Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today in Da Prints (Online Newspapers Headlines Review)


First Ebola case diagnosed in the US
Senate to overrule INEC on new polling units
I'm vying for Presidency, says Buhari
Fayose led thugs to beat judges, CJ tells NJC
Obasanjo enrols for Ph.D at 77
B'Haram terrorists tried in secret, jailed for 75 years
CJ's letter to CJN on thugs invasion of Ekiti court
Ebola: Thousands of orphans neglected, says UN
Thousands more join HK protests
Nigeria can't be changed overnight —Jonathan
Don't subvert Fayose's mandate, Ekiti monarchs warn
Mutiny: Military, defence lawyers meet over 60 soldiers
APC slams INEC for failing to stop TAN
Obama promises improved relationship
SSS'll appeal court judgment on El-Rufai, says Ogar
Senator raises the alarm over alleged intimidation
Jonathan lying about job creation, electricity – APC
Nigeria continues to grope 54 years after independence
Buhari, Atiku and APC presidential ticket
We won't allow importation of electricity meters – NERC
Oil marketers abuse rules, overload tankers
PenCom recovers N3.4bn unremitted pension contributions from employers
FG plans to audit disaster funds
Amaju elected new NFF President
NFF wants me to replace Keshi –German coach
Nkwocha, Mbachu make AWC squad
Sports in epileptic state
EFCC nabs 60-year-old agent for N37.5m scam
Truck driver crushes okada rider to death
Residents want help for nine-year-old street boy
Flood wreaks havoc in Kwara, damages property
Of bigger economy and leaner citizens
54 years after, TBS a shadow of itself
No Independence Day for Chibok girls
I lost 3,000 books to Boko Haram – Othman
Amu-Nnadi on his way to Medgar
My father's cameras inspired me – Oludiran
Ebola disease and cost of dishonesty
Nigeria: A sleeping giant at 54
Ekiti warriors and desecration of the temple of justice
Hormone fluctuation affects men, too
How to prevent weight gain during menopause (1)
Don't drink the (warm) water, study says
Shareholders approve Conoil's N2.78bn dividend
Int'l body re-elects Oteh as AMERC chairperson
Nigeria @ 54: Ex-NMA President decries state of public hospitals
Nigeria occupies lowest rung of the health ladder – Akinkugbe
LCCI condemns LASTMA, FRSC, others for logistics disruption
NCAA warns foreign airlines against maltreating Nigerians

Nyako reinstatement: Court adjourns till Oct 16
Mutiny: Army inaugurates court martial tomorrow
Happy 54th Independence Anniversary
Reps probe N4,000 NYSC call up fee
FG to invest N320bn in building, restructuring of airports
AMCON appeals vacation of orders on Bi-Courtney
@54: Who is your Nigeria hero
Lawyer docked over N50.3m theft
Thugs set Kano court ablaze
Sallah: Lagos offers free ride to residents‎
Maigari wishes Nigerian Football well
Nigerian sports at 54
Giwa denounces Amaju's board
NFF election: Green, Kwande, Ajayi win
I'll never congratulate Pinnick – Iorfa
Pinnick Amaju emerges NFF President, dedicates victory to late Okpomo

Complied by Demola Adefajo

Sallah: Lagos bans sale of rams on highways

The Lagos State government said on Tuesday that the prohibition of sale or display of rams on highways in the state was still in force.

The government, therefore, restated its zero tolerance for the sale of livestock on highways.

A statement by the State Ministry of the Environment in Alausa, Ikeja,  Lagos, said the warning became necessary following the setting up of illegal ram markets in some parts of the metropolis.

The statement, signed by Mr Fola Adeyemi, the ministry's spokesman, listed areas where such illegal markets had sprung up as Otedola Housing Estate, Agege Motor Road, Ilupeju junction and the rail lines.

Others are Ijora, Surulere, Abeokuta Motor Road, Costain, Egbeda, Alaba, Okokomaiko and Olumegbon.

"While government appreciates the importance of rams to the celebration of Eid El Kabir, it is not a licence for people to contravene environmental laws.


Ekiti obas back Fayose as PDP warns APC

TRADITIONAL rulers in Ekiti State, on Tuesday, warned that the political crisis rocking the state for about one week now could be further aggravated if the mandate given to Mr AyĆ² Fayose in the June 21 governorship election was truncated.

The rulers, under the aegis of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, in a statement issued at the end of an emergency meeting on Tuesday, in Ado-Ekiti, also implored the state judiciary to "handle all cases before it with utmost impartiality."

The traditional rulers, who made their stand known in the statement signed by their chairman, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola, warned that any attempt to subvert the  mandate they said was freely given to the governor-elect, Fayose, would be resisted by the people.

"We are of the view that the people of the state had spoken through the ballot on June 21 and a mandate freely given. Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, therefore, feels strongly that this mandate should be actualised, as any attempt to truncate it may further aggravate the situation," they said.

Oba Babalola, who is also the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, said in the statement that "Council has confidence in the state judiciary and implore it to handle all cases before it with utmost impartiality."

They condemned the crisis that had created tension in the state, saying "we believe that Ekiti is greater than any individual or group of persons. We appeal to the gladiators to sheathe their swords and prevent aggravation of the already bad situation."

They also commiserated with the family of the deceased Chief Omolafe Aderiye and those whose properties had been destroyed.

The traditional rulers expressed concern about the raging tension the suit caused in the state over the legal tussle, which had also pitted the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Fayose, leading to closure of all the courts by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola.

The traditional rulers commended the police in the state and said they expressed "deep appreciation to the law-enforcement agencies for a job well done in restoring peace to Ekiti State" and urged them "to continue the good job."

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, alerted the nation to a design by the APC to influence the judiciary, subvert the will of the people and stop the inauguration of Fayose in Ekiti.

The party, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday, by its national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, berated the plot and vowed that such a move would fail woefully.

It described the plot of the  APC to stop the inauguration of Fayose as "a slap in the face of the people of Ekiti State, an assault on democracy and an attempt to rape the judiciary."

PDP declared  that no amount of evil machinations by the APC would stop Fayose's swearing-in on October 16, in accordance with the desire of the people of Ekiti, as expressed at the polls.

The PDP calls for full investigation into the activities of some officers of state judiciary involved in the recent crisis in the state.

In a related development, the PDP and APC are currently engaged in a verbal battle over the current tension in the state, as soldiers have taken over security in some of the streets of Ado Ekiti.

The PDP, in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, said it had allegedly uncovered "plot to unleash terror on Ekiti people through the use of imported thugs now camped at the Government House, hiding under the guise of October 1, 2014 Independence anniversary."

The party called on the state police command to beef up security in all the 16 local government areas in the state.

But the APC, while debunking the claim, said rather, the security agencies were planning to clamp down on their leaders.

The APC, in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, said it had "uncovered clandestine plan" by some officers of the state police command to start arresting some leaders of the party on the trumped-up charge of being the mastermind of the current political logjam in the state.

"Prominent among the names of those included in the list are the state chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe; Chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu; Sola Omonijo; Deji Adesokan, Dele Owoju, Richard Apolola, Niyi Adedipe, Rotimi Olambiwonninu, and so on," the party said.

But the police denied the allegation, saying the command was not attached to any political party in the state.

In a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Victor Babayemi, the police said "we expect everybody to cooperate with us."

The allegations and counter-allegations had renewed tension in the state, with soldiers deployed to man security in parts of the state capital, including Fajuyi Square and Ojumose areas of the state capital.


I’m vying for Presidency, says Buhari

A former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has finally declared his interest in contesting the Presidency in 2015.

Addressing volunteers and representatives of the Buhari Support Groups, in Abuja on Tuesday, he said the most important task before members of the All Progressives Congress was to snatch power from the   Peoples Democratic Party.

"Today, we are in the 15th year of the purposeless leadership by the PDP and all that we have seen is the unprecedented deterioration in the country's security situation," he said.

Buhari listed other infractions of the PDP-led administration to include astronomical rise in the incidence and intensity of corruption, and in the failure of governance.

He urged party supporters to take advantage of the time remaining before the elections to concentrate their efforts on achieving positive change for the country.

Buhari said, "The only way to meaningful change in this country is to vote the PDP out of the power to which it was never legitimately elected anyway.

"The task before us today is wide ranging and very great. The first and most important is to take away power from those who have been misusing it.

"Indeed, except for the call of patriotism, public-spiritedness and an abiding love for the people of this country, nothing will today make any honest, honourable and sane politician want to be saddled with Nigeria's leadership with an economy in trouble and a society in deeper trouble."

He wondered whether there was really a government in Nigeria.

According to him, the opposition has made all the necessary preparations to take away power from the "inept ruling party."

He equally noted that the coming together of hitherto fragmented opposition political parties to form one formidable party, the APC, would give the ruling PDP a run for its money.

While offering himself to undertake the task of leading the party to victory in the 2015 Presidential election, Buhari told his supporters, "With your support, I intend to offer myself for the position of the President of the Republic on the platform of our great party."

The former military dictator promised to make a formal declaration "soon."

He also appealed to his supporters to extend their support beyond his person but much more for the party.

Buhari equally charged them to remember that the "APC is a party with several qualified people for each and all the positions that will be contested, including that of the President."

He noted that it was the party primaries that would determine who would eventually get the APC ticket.

The aspirant further said he expected his supporters to redouble their efforts and commitment until the party won the Presidency.

He, however, said in the event that another aspirant won the party's nomination, he would expect his supporters to support the winner.

While appealing for vigilance, Buhari urged them not to take the laws into their hands no matter the level of provocation.

However, the PDP has described Buhari as a distraction.

The party said this while replying to a speech made by Buhari, who is a presidential aspirant in the APC, while addressing volunteers and representatives of Buhari Support Groups in Abuja on Tuesday.

In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said that it was unfortunate that Buhari would be talking the way he did when he refused to fix the economy as head of state.

He said instead of making unfounded allegations, Buhari should go and prepare for the APC presidential primary, saying the ruling party would continue to pray for him to win the APC ticket.

Metuh said, "He was a former head of state. While in office, he was not distracted as he was allowed to work, but he refused to fix the economy and other problems bedevilling the country.

"He is a distraction. Nigerians would not and cannot be deceived. We are advising him to go and get prepare for his party's primary. We wish him well."


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I can’t go to jail over NFF election -Minister

The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, said he can't go to jail following the commencement of contempt proceedings in court against Tuesday's conduct of Nigeria Football Federation board elections in Warri.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Danagogo's comment comes on the heels of a reported court order, which was said to have restrained the NFF and its agents from going ahead with the election.

He told NAN in Abuja that he was not served the "Form 48 contempt proceedings" to warrant him going to jail.

He said, "I can't speak for other persons whether they are heading for jail or not, but certainly I am not heading for jail.

"In law, documentary evidence excludes oral evidence, that's what lawyers will tell you.

"If you come and tell me now that there is a court order against me, I can say it's a gossip or rumour.

"I should not be told about a court order, I should be served. You must read in between the lines to properly interpret and know what directives you have been given."

The minister, who justified his earlier intervention in the NFF leadership crisis, noted that the mandatory directive by the court led to an interim leadership in July.

Danagogo added, "The last time I intervened, a mandatory directive was given by the court for the most senior civil servant in NFF to take over, so you must understand why I have to intervene then.

"I looked at the issues and said 'please let's obey the court order while we seek further clarification from the office of the Attorney-General and possibly see how we can set it aside'.

"At a certain point, one party said there was a court order that he should take over; the other man said no, you could not take over because FIFA did not recognise Nigerian court order.

"But at the end of the day, lawyers will interpret the order and we will get to a position where we will decide on what should be and what shouldn't be."

Amaju Pinnick wins NFF presidential election

The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has emerged the winner of the NFF presidential election.

The election was held today, Teusday, in Warri, Delta State.

Details later

Obasanjo registers for PhD at national open varsity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has registered for a Doctor of Philosophy programme at the National Open University of Nigeria.

The former president says he does not want to be given any preferential treatment that will distinguish him from other students.

Details later…