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21 Apr 2018

Breaking News: Barcelona become Copa Del Rey champion defeating Sevilla 5 - 0

Barca have 35 points more than eighth-placed Sevilla and are favourites to win the final at the Wanda Metropolitano, which would see them lift the Cup for a record-continuing 30th time as well as becoming the first team since 1933 to win it in four consecutive seasons.


Tonight Barcelona shows Sevilla that they own the Copa del Rey league.

Luis Suarez put in the first goal at 14 minutes before Lionel Messi add his first goal of the match at 31 minutes.

Suarez scored twice in the game against Sevilla.

Andres Iniesta scores the fourth goal at 52 minute while Coutinho put in the last goal of the match with a penalty.

Details later...

'Tottenham can't keep doing this' – Alli in despair after FA Cup collapse against Man Utd

A frustrated Dele Alli felt Tottenham were justly punished for letting their lead slip against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final, insisting "we can't keep doing this".
Spurs deservedly took the lead 11 minutes into Saturday's encounter at Wembley when Alli pounced to turn home a cross from Christian Eriksen.

However, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera turned things around in London and sent United into the final, with Spurs now having lost in all eight of their most recent appearances in the last four.

Mauricio Pochettino's side suffered a similar collapse at home to Juventus in the Champions League last-16 second leg, with Giorgio Chiellini rather scathingly describing the result as "the history of Tottenham", adding "they always miss something at the end".

With their hopes of a first trophy since 2008 over for another season, Alli admits something has to change.

"We let ourselves down, it's very disappointing," he told BBC Sport. "We have to try and pick ourselves up and finish the season strongly.

"You can't go 1-0 up and then 2-1 down against a team like Manchester United. We can't put ourselves in that situation.

"We were dominant from the first minute and it only looked to be going one way.

"Everyone talks. We want to win trophies, we have the staff that want to win. We can't keep doing this. We can't throw it away. We have got to improve."

President Buhari returns to Nigeria after UK trip (Video)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday returned to Nigeria after his over a week official trip to United Kingdom.
President Muhammadu Buhari
Buhari was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by top government officials, including his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

While in the UK, the President participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

During his visit, Buhari also met with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

He also met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby.

Buhari also met with a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The President also last Sunday met with members of the Buhari Diaspora Support Organisation, led by Mr. Charles Sylvester.

He also met with Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden.

Ahead of his UK trip, the Presidency had issued a statement, stating that, “President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday April 9, 2018 for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on Nigeria-British relations with Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.

“The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry.

“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.

“President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and world-wide.

“Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.”

See the video, courtesy, Bashir Ahmad:

#BBNaija: Alex’s fans take campaign to five states ahead of grand finale

The team promoting Alex, one of the five housemates shortlisted for the grand finale of the Big Brother Nigeria show slated for Sunday, April 22, has continued to intensify campaigns for votes from her fans.
Alex
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tobi, Alex, Cee-C, Nina and Miracle will be slugging it out for the coveted prize courtesy of votes from viewers and fans.

Okechukwu Tobe, the leader of the team promoting Alexandra Asogwa, popularly called Alex, disclosed this to NAN.

Tobe said that his team had intensified its campaign because they were positive that Alex would emerge the winner because she had always been a “realistic achiever.”

He said the team had toured Enugu, Anambra, Delta, Imo and Kaduna states to boost the awareness of the fans of Alex.

He said that the team told Alex’s fans that she was the most realistic person in the House; a motive behind the reality show.

“Her antecedents throughout her stay in the House were admired by viewers; she touched a number of lives by her creativity and friendly lifestyles,” Tobe told NAN.

He said that Alex emerged the head of the House after two sets of game of chance. “The housemates were paired and instructed to burst balloons while they were blind-folded.

“At the end of the game, Nina, Cee-C, Lolu, Miracle, Tobi and Alex qualified for the final game.

“For the final game, the housemates were blind-folded and told to pick “BBnaira” in a boot and Alex had the highest figure , which qualified her to become the head of House,” he told NAN.

NAN reports that the third season of the TV reality show series, Big Brother Nigeria, was launched on January 28, with 20 contestants also known as “housemates.”

This year’s edition, which was tagged Double Wahala, had in the House: Vandora, Teddy A, K Bruce, Nina, Miracle, Alex, Princess, Dee One and Ahneeka.

Other housemates were: Rico Swavey, Bito, BamBam, Leo, Khloe, Angel, Ifu-Ennada, Anto, Tobi Bakare, Cee-C and Lolu.

This year’s contestants were made up of a cross section of musicians, comedians and entrepreneurs.

The contestants increased to 12 in 2018 from eight housemates in 2017, which had Efe Ejeba as its overall winner then. She went home with N25m cash prize and an SUV.

The winner of this year’s series would receive N45m cash prize and a brand new SUV.

Big Brother Naija, which was introduced in 2006, is the Nigerian version of the continental reality show, Big Brother Africa.

- NAN

Repentant thief returns Europa League trophy stolen in Mexico

The Europa League trophy has been stolen in Mexico – but has been returned safely.
The trophy was reportedly taken by a thief in Mexico but was returned soon afterwards. SUN photo
UEFA’s silverware, which Manchester United won last year after beating Ajax in the final, was swiped from a transport vehicle, understood to be a FedEx van.

Authorities in the state of Guanajuato claimed on Twitter the trophy was taken in the city of Leon after an event, but it was reclaimed soon after.

The state prosecutor’s office posted a photo of the silverware inside a cloth-lined case, but did not provide any more details.

FedEx are the headline sponsor of the Europa League and as a marketing exercise, the trophy has been delivered to events in the back of one of their delivery vans.

Arsenal are looking to win the competition this season and get into next season’s Champions League and they face tricky opposition in Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners will want to mark Arsene Wenger’s exit by clinching the competition and let Le Professeur leave on a high.

United beat Ajax 2-0 in last season’s final to qualify for this season’s Champions League to complete a grand slam of European trophies.

UEFA take the trophy on tour regularly as they do with the European Cup, and host roadshows all over the footballing world.

While Arsenal face Atleti in the one semi final of this year’s competition, Red Bull Salzburg face Marseille in the other half of the draw.

This year’s final takes place in Lyon’s home ground, the 59,000-capacity Groupama Stadium.

The Jules Rimet trophy was famously stolen during the 1966 World Cup in England – but was returned after being found by the dog Pickles.

- SUN

Copa del Rey: Sevilla vs Barcelona, Confirmed Lineups: Dembele on Bench.. check others

Barcelona battles Sevilla in Madrid for the Copa del Rey title on Saturday, as Ernesto Valverde looks to earn his first trophy at the Catalan club.


LINEUPS
BARCELONA

Starting XI: Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Bench: Ter Stegen, Vermaelen, Semedo, Paulinho, Denis, Dembélé, Alcácer

SEVILLA

Starting XI: Soria; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Banega; Sarabia, Vázquez, Correa; Muriel

Bench: Rico, Carriço, Layún, Pizarro, Nolito, Sandro, Ben Yedder

It’s Cup Final day! Barcelona and Sevilla meet at the beautiful Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid for yet another Copa del Rey Final for the Catalan giants. The Blaugrana really have established themselves as the dominant force in this competition, winning the last three and always going as favorites to win since Real Madrid are never in the Final lately.

Ernesto Valverde has the chance to win his first trophy as Barça manager, and while this season hasn’t been exactly memorable, a title means a lot to a coach and Valverde certainly wants to get the win tonight. But it won’t be easy: Sevilla have had a great season and simply destroyed Barça the last time these teams met, with Barça somehow not losing thanks to the genius of Lionel Messi.

Messi will need to be a genius once again to lead Barça to the win, and you don’t need to be a genius to know that we’ll give you the best damn live blog on the internet! Stay with us and let’s have fun on Final night!

Frozen accounts: Fayose heads to Supreme Court

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has approached the Supreme Court, seeking to upturn the judgment of the Appeal Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, permitting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze his personal accounts.
Governor Ayodele Fayose
He has also filed a stay of execution of the judgement of the appeal court pending the determination of the case.

The accounts were in June 2016 frozen by the EFCC after they were linked to the $2.2billion arms deal fraud which occurred at the office of National Security Adviser under the erstwhile government of Goodluck Jonathan.

But the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti under the leadership of Taiwo Taiwo, unblocked the accounts after faulting the steps taken by the commission in barring Mr Fayose access to the accounts.

Thursday’s Appeal Court judgment, granted the prayers of the EFCC, and overruled the judgment of the Federal High Court.

The judge said although Mr Fayose enjoys constitutional immunity, his accounts, found to be linked to the proceeds of crime, were not covered by the said immunity.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, the counsel to Mr Fayose, Mike Ozekhome, said his client had appealed the judgment at the Supreme Court.

“We have already appealed the judgment at the Supreme Court on Friday,” said Mr Ozekhome, who also confirmed that a motion for a stay of execution had also been filed.

“The entire judgment of the Court of Appeal was perverse and did not take the facts and the law into consideration,” he said.

“In fact, the judgment was against an earlier ruling of the same Court of Appeal two days ago, when the EFCC wanted to adduce further evidence on the matter.

“The beauty of the law is that at the level of the high court, it is one head; at the Appeal Court, its three heads are better than one, but at the Supreme Court level, we may have five heads.”

The accounts, which were domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc, were first frozen in June 2016, in the wake of allegations that accounts received funds from the arms deal fraud.

Mr Fayose had arrived at the bank on the day it was frozen desiring to withdrawal, where bank officials informed him that they were under instructions from EFCC to freeze the accounts.

Citing Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, Mr Fayose claimed he enjoys immunity as a sitting governor, urging the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law.

Don’t send Nigerian refugees back to Boko Haram violence, UN urges Cameroon

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from.
IDP - used as an illustration use
Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, UNHCR said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need.

“We appeal once again to the authorities in Cameroon to refrain from further forced returns and to ensure protection to those fleeing insecurity and persecution in Nigeria.

“This is in accordance with Cameroon’s national and international obligations,” UNHCR said.

Since the beginning of 2018, 385 Nigerians refugees and asylum-seekers had been forcibly returned from Cameroon, the majority of them in March, including 160 on April 10 and a further 118 a week later.

In total, the UN agency has registered some 87,600 Nigerian refugees in the country.

UNHCR said: “The forced returns are in violation of the principle of no forced returns or non-refoulement.

“They are also a significant setback to progress previously achieved by Cameroon in granting asylum to Nigerian civilians fleeing Boko Haram violence.”

UNHCR also noted that it recognised legitimate national security concerns of states affected by the Boko Haram crisis, and stressed that it is important that refugee protection and national security are not seen as being incompatible.

“Properly functioning screening, registration and asylum systems help safeguard host country security,” it said.

UNHCR reiterated its support to the government of Cameroon to ensure that all those seeking international protection have access to efficient screening and registration procedures, as well as appropriate reception arrangements.

- NAN

Wenger got £9m to leave at the end of season

If you think that Arsene Wenger decision to leave at the end of the season was arrived at on a platter, then you are very wrong.
Arsene Wenger
It has now been revealed that the Frenchman who is still having a year contract left was handed a £9million please go in peace cheque to make the agreement come to pass.

The Frenchman announced on Friday that he was leaving the Emirates this summer after 22 years in charge of the club.

The 68-year-old claimed it was ‘the right time for me to step down’, but it now emerges that he was forced out under pressure from the US owners.

Instead Wenger lost the support of owner Stan Kroenke, who decided to act ahead of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid next week.

Wenger had no intention of leaving the club, forcing them to pay off the final year of his salary in full.

Having missed out on Champions League football this season and way off the pace in the league, the Gunners need to win the Europa League to return to the top table of European football.

The board hope announcing his departure early will galvanise the fan base and the players ahead of the must-win tie.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis hailed Wenger on Friday evening but would not be drawn on the talks which led to his departure.

Instead he heaped praise on the long-serving boss and admitted finding a replacement would be a tall order.

‘I have often said (replacing Wenger) is the biggest challenge we face,’ Gazidis said.

‘In the coming months the world will see the unity and power of this football club, and the people within it.

‘We are not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger – we have to find a new path forward.

‘Arsene often said his aim was to leave the club in a better position than when he found it and we are in a better place today than we could have ever imagined 22 years ago,’ he added.

Wenger released a statement on the club website announcing his imminent exit.

In it, Wenger said: ‘After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

‘I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

‘I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

‘I want to thank the staff, the players, the directors and the fans who make this club so special.’

Sahara Reporters CEO Omoyele Sowore promises to increase minimum wage

The publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore who is presently vying for the highest political post in Nigeria has said that when he becomes president, he will increase the civil servant minimum wage to a hundred thousand Naira as against the meager minimum page presently received in the country.
Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore who is popular for his controversial battles with politicians has said that he has been fighting corruption single handedly but needs the vote of Nigerians to help him tackle corruption altogether.

The publisher also promised to increase the NYSC monthly allowance to 50 thousand Naira.

In his 8th point agenda, Sowore also says he’ll create 5million jobs to reduce unemployment.

See the list of his 8th point plan for Nigeria below:

Video: J.Cole Releases Visuals For ‘ATM’

J.Cole released visuals for his song ATM, the first single off of his latest album KOD. The song addresses people’s addiction for money and capitalism.
The video was directed by Cole and Scott Lazer and takes after Hype Williams videos for Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.

Watch video below:

 

Enjoy!

Government reveals date to wipe the Ogoniland

The federal government is to begin the remediation phase of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland in August, Marvin Dekil, the Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), has said.
Puddled allegedly dug by Shell filled with spilled oil at at oil well inn K-Dere, Ogoniland
Mr Dekil made the disclosure on the sidelines of a medical outreach organised by HYPREP in Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State, on Friday.

He said government had begun placing advertisement in national and international newspapers inviting contractors to apply for remediation of 26 hydrocarbon impacted sites in Ogoniland.

According to him, the invitation is open to both local and foreign companies with requisite expertise and experience in the business.

“The delay in the take-off of the clean-up was as a result of contracting process as enshrined in the Procurement Act that is procedural.

“The exercise will involve all the processes that we have put in place right from inception of the project coordination office in March 2017.

“Already, invitation for pre-qualification of contractors has been sent to local and foreign concerns. The remediation will be done only by experienced and best hands, both locally and internationally.

“We believe that engaging the best hands will enable us achieve the desired result of restoring the environment back to an acceptable standard,” he said.

Mr Dekil added that advertisement had also been made for the reconstruction of existing water facilities and construction of gas facilities in the affected communities.

He said HYPREP had earlier invited companies to the impacted sites to demonstrate their expertise, technology and suitability for the clean-up.

The HYPREP boss pointed out that the demonstration exercise by the local and foreign companies was at no cost to government.

“We did not pay the companies or offer advantage to any of them that participated in the exercise. The demonstration exercise is for them to show their capacity.

“We are now in the contracting process where companies would be selected from those that participated in the demonstration exercise and those that did not.

“At the end, we will choose the best companies for the remediation,” he said.

Mr Dekil added that HYPREP was targeting to treat about 20,000 indigent Ogonis of different ailment in the second phase of its medical outreach in four local government areas.

He also said that 100 surgeries would be performed on victims of hydrocarbon pollution in Ogoniland in line with the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme Report.

Ogoniland is made up of four local government areas consisting of Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai.

- NAN

Jubilation As Government Approves Death Penalty For Child Rapists

India’s government on Saturday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure Saturday on his return from the Commonwealth summit, a government official told AFP.
Protests have erupted across India in recent days over the rape and killing of the young Muslim girl by a group of Hindu men in Jammu and Kashmir state, increasing pressure on Modi to take action. The attack sent out the sort of shockwaves that shook the country after the equally horrific gang rape of a Delhi student on a bus in 2012, which made headlines around the world.

 India’s cabinet Saturday approved the ordinance amending laws on sexual violence to allow for capital punishment for those convicted of raping children below the age of 12, the official said. Minimum jail sentences for convicted rapists of teenage victims were also toughened. “The ordinance will be sent to the president for his consent,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The president’s approval is seen as a formality. India previously introduced tougher laws in 2013 after the brutal New Delhi gang rape. The incident triggered weeks of street protests and global condemnation. But sexual violence, including against children, remains unabated in India, with some 11,000 child rape cases reported in 2015.

 The recent protests began after police accused eight Hindu men of raping a Muslim girl in a bid to force her nomad community out of a Hindu-dominated area of Jammu and Kashmir. Public anger boiled over after police last week made public how the girl was drugged, repeatedly raped while captive for five days at a Hindu temple and then beaten to death. Separately, a senior member of Modi’s party in Uttar Pradesh state has been arrested nearly a year after a teenager alleged that he raped her.

 The incident made headlines after the woman tried to set herself on fire outside the state’s chief minister’s residence last weekend. India has the death penalty for the most brutal murders and terror attacks. But the sentences are rarely carried out and are often struck down on appeal by higher courts.

 The new decree requires trials involving child victims to be completed in two months after an arrest.The order will remain in effect for a period of six months from the president’s approval, or until parliament votes the changes into law.

Ten killed as gunmen sack Benue communities overnight

Resident and officials in Benue have confirmed the killing of 10 people following attacks by gunmen.

The assailants attacked villages in Guma Local Government Area,between Friday night and Saturday morning, maiming and killing residents while also setting houses on fire.

Terver Akase, a spokesperson for Governor Samuel Ortorm, said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES that Fulani herdsmen were suspected in the attack.

“I can confirm that Fulani herdsmen last night and earlier today invaded Saghev Ward of Guma Local Gvernment Area, Benue State and killed many innocent persons. The attacked communities are Tse-Abi, Tse-Ginde, Tse-Peviv, Tse-Ikyo, Agenke and Gbenke.

“Ten corpses have so far been recovered with many others injured. The armed herdsmen also burnt numerous houses, shops and other property in the area. This mindless attack was unprovoked, and we urge security agencies to arrest the herdsmen behind the killings for prosecution,” he said.

Two other residents of Guma also confirmed they’ve learnt of the attack when asked by PREMIUM TIMES Saturday afternoon.

Benue police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, and the command spokesperson, Moses Yamu, did not immediately answer requests for comments.

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: How Saraki’s National Assembly spent N6.6billion Adeosun largesse on exotic cars

Nigeria’s National Assembly has paid out a total N6.6billion for purchase of exotic cars for its members,acording to reports from PREMIUM TIMES.
Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara
Official documents obtained by this newspaper showed that the purchases were made by the three arms of the federal parliament—the Senate, the House of Representatives and the management unit of the lawmaking arm.

Records show that the Senate is the biggest spender, purchasing a total N3.2billion worth of cars from 10 different contractors.

The lower chamber followed closely, acquiring N3billion worth of exotic cars in 17 deals.

The management of the National Assembly wrapped up the car procurement extravaganza, taking delivery of N430million worth of cars using five different dealers.

The contractors who supplied the exotic cars to the Senate include Lanre Shittu Motors (N900million), Mushin Motors (N152million), Sunstar Integrated Services Limited (N136.4million), Assamad Procurement & Services Limited (N401.2million), Kaffe International Investment Limited (N115.4million), and Stable Technology Limited (N123million).

The upper chamber also bought cars from Dua Creations Limited (N77million), Swiftcode Technologies Limited (N181million), Frontline Infasys Ltd (N91.3), and Lachoso Engineering Systems Nigeria Ltd (N55million).

For its own share of the car bonanza, the House of Representatives turned to Wadatu Global Company Limited (N145million), Bimfirst Multiventures Ltd (N50million), Vish Integrated Service Limited (N50million), Pimpex Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (N145million), 3 Brothers Concept Nigeria Limited (N400million), Ideki Services Limited (N100million), Braimuh Nigeria Limited (N250million), Mahasam Nigeria Limited (N500million), Unified Marketing Limited (N145million), Hydofield Services Nigeria Ltd. (N60million), A.A. Marmaro Nigeria Limited (N111.4million), Auto Beauty (N97million), Southern Contractors (N50million), Nwezei Merchandised Limited (N50million), and Assamad Procurement & Services Nigeria Ltd (N60million).

Other contractors who supplied vehicles to the lower chamber are MNM Construction Ent. Services Ltd. (N100million), Jaaniyat Inter Concept Ltd (N60million), PAN Nigeria Ltd (N160million), D.C. Okika Nigeria (N60million), Paki Int’l Motors Ltd (N80million), Afric Capital Nigeria Ltd (N250million), Pranav Contracting Nigeria Ltd (N50million), Sure Delivery Nigeria Limited (N71million), Shazamzam Construction Ltd (N103million), Omatie Global (N366.1million), Bilmos Nigeria Ltd (N400million), and Clario View Nigeria Ltd (N52.5 million).

The federal legislature’s management unit bought its own N430million worth of cars from Omaiauto Ltd (N21million), M/S Atlantic Authos Ltd (N100million), Bestline Nigeria Ltd (N50million), Alheri Nigeria Ltd (N150million) and Autonorths Nigeria Ltd (100 million).

Investigations by this newspaper show that 30 of these contractors are not registered on the Bureau of Public Procurement’s database of federal contractors, indicating they are ineligible to be given jobs or paid any money from the federal treasury. Seven of the 30 are not even registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

This newspaper was able to establish that payments for the cars were made from an extra-budgetary N10 billion discreetly and curiously released to the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, under the guise of helping the lawmaking arm to settle its outstanding liabilities.

Two reliable sources in the National Assembly described the payments for the cars as a charade, saying they were made as part of arrangements to funnel bribes to some top officials of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly has its own block budget of N125billion from which it ought to pay for all its purchases and liabilities.

The illegal car procurements were made at a time Unicef said 10.5million Nigerian children were out of school due to what government blamed on lack of enough funds for the nation’s educational sector.

The purchases were also made at a time advocacy group, OneCampaign, said 2,300 Nigerian children under five die each day of preventable causes.

 National Assembly

“You can reduce this by providing at least one percent of Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund for basic healthcare,” the group said in an ongoing media campaign it is running.

Previous sprees

This is not the first time the eighth National Assembly under Senate President Bukola Saraki is engaging in illegal car buying spree.

In December 2015, about six months after the inauguration of the Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES uncovered a plan by the lawmakers to buy cars worth N4.7 billion despite the harsh economic difficulty the country faced at the time.

The nationwide outrage triggered by that report did not stop the lawmakers from going ahead with the procurement.

In August 2017, the House of Representatives said it placed orders for N6.1 billion worth of new Peugeot 508 cars for all its 360 members.

President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed to stop the lawmakers from wasting scarce national resources on cars they were not entitled to.

Speaking during a presidential media chat, Mr Buhari vowed to fight the N4.7 billion car expenditure of 2015.

“If I can turn down N400 million for the presidency that I do not need any new car because of the economy, I can’t see the National Assembly spending that N4.7 billion to buy cars, on top of transport allowance they collect.”

Mr. Buhari did not however succeed as the lawmakers went ahead to acquire the cars.

In November 2016, a Lagos-based lawyer and activist, Malcolm Omirhobo, sued the National Assembly over the purchase of the cars, and alleged a breach of the Public Procurement Act.

He also asked the court to decide “Whether in the face of section 42 of the 1999 constitution, it is lawful for the defendants to use taxpayers money to purchase exotic and expensive cars considering the country’s economic situation.”

However, the unfazed lawmakers continued with their plans. The case is yet to be decided.

In a previous reports on vehicle procurement by lawmakers, PREMIUM TIMES established that the practice remained an illegality as it violates the monetisation policy of the federal government.
How National Assembly Spent 6 Billion Naira on Vehicles
Under the policy, no vehicles should be purchased by any agency of government for use by officials.

Rather, public officers and political office holders are to receive 250 per cent of their annual basic salary as motor vehicle loans. But lawmakers have continued to benefit from the loan while also spending public funds on buying cars for themselves.

‘We’ve done no wrong’

Contacted by this reporter, the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazaq Namdas, denied knowledge of the latest deal.

Mr. Namdas said the House is at liberty to buy “utility vehicles” for members “for the purpose of committee work”.

Reminded that it is illegal for the National Assembly to buy cars for use of lawmakers in view of the monetisation policy, Mr Namdas claimed the vehicles bought were for “official assignments”.

Asked if it does not amount to waste of public funds for cars meant for committee assignments to be given to individuals, Mr. Namdas said “If I am going for oversight, I cannot wait for my colleagues to give me lift”.

 National Assembly Spending Spree 1

Beneficiaries of the spree
The Senate spokesperson, Abdullahi Sabi, could not be reached to comment for this story. His known telephone line was not reachable for many days. A text message sent to the line is yet to be replied.

What Nigeria can do with N6.6 billion

The N6.6billion being spent on cars by our lawmakers is N1.4 billion higher than the proposed amount for purchasing ammunition for the battle-stretched Nigerian Army in 2018. The amount is also thrice the budget for books and teaching aids for all government-owned universities in the 2018 budget.

It is also N2.4 billion higher than total allocation made to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). Nigeria’s financing of HIV/AIDS response, like other health sectors, is criticised by experts as grossly inadequate.

The expenditure on the vehicles equally outweighs total allocation to Nigeria’s premier anticorruption agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in the 2018 budget proposal. It also outshoots the budgetary provision for the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs by almost N400 million.

The money can provide all the 77 federal government-owned universities, polytechnics and colleges of education with infrastructure or educational facilities worth N85.7 million each.
What Nigeria can do with N6.6 billion
What Nigeria can do with N6.6 billion

At least 660 communities can also be provided with potable water, at an average of N10 million for a motorized borehole.

EXCLUSIVELY FROM PREMIUM TIMES

Manchester United vs Tottenham: Team News, Prediction And Odds

The two sides meet in an enticing FA Cup semi-final, with both having points to prove at Wembley
Tottenham will face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend, in a massive game for both clubs.
Spurs have struggled in their last two outings, losing to Manchester City at Wembley before a draw with Brighton at the AMEX Stadium.

United, however, beat City at Old Trafford to postpone their Premier League title celebrations, before losing to West Brom to gift the crown to their rivals.

Thus, both sides need victory, though the pressure may well be on Spurs, who are essentially playing at home, having used Wembley as their base this season.

Team News

Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will rotate his XI, following the club's defeat to West Brom, with several newspaper reports claiming that both Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba could be dropped.

Sergio Romero is a serious injury doubt, surely confirming that David De Gea will play in goal.

Potential Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Matic, Herrera; Martial, Lingard, Rashford; Lukaku

Harry Kane continues to battle back to full fitness, and scored against Brighton in the 1-1 draw in midweek.

Both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters are injury doubts, while Harry Winks continues to be sidelined. Michel Vorm has played in every FA Cup game thus far, and may continue after a string of high-profile errors from first-choice Hugo Lloris.

Potential Spurs starting XI: Vorm; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane

The game is going to be tight if the bookies are anything to go by. You can back a Manchester United win at 23/10, while Spurs can be found at 6/5. There must be a result on the day, but the draw in 90 minutes can be found at 12/5.

S*x-For-Marks: OAU Summons Female Student To Appear Before Its Panel On Tuesday

Ms. Monica Osagie alleged to have been sexually harassed by a university lecturer has now been summoned by the school.
Monica and Professor Richard I. Akindele 

The alleged victim of sexual harassment by a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife, Ms. Monica Osagie, has been summoned to appear before the investigative panel probing the incident on Tuesday, according to a report by Punch.

This is coming just 24 hours after her lawyer and and Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, claimed that the victim had not been invited by any panel.

According to the report, it is still not clear why the letter dated April 19 2018 was not immediately released to her.

The letter with Ref. No: ADP 15/16/H/1424 entitled: “Re: Investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student: Detailed audio recording: Request for the presentation of Miss Osagie Monica Oselode”, was signed by the OAU Deputy Registrar and Post-Graduate College Secretary, Mrs. A.O. Fadeyibi.

The letter reads: “I write at the instance of the Provost, Post-Graduate College to invite you to appear before the investigative panel on alleged harassment of a female student detailed in audio recording at its meeting which will come up at 10:00am on Tuesday April 24 2018.

“Please be informed that on arrival, you are required to call the Secretary to the panel to facilitate your appearance before the panel. Thank you.”

Akiyode-Afolabi had raised the alarm that Osagie, “resorted to self help” through audio recording after two lecturers approached by her for intervention disappointed her.

According to her, several efforts made by her in reporting her predicament to two senior lecturers in the Faculty of Administration were unsuccessful as they both refused to intervene, adding that she therefore resorted to to self- help in documenting her evidence.

Akiyode-Afolabi, a former Public Officer of the OAU Students Union Government, therefore called on the school authorities “not to compromise the reputation of this old and respected university and its responsibility for protecting its students in a bid to covering the unethical and disgraceful behavior of individual lecturers.

Osagie, an MBA regular student of the OAU and was said to have gone into hiding since the s*x-for-marks scandal broke out.

INEC to redistribute 1.4m unclaimed PVCs in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday said that it was making plans to redistribute the unclaimed 1.4 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state,  Sam Olumekun  disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“We are actually working out a new strategy,” the INEC boss said, as he explained the commission’s plan to redistribute the permanent voter cards.

Olumekun, who expressed concerned over the number of uncollected PVCs in Lagos state, urged the owners to go to INEC offices in their local government areas for collection.

NAN reports that Lagos state has the highest number of unclaimed PVCs in the country.

INEC had said that it was still in possession of 7,920,129 permanent voter cards yet to be collected from its offices across the nation.

A breakdown of the uncollected PVCs as at March revealed that Lagos had the highest number of 1,401,390 followed by Oyo with 647,586 and Edo which had 449,001 while Kano had 195,941.

The figure also showed Bauchi State as having the least number of uncollected PVCs, 15,542, followed by Bayelsa and Plateau which had 28,533 and 25,300 cards respectively.

See The Shocking Fetish Items Found In The Den Of Some Fraudsters

The long arm of the law has finally caught up with some notorious scammers who have been dispossessing people of their hard earned money.
Owoseni Taye

A suspected member of the notorious scammers’ syndicate, Owoseni Taye has been apprehended after he scammed one Wasiu from Ore, Ondo state - an HIV victim and reportedly collected N4M from him on the pretext that he was going to cure his disease.

The scam syndicate allegedly hid the assorted cars bought within the period of this scam in the compound of the arrested suspect Taye.

Here is the story shared by a Nigerian journalist, Omo Edema:

Owoseni Taye is also a suspected member of the notorious scammers’ Syndicate that Wasiu from Ore—an HIV victim, said collected about #4M from him on the pretext to give him the cure for the disease.

Taye’s residence at Road 9,Funbi Fagun, first turning by the right, 2nd Flat behind the First Upstairs was where the group hid their assorted cars bought within the period of this scam. One of his rooms at the address also resembled a mini shrine. See the attached picture.

Recall the victim had explained how he fell into their hand. He said he received a mobile phone line recharge pin from an unfamiliar phone number with a short note that reads “sell this recharge card for your transport fare home…” The event next to this was a call from the same line, telling him the SMS was sent to him in error and begging him to send it back to them.

Consequent upon the return of the SMS, he received another call from the line appreciating him for the good gesture. At the peak of their conversation, the old man on phone did as though he saw vision concerning me. “He told me I am living with a deadly disease, but I said know. But when he convinced me the more, I affirmed his word.”
Wasiu, from whom a few other members of his family have also contracted the disease, deeply fell into them before discovering himself.

But, a 69-year-Old member of the syndicate, Adedayo Akinjisola from Ondo, has confessed recently that the matter of the victim was brought to them by somebody very close to him (the victim).

When we launched investigation into the matter, Taye Owoseni (Taye Falekulo, Taye Yahoo) was the person the group first sent to us, fronted by a popular radio presenter in Ondo. They claimed innocent to the real evil taking place at the shrine in the bush at Abusoro after Okenla . He declared specifically that the house (shrine) was built by their father, but claimed not to know who letted it out among the members of their family.

FINDINGS AND FACTS
1. Owoseni Ademeso Arisekola(Dr. Quash), Owoseni Taye(Taye Yahoo), Olaotan Olaniji John(Ogbolu) and Adedayo Akinjisola and others at large are suspected Scammers involved in the alleged #4M Scam.

2. Owoseni Taye and Owoseni Ademeso Arisekola are brothers while Olaotan Olaniji John is their cousin.

3. Arisekola (Dr. Quash) is in charge of the Shrine-like building at Okenla Abusoro.

4. Arisekola(Dr. Quash) and his syndicate members are the user of the building in the bush for fraud.

Amazing, King Of Talk Shows, Teju Babyface Welcomes Twins After Years Of Marriage

Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin (born January 20, 1979), known professionally as Teju Babyface, is the LEAD MENTOR at the TEJU BABYFACE MENTORSHIP ACADEMY, a virtual platform with a mission to mentor young Nigerians to discover, develop & deploy their talents to solve problems for humanity and achieve success (for themselves) in the process.
In 2010 Teju developed The Teju Babyface Show which became an instant hit on television in Nigeria and beyond. He had always been of the opinion that stand-up comedy was a means to an end and after a decade as one of Nigeria’s headline stand-up comedy acts, he saw the show as the perfect way to impact and influence more people.

In September 2012, Teju Babyface married his beau model, former pageant winner and former contestant of MBGN, Oluwatobiloba Banjoko and the duo have now welcome a set of twins in the USA. See below

UNBELIEVABLE: Wenger ‘Was Sacked’, Arsenal Great Wright Says

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has insisted Arsene Wenger must have been sacked as he cannot believe his old boss would have walked away from his post.
Wenger announced Friday his intention to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge of the north London club.

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 and now face a second successive season where they will finish outside the top four.

They’ll also likely need to win the Europa League — Wenger’s men are in the semi-finals — to qualify for Europe’s elite Champions League tournament.

Wenger had faced repeated calls to quit from frustrated Gunners’ fans in recent seasons but the 68-year-old Frenchman had remained steadfast in wanting to carry on.

Wright, who helped Arsenal win the Premier League title in the early years of Wenger’s reign, was adamant he must have been forced by the club’s hierarchy.

“Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity — that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned,” Wright told Saturday’s edition of The Sun tabloid.

“For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract,” he added.

– ‘Doesn’t add up’ –
“It is a sad situation that it’s come to this and I don’t suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other.

“One day he is doing a press conference with no hint of this, the next he’s gone. It doesn’t add up.

“But Arsene can go with his head high. That’s why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much.”

Meanwhile, Wright’s former team-mate Martin Keown, who won three titles under Wenger, said leaving Arsenal would feel like a “bereavement” for the manager.

“My overwhelming emotion is one of sadness,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Beyond his family, Arsenal and football are Arsene Wenger’s two greatest loves. To give up one of them will feel like a bereavement.

“That is what it felt like to me when my time with the club ended. I spent 18 years of my career there and, even now, I still have not really got over leaving. To leave Arsenal Football Club hurts to the very core.

“For many of Wenger’s former players – myself included – it will feel like a part of them is gone from the club forever following his departure.”

AFP

Community In Shock As Herdsmen Ambush Farmer In The Bush, Mutilate His Body With Machete In Delta

Fulani herdsmen have caused serious commotion in a community in Delta State after ambushing a man and cutting him to pieces.
File photo used only for illustrative purpose

The Olona community in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State was thrown into mourning, Wednesday, following the killing of one of their sons by suspected herdsmen, Saturday Vanguard reports.

It was gathered that the victim identified as Mr Sunday Ojei Onwueze, left for his farm that morning and was ambushed by the ravaging herdsmen who mutilated his body with machetes in the bush.

The 45 years old man was married with four kids, according to a family member, Mr Alex Ngwu. He lamented that herdsmen had been terrorizing them and called on security agencies to beef up security in the area.

Efforts made to reach the police authority in the state proved abortive at press time.

However, a senior police officer in the area confirmed the incident.

Security challenges loom over Buhari’s re-election bid

Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to end Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria played a large part in his 2015 presidential election victory.
With elections approaching next year and Buhari,75, having declared his intention to seek a second, four-year term, the extent to which he has done that is coming under increasing scrutiny. But as Africa’s most populous nation gears up for months of hard campaigning before the vote in February 2019, the former military ruler is not just facing questions about Boko Haram.

 In recent months there has been a resurgence of clashes between farmers and nomadic herders and a heavily politicised reaction — which could have an impact on polling. Ryan Cummings, Africa analyst at the Signal Risk consultancy in South Africa, noted the violence “now accounts for more civilian casualties than the Boko Haram insurgency and may continue to do so in the foreseeable future”. Elsewhere, criminal violence and kidnappings for ransom in some northern states have increased, while tensions persist from pro-Biafran separatists in the southeast.

 Boko Haram weakened 

 In the 12 months before the last election, Boko Haram fighters ran riot across northeast Nigeria, capturing swathes of territory with the military seemingly unable to respond. Buhari, who headed a military government in the 1980s, was seen as a better bet to end the violence, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009.

He has achieved that to an extent but persistent attacks have undermined his repeated assertion that the militants have been virtually defeated. “It is fair to say that President Buhari has failed in delivering on his promise to defeat Boko Haram within his first term,” said Cummings.

 The group recently gave a clear indication of the threat it still poses by abducting 112 schoolgirls from Dapchi in Yobe state in almost a carbon copy of the Chibok kidnapping in 2014. Buhari secured massive support across the mainly Muslim north in 2015.

That looks unlikely to change significantly in 2019. In the north’s biggest city and most populous state, Kano — a key election prize because of its size — people said Buhari had their vote for weakening Boko Haram. But they warned he needed to take action against security threats elsewhere. “That is where he is going to face his toughest challenge,” said Abdulhadi Ahmad, a garment trader.

 Herder-farmer violence

Violence in the decades-old dispute between herders and nomadic farmers in the central states of Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi has flared again in the past two years. Buhari has been criticised for failing to stop the violence, which according to some estimates has killed more than 2,000 since the start of this year.

 It will be a key issue in central states, where the Muslim north meets the mainly Christian south, that typically swing between parties. In Benue, the head of the state’s tribal leaders, Chief Edward Ujege, said Buhari “does not deserve a single vote… because he has failed to give us security”. The conflict, which is driven by land and resources, has been seen largely through the prism of Nigeria’s ethnic and religious identity politics.

The president of the ethnic Tiv Youths Organisation, Timothy Hembaor, indicated patronage will play a part: people in Benue will back Benue’s APC governor, even if he moves party, he said. Buhari “shouldn’t even come here to campaign”, he added.

 No political will 

Amaechi Nwokolo, from the Roman Institute of International Studies in Abuja, said Buhari, whose candidacy still needs to be endorsed by his party, had already “most likely lost the vote in Benue”, an APC state.”He may not win in many of the states that have gone up in flames and many people are going to use that against him around the country,” added the security analyst. Ndi Kato, a campaigner for indigenous people in the central states, said the attacks put a way of life under threat and the government’s lack of action had caused outrage. “We feel we cannot have four more years of this,” she said, adding there was “zero political will” to end the violence, which has made tens of thousands people homeless. “All things being equal the Middle Belt won’t be voting for this government. However, we don’t know who they will be voting for — and that is another problem.”

OAU S*x-For-Mark Victim, Monica Osagie, Finally Opens Up

Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing her audio tape of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded sex for marks.
She made the denial via proxy, and said she was awaiting an invitation by the panel, the Saturday Sun newspaper reported. Her proxy, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, said that the university did not at any point invite Miss Osagie to face the panel. She challenged the university to bring evidence that she was formally invited by any means to appear before the panel.

“Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything. If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet.

 I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.”

 Afolabi stated that the university should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her, adding that it appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady.

 Akiyode-Afolabi further noted that even though Miss Osagie made the recording to serve as evidence against her lecturer, “she didn’t release the audio.

 She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.”

Finance Minister Opens Up On Why She Illegally Approved Extra N10bn For National Assembly

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reacted to a report detailing how her ministry illegally approved N10billion for the National Assembly.
The report indicated that Adeosun released the money to the lawmakers, despite the N125billion appropriated for the federal legislature in the 2017 fiscal year for recurrent and capital expenditures.

In a statement by her media aide, Oluyinka Akintunde, Friday evening, the Minister confirmed releasing the fund, but insisted her action was legal.

“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to a smear campaign by an online medium, Premium Times, of “illegally sharing of N10 billion from the national treasury”.

“The Honourable Minister wishes to debunk the entire mischievous and made-up report of the online medium which negates the ethics and professionalism of journalism. The article displays a worrying lack of understanding of Appropriation, Payments and Control, and therefore be disregarded by the public.

“The Minister further wishes to state that warrants are issued in accordance with Appropriation and after due approval by the Cash Plan Committee chaired by the Minister,” it read.

Kanu Nwankwo, Fabregas, Others, React To Wenger's Resignation From Arsenal

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the news of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, leaving the club.
Recall that Wenger announced in a statement on Friday morning that he would be leaving the Emirate club at the end of the current season after 22 years with the club, ending a long tenure that that got him three Premier League titles.

Ex-Nigeria international and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu Twitted: “Big shoes for anyone to fill,playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career”.

“2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players, influencing millions of fans in Africa to support this great club.”

Reacting, ex-Manchester United defender, Gary Neville tweeted: “Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English football The 98 team was amazing.

“The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them. He now deserves the most incredible send off from all in the coming weeks.”

On his part, Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, who played for Arsenal some years back, on his Twitter page, posted a picture of himself with Wenger when he was a young player, writing:

“Wow. I never expected that but it shows the great dignity and class of the man. I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship. He had faith in me from day one and I owe him a lot, he was like a father figure to me who always pushed me to be the best. Arsene, you deserve all the respect and happiness in the world.”

Reacting, Arsenal legend, David Seaman told talkSPORT that: “It’s time to show respect and realise what he’s done. In a few years’ time they’ll look back at what Arsene Wenger’s done and people will just remember the trophies, and there was a hell of a lot of trophies.”

“So now let’s enjoy that. I hope all the fans who have stayed away now return. We’ve still got a chance of winning something at the end of this season, so don’t just stay away because Arsene is in charge.

“Get behind the team, get behind Arsene and give him the respect he deserves.”

Reacting, Arsenal legend, Tony Adams shared several images of himself with Wenger on his Twitter page and called him the greatest boss the club have ever had.

“Thanks for everything Arsene,” he wrote. “Move over Herbert, Arsene Wenger the greatest Arsenal Manager.”

Meanwhile former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti has emerged favourite for Arsenal manager’s job after Wenger’s Friday resignation.

'My Body Be Speaking In Tongues' - Tonto Dikeh Showers Praises On Her Plastic Surgeon

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh who recently went under the knife showed off her surgically enhanced body on Instagram yesterday.
The beautiful mother of one showed off her cleavage while praising her Nigerian plastic surgeon for doing a good job on her saying 'ok Issa controversial post. After all I’m ya favorite Drama Queen. Dr Ayo you did well @grandvillemedlaser. This Body be speaking in Tongues'.

Shoemaker in court for allegedly selling, wearing customer’s shoes

A shoemaker, Adekole Farajimi, accused of stealing seven pairs of shoes worth N35, 000, was yesterday arraigned before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
File photo
Farajimi allegedly sold some of the shoes a customer brought to him to repair and started wearing the rest.

The accused, whose address was not mentioned, was arraigned on a charge of stealing.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Prosecutor, Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7, this year, at Ajara Vetho area of Badagry.

Ikem said that the shoes belonged to the complainant, Segun Aladesunmi, adding: “The complainant brought the shoes for the accused to repair, and after the repairs, the accused sold some of the shoes and started wearing the others.

“The complainant reported the matter to the Police and the accused was arrested.”

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, Nigeria 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Jimoh Adefioye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 and two sureties in the like sum.

He adjourned the case till May 18, this year, for hearing.

Man Falls From Palm Tree In Broad Daylight While Displaying Prowess During Enugu Festival

A young man who was displaying youthfulness during a festival in Enugu State has fallen off a palm tree in broad daylight.
The man fell from the palm tree

A video has shown the rather shocking moment a young man fell from a palm tree in front of many people, causing serious panic in the area.

The sad incident reportedly happened in a community in Enugu State.

According to the Anambra Broadcasting Services, which shared the video online, the man was displaying youthfulness and prowess during a festival in Enugu when the incident happened

The unnamed man climbed the palm tree without any climbing aid to display the strength of the youth as part of events during the festival.

Many people stood watching him when he fell from the tree. He was quickly rushed to the hospital to get treatment.

Watch the video below:

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Revealed: What Senators Are Currently Planning To Do With Omo-Agege Following The Mace Theft

New revelation has shown that Nigerian senators are plotting something not so nice for their colleague, Ovie Omo-Agege over the mace theft.
Ovie Omo-Agege

According to a report by The Nation, there were indications yesterday that the Senate would not allow Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to return to the chamber any time soon, following Wednesday’s invasion by thugs who also snatched the mace.

Although Omo-Agege has denied any relationship with the perpetrators of the act, many of his colleagues appear not to be convinced by the senator’s defence.

Consequently, they are pushing for his suspension for the rest of the legislative days of the 8th Senate.

The fate of the former Chairman of Northern Senators Forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is also shaky as he was said to have been put on the spot at an executive (close) session on Thursday where senators also identified five reasons why thugs invaded the hallowed chamber.

Although Adamu was said to have fought back and stoutly defended himself against the accusations levelled against him, the senators were unanimous in their decision to get to the roots of the invasion and enhance the security situation in the National Assembly.

The senators may also demand Omo-Agege’s prosecution after its internal investigation and the outcome of the findings of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security Service.

A principal officer of the Senate said: “The coincidence between Omo-Agege’s entry into the chamber and the invasion by the thugs was more than met the eye.

“Most of us are of the opinion that our colleague desecrated the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

“We have resolved that we will not allow him to resume sitting in the chamber under any excuse.

“Once a Senator is suspended rightly or wrongly, he or she has no business in the chamber.

“The coming of Omo-Agege on Wednesday was an affront.

“His suspension might be unfair, but he should not have fought his way into the chamber.”

Another Senator said: “Some of us have demanded for outright suspension of Omo-Agege for the rest of the legislative days in the 8th Senate.

“Actually, Omo-Agege was to be suspended for six months but the head of one of the security agencies prevailed on the leadership of the Senate to reduce it to 90 days.

“Now, with the desecration of the chamber by thugs, we believe he has no business in the 8th Senate anymore.”

At a stormy session on Thursday, the Senators were able to identify five accumulated factors which accounted for the invasion of the Senate chamber.

The reasons are as follows:

Continuous fallout of June 9, 2015 election of principal officers
Suppression of dissenting voices in the Senate
Rating of some Senators higher or lesser than others by the Senate leadership
Existence of caucuses and unfair ban on Parliamentary Support Group which is pro-President Muhammadu Buhari
Alleged lack of fairness by the leadership of the Senate
According to investigation, the Senators bared their minds at an Executive Session on Thursday to conduct a post-mortem on what went wrong.

It was learnt that the star of the session was Sen. Kabir Marafa (Zamfara) who opened up on many issues affecting the unity of the Senate.

Others who spoke were  Senators Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Dino Melaye (Kogi), Ogola Foster (Bayelsa), Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan and the Deputy President of the Senate,  Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session.

A ranking senator said: “At the session, Senators put Abdullahi Adamu on the spot. He was accused of making his residence available for meetings by members of the Parliamentary Support Group of which Senator Omo-Agege is its secretary.

“But Adamu said he had no hand in the invasion of the chamber.

“He also said the PSG is a caucus group outside the chamber as it is the case with the Like Minds (supporting Saraki), the Unity Forum, the Northern Senators Forum and others in the Senate.

“He said parliamentary caucus is legitimate all over the world.”

It was gathered that Senator Marafa stole the show when he said all senators were guilty of the mess the Senate has found itself.

He picked on Adamu, saying: “Some of you in this PSG today abandoned the Unity Forum to support Saraki’s emergence as Senate President. When it was convenient, you opened doors for Saraki.

“This same Senator Adamu was once with Saraki and at a point spoke against President Muhammadu Buhari. I belonged to the Unity Forum, I did not work for Saraki but he appointed me a strategic committee chairman.

A Senator from the North-West said: “At the session, Senators backing Saraki spoke and those who belong to the left wing. We all focused on how our chamber became polluted with vested interests.”

Asked of Adamu’s fate, the Senator added: “It is still shaky, we do not know what they will do to him.”

“We cited the fact that the Senate leadership has some favourites through which motions were usually imposed on members.

“The Senators tagged Like Minds behind Saraki would have met before any sitting and they will just ride us roughshod in the Senate.

“Those in Like Minds do not allow alternative views in the Senate. Once a Senator speaks against a motion Saraki and his ‘boys’ are interested in, you are tagged as anti-leadership in a Senate that we are all equals.

“For instance, we condemned Omo-Agege’s behaviour, but some of us suspected that he acted out of frustration.

“When the debate on Order of Elections was on, Omo-Agege called for a division but he was ignored by the Senate President.

“Yet after this same Omo-Agege apologised for expressing his dissenting views, he was suspended through a script already acted by the Like Minds.

“The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges has been doing a hatchet man’s job.

“Some Senators said the way out is to return the Senate to a chamber of equality, robust debates, accepting the reality of dissent views and allowing caucuses to exist and fairness to all.”

Another Senator said: “Well, some of our colleagues expressed regrets that some Senators have been made lesser than the other.”

On his part, Senator Dino Melaye pointed accusing finger at the PSG for the invasion of the chamber.

In a fit of anger, he added: “They still had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday).”

The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, was said to have appealed for calm, understanding and tolerance.

But Senator Ogola Foster redirected the session to the issue of the invasion of the chamber.

He said: “We should face the reality. Someone desecrated the Senate chamber. We must investigate it and take appropriate action.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, took time to listen to all views and expressed the resolve of the Senate to protect the nation’s democracy.

A senator from the South-East said: “Although we did not arrive at any resolution at the Executive Session, Ekweremadu’s address later on the floor was a summary of what transpired.

“We want an investigation into the invasion, and the law must take its course.”
 
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