Friday, July 20, 2012

14 killed at Batman movie premiere


At least 14 people were killed and some 50 wounded Friday when a gunman opened fire at a crowded cinema premiere of the latest Batman movie in the US state of Colorado, police and media said.

Witnesses interviewed by local media described a scene of chaos at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” saying the gunman had set off tear gas bombs and opened fire in the packed theater in Aurora, a suburb of Denver.

M.I.C To Undertake PSquare’s Mom’s Burial

Mrs. Josephine Okoye,

A foremost undertaker in Nigeria, M.I.C has been contracted to handle the burial of Mrs. Josephine Okoye, 62, the mother of multiple award-winning music group, P-Square.

Fondly referred to as Mama P, Mrs. Okoye died in Apollo Hospital, Calcutta, India on Wednesday, 11 July, 2012. She died about five hours after a successful heart surgery.

A devoted Christian and minister till death, Mrs. Okoye will be buried in her hometown, Anambra State. Though the burial arrangements have not been announced, P.M Entertainment reliably gathered that it will hold within the next two or three weeks.

Gospel Singer Wunmi’s Marriage Crashes

It seems the marriage of gospel singer, Mrs Wunmi Awoniyi, a.k.a Omo Emi, has crashed irredeemably as her husband, Prophet Samuel Awoniyi has filed a divorce suit before the Orile Agege Grade ‘B’ Customary Court in Lagos.

He is seeking the dissolution of the marriage on the ground of her alleged shameful acts.
The court has fixed 2 August, 2012 for hearing and determination of the matter.

Patience Jonathan Arrives Bayelsa For Swearing-in As Perm Sec Today

The wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, will today in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, be sworn-in as a permanent secretary along with 17 others by the Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.

Others to be sworn in include Mr. J. E. Oye, Samson Ayibeboa, Mrs. Antonia Koroye, Ziwari Billie, Buruboyefa John, Dikuro Ayebameh, Serge Williams, Olu Kuruom, G. I. Izein, Mrs. Philomena Alodie, Dr. Omietimi Kojo, Ese Izonebi, Ohougha Maythias, James Clinton, Mrs. Linnet Tebepah, Moses Teibowei, Dr. A. Sanayi and Vivian Odiwei.

The Massive MDG Fraud: How The Health Ministry Steals From The Sick And Dying-PREMIUM TIMES

Officials continue to steal funds needed for fixing dilapidated hospitals and providing drugs
In this first part of our series on the utilisation of the yearly $1billion for Millennium Development Goals' projects, we investigate the monumental corruption in the health ministry. We found that rather than help, the ministry is actually killing the country's hope of achieving the MDGs.
Massive corruption in various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are the main reasons Nigeria will not achieve her Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed.

NLC Appeals to Government: "Withdraw Soldiers From PHCN Facilities And Resume Dialogue"


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to the federal government to withdraw soldiers from facilities of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria  (PHCN), and resume meaningful dialogue with the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) towards resolving the stalemate between them.

In a statement by its President, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, the NLC pointed out today that the Chief Negotiator has yet to submit his team’s report for implementation, and that that implies the possibility of further dialogue with the workers.

The Chief Negotiator is Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, the pioneer President of the NLC and the Secretary of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU).

Happy Ramadan Fast To All The Muslims


Muslims across the country are expected to join other faithful across the world to begin this year Ramadan fasting today.
Already, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Sa’ad, has urged Muslims who sight the new moon of Ramadan to communicate to relevant authorities immediately for the commencement of the fast.
Muslims are mandated to fast in the month of Ramadan for either 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon.

Fresh attacks kill six in Maiduguri


Six people have been reported dead in Maiduguri, after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants.
It will be recalled that President Jonathan, on Wednesday, lifted a state of emergency in several local government areas in Borno State, ahead of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, which is observed by most of Nigeria's estimated 80 million Muslims.

Reps Want Sanusi, Oteh to Face Prosecution

Former Director-General, Security and Exchange Commission, Ms Arunma Oteh; CBN Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at a meeting of the Economic Management Team with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Tuesday (3/7/12). NAN Photo

The House of Representatives, yesterday, indicted Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Director-General of SEC Arunma Oteh and DG of Assets Management Commission (AMCON) Mustafa Chike-Obi for their refusal to submit certain documents required by the House.
The House took the decision while adopting the recommendations of its Adhoc Committee on the near collapse of the Capital Market.
The Report was laid before the House last Tuesday by the committee’s Chairman Ibrahim El-Sudi.

Abuja Road Named after Patience Jonathan


A road linking Defence Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA) office with the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Barracks, in Abuja, has been named after Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s President.

The road was constructed by the association.
At the commissioning ceremony, Mrs Jonathan said that private sector organisations’ cooperation was central to achieving the aims of the Transformation Agenda of her husband.
She said that the road would serve the interest of members of DEPOWA, the barracks community and other road users.

TRAGEDY: Fourth NANS Official Dies in Car Crash


A fourth official of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who was involved in last Friday’s auto accident has died in the hospital.

The students were traveling from Abuja where they had bestowed a controversial “Governor of The Year” award on Governor Olusegun Rahman Mimiko of Ondo State.

Three of them died on Friday, with another one reported to be in critical condition.
SaharaReporters learnt that shortly after the accident Aremo Gbenga Oyebode (NANS VP External Affairs) was left to his fate and he gave up the ghost yesterday at the Federal Clinic in Owo, Ondo state.

Big Brother Stargame: Prezzo May Leave Voluntarily


Kenyan rapper Prezzo confided in Talia Wednesday evening, letting her in on his plans to ask for a Voluntary Exit, as early as tomorrow. Prezzo cited isolation and an overwhelming sense of loneliness as his reason for throwing in the towel.
Talia did not seem to believe him at first, but after deeper conversation, realised the Kenyan is serious. "My tank is on empty right now. I'm done. I feel so lonely and the isolation is getting to me," he said.

Reps Threaten To Impeach President Goodluck Jonathan


The lawmakers say Mr. Jonathan will be impeached if the 2012 budget is not properly implemented.

The face-off between the House of Representatives and President Goodluck Jonathan continued, Thursday, as some lawmakers served Mr. Jonathan a shocking impeachment warning, threatening to remove him from office if the 2012 budget was not fully implemented by September.

The impeachment warning by the Lawmakers followed a motion by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Minority Leader.  

Reps insist Oteh is Incompetent


Despite an executive order recalling the embattled Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved its Capital Market Committee recommendations demanding her sack.
The committee had, in the report of its investigations of the near-collapse of the capital market, called for Oteh’s removal for not meeting the required 15 years pre-experience in the Nigerian capital market before appointment as the DG.

Soldiers Attack Lagos Task Force Officers

A group of soldiers on Wednesday beat up some men of a Lagos Task Force team on enforcing environment regulations, chairman of the task force, Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaimon said.

The incident was said to have happened around Yaba in Lagos when men of the task force who are police officers working in conjunction with the Lagos state government tried to remove a military vehicle from where it was parked.'

The soldiers were said to have been upset by the move and reacted. One of the police men was said to have been arrested by the soldiers after the rest beated in the ensuing scuffle.

However, the intervention of senior officers of the task force helped to resolve the matter and Superintendent Sulaimon said the arrested police man was also released later. 

Gunmen Fire At Card Players In Kano, Killing Three On Ramadan Eve


A few hours to the commencement of the Muslim Ramadan fasting, two  gunmen riding on a motorbike shot and killed three people playing cards in Kano. A fourth person sustained serious injuries and has been rushed to the hospital.

Also, a  constabulary police officer narrowly escaped death but sustained gunshot wounds and has also been taken to an unknown hospital, soaked in blood.

The men opened fire around public square known as ‘Kwanan Freedom radio’ in Sharada area of Kano city into a group of card players.

The Kano State police command spokesperson has officially confirmed the killings, while a security operative in the area said several residents have gone into hiding to avoid falling victim of the crossfire that ensures after such the attacks.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack.

Rafael Nadal Bails on Olympics,Says He’s Not in Condition to Play


Rafael Nadal just delivered some GREAT NEWS to everyone who's not a Spaniard ... he's officially pulling out of the 2012 Olympics ... claiming he's "not in condition" to compete.
It's a crushing blow to Spain ... since the tennis great won gold at the 2008 Games and was a favorite to top the podium this time around, too.
Rafael called the decision to bail one of the saddest moments of his career. He was supposed to be Spain's flag bearer during the opening ceremony -- but now it's likely he'll be replaced.

N2.5m Fraud: Ex- Banker Jailed Five Years

Idris Ado Zango

Justice Dije Aboki of High Court of Kano State has sentenced Mr. Idris Ado Zango, 31, an ex- banker who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to five years and nine months in jail for fraud. 

He was however given the option of a six hundred thousand naira (N600, 000) fine.
Zango of No. 133 Zango Quarters, Kano was charged for obtaining money by false pretence, criminal misappropriation and theft.