and follow the civil way in whatever they are doing. NLC TUC protest This is as the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, have told the Federal Government to ignore the seven day ultimatum given by the United Labour Congress, ULC, saying that the body was an illegal organization which was not yet a Federal Government registered Federation of Trade Unions. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba lamented that insecurity was creeping into the nation’s polity as a result of the agitations by the separatist group, Indigenous People of Bia...

30 die on Lagos-Ibadan highway auto crash

An auto accident on the Lagos-Ibadan highway claimed 30 lives on Thursday night. Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abuja on Friday. Kazeem said the accident occurred at about 8 p.m. at Km 95 around the Elebolo Quary Area on the Ibadan axis of the road. According to him, 10 other persons were injured in the crash involving 40 persons and two Mazda buses. FRSC Rescue Team at an accident scene “The crash occurred at a construction site, and it resulted from route and speed violations. “This has further underscored the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi’s advice to motorists to avoid night journeys, be careful around construction sites and drive within approved speed limits,” he said. Kazeem said rescue op...

We will not tolerate any attack on Nigerians by IPOB, Wike warns

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government will not tolerate any attack on other Nigerians living in the state by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or any other group. From left: Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; his Rivers and Akwa-Ibom counterparts, Barr. Nyesom Wike and Mr Emmanuel Udom shortly after a meeting in Government House, Asaba. The governor in a statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor Electronic Media, also declared that Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it, saying that the state heartily welcomes any Nigerian who resides in the state and carries our his/her lawful businesses. Governor Wike further condemned the deliberate sabotage of th...

Applicant in court for assaulting policeman

A 40-year-old applicant, Olufemi Salau, who allegedly beat up a policeman, was on Friday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The defendant who resides at Alagbole, Akute in Ogun, is being tried for breach of peace, assault and resisting arrest. Man in combat with policeman The Prosecutor, Insp. Essien Ndarake, said the accused committed the offences on Sept. 11 at Domestic Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. He alleged that the accused assaulted a policeman, Insp. Titus Omueye, while he was performing his lawful duty. “The accused beat up the complainant while performing his official duty and inflicted injuries on him,” he told the court. Ndarake alleged that the accused unlawfully entered the airport departure hall without any reasonable cause or permission from Fed...