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Barely a week after assuming office as governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose yesterday October 22nd shut down a fuel station belonging to the Ekiti state House of Assembly speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin, and a few others saying that the fuel stations posed environmental hazard to where they were located.
Reacting to the closure of his filling station, the Speaker said the governor was only out to victimize him for not defecting from his political party, APC to the PDP which Fayose belongs to. Continue..
“Hon. Joseph Olugbemi had told me two days after the governor’s inauguration that he (the governor) had made up his mind to close my filling station over refusal to join PDP. Olugbemi defected to PDP on the day Governor Fayose was inaugurated. I had earlier told the governor that in the interest of Ekiti people, the House of Assembly would work with him to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people of Ekiti State.
“I called the governor to confirm what the honorable member told me about the plan to close my filling station. He denied having such plans, swearing that he would not engage in victimization of his opponents. But only yesterday the governor ordered the closure of the filling station, citing environmental reasons,” the Speaker explained.
But in a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, dismissed the speakers claims, saying that the reason for closing the fuel stations was environmentally related
“What Omirin said is totally false, there is no iota of truth in it. The essence of closing down those petrol stations is to ensure sanity and safety in the state capital. While some petrol stations were sited on public properties or residential areas, everybody knows the danger it can cause if there is fire outbreak which had happened in some towns before, leading to loss of lives and property. Even in Lagos State, you cannot just site petrol station anyhow. Omirin should have nothing to fear, because the Governor has nothing against him.”
A bomb explosion has been reported at Kasuwan Kuturu market in Mubi Adamawa state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Commissioner of Police in Adamawa said the bomb was targeted at a police patrol team but there were no casualties from the explosion.
This explosion comes three weeks after a similar bomb explosion rocked a football viewing center in Mubi Adamawa killing 14 people. Details later…
Ayo Fayose may have won the election in Ekiti state but he still has a corruption case to answer, this is according to EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.
Speaking with Punch Yesterday, Mr. Uwujaren said Fayose’s election has not affected his ongoing trial at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, for alleged corruption.
“The EFCC has not dropped the case against the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. The trial is still going on; it is continuing at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti. In fact further hearing comes up on July 15, 2014.
As you know, immunity from prosecution applies only to the President, the Vice President, sitting governors and their deputies.”
It is the court that would decide whether the case would be discontinued or not; all arguments will be canvassed in court and it is the court that would decide,” he said.
The twitter handle of the Nigerian Television Authority, is reporting that sixty girls were kidnapped by insurgence in Kummabza village, in Damboa LGA in Borno state. See their report below…
About sixty girls between the ages of 3-12 years have been abducted by insurgents in Kummabza village of Damboa local government area of Borno State. Reports from the area indicates that the insurgents also killed about thirty people and destroyed property worth millions of naira during an attack on the community, residents of the village are taking refuge in Lassa and Gulak in Adamawa State. They appealed to the authorities to provide them with shelter and relief materials to reduce their sufferings.
Further updates to be provided as soon as we have them…
The Nigerian national team the Super Eagles, kicked off in earnest their preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a first training session at Fulham FC Mortspur Park training centre.
The players who looked quite cool in their new kit with a sponsored logo at the front of green top and black shorts, were watched by former Nigerian world cup skipper Austin JJ Okocha.
The former Bolton Wanderers of England captain Okocha who was accompanied by his elder brother and former Super Eagle Emmanuel. said he was there in a private capacity but the players looked boosted by his presence. They shook hands and joked with him before training started.
When asked by this reporter if he was having itchy feet and want to be at the world cup JJ replied “no way, how many world cups will one person play in”?
Big Boss Stephen Keshi stood apart watching and bellowing instructions and encouragements to the players as the players were taken through their paces in drills led by Daniel Amokachi.
The players look very fit but most clearly is that they are very focused. Absolutely determined to do themselves justice before the final squad is announced.
Returnees Osaze Odemwegie and Joseph Yobo looked properly at home, heavily involved in the banter before the proper work started.
The Stoke City striker looked in good shape when the team broke out to an 11-a-side set up. One slalom run and strike reminded anyone in doubt that his qualities are still there. The talent of the man has never been an issue.
After the exercise drills and work out the team broke out into a full match scenario. Oboabona and Omeruo resumed their partnership in central defence for one side while Egwuekwe partnered Yobo for the other side.
Ramon Azeez of Almeria looked very sharp and seemed very comfortable in his surrounding among the African champions. One turn in the centre-circle saw him lose three defenders and release Obinna Nsofor wide right. Brilliant.
At the end, Stephen Keshi felt “very satisfied on the work out seeing it is our first training session, the players have rested after a long season and they will get sharper”
Earlier in the day the team had been invited by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain for lunch.
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THE Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, yesterday, convoked an emergency prayer summit to pray for the safe release of the more than 275 schoolgirls adopted by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, April 14, 2014.
The intensive prayer summit which lasted for two hours took place in all the zonal headquarters of the church across the country, essentially for youths of the church as well as the safe release of the adopted schoolgirls and other social interruptions across the world.
A letter convoking the prayer summit was written by the Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the church on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, and addressed to all provincial pastors in the church who were in turn advised to inform zonal pastors under them for implementation.
The letter dated May 23, 2014 directed the emergency prayer summit should hold on Sunday from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m. in all zonal headquarters of the church, with prayers focused on the Chibok girls kidnapped over five weeks ago.
Other areas which the letter directed attention to, was the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew aboard and other salient national and international issues e.g. bombings, storms, civil unrests etc.
The letter made clear that the summit which targeted at the youth must hold on zonal basis with heavy youth participation but where any of the churches had a youth church, such youths should be encouraged to hold their own prayer summits.
It stressed the need for all pastors-in-charge of provinces to encourage massive attendance of the youth and make sure they pass the information to their area and parish pastors, hoping that God would show mercy on the nation and intervene speedily as “we cry unto Him.”
At the Testimony zonal headquarters of Lagos Province 9, near Oja Oba in Abule Egba, Lagos where our correspondent visited, the coordinators expressed holy anger as they led the large congregation to pray against the activities of the sect that calls itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, or “people committed to the propagation of the prophet’s teachings and jihad.”
It’s widely known as Boko Haram, which colloquially translates into “Western education is sin” for its rejection of Western concepts such as evolution and the big bang theories.
In unison, they prayed: “Every power Boko Haram is relying upon; let God dismantle them…Confuse the language of Boko Haram that they may not understand themselves that they may release the adopted girls…Lord send ambushment to the camp of Boko Haram and free our girls from captivity unhurt…Let there be no peace for the wicked.”