Vice President Namadi Sambo Loses Brother In A Ghastly Car Crash [Photos]

It is a sad day for Namadi Sambo and his family as one of the younger brother of the Vice President, Capt. Yusuf Sabo Sambo died early Sunday morning in a ghastly car accident.

The incident occurred on Bill Clinton Drive when his car, a BMW X6 collided with a tree and burst into flames.

Eyewitnesses say it was as a result of over speeding. He was on his way to the airport to embark on a flight.

Capt. Yusuf Sambo is a retired Air Force Pilot who served with the Presidential Air Fleet before moving into private practice.


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ASUP Strike: NYCN and NDYC Appeals To Lecturers To Call-off.

The Niger Delta Youth Council and National Youth Council of Nigeria has appeal to  the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUP) to call-off the strike in the interest of Nigerian Youths.

This was contained in a communique signed by the National Coordinator of NDYC, Comr Jator Abido and Amb Comr Hope George Vice President South-South, NYCN, noted that the continued staying of the Students at home is dangerious to the security of Nigeria.

The group also lamented that as a matter of urgency the Government should review the Nigeria education system and policies to meet up with that of the developed country in the world.

Below is the full text of the communique;

Being A Text Of Communique Issued At The End Of The National Youth Leaders Education Reform Retreat Organised By The Niger Delta Youth Council And The National Youth Council Of Nigeria, In Conjunction With The Office Of The Provost Fed. College Of Education (FCE) Obubu.


the theme of the retreat was ‘youth&education, education reform as it affect the youth of the nation and taking positive actions & geting results’. Was attended by youth leaders from the national,stated and local government in nigeria. Others include d heads of voluntory youth organizations, ngo’s and other veteran youth leaders in nigeria.

?aim and objectives:  the national education systems and policies  has called for great concern by the stake-holders of d ndyc and nycn as  it affect positively or negatively on over eighty million nigerian youths, hence this retreat is geared toward these following listed objectives: review the nation education system and policies. review the rules of govt for positive implementations. review the contributions of host community to the edu. System and policies implementation. review the pragmatic rules of the nigerian youths on accessment,appreciation and acquisition for positive implementation. review the positive & negative impacts of the nation education system& policies as it affect empowerment, enterpreneurship and economic independency on nigerian youths. prefer nation solutions and recommendations for positive impacts and implementation.

Resource person’s were selected from d education sector, directorate of youth,media and tradional council’s in nigeria.  These include chief/dr.eugene u.  Ibli, dr ishmeal ibidemi, comr jator abido ndyc nat cordinator and amb comr hope george etc.

Syndicate session: the retreat was also splited into syndacate groups for interactive contributions,group paper presentation for communique.

?national youth communique on eduction:

?1.the nigerian youths call for the review of d nat edu system with emphasis on positive empowerment on enterpreneurship.

2.the war against poor education system with litle or no positive impacts on beneficiaries should be vigoriously fought to its logical end.the time to fight this cankerworm is now.

3.the youths condemn in its entirety d unpatriotic demand on certification (degree) & not conpetencies hindering potentiality of nigerian youths wt global standard.

4.youths also condemn in its entirety teaching in abstraction but teaching to impact&empower d beneficiaries.

5.youths of nigeria urgently call on president goodluck e.jonathan,to resolve as a matter of urgency the power&energy sector to boast the technical objectives of d 6,3,3,4 system.

6.youths call on govt to effectively& adequately build on d teachers capacities& condemn ramped forgery/falsification in d teaching service.

7. Nation youths council of nigeria in collaboration with the niger-delta youths council is mandating govt and all accedemic staff union of colleges of education and polytechnic to resolve as quick as possible the on going strike that have deprived the youth of the nation education for some months.

Comr jator abido national coordinator niger delta youth council 08039363668,

amb comr hope george vice president south south national youth council of nigeria, 08037200179

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At least 150 Persons Feared Killed on Easter Sunday As Police Battle Boko Haram in Taraba

Only days after the Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, where several lives where lost and scores of others injured, another Boko Haram offensive have taken place in Taraba state.

According to the information, gunmen launched the attack at selected communities in Wukari local government area of the State.

The attack according to report began at about 1:30am on Sunday Easter morning and continued till 3pm Sunday Easter afternoon.

Police source said the attacks began in the middle of the night in a manner resembling that of Kaura community [Kaduna] attacks by Fulani herdsmen. According to the police, the attackers initially was thought to be Fulani herdsmen but as the attacks progress, it became obvious that the attackers were by Boko Haram.

Other no officials figure has been given, but sources said no less than 150 persons were killed in the attack.

It was confirmed that a church was burnt down during the attack – Christian Church of Nigeria – along with many homes. Eyewitness account indicates that fifteen corpse were seen littered on the streets – within the line of fire.

In response, the youths of the Wukari communities – were said to have organized themselves – and had reacted to attack a Mosque and burn it down. The youths were reported to join the attack again the Boko Haram attackers.

The information remains sketchy but police sources told our reporter that the “carnage of this attack” may end up worse than the Nyanya attack. The police source declined to give the number of dead.

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How Reckless Is Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Central Bank Governor ? See Info-graphic

One of the main point the Jonathan led administration put forward as the reason for the suspension of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is his financial recklessness.

This infographic therefore illustrates the handling of finances by the governor before he was suspended from office.



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Army, Boko Haram Working Together In Parts of Nigeria? – VOA News

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WASHINGTON — A Nigerian soldier says he has witnessed incidents that suggest some Nigerian military commanders are working with Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009.

In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Hausa service, he described how his military unit, based in the northeastern Borno State region, was ambushed by Boko Haram fighters.

The soldier, who did not want to be identified, said the commander of a nearby military unit, based in the town of Bama, recently sought assistance from his unit in carrying out a raid.

The soldier said when the two military units joined up, they were given different uniforms. The Bama unit commander gave his own troops green uniforms. The soldier said his unit received tan “desert camouflage” uniforms.

When the troops reached the battle area, the soldier said the commander of the better-equipped Bama unit suddenly withdrew his forces, leaving the remaining troops to fend for themselves against Boko Haram fighters.

Speaking in Hausa, he said, “We had only light arms and our men were being picked off one after the other.”

The soldier also said he recognized some of the Boko Haram fighters as his former military trainers in Kontagora, a town near the capital, Abuja.

“We realized that some of them were actually mercenaries from the Nigerian army… hired to fight us,” he said.

This soldier and others have said that too often, commanders have pocketed money that was supposed to be used to help equip units.

Government has no comment

VOA has made repeated attempts to get reaction from the Nigerian government for this story but no officials have been willing to speak on the record.

However, in a January 2012 speech, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Boko Haram members have infiltrated his government’s executive, legislative and judicial sectors, as well as the police and armed forces.

Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three northern regions where Boko Haram is active, and launched operations to destroy the group’s camps. Despite those efforts, though, large-scale attacks have continued.

Soldier’s account “credible”

Atlantic Council Africa Center Director Peter Pham said the soldier’s account could have merit.

“It certainly would not surprise me that it is happening,” said Pham.

Pham said the goal should be to figure out how and why collaboration between military officers and terror groups could happen.

“What’s critical is to understand, if there is this collusion, to understand whether it is a collusion born of corruption, born of desperation simply to avoid combat that would result in casualties for the men under your command, or if it is born of ideological sympathy with the insurgents,” he said.

Apart from some well-trained elite units, Pham said most of Nigeria’s military is “woefully underfunded and under-resourced” in terms of equipment and training.

Effects of “systemic corruption”

E.J. Hogendoorn is deputy director of the International Crisis Group’s Africa program. The group recently released a detailed report about the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria’s military disfunction is part of a broader problem of systemic corruption extending through most government sectors.

Hogendoorn says “drivers,” such as bad governance and the inability of state institutions to provide basic services, help create a pool of unemployed youth “ripe for radicalization.”

“We argue that even were Boko Haram to be defeated, if you don’t deal with those drivers, you are not going to be able to stabilize either northern Nigeria or the entire country,” he said.

Hogendoorn said in order for change to occur, the Nigerian government needs to address corruption and poor governance in a systematic and sustained way.

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Odu’a GMD Announces Resignation

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The Group Managing Director, Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Adebayo Jimoh, has announced his resignation after nine years as the head of the conglomerate.

Jimoh, who did not give any reason for his action, said the resignation would take effect from May 2014 and that KMPG Advisory Services had been mandated by Odu’a Investment to shop for a qualified person from Nigeria and beyond as his successor.

He said, “Every journey that has a beginning and a defined destination will definitely have an end. I have come to a point where I need to formally announce that I will be voluntarily retiring from the services of Odu’a Investment Company Limited with effect from May 2014, having served the company for almost nine years.”

“KPMG Advisory Services is in the process of selecting my successor so that there will be no vacuum. The position of a GMD is a big time business that has to be handled by a competent person; so, whoever will take over from me must be thoroughly scrutinised.

“My successor, by God’s grace, will be assuming office by April 2014, while the handing over comes up between April and May, 2014. Thereafter, I will proceed on my well deserved terminal leave from the company.”

The outgoing GMD said the return of Cocoa House to its glory days and the re-establishment of the property business of the conglomerate were direct results of the hard work and initiative that characterised his tenure in office and called on his would-be successor to utilise the manpower he would inherit.

He said, “I came during a turbulent period in the history of the company but we were able to bring back the glory days. After 18 years of inactivity, Cocoa House was brought back to life while the establishment of Cocoa Mall and Heritage Mall brought high standard international retail market to Ibadan.”

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INTERVIEW: Jonathan is the Most Unfortunate Thing to Happen to Nigeria – Shehu Sani

Shehu SaniComrade Shehu Sani is Human rights activist of high magnitude, charismatic and very rare among his contemporaries, he always said the truth no matter what, in this interview with Bello Ahmadu Alkammawa, he opened up on how the PDP government is lagging behind virtually in everything that can add more to country’s journey to stardom. Excerpts:

Abusidiqu: How do you see the recent defection of some governors from PDP to APC and the decision of PDP to checkmate them through impeachment?

Sani: The defection is a blessing to Nigeria. It is a boost to opposition in the country, in the very sense of the word that, the need for unity and the amalgamation of all progressive and democratic forces to save this country. The APC had for a very long time been reaching out to all various stakeholders and even those that are outside of the party in view up strengthening the ranks of the oppositions for the purpose of taking over state power. The PDP has distressed this country, it has 14yrs of poverty, destitution of one, socio-economic and political crisis of pervasive insecurity. The coming together of the APC and the governors of the PDP is good omen for democracy in Nigeria, its further attest to very fact that there is better future for this country.

Abusidiqu: How do you see the decision of federal government to deploy police in all the federal universities in order to checkmate ASUU?

Sani: Well, I think what federal government has failed to understand is that ASUU had the history of struggle against dictatorship. Their struggle is for the betterment of this country and for the future of this country. The strike action is not about legion or good time, it is about the fundamental restructuring of the universities system and the need to inject capital with the view of upgrading the status of our universities so that we can give the best education our young people deserved. It is disastrous that in Nigeria, we do not have one university that is among the 500 universities in the whole world. And I think this is a very serious thing. We cannot address the problems of industrial crisis in the universities simply by deploying police or by intimidating lectures or by harassing them. The only way is to address those issues they have consistently raised which is fundamental to reform at the modernization of our education system.

Abusidiqu: Why do you want to represent the people of Kaduna Central at Upper Chamber of NASS under the platform of APC?

Sani: I aspire to be a senator in 2003 under the Alliance for Democracy, I also aspired to be a senator in 2011 but I couldn’t get to scale through the primaries and I am still aspiring again. My own is simply to keep quality representation to our people to defend them and protect their interest and to ensure that what are their rights are actually given back to them. Now we have a sitting senator who is de-warming the chair for the past three years without passing one bill. We have a sitting senator who cannot concretely point out any serious project he has spend the constituency allowances that was given to him. And we cannot move like this, you have been mandated by the people to address their problems I think you should be able to do that. The senator that is in the position of power today is simply wasting our time and he wasted the opportunity which is given to him by his party, I think it is time for him to go. Kaduna central need a senator that can deliver, a senator that is outspoken, a senator that has principle, a senator that they can see, they can hear, they can feel. This senator is absent, physically, he is absent spiritually and also absent and abdicated his roles to touch the lives of those who elected him. We have 7 local governments in Kaduna Central Senatorial District and I can tell you clearly, somebody came out and made a statement that anywhere this senator has taken a project of N2million, if anybody knows he should come he will give him N.2million. So I think you cannot go and collect hundreds and tenth of millions and come to a place like Kaduna to distribute motorcycles, grinding machines or sewing machines to people, I think senatorial representation is much more than that and you need to make bills, you need to project and protect the interest of your people. A man from the Military and you can see the level which our people are being molested, humiliated at various checkpoints in Kaduna, so how can this continue to happen, he need to have another job other than senator. I am going there by the grace of Allah for real this time around.

Abusidiqu: As one of those eminent people who contributed immensely towards finding lasting solution to insecurity facing the North. Are you still in the journey, if yes, what steps can make it to become history?

Sani: Well, we have done our best in the past and we were prepared to do it more for the sustenance of our democracy. The pervasive insecurity in northern Nigeria threatens the life of our people, threatening the foundation of our democracy and also threatening the unity of our country. So it is incumbent on all patriotic, conscious and concern citizens of this country to stand up to the call of history to contribute to the peace that we desperately need, I was informed by that reality and that is what made me to get fully involved in the campaign for peace in the promotion of peace and attempt to mediate between the insurgency and the government that is arrogant and indifferent to the realities of the people. So I did it in the past, and I will continue to do it, but the stumbling blocks which we stumbled on last time has to do with very fact that we have face with as series of crisis, challenges and factors that impeded realization of peace, others is that the economics of warfare had made it for some of us to benefit and profit from the bloodshed that is going on.

Secondly, it has to do with the administration that has not want this violence to end and we also have a government that is still ignorant of issues like this and what we need to understand is we are not fighting a conventional war, we are fighting an Islamic insurgency and even Guerrilla warfare that is not a conventional time, it is one in which they strike and disappear and dissolve inside the people. And all that had happened in the last 3-4years has been that innocent people had consistently being killed, maim and annihilated by the government and then also have an insurgent group that is daring, committed to pursue its own cause. The insurgent has killed more innocent people than the security agents. And the security agents have killed more innocent people than they have killed the insurgent…

Abusidiqu: Many analyst believe that APC cannot win election due to its alliance with the West, going by how Yoruba people voted PDP in 2011, how do you see this observation?

Sani: Yeah! I think what we need to understand clearly is that many people have suffered in the last 4years. Those who have betrayed each other with the hope of attracting to themselves some materials gains have come to nothing. And treachery will not able to help them, the PDP by its cruelty, its disparity have been able to in adversely bring all forces together, it has created war enemies and it has also succeeded in making its friends its own foes. So the evil of PDP hastily brought Nigerians together and the only way for salvation is to remain together and to seize political power. There is bound to be mutual suspicion between each other but it is natural in politics, but this time around all those who play the roles of Judas last time knew that there is nothing to gain. We are very much confident that this time around the merger is for real and we are all determine to take over state power.

Abusidiqu: Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State was reported to said he is not receiving orders from Abuja before executing any project….

Sani:   The point here is that the perception which people of Kaduna state have about him is that, he is a puppet and as such it is incumbent upon him to prove that he is not a puppet and that is by implementing projects and also asserting himself as a man, as a Chief Executive of the state. People have the right to insinuate who you are and it is now left to him to prove them wrong. So he has a duty to prove that he is capable and able to apply the resources of the state for the betterment of the people of the state. What he faces is that our people that have been disappointed for a very long time and people have been exploited for very long time. The level of economic and social empowerment of the people of Kaduna as seen in Kano, Jigawa and some states where state governors are proactive, is envious. We are here in a state where we are almost second collector of federal revenue in northern Nigeria but there is nothing to show for it. Buildings have reached a collapsing stage, our schools; our hospitals are nothing to write home about. Our people are losing hope and losing patient and there is every possibility the PDP losing control by 2015 to APC here as a result of these factors. So right now he is in power and he has the resources of the state with him and he has the duty to ensure all those things are adequately done, I think I can understand his own inhabitation in the sense that, ruling party have been in power for the past 14years, so there is this criminal solidarity between predecessor and the incumbent whereby when you take over you protect the one you take over from and you protect the interest of your party. But the reality of Kaduna state can only be known when APC government takes over power in the state.

Abusidiqu: What do you understand by Buhari statement of saying he has no candidate?

Sani: There is no reason for him to say he has a candidate because the level of the tempo of the APC now is not same face with that of CPC. He set up the CPC and party revolves around him, but here we are having three parties CAN, CPC and ANPP and each one is coming in with history, profile, resources with personalities. What is very clear is there is common desire coming with a platform to pursue and to overthrown a common enemy, to realize a common idle in establishing a government that is completely different from the one at hand. And to achieve that the party must imbibe the culture of internal democracy, what has happen in Anambra State where Ngige has emerged through a credible transparent and believable process is also what is supposed to happen in APC province. One of the undoing of CPC last time was the very fact that they try to impose candidate to the people, bringing unpopular people as governors, as senators and its end with one governor of the state. We here understand that cancer, we have decided to neutralize it by ensuring equitable representation of all political parties. This is the arrangement. Therefore Buhari is like any other member, if he can contest the primaries, if he wins he takes over the ticket and if he doesn’t that is the end of the story. But he is saying it because he is sending a clear message to all those who think that they can sit down in their house and he can offer them ticket.

Abusidiqu: Senator Ekeremadu was reported seeking for extension of President Jonathan tenure to 2017…

Sani: Ekeremadu is a disaster, that view is more of advocacy to tyranny. He is playing a devil’s advocate; his views are acidic to the growth of democracy. He is a vendor of evil and cruelty and to me I don’t think anybody should give that any serious attention.

Abusidiqu: What is your opinion on President Jonathan desire to run come 2015?

Sani: There is no way President Jonathan can win the 2015 election because the equation is very clear. PDP has 18 governors and APC has 16 governors and it is madness and sure lunacy for anybody to think that states like Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi and Gombe are all for Jonathan. In the whole of Kaduna state, we know all the houses of people who are leaving in Kaduna which house have you ever seen the poster of Jonathan, there is none. You are conducting an interview in my house here and you leave in Kaduna even his supporters don’t put his photo in their own houses, so Jonathan will fail this election, he is prevalent to fail not because he is from Niger Delta but because his government was a abysmal disaster, it was unmitigated disaster unleashing in our country. He is inexperience, he is a consistent failure, he is man that has never understand the art and size of governance, his government has only unleashed untold hardship to Nigerians and has not been able to protect and defend their own interest. So Jonathan is one of the most unfortunate leaders that we ever had in this country and there is what I always say that a nation that has found its genuine leader has truly found soul. We need a genuine leader that will be a Moses that will deliver us from where we are and give this country a sense of direction. Leadership is indispensable to socio economic and political transformation of any country.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Big Fraud INEC Commited To Rig Anambra Election…APGA Actually Polled 91,740

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While Nigerians especially Anambra voters await November 30th to go to the poll and vote in their choice candidate for the supplementary election, our reporters in her analytical newsroom has uncovered the hidden scores behind the election that was held on November 16th.

Our reporters who monitored the election reported rigging in many polling votes visited, with the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) sharing N10,000 to voters to cast the vote. Unsure of how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came about the votes allocated by voters, we discovered a big fraud mathematically and statistically.

According to INEC, out of the 1,763,751 voters registered for the election, only 451,826 were accredited. Total valid votes stood at 413,005, while the invalid ones were 16,544. Total votes cast were 429,549, while 113,113 votes were nullified or cancelled as INEC used the term. This was where our reporters acting on intelligence scoop found the rigging blunder. With those number of votes cancelled, the State had only 316, 436 valid votes casted.

The electoral body told the world that the candidates scored the following votes, which were written against their names.

Mr.Willie Obiano of APGA got 174,710 to finish tops

Mr. Tony Nwoye of PDP polled 94,956 to finish runner up

Mr. Chris Ngige of APC was third with 92,300 votes

Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah of LP came fourth with 37,440
The amazing results totaled 399,406 which were cast during the election, which we gathered is NOT possible under any calculation in statistics or mathematics, bearing in mind that INEC declared 429,529 votes casted, out of which 113,113 were nullified, with only 316,436 legitimate votes casted.

This calculation by our reporters render the election invalid and we can report with all authority that the election was rigged, as the votes allocated to the candidates do not reflect the actual numbers of voters who voted. The vote given to the candidates by INEC is higher than the number of votes casted. 82970 votes as we have always maintained were added to the votes of the APGA candidate, Willie Obaino, thus making the election a scam and a sham.

An addition of the votes ‘scored’ by the candidate and the invalid votes brings a total 512,519 voters, thereby rendering the 429,529 votes casted as announced by INEC fraudulent, with same wide margin of 82,970 ghost voters added. With the removal of the ghost voters allocated to the APGA candidate, he has a legitimate vote of 91,740.

The supplementary election has been rejected by the APC, stating their refuse to partake in it. We also have it on good authority that the PDP candidate has refused to partake in the supplementary election, but he is under pressure from the presidency to take part, promising him a ministerial or ambassadorial position.

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Plane Crash Update: Governor Danbaba Suntai Moved to Abuja National Hospital, May be Flown to Germany for Treatment.

Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai of Taraba state who was critically injured in a plane crash in Yola, Adamawa state yesterday has been moved to the National Hospital, Abuja, where he is currently receiving treatment preparatory to his being flown to Germany for better medical treatment.

About one hour after the governor was admitted into the intensive care unit of the hospital amidst tight security, President Goodluck Jonathan arrived at about 3.15pm local time to visit him. The president confirmed that Suntai’s condition is stable and urged Nigerians to thank God for sparing the governor’s life.

The governor had personally flown the Cessna 208 aircraft marked 5N-BJM which belongs to the Taraba state government with five other persons on board from an unmanned air strip in Jalingo to the  Yola airport. The flight was said to have contacted the Yola Control Tower (1720Z) and field in sight at 38 miles estimating landing at 1730Z.

A Pharmacist by profession, Suntai also holds a Private Pilot Lincense (PPL) from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria which he obtained in 2010. But multiple sources told that the governor has been warned to desist from flying himself from an unmanned air strip in Jalingo. Others also disclosed that the Yola airport had also officially closed when the governor’s flight came in. Due to lack of night landing equipment at the Yola airport, it now closes at about 6pm. The governor was however said to have radioed Air Traffic Control in Yola that he will be arriving with his team by by 6.45pm and asked them to keep the airport open for his landing.

Five minutes to the expected time of arrival, the ATCs lost contact with the Cessna 208 airplane which is a single turboprop engine, fixed-gear short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft built in the United States by Cessna. The airplane usually seats nine passengers, with a single person crew and this explained why the governor was the last person to be rescued at the crash site yesterday because he was stuck to the cockpit. An aviation source said while it was easy to rescue the other five passangers, it was some hard task bringing the governor out of the wreckage.

Fielding questions from curious journalists who stormed the National Hospital today, President Jonathan said “first and foremost, i have to thank God for what has happened. Plane crash is not something you just wave off. We are quite happy that the governor is stable, i have seen him, doctors are working very hard on him. I believe that God willing, he will come out of it.”

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How Nigeria Looses Billions of Dollars to Shady Oil Deals – Report

* Nigeria loses out on $29 bln on cut-price gas deals-report

* State-oil company sells itself cheap oil and gas

* Oil ministers hand out discretionary oil licences

* Hundreds of millions in missing bonuses, royalties

* Traders buy crude oil “without formal contracts”

By Joe Brock

ABUJA, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Nigeria lost out on tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over the last decade from cut price deals struck between multinational oil companies
and government officials, a confidential report seen by Reuters

A team headed by the former head of the anti-corruption agency Nuhu Ribadu produced the 146-page study on an oil ministry request. It covers the year 2002 to the present.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude oil exporter, shipping more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd), and is also home to the world’s ninth biggest gas reserves and one of its largest
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals.

The report provides new details on Nigeria’s long history of corruption in the oil sector, which has enriched its elite and provided the oil majors with hefty profits while two thirds of
people live in poverty.

Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke told Reuters on Tuesday she had received the report last month but that it was a draft and the government was still supposed to give input. The one
seen by Reuters was labelled “Final Report.”

The report concluded that oil majors Shell, Total and Eni made bumper profits from cut-price
gas, while Nigerian oil ministers handed out licenses at their own discretion. This, while not illegal, did not follow best practice of using open bids. Hundreds of millions of dollars in
signature bonuses on those deals were also missing, it said.

“We have not seen this report and are, therefore, unable to comment on the content, but we will study it if and when it is published,” a Shell spokesman said.

The report alleges international oil traders sometimes buy crude without any formal contracts, and the state oil firm had short-changed the Nigerian treasury billions over the last 10
years by selling crude oil and gas to itself below market rates.

There was no suggestion that the oil majors or traders had done anything illegal, but the report highlighted a lack of transparency in their dealings in a nation rife with graft.

“It is a draft,” Alison-Madueke said. “There will be some areas where the government … may have a slightly different opinion … (and) will put its point of view to the committee.”

She said she expects the final report to be with President Goodluck Jonathan within two weeks.


Ribadu’s probe was among several set up following a week of nationwide strikes against a rise in fuel prices in January, which morphed into a campaign against oil corruption.

Billions of dollars of revenue was missing in unpaid debts from signature bonuses and royalties, the report found.

Nigeria LNG, a company jointly owned by the NNPC, Shell, Total and Eni had paid the country for gas at cut-down prices before exporting it to international markets, the report said.

Total and Eni declined to comment because they invest in but do not operate Nigeria LNG, the role played by Shell.

“The estimated cumulative of the deficit between value obtainable on the international market and what is currently being obtained from NLNG, over the 10 year period, amounts to
approximately $29 billion,” the report said.

It also said foreign oil firms had outstanding debts.

Addax, now a unit of China’s state-owned Sinopec, owes Nigeria $1.5 billion in unpaid royalties, part of a $3 billion black hole of unpaid bonuses and royalties owed by oil firms.

Addax did not respond to requests for comment, but the report noted it disputes owing the signature bonuses.

Shell owes Nigeria’s government 137.57 billion naira ($874 million) for gas sold from its Bonga deep offshore field, the report said, while oil majors owed $58 million between them for
gas flaring penalties. They were also not adhering to newer higher fines.

The probe also said Nigeria was the only nation to sell all its crude through international oil traders rather than directly to refineries, adding that such trades were often opaque.


It said some international oil traders who were not “on the approved master list of customers” had been sold crude oil “without a formal contract” so little could be obtained about
the details of these deals, which can be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“This logically will serve to reduce margins obtainable on sale of crude oil,” the report said.

But Alison-Madueke disputed this, saying there are no informal contracts and there is “an official tender put out every year”, which can be seen by the public in newspapers.

The state oil firm gets an allocation of 445,000 bpd of crude oil to refine locally but it has been selling itself this oil at cut-down prices, a practice which cost Nigeria $5 billion
in potential revenue between 2002-2011, the report said.

“NNPC buys at international rates,” Alison-Madueke retorted.

The report said the NNPC made 86.6 billion naira over the 10-year period by using overly generous exchange rates in its declarations to the government. There was no sign of the money.

Nigerian oil ministers between 2008-2011 handed out seven discretionary licences but there is $183 million in signature bonuses missing from the deals, the report said. Three of these
oil licences were awarded since Alison-Madueke took up her position in 2010, according to the report.

“I have not given any discretionary awards during this administration,” Alison-Madueke told Reuters, although she added that the president had the right to do so instead of using bids
if he saw fit. “That is entirely up to him,” she said.

Among the report’s recommendations were that parts of NNPC be reorganised or scrapped, an independent review of the use of traders be set up and a transparency law be passed requiring oil
companies to disclose all payments made to Nigeria.

U.S. regulators put new rules in place in August that will require U.S.-listed oil and gas companies to disclose payments they make to foreign governments like Nigeria.
($1 = 157.4000 naira)
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Saudi Arabia Deports 150 Female Nigerian Pilgrims

KANO (Reuters) – Saudi authorities have deported 150 female Nigerian pilgrims and detained another 1,000 because they came unaccompanied by men, Nigeria’s government announced on Wednesday.

Mohammed Bello, chairman of Nigeria’s national haj, or Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, said 150 women on one flight had been stopped at the airport for “lack of … lawful male accompanying pilgrim”.

“This ugly development continued with subsequent flights that arrived at the kingdom,” he said, adding that 1,000 were still being held at the airport in Jeddah.

Women in Saudi Arabia are regarded as minors and require the permission of their guardian – father, brother, or husband – to leave the country, receive some kinds of medical treatment or work. They are not allowed to drive and are usually expected to be accompanied by a male chaperone.

Nigeria has some 80 million Muslims. Many practice a relaxed version of Islam, but even in stricter northern states that impose sharia law, women can usually move around freely on their own.

A group of the women arrived in tears back at Nigeria’s airport in Kano, the largely Muslim north’s biggest city.

“We were not given water to drink; there was no food for us and we remained glued on our seats in our aircraft for all those hours,” said Hajia Amina Musa, as she broke down and wept.

Nigeria’s parliament resolved to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to “interface with the Saudi authorities over the issues surrounding the detained Nigerian female pilgrims”.

Alhaji Laminu Rabi’u, head of the Kano Pilgrims Board, described the deportations as “condemnable”.

All Muslims who are able are required to perform the haj at least once, as one of the five pillars of Islam.

The number of people taking part has risen dramatically over the last 80 years from around 20,000 in 1932 to nearly three million in 2011.

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Cross River Governor’s Wife, Obioma Imoke Dying of Tape Worm Infections – Indian Doctors

National Enquirer Magazine has reported a popular saying that poverty doesn’t ever kill, but riches do.

That’s exactly the situation with one of the wives of a Nigerian governor who`s presently biting her fingers for looking for comforter when she’s comfortably off.

It is a story of the First Lady of Cross Rivers State, Obioma Liyel-Imoke who’s said to be dying of an infection caused by tapeworm ingested in her system by some Indian specialists 2 years ago during one of her adventures to cut her size.

It would be recalled that, the wealthy woman who owns the popular ValueMart in Victoria Island, Lagos was a size 18 before her husband became the governor of Cross Rivers State and no sooner the handsome man was sworn in than the wife, Obioma began shopping for suitable specialist hospital abroad where she could burn excess fat and reduce her size drastically to allow her compete probably with girls in the range of 12-14.

She made a fantastic appearance when she walked majestically on stage in 2010 during her speech on the debut ceremony of the Calabar festival which was held in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, she was really looking dashing in a lovely size 14 gown, her cute and lovely physique was no doubt the subject of the day amongst society ladies in attendance as they were all marveled at the mystique behind her reduction from size 18 to 14.

She has since then dazzled in several events turning heads with her skin which is always festooned in expensive ornaments like diamond, gold and the likes coupled with top of the range designer wears, bags, wrist watches and what have you.

Two years down the line, we gathered reliably that Obioma allegedly began to emaciate, at first, she was enjoying it as she was even said to be preparing to shop for a smaller size before bubble burst recently.

Dependable sources who’re feeling her pulse have disclosed that, the woman is not finding it funny as she now suffers pain in her bone marrow and some of her joints, this was what eventually informed her decision to go back to the hospital in Indian where she heard the shocking news of her life.

According to inside sources, the doctors were said to have been so mad at Obioma for refusing to keep to instructions after her liposuction surgery in 2010. We were reliably informed that, she had been asked to come back in 3 months after the Tapeworm had been ingested into her system because the parasite was only meant to burn fat in her bowel for some months after which the treatment continues but the moment the wife of the Governor saw the wonder of the blade, she forgot to go back to complete her treatment.

We however tried to get in touch with the people we know at the Cross Rivers State Government House but the response we got is that the Governor has changed everybody on that beat and the new people are not on ground yet. Our source who’s very close to Mrs Liyel-Imoke has promised to keep informing us as events unfold.

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