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19 Aug 2018

What Buhari said after arriving from 10-day vacation in London

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared he is feeling good after returning to Abuja on Saturday.

Buhari jetted out of the country on August 3, for what was announced as 10 working days holiday in London, the United Kingdom.

On arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, he was asked by reporters how he felt.

He responded: “I’m feeling good. I am feeling good.”

On hand to receive him were the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello.

Also present were Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The President is expected to travel to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State for the Sallah holiday.

Why Duncan Mighty prostrated himself for Davido revealed

Music lovers are still yet to understand why Duncan Mighty prostrated himself for Davido, who was on a recent visit to Port Harcourt.

After Duncan Mighty shared the video of him bowing to Davido on his Instagram page, the 34-year-old was criticised for belittling himself before a 25-year-old singer, who met him in the music business.

In the video, Duncan Mighty appreciated Davido for doing a collaboration with him, saying the new song would open up the entire Niger Delta region and set the space for an unprecedented growth of entertainment in the region.

Explaining why Duncan Mighty prostrated himself for Davido, his manager, Michael Gabriel, said it was out of sheer happiness. He stated, “Duncan was just happy to have Davido in the Niger Delta; it was the first time he would visit for a video shoot. How many top artistes come to Port Harcourt? Everyone goes to Dubai, South Africa and other places to shoot videos. It is a big deal for someone like Davido to come to Port Harcourt and for Duncan Mighty to collaborate with him as well. He didn’t plan to bow to anyone; he was just excited. But people misinterpreted his gesture. Sometimes, there is no need to react to things like this because you will only give people more reasons to talk. When I mentioned it to him, he just focused on other things and wanted to know the next thing on the agenda.”

Gabriel said they didn’t care about the criticism Duncan Mighty had got for his recent gesture to Davido, saying it was a blessing in disguise.

He added, “Criticism drives traffic to a brand and it has helped us. We have been in the news for the past two months; so, people can continue to talk while we continue to trend. There is no week Duncan doesn’t have more than 1,000 new followers on Instagram. If you do something, people must talk. Pastor Enoch Adeboye suffers criticism despite being a man of God. Former President Goodluck Jonathan did his best, yet he was criticised.”

According to Gabriel, Duncan Mighty has become so busy that he also now struggles to see him, even as his manager. He said, “Duncan’s schedule is tight, as he is everywhere now. I receive calls from almost every part of the world from people who want to do one thing or the other with him and they are ready to pay whatever amount. I last saw Duncan three weeks ago before I did again on Thursday. After the video shoot in Port Harcourt, he followed Davido in his private jet to Lagos almost immediately.”

BREAKING NEWS: Oyo Govt demolishes Yinka Ayefele’s 800Million Radio Station

The Oyo State Government early on Sunday morning stormed the Music House from which the Fresh FM belonging to artiste, Yinka Ayefele, operated.

Government bulldozers arrived the Challenge area of Ibadan where the building was located and pulled it down.

The government carried out the demolition despite a court injunction secured by Ayefele restraining the government from carrying out the exercise.

The government said that the building contravened physical planning rules, while Ayefele claimed that all the necessary papers were obtained for the construction of the building.

Hundreds of sympathisers were seen at the scene of the demolition, with many of them crying and pleading for the station to be spared.

18 Aug 2018

Marcos Alonso's late minute strike helps Chelsea seal victory over Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal contested a chaotic classic at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Their five-goal thriller, which the Blues won 3-2, provided constant entertainment - but also plenty of evidence that the best either of these teams can aim for in this season's Premier League is a top-four finish.

The shambolic manner in which both teams defended in the opening 45 minutes suggests it would be a stretch to pencil in either side as serious title contenders.

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand acknowledged as much when he said on BT Sport: "Neither team will be anywhere near winning the league because they just don't defend. You've got to have balance, both parts of the game."
Chelsea undoubtedly have real class and enough quality in their ranks to make a bid for the top four and a return to the Champions League, which has been their natural home for almost the entire Roman Abramovich era.

Arsenal are undergoing an understandable transition under Unai Emery after 22 years of Arsene Wenger's control, and their back four looked all over the place at times on Saturday. In some respects, a top-four finish would be a huge bonus as there will inevitably be some pain from such a seismic change in direction, philosophy and approach.

If they did mount a challenge for the top four in a league that also contains the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham, it would be quite an achievement by the Spaniard.

Expect excitement from Sarri and Emery
Irrespective of whether the title eludes Sarri and Emery, both have a style and approach that will bring character, colour and excitement to the Premier League.

And, on Saturday's evidence, the excitement will come at both ends of the pitch.

Sarri is a renowned advocate of fast, attacking football as he proved at Napoli, and it was certainly on show here as Chelsea carved out a host of chances once they had cleared their heads after Arsenal came from 2-0 to level at the break.

Jorginho is a top-class acquisition, while the success and importance of keeping Eden Hazard has already been emphasised by his impact as a substitute at Huddersfield Town and against Arsenal.

Sarri is committed to entertaining, progressive football, and watching Chelsea promises to bring plenty of fun this season.

Emery's jack-in-the-box antics in his technical area and his hands-on approach was quite the sight at Stamford Bridge, and his body language made it clear he does not expect his Arsenal team to take a backward step.

The new manager's desire to play a high defensive line and demand to play out from the back make for a high-risk strategy, especially given the current personnel does not seem to give him a natural fit, and remains a work in progress.

Emery, however, is a progressive coach and while there may be bad days ahead as well as good as Arsenal adjust, he seems determined to take a bold approach.

Chelsea have class to win silverware
Antonio Conte left Chelsea after winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons - confirmation there are unique demands at Stamford Bridge but also a winners' mentality among this group of players.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, replacing Thibaut Courtois in goal, will need time to adjust to the Premier League but there will be no such problems for a player of Jorginho's calibre.

Sarri is experienced and expansive as a coach, and it is already clear Chelsea's squad are enjoying his methods and style.

This is why Chelsea will almost certainly be in the reckoning for silverware again this season, although the shambolic defending we saw here, and the ease with which Arsenal carved them open in the first half, will be punished more heavily should it remain unaddressed.

Any side possessing quality such as Hazard, Jorginho and N'Golo Kante, in a more advanced role than we have seen previously, can be expected to be in the shake-up for silverware - and there is no reason to think Chelsea will not have a big chance of extending that winning streak in the cup competitions.

Emery faces huge task
Emery is not just taking on a new job at Arsenal - he is tasked with taking over from an institution whose personality and methods ran through every aspect of the club.

Emery has genuine pedigree from his three successive Europa League wins with Sevilla to titles with Paris St-Germain. Now he must use those qualities to renew Arsenal.

He deserves, and will get, plenty of time as the club knew what a crucial choice they were making when replacing Wenger.

Emery is also stepping in at a time when Arsenal's rivals in the so-called 'big six' look stronger and so much further down the line in their development.

He is not going to be able to sweep out bad habits and old failings in a matter of weeks so he deserves the time and patience Arsenal will give him and the supporters will also surely offer him their understanding.

His team gave the ball away too often here, are clearly still adjusting to the new approach and much work still needs to be done in the transfer windows to come - but there were also signs to encourage Emery.

Yes, it was another damaging defeat against a close rival to leave them without a point from Emery's first two games, but there was also resilience and fight to come back and not become demoralised after going two down in 20 minutes.

Arsenal have collapsed on plenty of similar occasions in the past but there was no suggestion of that here, which hints Emery is already having an impact on his players.

Lucas Torreira will add a new dimension in midfield, and on other days the chances missed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and others will be converted.

This is a managerial reign in its infancy. Emery will need all the time he can be assured Arsenal will give him.

PDP and the dilemma of picking presidential candidate ahead of 2019 elections

OLUSOLA FABIYI writes on the problem likely to be faced by the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party while picking its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections

By this time four years ago, the Peoples Democratic Party was battling to hold on to its precious members. Despite being the ruling party at the centre at that time, the party was not considered priceless to some of its die-hard members, who were then considered as its first eleven.

In droves, they trooped off from under its umbrella to pick the broom of the All Progressives Congress. The mass exodus that hit the PDP then which was arrogantly managed by the national leadership of the party, made it to become the opposition party in 2015.

It was the first time the party, which had proudly boasted that it would rule for 60 unbroken years at the centre, tasted defeat at the federal level.

Almost four years after, the party had yet to recover from the shock bestowed on it by the disappointed electorate and its members.

Conversely, things seem to be changing for the once rejected stone, as some of those who had earlier pronounced it dead in 2014, have returned to give life to it.

Their action was largely sequel to the treatment they allegedly received from the APC, which they helped formed. The ruling party came as a result of merger of three major political parties, which were the defunct Action of Nigeria, All Nigeria Peoples Party and Congress for Progressives Change.

The joining of the trio by a faction of the PDP, then known as the New PDP, solidified the APC and made it potent to deal a deadly blow on the then ruling party during the 2015 elections.

The celebrations in the new ruling party however became sour when it was time to enjoy perks of office, after the APC formed the government.

Majority of those who felt that their lots would be better in their new abode allegedly experienced disappointment. Hence, one after the other and like the Biblical prodigal son, they have been returning to the party they once disparaged and called awful names.

Eleven men in the race

Interestingly, majority of those who led the exodus team then and have retraced their steps, are also  among the aspirants seeking the presidential ticket of the party. Notably among them are a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; a former governor of Kwara State and President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; and a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

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Those who remained behind in the party and refused to be debased by the mass departure then and are now seeking the presidential ticket are a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi: Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo: a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and an Entrepreneur, Datti Baba-Ahmed and a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki(SAN).

The duo of a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau though initially of the non-operational ANPP, have remained with the PDP.

Both of them are also seeking to fly the flag of the party during the February 14, 2019 presidential election.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who was the first to declare his presidential ambition, is believed to have fallen by the way side from the race. Besides being considered as not very optimistic about realising his dreams, the PDP, of which he is the chairman of its Governors’ Forum, has zoned the ticket to the northern part of the country.  Thus, some consider the declaration by Fayose as another razzmatazz.

Dilemma of picking a suitable candidate

No doubt, the calibre of political bigwigs who have returned to the PDP, and the qualities of those considered as ‘landlords’ in the party, may have compounded the problem its national leadership is probably facing in choosing who will face the presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2019.

All the aspirants, who have openly announced their ambition, have pronounced themselves the best candidate for the race. Almost all of them also see President Buhari as a candidate they can defeat, if fielded by the party.

“I can match President Buhari’s integrity for integrity and I have what he does not have: I have education, I have knowledge, I have the fear of God, which he doesn’t have. Even if you have a good sales team, you need a good product. And I am that product.  I can assure you that I am not made in ‘Taiwan’.

“Since 2015 that we lost the election, many things have changed. It is no longer about the platform alone but also about the candidate.  We must be able to come up with a candidate that has strength of character to wrestle Buhari and pin him to the ground (should he emerge the APC presidential candidate),” Turaki boasted.

Atiku, who has also been meeting delegates across the country, believes no one is better suitable for the ticket than himself.

Though he says he is qualified, he is not desperate to be President. “I will never leave the PDP and I will support any presidential candidate that emerges so long the process is transparent,” Dankwambo told our correspondent.

Makarfi, who was the acting national chairman of the party when it ran into turbulence, and joined others in rescuing the party from the hands of its erstwhile National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, is also anchoring his campaign on his stewardship at the party and his state.

The expected joining of the race by Saraki, Tambuwal and Kwankwaso, will definitely make the race interesting, but tedious for the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.

Both Saraki and the governor of Sokoto State, who are considered as big fishes, have tactically indicated their interest in running for the position.

While Saraki said that “I’m consulting and actively considering it (running for the Presidency)… I believe I can make the difference,”    Tambuwal said that he had been under pressure from various quarters to contest the presidency. He promised to make his decision known after a few days.

So, how would the party make a probable choice from the arrays of these presidential aspirants? The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin, said that the board would meet with all the aspirants to discuss on whether it would be feasible to have consensus candidate.

He said, “We are seriously considering the possibility of bringing the aspirants together, with a view to seeing if we could get a consensus among them. But we are happy that we have a large number of them aspiring. This is a proof that the PDP is a party to beat in 2019.”

Asked what would happen if the aspirants failed to agree on a consensus, Jibrin said that there would be no other option but for them to go into election.

He, nonetheless, assured those that recently defected into the party, that they would not be treated as outsiders. “But we will also not forget the roles played by our hardworking old members, especially when the PDP was almost dead,” he added.

Secondus also assured the aspirants that the NWC would not favour of the candidates competing for the party’s ticket.

While speaking with our correspondent, Secondus said that “the PDP and the NWC would insist on clean, clear and credible process that would be acceptable to our aspirants. We want the best candidate to emerge. Such candidate will be determined by the electorate during the presidential primaries.”  While others see the number of the aspirants as being huge and could pose a threat to the unity of the party after the primary, Secondus thought otherwise.

‘People of high character are trooping into the PDP because they know that their aspirations would be met here. They are also here because they know that there would be no imposition. They also know that votes would count and that the party belongs to the Nigerian people, and not to a cabal,” he said in defence.

The spokesperson for the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said inasmuch as the party would not impose any candidate, the aspirants would not be stopped from holding internal meetings among themselves. “We will encourage them to talk to each other and even agree on who they want among themselves,” he said, adding that “but as the NWC, we have no preferred candidate.”

Money as a deciding factor

It is being speculated that money will play a huge role in picking the party’s presidential candidate. For example, the party, in its 40-page “Electoral Guideline for the PDP, said that its presidential aspirants were to pay cumulative total of N12m for both nomination and expression of interest forms, respectively.

Female aspirants are to pay N2m only for expression of interest form as they are exempted from the payment of N10m nomination fee.

The party said that all aspirants were to swear on oath to abide by the decisions of the party on the conduct of the primary elections.

The document said that each aspirant must be nominated by not less than “60 persons from at least two-third of all the states of the federation who shall be registered voters in their respective local government areas and also registered members of the party. A copy of the voter’s registration card of the aspirant shall be attached to the duly completed nomination form.

“To be accompanied by a sworn declaration made before a Commissioner of Oaths or notary public; undertaking to abide by the guidelines,  all laws and any rules or regulations made by the party to the conduct of the primary elections. The decision of the National Executive Committee of the party on all primary elections shall be final and binding.”

Can an aspirant be involved in such a huge venture without spending a colossal amount of money? Ologbodiyan said yes.

“Politics is not all about money. Positions aren’t meant to be paid for. What you need to get to positions is goodwill. We are making sure that money doesn’t play any significant role in who flies our ticket,” he said.

He added that the party had put in place many mechanisms to prevent sharing of money or any other incentives during and before the primaries.

“We are ready to demonstrate that our rebranding is not a fluke,” he added.  Nigerians are indeed waiting.

I have resumed, Buhari writes National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday sent a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives, informing the federal lawmakers that he has resumed his duties as President upon the completion of his 10-working-day leave.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Buhari wrote the letter titled “Resumption of Office” shortly after he returned to Nigeria from London, the United Kingdom where he remained throughout the vacation period.

The President’s letter to the National Assembly read, “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate the Senate (House of Representatives) that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from today, Saturday 18th August, 2018,after my vacation.

“Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, (Hon.Speaker, House of Representatives)the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Breaking News: Tyson Fury takes Deontay Wilders WBC Heavyweight belt

Deontay Wilder climbed into the ring to join Tyson Fury, where he declared that their proposed fight is "officially on".

Fury then told him: "I'm knocking you the f*** out, boy".

His promoter Frank Warren added: "The fight's on. The details will be revealed but the fight's on."

BREAKING NEWS: President Buhari finally returns to Nigeria from London

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after a 10-day vacation in London.

Buhari’s jet touched down at the Presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja Saturday evening.

The President’s arrival was disclosed by his Personal Assistant on New Media, Ahmad Bashir, via his Twitter handle.

Sharing a video of Buhari’s arrival, Bashir wrote: “President @MBuhari returns to Abuja from the UK, after a 10 working day vacation.”

Buhari had left the country two weeks back on another round of vacation during which he remained in London, United Kingdom, throughout.

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Osun 2018: Gani Adams Declare Support For APC Candidate For “Yoruba Interest”

The Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, has acknowledged the strategic position of Osun State in Yoruba affairs.

He said yesterday in Osogbo,the state capital,that he is interested in the September 22 governorship election because Yoruba interest is involved.

He spoke at the IleriOluwa Campaign Organization, when he paid a courtesy visit to the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola.

Adams said he admired the virtuous characters of the incumbent governor, Mr. Rauf Areegbesola and of Oyetola.

He promised support for the APC candidate because of “Yoruba interest.”

He warned that the Yoruba agenda must not be politicized under any guise and for whatever reason.

Responding, Oyetola expressed gratitude to Adams for the visit.

He corroborated the strategic position of Osun in Yorubaland, saying values for which Yoruba are known must not be allowed to die.

He promised to use his office when he becomes the governor to promote culture and tradition of the race.

Oyetola maintained that he would ensure that the progress recorded by the Rauf Aregbesola in many sectors of the economy does not suffer a set back,adding that he would break new grounds that would be the pride of the Yoruba .

Tragic! NANS President Involved In Accident While On A Condolence Visit

The president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Denilson Bamidele, has been involved in a motor accident.

It was gathered that the comrade had the accident on Thursday, August 16th, while on his way for a condolence visit, at the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Benue state, over the accident that happened the previous day.

The NANS president was rushed to the hospital after the accident and is said to be doing well. Some students died after being involved in an accident at the institution. The victims were on their way to the ICT centre on the campus before vehicle conveying them had an accident.

Two students in the front seat were said to have died instantly and four others seriously injured. The incident was said to have triggered a crisis, as aggrieved students burned down the bus and allegedly vandalised some school property.

Following the incident, the school authority immediately shut down the school until further notice.

2019 Election: President Buhari Will Not Share Money - says Lai Mohammed

Information and culture Minister Lai Mohammed says the Buhari administration is not interested in sharing money, but to provide basic needs of Nigerians.

Government, according to him,is aware of complaints by some Nigerians about lack of free money, and declared that the administration prefers to invest in infrastructure that would have ripple effects on the economy than sharing money to people and political stooges like the previous administration did.

“Yes, people are complaining of no money and high cost of living, but I want to tell you that it would have been worse today, but for the massive infrastructural development this government is investing on,” the minister said at Tatabu village near Mokwa in Niger State, while inspecting the reconstructed and rehabilitated Ilorin-Jebba- Mokwa Road project.

The 93.6 km road project includes the total reconstruction of Ilorin /Jebba Road and rehabilitation of failed portions from Jebba to Mokwa.

The Ilorin-Jebba road is part of the Lagos- Algiers Road called trans Sahara road which cuts across the West and North Africa.

In Nigeria, the road connects the South-West geo-geographical zone to the Northern part of the country.

Mohammed said: “When people make these complaints, they easily forget that for 16 years, one political party was in power, sharing money when this road became completely failed.

“APC, in three years, has fixed this road to this level. I think it speaks for itself.

“Before now, it would take about five days for trucks to move from Ilorin to Jebba. Today, it takes only two hours.

“Today, on this road, you can see free movement of goods and services which is the beginning of revival of the economy.”

The minister added: “We are not a government that will share money like what others did which put the country in a mess.

“This government believes in investing in infrastructure because if you get this right, it will translate to wealth creation.

“Let us take for instance: if this road contract costs N10 billion and we share it to political stooges in this area at N1 million each, we will only give 1,000 people and there will be no road.

“On the long run, those that we shared the money to will join in abusing the government for non-performance.

“On our part, we will rather slowly and painstakingly revive our economy through infrastructural development and we have a lot of stories to tell on this”.

Asked whether government would toll the road to raise money for its completion to Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna and for its dualisation, Mohammed said, not all roads could be tolled.

His words:”This matter came up at the last Federal Executive Council meeting and we agreed that, not all roads could be tolled.

“The idea of tolling roads is to recoup the expenses on the construction and make them sustainable.

“A study is being compiled, and at the end of it, it will be decided on what roads to toll and which not.”

The Federal Controller of Works, Kwara State, Mr Atitebi Wasiu, who conducted the minister and his entourage round the project, said the contract for the dualisation of the road had been awarded and work would commence in the next three weeks.

“The dualisation is awarded to the same contractor from Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa at the total contract sum of N130 billion.

“The Kwara State section of the dualisation is awarded at N80 billion, while the Niger State section is about N50 billion,” he said.

Abuja Building Collapse: NEMA confirms one dead, but residents say many buried

One person was confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed in Abuja on Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency said, but residents say at least 10 persons remained under the rubble.

At a press conference Saturday, Mustapha Maihaja, the director general of NEMA said besides the single fatality, one other person was critically injured and five others rescued alive at the site in Jabi, Abuja.

But residents rejected the claim, and complained about the rescue effort.

On Friday evening, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo visited the scene and commended rescue efforts.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Musa Bello, expressed sadness over the collapse when he also visited.

Rescue efforts were carried out by NEMA, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corporation, police and other security agencies and fire service.

Earlier reports said two people died but NEMA said that could not be confirmed.

But multiple witnesses who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES insisted that more than 10 people were trapped in the debris as at Saturday morning when rescue efforts ended.

“From the beginning, the rescue mission was at zero level because everything has a plan,” said Nonso Amado, a building technologist.

“The collapsed slab is supposed to be cut and then pulled out, the pillars and beans too. NEMA tried but there is no structural or rescue engineer on site.

“They were just doing as if it was our first time experiencing this kind of collapse or if we inherited this in Nigeria. They were supposed to have a good strategy. The first D7 caterpillar that was brought could not lift a pillar.

“The sad thing is the people are still trapped inside, the owner of the building is no where to be found.”

Some bystanders including policemen who have been monitoring the rescue mission also spoke.

“Food sellers are under here, workers, the concrete mixers and there concrete mixing machines are still under there. Where are they? ” one of the police officers asked rhetorically.

“At least let them bring out the concrete mixing machine so we know they have tried,” another officer quipped. “They didn’t do a perfect job.”

“One woman was calling from inside, she said the heat was too much but now her number is no longer reachable,” a bystander noted.

“They even helped to bury this people deeper into the ground because they only concentrated on the surface.”

Mr Nonso, the building technologist also gave a possible analysis as to what led to the collapse.

“This building has been here for more than 15 years. The bearing of the land has problem. If the engineer knows that the bearing cannot carry the casting of foundation, they should have done more reinforcement before continuing.

“I tested the concrete and noticed a loss in the strength of the material. The ratio of mixing is not standard. The reinforcement from one level to the other is not standard.”

He said the FCDA and other agencies did not do a proper check on the construction.

“FCDA might have done foundation test and first flow test but obviously didn’t complete test on the other floors.

“They should have given a stop work order if they noticed the plan is not corresponding with what is on ground.

“They should also be coming here from time to time to question why this construction is poorly managed like this but obviously they didn’t.”

FIFA shuns Dalung as ban looms on Nigeria

Nigeria is in a race against time to avoid a ban from the world football governing body, FIFA.

An attempt by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, to meet with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Zurich has been met with a brick wall.

This development many fear could culminate in Nigeria getting the dreaded FIFA hammer as the world body gave the country until Monday, August 20, 2018, to hand over the administration and offices of the Football Federation to Amaju Pinnick and Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, or get banned.

It is understood that Mr Dalung is seeking to discuss the ongoing leadership tussle rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with FIFA but his request has been turned down outrightly.

As reported by ACL Sports, Mr Dalung wrote to FIFA on Wednesday, August 15, through the office of the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, seeking to meet with Infantino alongside members of his reconciliatory committee and Chris Giwa, head of the other faction.

However, FIFA, in a swift reply to Mr Dalung’s request, signed by its Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, rejected the idea while reiterating the stance of the Bureau Council of FIFA to ban Nigeria on Monday if they fail to do as requested.

“While we are aware of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Leadership. In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period,” stated FIFA in their response.

Those on Mr Dalung’s proposed delegation to Zurich include, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Olusade Adesola; former NFA Chairmen, Ibrahim Galadima and Anthony Kodjo Williams; former NFF Secretary General, Bolaji Ojo Oba; Amaju Pinnick, Mohammed Sanusi and Chris Giwa.

“Moreover, we would Iike to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA DiscipIinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five—year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed by the Nigeria FootbaIl Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016,” added FIFA.

The governing body also reminded the Minister that the only channel with which it relates to its member bodies is through the legitimate Football Federation and advised him not to use “other means in the future”.

“We would Iike to emphasise that we normally communicate with and through our member associations, in this case the NFF under its Iegitimate President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

“Consequently, we would be grateful to have any future correspondence be routed through the NFF directly,” said FIFA.

With this denial by FIFA, It remains to be seen if the country can wriggle its way out to avoid ostracisation from world football.

Nigeria has been hit with suspensions by FIFA in times past including in December 1989 when FIFA banned the country for two years from age-graded competitions.

FIFA also pronounced a provisional suspension on Nigeria in June 1992 for government interference in the composition of NFA (now NFF)

The FIFA hammer also fell on Nigeria in October 2010 on an account of government interference in the NFF.

Buhari mourns former UN chief, Kofi Annan

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the passing of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the early hours of Saturday.

The Presidency said in a statement that President Buhari, who called President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana from London, said all Nigerians and ECOWAS member countries share in the deep loss, considering the strategic influence of the former scribe in global affairs and his vision for the repositioning of the West Coast and Africa.

As the first elected staff of the United Nations to lead the world organisation, the President noted that Annan’s humility, nobility and love for humanity set him apart for global greatness, achieving recognition and commendation for the reform of the United Nations’ bureaucracy and multiple interventions to bring peace to the world.

President Buhari said Mr Annan’s origin and home will always be traced to Ghana, but his exceptional leadership roles, humanitarian spirit and contributions to global peace and development will remain indelible in the history of the entire world, especially the efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa and launch of the UN Global Compact.

The president sent condolences to the wife of the diplomat, Nane Maria Annan, and his family members, staff of the United Nations and the global organisations he was heading, like The Elders, which was founded by Nelson Mandela.

President Buhari prayed that the almighty God will comfort his family and all his loved ones.

N17b bond: EFCC probes Saraki, Kwara gov, AG

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and the Accountant-General of the state over how a N17billion bond secured by the State Government was spent.

The anti-graft agency suspects that part of the funds may have been diverted  into private use.

The bond was intended to cover 13 projects and loan refinancing package during the tenures of Saraki as governor and Ahmed,his successor.

The investigation is digging into what has become of the N2billion Asa Dam Mixed Use Development Project and the Ilorin Water Distribution Project which has gulped N3.736billion but without water to drink by residents.

The EFCC has already interrogated the Secretary to the  State Government, two Permanent Secretaries, the Accountant-General of the state, and about three contractors.

All those invited were said to have made “voluntary statements.”

Two ex-commissioners and two members of the House of Representatives may be arrested by the anti-graft agency in connection with the affected projects.

But a source in government in Kwara State claimed that EFCC is on a “wild goose chase because the bond has been fully repaid since 2014 without any outstanding liability for the people of Kwara State.

“We suspect sheer politics and a plot to intimidate Saraki and Ahmed because 2019 polls are around the corner.”

The  fact-sheet sighted  by our correspondent listed the affected projects as Aviation College –(N1.5b budgeted, N2.448, 663, 386.56b spent); Asa Dam  Mixed Use Development Project (N2b); Kwara State University (N1b); Ilorin Water Distribution Project (N2b allocated, N3.736b spent); Shonga Irrigation Project (N2.9b allocated, N882.9 million paid to contractor);  Kwara Advanced Diagnostic Centre( N750m allocated, N1.861b  spent); Urban roads (N1.5b allocated but N1.609b spent); Rural and Feeder roads(N200m);  Ilorin Metropolitan Street Lights Project(N250m); Kwara Vocational Centre (N650m); Loan refinancing (No evidence of payment of N2.4b to AFDB); Ilorin Township Stadium  Project—N1b allocated but N1, 117 430, 700.54 spent; Electrification Project—N462, 144, 291.10; Kwara Mall Project—N500m allocated, $2m deposit in another account

The fact-sheet said: “We are investigating a petition forwarded by the Code of Conduct Bureau, Abuja. It was alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the incumbent Accountant-General of Kwara State allegedly conspired and misappropriated N17billion raised through bond in 2009.

“Letters of invitation were sent to the Secretary to the State Government, the Accountant-General of the state as well as Permanent Secretaries for ministries that handled the projects.

Some snippets of the investigation include the following:

“Asa Dam Mixed Use Development project: The project had N2billion allocated from the bond. However the sum of N83.688 431.68 was spent on consultancy by ECAD Designs Limited and nothing else was done.

“Ilorin Water Distribution Project was allocated N2, 000,000,000. However, N3, 736,505,126.49 was spent on the project. The only contractor for the project was C.G.C Nigeria Limited. An analysis of the Kwara state Government’s First Bank of Nigeria Plc account revealed that the sum of N1billion was paid to C.G.C apparently for the project. Investigation is still ongoing.

“Another project which benefitted from the bond was Kwara State University with a N1billion vote. But a total of N1, 675 607.905 23 was spent. The project had the following contractors: Charvet Nigeria Limited, Akit technology Limited, Integrated Concept Limited, Golden Consult and the University Itself.

“The project was handled by the Ministry of Works and the Commissioner as at the time was one Kolawole Abdulrauf Shitttu. Investigation revealed that Mr. Shittu and one Engr. Akintola Taiwo are both directors and the accounts signatories to a company called PTL Consult Limited. “Shittu is also a signatory to another company called Strudev Consultancy Services. Analysis of the companies’ accounts and the Mr. Shittu’s personal account revealed that transfers were made by Charvet Nigeria Limited and Archon Nigeria Limited; the two companies were among the contractors of the University Project.

“The Managing Director at Archon was invited and he stated that he was the project manager for the construction of the Kwara State University and that he was informed by the State Government that PTL Consult is the consultant on the project and that he worked with Engr. Taiwo during the period which was why they made payments to PTL Consults’ account.  Efforts are being made to arrest Mr. Shittu.”

Concerning Kwara Mall, the fact-sheet claimed that the project was allocated N500million and the entire sum was utilized by the Ministry of Commerce.

It added: “The Permanent Secretary was unable to provide us with details of how the money was spent but did state that they were in partnership with a private company; Persians Investments Limited and that the Kwara Mall was constructed and is being fully utilized. A search of the company showed that they were into real estate and property management; parts of their properties included Kwara Mall, Viva cinema, Polo Park Enugu among others. Analysis of the company bank statement showed N500million paid to the company by the Kwara State Government on the 10th of June 2010. While the investigation is ongoing, the sum of two million USD $2,000,000 deposit was traced to one of the company’s account. The depositor is being tracked by detectives and all relevant agencies.”

Regarding the irrigation project, the EFCC detectives alleged that the “document recovered from the Accountant-General  did not show this project but the Permanent Secretary stated that the project also known as Shonga Irrigation Project was handled by the Ministry and the contract was awarded to C.G.C Nigeria Limited for N2,998,966,827. However, only N882, 944,215 was paid to the company. He further stated that the project was later taken over by the Federal Government.

On the International Aviation College, whose licence was suspended recently, the detectives in their report said it was allocated N1.5billion  from the bond but N2,448.663.386.56 was spent in on the construction and purchase of equipment.

“Contractors that handled the project were: Godab Nigeria Limited. Henry George Nigeria Limited, ECAD Design (Consultants) and the college itself. The College is alleged to be fully owned by the Kwara State Government and registered  with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) R C; 746511. Its board included the current State Governor, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Razak Atunwa (a former commissioner in the state) Popoola Captain Shadrack Taiwo and Yusuf Tunde. The registrar of the college was invited for an interview and questioned on the finances of the college as well as aspects in which the college handled during the construction of the college. He stated that the bursar of the school died recently but most contracts were handled by one Harlequin Aviation Information Service Limited (HAIS).

“A search at the company found that one Yusuf Tunde is a Director as well as signatory to the accounts of the company: he is also a Board member of the Aviation College. Based on this the accounts of HAIS were placed on caution and the company’s representative is to report for an interview on the 30th of August 2018.

The report clarified the status of loan refinancing by the state government.

It said:  “The prospectus of the bond stated that Kwara state had indebtedness of N4, 980,000 in external loans out of which N3.3billion amounted to legacy obligations preceding the then administration They proposed utilizing N2, 400,000,000 from the bond proceeds of the bond to service part of the legacy  obligations which were (a) African Development Bank(AFDB)- construction of four specialist hospitals in Jebba, Offa, Oke-Ode and Sobi at a cost of N1,440, 828, 000; (b) AFDB-equipment procurements to the four specialist hospitals; ( C) World Bank Essential Drug Projects.

“The total debt was N3, 301, 162, 42. Only  Documents obtained from the Accountant-General of the State did not show any indication that monies were paid to AfDB or the World Bank instead another list with heading ‘OTHER PAYMENT’ showed the names of Government Agencies and private companies being paid a total of N974, 896,343.47.

“The companies were invited. One of the companies, Lolada Investment Limited reported and stated that they were awarded a contract valued at N285, 652, 200 by the Kwara state Government to install CCTV system for Ilorin metropolitan.

'I Don't Bark ' - Super Eagles Striker Emenike Threatens Reekado Banks

Musician, Reekado Banks might have landed himself in serious trouble over a post he made sometime ago ridiculing Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike.
The controversial photo shared by Reekado ridiculing Emenike
Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike has threatened musician, Reekado Banks over a disrespectful post he made sometime ago.

The footballer showed his anger over a post Reekado made ridiculing and defaming him.

Reekado had shared the controversial post on his Instagram page with the words: "This is Emmanuel Emenike. He divorced with Miss Nigeria 2013 and last week he married to Miss Nigeria 2014.”
Reekado Banks
Threatening the musician, Emenike wrote:
"Reekado you have disrespected me and my family at first it was Miss Nigeria 2013 divorced and marry 2014 and this joke is going around the world now, it has become 2017 to 2018 Boy I just want to tell you that I don't bark, i give you today to delete it and mind what you post next time @reekadobanks.

Banker Arrested On His Wedding Day For Allegedly Stealing N1 Million From Customers

Security operatives have left a banker totally embarrassed after he was arrested on his wedding day over alleged theft.
Suspect
A 37-year-old ex-marketing officer of Addosser Micro-Finance Bank Plc, Aliu Mustapha, on Thursday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged N1 million theft.

The defendant was arrested on his wedding day, and is facing trial on a charge of stealing preferred against him by the police.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Samuel Mishozunnu, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence between May and June 2017, during working hours, at No. 32, Lewis St., Lagos Island.

He said that the defendant allegedly committed the offence while working with Addosser Micro-Finance Bank PLC.

Mishozunnu said that the defendant collected the N1 million from a customer of the micro-finance bank but refused to remit it to the bank.

“One of the customer’s gave the defendant N840, 000 and another customer gave him N160, 000, but the accused absconded with the money.

“Mustapha was arrested on August 11, during his wedding after the police got information that he was getting married.

“The police waited for him to exchange his marriage vows after which he was apprehended and charged,” Mishozunnu said.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defence counsel, M. A. Rufai, urged the court to grant bail to the defendant on most liberal terms.
In his ruling, the magistrate, Y.O. Aro-Lambo, granted a N200, 000 bail to the defendant with two sureties in like sum.

He said that one of the sureties must be a community leader, adding that they must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified.

The case was adjourned until September 11 for trial.

- NAN

Nigerian Student Who Escaped Death Penalty In Malaysia, Re-Arrested

A Nigerian man who was arrested for a crime in Asia might be bundled out of the country over outdated traveling documents.
Joseph Metuh Onyinye being paraded
Pictured is Joseph Metuh Onyinye, a Nigerian student who has regained his freedom following a drug charge in Malaysia.

The 35-year--old Nigerian was freed after the prosecution failed to prove that he knew that an unopened parcel contained methamphetamine, known locally as syabu.

Justice Datuk Lim Chong Fong of the High Court in George Town acquitted Joseph Metuh Onyinye, 35, without calling for his defence.

He ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Onyinye, who was charged with trafficking 1.8kg of syabu.

The Nigerian was charged with committing the offence on Oct 31, 2014, at about 3.10pm at Miami Green Resort Condominium in Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

The Nigerian was charged with committing an offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act.

It carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Report has it that the Nigerian was re-arrested and handcuffed a short while after his release by officers from the Immigration Department as his visa had expired. He may be bundled into the plane for a journey back to Nigeria, any time soon.

Tonto Dikeh Opens Up On Allegations That She Slept With South Africa-Based Pastor

Following allegations that Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh had a secret sexual affair with controversial South Africa-based Pastor, Bushiri, the actress has finally cleared the air.
Tonto Dikeh and Pastor Shepherd Bushiri
Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh has finally broken her silence over allegations that she slept with controversial South African pastor, Shepherd Bushiri.

The actress had visited the man of God in South Africa which fueled the speculation.

However, the actress has addressed the issue in a lengthy post she made on her Instagram page.

She wrote: "A certain story has been brought to my notice. I was however, unable to respond due to my busy schedule. That was a particularly busy week for me as my focus was on several of my charity events. It was the World celebration against HUMAN TRAFFICKING week and as a NAPTIP AMBASSADOR I was actively busy.

Firstly, I want to state that I do not write this in favour of anyone but to Make my son proud when he grows up...
A while ago I was contacted by a church in South Africa through the churchs administration representative by name Brenda.

I was contacted for a YOUTH seminar and I requested to bring along a couple of people with me which included my makeup artist @vugo24 ,  family and a friend who had always adored the gospel of this said church...
I was paid an appearance fee and out of the kindness of my heart, I shared a portion of my fee with Brenda, the above mentioned friend and my makeup artist.

I gave what I could each person at a time,Job was done I packed up and left back to being a mother and a humanitarian..

I was never invited to S.A by any friend, nor was I introduced to the church by a friend in NIGERIA or outside the country for my visitation... I really would have let this slide but I cannot be silent and have my good name tarnished and be linked with such horrible and shameful act
I can not speak for anyone else but myself...

A warning to whosoever is behind this falsehood, peddling all these malicious rumours, I would advice you to stop.

There are things I wouldn't take likely especially now as a mom.

I do not want to be roped in with the names of people who do this(Sleep with pastor) scandalous act...
I Go to church to serve my God and could care less about anyone else. Going to church is an avenue where I contact with my creator and not do otherwise...
I am a Christian, I am GROWING each day in GODS VINE yard but I wouldn't sit and watch my good name go up in flames over a malicious EVIL story...

BEWARE
TOO LATE TO FAIL NOW GUYS,GIVE UP!!"

INEC Chairman Speaks On Alleged Plan To Postpone 2019 Elections

As delays over approval for INEC budget lingers, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has broken his silence over thoughts of postponing the election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not postpone the 2019 elections because of the delay in the passage of its budget.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarifications while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
He said that there was no provision under the law for postponement of elections.

“I have said this over and over again; there are no conditions under which elections should be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act.

“The date is formed and fixed, February 16, 2019; we issued the timetable way in advance; for the very first time in the history of our nation, citizens of Nigeria know when elections will take place one year in advance. It has never happened before.

“Secondly, for the very first time in the history of our country, citizens know the budget of the electoral commission; citizens know line by line how much the commission proposed; what the money is going to be spent on.

“ I think I am very happy with this process.’’

He said that as provided in the constitution, INEC had, since April 27, 2017, been registering voters consistently in response to appeal by Nigerians.

Yakubu said that INEC had created more centres for the registration but finally decided that it should suspend the process as provided for by the law, six months to the elections.

He said however that in response to appeal by Nigerians, again, INEC extended the exercise to the end of August.

“As at Saturday last week- Aug. 11- we have registered 12.1 million citizens; this will eventually be added to the 70 million voters that are already registered for the 2019 general elections.

“We have voters register of over 80 million citizens.

“Let me make this very important clarification; the registration is going to take place between 9am in the morning and 5pm daily including weekends but excluding the public holiday. You know Tuesday and Wednesday next week have been declared public holiday.

“The second important clarification that I should make is that the end of the continuous voters’ registration is Aug. 31 but that does not mean the end of the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

“Collection of PVCs will continue until at least one week to the general election in February 2019,’’ he said.

The INEC boss said he was not worried that the virement for the conduct of 2019 election was still before the National Assembly as he remained optimistic.

He said he had made the clarifications that the National Assembly asked for; adding the two committees on INEC expressed satisfaction on his clarifications.

He said he looked forward to hearing what the National Assembly would say.

Yakubu said that Nigerians needed to know that what the commission requested for was N189.2 billion which the executive proposed to the National Assembly.

According to him, there are no discrepancies in the figures.

He said he was in the Presidential villa to fine-tune modalities on how Nigeria would help Guinea-Bissau in its forthcoming elections as the country had requested Nigeria’s assistance.

- NAN

Most expensive Passport in the world revealed, it worth will surprise you

There are few things more liberating than travel -- although some passports offer more freedom than others.

A new report published in February 2018, reveals just how many borders some travel documents can cross.

There are, it says, just two countries whose citizens enjoy visa-free access to a whopping 180 destinations around the world, and they're both in Asia.

Japan and Singapore are now the world's most powerful passports, according to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners.

They've successfully knocked Germany off the top spot, with its visa-free access to 179 destinations.

It's due in part to Uzbekistan lifting visa requirements for Japanese and Singaporean nationals in early February. Last year, Paraguay also removed visa requirements for Singaporean passport holders.

The rise in the index of wealthy Asian states is long overdue, argues Parag Khanna, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore.

"These two states in particular are identified as peaceful commercial powers, with their citizens interested primarily in business and investment activities," says Khanna in a statement.

South Korea is third place in the rankings, alongside the European countries of Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden. It's passport holders have visa-free access to 178 destinations.

Malaysia is also progressing up the charts, making 11th place in 2018, with seamless travel available to 169 destinations.

The United States has held onto fifth place in the index, with free entry to 176 destinations. That's in spite of Turkey and the Central African Republic being some of the most recent countries to revoke visa-free status to US passport holders.

The Russian Federation, meanwhile, has climbed three places to take 45th position.

The United Arab Emirates is the decade's biggest success story when it comes to travel freedom. It's risen 34 positions in the last 10 years -- 11 positions in the last year alone after gaining entry to China and Ireland in 2017.

It's also recently signed a visa-waiver agreement with Burkina Faso, due to come into effect later this year.

Ukraine (42nd) and Georgia (54th) are the highest climbers this year, moving up by 16 and 14 places respectively, following their 2017 visa liberalization with the EU.

Henley Passport Index power ranking
1. Japan, Singapore: 180

2. Germany: 179

3. Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea: 178

4. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal: 177

5. Switzerland, Ireland, United States, Canada: 176

6. Belgium, Australia, Greece: 174

7. New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta: 173

8. Iceland: 172

9. Hungary: 171

10. Latvia: 170

So which passports offer the least mobility?
Last place on the updated Henley Passport Index list is Afghanistan, which has a score of 24, followed by Iraq (27), Syria (28), Pakistan (30) and Somalia (32).

Other indexes
Henley & Partner's list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.

Arton Capital's Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories -- ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.

Its 2017 index, released in October, put Singapore on top, with a score of 159, followed by Germany (158), Sweden and South Korea (157) and, in fourth place, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan and the United Kingdom (156).

The Nomad Passport Index, meanwhile, ranks 199 citizenships on five factors: visa-free travel, international taxation, perception, dual citizenship and personal freedom.

According to its 2017 list, the most desirable passports come from Sweden, followed by Belgium. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

Source: CNN

GoodLuck Jonathan pays last tribute to late ex-UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

Former United Nations  Secretary-General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan who was reported earlier died after a brief illness, aged 80.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his foundation said in a statement.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan sadden about the death of the Legend.

In his post, he wrote: 'I am deeply saddened by the death of Kofi Annan, a world renowned icon of peace and diplomacy. He was a distinguished and accomplished international public servant and one of Africa’s most prominent diplomats.

As the United Nations Secretary-General, Annan introduced far-reaching reforms that reinvigorated the UN systems and positively impacted international relations.

A consummate diplomat, Annan successfully managed the contending powers in the UN and stood firmly for development, human rights and a peaceful world; a commitment that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Even after leaving active service, Annan remained robustly engaged in promoting good governance, diplomacy, mediation, and humanitarian services. His demise is a sad loss to Africa and the World. GEJ.'

Ghana declares week of mourning after death of Annan

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday declared a week of mourning to pay homage to former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan.

Describing Annan as a “consummate” diplomat, Akufo-Addo said in a statement that Ghana was “deeply saddened” by news of his death in Switzerland on Saturday after a short illness.

Born in Kumasi, the capital city of Ghana’s Ashanti region, Annan became the first black head of the United Nations.

“I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world” for one week from Monday, Akufo-Addo said.

PDP reacts to death of ex-UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the death of the former United Nations, UN, Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan.

Annan was announced dead on Saturday.

The 7th UN Secretary General died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday.

Reacting to his death, PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan described Annan as a rare gem, who will be missed.

In a tweet, Ologbondiyan wrote: “A life well lived!

“Indeed, Africa and the World has lost a rare gem.

“Rest on the Great Diplomat and Global Citizen of the century.

“Rest on Kofi Annan.”

Similarly, wife of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Toyin described the late diplomat as a selfless leader, who placed others first.

In a tweet, Toyin wrote: “Rest in Peace Kofi Annan 1938-2018
Nobel Laureate and Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations.

“Indeed “He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did” – @KofiAnnanFdn

“He will be greatly missed, rest in peace, Amen.”

Davido Endorses Wike For Second Term

Nigerian music artist, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has endorsed Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.

Davido,  during a visit to  Government House in Port Harcourt, declared his support for the state Governor and urged the people of rivers to cast their vote for him come 2019 election.

The Afro-pop star described Wike as a “performer “and commended him for his efficient developmental projects in the state.

The Davido Music Worldwide(DMW) boss said he has identified young musicians who will be promoted in the state and announced his plans for a concert with local and international artists that will expose the young artist to the world.

In response, Governor Wike declared his support to help achieve Davido’s plan to groom young musicians in the state.

“We are committed to youth empowerment. Supporting musicians to grow is one of such avenues.  Therefore, we will partner with you to grow Rivers-based musicians,” Wike said.

He also praised Davido for collaborating with Rivers-Born music artiste, Duncan Mighty, adding that the State Government would work with him to ensure that his Port Harcourt Music Concert, slated for December is successful.

Pastor Who Prophesied Otedola Explosion Speaks About Buhari & 2019 Elections

A Christian cleric has revealed that power will change hands if President Buhari decides to withdraw from the presidential race.

Prophet Udensi Godlove of Land of Oil Prophetic Ministry (aka Hill of the Lord), Lagos has predicted the outcome of the 2019 general elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari
The cleric gained national recognition in June, when in a viral audio message, he prophesied the Otedola bridge tanker explosion where nine persons were roasted to death and more than 54 vehicles burnt to ashes along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He also warned Nigerians to pray and avoid traveling out of Lagos on some certain days because of a looming disaster.

Dailypost reported that the pastor who spoke with one of their representatives during the week in Abuja shortly after ministering at Joshua Talena Shpeherd’s House, the young prophet said that power would only change hand in 2019 if President Muhammadu Buhari chose to withdraw from the presidential race.

According to him, there will be a cold war before, during and after the election, but at the end, the storm would role away.

Asked to comment on the outcome of his prophecies, which sparked nationwide debate, the fiery preacher said, “The aftermath of the prophecies has been overwhelming. In fact, so many people have been calling and as a matter of fact, many people who have not been taking prophetic declarations seriously have been calling and asking for spiritual directions in other escape all the tragedies.

“It has created a lot of awareness. One good thing about it is that it brought about reawakening because so many people now believe that truly God speaks.

“I knew the prophecies would spark controversy, but I am messenger and I had to do my job. When you are a messenger, you don’t bother about the repercussion of the message if you are delivering it the way the messenger wanted it to be delivered.”

On how he feels if his prophecies don’t come to pass, he said, “It is very rare because most my prophecies always come to pass except the one that has to do with individuals that they have small roles to play before the prophecy would come to pass. For instance, if God says you are going to have a baby boy and you spend three years without meeting your wife, the prophecy cannot come to pass.”

When reminded that many men of God predicted that immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan was going to win the 2015 general election but it failed, he said, “Do God lie? No, God is not an author of confusion. Some people prophesy out of sentiments so they tend to speak towards the direction of that person. Bet when God speaks, it must come to pass. When you see a conflicting interest, it is not that God is divided, those behind the prophecies did that behind their selfish motives and what they stand to gain. This is why there is conflict of interest.”

On what Nigerians should expect in the 2019 general, Udensi said, “2019 is going to be very interesting. By the Grace of God I have watched the election twice, the election day, after the election and the result of the election.

“You know in 2015, there was a lot of tension before the main elections; it was as if Nigeria was going to break, in fact, there will be tension everywhere but along the line, the storm will just disappear.

“There is something you have to learn about Nigeria, they can shout but are afraid to die.

“I see some few candidates coming up, by the end peace will reign. There would be cold war, but there won’t be battle. There is no cause for alarm.”

Asked if power would change hand, he said, “Power changing hand? No, power will only change hand if the president decides to withdraw his candidacy from the race; apart from that, I don’t see any power changing hand.”

On the killing in the nation, the man of God said, “Every life is important to God. These killings are signs of demonic presence. So there are people who have sold their souls to the devil, there are some people who are celebrating the killings in the nation. The truth is that they will not escape the wrath of God.”

News In Pictures: Nigerian Pastor grateful as Policemen Fix his broken car on Third Mainland Bridge

A pastor has revealed what transpired between him and some police officers after his motor broke down on the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos. According to Adeniyi Adekunle, he had a flat tyre on the busy bridge and pulled over to change it before he was approached by a concerned policeman.

The policeman who offered to help him, called his colleagues to help the stranded man change the car tyre and also helped him in washing his hand after the assistance.

The pastor said to his surprise, the policemen didn’t ask for a dime after the help as they bade him goodbye.

Below is what the pastor wrote:-

“I was driving on third mainland bridge and had a flat tyre just before the Yaba turning. As I pulled off the road to change the tyre, a police man approached me asking what the problem was. Before long, he had called his colleagues and they were helping me change my car tyre.

I must confess, I was a bit uncomfortable seeing the officers getting down to change the tyre, while I assisted. After changing the tyre, they gave me a pack of sachet water to wash my hands, then I was waiting for their next move…

To my surprise, they simply wished me well, as I continued my journey, absolutely no request or demand for anything.So I want to say a very big thank you to officers Zakari, Adeyemi and Augustine Ameh for really demonstrating that the police can really be your friends.

Just about the same time, another driver pulled over, who had missed his way; they were equally as helpful with such gracious attitude.

With all the negative things that come out of the Nigerian Police Force, it was so amazing seeing these men of the Nigerian Police demonstrate such selflessness at no cost.

To officers Zakari, Adeyemi and Augustine Ameh, I salute and honour you for your conduct.I pray you will see and enjoy the reward of the good investment you are making in this country.I hope this can somehow get to the force authorities.

God bless you!”

Exposed! Real reason Yinka Ayefele’s radio station was marked for demolition

David Ajiboye, the media aide to popular Juju musician, Yinka Ayefele, has said that the planned demolition of the edifice which houses his principal’s radio station, Fresh FM, and music studio in Oyo state was politically motivated.

Ajibola stated this while addressing journalists in Ibadan on Friday.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the property owned by Ayefele, which is estimated at over N800m was going to be demolished by the Oyo State government.

However Ajibola said: “We don’t see it as a threat; instead we see it as a challenge because the planned demolition of the music house is politically motivated.

“When the governor visited the studio in 2016, he said people told him to demolish the building because Ayefele was not in his camp. The building was approved in June 2008 as a business premise; that is over 10 years ago,” he said.

He also quoted verbatim the statement made by Ajimobi when he visited the studio in October 2016: “I want to use this opportunity to thank God for the ability to be here because when we contested the first time and won, a lot of people came to meet me to destroy the music house because Ayefele is not for us and he is always using songs to insult us. But I didn’t see any reason why I should demolish it because I felt if Ayefele is not for us now, he may be for us later.

“I am happy today that Ayefele is beside me now and I pray that the business will keep flourishing and this is the best studio I have seen in Oyo State.”

Robber Sentenced To 148 Years In Prison For Forcing Couples To Have Sex At Gunpoint

A man convicted of attacking couples at New Jersey motels and forcing them to have sex at gunpoint before he robbed them, has been sentenced to 148 years in state prison.

43-year-old Rasheed Powell from Elizabeth was convicted in March on 60 counts, including aggravated sexual assault and robbery charges.

A judge told Rasheed Powell “your reign of terror ends here” when he imposed the sentence this week. Prosecutors say the assaults occurred during a two-month period in 2012 at motels in Linden and Elizabeth.

The assaults which occurred over two months in 2012 at Linden and Elizabeth motels involved Powell stalking couples, forcing his way into their rooms and demanding they perform sexual acts on each other. Then the perv locked the men up in the bathroom before he sexually assaulted the women himself, according to the report.

He targeted eight victims, four women and four men, according to Sources. Authorities used DNA to identify Powell as a suspect in the case.

One of his victims called Powell a “monster” during the nearly two-hour proceeding in a crowded courtroom, the outlet reported. “I hope you don’t have the option to see daylight again,” she declared.

Another woman said that the day Powell attacked her Easter Sunday 2012 caused her to become suicidal and suffer from panic attacks, self-mutilation and nightmares.

“I’m standing up today. I won’t allow what you have done to control me,” the victim said. “You made your bed, now lie in it.”
 
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