Monday, March 30, 2015

Photos: Women in Rivers state protest Saturday's election  

Women in Rivers state took to the streets this morning to protest the conduct of the election in the state on Saturday March 28th. The women who wore black walked through Aba road towards INEC office to register their displeasure, alleging that there were some irregularities during the election. 

Photo of the female INEC staff who died in bike accident in Benue

On Saturday, I told you guys about a female INEC ad-hoc staff who died after the bike she was riding in was involved in an accident. (Read here). New details have emerged about the accident. The name of the lady who lost her life is Blessing Agidi Ode (pictured above) a 200l student of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

And contrary to reports, the bike rider didn't die. He, like the lady, was also an INEC Ad-hoc staff. He is receiving treatment but in critical condition. The neck handle of the bike removed while on top speed. See photo from the scene of accident and the survivor in hospital after the cut...

Police recover N9m from dead armed robbers who raided Owo banks  

The police in Ondo State have recovered N9 million from the six of the fifty armed robbers who raided four banks at Owo last week.

Vanguard reports that,two police women and four others, including an ASP and seven civilians were killed by the robbers who stormed the banks at about 4pm last Friday.
Also shot dead by the robbers were a bank manager and his deputy who reportedly refused to cooperate with them on arrival at the bank
Report had it that the robbers trailed some cash that were deposited in the banks, in view of last Saturday’s elections. The six robbers were shot dead by policemen who engaged them in a shoot out that lasted for two hours.
The two women police and the ASP were shot dead at the police station on arrival by the robbers who destroyed the station with gunshots.
Some vehicles, including that of the DPO of the station, was taken away but later recovered hours later after by the police. 23 assorted fire arms, including 9000rounds of ammunition, 11 dynamites, 100 magazines, ten smoke hand grenade, three steel helments, police berets and uniforms, nine exotic vehicles, were recovered from the robbers.

Confirming the incident, the Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said the command received information that armed men numbering over fifty in several vehicles, wielding sophisticated weapons, had slipped into the state. Eke said the robbers took over the police stations and four banks According to him, a formidable reinforcement, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police from Akure, the state capital, in charge of operations was dispatched .

After intense and protracted exchange of fire with the robbers, one of them was arrested alive, while six others lost their lives from gun shot wounds. The police commissioner said one Sony video camera with which the robbers recorded their dastardly act by themselves were equally recovered. Eke vowed to arrest those that “managed to escape with bullet wounds towards the boundary of Ondo with Edo/Kogi states.’’

Woman stabs husband to death over PDP, APC presidential candidates  

Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 26-year-old pregnant woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death during a quarrel over who would emerge winner between the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidates, while voting was on-going , weekend, at Ejigbo area of the state.

Vanguard reports that ,the incident, which threw the densely populated area into disarray, occurred at about 12noon inside the couple’s one room apartment at 81 Military zone junction.

There were different accounts on how tragedy struck. A version of the account said the couple had divergent views on their choice of presidential candidates. While the husband was said to have decided to vote for the PDP, his wife, simply called Onyiyechi, reportedly chose to vote for the presidential candidate of the APC. An argument which degenerated into a fight over whose choice would hold sway reportedly ensued between them.

In the process, Onyiyechi allegedly stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife in the chest region.
Another version said the deceased, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, told his pregnant wife to take the okro she was grating inside the room, to the veranda which also served as kitchen , an instruction she reportedly disobeyed, following which an argument which led to a fight occurred.

When Vanguard visited the scene of the incident yesterday, the couple’s apartment was under lock . Their neighbours however described the suspect as an amicable person who had never quarreled with anyone since she moved into the building.
One of the tenants who spoke on condition of anonymity told Vanguard that they did not witness how the suspect allegedly stabbed her husband.
But he explained that :
“ We were all outside waiting to vote when Onyiyechi rushed out, shouting for help. Out of curiosity, we all ran inside, only to discover blood all over the ground, on entering their apartment.
”On closer observation, we noticed that the blood was from her husband chest region. We met him on the ground. Before we could rush him to the hospital, he gave up the ghost.
Perhaps, he would have survived the attack had Onyiyechi called for help early. From all indication, it was clear that she attempted to manage the situation immediately the incident occurred. It was when she discovered that the situation had overwhelmed her that she raised alarm.
”I do not know the name of her husband. We only know that of his wife, who we fondly call Onyiyechi. The irony of this matter is that she is not cantankerous.
”She has never beaten a little child, let alone to fight with any neighbor. Again on that day, we saw both of them together. They were seen sitting outside, one hour before the incident occurred. Policemen from Ejigbo later came to remove the corpse to the Isolo morgue”

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gen. Buhari leads Jonathan in Kano

KANO – The All Progressive Congress presidential candidate,  General Muhammadu Buhari has posted a comfortable lead over his closet rival, and sitting President,  Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in about 7 local government areas announced by INEC Sunday afternoon.

The results announced by INEC Returning officer,  Professor Mohammed Hamisu shows that the former Dictator won in all councils with wider margin.
The breakdown as announced by the former Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,  Bauchi  indicated that in Albasu local government area: APC scored 34,000 votes, while PDP pulled 3,047 votes.
In Kibiya,  APC posted 23,000 votes, while PDP scored 4,999votes.
Also in Gabasawa council area,  the APC received 31,000 votes, while the PDP pulled 8, 840 votes.
The INEC further announced that in Bagwai local council,  the APC scored 3 8 , 750 votes against PDP 8,159 votes.
In Kunchi council,  the APC scored 24,542 votes as against PDP 2,921 votes.
In Tsanyawa local government area, APC pulled 32,662 votes, to PDP 4,819 votes.
Gaya local council,  the APC pulled 38,085 votes to PDP 1, 888 votes.

Ice Prince's stunning French-Ghanian girlfriend releases new photos

The good or bad thing (depends on the individual) about dating a celebrity is that you automatically get attention. If she wasn't dating Ice Prince, she'd be another pretty random girl on instagram and we won't care what she puts on her page, but since she's with him, we care! :-) Maima yesterday released stunning new photos of herself on instagram. See more after the cut...

I am now the legitimate president of AGN-Emeka Ike to Ibinabo

Following the court ruling which annulled Ibinabo Fiberesima's 2012 AGN election victory Emeka Ike has declared himself president of the Actors Guild.Speaking to Vanguard,he said despite threats to his life,he would die fighting for his right .
"They will not obey the court order and they are not obeying the verdict of the court of law. They are even calling the court ruling “kangaroo.” What an impunity!
They are yet to obey the court order. I’m hearing that she has gone to Court of Appeal, and if Ibinabo has appealed the matter, common sense demands that she should keep quiet and watch things unfold. Who’s advising her as well as her sponsors? She has appealed the matter, fine! But the appeal has not been granted, whether there will be a stay of execution or not.It’s just a notice, but I have an order. I am the legitimate President of AGN as we speak now. I don’t know who is giving Ibinabo the wrong impression that the court did not pronounce me the President of AGN.

If the Chief of Staff of Mr. President goes to court on behalf of the government and wins the judgement against the opposition, would you say he did it in isolation? It’s an issue of the excos, and one of my excos who happens to be my treasurer went to court to obtain a judgement against Ibinabo. So, it’s a victory for all.
ON the Way Foward ,he said
We have to proceed with everything we can to make them understand that the rule of law is sacrosanct. No matter the amount of money they have to throw around, the rule of law must prevail in this matter. They must obey the court order, and where they refused to do so, we will use all legal means to bring them to submission. We are not afraid of what they can do. In fact, the worse they can do is to pump bullets into our bodies. They are already threatening our lives. They even told my wife that she should either advise her husband or become a widow. Are they planning to kill me?
Of course, I am not afraid to die fighting for justice. I am not scared of the things that the evil men can do to the physical body because the soul is more superior than the physical body. If they think they can take the body away, I have made my point. 
This judgement has justified me despite all the scandalous things they have said about me on the pages of newspapers; all the blackmailings and invasion of my privacy; I have not said Ibinabo has five children from five men, neither have I reminded her that she has a case to answer with the Lagos State government. I’m not saying anything that has to do with her personal life. 
But I am telling her that she’s no longer the President of AGN, and that those people who are doing everything to secure her position are doing so because of their own personal gains. The young actors and actresses are being disenfranchised. It’s only for the few who would pay Ibinabo’s game, and among the few, the list keeps dropping as another new list emerges. So, it’s a case of ‘use and dump’, which is the normal game in politics. If she is introducing the same in the entertainment industry, we have to resist it.
 What have you done about the threat to your life?
I have made complains to the law enforcement agency and they will invite them very soon. I am crying out that Ibinabo and her followers want to kill me.

How Police Arrested,Tied me to their Van and Shot Me(Photo)

Barely two weeks after one Chibuike Edeh, a 26-year-old worker of Protea Hotel-Benin City, died mysteriously in the custody of the police, a trigger happy police Inspector, identified as Obaro, allegedly shot another man, 25-year-old Smart Ogah, over N40 at a check point along llushi/Ubiaja Road in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, last Monday.

In a petition addressed to the state Police Commissioner, Mr Samuel Adegbuyi, through his solicitor, Sheriff Okoh Esq., the victim, currently receiving treatment in an hospital, narrated how Obaro allegedly pumped bullets into his body after he handed over N40 to policemen at the check point.

The Inspector was said to be angry that the money was too small. The victim, who narrated his ordeal to SundayVanguard at the hospital, said,
“I was going to Uromi that evening when I met the police at the check point along llushi/Ubiaja Road. They stopped my motorcycle. They asked me for money and I gave them the N40 with me. One of them was collecting the money from me but the second police man said the money was not enough.Before I knew what was happening, he slapped me.

They tied me to their Hilux van. This man who shot me went into the Hilux and brought out his gun. He shot me with the gun and dropped it. He said he will tell me that he is an Igarra man, that he will kill me and nothing will happen. His colleagues were blaming him for shooting me. The man said I looked like the boy who assaulted them when they came to my village to arrest some body. I am from Ullushi main town in Esan South East. When they were blaming him, he now threw the handcuff key to others that they should remove the handcuff; that was how they took me to hospital.

“This happened last Monday. They apologised to me that they were sorry, that it was a mistake. Today, they told my uncle that they will take care of the bill and that they were going to give me N100,000 at the end of the day. But I didn’t agree to that. Since then, it only one of the policemen has been coming to the hospital to see me. Even since my first day in hospital, I have never set my eyes on the one that shot me. The policemen are attached to Ubiaja Police Station.

The DPO came to the hospital twice; the first time he came he gave me N2,000. Now they want to destroy my life. I am assisting my mum in the farm. I am just an ordinary school certificate holder and I did diploma in computer basic information technology. I wish to continue my education but I don’t know what the future holds for me now because my hand has been battered by the police bullet. My dad is late, we are managing life with my mum. We are five in number and I am the only son of my father.
I am appealing to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and other well-meaning Nigerians to help me so that I can get justice”.

Meanwhile in the petition addressed to Edo State Commissioner of Police, the lawyer is demanding that “ proper and adequate disciplinary measures be taken against our client’s assailants for their unlawful acts of torture, brutalization and violent attacks to his right to life, as well as authorise the payment of the sum of N10million to our client for further and better medical treatment abroad”. The petition warned that if the demand was not met in seven days, the victim will proper commence legal action to demand for justice from the police.

Contacted, Edo State police spokesman, Mr Joseph Edogiawerie, said the command will contact the Area Commander concerned to have a detailed report on the Ogor incident.

APC posting fake results, says PDP  

…Says INEC Still Collating Authentic Figures
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged Nigerians to totally disregard misleading figures being circulated by the APC in the social media as results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in some polling booths.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement, Sunday, said the figures were “fake and do not represented the true results which are currently being collated by INEC, the only body authorized to release and announce results”.
A mother thumb prints her finger to be accredited to vote at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, during presidential elections on March 28, 2015. Voting in Nigeria's general election has been extended to March 29 in 300 out of 150,000 polling stations, the electoral commission said, after technical glitches marred polling nationwide. AFP PHOTO
A mother thumb prints her finger to be accredited to vote at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, during presidential elections on March 28, 2015. Voting in Nigeria’s general election has been extended to March 29 in 300 out of 150,000 polling stations, the electoral commission said, after technical glitches marred polling nationwide. AFP PHOTO
“The APC in its desperation for power has resorted to posting fake results in the social media in a bid to ambush the electoral commission, mislead the unsuspecting public to believe it is winning, all in furtherance of its grand plot to cause confusion and set the stage for violence when the authentic results are finally released.
“We therefore alert Nigerians to be on their guard and close ranks in resisting the APC’s plot to plunge the nation into chaos and anarchy.  Our democracy has come to stay and the will of the people must prevail over and above the parochial ambition of a selfish few.
“Finally, we strongly caution the APC against its acts of desperation and use of dishonest methods including physical attacks against our members and supporters as these pose great threat to our democracy, the unity and stability of our dear nation.

APC Youth leader clubbed to death in Edo

A Youth leader of the All Progressives Congress was on Saturday clubbed to death and his body set ablaze by thugs in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Youth leader, Igie Osayande, met his untimely death when thugs invaded Ward 9, Units 9, 10 and 11 in Obagienevbosa Community, off Sapele Road, in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area.
According to the APC Agent in Ward Unit 11, Mr Sunny Osagiede, trouble started when the thugs stormed the area demanding to be accredited long after accreditation had closed and voting had commenced.
According to Osagiede, efforts by the leader of the thugs ( names withheld) to get accreditation were rebuffed by the Presiding Officer who told him that voting had already commenced. He was then prevailed upon by the policeman on duty at the unit to leave the area.”
Osagiede said the trouble escalated when the thugs returned to the ward after the calls with his boys and scattered the ballot boxes and tore the ballot papers into shreds.
“In an attempt to resist them, the APC youth leade, Igie Osagiede, was attacked by the thugs and clubbed to death. His body was also set ablaze. My Mercedes Benz 190 was damaged and the Youth leader’s Mercedes Benz ML 350 4Matic was set ablaze.”
He said the body of the deceased youth leader has been deposited at a morgue.

Buhari beats Jonathan inside Aso Villa

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan casts his vote in Otuoke, Bayelsa State on... Saturday

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in the elections conducted inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
There are two polling units-Unit 021 and 022-located side-by-side within the premises of the seat of power.
Buhari polled a total of 613 votes in the two polling units while Jonathan scored a total of 595 votes.
At Unit 021, Jonathan beat Buhari to second position with 293 votes while the APC candidate scored 265 votes.
At the second polling booth, Unit 022, Buhari emerged winner with 348 votes while Jonathan polled 302.
For the Senatorial election in Unit 021, PDP polled 286 votes to beat APC with 260.
In Unit 022, APC polled 337 votes while PDP scored 281 votes.
For the House of Representatives election in Unit 022, APC polled 334 to beat PDP to distant second with 241 votes.
For Unit 021 however, it was a close contest between APC that won with 255 votes and PDP that polled 254.
A total of 575 voters were accredited out of the 2,181 registered voters for Unit 021 while 770 voters were accredited out of the 2,278 voters registered for Unit 022.
The sorting and counting of the votes ran ended at 11.30pm, necessitating some voters to illuminate the venue with the headlamps of their cars.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has returned to the Presidential Villa after casting his vote in his hometown, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
He was inside his official residence while the votes cast in the two units were being counted.
He was said to have returned at about 8.30pm.

Military battles Boko Haram near Bauchi

Nigerian troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the northeastern city of Bauchi on Sunday, residents and a military source told AFP.
Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres (four miles) from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting.
“The fighter jets are pounding the enemy position while ground troops are engaging them,” said a military officer in the city, who asked not to be identified, in an account supported by residents.
“The operation is still ongoing but the terrorists have suffered serious losses and are in disarray,” the officer added.
The fighting was taking place as Nigeria was holding a second day of voting in its general election after technology failures hampered polling on Saturday.
The Islamists arrived in the village around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) and set up camp in preparation for an invasion of the city, said Dungulbe resident Mudassir Hambali, who fled to Bauchi.
“They came in 20 vehicles carrying heavy weapons. As soon as I realised what was happening I fled through the bus with my family.
“I saw a large convoy of soldiers heading towards the village while I and my family were trekking to Bauchi.”
Anas Uballe, from Inkil village, two kilometres from Dungulbe, said: “I saw two military jets dropping bombs and the huge explosions terrified our village which forced us to move into the city.”
The militants were believed to have come through the town of Alkaleri, 60 kilometres away, where there was a dawn raid on Saturday, according to the military source and residents who fled.
Gunmen in several vehicles attacked public buildings and security checkpoints.
A police station, the office of the paramilitary Nigeria Security and Civil Defence force and the local electoral commission premises were all burned to the ground.
“They moved to Bishi, 35 kilometres away, where they shot dead a man in his car on the highway,” said Alkaleri resident Babale Shehu.
“They were no doubt the same gunmen that went to Dungulbe.”
The gunmen also on Sunday attacked polling stations and destroyed ballot boxes in Bauchi, state police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said.
“Today… at about 0025 hours, unspecified numbers of unknown gunmen in a convoy of over 10 vehicles stormed many polling units in Kirfi… and destroyed many electoral materials,” he said.
“(The) hoodlums further attacked Kirfi and Alkaleri Divisional Police Headquarters but were repelled and pursued towards Dindima town.”
The police statement did not mention Boko Haram or the operation in Dungulbe, which comes after at least seven people were killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in neighbouring Gombe state Saturday.
“The entire surroundings has been cordoned off by combined security forces and effort is being intensified to restore normalcy in the area,” said Haruna.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

How Tinubu was embarrassed by a thug at polling unit  

Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was embarrassed by a thug, Ise Aye, while Tinubu was doing his accreditation at polling unit 047 on Kaffi/Sunday Adigun Street, Alausa, Ikeja.

The thug, who had scars on his face and tattoos all over his body, shouted at the governor and accused him of neglecting some of the youths in the area.
While shouting in Yoruba, he said, “You abandoned us here. The leaders here did not give us money. I know what I have suffered in the hands of the PDP all because I refused to join them. We remained loyal to the APC because of your late mother (Iya Mogaji) that lived here.Anytime I come here looking for money, they refer me to Bourdillon in Ikoyi but no one allows me to enter your mansion.”

Tinubu, who felt insulted by the outburst, described Ise Aye as an untrained young man lacking in wisdom.

He said, “Do you have any sense at all? Is that how you were trained to talk to elders. Get out of here, you are embarrassing me.”
The young man eventually prostrated for Tinubu.

When asked by a reporter why he supported Jonathan instead of Nuhu Ribadu of his party(the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria) in the 2011 elections, Tinubu said, “You must retract that statement. If not, I will assume that you are working for the PDP.

“I never supported Jonathan in 2011. I can never destroy what I used my hands to build.”


Obasanjo, Atiku, Tinubu and APC VP Osinbajo Get Accredited  

Political leaders across the country have endorsed the processes adopted by INEC so far to quarantee free and fair election, though with some calling for improvements. Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo leads the pack of prominent men who have been accredited ahead of voting for the next President of Nigeria come May 29, 2015.

Check out photos of Atiku, Tinubu, Osinbajo, etc., below:

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