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PM News Fire Story 
It all began like a joke. A reporter came into the newsroom around 7 p.m saying he could smell a cable burning inside the building. The security guards ran inside and tried to locate where the smell was coming from. They scoured the two upper floors and found nothing. Electricity supply to the two floors was cut off. But the burning smell continued. 

Thirty minutes after, a glow was sighted by the window of the third floor from the outside. a fire man battles the fire at The NEWS and PM NEWS office it was then it became clear what was happening. It was fire ravaging the floor. There was stampede as shards of glass started flying out of the windows and frantic steps marched upstairs, to deal with the fire. 

It was an impossible mission. The office door was locked. But the staffs were undeterred as the door, after much effort was smashed open. But what greeted the staff was not what they bargained for. It was not a small fire, it was a smoldering one with great intensity and its surging force pushed the small party back on a hasty retreat. 

This was not a fire that could be put off by pails of water. As it ravaged the floor, it needed the attention of the professionals. There was stampede all over the premises as staff picked one item or the other and made for the ground floor, awaiting the firemen. 

Management, editors and staff of TheNEWS, and its sister publication, P.M. NEWS will never forget Wednesday, 21 November, 2012. Infact, majority of them are yet to recover from the shock which resulted from the fire which razed the third floor of its corporate headquarters on 27 Acme Road, Agidingbi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. 

The Group Senior Editor, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, Production Editor, Mr. Akin Obasa, Deputy Editor, Lanre Babalola and others were trapped at the back of the building and had to scale the fence to escape to the nearby building. “When we could not escape through the front of the building because of flying glass, we had to scale the fence and jump into the next building beside us,” recalled Tunde Adekeye, Assistant Production Editor. 

Everyone in the building finally got evacuated at exactly 8.10p.m. Also giving an account of the incident, Kolade-Otitoju, speculated that the fire could have resulted from power surge from one of the offices on the third floor. “One of the cables started burning as a result of power surge and at that time, it was very minimal,” he said. According to him, the staff continued to work oblivious of the fact that the building was on fire. “It was when I came out and saw that the fire was serious that we ran back into the newsroom and asked the people to leave and within minutes, the fire had spread and had become fierce. 

“The floor is like one big hall partitioned into small offices and the stuff used to partition the offices were combustible. This aided the spread of the fire. “Within 30 minutes, half of that third floor had been razed,” he noted, adding that they all started calling the office of the fire service, friends and concerned Nigerians to come to their aid. ‘We put pressure on the fire fighters because we have seen entire buildings razed completely as a result of poor response from the fire service. We didn’t want our case to be like that.” 

The P.M.NEWS Building after the fire. He commended the fire fighters saying they came with three vehicles in quick succession and this gave the staff assurance that the fire would be defeated. Deputy Editor, Mr. Lanre Babalola, however described the response of the fire fighters as disappointing, saying “if they had arrived early, the fire would not have spread beyond just one office on the third floor. But I commend them for their fighting spirit because when they finally came, they put in their best and succeeded in preventing the fire from spreading to other floors. They displayed professionalism, but they need to improve on their response time to fire incidents,” he said. 

The Administration Manager, Mr. Rafiu Salau, said the loss cannot be quantified now, but noted that the third floor would have to be rebuilt. He said as at the time he was called, the damage had been done. “At the time I came, it was beyond anybody, but the firemen really did a good job, even though they did not get to this place early enough,” he said. 

By the time the fire was put off, everything on the floor, books, documents, office equipment, the ceiling, the roof were all gone, eaten up by the remorseless fire. 

Today, sympathisers, friends and associates visited the corporate office of Independent Communications Network Limited, ICNL, Publishers of TheNews/P.M.NEWS on Acme Road, Ogba to commiserate with the management over the fire. 

Among the early callers to the office were the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde; President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Gbenga Adefaye; General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu; and Colonel Tony Nyiam (retd). 

Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, also visited the corporate office of the organisation today to commisserate with the management over the incident. Oke who was received by the Executive Editor of the company, Mr. Kunle Ajibade; Senior Editor Babajide Kolade-Otitoju and other management staff, described the incident as unfortunate and thanked God that the building was saved. 

“We thank God that no life was lost and that the fire fighters were able to put out the fire before it spread to other parts of the building,” he said. Apostle Oke described P.M.NEWS as the voice of the voiceless and called on Nigerians to ensure its survival. 

Commenting on the late arrival of fire fighters to the scene yesterday, Oke appealed to the officials to always rise to the occasion when they are needed. “I wonder why the fire fighters are always late when there is an emergency. I learnt that they have the best of fire fighting equipment in the country, so why can’t they perform,” he asked. 

The chairman was accompanied on the visit by members of the local government executive, including the Secretary to the local government, Dr. Olayemi Oke-Osayintolu, Chief of Staff, Yinka Thomas, Supervisory Councillor for Works, Femi Babayemi, Senior Special Adviser, Special Duties and Tunde Jokotoye. Among the callers today were veteran journalists, Mr. Ray Ekpu, Yakubu Muhammed and Mr. Soji Akinrinade Culled from PM News.

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Security is Vital – D8–-d8–-d8


President Goodluck Jonathan returned to Abuja after two days with World leaders of the group of eight developing countries meeting in Pakistan. 

Due to large Muslim populations in the group, security and the role of extreme militant groups was a vital subject in the meeting. The gathering began just hours after the Taliban admitted killing several Shi’ites in a series of bombings. 

The summit in Islamabad was attended by Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Bangladesh to discuss trade and forging closer economic ties. 

Hardline Sunni militant groups have recently stepped up attacks against Pakistan’s minority Shi’ites whom they regard as non-Muslims. 

Two other bomb blasts killed at least three people during another Shi’ite gathering in Karachi. 

Meanwhile President Jonathan also transferred the leadership of the group to Asif Zardari of Pakistan, after being the leader since 2010. 

The summit deliberated on the theme Democratic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity’’ and endorsed the D-8 Charter and the D-8 Global Vision. 

PSN gathered that the President also held bilateral discussions with Egypt, Iran and Pakistan and also met with Nigerians living in Pakistan


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Lagos cannabis kingpin nabbed with 584KG of Drugs

Osita Elumendu, PSN

A suspected major cannabis dealer in Lagos has been apprehended by officers of the Lagos State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The arrest was made during raids on selected volatile areas used as hideouts by drug trafficking gangs in the State. Dried weeds suspected to be cannabis weighing 584kg was seized from the drug gangs at Olosha, Mushin where the suspect, Dada Etop Ejalonibu, 38 years old was apprehended. The suspect is currently being interrogated by narcotic investigators attached to the Lagos command. 

Lagos State Commander of the anti-drug Agency, Mr Aliyu Sule stated that the drug suspect has been on the command’s list of wanted drug dealers. “The command has arrested one Dada Etop Ejalonibu who is believed to be a major distributor of cannabis in Mushin area of the State. We carried out two separate raid operations on their hideouts where the suspect who has been on our wanted list was arrested. In the first operation, 475.6kg of dried weeds of cannabis was seized while another 108.4kg was recovered in another operation bringing the total quantity of cannabis to 584kg” Aliyu explained. The commander appealed to Lagos residents to report activities to the Agency for prompt action. 

The suspect accepted ownership of the drugs adding that joblessness forced him into drug sales. In his words, “I have been dealing in drugs for the past three years. At the time of my arrest my partner had gone out. I dropped out of the University in 200 levels due to lack of sponsorship. The cannabis trade enable me to take care of my wife and three children. I had wanted to quit but the profit is high and there is no alternative job opportunity”. Dada Etop hails from Osun State. 

Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade said that the raid operations are preparative efforts by the Agency towards a hitch free yuletide. “The raid operations being carried out in Lagos and other States are designed to cut off drug supplies to drug addicts. The strategy is yielding good results; imagine the seizure of 584kg of cannabis in two raids. There will be series of similar operations between now and December to ensure a safe and peaceful end of year celebrations. Any person connected to this case will be brought to book. The raids will be extended to key points in the country in the days ahead” Giade assured.


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Di Matteo reveals pride in Chelsea term

Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his pride at managing Chelsea and insists he has no ill feelings towards the club after being sacked just eight months into his Chelsea tenure.

Di Matteo was replaced by Rafael Benitez on Wednesday, but in a statement via the League Managers Association, he praised the club's fans for their support. 

"It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," the statement read. "I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months. 

"Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life. 

"I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea Football Club and I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans, for their tremendous and unconditioned support in the intense time I have been the manager at the Bridge. I wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond." 

Richard Bevan, chief executive of the LMA, backed Di Matteo to continue his managerial career after such short-term success. 

"The LMA shares Roberto's disappointment following Chelsea's decision to relieve him of his managerial duties," Bevan said. "What cannot be questioned is Roberto's passion for the club and the honesty and integrity he has shown throughout his time in charge. 

"His record of a Champions League title and FA Cup triumph, speaks for itself, and he can be incredibly proud of what he has achieved in such a short space of time. 

"Roberto has received a huge number of messages of support from across the game; from other managers, coaches, administrators at other clubs, Chelsea supporters and the Chelsea players themselves. 

"I know he is extremely appreciative of receiving so much support and solidarity, and it demonstrates the high regard and respect that those in the game have for Roberto." 
Culled from ESPN


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I Will Transform Logo LG – Terna Kyenge–-terna-kyenge–-terna-kyenge

The Nigerian Constitution recognizes LG as the third tier of government with the smallest Local Council in Nigeria entitled to at least N1billion, some in this fiscal year received budgets in the range of N12 billion.

The Administration of Murtala Mohammed in 1975 initiated the process of local government reforms Decree No 32 of 1975 (10), the goal of the government then was to fast track development in the rural areas. It was the belief at that time that reforming the system will enhance development at the local level, and give the grassroots confidence in the government that serves them. 

Despite the justification for the establishment of Local Government and its inevitable importance to the people at the grassroots level, this arm of government seems not to have lived up to the expectations of many. 

In this Interview Mr. Terna Kester Kyange a special adviser to the Benue State governor on Special Duties and an aspirant for the Chairmanship position at the Logo LG in the forthcoming elections on Saturday, reveals his plans and reforms for the Local Government, with the Editor In Chief of the PSN Femi Soneye. With his robust visionary package for the LG, if morning is a good indicator of the night, it is not difficult to predict that if elected, Logo LG will witness economic, political and social progress under him. 

Why has Local Government not lived up to its expectations?
I quite agree with you to an extent that it has not lived up to the expectations of the founding fathers, and it has under achieved in the area of fast tracking development in the local level. In order for LG to bring visible developments to the grassroots, there is the need for the LG’s to have strong economic base, and the participation of not only the elected LG officials but everyone in the community. 

The expediency for the creation of local government in Nigeria stems from the need to facilitate development at the grassroots. The importance of local government is a function of its ability to generate sense of belongingness, safety and satisfaction among its populace. These benchmarks are lacking in most LG, and not forgetting the fact that Local Government is faced with many difficulties. 

What are the Causes of these seemingly Conspicuous Weaknesses?
Lack of visionary leadership at the Local Government level is one of the banes of the LG. Most of the leaders are ill prepared for the task at hand. 

Without a proper blueprint and vision they lack the skills required to tackle the challenges of service delivery and mobilisation of human and material resources required for effective functioning and meaningful developments to their areas. 

The problems of the LG are multifarious in nature, one other aspect that I intend to look into if elected is the orientation of the people; most people do not know the reasons why the LG were created. Some regard it as avenues for sharing the national cake, as a result underdevelopments continue to wage as people are either ignorant of or indifferent to the reasons for which they were created. The grassroots need to be enlightened when it comes to voting in their leaders. When you vote leaders with vision, integrity and quality there is bound to be dividends. 

Some people have suggested that the dearth of skilled, technical and professional workers in the LG’s is a major hindrance to development.
I believe in qualitative manpower, workers in the LG are the engine room, but not all workers in the LG’s must be skilled, yes we need skilled, so also we need unskilled manpower too. The most important thing is to have effective leadership at every department; every leader must be exemplary in their actions. 

Laissez-faire attitude to work has arrested the efficiency of local government and has drastically affected its performance, once there is general discipline and workers resume work at the appropriate time and closes at the designated time, and performs their functions, development will come. Like I said earlier the orientation of the people need to change. 

What are your goals for Logo LG?
I want to transform Logo Local Council, I want to make a difference in governance, throughout the area, residents share unanimity of opinion: that they desire a change. If am elected, I am coming in with a clear vision of what I intend to do, I have identified certain areas of human and economic growth that have been neglected or need to be overhauled. Primary health care, Sanitation, Portable drinking water and Education are immediate focus. 

Primary health care need to be overhauled and taken to the next stage, I will give primary health care an unlimited priority, I have come to realize that it is only when the human resources are healthy that the people can harness the materials we have and work with the right attitude. 

Part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal is to achieve Universal Primary Education, more specifically, to ensure that by 2015, Children are able to complete qualitative primary education. 

Logo LG will not be left out; we want to ensure that if elected our children can compete with their peers across Nigeria and beyond. 

I am going to introduce new approaches to long-term water planning, management and sanitation that incorporate principles of sustainability and equity. There is plan of access to basic amount of water necessary to maintain human health and to sustain ecosystems, basic protections for the renewability of water resources.


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James Brown among new Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

Records by James Brown, AC/DC, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney & Wings are among the latest to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection.

It is a catalogue of nearly 1000 historically and culturally significant albums and singles celebrating outstanding recordings across all genres.  2013 marks the list's 40th anniversary.  Neil Portnow from The Recording Academy said the new entries "have inspired and influenced" generations of fans. 

This latest round of inductees includes the late James Brown's 1965 single I Got You (I Feel Good), Piano Man by Billy Joel - released in 1973 and Bob Dylan's 1964 track The Times They Are A-Changin. As for albums, 1973's Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings has been recognised alongside Elton John's self-titled album from 1970, Back In Black by AC/DC from 1980 and Whitney Houston's eponymous debut released in 1985. Other artists with records now on the list include Little Richard, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra for his Theme from New York, New York and Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton for the first recording of Hound Dog in 1953, a record Elvis Presley covered three years later. The collection, which is on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, now features 933 records. 

An annual review by a committee of professionals from the recording arts industry decide which records are put forward, with final approval given by a board of trustees at The Recording Academy. 

Mr Portnow said of the new additions: "We are proud to add them to our growing catalogue of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history." 
Culled from BBC


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Jesse Jackson Jr Resigns from Congress

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned after a months-long leave for mental illness, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday. 

Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel confirmed his office had received a letter of resignation from Jackson but did not comment further. 

Jackson, 47, disappeared in June, and it was later revealed that he was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues. He returned to his Washington home in September, but went back to the clinic the next month, with his father saying his son had not yet "regained his balance." He left the clinic a second time earlier this month. 

His return to the clinic in October came amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of campaign funds. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the probe, citing anonymous sources. 

Jackson was easily re-elected on Nov. 6 representing his heavily-Democratic district, even though his only communication with voters was a robocall asking them for patience. He spent election night at the Mayo Clinic, but later issued a statement thanking his supporters and saying he was waiting for his doctors' OK before he could "continue to be the progressive fighter" they'd known for years. 

Jackson, whose father is the Rev. Jesse Jackson, took office in 1995 after winning a special election in a landslide. Voters in the district have said Jackson's family name and attention to local issues have been the reasons for their support. He's easily won every election since taking office and brought home close to $1 billion in federal money for his district during his tenure. 

He began his career in Washington with a star power that set him apart from his hundreds of House colleagues. But his resignation ends a once-promising political career that was tarnished by unproven allegations that he was involved in discussions about raising campaign funds for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. 

The House Ethics Committee is investigating reports of those allegations, which Jackson has denied. After the allegations surfaced, he cut back drastically on his number of public appearances and interviews. Blagojevich is now imprisoned on corruption charges that accused him of trying to sell the seat, among other things. 

The timing of Jackson's leave and the way it was handled also has invited scrutiny. Jackson's leave was announced just after a former fundraiser connected to the Blagojevich allegations was arrested on unrelated medical fraud charges. 

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has five days to schedule an election to replace Jackson after he receives official notice, and the election must be held within 115 days, according to election officials. 

The vacancy left by Jackson's departure creates a rare opportunity for someone else to represent his district, which is made up of South Side Chicago neighborhoods, several southern suburbs and some rural areas. Even this year, when Jackson was absent during the crucial final months of campaigning, he easily defeated two challengers on the ballot, Republican college professor Brian Woodworth and Independent postal worker Marcus Lewis. AP


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Kogi’s Commisioner for Water Resources in Forgery Scandal’s-commisioner-for-water-resources-in-forgery-scandal’s-commisioner-for-water-resources-in-forgery-scandal

Banabas Attah-PSN Abuja 

Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada may sack the commissioner for water resources, Hajia Hadiza Onotu over an alleged letter forgery scandal. 

The governor according to PSN investigations while compiling names for his cabinets received a letter purportedly written by the Vice-President of Nigeria, Arch. Namadi Sambo introducing Hajia Onotu as the candidate of the Vice President, which led to the governor appointing her to his cabinet. 

The governor was however shocked recently when he was told by the V.P in one of their National Council of State meetings in Abuja that he did not send any letter to Wada to appoint the Kaduna based lawyer for any cabinet position. 

This has according to PSN source embarrassed the governor, prompting him to invite the embattled commissioner for a chat in his office, immediately he arrived in Lokoja. 

The commissioner who could not hold her tears broke down and started confessing that the letter was actually forged by one of her lovers working in the presidency, with close ties to the office of the Vice president. 

PSN sources informed that the governor was ready to sack the lady immediately but was persuaded by one of his aides who is often termed as a member of his kitchen cabinet, advising him against the move. 

The aide cited the several litigations in front of the governor and advised against any negative news as it might overheat the situation in the state. 

The commissioner since the incident has been sidelined by the governor, and has just been left idle in her office in Lokoja. 

Barrister Hadiza Onotu is now leaving in fear, as the governor have lost confidence in her, and it’s only a matter of time before she is being removed. 

PSN effort to speak with her on the issue was unsuccessful as she was said to be indisposed, requesting that we come back another day.


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Infrastructural Deficit: 10billion to Fix

By Arike Oluyomi, PSN 

The Director General (DG) of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Abraham Nwankwo, today said Nigeria will require an annual inflow of about $10billion (N1.6trillion) to be able to address its infrastructural deficits according to experts estimate, after a meeting of the supervising board of the agency presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa. 

The DG reassured the nation that the country's current debt profile of N6.3 trillion domestic debt and $6.29 billion foreign debt was sustainable, while explaining that the country would continue to borrow to able to close the infrastructure gap. 

“Government is trying to ensure that we manage our internal revenue and also take measures to reduce waste. Nigeria public debt will continue to be sustainable but everything should be done to ensure that the transformation programme are prudently used many nations of the world borrow. 

"So, as you know Nigeria has huge infrastructural deficits and experts have estimated that you require a minimum of 10billion dollars inflow per annual, a conservative estimate, $10 billion per annual for us to close the infrastructural deficits over the next 10 years. And every economy when you have a gap, your challenge is the best way, the ultimate way to close that gap. 

"So, in our own case, government is finding ways of making sure we maximize internal revenue for the purpose of funding our various needs including infrastructure that is why you can see that there has been a lot of improvement over the last two years in the revenue collections from various sources including the Customs and the Inland Revenue." 

He debunked fears that a high debt profile would harm the country's development as he assured that high debt would boost the economy.


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NPF Accused of Killing One Month Old

As Police woman fingered in the death of the baby

Donatus Anayochukwu

It was a share case of wickedness and corruption at the Ikotun Divisional Police Office in Alimosho local government Area, Lagos South-West Nigeria, last week when an abandoned month-old-baby boy died in the custody of the Ikotun police station. 

According to police source, the baby died when the woman police in charge of the baby demanded N250, 000, 00 from the woman who brought the baby to the station for security cover before taking the baby home for adoption. 

It was gathered that the woman who brought the baby to the police station in ikotun, name withheld had no child and have been looking for baby of her own for years to no avail until she saw the abandoned baby at the front of her gate in her area at Kwaru Family Way, along Abaranje road by custom bus stop in the suburb of ikotun. 

The police told that the woman in her statement during entry of the case said she picked the child close to her gate before taking him to the station. ‘’She took the baby to the station and requested that she should be allowed to take the child and nurse her but the woman police popularly known as ‘Apama’ refused her to go home with the child claiming that the child would be taken to the welfare office at the Ikotun local government Headquarters”, our police source stated. 

Our police source at the Ikotun alleged that when the woman visited the police station the next day, and enquired about the baby, that the woman police told her to go and bring N250, 000, 00 or forget about the baby after all that there were people ready to pay more than that to get the baby. 

Our source said the woman told the police that she doesn’t have that kind of money, demanding that the child be giving to her but the Apama, as she is fondly called refused to release the baby for the woman who brought the child fromwhere he was abandoned. According to findings, the woman paid another visit to the police station in Ikotun, another day only to be told that the baby was dead. 

Irked by the news, she demanded that the corpse of the baby be shown to her but that the Divisional police Officer in charge of the division, CSP Akika Austines asked the woman police to take her to the bush where the child was buried. The woman said she entered the tricycle with her husband and the woman police to the grave site of the baby by after long hours of drive to the place in a bush, which Apama pointed inside the bush to them as the grave of the child and left them there. 

As she was leaving she told the woman and her husband that she was coming back. But after waiting for an hour for the police woman, they got tired and left for the station only to see the policewoman at the station. 

There, the policewoman repeated that the child had died and that if they insist that she was lying that she was going to bring the dead body for them. 

It was gathered that the policewoman again disappeared and came back with the dead baby to the surprises of the woman and her husband. It was learned that the baby she brought just died as against what she earlier told them that the baby had died two days ago. 

Sympathisers are accusing the policewoman of killing the baby just to make sure that she frustrates the woman from adopting the baby. 

The woman is calling for autopsy report on the death of the baby as she is about to petition the Inspector General of police over the matter.

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