Saturday, August 30, 2008

What's been around Town

The Summer is gone and not much of the heatwave as predicted. I had fun and it was a real blast, from hanging around my neck of the wood and doing my own little thing, I mean the Hollywood hype kind of stuff to all that Summer jams and live concerts coupled with all that politicking, aggressive campaign stuff, Barack Obama and John McCain.

I have stayed away from the politics of the day, really focussing on the Summer jams which spiced me keeping my body and soul together. The reason is not far fetched. There are many other issues of the day that takes up my time especially when one has to be responsible one way or the other putting things into perspective that way the body and soul stays intact without being apart. And when the soul leaves the body it surely becomes a long story.

Anyways, it's all good. I enjoyed all the concerts so far including the comedy clubs. I did visit the Downtown Comedy Club a couple of times this Summer and it was a good company. The club is owned by OG of Saturday Night Live, Mr. Garrett Morris. It's a place to hang out on Fridays and Saturdays if you really want to crack up your ribs. Good place and great comedy.

The African Marketplace Festival which is currently vibrating on the playgrounds of Dorsey High School is another carnival of interest. I will write in detail soon. It has embraced people from all walks of life and Reggae OG Gregory Issaacs will be playing live on Labor Day to bid farewell to the festival. I will be there live and I'm quite sure it's going to be another hell of a show.

Oh, by the way, I'm still a political junkie and do not know, neither do I have a comment on the McCain Veepee pick. Without a doubt Obama made the right choice as the long hurdle to the White House begins. It's all about change and the American people can't wait anymore longer.

Sounds like a political junkie? You bet!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

WORLD CUP: Super Eagles Meets Bafana Bafana

Much has been talked about the elite squad of Bafana Bafana as South African national coach Joel Natalino Santana predicts the Nigerian squad are "beatable" when both teams meet on September 6 to slug it out in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native needs to work harder to avoid a Bafana Bafana drop out from the Nations Cup in 2010 which would be held in Angola. South Africa is behind and if they should lose to Nigeria, their chances for a 2010 Nations Cup may slip away.

South Africa has not beaten Nigeria in any major tournament but Coach Santana is assuring South Africans that he can make it happen.

On the other hand, replacements has been made on the Nigerian squad by Coach Shuaibu Amodu due to injuries. Christian Obodo replaces John Mikel Obi while Joseph Akpala replaces Obafemi Martins.

The game would probably be quite close but I think Nigeria has a better chance and would take it at the games crucial stage.

The Line: Nigeria by 2

News Desk Thursday, August 28, 2008

FG douses anxiety over Yar'Adua's health

THE Federal Government moved, yesterday, to douse public anxiety over the state of health of President Umaru Yar’Adua following his failure to return home from Saudi Arabia where he is performing the lesser hajj, and said there was nothing unusual about the delay in his return. MORE>>>

How to end Niger Delta crisis, by Anyaoku, Uduaghan, others

AN overhaul of the nation's security system, election of credible leadership, a better anti-corruption crusade, dialogue with militants and sincerity on the part of the Federal Government in addressing the problems affecting the Niger Delta MORE>>>

Clampdown on MAssob members

Leader of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has raised alarm over an alleged harassment and intimidation by state security operatives in the South East zone ahead of August 28 sit-at-home order. MORE>>>

Gunmen kill UNIBEN deputy registrar

The deputy registrar, killed late on Monday, was the husband of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State and former member of the state House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ighodalo. MORE>>>

Militants kidnap Isreali

An Isreali construction worker has been kidnapped in Port Harcourt Rivers State, but no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction. Identified as Mr. Ehub Arny, the Israeli was kidnapped in his residence in Port Harcourt by four unknown gunmen. MORE>>>

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hanging out with Filmmaker Pascal Atuma on the set of 'My American Nurse II'

About a month ago I had sat over lunch with Pascal Atuma and his attorney at Veronica's Kitchen, in Inglewood, California. We had met to discuss on a series that would probably run about five parts within the next couple of years.

The first part of the series has just been released on DVD and Pascal had brought along with him a copy for me, and talks on part II had commenced as we sat on the corner doing justice to the orishirishi soup and pounded yam at Veronica. I first watched the movie at its premiere on the Crenshaw thoroughfare at Magic Theaters.

Though the movie started shooting about a week ago, Pascal called me to visit the set at Calabar Finger-Licks Restaurant in Gardena last Sunday. Quite busy with the Sunday activities, the African Marketplace Festival and the carnivals of African drums at Leimert Park's "Black Township," I still gave it a shot and popped up at Calabar Finger-Licks Restaurant where the actors, crews and extras milled around the set.

Pascal had told me the second part will be coming up much better when it's released sometime next year. The stars on the set included Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Aloma Wright.

More jabs to come on the set as Shehu's (Pascal Atuma) wife tries to gain ground in the US with all sorts of uncertainties coupled with domestic violence calls.

News Desk (Late Edition) Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nigeria, Iran negotiate MoU on nuclear power, BASA

The Nigerian-Iran Joint Commission has listed for discussion nuclear power for peaceful purposes, oil and transportation, as the third session of the commission opened in Abuja on Tuesday. MORE>>>

Nigeria sets ambitious renewable energy target

Renewable energy presently contributes less that one per cent of the country’s energy mix profile. Victor Fodeke, Head of the Nigeria Special Climate Change Unit said Tuesday in Accra that the move was aimed at addressing Nigeria’s "awful" energy situation. MORE>>>

Cybersecurity forum: A wake up call to fight online fraudulent activities

At the end of the just concluded 1st National Conference on Cybercrime & Cybersecurity held in Abuja last week, stakeholders in the Nigerian Information Communications Technology Industry were worried over the rising online fraud in the nation’s economy MORE>>>

The Ndidi stock exchange (NSE)

The on-going investigation on her is in connection with her leadership of a group that is suspected of trying to fleece Nigerians in the name of American Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Barrack Obama. MORE>>>

N'Delta youth activist arrested, jailed in US, deported

NIGER-Delta youth activist and president of the Federated Niger-Delta Ijaw Communiites (FNDIC), Chief Bello Oboko was arrested and thrown into the Atlanta Central jail, in the United States for 10 hours and later deported back to Nigeria on August 23 by American security agents MORE>>>

Dariye loot: British lawyers collect £500 per hour

EACH hour spent by the British lawyers of the Federal Government in processing the repatriation of the loot recovered from former Governor of Plateau Sate, Chief Joshua Dariye, cost Nigerian tax payers £500 (N117,500), Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission MORE>>>

Monday, August 25, 2008

News Desk (Late Edition) Monday, August 25, 2008

Blackhawks Sign Aliu to 3-year contract

After being signed to an amateur tryout contract on April 4th, he made his professional debut with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Aliu posted two penalty minutes in two contests. MORE>>>

Nigeria’s football as metaphor of promise

No, Nigeria’s football team did not win the gold at the just-concluded Beijing Olympic Games, but they gave an undeniably golden account of themselves. At the end of their riveting decisive match with repeating champions Argentina, the Nigerians could lay a claim only to the silver... MORE>>>

ICAN rejects increase in VAT rate

Uche, who gave the advice at a lecture he delivered to participants of the Senior Executive Course 30 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, on Monday, said that any increase from the current five per cent to the propsed 10 per cent would further impoverish Nigerians. MORE>>>

N1.5 trillion missing in NNPC account –Speaker

The annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA] opened in Abuja on Monday with a startling revelation by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, that a whooping N1.5 trillion generated as revenue from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] in the last 10 years has not been remitted into the Federal Account Allocation Committee [FAC]. MORE>>>

Oil firms funded NDDC with N30bn in 2007 —Omiyi

OIL companies in Nigeria under the auspices of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) say they funded the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the tune of N30 billion as part of its Sustainable Development (SD) programme in the Niger Delta last year... MORE>>>

Thursday, August 21, 2008

News Desk (Late Edition) Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nigerian leader replaces top military chiefs: official

The move, which follows a rise in rebel activity targeting oil installations across the Niger Delta, was enacted shortly before Yar'Adua left the country Wednesday night for a pilgrimage to Mecca, his spokesman said in a statement. MORE>>>

Nigeria anti-graft body probes Obama 'fundraiser'

Officers of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission have questioned Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, the chief executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Wednesday and again Thursday over last week's gala dinner believed to have raised around 80,000 dollars. MORE>>>

Nigeria fuel retailer seeks $936 mln in share offer

AP will sell 199.07 million new shares at 250 naira each to the public and 262.93 million shares at 230 naira each in a rights issue to existing shareholders. The offering will run through to October 2, 2008. MORE>>>

UK seeks to deepen energy ties with Nigeria

Britain sees Nigeria, where attacks by militants and under-investment have cut production to 1.8m b/d from a capacity of roughly 2.5m b/d, as one of the few countries that could potentially provide a significant increase in output. MORE>>>

Nigeria's July Inflation Accelerates to 14% on Food Costs

Inflation accelerated from 12 percent in June, Henry Eteama, spokesman for the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics, said by phone today. Food inflation quickened to 20.9 percent in July from 18.1 percent a month earlier, he said. MORE>>>

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Soccer Madness: Nigeria Celebrates in Style at the Beijing Olympics

{Olubayo Adefemi celebrates the goal opener. Photo: Associated Press)

{A jubilant dream team celebrates in style as Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, Kneeling down, is being congratulated by teammates Captain Victor Obinna Nsofor--right--and Chibuzor Okonkwo--Left.} Photo: AFP coutesy of Vanguard

It was superb and unbelievable to see a magnificent Samson Siasia put a team together with a range unimaginable at his own tone and pace. Siasia had told Michel Obi to go to hell and he didn't need him. Obi had thought Siasia could not perform his magic without him.

Obi was wrong.

Siasia did it independently, his own way, and by his own rules.

However, I had tipped the robust Italians to win overall on many grounds. Brazil came unprepared with a lousy Coach Dunga who had no idea what he was doing.

The showdown, a much anticipated return match is a tough call. Argentina has players who play pro in big European leagues. Lionel Messi, Sergio Arguero, Javier Mascherano, et all are experienced players. On the other hand, the goal scorers that nailed Belgium are from unknown teams in Europe and Brazil. Olubayo Adefemi plays for a clubside in Israel, Chinedu Obasi who scored two goals against Belgium plays for Hoffenheim in Germany while Chibuzor Okonkwo plays locally for Bayelsa United in Nigeria.

The dribbling magic of the Nigerian lads is a sure bet to give Messi and his boys a run for their money.

The line: Nigeria by one point.

News Desk Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Senate faults NNPC's secret accounts

The condemnation of the accounting system of the NNPC is contained in the annual report of the Committee on Downstream Affairs submitted to the Senate. The report is due for deliberation at the commencement of Senate sittings after the ongoing holidays. MORE>>>

Labour opposes pay rise for legislators

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) levelled the accusation yesterday in response to the latest 100 per cent increase in the emoluments of legislators and local government chairperson and councillors. MORE>>>

Nigeria Has $50b In Foreign Currency, Gold Reserves - CIA

Nigeria is the 26th largest world economy with foreign currency and gold reserves capacity of more than $50 billion, civilian intelligence unit of the United States government, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)has said. MORE>>>

Four Killed, 20 Arrested As JTF, Gunmen Clash In P'Harcourt

Four persons died on Tuesday, 20 were arrested, and residents of old Port Harcourt Township fled their homes when gunmen and the Joint Task Force (JTF)had another exchange of gun fire, the second in a month. MORE>>>

FG okays Ribadu's demotion

The Federal Government has finally sealed the fate of erstwhile chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who was recently stripped of two ranks by the Police Service Commission... MORE>>>

Onitsha: 70-yr-old retired principal kidnapped

Dare-devil kidnappers have struck again in Onitsha, Anambra State commercial nerve centre, with the abduction of a 70-year-old retired principal, Sir G. C. Ubaka. MORE>>>

Obama: SEC writes Okereke-Onyiuke

There were indications on Tuesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission might have demanded explanation from the Director-General, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Dr. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, on her role in the ‘Africa for Obama fundraiser.’ MORE>>>

Foreign varsity admission racket dupes Nigerians

About 15 students in Nigeria have been sent fraudulent degree offer letters purporting to be from Liverpool Hope University in England. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) bogus educational and scholarship agencies had then asked the applicants for non-refundable acceptance fees. MORE>>>

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Bakassi Drama


News Desk (Late Edition) Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nigeria, Germany sign deal to boost power supply

Analysts have identified power shortage as one of the main impediments to growth in the world's eighth top oil exporter which is grappling with its worst electricity crisis in decades. MORE>>>

Virgin set to sell Nigerian airline stake

Virgin Atlantic is in discussions to sell its stake in Virgin Nigeria as its dispute with the government of the oil-rich West African state escalates. The deal is also likely to see Virgin, chaired by Sir Richard Branson, remove its branding from the airline once it finds a buyer for its 49pc stake. MORE>>>

Britain wants strong regulations for Nigeria’s oil sector

Nigeria will get better rewards from the oil and gas sector if the government is able to come up with strong regulatory frameworks, the British Secretary of Energy, Mr. Malcom Wicks, advised on Tuesday. MORE>>>

Nigeria militants kill 3 in battle over oil turf

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Aug 19 (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a turf dispute between rival armed gangs in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta, one resident and a security source said on Tuesday. MORE>>>

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nigeria Child Witches

This is ridiculous!

Adios Bakassi

The final nail on the coffin as Nigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Michael Aonodoakaa, left, and Cameroun's Minister of State for Justice, Professor Maurice Kamto in a formal agreement which hands over the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun on Thursday, August 14, 2008 in Calabar, Cross River State.

News Desk (Late Edition) Monday, August 18, 2008

Software giant plans expansion in Nigeria

LAGOS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- World's third largest independent software vendor, SAP, has seen prospects in the Nigerian economy just as it plans to increase its market share in the country, according to the Lagos-based Punch newspaper Monday. MORE>>>

Awareness about phone recycles low in Nigeria, others – Nokia

A new global survey by Nokia has shown that there is low awareness about the fact that old mobile phones can be recycled, rather than keeping them idle at homes or throwing them away. Although a statement, which was released in July after the survey was conducted, MORE>>>

Nigeria oil region development agency head charged on graft

The police, in a statement, said Edem was arraigned before an Abuja high court Monday for stealing 800 million naira (6.7 million dollars, 4.4 million euros) of federal government money. MORE>>>

African Stocks: Kenya, Ghana Rally; Nigeria, Mauritius Slide

In Nigeria, the All-Share Index dropped 4.4 percent to 47,517.87, extending the previous week's 5.6 percent decline. The measure has slumped 18 percent this year. Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc, an oil-services company, led the decline, sliding 18 percent to 4.77 naira. Hallmark Assurance Plc MORE>>>

Olympic Dream Extension


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Editorials Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Africa peace initiative

IT WAS recorded that the United Nations Security Council deployed a record number of peacekeepers to 19 peace operations around the world in 2007. At present, more than 100,000 blue berets and civilian staff are serving in the field to build and keep peace around the world. [The Punch]

After the Bakassi handover

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) had, in October 2002, sat in judgment over the disputed ownership of Bakassi Peninsula and resolved the matter in favour of Cameroun. Since then, tension has remained heightened in the Peninsula especially on the part of Nigerians who felt that the judgment was not in the best interest of the country. [Daily Sun]

The Jose Medellin exception

Tuesday's execution of Jose Medellin, a Mexican citizen who was convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of two girls in Texas, ended the life of a vicious criminal. But it also flouted a treaty signed by the U.S. that will now offer less protection to Americans arrested and imprisoned abroad -- unless Congress acts. [Los Angeles Times]

Mr. Ng’s Death

This country’s harsh regime of immigration enforcement is racked with troubles from top to bottom, from the federal raids recklessly sweeping thousands of harmless immigrants into custody to the scandal-riddled detention system that abuses and neglects them once they get there. [New York Times]

Spreading Hope

IN HIS 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush surprised many when he proposed to take the fight against AIDS to Africa. At the time, slowing the spread of the disease seemed quixotic, particularly on a continent where only about 50,000 of the 30 million infected people received antiretroviral treatment. [Washington Post]

Blast From the past and Russian Hubris

By Jonathan Power (World View)

KOSOVO, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Chechnya, the Bakassi Peninsular. All of them disputed territories but only one, the last named, a sizeable oil-rich wedge of land lying between Nigeria and Cameroon, has been taken to the International Court of Justice (World Court) for adjudication.

Why not the others? There is no good reason, apart from, in the latest situation, hubris on the Russian side and an inflated sense of self-importance on the Georgian side, partly because America has encouraged this.

Six years ago Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, confronted with growing tensions with neighbouring Cameroon over the Bakassi peninsular, long ruled by Nigeria, decided to resist the advice of his minister of defence, who pushed for a military solution, and to turn the dispute over to the World Court. Newspapers ridiculed Obasanjo, public opinion was nationalistic, but he held his course and did so even when the court ruled in Cameroon's favour. Bakassi is now being turned over to Cameroon.

Unlike South Ossetia there was something to fight over — large quantities of oil — but Nigeria swallowed its pride. This doesn't happen as often as it should, but it does happen.

It is often said that the twentieth century was the bloodiest century of mankind. It was. Nevertheless, there is another rarely told side of the history of the last century. The truth is that over a hundred years states committed themselves to a far more just, humane and peaceable world than their practice often suggested. Dorothy Jones in her carefully researched book, Codes of Peace, argues that there is a "hidden history" of the last century, ¨the record of an un-noticed breakthroughs in treaty-making when the great warrior states have adopted apparently minor stipulations that, in fact, represent agreement to significant restraint on their sovereignty."

The League of Nations rests in a perpetual historical cloud because of its failure to deal with Germany. But it did resolve the Aaland Island dispute between Finland and Sweden (which mattered as much at the time as Kosovo does today). Most notably, throughout an extraordinarily tense situation in 1935, an international military force kept order during the plebiscite that returned the Saar to Germany. (To gauge the passions involved, think not of South Ossetia, but of returning Ulster to Eire today.)

All these inflamed disputes were settled by arbitration. The vexed issue of the Aaland Island in the Baltic Sea led to one of the most carefully crafted of all international documents, one that has been drawn on over the years since as the template for resolving competing claims by neighbouring countries.

The Swedish inhabitants were demanding that they be allowed self-determination from their Finnish rulers. "To concede to minorities", the League"s eminent advisers concluded, "whether of language or religion, or to any fractions of the population, the right to withdrawal from the community to which they belong, because it is their wish or grand pleasure, would be to destroy order and stability within states and to inaugurate anarchy in international life."

This is why the British government supported, in the face of an outcry at home, the right of Nigeria to put down the revolt of the dissident state of Biafra in the 1960s. It is why the Big Five of the Security Council are united in accepting the territorial integrity of Iraq. And historians like to rub our faces in the fact that Hitler claimed with his invasion of Sudetenland that he was merely applying Wilsonian principles of self-determination for German minorities outside the Reich.

If the West had not pushed so hard for the independence of the breakaway province of Kosovo, flying in the face of this long accepted wisdom, (with Moscow pushing the other way), Russia would not have found it so easy to justify its invasion of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In this instance the course of international law goes against Russia. Georgia should complete its withdrawal and then challenge Moscow to refer their dispute to the World Court.

Jonathan Power is a London-based commentator on foreign affairs

News Desk Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fallout of Bakassi handover: Senate to limit President's power

The senators pessimism came just as there were indications that the Senate’s decision to ignore the willful disregard of its resolution forbidding the handover was at the instance of some elements of the leadership would did not want to put former President Olusegun Obasanjo to further public odium. MORE>>>

ICAN To FG: Address N' Delta Crisis With New Revenue Formula

Institute of Chartered Accountants Of Nigeria (ICAN)has charged the Federal Government to use the proposed new revenue formula and other measures to address the crisis in the Niger Delta region. MORE>>>

Henry Okah
Why FG is scared
•Cuts deal with militant leader

Pressure from concerned Niger Delta leaders may have compelled the Federal Government to do a rethink of the ongoing secret trial of the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Mr Henry Okah. MORE>>>

Obasanjo’s minister awarded 7km road for N3.4b , 50km Benin-Shagamu road awarded at N7.5b - ICPC begins probe of Berger, RCC, others

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission {ICPC} has reportedly begun a probe of contracts awarded on road projects by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007. MORE>>>

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

'Everything Scatter'


Na real wah! Kerosene has become a scarce commodity in a nation that produces oil as consumers haggle and scramble for kerosene at NNPC filling station in Lagos.

Editorials Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The demotion of ribadu and others

LAST week, the Police Service Commission(PSC), announced the demotion of Mr. Nuhu Ribadu and 139 other serving and dead police officers. [NIGERIAN TRIBUNE]

US apology for slavery

IT seems to be a season of apologies these days. First, there was the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologising to the aborigines who were grossly maltreated and dehumanised by the British Settlers exiled by Her Majesty to that Island continent. [DAILY CHAMPION]

Bakassi: A futile handover?

GOING by the last available pronouncement of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), on the issue, the Yar’Adua administration is set, as from Thursday (tomorrow), August 14, to fully withdraw all Nigerian civil and law-enforcement authorities from the Bakassi Peninsula [THE PUNCH]

News Desk Wednesday, August 13, 2008

President warns oil firms, extends Uwais panel's tenure

On the electoral process, Yar'Adua said that the on-going attempt to evolve a viable electioneering and voting system depended on the unity of the political while he threatened to wield the bigstick against oil firms working against the administration's ambitious plan for the power sector. (Photo: NAN) MORE>>>

Bakassi: No stopping us on handover tomorrow — FG

THE Federal Government is proceeding, tomorrow, with the planned handing over of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun, regardless of opposition from some quarters, Presidential spokesman, Mr. Segun Adeniyi, said yesterday.
No fewer than 37,000 Nigerians displaced from the disputed peninsula are being resettled at Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State. MORE>>>

Man Killed In Kano For Alleged Blasphemy Of Prophet Muhammad

Residents in Kano woke up to yet another bizarre development on Tuesday, as a 50-year-old man was allegedly murdered in God's name. He was said to have made utterances that were considered to be blasphemous against Prophet Muhammad. MORE>>>

Bode George, others get bail

FORMER deputy chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George and four others charged in the ongoing probe of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) contract seam, were yesterday granted, bail by an Ikeja High Court, Lagos. MORE>>>

Virgin Nigeria grounded

The Federal Government yesterday forced Virgin Nigeria Airline to stop operating local flights from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja. The government had on August 4 directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to ensure the relocation of the airline’s domestic operations from the MMIA within seven days. MORE>>>

N’Delta crisis: US raises alarm over Nigeria falling oil income

America has warned that Nigeria faces the threat of a substantial loss in oil Dollars as a combination of factors have eroded the nation’s revenue base and ability to attract foreign investors. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has further added to the country’s woes and has asked it’s national planning business tips MORE>>>

Workers present N33,396 minimum wage request to FG

WORKERS in the country have finally presented their wage demand to the Federal Government, requesting for a 317 per cent pay rise for all cadres of workers. MORE>>>

A Little bit of Funny Stuff (Basket Mouth: Live in Abuja)

I think he is really funny!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

News Desk (Nigeria) Tuesday, August 12, 2008

UNIDO plans 100 power projects in Nigeria

To help Nigeria accelerate her industrial drive in line with the administration's vision, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is set to build 100 hydro- power stations across the country. MORE>>>

Obasanjo shops for N4.5bn

Co-Chairman of the Library Project and Nigeria’s former High Commissioner in London, Dr. Christopher Kolade, said in the Ogun State capital yesterday that about N2 billion pledged during the launching of the project fund was yet to be redeemed. MORE>>>

Okiro redeploys demoted CPs, top officers kick over postings

Two of the five commissioners of police recently demoted to the rank of deputy commissioner have been relieved of their offices and redeployed in accordance with their new ranks. The affected police officers are Columbus Okaro and Adebayo Ajileye. MORE>>>

FG Moves To Save 13 Nigerians In Saudi Jail

Federal Government has taken steps to save the lives of 13 young Nigerians arrested and detained at Briman Prison in Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2002. MORE>>>

3,000 Nigerians rot in Chinese prisons

The Chinese police have launched a renewed clampdown on Nigerians resident in China, Daily Champion has learnt. Presently, over 3000 Nigerians are languishing in various jails while many have died from the maltreatment meted out to them. MORE>>>

Alleged N100bn fraud: EFCC lists 13 witnesses against Bode George

The commission arraigned George on Friday before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly awarding contracts worth N100bn ”without due process” during his tenure as the chairman of the NPA. MORE>>>

Traffic Jam

SOURCE: Guardian

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Today in Los Angeles

The 2008 World Stage Jazz Festival slams today on the parking lot of Leimert Park. Billy Childs will be paying a special tribute to legendary jazz pianist, Gerald Wiggins, who died July 13, 2008 in Los Angeles.

The Line up for the evening includes:

Nate Morgan's Swinging
The Gathering with Jesse Sharps
George Harper Quartet
Bobby Matos Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble

It's gonna be fun and I should be taking a whole lot of pictures

News Desk Sunday, August 10, 2008

Give us true federalism-N-Delta leaders

The governors and leaders of the region who spoke at the two-day “Legislative Retreat on Constitution Review” in Port Harcourt organised by Vanguard Media Limited, late last week, voted for true federalism as a viable way out of the crisis bedeviling the Niger Delta. MORE>>>

Bode George, others arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody

The EFCC has arrested the Rector of Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Owoso Olubumi, over a case of conspiracy, misappropriation and diversion of public funds.He is being questioned for his role in manipulating the institution’s nominal roll with intent to defrauding the federal government, and misleading the office of the Accountant General MORE>>>

Yar'Adua Scraps Chief Of Staff's Office

INTENSE pressure (and lobbying) said to be exerted on President Yar'Adua to scrap the most influential office in the last dispensation's presidency - the Office of the Chief of Staff - has succeeded. MORE>>>

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Editorials Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The indictment of Omar Al-Bashir

Within two weeks that the prosecutor in charge of Darfur, Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed 10 charges of war crimes against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Sudanese president has suddenly woken up to the seriousness of the situation in Darfur... [GUARDIAN]

Food diplomacy works

The United States cannot lead if it is hated. If Americans still aspire to remake the world as a more democratic, more prosperous place with fewer terrorists and nuclear weapons states, if we seek global cooperation on issues ranging from counter-proliferation to climate change, we must set about earning back the goodwill of nations. [Los Angeles Times]

Doing the best we can

Source: Vanguard

Nigerians who kill their wives in America

It has happened again. This time in St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota. I'm not sure what happened and I haven't been extensive in my news related analysis until a couple of nights ago when I called my buddy, Mike Egi who lives in one of St. Paul's suburbs asking what is shaking out there in the Mid-West.

"Oh, You don't know what is going on?" "An Igbo guy just killed his wife last week and it has been all over the news."

"Whao, so what's up with all these our men who can't move on with their lives, no matter what?"

Well, it is sad indeed when you have men who descended so low in life to use murder as a last resort. The case of Mike Iheme is one of many cases where Nigerian men had taken up the measure in murdering their wives in the most brutal of circumstances.

On July 24, Mike Iheme drove to where his wife worked at an assisted living center firing shots at her car as she was preparing to leave. Hennepin County court records confirmed the victim Anthonia Iheme "had an active harassment restraining order against (Mike) Iheme" who made the 911 call proclaiming "I have killed the woman that mess up my life...a woman that had destroyed me."

Now he has a subtitute. He will spend the rest of his life in jail.

Monday, August 04, 2008

News Desk (Nigeria) Monday, August 4, 2008

26 confirmed dead in Rivers cult clash

The army, yesterday, confirmed the death of 20 cultists in an exchange of gunfire between soldiers and the cultists at Nembe waterfront in Rivers State on Friday night, thus bringing the death toll in the cult clash that started on Tuesday to 26. MORE>>>

Africans in UK, others urge global support for N'Delta

Mobilisation of support in Nigeria and abroad for the Niger Delta people's quest for a greater share of the region's resources and its development gathered pace in the United Kingdom (UK) at the weekend...MORE>>>

British warhips not for N’Delta – Navy

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye has dismissed the insinuation that the warships offered Nigeria by British are intended for the Niger Delta. MORE>>>


The widely acclaimed hostility suffered by the relatively young National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the hands of the Nigeria Police was, again manifested recently in Abuja...MORE>>>

‘Why Nigeria will handover Bakassi to Cameroun’

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, has said that the country will handover the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun in the interest of good neighbourliness and to avoid sanctions from the United Nations. MORE>>>

29 condemned Nigerians in Thailand, Afghanistan get reprieve

Reliable sources at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that 23 convicts were on death row in Thailand and six in Afghanistan. MORE>>>

Abuja: Trailer crushes 15 to death

It was yet another day of horror in Abuja, yesterday, as an articulated Julius Berger trailer carrying container rammed into an 18-seater Toyota Hiace commercial bus killing about 15 passengers on the spot and injuring scores of others. MORE>>>