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26 May 2019

Trailer Crushes Female LASTMA Officer To Death In Lagos

Arogundade Remilekun, a female officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency(LASTMA), has been crushed to death by a trailer.
It was gathered that the tragic incident occurred  in Apapa area of Lagos on Sunday morning
The late Remilekun was said to be from Apapa Zone 36 station base

It was gathered that the officer was at the back of the truck when the tragedy occurred.
 The trailer crushed her to death as the driver  was trying to reverse.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the trailer was oblivious of the deceased's presence.
She was said to have died right on the spot.

Her remains have been evacuated from the scene of the tragedy

Drama As Governors, Ministers Battle For Buhari Cabinet Slots

Outgoing ministers and state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are intensifying their battle of wits to make their way into the next cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari’s first tenure ends at midnight on Tuesday, May 28, the same day all ministers are required to leave office.

But many of them are keen to return as are some of the outgoing governors who want to move to the federal level.
Many of the returning governors are equally playing high wire politics to make their input into the constitution of the next federal cabinet. They want to nominate candidates from their states to enable them have a firmer grip on the party at the grassroots.

Multiple sources told The Nation that the President is determined to hit the ground running this time around by forming his cabinet within weeks of his swearing in.

The situation has sparked intense lobbying by   party chieftains including governors and ministers for ministerial slots .

Some outgoing governors, it was gathered, are allegedly working round the clock to replace the current ministers from their various states in the FEC.

The affected governors have reportedly contacted some prominent party leaders to indicate interest in their states’ ministerial slot and possibly make a case for them at the highest level possible.

The President is keeping his plan close to his chest but some party leaders say the situation unfolding in the state will make it difficult for the President to personally nominate all members of his next cabinet.

The party leaders spoke of massive political intrigues in “some of our states, especially states where the outgoing governors want to serve as ministers.”

“Many of the ministers feel they have done well enough to be given a second chance. Currently, both parties are making moves to corner the ministerial slots of their various states,” a source said.

Continuing, the source said: “The body language of the president is such that nobody can predict where the pendulum will swing. I can tell you of a Southwest state where many people will vow that President Buhari will give the outgoing governor a place in his next cabinet and others will strongly argue that the current minister from the state will retain his place in the next cabinet. And both of them are openly scheming for the state’s slot by lobbying party leaders and other stakeholders.

“In another state in the north, the outgoing governor and the minister are both holding meetings with party chieftains to explain why they should be given the state’s ministerial slot to occupy.

“Their ambitions have divided the  party as their supporters are now lining up behind their preferred candidates.

“Party leaders in the state recently came out to call for caution over the matter. Both the governor and the minister have also been coming here to lobby party leaders.”

The Nation also learnt that many of the ministers have been celebrating the President’s directive that they should continue in office till May 28.

“They see it as a subtle vote of confidence in them. They are more optimistic now that they may have actually earned the President’s trust,” another source said.

“And if you listened to what the President said about why he didn’t overhaul his team, you may want to agree with those interpreting his directive as an endorsement.”

But many of the governors eyeing their state’s slot are also relying on their relationship with the President to clinch the job.

While some are certain that with the efforts they put into ensuring Buhari’s re-election in their states and the words of commendation they got from him before, during and after the elections, others are banking on the interaction they had with Buhari when he came to their states to commission projects.

The Nation also gathered that the governors and ministers may have also taken their lobbying to the presidency in their bid to outwit one another.

According to reliable sources, unsure of how the President will constitute his next team, many of those seeking places in the cabinet have been talking to close aides and associates of the President, urging them to put in words for them if the need arises.

“It is normal to have ministerial hopefuls reach out to close aides and associates of the President for help. Don’t forget that President Buhari is one man you cannot predict easily.

“He is keeping the issue of his next cabinet close to his chest for now. But one thing we can deduce from indications is that he may have plans to announce the next cabinet early. Whether he will call for inputs from party leaders and other stakeholders or he will handle the selection of the team alone is left to be seen,” another source said.

The Nation also gathered that there is palpable uncertainty over how the President will choose his team this time around as party leaders and other stakeholders await the mode the exercise will take.

“We are still uncertain about who will be consulted for input into the next team. There was a time the President dropped the hint that the party will contribute to the selection of his next team. We are waiting to see how that will play out,” a source said.

But a senior party chieftains from the north-central insisted that the President is already consulting party leaders on the next cabinet. According to him, those involved in the struggle for the slots know those involved in the ongoing consultation and are reaching out to them as much as necessary.

“It is those who don’t know that will say the President is not consulting leaders on the matter. Ask the outgoing governors and the ministers and they will tell you the various party leaders in their states or regions that they have gone to see on the matter,” he added.

Fulani radio also for fishermen, hunters, farmers, migrants

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said yesterday that the proposed Fulani radio station is not targeted at herdsmen alone.

It said the radio station is essentially for nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically-mediated ones.
Reacting to the criticism trailing the introduction of the radio station, the NBC said in a statement that the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a broadcast license to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.

It said the medium is not meant to serve a particular group only.

It reminded all broadcasters to be mindful of their social responsibility of promoting the well-being and peaceful co-existence of the various groups in Nigeria in keeping with the objectives of broadcasting in the country.

It said the letter of provisional approval dated September 28, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education. The duration of the license is from October 8, 2018, to October 8, 2023. The NBC noted that the station’s programmes, which it describes as “purely educational,” will cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.

It added, “Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person or organisation to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group.

“The commission wishes to state that similar educational broadcast licences were issued to institutions of higher learning and other governmental institutions with comparable needs, such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, and related institutions.

Five Soldiers Killed, More Missing As Boko Haram Ambush Troops

Five Nigerian soldiers have been killed and a number are missing after an ambush by Boko Haram’s Islamic State-backed faction, security sources said Sunday.

Fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province on Friday opened fire on a column of civilian vehicles under military escort in the northeastern Borno State, according to the sources who requested anonymity.
The troops were escorting residents from the village of Sabon Garin Kimba in dozens of trucks to a camp in the town of Damboa about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, according to a militia fighting against the jihadists alongside the army.

They were being evacuated from the village, which lies 130 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri, ahead of a major military offensive against ISWAP, which has recently increased its activities in the area.

“We lost five soldiers in the ambush, two were wounded and several are missing, their fate still unknown,” said one military officer.

He said the attackers seized two military trucks and tried to immobilise an armoured vehicle by destroying its tyres but the driver managed to drive it to safety.

“As they approached Bungiri village ISWAP laid an ambush on the convoy. The troops engaged the terrorists in a gun battle and all civilians were able to escape but five soldiers were killed,” a second military source said.

A search and rescue operation was under way, the officer said.

Last month the jihadists raided a nearby military base in Mararrabar Kimba, killing five troops and stealing weapons, while some 30 troops are still listed as missing.

ISWAP has since July last year targeted dozens of military bases in attacks that have killed scores of soldiers.

On Monday, its fighters ransacked a base in the town of Gubio, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing three soldiers, although the group claimed it killed 20 soldiers.

Boko Haram’s decade-long campaign of violence has killed 27,000 people and displaced around two million in Nigeria.

The violence has also spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to defeat the jihadist group.


Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Niger Delta University Lecturer

Gunmen on Sunday at Gbarantoru community in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, abducted the wife of a lecturer with the Niger Delta University.

Sources in the community told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident occurred early on Sunday and that the gunmen fired many shots to announce their arrival.
The gunmen reportedly entered the community through River Nun in a speedboat and headed to the residence of the lecturer, identified simply as Dr. Charles.

A resident, who pleaded not to be named for fear of being targeted, said that the gunmen missed their target, who evaded escape, prompting them to abduct his wife, whom they took away in their boat.

The spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim  Butswat, confirmed that the command was aware of the incident and was on the trail of the abductors.

“Yes, I heard of the incident and the Police have commenced investigation with a view to apprehending the perpetrators and rescuing the victim,” said Butswat.


JUST IN: Ambode hands over to Sanwo-Olu in Lagos

Mrs Bolanle Ambode, wife of the out-going governor of Lagos State and chairperson of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), has handed over to the wife of the state’s governor-elect, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

Ambode at the ceremony in Ikeja on Sunday urged Sanwo-Olu to take the committee to greater height.

She lauded the vision of the founding mothers of the committee, which was to complement the efforts of the government in critical areas that were women and children friendly.
Ambode remarked that the committee, under successive leaderships had continued to pursue a lofty vision.

According to her, this has led to remarkable improvements in the lives of women, girls and children in vital areas of health, empowerment and education.

She thanked members of the committee for their support over the past four years, lauding her predecessors for their advice and words of wisdom.

Ambode wished Sanwo-Olu the best and implored members of COWLSO and women in the state, to extend same measure of love, support and cooperation to Sanwo-Olu.

“My dear sister, the incoming first lady of our great state as you settle down to this office, I wish you all the best.

“Very importantly, learn to enjoy the journey you are about to embark upon.

“Always remember where you are going but never forget where you are coming from.

“I wish you good health, divine protection and guidance for great successes,” Ambode said.

Sanwo-Olu commended Ambode for taking COWLSO to an enviable height, promising that she would not deviate from the ideals of the committee.

“I thank my big sister, Mrs Bolanle Ambode for the great steps she has taken to move the committee to its current level.

“I thank her for the words of encouragement that I should not be scared about the challenges of that office.

“I will do my best, God helping me, to move COWLSO to the next level,” she said.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of charity grants to 29 orphanages and the less privileged.

Shame: PDP Links Depression And Spate Of Suicides To APC's Rigging Of 2019 Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday lamented what it identified as the escalated despondency, depression and misery in the country since the rigging of the 2019 presidential election.

The party stated this in reaction to the increase in the rate of suicide, youths’ desperation to travel abroad and other social vice since the conclusion of the 2019 presidential election.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the former ruling party charged Nigerians to “uphold and support one another in love, at this trying time to check the rising social degeneration in our nation, particularly acts of suicide.”
PDP described as a “national tragedy, the rising spate of suicides, slavery mission abroad, divorces, child abandonment and other social degeneration occasioned by the worsening economic hardship, poverty, hunger and rising insecurity under the incompetent, corrupt, divisive and manipulative All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

“Such social ills, which is a direct response to
bad governance, occurs when citizens are overwhelmed by gloom, with no hope in sight, particularly after their majority vote for a new, purposeful and result-oriented President in the PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar, as expressed in the February 23 Presidential election, was subverted with brazen impunity.

“In the last few months, the news media has been awash with horrible reports of teenage suicide in our country.

“Banditry, insurgency, marauding, bloodletting and kidnapping with unmentionable ransoms, have almost become daily occurrences. Our citizenry is now battling with the worst kind of siege mentality.

“Constitutional violations, human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial killings, assault on perceived dissenting voices and attempt at annexation of our institutions of democracy, particularly the judiciary, signposts a nation in dire strait.

“Misery has set in. This is evident in the shrinking of our nation’s Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) to 2.1percent in the first quarter of 2019.

“It is saddening that at the time Nigerians ought to be celebrating, they are rather forlorn, committing suicide and exiting the country in droves.

“Most Nigerians have become downhearted in the face of an administration that wrecked our once robust economy and divided our people; in the face of worsening joblessness, piling bills, hunger and diseases; in the face of incompetence, lies, and unfulfilled promises of free homes, monthly allowance to unemployed youth and the poor, bringing the naira to the same value as the US Dollar, creating of 5 million new jobs, ending of insurgency in three months and myriad of other false promises.

“Instead, what our nation has witnessed is an official entrenchment and elevation of incompetence, deceit, propaganda, failure and cabal mentality on the corridors of power; a situation where the only achievement is the foisting of economic recession and mortgaging of the future of our nation with the accumulation of N24.39 trillion debt, with no tangible project to show.

“It is instructive to state that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration has obstinately refused to allow any scrutiny of its books, knowing that they are catalogues of corruption, treasury looting, violations, impunity and acts that have brought our nation to its knees.”

The PDP however called on Nigerians not to despair but “stand firm in their collective determination to retrieve the stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal, so they can have an administration that truly cares for them and which has the competence to return our nation on her
deserved path of peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity.”

Juventus Break Silence On Acquiring Guardiola

Juventus on Sunday poured cold water over rumours in Italy that they were planning a dramatic pounce for Pep Guardiola, saying that they had never even spoken to the Manchester City boss.

“It’s a strange world, we’ve not had any contact with Guardiola and nor have we ever thought about it given that he’s under contract,” Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici said to DAZN ahead of their final day clash at Sampdoria.
Juve sealed their eighth straight Serie A title weeks ago and are on the hunt for a new boss after removing Massimiliano Allegri earlier this month, following a Champions League quarter-final exit to Ajax in April.

Allegri had won the league five times in as many years but the club is without a Champions League title in over two decades despite signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.

Paratici added that Juve would wait until the end of the season to announce Allegri’s successor.

“We want to build the best team possible and we will act on the recommendations of the new manager,” he said.

“We will wait until the end of the season. There are still competitions ongoing and I think we should keep quiet out of respect for others.”

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri and Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi are among the favourites to take over at the Allianz Stadium.


I Will Become President Of Nigeria - Okorocha Vows

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Sunday said that his current political battles, especially the seizure of his Certificate of Return as the Imo West senator-elect, were only preparing him towards becoming president.

Okorocha, who spoke during his valedictory thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel in Owerri, said that “those who want me to go to prison will go to prison before me.”
According to him, the elite hated him because he decided to approach the affairs of the state differently.

Describing himself as “the most criticised politician” in the country, Okorocha said that all the ploy to stop him from going to the Senate will fail.

Okorocha said, “I tell you, I am the most criticised person in Nigeria today. I don’t know why the entire elite hate me with cruelty.

“My Senate ambition is still a battle. More than 30 people have joined the suit to fight me. All these, I will overcome.

“They are only preparing me for the glory ahead.”

Continuing, the outgoing governor said, “Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria. I said this on this altar so that the kingdom of God will rise against those fighting to stop me.

“Also, those who think they will put me in prison will go to prison before me.

“They don’t want me to be at the National Assembly, but I will be there. I know I am the last man standing, but I will not give up.”

He said that 95 percent of Imo indigenes did not understand him and his style of governance.

“Only a few of them later realised that I meant well for the state. I governed the state with passion. I broke protocols and bent the laws, but I never broke laws.

“When I took over the office eight years ago, I wasn’t unmindful that a lot of people will misunderstand me and try to distract me.

“But today, I have left the state better than I met it. I am the architect of the new Imo. I am a satisfied governor.”

Nigerians Mourn As Missing Lady, Adewura, Is Confirmed Dead

On 15th of May, Adewura Bello was declared missing on Twitter by her cousin. He stated that she was last seen around Iyana Paja and was on her way from work.
About two hours ago today, he came online to say that Adewura had been found dead in a canal which she fell in through an open manhole obscured by flood while on her way home.

She was not the only one involved in the tragic accident as the bike man who was conveying her also lost his life.

Nigerians have come out enmasse to mourn the loss of this beautiful soul to the incompetence of our government:
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