DSS Attempt To Arrest Apostle Suleman In Ekiti, Fayose Rescues Him To Govt. House (Photo+Video)

Unconfirmed reports have it that last night, a team of DSS operatives stormed a hotel in Ekiti in an attempt to arrest the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

It took the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose and his security team to rescue the self styled apostle and bring him to the Ekiti State Government House.

It is believed that Apostle Suleman’s attempted arrest may not be unconnected with his recent “inflammatory” statement, asking Christians to pick up arms and kill Fulanis.






FG not responsible for the arrest of Premium Times reporters

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed yesterday, stated that the Federal Government has nothing to do with the arrest of Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of online newspaper, Premium Times, and a reporter working for the paper, Ms. Evelyn Okakwu.

In a communiqué, the minister promised that Federal Government will not do anything to surpress press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is important to the success of any democracy.

He said the whole issue of the journalists’ arrest is purely a private affair involving a citizen and a privately-owned newspaper, and wondered how that could now be construed as an attempt by the government to intimidate the press.

He said, ”We have said it before and we want to re-state it: The Federal Government has no immediate or long-term plan to stifle press freedom.

“Even the social media, with its warts and all, will neither be regulated nor have its operations tampered with.”

Just in: Fayose stops DSS attempt to arrest, Apostle Suleiman in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, early this morning, Wednesday, stopped an alleged attempt by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting General overseer of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman  who is in Ado Ekiti for a crusade.

The DSS officials were reported to have surrounded the preacher’s hotel, waiting for him to arrive there from the day’s programme, which was attended by Fayose.

Sulaiman was alleged to have preached against alleged plots to Islamise Nigeria and had told members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to fight back should they be attack by herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation.

He allegedly told his followers to fight if they remain unprotected from the marauders and kill them should they enter their church.

The Pastor had been in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade and was allegedly trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House.

The state agents were said to have attempted to forcefully take the preacher from his hotel room in the Adebayo area of the state capital, but were resisted by the security men at the hotel, who insisted on knowing their mission.

The Pastor was alerted and he called on Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the DSS operatives from taking the preacher away.

Fayose took the Pastor with him from the hotel for safety and was said to have engaged the security operatives in a verbal altercation on the propriety of their mission.

Narrating his ordeal after being rescued at 2:00 am on Wednesday, Apostle Sulaiman said: “I came to Ado Ekiti for a crusade. But I had a premonition that I was being trailed after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen. These Fulani headmen have turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves.

“I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I was and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come near me. So when the men of DSS came in the middle of the night, I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will set this country on fire.”

Governor Fayose, who expressed surprise and dismay over the development, said he expected the security operatives to have invited him “if they have any issue with him instead of arresting him in the dead of the night after a powerful and spirit-filled crusade in my state.

The Governor said: “I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is armless and could be invited if they have any issue against him before arresting him. Are Christians and Muslims under different dispensation of the rule of law? That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled.

“But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, Federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression.”

Governor Fayose noted that it was unbecoming of the Federal Government to be harassing the clergymen in the country noting that the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was harassed and forced to resign shortly after he visited him in Ado Ekiti.

He said, “This is unacceptable, we are in a democracy and Nigerians should warn the Presidency against putting this country on fire because religion is an emotional thing.”

The governor also warned security operatives against intimidation and arrest of men of God in the interest of peace and religious harmony in the country. The constitution guarantees freedom of worship.”

Reps, Information Minister in dispute over N100m generators

Ministry of Information and Culture and House of Representatives are in quarrel over N100 million allocated for the purchasing of two 250 KVA generating sets in the 2016 budget.

The House Committee on Information and National Orientation, led by Hon Segun Odebunmi, during an supervision visit to the Ministry of Information and Culture on the 2016 budget, questioning the ministry for using the allocation to buy lower capacity generators rather than the precise items proposed in the budget.

But Information Minister, Mohammed, told the lawmakers that the price initially set for the procurement of the generators, verified by Tenders Board, was above the budgeted cost due to fluctuating exchange rates.

According to him the development prompted the ministry to procure two sets of 100 KVA generators and 13 smaller sets for the Federal Information Centres nationwide. The generators would provide back-up electricity supply to the Federal Secretariat and the National Press Centre under construction.

The minister said that an application for a No Objection was granted by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) when a request for 100 KVA generators be purchased.

One of the lawmakers, Hon Saheed Fijabi, contended that the minister’s action contravened the Appropriation Act, adding the ministry did not have the right to move from a sub-head to another without approval.

He said the ministry should have approached the National Assembly for virement since it was 250 KVA units that were approved in the 2016 budget. But Mohammed and the ministry’s permanent secretary Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba insisted that the spending complied with the procurement act as fell within the approved threshold in the budget.

“We had to go back to BPP for permission for selective tender for the other ones because of the variation in the price for the 250 KVA units because of the high exchange rates. Aside we spent within limit buying more sets to power the federal information centres,” Mohammed said.

The minister also said that the three 18- seater staff buses that were advertised for tenders at N52million were equally affected by the high exchange rates.

The controversial generators, staff buses, federal government printing press and establishment of cultural industrial centres in six states were the four capital projects approved for the ministry in 2016.

The printing press is to cost N513million while N210 million is earmarked for the industrial centre.

But the session became rowdy when Fijabi interrupted Hon Boma Goodhead for asking Mohammed about government handling of the Boko Haram insurgency and the Chibok girls, saying that they were on a budget defence visit.

The minister appealed to lawmakers to take interest in the North-east crises, saying that while Boko Haram is defeated , the problem of suicide bombing will not abate.

Dangote cement doles out N2.4bn bonus to distributors

The management of Dangote Cement Plc, at the weekend doled out N2.4 billion to its distributors across the country, as their sales bonus for 2017.

The management also promised that N5billion has been reserve to assist the distributors in increasing their sales in their different locality for the year 2017.

The excited distributors from all states of the federation including Abuja, received various sums ranging from N182.9 million to N30 million as the Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote, who handed them the cheques, promised that the company would do everything possible to ensure that the brand retains its leadership position in the industry.

The distributors’ award ceremony was in recognition of the cement distributors’ long standing commitment, devotion, loyalty and valuable contribution to the distribution and sale of Dangote Cement in 2017.

Welcoming the distributors and other customers of the company to the award ceremony, Honorary Adviser to Aliko Dangote, Engineer Joe Makoju said the company would forever be thankful to the distributors and all its customers for their loyalty and for making the public see the uniqueness of the Dangote cement brand.

Makoju also said the distributors must have seen that they have not made a mistake for deciding to do business with the company. He promised that the cement company would continue to show appreciation to them and urged them to strive to sell more Dangote cement this year, with a promise that they would also be rewarded more saying; one good turn deserves another.

While also lauding the efforts of the customers and distributors for ensuring that Dangote Cement remains the most sought-for cement in the country, Aliko Dangote revealed that Dangote Cement is the undisputed leader in the Nigerian cement market because of the loyalty of distributors and customers despite the increasingly intense competition in the industry.

He said: “Our success story would not have been possible without you, our distributors, who work tirelessly to ensure that the product gets to our customers in every nooks and crannies of the country. We can never thank you enough! You have been an integral and vital part of our business over the years.”

He further said: “We are here to explore ways of further cementing our existing cordial relationship in order to create more value for all stakeholders. In fact, our ultimate desire is to create a win-win situation for our stakeholders at all levels down the value chain. This is in line with the triple bottom line principle: people, planet and profits, which we have embraced here at the Dangote Group.”

According to him, any organisation that aspires to be ahead of the competition these days, must explore ways of not only knowing the expectations of its customers, but also how to exceed them.

Dangote further revealed that the company has further set aside the sum of N5 billion to support the cement marketing activities and making sales easier for its distributors.

He said, “We will continue to create the right environment for our distributors to sell more in 2017. We will double our effort to serve our customers better with massive trade support for the distributors and other innovations that will ensure we maintain our leadership position in the industry.”

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Oare Ojeikere, Chief Marketing officer of the company also thanked the customers and promise that this year 2017 will surely be a better year for both the company and all its stakeholders.

2019: Obasanjo drums support for S’ East, Ogun West

Ogun born elder statesman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday threw his weight behind the Southeast region to produce the next president of the country.

Obasanjo stated that the problem of justice, relegation has been a main source of conflicts between ethnic and regional divisions in the country.

While speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State when the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ogun State visited him, Obasanjo said it was part of what he resolved to do as just and fair country that made him to work for the emergence of a South-south president in 2009.

He said: “But irrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-east should have a go at the presidency too.”

He therefore, said in the interest of justice and fairness, Ogun west senatorial district in Ogun state should be given the slot to produce the next governor of the state.

According to him, the same is happening here. If Ijebu and Egba have produced the governor, it is only fair and just to allow the Yewa or Ogun West to also produce governor. Or else, one day, they will also stand up and take up arms against this injustice against them. That is my personally position on this.

Speaking on Southern Kaduna crisis, Obasanjo said Nigerians should not comment on what they do not really have detail reports of, saying “as this is largely responsible for the escalation of the situation.

He said: “My findings so far show that everyone is talking from the position of strength. People are not talking from knowledge of what they know and this is not helping. We must be able to dump all our sentiments to overcome the challenges.

“Just like other cases of injustice around us, we need peace; it is only peace with justice that can solve all these crises. Genuine peace is what everyone is craving for and this can only come when there is justice,” Obasanjo said.

However, the state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akinsanya, described Obasanjo as a special gift to Nigeria and the entire world, considering his exploits and fatherly role so far.

While commending Obasanjo for facilitating the building of Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, he disclosed that his administration was also working on a similar project in the state.

He, however, appealed for the support of Obasanjo in actualising the project in the state, and congratulated him on his forthcoming 80th birthday celebration.

Adequate railways will solve our transportation problem – Ashafa

Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos East) has called for more focus on the rail sector as the quickest and most sustainable solution to the transportation deficit in Nigeria.

Ashafa who disclosed this in a statement signed by him said that the recent plan to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport for six weeks has shown the great lapse in the nation’s transport sector.

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, the Senator said that, the committee underwent a week long consultation to seek alternative routes while the Abuja Airport was shut.

He said that the deficit which was discovered by the committee further goes to buttress the importance of rail transport as the safest means of transportation.

“We need to quickly and speedily reinvigorate our Rail Transportation Sector, in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Railway Bill, 2016.

“Basically, the passed bill is a departure from the old order, which shut private investors out of the railway business.

“The new bill, among other things, seeks to open up the railway business to private investors, and to distinguish the regulator – which is the government – from the operator.

“I remain a strong believer in the primacy of the railway. It is my belief as well that the Railways remain a critical infrastructure that will extenuate Nigeria’s motley transportation problems.

“Hence, I am dedicated to leading the charge for the “revolutionalisation” of the system,” he said.

Recall that in 2016, Sen. Ashafa in an essay entitled ‘Time has come to open up our railway to private participation’, he emphasised the need to open up the sector.

The senator however further re-emphasised the importance of investment in rail as the billions spend on road transport was not yielding much desired results.

“Government after government has invested even more in road expansion projects.

“The result as can be observed in the case of Lagos and Abuja has been a gradual occupation of the expanded roads with more cars.

“This is attributable to rural-urban migration as well as population explosion across the nation,”.

“Mass transit remains a very pivotal aspect of the development of any city.

“It plays a critical role in enhancing productivity of the state by ensuring the movement of the largest number of people from point A to Point B within the shortest possible time.

“It also reflects the quality of life and the value placed on the unit citizen by any responsible government.

“You will agree with me that the most effective means of transporting large quantities of humans, goods and services within any country is via rail.

“This is why whenever the topic of mass transit is discussed; rail transportation must be given its pride of place.” he said.

Sen. Further added that the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport had beamed a moved focus to rail transportation.

He said that the goal was not to have functional railways but to have trains that are as fast and effective as those we see outside Nigeria so that closure of an airport would not be so impactful.

“The imminent total closure of the second busiest airport in Nigeria has caused unrest for many Nigerians and foreigners going by their outcry. Imagine if we had an effective rail system whereby cities, states and communities are linked.

“A sturdy railway system or a faster train traversing the Abuja to Kaduna corridor, the consequences of the total closure of the Abuja Airport would be minimal and frequent travelers might not feel much pain or discomfort.

“The time for linking every Nigerian artery by rail is now.

MAPOLY attacks Naij.com writer over destructive report

The authorities of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, has attacked Naij.com opinion writer identified as Soonest Nathaniel over a write up titled “6 Notorious Tertiary Institutions in Africa, your Nigerian child must never attend”.

In a communiqué by the institution Public Relations officer, Sulaimon Adebiyi, stated that the writer, Soonest believed to be a Pseudo name described the school as one with a reputation for unintelligence; qualifying our students as being unserious.

Mr Adebiyi said “The attention of the authorities of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, has been drawn to an on-line opinion of a writer by the name Soonest Nathaniel, titled “6 Notorious Tertiary Institutions in Africa, your Nigerian child must never attend” Soonest (believed to be a Pseudoname) described our Institution as one with a reputation for unintelligence; qualifying our students as being unserious.

“He claimed further that a “survey” revealed that “many of our female students get to leave school, and head back to trade their bodies in the neighbouring Lagos State”.

“Cultism, he said is on the rise at the institution, adding that “many fear that the development is getting out of hand”.

“While not trying to join issues with a nameless and faceless “opinionist”, this publication becomes imperative so as to set the records straight and disabuse the minds of few readers who may have considered the write-up.

“To describe students of a Tertiary Institution as “unintelligent” is tantamount to blasphemy. It is indeed laughable that “Mr. Soonest” could not provide the yardstick with which he concluded that our students are “Unintelligent”.

“In the same vein to describe the students as “Unserious” is equally shocking because even at National Diploma level, the students have shown brilliance and attained academic excellence on many fronts (ICAN and APCON are a few examples).

“Many patentable products, such as Solar Power Street Lamps, Fueless Generator, a Kerosene- Petrol Generator, Electronic Ballot Box to list but a few, produced by the students are testimonies to how well our students are engaged.

“Also of importance is the spurious manner in which “Soonest” described the female students. Such utterances are not only baseless but unbecoming of any responsible individual.

“Surprisingly, the write-up touched on cultism as getting out of hand, a claim which is now completely alien to the Institution. Academic activities on the campus have not been suspended or truncated in any way in several academic sessions attesting to the peaceful environment on our campus.

“The fact that the Polytechnic is in the process of transiting into a university lays credence to the standard of the Institution.

“The management of the Institution therefore wishes to advise “Mr. Soonest Nathaniel” and his likes to desist from attempting to damage the reputation of the Institution or be ready to face legal consequence”.

Reps to probe Jonathan’s N9b stove project

The House of Representatives has given its committees on Anti-Corruption, Environment and Habitat six weeks to investigate former President Gooodluck Jonathan’s N0.3 billion “Clean Stove For Rural Women scheme”.

The resolution followed a motion by Rep. Abiodun Faleke (APC-Lagos), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote to probe the contract of about N9.287 billion.

Faleke noted that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved a contract for the supply of 20 million units of clean stove and wonder bags under the clean stove scheme for rural women.

He added that the contract was at a unit cost of N464.00, amounting to about N9.287 billion.

The lawmaker said that following the approval of FEC, the Federal Ministry of Finance released the sum of N5 billion to the Federal Ministry of Environment for the execution of the project.

He further disclosed that Integra Energy Renewable Services Limited was awarded the contract for the supply of the 20 million units.

Faleke also said that the company was paid the sum of N1.3 billion out of the N5 billion released by the Ministry of Environment as mobilisation fee without due process.

The lawmaker expressed concern that less than 750,000 units were said to have been assembled and delivered at the velodrome of the National Stadium, Abuja, which was commissioned by former Vice President, Namadi Sambo.

He noted that there was no beneficiary present at the commissioning nor was anyone later given the stove to achieve its intended purpose.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mandate of the committee saddled with the investigation will be to find out details of the contract, number of units supplied, their mode of distribution and names of beneficiaries on a State by State basis.

The committees would also determine the status of the balance of N952 million with the contractor, since 750,000 units of the clean stoves were supplied at a unit cost of N464 at the value of N348 million out of the N1.3 billion paid out.

The status of the balance of N3.7 billion which was outstanding from the initial payment to the Federal Ministry of Environment will also be confirmed by the committee.

The committees would also determine whether or not the clean stoves and wonder bags project had assisted in eradicating desertification in Nigeria for future consideration.

APC Kicks Out Former FCT Minister Of State

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has expelled one of its members and former minister of state for the FCT, Senator John Akpanudoedehe for alleged anti-party offences.

But Udoedehe, as he is popularly called, has  promised to respond appropriately to the expulsion in due time, saying he was putting his arsenal together.

The letter of expulsion, signed by the state chairman of the party, Dr. Amadu Atai and 60 other party executives as well as elders yesterday, said the action was sequel to an earlier suspension and dismissal from the party effected on the former governorship candidate by his ward and Uyo chapter of the party.

Spokesman for the senator, Mr. Ata Etuk, said they are preparing appropriate response to the expulsion as many of the signatories to the letter were fake.

“When our response is ready, tomorrow, I will let you know and I will let you have it,” he said.