Saturday, August 27

PUBLIC DISGRACE! Two Police Officers Shamefully Fight Dirty in Public (Watch Video)

PUBLIC DISGRACE! Two Police Officers Shamefully Fight Dirty in Public (Watch Video)

Two police officers have left people in great shock as they disgraced themselves in public while fighting.

In a bizarre fight, two Indian police officers have shamefully disgraced themselves by fighting dirty in public using sticks.

The two who refused to be separated used the long sticks to brutally hit each other after a disagreement. The duo were left bloodied and in pain after the embarrassing fiasco.

The video has since gone viral.

Watch video below:


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OAP Freeze Reportedly Fired From Cool FM

OAP Freeze Reportedly Fired From Cool FM

Popular on air personality Ifedayo Olarinde, better known as Freeze, has been reportedly fired by Cool FM.


Although we are yet to confirm if the OAP has truly being fired but according to Miss petite Nigeria, following his last controversial post where he shared a photo cuddling Basketmouth's wife whom he referred to as an old family friend the OAP has been asked by Cool FM management to leave.

Basketmouth who didn't react publicly was reportedly instrumental to his sack and at the moment, Freeze is begging his employers to reconsider.

He has since deleted the post about Basketmouth's wife as well.
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My defection to APC not for political appointment – Oyinlola

My defection to APC not for political appointment – Oyinlola

Former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has disclosed how he was governor for about 10 years, stressing that he did not dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in search of political appointment.

Speaking when he featured on Frank Talk, a radio programme, aired by Rave FM, Osogbo on Friday, the ex-governor said, “I told my followers that I was not moving to the APC for political appointments.

“God has been so good to me. I was a governor for about 10 years of my life. How many Nigerians have been governors in two states? I was governor for two and a half years in Lagos. I spent about seven and a half years as a governor in Osun.”

The former national secretary of the PDP went on to reveal how former President, Goodluck Jonathan and some party leaders from the state ensured he did not return to the office even after the Court of Appeal ruled that he was validly elected to occupy the office.

He stated that the then President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, former chairman Adamu Muazu and Chief Tony Anenih talked to Jonathan to allow him to return to his office but Jonathan remained adamant.
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Why there is no major presence of Igbos in Buhari’s government – Nwodo

Why there is no major presence of Igbos in Buhari’s government – Nwodo

A former governor of Enugu state, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who was once the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given reason why the Igbo nation seems to be excluded in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining that it is because the President is not a politician.

He pointed out that Buhari, who had his entire training in the army, does not see things the way politicians perceive issues, else he would have cared more for an area where he was not popular in order to harvest votes next time there is an election there.

Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, the former PDP chairman said, “The President himself is not a politician, his entire training has been in the military so he doesn’t see things the way we politicians see them.

If I lose an election in any part of my constituency my strategy is to make sure that next time around I would win in that constituency and that is by reaching out to the people and convincing them that they were wrong for not voting me and that I can take care of them more than anybody else.


“That doesn’t mean that I will ignore those that voted for me but I need to get those people who didn’t vote for me more in order to convince them to vote for me the next time, so I think that is the basic problem we have in this scenario.

“The President hasn’t been able to let go that he didn’t harvest votes from South East and South South and that being the case he has more or less marginalised them from his government.

I believe that government needs to change its strategy completely and its approach to issues affecting South East and South South.

“The President has to understand that if you win an election, you become the President of everybody and not just those that voted you,” Nwodo added.
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How we rob our victims – Okada rider

How we rob our victims – Okada rider

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, on Friday paraded 17 robbers who specialised in robbing Lagos residents on motorcycles.

The CP said the suspects, including a 20-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Oluwole Sunday, were arrested a week ago, revealing that some of the robbers concentrated on people leaving banks with the hope that any bag they held must have money in it.

Owoseni said, “The police impounded a motorcycle used by one of the suspects that had been modified for increased speed. During the operations that led to the arrest of the suspects, two of them engaged the police in a shootout and they were killed in the process.”


Sunday confessed he met his accomplice, 18-year-old Ahmed Musa in a relaxation centre and introduced himself as an okada rider.

The father of one said, “We started making plans but first, we needed a gun which we didn’t have. When we brought up the issue of a gun, we spoke with another friend we met at the same joint, Michael, and he said he could get us a gun.

He took us to a bathroom in his father’s house. The gun was hidden in a hole in the bathroom.

“The first time we went on an operation together, we were able to operate successfully that day on my motorcycle. We robbed many people. I was given N10, 000. This last operation, I was promised N20, 000 which is double the normal amount.

I did not know that would be the day we would be caught. We had not even robbed anybody that day when we were arrested at Shasha in Egbeda,” the Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene added.

His accomplice, Musa, an Ilorin, Kwara State indigene, said he had just finished his apprenticeship as a generator repairer last year and he realised there was no way he could afford to buy equipment to set up a shop.


Musa said, “Hunger pushed me into robbery. I thought to myself that it is either I do this thing or I die of hunger. I stopped school at Senior Secondary One and my trade has not produced any money.

“We planned to target women bags and jewelries mostly the day we were arrested. I am not happy about becoming a robber. My family does not know what has happened to me.

I was responsible for snatching bags and jewelries anytime we went out for operations.”
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$40bn spent on Niger Delta in 12 years without result – Kachikwu

$40bn spent on Niger Delta in 12 years without result – Kachikwu

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has disclosed that more than $40 billion had been dolled out to the Niger Delta region in the past 12 years through various intervention agencies, regretting however, that there was nothing on ground to justify such amount.

Kachikwu, who spoke yesterday at a meeting held at PTI Conference Centre in Warri, Delta State involving prominent leaders from the coastal states, said the $40 billion came mainly from oil companies, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, 13% derivation and other intervention funds.

While noting that the state of infrastructure is disappointing despite the huge effort to alleviate the infrastructural deficit in the Niger Delta, he called for an audit of money so far expended in the region to know what exactly went wrong to avoid repeating the same mistakes.


According to him, “I’ve been to the creeks myself and discovered that there was no meaningful development of the riverine communities as expected by the federal government despite the huge amount disbursed to the region.

“I think we need an audit because it will not be wise to have agitation of this kind in circle after each agitation will come back again to demand for the same thing when intervention funds had made no impact on the lives of the ordinary people.”

The minister also used the forum to assure leaders of the zone that President Muhammadu Buhari was not thinking of using the military to resolve the crisis in the region.

Instead, he maintained that the President was desirous of using dialogue to find a lasting solution to the problem.


The minister urged leaders in the region to prevail on their youths to allow peace to reign, noting that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of violence.

He told the Niger Delta leaders that the federal government was committed to the development of the region, promising to come out soon with short and long term plans in that direction.
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Money laundering: CBN orders banks to freeze illicit transfers, accounts

Money laundering: CBN orders banks to freeze illicit transfers, accounts

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks to conduct Know Your Customers’ Businesses (KYCB) to ensure customers do not transact illegal or illicit remittances through the banking industry.

The CBN gave the directive to authourised dealers, mainly banks, on Friday in a circular signed by the Acting Director of Trade And Exchange Department, Mr W.D Gotring and titled, “Illicit international money remittances through the banking system’’.

The apex bank had observed that some Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) were operating accounts either as companies or masking themselves as individuals for the purpose of illegally receiving money transfer flow.


They then claimed to onward disburse such funds to recipients in the country.

The CBN had directed the commercial banks to identify and freeze those accounts receiving illicit flows.

It also directed them to submit mandate and account details of such accounts held in foreign and local currencies to the CBN.

The apex bank said that the development would allow easy onward reporting to the security agencies.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that in July, the CBN lifted the ban on sales of foreign currency proceeds of International Money Transfers to bureaux de change operators.

The apex bank said that the lift would ensure the stability of the exchange rate and boost participation of all critical stakeholders in the foreign exchange market.

It directed all authorised dealers who were agents to approve International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) to sell foreign currency accruing from inward money remittances to licensed BDCs with immediate effect.

The bank said IMTOs were required to remit foreign currency to the agent banks for disbursement in Naira to the beneficiaries while the foreign currency proceeds shall be sold to the BDCs.

To ensure the success of the policy, CBN later certified only three international money transfer firms- Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria. (NAN)
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Police arrest touts who attacked Kogi governor at mosque

Police arrest touts who attacked Kogi governor at mosque

The State police command have announced that it has arrested some of the thugs and miscreants who reportedly pelted governor Yahaya Bello and his convoy with stones and fruits at a Kogi mosque on Friday.


The Kogi state government has also issued a statement refuting media reports that Governor Yahaya Bello was on Friday stoned during Juma'at prayer at a mosque in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, which occurred during the Jumaat Prayer at the Lokoja Central Mosque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Kogi State," the statement, issued by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said.

“It was discovered that some sponsored miscreants caused a mild drama as they were caught with stones while one of them attacked one of the security aides of the Governor.

“The gallant market women at the Lokoja Old Market accosted the perpetrators and stopped them from absconding from the scene in solidarity with the Governor.

“The Governor wishes to thank the market women and security agencies, who rose to the occasion to protect lives and property at the scene of the unfortunate incident. No life was lost and no serious injury was recorded.

“We can also confirm that arrests have been made and those arrested are already giving useful information to security agents investigating the politically motivated attack at the Mosque.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has also urged his supporters to remain calm and not take the law into their hands as he remained committed to the cardinal ideals of his administration.

Imported and sponsored miscreants, who have infiltrated the state from neighbouring states should know that Kogi is prepared to protect her citizens from desperate politicians who think they can turn the state to a war zone.

The people of Kogi will be protected.
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Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)

Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)

Suspected cultist stoned to death

Some members of a confraternity and another cult members were involved in a bloody fight recently, and two were reportedly killed in Benin, the Edo State capital.

According to some photos and online reports, two popular cultists identified as Papa Obodo and Osazee were yesterday killed in a renewed cult war between the dreaded Eiye and The Movement cult groups.

Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)


It was gathered that one of deceased, Papa Obodo, was chased by members of The Movement and stoned to death at Oyenmwonsa street in Benin while the second cultists identified as Osazee whose wife delivered a baby on Sunday, was shot on the stomach while attempting to scale a fence around Osemwende street.

The corpses of the deceased cultists have been deposited at the morgue.
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Nigerian Man Returns from America Only to Land in Police Net in Lagos...You Won't Believe What He Did (Photo)

Nigerian Man Returns from America Only to Land in Police Net in Lagos...You Won't Believe What He Did (Photo)

Uzoukwu George

A man who had only just returned from the United States has found himself in a situation he never bargained for.

Uzoukwu George, is a Nigerian businessman based in the United States of America (USA).

The businessman returned to Nigeria recently and ended up being arrested for his crimes. He was arrested for allegedly obtaining N7 million from a couple under false pretence.

According to The Nation, the police alleged that George, from Imo State, but resides at No. 22 Ogunlana Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos was arrested while he was trying to flee to the US.

George, 31, was accused of obtaining the N7m from his business partners, Mr and Mrs Joachim Ezirim, on the pretence of forming a joint venture business with them.

The police said after collecting the sum, George left for the US, and remained there for some time while the couple were searching for him in Nigeria.

“The suspect sneaked into Nigeria, sold all his property and was about to leave the country with his family when he was arrested by detectives of the Area ‘A’ Command Lion Building, Lagos,” a police source told The Nation.

George was arraigned on Tuesday before ‎Mrs Abimbola Komolafe of the Lagos Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence, conversion and issuance of dud cheques.

Prosecuting Inspector Abass Abayomi told the court that George and others at large conspired to commit the alleged offences sometime between 2011 and 2014 at No. 6, Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island.

He said the defendant “obtained the sum of N7m from the couple on the pretence to form a joint venture business with them but converted same to his personal use.”

“George issued post-dated FCMB cheques No. 03002064 and 03002066 in the sum of N1 million and N2.5 million to Joachim Ezirim for the refund of the money invested in the business, knowing full well that there was no money in the account and the cheques were rejected on presentation,” the prosecutor said.

The offence, he added, were punishable under Sections 409, 312 and 319 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant denied the charge and his lawyer, Chief M. C. Ikwunoh, urged the court to grant him bail in liberal terms. “The defendant was granted administrative bail by the police and he did not jump abscond. He came to court voluntarily,” Ikwunoh said.

This was opposed by the prosecutor on the grounds that the defendant had already concluded plans to leave Nigeria.

“He is currently based in the United States of America and it was very difficult for the police to get him arrested,” Abayomi said.

In a bench ruling, Magistrate Komolafe granted the defendant N5 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, who must be gainfully employed and one of whom must be a blood relation.

They were also ordered to make a deposit of N250,000 to the court registrar’s account while the defendant must deposit his international passport in the court’s custody.

The case was adjourned till September 27, for mention.
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Friday, August 26

Nigeria warns diplomats against violating channels of communication

Nigeria warns diplomats against violating channels of communication

Nigeria’s Ministry of foreign Affairs on Friday warned the ambassadors of various countries against violating the diplomatic channels of communication between them and their host country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Olusola Enikanolaye, who gave the warning at his maiden meeting with the diplomats in Abuja, urged them to desist from orthodox means of communication with the government.

Enikaonlaye frowned at undiplomatic way of seeking audience with the government where some embassies communicate directly with the presidency and other arms of government rather than going through the ministry “In saying this however we must hasten to note that some diplomats and some missions are in the habit of going above the Ministry of foreign affairs in seeking audiences and engagement with government at even higher levels.

“I need not to stress that this is not what we know as diplomat it is clearly violation of Vienna conventions. “The ministry of foreign affairs is the main means of communication between the diplomatic communities and the host government. “I am aware that we need to put our house in order in the ministry.

“And this is what we are already doing by ensuring that we respond quickly, proactively to your requests to your note verbal,” he said. According to him once we do this there will be no reason for you to go above us to get things done.

Enikaonlaye vowed to take a very diplomatic review of a nation that thinks the best way to conduct business with Nigeria is not to go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to him we have served in your countries and we know what happens in those countries. Please I urge you to respect our rules, respect our laws, respect our channels of communication. He also condemned a situation where some nations also wrote note verbal to the presidency.

“I thought you all know that note verbal is the highest form of correspondence between the diplomatic nations and the minister of foreign affairs “You cannot address note verbal to the presidency. It is not done. Please I am appealing to you to desist from such an orthodox means of communication with our government.

“As regard to seeking for audiences, please make you request known to our principal at least a month ahead so as to give room for preparation and respect for authority “It is in our interest and yours that we have sufficient notice,” he said.

He stressed that the Ministry and government were committed to their well being and welfare stressing that the ministry operates an open door policy if there were is issue of concern to address.
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See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)

Popular Singer Tiwa Savage is back to her normal life and we shared with you that the singer is back and going about her normal work flow.

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)


She recently reached a milestone of 1million Facebook fans on her page and decided to share it via her IG page.

She also showed off a lovely look in a pair of distressed jeans.

She captioned the photo she shared with:

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)


Thank you, we are over a milli on Facebook.com/officialtiwasavage #God #Is #Faithful #SavageSoldiers
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Hon. Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Rep. Committee on Appropriation, shares a picture of his beautiful first wife that dumped him

Hon. Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Rep. Committee on Appropriation, shares a picture of his beautiful first wife that dumped him

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UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries

UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, was on Friday stoned after Juma’at service at Central Mosque, Old Market, Lokoja.

Confirming the incident to TheCable, a witness who observed the prayers in the same mosque as the governor, said the angry residents claimed that the governor had not paid them their salaries but was spending state funds on celebrations.

“The boys said he (Bello) had not paid their salaries, yet he is busy spending state money on Kogi at 25 celebrations,” the witness, who did not want to be named, said.

“Part of their grievances were tied to the forthcoming ‘Big Sallah’ People have no money to celebrate, and the governor and his boys are all over the place shouting Kogi at 25.”

Another resident, who works as a driver, said the state is economically challenged and the people are very angry.

He said business, even for drivers, had gone down, adding that the people took out the anger on him because he delayed Juma’at prayers at the central mosque.

UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries


The 25th anniversary celebration of the state kicked off at the central mosque on Friday, with the main celebration of the state’s heritage slated for Saturday.

‘BELLO NOT STONED…MISCREANTS WERE SPONSORED’

However, Kingsley Fanwo, Bello’s chief press secretary, said via a statement on Friday evening that the governor was not stoned.

“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, which occurred after the Jumaat Prayer at the Lokoja Central Mosque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Kogi State,” he said.

“It was discovered that some sponsored miscreants caused a mild drama as they were caught with stones while one of them attacked one of the security aides attached to the Government House shortly after the Governor departed the area.

“The gallant market women at the Lokoja Old Market accosted the perpetrators and stopped them from absconding from the scene in solidarity with the Governor.

“The Governor wishes to thank the market women and security agencies, who rose to the occasion to protect lives and property at the scene of the unfortunate incident.”

Fanwo said “no life was lost and no serious injury was recorded”.

“We can also confirm that arrests have been made and those arrested are already giving useful information to security agents investigating the politically-motivated attack at the Mosque.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has also urged his supporters to remain calm and not take the law into their hands, as he remains committed to the cardinal ideals of his administration.

“Imported and sponsored miscreants who have infiltrated the state from neighbouring states should know that Kogi is prepared to protect her citizens from desperate politicians who think they can turn the state to a war zone. The people of Kogi will be protected.

“We are not unaware of scheming by change resistors to sponsor attacks against government officials. The staff verification exercise has come to stay because it has exposed powerful forces, who have been milking the state dry. Sponsoring attacks against the Governor will not stop our march to restore sanity to the polity.

“The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello will soon publish the names of corrupt citizens of the state who are behind the Ghost Workers syndrome. Governor Yahaya Bello thanks the people of the state for standing resolutely behind his administration to restore the lost glory of the state.”
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‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ not about guns, boats – Army

‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ not about guns, boats – Army

The Army on Friday sought to allay the fears of people in the South-South about the ongoing training tagged “Exercise Crocodile Smile” in the region.

The army said the exercise was not about guns and boats.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman said in a statement that the exercise was aimed at training its Special Forces, formations and units located in the region.

According to him, the exercise comprises both the strategy perfection and public confidence building.

Usman said the Army’s Medical Corps was involved in the exercise through a medical holding in Sapele, Delta.

He said: “It will be recalled that we have shown you the massing up of the troops yesterday, today, the build up of logistics has commenced.

“The human side of the ongoing exercise include free medical outreach for Sapele communities in Delta.”

“The Nigerian Army Medical Corps has fully deployed to the area attending to medical needs of the communities free of charge.”
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Buhari approves governing boards for NPA, NIMASA

Buhari approves governing boards for NPA, NIMASA

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the composition of the Governing Boards of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

A statement issued by the Director (Press) in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, disclosed that Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye is the Chairman of NPA, while Major General Jonathan India Garba is the Chairman of NIMASA.

Other members of the NPA Board include Supo Shasore, Suleiman Ibrahim Halilu, Constance Harry Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu and Charles Efe Emukowhate Sylvester.

Also in the board are Hadiza Bala Usman,Mohammed Bello Koko, Dr. Sekonte Davis, Prof.Idris Abubakar, and Mrs. I. J. Uche-Okoro.

The board members of NIMASA include Asekomhe Oaakhia Kenneth, Mohammed Gidado Muazu, Hon. Barrister Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Ms Nene Betty Dike, and Dakuku Peterside.

Other members are Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin and Gambo Ahmed.

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22 ex-militants qualify as aircraft engineers

22 ex-militants qualify as aircraft engineers

The Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday said 22 beneficiaries of its foreign education programme had graduated as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and had returned to the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta,  Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, disclosed this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said the beneficiaries were trained at the Royal Jordanian Air Academy and were equipped with EASA licence on return, adding that without the licence, they would not be useful in the aviation industry.

Boroh, who doubles as the Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, said the licence made the beneficiaries certified aircraft maintenance professionals needed in modern airline operation.

“Worldwide aircraft maintenance business is enormous, and expanding with the passage of time,” Boroh told NAN.

“Approximately 500, 000 passenger and cargo aircrafts are currently in service worldwide.

“Moreover, about four million smaller private aircrafts are being used for business or pleasure. Thus, aviation is an ever-expanding field with modernization of equipment on new aircraft.

“Therefore, the requirements of aircraft engineers and aircraft mechanics to work on a permanent basis as an employee of an airline will always rise with ever increasing expansion of aviation industry.”
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We planned to kidnap Otedola – Robbery suspects

We planned to kidnap Otedola – Robbery suspects

Police

An armed robbery suspect, Ikechukwu Daniel, also known as Ike, has disclosed that his gang hatched a plan to kidnap businessman, Femi Otedola, but the plot was foiled by the police.

He also confessed that his gang, which was linked to the abduction of Senator Iyabo Anisholowo, operated with military uniforms and hijacked three trailers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Ike was arrested sometimes in June at Festac Town in Lagos while negotiating the ransom of a victim kidnapped in Ibadan.

His disclosure emerged following Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris’ directive to the Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to arrest anyone linked to the kidnap of Senator Anisulowo.

Within a few days of receiving the instruction, the IRT operatives arrested one Mohammed Babuga, and he owned up to the fact that he and one Mamman masterminded the kidnap.

He confessed that he and Mamman robbed some people in Kwara State, along Kaduna road.

They dispossessed innocent motorists of their belongings. During an argument with Mamman, however, Babuga said that he slapped the other for disrespect towards him as gang leader and the carelessness that put the police on their trail.

Mamman, he said, got angry and went away to form his own gang of kidnappers with Boyi, Abubakar, Alayidi and Ike as members. Led by one Mohammed, the gang operated with three rifles, an AK 47, AK 49 and a pump action gun.

Mamman’s gang confessed to have carried out six kidnapping raids: two in Ibadan, two in Ilorin and two in Kebbi State, and various ransoms were collected. The Kebbi State operation fetched the gang N6 million, while it got N26.1 million from the Ilorin and Ibadan cases.
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Chinese Firm To Establish $8m Feed Mill, Maize Farm In Cross River

Chinese Firm To Establish $8m Feed Mill, Maize Farm In Cross River

In pursuance of Federal Government’s diversification goal, a Chinese firm, Wuhan Longfecund Agricultural Development Company Ltd., has concluded plans to set up a feed mill and maize farm in Cross River State.

Chairman of the Company, Yongsheng Cao, disclosed this during a courtesy call on the governor, Professor Ben Ayade, at the Government House, Calabar.

Cao, who spoke through an interpreter said: “I am happy to be in Calabar and indeed, Nigeria, to set up a feed mill and a maize farm. Cross River State and China share same topography and land fit for such production.”

Explaining that Wuhan province has the largest farm and a major maize grower in China, the Chairman said the company’s preference will be on sweet corn as it is going to grow well in the state.

He applauded the existing relationship between Cross River and China, pointing out that he would invest $8 million in the project before extending it, to other parts of the country.

In his remarks, Governor Ayade, who urged the Chinese firm to swing into action with the establishment of the maize farm said: “Cross River State is expanding the horizon in agriculture and taking a leap into agricultural phase to ensure a leading direction,” adding that, “we don’t come in as traditional farmers but industrial standard and as the benchmark.”

The governor explained that as government, “we must focus on maize because other than producing feeds, one of the particular species we are going to grow here which is sweet corn, is to provide Gluck syrup.”

According to Ayade, “what you will see here is a true reproduction of the true history of the natural wealth that Nigeria has in agriculture as we are going to have maize for export, sweet corn for salads, Gluck syrup for our industries and the feed mills to produce feeds for our poultry and other related products.”

Affirming that parts of Akamkpa, Uyanga, Obubra and Yala were suitable areas for maize farming based on soil studies earlier conducted, Ayade reasoned that “the partnership between the Cross River State government and the maize centre in China will provide the state with a first class knowledge, first class technology, first class farming and first class mill, as all sweet corns used in our salads were imported.”
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IN PICTURES: President Buhari jets off to Kenya

IN PICTURES: President Buhari jets off to Kenya

Buhari leaves for Kenya

President Muhammadu Buahri this afternoon jets out to Kenya to attend 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) holding in Nairobi.


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IN PICTURES: President Buhari jets off to Kenya

IN PICTURES: President Buhari jets off to Kenya

IN PICTURES: President Buhari jets off to Kenya

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It’s getting no better… Naira now 412 per dollar

It’s getting no better… Naira now 412 per dollar

The naira has attained a fresh all-time low of 412/$1 on Friday, as dollar scarcity bites harder at the parallel market.

Foreign exchange scarcity continued on the parallel market as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) upholds its foreign exchange ban on eight commercial lenders found to have acted in breach the Treasury Single Account (TSA) guidelines.

The official side of the forex market also experienced a depreciation, moving from 305 at the close of business on Thursday to 315 on Friday.

Naira has depreciated by over 40 percent in 2016, following the introduction of the new foreign exchange regime, which seeks to let the naira move according to market forces.

NAIRA NOW UNDERVALUED

Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano and former CBN governor, who spoke in Kano earlier in the week, said the naira had become undervalued but it would firm up with the right policies.

“On a trade and inflation weighted basis, the naira has gone from one of the most overvalued currencies in the world to one that is now undervalued,” Sanusi said.

“A major barrier to bringing capital in from abroad has been removed; a major incentive to take capital out has also been removed.”

The naira also traded at 530, and 454 to the British pound and euro, respectively.
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Orji Uzor Kalu Speaks From U.S On Man Who Named Dog Buhari

Orji Uzor Kalu Speaks From U.S On Man Who Named Dog Buhari

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state

Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu has reacted to reports which has been making rounds on the media over the past few weeks, concerning the man who named his pet dog ‘Buhari’.
Recall that Joachin Iroko, the man who named his dog after President Buhari was arrested and arraigned for conduct “likely to cause breach of peace”.

The incident which has generated diverse reactions from Nigerians both at home and in diaspora has also caught the attention of the former Abia state governor who is presently in the United States of America.

Reacting to the incident, Mr. Kalu in a lengthy post he shared on Facebook said that such an issue will never been given much attention outside the country.

The post read in full, “I just arrived the United States of America from the United Kingdom and trying to locate where I kept my keys and later see how I can get some rest after the long trip.

Everything sorted out, refreshed, I have to relax on the internet to keep myself abreast of the goings on in the world, especially my dear country, Nigeria, before delving into the few concerns that took me out of Nigeria.

“I dare say with the advent of the social media, take it or leave it; it has in a way given credence to democracy in the country to continue to flourish beyond imagination; now people can express themselves, either on personal matters or matters that affect them through policies of the government.

And there can be no better times than this when the country is grappling with recession and the government is doing everything round the clock to bring the economy right on track and begin to bring back that lost smiles and hope on the faces of dejected, and atimes, disappointed and frustrated Nigerians, notably the Nigerian youth who are in dire need to see change in their lives.

“The beauty of the social media platform is the protection and assurance of the screen and the use of fictitious identity where issues can be raised or issues criticised without the fear of intimidation from any areas.

“I am a regular visitor to the various social media, especially Facebook and Whatsapp. You cannot be older than this trend in the twenty-first century if one really wants to keep in touch with latest happenings.

Some of these happenings could really be brash and gossipy without any truth to them, so one has to be careful in the kind of information that is allowed to filter into the brain because without this caution wrong and hasty decision could be reached.

“On Facebook and Whatsapp, as I am scrolling through my phone, the most provocative trending is the thirty year old young man who has been remanded in prison custody for failure to meet his bail terms that include the payment of a fifty thousand naira fee for giving his dog a name. To me, this should be a laugh for all Nigerians to ease off the present tension everywhere in the country.

“I am not a lawyer, but there are issues, to my understanding, that should not be brought to the attention of the law, instead, it should be dealt with amicably between the parties involved with caution by the police therefore not giving it the national attention whoever is involved wants to generate.

“Or, still, the judge, if I am speaking the minds of many who do not take themselves too seriously or see life as a war to be won or lost, would have thrown the case out of his court for lacking a standing in jurisdiction.

“While still scrolling and enjoying the story-forgive me for this, because the only thing I see in the story is the fun it is generating inside of me right now- the question in my mind is, is the presidency aware that a thirty year old Nigerian is in custody because he is accused of trying to upset public peace and because he cannot afford to meet his bail terms when arrested by the Nigeria Police force and charged to court?

“I can authoritatively say the presidency is not aware of this huge joke at a time when its hands are full with both political and economic crises and the issues of the Nigerian youth it is bent on addressing since it came into power in two-thousand-and-fifteen.

“Another question in my mind while the laughter inside of me continues to grow is, would the young man had been shown the road to the court if he had bought a one-million-naira shirt and gave it whatever name? Perhaps no. A dog is chosen instead of some expensive and adorable ornaments.

“It boils down to the way we treat animals in the country, especially one that has been acclaimed to be human friendly. Elsewhere, will there be a court case if a name is given to a particular animal? I do not think so; nobody would have thought it as something to have sleepless night and good time over.

And, moreover, the dog on the screen of my phone happens to be so adorable and beautiful worthy to be domesticated.

“The young man has said the reason he gave that particular name-which is not narrowed down to any particularity- to the dog is because of his love for it, whereas others think otherwise, which now becomes a case between the young man having a good and intelligent lawyer to argue his case, which again may just be impossible in a situation where legal aids do not come easy and definitely beyond one who cannot cough out fifty thousand naira.

“On Whatsapp, comments have been agog. Some say the young man has erred. Others say he has no respect for the elderly. And yet others bring cultures and tradition into the argument while the young man languishes in cell.

“Not any of these commentators ones gave a thought to one of the characteristics of democracy, which is the fundamental human rights of the individual where freedom of expression can only be negotiated on the table of intentional assault, in this case, which the young man has said is not his intention.

“The name is as a result of his mentorship interest and the love for the person that is supposedly involved.

“One of the commentators had said, as a father, what one’s reaction would be if a child had walked up to him and say, ‘Father, I just bought this dog and I have given it the name, Arochukwu?’ if Arochukwu happens to be the son’s father’s name.

“I will not only respond to the child as a father, but as a leader, too. First, I will have a good laugh that my child did not go to the market to buy a Tortoise and name it after me-we know the connotation of “Tortoises in the Nigerian folklores- and secondly, I will tell that child that he should make sure he gives the dog a good training so that it can be responsible to all concerned.

And, thirdly, I will pat the child’s head and tell him to go inside and study while I go about my duties as a father and a leader deliberating on serious issues and not on trivia that will take nobody anywhere rather than downing some good and fun creativity because it is all a matter of common sense without a particular issue of note.”
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OMG!!! Customer Murders Businessman In Warri Delta State To Avoid Payment, Buries Body In Shallow Grave. (Photo)

OMG!!! Customer Murders Businessman In Warri Delta State To Avoid Payment, Buries Body In Shallow Grave. (Photo)

A Port Harcourt-based  businessman, identified simply as Ogbaire, has allegedly murdered his supplier, Lawrence Okoh, and buried his body in a shallow grave in Warri, Delta State.

Okoh, a native of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state, left his Port Harcourt business outfit to supply generator spare parts to a customer in Warri.

After the supply on August 2, Okoh, fondly called Law, did not return home and police declared him missing. The deceased had, earlier that day, sent a text message to his wife that he would not make it back to Port Harcourt and that he would pass the night with his customer in Warri.

His wife contacted the customer, who claimed that he knew the deceased very well, but that he did not see him for over a period of time.
The police raided the spare parts market in Warri where the wife was able to identify some of the parts her husband left with on the fateful day.

The shop owner, where the parts were found, took the police to the person who supplied them. The suspect was the one who told Okoh’s wife that he had not seen her husband in a long while.

Ogbaire allegedly confessed to the police that he murdered Okoh and buried him in a shallow grave in an uncompleted building to avoid paying him for the spare parts he supplied him.

A senior police officer in Warri said Okoh’s decomposing body had been exhumed and released to the family in Ubulu- Uku for burial.
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The Gruesome Moment A Massive Python Swallowed An Antelope (Photos & Video)

The Gruesome Moment A Massive Python Swallowed An Antelope (Photos)

This is the moment a massive python swallowed an antelope -before regurgitating the entire creature. The giant snake steadily stretched its mouth to devour its much larger prey in the village of Gorakhpur, in Northern India. The python later spewed out its kill because the ‘hunt was too big’.

The Gruesome Moment A Massive Python Swallowed An Antelope (Photos)

The Gruesome Moment A Massive Python Swallowed An Antelope (Photos)


The antelope’s death captured the attention of villagers, and a crowd of onlookers gathered around to watch the python.
It was still unclear how the python managed to capture such a large animal.

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Write Your Will Before Travelling For Hajj __ Abuja Islamic Cleric Tells Pilgrims

Write Your Will Before Travelling For Hajj __ Abuja Islamic Cleric Tells Pilgrims

An Abuja-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi, has advised intending pilgrims to settle their debts and leave their wills behind before travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Al-yolawi, who is the Chief Imam of Area 10 Mosque, made the call while delivering Jumma’at sermon title:“ Essential tips for Hajj Preparations“ on Friday in Abuja.

“An intending pilgrim should settle his debts and leave behind him a clear record as well as writing all his wills or what he intends to pass to his family,’’ he said.

According to the cleric, the need to leave a will behind is because the journey to Holy land may be the final journey for a pilgrim.

He explained that hajj was a unique and extraordinary journey in the lifetime of all pilgrims, adding that it was an invitation from Allah to the most famous acts of worship.

The cleric said that journey to hajj required a high level of patience as it was always accompanied with difficulties, fatigue, physical and social abnormalities as well as intolerance from other pilgrims.

“One should not allow Shaitan (devil) to hijack him and spoil his hajj out of ignorance or annoyance,” he said.

Mr Al-Yolawi said there was the need for pilgrims to fulfil all the hajj requirements and avoid all things that would nullify his hajj rites with a view to getting all the spiritual benefits of pilgrimage.

“This emphasises the importance of piety as the first ingredient of one’s journey to Mecca, which means to maintain a good relationship with your Lord by devoting yourself to obey him.

“The intention behind one’s journey to hajj must be for the sake of Allah alone as whoever performs any act of worship in order to please people or gain popularity has spoilt his action.

“Prophets Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: learn your rituals from me, for I do not know whether I would be performing Hajj after this Hajj of mine,” (Muslim Hadith no 1297).

Mr Al-Yolawi admonished pilgrims to ensure that their sources of finance and other materials things were clean and legitimate because “Allah accepts only that which is pure’’.

He also warned pilgrims against taking photographs for whatever purpose while observing hajj rite, saying that such action could contradict pilgrims’ sincerity of performing hajj for the sake of Allah.

Similarly, the cleric said women having their monthly period should be in a state of Ihram when they pass the Miqat, adding that they should shower and do Talbiyah like everyone else.

Mr Al-Yolawi, therefore, prayed to Allah to continue to protect Islam and safeguard Nigerian pilgrims as they take off to Saudi Arabia.

“May the Lord accept their Hajj, prayers, grant their supplications and bring them back to us safely and peacefully,’’ he said.
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FG Launches School-to-Work Scheme

FG Launches School-to-Work Scheme

Dr Chris Ngige

The Federal Government has launched the School-to-Work Scheme which it noted, was designed to prepare children for after school employment.

Launching the programme facilitated by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE),in Calabar on Thursday evening, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the scheme would provide the needed skills for young people in school for self-employment after they would have graduated from secondary school.

“It is pertinent to note that the STWS is aimed at introducing the concept of skills acquisition training very early to our youths. Secondary school students from JSS2 to JSS3 have been selected to participate in the pilot phase simultaneously running in the following states: Cross River, Kogi, Anambra, Bauchi, Katsina and Ondo states.

“This will enable them to acquire skills that will change their future in the absence of white collar jobs,” Ngige said.

The minister said the School-to-Work programme curriculum has been designed to deliver vocational, agricultural, entrepreneurial and life skill training to the trainees within two months vacation period.

Ngige said those who need up-skilling would be assisted during the next long vacation of the following year.

“I am convinced that the School-to-Work Scheme when fully implemented would have created a new army of young responsible Nigerians who are equipped with 21st-century skills and are very willing and prepared to take not just their own destinies in their hands, but that of this great country.

“Their attitude to work, nation building and wealth creation would have been properly shaped to fully align with the change agenda of the APC-led Government at the centre,” Ngige said.
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Why Identical Male Twins Live Longer- Research

Why Identical Male Twins Live Longer- Research

According to a recent study in the journal PLOS One, twins may actually live longer than the general population.

Researchers at the University of Washington used the Danish Twin Registry to analyse 2932 pairs of Danish twins born between 1870 and 1900 who had survived past the age of 10.

They found that both fraternal and identical twins lived longer than singletons, though identical twins lived the longest.

The greatest benefit of having either an identical or fraternal twin occurred for men in their mid-40s and women in their 60s, according to the research.

While 84 percent of the general male population was still alive at 45, a full 90 percent of male twins were alive at that age. Female twins in their early 60s, meanwhile, led the general population by 10 percentage points.

Researchers aren’t sure why twins have lower mortality rates than others, though they believe the cause is likely social rather than biological. They say it may be due to the so-called marriage protection effect.

“There is benefit to having someone who is socially close to you who is looking out for you,” one of the researchers, David Sharrow explains. “They may provide material or emotional support that lead to better longevity outcomes.”

Why Identical Male Twins Live Longer- Research

Sharrow also notes that more research is needed to establish the connection between twins and longevity, especially since the study’s data centered exclusively on people born in Denmark in the late 19th century.

However, he believes that studying twins could be the key to understanding how strong social bonds can increase the life spans—and quality of life—of both twins and singletons.

“Research shows that these kinds of social interactions, or social bonds, are important in lots of settings,” he explains.

“Most people may not have a twin, but as a society we may choose to invest in social bonds as a way to promote health and longevity.”
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MEND accepts Edwin Clark to lead Nigeria Delta dialogue with FG

MEND accepts Edwin Clark to lead Nigeria Delta dialogue with FG

Chief Edwin Clark

The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, today, accepted that former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, ‎should head the pan Niger Delta group that will dialogue with the Federal Government.

The group conveyed its readiness to disband its Aaron Team 2, ‎headed by Odein Ajumogobia and work with Chief Clark.

Secretary of Aaron Team 2, Timipa Okponipere, who conveyed MEND’s position to the elder statesman‎ in Warri, however, gave some conditions.

Chief Clark, who commended MEND for accepting the outcome of the meeting of Niger Delta monarchs, leaders and stakeholders , last Friday, in Warri, said that leaders of the region would appraise it’s request.

“But be rest assured that we are together,” he added.

Chief Clark and other leaders, who were with him during the visit of the Aaron Team delegation, denounced the Ijaw leaders, who, Thursday, met with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, without authorisation from ‎other ethnic nationalities.

He denied sending them on the misadventure.
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CNN Staff Who DupeD Nigerian Market Women Of N1Million Arrested. See Details

CNN Staff Who DupeD Nigerian Market Women Of N1Million Arrested. See Details

An employee of a thrift institution – CNN Credit Ltd, Jackson Umem, who allegedly defrauded the organization of some market women’ N1million deposit, has appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court on Lagos island.

The accused, 34, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraud and theft preferred against him.

According to the prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, the accused had some time between July 1 to Aug.1 in Lagos obtained N1million from some market women, who are customers of the company.

He said Umem collected the money from them on the pretext of helping them lodge the money into their accounts but converted the money to personal use.

He said the fraud was noticed when some of the market women came for their money.

The offences contravened Sections 285 (7) (9) (a, b, c) and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 285 (7) stipulates a seven-year jail term for offenders.
Magistrate Ade Adefulire granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must be the accused’s blood relations.
He adjourned the case to Sept. 14.

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UNBELIEVABLE!!! All Catholics will go to hell – Chris Okotie Insists

UNBELIEVABLE: All Catholics will go to hell – Chris Okotie Insists

Chris Okotie

All Catholics in the world will go to hell because they worship Satan and are led by an Anti-Christ Pope who is a friend to the devil, Nigeria’s controversial preacher and former presidential candidate, Chris Okotie, told his congregation on Sunday, leaving members bewildered.

Fifty-five year old Okotie, while preaching in his Household of God Church in Ikeja area of Lagos, western Nigeria, said the Catholic church is “a counterfeit church set up by Satan” and that Catholics “bow to idols and crucify Jesus every Sunday when they eat bread claiming they are eating Jesus’ body.”

“They are not Christians and have never been,” Okotie told a stunned congregation.

“They don’t know Jesus. They believe that when they eat bread on Sundays, they are eating the body of Jesus. It’s ritual,” Okotie said.

He said Pope Francis is an Anti-Christ who does the job of the devil and that time is fast approaching when the Catholic church will pledge allegiance to Satan.

“The pope is an Anti-Christ and the Catholic church will soon declare for Satan. This is the end of times,” Okotie erupted.

He advised members of his church to come to the rescue of Catholics and evangelise them.

This, he said, was not out of disrespect but out of respect for the word of God.

He said those who know the truth should bring it to those who do not know it in the Catholic Church.

Okotie said one of the Catholic most revered Popes, Pope John Paul 11, surrendered the Catholic Church to Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, instead of Jesus himself. He said even the current Pope Francis has also done same.

He said Catholics are not Christians and do not worship the same Christ that he preaches in his church, at least the one spoken about in the Bible.

Okotie said he did not write the Bible but it was clear to him that those in the Catholic church were lost and were heading to hell fire.

“They don’t believe in heaven. They believe in purgatory, the purgatory that they invented,” Okotie said.

“That church, the Catholic church has been there for Satan and at the right time, they will declare for Satan,”Okotie said.

Okotie who has been married twice and divorced also twice
The once rock star turned celebrity preacher and politician has been controversial for years.

He once said it was the devil who told him for the first time that he was going to be a preacher.

He also said Nigeria’s famous preacher Prophet T.B. Joshua is the son of the devil and his followers will go straight to hell.

In recent years, he has been saying that God has anointed him to be Nigeria’s president. That prophecy has not come to pass in two presidential elections that he participated in.
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Drama as Angry Wife Disgraces Husband After Catching Him with a Prostitute in the Car (Photo)

Drama as Angry Wife Disgraces Husband After Catching Him with a Prostitute in the Car (Photo)

The woman disgraced her husband in public after catching him with a prostitute

A randy husband has been left with the disgrace of a life time after his wife caught him in public with a prostitute.

An angry wife caused a mild drama on Thursday after catching her husband with a prostitute at Nelson Mandela and Innez Terrace in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The woman was angry because the husband had lied to her that he was going for a work trip out of town only to find him in the CBD with a self-confessed lady of the night, H-metro reports.

To make matters hard, the unmoved prostitute demanded that the man must pay for the oral sex she allegedly rendered to him.

“Is this the workshop you said you were going to? You lied to me that you we outside of town on duty, so are you not ashamed of yourself?

“Why is your trousers on the knees?

“I acted like I was dull but I knew you were not going to the workshop, people close to you told me everything and I was following you,” said the woman taking the car keys from the ignition.

“I no longer want to see you again; you can go with your prostitute, but you are not going anywhere with my car,” she fumed.

Meanwhile, the prostitute said all she wanted was her money.

“All I want is my money for the services I have given your husband. I don’t want your husband. I had s*x with him so he has to pay me,” said the prostitute.

The prostitute then left the scene and the couple locked themselves up in their vehicle where they discussed the matter.

Minutes later, the couple then left the scene in a Mercedes Benz which the wife had come with.
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We fear nobody except God in the discharge of our national assignment - EFCC

We fear nobody except God in the discharge of our national assignment - EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has disclosed that the commission fears nobody except God.

Appalled by criticisms that a detainee, Desmond Nunugwo died in their custody, yesterday, the EFCC threw open its holding facilities to journalists for assessment and that the commission fear nobody except God.

Apparently to prove its innocence in the death of Nunugwu, the Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, flanked by some of his media managers, conducted journalist round the facilities located in its ‘Idiagbon House’ by is headquarters in Wuse 2, Abuja.

Facilities shown to journalists were the interrogation room, medical and toilet facilities as well as the cells where detainees are kept pending investigations and prosecution.

Magu boasted that EFCC’s detention facility was among the best in the country and asked journalists to take a tour of other holding facilities in the country and compare with those of the commission so as to determine his claim.

“Without boasting, we can say that we have one of the best detention facilities in the country and we do so with purpose because those being kept in our custody are merely being temporarily kept pending interrogation and prosecution.

“We have no intention to keep any detainee under an inhuman condition. That is why we have provided everything that is necessary to provide comfort for those kept in our facilities,” Magu said.

Magu, who defended the actions of the commission so far, said that every of its action was done in the overall interest of the nation and not to boost any individual’s ego.

“Let me make it very clear that we are driven by nothing but national interest in all that we do and we will continue to work for the interest of this country.

We will continue to investigate and prosecute those who commit financial and economic crimes against this country. We fear nobody except God in the discharge of our national assignment,” the chairman said.

The invitation of journalists to view the detention rooms, the first of its kind in the history of the EFCC, revealed the conditions under which the detainees are kept and how they conduct their lives while in solitude.

All of the detainees are provided by 8 inches mattresses strewn on the floor with some of them being paired in a room while as many as four are kept in larger spaces.

Findings also show that all the males share about 6 toilets and similar bathrooms while the female also share their facilities. A small room serves as a mosque for Muslims.

The Head of the EFCC Medical Department, Dr. Haliru, who also conducted journalists round its medical facilities, said that relevant drugs are administered to inmates based on the medical reports of each person being brought into detention.

“We first of all take the vital statistics and conduct relevant tests to determine the medical needs of each detainee before assigning them to their cells. We also provide free of charge the prescribed drugs to the detainees so that they don’t suffer any deprivation as a result of being detained.

“We encourage them to come with their prescribed drugs and if they run out of them, we secure for them.

We give them free medical attention,”Haliru said. The death of the protocol officer in EFCC cell has sparked outrage within and outside Nigeria, prompting adverse media commentary, which the EFCC has strongly objected to.

Nunugwo, a former Chief Protocol Officer with the Ministry of Defence, was arrested by some officers of the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) of the EFCC on June 9 at about 5.30pm for defrauding one Oleh Nnana Kalu of N63.6 million.

His untimely has death triggered accusations and petitions to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Assembly and Amnesty International calling for probe.

The wife of the deceased, Susanne, suspects a foul play in her husband’s death and has already petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, the Nigeria Police Force, Amnesty International and other civil society groups to probe the death.

However the EFCC has said that the man died naturally barely two hours after being taken into detention over fraud related petition.

“The EFCC in the early hours of June 10, 2016 released an official statement through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, announcing the tragic incident, while also informing that the matter had been formally reported to the Nigeria Police which is the relevant agency to investigate matters such as the unfortunate death of Citizen Nunugwo.

“While the nation awaits the outcome of the Police investigation which should include the autopsy report, the family of the deceased suspect appears to have lost their patience with the Police investigation and is pre-empting its outcome with all manner of insinuations.
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Stop Killing Shekau Over And Over, Bring Back The Girls, BBOG Tells Army

Stop Killing Shekau Over And Over, Bring Back The Girls, BBOG Tells Army

Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) leader

The leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has urged the military to stop killing leader of the terrorist Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau over and over, rather they should rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

Ezekwesili said Shekau has been “killed” on four occasions by the military yet nothing concrete about the abducted girls.

The military had on Tuesday, said an unprecedented and spectacular air raid “fatally wounded” Shekau in his shoulders.

“Those Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others, while their leader, the so-called ‘Abubakar Shekau’, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders. Several other terrorists were also wounded,” Sani Kukasheka Usman, spokesman of the army, had said.

But Ezekwesili in a march by the BBOG to the presidential villa on Thursday, said time had completely run out and a decisive action was needed to rescue the abducted girls.

“Another key issue in the last 72 hours is the military’s announcement that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, was fatally wounded during air raids.

“We want it on record that this is at least the fourth time the Nigerian state has triumphantly announced killing this fellow.

“Today, day 864 since the abduction of our girls, time has completely run out. It is time to take decisive action and bring them home. No more delays,” she said.

A father of one of the abducted girls, Yakubu Enoch, whose daught Dorcas Yakubu, allegedly spoke in a recent video clip released by the insurgents, lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari had refused to listen to the parents of the abducted girls.

“The last time we came to the villa the way you even attended to us showed that you were frustrated; you were not happy with us. Are we not Nigerians or don’t you have a special interest in the girls?.

“As it happened to Chibok it can happen to any place. If Buhari feels he cannot work, please let him release us. Let him get down and give it to somebody.”

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Edo Politics: PDP candidate, Ize-iyamu convoy reportedly attacked

Edo Politics: PDP candidate, Ize-iyamu convoy reportedly attacked

The campaign team of the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was yesterday attacked at Jattu, the home town of the APC deputy governorship candidate, Philip Shaibu in Etsako West local government.


According to reports, Some youths allegedly said to be sympathetic to the APC destroyed two vehicles in the process.

Yesterday’s attack it was learnt followed an arson attack by some alleged APC supporters on Monday night of the residence of Mr. Emma Musa, the PDP Coordinator in the same locality.

The two vehicles destroyed in Jattu during the attack included a Mercedes Benz C class and a Toyota Sienna.

The attack happened as the campaign convoy was leaving the town but ran into a two-vehicle convoy of vehicles branded in APC colours that were chanting anti-PDP slogans.

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How Senator Elected 10 Months Before End of Session was Paid for 4 Years - Audit Report

How Senator Elected 10 Months Before End of Session was Paid for 4 Years - Audit Report

Shem Zagbayi

A thorough investigative report has uncovered how a Nigerian senator who replaced a deceased lawmaker barely 10 months to the end of session received full 4-year pay for accommodation and furniture.

A Nigerian senator who replaced a deceased lawmaker barely 10 months to the expiration of the Seventh Assembly under David Mark, received full four-year pay for accommodation and furniture, the government’s audit report has shown.

The 2014 audit report said the lawmaker was overpaid by nearly N8 million.

The report released this year, had earlier been submitted to the National Assembly, but its full details recently became public.

It contains shocking revelations of how state resources were squandered on bogus spending, and how officials, in many cases, arbitrarily spent billions of naira without explanations.

“A Senator who was elected to replace a deceased Senator, in the month of September 2014, 10 (ten) months to the expiration of the 7th Senate was found to have been paid full Accommodation and Furniture Allowance (of Four Years),” the report disclosed.

According to the report, N10, 132,000.00 (Ten million, one hundred and thirty-two 229 thousand naira) was paid to the Senator, “instead of N2, 533,000.00 (Two million, five hundred and thirty-three thousand naira) which represented his actual entitlement for one year.”

While there was no mention of the name of the lawmaker in the report, senate records show that Shem Zagbayi, Niger East, was the only lawmaker sworn in in September 2014 – the period referenced by the audit report.

Mr. Zagbayi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, was elected as replacement for Dahiru Kuta, who died in June 2014.

The audit report shows that Mr. Zagbayi was overpaid by the David Mark-led Senate by N7.6 million.

The report demanded the amount be recovered and paid back to government.

Although the audit report said the overpaid Senator had 10 months to serve, records show Mr. Zagbayi actually served for just seven months, as a court later ruled that his election was fraudulent in the first place.

On March 11, 2015, the Minna, Niger State, division of the Court of Appeal, sacked Mr. Zagbayi about three months to the end of the Seventh Senate.

The court affirmed an earlier ruling of a Tribunal which cited malpractices and non-compliance with relevant laws, and granted victory to the All Progressives Congress candidate, David Umaru.

Mr. Umaru who was sworn in April 1, 2015. He later returned to the eighth senate, and is currently the chairman of the committee on judiciary and human rights.

It was not immediately clear if Mr. Umaru, like Mr. Zagbayi, was paid for four years instead of the barely two months he had to serve in the Seventh Assembly.

Mr. Umaru did not answer calls or reply to messages.

There is no evidence, also, that Mr. Zagbayi made any refunds to the government. He too could not be reached for comments.

Mr. Mark, who authorized the humongous pay for Mr. Zagbayi, could not also be reached, for comments.

His spokesperson, Paul Mumeh, did not answer calls placed to him.
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