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Only Three Million Barrels Stolen!

WE hope Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice-Marshall Oluseyi Petinrin was not feeling triumphant when he told the House of Representatives committee probing the oil industry that oil thieves stole only about three million barrels of crude oil monthly. He sounded so.

Petinrin said about 90 million barrels were stolen monthly before Defence Headquarters intervened months back. If he was simply looking at the “savings of 87 million barrels of oil monthly”, he could celebrate. Has he heard that many blame the security agencies for condoning the thefts, which put the economy at peril?

The defence chief must admit that how much oil is stolen remains guesswork. Even if only three million barrels of crude oil were stolen monthly, the magnitude of the theft should not result in the type of posturing that Petinrin brought to the House.

At $75 per barrel, three million barrels of stolen crude cost Nigeria N36 billion monthly. Such huge sums in wrong hands have vast implications. The N34.67 billion the 2012 budget proposed as capital expenditure for the Ministry of Defence – Army, Air Force, Navy – is less than what, from Petinrin submission, thieves steal in one month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in naija news

 

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Police murdered my husband and labelled him an armed robber to cover it up – widow cries out

EVERYONE who knew Mrs. Munirat Ojo Ismail, would observe that she is currently a shadow of her old vibrant self. The reason is not far fetched as she has been turned into a young widow at 24, following the alleged killing of her husband under questionable manner by policemen attached to Kogi State command.

The incident which has not only shattered Mrs. Ojo but also saddled her with the responsibility of catering for her two children Mubarak (3) and Mufidat (6 months old), alone, is to say the least, unbearable for the lactating mother.

Her 25-year-old husband, Ojo Ismail Usman, a Diploma certificate holder from the Kaduna State Polytechnic, was reportedly arrested by policemen attached to Kogi State on February 5, 2012, in Lokoja and detained, only to be reported dead 18 days later.

Robbery suspect
Although Police sources in Kogi alleged that the late Ismail, who hailed from Ahache in Okene Local government area of the state was a robbery suspect, the widow denied the claim, calling on the police to show proof. After waiting for four months without any reasonable explanation over the death of her husband, the widow has consequently petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to investigate the matter with a view to ensuring that justice was done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in entertainment, naija news

 

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Photo: Husband Caught His Wife Fornicating, Parades Her Naked

We all know that the issue of fornication (adultery) is one of the grounds upon which a man is allowed to divorce his wife, according to the Bible. But here is my question: is this man right to dehumanized his woman like this, for whatever reason?

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in entertainment, naija news

 

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I went to prison because of my children – Yaw’s mum

Yaw                                                          Yaw’s mum

No woman can take the place of a mother in a child’s life. This is true as the mother of one of Nigeria’s famous entertainer Steve ‘Yaw’ Onu affirms this much on this week’s edition of the popular reality television show, Supermom, the celebrity edition.

Yaw, a renown on-air-personality, actor and comedian rose to fame while  featuring on the TV comedy drama, ‘Flatmates’ with his character’s humourous refrain, ‘Uwa bu paw paw men yaw’ which kept people glued to their television sets every Saturday.

The seventh of 10 children who hails from Awka, in Anambra state, Yaw  has since become one of the most sought-after entertainers in the country. Recently he was selected as one of Nigeria’s Olympic torch bearers.  But his road to success was not smooth.

According to Yaw’s mum, whose turn it is to share her story on the popular celebrity show which airs on major terrestrial television stations in Nigeria this weekend, it was indeed very tough feeding  ten hungry children and having to pay rent in their squalid apartment in Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos.

“Whenever  the rains came,it fell directly on us because the roof was leaking.” A  second hand clothes dealer in Yaba market, the 62 year old woman narrated how  she took to petty trading to compliment her husband’s income. She also ensured that Yaw and his siblings hawked cold drinks and ‘pure water’ to  support the family.  “She would tell me she was teaching me business instead of her to just say she wanted me to help her out in the market,” Yaw added  jokingly. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in entertainment, naija news

 

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Downpour displaces 10,000 in Borno, washes up 500 bodies from graves

BY Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—A heavy rainfall in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, from Wednesday evening till the early hours of yesterday, has displaced over 10,000 residents, with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

In Jajeri Moslem Cemetery in Maiduguri and Jere Council Area, over 500 dead bodies were washed up from their graves. A 10-year-old, who was buried two days ago, was also washed up.

The rainfall, which started at 5.00pm, Wednesday, stopped at 7.00pm; continued again by 2.00am till 6.00am,  yesterday. The down-pour was said to be the heaviest in the state since the commencement of the rainy season.

The most affected areas are: Bullumkutu, Ajillari, Jajeri, London Ciki, Polo, Bolori, Ummarari, Maduganari, Gomari Airport, Gwange and Mary wards of the metropolis. Most of the residents in these areas had to stay indoors. Others were seen evacuating their property and laying the items under the sun and on trees to dry.

Mallam Bukar Maina, a resident, said the affected people have met and unanimously endorsed a letter to Governor Shettima to come to their aid.

Maina said: “This is not the first time we have taken our complaint to the governor on the devastating effect of flooding in the area due to our proximity to River Gadambul. But all our cries fell on deaf ears. We hope this time around the governor will listen to us.”

One of the victims of the flooding in Bullumkutu, who is a senior civil servant(names withheld), said the state government, under Governor Kashim Shettima, was paying lip service to the environment sector.

A woman, who gave her name as Hajiya Asabe Umara in Bolori area, described the situation as very pathetic and destructive. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in naija news

 

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1,000 Nigerians To Be Deported From Austria

 

At the moment, perpetual fear has gripped the Nigeria community in Austria as the Nigerian Ambassador to Austria Her Excellency, Maria Oyeyinka Laose led an Austrian high delegation and had signed a treaty that any black person whose identity in Austria is in doubt would be deported to Nigeria.

Recently, a father of 2 ½ year old son was allegedly deported without official verification and this has created a lot fear in other Nigerians who have stayed worked for years in Austria.

The Nigerian communities in Vienna are boiling, they are weeping and wailing but yet their cries are like the lonely voice of John the Baptist in the wilderness without anybody to turn to. How long shall they continue to live in a state of uncertainty with the hope that one day it will be better? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in naija news

 

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How to Win the War against Terrorism, by Tambuwal

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Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Tuesday said Nigeria and other countries faced with the scourge of terrorism could defeat the menace if they network and share knowledge and experiences of their successes and challenges.
Addressing journalists at the opening of the 43rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) African Region in Gauteng, South Africa, Tambuwal said good governance and active citizen participation in how they are led will also play significant part in reducing acts of terror on the continent.
He said in Nigeria, the convening of town hall meetings and active participation of the citizens in legislative processes through public hearings have gone a long way in helping the parliament achieve its set goals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in naija news

 

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