Friday, 30 September 2016

Fayose’s Accounts remain frozen till November 7

Fayose’s Accounts remain frozen till November 7


The two private accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti in Zenith Bank will remain frozen until November 7.

This followed the adjournment till Nov. 7 of the suit in which the governor sued the EFCC for freezing his accounts.

At Friday’s hearing, Fayose’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozehkome, and that of the EFCC agreed on the adjournment date.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accounts had been frozen since June by the EFCC.

At the resumed hearing, Ozehkome, who led 10 other lawyers, argued that the EFCC lacked the constitutional powers to so apply punitive measures on a governor that still enjoyed immunity until the end of his tenure in 2018.

He argued that the freezing of the governor’s accounts based on mere hearsay and unsubstantiated allegations of fraud lacked the backing of the law.

The counsel said only a declarative evidence of court of competent jurisdiction could act in the way of EFCC.

He said blocking the governor’s accounts without being found guilty by a court amounted to convicting the governor before putting him on trial.

The counsel said the exparte order which the EFCC claimed to be relying upon in blocking Fayose’s two accounts had been grossly abused, adding that such an order was not expected to last longer than few weeks.

“My Lord, my client’s accounts were frozen in June and we are now in September, making a total of four months altogether.

“As far as we know, the principle of exparte order which is meant to last for a while has been grossly abused here.

“This is because as you can see, my client has been unjustly subjected to both psychological and mental torture, as if to say judgment must come before trial,’’ he said.

He demanded that a sum of N5 billion be paid by the EFCC to the governor as aggravated damages.

The counsel also asked the court to vacate an earlier order of a similar court which empowered the anti-graft body to block the governor’s accounts.

But EFCC lead counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, insisted that the decision of the anti- graft agency to freeze Fayose’s accounts followed due process.

He pleaded with the court to give him enough time to study the counter argument of Fayose’s lead counsel which was presented to the court for more than three hours.

Justice Taiwo consequently adjourned ruling in the case till November 7.

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John Kerry: There’s still much to be done to end corruption in Nigeria

John Kerry: There’s still much to be done to end corruption in Nigeria

The United States (US) says there is still much work to be done to end corruption in Nigeria.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary on behalf of President Barack Obama.

However, he added that Nigerians were working hard to address the problem.

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1,” he said.

“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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NJC fires appeal court justice, Enugu CJ

…Auta to face prosecution

NJC fires appeal court justice, Enugu CJ

The careers of three top judges including  the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya and the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike, are hanging by a thread.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended their compulsory retirement and the dismissal of a third – Justice Kabiru M. Auta of the High Court of Justice, Kano State with immediate effect -for official misconduct.

Auta is also to be handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano State, for prosecution.

They are to proceed on suspension immediately pending the acceptance of the NJC recommendations by President Mohammadu Buhari (in the case of Justice Tsamiya), Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (in the case of Justice Umezulike) and Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (in the case of Justice Auta).

The acting Director (Information) of NJC Mr. Soji Oye, broke the news in a statement Friday.

Tsamiya is said to have abused his office after according to the NJC, he accepted bribe in respect of a 2015 election case pending before an appeal panel in which he was a member.

The council indicted Umezulike for conducting himself in a manner that conflicted with his position as a judicial officer, while Auta is said to have collected money from a contractor, promising to facilitate the award of a contract to him.

He failed to deliver on his promise.

Oye said the decision was reached at the last NJC meeting held on September 29, 2016.

He said: “Hon. Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal was recommended for compulsory retirement from office to President Muhammadu Buhari, pursuant to the ‘findings’ by the Council in the petition written by Nnamdi Iro Oji against him and Hon. Justices Husseini Muktar, F. O. Akinbami and J. Y. Tukur, all Justices of Court of Appeal who sat on Election Appeal panel in the Owerri division of the court during the 2015 general elections.

“The petition contains the following allegations, among others:- Corruption, malice and vindictiveness; and giving perverse and conflicting decisions on the same issue in similar matters in appeal CA/OW/EPT/SN/50/2015: Chief Dr. David Ogba Onuoha Bourdex vs. Hon. Mao Onuabunwa & Anor;CA/OW/EPT/SN/47/2015; Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu & Anor vs Hon. Mao Ohuabunwa & Ors; and CA/OW/EPT/HR/61/2015: Nnamdi Iro Oji Vs Nkole Uko Ndukwe & 16 Ors.

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Hmmmm is it? - S*x Makes Men Feel Closer To God – Study

Hmmmm is it? - S*x Makes Men Feel Closer To God – Study

Couple Relaxing In Bed Wearing Pajamas Lying Down Laughing

In one of the most interesting studies yet, it has been found that men who have more sex are more likely to believe in the existence of God

In a recent study that was published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers from Duke University in North Carolina, USA, have suggested that sex can inspire spirituality in men.

The research says the oxytocin released during sex doesn’t only promote social bonding and altruism as we know, but also promotes ‘divinity’ and an increased belief in the existence of God.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research. We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs,” said lead author of the study and social psychologist at the American University, Patty Van Capallen.

For purposes of the study, men were given the oxytocin hormone while others received a placebo. It was found that the men who were given the hormone were more likely to cite spirituality as something that was important in their life, even though some might’ve not necessarily thought this before receiving the oxytocin.

Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe
According to the study, the men were also more likely to say that they had an “interconnection with other people and living things”.

A big part of men’s response to the oxytocin also had to do with each individual’s genetic make-up. Men who had a gene called CD38, which is said to release the hormone in the brain, often had a more intensified response.

“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe,” Van Capellen added.

Interesting to note is that women actually produce more oxytocin then men, but the effect it has on our female counterparts is yet to be investigated in-depth.

“Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated,” said Van Capellen.

Sources: Daily Mail, Duke Today

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Recession: Prices of food items skyrocket

Recession: Prices of food items skyrocket

As the country celebrates its 56th independence anniversary, some women in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have decried the continuous hike in the prices of food items in the market as carton of fish hit N22,000.

Some of them, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Friday called on government at all levels to introduce price regulatory system to protect the consumers from unwarranted price hike.

Mrs Agnes Itoro, a housewife, told pressmen that some traders were using the pretext of the economic recession to hike prices of food items on a daily basis and indiscriminately.

“My husband gives me N10, 000 for the purchase of food items every month for four members of my house. But now even if he releases N15, 000 or even N20, 000, it will not be enough for the list of items I normally purchase.

“I normally use some of the remaining monies from the market to cater for my needs. “Now, it is not even enough for the items we need at home monthly,’’ she said.

A civil servant, Mrs Lilian Ibekwe, told journalists that prices of the food items had increased but there was no increment in salaries to complement it.

She said,  ”this issue needs urgent attention, if not people will begin to eat once in a day”. Mrs Florence Iwotor, a food vendor, said the increase in the prices of food items was negatively affecting her business.

“I cook and sell food but at the end of the day, I do not make any profit because I do not even cover the cost of goods bought.

“I am contemplating quitting the businesses because I put a lot of efforts under the rain and the sun still, I do not make the desired profit to make ends meet in my family,’’

Iwotor told newsmen. Meanwhile, the survey conducted by pressmen in some markets in Utako, Nyanya and Mararaba markets revealed that prices of some food items had doubled.

A carton of iced fish at Utako market, previously sold between N12, 000 and N12, 500, is now being sold at N22, 000 depending on the specie of the fish at Nyanya market.

A bag of rice which was sold between N7, 000 and N12, 000 now goes for between N17, 000 and N22, 000 in all major markets. A 20 litres gallon of red oil which was sold between N7, 000 and N9, 000, now sells for N12, 500 at Mararaba market.

Also, a 20 litres gallon of vegetable oil sold at N6, 000 and N8, 000 previously now sells at between N12, 000 to N13, 000. A bag of garri which was sold at N6, 000 is now being sold between N10, 000 and N12, 000.

Mrs Uche Ajegba, an iced fish seller at the market, attributed the increase in the price of fish to increase in import duty and exchange rate. Some traders in the market told newsmen that they were selling according to the price they bought the products.

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UCC Students to be Forced to Marry Girls they Impregnate

UCC Students to be Forced to Marry Girls they Impregnate

The Chief of Amamoma in the Central Region, Nana Yartel III, says any student of the University of Cape Coast who impregnates young ladies in the town will be forced to marry them.

According to him, some of the students who live in their community have resorted to impregnating young women in the town and abandoning them.
As if that is not enough, Nana Yartel III said these students escape from the town after the acts, a situation he describes as very worrying.

Nana Yartel III, made this known during his 20th anniversary fund-raising to construct skill training center for the people.

Nana Yartel III appealed to the youth not to indulge in immoral acts.
He also called on young women who have dropped-out from school and want to learn a trade but have no financial support to submit their names for support.

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I Killed My 2 Sisters and 114 babies for 500billion- Sakawa Boy, Nana Wan

I Killed My 2 Sisters and 114 babies for 500billion- Sakawa Boy, Nana Wan

He is Nana Wan, aka Mr Wealth and he has a Lamborghini, Range Rover, Chrysler, BMW X6 and more in his garage. Go to Madina and his name is the one name which moves Sakawa Boys.

It is more like everyone wants to be like Nana Wan. According to him, he killed his 2 sisters, son and some 114 babies to make 500billion old cedis in a week.

He is the Chairman/C.E.O of Waife Group Of Companies and the president of the biggest movement 2hype music & clothing. As it turns out, he evil deeds has caught up with him and this is how Ghbase.Com reported his sakawa deals.

Nana Wan confessed at the Resurrection Power Chapel, Weija that his wealth was not real and that they were all given to him by a Marine spirit from the underworld.

Confessing how he got into the act, Nana Wan who was very emotional and full of remorse disclosed that, he was pushed into the act because his father abandoned his mother and his 5 other siblings some 6 years ago and times were very hard for him.

He couldn’t bare the pain his mother had to go through to cater for all six of them, as the mother kept running into debts after debts.

He wanted to do something in his will to save his family from disgrace so he seeked counsel from one elderly man he went to stay with and he assured him that he could help him with his financial woes if he was ready to do what it takes.

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FG to disburse N200m each to 8 states to empower women

FG to disburse N200m each to 8 states to empower women

Mrs Aisha Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, said N200 million would be disbursed to eight pilot states each through the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) to empower women at the grassroots.

Alhassan said this during a media briefing on the take-off of the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) in Abuja. She said the eight pilot states are Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Osun, and Abia, adding that other states would benefit later.

She added that “the NAWEF targets 10,000 women beneficiaries in each of the pilot states; the condition of the loans both under the GEEP and NAWEF are the same.

“The GEEP programme is one of the five Federal Government Social Investment Programme targeted at providing loans to young men and women from all states on liberal condition. “Under both programmes, each beneficiary will receive between N10,000 and N100,000, depending on the type of business or trade with no interest, no collateral and repayable in six months.”

Alhassan said beneficiaries would have to form functional cooperative groups or local trade associations or other community based groups of at least 10 persons per group. She added that the administering bank for disbursements and recovery which is Bank of Industry (BoI) had concluded all necessary arrangements for the disbursement of the funds to successful beneficiaries.

“By next week, which is October, beneficiaries will be free to access the fund through their individual accounts. “The repayment schedules are much easier and less stringent than those of conventional banking loans.

“We are sure the country will witness increased economic activities nationwide with the desired multiplier effects and subsequent boost in the economy.”

The minister said measures for monitoring and evaluation of disbursement, usage and recovery had also been put in place. She added that it was necessary that beneficiaries repay the loans in order for fresh applicants to benefit from the revolving scheme.

Alhassan had met with state commissioners of women affairs in August on the implementation of the fund.

The fund was specially targeted at grassroots women operating informal businesses, through start ups and scale up credit facilities to reduce high poverty and facilitate growth and entrepreneurial development.

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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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Chairman of Muritala Mohammed airport taxi park, family members killed by unknown armed men in Lagos

Chairman of Muritala Mohammed airport taxi park, family members killed by unknown armed men in Lagos

The Chairman of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport taxi park, Kennedy Uzor, and members of his family were reportedly killed by unknown armed men in the Igbogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos, yesterday.

According to Channels Television, the incident occurred at Adegbose Estate Phase 2, and threw the residents into confusion.

The report had it that the assailants scaled the fence of the victims’ resident and forced their way into their room where he and his family members were killed.

The body of the deceased persons have been deposited at a mortuary in Ikorodu.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, has condemned the suspected murder, disclosing that investigations are ongoing.

He said, “Attackers had gone into the house and killed the head of the family and from preliminary investigations, there were signs of some struggles.

“We found out that same assassins also killed two of the kids,” he added.

Mr Owoseni said investigation has begun and that those behind the gruesome murder would be brought to justice.

“We are just picking bits and pieces of information.

“A crime scene vehicle is being sent to the area to see how much of information, exhibits and things, bits and pieces, that can be recovered from that scene that will aid our investigation.

“Everything that we need to do will be done swiftly and we will follow all the lead that we can get to make sure that whoever carried out or sponsored that act do not go unpunished.”

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UNILAG shut down as students protest ‘unjust rustification’ of ULSU members

UNILAG shut down as students protest ‘unjust rustification’ of ULSU members

The authorities of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka, have shut down activities at the institution’s main campus, Akoka due to a protest by students.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, and its Joint Campus Committee affiliate protested at the gate of the institution against the unjust rustication of some members of the students’ union.

The association described the action of the school’s management as “killing the future of the youths and repressing their right to express their grievances.”

The rusticated students are leaders of the students’ union body that were suspended due to a protest that held in April over poor electricity and water supply in the institution.

The Nation learnt that members of the suspended University of Lagos Students Union, ULSU, executive had earlier in the month protested against what they described as an “unjust rustication” of the union members.

NANS Lagos Joint Campus Committee, JCC, Chairman, Samson Adewale, who led members of the association from Adeyemi College of Education, Lagos State University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology among others, said it was unfair for the management to punish those advocating improved welfarism on behalf of others.

Adewale said the protest was necessitated by the need to support their counterparts in the struggle against unjust victimisation.

He said: “The people that have deem it fit to fight for the right of others have been suspended.

They are leaving the students with no option, with no voice and you can see it right now as we are here; hardly can you find any student of University of Lagos joining the protest because they are afraid. Once their voice is heard, they will be rusticated.

“Just like what happened to Mr Femi Adeyeye, who went on social media to address the issue. He was rusticated and the management said he violated the code of conduct of the institution. Does the code and conduct affect social norms? I want to say that conflict is inevitable.

The fact that there is a conflict between the management and the students does not mean those involved should be killed or be stopped from having a future.

“They should give these people the opportunity to negotiate their procedures in solving the conflict. We are always going to be here since they have assumed their personal image is more than the image of an institution.

If UNILAG management deem it fit that conflict is the best way to go and by coercing the students is the best way to have good authority, then we are saying this to them: come today come tomorrow, we are not leaving here until we receive a meaningful response from them,” he added.

The UNILAG main gate has been blocked by the protesters’ vehicle, and also locked by the campus security leading to the restriction of movement in or outside the campus.

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NCC officials attacked in Anambra

NCC officials attacked in Anambra

Suspected cable broadcast decoder pirates on Thursday attacked some officials of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The NCC officials were moving round impounding illegal cable broadcast decoders in some streets when the incident occurred.

The raid took place variously at Fegge, Odoakpu, and MCC roads, among other places in Onitsha.

It was gathered that the leader of the NCC team, Mr. Augustine Amodu, was held hostage in his hotel at GRA for hours.

The suspects had insisted that the items seized by NCC must be released to them.

Timely intervention of the Police saved the official and his team from a mob action.

Reacting, Amodu said no one was arrested because the culprits fled when the Police arrived the scene.

He said the commission impounded no fewer than 115 illegal cable broadcast decoders worth over N20m.

NCC had on Monday disclosed that it made N47billion from the sale and usage of spectrum in the past one year.

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Terrible!!! Heartless Husband Stabs Wife to Death for Converting to Christianity (Photos)

Terrible!!! Heartless Husband Stabs Wife to Death for Converting to Christianity (Photos)

Nasrin Abek (Left) was killed by her husband, Amir Darbanou for converting to Christianity

A man has left many people in shock after he stalked and stabbed his wife to death for converting to Christianity.

An evil 42-year-old Iranian man has brutally stabbed his 35-year-old hairdresser wife to death inside their apartment because he was upset she had converted to Christianity.

According to Dailymail, Amir Darbanou was charged with the murder of his wife Nasrin Abek after her body was found inside their apartment in the affluent suburb of Potts Point on Thursday.

It was gathered that the man got enraged that his wife Ms Abek had recently converted to Christianity and killed the hairdresser in a frenzied knife attack on Wednesday night, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Terrible!!! Heartless Husband Stabs Wife to Death for Converting to Christianity (Photos)

Police made the shocking discovery after forcefully gaining access into the couple's home at about 6.20am on Thursday after Ms Abek's father raised concerns for her welfare.

Mr Darbanou had allegedly called his father-in-law in Iran to tell him Ms Abek was dead on Wednesday night and was arrested after her body was found the next day. Ms Abek's father said his heartache over her death had been made worse by the fact he had to contact police 'several times' before they would act.

Superintendent Mick Fitzgerald said officers believe they recovered the knife allegedly used to kill Ms Abek during a search of a nearby garbage tip, but at this stage of the investigation it was 'too early to tell'.

Mr Darbanou is expected to face court again on November 24.

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Ooni of Ife unveils 2Face, Gbenga Adeyinka and Cally Ikpe as peace Ambassadors

Ooni of Ife unveils 2Face, Gbenga Adeyinka and Cally Ikpe as peace amabassadors

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife has announced pop singer, 2Face Idibia the ambassador of his new initiative, Violence Free World.

The Ooni made the announcement on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in his palace when he unveiled the singer to his subjects and the entire public.

Also unveiled as co-ambassadors of the initiative were comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and entertainment entrepreneur, Cally Ikpe.

Speaking at the event, the Ooni urged the new ambassadors to take his trust in them seriously as he believes they have achieved so much that they can make positive impacts in preaching a violence free world.

"I want to stress that you should understand that this role you are given should not be taken with a pinch of salt. You have all shown exemplary acts in the Nigerian entertainment world and over the years, you all have individually and collectively given your voice to ending violence in our world.

"I will urge you to strive harder to ensure you preach peace and unity everywhere you go and be an ambassador of the initiative which I believe we youths have to combat the act of terror and violence in the world," Ooni said.

Reacting to the investiture, 2Face said he is glad and honoured to have been noticed by the monarch saying he will do all his best to ensure he preaches peace always.

"For me, the Ooni has just exemplified the true essence of the type of monarch we need at this point in Nigeria.

His love for preaching and making peace has been the mantra of his reign and I'm glad to be part of that mantra."

On his part, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st said he is more happy to be honoured by the respected monarch even though he had always been a peace ambassador.

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