Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared in a new video threatening world leaders and disputing the Cameroonian government’s claim that it has defeated the terror group.
Speaking Hausa, Shekau ordered his fighters to remain steadfast, adding that the sect will not back down until Sharia is established in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Mali.
The video comes three days after Boko Haram released a video where they show killing three men allegedly working for the Nigerian government.
“Let me speak briefly in Hausa language, Allah’s help towards us made us to continue fighting, our brothers too fought along Cameroon-Nigerian border. But you kept lying to the people that you have killed 60 of our people, that you succeded in arresting 20 of our men. That you even rescued 5000 of your people.
“Why all these lies? Paul Biya why are you lying is this how to convince your masters the whitemen who are pigs and children of monkies.
“Lies! Lies every day, you better be careful Paul Biya because you are not fighting Shekau but God. It would have been easy for you to fight Shekau not God. This thing is beyond your imagination even though you underrated our strength you can not joke with the holy Quran, prophet’s hadith and the religion of Allah. No! No! No!
“Buhari I’m very much sure that you have learn your lessons by now. You have really learn your lessons but you can still continue if you like. Just remember that nobody has ever done bad and get a away with it.
“By Allah all your deception and lies to Nigerians that you are doing them good will not help you. Following the steps of America, Britain or practicing democracy and educating children with Western education will equally not do you good.
“I rather not wish you bad but let me urge you to seek Allah’s forgiveness and repentance. Accept the real teaching of the Islam by not only depending on fasting, salat, zakkat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage).
“It’s not my saying because religion is ideology which is based on practicing the Quran and its laws. I better not make too much talk. Niger Republic President Muhammadu Yusufu you are a liar. You can’t dare my students and if I rise against you it will be difficult for you to face me.
“Just remember that as long as we are Muslims and we practice the injunction of the Holy Quran we will be powerful. This is not something you can play with. Stop saying Boko Haram people are jobless because your propaganda will not help you in the presence of Allah.
“This is my warning to you all. By the way, this message was meant for my brothers in Islam to remind them to remain resilient and dedicated towards the struggle. I assured them that the struggle is not shaken or weakened in anyway.
“All the explosions in Maiduguri are carried out by us and we will continue to detonate bombs. In fact, you will never have rest of mind until you accept the holy Quran.”
If Nigeria is able to bring back the Ajaokuta S teel Industry, the country will be saving at least $3.5 billion spent on importation of steel products, annually, so said the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Addressing newsmen, after a meeting with stakeholders in the mining sector in Lagos, on Saturday, he stated that the final process of having the complex back on stream would be through in September 2017, when the expression of interests by investors for the Ajaokuta Steel Complex is billed to be completed.
He said: “In Nigeria, we utilise about seven million metric tonnes of steel on an annual basis; we produce less than three million from scrap metal, and even the scrap is being depleted now.
“So, we run the risk of depending almost solely on importation. We spend over $3.5bn importing steel products into Nigeria annually. So, you can see the opportunity cost and the importance of ensuring that Ajaokuta Steel comes on stream.”
“Government is determined to ensure that the litigation around Ajaokuta Steel would be resolved, to enable those with the technical knowledge and financial capacity to intervene and bring the industry back to life.
“Our expectation is that liquid steel can be produced from our own iron ore endowment and then be made available to rolling mills across Nigeria for direct steel production.”
“The timeline for the expression of interest is going to happen within the next six months, as we have already had a number of players, both local and foreign, that have shown interest; they come to us independently and unsolicited saying, ‘Look, we want to do this’”.
He confirned that the Federal Government had would sell the Ajaokuta Steel Complex to a private sector operator with the capacity to turn around the fortunes of the beleaguered company.
Reports say the stakeholders’ meeting was part of the ongoing moves aimed at persuading a Russian-based company which in alliance with some Nigerians with interests in the sector emerged the preferred bidder in the privatisation programme in 2010.
The firm has not been able lift the steel company from its comatose state it found itself since 2004 when government planned to rescurcitate the moribund complex.
A lucky girl cheat death by whiskers yesterday following a terrible accident which saw both of her legs seriously injured.
According to John Onuoha who shared this, the girl was hit by the speeding vehicle which rammed into the wall after the driver lost control. It would have been a different story entirely had it been the lady didn’t make an attempt to run. See more photo below:
The Nigerian Senate’s current war against the leadership of the Nigerian Customs Service has its roots in the fact that Customs officials seized a bulletproof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) owned by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
According to Sahara Reporters, Our investigators discovered that Nigerian Customs officers in Lagos had on January 11, 2017, intercepted and impounded a Range Rover SUV which carried documents that claimed its chassis number was “SALGV3TF3EA190243.” Customs sources told our correspondent that the value of the car was N298 million, which meant that customs duty of N74 million should have been paid on the car.
At the interception of the car, its driver claimed that the vehicle belonged to the Senate President and presented a letter from the National Assembly liaison office in Lagos, indicating that the driver of the luxury vehicle was authorized to drive the Senate President’s official Range Rover bulletproof car.
Our sources disclosed that when asked to show evidence of duty payment and an end-user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser—a document required for bulletproof vehicles—the driver presented documents that were found to be fake. The reportedly fake documents provided by the driver indicated that a measly customs duty of N8 million was paid on the car. Customs officials said that, apart from the fact the customs duty was extremely low, they also determined that the presented document itself was fake. They consequently seized the vehicle.
Later the same day, January 17, 2017, the Senate sent a letter signed by one Architect O.A. Ojo acting as the Secretary of Procurement, Estate, and Works of the National Assembly, requesting the release of the vehicle, which he claimed belonged to the convoy of the “Senate”. In its response, the Nigerian Customs sent a letter signed by its Othman, A.S. Comptroller, Import and Export, the letter dated January 24 2017, again requested for the end user certificate as well as evidence of proper clearance before the vehicle could be released. Neither Mr. Saraki nor the National Assembly provided the required documents.
Investigations by SaharaReporters showed that the documents used by Mr. Saraki and the National Assembly to clear the car impounded by the Nigerian Customs might not belong to the vehicle or was outrightly forged. In addition, Senator Saraki and the National Assembly apparently undervalued the car by more than 50% to enable them to avoid paying proper customs duty. When our investigators checked on the website of Range Rover, they discovered that the vehicle whose paperwork was being used to drive the impounded car from Lagos to Abuja was manufactured in the UK in 2014. The price tag on that car was $142,000, but the importer gave the value as $64,516. The exchange rate at the time of car importation was N155 to $1. Curiously, the Customs officials that cleared the car passed it off as a “used” car, although the car was cleared in March 2103 customs papers clearly stated it was a 2014 car, which clearly meant it was a brand new car that should have attracted higher duty.
Shortly after the seizure of the car, the Nigerian Senate mounted a vigorous attack on the Nigerian Customs Service, demanding that the agency stops any further efforts to confiscate vehicles found to have evaded payment of duties. The senators also summoned the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, to appear before the Senate. In the letter of invitation, the senators specified that Mr. Ali, a retired Army Colonel, must wear the official Customs uniform when he appeared before them. Mr. Ali has so far refused to heed the order to wear the Customs uniform. Impounded Senate Range Rover Side Sahara Reporters Media Impounded Senate Range Rover Sahara Reporters Media
Customs sources told SaharaReporters that the shady practice of importing vehicles meant for personal use with fake documents was widespread among Nigerian public officials, especially senators. The sources suggested that the attempt by Mr. Ali to check the practice had provoked the ferocious attacks against the Customs Service and its leadership. “Some highly placed Nigerians have for many years been evading the payment of proper duties on their imported luxury cars. They want to continue to get away with their habit which denies Nigerians a lot of revenues,” a senior official of the Customs Service claimed.
The Senate has forced Mr. Ali and the Nigerian Customs to suspend the policy of checking automobiles to ensure compliance with appropriate levels of duty. The senators’ stance has been popular with Nigerians who view the Customs as a pest on businessmen and women. However, our investigative findings also expose the fact that the attacks on the Customs have been inspired, and often led, by high profile Nigerians implicated in the use of fake customs papers to import cars and other luxury items into the country.
Labinjo Ayotomide Enitan Ibadan-based lady who allegedly has a 4-year old child for Davido in an exclusive interview with Punch revealed a lot of things that purportedly transpired between she and the ‘Gobe’ crooner.
Stargist brings you 5 shocking revelations made by Davido’s alleged baby mama, read below:
1 Labinjo said she first met the singer at an Ibadan club in 2013.
2 Labinjo disclosed that she informed him of the pregnancy at the end of March 2013.
3 The mother of one further stated that the singer asked her to keep the baby and blocked her from his BBM list the morning after.
4 Enitan went on to say that the singer added her back after the baby’s naming ceremony and she sent him photos of the child but blocked her again after she asked that he took full responsibility.
5 Labinjo further stated that though the baby was named, Aanuoluwapo, Davido preferred to call her Vero and would embarrass her (Labinjo) anytime she asked of anything.
See photos of Labinjo and Vero:
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested a suspected burglar identified as Promise Gbogimi.
Gbogimi was apprehended on Wednesday after he broke into a Tecno shop along Okoro Road in Obio/Akpor LGA at about 4.20am and stole different types of smartphones and laptops.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, the suspect, who hails from Deeyor in Ogoni, resides in Woji, Port Harcourt.
Omoni stated that the value of items stolen by Gbogimi was put at N8.7m, adding 19 smartphones, 15 IPads and two laptops were the goods taken away from the shop.
“The anti-robbery patrol team of the Miniokoro Police Station today (Wednesday) at about 0420hrs while on patrol, responded to a distress call and arrested one Promise Gbogimi ‘m’ 23yrs from Deeyor community in Ogoni but resides at Woji.
“He was arrested after breaking into a Tecno Shop at Okporo Road, where the following items were stolen; 19 different smartphones, 15 different iPads and different laptops.
“The cash value of the exhibits is Eight Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N8.7m),” the state police spokesman stressed.
Omoni, however, disclosed that the shop owner, one Emmanuel Daramola, had identified the stolen items as belonging to him.
“The suspect is still helping the police to arrest members of the syndicate and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed,” the state PPRO said.
Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna Central Senatorial District has urged the All Progressives Congress to penalise Gov. Nasir el-Rufai for allegedly leaking to reporters a memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sani alleged that el-Rufai deliberately leaked the document to garner public sympathy for the governor’s alleged presidential ambition.
El-Rufai had in a memo to Buhari, dated September 22, 2016, reportedly criticised the President and the APC for performing low in governance while he also condemned the appointment of persons who were not familiar with the programme of the administration.
According to the governor, his warning became necessary as his political fortune was tied to that of Buhari.
El-Rufai said, “Poll after poll in Kaduna State, before and after the 2015 elections, clearly show that my fate, politically and otherwise, is uncannily tied to yours. If you do well, I stand to benefit immensely. If you do not do well, sir, whatever I try to do in Kaduna matters little to my present and any future political trajectory.
“There is a perception that your ministers, some of whom are competent and willing to make real contributions, have no clear mandate, instructions and access to you. Ministers are constitutional creations, Mr. President, and it is an aberration that they are expected to report to the Chief of Staff (Mr. Abba Kyari) on policy matters.”
El-Rufai called on Buhari to communicate constantly with Nigerians, so they would know the plans of his government.
The governor acknowledged that a cabal was working hard to alienate the President from those who worked hard to secure his victory during the 2015 election.
But Sani, in an Instagram post, said it was ironic that el-Rufai, who he said could not take constructive criticism, had the audacity to criticise the President.
The lawmaker described el-Rufai as “disloyal and disrespectful” for criticising the President and the ruling party.
He said, “The governor is entitled to his opinion and perception, but the contradiction and irony of it are basically two: First is that he accused me of being disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the party for speaking out my mind, and now he has done his own cunningly by criticising the President and the party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press. That also qualified him as disloyal and disrespectful. The difference is that mine is blunt while his own is dubious.
“Second, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance, whether it’s the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion or incompetence or public perception. The difference is that the President is tolerant of criticism and alternative views.”
Sani recalled that el-Rufai recently said the senator was in the habit of criticising him because the lawmaker purportedly wanted to be governor of Kaduna.
“That means, logically, he is now leaking (the) memo to dust popular sympathy and carve an image of ‘a competent alternative’ to Baba (Buhari).
“Those who care to know about my little history know that I don’t call a spade a pestle or a spoon. The governor always recommends that our party should punish me for criticising him. Now that he has fired a cruise missile at the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should also be treated same. If our able party chair will give me five strokes of the cane for speaking out, the governor should be given thrice that for ‘leaking out.’
“It’s often said that (one should) look at the message and not the messenger, but there are times that you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger.”
The senator, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, advised Buhari to be cautious, saying, “He who keeps a scorpion in his pocket must always watch his groin and he who inherits a cobra should know that it’s not a pet.”
From Adenta to Chicago, to New York, city after city, that’s how music star, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade also known as Mr. Eazi has been touring in the last couple of weeks, gathering accolades from left, right and center, making money and promoting his brand around the world.
According to Vanguard, friends and close associates of the ‘Leg Over’ crooner are however lamenting his weird lifestyle. For instance, it was revealed that before he left for his tour, the budding musician had a misunderstanding with his manager as regards his choice of apartment.
Upon his rise to fame, his manager had suggested they move to a bigger and better apartment on the Island which the crooner objected to.
After months of disagreement on the above subject, it was revealed that Mr. Eazi succumbed to his manager’s option, but the problem became the choice of apartment. While the crooner opted for a one bedroom apartment, his manager wanted something bigger, more like a duplex, submitted our source.
Buttressing on the gist, our source said, Mr. Eazi insisted he’d rather forfeit the temporary comfort of staying in a bigger apartment and save money for his building project.
Although it wasn’t revealed to us if the 22-year-old is a miser but it indeed told this reporter that he considers staying in duplex a complete waste of resources.
Eventually as things turned out, the lanky, hat dotting singer and his manager are said to have since settled for a 3-bedroom apartment before leaving Nigeria for their tour.
Senate President Bukola Saraki has refuted the assumption that the reason the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was rejected the second time was based on the Department of State Service (DSS) report which indicted him of acts of corruption.
Instead, Saraki said that Magu was rejected by the Senate on the fact that he failed the screening by the lawmakers.
Senate President Saraki who made this disclosure in an interview with TVC News in Morocco, where he attended an African summit on climate change and food security, was reacting to a statement credited to the former Senate Leader Ali Ndume, that the Senate rejection of Magu based on allegations was hypocritical.
According to Ndume, if Magu has to be disqualified because there is a report indicting him of corruption, then Saraki should not have continued as Senate President while also having corruption allegations levelled against him, which he is still answering in court.
The Senate President said, “You are jumping into conclusion that he (Magu) was rejected because of the accusation. I don’t think there was anywhere we said he was rejected based on accusations.
“We have nominees that come all the time with different issues. Two weeks ago, we screened the Chief Justice of Nigeria and he scaled through.
“Now the EFCC chairman came and he did not pass the screening. Someone else will come and may pass. This is our constitutional role and I don’t think we should personalise or politicise this.
Saraki also refuted claims that the present confrontation the Senate is having with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), was an indication that Senate is being hard on the executive.
He said, “I know that as the parliament, which represents the people, some of these far-reaching decisions have to be made and there is a need for a wider consultation and that is what democracy is about. If you don’t want democracy, you can sit in your office and announce anything.
“Nobody is saying we have a monopoly of what is right but there must be consultation. We get feelers from the people and at a time that the economy is biting, we have to be very sensitive to some of the issues we face. So, all we are saying is consult more.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have received a written communication from the Senate on the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as nominee for the chairman of the EFCC.
The report as learnt was forwarded to President Buhari, by Senate President Saraki.
At least Seven persons killed in suicide attacks on Saturday evening in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to PUNCH, Three suicide bombers and four others, including two children were killed in the attacks. It was also revealed that eight persons sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police, Borno State Command, Victor Isuku, a deputy superintendent of police, the attack happened at about 9pm on Saturday on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The statement read: “At about 2100hrs of 18/3/2917, three suicide bombers, a male and two female, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri town through Umarari village in Molai general area.
“They were sighted by Civilian JTF and challenged. They detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies while running to different directions.
“Four people which include a Civilian JTF, a woman and her two children died while eight others sustained injuries, and have been taken to hospital.”