Police recover body of boy burnt to death for stealing garri in Lagos

The boy pictured above is said to have attempted stealing garri and was caught in the process.

Why President Buhari cannot escape death – Muslim group

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has said President Muhammadu Buhari cannot escape death as he is just but a mortal being.

Why food prices are high in Nigeria – Audu Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday, blamed men of the Nigeria Police Force, their counterparts in the Army and Nigeria Customs Service attached to series of roadblocks in the country, for unending high cost of food prices, through unbearable extortions from truck drivers conveying farm produce to various urban centres.

DSS has declared war on Christians– CAN cries out

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Thursday condemned the interrogation of four members of its Trust Fund by the Department of State Services, DSS.

There will be no famine, hunger in Nigeria – Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government has put necessary measures in place to forestall hunger and famine in the country.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Human Rights Inquiry: Army’s panel report impartial, neutral, most professional – CESJET

The Center for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, CESJET, has described report of the panel of inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army  to investigate alleged human rights violations by army personnel in the counter-terrorism war in Nigeria as impartial, neutral and most professional.

 Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, had announced that officers of the Nigerian Army who are found guilty of Human Rights abuses, especially in connection with arrested Boko Haram terrorists and members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will not go unpunished.

NICreL reveals what over-dependence on oil has caused Nigeria, urges FG to NABDA

The New Initiative for Credible Leadership, a leading research and development based Civil Society Organization in Nigeria has stated that the ongoing economic quagmire in Nigeria was as a result of over-reliance on oil.

The organisation said it was high time stakeholders put on their thinking cap for the country to move away from its over dependency on oil and focus on other sectors, particularly agriculture which was the mainstream of the country's gross national earnings was booming before the advent crude oil.

Addressing newsmen on the activities of Nigeria's research institutions in Abuja on Saturday, Reverend Steven Onwu, Executive Secretary of the Centre, called on the Nigerian government to look at other sectors like the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) under the leadership of Professor Mrs. Lucy Ogbadu.

NABDA is an organization aimed at promoting, coordinating, and setting research and development priority in biotechnology for Nigeria.

According to Onwu, NABDA within the last two years has continued to work assiduously hard under its mandate to put the nation at par with global realities through its various innovations, scientific breakthroughs in the field of genetics and intellectual acumen to move the country forward.

Onwu noted that Professor Ogbadu is demonstrating to Nigerians through her sterling leadership anchored on accountability, probity and transparency that our journey to the Promised Land is not a mirage if we put all hands on deck and the country first in all our dealings.

His words, “the recent economic quagmire that the Nigeria found itself as a result of fall in oil prices across the country and this calls for all stakeholders to put on their thinking cap for the country to move away from oil to other sectors.

“No country in the world is as naturally endowed as Nigeria in terms of 21st century resources that are scattered across the various locations in the country and would require the needed intellectual drivers to achieve that amount of greatness which is commensurate with our resources.

 “The organization is patriotically driving the “change agenda” by blazing the trail in this uncommon field and the agency deserves a better funding support to do more.

The NICreL executive, while calling on the Nigerian Government to support the Ogbadu-led NABDA, noted that the agency needed more encouragement to continue to promote biotechnology activities that positively respond to national aspirations on food security, job/wealth creation, affordable healthcare delivery and sustainable environment.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Idoma-born gospel music minister, Enenche Love releases new single 'Let Me See Your Face' (DOWNALOD)

Coming on the heels of the success of her last single, A Sound from Heaven, gospel music rave of the moment, Enenche Love has dropped another song.

The latest studio effort entitled: Let Me See Your Face, hit the airwaves on Friday, Friday June 16, 2016. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Group rubishes calls for Ogbadu's resignation as NABDA DG

A civil society group, Coalition of Civil Society for Change and Good Governance has rubbished the recent call by a group known as Northern Professionals For Good Governance, NPGG, for the resignation of Prof Lucy Ogbadu as Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

The NPGG had given Ogbadu one week ultimatum to resign her leadership of the agency.

Reacting however, CCSGG described the call as absolute nonsensical, defamatory, irrational and baseless orchestrated by some persons just to rubbish the hard-earned name and reputation of the NABDA DG.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Comrade Guona Gamji,
Secretary-General of the CCSGG said the statement was the handiwork of some idlers under the canopy of a Civil Society Organization.

He said, "But we are compelled to react to it first; on account of the love of our dear country Nigeria and the urgency in the patriotic duty to protect and defend it against forces of darkness. And second, we wish to make the point, which is familiar to every Nigerian that we have collectively walked the tumultuous path since our independence as a nation and we cannot allow self-serving groups to rudely and pompously discourage and destroy any leader, at any level, who is determined to assist President Muhammadu Buhari propel the positive “change” Nigerians desire.

"Let’s state it abundantly clear from the outset that we are not an organization against accountability and transparency in public governance, as these are essential ingredients for the full economic recovery and regeneration of Nigeria.

"But much as we resent acts of corruption and not against a probe, concomitantly, we have a responsibility to rise in defence of Nigerians baselessly vilified and demonized by some groups," he said.

The group's leader said the action of NPGG was a distraction designed to halt Mrs. Ogbadu from advancing to fruition the numerous projects on her hands in genetic engineering and biotechnology breakthroughs for Nigeria.

Records of her public service at NABDA have revealed that Mrs. Ogbadu’s steps in these areas have recorded far-reaching success, to the displeasure of those after tainting the image of the Buhari presidency as a failure.

He added, "That NPGG claimed it wrote to the agency for clarification but there was no response, by no means signify that the agency’s boss is guilty of the allegations and so, justification could be found in the brash, unlawful, distasteful and malicious position of calls for resignation or occupation of the agency’s office. In civilized climes, not everything whether good or bad is achieved by brute force as canvassed by NPGG.

"But based on the dictates of the Freedom of Information Act, in Nigeria, NPGG would have sued the agency, praying the court to compel them to release the requested information. And until they had verified and found Professor Ogbadu guilty, at least, within the context of their debased judgment, one could have pardoned them for making an effort."

He urged the General public to disregard the calls and support Ogbadu as she takes NABDA to greater heights.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Hold Kanu responsible should anything happens to Igbos in Nigeria- South East group

The South East Restoration Group has asked Ndigbo to hold the Leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu responsible should anything happens to any Igbo in any part of the country.

The group said Kanu had been using his Biafra agitation to defraud and deceive innocent Igbos to rebel against the Nigerian government whilst the elders kept mute until things got out of hand.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

JAMB Registrar bags award over successful conduct of CBT-UTME

Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Transparency on Governance has hailed the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, over the successful conduct of the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

CCSOTG subsequently conferred the title of ‘IDEAL CHANGE AGENT’ on JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oleyede for the well-conduct of the examination.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Idoma people disown Biafra, warn Nnamdi Kanu

The Idoma People of Nigeria has distanced themselves from the inclusion of Idoma territory in the map of Biafra by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Independent People of Biafra.

The Idoma Youth Forum for Justice said the inclusion of Benue South in the map of the defunct Biafra was a deliberate attempt by the agitators to pitch the Idoma people against the Nigerian government.

Global Amnesty Watch reveals how Nigerian military is winning war against insurgency

Global Amnesty Watch has revealed why the Nigerian military has been able to sustain its victory over insurgency within the year.

The UK-based organisation also revealed that from its findings, the military operation in the northeast has successfully liberated the towns and villages that came under the control of insurgents.   

According to GAW, the military has been able to achieve all these feats due to its highest level of transparency and intelligence.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Transparency International refutes claims against current military leadership

 Chairman of Transparency International, Nigeria Office, Auwal Rafsanjani has refuted working against the Nigerian military leader over its recent report on arms procurement.

Recall that TI had in a report presented by Auwal, claimed that the “Defence sector corruption in Nigeria has enabled the political elite to accumulate and distribute political patronage. Longstanding military exceptionalism, meanwhile, has justified weak and compromised oversight of security -related spending and excessive secrecy,” the report said.

However, speaking on a programme monitored on AIT Monday morning, the TI executive insisted that the recent report was not meant to derail the anti-corruption fight by the current administration.

According to him, the report was aimed at commending and complementing the efforts of the various service chiefs for ‘deviating from the past.’

Speaking further , the TI director applauded the Nigerian Army for making efforts to study some recommendations made by the its organization to further strengthen its ongoing war against every form of corruption within its rank and file. 

He also used the opportunity to call on the Nigerian military to continue to make its door open to interactions between the Civil Society and the Organizations in the Federal Government's war against corruption knowing fully well that, “the military remains key to the sustenance of any healthy society for all Nigerians.”

On his part, social and political commentator, Philip Agbese, who spoke alongside Rafsanjani on the program, maintained that though there could be facts in the report between 2010 to 2015, it was still not enough for any one to constitute himself into a court of law to pass verdicts on issues before the court.

He further encouraged Transparency International to be less ambiguous in its titles and presentations as not to discourage selfless persons particularly the present Military Chiefs who have done their best to bring about sanity to the military in the last two years.

Biafra: Don’t force anybody to sit at home - Ekweremmadu warns IPOB

 Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, has warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra against forcing people to sit at home against their wish in South-East for May 30.

IPOB had called on citizens of South-East to stay at home on May 30 to mourn their heroes who died during the civil war.