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Friday, April 28, 2017


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he will not stop to accord Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, respect despite snubbing him at a social function on Tuesday.
The foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland said he was not perturbed by Akiolu’s action. He said he is committed to ensuring unity among traditional rulers in the land.
Oba Ogunwusi spoke to Punch correspondent through the Director Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace on Wednesday.

The monarch said...
 “Nobody should castigate anybody” for doing what he did because of the position he holds and because of his age… Ooni would not stop to accord his colleagues and every category of people the respect they deserve.” 
“The Ooni of Ife is not ready to make any official statement over what happened between him and the Oba of Lagos. He still holds Oba Akiolu in high esteem and what happened yesterday will not stop the Ooni from holding him in high esteem.”


The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, has defended his controversial reaction to the affectionate greeting of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public event, as seen in a viral video last week.
In the 25-second recording, the Ooni of Ife is seen arriving at the venue of the event, which has the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu II and the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe in attendance.
The Ooni walks over to embrace the monarchs, but as soon as he approaches the Oba of Lagos, Oba Akiolu looks away, only acknowledging the Ooni with the wave of a hand.
The visibly embarrassed monarch then quietly returns to his seat.


A Florida teen with a history of gun violence shot his 13-year-old sister in the back of the head moments after she hugged him on his 17th birthday, police say.

Martaevious Santiago pointed a loaded semi-automatic handgun at his sister Tedra King as she turned away after a hug in the kitchen of the family's Florida City home, Miami-Dade police said. Then he pulled the trigger. 

Santiago told cops that the shooting was an accident. Authorities charged him with manslaughter, The Miami Herald reported. 

Martaevious said he got the gun, a semi-automatic handgun, from a 14-year-old friend whom police did not name, but who was also arrested for an unrelated outstanding warrant.

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 'He didn't mean to kill his sister,' family friend Shamara Perpall told the station.

The accused shooter's life had already been marred by gun violence even before the Tuesday night tragedy.  He told the radio station WLRN, in a series on young gun violence survivors,  that he himself had been to jail 18 times, mostly for robberies.

In December, Santiago was shot in the leg in his driveway, the station reported. His friend was shot in the head and nearly died.

Eleven months earlier, Santiago's younger brother Martwan was shot four times, according to the report. One bullet went through his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down.

Police charged him with aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. The charge does not assume intent, police said.


Popular On-Air Personality with Nigerian Beat FM revealed how he tried to commit suicide three times.

He stated this in an open letter he wrote to his future girlfriend and publish on social media.

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday, fulfilled the bail conditions granted by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The bail condition was perfected through the presence of the Chairman, South East Senate caucus and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu. The Jewish Rabbi was flown in from Port Harcourt.

L_R: Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom 

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday admitted Nnamdi Kanu, to bail on health grounds. Justice Binta Nyako, however, gave 12 conditions which he must fulfill to be released on bail, and to continue to enjoy the temporary freedom.

Among the conditions was to provide three sureties, one of which must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator, a highly respected Jewish leader (since Kanu said his religion is Judaism); and a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja. 


By Musa Toyyib Olaniyi

What better way to start this piece on a quintessential monarch, the Emir of Kano, HRM Mohammad Sanusi II, than to quote the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in an eulogy to the Emir sequel to the address brilliantly delivered by the monarch  at the Second Kaduna Investment Summit which held between 5th and 6th April, 2017.

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai penned a lengthy article on the Emir and concluded thus: "Love him or loathe him, men like Muhammad Sanusi ll are rare diamonds in our pool of stones" How apt a description!

To say that Emir Sanusi is one of the finest public intellectuals in Nigeria is like calling people to behold the glory of the sun. Such gesture appears a needless effort  because whoever is not blind cannot fail to see the beauty and majesty of the celestial body. 

Emir Sanusi seems to have abiding relationship with controversy. And in most cases, opinions are usually divided about him and the controversy he managed to stir. You are either for him or against him.

The penchant for courting controversies is merely an aspect of him. By his nature and disposition, his is a personality that will easily attract envy if not animosity. He is astonishingly brilliant, charismatic, flamboyant and gifted with striking  oratory prowess which includes fluidity both in writing and speaking. Ordinarily, these are qualities that will make him a shinning star anywhere he finds himself. His royal heritage gilded this qualities in a golden package.

Despite this admirable characterisation, why will some people love to loathe him with passion? That is quite simple. Emir Sanusi is an indepent-minded man who also exhibits candour without being apologetic. He belongs to a rarefied niche among the elites who are wielders of power and influence yet, he is audacious enough to point out their failings. Such a man will always be a target of destructive instincts of members of his class.

History as a way of repeating itself. No wonder people usually amuse themselves with the saying that the more things change, the more they remain the same. In terms of certain qualities, Emir Sanusi II seems to be a reincarnation of his grandfather, Emir Sanusi l. The late Emir was also an independent-minded man who could stand alone without batting an eyelid about the its consequences. These qualities was to lead to his travails with the authority then, and that also eventually led to his deposition. The circumstances are different but the context appears similar. Though, the line between circumstances and context here might appear blurred.

On the 1st of January, 1954, Muhammad Sanusi l was installed as the Emir of Kano, replacing his father Ado Bayero, who had died in December of the previous year. Before his ascension, Prince Sanusi has been a close friend to the Sardauna Ahmadu later Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto.

As a matter of fact, when Sardauna of Sokoto was being persecuted by his cousin, the Sultan of Sokoto for reasons not unrelated to the throne of their forbears because, the Sardauna contested the throne with him and still nursed the ambition of mounting the throne in future, Prince Sanusi was among those who stood as a pillar of support for the Sardauna. The support enabled him to triumph over the challenges.

To be explicit, the Sardauna was accused of embezzling jangali tax in 1943, tried by the sultanate court and sentenced to one year imprisonment. This verdict was upturned by the Court of Appeal in Zaria and the colonial administrators realising the subtle dimensions of the feud, tried to mend fences between the brothers.

At this time, the Sardauna was in Native Administration of the North serving as a modernizing agent but because traditionally, people tend to resist change, the Sultan and the northern traditional institution were not comfortable with the changes being pushed by the Native Administration.

By the time the Sardauna has established a mammoth political influence and authority in the North as the Premier of the region,  Prince Sanusi has become the Emir of Kano, basically on merit as he was the eldest of the Emir's sons then and also the strongest among the contenders to the throne.

In a twist of fate, by March, 1963, Emir Sanusi l had resigned following enquiry into the finances of the Kano Native Authority that was launched in September, 1962.

The deposition of the Emir split the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), the ruling party in the Northern region and at the Centre then,  and almost had a seismic consequences, at least in political terms, in the North. The commission of enquiry found the Emir guilty of misappropriation of public funds among other infractions.

It should be noted that there were several perspectives on this event. But generally, it was believed that the enquiry was a mere smokescreen to deal with the Emir who was manifesting undue insubordination to the Ministers and the regional government. People believed that whatever happened in Kano Native Authority, similar or worse cases abound in other emirates. Besides, it was also argued that the commission of enquiry went outside its terms of reference just to nail the Emir.

Muhammad Sanusi l like Muhammad Sanusi ll was flamboyant and active and was also brimming with initiatives, enthusiasm and erudition. The late Emir found it difficult to subordinate his authority under the political powers of the time. Thus, it was a clash of traditional authority and political powers.

What is clear in all this is that history appears to be repeating itself. But this time around, the circumstances have changed. So, when I read that the Kano State Government had issued a query to the Kano Emirate Council on 'inappropriate expenditures', I mused  that history was sneaking back through the back door.

The big question that must be posed is : what will the North gain from cutting her nose to spite her face? Closely related to this is the poser about when it becomes the fad for government to be sniffing around the  palaces of traditional rulers. Emir Sanusi II is clearly one of the finest  not only in the North but in all of Nigeria. Whatever might be his inadequacies, gagging or humiliating him cannot change the grim situation in Northern Nigeria.

Even if the northern elites are averse to figures and statistics, at least, they can see the pathetic reality of their region and people. Religious riots, insurgency, grave infant and maternal mortality statistics, gross underdevelopment and extreme poverty should not be a badge of honour to a people that pride themselves as the inheritor of a great civilization.

The idea that Emirs and traditional rulers generally should,on ascending the throne, become deaf and dumb, belongs in the ancient past and conservatism can never be a glorious apparel in a fast-changing world. In any case, such docile and lame traditional institution can only complicate the woes of the North at this present time.

The essence of having a cosmopolitan elite like Mallam Sanusi as an Emir is not for him to rot away in the palace reading newspapers but to take active part in societal development. The subsisting narrative of poverty, retrogression and general under-development in the North can only be altered with prominent people like the Emir speaking out and working actively against repressive and archaic culture in the North which have kept them in the dark when the whole world is basking in the euphoria of light.

In conclusion, it is erroneous for us as a people to assume that those who will advocate for progress and development in the society should become angels. They will not be angels because we are all humans who carry around the burden of our human frailty and mortality. What is required of us is to be able to hold ourselves to higher standard of civility, culture and enlightenment.

While it is imperative that we all embody the change we envision for the society, the message should not be discarded because we detest the messenger. Deposing the Emir of Kano will not solve the gargantuan challenges facing the North, neither will it illuminate the pervasive darkness in the region. Rather than hunt him for predation, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II should be celebrated for showing  the light for the  North to find her way. The monarch is indeed a diamond.


Musa Toyyib Olaniyi is a Psychologist, Lecturer, Public Analyst and Writer based in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


The Headlines : Friday, 28/04/2017


2017 budget ready for President's assent next week 'Lawan

Jonathan's pathetic apologetics

Tension as Delta politician dies in police custody

Accord Party wins Delta by-election

Oke-Ogun people in Oyo stake claim for gov seat

MAN okays govt's economic recovery plan

NEITI begins oil sector audit for 2015, 2016

We've enough dollars for end users, says CBN

Naira closes at 390/dollar as CBN sells $100m

NCC gives operators 14 days to quit wireless frequency

Police detain parent for using son to get N8,000

Court jails 15, remands others over Mushin gang war

Torture: Army investigates video, says soldiers may be fake

Two construction workers die as Lekki structure collapses

Motorcycle rider killed while fleeing from ticketing officials

Enyeama, Mikel out

Judo crisis: Stakeholders meet to stop NJF boss


Magu: Reps fume over Osinbajo's interpretation of Section 171

NASS yet to notify INEC of Adeleke's death

U.S.-based businessman to set up $2bn dollar modular refinery in Edo

Defunct CPC members in Edo Apc allege marginalization

Kanu: Nidigbo showers Fayose with heroic welcome in Ekiti

Stampede as Ekiti youths get N2,000 for collecting PVC

21, 651 PVCs still unclaimed in A-Ibom 'INEC

Must we really continue to live together as one country 'Atiku

Afe Babalola wants number of children pegged at two

Ooni of Ife vs Oba of Lagos: I not perturbed by Akiolu's action 'Ooni

Dutch couple visit Ekiti with boys adopted 12 years ago

Dog that foiled Boko Haram suicide bombing gets posthumous award

4 policemen arrested over death of Okpe chief

Court adjourns till June 19 for judgment in Tompolo's suit

Man U Vs Man City: Mourinho angry at Aguero over Fellaini red card

The Nation

Presidency: why Buhari is not seen in public

Senate, House disagree over budget passage deadline

Witnesses' absence stalls Saraki's false asset declaration trial

Police threaten senator over murder document

Police: We may arrest Goje

I do not have $1.2bn in any account 'Lai Mohammed

Bankers' Committee gets tough with cyber criminals

Woman,37, sets world record with 38 kids

Lawyer: we're working to perfect Kanu's bail

I didn't snub Ooni, says Akiolu

Getting Taraba Farmers Ready for New Season

Saudi-German hospital collaborates with Nigerian hospitals, doctors

Omisore hosts North America medical team

NUGA: UNIPORT dominate athletics

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The Headlines : Thursday, 27/04/2017
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Why we hired foreign PR firm 'Adeosun

PIB: Nigeria loses $235bn investments amid $9bn debt

With FG intervention, renewable energy can contribute 10,000MW

We'll go after multinationals involved in illicit financial flows 'EFCC

Exposing Nigerian looters' assets in the UK

Magician mistakenly kills himself in front of spectators

FRSC official says wife plans to kill him

PUNCH searches for soldiers who forced man to swim in mud

Lagos parents use son as collateral for N8,000

NFF secures N2.5bn bailout for coaches


Buhari re-submits rejected 82-year-old ambassadorial nominee's name to Senate

Buhari to Jonathan: Fear belongs only to those who have abused trust while in office

Nigeria can fund 2017 budget with recovered loot 'Reps, NLC

Jonathan, from beginning, was too small for the Presidency 'Obasanjo

Forgery suit: Bizman knows fate May 22

Illicit Arms: Ekweremadu hails FG on whistle-blower policy

Lagos at 50 controversies

Katsina communities reject polio immunisation over 'lack of amenities

Ife crisis: Arraignment of Yoruba suspects delayed again

Auchi monarch donates 5,000 hectares of land to FG for farming

N10m FRAUD: EFCC docks Church Elder for duping Pastor

Dangote's new Pasta products hit market

Protesters shut down NASS over El-Zakzaky's continued detention

Wife-killer begs Gov Ambode for pardon

One dies, 70 vehicles destroyed as hoodlums clash in Lagos

Tension in Abraka: 100 take refuge in police station, as herdsmen behead welder

Ambode to grace Int'l club badminton championship

The Nation

Why Buhari didn't attend FEC, by Mohammed

APC governors: no law compels Buhari to chair FEC

FEC okays N9.16b for speed boats, patrol vehicles, EFCC building

SGF Lawal to face Senate panel today

Jega, Senator tackle Jonathan over claims in book

Obasanjo: I warned Jonathan over Diezani, second term bid

Cause of Adeleke's death yet unknown, says family

Ex-Minister Borishade dies at 71

Meningitis kills another Corps member in Sokoto

18 undergraduates get Rotary scholarship

Kogi varsity students sack union leader

Students decry burglary at off-campus hostels

16 skulls or 16 painted coconuts

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has denied Media reports that he has rejected his bail condition. 

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday granted Kanu bail with twelve conditions attached to it.

Part of the conditions was for Kanu to provide three sureties with N100 million each. The sureties must include a serving senator, a jewish religious leader and a highly respected person that must own a land property anywhere in Abuja.

Justice Binta Nyako also ordered that Kanu must not grant any press interview or organize any rally pending the outcome of his trial.

There have been some media reports that Kanu has rejected his bail conditions because even though the request for bail was along with three other defendants, only Kanu’s bail was approved, with the listed conditions.

His parents who spoke to reporters after the ruling, complained about the condition and demanded that he be released uncodntionally.

Speaking through his legal counsel, Ejiofor Ifeanyi today, Kanu denied the claims that he rejected his bail conditions. He said he would meet his bail condition within 48 hours.


The medical assistant who allegedly administered overdose drugs to late senator Adeleke has been arrested. 

Named Alfred Aderibigbe, he is a medical assistant with a community health center in Ede, Osun State.

Alfred was arrested by the Police for allegedly causing the death of Mr. Isiaka Adeleke, a senator and former governor of the state, on  Sunday. 

Alfred was also accused of practicing medicine illegally and injecting Senator Adeleke with an overdose of the medication that caused his death. 

He was arrested on Tuesday and is currently detained at the State Investigation Bureau of the Nigeria Police in Oshogbo, where he is being investigated.


The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, recently, humiliated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at a public function.
In the 25 seconds video which has gone viral, the Ooni of Ife is seen arriving the venue of the event which had the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu II, sitting beside an unidentified oba.
The Ooni walked over to greet the obas, but as soon as he offered the Oba of Lagos his hands, Oba Akiolu looked away and dismissed him with a wave of the hand.

The embarrassed monarch quietly returned to his seat.
The incident, however, sparked outrage on the social media as many commentators condemned Oba Akiolu, describing his action as petty and unbecoming of a Yoruba monarch and Omoluabi.
Watch the video below.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


The Headlines : Wednesday, 26/04/2017
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Presidency recalls expelled PUNCH reporter

We'll align economic policies to stimulate growth 'Osinbajo

Nigeria'll be out of recession by third quarter 'Emefiele

70 million youths risk unemployment this year 'ILO

Dangote rolls out Nigeria-assembled trucks, targets 10,000 vehicles

Hajj operators seek forex window for funds transfer

LASG to spend N1.25bn on workers training

Police released member who bought gun for gang 'Suspect

Lagos teacher killed by husband was three-mth pregnant

I make N50,000 daily from breaking pipelines 'welder

Teenager, others sentenced to death for robbing motorcyclist

Police arrest four suspected kidnappers in Osun

Brazilians arrested for importing N310m canned cocaine


Grass-cutting contract: Osinbajo's panel grills SGF, Babachir Lawal

Senate holds valedictory session today in honour of late Senator Adeleke

2015 polls: Jega disappointed me, says Jonathan

Court grants 'iron bail' to IPOB leader, Kanu

Fayose blasts Presidency for expelling journalist from Aso Rock

Buhari has not, would never approve oppression, humiliation of any journalist ' Shehu

Tension in Enugu community over alleged herdsmen shootings

Ife crisis: Monarch, 4 others for arraignment today

Mushin, Ijegun crises: Schools, Idi-Oro Market shut, 59 arrested

10 nabbed over Isawo killings, vandalism

Russia defends restrictions on Confederations Cup reporters

The Nation

Buhari's govt harassing my family, says Jonathan

Jonathan: I lost re-election to U.S., UK, France, local forces

Alleged treason: Kanu's parents reject bail terms

Ex-Aviation minister Fani-Kayode got N26m from ONSA, says witness

Alleged N3.6b fraud: Court remands ex-Governor Aliyu, governorship candidate in prison

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