Nigeria Elections 2015 Rivers women recount gruesome killing of their husbands by political thugs

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The River State Commission of Inquiry, instituted by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, to probe political killings in the state in the March 28 and April 11 general election, rounds up today, May 16.

The Commission, which began hearing on Monday, May 16, has collected evidence from over 15 witnesses, testifying on claims of arson, assault, and killings before the Commission.

The Inquiry also includes investigation of damaged properties and gravely injured people before and after the governorship poll in the state.

The women, who lost their husbands to the Rivers election violence recounted their ordeal in emotion-laden state.

Recalling the horror that left her a widow, Ijeoma Mbamalu, 21, said her 27-year-old mechanic husband was shot three time after political thugs invaded their home.

“They asked my husband to take them where the landlord lives and all the APC members in the compound,” Mbamalu the Commission of Inquiry.

“My husband said he doesn’t know the landlord and he pays his rent through his lawyer. At this point they got angry and took my baby from me and threw him on the bed and told me to lie down.

“They asked my husband the party we belonged to and my husband said we don’t belong to any party. They started searching the house maybe to look for any APC evidence. It was then they saw the money my husband wanted to take to market, N100,000, and they took it.

“They took my husband outside and shot him three times.”

The jobless widow begged the members of the Commission for assistance, saying, “I ask for you people’s help. I don’t have anything I’m doing and my husband left me with a baby.”

Mbamalu’s testimony was the third woman who testified before the Commission that their husbands were killed during the elections period.

Another woman identified as Caleb-Ahmed said she is left with the burden of raising four children, within the age range of 11, 8, 4, and 2 years old.

Ruth Orukwowu, 41, gave evidence about how her husband was shot dead at polling unit on April 11, the day of the governorship election.

She said has seven children, with the eldest being 18 years old and the youngest 11 months old.

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NIGERIA: Governor Oshiomhole’s new wife begins First Lady duties

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Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole’s new wife, Iara has resumed her duties as the First Lady of the state barely 24 hours after their glamorous wedding.

Iara, alongside the Governor, presented trophies and medals to winners at the third edition of the 10 kilometer Okpekpe Road Race.

Iara was a model and the former Miss Cape Verde.

She tied the knot with former labour leader and the Edo Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Friday, May 15 at a private marriage registry in the state, with heavyweight politicians of the All Progressive Congress, led by the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.

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NIGERIA: Why power supply worsened in the last one month

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The permanent secretary to the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, has disclosed that the country has lost 1,800 MegaWatts of electricity in one month.

Speaking at a joint meeting between his ministry and the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy in Abuja on Thursday, May 14, Igali blamed the worsening power supply on activities of vandals.

He said, “We have been able to explain to electricity consumers that the current power outage is as a result of high rate of pipeline vandalism.

“They vandalise both the crude pipelines and gas pipelines. When the crude pipelines are vandalised because people want to steal crude, and condense some that affect the gas.

“The more sinister one, which is with a lot of pain, is when people deliberately blow up pipeline written clearly Gas Pipeline. They blow them up almost every day; they blow them up and that denies the power plants some gas.

“Unfortunately, our country depends on a lot of gas. We have hydro pipelines in Shiroro, Jebba and Kainji, which are the major ones. But in dry season, the hydro does not do well.”

The perm sec said about 200 people, vandalising gas pipelines in the last two months, have been arrested by security operatives and are undergoing investigations.

 “Security agencies have arrested 200 people vandalising gas pipelines in the last two months, and they are interviewing them and working with communities to solve this problem and put it behind us,” he said.

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Bureau of Statistics: 26.6m Nigerians unemployed in 4th quarter of 2014

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Thursday, May 14, released new statistics which shows that 22.6 million Nigerians were unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, disclosed this in Abuja at the Unemployment Methodology Review forum.

He said out of 22,620,202 unemployed Nigerians, 4,672,067 million were unemployed in the fourth quarter, 7,027941 million were unemployed in the third quarter and 5,307,375 million in the second quarter, while 5,612, 819 million were unemployed in the first quarter of the year under review.

Kale said the figure increased by 21 percent from 2013.

Similarly, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has assured that he will tackle the issue of unemployment once he assumes office. He said it is the second matter on his agenda.

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Goodluck Jonathan to take short break outside Nigeria after May 29 handover

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According to reports, President Goodluck Jonathan is set to take a short break outside Nigeria after handing over to President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.

Jonathan also said that he would come back stronger to help rebuild the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The President made the disclosure on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, during a closed-door meeting with members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), Vanguard reports.

Jonathan urged the members of the party to put their defeat in the recently held elections behind them while he also revealed that some of his close aides did not vote during the elections.

He further expressed optimism that the PDP would bounce back saying that adding that he would make the trip abroad with his family and come back to politics, though not immediately.

The meeting was reportedly held to address the current crisis within the PDP due to some members calling for the resignation of party Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and members of the NWC.

Some PDP chieftains have blamed Mu’azu for the party’s defeat in the polls with Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose accusing him of selling the PDP out to the All Progressives Congress.

Meanwhile, the PDP Chairman has travelled abroad to receive treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

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N371m Contract Scam: EFCC Arraigns Commissioner, Others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Kwara State commissioner for Information, Prince Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye, and senior special adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Ope Saraki, before Justice A.O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Ilorin for offences bordering on abuse of office, awarding contracts to cronies, diversion of public funds and money laundering.

Moronfoye was docked on a three count charge while Saraki who was arraigned alongside his companies: Cogent Integrated Service Nigeria Limited and Ladida Support Service Limited were arraigned separately on a five count charge.

According to the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, Moronfoye while being the Senior Special Adviser to the former governor (Bukola Saraki) allegedly used his position to enrich himself.

Specifically, he allegedly awarded contracts to the tune of over N200million for the renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre and Specialist Hospitals within the state, to a company in which he has interest and was the sole signatory to the account.

One of the counts read:

“That you, Ope Saraki being the Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Governor of Kwara State sometime in 2012 at Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did by undue interest conducted procurement fraud in the procurement of 13 Units of Ambulance for 13 General/Specialist Hospitals in Kwara State at the sum of N171,990, 000.00 (One Hundred and Seventy One Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira only) a contract awarded to Chemiroy Nigeria Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58 (4) (b) of the Public procurement Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (5) of the same Act”.

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ICPC Recovers N477, 000 For Spinal Cord Patient

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) ‎has recovered the sum of N477, 300:00 for an applicant and resident of Abuja, Iorver Terumbur which the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital could not refund after refusing to treat him of his spinal cord injury.

While appreciating the Commission for a job well done, Terumbur commended the ICPC for the recovery of the sum of N477, 300:00 which the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital could not refund after refusing to treat him.

Terumbur, who presented his commendation in a letter dated 14th April, 2015, stated that the Teaching Hospital failed to treat him after it
received the required payment and later discharged him without making refund to him for good 12 months (May 2014 – April 2015).

According to the Petitioner, the said amount paid to the hospital was for the cost of implant of eight screws and two rods in his spinal cord, consumables and drugs.

He charged the operatives of the Commission to keep the good work they exhibited in not collecting any bribery or tip before or after they recovered the money for him.

“This selfless effort of the Commission in recovering this money for me has completely deleted the bad impressions that some of us had on the enforcement agencies, that a common citizen cannot get justice because he has no money to bribe .” The patient emphasized.

Responding to this commendation, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ekpo Nta stated that “Our effort in anti-corruption as it affects all Nigerians, including the masses, will be pursued with all vigour and concern”.

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NIGERIA: Oshiomhole Marries Cape Verde Model Today

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Former heads of state, General Yakubu Gowon, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari are expected among other top dignitaries at the marriage ceremony of Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to his new bride, Miss Lara Forte.

The marriage is to take place in Auchi, Etsako West local government area of the state followed by reception for guests at his Iyamho country home.

Among other guests expected at the event include national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola , Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha among others.

Already, all hotels in Auchi , Ekpoma, Uromi and other neighbouring towns have been fully booked by guests ahead of the ceremony.

Oshiomhole’s bride is Cape Verde national and a former model and air hostess.

In the wedding invitation sent out, Oshiomhole was quoted to have written “While looking forward to the honour of your distinguished presence, I sincerely crave your pardon for the rather short notice.

Please accept the renewed assurances of my highest esteem,”

The Edo State Governor is remarrying five years after losing his first wife, Clara, to cancer in 2010.

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PDP Party members head to court to stop Mu’azu’s forced resignation

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A suit has been filed before the Federal Territory High Court in Abuja by two members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to stop alleged plots to force the party’s Chairman Adamu Mu’azu to resign.

Several members and leaders of the PDP have in the past weeks called for the resignation of Mu’azu and other members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to quit their position. They have been accused to working against the party in the 2015 general elections.

The plaintiff, Tasiu Iliyasu Hussaini and Waziri Amadu, ask the court to restrain the party from dissolving the NWC or forcing the resignation of its members without recourse to what the party’s constitution stipulates.

A supporting affidavit in the deposition reads in part, “These calls for the dissolution and resignation are against the provisions of our constitution and our collective resolve as members of the 1st defendant (PDP),”

 “It is in the interest of all the parties to this action that the constitution of the 1st defendants obeyed to the letter.

“It will be in the interest of justice to grant the reliefs sought in this suit and prevent any violation of the clear and unambiguous provisions of our constitution.”

The defendants in the suit dated May 14, 2015, are the PDP and Mua’zu and other members of the NWC.

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Secretariat fire: Minister says ‘office and documents are intact’

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Following the fire incident at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja earlier today, the Minister of State for Education, Viola Onwuliri, has said that no sensitive document was burnt in the accident.

She also said offices in the building were not affected.

 “The offices and documents are intact. The fire service chief has assured that everybody is safe,” Onwuliri said.

The cause of the fire is still unclear, but the Operational Commander for the Federal Fire service, Ime Eyo assured that the cause will be uncovered by Friday, May 15.

 “By tomorrow, I will be able to tell you what caused the fire outburst. As at now investigations are still on-going,” Eyo told Premium Times.

An eyewitness said, “I heard a loud sound and the light went off,” he said. “Just before I could check what went wrong, the whole place went dark. I was gasping for breath. I tried to put on my torch to see but it was so dark.”

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