Monday, April 27, 2015
Hongye International Limited and CGC invited Chief Dr Ortom to tour their facilities in China.
As they tried passing under the bridge, they got gripped by the hands of death when the bridge collapsed on them killing the driver, his passengers and other pedestrians. The bodies of the victims have been deposited at a hospital mortuary. A total of seven lives were lost.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members last Saturday attacked Shonong village in Riyom local government area of Plateau state killing four people including two members of the state-owned security outfit, Operation Rainbow.
The village has been attacked severally by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the last three and casualties are mostly women and children.
In the recent attack, the gunmen armed with sophisticated weapons took the villagers by surprise as they were said to have stormed the village at about 12 noon and a response to the distress call sent to the Operation Rainbow led to the death of its personnel as the gunmen overpowered and killed two of them.
The gunmen made away with rifles seized from men of the Security outfit and residents had fled the village to Riyom town, Headquarter of Riyom local government area.
A villager, Chundung Chollom who is also taking refuge in Riyom said, “The gunmen are Boko Haram and they have sacked the entire village. There are strong indication the gunmen will attack more villages so we are fleeing our homes with others from nearby villages.”
Combined security forces comprising of Operation Rainbow and Special Task Force, STF numbering about 40 armed men and two armored personnel carriers have also fled the village for fear of the terrorists.
The Member representing Riyom constituency, Mr. Daniel Dem lamented the situation saying, “the gunmen ransacked the place and took the belonging of the Security personnel away.
“The people are living in fear and nothing seems to be done to put an end to the attacks and killings in my constituency. I’m calling on relevant agencies to look into this thing and bring to an end the activities of these terrorists.”
When contacted, the spokesman of the STF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha told Vanguard on phone, “what do you know that happened at Shonong? Let me check, if there is any update, I’ll let you know.”
The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, has described the recall of Nigeria’s High Commissioner as an “unfortunate and regrettable” diplomatic step.
In a statement, Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, said the South African government was shocked that the Nigerian government would resort “to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government”.
“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting,” Mr. Monyela said.
“It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.”
The. South African authority said despite the recall, the country remained committed to a strong bond of friendship and bilateral relations with Nigeria despite the death of 84 South Africans at a collapsed guest house of Synagogue Church of All Nations on September 12, 2014.
The country also took a jab at the outgoing administration of President Godluck Jonathan saying it would raise its concerns through diplomatic channels with the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration and referencing the failure of the current administration to rescue the kidnapped chibok girls and also end Boko Haram insurgency.
“We shall also continue to support and not blame the Nigerian Government as it battles to deal with Boko Haram that continues to kill many innocent civilians,” the statement said. “We hope that the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram will someday be reunited with their families.”
South Africa and Nigeria have had a tense relationship since the former seized millions of dollars in cash illegally brought into its territory by Nigerian authorities.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tina Knowles married actor Richard Lawson on Sunday, April 12, on a yacht that sailed California’s Newport Beach harbor.
The Love Boat: Tina Knowles Weds Richard Lawson On A Yacht
Giving the scoop to People, Tina gushed about her wedding day saying, “It couldn’t have been more perfect. To walk down the aisle and see all my friends and family and to see my handsome man standin’ there, and to know that at 61 you can still find love and have a magical day like that … it was really beautiful.”
See the wedding pics below.
Ten days after giving birth to her fourth child, Kimora Lee Simmons shared the first photo of her sweet baby boy, Wolfe, sleeping on her chest.
"#WolfeLee is finally here!" the fashion mogul and TV personality captioned the pic, which doesn't show her baby boy's full face, but does draw attention to his impressive head of hair. Mom, meanwhile, is understandably bare-faced and aglow simply with contentment.
The recent visit by the current Senate President, David Mark to President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari, has been described as inconsequential by Daniel Onjeh, the Benue South Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last national assembly election.
President-Elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday received Suleiman Hashimu, the man who is reported to have walked from Lagos to Abuja to celebrate the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate’s victory in the March 28 election.
Ag.IGP Solomon Arase,Meets With Prof. Attahiru Jega, Ahead Of Tomorrow's Supplementary Elections In Some States.
Assures provision of adequate security for 25.04.2015 Re-run/Supplementary elections in #Abia #Delta #Imo #Kogi and #Taraba
#NPFElectionSecurity #NigeriaDecides #NPFalert
President Goodluck Jonathan has proposed a tour of the presidential villa for President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
The two leaders met Friday behind closed-doors. It was their second meeting since March 28 elections, won by Mr. Buhari.
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday failed to reach a decision on the zoning of political offices.
They met at the Rivers State Governors’ Lodge at Asokoro, Abuja all through Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday.
Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Bamanga Tukur has said the party caused its own downfall.
A global conflict prevention organisation, International Crisis Group, has named the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as one of seven outstanding personalities worldwide, to be honoured with its annual awards for 2015.
South Africa’s parliament will be suspended from next week to enable lawmakers to return to their constituencies to spread the anti-xenophobia message, in the wake of deadly attacks on African migrants.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress has assured Nigerians that the party will not manage the poverty level in the country, categorically stating that it will eliminate it.
The former governor of Lagos said this when he delivered a speech at the 12th convocation ceremony of Ladoke Akintola University, LAUTECH in Ogbomosho, Oyo state.
Read Tinubu’s full speech below:
Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that members of his cabinet would subscribe to a code of conduct which will abhor corruption as a mechanism shall be put in place to monitor them.
Speaking at the winding down of the Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization at Royal Choice Inn in Makurdi, he explained that the dwindling financial fortunes of the state dictated the development.
''New Vehicles Given To Me Is A Gesture In Consonance With The Culture In Government Circles'' -Gov.Elect Chief Samuel Ortom.
The Gov Elect has responded to concerns and misinterpretations on the 8 SUVs given to him and his deputy and their wives by the out going governor,please read his explanation below.
Following her husband's defeat at the recently held presidential election, Mrs Patience Jonathan has called for an emergency meeting of the African First Ladies Peace Mission where she has served as President since July 2012. Mrs Jonathan was elected President of the group in July 2012 and was expected to do two year term but with the exit of her husband from office, she will have to handover as President to someone else. Read the letter calling for the emergency meeting after the cut...
The government of South Africa has expressed outrage after Israel's decision to deny a visa to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.
Clayson Monyela, Deputy Director General of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, told Al Jazeera on Thursday the Israeli government needed to offer a reason for the snubbing.
Pictures | Buhari & Jonathan Spotted Laughing At The Presidential Villa After A Closed Door Meeting.
Nollywood legend Liz Benson is back,Liz Benson was off the screen for sometime,she was spotted today on location with Nollywood Producer/Movie Director ,Chidi Anyanwu Chidox working on a new tv drama series shot in Owerri titled "Hillary Hilarious",
I hear plans are in top gear for them to get married soon.
News went viralon social media that famous Nollywood actor/comedian, Osita Iheme , who is widely called Pawpaw is set to get married to his Ghanaian sweetheart soon .
Anambra state Governor ,Mr Willie Obiano on Friday visited the President-Elect, General Mohammadu Buhari in his Aso Drive residence, Abuja.
The 24-year-old from Berkshire suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which means she has an imbalance of female s*x hormones.
One of the side effects of the condition is the sprouting of unruly hair.
Harnaam began growing a thick beard at the age of 11.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
President Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has relocated to the Defence House in the Maitama area of Abuja metropolis where he now operates temporarily.
Barely four weeks to inauguration date, President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has rejected moves by the Department of State Services (DSS), to replace his Chief Security Officer (CSO) with a new officer.
According to a source close to the DSS as soon as General Buhari emerged as President-elect, the Service hurriedly moved to replace his CSO, but met a brick wall as the President-elect vehemently rejected the offer which he viewed with suspicion and insisted that he would prefer to retain and continue with CSO AbdulRahman Mani as against having a new officer to be posted to him.
The Director-General of the DSS was believed to have gone to General Buhari to explain to him that based on his new position as President-elect, he was deserving of an officer with a higher rank to that of Mani.
But General Buhari, a former Head of State and a military General, who understands the workings of the system, said there was nothing wrong in promoting Mani to the next rank to enable him qualify for a job he is already used to doing.
Accordingly and in line with the request of the President-elect, the Director-General of the DSS left and returned the following day with a letter approving the appointment of Mani as the substantive CSO to General Buhari.
A bizarre and alarming discovery is raising concerns in Japan about the potential for terrorism involving drones.
A drone carrying traces of a radioactive material was found on the rooftop of Japan's equivalent to the White House on Wednesday, police and government officials said.