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Oshiomhole, Ortom clash over Benue killings
Sat, 28 Jul 2018

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole launched a tirade against Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday, claiming that the governor is partly responsible for the security challenge in the state.

He also accused the governor of non-performance and aggravating the level of poverty among his people.

But Ortom, who dumped the APC on Wednesday, fired back immediately.

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He said Oshiomhole appeared to know more about the killings in Benue and was hiding the truth from Nigerians.

He threatened to sue the APC chair for disparaging him.

In firing the first salvo yesterday, Oshiomole had said Ortom’s exit is a blessing in disguise for the APC after all.

He told reporters in Abuja that contrary to claims by the governor about the killings and general security situation in the state, Ortom was partly responsible for the problem.

“Governor Ortom has complicated, by his own actions and poor judgement, the security situation in the state,” he said , citing reports by APC leaders in Benue State.

“They drew our attention to the fact that some of those that have been arrested as a result of the killings are people who have been associated with him, including people in his employment, especially a guy known to have been involved with Boko Haram, whom he recruited to manage what they called forest guards.

“These people have been arrested and are in police custody. If an appointee of a governor is involved in a heinous crime, including killing, that will be enough for a governor to worry about.

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“Instead, he played up the ethnic dimension of criminality, even though some of those killed were killed not by Muslims but Christians of Benue State origin, including those he employed.

“These people have been in police custody; so, his attempt to explain away criminality by playing the ethnic card is unhelpful to what he should do as governor to manage the situation better.

“After all, those in Benue State have always been there and his predecessors, including Suswam, had found ways to manage these diversities. So, Ortom’s incapacity to manage it and even seeking to make political capital of the death of Benue people is unfortunate.

“It is important that Nigerians understand that the condemnable killing of two Reverend Fathers and some Christians in a church, those who have confessed to these crimes include people who have worked with Gov. Ortom and these killings were done few weeks after one of them was extremely critical during his sermon about the governance of the state and the style of governance of the Governor.

“His price obviously was to pay with his dear life and not a few thought that the governor would celebrate that. I am not about to suggest that Gov, Ortom might have asked anybody to go and kill anyone, but that some of those involved in these killings are Benue State originated are Christians.

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Unease in INEC over Senate, Reps recess
Sat, 28 Jul 2018

There is palpable anxiety among officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the possible effects of the shutdown of the National Assembly on the Commission’s N242,445,322,600 2019 poll budget.

Amid ripples of defections, the National Assembly on Tuesday began its annual recess which will end on September 26.

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is also the chairman of the National Assembly, said the recess was necessary to enable the lawmakers to participate in party primaries ahead of the 2019 elections.

But the timetable released by the electoral commission indicated that the primaries will hold between August 18 and October 7.

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It was however learnt that preparations for the poll might be hampered by the vacation of senators and members of the House of Representatives.

Instead of a seven-month timeframe to prepare for the poll, INEC might only have between three and four months to prepare if the proposal is approved in October.

According to investigation conducted by our correspondent, INEC needs to procure about 600 items for the poll, including sensitive materials like ballot papers and non-sensitive types.

Most of the items are not those INEC can pick on the shelf within a month or two, especially in view of the nation’s long-winding public procurement process.

A National Commissioner in INEC, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said the shutdown of the National Assembly will affect preparations for 2019 poll.

The source said: “There is no way the shutdown will not affect our preparation timeline because we need funds to procure items required for 2019 poll.

“We are procuring over 600 items for the general election. If we have funds, we need about seven months to prepare adequately for the poll.

“At the rate we are going, we may have to put all items in place within three to four months to the general election.

“And the law makes it mandatory to subject all procurement to the evaluation of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the relevant laws of the land.

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Why Im yet to remarryTee Mac
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli, was born to a former Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria who married an Itsekiri princess. But he suffered a cruel fate when his father was assassinated in Lagos. His mother was, however, smart enough to send him and his two sisters their fathers wealthy family in Switzerland. But Tee Mac, as he is popular known, was not one to forget Nigeria. He returned to the country and today, he is a success story i
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Why Im yet to remarryTee Mac
Sat, 28 Jul 2018

Former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli, was born to a former Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria who married an Itsekiri princess. But he suffered a cruel fate when his father was assassinated in Lagos. His mother was, however, smart enough to send him and his two sisters their father’s wealthy family in Switzerland. But Tee Mac, as he is popular known, was not one to forget Nigeria. He returned to the country and today, he is a success story in business and entertainment, which includes his ownership of a thriving night club in Surulere, Lagos. He spoke with PAUL UKPABIO on his social and business lives, his tenure as PMAN president, why he is yet to remarry and his regrets about Nigeria.

How would you describe yourself as a musician and former PMAN president?

I am first a concert Flutist, then a philharmonic composer, then a performer with a tight live band, then a business man and a unionist. As you can see, the PMAN thing was actually the last on my list. Was it your personal decision to become a musician or it was due to some external influences? After my Swiss father Theo Manfred Iseli was assassinated in Lagos in 1951, my mother, Susana Grey Fregene Omateye, an Itsekiri princess, sent me and my two sisters to Switzerland where my wealthy Swiss family took us in. I had the best education money can buy. I had to study business to have a solid background. But I was also allowed to study music.

I had wanted to be a flutist since I was a small boy. I think in a previous life, I already played the flute, and as a small boy, I remembered (laughs).

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Many years after your presidency at PMAN, would you say that PMAN is now more united?

Whenever you have two Nigerians together, you have two opinions, two political parties or two musician unions. I had the misfortune of inheriting a very negative splinter group from Charly Boy’s time, and it was only after their leader had ended up in Ikoyi Prison that we got a bit of peace from that negative group. But then, three other factions came up. Now, there is peace. We had a great election in Abuja in January 2017, endorsed and supervised by the Ministry of Labour. The Trade Union Secretary and the Labour Congress were in attendance. PMAN needs to raise money to re-organise and then it will be the shiny union again. Note that PMAN is the largest black musicians union in the world!

What were the challenges that came with being the PMAN president?

Too many negative people there; ready to destroy. Most have not yet realised that unity is a great deal of power. I was able to get the Immigration to work with me to implement the laws that foreign artistes need a visa with temporary work permit and had to pay tax at source. This created many enemies for me, especially with churches who were importing gospel artistes and preachers without temporary work permit visas for their yearly big revival festivals at the Tafawa Balewa Square. I hope they are implementing it now, because the new PMAN will continue to arrest them with the Immigration services.

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Otedola tanker explosion: Police arrest truck owner
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The owner of the petrol tanker, that sparkedlast months inferno, on Otedola Bridge, Lagos, has been arrested by the police.No fewer than nine peoplelost their lives in the incident which also got dozens of vehicles burnt.Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chile Oti, said the truck owner was arrested in Kano on Thursday.The suspect is said to be helping the policelocate the driver of the ill-fated truck.In a related development, the state government announced yesterday, that the DNA fo
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Otedola tanker explosion: Police arrest truck owner
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The owner of the petrol tanker, that sparkedlast months inferno, on Otedola Bridge, Lagos, has been arrested by the police.No fewer than nine peoplelost their lives in the incident which also got dozens of vehicles burnt.Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chile Oti, said the truck owner was arrested in Kano on Thursday.The suspect is said to be helping the policelocate the driver of the ill-fated truck.In a related development, the state government announced yesterday, that the DNA fo
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Shake-up in Nigerian Army
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The Nigerian Army yesterday announced a major shake-up among its senior officers with the redeployment of Command and Staff Officers as well as General Officers Commanding (GOCs).The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and Force Commander of Multinational Joint Task Force were also affected by the development.According to a statement signed by the Army Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, the posting was aimed at inject new hands to further actualize the vision of the Ch
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Shake-up in Nigerian Army
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The Nigerian Army yesterday announced a major shake-up among its senior officers with the redeployment of Command and Staff Officers as well as General Officers Commanding (GOCs).The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and Force Commander of Multinational Joint Task Force were also affected by the development.According to a statement signed by the Army Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, the posting was aimed at inject new hands to further actualize the vision of the Ch
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MARENIKAE: NIGERIAN GUYS ARE REAL DEFINITION OF MEN
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
US-based Nigerian singer, Morenike Lamode, who recently released her debut album titled Ajebutter, is back in Nigeria to fully launch her musical career. She speaks with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN in this interview on various issues. Excerpts How would you describe your journey into music’I started music professionally about four years ago and I recorded my debut album last year. The album titled Ajebuterwas released on my 25th birthday which was March 11 this year.How is the album doing out there&#0
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Buhari orders new FAAC remittance template
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that a new template for revenue remittances into the Federation Account be generated.The objective is to stop future embarrassment arising from remittances into the account at meetings of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).The new template is to be jointly agreed upon by the Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fisc
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Osun Poll: INEC to release candidates names on Monday
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday make public the names of candidates of the political parties vying for the Osun governors seat.Forty-eight parties have submitted nominations for the September 22 poll.Submission of names of party candidates closed on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.Speaking on the ongoing process, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, told our correspondent that candidates names will be published on Monday.Speaking also, Princ
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TONTO DIKEHS human trafficking awareness tour gets hype
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Nollywood actress and humanitarian, Tonto Dikeh universities tour on human trafficking has gotten more hype than expected. The tour tagged The uncomfortable truth, is a project organised by The Tonto Dikeh Foundation and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP).The event which held at the University of Abuja, Management Science Hall, Main Campus, was put together in commemoration with World Day against Trafficking in Persons.According to the actress, the campaign is
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Osun Poll: INEC to release candidates names on Monday
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday make public the names of candidates of the political parties vying for the Osun governors seat.Forty-eight parties have submitted nominations for the September 22 poll.Submission of names of party candidates closed on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.Speaking on the ongoing process, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, told our correspondent that candidates names will be published on Monday.Speaking also, Princ
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Eddie Murphy to sell mansion for $10m
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
American comic actor, Eddie Murphy of Coming to America and Shrek fame is selling one of his many mega mansions.The 57-year-old entertainer who got his start on Saturday Night Live is unloading his stunning home located in Granite Bay, which is near Sacramento, California and only an hour drive from San Francisco.The 10 bedroom/14 bathroom palace, which sits atop a hill offering sweeping views of the valley below and the Sierra Nevada mountains, is being offered for $10 million.The white villa i
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Oshiomhole: Party chair on mission to steady APCs ship
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
HIS credentials are never in doubt as an astute political leader, cerebral activist and prodigious mobiliser. That much has come to light in the short period that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been in the saddle as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The immediate past governor of Edo State inherited the seat vacated by his Edo kinsman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at a time the party was groaning under the yoke of complaints and threats of defection by aggrieved party membe
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Oshiomhole: Party chair on mission to steady APCs ship
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
HIS credentials are never in doubt as an astute political leader, cerebral activist and prodigious mobiliser. That much has come to light in the short period that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been in the saddle as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The immediate past governor of Edo State inherited the seat vacated by his Edo kinsman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at a time the party was groaning under the yoke of complaints and threats of defection by aggrieved party membe
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The Duncan Mighty Re-invasion
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
While we slept, Duncan Mighty, popularly known as Wene Mighty came and filled our ears with songs. As hilarious as it might seem, some artistes have a way of reasserting their presence when least expected, and such has been the case for the Rivers State born artiste. The Port Harcourt First son who came into the Nigerian Music industry as a producer and sound engineer in 2006 and later delved into the singing aspect which apparently paid off and he stuck to.In 2010, his second studio album, Lega
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2019 poll: FCTA orders Turaki, Lamido, Shekarau, Gana, others to relocate campaign offices
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Ahead of party primaries for the 2019 elections,the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has ordered all presidential aspirants andpolitical parties with offices within residential areas and diplomatic zones to vacate such buildings.No fewer than 35 of the 68 registered parties are affected by the directive.The FCTA claimed that the location of the party and campaign offices undermine public safety and jeopardise comfort and conveniences.The affected aspirants and parties have up till
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2019 poll: FCTA orders Turaki, Lamido, Shekarau, Gana, others to relocate campaign offices
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Ahead of party primaries for the 2019 elections,the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has ordered all presidential aspirants andpolitical parties with offices within residential areas and diplomatic zones to vacate such buildings.No fewer than 35 of the 68 registered parties are affected by the directive.The FCTA claimed that the location of the party and campaign offices undermine public safety and jeopardise comfort and conveniences.The affected aspirants and parties have up till
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DIFF: Another chance for Nollywood at the Oscars
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
There are indications that organisers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) are desirous of bringing the worlds most prestigious prizes for films close to Africa and the rest of the world. And Nollywood has often been accorded some vantage positions to shoot at target.The first major opportunities came in 2014, when AMPAS approved the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC); a 12-man committee of Nollywood stakeholders.Each year, countries with an approved selection commi
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Lamido declares self PDP candidate, taunts other aspirants
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday, declared himself the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election.Lamido insisted that among all the presidential aspirants, he remained the only one without a membership lacuna.He told PDP stakeholders in Bayelsa State to address him as the aspirant and not as an aspirant, boasting that he would emerge the candidate and eventually win the 2019 election.Lamido, who was in the state to solicit
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Lamido declares self PDP candidate, taunts other aspirants
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday, declared himself the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election.Lamido insisted that among all the presidential aspirants, he remained the only one without a membership lacuna.He told PDP stakeholders in Bayelsa State to address him as the aspirant and not as an aspirant, boasting that he would emerge the candidate and eventually win the 2019 election.Lamido, who was in the state to solicit
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Cape Town Festival opens to entries
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
As organisers rally top industry experts for qualityThe Cape Town International Film Market and Festival has called on filmmakers with fiction or documentary feature length works currently in progress to submit before the closing deadline of August 10, 2018.The festival which promises to be a feast of film screenings designed to celebrate the best in regional and international cinema, is scheduled to take place from October 9 to 19, 2018, while the market programme, taking place from the 10th t
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Kizz Daniel, Phyno, Simi for Calabar show
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Top singers, Kizz Daniel, Phyno and Simi have been billed to perform at the City of Friends event to mark this years World Friendship Day in Calabar and Lagos.Tagged City of Friends, the event which is scheduled to hold at the Municipal Gardens in Calabar, today, July 28 and tomorrow, Sunday, July 29. The Lagos event will hold at the Eagles Club in Surulere on August 3 and 4, 2018. The show is organised by 33 Export Lager Beer.Announcing the show at Nigerian Breweries headquarters recently, the
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Dayo Amusa finally admits having a better half
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Cross-over actress and producer Dayo Amusa, who celebrated her birthday during the week has finally revealed that she has a better half who has stood by her.The actress also revealed that she never knew that she would become one of the strong faces of the movie industry till date.When I walked into this industry 16 years ago, I had no idea what the future has in stock for me or what was going to happen, she said.I just knew I wanted to entertain. I enjoyed being listened to. Deep in my heart, I
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Obaseki rejects NMA award
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has rejected an award to be given to him by the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical AssociationGovernor Obaseki who was scheduled to receive the award at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), with the theme: Effective Healthcare Delivery in Edo state, said it was too early for him to be receiving awardsObaseki stated that he has not done anything tangible to be considered for an award and that he b
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ENIOLA BADMUS drops hint of new movie
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
Still enjoying the reviews of her work, Ghetto Bred in cinemas across the country, Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, has hinted of another movie with the title House Help.Though detail has not been revealed on the new work in progress, the 9mobile brand ambassador seems to have enjoyed the first project, resulting to another follow-up movie.The multi-talented actress who has her own production company, Enibad Productions, said it was a dream come true owning her own production company, which had
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Corps members take oath amidst rain in Anambra
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
About 2,364 Batch B stream I corps members posted to Anambra state for their national service, on Friday made good their under the rain pledge, as they took oath of allegiance amidst rain at the orientation camp, Umunya, Oyi local government area of the state.The NYSC members, comprising of 1376 females and 988 males, filed out as early as 9am in readiness for the swearing-in ceremony, defying the rain which had persisted in the state for three consecutive days.The State Coordinator, Aremu Kehin
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Nigerian-born Uty Pius to storm Southampton with gospel concert
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The second event in the One Voice Concert series is set to hold in Victory Centre, Portswood Road, Southampton, United Kingdom come September 29, 2018.This time, it promises to be bigger and more colourful featuring a wider variety of gospel music, art and performers.And fresh from releasing her single, Let the People Say Amen, UK-based Nigerian gospel singer and convener of the One Voice Concert project, Uty Pius, will also be dropping her EP Exceeding Grace at the event.Other artistes that wou
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Stock market upbeat as capitalisation gains N76bn
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed on an upbeat note on Friday with key indicators appreciating by 0.58 per cent, while volume of transaction rose by 81.85 per cent.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation gained N76 billion or 0.58 per cent to close at N13.271 trillion compared with N13.195 trillion posted on Thursday.Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 36,427.22 rose by 209.75 points or 0.58 per cent to close at 36,636.97.Cement company of Northern le
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AGF overpaid FIRS, DPR by N837bn in 2016 OAuGF
Sat, 28 Jul 2018
The recent report of the year 2016 Federal Government Financial Statement submitted by the Auditor General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, to the National Assembly has revealed discrepancies in the amount payable to the Federal Inland Revenue Service ( FIRS) and Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR).The whooping amount of N837,082,637.24 was paid in lump sum to the Federal Inland Revenue Service ( FIRS) and Development of Petroleum Resources ( DPR).The Report said: Our examination of t
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