Friday, October 14, 2016

Military raids militants’ shrine, discovers human skulls

The Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta SAFE, has arrested two militant leaders and discovered three human skulls in the ongoing military operations.

The spokesman of the taskforce, Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Otuji, in a statement on Friday in Yenagoa, said troops raided five shrines at Debe and Ikot Ofing in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River on Thursday.

He said that troops on covert operation in Esighi waterside of Cross River apprehended a suspected militants’ leader found with charms, while another suspected leader was picked up at a hideout in Ikpa Road, Uyo.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Senate moves to legalise lobbying in Nigeria

The Senate on Wednesday began moves to legalise lobbying in Nigeria as it passed for second reading, a Bill seeking for law to register and regulate lobbying as a profession.

The “Bill for an Act for the Regulation and Registration of Lobbyists in Nigeria and for other matters connected therewith, 2016’’ is sponsored by Dino Melaye, (APC, Kogi West).

While presenting his lead debate, Mr. Melaye argued that the National Assembly needed to recognise and approve professional lobbyists in the legislature.

4 Women Accuse Trump Of Forcibly Kissing Them

4 Women Accuse Trump Of Forcibly Kissing Them
Newly published accusations that Donald Trump or inappropriately kissed women rocked the race for the White House Wednesday, with the Republican nominee angrily denying the reports and his campaign branding them “character assassination.”

Claims by four women, whose accounts were reported by The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and Yahoo News, came to light after he said in Sunday’s presidential debate with rival Hillary Clinton that he had never assaulted women.

With just 27 days until the November 8 election, and Democrat Clinton in the driver’s seat with national polls in her favor, the embattled Republican nominee had sought to get back on the offensive.

2016 Winner of $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature announced

2016 Winner of $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature announced
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has been announced winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature worth §100,000, with his novel, Season of Crimson Blossom.

The announcement was made by Prof. Ayo Banjo, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the prize on Wednesday at a World Press Conference held in Sheraton Hotels in Lagos.

Three finalists had earlier been named for this year’s edition of the prize. They were Elnathan John (author of Born On A Tuesday); Chika Unigwe, (author of Night Dancer), and, Mr. Ibrahim.

BMW introduces self balancing motorcycle

BMW introduces self balancing motorcycle
BMW introduced its vision of the future of motorcycling. With the help of gyroscopes, the rider never has to put down a foot. The sleek, black bike is supposed to stay upright even when it is standing still.The zero-emissions bike has self-balancing wheels designed to stand upright even at a complete stop, stability that the company says will allow riders to forgo riding a helmet.

In showing off the new BMW Motorrad Vision motorcycle, the point was to show how the rider will take advantage of emerging technology. Special glasses allow riders to see critical information without having to look down. And no helmet or any other protective gear should be needed, BMW contends, because the bike is intelligent enough to avoid accidents and hazards.

Orubebe appeals CCT judgment on property

Orubebe appeals CCT judgment on property
Mr Godsday Orubebe, ex-minister of Niger Delta, on Wednesday approached the Court of Appeal Abuja to set aside judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal that convicted him for non-declaration of an asset. The notice of appeal filed on Oct.12, was made available to newsmen by lead counsel to the appellant, Mr Selekeowei Larry (SAN). Mr Danladi Umar, Chairman of the tribunal, delivering the judgment on Oct. 4, ordered the forfeiture of the asset, a plot of land located in Asokoro part of the FCT to the Federal Government. Umar also held that the appellant surreptitiously hid the asset from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for selfish reasons.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Beautiful Mug Shot Of Shailene Woodley

Beautiful Mug Shot Of Shailene Woodley
The Fault in our Stars/Insurgence actress Shailene Woodley was arrested on Monday for criminal trespassing while she was protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck. 

Shortly after her arrest, her mug shot was released. This is usually where the cringing comes in, but unlike most mug shots, Woodley’s is beautiful.

Not one hair is out of place in her French-braid pigtails with a side part, and her skin looks flawless under that harsh fluorescent light. It looks as if she’s only wearing a little eye makeup, but she really doesn’t need any more than that. And while this isn’t the wardrobe we’d choose, the orange jumpsuit isn’t washing her out or revealing any unflattering undertones. 

EFCC declares Goodie Ibru wanted

EFCC declares Goodie Ibru wanted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared business man, Goodie Ibru, wanted.

The anti-graft agency said he was wanted in connection with a case of “conspiracy, capital market fraud, stealing, diversion of funds, and money laundering”.

“He allegedly diverted billions of naira and assets belonging to Ikeja Hotels Plc, owners of Sheraton Hotel, Lagos; Federal Palace Hotel; Capital Hotel; and Sheraton Hotel, Abuja,” the EFCC added

National Assembly to pass 11 bills for quick economic recovery

The National Assembly will pass into law at least 11 of the 45 draft bills awaiting the attention of lawmakers before the end of the year, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said on Tuesday.

Mr. Saraki who was speaking during the policy dialogue plenary session on “Ensuring Legislative Framework for Mae-In-Nigeria” at the ongoing Nigeria Economic Summit (NES#22) event in Abuja, said the 11 bills are those critical for doing business and capable of helping fast-track the push of the country’s economy out of the current recession.

Gianluigi Buffon Wins this year's Golden Foot award

Gianluigi Buffon has been named the 2016 Golden Foot winner ahead of a a glittering array of football stars including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The Italian shotstopper is the latest recipient of the international award, which aims to recognise the outstanding achievements of players who are at least 28 years of age.

Pope calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Syria

Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date on the conflict in Syria, on Wednesday called for an "immediate ceasefire" to allow for the evacuation of civilians.

The war in Syria has escalated since efforts to reach a ceasefire collapsed in September. Syria and its ally Russia subsequently launched their biggest offensive on the city of Aleppo's rebel-held sectors.

The air strikes have drawn widespread condemnation, including calls from France and the United States for an investigation into war crimes they say have been committed by Syrian and Russian forces.

FG to privatize BOI, BOA

FG to privatize BOI, BOA
The federal government is currently at an advanced stage of arrangements aimed at privatizing its Development Financial Institutions (DFIs), including the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and the Bank of Industry (BOI).

Following this development, the government will then establish a megabank called the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), which will source funds internationally and make available to the privatized DFIs, as the country’s oil revenues plunge when it cannot raise taxes due to its citizens’ lowered incomes in a time of economic recession.

The reason is to make the banks more efficient in their role of development lending to manufacturers, primary producers and agro processors in order to boost their businesses, reduce imports, create jobs and wealth for Nigerians and grow the nation’s economy.

Another factor considered is the creation of an enabling environment for better management of credits granted to individuals and companies so as to ensure re-payment and good returns on monies lent.

Nigeria’s economy is now in recession and the government is looking for innovative and sustainable ways to keep it afloat, as oil prices remain low and jobs contract.

On Monday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that the government is soon to commence an agricultural buy back scheme in conjunction with the states and the private sector, where food produce will be bought from farmers and stored in silos nationwide and be released in times of scarcity both as a measure to curb oversupply and ensure fairly stable prices for the farmers.

In order to ensure that the operations of the proposed Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) remain sustainable, Tunde explained that the government is going to be considering primary lines of credit, these are 20-year, 30-year foreign currency credit lines with very low interest rates. (BusinessDay)

Samsung scraps Galaxy Note 7 over fire concerns

Samsung has scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday less than two months after its launch, dealing a huge blow to its reputation and outlook after failing to resolve safety concerns.

Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire and on Tuesday it finally pulled the plug on the $882 device in what could be one of the costliest product safety failures in tech history.

The decision to scrap the Note 7 came after fresh reports of fires in replacement devices prompted new warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines.

Senate kicks against N309bn electricity bond

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to stop plans to raise a N309 billion bond to finance electricity generation in the country to erase recorded shortfall in projected power availability. The senate said that the government should put the plan on hold pending conclusion of investigation into the matter by its committees on Power and Privatisation.

This followed a motion sponsored by Sen. Mustapha Bukar, which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers. Moving the motion, Bukar said that there was no need for the bond after the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) intervention in March to the tune of N213 billion through the Nigeria Electricity Sector Intervention (NESI). He said that the shortfall in power generation had continued to escalate at the rate of about N15 billion per month which was equivalent to N500 million daily.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Benteke Scores Fastest World Cup Qualifier Goal Ever

elgium and Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke scored the fastest FIFA World Cup qualifying goal after seven seconds against Gibraltar on Monday.

The Crystal Palace FC striker pounced on a loose ball from the kick-off and dribbled into the box before scoring with a left-footed shot.

The goal beat the record of 8.3 seconds set by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in November 1993.