Thursday, 30 June 2016

11 Fake Naval Officers Arrested in Rivers State by Nigerian Airforce...See their Faces

11 Fake Naval Officers Arrested in Rivers State by Nigerian Airforce...See their Faces

The alleged photo of some of the suspects

Men of the Nigerian Airforce have arrested 11 men suspected to be fake naval officers around the Rukpokwu Police checkpoint in Rivers State.

Some eleven fake naval officers who are said to have been parading themselves as Nigerian Navy personnel with different ranks in River State, have been arrested by the gallant officials of Nigerian Airforce around the Rukpokwu Police checkpoint in the state.

Speaking on Wednesday while handing over the suspects to the Rivers Police Command, the outgoing Commander NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim, disclosed that the suspects disguised as “merchant navy” with the aim of defrauding the public and some companies in the state.

According to Ibrahim, the Air Force, who had earlier detected the suspects and later arrested them, handed over the fake naval personnels to the Nigerian Navy.

“On June 17, the Air Police of the 97 Special Operations Group, Nigerian Air Force Port Harcourt, arrested 11 civilians around  the Rukpokwu police checkpoint parading themselves as naval personnel.

“The Air Force police later handed over the suspects to us (Navy) to enable us  to ascertain if they were truly naval personnel, among other details.

“During investigation, the suspects claimed that they were  merchant navy personnel, and which further findings revealed the organisation was fictitious,” he said.

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Emefiele-Finally-Admits-CBN-Flexible-Forex-Policy-is-on-Trial

Emefiele-Finally-Admits-CBN-Flexible-Forex-Policy-is-on-Trial

Godwin Emefiele

The apex bank in Nigeria has finally admitted the flexible Forex policy initiated to regulate the value of the naira is still at trial stage and more amendments will be made to improve the policy.

The Flexible Exchange Rate Inter-bank Market policy is on trial, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said yesterday.

It will make room for more stakeholders, including bureaux de change (BDC) operators, to participate, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said.

He spoke at the interactive session between the BDCs and the CBN on the new policy and the state of the forex market, The Nation reports.

He assured the BDCs that they will be factored in while acknowledging their impact on businesses. The broad framework and guidelines of the Flexible Exchange Rate Inter-bank Market was released by the CBN on June 15 during which it restored the automatic adjustment mechanism of the exchange rate with the re-introduction of a flexible inter-bank exchange rate market.

The CBN said the workings of this market will be consistent with its objectives of enhancing efficiency and facilitating a liquid and transparent Foreign Exchange Market.

Emefiele, who was represented by CBN Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Anthony Ikem, said: “The CBN wants to accommodate and carry all stakeholders along. All that management is requiring for the BDCs is to be more patient. The new policy is being tested. Efforts will be made to see how the BDCs, which are critical to economic development, will be carried along”

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PDP Governors causing party problems

PDP Governors causing party problems

Hope Uzodinma

Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Hope Uzodinma who is also a member of Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that governors are causing huge problems in the party.

The lawmaker said this in an interview with the New Telegraph, where he recalled that it was the PDP governors that brought Ali Modu Sheriff in the first place.

He said, “Remember it was the PDP governors that brought Ali Modu Sheriff in the first place to make him chairman.”

He noted that the party’s BoT and some stakeholders were not comfortable with the arrangement but the governors insisted and eventually convinced the other organs of the party.

He added, “Sheriff now came on board and sold himself to the stakeholders and we saw that he has capacity, so when the chairmanship was zoned to the North-East, they unanimously endorsed him as their candidate for ratification by the national convention. There was no other candidate from his zone.

“He was the consensus candidate of the North-East where the chairmanship was zoned to. Incredibly, the same governors, who brought and endorsed Sheriff in the first place, now decided to kick against his chairmanship.

“So, I don’t know what really happened or when the marriage between the governors and Sheriff crashed or what the problem is, but whichever way you look at it, it will not be out of place for anybody to say that the governors are a problem in the part.” he concluded.

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Court stops Abia Chief Judge, others from swearing in Ogah as Governor

Court stops Abia Chief Judge, others from swearing in Ogah as Governor

The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Thursday obtained a motion-exparte from the High Court of the state restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from issuing a Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The order of injunction also restrained the Chief Judge of Abia State or any other judge of the court from swearing in Ogah as governor while Ikpeazu remains in office.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Monday asked INEC to issue the Certificate of Return issued to Ogah, ruling that on the account of fake tax returns filed during the primaries, Mr Ikpeazu, ab initio was never qualified to run in the PDP primaries as a governorship candidate.

Court stops Abia Chief Judge, others from swearing in Ogah as Governor

Court stops Abia Chief Judge, others from swearing in Ogah as Governor

Following this order, INEC on Thursday issued a Certificate of Return to Ogah, who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primaries in Abia State.

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You Have Case To Answer – Court Tells Ohakim

You Have Case To Answer – Court Tells Ohakim

Ikedi Ohakim

A ‎Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a former Governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim, to open his defence to debunk the charges of money laundering instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola made this order in a ruling on Thursday after dismissing the no-case submission filed by the former governor who had claimed that the evidence led by the prosecution to prove its case had disclosed no prima facie case against him.

The EFCC on July 8, 2015, arraigned Ohakim who was Imo State Governor between 2007 and 2011, on three counts of money laundering.

The prosecution accused Ohakim of purchasing a property at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Plot No 1098, Cadastral ZoneA04, Asokoro District, Abuja with a cash payment of $2.29m which was said to be dollar equivalent of N270m in November 2008.

The offence is said to be contrary to section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 15(1)(d)‎ of the same law.

The former governor was also accused of attempting to conceal the ownership of the property by entering into an agreement as a tenant in the property‎.

The offence is said to be contrary to and punishable under section 14(1b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

Ohakim was also accused of failing to declare the property as part of his assets when asked by the EFCC to do so in January 2014, thereby allegedly committing an offence under section 27(b) and (c) of the EFCC Act and punishable under the same section.

After the prosecution closed its case with six witnesses and tendering of documentary evidence as exhibits on May 5, 2016, the defendant, through his counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN), indicated his intention to file a no-case submission, contending that ‎the prosecution’s evidence had linked him (Ohakim) to the commission of the alleged crime.

He filed the no-case submission in line with provisions of section 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Had the application succeeded it would have ended the trial.

But Justice Ademola, in his ruling on the no-case submission on Thursday, held that contrary to Ohakim’s claim, the evidence led by the prosecution had disclosed prima facie case warranting the former governor to open his defence.

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After Buhari Recovered From E.N.T Ailment...Read What Fr. Mbaka Said

After Buhari Recovered From E.N.T Ailment...Read What Fr. Mbaka Said

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka and President Muhammadu Buhari

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria has issued a statement over news making rounds about his prediction since President Muhammadu Buhari recovered from a persistent ear infection.

Popular Enugu-based Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has denied claims by some people that he said President Muhammadu Buhari will not recover from the E.N.T ailment which triggered forced him to embark on a sudden 10-day vacation to the United Kingdom for treatment.

Mbaka accused some mischief makers of trying to tarnish the cordial relationship that exists between him and President Muhammadu Buhari. He made the statement on Thursday.

Mbaka who is in charge of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, spoke through his Spokesperson, Ike Ugwuoke, insisting that some Nigerians were trying to cause disaffection between him and the presidency.

According to him, “‎our attention has been drawn to a report in a section of the media alleging that Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria said that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has slim chances of surviving from his ill health.

“Fr Mbaka referring to the said media report during his prayers for the sick in the ministry with the worshippers of the ministry prayed for Mr President’s healing and health after which there were lots of testimonies from the sick that were healed of blindness, elephantiasis, deafness, cancer, tumor and others at the end of the prayer session.”

He quoted Mbaka as saying that “They say the sickness is E.N.T. When it affects, the ear, it affects the nose and affects the neck. We pray for our President and any one that is suffering such a dangerous disease.

“We lift our healing hands for divine healing upon our president. Wherever he is, may he be healed in Jesus name.

“The doctors in Nigeria are nursing fear that he may not survive but we have a healing God. His name is specialist in impossibilities.”

He added that some ‎persons were nose-diving in the affairs of the ministry with a view to causing unnecessary rift between the ministry and the presidency.

“While we enjoin all patriotic citizens of this country to continue to pray for the good of the nation and her leaders, we reiterate our call on the meddlesome interlopers who busy themselves with arm-twisting issues arising from the ministry for whatever ends to desist from their wild goose chase, have a rethink and rather partake in the blessings imminent in spreading the good news of signs, wonders and miracles of God in the Ministry”, he added.

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Ex-Air Force Chief Amosun Stole Billions to Acquire Properties in Abuja, Lagos, London - EFCC...See How

Ex-Air Force Chief Amosun Stole Billions to Acquire Properties in Abuja, Lagos, London - EFCC...See How

Former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed startling details of how former air-force boss, Amosun diverted gargantuan sums of money from government coffers for his personal use.

Wednesday's trial of a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu at the Federal High Court in Lagos has witnessed a mind-boggling disclosure of how he ferried massive sums of money from government coffers to his private pocket.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told the court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris how Amosu illicitly withdrew funds from the Nigerian Air Force bank account to buy big properties at strategic locations in Nigeria and abroad.

Mr. Amosu was arraigned alongside Jacob Adigun, an Air Vice Marshal, and Gbadebo Olugbenga, an Air Commodore, on a 26-count charge of stealing N50 billion according to Premium Times.

Also arraigned with the trio before Justice Mohammed Idris were their companies – Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd; McAllan Oil and Gas Ltd; Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd; Trapezites BDC; Fonds and Pricey Ltd; Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd; Timsegg Investment Ltd; and Solomon Health Care Ltd.

According to the charge sheet seen by a correspondent, Mr. Amosu and Mr. Adigun, a former Head of Accounts and Budgeting at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), allegedly removed sums running into billions of naira from NAF’s bank account to purchase properties for themselves in choice locations in Abuja, Lagos, and London.

They include N400 million to renovate and purchase medical equipment for Solomon HealthCare Ltd, 24 Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja; N500 million to purchase a property at No. 1 River Street, Wuse 2, Abuja; N240 million to purchase a property at No.61A, Lake Chad Street, Maitama, Abuja; and N370 million property at Agadez Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Abuja.

Others are N440 million to purchase a property at Salt Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja; N1.7 billion for property at Agobogba Street, Parkview, Ikoyi; N750 million to purchase Cappadol Mall at Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse 2, Abuja; N1.5 billion for property at Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos; and N900 million to purchase a property No. 40A, Bourdillon, Ikoyi.

Outside Nigeria, the duo allegedly withdrew N660 million from the NAF account to purchase two properties at No. 50-52 Tenterden Grove, London (NW4 1TH) and No. 93B Shirehall Park, London NW4 2QU, United Kingdom.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Omg! Inmate Allegedly Eats Fellow Prisoner Alive Before Killing Him..HEARTLESS!!!

Omg! Inmate Allegedly Eats Fellow Prisoner Alive Before Killing Him..HEARTLESS!!!

A tragic incident has left South Africans in shock after it was revealed that a prisoner was allegedly eaten alive before being killed by a fellow inmate on Monday afternoon.

A shocking wave has hit South Africans after the officials revealed how a prisoner was eaten alive by fellow inmates before they murdered him.

According to DailySun, the two prisoners were locked in the same cell at Beaufort West Police Station in the Western Cape when the incident happened.

“The cops usually check on the prisoners every hour.

“How can a murder happen under police watch?

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said the source.

“The police failed because they were supposed to be watching the prisoners and they didn’t. I’m sure the victim was crying and begging for help.

“How could the police not hear anything? Where were they when this happened?

“When the dead prisoner was found by cops some of his body parts, such as his nose, were nowhere to be found and the other inmate was sitting next to him, covered in blood!”

Police spokesman Captain ­Malcolm Pojie confirmed a murder docket was opened after an inmate died at the Beaufort West holding cells on Monday.
“Police officials who visited the cells at 6:15am discovered the body of 18-year-old Gerdo Karelse. He had sustained multiple facial wounds,” he said.

“Circumstances surrounding the prisoner’s death are under investigation. A post mortem will be performed to determine the possible cause of death. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate will continue with the formal murder investigation,” said Pojie.

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Adamu Umaru Fintiri..Ex Governor of Adamawa State Lands in Kuje Prison...See Details

Adamu Umaru Fintiri..Ex Governor of Adamawa State Lands in Kuje Prison...See Details

Adamu Umaru Fintiri

A former governor of Adamawa State, Adamu Umaru Fintiri, has been sent off to Kuje in Abuja.

Adamu Umaru Fintiri has been remanded in Kuje Prison on the orders of a Federal High Court in Abuja

The Nation reports that his remand order was made by Justice Ahmed Mohammed shortly after Fintiri was arraigned on a five-count charge of money laundering.

Fintiri is accused, in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CB/CB/131/2016, of engaging in money laundering activities involving a cumulative sum of over N1billion.

Although Fintiri pleaded not guilty to the charge, he is to remain in prison custody until Friday when the court will rule of his bail application.

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LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

Peace Mass Transit which has been involved in several accidents in recent times, has suffered yet another misfortune.

Peace Mass Transit has been involved in yet another accident leaving many people dead.

This time, a Peace Mass Transit bus traveling from Enugu to Bayelsa State is involved in a fatal accident at Okogbe town, along Emezi Road.

The accident reportedly took place this afternoon.

Although it is not confirmed yet, eye witnesses revealed that some unknown men drove in after the accident and tried to clean the name of the bus but hurriedly left when people started to gather.

A source claimed that everybody in bus died while other sources claim that only a baby survived while the other 19 passengers on board perished.

Peace Mass Transit has not commented as at the time of filing this report.

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LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

LORD Have MERCY!!!! Peace Mass Transit Involved in Another Accident With No Survivors (Graphic Photos)

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DISCLOSED: Why INEC Issued Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah

DISCLOSED: Why INEC Issued Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Independent National Electoral Commission has given reason why it had to immediately issue certificate of return to Uche Ogah as the substantive Governor of Abia State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given reasons why it issued a Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Abia State.

Explaining the reason behind its action, INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South East, Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku said the commission only bowed to the lawful order of a court.

Nwuruku explained that as a citizen, he could go to jail if he flouts a valid court order as he revealed that if the court tomorrow orders a reversal of the action, INEC would not hesitate to do its bidding.

“The situation is that we are simply obeying the court order. The court said with immediate effect without wasting of time, we should issue him Certificate of Return and that is what we have done – to obey the court order. If the court tomorrow issues another order, we would obey the same.

"By the grace of God, I am the INEC Commissioner in charge of South East. I’ll do the same thing if the court orders us to do so. If court says we should issue the same certificate to another person. In this case, court ordered us to issue a Certificate of Return to the person who won the election and that is Uche Ogah. I was the person who gave the Certificate of Return to Gov. Ikpeazu as he was declared winner.

"Now, the court has said otherwise. One thing we know is that we are not above the law and we cannot disobey the laws of the land. After the court, another person we obey in our land is God and my conscience is my God. Another thing that guides us is the court and we must obey its order with immediate effect. If you were in the court that day, and I urge you the media, to go and study the court ruling very well, it was wonderful; it was direct”, he said.

Also speaking, INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, had earlier stated that the decision followed an order by an Abuja Federal High Court directing INEC to immediately issue Certificate of Return to Mr. Ogah.

Justice Okon Abang of the court had Monday asked INEC to issue the Certificate of Return issued to Mr Ogah Why INEC issued Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah and sacked Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia State.

Justice Abang, had ruled that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Mr Ikpeazu, ab initio was never qualified to run in the PDP primaries as a governorship candidate. He consequently ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah as the substantive Governor of Abia State.

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I Regret Ekweremadu’s Emergence As My Deputy – Saraki Laments

I Regret Ekweremadu’s Emergence As My Deputy – Saraki Laments

Abubakar Bukola Saraki

The president of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate president of the 8th Senate as painful and regrettable, saying no true party member would want to share his position with a member of other parties.

Blaming the absence of some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators at the inauguration session on that fateful day for the election of Ekweremadu, he added that all through the period when he and his team were strategising for his election to the Senate president’s seat, not even for once did they anticipate that a Senator from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge as his deputy.

Speaking with some Senate correspondents yesterday, Saraki said it is not true that he entered into any pact with the PDP to sacrifice the deputy Senate slot for PDP’s support. “Never in our wildest imagination did we envisage that some senators would not be present on the day of the inauguration.

“In my own view, and in the view of some of those who worked closely with me, I worked hard for my election, I had direct contact with every single senator, one on one. Weeks leading to the election I did not rely on anybody. I worked hard; both in our party, the APC and out of it.

“I approached every senator, I talked to them…we built confidence, not only in the APC, but, also, in the PDP. I talked to them. That was why I laugh when people said I had a deal with Ekweremadu or I had a hand in the emergence of Ekweremadu.

“I didn’t need any deal to win. I had penetrated…There was no deal; I didn’t need any deal in the first place. I had worked hard such that every body who was a senator, I campaigned hard and canvassed for their votes and won their confidence.

“At one of the meetings held at Transcorp Hilton which Senator Godswill Akpabio co-chaired with Senator Ibrahim Gobir and a few others, which had both APC and PDP members, at that meeting, if you heard most of them there, the position they took was that ‘this is the Senate president they want.’

Across party lines, they believed in me that this is the Senate president that can lead us. There was no deal.
“Sometimes, I wonder how some of our colleagues found themselves at the ICC. If it had been a case that the CNA (clerk of the National Assembly) had made an announcement that the event had been postponed or it was no longer holding, plus, the invitation, it would have been different. I’m sure some are asking now,what really happened,” Saraki said.

Speaking further, he said “First of all, the PDP senators had announced to the public that they were supporting me without even meeting me because in their own meeting, the majority had decided to vote for me. In their own interest, strategically, they decided that, look, this is a fait accompli because 30 of their own senators were going to vote for this man anyway and the remaining felt it was better to join.

It wasn’t until 2:00am that they called us to tell us their decision. With regards to the deputy, when they told us that they had a candidate, we, too, told them we had a candidate for deputy Senate president in the person of Senator Ali Ndume. After our own meeting, it was our thinking that it was after the election of the Senate president that the two groups in APC would meet and we would agree on a candidate.

We never in our imagination thought they would not turn up. By the time we got there, we were only 24 while the PDP was more than 40. In an election, there’s no way they would not have defeated us and that was what happened.

And now, when people say it was a deal, I say that if the CNA had started the procedure in the House of Representatives first, and moved to the Senate thereafter, today, we, the APC, would have had a deputy Senate president.

“It is unfortunate that we have a PDP man as deputy Senate President. It is painful. It is painful for any APC member because when we went through the struggle, that was not what we signed for. But it has happened; but it is unfortunate and it is not fair to put the blame on one side because it is a combination of errors and miscalculations that led us to have, it that morning; some senators at another place instead of being here.

So, to suggest that it was out of a desperate act to emerge is what I reject completely and those who followed the events would know that I didn’t have that deal to emerge, ” he said.
The Senate president also disclosed that he never shunned the invitation of the party to a meeting on the inauguration day, contrary to reports.

He explained that he got wind of plans to abduct him and keep him away from the National Assembly premises so that he will not be able to stand for election so he made plans to sneak into the complex early and was not with his phones till later that day.

“First of all, as regards the meeting (at ICC), on the morning of the inauguration, I didn’t finish meeting until 4:00 of that day and I had got information that efforts would likely be made to make sure that I didn’t get access into the chambers.

“So, as early as 4:00am and 5:00am, I had made contingency plans that I must get into the National Assembly because the plan before was that senators-elect should go to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel around 8:00 am and 9:00am to proceed to the National Assembly.

“But I was advised that it would not be safe or secure for me to do that because some people made sure…if I didn’t get into the chambers, it would t be possible for me too be nominated, for the nomination to be seconded and for me to accept the nomination.

“I can tell you today that I was in the National Assembly Complex as early as 6:00 in the morning and I stayed in a car in the car park, from 6:00 in the morning till quarter to 10:00am. This is the truth. I stayed there and I was there with no communication whatsoever.

“So, anybody who said they spoke to me to go to ICC was not true because I didn’t even know what was going on. All I was monitoring was how people were arriving the complex.

“It was at quarter to 10:00 that I got information that the clerk to the National Assembly had entered the chamber. So, I got out of the small car I was inside, stretched myself and put on my Babariga because I didn’t have it on before then.

“I walked from the car park into the chambers…That was why some of you would have seen that I looked very tired on that morning,” Saraki said.

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NDLEA Bemoans Indiscriminate Use Of Sirens Among Anambra Drug Peddlers

NDLEA Bemoans Indiscriminate Use Of Sirens Among Anambra Drug Peddlers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Anambra State has expressed concern over new trend of using tainted glass and siren vehicles by drug peddlers to beat security check in the area.

The State Commander, Mr. Sule Momodu, who disclosed this during the United Nations Day Against Illicit Drug Abuse and Trafficking celebration in Awka, on Monday said that the command had seized three tainted and siren cars with a large quantity of cannabis in the state.

He said that the theme of this year’s celebration is “Listening to children and youths is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”, had become imperative.

The Commander observed that most of the crimes committed in the society are propelled by drug abuse.

While urging parents to strengthen the relationship between them and their children to appropriately fight drug abuse in the state, he expressed the Command’s determination to fight illicit drug because of its havoc to society.

“When parents reach out to young persons, listen to them and share their concerns, they help them to build a positive attitude and relevant skills needed to prevent drug abuse. It will also help prevent them from other social vices inimical to societal peace and development.

“However, when they failed to listen to their children and read their body language, they create room for them to be misguided by their friends.”

He said that the Command had planned sensitisation in the schools, churches, government offices, banks, judiciary offices to further educate the people against illicit drug abuse.

He commended Gov. Willie Obiano efforts with the agency in the war against drug abuse which had helped to ensure the security of the state since assumption of office.

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‘I Wasn’t Sacked, Court Judgement Wasn’t For Me’ – Ali Modu Sheriff

‘I Wasn’t Sacked, Court Judgement Wasn’t For Me’ – Ali Modu Sheriff

PDP factional leader Ali Modu Sheriff has denied being sacked by an FCT High Court on Wednesday.

Professor Adewale Oladipo, the spokesman of the faction, in a statement, said the court only delivered its judgement on certain amendments, and that it had nothing to do with the leadership of Sheriff.

“Our attention has been drawn to reports circulating in the media that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ousted the National Chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ali-Modu Sheriff.

“This is completely false and a clear misrepresentation of the ruling of the court as it never gave any ruling ousting the National Chairman.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the court only heard and delivered judgment on a matter concerning certain amendments in the PDP constitution, which has nothing to do with the election of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman or even that of his predecessor, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.

“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was duly elected as the National Chairman of the PDP. He still holds office as the National Chairman and has not been removed by any court.

“We therefore urge those misleading the media and the unsuspecting public to desist from such. The media is also urged to always crosscheck their facts before going to press,” he stated

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BREAKING News: INEC Issues a Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah, the New Abia State Governor


BREAKING News: INEC Issues a Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah, the New Abia State Governor
BREAKING News: INEC Issues a Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah, the New Abia State Governor

Uche Ogar

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued the Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah as the Governor of Abia State.

We reported it here few days ago that at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, ordered the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu to immediately vacate his office as he was never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People's Democratic party (PDP) as a guber candidate, on the account of fake tax returns

The court judge directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uche Ogah, the opponent of Okezie Ikpeazu, who polled the second highest number of votes in the primary election. The judge also ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, as the new governor of the state.

BREAKING News: INEC Issues a Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah, the New Abia State Governor

In a Tweet by SaharaReporters and a further announcement on Channels Television, the election ruling body in the country, INEC, has issued the Certificate of Return to Uche Ogar.

INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, says this follows an order by the Abuja Federal High Court mandating INEC to immediately issue Certificate of Return to Ogah who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Abia State.

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Olisa Metuh is Offering To Refund The N400 million – Counsel...READ WHY

Olisa Metuh is Offering To Refund The N400 million – Counsel...READ WHY

Press Statement

Why Our Client (Chief Olisa Metuh) is Offering To Refund The N400 million – Counsel

In the light of the circumstances regarding the case of our client, Chief Olisa Metuh with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), we want to explain the reasons for our client’s proposal to refund the N400 million released to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan, and which was expended on a project approved by the ex-President on national issues relating to his Presidency and the Federal Government at that time.

1. We want to restate that at the time the money was released to him after his presentation to the ex-President, our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and defence witnesses. Our client had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.

2. When the matter first came up and Chief Metuh was invited to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in December 2015, he requested to know the source of the money and expressed his readiness to make refunds if it was from government coffers, not minding that the money had been expended as directed by the former President. Officials at ONSA never got back to him as they promised, until his arrest by the EFCC in January 2016.

3. It was however while in court that a document was brought regarding the source of the money and since then, our Client has made manifest his willingness to refund the money and has indeed approached his family, friends and associates to mobilise funds to refund the entire N400 million to the government regardless of the fact that the money had been expended based on the directives of the former President and that part of the money had been recovered from one of the prosecution witnesses.

4. We want to confirm that since then, we have been in talks with the Ministry of Justice, the EFCC and other necessary bodies on how to refund the money and resolve the issue.

5. Our client occupied no government office. His commitment and dedication to his official duties have been confirmed by even prosecution witnesses. In this whole saga, he has been an unfortunate victim of circumstances. His refunding the money therefore goes to show his support for the anti-corruption war as well as serve as a testament to his sincerity, integrity and honesty in this matter.

6. There is no doubt that the prosecution has considerably embarked on some expenses in the course of this case. It is hoped that by not discounting the sum already recovered, whatever cost so far incurred would have been defrayed. By this, a critical objective of recovery of funds would no doubt be achieved.

7. It is pertinent to restate our client’s continued support for the anti-corruption campaign, which is necessary to ensure probity in the affairs of Nigeria to the extent that it is conducted within the rule of law.

8. Finally, it is our client’s prayer that this nation shall come through this difficult time by the grace of the Almighty God.

Signed:

Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN)

Counsel To Chief Olisa Metuh

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Fani-Kayode denies message to christians, Apostle Suleman

Fani-Kayode denies message to christians, Apostle Suleman

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode has denied reports that he send a message to christians and Apostle Johnson Suleman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International.

Fani-Kayode in a statement, on Thursday, signed by Jude Ndukwe, his Special Assistant on Media, said that the purported ‘message was part of a long and systematic plot by mischief makers, his traducers and detractors to continue to discredit and malign his person and character, and cause disaffection among his friends, associates and supporters.’

The statement read thus

‘RE: FEMI-FANI-KAYODE SENDS MESSAGE TO ALL CHRISTIANS AND APOSTLE SULEIMAN FROM DETENTION

This is to inform the general public that the purported message making the rounds that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wrote a certain message to Christians and Apostle Suleiman from detention is not true.

That message was part of a long and systematic plot by mischief makers, his traducers and detractors to continue to discredit and malign his person and character, and cause disaffection among his friends, associates and supporters. We therefore urge members of the public to disregard that message and treat it as non-existent.’

The purported message said to have been written by Femi Fani-Kayode read thus

‘God willing am in custody of EFCC. But to me is a great time to commune with God just the way Paul and other brethren did in their days.

I am here not only because my party gave me money to campaign for them like every other politician even in APC. But if it might interest you to know,what is going on is the persecution of Christians. Before i forget,this message should be taken to apostle Johnson Suleman the founder of OMEGA fire ministry.

I had a revelation that they are planing to attack him. Because he is one of the major voice crying out for justice in the body of Christ.

The Muslims are out to persecute the Christians.

I am here under custody because the likes of Kabiru are not comfortable with my position as a Christian.

God willing,the dark age will soon be over.

They refused taking me to court to defend my civic right.

They want to keep me for the next 4years. But they don’t know it is dangerous. I now have time to pray more, study more, and even meditate.

Before my arrest, Lai Mohammed offered me an amnesty if only i decamp to their anti-Christ party.

I refused because i know who i am.

No man can cover your sin for you. If am guilty,i will surly come out strong.

This is not just anti-corruption fight. Where are the PDP governors and leaders from the North? They are walking freely today.

This is a fight to pocket the voices of Christians.

A situation where an office picked offence on me for relating with my God through the name Jesus. He threw my bible to the floor today.

If it where to be the Quran,will he do that?

The head of who did that would’ve been at the gate of Aso rock by now.

So many secret plots to eliminate top politicians and pastors who are Christians is on going.

Tukur was right when he raised alarm that,a meeting was held in Dubai to overthrow Jonathan by all means. Part of what they discussed at the meeting,is what Aregbeshola and El-Rufai are displaying in their various states.

I am not an infidel and i will never be one. I am a man of dignity. I will not stop fighting even here in prison.

I am the John the Baptist of my generation.

I will not keep mute and watch anti-Christ imposing policies that are not religious friendly.

What has bible got to do with my case with the EFCC?

Why are they keeping me here when we have a competent court to prove if am guilty or not?

I am blowing the whistle now for Christians to go on their knees. This was how i warned my brothers against Sheriff whose mission is to destroy the PDP and give room for Buhari to install one party system.

We gave them opportunity to be opposition.

Why are they depriving us such right if they don’t have interior motive.
A democratic system without vibrant opposition is said to be dictatorship government.

God willing,i will be alive to witness Nigerians glamouring for referendum like what took place in great Britain.

And such referendum will tell if we truly saw the future under president Buhari’s government.
Arresting Kayode is the greatest achievement they’ve achieved. But for me,God used them to keep me here,in order to prepare for the challenges ahead.

Today is pregnant. Let’s see what tomorrow will deliver.
They were not elected to be permanent. They have maximum 8years to stay. And is already counting.
Thank you all for your prayers.

–Femi Fani-Kayode’


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L.A. Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which is home to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.

L.A. Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which is home to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Hudson has a new record deal. Photo: Billboard
JHUD has a new home.

After lighting up the BET Awards stage with her Prince tribute on Sunday June 26, Jennifer Hudson has signed a new deal with Epic Records.

L.A. Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which is home to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.


That’s not all however as L.A. Reid and Clive Davis are on board as executive producers for her upcoming album, marking their first collaboration since Whitney Houston’s ‘The Bodyguard’  soundtrack in 1992.

L.A. Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which is home to Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez.


Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which includes Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Fifth Harmony.

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Unbelievable!!! Man Who Sleeps with Dead Bodies Confesses on Live TV..Watch VIDEO

Unbelievable!!! Man Who Sleeps with Dead Bodies Confesses on Live TV..Watch VIDEO

Mortuary attendant, Lucas Shakar

A man who cannot stop having s*x with dead bodies has revealed what led him into the bizarre act as he cannot stop it.

A Ghanaian man who is a mortuary attendant has made a shocking confession on live television as he revealed the reasons why he has the bizarre habit of having s*x with dead bodies.

The man identified as Lucas Shakar while speaking to Adom TV revealed that he was forced to start sleeping with dead bodies as a result of constant rejection from ladies.

He said: “I wanted to marry but the girl says I am a mortuary man, I can satisfy myself [at the mortuary] because girls don’t want to [date] me outside.”

Shakar also revealed that he is so addicted to it that he can not stop it.

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Biafra: Igbo Elders Disassociates itself from IPOB, Niger Delta Avengers

Biafra: Igbo Elders Disassociates from IPOB, Niger Delta Avengers

Dr. Dozie Ikedife

The Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People Of Biafra has distanced itself from the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

The Deputy Chairman of IPOB’s Supreme Council, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, who made this disclosure at a press conference in Nnewi, Anambra State on Wednesday, said “Preachers of violence might be infants or non-existent during the 30-month Nigerian Civil War.”

The elder statesman was reacting to the claims by some IPOB and MASSOB members that the groups were aligning with the Niger Delta militants as well as other militants in the country.


The IPOB chief said there was no such a thing, adding that he witnessed the Civil War and saw how millions of people, especially from the South-East, were slaughtered and properties destroyed.

The ex-Ohanaeze President said, “The IPOB group I belong to is governed by the Supreme Council of Elders. There is a faction led by Nnamdi Kanu that abuses the elders, preaches violence and ethnic hatred.

“We do not believe in that. The MASSOB led by Ralph Uwazuruike from its inception preaches non-violence based on the philosophy of the late Indian leader, Mahatma Ghandi.

“If the militants have been blowing up pipelines, I don’t see how my group that has been following legal and diplomatic process will align with them. We have quite a different philosophy and modus operandi towards the issue of self-determination.


“The two factions of the IPOB and the two factions of MASSOB are all talking about self-determination of the indigenous people of Biafra. But their approach is not the same.

“The aim may be one but the method differs. We have not and cannot depart from dialogue, legal and diplomatic process and of course you know we are in court with the Federal Government over this issue of self-determination.”

On the prevailing economic hardship in Nigeria, Ikedife said, “It is a worthy sacrifice for the citizen to endure the hard living conditions now and enjoin a better future later.

He added, “I see the current hardship as darkness before the break of the daylight.

“We have now discovered that the economy was so badly managed before now that it requires some efforts, sacrifice and patience to get it right again.”


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Unforgettable Words of Late Minister, Ojo Maduekwe...It's Idiotic to Talk of an Igbo President..SHAME!!!

Unforgettable Words of Late Minister, Ojo Maduekwe...It's Idiotic to Talk of an Igbo President..SHAME!!!

Late minister, Ojo Madueke


Ojo Mbila Maduekwe, lawyer and politician is not a man you can forget in a hurry. He was as controversial as they come, but he was also a man of wit, humility, and a public servant who served Nigeria religiously in the last 17 years of his life.

We reported it here earlier today that former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Maduekwe, who is a stalwart of the opposition Peoples Democratic Patty, (PDP), passed away at about 7:00pm on Wednesday at a hospital in Abuja.

A close source of the politician who was recently appointed the secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees, revealed that Maduekwe was returning to Nigeria from the U.S via Dubai when he fell ill. “He fell ill while on air from Dubai and he was rushed to the hospital as soon as the plane landed in Abuja, but he died before doctors could do much,” he said.

Below are a list of things you might not know about the lawyer, influential politician, non-career diplomat and was a controversial man of wit, humility, and a public servant who served Nigeria religiously in the last 17 years of his life.

1. It is Idiotic to talk of an Igbo President.

In the countdown to the 2003 presidential election, there was sustained agitation from the south-east that Nigeria must produce an Igbo president. The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign Staff of Biafra (MASSOB) had been formed by Ralph Uwazuruike, while the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) had also been founded by Chekwas Okorie. While MASSOB wanted to revive Biafra, APGA sought to produce an Igbo president.

However, Maduekwe, a PDP stalwart and a die-hard loyalist of Obasanjo who was clearly planing to run for a second term, misfired when he said it was “idiotic” to talk about an Igbo president. He was saying, basically, that the campaign should be for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction and not “an Igbo president”, which would suggest the Igbo wanted to have a different president.

A lot of Igbo commentators descended on him, and he was accused of calling his fellow Igbo “idiotic”. Some started calling him “Mr. Idiotic”. Every explanation that his words were misconstrued did not hit target, and he must regret making the statement in the first place, no matter his semantic sophistication.

2. We Defeated your Rag-tag Biafran Army.

As minister of foreign affairs under Yar’Adua, Maduekwe was caught in the middle of a messy storm. Nigeria’s ambassador to the U.S at the time, Oluwole Rotimi, a retired general, was recalled after writing a stinging letter to Maduekwe in which he made racist remarks.

Maduekwe had written a letter to Rotimi and his deputy requesting to be briefed on the preparation for the inauguration of Barack Obama as US president in January 2009. Rotimi was said to have felt insulted to be invited along with his deputy. He complained, although not to Maduekwe. The next thing, he wrote a letter in which he said: “I, Rotimi, was Quarter Master General in the Nigeria Amy that saw to your defeat in Biafran Army”.

On getting to hear about the altercation, Yar’Adua recalled the ambassador and appointed someone else in his stead. It was a sad episode that reopened an old wound, but the furore was soon over.

3. The Bicycle Minister.

Maduekwe got a fair share of media bashing, and controversy never departed from his doorsteps. As minister of transport under Obasanjo, he had recommended that Nigeria should explore every means of transportation, not just buses and cars. He suggested the use of bicycles – which is very common in the advanced world and is considered to be environment-friendly.

The headlines the following day were damaging: “Maduekwe says Nigerians should go back to using bicycle.” The general opinion was that he was taking Nigeria back to the Stone Age with this proposal. Some journalists nicknamed him “Ojo oni keke” (Ojo the cyclist) in jest.

But he nearly got himself killed while trying to lead the way. He started the habit of riding bicycle to the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting to create awareness (this was long before Boris Johnson became mayor of London and popularised cycling to office). On his second try, Maduekwe was knocked down by a commercial bus. He smelt a rat and stopped cycling on the roads of Abuja!

4. PDP had Obesity.

In a recent interview, Maduekwe highlighted the problems of the PDP, which lost power after 16 years on the seat.

“The failure of PDP was that after it had managed to keep the military out, it did not make the transition from being a ruling party to being a governing party. The issues of ideologies were not addressed. What is the philosophical, ideological glue that has brought together this wonderful pragmatic coalition?” he said.

“The party became too large and obesity is a problem whether in physical form or in politics and there was no strong opposition. I think if it was an APC at the time when we were in government, we would still have been in government by now. Because the APC would have held the members accountable and we would have been a lot more disciplined. But because there was no opposition at the time, the opposition had to come from within the party. It was like a titanic that would never sink. PDP was like an unsinkable ship and now the rest is history.”

5. Ojo is an Igbo Name.

For those who thought Ojo was an Igboman answering a Yoruba name, they are in for shock.

“The name ‘Ojo’ is Igbo because in my part of the Igbo area – Ohafia in Abia State – it is a common name but the original name for the person called Ojo is Mbila. What I have on my certificate is Mbila.  Mbila is the Igbo name for water yam. Water yam is highly revered in Ohafia and Igbo culture because it is the yam that does well in the soil when other yams are not able to,” he said in a recent interview with ThisDay.

“The usual tradition was if a farmer wants to soften the soil before planting other yams, he will plant water yam. Mbila can survive under any condition and it also makes way for other yams. Those are the qualities that were celebrated in the history of my family. The name is Mbila but the celebration of the name is Ojo. Those who are from my village still call me Mbila.”

6. A gap of Eight years between my elder sister and I.

Maduekwe often described himself as an “eagerly awaited child” because his parents waited for long to have him. His parents had a boy and two girls. They tried to have another child, and by the time Ojo arrived on May 6, 1945, there was already a gap of eight years!

“My parents and other siblings were all excited when I arrived. I was born in the year my father graduated from the theological seminary in 1945. He had finished from Hope Waddell Training Institute in 1928 where he was a contemporary of Nnamdi Azikiwe,” he said.

In one of the rags-to-riches stories, Maduekwe hawked bean cake (akara) to keep the family together when his father became incapacitated.

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BREAKING: Benue South: Mark floors Onjeh as court strikes out APC candidate’s petition

BREAKING: Benue South: Mark floors Onjeh as court strikes out APC candidate’s petition

The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi has struck out a petition filed before it by Daniel Onjeh, the All Progressives Congress candidate in the February 20 rerun in Benue South senatorial district against the winner of the election, former Senate President, David Mark.

Onjeh had approached the court, praying it to declare him winner of the election.

The judge, while delivering his judgment on preliminary objection ruled that the petitioner, Onjeh filed his petition out of time and accordingly, it was thrown out with ignominy.

Meanwhile, Onjeh has threatened to file an appeal. He disclosed this through his lawyer.

More to come…

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BREAKING: Court strikes out ‘certificate suit’ against Buhari

BREAKING: Court strikes out ‘certificate suit’ against Buhari

‎Adeniyi Ademola, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has struck out a suit challenging the veracity of the academic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Delivering a ruling on Thursday, Ademola held that by “section 50(2) of the federal high court civil procedure rules the matter is hereby struck out”.

His order followed a motion for discontinuance filed by Nnamdi Nwokocha- Ahaaiwe, the applicant himself.

‎On June 16, Ademola had adjourned the case indefinitely.

He had said that the case was being adjourned indefinitely following a notice of appeal filed by the president.

On June 15, Buhari had appealed against a previous ruling of the court dismissing his preliminary objection to the suit filed by Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, an Abuja based lawyer.

The bottom-line of Nwokocha’s suit was that Buhari was not qualified to run for president because he did not possess the minimum qualification to run for the office.

He had alleged that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961.

The president lined up a chain of senior lawyers to argue his case.

They are Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN), Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola Awodein (SAN), Taiwo Osipitan (SAN).

Others are Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi (SAN), Muiz Banire (SAN), and 10 other counsels‎

There had been controversy over the academic credentials of Buhari even before he became president.

The president allegedly did not include his WASC certificate in the binder of documents he tendered to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)- a requirement for‎ candidates in an election.

However, he‎ wrote to INEC saying that his secondary school certificate was with the military board.

But the military‎ board claimed that it did not have the document in its possession; thus setting the stage‎ for this present legal battle

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Certificate Controversy: Court to Decide Buhari's Fate Today

Certificate Controversy:  Court to Decide Buhari's Fate Today

President Muhammadu Buhari

Today, 30th of June, 2016 has been slated for a court proceeding challenging President Muhammadu Buhari's educational qualification as the first man of Nigeria's political structure.

Reports on ThisDay have it that President Muhammadu Buhari may know his fate on his protracted certificate saga today following a scheduled Federal High Court hearing in Abuja.

Buhari through his legal representatives had earlier sought to stop the law suit against his educational qualification for the post of president of Nigeria over concerns of the authenticity of his school leaving certificate.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who had earlier reserved ruling on the motion for this Wednesday, had to adjourned to Thursday to enable service to be delivered to parties in the case.

When the matter was called up, parties in the suit were not present in court. Justice Ademola, while suggesting that the absence of the parties in the suit may be due to the possibility that they were not served on the new adjourned date, announced an adjournment to enable parties to be served on the new adjourned date.

An Abuja based legal practitioner, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe, had filed an application asking the Federal High Court to nullify the election of Buhari as President of Nigeria on the grounds that he did not possess the minimum academic requirement for the position.



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WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)

WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari shaking the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

It was a time to savour as President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 29th June, 2016, hosted the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II and other members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria to breaking of Ramadan Fast at the state house, Abuja.

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WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)

WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)

WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)

WOW! RESPECTFULLY..Buhari Hosted All Traditional Rulers in Nigeria (Photos)





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Ado Daukaka from His hospital bed..Narrates Ordeal from After His Anti-corruption Songs

Ado Daukaka from His hospital bed..Narrates Ordeal from After His Anti-corruption Songs

Ado Daukaka at the hospital bed

Popular Nigerian musician in Adamawa State, Ado Daukaka, who was kidnapped few hours after his new song which condemned corrupt practices hit the airwave, has spoken out on his ordeal at the hospital after he was released from his captors.

It was widely reported online and on social media a few days ago that a prominent local Hausa musician in Adamawa State, Ado Dahiru Daukaka, went missing under mysterious circumstances few hours after releasing “Gyara Kayanka,” (Put your house in order) - a song against corruption and incompetence of some elected politicians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his state.

It was also reported yesterday that the popular North-East musician who was kidnapped days after releasing a scathing anti-graft song which predicts that the selfish and corrupt politicians will be voted out of power in the 2019 election, was finally freed by his abductors after he went missing last Friday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Speaking from a hospital in Lamurde, Daukaka who was discovered weak and famished early yesterday some 80 kilometres from his house in Lamurde village, said: “They asked me why I sniff around other people’s affairs, which clearly shows that my kidnap had to do with my work as a singer.

“I was never physically harmed by my captors, but I was quite traumatised by being abducted and held captive.”

Speaking further, Hadiza Adamu, one of the singer’s two wives, who gave birth five days before he went missing, said:

“My husband is not known to be at loggerheads with anyone. The only explanation we could provide is that he could have angered some powerful interests with his songs.”

Othman Abubakar, the Adamawa State police spokesman, said an investigation had been launched but declined to comment on if the disappearance was linked to the song.

Daukaka became popular following Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999 with a hit in praise of then state governor, Murtala Nyako.

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Olumba Olumba-Obu Blasts Wide Reports..I Have Not Handed Over Power of Attorney to My Sister

Olumba Olumba-Obu Blasts Wide Reports..I Have Not Handed Over Power of Attorney to My Sister

Olumba Olumba-Obu

Nigerian cleric, Olumba Olumba-Obu who is highly revered by followers, have spoken about widely viral reports about his handing over power.

Olumba Olumba-Obu, the Spiritual Head of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, has denied giving his sister, Mrs. Helen Udoh, power of attorney to take over the administration of the church.

Olumba, who spoke through the spokesman for the BCS, Bishop Princely Ibeabuchi, was reacting to a media reports, which claimed that the Supreme Court was to hear his suit on January 17, 2017.

The church, however, said the report, which was published in one of the national dailies on June 14, was not true.

The report had stated that the Supreme Court would entertained three motions filed by the Registered Trustees of the BCS.

But Ibeabuchi said, “The first correction is that the Supreme Court panel to hear the suit was not headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta as reported, but by Honourable Justice W. S Onnoghen, who led four other justices in the court.

“The report referred to Olumba Olumba-Obu as Roland Obu and the second son of leader, Olumba Olumba-Obu, but the fact is that he is the first son and we have abundant evidence to that effect.

“Also in the report, it was stated that leader Olumba Olumba-Obu gave the Mrs. Helen Ibum Udoh power of attorney.

“The truth of the matter is that the leader never gave any form of attorney or any other instrument to her, which is supposed to entitle her to take over the administration of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.”

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Brexit:UK visas and other ways it could affect Nigerians

Brexit:UK visas and other ways could affect Nigerians

General Charles De Gaulle,

Former French president, General Charles De Gaulle, must be smiling mockingly in his grave. Twice between 1961 and 1969, he opposed British membership of what was then the European Economic Commission for two reasons.

One, he argued that the British did not see themselves as “Europeans” and, two, he wanted to maintain French hegemony as the “Third Force” to the US and Soviet blocs at the height of the Cold War.

Out of resentment, Britain led six other European countries to form the rival European Free Trade Association. When the association collapsed, even before taking off, Britain tried to join the French-led EEC. De Gaulle vetoed the request twice, but it passed after his death.

He would be laughing now. At the heart of the anger that triggered the “Leave” vote last week is the futile attempt, even after many decades, by the British to see themselves as Europeans. Immigration is probably the next big issue. A flood of immigration, especially from EU countries, saw 185,000 net EU citizens move into the UK in 2015 alone, with over 40 percent of them citing jobs as the main reason.

That was the last straw.

The shock waves have been felt in markets around the world. If there has hardly been any dent in the Nigerian financial market, it’s a reflection of its poor footprint on the global financial system. But that does not mean that there aren’t areas of our lives were Brexit could take a toll.

VISA

Apart from the English Premier League, a number of Nigerians form their impression of Britain from their visa encounter with the High Commission. For those seeking non-immigrant visas, nothing has changed. A Schengen or EU-wide visa was not applicable to Britain even before the “Leave” vote. The potential problem area could be the issuance of work or immigrant visas.

Although Britain has a points-based system, which tends to favour highly skilled, multi-talented professionals, the number of work visas issued to Nigerians has been declining in recent times. In 2014, for example, while India topped the number of UK work visas, followed by Australia and China, work visas to Nigerians, Ghanaians and Bangladeshi declined. The “Leave” vote can only mean more work and immigrant visa misery.

REMITTANCES

Globally, remittances by migrants are an increasingly important source of cash flow. Some sources suggest that migrants may have sent up to $500billion in remittances, with all migrants in the UK accounting for $3.2billion in 2011. But remittances from the UK, including transfers through formal and informal sources, according to a report by The Guardian of London, could be up to $23billion, with Nigeria accounting for $3.8billion.

A “Leave” vote that undermines the UK economy and reduces the job prospects of Nigerians in the UK could potentially cut how much may be repatriated. Even before the vote kicked in, there had been growing reports of “reverse remittances,” a situation where family members in Nigeria have been forced to support relatives abroad as a result of unforeseen job and economic difficulties.

SCHOOL FEES

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Senator Binta Masi, said in February that Nigeria spends $2billion on education tourism. Ghana gets 50 percent of this amount and Britain comes second, followed by the US and Canada. For post-graduate studies, there was a forecast two years ago by The Guardian that Nigeria was set to overtake India as UK’s biggest source of post graduate students.

Nigerians have built a raft of school enrolment related services, from exhibitions and tours to remedial schools and visa-assistance programmes, for those planning to study in the UK.

On face value, there’s no connection between Brexit and UK schools. But it’s there, just beneath the surface. The question more and more students and potential students would be asking is whether an increasingly insular UK, with heightened xenophobic sensibilities, is a safe and vibrant place to study.

The fallout is more than skin deep. Last year, for example, a shortage of UK teachers in key subjects, such as mathematics and physics, triggered interest in recruitment from the EU and beyond. The current uncertainty about work permits in Britain outside the EU may not only affect student enrolment, but could also affect capacity to strengthen faculty.

In recent years, Poland and Ukraine – benefactors of the infrastructure of the old Soviet bloc – are becoming destinations of choice for Nigerian students in the sciences, especially medicine. It remains to be seen whether Brexit will spark an exodus.

MORTGAGE

Two years ago, the Mail Online reported that super-rich Africans had spent over £600million on property in London alone between 2011 and 2014. According to the newspaper, the oligarchs were spending an average of £4million weekly on property.

This excludes mortgage payments by those at the lower end of the market across the UK. Nigerians top the spenders’ list, followed by Ghanaians, Congolese and Gabonese. What does Brexit mean? It depends on the nature of the property, location and purpose of investment.

If a number of top financial services companies based in London make good their threat to relocate, for example, property prices in the financial capital could drop. Nigerian property owners in high EU-migrant neighbourhoods, or those planning to invest for commercial reasons, may also be watching the market closely.

A survey by KPMG earlier this year found that 66 per cent of real estate experts expressed worry that Brexit will have a negative impact on the market. It might be good news for speculators, but more conservative investors will be waiting to see which way the wind will blow.

FOOTBALL

According to a joke trending on social media, Britain left the EU twice within one week. The first time was on Thursday when 52 per cent of its citizens voted ‘Leave’ with their hands; the second was on Tuesday when the English team “voted” leave with their feet, after crashing 1-2 to Iceland in the Euro 2016 Round of 16.

But the first vote might have implications for sports, well beyond England. With Brexit, a clause in the work permit which limits the number of non-EU players in a team to a maximum of 17 could now potentially apply to all the remaining EU countries, putting them in the same basket with Nigerians and other Africans.

Part of the work permit conditions also state that “a non-EU player applying for the permit must have played for his country in at least 75 percent of its competitive ‘A’ team matches for which he was available for selection during the previous two years, and his country must have averaged at least 70th place in the official FIFA world rankings over the previous two years.”

The hope, however, is that players from the remaining EU region could still be accommodated under the free movement of labour rule of the European Economic Area, a cousin of the EU.

Poor David Cameron. Not even his fantastically fertile mind saw this coming. For all he has done to make Britain strong and great again, he will be remembered as the man who proved De Gaulle right.

Ishiekwene is the managing director/editor-in-chief of The Interview magazine and board member of tne Paris-based Global Editors Network

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

SEE OUR MONEYOO!!! Ex-NAF chief returns N2.6b to FG

Ex-NAF chief returns N2.6b to FG

Air Marshal Adesola Amosu

The Federal High Court in Lagos heard on Wednesday that a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), charged with laundering N21 billion, has returned N2.6 billion to the Federal Government.

His lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), while arguing Amosu’s bail application after his arraignment before Justice Mohammed Idris, said his client had returned “colossal sums” to the federal government.

The Nation gathered from a reliable source that Amosu returned N2.6 billion to the government.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Amosu alongside a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting at NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget at NAF, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

Companies arraigned with them are – Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil And Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Limited, Deegee Oil and Gas Limited, Timsegg Investment Limited and Solomon Health Care Limited.

EFCC accused them of converting N21 billion from the NAF on March 5, 2014 in Lagos.

They were also accused of concealing “proceeds of crime” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable  under Section 17(a).

Arguing the bail application, Ayorinde said his client, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has always cooperated with the prosecution since his arrest in January and would not jump bail.

“He has remitted colossal sums of money to the federal government, although not in admittance of guilt, but out of cooperation with security agencies.

“My application is that bail be granted to the first defendant on self-recognisance. Let those terms be liberal. He has been reporting to the EFCC, sometimes twice a week. The first defendant will make himself available for trial,” the Senior Advocate said.

Adigun’s lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), also, urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms.

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