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20 Jul 2018

Shock As 19 Year Old Tailor Kills His Pregnant Sister

The police in Borno have arrested a 19-year-old tailor, Abba Umaru, over the murder of his 35-year-old pregnant sister, Ya’Amsa Umaru.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, made the discourse in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu disclosed that the suspect on May 25, hit his sister with a pestle at Magumeri town in Magumeri Local Government Area of the state.

He said that Abba was aggrieved with the demand by his sister requesting him to sew a dress for their father.

He stated that “on 26/05/2018 at 9.40 a.m., one Abba Umaru hit and killed his sister, Ya’Amsa Umaru with a pestle in Magumeri town, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno.
“The suspect is said to have been aggrieved because the sister asked him to sew piece of cloth she bought for their father.

“Consequently, he killed his sister, who was at the time, eight months pregnant, and buried her in a shallow grave in a room.”

Chukwu stated that the suspect would be arraigned as soon as investigations were completed.

(NAN)

How late IGP, Coomassie ordered my detention in KiriKiri Prison, Shehu Sani Opens Up

Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has recalled how the late Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie ordered his arrest and detention in 1995, but that they later became best of friends after the encounter.

In a post on his Facebook, Sani said he visited the IGP on his sick bed recently before his demise

“Dr Ibrahim Coomasie ordered for my arrest and signed my detention order in Kiri Kiri Prison, Lagos in 1995 and when I was released from Prison, he reached out to me and we became ‘friends.
“I related with him as my father. I visited him at home a couple of times and visited him while on his sick bed few weeks ago.”

“We lost a patriot, an elder-statesman, a thorough bred professional and a man ever passionate about his country and his people.”

“May his soul Rest In Aljanna Firdausi.Amin.”

Nigerian Air: Stop Deceiving Nigerians, Presidency Using National Carrier To Siphon Billions, PDP Alleges

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday said President Muhammadu ​Buhari ​should “perish the thought of trying to use the unveiling of a nonexistent national carrier to beguile Nigerians now that election is around the corner”​.​

PDP claimed that the new national carrier was a plot by the Buhari’s Presidency to​ allegedly​ siphon billions of naira.

The party said it was unfortunate that “having run out of fake promises and not having any development project to parade,” Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress, APC, have “now resorted to international kite-flying aimed at hoodwinking unsuspecting Nigerians.”

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party said​,​

“Is it not comical that while other nations are unveiling and rolling out real planes, the Buhari administration, in a most hilarious manner, is ‘unveiling’ drawings of an airplane, name, logo and imaginary routes of a nonexistent fleet, as our national carrier, in faraway London?

“What President Buhari and his handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians can see through their fraud and lies.
“Apart from drawings of airplanes, there are no structures to indicate that a new airline, billed to commence operation in December this year, is being set up; there are no offices, no recruitment of personnel and no form of ground activity anywhere in the country.

“Does it not smack of pure scam that less than six months to commence operations, the supposed new airline has not even started the process of licensing, even when it takes a minimum of six months for a new airline to obtain Air Operating License and three months to develop its manuals?

“Furthermore, every discerning mind can see through the lies in the announced private sector funding, as the Buhari administration has been unable to list any private investor it has gone into negotiation or signed any form of deal with in the said project.

“If the Buhari administration is not on a fantasy trip to beguile Nigerians and pave further ways for its humongous corruption, it should have focused on our existing national carrier structures, in addition to three operating airlines, already taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

“It is therefore clear that the entire project is a huge scam and that the five percent government funding is a direct ploy by the cabal at the Buhari Presidency to siphon billions of naira, using a phantom project.”

Ex-IGP Of Police, Coomassie, Laid To Rest In Katsina

The remains of the former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie were buried in Rimin-Badawa cemetery, Katsina on Friday.

The funeral prayer which took place at about 2.06 p.m shortly after Juma’at service, was led by Sheikh Samu Adam, the Chief Imam of Bin Coomassie Juma’at Mosque, Katsina, with many sympathisers, associates, friends and well wishers in attendance.

Dignitaries, who participated in the funeral prayer include: the Emirs of Daura and Katsina, Alhaji Umar Faruq and Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman,the Minister of Interior and retired Lt.-Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau.

The Inspector-General of Police Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and a prominent businessman Alhaji Samaila Isa Funtua also witnessed the occasion.

The Chief Imam prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased his sins and grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
According to the cleric, death is inevitable, adding that it can take “anyone at anytime and anywhere. “
He urged Muslims to always fear Allah by obeying His injunctions and be prepared for death at anytime.

Coomassie died on Thursday aged 76 at Amadi Rimi Orthopaedic Hospital, Katsina.

He is survived by one wife, six children and many grandchildren.

The deceased served as the Inspector-General of Police between 1993 and 1999.

He also held several other positions, which include, Police Commissioner in Kano State among other positions in the office.

He was Sardaunan Katsina.

Born on March 18, 1942, the late Coomassie had his education within and outside Nigeria, including the Detective Training College, Wakefield, United Kingdom and Washington DC in the United States.

Coomassie was in February 2014 elected the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the position he held until his death.

‘APC Is Demonizing Me’ Governor Ortom Cries Out

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of “demonizing him for obvious selfish reasons.”

Ortom said this while alleging that the state arm of the party on several occasions passed a vote of no-confidence on his administration.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, the governor rubbished claims by the state arm of the party that it never gave him “red card.”

Ortom had on Monday stated that he was given red card by the state arm of the party.

Dismissing the governor’s claim, the Director of Publicity of APC in the state, Peterhot Apeh insisted that such was not the case.

However, the governor met with the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, after which he recanted his earlier declaration to quit the party.

Reacting to Apeh’s comment, Ortom said the spokesperson’s remark was hypocritical.

Ortom also accused the party of opting to “mortgage the interest of the people of the state.”
He said, “We read a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State in which it claimed that the party raised issues of governance with Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, following which he gave himself red card.

“We find the statement as the hypocrisy of the highest order. It is on record that APC in Benue State has on many occasions, passed vote of confidence on Governor Ortom as a result of his performance.

“During the State Congress of the party at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, it adopted the Governor as its consensus candidate. Again, the party publicly said its decision was based on the sterling stewardship of Governor Ortom within the last three years. But being the true democrat that he is, the Governor decided that other aspirants be also allowed to vie for the governorship seat to deepen internal democracy in the party.

“We challenge APC in Benue State to bring out facts to back their claim that they had faulted the performance of the Governor. We equally challenge the party to make public evidence regarding their claims that bailout funds and Paris Club refund were diverted.

“While Governor Ortom appreciates the platform which APC gave him to offer service to the people of Benue State, it is regrettable that the same party has now turned to demonize him for obvious selfish reasons.

“Governor Ortom has encouraged regular caucus and other stakeholders’ meetings at which he constantly gives briefings about the security and financial challenges in the state. He also gets feedback and input at such meetings.

“His successful conduct of the local government elections which APC candidates overwhelmingly won chairmanship and councillorship positions throughout the state is proof of the popularity of his administration.

“There has really been no need for the party to raise governance issues with Governor Ortom because he gives the leaders and the state working committee regular briefings at meetings and platforms mentioned above.

“Besides, the Governor announces to the people of the state receipts of monies and expenditures.

“Governor Ortom gave the people of the state information about the bailout, Paris Club refunds, and all other federal government interventions and explained how they could not meet all the final obligations with respect to payment of salaries, gratuities, and pensions.

“The claim by the APC that such matters were raised at the last State Congress or at a secret forum is therefore not tenable, misleading and insincere.

“The APC State Congress was conducted in the public domain and issues of governance were not raised at the meeting.

“It may also be necessary to point out that the last State Congress was not convened for the purpose of endorsing or electing the Governor, Senators and other representatives in the state or National Assembly.

“Even if that were the case, no one moved any motion for such endorsements and none supported or opposed.

It is therefore absurd for anyone to make heavy wind out of an endorsement that has no legal backing and cannot be relied upon.

“At no time did Governor Ortom ever mention that the APC in Benue State gave him a red card. He stated categorically that it was the leader of the party who said at several fora that he had given him red card.

The Governor made internal efforts to resolve the matter within the structure of the party at the state level before going public.

“That APC in the state has issued the statement as if it is the leader of the party or as if they are one and the same, underscores Governor Ortom’s concern that the party structure in the state is out to satisfy the whims and caprices of one individual.

“It is now clear that APC in Benue State has opted to mortgage the interest of the people of the state. The party’s unprovoked attack on Governor Ortom points to where its interest lies.

“More ridiculous is the fact that APC has become a one-man show in Benue State. It should be on record that the attacks on Governor are coming now because he couldn’t meet some inordinate personal ambitions and interests of those who want to perpetually shortchange the people.

“The media attack on Governor Ortom by the state chapter of APC is the beginning of the smear campaign about which we alerted Benue people and other Nigerians. More of such disparaging statements should be expected in the days to come.

“However, no amount of intimidation or personal attacks can make the Governor to abandon the people of Benue State. He has chosen to stand with the people and won’t be distracted now or in the future.”

Those Who Abuse The Naira Risk Imprisonment, Fine, Emefiele Warns

The Central Bank of Nigeria has decried the growing abuse of the naira through squeezing, selling, spraying at parties and trampling upon while dancing at parties.

The apex bank also decried the hoarding of the national legal tender — especially new notes — by some individuals.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who raised the alarm, warned that henceforth, anyone caught abusing the naira is liable to six-month imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both upon conviction, in accordance with the Bank’s Act of 2007.

Insisting that the naira should be accorded equal respect and dignity with the national flag, the CBN governor explained that the nation spends more than N100 to mint a single N100 note.
Emefiele made the clarification at a two-day sensitisation/enlightenment workshop themed, “Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development”, organised for industrialists, manufacturers, hair dressers, bakers, members of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, tailors and mechanics, among others on Friday.

Represented by the acting Director of Communication of the Bank, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, Emefiele said that the nationwide sensitisation exercise was the second phase and had already taken place in 34 states of the federation.

He said, “The CBN Fair is meant to inform, educate and enlighten farmers and members of the business community on ways and means to promote and sustain their business.”

NYSC Launches Mobile App Ahead Of 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation

The National Youth Service Corp on Thursday deployed its mobile app in the build-up to the commencement of the 2018 Batch “B” orientation camp.

On the official handle of the corp, it was revealed that the mobile app is for both the general public and prospective corp members.

Corp members were advised that they can get the underlisted features from the mobile app:

NYSC Official Website
2. NYSC Registration Portal.
3. Verify Senate List.
4. Verify NYSC Certificates (Certificate of National Service, Exemption Certificate and Exclusion Letter).
5. NYSC State Secretariats Location Nationwide.
6. NYSC Orientation Camp Addresses.
7. NYSC Social Media Platforms.
8. NYSC Support Lines.
9. NYSC Official Email.
10. NYSC National Directorate Headquarters address.
11. News and Event about the activities of the NYSC Scheme.

Meanwhile, NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure informed State Coordinators on Tuesday that no sick Corps Member must be allowed to stay in the Camp Clinic for more than twelve hours while those with complicated or critical illness should be immediately referred to tertiary health facilities for proper medicare.
General Kazaure also admonished the State Coordinators to ensure that basic drugs are available at the Camp Clinics while they liaise with the State Ministries of Health and other relevant stakeholders to improve on the availability of drugs.

“Senior Medical Personnel from the nearest Federal Tertiary Health Institutions must be on camp throughout the duration of the exercise in order to handle all cases of illness”.

“l urge you to encourage the Corps Members to report to the Camp Clinic and disclose their true health conditions for effective management”, Kazaure added.

How FG, States And LGs Shared N668.8bn For May

After weeks of horse-trading over revenue underpayment by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, the three tiers of government have finally received the sum of N668.8bn as allocation for the month of May.

The Director of Information in the Ministry of Finance, Mr Hassan Dodo confirmed the release of the fund in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the fund was released to the three tiers of government while reconciliation of the revenue underpayment was still ongoing.
The statement reads in part, “Owing to disagreement on remittances by the revenue generating agencies, especially the NNPC, the sharing of revenues for May 2018 that was meant to be distributed in June 2018, was put on hold.

“However, the urgent need to cushion the undue hardships being experienced by workers nationwide has made it necessary to distribute the May figures totalling N668.898bn to the three tiers of government, while efforts are being intensified to address the unsatisfactory remittances.”

Currency Swap Deal: CBN Begins Sale Of Chinese Yuan

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday, commenced its intervention in the sale of foreign exchange in Chinese Yuan.

The implementation signalled the consummation of the Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement signed with the People’s Bank of China on April 27, 2018.

The apex bank in a statement issued on Friday explained that the sale of foreign exchange under the agreement would be done through a combination of spot and short tenored forwards.

It added that the exercise, is in form of a Special Secondary Market Intervention Sales retail and would be dedicated to the payment of Renminbi denominated Letters of Credit for raw materials and machinery and agriculture.

The CBN Spokesman, Mr Isaac Okorafor, explained in the statement that the apex bank would receive bids from all authorized dealers.

He added that due to the peculiarity of the exercise, the apex bank would not be applying the relevant provisions of its Revised Guidelines for the operation of the Inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market, which direct all SMIS bids to be submitted to the CBN through the Forex Primary Dealers.
The statement reads in part, “The CBN would also not be applying the relevant provisions of the Guidelines which equally provide that Spot foreign exchange sold to any particular end-user shall not exceed one per cent of the overall available funds on offer at each SMIS session.”

Speaking on the bid period, he said authorised dealers would be requested to submit their customers’ bids from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm on Friday July 20, 2018, adding that bids received after this time would be disqualified.

On funding, he disclosed that authorized dealers would be required to debit the customers’ accounts for the naira equivalent of their bids, stressing that the CBN would debit authorized dealers’ current account on the day of intervention to the tune of the naira equivalent of their bid request.

Okorafor further explained in the statement that there would be no predetermined spread on the sale of Forex Forwards by Authorised Dealers to end-users under the Special SMIS-Retail,

He added  that Authorised Dealers would be allowed to earn 50 kobo on the customers’ bids.

Controversy As Governor Ortom Again Declares His Exit From APC

After saying that he might not be leaving the All Progressives Congress, it seems like the Governor of Benue state has now made up his mind to leave the party.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has declared that he is leaving the  All Progressives Congress (APC)  for good.

He told members of OnTiv Professionals Association in Abuja that he would not return to the party for any reason.

Ortom spoke a few hours after emerging from a peace meeting with the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole where he said he had not dumped the party  and  had expressed hope of a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the party.

But receiving his guests at the in Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja,the governor said: “I can assure you and the good  people of Benue that there is no going back on my decision to exit from the APC.”

He added “at the appropriate time in the next few weeks, I would make my next move public.”

And responding on Friday to claims by the state branch of  the APC that  it was the governor that gave himself a red card after it raised  issues of governance with him, Ortom branded  the party a one man show in Benue.

His Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Terver Akase challenged the APC to “bring out facts to back their claim that they had faulted the performance of the Governor.”

He said: “During the State Congress of the party at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, it adopted the Governor as its consensus candidate. Again, the party publicly said its decision was based on the sterling stewardship of Governor Ortom within the last three years. But being the true democrat that he is, the Governor decided that other aspirants be also allowed to vie for the governorship seat to deepen internal democracy in the party.

“While Governor Ortom appreciates the platform which APC gave him to offer service to the people of Benue State, it is regrettable that the same party has now turned to demonize him for obvious selfish reasons.

“Governor Ortom has encouraged regular caucus and other stakeholders’ meetings at which he constantly gives briefings about the security and financial challenges in the state. He also gets feedback and input at such meetings.

“His successful conduct of the local government elections which APC candidates overwhelmingly won chairmanship and councillorship positions throughout the state is proof of the popularity of his administration.

“At no time did Governor Ortom ever mention that the APC in Benue State gave him a red card. He stated categorically that it was the leader of the party who said at several fora that he had given him red card and the Governor made efforts to resolve the matter within the structure of the party at the state level before going public.

“That APC in the state has issued the statement as if it is the leader of the party or as if they are one and the same, underscores Governor Ortom’s concern that the party structure in the state is out to satisfy the whims and caprices of one individual.

“It is now clear that APC in Benue State has opted to mortgage the interest of the people of the state. The party’s unprovoked attack on Governor Ortom points to where its interest lies.
“More ridiculous is the fact that APC has become a one man show in Benue State. It should be on record that the attacks on Governor are coming now because he couldn’t meet some inordinate personal ambitions and interests of those who want to perpetually shortchange the people.

“The media attack on Governor Ortom by the state chapter of APC is the beginning of the smear campaign about which we alerted Benue people and other Nigerians. More of such disparaging statements should be expected in the days to come.

“However, no amount of intimidation or personal attacks can make the Governor to abandon the people of Benue State. He has chosen to stand with the people and won’t be distracted now or in the future.”

Oshiomhole on Thursday had said  Ortom  “is not going anywhere” and called him  “a very, very prominent member of our party.”

-Culled from The Nation

Young Man Whose Parents And 2 Siblings Died In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Crash, Shares Touching Tribute 2 Years After

A young Nigerian man who had lost his family members some two years ago, has remembered them.

A Nigerian man who has been identified as Lucas Oluwole (@iam_lucaslikizy) on Twitter has taken to his handle to pen down a heartbreaking tribute to his family.
Lucas Oluwole

Oluwole, whose profile reveals him to be a filmmaker, explained that he lost his parents and siblings to a ghastly car accident along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway. It is obvious that Oluwole is still trying to heal from the incident but he sure misses his family very much. The accident occurred about two years ago.

His post reads: “RIP to my family. Lost four to this accident 2016. (Mother, FATHER, junior bro and sis). Today makes it 2 years without them. Join me light a candle for them. #lightacandle #theoluwoles.”

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Olu Jacobs' New Daughter In Law Breaks Silence On Her N10m Traditional Wedding

The daughter-in-law of Nigerian actor, Olu Jacobs, has revealed just how much her traditional wedding costs.

Blessing Douglas has revealed in an interview that her traditional wedding cost them more than N10million to put together. According to her, the wedding is infact one of the most expensive in the Kalabari culture.

Read her interview below;

How do you feel about your big day?

Excited

How did you meet Soji and how long have you guys been dating?

I met Soji in Lagos. I have known his mother for like 5 years because I have worked with her in quite a few projects, so based on that relationship, I got to know the rest of the family members, which includes Soji, his brothers, and his father.  We started dating in 2016 when I graduated from the college and went to Lagos for my NYSC.

Why is Soji so special?

He is everything I ever prayed for in a man. He is very calm and very disciplined. He is religious as well, not in terms of being self-righteous or being a fanatic, but he respects God and upholds the biblical principles and so I was drawn to all those qualities. Most importantly, he knows how to say “I’m sorry” when he is in the wrong and when he is in the right. We also have communication about everything, because communication they say, is the most essential in any relationship and so we communicate a lot.

What is your greatest fear about being married?

Initially before now, my greatest fear has always being the family I am marrying to as you know in Nigeria, you are getting married to the family and I have always prayed that God places me, that they will accept me and love me like their own childI and I won’t have any issues with my inlays. don’t count myself lucky, but I can say I’m blessed to be in this family because they are everything I prayed for. They don’t have any issues at all. They are very loving and very supportive, and the fact that I have known them for this long is more convincing for me to know that I won’t have issues.

Are you under any pressure to become a mother soonest?

No. As a matter of fact, I will be resuming graduate school 2 weeks after this wedding.

What do you think about motherhood?

I think it would be interesting because I see the bond mothers have with their children and how they always cling when they give birth. It is every mother’s dream to carry their kids and raise them. I feel when I get to that bridge, I will cross it because I know I have a lot of support and love around me.
Recently, you posted a picture of Cee c and Leo, if you had to compare yourself and Soji to any celebrity couple, who would they be?

His parents.

What was it like, picking your style for today?

I didn’t have any issues because this is not the first time to do this. It is part of my culture and there is a particular procedure for this type of marriage. The mothers in the house already had it planned out, so I just came in and they got me dressed.

What is the most expensive accessory you will be wearing for your wedding?

This is the most expensive wedding in my tribe and it is called the IYA marriage. It is the most expensive and the highest in the land because it is the king that gives you out, so everything I am wearing is expensive.

Can you give an estimate of what the wedding cost in terms of preparation?

The preparation cost over 10 million because this house as you can see is still being re-painted. There was a lot of renovation and everything. You will get to see more in porthacourt. I’m sure you are seeing a lot of security presence, making sure everyone is fine. You have also seen the caliber of people coming in.

Tell us something about Soji that may surprise every body.

He is a foodie. He doesn’t just like food, he loves good food.

Who will be designing your dress for the white wedding?

Lanre Dasilva.

How long did it take to make your dress?

It will be ready by Monday. I would say a month.

What are you looking forward to in married life?

A lot of happiness, a lot of  fun moments, a lot of travels.

How have you grown as a couple?

We have grown so much. Every relationship has challenges, but we have found a way to address things and the marriage counselling really helped. We had counselling foxlike 8 weeks. Distance was also something we dealt with but we found a way to work things out.

What goals and dreams do you and your fiancé have for your marriage and life together?

Quite a lot and I think our goals and dreams are very intimate. Every couple have things that are private to them and those are the things we just want to keep to ourselves, evolve and grow at our pace.

***
Source: Koko Brides

President Buhari Breaks Silence On Why He Revealed Re-Election Bid So Early

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he made an early declaration to contest the presidential election in 2019.

In a statement on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, he explained that he took the step to douse rising speculations and give the All Progressives Congress (APC) enough time to prepare for the poll.

“I had to announce before the National Executive Committee of our party, my intention to ask for the party’s nomination for next year’s election so that we can save a lot of time and cool tempers,” said the President when he received members of the Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC) at the State House in Abuja.

“A lot of people were trying to make it a habit of being a nuisance to themselves and many Nigerians, so when I came out, I said those who are serious let them come out.

“And I tried to make sure that the party is organised and consolidated so that we start from the bottom to the top, and that Nigerians will be involved in a way that each constituency will pick those that are going to represent them at various levels, whether as local government chairmen, in the State Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and finally the president,” he added.

President Buhari said he noticed that speculations were already constituting a distraction to governance and stirring tensions, stressing that he had to declare during the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.
He noted that early declaration guaranteed more participation and inclusivity within the party, and further strengthened the bond with supporters and Nigerians.

“Some of the people thought to be uneducated and unsophisticated are very educated and sophisticated during elections; for those who have money to give they say bring the money we will still do what we want to do,” he added.

The President pointed out that divine intervention and the use of technology in the 2015 elections exposed the weakness of previous processes where a privileged few sat and allocated figures to constituencies during elections.

“They just sit and look at a constituency and they award the numbers, then they say anybody who disagrees should go to court; now for somebody who is looking for the next meal, where does he get money to pay Senior Advocates of Nigeria?” he questioned.

“Thank God for technology. With the PVC you know where you registered, and it can be shown whether you voted or not.”

President Buhari further advised Nigerians to get their voter’s cards for the 2019 elections and ensure that they vote to please their conscience with pride as citizens.

He also commended the BSGC for all the sacrifice and steadfastness in championing his candidacy.

“I thank you very much for the sacrifice you have been making. I am happy to use this opportunity to meet you and thank you for the sacrifices and steadfastness.

“I don’t think I can thank you enough because by identifying yourself as a group for all these years and getting nothing for it visibly, I think its worthy of commendation,” the President said.

In his remarks, the Coordinator of the BSGC, Umaru Dembo, said “through thick and thin, rain or sunshine, hot or cold, we are here to assure Mr President that since 2014 we have been working, expanding and helping to explain the new life that your government has ushered in for the good people of Nigeria.”

Dembo said the BSGC had initiated the documentation of the President’s achievements in a book authored by Dr Sani Bichi and himself.

He also assured the President of a bottom-up process of mobilising more supporters for the administration, while appreciating him for reversing the trend of impunity, corruption and lawlessness that existed before 2015.

The BSGC coordinator said the group is an umbrella organisation encompassing Women for Buhari and Osinbajo, A Kasaa Tsare, Northern Youth Assembly, and Buhari Renewal Mandate, among others in support of good governance in the country.

Video Of Pogba's Speech To French Teammates Before They Defeated Croatia Goes Viral (MUST WATCH)

Leaders come in different shapes and sizes and Manchester United's Paul Pogba has become a favorite of soccer fans worldwide.

From his bromance with Chelsea's Kante and the huge smile he seems to spread around whoever he meets has kept him trending on social media even days after the match.
This video of him talking to teammates before the epic World Cup final match against Croatia has gone viral and people are loving it!

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Tattoo Addict Removes His Manhood For Interfering With His Looks

A 32-year-old Russian man who has had 90% of his body covered in black ink has now decided to have his genitals removed.

Adam Curlykale, from Kaliningrad, decided to start tattooing his body, including his eyeballs, with black ink after he was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago.

Curlykale, who also has albinism, says he started tattooing himself because he felt depressed by his pale skin, Metro News reports.

And after getting almost 90% of his body covered, Adam felt that his penis ruined his look so he paid to undergo the extreme surgery. He has now shared pictures with his fans on social media after having his penis, nipples and testicles removed.
Adam became famous in 2017 after taking part in the TV show ‘Second Face’ in Poland where he said he wanted the tattoos to cover the blemishes that were left behind by the cancer.

Police Deny Attack On Melaye, Invite Him For Questioning

The Kogi State Police Command has denied the allegations that its personnel attacked the convoy of the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, faulted the claims while addressing reporters on Friday at his office in Lokoja, the state capital.

Alleged Illegal Arms Possession: Melaye, Others Plead ‘Not Guilty’

Senator Melaye had accused the police of shooting at his convoy on his way to inaugurate a project in his constituency on Thursday in Kogi.

But the Police Commissioner noted that while the allegations were untrue, the police opened fire in defence of a purported shooting by some individuals in the lawmaker’s convoy.

“Unidentified civilians inside (a vehicle in the convoy) decided to open fire on my policemen. You don’t expect the police to fold their arms; eventually they replied and opened fire too,” he said.

“Dino has been going round telling people that he was attacked by unidentified people armed men; no, they were real police officers.

“They were there on assignment. Nobody attacked Dino but rather, his convoy attacked my policemen and they repelled,” Janga insisted.

However, Senator Melaye has yet to react to the police account.

Mr Janga also faulted the reports that two police personnel died in the process, saying only one officer sustained a fatal injury and is being treated at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

He said the Command was fully aware that the lawmaker was visiting the state, explaining that the police deployed personnel in strategic points to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
The commissioner condemned the alleged assault on the police officers at the scene of the incident, stressing that they have invited Melaye for questioning.

He added that the police would be forced to declare the embattled lawmaker wanted, should he refuse to ignore their invitation.

“We are going after him (Melaye) and if we cannot see him, we will declare him wanted and we will send his name for watchlisting,” said Janga.

Mission Hospital Slammed With N.5m Fine For Detaining Dead Baby and Parents

An Anambra State High Court presided over by Justice Okuma has awarded a N500,000 cost against Eyi Enu Mission Hospital in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State for unlawful “detention” of the corpse of a child and its parents,

The victims were detained for their inability to pay their hospital bills.

The court ruled that the act of hospitals locking up their patients from exiting their premises under the guise that they must complete payment amounted to false imprisonment.

The judgement was sequel to a lawsuit filed by Mrs. Ngozi Osegbo and Mr. Chinonso Osegbo against the Registered Trustees of the Synod of the Diocese on the Niger, owners of the hospital, in suit No: 0/255/2017.

The ruling made available to journalists in Awka on Friday stated that, “The plaintiffs had taken their 11-month old baby to Iyi Enu Mission Hospital for treatment, but he died while undergoing treatment.”
The hospital was said to have locked up the plaintiffs and insisted that they would not be allowed to leave the hospital until payments were completed.

“The hospital thus detained the plaintiff for more than 10 hours, despite every plea to allow them put themselves together and seek funds.”

“The plaintiffs had to approach the court for the following reliefs, to wit:

“A declaration that the defendants owed the plaintiff’s child (Marvelous Osegbo) a duty of care, and they breached that duty, which resulted in his death.

“A declaration that the action of the defendants’ security men in denying the plaintiffs exit from the hospital and threat of grievous bodily harm with gun amounted to false imprisonment.”

The claimants asked the court for general damages in the sum of N500,000 and 35 per cent interest per annum (or prevailing CBN interest rate) of the judgment sum from date of judgment until final liquidation of the judgment debt.

Delivering the judgment, the court held that the plaintiffs had proved their case.

News In Pictures: Train Collides With Passenger Bus In Lagos In Fatal Accident

A fatal accident involving a bus and a train occurred at Old Abeokuta Road by Odejobi junction on Friday.

According to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority Twitter handle, the accident occurred on Friday morning. The number of casualties wasn’t stated, except that it hindered the flow of traffic at that end of town.
As of the time of filing this report, the traffic management agency has revealed that the scene of the “fatal train-bus accident has been fully recovered. Our officers are currently flushing the heavy traffic trail it has left behind.”

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Atiku reacts as Okonjo-Iweala gets appointment on Twitter board

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, following her appointment into Twitter’s board.

Atiku described her as “a national treasure”.

“I am delighted at the news of Dr. @NOIweala’s appointment to the Board of @Twitter. She is a national treasure and her exploits on the world finance and business stage is further proof that when you empower a woman, you empower a community, a nation and a continent,” he tweeted.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has served as a Senior Advisor to Lazard, Ltd., a global financial advisory and asset management firm, since September 2015. Prior to joining Lazard, she served as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria from July 2003 until June 2006 and as the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from August 2011 until May 2015.

From 1982 until 2003 and then from December 2007 until August 2011, she held several positions at the World Bank.

Okonjo-Iweala gets new appointment into Twitter Board of Directors

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, has been appointed to Twitter Board of Directors (the “Board”) as a new independent director, effective immediately.

“Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise.

“We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.”

“On behalf of the Twitter Board, I want to thank Marjorie for her service on the Twitter Board over the past five years. Marjorie joined the Board in 2013 and has been a strong voice on our board as our Lead Independent Director. Marjorie’s insights and contributions have been invaluable, and all of us at Twitter wish her the best and look forward to her contributions through the end of the year,” said Omid Kordestani, Executive Chairman of Twitter.

Speaking on her appointment, Okonjo-Iweala on her Twitter page wrote, “Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.

“Twitter has made meaningful progress in expanding and encouraging global dialogue and creativity on its platform, and I’m privileged to work with Jack, Omid and the rest of the Board to continue the strong momentum underway.”

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has served as a Senior Advisor to Lazard, Ltd., a global financial advisory and asset management firm, since September 2015. Prior to joining Lazard, she served as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria from July 2003 until June 2006 and as the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from August 2011 until May 2015.

From 1982 until 2003 and then from December 2007 until August 2011, she held several positions at the World Bank.

What we discussed with Buhari - APC lawmakers

On Thursday evening, members of the House of Representatives loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, met him behind closed doors.

The lawmakers were led by Musa Sarkin-Adar and Abdulmumini Jibrin.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, Sarkin-Adar said the meeting “looked at the concerns within the country and the various political parties because election is approaching.”

He said as members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, they felt it was necessary to go and have an interface with Buhari and the national chairman of the party “to address issues and concerns raised by members across the federation.”

Sarkin-Adar said they had “certain concerns and misgivings” in each state of the federation, where congresses were held from wards to local government and state level recently.

“There were so many discrepancies and issues that came up and people made a lot of complaints and they were not listened to. As a result of that, some people thought that they will move out of the party and join another party.

“Others, even before that had made up their minds they were going somewhere and we feel it is necessary to come and inform the president that we are committed to remaining with the party, but issues should be looked into and addressed properly so that all aggrieved members can be persuaded to remain.”

Mr Sarkin-Adar, who represents Goronyo/Gada Federal constituency, Sokoto State, said their decision to remain as committed members of the APC, was based on their experience as members of the House of Representatives.

“So it is now a clarion call for us to rally behind the president and the need for us to also be listened to so that the issues of development of this country can be addressed,” he said.

On how Buhari responded to their submissions, Sarkin-Adar said the president’s response was “very well and very fantastic”.

Chibok/Dapchi: Ex-Mauritius President, Gurib-Fakim speaks on missing girls, their parents

Former President of Mauritius, Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, on Thursday, urged the world not to forget the parents of the yet to be released Chibok and Dapchi girls.

Gurib-Fakim told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that she had a meeting with some parents of the yet-to-be-released Chibok and Dapchi girls who shared their stories and pains.

NAN reports that the closed-door meeting, which was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was convened by the Chief Executive Officer of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode.

No fewer than 10 parents of the yet-to-be-released girls were at the meeting, which started at about 7.15pm on Wednesday.

Recall that 105 of the 110 girls abducted by members of the outlawed Boko Haram group from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19th have since been released.

Also, of the 276 girls abducted by members of the same group from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014, the government has been able to secure the release of many, but more than 100 are still missing.

The mothers of the missing girls still remain expectant of the return of their girls.

Gurib-Fakim said: “It was a touching moment to be speaking with these mothers.

“The message I want to send to the world is that the world must not forget them.

“They are suffering, they have lost relatives — some of them are in captivity and I’m sure they will get them back.

“So, let us all work together and help these girls come home safely to their families and be reunited with them once and for all.

“I have really enjoyed talking with them and If I can do something to take away their sufferings, I will do it.”

Dancing Senator, Adeleke Embroiled In Certificate Scandal, Group Reacts

Senator Ademola Adeleke who is popularly known as the dancing senator has been accused of certificate forgery just as his political ambition gathers momentum.

The group, in a statement signed by two of their leaders, Muftau Adegoke and Rasheed Adegbenro, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday, said they were taken aback by a report linking Adeleke to certificate scandals.

Two days to the primary election of the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, a social political group in the state, Renewal Youth Movement, has challenged one of the governorship aspirants, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to publicly present his certificates within 24 hours or he will be dragged to court without delay.

The group, in a statement signed by two of their leaders, Muftau Adegoke and Rasheed Adegbenro, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday, said they were taken aback by a report linking Adeleke to certificate scandals.

According to them, the story, tagged: “The Man Jackson ‘Nurudeen’ Adeleke,” which has been streaming on the social media in the last 12 hours, became a source of worry to them and that germane issues raised on the post must not be swept under the carpet.

The statement said: “Senator Adeleke is not a private person. He is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Osun West Senatorial District and he is one of the 11 aspirants seeking the PDP ticket. We cannot therefore keep mute as if nothing was going on.

“The claim was that Senator Adeleke has no WAEC certificate and that he was recently held and later released by the State Security Services (SSS) in an attempt to use a pseudo person to help him write his WAEC examination at Alajue Grammar School, Ede. Is it true? Can that be the case?

“If he has WAEC certificate as he claimed, he must bring it out now. There is no shame in that. If not, why was he claiming that he possessed one?"

Senate To Investigate President Buhari's Appointments

The Nigerian Senate has revealed it will investigate appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari after many cried out that it was lopsided.

The Senate on Thursday, mandated its Committee on Federal Character to investigate alleged lopsided appointments into Federal Government agencies.

The decision followed a Point of Order by the Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, at plenary.

Ekweremadu alleged that appointments by the present administration were skewed in favour of a particular region of the country.

The point-of-order followed a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking Senate’s confirmation of appointment of Mr Tunde Lemo, as Chairman, Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and six members.

Lemo is a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Ekweremadu pointed out that some of the appointments by the administration were not in tune with the Federal Character principle.

He said that the Constitution provided composition of government or its agencies should reflect federal character principle so as to promote national unity.

He added that it should be done in a manner that avoided the predominance of persons from a few states or from few ethnic or sectional groups in the government or in any of its agencies.

In his contribution, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu) said that most appointments of the present government were lopsided.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, mandated the Committee on Federal Character to investigate the matter and report back on Tuesday.

News In Pictures: Ghanaian Star Rapper, Sarkodie Marries His Girlfriend Of 13 Years

Talented rapper, Sarkodie who is one of the finest music acts in Africa has decided to make his relationship with his partner official after over a decade of being together.

Pacey rapper, Sarkodie is finally set to marry his girlfriend of 13 years, Tracy Sarkcess.

According to reports, the traditional wedding has been successfully concluded with lovely pictures from the event making rounds online.
Before and now photos of Sarkodie and Tracy Sarkcess
Together, the couple have an adorable daughter, Adalyn Owusu Addo ‘Titi’.

Michael Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1985) professionally known as Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema.

He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana.

He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa's greatest hip hop artists.

Michael Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1985) professionally known as Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema.

He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana.

He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa's greatest hip hop artists.

Nemesis Caught Up With Fayose - Primate Ayodele Speaks On PDP's Defeat In Ekiti Election

Popular seer, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has chided the Governor of Ekiti State over the defeat of his candidate by the opposition APC in last Saturday's poll.

Speaking when he gave a sermon on Nigeria and Ekiti to a congregation of worshippers in Ikere-Ekiti on Thursday, Founder of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church with headquarters in Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, revealed how Governor Fayose caused his deputy's defeat in the guber election.

Recall that Fayose's deputy, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, was defeated by the All Progressive Congress flag bearer, Kayode Fayemi, in last Saturday’s poll.
Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele
Primate Ayodele, who attributed Olusola’s loss to nemesis catching up with Fayose, reminded the governor that he was warned to change those attributes that could bring defeat the way of Olusola, described the attributes as alleged ingratitude, arrogance and self deception of having prophetic utterances among others.

He said, “We foresaw what eventually happened in Ekiti state more than a year ago. Ekiti is also my state. I am from this town, Ikere-Ekiti.

“God had asked me to warn Governor Fayose that he has a great deal of work to do to endear the hearts of Ekiti people to himself and also take care of certain human traits of his that could give defeat to his anointed candidate, Olusola.

"He is just a victim of the nemesis that eventually caught up with Fayose because instead of the governor to listen to the voice of reason and prophetic utterances we told him, he branded us fake prophet but now he has seen it,” Ayodele said.

A few months ago in some national dailies, Primate Ayodele had predicted that Olusola of the PDP, though deserving of being the next governor of Ekiti state, may not have it because of certain things Fayose needed to do which would not only warm the hearts of Ekiti people towards him but also make his enemies not to triumph over him.

Primate Ayodele specifically revealed that the choice of Fayemi in the May 12 primaries of the APC would enable the party to clinch victory.

Primate Ayodele had said: “On the forthcoming election in Ekiti, PDP will lose. Kayode Fayemi will win if he listens to instructions, one of which is for him to concentrate on winning the hearts of the grassroots, and also watch his utterances that may offend much of Ekiti electorate.

“For Fayose and his party’s candidate, Olusola, Fayose must humble himself and work very hard to please Ekiti people, otherwise he would make his candidate lose.

“The forthcoming election in Ekiti State will be tough. It is only God that can make Fayose and his candidate to win that election. So, Fayemi should work hard, especially more with the grassroots and he will win if he does what I told him. But if he’s doing elitist politics, he will not win,” he said.

News In Pictures: Inside The Cross River Community Where The Sun Ended 200 Years Of Darkness

The story has been told of the community which existed for as long as 200 years without any form of electricity.

With two hundred years in darkness, there seems to be no glimmer of hope for inhabitants of Umon Island, Cross River state. Detached from the national power grid, theirs became a forgotten world. But one day, everything changed. The power from the sun lit up their homes and gave life a new meaning. From the barber’s shop to the beer parlour, energy from the solar mini grid oozed the sound of sweet music from loudspeakers. ABIOSE ADELAJA-ADAMS, who visited the riverine community, spoke to residents about the transformation, impact and challenges of the intervention that has brought smile to their faces

After he lost his uncle and breadwinner in 2017, it dawned on 25-year-old Godswill Oboh that it was going to be a hard time. He knew life wasn’t going to be a bed of roses. After the remains of his uncle was interred at Umon Island, Biase local government area of Cross River state, he stayed back in his hometown which he left many years back to stay with the deceased in the city.
Happy children in Umon Island
The thought of life without his uncle filled Oboh with horror. Certainly, he knew he was at crossroads and fate has held him to ransom; but he wouldn’t give in to the devouring jaws of the street or a life of crime. He snapped out of that fleeting moment of sorrow. His mind wandered for days on which vocation to pitch his tent. Finally, he found solace in cutting hair.
Oboh now has power to seek his daily bread
Oboh gave in to the advice of people who told him to open a salon to meet the teeming demand of the community. From the proceeds of this business, fortune beamed at him once again. Incidentally, it was around that time the German government, in a bid to promote socio-economic development and investment opportunities in renewable energy, partnered with the state and the private sector to construct a 50 kilowatt solar mini grid in the community. Not only has Oboh become the only one cutting hair in an island of about 5000 people, he is able to save up to N16,000 every month from using solar energy to power his clipper and other equipment.

Without the solar electrification, he would have used three litres of petrol to fuel his generator, which is worth N600 per day (fuel costs N200 per litre), N4200 per week and roughly N18,000 in a month. But since the arrival of solar electricity, he spends only N2000 monthly on prepaid provided by the solar mini-grid.
Oboh is not the only one counting the gains of the solar system.
“I run a beer parlour. And nobody will buy your drinks here if it is not cold. So with the light, I can cool my drinks,” says 32-year-old Ogette Benedict, a small-scale businessman who was delighted over how the solar power transformed his business.
For Godswill Uduabang, a patent medicine seller, the light has turned the fortune of her business around as she can now attend to patients at any time of the day.

“I can sell medicine till late evening. I can also treat people in the night. Before, once it is dark, I start to close my shop or put on candle to treat people, which is very difficult. But now, I can even play music and enjoy myself while working.
Beer parlours are in business
Findings by TheCable showed that an average adult in the village makes not less than N2000 from selling fish caught in the river. In a month, an individual earns roughly N60,000, but with the advent of light which serves as a boost to other investments, people make more money. The level of financial comfort the light has brought was obvious as satellite dishes had been installed in some of the houses there.

The solar system is housed in a room containing 48 batteries each carrying two volts and six battery inverters to generate 50 kilowatts. In the small room are 18 photovoltaic cells (solar panels) which receive sunlight. The sunlight is converted to direct current that passes through the grid. The power stored in the grid is ultimately fed into homes that are connected.
Asuquo, the field engineer
The blessing in having such initiative is that due of its closeness to the equator. Nigeria has sunshine between 320 to 350 days with radiation as high as 3.5KW/h per square meter in the south and 7KW/h per square meters in the north. With adequate investment in free energy from the sun, the country can generate 5000 trillion kilowatts of solar energy that will totally replace electric power generation through gas and dam, experts say.

As of the time of visit – which was three months into the project – there were 90 houses connected to the grid,  including schools and the only hospital there.

“We sent letters out to about 200 homes in the community and a sister community to sign an end-user agreement before their homes can be connected to the grid. We give light for up to 18 hours at a stretch every day. It could be more consistent, but we have a little hitch in the solar system, which is being fixed,” says the field electrical engineer, Abraham Asuquo who took this reporter around.

The project is funded by the German government through its arm of international cooperation, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit). It signed a memorandum of understanding with five states: Ogun, Niger, Plateaun and Sokoto, to provide solar with the aim of promoting economic development.

DECENTRALISING THE NATIONAL GRID

Though the country’s transmission capacity has increased from 5000 MW to 7000 MW, it is still besieged with problems of weak transmission lines, obsolete cables and poor management. If national grid should collapse, the whole country will be plunged in darkness. To avoid such a scenario, experts advocate for decentralization of the national grid.
A mini grid at Unon Island
“What we are trying to show the government by this project is that if we have pockets of small, small, power generation like this in communities, we will not need to depend on the national grid alone,” Etiosa Uyigue, the executive director, Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC), a nongovernmental organization spearheading this initiative in Cross River, says.

“Our recommendation to the government is to decentralize the national grid. We are not relying on the national grid. This is small, but it is achievable and sustainable, it is meeting the needs of communities which may never get connected. And with the private sector participation, we will do the maintenance. Let the government have the political will to even begin going to the communities.”

RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

The question that persists is if Nigeria has the political will to invest in solar? So far, the German government says it has invested 24.5 million Euros (N10.4 billion) across these five states. Uyigue says the Umon IsIand project alone costs N80 million. A look at the annual budget of the federal government, several projects of rural electrification was seen.

For the project in the 2016 budget, N35 million was made for the “generation of 320 KW solar mini grid for Onidundu in Obafemi Owode area of Ogun state,” an allocation of . When compared with Umon Island solar mini grid of 50 kilowatts (cost of N80 million), it is clear that the project (generation of 320 KW solar mini grid for Onidundu in Obafemi Owode area of Ogun state), will not fly.

The project officer of the Cross River state rural electrification agency, Peter Okopi, told TheCable that many rural electrification projects are abandoned halfway because the amount budgeted is far less than the actual amount required to do a thorough work job.

“The house of representative members who put these things in the budget don’t consult us before they do. People just quote a figure without consulting the community, and so because the federal government project is to be executed, as a civil servant, one just has to do it to fit in the budget,” he says.

“If government is serious, they have to invest in solar, and it has to be done with the private sector. The government cannot take ownership of the maintenance. For example, this project in Umon, we are the ones maintaining it. We monitor it.”

There are many such white elephants projects in the name of rural electrification in the country’s budget.

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This is a special investigative project by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) in partnership with TheCable, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Published materials are not the views of the MacArthur Foundation.

- TheCABLE

Revealed: How FG Agency Spent N5.7bn On DSTV Subscription, Fuel Allowance

A new report has revealed how a federal government agency spent a whopping N5.7 billion for DSTV subscription and fuel allowance.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, a report by the administrative panel of enquiry set up by the minister of labour and employment has shown that staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) spent N5.7 billion on pay TV subscription and fuel allowance.

NAN reports that Chris Ngige (pictured), minister of Labour and Employment, received the report on Wednesday.

Ishaya Awotu, the chairman of the panel, said that there were irregular allowances totalling N5.7billion paid to staff and management.

“These allowances were paid without the approval of the National Salary, Incomes and Wages Commission,” he said.

“Some of the allowances were management staff allowance, staff education allowance, DSTV subscription allowance, and dressing allowance.”

The others were generator and motor vehicle fuelling allowance which were not provided for in the Condition of Service of the fund.

Awotu said the internal audit department of the fund did not audit the accounts between 2013 and 2017, which violates section 1701 of the financial regulations.

“There were several transfers of funds in bank accounts without authorisation and approvals. The sum of N15, 737,757,697.91. was transferred from one account to another.

“Evidence to show the approvals and payment vouchers authorising the transfers were not presented to the panel.

“The panel observed that N2.9 billion was expended on computerisation and other related lCT equipment.

“Despite this expenditure, not much was achieved on computerisation of the Fund”

According to the chairman, various taxes worth N2, 650,731,225. 93 were deducted without remitting to the appropriate authorities.

Ngige said another committee would be set up to implement the recommendations of the committee.

“This is not my report, but a report of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Those findings, especially about overseas trips which were unauthorised will be dealt with.

“This report will be fully implemented and areas of lapses corrected. Many government organisations have gone under because of situations like this.”

2019 Elections: Police, Civil Defence Demand N317m To Feed Dogs, Horses

Security operatives are demanding millions of naira to feed security animals to make them more operational.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will need N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be deployed in states for the 2019 elections.

The Nigeria Police Force will also require N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the elections which will take place between February 16 and March 2, 2019.

The information is contained in the 2018 virement proposal sent to the National Assembly for the 2019 general election by President Muhammadu Buhari.

File photo
The total police budget for the elections stands at N30.5bn; the Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2bn; the Department of State Services, N12.2bn; NSCDC, N3.5bn and the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6bn.

Buhari, in a letter he wrote to the National Assembly on Tuesday, requested a total virement of N228.8bn, largely allocated to new projects “inserted” in the 2018 by the National Assembly to offset part of the proposed cost of funding the 2019 general elections.

The balance of N242bn needed to fund the 2019 elections will be captured in next year’s budget. According to the details of the 2018 virement request the President submitted to the National Assembly, the NSCDC needs N1.2bn this year to prepare for the elections.

The virement request reads, “Medical and general expenses for dogs, N143,782,000; feeding of dogs: N166,315,000.

“Hiring of speedboats: N499,500,000; welfare packages (contingency of N7,000 per state and FCT) N259m;  accommodation allowances for monitors: N185,000,000.”

According to the virement document, police election budget this year stands at N679m,  with N7.7m  earmarked for feeding of horses and N100m for printing of non-security materials.

The police also asked for N87.5m for the maintenance of aircraft and N407m for maintenance of the vehicles to be used for election monitoring.

The budget states in part, “Feeding of 50 horses: N7, 719, 454; maintenance of existing vehicles for 2019 elections for the period of 20 days: N407, 400, 000.”

End Of The Road: Car Snatcher Who Has Stolen 32 Vehicles Finally Nabbed In Ondo

A police officer who had stolen as many as thirty-two vehicles, has been finally nabbed in a community in Ondo state.

One Olayemi Adeoye, who allegedly specialised in stealing vehicles, particularly Honda brand, has been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command.

According to Punch Metro, the state police said the suspect had stolen no fewer than 32 vehicles, adding that the operatives of the command had arrested him many times but he managed to get freedom.

The suspect was paraded on Thursday along with two other suspects, identified as Waheed Anifowose and Paul Ayeni, who allegedly worked with  Adeoye.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Alagbaka, Akure, the Ondo State capital, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said Adeoye had been arrested and paraded for the same offence many time, but had been freed by the court.

He said, “The suspect (Adeoye) was arrested while attempting to steal a Toyota Corolla with number plate, SS 719 AAA, belonging to one Olanipekun.

“On interrogation, he confessed to being a vehicle snatcher who specialised in cars and jeep.

“We also arrested one Waheed Anifowose, a vulcaniser, who sold all vehicles stolen by Adeoye.

“The Ondo State Police Command has commenced investigation into the matter, while efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of Adeoye’s syndicate.

“It is unfortunate that Adeoye has been arrested more than thrice and he has always managed to come back to the free society.

“What we discovered is that each time he was charged to court, his syndicate would find a way to explore the loopholes in the law and get him released.

“However, this time around, we will ensure that he goes to jail and will not come back.”

Joseph also stated that some vehicles had been recovered from the suspect, assuring members of the public that other missing vehicles would be recovered.

He said the Commissioner for Police in the state police command, had ordered that Adeoye and others be charged to court.

“This will be done as soon as investigations into the matter are concluded.

The suspect, Adeoye, who did not deny the allegation, said he had been into vehicle stealing for a long time.

He explained that the operation, during which he was arrested, was organised for him to raise funds to pay a certain bill to his lawyer who was standing for him in a court.

He said, “I can’t count the number of vehicles I have stolen.  I specialised in stealing Honda products because they are very easy for me to open.”

Ekiti Governor - elect Fayemi Vows To Probe Fayose's Administration

The Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose might not have it all rosy when he eventually bows out of power as the Governor-elect has vowed to probe his administration.

In what may appear like a tit for tat, Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, says it will be irresponsible on his part not to probe the administration of the out-going governor of the state, Ayo Fayose.

Fayemi said this on Thursday when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Dr. Ksyode Fayemi
It would be recalled that Fayose, on assumption of office probed Fayemi’s administration.

According to him, his administration will examine what transpired in the last four years in Ekiti state including the failure of the Fayose-led administration to pay workers’ salaries.

“Well, l think we need to remove this election from personalities.

“This was an election that we fought on issues and it will be irresponsible on my part to come here and say that we will not examine what transpired in the last four years in the manner of government.

“What was received in Ekiti State and the expenditures in that period? Why were we not able to pay salaries in the state?

“These issues should be examined in the interest of good governance; it is not about probing Fayose or probing Eleka or probing anybody.

“It is about not repeating the mistakes of the past and giving our people good governance and how to do so will also involve looking at what transpired in the last four years,’’ he said.

On the allegation of vote-buying during the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election, Fayemi said no evidence to justify such an allegation.

He said: “I haven’t any substantive evidence of allegations of vote-buying and intimidation.

“In the place where l voted, there was no vote-buying anywhere. As far as our party is concerned, we did not engage in that, it is not our style.

“We won the election fair and square and it was an election that we fought on issues and not on the basis of any vote-buying.

“So, whoever has any evidence of that should present it to an independently verifiable audience,’’ he said.

Fayemi, a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and former governor of the state, was on Sunday declared winner of the election by Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Chief Returning Officer for the poll.

Olayinka, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced that Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to emerge winner, to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who scored 178,121 votes.

- NAN
 
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