Saturday, December 3

Death threats made me travel to UK – Ex-Governor, Wada

Death threats made me travel to UK – Ex-Governor, Wada

Idris Wada

The immediate past governor of Kogi state, Capt Idris Wada has disclosed that he had to relocated to the United Kingdom shortly after the November 21 2015 governorship election in the state because some people were after his life.

Speaking at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders’ meeting in Lokoja, the state capital, on Friday, Wada dismissed claims that he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to Wada, travelling out of the country spared his life.

He said, “It was very wise and strategic for me to go under for sometimes because there were pockets of threats to my life, and I had to secretly relocate to the UK for about four months to save my head and also take some rest, because I was virtually working for 18 hours every day in my four years administration without rest.

“In my four months sojourn abroad, some people were insunuating that I ran away to evade arrest from the EFCC and ICPC, some even said I took ill because we lost in the election, but I want to tell you that no security organisation has so far invited me for questioning, neither was I sick, because I served the state with all my abilities and conscience and I have no need to fear anybody.”

On the panel set up by his successor, Governor Yahaya Bello to probe his administration, the former governor held that the exercise is a mere distraction because he has nothing to hide.

“In life you look forward and not backward. If you keep looking into the rear mirror while driving you will definitely crash. I have nothing to hide, I’m ready to face their probe but I know nothing will come out of the exercise, its just mere distraction,” he added.


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Civil servants in Cross River protest early payment of December salary

Civil servants in Cross River protest early payment of December salary

Ekwulobia shuts down as residents protest relocation of Boko Haram prisoners
Cross River State civil servants, on Friday, protested against the decision of the state governor, Ben Ayade, to pay their December salary on the first day of the month.

The workers usually receive bank alert for the payment of their salaries on December 25, but got it December 1 this year.

It would be the second time they are receiving salaries on the first day of the month, as it also happened in May this year, as Governor Ayade commemorated Workers’ Day celebration.

The angry civil servants, complained that the decision to pay their salaries in advance, would later cause untold hardship as Christmas approaches.

“The state government’s decision to pay December salaries of some civil servants within the first three days of the month will make us suffer in due course,” a top civil servant in the Ministry of Environment, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Punch.

“The government should have employed caution by delaying December salary payments to a later date. Our governor may want to score a political point with this payment, but I think that those of us receiving this money stand to lose fiscally when January comes.”

But one of the governor’s aides, who pleaded anonymity, said: “People are so impossible to please. There are states in this country where salaries are not paid as and when due, but in Cross River State, our governor pays salaries and even pays ahead to cater for special occasions like the Workers’ Day and this Yuletide.

“Instead of applauding him, some people say he shouldn’t have paid. Nigerians are difficult to please.”


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Buhari congratulates Gambian President-elect, Adama Barrow


Buhari congratulates Gambian President-elect, Adama Barrow

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, on his victory in the country’s December 1 presidential election.

The Nigerian President also saluted the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the outgoing President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat, noting that such uncommon gesture is crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.

While expressing delight at the gallantry showed by President Jammeh, President Buhari enjoins President-elect Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.

The Nigerian leader also commended Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic right to freely choose their leader and called on all stakeholders to maintain the peace.

President Buhari said he looks forward to a smooth transition of power and working with the incoming President of The Gambia to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.
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Nigerians prefer bags of rice to legislative bills – Reps member, Hon Onyema

Nigerians prefer bags of rice to legislative bills – Reps member, Hon Onyema

Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Chukwuka Onyema, says Nigerians prefer lawmakers that give them bags of rice and money, than those who sponsor and pass legislative bills.

He described the act as unfortunate, saying it was totally wrong and must be corrected.

He said this on Friday at a round-table conference organised by the House Committee on Civil Societies and Development Partners, where he represented the Speaker of the House of Reps, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

Onyema decried that people were more concerned about material things they stand to gain from their Representatives, than the quality of Bills being passed by the National Assembly.

He said, “Nigerians want you to go and steal all the money in the world and come and give them, then you have done well. But even if you pass over 100 legislative Bills, to them you have not done well.

“That is very wrong. We have to get it right. For instance, if you go to your constituency and tell them I did this and that at the parliament, they will just be looking at you, like what is this one saying.

“But if you tell them I gave this and that scholarship, or there are bags of rice outside to be shared, they will applaud you that you have done well.

“This is totally wrong and must be corrected. That is not our work. I think it is high time we started realising some of these things. This is why I think this kind of forum is very very important,”


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How we paid violent herdsmen to stop Southern Kaduna killings – El-Rufai

How we paid violent herdsmen to stop Southern Kaduna killings – El-Rufa

El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed how his administration traced some violent and aggrieved Fulani herdsmen to their countries and paid them to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.

Speaking with select reporters in his office in Kaduna, the governor disclosed that the crisis in Southern Kaduna dates back to the 2011 elections.

He revealed that the herdsmen, who were affected by the post election violence at the time, demanded compensation for loss of their cattle which his government paid.

The governor maintained that the renewed violence in Southern Kaduna is being perperterated by bandits.

This is coming at a time when the governor pointed out that God will ask him of the role he played inresolving the crisis on Southern Kaduna.

Speaking with the journalists, El-Rufai said, “For southern Kaduna, we didn’t understand what was going on and we decided to set up a committee under Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) to l out what was going on there. What was established was that the root of the problem has a history starting from the 2011 post election violence.

“Fulani herdsmen from across Africa bring their cattle down towards Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria. The moment the rains starts around March, April, they start moving them up to go back to their various communities and countries.

“Unfortunately, it was when they were moving up with their cattle across Southern Kaduna that the elections of 2011 took place and the crisis trapped some of them.

“Some of them were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal. Fulanis are in 14 African countries and they traverse this country with the cattle.

“So many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge.

“So a lot of what was happening in Southern Kaduna was actually from outside Nigeria. We got a hint that the late Governor Patrick Yakowa got this information and he sent someone to go round some of these Fulani communities, but of course after he died, the whole thing stopped. That is what we inherited. But the Agwai committee established that.

“We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging them to stop killing.

“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, and we paid some.

As recently as two weeks ago, the team went to Niger republic to attend one Fulani gathering that they hold every year with a message from me.”


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APC sets to punish Tinubu over his role in Ondo governorship election

APC sets to punish Tinubu over his role in Ondo governorship election

Bola Tinubu

Following the conclusion of the Ondo governorship election, indications have emerged that some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are calling for the suspension of a National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, over his role in the said election.

Recall that there were reports that Tinubu was against the emergence of the Ondo State Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The former Lagos State governor had faulted the primary election that produced Akeredolu as the party’s flag bearer in the November 26 governorship election.

Tinubu who frowned at the election, had demanded the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, John Oyegun for insisting that Akeredolu was the party’s candidate in the just concluded election.

The elder statesman’s disapproval of Akeredolu’s candidacy could be noticed when he was conspicuously absent in the party’s governorship campaign rally in Akure.

But Tinubu said he was out of the country during the governorship campaign rally.

However, those calling for Tinubu’s punishment through suspension insist such measures would send strong signals to others party members who are planning to work against the APC.

Tinubu was accused of supporting the candidature of Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, AD.

Against the backdrop of his defeat to Akeredolu, Oke, a former member of APC had defected to the AD to contest the Ondo governorship election.

However, an aide to the former Lagos State governor, Tunde Rahman, when contacted by DAILY POST declined comment on the issue, saying, ”I wouldn’t like to talk much on this issue.”


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Gunmen attack Senator Shehu Sani's campaign office

Gunmen attack Senator Shehu Sani's campaign office

Senator Shehu Sani

Premium Times is reporting that unknown gunmen have attacked the campaign office of Senator Shehu Sani, leaving many casualties.

Witnesses revealed that the senator's supporters were holding a meeting at their campaign office when the unknown assailants opened fire on them, leaving some injured in the process.

Suleiman Sule, the senator's special aide, informed that some of his boss's loyalists were in a meeting when the incident occurred.

The spokesperson of the senator representing Kaduna central district, however told Premium Times that, "Police officers have already cordoned the office area."

Residents who witnessed the incident said: "They were all with dangerous weapons and all headed across the road where Shehu Sani’s office was. They dispersed some people who were holding meeting in the office.

"Thank God it is a busy area and there is always the presence of police officers. Before it could get out of hand they thugs ran away."

As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear what was the cause of the attack on the supporters, but it should be noted that the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has not been in good terms with the senator.

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Trump wants to make great again appoints this Nigerian as part of key committee (photo)

Trump appoints Nigerian as part of important economic team

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Trump appoints Nigerian as part of important economic team

As part of his plans to 'make America great again', newly-elected president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has constituted a Strategic and Policy Forum, with a Nigerian as a member of this group.

The man identified as Adebayo Ogunlesi, is among the group consisting of America's highly successful and revered business leaders, and will be meeting with Trump on a regular basis to share their knowledge and experience on how to move the country forward.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone is expected to chair the committee, while other members of the committee will be responsible for providing individual views on how the government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity.

Trump appoints Nigerian as part of important economic team
After constituting the forum, Trump said: "This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth.

"My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America."

The musketeers are expected to meet with the president-elect in the first week of February.

Check out a full list of members that constitute the forum:

Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;

Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;

Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;

Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;

Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock;

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;

Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;

Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;

Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing;

Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM;

Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY;

Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric;

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit.

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Buhari approves payment of salary, pensioners' arrears


Buhari approves payment of salary, pensioners' arrears

Nigerian civil servants and pensioners will have reasons to smile following news that President Muhammadu buhari has approved the payment of their arrears.

According to NTA, President Buhari said: "I have approved the disbursement of 522 billion naira to the State Governments, to enable them pay salary and pension arrears, and put money in the economy.”

"We have stipulated that at least 50% of the funds should be dedicated to salaries and pensions, and we will audit disbursements to ensure compliance.

"The Ministry of Finance is currently processing the first batch of 153 billion naira, which, I am told, will be released to 14 States.

"The Ministry will provide more details on how the funds will be disbursed and how we will monitor the utilization to ensure that Nigerians receive the full benefits from their State Governors.

"As I said in my Independence Day Speech, I firmly believe that this recession will not last."

President Buhari who expressed more concerns about the economic challenges in the country, noted further that, "We should not allow our temporary problems to blind us from the corrective course this administration is charting for Nigeria. We know what our challenges are and we are working very hard to provide solutions that will last."

The first 14 states are to be expecting their disbursement as the first batch will be made available in the coming days.

In a related development, efforts are in top gear to end old age poverty in Nigeria through the introduction of Micro Pension for self-employed Nigerians, Eric Fajemisin, the chief executive officer of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Ltd (SIPML) has disclosed.

Speaking at a media parley organized by SIPML in Lagos on Thursday, December 1, Fajemisin disclosed that the federal government and Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) are currently working out the possibility of rolling out the micro pension scheme in the first quarter of next year, NAIJ.com reports.

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Ojukwu asked me to do 3 things after his death - Bianca gives message to Igbos

Ojukwu asked me to do 3 things after his death - Bianca gives message to Igbos

I have carried out all Ojukwu's wishes - Bianca

- Bianca Ojukwu said he late husband required three things from her before he died

- She said she was able to carry-out all his wishes

- The former beauty queen asked Igbos to be united

Bianca who is the widow of the former leader of Biafra, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has revealed that he asked her to do three things after his death.

Vanguard reports that the former beauty queen spoke at an event marking Ojukwu’s fifth memorial in Owerri, Imo state where she expressed gratitude for being able to carry out Ojukwu’s wishes.

She said: There are three things Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu asked me to do for him when he is dead. I have done one; the first is that he demanded that when he is dead, before he is buried, I should take his body to Aba. When I get to Aba, that I should place the coffin on the ground, touch the dust and sprinkle it on the coffin. After this, we should bury him whenever we wish to. By the grace of God, I was able to do that.

Ojukwu asked me to do 3 things after his death - Bianca gives message to Igbos


“The second one is that before Dim Ojukwu died, he narrated the story of a young American boy named Bruce Mayrock. He told me that this young boy was 19 years old, a white American and University student who came from a wealthy family.

During the Biafra war, Mayrock was too disturbed about the pictures of starving Biafran children and the genocide. He wrote letters to American senators and President, individuals, Christian organizations and the United Nations calling on them to come to the aid of the Biafran people. Mayrock lamented that the Biafrans were facing extermination.

 “All these people even the United Nations could not do anything. To bring attention to the plight of suffering Biafrans, this boy went to the front of the United Nations building doused himself with gasoline, struck a match and set himself on fire. When they were chasing him to put away the fire he was running with the inferno. He ran until he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and by midnight on 30th May 1966, he died.

Ojukwu was humbled that a 19 year old boy sacrificed his life for a people thousand miles away that he never knew or met. His parents were unhappy that he sacrificed himself but he had told his priest that it was the only way he could get attention from the United Nation to take notice and save dying Biafra people.”

I have carried out all Ojukwu's wishes - Bianca


“Ojukwu demanded that when he is dead, the story be narrated to his children and when his son turns 19, that a little plot of land be gotten to erect a monument in honour of Bruce Mayrock who sacrificed his life for the people of Biafra. Today in America, many Igbo people regularly visit Mayrock’s grave to lay flowers and pray for him.”

Bianca revealed that she had erecting a monument in favour of Mayrock, stressing that her family has been in touch with Mayrock’s family in America who have expressed hope that they would be in Nigeria for the commissioning of the monument.

She also applauded Chief Ralph Uwazuruike for always honouring Ojukwu and urged Igbo people to be united.

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UPDATE!!! Pastor involved in MMM-Nigeria says he has never met Mavrodi

Pastor involved in MMM-Nigeria says he has never met Mavrodi

Pastor Ernest Mbanefo believed to be behind the popular money doubling scheme known as MMM, has denied the allegations against him, stating that he has never met with the founder of the scheme in person.

Pastor Mbanefo, according to reports on Friday, December 2, had been quoted as the Nigerian founder of the ponzi scheme, with the Nigerian Communication Week (NWC) reportedly stating that he registered the scheme as MMM-Nigeria.net on June 7, 2016.

The South Africa-based clergyman has now cleared his head from the whole issue, saying he was neither the founder, nor has he met with Sergei Mavrodi, believed to be the Russian who founded the scheme.

"I do not own MMM Nigeria. The original website of MMM Nigeria is nigeria-mmm.net.

"All I’ve done is to use my knowledge of web designing to launch mmm-nigeria.net," Pastor Mbanefo said, adding that "I have never met Sergei Mavrodi before. Mavrodi does not not even know about my activities in the MMM programme."

Meanwhile, media reports about the crash of the website of one of the ponzi schemes in Nigeria, Ultimate Cycler, has unsettled Nigerians who have invested their money in MMM.

The Ultimate Cycler acclaimed popularity among Nigerians following its promise to pay 300% return to its investors within 45 days.

The huge return on investment offered by the scheme lured many to join it with some even abandoning MMM Nigeria which offers 30% returns on investment.

But as reports filtered in on Thursday morning, December 2, around 10.30am that the site had crashed, a wild wave of panic was visible among Nigerians who have patronize similar schemes.

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Economic Recession? Gov. Fayose Spotted on Okada Going to His Office in Ekiti (Photos)

Economic Recession? Gov. Fayose Spotted on Okada Going to His Office in Ekiti (Photos)

Gov. Fayose on Okada to Govt. House

Ekiti state Governor, Fayose has gone against the usual frivolities that Nigerian politicians are used to regardless of any circumstance or event. This is a very welcome development.

Photos which emerged online on Friday, and have already gone viral on social media, show Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on board a commercial motorcycle, popularly called 'Okada' on his way to the Government house.

See more photos below;

Economic Recession? Gov. Fayose Spotted on Okada Going to His Office in Ekiti (Photos)

Economic Recession? Gov. Fayose Spotted on Okada Going to His Office in Ekiti (Photos)

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From Dec 5, UK embassy will no longer withhold your original documents

From Dec 5, UK embassy will no longer withhold your original documents

The UK Embassy in Nigeria has adopted a new visa application process, the British High Commission disclosed on Friday.

Joe Abuku, spokesman of the commission, described the new process as a slight change in which Visa staff now only need electronic versions of support documents.

The new process, which takes effect from December 5 for customers applying for a UK visa in Lagos, Victoria Island and Ikeja, would bring applicants benefits from digital improvements to the UK visa application process.

“TLSContact (responsible for UK Visa Application Centres in Nigeria) will scan your supporting documents whilst you’re at the visa application centre, and then return your original documents to you,” the statement said.

“They will then send these (electronic) documents to UKVI, with your passport and application form, and visa officers will consider your application in the usual way.”

In order to avoid delays in the visa application centre, the commission requested applicants to ensure they complied with requirement to provide all documents in A4 size, while any other documents smaller or larger than A4 should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper.

It advised all customers to remove any clips or pins from documents before submitting their application.

The commission also warned that any “torn, crumpled or heavily creased documents”, which is difficult to photocopy, should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper before submitted, as they can’t be scanned in this condition.


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Double Trouble as Lagos Man Living with HIV/AIDS Lands in Prison...You Won't Believe What He Did Wrong

Double Trouble as Lagos Man Living with HIV/AIDS Lands in Prison...You Won't Believe What He Did Wrong

Adeyemo Babatunde Akanni

A HIV/AIDS patient has found himself in even more trouble after he was found out to have committed a grievous crime.

Adeyemo Babatunde Akanni, alias Adeyanju Williams, an AIDS patient, has been sentenced to jail.

The man was sentenced to a two-year jail term by a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, on Friday, for attempting to export 1.595 kilogrammes of heroin to France

According to Sahara Reporters, Akanni was arrested with the drug by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on October 1, 2014, during an outward clearance of an AirFrance flight to Paris, the French capital.

He was slammed with a one-count charge of unlawful exportation of the illicit drug. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

While proving his case against Akanni, the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, called five witnesses and tendered several pieces of evidence, including the seized banned drug, which the convict excreted; his travel passport, confessional statements, the results of the forensic test of the drug and a cash of €800 among other exhibits.

At the resumed trial of the matter on Friday, Mr. Ibrahim informed the court of the convict's intention to change his plea, a submission corroborated by his lawyer, Mrs. Lilian Omotunde.

Upon, the change of plea, the prosecutor tendered five more statements of the convict, which were also admitted as exhibits.

After tendering the evidence, Mr. Ibrahim urged the court to pronounce the suspect guilty as charged.

 "My Lord, given the accused’s change of plea, coupled with the extra five statements of the defendant, I urged the court to go ahead and pronounce him guilty as charged," said the prosecutor.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, declared Akanni guilty on a one-count charge of unlawful attempt of exporting of 1.595 kilograms of heroin.

However, the convict's lawyer, in her plea for mercy, urged the court to pronounce a lenient sentence.

She told the court that the convict was a first-time offender, who has shown remorse since his arrest. The lawyer added that Akanni has consistently attended court proceedings despite his brittle health.

To support her claim of her client's health challenges, she tendered a medical certificate dated May 13, 2016, endorsed by one Dr. Fatoki of Lagos State General Hospital, Ikeja. The report showed that Akanni was living with HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. Omotunde also cited Section 416(2)(D) and 420 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, while urging the court to fine the accused person as an alternative to sending him to prison.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Aneke sentenced the convict to two years in jail starting from Friday.

The judge also ordered that the sum of €800 found on the convict at the time of his arrest be forfeited and paid into the account of Federal Government, while the seized drug be destroyed if there is no appeal against the judgement within the stipulated time.
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Oghara wears new look for Ibori’s arrival

Oghara wears new look for Ibori’s arrival

Renovation ongoing at ex-governor’s mansion

We’ll be happy to receive him –Palace sec

20 hectares of land cleared as parking lot

Oghara, the county home of former governor James Ibori in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State is wearing a new look following his expected homecoming this month.

The community plays host to various bodies and government parastatals such as logistic headquarters, Nigerian Navy, Police, Army, all the security agencies and the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH).

Our correspondent who visited the community to feel the pulse of the indigenes and non-indigenes noticed that many of them are involved in the preparation of Ibori homecoming, which is tentatively fixed for December 20.

Already, streets in Oghara are being decorated just as hotels and drinking joints are also undergoing renovation to give the city a complete facelift. Findings by Saturday Telegraph show that various social clubs, schools and market women are already mobilising for the big reception that will be held at the Oghara Township stadium. The former governor is described by his people as “Odidigbogbo of Africa.”

It was learnt that the state government is also having elaborate plans for the former governor who is political godfather to most government appointees. Reports have it that the state government is presently working on the major expressway leading to the city by constructing double lanes on both sides of the road as well as installing traffic lights and provision of adequate security network in the area.

When contacted, the Ovie (king) of Oghara Kingdom, His royal Majesty, Noble Oyibo Eshemitan, declined comment but referred our correspondent to the palace secretary, Chief Solomon Egbiviorie. Although Egbiviorie refused to comment on the community’s plans, he confirmed that there was speculation that the former governor would return this month.

He said: “Every Oghara sons and daughters are certainly happy over the cherry news, but I must say that Chief Ibori homecoming has not been made known officially. “It is actually being speculated that ex-governor Ibori will regain his freedom, by the grace of God sometimes this month (December). But it will be premature to talk on the issue now. “We will surely receive him, even our revered and highly respected king will not be left out of the joyous celebration.

But I am advising that we should get confirmation before making comment. So, I won’t be able to talk on the issue”. On the present security challenges prevailing tin he area, Egbiviorie said: “You are talking of the past. There is nowhere in the world where there are no security problems but I can assure you that Oghara is one of the most peaceful kingdom in the world.” Traders, mostly women of Oghara market are not hiding their happiness over Ibori’s homecoming.

One of them, who sells dry fish, Madam Oyibo Ogheneovo, described the homecoming of the exgovernor as “divine, God’s favour and completeness.”

“We don arrange to welcome am and I go donate one full basket of dry fish for the party”, an elated Ogheneovo said in pidgin English. Saturday Telegraph was told that one of Ibori’s friends (name withheld) has volunteered to fix faulty electrical appliances, do the painting of the mansion among other necessary things to give the edifice a new look. A peep into Ibori’s premises shows there is ongoing renovation on the building.

Some young men were also seen clearing the grass and cutting the flowers. As part of the preparation, it was learnt that a bushy rubber plantation of about 20 hectares of land had been cleared to serve as parking lots for visitors expected to attend Ibori’s reception.

The President-General Oghara Elite Forum, Mr. Tony Omene, who described Ibori as “political juggernaut of south-south politics”, deserved to be welcomed because of immense contributions to the development of Oghara. He said: “We are in joyous mood because this is no doubt a cherry news. We love Chief Ibori and nothing too big to do for him.

“If you take a critical look at all the nook and cranny of this town, you can see that Chief Ibori, during his tenure turned Oghara to another London and Dubai. We are really proud of him because he did not forget to develop his home town and also spread development to every part of the 25 local government areas of the state”.

When asked if he would advice Ibori to take part in the next political dispensation when he returns, Omene said: “Every human being is a political animal.”

“We cannot say because he encountered some problems so he should stay out of politics. He did not become the governor through other means but politics.” Ibori’s closest associate and former Senior Political Adviser, Chief Ighoyota Amori, has recently said the former governor will soon be released. Amori dropped the hint in Oghara at the 50th birthday anniversary of former Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Ben Ibakpa. “Chief James Onanefe Ibori will spend this 2016 Christmas with us here in Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria,” he said.

He urged the people to remain steadfast in their prayers for Ibori, insisting that, “his coming is as certain as death. We will all gather here to give him a wonderful reception and our lives will begin again once he returns to the country”.

Ibori’s corruption charges started with the filling of petitions by his kinsmen, under the auspices of Delta State Elders and Stakeholders Forum influenced by the foremost Ijaw leader, Chief E. K. Clark. The petition was sent to a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, who initially failed to act on the petition before the forum dragged the ex-governor and EFCC before the court to compel his prosecution.

According to Wikipedia, in 2007, the Metropolitan Police raided the London offices of lawyer Bhadresh Gohil. Hidden in a wall behind a fireplace, they found computer hard drives containing details of myriad offshore companies, run for Ibori by Gohil, fiduciary agent Daniel Benedict Mc- Cann, and corporate financier Lambertus De Boer. All of these men were later jailed for a total of 30 years.

As a result of these corruption allegations, the United Kingdom courts froze Ibori’s assets there, valued at about £17 million, in August 2007. His wife, Nkoyo, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on November 1, 2007, in connection with the probe of the assets of her husband, particularly in the United Kingdom. She was released after being questioned.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Ibori denied allegations against him claiming they were politically motivated, accusing Ribadu and the UK Courts of playing politics. On December 12, 2007, Ibori was arrested by EFCC at the Kwara State Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja. The charges he faced included theft of public funds, abuse of office, and money laundering.

The corruption charges brought against Ibori by the government of former President Obasanjo were among many begun by Ribadu against former officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ribadu additionally alleged that Ibori attempted to bribe him to drop the charges with a cash gift of $15 million, which Ribadu immediately lodged in the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN. The cash remains with the CBN as an exhibit.

On December 17, 2009, a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, discharged and acquitted Ibori of all 170 charges of corruption brought against him by EFCC, but the antigraft commission filed an appeal against the December 17, 2009 judgement. In April 2010, about three months after the take over of government by Goodluck Jonathan, Ibori’s case file was reopened.

A new charge that he embezzled N40 billion was pressed against him. Attempts to arrest him were unsuccessful. It was reported that he fled from Abuja to Lagos and then to the creeks of Oghara, his homeland in the Niger Delta. It was reported that armed militias guarded him and they once had a shootout with security forces.

He claimed that the charges were frivolous and that he was a victim of political persecution. After that, Ibori fled Nigeria, prompting the EFCC to request the assistance of Interpol, which paid off on May 13, 2010, as Ibori was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, under Interpol arrest warrants, issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police. He was granted bail pending an extradition hearing, and a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the United Kingdom would “seek Mr. Ibori’s extradition”.

On July 12, 2010 the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, revealed that Ibori had used Delta State as collateral for N40 billion loan when he was governor. The Federal Government and the United Kingdom then agreed to work together on Ibori’s extradition to the United Kingdom even as the Dubai authority restricted his movement.

He was however reported to be seeking political asylum in Dubai on May 27, 2010. Ibori’s case and extradition became one of the longest, most complex and expensive operations mounted by Scotland Yard in recent years, with prosecutors alleging that companies owned by Ibori and his family were beneficiaries from the sale of state assets, including shares in a mobile telephone operator, as well as crude oil deliveries. On Thursday June 10, 2010, the EFCC confirmed that Ibori was in custody awaiting extradition to the UK.

In London, where Ibori was sought in the case of money laundering, the authority continued with the prosecution of his associates who were in the dock for helping him to launder money.

On June 1 and 2, 2010, UK juries found Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori and his associate, Udoamaka Okoronkwo, guilty on counts of money laundering, in a verdict delivered at the Southwark Crown Court, London. Ibori, via his media aide released a statement questioning the validity of the verdict, which he claimed absolved the two other women, Ms Okoronkwo and Adebimpe Pogoson who were charged alongside his sister.

The jury’s verdict of June 2, 2010 however returned a guilty decision against Okoronkwo as well. Christine Ibie-Ibori and Udoamaka Okoronkwo were each sentenced to 5 years in prison on Monday June 7, 2010 by the UK court even as the defence counsel pleaded for mercy that the convicts were merely manipulated by Ibori.

Accused of stealing US$250 million from the Nigerian public purse, Ibori pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court, London on February 27, 2012. On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Southwark Crown Court sentenced Ibori to 13 years for his crimes.

Following the guilty plea, the EFCC brought before an Appeal Court the 6-year-old ruling of a Federal High Court in Asaba, which acquitted Ibori in 2009.

The EFCC sought the court to set aside the ruling of the lower court on the grounds that the presiding judge, Justice Awokulehin, erred in law while delivering his judgement.

A three-man panel of justices at the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal on May 15, 2014, ruled that the ex- governor has a case to answer. With this judgment, Ibori may face further trial in Nigeria upon the completion of his jail term in London.

Among possessions confiscated were; a house in Hampstead, North London, worth £2.2m; a property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000; a £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa; a fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000; £120,000 Bentley Continental GT; a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash, that was shipped directly to his mansion in South Africa.
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Governor Ayade speaks on virginity

Governor Ayade speaks on virginity

Governor Ayade and wife

- Cross River state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has said he married his wife Lynda as a virgin

- This he said while delivering a lecture in Calabar on the HIV/AIDS scourge to mark the 2016 World Aids Day

- In his advice to the youth, he mentioned that the discipline of waiting till marriage before having sex is a sure way to prevent the rise of HIV/AIDS in the country

Governor Ayade speaks on virginity

Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade is the current sitting governor of Cross River state. the 47-year-old governor is happily to his beautiful wife Dr. Lynda Ayade and together they have three lovely kids.

A man of his class is an inspiration to many young people who aspire to be one day successful politicians. It is with his stance as a success story that he lectured a group on HIV/AIDS in the city of Calabar to mark the 2016 World Aids day.

During his brilliant lecture, he mentioned that he married his wife Lynda a virgin and went on to advice the youth.

He said: "I should say to the teenagers here today that when somebody leads you to the altar, at the end of that day he should be glad to say I married my wife a virgin."

Governor Ayade is not the first politician admitting that his wife is "tear rubber." In the same light, Governor Oshiomhole stated boldly that his met his Cape Verdean wife, Lara Fortes a virgin.


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EFCC arrests police commissioner over N1.9bn fraud

EFCC arrests police commissioner over N1.9bn fraud

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Commissioner of Police in charge of Works Department, Mr. Victor Onofiok, for an alleged N1.9bn fraud.The Police Works Department is one of the most funded departments in the Force as it is in charge of all building projects across the country, including barracks, police stations and training schools.

Impeccable sources within the EFCC told our correspondent that Onofiok was arrested on November 30 after the police high command asked him to report to EFCC for questioning.

According to a detective at the commission, the CP allegedly gave contracts to companies which he had interests in.

The source said, “A serving Commissioner of Police, Victor Onofiok, is currently being grilled by operatives of the EFCC over a N1.9bn fraud. Onofiok, who is the CP, Works at the Force Headquarters, was detained on November 30 after being released for interrogation by the police.

“The officer, who has been CP, Works since 2014, is alleged to have awarded contracts worth more than N1.9bn to companies in which he has interest. The companies include: Dutse Allah Construction Ventures, Nne-Edak Technical Ventures, Puristic Adherent Company, Quality Watch Construction Company and Faksene International.

“These entities were found to be mere business names and not limited companies.”
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PROFILE: Barrow, the London security guard and Arsenal fan who just became Gambia’s president

PROFILE: Barrow, the London security guard and Arsenal fan who just became Gambia’s president

He is Adama Barrow, the Gambia’s president-elect!

Call him Donald J. Trump, name him Muhammadu Buhari; whichever way, you would be correct. He is the man who has defied all odds to lead The Gambia out of the “strangle-hold” of Yahya Jammeh, who has dictated to the country for 22 years.

He is Adama Barrow, the Gambia’s president-elect!

Born in February 1965 in a small village near Basse, The Gambia, the 51-year-old politician attended the local Koba Kunda Primary School and then Crab Island Secondary School in the state capital.

As a bright student, Barrow received a scholarship for Muslim High School, and worked immediately after graduation, at Alhagie Musa & Sons, where he later became the sales manager.

ARSENAL CAN’T WIN TROPHIES BUT ITS FAN CAN

PROFILE: Barrow, the London security guard and Arsenal fan who just became Gambia’s president


Adama Barrow Argos Store

An Argos store, London

He later moved to London at the turn of the millennium, where he studied for a degree in real estate while working as a security guard to finance his studies.

He was a guard at Argos catalogue store in north London, where he was a staunch Arsenal fan with a keen eye and sense of security.

British media have even reported that while guarding the shop on Holloway Road, he made a citizen’s arrest on a shoplifter, which resulted in a six-month jail term.

He returned to The Gambia in 2006 and started Majum real estate, where he was the chief executive officer until his election as president.

THE GAMBIA’S DONALD TRUMP

Like Donald Trump, Barrow is a real estate mogul, who never held any political office before becoming president, against all odds.

At the final count of Gambia’s 53 constituencies broadcast on state TV, Barrow had received 263,515 votes, compared to Jammeh’s 212,099 and 102,969 votes for Mammah Kandeh, the leader of the only opposition party, which refused to back Barrow.

Unlike Trump, he is a devout Muslim, with two wives and five children.

YOU CAN CALL HIM MUHAMMADU BUHARI

PROFILE: Barrow, the London security guard and Arsenal fan who just became Gambia’s president


Adama Barrow Buhari

Barrow’s Change Mantra

In Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had led the country for 16 years, and virtually handpicked the country’s next president, until Muhammadu Buhari.

Like Buhari, who was presented by a coalition of parties, Barrow was backed by every opposition party in the country — save one. Barrow, like Buhari, came, preaching change to every citizen of the west African country.

“Gambia is going very wrong under Jammeh. He is a one man show who is dictating everything,” he had said.

“Gambia has become one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the worst human rights records, but because of his own selfish interests he has continued to impose himself.

“The entire development of the country ranging from agriculture to human rights is going down the drain and this is why the people are yearning for change. Farming has been a source of income in this country and if elected my government will invest heavily in this sector.”

The same kind of message that brought Buhari into power — historically.

The Gambia is in wild jubilations, as it’s own Buhari and Trump — rolled into one — becomes president.


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‘Pastor’ Mbanefo unmasked as owner of MMM Nigeria

‘Pastor’ Mbanefo unmasked as owner of MMM Nigeria

Ernest Chigozie Mbanefo, a self¬styled Nigerian pastor, is the mastermind of the suspected Ponzi scheme known as MMM Nigeria. Mbanefo’s domain, which is one of the multiple MMM sites in Nigeria, is ranked by Alexa.com as the 78th most visited Nigerian website.

MMM Global, on the other hand, is more popular in Nigeria than Facebook, Nairaland and Bet9ja. The site, which ranks fifth on Alexa, is behind Google.com, Google.com.ng, Youtube.com, Yahoo.com

According to an online report quoted by NAN, Mbanefo is based in South Africa. Nigerian Communications Week said Mbanefo registered the site, MMM¬Nigeria.net domain, on June 7, 2016 at about 5pm Nigerian time. NCW quoting Pageone report written back in September said Mbanefo made a single¬year domain payment. The domain will expire on June 7, 2017.

It was also revealed that MMM Nigeria is not part of MMM Global – a Russian company that was responsible for one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes in the 1990s. MMM Global was founded by Russian politician Sergei Mavrodi, his brother Vyacheslav Mavrodi and Olga Melnikova.

The name of the company was taken from the first letters of the three founders’ surnames (MMM) But like MMM Global, the Nigerian scheme is also a pyramid marketing scheme where an investor gets a 30 per cent return on investment. Around the world, MMM is feared.

In January 2016, the Chinese government banned MMM on the grounds that it is a pyramid scheme (Ponzi scheme), and it is not registered in the country (and as a fraudulent scheme cannot be registered). MMM recently crashed in Zimbabwe: Thousands of ‘Mavrodians’ in Zimbabwe were left in tears when the scheme crashed, losing tens of thousands of their lifetime savings.

PageOne gave Mbanefo’s address as 1 Royal Street, Lindberg Park, Johannesburg, South Africa. According to Page One, Ernest was awarded a certificate of completion of an online course titled ‘MMM Guiders School’ on July 15. The certificate was supposedly signed by Sergei Mavrodi himself. He has since given himself the nickname the ‘Super Guider of MMM’.

To share news and information about MMM, Ernest also operates a subdomain ‘news.mmmnigeria.net. The site praises him and projects him as the leader of the Ponzi Scheme in Nigeria. “He is described thus: MMM Nigeria Super Guider; Pastor Ernest Mbanefo, has been selflessly helping tho
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Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son

Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) is a renowned Nollywood actor who has given us great films such as: Behind Closed Doors, I Believe in You, Scores to Settle and Out of Bounds.

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son

He wrote a touching a birthday message to his son on Instagram on his 33rd birthday. He said: "It's been 33 years already? Wow! Happy Birthday son, I've been struggling with this all morning, not sure I want to drag you out here and disrespect your privacy but I am just too mighty proud of the man you have become and just have to share you with the world."

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son


"I recall how scared I was to let you leave home many years ago fresh out of kings college to Windsor uni in Canada, I wanted you in University of Lagos with me at the time for selfish reasons but looking back it was good I let you go."

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son
"You've never caused me grief or worries. I am so grateful to God at how well grounded you are. I am amazed at your deep love for God and devotion to your family."

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son


"I could not be prouder of the choice in Eniola as your wife, she was one of my favourite little girls when I taught the Sunday School class and I'm elated to have her as my daughter in-law."

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son
"I know all children don't always turn out right but I am extremely grateful you both did and I couldn't have been better rewarded.  Thank you Kome Mofe-Damijo for making me a very proud dad and granddad and I pray that your children would give you peace and make you prouder than you have made me."

Richard Mofe Damijo's touching birthday message to his son


"Happy birthday son, I love you more than you'll ever know."

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There is Corruption Everywhere, Including in EFCC - Ibrahim Magu

There is Corruption Everywhere, Including in EFCC - Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu has lamented on the widespread cancer of corruption which has eaten deep into the roots of several establishments in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called for inter-agency collaboration to make the fight against corruption in the country succeed.

He made the call on Friday when he paid a visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Abuja. Mr. Magu said “there is corruption in every institution, including the EFCC.

“The reasons why we are here is that we need everybody’s support. We do not have the monopoly of knowledge to do what we are doing.

“There is corruption everywhere, every institution, including the EFCC. We are battling with internal corruption. So, everybody has a stake in this fight.’’

The acting EFCC chairman then used the occasion to inform the army chief that the commission had concluded arrangements to mobilise women, including women in uniform on December 7 to join the fight against corruption.

He solicited the cooperation of the army in that regard. He added that “we also want to appeal to you to join us in fighting corruption. Let’s have a change. If you can discipline yourself, you do not need another person to discipline you. Self discipline is key.’’

Responding, Mr. Buratai assured the EFCC of army’s support in the fight against corruption, noting that the menace was a cankerworm that had eaten deep into the society.

He noted that any effort to fight corruption would be resisted from different quarters, “but once you are steadfast and focused on your responsibility, you will succeed, no matter the resistance.

“We in the Nigerian army have taken it as a policy to ensure that we check ourselves and avoid any situation that will lead to mismanagement and lack of accountability or corruption.”

The army boss observed that a number of Nigerians had for a long time forgotten the basic principle of being accountable to themselves and the society at large.

He said “the erosion of this attribute has affected the general well-being of Nigerians.”
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