Friday, 30 September 2016

Budget Padding: Court to hear Jibrin's suit on Oct 21

Budget Padding: Court to hear Jibrin's suit on Oct 21

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday fixed October 21 for hearing in a suit filed by a former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin,‎ challenging his suspension from the House.

Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, was on Wednesday suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days.

This happened while the embattled legislator’s suit which he filed earlier on August 9, 2016, then seeking a court order to stop any plan by the lower legislative chamber to suspend him, was still pending before the court.

Jibrin’s suspension on Wednesday was a fallout of his campaign since July for the removal of the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House over allegation that they padded the 2016 budget with about N40bn.

The legislator had filed his suit during the just concluded vacation of the Federal High Court, but he could not get it heard by Justice Okon Abang, due to the plaintiff’s failure to first seek and obtain leave of the court for the hearing of the‎ case during the period.

The case was reassigned to Justice John Tsoho when the court resumed from ‎vacation and the matter was fixed for Friday for mention.

Jibrin’s lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abdulhamid, on Friday informed the judge that the House of Representatives had, by going ahead to suspend his client ‘overreached’ his client’s motion filed before the court to seek an order restraining the House from carrying out the suspension.

Justice Tsoho said since the day’s business was for the mention of the case, he would prefer to adjourn it till October 21 for the hearing of all pending motions.

Apart from Jibrin’s motion, also pending before the court is a notice of preliminary objection filed by the House of Representatives ‎and other defendants challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

The defendants were represented in court on Friday by Mr. Kalu Onuoha.

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LASU to charge ex-students N15,000 for certificate – after October 21

LASU to charge ex-students N15,000 for certificate – after October 21

The Lagos state university (LASU) has called on former students who graduated over 10 years ago to collect their certificates before October 21.

Any alumni who fails to adhere will have to pay a fine of N15,000.

According to the university, there are 24,734 certificates belonging to students who graduated with diplomas and degrees gathering dust in the office of the registry.

Adekoya Martins, acting head, centre for information, press and public relation, LASU, spoke on behalf of the university on their chosen course of action and sanction.

“Before you know it, some the graduates of the university ‎will be clamouring that LASU is withholding their certificates.

“Now that the certificates have been signed and released for collection, only a few are coming for it.

“Collection of certificates commenced on Sept. 26 and it will end on Oct.21.

“Payment for late collection after the stipulated period of four weeks, after Friday, 21st October, is N15, 000 only,’’ he said.‎

Certificates are available for collection at the Certificate Unit of the Exams and Records at the University Registry.

‎There is a breakdown of the certificates and the faculties affected in the bulleting the university put out.

Graduates are encouraged to visit the university website for more information.

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Benefits of early morning s*x

Benefits of early morning s*x

Prof. Musa Yakubu of University of Ilorin has said having s*x in the early morning lowers blood pressure and reduces risks of heart attack.

Yakubu of the Department of Biochemistry made the assertion in a paper, “Knocking Down the Barriers to Four O’Clock Activities and Reproductive Inadequacies”, presented at the 163rd Inaugural lecture of the university on Friday.

He said that having s*xual intercourse, three to four times a week, was good for love life.

“Research has shown that s*x boosts immune system by stimulating the body’s first line of defence and production of immunoglobulin A (IgA), against cold and fever,” he said.

Immunoglobulin A is one of the most common antibodies in the body system.

Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins.

S*x, according to Yakubu also regulates menstruation in women by influencing the levels of lutenizing hormones that control menstrual period and promote better sleep.

He said s*x also releases the feel-good chemical, known as oxytocin, which enhances closeness with one’s partner and makes people feel happier for a longer period of time.

“Lovemaking of about 20 minutes reduces 150 calories,” he said.

The professor of Biochemistry postulated that s*x is the most powerful creative force given to human by God for pleasure and deep companionship.

Yakubu, however, noted that any marriage in which the man or woman could not enjoy s*xual intercourse or satisfy their partner in bed was a dead marriage.

He said lack of s*xual satisfaction had led to the collapse of many marriages in Nigeria, and urged couples to seek for solutions to the problem.

“S*xual and reproductive dysfunctions are common among men and women in Nigeria, which necessitates regular screening and check-ups,” he said.

He also said that traditional medicines had been authenticated to cure s*xual dysfunctions.


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Wife of CBN Governor Emefiele, Kidnapped

Wife of CBN Governor Emefiele, Kidnapped

A group of heavily armed kidnappers on Thursday, September 30, 2016 abducted Margaret Emefiele, the wife of Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

According to Sahara Reporters, a source close to Mr. Emefiele said that Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped along the Benin-Agbor Road. The kidnappers were reported to have made contact with Godwin Emefiele, adding that they were demanding a huge sum in ransom.

Details later.

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World Cup Qualifiers - Rohr Accepts Uyo Stadium For Algeria Clash

World Cup Qualifiers - Rohr Accepts Uyo Stadium For Algeria Clash

Super Eagles coach has agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation to play the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria November 7 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

After the Africa Cup of Nations game against Tanzania at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Rohr had groaned about the poor condition of the pitch and vowed not to return unless there was an improvement on it.

"We will play our game against the team of Algeria in Uyo. This is a stadium that offers all the amenities and is comparable to European stages.

"Against Tanzania, the players were comfortable. The only problem was that the pitch was a bit worn out, but by our game against the Algerian team, the grass will be in a very good condition," said Rohr.

He disclosed that Uyo was the choice of the NFF for the game and he has been assured that the pitch will be okay before the Algeria game.

"It's a choice. I have given my opinion on this city and the officials told me that the match will take place in Uyo."

The Super Eagles will play their first match of the qualification games October 9 against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. They need a win in their first two games to be in good position to reach Russia 2018.

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Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Another brutal act of jungle justice has been perpetrated in the South-eastern part of the country with two youths falling victims.

The 30th of September, 2016 will be a 'dark day' in the lives of these alleged armed robbers who were apprehended after a failed operation in Abia State.

A social media user based in Abia State reported the barbaric treatment given to the nabbed culprits on the street with gory pictures of their bloodied faces released.

In the words of the news poster:

"This afternoon, 4 robbers came to Oriaku street Aba, Abia state. They came to where some women were plaiting hair and stole their phones and money, shot a guy and ran away.

"Two were later caught at Umuocham Road and they were brought back to Oriaku street where the stole and shot a man, while the others fled."

"Everyone in the street came out to see the faces of the robbers. They were severely beaten and striped unclad. The mob was about burning them when police came and whisked them away"

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Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

Terrible!!! 2 Robbers Stripped N*ked and Brutally Beaten after a Failed Operation (Graphic Photos)

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I’ll continue to blame past governments for Nigeria’s woes – Buhari

I’ll continue to blame past governments for Nigeria’s woes – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said despite the criticisms of many, he would continue to blame his predecessors for Nigeria’s woes.

He said passing the buck, which people have been frowning at, was important in order for Nigerians to know what went wrong with the country.

Buhari spoke at an event tagged, “The Conversation: An evening with creative youths,” held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The event, attended also by the President’s wife, Aisha; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo; as well as governors and other top government officials, had “Creative youth as drivers of the change agenda” as its theme.

Buhari said, “I am going to bore you with what we met. I know that I am being accused in the papers of passing the buck, but passing the buck is sometimes absolutely necessary to remind people who take things for granted.

“When we came in, I screamed to high heavens because I had promised a lot while seeking votes.

“I said where is the saving? There was no saving. There was no infrastructure, power, rails, roads, there was none. What did we spend the money on? I was told buying food and petrol.

“Where were the billions going? We conducted a study and found out that the oil marketers were committing fraud on at least one third ‎of what they were importing, which is about 25 per cent of our foreign exchange.

‎”The youth must watch our elite, especially with the condition we found ourselves. It is unpatriotic for anybody to pretend that economically we have no problem.

“I have bored you with this long explanation because there are things that could be hidden from you by those that have mismanaged the country in the last 16, 17 years.”

The President therefore tasked Nigerian youths to be alive to their responsibilities of holding their leaders and the elite accountable.

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The solution to Nigeria’s crisis does not lie with one man - Atiku

The solution to Nigeria’s crisis does not lie with one man - Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, says he supports the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in spite of the present economic challenges.

In a message marking the 56th Independence anniversary of the country he released on Friday, Atiku urged Nigerians not to make the mistake of imagining that the antidote to this current crisis lies with any one man/woman or the government alone.

He urged citizens to join hands with the government to pull the economy out of recession.

While emphasising the need to quickly get the economy on a roll, the former vice-president said that foreign confidence on Nigeria’s ability to end the crisis was eroding.

“We are witnessing an increasing loss of foreign confidence in the ability of Nigerians to resolve the economic downturn,”he said.

“There has been a slowdown of badly needed foreign investment, which has decelerated economic development that is so essential to the well-being of the ordinary Nigerian. The average Nigerian is worried about the state of things and yearning for a vibrant economy within a peaceful and stable environment so that he/she can carry on with daily endeavours to make ends meet.

“This time demands that we cut our coat according to our cloth, but more than anything else it demands that we lend a helping hand to one another and form a formidable coalition to push back the recession. We didn’t come to this state by our own choice.

“True, we might have made some mistakes in not being frugal at the time of surplus, it may also be true also that our policymakers kept on living in denial when this recession could have been nipped in the bud. But the mistake we must not make at the moment is to imagine that the antidote to this current crisis lies with any one man/woman or the government alone. We all must come together as patriots to fight back this ugly situation.

“Governments, corporations and private businesses must do all they can to ensure that people keep their jobs. Despicable as this moment may be, it must call to task the creativity of our young people to innovate and create unique opportunities. We must fight back at this recession on our own terms. We must never allow it to defeat our creative prowess or set us back on terms that we are not prepared for.

“I have spent a lifetime fighting for our citizens inside and outside the government, and I stand on this day of pride to assure all Nigerians that we shall all face the challenges together. This I know is not a job for one man/woman but a job for all of us.

“I stand with our president in his quest to right the turbulent ship of Nigeria. I call on all Nigerians to join hands and unite behind the common goal of making Nigeria a great nation in our lifetime.”

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Illegal grazing: 9 Fulani herdsmen, 25 cows, 51 sheep arrested in Abuja

Illegal grazing: 9 Fulani herdsmen, 25 cows, 51 sheep arrested in Abuja

The acting Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Mrs Omolola Olanipekun, on Friday, disclosed that the body has arrested nine herdsmen and confiscated 25 cows and 51 sheep over illegal grazing in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Speaking during a press briefing in Abuja, Olanipekun also disclosed that the affected herdsmen were penalised by the mobile court which imposed fines ranging from N3,000 to N7,000 on them.

Olanipekun further disclosed that 589 street hawkers were arrested and fined by the mobile court.

According to her, “We don’t want a repeat of what is happening in other states, we don’t want loss of lives because of cattle.

“We have met with the cattle rearers and they promised that they would try and get their people off the streets, but unfortunately, they did not fully comply. We have been arresting them and we discovered that there is another group that we have not met.

“We are preparing to meet with them and let them know that we don’t want cows in the city. If we start killing them (cattle), like the senator wants us to do, they would react and we don’t want bloodshed here. Very soon, I promise, the cattle would be where they are supposed to be.”

Recall that the Senate, through its Committee Chairman on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, had ordered the slaughter of cows found in the city centre .

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Wike Discusses Investment With UK Minister For Africa

Wike Discusses Investment With UK Minister For Africa

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday held discussions with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa, Mr. Tobias Ellwood, on investment opportunities in the state, especially in the area of agriculture. The governor said his administration had created the right platform for foreign direct investment by concentrating on the development of basic infrastructure across the state.

The governor also said that the state government has started the process for the construction of a specialist tertiary hospital in the state. Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday when he granted audience to Ellwood, who is the Minister for Africa, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, Wike pledged to always cooperate with the United Kingdom to enhance the state’s development.

He also noted that his administration will grant access to land backed with certificate of occupancy for willing investors. He said: “We are promoting partnership in the area of agriculture because we believe that it will create employment opportunities for our youths.

“The current economic recession requires that we look inwards. We have improved the security architecture in the state and it is the best investment environment in the region and the country.”

Earlier, Ellwood said the United Kingdom will assist the Nigerian Government in its bid to diversify her economy, adding that the visit was also aimed at improving the relationship between the UK government and the Rivers State.

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US Invests $50m In Niger Drone Base

US Invests $50m In Niger Drone Base

President Buhari

The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Friday blasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for chasing shadows while the country slides deeper into economic mess.

The group’s stand is a fallout of the Attorney-General of the Federation’s failure to open its prosecution on the case of alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules, which it instituted against the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The CLO, in a statement titled “SENATE STANDING RULE SAGA: FG IS FIDDLING WHILE THE COUNTRY BURNS”, came hard on Buhari for misplacing priorities, leading to the worsening hardship in the country and the increasing spate of death by suicide among Nigerians.

CLO’s Executive Director, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike‎‎, declared that “the reopening of investigation by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rule, which is pending before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, comes to us as a rude shock.”

He said the latest development in the case beats imagination, especially the declaration of the investigation as “inconclusive” by the Office of the AGF, even after it had earlier claimed to have concluded and preferred criminal charges against the Senate’s Presiding Officers.

“This is so given the fact that the AGF had earlier tendered an Affidavit of Conclusion of Investigation deposed to, on oath, by Mr. Okara Neji Jonah, Litigation Officer of the Federal Ministry of Justice avowing that the Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department had ‘concluded investigation of the case and has forwarded the file to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation for Prosecution’.

“Only today, at the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the AGF and his team could not prepare their reply to the written Summons over 90 days they were served with the document.

“As a result, the court could not sit on the matter nor the Senate whose members were in court in solidarity with their two presiding officers. While the leaders of the country are supposed to sit down to plan how to proffer solutions on how to revamp the ailing economy that is causing monumental hardship to the citizens, the principal actors of the state are in engrossed in legal duel that consume their legitimate time of national service.

“This is worrisome as the whole exercise smacks of a desperation by the Presidency to cripple and pocket the federal legislature, the nation’s hallowed institution of democracy, by every means possible,” he stated.

The CLO raised concerns that the reopening of investigation by the AGF and IGP appeared to corroborate the position of the Senate  “that the names of the accused persons were politically generated as names of the Senate President, Senator Dr. Olusola Saraki, and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu could not in any way be related to the Proof of Evidence, including petition by members of the Senate Unity Forum, statements by persons interrogated by the Police, and the police report itself, as their names appeared nowhere in the documents nor any wrongdoing linked to them.”

Following the trend of events, Ezike declared, “CLO can assume that the Office of the AGF and Ministry of Justice have committed perjury, having earlier deposed to an Affidavit on Oath, to the effect that investigation had been concluded on the allegation and water-tight case established against the accused men, only to turn round to reopen investigation on the same matter that investigation, hitherto, by their oath, had been concluded.

“Beyond these, is the fact that the Gestapo manner in reopening of investigation on a pending trial without first discontinuing it, is an act of impunity, corruption and abuse of due process. This act, in itself, reminds Nigerians of the ugly days of military rule when due process and the rule of law were incessantly and brazenly violated.

“CLO recalls that His Lordship, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ruled on June 28, 2016, that the prosecution of the Presiding Officers and two others by the AGF, who was, until his appointment as a Minister, was a legal counsel to the Respondents in the suit challenging the constitutionality of Executive’s meddlesomeness in the internal affairs of the Senate without allowing the court to determine the legality of the police investigation/report, was “a gross abuse of legal process and an action taken in desperate haste”.

“This obscene manipulation of the machinery of justice to subvert the foundations of democracy, prioritise the will or rule of man over the rule of law, and indeed reduce our hard-won democracy to a civilian junta is very worrisome.

“CLO is disturbed by these anti-democratic practices because we were one of the organisations that led the struggle that wrestled powers from military and restored democracy to Nigeria with huge prices in human and material terms.

“Instead of wearing the thinking caps to cogitate and plan on how to rescue Nigerians from the present economic quagmire and restore happiness and hope to the citizens, the APC government is wasting time on inanities. Meanwhile, the last time we checked, naira had slipped to N445 to a US dollar in the parallel market and N308 on the interbank market, while cost of living has hit the rooftop.

“Police report, earlier this month, showed that 62 Nigerians, so far, have committed suicide in the last six months. Nigerians are no longer suffering and smiling, we are suffering and dying.

“The continued hunting of National Assembly leaders close to two years after they were elected while our country is gradually dieing is a testimony to the fact that this government does not share in the sufferings and hardship of the people as it pretends to.

“It, therefore, worries us more that the Federal Government is busy chasing rats, while the entire house is on fire. Nigeria is the greatest loser because all these power games are coming at a time when all hands are needed to be on deck, with all the arms of government working concertedly and intensively to salvage the nation’s dying economy.

“Besides, it also gives cause for deep concern that a government, which intends to woo and retain foreign investors would hurriedly dock the presiding officers of its highest lawmaking body like common criminals without any credible evidence as it is turning out to be, but only to turn round to shop for evidences to achieve a predetermined mindset.

Which wise foreign investors would invest in such a climate where the highest political leaders and the citizens are “criminals” and the judicial system a problem to obtaining justice.

“For the umpteenth time, CLO calls on President Mohammadu Buhari, to get his priorities right. He should separate primordial from national interest. This Senate forgery trial is so fraught with manipulations that may tend to make one think that the “war” is not the national interest.

It is a distraction that we can do without in this dire times when Mr. President is supposed to inspire confidence, trust and unity among our people than the dance of “kokoma” that this regime has danced since it came to power.

“What Nigerians need now are food on the table, jobs for their teeming children, respect for the rule of law, due process and human rights and bouncing our economy into a robust one that can give hope to all of us, not fight of acrimony that neither enriches our system nor promote our economy.

“CLO maintains that the choice of the leaders of the National Assembly is an internal matter of the NASS which nobody except the members can query. It had happened severally in the past and heavens didn’t fall. It is important that we allow the doctrine of the Principles of Separation of Powers to succeed as it is one of the credential of constitutional democracy.

“The solidarity which the Senators have shown to their leaders since this senseless trial is a testimony to the fact that the Presidency is chasing a wild goose.

The government should reserve its energy to address other serious crises attacking the Federation such the collapsing economy, hunger, poverty and internal insurrections tearing the ruling party and the major opposition party apart rather than this waste of time and scarce resources on an unserious matter,” the rights concluded.

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US Invests $50m In Niger Drone Base

US Invests $50m In Niger Drone Base

The US is investing at least $50m in a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones.

The US already has a presence in the capital Niamey, where it shares an airbase with France’s anti-Islamist force, Operation Barkhane.

MQ-9 Reaper drones are stationed there.

But the new facility, in the central city of Agadez, will give Washington greater ability to use drones against Islamist extremists in neighbouring countries like Libya, Mali and Nigeria.

A spokeswoman for the Pentagon, Michelle Baldanza, confirmed the US had agreed to pay for a new runway and “associated pavements, facilities and infrastructure”.

She estimated the cost at $50m but The Intercept, which first reported the story, said it is projected to cost twice that.

The investigative news site reports that it has obtained files that show the project is considered “the most important US military construction effort in Africa” and will be completed in 2017.

Drones, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) are used by the military for surveillance and to drop bombs, in places where it is too risky or difficult to send a pilot, reports the BBC.

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Obasanjo Calls For NNPC Reform, Opposes Sale Of National Assets

Obasanjo Calls For NNPC Reform, Opposes Sale Of National Assets

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if he is serious about taking the country out of recession.

Obasanjo, who also carpeted President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, business mogul, Aliko Dangote and other proponents of the sale of national assets, maintained that the NNPC reform is best done to lift the economy out of recession and create wealth for Nigerians.

Instead of putting the national heritage up for sale, he said the government should reform the NNPC, adding that selling of national assets and calls for it are wrong.

The former president spoke when the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, paid him a courtesy visit in his Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital yesterday.

He, however, declared during Baru’s visit that he did not “understand this talk of selling of national assets.” He used the GMD’s visit to call for the urgent reform of the business operations model of the NNPC by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government, maintaining that this is best done to lift the economy out of recession.

He said: “What I do understand is reform. I believe organisations like the NNPC should be reformed. I don’t understand this talk of selling of national assets. Selling of national assets is wrong. “But reform is what I think should be done so that we can run the business of NNPC the way it should be run.

“If there is any organisation that can help us quickly get out of recession, it is NNPC. If you work hard, you can get around the situation. I want to encourage you and hope that the little difference we have started seeing will continue.”

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How we recovered over N1bn from politicians, others in Niger Delta within seven months – EFCC

How we recovered over N1bn from politicians, others in Niger Delta within seven months – EFCC

The South-South office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has disclosed that over N1bn was recovered from politicians and other cases in the geo-political zone.

EFCC’s South-South Zonal Head, Ishaq Salihu made this disclosure while addressing protesters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a protest by the Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide over the probe of the former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

Salihu explained that the amount which was recovered between January and September falls into two categories.

According to Salihu, “Between January 2 and September 2 alone, the EFCC South-South office has recovered N1.30 billion. What I said can be verified, there are records on that.

“The amount falls into two categories. One, recovery from the Federal Government and the state governments, and recoveries from politicians, and individuals that reported their cases to the EFCC and whose money had been returned.

“We have Recovery Account at the Central Bank of Nigeria. The last time I checked, we have recovered from politicians over N500.5m, that make up the N1bn. Nobody should justify the illegality that has been going on.”

This disclosure is coming at a time the anti-graft agency’s boss, Ibrahim Magu observed that not all Nigerians believe that corruption is wrong  , but reiterated his decision to fight the vice.

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Angry Jose Mourinho slams his assistant

Angry Jose Mourinho slams his assistant

Jose Mourinho angrily lashed out at one of his assistants during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Lorya Zuhansk in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Portuguese took out his frustrations at Giovanni Cerra for getting the opposition line-up wrong as he walked over to his assistant in the dug-out before slamming shut his laptop, reports the Daily Mirror.

An angry Mourinho said after United's 1-0 Europa League win over Ukrainian minnows Zorya Luhansk: “It was set pieces, organisation, they changed their team before the game.

“Paul Pogba was a bit confused with the changes and obviously I want my assistants to take care of all the details.”

The former Chelsea boss was however happier with Wayne Rooney, as he came of the bench to set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the winner with a scuffed shot within two minutes of his introduction.

“He was laughing that he could say he made a good assist!” he said.

“But really, he gave us at that time what we needed, which was a second presence in the box.

“He’s more of a striker than Juan Mata, who went to the right side.

“It was hard work. We deserved to win and we tried to win, but it was difficult. They were very well organised defensively, which we expected.”

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Why I kidnapped my sister’s child – Suspect

Why I kidnapped my sister’s child – Suspect

The Police in Lagos State has taken into custody a Ghanaian identified as Enyolam Believe, for allegedly kidnapping her niece in the Ikotun area of the state.

The Punch reports that a police source, who would not want his name mentioned, stated that “the suspect and the girl’s mother are sisters. Believe, however, colluded with her friend, Aigbomiam, to abduct the girl so that she could make money from the mother.”

The suspect conspired with her friend, Agatha Aigbomiam, to commit the crime last Tuesday.

They confessed to the crime while being paraded before journalists at the police command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday.

The 8-year-old child was abducted on her way to school and taken to Ogun State by Aigbomiam.

It was reported that the little girl cried out loudly to draw the attention of residents which led to the arrest of the two suspects.

The police source added that the 43-year-old Believe and the mother of the girl had searched for the child, including reporting a case of missing person at a police station.

The source added, “Their plan was that the friend would kidnap the child and hide her somewhere in Ogun State, while she would negotiate the ransom with the mother on the phone.

“When the girl went missing, the girl’s mother called her and they both searched for the girl. She even suggested that they should report the case to the police. The mother never suspected that she was behind the kidnap.”

He said the kidnapped girl raised alarm while in captivity, shouting that Aigbomiam was not her mother and called for help from some Ogun residents, who came to her aid.

The matter was said to have been reported to a community leader, who called in the police.

According to the police source, “When the police discovered that Aigbomiam was not alone in the crime and she was receiving calls from Believe, they decided to play along. They asked her to invite Believe to Ogun State.
“It was when she arrived that the police arrested her.

“The case was subsequently transferred to Lagos State where the offence was committed. That was where the mother of the girl saw that her own sister was behind her ordeal.”

Believe told newsmen that her plan was to make N30,000 from the kidnap, which she needed for a business.

She said, “I have my own children. I needed money badly that time and I thought of different ideas, which didn’t work.

“So, I decided to kidnap my sister’s daughter and demand N30,000 ransom from her. I involved my friend because I didn’t want to be the one to take the girl from school. I don’t know what came over me.”

Also, Aigbomiam, a 42-year-old trader from Ekpoma in Edo State, said Believe asked her to kidnap the victim after she returned from a surgery in Benin.

“She said she wanted to use the girl to collect some money from her sister. She just showed me the girl’s school and I kidnapped her around 7.30am on Tuesday, while she was going to school.

“I took her to my relative’s house in Ogun State. I was stupid for doing such a thing.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects will be arraigned in court at the end of investigation, while advising parents and guardians to be vigilant over their children and wards.

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Arsene Wenger On England Job: "Why Not?"

Arsene Wenger On England Job: "Why Not?"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be open to taking charge of England's national team in the future, with his contract at the Emirates Stadium expiring at the end of the season.

Sam Allardyce's tenure as England manager ended this week after just 67 days following alleged remarks he made in a video recorded by undercover reporters offering advice on how to circumvent Football Association (FA) rules on transfers.

Wenger has been mentioned as a potential replacement, but the Frenchman is only thinking about Arsenal for now.

"The England job? My priority is to do well here [at Arsenal]," Wenger said at a news conference as he celebrates his 20-year anniversary with the Gunners.

"This has always been my club. But one day if I am free, why not?

"But at the moment I am focused on my job."

Though Wenger has a decision to make on his future beyond the current campaign, Wenger is in no rush to make up his mind.

"I will make a decision at the end of the season," he added.

"What influences me the most is the fact that I feel I do well and I can move this team forward."

The 66-year-old was initially expected to leave the north Londoners at the end of his existing deal, but he has admitted he is keen for his "love story" with Arsenal to continue.

"I don't know if there will be a 25th anniversary," Wenger stated. "I do not rule anything out though. It is a love story. You want it to keep going and last forever.

"I have a passion for the game and always have the desire to improve. I do not manage the same now as five years ago or 20 years ago. I want to work and do well. But I realise it can be over tomorrow. It is a love story. You want it to keep going and last forever, but it can be over any day.

"It's certainly unusual in the modern world to work at one club for 20 years. The average life expectancy of a manager in England is about 18 months now.

"I think stability is very important as well in a company and the values, people who carry the values. For me a big club is first about values and its identity and the privilege I have to carry these values is very unusual in the modern game.

"It is a privilege to be here. I want to win absolutely everything here."

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His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

Mabior Garang de Mabior

Photos of South Sudan's new Minister for Water and Irrigation, Mabior Garang de Mabior who is known to have street credibility, has gone viral online. Check them out!

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

Mabior Garang de Mabior

Mabior Garang de Mabior, who is the son of late Sudan People's Liberation Army's iconic leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, is the newly appointed Minister of Water and Irrigation in South Sudan's transitional federal government.

The stylish young man who is known to have street credibility, was allegedly ejected from the first cabinet meeting in May 2016 over his poor dressing.

Below are more photos of the honourable minister;

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

His Dressing, Swagger & Lifestyle is Epic!: Meet South Sudan's Minister for Water & Irrigation (Photos)

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Labour hails INEC for transparent Edo polls

Labour hails INEC for transparent Edo polls

The Secretary General, Textile Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Mr Issa Aremu, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the successful conduct of the Edo State governorship election.

In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kaduna, Aremu ”also hails Mr Godwin Obaseki the winner in an election globally adjudged to be transparent, free and fair.”

It also acknowledged the role of other stakeholders including the contestants, political parties and security agents for cooperating with INEC at ensuring a peaceful election.

“We commend the good people of Edo State for turning out to vote the candidates of their choice and in particular for their abiding faith in democracy and the progressive direction of the Comrade Governor, Adam Oshiomhole. With such high participation, all Edo people are winners,” it stated.

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Polish woman to be sentenced in Abuja for N9million fraud

Polish woman to be sentenced in Abuja for N9million fraud

Dora Gilmaska

An FCT High Court in Abuja will on October 4 sentence a Polish woman, Dora Gilmaska, convicted of N9 million fraud.

This is contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, in Abuja on Thursday.

He stated that the convict was arraigned before Justice Abubakar Umar on November 7, 2012.

Gilmaska was found guilty of forging and issuing a cheque of N9 million to one Tayo Olugbemi, sometime in 2012.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Uwujaren said the Polish woman would be sentenced alongside her company, Icon Media and Marketing Agency Limited.

“The sentence was reserved after the convict was found guilty of a one-count charge of fraud brought against her by the EFCC,” he added.

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United States congratulates Nigeria at 56

United States congratulates Nigeria at 56

The United States of America on Friday congratulated Nigeria as it marks its 56th Independence Anniversary which holds on Saturday.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the US message was conveyed on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Kerry was said to have admitted that there was still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all in Nigeria, end corruption and win the fight against Boko Haram among other challenges.

He however expressed the confidence that Nigerians are working hard to address current national challenges.

Adesina quoted Kerry as saying, “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1.

I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity.

“There is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram, ensure broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people.

“But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges.

“The United States looks forward to deepening our partnership and friendship with Nigerians from all walks of life, so that we may work together for the betterment of Nigeria and all of Africa.

“Best wishes to all of you on this the 56th anniversary of your independence.”

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