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Popular Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has joined Amnesty International’s campaign calling on the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company to own up, pay up as well as clean up the Niger Delta region.
A short video released on Wednesday featured the award winning actress outside Shell’s headquarters in London, calling upon Shell’s Chief Executive, Peter Voser, to take responsibility for the pollution in the oil rich region.
According to a statement by Amnesty International released on Wednesday, Omotola said in the video: ‘I am from Ondo State, a region of the Niger Delta. I am devastated to see the impact on my beautiful country and our people from the pollution that Shell has caused. People’s lives are literally being ruined by this mess. Fisherman cannot fish. Food cannot be grown or harvested. Water is
contaminated and people’s health is at risk. Shell makes billions of dollars in profit yearly and needs to act now to clean up their mess.”
According to the Rivers state police, a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and buried her in his room in Elechi Beach area of Port Harcourt will soon be arraigned.
Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers, made this known on Wednesday in Port Harcourt in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The police gave the name of the slain woman as Miss Peace Mathias.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Indabawa, had earlier told a news conference in Port Harcourt that the incident took place in the first week of April, while the suspect was arrested on April 11.
However, Ugwuegbulam said that police had almost concluded investigations into the matter, stressing that the suspect would be arraigned before a court on April 19 or April 20.
He described the alleged murder as “callous and wicked”.
Ugwuegbulam noted that if the woman’s death had been accidental, the suspect would have taken the victim to a hospital for a medical confirmation of her death, rather than burying her secretly.
He, however, conceded that the police had yet to establish contacts with the victim’s parents, adding that the police had been trying to liaise with Akwa Ibom community in Rivers in efforts to get across to her relations.
NAN learnt that the suspect and victim were members of the staff of a printing press in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Chelsea’s man of the moment Didier Drogba was on Thursday night close to agreeing a £6.7million-a-year deal to join Shanghai Shenhua.
Drogba scored the opener in Sunday’s 5-1 FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham and the winner in Wednesday night’s stunning victory over Barcelona.
But the 34-year-old is virtually assured of bringing the curtain down on his distinguished Chelsea career at the end of the season by joining former team-mate Nicolas Anelka — player-manager at Shenua — in China.
The Ivory Coast striker is expected to sign a two-year deal worth £130,000 a week after tax. Drogba had been willing to stay but Chelsea offered him only a 12-month extension on his contract, not the two years he wanted.
If Chelsea, currently sixth in the Premier League, go on to win the Barclays Champions League without making the top four, they would go directly into the group stage of next season’s competition courtesy of a rule forced through by UEFA after Liverpool won the competition in 2005 but did not finish in the top four.
The fourth-placed team would then be dumped into the Europa League, along with Liverpool — as Carling Cup winners — and the next best placed team in the Premier League.
Tottenham (fourth) and Newcastle (fifth) are most affected by the rule and, with only five games to go, have to face the possibility that finishing fourth may not secure Champions League football.
Abuja Nigeria’s capital city, already groaning under tight security, again faced threats on Thursday following a US warning that Islamist group Boko Haram may be planning fresh attacks.
Also President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday declared that the security situation in Nigeria is not as gloomy as it is painted and the government “is working very hard and that we’ll bring this under control” as he called on the international community to assist the country with the latest technology to fight the insurgency by the Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram.
According to the emergency message to US citizens, hotels frequented by Westerners may be among the targets.
“I’m not scared,” said Charlie Wells, an American checking out of the Sheraton hotel after a three-week business visit.
“It seems the security has been handled very well. I understand there have been threats before that never materialised or were handled. I hope it will be that way again.”
“We are building up our security infrastructure. I can say we are on top of this problem,” Jonathan told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin after talks that focused on trade, energy and security issues.
Asked what kind of assistance Germany could provide, he said: “In areas of training manpower and modern equipment. You need superior technology to fight terrorists and we think Germany and others can help us in such areas.
South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, joined the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, the sister institutions said.
South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan last July after two decades of war, became the 188th member of the Washington-based institutions, as it struggles with renewed clashes with Sudan.
Finance Minister Kosti Manibe Ngai signed the agreement papers with the IMF and the World Bank, capping South Sudan’s bid for membership which begun in April 2011.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde welcomed South Sudan to the fund, saying “the IMF will do its best to assist the country in setting up the foundations for economic stability and growth in the period ahead.”
The IMF is participating in a dedicated $11 million trust fund in support of South Sudan over the next four years.
“The European Union plans to come on board as a lead donor,” the fund said in a statement.
The World Bank also hailed South Sudan’s membership, calling the impoverished country a “test case” on the development lender’s principles for state building by citizens with the support of international development partners.
“I am very pleased to welcome South Sudan, the world’s newest country as our newest member of the World Bank Group, to help it manage and resolve its many formidable development challenges while it also builds a broad national coalition to secure lasting peace and prosperity,” said Obiageli Ezekwesili, the bank’s vice president for Africa.
She also pledged the bank would support the fight against corruption, promote accountability and good governance, and work closely with South Sudan and its communities “for better social and economic development.”
The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, the Most Rev. Mathew Kukah, says the rot in social system and poverty are responsible for persistent violence in the country.
“Some of the crises are easily blamed on religion but I believe the social system is faulty and that is the cause of our woes,’’ Kukah said in Jos on Thursday.
Kukah was reviewing a book “Peace, not war: A decade of interventions in the Plateau State crises (2001-2011),’’ written by the Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos.
He said that religion only provided smooth platform for crises to worsen but certainly not the cause.
“Every crisis is a product of layers upon layers of problems that were not attended to.
Security, rule of law and punishment for offenders are all duties of government and not religions organisations. Beyond moral exhortation, the Church has neither police nor prisons.
“The chronic poverty in the country is a raw material for violence and unless it is adequately addressed, we will continue to have problems. ’’
He said that the book had identified some causes of crises which included unemployment, indigenes/settlers’ dichotomy, among others.
“The book captured, eloquently, that the persistent injustice is the cause of persistent violence not only in Plateau but in the entire country.
Kukah further said that Kaigama had clearly demonstrated the need for friendship as antidote to the crises, noting that confrontation was not the solution.
Kaigama, in his remark, said that the multidimensional factors that generated crises had most time been neglected while religion was often cited as a short cut.
“The remedy for crises does not lie in the use of bows and arrows, bombs and guns; it lies on mature dialogue which was imperative for eliminating or mitigating violence which occurs under whatever name.
He said that help could come from genuine religious leaders who would work toward solving problems of illiteracy, corruption, immorality, disease and unemployment.
Gunmen highly suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect assaulted a bakery in Maiduguri yesterday. Sporadic gunshots filled the air, leading to the death of five people. Two others were however rushed to the hospital.
The deceased bakers worked at the Kasmi Bakery at Polo Ward area of the metroplis were killed in the early hours of the day, while the two others, including a water vendor and Customs officer, were killed on Wednesday at Abbaganarm ward.
Abbaganarm ward is said to be a dangerous area as many people were said to have been killed in the area by suspected sect members.
Confirming the reports in a telephone interview, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Tizhe Samuel, said some yet-to-be identified gunmen killed a water vendor and a customs officer on Wednesday, while five bakers attached to the Kasmi Bakery were killed by gunmen suspected to be members of an Islamic sect.
He, however, said investigations had commenced with a view to tracking down the perpetrators of the dastardly act and urged members of the public not to panic but to go about their normal businesses.
- Nigerian Eye
Popular radio and TV presenter Toke Makinwa has aired her thoughts about popular blogger and former model Linda Ikeji stating she ‘doesn’t think Linda Ikeji is a role model’.
Little known Makinwa who works as a radio presenter on popular urban radio station Rhythm 93.7 dropped her comments on air while she was co-anchoring ‘The Morning Drive’ recently.
‘I don’t think Linda Ikeji is a role model. She’s a gossiper, She sells gossip’, Makinwa said on the show and even appealed to her listeners not to take the likes of popular US blogger Perez Hilton and Miss Ikeji seriously.
Ikeji whose romance with Dan Foster ended controversially, published a fashion magazine before settling down fully with her blog.
And in just a few years, she’s moved from being media subject to media player; growing her platform to become one of Nigeria’s leading blogs; using mostly third party contents, reader engagement and shocking personal revelations. But, just like Perez and TMZ, she’s under regular fire from readers and celebs who think she often crosses the line.
But the successful blogger is not all about gossip. Passionate about human interest stories, she has often dedicated her blog to supporting worthy causes, a recent example being the case of Okeoghene Ighiwotho – the diabetic patient who lost his toes and was bedridden for six years.
Makinwa, however, is not impressed. ‘I’m appealing to the younger generation not to take Perez Hilton or Linda Ikeji as a role model’, she added.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said the conviction of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was sentenced to a 13 year jail term by a Southwark Crown Court in London was the first phase of his trial as he will face another trial when he returns to Nigeria after his jail term.
The Commission said in a statement that it expects “Ibori to serve his term in the UK and return to Nigeria to face other criminal charges pending in courts, arising from his eight year rule of Delta State”.
The EFCC stressed that the offences for which Ibori was jailed in London is only a fraction of the array of criminal infractions committed by the former governor.
While restating its commitment and determination to bring Ibori and other alleged corrupt politically exposed persons and corporate titans to book in Nigeria no matter how long it takes, the commission said it welcomed the conviction which is the icing on a tortuous investigative and legal odyssey for all actors involved in the Ibori saga.
“It is reassuring that sentencing of Ibori was based on the foundation of the case built by the EFCC in 2007 which unfortunately was thrown out by the Federal High Court, Asaba for lack of merit.
“The same fate has lately befallen other EFCC cases, notably the Erastus Akingbola, Ndudi Elumelu, Dimeji Bankole and Gbenga Daniel matters. They were all thrown out by the courts purely on technical grounds without consideration of the substantive issues”.
EFCC said the fact that a case which supposedly lacked merit in Nigeria could fetch a 13 year jail term in the UK after a landmark guilty plea, brings to fore the need for a reassessment of the nation’s justice delivery process. We must strengthen our judicial institutions if we are to make any headway in the anti-graft efforts.
“More interesting to the Commission in the Ibori conviction, is the opportunity for the repatriation of the array of properties and assets amassed overseas by the convict.
“Once again, his fate has proven that there is no safe haven abroad for politically exposed persons who looted state funds entrusted in their care” the anti-graft body stated.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola says his administration has purchased land in Osogbo, Osun State for agriculture in order to tackle the challenge of food shortage in the state. The governor added that the state was making moves to acquire land in other states where it would commence the planting of cash and food crops such as pineapple and
Fashola, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, spoke at the inauguration of the state’s Farm Service Centre in Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos on Wednesday. He said the country was facing a challenge of feeding its huge population. He said, “Our food security is being threatened by rising food prices. Between 2007 and 2010, prices of major staples rose by over 50 per cent. Nigeria was listed by the World Bank as one of the countries with the highest
domestic food price increase among 58 countries surveyed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.”
The governor explained that the state had come up with an Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy to tackle the challenge of food shortage.
- The Punch