‘Even Market Women Buy Gold!’ – Diezani Alison-Madueke Reacts to Aljazeera Documentary Linking Her With Corruption
A former minister of petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has
described as ridiculous and despicable a documentary film circulated by
global news agency, AlJazeera earlier today (HERE).
The video tagged ‘Nigeria reveals embezzlement by past government’
published on AlJazeera’s YouTube channel shows expensive jewellery worth
about $2m and a house worth $18m said to have been seized from the
former minister by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mrs Alison-Madueke in a statement Monday evening, obtained by online newspaper, Signalng, she said:
“In the video report, which has been widely
circulated in the social media, there are claims about me owning a
property in Abuja allegedly worth $18 million. The report, which
represents everything ridiculous and despicable about professional media
practice and global best practices in the war against corruption, is
the latest attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Clips
of jewelry allegedly worth over $2 million were also copiously displayed
as if to feed the cravings of an audience gratified with the notion
that every wealthy Nigerian is corrupt.“
The former oil minister further asks:
“When did it become a crime to own a property in
Nigeria? When did it become a crime for a woman of my status to have in
her possession, jewelry? Jewelry, which women all across the world,
including the woman selling tomatoes in Bodija market have in abundance
in their closets? In which court of law, anywhere in the world was I
prosecuted by the EFCC and found guilty of corruption?“
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Allegedly Buys £15million House in Surrey, UK
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has allegedly bought a property in the United Kingdom estimated to be worth about £15million.
According to UK tabloid, The Sun,
reports in the UK indicate that the immediate past Nigerian president
purchased a 12,000 square foot house in the “ultra-expensive and well
protected St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge, Surrey.”
The paper put the market price for such houses in the area as being
between £10-£15million (about N4.3bn), a staggering figure that may well
surpass the cumulative earnings of the former president while in
Jonathan has been many times accused of leading a most profligate
administration. A large number of top officials who served under his
government are presently being probed by anti-graft agency, the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A number of former ministers and aides who served with the Jonathan
administration were mentioned as being among those who returned looted
funds to the Nigerian government between May 29, 2015 when Jonathan left
office and May 25, 2016.
No reactions have been issued yet by the former president or his camp, to the story published by The Sun.
Over 35 Million Nigerians Jostle for 500,000 Teaching Jobs by Application Day 2
A number of critical statements trailed the federal government’s
announcement of the launch of its social investment programme,
especially the Teachers Training Corps which seeks to employ 500,000 unemployed graduates as teaching assistants.
One of the critical points many observers noted was the remuneration
promised successful applicants, being a paltry sum of N23,000 monthly,
only about N5,000 higher than the national minimum wage.
The poor remuneration notwithstanding, a statement signed on Monday
by senior special assistant on media and publicity to the vice
president, Mr Laolu Akande, indicated that over 35 million intending
applicants visited the teaching job application portal within the first
36 hours of its launch.
reports that of the huge number that visited the portal, about 400,000
applicants had successfully registered for the teaching jobs within the
same time frame.
A portion of Akande’s statement read:
“The newly launched Jobs portal of the Federal
Government “N-Power. gov.ng,” has recorded over 400,000 successful
registrations since it opened for submissions on Sunday, June 12, 2016,
according to the Job Creation Unit in the Presidency.
“We have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the
call for applications. As at noon on Monday June 13, only 36 hours after
the launch of the portal, 403, 528 applicants had successfully
registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the
Ogun state doctors declare strike until…
Doctors in Ogun state have declared an indefinite strike action which commences today.
The doctors in the state, according to the chairman of the Nigerian
Medical Association, Oladunni Adetola, have made repeated calls to the
government to improve the failing standard of the health system.
Speaking at a press conference in Abeokuta, Adetola announced the
resolution of the doctors to go on strike till the government listens to
According to the association, the strike will be effective only on Mondays and Tuesdays until it is called off.
The doctors demanded of the government the recruitment of more
doctors, provision of drugs in hospital pharmacies, improved condition
of service, and improvement of basic infrastructure at the state
Adetola said, “Imagine a general hospital having only a doctor
covering it. Most of our hospitals have less than half of the personnel
they had about seven to eight years ago.”
“The laboratories are not equipped and common essential drugs are not
available at the pharmacies, thereby pushing the citizens to buy
substandard drugs from outside the hospitals.”
He revealed that “Series of letters to call the attention of the government to this anomaly have been written before now.”
“The effect is glaring in the poor health indices of the state.”
“As a professional body, we should justify the confidence reposed in
us. Health is a right and Ogun State citizens deserve the best. It was
resolved at an emergency general meeting of the association that members
should commence on a Monday and Tuesday strike every week starting from
Monday 13th June till above mentioned problems are corrected.”
Gunmen Unleash Terror in Kogi: Kidnap Judge, Kill Orderly
A judge of the Customary Court of Appeal, Mr. Isaq Momoh Usman, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kogi State.
The Incident, the latest in a spate of kidnappings that have plagued
the country in recent times, occurred along the Itakpe-Kuroko Road in
Okehi Local Government Area on Sunday evening while the judge was
returning to Lokoja from his country home.
reports that the suspected Kidnappers shot the judge’s police orderly,
killing him on the spot while the driver of the Judge narrowly survived
after sustaining bullet wounds.
The late orderly had heroically tried to stop the kidnappers from
abducting the judge when he was gunned down by one of the abductors, who
also made away with his service pistol.
The information Officer of the Kogi State Ministry of Justice, Mr.
Saqeeb Saeed, confirmed the incident, although the Police Public
Relations Officer, Mr. Wllly Aya, could not be reached for comments.
NFF Admits Owing Late Amodu 2 Months’ Salary
Amid concerns over the untimely death of Shuaibu Amodu, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has admitted to owing the legendary Eagles coach two months’ salary.
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Peterside Idah had alleged that the federation owed the late coach close to seven months wages, corroborating claims by Amodu’s cousin that he’d died from frustration over unpaid wages.
Idah claimed he received a call from the late Super Eagles coach,
intimating him of his worries over a backlog of unpaid salaries, Premium Times reports.
“NFF please pay the ones that are ALIVE. I got a call from him (Amodu) that he has not been paid for about 7 months,” Idah said on Saturday.
But the NFF, through its Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi claimed
that the late coach, like other members of staff at the Glass House, was
being owed two months’ salary.
“Every member of NFF Management is being owed salaries for two
(2) months. The NFF will pay all monies due late Amodu to his family,” Mr Sanusi was quoted in a tweet on the official handle of the NFF.
The former BCC Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, and Shooting Stars coach
died in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of
chest pains the night before.
Shuaibu, who passed on at 58, was said to be hypertensive and had rejected the Eagles job in February on that ground.
He twice qualified Nigeria for the Fifa World Cup in four stints with
the Eagles, and was buried Saturday at his country home in Okpella, Edo
Niger Delta Avengers Ready to Talk With the Federal Government
After weeks of destroying oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta
and almost incapacitating oil firms, the Niger Delta Avengers have given
strict conditions for dialogue with the Federal Government, Premium Times reports.
This is the first time the group would be making this move, and this
comes days after the Buhari-led administration sent troops to end the
continued destruction of installations across the Niger Delta.
According to the statement signed by Mudoch Agbinibo which was posted on posted on the Avengers’ Web site today:
“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA)
is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on
the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive
atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last
“We want the federal government to commit members states of the
multi national oil corporations to commit independent mediators to this
proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that
will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a
framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the
Niger delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting
Orlando Gay Club Mass Murder: President Buhari Condemns Attack, Describes it as “Criminal and Cowardly”
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack on the Pulse Night Club, Orlando, Florida, describing it as “criminal and cowardly”.
“President Buhari extends his most sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims.The president condemns such
criminal, cowardly attack, wherever it might occur, as an attack on all
decent, democratic, peaceful people.Every terrorist attack only
strengthens Nigeria’s resolve to stand shoulder to shoulder with the
United States and other countries in the front line of the war on
terror,” the letter, signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, read.
peace-loving nations to commit themselves whole-heartedly to
multilateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at eradicating
the scourge of international terrorism.
11 fresh horrific details of Orlando shooting sicken the world
Fresher details are emerging on the three and half hour horror at
Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, Florida (United States of America) on Sunday,
June 12 morning, where 49 people were killed by Omar Mateen, and another
Investigations’ search light on three occasions, escaping from a ten
month surveillance had wanted to die a martyr, hoping that the agency
would storm his house, kill his son and wife.
Umrah (lesser Hajj) in March 2011 and March 2012. The pilgrimages lasted
him after many months of abuse. When they were married after meeting
online, he showed little interest in religion. But became more religious
after his divorce.
sophisticated body armour without success. But he succeeded in buying
the guns he used for the gay club massacre.
suffered battery at the stock market following the attack, was said to
have bipolar disorder by his first wife.
infuriated him – and he never got over the experience, vowing to kill
Condominium, photos of his three year old son littered everywhere. And
there were many toys, including a Spider-Man bike, toy trucks.
at his home. And books about Islam were found there ( ‘Crucial
matters in the life of a Muslim’ and ‘Being Palestinian makes me
Buhari receives Archbishop of Canterbury in London
President Muhammadu Buhari receives the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin Welby at the official residence of the Nigerian High
Commissioner to Britain in London on Monday, June 13, 2016.
Goodnight dearies, God be with you and yours, amen, xoxo!