According to Naij, Reno Omokri has said that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo must first address President Muhammadu Buhari, before warning others about hate speeches.
The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said Osinbajo's boss is guilty.
Omokri made the assertions via a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 21. He said:
"When acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo warns that the Federal Government will deal with those making hate speech, I hope he knows his boss is guilty? His 5% versus 97% D.C. speech marked the beginning of hate speeches in this dispensation.
"Before that he was guilty of hate speech when he threatened that both the "baboon and the dog will be soaked in blood.
"Fish starts to get rotten in the head.
"When a nation is led by a hate speaker can anyone really be surprised when his people begin to act like him?"
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had earlier on Tuesday, June 20, met with northern traditional rulers and charged them to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains.
In his opening remarks at the meeting held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said the meeting had become imperative in view of a spate of divisive statements in recent weeks, pitching the south-east against the north.
He maintained that the divisive rhetoric and agitations were unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal.
“You are, by virtue of your vast knowledge, wisdom and experience, both a vital link with our past, and an important guarantee for the success of our future.
This is why your role in national affairs is critical."
The acting president said that the traditional rulers had a great role to play in checking the divisive tendencies in the country “
The reason for these series of meetings is well known to all of us; it became necessary in the wake of a spate of divisive statements, in recent months and weeks, pitching the South-East against the North," Osinbajo stressed.
Stella Oduah, the senator representing Anambra North in the Senate has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for questioning over the N255 million bulletproof car purchase scandal. The former minister of Aviation under President Goodluck Jonathan would be grilled about her role in the controversial purchase of bulletproof cars.
According to the Premium Times, Ms. Oduah was slated to appear before EFCC detectives on Wednesday for questions that would border mostly around a petition the agency received over the N255 million spent in purchasing the exotic BMW vehicles.
“We have a petition about the car purchase scandal,” an official said. “But we don’t know when she’s going to appear.”
Efforts to get the Senator's reaction was not successful as she declined comments on the matter. The Senator in 2013 while a minister was embroiled in the car purchase allegations when reports emerged that she had compelled the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, an agency under her as Minister of Aviation, to procure the vehicles for her.
Here is a photo of himself and his two daughter from baby mamas, Anna Banner and Sandra Okagbue.
Here is a photo of himself and his two daughter from baby mamas, Anna Banner and Sandra Okagbue.
He seems to be doing his best to make sure the little girls grow up to love themselves as sisters which would ordinarily be difficult considering the situation of things or lack thereof, between himself and his baby mamas.
The Police Service Commission, PSC, has approved the dismissal of four senior police officers.
The dismissed include one Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, and three Assistant Superintendents of Police, ASP. They were sacked over cases of indiscipline.
The Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
The statement did not contain the details of the affected officials.
Mr. Ani said that one ASP was compulsorily retired while one SP, two DSPs and one ASP were demoted.
He said that decisions were taken at the commission’s plenary meeting in Abuja.
Mr. Ani said eight senior police officers were also given severe reprimand while six other officers received the punishment of reprimand, four received warning letters, one got letter of advice and seven others were exonerated.
He said that the commission also approved the reinstatement of 14 senior police officers following appeals and petitions received by it.
Mr. Ani said three officers had their seniority restored and another three reinstated and retired.
“It considered and approved the compulsory retirement of three officers, who also appealed their punishments and affirmed its earlier decision on reinstatement of two other officers,” he said.
He said that 11 appeals were rejected while approval was given for the promotion of one Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Mr. Ani said the decisions have been conveyed to the Inspector-General of Police for implementation.
According to NAN, the police command in Borno has confirmed the death of two persons in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.
Mr Damian Chukwu, the Borno police commissioner, who confirmed this on Tuesday, June 20 said that the dead persons included a police man and a truck driver.
“You would recall that since the Maiduguri-Damboa highway was reopened, motorists ply the road strictly on military escort.
“Initially it was only the military that provides the escort, but later the police was invited to join,” Chukwu said.
He said that the convoy left Maiduguri with the military in the front while the police was at the rear.
“The convoy had about 200 vehicles among which included an 80-seater bus conveying a newly deployed mobile police unit from Oghara in Delta heading for Askira Uba one of the newly liberated communities.
“The convoy also had a burial party of a late special investigation bureau police woman who died last week,” Chukwu said.
He added: “The convoy started moving around 10:30 pm and by 11:30 we got information that they were ambushed around Abari-Dalwa village about 30 kilometres from Maiduguri.
“Six of the mobile police men in the bus were injured, but as I speak to you they are responding to treatment at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.”
Chukwu said that non of the policemen lost their weapons to the attackers.
He, however, said that a policeman in the vehicle conveying the burial party for the deceased policewoman died during the attack.
“A police Sgt. Bala Tiishe was killed in the vehicle. A civilian, Mustapha Modu, driving a truck was also killed,” Chukwu said.
Malam Bala Wambai, a traveller who witnessed the attack, said that the attack happened around 11:30.
“The terrorists decided to attacked the convoy from the rear after the military escort had passed around Dalwa.
“They specifically targeted a Borno state government school bus conveying some mobile policemen,” Wambai said.
He said a number of police men were injured in the attack which lasted about 30 minutes.
“Our vehicle was just few meters away from the bus conveying the police men, so we all ran into the bush for cover.
“When we came back we discovered that a large number of them were injured while many were missing,” Wambai said.
Mr John Yusuf, another traveller, said that the attackers were eventually chased away by a combined team of soldiers and policemen who responded to distress calls by the victims.
“We saw them evacuating two corpses after the attack,” Yusuf said.(NAN)
Another report by The Cable claims that at least 57 policemen fled the scene and they are yet to be accounted for
An officer who witnessed the attack said his colleagues who took cover were yet to be found.
He said men from the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) deployed to rescue the officers have not been able to rescue all of them.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa state government has revealed that Boko Haram terrorists now pretend to be epileptic or stomach pain patients, attracting a large number of people to gather and express sympathy, only to detonate a bomb later.
The state government, while urging Nigerians to be careful of the new tactics, said it has embarked on advocacy across the state to educate parents to also teach their children not to collect gift from people they don't know.
According to Reports, the Nigeria Customs Service serving Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara area intercepted bags of rice worth more than N14 million along Ilella Road in Mamman Suka, Sokoto state.
The officers of the command, under the leadership of Comptroller Nasir Ahmed intercepted a truck laden with 1,200 25kg bags of smuggled rice with a duty paid value of N14,380,800.00.
A huge crowd on Tuesday, June 20, flooded the palace of His Royal Majesty Eze I.O Kalu in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia.
The crowd mainly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were at the palace following a call made by its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
The member's of the group in their hundreds sang various 'Biafra songs' and other songs of freedom - all in Igbo language.
Also addressing the crowd, Kalu said he was delighted that such number of people heeded to his call.
He said: "Yesterday, I asked Darlington to send a message to say that I want to see IPOBs here today, not too many of you I said but look at what came out."
In loud voice, Kalu asks the crowd, "Are we ready for freedom?"
And the IPOB members replied with a resounding shout of, "Yes!"
Continuing, the IPOB leader said, "Because we are not going back."
Until the zoo agrees on a date for referendum, there will be no election here anymore.
We are starting with Anambra...That they may know that this land belongs to our ancestors," Kalu said.
Kalu said the lands in the South-East and South-South does not belong to anybody. "This land must be set free, here we shall die, and here we shall be buried," Kalu said.
He also encouraged the group members not to entertain any form of fear but believe in the Most High that Biafra will surely come to pass.
"Anybody that says Biafra will not come, that person will not be alive!"
And the crowd chants, "Iseee!!" meaning amen to his prayers.
According to report by Sahara Reporters, President Buhari who left for medical checkup in the UK on May 7th, is now suffering speech impairment and is not communicating with anyone.
Read the SR report below..
President Buhari, who left Nigeria 45 days ago to resume treatment for an undisclosed medical condition believed to be cancer, has developed speech difficulties, presidency sources said today.
Previously, Mr. Buhari was also said to be suffering memory lapses. The latest revelation stems from recent attempts to return the President to Nigeria by members of a cabal managing his health and using it to deceive Nigerians. Several of President Buhari’s aides who traveled with him are reportedly not in touch with him, reports say, while others were ordered to return to Nigeria, with nobody having any certainty about the prospects of Mr. Buhari’s date of return.
During his last trip Saharareporters revealed that his London doctors rejected the idea of his returning to work. They asked that he remained in London for four months to see how best they could treat his illness. Nonetheless, the cabal managing the president brought him back to enable him to undertake a number of acts including military postings and appointments that would have been impossible with an acting President on seat.
At that time, Buhari revealed he had been very ill and had received blood transfusion, and indicated he would soon return to the UK for further treatment. During the period he was in Nigeria, he was rarely seen outside, but managed to attend a few Federal Executive Council meetings which he left as soon as the photo opportunities were done with.
Two weeks after that return, his condition deteriorated and doctors had to be flown in from the UK to embark on treatment, but that phase lasted only for a few weeks. The president then stopped attending the weekly FEC altogether, but to maintain the ruse that he was healthy, members of the cabal would shepherd him to the mosque on Fridays hoping to generate sentiments within the core Muslim north where a rumor had circulated that the president had been “poisoned”.
Buhari eventually left for the UK abruptly on the evening of May 7, shortly after meeting with some Chibok girls who had been released the previous day by Boko Haram. Although Buhari spoke at the event, his voice was barely audible, as he had lost a lot of weight, his condition reportedly complicated by Crohn’s Disease.
When the President was leaving for the airport, he shocked his aides when he asked if they were going to Sokoto, perhaps one of the first signs of his deteriorating memory. It has now been learnt that President Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by telephone since his departure.
Only last week, the Acting President was asked to await a phone call from Mr. Buhari but when a call eventually came in, nothing coherent was heard from Mr. Buhari, despite the cabal having kept telling people of his “tremendous” improvement.
The cabal is also reportedly behind the rumors of a possible coup by some military officers a couple of weeks ago, as well as the recent quit notice by some Northern youths to the Igbos in that area, which they figured would make western countries view such an attempt with understanding if they thought the action would protect Nigeria as an indivisible entity.
Meanwhile, several top western diplomats including the Ambassadors of the US and the UK, are scheduled to meet with Acting President Osinbajo in the coming days. It is unclear if at that meeting the UK will brief Osinbajo regarding Buhari’s exact condition, but a State Department official told Saharareporters that they are more concerned about Nigeria’s indivisibility than the question of Buhari’s health.
A source at the British Embassy told this website they don’t think Buhari could continue to govern in the condition he is in London. President Buhari left Nigeria flew into Luton airport on a Presidential jet with registration number 5N-FGT in the first week of May. The jet was then flown on a 17-minute ride from Luton to London Stansted Airport, where it remains parked for over a month.
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday met with Igbo Delegate Assembly comprising of Igbo Leaders from the 19 Northern States and the FCT at the Government House in Abuja. The South East leaders said the courtesy visit was to thank the Federal Government, the Kaduna State Government and the Northern Governors Forum for calming the situation after a group of Northern Youths gave an ultimatum to Igbos to leave the North.
The Igbo leaders have stated clearly that they do not support the division of Nigeria. Governor El-Rufai assured the Igbo Leaders on behalf of the Northern Governors that everyone is safe in the North.
Singer, Dammy Krane, whose real name is Oyindamola Emmanuel Johnson-Hunga, was found with 7 fake credit cards during his arrest -Miami-Dade Police say. Krane was recently arrested at Opa-locka Executive Airport after he used a fake card to book a private jet flight to Washington, D.C., police say.
During the search on him by authorities, seven fake credit cards were found in his wallet. Now the Krane faces nine felony charges in Miami-Dade criminal court for credit card forgery and grand theft.
Source: New Miami Time
Seventeen persons were killed after five suspected female suicide bombers attacked Kofa Community near Dalori in Borno State, yesterday.
Five female suicide bombers donated explosive devices at Kofa community in Konduga Local Government, about eight kilometress to Maiduguri, Borno capital.
Reports, however, indicated that a second bomb attack occurred in a house in same village killing five persons while the third blast was perpetrated by two other suicide bombers within the same vicinity. Only the two bombers were killed, the Nigeria Police disclosed, yesterday.
Eyewitness told newsmen in Kofa that the incident occurred around 8:30pm Sunday, when Muslim faithful were performing night prayers.
“We heard loud sound around 8:30pm, near a mosque, forcing people to run back to their houses. As we prepared to rescue victims of the first blast, we heard another explosion close by.
“It was really terrifying; many people died and many others were injured
“The third explosion occurred after a short while.
“Eventually, we evacuated eight bodies in the night, to the hospital, while 25 others were injured,” recounted Malam Ibrahim Kolo, member of a vigilante group.
Spokesman of Borno Police Command, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident, and added that 17 persons were killed during the attacks.
“On Sunday, at about 2030hrs, five suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about eight kilometres from Maiduguri, and situated along Maiduguri to Konduga road.
“The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons, while two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.
“A total of 17 persons, including the five suicide bombers died, while 11 persons sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Police anti-explosive team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored,” he said.
However, spokesperson of the North East Zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said in a statement in Maiduguri that only 16 people died
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on soft target recently.
On June 1, 2017, 13 people were killed when insurgents fired heavy weapons into the city through Jiddari-Polo area and detonated explosive devices subsequently.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said it would do everything in its powers to contain insurgency in the North East, to the barest minimum.
This, the army said, it would achieve through positive training and welfare of troops in theatre of war within and outside the country.
Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, Major-General John Malu, said this at a two day training workshop, organised by the Army Headquarters Garrison and Guards Brigade Finance.
“The Nigerian Army will ensure that insurgency is contained to the barest minimum through positive training and welfare of troops in theatre of war within and outside the country.
The two-day finance training week is aimed at building the capacity of personnel and updating their skills.
Earlier, in his address, Acting Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison Finance and Accounts, Colonel A S Maikano, said the workshop would afford finance officers the study of contemporary public sector financial reforms adding that the topics for discussion were carefully selected to ensure that the participants benefits and key into the current financial reform of the Federal Government.
would focus mainly on contemporary financial polices which include the Treasury Single Account(TSA), and Integrated Personnel Pay System, IPPS, among others.
Gen. Malu, while noting that the TSA and IPPS, were measures instituted by the Federal Government for accountability, urged the participants comprising Warrant Officers, Senior Non Commission Officers and Junior Non Commission officers to pay proper attention to lectures and apply them to their daily operations.
The commander who commended the efforts of personnel of the finance corps in the ongoing counter insurgency war through continuous planning and timely release of funds, said
He commended organizers of the training programme saying that the army has since introduced the TSA and IPPS, for proper accountability.
Earlier in his address, Acting Commander Army Headquarters Garrison Finance and Accounts, Colonel A S Maikano, said the workshop would afford finance officers the study of contemporary public sector financial reforms adding that the topics for discussion were carefully selected to ensure that the participants benefits and key into the current financial reform of the Federal Government.
According to Vanguard, the Federal Government will soon release the first capital budget allocation of N 350 billion, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed.
Speaking at the 2017 Budget Breakdown in Abuja, yesterday, she said the Cash Management Committee, CMC, was to meet to put finishing touches to the list of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to receive the first allocations.
Giving details of the budget, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, said: “2017 Budget envisages a total FGN revenue of N5.08 trillion, exceeding executive proposal by 2.9 per cent and 2016 projection by 31.9 per cent. The projected revenue receipt from oil is N2.122 trillion and non-oil is N2.96 trillion.”
He said the contribution of oil revenues would be 41.7 per cent, compared to 19 per cent in 2016, driven mainly by Joint Venture cost reduction, higher production and price, exchange rate and additional oil-related revenues, while 11 per cent of projected revenue would be expected from recoveries of looted/misappropriated funds and fines.
Budget adjustment after virement
On the capital project funding, where allocations were altered by the National Assembly, the minister said the budget would be adjusted after virement applications were sent and approved by the legislature.
He said: “We have agreed with the National Assembly that virement application for them to restore those projects be forwarded to the legislature. Some of these projects include the railway, health and FCT projects.
“Until that is done, the budget and the appropriation must reflect exactly what is passed at the National Assembly and this is what the law is, What was passed at the National Assembly is what was signed into law.”
2017 Budget to run till June 2018
On the lifespan of the 2017 Budget, Udoma said it would run until June 2018 but that with the determination of the current administration to return the nation to a January-December Fiscal Year, it could be overtaken by 2018 budget if passed and signed into law before it runs a full cycle.
His words: “Whenever a new Appropriation Bill comes into law, it overtakes any previous appropriation law, which means that the 2018 Budget will overtake the other one which seizes to be valid.”
The minister said the capital budget would focus more on infrastructure development, especially rails, roads, electricity and water projects for both electricity generation and irrigation.
Major roads and bridges
The minister said over 65 road and bridge construction and rehabilitation projects across the six geo-political zones of the country would be undertaken in the budget.
The details include: N10 bn for the rehabilitation/reconstruction and expansion of Lagos-Sagamu-Ibadan dual carriageway sections I & II in Lagos and Oyo states; N13.19bn dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road, Sections I-V ; N10.63 billion rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriageway, Sections I-IV; and N7 billion for the construction of 2nd Niger Bridge, including access roads phases 2A & 2B.
Similarly, N7.12 billion has been earmarked for the dualization of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja Road; N9.25 billion for the dualization of Obajana Junction to Benin Road Phase 2 Sections I-IV ; N7.5 billion for rehabilitation of Onitsha-Enugu dual carriageway; N7 billion for the construction of Bodo-Bonny Road with a bridge across Opobo Channel ; N3.3 billion for rehabilitation of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road; and N3.5 billion for dualization of Odukpani-Itu-(Spur Ididep- Itam) – Ikot Ekpene Federal Highway Lot 1: Odukpani-Itu bridgehead.
Other major projects under the Ministry of Works are: dualization of Kano-Katsina Road Phase 1 at the cost of N1.5 billion; N2.24 billion for dualization of Suleja-Minna Road, Sections I & II; N2.3 billion for Gombe-Numan-Yola Phase II (Gombe – Kaltungo); and N2.7 billion for construction of Kano Western Bypass.
In addition to the above, N6.55 billion was earmarked for the dualization of East-West Road (Sections 1 to 5 covering Warri-Kiama-Ahoada-Port Harcourt-Eket- Oron-Calabar) and another N3 billion counterpart fund contribution for East-West road.
Rail Modernization Programme
The sum of N148bn was earmarked mostly for counterpart funds on projects to be financed by China for various railway projects (Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Lagos, Kano- Kaduna, Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Warri, Kaduna-Idu) and other rail projects
The sum of N9 billion was allocated for joint venture investments in tertiary health institutions with Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority in order to reverse outbound medical tourism to which the nation loses huge sums of foreign exchange, annually.
The sum of N9.5 billion was set aside for rural electrification projects in federal universities; N10 billion for the construction of 3,050mw Mambilla hydropower project; and N10.02 billion for the completion of power evacuation facility for 400mw Kashimbila hydropower plant
Settlement of MDAs electricity bills
The Federal Government also set aside N40 billion service-wide provision to settle reconciled outstanding electricity bills of Federal Government institutions as part of the strategy to revamp the ailing power sector.
Regional interventions Udoma disclosed that N76.7 billion would be spent on the reintegration of transformed ex-militants of the Niger Delta under the Presidential Amnesty Programme; while N45 billion was also set aside for the North-East intervention fund.
Premier League champions Chelsea have completed their first signing of the season by contracting former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero ahead of the start of the 2017/18 League season.
The Argentine superstar was said to have agreed a deal with the Blues on Monday, June 19, 2017 and has also passed his medicals at Stamford Bridge.
Ogbongefriends.com understands that the 35-year-old goalkeeper left Manchester City in May 2017 after the expiration of his contract.
Following a recent move to recall Senator Dino Melaye who is representing Kogi West, a total of 188,580 electorate have signed the recall register form.
Announcing the figure at the All progressives Congress State Secretariat in Lokoja, the returning officer for the recall of the serving senator, Adamu Yusuf explained that out of 360,098 of the total registered voters of the seven western senatorial districts comprising Yagba, Mopa Muro, Kabba Bunu, Yagba East, Koton Karfe, Lokoja and Ijumu, 188, 588, signed the recall register constituting 52.3% of the voters in senatorial district.
Yusuf while giving a breakdown of the recall exercise noted that for Yagba East – out of 35,331 registered voters, 18, 374 (52%) signed the recall of the serving lawmaker.
Others are Mopa 18,356 voters (9,186 signed comprising 50.04%), Kabba Bunu 60,522, voters (28,277 signed making 46.7%, and Yagba West out of 35, 966 registered voters 20,029 signed signifying 55.7%.
According to Daily Post, Lokoja local government recorded the highest with 63, 736 (54.8%) voters recalling the senator out of 116, 296 registered voters.
For Koton Karfe 24,703 (52.77%) voters penned their signature while in Ijumu out of 46,819 registered voters, 24, 238 depicting 51.8% passed a vote of no confidence on the senator to represent them in the National Assembly.
”Going by the above figures, it is important to let Nigerians know that we have met the Constitutional requirements of 51.1%. Dino has failed to represent Kogi West so we are calling him back home,” Yusuf added.
Meanwhile, the seven Local government administrators constituting Kogi West were all present during the exercise.
There had an earlier report that Senator Dino Melaye expressed confidence that the process to recall him from the Nigerian Senate will fail.
Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district in the upper chamber, is currently battling to save his seat as his constituents turn against him.
The senator however believes the required number of voters needed to recall him cannot be attained.
Melaye expressed his confidence on his Facebook page by writing: “We have 346,788 registered voters in Kogi West (as at March 28 Presidential/NASS elections).
“Exact number of pregistered voters per local government in Kogi West; * Lokoja - 112,218 * Kabba-Bunu - 58,422 * Kogi (Koton Karfe) - 45,634 * Ijumu - 45,567 * Yagba West - 34,014 * Yagba East - 33,630 * Mopamuro - 17,303 Total - 346,788 “So, to recall a Kogi West, the requirements is at least one vote above 50% of total registered voters.
“50% of total registered voters in Kogi West is 173,394.
They need a minimum of 173,395 signatures before INEC can proceed to next step.”
Actor and hip-hop artist LL Cool J and his wife Simone Smith gave away their eldest daughter Italia, away in a star-studded wedding held at the Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery in Long Island, New York on Saturday, June 17.
Guests at the wedding included Mary J. Blige, Niecy Nash, Vanessa Bell, Monica, among many others.
The beautiful bride wore a Marie Anthoinette inspired dress and later changed into a dress and a pair of sneaker wedges for her reception.
According to watsupng, Daddy Freeze has taken to Instagram to post pictures of the kind of car that the wife of billionaire kidnapper Evans use to drive. He claims a friend of his who lives 2 houses away from Evans gave him the information. Recall that Evan’s wife shared a picture of her and her children shedding tears while begging for the authorities to spare her husband’s life. In the report, she claimed she didn’t know he was rich and that N 200, 000 is the only amount the billionaire has ever given her. See Daddy Freeze’s Instagram post below.
According to nnpcgroup.com, Price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as Diesel, has crashed to about 42% nationwide, a huge downslide over the last six months, following key strategic interventions by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Mr Ndu Ughamadu,Group General Manager,Group Public Affairs Division NNPC explained.
It would be recalled that in the first quarter 2017, retail prices of AGO, which is one of the deregulated products, shot to an all-time high of N300/litre in major demand centres across the country.
Such unpleasant situation placed a huge burden on truck drivers, who need the product for transporting their vehicles; the nation’s manufacturing sector, which requires it to run its operations as well as on the masses, who need it for household power generation.
However, following strategic intervention efforts by the NNPC towards sustained improvement in the supply of the diesel, the product’s retail prices as at the end of May 2017 ranged from N175 to N200 across the country (a significant price drop of about 42%), while ex-depot prices also dropped to between N135 and N155.
Shedding more light on this remarkable achievement, NNPC Spokesperson, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said some of the Corporation’s strategic interventions in this regard include improving the supply of AGO and remodeling of the product distribution to address sufficiency issues across the country.
“Since January this year, we have worked very hard with relevant stakeholders to improve distribution from refinery depots, by implementing a robust loading programme,” Ughamadu affirmed.
Also, in its quest to enhance efficient distribution of AGO, the Corporation was able to resuscitate its critical pipelines and depots in places such as Atlas Cove-Mosimi, Port-Harcourt Refinery-Aba and Kaduna Refinery-Kano. Efforts are also ongoing to revamp and commission other critical pipelines across the country.
Another key intervention that has enhanced supply and distribution of diesel, the NNPC Spokesperson noted, was the Corporation’s robust engagement with critical downstream stakeholders where salient issues were raised and duly addressed. These stakeholders include: Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) as well as Independent Petroleum Marketers.
Furthermore, as a result of consistent positive engagement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), NNPC equally extended the expansion of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Foreign Exchange Intervention Scheme to accommodate Diesel and Aviation Fuel.
The general public is hereby assured that the Corporation would continue to ensure seamless supply and distribution of diesel and other petroleum products across the country to make the lives of Nigerians better. Mr Ughamadu narrated.
According to Lindaikejisblog, shocked villagers in Bondeni area of Mwingi, Kitiu County, Kenya, who had turned up to bury a month old baby fled in fear when the infant regained life few minutes before she was lowered into the grave on Saturday, June 17.
The family of Major Mwenga was preparing to bury the body of their baby who reportedly died four days ago after a sudden illness, when it coughed.
Some family members who were seated near the baby jumped in shock when they heard the sound. One of them touched her, felt warmth and alerted others.
When she touched its eyes, the child opened both eyes and coughed again.
Billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, aka Evans, has led a team of policemen from the Federal Anti-kidnapping Unit to the detention camps he operated for people he abducted.
He took operatives to the locations at the weekend. The separate buildings, located in Igando and Ikotun areas of Lagos, were the hideouts his captives were kept for days, weeks or months while negotiation for ransom were made.
Police say they will provide an update on what was discovered at the buildings in the course of the week. However, more revelations are emerging from the notorious ace kidnapper, who was arrested on June 10 at Magodo Estate in Lagos.
According to him: “I rented the house in 2010 and used it for my detention camp. I have three victims inside the house. I paid for only one year rent. I have just three camps in Lagos where I kept some of the victims I kidnapped and the camps are in Jakande Estate, Igando and Gowon area of the state.
“One of the victims, Udoji, I collected one million dollars from him. The other two victims paid me $300,000 and $250,000. “Whenever I noticed policemen are after me, I will move the victim to a different camp so as to prevent policemen from tracking me. I rented the Jakande house for N750,000 per annum. I also operate several bank accounts, but I used GTB constantly.
“My wife was only lying that she did not spend part of my money. She only wants Nigerians to have sympathy for me because she does not know I was into kidnapping. All I told her was that I am into drug, which she advised me to stop.”
Speaking on his cell experience, he said he is beginning to cope with the situation with inmates.
Speculation grew when an unidentified woman was photographed Friday carrying a large bouquet of pink, blue and purple flowers — complete with a card that appeared to read “B + J” — along with twin pink and blue balloons in the shape of feet that read “Baby Girl” and “Baby Boy.”
Superstar Beyonce in February made the blockbuster reveal that she was expecting.
Clad in panties and a bra under a flowing veil, she commanded control of the internet by posting a picture of herself kneeling beside a human-size floral arrangement, her hands cradling her rounded belly.
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over,” the 35-year-old singer wrote.
“We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for all your well wishes,” she added, signing with Jay-Z.
As an expecting mother, she made a New Age celebration of women at the Grammy Awards earlier this year — putting on an extravagant and abstract performance while proudly displaying her baby bump cloaked in a flowing gold gown.
She made a number of red carpet appearances while carrying the twins, and documented her pregnancy via social media to the joy of her legions of adoring fans
According to Sunnewsonline, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has, again, explained his support for Biafran agitators.
Soyinka said the Igbo people have been so wronged that they have no choice than to consider opting out of Nigeria.
Prof. Soyinka spoke on Al Jazeera, yesterday where he shed light on his support for Biafra agitators.
“I am very much pro- Biafra because I recognise that the Igbo have been wronged desperately.
“They have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of the nation.
“Let me also say this, Biafrans are not entirely innocent in this affair. They were not, but the unleashing of such venom, such devastation on them as a people, was sufficient to justify their decision not to be part of the nation.
“I was pro-Biafran in the sense that I felt that they needed justice.”
Soyinka denied he was a troublemaker, especially in the Biafran crisis, but added, “I grew up in certain circumstances being very conscious politically, in this very Abeokuta; my mother was involved in the politics, my aunt, Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was a leader…
“I grew up among political arguments on issues that concern humanity and I find that basically gravitated towards recognising the basic worth of human beings.
“Something I disagree when they call me a patriot because I don’t agitate on some certain entity called a nation; I agitate on humanity.”
He criticised the removal of History and teaching of the Biafran crisis in schools.
“Officials do not want to confront their own history, especially the history in the making of which they feel uncomfortable but, if you do not confront your past, you are going to mess up your future.”
On Boko Haram and the breakup of Nigeria, he said ironically, Boko Haram might be part of the reasons Nigeria may stay together.
Soyinka said a few years ago, he would have agreed that Nigeria would break, but, now that a section of the country is in trouble, there is some kind of pulling together. He added that the conscience of many Nigerian has been awakened such that they cannot abandon that section of the country.
He urged Nigerians to recognise the plurality of Nigeria, how it came together and begin to devise and adopt a method of governance which cannot only be of massive decentralisation. “That way, we can stay together. If we continue to have a centralist government, then, Nigeria is on the brink
According to Sunnewsonline, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the weekend took a fresh look at the myriad of problems besetting the nation and concluded that no single individual or group could solve the problems.
“People have said a lot of things about the problems of Nigeria. There is no point joining issues with anybody, but all I can say is that no one person can solve the nation’s problems,” the former president said.
Jonathan made the observation at the 5th memorial lecture and the formal unveiling of Professor Celestine Onwuliri Foundation (PROFOUND), held at Nnarambia in the Ahiazu Mbaise Council Area of Imo State.
The former president who was represented by former secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, explained that the nation could only wriggle out her socio-economic and political travails with an efficacious structural composition and comprehensive diagnosis of her problems.
The ex-president insisted that Nigeria requires a leader with an uncommon knowledge, wisdom and determination to implement the recommendation of the nation’s conference.
He described the infamous Dana plane crash of Sunday, June 3, 2012, which claimed the life of Professor Onwuliri and other prominent Nigerians as the saddest and darkest moment of his administration and prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest.
Speaking earlier on the memorial lecture which had the theme, “The problem with Nigeria,” former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, decried the borrowing spree for consumption by the nation’s leaders, which he noted had further pauperized the masses.
As the former governor of Anambra State, he reiterated that he never borrowed a dime to govern the state because he never saw the reason for this unlike the present crop of leaders who have embarked on a borrowing jamboree without anything to show for it but only to bag chieftaincy titles and merit awards from traditional rulers and organization.
“Development reflection is what we need and the process of selecting our leaders must change because the current system is poor hence the leadership is poor. A leader should live by example and his character should be consistent. We should begin to hold our leaders responsible for their failure to meet our worthy expectations. Nigeria as a nation is not poor,” he stated.
Invariably, former governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State humorously disagreed with Obi, saying that the problem with Nigeria is not that of bad leadership, stressing that otherwise such leaders as Peter Obi, Paschal Dozie, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim would not have emerged.
“Our problem is the structure that produces leadership and if we can get the structure right, Nigeria will be a better place, otherwise, even if you bring in Jesus Christ in the structure He will fail.”
The photo was taken at Femi Kuti's 56th birthday get together which held at the Freedom Park, Lagos yesterday night. Friendly exes. Fabulous!
According to Lindaikejisblog, a man was arrested in Lagos and charged to court for defecating inside an office belonging to his rival. Sunday Ngene, 30, allegedly went into the office of Edoagu James, his business rival, at 91 Ipaja Road, Agege Lagos where he sells tricycles and moved to attack him but James escaped so he squatted and pooped on the goods.
According to reports, both men are competitors engaging in the same business but Ngene is reportedly having troubles in his while James is flourishing. On the fateful day this incident occurred, both men had reportedly had a disagreement after Ngene tried to borrow money from James - again - to pump into his failing business. James refused the request, asking him to pay what he owes first. This led to Ngene attacking James with a cutlass but he escaped before harm could be done.
Ngene then emptied his bowels on the motorcycles parked inside the hall office for sale. PM Express reports that the police were informed of the incident and they arrested Ngene and charged him before Ogba Magistrate Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
According to Premium Times, Etisalat Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s fourth largest telecommunication firm, appears to be swimming deeper in troubled waters as Mubadala Development Company of United Arab Emirates, the company’s largest shareholder, has pulled out its investment and headed out of the country.
Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi Government-owned investment and development company, controls about 70 per cent of the shares in Etisalat along with Etisalat UAE mobile, with Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS, promoted by Hakeem Bello-Osagie, owning the remaining 30 per cent.
The UAE investor has hinted Etisalat Nigeria as well as the industry regulator, Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) of its decision to opt out of the joint ownership of the company, our sources said.
“I can tell you that Mubadala’s withdrawal takes effect from today (Thursday),” one source said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.
With the withdrawal of its largest investor, the board of Etisalat Nigeria might be dissolved, with the creditor banks effectively taking control.
One of our sources said the ultimatum given the telecom company to pay up its debt expires today or tomorrow.
To continue to run the company, the consortium of banks will most likely present a holding company with telecommunication operating experience to NCC for approval.
“The banks do not want the services of the company to cease,” one of our sources said. “So they are setting up a vehicle to keep whatever remains of Etisalat afloat. The banks may approach the NCC tomorrow or latest next week.”
Mubadala could not be reached for comments Thursday evening. Repeated telephone calls to its Abu Dhabi headquarters were unanswered. An email enquiry is yet to be responded to as at the time of publishing this report.
Etisalat has been facing huge financial crisis following pressures on it by a consortium of some foreign and Nigerian banks, led by Access Bank, to recover a $1.72 billion (about N541.8 billion) loan facility the company obtained in 2015.
The loan, which involved a foreign-backed guaranty bond, was for Etisalat to finance a major network rehabilitation and expansion of its operational base in Nigeria.
Its inability to meet its debt servicing obligation agreed since 2016 compelled the consortium of banks, prodded by their foreign partners, to take up the matter with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the NCC.
The intervention of the two regulatory authorities persuaded the banks to suspend their decision to take over the mobile telephone company, giving it opportunity to renegotiate and reschedule the loan.
But Mubadala’s decision to pull out of the company is likely to push the troubled firm deeper into survival crisis.
The Chairman of the company, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, did not answer calls made to him by PREMIUM TIMES Thursday.
But an official of the company, Seyi Osunfedo, later called back to say she was not aware of the latest action by Mubadala.
“I can’t confirm that information for now,” she said. “As you are aware, discussions have been ongoing for some time now with various authorities to find ways to resolve the crisis. I am not aware that that decision has been taken.”
Asked whether Etisalat stands a chance of surviving should the UAE investor fail to rescind its decision to leave, Ms. Osunfedo said, “I don’t think there is any difficulty that cannot be surmounted.”
A spokesperson for Access Bank, Abdul Imoyo, did not answer or return multiple calls. He also did not respond to a text message.
Also, the spokesperson for the NCC, Tony Ojobo, did not respond to calls. He however responded to a text message, saying he was in a meeting.
Etisalat, which commenced business in Nigeria in 2009, acquired the unified access license, including a mobile license and spectrum in the GSM 1800 and 900 MHZ bands from the NCC in January 2007.
The company is rated by the NCC as Nigeria’s fourth largest telecoms operator, with about 21 million subscribers or about 12.9 per cent of the telecom market share as at January 2017.
MTN takes the lead with 60 million, or 40 per cent market share; Globacom, 37million, or 24.6 per cent; and Airtel 34.6 million, or 22.8 per cent.
According to Sunnewsonline, As a beauty queen of a pageant involving the core five South East states, she is seen as a symbol of the Igbo nation, and is expected to model the defining character of the people- enterprise, industry and moral character.
And indeed, a little into her tenure, Ugwu Joy, the reigning Miss Asaigbo 2016, showed signs she meant business to live up to the billing.
The Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Accounting student, who has been a lone wolf fending for herself since she lost her parents as a child, set up a foundation to care for the vulnerable and needy kids.
It was the principal drive for contesting the beauty competition, she disclosed in a media chat. “I had lots of things that motivated me to go for the Miss Asaigbo pageant. First, to me, pageants are fun, sparkles, glitter and shine, also to gain more self confidence, make new friends and enjoy the prestige of wearing the crown in my community. But most importantly, my motivation comes from using the platform to gain more awareness for my foundation, Feed the Poor and Orphan Initiative. Knowing firsthand how it feels growing up without parents, the passion for that kept me motivated and strong throughout the competition.
“My role model was my mum, though I was three-years-old when she passed on. The little memory and the stories I heard of her still make me smile when I remember them. She was a strong woman and made sure we didn’t go hungry kid, or stop schooling when my dad died, she’s and will always be my role model.
“Many pageant winners are focused on the girl child programmes already, my main focus now is not just the girl child, but every homeless, helpless and hungry kid on the street. They need to be shown love and I hope to be the gap between them and the rich that wants to help, but doesn’t know how to go about it.”
As part of her humanitarian service, Joy recently visited the Enugu prisons where she celebrated her birthday, lavishing goodies on the inmates. She has decided to do more in her campaign to prevent youths from taking to crime. The decision stemmed from an experience she said, she had during the visit to the jailhouse.
“On my birthday, I visited the prisons with the goodies I got for them. Then, the warden officer gave me a tour and while he was at it, two boys were brought in and everyone started laughing and I asked why? He explained that the boys were released just two days before, but were back, because all their friends and the love they could get was in the prison yard, as they had no one to show them love in the outside world when they were released. So, they had to commit another crime in order to be brought back into prison. When I heard that, I froze. Imagine what love could prevent in our society? Crimes and hate will be reduced drastically if together we can make the world a better place,” Joy reasoned.
In this interview, she promised to be a good role model to her increasing fans, stressing: “The story of my life is enough inspiration to all who are looking up to me, I lost my parents at age three, I didn’t blame God or blame anyone… I folded my sleeves, worked very hard to get educated and prayed to God without ceasing. If I could be something today, anyone can be whoever they want to be… only God and yourself can.”
But, the beauty queen seems not to have been true to her words, as she is herself today behind bars. From the glory of her office, she has descended and now dwells in gory Kirikiri prisons in Lagos, where she was remanded by a Yaba Magistrate court for alleged involvement in N7.5million fraud, suggesting that her touted integrity, diligence and selfless service have all been a facade.
The last in the family of three and native of Eha-Amumily of three and native of Eha-Amufu in Isi-uzo Local Government area of Enugu State, police investigations revealed, had been an alleged serial scammer, duping innocent Nigerians through a visa racket and ponzi scheme. She landed in police net after series of complaints from some of her alleged victims.
Saturday Sun learnt that the embattled pageant winner had allegedly fleeced many ‘clients’, who, however, lacked the nerve to report her because they were either threatened or afraid of her touted status and influence, until one Jonathan Nwaogu and Anita Oby reported her in Lagos and investigation was launched into the complaints.
Joy had allegedly failed to fulfill a contract to help Jonathan secure a visa for which he reportedly paid million naira (N1m). She was said to have started evading her client and avoiding his calls after the payment.
Joy also allegedly duped Oby N2million through a ponzi scheme called “Me and You” purportedly floated by the former. All went sour when one of the subscribers refused to pay and the organisation could not refund Oby’s money.
Jonathan said: “The girl duped me one million naira and the evidence is there. I didn’t have much to say, because she said she wanted the matter to be taken to court. What baffled me was the way she took the matter. It was quite obvious that she defrauded me. All she needed to do was to surrender and settle for peace to reign. I don’t understand why she decided to go to court; I heard the comments she made in the police station. The money is just one million naira and she behaved as if it was dollars. All I planned was to recover my money in a very simple way.”
Saturday Sun learnt that when she was first arrested in Enugu, the accused allegedly slapped a police officer, bragging about her connections.
She was also said to have had N7.5m in her account then, but allegedly made massive withdrawals between the period she was temporarily released and rearrested, leaving only N400,000 balance.
Although the accused who also works with a company named FESTIVITY CAKES AND CRAFTS, was granted bail, she was still in custody as at press time, as she could not meet the bail conditions.
Bethel Chikezie, who claimed to be a relation of Joy, told Saturday Sun: “The case is not just a thing of today. The allegation was based on MMM, , I don’t know if the person who reported her has any personal matter with her. Maybe the person does not like her. MMM is not a recognised business in Nigeria, even the government warned when all these things came up. The point now is that they wanted her to pay for the thing, but she is saying no, because she did no wrong. Everybody did MMM, her own case could not be different.”
As investigation continues, we bring to you a complete list of Evan's victims and their dates of kidnap.
See the list below:
According to Premium Times, the Federal Government is set to recruit 300,000 youths in the second batch of its N-Power social intervention and job creation programme.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Friday in Isanlu-Isin community near Omu-Aran town in Kwara State.
Mr. Mohammed said the Federal Government would “reopen the N-POWER portal by next week to commence the process for the recruitment”.
He enjoined the youths to take advantage of the recruitment exercise by completing the application process on line, adding than 200,000 people benefitted from the first batch of the programme.
The minister said at least 27,000 people had benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, while government had given 7,000 interest free loans to market men and women across the country.
The minister said the home grown school feeding programme of government had covered over 1.2 million pupils and that Kwara State would be on the team of the social intervention programme in September.
The minister was in Isanlu-Isin to explore ways to develop the road leading to Owu Water Fall, located near the community.
The Water Fall, which is 120 metres above sea level, is credited to be the highest and most spectacular natural water fall in West Africa and a significant symbol of nature
The minister recalled that he visited the Owu water fall in February, where he advocated Public-Private-Partnership for its development.
He said he was glad to hear that efforts had been made as far back as 2009 to develop the road leading to the fall.
Mr. Mohammed urged the community leader to make available to him documents relating to the contract to enable him move for quick execution of the project.
“It has been revealed to me that the contract for the construction of the road was advertised and bided for and that the Bureau of Public Procurement had issued a No Objection Certificate.
“If we get those documents, we can see how we can revive the contract
“The fall is one of the tallest in Africa and it is just lying there fallow.
“If we can get the road done, it will attract tourists and revive the economy of the surrounding communities,” the minister said.
The traditional ruler of Isanlu-Osin, Solomon Oloyede, thanked the minister for the visit and expressed the support of his people for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He commended the government for its efforts at restoring peace and security to the nation as well as the successes recorded in its anti corruption fight.
The monarch urged the government to do its best in fixing the road linking the community to the Owu Water Fall.
Earlier in an address, the President of Isanlu-Osin Development Association, Emmanuel Oladele, said the contract for the construction of the road to the fall was captured in the 2009 budget.
According to Punchng, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a court order to declare wanted Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2015.
Olojeme, who served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund from 2009 to 2015, was accused of diverting $48,485,127 from the NSITF.
The NSITF is a social insurance scheme designed to provide compensation to employees who suffer from occupational accidents or diseases in the line of duty. The organisation is funded by deducting 1 per cent from all government and private sector employees enrolled in the scheme.
However, according to documents made available to The PUNCH, Olojeme and some directors in the company allegedly diverted billions of naira including funds meant for the payment of allowances of its staff as well as compensation to contributors.
Trouble started for Olojeme shortly after her removal by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
The EFCC subsequently received a petition alleging that over N50bn from the Employee Compensation Scheme fund, paid by Ministries, Departments and Agencies and private companies as well as another N18bn, being the contribution of the Federal Government as take-off grant to the NSITF, was mismanaged and diverted into the personal accounts of Olojeme and Umar Abubakar, a former Managing Director of the NSITF.
The EFCC immediately set up a team of detectives to look into the allegations.
Operatives of the commission looked into the bank account of the NSITF and uncovered suspicious transactions and diversion of funds.
Some funds were said to have been traced to the accounts of some consultants and contractors, who were believed to be fronts for Olojeme and other directors in the NSITF.
It was learnt that several directors and contractors were invited to explain their own side of the story, many of whom have since returned funds to the EFCC.
An EFCC report, made available to our correspondent, read in part, “It was discovered that the NSITF accounts in First Bank of Nigeria and other banks have witnessed a total turnover of over N62,358,401,927 between 2012 and 2015 from the Employee Compensation Scheme contributions.
“That out of the N62bn, the Federal Government contributed N13,600,000,000 while the sum of N48,758,401,927.80 was contributed by the private sector. That there were several payments to individuals and companies from the NSITF bank accounts for purported contracts or consultancy services.
“That some individuals and companies that received these payments, in turn, transferred part of the monies directly to the NSITF officials while others transferred huge sums to bureau de change operators who changed them to dollars.”
The report adds that Olojeme sent her account officer at FBN to collect $48m from some NSITF contractors through a BDC operator.
It states, “That through this process, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the then NSITF board chairman, has collected a total sum of $48,485,127 from Mr. Chuka Eze (her account officer at FBN), which cash he collected on her behalf being the dollar equivalent of monies paid to BDCs by NSITF contractors.
“That she has refused to honour invitation and all efforts to get her to come and tell her own side of the story have proved abortive hence her arrest warrant has been obtained from court.
“We ask for the EFCC chairman’s approval to declare the suspect wanted.”
Unlike Olojeme, it was learnt that Abubakar had honoured the invitation of the commission.
Olojeme, who was also the convener of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme sub-committee on Public Works and Road Rehabilitation, could not be reached for comment as she has been out of the country for over a year.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone that Olojeme had been declared wanted.
He urged members of the public to offer information that could lead to her arrest.
“Yes, she has been declared wanted. Members of the public are advised to give us information that would lead to her arrest,” he said.
A close aide to Olojeme, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the suspect had remained incommunicado for several months.
The aide said, “I don’t know her whereabouts. However, she’s aware of what is going on.”
According to Sunnewsonline, U.S. and Chinese diplomatic and defence chiefs will meet Wednesday for a security dialogue that Washington says will focus on curbing North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
The talks in Washington will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis as well as China’s top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People’s Liberation Army, the U.S. State Department said.
It will be the inaugural session of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a framework launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a summit in Florida in April.
The State Department said the aim was “to expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.”
U.S.-China ties have warmed since the April summit, in spite of continued U.S. concerns about China’s pursuit of territory in the South China Sea and a large trade imbalance.
Tillerson has said North Korea will top the agenda on Wednesday and made it clear that Washington wanted more help from China in pressing Pyongyang to abandon its weapons programs, calling Chinese efforts so far “notable” but “uneven.”
The focus on North Korea has been sharpened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of 2016.
North Korea says it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States, and this week Mattis called it the “most urgent” threat to U.S. national security.
China is party to UN economic sanctions on North Korea.
It remains the country’s main ally and trading partner and has been reluctant to impose the sort of punishing measures experts say are needed to get Pyongyang to abandon its weapons programmes.
In Beijing, asked about the talks, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said, “The two sides are in close communication about the schedule, but the issues discussed will be those that both countries are concerned about and that involve China-U.S. relations.”
He did not elaborate.
On Tuesday, Tillerson said Washington was considering imposing “secondary sanctions” on foreign firms doing business with North Korea and had been in discussions with Beijing about the activities of entities inside China
According to Lindaikejisblog, a young man who was arrested in Markurdi, Benue State for passing himself off as a female prostitute has made more shocking revelation.
Jennifer Kpaakpa, real name Ushahemba Yaapera, who confessed to have slept with over 1000 men in the past five years said that all the men won't be able to impregnate any woman as their sperm has been used for ritual.
The suspect's real identity was discovered by the Police during a raid at a brothel a
on Wednesday, June 15th.
See a previous report:here
Below is a report by activist, Mr Ukan Kurugh, who was at the state police headquarters where Jennifer was paraded alongside other suspects on Thursday:
"The young man was arrested around Xima Bar at Kashim Ibrahim Road Makurdi when he went to separate a fight between 2 female sex workers at a brothel and in the process got his male sex organ exposed amidst the female clothing he wore. This automatically ended the fight as everyone was scared of his appearance having known him for long as a female. This attracted the attention of the police who whisked him away to police headquarters, Makurdi. This occurred on the Wednesday the 14th of March, 2017.
At the police headquarters where I also visited yesterday, the man revealed that, by birth he was male but was initiated into occultism in a secondary school in Katsina-ala where he schooled and that since then he attends meetings under bridges of main water bodies with other members and a queen around the country. He explained upon inquiry that he had done prostitution in many major cities around the country like Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Calabar, Kaduna, Portharcout and others where he would be picked up by men who would make love to him seeing him as a woman and thereafter, whether with the use of protection or not, the man's sperm would be gotten and used for rituals and such a man will be permanently unable to impregnate a woman.
On the number of men he had engaged in his spiritual ordeal, he explained that he wasn't sure of the figure but that, not less than 1500 men. He explained further that, the queen under the water had mandated him to do thus for 12 years and then she will bless him with super wealth. He said this was his 5th year, meaning he was left with 7 years to meet his target and be rewarded with the ultimate prize of wealth beyond comprehension.
At the police station, it was surprising to see a man Mr. Terkimbi Yandev who walked in and requested to bail this guy on the ground that he was his girlfriend. The guy in question at that moment explained further that, to all those who made love to him, he appears to be a beautiful woman whom they can't afford not to love. The man is now in police custody as investigations are still ongoing even as people around his Coca-Cola residence in Makurdi have expressed shocked that, the girl they knew all the while was man. His parents are reputed to live in Katsina-ala where he has not visited for a long time since he got enlisted into occultism.
Ciara Princess Harris Popularly known as Ciara, welcomed her second child on April 28th but when she stepped out this week, she still had the bump, which is almost more natural and makes more sense than women who snap back so fast you wonder if they were ever pregnant.
Nigeria and Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa has been turbaned as the Jagaban Matasan Arewa by the association of the northern Nigerian students.
Ahmed Musa who just married another wife was given the title on Thursday, June 15, 2017 during the commissioning of his Sports and fitness center in Kano state. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries including the chairman of Kano state sports commission, Ibrahim Galadima.
Musa's mother and other family members also attended the colorful ceremony in Kano on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
According to Naij, This mad man says he picks used pampers of children. He said the children die 14 days later. The photos and his confession were posted on facebook by Anambra community resident in Asaba, Delta state. According to post, the "madman" was discovered with a bag full of used baby pampers. He collects the pampers from people's waste bins in the guise of scavenging for food. On interrogation, he was said to have confessed that he sells them to a client in Ogun state.
Musa Mseleku, who's a businessman from Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal, says he is happily married to four wives and wants other young men to join him in the polygamy club.
The 43-year-old and his wives Busisiwe MaCele, Nokukhanya MaYeni, Thobile Mseleku, Mbali MaNgwabe and their 10 children are currently being featured in a reality show called 'Uthando Nes’thembu', which means 'Love and Polygamy'.
The reality show gives Musa and beautiful wives the platform to showcase how being in a polygamy union has been working for them so far.
Speaking to Daily Sun, he said his four wives are happy to be married to him.
He said although some people have criticised him, he wanted to change people’s perceptions of polygamy.
“I want to show men that you can be in a polygamous relationship and also be considerate.
“My wives impose restrictions on me. I have to be home an hour earlier than them so I can prepare to spend time with all of them,” he said.
One of his wives, Thobile said:
“I knew what I was getting into and didn’t have a problem with it. I also come from a polygamous family.”
She said the other wives are like sisters to her and they all rely on each other for advice and help.
According to Sahara Reporters, The registrar of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Mr. Collins Onyenwenu, who was abducted last weekend by gunmen, has regained his freedom after reportedly paying a ransom of N5 million. SaharaReporters learned that the registrar was released on Tuesday after four days in the kidnappers’ custody.
The gunmen seized Mr. Onyenwenu around 3.30 pm last Saturday. He was at the time traveling in his official car along Ugiliamai/Onitcha-Ukwu Road in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking with SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity, a family member of the freed Registrar disclosed that the kidnappers had initially demanded a ransom of N30 million, adding that they reduced the amount to N20 million and finally to N5 million, which was paid to secure the registrar's release. The source said he suspected the registrar's abduction was connected to the polytechnic's recent sacking of 200 employees.
Confirming the release of the registrar, a senior lecturer at the Polytechnic told our correspondent that he and some staff of the institution believe the kidnappers came from among the more than 200 employees laid off by the Polytechnic. According to the lecturer, many of the sacked employees had in 2015 paid the registrar bribes of between N150, 000 and N200, 000 in order to secure employment at the institution. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State recently dismissed many of those employees.
According to Sahara Reporters, Senate President Bukola Saraki paid heavily in cash, and in kind to obtain the dismissal of the charges he faced at the Code of Conduct Tribunal,.
The cash payment, a whopping $2million, went to CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar. The kind was a promise to the cabal at the Nigerian presidency to block Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A source close to the CCT revealed to SaharaReporters how Mr. Saraki and his lawyer, former Attorney General Kanu Agabi, had worked relentlessly since Saraki hired him, with the objective of stopping the trial one way or another.
Some of the calculations were easy: Mr. Agabi had formed a close relationship with Mr. Umar, whom he had hired out of Law School years ago to work in his private legal practice following his tenure as Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). Mr. Umar’s brother, Sambo Umar, also worked with Mr. Agabi during his tenure as AGF.
At a first meeting facilitated former Governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda in Abuja, Mr. Saraki reportedly offered the CCT chairman the $2m to acquit him of the false declaration charges he faced. But Mr. Saraki did not speak the words, our source said. Instead, he showed the figure to Mr. Umar typed on his phone, fearing that if he said the figure out loud he could be recorded.
Mr. Saraki, who is a very wealthy man, can conveniently afford such a sum, partly to wholesale rampaging over public funds in which he has been involved, and which is at the heart of his trial. But he may also have been strengthened by his recent embezzlement of over N3.5b in Paris Club refunds.
The entire deal, according to the source, was facilitated by former Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda, a friend of Mr. Umar, but it also involved a top police officer.
To sweeten the deal, the Senate president also offered to block the confirmation of EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu. It would be recalled that in a severe blow to the anti-corruption war, the Senate in March 2017 denied Mr. Magu’s confirmation.
Mr. Umar agreed to help Mr. Saraki. He had succeeded in postponing the hearing several times for over a year before suddenly calling Mr. Saraki’s lawyers and prosecutors yesterday to tell them he would rule on the case.
SaharaReporters learned on Tuesday night that the decision would acquit Mr. Saraki of all wrongdoing, and a source revealed that Mr. Saraki boasted to his colleagues that the matter had been “settled.”
Mr. Saraki was then officially acquitted of all charges on Wednesday.
Ahead of the ruling being made, his Chief of Staff and his social media handler, Bankole Omishore, then confidently went as far as to invite 10 youths to have a celebratory dinner with Mr. Saraki today. That event is held tonight with several of the youths abandoned to their fate after they ate at Saraki’s residence.
Suspended lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has reacted to news of his expulsion by the executive arm of the APC chapter in Bebeji LGA in Kano state. LG Chairman of the party, Sani Ranka, earlier today addressed a press conference where he announced Jibrin's expulsion for carrying out anti-party activities. Jibrin has released a statement saying that the expulsion is false as the announcement did not come from a genuine member of the APC executive in his local government. Read his statement after the cut ...
My attention has been drawn to a false claim attributed to some mischievous impersonators that I've been expelled from my party, the All Progressives Congress, at the Local Government branch. This report, I've gathered, came from a dubious character and known fraudster who is neither the chairman of my party at the local government level nor a part of the party executive at the state level. The party is not even aware of this impersonation making the rounds in the media. This is yet another round of character assassinations from career political antagonizers who are perpetually threatened by our advocacy for transparency in public service and political leadership. Recall that I honored the invitation of the EFCC in a bid to shed light on the cases of corruption perpetrated by some principal officers of the house of representatives, despite dissuasions by these saboteurs of my party's change agenda and stand against corruption. The initiators of this false claim of my expulsion by my party are hired hacks engaged by some politicians in Abuja in continuation of their futile bids to frustrate my anti-corruption campaigns. I wish to remind the public, and especially the media, that this report did not originate from my party, the APC. I have a cordial relationship with my party, and we have been working hand in hand to actualize our agenda for a better Nigeria.
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The minister of information and culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has said acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, communicates with President Muhammadu Buhari on a daily basis.
Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday, June 15, when he appeared on Channels Television show, Politics Today.
The minister said there is so much trust between the president and his vice.
Lai Mohammed expressed the confidence that the meetings the acting president is having with leaders of the north and south-east amid growing tension in both regions was backed by Buhari.
He said: "The Acting President is daily in touch with Mr President so I am very confident that Mr President is in the full know of what the Acting President is doing and there is so much trust between the acting president and the president I don’t think there should be an area of concern at all.”
Aided by former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Transport Minister, Umar Idris, a company belonging to a Senator, Goodhope Uzodinma, hustled the Nigerian Ports Authority into a deal which saw it receive $12.5 million without competitive bidding and without delivering on the job, a government memo seen by PREMIUM TIMES says.
The company, Niger Global Engineering and Technical Company Limited, and the NPA entered into a partnership in October 2014 for the management of Calabar access channel, one of the nation’s key waterways.
The pact followed a presidential approval, which ignored technical advice and overruled required procurement procedure. Mr. Jonathan’s approvals followed recommendations by the transport minister, Mr. Idris.
On May 18, 2015, just before Mr. Jonathan left office, the director-general of the Bureau of Public Procurement told the president that awarding the contract, worth N26 billion in all, to a company that failed or refused to bid for the contract, amounted to “gross violation of due process”.
Insiders in Nigeria’s maritime industry describe the contract as phony, saying it might have been concocted to raise funds for PDP campaign in 2015.
But the BPP suggested Mr. Jonathan might have been misled by Mr. Idris and the former president’s chief of staff, Mike Oghiadomhe.
“Your Excellency, I am of the humble view that you were not properly informed by the Hon. Minister of Transport’s letter …. And the subsequent brief to you on the matter by the Chief of Staff leading to your consequent directive….,” the DG of BPP at the time, Emeka Ezeh, wrote.
Mr. Jonathan initially directed the contract be given to Mr. Uzodinma’s company without competitive bidding. He later reversed that order after other competing companies protested. After Mr. Uzodinma’s firm went to court, the president restored the offer.
All three decisions were based on recommendations by the transport minister, Mr. Idris, a memo sent by the director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, to current transport minister, Chibuike Amaechi, said.
Innocent Ibirim, spokesperson for Mr. Idris, told PREMIUM TIMES that: “all the Minister did followed due process and was in the interest of the nation”.
“The Calabar dredging had to be carried out, and that’s what the minister did. The company had been on the project long before the minister came to office. No law was breached,” he said Thursday, after explaining the former minister was outside the country.
But details of the deal did not only violate the law, it returned no value for money. Part 6, Section 1 of Public Procurement Act demands that contracts such as the Calabar dredging must be awarded to contractors through competitive bidding.
No where in the law is the President of the republic or minister of transport granted overriding power to arbitrarily award contracts to handpicked firms in violation of the law.
Approvals and counter approvals
The NPA initially called for bids for the management of the access channels in Lagos, Calabar and Bonny in 2004. It later formed joint ventures, JVs, to establish Lagos Channel Management Company and Bonny Channel Management Company, and shelved the idea of a JV for Calabar channel management, following technical advice.
NPA’s technical consultant, Mobotek International Ltd, had, argued at the time that low ship traffic on the Calabar channel did not justify a JV, normally funded from ship dues, Ms. Bala-Usman said in the memo.
In June 2010, the ports authority initiated a fresh round of procurement for the Calabar channel, and received bids from six companies. At the time, BPP requested and secured presidential approval for use of selective tendering to “fast-track” the process in line with the law.
Yet, on September 13, 2012, while that process was continuing, the transport minister, Mr. Umar, sought Mr. Jonathan’s approval to cancel the procurement process and appoint a “special purpose vehicle known as Calabar Channel Management Limited” (CCM) as a JV belonging to Niger Global and the NPA to manage the Calabar channel.
Notwithstanding the fact that a procurement was ongoing, the minister’s request was approved by the president on November 6, 2012. Worse, CCM was yet to be incorporated at the time, BPP later said in its memo to the president.
The JV agreement between Niger Global and the NPA, was signed on July 25, 2013.
However, following petitions by the other companies, Mr. Jonathan authorised the revocation of the JV agreement between NPA and Mr. Uzodinma’s company. The president gave approval for a restarting of the procurement process for the dredging of Calabar navigation channel.
Niger Global challenged the decision in court, arguing that the agreement was still valid.
Surprisingly, before the suit was heard, the transport minister, Mr. Umar, on August 11, 2014, conveyed to the NPA an approval of the former president referenced PRES/99/MT190, dated August 8, 2014, to cancel the second procurement exercise, and re-award the Calabar contract to Mr. Uzodinma’s company, Niger Global without competitive bidding.
With the second cancellation, Mr. Umar directed NPA to prepare for the take-off of the CCM and ensure a second JV agreement with Niger Global in October, 2014.
Subsequently, the project vehicle of Niger Global, CCM, submitted invoices for the fourth quarter 2014 and first quarter 2015, totaling $34.56 million, and the government paid $12.5 million before further payment was suspended.
The suspension of further payment, Ms. Bala-Usman told Mr. Amaechi in an April 19, 2017 memo, was due to an investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over suspicion the company never embarked on any dredging exercise despite receiving pay.
Paid for nothing
After NPA suspended payment, Niger Global petitioned Mr. Amaechi, pressing for more money and the continued existence of the joint venture, CCM.
But in her response, Mrs. Bala-Usman said: “all efforts to find details of dredging activities for the period during which CCM claimed to have dredged Calabar Access Channel (November 2014 to January 2015) proved abortive.
“The Harbour Master and Port Hydrographer during the period stated they were unaware of any dredging undertaken by CCM during the period. Further, there was no communication between the company and the Port Management on their purported dredging activities during the period.”
Timeline of movement of CCM’s dredging equipment
– October 16, 2014: Dredger MV Atlantico Due arrived Calabar, berthed at Intels Terminal for flag-off ceremony and left October 18, 2014 after the ceremony.
– November 12, 2014: a survey boat MV Hurricane arrived Calabar, anchored mid-stream and left without recourse to the Port Management.
– November 19, 2014: MV Waterway arrived Calabar and disappeared without any recourse to Calabar Port Control/Management and without applying or obtaining the requisite sailing clearance till date, there is no communication on where about of the dredger.
– August 29, 2015: Dredger MV Atlantico Due arrived Calabar Fairway Buoy but was not allowed for security reasons pending completion of necessary documentation.
– September 1, 2015: MV Hurricane arrived Calabar without documentation and the vessel left without responding.
“The position above is corroborated by the report of the Management Committee on the review of Calabar Channel Management which states that ‘A comparison of pre and post dredging depths of the channel with a survey carried out six months before commencement of the dredging works revealed that the dredging of the affected areas of the channel was questionable’,” she told Mr.Amaechi.
Neither Mr. Uzodinma nor his company, Niger Global could be reached for comments on this report.
Niger Global has neither physical nor web address. A Lagos address purportedly belonging to the company turned out a sham.
Security guards there told PREMIUM TIMES there that Niger Global was not one of the organisations using the office spaces at the address.
Similarly, nothing came of efforts to get through to Mr. Uzodinma by phone, neither was he available when we visited his office. On one occasion, an aide in his office asked this newspaper to drop a note and phone number, which we did. But for more than two weeks no response came from the Senator.
A spokesperson to former President Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, did not also respond to phone calls and text messages.
According to Sunnewsonline, the estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration.
Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police said. The police said the motive was unknown and an investigation was continuing, BBC reported.
The couple had been living separately since 2012 and filed for divorce which hasn’t been granted yet. According to BBC southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen, neighbours claim there had been an incident earlier in the week when a group of unidentified men were spotted hammering on the First Lady’s door.
She won a high court battle against her husband to secure the privileges of a First Lady, instead of Mr Thabane’s youngest wife, Liabiloe, the AFP news agency reported. Mr Thabane is now living with a third wife.
Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of Mr Thabane’s All Basotho Convention party, told AFP that the prime minister was devastated by the shooting. “Everyone is traumatised by these developments,” he said.
The election took place earlier this month and was the third election in three years. There is a bitter power-struggle in the country and Mr Thabane still has enemies in the military, our correspondent adds. His inauguration is still expected to take place on Friday.
An overjoyous Dino Melaye lifted up his colleague and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, moments after the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT, Danladi Umar, discharged and acquitted him of all the 18-charges of false assets declaration leveled against him by the Federal government.
According to Lindaikejisblog, Sad story coming from Philadelphia is that a 1-year-old boy has died after being raped and killed by his mother’s boyfriend. The man known for being a street goon has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related offenses.
The suspect has been named as 24-year-old Saleem Salaam, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Police said that he brutally raped then killed the 1-year-old boy. It was initially thought that the boy was his stepson but later it was discovered that he’s only dating the victim’s mother.
The assault took place on June 7. Someone found the abused child unresponsive on an upstairs floor and alerted the police following which they arrived at Saleem’s residence to arrest him. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors noted that he had multiple bruises and injuries indicating sexual assault. Some of the injuries on the child’s body appeared to have been inflicted before June 7. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Homicide Capt. James Clark later confirmed the sad incident, saying:
“The young man had been tortured, brutally beaten and sexually assaulted,” Clark said
According to Premiumtimes, at least 62,140 candidates will have to re-write university admission examinations as the Joint Examination and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has delisted computer-based centres (CBT) from board examination as a result of technical deficiencies, extortion, organised examination malpractice and other infractions.
The board also suspended 24 centres for one year due to technical issues. It said the affected centres may be considered for 2019 exams.
The rescheduled exams will hold July 1.
The registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, said these at a press briefing after the board’s management meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
The 62,140 cancelled results include of 57,646 candidates in centres-induced malpractice, 3,811 late registration, and 683 candidates who had biometric challenges.
The board also cancelled the results of another 2,052 individual candidates found culpable of examination malpractice.
Mr. Oloyede said the management meeting had approved the “delisting of forty-eight (48) centres from participating in the board’s examination in future as a result of serious technical deficiencies, extortion, organised examination malpractice and other damaging infractions”.
He explained that the rescheduled examination was for candidates of centres with mass malpractice but who were deemed innocent.
“The rescheduling of examination is for: biometric non verification machine related issues, technical and log out issues, late registration, malfunctioning of servers at the centre and incomplete results,” he said.
According to the board, 1,722,236 candidates registered for the 2017 unified Tertiary Matriculation Board, which is the highest figure ever in the history of the exams.
National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, arraigned an Inspector of Police, Bola Adigun, attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, for conspiracy, drug dealings and wilful obstruction of security agents from carrying out their official duty.
NDLEA in the charge sheet alleged that the Police Inspector and one Voke David, now at large, of Jakande Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mile 2, Lagos, had on May 25, about 1a.m., along Badagry-Lagos Expressway, at Agemowo Junction, conspired among themselves to transport 49 large bags containing compressed vegetable substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana, weighing 2.338 kilogrammes, in a Volkswagen LT bus marked FKJ 937 XS.
The police officer was also alleged to have unlawfully been in possession of the said banned weed.
NDLEA also alleged that the accused, while armed with a Jericho Pistol numbered BDA 380425pm 56369, calibre 9.85 CAT 1661 loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, wilfully obstructed the official of NDLEA from exercising the powers conferred on them by the NDLEA Act.
The offences, according to the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Aliyu Abubakar, are contrary to and punishable under Sections 14(c), 19 and 49(B) of National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge.
Following the plea of the accused, the trial judge, Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, admitted him to the bail of N10 million with three sureties.
The said sureties must be landed property owners with evidence of three years tax payment, and have their addresses and means of livelihood verified.
The judge ordered the accused remanded in prison’s custody pending the perfection of bail conditions and adjourned the matter till June 27, for commencement of trial.
Source: The Sun
According to Premiumtins, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the triumph of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as another victory by Nigerians over tyranny, saying; “I am happy that I predicted that the CCT will absolve the Senate President in my 2017 predictions and it has come to pass.”
Governor Fayose who called attention to number eight of his 22 predictions for year 2017, said; “I said it categorically that the Code of Conduct Tribunal will absolve Senate President Bukola Saraki and today, the prediction came to pass.”
Reacting to the CCT judgment discharging Senator Saraki through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said the judgment was another lesson for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government that criminal cases are not won on the pages of newspapers.
He congratulated the Senate President, urging him to see the victory as a challenge to him and the entire members of the National Assembly to always stand up to defend the rule of law and fundamental rights of Nigerians.
The governor said; “I have maintained that the government of President Buhari is not fighting any corruption. Rather, what is being done is hiding under anti-corruption fight to persecute, humiliate, harass and malign perceived political enemies.
The 2017/18 Premier League fixtures has been released as Chelsea begin their title defence at home against Burnley while others like the Two Manchester clubs, (United and City), along with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham start to contend for the title.
Below is the first five fixtures of the six top English clubs but who tops the Premier League after five games?
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Two homosexuals in Lagos are facing a two-count charge of same-sex having sexual intercourse and fighting in the public.
The accused, Promise Oluwabunkenoye,24 and Kehinde Abiola ,29 were brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday and charged with anal sex.
They were caught by a police patrol team fighting in public and upon interrogation, one of them confessed that he had been invited to Romeo and Juliet Hotel located at Ejigbo on May 28 at 5.00 a.m. for anal sex but afterwards wasn’t paid.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, made the above allegation while addressing the court. She further stated that the accused with others still at large committed the offences at City Centre Hotel at Ijeshatedo in Surulere about 3.00.p.m. on June 1.
In spite of the confession, the accused both pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. One of the sureties must be a blood relation and the other must be a cleric or community leader. She also asked the accused to affix their photographs to the court register.
The case was adjourned until Aug. 3.
An assassin sent all the way from Sapele, Delta State to murder a woman in Jakande, Lagos State got nabbed today.
According to reports, the unidentified man entered the woman's boutique and strangled her with a rope but was stopped by residents who heard the woman screaming.
He was stripped Unclad by an angry mob who almost lynched him to death before the Police came to his rescue. The woman has been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Sahara Reporters reports that President Buhari was not allowed to see his wife, Aisha during her recent trip to London.
According to Sahara Reporters, sources disclosed in a stunning revelation that the President's whereabouts is unknown to many of his aides including his bodyguards. The news outlet also reported that the president has not spoken with Professor Yemi Osibanjo, who is acting on his behalf since he traveled on another round of medical treatment abroad.
The president is suspected to be battling cancer, according to the reports. Going further, the sources told Sahara Reporters that members of President Buhari Cabal called the acting president and informed him to expect a call from the president but the expected call never materialised excepting for a few seconds of hellos before the person hung up the phone.
We recall that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Orji Uzor Kalu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved considerable and the president would return back to the country by June 11. The declaration by Kalu was however said to be a fabrication as the president did not at any time receive him, Sahara Reporters reported. The reports by Sahara Reporters also claimed that President "Buhari is incommunicado, and is only reached by two aides, Tunde Saburi and Sarki Abba, who have maintained stoic silence about his condition."
Reports also noted that when the wife of the president returned from her trip abroad, she said the president was recovering but also urged Nigerians to continue praying for his recovery. In the report, the cabal was alleged to have reduced access to the president 'in an effort to control information leaks to the public'. The report also alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari was said to be in charge of all the behind-the-scene moves.
He was said to have recently passed a fake document to President Buhari's spokesperson, Shehu Garba. The document claimed that Buhari had given Osinbajo the go-ahead to sign the 2017 budget.
The report also describe the current state of the president's health in a disturbing way. It read: "Buhari is said to be rather unaware of his environment, his memory somewhat affected. For instance, on his way to the UK, he was said to have asked if he was on his way to Sokoto. Our sources said that the cabal working with Buhari might bring him back the same way he was returned in February, in a scheme to use his presence to perpetrate more fraud and control power.
The president left the country in May to London for a medical break and his wife who is at the moment with him has assured Nigerians that he is getting better and urged Nigerians to continue to pray for him.
According to Vanguard, details emerged yesterday, on how the gang leader, Evans, was arrested. Police sources said the final operation that led to the big break started within the week after the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, detailed three special teams attached to his office to complement efforts of his Intelligence Response Team, led by ACP Abba Kyari, in the manhunt for Evans.
Vanguard gathered that as soon as they arrived Lagos, intelligence reports indicated that the gang leader was relaxing in a location with a friend.
“We swung into action using the new and sophisticated equipment provided by the IGP and we were able to locate his whereabouts later in the day around Magodo. But we had a problem locating the exact house where he was relaxing.
‘’Luckily, the report we had paid off after persistent search around the whole area and our leader accosted his security man who told us that our target was inside the building. As soon as the guard turned around to go and inform him, we broke into the compound only to see our target just stepping out from the building, thinking that his visitor was the Uber taxi driver he earlier called to come and take him to the airport.
“Immediately he saw us moving into his mansion, he turned back and disappeared into his house. We pursued him and we all ended up inside his bedroom where he quickly surrendered and shouted: “The game is up. I did not know it will end this way.”
“The jubilation after his arrest was something else because we noticed that he had already packed his bags and baggage to travel out of the country. If we had not struck at that time, he would have disappeared and we will be back to square one.”
One of the photos show that the professional kidnapper has 5 children and wife. He was said to have relocated them to Ghana few days before his arrest.
Below are the pictures:
According to Vanguard, Barely 48 hours after the arrest of notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike a.k.a Evans, in his palatial mansion in Lagos, police sources, yesterday, disclosed that the dreaded leader of the gang has started singing like a canary, naming high-profile accomplices.
It was gathered that detectives investigating the case were kept busy, yesterday, taking him round Lagos, with a view to rounding up all those he had so far named.
This is even as the Department of State Service, DSS, announced yesterday it had smashed a 15-man kidnap gang that had been terrorising Edo State and its environs, led by a dismissed soldier, Lance Corporal Samaila Madu. DSS also said it has made progress in tackling the spread of insurgents fleeing military operations in the North-East towards Kaduna and its environs.
On the arrest of the kidnap don in Lagos, sources said some of the investigators left Lagos in the early hours in search of other named accomplices said to be outside Lagos, especially Edo, Umuahia, Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi, his home town, where he held sway for long until he relocated to Lagos. Efforts, according to sources, are also in top gear to locate his properties scattered all over the towns where he operated.
Vanguard learned that they have also strengthened security around the kidnap kingpin based on intelligence reports that some of the high-profile accomplices are gearing up to find means of silencing their leader to stop him from exposing them.
However, the sources assured that security around the suspects remains tight.
“We have stern directives from Abuja, nobody will toy with these suspects, people that gave us sleepless nights for many years?
“Do you know how happy we are after the arrest of, especially, their leader, Evans? We have directives to round up all suspected accomplices, whether high or low, and they all will go for it,” the sources said.
Rapper and music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer, on Monday, ousting pop singer Taylor Swift who fell to 49th place on the Forbes annual list.
Beyonce moved into the second spot with $105 million, courtesy of her best-selling “Lemonade” album and world tour, while British author J.K. Rowling ($95 million) moved back into the top three thanks largely to her “Harry Potter” spinoff movie franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Combs, 47, earned an estimated $130 million in the 12 months ended June 1, 2017, Forbes said. It attributed the big payout to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, earnings from his Sean John clothing line, and his partnership with Ciroc vodka.
Last year, Combs came in 22nd on the list in a year when Swift bested all-comers with $170 million after her best-selling “1989” album and world tour.
This year, the 27-year-old country singer-turned-pop star, with no new album or tour, saw her paycheck dip to $44 million, Forbes estimated.
Newcomers in 2017 include model Kylie Jenner, the 19-year-old half-sister of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who earned $41 million, and US radio and television personality Steve Harvey with $42.5 million
Forbes compiles the list estimating pre-tax earnings, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB.com, and interviews with industry experts and celebrities themselves.
The world’s top 100 celebrities earned a cumulative $5.1 billion – about the same as last year, Forbes said.
The full list can be seen on www.forbes.com/celebrities (NAN)
The Acting Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo yesterday signed the 2017 budget into law.
Having signed the controversial budget, let us look at important things in the budget.
They are as follows:
1. The 2017 Budget Preparation process was a much more efficient process than the 2016 process. There was also less acrimony regarding it, between the Executive and Legislature.
2. The 2017 Budget was collated using — for the first time ever — a web-based application developed by the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF). Instead of the traditional method of hard copy submissions of budget proposals, Ministries, Departments and Agencies were asked to upload their proposals to the new budget preparation portal, resulting in a more efficient and transparent preparation process.
3. More than 4,000 staff of the MDAs were specially trained to use the new application, across multiple locations nationwide. To support the deployment of the budget portal, the Budget Office set up a Helpdesk, accessible by telephone and email, for authorised users.
4. President Buhari presented the 2017 Budget Speech to a Joint Session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2016.
5. The National Assembly passed the Budget on May 11, 2017, five months after it was submitted by President Buhari.
6. The next step, which should have been the signing of the Budget by the Executive, was delayed because of disagreements regarding some alterations the National Assembly made to the submitted document — for example the National Assembly reduced proposed budgets for a number of critical infrastructure projects (the standard gauge railway projects, the Mambilla Power Project, the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway etc), and applied the difference to fund some new projects introduced by the legislators.
7. What followed were four weeks of painstaking engagement between Executive and Legislature, to resolve the differences.
8. The conclusion of the matter is that the funding deductions on those critical projects will all be restored during the course of the budget year. The leadership of the National Assembly has assured the Executive that this will be done.
9. The Executive and the National Assembly have reached an agreement to return the Federal Government to a January–December budget calendar, starting from the 2018 budget. To ensure this happens the Executive has committed to submitting the 2018 budget to the National Assembly by October 2017, and on its part the Assembly has committed to passing the budget into law before the end of 2017.
10. Budget Highlights: a. Total expenditure of N7.44 trillion, comprising N5.08 trillion in revenues and a projected deficit of N2.36 trillion which will largely be financed by borrowing. b. N2 trillion for capital expenditure (principally infrastructure). c. More than N500 billion for investments in roads, and power and housing projects d. N46 billion for Special Economic Zone Projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike has said that the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has approved post-humous promotion of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko and his colleague Sergeant Sunday Agbo, who died during a shootout with armed robbers at a bank in Owerri last February.
Sergeant Iboko’s exploits and bravery are documented in a CCTV video of the incident which went viral on the Internet, four months after the robbery. He died from gunshot injuries a day after the incident.
Speaking to Punch in a telephone interview, Ezike said that the surviving policeman Sergeant Otu Attang is being treated at a police hospital in Owerri.
“We have done the needful; the command has recommended them (the slain policemen) for post-humous promotion and the one injured for a special promotion and the IG is not aversed to the idea,” he stated.
On allegations that the police abandoned Iboko’s family, Ezike said the entitlements of the slain policemen were being processed and would be paid soon.
“The police officers are our men, so the issue of abandonment couldn’t have arisen; they are heroes. They did a gallant job and each time our men are wounded or die in action, it is painful. It is one of the great pains you would endure in this job. We have not abandoned the family,” he said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign which was launched to raise money for Iboko’s family has surpassed its $15,000 target within 24 hours.
According to Sunewsonline, four persons are feared dead in a bloody clash among three rival cult groups in Cross River State.
While three persons were killed in Ogoja, as a result of the cult war between the Vikins and the KKK in Abakpa,Ogoja Local Government Area in northern part of the state, one person was killed along Target-Berckles Davis Street in Calabar South, during a battle for supremacy between Italian and Vikings, at the weekend.
Daily Sun gathered that two, out of the three shot dead in Ogoja, were believed to be cult members from the community while one was a student of Ogoja campus of Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH).
A witness, John Ogar, told Daily Sun that the killings, which started at the weekend, was ignited by one of the kingpins who inflicted machete cuts on a rival cult member following a minor disagreement.
With a vow to retaliate, the other rival group re-grouped and organised reprisal, which led to the killing of the boy who had earlier inflicted machete cuts on one of the rival cult members about Saturday midnight.
The witness said the development let to series of attacks and subsequent killing of another cultist that same night.
Angered by the trend, it was learnt, youths of the community, whose call to the cult groups to lay down their arms fell on deaf ears, rose against the warring factions.
This, it was gathered, resulted into a mob action and killing of one person on Sunday morning and burning down of houses alleged to be harbouring cultists and their cohorts
Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), John Inaku, who assessed the extent of damage revealed that about 12 houses were torched while household property of some of the identified cultists were removed and burnt. Inaku said his office is working with other stakeholders, including the police.
Award winning Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel, has replied critics suggesting that he’s presenting himself as an appointed minister of God so as to remain a popular figure in the movie industry.
In a new Instagram post, the actor who since last year gave his life to Christ and has been sharing inspiring and Godly posts on social media, said he didn’t become a true servant of God to seek attention from people
Adding that if he was still striving to be popular with men, he wouldn't be a bond-servant of Christ.
’Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” GALATiANS 1:10.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested a 17-year-old girl for stabbing to death a man who allegedly made an attempt to rape her.
The suspect whose name was withheld was recently arrested by the Police in Maake, outside Tzaneen after she allegedly killed the 21-year-old man at Sofaya Village in the Sekororo area of the Maake Policing precinct.
According to SAPS, the 17-year-old claimed she was heading to a local tavern when she met the 21-year-old man who wanted to rape her. As she won’t let the man have his way. She fought back, overpowered and disarmed him of his knife, and then stabbed him to death.
The lifeless body of the man was found with multiple stab wounds by a SAP official along the road during routine patrols.
The report also indicated that the girl handed herself over to the Police after killing the alleged rapist and she’s expected to appear before the Lenyenye Magistrate’s Court today, while investigations are still ongoing.
A man from Taita Taveta County, Mombasa in Kenya has been arrested after he mercilessly assaulted his 67-year-old father to death for failing to pay his mother’s dowry.
According to Wundanyi OCPD, Benjamin Muhia, he told Nairobi News that the deceased, Wilmont Mwawasi, was beaten to death by his son after a short argument over unpaid dowry to his mother who died 12 year’s ago.
“We have arrested the suspect and we intend to arraign him in court after investigations are completed,” Mr. Muhia said.
The OCPD said the suspect killed his father using a hollow metal bar after he (father) failed to explain why he had not honoured their tradition even after pleading with the father several times to do so.
“From our investigations, we have found that the quarrels began when the suspect asked his father why he had not paid the dowry, but investigations are still ongoing to unearth more information,” he said
Mr. Muhia said the body of the father of seven was transported to Wesu Sub-county hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
Investigating Officer Christopher Langat and Wundanyi DCIO Eunice Maina, who visited the crime scene, said the murder weapon has been recovered from the suspect.
“We have recovered the metal bar we suspect was used to commit the crime, but we are still looking for more details to determine the motive of the murder,” Inspector Langat said.
The Investigating officer said that preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect claimed that his father had brought bad omen to their family after failing to pay thier late mother's dowry.
“The family of the late mother had been putting pressure on the deceased to pay dowry, so when the son asked his deceased father about it, he (deceased) charged towards him (son) and all hell broke loose,” the officer said.
Mrs. Maina said that they found the deceased’s body lying in a pool of blood inside their house where the incident happened.
“The metal bar inflicted injuries on his hands meaning he was blocking himself from the beatings from his son. The blunt object can be said to have caused his death,” she said, adding that the recovered murder weapon will be subjected to ballistic analysis.
Ms. Salome Mshai, the deceased’s daughter, who witnessed the killing said the 67-year-old had started the quarrel.
“He came home drunk and when my brother asked him about the dowry, he charged towards him, slapped and kicked him. I tried to separate them but my father insisted on disciplining him,” she said.
She said that it was after 30 minutes of physical fight that her father attacked his brother with the metal bar first but luckily for him, he was able to get hold of the weapon and repeatedly hit the deceased in the head.
“The suspect managed to snatch from my father the metal bar and hit him on the head repeatedly, he bled profusely and fell down,” she said.
According to her, their father was to blame for what had happened because he was the one who picked up a fight when he was softly asked what he was thinking about the dowry.
She said consequences of unpaid dowry had started manifesting in their family as his younger brothers were getting mad while some had their blessings blocked.
“In our tradition, failing to pay dowry has negative consequences. These are what we had started witnessing that forced my brother to approach him to address the issue,” she said.
The suspect is being held at Wundanyi Police Station.
Source: Nairobi News
On Monday, EFCC operatives stormed the premises of The Sun newspaper. In this statement released later in the evening, the agency explained why its operatives visited the publishing house. Read the statement after the cut...
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of today, June 12, 2017 visited the head office of the Sun Newspaper in Lagos. The visit which lasted for less an hour was part of routine efforts to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which is subject of subsisting interim forfeiture order. Prior to the visit, the Commission had written to the management of the company to account for its management of the assets for the period of the subsisting court order.
The Commission still awaits the response of the Sun and will not be distracted by any attempt to whip up sentiments by alluding to an appeal which has been pending for ten years. The Commission’s action is without prejudice to any appeal and only meant to verify the integrity of the assets.
Contrary to claims in a statement released to the media by the management of the Sun, no staff of the media outfit was molested or intimidated for the few minutes that operatives of the Commission spent in the premises of the company. The claim that “EFCC operatives subjected our staff to crude intimidation, psychological and emotional trauma, even as some of the men accused our organization of publishing pro-Biafra, Boko Haram , and Niger Delta Militant stories ,” is strange and clearly the figment of the imagination of the Sun.
There was no reason to molest anybody as the commission has always related professionally with the publishing outfit. The attempt also to link the visit to the acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu’s threat to sue the organization over a libelous publication is also diversionary. Magu is pursuing that option in his private capacity and his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, did write the Sun and his letter was widely published in the media on March 31, 2017.
Last weekend in England, Folarin & Naza's Alakija's white wedding was celebrated with a lavish bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Their story has made it to DailyMail and the thousands of pounds Folarin, who is one of Mrs Folorunsho Alakija's four sons, & his Iranian beauty wife Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifa spent to have a fairytale wedding also revealed.
Folarin’s mum, Folorunsho Alakija is one of the richest black woman in the world so it's little surprise that Folarin Alakija's wedding was a fairytale affair.
It has emerged that Folarin & Naza's wedding which held at Blenheim Palace had one million roses which were done by Jeff Leatham.
Jeff commands up to £250,000 (N114million) for flowers and has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. Jeff was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.
The cost of hiring the whole Woodstock wedding venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, is only on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000 (N15million).
Prices start at £300 per tier and Elizabeth's clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.
With eight tiers on their cake, the base price Folarin & Naza would have paid for their magnificent cake would be around £2,400 (N1.1million) - and that's excluding the elaborate iced flowers and doves.
Guests at the wedding were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000(N68.2million) to hire.
Apart from the magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening, the A-list guestlist included amongst many, Victoria's Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.
The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
Father-of-one Folarin Alakija is an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer who lost his first wife to cancer.
Folarin's new wife studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.
She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.
She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. She let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.
The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.
According to Guardian, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh, the Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, in Edo, on Monday announced the arrest of 24 suspected Boko Haram members in the community by the Nigerian Army.
The monarch disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in his palace at Auchi, headquarters of the Estako-West local government area of the state.
He said the commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Engineering, NICOHO, near Auchi, informed him of the arrest of the suspected insurgents in his palace.
“Shortly before you came, I had audience with the commandant.
“He informed me about what they are doing and the arrest of some 24 suspected members of Boko Haram operating under the guise of Fulani herdsmen in the community,’’ he said.
The Otaru said: “the commandant also informed me that the suspects would be transferred to Benin’’.
He commended the commandant for taking proactive steps to have taken the fight to the suspected insurgents in the forest, saying that the “issue of security needs careful planning and execution’’.
The Otaru, who described the activities of the herdsmen in the area as worrisome, said “we have asked farmers, especially the women, to stop going to the farms for now.
“We gave them some grants to enable them to engage in petty trading in the mean time, to avoid the incessant attacks on them.
“The traditional council is collaborating with the army, security agencies, and some vigilance groups, and we have recently incorporated the hunters to help to evolve lasting solutions to the problem,’’ he added.
According to Sunnewsonline, a pregnant woman in her late 20s, identified as Labisi, and her two-year-old son got electrocuted yesterday at Alare compound of Aremo in Ibadan North East Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The woman, as gathered, was electrocuted when she was spreading the clothes she washed on a wire in her compound yesterday morning.
Daily Sun gathered that the woman did not know that the wire had been connected to electricity. In the process, she was hit by the electric shock. The scream she made was said have drawn the attention of her son, who ran to her mother and embraced her.
A resident in the area, who did not want his name mentioned in print, said: “I learnt that one of the operators of the hotel had connected a wire to the house with a bulb affixed to generate light for people passing through the area in the night.
“The wire which was connected to the wire that is being used to spread clothes in the house must have peeled somewhere and the woman did not know. We learnt that immediately she was shocked and fell down, she screamed and her little son ran to her. While cuddling her, he also got electrocuted immediately.”
The deceased woman, as gathered, was carrying a four-month old pregnancy at the time the tragedy occurred.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident, said bodies of the victims have been taken to the Adeoyo General Hospital morgue for autopsy, adding that police have commenced investigation into the incident.
As Nigeria remember the events of June 12, Ogbongefriends bring to you the proclamation speech of Chief MKO Abiola declaring himself as President. Read below
People of Nigeria, exactly one year ago, you turned out in your millions to vote for me, Chief M.K.O. Abiola , as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But politicians in uniform, who call themselves soldiers but are more devious than any civilian would want to be, deprived you of your God-given right to be ruled by the President you had yourselves elected.
These soldier-politicians introduced into our body politic, a concept hitherto unknown to our political lexicography, something strangely called the “annulment” of an election perceived by all to have been the fairest, cleanest and most peaceful ever held in our nation. Since that abominable act of Unclad political armed robbery occurred, I have been constantly urged by people of goodwill, both in Nigeria and abroad, to put the matter back into the people’s hands and get them to actualise the mandate they gave me at the polls. But mindful of the need to ensure that peace continues to reign in our fragile federation, I have so far tried to pursue sweet reason and negotiation.
My hope has always been to arouse whatever remnants of patriotism are left in the hearts of these thieves of your mandate, and to persuade them that they should not allow their personal desire to rule to usher our beloved country into an era of political instability and economic ruin. All I have sought to do, in seeking dialogue with them, has been to try and get them to realise that only real democracy can move our nation forward towards progress, and earn her the respect she deserves from the international community.
However, although this peaceful approach has exposed me to severe censure by some who have mistaken it for weakness on my part, those with whom I have sought to dialogue have remained like stones, neither stirred to show loyalty to the collective decision of the people of their own country, nor to observe Allah’s injunction that they should exhibit justice and fair-play in all their dealings with their fellowmen. Appeals to their honour as officers and gentlemen of the gallant Nigerian Armed Forces, have fallen on deaf ears. Instead, they have resorted to the tactics of divide and rule, bribery and political perfidy, misinformation and (vile) propaganda. They arrest everyone who disagrees with them. Even the 71-year old hero of our nation, Chief Anthony Enahoro, was not spared. How much longer can we tolerate all this?
People of Nigeria, you are all witnesses that I have tried to climb the highest mountain, cross the deepest river and walk the longest mile, in order to get these men to obey the will of our people. There is no humiliation I have not endured, no snare that has not been put in my path, no “set-up” that has not been designed for me in my endeavour to use the path of peace to enforce the mandate that you bestowed on me one year ago. It has been a long night. But the dawn is here. Today, people of Nigeria, I join you all in saying, “Enough is Enough!”
We have endured 24 years of military rule in our 34 years of independence. Military rule has led to our nation fighting a civil war with itself. Military rule has destabilised our nation today as not before in its history. Military rule has impoverished our people and introduced a dreadful trade in drugs which has made our country’s name an anathema in many parts of the world. Even soccer fans going to watch the Green Eagles display in America are being made to suffer there needlessly because Nigeria’s name is linked with credit card and fraud and “419.” Politically, military rule has torn to shreds the prestige due to our country because of its size and population. The permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council that should be rightfully ours is all but lost. For who will vote for Nigeria to get the seat if Nigerian military rulers do not respect the votes of their own people? Enough of military rule.
We are sickened to see people who have shown little or no personal achievement, either in building up private businesses, or making success of any tangible thing, being placed in charge of the management of our nation’s economy, by rulers who are not accountable to anyone. Enough of square pegs in round holes. We are tired of the military repetitive tendency to experiment with our economy: Today, they say “no controls.” Tomorrow; they say “Full controls”. The day after, they say “Fine tuning”. The next day, they say “Devaluation.” A few days later, they say “Revalue the same naira upwards again Abi?” All we can see are the consequences of this permanent game of military “about turns;” high inflation, a huge budget deficit and an enormous foreign debt repayment burden, dying industries, high unemployment and a demoralised populace. Our youths, in particular, can see no hope on the horizon, and many can only dream of escaping from our shores to join the brain drain.
Is this the Nigeria we want?
We are plagued also by periodic balance of payments crises, which have led to a perennial shortage of essential drugs that has turned our hospitals and clinics into mortuaries. A scarcity of books and equipment has rendered our schools into desolate deserts of ignorance. Our factories are crying for machinery, spare parts and raw materials. But each day that passes, instead of these economic diseases being cured, they are rather strengthened as an irrational allocation of foreign exchange based on favouritism and corruption becomes the order of the day. Enough is enough of economic mismanagement!
People of Nigeria, during the election campaign last year, I presented you with a programme entitled “HOPE ’93. This programme was aimed precisely at solving these economic problems that have demoralized us all. I toured every part of Nigeria to present this programme to you the electorate. I was questioned on it at public rallies and press conferences and I had the privilege of incorporating into it much of the feedback that I obtained from the people. Because you knew I would not only listen to you but deliver superb results from the programme, you voted for me in your millions and gave me an overwhelming majority over my opponent. To be precise, you gave me 58.4 per cent of the popular vote and a majority in 20 out of 30 states plus the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Not only that, you also enabled me to fulfil the constitutional requirement that the winner should obtain one-third of the votes in two-thirds of the states. I am sure that when you cast an eye on the moribund state of Nigeria today, you ask yourselves: “What have we done to deserve this, when we have a president-elect who can lead a government that can change things for the better?”
Our patience has come to an end. As of now, from this moment, a new Government of National Unity is in power throughout the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, led by me, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, as President and Commander-in-Chief. The National Assembly is hereby reconvened. All dismissed governors are reinstated. The State Assemblies are reconstituted, as are all local government councils. I urge them to adopt a bi-partisan approach to all the issues that come before them. At the national level, a bi-partisan approach will be our guiding principle.
I call upon the usurper, General Sani Abacha, to announce his resignation forthwith, together with the rest of his illegal ruling council. We are prepared to enter into negotiations with them to work out the mechanics for a smooth transfer of power. I pledge that if they hand over quietly, they will be retired with all their entitlements, and their positions will be accorded all the respect due to them. For our objective is neither recrimination nor witch-hunting, but an enforcement of the will of the Nigerian people, as expressed in free elections conducted by the duly constituted authority of the time.
I hereby invoke the mandate bestowed upon me by my victory in the said election, to call on all members of the Armed Forces and the Police, the Civil and Public Services throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to obey only the Government of National Unity that is headed by me, your only elected President. My Government of National Unity is the only legitimate, constituted authority in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as of now.
People of Nigeria, these are challenging times in the history of our continent, Africa, and we in Nigeria must not allow ourselves to be left behind. Our struggle is the same as that waged by the people of South Africa, which has been successfully concluded, with the inauguration of Mr. Nelson Mandela as the first African President of that country. Nelson Mandela fought to replace MINORITY rule with MAJORITY rule. We in Nigeria are also fighting to replace MINORITY rule, for we are ruled by only a tiny section of our armed forces. Like the South Africans, we want MAJORITY rule today, that is rule only by those chosen by all the people of Nigeria as a whole in free and fair elections. The only difference between South Africa and Nigeria is that those who imposed minority rule on the majority rule whether it is by black or white, remains minority rule, and must be booted out.
I call on you, heroic people of Nigeria, to emulate the actions of your brothers and sisters in South Africa and stand up as one person to throw away the yoke of minority rule for ever. The antics of every minority that oppresses the majority are always the same. They will try to intimidate you with threats of police action. But do not let us fear arrest. In South Africa, so many people were arrested, during the campaign against the Pass Laws, for instance, that the jails could not hold all of them.
Today, apartheid is gone forever. So, let it be with Nigeria. Let us say goodbye forever to minority rule by the military. They talk of treason. But haven’t they heard of the Rivonia treason trial in South Africa? Did those treason trials halt the march of history? People of Nigeria, our time is now. You are the repository of power in the land. No one can give you power. It is yours. Take it! From this day, show to the world that anyone who takes the people of Nigeria for fools is deceiving himself and will have the people to answer to.
God bless you all.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Long live the Government of National Unity
According to Gossipmill, Pope Francis on June 8 met with a delegation from the Ahiara diocese at the Vatican, where priests have been refusing to accept the 2012 appointment by the then pontiff, Benedict XVI, of the local bishop.
Though Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise.
Today, the pope threatened to suspend the priests from the ministry if they didn’t pledge in a letter, by July 9, “total obedience” to Francis and accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke’s appointment. .
Francis told the visiting delegation he was “very sad” about the priests’ refusal to obey and ruled out tribal loyalties as explaining the refusal. His remarks to the visiting delegation indicated how dangerous he viewed any rebellion against papal authority. .
Those priests opposing Okpaleke’s taking up of his office “want to destroy the church, which is not permitted,” Francis said in his address to the delegation. He demanded that each priest in the diocese write to him asking forgiveness and “clearly manifest total obedience to the pope.”
According to Sunnewsonline, Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) has said that the ongoing move by the electorate in his constituency to recall him from the Senate will fail.
Melaye, who is representing the Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, made the statement in Kabba, Kogi, on Sunday when he addressed his supporters.
He said his achievements in the Senate were enormous and as such the people of the constituency were solidly behind him.
Melaye, who later led his supporters on a peaceful march round Kabba town, alleged that the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was behind the move to recall him,
The electorate in the seven local government areas that make up Kogi West Senatorial District on Saturday besieged polling units in the area to endorse the request for the recall of the senator.
They affixed the photocopy of their permanent voter cards to the recall form.
Melaye alleged that 30 supporters of his who refused to be part of the move were arrested on the order of the governor.
“Quote me, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has released N200 million for each of the seven local government areas in my senatorial district to facilitate my recall from the Senate,” Melaye alleged.
In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, described Melaye’s allegation as unfounded.
According to Vanguard, there is tension as the Police in Enugu State and members of Ikpa-modo, Enugu Ezike, in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state trade blames over the death of 38-year-old man, Bitrus Chukwudi Ugwuanyi.
It was alleged that Ugwuanyi, who was an Okadama (commercial motorcyclist), was killed by policemen for his inability to pay them N50.
It was gathered that the okadaman was carrying a pregnant woman from Obollo Afor in Udenu Local Government to Ogrute in Enugu Ezike, when he was arrested by policemen at a checkpoint at Ugwu Ekposhi and asked to pay N50.
He reportedly said he had nothing on him, as he was on his first trip of the day.
An eyewitness said an altercation with one of the officers reportedly led to the killing of Ugwuanyi in the presence of his female passenger.
It was further alleged that when it dawned on the policeman that his victim was dead, he quickly raised an alarm that the dead man snatched his AK-47 riffle, which led to the arrival of members of the Igboeze North Central Neighbourhood Watch at the scene.
The Neighbourhood Watch members were said to have fired more shots on the dead body, before they paraded the corpse around the town, celebrating that he was killed for allegedly “snatching a gun from a policeman.”
Trouble began when Ugwuanyi’s kinsmen protested his murder, saying that he was not known to be of bad character.
State PPRO reacts.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said that the police would rely on the information that Ugwuanyi was killed in the course of trying to retrieve the AK-47 riffle until the contrary was proved.
Amaraizu, however, advised the relations of the deceased to raise a petition to the state Police Commissioner, Danmalam Mohammed, if they were sure of their new position.
He said: “The state Police Commissioner will order a thorough investigation if the family brings any petition over the issue.
“He is a no-nonsense man, who does not spare or condone any misconduct from his officers and would not hesitate to deal decisively with offenders. Let them come up with their complaints,” he added.
According to Vanguard, unidentified gunmen have reportedly kidnapped the Registrar of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Mr. Collins Onyenwenu, along Ugiliamai/Onitcha-Ukwani Road, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.
It was learned that on Saturday evening, he was intercepted by gunmen.
Sources said the Registrar was dragged out of the car and whisked away, with his official car abandoned along the road.
Confirming the incident yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state Command, Aniamaka, said one arrest had been made in connection with the matter.
“We are on the trail of the kidnappers,” Aniamaka said, adding that the vehicle in which the Registrar was driving had been recovered.
According to Punch, The President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima, in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE says the statement issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups on Tuesday asking the Igbo to leave the North for their various states in the South-East was quoted out of context
Are you on the run from the Nigeria Police?
For what? Why should I be on the run? I have committed no crime.
You have been declared wanted by the police and the Kaduna State Government for the quit notice you and other groups of youths in the North issued to the Igbo living in the region.
I have not received any invitation from the Nigeria Police. But if I am invited by the police, I will willingly honour their invitation. There is no issue about that – but as of the time that I am talking to you right now (Thursday), the police have not called me for any interrogation.
Do you have any apology concerning the statement you, along with others, issued on Tuesday?
Apology for what? And exactly what part of the statement are you referring to? The Coalition of Northern Groups, after due consultation came up with a position as regard the disposition of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Our position is very clear: we have the intention of helping the Igbo to get the international attention they want so that they can leave Nigeria in peace. At no time did we advocate violence or make any attempt to incite anyone in the North or any other part of the country, to engage in violence against any tribe.
But you gave them a three-month notice to leave the North?
Yes; because by then they would have had a referendum to decide whether they want to be part of Nigeria or they want to have an independent nation of their own. If after the three months they succeed in getting a referendum in having an independent state of Biafra, what business do they have again in the North? They should go back to their Biafra. We did not ask them to go. They said they want to go. They are the ones demanding for their own independent nation and we said ‘OK, we will help you.’
I should add that the silence of the Igbo in the North concerning the call by IPOB for a state of Biafra indicates that they are in support of the agitation – it is what we term ab initio, as conspiracy of silence. They have agreed to have their own nation; then they should go – IPOB is speaking for them. If not, they should have come out to say, ‘No, IPOB does not represent us. We do not want to be part of the Biafra being called by IPOB.’ They didn’t say that. We are all living witnesses to the Biafran agitation. Everybody wants to leave Nigeria but nobody moves. Therefore, it clearly means they (Igbo in the North) are in agreement with them (IPOB).
It is not our intention or plan to push them out of the North by force – no, that’s not our intention. We won’t do that. We are only encouraging them to leave. If they have decided to be part of an independent Biafran state, why are they wasting time still living in other people’s land? They should go to their region if they want to go; we will help them to leave. They should leave. But if at the end of the referendum and they vote to remain as part of Nigeria, we are willing to receive them back. Our declaration is by no means a call for violence. By upbringing and orientation, as northern youths we are not inclined to violence. We believe in peaceful resolution of conflicts.
decide whether they want to remain a part of the country; and we are helping them to get the referendum initiated, hoping that by the end of the three month’s (ultimatum), they would have chosen to form their own nation. We will continue to help them to the extent that their voice would be heard in the international community. We will help them to ensure that the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the United Nations and other international organisations come to their aid. There was a referendum in the United Kingdom; was there any bloodshed there? In essence, what we are saying is that if the easterners want a state of Biafra the Federal Government should give them what they want. Is that asking for too much? We insist that the Federal Government should organise a referendum for them to choose whether they want to remain a part of Nigeria or not; let them vote for or against.
If some people in the South-East are seeking for an independent state of Biafra, is the North too interested in going its separate way from the federation?
No. We are happy to be Nigerians. We are happy to be a component of the country. Let those who are not happy being a part of this country leave peacefully without heating up the polity. Why should a group of people keep agitating, intimidating, and harassing Nigerians because they want their own country? If they want to go, they should be allowed to go. Do they think without them we cannot survive? They cannot continue to intimidate us in this country. We are proud to be Nigerians. We cannot have stability and peace in the land with this continued agitation for independence. We can live without them (the Igbo).
Not a few people have come out to criticise what you and your group called the ‘Kaduna Declaration’. Do you think the coalition’s position as contained in the statement issued on Tuesday was misunderstood?
Let me reassure you that I and other members of the coalition are peace-loving Nigerians. Our advocacy has always been non-violent. For those who have chosen to misrepresent us, all I will say is that at no time did we advocate for violent removal of the Igbo in the North. We are not violent people. Some Nigerians are very funny. What has happened is a matter of mischief by some people who tried to twist our honest and non-violent position on the fact that the Igbo should leave the North to form their own nation – that’s what they are craving for and we are ready to help them to leave for their home states.
As northern youths we have never been violent and we will continue to remain non-violent. For how long will we continue to urge them to remain in a union they are not willing to remain in? They should decide whether they want to remain in the ‘marriage’ or go for a divorce. If they are not interested in the ‘marriage’, let us dissolve it and allow everybody to go his way. As proud Nigerians, we want to be peaceful and will not be intimidated by people who are trying to make the country boil for no reason.
Assuming the majority of the Igbo vote in the referendum to leave Nigerian, does the North intend to flush out those Igbo living in the North by force if they choose to stay?
No; we are not going to do that. We will not forcibly eject any Igbo living in the North even if majority of them voted to exit Nigeria. But we intend to support IPOB’s agenda; we intend to help them push the call for a referendum so that the people can vote. In three months, if they are not able to achieve that we will help them to do that. We will ensure we help them to get the attention of the international community to actualise their agitation. We will also ensure that the Federal Government gives attention to their demand. We will ensure that not a single blood was shed. We are for peace.
To that end, I want to assure Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm. They should remain peaceful. They should be calm. They should resist any attempt by anybody to call them to take up arms. They should resist any attempt by anybody urging them to unleash terror on any member of the country. I will also urge the security agencies to be watchful; they should be on the look-out for troublemakers. I can assure you that we are not in support of violence in any form. It is not part of our ideal and we will never promote violence.
The police first caught wind of Mr. Onuamadike’s activities when he allegedly began terrorising resident of several Lagos neighbourhoods, especially Festac Town and its environs.
It was in Festac that Mr. Onuamadike allegedly masterminded the abduction of Vincent Obianudo, the billionaire owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, in 2013.
Mr. Onuamadike, a.k.a.: Evans, has presence in the South-South corridor, where he allegedly established many kidnap formations that operated in major settlements along the East-West Road, including the Port-Harcourt and Warri, both with a high number of oil workers.
The police first caught wind of Mr. Onuamadike’s activities when he allegedly began terrorising resident of several Lagos neighbourhoods, especially Festac Town and its environs.
It was in Festac that Mr. Onuamadike allegedly masterminded the abduction of Vincent Obianudo, the billionaire owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, in 2013.
Mr. Onuamadike, a.k.a.: Evans, has presence in the South-South corridor, where he allegedly established many kidnap formations that operated in major settlements along the East-West Road, including the Port-Harcourt and Warri, both with a high number of oil workers.
The Vanguard reported earlier this year that Mr. Onuamadike, whom the paper described only by his alias, had orchestrated more than a dozen high-profile kidnappings.
The paper suggested that the syndicate pocketed up to $1 million dollars each in three different abductions of citizens in Lagos in 2015.
Mr. Moshood said the suspect had allegedly deviced a unique method of extracting ransom from victims.
“He keeps his victims for up to six to seven months in captivity until when their families pay amounts ranging from N300 to 400 million as ransom in several installments,” the police spokesperson said.
Dozens of suspects attached to Mr. Onuamadike’s kidnap formations across the country have been killed in shootouts with law enforcement officers since 2010, the police said
Former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubu has urged all ‘Biafran people’ resident in the north to defend themselves against any attack(s) from northern youths, as he reacted to the controversial quit notice issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) to Igbos.
According to Naij, Asari noted that Igbos did not take other people’s properties or invade their territories, so he wondered why they should be threatened in such a manner by the northern youths.
He enjoined all Biafra supporters to defend themselves and not lie down and die when attacked.
He said: “My brothers and Sisters, fellow Biafrans, our struggle is for independence. Let me say this to Biafran People, our struggle is not to take from any other people.
“We have not travelled to the North, Lagos, Ibadan to take from any other people. They are the ones who have been taken from us.
“In our entire struggle for the actualization of the Independent State of Biafra, we have not invaded other people’s land. We have always reacted strength to strength.
“We have the right to defend our lives; we have the rights to defend our properties and we have the right to defend motherland. In the defense of the motherland, we have made some great sacrifices.
“For me the Biafra struggle is not limited to one of the nationalities in Biafran land. It is the struggle of the Ibibios, the Ogonis, Oron, the Ijaws, and all the Biafran people. It is our collective struggle and collective destiny. Our resources are being wasted.
“It is not even used to develop any part of this so-called Nigerian state. Where is Nigeria developed? Can you compare any part of Nigeria to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, or Pitoria? Or Cairo or Alexandra?
“The only way we can get control our resources is the independent of the Biafra state.”
The first lady of Ondo state, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and a group of women from a non-governmental organisation were spotted raising awareness for breast cancer.
Mrs Akeredolu along with other women were seen sweeping Oja-Oba market, a local market in Akure.
Akeredolu who happens to be a breast cancer survivor is known to use her office to regularly create awareness for breast cancer in the state. While lecturing the women present, she said breast cancer can be treated if spotted in the early stages
The personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie has said that some Nigerians want the president dead for their self absorbed interest.
In an interview with The Punch, the presidential aide spoke about the president’s health and his travel to London saying some Nigerians are praying for him to die due his determination to turn the country around for good.
Onochie claimed some Nigerians even go to the extent of paying religious leaders and consulting marabouts so the president will die.
She said: “We are in a nation where such things have become the order of the day. It is not about marabouts alone; it is also common in the religious circles where prayers are offered for terrible things to happen to people. Not just the President alone but it happens in our society. But what they do not know is that God does not answer such prayers. God does not listen to such prayers because he has plans for all of us and only that which he wills will happen to us."
Asked why they do, she said: “Selfish interest. Some people may be standing trial. They are those who held sway and squandered our national wealth or arrogated them to themselves and their families alone. Some of them are in trouble with Nigerians, and so they feel that with President Buhari in the saddle, they will continue to be held accountable for the evil that they brought upon our nation. So the easiest thing for them to do will be, if they cannot lay their hands on the President to strangle him, the best thing is to do some spiritual things in order to get him out of the way so that the corruption that Nigerians hate will continue, so that the nepotism that has pushed us back will continue; so that tribalism and all the evils this government is trying to fight can continue.
"But God who brought President Buhari and gave Nigerians the wisdom and courage to vote out the government that held sway over the looting of our common treasury, that same God is going to see our nation through.
“Like I have already mentioned, there are people who are in trouble at the moment: they have court cases, some of them are being investigated and they will not want the President to be around for 2019. But he will definitely be.
Today is National Sex Day – and in celebration of the annual event, it’s been revealed how long sex should last.
Online sex toy retailer Lovehoney conducted a survey to find out the ideal amount of time most people would like to spend between the sheets.
After the results were averaged, 30 minutes was declared the optimum length of time.
The survey of 4,400 people revealed that half of couples (52 percent) are happy with that duration but sex is over too soon for 23 percent of men and 15 percent of women.
It also showed that many settle for quickies, failing to make time for a proper intimate session 21 percent of the time.
Sex for most typically couples lasts for just 19 minutes, broken down by ten minutes of foreplay and nine minutes of intercourse.
The dream 30-minute time might be a source of frustration for some couples though.
Last year, sex researchers Masters and Johnson revealed that men orgasm a lot quicker than women.
Despite this, the Lovehoney study showed that almost 90 percent of couples have achieved a shared orgasms at some point in their relationship.
Sexpert Jess Wilde said: “It is fantastic news that almost 90 percent of couples have achieved shared orgasms at some point in their relationship.”
“For around half of couples this is the absolute peak of sexual happiness, so we are always looking at ways to help them share orgasms together with greater consistency.”
“For women, the key to orgasming easily is to have a strong and healthy pelvic floor, and there are simple exercises they can do to strengthen the muscles in this area.”
She added: “Men can play their part during intercourse by making sure they hit exactly the right spot to stimulate the G-Spot during penetration – this is at 27-degrees and sex pillows can help to get you both into the optimum pose for pleasure.”
According to Vanguard, former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Friday, failed to persuade the Supreme Court to stop further proceeding in the seven-count criminal charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him. The apex court, in a ruling by a five-man panel of Justices, dismissed Metuh’s appeal for want of merit.
The lead ruling which was prepared by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, gave the Federal High Court in Abuja the nod to continue Metuh’s trial.
The embattled former PDP spokesman had in the dismissed appeal, challenged refusal of Justice Okon Abang to hands-off his trial.
Metuh had asked Justice Abang to suspended further hearing on his case to await the outcome of an appeal he lodged against the dismissal of his no-case-submission by the trial high court.
He contended that Justice Abang ought to halt the proceeding before him since the Supreme Court was already seized of the facts of his appeal.
The substantive appeal is praying the apex court to determine whether or not Justice Abang was right when he ordered the defendant to enter his defence to the the criminal charge bordering on alleged N400million fraud.
EFCC alleged that Metuh had prior to the 2015 presidential election, used his firm, Destra Investment Limited, and received N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract. It said the fund which was released to Metuh and his firm by the erstwhile NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, was part of about $2.1billion earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the North East.
Metuh’s company was charged as the 2nd defendant in the matter. FG has already closed its case against the defendants after it produced eight witnesses before the trial court.
Justice Abang dismissed Metuh’s contention that both documentary and oral evidence adduced by the prosecution was not sufficient to warrant the court to compel him to enter his defence to the charge.
The trial Judge said he was satisfied that EFCC successfully established a prima-facie criminal case against the defendants.
He dismissed the defendants’ no-case-submission and ordered Metuh to open his defence.
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal also upheld the ruling, an action that led Metuh who has already opened his defence, to take the matter before the apex court.
In view of the pendency of his appeal, the defendants, through their lawyers, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN and Tochukwu Onwugbufo, SAN, maintained that the trial court ought to respect judicial hierarchy and allow the apex court to rule on the matter first.
Metuh’s counsel, Ikpeazu, SAN, predicated the application on sections 6 and 66 (a) of the 1999 constitution, as amended.
“My lord the only point which this court ought to decide at this sitting is whether the Federal High Court ought to defer to the Supreme Court in a situation where the Supreme Court has already started hearing the same matter and adjourned a ruling on whether or not to stay the proceedings of the Federal High Court.
“The law is settled that at all times, a High Court will be acting in accordance with judicial procedure by refraining from any act that will foist a fait-accompli on the Supreme Court.
“As counsel, we all are expected to assist the court and not to put the court in a precarious position. It is also on record that we have asked the Supreme Court to take the application instantly.
“It is a fundamental issue that the Supreme Court has started hearing the matter and had adjourned ruling”, Ikpeazu argued.
EFCC lawyer, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, vehemently opposed the application which he described as deliberate ploy by the defendants to unnecessarily delay their trial.
He prayed the court to dismiss it and direct the defendant to continue his defence to the charge.
Justice Abang adjourned the matter till June 19.
Metuh had in his defence before the court, insisted that the N400million was given to him to conduct media campaigns for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2015 general election.
In a bid to substantiate his claim, he pleaded the court to issue a subpoena to compel the Federal Government to allow the former NSA, Dasuki who has been in detention since November 3, 2015, to appear and testify on his behalf.
Justice Abang however refused the defendant’s request.
According to nytimes, the wild-child niece of former Veep Joe Biden stole more than $100,000 in a credit card scam — and quietly cut a plea deal in Manhattan court that spares her any jail time, The Post has learned.
Using a borrowed credit card, the blonde Caroline Biden set up an unauthorized customer account at Bigelow Pharmacy on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, and racked up the six-figure bill over the course of a year, according to a criminal complaint that does not name the victim card owner.
As part of a plea deal before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kevin McGrath, Biden, 29, pleaded guilty to one charge of grand larceny and another of petit larceny and agreed to make restitution of $110,810.04.
If she pays everything back and keeps her nose clean, she can return to court and enter a substitute plea to a lower, misdemeanor charge of petit larceny and be sentenced to two years probation.
But she’ll stay out of jail even if she fails to live up to the plea deal, instead getting sentenced on the felony larceny to five years probation.
Defense lawyer Ira London declined to comment.
Biden was also in Manhattan Criminal Court in 2014, on charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and harassment stemming from a dustup with her Tribeca roommate.
In that case, the silver-spoon Georgetown University graduate was accused of taking a swing at a female cop who responded in Sept. 2013 to a drag out fight over unpaid rent between Biden and her roommate.
“I shouldn’t be handcuffed!” cops said Biden railed at the time. “You don’t know who you’re doing this to!”
She was given another sweetheart deal in that case: a promise that the charges would be dismissed if she stayed out of trouble for six months.
The charges were eventually dismissed and sealed.
Biden didn’t even have to show up in court to get that deal — her then-lawyer James Liguori told another Manhattan judge that she was serving her second rehab stint at Caron Renaissance Ocean Drive, a posh inpatient facility in Delray Beach, Fla.
She was there for “anger management,” her lawyer told the judge. The facility only treats anger in the context of a broader drug addiction treatment, the facility told The Post at the time.
Biden at the time had suffered from booze and pill addiction issues, friends told The Post then.
“The pressure of being Joe Biden’s niece made her totally unravel,” pal Paul Johnson Calderon told The Post in Sept. 2013. “It’s a desire for attention, a cry for help. She’s a very complicated girl who has a lot of feelings and a lot of issues.”
In the new credit card case, Biden had borrowed the unidentified victim’s Chase credit card in order to make a single purchase at Bigelow totaling $672. Instead, between April 5, 2015 and June 24, 2016, she admittedly went on a buying binge.
She was arrested and arraigned on May 5, and Friday was her second court appearance.
Caroline’s father, James Biden Sr., is the financier brother of the vice president.
According to Premiumtimes, A Nigerian soldier shot and killed a resident of Kaduna on Friday, sparking a deadly protest that resulted in the killing of two demonstrators.
One person was injured in the shooting, resulting in a clash between soldiers and civilians.
The first fatal shooting triggered a protest that resulted in the killing of two other residents around the Command Secondary School Junction, Nnamdi Azikiwe Way, in Kaduna.
The victim, identified by his relations as Solomon Andi, 35, was allegedly shot while packing sand from a gutter between a cemetery and the school building around 9 a.m. on Friday.
“Solomon was packing sand in a gutter in front of the military school when he was asked to stop by the soldier, but he pleaded with him to allow him pack the sand since the gutter is not anyone’s belongings,” John Simon, a witness told PREMIUM TIMES.
Another witness, John Paul, told journalists that two other people who were among protesting youth who attempted to break through the military facility’s main gate were also shot dead by the soldiers with one other person injured.
“Solomon was at that area to pack sand inside gutter in between burial ground and command when this soldier who was smoking weed, started harassing him (Solomon) and punishing him with frog jump and then shot him. He died on the way to Saint Gerald Hospital and the body is deposited there,” Mr. Andi said.
“Our mother and I have been at the Television Garrage police post since around 11a.m. to make report. Up till now we don’t know what they (police) are doing.
“My sister also told me that two other people who are among some people who tried to protest my brother’s death were also shot dead and other person was injured.
“We are really in a state of confusion. We appeal to government to take responsibility, arrest those soldiers and bring them to justice,” he added.
Calm has however returned as normal business activities had resumed at the time PREMIUM TIMES visited the area. Police and soldiers were also seen patrolling the area.
The army’s 1 Division Headquarters, Kaduna, said the shooting was by a soldier of the Division Internal Security Force deployed at Command Secondary School Kaduna.
The army, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kingsley Umoh, a colonel, said the matter was being investigated.
He said the General Officer Commanding the division was appealing to law-abiding citizens to remain calm and go about their lawful duties.
The army did not confirm the death of two other youth alleged to have been killed during the protest.
The army statement reads:
“The attention of Headquarters 1 Division Nigerian has been drawn to tension arising from an incidence that occurred at about 10:00am today 9 June 2017. A soldier of the Division Internal Security Force deployed at Command Secondary School Kaduna opened fire on some youths suspected to have encroached into the school premises.
“One of the youths was hit and died at the spot. Officers have been deployed to the scene of the incidence in response and the Police have also been invited to take control of the situation. The matter is been investigated and details will be made available as they become available.
“The General Officer Commanding, appeals to law abiding citizens to remain calm and go about their daily lawful activities, while assuring that 1 Division remains committed to security in its Area of Responsibility in conjunction with other security agencies.”
A Jos Upper Area Court on Thursday dissolved the marriage between 27-year-old Rukayat Ahmed, an NYSC member, and Alkasim Ahmed, following a petition filed by the former.
Rukayat, a resident of Jos, had approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage on the grounds that she was no more in love with Alkasim.
The woman, who filed a direct complaint to the court, argued that such separation was permissible in Islamic law, “if the partners are no more in love and therefore unwilling to live together”.
When the case was mentioned on May 25, the husband did not object to Rukayat’s demand.
At the resumption of hearing on the matter on Thursday, the Judge, Yahaya Ahmed, endorsed the separation of the couple and ordered the petitioner to refund the N80,000 paid as dowry by her husband, as applicable in Islamic law.
Rukayat promptly paid the money and walked away a free woman.
According to NewscantellKechi Okwuchi, one of the two survivors of the 2005 Sosoliso plane crash, catches judges attention at the 2017 America's Got Talent
Kechi survived the 2005 Sosoliso Airlines plane crash in Nigeria that took the lives of over a 100 persons on board. She is one of the two survivors.
After such a harrowing experience, music became her escape as she layed on her hospital bed, bandaged head to foot, not being able to move.
Queen Christy Daniels, the reigning Most Beautiful Model In Nigeria International has released amazing photos from her recent shoot. The Akwa Ibom state born pretty diva who bagged Humanitarian Project Award few weeks ago has been in the news lately as she carries out her health related project aimed at protecting the child's feet especially for remote schools and villages
The University Of Abuja graduate who is managed by Amity GLOBAL Network is at advanced stage of sealing a mega deal with NAFDAC haven released a book titled " Be The Change You Want To See"
Immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole yesterday paid a surprise visit to his "daughter" who was celebrating her 15th birthday. Miss Joyce Imasuen Osaivbie a blind but highly intelligent young girl is currently a student of Queens College Lagos.
This blissful relationship started a few years ago when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his wife Iara discovered this physically challenged girl whose father and elder brother are equally blind. From that moment they took over responsibility for her education and personal needs and fondly refer to her their daughter.
So when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole realised that yesterday June 7th was her birthday, he decided to honour her in a grand style by paying her a surprise visit in their modest family home with a beautiful cake to celebrate the special day.
To add colour and glamour to the visit he went with an entourage of over 40 persons which included the honourable Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, the Deputy Speaker, Majority Leader, 18 other honourable members of the House, ex-commissioners and his personal aides
According to Metronaija, Sleeping seems like such an unremarkable event, but there is so much more to sleep than we realize. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 interesting things that happen when you sleep.
You Sleep in Stages
When you first fall asleep, you typically have a sleep cycle that starts with the NREM (non-rapid eye movement) stage, before you progress into a deeper NREM 2 and then NREM 3 (also called slow wave sleep). You finally land in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, which is the stage most of your dreams occur. All these stages happen between 90 to 120 minutes, after which you wake up for like a second (most times without even realizing it) and then begin stage 1 again.
Your Body Temperature Drops
This is why it’s so easy to fall asleep when in a cool room or after a cool shower. This coolness actually mimics what your body is doing naturally, making it easier for you to immediately sleep off, because while you sleep your core temperature drops. In addition, during the REM stage of your sleep, your body is unable to thermoregulate, so if you get cold, your body won’t shiver to build up inner warmth, until you’re awake.
You’re Temporarily Paralyzed
But only for a few minutes - like 20 minutes. This paralysis usually happens during the REM stage (where most of your dreams occur). It’s what sometimes prevents you from acting out your dreams. So you might be an action hero in the dream world, jumping up and down, fighting here and there, but in the real world you’re curled up on your side, sleeping like a baby. However, the paralysis doesn’t last for very long.
Your Body Regulates Hunger Hormones When You Sleep
This is why you feel hungry when you wake up after having poor quality sleep. Unfortunately, you tend to eat higher- calorie foods when you feel this hunger, leading to weight gain. Hunger-regulating hormones are unable to work as they should when you don’t sleep well, this is why sleeping well is recommended for those who either want to keep fit or lose some weight.
This is the feeling of falling you get as you’re falling asleep or sometimes when you’re even asleep. Sometimes you can start dreaming before your body has reached the REM stage, and these jerks might occur then, in response to you acting out a dream of falling on or tripping over something. Hypnagogic jerks are more likely to happen when you’re overtired, sleep-deprived or stressed, when your brain can aggressively enter into sleep cycles before your body has had a chance to catch up.
According to Sunnewsonline, The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has reminded candidates who sat for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that their scores were not enough to guarantee them admission.
In essence, merit, catchment area, educationally-less-privileged states are all considered in the admission process into federal tertiary institutions.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday by JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Oloyede said: “The board’s examination is not a fail or pass examination, as there are other variables considered outside the examination to arrive at a successful admission.
“There was no need for desperation in getting high scores as being touted by fraudulent characters because it won’t guarantee automatic admission.”
He cautioned against the activities of some dupes on various social media platforms with promises of unrealistic favours to candidates.
Oloyede encouraged candidates with issues not to resort to third parties but to channel their enquiries and grievances to JAMB offices near them for proper education and counselling.
According to Guardian, a student writes Jamb registrar, Prof. Oleyede to release her result.Below is the letter,
Sir: With due respect to your office, I write on behalf of many innocent JAMB candidates who sat the 2017 JAMB exam at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta and are yet to get their results up to this moment.
You stated in an interview on Channels Television (Sunrise daily) that those who are yet to get their results are not qualified to get them now because traces of examination malpractices were found at the examination centres.
While saying this sir, you also mentioned that your body (JAMB) had released the results of 15,000 candidates on Monday, May22, 2017, whereas nothing was released on that day.
Sir, I can categorically tell you that, it my centre, where I wrote the exam, students didn’t engage in any form of examination malpractice. The process was free and fair and the candidates were thoroughly searched before entering the examination hall.
Sir, do you want to tell us that all the students that sat for the exam on that day (15th May, 2017) were involved in examination malpractices? Or do you want to tell us that it’s only on that day that you noticed the traces of examination malpractices at that centre? What of those who wrote before and after that date that have seen their own results?
Sir, there are allegations that your body (JAMB) made use of faulty severs that erased all our database on that day.
I gathered from a reliable source that the exams that were written and submitted by candidates of this centre and many other centres did not get to JAMB for assessment on that day and this will make students not to get their results.
All those allegations seem to be true because JAMB cannot present a concrete evidence against all these centres that there were examination malpractices at their centres on that day.
I therefore call on JAMB to come out with the truth and nothing but the truth and stop pretending as all is well with the 2017 JAMB exam.
JAMB should release our results and stop hiding under the auspices of examination malpractices to tell us lies about our future.
JAMB should release our results and stop giving us sleepless nights and nightmares.
Ogunbamowo Jamiu, Ogun State.
According to Lailasblog, Iyanya’s ex girlfriend, medical Aesthetician, Freda Francis who is almost due for delivery showed off her baby bump in these beautiful all black photos.
The father of the baby is reportedly a Nigerian-American who already is engaged to the entrepreneurial businesswoman.
The Senate has passed a bill to protect whistleblowers and witnesses directly involved in the prosecution of certain criminal cases.
The bill, titled Witness Protection Programme (Establishment etc), SB 157, was passed on Thursday, following a report submitted by the committee on human rights, legal matters and judiciary chaired by David Umaru (APC-Niger).
It was sponsored by Isiaka Adeleke, the Osun West APC Senator who died in April.
When the bill scaled the second reading in October 2016, the Senate had resolved that it be merged with a similar proposal to protect persons making disclosures for public interest and other forms reappraisal, sponsored by Abiodun Olujimi, PDP-Ekiti.
In his lead debate when the bill was being considered for second reading last year, Mr. Adeleke had said a law protecting witnesses was usually required in the prosecution of organised crimes like terrorism.
In such trials, Mr. Adeleke said, the witnesses would be allowed to wear masks, bear pseudo names and receive protection from authorities.
On her part, Mrs. Olujimi said “this is a cardinal bill in the fight against corruption.” She said fighting corruption hung on effective protection of whistleblowers.
She mentioned three instances at the Ministry of Aviation, Women Development Centre and the Police Service Commission where whistleblowers were fired.
Diego Costa dropped a bombshell after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday by revealing that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had sent him a message to say that he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old has been Chelsea's top scorer for three consecutive seasons but he hasn't always been happy in west London and hasn't adapted well to life in England's capital city.
Despite Costa’s unhappiness, those around the club had hoped he would eventually settle in England but it has become increasingly clear in recent months that this was never going to happen.
The Blues hierarchy have been planning to offload Costa for a long time, with both Conte and owner Roman Abramovich in agreement that the striker needs to be sold.
They have long since lost patience in him and it appears that the club are happy to distance themselves from a key player. With each day that has passed in 2017, Costa has become more unhappy and his behaviour more erratic.
From a purely footballing sense, Conte adores Costa's work-rate on the field. Costa's goals were worth more points for Chelsea than any other player’s in the Premier League last season but Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have been lined up for a long time to come in as his replacement.
The plans were put in place for Costa's exit towards the end of January as Costa was dropped following a row with Conte and his fitness coach. This row took place after an offer was received from China to make the forward the second highest paid player in the world.
Chelsea do not have a buyer yet for Costa despite interest in his services in previous months. Atletico Madrid tried to re-sign him last summer and again ahead of the upcoming window but a transfer ban has delayed any business until at least January 2018.
Four clubs in China wanted Costa and Tianjin Quanjian made a formal offer for the Spain international, only for it to be rejected by Chelsea in January. This led to a falling out between Conte and Costa but the pair put their differences temporarily aside to secure the Premier League title.
Tianjin wanted to return with a new bid this summer but the Chinese authorities imposed a 100% tax on the club's transfer business, leading to them cooling their interest as a move would have cost over £150 million.
Costa is in limbo and calling for clubs to come in for him. At this stage a stay at Chelsea is possible in the absence of a solid buyer but AC Milan are the newest team to register their interest.
According to Vanguard, gunmen,deduced to be robbers, Sunday evening, killed two policemen at Upper Iweka axis of the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State, and allegedly made away with the service rifle of one of them.
The incident, according to a source, occurred at 7.30p.m., when the gunmen on a motorcycle, opened fire on the policemen, who were on a stop-and-search duty at the scene of the incident located near the TRACAS Bus Stop.
The source hinted that one of the deceased, identified as Sergeant Ike Anari, died on the spot while the gunmen took away his service rifle. The other policeman, identified as Inspector Onyia Cyril, died later at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, where he was hospitalised shortly after the incident.
The deceased policemen, the source further stated, were attached to Operations Department of the state police headquarters, Awka, but were posted to Awada Division within the Onitsha metropolis.
As the news of their death filtered into town, policemen on stop-and-search duty in various parts of Anambra State resorted to compelling okada riders to push their motorcycles while passing through the checkpoints.
Efforts to get in touch with the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Nkiru Nwode, proved abortive as she could not be reached on phone.
But the Divisional Police Officer, Awada, Mr. Babalola and his Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, Amadi, simply confirmed the incident on phone and referred newsmen to appropriate channel for detailed information.
Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, has said that the South South geopolitical zone and the entire Eastern Nigeria constitute the Biafra territory and remains committed to actualize an independent state of their own.
In an interview with Vanguard, MASSOB Leader, Solomon Chukwu who stated this while reacting to reports that South South is not part of Biafra, described those holding such view as ignorant of the history of the struggle to liberate their people from the marginalization of the Nigerian government and warned them to stop deceiving the public.
Chukwu stated that the May 22 and 30, 2017, anniversary in commemoration of Biafra heroes which was observed throughout Eastern region have proven to the Nigerian government and their agents that the people of Biafra can no longer be held back in their struggle to have a homeland where they could find greater accommodation and satisfaction.
According to him, “Those who say South South or Niger Delta is not part of Biafra are ignorant; most of them are politicians in the South South zone who are saying it out of mischief to impress their Hausa/Fulani task masters. History has it that people like Ojukwu’s second in command, Gen. Philip Effiong, fought for Biafra till the end. Was Effiong not from Akwa Ibom State? My father and other strong men of Niger Delta also fought for Biafra till the last day of the battle. How can somebody like Albert Horsefall say that Port Harcourt is not part of Biafra? I’m a Biafran from Ikwerre land in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state. I’m a true son of Niger Delta. Till today, we still have many strong men from the South South who stands to be counted in supporting Biafra. People likeUche Okwukwu, Asari Dokubo, among other great Niger Delta sons who are in support of Biafra.Whether they call us South South or Niger Delta or Igbo, the Eastern region is united in the struggle to actualize an independent State of Biafra. Some people from the area who sabotaged Biafra during the war have seen through the Hausa/Fulani deception and regretted their actions.”
He explained that it has been the ‘game’ played by the Hausa/Fulani bloc to ensure that the people of the Eastern region are permanently divided so that they will continue to exploit their God given resource leaving the people in abject poverty.
“This has been one of the divide and rule styles they use against people of the Eastern region, by saying Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River, Bayelsa is not part of Biafra but it is no longer working, our people have seen through their tricks over 30 years ago. We are wiser now; people from Cross River, Akwa Ibom ,Delta and the Igbo speaking part of Edo and Benue attend MASSOB meetings. A part of Kogi state has indicated interest to join Biafra when independence is achieved. Those who say South South is part of Biafra are only deceiving themselves.”
According to Vanguard, the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) has sealed some branches of Eko Commercial Bank in the state over alleged N2 billion tax default.
Mr Achike Emejulu, the AIRS Executive Chairman, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Awka.
He said that the agency sealed most of the bank’s branches in the state after obtaining writ of execution from the Court because of non remittance of Pay As You Earn tax.
Emejulu said that the N2 billion tax accumulated from 2006 to 2011.
The chairman said that the government would recover all debts owed it by corporate organizations in the state.
He said that the agency will soon seal a beverage company in Onitsha and another commercial bank for their inability to pay their taxes.
Emejulu said that the state has about one million potential taxpayers, but only about two hundred thousand are currently paying tax.
According to thecable, Babatunde Osotimehin, Nigeria’s minister of health from December 2008 to March 2010, is dead.
Up until his death, the 68-year-old was the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
According to sources at the UNFPA, his death was announced at the Nigerian office of the UN body on Monday morning.
During his lifetime, Osotimehin was dedicated to gender, youth and maternal health issues. His last personal tweet alive was for “protecting the health and rights of women and their babies”, which he said “is vital to protecting our shared future”.
Prior to his appointment as the minister, Osotimehin was the director-general, Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and project manager for the World-Bank assisted HIV/AIDS programme development project.
He intended before his death to start an Husbands’ school in Nigeria, after the model seen in Niger Republic.
Osotimehin, who hails from Ijebu Igbo, Ogun state, was born in February 1949. He attended Igbobi College in Lagos in the late 1960s, before moving on to the United Kingdom, where he had his university education.
The Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, through the senior special assistant to the Vice President on legal matters, Bilkisu Saidu has debunked claims by a Northern leader that he only employed Yorubas and Christians in his government. Saidu dismissed the accusation made by one Dr Farouk Ismaila. She described the nepotism charges as preposterous, and should not be taken seriously.
According to her, contrary to Mr Farouk’s conclusions, most senior positions on the vice president’s office are held by Muslims and by individuals who are from the north, Premium Times reports.
Saidu said: “If you are talking about religion, the most senior official or position in the Office of the Vice President apart from the Vice President, he is the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and the name of the person occupying that office is Abdulrahman Ipaye and he is a Muslim.
“The positions following the Chief of Staff’s in the order of hierarchy are the Special Advisers in the office of the Vice President.
"Here there are three Special Advisers and two out of the three Special Advisers are Muslims, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Barrister Mariam Uwais from Kano State.
As reported by metronaija, The Akwa Ibom State Toothpick and Pencil Factory is the first of it’s kind in Nigeria. It is located along Km 2, Uyo-Etinan Road,Ekom Iman,Etinan LGA.
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According to dailypost, Mrs Philomena Odama, a bereaved mother has petitioned the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, over the alleged murder of her first daughter, Joy Odama.
The deceased was a 200-level student of the Cross Rivers State University.
See petition below…
Joy Odama is my first daughter. She is a 200 level undergraduate of Mass Communications at the Cross River State University; who just returned for Christmas holidays and met her untimely death.
On the 18th Dec, 2016, one Elizabeth from Ogoja LGA, Cross River State who is my daughter’s friend visited us and told Joy to accompany her to see one Alhaji Usman Adamu who she said was a philanthropist that gives scholarship to young students. She said the Alhaji lives in the same neighborhood, precisely at Ibro Quarters, Old Karmo-Abuja.
Knowing Elizabeth as a long time friend and without any suspicion, she innocently followed her to the said Alhaji’s house. On getting there, my daughter called me that the Alhaji wants to see me. I asked why and she said that the Alhaji wants to help her with her education with other girls who lives in the neighborhood who are there with their parents. I quickly got to the house and Alhaji Usman ADAMU promised to help in my daughter’s education and equally promised to get me a job with the Nigerian Security & Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC). We exchanged numbers, I graciously thanked him and left with my daughter.
Two days later on the 20th December, 2016 in the evening, Alhaji Usman ADAMU called my daughter and said his house help is seriously sick and that she should please come and look after her while he goes to get a doctor. He also said he has called other girls (i.e the other girls we saw in his house the previous day). Joy told me and I allowed her to go. That was the last time I saw my daughter alive.
After a while on the same day, I called Joy and she said she was at the house with the other girls and will soon be coming back. About an hour later, when she was not yet back, I called severally but she did not pick. Out of curiosity, I called Alhaji Usman ADAMU on his number 08179606208 but he too did not pick. I became more worried and went to the house but couldn’t gain access to Alhaji’s apartment. The next morning, I called Joy and Alhaji ADAMU several times to no avail. Eventually, Alhaji ADAMU picked his call and to my surprise, he pretended not to know who I was nor who Joy was. When I pressed further he said “did anything happen to Joy” as if he does not know where she is. At this point I knew all was not well.
In panic, I called my husband (who was not around at the time due to the nature of his work), my relatives and neighbors and we all agreed to report to the police. As we were about stepping out to the police station, we saw two policemen in our house who asked us to follow them to the police station at Karmo. On getting there, the DPO informed us that all the girls that went to Alhaji’s house are all unconscious; that one is not responding to treatment while the others are responding. We requested to see Joy but we were turned down and asked to come back the next day. We pressed further but the DPO insisted we go and come back as directed. The next day being 22nd December, 2016, I went back to the police station in company of relatives and a lawyer who is a close family friend. To my utter shock, I was told that my daughter was dead and has been taken to the mortuary.
We asked to know how, why and what led to Joy’s death and the DPO, CSP NKEM RAPHAEL declined further comments. Our lawyer asked if the Alhaji has been arrested but CSP NKEM RAPHAEL bluntly told us that as far he is concerned, Alhaji is not culpable, no crime has been committed, that my daughter died a natural death and he cannot arrest Alhaji Usman ADAMU. DPO NKEM told the lawyer to take the matter to his superiors but that he has already informed them about the matter and as far as they are concerned, Alhaji ADAMU cannot be arrested. We requested to know the whereabout of my daughters corpse and the other girls responding to treatment so we can interview them. The DPO directed us to Federal Medical Center, Airport Road Abuja and on getting to the mortuary, we discovered her body has already been embalmed. When we asked why my daughters body was embalmed without our knowledge, one of the attendant’s confided in us that Alhaji Usman ADAMU first brought the dead body in the early hours of 21st Dec, 2016 claiming to be the father of the girl. But on seeing the body, they suspected foul play and insisted that they will not admit the body until they see a police or doctor’s report. Alhaji Usman ADAMU left and came back with DPO NKEM RAPHAEL of Karmo Divisional Police who ordered them to immediately embalm the body.
We also discovered that the other girls the DPO claimed were on admission in the hospital were not there. We went back to the police station to find out why our daughter’s body would be embalmed without our prior consent. At the police station, I saw Martha, one of the girls whom I met at Alhaji Usman ADAMU’S house. She was by the police canter and I asked her what happened to Joy and she narrated the following:
“On the 20th of December, 2016 Alhaji Usman ADAMU called her to come to his house, that he has already called the other girls to help him look after his house help who was very sick. But her elder brother (Emmanuel, who was also in the police station with her) stopped her from going to Alhaji’s house that day. But that she sneaked very early in the morning to Alhaji’s house the following day and on getting there she was shocked at what she saw. She saw my daughter, Joy ODAMA lying lifeless on the floor and the other girls were stooling and vomiting. She became afraid and tried to run out of the house but Alhaji Usman ADAMU and some others inside the house held her back and brought her to the police station. When I was about asking her further questions, some police men shouted at her to stop talking and whisked her away.
We went back again to the DPO, CSP NKEM RAPHAEL to ask why my daughter was embalmed without our knowledge and that we heavily suspect foul play and demanded for an explanation and further investigation. The DPO reiterated his initial position and bluntly told us not to pursue this case further, that he would advise us to dialogue with Alhaji Usman ADAMU for our daughter’s burial. He insisted he has nothing more to do with us until we agree to meet with Alhaji Usman ADAMU.
On the advice of a family friend, we agreed to meet with Alhaji Usman ADAMU to shed more light on what actually transpired. On the agreed date of the meeting being 24th Dec., 2016 by 10am, we were at the police station with our lawyer but on sighting the lawyer, the DPO lied that the meeting has been postponed. When the lawyer asked why, he said that the Alhaji was not around and that his number is not connecting, that he will call the lawyer and inform her of the next date for the meeting. Immediately the lawyer left, the DPO quickly called us inside his office and we were so surprised to see Alhaji Usman ADAMU sitting right there. The DPO told us to put off our phones and drop it on his desk , that he does not want the meeting to be recorded. In attendance was the DPO, CSP NKEM RAPHAEL, DCO, SP MICHAEL OBIORA, the Inspector
Crime and Alhaji Usman ADAMU. On our side was my husband, myself, relatives and a family friend.
The DPO was the first to speak. He said if we know what is good for us we should agree to whatever the Alhaji will offer us and desist from further pursuing this matter. Alhaji Usman ADAMU then offered to settle the matter with Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000) and we became infuriated with anger, left home and informed the lawyer what happened. The lawyer insisted that further investigation be carried out. The DPO again called for a second meeting where we met with AIG Umoru Usman Shehu; AIG Intelligence, Force Headquarters Abuja. AIG Umoru told us bluntly also that investigation in this matter is closed and cannot be reopened. He said Alhaji Usman ADAMU should add an additional One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) to his initial offer. He told us harshly that that is the much he can do in this matter and that is his final decision and it is in our best interest to accept the offer. At this point, apparently sensing the threat in his tone, a family friend present called us aside and advised that we collect the money to give them a false believe that we have agreed to their terms while we go home and think of the next line of action, including having it as an exhibit.
As it stands now, it is very visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that Alhaji Usman ADAMU has people in high places within the Nigerian Police Force and has connived with them to deny our poor family justice. So, I am passionately pleading and calling on the government and the general public to come to my aid so that my daughter’s gruesome death will not be in vain. Investigations have revealed that my daughter, Joy Odama is not the first girl that Alhaji Usman ADAMU has killed on the pretext of helping them.
I am using this medium to appeal to all to help me seek for justice in the painful death of my daughter.
Mrs Philomena ODAMA.
The Rivers State Governor was seen supporting Real Madrid at the just concluded UEFA Champions League Finals with one of his aides who also accompanied him