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23 May 2019

NASS Passes Bill Allowing Reintroduction Of 'Park And Pay'

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill seeking the establishment of road traffic and motor vehicle administration agency in the nation’s capital.

The proposed agency, if the bill is signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, before the expiration of the eighth Senate, will among others, review the parking fees and enforce the parking laws in the FCT.
The park and pay system became a controversial issue about five years ago before a court judgment stopped the FCT Administration from further collecting fees from residents for on and off the street parking within the metropolis.

But the new bill which was already passed by the House of Representatives empowers the FCT administration in collaboration with the FCT Internal Revenue Service to embark on the overall enforcement of parking rules.

The bill also saddled the proposed agency with the responsibilities of producing and administering vehicle and drivers’ licences in collaboration with relevant federal agencies.

The specific functions of the FCT traffic management service as contained the bill are, regulating road traffic management and motor vehicle administration within the FCT.

The agency would also regulate, register, revoke, license and the renew motor vehicle documents and issuance of vehicle identification number plates in the FCT.

It will also conduct roadworthiness test and issue roadworthiness certificates to all categories of vehicles for the purposes of ridding the FCT of non-road worthy vehicles.

The agency would also be responsible for the training and testing of drivers to ensure competence for issuance of drivers licence in the FCT.

Morgan Freeman's Review Of Game of Thrones Seasons 1-8 Is The Best Thing On The Internet Today

"Game of Thrones" series finale, in fact, the entire season 8, received a lukewarm response from fans across the globe.

Following the show's final bow on Sunday, a Morgan Freeman impersonator  takes a look back at "Game of Thrones"' greatest moments, from the end of Ned Stark, the Red Wedding, to Jon Snow knowing what he has to do, and the rise of a new ruler in Westeros.
"Well, that was really something, wasn't it?" Morgan Freeman's voice can be heard asking as he goes about his business. He goes on to talk about how much "he'll miss his friends" as he reflects on their journey spanning over eight seasons.

"Look how young they were. Young and alive ... and so very innocent..." he says. He then goes on to reflect on his favourite seasons and episodes, before touching on season 8, which he claims "started like an episode of Jerry Springer," referencing how Jon Snow(Kit Harington) discovered his true identity.

He delves into how the cast needed to get ready to "start living or start dying" and emphasises Arya Stark's(Maisie Williams) great athletic skills as she managed to jump 500 yards to end the Night King. He also touches on Dany's (Emilia Clarke), as she went from hopeful to full blown cray cray.

Weighing in on Bran the Broken being crowned King of the Six Kingdoms, he quips: "No wonder he sat looking smug all the time". The video ends with him paying tribute to all the lives lost in the many battles for the Iron Throne and his hopes for the spin-off shows, in a way that only "Morgan Freeman" can.

Watch the video below:

Two Dead As Police And MASSOB Clash In Onitsha

Two members of the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike led Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), reportedly lost their lives at her 19th anniversary celebration in Onitsha.

The event which reportedly turned bloody following a clash with the Police, led to the arrest of over 10 members of the movement while about 15 sustained varying degrees of bullet wounds.

Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, Ogbaru Regional Administrator of BIM-MASSOB, Mr Amadi Ifeanyi (aka Ochiagha), wondered why police would open fire on a non-violent organisation.
He said, “We were hoisting our flag at about 2am Thursday morning, at Upper Iweka axis in preparation for the anniversary when the police stormed the place in three Hilux vans and allegedly opened fire on us at a close range, which resulted in the killing of the two members instantly.

“They arrested 10 of us and over 15 got bullet wounds, even when they knew that we are a non-violent organisation struggling for a Biafran state”

Amadi who spoke through his Director of Finance, in Ogbaru, Ezeaka Martins, identified those killed as Innocent Okoye and Uche Ezinwanne, demanding for the release of their corpses.

Also speaking, the Ogbaru Director of Security, Chuks Nnaedozie, gave the names of those injured and hospitalized as Clifford Nwankwo, Ndubuisi Ikpeazu Aloy Ibeh, and others yet to be identified.

On his part, Regional administrator for Onitsha North, Christian Umeaka revealed that one of his members had not been seen since he was arrested by the police when he went to hoist the flag.

“No amount of intimidation would stop us from struggling for a Biafran state,” he vowed.

Reacting, the Police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed said 12 suspects were arrested and over fifty flags with different inscriptions of IPOB/MASSOB and Biafran independent movements (BIM) recovered as exhibits.

He said the arrests were made following report that indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) moved out in large numbers along Asaba-onitsha express way in Onitsha at about 11pm with dangerous weapons.

He added that group hoisted flags of the proscribed group on poles and billboards in the area.

“Following the report, Police operatives rushed to the scene in order to prevent them from mounting the flags but they engaged the Police with catapults and stones.

Mohammed continued, “On the 22/05/2019 at about 7am, there was another intelligence report that some misguided elements suspected to be IPOB members were sighted at various locations mounting Biafran Flags along Ekwulobia -Uga road in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.

“Police patrol teams pursued them and arrested twelve suspects while others escaped.

“Exhibits recovered include 72 Biafran flags and items with biafran inscriptions. Case under investigation.

He insisted that the pro-biafran group remained a proscribed organisation and its activities remained illegal, assuring the Command’s commitment to enforcing law and order in the state.

BREAKING: Buhari Confirms Adamu As Police IG

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police.
According to Buhari’s New Media aide, Bashir Ahmad, Adamu’s appointment was confirmed at the Police Council Meeting holding at the State House.

The meeting was presided over by Buhari.

Ahmad tweeted, “The Police Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari today, confirmed Mohammed Adamu as the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP).”

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Oby Ezekwesili Mocks Buhari For Maintaining His Cabinet

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari over his reasons for retaining ministers in his cabinet throughout his first tenure.

Buhari, while speaking at the valedictory session of FEC meeting on Wednesday, said that his decision to retain cabinet ministers in the last three and half years in spite of pressures from some quarters is because of their unique skill, strength and leadership qualities.
He observed that the ministers, who exhibited the spirit of teamwork, were more rational in making decisions aimed at tackling the numerous challenges facing the country.

Buhari described the cabinet members as “a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve.’’

Reacting to the President’s comment, Ezekwesili, in a post on her Twitter page, faulted Buhari’s reason for retaining his ministers.

According to her, Buhari’s statement depicts him as a “leader who is oblivious of the poor result of his leadership”

Ezekwesili added, ”Hahaha a reflection of the NIGERIA we aspire to achieve. E wo! Okwu agwugo.

“This is a severe case of a Leader who is totally oblivious of the extremely poor results of his Leadership.”

Nigerian Defence Academy announces new exam date, reveals JAMB UTME cut off mark

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced a new date for the screening of candidates.

The screening test will hold simultaneously across different centres nationwide.

This was contained in a statement on Thursday by NDA’s Public Relations Officer, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi.
It noted that sequel to the earlier postponement of the NDA Screening Test for 71 Regular Course, the Academy has fixed Saturday 8 June 2019 as the new date.

The statement reads, “Candidates who duly applied to the Nigerian Defence Academy and successfully scored minimum of 180 (One Hundred and Eighty) in UTME are advised to visit application portal on the NDA website www.nda.edu.ng to select the examination centre of their choice and print out their examination card

“Please note that only those with duly printed Examination Card will be admitted into the various centres for the test.”

FG Board Sets Up Panel On Homosexuality, May Take Action Against Bob Risky

The National Film and Video Censors Board has set up three panels to analyse and classify a film titled, ‘Bob Risky in Love’ starring Idris Okunneye aka Bob Risky.

The movie was produced by Nollywood Namaste Production company while Ken Steve Anuka was the director.

In the movie, Bob Risky portrays a transgender woman named Cherechi who travelled out of the country as a man only to return to the village as a woman to the chagrin of his fiancee and relatives.
In the soundtrack of the movie, members of the public are encouraged to accept Cherechi aka Cherry B as a transgender.

However, a top official of the NFVCB told The PUNCH that three separate panels have been set up at the zonal levels to classify the Bob Risky movie.

He, however, said it must be noted that Nigeria has laws that prohibit homosexuality and therefore work of arts that promote it cannot be endorsed by the government.

The official said, “We have set up three different panels to view the movie which was given to us by the producers for classification and review.

“For the purpose of fairness and objectivity, we will not give specific details since evaluation is still ongoing but note that any movie that promotes homosexuality in contravention of our laws cannot be endorsed.

“Latest by next week we will deliver a verdict on the movie. If the movie is banned, it would be communicated to the producers and our enforcement team would mop up all copies of the film on the market and defaulters would be apprehended and fined appropriately.”

The movie, which was released a few weeks ago already has over 500,000 views on YouTube and has garnered thousands of comments.

The official told our correspondent that the board was already aware of the fact that the video was online.

He said there was a need for the enabling laws to be reviewed such that online viewing would also be subject to censorship.

He said, “When classifying movies, we consider its cultural value, we check whether it is divisive given the fault lines of Nigeria as regards religion and tribe.

“We check its message, whether it promotes things that we find repugnant in our nation; we check the level of violence portrayed in the movie as well as sexual content and other things.

“Usually, it takes a minimum of one week and a maximum of two weeks for a movie submitted to us to be classified. But the online phenomenon is changing things and there is a need for us to adapt to new realities.”

The NFVCB is the regulatory body set up by Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video industry in Nigeria.

The board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the board to register all films and video outlets across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

Fayemi Finally Breaks Silence After Emerging Governors’ Forum Chairman

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has stated that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under his watch will address all issues that come its way “as amicably as possible in the overall interest” of the country.

Fayemi, who spoke moments after he was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the NGF on Wednesday night, said he is ready to build on the commitment of his predecessors by ensuring that States have a strong partnership with the Federal Government as federating units.

He explained that his election as chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, as Deputy Chairman showed that the Forum represents Nigeria regardless of political persuasions.
The new chairman pledged that States would be strengthened to make them become more dedicated to the citizens, adding that this will also become beneficial to the country at large.

“My colleague, Aminu Tambuwal and I are delighted at the choice made by our colleagues this evening by consensus, the confidence reposed in us and in accepting this onerous responsibility that has been handed over to us, we promise our colleagues that we will step into the big shoes that Governor Yari will be leaving behind and build on the success story of this forum right from Governor Abdulahi Adamu through Governor Victor Attah, Lucky Igbinedion, Bukola Saraki and Governor Rotimi Amaechi before Governor Yari who so selflessly served this forum in the last four years.

“We will build on this commitment with strong partnership with the Federal Government as federating unit and thrash out issues as amicably as possible in the overall interest of our country.

“This is something that all parties of different persuasions have done and as you can see, the leadership comprises myself from the majority party, the ruling party and Governor Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party. What is most important is that this is unanimously chosen and we represent Nigeria regardless of our political persuasion.

“What we are going to do will be in the overall interest of our country in ensuring that our states are continuously strengthened; our country derives the benefit of strong dedicated states to our citizens and our partnership with all arms of government – federal government, the legislature and the development partners working with us in the overall interest of Nigerians,” the governor said.

Speaking further, Governor Fayemi hailed Nigerians for the 20 years of unbroken democratic rule in the country, saying that it is an affirmation that Nigerians love democracy and are determined to make it work.

According to the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the outgoing Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, the Governors, aside electing new leaders, resolved to hold a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to security challenges facing the country, among other issues.

BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's FEC Is Divided - Amaechi Announces

The Federal Executive Council is divided on the modality for the establishment of the proposed national carrier called Nigeria Air, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced on Thursday.

Amaechi, who disclosed this during his valedictory press briefing in Abuja, also revealed that China had insisted that Nigeria opens a sinking fund and an escrow account in order to be able to seamlessly repay the loans which Nigeria borrowed from the Asian country for the construction of rail projects, particularly the Abuja-Kaduna rail.
The minister stated that members of the federal cabinet had different beliefs and positions as regards the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria, but was quick to state that the project had not been abandoned.

He said, “On national carrier, (the) cabinet is divided on the issue of modality. There are those who believe that the Federal Government should invest and then we can sell the equity later.

“There are also those who believe that no, and from day one they say let us get investors in and give them the franchise of Nigeria Airways or Air Nigeria or whatever is called. That is where we are and that is what held it down. But as for whether it is still in our plan, it is and has not been abandoned.”

In September 2018, The PUNCH reported the suspension of the planned commencement of operations of Nigeria Air by the Federal Government.

Details to come…

Ask Google What Tonto Means And Get Shocking Meaning Of Actress Name

Tonto Dikeh is a Nigerian actress cum born again Christian/street fighter....given her recent threats to beat up other celebrities.
The Nollywood actress has been in the news almost everyday since her marriage to Olakunle Churchill crashed.

Yesterday, she took to her Instagram page to announce she has a new boyfriend and warned fellow Nollywood counterparts to stay away from her man or face true justice.

With such vigour and show of strength in recent videos of hers you would believe her name would be synonymous to something fierce but apparently "tonto" in Spanish simply means "silly".

Well some might say the shoe fits also!
 
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