Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Photo: Ram Thief Served Jungle Justice During Sallah Celebration

Photo: Ram Thief Served Jungle Justice During Sallah Celebration
Faithfuls shall not live by ram alone. Luckily he wasnt killed like one of them rams. A lot of jungle justice hitting the web these days, thanks to IT and social media. People have lost faith in the law enforcement agency

Photo: Ram Thief Served Jungle Justice During Sallah Celebration

Hired Pilot Warned Gov. Suntai Not To Fly But He Ignored It - Report


REPORTS REACHING RHIPPLEMEDIA has it that the recent crash of Cessna 208, a private jet piloted by Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State could have been prevented if he had heeded the professional advice of his hired pilot not to fly to Yola airport at sunset.

According to reports, the hired pilot had earlier warned the governor against flying to the airport when it was obvious that they could not meet with the visual flight mandatory for that type of aircraft which is not in the instrument flight category.

It was learnt that this advice was allegedly jettisoned by Governor Suntai who was said to have immediately taken over the cockpit and embarked on the ill-fated journey with the said pilot refusing to join the flight because of the obvious risk.

Yola airport is not in the category of airports where flights can be operated for 24 hours because it is not well-equipped which makes it a no go area after 6.00 p.m.

Only Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt are on 24-hour flight operations. According to the country's aviation policy, small jets like the Cessna plane Governor Suntai piloted on the day in question was only allowed to fly based on visuals from morning to 6.00 p.m. daily.

And once the sun sets, it is always difficult to fly smaller aircraft like the governor's plane.

The governor, who has since been flown to Germany foradequate treatment in view of the injury he sustained in the crash, obtained a private pilot licence from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, which allows him to fly himself.

The ill-fated plane which departed Jalingo, Taraba State, for Yola, Adamawa State, was reported to have lost contact with the Yola Control Tower (1720Z) and field in sight at 38 miles, estimating landing at 1730Z before crashing

Scott and Kourtney Kardashian's Crazy PDA

Scott and Kourtney Kardashian's Crazy PDA
Scott and Kourtney Kardashian's Crazy PDAScott and Kourtney Kardashian's Crazy PDA
Scott and Kourtney Kardashian's Crazy PDA. Are they trying to get it on in public? Why is she grabbing her clothes? Mehn this guy is so ferocious lol! I cant begin to imagine where his finger is, Anyama! LOLz

Delta State University Chief Accountant Arrested For Defrauding the School Of A Whooping N21Million


THE DELTA STATE police command have arrested a Chief Accountant attached to the Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka and another staff of the Bursary department for allegedly defrauding the university of over N21 million, even as four fake licensing officers who specialize in issuing fake licences to unsuspecting motorists were picked up at the premises of the State Licensing office in Asaba.

The command’s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka confirmed the two incidents saying that the chief accountant of the university and another staff of the bursary department were arrested “for defrauding DELSU of over N21 million”.

Muka further stated that “the suspects, (names withheld) on interrogation confessed stating that they used the money to buy cars and landed property. Items recovered from them include Nisan car, a Jeep, LCD TV, 400,000 cash, lands and buildings. They will soon be arraigned in court”, he added.
On the arrest of four fake licensing officers, Muka said, “we (police) also arrested four persons for issuance of fake road worthiness and insurance. The suspects on information were rounded up in motor licence office premises by the men of Police ‘A’ Division Asaba where they deceive customers into patronising them”.

Ocean Surge, The 'Rhipple' Effect Of HURRICANE SANDY May Hit Lagos In 7 Days

Ocean Surge, The Rhipple Effect Of HURRICANE SANDY May Hit Lagos In 7 Days
Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, currently ravaging some parts of the United States of America, the Lagos State Government, yesterday alerted residents of a possible ripple effect of the hurricane such as ocean surge on the state’s coastal areas within the next seven days.

The alert was given by the state Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Prince Segun Oniru; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba as well as Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Taofeek Folami, at a joint media briefing in Alausa, Ikeja. It would be recalled that an Ocean surge occurred on August 17 at Kuramo Beach, Victoria Island and claimed 15 lives.

However, a professor of climatology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Professor RNC Anyadike, countered that Nigeria could not suffer any ripple effect from hurricane sandy.
Asked if Lagos could suffer ripple effects from Hurricane Sandy, Anyadike said: “It is not possible. We don’t have hurricanes in West Africa.

“Meanwhile, Hurricane Sandy has already hit land, it will soon dissipate. What kind of ripple effect are they talking about? Do you know how far we are from New York?
“The only thing we are likely to experience is heavy rainfall occasioned by climate change not hurricane.”

Oniru attributed the likely ripple effect of the Hurricane to the location of Lagos, lying parallel to the South America region.

His words: “We want to let Lagosians know what is going on, and what to expect, it is not to create panic, they should be careful around the ocean and lagoon. In the last five to six days, around the Caribbean, from Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Hurricane Sandy has hit the east coast of America.
“Normally, when such happens, and the magnitude of it hits that part of the world, we always have a ripple effect in Lagos and around the West Coast.

Also speaking, Ibirogba urged residents to be vigilant, assuring that the state government’s emergency response squad was on alert to manage any likely surge caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Special Adviser on Environment, Folami however, warned residents to refrain from dumping refuse in drainages and canals.


Gowon Speaks On Chinua Achebe's Controversial New Book, Calls It A Propaganda

Gowon calls Achebe's book a propaganda
Latest person to react to Chinua Achebe's new book is the former head of state himself Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has described Prof. Chinua Achebe’s Nigerian Civil War memoir in his latest book, There was a Country, as “a propaganda”. Achebe in the book, accused the Federal Government under Gowon and the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who was then the Minister of Finance, of using hunger as a weapon of war against the Republic of Biafra.

But Gowon, who spoke to punch on the telephone on Tuesday, said though many books had been written about the civil war, none had been as controversial as that of Achebe.
He said the book was “written to whip up unnecessary sentiments”.

He said when he releases his biography many will know what happened during the war.
Gowon said, “Many books have been written about the civil war and unfortunately none had been as controversial as that of Achebe, which accused me and Chief Awolowo of genocide against the Igbo. Nothing can be further from the truth, because every decision we took was for the interest of a united Nigeria.

“It (Achebe’s book) is nothing more than a propaganda and many people have failed to see it that way, and that is why most of the reactions have been varied and vitriolic.
“I am not aware of any Igboman that had an account with the then Barclays Bank that was seized, because at the end of the war many of them got their money back. And it was because of our resolve to ensure that there was no victor no vanquished. We wanted to put the experience of the civil war behind us. We put in place a lot of measure to ensure that everybody was reintegrated into a united Nigeria.

“So it is very unfortunate for Achebe to accuse me and Awolowo of starving the Igbo to death.”
The Chairman of Nigeria Prays added the majority of of the principal actors at the end of the war did not appear as if they were starved.
He said he stood by every decision he took during the civil war and ready to defend his actions anywhere.

The former Chief of Army Staff denied that he prevented foreign aid from reaching the Igbo during the war. Gowon added, “Most of those who accused us of genocide were looking well fed at the end of the war. During the war we opened road and air corridors to allow food, medicine and other aids to the people. Nobody can do such a thing to his people because I was optimistic that the war would end one day and we shall come together under a united country.

“So that was why we were very careful about every decision we took during the civil war
The 78-year-old said by the time he publishes his own account of the war, most of those insinuations would be laid to rest.
“I have been sufficiently challenged and the whole truth will be revealed one day,” he said


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I Love Him But.....Im Not Sure

I Love Him But
I love him 'but' I am not sure. This is a very common statement that we hear from girls these days. Relationships have changed over time and so have our perceptions towards them. Even after being in long term relationships, couples are unable to banish 'doubt' from their minds. The new generation is confused and not very determined when it comes to relationships.

Doubt kills a relationship; even the most perfect couple have ended up ruining their relationship because of doubt. So if you love a guy, do not come up with these doubts.

I love him but I don't like his family: This is one of the first things that women say. You must realise that he is a product of his family. So if you don't like his family, you will eventually end up not liking him. Otherwise, you can be a positive person and say that you will love his family just as much as you love him.

I love him but he doesn't earn enough: That is a tricky one. Every girl has some dreams. You have to take a call on whether your dreams are stronger than your love for him. Moreover, he may not earn enough now but does he have prospects for the future? This doubt in your relationship can be cleared only by you.

I love him but he doesn't love me: In that case, dump him. You must always be with the person who loves you the most and not with the person you love the most. That is the secret to a happy relationship.

I love him but he is not my soul mate: For sustaining a long term relationship, you need understanding more than love. Wild passion is a fleeting emotion; it will pass. So, it is better that you drop the guy you think you love and pursue someone who will be your soul mate. Be very clear in the parameters you have for your soul mate or else you will never find him.

I love him but I don't know if I always will: Trust me, if he is a practical guy he is thinking the same thing. Nothing is permanent in this world but nobody starts a relationship with the intention of ending it. The intent to stay together forever must be there, the rest will take care of itself.

I love him but I can't live with him: If you love him enough, then you will find a way to live with him. Relationships are all about compromise and adjustments; you cannot escape it. Never calculate how much you are investing in the relationship and compare it with how much he is putting in. Only if you rise above selfish motives will you be able to make it work.

Where there is love, there should be no 'ifs' and 'buts'. But most of the times, women don't know what they want. So these points should help them banish doubt from a relationship.


4 Killed 7 Injured In Jos Drinking Bar Shooting


No fewer than four persons were reportedly killed and seven others seriously wounded after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked a drinking bar popularly called Burukutu Joint at Gindin Akwati in Gashish District, Barkin Ladi Local Government, Jos, Plateau State.

Rhipplemedia learnt that the gunmen attacked their victims at about 10pm on Sunday night, killing one person instantly. Others were said to have died before help could get to them.

The injured persons were said to be receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos.
Spokesman for the police in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Abu, confirmed the incident. He said in the early hours of Monday one Ali Iliya of Exland village, Gashish District lodged a report at the police station at Barkin Ladi that there was an attack on a drinking spot.

Abu said policemen were deployed in the area shortly after the incident, but no arrest had been made.
He called on residents of the area to remain calm and vigilant and report any suspected movement to the police. Meanwhile, Governor Jonah Jang has appointed a Senior Special Assistant on Fulani Affairs.

Jang, in a statement on Monday by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr. James Mannok, named the new aide as Mallam Salihu Umar. Also appointed is Alhaji Lawal Ishaq, who is the Senior Special Assistant on Hausa Affairs, while Mr. Akazamus Anakwe is Senior Special Assistant on Igbo relations.

The statement said Mr. Austin Iyere is now Senior Special Assistant on South-South Affairs, while veteran journalist, Mr. Tunde Oladapo, is Special Assistant on Yoruba affairs. The statement said, “The appointments are to strengthen inter-group relations and consolidate on the peace process.”

It added that the new officials would broaden participation of all communities in the state’s peace process and bring on all interests into decision making processes.

FGN Unveils The Successful Bidders Of Nigeria Power Firms

FGN Unveils The Successful Bidders Of Nigeria Power Firms

I hope all these will lead to improved, constant and affordable power generation in Nigeria.

Atedo Peterside, Chairman Technical Committee NCP, listed successful bidders of the 11 power generation companies to include  Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited with a bid of USD$132,000,000 as the preferred bidder for the core investor sale of 51 per cent shares of Geregu Power Plc;  Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited which offered an annual fee of USD$50,760,665.18 and a commencement fee of USD$257,000,000 as the preferred bidder for the concession Of Kainji Hydro Power Plc.

Shiroro Hydro Power Plc, went to North-South Power Ltd which offered an annual fee of USD$23,602,484.87 and a commencement fee of USD$111,654,534 as the preferred bidder.
NCP also approved Transcorp/Woodrock/Sumbion/Medea/PSL/ Thomassen with a bid of USD$300,000,000 as the preferred bidder for the core investor sale of 100 per cent shares of Ughelli Power Plc and Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited with a bid of USD$252,000,000 is the reserve bidder for the core investor sale of 100 per cent shares of Ughelli Power Plc.

The other successful investors announced for the generation companies include CMEC/EURAFRIC Energy JV Consortium with a bid of USD$201,000,000 as the preferred bidder for the core investor sale of 100 per cent shares of Sapele Power Plc; JBN-NESTOIL Power Services Ltd with a bid of USD$106,500,000 as the reserve bidder for the core investor sale of 100 per cent shares of Sapele Power Plc; and   Amperion as the preferred bidder for Geregu Power Plc.  Also approved by NCP was Feniks Electricity Limited as the reserve bidder for Ughelli Power Plc subject to their bid being revised to match the reserve price.

For the distribution companies in which 60  per cent sales  was approved, NCP approved preferred and reserve bidders as follows:
Abuja Distribution Company: KANN Consortium Utility Company Ltd  as preferred bidder;
Benin Distribution Company: Vigeo Power Consortium as the preferred bidder;
Eko Distribution Company:  West Power & Gas as the preferred bidder;
Honeywell was approved as the reserve bidder;
Enugu Distribution Company: Interstate Electrics Ltd as the preferred bidder;
Eastern Electric Nigeria Ltd was approved as the reserve bidder;
Ibadan Distribution Company: Integrated Energy Distribution & Marketing Ltd as the preferred bidder; NEDC/KEPCO was approved as the reserve bidder;
Ikeja Distribution Company: New Electricity Distribution Company (NEDC)/KEPCO as the preferred bidder; Vigeo Power Consortium was approved as the reserve bidder;
Jos Distribution Company: Aura Energy Ltd as the preferred bidder Kano Distribution Company: Sahelian Power SPV Ltd as the preferred bidder;
Port Harcourt Distribution Company: 4Power Consortium as the preferred bidder;
Yola Distribution Company: Integrated Energy Distribution & Marketing Ltd as the preferred bidder.

“After the approval of the results of the financial bids by Council, the highest ranked bidder for each Generation or Distribution Company will be required to post an additional bid security (“Preferred Bidder’s Bank Guarantee”) in the form of a Letter of Credit or Bank Guarantee for fifteen percent (15 per cent) of the transaction value within fifteen (15) business days of notification from the Bureau of Public Enterprises. The Preferred Bidder’s Bank Guarantee shall be from a Standard & Poor (S&P) or Moody & Fitch “A” rated foreign bank with a correspondent bank in Nigeria or a Nigerian bank rated “A” by a Rating Agency approved by SEC and be valid through twenty-one (21), calendar days after the stipulated proposal validity period or any extended proposal validity period”, Peterside said while briefing journalists at the end of the NCP meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo.

“The designated Preferred Bidder will be invited for negotiations with BPE. Within fifteen (15) Business Days after signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement, the Shareholders’ Agreement or the Performance Agreement ‘whichever is earlier, or at a mutually agreed earlier time, the Bidder shall make a down payment of twenty-five percent (25%) of the share purchase price. ”Within six (6) months after signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement or the Shareholders’ Agreement, whichever is earlier or mutually agreed upon time, the Bidder will be required to pay the outstanding seventy five per cent (75%) of the share purchase price to complete the transaction. ”Upon receipt of payment, the Preferred Bidder’s Bank Guarantee will be returned to the bidder within a maximum of four (4) weeks”. The companies will be handed over to the successful bidders after the completion of payment and the handover of the successor company will conclude the transactions

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