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17 Jul 2018

President Buhari Writes Senate Asking For Approval Of N164bn For 2019 Election

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, requesting for an approval of a supplementary budget/ Virement of N164 billion to fund the 2019 general and presidential elections, Vanguard reports.

The President said that the N164 billion requested as supplementary is to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to commence preparation for the polls.

According to the letter which was read by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, President Buhari explained that the total amount required for the 2019 election is N242 billion.

In the letter which was read at plenary Tuesday, President Buhari has asked the National Assembly to remove a total of N228 billion as reinstatement from the ‘ padded ‘ N578 billion in the 2018 budget to fund critical projects.

According to the President, the N228 billion is for ” relocating some of the funds appropriated for the new projects which were inserted into the 2018 budget proposal totally N578 billion to cover the sum of N228 billion required.”

EFCC reacts to tweet on Governor Fayose

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disowned a recent gloating tweet that announced the imminent revival of a criminal case against outgoing Governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose.

In a statement on Monday night, spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the “purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC”.

The tweet, which appeared on the EFCC’s verified Twitter handle, @officialEFCC on Sunday afternoon, said the commission had dusted a N1.3 billion fraud case file against Fayose.

It came few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti.

Fayose’s protege, Prof. Kolapo Olushola-Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost the election to Mr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tweet read: “The parri (party) is over, the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken.

“Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project/Biologival concepts Limited N1.3 billion fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon.”

The post, accompanied with the photograph of what looks like a dilapidated poultry structure, was deleted about three hours later.

But before then it had gone viral online, eliciting criticisms from many Nigerians who interpreted it as a reflection of the commission’s partisanship.

Uwujaren said, “In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti State.

“Against the background, the commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC.

“As a law enforcement organisation the commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election.

“It, therefore, has no reason to gloat over the political misfortune of any candidate or political god-father.”

He said although there was a subsisting criminal charge against Fayose, the fate of the charge would be determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC.

Drama as man disappears after refusal to become priest of town’s deity

A man, Nwachukwu Ejima Owelle, from Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State has disappeared to an unknown destination following threats to his life over his refusal to become the chief priest of the town’s deity, Alishi and Oje masquerade.

It was gathered that Nwachukwu, born August 24, 1979, was last seen in September 2017. He is by tradition of Aboh Kingdom the chief custodian of Alishi deity and bearer (chief priest) of the Oje masquerade following the death of his father.

He ran away, hence refusing to accept the offer and be crowned as the chief priest of Aboh Kingdom, because he is a Christian. This, the town considered a taboo and it is causing chaos in the kingdom. The Olinzeles (chiefs in council) of the kingdom have since declared him wanted, saying he must come to face the consequences of his action.

Tragedy! 44 people dead and 20 missing after Katsina downpour

At least, 44 persons lost their lives in the early hours of yesterday following a downpour that lasted over two hours and wreaked havoc in 10 communities in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, the president’s home state.

More than 100 houses were also destroyed with over 250 livestock confirmed killed in the heavy rain, which started at about 11:00p.m. on Sunday and lasted till the early hours yesterday.

Some of the communities affected by the flood are Kwata, Dantudu, Sabuwar, Tukare, Tsohuwar Tukare and Ungwar Mai Kwari, among others. The failure of the rain to stop on time caused the river channels in the affected villages to overflow their banks, killing many residents and sweeping away several vehicles, motorcycles and farmlands, in the process.

About 17 others died in neighbouring Niger Republic, where the downpour had washed their bodies to. It was learnt that efforts were being made to ferry the bodies back to the country for burial.

An eyewitness said the downpour led to much flooding with resultant overflow of river channels in the affected areas. He said bodies were recovered from debris of fallen buildings, as many were asleep when the rain started.

The District Head of Jibia, Alhaji Rabe Rabi’u, who confirmed the development to newsmen, described it as “highly devastating. As I speak to you, we discovered the bodies of 25 persons including mothers and children and many are still missing.”

He called on the federal and state governments to come to their rescue, saying, “It is only government that can assist us because the situation is beyond our financial strength.”

The council’s Information Officer, Sa’ad Suleiman, said the situation was aggravated by those building structures on waterways as well as those dumping refuse in drainage.

On his part, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Aminu Waziri, said 42 people died as result of the natural disaster.

Waziri said the agency’s officers were moving around affected communities to ascertain number of casualties and houses affected for onward transmission to government for intervention.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari described the incident as the worst in the annals of the state’s history. Masari, who visited the areas affected by the disaster, wept openly while addressing some of the victims.

Masari said what he saw could only be compared to what one watches at cinemas or movies. He said more than 44 people lost their lives while 20 people were still unaccounted for, including a bride whose husband had married her three days ago.

“I can say that I have never seen this kind of disaster in my life. The water level is above 10 feet height and it is a purely a natural disaster as the government had constructed drainages that were emptying into Jibia river. The water from the river moved in a reverse order and came back to the town and caused the flooding.

Masari also said that President Muhammadu Buhari had sent his condolences over the natural disaster and had ordered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the victims.

He said the president who is in faraway Netherlands, ordered NEMA to send relief materials, of which 13 trucks had since been dispatched by the agency.

Ekiti election: 1,000 security men holding Fayose hostage, mobile lines blocked – Governor’s brother alleges

Isaac Fayose, brother to the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has urged people of the state not watch and allow the governor to die.

He made the appeal while alleging that over 1,000 security operatives have blocked the state’s Government House while holding Fayose hostage.

He also alleged that all mobile lines of the governor have been blocked by the Federal Government.

In a Facebook post, Isaac claimed that the security operatives were out to kill Fayose.

He wrote: “As we speak, all the mobile lines of His Excellency, Ayodele Peter Fayose have been blocked, and 1,000 security officials blocking the Government House in Ekiti State.

“Nobody can leave the Government house as we speak! We are all being held hostages in the Government House. We fear our lives, and the life of the Governor because they want to kill him!

“All the Television Stations and Radio Stations in Ekiti State have been shut down!

“Please help us to share this message to people that can help us. We are all in danger! Please don’t let Gov. Fayose die.”

Putin-Trump meeting evokes mixed reaction with key issues unresolved

The first one-on-one meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday evoked mixed reactions from global experts.

The experts, who highlighted the meeting’s positive meaning, pointed out the difficulty addressing major problems
between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.

Rtd Lt.-Col. Daniel Davis, an expert at the Defence Priorities, a think tank, told Xinhua that Trump’s expectations going in to the meeting were essentially to improve relations with Russia.

Davis also said that Trump wanted to establish a rapport with Putin, and “based on the performance of both
presidents at the post-summit press conference, it appears he succeeded.”

“No one wins a nuclear war, and thus Trump is taking prudent steps to increase understanding and establishing
lines of communication between the two to keep the danger of future nuclear war low,” he said.

Also, Dmitry Suslov, an expert at the Moscow-based Valdai Discussion Club, said the meeting is “of great  importance”given the current state of Russia-U.S. relations, which has reached a “threatening point” over the past year and a half.

“This meeting should be considered as laying the foundation for further Russia-U.S. dialogue on a number of
issues,” Suslov said.

For former Indian diplomat Sheel Kant Sharma, the meeting came as a relief for his country, which was caught
between the two global powers and their souring ties.

“Over the last five to six years, ever since the event in Ukraine and Crimea, suddenly Putin’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe has come into a cloud …” he said, noting that U.S. sanctions have cast a shadow on India’s planned defense purchase worth billions of dollars from Russia.

The expert hopes the meeting will help improve US-Russia relations and have a positive impact on India.

Although the summit was described by Trump as “very constructive” and by Putin as “first important step,”
experts said that major discrepancies between the two sides still prevail and would remain difficult to resolve.

William Courtney, a former U.S. ambassador and now a senior fellow of RAND Corporations, noted that the
two sides have not issued a joint statement concerning major contentious issues in their relationship.

“It was not apparent that significant progress was made, or even that all of these issues were addressed in detail,” he told Xinhua.

He added that perhaps the Trump administration did not want a statement with Putin that “could be vulnerable
to political fire, especially in the Congress.”

In spite of a promising tone, the two leaders both acknowledged problems remain in Syria, Ukraine and Crimea, among others.

Davis, the U.S. defence expert, said that it has been difficult for the U.S. to make advancements on the Crimea issue.

“U.S. interests must come before our preferred political outcome on Ukraine and Crimea, and we gain little by pressing Russia to meet our preferences on a matter they are clearly not going to give in on,” Davis said.

Suslov from Russia said the main obstacle that will impede the improvement of Russia-U.S. relations for the coming months is the “politicization” of the alleged Russian interference in the U.S.elections.

Trump’s reconciliatory tone with Putin on the issue at their joint press conference has already sparked wide criticism among lawmakers of both parties.

Republican Senator John McCain accused Trump of “not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin.”

Another barrier to improving bilateral ties is the simple fact that Russia and the U.S. are not global allies, Suslov said.

(Xinhua/NAN)

Nigerian model stabbed to death by rival in Instagram feud over a girl

A Nigerian model, Harry Uzoka, 25, was stabbed to death by a rival model, George Koh, after being taunted that his killer had slept with his model girlfriend, a court heard.

Uzoka was stabbed in the heart after the IMG model, Koh, 24, boasted in Instagram messages that he had slept with his girlfriend, jurors were told, the Mirror UK reported.

Koh was obsessed with Mr Uzoka’s success and told French model Anna Cetta Lafon he had slept with Mr Uzoka’s girlfriend Ruby Campbell, the Old Bailey heard.

Koh also claimed his now deceased rival was a “bad man and a liar.”

The court heard that after being told of the claims by Ms. Lafon, the pair arranged a confrontation in Shepherd’s Bush in west London, on the afternoon of Thursday, January 11 this year.

But Koh and pals Jonathan Arinze, 24, and Merse Dikanda, 24, had armed themselves with at least two knives and a machete, it was said.

Uzoka’s and flatmate Adrian Harper armed themselves with dumbbell bars for the brawl but after realising they were outnumbered they tried to run away.

Uzoka was chased and cornered around a parked car by the trio before Koh allegedly stabbed him three times, including once to the heart.

Wounded Mr Uzoka stumbled towards his Shepherd’s Bush home but collapsed and died on the pavement outside, it was said.

Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC told the jury: “Harry Uzoka was a well known and successful model with a bright future ahead of him.

“This celebrity status is relevant because it is that part of his life that brought him into contact with George Koh.

“Koh was also a model, but not as successful as Uzoka, they were occupational acquaintances but certainly not friends.

“Koh claimed that he knew Uzoka well and said that he had had sex with Uzoka’s girlfriend and that was the reason why the two men no longer talked.

Jurors heard Mr. Uzoka’s girlfriend, Ruby Campbell, was also a model and was out of the country working first in Los Angeles and then in Sweden.

Nigerian Government to send plane to repatriate scammed Nigerians in Russia

The Nigerian government will send a plane to repatriate the 200 defrauded Nigerian citizens currently stranded in Russia.

Steve Ugbah, Nigerian ambassador to Russia who made this known while addressing a news conference on Tuesday, said, “my foreign minister and I spoke yesterday.

“The foreign minister spoke to President Muhammadu Buhari. He approved that these Nigerians [would] be evacuated back to Nigeria.

“So the federal government of Nigeria is sending a plane very soon to evacuate these Nigerians back home. That is the ultimate goal.”

Currently, there are hundreds of Nigerian citizens in Russia who paid money to fraudsters for fake Fan IDs — FIFA-issued identification cards for the World Cup — to get to the country and were promised jobs but now remain without employment, money or tickets home.

There are also no official reasons for their deportation, since visa-free travel for Fan ID holders was prolonged by Russia until the end of the year.

The diplomat pointed out that 200 defrauded Nigerians remained in the accommodation provided by the embassy in Moscow.

“All I can tell you is that we have about 200 Nigerians that we have been able to relocate to shelters, I call them shelters — to hostels, to dormitories, so as to take them off the street so we can provide food for them.

“These are Nigerian citizens and the Embassy’s responsibility is to make sure that we protect them and we provide for their basic needs as we prepare to take them back home,” Ugbah said.

The ambassador added that there were three shelters housing defrauded Nigerians, all in Moscow.

(Sputnik/NAN)

Fans Left Confused as Tiwa Savage Completely Ignored Wizkid Publicly on His Birthday

Despite anticipation from fans of the two best friends, Tiwa Savage failed to oblige Nigerians as she decided to make no public post for Wizkid who turned 28 yesterday.

It could be recalled that when Tiwa Savage had her birthday earlier in the year, Wizkid did not make just one post, he did not make two but went ahead to drop five posts for his friend and ‘Queen’!

Although this was the post which started the rumours of an affair, it was also a move that hinted at great friendship between the two.

For Tiwa not to return the favour could either mean she is scared of Nigerians: also scared of doing below expectations since wizkid already went overboard for her.

Another consideration is that her estranged hubby Teebillz is back online and Tiwa could just be playing safe at the same time.

Whatever the case may be, we know all is well between the two and Wizkid has probably received a big hug and kiss from Tiwa all the time we waited for a birthday post.

Crisis: APC summons Governor Ortom, Akume to Abuja

The Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawal Shu’aibu has summoned to Abuja for an urgent meeting the two main actors in the tussle for leadership of the Benue chapter of the  All Progressives Congress.

A competent source, who preferred not to be named, who made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Monday said the deputy party chieftain summoned Sen George Akume and Gov Samuel Ortom to an urgent meeting in Abuja.

The source further explained that the meeting followed an announcement by the governor that he was pulling out of the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two known gladiators in the APC in Benue, Gov. Ortom and Sen. George Akume have been at loggerheads over the control of the party in the state.

Gov. Ortom had on Monday in Makurdi shortly after swearing in a new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jerome Shimbe, renounced his membership of APC.

According to the governor, he has ceased to be a member of the APC, following what he called “a red card” given to him.

He said the red card from APC would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.

The governor stated that the strained relationship between him and the party, under which he contested the 2015 governorship election in 2015, had left him without a party.

However, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, had on Monday in Abuja, described the alleged exit of the governor from the party as a rumour.

(NAN)

Fayose’s defeat will end stomach infrastructure, says Sagay

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), hailed the ouster of the PDP in Ekiti State, adding that it would mark the end of stomach infrastructure.

Sagay said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Monday.

The PACAC chairman described the outgoing governor as a person who exploited the poverty of his people for personal gain.

He said, “I think Ekiti people have restored their sense of self-respect and dignity because to have elected a Fayose was a self-inflicted insult and he insulted them by saying he won the election on the grounds of promising them stomach infrastructure.

“It was a very big insult because what he was saying is that the Ekiti people live solely for the sake of eating. That is why stomach infrastructure was a very big insult. And he insulted them for four years; he ran the state down.

“He didn’t pay salaries. Altogether, he was a disaster. So, this election was a way of voting Fayose out because I don’t think his deputy was the real candidate. In voting out Fayose, Ekiti people have restored their sense of self-respect and we will no longer call them stomach infrastructure state but as a serious people who look at their progress instead of food.”

Sagay advised Fayose and his team not to bother going to court but accept the result in the spirit of sportsmanship.

He said when the PDP rigged the election in 2014 Fayose did not complain “but is now crying foul because the results don’t favour him.”

The senior advocate lamented the issue of vote-buying in the last Saturday election but argued that it could not have affected the outcome of the election since both sides engaged in it.

Governor Obasekei reacts to policemen killed and burnt in Edo State

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has condemned the ambush and killing of four policemen by gunmen in Sabon-gida Ora, Owan West Local Government Area of the state on July 14.

It was gathered that four policemen who were attached to the Sabongida-Ora Divisional Police Headquarters, were on July 14 killed and burnt in their patrol van by unknown persons.

The police officers were killed at a road block at Uzebba-Aviosi junction, along Ifon road, Sabongida-Ora.

A statement issued by Mr Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategies, quoted Obaseki as saying that the incident was being investigated to ascertain the motive of the killers while efforts to arrest them were ongoing.

Obaseki said, “I commiserate with the Inspector-General of Police, the Edo Police Command and the families of the deceased.

“Our administration will work with the security agencies to apprehend the criminals and bring them to justice,” he said.

The governor said that the unprovoked attacks on men and women of the police force and sister security agencies was unacceptable.

He assured that the state’s security architecture would create roles for communities and local groups as well as the organised private sector to support security agencies in eradicating crimes across the State.

Sex-for-marks: Unilag summons Linda Ikeji, ex-student before sexual harassment panel

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG ), Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has urged one Joy Nwanna, a former student, and popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, to appear before its sexual harassment panel.

The Vice-Chancellor, who made the appeal Monday at the Senate chambers in Abuja, said the appearance of the duo would help the Prof Chioma Agonmo-led panel to unravel Joy’s allegations of sexual harassment against Prof Segun Awonusi of the university’s English department.

He assured them of protection should they come forward.

In May, Linda Ikeji featured a post of semi-nude photographs of Awonusi sent by Nwanna who accused him and others in the university’s English department of sexual harassment.

Nwanna was a student of the University between 2012/2013 and 2015/2016 academic sessions.

In investigating the matter, Prof Ogundipe said the five-member panel dug into contacts from Miss Nwanna’s student records and tried reaching out to her and her next of kin but met a brick wall.

“She gave us the name of the next of kin, Samuel Nwanna. His number is 08060971976. We called but it did not go through.

“Her sponsor is known as Idighisai Grace. The phone number is 07033543627. We got in touch but it was another person that responded.

“The number with us concerning Joy Nwanna is 07035574747. It was one Yakubu Idris that picked the call.

“This particular individual had different personalities. If she is ready to attend to the request of the panel, we will give her necessary cover.

“And even Linda Ikeji, who is an alumnus, we are appealing that as a proud alumnus of this university, she should assist this university to get to the bottom of this issue so that the name of the University will not be ridiculed.

“The email address she used to getting across to Awonusi, we sent a mail but got no reply.”

The VC said Awonusi on his part had appeared before the panel twice.

“Awonusi submitted a written report; the committee looked at the report. He submitted the email she sent to him and appeared before the panel twice,” he said.

Unfortunately, Ogundipe said the panel got no response from any other students regarding the sexual harassment case.

“The panel called on other students who had information about the case or others to come forward but nobody came forward,” he said.

Ogundipe said the University would not rule out using law enforcement agencies to trace Nwanna.

The VC urged members of the public with relevant information on the victim to help the University with the investigation.

Rooney chooses ‘greatest ever’ between Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has picked his ‘best player’ between Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi.

Rooney played with Ronaldo during his time at Old Trafford, but has now chosen Messi as his greatest ever footballer on the planet earth.

The D.C. United striker showed no hesitation in proclaiming the Argentine captain better than former team-mate, Ronaldo.

Rooney, who famously played against Ronaldo at the Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, has now lauded Messi, insisting he is the best player in history.

Appearing on the ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast, Rooney was asked which player he preferred and instantly replied: “Messi”.

Asked why he selected the Barca number 10, he added: “Yeah, I think I’ve said this before, but they’re both probably the best two players to ever play the game.

“I just think Messi is, in my eyes, the greatest ever.”

Messi and Ronaldo struggled to consistently replicate their brilliant club form at the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Messi scored only one goal during the competition against Nigeria and were subsequently knocked out by eventual champions, France, while Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in his opening game against Spain and then the winner against Morocco, but his influence waned as Portugal were eliminated by Uruguay in the last 16.

Igbo want Biafra, IPOB tells Atiku

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described as the height of deceit, the statement made by former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, that if he becomes the president in 2019, he will restructure the country in such a way IPOB would jettison the idea of Biafra

Speaking with Daily Sun in Umuahia, the younger brother of the leader of the pro Biafra group, Nnamdi Kanu, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, said the former vice president should do away with his restructuring. Emmanuel said what the people of the area need is nothing but Biafra.

“To start with, I don’t exactly know what Atiku means by restructuring. He needs to explain to us what restructuring is all about and the kind of restructuring he is talking about.

“IPOB is a secessionist group and we believe in Biafra and total freedom of our people. What does he mean by restructuring, is it along state or regional line? He should do away with his restructuring.

“Atiku was there when the Nigerian army invaded Nnamdi Kanu’s house and he never said anything, so, why should we, as Biafrans, believe him? We cannot believe him.

“Again, he came to Umuahia without making any attempt to visit the same place soldiers invaded, to see things for himself; so, why should we believe him in the first place.”

Kanu junior was furious the more that where Atiku made the statement was about 200 metres from Kanu’s house, yet, he never made any attempt to visit the place. He insisted the Igbo will not believe such a person.

“The Igbo are not swayed by such statement; he only came to seek our votes and after that, no more.

“Before he came to Abia or Igbo land, he should have been able to understand the meaning of Biafra. For us, Biafra means freedom for us to be free.

“It is completely different from restructuring of the country. We want to be free people, so, what Atiku is saying doesn’t make sense to us; until he does the needful, nobody will take him seriously.

“What we want is Biafra and it’s as simple as ABC. What Atiku said is a political gimmick, they have seen Easterners as people they can use whenever they can, to grab whatever they want, especially when they want our votes. What they do is to run their mouths, and after obtaining our votes, they will leave us where we were. So, Biafra is what can save us.”

He advised the Igbo not to accept such Atiku’s posturing, stressing that such overture is fraught with deceit and said nobody will deceive them again.

“Igbo have become wiser in all spheres of live, nobody can deceive us again, not even one million Atikus,” Kanu said.

Sun

Ahmed Musa’s strike picked for goal of the tournament

Ahmed Musa’s second goal against Iceland has been nominated among 17 other goals for the Goal of the 2018 World Cup by FIFA.

The Leicester City forward latched on to a long clearance deep from inside the Nigeria half before he used his speed to outrun his markers before he slotted home for the Eagles to cruise to a 2-0 win.

It was his fourth goal at the World Cup after he also scored twice at the 2014 tournament in Brazil four years ago.

Other goals nominated included Lionel Messi’s opening goal against the Eagles which Argentina won Nigeria 2-1 and Croatia captain Luka Modric’s goal against Argentina.

Fans will choose the overall Goal of the World Cup not later than Monday, July 23.

Fake female doctor lands in serious trouble in Abeokuta

A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has ordered the remand of Mrs. Mercy Duru in prison.

The woman was arraigned yesterday on a three count-charge of attempted murder, impersonating as a medical doctor and obtaining by false pretence.

She will remain in prison till the next adjournment date of October 5, 2018.

The charge with reference no: MA/512c/2018 read as follows: “That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, between June 23, 2018 and July 1, 2018, at about 5:00pm, at Oluwo area, Adigbe, Abeokuta, in the Abeokuta Magisterial District, did attempt to unlawfully kill one Mr. Olawale Hassan by injecting him with Rocephine and Zoladex drugs, which you claimed can cure heart related diseases, that almost claimed his life and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 320 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006.

“That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did with the intent to defraud one Mr. Olawale Hassan, falsely presented yourself as a medical doctor, working at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 484 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006.

“That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did by false pretence and intent to defraud, obtained the sum of #400,000 from one Mr. Olawale Hassan on the pretence that you would use the money to buy medicine for him, which you neither bought nor refunded the money and committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 419 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006”.

After reading the charges to her, of which she affirmed to understanding them, her plea was not taken.

The presiding Magistrate of Court 1, A. I. Adelaja (Mrs), ordered that she should be remanded in prison custody, while the matter was adjourned to October 5, 2018.

Ekiti election: Why Nigerian government should send Fayose to psychiatrist – APC reveals

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the Federal Government to send the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose to a psychiatrist.

Lawrence Okah, the State Secretary of the party made the appeal while berating Fayose for announcing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Olusola Eleka as the winner of the Saturday’s election.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Okah said, “only a mental person” will announce results when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was yet to declare a winner.

Okah also noted that Fayose’s failure was a signal that PDP governors will fail in the South-West.

According to Okah, “The APC is the party to beat in any election. We went to Ekiti to defeat an incumbent. With Ekiti victory, we have taken over the South West. Our next journey is the South-South.

“All those things you hear from the social media will not stop the APC from ensuring that the right thing is done.

“Only a mental person could do what Fayose has done to announce election results. Any sane pêrson knows that only INEC has the powers to announce election result. The FG should send Fayose to a psychiatrist.”

Top socialite, Annabelle dies at 49 [Photo]

Annabelle Neilson, a star of Bravo’s reality show Ladies of London, has died, PEOPLE confirms. She was 49.

The details of her death are not available at this time.

In addition to being a reality star, Neilson worked as a model before her death, and was close friends with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen — whose suicide in 2010 absolutely devastated her.

“He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed,” Neilson, who was the last person to see the designer alive, told the Daily Mail in 2015.

“The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes,” she added.

Detailing her past troubles, Neilson told the outlet that she became a heroin addict at the age of 16 but was later able to remain sober.

During the interview, Neilson, who comes from an aristocratic family (her mother Elizabeth is a marquesa), also spoke warmly about Moss, whom she described as her “bestie.”

“Kate is my best mate and I love her like a sister. Yes, she’s an icon but to me she’s just Kate,” she remarked, adding that “we fight over stupid things, then we kiss and make up.”

“We share clothes, we share everything and her fame has never been an issue,” she continued. “She always looks out for me and I look out for her. We’ve got each other’s backs.”

Shortly before her death, Neilson’s ex-boyfriend Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill married photographer Kimberly Hammerstroem at his family’s home in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. (Neilson attended the wedding.)

Neilson was previously married to banker Nat Rothschild.

“Nat and I had been together for four years and I was 26 when I married him. He first asked me to marry him half an hour after we met and then every day afterwards. Finally, we decided to do it,” she told the Daily Mail.

Reflecting on her time on Ladies of London for two season from 2014-15, Neilson previously told Bustle that the fan response to her had been “amazing.”

“The people that have written to me, or left me messages, have been so sweet,” she remarked, adding that it was too soon to tell whether any of her costars would become friends for life.

“I always say it takes five years before I really believe that I know a person well enough to say that this person is going to be in my life for the rest of my life,” she added.

On the show, she also promoted a series of children’s books that she had written called The Me Me Me’s.

Neilson was an avid horse racer until she was thrown off the saddle in a horrifying accident in 2013. Although she told the Daily Mail that she was able to walk again after 12 weeks, she was told by doctors she could never ride again — and suffered chronic pain following the incident.

“The truth is I was happiest when I was training. I love the connection with these great animals and, although I grew up riding, racing is completely different,” she told the outlet.

Aggrieved APC youths accuse Obaseki of marginalisation

Some aggrieved youths of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Edo State have accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of alleged marginalisation of some leaders of the party.

They alleged that many of the party members and leaders, who worked to ensure Obaseki’s emergence as governor in the 2016 governorship election, had allegedly been abandoned.

Addressing journalists in Benin on Monday, the convener of the group of aggrieved APC youths, Mr Tony Kabaka, alleged that while elders of the party were sidelined, the governor appointed “foreigners” into his cabinet.

Kabaka expressed worry that the legacy of the National Chairman of the party and immediate past governor of the state, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, could be in vain if Obaseki failed to reconcile the aggrieved leaders and elders of the party.

He, therefore, advised the governor to reconcile the aggrieved members in order to prevent the defeat recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party in the Ekiti State governorship poll from playing out in Edo.

He said, “What happened in Ekiti is an example the government should learn from. If we cannot benefit from a government we suffered for, we will not work for the government.”

VIDEO: Okocha hits at President Buhari as Croatia, France presidents attend 2018 World Cup final

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, took a shot at President Muhammadu Buhari, after the 2018 World Cup final between Croatia and France on Sunday.

Both teams received cheers in Moscow by their respective presidents, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron.

Okocha, speaking on SuperSport, said Nigeria was used to presidents who never want to go away.

“You see the Croatian President, not a bad looking one. And the French President too, a young man who clicked with the team all along not some old man who doesn’t want to go away,” he said.

Grabar-Kitarovic became a huge fans’ favourite throughout the tournament, after taking an unpaid leave to support her national team in Russia. See video:

N-Power reveals what applicants must do before Friday

N-Power, Federal Government’s youth empowerment scheme has revealed what its 2017 applicants must urgently do.

The scheme said applicants who have not “come-on board” should do so immediately.

A tweet on his handle reads, “PLEASE SHARE URGENTLY

“If you are a 2017 applicant and you have NOT come on-boarded yourself. Log on to the NPVN portal and do so NOW.

“If you know anyone who has not on-boarded themselves, tell them to do so NOW. The cut-off time is 6pm, Friday.”


Oshiomhole Reacts To Gov. Ortom's Exit From APC, Killings By Herdsmen

While speaking with newsmen at the APC secretariat after a meeting of the National Working Committee, the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said on Monday that the party has not shut its doors to any governor elected on the platform of the party.

The former governor who also dismissed reports of reported exit of Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom as a mere rumor, said Nigerians must come together with the same vigor they fought the Boko Haram insurgency to be able to defeat the menace of herdsmen killings rather than attaching ethnic and religious sentiments to the killings.

Responding to a question on the reported exit of the Benue state governor who alleged that he was pushed out of the party, Oshiomhole said the governor had assured him on several occasion that he will not be leaving the party, pointing out that if he has actually left, the party would need to study the situation before formally reacting to it.

He said: “I know that governor Ortom is a very senior member of the party and he has said so repeatedly in print and has said to me one on one basis that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out.

“I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any governor and certainly not governor Ortom.

“In these days of social media, I will not be responding on the basis of rumor and unverified reports. In fact, talking about unconfirmed sources, on Saturday, I was in Lagos to honour an appointment that had been booked for over the past six months and I felt obliged to honour that appointment and yet some of these merchants of untruth and fabricators of fake news posted all sorts of stories including one of which I was being interviewed in Ekiti.

“I was only there in Monday to address Labour leaders and on Tuesday, to participate in the grand finale of the campaigns of which Mr President was there and I left Ekiti that same day on the same aircraft as Mr President.”

Oshiomhole said the party is concerned about the rising wave of killings across the country, adding that security agents in the country must wake up and prove to the Nigerian people that they have the capacity to defend them and ensure the safety of lives and property.

He said: “We have also deliberated on the unfortunate incident that occurred in Sokoto state last week in which a number of innocent Nigerians were killed in cold blood by gunmen.

“We are worried about this and our preliminary investigations showed that those affected come from a part of the state that can be said to quite rural and probably a place where people don’t even have cattle. All they have is just their farm land.

“This killing, like other killings across the country is condemnable and the NWC condemn them in the strongest words possible, we believe that every Nigerian, regardless of his location has a right to life.

“We admit that the minimum obligation of government is to protect lives and property and we urge our security chiefs to do everything possible not only to arrest all those involved in this senseless killing, but to do everything possible to be seen to have the competence to protect lives and property.

“No one will be satisfied with making explanations or try to explain away why we cannot secure human lives especially of a Nigerian citizen within the borders of Nigeria.

“We want to strongly appeal to all Nigerians and the media should help us in this process. This is the only country that we have and so, we must do everything to give every Nigerian a sense of security regardless of his accident of birth place which some people refer to as ethnic origin or his choice of residence of religious belief.

“It is not helpful to national efforts of security lives and property if any Nigerian, including religious leaders and Media seeks to explain criminality in terms of religion or ethnic nationality. This is unhelpful in terms of our collective responsibility to work with security agencies to provide useful information that can lead to the arrest of criminals and also help them to preempt any plan by criminals to undermine our collective security.

“Those responsible for the wanton killings in Sokoto and those who are victims are of the same ethnic origin and unarguably of the same religious persuasion. It is the same thing in Zamfara state.

“It is not between one ethnic group or the other and so, if these criminals found themselves in other parts of the country as they have done from time to time, and their victims are of different ethnic origin, we should insist that we treat them for who they are, criminals that government has a duty to pursue and chase out of the territory of Nigeria and all those who are perpetuating crimes be brought to justice in accordance with the provisions of our laws.

“As a nation, we should all be united, not only in co democracy in this wanton killing, but also in helping government to do what it has to do compel security agents to live up to their mandate. It is clearly unhelpful and it bothers on divisive politics if we seek to disguise criminality either in religious terms or ethnic terms.

“Government has a duty to protect all citizens regardless of their religious belief. I ask the Media to help us to educate the people that it does not help the process of law enforcement if crime and criminality are identified in terms of their ethnic origin or their religion.

“But we are together as a party and Nigerians that this killings stand condemned and our security must do everything possible to convince Nigerians that under their leadership, we are safe and secured. They must continue to review their operational modalities in the light of emerging threats.

“The Buhari government is determined to do everything possible to secure the live and property of every Nigerian. That is one of the key objectives that this government committed itself to.

"Unfortunately, as much as we have made progress, we cannot but commend the President and security agents in decimating Boko Haram.

“Unfortunately, while we are making progress in this area, new form of criminality is emerging, we need the same kind of national effort and unanimity in working together to defeat this new criminals that are emerging. We will work with the government and encourage them to do everything it has to do to bring criminals to justice and secure the lives of every Nigerian.”

I don’t believe foreigners are involved in Nigeria’s killings – Outgoing French Ambassador says

The outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Denys Gauer, has identified impunity and injustice as the factors driving the killings and bloodshed in Plateau, Benue, Kaduna and other parts of the country.

The envoy attributed the killings to struggle for land, noting that foreigners were not involved in the bloodshed in the Middle Belt region.

Addressing journalists in commemoration of the 2018 French National Day in Abuja on Saturday, the diplomat who would be rounding off his tour of duty at the end of the month, said Nigerians deserved to enjoy effective security and better governance than the government was currently providing.

He admonished the Federal Government to punish those behind the killings.

The envoy advised the government to develop agriculture and animal husbandry to address the crisis.

“The reason for the killings is demography; some people are fighting for land, so there must be direct policy to develop agriculture and animal husbandry. I think impunity is encouraging the killings and those responsible must be punished. I don’t believe foreigners are involved in the killings,” he said in response to a question about the claims by the Federal Government that Libyan mercenaries were responsible for the bloodshed.

The envoy added, “The second is justice. When there is that kind of killing, there must be proper prosecution and perpetrators must be properly sentenced. If that does not happen, then, it cannot end.”

Gauer noted that foreign investors and partners would not be willing to invest in the affected areas on account of the security challenges there.

According to the diplomat, Nigeria has recorded great progress against Boko Haram, but the sect, he said, had not been eliminated.

He explained that the security forces needed to maintain their offensive against the insurgents so that the displaced persons could return to their communities.

The envoy said that there was a need for the relationship between the two countries to be expanded to involve exchange of culture, renewable energy, agriculture and smart cities.

He said France would inaugurate the “Season of African Culture” in 2020 as part of strategies to promote African culture.

The departing diplomat stated that he enjoyed Nigeria, adding that he had visited Sokoto, Kano, Enugu, Abeokuta, Osogbo, Lagos and other cities, but added that insecurity and bad roads were a challenge.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern has advised Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for killings around the country.

 The group gave the advice in a statement on Monday by MURIC’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

 Akintola blamed politicians, tribal bigots and a section of the media on the spread of wrong information about killings around the country.

 “Nigerian lawmakers should take the lion’s share of the blame, followed by the citizens and the media. They should all accept their culpability in this peculiar mess instead of blaming the executive since the latter has done what is humanly possible within the law,’’ Akintola said.

 He said it was unfair to blame Buhari for Nigeria’s inability to stop killings because security was a collective responsibility, particularly the different arms of government.

MURIC urged Nigerians to adopt a holistic approach to killings occurring in the country.

“Farmer-herder clashes are common everywhere, particularly in West Africa and Nigeria is not an isolated case but we are behaving as if Nigeria is an island.

 “Take Ghana as an example. Earlier this year, cattle rustlers invaded farmlands in Ashanti, Volta, Brong Ahafo and the Eastern regions leading to killings and the destruction of farms.

 “But Ghanaians did not crucify their president because of the clashes but solve the problem by establishing their first cattle ranch last week at Afram Plains in the eastern region. It plans to establish more in the Volta and Ashanti regions.

 “It is time to face realities. We must borrow a leaf from Ghana. That country is as multi-religious and multi-cultural as Nigeria,’’ Akintola said.

 He said herders and farmers clashes could be avoided if Nigeria objectively considered the recommendation for the establishment of ranches.

 Akintola said Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo had in March expressed his administration’s intention to establish cattle ranches to curb the menace of herders.

 “He has succeeded in doing that because Ghanaians did not look at their tribe or religion. They considered what will benefit them,’’ Akintola said.

10 soldiers’ corpses recovered after Boko Haram attack –Military sources reveal

Military sources said on Monday that corpses of 10 soldiers, who were among the troops attacked during an assault on Kwakwa and Chingori communities in the Bama area of Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorists, have been found.

The Nigerian Army on Monday confirmed an “attempted attack” by the Boko Haram on the troops, but insisted that nobody died.

The Army Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said the troops “successfully repelled” the terrorists’ attempt to cart away military operational vehicles and killed 22 of the Boko Haram terrorists.

It had been reported on Monday that apart from the attack on Bama by the Boko Haram fighters, hundreds of soldiers also went missing after the insurgents overran their base in Jilli village, Yobe State.

It was reported that only the commander of the base, alongside 63 soldiers, were found after the terrorists attacked the base, having more than 700 troops. Others have not been found.

The terrorists, said to belong to the Al-Barnawi faction, also reportedly have links with the Islamic State West African Province fighters.

The army on Monday denied both incidents, saying its troops successfully repelled the attempts.

Sources, however, claimed the army was allegedly trying to cover up the attacks.

A source close to Bama, said, “The update is that 10 corpses of soldiers ambushed in Borno have been recovered. The army is still looking for the rest of them. The terrorists are said to have links with ISWAP and they are from the Al-Barnawi faction. The army cannot sweep these attacks under the carpet because there were eyewitnesses to the two attacks in Borno and Yobe which happened on Saturday and Sunday.”

But the army spokesman, Chukwu, said the troops repelled the terrorist attack on Bama, adding that only two personnel were injured.

He said, “The army wishes to state categorically that the report is not true. There was an attempted attack on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in the Bama area by suspected Boko Haram terrorists as a result of the difficult terrain where our vehicles became bugged down.

“The terrorists also attempted to cart away troops’ operational vehicles, but were successfully repelled by our troops with the support of the Nigerian Air Force. About 22 members of Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised while several others escaped with gunshot injuries. Efforts are being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“Unfortunately, one officer and a soldier sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention at the military medical facility.”

How APC, PDP rigged Ekiti election – Observer recounts experience

The Coordinator of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) Accredited Observers Mission has described the just concluded Ekiti State Governorship Election as a “sour and retrogressive experience.”

Recounting his experience during Ekiti the election, Folarin Olayinka, a Human Rights defender and the National General Secretary of (CDHR) in a statement said both major parties, APC and PDP resorted to vote-buying and intimidation of voters.

Condemning the act, he blamed the politicians for the irregularities during the election, exempting the INEC and the security agencies from the compromised voting process.

His statement read “The foremost political parties APC, PDP deprived the people of the right to choose freely who to govern the State.

“They both took advantage of the impoverished masses when they resulted to vote buying, and intimidation of voters. It is sad that our democracy is progressively backward, I’m afraid if we will ever get it right under this crop of political actors. Since INEC was just there to set up and complete the process, little can we blame the umpire but the politicians.

“I am under no obligation to be economical with the truth, the Ruling Party APC and the major Opposition party PDP appeared to be bad examples to our democracy through their conduct, especially the vote buying syndrome and total disrespect for the election rules.

“The political parties took advantage of the orphans who had obviously been impoverished. I have not come to apportion blame to party A or B, rather I have only summarized my experiences in that short sentence.

“I am not contesting the outcome(result) in anyway rather I owe my conscience the obligation to state my experiences accordingly.

“We maintained our independence throughout the assignment and I passionately felt sad that despite the INEC and Security agencies efforts, our politicians still acted retrogressively. I was expecting a process devoid of the barbaric tradition of vote buying.”

Recall that a Coalition of observer groups and Civil Society Organisations, that monitored the Ekiti governorship elections on Saturday had rejected the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the polls.

In a press statement signed by Comrade Haruna Farouk and Nze Adachi Okoro, the group said the result does not reflect what they saw on the ground, promising to release its findings on Wednesday, July 18, which will include details of the malpractices that marred the election.

Governors to Fayose: We’ll miss your invaluable contributions

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said on Monday it would miss the invaluable contributions of outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, at its meeting.

The Forum also congratulated the Ekiti governor- elect, Kayode Fayemi, for his victory at the poll.

According to a statement signed by the Head of Media at NGF, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, the Chairman of the Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, urged the incoming governor to join hands with the other governors in the country to strengthen the Forum and add value to their deliberations at their monthly meetings.

The statement reads: “the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, on behalf of the governors of the 36 states of the Federation congratulates Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on his resounding victory in last weekend’s election to become the governor of Ekiti State once again.

“Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar said elections are usually healthy contests that determine who keeps the mantle of leadership in the state for a certain period of time and not a victor and vanquished affair.

“Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar said all contestants regardless of their party manifestoes primarily are agents of governance that wish to move the welfare and wellbeing of their people to the next level.


“He added that since the people of Ekiti have spoken, the governor-elect, who once showed humility and courage and congratulated the outgoing governor four years ago should this time around also be magnanimous in victory by expressing his fervent desire to govern Ekiti for the benefit of all.

“The NGF Chairman, while wishing the outgoing governor of Ekiti State Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, luck in his new endeavour and stating that the NGF would miss his invaluable contributions at its meetings, also welcomes the incoming governor to the Forum where he is returning as a ranking and experienced member.

“Governor Yari Abubakar hopes that Fayemi will join hands with the other governors in the country to strengthen the NGF and add value to their deliberations at their monthly meetings.”



The Nation

Four policemen killed, burnt inside patrol van

Burnt bodies of four policemen attached to the Sabongida-Ora Divisional Police Headquarters in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State have been discovered. The bodies of the policemen on duty and their burnt patrol van were discovered on Saturday evening in the area. It was not clear who might have killed the policemen or the actual time the incident occurred.

It was said that the policemen were killed at a road block mounted at the popular Uzebba-Aviosi Junction on Ifon Road in Sabongida-Ora area of the local government. After killing the policemen, the perpetrators had lined them up inside the patrol van before setting them on fire. Residents of the area said they did not hear any form of gunshot or exchange of gunfire between the officers and their killers.

The attackers also went away with the policemen’s guns. A resident said: “Nobody can really explain what happened because there was no sound of gunfire. We saw the police van on fire and only realised, on a closer look, that there were four policemen inside. “The people responsible must have planned this thing as they carried out the job neatly.


How do you explain killing of the officers and loading their bodies in their van and setting the van ablaze? “This checkpoint has for long been in existence and we have never experienced anything of such; not even exchange of gunfire in the area. We are at a lost as to what must have happened and how it occurred.

It is even more confusing as there was no incident of armed robbery around the area on Friday or Saturday.” When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babatunde Kokumo, said he could not speak on the matter as he was in Ekiti State on official assignment for the governorship election. He said: “I am on a special election duty in Ekiti State, so, I cannot give any official information on that now.” As at the time of this report, the identities of the affected officers were yet to be made known. However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comment on the matter.

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PDP group woos senate president, Saraki and Lai Mohammed back to party

The Concerned Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kwara State chapter, has appealed to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his loyalists in the All Progressives Congress to defect to the PDP.

The group also urged the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, and the Kwara State APC factional Chairman, Mr Bashir Bolarinwa, to defect to PDP.

The statement, which was signed by Abdullahi Lateef, Moshood Issa,  Danjumo Hamid, Olabode M. A. and Ayinde Wasiu, read, “We are ready to embrace all those indefatigable political bigwigs like Saraki  to act as the needed impetus for our success in subsequent elections.

“Those set of politicians of goodwill as men and women of timber and calibre would definitely change our song from the sorrowful tune of defeat to the hilarious songs of victory.

“We are eagerly and particularly looking forward to the arrival of all the widely acclaimed, ‘game changers’ to strengthen our party and return us to our former winning ways.  The clarion call is most appropriately directed to big time political leaders like Saraki, Lai Mohammed and Bolarinwa.”

Meanwhile,   the pioneer Chairman of the PDP in Kwara State, Mr Kunle Sulaiman, had cautioned the PDP National Chairman, Urge Secondus, against welcoming Saraki, his loyalists and other members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress.

He spoke when scores of women and youths of the PDP protested against the speculated return of Saraki and his loyalists to the PDP.

Sulaiman said, “By the Special grace of God, if Bukola  should contest for Senate in Kwara Central, no matter the political party, he will not return to that seat.

“We also know that the prostitutes, the political lepers, are at their game again. They are looking for where they hibernate and again destroy. We do not want them in our party because we do now want to be infected by their leprosy. Therefore, we are telling the whole world that the PDP, not only in Ilorin West (will not admit them).

Federal Government reveals how many days Third Mainland Bridge will be shut


The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos will be closed to traffic for three days from July 27, 2018, to assess the condition of the bridge, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said.

A statement on Monday said Fashola, spoke as guest on the Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The minister reportedly said the closure was necessary in order to ascertain whether there had been any material deterioration between the period the first procurement for maintenance of the bridge was approved and now, adding that the three days would be used to examine the bridge to be sure that there had been no material deterioration beyond what was procured.

He said, “The investigation would have been carried out earlier but the need to reduce the inconveniences that would accompany the closure compelled government to shift the time to a more convenient period when children would be on vacation and when fewer vehicles were likely to be on the bridge.”

The minister said it was only after the assessment of the amount of maintenance work involved that government engineers and contractors would lay out the plan of work.

“I think it is later in the year or early next year that the repairs will start,” Fashola added.

Why France is the only African team in Russia

Nigeria, Egypt and Morroco all left Russia early and our last hope was dashed when Senegal was also sent home using the fair play rule.

The fair play code is used to determine which team qualifies for the next round and is the third alternative to winning the match or scoring higher points than the opponents.

Africans were diverted in supporting teams as the hole continent was majorly divided among Portugal, Argentina and France. Portugal and Argentina have also been sent home during the weekend so France is Africa’s last hope.

Why is France an European country Africa’s last hope you may ask? It’s because 14 out of 23 players of the French team are African or of African descent.

1. Kylian Mbappé – Cameroon/Algeria

19 year old striker Mbappe is one of the top goal scorers in the tournament. He is a bundle of raw talent and the second most expensive football player in the French League. His father is from Cameroon while his mother is Algerian.

2. Paul Pogba – Guinea

Manchester United’s Pogba first caught the world’s attention during his transfer to the club which cost €105 million and made him the most expensive footballer at the time. He comes from a family of footballers, his elder brother Florentin plays for French club Saint Ètiene and Mathias plays for Dutch club Sparta Rotterdem and the Guinea national football team.

3. Ousmane Dembélé – Senegal/Mali

In 2017 Dembele was tied with Pogba as the most expensive football player after transferring from Dortmund to Barcelona with a fee of €105 million. His father is from Mali while his mother is Mauritian and Senegalese.

4. Samuel Umtiti – Cameroon

Cameroonian Umtiti is an awesome defender. His first name Samuel and his origin country reminds us all of Samuel Eto, another Samuel from Cameroon.

5. N’Golo Kante – Mali

N’golo Kante born to Malian migrants has been described by Alex Ferguson as by far the best player in the field. Kante currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Chelsea.

6. Corentin Tolisso – Togo

Bayern Munich’s Tolisso was called by Togo manager Claude Le Roy to play for the Togolese national team in 2016 but he deferred acknowledging his ties to Togo through his paternal lineage but remained loyal to France.

7. Presnel Kimpembe – Congo

Kimpembe was born to a Congolese father and an Haitian mother. The 22 year old currently plays as a defender in Paris Saint-German.

8. Blaise Matuidi – DR Congo/Angola

French-Congolese Niska paid tribute to Matuidi by creating the song “Matuidi Charo (PSG)” and dance of the Charo, dance of the vulture, which was then popularized on the football field by Matuidi. Matuidi plays as a central midfielder for Juventus.

9. Adil Rami – Morocco

Moroccan Adil Rami was also asked to play for the Moroccan national team. He also declined choosing to play for France instead.

10. Steven N’zonzi – DR Congo

N’zonzi first debuted for the French U-21 team. The Congolese football association asked him to play for the team but he declined due to the structural and administrative problems. He, however, stated that he might play for the team in future.

11. Nabil Fekir – Algeria

Fekir played for Algeria in friendlies against Oman and Qatar in March 2015 but moved over to France to play in friendlies against Denmark and Brazil. Fekir also played for the French U-21 team.

12. Steven Mandanda – DR Congo

Goalkeeper Mandanda moved to France with his family as a teenager. His 3 younger brothers are also goalkeepers: Parfait, goalkeeper of Charleroi and Congolese international; Riffi, goalkeeper of AC Ajaccio and France U-16; and Over, who was in the junior ranks of US Lusitanos Saint-Maur.

13. Benjamin Mendy – Senegal

At 23, Mendy has already played for big clubs like Marseille, Monaco and is currently in Manchester City.

14. Djibril Sidibé – Senegal

Sidibé was called up to the senior squad for the first time for a friendly against Italy. The right back currently plays for Monaco.

So, you see, It’s because 14 out of 23 players of the French team are African or of African descent

But what do I know, I am just here sipping my bottle of Star Lager…

EFCC comes for Governor Fayose after losing Ekiti election

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State will face criminal trial after leaving office, the anti-graft agency, EFCC, said on Monday.

Mr Fayose, a vocal critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to leave office in October after handing over to the governor-elect of the state, Kayode Fayemi.

Mr Fayemi on Sunday defeated Mr Fayose’s preferred governorship candidate and current deputy governor, Olusola Eleka.
Both Messrs Fayose and Eleka, as well as their party, PDP, have said they will challenge the results of the election in court.

Hours after Mr Fayemi was announced winner of the election, the EFCC posted a tweet on its official Twitter handle that it would resurrect a poultry scandal involving the governor. The agency later deleted the tweet which was condemned by many Nigerians including the governor’s spokesperson.

“That tweet was totally irresponsible,” Mr Fayose’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, told PREMIUM TIMES. “The EFCC is not the court.”

“Ayo Fayose will remain governor until October 16, so they should wait until the end of his tenure,” he added.

Mr Fayose, like all Nigerian governors, enjoys immunity from prosecution while in office.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday night, the EFCC spokesperson played down on the tweet controversy, but said only the court could clear Mr Fayose of his criminal trial after leaving office.

“While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC,” the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

Read the full EFCC statement by Mr Uwujaren below.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has observed with interest, reactions to a tweet that purportedly appeared on the Commission’s Twitter handle July 15, announcing the imminent revival of the criminal case against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet coming a few hours after Fayose’s protege, Kolapo Olusola of the People’s Democratic Party lost the governorship election to his All progressives Congress rival, Kayode Fayemi, betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti State.

Against the background, Commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organization the Commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election. It therefore has no reason to gloat over the political misfortune of any candidate or political god-father.

While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC.

Policemen extort N100,000 from building contractor through POS

Some policemen attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Edo State Police Command, have been accused of extorting N100,000  from a building contractor, Emmanuel Alabede.

The operatives allegedly collected the money using Point Of Sale (POS) machine after threatening to kill him if he failed to give the bribe.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Alabede was travelling from Ibadan to Abuja when the car he was travelling in was stopped by the cops on the Ibilo-Okene Expressway and the bags of the occupants of the car were searched.

Alabede said the operatives told him to give them his mobile phone but he declined, telling them to state what his offence was.

Twenty eight year-old  Alabede, who said that the operatives raised their voice and threatened to kill him, added that he eventually released his phone to them.

He said, “They searched my phone but they found nothing incriminating; all they saw were pictures of uncompleted buildings. They asked me if the buildings belonged to me and I told them that they were not mine but they belonged to my clients.

“They said I was lying and accused me of being an Internet fraudster but I told them I was not and showed them my ID card and my company’s card, but they did not release me.

“While they were with my phone, a notification of alert of over N200,000 popped up on my phone from a client and they said they were going to collect the N200,000 from me.

“I told them that the money was not for me; that it was for a client that wanted me to work on his building, but they told me that if I didn’t give them the money they would kill me and nobody would hold them responsible.”

Alabede said when he refused to give the cops the bribe demanded, they told the driver of the car he was travelling in to go.

The Oyo State indigene added that he had to cooperate with the operatives to save his life.

He said, “I told them that I could not give them the whole money but I can give them part of it; so they told me that they would not collect anything less than N100,000 from me.

“They took me to a POS operator and I made a transfer of N100,000 to the operator  who charged N2,500 for the transaction and gave the cops N97,500.”

Alabede further stated that the operatives who were in their uniform when stopped his car, changed to mufti when they were going to the POS operator’s stand.

 He said he reported to the police helpline (0805700000) immediately he left the scene but was rebuked by the person that picked the call for not calling when he was with the cops.

He added that the unnamed person directed him to the police Whatsapp channel (08057000003), where he was directed back to the helpline.

“I replied them that I had already called the helpline and it was from there that I was directed to the Whatsapp. Since then, I have not received any reply from the Whatsapp channel,” he said.

When contacted, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, pretended that he was not the person at the other end of the conversation.

“Are you sure you know who you are talking to? Check the number you are calling,” he said and immediately terminated the conversation.

A check through True Caller, a mobile app, revealed that Chidi Nwabuzor was the one that picked the call.

Our correspondent in Edo State also gave the same number as that of the state PPRO.

PUNCH Metro again put several calls across to the phone number, but it rang out as the police spokesman refused to pick his calls.

A text message sent to the number had yet to be replied to as of press time.

How Alfa used fake vision to rape student in Lagos [Photo]

An Alfa, Mustapha Hammed, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping a 29-year-old student of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.

The police said the 23-year-old suspect told the victim that he saw a vision that she would die in 24 hours, unless the student took three spiritual baths.

It was gathered that after the victim received the message, Hammed allegedly took the girl to Itowolo in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State for cleansing to avert the death.

While addressing the press during a parade at the state police command on Monday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the victim never knew Hammed had a clandestine plan, as he sexually assaulted her.

He also said  since Hammed allegedly raped the victim, she had remained traumatised.

Imohimi said, “The Alfa deceived the victim that he saw in a vision that she was going to die within 24 hours. He took the girl to Ikorodu, Lagos, for cleansing so that she will not die.

“At Ikorodu, he raped the girl, who was a virgin.

“He thereafter wiped of her blood with a white handkerchief and since then, according to the victim’s father, the girl has been behaving abnormally because she was completely devastated and traumatised by the incident.”

Hammed confessed that he deflowered the girl when he took her to Itowolo in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State to spiritually cleanse her.

The Oyo State indigene said, “On April 7, 2018, I called the girl to come and meet me at my house. The girl is a friend to my girlfriend. When she came, I told her that I saw a vision that she has spiritual husband while I was praying and told her she needed to bath three times to solve the spiritual problem.

“The girl agreed to follow me to my house in Ikorodu. When we got there, she bathed the first time, but before she had the second bath, I had put a frog inside the water. I threw the frog inside the water because I want to marry her but do not know how to tell her.

“When she saw the frog, she ran out of the bathroom. I told her that it was a bad sign and she asked what to do. I then told her to call her boyfriend to meet her at my place. She told me that she could not call anybody and asked me to help her to do everything. She said she was still a virgin and told me to deflower her, so I did. But it was on that day that I realised that she was a virgin.

Hammond also said the girl was fine when they got back from Ikorodu, adding that he was not responsible for her abnormal behaviours.

He said, “When we came back to Bariga from Ikorodu, I saw her about two weeks ago and she was fine. I was arrested on Thursday, July 12, and they said I raped the girl and used her to do something; I did not use her to do anything.”

The CP said the case had been transferred to the Gender Section Unit for further investigation, adding that the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

How we were stopped from attending Middle Belt summit, Nwodo comes for Buhari

Some members of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum, led by Chief Edwin Clark, were on Monday in Abuja stopped from traveling to Makurdi, the capital of Benue State to attend the Middle Belt summit on restructuring.

They reported that their chartered flight was stopped from flying to the Benue State capital under the pretence of security clearance.

Spokesperson for the group, who is also the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, said the elders spent about five hours at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, trying to obtain a clearance to make the journey but were refused by the Commandant of the Makurdi Airport, whose name was given as Lt. Commander A. Audu.

He regretted that the clearance was not given, accusing the Buhari-led government of running a military system.

Nwodo said, “We arrived in time for our flight today at 12 noon, the airport commandant disallowed us from flying and said we needed to go and get permission to land in Makurdi.
“We consider this fundamental infringement on our democratic rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association. There is nothing in our law precluding us from moving to wherever we like, from holding an opinion in so far as we do not breach any law in Nigeria.

“What has happened to us today expresses a lot of doom for fundamental human rights in our country, for the free exchange of ideas as unavoidable instruments of achieving growth and development of our polity.

“We deprecate the treatment that we were given today, which prevented us from physically joining our brethren in the Middle Belt in a common view which we all hold, a very patriotic view, which we think will be the only way to guarantee the future of our country.”

Nwodo, who spoke in the company of other members of the group at the Abuja residence of Clark, said that all they wanted was to show solidarity with the Middle Belt people who he said had supported the forum.

He added, “The people that you saw on the television in the Middle Belt are our brethren who showed us solidarity in other zonal summits. The fact that we were barred from showing them this solidarity is bound to hurt them.

“Through this press conference, we want to express our solidarity with them. We want them to know that we are one and the same in our views of the restructuring of the federation

“Secondly, (we need) to deprecate this new tendency. Not too long ago, the President signed into law an Executive order, which gives him the right to seize people’s assets. This is almost like a military government. And we think that this is an intrusion into the principles of separation of powers in our country.

“It is the responsibilities of the legislature to make law, of the executive to implement the law and the judiciary to interpret the law. I do not think that Section 5 of the Constitution gives the President such executive authority to make laws.”
 
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