Friday, December 30, 2016

FG Warns Hospitals Against Detaining Patients Over Bills

The Federal Government has warned against hospitals detaining patients who cannot pay their medical bills, even as it said it would do everything possible to reduce reliance by public officials on foreign hospitals for healthcare services in 2017.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, at a briefing in Abuja, told doctors and hospitals that they did not have any right to detain any patient who could not pay bills.

According to the minister, a more dignified way must be found to treat indigent patients than detaining them over inability to pay bills.

Serena Williams Engaged To Reddit Co-Founder

Serena Williams has used the social media platform Reddit to announce that she is engaged to its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The tennis star made the announcement in the form of a poem.

She said he took her to Rome, where they first met, to propose to her - and she said yes.

It caps off a year in which Ms Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles title and 22nd Grand Slam singles title, but dropped to world number two ranking.

Naira Ranks One Of The Worst Global Currencies In 2016

The naira is one of the world’s four worst performing currencies in 2016, according to a report by Bloomberg LP.

The naira was said to have lost 36.68 per cent of its spot returns for the year, while the Egyptian pound, Suriname dollar and Venezuela bolivar’s currency spot returns dropped by 58.84 per cent, 46.68 per cent and 37 per cent, respectively, for the period.

The Nigerian equity market fared worst in the year, according to the report, as the nation’s economy is set to contract in 2016 for the first time in more than 20 years as capital controls deter foreigners from investing and militants are blowing up pipelines.

Boko Haram: Army Dismisses Shekau's New Video.

The Nigerian Army has dismissed a new video released on Thursday by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau as mere propaganda.

In a statement on Thursday, Army spokesman Brigadier General Sani Usman said the attention of the Nigerian Army is drawn to a video clip released by Boko Haram from an undisclosed location a while ago, showing its purported leader, making spurious claims.

He said: “While effort is ongoing to subject the video for further forensic analysis, the Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate that it has captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest.”

Russia Retaliates To Obama's Sanctions, CNN Reports

Russia isn't expected to waste any time in retaliating to fresh sanctions imposed by President Obama's administration, potentially resulting in a quid pro quo game of diplomatic punishment.
Moscow appears to have already taken action. CNN reported late on Thursday that Russian authorities ordered the shutdown of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, which primarily serves children of Western embassy personnel, as well as the closure of a U.S. embassy vacation house in Serebryany Bor, near Moscow.

Obama Expels Russian Diplomats

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats including shutting down of two Russian compounds in the U.S. in a number of actions announced on Thursday as reprisal for Russia’s meddling in US election.

Obama’s speech obtained by correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, stated that the actions were “in response to Russia’s malicious cyber activity and harassment.

“Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at U.S. election.

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behaviour.

3 Buildings Housing 81 Police Families To Be Demolished In Lagos

The Nigeria Police in Lagos State, on Thursday said three more buildings housing 81 police families would be pulled down at the Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja due to structural defects.
Mr Maigari Dikko, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), in charge of Works disclosed the plan to newsmen while inspecting a building that collapsed in same barrack where two persons lost their lives.
A Sergeant and a civilian lost their lives on Christmas Day when part of the toilet collapsed while they bathed.
That building was later pull down on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni.
The DIG works said he was instructed by the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to visit the scene of incident and also to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives.
“We have told some of them to vacate the buildings. The buildings are defective; they have been served quit notice to leave for a long time.

Ogun Set To Convert MAPOLY To A University

Procedures are officially underway for the conversion of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to the Moshood Abiola University Of Technology.

The Ogun State House of Assembly, on Thursday, acknowledged receipt of the bills from governor Ibikunle Amosun. The bills also included the establishment, incorporation, constitution and functions of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.

The governor's letter was read by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Suraju Ishola Adekunbi.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Obama Calls Buhari As DSS Arrests Al-Barnawi, ISIS-Recognised Boko Haram Leader

The faction leader of Boko Haram, AbuMusab Al-Barnawi, has been arrested by the Department of State Security Services according to a report by Television continental.

Al-Barnawi who was recognised as the leader of the Boko Haram sect by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) was arrested by DSS operatives three months before Sambisa forest was finally captured by troops on Operation Lafiya Dole.

Boko Haram May Have Used Chibok Girls As Shields During Attack – Army

Boko Haram fighters, fleeing an attack on their base last week might have used some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped on April 14, 2014, as human shields to prevent being fired upon by fighter jets during the attack on Sambisa Forest.

The Theatre Commander of the military campaign, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, on Wednesday, showed journalists aerial footage he said was filmed during attack on Sambisa Forest that showed the terrorists moving with women and children.

“The haggard fighters were just using them as a shield,” Irabor said at a news conference in Maiduguri.

Senate To Remove Immunity For President, Governors, Deputies

The Senate has commenced the process of amending section 308 of the 1999 Constitution which gives immunity to president, vice president, governors and deputy governors in the country.

A bill sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (LP, Delta) on the immunity removal has been referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution amendment chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Daily Trust reports.

The bill proposed the substitution of subsection 308(2) which reads “the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to civil proceedings against a person to whom this section applies in his official capacity or to civil or criminal proceedings in which such a person is only a nominal party”, with a new section.

Whatsapp Amazing New Features For Recalling Your Messages

WhatsApp Messenger is still ringing bells these Christmas season. Recently, it can be remembered that the application launched the video calling capability for all users in November. This helped to make a buzz around the globe, as it has been made use of by 55.6% of the world population.

This upgrade was offered over several phones, including those operating in iOS, Windows, and also Android. On the other hand, it will need users to update the application to get this new feature.

Bad news for a number of devices that will not get support from WhatsApp. These will involve phones operating Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7, as well as iPhone 3GS and those operating iOS 6. Also, those iPhones that haven't been up-dated to the iOS 10 version will not be supported.

Why We Planned To Bomb 3rd Mainland Bridge- Suspect

One of the leaders of  a notorious militant group operating in Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, Abiodun Amos, said yesterday, that his group planned to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos because the Federal Government failed to consider its members for amnesty. The group had planned to bomb the bridge end of last month before Amos’ arrest by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, frustrated its efforts.

“We went into bank robberies and kidnapping because we wanted to get government’s attention and all we wanted was for them to grant us amnesty and also offer us pipeline protection contract. ‘’We have made several appeals but government is not listening to us. Abiodun Amos (left), arrested over plans to blow up Third Mainland Bridge, in Lagos. ‘’General” Ossy (leader of the gang) said if we don’t blow up the Third Mainland Bridge, government will not listen to us. We had concluded plans to carry out the attack by November ending. ‘’I am the group’s explosives expert and before I was arrested we were going into the creeks to conclude plans on how to carry out the attack.” 

Police Foil Plot To Blast 3rd Mainland Bridge With Dynamite

Four days after the arrest of a wanted Boko Haram member in Ikorodu area of Lagos, another suspect from a different group has been arrested in the same community for planning to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge in the state.
Police authorities in Abuja have identified the suspect caught with dynamites as Abiodun Amos, also known as Senti.

Amos was described as an Ijaw native of Arogbo, from Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State and a leading member of a Niger Delta Militant group, operating from the creeks of Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos and Ogun states.

Malabu Scandal: Ex-minister Of Petroleum, 12 Others Face Jail Terms In Italy..

•Trial can’t stop oil probe – Reps

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, and 12 others are faced with jail terms in Italy over their alleged involvement in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil scam in Nigeria.

The prosecutors filed the notice in a Milan court last week, one week after Etete was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja for his role in the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245.

Dutch investigators have also begun the probe of Shell’s alleged involve ment in the scam. Shell and Eni have invested at least $1.8 billion in purchasing and developing the oil bloc, which they own 50 per cent apiece.

Wike’s 21 Police Escorts Arrested And Whisked To Abuja

All the 21 policemen in the escort unit of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have been arrested and whisked away to the force headquarters, Abuja, allegedly on the orders of Abubakar Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The affected officers were alleged to have shot sporadically into the air on December 11 at a collation centre for the Rivers East Senatorial District during the re-run legislative election.

But a dependable police source revealed that the underlining reason behind the arrest was their refusal to immediately proceed on transfer shortly before the last re-run election in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won two out of the three senatorial districts.
According to the source, the transfer of the 21-man team of the governor’s escort was planned to psychologically weaken and destabilise Wike during the re-run poll.

“It was part of several other moves to prepare grounds for the rigging of the election by the APC”, the source noted.

Government Raises Import Duties On Consumable, Luxury Goods

The Federal Government has raised duties on luxury goods such as yachts and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) imported into the country. But also affected are some food items such as rice, salt and sugarcane that have local alternatives.

The plan to raise the duties which was first contemplated by former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala under the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had remained on the drawing board due to Jonathan’s loss of the presidential election to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and the consequent change of officials between the former administration and the current one.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Captured Whiteman In Sambisa Is French

The mysterious white man captured by Nigerian soldiers during last week’s storming of Boko Haram’s headquarters in the Sambisa Forest is a Frenchman and he specializes in repairing and unlocking armoured personnel vehicles and other fighting equipment, Daily Trust learnt from authoritative military sources yesterday. The white man’s identity is being concealed by the Federal Government and military authorities for diplomatic reasons, the sources also said.

Defence Headquarters has been silent on the development since the news broke last Friday, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that   Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the Sambisa forest, Borno State had been overrun by troops. Soldiers who took part in the operation told our correspondent yesterday that a white man was actually arrested in the Sambisa forest and that he has been providing “credible information” to military authorities. A source said, “He was arrested along the Bama axis of the Sambisa forest and agreed to give vital information provided he would be spared. I learnt that he is from France but authorities do not want to make his real identity known for diplomatic reasons…They  don’t want to jeopardize the success recorded.” Although some sources only said the captured white man is “from Western Europe,” Daily Trust learnt that he is actually a Frenchman. All Nigeria’s neighbours in the North East, namely Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad are French speaking. 

‘American Billionaire, Not FG Will Sponsor Chibok Girls’ Education’ – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu has disclosed that a black American billionaire, Robert Smith, has indicated interest in sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok Community, including the 21 recently rescued Chibok schoolgirls.
Garba Shehu who made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, December 27 said beneficiaries of the scheme included the first set of escapees from Boko Haram insurgents.
According to him, the girls will be admitted through negotiation at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.

54,000 People To Be Evacuated From Their Homes On Christmas After Germany Finds WWII Bomb

An unwelcome Christmas surprise in southern Germany forced the evacuation of 54,000 people from their homes Sunday after the discovery of a bomb dating from World War II, local authorities said.
It was a British bomb that was found in the city of Augsburg and led to the biggest mobilisation in Germany — around 900 police officers — since the war itself.
The 1.8-tonne explosive had been found on Tuesday during work at a construction site in the centre of the Bavarian city, but authorities planned to defuse the bomb around mid-day Sunday.
“Today I ask everyone concerned to leave the area, if possible by themselves,” said Augsburg mayor Kurt Gribi in a video message posted on the city’s Twitter account.
Gribi also called for “each person to verify that their relatives, parents and friends have found places to stay outside the (security) zone… Look out for one another.”
The defusing could take up to five hours, according to the authorities, who estimate that the evacuees will not be able to return home before the evening.
Admittedly this was an unusual Christmas day in Augsburg, a city spokesman told TV channel n24, adding that hopefully people would voluntarily leave their homes given the expected “force of the explosion” during the defusing of the bomb.
More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are still found buried on German territory, vestiges of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.

How We Dismantled Boko Haram Leadership — DSS

ABUJA— Details of how the Nigerian security agencies dismantled the leadership and stronghold of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents emerged last night, with confirmation that the Nigerian leader of the sect, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, had been captured three months before the fall of Sambisa forest to Nigerian troops.

A top security official confirmed to Vanguard that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a top Boko Haram and ISIS leader, was rated by the United States as the world’s third most wanted terrorist and a major threat to world peace.

Al-Barnawi, who was spokesman for the Nigerian-based Islamists, was declared Nigerian leader of Boko Haram last August and had been featured in the latest issue of an IS magazine.

Lagos Removes Bottlenecks On Lekki Way

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday completed the removal of the Jakande and Chisco roundabouts in Ikate Elegushi axis of the state as part of effort to reduce travel time on the Lekki – Epe expressway,

Mr Anofi Elegushi, Acting Commissioner for transportation who briefed the newsmen after the opening of the modified Jakande junction, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration was determined more than ever to make this Yuletide period stress free as far as traffic was concerned.

Elegushi said the third, fourth and eighth roundabouts would also be reconstructed to ease traffic congestion in the area and would be fully completed by January.

Sultan Tells Senate To Reject Gender Equality Bill

Sa’ad Abubakar lll, the sultan of Sokoto, has asked the upper chamber of the national assembly to reject the bill seeking equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property.

The bill also proposes that a widow should be entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.

It also says a widow should have the right to remarry any man of her choice and should have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property, and the right to live in her matrimonial home.

FG Removes 50,000 Ghost Workers From Payroll

To rid the public service of corruption, the Federal Government has identified 50,000 ghost workers in a move that saved the country N200 billion.

Government’s action ensured that the N13 billion taken monthly from the payroll between February and December 2016 was saved.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja, yesterday, also said11 persons championing the syndicate of ghost workers have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for prosecution.

Soldiers In High Spirits After Recapture Of Boko Haram Enclave In Sambisa

On Saturday, December 24, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the last and most deadly stronghold of Boko Haram terrorists had been recaptured. The president said the terrorists were already on the run and had no place to hide. The Camp Zero was the last enclave of the terrorists to be recaptured.

Nigerians based in Canada react to Jyoti & Kiran Matharoo's arrest in Nigeria

The Matharoos Sisters, Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, who are notorious for nasty face-offs with wives of Nigeria’s super-rich and mighty, were last week arraigned at the Yaba Chief magistrate court for trying to blackmail Femi Otedola using their notorious blog,
The sisters who are Canadian citizens are right now being mocked in their country for thinking they could get away with their crime. 

Sultan of Sokoto rejects bill seeking equal inheritance for men, women

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, on Tuesday voiced opposition to a bill seeking to ensure men and women have equal right to inheritance.

The Sultan said that the bill was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.

The bill seeks equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property, the News Agency of  Nigeria reports.

The bill also proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.

Lagos policewoman joins kidnap gang to apprehend kingpin

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected kidnapper, Suleiman Seidu.

Seidu, 33, who had allegedly kidnapped two residents of Kogi State for ransom, was said to be plotting the kidnap of a two-year-old when he was apprehended.

PUNCH Metro reports that the suspect had contracted two of his friends to assist in the operation,
when the police got wind of the plan.

Drug traffickers excrete 50 wraps of cocaine

Two drug trafficking suspects have been arrested with 1.2 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State, Punch reports.

The suspects, David Achebe, 37, and 43-year-old Daniel Ndukwe, met their Waterloo on Saturday during an outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian and Egypt airline flights by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the MMIA.

The detectives were said to have placed the duo on a close watch, during which Achebe excreted 45 wraps of cocaine while Nduwke expelled five wraps of the drug.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ajaokuta Steel To Operate At Full Capacity By 2017 – FG

ABUJA—THE Federal Government yesterday assured that Ajaokuta Steel Company would operate at full capacity in the second quarter of 2017.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this when giving a scorecard of his Ministry’s performance in 2016 and projections for 2017 in Abuja, also disclosed that the government had made progress over the protracted litigations on legacy assets, particularly Ajaokuta Steel Company, by signing a Modified Concession Agreement, MCA, that had allowed for the commencement of the return of the company to government.

Refineries To Work Full Blast In 2017 - NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said it would embark on a comprehensive rehabilitation of the country’s three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna to achieve optimal capacity utilization in 2017.

NNPC disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division in Abuja on Tuesdays after the Annual General Meetings of the three refineries.
The Chief Operating Officer, Refineries of the NNPC, Mr. Anibor Kragha, stated that the Corporation was determined to move away from the approach of quick fixes and undertake a comprehensive revamp of the plants.

Senate Officially Confirms Rejecting Magu As EFCC Boss

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed that it rejected acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).

Facebook Launches Video Group Chat For Messenger App

Facebook has always been in the culture of regularly releasing new features and improvements to their messenger app. Recently, Facebook added a camera feature to messenger app which lets you easily take pictures and record videos to share among your friends.

Now Facebook has just added a Snapchat like feature which lets you create a video group chat with up to 6 people at the same time. Unlike the voice group chat which allows up to 50 members, the video group chat allows just 6 people at the same time.

47 Career Ambassadors Assigned Portfolios

The Federal Government has assigned portfolios to all the 47 career ambassadors cleared by the Senate, Daily Trust gathered.

A document seen by our reporter listed the envoys and their portfolios as Abia: Obinna Chukwuemeka Agbugba (Togo), Adamawa: Salisu Umaru (Senegal), Paragalda Ilyasu Audu (Turkey), Akwa Ibom: Inyan Udo-Inyang (Gabon), Anambra: Okeke Vivian Nwunaku (Spain), Nonye Udo (Austria); Bauchi: Liman Munir (Congo), Benue: Ndem Jane Ada (Sweden), Demenongu A. Agev (Equatorial Guinea), Borno: Mohammed Hassan Hassan (Kenya), Toko Ali Gongulong (Sao Tome & Principe), Lawan Abba Gashagar (Mali), Cross River: Martin Nyong Cobham (Thailand), Odeka Janet Bisong (Zimbabwe), Delta: Janet Omoleegho Olisa (Jamaica), Edo: Itegboje S.Sunday (Permanent Mission in New York), Queen I. Worlu (Cuba).

Customs Intercepts Bags Of Plastic Rice

The Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 102 bags of plastic rice branded “Beat Tomato Rice’’ with no date of manufacture.

The Customs Area Controller of F.O.U. Comptroller Mohammed Haruna, made the disclosure in an interview with our correspondent.

He said that the commodity was stored for distribution as Yuletide gifts for the public.
Haruna said that officers of the unit intercepted the plastic rice along Ikeja area on Monday, adding that a suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure.

“Before now, I thought it was a rumour that the plastic rice is all over the country but with this seizure, I have been totally convinced that such rice exists.

FOREX: FG Orders CBN To Abolish Parallel Market - Leadership

As the gap between the value of the Naira at the interbank and parallel market continues to widen, the Federal Government has announced plans to converge the rates by abolishing the parallel market.

The gap between the interbank and parallel market rates has grown to N184.75 as at yesterday, as the naira was sold at N490 to the dollar at the parallel market as against N305.25 at the interbank end of the market, increasing the temptation of round tripping.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said yesterday that the ministry is in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to eliminate the parallel market otherwise called black market, which has been blamed for the sinking value of the local currency.

Adeosun said having discussed with the apex bank, “the CBN has promised to do something by putting a system in place to eliminate the black market because it is damaging the economy.”

New Vehicle Registration Scheme Begins March 31 – Adeosun

The Federal Government has fixed March 31, 2017 for the commencement of registration of automobiles being imported into the country under the Vehicle Identification Number scheme.

It is expected that the scheme will put an end to the smuggling of vehicles into the country through the land borders, and eliminate revenue leakage by ensuring that appropriate duties are paid on imported vehicles.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this during the opening of a workshop on the integration of the National Vehicle Identification System held at the Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Monday, said the initiative aimed to introduce technology to counter the activities of smugglers and boost revenue collection.

Patience Jonathan May Contest For Senate In 2019

Former Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is a political enigma

- Her political consciousness was visible during her time in office

- Mrs Jonathan might proceed to the Senate in 2019

Multiple sources in Rivers state have told that former Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is under pressure to contest for the Rivers East senatorial election in 2019.

Mrs Jonathan, 59, is from Okirika in Rivers state and is eligible to contest for elections in the state as well as that of her husband; Bayelsa constitutionally.

One of the source told that a team of politicians have already started mobilising themselves for the task ahead.

"We Will Take Bribes Like Police" - FRSC Officials Threaten FG

Some officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps have threatened to obtain bribes the same way policemen extort money from motorists if they are not paid their November salaries and allowances before Christmas.

The officials, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said the Federal Government had refused to offer any explanation for the non-payment.

They said this was unfortunate, because they had been asked to work during the holidays as part of the ‘ember months’ campaign.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ballon D'or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Award For 4th Time

Legendary forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon D’Or award, his fourth time of winning the award.

Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a record 11th UEFA Champions League title in May, before carrying Portugal to an historic UEFA Euro success weeks later. He had previously won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

The 31-year old also had a phenomenal year stats wise, scoring 51 goals in 54 games for club and country in 2016.

“It is a special moment. It means that all my sacrifice was worth it. I feel very happy to win this. I worked very hard,” Ronaldo said in accepting the award.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ex-minister Obanikoro In Fresh N450m Poll Cash Scandal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday quizzed a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for allegedly receiving N450m from the Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in Lagos State, Adewale Onilere, during the countdown to the 2015 presidential election.

Operatives disclosed to The PUNCH that the N450m was part of the N23bn ($115m) allegedly disbursed to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 36 states of the federation by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

A source at the EFCC told our correspondent that Onilere, who is the Chairman of the PDP in the Somolu Local Government Area, received N650m from the campaign organisation out of which N450m was given to Obanikoro.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

EFCC officials storm Lagos home of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), this morning, stormed the home of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, at Park View Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos to conduct a search.

They were however unsuccessful as they were denied access into her home. They left immediately with a promise to come back again.

Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is currently standing trial on a 26-count charge of unlawful enrichment, forgery and giving false information to an official of the EFCC, among others. She was arraigned before Jutice Akeem Oshodi of a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on November 28th.

She is accused of also receiving N5 million bribe from Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, to pervert justice in a case brought before her.

Soldiers, Airmen, Cops Arrested Over Rape In Idps Camp

Thirty-seven days after Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Nigerian security officials of raping and sexually molesting women and girls in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State, two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested.
Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday.

Speaking at the Inspector-General of Police Conference, Idris said police will work with the army and Air Force for investigation of their personnel and added that, on conclusion of investigation, any suspect found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and then, “taken to court.”
In an October 31 report, HRW alleged “government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram.”

Boko Haram: Buhari’s Committee Unable To Account For N2.5B

THE Presidential Initiative on the North East could not account for N2.5 billion from the money in its possession till date.

This came to the fore when when officials of PINE, put together by President Muhammadu Buhari, appeared before the Senate on Tuesday.

PINE, according to its mandate, is to oversee the reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities destroyed by Boko Haram in the North East.

Saraki To Declare Public Hearing On Petroleum Bill

Senate leader, Bukola Saraki will today, November 7th 2016 , declare a public hearing on the petroleum bill. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Omotayo D. Alasoadura and co-sponsored by 28 other people.

Saraki says the bill is a step towards creating a framework for Nigeria's petroleum industry. The bill reads;

An Act to Provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry and for Other Related Matters.

Court Strikes Out Buhari’s Suit Against AIT

Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday struck out a defamation suit filed last year by President Muhammadu Buhari against DAAR Communications, owner of the African Independent Television.

Yes! Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter And Youtube To Remove 'terrorist Content'

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube today announced they would cooperate on a plan to help limit the spread of terrorist content online. The companies said that together they will create a shared industry database that will be used to identify this content, including what they describe as the “most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos” that have been removed from their respective services.

Facebook describes how this database will work in an announcement in its newsroom. The content will be hashed using unique digital fingerprints, which is how its identification and removal can be handled more easily and efficiently by the company’s computer systems and algorithms.

Falcons Seize AWCON Trophy, Reject NFF's N50,000 Allowance

The drama surrounding the payment of match bonuses and allowances of Super Falcons by the Nigeria Football Federation gets messier yesterday (Tuesday) as the players threatened to hold onto the African Women Cup of Nations trophy they won last Saturday.

The NFF had promised to pay the players and the officials on Monday when they returned to the country on Sunday after claiming their eighth AWCON title in Cameroon, but officials of the soccer federation did not even show up at the Agora Hotel, Abuja where they lodged the team on the said day let alone give them money.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chris Kwekowe Pictured With Bill Gates As He Turns Down His Job Offer

A 23-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur, Chris Kwekowe turned down a job offer to work as a software engineer at Microsoft, owned by the richest man in the world, Bill Gates, in order to begin his own start-up in Lagos.

The Lagos State University computer science graduate proudly revealed this to Bill Gates during a television interview for Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs in August 2016.

Kwekowe, who won the 2015 Anzisha Prize which came with a $25,000 cheque, said he rejected the offer to build up his own startup, Slatecube– a website aimed at helping other young Nigerians find jobs.

Faces Of Kidnappers Who Killed Dangote's Employee

THE police on Tuesday released the picture of three of those who killed a senior employee of Dangote Industries Limited, Istafinus Bello.

According to the police, the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team arrested three of the kidnappers that murdered one and kidnapped five expatriate members of staff of DIL.

The IRT, said to be armed with credible intelligence, between November 27, 2016 and December 3, 2016 arrested three of the kidnappers: Abubakar Gide, 24; Abdullahi Salihu, 22; and Babuga Adamu, 25, in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State; Epe Forest, Lagos State; and Ajase Ipo Forest, Kwara State respectively.

NFF Can't Pay The Super Falcons Due To The Recession

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it will soon pay players and officials of the Super Falcons all their entitlements for winning the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).

A statement by NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, quoted the Federation’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, as saying the money for this was however not available at the moment.

The Federation is not happy about owing players and coaches. But it can only continue to seek their understanding and those of hoteliers and travel agents, as well as its management and staff until the situation improves.

“There is no gainsaying in the fact that there is a severe economic challenge in the country now and all organisations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. But, it is not government’s doing.

Wizkid Has Been Nominated For A Grammy Award

Talented Nigerian music export and Star Boy Music Worldwide act, Wizkid, has been tagged in the prestigious Grammy Awards nominees list for his role in Drake’s hit single “One Dance”.

The track, which also features Kyla, is off Drake’s award winning album “Views” which stood out as one of the best albums released in 2016.

Drake’s album, in which Wizkid appeared, made the highly coveted “Album of the year” category, competing against other award winning artistes like Adele, Beyonce, and Justin Bieber.

Monday, December 5, 2016

"APC is a party I labored with others to build, we would not abandon it for another"- Bola Tinubu

 In a series of tweets, former Lagos state governor and National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, said APC is a party he labored with some other party members to build and will not be abandoning the party for others to control.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fake U.S. Embassy busted in Ghana after a decade of issuing visas to intending travelers

A fake United States Embassy has been busted in Ghana after operating illegally for a decade.

 According to a statement released by the U.S. State Department, the sham embassy operated in Accra in a run-down, pink, two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a U.S. flag outside. Inside the office is a portrait of President Barack Obama.

 It was operated by a cartel that issued illegally obtained but legitimate visas.
“It was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law,” the State Department said in its statement

YouTuber Arielle Scarcella shows her private parts to her gay friend because he has never seen one beforef and films his reaction

A lesbian blogger decided to show her gay friend a vagina for the first time - and then film his reaction.
YouTuber Arielle Scarcella revealed her private parts to Riyadh K because he had never seen a woman fully naked.
His first reaction is: "Wow! It’s pretty. There is more going on than I expected.
"Wow it really unfolds doesn’t it?"
Surprised by the appearance, he says: "It’s surprisingly pretty. It’s a beautiful thing."
The pair show each other their body parts in a series of videos because neither have ever been naked in front of the opposite sex.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Buhari Approves Two More Justices For Supreme court

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of two more justices for the Supreme Court.

Those approved by Buhari were Justices Sidi Dauda Bage and Paul Adamu Galinje.

The approval was based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.

The two Justices will be sworn-in by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, on December 5, 2016 at 2pm in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Trump Wants Apple to Move Production to US

Silicon Valley has enjoyed its relationship with Obama, but it is unclear how the world’s largest tech giants will fare under a Trump administration. For example, Donald Trump told Apple CEO that he was going to “get” the tech giant to start manufacturing its products in the United States. This happened when Trump received a post-election phone call from Tim Cook during which he said that if Apple built a big plant (or many) in the United States, it would be a real achievement. Cook said he understood that, and Trump went on to promise multiple incentives through tax breaks and reduced regulations.

FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas

Workers are said to be ‘losing’ as high as 50 per cent of their salaries from cuts by the federal government in November pay

– The workers said they were not notified of the cuts until the last minute just about when their salaries were about to be paid

President Buhari-led federal government has slashed civil servants’ salaries

The Federal government of Nigeria has reportedly drastically reduced the salaries of ALL civil servants in ministries, departments and paratatals for the month of November 2016, Leadership reports.

Lagos State Becomes The 5th Largest Economy In Africa

Lagos State has emerged as the fifth largest economy in Africa, consequent upon which, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, disclosed that his administration is in the process of setting up an Economic Management Team, EMT, comprising distinguished individuals from the private sector and the public sector to manage the economy efficiently.

Science: Baby Born From Three Parents Emerge

It is time to start making babies from three people, according to scientists advising the UK's fertility regulator.

The move has been described as "historic", and the regulator will make its decision next month.

Doctors want to make babies from three people to prevent diseases that starve the body of energy, leading to brain damage, muscle wasting and heart failure.

However, fresh evidence suggests it will fail in one in eight pregnancies.

Three-person IVF replaces the defective power packs in the mother's egg - called mitochondria - with healthy ones from a donor woman.

UK Has 'First Sexually Transmitted Zika'

The first likely case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus in the UK has been reported by the authorities.

The woman has made a full recovery, and it is thought she had been infected by her partner, who had recently visited a Zika-hit country.

Mostly spread by mosquitoes, Zika can linger in semen for months.

Cases of sexual spread have been reported in other countries and experts said the UK case was "not unexpected".

China Imposes Extra Tax On 'Super Cars'

China has introduced an additional 10% tax on "super cars", including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce.

The tax, affecting cars that cost more than 1.3m yuan ($189,000; £151,024), is aimed at curbing lavish spending and reducing emissions, authorities said.

It is part of a wider effort by Chinese authorities against flashy demonstrations of wealth, which has already hit other luxury brands. China is a key market for high-end carmakers.

Automakers have in recent years increasingly tailored their luxury models to appeal to Chinese buyers.

Both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are planning to release SUV models in the next year, seen as a response to a Chinese preference for large cars over sports vehicles.

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu To Remain In Prison As Court Rejects Bail Application Again

A Federal High Court in Abuja today dismissed the bail applications filed by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and three others with whom he is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for offences including treasonable felony and an act preparatory to act of terrorism.
Justice Binta Nyako, ruling on the applications filed by the four defendants, held that they were not deserving as most of the charges preferred against were “ordinarily not bailable”.
Justice John Tsoho, who was handling the case before Kanu accused him of bias, had also refused to grant bail to the accused persons.

Ribadu Names Nigerians Who ‘Frustrated’ Fight Against Corruption

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Years after leaving office as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has named some Nigerians he said tried their best to frustrate the nation’s fight against corruption.
Mr. Ribadu spoke on Thursday when he presented the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the Law Chambers of Joe Kyari Gadzama in Abuja.
Speaking under the theme “Corruption and the Nigerian Economy: Lawyers as Change Agents”, Mr. Ribadu named foremost lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, and his successor at the EFCC, Farida Waziri, as people who undermined the country’s efforts to fight against the cancer of corruption.
“I still recall with amazement and shock how some very senior lawyers made it a duty upon themselves to bring down the EFCC and stop the work we were doing. Many of them, like Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, teamed up with politicians to wage a very serious propaganda to discredit the work we were doing,” he said.