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Friday, August 19

HALLELUJAH!!! FG injects billions of naira into economy

FG injects billions of naira into economy

President Muhammadu Buhari

– Finance minister Adeosun speaks on billions of naira the federal government has disbursed so far

– Nigerians will soon start enjoying dividends of democracy

– Federal government has spent about N400 billion so far on various capital projects

Kemi Adeousn, minister of finance stated that the government of the federation was planning to pump aabout N60 billion for capital projects to drive the economy.

The finance minister revealed this on Friday, August 19 at Abuja, the nation’s federal capital at a one on one session with journalists

Adeosun said when the money is injected into the economy, it will increase the money already pumped into the economy by the Buhari-led administration to N400 billion since May this year.

The minister of finance stated that contractors have been settled the money they were owed and will resume to work, adding that in a short while, the citizens will start to feel the positive effect of the the government’s plans and policies.

“So far we have spent N400 billion on capital, that is between May when the budget was signed and now; we are going for another capital allocation meeting where we are going to allocate another N60 billion.

“So, we are pumping money into the economy at a very rapid rate, but it would take a little time for the effect to be felt.” Adeosun stated.

The finance minister made it known that that the government was encouraged by some results it was getting, adding that, states known for agriculture were returning to farming and have began to make money from it.

Adeosun emphasised on her hope of a huge harvest of crops, while saying storage facilities like silos, were being put in place to prevent loss of any harvest.

The finance minister likewise stated that for people in the country to survive the current economic crunch, corruption has to be eradicated completely and that infrastructure has to be built to create employment.

“Fighting corruption is fundamental and if we stick with that and all the money stolen or diverted is directed at projects that could grow the economy, we would recover.” Adeosun said.

Adeosun informed that a tax committee had been set up to revolutionise the entire tax system in Nigeria.

On the other hand, the finance minister informed that the idea to tax luxury items was not a policy because there was no constitutional provision to tax the items.
Adeosun informed that the Joint Tax Board (JTB) was working to harmonise taxes that were overlapping among federal, states and local governments.

She said:“It is part of the ease of doing business initiative because these are some of the things that cause businesses to close down.

“It puts one off and even in the Federal Government, we are working on various revenues and looking at who is the best agent to collect revenue.”

In a news report on Thursday, August 18, vice president Yemi Osinbajo took time off after a detailed session with private sector stakeholders to engage journalists also on the direction of the Nigerian economy.
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Notorious Suspect with Fake Currencies Escapes from Police as Search for Him Continues (Photo)

Notorious Suspect with Fake Currencies Escapes from Police as Search for Him Continues (Photo)

The suspect with fake currencies

The police in Abuja have launched a manhunt for a Ghanaian, Asiedu Ofei and one Femi, a Nigerian, reportedly notorious for producing fake currencies.

A manhunt has been launched by the Nigerian Police in Abuja for a Ghanaian identifed as Asiedu Ofei, and a Nigerian named Femi, reportedly notorious for producing fake currencies.

According to a report by Punch Metro, Ofei who was arrested sometime in July, 2016 in Ekiti State with seven cartons filled with counterfeited naira notes and cedis, had led the police operatives to apprehend his gang members in Seme, Lagos State, when he escaped.

It was learnt that the policemen who followed Ofei to Seme, had maintained some distance from him and told him to lure other members out of the supposed hideout.

A police source said Ofei, however, alerted his gang members to the presence of the police and they all fled the area via an alternative route.

“He (Ofei) is a wanted suspect. He escaped about two weeks ago when the police took him to arrest other members of the gang in Seme. The operatives stayed some distance away to monitor him while he called out other members of the gang.

The strategy was used because the criminals will not come out from their hideout to answer any of their members until they confirm that the member is alone and the area is safe.

“While he was calling on the other members to come out at a distance away from where the policemen stood by, he took advantage and he and the members vamoosed. Since then, efforts have been on to re-arrest him and the other members,” the source said.

Another source said the modus operandi of the syndicate was to print the currencies – naira and cedis – abroad and smuggle them into Nigeria and Ghana, respectively, adding that they subsequently spent part of the notes to buy goods and exchanged the remaining with foreign currencies.

“Ofei was arrested in July during a raid but he escaped from police custody when he led cops to arrest the other members of his syndicate. Seven cartons of counterfeited cedis were recovered from him. One of the cartons contained fake naira notes.

The suspect confessed that they printed the money abroad and smuggled them into Nigeria and Ghana for spending and exchange into foreign currencies. He also mentioned one Femi as a member of the gang.

“The officers, who carried out the operation that led to the suspect’s escape, are under pressure to re-arrest him and his gang members. It is a serious embarrassment to them and the Force. They are seeking useful information that could lead to their arrest,” the source said.

When contacted, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, said he was not aware of the incident.

He said, “I am not aware of the case. Try and get in touch with the FCT command because they should have the documents declaring him wanted.”
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Bakare: Pain is part of gain… it’s too early to judge Buhari

Bakare: Pain is part of gain… it’s too early to judge Buhari

Tunde Bakare, general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, says it is too early to judge President Muhammadu Buhari.

Appealing to Nigerians to exercise patience, Bakare said there is no pain without gain.

He expressed confidence in the abilities of Buhari to turn the country around for the better, and bring the country “out of the woods”.

The pastor was speaking at the presidential villa in Abuja after holding a closed door meeting with Buhari on Friday.

“It’s too early and just too soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about Mr. President, it is that he has a good heart. He loves this country and he wants the country to run well,” he said.

“But it takes time. I know we are all impatient and in a hurry and I trust we will come out of the woods.‎

‎”When you are driving on a wrong direction, for example, you are going to Ibadan and you face Badagry, and you get to Cotonou and you realise you have gone in the wrong direction for too long a time, then you make a U-turn, there will be some suffering you have to go through.

“Pain is part of gain. No pain no gain. The years of wastage and all that we have done wrong has finally caught up with us.

“All we are praying for is wisdom for this government to do things right and to do the right things so that gradually, we can begin to come out of the woods.”

When asked if the idea of ‎cabinet reshufflement would be necessary, the preacher said: “‎That’s your opinion, not mine. And it is Mr. President’s. He can do what he likes when he likes it.

“He knows what he has given them. For example, I have not given any appointment to anyone, so I can’t judge their performance.

“But if there are yardsticks and standards given to them and if they have performed below par, definitely, the president would not mind at the right time to do those things.”

Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in 2011 when the president contested on the platform of the then Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
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Buhari meets Dogara, Bakare in Aso Rock

Buhari meets Dogara, Bakare in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed-doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the General Overseer of Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting with Dogara which took place at the President’s office in the State House lasted about one hour.

The Speaker was accompanied to the Villa by some lawmakers from the National Assembly including Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi).

Friday’s meeting between the President and Dogara was the second in two weeks.

The Speaker snubbed all questions from journalists at the end of the meeting.

Pastor Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election.

The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
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No plan to Islamize Nigeria – Sultan

No plan to Islamize Nigeria – Sultan

•Sultan Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III have cleared the air over suspicion of a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State.

Sultan stated categorically that, it is not possible for a multi religious nation like Nigeria to either be Islamized or Christianised.

He stated this Friday, at the commissioning of the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony’s office in Kaduna.

According to Sultan, who is also a Co-Chairman of the centre, no country survives religious war; hence, Christians and Muslims in Nigeria must imbibe the culture of peace and peaceful co-existence.

He however advised that ethnic and religious crisis in the country should become a thing of the past, adding that, “No country survives war or war stimulated by religious intolerance.”

According to him, the practice of religion should be voluntary and not by force. “We have seen countries where people are killing one another; obviously, there can be no peace in such countries. Killing is not part of the teachings of the holy book.

He called on Christians and Muslims across the world to desist from making comments that anybody is out to Islamize Nigeria. “Nigeria has a Muslim president and before him was a Christian president. We must see ourselves as one big family, without that, we cannot have peace.

It is not possible to Islamize Nigeria, if God had wanted, He would have created all Christians or all Muslims, we are not secular but a multi-religious state because the people are so religious. We must respect one another and understand the tenets of the two religions,” he stressed.

Similarly, the Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai decried the series of crises that had erupted in the state; lamenting, that the state has been divided along religious line.

He mentioned that religion is no longer a matter of life after death but business; adding that those who operate the religious business make money by promoting division. “We must de-emphasise our differences and promote peace,” he stated.

While he stressed the importance of the Centre situated in Kaduna, he assured of the state government’s commitment towards ensuring that the message of peace and inter-religious harmony is taken to a higher level.

Earlier in his remark, the General Secretary of The Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Reverend Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim Wushishi noted that by nature, religion plays a vital role in purposeful leadership, community building, social justice, law and order among others.

“Our obligatory responsibility as faith based community in Nigeria is to respect our religious differences. In our diversity as a nation, we are bound to opt for bonds based on our common humanity,” he added.
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Obasanjo: So far, Buhari has not disappointed us

Obasanjo: So far, Buhari has not disappointed us

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, has expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to “overcome” Nigeria’s challenges.

Speaking with journalists  in Taraba state on Friday, Obasanjo said he is certain that Buhari will not disappoint Nigerians.

“So far, Buhari has not disappointed us. I trust him (Buhari), he will not fail Nigerians. I know he will overcome the challenges the country is currently facing,” he said.

Obasanjo also reiterated that his decision to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is final and cannot be reversed.

He noted that having drawn the curtain on his membership of the former ruling party, there is no coming back.

“In the part of the country where I come from, there is a saying that you cannot say ‘good night’ and come back to say ‘good evening’ in the same place,” he said.

“So for me, it is good night for the Peoples Democratic Party and that’s all.”

The former president left the PDP in a dramatic manner.
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Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

As you are all aware, that yesterday was delectable actress Angela Okories’s birthday, but the screen diva decided to throw the grand party today and the fun went down live at Club Cube somewhere in Lagos state.

A lot of notable Nigerian celebrities attended the higly anticipated birthday bash which eventually was successful.

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Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

Checkout Fun Photos From The Much Anticipated Birthday Bash Of Actress Angela Okorie (Photos)

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Top 5 things that should be done to guilty senators, Reps

Top 5 things that should be done to guilty senators, Reps

The hangman’s nose

When news broke that the Federal Government is set to sponsor a bill which will see the death penalty served as punishment for militants across the country, debates were stirred and while some welcomed the idea, many questioned it.

The Niger Delta Militants who were the primary focus of this move, are “fighting for the rights” of their people, some stressed. Their point being that the crimes the militants commit is brought about by the neglect and dearth of attention which the people suffer.

In furthering the course of this thought, some asked what should be done to corrupt officials who have contributed immensely in plundering this nation to penury and it is from the question that this piece is born.

In what can almost be dubbed the worst legislature in the history of Nigeria, Nigerians have watched as their legislators have been caught up in different scandals, from financial to sexual; a constant dance of shame on the sacred floor of the National Assembly.

Those who are supposed to obey, uphold and make laws, turn out to be the ones who break them the most.

Below are 5 things which should be done to Senators, Reps and all government officials who commit very grave crimes as we have heard and seen in the scared chambers of the National Assembly.

5. Resignation

This seems a very good option, to have the guilty legislator resign, however, one is suddenly drawn to the reality that ours has become a very corrupt country and there is no dignity or honour. Hence, it is very rare to see Nigerians resign even when the evidence against them are overwhelming, they always look for a way around it.

Resigning would have been an option, but some of the officials in question have clauses that would see them last the entire duration of their tenure. This makes resignation not a perfect choice.

4. Suspension

Suspension is another option in dealing with the corruption that has eaten deep into the Nigerian legislature. However, like the case of resignation, many will argue that crimes such as stealing from the nation’s coffers or indulging in some romp in a foreign land deserves more than mere suspension.

For if these legislators who cannot hold their own together are suspended alone, they are more likely to more harm than good on their return, afterall what is the worst that can happen, ‘its another suspension’.

3. Freeze their accounts and seize their property

This looks more like it, however, how many accounts do you know that they run? What about the monies stored in some sewage tanks? How many houses do you know that they have built? Houses bought in the name of even their grand great children  unborn.

Our legislators grow so rich from outrageous allowances, you can go ahead and freeze the account, but you might just be freezing the least of what they have.

2. Strip them naked and flog them thoroughly

For some this is taking us some centuries backwards and it raises so many flags regarding jungle justice and the likes. However, some would agree that if an example is made of one legislator, then the others will learn.

1. Death sentence

The debate over death penalty for corrupt officials has been on for quite a while, though very silent, only brought to the fore once in a while.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari ‘if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.’

Only recently, some advocates called for the introduction of capital punishment for corrupt public officers to stem the tide of graft and brazen looting of public coffers.

This clamour was given traction by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and civil society which has advocated that the death penalty should be the appropriate punishment for erring corrupt officials.

According to the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, the NLC was in support of whatever would address the issue of corruption in the country, including death sentence.

“If such capital punishment can happen in China, India and South Africa, it can also happen in Nigeria; whatever measure that will address the issue of this mind-boggling corruption in the country, NLC will support it,” he said.

There you have some options as regards what can be done to correct the ills within the legislative arm of government. Let us know what you think, do you support the death penalty for corrupt official?
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Rohr invites Osimhen to Super Eagles for Tanzania match

Rohr invites Osimhen to Super Eagles for Tanzania match

Gernot Rohr, technical adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has released the list of players to prosecute his first competitive match, and the headline is the invitation of Victor Osimhen, former Under-17 striker.

Rohr invites Osimhen to Super Eagles for Tanzania match

Also invited for the match — a dead-rubber Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania in September — are Dream Team VI goalkeeper, Emmanuel Danjuma, and Nosa Igiebor, who hasn’t played for Nigeria since narrowly missing out on the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup final list.



Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England)

Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers)

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)


Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany)

William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway)

Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars)

Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal)

Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey)

Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France)

Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia)

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea FC, England)

Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey)

Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium)

Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel)


Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England)

Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England)

Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium)

Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England)

Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar)

Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England)

Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece)

Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany)
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JUST IN: Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, resigns

JUST IN: Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, resigns

Paul Manafort, campaign chairman of Donald Trump, the US GOP presidential nominee, has resigned his position, the campaign confirmed on Friday.

Manafort’s resignation comes as his ties to pro-Russian forces in Ukraine were revealed.

Earlier this week, Trump brought in Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website, as his campaign’s chief executive, pushing aside Manafort.

Manafort had drawn public scrutiny after reports linking him to former Ukrainian Leader Viktor Yanukovych.

According to CNBC news, Manafort, 67, joined the campaign in March, and had clashed with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was fired three months later.

“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said in a statement.

“I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process.

“Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

The shakeup comes less than three months to the election in November.
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'I'm among the world's greatest like Pele and Muhammed Ali - Usain Bolt says

'I'm among the world's greatest like Pele and Muhammed Ali - Usain Bolt says

History-maker Usain Bolt said he deserves to be among sport’s all-time greats after romping to a third straight Olympic 200m gold.

With a third consecutive sweep of the 100m, 200m and relay sprints in sight on Friday, the world’s fastest man argued he should be in the pantheon of sporting heroes with Pele, Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps.

“I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among Ali and Pele,” he declared in the seconds after the win. “I’ll wait to see what you guys write tomorrow,” the sprint king added at a later press conference.

“I’m just waiting to see what the media have to say and if they put me in that bracket,” he said when asked how he stacked up against football star Pele and boxing legend Ali.

“I’ve worked all my career, all my life for this moment. Hopefully you can read about me as one of the greatest people in sport, that’s my focus.” Bolt, who has now won a staggering 19 Olympic and world titles, insisted he had run his final individual Olympic race.

“I’ve proven to the world that I’m the greatest and that’s what I came here for,” he said, sounding for a moment like Ali himself. “That’s why is why I said it’s my last Olympics,” added Bolt, who will look to bow out with the so-called triple-triple in the 4x100m relay on Friday.

“I can’t prove anything else. To be eight-time Olympic gold medallist now is a big deal, it’s shocking. I’ve pushed myself to be the best, there’s nothing else I can do.”

– Phelps debate –

Bolt’s achievements rank with swimmer Phelps — the most successful Olympic athlete ever — who signed off with five more gold medals in Rio to extend his record tally to 23. But Bolt, who turns 30 when the Rio Games close on Sunday, refused to say who was the greatest Olympian.

“I can’t say, swimming and track and field are totally different events,” he shrugged. “He’s proved he is one of the best without a doubt. He’s won so many medals, he’s dominated the sport. We’re great in our own different fields.”

In an era when the spectre of doping in sport looms large and one of his biggest rivals, American Justlin Gatlin, is a two-time drug cheat, Bolt took a swipe at dirty athletes.

“I’ve just proven to the world that you can do it clean, with hard work and determination,” he said. “I’ve made the sport exciting, made people want to watch the sport. I’ve just put the sport on a different level and put on it a different pedestal.”

Bolt looked annoyed as he crossed the line in 19.78 seconds, well ahead of Canada’s Andre De Grasse (20.02) but some way off the world record of 19.19 he set in Berlin seven years ago.

“I wanted to run a faster time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be hard to break the world record because when I came off the corner, my legs decided:

‘Listen, we’re not going to go any faster.’ “I wasn’t fully happy but the key thing is that I won and that’s what I came here for. I’m not 21 anymore.”

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Drama as woman names her dog 'Lai Mohammed'

Drama as woman names her dog 'Lai Mohammed'

A certain woman identified with the Facebook name Ada Ogbonna, shared a photo on her wall where she cuddled a dog.

In the photo which she shared with her friends, she introduced her dog, who she named "Lai Muhammed" after Nigeria's Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Muhammed.

Few days ago, a trader was arrested in Lagos for naming his dog "Buhari" after Nigeria's incumbent president.

Ada claimed that she named the dog after a person she admires, and rebuked the police for arresting the man who named his dog "Buhari".
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Nigeria expecting 12 attack helicopter gunships from Russia

Nigeria expecting 12 attack helicopter gunships from Russia

File photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and other senior NAF officers

– The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is getting battle ready to defeat Nigeria’s adversaries

– NAF is securing alliances with friendly-nations in order to be on top of their game

– Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar made the plans of NAF known in a recent interview

The Nigerian Air Force is making efforts to boost its capacity in order to meet its responsibilities and to defeat Nigeria’s adversaries.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, who made the revelation yesterday, August 18 said it is necessary to tame all the security issues threatening the peace of the nation.

According to him, NAF is involved in the battle to rid the Niger Delta region of militancy and also to defeat the insurgency ravaging the North east.

Abubakar was speaking in a programme on NTA, where he informed Nigerians that NAF  would soon take delivery of 12 new Mi-35 attack helicopter gunships fitted with modern facilities to fire guided missiles at enemy positions.

Apart from the gunships from Russia, Abubakar said new set of fighter jets with ISR facilities would soon be delivered to NAF.

Commenting on the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and their camps in Sambisa, Air Marshal Abubakar said: “We have degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram terrorist’s group to move around inside the Sambisa forest.

‘’The only problem we are having is that of the terrain. It is a big challenge because the place has been mined and troops cannot just move freely.”

Meanwhile, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Nigeria next week to hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior government officials.

The talks will focus on regional issues, the insurgency in the North east, human rights issues in Nigeria and Nigeria’s dwindling economy, the State Department spokesman, John Kirby said in a statement yesterday, August 18.
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Presidency orders probe on Panama papers

Presidency orders probe on Panama papers

– Presidency has ordered the probe on prominent Nigerians named in the Panama papers scandal

– The presidency has forwarded the names of the prominent Nigerians who are to be investigated to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)

– The CCB says it has questions for some public officers in the country

Senate president Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, David Mark top the list of prominent Nigerians set to be probed, after they were named in the Panama Papers scandal, Premium Times reports.

According to the report, the presidency has ordered the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to investigate the Panama papers report which showed how the lawmakers operated offshore shell companies which allowed them evade taxes.

Speaking with Premium Times, Sam Saba, the chairman of the CCB, said the presidency forwarded names of some persons mentioned in the Panama Papers, to the agency for investigation.

He said: “I want to let you know that government has written to us and given us some names based on what they have been reading and hearing regarding that document.

“As soon as the #PanamaPapers reporting started, the CCB attempted to get the full leaks until Premium Times assisted it by making some details for its scrutiny.”

Saba said the CCB, after studying the papers, has questions for some public officers in the country.

However, Saba said he would not disclose the names of the affected public officers.

He said: “I think it (Panama Papers) is going to be helpful because already we have some questions for certain public officers, which I will not be able to disclose at the moment. Until they finish answering those questions, I may not be able to discuss it.

 “I tried to access the document via the internet, but I was required to subscribe and pay some money, which I didn’t have.

“That was what stalled our effort at the time. But I later asked my counterpart in the ICPC if he was in the picture and he replied in the negative. He, however, advised me to approach Premium Times.” recalls that a huge treasure of secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was made public on April 3, revealing an immense web of offshore shell companies used by members of the global elite to evade taxes, hoard money, and skirt economic sanctions.

This newspaper had published leaked papers from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonsecca, which were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The 2.6 TB files, involving 214,488 entities, exposed incredible secrets of the underworld economy, where a network of banks, law firms and other middlemen utilize shell companies, sometimes to hide illegal wealth.

It was gathered that at least 110 Nigerians and companies operating offshore shell companies in tax havens.

Some Nigerian power players were involved in the case. Nigeria’s retired army general and ex-defence minister, Theophilus Danjuma, was cited.

It was said that the general had offshore companies and several secret accounts. Also notably mentioned were Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, the chairman of MRS Group Companies Saayu Dantata, and a former Delta state governor James Ibori.

The Nigerian Senate was not left out of the scandal.

The immediate past Senate president David Mark and his successor Senator Bukola Saraki were also mentioned both linked to the controversial papers and deals.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had also vowed to investigate the prominent Nigerians and government officials who were named as having secret foreign accounts or foreign firms that allow them to escape paying tax as contained in PanamaPapers.

Check out the list of Public officers who may be investigated by the CCB here

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Oil hits $51 as Iran, Morocco back Barkindo’s OPEC leadership

Oil hits $51 as Iran, Morocco back Barkindo’s OPEC leadership

Mohammad Barkindo

Oil prices climbed to $51 per barrel on Friday, as Mohammad Barkindo, secretary-general of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), met envoys from Iran and Morocco over oil market stability and COP 22 climate change.

Reza Najafi, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other international organizations, met with Barkindo to express Iran’s support in maintaining a steady oil market through both challenging times as well as during periods of prosperity.

Oil prices rallied at an eight-week old of $51 for Brent crude, and $48 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI).

Ali El Mhamdi, Morocco’s ambassador/permanent representative in Vienna, Austria, also visited Barkindo, promising his country’s support for OPEC and Barkindo’s leadership.

“I feel that OPEC is in the best of hands. We are facing challenging times and we need experience and a high profile, both of which you have,” he said.

El-Mhamdi said that apart from wanting to wish Barkindo well in his new responsibilities, his visit was also in connection with the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 22) meeting to be held in Morocco between November 7 and 18, 2016.

“It is a tremendous event for us and I have been instructed by my government to conduct an outreach campaign for OPEC as I know already that the Organization will again be involved in the talks,” he affirmed.

“My request is for the Organization to be as visible as possible and I ask that OPEC’s participation be the best possible. It is great for my country to be able to extend this invitation.”

Barkindo pointed out that the climate change meetings were a priority for OPEC since the Organization had been involved in the negotiations since the establishment of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee by the UN general assembly in 1991.

He said this committee negotiated the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The Treaty entered into force in March 1994 and was presented to the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) meeting in Berlin, in 1995.

“The convention was the bible of our negotiations,” commented Barkindo, adding that it led to the Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force in February 2005.

“All this was made possible because of the active and constructive participation of all developing countries and OPEC,” he maintained.

Barkindo pointed out that he had been vice president at COP 1 in Berlin, working alongside former research scientist Angela Merkel, the current German chancellor.

“I actually attended and negotiated as Vice President on several occasions from COP 1 in Berlin to COP 15 in Copenhagen. So you can see that these negotiations are very personal to me.

“I know the position of Morocco very well and it is similar to most developing countries and OPEC. We intend to continue with this tradition in Marrakesh.

“Our experts and officials will have a meeting room there and they will convene meetings for OPEC Member Countries and other developing states. It is very important for the OPEC Secretariat to be in Marrakesh and I personally look forward to attending the high-level segment.

“All OPEC delegates will be supportive of the efforts of the Moroccan Presidency at COP 22.”
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Nollywood Actress allegedly attempts Suicide after losing Fiance to close Friend [See Photo]

Nollywood Actress allegedly attempts Suicide after losing Fiance to close Friend [See Photo]

Ruth Eze

A certain Nollywood actress  allegedly attempted suicide after she was after a shocking discovery that her lover was also into a deep affair with her close friend and colleague in the Nigerian fantasy world, has reported.

Ruth Eze, according to sources, disclosed exclusively to that on  visiting her fiancee  in Abuja , made a shocking discovery that  he was also into a deep affair with her close friend and colleague which left a scar of distress on her fragile heart.

“Ruth couldn’t stand the pain because she had thought that her lover had forgiven her after she was slammed with lesbianism scandal. To make matters worse, they had been making plans to go pay her bride price this coming Christmas and her family members have approved the marriage. The relationship is over 4 years old.

“After she saw her friend in her fiance’s arms, Ruth was stuck in her hotel room for over 24 hours. She was not picking her calls. It was later discovered that she had bought overdose of sleeping pills in attempt to take her life but for the timely intervention of another actress who had accompanied her to Abuja.

That her friend is suspected to have poisoned the mind of Ruth’s husband-to-be to abandon her. She is husband-snatcher, that is what is reigning in Nollywood now. They snatch and brainwash people’s lovers, even husbands” the source squealed.

She also added that Ruth, has been under close observation since the incidence but she has been wetting her pillows with midnight tears.
Recall that Ruth Eze had earlier debunked the reports that she was into ladies: “I am not a lesbian and I can never be a lesbian.

My mother is a devout Christian and she is an evangelist. I can never be a lesbian. I never said that; all I said in the interview was that I love Genny very much and I still love her till date. I don’t care about what anybody says.

I don’t judge anyone whether they are a lesbian or not. It is between you and God because the bible says we should not judge.”
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See What Students Did To A Thief Who Stole Phone During Protest.(Photos)

See What Students Did To A Thief Who Stole Phone During Protest.(Photos)

Sponsored Link Students of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, went on rampage, on Thursday, over alleged incessant robbery attacks on school hostels within and outside the campus .

This young man was allegedly caught trying to escape after stealing a Tecno M3 phone during the protest at Oluwo, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He was beaten black and blue by students who were already aggrieved due to the increasing rate of robbery attacks in the area..He was later handed over to security men...
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Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

People were shocked to see a naked statue of Donald Trump which appeared in a park in New York.

The life-size replica of the Republican presidential nominee in nothing but his birthday suit popped up in Union Square Park on Thursday afternoon.

The artwork - entitled "The Emperor Has No Balls" - featured a huge belly, small fingers and missing genitalia, as well as Trump's signature orange tan and unruly blond hair.

By early afternoon, workers from New York's Department of Parks and Recreation had taken down the statue.

Mae Ferguson, a Parks Department spokeswoman, said the statue was removed because the installation of any unapproved structure is illegal in any city park.

The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the statue.

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Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

Checkout This N@ked Statue Of Donald Trump Which Appeared In A New York Park. (Photos)

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Patience Ozokwor Getting Married To A Popular Nigerian Politician (See Photos)

Patience Ozokwor Getting Married To A Popular Nigerian Politician (See Photos)

Patience Ozokwor aka Mama Gee has been reported to be in a secret love affair with a politician who is presently pastoring a church in Delta State.

PATIENCE OZORKWOR’S MAN-FRIEND goes by the name Michael Diden aka Ejele and he was a commissioner at Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
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See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

Two members of a kidnap gang were caught by a combined team of policemen, local vigilante and hunters.

According to Abia Facts Newspaper, the kidnappers identified as Obiora and Livinus, natives of Umuanu in Ndia Agu kidnapped a grandmother, killed and buried her in the bush after collecting the sum of Five million naira from her family.

No further details were given on the victim.

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See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

See Photos Of The Two Notorious Kidnappers Who Killed And Buried Their Victim After Collecting N5m Ranson Arrested In Anambra

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People can only invest when the atmosphere is conducive

People can only invest when the atmosphere is conducive

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has promised to encourage investors interested in agribusiness to invest in assist Adamawa.

Obasanjo, who was received by Gov. Jibrilla Bindow at the airport, made this known at the Government House in Yola during his visit to Adamawa on Thursday.

He advised the state government to put more efforts in agriculture, adding that the sector would eradicate poverty as well as bring industrialisation to the state.

The former president said, “Your emphasis on agriculture gave me pleasure and if agriculture is taken serious in this state, it will eradicate poverty.

“If you can provide a conducive atmosphere, people will want to come and invest in agribusiness.

“We will encourage those who are interested to invest in agribusiness to come to Adamawa and invest.

“Agriculture will not only be useful as a security too but as part of the industrialisation of the state, and as such will make the economy of this state more viable.’’

He commend the president for showing understanding to the situation of the north-east.

“To us, the issue of the north-east is special even when Mr President and I are discussing, it always form the centre of our discussion.

“I must commend the unique leadership vision of the governor especially as he did not only focus on Adamawa but extent his vision to the entire north-east geopolitical region,” Obasanjo said.

Bindow had sought the assistance the former president in addressing the challenges in the state.

He said that the state had faced the challenge of insecurity in the past which had ravaged the socioeconomic fortunes of the state.

He commended Buhari for giving special focus on security, which had made the state to be peaceful now.

He,however, said that his administration had completed 47 road projects in the face of all the challenges.

He said that the team work adopted by his administration had yielded the positive result, adding that his administration would emulate the work supervision strategy of Obasanjo.
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Did you know? In Lagos, driving against traffic could land you in jail for 3 years

Did you know? In Lagos, driving against traffic could land you in jail for 3 years

The punishment for driving against traffic in Lagos is a three-year jail term and one-year jail term for first offenders without the option of paying a fine, while the vehicle will also be forfeited to the government.

This is stated in the Lagos state traffic law provided by the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC). In addition to that law, here are some of the other Lagos state traffic laws:

a) Bullion vans are not exempted from the law, as any bullion van driven in a direction prohibited by the Road Traffic Law will be forfeited, while abandoned vehicle on Highway will be fined N50,000.00 or three years imprisonment, or both fine and imprisonment

b) Riding a motorcycle against traffic and riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks will attract N20,000.00 for 1st time offenders, while subsequent offenders will get N30,000 fine or the riders’ motorcycle will be impounded

c) Smoking while driving will attract N20,000

d) Failure to give way to traffic on the left at a roundabout attracts N20,000

e) Disobeying traffic control is N20,000

f) Motorcycles and Tricycles are prohibited from riding on major Highways in the state. The Highways are Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Oworonshoki – Ikorodu, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Babangida Boulevard Way. Others are Lekki-Epe Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Agege Motor Road and Eti-Osa-Lekki coastal road

g) Riding motor-cycle without Crash Helmet for rider and passenger will attract N20, 000 or three years imprisonment or both

h) Prohibits under-aged person, under 18 years old from riding a motorcycle and the fine for this is N20,000

i) Operating a motor-cycle in a restricted area on or prohibited route will attract a fine of N20,000 or his motor-cycle will be impounded

j) Any person driving without a valid Driving License will have his/her vehicle impounded. Learner drivers without permit will attract a fine of N20,000 while driving with fake number plate will attract N20,000 for 1st offenders and 6 months imprisonment or both for subsequent infractions

k) Medical Emergency Vehicles can drive through traffic light.
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Only APC can save Saraki - Senator Marafa

Only APC can save Saraki - Senator Marafa

– Senate President Bukola Saraki had been facing trial over an allegation that he forged the rules of the upper chamber with his deputy

– Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate president, have maintained that they are innocent of the allegation

– Senator Kabiru Marafa of the Unity Forum has now revealed the key to Saraki’s freedom from his continued trial

As Senate President Bukola Saraki continues to battle the forgery allegation levelled against him and for which he is being tried with his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, a senator, Kabiru Marafa, has revealed the only way he can be saved.

File photo: Ike Ekweremadu and Bukola Saraki in court for forgery recently
Marafa said Saraki’t travails can only end with an instruction from the All Progressives Congress, the party under which he was elected into the Senate.

Marafa, who is the spokesperson for of the Unity Forum of the Senate that is tackling Saraki, said only the party could decide if to end the forgery case against the Senate president.

Speaking on the crisis rocking the Senate, the legislator said as a loyal party man, he and his colleagues in the Unity Forum would withdraw the charges against Saraki if the party says so.

The Herald quoted Marafa as saying: “We didn’t go to court because we didn’t like the face of those that emerged, but this is the will of our party.

“During the 7th assembly, we accorded the ruling party at that time the utmost cooperation and we knew the committees that we were given that time.

“But now, we are in power it is our own time and we should be accorded all the necessary cooperation.

“We should be seen to respect the party. If the party says withdraw the case, we will on to withdraw the case.”

Saraki and Ekweremadu had been arraigned for allegedly forging the rules of the eighth Senate but the duo had maintained their innocence.

Ike Ekweremadu also recently revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is merely wasting it time trying to remove him from office.
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AIG orders mental tests on Lagos policemen

AIG orders mental tests on Lagos policemen

 AIG Abdulmajid Ali

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, has ordered that mental test be conducted on all serving officers in the command.

Ali, who also ordered drunkenness test on all personnel of the command, said the action became imperative in order to “avoid any accidental discharge or extrajudicial killing.”

A statement on Thursday by Zone 2 Command spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, quoted Ali as making this known during a newly introduced educative session for officers and men of the zonal command at Onikan, Lagos.

“The police boss reiterated his zero tolerance for corruption, excessive use of force, dirtiness, incivility to the public, drunkenness and unethical conducts that can damage the image of the Nigeria Police Force.

“He seized the opportunity to challenge policemen to read and imbibe the spirit of love to all and sundry they come in contact with.

“The AIG mandated the police medical unit to carry out drunkenness and mental checks on men (particularly those on operations) of the command to avoid any accidental discharge of extrajudicial killings,” the statement read in part.

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Inibehe Effiong: Naming a dog 'Buhari', police impunity and the law

Inibehe Effiong: Naming a dog 'Buhari', police impunity and the law

Inibehe Effiong

I have taken pains to elucidate on the issue under consideration which is as simple as ABC.

It is not because there are no serious and pressing legal controversies in the country requiring my intervention, but to basically portray the reckless, arbitrary and intolerable abuse of law enforcement powers by the police.

This matter calls to question the level of institutional sanity in the Nigeria Police Force.

A 30-year-old trader, Mr. Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, of No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State was arrested last Saturday and incarcerated for about three days by the police for naming his pet dog “Buhari”.

The arrest and detention followed a complaint by an unnamed Mallam, who is said to be an alien from Niger Republic. Confirming the arrest to Vanguard Newspaper, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ogun State, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi had this to say:

“I have made enquiries. The man bought a dog and inscribed Buhari on both sides of its body. One Mallam lodged a complaint and when our men got there, we found out that it was true.

You know such thing can cause serious breach of the peace and ethnic or religious unrest. We are charging him to court for conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.” Continuing, he said:

“He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow morning (today). You know an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing.

It can cause serious ethnic crisis or religious confrontation because when you are relegating such a name to a certain person, you are indirectly insulting him.”

Narrating his ordeal and the rationale for naming his pet dog “Buhari” to Vanguard upon his release on Tuesday, Chinakwe said:

“It is annoying because the complainant is from Niger Republic and I am sure he is one of those illegal aliens in this country. He connived with one Police Sergeant from the Northern part of Nigeria called Musa, who works at Sango Police division to humiliate me.

Worse still, the Divisional Police Officer there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me after I was arrested that Saturday night. He simply ordered his men to throw me into the cell.”

Continuing he said “I did not commit any offence. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero. My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military Head of State. It continued till date that he is a civilian President.

After reading his dogged fight against corruption, which is like a canker worm eating into the very existence of this country, I solely decided to rename my beloved dog which I called Buhari, after him. I did not know that I was committing an offence for admiring Buhari.

From the foregoing, the sole issue for determination is whether the arrest and detention of Mr. Chinakwe in the circumstance is constitutional?

The starting point in resolving the above issue is whether the naming of a dog “Buhari” is a criminal offence. The Police is of the view that it amounts to “conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace” because according to them, “an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing.

This is where the police got it all wrong.

The offence erroneously alluded to by the police is provided for in Section 249 (1) (d) of the Criminal Code Cap 29 Vol.11 laws of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006.

The provision is to the effect that “every person who, in any public place, conducts himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace” shall be deemed idle and disorderly persons, and may be arrested without warrant, and shall be guilty of a simple offence, and shall be liable to imprisonment for one month.

How does the naming of a dog “Buhari” amount to a conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace? The conduct envisaged by the law should not merely be offensive to an individual’s or group’s perception of acceptable conducts.

The fact that an individual or a section of the public considers a person’s conduct repulsive and reprehensible does not necessarily bring such conduct within the contemplation of Section 249 (1) (d) of the Criminal Code so as to occasion a likelihood of breach of the peace.

The correct test for determining whether a conduct is likely to cause a breach of the peace was articulated by the then Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria in the case of Nelson Ohanyere & 9 Others v Inspector General of Police (1957) SCNLR 213, where Jibowu, AG. F.C.J. (as he then was) held thus:

“The test to be applied is whether the conduct of the accused was such that a breach of the peace might reasonably have ensued, and the fact that no breach of the peace, in fact, took place is irrelevant.”

Reasonableness is a decisive consideration as correctly stated by the court. There is no reasonable likelihood of a breach of public peace in an individual deciding to give his pet dog the name of a human being.

In the eyes of the law, it is immaterial that the human name so given is equally borne by a public figure, such as the president of Nigeria or any other person for that matter.

The Supreme Court of Canada took a more definitive position on the issue in the case of Frey v. Fedoruk ET AL (1950) S.C.R. 517 when it held that:

“Conduct, not otherwise criminal and not falling within any category of offences defined by the criminal law, does not become criminal because a natural and probable result thereof will be to provoke others to violent retributive action; acts likely to cause a breach of the peace are not in themselves criminal merely because they have this tendency.

It is for Parliament and not for the Courts to decide if any course of conduct, which has not up to the present been regarded as criminal, is now to be so regarded.”

In that case, the appellant was chased, caught and detained by the respondent, Fedoruk, after he had been seen on Fedoruk’s property looking into a lighted side window of the house where a woman was preparing for bed. A policeman, the other respondent, was called and, after some investiga­tion, arrested appellant without warrant.

On a charge that he “unlawfully did act in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by peeping …” appellant was convicted by a Police Magistrate but acquitted by the Court of Appeal.

In upholding the appellant’s claim for damages for false imprisonment, Kerwin J. who read the leading judgment of the court insisted that the act of peeping was not in itself a crime as such the appellant could not be prosecuted for acting in the manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by peeping.

The court emphasised that for such a charge to be sustained, the particular act complained of must itself be a crime.

The Canadian precedent only has a persuasive effect on Nigerian courts. It is not binding. I submit that despite its non binding nature, the decision is logically tenable and legally sound.

It is not permissible under our constitutional law and criminal jurisprudence for a person to be prosecuted for conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace contrary to Section 249 (1) (d) of the Criminal Code when the very conduct complained of is not in itself a criminal offence.

In the instant case, is it a criminal offence in any Act of the National Assembly or law of any State House of Assembly of the federation, including Ogun State for a person to give his pet dog a human name or name a dog after a particular human being, irrespective of the status of the human being after which the dog is named?

The police knew that the answer to this simple question is Capital NO. Yet, it recklessly and unlawfully proceeded to effect the arrest and detention of Mr. Chinakwe for naming his pet dog “Buhari”.

Section 36 (12) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) states thus:

” Subject as otherwise provided by this Constitution, a person shall not be convicted of a criminal offence unless that offence is defined and the penalty therefore is prescribed in a written law, and in this subsection, a written law refers to an Act of the National Assembly or a Law of a State, any subsidiary legislation or instrument under the provisions of a law.”

This constitutional provision enshrines the right to be tried for an offence that is known to law. It forbids the arrest, detention, prosecution or conviction of any person except for a crminal offence that is prescribed in a written law.

This provision was first tested in the locus classicus of Aoko v Fagbemi (1961) 1 All NLR 273 where the Apext Court unanimously quashed the conviction of the appellant for adultery since adultery was found not to be a criminal offence in any written law in the South.

The police stated that Chinakwe’s “conduct” was “likely to cause a breach of public peace” because “an average Northerner” will feel bad over such a thing.

This is most ridiculous.

Why should “an average Northerner” feel bad because someone named his dog “Buhari”? Is President Muhammadu Buhari the president of Nigeria or the president of the North? While it is morally imperative for the office and person of the president to be respected by all, refusal to accord Buhari “respect” is not a crime.

There is a distinction between calling President Muhammadu Buhari a dog on the one hand and naming a pet dog “Buhari”. While the former on the face of it is offensive and derogatory of the president, the latter may be either innocous or derogatory depending on the circumstances and motive of the owner of the dog.

However, none of the two cases can justify arrest, detention or prosecution. The reason being that no criminal offence is committed in either cases.

At worst, such “conduct” is merely ‘contra bonos mores’ (Against good morals) but not ‘contra pacem’ (Against public peace) in the sense of being a breach of the criminal law. The maxim is ‘nullum crimen nulla poena sine lege’, that is, there is no crime nor punishment except in accordance with law.

The owner of the dog told Vanguard that he actually named the dog “Buhari” because of his “admiration” for Buhari who he said is his hero.

Even if he did so out of sheer animosity and disdain for President Muhammadu Buhari, it will still not justify his arrest and detention. There is nothing sacred about the name Buhari in the eyes of the law. Our president is not the only person bearing Buhari.

The allegation by the police that Chinakwe inscribed “Buhari” on both sides of his dog’s body and walked around with it does not make any difference. It is fashionable for people to give dogs human names.

It is also fashionable for pet dogs to be carried around. Some people even go the extent of putting dogs in their vehicles and sleeping with them on the same bed.

If there was a law that criminalize the “conduct” of giving a human name to a dog, it would have had a universal application in the country or any part thereof where same is enacted.

In other words, it would not only be a criminal offence for a person to name his or her dog “Buhari”, it would also be a crime for a dog to be named Moses, Musa, Antonio, Chukwu, Okon, Babalola, Christiana, Halima and so on.

For such unthinkable law to be capable of enforcement within the framework of the legal system and the criminal jurisprudence, it must not only define in clear terms what a “human name is” but also equally list the names so defined. This is legislatively, humanly and logically impracticable.

Supposing without conceding that it is practicable, such an absurd law would still be manifestly unconstitutional as it would violate the fundamental right to freedom from discrimination under Section 42 of our Constitution since some human names will be unavoidably omitted.

The Nigeria Police Force has an uncharitable way of shaming itself. This is a case where the complainant is said to be an alien from Niger Republic but was able to maliciously and illegally set the police in motion against a citizen of Nigeria.

In its characteristic manner, the police detained Mr Chinakwe beyond the period allowed by law and denied him bail despite entreaties by his family in violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty under Section 35 of the Constitution. He was only released on the fourth day after his arrest.

This is condemnable and unacceptable. Mr. Chinakwe should seek redress in a court of law.

In conclusion, unprecedented and radical reforms are needed urgently in the Nigeria Police Force. Countless innocent Nigerians have been serially humiliated, tortured and murdered by the police for the most flimsy and senseless reasons.

We cannot continue like this as a nation.

Inibehe Effiong is a Legal Practitioner and Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) and can be reached at:
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