US Government Shuts Down On Trump’s First Anniversary

The United States government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

According to Associated Press, last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century.

Trump’s office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis.

AFP reported that spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Democrats’ insistence that the interim measure include protection for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children killed the deal.

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” she declared, referring to the minority leader, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who met with Trump earlier Friday.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” she warned.

US federal services and military operations deemed essential will continue, but thousands of government workers will be sent home without pay until the crisis is resolved.

The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the shutdown began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans.

Still, it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for Trump and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in November.

Social Security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority.

Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is brokered before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.

After hours of closed-door meetings and phone calls, the Senate scheduled its late-night vote on a House-passed plan. It gained 50 votes to proceed to 48 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster. A handful of red-state Democrats crossed the aisle to support the measure, rather than take the politically-risky vote. Four Republicans voted in opposition.

Even before the vote, Trump was pessimistic, tweeting, “Not looking good” and blaming the Democrats who he said actually wanted the shutdown “to help diminish the success” of the tax bill he and fellow Republicans pushed through last month.

Democrats balked on the measure in an effort to pressure on the White House to cut a deal to protect “dreamer” immigrants — who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally — before their legal protection runs out in March.

Trump watched the results from his White House residence, dialling up allies and affirming his belief that Democrats would take the blame for the shutdown, said a person familiar with his conversations but not authorised to discuss them publicly.


Ajimobi Vows To Appeal Court Verdict On Olubadan Chieftaincy Review

The Oyo State Government says it will appeal the judgment which stated unconstitutional and illegal the Commission of Inquiry recommending the elevation of some Ibadan high chiefs to Obas.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki of Oyo State High Court had on Friday declared the retired Justice Akintunde Boade’s Commission of Inquiry which reviewed the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Chieftaincies as unconstitutional and illegal.

The state government had on Aug. 27, 2017 elevated some Ibadan High Chiefs, except one and some district heads (Baales) as obas, an action which pitted them against Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan.

The Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, had filed a suit to challenge the propriety of the Justice Boade Commission of Inquiry.

Reacting to the judgment of the court on Friday in Ibadan, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the state will appeal the verdict.

The governor made the assertion at the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated by Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) to Community Secondary School, Ajara in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olujimi was a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and an indigene of Ajara community in Ibadan.

“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed immediately. We have embarked upon the exercise, not for joke, but for the good of Ibadan and the people.

“We will not relent in making Ibadan great and the greatness shall come from various ways, one of which is the review exercise.

“You should not expect people to accept change and radical policy for that matter, but we shall get there.

“ We will not allow the forces of retrogression to overtake the progress Oyo State is making,’’ Ajimobi said.

Keyamo Asks Buhari To Remove IGP Idris Over Unlawful Arrest Of Elombah Brothers

Human Rights Activist, and famous lawyer Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Kpotum Idris for high-handedness and Abuse of office in ordering the illegal arrest and detention of online journalists, Daniel Elombah and Tim Elombah.

Keyamo who made the request in a letter written to President Buhari dated 15, January accused the IGP of displaying personal vendetta by refusing to release Tim Elombah long after the detention order granted by an Area Court Judge has expired.

The Senior Advocate who narrated how the Elombah brothers were abducted from their home town in Edoji, Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra state, said that a situation where Mr President’s appointees ride rough shod over innocent citizens or use the positions to which Mr President appointed them to settle personal scores should, ordinarily, rankle the President and cause him to intervene.

“Your Excellency, it is shocking and alarming, to say the least, that the Inspector-General of Police deployed the officers and men of special police squads like SARS and STS, which are established to fight serious and violent crimes, to settle a purely private grievance with on-line journalists. If at all an offence was committed by the said published article (which is not conceded) a simple civil invitation to our clients would have sufficed. But to use such strong-arm tactics to reign in our clients was a gross abuse of his office and an employment of stone-age tactics in pursuing his personal grievance.

“He has further displayed his personal vendetta by refusing to release Tim Elombah long after the detention order has expired. This is one of the worst forms of abuse of human rights.

“Your Excellency, such practices should be clearly unacceptable under your watch. A situation where your appointees ride rough shod over innocent citizens or use the positions to which you appointed them to settle personal scores should, ordinarily, rankle you and cause you to intervene. It should be more so as the substance of the matter has to do with the criticism of the personal life of a public officer by the Fourth Estate of the Realm, a practice that has come to be recognized as one of the components of a thriving democracy. If a public officer cannot tolerate or stomach harsh criticisms, he has no business occupying public office.

“It is in the light of the above we urge you to use your good offices to order an investigation into this crass display of power and indiscretion by the Inspector-General of Police and mete out appropriate sanctions against him, which may include the extreme step of relieving him of his position.”

Keyamo’ petition further said that “On or about the 1st day of January, 2018, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, caused the men and officers of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad to invade the family compound of our clients in Edoji, Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State. Six persons (including our clients) were arrested, handcuffed like common criminals and driven to the SARS office in Nnewi. They were subsequently taken to the SARS headquarters in Awkuzu, near Awka. Up till this point, our clients were not informed of the reason(s) for their arrests.

“It was at SARS headquarters in Awkuzu that our clients were handed over to other armed officers who identified themselves as being from Special Tactical Squad, S.T.S, a team that works directly in the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Our clients and one Izuchukwu Elombah were then taken all the way by road (and in handcuffs) to Abuja.

“It was in Abuja that the officers then subjected our clients to hours of grueling interrogation regarding an article published in another blog called, titled ‘IGP Ibrahim Idris’s Unending Baggage of Controversies”. The article in question was not published by our clients’ blog,, and our clients denied any link to the author, one Ebiowei Dickson. Daniel and Izuchukwu Elombah were eventually released on bail, but have been made to report constantly since then.

“However, the Police got a Remand Order to detain Tim for seven days which expired more than a week ago and the Police are still holding Tim illegally. We now understand that the Police have prepared a Charge against our clients and they would soon be arraigned.”

Herdsmen Kill Farmer in Ogun State

A farmer in his 60s, Adetona Owolabi, has reportedly been killed by suspected herdsmen who inflicted various machete cuts on him in Afon, Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State.

The farmer was said to have been working on his farmland located few metres away to the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta road when he was attacked by the herdsmen for challenging them when their cattle was grazing and destroying his farm produce such as cassava, yam and vegetables.

Ironically, the incident occurred few hours after the State Government held a meeting with security chiefs and representatives of various stakeholders such as leaders of the Fulani, Hausa communities and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigera in order to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers and also to ensure safety of lives and property.

Ali Modu Sherif Group In Edo Dumps PDP or F

Edo PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship elections, Matthew Iduoriyekenmwen, the member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor in the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, former member of the State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku have led several others have defected to the APC, saying they left PDP for its impunity.

Iduoriyekenmwen who commended former governor Adams Oshiomole of the APC said “You all know that I resigned from the PDP since September 2017 and I decided to watch and see. I wanted to be governor of the state and if you have somebody that is doing what will do and even doing it better, you have to join him. We believe that our children must have education, government must make life meaningful for the people, I see sincerity in this government, I see sincerity in Governor Obaseki, I see that he doesn’t need distraction, we think that all we can do is to join him ion developing the state. Those of us that will have opposed him, we said we will join him to make the state better so whether you like it or not, Edo state is now a one party state, I want to thank Oshiomhole for providing the leadership”.

The serving Governor Godwin Obaseki welcomed them, “We don’t have new joiners; they are part of us; no difference no demarcation, new comer, everybody is the same.”

Nigeria Develops Ebola, Malaria Herbal Drugs

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) says it has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, Malaria and other diseases.

The NIPRD Director-General, Prof. Karniyus Gamaniel, said this while presenting the score card of his eight-year tenure (2009 to 2017) in Abuja on Friday.

The programme, organised by NIPRD, aimed to present the products researched and developed by the institute and present staff service awards to deserving worker.

He said that ‘NIPRIBOL’, a fixed dose combination drug was developed by the institute for the treatment of Ebola Virus Disease, adding that the institute had completed the Phase I study of the drug.

Gamaniel said that the institute had also developed ‘NIPRIMAL’, an anti-malaria for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, stating that the drug was also safe for use by pregnant women.

Others are: ‘NIPRIMUNE’ an immunostimulant which can also be used to manage HIV in Nigeria and ‘NIPRIFAN’ for the treatment of fungal skin infection.

He said that another product developed by the institute, ‘NIPRD Oil’, could be used as a nasal decongestant, insect repellant, air freshner and an anti-inflammatory agent.

He however noted that excessive use of this oil could cause irritation.

He said that “the institute has also developed ‘NIPRISAN’ for the management of sickle cell anaemia.

“We are currently concluding plans to carry out commercial production and distribution of this product.

“We have developed and implemented various institutional policies for effective governance, this include the scheme and condition of service, intellectual policy and quality management system.

“We have also ensured the introduction of traditional herbal medicine into the national health system and established partnerships with local and international organisations.

“The core competence of NIPRD is in the development of phytomedicines from indigenous plants and products, clinical trials, among others; we are a quality assured institute,” Gamaniel said.

He said that presenting a report was necessary as it would serve as a baseline for the new leadership and provide an opportunity for new strategies to be introduced.

The institute presented awards to over 150 staff for their hard work and dedication to the growth of the institute, and the research and development of traditional herbal products.


Akande, A Foremost Nationalist – Osun Assembly

By Damilola Olujide

Osun state House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salam has described Chief Adebisi Akande as a foremost nationalist with keen interest for a better Nigeria.

The House congratulated the former Governor of the State, who clocks 79. The house also disclosed that he is a figure worthy of emulation by the younger generation especially for his prudent nature in governance.

According to a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye on Tuesday, the House expressed its delight to join other friends, family and associates of Akande to celebrate him.

The parliament added that Baba Omo Keekeke as he is fondly called is no doubt a  politician with impact and indeed a man of many parts who has occupied strategic positions like being the National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as well as being the first and only Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akande was the Secretary to the State Government, Deputy Governor both in the old Oyo State and also the Executive Governor of Osun and gave the state a solid foundation.

While wishing him long life and prosperity, the House also wished Chief Akande good health, noting that he has positively touched lives and added values to Osun and Nigeria at large.

Adult Education Helps To Solve Problems

Adult education and development have been extremely very useful for developing countries.

The concept of adult education which has wide acceptability is a process whereby persons who no longer attend school on a full time basis undertake sequential and organized activities with the conscious intention of bringing changes to their activities interms of knowledge for the purpose of identifying and solving personal problems.

Its wide acceptability to countries globally is greatly appreciated. Adult education is a vital and veritable organ in education, as it helps to improve development both at the National, state and rural communities.

Adult education and development has contributed to the development of various countries especially the under developed countries in various areas, just as the adult education-based journals have been of immense value to researchers.

Students of Adults education are making use of the journals in writing their projects. This is because the journals touch all aspects of adult education progamme.

As an individual and an ardent reader of adult education and development journals, I will rather admonish that both the government and private organizations should do more in encouraging adult education, which would in turn, automatically assist in solving some major national problems.


We Are Still Living In Fear, Ortom Tells APC Govs

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, on Friday, said that people of the state live in fear and still under siege of Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom stated this while receiving northern and All Progressive Congress governors led by the chairman, governors forum, Shetima Kashim, at the new banquet hall, Makurdi.

In attendance were five governors; Shetima Kashim, (Borno), Simon Lalong, (Plateau), Mallam El Rufai, (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello, (Kogi) and Mohamad Abubakar, (Jigawa) as well as deputy governor of Osun state, Chief Mrs Grace Titilayo Tomori.

Ortom said that the fear of the people stemmed from continuous threat by the herdsmen who despite the killings still issued threat on daily basis to take over Benue land.

According to him, “we thank God that peace is gradually returning to the state but there are still pockets of challenges here, we know the challenges will soon be over because our people are always alert to give useful information to security operatives around”.

“Let me tell you that our people are still living in fear and under siege; living in fear because of the series of threat by Kautal Hore which started the threat since seven months ago, they are not mere threat.

“We have evidence against them, what we are saying is that federal government should arrest the leadership of Kautal Hore”.

Governor Ortom who appreciated the visit said that the state is committed to one Nigeria and assured president Buhari of the state’ s committed to his administration.

The governor, however, expressed confidence that Nigeria will soon take its rightful position as the giant of Africa if leaders are sincere and stand by the truth.

“This country is blessed with great potentials to be great in the world and that is if we leaders should stop pretending but stand by the truth.”

Just In: Court Nullifies Ajimobi’s Installation Of 21 Kings

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

Breaking: Saraki Appoints 156 Legislative Aides


Ilorin West:

Ilorin East:

Ilorin South:

This appointment is with immediately effect.

All appointees are expected to report on 23rd January 2018 at office of the Director General, ABS Constituency Office , Mandate House, ILORIN.


ALH. Musa Abdullahi



1. Suleiman Arowona.

2. Adelabu Aremu Toyin

3. Abdulsalam.B. Habbas




1. Oseni Jimoh

2. Rasaq Akande

3. Gafar Saka Lekan




1. Abdullahi Mohammed

2. Alhaja Fatimoh Abdulganiyu

3. Saka Aremu Taofiq

*Budo Egba*



1. Murutala ibrahim Tola

2. Ganiyu Amao Owole

3. Kamaldeen Jimoh




1. Taiye Magaji Oguntoyinbo

2. Fatai Jimoh

3. Abdulsalam Abiodun Lukmon




1. Saadudeen Babatunde

2. Abibat Taiye Tanimola

3. Seriki Bolakale Jamiu




1. Ishola Isiaka Muhammed

2. Abiodun Saka

3. Sulaiman Aremu




1. Olasheu Kafaya

2. Ajadi Ganiyu

3. Babatunde Kareem

*Efeu/ Berekodo*



1. Haruna Hammed Olalekan

2. Salaudeen Bolaji

3. Ayinde Olaiya Waheed

*Otte/ Ballah*



1. Ibrahim Salaiman

2. Busari Abdulateef

3. Salman Ibrahim

*Owode/ Gbogun*



1. Abdulmumeen Olamilekan Ayo

2. Abdulwasiu Rahaman

3. Alhaji M.B. Olagunju




1. Rafiu Amosa

2. Ibrahim Ayinla

3. Ibrahim Laaro Babi




1. Sulaiman Ajimasun

2. Tajudeen Atu

3. Yahaaya wasiu olayinka




1. Fatai Abdulsalam Amao

2. Taofeek Atanda

3. Saka Omotosho Abdulwahab




1. Sofiu Ibrahim

2. Fatimoh Sulaiman

3. Ibrahim Nurudeen




1. Turawa Muinat Alake

2. Wasiu Ajadi Werijo

3. Alawiye Muinat M.

*Awe/ Orimaro/ Adigbongbon*



1. Sheu Idris

2. Azeez Rafiu

3. Isiaka Ahmed Sheu

*Okeweru/ Yowere 11*




1. ALH. Raheem Kajola

2. Mallam Ibrahim Adebayo

3. Ayinla AbdulRasheed




1. Babatunde Jimoh

2. Mustapha Yinka

3. Amosa Bolakale Uthman




1. Mallam Ibrahim Saheed

2. Abdulwaheed Olaiya

3. Olowookere S. Olayiwola




1. Abdullahi Baba Agunka

2. Alhaja Tayo Musa

3. Aremu Mustapha Olayinka

*Magaji Ngeri*



1. Abdulkareem Salau

2. Mashood Balikis

3. Sulyman AbdulAhmed




1. Muritala Sulaiman Olasupo

2. Alhaja Saka Adamon

3. Musa Hussain Aladie




1. Oba Alaha

2. Sule Elewu

3. Abdulazeez.O. Usman




1. Wasiu Araoyo

2. Alhaji Saka Iyanda Akolu

3. Abdulkareem Adekunle.Y.




1. Mr. Tunde Salaudeen

2. Ajagun Abdulkareem Ganiyu

3. Abdulfatai Ayo




1. Abdulwasiu Olobi

2. Mustapha Yusuf

3. Jimoh AbdulRahman




1. Mashood Adio

2. Saadu Sarafa Gold

3. Isiaka Onimago Wasiu




1. Tunde AbdulRaheem

2. Saka Salman

3. Sanni Yusuf Babatunde





1. Suleiman Bolaji Abubakar

2. Abdullahi Alata

3. Ismail Sulyman Bukola

*Gambari 1*



1. Bashirat Omololu Magaji

2. Abdullahi AbdulRahman

3. Ahmed Bolaji AbdulRauf

*Gambari 2*



1. Yusuf Mohammed

2. Sherifat Sheu

3. Akano AbdulRasheed




1. Adama YAKUBU

2. Balogun S. Suleiman

3. Ibrahim AbdulRasheed

*Are 1*



1. Sefiu AbdulKareem

2. Rapheal .A. Ogedengbe

3. Kadir Rasheed .A.

*Are 2*



1. Ishola Kareem Ayeloja

2. BABA Azeez iyanda

3. Ahmad AbdulKabar Afolabi.O.




1. Ayinla Wasiu

2. Wahab Salman Amolegbe

3. Ajape Abdulkabir Afolabi




1. Kamaldeen Apara

2. Hajia kadijat omoga

3. Ayinde Saheed




1. Akanni Alabi Ibrahim

2. AbdulRaheem Iyabo

3. Solihu Yusuph Amuda




1. Rafa Adebola

2. Toyin Aliu




1. Issa jimoh

2. Daud (Alfa) Mahmud

3. Babatunde Lukman




1. Adekunke Adedoyin

2. Bola Azeez

3. Abdlkadir Abdulwasiu




1. Sherifat Olanrewaju

2. Hon. kazeem AbdulRaheem

3. Ayinde Kamaldeen

Akanbi 1



1. Hon, Salami Olakumle

2. AbdulKareem Lumen

3. Fatai Olanrewaju

Akanbi 2



1. Kareem Lekan Alabi

2. Saheed Salaman

3. Kareem Toyin Ayinla

Akanbi 3



1. Ibrahim Ishola

2. Muhammed Nuhu Yahaya

3. Dare Jimoh

Akanbi 4



1. Murutala Salman

2. Mohammed Jamiu Saka

3. Yahaya Quadri

Akanbi 5



1. Kareem Rafiu Ajibola

2. Hon, Saheed Aminu popo

3. Ibrahim AISHAT

Okaka 1



1. Alh, Issa Sakamo

2. Hon, Kazeem AbdulRaheem

3. AbdulRahaman Abdulfatai

Okaka 2



1. FATAI Idilobe

2. Sanni Toyin Olowo

3. Ibrahim Rilwanulahi Bukola

Balogun Funlani 1



1. J.O AbdulRaheem

2. Ibrahim Bolaji Ishola

3. Abubakar MOHAMMED Jamiu

Balogun Funlani 2



1. ALH, AbdulGaniyu Olola

2. Comrade AHMED Abdullahi

3. Muhyideen Isaa

Balogun Funlani 3



1. ALH, Oladimeji Ajadi

2. Hammed Ikmat Busayo

3. Abubakar Abdulmumeen




Mallam Abdullahi Oganija

Director Of Media & Publicity

ABS Constituency Office, Mandate.