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Corruption: Nigeria President asks anti-graft body to prosecute sacked Secretary of government

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By Blogger After six months of being in suspension before he was finally sacked on Monday over alleged graft and abuse of office, the former secretary to government of the Nigerian federation, Babachir David  Lawan, is to be prosecuted by the country's  anti-graft agency, EFCC, President Muhammadu Buhari said. 
Mr. Lawan's sack was long overdue many Nigerians who applauded it said. 
Lawan became the Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) about two years ago when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office after a keen contest between him and the then incumbent, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. 
It was believed that the general public's perception on Buhari's zero tolerance ego corruption earned him that rare victory over a sitting candidate of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a political party that is considered the most powerful and largest in Africa. 
When Buhari took his oath of office at the eagle square Abuja, he left a soothing and famo…

Senator Danjuma Goje's wife dies

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By Blogger Wife of  former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje who was popularly known as Hajiya Yelwa is dead.  A statement signed and issued by Senator Goje's son Ahmed Mohammed, said she died in a hospital in the United States of America  Yelwa was  55 years old.  "With gratitude to Allah, I regret to announce the death of Her Excellency, Hajiya Yelwa Danjuma Goje, wife of the former governor of Gombe State, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje. "Aged 55, she died in a hospital in the United States of America. She is survived by her husband, Senator Goje, six children, 10 grandchildren, many relatives, supporters and admirers." The sad news was received with shock at the Senate on Monday.  Senate President, Bukola Saraki took the lead in condoling Mr. Goje in a statement he personally signed. "On behalf of the entire Senate, I commiserate with our brother, friend and colleague, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriatio…

Latest Panama Papers investigation reveals Bolivia’s offshore connections

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By Blogger (Culled from ICIJ)
A new Panama Papers investigation has exposed connections between Bolivia and 127 offshore companies mainly registered in Panama and the British Virgin Islands, a newslttee from the international consortium of journalists (ICIJ) says.  The investigation report that led to this grounbreaking findings was led by journalists Nelfi Fernández, from El Deber in Santa Cruz, and Fabiola Chambi, fromLos Tiempos in Cochabamba. They were supported by another ICIJ partnerConnectas. ICIJ Editors translated the published report of the investigation into English in an abridged form.  The revelations involve Bolivian businessmen and politicians who went to Mossack Fonseca to create offshore companies. The reports include new links to business operations as well as former corruption scandals in the country. This is the first time ICIJ has worked with a Bolivian partner on an investigation into the offshore world, after adding a team of local journalists to the Panama Pape…

Change of Blog Title, Logo

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By Blogger  Dear Esteemed Readers and followers of this promising blog.
You may have been aware of a little setback on our consistent posting on our blog page lately.
Please don't be alarmed.
It was due to some technical upgrade and reviews of our identity and clarification of what our mission and vision is.
To that effect, we have changed the title of the blog (Break-N-Folowup Online) in order to give us some kind of clear identity and also we have altered out Title Logo and URL address (www.breanknfollowup.com).
But the page and its content still remains the same and even improved.
We apologise to those who may have been following us on Google+. Sorry those beautiful comments of yours - we couldn't help, have gone forever. But you can still have your regular updates.
Our new identity Kareems's Pick. is now synchronised with all our social media handles. This is to give us the needed corporate branding wherever we pop up.
Our new URL is www.kareemspick.com.ng
So do have …

UN Women holds social media training for journalists

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By BnF News Online 
UN-Women, an agency of the United Nations is currently holding a three day training for journalsits on how to use the social media to promote women's engagement in peace and security in #northeast Nigeria. 
The training holds at WhilteHouse Hotel, Ikeja  Lagos. 
About 30 journalists from various media organisations are participating in the all-important training.  
In an intriductory remark, Mr Patrick Mancha of the UN-Women said the training was designed to help improve journalists' capacity on how to use the vibrant social media platforms to promote the activities of WPS as well as to promote the advocacy for women particpation in the area of #peace and security. 
He said women, especially in Nigeria, have for a long time been placed on the back role when it comes to the issues of decision making. A trend he said must be corrected. 
"Women has to be part of the decision making", said Mancha. 
He said with the efforts of WPS, communities in Adam…

Boko Haram: Should Nigeria be worried about UN-OCHA’s September Report

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By BnF News Online  Last week the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) released a rather chilling report about the ongoing Boko Haram conflict in the country's northeast. 
Crux of the detailed report was that hundreds thousands of people could not be reached for humanitarian services because their locations cannot be accessed due to Boko Haram activities. 
As a matter of  fact, the UN OCHA was emphatic in its claims that three local government areas of Borno state are still under the control of Boko Haram fighters. More disturbingly is the fact that this report came exactly two weeks after the Nigeria military commanders declared that no part of Borno state or the northeast region was under the control of Boko Haram. 
The OCHA report also send down more chill on the spine of Nigetians and probably the world when it mentioned the possibility of the resurgence of the ebbed Boko Haram hostilities now that the rains are drying up. 
The above c…

Northeast Food crisis; 3.5 million people lack good nutrition - UN

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By BnF News Online 
At least 3.5 million people are still battling with inadequate nutrition in Borno state years after displacement by the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency, a United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) report said. 
This lot, mostly women and children,  face the risk of malnutrition, a condition that has killed over 50 persons and render about 3000 others to the hospital beds n Borno state within the last two months.
OHCA worried that the situation could get worse  as more than 3 local government areas in Borno state are still inaccessible for humanitarian workers due to Boko Haram activities.
The UN coordinating body explained that of the  2.7 million displaced people  targeted for immediate intervention, only 936,200 persons were reached with nutrition support within the period under review.
The report said so far three Stabilization Centres (SC) were established  at Damboa, Dikwa and Ngala Local Government Areas to enhance managemen…

Justifying 70 years Jail Term For Ex-Kebbi State Accountant General Who Stole N1.3 billion

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By BnF News Online
The Court of Appeal on Friday slammed a 70 years jail tern on a former Accountant -General of Kebbi State, Mohammed Arzika Dakingari, for using his time in office to steal the sum of N1.3 billion from the public coffers. 
Dakingari who was earlier acquited of the same charge by a lower court was said to have used a pseudo construction firm that belonged to him to perpetrate the theft through the awards of lousy contracts that benefits only him. 
While Dakingari was freed by the High court, his company's manager, Musa Yusuf was given a six month jail term. 
The 70 years prison time for the AG was greeted by mixed reaction. many Nigerians felt justice may have been served,. But some others - perhaps friends or his ilk felt it was unjustifiable for a former public servant to be so punished.  
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Kebbi state is the second poorest state in Nigeria with 72 percent of its citizenry wallowing in the deep ridges of poverty.  

Jos Herdsmen attack: A Clear Case of Government Failure To Secure Citizens

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By BnF News Reporter 
On Tuesday night, a group of armed herdsmen attacked Nkyie Dongwro village of  Miango district of Bassa Local government in Plateau state and slaughtered at least 29 persons and injured many others who were taking refuge at a place designated as an IDP camp. 
The attacked villagers were actually persons that were internally displaced by an earlier communal clash in the same locality. The displaced persons had to to relocate to the attacked location which was being managed by soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven. 
The attack, which comes as the latest of many other recent attacks that had claimed the lives of about 40 persons, was carried out some 48 hours after the state government had placed a dusk to dawn curfew in the area following the killing of six person by the same attackers some days earlier.  
According to survivors, the suspected Fulani herdsmen came all armed and were engaged by soldiers in shootout. 
A survivor who was interviewed by Channels TV said “the…

No Sinister Motives in Military Medical Outreach Programme - General Enenche

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By BnF News Online 
The Nigeria military has assured members of the public that its medical outreach programme are targetted towards enhancement of public health without any attached ulterior or sinister motives. 
Last week the news waves went wild with stories of persons in military uniforms attempting to inject school kids with harmful vaccines. 
The news came from the southeast Nigeria where the Military has had a strained relationship with residents during its military field exercise called Operation Egwu Eke (Python Dance).

Just before that a panic was reported in far northeast state of Yobe where it was reported that parents had to rush to school to evacuate their wards upon getting the rumor that some strange persons were injecting kids with vaccines.

Yobe state government came out later to dispell such rumor.
Though the federal government's National Primary Health Care Development Agency had also debunked the possibility of such rumour, the military had on Saturday issued …

Nigeria government dismisses rumour of harmful vaccination

By BnF News Online 

Government of Nigeria has put a lie to the raging rumours that some unknown persons in military attires were last week visiting public schools with a sinister motive of administering harmful vaccines on school children. 
BnF News Online  recall that the rumour was first reported last week in Yobe state before it became wild in southeast states of Nigeria. 
A statement from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said such rumor should be disregarded as investigations have suggested the contrary. 
NPHCDA's executive director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said agitated parents should calm down as all vaccines used in Nigeria meets universal standards as set by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is usually certified by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). 
Dr Shuaib reiterated the importance of immunization for children which he said still remains the best form of preventing medicine againsts all kind of ailme…

Buhari did not ask World Bank to Focus on Northern Region - Borno governor

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 - says 3 southern Governors were witnesses when PMB requested help for rebuilding Boko Haram ravaged NortheastBy BnF News Online


Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Friday faulted the media reports quoting World Bank official claims that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the bank to channel all its interventions to his region, the North. 
Shettima said himself and four other state governor of which three are from the south were at the Washington DC meeting with the World Bank officials in July 2015 when President Buhari specifically made a special appeal for the apex bank "to support in the rebuilding of the northeast geo-political zone which has suffered massive destructions as a result of Boko Haram insurgency".
He said the president made the request for the world bank to assist the federal government rebuild the northeast in good faith. 
Shettima who is the chairman of the northern governors' forum said President Buhari who is from the northwest Nigeria did…

Football Legend George Weah Set to Rule Liberia as early presidential results put him in the lead

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By BnF News Online Africa's  football legend, George Weah, is set for the biggest political office in his country as provisional results being released by the Liberian national electoral body indicates he is in early lead in the nation's  presidential race that started on Tuesday.  Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission, NEC, released the results at the commission's headquarters in Monrovia. The results of 1,232 polling units or 22.9 per cent of the total 5,390 polling units across the country were announced. Weah joins politics and contested for the presidency of the struggling African country in 2005 when incumbent Johnson Sirleaf defeated him. He it another shot in 2011 as vice presidential candidate on the losing ticket.  At 51 years of age Weah is regarded as the most popular political figure in Liberia whose candidature is being banked on as the next occupant of Liberia's presidential palace.  Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, led …