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The rivalry within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Oshodi, Lagos  chapter on Wednesday reared its ugly head with the murder of Olayinka Mamowora (a.k.a Mamok),

Before his death, Mamok was a very close ally to the union’s State Treasurer and Oshodi chapter chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, otherwise known as MC Oluomo.

The assailants, 10 in number rode on motorcycles to Mosaku Street in Oshodi and shot Mamowora in the head several times.

The deceased was killed inside a barbing saloon while cutting his hair.

The saloon is a stone’s throw away from the deceased No 46 Mosaku strret residence..

The incident caused pandemonium around the area as the assailants shot sporadically in the air to scare away residents .

Before his death, Mamok was MC Oluomo’s point-man.

He was the one that led the gang that killed Baba Esi, a popular area boy in Oshodi

Mamok was the one that fired the shot that hit Baba Esi on the head, which resulted in his death on April 9, 2015

Before pitching his tent with Oluomo, Mamok was one of the private bodyguards of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.

He attended Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo, Lagos and the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.

The late Mamok, 46, a relative of Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, was survived by aged mother, wife and a child.

Source: News Day

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PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 55th YEAR INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION BROADCAST ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015

October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.

No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honoring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. Our Creator has bequeathed to us Numbers – Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition:

• Arable land
• Water
• Forests
• Oil and gas
• Coastline
• Solid minerals

We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.

Countries far less endowed have made greater economic progress by greater coherence and unity of purpose.

Nonetheless, that we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate. We have witnessed this year a sea change in our democratic development. The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.

As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions. I hereby invite everyone, whatever his or her political view to join me in working for the nation.

My countrymen and women, every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of problems inherited. Accordingly, after consultations with the Vice President, senior party leaders and other senior stakeholders, I quickly got down to work on the immediate, medium-term and long-term problems which we must solve if we are to maintain the confidence which Nigerians so generously bestowed on us in the March elections and since then.

As you know, I toured the neighboring countries, marshal a coalition of armed forces of the five nations to confront and defeat Boko Haram. I met also the G7 leaders and other friendly presidents in an effort to build an international coalition against Boko Haram. Our gallant armed forces under new leadership have taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run. That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as I.D.P. camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation. I have instructed security and local authorities to tighten vigilance in vulnerable places.

On power, government officials have held a series of long sessions over several weeks about the best way to improve the nation’s power supply in the safest and most cost effective way. In the meantime, improvement in the power supply is moderately encouraging. By the same token, supply of petrol and kerosene to the public has improved throughout the country. All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.

Preliminary steps have been taken to sanitize NNPC and improve its operations so that the inefficiency and corruption could be reduced to a minimum. Those of our refineries which can be serviced and brought back into partial production would be enabled to resume operations so that the whole sordid business of exporting crude and importing finished products in dubious transactions could be stopped.

In addition to NNPC, I have ordered for a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC, for better service delivery to the nation. Prudent housekeeping is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp decline in world market oil prices. It is a challenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what accrues but how we manage our resources that is important.

We have seen in the last few years how huge resources were mismanaged, squandered and wasted. The new APC government is embarking on a clean up, introducing prudence and probity in public financing.

At an early stage, the federal government addressed the issue of salary arrears in many states, a situation capable of degenerating into social unrest. The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the owing states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.

Fellow Nigerians, there have been a lot of anxiety and impatience over the apparent delay in announcement of ministers. There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly. We received the handing over notes from the outgoing government only four days before taking over. Consequently, the Joda Transition Committee submitted its Report on the reorganization of Federal Government structure after studying the hand over notes. It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.

Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.

I would like to end my address this morning on our agenda for CHANGE. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring CHANGE about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.

Happy Independence Celebrations. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. God Bless.

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BREAKING: Fashola, Amaechi, Ngige, Onu, Lai Mohammed make Buhari’s ministerial list

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list contains a number of familiar All Progressives Congress (APC) names such as Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state, and Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state, TheCable can report.

Also nominated to be minister is Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the ruling party, and Kayode Fayemi, who lost his Ekiti governorship re-election bid in 2014 to Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). From

the south-east are the likes of Chris Ngige, former governor of Anambra state and former senator of the federal republic; and Ogbonnaya Onu, first executive governor of Abia state and former national chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), on whose ticket Buhari contested and lost the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections.

Udoma Udo Udoma, a former senator who represented Akwa Ibom south senatorial constituency at the national assembly, made it as well.

Buhari also nominated for ministerial appointment, Aisha Alhassan, who was on the brink of becoming the first elected female governor before eventually losing the Taraba state governorship election to Darius Ishiaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

From his days at the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Buhari picked Malami Abubakar, a senior advocate of Nigeria and former legal adviser of the defunct party; Hadi Sirika, a former pilot and former CPC senator who represented Katsina north senatorial district; as well as Adebayo Shittu, former governorship candidate of the party in Oyo state.

Ibe kachikwu, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum (NNPC), is a surprise appearance on the list. But with Buhari already declaring himself minister of petroleum resources, it is likely that Kachikwu will combine his current portfolio with that of the minister of state for petroleum resources.  

Amina Mohammed, special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning; and Kemi adeosun, former commissioner for finance in Ogun state; were also nominated.  
Source: The Cable 

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Nigeria @55: Obanikoro preaches love, peace

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Former Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs,  Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has felicitated with Nigerians as they celebrate 55 years of independence.

In a statement on Wednesday, the former Minister urged Nigerians to be steadfast and face the future with hope, noting that only love, sincerity of purpose and good leadership will put Nigeria on a vantage position and make her enviable among the comity of nations.

Obanikoro added that nation building is a continuum and urged Nigerians to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, so he can deliver on his campaign promises by improving the living conditions of the ordinary Nigerian.

He said: “I congratulate Nigerians as they celebrate 55 years of our independence from colonialism.

“This occasion calls for renewed dedication and commitment to the service of our fatherland and this will be much easier if we allow love, truth and steadfastness guide all our endeavours.

“I also urge you all to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari to enable him succeed and deliver on all his campaign promises for the betterment of our Nation.

“Let us all face the future with courage and determination because the future of Nigeria is bright and not bleak at all. Once again, I congratulate you all”

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Saudi Hajj stampede: Death toll rises to 453

At least 453 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise.

The directorate said at least 719 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday’s stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca.

The injured have been evacuated to four different hospitals in the Mina region, according to a civil defence spokesman.

Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.

Al Jazeera’s Basma Atassi, reporting from Mina, said the incident took place in a street between pilgrim camps.

“The street where it happened is named Street 204. This stampede did not happen at the site of the ‘stoning of the devil’ ritual, which was happening today.

“During and after the stampede the pilgrims continued to flock into Mina to perform the devil stoning ritual.” Aljazeera

Maid bags two months jail term for stealing employer’s underwear

For stealing the under garment of her employer, a housemaid, Vivian Simon-Micheal was on Tuesday sentenced to two month in prison without an option of fine.
The 20 – year-old domestic servant was jailed by Magistrate A.T. Omoyele of a Lagos Magistrates’ Court, Igbosere, after she pleaded guilty to the offence brought under Section 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.
She was alleged to have stolen the underwear belonging to Mrs. Bisi Awoniyi, as well as other valuables worth N295, 000.
The police had alleged that the convict who was employed by the complainant in June with a monthly salary of N20,000, committed the offence on September 9, at about 9:30am, at Isale Eko Way, Dolphin Estate Ikoyi. 
She was said to have stolen sets of underwear, three pairs of Buba and wrappers, seven pieces of pants, 10 pieces of handkerchiefs, bracelets, seven pieces of face towels, among others.
Micheal, according to the police, was caught on the fateful day after Mrs. Awoniyi found her hand towel in the convict’s bag.
Surprised at the discovery, the complainant was said to have searched further and discovered her underwear as well as other items, which prompted her to report the matter to the police.
Delivering judgment, the Magistrate said she was sentencing the convict to two months imprisonment because she is a first time offender.

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Bristow’s pilot Joseph Wyatt was an everyday here, says family

Bristow’s pilot Joseph Wyatt was an everyday hero, says family
The family of late Bristow’s pilot, Captain Joseph Wyatt has finally broken the silence that followed the news of his death in the August 12, mishap in Lagos, Nigeria.
Wyatt was one of six persons
His sister, Florida based Samantha yesterday described Jay Wyatt as an everyday hero, who will be greatly missed.
According to reports on the Web, Samantha, who had tried to contact emergency workers in Lagos Nigeria when the incident occurred and eventually posted a sentence indicating they were heartbroken after it was confirmed he died, stated that her brother was transporting the oil workers when the helicopter developed a fault.
“We’re still processing this. It’s hard to put into words how much he’s going to be missed,” Wyatt’s sister Samantha said.
Jay Wyatt was hard-working, witty and charismatic – always the life of the party, his wife Christina said.
“He’d do anything to make somebody laugh,” she said. “He just had a way about him. And I’ve never met anybody who didn’t like him.”
Wyatt grew up in Virginia and after school, he joined the Navy, which is where he met his bride back in 1999 – love at first sight, she said.
“Everybody loved him; he just had this personality that was infectious. I knew when I met him that he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” Christina said.
Their life together officially started in 2002. It wasn’t long after daughters, Cheyenne, Haley and Regan came along.
“All three of them were daddy’s girls,” she said. “Just seeing how he was with the kids. He made sure they were always taken care o
He also made sure to share the outdoors with his daughters, teaching them to fish and showing them how to enjoy a bonfire.
“He was the best dad. We were a team, he was my partner. He was my best friend,” Wyatt’s wife said.
When he wasn’t home, he was half a world away, working six weeks at a time as a helicopter pilot for the Bristow Group.
Someone snapped a picture of Jay before his final flight in Nigeria, freezing a moment in time the brings his wife the slightest bit of peace.
“You could see the smile on his face. He just looks happy,” Christina said.
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It doesn’t make it any easier, but she said her hard-working husband died doing what he loved.
She has few details, other than the helicopter malfunctioned – it was on fire and nose-diving toward a heavily populated town.
“I’ve been told that if it would have been any other pilot, it wouldn’t have made it to the lagoon, it would have crashed right into the buildings,” Christina said.
Witnesses reported Jay maneuvered the smoking aircraft away from town and into a body of water, saving hundreds of strangers down below.
“It just says a lot about the kind of person he is, in that moment, when he knew it was going to crash either way, he still thought about all those other people to make it less tragic for everybody else. And that in itself was Jay, he always thought about everybody else,” Christina said.
At home, Wyatt was simple.
“He had like four shirts,” his sister said. “And they were all the same color,” his wife added smiling.
He didn’t care about the car he drove or material things, he just cared about his family.
“Even though he was gone for six weeks at a time, when he was home, he was dedicated to his family,” Christina said.
So while those in Africa call him a hero for saving a community, hero is what he’d been all along to his family.
“He’s definitely a hero. He did everything he could do, even though,” Christina said, her voice breaking, “even though he lost his own life.”
“Yeah, he was the pilot who saved all these people’s lives, he sacrificed his own to save others, but to us, we just adored him, and he was funny, and loving and smart – a man of integrity,” his sister said.
The family is waiting for Wyatt’s body to be returned to the United States before scheduling funeral services.
He was the primary provider for the family, his wife, for the most part, stays home to caring for their children, two of which have special needs. A fundraising site has been set up to help the Wyatt family as they deal with their unimaginable loss.
“We’re receiving condolences from all over the world, so it’s pretty amazing to see how many people he touched,” Wyatt’s sister said.
The Bristow Group said the Accident Investigation Bureau is investigating the crash.
“We are shaken and deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” said Bristow’s Regional Director, Africa, Duncan Moore. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of all those on board.”
Its website says, “Bristow continues to cooperate fully with the AIB on the ongoing investigation and has recovered the aircraft that was involved in an accident in Lagos on August 12, 2015. The aircraft, a Sikorsky S76 C+, was certificated to carry 12 passengers plus two crew members. Bristow operated the aircraft configured for 10 passengers and two crew members.”

Court orders arrest of hotelier, 38, for ‘biting off’ employee’s ear

A Lagos Magistrates’ Court, Ejigbo has ordered the arrest of a 38-year-old hotelier Mrs. Mary Adiekwe, who allegedly bit off one of the ears of her employee.
Adiekwe was said to have assaulted the manager of her hotel, one Chinwendu Nkemakolam for demanding her salary after she was relieved of her employment. 
The complainant, a Business Administration graduate from the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTHEC), was said to have been employed by the defendant as manager of the hotel located at 38 Olusesi Street, Ikotun on N25,000 monthly salary.
She was said to have been sacked few months after she resumed duty and given a date to come for her salary, which she obliged. 
Unfortunately, the victim had gone for her money as promised by the defendant, only for an argument to ensue between them, leading to the hotelier biting off her ear.
Although she was rushed to Igando General Hospital for doctors to stich the fallen part of her ear, that was not to be as the cells died before their arrival at the hospital.
The doctors were said to have stopped her profuse bleeding, after which the matter was reported at the Ikotun police station.
Subsequently, the hotelier was charged before Magistrate M.B. Folami on three counts of assault occasioning harm.
She pleaded not guilty and was admitted to bail in N50,000 with a surety in like sum.
But the defendant after securing bail, has refused to show up in court, prompting Mrs. Folami to issue a warrant for her arrest. 
Her lawyer had tried to plead on her behalf that the parties have resolved for an out of court settlement and that she has agreed to pay the victim N25,000 as her salary and medical bill.
Angered by the defendant’s disregard for the court,  the Magistrate ordered that she must appear before her and show course why she should not be sent to prison for intentionally frustrating trial.
The matter has been adjourned to June 1.

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Four Injured as Presidential helicopter Crashes in Lagos 

By Precious Igbonwelundu
One of the helicopters in the Presidential fleet yesterday crashed in Lagos injuring all four persons onboard.
The copter, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Puma, carring two pilots and two passengers, was said to have crashed around 11am at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA).
Although ‎the NAF claims the aircraft was being used for training, it was learnt that it crashed landed immediately after take off.
‎It was learnt that one of the blades of the helicopter broke, leading to inferno.
However, timely response from the emergency agencies stationed at the airport saved the lives of the four occupants, who were immediately taken away by NAF personnel.
When contacted, the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the southwest, Ibrahim Farinloye said the wreckage of the aircraft has been taken off.
He said: ” “One of the helicopter in the presidential fleet crashed landed immediately after take off in the MMIA with two pilots and two passengers.
“They sustained minor injuries due to the prompt response by emergency responders including that of the Airport fire services.
“The fire was put out quickly in order to rescue the trapped victims, thus no life was lost. The NAF has since removed the wreckage of the crashed chopper.”
‎Also reacting to the incident, NAF’s Director of Public Relations (DOPRI), Air Commodore DJ Alonge, admitted there was a mishap but stressed that no life was loss.
He said, “A Super Puma helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on training mission in Lagos at about 10am returning to the Apron after the completion of the training exercise suffered severe damage.
“The damage was due to hydraulic failure in taxi to the hangar. There was no casualty recorded, however, the main rector debris caused damage to some ground equipment.
“Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal AN Amosun has ordered immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident.”