Fani-Kayode Threatens To Reveal How Former NSA Andrew Azazi Was Killed

The former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday, March 13, promised to reveal how the former national security adviser Andrew Azazi was killed in a plane crash.

Fani-Kayode said he believes that the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) founded by Pastor T. B Joshua was remotely brought down by a control device and not a faulty foundation as widely claimed.

On a Facebook post made on Monday, Fani-Kayode said he has been researching on the circumstance and forces behind both incident and will soon reveal his findings.

He also said the same people who perpetrated these acts – the fifth columnists in former president Goodluck Jonathan’s intelligence agencies – are now after the founder of Omega Fire Ministries Apostle Johnson Suleman.

Recall that Azazi was killed on December 15, 2015, alongside the Kaduna state governor Ibrahim Yakowa and four others in a naval plane crash in Okoroba village, Bayelsa state.

They were on their way back to the Port Harcourt AIrport from the funeral of Oronto Douglas’ father in Bayelsa state.

Subsequently, on September 12, 2014, a guest house housed by T. B Joshua’s church popularly known as the Synagogue collapsed in Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos state.

Hundreds of worshipers were killed in the incident which the founder was remotely control after an helicopter was seen hovering above the church building.

Below is the full post made by Fani-Kayode:

“There are strong speculations that Prophet TB Joshua’s Church was brought down by a remote control device and not a faulty foundation.

There are strong speculations that General Azazi and Gov. Yakowa’s helicopter was brought down by a similar device and by the same people and not by pilot error.

I intend to write more on both of these terrible events later and I have almost completed my research.

For now I will say this much: it appears that those behind both events were fifth columnists in President Goodluck Jonathan’s intelligence agencies and they were inspired, sponsored and encouraged by certain forces from outside government.

The objective was to weaken Jonathan and ultimately to get him out of power.

It appears that the same group are now after Apostle Suleman for daring to challenge their friends in high places and for taking on those that they are using to commit mass murder, genocide and other hideous crimes.

Nigerians pray hard and beware!

Inner Galaxy Group Commits to Nigeria’s Steel Industry Development

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The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Inner Galaxy Group, Mr. Andy Lu, has restated his company’s determination to support Nigeria to become an important regional player in steel development, as a catalyst for the country’s overall industrial development.

Mr. Lu observed that at Nigeria’s current stage of development as a country’s, the steel industry is very vital.

According to him, “the steel industry is the backbone of industrial revolution, because all the construction needed as part of infrastructure improvement will largely ride on the back of the steel industry”. He continued “even machinery in the production process, the automotive industry and most other industries will be supported by the steel industry”.

Mr. Lu who was speaking with newsmen in Lagos recently pointed out that his group’s appreciation of the future of Nigeria is the reason “we are investing heavily even now that many other foreign investors are leaving the country”.

He pointed out that two subsidiaries of the Inner Galaxy Group, namely Hongxing Steel Company Ltd based in Amuwo Odofin, in Lagos State and Inner Galaxy Steel Company based in Abia State, are major players in the steel industry and West Africa.

According to him “our factory in Abia State is the largest steel company in the whole of West Africa”. The factory will soon be commissioned, will be able to supply much of the steel needs of Nigeria and many of her West African neighbours.

The Inner Galaxy Group is one of the leading Chinese companies playing in the real sector of Nigeria’s economy. Its subsidiaries include Hongxing Steel Company Ltd; Inner Galaxy Steel Company Ltd; Inner Galaxy Ship Scrapping Company Ltd; Jiuxing Integrated Industries Ltd; and Paramount Gas Co., Ltd.

Hongxing Steel Company Expresses Faith in Nigeria

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One of the leading  companies in West Africa, the Hongxing Steel Company Limited, with head office in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State, has renewed its faith in the future of Nigeria, saying the country has the potential to become a leading world economy in the next few years.

According to Mr. Andy Lu, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Inner Galaxy Group, of which Hongxing is a subsidiary, despite the country’s current challenges, it has the in-built resilience, not only to survive but also to come out stronger.

Mr. Lu made the remarks recently in his address at an event in Lagos in honour of the staff of the company who had put in long years of service and those who excelled in their various departments at the end of 2016.

Mr. Lu said that “all countries that are currently prosperous, at one time or another, passed through trying times.”

According to him, “ Nigeria of today is at a stage that China was just a few years ago. China was able to overcome those challenges and is today the world’s second largest economy”. He therefore encouraged Nigerians to remain steadfast and focus on building a strong nation.

He also pointed out that his company, the Inner Galaxy Group was positive about Nigeria’s future and that was why the company was building the largest steel factory in West Africa in their complex located in Abia State.

Independence Day: FG Declares Public Holiday On Monday

In order to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, the federal government has declared Monday, October 3 as a public holiday.

Buhari Reading 2016 Budget

Traditionally, the anniversary and holiday is supposed to be celebrated on October 1 but being a weekend, it was moved to Monday.

Vanguard reports that in a statement sighed on Thursday, September 29 by Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido who is the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior, the federal government congratulated Nigerians.

The statement read: “The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary and assures them that Government is working assiduously to put in place various palliative measures to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.

“The minister enjoins all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his avowed determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers.”

Assets sale: PENGASSAN, TUC threaten to shut down Nigeria

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Oil workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, have threatened to shut down the country should the Federal Government carry out its plan to sell national assets to augment revenue shortfall.

Also, the Trade Union Congress on Sunday said it would join PENGASSAN to shut down the country if the government remained adamant on its plan to sell some national assets.

PENGASSAN, in a statement on Sunday by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojugbana, said the government should look into other ways to increase its revenue base while plugging loopholes and leakages in government’s finances.

The union, which described the plan to sell the national assets as a self-destructive move for Nigeria, said, “The plan meant to solve short-term financial obligations is targeted at handing over our collective wealth to a few individuals and further impoverish the rest of our countrymen and women.”

It said government at all levels should pump money into the economy through the execution of capital projects and payment of workers’ salaries to revive the economy.

PENGASSAN said it would not sit back and watch the sale of national assets, especially those in the oil and gas industry, such as the Nigeria LNG that had become a huge revenue-earner for Nigeria; refineries and shares in the upstream oil and gas JV operations being shared among those in power and their cronies.

It said, “Any attempt to sell these national assets will be met with stiff resistance from the association, as PENGASSAN will galvanise every support, including that of our sister union and labour centres to shut down this country by ensuring that every activity in the oil and gas sector is brought to a complete halt.

“Some opportunists in the clothes of businessmen and short-sighted politicians had earlier advocated the sale of public assets such as the NLNG, four state-owned refineries, Nigeria’s stakes in the Africa Finance Corporation, the nation’s airports and reduction of government’s shares in upstream oil joint venture operations and this was approved by the National Economic Council.”

Reacting to the recent approval of the sale of the national assets by the NEC, Ojugbana said the sale of the assets would further compound the economic and security problems in the country.

He added, “They should tell us what will happen after the recession if we have sold the assets to greedy individuals. Will the country go cap in hand begging those individuals who bought the assets and borrowing from them?”

He said the plan “is ill-timed and unwarranted as it does not serve national interest,” adding that no nation could develop, survive or feel secure after selling all its national assets.”

PENGASSAN stated, “Doing this will further mortgage the future of our great country in the hands of few cabals. These individuals are just looking for advantage to further loot the country through illegal acquisition of the national assets as in the case of various oil blocks held by a few powerful Nigerians.

“The sale of national assets is not only surprising but also embarrassing for a nation experiencing economic recession. The proponents of the sale of national assets are those who have been actively involved in the operations of the nation’s economy in the past. They were part of those responsible for the country’s current economic situation.”

According to him, such sales in the past, including the power and steel sectors privatisation, are just a shift from public monopoly to private monopoly, which has further worsen those sectors.

“It is, therefore, the candid position of PENGASSAN that such a plan should be thrown into the trash bin. Government should continue to seek better ways to address the present economic challenges and reduce areas of wastage. The long overdue calls for diversification of the economy should be driven with all seriousness; more action is required urgently than propaganda mechanism,” he said.

The President of the TUC, Mr. Bala Kaigama, said on the telephone on Sunday that the Congress would collaborate with the two major unions in the oil sector because the planned sale of the assets was flawed.

He noted that if those who invested in the assets had sold them, the current administration would not have met them.

Kaigama said, “We will solidarise with them. You cannot sell vital assets like that. You don’t. If those who invested in the assets had sold them, would they have met them?

“Of course, these business people, who are saying sell and sell, let them pay the appropriate taxes. Those people who are not paying the appropriate taxes, let them pay the appropriate taxes and money will accrue to the Federal Government.

“TUC will solidarise with NUPENG and PENGASSAN to shut down the country.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress, on its own, said while it would take necessary steps on the issue, it had not taken the decision to shut down the country.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, stated on Sunday that the congress would inform Nigerians when the decision was taken.

Ozo-Eson added, “No. We are a democratic organ; we have our processes. We have not taken a decision; when we take a decision, we will let the country know.

“If individual unions have announced, we have no quarrel with that. We are opposed to it (assets sale) and we will take the necessary steps. We have not yet taken that decision of shutting down the country or whatever. We will inform the nation when we take that decision.”

Selling national assets signifies panic, says don, activist

Also, a frontline economist and Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development Capacity Building, Prof. Olu Ajakaiye, has said selling national assets because of the current economic recession in the country will amount to taking a panicky measure.

In an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, Ajakaiye said rather than selling national assets in a hurry, the government should undertake a comprehensive study of the funding gaps required to bail the nation out of recession in order to determine the best step possible.

He stated, “The highly publicised Medium Term Expenditure Framework and similar basically financial programming tools do not contain specific screened, selected and prioritised projects and programmes to which Nigerians can relate. Resource gap determined from such tools can be dangerously misdirecting and can create unnecessary panic. Sale of assets in a panic situation like was done carelessly during the late 1980s should not be repeated.

“If the resource gap includes recurrent, sale of assets to close such gap will be inappropriate because it is tantamount to consuming capital and that will be irresponsible. Moreover, what happens when the proceeds of the sale is exhausted? What are we going to sell to pay the next salary, for example?

“If the resource gap is exclusively due to bona fide capital projects that have been properly screened, selected and ranked in order of priority based on their direct and indirect contributions to national development goals, alternative financing options should be carefully considered. The first step is to surgically consider cutting excesses and illegitimate as well as unreasonable components of recurrent expenditure.”

Ajakaiye said the personnel cost component of government should be cleaned up by sustaining and generalising ongoing application of technology to eliminate all forms of impurities in the system including ‘ghost’ workers.

He argued that no attempt should be made to retrench workers, saying this would be inconsistent with the goal of reducing unemployment and legitimately reflating the economy.

He added that salaries and allowances of political and public office holders should be drastically reviewed downwards.

Ajakaiye said, “This is consistent with the slogan of Change Begins With Me. Change should begin with those at the top. The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission should quickly propose such reductions so as to make it mandatory. Very few political and public office holders followed the example of the President and Vice-President because it is optional.”

A civil rights activist, Imma Okochua, said savings from the removal of petrol subsidy as well as monies recovered from looted public funds should be used to fund gaps in government resources.

He said, “If the recession was caused by the fall in oil price and especially by the reduced production and exportation due to militancy, why don’t you solve the militancy problem? Is it impossible to solve?

“When you have sold our national assets and we have consumed the proceeds, or the government has squandered it, and oil prices remain low and the militants remain undefeated or persuaded, what will the government do? Will they sell us to the highest bidder?”

He urged the government to ensure that it made effective use of the N50 stamp duty it was collecting from payments into current accounts.

 

BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Governor Yahaya Bello

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Justice Kekere Ekun who pronounced the judgement said Honourable James Faleke’s appeal lacks merit and thereby dismissed.

She also said that the ruling of the lower court dismissing his appeal earlier is upheld. The seven panel of judges who unanimously agreed to the judgement said reasons for the judgement will be given on September 30.

Likewise, the appeal by former governor of Kogi state Idris Wada has been dismissed.

Today’s judgement on the November 2015 Kogi gubernatorial comes after series of appeals filed on the matter by the different parties involved.

Bello’s emergence as Kogi state governor came after a former governor of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer Audu Abubakar died almost at the end of the election.

Abubakar’s death among many others led to the declaration of the Kogi election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Following this, Abubakar’s running mate James Faleke demanded he be automatically declared winner following his principal’s demise.

Faleke premised his demand on the fact that Bello only came second in the APC primary election and was never part of the main election.

Meanwhile, the former Kogi state governor Idris Wada had also argued that he be declared the winner of the November 205 Kogi election since the APC lost its candidate and he as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got the second highest votes after Abubakar’s.

Professor Isidore Okpewho Buried In The U.S

The family of Africa’s foremost scholar of Oral Literature and award-winning novelist Prof. Isidore Okpewho who died on September 4th, 2016 last week announced arrangements for his final rite of passage. The prolific author of over a dozen books and scores of academic articles was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, New Jersey, United States of America on Saturday, September 17.

The internment was preceded by Visitation/Viewing and a funeral mass on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at St Vincent de Paul Blessed Sacrament Church, 465 Clubhouse Road, Vestal, in Upstate New York. Okpewho who retired not long ago as a Distinguished Professor from State University of New York, Binghamton, lived with his wife and four children in the U.S for about 25 years. He will be remembered for his robust and seminal contribution to the understanding of the oral performance in Africa, his experimental fiction, and his numerous outstanding mentees across the world.

News of his passing has sparked reactions from the literati, as well as a broad range of friends, associates, admirers, and public officials in Nigeria and abroad. Among these are President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of his home state, Delta State.

Tributes to the eminent literary figure have poured in across multiple media spaces and professional list serves that include the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) of which he had served as President and USA Africa Dialogue. Amid the moving tributes is one by another pioneer and prodigious scholar of Oral Literature, Prof Ruth Finnegan. “There is a beautiful ancient Greek poem, beautifully translated too, which I have found comforting – and true. I share it with you,” writes Prof Finnegan, emeritus professor at The Open University, U.K:

Abandoned nine-month -old baby found crawling on road

Residents of Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja Government Reserved Area of Lagos State were shocked on Wednesday to find an abandoned baby boy crawling on the road

234forum.com learnt that the nine-month-old baby, whose name had yet to be ascertained, was seen crawling by residents, who quickly alerted some policemen on patrol in the area.

Our correspondents gathered that the child was picked up by the policemen and brought to the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja.

The baby was thereafter taken for a checkup.

It was gathered that the nine-month-old was believed to have crawled out of his parents’ apartment, although no resident in the area had showed up for the baby boy.

A police source told 234forum.com  that the child would remain in the police custody until his family showed up with concrete proofs of relationship.

She said, “We found the boy on Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja GRA. He is about nine months old. He was found crawling on the road. Some residents thereafter alerted some policemen on patrol.

“The police team rescued the baby. So far, nobody has come up to claim the baby. He must have left the custody of his parents or guardian and that is how some children fall into the hands of kidnappers and ritual killers. He is still with us at the command headquarters.”

In a related development, an Indian national was rescued from some gunmen on Wednesday by the police who wanted to abduct him in the Epe area of Lagos State.

Our correspondents gathered that the Indian national, whose name was not disclosed by the police “to protect him”, was working at a construction site near a waterway, when the abductors came in a speedboat and took him away.

A police source told one of the correspondents that there was an exchange of gunfire between some police operatives and the gunmen, who were forced to abandon the Indian on the water, while they fled.

He said, “The Indian was a contractor at a construction site in the Epe area. Some kidnappers had emerged from the waters and abducted the Indian at gunpoint. They were taking him away when some police operatives engaged them in a gun battle.

“Although none of the abductors was arrested, the police were able to rescue the Indian.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the baby, and the Indian’s rescue, saying investigations were ongoing into the cases.

He said, “We appeal to members of the public to take a good care of their children and wards while trying to make ends meet. So far, nobody has come forward to claim the abandoned baby.

“Also, the rescued Indian has been debriefed by the police, and investigation is ongoing.”

Incessant rain: Gatekeeper electrocuted one day after resuming work

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday led to the death of gatekeeper in River Valley Estate, in the Ojodu Berger area of Ogun State.

Twenty-Seven-year-old Joshua Moses was electrocuted at about 6:30am when an electric pole fell on him.

It was gathered that the incident occurred when he opened the gate for his employee to drive out.

234forum.com  gathered incessant rainfall had weakened the foundation of the pole which made it to fall on Moses, who reportedly resumed work in the apartment on Monday.

The incident was reported at the Ojodu Abiodun Police Division, which sent operatives to remove the corpse from the scene.

A resident, who identified himself only as Yemisi, said the electricity distribution company had restored power to the estate a few minutes before the incident.

He said, “The gatekeeper was employed on Monday. He had opened the gate for his boss around 6am. It was raining at that time, and as he made way to close the gate, an electric pole fell and the high-tension wires fell on him.”

The Ogun State acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the death of the gatekeeper.

He said, “The occupant of the apartment reported the electrocution to the police. The corpse has been deposited at the Mainland Hospital morgue in the Yaba area of Lagos State.”

One of our correspondents learnt that the rainfall, which lasted for about 12 hours in several areas in Lagos and Ogun states, forced some residents to abandon their houses as a result of floods.

Several streets visited by PUNCH Metro in the Egbeda and Idimu areas of Lagos State were flooded as human and vehicular movements were also suspended.

One of our correspondents observed that many houses on Jimoh Street in Egbeda, Disu Akogun Street in Dopemu, Agege area, Jimoh Akinremi Street in Akowonjo, and Iju Road, Fagba area, were flooded.

A residentof Ijegun in the Isheri Osun area, identified as Bose Salau, said, “The flood mostly affected Gafaru Street. It filled the entire street.”

Also, Afolabi Street along the LASU/Iyana Iba Expressway, as well as Idi-Araba area in Mushin were affected by the flood.

Nigeria Rated 3rd Best Programming Nation In Africa Behind Egypt Nd South Africa

If you ever wondered about which country produces the best programmers, wonder no more.

A new report from California-based HackerRank, a service that administers tests to developers around the world, says it’s China.

Second place goes to Russia, and Poland takes bronze. Traditional programming powerhouses like the US and India came in at 28th and 31st, respectively.

HackerRank offers its community of programmers, apparently 1.5 million strong, with challenges to hone their skills. It examined data from these challenges from the last few years to come up with the rankings, scoring developers from different countries and finding national averages.

“According to our data, China and Russia score as the most talented developers. Chinese programmers outscore all other countries in mathematics, functional programming, and data structures challenges, while Russians dominate in algorithms, the most popular and most competitive arena,” according to HackerRank.

The US’s position at No. 28, behind countries like Japan, Greece and Chile, might seem odd, especially for the country that basically birthed the internet and created so many of the coding tools used today. This could potentially correlate to a lower emphasis on maths and science in American schools, as this Pew Research report details.

This is also not the first time that America has been humbled by the likes of China and Russia in the programming arena. At the collegiate level during the recent ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, schools from China and Russia beat out the likes of Harvard and MIT.

We restricted the data to the 50 countries with the most developers on HackerRank. Here’s what we found: