Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, dies aged 90


Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late Friday in Havana, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television.  "The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening,  He provided no further details.

Fake soldier allegedly caught with 3 kids with bombs atached to their bodies at a check point in Abuja


 Facebook user, Bako Sallihu shared the story on his page. He wrote: "This woman with a fake ID was caught this morning with 3 kids all tied with bombs on their body entering Abuja at Nyanya-Mararraba check point she claimed to be an officer that her name is Maj Juliana Gumel.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Nigeria To Extend International Passport Validity To 10 Years


 The immigration chief said the review was the government’s response to several months of complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements who said the five-year validity period is too short.
 Citizens demanded that the NIS should reverse to the old policy that Nigeria had in place before 2007. Back then, the Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.
 “For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years,” Mr. Babandede said.
The Nigerian government implemented a downward review of international passports from 10 to five years when the country adopted the e-passport with multi-level security model on July 27, 2007

Buhari Presidency Kicks Off Job Scheme For Half A Million Unemployed Graduates

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 All together, the N-Power will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration that engages graduates in their immediate communities, where they will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors.
 Participants will be provided teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 main focus areas, and will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during the programme. The 4 main focus areas are in basic education, agriculture extension services, public health and community education (civic and adult education).
 Besides the N-Power programme for undergraduates, there are other schemes for non-graduates. These are: N-Power Knowledge, which would select 25,000 young Nigerians and N-Power Build 75,000, all of whom shall be trained and paid during the duration of the scheme.

Friday, November 18, 2016

$2.1B Arms Fund: How Fayose Received N1.2billion – witness


 A prosecution witness on Thursday narrated how some of the N1.2 billion allegedly transferred from the office of the National Security Adviser was transferred into accounts owned and operated by Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor.
 Mr. Sunday, while being cross examined Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Mr. Agbele, said that another N1million was paid into Fayose’s account on June 2 while another N895,315 was paid into the account on June 5,2014.
 Mr. Agbele was arraigned alongside former defence minister, Musiliu Obanikoro (in absentia), Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, A. O. Adewale, Tunde Oshinowo and Olalekan Ogunseye (all at large) on 11-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.

Osinbajo: We’ll Probe N2bn Ecological Fund Shared Under Jonathan


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the current administration will probe the N2 billion ecological fund alleged to have been shared under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Governors had earlier met Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, to seek the disbursement of the country’s ecological fund.

When the issue was presented at the national economic council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday, Osinbajo said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari would investigate previous spending.

APC To Fayose: You Can’t Escape Scrutiny In Bailout Disbursement

• The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has told Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop playing pranks to avoid the scrutiny of the Senate Committee on Local Governments in the disbursement of the bailout cash approved to the state by the Federal Government.
• “The bailout is like taking a bond that is programme-specific and Fayose knew this before he took the bailout and we wonder why he is now behaving as if the bailout is a Father Christmas gift that doesn’t require accountability.

New Set Of 114 Roads Ready By Nov. 2017 – Ambode






• Months after the completion of the first set of 114 Roads Project across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has disclosed that the new set of another 114 Roads across the State will be ready in November 2017.
• Furthermore, the Governor thanked the tax payers in the state for the prompt payment of their taxes while urging Lagosians to continue paying their taxes to help the developmental plans of the State.

37 Boko Haram Suspects In Lagos Arrested By Army


 The Nigerian Army has arrested no less than 37 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Lagos and Ogun States within the last 15 months.
The outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this in Lagos while handing over to his successor, Maj.-Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu.  Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states. Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states.  “As Boko Haram is being defeated, the terrorists run to other parts of the country.  “From the period I took over in August 2015 till date, we arrested 37 Boko Haram suspects He said

Dbanj sued over 100M naira unpaid debt

 According to a document exclusively released to Pulseng, on November 16th, it appears that Dbanj signed a memorandum of understanding with the technology company on October 19, 2012, for the promotion of a concert organised by his media house, D'Kings Men Media LTD.  When Dkings Men media failed to pay back, Mindhub Technologies called for the repayment from Dbanj and he reportedly paid only $260,000 and N8,600,000, leaving the outstanding sum of $240,000 and N6,400,000.
 The cheque was returned unpaid due to lack of funds in the Dbanj’s account. D'banj issued another GT Bank cheque No.00000046 dated January 20, 2014, in the sum of N15, 000,000 in favour of Mindhub and it was also returned unpaid.

Nick Gordon ordered to pay $36 million for wrongful death of Bobbi Kristina


 Nick Gordon who was the boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown's has been ordered to pay $36 million to her estate after being found liable for her death. A judge on Thursday, agreed with Bobby Brown that his daughter was a star in the making and had unlimited earning potential and issued the ruling.
 He also awarded $13 million for "pain and suffering." $1.5 million and punitive damages of $250,000 for stealing funds after Bobbi's estate accused Nick of regularly transferring funds from her account to his account, including $11,000 after she'd fallen into the coma on Jan. 31, 2015.
Although no criminal charges were ever filed, Bobbi's estate filed the suit against Nick, alleging he gave her the toxic mix of drugs, which the medical examiner said played the key role in her drowning death on July 26, 2015.

A 2 year old strangle 1 year old sister to death

A 27 year old Florida mom, Kristen De Pasquale, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her 1-year-old daughter, who police say was found with Halloween lights wrapped around her neck. De Pasquale called 911 Thursday evening, claiming her 2-year-old son, Michael, choked his infant sister Mia Rice, to death with the string of Halloween lights while she was taking a shower in the master bathroom.Oviedo Police detective Christopher said their suspicions began when they checked the shower floor and it was dry. The towels she claimed to have used after she got out of the bathroom was also dry, indicating she was not in the shower when baby Mia was strangled.
 

Buhari Owes Jonathan, Obasanjo, IBB, Gowon, Shagari 10 months Allowances - SR


 Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari have not been paid their salaries and allowances since January this year, it was disclosed on Thursday.
 Paucity of funds due to non-approvals by President Muhammadu Buhari was blamed for the inability to pay the entitlements of the former presidents,  Payment schedules were said to have been sent to President Buhari for approval to access funds from the Service Wide Vote to pay the outstanding allowances.
“Look around, you’ll see government vehicles breaking down every now and then. Really, I know the challenges the budget office is facing, but the truth is the funds are not just there. In any government, there are certain agencies that must be served first before others. So we have agreed on that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Buratai Receives Military Vehicles Made By Innoson Company. Photos


The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen T Y Buratai received the Chairman of Innoson Group Chief Dr Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma OFR today at the Tactical Headquarter of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maimalari Barracks Maiduguri, Borno State.

Dr Chukwuma went to present the latest Innoson IVM G12 designed solely for military operations. The Army Chief who was overwhelmed assured the Innoson boss that there will be many more patronages from the military especially now that the govt is looking inwards for resources and equipment to win the war against insurgency. See photos below;

Dasuki Declined Offer To Attend Father's Burial- Nigerian Government


Detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, declined an offer to attend his father's burial contrary to rumours being cirtuclated in the social media, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporting.

Rumours started circulating after the death of Dasuki's father, former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, that President Buhari was going to get even with Sambo Dasuki for his involvement in the post coup detention that stopped Buhari from attending the burial of his mother.

#BuhariMustGo Trends On Twitter

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to resign from office by the country’s vibrant Social Media Opposition bloc, the Wailing Wailers.

Calling for the President’s resignation on Twitter, Wailing Wailers, in a statement signed by Usman Abubakar, its national publicity secretary, said President Buhari has no single achievement ever since he was sworn in on the 29th of May 2015.

The call for Buhari’s resignation resonated with Nigeria’s youthful and social media savvy demography hence a record 4,536 tweets in one hour.

See some #BuhariMustGo tweets below;


Source: http://www.socialtimesng.com/2016/11/buharimustgo-campaign-trends-on-twitter/


https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/buharimustgo

Avengers ‘blow Up 3 Pipelines’, Say Doomsday Ahead


The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) says it has blown up three pipelines operated by Agip, Oando and Shell, warning that there is doom ahead.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Mudoch Agbinibo, the group’s spokesman, said “At about 11:45pm on November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa state”.

"Go After All Cultists"-Wike Tells Securty Agents As Amnesty Ends In Rivers.


Rivers State Government on Tuesday concluded the first phase of the State Amnesty Programe, with Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike disbanding all vigilante committees in all communities of the state.

The governor also directed security agencies to henceforth go after all cultists and kidnappers who refused to voluntarily accept the amnesty offer of the state government, pointing out that his administration has zero tolerance to crime and criminality.

The governor spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt during the submission of the report of the Rivers State Amnesty Programme. The State Amnesty Committee had its membership drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy , the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services.

Buhari To Fire 6000 Workers In FAAN, NAMA NCAA

There are bold hints that the Federal Government will soon resume its retrenchment exercise in the agencies under the Aviation Ministry.


The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Saturday night during his second Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos.

Mr. Sirika explained that there are at least 88 General Managers on Grade Level 17 in the three agencies in the sector, saying that the number is more than what is required.

The agencies to be affected by another round of “proper placement and sack,” according to him, are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He assured that the government will continue to weed out unrequired personnel in the system, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has already given his approval for proper restructuring to take place in all the agencies.

Finally! Video Call Feature Is Now Official On Whatsapp For Everyone

WhatsApp video calling is now finally official. It is now open to everybody no matter the device you are using and what part of the world you are.

That has to be emphasized because in the last couple of months, the idea of WhatsApp video calling features had made the rounds. The recent was a beta version made available to only some users.
At the time WhatsApp was quietly testing the Video calling features, some misconstrued that fact as the full roll out of the feature to WhatsApp users.

You don’t blame them for thinking that way as the over a billion users of WhatsApp were really hoping for a video calling feature especially after new entrant Allo came out with a bang with video calling.
Announcing the welcome news on the WhatsApp blog, the messaging service said that they are

Atiku Already Running For 2019 — El-rufa’i


Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said yesterday that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was already gunning for the Presidency ahead of 2019 by cooking up innuendos against people working for the betterment of Nigeria.

El-Rufai was responding to an allegation made by Atiku in an interview with Zero Tolerance, a publication of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in which he claimed that he turned down shares offered him by the Kaduna State governor during the incorporation of Transcorp.

Photos From Charlyboy's OCCUPYNASSUNLTD Protest At National Assembly Abuja


Here are photos from the OccupyNASSunltd protest organised by showbiz boss, Charlyboy on November 15th 2016 at the national assembly in Abuja.

It was a peaceful protest tagged #OPENNASS. The group made several demands to the government one of which was the scrapping of Nigeria’s upper legislative house, as well as accountability in the budget process.

Boko Haram Are Displacing More Nigerians - UN

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has raised the alarm that more Nigerians may be displaced in the coming days as a result of the resurgence of Boko Haram in the country’s north-east region.

Peter Lundberg, OCHA humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria said in a Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday that the main driver of the humanitarian crisis in the north-east continues to be the threat of Boko Haram.
He said up to 1.8 million people remain displaced across the six states of the north-east.

“The onset of the dry season enables greater mobility and the number of attacks on civilians has increased, which could see further displacement to the main centres,” OCHA says.

Monday, November 14, 2016

NRC To Fine People Who Ride On Train Roofs N100,000

Mr Jerry Oche, the Lagos District Manager, Nigeria Railway Corporation has disclosed that the corporation would soon increase the fine of train roof top riders to N100,000.

He told the NewsAgencyofNigeria on yesterday in Lagos that the fine was not meant to generate revenue, but to discourage people from riding at the top of the train.

According to him, the fines are just a way to discourage people from riding at the roof top of the train.

“We have charged 36 out of over 100 suspects to court and the clampdown will continue,” he said.

Why APC Would Soon Disintegrate - Fayose


AYODELE Fayose, Ekiti State Governor has said President Muhammadu Buhari is bereft of ideas to revive the country’s economy


Fayose also said the All Progressives Congress would soon disintegrate because it was founded on deceit.


So also did he say he begrudges no one despite his many travails in life, adding that total reliance on God was the secret of his political victory.


Fayose added that total reliance on God was his power and nothing else.

Dangote Pledges To Help FG Turn Around Nigeria’s Economy


Foremost industrialist and richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has restated his commitment to assist the Federal Government in turning around and diversifying the country’s economy.

He said this in Lagos on Friday where he was honoured as “Man of the Year 2015’’ by The Guardian Newspapers Limited.

He said that he was working hard with his company to take Nigeria to the next level and that within the next two and half years, Nigeria was going to excel in some critical areas.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Here are 13 predictions that Baba Vanga made for 2016 and the future


She is called the Nostradamus of the Balkans, and with good reason. Baba, Vanga, the blind Bulgarian clairvoyant, who died 20 years ago, is believed to have predicted the rise of the ISIS, the fall of the twin towers, the 2004 Tsunami, and the global warming, among a host of other events. “Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birds.“ “The wolves will be howling in a bush and innocent blood will gush,” is, according to her followers, what she said about the fall of the twin towers. 
Born as Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova, in Strumica, Macedonia, Baba Vanga, mysteriously lost her eyesight when she was 12, during a massive storm. She went missing for a few days, and it is during one of these days, that she had her first vision.  Baba Vanga rose to popularity as she started to make predictions, and developed a healing touch, during the World War II. Several dignitaries visited the mystic during the years that she was active, including the Bulgarian tsar, Boris III. Before she died in 1996 from breast cancer, she had said that her gift would be passed on to a 10 year old girl, living in France, who will then take on from her. Her house has since been converted into a museum. 
Here are 13 predictions that the Blind Baba made for 2016 and beyond:

Akingbola File A Suit To Recover Intercontinental Bank

The Court of Appeal, Lagos, on Tuesday reserved judgement in an appeal by former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola, challenging revocation of the bank’s license by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Mr. Akingbola is asking the appellate court to set aside the earlier ruling of a Federal High Court, which dismissed his suit, challenging the planned sale of Intercontinental Bank to Access Bank.
He wants the appellate court to restrain CBN from withdrawing InterContinental’s inter-bank guaranty, pending the determination of the appeal.
Justice Okechuwku Okeke of the lower court had dismissed a suit by Mr. Akingbola and a former executive director of Intercontinental Bank, Bayo Dada.

FG To Procure 40 Rice Mills For Self-sufficiency - Guardian Nigeria

The Federal government says it is facilitating the procurement of additional 40 large-scale rice mills to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production by 2018.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop themed “Big Boost for Agro Diversification and Export.’’

Ogbeh said that the Integrated Rice Mills (IRMs) of the Ministry had increased the rice milling capacity in the country.

He said that the Ministry’s new goal was to attain self-sufficiency in food production and annually export 10 million metric tonnes of food to ECOWAS region and beyond by 2019. According to the minister, the country’s food import bill has further declined from N1.1 trillion in 2009 to N684 billion in 2013.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

'Russia is ready to restore relations with U.S'- Putin says as he 'reaches out' to Donald Trump

Now that Donald Trump has won the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated him saying he hopes there'll be a fresh start in U.S.-Russia relations.
In a telegram, the Russian leader said he was confident he and Trump could start "a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other's positions." 

He also hoped that Trump would help resolve "the current crisis" in U.S.-Russian relations.

7 Things You Should Know About TRUMP Now That He Is President-Elect


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United States of America President elect Donald J. Trump’s win has come as a shock to people across the globe who expressed confidence that Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton would clinch the seat.

Now that Trump is President, here are some shocking facts you should know about Donald Trump.

Donald Trump SHOCKS the world, wins US Elections

DSS Raids Bureau De Change Operators In Abuja & Lagos, Forces Dollar Down To 400

Officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) have raided two major Bureau de Change markets in Lagos and Abuja in a fresh attempt to end speculation in the foreign exchange transaction at the parallel market.

Sources at the market told Daily Trust that the DSS have earlier directed the officials of the BDCs association to peg the dollar at N400 while selling and N390 while buying from customers.

Immediately after the directives, the DSS operatives commenced the enforcement of the order by arresting those erring members that sold the dollar above N400 and or bought above N390 a dollar.
During the two-day operations, which took place between Tuesday and Wednesday, some traders were arrested.

Court Grants Fani-Kayode N50m Bail


James Tsoho, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has granted Femi Fani-Kayode, spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, bail in the sum of N50m, and one surety in like sum.

In his ruling on Thursday, Tsoho held that the offence Fani-Kayode was alleged to have committed was a bailable one.

He, therefore, granted the defendant bail as requested by Afedayo Adedipe (SAN), his counsel.

Clinton Lost Because She Wanted To Edit The Holy Bible – Doyin Okupe


Former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe has expressed joy over the emergence of Donald J. Trump as the President-elect of the United States of America.

Okupe on Wednesday on his Facebook page said Trump “contested against the entire american establishment” and won.

Quoting from Psalms 33 verses 10 and 11 of the the Holy Bible, Okupe wrote, “The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought, He maketh the devices of the people of non effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever.”

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What you need to Know About the US Election​


By Kate Bolduan

  • How does the US presidential election system work?


The most notable thing about the US presidential election for most anyone not living in America is just how long the campaign runs.

We end up calling it “election season” because it goes on for so long.  The first person to announce their candidacy this cycle was Ted Cruz on March 23, 2015.

Election day is November 8, 2016. Yes, they campaign for president for long past a year before America votes.

Petrol Subsidy Returns As Nigeria Pays N28 Per Liter


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been selling petrol at N145 a liter, but on Thursday, November 3, the price rose to N150 in the Federal Capital Territory and the surrounding areas as private marketers capitalized on rumors regarding plans to hike petrol prices.

Responding to news that the petrol pump price had increased, petroleum minister Ibe Kachikwu announced over the weekend that he was not aware of such an increase and would review the pricing template.

Frozen Accounts: Fayose Knows Fate Dec2


The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, is to rule on December 2 in an application by Governor Ayo Fayose challenging the freezing of his personal bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed the date after parties adopted their written addresses and other evidences.

The EFCC, on June 24, froze Fayose’s accounts, claiming they were used to launder about N1.3 billion of the N4.7 billion arms cash from ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

For Receiving N5m From SAN, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, In Trouble



Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court is in fresh trouble for allegedly receiving N5m from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.

Sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told our correspondent that the SAN had been invited to explain what the money was meant for.

A detective in the EFCC said, “We have evidence that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia collected N5m from a senior advocate. We have invited him (the SAN) and he is supposed to appear this week.”

Ofili-Ajumogobia, who acquitted a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, last year is believed to own properties worth almost a billion naira in Lekki, Ikoyi and London.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Nigeria Destined For Greatness – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that despite the enormity of the challenges facing Nigeria, the country is destined to achieve greatness. He said this in Sokoto, during the commissioning of the N4.8 billion Kalembaina 500 housing units’ project executed by the state government.

President Buhari was in the state for the 10th anniversary of the reign of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Buhari Speaks On Maryam Ali Maiyanga, Rescued Chibok Girl

President Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday spoke on rescued Chibok girl and her child by the Nigerian military on Saturday.

President Buhari who recently commissioned the 500-Unit Kalambaina Housing Estate completed by the administration of Governor Tambuwal said the news of the rescued Chibok girl is heartwarming. He further assured Nigerians that no man or woman will be left at the mercy of Boko Haram

President Buhari said

EFCC Freezes Bola Shagaya’s N500m Account Over Patience Jonathan's Probe


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.

It was learnt that Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources within the EFCC told SUNDAY PUNCH that Shagaya’s account with Unity Bank with a balance of N500m was frozen.

EFCC Bans Phone Calls And Visits To High-Profile Detainees

Following the release of former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and former presidential spokesman, Rueben Abati, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has placed a ban on all visits.

EFCC has also stopped all suspects and inmates from making phone calls to their lawyers, family members and loved ones.

EFCC Arrests Justice Ajumogobia's Brother Who Wired $150,000 Into Her Account


Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a brother to Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia after they discovered that he once wired $150,000 into her Diamond Bank Domiciliary Account.

EFCC investigators said that the judge's brother had wired the huge sum into her account in March 2014.

Buhari, Saraki Strike Deal Over $29.9b Loan Request


President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki may have made up on the $29.9billion loan approval which the executive is seeking from the Senate, The Nation learnt last night.

Buhari and Saraki are understood to have met three times on the issue in the last few days since the Senate turned down the request last week.

Saraki has already admitted that the loan request may be re-presented by the executive.

This, the Presidency may do later this week, sources said yesterday.

But there is a caveat: the Senate may refer the request to its Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, headed by Mallam Shehu Sani.

Buhari Hands Over Presidential Lodge To Lagos Government

President Muhammadu Buhari has handed over the Presidential Lodge at Marina to the Lagos State government.

Mr. Buhari’s gesture followed a request by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to have the lodge released to the Lagos State Government in its bid to transform the Marina-Onikan axis into a world-class arts and tourism hub.

The president’s approval was communicated in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to Mr. Ambode.

In a statement on Sunday signed by Lagos State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, Mr. Ambode said the president’s gesture was a demonstration of his “keen admiration for Lagos State as the Centre of Excellence that is well suited to becoming Africa’s foremost hub for arts, entertainment and tourism”.

Patience Jonathan Caught Trying To Withdraw $5mill From Her Frozen Account


Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from frozen account

Sources within the EFCC also told our correspondent that it foiled a fresh attempt by Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5m from her frozen account during the week.

The source said the commission was informed by Skye Bank that Patience had placed a standing order for $5m to be withdrawn from the account but it was stopped.

The detective added, “We received an alert from Skye Bank during the week that Patience attempted to withdraw $5m from her personal account titled Patience Ibifaka Jonathan which is domiciled at the bank.

'We Survive By Stealing Phones & Robbing People In Oshodi'- Teenage Robbers.

One of the two suspects arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command has disclosed that he and other teenagers in Oshodi survive by stealing and dispossessing passers-by of their phones and other valuables.

The suspect, Yusuph Ahmed, 19, from Offa, Kwara State, said this to interrogators at the RRS headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday afternoon.

Ahmed, who was arrested in Oshodi on Friday after dispossessing a passenger of his phone, stated that he along with other teenagers sleep in Oshodi under bridge and that it is from there they eke out a living by stealing phones and robbing passers-by of their valuables.

Friday, November 4, 2016

FG Rules Out Online Application For Poor, Most Vulnerable Nigerians


The Federal Government on Thursday ruled out the need for the poorest and vulnerable Nigerians to apply online before they can benefit from the monthly N5,000 Conditional Cash Transfer.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s media office.
The statement was responding to some misleading reports in the media regarding the implementation of the N500 billion Social Investment Programmes of the Buhari administration.

Buhari In Edo To Bid Oshiomhole Bye

President Muhammadu Buhari will pay a 2-day official visit to Edo State on Monday 7 November.

The visit will end Tuesday, just in time before Governor Adams Oshiomhole ends his tenure on 12 November.

In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, the President will use the occasion of his historic visit to pay a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.

The President will thereafter commission several key projects in the state, including the new 5-Star Central Hospital in Benin City; the Upper Siluko Road and the Samuel Ogbemudia College (formerly New Era College, Benin City).

He will also commission the Edo University, Iyamho and the Ugbegun-Ujiogba-Ebudin-Igueben -Ewohinmi road.

I Will Treat All Nigerians Equitably - Buhari by metromediaboss: 9:50pm On Nov 03


President Muhammadu Buhari says he will keep faith with the oath of office he swore, and treat all Nigerians equitably. Receiving the Executive Committee Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from 19 Northern States and Abuja, at State House, Thursday, the President equally pledged to restore peace to all parts of the country, noting: “Restoring peace is a top priority.

We will enable the law enforcement agencies to combat all forms of violent crimes, and ensure that our people live in peace.”

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President Buhari urged the clerics to promote religious harmony, by “enhancing understanding among different faiths.”

He also disclosed that the government would maintain the priority it has placed on agriculture and mines and steel development, “to kick-start the economy.”

The Chairman of CAN in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said it was not a mistake that God chose President Buhari to lead the country at these challenging times.

“We are ready to support your administration to deliver good governance. You have good intentions for Nigeria, judging from the programs that have been outlined,” Rev. Pam said.
He also highlighted ethnoreligious challenges in the country, freedom of worship, and herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in their discussion with the President.

The CAN leader commended the Buhari administration for the blow dealt Boko Haram insurgents, “leading to comparative peace in the North-east,” the return of 21 abducted schoolgirls from Chibok, and the anti-corruption war, which he urged “should be fought to the logical conclusion.”


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Dasukigate: I Have No Money To Refund – Abati Tells EFCC

Former Spokesman to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati has informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he has no money to refund to the government.

Abati who was recently arrested by the anti-graft agency for allegedly receiving the sum of N50m from former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki(rtd) was quoted by Premium Times as telling interrogators that he had no immediate means of sourcing the amount for which he is being held in custody for.

Obanikoro returns N100 million to FG

Embattled Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has refunded N100 million to the Federal Government. Spokesperson of the antigraft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the recent development, said Obanikoro agreed to remit N100 million from the $5.37 million he allegedly collected from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.


EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had earlier insisted on him returning N600 million as first installment but Obanikoro refused, arguing he does not have the means to raise such amount. He has been in EFCC custody since on Monday October 17th for his alleged role in the misappropriation of $2.1 billion arms procurement fund.

NJC Suspends 7 Senior Judges Accused Of corruption


THE National Judicial Council, NJC, has suspended seven senior judges arrested in October by the State Security Service for alleged corruption.



The NJC had initially refused to suspend the judges despite public pressure, saying the allegations against them had not been substantiated.

It however said the judges had voluntarily stepped down from court sittings.

The latest decision came after the council’s 7th meeting between Wednesday and Thursday.

Former Oceanic Bank Staff Sentenced To 195 Years In Jail For N21m Fraud


Justice Dije Abdu Northerner of the Kano state High Court today convicted and sentenced former Oceanic bank staff, Aliyu Suleiman, to 195 years imprisonment for allegedly stealing over N21, 000,000 (Twenty one Million Naira only) from Albasu Microfinance Bank.

As a former staff of Oceanic Bank, Aliyu was engaged and entrusted by the Albasu Community to take charge of their Microfinance Bank. While in charge, the he violated that trust and siphoned over N21, 000,000 (Twenty Million Naira) by forging signatures of the other signatories to the funds.

Kano Court Frees ‘Killers’ Bridget Agbahime


A Kano magistrates’ court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects who allegedly killed Bridget Agbahime, a trader based in Kano.

The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief.

Agbahime, 74, an Imo indigene, was murdered in Kofar Wambai Market in Kano over alleged blasphemy.

N-power: Presidency Employs 200,000, To Start Payment Soon


The Presidency says it has completed the selection process for the employment of 200,000 graduates for the N-Power programme designed to engage 500,000.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He said the "official engagement" of those selected was now awaiting the completion of BVN verification so that they would be paid directly.

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