December 18, 2019

UPDATE: Missing Baby Not Exhumed From Ondo Church – Police

  AKURE – The police in Ondo State has said that no corpse was exhumed from Sotitobire Church in Akure, the capital, on Wednesday. An angry mob had stormed the church after information spread that a one year-old boy, Eniola Gold Kolawole, who went missing in the church on November 10, was found buried on the altar of the church. The police brutalised journalists covering the invasion of the church by the angry residents and also seized their gadgets. In a statement on Wednesday, spokesperson for the police in the state, Femi Joseph, said nobody was exhumed from the church premises as claimed. [SEE ALSO] [PHOTOS & VIDEO] JUST IN: Missing [Read]

S’Court Verdict: Arisekola, Ogun AAP Chairman Rejoices With Prince Dapo Abiodun

John Izabi,  ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Chairman of the Advanced Allied Party (AAP), Comrade Asimiyu Azeez Arisekola, has felicitated with His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun on his recent victory at Supreme Court affirming his election as Ogun State Governor.  Comrade Arisekola in a recent goodwill message made available to newsmen expressed joy at the verdict of the Apex court thus putting to rest the Electoral tussle that has characterized the emergence of Prince Abiodun since the declaration of results of the March 9 gubernatorial election in the State. Recall that Abiodun, who defeated his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) got the victory challenged at [Read]

Ogun GDPN Chair, Obasesan Congratulates Gov Abiodun On Supreme Court Victory

John Izabi,  ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Chairman of Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Comrade Obasanjo Obasesan has congratulated Prince Dapo Abiodun on the recent Supreme Court verdict affirming his election in the March 9 gubernatorial polls in the State. Comrade Obasesan in his goodwill message felicitated with the good people of the state as well as other well wishers as the Apex court earlier today upheld the victory of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the validly elected governor of the state, throwing out the case filed against him by his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) who came second in the Gubernatorial election. Abiodun, who [Read]

Supreme Court Verdict: Abiodun, APC Youths Hail Judgement

  ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has hailed the Supreme Court verdict upholding his election in the March 9 gubernatorial election in the State. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta, the Governor described the verdict as not only a victory for the people, but for democracy, the judiciary and an attestation to the awesomeness of God. The Governor said the outcome justifies popular belief that there was no reason for the election matter to have gone to the Supreme Court in the first instance. He therefore congratulated the good people of Ogun State, the All Progressives Congress and indeed all other [Read]

[PHOTOS & VIDEO] JUST IN: Missing baby buried at altar: Angry youths set church ablaze in Akure

  Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure, Ondo state, has been set on fire by irate youths after the corpse of a one-year-old boy declared missing in the church was allegedly exhumed. It has not been confirmed that the body of the child was found in the church. The Cable reports In November, Gold Kolawole, the baby, was declared missing during a church service. According to sources, quoted by The Cable news within the church, the boy who was at the children’s department of the church could not be found after the service. Modupe Kolawole, the mother of the child and member of the church, said she suspects foul play in [Read]

BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Makinde’s Victory As Oyo Governor

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Engr Seyi Makinde has been declared winner of March 9, 2019 governorship election in Oyo State by the Supreme Court. This judgment puts to rest the tussle for the position between the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress in Oyo State. Details Shortly!! [Read]

Buhari signs 2020 budget, the fastest since 1999 [SEE FULL BREAKDOWN]

  President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2020 appropriation bill into law. He signed the bill at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The National Assembly had on December 5, 2019, passed the budget estimates presented by Mr Buhari on October 8, 2019. The National Assembly increased the budget estimates from N10.33 trillion to N10.50 trillion. The passage was a sequel to the presentation of a report by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Barau Jibrin. The signing was witnessed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Others are the Secretary to the Government of the [Read]

Lawmakers Approve 37bn For Renovation Of National Assembly Complex

The federal lawmakers have approved the sum of N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex and N1 billion for the amendment of the constitution. Making the disclosure to newsmen, Dr. Rawlings Agada, the National Assembly Director of Information, said the National Assembly building is in shambles and wondered if the said sum would even be enough. “The National Assembly needs a lot of work. I don’t think even that amount of money can take care of all those things because even the dome has been leaking and there is fear that if the repairs are not done, we might suffer greater problems in the future. “I think [Read]

Aston Villa Thrash Liverpool 5-0 to Reach League Cup Semis

LONDON ― Aston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest-ever side 5-0 with a double by Jonathan Kodjia helping them into the League Cup semi-finals on a strange night at Villa Park yesterday. With runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool playing in Fifa’s Club World Cup 24 hours later in Doha, they fielded a starting lineup consisting mainly of reserves and youth team players with an average age of 19.4, a club record. While they acquitted themselves well against a more experienced Villa side, which showed 10 changes from the weekend Premier League defeat by Sheffield United, they were taught a harsh lesson in Liverpool’s heaviest League Cup defeat. The Merseyside club’s senior players [Read]

$29.6bn loan request: “Act of irresponsibility, ruining Nigeria’s future” – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he cannot sit and watch the government of President Muhammadu Buhari “ruin the future of Nigerians” with his $29.6 billion loan request. Buhari had asked the senate to approve the loan, saying oil earnings are no longer enough to meet the financial needs of the country. On Monday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the loan request will be approved despite the senate’s decline of a similar request under Bukola Saraki in 2016. But in an article wrote on Tuesday, Atiku criticised the loan request, describing it is an act of irresponsibility. The former vice president said he and former President Olusegun Obasanjo worked to clear [Read]

Convicted Kalu Begs Judge For Bail, Cites Health Problems

A former governor of Abia State , Orji Kalu, who is serving a 12-year jail term for committing N7.1bn fraud, has applied to the Federal High Court to grant him a post – conviction bail. Kalu says he is asking for the bail as he is having serious health challenges. He says the medical facilities in prison cannot handle his ailments. Kalu argues that his continuous stay in prison affects him as the Chief Whip of the Senate as well as the interest of his constituents. He also wants the bail on the grounds that offences for which he was convicted are bailable and that he is appealing the judgement [Read]

INEC to conduct local council polls as Senate grants full autonomy to LGAs

  The National Assembly on Tuesday, granted full financial and administrative autonomy to all the 774 local council authorities across Nigeria by amending section 124 of the nation’s constitution. The section provides a consequential provision for the making of the local councils, a full third tier government without undue interference from the state governments. The amendment was one of the 22 others approved by the House of Representatives last week and ratified by the Senate on Tuesday. Both chambers had through a conference committee harmonised versions of the amendments into the constitution carried out by each of them last month. By the development, the National Assembly had ratified all the [Read]

Court Orders Malami, Bichi To Explain Why Sowore Is Still In Detention

  The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Director -General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and the Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, to explain why the convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore is still being detained after he was granted bail by the court. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in a ruling on an ex parte application filed on Sowore’s behalf by his lawyer, Mr. Marshal Abubakar. Abubakar had, in the suit marked FHC /ABJ /CS / 407/2018, urged the court to order the DSS boss and the AGF to produce Sowore in court “for [Read]

Pandemonium in Plateau PDP As Serving Senator Storms Secretariat to Oust State Chair

T‌here was pandemonium and heavy drama at the Plateau state PDP Secretariat on Monday morning when a serving Senator, ID Gyang stormed the secretariat with hundreds of hunters carrying dane guns and civil defence officers to forcefully remove the state chairman of the party, Hon Amos Gombi. According to eyewitnesses who spoke with our reporter, immediately after the senator and his entourage got access to the building before settling down for the business that brought them, news filtered to the group loyal to the state leadership and they mobilised and storm the party Secretariat. Crisis erupted sooner after the other group arrived at the Secretariat and it took the intervention [Read]

Massive Shake-up As Nigerian Army Redeploys Over 30 Generals

  The Nigerian Army on Monday redeployed 20 Major-Generals and more than 10 Brigadier-Generals in a major shake-up which it said would “reinvigorate the system for greater efficiency.” The redeployment was approved by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and took immediate effect, according to a release by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa. The Army spokesman said, “Due to the recent promotion of some senior officers, it became imperative to deploy them to appropriate appointments. “Consequently, the Army has released the postings and appointments of the affected officers. “The posting, which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, was carried out to [Read]