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[Photos] Nigerian Graduate Who Made Fortune Selling Crayfish In Abuja Had Lavish Wedding

A crayfish seller has warmed the hearts of many in Nigeria with photos from his pre-wedding shoot and his wedding.

Emeka who sells crayfish at the Gwagalada market in Abuja, said he graduated from the University of Abuja in 2013. Growing up, his mother was a crayfish seller and he joined the business when he was in the University. He began to help his mum to supply crayfish to people and they were making good returns which motivated him to go into the business full time after university.

According to him, business has been very profitable as he has been able to erect a house of his own in Abuja from the proceeds he makes from the sale of crayfish.

On how he met his wife who finished her Youth Service in December last year, Emeka said

‘She came to my shop to buy cryafish and we got talking. We became friends and it went further”.

The couple had their wedding on May 25th.

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Kwankwaso: Eagle Square Belongs To All Nigerians – Saraki |RN

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                                  Senate President Bukola Saraki

…as ex-gov declares presidential bid in hotel

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The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has denounced the last-minute cancellation of the approval earlier granted to Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, to use the Eagle Square for his 2019 presidential declaration.

The denunciation is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Saraki was quoted as saying “The refusal to allow Senator Kwankwaso to utilise the Eagle Square for his presidential declaration, despite an earlier approval, sends a wrong message about our democracy, particularly the tolerance level in our politics.

“That square belongs to all Nigerians because it was built with public funds. We hope this is not what we will be seeing as we approach the 2019 General Elections.”

Recall that the Federal Capital Territory Administration denied him the use of the Eagle Square and the International Conference Centre, which he had initially booked for the occasion.

The FCTA had claimed that it took the action because Wednesday was a workday and that the event would impede the movements of workers.

The Senate President insisted that the “Eagle Square belongs to all Nigerians,” noting that the cancellation sent a wrong message about the tolerance level in our politics.

Meanwhile, Kwankwaso has declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Kwankwaso, who used a private hotel for the declaration in Abuja on Wednesday, promised to provide what he called “value-added leadership” if elected.

Dressed in the white kaftan with a red cap, Kwankwaso exuded confidence as he spoke amidst shouts of “kwankwasiya” by his supporters, who came from across the country for the event.

He said, “As I formally declare my intention to vie for the office of the President on the platform of the PDP, I promise you a value-based leadership.

“We shall provide national security and as a former Minister of Defence, I know what I am talking about here.”

Kwankwaso listed national unity and cohesion, restructuring and qualitative education as some of the key areas he would focus on if he was elected President.

The former governor, who was a minister of defence, stressed that his administration would focus on the economy, human capital development, global competitiveness as well as research and innovation.

He said, “The primary responsibility of the government is the security of life. My understanding of national security transcends the stereotype limiting it to the armed forces and other security agencies.

“As former Minister of Defence, I understand security from that point; it covers more and includes the entire scope of food, health care delivery, education, economic prosperity, and enjoyment of human rights on the physical defence and security side.

“There is the need for well-timed, motivated, well-equipped and intelligence-propelled security architecture. That requires decisive options of strengthening and equipping the military while restructuring the police to make it more effective.”

He said his administration would also pursue other institutional reforms in the polity.

Kwankwaso maintained that the priority of his leadership would be the enhancement of a united Nigeria driven by productivity.

He added, “A key propellant of our journey must be a committed desire to ensure that the labours of our heroes shall truly not be in vain.

“We will strive to create an atmosphere where every Nigerian has an equal opportunity to contribute.

“Our restructuring will be to ensure an inclusive political, social and economic space for all. All of this will ensure that first, we are Nigerians.”

Kwankwaso pointed out that he would lead a Nigeria where people are educated and exposed beyond the confines of their tribe, religion, linguistic group or place of birth.

“l want to lead a Nigeria where citizens respect their leaders and leaders to lead and forge a team to promote and protect the interest of all Nigerians.

“I want to lead a Nigeria where all are comfortable anywhere and on any positive issue can compete fairly with their peers without favour or discrimination.

“Education in Nigeria will be rejuvenated and restructured to make future generations not only problem solvers but proud custodians of their culture, heritage and history and also for creating confidence in all Nigerians across all the states, sectors and talents,” he added.

Linking us to Kwankwaso’s inability to use Eagle Square mischievous – APC

The All Progressives Congress has described attempts to link it to the inability of an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party to secure the use of the Eagle Square, to declare his intention to run for the office of President as mischievous.

Although the APC did not name the aspirant, only former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, was on Wednesday denied access to the Eagle Square after he had paid for the use of the facility for his declaration.

In a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Wednesday, the APC described attempts to link the party to the development as mischievous.

The statement read, “We frown on mischievous attempts in some quarters to blame the All Progressives Congress for the inability of a Peoples Democratic Party presidential contestant to secure the Eagle Square for his declaration.

“The party read in the media reasons given by the facility managers of the Abuja International Conference Centre and Eagle Square not to allow campaigns on its facility on Wednesday to avoid disruption of workflow at the federal secretariat, the main hub of civil servants in Abuja.

“Hence the allegation is unnecessary and misplaced. We should not be dragged into a private transaction involving entities we have no business with.”

It added, “In any case, the 2019 elections will not be won by cheap campaign ground antics but actual votes from the Nigerian electorate who are wise and know who is working in their interest.

“Never again will we return governance of our dear country to the hands of those that selfishly have held us back for years.”  (Punch)

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Terror Attack Alert: Security Agencies On Red Alert, Ban Fireworks In Abuja |RN

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File photo: Boko Haram convoy

From Fred Itua, Abuja

Following travel alerts issued by some foreign diplomatic institutions to their citizens, about an imminent terrorist attack in Abuja, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, has ordered security agencies to comb hotels and worship centres.

He specifically revealed, yesterday, that security agencies have commenced security audit of hotels, especially those patronised in the FCT, to ascertain their security preparedness. 

The minister said the audit became ncessary, in order to to assist them on security as well as assure tourists and investors that hotels in Abuja are safe.

Bello also reiterated that ban on fireworks in Abuja is still in force and cautioned against them this season.

The minister’s actions is against the backdrop of  an emergency security meeting with heads of various security agencies domiciled within Abuja.

He appealed to residents to take seriously, issues of security in their neighbourhoods, work and worship places.

He added that the warning  become imperative, especially during the festive season.

The minister assured residents that the Police and other security agencies have been placed on red alert, to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance in the territory. 

He said the police and other security outfits have stepped up patrol of reported crime flashpoints as well as enhanced surveillance on supermarkets, malls and gardens, among others.

Bello called on churches and mosques to galvanise their faithful for increased security alert. The minister expressed concern over reports of increase in the use of drugs in the territory. 

He called on community and religious leaders, as well as the public, to be very watchful over the traffic and use of illicit drugs around them and report such to security agencies.

The Nigerian Army, on the occasion, released a quick response number of 193, to the public, as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps, which released number 122, for traffic control calls.

The army disclosed that the number, 193, can be used to alert the army’s call centre and give locations on crime, insurgency, fire, drug or even of any soldier molesting a civilian.

The number, the army representatives noted, is available on all Nigerian networks.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, reinforced the assurances given by the minister and added that the police is working with other security agencies, to ensure visible policing, intelligence gathering and sharing as well as joint patrols.   (The Sun)

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Terrorists Plotting To Bomb Abuja During Christmas Holiday, US, UK Warn |RN

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The British and the United States governments have warned their citizens of terrorist groups’ threat to carry out bomb attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the Yuletide.

In its latest foreign travel advice to British nationals, made available to SUNDAY PUNCH, the country’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated that it would raise the terrorism threat alert in Nigeria during the festive periods.

Around 117,000 British citizens visit Nigeria each year, according to the FCO.

The US government warned its citizens not to travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe till the end of the year.

“The risk of terrorist attack increases around religious festivals; so (the threat alert) will be elevated in the run-up to and throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) area during this period.

“You (British nationals) should avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people,” the United Kingdom said in a statement posted on the FCO website.

Last week, the United States Embassy in Nigeria issued a similar warning titled, ‘Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder’.

“The US Mission urges all US citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory, from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in this area during this period.

“The US Mission remains concerned about potential attacks in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe.  Travellers are urged to avoid those states through the end of the year.

“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the US Embassy warned. (Punch)

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Diplomatic Car Belonging To Finland Involved In Car Crash In Abuja (Photos) |RN

There was road crash this morning on the Abuja airport road, involving a driver of a diplomatic vehicle belonging to Finnish embassy and that of Nigeria.

The other party in the crash is the vehicle Airspace Management, that was said to be at high speed and hit the diplomatic vehicle from behind and it somersaulted.

 

 

A Finnish diplomat sitting on the ground after the accident

 

Photo credit: Kelvin Okeke of Liberty Television, Kaduna (The Sun)

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IPOB: Abuja On Red Alert |RN

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello

…FCT Minister holds emergency security meeting

From: FRED ITUA, Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  Muhammad Musa Bello, has given marching orders to security agencies in the Abuja to be on the alert, following the military crackdown on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeastern part of the country.

The FCT Minister who made this call after an emergency meeting of the FCT Security Committee said the alert had become necessary so as to guide against any breakdown of law and order in the territory.

There were unconfirmed reports on Friday that Igbo and Hausa traders in one of the suburb towns of Abuja, had a face-off, but peace was reportedly restored when security agents were deployed to the area.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Charley Boy, Sahara Reporters’ Editor, Sowore, Join Protest

UPDATE: Charly Boy, Sowore joins protest

Despite the pull out of hip-hop musician, Innocent Idibia, known as Tuface from the One Voice Nigeria protest against the federal government, various groups took to the streets in Lagos and Abuja on Monday.

‘We must begin to ask questions like we are doing now. We must not allow ourselves be intimidated into silence.’

‘One Voice! I Stand With Nigeria.
Bad leadership is a problem of today. Bad followers – a problem of today and tomorrow!’

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The conveners of the protest, Coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement, tweeted: “It is not about where you are from or your religion. We are first Nigerians before anything else that defines us!”

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‘98% of Nigerians do not eat what we want. We can only eat what we see. For how long? This needs to stop.’

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culled partly from  The Nation

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DSS Accuses Wike Of Sponsoring Abuja Protests |The Republican News

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The Department of State Services has accused the Governor of Rivers State, Mr.  Nyesom Wike, of sponsoring protests to disrupt public peace in strategic Federal Government’s offices in Abuja and its environs.

The DSS said that the plot behind the alleged protests was to provoke a violent breach of peace in the Federal Capital Territory.

The DSS stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo.

He said that the sinister plot by Wike to disrupt the machinery of governance in strategic Federal Government agencies by provoking a violent breach of peace was discovered during an intelligence gathering.

He said the plan was aimed at causing crisis during the Christmas and the New Year festivities.

However, Wike has denied the allegation, wondering whether those who protested against him in the past were also sponsored.

The governor said he had nothing to do with the man being accused of organising the protests.

But the DSS insisted that Wike had secured the services of Mr. Ugochinyere Ikenga, a personal aide to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to mobilise hoodlums to execute the plan.

Opuiyo stated that the aim of the plot was intended to divert public and international attention from the ongoing police investigation into “the unwholesome role played by the governor and some of his cronies in the violence that trailed the re-run election in Rivers State which resulted in the gruesome murder of civilians including the beheading of DSP Mohammed Alkali and some of his colleagues as well as the brutalisation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (members of ) staff who failed to do the bidding of the governor.”

Opuiyo added that in furtherance of this plot, protesters were to besiege the National Human Rights Commission, the INEC headquarters, the National Assembly complex, the Nigerian Army and the Police headquarters as well as the British High Commission, US Embassy and the United Nations Secretariat, Abuja.

This, the DSS spokesperson said, was to raise false alarm that Rivers State was under the siege of security agencies during the elections.

He said that while the obvious aim was to draw public sympathy and international attention to spurious allegations of involvement of federal agencies in the violence that marred the last elections in Rivers State, Opuiyo insisted that the actual objective was really to trigger violent action against the government and create opportunity for those he called idlers to join the deceitful protest.

He said,  “Part of the orchestration is to provoke the security agencies and prompt them to take action against the protesters that could result in bloodletting.

“It is in this line that Ikenga had gone to the outskirts of Abuja to mobilise unemployed youths to carry out his bidding.

“All this was to be done for a fee and resources to be provided from the treasury of the Rivers State Government. It is also worrisome that  Ikenga  would engage in this nefarious plot when, after his last arrest earlier this year by the DSS, he had pledged to be law abiding and not to cause a breach of the peace.”

Opuiyo said that the trio of Emeka Idiba,Ugo Apaumagha and Ejike Nwachukwu had been arrested and were helping the DSS with further investigations.

He said, “These men were picked up at the mobilisation venue trying to perfect the logistics for this unholy enterprise.

“The young men were hired by Ikenga to take custody of items and materials for the planned violent protest.

“The recovered items include banners, placards and posters with denigrating, inciting and hate inscriptions meant to impinge the authority of the Federal Government and further subvert the entire machinery of governance in the country.

“In order to make this look credible, Ikenga and his cohorts had adopted such groups as Lawyers in Defence of Democracy and Citizens for Good Governance as cover to supposedly make them look like serious minded civil rights groups and thus bring them into collision course with security agencies.”

Opuiyo added that  investigations had so far revealed that while Ikenga was the field organiser and coordinator of the planned protest, he alleged that Wike was his sole financial sponsor.

But Wike said in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents that he was not responsible for the failed protest.

He said, “Was I the one who also organised the protest against myself? Why can’t they also tell us those behind that?

“I don’t know the man you just mentioned as being the suspect. I’m not interested in such protests.

“All I’m interested in is peace in my state and I have said this before. I think the DSS is partisan.”

Also, the Rivers State Government has described the statement by the DSS as a false and baseless alarm.

The Commissioner for Information and Communication in Rivers State, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said, “It is an irresponsible scaremongering by an agency that seems bent on a mission to blackmail the governor of Rivers State and bring the state government into disrepute.

“Governor Wike is a man of peace and would never orchestrate disturbances in any part of the country. The Rivers State Government challenges the DSS to leave Governor Wike alone, and instead focus their operational attention on the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 70, 000 people, and displaced six million Nigerians in the past six years.”

Saraki has also stated that he would  not condone law breaking by his aides. (Punchng.com)

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