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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Anti-Corruption Network Exposes Five Properties Owned By Minister Orubebe .

An anti-corruption group led by former House of Representatives member, Dino Melaye, has revealed five properties purchased by the Minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe.

The choice properties were acquired in the last three years that Mr. Orubebe has been a minister, first under the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and later as one of the most powerful figures in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Melaye’s group revealed that a construction company, SETRACO, built and delivered a brand new mansion to Mr. Orubebe less than six months after the company received a contract to build part of the East-West highway in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. Melaye’s group obtained documents indicating that Mr. Orubebe was the owner of the properties they identified. One of the documents is the certificate of occupancy for Plot 2722, Kyami District in Abuja. The plot contains 1883.63 square meters. Another certificate of occupancy obtained by the group shows that Mr. Orubebe owns Plot 2460 in the notoriously expensive Maitama area of Abuja. In addition, the minister, who is reputed as one of the most corrupt associates of President Jonathan, also owns Plot 1736 in the Guzape area of Abuja. The certificate of occupancy for the plot was issued in 2008. The Minister for the Niger Delta also acquired Plot 2057 in the Asokoro area.

A source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told SaharaReporters that he was not aware that the anti-corruption agency had opened any investigation into Mr. Orubebe’s land deals or other financial activities. “As far as I know, the EFCC is not investigating Elder Orubebe,” said the source, adding that the agency was unlikely to act “unless the Presidency specifically orders us to go after him.”

Mr. Orubebe’s land documents are attached:


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Why we de-registered 28 political parties in Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday in Abuja justified its decision to de-register 28 political parties, saying the affected parties fell short of the requirement of the law.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, stated this in an interview with journalists during a meeting with stakeholders and its validation conference of 2012-2016 strategic plan. He also warned that “more parties could be de-registered so long as they fail to meet the requirements of the law”.
He, however, said there was room for the registeration of additional parties that met the laid down rules.
Jega said, “We have taken the decision to de-register 28 parties and as far as we are concerned, we have acted legally. Of course, many political parties chiefs, especially of those de-registered, were not happy and we understand that and some of them have gone to court.
“We are law-abiding and we await whatever judgement that will be made. But we believe that the constitution and the Electoral Act has given us the responsibility to register and deregister any political party that falls short of meeting the requirement of the law.”
He also stressed INEC’s desire to create an enabling environment for all stakeholders to partake in the country’s electoral process.
Jega also canvassed a national policy to cater for persons with disability, but ruled out the possibility of producing a ballot paper with braille for the disabled persons ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He explained that despite constraints, INEC would do all within its powers to ensure that persons with disabilities participate in future polls.
He said, “We will strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders to make the election environment friendly for all stakeholders and participants, especially those with disabilities. “There are systemic challenges that are beyond our powers to deal with. We would do everything possible within our limits to improve the electoral environment so that it is friendly to people with disabilities.’’

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Nigerians have betrayed founding fathers’ visions.

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Nigerians have expressed concern over the betrayal of the country’s founding fathers’ vision of ensuring peace and unity in the country.

This was the outcome of a nationwide survey conducted by NOI Polls which sampled 1,009 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
In the result of the survey released on Tuesday, majority of Nigerians observed that the vision of the founding fathers of the country had been undermined as a result of corruption and mismanagement.
The survey read in part, “When asked if the vision of our founding fathers – unity, faith, peace and progress – remains the same at this present time, a majority of Nigerians (88 per cent) responded negatively, citing reasons for the failing of the vision as mismanagement of resources, the absence of peace and unity and corruption amongst others.
“A majority (44 per cent) also were of the opinion that our founding fathers would be disappointed at where we were as a nation. The survey results highlighted the top national issue Nigerians wanted the current administration to work on – improving electricity (18 per cent). Other top two national issues were Creating Job opportunities (15 per cent) and eradicating corruption (15 per cent; up from three per cent in May). Also, the need to boost agriculture has risen from three per cent in May to 10 per cent in October.”
According to the the poll, 40 per cent said Nigeria’s economy had performed averagely since independence when compared to the Ghanaian and South African economies.

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Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos without payment or notification.

Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.

Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency. One irked Twitter user quipped that "Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images."

"It's asking people to agree to unspecified future commercial use of their photos," says Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "That makes it challenging for someone to give informed consent to that deal."

That means that a hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could write a check to Facebook to license photos taken at its resort and use them on its Web site, in TV ads, in glossy brochures, and so on -- without paying any money to the Instagram user who took the photo. The language would include not only photos of picturesque sunsets on Waikiki, but also images of young children frolicking on the beach, a result that parents might not expect, and which could trigger state privacy laws.
Facebook did not respond to repeated queries from CNET this afternoon. We'll update the article if we receive a response.

Another policy pitfall: If Instagram users continue to upload photos after January 16, 2013, and subsequently delete their account after the deadline, they may have granted Facebook an irrevocable right to sell those images in perpetuity. There's no obvious language that says deleting an account terminates Facebook's rights, EFF's Opsahl said.

Facebook's new rights to sell Instagram users' photos come from two additions to its terms of use policy. One section deletes the current phrase "limited license" and, by inserting the words "transferable" and "sub-licensable," allows Facebook to license users' photos to any other organization.
A second section allows Facebook to charge money. It says that "a business or other entity may pay us to display your... photos... in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you." That language does not exist in the current terms of use.
Google's policy, by contrast, is far narrower and does not permit the company to sell photographs uploaded through Picasa or Google+. Its policy generally tracks the soon-to-be-replaced Instagram policy by saying: "The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our services." Yahoo's policies service for Flickr are similar, saying the company can use the images "solely for the purpose for which such content was submitted or made available."

Reginald Braithwaite, an author and software developer, posted a tongue-in-cheek "translation" of the new Instagram policy today: "You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk."
One Instagram user dubbed the policy change "Instagram's suicide note." The photography site summarized the situation by saying: "The service itself is still a fun one, but that's a lot of red marks that have shown up over the past couple weeks. Many shooters -- even the casual ones -- probably aren't that excited to have a giant corporation out there selling their photos without being paid or even notified about it."

Another unusual addition to Instagram's new policy appears to immunize it from liability, such as class action lawsuits, if it makes supposedly private photos public. The language stresses, twice in the same paragraph, that "we will not be liable for any use or disclosure of content" and "Instagram will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any content you provide."

Yet another addition says "you acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such." That appears to conflict with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines that say advertisements should be listed as advertisements.
Such sweeping intellectual property language has been invoked before: In 1999, Yahoo claimed all rights to Geocities using language strikingly similar to Facebook's wording today, including the "non-exclusive and fully sublicensable right" to do what it wanted with its users' text and photos. But in the face of widespread protest -- and competitors advertising that their own products were free from such Draconian terms -- Yahoo backed down about a week later.
It's true, of course, that Facebook may not intend to monetize the photos taken by Instagram users, and that lawyers often draft overly broad language to permit future business opportunities that may never arise. But on the other hand, there's no obvious language that would prohibit Facebook from taking those steps, and the company's silence in the face of questions today hasn't helped.
EFF's Opsahl says the new policy runs afoul of his group's voluntary best practices for social networks. He added: "Hopefully at some point we'll get greater clarity from Facebook and Instagram."


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PHOTO: Oldest Man In Benue State Dies At 122.

Eye brows were raised when CNN named Besse Cooper, who died a few weeks ago at 116, as the oldest person in the world.

However how findings have revealed that the oldest man in Benue State, Nigeria, Evangelist Nehemiah Shawon Ndur has died at the age of 122.

According to the eldest son of the deceased, Mr. Gideon Iorwuese Ndur, the late centenarian passed on after suffering old age for several years.

Gideon who disclosed this yesterday in Vandeikya Local Government Area said that he (late Ndur) was still talking until his glorious exit.

He added that the late Evangelist, was a dedicated Christian of the NKST church Uka, Mbawuar in Vandeikya LGA where he celebrated his 122 birthday, in February 2012, for making his dream come true as an apostle of Christ even at old age.

The bereaved man who said though the late father was committed to mother earth few days ago, he would be missed by the entire family especially for his exemplary lifestyle.

Late Evangelist Nehemiah worked at NKST church Mbaakon with the head pastor, Pastor Ortese Bem in 1958 and translated the Holy Bible from English to Tiv language in 1964.

It was gathered that the late Nehemiah was born into the the family of Ndur Ajoko of Mbawuar in Vandeikya local government area of the state in 1890.

The deceased started his working career as a trainee evangelist in 1939 and was first sent to preach the message of God popularly called “waaji” with one of his close friends,Jam Gbeji, when they were baptized at NKST church in Jato-Aka, Kwande local government area of the state.

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Army releases 63 suspected kidnappers of Prof. Kamene Okonjo

The Army has released the 63 suspects arrested on Saturday, in connection with the abduction of Prof. Kamene Okonjo, mother of the Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The suspects were arrested at Osanogoho, Ika South Local Government of Delta State and detained at the 4 Brigade Headquarters in Benin City, Edo State capital.

The Brigade’s Public Relations Officer, Capt Rose Managbe, confirmed the release of the suspects.
She said the Monarch of Agbor, Benjamin Keagborekuzi, sent three chiefs, led by Chief Gideon Okobia, to sign sureties for the release of the suspects.

Capt Managbe debunked allegations that the detainees paid N70,000 to secure their release and had to pay for their food while in detention.

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Rain of tears as Yakowa’s body arrives in Kaduna.

Rain of tears as Yakowa’s body arrives in Kaduna

With the arrival of former Governor Patrick Yakowa’s body in Kaduna yesterday, the grim reality of his death was fully felt.

The city was thrown into mourning as the AirForce aircraft carrying the body — and the late Yakowa’s friend Dauda Tsoho’s — touched down at the Kaduna Airport in a golden casket draped in the green-white-green national colours.

The body was conveyed from the airport through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Western Byepass to the St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, accompanied by the widow and three of their children — all clad in black dresses.

The airport was filled with sympathisers. Many wept profusely as the plane hovered before landing.
The huge crowd defied the security barricades and rushed on to the tarmac as the casket was being brought down from the plane to catch a glimpse of it.

Women fellowship groups and church societies were praying and singing choruses at the airport and when the casket was brought out of the aircraft, they burst into tears.

While handing over Yakowa’s remains to Governor Multhar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State, the leader of the Bayelsa State government delegation and Deputy Governor John Jonah said the government yesterday held a valedictory executive session in memory of the late governor who he described as a bridge builder. He urged the people to support Yero to enable him carry on with the foundation laid by the late Yakowa.

Yero praised the government and people of Bayelsa State for their prayers. He assured the people that he would continue with the foundation laid by the late Yakowa for the sustenance of peace, unity and progress in the state.

The Arch bishop of Kaduna Diocese of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Mathew Ndagoso, Bishop George Dodo of Zaria Diocese and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah prayed.

A Valedictory Executive Council meeting will hold today (Wednesday) at the Government House by 10am. The wake-keep will hold at the Government House later in the day by 3pm
The body is expected to leave St. Gerald Catholic Hospital on Thursday for the Fadan Kagoma, for the interment after a funeral mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Fadan Kagoma.

The bodies of Yakowa and his friend, Dauda Tsoho, arrived in Kaduna yesterday aboard a Nigeria AirForce cargo plane at about 2.45 pm. They were received by Governor Mukthar Ramalan Yero and the widow, Amina Patrick Yakowa.

The bodies were accompanied by former Governor of Bayelsa State and other top government officials.

Others at the airport to receive the bodies were Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Bukola Saraki, family members and top government officials.

The bodies were later conveyed in a St. Gerard Hospital ambulance and driven in a motorcade through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Western bypass to Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital where they were deposited in the mortuary.

Senate President David Mark and his wife later joined the others at the hospital from where they proceeded to the Government House to see Yakowa’s family.

Senator Nenadi Esther Usman and the Southern Kaduna People in the United States said yesterday that the death of Yakowa has robbed the state of a bridge-builder and a unifier.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Breaking news: Gunmen lay siege to Yobe.

Potiskum, a major town in Yobe State has today come under siege as unknown gunmen attacked a police station, razed a branch of a commercial bank and telecom facilities.

Although the casualty rate is still hazy, unconfirmed reports revealed that several policemen might have been either wounded or killed in the attack.

Details later.


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Don’t lose faith in Nigeria, Jonathan urges Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country as government was doing its best to address the numerous challenges confronting the nation.

The President said this at the 2012 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, organised by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON).

Represented by the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, Jonathan said that the present administration would not relent in its efforts to improve the standard of living of Nigerians.

According to the president, Nigeria's challenges are not peculiar and insurmountable; they just require strong support and understanding from the citizenry to overcome them.

Jonathan said the Federal Government remained committed to the development of the economy for all Nigerians, irrespective of their status and religious backgrounds.

He urged Nigerians to use the season of Christmas to reach out to their compatriots who were in dire need of assistance, noting that Christmas was a period of love and faith.

In his Christmas message, the presiding bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to reflect on the challenges confronting the nation.

He, however, urged them to stop complaining about the difficulties but to keep faith with God as no situation was too big or difficult for Him to handle.

Okonkwo called on those in positions of authority to seek God's favour at Christmas by impacting on the lives of the less-privileged in the society.


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Sunday, 9 December 2012

RECORD BREAKING: Lionel Messi beats Muller's record to become the greatest goalscorer in the history of Football.

It's official: Rare genius, Rare Talent!!! Lionel Messi is now the greatest goalscorer the game has even seen - and probably the finest footballer in history, too. We have never seen his like before - and we may never witness such a tremendous talent again.

Luckily, Leo is only 25 and is set to be around for some time to come yet. Last Thursday, the astonishing Argentine was nominated for his fourth successive Ballon d'Or. Nobody in history has achieved that, but Messi is used to surpassing such marks, milestones and merits.

Lionel Messi on Sunday night, set a new record of 86 goals in a calendar year after surpassing Gerd Muller's record of 85 strikes in Seville.

The Barcelona man achieved the feat with two fine strikes in the first half an hour against Betis, meaning he has notched up the tally of 86 in 66 games.

It took Muller just 60 appearances to set the previous record in 1972.

The Argentine started 2012 with two goals against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey, and regularly notched up doubles and trebles throughout the year for both club and country.

He scored exactly two goals on 20 occasions, and at least three strikes nine times, including a five-goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Muller hit 42 Bundesliga goals in 34 outings to fire Bayern Munich to the German title in 1971-72 and eventually 1972-73, and he also played an integral role in West Germany's European Championship victory. He scored five goals in the four finals games it took die Mannschaft to lift the trophy under the old format.

Muller was also boosted by Bayern's run of 21 matches in 37 days during the traditional pre-season period. Due to the summer Olympics that year, the German domestic football season was pushed back until September 16, so a new competition - the DFB-Ligapokal (League Cup) - was hastily introduced to ward off rustiness.

Muller scored 12 goals in five games in that maiden campaign, while he scored 10 goals against Galatasaray and Omonia Nicosia in the opening stages of the old European Cup.

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