Straight from the Headlines! What Everyone was Talking About This Week

The House of Representatives today suspended  the Chairman of  it’s ad hoc committee that probed the fuel subsidy and the Chairman of the Committee of Education, Farouk Lawan, over the alleged $3million bribe from billionaire oil magnate Femi Otedola. Investigations into the alleged bribery scandal between the two men have been prominent among news headlines all week.

The House also rescinded its earlier resolution of the deleting Synopsis Enterprises Ltd. and Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. from the list of oil marketers indicted in the report.

It recommended the two oil companies for investigation by the country’s anti-corruption agencies.

It is hoped that this scandal would eventually reach a conclusive end where justice would prevail.

Here’s a recap of some of the major stories that made headlines this week:

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3 brothers, Chinemerem (5), Okechukwu (4) and Nzube (2) who were kidnapped last week by their driver, Godwin from their school at ABC Academy, Utako, Abuja have been found. They were found on Monday June 11, 2012 with their abductor at Makurdi, Benue state. The kidnappers were arrested along with the driver. The driver had arranged for them to be kidnapped when he went to pick them up from school in Abuja. The rescue was perfected and executed by members of the Nigerian police through a tracking device that was also used to rescue some kidnapped victims Owerri and the little girl kidnapped in Enugu that was rescued in Warri last week.

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Shop owners in the newly opened Ikeja City Mall closed temporarily on Monday June 11, 2012 to protest the imposition of parking fees on visitors to the mall. Most of the shops were shut down and had signs on the doors saying the were protesting extortion by the Ikeja city mall operators. Some shop owners said that the new fees would affect thier business adversely and was not part of the agreement with the mall operators.

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Twenty seven persons, including a police officer, were massacred by gunmen in the early hours of Monday June 11, 2012  in Dangulbi Village in the Dansadau Emirate of Zamfara State. Some other people were also injured in the raid. An eye-witness, Lawalli Dangulbi, told journalist at the Gusau Specialist Hospital, where the injured were receiving attention, that the assailants shot sporadically, killing 18 persons instantly. He said that the other dead bodies were discovered in neighbouring villages of Biya, Guru and Sabuwar Kasuwa, adding that he managed to carry eight wounded persons from the scene of the attack which, he said, was over 100 kilometres from the state capital, Gusau, for treatment.

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The Federal High Court in Kano has sentenced one Ado Danjuma, 53, to three years imprisonment for abducting a nine-year-old girl and sexually molesting her. The prosecution counsel, Aondona Orti, told the court that the convict had on February 2, 2011, lured the victim to a shop where he worked as a security man. “He inserted his finger into the private part of the nine-year old girl, touched her buttocks and later asked her to go,” said Orti. He said the police arrested the convict at his duty post after the girl went home and narrated what happened to her parents. When the charge was read to Danjuma, he pleaded guilty and asked for leniency as he had five children and a pregnant wife. The trial judge, Justice Shehu Yahaya, sentenced him to two years imprisonment without the option of a fine on first count of taking custody of the girl without the consent of her lawful guardians; and also sentenced him to one year imprisonment for having carnal knowledge of the girl contrary to the Trafficking in Persons Act 2003. The two sentences will run concurrently.

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The biggest cement factory in sub-Saharan Africa has been opened in Nigeria by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. Located in Kogi State, Obajana cement is expected to produce about 10 million tonnes of cement per annum. President Jonathan in his remark, called the plant a “quantum leap” for that nation’s construction sector. The president noted that the success of this factory was as a result of the government’s policy on public-private partnership. “To sustain the achievement, government is working with the private sector to launch a Cement Technology Institute, which Aliko Dangote will be the chairman” he said. The president also revealed that a backward integration policy will soon be implemented for the automobile and garment sectors as well as sugar and rice, “so that by 2016, we not only be producing for our consumption, but also export.”

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The Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Joel Obi, on Thursday June 14th, 2012 disclosed that the Federal Government has commenced the installation of four generators at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. Obi said the government is taking the initiative to resolve the problem of blackout at the airport and to prevent future embarrassment. On three occasions this year, the Abuja Airport has suffered a total blackout, with the last blackout occurring days after the unfortunate Dana plane crash. According to Obi, the installation would end the power challenge at the airport as the four generators acquired have a combined capacity of 6,000KVA.

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The pioneer Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Angus Ifeanyi Ozoka, who headed the investigative panel on the Sosoliso plane crash in Port Harcourt on Wednesday June 13 2012, said power failure at the airport was responsible for the accident that occurred six years ago. On December 10, 2005, a Sosoliso Airlines flight full of school children from Abuja to Port Harcourt crashed killing 107 people, including famous cleric, Bimbo Odukoya. Although the government is yet to make the crash report public, Mr Ozoka, who addressed journalists in Abuja on how to improve safety in the aviation industry against the backdrop of the recent Dana air crash said at the point of landing, the pilot of the doomed Sosoliso aircraft lost sight of the runway because there was no diesel to power the generator for the runway lights. A similar account on the possible cause of the Sosoliso plane crash was given by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who in their report said that the pilot was racing a thunderstorm’ nearing the airport. The inclement weather forced the pilot to make an instrument landing, meaning that visibility had been reduced to the point the pilot needed to rely on instruments to make his landing.

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How do you feel about the news that made headlines in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

19 Comments on Straight from the Headlines! What Everyone was Talking About This Week
  • Dr fomsky June 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    7 years later and the government has still not made the report from the Sosoliso crash public?? That’s just crazy!

  • UsaveOne June 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Funke- Ridiculous Nigeria!

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  • iamfascinating June 16, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Pretty soon, it shall only be good news we shall read, in Jesus name, amen.

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  • Bewi June 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

    3 years only for molesting a 3 yr old?

  • faith June 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

    atleast… one good news today…thank God o…

  • nita June 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Generators still??? Shame on Naija!!!

  • Nigeria News June 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    A lot has happened this year and things just keep getting worse.

  • Benease June 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    so thrill to hear about the kids being rescued.

  • Sammie June 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    This is ludicrous!! Just 3 years for molesting a 9 year old because he is married. Is that suppose to be justice?!!!

    • Ginika June 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Infact, my worry is that he has children and that he is probably molesting them too.

  • juliet- puffinsposh June 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

    So much bad newS these days…we need prayers.

  • marvel June 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    See Abuja Airport please… What a disgrace! A capital City for that matter. So it is only in 2012 that they have decided to buy generators for blackouts. I still prefer MMA anyday with its faulty conveyor belts and very, very fast escalator which guarantees a minimum of 5 passenger falls per flight. Any accident and injury specialist should not bother to advertise. Just plant an assistant there with a camcorder. It is a joke.

  • marvel June 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    My concern is, a school or hospital or orphanage can employ this guy. Shouldn’t the government have a database with photographs of paedophiles, kidnappers (convicted or otherwise) so that employers, parents, would be brides etc can check such a list in the case of an application. I think it will help a lot.

    • buds August 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      hahaha at database..u mean notebook!

  • Tosin June 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I think we should continue to not have electricity – at home, for industries, at airports…and maybe when most of us have been exploded, murdered and starved to death, the remaining can have a rethink of this our corruption thing.

  • isabel June 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

    D OLD STUPID 53YRS PIG, GET VERY BIG LUCK SAY D 9YRS OLD GURL NO BE MY PERSON, D TIN WEN I 4 DO AM ……………………. NA ME 4 GO D JAIL.

  • isabel June 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

    D TIN WEN PERSON NO GO DO U, MAKE U NO DO ANOTHER PERSON,Y SOSOLISO PLANECRASH NO COME PUBLIC HEARING?????????????? NIGERIAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • TruthTeller June 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Are we serious in this country at all? I can’t imagine what the loved ones of the fallen sosoliso plane would think at this moment,knowing fully well that the deaths of their loved ones were totally avoidable, just like the dana crash!who was in charge of power then?whose duty was it to ensure that every equipment/machine functioned properly?shouldn’t someone be probed for this?is it robots that handle the affairs of the nation or actual living, breathing beings?When we decide to get serious and start probing, persecuting, and penalizing those in office, then we’ll begin to see some positive action. Disasters happen in this country and we sit there like it wasn’t someone’s responsibility.why shouldn’t office holders be made answerable?I know disasters happen all over the world, no doubt but when there are remedies and better actions/measures that could have been taken to save more lives, questions have to be asked.it hurts!at least some lives’d have been saved. Where there’s no law, there’s no sin. That’s the case of nigeria, everyone gets away with everything!

    On the other hand,i’m glad that paedophile doesn’t have an option than to face his jail term. I also thank God for the ‘lost but found” kids. I pray for comfort for those who lost their loved ones in the attack in Zamfara.

    • buds August 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Nigeria is a FAILED country. ..you can deny it all you want but it is true….in ALL aspects, education, power, security, justice, healthcare, aviation, roads, etc, can someone please name ONE aspect of the country that is fully functional!….I am ashamed to be a Nigerian………People always believe ‘future leaders’ will make it right, but how can they when they see their fathers embezzling trillions of naira and storing it abroad to enjoy with their immediate families…….

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