Monday, 23 June 2008

Adieu Oliver De-Coque

The Nigerian entertainment and showbiz industry have been thrown into a mourning mood as the cold hand of death Friday snatched Chief Sunday Oliver Akanita, popularly known as Oliver de-Coque.

His death is coming barely two weeks after the entertainment world suffered a devastating loss with the death of Evangelist Sunny Okosuns and Elder Steve Rhodes, both of whom were music colossus.

Oliver de-Coque, also described as a musician with a golden voice died 5 p.m. at Jola Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos.

He was hale and hearty until afternoon before his death. The ace highlife exponent who became popular in the mid-70s under his band, The Expo 76 Ogene Super Sounds, was the lead guitarist of his group. The highlife sensationalist hailed from Ezinifite town in Anambra State and was Ikemba of his town.

During his music career, his hit albums which also shot him into limelight included such heat albums as Identity, People’s Club, Nmbiri kambiri, and many others. His last public appearance was at the Tony Okoroji-led Nigerian Music Awards where he was conferred with Life Time Achievement Award.

Friday, 20 June 2008

news bits


THE Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, on Thursday, gave a seven-day ultimatum to individuals who received vehicles and money from the Police Equipment Foundation to return them or face prosecution.

The EFCC boss in a statement in Lagos by the agency’s head of media and publicity, Mr. Femi Babafemi issued the ultimatum while being briefed by the agency‘s Director of Operations, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin on the progress made so far on the controversial PEF funds.

The commission further said that the development was in connection with its ongoing investigation into the activities of the defunct PEF.

The statement also said that beneficiaries who failed to return the vehicles and money they received from PEF would be arrested and prosecuted


Chinese firm, Spur Group, has concluded plans to establish a multi-million dollar factory that would produce computing hardwares and softwares in Nigeria.

The investment is expected to lead to the production of cheaper and affordable computers in the country.

Speaking in Abuja recently, General Manager of Spur Group, Mr. Yang Ming assured that the company decided to invest in Nigeria because of the cordial investment climate and similarities of developmental challenges of the two countries.

He said his firm was one of the three top IT firms that is spreading e-government IT enterprises in China. According to him, the firm currently has a foothold in South Africa but would be glad to also build a manufacturing plant of both hardware and software in Nigeria at the end of its business tourism.


Nigeria’s biggest offshore facility, Royal Dutch Shell’s Bonga field, was shut down yesterday following an attack on the oil field by militants.

Offshore facilities are hitherto thought to be safe from militant attacks.

Located 120 kilometres (75 miles) offshore, Bonga oil field has a daily production capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil and 150 million standard cubic feet of gas.

The militants, numbering about 20, who were said to have operated in three speedboats, also kidnapped a United States citizen, Captain Jack Stone, a staff of Tidex, an offshore company.


Former Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Celestine Omehia yesterday insisted that Governor Rotimi Amaechi remains his blood brother and would always wish him well.

He disclosed that the reconciliation between him and the governor has to go beyond the public accusation, saying two of them and their wives must a have a private discussion.

Omehia had hardly finished the statement when he began to cry and for a moment he had to stop to mop tears, lamenting the inhuman treatment meted out to his parents was a way to deal with him.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Street Analysis of EFCC

One thing that i like so much about foremost radical lawyer cum human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), is his unrepentant posture when it comes to abuse of the rule of law.
Since the announcement of the appointment of the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mzamber Waziri, many Nigerians have cried wolf but no one has really taken any 'serious' step to check it.
Gani's letter to President Umar Yar'Adua warning him about the impending breach of the rule of law he preaches speaks volumes of the character of the man of the people (Gani).
A street commentator has continued to bother me with his analysis of the unfolding scenario. I have tried not to listen or believe this street analysis but the harder i try the more it dawns on me that i have to listen more carefully.
My street analyst has continued to warn me about the hijacking of Nigeria by all the 'thieves' who are facing trial courtesy of the EFCC.
He has made me realise that the compulsory course, ex-chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, is attending is at the instance of a former 'powerful' governor from the South-South whose stolen funds were used to fund the president's election campaign last year.
He challenged me to prove him wrong. According to my street analyst, if it's a lie, how come Ibrahim Lamorde and co have been thrown out of the EFCC? At least they should have been left to consolidate the achievements of the agency.
Why is a Benue State and Tiv kinsman or is it kinswoman of the attorney-general and minister of justice, who is believed to be the hatchet man of the former governor, chosen to take over at EFCC?
One other disturbing analysis i don't want to believe is informing filtering from the streets that after all the incoming EFCC ogamadam loves 'Egunje'. I beg to disagree cos that is a very expensive joke.