Saturday, 30 November 2013

Jonathan's Enemies Behind My Arrest In Republic Of Benin Says Asari

Jonathan's Enemies Behind My Arrest In Republic Of Benin Says Asari

Former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who was arrested last week in Republic of Benin, has said that those opposed to the 2015 presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan were behind his arrest.

Asari, who appeared unperturbed about his arrest outside Nigeria, said that he was arrested and interrogated in Republic of Benin over an allegation from Nigeria that he is a leader of Boko Haram.

Asari, who spoke to journalists on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja Friday night, also described as lies, the report in Nigerian media, that President Jonathan sent a Presidential Jet to fly him into Nigeria from Republic of a Benin.

His words: "Crisis is normal, it can also happen here in Nigeria, it can happen anywhere in the world. The people and government of Republic of Benin have no problem with me. But if people alleged that somebody is a leader of boko haram, the government of that country will investigate the person.

"The allegation has much to do with 2015 because when your read comments on social media, you find out that anybody who is against President Goodluck Jonathan, said they should vilify me, and make sure I die before 2015. But they are not going to succeed. I am not going to die. I will be present in 2015, and I will do what I am going to do to ensure that Jonathan wins in 2015. There is nothing they can do about it. This is their last fight and it is so unfortunate that the way and manner they are going with show how immature they are."

Speaking on the reports that he was flown into Abuja in a Presidential Jet, Asari said: "That media report shows what Nigerian press is all about. There is not truth in that report. I just arrived from Cotonu. I drove in my car from Cotonu to Lagos airport where I boarded aero contractors flight to Abuja. The report is not true. No presidential jet was sent to me.

"That report has shown that all the Nigerians press have been writing against me are instigated, and the are falsehood. Most of the things they have always written against President Goodluck Jonathan is also falsehood. The press in Nigeria is manipulated and instigated."

"I do business in Cotonu, and I have been living in Cotonu since 2008. Politically, people who are in Nigeria are trying to fabricate lies, which are not variable, and send it to Republic of Benin government. So I was taken for interrogation and they found that the allegations were false, and I was promptly released with over 20 of my staff who were also taken in." Asari said.

 Speaking on his meeting with leaders of government of Republic of Benin after his interrogation, Asari said: "I have met with the top and powerful people in Republic of Benin, since I went to that country. I have never had any reason to meet with their government officials, but this crisis has made it possible for me to meet with all the top government functionaries of the Republic of Benin. The criss has raised my profile in that country.

Asked whether President Jonathan intervened in his release, he said: "It is not just only President Jonathan that intervened, but Nigerians generally intervened. The number of people that came into Cotonu the day I was taken in, and the following day, were over one thousand.

"People from Rivers State, Bayelsa State, and the Igbo community in Republic of Benin, were there for me, in fact the whole of Nigeria community in Republic of Benin were involved. In the first few hours after my arrest, nobody knew where I was, our people took it upon themselves, especially the Igbo community and Rivers/Bayelsa community took it upon themselves to make sure they track me everywhere. They took lawyers to defend me. The wave of sympathy and solidarity shown by our people was far reaching and unprecedented.

"A lot of people here in Nigeria made efforts and sacrifices for me. My friends and allies who couldn't come into Cotonu were calling to know how I was doing. I am grateful to everybody."
Poser:What Do You Like And Dislike About CKN Nigeria

Poser:What Do You Like And Dislike About CKN Nigeria

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NOPA Award Holds 15th Dec 2013

NOPA Award Holds 15th Dec 2013

The Grand Slam High Octane 6th Edition of NOLLYWOOD OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY AWARDS- NOPA, holds on SUNDAY 15th DEC.2013 @ ETAL Hotel and Halls, opp First Bank Oregun Rd, Ikeja Lagos . Former Minister of Health and Chairman Juli Pharmacy Plc, Prince Julius Adelusi- Adeluyi OFR, mni is Chairman of the event while Former Minister of Information and Culture, Sir Dr Walter I. OFONAGORO is Chief Host. Top A-list stars like RMD, SEGUN ARINZE, PATIENCE OZOKWO, FUNKE AKINDELE, OKEY BAKASSI , FRANCA BROWN etc are listed for honor! U can call Stanley 08037342764, dd 07033703753! NOPA.... The Seal of Exellence!


Two People Lay Claim To Obio/Akpor LG Chairmanship

Two People Lay Claim To Obio/Akpor LG Chairmanship

 

Two persons, Timothy Nsirim the sacked chairman and Mr.Singer Azubuike Singer, Head of Local Government Administration,HLGA, are now claiming the headship of the dissolved Obio/Akpor local Government council that was dissolved by, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers State last night.
Nsirim ,the elected local government and the 17 Councillors this morning rejected the dissolution of the Council and vowed not to vacate their positions insisting that they were standing by the Court judgement delivered by Justice Iyayi Lamankara of Port Harcourt.
However, Singer Azubuike Singer, the highest ranking a career civil servant in the Council addressed the press this morning insisting that the dissolution of the council by the Governor was in accordance with the law and that he has assumed the responsibility to head the council as the highest ranking career officer of the Council(higher than the Head of Personnel Management).
“The dissolution by the Governor is in accordance with the Rivers State local Government Law. I accept the responsibility. I see it as a step to restore peace in the Council area”.

Mr Singer directed residents and business owners to desist from paying revenue to individuals and contractors. He urged them to pay all revenues to designated banks.
He admitted that Nsirim has refused to obey the directive that he should hand over to him. He said he was not perturbed by that.
As at this morning however the council was calm and quiet as normal activities were going on with Nsirim holding forte in the office. Two Police patrol vans have been stationed at the gate of the  secretariat this morning.
Meanwhile, the five anti-Amaechi law makers have condemned the dissolution of the Council insisting that it is an outright disobedience of court order and cannot stand.
They argued that if the former allegation held against Nsirim was mis appropriation of funds before he was suspended and later reinstated by the Court what could be the crime of Nsirim this time to warrant the sacking of his council.
They urged the public to disregard the dissolution of the Council. They also asked Nsirim to continue with his duties until his tenure expires in May 2015.
Meanwhile,Mr Chikordi Dike.the immediate Past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the council the morning hailed the action of the Governor.

Amaechi And Mbu Finally Meet In Govt House

Amaechi And Mbu Finally Meet In Govt House

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and the estranged Police Commissioner Mbu J.Mbu met face-to-face on Wednesday in Port Harcourt for the first time in several months.
The most important issue discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by other top-ranking military and law enforcement chiefs, was the increasing wave of insecurity in the state.
The governor on Thursday announced the dissolution of the Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, 48 hours after a state High Court declared the April suspension of the LG chairman, Mr. Timothy Nsirim, and his councillors by the state House of Assembly unconstitutional.
Mr. Nsirim declared yesterday that the council’s dissolution is of no effect and that he is fully in charge as its boss.
The initial suspension of the council by the state Assembly had sparked violence on the floor of the House with Amaechi blaming Mbu for taking sides in the political crisis in the state and not doing enough to curb crime.
He asked the police authorities to remove Mbu.
The police boss subsequently stopped meeting with the governor.
However, Mbu confirmed yesterday that he attended Wednesday’s security meeting at the Government House and spoke of the readiness of all the security agencies to collaborate with a view to ensuring a crime-free Christmas.
He said no fewer than 97 armed robbery suspects, including a 10-man gang that allegedly robbed a bank recently, had been arrested.
The police chief also announced the arrest of 48 other suspects for alleged kidnapping,sea piracy and cultism.
He assured residents of the state of security and safety, and warned criminals to either turn new leafs or relocate from the state, stressing that the police would leave no stone unturned in fighting them.
“Because of these EMBER months, we are now meeting every week to review our strategy; not only the strategy of the command, but all of us, the service commanders, the Army, Navy Air Force and SSS have been collaborating to ensure that crime is brought to the lowest minimum.
“We had a security meeting with His Excellency the governor at the Government House. After that, we met in my office, all in the effort to chart a way to ensure that crime is reduced,” he said.

CKN Nigeria Newspaper Headlines..Saturday 30th November 2013

CKN Nigeria Newspaper Headlines..Saturday 30th November 2013

·         FRSC adopts 10-year cycling plan00
·         APC on rescue mission –Tinubu0
·         ASUU leaders adamant on strike

All Roads Lead To Ago Iwoye As Keke Ogungbe Mum Is Buried Today

All Roads Lead To Ago Iwoye As Keke Ogungbe Mum Is Buried Today

 
All roads lead to Ago Iwoye ,Ogun State as the mother of Entertainment gurus,Keke Ogungbe,KSB and Prof ID Ogungbe will be buried today.
The programme of activities reads: The  Onanuga and Ogungbe  families of Ago iwoye in Ogun state announce the passage to greater glory of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Otunba, (MRS) Leticia Onajoke Ogungbe, aged 81 years.
The late Iya Ijo of Methodist Cathedral Church, Imere, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state slept in the Lord on Tuesday November 12, 2013.         
 Burial arrangements are as follow: Thursday November, 28;  Service of songs at No. 218A Ondo-Benin Rd, Imoru Junction, Ijebu-Ode. Time: 5pm  Friday November, 29, 2013.  Wake-keep at 5pm Saturday 30, 2013-·Burial service at Methodist Cathedral Church, Imere Ago-Iwoye. Time:-10:00am.  Interment at 12 noon at the church premises.·       
Outing/Thanksgiving Service at Methodist Church Cathedral Imere Ago-Iwoye. Immediately after interment    Reception/ Entertainment of Guests- Venue: Imososi Methodist Primary School Field. 
ANNOUNCER Chief (Mrs) Moji Dokpesi for the families.

Mass Exodus Hit Jimoh Ibrahim's Mirror Newspaper

Mass Exodus Hit Jimoh Ibrahim's Mirror Newspaper

Tunji Bolaji
The media empire of self acclaimed billionaire, Barr Jimoh Ibrahim has been hit by mass exodus of his most competent staff.
The latest to throw in the towel is the newly appointed Daily Editor of his flagship Newspaper, Daily Mirror,Mr Bolaji Tunji who we have been reliably informed has dumped the paper for the newly established Telegraph owned by former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu.
Few weeks back,the Managing Director/Editor In Chief of National Mirror also left the Newspaper.
We have also scooped that another award winning Editor,Isioma Madike has also left.
While it cannot be confirmed why most of the best brain in the paper are leaving the company in droves,CKN Nigeria’s investigation revealed that the management style of Barr Jimoh Ibrahim is killing the Newspapers.
Barr Ibrahim who is not a journalist is said to determine the front page cover of the Newspaper and other contents to the detriment of the core competent professionals.
He was also accused of redeployment and sacking of staff at every simple provocation.
Recently Mr Jimoh Ibrahim demoted the Editor Daily of the Newspaper,Mr smith because he traveled out of the country for a week even after getting approval from the management of the paper.

Mr Jimoh Ibrahim who has his hands in several pies is also struggling to keep afloat his second Newspaper,the 95 page Newswatch Newspaper which has been struggling since it berthed with no adverts to support it.
The paper was bought over from its former owners,Ray Ekpu,Dan Agbese,Yakubu Mohammed and late Dele Giwa.
The takeover is still a subject of litigation at a Lagos High court

Anambra Supplementary Election Holds Today As PDP,LP,APC Maintain Boycott

Anambra Supplementary Election Holds Today As PDP,LP,APC Maintain Boycott

A massive moral and legal burden hangs over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today as it insists on proceeding with the controversial supplementary governorship election in Anambra State.
Dr. Chris Ngige,the candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC), Mr.Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party (LP) and Comrade Tony Nwoye, Peoples Democratic party (PDP) have opted out of the supplementary poll.
They are demanding outright cancellation of the November 16 election, which they said was characterised by fraud.
The candidate of APGA, Chief Willie Obiano, has however endorsed the conduct of the election.
Mr. Ubah has already gone to court to challenge the legality of the supplementary election.
He says Supplementary election is not known to the 1999 Constitution.
He has secured an order for accelerated hearing in the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
His counsel, Mr.Olagoke Fakunle (SAN), in a letter to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday drew the chairman’s attention to the “processes filed in that action” and for him to “respond to these processes not later than the 6th of December 2013.”
He said: “You would have noticed that amongst the processes is a Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction restraining you from conducting any further election in Anambra State with regard to the office of the Governor of the State,until the court has had an opportunity to review the legality of your pre-election processes towards that election.
“It was for the reason of the urgency and importance of this action that the Federal High Court ,on 28th November 2013, made an order to abridge the time within which you and other Defendants may file your responses to both the application for injunction and the originating summons.The court also granted accelerated hearing of the matter by adjourning the hearing to 9th December, 2013.”
The court order and the pendency of both the motion and substantive suit, Fakunle said, “have activated the doctrine of lis pendens.”
He added: “The doctrine of lis pendens precludes you from taking any steps in furtherance of your planned supplementary or other election in Anambra State with regard to the office of governor of the state until the Court has determined the application for injunction and the legality of your pre-election processes and the planned supplementary election itself.”
He asked for the postponement of today’s supplementary election to “avoid a situation whereby you would have foistered a fait accompli on the court and the court in response will therefore be constrained to void everything you have done including the outcome of the proposed supplementary election.”


Am Part of APC/nPDP Merger..Wamakko

Am Part of APC/nPDP Merger..Wamakko

 
Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has cleared the air over doubts being entertained in some quarters on his purported defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC). 

He said he was in the know about the meeting where the decision to join the party was taken by the Kawu Baraje-led group and from where the merger was announced. 

Despite the announcement by the Baraje-led group that Wamakko was part of their decision to move to the APC, some of the governor’s supporters still believed otherwise in view of the fact that he (Wamakko) was in Senegal at the time of the group’s meeting.

Wamakko, who spoke to journalists in Sokoto on Friday shortly after he presented the 2014 budget proposal to members of the State House of Assembly, said he was part of the decision of the Baraje-led group.

“I am part and parcel of the decision by the Baraje-led group just as I am part and parcel of all that transpired during the meeting held by the group,” he said.

But when asked whether it should be reported that he had moved to the APC, he said that was left to the journalists to say or not to say.

Saheed Balogun Drags Fathia To Court Over Use Of Name

Saheed Balogun Drags Fathia To Court Over Use Of Name

 

Few years ago, Saheed Balogun reportedly said he would soon stop his ex wife, Fathia Balogun, from using his name.
Saheed was quoted to have said “She is my ex. As for my name that she is still answering, the deed will be done soon. The Nigerian law says that after three or four years, you can do something about it. If somebody wants to keep my name, what of the new person coming in? This has nothing to do with grudges.”
And now, it looks as if Saheed is set to do something about his threat.
A reliable source informed Saturday Beats that the actor had taken his ex to court insisting that she drop his name.
Recall also that Fathia had also reportedly boasted in an interview last year, that nobody could stop her from using her name.
Fathia had said, “I laugh, my name is Fathia Balogun and it’s going to remain Balogun; nobody can ever change that and nobody can stop me from answering that name.”
When Saturday Beats contacted Saheed over the recent development, the actor chose to be evasive.
“I have told you that I don’t like talking about my private life. I will talk about my new project. Go and meet those people telling you about this story,” he said.
Several calls were also made to Fathia Balogun, she didn’t respond. A text message was sent to her, she didn’t respond.

Akwa Ibom Host Communities Condemn Mobil Oil Producing

Akwa Ibom Host Communities Condemn Mobil Oil Producing

ON the 9th November, 2012, there was a major oil spill from one of the offshore facilities of Mobil Producing Nig. Unlimited and the result of the spill was conspicuous in and around the entire operational areas/ Core Communities of MPNU. Arising from the spill, the Core Communities made demands for the payment of adequate financial compensation on MPNU.
MPNU admitted the occurrence of the spill in its communication to the state, Local Governments and the Leadership of the various communities. MPNU at several fora made a commitment to react accordingly in due course as it contended that the process of determining the quantum of spill and the corresponding compensation sum and variables was still ongoing with the statutory regulatory agencies including the DPR and NOSDRA.
 In the interface between the Core Communities and MPNU over the payment of the oil spill compensation, MPNU on a letter dated 15th June, 2013 and in a publication of Pioneer newspaper of 27th October, 2013, offered to carry out some projects in its Core Communities in particular and in other parts of the state as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities to its Host communities and state. This may have been an attempt to redeem its failure in corporate social responsibilities for the last 15 years during which MPNU had been claiming that they have paid their statutory obligations to the various governments and contributed to the NDDC.

The demands by the Core Communities on MPNU for the compensation for oil spill persisted and this culminated in the peaceful protest by the communities which lasted for 10 days. The protest was suspended at the intervention of Akwa Ibom State Government after an offer to mediate between the Core Communities and MPNU.
The above mentioned offer to mediate  led to the meeting between  the Technical Committee of the Core Communities and the representatives of the management of MPNU on Monday the 4th day of November,2013 at the conference room of the Secretary to Government of Akwa Ibom state. In the meeting, the Core Communities presented its position paper and MPNU acknowledged the rights of the communities and therefore considered their demands reasonable but pleaded for time not exceeding Thursday the 14th November, 2013 to enable the Board of MPNU to meet and ratify the demands.
November 14th, 2013 has lapsed and communities have again become very restive arising from the intransigence of MPNU. We are familiar with all the antics of MPNU – divide and rule, delay tactics, sponsoring derogatory and inciting stories, seeking Government protection on its abdication of its Statutory Responsibilities, etc. it was this attitude that led to the kidnapping of the Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket L.G.A and attacks on other Paramount Rulers of Ibeno, Eket and Onna. 
It has come to a point where the Core Communities can no longer contend these antics. We are also aware that Exxon being the parent company of MPNU has a notoriety of failure to meet its obligations such as payment of compensation for oil spill to the extent that they had to be sent away from other countries. This and similar attitude account for their consistent declaration of outrageous profit to the consternation of other oil companies and the amazement of the United States Congress.
Since 1998, the Core Communities have suffered sufficient deprivations and a near total exclusion from the benefits of its operation.
Consequent upon the fore going, the Core Communities wish to state emphatically as follows:
1.     That MPNU should immediately comply with all the requests at the meeting of 4thNovember, 2013.
2.     That failure to do so might elicit further very strong reactions from   the Core Communities.


THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IS AUTHORIZED BY:-
1.     His Eminence, Akwa Edidem (Dr) Akpabio U. Ukpa,
        Oku Ibom III, Chairman of the Forum
        Paramount Ruler of Onna.

2.     HRM Edidem Ubong P. Assam II
        Aso I of Esit Eket
        Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket.

3.     HRM Edidem N.J.E Oduenyie Jp
        Atara Ekid, Enin Akwa Afaha III
        Paramount Ruler of Eket.

4.     HRM Owong (Dr) Effiong B. Archianga
        Akwaha Owong Ibeno – Spokeman of the forum
        Paramount Ruler of Ibeno.

5.     Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien
        Attah of Ekid
        Chairman Technical Committee

6.     Pastor (Hon) Isaiah W. Abia
        Coordinating Secretary

7.     Proffesor Etie Ben Akpan
        Member Technical Committee

8.     High Chief Williams Mkpah
        Member Technical Committee

9.     Chief Okon Akpan Owong
        Member Technical Committee

10.   Barr. Bassey Nkanang
        Member Technical Committee

11.   Chief Ime M. Utin
        Member Technical Committee

12.   Chief Bassey Udo Akpan
        Member Technical Committee

13.   Rt. Hon. Imo Udobia
        Member Technical Committee