Friday, 29 July 2016

#SaveMayowa: LUTH Releases Press Statement

We didn't post anything about this #SaveMayowa issue because the whole thing was complicated, here is a press release from LUTH where she was admitted.
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Miss Mayowa Ahmed is an old patient of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital who has been on treatment for another condition. This 31year-old lady came into the Private Wing of LUTH on Monday, 25th July, 2016 with a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass. The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done from outside LUTH.

Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy. They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.

The family however requested to fly Miss Ahmed outside the country barely 24 hours after her admission in LUTH, thus stalling all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definitive diagnosis. We were able to transfuse her with much-needed blood only after lots of persuasion where the family was told point blank that it was risky for her to travel by air, given her low blood count.

Today is the 3rd day after admission and a definitive diagnosis has not yet been made while the relations insist on their own to carry her abroad. LUTH has only dealt with Miss Ahmed and her relations throughout her stay and not with any other third party.

Contrary to any circulating information, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital did not refer Miss Ahmed overseas and this Institution is not involved with any fund-raising activity or activist on her behalf.

There was a disturbance of the peace today around the ward premises. When an altercation involving Miss Ahmed’s relatives and persons not known to the Hospital ensued, the police were invited to restore peace in the Hospital. Both parties are presently with the police and we urge the general public to patiently await the outcome of the ongoing police investigations.

We also enjoin the good-natured public, our caring press-men and all philanthropists to seek the expert opinions of specialists in Nigeria if we want to maximise the gains of their concerted efforts and selfless contribution towards alleviating the suffering of fellow Nigerians.

LUTH Management
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Photos From Most Rev Athanasius Atule Usuh Burial Today

The burial rites of Bishop Emeritus of Makurdi Diocese, Rev Athanasius Atule Usuh began with wake keep at IBB Square and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Makurdi yesterday July 28th.

A Funeral Mass was held at IBB Square and Interment later took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Makurdi.

The crowd that turned out today was more than the one we witnessed yesterday.

See more photos from the burial below...

May his soul continue to rest in peace Amen!
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Stephen Keshi Laid To Rest In His Compound In Illah, Delta State (Photos)

Nigerian legend, Late Stephen Keshi is finally laid to rest in his compound in Illah, Delta State.

If you recall, his final journey to eternity began in Benin, Edo state yesterday 28th July.

See more photos below..

May his soul continue to rest in peace Amen!
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Requiem Mass For Late Stephen Keshi Held In Delta State Today (Photos/Video)

A requiem mass for late Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi was held today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta State before his body was taken to his house for burial.

We will bring you photos from the burial shortly.

See photos and video below...

Watch video below:

Credit to Ebals Blog.
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BREAKING: President Buhari Makes Five New Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari today July 29th appointed five new heads of the strategic institutions in Nigeria.

These appointments was announced by the presidential personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad.

The heads are: the Centre for Disease Control, National Agency for the Control of Aids, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research.

Others are, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and National Health Insurance Scheme.

The new appointees are:

NIMR – Prof Babatunde Salami
NACA – Dr Sani Aliyu
NHIS – Prof Usman Yusuf
NPHCDA – Prof Echezona Ezeanolue
CDC – Dr Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu

All the five appointments have already taken effect.
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Budget Padding: FG Orders Attorney General To Set Up An Investigation Panel

The Federal government is set to begin investigations into the allegations of budget padding leveled against the House Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three others by sacked Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Jibrin who was replaced by Dogara on July 20th, has released several statements accusing Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor; of introducing over N400 billion fictitious constituency projects into the 2016 budget.

According to Vanguard, the presidency has instructed the Attorney General of the Federation to set up an investigation panel into the matter.

The Office of the AGF has engaged a senior police officer to carry out the probe and come back with a report within a short time for necessary disciplinary action, including criminal prosecution to take place.

The top police officer, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, described as a no-nonsense police spy, is reported to have started his investigation by secretly holding series of meetings with some officials of the National Assembly.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, while confirming the setting up of a probe team, said the panel would determine the criminal roles played by those involved in the budget padding and how much money was hidden away and the agencies of government involved in the budget scam.
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Veteran Actor Pete Edochie Writes APC Governors And Ekweremadu

Ever since Bukola Saraki emerged the senate president with Ekweremadu the deputy senate president in 2015, it has been from one problem to another.

Just recently, The All Progressives Congress governors in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, had allegedly vowed to ensure that Ekweremadu is ousted from the seat of the senate presidency.

Saraki is believed to have fraternized with members of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party which Ekweremadu belongs to, to attain the senate presidency.

Reacting to the alleged vow made by APC governors, veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie posted a message for Ekweremadu and the governors on his Facebook page.

“If Ekweremadu’s removal will help stabilize the economy, then, they should do all within their power to remove him.

“If Ekweremadu’s removal will stop Nigerians from losing their jobs, then,it is a task that must be done.

“If Ekweremadu’s removal will curtail Fulani Herdsmen from killing of helpless Nigerians, then, Ekweremadu should vacate both his office and the senate immediately.

“If Ekweremadu’s removal will stabilize the prices of food and common commodities in the market, then, I am joining them in asking Ekweremadu to vacate the senate.

“If Ekweremadu’s removal will make Buhari to abandon his 97% and 5% policy, stop Buhari from seeking to turn Nigeria to a fiefdom where the only capable hands are only people from a certain part of the country, then, Ekweremadu’s immediate constituency should recall him from the senate.

“But , where the reverse is true, All the APC Governors seeking Ekweremadu’s removal should tender their resignation letters and handover notes. 

God bless Us and God bless Nigeria.‎”
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Jude Okoye Confirms PSquare Are Back Together

Jude Okoye has finally confirmed that Psquare are finally back together to sing for us.

He confirmed this by posting a photo of the duo holding their Headies awards and with the caption Blessed.

We are glad now that they have put aside their differences.

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My Wealthy Father Abandoned Me - Eucharia Anunobi

Nollywood veteran actress turned evangelist, Eucharia Anunobi has revealed has opened up on giving her life to Christ and how her wealthy father turned his back on her and her sisters just because they were girls.

She revealed everything to Vanguard in an interview.

Excerpts below..

My colleagues were laughing at me that my mates are busy doing aristo, seeing governors and going to clubs in VI and Ikeja, you chose going to church. They said something is wrong with me, with all my brilliance, but today, by the grace of God, where I go or sit they can’t.“I have a first degree in English Language, a Masters in Social Work and I’m a Doctor in waiting. I did my Masters in LASU. We began as 78 students, only 48 passed. Out of the 48, only 2 people had the aggregate to qualify for their PhD. And Eucharia Akuwa Anunobi happens to be among the 2. 
The other one was a lady as well. In everything, I make my boast in Jesus Christ. I went back to school just about 6 years ago so it is not too late for anyone whether male or female to go back to school. There’s need to go back to school and get education even if you are 75 years old.

In my case, I come from a privileged home, I’m ajebo. We lived at no 5 Musa Yaradua Victoria Island. In fact we were the last set at Federal School of Arts and Science. I have As in English, Government, Literature etc, at the end, I wanted to go to University and I’m the first born but my father said he had no interest in training the female gender in his family after secondary school. With all his riches and my brilliant result he refused to sponsor me to University except the boys. 
He abandoned me on the way and that was how at the age of 16, I started fighting for my destiny. This was what made me begin seeking God at a very early stage.
How did you pull through?
A good friend, Peter Ononiwu who knew me back then said I have the endowment to become a model and that was how I started modeling. I was on so many fashion shows at the time. I was determined to show my father that I am not a mistake of creation, there’s a reason God made me a girl. On my own I said a girl must be somebody. After all, Christ came through a woman and when he resurrected it was a woman that saw Him first. There is a special grace God gave to women and that’s power of intuition. A woman with Christ is a destiny finder and helper. So, by the grace of God I passed Jamb and got into University of Nigeria Nsukka and for the 4 years on campus, I paid my school fees all by myself. I am Eucharia all by myself. There’s a reason why God allowed my father to turn his back on me and my sisters. If I had it all perhaps, I wouldn’t have discovered who I am and wouldn’t have been as successful as I am today
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The Bleaching, Chameleon Crowd By Reuben Abati

I wrote a piece recently, a tribute to the late veteran actress Bukky Ajayi and the multi-instrumentalist OJB Jezreel, in which I raised a number of issues, including how in Nollywood today, there is an obsession with the whitening of skin, an anti-Negritude yellowing, what I referred to as “the bleaching, chameleon crowd of Nollywood beauties.”

The various reactions to the piece conveniently ignored this subject; two young ladies who felt that I was probing an unpopular theme drew my attention to this. I was reminded that being light-skinned is now the in-thing, indeed the socially acceptable norm, because there is now a universalization of the concept of beauty and self-esteem.

The more light-skinned you are, the more acceptable you are in various circumstances, that is. I thought if this was true, then it is a tragedy indeed for the black world. For, once upon a time in the history of the black race, being black was a thing of joy and an instrument of protest. When Jesse Evans gave the black salute at the 1939 Olympics, after winning four gold medals, he was making a racially loaded statement about black pride and achievement. Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Muhammad Ali are key historical figures in the struggle for the black identity in the United States not to talk of various moments and efforts culminating in the Obama phenomenon eight years ago.

None of these historical figures would ever have contemplated a globalized notion of beauty and self-esteem, which superiorizes and imposes the idea of being white in 2016, and for same to be validated by blacks, living in the black world’s most populous country- Nigeria. Closer home, the independence struggles across Africa were fuelled by ideas of racial pride, and indeed in the 1960s, the coalescing of that around the negritude movement projected confidence and faith in the black colour, the people’s culture and identity. To be added to this is the expressed faith that black people all over the world can contribute meaningfully and significantly to the march of human history. Being black was nothing to be ashamed of. Cultural workers used their art and narratives to promote black culture.

Writers identified with their natal roots. James Ngugi for example, became Ngugi wa Thio’ngo. Albert Achebe dropped his Albert and became Chinua Achebe. Wole Soyinka argued that “a tiger does not proclaim its tigritude”; it should act and in his writings, he proved the point. Black activists like W.E.B. DuBois left the United States and traced their roots to Africa. But today, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of that movement are turning back the hand of the clock. They want to be white! They may in the long run constitute a minority, but artificial beauty is a growing trend among black people. I was once asked to buy Brazilian hair, during a trip to Brazil. I went dutifully to a shopping mall asking for Brazilian hair.

Nobody could figure out what I wanted. Brazilian hair is what a lot of Nigerian women wear, or attach to their natural hair to achieve the effect of a straight, Oyinbo-ish hair and to hide their own natural, curly hair. It took me two days of trying to buy Brazilian hair in Brazil before it occurred to me that Brazilian women are not likely to be selling Brazilian hair in their own country since in any case, every one of them is born with it. But here in Nigeria, Brazilian hair is a big deal: it is one of those items a bridegroom must budget for, otherwise, no wedding and I understand, this could be in the range of N350, 000 per hair.

The final cost could also be determined by the adopted style: normal leave-out, closure or frontal, all designed to create an artificial effect. Even the eyelashes you see on our ladies these days may not be real: eyeballs are replaced with contact lenses, and there is a new craze now called eyebrow wig: a wig on the eyebrow!
The new global culture of beauty has also imposed on our women what is called acrylic nails, or plastic nails. With those cat-like nails, women find it difficult to wear sanitary pads, jewellery, button their shirts, eat dollops of swallow with their hands, type on their phones or wash clothes and plates, and yet every young lady out there is wearing strange nails in the name of beauty.

Check out the faces too. Make up has been turned into such an art of deception; you could marry your ex-girlfriend and not know she is the one because she has changed colour, changed face and changed everything about her. Make-up and making up are associated with success, but it is pure 419 as many may have discovered. Women talk about laying a foundation on their faces as if they are bricklayers, they also talk about contouring and highlighting the face to look different: the effect is that every ugly girl is contoured and highlighted to become a stunning beauty. We are also in the age of breast implants, breast reconstruction, liposuction, pumping of bum-bum and lip lightening (there is cream method or peeling with machine!) and the use of body pads and slimming girdles and all kinds of borrowed gadgets to make a woman look prettier than she is.The idea of the “African Queen” celebrated over the years, and more famously by Tu Face Idibia in a song of the same title has thus undergone a transformation. Women and men (yes men also) in Africa’s most populous black nation, and quite a significant number, are all struggling to become either light-skinned or copy the Kadarshian/Kanye West effect. I have been made to understand that in Nollywood for example, dark-skinned actors and actresses are ignored by producers: they say they don’t look good on camera and that only light skinned actors sell movies.

So, there is a marketing side to it but it must be crazy if true. Celebrities are also expected to be glamorous all the time. This is why public figures don’t step out of their homes or take pictures unless they are properly made up. And to worsen the story, I am told you need to look clean, and fresh to be considered successful and the black colour does not project success.
Here we are confronted with many men and women who are bleaching their skins, to look fresh and successful. The prostitution angle to it is buried in the argument that men are naturally attracted to light-skinned ladies. And it is a big industry, one of the most lucrative businesses in Nigeria today. The minimum cost of a bleaching cream is N15, 000 per week. These include Egyptian milk, Arabian milk, Snow White and steroid creams like Movate, which is used to bleach the scalp. Yes, the scalp! They bleach the scalp too. There is also a bleaching tablet, which costs as much as $500; four tablets are usually taken per dose. Some people opt for what is called bleaching injection to peel off the melanin, and one injection is a tidy N250, 000. There are special creams for old women and men with resistant skin, at higher cost. The madness is across all age brackets, and may God help you if you have a bleaching wife or girlfriend.

I am not making this up. The various creams and services are hawked daily at Ikeja roundabout, under the bridge. The merchants also advertise tattooing, hips enlargement, penis enlargement and breast reconstruction services. And in Yaba, Lagos, you’d find the biggest cosmetics store run by a certain Mama Tega who is said to be the oldest and the most trusted in the business. The irony is that she, herself, is interestingly dark-complexioned! The girls who work for her and her patrons are not.
The stress and risks involved in bleaching and looking white by all means possible are so much, but the people involved do not care. The knuckles and the lips do not bleach easily, so people go about looking patched up and they have to buy a different chemical to lighten their knuckles, elbows and knees. The side effect of the chemicals used includes bad body odour and stretch marks, the skin is thinner and more sensitive, and the chemicals expose the person to enormous health risks. It is also a lot of work. If you are bleaching your skin, you have to use the cream everyday, morning and night. If you miss the cream for a week, you’d look different, and you have to stick to the same supplier and mixture: so much needless stress.

I am aware that every individual is entitled to a freedom of choice including the choice to look the way they want. But I see the spread of a bleaching culture as a display of so much insecurity and lack of self-esteem, and an assault on the legacy of all the men and women who fought and are still fighting to ensure that black identity matters. It is also shocking that many mothers are now in the habit of introducing their children to bleaching creams very early. They don’t want dark-skinned daughters and sons! And the ones who fail to do this feel terribly embarrassed when they are photographed with their children and the skin colours do not match. Check family photographs these days. And worry about the many ladies out there living a life of pretense engaged in “coded waka runs” (euphemism for underground prostitution) just so they can buy skin whitening creams.

This is a sad story about the way we now live, even as I recall the antiphonal lyrics of James Brown’s “Say it Loud – I’m Black and Proud” (1968) - one of the greatest songs of all time. In Nigeria’s entertainment industry today, being black is almost a taboo. The women want to look like Kim Kardashian and the men seem to think that to be a celebrity is to be light-skinned. In the larger society, a “faworaja” (fake appearance) culture is on the rise. The people are deliberately re-colonizing themselves mentally and physically. What can anyone say to such persons who are ashamed of their own identity? I speak for myself: “I’m Black and Proud”. But even if I wan bleach sef, I black so tay, cream go finish for market…
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Video: Dele Da Poet Ft. Chibuzee — Big Size | @sothisisdele

Dele Da Poet is a songwriter, singer and rapper based in the United States. He attended John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas and later Navarro College, Dallas, Texas where he studied Pre-Medicine.

It was when he was in John Horn High School that he discovered he could possibly pursue a music career so, while at Navarro College, he took time off for full – time music recording, hoping to return to school soon.

After recording and shooting videos of a few hits in the United States, he finally returned home where he belongs. The rest is now history!

Below is a video as a proof of his music versatility: the single, Big Size featuring Chibuzee of WireWire fame produced by Roman A. with the video shot by Eddyglad and edited by Kay Moore.

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President Buhari Congratulates Rev. Fr Mbaka On 21 Years Of Priestly Ordination

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, Director of Adoration Ministry, on the 21st anniversary of his ordination to priesthood in the Catholic Church which comes up Friday.

The President extends his best wishes to Fr. Mbaka's family, congregation and well-wishers as they celebrate this special occasion with him in his continued devotion to the well being of others as a father, wise counselor, teacher and guardian.

The President commends Fr. Mbaka’s steadfast devotion to his vocation and ministry amply demonstrated in his love and service for his people, nation and God.

President Buhari prays that God Almighty, who has given the cleric the strength to devote his entire life to service in the Vineyard , will continually bless and prosper his ministry.
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VIDEO: TeeBlaq – Gbemileke

TeeBlaq, Eldar Records’ en-signed and ‘Afro Robo-style’ act premieres the new visual for his sleeper and growing street anthem ‘Gbemileke’. Directed by Frizzle n Brizzle, TeeBlaq takes to the street and neighborhood he grew up with Late DaGrin with clamour from teeming fans, dance moves – all showcased in this visual.

Enjoy below.
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Don Jazzy Hails Tiwa Savage On Roc Nation Deal, Speaks On Illuminati Claims

Hours after Jay Z's Roc Nation officially welcomed Tiwa Savage to the record label, Mavin boss, Don Jazzy took to social media to congratulate Mavin first lady and also to deny the allegations of her joining Illuminati.

Roc Nation
“Congrats to the First Lady of Mavin on the Rocnation management deal once again @tiwasavage,” Don Jazzy said of the deal, adding, “More success coming our way in GOD’s name. Amen.”

And making a joke about claims that Ms Savage joined the Illuminati secret society, the Mavin boss said this of their photo taken at the Roc Nation office:

Lol, see as I nearly sit down for ground. I no want make that Illuminati ram head for the wall catch me.”

Roc Nation
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Scores Killed As Military Bombards Militants In Lagos And Ogun Creeks

The military may have finally responded to the increasing attacks on the Lagos and Ogun creeks by suspected militants.

Troops bombarded Arepo and other areas that have experienced attacks recently in an attempt to clear the areas of criminals.

The Punch reports that scores of militants were killed in the joint military and police operation that lasted for over an hour on Thursday.

A source told the paper that the military attacked Fatola, the base of the militants, adding that houses around the area were shaken by the impact of bomb explosions on the Ijaw militants.

He said, “There has been a lot of commotion. The Nigerian Air Force bombarded Fatola, in Arepo, which is the base of the militants. They are shelling the place with fighter jets. Some soldiers also surrounded the area to make sure that if any of the militants should run out, they would be gunned down.”

A resident told the newspaper that inhabitants of the area fled as the military bombardment continued.

Another resident in the Imushin area of Ogun State told a Punch correspondent that two aircrafts were involved in the operation, adding that only one base of the militants was attacked.

He said, “An aircraft had actually been surveying the creek for the past three days. But a second one joined this evening around 6pm. All we heard was a sudden bomb blast released from the second aircraft. But it appeared that some of the militants had fled into the bush. There are four major bases of the militants in the creek and they are led by two men- OC and Agbala. If the military can get these two people, then they would have succeeded in clipping the wings of the militants.”

A community leader, who claimed to have spoken with one of the officers, said, “The military officer said residents should not panic because it was a military exercise. I also gathered that the casualty figure was high and that a lot of the militants had been killed.”

The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, confirmed the operation, saying it involved the army and the navy.

He said, “The military only conducts its routine operation for the purpose of denying the vandals and other criminal elements from causing terror in the area. The operation, codenamed, Operation Awatse, was initiated by the defence headquarters to dominate the area with a view to flushing out all manners of criminals including militants and saboteurs. The operation involved the joint forces of the navy and army and it has been successful.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the police were part of the operation.
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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Officially Welcomes Tiwa Savage To The Record Label

Jay Z's Roc Nation has finally welcomed Mavin Records queen to their family weeks after photos of Don Jazzy with Tiwa Savage and Jay Z surfaced on social media. This makes Tiwa the fist Nigeiran artiste to be signed unto the international record label.

Following Roc Nation’s confirmation, it is clear that the Nigerian singer has joined the list of top acts signed to the record label, and they include famous names like Rihanna, J. Cole, Shakira, and more.

Congratulations to her!
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Infantino Writes Pinnick, Thanks Nigerians For ‘Unforgettable Memories’

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino wrote a letter of appreciation to the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick to express delight about “a host of unforgettable memories” during his recent two –day visit to the country.

Recall, Infantino, visited Nigeria alongside FIFA General secretary, Fatma Samoura, said he was delighted with the many “cordial friendships” and “warm welcome” he received during the working visit, Vanguard writes.
Infantino was warmly received by the Nigerian football community
“The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a host of unforgettable memories and having made many cordial new friendships. On behalf of the entire FIFA delegation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for affording us such warm welcome. We all will keep wonderful memories of it forever in our hearts,” the Fifa boss wrote.

“In just two days, we enjoyed so many memorable moments, culminating in the meeting with your head of state, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the visit of your headquarters and technical centre.”

He said he had great memories of the U13 exhibition match at the main bowl of the National Stadium Abuja, and “the evenings we shared together with the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, the members of the diplomatic corps present, the football community and the Nigerian corporates.

“Finally, let me congratulate you on your engagement in developing football in Nigeria and all projects realized, creating a solid base for a positive future. Wishing you full success in the coming matches in Brazil at the men’s Olympic Football Tournament.”
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Suspended PDP Lawmaker Drags Benue Assembly To Court, Alleges Bailout Fraud

Speaker BNHA, Terkimbi Ikyange
Suspended member of the Benue State House of Assembly, Kester Kyenge, has said he will challenge his suspension in court even as he called on relevant agencies of government to look into the matter of misappropriation of bailout funds in the state.

Kyenge, representing Logo State Constituency, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that he was being victimised for challenging some ills in the state.

The lawmaker was suspended on Wednesday for allegedly causing an uproar in the chambers and calling for the resignation of the Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange.

He said the procedure for his suspension was faulty and the five months duration of the suspension was far beyond the 14 days stipulated by law.

Kyenge said he would challenge the suspension and seek the restoration of his rights.

He said: “I have approached legal experts and within the next 24 hours I should be able to take a stand.

“The entire process that took place on July 21 was faulty and illegal and should not hold. The court should be able to address the legitimacy or otherwise of the five months suspension.”

The lawmaker said his suspension was pre-meditated.

Kyenge said before any member could suspended, the Committee on Ethics and Privileges would investigate the matter and if the member was found guilty, such person had the option of apologising.

He said: “On this day, it wasn’t done so.

“The speaker just threw the matter to vote. There was a voice vote and during the voice vote, those who were against my suspension outnumbered the others.

“Now, the speaker said that by his hearing, it was difficult to know. Now he said it had to be raising of hands, which meant that it now became a party affair to whip everybody into line.

“I represent a constituency. It would be preposterous to assume that for five months, from now till the end of this calendar year, Logo will not be represented.”

Kyenge claimed that he was being persecuted for questioning the utilisation of funds which the state government received from the Federal Government.

He said: “I am profiled for daring to question the level of poverty and hunger in the land. I am profiled for daring to question the maladministration of the bailout funds. We have received loans in the state totalling almost N60 billion in one year approved by the Assembly.

“That is why I tell you that we have been convicted by the court of public opinion. As far as members of the public are concerned, we are conspirators in this sabotage.

“So I feel that truth is on trial and not me and I would be damned staying on the side of my constituents than conspiring with a few of my colleagues to rob my constituents of their commonwealth.

“This is my stand about it and I am ready to seek redress to the highest levels of the land.” he said.

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Makurdi Stands Still As Bishop Atule Usuh Begins His Journey To Eternity (Photos)

Photos: Ukan Kurugh
The final journey of Most Rev. Athanasius A. Usuh who passed on the 14th of July began today in Makurdi Benue state.

There will be a wake keep at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Makurdi Benue state today.

While on Friday 29th July, There will be Funeral Mass at IBB Square, Makurdi and Interment at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Makurdi.

The remains of the late bishop was removed from the mortuary at Bishop Murray Medical Centre in the afternoon for a brief stopover at IBB Square where he was installed as the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese in 1989.

The large crowd that gathered to catch a glimpse of the remains of this great father of Benue was reminiscent of the crowd that greeted his installation as the first indigenous Bishop of Makurdi Diocese at the same venue.

May his soul continue to rest in peace Amen!

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