1. Nigerian NGO moves to celebrate virgins
A Non Governmental Organozation (NGO) `Attitude Productions’,
based in Umuahia in the Eastern state of Nigeria, says it will
encourage young girls to maintain their virginity as a way of
raising moral standards in the society.
Mr. Prosper Ekekwe, head of the NGO, told newsmen on Thursday in
Umuahia that the group would institutionalise the celebration of a
World Purity Day, to be marked every Feb. 10.
``This group is a movement of people tired of the current moral
decadence and willing to enthrone responsible living among the people
and this cuts across religion and race.
``The 2012 celebration is going to be the first of its kind the world
over and it is important to note that this celebration is starting in
``Any girl that keeps her virginity till marriage will be celebrated
and the first set of virgins will be rewarded with brand new cars
during the 2013 World Purity Day,” he said.
Mr. Ekekwe said such virgins would only be identified at their wedding
eve, after a confirmation of their status by a team of female medical
``We will also set up Purity Brigade in all secondary schools across
the country and purity homes to rehabilitate harlots and drug
addicts,” he said.
He said that the group also had some packages for all outstanding
students of institutions of higher learning.
``This will be done in partnership with their respective institutions
and we shall crown such people with Ambassadors of Purity Award at
their convocation,” he said.
Mr. Ekekwe said that the aim of the awards was to dissuade the younger
generation from engaging in activities that would further erode the
image of the country.
He said that the group was discussing with multinationals and
financial institutions to realise its set goals.
``By the time these set goals are achieved we believe that corruption
which is an off-shoot of immorality, would have been contained to a
reasonable extent,” Mr. Ekekwe said.
Minister denies PHCN is responsible for power outage at Nnamdi Azikiwe
The Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, has said that the Power
Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was not responsible for the power
outage which occurred on Thursday morning at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja as a British Airways plane attempted to
Prof. Nnaji made the clarification in a statement signed by Special
Assistant on Media, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, and made available to the
media on Thursday in Lagos.
The NNEWS Correspondent reports that the power outage occurred when a
British Airways plane which was carrying the Minister of Agriculture,
Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, among other passengers .from London was about
to touch down.
The statement said that the minister’s investigation indicated that
the outage was not caused directly or indirectly by the Abuja Electric
Power Distribution Company.
It also said that the outage was not caused by the Transmission
Company of Nigeria (TCN) or the PHCN.
``There was electricity supply from the PHCN system when this incident
occurred; the PHCN, indeed, has two supply lines dedicated to Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
``There is a standing ministerial instruction that the airport should
be supplied with electricity at all times, once power is available in
the Federal Capital Territory,’’ the statement said.
It said the investigation showed that the incident arose from the
failure or inability of the airport’s generators to produce power when
the British Airways plane was about to touch down.
“It is the standard practice for international air carriers to rely on
power from the airport’s generators whenever they are landing.
“The airlines rely on this source of power, even when the public power
supply is available, and this was the case this morning in Abuja,” the
The statement added that the minister had discussed with his
counterpart in the Aviation ministry, how international airlines and
the airport authorities could make use of electricity supply from the
According to the statement, the PHCN has dedicated lines to all the
airports to ensure constant power supply and the enhancement of safety
and security at the nation’s airports.
It added: ``The minister thanks all Nigerians for their understanding
and cooperation as far-reaching measures are being taking to make
quality and constant power available to our people.’’
Federal Court strikes out
Ojukwu's name from Constitution legitimacy suit
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday struck out the name
of the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu from a suit in which he and three
others are challenging the legitimacy of the 1999 Constitution.
Justice James Tsoho struck out the name after the plaintiffs' counsel,
Mr. Tony Nnadi, informed the court of his intention to delete Ojukwu’s
name from the list of plaintiffs, owing to his death.
The late Ojukwu led the Igbo during the Nigerian civil war, which
lasted from 1967 to 1970, but was granted full state pardonby the
Alhaji Shehu Shagari administration.
Mr. Nnadi told the court that since the case was instituted in 2010,
four of the plaintiffs, Chief Abioye Bankole-Oki, Chief Anthony
Enahoro, Chief C. C. Onoh and Ojukwu, had died.
The counsel also said that it was imperative for the case to be
decided without delay in view of what he described as heightening
agitations in the country.
``This suit seeks to address the many problems in the country,
represented by the activities of Boko Haram, the Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and other similar groups,’’ he
Mr. Nnadi said that Ojukwu’s name would be replaced with another name,
adding that an application would be filed to that effect.
Mr. Itua Eigbe, counsel to the defendants, President Goodluck Jonathan
and the Attorney General of the Federation, did not object to Mr.
Nnadi’s oral application.
In his ruling, Justice Tsoho, struck out Ojukwu’s name from the suit
and ordered the parties to the suit to amend their processes to
reflect the new development.
The judge thereafter adjourned the case to March 15 for mention.
The plaintiffs' contention is that the 1999 Constitution is not
genuine as it did not come from the efforts of the Nigerian people.
They described the constitution as a product of a military decree
promulgated by the Abdulsalami Abubakar-regime.End
Police deploys 15,000 personnel for Bayelsa
Ahead of Saturday's governrship poll in Bayelsa, the state Police
Command says it will deploy 15,000 personnel for the election to
The new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Chris Olakpe, said
this in Yenagoa on Thursday while briefing newsmen about the command’s
plan on security for the election in the state.
Commissioner Olakpe said that out of the 15,000 personnel, police
alone would deploy 10,000 officers and men while 5,000 others were
expected from sister agencies such as the Nigeria Security and Civil
Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria
Customs Service (NCS).
He said that anti-bomb squads from neighbouring states such as Edo,
Delta and Rivers were expected to beef up security just as police
patrol boats would be deployed to the Riverine areas on Friday.
The police Commissioner assured Bayelsa people that the police had
enough manpower in the state and appealed to residents to always
report suspicious characters to the force and other security agents.
“I am sure that by Monday, we will be counting our blessings.”
Commissioner Olakpe, who called for collaboration from the media, also
emphasised on community policing, saying that the police alone could
not provide security