Controversy As Mystery Worshipper Pays N42 Million Tithe To Benue Church

A man whose identity has been shielded paid N42 million as offering to NKST Church High Level in Makurdi, Benue state capital. The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu U Sudan hen Tiv’, meaning the Church of Christ Amongst the Tiv. According to NAN, the tithe is stirred controversy in a state struggling to pay the salaries of workers. The agency said its investigations revealed that the money was paid into the UBA account of the church in Makurdi. Although Frederick Ikyaan, pastor of the church, initially denied knowledge of the offering, a copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January – March, confirmed the payment of N42 million tithe. The report showed that the lodgement was the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter. The money was paid into the church’s account in January. The breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2 million and an expenditure of N33.7 million within the same time frame. The church’s records also showed that out of the income, N44.6 million was generated from tithe offerings while a single person accounted for N42 million. Reacting to the financial report, the pastor said his initial denial was based on the allegations that the donor was an appointee of the Benue government. “I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state,” he said. He said there was nothing wrong with the offering and insisted that the church had nothing to hide. Public discussion centred on the legitimacy of the donors income, as a man who pays N42m to a church as tithe must have made an income of N420 million in the month that he paid.

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Benefits Revocation For All Migrants In The United Kingdom – Controversial Bill Enforcement

BENEFITS REVOCATION FOR ALL MIGRANTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM – CONTROVERSIAL BILL ENFORCEMENT – Statement By Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas  Benefits Revocation Means Every Migrant Has To Work, Earn And Live By What They Gain. There Shall Be No Mercy. Only The Strong That Can Make A Difference To The United Kingdom Economy Will Only Be Allowed To Live In The United Kingdom. THOSE WITH INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN Will Equally Be Affected. The Threshold And Migrant Lapses Will Mean They Will Fall In The Category Of Expulsion. The Legislation Means Migrants Will Not Be Deported But Expelled Out Of The UK. Benefits Affected Will Be Housing Allocation, Housing Benefits, Student Grants And Tax Credit. The Commonwealth Liberation Party (TCLP) And Her Central Government Independent Diplomat Commission (IDC), Announces Within The Next 90 Days On Or Before The 14/07/2017 Will Compel A Legislation That Repels The Rights Of Migrants And Those With Indefinite Leave To Remain In The United Kingdom, Will Henceforth Lose Their Rights To Social Housing And Tax Credit Benefits. The British Empire In Her Ponderosity To Leverage To Economic World Power Must Revoked Social Dependency Benefits For All UK Migrants; Unless British Citizens By Birth In British Soil And Territories — By Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas The British Government In The Headship Of Prime Minister Theresa May Would Be Expected To Revoke, Withdraw And Nullify All Benefits Given To Migrants In The United Kingdom. So, For The Enforcement Of Commonwealth Nations Unity And Growth Of Their Sovereign Rights And Buildership, The Benefit Laws Have Failed, As Migrants Are Now Their Own Destruction, For They Intentionally Break Their Homes, Drive Their Wives And Husbands Away For Cheap Benefit Frauds And Refusal To Return To Their Countries Voluntarily For Cheap Benefits Gains. This Has Made UK To Harbour Diseased Migrants Who Have Disability Of The Mind And Cannot Bring Economic Empowerment To United Kingdom. The Wind Of Change Is Faceless And The Face Of Change Is Ponderosity- Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas Not Even God Can Stop The Enforcement Of The Legislation And No Religious Sacred Can Derail It. It Is A History Shake Up . It Is Time For All Migrants To Return Home As United Kingdom Has No Free Lunch For Any One, Only The Abled Economic Migrants That Can Sustained Themselves Will Be Legally Allowed To Reside In The UK. Those With Children With No Economic Input By Tax Contribution To The UK Economy Must All Return Back To Their Countries. There Shall Be No Child Benefits For Any Migrant Children Only Those Born In The United Kingdom And Her Territories. Every Migrants Is Priorily Informed, This Is An Easter Fiesta News.  Signed: Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas Chairman – The Commonwealth Liberation Party

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Gordon Obua, Former CSO To President Jonathan, Dies

Gordon Obua, the man who served former President Goodluck Jonathan and chief security officer, has died. According to sources, Obua passed away at the National Hospital, Abuja after “suffering a massive heart attack” late on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was an operative of the secret police, the State Security Services, until 2015 when the new Buhari administration marked him because of his role in the Goodluck Jonathan government. READ: Nigeria’s Secret Police Arrests Jonathan’s CSO, Denies Him Access To Lawyer Two months after Jonathan left office, the secret police arrested him and kept him in an underground cell denying him access to his lawyers, family, or doctor. His lawyer raised an alarm at the time, alerting Nigerians that he was managing hypertension and diabetes and the actions of the government was worsening his health situation. Obuah, in protest, embarked on a hunger strike. He went into a coma, prompting rumours of his death in detention. The Trent broke the news at the time. READ: Detained Former CSO Is Diabetic, Hypertensive Is Being Denied His Drugs – Lawyer Cries Out He was later released by his boss and paraded in a press conference at the SSS headquarters. Health complications arising from his incarceration led to him being flown to South Africa for treatment. Hell bent on “dealing with” officials who served former President Goodluck Jonathan, the director-general of the SSS, Lawal Daura, a kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered a “probe” targeted at Obua and other officials who played prominent roles under Jonathan. They were branded as corrupt and dismissed from the service. Obuah was one of them. He never recovered from the health crisis occasioned by his illegal arrest and detention. He leaves behind two wives and many children including twin toddlers.

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Royal Mess: $43 Million Ikoyi Cash Heist By EFCC Belongs To Nigeria’s CIA

The National Intelligence Agency, NIA, is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000  – N50 billion – seized on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos. According to a US-based online newspaper, The Will, the director of the NIA, which is Nigeria’s equivalent of the CIA, Ayodele Oke has “been in touch in EFCC’s boss, Ibrahim Magu, to express his displeasure over the raid at the apartment used as one of NIA’s safe houses in Lagos for its clandestine operations”. According to a top official with knowledge of the situation this stunt by the EFCC has jeopardized operations of the NIA and may have compromised the identities of undercover operatives of the spy agency. The NIA is the government security agency tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Nigeria. According to another official who spoke with The Will, Magu staged this scoop because his confirmation as substantive chairman of the agency has been frustrated by the DSS and the Senate and he has been under pressure to show President Muhammadu Buhari the “billions of naira” he told the president during a meeting that the EFCC had recovered under his leadership. “So he is on a reckless search for monies hence all these strings of raids and seizures within the last one week,” the source, who pleaded anonymity, said. “I can authoritatively tell you that money belongs to the NIA. The DG has come forward to claim it and has informed my office of the development. He is furious with Magu for his agency’s recklessness and for compromising their operations,” the official is quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of the cash and ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the federal government and adjourned till May 5, 2017, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. All Progressives Congress’, APC, online combatants including an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari had taken to social media to declare that the money belonged to Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former managing director, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.  Ma 🎼Su 🎼Gudu 🎼Su 🎼Gudu🎼SACKED NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC. Cook ran off with some…https://t.co/qvtpY0A7lh pic.twitter.com/TztVMLoiRn — Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 13, 2017 Nnamdi-Ogbue has issued a statement through her lawyers refuting the reports. Editor’s Note: Our readers may have noticed our deliberate use of the word, heist, to describe these recent EFCC discoveries.  “A heist is any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot“. We believe that these actions by the EFCC are legally problematic because they don’t follow due process of investigation and obtaining of a warrant from a judge after showing probable cause. Many of them are just publicity stunts and amount to whitewashing the tarnished image of the anti-graft agency. A whistleblower has accused Ibrahim Magu, the currently embattled boss of the EFCC and his predecessors of looting N1.3 trillion “recovered” from corrupt officials by the agency. 

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Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspiration: Taught By God Himself

Daily Grace Inspiration is a devotional that brings you the message of grace from Joseph Prince, the world celebrated TV preacher and pastor. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. – Hebrews 8:11 As a parent or someone serving in Sunday school, you may think that the children under your care are too young to know the Lord. And you wonder if you are wasting your time reading Bible stories and singing hymns to them. Or you may have been buying Mandarin and Hokkien sermon CDs for your dialect-speaking parents or grandparents, and you wonder if the Bible teachings are too difficult for them to understand. My friend, don’t underestimate the Holy Spirit. Many elderly folks in our Mandarin and Hokkien services, who first heard about Jesus through the recorded messages given to them by their children, are now born again and attending church regularly. And they are so full of Jesus that they cannot stop talking about Him to their relatives and friends. Even for a young child like my daughter Jessica, when she was one year old, she would spontaneously raise her hands whenever she heard Christian songs, but not secular ones. My wife Wendy and I had never taught her how to recognize Christian songs. The only explanation we have is that Jessica was taught by the Lord Himself. (Isaiah 54:13) When Jessica turned two, she surprised us again. Wendy was tucking her in bed one night when Jessica looked at her and said, “Jesus died for Jessica because Jesus loves Jessica.” No one taught her to say that. But I remember looking at her when she was younger and by faith saying, “You know, darling, Jesus died for Jessica.” She just looked at me and I did not know whether she understood me then. I just believed that the Holy Spirit is a better teacher than I am. So don’t limit the Holy Spirit by saying things like, “The children are too young…My grandparents are not well-educated…My atheist friend won’t be interested…” Just send God’s Word into their lives by faith, and trust the Holy Spirit to do the teaching and imparting. For God says that no one has to teach anyone to know the Lord because all shall know Him, from the least, including little children, to the greatest! Joseph Prince is senior pastor of New Creation Church. He is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His daily television program, Destined To Reign currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks. Subscribe to Pastor Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration HERE

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4 Stylish And Modest Ideas On How To Dress To Church

Nowadays a lot of people often ask one question: how to dress for church attendance? Some people can’t understand why they must wear some special clothes when they’re going to visit a church and why they can’t go there in their common comfortable for them outfits? Maybe someone says that it doesn’t matter how you dress going to the church and this is a thing of the past! Don’t listen to such person and don’t trust that it doesn’t matter! It matters… It really matters for you especially because your outfit can say a lot about you, about your attitude to faith and about the purity of your heart`s intent. Today there are many variations of modest church outfits that will help you to express your respect for the church and religion, but also will help you to look modern and trendy. Here are some clever ideas of proper church outfits for women. Midi skirts with a sweater, shirt or blouse Ladies, when you’re going to the church look at your wardrobe one more time and you’ll certainly find a midi skirt or maybe several midi skirts there. Any midi skirt is a nice choice for the church attendance, but pay attention to its color. Don’t forget that you should choose the clothes of the modest colors for church (don`t wear any bright or too colorful clothes). A sweater or a blouse of the mild colors without plunging necklines and with long sleeves half-or ¾-length sleeves fit perfectly for such purpose. Click on any image to enlarge Humble maxi skirts with a shirt, jacket or sweater Maxi skirts fit ideally for the church visit. But be careful! You shouldn’t wear a slit maxi skirt and avoid bright skirts. Be more moderate, prudent and temperate when choosing a suitable outfit for the church. One color skirt will fit the mild sweater or shirt. If you`d want to wear a T-shirt, it`s also possible just hide your shoulders with the help of the jacket or cardigan. Click on any image to enlarge Long, ¾-length, short sleeve midi and maxi dresses The dress is a common uniform for women in the church. There are three basic conditions for them: sleeves must be short, long or ¾-length, such dress shouldn`t have the neckline and the length of the dress should be right or below the knees. Before going to the church be sure that your dress is not too short and not too tight! Click on any image to enlarge   Appropriate shoes for church If you`re going to the church forget about trainers, aka heels and “prosti shoes”. In this case wear low-heeled shoes (your heels must be lower that 3 inches), ballet flats or any flat shoes. You see that it’s not so difficult to choose the right clothes and shoes for a church visit. You have to have the will to choose the appropriate outfit for church.   Click on any image to enlarge

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Spirit and Life Devotional: Humble Yourself Before God Humbles You

Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.  “Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.” 2 Corinthians 12:7 NLT As we celebrate Easter, it’s important for us to meditate on the life of Christ. One very important thing that we learn from Him is humility. Allowing Himself to die on the cross was a revelation of His humility. The Bible says that He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. And because of His humility, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names. You will either humble yourself or God will humble you. Ask Nebuchadnezzar what God did to him. You see people who have achieved so little, it’s nothing really, ascribing glory and honour to themselves, looking down on others, so full of themselves. Resist pride in your life at all cost! I don’t care who you are or what you think you’ve got, stay humble!!! Follow @pastorchinae (Twitter), Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim (Facebook), Chinaemerem Ibezim (Google+), PIN: 568E2E56, www.facebook.com/spiritandlifedevotional, Join our BBM Channel, PIN: C004F1183

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Ikoyi $43 Million Is Part Of Amaechi Loot From Sale Of Rivers Gas Turbine – Wike

Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor has given the federal government an ultimatum of 7 days to return the $43million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi  to the Rivers State government, failure which the State Government  will take legal measures to ensure  that it gets back her stolen  resources Governor Wike  also declared that the $43million dollars found in the luxury apartment  in Ikoyi belongs  to  the  Rivers State government. Governor Wike said that investigations by the Rivers State government revealed that the money was proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Amaechi is now the transportation minister serving under President Muhammadu Buhari. He was publicly named by All Progressives Congress’ chieftains as the major financier of Buhari’s election. Some accounts say that Amaechi sponsored up to 80% of the multi-billion dollar adventure. Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, April 14, 2017, Governor Wike said, “The money in question  belongs to the former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. We want to confirm that the houses in Ikoyi also belong to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. “If you recollect in 2015, we said that gas turbines built by Former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319million. “That money was used to sponsor the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 general elections. From the date of sale of the gas turbines to  May 29, 2015, the money depleted from $319million to $204,000. What was stashed at the Ikoyi residence  was part of that fund. “We have  facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers State Government. The federal government must return our money”. Governor Wike  said all the stories being peddled about the money belonging to the National Intelligence Agency are false and mere face saving measures by the embattled APC Federal Government. He said: “As I speak to  you, the federal government is so embarrassed that this has happened. All the stories that the money belongs to the NIA are fake.” Governor Wike challenged the federal government to  set up  a panel of inquiry, which will sit publicly to investigate  the money, if it doubted the claim of the Rivers State government. He stated that the Rivers State government needs the money to complete an array of projects, insisting that on no account would this criminal activity be swept under the carpet. The governor said as long as the federal government continues to disturb the progress of Rivers State, so long will God throw the federal government into confusion. “We are giving them seven days to return  our money. Otherwise, we would  take legal action to recover our money. $43million  will help us complete  several  projects. We need that money for projects,” he said.

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Rivers State Gov’t Claims Ownership Of Ikoyi $43 Million, Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To FG

Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor has given the federal government an ultimatum of 7 days to return the $43million dollars found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi  to the Rivers State government, failure which the State Government  will take legal measures to ensure  that it gets back her stolen  resources Governor Wike  also declared that the $43million dollars found in the luxury apartment  in Ikoyi belongs  to  the  Rivers State government. Governor Wike said that investigations by the Rivers State government revealed that the money was proceed from the sale of gas turbines by the immediate past Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Amaechi is now the transportation minister serving under President Muhammadu Buhari. He was publicly named by All Progressives Congress’ chieftains as the major financier of Buhari’s election. Some accounts say that Amaechi sponsored up to 80% of the multi-billion dollar adventure. Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, April 14, 2017, Governor Wike said, “The money in question  belongs to the former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. We want to confirm that the houses in Ikoyi also belong to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. “If you recollect in 2015, we said that gas turbines built by Former Governor Peter Odili were sold to Sahara Energy, business partners of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at $319million. “That money was used to sponsor the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 general elections. From the date of sale of the gas turbines to  May 29, 2015, the money depleted from $319million to $204,000. What was stashed at the Ikoyi residence  was part of that fund. “We have  facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers State Government. The federal government must return our money”. Governor Wike  said all the stories being peddled about the money belonging to the National Intelligence Agency are false and mere face saving measures by the embattled APC Federal Government. He said: “As I speak to  you, the federal government is so embarrassed that this has happened. All the stories that the money belongs to the NIA are fake.” Governor Wike challenged the federal government to  set up  a panel of inquiry, which will sit publicly to investigate  the money, if it doubted the claim of the Rivers State government. He stated that the Rivers State government needs the money to complete an array of projects, insisting that on no account would this criminal activity be swept under the carpet. The governor said as long as the federal government continues to disturb the progress of Rivers State, so long will God throw the federal government into confusion. “We are giving them seven days to return  our money. Otherwise, we would  take legal action to recover our money. $43million  will help us complete  several  projects. We need that money for projects,” he said.

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Ladies, Here’s How You Can Change Your Life With Your Hair

Do you like presents? Of course, you do, especially if they are wrapped in a beautiful paper, or box with a ribbon, butterfly or flower attached, don’t you? So, why do we think sometimes that the way we look is not really important and state passionately that our souls matter more than our look? Women were born to appreciate the beauty and to look beautiful. We are all unique, original and special. Each of us has a particular fingerprint, and moreover, there is no voice on Earth, which was similar to someone else’s. We have our own design. However, sometimes our daily routine involves us into a stream of tasks and we forget about our look. Later on, we realize that we receive fewer compliments from the male part of the society and we become confused. We have no idea why we do not attract the right man and cry on the pillow at night without anyone to wipe our tears. This article is meant to make all your doubts about your look and soul disappear. We are what we feel Did you notice that women who look beautiful get more paid jobs? You may be jealous of them, but you will agree that they are successful in their lives. We live in the world of men who manage this world and they have a system of already set rules. According to it, a woman who looks gorgeous has far more chances to be hired than the one who does not. The point is that we all look awesome, however, we should underline our beauty. We should find the things we are unique in and treat them as our peculiarities. Cosmetics and changing your haircut can help you emphasize your soul state and shape it into the special form. It means that all women have mood swings and a woman who is in the mood of changing her life should have a proper haircut and look. We are what we thought about ourselves The philosopher Rene Descartes stated “Cogito ergo sum” or ” I think, therefore I am”. Dreams come true if we believe and act appropriately. If a woman wants to be successful and change her life, it would be better if she changed her look first. It’s not only about changing your hairstyle or clothes, it’s about transforming your ideas and ways of belief. It’s about the change of your attitude towards yourself. It’s all about beginning to consider yourself as a valuable and precious person, who is a gift to this world. We are all the reflections of our beliefs about ourselves in the past. We became what we thought about us earlier. Hence, if you transform your way of thinking from negative to positive, it will result in a change of your self-esteem and, it goes without saying, your look. We are about to change our lives The farmers know that if they want to reap the harvest, they have to plant a seed and water it first. Spending money and time on the way you look can be considered as a seed of your effort, which will grow into the fruit of complete changes in your life, using figurative language. We all want success, peace of mind, happy relationships so that we can invest in the future. Making a decision to cut your hair can become a huge investment in the prosperity of your life. Sometimes we tend to ignore the signs that tell us that we should stop immediately on our way of constant saving money, for example. For example, if your husband does not bring you flowers anymore, this is a moment to reevaluate the level of your self-acceptance. It is a common knowledge, that if a woman respects herself, she dresses and does her hair correspondingly so that others will respect her too.    Therefore, if you really want to change your life, it would be perfect if you treat yourself with love, kindness, wisdom, and admiration. Taking care of your look will bring more positively oriented people into your life. All new things attract the other new things. You may be surprised about the abundance of new acquaintances and achieving higher and more qualitative degree of relationships. Coco Chanel knew that women are the gifts to the society, which should be packed in a proper way, opening the eyes of other people to the beauty of their hearts. What is more, wise men understand that the real beauty of the soul is reflected in the beauty of the look. That’s because they were born this way to appreciate the appearance first. Hence, if we really want to turn our life into a fairytale with a happy end, we have to take the rules of men’s world into account. And it’s not really difficult for us at all, to be honest.

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Banks’ Dollar Demand Slumps Over Fear Of Dollar Crash

              File copy of foreign currency seized by EFCC There are strong indications that the demand for foreign exchange by authorized dealers has slumped, as the dealers were only able to pick $45 million out of the $100 million offered by the CBN on wholesale spot. Industry experts have attributed the slump in demand to […]

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Buhari Appoints New DG BPE, Other Chief Executives For Federal Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the underlisted appointments in various Federal Government Agencies.Among  them is the new Director General, Bureau of  Public Enterprises,BPE,  Mr Alex Okoh. A statement by Bolaji Adebiyi from the office of  rhe SGF listed the new appointees thus 1 National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Barrister Julie […]

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Benefits Revocation For All Migrants In The United Kingdom – Controversial Bill Enforcement

BENEFITS REVOCATION FOR ALL MIGRANTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM – CONTROVERSIAL BILL ENFORCEMENT – Statement By Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas  Benefits Revocation Means Every Migrant Has To Work, Earn And Live By What They Gain. There Shall Be No Mercy. Only The Strong That Can Make A Difference To The United Kingdom Economy Will Only Be Allowed To Live In The United Kingdom. THOSE WITH INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN Will Equally Be Affected. The Threshold And Migrant Lapses Will Mean They Will Fall In The Category Of Expulsion. The Legislation Means Migrants Will Not Be Deported But Expelled Out Of The UK. Benefits Affected Will Be Housing Allocation, Housing Benefits, Student Grants And Tax Credit. The Commonwealth Liberation Party (TCLP) And Her Central Government Independent Diplomat Commission (IDC), Announces Within The Next 90 Days On Or Before The 14/07/2017 Will Compel A Legislation That Repels The Rights Of Migrants And Those With Indefinite Leave To Remain In The United Kingdom, Will Henceforth Lose Their Rights To Social Housing And Tax Credit Benefits. The British Empire In Her Ponderosity To Leverage To Economic World Power Must Revoked Social Dependency Benefits For All UK Migrants; Unless British Citizens By Birth In British Soil And Territories — By Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas The British Government In The Headship Of Prime Minister Theresa May Would Be Expected To Revoke, Withdraw And Nullify All Benefits Given To Migrants In The United Kingdom. So, For The Enforcement Of Commonwealth Nations Unity And Growth Of Their Sovereign Rights And Buildership, The Benefit Laws Have Failed, As Migrants Are Now Their Own Destruction, For They Intentionally Break Their Homes, Drive Their Wives And Husbands Away For Cheap Benefit Frauds And Refusal To Return To Their Countries Voluntarily For Cheap Benefits Gains. This Has Made UK To Harbour Diseased Migrants Who Have Disability Of The Mind And Cannot Bring Economic Empowerment To United Kingdom. The Wind Of Change Is Faceless And The Face Of Change Is Ponderosity- Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas Not Even God Can Stop The Enforcement Of The Legislation And No Religious Sacred Can Derail It. It Is A History Shake Up . It Is Time For All Migrants To Return Home As United Kingdom Has No Free Lunch For Any One, Only The Abled Economic Migrants That Can Sustained Themselves Will Be Legally Allowed To Reside In The UK. Those With Children With No Economic Input By Tax Contribution To The UK Economy Must All Return Back To Their Countries. There Shall Be No Child Benefits For Any Migrant Children Only Those Born In The United Kingdom And Her Territories. Every Migrants Is Priorily Informed, This Is An Easter Fiesta News.  Signed: Her Knowledgeable Professor Alexia Thomas Chairman – The Commonwealth Liberation Party

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15 Ways To Stay Together Forever

My husband and I have experienced many things together and for the most part, have been happy for many, but there were days when thoughts of divorce crept in. However, over time, we have come to realize that when weak people face problems often give-up or run from their problems, whereas people who are committed to something, including marriage, tend to resolve the conflict. One of the most important things you can do to save your marriage is to fight for it, and to resist having to be right. Couples who are hurt or offended in a marriage often allow things to build up over years, never really expressing or communication what they’re feeling until it’s too late, By the time a person has allowed something to fester for years, it becomes complex and very emotional. My advice, step back take a breather but don’t threaten divorce when emotions are high and you’re hurting. Get help, go for counseling, and make a plan – of what you’re going to say to your spouse but don’t deliver it while you’re angry. So what else can you do for lasting love: Don’t Go Mad Yelling, screaming and fighting will only damage the relationship more. Instead of letting going off on your spouse due to pent up anger, take time away to get some perspective. Maybe seek counsel from 2 or 3 close friends who love both of you. Criticism Is Destructive Don’t exacerbate the situation by inappropriate comments or jabs, better to show more wisdom, flexibility, and support. Criticism in the long run will only make matters worse. Someone who is constantly criticised will eventually retaliate-one way or the other, by words, walking out, or worse, by violence.   Complement One Another In Front of Others You’re two mirrors and married people tend to perceive their partner’s accomplishments as their own. If you talk about one another in glowing terms it will break down barriers and build both you and your spouse up. Remain Individuals Being on the same wavelength is great, it unites you. But give some personal space. Do you have different friends? Great! Are you engaged in various activities? It’s fine. It provides you talking points and your own hobby gives you time for self-development and personal growth, which is important in a marriage. You Need Intimacy It’s a myth that intimacy diminishes over the years. If anything, because of how well you know your spouse, intimacy tends to increase between couples married for many years. Intimacy is more than just a physical connection, it includes feeling safe, trusting one another, caring for one another, you truly do become one. Be Attentive Our life consists of little things, but we often forget to tell the ones we love most how we feel about them. Praise your man, plan little surprises, or send a flirty message. one way you can do that is by texting him using  text my love every day, it injects excitement into our marriage. Change Lifestyle Explore the world, travel. Being on the move makes our life diverse and thrilling. You’ll look at your partner from different angles and learn something new about each other. It will prevent the relationship from stagnation. Forget About The Past Your ex-partners have been left behind, there is no friendship with them. Arrange the right priorities – meet your spouse’s needs first and be faithful. Be Best Friends The highest degree of love is friendship. Respect the feelings and thoughts of the soul mate, open your heart and soul completely. Learn To Apologize Sometimes it is tough to admit that you were wrong and to ask for forgiveness, but you should do it. The ability to recognize your guilt in a relationship is an important step towards its development. Communicate Talk to each other as much as possible, show interest in everything the spouse is saying. Expand your conversations, share your thoughts and feelings at the end of the day, support each other, it will only strengthen your emotional bond. Accept His Family As Your Own Be in touch with his relatives, spend time together with them, organize common holidays. The spouse should know that his family is as important to you as yours. Express Affection Set up a lovely tradition in your family. Before you rush off to work, kiss your partner, and meet him from work with tender hugs. These small gestures will keep the flame of love. Stand Up For Each Other Do not let others insult and hurt your loved one. You and your husband are one family, that is why always stand up for him and not allow others to speak ill of him. Go On Dates Don’t let boredom linger! For that, go on dates, organize romantic evenings, it will rekindle your passion. Thereby, mentioned tips aren’t a panacea, however, if you follow them, you will increase the odds of staying in love for the long run.

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Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for concerted efforts to bring back the over 200 school girls that were abducted from their secondary school in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State three years ago. Speaking on the third year anniversary of the abductionof the girls,  Saraki pledged that the Senate will continue […]

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Banks’ Dollar Demand Slumps Over Fear Of Dollar Crash

              File copy of foreign currency seized by EFCC There are strong indications that the demand for foreign exchange by authorized dealers has slumped, as the dealers were only able to pick $45 million out of the $100 million offered by the CBN on wholesale spot. Industry experts have attributed the slump in demand to […]

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Business Debt Settlement: 3 Effective Solutions For Business Debt

ettling or negotiating business debt is an effective solution for business owners who feel like keeping their businesses running is draining their finances. In such as situation it is important to invest in professional assistance that will enable you to create a plan to negotiate and resolve debt without ending up bankrupt. Negotiating Business Debt Debt settlement basically involves the procedure of negotiating down a particular debt. This results in debtors paying creditors a lower amount than what they owe or what the creditor claims is owed. Negotiating debt successfully and achieving a significant reduction can be challenging. The process requires knowledge, experience, exemplary negotiation skills and knowing how to negotiate a settlement that that will not jeopardize the individual’s finances or business. It is also essential for the negotiator to be aware of how to interact with creditors for optimal results. Importance of Professional Assistance Professionals focus on helping their clients get rid of debt through negotiations for substantial debt reductions without resorting to bankruptcy. It may be possible for business owners to negotiate their own debts but you are likely to achieve a better outcome if you hire an expert. If you are dealing with a small amount of business debt and one creditor, you can consider negotiating without assistance. However, most businesses have a large amount of debt along with dealing with multiple creditors. Negotiating your business debts on your own under such circumstances can be overwhelming and you may end up in deeper debt as time goes on. In most cases, professionally negotiated debt settlement for businesses saves money. Click here for Creditors Relief. Leverage Leverage is necessary for good negotiation and negotiating debt goes beyond requesting for a lower payment. It requires a well-formulated plan that consists of applicable factors that can help you, your debt profile, creditor’s errors, value for money and other considerations. You need to be able to offer practical reasons for a creditor to be willing to accept a lower amount of money. Leverage enables you to accomplish this and it varies with different creditors and debts. Detailed Plan for Debt Settlement A detailed plan is a requirement for successful debt settlement with details such as the time frame and settlement target. This is vital when several creditors are involved. Eliminating debt takes effort and you can get help to get out of business debt with a balance that is less than what your creditors claim. Avoiding bankruptcy with affordable debt will enable you to move forward with your life. Conclusion It is well known that operating a business requires access to funding. Whether you have a startup, growing business or are currently experiencing instability, lacking the capital you need can be disastrous. Business owners may seek funding from different sources ranging from bank loans to credit cards. Lagging behind with your business debts is frustrating, especially without a plan in place. One of the key steps is to determine the options that can potentially provide relief. The solution you choose will ideally be based on the kind of debt and its status. Struggling entrepreneurs can find worthwhile solutions for their debt problems by restructuring their loans into payment plans that they can afford. Maurice Jones is a freelance editor and writer. His articles have been featured on numerous sites over the years. He likes to spend most of his free time catching up with close friends and family members. Visit the site to find out more about Creditors Relief.

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Floating Naira Would Lead To Collapse Of Buhari’s Government, Experts Warn

Economic and Financial experts have warned President Muhammad Buhari not to listen to calls by some key ministers and politicians in the country to float the naira saying the move would lead to the collapse of the government. The experts who warned against any attempt to float the naira as been canvassed by some key […]

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10 Easy To Make Homemade Bloating Juice Cleanse Recipes

ne of the most common discomforts men and women face after a meal is bloating. The stomach swells up after the intake of food or carbonated drinks. Your tummy looks fatter and you might even have problems with fitting into trousers or jeans. Bloating can take place due to other factors like PMS, indigestion, flatulence and gas, intolerance to lactose etc. These are the major causes of discomfort and pain in the stomach. You might belch or burp often after a meal. If you are bloated in the night, you might have a hard time falling asleep as well. Weight gain due to bloating Most men and women are frustrated with the extra weight they gain due to bloating. It mars their self-esteem and gives them a puffy look. If you are on a weight loss plan, your chances of slimming down and getting a flat belly look dim if you do not address the issue of bloating in time. Treat bloating at home with easy-to-make juices If you suffer from frequent bouts of bloating, you do not have to worry. Bloating predominantly takes place because of wrong diet and lifestyle habits. The condition can be treated without medication. You will find many items in your kitchen that will address the issue on spot. In fact, these home remedies are so good that they give you long-term results. Bloating makes you feel nauseated and you lose energy. You feel heavy and movement becomes restricted. With simple and affordable home remedies found in the kitchen, you can bid goodbye to bloating forever! Drink your way to a flat and slim stomach There are herbal teas such as Lumitea available in the market, and they are made from natural ingredients that address the issues of bloating, gas and flatulence. This herbal tea is rich in antioxidants and flushes out toxins from your system. In addition to this, it helps in slimming down and is regarded to be one of the best herbal teas in the market for bloating. You can also make other drinks for the treatment of bloating at home. They release the gas, indigestion and flatulence, helping your stomach to return to its original form. You feel lighter and energetic as well! The following are 10 homemade bloating juice cleanse recipes for you to try: Cucumber and Raspberry Detox Juice – Add slices of raspberry and cucumber in water with fresh mint, grapefruit and pears that is optional to cleanse your system. This juice tastes superb and it helps you slim down as well. Cranberry Juice – Cranberry juice works well for people who suffer from bloating issues. You will see the results fast as your waistline reduces and your stomach becomes flatter each time you drink this juice. You may add some dandelion to the juice if you like. Spinach, mint and pineapple smoothie – Put all these three ingredients together in a blender and drink this mix daily. It is a powerful detox drink that flushes out toxins from the body and gives you a clean stomach. Green smoothie – This smoothie has spinach as its main ingredient. You may add some pineapple, banana and strawberries for taste. It tastes better and it is good for your tummy and health. Lemon water – If you are bored of drinking the same drink daily, it is time for you to switch to an easy recipe that is lemon water. All you need to do is squeeze a slice of lime or lemon in warm water and drink it. This simple drink has powerful results. You not only feel better, but you will also start looking good as well! Pink Smoothie – The pink smoothie is made with strawberries, chamomile, honey, yoghurt and pineapple. It looks cute and tastes great. You can drink this juice in the morning and say goodbye to bloating for the rest of the day! Green apple, cucumber and kale juice – Many people feel bloated and they lose energy for the whole day. In such a case, the juice of green apple, kale and cucumber works wonders for them. This juice can be taken any time and you will find results taking place in a week. Ginger tea – Ginger tea not only soothes an upset stomach, but it also has the ability to address bloating. The tea can be prepared easily. Take a medium sized ginger and cut it into small pieces. Boil some water and put these small pieces of ginger into it. Let the tea simmer for at least 15 minutes. You may drink this tea before a meal and discover the wonderful results it brings to you. Greek yoghurt, berries and kale juice – Take these three ingredients together and blend them in a mixer. Not only will you get rid of bloating and start sporting a flat stomach, but you will also feel robust with energy the whole day. Spinach smoothie – Here you can blend spinach and water together. Drink this juice and watch your stomach become slimmer with each passing day. This spinach juice smoothie helps you to stay fit and healthy if you can consume it daily. It is simple to make and you can take it all year round. With the above 10 homemade juices, you can effectively address the pangs of bloating. The best part of these juices is that you can easily find all the ingredients at home. They do not take much time to make. You can have them in the morning and curb the pangs of bloating for the rest of the day. In case you cannot drink them in the morning, you can take them during the day and keep the bloating pangs at bay! Lumitea and this homemade juices for bloating have no side effects. Both men and women can have them. They not only remove gas, indigestion and flatulence along with bloating, but they also help you to lose weight. You will look slim and trim. These drinks are good for your skin as well. With regular intake, you will notice a healthy and shiny radiance to your face too!

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7 Solid Facts About Eating Cow Skin (Ponmo)

Ponmo is cow skin which has been processed for consumers to cook and eat like beef. Over the years cow skin, popularly called ponmo. has become an important delicacy that is eaten by everyone. When you order a plate of eba and egusi soup, you buy ponmo and meat. So, you begin to wonder how and when ponmo found its way to the plate of Nigerians. Anyways, for you love cow skin or ponmo so much,  here are solid truths about ponmo. The over-consumption of ponmo is affecting the leather industry The leather industry is suffering from the consumption of ponmo by Nigerians. Instead of these hides being used to make shoes, bags and wallets, we prefer to eat them. Consequently, Nigeria is losing out of the 75 billion dollars global leather industry according to Mr. Olufemi Aluko of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University. Perhaps, this why Nigeria imports all her leathers. Its nutritional benefits is in doubt There has been a lot of back and forth about the nutritional benefits of eating ponmo. Health experts have said that it is harmful and unhealthy but Nigerians disagree. So, the essence of eating ponmo is defeated if it is confirmed that it has no health benefits. It is unhygienic Mind you, we are not trying to demonise ponmo. But the truth is ponmo is unhygienic because of the unclean environment the cow hides are extracted and prepared. Hence, before you consume ponmo, you have to boil it for hours. In some cases, boiling may not kill the bacteria. It is cheap It is very cheap and this is a reason why ponmo is very prevalent. Of course, the sizes that it is cut is much bigger than meat and beef. It is a source of livelihood For some Nigerians, ponmo has become a source of livelihood. They have taken the advantage of the ponmo craving among  Nigerians to survive. You can’t blame them! Peppered ponmo is very tasty Wow! Have you ever tasted those fluffy, peppered ponmo? It is heavenly and tasty! It will be difficult to ban ponmo When the Nigerian government announced that it was going to ban ponmo, the outcry among Nigerians was deafening. The #BringBackOurPonmo began trending. Rather than banning it, more cow hides should be allocated to the leather industry.

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EFCC Media Stunts: Let Me ‘Borrow You Small Brain’ [MUST READ]

Lere Olayinka, a political activist and media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has put together a piece critical of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its recent media “recoveries” of huge amounts of cash. The piece, which has gone viral on social media was sent to The Trent’s editors on Whatsapp. It is reproduced, unedited, below: »»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 1 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #MARCH 14, 2017 EFCC intercepted N49m cash at Kaduna Airport as the huge cash was being ferried out through the airport. According to a statement released by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the cash was found during a routine baggage screening. The money was contained in five unmarked and unaccompanied large black coloured Buhu sags. »»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. There are CCTV CAMERAS in Kaduna Airport and the CAMERAS must have captured movements in and out of the airport. Didn’t the CAMERAS captured those who moved the FIVE LARGE SACKS in which the cash was packed into the airport? Up till now, EFCC is yet to tell us the identity of those who moved the cash to the airport and abandoned it there despite the presence of CCTV CAMERAS in the airport. 2. EFCC said the cash were fresh crispy Naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM), with this, the bank that got the cash from CBN can be traced and the bank can then reveal its customer that got the cash. Up till today, EFCC is yet to tell Nigerians which bank got the cash from CBN. »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 2 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #APRIL 6, 2017 EFCC uncovered  N448,850,000 (Four hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) only in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. The shops had signages of Bureau de Change. Inquries about the owner of shop 64 indicated he had not been seen for a long time, as they claimed the shop had not been opened for businesss for close to two years. Several calls were put to the owner of shop 67 but there was no response. The attention of the plaza’s chairman and some traders were drawn in order to force the shops open. There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of “Ghana Must Go” bags were found loaded on the floor of the shop. When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of naira notes totalling N448,850,000. »»»»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. The shop has not been opened for TWO YEARS, so has the cash been kept there since April 2015? 2. EFCC claimed attentions of the Plaza Chairman and some traders were drawn, does it mean that the Plaza Chairman and other traders operating there do not know the owner of Shop 64? 3. Won’t the owner of the Plaza know who he or she let Shop 64 to? 4. Is EFCC saying that up till now, They don’t know the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos? 5. If they still don’t know the owner of the Plaza, shouldn’t a visit to Ministry of Lands, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos revealed the owner? 6. The moment the Plaza owner is identified, won’t the owner identify his or her tenant? 7. Is it possible for a shop on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos to be SHUT for TWO YEARS and the owner of the Plaza won’t raise questions? »»»»»»»»»»»>»>>»»»»»»»»»»»»»» Let me leave you with these for now. As for me, I have BRAIN and I use it all the time, not sometime.

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Nigeria Has Received 500,000 Doses Of Meningitis C Vaccines – WHO

Nigeria has received 500,000 doses of meningitis C containing vaccine to combat the epidemic in the country, the WHO has said. The doses were sent by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, an organisation that coordinates the provision of vaccine during outbreak emergencies. Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, April 14, 2017. He said the vaccines, funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have been administered in Zamfara and Katsina States where the disease was most endemic. Alemu said an additional 820,000 doses of the meningitis C conjugate vaccine donated by the UK government to WHO was currently being sent to Nigeria. He said in the last week, the ICG also sent 341,000 doses of the meningitis C-containing vaccine to Niger Republic. He said this was because over 1,300 suspected cases of the disease had been found in the region particularly in districts that border with Nigeria and in the Niamey region of the country. “A vaccination campaign is underway in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C, a strain of meningitis which first emerged in the country in 2013. “In 2013, the outbreak was initially limited to a few areas in Kebbi and Sokoto States. However, in 2015, more than 2,500 cases of the disease have been reported across 3 states in the country. “Since the beginning of this year, the country has reported 4,637 suspected cases and 489 deaths across five states. “WHO’s Country Office in Nigeria, including a number of field offices, have been supporting the government since the meningitis outbreak began. “In addition to improving the care of the sick, we are focusing on ensuring accurate information about the spread of the outbreak is available as quickly as possible to help us make the most effective use of vaccines,” Alemu said. He said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with support from WHO, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), UNICEF and other partners were leading the response to the on-going outbreak. He said these organisations were also carrying out intensified surveillance, capacity building for case management and risk communication. Alemu said in addition to the use of vaccinations to prevent the transmission of meningitis, 20,000 vials of antibiotics have been sent by the ICG to treat people who had the disease in Nigeria. He said most vaccines currently being used for meningitis C outbreaks in Africa were polysaccharide vaccines, adding that they were in short supply as they were being phased out in other parts of the world. “The more effective and long-lasting conjugate vaccines, however, are not readily accessible for outbreak response in the region. The ICG global emergency stockpile currently has approximately 1.2 million doses of meningitis C-containing vaccines left. “The very limited supply of vaccines to control outbreaks of meningitis C can affect our ability to control these epidemics. “In the long term, the accelerated development of affordable and effective conjugate vaccines to cover all epidemic types of meningitis is a high priority for WHO and partners,” Alemu said. He noted that in the past, Nigeria had suffered large-scale outbreaks of meningitis A stating that in 2009, such an outbreak in the country caused over 55, 000 cases with close to 2,500 deaths. He, however, said that preventive mass vaccination campaigns supported by Gavi and partners have provided high and long-term protection against the bacteria.

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The EFCC Comedy Roadshow And Ibrahim Magu As The Star Clown [MUST READ]

Jude Ndukwe, a popular columnist, examines the recent media stunts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, showing “recovered” huge sums of money.  ver since the whistleblowing policy of the federal government was announced in December of 2016, there has been a frenzy of activities in the anti-corruption sector of the economy. While many have been excited by these activities, others have approached the issue with deserving skepticism. This is because a majority of Nigerian officials would always find ways of “legally” enriching themselves by circumventing government policies meant to improve the society. With the sudden gale of humongous sums claimed to have been uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, one begins to suspect that there is more to it than meets the eye especially when the head of the organization been described by the directorate of State Security Services, SSS, also known as DSS, as one who “has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration”. This damning verdict on Magu by the DSS was passed after what the security agency described as a painstaking investigation into the activities of the Borno born police officer while serving as EFCC’s Acting Chairman. That report by the DSS nailed the coffin on Magu’s expected confirmation by the senate, and since then, Mr Magu and his backers in Aso Rock have gone so desperate to push for Magu’s retention by the president despite the negative security report about him and his non-confirmation by the senate as required by law. Part of the script to get a gullible section of the Nigerian public on his side is to get the easily excitable ones who seem to form a majority of the populace entertained with what looks like phantom discoveries and uncovering of humongous sums of money without any trace of the owners. Such movies are, of course, very easy to act. All that would always be needed is the cooperation of those who have formed themselves into a cabal that has come to needlessly hate the senate and would do anything to spite that institution even if it means helping Magu get some monies from amenable government financial institutions to plant somewhere and later turn around to claim that Magu’s EFCC has discovered the same money where it was planted, hence, most of the discovered funds have no owners attached to them. For example, how could anyone with brains believe that the EFCC actually discovered the large sum of N49m at the baggage screening section of the airport without either identifying the owner or apprehending the conveyor? How did anyone ferry that huge sum in five sacks through the screening machines of the airport and was not detected? Not that the money was hidden among other items, but were just all in five different sacks on their own, yet, passed through the screening machines without being detected? Why has the EFCC not shown Nigerians the CCTV footage of the person purported to have ferried the money into the airport and ask Nigerians to help identify and apprehend him? Who were those who screened the sacks and passed them through before they got to the baggage section? And as if that was not bad enough, few days later, the EFCC claimed to have discovered another N448m in a Lagos Shop on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, still without an owner. One would have thought that the EFCC would be more circumspect in its operations so as not to cast doubts on them, but its desperation to be seen to be working has made it fall into the temptation of exciting Nigerians with ear-tingling news of discoveries. Somebody rented that shop; the shop has an owner. Where are they and who are they? Unless such vital information is provided, Nigerians would continue to deride the senseless nollywood-like discoveries of the anti-graft agency as an action inspired by selfishness and desperation. It is the same story with the N250m purportedly uncovered in the popular Balogun market few days after. That one, like its twin brothers, has no owner! The latest of these discovery series are the $38m, N23m and £27,000 purportedly uncovered at Osborne Towers in the high brow Victoria Island area of Lagos. Since that discovery, several parties have been linked to its ownership without any clear indication as to who the actual owner is. That is exactly what happens when your discovery prowess seems to beat that of even Discovery Channel! A good number of Nigerians are suspecting that these purported discoveries are nothing but stunts instigated by the federal government and scripted by the anti-graft agency just to either divert attention of the Nigerian public from the failures of the current administration and or for the laundering of Mr Magu’s already badly battered image. A more disturbing angle to it all is the notion in some quarters that those who are pulling these stunts might just be pulling them to deceive the FG, the media and the general public while they smile away to the bank with their 5% reward from the federal government whistleblowing reward policy. It is believed that those behind these dramas, which can be a powerful ring of highly placed persons, only plant the monies somewhere and raise a whistleblower who “tips off” the anti-graft agency who swoops on the monies. And in order not to cause confusion about it and or blow open their lid, they sell the stories of the monies being abandoned by unknown persons only for them to claim the 5% whistleblowing reward on the monies through their fake whistleblower. This possibility is very real in the strange circumstances of the spate of sudden discoveries of cash in places where the owners of either the cash or the buildings they are discovered are not identified or even claim not to be known. So while Nigerians get easily excited by these news, the whistleblowing ring smiles to the banks with “legally” earned money. This is similar to the abuse the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, once said was going on in the Central Bank where some powerful individuals are said to just sit in their gardens and call for hard currencies from the apex bank at very ridiculous or even no rates, sell to the Bureau De Change operators at prevailing market rate, make huge sums of profits and return the “borrowed” hard currencies back to the CBN while these highly placed individuals keep the profits. One should not be surprised if that same ring has found its way into the anti-corruption war and are taking advantage of the loopholes in government’s good intentions about the whistleblowing policy, and making money for themselves through phantom discovery of monies without owners. To stop this trend, the whistleblowing policy should be strengthened, and reward should go to only those whose whistleblowing not only lead to the discovery of cash but also the proper identification of the owners for arrest and prosecution. If not, powerful individuals will continue to source huge sums of money from government owned financial institutions, plant same somewhere, raise a fake whistleblower who discovers the money, get the percentage reward on it, and go to court to obtain a forfeiture order, and the money returns to government, and the cycle continues. I do not trust the EFCC under Magu. An institution that is reputed for feeding the public with deliberate falsehood about suspects and facts of court proceedings as in the case of Col Nicholas Ashinze which has led to the stalling of that case cannot be trusted especially as the DSS has also confirmed that Magu has failed the integrity test. A man who has been confirmed by the DSS to have failed the integrity test can always fall for anything including the 5% that follows the whistleblowing report leading to the recovery of monies that have no one identified as their owners. While Magu seems incurably fascinated by the attention he gets from the media, he lost about four high profile cases in just one week, an outcome that confirms the fact that his strategy of media trials and razzmatazz has seized his attention from diligent investigation and prosecution. Making the counting of the monies uncovered a public show was needless just as it vitiates the seriousness otherwise attached to the anti-corruption fight and reduces same to nothing but a comedy designed to amuse rather than cleanse the society. All these have led to the bastardisation of the anti-corruption war. One of the most potent solutions to these charade going on is for government to look for a more competent and honest man/woman with clean records (and there are plenty of them out there) to take charge of the agency if we must achieve meaningful result in this fight! Lastly, I implore the DSS not to shy away from commencing an investigation into this sudden gale of discoveries by the EFCC with a view to ascertaining their authenticity and help bring this madness to a halt. Anyone found complicit in the suspected “planting and harvesting” of monies anywhere should be brought to book immediately. This way, the confidence of Nigerians would be restored in the anti-corruption war. Jude Ndukwe is a political analyst who lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria. He is a member of The Trent’s Elite Columnists. His column is published every Friday. He tweets from @stjudendukwe. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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7 Rules Of Strength Training For Runners

o run faster you need not only to run and develop your legs on the regular basis but also you must train the whole body. A runner needs not only strong legs, but he or she needs balanced neuromuscular efficiency, good bones and tendons and harmonious metabolic rate. Strength training builds the muscles, gives further stamina and protects you from injuries as less likely that you’ll twist your ankle if it enhances with some extra exercises. That`s why running goes hand-in-hand with strength training if you have serious purposes in the life and want to be successful. To get the desired results runners must remember about 7 golden rules of strength training. Keep Your Priorities in Order The training programs for runners differ from the programs of common gym rats. Runners should concentrate their attention on targeting the main muscles that will keep them balanced. During every strength workout, you must train your shoulders, lower, middle and upper back, glutes, biceps,  triceps, quads and hamstrings. Run Fast – Move the Weights Also Fast Don’t sleep in the gym. You attend it to get the results! So go for it quickly and effectively. In the gym, speed influences the fast-twitch muscle fibers that runners so often ignore and helps to build sturdy and powerful muscles. Besides a good speed is the key to a good workout. Start Your Training with Warm-Up – Finish Your Training with Cardio Machine and Stretching Before the workout, every sportsman must warm up the muscles, prepare them for the strength training. In any case, don’t start the training without the warm-up it can lead to injuries. Finish the training on the cardio machine to cool down and then stretching helps you to bring your heart rate down. Sit-Ups, Doing Push-Ups, and Press Weight Under The Head The best exercises for runners are the exercises with their own body weight. Such exercises usually tend to develop the main and the most important groups of muscles and if you increase your training time and weights you`ll get a great result in two or three weeks. Have No More than Four Strength Workouts per Week Strength training is very important for runners, but the important thing is not to overdo! Weightlifting training has a systemic effect that influences the whole body not only the muscles. Thus, if you overdo with the intense workouts it can negatively affect your nervous, immune and hormonal systems.   Make 30 Minutes of Relaxation After Training And yet runners don`t forget of such important thing  before your every workout as foot massage which takes you out of the tightness that comes up with the day-to-day training and relaxes you after the exhaustive exercises. Even if you have the right crossFit shoes, your legs while running are always under the pressure. Foot massage can help to decrease blood pressure, decrease cortisol level (the hormone of stress), enhance the immune system, reduce pain and improve concentration. Go to a professional who would identify the foot pressure points and give them the necessary attention to relax your muscles.  Weight Lifting Constantly but Stop Strength Training During Racing Season Constancy is the key to success! Attend the gym regularly! Work out hard in the gym! But there is only one reason why you can miss your workouts – the beginning of the racing season. In this case, it’s more important to focus yourself on the victory and not on your strength training. Strength training for runners is as important as running workout. If you`re a runner it doesn’t mean that you must have only strong legs! If you really have the aim and this aim is to be the champion pay attention to these 7 rules! Helen Rogers is an editor of The Cross Fit Shoes. She helps people get stronger. She shares running and sports questions, beauty tips. All her stories are result-oriented and make her readers become healthy, wealthy and wise.

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Buhari Appoints CEOs For 23 Federal Agencies [SEE FULL LIST]

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of chief executive officers for 23 federal government agencies. Bolaji Adebiyi, the director of press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation stated this in a statement on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Abuja. He said the chief executives are: Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, director-general, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Mrs. Mary Ikpere-Eta, director-general, National Centre for Women Development. Others are: Mr Bayo Somefun, managing director, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, managing director, Federal Mortgage Bank and Alex Okoh, director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprise. Other appointees are: Abdulkadir Umar, executive secretary, Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, Ibrahim Goni, conservator-general, National Park Service, and Nnenna Akajemeli, national Coordinator, Service Compact (SERVICOM). According to Adebiyi, Dr Nasir Ladan is the director-general, National Directorate of Employment, Saliu Alabi, director-general, Michael Imodu National Institute for Labour Studies and Prof. Jef Barminas, director-general, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology. Haruna Yerima is the director-general, Nigeria Institute for Social and Economic Research, Sunday Thomas, deputy commissioner, Nigeria Insurance Commission, Mr Tunde Erukera, executive secretary, Consumer Protection Council and Mr Bello Tukur, secretary, Federal Character Commission. He said Dikko Abdulrahman is appointed the director-general, National Pension Commission, Mr Umar Jibrin, executive secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, Mrs Folashade Joseph, managing director, Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation, and Mrs. Cecilia Gaya, director-general, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria. Others are: Luci Ajayi, executive secretary, Lagos International Trade Fair Management Board, Emmanuel Jimme, managing director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Lanre Gbajabiamila, director-general, Nigeria Lottery Regulation Commission, and Jalani Aliyu, director-general, Nigeria Automotive Design and development Council. Adebiyi said the appointments were with immediate effects.

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Troops Destroy 13 Illegal Refineries, Lose Soldiers

In continuation of its drive to accomplish its mandate, troops of Operation Delta Safe on patrol around Iyalama Adama axis of Rivers State, yesterday discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries. However, no arrest was made. A statement by Major Abubakar Abdullahi Media Coordinator however said “ Sadly, our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat Cawthorne […]

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Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspiration: God Will Never Turn His Back On You

Daily Grace Inspiration is a devotional that brings you the message of grace from Joseph Prince, the world celebrated TV preacher and pastor. …He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 For six whole hours, the Son of God was suspended between heaven and earth. And at the height of His suffering on the cross, He cried out in the deep darkness, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45–46) For the first time, Jesus addressed His Father as “God”. The Father had forsaken the Son. As Judge of the universe, God had to turn His back on His Son, who was carrying the filth of the world’s sins, for His eyes are too pure to behold evil. (Habakkuk 1:13) If the Father had not turned His back on His Son, He would have to turn His back on you today when you call out to Him in your hour of need. But because Jesus has taken your place, today, you take His place, and you have God’s face smiling on you always! Right now, God’s face is smiling on you. His countenance is shining on you. I can stand before you and declare, “The Lord make His face shine upon you.” (Numbers 6:25–26) And it is all because Jesus has paid the price for God to never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) As Judge, God turned His back on His Son. But as Father, He cried. His heart was broken because Christ was never more pleasing to Him than when He was on the cross. Christ’s suffering was a sweet-smelling aroma to the Father. (Ephesians 5:2) Do you remember what Jesus said? “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.” (John 10:17) If you are a parent, you love each one of your children equally. But when one of them does something special for you out of love, it touches your heart, and you just want to run to him and hug him. That was what happened at the cross, except that the Father could not embrace His Son. Instead, He had to turn His back on His Son because our sins had to be punished in His Son’s body. Beloved, when you cry out to the Father for help today, know that He hears you and will surely help you. Because of Jesus, He will never turn His back on you! Joseph Prince is senior pastor of New Creation Church. He is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His daily television program, Destined To Reign currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks. Subscribe to Pastor Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration HERE

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Spirit and Life Devotional: A Time To Dance Like David Danced

Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.  “But as the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David skipping about and laughing with joy, she was filled with contempt for him.” – 1 Chronicles 15:29 NLT David was full of joy, and danced “anyhow” because of the Ark of the Lord. The Ark meant that the presence of God was with him, in the City of David: he had heard how the house of Obed-Edom was blessed because of the Ark of God, and David was excited to have the Ark with him. It was truly something to be excited about! Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have so much more than the Ark! God has done so much more for us than giving us an Ark! He gave us His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give us new life; He made us new creatures, filled us with His Holy Spirit, and made us His dwelling place! Oh! What treasure have we in our earthen vessels! We are truly blessed! If we had a comprehensive revelation of what God did for us through Christ we would spend the rest of our lives dancing in joy and appreciation. Listen, today is not a day to mourn, because we are not remembering a dead Saviour! Yes, He died; but He did not remain dead; He rose again on the third day! Hallelujah! My heart is full of joy!!! Follow @pastorchinae (Twitter), Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim (Facebook), Chinaemerem Ibezim (Google+), PIN: 568E2E56, www.facebook.com/spiritandlifedevotional, Join our BBM Channel, PIN: C004F1183

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Meningitis Outbreak: Questioning the Existence And Potency Of Allah, By Leo Igwe

Leo Igwe, an outspoken atheist, examines Zamfara Governor Abdul’aziz Yari’s claim that the on-going meningitis outbreak in Nigeria is “punishment from Allah for fornication”.  ecent events in Nigeria, Senegal and other parts of Islamic Africa should make Muslims across the region to start rethinking and reviewing their faith in Allah. Muslims claim that Allah exists. Does Allah really exist? In many places, Muslims are experiencing poverty, suffering, famine, violent conflicts, outbreaks of diseases and other problems that could make one doubt the existence of an omnipotent god. However, due to the supreme price on questioning the being and reality of the Islamic god, there is seldom any open and public inquiry into this Allah idea. But let’s face it, there is a valid basis to query the existence and potency of Allah. In fact, there are compelling reasons to doubt and disbelieve the Islamic god. Muslims across Africa really need to give a serious thought to the supposed existence of Allah and the attributes because such an undertaking promising possibilities and could awaken the population, enlighten the communities and emancipate the people. Muslims in Africa should cease this opportunity and recreate their societies. In fact, Muslims really need to pause awhile and ask themselves if the so called most gracious, benevolent and beneficent Allah is a reality and not an illusion, not a figment of imagination or an empty idea that signifies nothing. Let us take a critical look at some cases across the region. In Northern Nigeria, an outbreak of meningitis has claimed hundreds of lives. Most of the victims are Muslims and mainly from one of the sharia implementing states in the country.  So if one may ask: where was Allah and what was he or it doing? If Allah existed, then why did he allow the outbreak? What happened to his assumed gracious and benevolent abilities? The governor of Zamfara, the first state to implement sharia, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari said the disease was a punishment from Allah for fornication. He noted that Allah sent the disease to punish Nigerians for indulging in immoral acts. Really? The governor said: “People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow.’ That is just the cause of this outbreak, as far as I am concerned. There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured.” Interestingly, the Emir of Kano dismissed this statement by the governor as lacking any basis in Islamic law. However, let’s say that by some stretch of the imagination that this was actually the case. That Allah sent meningitis to punish people in Zamfara state for fornication. The question here is: Did Allah send the disease to kill those who actually committed the fornication or did Allah send the disease to punish some people for ‘sins’ that others had committed? If Allah sent the disease to penalize some Muslims for fornication which other persons committed, then what kind of god is Allah? A just or an unjust god? A good or an evil god? By the way, where was Allah during the recent outbreak of fire in Senegal? In this predominantly Muslim country, at least 20 persons have reportedly died as a result of the accident which occurred at a makeshift prayer centre during a religious event in Senegal’s southern city of Kolda. Is that not a valid reason to query the potency of Allah? The Tijjaniyyah Order – a branch of Sunni Islam organized the event and one should expect that Allah should have protected Muslims during such an activity, but he did not. Why couldn’t Allah stop meningitis or the fire outbreak? Why didn’t Allah prevent the death of Muslims even at the prayer centers? The reason is crisp and clear: Allah is not. Allah is unable. So this is a clear justification for Muslims to begin to cast doubt on the existence of Allah and to subject the claim of an omnipotent Islamic deity to critical examination. Leo Igwe is a human rights activist and the founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement. He was the Western and Southern African representative to IHEU, the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He can be reached by email HERE.  The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Femi Fani-Kayode: The Rivers Of Blood In Asaba [MUST READ]

his essay is about one of the most horrific events that has ever taken place in our history and one of the most graphic examples of ethnic cleansing that took place during our civil war in the quiet Delta town of Asaba. It is an event which mortified the civilised world and which brought our nation and Armed Forces opprobrium, disdain, contempt and shame. It is an event that turned the earth red with blood and the sky black with death on the accursed day that it took place. It is also an event which successive governments have attempted to brush under the carpet, forgetting that we owe it to God and to the slaughtered innocents to establish the facts, set the record straight and let the truth prevail. Whether anyone likes it or not what happened in Asaba on October 7th 1967 will constantly be revisited and one day, when history is taught in our schools, it will be a reference point for all that is sordid, unclean and reprehensible about our turbulent and ugly past. One day it will remind us of the depth of the brutality and sheer callousness that often prevailed in the old Nigeria and hopefully we shall garnish that reality with the firm resolve that such a thing will NEVER happen again. The facts are as follows. The Commanding Officer of the Second Division of the Nigerian Army that retook Asaba from Biafra was Lt. Colonel Murtala Mohammed. He was to become Major-General Murtala Mohammed and our nation’s Head of State within the next eight years. One of his key officer’s and the man that actually led the soldiers into Asaba on that day was Lt. Colonel Ibrahim Haruna (better known as Lt. Col. IBM Haruna). He was the commanding officer whilst one Major Ibrahim Taiwo, who actually gave the orders for the massacre to commence, was his second in command. According to Wikipedia: “The Federal troops entered Asaba around October 5 1967 and began ransacking houses and killing civilians claiming they were Biafran sympathisers. Leaders summoned the townspeople to assemble on the morning of October 7 hoping to end the violence through a show of support for “One Nigeria.” Hundreds of men, women, and children, many wearing the ceremonial akwa ocha (white) attire paraded along the main street, singing, dancing, and chanting “One Nigeria.” At a junction, men and teenage boys were separated from women and young children, and gathered in an open square at Ogbe-Osawa village. Federal troops revealed machine guns, and orders were given, reportedly by Major Ibrahim Taiwo, to open fire. It is estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days. The bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But most were buried in many mass graves without appropriate ceremony. Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months, during which time most of the town was destroyed, many women and girls were raped or forcibly “married,” and large numbers of citizens fled, many not returning until the war ended in 1970″. Permit me to give a more vivid account. When the Federal troops “liberated” the town of Asaba from the Biafran Army, they invited all the young boys and old men into the town- centre for a briefing. Most of the men that were of fighting age had fled the town and retreated into the east with the Biafran army. The people left behind were mostly women, children and the elderly. At Ogbe Asawa the old men and young boys were asked to come out and report in the town square. Consequently no less than 1000 boys, some of whom were as young as 10 years old and elderly men, some of whom were as old as 80, left their homes and proceeded to the town centre for what they believed would be a pep talk and a happy reunion with Nigerian soldiers. They neither carried nor possessed any weapons and they offered no protest or resistance. As a matter of fact history records that many of them went to the town centre with great hopes of reconciliation and big smiles on their faces believing that they would find favour with their Nigerian “liberators”. When they got there they were lined up in neat rows and, within the space of one hour, every single one of them was dead. Those that were not shot to death were hacked to pieces and bludgeoned to death with knives, cutlasses, cudgels, axes and bayonets. Some were beheaded whilst others had their organs and private parts cut off and were badly mutilated. Worse still many had their eyes removed. Rivers of blood flowed through the town square as swarms of flies and hordes of vultures nested and feasted on the bloated corpses of the slaughtered innocents. The stench of death and rotting flesh was compelling and overpowering whilst the entire community was stunned with horror, frozen with fear and gripped with terror. Each and every one of them lost someone on that day and, as the bodies of both the young and old were thrown into mass graves, the entire town was thrown into weeks and months of weeping, wailing, mourning and gnashing of teeth. Other than the pre-meditated, cold-blooded and utterly callous “murder by starvation” policy of Gowon’s Federal Military Government which led to the death of over one million Biafran children, this event, which came to be known as the “Asaba massacre”, was undoubtedly the single most horrific and brutal act of genocide in the Nigerian civil war. Clearly those that were behind it forgot that the blood of the innocents and martyrs never goes to waste. They also forgot that the Lord of Hosts is a God of vengeance and the Ancient of Days always rewards and repays. 34 years later, in 2001, during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo and in front of the Justice Oputa-led Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Colonel IBM Haruna (who by that time had become a Major-General and was the Chairman and leader of the Arewa Consultative Forum), said the following words under cross examination in front of millions of Nigerians who watched the event on live television. He said, “as commanding officer and leader of the troops that massacred 500 men in Asaba, I have no apology for those massacred in Asaba, Owerri and Ameke-Item. I acted as a soldier maintaining the peace and unity of Nigeria”. He went further by saying: “If General Yakubu Gowon apologised, he did it in his own capacity. As for me I have no apology”. The fact that these were mostly defenceless little boys and elderly men who bore no arms, who carried no weapons, who offered no resistance and who were non-combatants during the war had no bearing or impact on the reasoning or thinking of this man. He expressed no remorse and no regrets for his reprehensible actions and he offered no compassion or sensitivity towards his harmless and trusting victims. And neither did he have any empathy with or sympathy for the families that they left behind. His mindset and attitude was sociopathic in nature. He refused to recognise or accept the fact that his actions were not only barbaric and utterly evil but also completely unnatural. This was a man who, under the administration of General Yakubu Gowon, was bestowed with the distinct honor and privilege of being appointed as Federal Commissioner of Information and Culture (the equivalent of Minister of Information and Culture) in our country, yet he openly expressed his pride and joy in slaughtering hundreds of innocent children, defenceless elderly men and helpless senior citizens in the name of “keeping the peace” and ensuring “Nigerian unity”. Such impunity and callousness has rarely been seen in the annals of world history. Not even Hitler’s Nazis that gassed 6 million innocent Jews and Gypsies to death in concentration camps during the Second World War spoke with such pride and joy about their sheer barbarism and horrendous atrocities either at the Nuremberg Tribunals where they were put on trial or at any other time after the conclusion of the war. Worst still the open and public expression of this inhumane and utterly primitive attitude and sentiment by IBM Haruna proves more than any other that ever since the beginning and indeed right from the start southern Nigeria has been under the cruel yoke and bondage of the most inhuman form of subjugation, slavery and repression. We were (and still are) held together as a nation by nothing other than the fear of heartless and ruthless men like IBM Haruna and the force of arms. I sincerely hope that one day this wicked man who has no milk of human kindness flowing through his veins and who is incapable of harbouring any compassion faces justice for his heinous crimes. That is the least we could do to appease the souls of those that were so cruelly and brutally murdered in Asaba and give them the justice that they are screaming for from their graves. Interestingly, Major Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer who actually ordered the soldiers to shoot the civilians and who reported directly to Lt. Colonel IBM Haruna on that fateful day, was himself murdered nine years and five months later on February 13th 1976. He was killed alongside General Murtala Mohammed, the then Head of State and the civil war Commander of the Second Division to which they all belonged, during an attempted coup by Colonel Bukar Dimka. What an irony and strange twist of fate this was. Surely there is a lesson to be learnt there. May the souls of those that were massacred in Asaba on October 7th 1967 continue to rest in peace and may the Lord continue to strengthen and comfort their families and loved ones. Happy Easter! Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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B’ Haram: GOC Visits Ngolom New Marte, Kerenoa, Urges Discipline, Vigilance

Troops of 8 Task Force Division have been  urged to remain disciplined and vigilant, as the Nigerian  Army intensifies effort to clear the remaining Boko Haram hideouts in the North East. The General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division, Maj Gen Ali Nani made the charge when he paid operational visit to  troops of 242Read More

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NANS Blasts Nigerian Politicians, Backs LG Autonomy

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has issued a statement lambasting Nigerian politicians for attempts at undermining the autonomy of local council governments and has such leaving Nigeria’s “democracy remains incomplete”. In an e-mailed statement to The Trent issued by NANS president, Chinonso Obasi, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, the student body expressed disappointment at the state of affairs in the country saying “we believes that until local government councils in Nigeria enjoy full autonomy, the country’s democracy would remain incomplete”. It is disheartening to note that for almost nineteen years of the nation’s democracy the third tier of government has continued to oscillate as grassroots government it was meant to be and the appendage of state government houses, which state governors have turned it into. We the Nigerian students have after an extensive review of the lot of local government councils, decided to throw our weight behind calls for full autonomy of the councils so that it could bring about the much needed inclusion of the rural dwellers. Furthermore NANS is of the opinion that the grass roots governance that local government councils provide gives the masses a sense of belonging and platform to ventilate their aspirations for good governance and easy access to government. More than anything else, an autonomous local government system would enable young people to participate in governance and thereby use their knowledge and energy to provide leadership and cater for the rural population, particularly the nation’s senior citizens. It is our considered view that the various forms of electoral misbehavior, including ballot box snatching, thuggery, violence and impersonation which goes on in the country could be traced to dispossession and displacement of young people from local government administration where they ought gain leadership experience and exposure. Career wise, local government employees have been given false orientation by politicians which not only bastardized the local government system, but also engage the local government employees for corrupt purposes and partisan sabotage of the normal functions of the organogram of the system. Again, being closer to the grass roots, local employees are better placed to interface with the people and generate revenue for the council, through radio licenses, market stalls rent, produce levies and other sources of funding for the local government administration. Maintenance of rural infrastructure and construction of social amenities have not been what they used to be because of the confused state of affairs at the local government councils. This is a compelling reason why we insist on local government autonomy to fill the missing gaps in our democratic architecture.

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EFCC Claims It Has Recovered N15 Billion Cash In An Ikoyi House (PHOTOS)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, disclosed on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 it has discovered N15 billion, in three different currencies, in an Ikoyi, Lagos residence. According to the EFCC, acting on a tip off, by another whistle blower, the money was allegedly discovered in a house which belongs to an Abuja politician, who lives on highbrow Gerard Road, Ikoyi. EFCC operatives reportedly stormed the house on Wednesday and discovered $38 million, N23 million, and 27,000 pounds sterling. When contacted, EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Samin Amaddin confirmed the discovery. Lai Mohammed, a minister of information and culture, had earlier said any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of up to N1 billion would receive five per cent of the amount. Mohammed also added that the reward for any amount between N1 billion and N5 billion would be five percent for the first N1 billion and four percent of the remaining N4 billion and any amount over N5 billion will attract 2.5 percent reward. “What we have done by making this information public is to reassure potential whistle-blowers that the plan to reward is real. We are not just saying we will pay all whistle-blowers, but, we are letting them know in advance what they are entitled to, once the information they provide leads to the recovery of looted funds,” the minister said. The minister also gave the assurances that government will protect the identity of all whistle-blowers, whether in the public or the private sector, and also ensure that the information they provide is kept secret.

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Trial Stalled Because EFCC Published Falsehood About Dasuki’s Aide In The Media

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former Aide to Colonel Sambo Dasuki and 7 others in alleged N1.5 billion fraud would not be resumed until the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, retracts fully the misrepresentation of the court’s proceedings that the defendants are being tried on N36.8bn fraud. The EFCC also wrongly referred to the aide of Dasuki as a retired military officer while Nicholas Ashinze is currently a serving army colonel. The judge dismissed the oral claim by the counsel to EFCC, Ofem Uket that the anti-graft agency had retracted the offending publication because the lawyer failed to produce any document or evidence before the court to ascertain its claim. Justice Kolawole had last adjourned date March 21, 2017, warned EFCC to stop media trial of Nigerians being put on prosecution for any offence and ordered that the alleged N36bn fraud contained in the EFCC Press Statement issued by one Wilson Uwujare must be retracted. The Judge also ordered the news media involved in the alleged offending publication to appear before it and show cause why they should not be disciplined for misrepresenting the court’s proceedings by dishing out falsehood to the general public through the EFCC press statement. When the matter was to resume today, counsel to EFCC informed Justice Kolawole that his client had already retracted the offending press statement as contained in some national dailies of April 12, 2017 but however failed to present a copy of the retraction to the court as required by law. Uket therefore urged the court to resume the trial of the defendant on the ground that the court order issued against EFFC had fully been complied with. However, Mr. Ernest Nwoye, Counsel to Colonel Ashinze stood his ground that the EFCC had not in any ways obeyed and respected the court order on the ground that EFCC has not shown any evidence or placed any document before the court as a prove of compliance. The counsel argued that since the court order on the retraction was in writing and duly served on the EFCC, the anti-graft agency must show respect to the court by filing necessary papers and attaching necessary document to show the compliance to the order of the court. In the absence of any documentary evidence, Nwoye urged the court not to attach any seriousness to the oral evidence of the prosecution counsel. Counsels to other defendants in the matter including the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Irokoro (SAN) aligned themselves with the submissions of Nwoye and urged Justice Kolawole to sustain the order for the retraction until the evidence of compliance with the order has been shown. In his ruling Justice Kolowale disagreed with the oral evidence of the EFCC Counsel, lamenting that the counsel as a minister in the temple of justice has not shown any seriousness or do enough to protect the integrity of the judiciary from being unjustly rubbished. The judge said that “No responsible judge will sit down and allow his court to be rubbished with falsehood as in the case of the EFCC that has been engaging in feeding the general public with falsehood “It is a fact that the defendants in criminal matter will be prejudiced when they are unjustly subjected to media trial through publication of falsehood and misrepresentation of the court’s proceeding. “Since the court cannot act in vain, it is hereby ordered that the EFCC must show compliance in the appropriate way with the retraction of the offending press statement it issued out in respect of the proceeding of this court. “It is hereby also ordered that the Deputy registrar, litigation must liase with Deputy Sheriff and ensured that the order of March 21, 2017 is served on the Editor-in-chief or the appropriate person in the Vanguard Newspaper to ensure that the Editor and his correspondent in Abuja responsible for the publication (of March 8, 201) to appear before this court on May 4, 2017 to show cause where they got their story on the N36.8bn fraud published. “Let it be understood that the press has the fourth Estate of the realm has the responsibility of holding all arms of government accountable to general public but the press has no business in misrepresenting the court so that the defendant in criminal matters would not be prejudiced and would not be found guilty though false media trial before the real court trial.” Justice Kolawole said that his order of March 21, shall be in force until it has been fully complied with. It would be recalled that based on lawyers’ complaints, the judge stopped the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze and others in the alleged diversion of N1.5bn brought against them by the Federal Government. The action of the Judge followed a Press Statement issued by EFCC that Colonel Ashinze is being prosecuted on alleged N36bn fraud and which was widely reported on March 8, 2017 by some national dailies. Justice Kolawole held that deliberate misrepresentation of court proceeding as done by EFCC through its press release was in bad taste and would always prejudice the defendants because the public would be made to have different perception of the real trial in court.

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JAMB Deploys Nigerian Army To Provide Security At UTME Exam Centres

As candidates prepare for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has formed a common synergy with Nigerian Army to secure the the Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres with a view to having a hitch free examination. A statement issued on Thursday by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said the registrar/chief executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, at a meeting with the military high command in Abuja solicited for the intervention and cooperation of the Nigerian Army in the forth coming examination. While commending the Nigerian Army for uniting the country particularly the feat it recorded in the insurgency war and restoring peace in other turbulent areas, Oloyede outlined his mission to Defence Headquarters. He said, “We are here to thank you for the wonderful job you have been doing, all Nigerians are happy with you for the wonderful feat you have recorded in the discharge of your duties, and your quest for an indivisible and united country.” He pointed out that the mandate of JAMB was to conduct matriculation examination and place suitably qualified candidates desirous of qualitative education to all Nigerian tertiary institutions adding that the Board was at the verge of the first process hence the need to secure the venues, candidates and examination officials. “This need became imperative to seek for security intervention from the Army, particularly in turbulent areas”, he said. The Registrar noted that over 678 centres across the country against the last year’s figure of 650 CBT centres would be put to use with estimated 1.5million candidates for the examination, adding that 1.237million candidates have already submitted their application already. Oloyede also told the Chief of Army staff that though there was collaboration with Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) to airlift candidates in riverine areas to their CBT centres. He pleaded that the COAS intervene as the NLNG intervention though noble was not enough. The JAMB Registrar while listing some security prone areas like North East, South South among others, noted that the process of seeking admission through the conduct of examination should not be truncated, adding that the sight of security presence during the examination would give the candidate a high level of satisfaction and confidence. The JAMB Chief Executive informed the Army management that this year the Board is capturing candidates ten fingers to forestall any incidence of multiple registration as noticed with previous years registration. He said the Board  also insisted on profile creation and other processes to strengthen the education data and ensure that candidates do not go through hell years after graduating from tertiary institutions. Nigerian were urged to support the Board as the benefits of all these policies to the candidates and national statistics are far much more than the present difficulties being experience by candidates and parents. In a remark the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, described the visit as unique and symbolic stating that the military would ensure that there is peace and harmony in the country. The COAS said as part of their constitutional responsibility the Nigerian Army would continue to uphold and make sure that the task given to them is accomplished. He said some of the flash points pointed by the Registrar are not only safe but habitable and he disclosed that normalcy, particularly in the North east has return even as he promised to deploy troop for more surveillance and protection during the period stated for the examination. The Chief of Training and operations was directed to liaise with officers and men on ground to strengthen the security of the centres and officials particularly those in turbulent states. Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai pointed out that JAMB examination is a national assignment and as such the military high command would not allow any candidate’s dream and desire for tertiary education to be truncated because of insecurity. The Chief of Army staff who was a product of JAMB promised to give all the necessary logistic to make the examination a success.

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PDP Youth Give Sheriff 7-Day Ultimatum To Apologise To Jonathan

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, youths on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 asked the party’s controversial national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to apologise to former President Goodluck Jonathan for walking out on the latter and other PDP leaders at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Abuja last week. The youths, under the aegis of the Amalgamated PDP Youth Leaders Nationwide, said at a press briefing in Abuja that it was an embarrassment for Sheriff to have walked out on Jonathan, who they described as the leader of the party. Chairman of the group, Segun Aderemi, said Sheriff disrespected the party when he walked out on Jonathan and other party leaders during the meeting. Aderemi added that the youths in the party would not want anyone to disrespect Sheriff, as leader of the party, as such he too should not disrespect other PDP leaders. He, however, said that as a result of his action, the youths have given Sheriff seven days counting from today to tender an unreserved apology to Jonathan and other party leaders, for embarrassing them through his conduct last Thursday. “We witnessed what happened that day when he walked out on the former President. Would Sheriff be happy if any member of the party embarrass him the way he embarrassed Jonathan that day? “He has to tender an unreserved apology to the former President, the BoT and other leaders of the party. “We insist he should tender an unreserved apology. We strongly believe that he is going to do the needful,” Aderemi stated. He said the youth of the party don’t have anything against Sheriff or the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, adding that their interest is the immediate resolution of the PDP crisis. This article originally appeared on Signal.

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5 Cases Of Cerebrospinal Meningitis Recorded In Plateau

The Plateau State government has announced the discovery of five suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis in Langtang South and Mikang local council areas. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin Kamshak, told journalists in Jos yesterday that they “got calls from the local councils and deployed its team to the areas. So far, our findings confirmed suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis.” The commissioner explained that a blood sample or cerebrospinal fluid of a suspected case must be diagnosed at a government approved medical laboratory.“It is the results from such a laboratory test that would confirm the case as being that of cerebrospinal meningitis,” he said. Kamshak added that three of the suspected persons had commenced treatment, while the others were yet to be treated because their blood samples had just been taken to the laboratory for analysis. The commissioner explained that the major symptoms of the disease are severe headaches, fever and neck stiffness.He advised people to avoid staying in overcrowded places and sleep only in well-ventilated rooms. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, in Zamfara State not to wait for referrals before treating cases. Adewole, who gave the directive when he visited the hospital, urged the management to set up a rapid response team to locate suspected cases.“This is not the time to wait for referrals before you treat, but rather you should go out and search for the cases,” he said. The minister urged the hospital to assist in strengthening the Primary Health Care system in the state to curtail the current outbreak and future occurrences. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello and a team of international development partners, accompanied the minister. Also, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai have expressed fear over the devastation of the outbreak. But the Nigerian representative of the Department for International Department (DFID), Dr. Salma Kolo, said the outbreak was an indication that the healthcare system in the north was weak. Kolo disclosed this at the emergency meeting of the governors and the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Public Health Centre.In Ekiti State, the Head of Department of Community Medicine at the Afe Babalola University, Prof Adekunle Kunle-Olowu, has warned against linking the disease to superstition He gave the warning yesterday in Ado Ekiti, while commissioning a rural medical centre in Are Ekiti. He condemned the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, that the outbreak of meningitis was caused by adultery and fornication.The founder of the university, Afe Babalola and the Provost, College of Health Science and Medicine, Prof. Olurotimi Sanya, witnessed the commissioning.

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Nigerian Celebrities And The Display Of Low Self-Esteem On Social Media (READ)

t’s the in-thing now: if you have it, you must flaunt it – your wealth, status, possessions – in the most public way possible and Nigerian celebrities aren’t to be outdone. In this new age of online social media it’s not uncommon to see celebrities – and wannabes – flaunting their wealth on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms much to the annoyance, and envy, of others. Showing off has now become an art form with each mindless individual trying to outshine everybody else with their material possessions; whether they be Floyd Mayweather or an overpaid footballer showing off their exotic car collection, Davido bragging about spending a million dollars in three months on luxury goods or Kim Kardashian showing off her diamond rings (sic – and we all know what happened to her in Paris!). Even bit-part Nollywood actresses, socialites and musicians are busy flaunting their designer handbags (- often fakes!), flashy expensive cars and homes. Some take showing off to a ridiculous new level – posing with huge wads of cash, washing their hands with champagne or wearing multi-million dollar watches! All this showing off trying to say you’re better off than the next person just says one thing about the individual – insecurity! Many will argue that it’s the culture of our people to show off what they have but I disagree; any insecure person feels the need to be seen and known as they have no other way of ascertaining themselves. And the best way for them to announce to the world that they have ‘arrived’ is to show off all their materially possessions. Not only is this stupid and childish it also attracts a lot of unwanted attention from those who don’t have, making them susceptible to being robbed or kidnapped. Most you show off your wealth? If you have the good fortune to become successful and wealthy keep it to yourself. Showing off and rubbing peoples’ noses in it is not necessarily a good thing and can send out the wrong message to a lot of impressionable people out there who want to have what you’ve got without putting in the effort. Hence the reason why the crime rate is always high as people steal, kidnap and rob to get instant wealth they can show off. It’s strange that you’ll never see people like Bill Gates or Aliko Dangote showing off their wealth. A quick peek at @richkidsnaija on Instagram will show you how ridiculous it’s become: people in houses with gold-plated furniture – even toilets! (- why do you need a gold-plated toilet?) people posing beside private planes and expensive cars whilst carrying shopping bags bearing well-known labels from Versace, Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton, showing off expensive watches and jewellery (Why spend over a $100,000 on a watch that can only tell the time and do nothing else?). And that’s not forgetting the big high society ‘Owambe’ parties where the crème de la crème go to spray dollars, euros and pounds (- sorry naira holders keep your money in your pocket). Nobody needs to know how wealthy you are especially in a country where half of the population can’t afford a single square meal a day. “ But the most interesting group of exhibitionists are the wannabes who can’t even afford to show-off. In an attempt to show-off, they deck themselves in fake designer clothes and shoes, clutching the latest iPhone and iPad pretending they are rich before slinking off to their nondescript boys’ quarters or rooms in the ghettos. Some even pose for pictures besides other people’s big cars pretending it belongs to them. How many people wear expensive clothes and drive big cars but can’t afford to even feed their own children? All because they want to ‘pose’. As a Yoruba man will say – “ we meet money in this world and in this world we shall leave it”. Tony Ogunlowo is a social critic. He tweets from @Archangel641. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Yemen Court Sentences Veteran Journalist To Death For ‘Spying For Saudi Arabia’

A Yemeni security court under control of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi movement on Thursday, April 13, 2017 sentenced a veteran journalist to death over charges of spying for neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabia. Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported that the court convicted Yahya al-Jubaihi, 61, of “illegally establishing contact with a foreign state which is Saudi Arabia . He was also convicted of providing Saudi Arabia diplomats in Sanaa with reports that posed harm to Yemen’s army, political position and economy in return for 4,500 Saudi riyals (1,200 U.S. dollars) from Riyadh since 2010. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, however, strongly condemned the heavy sentence against al-Jubaihi, saying he was a well-known veteran journalist across Yemen, and accusing Houthis of “targeting the freedom of the press.” The Houthis ousted Saudi-backed internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and seized control of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in September 2014. Saudi Arabia led a military coalition and intervened in the Yemeni conflict since March 2015 via an air campaign. The campaign is attempting to restore power to expelled President Hadi and his government. So far, some 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the air campaign and ground battles, with three million others displaced.

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Joan Okorodudu, Amina Mohammed, Others Win New African Woman Awards

The fearless Gambian human rights activist won New African Woman magazine’s Woman of the Year Award at the their award ceremony that took place in Dakar on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in galvanising the opposition that eventually beat long-term now exiled leader Yahya Jammeh. Held at a glitzy Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital Dakar on 12 April and the Awards, now in their second edition, recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in the past 12 months. Nigeria’s Amina J. Mohammed – the new United Nations deputy secretary – took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. Prior to her new post, she served as minister of environment. But she has played key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa – more so its women. Winners have been selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories. The Award for Women in Health, Science and Technology went to Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume – a pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has to date, performed over 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge. Morocco saw serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, take home the New African woman Award in Business. Zimbabwean philanthropist and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education. Over 250,000 children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation. The much-talked about New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a category which received the most nominations – went to the Kenyan girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano. The New African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, who annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played an important role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in the country all together. Other winners were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts & Culture) for her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion; Mali’s Binta Touré Ndoye (New African Woman – in Finance); Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia (New African Woman in Media) and the former African Union Commissioner Agriculture and Rural Development Tumusiime Rhoda Peace from Uganda, is the New African Woman in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding value chain to African goods while she was at the AU. The New African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura – the world football body’s Secretary General – a position she was appointed to in 2016, becoming the first African woman to hold the post. The New African Woman Awards is followed by a Forum on 13 April, under the theme Changing The Game.

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Chimamanda Adichie Elected Into US Academy Of Arts And Science

Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with  227 new members, the Academy announced on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. In March, Chimamanda was also elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the second Nigerian to be so honoured, after Professor Wole Soyinka. She will be inducted in May. In the announcement by the Academy of Arts and Science, Chimamanda was listed among 40 Foreign Honorary Members from 19 countries elected by the Academy. Other foreigners honoured  come from Australia, China, India, Japan, and Uganda. Among them are  scientist Ruth Arnon; chemist Clare Grey;  vaccinologist Rino Rappuoli; former Health Minister for China Zhu Chen; archaeologist and expert on animal mummies Salima Ikram; Israeli novelist David Grossman; award-winning actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen; and president of the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation and former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among the people elected are some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. They will all form the  237th class of the academy. Please see the full list here:  www.amacad.org/members. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good. Members of the 2017 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize; MacArthur Fellows; Fields Medalists; Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Arts recipients; and Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award winners. “It is an honor to welcome this new class of exceptional women and men as part of our distinguished membership,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “Their talents and expertise will enrich the life of the Academy and strengthen our capacity to spread knowledge and understanding in service to the nation.” “In a tradition reaching back to the earliest days of our nation, the honor of election to the American Academy is also a call to service,” said Academy President Jonathan F. Fanton. “Through our projects, publications, and events, the Academy provides members with opportunities to make common cause and produce the useful knowledge for which the Academy’s 1780 charter calls.” Scientific leaders in the new class include: Fields Medalist Maryam Mirzakhani, who has done path-breaking work on the geometry of Teichmüller spaces and hyperbolic Riemann surfaces; astrophysicist Gabriela Gonzalez, an expert in the field of gravitation wave physics; engineer Ann Lee, who works on the development of anti-cancer therapeutics; computer scientist Daniela Rus, who built some of the first Web crawling agents that were able to search for structured data inside documents. There are also mathematician and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava, a leader in number theory; structural biologist Jaime Cate, who transformed the understanding of protein synthesis; neurologist Helen Mayberg, who utilizes a multidisciplinary neural systems approach to study depression and recovery; immunologist James Allison, whose research is being used to develop new strategies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and for immunotherapy of cancer; and evolutionary plant biologist Pamela Soltis. Social scientists in the new class include: psychologist Michael Tomasello, a widely cited scholar of comparative studies of humans and great apes; economist Marc Melitz, who developed a new approach to the analysis of international trade; political scientist Janet Box-Steffensmeier, a scholar of American politics and methodology; attorney William Lee, a leading thinker and lawyer in the field of intellectual property; and cultural anthropologistCaroline Brettell, whose research focuses on international migration, specifically the issues of gender and personal narrative in the study of the migrant experience. In the humanities and the arts, new members include: philosopher Jonathan Lear, known for his work on Aristotle’s logical theory; historian Naomi Oreskes, who studies scientific debate and climate change; award-winning actress Carol Burnett; linguist John Rickford, who examines the history and structure of creole languages; Lincoln Center artistic director and producer André Bishop; Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who writes about the lives of women of African descent; and John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Leaders in philanthropy, business, public affairs, public policy, and journalism include: journalist Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize–winning multimedia journalist Mark Trahant; David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma; Grammy and Academy Award–winning singer-songwriter and philanthropist John Legend; private equity and venture capitalist Gerald Chan; philanthropist and economist Marie-Josée Kravis; Boston Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Mark Volpe; and Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green.

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Supreme Court Justice Ngwuta To Be Arraigned At Code Of Conduct Tribunal

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court is to be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on April 20, 2017, an official said on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The tribunal’s head of press and public relations, Ibraheem Alhassan, said in a statement in Abuja that Mr. Ngwuta would appear before a two-member panel over alleged false asset declaration. Mr. Alhassan said that summons had already been served the judge. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government preferred a 10-count charge against Ngwuta before the tribunal. Abubakar Malami, the federal attorney general, said that Mr. Ngwuta contravened Section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. According to Mr. Malami, false declaration of assets is punishable under Section 23 (2) of the Act. Mr. Ngwuta is one of the judges from whose residences, the State Security Service, SSS, claimed it uncovered huge sums of money in various denominations. The SSS raided the judges’ residences in October, 2016. Mr. Ngwuta is also currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended 16-count charge bordering on money laundering. The Federal Government which preferred that charge, said that Mr. Ngwuta contravened Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012 (as amended). It added that the offences are punishable under Section 15 (3) of the Act. Justice Ngwuta has said that his ordeal was a function of his refusal at various times, to help the All Progressives Congress, APC, to pervert justice in governorship election disputes involving Ekiti, Rivers, and Ebonyi states. Justice Ngwuta, in a letter dated October 18, which he forwarded to Mahmud Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and the National Judicial Council, NJC, specifically name Rotimi Amaechi, the transportation minister, and Ogbonnaya Onu, the technology minister as those that approached him on behalf of the APC. Also, the Movement of Voice for Democracy, MVERS NIGERIA, a non-governmental organization based in South East of Nigeria has alleged the prosecution Ngwuta for alleged corruption are part of ethnic cleansing President Muhammadu Buhari led government launched against Igbos.

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Eddie Murphy’s Brother, Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies Of Cancer At 57

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died. Murphy died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57. His family issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter asking for privacy. Eddie remembered his brother in a statement later that day. “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie, the Murphy family said. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.” He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. In the recurring segment “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” Murphy would recount how his brother’s fame brought him into the orbit of the biggest stars, such as Rick James and Prince, who died nearly a year ago. Murphy’s versions of the experiences, played out by him, Chappelle and others, became enduring hits. He collaborated with writing his brother’s starring films, Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. He voiced roles in animated TV series that include The Boondocks and Black Jesus. Murphy’s feature films include Our Family Wedding, King’s Ransom and CB4. He is credited with appearances to air later this year on the TV drama series Power. The article first appeared on USA Today.

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Buhari Says He’s Personally In Touch With Boko Haram For Release Of Chibok Girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 13, 2017 said that his administration had been talking to representatives of the terrorist group, Boko Haram which abducted the Chibok girls who are still in captivity 3 years after their abduction from the Chibok Secondary School in Borno state. Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, noted that his administration had had cause to celebrate the return of 24 Chibok girls who were released by the terrorist group following a series of negotiations. The president stated that the rescue of thousands of other Nigerians who were forcibly abducted by the terrorists reflected the efforts of government and its agencies to tackle the terrorists. Buhari said that being a parent himself, he was grateful to God that some of the Chibok girls were found alive and have been reunited with their families. “Government is doing all within its powers to reintegrate the freed girls to normal life. Furthermore, Government is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed,” the president said. “My special appreciation goes to the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and waiting for the return of their children. I feel what you feel. Your children are my children. “On this solemn occasion, my appeal is that we must not lose hope on the return of our remaining schoolgirls. “Our intelligence and security forces, who have aptly demonstrated their competence, are very much equal to the task and absolutely committed to the efforts to find and return the schoolgirls and others abducted by Boko Haram,” Buhari said.

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Why El-Rufai Must Be Tried At The Hague For Genocide Of Shi’ites [MUST READ]

he Zaria pogrom of December 2015 is an incident that has permanently been recorded by history and the major actors and stakeholders already have their names written boldly in the black books of history. There is no way the genocide perpetrated by the Buhari regime on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, members can ever be forgotten most especially as it has affected the IMN members as individuals directly or indirectly and generally as a group. IMN member were mercilessly killed with some burned alive including the elder sister of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his nephew while others were buried alive and women were molested by the Nigerian Army. Three children of the IMN leader were brutally murdered by the Army while he was literally killed but he didn’t die. It was a very terrible incident that even the Nigerian Army had to officially operate as a coward in order not to allow itself be identified with that dirty job it did. A lot of Nigerians wondered how the Army could descend so low and operate just like a terrorist organization and murder innocent unarmed civilians who pay tax to support them without any form of instigation whatsoever simply because their Commander-in-Chief is a Sunni Muslim and their victims are Shiah Muslims. Being a proxy war they are fighting for their masters in America, Israel and Saudi Arabia, it was easy for them to initiate the Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai, an amateur politician looking for the slightest opportunities, into the project. Governor El-Rufai in whose state the historic genocide took place decided to play a major role to please his masters. He took everything personal and was in an all-out war with the IMN. He even got himself initiated into the global Wahhabbi/Salafi club, the official Islam of CIA and founders of international terrorism. He even embraced the local Wahhabi dogs that blackmailed him during his campaign days by accusing him of being a Shiite by printing and spreading posters containing his picture when he visited Sheikh Zakzaky in Zaria after the 2014 genocide where he joined hands with them to fight a common enemy, The Shiites!. During their attack on IMN, the Nigerian Army used Rocket Propelled Missiles, Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and Automatic Machine Guns (AMG) on unarmed civilians made up of women, children and youth struggling to duck and hide with a lot of them trapped inside building roofs and soak away pits for days. Knowing fully well that they have committed crimes against humanity they decided to also kill all possible evidences. Governor El-Rufai employed state machinery to help demolish the physical evidences of the army terror on IMN property and pretended nothing happened. He ordered the demolition of the residence of the leader of the IMN as well as the Husainiyya Islamic Center where even the rubbles was packed away to unknown destinations. The entire area was cordoned off and all blood stains were washed off the streets and they picked up bullets and bomb shells they used on IMN as revealed by the Amnesty International. Being that they have killed just too many people, running to over a thousand within the 36 hours of operation and there were just too many people with bullet injuries that were summarily killed by the army, they now joined hands together again with governor El-Rufai to hide the casualty figures by burying them in a mass grave far away from the site of the genocide. There too they wanted to hide the incident to the public where the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai claimed before the National Human Rights Commission that he killed only seven people and the army also took along that track. Revelations that included satellite footages released by the Amnesty International forced the Kaduna Governor to reveal that they buried 347 in a mass grave in Mando near Kaduna, about 100 kilometers away from the site of the genocide. This is just one of the mass graves they have revealed. There wasn’t anything to show that all of those buried were actually dead. This was in total violation of all known law within and outside Nigeria. Despite this violation there was a statement released from the office of Governor El-Rufai claiming that what he did was in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention just to deceive the ignorant public. They violated the provisions that have to do with identification of those buried, proximity of the mass grave, confirmation of cause of death and those that are actually dead, burial rights in accordance to religion and a mischievous burial in the middle of the night. Governor El-Rufai went further to spread hate speech on the IMN and its leadership all in order to justify the crimes against humanity they have committed. He claimed that the IMN was an insurgent group without any reference or evidence; he claimed that the IMN as a religious group is not registered and he also declared the IMN as an unlawful society based on laws that are inferior to the Nigerian Constitution all to save his neck from crimes against humanity. This led to mass killings of IMN members by his sect members escorted by Police in Kaduna, Funtua, Kano, Jos and other places. IMN members were attacked and killed and their property destroyed while the state executives looked the other way. The issues of mass grave, demolition of evidences, hate speeches and misuse of office to deceive the public on his criminal role on humanity are very substantial in getting him prosecuted at The Hague. There is a study published by the Associated Press on 30 august 2016 in which it was revealed that 72 mass graves have been located in Iraq and Syria which resulted from activities of the American backed ISIS. The estimated number of bodies inside them based on excavation findings and memories of witnesses and survivors ranges from 5200 to 15,000. Majority of those mass graves are located in Iraq. In Nigeria also there are mass graves that resulted from acts of state terrorism and genocide perpetrated by the Nigerian Buhari regime in Zaria in December 2015. The government was forced to confess illegally mass burying 347 IMN members that were victims of mass genocide it perpetrated. The IMN on the other hand has collected names and profiles of almost nine hundred missing persons since the pogrom. Under Article 7 of the Rome Statutes, enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killings which may lead to existence of mass graves are unlawful and when perpetrated as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians may constitute a crime against humanity. Similarly directing attacks at a civilian population or willful killing as perpetrated by President Buhari, General Burutai and Governor El-Rufai within an armed conflict may constitute war crime under Article 8 of the Rome Statutes. In addition and consistent with most religious and cultural practices, customary, international humanitarian law prohibits the despoliation and mutilation of the dead under Article 8(2) (b)xxi and 8 (2) (c) (ii) of the Rome Statute. Outrages against personal dignity in particular humiliating and degrading treatments are war crimes that can have adverse effects on investigation and identification efforts. Building on these legal provisions international legal scholars believe that indecent disposal of corpses as done by Governor El-Rufai to IMN members in December 2015 amount to international crime against humanity itself. Hence, the International Criminal Court, ICC, must prosecute Governor El-Rufai for crimes against humanity he perpetrated against IMN. Abdulmumin Giwa is a human rights activist.  The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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‘EFCC Cash Find In Ikoyi Apartment Doesn’t Belong To Me’ – Nnamdi-Ogbue

The N15 billion, in different currencies, recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, Lagos State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, is not owned by Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue. Mr. Emeka Etiaba, the lawyer to Nnamdi-Ogbue, said in an emailed statement to The Trent on Thursday that the news making the round associated his client with the money. The EFCC on Wednesday burst the Osborne Tower where the money in various currencies was recovered. The money included $38,000,000.00 , N23,000,000.00 and £27,000.00. He said that the money and/or the apartment where the sums of money were found do not belong to our client. “Our client is as shocked as many other Nigerians at the uncovering and recovery of the said sums of money and wishes to salute the courage and efforts of the EFCC in the war against corruption. “She also wishes to commend the whistle blowing policy introduced by the Federal Government in the fight against corruption which policy has resulted in large scale uncovering and recovery of monies and assets.’’ “It is our client’s belief that the source and ownership of the said uncovered sums of money is known or eventually will be known by the EFCC in due course. There is therefore no need for conjecture or speculation.’’ He advised the media to be more circumspect in their publications. All Progressives Congress online warriors including President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on social media had begun spreading rumours that the stash of cash belong to the former NNPC managing director. Ma 🎼Su 🎼Gudu 🎼Su 🎼Gudu🎼 SACKED NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC. Cook ran off with some…https://t.co/qvtpY0A7lh pic.twitter.com/TztVMLoiRn — Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 13, 2017

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Royal Mess: $43 Million Ikoyi Cash Heist By EFCC Belongs To Nigeria’s CIA

The National Intelligence Agency, NIA, is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000  – N50 billion – seized on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos. According to a US-based online newspaper, The Will, the director of the NIA, which is Nigeria’s equivalent of the CIA, Ayodele Oke has “been in touch in EFCC’s boss, Ibrahim Magu, to express his displeasure over the raid at the apartment used as one of NIA’s safe houses in Lagos for its clandestine operations”. According to a top official with knowledge of the situation this stunt by the EFCC has jeopardized operations of the NIA and may have compromised the identities of undercover operatives of the spy agency. The NIA is the government security agency tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Nigeria. According to another official who spoke with The Will, Magu staged this scoop because his confirmation as substantive chairman of the agency has been frustrated by the DSS and the Senate and he has been under pressure to show President Muhammadu Buhari the “billions of naira” he told the president during a meeting that the EFCC had recovered under his leadership. “So he is on a reckless search for monies hence all these strings of raids and seizures within the last one week,” the source, who pleaded anonymity, said. “I can authoritatively tell you that money belongs to the NIA. The DG has come forward to claim it and has informed my office of the development. He is furious with Magu for his agency’s recklessness and for compromising their operations,” the official is quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of the cash and ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the federal government and adjourned till May 5, 2017, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. All Progressives Congress’, APC, online combatants including an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari had taken to social media to declare that the money belonged to Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former managing director, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.  Ma 🎼Su 🎼Gudu 🎼Su 🎼Gudu🎼SACKED NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC. Cook ran off with some…https://t.co/qvtpY0A7lh pic.twitter.com/TztVMLoiRn — Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 13, 2017 Nnamdi-Ogbue has issued a statement through her lawyers refuting the reports. Editor’s Note: Our readers may have noticed our deliberate use of the word, heist, to describe these recent EFCC discoveries.  “A heist is any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot“. We believe that these actions by the EFCC are legally problematic because they don’t follow due process of investigation and obtaining of a warrant from a judge after showing probable cause. Many of them are just publicity stunts and amount to whitewashing the tarnished image of the anti-graft agency. A whistleblower has accused Ibrahim Magu, the currently embattled boss of the EFCC and his predecessors of looting N1.3 trillion “recovered” from corrupt officials by the agency. 

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Tompolo’s 46th Birthday Celebration: The ‘Best Middle Finger’ To Nigerian Gov’t [MUST READ]

n Thursday, February 11, 2016, the EFCC declared militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, wanted. The very next day, I sat in the studios at Smooth 98.1 FM, Lagos, and on air, during the morning newspaper review, #FreshlyPressed981, and argued with Ireti and Ugodre that the wanted declaration was a bad idea. Both were of the opinion that Nigeria needed to show Tompolo who is boss. While I agreed with that sentiment, I kept telling them that the time to show Tompolo who is boss has not yet come. I’d said the same thing a few weeks before, on the same show, when the idea of arresting Tompolo came up. Heck, I even told same to a few of my friends in the government. Eventually the man needs to be arrested, but the time is not right yet. You will only end up making the government look stupid. Same message was passed across in WhatsApp groups, on Facebook, on Twitter. But no, Nigerians, or at least a section of Nigerians, wanted blood, and were happy if the government went ahead to arrest Tompolo. Today, one year, two months, and a day later, Tompolo will be celebrating his 46th birthday in the freedom of his state. A colloquium will be held in his honour, and the state governor, deputy governor, and other dignitaries, will be there. Is there a better middle-finger to the Nigerian state? Tompolo dropped out of Warri Comprehensive College in 1993 to pursue a life of militancy. He dropped out when an opportunity arose to supply diesel to Chevron in the Warri area, and made a lot of money doing that over the next four years. Then in 1997, war broke out between the Ijaw and Itsekiri, and that was where he made his name. His group, the Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities waged war against the Itsekiri Deadly Underdogs, and won. By the time the war was over in 2002, Tompolo was the disputed leader of the Ijaw in Delta state. A year later, Asari Dokubo and his NDPVF came to prominence, something Obasanjo would not abide. So Asari was removed from the scene. Into the void created by Asari’s incarceration stepped Tompolo. He was one of the original five commanders of MEND, and his FNDIC took over Camp Five. Of course the amnesty programme did them a world of good, but while most of the others took advantage of the riches offered by the amnesty, Tompolo showed that he had learned a thing or two from Machiavelli. “He who becomes a Prince through the favour of the people should always keep on good terms with them.” Following the amnesty, Asari, Boyloaf, and others from the Niger Delta, swapped their region for the shiny lights of Abuja. Tompolo stayed. And built his strength. Scholarships to local kids, but just as important, getting his people into the Delta State hierarchy ensured that when the government of Goodluck Jonathan eventually fell, the people of the region knew where their loyalties lay. This brings us to the current Nigerian government. As happened in the case of Nnamdi Kanu, Ibrahim Zakzaky, the Nigerian state has created a hero out of someone who needed not have been made one. The difference between Kanu and Zakzaky on the one hand, and Tompolo on the other, is that Tompolo has not seen the inside of a cell. His continued defiance of government organs, and more recently, his flaunting of that defiance, shows two things — the Nigerian state no longer has a monopoly of violence within its borders, and as a result, can no longer enforce its will within those borders. We may not like it, but the man, especially in the year 2016 when our economy came close to collapse, has shown that the days of the Nigerian state as it is currently constituted, are numbered. And to be honest, that is a good thing. Cheta Nwanze is journalist and information technology professional. He is a political activist and social affairs commentator. He tweets from @Chxta. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Female Founder Of Failed Ponzi Scheme Beaten Up By Downlines In Anambra [LOOK]

Emeka Ugwuonye, a lawyer and human rights activist, shared on Facebook a conversation he had with a woman, identified as a 25-year-old businesswoman from Anambra, who was beaten up and threatened by people who lost money in a Ponzi scheme that she founded. In the conversation shared on his group, Due Process Advocates, Ugwuonye, it is revealed that victims of the ponzi scheme ganged up against the woman, threatened to get her raped, and attempted to rob her using her own debit at an ATM. According to the woman, she was arrested by the anti-robbery unit, SARS, of the Anambra State Police Command and detained in Awka on the behest of the aggrieved “investors” in the failed ponzi scheme. She was in detention when she reached out to the lawyer for help. Read the conversation between them below.

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Nigeria Named Most Dangerous Place For Christians In The World By US Congress

The United States House of Representatives says Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and that impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians in the country “seems to be widespread.” The chairman of its sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, stated this in a letter inviting former President Goodluck Jonathan to make a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria and the Niger Delta issue. Although, the event held on the 1st and 2nd February, the actual content of the letter is only just revealed with its labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous country to be a Christian. Smith, in the letter made exclusively available to ThisDay, said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today. My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread. “In fulfillment of your foundation’s mandate to promote democracy, peace and transformational change, I invite you to come to the United States next week to share your views on this matter, including the alleged Islamisation of government under the current administration and the actions your foundation is prepared to take in pursuit of religious freedom.” The sub-committee also congratulated the Nigerian former President on the establishment of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, adding, “Your timely concession after your electoral loss in 2015, demonstrates a commitment to democracy and the stability of your nation, which was acknowledged by current President Muhammadu Buhari.” Jonathan, who was invited by the sub-committee in his capacity as Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, first addressed the sub-committee on Wednesday, and was invited to a closed-door session on Thursday, during which he said that the implementation of the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference was the panacea for ethnic and religious tensions in Nigeria. The former President also identified impunity as a factor contributing to the recurrence of violence, such as the one in Southern Kaduna, noting that if those behind previous crises were not prosecuted, “then like-minded individuals and groups would be emboldened to repeat the same acts.” Jonathan also talked about his efforts to end impunity, specifically citing the case of Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, who was arrested, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned by his administration and was the first successful prosecution of a terrorist attack on a place of worship in Nigeria’s history. He said: “That promise was fulfilled on the 20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified him as the mastermind, arrested him, and diligently prosecuted him and some of his associates.” The former president also noted that his administration’s prosecution of the perpetrators of the deadly bombing of an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also in Madalla on April 8, 2011 was the first successful prosecution of terrorists in Nigeria. While supporting the National Conference’s recommendation for an independent Religious Equity Commission to be set up to apprehend and arrest perpetrators of ethnic and religious violence, Jonathan maintained that ending impunity would also ease tensions. On the Niger Delta, the former president said he fully aligned with the views of the 2014 National Conference, which called for true and fiscal federalism as the way out of agitations in the region and in other parts of Nigeria. The meetings were attended by Smith and other influential staff of the sub-committee. Others were Congressman Tony Hall, Ambassador Frank Wolf, Gregory Simpkins and Elijah Brown, who is Vice President of 21 Century Wilberforce Initiative and other stakeholders in Washington. Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi and Reno Omokri, a former media aide to Jonathan were also at the briefings. This article originally appeared on ThisDay.

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BREAKING: Gordon Obua, Former CSO To President Jonathan, Dies

Gordon Obua, the man who served former President Goodluck Jonathan and chief security officer, has died. According to sources, Obua passed away at the National Hospital, Abuja after “suffering a massive heart attack” late on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was an operative of the secret police, the State Security Services, until 2015 when the new Buhari administration marked him because of his role in the Goodluck Jonathan government. READ: Nigeria’s Secret Police Arrests Jonathan’s CSO, Denies Him Access To Lawyer Two months after Jonathan left office, the secret police arrested him and kept him in an underground cell denying him access to his lawyers, family, or doctor. His lawyer raised an alarm at the time, alerting Nigerians that he was managing hypertension and diabetes and the actions of the government was worsening his health situation. Obuah, in protest, embarked on a hunger strike. He went into a coma, prompting rumours of his death in detention. The Trent broke the news at the time. READ: Detained Former CSO Is Diabetic, Hypertensive Is Being Denied His Drugs – Lawyer Cries Out He was later released by his boss and paraded in a press conference at the SSS headquarters. Health complications arising from his incarceration led to him being flown to South Africa for treatment. Hell bent on “dealing with” officials who served former President Goodluck Jonathan, the director-general of the SSS, Lawal Daura, a kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered a “probe” targeted at Obua and other officials who played prominent roles under Jonathan. They were branded as corrupt and dismissed from the service. Obuah was one of them. He never recovered from the health crisis occasioned by his illegal arrest and detention. He leaves behind two wives and many children including twin toddlers.

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WAEC To Conduct 3 Different Examinations Every Year

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on Thursday, April 13, 2017 said it had approved the commencement of an additional diet in its examination for the private candidates every year. The council’s registrar, Iyi Uwadiae, announced the approval at a news conference in Lagos. Uwadiae said the move was in connection with the growing concerns among stakeholders over what they perceived as discrimination or denial of equal opportunity to private candidates. “WAEC conducts its West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) twice every year, in May/June for school candidates and in November/December for private candidates. “The council also conducts various national examinations in the member countries except Nigeria. “Now, the school candidates who wish to retake the examination usually have the opportunity of doing so with the private candidates’ examination. “With this development, there has been a wave of agitation, criticisms and appeal across the sub-region for the council to ameliorate the agony of long waiting experience by private candidates who desire another attempt at WASSCE,’’ he said. Uwadiae added that the situation was often cited as being responsible for the level of desperation sometimes exhibited by the perpetrators of malpractice at the private candidates’ examination centres. “The council, after painstakingly considering all ramifications of the matter, has finally given approval for the national offices to begin the conduct of one additional diet each year of WASSCE for private candidates.’’ He noted that the modalities for the take off of the examination were already being worked out and the examination could begin in February/March of 2018. “I must be quick to point out that though the council has given the nod, the conduct of the additional diet may not take off in all the member countries immediately or at the same time. “But let me also assure stakeholders in Nigeria that the Nigeria national office has indicated its willingness and readiness to blaze the trail by making the examination available to Nigerians in 2018. “Details of the scheduled dates, available subjects, location of centres and their information would be provided by the Head of Nigeria national office at the appropriate time,’’ Uwadiae said. The registrar recalled that the maiden WASSCE was conducted in the Gambia in 1998 and was later introduced in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2013 respectively. “Now, I am glad to inform you all that the government of Liberia has now taken the bold decision to finally phase out the country’s national examination (LSHSCE) and adopt WASSCE,’’ he said.

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EFCC Media Stunts: Let Me ‘Borrow You Small Brain’ [MUST READ]

Lere Olayinka, a political activist and media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has put together a piece critical of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its recent media “recoveries” of huge amounts of cash. The piece, which has gone viral on social media was sent to The Trent’s editors on Whatsapp. It is reproduced, unedited, below: »»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 1 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #MARCH 14, 2017 EFCC intercepted N49m cash at Kaduna Airport as the huge cash was being ferried out through the airport. According to a statement released by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the cash was found during a routine baggage screening. The money was contained in five unmarked and unaccompanied large black coloured Buhu sags. »»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. There are CCTV CAMERAS in Kaduna Airport and the CAMERAS must have captured movements in and out of the airport. Didn’t the CAMERAS captured those who moved the FIVE LARGE SACKS in which the cash was packed into the airport? Up till now, EFCC is yet to tell us the identity of those who moved the cash to the airport and abandoned it there despite the presence of CCTV CAMERAS in the airport. 2. EFCC said the cash were fresh crispy Naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM), with this, the bank that got the cash from CBN can be traced and the bank can then reveal its customer that got the cash. Up till today, EFCC is yet to tell Nigerians which bank got the cash from CBN. »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 2 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #APRIL 6, 2017 EFCC uncovered  N448,850,000 (Four hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) only in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. The shops had signages of Bureau de Change. Inquries about the owner of shop 64 indicated he had not been seen for a long time, as they claimed the shop had not been opened for businesss for close to two years. Several calls were put to the owner of shop 67 but there was no response. The attention of the plaza’s chairman and some traders were drawn in order to force the shops open. There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of “Ghana Must Go” bags were found loaded on the floor of the shop. When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of naira notes totalling N448,850,000. »»»»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. The shop has not been opened for TWO YEARS, so has the cash been kept there since April 2015? 2. EFCC claimed attentions of the Plaza Chairman and some traders were drawn, does it mean that the Plaza Chairman and other traders operating there do not know the owner of Shop 64? 3. Won’t the owner of the Plaza know who he or she let Shop 64 to? 4. Is EFCC saying that up till now, They don’t know the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos? 5. If they still don’t know the owner of the Plaza, shouldn’t a visit to Ministry of Lands, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos revealed the owner? 6. The moment the Plaza owner is identified, won’t the owner identify his or her tenant? 7. Is it possible for a shop on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos to be SHUT for TWO YEARS and the owner of the Plaza won’t raise questions? »»»»»»»»»»»>»>>»»»»»»»»»»»»»» Let me leave you with these for now. As for me, I have BRAIN and I use it all the time, not sometime.

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Royal Mess: $43 Million Ikoyi Cash Heist By EFCC Belongs To Nigeria’s CIA

The National Intelligence Agency, NIA, is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000  – N50 billion – seized on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos. According to a US-based online newspaper, The Will, the director of the NIA, which is Nigeria’s equivalent of the CIA, Ayodele Oke has “been in touch in EFCC’s boss, Ibrahim Magu, to express his displeasure over the raid at the apartment used as one of NIA’s safe houses in Lagos for its clandestine operations”. According to a top official with knowledge of the situation this stunt by the EFCC has jeopardized operations of the NIA and may have compromised the identities of undercover operatives of the spy agency. The NIA is the government security agency tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Nigeria. According to another official who spoke with The Will, Magu staged this scoop because his confirmation as substantive chairman of the agency has been frustrated by the DSS and the Senate and he has been under pressure to show President Muhammadu Buhari the “billions of naira” he told the president during a meeting that the EFCC had recovered under his leadership. “So he is on a reckless search for monies hence all these strings of raids and seizures within the last one week,” the source, who pleaded anonymity, said. “I can authoritatively tell you that money belongs to the NIA. The DG has come forward to claim it and has informed my office of the development. He is furious with Magu for his agency’s recklessness and for compromising their operations,” the official is quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of the cash and ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the federal government and adjourned till May 5, 2017, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. All Progressives Congress’, APC, online combatants including an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari had taken to social media to declare that the money belonged to Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former managing director, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.  Ma 🎼Su 🎼Gudu 🎼Su 🎼Gudu🎼SACKED NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC. Cook ran off with some…https://t.co/qvtpY0A7lh pic.twitter.com/TztVMLoiRn — Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 13, 2017 Nnamdi-Ogbue has issued a statement through her lawyers refuting the reports. Editor’s Note: Our readers may have noticed our deliberate use of the word, heist, to describe these recent EFCC discoveries.  “A heist is any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot“. We believe that these actions by the EFCC are legally problematic because they don’t follow due process of investigation and obtaining of a warrant from a judge after showing probable cause. Many of them are just publicity stunts and amount to whitewashing the tarnished image of the anti-graft agency. A whistleblower has accused Ibrahim Magu, the currently embattled boss of the EFCC and his predecessors of looting N1.3 trillion “recovered” from corrupt officials by the agency. 

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BREAKING: Gordon Obua, Former CSO To President Jonathan, Dies

Gordon Obua, the man who served former President Goodluck Jonathan and chief security officer, has died. According to sources, Obua passed away at the National Hospital, Abuja after “suffering a massive heart attack” late on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was an operative of the secret police, the State Security Services, until 2015 when the new Buhari administration marked him because of his role in the Goodluck Jonathan government. Two months after Jonathan left office, the secret police arrested him and kept him in an underground cell denying him access to his lawyers, family, or doctor. His lawyer raised an alarm at the time, alerting Nigerians that he was managing hypertension and diabetes and the actions of the government was worsening his health situation. Obuah, in protest, embarked on a hunger strike. He went into a coma, prompting rumours of his death in detention. The Trent broke the news at the time. He was later released by his boss and paraded in a press conference at the SSS headquarters. Health complications arising from his incarceration led to him being flown to South Africa for treatment. Hell bent on “dealing with” officials who served former President Goodluck Jonathan, the director-general of the SSS, Lawal Daura, a kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered a “probe” targeted at Obua and other officials who played prominent roles under Jonathan. They were branded as corrupt and dismissed from the service. Obuah was one of them. He never recovered from the health crisis occasioned by his illegal arrest and detention. He leaves behind two wives and many children including twin toddlers.

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NNPC Retires, Deploys Staff

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Management has announced the retirement of some staff and the deployment of others.
According to a statement by Ndu Ughamadu,Group General Manager,Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, the …

AEDC Inaugurates Probe Panel on Electrical Accident in Nyanya

  • Commiserates with relatives of 2 killed in incident

An 8-man Investigative Team set upto investigate the circumstances surrounding the electrical accident which occurred on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in a neighbourhood of Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, the nation’s capital has been inaugurated by the AEDC with a mandate to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

A press statement issued by Ahmed Shekarau, Head, Public Relations & Media of the Company said a preliminary report on the accident showed that an 11-Kv wire snapped and fell on the roofing sheet of a house in Nyanya leading to outbreak of fire that was alleged to have led to the unfortunate death of a man and a child, while a woman sustained injuries.

While inaugurating the panel today in Abuja, the Director, Risk and Compliance of the AEDC, Engr. Collins Chabuka said that the decision of the Company to set up a probe panel was in line with the internal AEDC Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure Guidelines and industry best practice. “It is AEDC’s internal Health and Safety Policy requirements that all accidents are investigated by independent internal competent persons with extensive industry background, competence and knowledge. The purpose of the investigation is to highlight the shortcomings that may have led to the incident and also to recommend industry best practice and remedial measures to prevent a recurrence”, he said.

Describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, the AEDC Director, said that the Company had complied with regulatory requirements by officially notifying the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) of the accident.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased and other members of the Nyanya Community, the AEDC Director used the opportunity to appeal to members of the public to avoid encroaching into the right of way of electricity lines.

The terms of reference of the Investigative Panel set up by the Company include:  To establish the root causes of the incident.

Conduct a technical assessment of the equipment and the supply network and advise whether the equipment and network operated normally during the incident, and

Identify remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.

The investigative panel is being chaired by Engineer Mohammed Ainoko Sule, an experienced Nigerian Electricity Industry professional with over 26 years of experience in Distribution Network Operations, Maintenance and Protection System. Also among members of the team are the Regional Head of Operations in FCT North, Engineer Pope Shima, the Company’s Head of Health and Safety, Engineer Dirisu Biodun, Team Lead, Security, FCT, George Williams.

Other members of the Panel are Ag. Head, Human Resource Operation, Mr. Joseph Adeniyi, Head, Public Relations and Media, Ahmed Shekarau, Regional Team Lead, Legal Services, FCT Central, Miss Mimi Angyu, and the Regional Team Lead, Health and Safety& Environment, FCT, Engr. Tony Adolor, who serves as Secretary to the team. The Panel has two weeks to submit its report.

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#Open NASS: distraction will not work-El-Rufai

(Press Release) The Kaduna State Government wishes to issue this update in relation to the gentle admonition that Malam Nasir El-Rufai gave to the NASS leadership on the imperative of budget transparency.

  1. The House of Representatives has responded with predictable tetchiness to a simple and clear demand that details of the National Assembly budget be made public. It is inconceivable that an important institution, vested by the Constitution with representation, lawmaking and oversight powers, has for at least seven years ignored the imperative to set an example of transparency, despite being severally urged to do so.
  1. Despite the rush to personal attacks on a matter of public policy, we cannot allow the enthronement of the republic of distraction. It is important that everyone who is interested in protecting and advancing democratic discourse should stay focused on the issue. It is strange that persons entrusted with high office will justify their abdication of the responsibility to be transparent in such cavalier fashion. We don’t believe that most of our esteemed legislators will construe a demand for transparency as aimed at undermining the National Assembly.

 

  1. However, notwithstanding the intemperate response of the spokesman of the House of Representatives, the demand that the NASS budget be made public will not go away. It is not personal, and there is a strong civic constituency that is demanding it. The sooner all of us in public life recognized that the game has changed, and that segments of civil societyand indeed everyday citizens of Nigeria, are much more aware, astute and advanced than the state of our politics, the better for our democratic health.
  1. Since the NASS began conceiving its budget as a single-line item, how many legislators, not to mention other citizens, have seen the details of the budget? Can anyone recall seeing the spending patterns and details in any published audited accounts of NASS recently? By contrast, all state governments present their audited accounts to their state Houses of Assembly as required by law. The federal statutoryagencies that NASS cites as not having their budgets reflected in the National Budget submit details of their budgets to the NASS for review and approval.
  1. How, in the 21stCentury, can we have any nationalinstitution that is comfortable with not being subject to any oversight, audit or external scrutiny. The constitutional principle of checks and balances wasnot introduced for purposes of idle luxury, but to ensure that every institution exercises its power in an accountable manner.
  1. The Kaduna State Government has presented details of its security budget. What was presented represents the only security vote for the entire government. As the figures show, there is no security vote for the Governor of Kaduna State. This may be a shock to those used to the notion of security votes as barely disguised slush funds, but we do not operate such a system in Kaduna. Our budgets specify what is voted as assistance to security agencies, and its expenditure is properly recorded and accounted for. These are not monies given to or spent by the governor.

 

  1. If the leaders of the NASS have security votes allocated to or personally collected by them, they might wish to disclose such. Our security spending does not operate like the NASS system of sharing public funds in such an opaque fashion that even NASS members do not know how their entire budget is broken down or what the leadership gets as its ‘running costs’. The figures in the pay slips presentedfor the Honorable Speaker are in stark contrast to the declaration by The Economistregarding the earnings of NASS members. One of the claims cannot be right.

 

  1. We reiterate our call for the NASS to download and analyze our budgets and actual spending which are all publicly available. In Kaduna State, the state government has been a net creditor to the local government councils, some of which cannot pay salaries without assistance by the state government. We do not retain local government funds nor impose contracts on them. Our policy announcements in this regarded were widely reported and appreciated.

 

  1. The spokesman of the House of Representatives may wish to respond to what is written, rather than what is imagined. The KDSG statement of Monday, 10thApril 2017, clearly stated that N100bn is bigger than the capital budgets of many states. That is a statement of fact.

 

  1. In dragging the memo Malam Nasir El-Rufaisubmitted to President Buhari seven months ago into this matter, the spokesman of the House of Representatives betrays no recognition that it is the conduct of those that leaked private communication that bears condemnation.

 

  1. When NASS hopefully eventually releases its budget details, the public will be hoping to see specifics on personnel costs, overheads and capital expenditure.Rather than restrict the budget details to only 2017, the current leadership of NASS should fulfill the obligations of transparency by releasing the breakdown of the NASS budget since 2015. That way, Nigerians, including members of the NASS, will get to know what the budget of that institution is.

 

  1. The NASS leadership has been promising ad infinitumto publish the breakdown of the opaque, one-line budget. It should simply do so. Prompt release of the 2015 and 2016 breakdowns, along with the proposed figures for 2017, would be a good way to start.

 

  1. As things stand today, even if Malam Nasir El-Rufairefrains from further commentary on this matter, the genie is already out of the bottle. The public will not accept a secretive NASS, or any other branch of government for that matter.

Statement signed by Samuel Aruwan,Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)13th April 2017

 

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Zamfara Governor Offers Assurance to MNCH2 on Sustainability of Life Saving Interventions

Gov. Abdulaziz Yari, the Executive Governor of Zamfara state has pledged to sustain activities of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme (MNCH2) in the state. The Governor made the pledge on Monday during an engagement with key stakeholders including the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care […]

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Meningitis: Sokoto, Sultan laud WHO over response

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Sokoto state government and Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar have lauded World Health Organisation (WHO) for its swift response to curtail the meningitis epidemic in Nigeria.

Sokoto state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale and Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar made the commendation at different fora when the World Health Organisation (WHO) Nigeria Representative, Dr. Alemu Wondi paid visits to the Ministry and Sultan palace on Thursday.‎

Describing WHO as grand masters of surveillance and data planners, Kakale added that Wondi’s vi‎sit displayed total commitment by the organisation to stop further spread of the epidemic.

The Commissioner also recognised Sultan as a global voice in maternal health whose contributions to the challenges of health in Nigeria has remained whole.

Also at the Palace, Sultan Sa’ad commended WHO for its prompt support to Nigeria and Wondi for being a proactive leader.

He reiterated his commitment and that of the traditional institution in ensuring efficient delivery of health services to Nigerians.

“Health is wealth and we will do every humanly possible to boost health delivery in the country. ‎We will sustain our partnership with WHO and other development partners in this direction,” the Sultan assured.

Earlier, Wondi told the Commissioner and the Sultan that his visit was a show of solidarity on the outbreak of meningitis.

“We are here to asses the situation and extend our support on the outbreak,” he said.

 

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North-East Innovation Hub To Be Based In Yola -Obasanjo

VP Osinbajo

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As the Federal Government begins to implement its innovation and technology initiatives with the establishment of hubs in each of the six geo-political zones, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, announced today that Yola, Adamawa State would host the innovation hub for the North-East region.

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke earlier today in Jimeta, at the commissioning of several road projects completed by the Adamawa State Government expressed hope regarding the economy that “we are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel.”

Below is the speech of the Vice President at the event which was hosted by Governor Mohammed Umar Jubrilla, and attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal and the Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello.

I  am very pleased that I am in Adamawa State, the land of beauty and a State that will one day become Nigeria’s number one state!

I bring you very warm greetings from your great in-law and the President/ Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.

It is an even greater pleasure to be here also to witness the great works of my brother, your governor, Senator Mohammed Umar Jubrilla Bindow. l see for myself that change has come to Adamawa and I am pleased to see also that peace has come even in places like Madagali, which was war-torn and several other places.

I am also pleased to witness peace and love that exists among the political leaders in Adamawa State.

His Excellency Wilberforce Juta, (former Gongola State Governor) made that point very clear that of the governor’s very many achievements, that of being a bridge-builder and a unifier is perhaps his most important attribute.

During the campaigns in 2014/2015, the President made it clear that he had three major objectives: security, corruption and economy. We have seen the successes in security and the fight against corruption and in the economy we are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

 

A major concern of Mr. President is the issue of unemployment and even yesterday he was talking about what he could do in the short term to create more opportunities for the youths.

One of the programmes of our party and one of the programmes of government is the N-Power programme, which has10,000 spaces for young graduates in this State. l hope that many young graduates would be able to benefit from this scheme.

There is also the GEEP programme of Micro-Credit for market women, artisans, for vocational persons who have vocational skills. A lot of the micro-credit is now available and am sure that in the next couple of months we would be able to benefit from it in this State.

We started a project with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American University of Nigeria, Yola, and other institutions of higher learning on how we can use technology to solve the humanitarian problems in the North-East.

The Federal Government’s proposed innovation hub for the North-East will be here in Adamawa State in partnership with the American University and other institutions.

The first step will be a mega-fund working with the ICRC Global Innovation Team which will give an opportunity to the internally displaced persons to become active part of the process to provide solution to the problem they face everyday using technology. This will give Nigeria an opportunity to work with international organizations to export innovative humanitarian solutions to other parts of the world.

But we are here today at the Faro junction to commission this state-of-the-art road network and this again is one of the major demonstrations of the excellent works the governor has been doing and I am exceptionally pleased to be associated with the success he has made in a very short time.

As have been said, l have been here now three times but now that l am the Jagaban of Adamawa State, l intend to get myself a small place here to live so that every once in a while l can come and spend my weekend and holiday here in Adamawa State.

I thank you all for your warm hospitality, let me borrow the words of Senator Jonathan Zwingina, “I Thank you very much indeed.”

 

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Again, Court Declines to Resume Trial, Insists EFCC Must Retract Falsehood

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former Aide to Colonel Sambo Dasuki and 7 others in alleged N1.5bn fraud would not be resumed until the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) retracts fully the misrepresentation of the court’s proceedings that the defendants are being tried on N36.8bn fraud.

The EFCC also wrongly referred to the aide of Dasuki as a retired military officer while Nicholas Ashinze is currently a serving Army Colonel.

The judge dismissed the oral claim by the counsel to EFCC,  Mr Ofem Uket that the anti-graft agency had retracted the offending publication because the lawyer failed to produce any document or evidence before the court to ascertain its claim.

Justice Kolawole had last adjourned date March 21, 2017, warned EFCC to stop media trial of Nigerians being put on prosecution for any offence and ordered that the alleged N36bn fraud contained in the EFCC Press Statement issued by one Mr. Wilson Uwujare must be retracted.

The Judge also ordered the news media involved in the alleged offending publication to appear before it and show cause why they should not be disciplined for misrepresenting the court’s proceedings by dishing out falsehood to the general public through the EFCC press statement.

When the matter was to resume today, counsel to EFCC informed Justice Kolawole that his client had already retracted the offending press statement as contained in some national dailies of April 12, 2017 but however failed to present a copy of the retraction to the court as required by law.

Uket therefore urged the court to resume the trial of the defendant on the ground that the court order issued against EFFC had fully been complied with.

However, Mr. Ernest Nwoye, Counsel to Colonel Ashinze stood his ground that the EFCC had not in any ways obeyed and respected the court order on the ground that EFCC has not shown any evidence or placed any document before the court as a prove of compliance.

The counsel argued that since the court order on the retraction was in writing and duly served on the EFCC, the anti-graft agency must show respect to the court by filing necessary papers and attaching necessary document to show the compliance to the order of the court.

In the absence of any documentary evidence, Nwoye urged the court not to attach any seriousness to the oral evidence of the prosecution counsel.

Counsels to other defendants in the matter including the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Irokoro (SAN) aligned themselves with the submissions of Nwoye and urged Justice Kolawole to sustain the order for the retraction until the evidence of compliance with the order has been shown.

In his ruling Justice Kolowale disagreed with the oral evidence of the EFCC Counsel, lamenting that the counsel as a minister in the temple of justice has not shown any seriousness or do enough to protect the integrity of the judiciary from being unjustly rubbished.

The judge said that “No responsible judge will sit down and allow his court to be rubbished with falsehood as in the case of the EFCC that has been engaging in feeding the general public with falsehood

“It is a fact that the defendants in criminal matter will be prejudiced when they are unjustly subjected to media trial through publication of falsehood and misrepresentation of the court’s proceeding.

“Since the court cannot act in vain, it is hereby ordered that the EFCC must show compliance in the appropriate way with the retraction of the offending press statement it issued out in respect of the proceeding of this court.

“It is hereby also ordered that the Deputy registrar, litigation must liase with Deputy Sheriff and ensured that the order of March 21, 2017 is served on the Editor-in-chief or the appropriate person in the Vanguard Newspaper to ensure that the Editor and his correspondent in Abuja responsible for the publication (of March 8,  201) to appear before this court on May 4, 2017 to show cause where they got their story on the N36.8bn fraud published.

“Let it be understood that the press has the fourth Estate of the realm has the responsibility of holding all arms of government accountable to general public but the press has no business in misrepresenting the court so that the defendant in criminal matters would not be prejudiced and would not be found guilty though false media trial before the real court trial.”

Justice Kolawole said that his order of March 21, shall be in force until it has been fully complied with.

It would be recalled that based on lawyers’ complaints, the judge stopped the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze and others in the alleged diversion of N1.5bn brought against them by the Federal Government.

The action of the Judge followed a Press Statement issued by EFCC that Colonel Ashinze is being prosecuted on alleged N36bn fraud and which was widely reported on March 8, 2017 by some national dailies.

Justice Kolawole held that deliberate misrepresentation of court proceeding as done by EFCC through its press release was in bad taste and would always prejudice the defendants because the public would be made to have different perception of the real trial in court.

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Nigeria-China Partnership On Infrastructural Development, Boost for Domestic Tourism – Minister

From Left: Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjon; Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba and Liaison Officer, Mr Lawal Sale during a courtesy by the Chinese Ambassador to the Minister of Information & Culture in Abuja on Thursday

[caption id="attachment_49122" align="aligncenter" width="511"]From Left: Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjon; Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba and Liaison Officer, Mr Lawal Sale during a courtesy by the Chinese Ambassador to the Minister of Information & Culture in Abuja on Thursday From Left: Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjon; Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba and Liaison Officer, Mr Lawal Sale during a courtesy by the Chinese Ambassador to the Minister of Information & Culture in Abuja on Thursday[/caption]

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the partnership between Nigeria and China in the area of infrastructural development as a catalyst for domestic tourism in the African nation.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Thursday when he received the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pinson,  on a courtesy visit.

“I think China is a good example of how domestic tourism can propel and trigger the economy. But for domestic tourism to prosper of course you also need improved infrastructure. This is why we are so glad that China is collaborating with Nigeria in the area of infrastructure such as roads, power and railways,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed expressed delight at the bilateral relations between Nigeria and China, which he described as mutual and sincere, saying China remains one of the strategic partners of Nigeria because of its genuine commitment and passion towards the country.

He said the cultural ties between the two countries can further be strengthened especially in the areas of film and cinematography, and he reiterated his earlier request for the screening of Nigerian movies in China.

He said the screening of Nollywood movies in China will reciprocate Nigeria’s gesture towards Chinese movies, which are shown in Nigeria, in addition to being a deliberate strategy to ensure better understanding between the two countries while also creating a market for Nigerian films in China.

Alhaji Mohammed underscored the critical role which discipline played in the Chinese cultural revolution and said Nigeria will key into it to further enrich its National Re-orientation Programme “Change Begins With Me.”

“One of the major strength of China today is discipline, it’s ethics and respect for values and this is exactly what we are trying to achieve through our ‘Change Begins With Me’ Campaign,” he said.

The Minister said even in the area of media and entertainment, China is closely linked with Nigeria through the partnership between the Nigerian Television Authority and Star Times, and acknowledged that China also offered a loan of $500 million to revamp and upgrade the broadcasting industry in Nigeria.

In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria said culture and people-to-people relations are part of the ten priority areas which China is exploring to foster relations with Nigeria.

He said China has opened discussion with the Minister towards the building of Nigerian China Cultural Centre in Nigeria to further promote the cultural ties, which will boost communication and understanding between the two countries.

“What we wish to do with Nigeria we have outlined in the four cardinal framework and we have the bilateral document with this esteemed ministry. So, cultural activities, personnel exchanges, skills training and capacity building we wish to have firm foundation in these fields and we wish we could do more in these fields with Nigeria,” he said.

 

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The Misinterpretation of Muhammadu Sanusi II, By Gimba Kakanda

There is a reason the North of Nigeria is yet to be “on top of the situation”, as our policymakers tend to say even when a crisis is out of control, in the quest to redeem the escalating social problems that abound there. It is because we are in denial of the origins, starting from our manipulation and misapplication of religion in governance to the stark deficiencies of our ruling class, and its implications on the present.

The North is a generation or two behind the South. Critics of this underestimated tragedy have been quickly made persona-non-grata in their constituencies by a class of people one can only understand as the Conservatives. Some have been severely cited as bad examples for “speaking ill” of their people or region. One of the prominent characters in the Black Book of the Conservatives is Sarkin Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. He wasn’t a recent entrant into that book though, having first become a recurring figure in “embarrassing the North” as a sharp-shooting, cerebral social commentator then known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

His emergence as Sarkin Kano, after a historic disapproval of the Jonathan-led government he once promoted, catalysing the nation’s rush to replace that infraction of an administration, was the advent of a revolution long overdue. Why? Because, whether as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi or as Sarkin Kano, he’s a vastly well-informed and cosmopolitan thinker in a society awaiting revolutionary overhaul of certain socio-cultural, political and pseudo-religious thinking and practices. The road to revolution is an uphill one because he’s bound to stir the rage of anti-intellectual and robotic characters programmed to reject even the rumour of changing an institutionalised cultural malpractice.

If nobody foresaw the ongoing rage from familiar quarters over Sarki’s method of addressing the region’s social problems, it only means he or she had been a truant in the study of an aspect of the region. Radical confrontation of defective norms in this region has always been interpreted as “girman kai” – arrogance – or an effort to impress “’yan kudu” – southerners. A radical critic is either portrayed as spoiling for a fight with the subjects of his or her frank observations or exhibiting “iyayi” – know-it-all disposition – instead of unsentimental rebuttals.  I should know. In my little corner of Minna and in my little sphere of Nigerian literature and political discourse, I have been confronted with this bewildering reality.

But Sarki’s problems didn’t even begin with the so-called Conservative elements who accuse him of desecrating the throne of the Kano Emirate for simply rousing the consciousness of the region. It was the pro-Buhari partisans who first launched a volley against him, for his critical remarks on the government’s mismanagement of the economy. And what these legions of critics expect or have proposed is, Sarki is intended to serve as unheard and rarely seen advisor, like the other hundreds of other “monarchs” playing the same role in the region and all over the country.

Before Sarki’s remark in Kaduna, at the summit hosted by the Kaduna state government between April 5 and 6, Zamfara state Governor Abdulazeez Yari attributed the meningitis outbreak in his state to the wrath of God, that the implication of his inability to provide primary healthcare facilities in his stateI was in factdue divine punishment for the Zamfarawa’s deviation from the way of God. Sarki addressed this rather devastating clowning in Kaduna, offering that “we have adopted an interpretation of our culture and our religion that is rooted in the 13th century mindset that refuses to recognize that the rest of the Muslim world has moved on.”

At the Mo Ibrahim Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco, a few days later, he shattered the glasshouse that is Zamfara state, faulting the gimmick the politicians impose on the people as sharia and that, despite which, “(Zamfara state) has the highest rate of poverty in the country today.” His diagnosis of sharia as a mere conduit for political power can be corroborated not only by the economic mess that is Zamfara state today but the legacy of corruption left behind by its past leaders, especially the primal Senator Ahmed Yerima, perhaps the most successful political scam artist amongst them.

This brutal honesty polarised public discourse, pushing the angry to resort to publishing false claims of Sarki’s private life, some already refuted, including a photograph of him and his wife presented as that of him and a mistress. This is the style of shallow intellectualism and incomprehension we are reduced to in northern Nigeria, amused by how even holders of postgraduate degrees interpreted his commentary absurdly differently, describing it as an affront to the region and to Islam, when it’s only an indictment of their literacy.

That the North builds its cultural and religious practices and formations with the thirteenth century mentality is an overrating of our culturally unadventurous spirits and rearward growth. The thirteenth century, noting its ideological conflicts, was actually the peak of the Golden Age of Islam, an era of ground-breaking scientific breakthroughs and intellectual pathfinding by Muslim scientists, philosophers, artists, scholars and clerics which began in the eight century. If Northern Nigeria had adopted that period as a model and its achievements as inspiration, we would have been somewhere around the front rows in this modern civilisation.

We are, as Sarki also said, in denial, and the whys are an everyday eyesore: “The north-west and the north-east, demographically, constitute the bulk of Nigeria’s population, but look at human development indices, look at the number of children out of school, look at adult literacy, look at maternal mortality, look at infant mortality, look at girl-child completion rate, look at income per capita… The north-east and the north-west Nigeria are among the poorest parts of the world.”

It’s heartwarming that someone who heads an agency of our traditional institutions has the courage to serve as mirror to the unsightly society we have built. What Sarki has been saying, again and again, isn’t strange to us. What we have had in short supply over the seasons past are leaders who combine knowledge and audacity as he does. And if I had not been a witness to his audacious confrontation of topical issues, I would have predicted his eventual taming by the conservative establishment.

The idea that a turban should serve as a rein is pre-medieval era mentality. To say a monarch must act like a deity, by avoiding or limiting interactions and associations with the public, only shows we are yet to erase our memory of the master – slave relationships our forefathers fought to abolish. It’s even more troubling when such position is being promoted by those who have previously ridiculed the redundancy of our traditional institutions as a waste of human capital and public funds.

The difference between Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Muhammadu Sanusi II is the latter had no effective platform to match his words. The similarity, however, is both are the subjects of scathing attacks and damaging labels, dismissed, at various points, as Shiite, westernized, apostate, ignorant, arrogant, Zionist mole and more—empty labels from those incapable of appealing to reason, only sentiments. It’s a pity to have one’s faith and personality questioned by a generation mis-educated by this anti-intellectual system of ours. There’s no challenger of a malpractice or flawed thinking based on a perception of religion or culture, who hasn’t been labelled. It was so with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as it is with Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Our delusional Conservatives are worried that the Sarki fraternizes with “peasants”, shaking hands and posing for selfies, destroying theirpre-medieval era perceptions and portrayals of the monarch as a deity. What they highlight as a fault is, in actual sense, a praise. But that’s a mere telling of their ignorance of the happenings around the world, of humanising monarchs and the implications of such laudable fraternity. We must choose what we want, a redundant Sarki or one who rouses our consciousness.A few months ago, the visionary ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Muhammed Al-Rashid Ibn Maktoum and his son, Hamdan, were seen on a public train in London, interacting and posing for selfies. They were all in T-shirts. It didn’t make them small, it only made them human. Their idea of monarchy isn’t to pretend to be deities, as promoted by a people with slave mentality in my part of the world. Royalty shouldn’t be confused for divinity, but embraced as an opportunity, an opportunity to serve as the cultural visionaries and revolutionaries of one’s society. Even if without constitutional powers to execute one’s proposals, as is the case with ours.

Imagine the reaction of the so-called Conservatives here if constitutionally restricted Sarkin Kano or any monarch from the North of Nigeria is spotted in that way, in T-shirt and in public transport. Yet, the T-shirt-wearing monarch isn’t incapable of procuring the entire Northern Nigeria if the region, with its seventeenth century infrastructure, were a public enterprise. The world has evolved and so should our thinking – of solutions to tackle these fast-evolving problems that breed almajiranci, Boko Haram, poverty, illiteracy, and mentally unfit leaders of Yari’s class.

The way out of this cultural entrapment is a mental revolution. “We must wage an intellectual war,” the Sarki proposes.“Because Islam is not univocal; there are many voices, there are many interpretations, there are many viewpoints, and we have for too long allow the ascendancy of the most conservative viewpoints. The consequences of that is that there are certain social problems.”

Gimba Kakanda
@gimbakakanda on Twitter

 

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The Chibok Girls: Three Years in Bondage By Jibrin Ibrahim

Jibrin Ibrahim

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No one expected that the Chibok Girls would remain in bondage for so long but sady that is where we are. Today is the third anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from their school in Chibok. Since then, 81 girls have returned, mostly through the ingenuity of the girls themselves and 21 of them through a process of negotiation done by the Federal Government. In the seven days of the countdown to this anniversary, the Bring Back Our Girls Movement has among other activities organised a workshop on the imperative of having a coherent public policy response to missing persons in the country. There are simply too many people that are abducted, kidnapped or go missing and we do not even have a register to track then, nor do we have a mechanism to systematically search for, and if necessary liberate missing Nigerians. Today as always, we express our concern about the 195 Chibok girls that are still in bondage. We have the same concern for every single person whose liberty has been violated by kidnapping and we say that that the Nigerian State must wake up to its responsibility of security provisioning for all of us.

Since the 30th of April 2014 march to the National Assembly, the #BringBackOurGirls movement has steadfastly sustained a daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain and other places. This commitment is unpatrolled in our history. Some members of the movement have been engaged in this mobilisation every single day for the past three years. The movement has remained strong because it has a very strong leadership composed of committed people who sacrifice their time, intellect and resources to sustain the struggle. Today, I would like to salute this selfless leadership, in particular, Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu, Maureen Kabruk, Hosea Abana, Aisha Oyebode, Ayo Obe, Emman Shehu, Bukky Shonibaire and many others not cited here. I would also like to express my gratitude to Cardinal Onaikan and Ustaz Khalid who have not only provided spiritual support, but also led many of the marches organised by the movement, including the march to Aso Rock this week. I really appreciate the roles played by these great leaders because I have not been able to sustain my own daily personal engagement so I know what it takes. The fact of the matter is that this movement is inventing a new form of civil society in Nigeria that is not focused on seeking grants and holding meetings in hotels. It’s a new form of engagement that recaptures the genuineness of original civil society in which actors are not doing a job but simply devoting their time, energy and resources to a cause that they believe in and are deeply committed to.

My message to the Government continues to be enough is enough, rescue the girls, stamp out terrorism and allow Nigeria return to normalcy. I have seen the irritation of some people in Government that the movement is harassing the President. Yes, citizens have the absolute right to demand of their President that he does his job and secures the liberation of these Nigerians placed in bondage by terrorist. I can confidently assure President Buhari that we will continue to harass him until he does the needful and gets his Government to secure the release of the girls and all other abducted Nigerians.

I am aware that the Government has made considerable progress in the struggle against the insurgency. In December 2016, camp zero in Sambisa forest, the veritable world headquarters of the Islamic State in West Africa was taken by the gallant armed forces of Nigeria. 1,240 Boko Haram fighters were taken prisoners following the operation and reports at the time indicated that the flag of Abubakar Shekau was recovered after he had apparently fled the area. The war against Boko Haram, which was announced to have technically ended in December 2015 was supposed to have really ended in December 2016. It has however not ended and the cost has been very high. At least 15 million people have been directly affected by the insurgency. So many officers and men of Nigeria’s armed forces and over 20,000 civilians have lost their lives. Millions of people in the North East have been displaced within and outside the country. Today, hundreds of thousands of people in the affected zone are facing severe malnutrition and even starvation could be on the horizon.

The Boko Haram movement is not dead yet and it is changing its tactics to hit and run isolated communities, travellers and security posts. A report just published by UNICEF draws attention to the fact that in the first three months of this year, 27 children, most of them girls have been used by the movement to bomb and kill innocent people. The have developed methods to indoctrinate or drug the children to kill themselves and others. Over the last three years, 117 children have been used as bomb detonators and the pace of such action has been accelerated. Favourite places of attacks have been motor parks, markets and mosques. The State and communities must do more to stop such atrocities.

The common wisdom in Nigeria is that Boko Haram should never have developed the military capacity to carry out the mayhem and atrocities it has carried out against the Nigerian people. It should have been destroyed and mopped up when it was still a rag tag group of insurgents. Through the nonchalant attitude of the previous administration and massive corruption that made it difficult for the armed forces to carry out its tasks at the time, Boko Haram developed strong military capabilities, mainly from our army, occupied and kept significant Nigerian territory leading to its declaration of a Caliphate. We are today turning the page as their capacity to take and keep territory has been degraded but they remain a killing machine.

Sambisa has fallen but the majority of the Chibok Girls have still not be found and liberated. For a long time, the expectation was that they had been kept captive in the forest and the liberation of the forest would lead to their freedom. Today, three years after their capture and bondage by Boko Haram, Nigerians and the international community continue to repeat the demand for their search and rescue.The Chibok Girls have remained one of the top concerns for the entire world as a statement of what should not happen. Girls must not be captured and enslaved simply because they went to do to school to acquire knowledge. It had been assumed that slavery was abolished two centuries ago so it was a real shock to see a movement openly proclaiming that it had enslaved human beings. It was for that reason that the whole world had been demanding from the Nigerian Government to #BringBackOurGirls. The attitude of the Jonathan Administration was that they did not care about these particular citizens. The Buhari Administration came into office with a singular determination to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. Success has taken them much longer than they had anticipated. Their first challenge was to recreate a fighting force from an army that was already used to two forms of action only – corruption and running away from the war front. We must commend the President, the Armed Forces High Command and our troops for building back the capacity of our forces to the level where it could begin to fight again.

I recall that at the beginning of the struggle for the liberation of the Chibok Girls, we had gone to the Defence Headquarters to demand why no action was being taken to rescue the girls. The response we got from the military high command was that the Nigerian armed forces had not received new military assets since the Shagari regime of 1079-1983 and were not in a position to fight the insurgents. Following the probe of the $2.1 billionarms procurement allocation squandered by the Jonathan Administration, we now know that a lot of money was released to the armed forces for arms procurement but that most of the money was simply stolen. My prayers today are that the struggle against the insurgents should continue until all those captured by them are found and liberated. Chibok for me has always been a signifier for all those placed into bondage by the insurgency. The girls became important as the global symbol for the defence of the dignity and sanctity of human life; of the girl child, of women, of the right to education and for defending all those that are oppressed. It is for this reason that all those placed into bondage by the insurgents must be liberated by the Nigerian State.

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2015 Bribery Saga: EFCC Vows to Prosecute All Indicted INEC Staff

The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu has said that the Commission will prosecute all staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Indicted for corruption in the conduct of the 2015 general election. According to him, ” we are already prosecuting some of the INEC staff, we have started in Lagos and we are in the process in Port-Harcourt, Kano and Gombe”. The EFCC boss made the disclosure Thursday April 13 while playing host to the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu who led other management staff of the electoral body on a courtesy visit to the EFCC head office, Abuja.

While expressing satisfaction with the collaboration between the two agencies, Magu commended the INEC boss for supporting the investigation affecting some of his staff members. ” What you have done will change the course of electioneering in this country, by bringing in sanity and credibility . It will send a signal and serve as deterrent to any person who may wish to perpetrate fraud in the electoral process whether as a monitor or staff of INEC”, he said.

Magu assured the INEC of EFCC’s continued support, noting that the agency’s functions were central to the future of the country, and that the next election must be different.

Yakubu while appreciating the EFCC, revealed that some of the indicted INEC staff had made refunds of their share of the over N3.4 billion bribe money.  He added that from the list received from EFCC, 70 staff across 3 states of the federation are still in denial and will be referred to the EFCC for further investigation.

He said about 5 political appointees who are either National Commissioners or Resident Commissioners were found wanting, while 21 retired staff mostly acting under the aegis of WANEO ( West African Network of Election Observers ) were also indicted and have been blacklisted from monitoring election or any activity organized by the Commission.

“If we get our election right, we get our democracy right as the right people will be elected and once we get our democracy right we will get national progress and development on track.

“INEC, the EFCC are on the same page in this big responsiblity of sanitising the country, he said”

The delegation from INEC included Amina Bawa Zakari, Baba Arfo Shetima, Prof OkeyIbeanu, Engr Abubakar Nahuche , Mohammed Haruna , Professor Anthonia Okoosi Simbine, Musa H. Adamu, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, and  Rotimi Oyekanmi

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Taraba Moves To Resolve Outstanding Salary Issues, Compiles List Of Teachers

As a way of resolving all the salaries logjams, the Taraba state government has recently completed an exercise that saw it compiling an exhaustive list of all the primary school teachers in its services. This is with the aim of ascertaining genuine claimants. Salaries too have improved with the outstanding ones being what was carried over from the past. Yet, Governor Darius Ishaku is said to have swing into action to resolve all the challenges.

Making this known, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said the current exercise is by far the “most effective measure taken to thoroughly address the issues of primary school teachers salaries with the aim of ensuring no authentic worker is shortchanged. We hold teachers in the highest esteem and would not sit and watch the moulders of our children’s life suffer, but we also have to practically clean out the proverbial Augean Stable.”

Bello noted that it would also be pertinent to properly situate the state’s salaries challenges. He said, ” we have to be clear that , first and foremost, the governor doesn’t play with the issue of salaries as he, more than anyone, is aware of the centrality of this in the lives of the people. His team too is aware of this and we are deeply concerned. To paint a picture as if we don’t care is unfair and wrong.  The governor worries more than anyone and is working hard to tackle this challenge. Basically, the state doesn’t owe state workers. Most of the complaints are from the local governments which are, in principle, not in the purview of the state. But the state government has waded in because these are our citizens going through pains. We have to be clear about that. We are among some of the top states paying as and when due as far as civil servants at the state level are concerned. There are states owing state’s civil servants. Thankfully that is not the case here.”

Bello stressed that even with that, the state government is aware of the myraid of complains about non payment, especially at the local government level. While apologising and soliciting for understanding, Bello said, “we are really in pains when we hear these complains. So we are looking into the matters closely. Most of these problems emanated from government’s genuine move to rid the pay roll of frauds occasioned by the ghost workers phenomenon. With a biting recession, government couldn’t have allowed some of the illegalities perpetrated by pay clerks to continue. There was a cartel selling employment letters and what not. The salary wage bill was getting over bloated in spite of resignations or sadly, deaths. Clearly, there was a fundamental problem. And when you know the money from the federation purse has dropped, you would agree there was a need to stop the hemorrhage. There was a need for biometrics to determine real workers. The verification exercise, in some cases, led to a situation where some real workers were left uncaptured. This could be because of names variations and other details in data capture exercise. These are solvable problems. And we are addressing them everyday. As for primary school teachers, we have gone round the entire state with the grassroot teams in each wards where we made a comprehensive list of teachers in all the schools in the state. As we speak we have a comprehensive list and yes, some genuine teachers are being owed, no doubt. But the exercise has also put everything in perspectives for us and we would soon address everything.”

Bello said that the local governments are having issues with funds to properly address the issues of salaries, noting that the state is often coming to their aid. He said, “principally, local governments are often not able to meet their obligations. The state has to wade in. But I can authoritatively assure us that we are going to solve all the problems.”

 

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el-Rufai, Dogara: Dismantling The Culture Of Silence, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

He never planned for public office. It was, perhaps, at the point of digging in his feet in the world of business that he was, on the recommendation of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, accidentally brought into government.  Malam Nasir el-Rufai wrote an autobiography titled: “The Accidental Public Servant”, which is a fitting description of his public service voyage.

Had he not ventured into the political power game, his essential character might have been, forever, hidden from public appreciation. I am sure that his benefactor, Atiku Abubakar, did not quite know the capacity of el-Rufai for “positive mischief” when he got him appointed into office as director general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Having settled into office, he was restlessly looking for an opportunity to unravel and define his eon.  el-Rufai’s allegation that some senators demanded N50-million-bribe from him to secure confirmation as minister in 2003 marked the beginning of his manifestation as a rebel in government.  All gloves were off.

He took some rash decisions and actions that were well considered while in office many of which he is said to have explained in his book.   Going by media reports, the narratives ruffled feathers, most especially Atiku Abubakar’s.  He also gave former President Olusegun Obasanjo some side swipes.  Perhaps, el-Rufai should have maintained a dignifying silence rather than break what, in the Mafia world, is Omerta.

el-Rufai cuts the picture of a glib public servant.  He is temperamentally unsuited for elite conspiracy of silence.  Restless and always daring to toe the solitary path of dissonance in government, he becomes a curious avant-garde in a setting where such disposition is an anathema.  He relishes controversies.  He courts it, as a matter of fact. Such bravado is the stuff that this unapologetic non-conformist is made of.

There is a popular saying that short people are troublesome.  el-Rufai is not only short but also diminutive.  Please permit this scant reference to his physiology.  This is an unintended argumentum ad-hominem.  So what he lacks in stature, he makes up for with his audaciousness.  He speaks truth to power like someone who is ready to commit suicide.

I have not read his book to appreciate the extent he has gone to pull the trigger on issues he was privileged to take decisions in his capacities as director general of the BPE and minister of the FCT.  The one action he took that is still rankling Nigerians in Abuja was the infamous massive demolition of houses in his bid to restore the capital city to its original master plan.

el-Rufai’s popularity did not get him into Kaduna Government House in 2015.  He profited from the political correctness of the APC that he belonged to, which benefitted so much from the cult-like following the party’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, enjoyed in the northern part of the country.  Otherwise, he could not have defeated the incumbent governor.

In the saddle, the stormy petrel of APC has directly and indirectly stoked so many crises in the state.  Southern Kaduna is devastated through the failure of his leadership.  Fulani herdsmen have, with impunity, maimed and killed indigenes of southern Kaduna who are mostly Christians over cattle grazing issues.  The Shiite Muslim group has also been battered and he is one of those to whom finger of guilt is being pointed for failing to protect the constitutional citizenship and religious worship by members of the group.

His running battle with Senator Shehu Sani has, at best, been ludicrous.  Having failed to match Sani’s superior arguments about his leadership failure and incompetence, el-Rufai resorted to instigating the suspension of the senator from the APC.  But the senator remains very popular among his constituents.  Interestingly, el-Rufai has refused to take up Sani’s gauntlet to declare his assets publicly after the senator made his assets declaration public.

Although, his memo to Buhari was a case of a positive mischief maker being beaten to his game, the real intention underpinning the memo that was secretly sent to the president was self-serving: to become a darling and the Khalifa to the number one citizen.  But the gambit has turned awry, boomeranging right in his political face.

I learnt that el-Rufai met with the president and expressed his concerns that the government needed to up its ante in different areas.  The president was said to have asked him to reduce his positions to a memo since he might not remember all that he had said.  He did and gave the memo to the president, who was said to have handed it to his chief of staff to go through and reduce it to an executive summary for him.

The chief of staff, whose name, purportedly featured negatively in the memo, was said to have, out of anger, leaked it to the press in order to paint el-Rufai as an ambitious politician, jostling to succeed Buhari as president in 2019.  Those who are not el-Rufai’s fans are not sympathetic to him.  For all they care, the fox has been beaten to his game.

That matter was still lingering when he chose to open up another battle flank.  He took on the National Assembly on the issues of its opaque budget and non-cooperation with the executive arm in the fight against graft.  Dateline was Kaduna, at the closing of the recent National Assembly management retreat.

el-Rufai was at his best, openly slamming the Legislature, pontificating like the Pope and trying to occupy a moral high ground. The good thing, however, was that he got an instant riposte from the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who was the highest-ranked presiding officer at the event.

Dogara’s counter punches have resulted in a series of official actions on both sides, to wit: publication of their respective monthly salary/pay slips, details of which have reinforced the belief all this while that these public officers have a myriad of ways of taking care of themselves with our commonwealth.  Who is deceived that el-Rufai’s salary of about N470, 000 or Dogara’s net pay of about N267, 000 per month underpins their livelihoods?

But el-Rufai’s nuisance value must be appreciated for triggering off this kind of conversation in a system where management of public finance has been shrouded in secrecy. Transparency, openness, accountability and probity are anathema.  And, these are the key elements of democracy and good governance.  These are the demands el-Rufai was placing on the federal legislature.  The message was, no doubt, very good.  However, the messenger was problematic.

Dogara only needed to tap state governors, including el-Rufai, on their salaries, security votes and management of the local government joint account, which the governors have hijacked and dubiously managed without recourse to local government chairmen.  In many states, local government elections have not been held.  Governors have only emplaced caretaker committees who are their prefects to do their biddings.

Whatever el-Rufai publishes as security votes and management of local government joint account should be subjected to thorough scrutiny and verification in order to find justification and explication within the ambit of propriety.  Other governors should follow suit.  The same thing should happen to National Assembly budget.  Nigerians have the right to know how their commonwealth and taxes are spent.

It is in this context that I consider el-Rufai’s characteristic outbursts, no matter how irritating they could sometimes be, healthy for public administration.  He has excited the polity.  The conspiracy of silence by the ruling elite is collapsing like a pack of cards.  The conversation should continue at a faster pace, without restraints. Kudos to el-Rufai and Dogara!

 

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Dogara, El-Rufai And Security Vote, By Azu Ishiekwene

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Speaker Yakubu Dogara meant it as a joke. When he dared Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to remove the log in his own eye by publishing the state’s security vote and how local government funds were disbursed, Dogara was sure it would be over the governor’s dead body.

The graveyard of Nigerian politics is littered with presidents and governors who pocketed billions of naira of state funds in a brazen fraud called “security vote.”

When security vote is the issue, no names are mentioned and one talks about the details in public. It’s a cesspool of slush funds with a history, which dates back to the era of former military President Ibrahim Babangida.

There was no parliament at the time. Once the Supreme Military Council approved spending, the Budget Office provided the money and the money was spent without questions.

Soldiers, who shot their way to power, were always looking over their shoulders and the Budget Office, acting on orders from above, supplied the cash the soldiers needed to suss out their enemies or keep them at bay.

When all was said and done, there was always something left for the soldiers to indulge their pleasures and line their pockets. They didn’t need to account for anything.

Their civilian successors kept this legacy. And they have kept it for 16 years, drawing huge sums of money month after month, without constitutional backing.

At a point, senior lawyer, Robert Clarke, launched a campaign against the illegality but politicians laughed him off.

Various unconfirmed reports estimate that governors get between N200m-N500m monthly as security vote. At the Presidency, it would run into at least one billion monthly.

An insider told me of a former governor in the North East who always came to Abuja “with at least N25m cash in the boot of his jeep and returned broke after each visit.”

In 2004, the former Minister of State for Finance, NenadiUsman, raised the alarm that some governors were in the habit of converting the entire monthly allocation of their states – including moneys for local governments – to dollars and transferring everything abroad.

She said, “Four to seven days after the Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting, the exchange rate goes up. That means that they (governors) are using the money to buy up dollars.

“Make telephone calls to any of the states. Ask for the governor and you would be told he has gone abroad. Not only the governors, even the commissioners of finance.”

When Dogara challenged el-Rufai on Friday, he knew where the corpses were buried. What he didn’t know was that one‘corpse’ was about to rise from the dead.

And el-Rufai has proved yet again that even though he might be disliked for many reasons, when it comes to clear, forward thinking and getting the job done, you’ll be a fool to underestimate him.

You may argue with his style or resent his politics, but his public record in the last 16 years has been largely one of results and performance.

It would be interesting to see which governor follows next. Only a few years ago, 36 of them sat on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s neck, asking him to increase their security vote and share funds in the Excess Crude Account.

What do they do with the money?

Will Governor Abdulaziz Yari, for example, tell the world which avenging angel he paid with the Zamfara security voteto afflict hundreds of citizens with meningitis? We should know which celestial agents he paid to do the job, since the fellow thinks meningitis is God’s punishment for our sins.

Or will Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo show under what subhead he procured photos and plastered the state with life-size billboards of himself grinning while shaking hands with Obama in the White House?

The biggest joke is on Dogara. He cannot escape it by sending the spokesperson of the House to say, “The Speaker has directed the National Assembly bureaucracy to publish details of the parliament’s account.” That’s nonsense.

His six-month pay slip, which looks like the type that desperate, unemployed applicants obtain from corner shops to impress consular officers, will also not do. No drip, drip.

For years now, the world has been waiting to see the books of the National Assembly, everything.El-Rufai has challenged the lawmakers to disclose how they spent N1trillion over the years and what they do with an estimated annual budget of N115billion.

The answer is not in Dogara’s six-month pay slip.Like the devil, it’s in the details of those allowances – known and unknown – that the suspended House member, AbdulmuminJibrin, spoke about shamelessly.

The few grown-ups in the National Assembly must feel genuinely embarrassed about what is going on there. Some have expressed concern that the National Assembly might not only be weakened by the harsh portrayal in the press, it might also be exposed to public incitement.

Well, the public has been at the receiving end for too long. While millions of workers are pining away on meagre wages and millions more are either unemployed or are being owed salaries for months, legislators are having a good time. They compete with celebrities to flaunt the latest toys in their garage and even find time to make mocking videos.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Dogara should open the books. Drip, drip will not do.

It’s also pointless playing Ping-Pong with el-Rufai, when all that Dogara is prepared to serve is a pay slip that does his reputation no good. He seriously wants the world to believe that he earns less than Jibrin?

It’s no longer a joking matter. The National Assembly should open its books or wallow in its filth.

Irony Of Malabu Maths

A friend sent this short email to me on the Malabu oil block fraud involving Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL 245): “9bn barrels oilfield worth $500billion given away for $1.3bn. (Dan) Etete and his cohorts get $1bn; the country gets $0.3bn, if we are lucky. And the Niger Delta people get the pollution from the drilling!”

The irony is that the leading figures in the fraud mentioned so are also from the Niger Delta!

Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview magazine and board member of the Global Editors Network

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NHRC, UNHCR Address Humanitarian Needs Of IDPs

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHRC) have put machineries in place to monitor the protection issues affecting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some parts of the North East and North Central geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

The Ag. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah disclosed this during the joint NHRC/UNHCR Training on Protection Monitoring in the North East and the North Central which took place in Bauchi.

Mrs. ovrawah said this year’s training is aimed at building the capacity of protection monitors to carry out their duties of monitoring and documenting issues concerning the IDPs which will provide the necessary information that will serve as the basis for giving them human rights and humanitarian assistance.

She said although the degrading of insurgency has resulted in the  returning home of some IDPs, she observed that their humanitarian challenges are still numerous and needs to be addressed in order to bring succor to these vulnerable group.

To ameliorate these humanitarian Challenges, Ovrawah said the NHRC in collaboration with UNHCR initiated the IDPs protection monitoring project since 2015 to monitor and document the protection issues ( human rights and humanitarian challenges) of the IDPs with a view to finding solution to these challenges.

According to the representative of the UNHCR Country Representative, Miss Lizzy Kwagbo, the mandate of UNHCR is the protection of IDPs therefore monitoring their situation and identifying solutions that will cater for their needs cannot be overemphasized” she said.

Ms. Kwagbo said team work is important in achieving the objective of the project, hence she urged all the protection monitors to work as a team in order to make positive impact as they document and report the humanitarian situation of the concerned population.

According to the project coordinator, Mr. Tony Ojukwu Esq, the IDPs have different protection issues ranging from health, shelter, feeding and sexual and gender based violation like rape. He said it is the duty of the monitors to track these issues and make appropriate referrals to relevant organizations to properly address the challenges identified.

He said the protect cannot exist forever,  thus he urged the  protection monitors to form Community Protection Action Groups (PAGs) for sustainability when the support ends.

He also said one of the objectives of the training is to emphasize on closing the gaps that were identified in monitoring protection issues of the IDPs in the previous years.

Mr. Ojukwu expressed optimism on the outcome of this year’s project saying monitors would be taught to dissipate more energy in following up referrals to make the IDPs feel the impact of the project.

While expressing appreciation over the training, participants shared their experiences pledging to put into practice all they have learnt from the training.

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Umueri Airport: Obiano’s Audacious Leap Forward, By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

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Several years back, as primary school kids, one of the current affairs we learnt, ‘crammed’ and read out even when woken at midnight was that the “largest market in West Africa is Onitsha”. Then, we heard mostly of Ochanja market. I have no doubt that some schools close to Onitsha may have gone on excursion to the market.

Fast-forward to today, Onitsha no longer features in ‘current affairs’ as the largest market though several markets have been developed and expanded with very extensive commercial activities. This has also impacted on population and infrastructure development of the sprawling city. Focus shifted to Lagos state where we have big markets that have been developed by Igbo traders, most of who migrated from Onitsha. Many of these traders also maintained some presence in Onitsha but no longer as headquarters of their businesses.

At a recent interaction between the Ohaneze President, Chief John Nnia Nwodo and Aka Ikenga which held at Colonnades Hotel, I engaged some businessmen of worth from the Southeast and asked specific questions. I sought to know their views on why and how Onitsha lost the glory of being the largest market in West Africa. All of those I exchanged views with said the basic reason was lack of infrastructure. They listed absence of airport, sea port, inadequate roads, power supply and even inadequate housing. Some concluded by agreeing that “as things are presently, only Lagos has the infrastructure to support businesses and that is why most of us are here”.

Factly, Lagos has the infrastructure to support business. The airports in Lagos are the busiest in Nigeria. The sea ports are the busiest and most chaotic too. The expanding road network and industrial layouts, which are boosted by independent power supply by the state, means that more traders and businessmen would seek space in Lagos state. This account for reason ASPAMDA (Trade Fair Complex) is a huge market built and sustained by Igbo traders and businessmen. Balogun, Ladipo, Alaba International are just a few of such markets developed and sustained by Igbo enterprises, small, medium and large.

In my personal interactions with some businessmen, I am told that businesses also go to where the population is huge. I disagree. I rather argue that those in need also go to where the supply is. We go to Ladipo market for auto spares because we are in need. Our people fly to China and other parts of the world, for business, through MMIA in Lagos, because that is where many of the aeroplanes connecting those places terminate their journey into Nigeria. If those flights terminate at Enugu or Asaba or Owerri airports, those places will be as busy.

If we read that famous open letter by Gen Adeyinka Adebayo to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we realise the strategic importance of businesses owned by Igbo traders and businessmen to the economy of Lagos state. Specifically, author of the open letter stated that Lagos’ huge IGR is a consequence of high presence of businesses owned by Igbo people domiciled in Lagos. For instance, he stated that Igbo pharmacists dominate the pharmaceutical sector of the Lagos economy. The appraisal was educative. The single most important reason for this huge concentration is infrastructure. As it is now, Governor Willie Obiano is updating previous efforts, in Anambra state, at providing the infrastructure that would support the on-going campaign by Ohaneze, to encourage Igbo businesses and investors worldwide, to think home too.

The most audacious effort in this regard is, no doubt, the idea of a cargo airport at Umueri. Irrespective of what politics are behind the decision, for me, it is an economic decision backed by political will to expand the limits and push the frontiers of development and progress in Anambra state. It is most interesting that the $2b airport would be built on a partnership that encourages private sector investment on a build, operate, maintain and transfer (BOMT) basis. The most important fact is that it is built on Anambra soil and serves purpose –primarily to boost trade and commerce and encourage export of farm produce, from Anambra, for which there have been substantial investments, also from private sector. I also look at the value chain that would be created with this investment. This includes the building of specialised warehouses for storage of perishable farm produce meant for export. This is an area not very well explored by investors in the Nigerian agro economy.

The involvement of Orient Petroleum Plc, Elite International Investments Limited and China Aviation Planning and Development Company Limited takes the project beyond the constraints of government funding. This is a guarantee for its delivery. It is also an attestation that government cannot, on its own alone, pull through the development of any state without active involvement of the private sector. I foresee possibility of the delivery of this project spurring PPP interest in other development needs like monorail system and roads, which would connect major towns in the state. This is a development need which existing airports in Enugu and Owerri have not been able to instigate.

What this means is that Obiano and his team are looking beyond tomorrow in the drive to sustain the change in leadership and development narrative in Anambra state. This is a narrative change that will reverberate in the entire south east and increase competition for service delivery, good governance and delivery of dividends of the investments the people had made in democracy. South east needs it. South east governors and leaders need to build on this, and other initiatives, to drive infrastructure development of the region in such a way that the think-home call of Ohanaze would find support pillars that will encourage those who return home to inquire or explore, to make final investment decisions in favour of locations in the region.

For now, Anambra is on a roll. Obiano is driving it. Unfortunately, my voters’ card is useless in determining his fate in the November governorship election. However, his airport city project, is good development for Anambra state and Igboland, which has potential to make Onitsha the largest market in West Africa again.

 

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Federal Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of $43 Million EFCC Heist

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, April 13, 2017 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of 43million dollars, 27,800 pounds and N23 million to the federal government. The money was recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Wednesday. The EFCC had in an ex parte application, sought an interim order of the court to forfeit the money to the Federal Government. In a ruling on Thursday, the court, presided over by Justice Muslim Hassan, ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The judge adjourned until May 5, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him, to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The judge made the forfeiture order shortly after entertaining an ex parte application filed by counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo. The EFCC had on Wednesday evening raided an apartment numbered Flat 7B, No. 13, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, recovering the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 kept in iron cabinets and “Ghana must go’’ bags in the said apartment which was under security locks. Moving the ex parte application for the interim forfeiture of the funds, Oyedepo told the court that no one had come forward to claim it, adding that the staff of one AM Facilities managing the apartment where the huge sums were found could not provide the anti-graft agency with information on the possible owner of the money. He urged the judge to exercise the power conferred on him by Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act to order the interim forfeiture of the money to the Federal Government. “We received an intelligence that No.16, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Flat 7B had in it various sums of money that we are seeking to forfeit. “The intelligence was acted upon and on getting there, we executed Exhibit EFCC 1, which is a search warrant. As God would have it sir, we were able to recover $43, 449,947; still in the same flat, we also recovered £27,800. That was not all, we were also able to recover N23, 218, 000. “For security reasons and because of the volume, we did not want to bring the money before My Lord, but we have registered it as an exhibit with the exhibit keeper and the evidence is contained in Exhibit EFCC 04. “Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related Offences Act empowered My Lord, where a property is found to be an unclaimed property or where a property is found to be proceeds of an unlawful activity, to forfeit such property in the interim,’’ Oyedepo said. He drew the judge’s attention to a portion of the court papers where the commission had stated under oath that “no one had approached the commission to claim the said money, with reasonable evidence, confirming the genuineness of the origin of the money that we are seeking to forfeit in the interim’’. “I, therefore, humbly and most respectfully urge My Lord to forfeit this money to the Federal Government, pending when anyone who has the mind to come and claim the money,’’ the lawyer added. After listening to him, Justice Hassan, in a short ruling, said that in view of the facts placed before him, he was “mindful of granting the interim reliefs sought,’’ by the EFCC. He also granted the anti-graft agency’s prayer to advertise or publish the interim forfeiture order in any national newspaper for any concerned party to see it. He adjourned till May 5, 2017 to allow such a person to come before him to give reasons why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

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Trump Use Of Mother Of All Bombs Fulfills TB Joshua Prophecy? [LOOK]

The world has reacted with shock to the announcement that USA used its largest non-nuclear weapon, the mother of all bombs, for the first time in an attack targeting ISIS forces in Afghanistan on Thursday evening, April 13, 2017. U.S. forces used a GPS-guided GBU-43 bomb, which is 30 feet long, weighs a staggering 21,600 pounds and has been described as the ‘Mother Of All Bombs.’ A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide after it exploded six feet above the ground. Anyone at the blast site was vaporized and all living creatures within a 1.7 mile radius of the blast are not expected to survive. Followers of Nigerian ‘Prophet’ T.B. Joshua were quick to point out that last Sunday 9th April 2017, the cleric had warned of an incident that would occur on Thursday which would “cause conflict” between the super-power nations. “I want us to lift up our voices and pray this coming Thursday – whatever that will happen that will cause a conflict between the super-power nations,” Joshua told his congregation and viewers on Emmanuel TV. “I see a situation where one will tempt the other – and that will provoke the whole thing,” he continued in the prediction. “This coming Thursday and Friday, pray that whatever that will happen that will cause one of the super- nations provocation to retaliate, the Lord should hold their temper. We ask for calmness, in the name of Jesus Christ! Joshua then instructed his congregants to observe a period of prayer and fasting on the days mentioned. “The foundation for a devil’s workshop is on the ground,” he solemnly noted. His prophecy comes on the backdrop of another prophetic message in January 2016 in which he called for prayers for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, stating that he saw an ‘arrow’ being released from North Korea with global repercussions. Tensions are at an all-time high in the Korean peninsula with news of an imminent nuclear test by North Korea amidst President Donald Trump’s assertion he would “solve” the North Korean problem, with or without the assistance of China. Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist who writes about the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN.

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WHO Commends Nigerian Gov’t For Response To Meningitis Outbreak

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has commended Nigeria for its swift response to tackle the meningitis epidemic in some parts of the country. The country representative of the organisation in Nigeria, Alemu Wondi, made the commendation in Sokoto on Thursday, April 13, 2017 when he paid a courtesy visit on the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III. “We are here to see how to contribute to shorten the period of the outbreak in the state and other parts of Nigeria,” Wondi said. “Nigeria has also made crucial efforts to eradicate polio, although the country is yet to be certified polio free. “Routine immunisation is the backbone of disease control and more should be done to ensure its utilisation,” he said. Mr. Wondi promised to continue to support Nigeria to improve its health indices. He also lauded the sultan for being a champion of maternal health in the nation. Responding, Mr. Abubakar commended WHO for its support to Nigeria, saying,” I am also commending Mondi for being a proactive leader.” The sultan reiterated his commitment to ensure efficient delivery of health services to Nigerians. “Health is wealth and we will do everything humanly possible to boost health delivery in the country. “We will sustain our partnership with WHO and other development partners in this direction,” he said. Mr. Wondi had earlier visited the Commissioner for Health, Balarabe Kakale, where he told Mr. Kakale, “We are here to assess the situation, brainstorm and extend our support on the ways forward. “We must commend the state government for investing huge human and material resources to combat the menace.” Responding, Mr. Kakale told Wondi that the state had exited the epidemic phase into the recovery phase. “We have opened a referral centre at the Murtala General Hospital, Sokoto, all the isolation camps set up across the state during the peak of the epidemic have been closed down. “We must commend WHO and other development partners for their support to Nigeria and Sokoto state. “The epidemic is going down and the state has controlled the meningitis epidemic 10 days ago. “The state has learnt some hard lessons as regards emergency response, sequel to the epidemic.” Over 470 people are believed to have died from meningitis across Nigeria in the past five months.

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Chimamanda Adichie Elected Into US Academy Of Arts And Science

Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with  227 new members, the Academy announced on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. In March, Chimamanda was also elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the second Nigerian to be so honoured, after Professor Wole Soyinka. She will be inducted in May. In the announcement by the Academy of Arts and Science, Chimamanda was listed among 40 Foreign Honorary Members from 19 countries elected by the Academy. Other foreigners honoured  come from Australia, China, India, Japan, and Uganda. Among them are  scientist Ruth Arnon; chemist Clare Grey;  vaccinologist Rino Rappuoli; former Health Minister for China Zhu Chen; archaeologist and expert on animal mummies Salima Ikram; Israeli novelist David Grossman; award-winning actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen; and president of the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation and former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among the people elected are some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. They will all form the  237th class of the academy. Please see the full list here:  www.amacad.org/members. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good. Members of the 2017 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize; MacArthur Fellows; Fields Medalists; Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Arts recipients; and Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award winners. “It is an honor to welcome this new class of exceptional women and men as part of our distinguished membership,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “Their talents and expertise will enrich the life of the Academy and strengthen our capacity to spread knowledge and understanding in service to the nation.” “In a tradition reaching back to the earliest days of our nation, the honor of election to the American Academy is also a call to service,” said Academy President Jonathan F. Fanton. “Through our projects, publications, and events, the Academy provides members with opportunities to make common cause and produce the useful knowledge for which the Academy’s 1780 charter calls.” Scientific leaders in the new class include: Fields Medalist Maryam Mirzakhani, who has done path-breaking work on the geometry of Teichmüller spaces and hyperbolic Riemann surfaces; astrophysicist Gabriela Gonzalez, an expert in the field of gravitation wave physics; engineer Ann Lee, who works on the development of anti-cancer therapeutics; computer scientist Daniela Rus, who built some of the first Web crawling agents that were able to search for structured data inside documents. There are also mathematician and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava, a leader in number theory; structural biologist Jaime Cate, who transformed the understanding of protein synthesis; neurologist Helen Mayberg, who utilizes a multidisciplinary neural systems approach to study depression and recovery; immunologist James Allison, whose research is being used to develop new strategies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and for immunotherapy of cancer; and evolutionary plant biologist Pamela Soltis. Social scientists in the new class include: psychologist Michael Tomasello, a widely cited scholar of comparative studies of humans and great apes; economist Marc Melitz, who developed a new approach to the analysis of international trade; political scientist Janet Box-Steffensmeier, a scholar of American politics and methodology; attorney William Lee, a leading thinker and lawyer in the field of intellectual property; and cultural anthropologistCaroline Brettell, whose research focuses on international migration, specifically the issues of gender and personal narrative in the study of the migrant experience. In the humanities and the arts, new members include: philosopher Jonathan Lear, known for his work on Aristotle’s logical theory; historian Naomi Oreskes, who studies scientific debate and climate change; award-winning actress Carol Burnett; linguist John Rickford, who examines the history and structure of creole languages; Lincoln Center artistic director and producer André Bishop; Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who writes about the lives of women of African descent; and John Guy, curator of South and Southeast Asian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Leaders in philanthropy, business, public affairs, public policy, and journalism include: journalist Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize–winning multimedia journalist Mark Trahant; David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma; Grammy and Academy Award–winning singer-songwriter and philanthropist John Legend; private equity and venture capitalist Gerald Chan; philanthropist and economist Marie-Josée Kravis; Boston Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Mark Volpe; and Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green.

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Trump Drops The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ On ISIS Target In Afghanistan [WATCH]

U.S. forces used their largest non-nuclear bomb for the first time in combat on Thursday, striking Islamic State militants in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province around 7:30 p.m. local time. The strike was carried out “as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” according to a U.S. Central Command press release. The military objective was to drop the bomb “and get it over and done with and get the ISIS forces killed off,” Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, said. The bomb used is a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast, commonly referred to as the “mother of all bombs.” It contains 11 tons of explosives, according to The Associated Press. It was chosen in an effort to “minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” the CENTCOM press release says. “As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in the release. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.” The bomb “targeted a system with tunnels and caves making it easier for [ISIS] to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday. “We must deny them operational space, which we did.” Efforts to dismantle ISIS strongholds have been concentrated in Iraq and Syria. But a small stronghold of fighters made up of former Taliban members has grown in eastern Afghanistan since 2014. The group is known as Islamic State Khorasan, according to a U.S. Institute for Peace report released in November. “IS-K receives funding from the Islamic State’s Central Command and is in contact with leadership in Iraq and Syria, but the setup and day-to-day operations of the Khorasan province have been less closely controlled than other Islamic State branches such as that in Libya,” the report notes. The article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Why El-Rufai Must Be Tried At The Hague For Genocide Of Shi’ites [MUST READ]

he Zaria pogrom of December 2015 is an incident that has permanently been recorded by history and the major actors and stakeholders already have their names written boldly in the black books of history. There is no way the genocide perpetrated by the Buhari regime on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, members can ever be forgotten most especially as it has affected the IMN members as individuals directly or indirectly and generally as a group. IMN member were mercilessly killed with some burned alive including the elder sister of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his nephew while others were buried alive and women were molested by the Nigerian Army. Three children of the IMN leader were brutally murdered by the Army while he was literally killed but he didn’t die. It was a very terrible incident that even the Nigerian Army had to officially operate as a coward in order not to allow itself be identified with that dirty job it did. A lot of Nigerians wondered how the Army could descend so low and operate just like a terrorist organization and murder innocent unarmed civilians who pay tax to support them without any form of instigation whatsoever simply because their Commander-in-Chief is a Sunni Muslim and their victims are Shiah Muslims. Being a proxy war they are fighting for their masters in America, Israel and Saudi Arabia, it was easy for them to initiate the Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai, an amateur politician looking for the slightest opportunities, into the project. Governor El-Rufai in whose state the historic genocide took place decided to play a major role to please his masters. He took everything personal and was in an all-out war with the IMN. He even got himself initiated into the global Wahhabbi/Salafi club, the official Islam of CIA and founders of international terrorism. He even embraced the local Wahhabi dogs that blackmailed him during his campaign days by accusing him of being a Shiite by printing and spreading posters containing his picture when he visited Sheikh Zakzaky in Zaria after the 2014 genocide where he joined hands with them to fight a common enemy, The Shiites!. During their attack on IMN, the Nigerian Army used Rocket Propelled Missiles, Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and Automatic Machine Guns (AMG) on unarmed civilians made up of women, children and youth struggling to duck and hide with a lot of them trapped inside building roofs and soak away pits for days. Knowing fully well that they have committed crimes against humanity they decided to also kill all possible evidences. Governor El-Rufai employed state machinery to help demolish the physical evidences of the army terror on IMN property and pretended nothing happened. He ordered the demolition of the residence of the leader of the IMN as well as the Husainiyya Islamic Center where even the rubbles was packed away to unknown destinations. The entire area was cordoned off and all blood stains were washed off the streets and they picked up bullets and bomb shells they used on IMN as revealed by the Amnesty International. Being that they have killed just too many people, running to over a thousand within the 36 hours of operation and there were just too many people with bullet injuries that were summarily killed by the army, they now joined hands together again with governor El-Rufai to hide the casualty figures by burying them in a mass grave far away from the site of the genocide. There too they wanted to hide the incident to the public where the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai claimed before the National Human Rights Commission that he killed only seven people and the army also took along that track. Revelations that included satellite footages released by the Amnesty International forced the Kaduna Governor to reveal that they buried 347 in a mass grave in Mando near Kaduna, about 100 kilometers away from the site of the genocide. This is just one of the mass graves they have revealed. There wasn’t anything to show that all of those buried were actually dead. This was in total violation of all known law within and outside Nigeria. Despite this violation there was a statement released from the office of Governor El-Rufai claiming that what he did was in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention just to deceive the ignorant public. They violated the provisions that have to do with identification of those buried, proximity of the mass grave, confirmation of cause of death and those that are actually dead, burial rights in accordance to religion and a mischievous burial in the middle of the night. Governor El-Rufai went further to spread hate speech on the IMN and its leadership all in order to justify the crimes against humanity they have committed. He claimed that the IMN was an insurgent group without any reference or evidence; he claimed that the IMN as a religious group is not registered and he also declared the IMN as an unlawful society based on laws that are inferior to the Nigerian Constitution all to save his neck from crimes against humanity. This led to mass killings of IMN members by his sect members escorted by Police in Kaduna, Funtua, Kano, Jos and other places. IMN members were attacked and killed and their property destroyed while the state executives looked the other way. The issues of mass grave, demolition of evidences, hate speeches and misuse of office to deceive the public on his criminal role on humanity are very substantial in getting him prosecuted at The Hague. There is a study published by the Associated Press on 30 august 2016 in which it was revealed that 72 mass graves have been located in Iraq and Syria which resulted from activities of the American backed ISIS. The estimated number of bodies inside them based on excavation findings and memories of witnesses and survivors ranges from 5200 to 15,000. Majority of those mass graves are located in Iraq. In Nigeria also there are mass graves that resulted from acts of state terrorism and genocide perpetrated by the Nigerian Buhari regime in Zaria in December 2015. The government was forced to confess illegally mass burying 347 IMN members that were victims of mass genocide it perpetrated. The IMN on the other hand has collected names and profiles of almost nine hundred missing persons since the pogrom. Under Article 7 of the Rome Statutes, enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killings which may lead to existence of mass graves are unlawful and when perpetrated as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians may constitute a crime against humanity. Similarly directing attacks at a civilian population or willful killing as perpetrated by President Buhari, General Burutai and Governor El-Rufai within an armed conflict may constitute war crime under Article 8 of the Rome Statutes. In addition and consistent with most religious and cultural practices, customary, international humanitarian law prohibits the despoliation and mutilation of the dead under Article 8(2) (b)xxi and 8 (2) (c) (ii) of the Rome Statute. Outrages against personal dignity in particular humiliating and degrading treatments are war crimes that can have adverse effects on investigation and identification efforts. Building on these legal provisions international legal scholars believe that indecent disposal of corpses as done by Governor El-Rufai to IMN members in December 2015 amount to international crime against humanity itself. Hence, the International Criminal Court, ICC, must prosecute Governor El-Rufai for crimes against humanity he perpetrated against IMN. Abdulmumin Giwa is a human rights activist.  The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Buhari Says He’s Personally In Touch With Boko Haram For Release Of Chibok Girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 13, 2017 said that his administration had been talking to representatives of the terrorist group, Boko Haram which abducted the Chibok girls who are still in captivity 3 years after their abduction from the Chibok Secondary School in Borno state. Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, noted that his administration had had cause to celebrate the return of 24 Chibok girls who were released by the terrorist group following a series of negotiations. The president stated that the rescue of thousands of other Nigerians who were forcibly abducted by the terrorists reflected the efforts of government and its agencies to tackle the terrorists. Buhari said that being a parent himself, he was grateful to God that some of the Chibok girls were found alive and have been reunited with their families. “Government is doing all within its powers to reintegrate the freed girls to normal life. Furthermore, Government is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed,” the president said. “My special appreciation goes to the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and waiting for the return of their children. I feel what you feel. Your children are my children. “On this solemn occasion, my appeal is that we must not lose hope on the return of our remaining schoolgirls. “Our intelligence and security forces, who have aptly demonstrated their competence, are very much equal to the task and absolutely committed to the efforts to find and return the schoolgirls and others abducted by Boko Haram,” Buhari said.

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Eddie Murphy’s Brother, Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies Of Cancer At 57

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died. Murphy died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57. His family issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter asking for privacy. Eddie remembered his brother in a statement later that day. “Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie, the Murphy family said. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.” He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. In the recurring segment “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” Murphy would recount how his brother’s fame brought him into the orbit of the biggest stars, such as Rick James and Prince, who died nearly a year ago. Murphy’s versions of the experiences, played out by him, Chappelle and others, became enduring hits. He collaborated with writing his brother’s starring films, Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn. He voiced roles in animated TV series that include The Boondocks and Black Jesus. Murphy’s feature films include Our Family Wedding, King’s Ransom and CB4. He is credited with appearances to air later this year on the TV drama series Power. The article first appeared on USA Today.

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EFCC Media Stunts: Let Me ‘Borrow You Small Brain’ [MUST READ]

Lere Olayinka, a political activist and media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has put together a piece critical of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its recent media “recoveries” of huge amounts of cash. The piece, which has gone viral on social media was sent to The Trent’s editors on Whatsapp. It is reproduced, unedited, below: »»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 1 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #MARCH 14, 2017 EFCC intercepted N49m cash at Kaduna Airport as the huge cash was being ferried out through the airport. According to a statement released by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the cash was found during a routine baggage screening. The money was contained in five unmarked and unaccompanied large black coloured Buhu sags. »»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. There are CCTV CAMERAS in Kaduna Airport and the CAMERAS must have captured movements in and out of the airport. Didn’t the CAMERAS captured those who moved the FIVE LARGE SACKS in which the cash was packed into the airport? Up till now, EFCC is yet to tell us the identity of those who moved the cash to the airport and abandoned it there despite the presence of CCTV CAMERAS in the airport. 2. EFCC said the cash were fresh crispy Naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM), with this, the bank that got the cash from CBN can be traced and the bank can then reveal its customer that got the cash. Up till today, EFCC is yet to tell Nigerians which bank got the cash from CBN. »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» STORY 2 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»» #APRIL 6, 2017 EFCC uncovered  N448,850,000 (Four hundred and forty eight million, eight hundred and fifty thousand naira) only in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. The shops had signages of Bureau de Change. Inquries about the owner of shop 64 indicated he had not been seen for a long time, as they claimed the shop had not been opened for businesss for close to two years. Several calls were put to the owner of shop 67 but there was no response. The attention of the plaza’s chairman and some traders were drawn in order to force the shops open. There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of “Ghana Must Go” bags were found loaded on the floor of the shop. When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of naira notes totalling N448,850,000. »»»»»»»»»MY POSERS 1. The shop has not been opened for TWO YEARS, so has the cash been kept there since April 2015? 2. EFCC claimed attentions of the Plaza Chairman and some traders were drawn, does it mean that the Plaza Chairman and other traders operating there do not know the owner of Shop 64? 3. Won’t the owner of the Plaza know who he or she let Shop 64 to? 4. Is EFCC saying that up till now, They don’t know the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos? 5. If they still don’t know the owner of the Plaza, shouldn’t a visit to Ministry of Lands, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos revealed the owner? 6. The moment the Plaza owner is identified, won’t the owner identify his or her tenant? 7. Is it possible for a shop on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos to be SHUT for TWO YEARS and the owner of the Plaza won’t raise questions? »»»»»»»»»»»>»>>»»»»»»»»»»»»»» Let me leave you with these for now. As for me, I have BRAIN and I use it all the time, not sometime.

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Supreme Court Justice Ngwuta To Be Arraigned At Code Of Conduct Tribunal

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court is to be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on April 20, 2017, an official said on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The tribunal’s head of press and public relations, Ibraheem Alhassan, said in a statement in Abuja that Mr. Ngwuta would appear before a two-member panel over alleged false asset declaration. Mr. Alhassan said that summons had already been served the judge. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government preferred a 10-count charge against Ngwuta before the tribunal. Abubakar Malami, the federal attorney general, said that Mr. Ngwuta contravened Section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. According to Mr. Malami, false declaration of assets is punishable under Section 23 (2) of the Act. Mr. Ngwuta is one of the judges from whose residences, the State Security Service, SSS, claimed it uncovered huge sums of money in various denominations. The SSS raided the judges’ residences in October, 2016. Mr. Ngwuta is also currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended 16-count charge bordering on money laundering. The Federal Government which preferred that charge, said that Mr. Ngwuta contravened Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012 (as amended). It added that the offences are punishable under Section 15 (3) of the Act. Justice Ngwuta has said that his ordeal was a function of his refusal at various times, to help the All Progressives Congress, APC, to pervert justice in governorship election disputes involving Ekiti, Rivers, and Ebonyi states. Justice Ngwuta, in a letter dated October 18, which he forwarded to Mahmud Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and the National Judicial Council, NJC, specifically name Rotimi Amaechi, the transportation minister, and Ogbonnaya Onu, the technology minister as those that approached him on behalf of the APC. Also, the Movement of Voice for Democracy, MVERS NIGERIA, a non-governmental organization based in South East of Nigeria has alleged the prosecution Ngwuta for alleged corruption are part of ethnic cleansing President Muhammadu Buhari led government launched against Igbos.

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Joan Okorodudu, Amina Mohammed, Others Win New African Woman Awards

The fearless Gambian human rights activist won New African Woman magazine’s Woman of the Year Award at the their award ceremony that took place in Dakar on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in galvanising the opposition that eventually beat long-term now exiled leader Yahya Jammeh. Held at a glitzy Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital Dakar on 12 April and the Awards, now in their second edition, recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in the past 12 months. Nigeria’s Amina J. Mohammed – the new United Nations deputy secretary – took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. Prior to her new post, she served as minister of environment. But she has played key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa – more so its women. Winners have been selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories. The Award for Women in Health, Science and Technology went to Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume – a pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has to date, performed over 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge. Morocco saw serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, take home the New African woman Award in Business. Zimbabwean philanthropist and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education. Over 250,000 children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation. The much-talked about New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a category which received the most nominations – went to the Kenyan girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano. The New African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, who annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played an important role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in the country all together. Other winners were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts & Culture) for her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion; Mali’s Binta Touré Ndoye (New African Woman – in Finance); Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia (New African Woman in Media) and the former African Union Commissioner Agriculture and Rural Development Tumusiime Rhoda Peace from Uganda, is the New African Woman in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding value chain to African goods while she was at the AU. The New African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura – the world football body’s Secretary General – a position she was appointed to in 2016, becoming the first African woman to hold the post. The New African Woman Awards is followed by a Forum on 13 April, under the theme Changing The Game.

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Yemen Court Sentences Veteran Journalist To Death For ‘Spying For Saudi Arabia’

A Yemeni security court under control of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi movement on Thursday, April 13, 2017 sentenced a veteran journalist to death over charges of spying for neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabia. Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported that the court convicted Yahya al-Jubaihi, 61, of “illegally establishing contact with a foreign state which is Saudi Arabia . He was also convicted of providing Saudi Arabia diplomats in Sanaa with reports that posed harm to Yemen’s army, political position and economy in return for 4,500 Saudi riyals (1,200 U.S. dollars) from Riyadh since 2010. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, however, strongly condemned the heavy sentence against al-Jubaihi, saying he was a well-known veteran journalist across Yemen, and accusing Houthis of “targeting the freedom of the press.” The Houthis ousted Saudi-backed internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and seized control of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in September 2014. Saudi Arabia led a military coalition and intervened in the Yemeni conflict since March 2015 via an air campaign. The campaign is attempting to restore power to expelled President Hadi and his government. So far, some 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the air campaign and ground battles, with three million others displaced.

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‘EFCC Cash Find In Ikoyi Apartment Doesn’t Belong To Me’ – Nnamdi-Ogbue

The N15 billion, in different currencies, recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, Lagos State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, is not owned by Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue. Mr. Emeka Etiaba, the lawyer to Nnamdi-Ogbue, said in an emailed statement to The Trent on Thursday that the news making the round associated his client with the money. The EFCC on Wednesday burst the Osborne Tower where the money in various currencies was recovered. The money included $38,000,000.00 , N23,000,000.00 and £27,000.00. He said that the money and/or the apartment where the sums of money were found do not belong to our client. “Our client is as shocked as many other Nigerians at the uncovering and recovery of the said sums of money and wishes to salute the courage and efforts of the EFCC in the war against corruption. “She also wishes to commend the whistle blowing policy introduced by the Federal Government in the fight against corruption which policy has resulted in large scale uncovering and recovery of monies and assets.’’ “It is our client’s belief that the source and ownership of the said uncovered sums of money is known or eventually will be known by the EFCC in due course. There is therefore no need for conjecture or speculation.’’ He advised the media to be more circumspect in their publications. All Progressives Congress online warriors including President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on social media had begun spreading rumours that the stash of cash belong to the former NNPC managing director. Ma 🎼Su 🎼Gudu 🎼Su 🎼Gudu🎼SACKED NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC. Cook ran off with some…https://t.co/qvtpY0A7lh pic.twitter.com/TztVMLoiRn — Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 13, 2017

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5 Cases Of Cerebrospinal Meningitis Recorded In Plateau

The Plateau State government has announced the discovery of five suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis in Langtang South and Mikang local council areas. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin Kamshak, told journalists in Jos yesterday that they “got calls from the local councils and deployed its team to the areas. So far, our findings confirmed suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis.” The commissioner explained that a blood sample or cerebrospinal fluid of a suspected case must be diagnosed at a government approved medical laboratory.“It is the results from such a laboratory test that would confirm the case as being that of cerebrospinal meningitis,” he said. Kamshak added that three of the suspected persons had commenced treatment, while the others were yet to be treated because their blood samples had just been taken to the laboratory for analysis. The commissioner explained that the major symptoms of the disease are severe headaches, fever and neck stiffness.He advised people to avoid staying in overcrowded places and sleep only in well-ventilated rooms. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, in Zamfara State not to wait for referrals before treating cases. Adewole, who gave the directive when he visited the hospital, urged the management to set up a rapid response team to locate suspected cases.“This is not the time to wait for referrals before you treat, but rather you should go out and search for the cases,” he said. The minister urged the hospital to assist in strengthening the Primary Health Care system in the state to curtail the current outbreak and future occurrences. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello and a team of international development partners, accompanied the minister. Also, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai have expressed fear over the devastation of the outbreak. But the Nigerian representative of the Department for International Department (DFID), Dr. Salma Kolo, said the outbreak was an indication that the healthcare system in the north was weak. Kolo disclosed this at the emergency meeting of the governors and the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Public Health Centre.In Ekiti State, the Head of Department of Community Medicine at the Afe Babalola University, Prof Adekunle Kunle-Olowu, has warned against linking the disease to superstition He gave the warning yesterday in Ado Ekiti, while commissioning a rural medical centre in Are Ekiti. He condemned the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, that the outbreak of meningitis was caused by adultery and fornication.The founder of the university, Afe Babalola and the Provost, College of Health Science and Medicine, Prof. Olurotimi Sanya, witnessed the commissioning.

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JAMB Deploys Nigerian Army To Provide Security At UTME Exam Centres

As candidates prepare for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has formed a common synergy with Nigerian Army to secure the the Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres with a view to having a hitch free examination. A statement issued on Thursday by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said the registrar/chief executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, at a meeting with the military high command in Abuja solicited for the intervention and cooperation of the Nigerian Army in the forth coming examination. While commending the Nigerian Army for uniting the country particularly the feat it recorded in the insurgency war and restoring peace in other turbulent areas, Oloyede outlined his mission to Defence Headquarters. He said, “We are here to thank you for the wonderful job you have been doing, all Nigerians are happy with you for the wonderful feat you have recorded in the discharge of your duties, and your quest for an indivisible and united country.” He pointed out that the mandate of JAMB was to conduct matriculation examination and place suitably qualified candidates desirous of qualitative education to all Nigerian tertiary institutions adding that the Board was at the verge of the first process hence the need to secure the venues, candidates and examination officials. “This need became imperative to seek for security intervention from the Army, particularly in turbulent areas”, he said. The Registrar noted that over 678 centres across the country against the last year’s figure of 650 CBT centres would be put to use with estimated 1.5million candidates for the examination, adding that 1.237million candidates have already submitted their application already. Oloyede also told the Chief of Army staff that though there was collaboration with Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) to airlift candidates in riverine areas to their CBT centres. He pleaded that the COAS intervene as the NLNG intervention though noble was not enough. The JAMB Registrar while listing some security prone areas like North East, South South among others, noted that the process of seeking admission through the conduct of examination should not be truncated, adding that the sight of security presence during the examination would give the candidate a high level of satisfaction and confidence. The JAMB Chief Executive informed the Army management that this year the Board is capturing candidates ten fingers to forestall any incidence of multiple registration as noticed with previous years registration. He said the Board  also insisted on profile creation and other processes to strengthen the education data and ensure that candidates do not go through hell years after graduating from tertiary institutions. Nigerian were urged to support the Board as the benefits of all these policies to the candidates and national statistics are far much more than the present difficulties being experience by candidates and parents. In a remark the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, described the visit as unique and symbolic stating that the military would ensure that there is peace and harmony in the country. The COAS said as part of their constitutional responsibility the Nigerian Army would continue to uphold and make sure that the task given to them is accomplished. He said some of the flash points pointed by the Registrar are not only safe but habitable and he disclosed that normalcy, particularly in the North east has return even as he promised to deploy troop for more surveillance and protection during the period stated for the examination. The Chief of Training and operations was directed to liaise with officers and men on ground to strengthen the security of the centres and officials particularly those in turbulent states. Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai pointed out that JAMB examination is a national assignment and as such the military high command would not allow any candidate’s dream and desire for tertiary education to be truncated because of insecurity. The Chief of Army staff who was a product of JAMB promised to give all the necessary logistic to make the examination a success.

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NANS Blasts Nigerian Politicians, Backs LG Autonomy

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has issued a statement lambasting Nigerian politicians for attempts at undermining the autonomy of local council governments and has such leaving Nigeria’s “democracy remains incomplete”. In an e-mailed statement to The Trent issued by NANS president, Chinonso Obasi, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, the student body expressed disappointment at the state of affairs in the country saying “we believes that until local government councils in Nigeria enjoy full autonomy, the country’s democracy would remain incomplete”. It is disheartening to note that for almost nineteen years of the nation’s democracy the third tier of government has continued to oscillate as grassroots government it was meant to be and the appendage of state government houses, which state governors have turned it into. We the Nigerian students have after an extensive review of the lot of local government councils, decided to throw our weight behind calls for full autonomy of the councils so that it could bring about the much needed inclusion of the rural dwellers. Furthermore NANS is of the opinion that the grass roots governance that local government councils provide gives the masses a sense of belonging and platform to ventilate their aspirations for good governance and easy access to government. More than anything else, an autonomous local government system would enable young people to participate in governance and thereby use their knowledge and energy to provide leadership and cater for the rural population, particularly the nation’s senior citizens. It is our considered view that the various forms of electoral misbehavior, including ballot box snatching, thuggery, violence and impersonation which goes on in the country could be traced to dispossession and displacement of young people from local government administration where they ought gain leadership experience and exposure. Career wise, local government employees have been given false orientation by politicians which not only bastardized the local government system, but also engage the local government employees for corrupt purposes and partisan sabotage of the normal functions of the organogram of the system. Again, being closer to the grass roots, local employees are better placed to interface with the people and generate revenue for the council, through radio licenses, market stalls rent, produce levies and other sources of funding for the local government administration. Maintenance of rural infrastructure and construction of social amenities have not been what they used to be because of the confused state of affairs at the local government councils. This is a compelling reason why we insist on local government autonomy to fill the missing gaps in our democratic architecture.

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Nigerian Celebrities And The Display Of Low Self-Esteem On Social Media (READ)

t’s the in-thing now: if you have it, you must flaunt it – your wealth, status, possessions – in the most public way possible and Nigerian celebrities aren’t to be outdone. In this new age of online social media it’s not uncommon to see celebrities – and wannabes – flaunting their wealth on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms much to the annoyance, and envy, of others. Showing off has now become an art form with each mindless individual trying to outshine everybody else with their material possessions; whether they be Floyd Mayweather or an overpaid footballer showing off their exotic car collection, Davido bragging about spending a million dollars in three months on luxury goods or Kim Kardashian showing off her diamond rings (sic – and we all know what happened to her in Paris!). Even bit-part Nollywood actresses, socialites and musicians are busy flaunting their designer handbags (- often fakes!), flashy expensive cars and homes. Some take showing off to a ridiculous new level – posing with huge wads of cash, washing their hands with champagne or wearing multi-million dollar watches! All this showing off trying to say you’re better off than the next person just says one thing about the individual – insecurity! Many will argue that it’s the culture of our people to show off what they have but I disagree; any insecure person feels the need to be seen and known as they have no other way of ascertaining themselves. And the best way for them to announce to the world that they have ‘arrived’ is to show off all their materially possessions. Not only is this stupid and childish it also attracts a lot of unwanted attention from those who don’t have, making them susceptible to being robbed or kidnapped. Most you show off your wealth? If you have the good fortune to become successful and wealthy keep it to yourself. Showing off and rubbing peoples’ noses in it is not necessarily a good thing and can send out the wrong message to a lot of impressionable people out there who want to have what you’ve got without putting in the effort. Hence the reason why the crime rate is always high as people steal, kidnap and rob to get instant wealth they can show off. It’s strange that you’ll never see people like Bill Gates or Aliko Dangote showing off their wealth. A quick peek at @richkidsnaija on Instagram will show you how ridiculous it’s become: people in houses with gold-plated furniture – even toilets! (- why do you need a gold-plated toilet?) people posing beside private planes and expensive cars whilst carrying shopping bags bearing well-known labels from Versace, Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton, showing off expensive watches and jewellery (Why spend over a $100,000 on a watch that can only tell the time and do nothing else?). And that’s not forgetting the big high society ‘Owambe’ parties where the crème de la crème go to spray dollars, euros and pounds (- sorry naira holders keep your money in your pocket). Nobody needs to know how wealthy you are especially in a country where half of the population can’t afford a single square meal a day. “ But the most interesting group of exhibitionists are the wannabes who can’t even afford to show-off. In an attempt to show-off, they deck themselves in fake designer clothes and shoes, clutching the latest iPhone and iPad pretending they are rich before slinking off to their nondescript boys’ quarters or rooms in the ghettos. Some even pose for pictures besides other people’s big cars pretending it belongs to them. How many people wear expensive clothes and drive big cars but can’t afford to even feed their own children? All because they want to ‘pose’. As a Yoruba man will say – “ we meet money in this world and in this world we shall leave it”. Tony Ogunlowo is a social critic. He tweets from @Archangel641. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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PDP Youth Give Sheriff 7-Day Ultimatum To Apologise To Jonathan

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, youths on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 asked the party’s controversial national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to apologise to former President Goodluck Jonathan for walking out on the latter and other PDP leaders at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Abuja last week. The youths, under the aegis of the Amalgamated PDP Youth Leaders Nationwide, said at a press briefing in Abuja that it was an embarrassment for Sheriff to have walked out on Jonathan, who they described as the leader of the party. Chairman of the group, Segun Aderemi, said Sheriff disrespected the party when he walked out on Jonathan and other party leaders during the meeting. Aderemi added that the youths in the party would not want anyone to disrespect Sheriff, as leader of the party, as such he too should not disrespect other PDP leaders. He, however, said that as a result of his action, the youths have given Sheriff seven days counting from today to tender an unreserved apology to Jonathan and other party leaders, for embarrassing them through his conduct last Thursday. “We witnessed what happened that day when he walked out on the former President. Would Sheriff be happy if any member of the party embarrass him the way he embarrassed Jonathan that day? “He has to tender an unreserved apology to the former President, the BoT and other leaders of the party. “We insist he should tender an unreserved apology. We strongly believe that he is going to do the needful,” Aderemi stated. He said the youth of the party don’t have anything against Sheriff or the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, adding that their interest is the immediate resolution of the PDP crisis. This article originally appeared on Signal.

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Judge Refuses To Resume Trial Till EFCC Retracts Falsehood Against Dasuki’s Aide

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former Aide to Colonel Sambo Dasuki and 7 others in alleged N1.5 billion fraud would not be resumed until the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, retracts fully the misrepresentation of the court’s proceedings that the defendants are being tried on N36.8bn fraud. The EFCC also wrongly referred to the aide of Dasuki as a retired military officer while Nicholas Ashinze is currently a serving army colonel. The judge dismissed the oral claim by the counsel to EFCC, Ofem Uket that the anti-graft agency had retracted the offending publication because the lawyer failed to produce any document or evidence before the court to ascertain its claim. Justice Kolawole had last adjourned date March 21, 2017, warned EFCC to stop media trial of Nigerians being put on prosecution for any offence and ordered that the alleged N36bn fraud contained in the EFCC Press Statement issued by one Wilson Uwujare must be retracted. The Judge also ordered the news media involved in the alleged offending publication to appear before it and show cause why they should not be disciplined for misrepresenting the court’s proceedings by dishing out falsehood to the general public through the EFCC press statement. When the matter was to resume today, counsel to EFCC informed Justice Kolawole that his client had already retracted the offending press statement as contained in some national dailies of April 12, 2017 but however failed to present a copy of the retraction to the court as required by law. Uket therefore urged the court to resume the trial of the defendant on the ground that the court order issued against EFFC had fully been complied with. However, Mr. Ernest Nwoye, Counsel to Colonel Ashinze stood his ground that the EFCC had not in any ways obeyed and respected the court order on the ground that EFCC has not shown any evidence or placed any document before the court as a prove of compliance. The counsel argued that since the court order on the retraction was in writing and duly served on the EFCC, the anti-graft agency must show respect to the court by filing necessary papers and attaching necessary document to show the compliance to the order of the court. In the absence of any documentary evidence, Nwoye urged the court not to attach any seriousness to the oral evidence of the prosecution counsel. Counsels to other defendants in the matter including the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Irokoro (SAN) aligned themselves with the submissions of Nwoye and urged Justice Kolawole to sustain the order for the retraction until the evidence of compliance with the order has been shown. In his ruling Justice Kolowale disagreed with the oral evidence of the EFCC Counsel, lamenting that the counsel as a minister in the temple of justice has not shown any seriousness or do enough to protect the integrity of the judiciary from being unjustly rubbished. The judge said that “No responsible judge will sit down and allow his court to be rubbished with falsehood as in the case of the EFCC that has been engaging in feeding the general public with falsehood “It is a fact that the defendants in criminal matter will be prejudiced when they are unjustly subjected to media trial through publication of falsehood and misrepresentation of the court’s proceeding. “Since the court cannot act in vain, it is hereby ordered that the EFCC must show compliance in the appropriate way with the retraction of the offending press statement it issued out in respect of the proceeding of this court. “It is hereby also ordered that the Deputy registrar, litigation must liase with Deputy Sheriff and ensured that the order of March 21, 2017 is served on the Editor-in-chief or the appropriate person in the Vanguard Newspaper to ensure that the Editor and his correspondent in Abuja responsible for the publication (of March 8, 201) to appear before this court on May 4, 2017 to show cause where they got their story on the N36.8bn fraud published. “Let it be understood that the press has the fourth Estate of the realm has the responsibility of holding all arms of government accountable to general public but the press has no business in misrepresenting the court so that the defendant in criminal matters would not be prejudiced and would not be found guilty though false media trial before the real court trial.” Justice Kolawole said that his order of March 21, shall be in force until it has been fully complied with. It would be recalled that based on lawyers’ complaints, the judge stopped the trial of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze and others in the alleged diversion of N1.5bn brought against them by the Federal Government. The action of the Judge followed a Press Statement issued by EFCC that Colonel Ashinze is being prosecuted on alleged N36bn fraud and which was widely reported on March 8, 2017 by some national dailies. Justice Kolawole held that deliberate misrepresentation of court proceeding as done by EFCC through its press release was in bad taste and would always prejudice the defendants because the public would be made to have different perception of the real trial in court.

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EFCC Claims It Has Recovered N15 Billion Cash In An Ikoyi House (PHOTOS)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, disclosed on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 it has discovered N15 billion, in three different currencies, in an Ikoyi, Lagos residence. According to the EFCC, acting on a tip off, by another whistle blower, the money was allegedly discovered in a house which belongs to an Abuja politician, who lives on highbrow Gerard Road, Ikoyi. EFCC operatives reportedly stormed the house on Wednesday and discovered $38 million, N23 million, and 27,000 pounds sterling. When contacted, EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Samin Amaddin confirmed the discovery. Lai Mohammed, a minister of information and culture, had earlier said any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of up to N1 billion would receive five per cent of the amount. Mohammed also added that the reward for any amount between N1 billion and N5 billion would be five percent for the first N1 billion and four percent of the remaining N4 billion and any amount over N5 billion will attract 2.5 percent reward. “What we have done by making this information public is to reassure potential whistle-blowers that the plan to reward is real. We are not just saying we will pay all whistle-blowers, but, we are letting them know in advance what they are entitled to, once the information they provide leads to the recovery of looted funds,” the minister said. The minister also gave the assurances that government will protect the identity of all whistle-blowers, whether in the public or the private sector, and also ensure that the information they provide is kept secret.

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3 Years On: 10 Facts About The Chibok School Abduction

Three years ago, the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the jihadist group Boko Haram in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria sparked global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls. For more than two years there was no sign of the girls who were kidnapped by the Islamist fighters from their secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Borno State in April 2014. But the discovery of one of the girls with a baby last May raised hopes for their safety, with a further two girls found in later months and a group of 21 released in October in a deal brokered by Switzerland and the International Red Cross. Nigeria is facing mounting pressure to find the estimated 195 girls still held captive by the jihadist group. Here are 10 key facts about the Chibok schoolgirls and Boko Haram: * Since 2009, Boko Haram has waged an insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria that has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than two million. * The most high-profile attack took place on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeast Borno state. Around 50 of the girls escaped in the initial melee but 219 were captured. * Nigeria’s government and military, then under the command of former president Goodluck Jonathan, faced heavy criticism for their handling of the incident, with towns and cities across the nation witnessing protests. * The kidnappings sparked a strong social media reaction, with the phrase #bringbackourgirls tweeted around 3.3 million times by mid-May 2014, and the global campaign which followed backed by then U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. * Hope for the girls was briefly raised in April 2015 when the Nigerian military announced it had rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa forest, northeast of Chibok. It was later revealed that the Chibok girls were not among them. * One of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali, was rescued in May. Held for months by the Nigerian government, she told her mother that the girls were starved and resorted to eating raw maize, and that some had died in captivity, suffered broken legs or gone deaf after being too close to explosions. * At least 2,000 girls and boys have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014, according to Amnesty International, which says they are used as cooks, sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers. * Boko Haram have used 27 children to carry out suicide attacks in West Africa in the first three months this year, almost surpassing the total of 30 child bombings during 2016, said the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. * Nigeria is in talks with Boko Haram militants over the release of more of the abducted Chibok girls, according to a mediator involved in the discussions. * The militants split last year with one faction moving away from the group’s established figurehead Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from Islamic State to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in 2015. via Reuters

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Female Founder Of Failed Ponzi Scheme Beaten Up By Downlines In Anambra [LOOK]

Emeka Ugwuonye, a lawyer and human rights activist, shared on Facebook a conversation he had with a woman, identified as a 25-year-old businesswoman from Anambra, who was beaten up and threatened by people who lost money in a Ponzi scheme that she founded. In the conversation shared on his group, Due Process Advocates, Ugwuonye, it is revealed that victims of the ponzi scheme ganged up against the woman, threatened to get her raped, and attempted to rob her using her own debit at an ATM. According to the woman, she was arrested by the anti-robbery unit, SARS, of the Anambra State Police Command and detained in Awka on the behest of the aggrieved “investors” in the failed ponzi scheme. She was in detention when she reached out to the lawyer for help. Read the conversation between them below.

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5 Suggestions On How To Write A Personal Statement For Medical School

If you are planning to take up a career in medicine, it is very important to get admission in a medical school of repute. There are many different medical schools all over the nation but if you want to grab a seat in your school of choice, you need to make sure that you give them all the reasons to accept you. One of the best ways to make sure that you accomplish this goal is by writing a good personal statement. Here are a few pointers that will help you to write a very good personal essay. If you are still unsure on how to write it, then you can go through some personal statement examples online for reference. Stay focused It is very important to stay focused while you are worrying a personal essay. You are required to show that as to why they need to consider you for a seat in their institution. If you are focused on your points, your confidence will come through in your writing. This will help the panelists decide that you are a very good candidate. Keep it simple, silly The best personal essays are most often the simplest ones. When you are writing a personal essay, you need to make sure that you show them exactly why you want to be a part of this professional and asto why they should give you a seat. Of you are able to show them the reasons correctly, in a simple manner, you should have no problem in getting through your institute of choice. Stay on the topic It is very important to stay on the topic that you are talking about. Many a times it is seen that people tend to stray from the topic and become impersonal. This will affect your chances of getting a seat. Know your rules Each university has certain rules that you need to follow. Before you start writing the essay, you need to make sure that you know the rules well so that you do not have to fumble while writing the essay. Not following the rules might also make you ineligible for admission. So make sure you know the rules that you are supposed to follow while writing a personal essay for a medical school. Find a unique angle As the name goes, a personal essay need to be unique to you. So it is very important to find that unique angle that you will follow when you are writing the essay. Finding that angle will help you to write a unique essay that will grab the attention of the readers. Make sure that you do not over your essay. There is a fine line between making it very personal and overdoing the theme of the essay. Find the perfect mix and write what you feel confident about. These tips will help you to pen down some of the most amazing personal statements for the medical school of your choice and secure a seat there! Ruchi Gupta having 6 years experience working in Content Marketing. She works as a copywriter, SEO & storyteller, specialise in creating and executing organic link building campaigns which increase search engine traffic.

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6 Simple Practices To Protect Yourself From Meningitis

Meningitis has affected 16 states in Nigeria and over 300 people have lost their lives to this outbreak which started in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria. Regrettably, the governor of the state believes that the disease is some kind of punishment from God for fornication. It is, therefore, paramount for you to protect yourself and your family from this outbreak. Here are some of these practices. Wash your hands This is the ultimate way you can protect yourself from any diseases including meningitis. After we tackled Ebola, some Nigerians have abandoned washing their hands and the use sanitizers. So, whenever you go to the toilet, you should never forget to wash your hands and sanitise it. Be healthy Protect your immune system by getting enough rest, exercising and eating a balanced diet containing a lot of fruits, and vegetables. Practice good hygiene If you share spoons, drinks, foods, and toothbrushes with your friend, you have to stop immediately. This is one of the ways to spread meningitis. This is much more important for children. Cover your mouth and nose When you cough or sneeze, ensure that you cover your mouth and nose. Be conscious of what you eat If you are pregnant Pregnant women are also susceptible to meningitis because they are carrying a baby. They should be conscious of what they eat and they should also take care of themselves. You do want to protect yourself and your baby. Immunization If you have babies or infants who are yet to be immunised, this is perhaps the best time for you to take them to the hospital to immunise them against infant diseases. Signs and symptoms Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges. The meninges are the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can occur when fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected. The possible signs and symptoms of meningitis include Sudden high fever, stiff neck, severe headache that seems different than normal, headache with nausea or vomiting, confusion or difficulty concentrating, Seizures, sleepiness or difficulty waking, skin rash, sensitivity to light, and lack of appetite or thirst.

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6 Amazing Apps That Aim To Improve Your Love Life

Love is never easy to maintain. Despite this, you should make efforts to spice up your love life. There are so many ways to do this. Hurray, technology can help! There are now apps that can assist you to make your love life stronger and better. These apps are awesome ways to get both of you closer. Here are some of the apps that can help you improve your relationships. You can download the apps on either Android or iPhone. Thank us later! 🙂 Romantic idea 500 Out of romantic ideas? Then you should download this app. It has 500 free romantic ideas to strengthen or boost your relationships. Couple You are really enjoying your love that you don’t want to ever forget. You can use Couple create a history of your love life. It should mainly feature all the beautiful moments you had together. You can also use the app for chatting and video calls. Avocado At the beginning of your relationship, both of you do everything together. But as time went by, you begin to grow apart. But with Avocado, you can plan your activities together. You can share your schedule, grocery lists, time for movies and other things. This will ensure that both of you are on this page. Kahnoodle This app rewards with points for any romantic or thoughtful action you perform. The action may be taking your lover on vacation to dinner at one of the best hotels in Lagos, doing the dishes or nursing the baby. With these points, you can use it to get discounts on e-commerce websites like Best Buy and Amazon. BetterHalf BetterHalf is like a pool where you get information about restaurants to take your partner and also movies to watch. The best thing here is that these cinemas and restaurant are just few kilometres away from you. When you select your preferred spot, the app suggests a convenient time for you to see the movie or restaurant. The 5 love languages With 5 love languages, you will be able to take a quiz to determine the love language of your partner. Discovering your partner’s love language, will breed understanding and reduce misunderstanding.

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