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I never said Nigeria’s economy is in prison under Buhari – Pastor Adefarasin

The House On The Rock Church has denied a recent report, which quoted its Senior Pastor, Pastor Adefarasin as saying that the nation’s economy was in prison under the current administration.
The pastor in a statement issued on Monday said the media quoted him out of context, noting that he had no reason to mock the country’s present state, adding that the transformation of Nigeria remained his earnests prayers.
His statement reads in full.
A national newspaper in its edition of 23rd of July 2016, wrongly credited Pastor Paul Adefarasin with a statement about the Nigerian economy being in prison.

Pastor Adefarasin’s only reference to the economy is quoted here: “If you believe that Nigeria will prosper again, that not only will our oil wells boom once more but that our economy and industry will diversify to express the diverse talent in the heart and in the bossom of several Nigerians north and south, east and west, I want you to shout your biggest amen.

“He did not say the Nigerian Economy was in prison as reported by the newspaper and some of the online blogs have since carried the story.”

Buhari fires heads of JAMB, TETFUND, others; names new CEOs for 17 Education Agencies [FULL LIST]

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 17 new Chief Executives for parastatals and agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.
The appointment is with effect from August 1, 2016.
While some were sacked, others like the National Universities Commission got new heads as tenure of the ex-CEOs had ended.
The new appointees are:
National Universities Commission – Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed

Nigerian Institute for Education Planning and Administration – Prof. Lilian Salami

Universal Basic Education – Dr. Hameed Bobboyi

National Library of Nigeria – Prof Lanre Aina

National Examinations Council – Prof. Charles Uwakwe

National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal education – Prof. Abba Aladu

Nomadic Education Commission – Prof. Bashir Usman

National Business and Technical Examinations Board – Prof. Isioma Isiugo-Abanihe

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria – Prof. Sunday Josiah Ajiboye

Computer Registration Council of Nigeria – Afolabi Aderinto

National Commission for Colleges of Education – Prof. Bappah Aliyu

Tertiary Education Trust Fund – Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa

National Mathematical Centre – Prof. Steven Ejugwu Onah

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB – Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

National Institute of Nigerian Languages – Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche

Librarian Registration Counil of Nigeria – Prof Michael Afolabi

National Teachers Institute – Prof Garba Dahuwa Azare

Similarly, President Buhari has also approved that the following chief executives to be retained in their respective agencies:

Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council – Prof. Samaila Junaidu

Nigerian French Language C\Village – Prof rauuf adebisi

National Board for Technical Education – Dr. Mas’ud Kazaure

National Arabic language Village – Prof. Muhammad Mu’az.

Prayer warriors beaten to coma for invoking wrath of God on robbers, kidnappers in Anambra

Some prayer warriors during the weekend escaped being beaten to death by irate youths believed to be robbers for invoking the wrath of God on them.
The incident happened in Umudioka, Awka South Local Govbernment Area, Anambra State.
It was gathered that one Kenechukwu Nebeolisa had allegedly invited the prayer warriors to the community to ward off all manner of atrocities, including land grabbing, intimidation and harassment, robbery and thug activities in the area.
Vanguard reports that in the early hours of the vigil by Nebeolisa and the prayer warriors, some armed youths believed to be behind the vices, stormed the prayer ground and beat everybody there to pulp for cursing them in the name of God.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the youths, Nnebolisa said, “they said I did not take permission from them before inviting the prayer warriors that cursed them; that as those in charge of the Youths in Ezi-Awka, I must take permission from them.
“Those youths have been going about extorting money, beating up people and taking over their land, the last time they met me at Aguoye hills, the beat hell out of me, I reported the case to the Chairman and the Secretary, respectively of Ezi-Awka Youth Assembly and also to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for necessary action.”

Adamawa LG polls: PDP rejects result, calls for election cancellation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa on Monday said it had rejected the results of Saturday’s local government election in the state, and called for its cancellation.

Addressing a news conference in Yola, Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Joel Madaki, said that what happened on Saturday was a “mockery of democracy’’.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) view with dismay, the way and manner the purported local government election was conducted throughout the state.
“The election was characterized by fraudulent processes inimical to the conduct of an acceptable election.
“We, therefore, in totality, reject the process of the election and call for cancellation,” Madaki said.
He stated that the irregularities perpetrated in the election by their opponents constituted shame to democracy.
He, however, appealed to the party’s supporters to remain law-abiding, saying that the party was preparing to challenge the election in court.

Instagram steps up fight against harassment
If the test goes well, the anti-harassment feature could begin to spread across Instagram in coming weeks Photo: AFP
Instagram on Monday said that is adding a new weapon for fighting harassment at the popular mobile App for sharing pictures and videos.
The Facebook-owned social network began letting some celebrities and others with accounts that attract torrents of feedback filter those comments by keywords or even turn off the option to comment on particular posts.
“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self-expression,” an Instagram spokesperson said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry.
“As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”
If the test goes well, the anti-harassment feature could begin to spread across Instagram in coming weeks.
The visually oriented service already allows users to delete comments or use a filter designed to block profanity.

Letting users decide which comments to block from their accounts helps take Instagram out of the crosshairs amid complaints about censorship or not doing enough to thwart online harassment.

Instagram in June said that its user base has surged to half a billion, adding its latest 100 million in less than a year. More than 80 percent of Instagram users are outside the United States.

Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012, is now seen as a growth engine for Facebook, which has some 1.6 billion users around the world.

The social media site has also been ramping up its advertising efforts, which could bring in more revenues for Facebook.

According to the research firm eMarketer, Instagram will pull in $1.53 billion in worldwide mobile ad revenue in 2016, a jump of 144 percent over last year.

Woman gang raped in Abakaliki

A 45-year-old woman was on Sunday gang-raped and tortured by gunmen in Abakaliki.
The victim said that a group of armed men numbering about five, forcefully pulled her from the commercial tricycle (Keke) which she boarded.
According to her, the gunmen subsequently forced her into the Keke they boarded and drove-off alongside two motorcycles they hired.
“They took me to a swampy bush behind the San Diego Hotel, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, where they gang-raped, tortured and abandoned me thinking I was dead.
“A good Samaritan came to my rescue and informed the police who took me to a hospital where I was placed on intensive medication,” she said.
She said the attack was premeditated, alleging that the gunmen might had been hired by her estranged husband who hailed from Enugu.
“I reported him at the Family Law Centre,Abakaliki, over his incessant assault and inhuman treatment which causes me deep physical and emotional trauma.
“During the last sitting of the Centre’s court, he boasted that my case with him will end when I am ‘eliminated’.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi Police Command , DSP George Okafor, who confirmed the story, assured that the command would get to the root of the matter.
“No arrest has been made so far on the issue, as we are currently concentrating on saving the woman’s life.
“Investigations into the matter will, however, be pursued to its logical conclusion, to apprehend and prosecute the culprits,” he said.

Man rapes 7-year-old inside mosque during morning prayers

A 28-year-old man, Modiu Diallo, was on Monday arraigned in a Surulere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl in a mosque.
The accused with no fixed address is facing a three-count charge bordering on rape.
Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offence at about 6:00a.m., on July 13, at Iponri Central Mosque, Surulere, Lagos
“It is a shameful act and that should not be condoled,” she said.
The offence contravened Sections 135 (2) and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
When the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ekpaye Nwachukwu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till Sept. 20 for mention. 

Niger Delta militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, has said it cancelled its planned declaration of a Niger Delta Republic after appeals from Ijaw leaders, including ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the group, Edmos Ayayeibo, reiterated its determination to cripple the nation’s economy until President Muhammadu Buhari showed a sincere desire to dialogue and restructure the country.

ABA, which is also an affiliate of the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers, also warned the federal government against entering dialogue with the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta if the government wants peace in the oil-rich region.

The statement reads in part, “We adhere to the voice of our people, because our struggle is for the Niger Delta people and not for selfish reason. But this is not the end. More has yet to come. Our mission to cripple the economy of the Nigerian nation will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a roundtable to dialogue and to restructure the Nigeria.

“We received calls from prominent leaders like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mrs. Ankio Briggs, Chief E. K. Clark and especially King Alfred Diete Spiff calling on the freedom fighters to abort their mission to declare Niger Delta Republic.

“Unless that, we will not stop until Nigeria becomes a zero economy. We are also saying this for the benefit of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian government to stop wasting their time with those greedy fellows that call themselves MEND because nothing good will come out of them rather than sabotage.

“Everything they are saying, not even one will be accomplished. We will never agree with anything they say and henceforth MEND should watch their back because we have tolerated them for a very long time.

“Enough is enough, since they want to set confusion in the Niger Delta we will start from them.”


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