SOME NIGERIAN MILITARY MEN ARE SELLING ARMS TO BOKO HARAM SAYS AP

Nigerian military: Some officers selling arms to Boko Haram BY MICHELLE FAUL SEP. 4, 2016 8:50 AM EDT MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country’s fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft. The admission comes three weeks after the Nigerian army said a military tribunal is trying 16 officers and troops accused of offenses related to the fight against Boko Haram, including the theft and sale of ammunition. Maj.…

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WHEN THE STRONGMAN OF IMO POLITICS, EMMANUEL IWUANYANWU CLOCKED 74, SEE PICTURES FROM THE CHURCH SERVICE

Billionaire businessman and elder statesman, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu turned 74 years today amidst fanfare and love. Activities kicked off with a Thanksgiving Service at CATOL Anglican church, Owerri and a party at the billionaire’s residence. The occasion witnessed the presence of top witnessed the presence of several top politicians and businessmen in Imo. Inidividuals like Wife of the Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Ugwuanyi, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, wife of the Governor of Imo State, Senator Samdaddy Anyanwu, Chike Okafor, Hon. Henry Nwawuba, General Roland Ogbonna, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Hon. Bethel Amadi,…

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KATSINA LOSES 5KM TO DESERTIFICATION ANNUALLY SAYS GOVERNOR MASARI

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari said the state is losing about five kilometres annually to desertification. He called  for greater attention to address the alarming situation. Speaking at the commissioning of the Green project initiated by Yusuf Bala Usman College of Legal and General Studies, Daura, Masari said with the right attitude from people, the situation could be reversed. He said,  what remains as forest in the state are simply shrubs and grasses noting that the adverse effects are manifesting already, while urging people to embrace the culture of…

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FORGET BUHARI’S ANTI CORRUPTION WAR, MONEY PLAYED THE MAJOR ROLE IN THE APC ONDO GUBER PRIMARIES

While the All Progressives Congress-led federal government has made the anti-corruption war a priority, the conduct of the party’s members in Ondo shows a lot still needs to be done to sensitise Nigerians on the malaise. The way money was shared by aspirants and their agents to the hundreds of delegates at the venue of the congress, a common scenario in Nigerian polity, arguably demonstrates the endemic corruption in the nation’s political system. One of the 24 governorship aspirants of the party, Tunji Ariyomo, believes corruption is systemic and not…

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PASTOR ARRESTED FOR KEEPING GUNS FOR ROBBERS AND MILITANTS

Pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim Church of Zion at Igando area of Lagos and a mother of seven have been arrested for allegedly keeping guns and preparing food for militants. However, the pastor, who identified himself as Governor Peretun, denied the allegation. According to the police, Peretun used to keep guns for militants. These militants were part of those who, two months ago, repeatedly invaded Ewedogbon community in Igando area of the state and wreaked havoc on residents. The police said: “The pastor was aiding the militants in pipeline vandalism.…

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NIGERIA’S FIRST GAY CHURCH MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE

First gay church in Nigeria, House Of Rainbow, on the 2nd September celebrated their 10th Year Anniversary. And according to them, they did it with pride. Nearly 60 people were in attendance at the event which happened in London. Jide Macaulay, Nigeria’s first openly gay pastor who founded House of Rainbow Fellowship on 2nd September 2006 said: It is the case of the rejected stones becoming the cornerstone. Our theme was Testimony, Grace & Glory. For 10 years we have been active creating safe spaces for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender,…

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SALLAH FORCES REPS TO POSTPONE RESUMPTION

The House of Representatives has postponed by one week its anticipated resumption, The PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Sunday. This also implies that the expected action of the 360-member legislature on the budget padding allegations levelled against the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers, will be delayed by at least one week. The other three are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor. Lawmakers proceeded on their annual recess on July 20 and were scheduled…

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PDP CONDEMNS OSHIOMHOLE’S DIRECTIVE THAT EDO EORKERS MUST WEAR APC WRISTBAND OR GET SACKED

THE PDP has condemned the directive of the Edo State government to all civil servants in the state to wear APC arm bands and adorn their walls and tables in the office with the party’s posters and flags or risk being sacked. In a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said whereas, “Civil servants are supposed to be apolitical, the trend where they were ordered through text messages ostensibly from the Head of Service to immediately adorn the arm bands, paste posters and put the…

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ALAMIEYIESIAGHA’S 2.8BILLION HOTEL HANDED OVER TO BAYELSA STATE REMAINS DESOLATE IN ABUJA 7 YEARS AFTER HANDOVER

Almost seven years after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) handed over the N2.8billion Chelsea Hotel to the government of Bayelsa State, the hitherto money-spinning edifice is rotting away in Abuja. The hotel was seized from the state’s first civilian governor, the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. A Federal High Court, Lagos in 2007 ordered the forfeiture of the hotel by Alamieyeseigha after the ex-governor was sentenced for corruption. Besides the hotel, the EFCC sold other Alamieyeseigha assets in Nigeria and realised N3, 128, 230, 294.83billion; $441,000; E7, 000 and £2,000.…

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MALAMI IN KICKBACK SCANDAL AS MINISTER DENIES ASKING LONDON LAWYER FOR A PERCENTAGE OF HIS COMMISSION FROM ABACHA LOOT

ABUJA — The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has denied allegation that he demanded kickback from United States-based attorney, Mr. Godson Nnaka, who is laying claim to 40 per cent of $458 million loot the US government seized from late military dictator, General Sani Abacha. Malami said the only communication his office had with Nnaka or his counsel was “only out of professional courtesy. According to him, “allegations of a kickback demand are untrue and simply reek of desperation.” The AGF, in…

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