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Saturday, 25 January 2020

 Fire Outbreak Recorded At Murtala Muhammed Intl Airport Lagos

Fire Outbreak Recorded At Murtala Muhammed Intl Airport Lagos

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform airlines operators other airport users that a bush fire incident has been reported around the RESA of 36L, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Officers of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) are presently on ground and fire fighting is in progress.

However, the incident did not affect flight operations as normal flight operations continues unhindered.
Breaking :Christian Girl Leah Sheribu Delivers Baby Boy For Boko Haram Commander

Breaking :Christian Girl Leah Sheribu Delivers Baby Boy For Boko Haram Commander

Leah Sheribu, a Christian girl kidnapped and held in Boko Haram captivity for over one year, has given birth to a baby boy.

Leah was delivered of the baby a few weeks ago following her forceful marriage to a top Boko Haram commander, according to a reliable source close to the terror group.

The source said Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith, was forced to accept Islam before being married to a top commander of the terror group.

Leah was among dozens of girls seized from a school in Yobe State by Boko Haram fighters two years ago.

News Express TV Unveils Special Programme On Weddings; To Air Fridays And Tuesdays

News Express TV Unveils Special Programme On Weddings; To Air Fridays And Tuesdays

A special programme dedicated to weddings debuts on News Express Nigeria Television tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2019.

Entitled ‘African Wedding Party’, the programme features short video clips that capture the climax of a typical African wedding: The couple’s dance, games, cutting of the cake and the first performance of couple duties.

“Apart from the entertainment value, ‘African Wedding Party’ also showcases the latest trending fashion and will, thus serving as a fashion compass,” News Express CEO Isaac Umunna said Thursday in a statement.

He disclosed that the programme airs every Friday and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Nigerian time.

News Express Nigeria TV is an online television available globally at and at Express Nigeria TV. Subscription is free.
Action Aid Calls For Stiffer Punishment For Looters

Action Aid Calls For Stiffer Punishment For Looters

Following last year’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) index report that ranked Nigeria 146th out 180 countries on corruption index, ActionAid Nigeria has called on the Nigerian government to intensify its fight against corruption through stiffer punishment for looters and inclusion of citizens in the anti-graft war.

Speaking in Abuja, the Country Director of the anti-poverty organisation, Ene Obi, said: “While it appears that the Nigerian government is doing so much in fighting corruption, the just released Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2019 has contradicted the assumption that we are excelling in the fight against corruption.”

“We do agree that the CPI report annually is based on perception, however, perception also helps to validate the gaps that exist in the ways government relates with its citizenry.”

The report, which ActionAid Nigeria considers to be revealing, shows how Nigeria has retrogressively slipped down in the hierarchy of 180 countries measured. In the last two years, the country has slipped from 148 in 2017, made slight progress in 2018 and now slipped down by two positionss to 146 among 180 countries.

The country’s score has placed it between three top scorers and bottom scorers in sub-Sahara Africa.

The organisation said it found the recommendations of CPI very useful, especially in the area of citizens’ engagements, saying: “Governments should protect civil liberties and political rights, including freedom of speech, expression, and association.

“It should also engage civil society and protect citizens, activists, whistle-blowers and journalists in monitoring and exposing corruption.”

Raising concerns over the indiscriminate arrests and detention of journalists over frivolous charges, Obi lamented that access to information is still very weak and social contract between government and citizens still not effectively executed, adding: “In addition to the recommendations by Transparency International, ActionAid Nigeria would recommend that government should be more deliberate on citizen inclusion and engagements in the anti-corruption fight through sensitisation to mobilise a critical mass of citizens against corruption.

“This would eliminate the distrust and negative perceptions gaining momentum in citizens’ space.”

It also called for more support in strengthening credible institutions with the capacity to mold both the narrative and direction of the anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria, saying there should be no political interference in the execution of legislations and there should be clear-cut roles and responsibilities among relevant agencies in the fight against corruption.

Obi said: “The media should be more proactive with investigating the news behind the news. There should be an effective media engagement to generate more evidence through investigations of corrupt practices to stimulate public discourse.

“Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) should partner with the media to investigate and uncover hidden corrupt practices.

“Citizens should uphold values of honesty, integrity, and transparency and should strongly take ownership of the fight against corruption in Nigeria.”
Nigerians Attack Buhari's Spokesman Femi Adesina Over Comments On CAN

Nigerians Attack Buhari's Spokesman Femi Adesina Over Comments On CAN

Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF) has lambasted the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, for attacking the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), following its reaction to the murder of Reverend Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram.

Andimi, the Chairman of CAN in Michika Local government area of Adamawa state by Boko Haram, was beheaded by the insurgents.

CAN on Thursday rejected the reaction of President Buhari to the killing.

Buhari, who described the murder as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative, expressed sorrow that the terrorists went on to kill the religious leader while giving signals at the same of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.

But CAN stated that Christians were tired of the usual press releases and condemnations which have failed to make any meaningful impact.

Adesina in a post on his Facebook page on Friday accused the Christian leaders of labeling Buhari an “anti-christian”.

In its reaction, the NCGF said it understood the the tragedy of a man hired to market a bad product.

The Christian group asked Adesina to inform Buhari to tell Nigerians what was special about his Service Chiefs that he had retained them despite Nigeria’s insecurity.

A statement by NCGF President, Prof Charles Adisa, and Onyenachi Nwaegeruo, the General Secretary, reads: “If this puerile defense is coming from another government spokesman like Garba Shehu, we would not have bothered to reply, but would have dismissed it as one from those who don’t understand the pains the church leadership is passing through having its members being systematically decimated on daily basis without those in authority responding adequately to the change.

“But to come from one who ought to know the truth and say the truth is worrisome. We are further worried that when it comes to insulting the church leadership by government it is always through those that are said to be Christians in the corridors of power. If it is not Femi Adesina it must be Lauretta Onochie just to please their master.

“Only last week in the interfaith meeting in Abuja, the Sultan boldly accused governments of cowing religious leaders and traditional rulers in the country preventing them from playing their role. Garba did not pick on the Sultan. If it was CAN president either Adesina or Lauretta would have hushed him. What a show of disrespect to men of God.

“Now to vitriolics from Adesina on matters complained about in the CAN’s press conference, but before that may we observe the deception on Adesina”s so called “feelings of humanity” over the death of Rev. Adinmi. Quoting the 16th century classical poet, John Donne, he said “I am not mourning Rev. Adinmi because he is a Christian, but because any man”s death diminishes because I am involved in mankind”.

“That sounds human on the face value, but Adesina’s response to the Christian communities who are being killed and dispossessed of their ancestral lands is for them to surrender their inheritance for their life. This is a feeling of humanity without sense of justice. For Adesina the dictum: your land or your life is a philosophy that agrees with his humanity. But this is ungodly.

“On the argument that President Buhari sympathized and sympathises with bereaved families, should it not be a worry to the president’s image maker that theirs have become a government of condolence. Can he count how many of such condolence messages he has released in the last four years over avoidable calamities if government is serious.

“CAN said that Rev. Adinmi stayed two weeks with his captors and called on government to come to his aid. Does it not worry Adesina that rather than take step to rescue the preacher, government was quick to send condolence message to the family. Which is more important? To rescue the victim or sympathize with the family.

“I am sure the President is waiting to see the video of the beheading of another Christian that Adesina would be instructed to issue condolence statement and condemn the killers. Of course, that is cheaper than paying ransome. We are wary of pontification by likes of Adesina on the conduct of men of God as if the responsibility to be truthful is the sole prerogative of the clergy.

“Every man, including those in political position are enjoined to speak truth always. But to dish out half truths and sometimes blatant lies or wilful denial of facts by government and it’s agencies and turn around to accuse the clergy of promoting lies is height of hypocrisy which is common with this administration.

“One would have expected that Adesina would have soberly reflected over the concerns of CAN and advise his boss appropriately rather than engage on insults to the Association.

Perhaps, he does not know that sincere advice to the boss is part of the image making program. We think government image makers should go on refresher course to understand the need to advise the boss rather than always wanting to do the biddings of the boss.

“On the issue that CAN is insinuating that Buhari is “antichristian”, is Adesina blind or is he wilfully choosing not to hear or see what everybody is seeing or saying. From the opposition parties to a section of those in government down to civil society groups and sociocultural groups in the country, is it not a common refrain that the president is running a sectional and sectarian agenda? .

“Oh, Adesina would have preferred CAN keeping quiet over obvious truth. Has not even the international community made the same observation. Was it not why the same Adesina reacting to the position of Britain on a national issue retorted that Nigeria cannot take orders from Britain.

“Come to think of it why can’t the image makers advise Mr President to look into the national complain of the need to review his security management policy with the view to changing his team in order to rejig the system.Why is Mr President giving himself out as one who does not listen to public opinion?

“It is unfortunate that president’s spokesmen do not understand the power of public opinion, but are well schooled in the opposite which is propaganda. Mr Adesina should know that propaganda does not sustain any system for too long.”
APC Withdraws From Today's Rerun Election In Akwa-Ibom

APC Withdraws From Today's Rerun Election In Akwa-Ibom

Less than 12 hours to the rerun elections in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has announced its decision to withdraw from the race.

It alleged a perceived bias of the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in the state.

In a press conference on Friday evening at the party’s secretariat in Uyo, the state Chairman of the party, Mr Ini Okopido said “APC has withdrawn from the re-run election in Essien Udim local government area as we are dissatisfied with the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.”

Okopido said both Senator Godswill Akpabio whose candidacy has been replaced with Ekperikpe Ekpo for the Senatorial District election and Nse Ntuen for Essien Udim State Constituency will not participate in the elections.

He said the party has instituted a court process against INEC for failing to affirm the victory of Nse Ntuen as the member representing Essien Udim in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as ordered by the Appeal court.

“We have officially as a party withdrawn from the rerun elections in Essien Udim local government area. We are so dissatisfied with the conduct of INEC in Akwa Ibom State and we have withdrawn from the elections.

“As far as we are concerned, Igini has shown unprecedented bias against APC. He cannot give us a fair contest. We know he does not like APC in Akwa Ibom State and if he conducts any election in Akwa Ibom, the party will withdraw. Igini has not been fair to us as a state,” he said.

Earlier in a press conference in Uyo, the National legal Adviser to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Chairman of the PDP election committee for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Brr. Emmanuel Enoidem accused Senator Godswill Akpabio of making plans to rig tomorrow’s elections.

According to him, “Akpabio is determined to massively rig the elections in aid of his party’s candidates for the House of Representatives and House of Assembly just to deceive the world that APC is popular in his Locak Governement Area.

“To achieve this, Senator Akpabio has procured the service of DIG Michael Igbizi (who flew on the same Ibom Air flight and indeed sat on the same seat with him yesterday) whose intention is to reenact the roles played by AIG Musa Kimo during the last elections.”

Enoidem urged journalists, civil society groups and observers both local and international to witness the elections in Essien Udim, adding “We advise them to come with sophisticated technology gadgets with simultaneous recording and transmitting devices as they tour the various units”.
NDA Dismisses Young Cadets For Indiscipline And Unruly Behavours

NDA Dismisses Young Cadets For Indiscipline And Unruly Behavours

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has after a recent dossier review, relegated and withdrawn some cadets for discipline and general misconduct. A statement from the academy’s Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi yesterday in Kaduna said the NDA conducts periodic dossier reviews to address cadets’ disciplinary cases.

“The recently concluded dossier review resulted in the relegation and withdrawal of some cadets found wanting in discipline and general misconduct. This is in line with the NDA’s continued demonstration of its commitment to produce quality officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces and to ensure that discipline is preserved.

“The exercise which is in line with provisions of the cadets’ handbook on discipline and General Administration 2018 (revised) and Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 aims to achieve the mission of the academy to provide each officer cadet the requisite knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military training, academic excellence and character development,” he said.