Sunday, 25 June 2017

Why Nigeria Needs A New Constitution – Peter Obi

A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, said yesterday that Nigeria must change its constitution if it must move forward and compete favourably with other countries of the world.
Obi, who was the Guest speaker at a programme; “This Generation Project 2017” in Abuja, noted that the constitution only allowed for sharing of the country’s financial resources among the federal and other tiers of government.

The former governor, who went down the memory lane to compare the GDP and external reserves of the country with four others who had similar experiences with Nigeria between 1980 to 2015, said Nigeria was lagging behind because, “we don’t save”.

“We share whatever money we have just as it is done in the motor park. The recession we are facing today is as a result of our low savings.”

“We have done privatisation, we have done everything but we shared the money. The constitution says every money that is collected should be put in the federation account and shared among the three tiers of government. No other country in the world does this.

“We have not saved for you [the youths], you are in crisis. Instead of saving, we are busy taking loans. When I was impeached as a governor, one of my ‘sins’ was that I insisted that we must save a percentage of our income. They argued that it was not in the constitution for us to save.

“To solve this problem, the first thing we need to do is to amend that constitution and put saving there. A percentage of our resources must be saved for the future generation.”

Speaking on the topic: “Leadership and national transformation in the 21st century Africa, what standard?” he said issues of religion and tribalism always come up when a leader fails and seeks to cause a distraction.

Obi blamed the masses for not holding the people in government accountable, stressing that, “when I was a governor, all I got all over the place was commendation. Nobody ever told me I did wrong in one area or the other. We have to start challenging our leaders. It is unfortunate that we are celebrating criminality and rascality.”

The youths programme with the theme: “Redesigning the future, taking responsibility” was organised by the Senior Pastor of Summit Bible Church, Andy Osakwe.
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Wizkid Wins BET’s Best International Act Again

Wizkid has won the BET award for the Best International Act category. He was announced the winner not too long ago in Los Angeles, US.
He was nominated alongside AKA, Babes Wodumo, Nasty C and Stonebwoy. This is the second straight year that Wizkid will be winning the award.
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My Husband Doesn’t Mind Me Twerking - Mercy Johnson

Popular actress, Mercy Johnson caused a stir recently when she twerked while hosting a Glo Mega concert, in Anambra State.
The video of the event went viral and while many of her fans commended her dancing skills, some argued that she shouldn’t have done that considering her status as a married woman.

In a chat with Sunday Scoop, she defended her action. She said,

“I was only having a good time on stage doing my job. I was the host of the show and we have been to different cities thrilling fans. Is it a crime for me to dance on stage because I’m a married woman? I wonder why people like to take things out of context. Anyway my husband is not complaining, so I don’t see why anybody else should be bothered about it.”
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Police Arrest Lagos Soldier Who Got N6.5m For Being Part Of Evans's Kidnap Gang

A soldier, Victor Chukwunonso, has been arrested for being part of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans's gang.
Chukwunonso, lance corporal, with Army No: 09/NA/64/6317 is attached to the Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos State.

Chukwunonso who hails from Onitsha, Anambra State was arrested on after Evans mentioned him as one of his accomplices.

The police said he confessed to have followed Evans for kidnapping in Lagos State thrice where he got 2million, 1.5million and 3Million Naira respectively .
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2 Young Siblings Die After Mum Locked Them In Hot Car As Punishment (Photos)

A mother has been charged over the deaths of her two young children after she left them in a hot car as punishment, police said.
Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, initially told investigators her two-year-old daughter Juliet Ramirez and 16-month-old son Cavanaugh Ramirez locked themselves in the car when they died.

But authorities in Parker County, Texas, say her version of events of what occurred on May 26 changed over the course of several interviews.

The young mother faces two counts of causing bodily injury to a child, NBC reported.
On Friday, Randolph told investigators she left the children in the car as a form of punishment after she found them playing in the vehicle and refused to get out.

She said the thought her older daughter would have been able to leave the car.Authorities said she went back into her home, smoked marijuana, and returned up to three hours later to find her children unresponsive.
She told police she broke the car window, in order to support her initial claim that they had locked themselves inside, police said.
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Meet The Nigerian Beauty Queen Qho Was Voted Sexiest Woman In Africa (photos)

Adaeze Obasi, top model and Miss Supranational 2016 has been voted the sexiest woman in Africa by reputable beauty organization, Global Beauty, who recently released their 2016/2017 list across the 7 continents. Adaeze was picked for Africa.
Picking the 7 sexiest women Alive across the 7 continents was based on the women's natural sex appeal, intelligence, amazing looks and superb elegance, according to GB. Adaeze is definitely stunning but do you think she deserves the title?

See more pics of her below before you decide
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Obama Administration Said They "choked" When It Came To Acting On Russians - Donald Trump

For months, President Trump has steadily denied any Russia collusion in the 2016 US elections, but lately he seems to have accepted its a fact now, and he's been blaming the Obama administration for not doing anything about it.
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5 Bodies Found And 120 People Are Missing After Massive Landslide Rocks China

Chinese state-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) confirms that more than 120 people are missing and 5 bodies have been found after a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan province buried more than 40 houses.
The landslide occurred at 6 a.m. local time in Xinmo village in Mao County.
Emergency response measures have been activated and 780 rescue workers are on the scene, the broadcaster said. Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered "all-out efforts" to save those buried.

An official from China's Ministry of Land and Resources told CCTV that the causes of landslides were complicated and could include rain and unstable rock masses.

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Notorious Cult Group, Badoo, Hack Couple To Death In Ikorodu

Notorious cult group, Badoo, on Friday, struck again, killing a couple at the Idioro area of Ogijo, Ikorodu town in Lagos.
This would be the umpteenth time the cult members have carried out attacks on residents of the town. According to reports , the battered remains of the couple was found on Friday after a neighbor raised an alarm.

The said neighbor had given the couple her phone to charge in their home situated in an uncompleted building on Thursday June 22nd.

After calling repeatedly so that she could come to collect her phone and there was no answer, the neighbor decided to wait the next day to go to their house to pick it up. When she got there, she knocked for them to come out but there was no response.

After several calls and bangs, there door was forced open and there, the battered remains of the couple was found lying on the floor. Just by their remains, was a grinding stone, the trademark of any killing done by the cult members. The remains of the coupe to deposited at a morgue in Sagamu while the grinding stone was taken to Ogijo Division for further investigations.

Residents of the area later took to the street to stage a protest over the recurring attacks carried out by the cult group members.
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President Buhari Sends Eid-el-Fitr Greetings To Nigerians

President Buhari has sent a message of greetings to Nigerian Muslims and Christians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr. The President in a statement signed by his spokesman Garba Shehu, urged all citizens to resolve to live in peace and avoid making reckless statements.
Read the message below...

"I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.

"May the lessons of Ramadan namely; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time.

"I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen. We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations'

"Happy Eid-el-Fitr."
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Sultan Of Sokoto Announces End To Ramadan, Declares Sunday June 25th Eid-el-Fitr Day

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared the end of the Ramadan in Nigeria and also declared June 25th as Eid-el-Fitri.
According to the Sultan, the new moon which signifies the end of the Ramadan, was sighted in parts of the country including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He therefore asked Muslims all over Nigeria to cease to fast as it is not permitted to fast on Sallah day.
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Confusion As Gov Wike Sacks All Commissioners

Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike yesterday dissolved the state executive council, thereby serving all his commissioners.
The dissolution of the state executive council, which came minutes after the governor had a meeting with all the commissioners, came barely 24 hours after the commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, resgined his appointment.

Wike, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital by his special assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, directed the former commissioners to handover to their respective permanent secretaries.

According to the statement, the governor thanked the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished then we’ll in their future endeavours.

Recall that Wike had on Thursday, barely 24 before the resignation of Tam-George, sacked the commissioner for Works, Betheul Iheanyichukwu Harrison, for undisclosed reasons.
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Billionaire Kidnapper’s Escape Plot: Evans’ Wife, Kids Change Name, Acquire Ghanaian Passports

A breakthrough by detectives has brought a fresh twist to the unfurling saga of captured Nigeria’s billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.
Latest findings of investigations into the robbery/kidnap kingpin’s crime-ridden life suggest that Evans and his entire family hold dual citizenship of both Nigeria and Ghana, which he made his second home and to which, he normally escaped to hide from the arms of the law, whenever the heat was turned on after his many dare-devil operations.

Searchlight on the crime baron by detectives unearthed four Ghanaian passports belonging to him, his wife and two of their children.

Sleuths waddling through documents found during a search that the man identified by a Nigerian passport (No.A0500083) as Onwuamadike Chukwudumeme Somto, 37, is the same person as Asare Nelson, 39, according to Ghanaian passport (No.G0456327).

His wife, known as Uchenna Precious Onwuamadike to Nigerians, is Precious Asare by her Ghanaian passport.

The Accra Passport Office of Ghana Immigration Service issued the couple’s Ghanaian passports and those of their two children, Sussan and Emmanuel Asare.

How they acquired Ghana passports
The big question is: How did the family procure the foreign passports?

Saturday Sun learnt that although the issuance of Ghanaian passport is also porous and susceptible to corruption and touting like Nigeria’s, the strict enforcement of criminal justice system in the West African country discourages many Ghanaians and Immigration officials from indulging in the practice.
Evans probably acquired the passport for himself and his family this dubious way. Paying GHc1000 (about N85, 000 by the current exchange rate) per passport would be no big deal for a man like the notorious criminal, who rakes in $1m from a single kidnap operation.

The smart crook that he is, Evans, in choosing nomenclatures avoided the generic day names––such as Kofi, Kojo, Kwabena Kwesi or Kwame, which are common to some nationals of Cote D’Ivoire and Togo and could deny the family the much prized Caanadian visa that he sought. Instead, he opted for Asare, an Akan name common to Southwestern part of Ghana, which, therefore, could raise no suspicion as to the genuineness of his family’s Ghanaian roots. With the name he could pass for an Ashanti, Akyem or a Fante.

Mrs. Evans’ basket of lies

The next big question borders on the role of his wife.

Mrs. Evans has fervently denied having any knowledge of her husband’s nefarious activities. The 31-year-old earlier in a telephone conversation with a Nigerian newspaper denied having any inkling of her husband’s kidnapping business, insisting that Evans dealt in spare parts and haulage business and that the reason for their relocation to Ghana was for their children to have good education.

But, her assertions fell flat in the face of fresh and emerging facts, giving the public a portrait of her as a consummate liar, after her cameo weepy appearance on social media with her children.

It also confirmed both husband and wife as a “Bony and Clyde” couple.

For instance, her passport and those of her two children were issued in 2010, three years before her husband got his. For a woman who claimed to be oblivious of her husband’s activities, she had no qualms swapping her Nigerian identity for Precious Asare, travelling with the Ghanaian passport in preparation to migrate to Canada with a purported Ghanaian identity.

In retrospect, observers note, the family’s choice of Ghana as sanctuary made sense and easily connects the dots, as it offers greater possibility of easily transiting to other countries and avoiding any of Nigeria’s ports, where the head could easily be apprehended.

Recall that after a 2013 kidnap operation in Benin City, that turned the heat against him, Evans ceased flying through Nigerian airports. All his subsequent trips by flight were made using his Ghanaian passports and through Ghana’s airport.

Also, adopting Ghana as second home eases the possibility of securing visa to Canada, which appears to be their choice destination. Canada’s High Commission in Accra issues visa for a host of West African countries including Nigeria. Considering that they eventually got the Canadian visas, it is easy to conclude that they would have emigrated to the North American country, a security source said.
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Eid-el-fitri: Ambode Urges Nigerians To Embrace Tolerance, Unity

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of tolerance, unity and cooperation regardless of their ethnic, religious or social status, saying that it was only in such atmosphere that the nation can make meaningful progress.
The Governor, in his Eid-el-Fitri message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can put the country back on its leadership pedestal, urging them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month symbolizes.

According to him, Nigeria was in dire need of brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things as a means to overcome the numerous challenges threatening her fledgling unity, especially with the disturbing trend of hate speeches.

Governor Ambode added that in the last two years, despite the economic challenges, the nation has witnessed appreciable level of development expressing optimism that more can be achieved if all hands are on deck.

Continuing, he said: “As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for our country, love for our neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in the comity of nations”.

Governor Ambode thanked Lagos residents for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religious affiliation.

“With your demonstration of love for your neighbour and the willingness to serve, our State will continue to be a model of what patriotic Nigerians will want our dear country to be”, he said.

Hence, Governor Ambode wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
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Meek Mill's Goons Jumped On Safaree At The BET Awards Party In LA (Video)

Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels (he's in all-white) was jumped by men believed to be Meek Mill's crew yesterday Friday June 23rd at a BET party.
The showdown took place at DJ Khaled's pre-BET party at Penthouse in WeHo. Safaree arrived just as Meek was getting out of his car and two guys believed to be part of Meek's crew attacked Safaree, who of course ran and it was all captured on video.

Watch the video below...
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Safaree reacts here...
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