Despite petitions standing in his way, the nomination of the Auditor-General of the Federation, has scaled through.
The Nigerian senate
The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Mr. Ayine Anthony Mkpe as the Auditor-General of the Federation.
This was even as the Senate confirmed the receipt of petitions
against the nominee with some Senators also standing on his way of
The Senate had at its plenary session on Wednesday, 14th December,
2016 considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for the
confirmation of the appointment of Mr. Ayine Anthony Mkpe to take over
the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.
Consequently, the Senate, after careful deliberations referred the
request to the Public Accounts Committee, for further legislative
Presenting the report of the committee at the Wednesday’s plenary, the Chairman, Senator Andy Uba said, “The
committee examined his educational qualifications, career progression,
experience, character, Federal Character principles, understanding of
the functions of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation,
Senotor Ali Ndume is not a happy man following the shocking and embarrassing manner he was removed as Senate majority leader.
Senator Ali Ndume
Former Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ali Ndume is still in
shock over his sudden and embarrassing removal from his position in the
Senate. He revealed that he had attempted to resign three times for the
sake of unity among the lawmakers but was stopped.
He said this during plenary on Wednesday as he raised a point of
order decrying the unfairness for which he was treated. He said the
house never gave him the opportunity of a fair hearing before taking its
He said members of the caucus should have made it known to him why they lost confidence in his leadership.
Ndume, however, thanked APC lawmakers for giving him the
opportunity to lead them, while congratulating his successor, Senator
Ahmed Lawan, on his appointment.
Enugu-based prophet, has released his 2017 prophesies where he
predicted that prominent pro-Biafra activist would be freed before the
end of 2017.
While speaking with journalists in Enugu, a popular prophet,
Anthony Nwoko, who released his 2017 prophesies, has predicted that all
the detained pro-Biafra activists would be freed before the end of 2017.
The influential cleric who urged pro-Biafra activist, Mazi Nnamdi
Kanu to be patient as his freedom was close, added that President Buhari
would not die in 2017 but that God was angry with him.
He said; “This is a return of the Igbo glory; God will lift the
Igbo nation; It is a year all the detained pro-Biafra agitators will be
“Enugu will be the City to watch as God’s glory will rise from there and extend to all other States in Igboland.
“I will lead the spiritual cleansing because there is hatred on
Ndigbo, jealousy because of their glory. The wicked have planted evil
in Igbo land but this is the time to uproot it.
“The enemies have done so much to make sure that Nbdigbo do not progress, that they will hate themselves.
“I prophesy that this is a year of liberation; a year of Biafra
struggle; let Igbos wake up. The spirit is appealing to Nnamdi Kanu and
others suffering in detention to be patient. God will bring all of them
out this year.
“Ndigbo should take up former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s
advice seriously. They should heed his advice and start developing this
place. The world is waiting for Ndigbo.”
On President Buhari, he said: “Buhari cannot change Nigeria.
Let my people go and there will be peace in Nigeria. Buhari will not
die; he will live to see the glory of God in Igbo land; those saying
Buhari will die are not speaking the mind of God.
“There is a lot of killing of innocent people in Igbo land. God
is not happy with Buhari at all; God is not happy with the government
of APC. Let Buhari pray and dream of what God thinks about Nigeria and
what He expects him to do. You cannot fight God and expect to have
A woman who came to a supermarket to steal has been disgraced after she was caught stealing.
The female thief after she was arrested
A lady has been disgraced after she was caught stealing at a shop.
The woman was forced to bring out all that she stole from her body.
The woman was caught after a metal detector at the door sounded the alarm, she had to shed her loot – pound by pound!
According to Daily Sun ZA, the video of the incident has become a
hot topic on social media. The thief was forced to remove goods hidden
under her clothes one by one – from panties to baby clothes! Some are
removed from her panties and bra while shoppers watch in shock.
“It looks like she stole the goods to sell them. This woman is brave,” said one of the shoppers.
Shop employees said they suspected the woman packed the goods into a
basket and went into the fitting room to stash them under her clothes.
“She wasn’t so big after removing her goods and was back to her normal size,” they said.
She was handed over to the police for prosecution.
The horrible and highly dreaded virus, bird flu, has infiltrated Nigerian again and is spreading really fast through states.
The Federal Government has revealed that a new strain of Avian
Influenza virus, popularly known as bird flu, has entered Nigeria and
spread to 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with over 3.5
million birds affected, The Punch reports.
According to the government, in a bid to prevent the entry of the
disease into their respective countries, Nigeria’s neighbours have
proposed a ban on poultry and poultry products from Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu
Ogbeh, disclosed this in Abuja for Tuesday at a consultative meeting
with commissioners for agriculture/livestock, states directors of
veterinary services and major stakeholders in the poultry industry.
Ogbeh explained that the first outbreak of bird flu in Nigeria was
reported in 2006 and spanned through 2008, but was controlled and
eradicated through concerted efforts facilitated by the availability of
resources from a World Bank-sponsored project and support from the
country’s development partners.
The minister said, “Almost a decade later, precisely in
December 2014, the disease reoccurred in a commercial poultry farm and a
live bird market in Kano and Lagos states, respectively. The current
status of the disease in the country is quite alarming; it has now
affected 26 states and the FCT, with over 3.5 million birds culled so
“Recently, a new strain of the bird flu virus (H5N8) was
reported in Kano. The new strain is believed to be very pathogenic and
more devastating to poultry species and, therefore, it may further add
to the burden of the H5N1 strain that is currently circulating in the
“The disease is transboundary in nature and also
trade-limiting; some of our neighbouring countries have proposed to ban
poultry and poultry products from Nigeria. This may undesirably lead to
an egg glut in the country.”
Ogbeh stated that there were already huge and unacceptable losses
in the poultry industry and the nation as a whole, and urged the
agriculture commissioners of the various states to retrace their steps
in order to provide safe food for Nigerians as well as ensure national
self-sufficiency in food production.
He noted that aside from paucity of funds, other challenges that
led to the outbreak of the disease included lack of compliance with
on-farm quarantine measures and movement restriction; violation of
biosafety measures leading to rapid spread of the disease; and
clustering of poultry farmers with limited adherence to hygienic
Others, according to the minister, are reluctance of poultry
farmers to register with the state directors of veterinary services for
easy monitoring and regulation; and unregulated activities of egg and
To help address the challenges, Ogbeh said the Federal Government
had provided disease containment materials, reviewed the national
emergency preparedness plan on Avian Influenza, enhanced the laboratory
diagnostics capacity at the National Veterinary Research Institute in
Plateau State, and created awareness and advocacy on the disease.
He stated that other measures put in place to address the situation
were the allocation of quality grains to the Poultry Farmers
Association to support its members across the country, and the payment
of N707.67m to 276 farmers as compensation.
“The Federal Government is determined to continue to work with
state governments, PAN and other stakeholders in the poultry industry to
come up with sustainable measures to prevent, control and eradicate
this disease from our country within the shortest time possible. This is
the major reason for our meeting here today,” Ogbeh said.
Participants at the meeting urged the Federal Government to
complete the payment of compensation to farmers who lost millions of
naira as a result of the previous outbreak of bird flu in Nigeria.
This, they said, would encourage the farmers to make public any
further development of bird flu in their respective areas before the
disease would spread to other locations.
Responding, Ogbeh said, “We acknowledge our inability to act
promptly in the past to be ahead of the disease and to complete payment
of compensation to affected farmers. This was due to constraint of funds
as a result of the prevailing economic downturn.”
“But I want to assure you that we are looking for money and we will pay the compensation.”
news spreading on social media reveals a family of 5 gruesomely became
history after being caught in a fierce inferno caused by the electricity
company in the north.
Sarafa Lasisi and his family
Sarafa Lasisi and his entire family – beautiful wife and three
children - died in a drastic fire incident yesterday in Koko, Kebbi
A brother to the deceased shared the story online with pictures of
the deceased before the fatal event. According to a source who spoke to
Tori News, Mr Lasisi - the head of the family was killed by a power
He had printing workshop where he was actively engaged when there
was a high current from the power company. This triggered an electrical
fault in the massive printing machine and there was an explosion in the
workshop which was attached to his house.
A wild fire emanated from the accident and ravaged his entire
house. His family wasn't lucky enough to escape the fire outbreak
including the man who was burnt to ashes alongside his family members.
"I have never seen such an accident in my life. The corpses of the family was actually unrecognizable" the
source revealed to a Tori New correspondent via telephone. The house of
the victim has become a beehive of activities as the good people of
Koko town pay sympathy visits to the gory scene of the mishap while
others troop in to sight-see.
The residents of Koko also lamented on the widespread damage of household appliances by the power surge.
Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi
Adesina, has addressed online speculations that he endorsed ponzi
scheme, MMM to Nigerians.
Femi Adesina & his boss, Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Femi Adesina, has dismissed insinuations and reports in
certain quarters of the media saying that he endorsed popular ponzi
scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, MMM.
Taking to his official Twitter account, the presidential aide wrote; "A
statement endorsing MMM is being credited to me on digital media. It is
false. Please ignore it. Impostors and identity thieves at work."
It can be recalled that the popular money doubling scheme had
announced a ‘freeze’ on accounts of users in December 2016, with a
promise to return on January 14, 2017.
Ahead of its anticipated resumption, MMM, announced some of its
comeback plan which includes, the introduced of Bitcoin as part of its
President of Gambia may have finally come to his senses as he is now
looking for a way to reconcile with the President-elect.
President Yahya Jammeh
Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday appointed a
mediator to facilitate meetings between himself and president-elect
Adama Barrow, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Jammeh who is in the middle of a heated controversy for his refusal
to accept the Dec. 1 presidential polls, which saw him, lose power
after over two decades of being in power, is now looking for a peaceful
way to reconcile with Barrow.
West African bloc, Economic Community of West African States has
been heaping pressure on Jammeh to do the obvious and respect the
constitution of his country or face military action, although top
mediators from ECOWAS have agreed to use peaceful means to convince him
before the due date of the new president's inauguration.
Barrow, a former real estate agent, who was little known before he
announced his candidacy, is scheduled to take office on Jan. 19.
The ruling party’s secretary general will mediate between Jammeh’s supporters and the opposition to “resolve any mistrust and issues,’’ Jammeh said in a televised address to the nation early Wednesday.
He refuses to accept the election result because it was “full of arithmetic errors and anomalies, it also could not be credibly explained,’’ the outgoing president added.
Jammeh ordered the justice minister and national assembly to draft a
general amnesty bill, while issuing an executive order not to arrest or
prosecute citizens for “acts or omissions’’ committed during the pre and post electoral period, between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31.
The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court postponed
hearing a court petition filed by Jammeh to challenge the election
results. The case was adjourned to Monday, since only one of a required
minimum of five judges was present, the court’s registrar said.
Several West African heads of state meanwhile postponed a meeting
with Jammeh aimed at helping to resolve the political crisis from
Wednesday to Friday.