Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy

 Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy

See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy

Each time this life-threatening process begins and is completed, the teenager is left with a very deep sore on that part of the body through which the dry bone shoots out and eventually breaks off. No wonder, Theophilus is covered with patches of sticking plasters used to cover the injuries sustained from the past piercing of his skin by his bone.

 Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy


Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy

Now, Theophilus is writhing in serious pains from his current experience of the strange disease, with the bone of his right arm jutting out far above his shoulder! This makes it impossible for him to wear his clothes.

This current state of health has rendered him bedridden at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, where his family spends N18,000 weekly on his treatment.

Theophilus’ current situation has even become more worrisome and urgent, because, according to doctors, the surgery required to correct his health problem could only be successfully performed on him while he’s still under the age of 17! And by July next year, the critically ill teenager will reach what has now become to him and his family this dreaded age of 17.

Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy
So, he urgently requires the sum of N5million to get the corrective surgery that will address his current health problem and save him the excruciating pains and agony that he’s now going through.

Theophilus, however, needs your financial support to travel to India to get the necessary relief from this life-threatening strange disease currently ravaging his body and making life hellish for him.

Narrating his ordeal on his hospital bed, the teenager explained that experiencing the process usually taken by his strange health condition had become a nightmare to him.

Theophilus said, “When the bone wants to shoot out of my body, the feeling is like having a very sharp knife slicing through my skin from inside my body. As the bones grow, shoot out of my skin and cut off, another one will start growing, again. I can’t even describe the pain. I had to endure this terrible pain to even write my SSCE exams. I had to take a lot of injections and drugs to reduce the pains.

 Oh My God! See Strange Disease Traumatize 16 Year Old Boy


“I want all Nigerians to, please, help me so that I won’t die. I’m still very young and I belong to part of the future generation of this country. Please, in the name of God, help me. My family needs money, the doctors say about N5million, to get treatment for my condition in India.”

The mother of the teenager, Mrs. Folashade Eniola, similarly appealed to public-spirited Nigerians and philanthropists to save the life of her son.
She said, “It all started in August 28, 2012.

He woke up that day and said that he could not walk with his legs; I did not believe him. So, I forced him to stand up but to my surprise he could not. For about three weeks, they were not able to diagnose what was wrong with him. During this time, people advised that a bone therapist should help massage the bones to reduce the pain.

“Theophilus complained that the bone in his hand had broken after the massage but I did not believe him because flesh was still covering the bones then. After two months, the disease started affecting his hand, too. It was then that the nature of the disease was diagnosed.”

His mother added that it was two years after the massage that the bone in his hands began to pierce his flesh.

“It was after two years of the therapy and we have started treating him at National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbogbi, Lagos that the bone came out of the flesh. The bone currently showing outside his skin is not the first bone that grew outside his skin. Whenever the bone grows, it will break off. All the spots where there is plaster on his body are spots where bones had grown and broken,” she said.

The teenager’s mother added that she had to prevail on doctors treating her son to send his details to the Jaypee Hospital in Nodia, India.

“The doctors told me about four months ago that in India they would operate it and bring out the dry bones and they would plant something inside, which will help it heal from inside, and once it is planted in India it can be removed in Nigeria.
“My son will be 17 years by July next year, and I was told that if the surgery was not done on time we might not be able to do it again, because he has a rapid growth; they may need to cut off his hand.”

“The doctors at Igbobi sent the documents to the hospital in India and the hospital replied with the requirement for the surgery. The estimate includes; cost of transportation, feeding and hospital bill which was about N2.5 million as at the time a dollar was N200 but now people said we would need about N5million because of the increase in the value of dollar so that we would not be stranded,” she said.

Eniola, however, expressed her disappointment with the the secretary to the general overseer of her church (names withheld) for allegedly preventing her from presenting her son’s case to the church leader and getting some financial assistance towards his treatment abroad.

“I had an appointment with the General Overseer of my Church since August and I was hoping that he would be able to help us out in terms of finance, but unfortunately, when I got there on Sunday, the people at the entrance to his office prevented me from going in to see him. I pleaded but they did not listen,” she said.

If you are touched by Theophilus Eniola’s story and you want to contribute towards his getting well, you can send your financial assistance to his mother’s bank account

below:

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 3025266512, FIRST BANK

ACCOUNT NAME: ENIOLA FOLASHADE ELIZABETH

This article first published by ThePoint

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FG to tender evidence of bank accounts used by Nyako to ‘launder N29bn’

FG to tender evidence of bank accounts used by Nyako to ‘launder N29bn’

The federal government on Wednesday sought to tender evidence of over 30 bank accounts used to allegedly launder money by Muritala Nyako, a former governor of Adamawa state.

Nyako and seven other people are standing trial for a 37-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The defendants, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are accused of criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, opening of multiple bank accounts and theft to the tune of N29 billion.

At the federal high court Abuja, Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the government, listed the names of several companies used to allegedly launder money by Nyako.

“Some of the names used by the defendants in opening these accounts are Tropical Agro Farms Clinic Ltd, Redcapet Protocol Ltd, Tower Asset Management Ltd and Government Service Department account,” Jacobs said.

“Others are office of the secretary to the state government, Muru Ngbula-Joran, Bincola Engineering Service Ltd, Blue Ribbon Service and Travel Tour Ltd and Blue Opal Nigeria Ltd.

“Others are Pagoda Petroleum Marketing Ltd, Pagoda Fortunes Nigeria Ltd, Sebore Farms Extension Service Ltd and Blue Opal Nigeria Ltd (Project account), Kikary Investment Ltd, Blue Ribbon Multilink Ltd, Russelley Farms Nigeria Ltd and Agric International Tech Trade among others.”

Responding, Kanu Agabi, counsel to Nyako, asked the the court for an adjournment to enable the defendants ascertain the authenticity of the documents before it is tendered in by the prosecution.

“I plead for adjournment to enable the defence to go through the documents the prosecution seeks to tender through the witness,” Agabi prayed.

Subsequently, Okon Abang, the judge, adjourned the hearing to December 14 and 15 to enable the defence go through the documents.


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APC BROKE Over Crisis; Power Disconnected As Buhari, Ministers Owe Dues, Saraki Too; Tinubu Loyalists Vow Not To Pay

APC BROKE Over Crisis; Power Disconnected As Buhari, Ministers Owe Dues, Saraki Too; Tinubu Loyalists Vow Not To Pay

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC is said to be broke and insolvent, report according to ThisDay Newspaper suggests.

According to ThisDay, the APC insolvency has led the headquarters of the party electrical power source recently disconnected from the power grid over non-payment of its electricity bill to the Abuja Disco.

A reliable source at the APC’s national secretariat, who spoke to journalists yesterday, blamed the poor state of the ruling party’s finances on the non-payment of monthly dues by all cadre of political appointees on its platform, including Buhari.

He explained that based on the decision reached at the meeting of the party’s national leadership, it was agreed that APC members in the National Assembly were to pay N100,000 (senators) and N70,000 for the House of Representative members.

Although the party source failed to disclose the amount expected from Buhari and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, he said most APC political office holders within this category had not been forthcoming with their contributions due to the internal crisis in the party.

He said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had also stopped the mandatory monthly payments since the party got engulfed in a crisis.

Similarly, the source said all political appointees of the party, including Buhari, who is also the leader of the party, had not paid their dues since they took office, contrary to the party’s constitution.

Sources also revealed that some APC governors, appointees of the president and many members of the National Assembly loyal to a prominent leader of the party, have vowed not to contribute a dime to fund the party until “there is a change in the party’s leadership”.

However, a top member of the party confirmed to THISDAY that only the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shauri, from Borno State has been able to pay N500,000.

Also, a few lawmakers were said to have paid for only three months since they were elected into office.

The source said: “It is only one minister that has paid part of his dues. From the records, it is the Minister of State for Works. However, based on the charter of the party, ministers and senators are supposed to pay N100,000 each month.

“The party is in serious financial straits. We have not been able to settle loads of debts.

“It is even worse when the expenditure profile averages N100 million per month. The party is struggling to meet its overheads because some governors that should pick the bills have refused to pay. The funds don’t come directly, but in the form of the governors bankrolling the visits of the national officers during visits to their states.

“It is so bad now that the party is even struggling to meet its overheads.

This is not even enough considering the financial commitments of the national officers, who have aides, logistics and even fuelling their official vehicles. It would have been better if they have fixed allowances given to each of them.


“The financial problem of the party was compounded following the decision of President Buhari not to sponsor the party, in line with the transparency and anti-corruption disposition of his administration.”

Buhari, it was also revealed, does not want to replicate the mistakes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which openly used state resources to fund its activities when it was in power.

“True to his word, nothing has come to the party from the presidency since June 2015 when the party took over power,” said the source.

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2019: APC Moves To Empty The PDP As Senator Andy Uba, Shekarau, Nyame, Jonathan's 11 Ex-Ministers, Others Mull defection

2019: APC Moves To Empty The PDP As Senator Andy Uba, Shekarau, Nyame, Jonathan's 11 Ex-Ministers, Others Mull defection

The Nation - There were strong indications yesterday that 11 former ministers during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan may soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It was also learnt that there is pressure on ex-Governor Jolly Nyame, Senator Andy Uba and some Senators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to shift base to the APC.

An opposition governor is yet to make up his mind on whether to defect to the ruling party.

The planned defection of the 11 ex-ministers is all part of the ongoing realignment of forces.

Some of the former ministers are said to be looking for soft landing because of ongoing investigations by the anti-graft agencies.

A few others opted for defection because they are unsure of the future of the PDP.

The defection of a former Minister of Transport, Umar Idris, from PDP to APC last weekend was regarded as a “pilot test” for the ex-ministers, who are mostly from the North.

It was however gathered that Idris, whose defection shocked many PDP leaders, allegedly put Jonathan into confidence that “it is only politically expedient for him to leave PDP in Gombe State”.

It was unclear yesterday whether he planned to run for governor in 2019.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Some of them have opened talks discreetly with some key figures in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. They are bidding time on when to cross over. But ex-Minister Umar Idris braved the odds to defect last weekend.

“I think they do not want to lose out in the scheme of things. It is becoming obvious that the crisis in PDP might lead to the emergence of another party.
Another source said: “Contrary to what you have been fed with, it is the APC that is reaching out to like minds in the former cabinet of ex-President Jonathan.

“Some of us have been under intense pressure to defect because of the crisis in PDP.”

Some of the ex-ministers under investigation are Nurudeen Mohammed; Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro; Bashir Yuguda; former Minister of Power, Mohammed Wakil; Bala Mohammed; Diezani Alison-Madueke; Oloye Jumoke Akinjide; Amb. Aminu Wali;  Prof. Viola Onwuliri; ex-Minister Nenadi Usman;  ex-Minister Senator Joel Ikenya and Femi Fani-Kayode.

One of the anti-graft agencies has also grilled former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali; former Minister of Mines and Steel Musa Muhammad Sada; and a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Asabe Asmau Ahmed.

It is not clear yet if any of those under investigation is among those planning to defect.

A source close to Shekarau confirmed that some APC leaders had made overtures to him.

The source said: “Several of such moves and overtures have been made in the past but he has not uttered a word on that. He has not considered any.  He is still in PDP.

“Don’t forget that Shekarau was one of the initiators of the merger which produced APC. And most of his political associates and friends are in APC. As a matter of fact, the present National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was Shekarau’s vice-presidential candidate in 2011.

“I am aware that there is pressure on him to rejoin his political friends and associates in APC. But he has not considered the offer at all.”

Reacting, the Secretary of the Forum of ex-Ministers, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, said: “I am not aware of anything like that.

“But in view of the crises in APC and PDP, some people believe that there will be realignment. There are undercurrent signals or pressure from some sources.”
Ex-Governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State and Uba are also said to be under pressure to defect to APC.

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SHOCKER: Buhari Moves To Drop Osinbajo As VP, Pencils 2 Former S'East Govs As Replacement To Pacify Biafra Agitators


SHOCKER: Buhari Moves To Drop Osinbajo As VP, Pencils 2 Former S'East Govs As Replacement To Pacify Biafra Agitators

Muhammadu Buhari

ThePoint - With the economy floundering and in dire need of attention from the Presidency, investigations by The Point have revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari camp may be busy with the power game building up ahead of 2019.

The latest in the series of actions being lined up by the Presidency as part of the grand plan to stand up to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his co-highly dependable source, who pleaded anonymity, said.

He revealed that there were pockets of camps within the Presidency, one of which reportedly argued that “since Osinbajo is not only a Yoruba man from the South West, but a core Tinubu apostle, his loyalty to Tinubu, either in or out of APC, remains sacrosanct.”

Tinubu was said to have single handedly nominated Osinbajo for the position of Vice President in 2015.

Another pressure group is said to be headed by the President’s cousin, who is also the Director General of the Department of State Sets up think-tank to polarise VP, Tinubu ‘Plan to pacify Igbo’ travellers in their alleged effort to seize power from the Buhari administration, is the move to woo a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, as a possible replacement for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in the next general elections.

Dependable sources close to the seat of power told The Point that the Buhari camp, sensing a potential loss of support and electoral votes from the South West, in the event of the Tinubu forces pulling out, is tinkering with options to win over the South East and perhaps South South blocs.

“With many gladiators, who joined forces to see APC through to victory during the last elections already fingered in the movement to form a new mega party, there is intense calculation being done to get a crowd-puller from the South East geo-political zone.

This is to garner substantial votes from the region to shore up what may be lost should the South West go with Tinubu,” one of the sources revealed. The source, who is considered a force to reckon with in the current political environment, also said that the latest move suggested that the political romance between President Buhari and his Vice, Osinbajo, might be heading for the rocks.

Although, President Buhari has not come out openly to declare his intention to stay in power beyond 2019, his body language, analysts said, seemed to point in that direction, “as a lot of pressure groups want him to continue doing the good work he has started, especially in the fight against corruption.”

“The choice of Kalu is part of the current political strategies that will put President Buhari in a vantage position, especially now that Tinubu appears not to be in the same ship with him,” another highly dependable source, who pleaded anonymity, said.

He revealed that there were pockets of camps within the Presidency, one of which reportedly argued that “since Osinbajo is not only a Yoruba man from the South West, but a core Tinubu apostle, his loyalty to Tinubu, either in or out of APC, remains sacrosanct.” Tinubu was said to have singlehandedly nominated Osinbajo for the position of Vice President in 2015.

Another pressure group is said to be headed by the President’s cousin, who is also the DirectorGeneral of the Department of State Security Services, Mamman Daura, who reportedly declared that the choice of a vice presidential candidate would be more desirable, if he came from the SouthEast geo-political zone.

And while a lot of stakeholders and commentators, who spoke with The Point on the new plot have yet to come to terms with Presidency’s choice of Kalu, a team of thought-leaders and power-brokers, drawn from the South East and South South, have been constituted and have begun work on actualising the Kalu Vice Presidency project.

Indeed, a prominent leader of the South South, who was close to the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and a respected former governor from the South East region, are key members of the team, which has also been saddled with planning and holding broad-based consultations across the two geo-political zones with a view to winning massive support for Kalu’s candidacy.

In its last two editions, The Point had reported authoritatively, that there were fresh facts linking former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Tinubu, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and other bigwigs to a major political realignment that would birth a new mega party to wrest power from the Buhari-led administration come 2019.

It also reported that the Presidency had began orchestrating a broad plan to cut Tinubu to size, what with his alleged involvement as a central figure in the formation of the new mega-party.

And in the aftermath, over the last 20 days, there have been a number of developments in the polity confirming The Point’s reportage of happenings in the political space, the most recent being the criticisms, during the week, of the Buhari-led government by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Point gathered that the  lastest move to puncture Tinubu’s perceived stronghold was to ensure that Tinubu’s group did not have any edge over the ruling political party in 2019.

Recall that Orji Kalu decamped to the ruling APC on Wednesday, November 16.


“Kalu is said to have the money, the political sagacity and the charisma, and his choice as the Vice President would mean that APC or any other political party for that matter that would have the incumbent as its presidential candidate, would garner much support and votes,” our source added.

Another source, who also pleaded anonymity, told The Point, “Kalu is not even a rookie. He is grounded in the type of politics we play in this part of the world.

He knows how to play the power game. Mind you, the last time a vice presidential candidate was picked from the South East, in the person of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was between 1979 and 1983, when Shehu Shagari, was the President. “The idea now is that the Igbos, who have been shouting marginalisation, would once again be pacified by the gesture.”

But a former governor of old Anambra State and former Minister of Sports, Jim Nwobodo, said such moves would bring no positive result.
“How will such happen? I don’t want to comment on the development. But I have my strong reasons for saying it will not fly,” he said.

One of The Point’s reliable sources further revealed that a political think-tank within the Presidency, which was lately constituted with a view to exploring different ways of garnering votes from the South-Eastern part of the country, had commenced work in earnest.

Part of the brief of the think-tank is to fashion out a way to further polarise the knit relationship between Osinbajo and Tinubu.

Recall that President Buhari’s biographer, Prof. John Paden, had written in his book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenge of Leadership,’ that Tinubu was not the person who nominated Osinbajo, after all, for the vice presidency.

But The Point gathered that amidst all the political permutations, “Osinbajo keeps mute and indifferent, perhaps trying to avoid being labelled a traitor. In all his doings, he has been able to measure his utterances.”

Meanwhile, as the underground political shenanigan within the Presidency rages, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), was recently told to liaise with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in ensuring that all contractors handling some federal projects, especially road projects, across the country were promptly paid.

The idea behind this directive, according to an impeccable source, “is to allow for total grassroots participation in the 2019 Buhari Project.”
“Beyond this, some core elders in both the South South and South East, respectively, are being consulted by the Aso Rock political think-tank, preparatory to 2019, which some people think is still quite far,” he added.

For now, a lot of political jobbers have been reportedly planted within the inner circles of the Aso Rock Villa to act as the ear of the President.


“Almost all of them report directly to Daura, who is a loyal cousin of Mr. President and one of the powers behind the throne,” the source pointed out.
However, many stakeholders in the Nigerian Project, who spoke with The Point, disagreed with the possibility of the Kalu plan working out.

They hinged their disagreement on Kalu’s antecedent and the many allegations of corrupt practices hanging around his neck.

A major stakeholder in the South-East, who pleaded anonymity, told The Point that if the Buhari camp was serious about winning over the South-East come 2019, the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, would have been a better option.

He said, “Orji Uzor Kalu for Vice President? That is not possible. If the Buhari camp wants to win the South-East, Obi is a better option. Kalu is a rather bigger liability to the APC than an asset.

“So, if Buhari is serious about courting the South-East and winning the zone over, Kalu is not the choice. He is not as popular in the South-East as he is making people to believe and would add no political value to the Buhari 2019 Project.”

Reacting to the development, the senator representing Ondo North in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice, expressed surprise at such a move.

He said it would surely have ripple effects on the polity, adding, “In politics, everything goes. If this is true, then I see it as one of the ploys to shut out the South West geo-political zone and that will have far reaching effects on the polity. But it is difficult to believe that such a move will be contemplated.”

On his part, a top politician from Ikorodu, Lagos, Basorun Olorunfemi, said, “That move is not possible. How can Buhari, who is an anti-corruption crusader, root for someone like that? “Apart from that, Kalu just joined APC and I don’t think the party will root for such candidate with Buhari. What credential is he bringing to the table?”

However, a staunch Buharist, who had been a member of his team since the Congress for Progressive Change days, said nobody ever thought President Buhari could align with Tinubu in the build-up to 2015.

“Didn’t Tinubu also have similar situations of past corruption on his neck? But the alignment with him brought us where we are now. So, anything is possible in the power game,” he argued.

Meanwhile, a special adviser to Orji Kalu, Mr. Kunle Oyewumi, in a reaction, said there was no such plan to prepare his principal as possible replacement for Vice President Osinbajo.

He said, “For now, Kalu is not looking forward to replacing the VP. He did not join the APC because of any ambition. He did because of pressure from friends and political associates, with an overarching objective to drive development in the region.”

Oyewumi added that besides, Kalu is a close friend to President Buhari and Tinubu, and as such, will rather be an agent of reconciliation than pitch tent with anyone.

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Swarm of bees recover stolen motorbike, attack thief in Kenya

Swarm of bees recover stolen motorbike, attack thief in Kenya

The photos from the scene

– The man whose motorbik was stolen turned to magic to get it back at any cost

– The Kenyan reportedly visited the witchdoctor and later sent bees to find his property

– Soon the swarm found the thief and occupied the bike waiting for its owner to arrive

Kenya media sources report on a bizarre incident that allegely took place in Mbooni, Makueni county, where a man sent a swarm of beers to retrieve his stolen motorbike.

The man, whose identity is not determined, was reportedly robbed of his vehicle and had nothing to do but to go consult a local witchdoctor on how to get it back.

Soon afterwards the man somehow managed to summon a full swarm of bees and sent it searching for his property.

According to eyewitnesses, the bees invaded the market, a half of the group landed on the stolen motorbike while others were chasing a theif.

The locals claim the aggressive insects protected the bike from curious strangers until the owner arrived and took it home.



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Money laundering: Appeal Court orders fresh trial for ex-Lagos speaker, Ikuforiji

Money laundering: Appeal Court orders fresh trial for ex-Lagos speaker, Ikuforiji

Adeyemi Ikuforiji

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the ruling of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which in September 2014, freed a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Mr. Oyebode Atoyebi, of money laundering charges.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had prosecuted Ikuforiji and Atoyebi on 56 counts for allegedly laundering N600m belonging to the Assembly.

But the trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, discharged them after upholding the no-case submission by their lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who argued that the EFCC failed to make out a prima facie case against his clients.

However, a three-man appellate court panel, comprising Justices Biobela Georgewill, Side Dauda Bage and Ugochukwu Ogakwu, in a unanimous decision overturned Justice Buba’s ruling and ordered the return of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-assignment to another judge where Ikuforiji and Atoriji’s trial would start afresh.

The appellate court upheld the contention of the EFCC’s prosecutor, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), in the 10-ground notice of appeal filed on September 30, 2014.

Among other things, Obla had contended that Justice Buba erred in law when he pronounced that the charges against Ikuforiji and Atoyebi were incompetent because they were brought under the Money Laundering Act, 2004, said to have been repealed by the Money Laundering Act, 2011.

Obla had also, in one of the grounds of the appeal, contended that the lower court was wrong to have concluded that Section 1 of the MLA applied only to natural persons and corporate bodies and not to government entities like the office of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Obla had maintained that government entities were not excluded from the provision of the MLA that cash payments shall not be made above the stipulated threshold.

Furthermore, the EFCC lawyer, contended that the conclusion of Justice Buba that the submissions of the two witnesses called by the EFCC supported the innocence of Ikuforiji and Atoyebi.

Obla maintained that contrary to Buba’s conclusion, none of the witnesses actually testified that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi did not receive cash payments above the threshold stipulated by the MLA 2004 and 2011, which according to him was the substance of the charges.

Obla said had told the appellate court, “The evidence of the prosecution witnesses that payments to the respondents were budgeted for and approved by the Governor of Lagos State does not support the innocence of the respondents.”

In its penultimate ground of appeal, Obla said, “The lower court erred in law when it held that the prosecution’s first witness testified that he knew nothing about the case.

“PW1, under cross-examination on June 5, 2014, testified that he personally carried out investigation in this matter.

“There was no evidence that PW1 said he does he not know anything about this matter.

“The findings of the lower court is not supported by the evidence before the lower court.”

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FEC approves 2017 Budget

FEC approves 2017 Budget

The Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

With the approval, all is now set for Buhari to present the document to the National Assembly.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that lasted about six hours.

Udoma however said it would be at the discretion of the National Assembly to decide when Buhari would present the document to them after he would have communicated his desire to do so to the federal lawmakers.

Details later…

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One term bill for acting president, gov. passes 2nd reading

One term bill for acting president, gov. passes 2nd reading

House of Representatives

A Bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and limit the tenure of a president and governor on acting capacity to a single term passed a second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The amendment bill which is sponsored by the Chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun.

The bill provides that no person who had held the office of president or governor of a state or acting as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some another person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.

The aim of the bill‎ is to give constitutional protection to the two-term tradition as contemplated by virtue of the combined provisions of sections 137(1)(b) and 182(1)(b) of the Constitution.
These sections provide that the president and governor of a state shall serve in those capacities for a maximum period of eight years.

However, the Constitution equally envisaged circumstances where a person can be chosen to act as president or state governor, such as when the president or a governor resigns, dies or is impeached,” Lasun said.

If passed, an acting president or acting governor who served for more than two years in a four-year term shall only be eligible to contest election to the same office only once.

This proposed amendment, the deputy speaker said, was inspired by the 22nd amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.

It provides that “no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice.

“And no person who has held the office of president or acted as president for more than two years of a term to which some another person was elected president shall be elected to the office of president more than once”, Lasun added.

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Appointment of Tribunal Chair: Reps to transfer power to CJN

Appointment of Tribunal Chair: Reps to transfer power to CJN

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, commenced the process of conferring exclusive power for the appointment of chairmen and members of National and State Houses of Assembly election tribunals in the 36 states and Abuja to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and National Judicial Council.

Presently, the power to make those appointments is the exclusive preserve of the Appointment , as contained in section 1(3) of the Sixth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

But a bill jointly sponsored by Rep. James Faleke (APC-Lagos), and Rep. Sunday Karimi (APC-Kogi), seeks to alter the section by taking the power off the Court of Appeal President.

Leading debate on the Bill at plenary, Faleke explained that “the objective is to first and foremost contribute to the ongoing judicial and electoral reforms in the country.
“Secondly, to create a system of check and balance on the process of appointing these judicial officers.’’

“As it is now, the authority to appoint the judges for the tribunals as well as the appellate tribunal rests squarely on the President of the Court of Appeal.

“This is in consultation with the Chief Judge of the state, the Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the state or the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of the state, depending on the state where the said tribunal members are to be appointed from.”

The Bill was unanimously adopted and passed for second reading through members’ voice votes and referred to the Special Ad-hoc Committee for review of the 1999 Constitution for further legislative action.

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Improper conduct: Jose Mourinho banned

Improper conduct: Jose Mourinho banned

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been banned from touchline following his improper conduct during their  1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

This is the second time that he would be sent to the stand.

With this, the Special one would have to watch today’s (Wednesday) League Cup quarter-final with West Ham from the stands.

The 53-year-old Portuguese, who served a one-match touchline ban earlier this season after an altercation with referee Mark Clattenburg, has also been fined £16,000 ($20,000, 19,000 euros) after accepting an improper conduct charge from the Football Association (FA).

Mourinho, whose critical remarks on the appointment of a referee for a game with Liverpool earned him a hefty fine in November, was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham after he kicked a bottle of water in reaction to the official booking Paul Pogba.

“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Wednesday), Jose Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban with immediate effect,” said an FA statement.

“The Manchester United manager admitted an FA charge that his behaviour in or around the 27th minute of the game against West Ham United on Sunday amounted to improper conduct.”

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Akeredolu: It wasn’t necessary to mention Tinubu in my victory speech

Akeredolu: It wasn’t necessary to mention Tinubu in my victory speech

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor-elect of Ondo state, says mentioning the name of Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressive Party (APC), in his victory speech was unnecessary.

Addressing reporters at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, Akeredolu said calling Tinubu’s name would have amounted to him mentioning the names of 36 or 37 leaders of the party.

He said having acknowledged President Muhammadu Buhari for the role he played in his emergence, and John Odegie-Oyegun, chairman of the party “for standing by the truth”, there was no need to be “looking for leaders all over the place”.

“I thanked the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the leader of our party profusely for the leadership that he showed leading to this election,” he said.

“I also thanked our indefatigable chairman for standing by the truth and for his position on this matter that led to this election. I have no reason to do otherwise.

“You see, party structures to the best of my knowledge is very clear. You have the leadership of the party and that is represented by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. And after the election, a chief executive emerges, he becomes a leader of the party, you don’t have to personalise and be looking for leaders all over the place.

“If we have to do that then I will have to mention 36 or 37 leaders. So I believe the leadership as represented by the president covers all leaders and that tells me it would include Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it would include even Baba Akande, Onu, so many leaders. But president Buhari is the leader of the party so that is my position there.”

Asked to comment on his relationship with Tinubu, Akeredolu said, “The relationship with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has always been the same. I don’t think we have any strain relationship.

“For me as a person, I believe he is one of the leaders of the party and I don’t see any strained relationship between us. And you would observe that he has sent in his congratulatory message after the election, so what else do you expect?

I mean all of us see this as victory for the APC, not for Akaredolu, not for an individual but for the party as a whole. I believe he is a member of the party. Mr. Femi Adesina had issued a release but you journalists just want to put words into our mouths.”

Speaking on the defection of Yele  Omogunwa, an Ondo senator to the APC, Akeredolu said the lawmaker did what was right. He said Omogunwa had been a member of the ruling party before the election, but only formalised his defection on Thursday.

He also taunted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its leadership crisis.

“When you say a defection, Senator Yele  Omogunwa even joined us in the campaign right there in Ondo state. He had joined the APC, he only just formalised it on the senate floor today,” he said.

“I mean when you have a party that is already balkanised like the PDP, from bottom to the top they had two candidates; they have two chairmen now. So you don’t have to be sneaking between one chairman and the another, you make up your mind to go to a place that is stable.

And I believe that he thinks that the APC is stable and he has come to a place he thinks his fortune will be better served and I am sure he took the right decision to join the party of the day.”

Akeredolu maintained his stance on not probing Olusegun Mimiko, the outgoing governor, but said should there be semblance of a “Dasukigate” in the state, “the law of the land will take its course”.

“At the centre the government of the President Muhammadu Buhari said we must look back in order to move forward, he has been there for over a year now, has he instituted a probe?” he asked.

“Looking back is not a probe and I maintain that I will not probe any regime. This is a responsible leadership and I’m elected to lead the people.

“The task ahead of us is enormous than for us to start instituting probes. My own is not to institute any probe of last regime and that is what President Buhari has done. But if we find out that wrongs were committed we have enough laws of the land to take care of people who have committed wrong.

As we start our work as we go ahead if there is any semblance of Dasukigate at the state, the law will take its course; that is different from probing. We will follow what Mr. President is doing at the centre.”


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Drug dealers arrested in Lagos airport

Drug dealers arrested in Lagos airport

Egwin Cajetan Chinedu

– Two Nigerians were caught smuggling heroin into the country through Lagos airport

– The street value of the drug was estimated at N575 million

– The NDLEA vowed to crack down on drug smugglers

Two suspected drug dealers have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

According to Sahara Reporters, the duo was apprehended importing 6.390kg of substances that tested positive for heroin into the country.

The drugs were hidden in their luggage and estimated to have a street value of N575 million.

One of the drug traffickers was caught on arrival from Kigali, Rwanda while the other was arrested on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju who is the spokesperson of the NDLEA said 32 year-old Egwin Cajetan Chinedu was caught with 3.900kg of heroin while King Sunday was found in possession of 2.490kg of heroin.

Drug dealers arrested in Lagos airport


King Sunday

“Egwin arrived from Kigali on a RwandAir flight while King Sunday imported the drug found on him from Nairobi during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight. Both suspects are being investigated.”

Mr. Ahmadu Garba who is the NDLEA commander in Lagos airport revealed that the two were paid to import the drugs.

Mr. Chinedu who resides in Owerri said that he needed money to repair his commercial tricycle which was why he agreed to smuggle drugs while Mr. Sunday left his wife after four days of marriage on the guise of a business trip and confessed that he needed money for his honeymoon and business.

Mr. Chinedu said: “The engine of my tricycle, which is my only source of livelihood, is bad. While I was looking for money to fix it, I was introduced to the man that promised to pay me the sum of N400,000 on the condition that I will bring his drug from Kigali.”

“I accepted the offer because nobody was willing to help me. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary class two. Apart from the repairs, my rent is due and my landlord had been asking for his money.”

Mr. Sunday said: “I erroneously took the decision to smuggle drugs barely four days after my marriage. I was in need of money for my honeymoon and also for my business, but I should not have involved myself in drug trafficking.

“My thinking was that I could smuggle the drugs from Nairobi in two days without my wife knowing that I travelled out of the country. All my life, I have been upright in my transactions but this is a huge mistake and I regret my action.”

Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd) who is the chief executive of NDLEA noted that that drug traffickers were now turning to African countries to smuggle heroin that is produced in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand and other far away countries.

“The agency successfully foiled their plan with the arrest and seizure of the drugs. Drug cartels thought it would be easy to smuggle the drugs into the country since heroin is not produced in Africa, but I am happy that we are thinking far ahead of them. The Agency will continue to maintain this lead until they are completely dislodged.”

This arrest is coming a few weeks after the Singaporean government executed Chijioke Stephen Obioha for drug trafficking in the early hours of Friday, November 18.

Obioha was found in possession of 2,604.56g of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams that under Singapore law triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking in 2007.


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UPDATE!!! After rumours of ill-health, TY Danjuma shows up at Northeast committee parley

UPDATE!!! After rumours of ill-health, TY Danjuma shows up at Northeast committee parley -  Healthy TY Danjuma shows up at PCNI parley

TY Danjuma presiding over the meeting of the PCNI today November 30

– General Theophilus Danjuma is alive and well

– Rumours of his ill-health had been in the news last week

– The retired general showed up at a parley today, November 30

The rumours surrounding the health of retired General Theophilus Danjuma is false after all.

Sahara Reporters had reported that Danjuma was flown out of Nigeria in an air ambulance last week for medical care abroad.

The information appears to be false as Danjuma today, November 30 appeared at a parley organised by the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) which he heads.

The PCNI was established by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as the primary national strategy, coordination and advisory body for all humanitarian interventions, transformational and developmental efforts in the North-east region.

The committee is designed to oversee all remedial programmes aimed at addressing the crisis in the North east since 2009.

Danjuma, 77, is from Taraba, a state in the region and is also Nigeria’s former minister of works and former Chief of Army Staff.

There was apprehension over his rumoured illness, but his appearance at today’s parley has put paid to the false alarm.

Meanwhile, the PCNI on Thursday, October 27, said about $9 billion has been lost the insurgency in the North east.

The committee said the huge amount was lost to the destructive activities of Boko haram terrorists in the region, adding that they mapped out a strategic framework that would soon be inaugurated by President Buhari with the aim of rehabilitating and reconstructing the region.

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History as largest vessel ever berth at Nigerian port

History as largest vessel ever berth at Nigerian port

Rotimi-Amaechi

– The Tin Can Island water channels recently played host to the largest vessel ever to call at any Nigerian port

– The ship berthed at the Lagos terminal of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited

– The company is a subsidiary of the popular SIFAX Group

History was made in Nigeria recently as the largest vessel ever berth at the Lagos terminal of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, The Guardian reports.

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi should be excited about this new development
The container vessel – MSC SHAULA, owned and operated by MSC Ship Management Hong Kong has an overall length of 275.04 meters and the length between perpendiculars stands at 263.00 meters.

The vessel which was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, has a maximum cargo capacity of 4,651 TEUs while its draft and gross tonnage are 13.62 meters and 51,836 GRT respectively.

Speaking on the significance of the vessel, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said it was historic.

His words: “We are delighted that history was made with the arrival of this humongous vessel in the Nigerian waters, most especially its berth at our terminal.

Ports & Cargo terminal has demonstrated over the years its leadership capability in the country’s maritime industry, particularly in the area of port terminal management coupled with excellent customer service.

“The company has made a huge investment in infrastructure and equipment at the terminal in the last ten years and has also attracted a number of discerning clients, including MSC, the operator of the vessel. What has been the unique selling proposition of the terminal is the quality of service that we provide.”

On his part, the captain of the ship, Captain Dinkar, noted that he has received warm welcome from the Ports & Cargo terminal staff as well as other government regulatory agencies like Nigerian Ports Authority, among others.

In another recent positive development, the Central Bank of Nigeria has stated that Nigeria will begin to export rice to other countries by the end of 2017.

This is because the harvest in rice this year had exceeded projections, and if the tempo is sustained by the end of 2017, Nigeria would not only meet its national demands but would export to other countries.


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Dangote will be Nigeria's president, Amu declares

Dangote will be Nigeria's president, Amu declares

– Archbishop George Amu has given a prophesy that will raise eyebrows

– Amu says Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote will be Nigeria’s president one day

– He likened the situation to that of American president-elect, Donald Trump

A former secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Archbishop George Amu, has prophesied that Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote will be Nigeria’s president one day.

Archbishop George Amu is however not sure if Dangote will replace President Buhari

According to Amu, God has shown him  Dangote, will one day become Nigeria’s s leader. He however he was not sure whether Dangote would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari or not.

He likened it to the emergence of Donald Trump as the president of the United States of America whose victory sent shocked waves across the world.

Amu had correctly predicted Trump’s victory while interacting with journalists on his birthday, August 21.  he was not sure whether he would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari or not.

“The same God, who revealed Donald Trump’s victory in the US, has also declared His intention to install Dangote as the future President of Nigeria,” The Punch quoted Amu as saying.

Amu went further to say God had chosen to entrust Trump and Dangote with power in their countries, because they were wealthy and would not steal their nations’ wealth, adding that it was God’s divine strategy to cripple corruption in governance.

Dangote, 59, is the owner of Dangote Group, a conglomerate which has interests in commodities. The group is present in about nine countries in Africa.

Although he is seen as a power broker in Nigeria, Dangote is not an active politician. He is however close to the corridors of power and has been a reoccurring factor in successive administrations.

Meanwhile, the Dangote Group has promised to support the federal government in exploring key sectors of the economy  in order to towards cushion the effect of the recession.

In a statement signed by the chief corporate communication officer, Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina, the group promised to explore opportunities opening up in agriculture, mining and infrastructure through partnership with the governments.

In a related development, major international magazines including Financial Times, Bloomberg and some others, in their recent publications strongly condemned President Buhari policies in solving Nigeria’s crisis.

Bloomberg noted that Buhari’s rigid leadership style has made the country’s economic problems harder to solve.


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CCT ‘relocates’ to Akwa-Ibom for trial of government officials

CCT ‘relocates’ to Akwa-Ibom for trial of government officials

The Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar, Wednesday approved the itinerant session of the Tribunal at Akwa-Ibom state, for trial of some Senior Public officers who breached the code of conduct ethics.

The itinerant is scheduled to take place on the 6th to 9th of December, 2016 at the State High Court, Uyo, involving 50 public officers, comprising ex-Special Advisers, local government Counselors that served between 2008 to 2009 and two Clerk from Esit and Etim local government areas.

According to a statement issued by Ibraheem AL-Hassan, Head, Press & Public Relations, CCT, “the tribunal’s itinerant session helps to clear up backlogs of cases in the zone within the period of the session.

“It also make legal services at the door step of the defaulters, particularly the low-ranking public officers; it as well serves as a means of publicizing the activities of the Tribunal within the zone, which subsequently strengthen relationship between Code of Conduct Tribunal and the hosting state, whose infrastructure and other logistics would be used for the session.”

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Naira appreaciates marginally at interbank market

Naira appreaciates marginally at interbank market

The Naira on Wednesday appreciated marginally against the dollar at the interbank market, gaining 25k to exchange at N305.

The Nigerian currency closed at N305.25 on Tuesday.

Trading on the floor of the Bureau De Change saw the Naira sold at N399 to a dollar, CBN controlled price, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N585 and N506 respectively.

The Naira continued to nosedive at the parallel market, closing at N480 to a dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N580 and N505 respectively.

Traders at the market said they have been trading under acute Forex shortage.

A BDC operator, Mr. Harrison Owoh, said there had been sustained fall in the sale of foreign
currencies to BDCs for two weeks running.

Owoh attributed the shortage to the fall in inflow into the country.


He said, “For two weeks running, BDCs have been getting $8,000 instead of 15,000 weekly dollar sale from Travelex.”

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Shocker!!! Taxi Driver Pulls a Gun and Kills Passenger in Broad Daylight... You Won't Believe Why

Shocker!!! Taxi Driver Pulls a Gun and Kills Passenger in Broad Daylight... You Won't Believe Why

File photo

A taxi driver has landed himself in more trouble than he anticipated after he was found out to have murdered his passenger.

A 35-year-old South African taxi driver was arrested by the police.

The man was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed a passenger on Tuesday afternoon.

The driver and his passenger were just having an argument in Joburg’s CBD when he shot and killed him.

The man handed himself over to the police today, said police spokesman Xoli Mbele.

Mbele said the taxi driver allegedly shot the passenger once in the upper body with a licensed firearm and then ran away.

The victim was declared dead on the scene. He said preliminary investigations led officers to the owner of the vehicle who assisted them with information about the driver.

A firearm was recovered from the suspect, he said.

The man was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

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Ekiti 2018 election: Fayose says he may dump PDP

Ekiti 2018 election: Fayose says he may dump PDP

Fayose

– Governor Ayodele Fayose says he is not yet certain of the political platform he will use for the Ekiti 2018 gubernatorial election

– Fayose faults the victory of Akeredolu in the Ondo election as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC

– The governor promises that he will do his best to ensure regular payment of salaries of workers in the Ekiti

Fayose says he may contest under another political platform in the Ekiti 2018 gubernatorial election.

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has hinted that he might dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party during the 2018 governorship poll in the state.

Fayose disclosed this on Wednesday, November 30, when he met with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere chapter.

Speaking on the backdrop of the recent election in Ondo state which PDP lost, the governor said he is unsure of the political platform he will use for the 2018 election.

He said he will make his decision known at the appropriate time.

“We are still studying the situation. We have to play the game left, right and centre and whoever we are going to use and the platform, you will all be part of the process because party politics is about the people,” he said.

According to Vanguard, Fayose also said the victory of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ondo governorship poll does not in any way threaten the popularity and general acceptability of the PDP in Ekiti.

He faulted the victory of Akeredolu as a contrivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in cahoot with APC.

“You all saw how people sold their votes in Ondo state, I am confident that that will not happen in Ekiti. I am close to the people you are the source of my strength. Even if it requires just 48 hours to any election, if I tell you where to go, you will surely follow me there,” he said.

At a separate meeting with the junior staff of the state civil service, Fayose boasted that he will repeat the 16-0 he meted out to Ex-governor Kayode Fayemi in 2014, where he defeated the incumbent in all the sixteen local governments.

He promised the workers that he will do his best in ensuring the regular payment of their salaries by carrying the workers along to know what accrues to the state from the federation account.

Fayose said: “APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer Ekiti like it did in Ondo . Ekiti is a peculiar place and I am the man on ground here. I want to assure my supporters and Nigerians that APC won’t win a local government here in 2018, even if President Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in FG’s TSA.

“Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede must have lost in Ondo State, but that does not mean the people had voted rightly. In 2015, people clamoured for change and what have we got now? Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.

“Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the southwest. I am now like the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall defeat and triumph over them.

Meanwhile, details have emerged how the outgoing governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko contributed to the loss of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

A source who spoke exclusively to NAIJ.com detailed how Mimiko’s political romance with the factional chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff contributed to his downfall.

According to the source, Mimiko kept fraternizing with Sheriff even when majority of the authentic PDP members, including Mimiko’s colleagues had abandoned the former Borno state governor.

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After Spending 22 Years in Office, Gambian President Seeks Re-election

After Spending 22 Years in Office, Gambian President Seeks Re-election

Controversial Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh

An African President who has ruled his people for 22 years after seizing power through coup has left many in shock as he contests for another election.

The sickness plaguing many African leaders has come to play again as Gambians go to the polling station on the 1st of December to elect another head of state. Sadly, a man who has clung to power for 22 years will be contesting to extend his rule on the people.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh seized power in a 1994 coup and has maintained it ever since with a mixture of severity, mysticism and iron-clad self-belief, AFP reports. He has been campaigning vigorously for re-election. But, how one person can rule his people for over 22 years and still want to retain power has made many observers filled with disgust.

That is the sad reality of most African leaders who can do anything to die in power.

"No matter what people say about me, I am not moved... I don't listen to anybody because I know what is important," Jammeh said while depositing his candidacy for this week's presidential election.

Governing, he said, "is between me and God Almighty."

Jammeh is a deeply devout Muslim who grew up in the western village of Kanilai in 1965, the year that The Gambia.

He loves his retinue of titles that's why he doesn't play with it. He is known as Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Doctor Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen in his country. He joined the army in 1984 before he took power through a coup in 1994 and has since ruled his people.

Just like every other military coup, he had pledging to root out corruption and hold elections after seizing power from Dawda Jawara who ruled the country since independence.

Since he successfully removed the presidential term limits through a 2002 constitutional amendment, he has won in the elections he contested sweeping the votes in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

Now, he wants to extend it more by running for the fifth time and continue to dominate his people.

Jammeh is not without drama though, AFP reports that the 51-year-old has attracted worldwide attention for declaring The Gambia an Islamic nation, withdrawing the country from the International Criminal Court, and claiming he had concocted a herbal cure for HIV/AIDS.

The longtime ruler has woven a shroud of mysticism around himself using religion and rumours of secret powers.

More importantly, Jammeh is never seen without his Koran, sceptre and prayer beads. He has promised to bury critics "nine feet deep" and told the UN Secretary-General to "go to hell" after Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into an activist's death in custody.

AFP further reported that Rights groups allege that those who defy him end up in the country's notorious Mile Two prison, where the UN in 2014 said it had obtained evidence of torture and executions by the country's National Intelligence Agency, which reports directly to Jammeh.

Jammeh controls several businesses in the country and has in the past seized them without warning, discouraging foreign investment.

The state of the economy has pushed many young Gambians to take the "Back Way", or migrant route across the Sahara to Libya, where they board boats bound for Italy.

But others remain grateful for investment in education and the health system, which were severely neglected under his predecessor.

"He has totally changed the life of the Gambian people," said Yankuba Colley, a key Jammeh campaign organiser. "The future of The Gambia lies in his hands."

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Fani Kayode pens lovely poem to his beauty queen wife

Fani Kayode pens lovely poem to his beauty queen wife

Fani Kayode and is beautiful wife, Precious

Femi Fani Kayode is a Nigerian politician who was born in the same year Nigeria got her independence, 1960. Aside his impressive skill in writing, he is also a poet. One that uses words in a way that captures and mesmerizes its readers.

Fani Kayode has always been known for writing thought-provoking poems, during Yar’adua’s reign as president , he wrote a piece in which he predicted “the end would soon come.”

Many have had encounters with the brilliant lawyer that holds God close to his heart, but only few recognize the light shining deep within the soul of the warrior and a man that is capable of loving unconditionally.

He was recently detained by EFCC on charges of money laundering but he got out in time to celebrate his wife’s birthday. Precious Chikwendu was the winner of the 2014 miss United Nations beauty Pageant and married Fani Kayode in 2015. To celebrate his wife, read the romantic poem he wrote her for her.

Fani Kayode pens lovely poem to his beauty queen wife

Fani Kayode and is beautiful wife, Precious

Read the romantic poem titled “Snowhite”

“From the hills of Ohafia and the valleys of Abriba comes you that makes me smile.

From the forests of Umahia and the lush green fields of Nanka comes you that brings me joy.

From the eastern shores of our nation where stars shine brightly and from whence comes men whose spirits cannot be broken comes you that gives me hope.


From the lineage of those who dare to believe and from the stock of those who soar like eagles comes you that creates new beginnings. God brought you my way and has given me a new lease of life.

What a gift you are- not just to me but also to humanity. Your star shall shine from generation to generation.

Your strength and confidence shall speak for you all the days of your life.
Your talents shall open every door that you seek to enter. Your beauty: every radiant and everlasting- shall shake the very foundations of humanity and move even the hardest of hearts.

You are Snowhite and you shall remain as white as snow from beginning to end. Your sun shall never set and God’s light, not darkness, shall follow you all the days of your life.
You are not just the Queen of Pageants but the Queen of the Ages.

From generation to generation humanity shall testify of your kindness, your love and your good works.
That is your destiny and that is your portion. Let not the storms of life ever cause you to give up or forget it.

With you there is hope- you are Snowhite: the one that makes me smile and brings me joy.”

How sweet!


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Fake doctor arrested in Kenya after performing 8 surgeries

Fake doctor arrested in Kenya after performing 8 surgeries

Ronald Melly

A doctor has been arrested in Kenya after it was found that he was not a certified medical practitioner.

According to reports, the doctor, Ronald Melly, has performed eight successful surgeries before being caught. It was also disclosed that of the nine patients Melly attended to, only one died between June 5 and July 14 this year.

Ronald Melly arrested for practising with fake license
The reports also showed that the deceased patient was on stage four of her condition which was why she lost her life.

Fake doctor arrested in Kenya after performing 8 surgeries


Surgery

He successfully performed eight out of nine surgeries
Due to the updates, some members of the health committee in Kenya has called on the government to train Melly to become a certified doctor instead of punishing him.

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A few months ago, an 18-year-old boy was arrested after he pretended to be a doctor.

What do you think? Should a fake doctor which such level of success rate be trained or punished?


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Ondo: Akeredolu receives Certificate of Return from INEC

Ondo: Akeredolu receives Certificate of Return from INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday presented the Governor-elect of Ondo state, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN his certificate of return.

Akeredolu was accompanied to the event which was held at the INEC headquarters in Akure, the state capital, by his wife, Betty.

Other dignitaries at the event include: the State Chairman of the party, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, his deputy, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, former deputy governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Director-General of Akeredolu’s campaign platform, Hon. Victor Olabimtan, Femi Agagu, Hon. Kehinde Henry Bello, Oladunni Odu among others.

Akeredolu said the victory is not for him or APC alone, but for the good people of the state.

He said, “It is a victory for the people of Ondo State, irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election.

“For me it is a call to service and a challenge to perform. Although we all had different point of view before the election but today, as members of one strong, vibrant and indivisible Ondo State family, we are all united and resolute with one single objective to save our beloved state.

“I cannot thank enough, my fellow compatriots during this election, who had a separate conviction and voted elsewhere.

“They took the guts to answer the call of democracy to make a choice. I believe it is these resounding voices that have created this worthy moment which is making this victory real and refreshing.

“With this new dawn, it is now time to rediscover and reinvent ourselves. It is time to find what we lost, to rescue this land and its people from the myriad of poverty and pains which daily assail their lives.

“As patriots, it is now time to unit and revamp our fortunes. As governor, we will take deliberate and decisive steps to optically harness our overall potential for greatness, prosperity, peace and stability.”

The governor-elect however commended INEC and the security agencies for organising what he described as most credible, transparent, free and fair election.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, who spoke on why the commission held the election despite calls for it to be postponed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN, said there was no justification to do so.

He pointed out that it is most unlikely that the West African Examination Council, WAEC, would postpone any of its scheduled examinations simply because its candidate in a secondary school was sick or wounded.

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VIDEO: Seun Egbegbe talks about his arrest and the phone theft allegation

VIDEO: Seun Egbegbe talks about his arrest and the phone theft allegation

Filmmaker Seun Egbegbe, who was accused of stealing some iPhones and was arraigned in court a couple of days ago, has come out to say that he was never remanded in Kirikiri prison.

After he was arraigned and granted bail on Thursday, reports filtered in that Egbegbe was remanded in prison.

However, in this interview with Flip TV, he has come out to say that he was never in prison, adding that he went “straight to (his) house” after the court proceedings.

He also debunked claims that he attempted suicide following the court case.

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Ondo Election: Eyitayo Jegede Concedes Defeat in Emotional Speech

Ondo Election: Eyitayo Jegede Concedes Defeat in Emotional Speech

Eyitayo Jegede

The Ondo State gubernatorial race may not be ending in the court of law as anticipated by political analysts, as the top contenders of the election, Eyitayo Jegede of the People's Democratic Party and Chief Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy have both conceded defeat.

People's Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Eyitayo Jegede SAN has accepted the outcome of the November 26 governorship election. He has therefore congratulated the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu who emerged winner.

It would be recalled that there were earlier indications that Mr. Jegede could be challenging the results in court following an alleged lack of level playing ground set by the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Read his emotional concession speech below:

"My dear people of Ondo State, my name is Eyitayo Jegede SAN, the governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party candidate in the recently concluded election in our dear state.

"Though the outcome of the election is not what we expected, It is time to show gratitude. To all those who voted for us I say thank you. To all those who voted for other candidates, I also say thank you because you are part of the democratic experience.

"To my dear friend and brother, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, I say congratulations to you and I wish you the best.

"God bless you. Thank you."

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29-year-old impersonates IG Idris, defrauds Saudi doctor

29-year-old impersonates IG Idris, defrauds Saudi doctor

A suspected fraudster, Ekperebuike Akadonye, has been arrested by the police for allegedly parading himself as the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the Internet.

The 29-year-old suspect, who was apprehended by the Inspector-General Special Intelligence Response Team, also allegedly defrauded a Saudi Arabia-based doctor, identified as Hassan Alkahallaf, to the tune of $10,000.

Alkahallaf was said to have earlier been defrauded by Nigerians via the Internet on two occasions, while efforts to recover the funds had proved abortive.

It was gathered that Akadonpe got Alkahallaf into his trap when he introduced himself as the IG and promised to help the doctor recover his loses.

He reportedly demanded $10,000 from Alkahallaf to facilitate the legal processes of the recovery and the victim was said to have paid the sum into his (Akadonpe’s) account in instalments.

A police source told our correspondent that the doctor contacted the IG through the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Nigeria after realising that he had been duped again.

“The suspect contacted his victims, including Hassan (Alkahallaf), who is attached to the Department of Urology, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, via an email address, igofnieria@outlook.com, purportedly belonging to IG Ibrahim Idris.

“He claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his fight against corruption, had directed the IG to make refunds to victims who had been defrauded by Nigerians in the past.

“The doctor replied to Akadonye’s emails, believing he was the real IG of the Nigeria Police Force, and he eventually paid him $10,000 in instalments to get back his lost funds. He lied to the doctor that he would use the money to hire a lawyer who would represent him since he wasn’t based in Nigeria,” the source said.

Another source told PUNCH Metro that the IG directed the IG team to go after the suspect after the case was reported through the Saudi Embassy.

It was learnt that sometime in October, the team trailed Akadonye to Imo State, where he hails from and apprehended him.

“A mobile phone and a laptop he used in carrying out the fraud were recovered from him. He was also found with ATM cards and an identity card of a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer. He is currently being interrogated by operatives of the IG response team,” the source said.

The suspect, in his statement, allegedly confessed to the fraud, saying he took to the crime after his shops were demolished by the government.

He said, “I am a trader and I had shops in Mbano, Imo State. But they were demolished by the government. One of my friends introduced me to Internet fraud. I started by searching for prominent persons on the Internet. When I found Dr Alkahallaf, he told me he had some funds trapped in Nigeria and he wanted to claim them.

I presented myself to him as the IG and told him the President had mandated me to assist fraudsters’ victims to get back their lost funds. I asked him to pay for a lawyer. He believed and paid me.”

When contacted, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Don Awunah, promised to get back to our correspondent with comments.

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Just In: Red Hot Victor Moses Wins PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month

Just In: Red Hot Victor Moses Wins PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month

Just In: Red Hot Victor Moses Wins PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month

Chelsea's Victor Moses has been named the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month for November.

Chelsea star, Victor Moses has won the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award for November, beating the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

More than 40,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, with Moses claiming a landslide victory with 18,756 votes.

Swansea's Sigurdsson came second with 7,791 votes, while Watford's Nordin Amrabat was third with 5,378 votes. Rounding off the top six were Sunderland's Victor Anichebe (3,642), Manchester City's Aguero (3,457) and West Brom's Matt Phillips (1,203).

Just In: Red Hot Victor Moses Wins PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month


PFA's monthly award nominees - Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nordin Amrabat, Victor Anichebe, Sergio Aguero and Matt Phillips

The six candidates were chosen by an expert panel, which included Sky Sports pundits Peter Beagrie and Paul Merson, Mike Riley - general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke - chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation.

And it is Moses, whose performances in November have helped Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

Recall that Moses' prospects of establishing himself at Chelsea had looked bleak before this season, having spent the last three campaigns out on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham respectively.

Source: Sky Sports

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