Tuesday, February 28

Suspected Armed Robbers Who Attacked Cocoa Merchant And His Son Arrested In Ogun

Suspected Armed Robbers Who Attacked Cocoa Merchant And His Son Arrested In Ogun


Men of the Ogun State Police Command has arrested three robbery suspects in connection with an attack on a cocoa merchant and his son.

The suspects identified as as Olumide Ifelowo, Abiodun Bayegun and Fatai Sowunmi launched an attack on on Isaiah Sowunmi and his son, Abiodun Sowunmi at Ogunmakin area of the state, in an attempt to dispossess them of their valuables.
It was gathered that a distress call put through to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Owode Egba, CSP Sheu Alao, who went with a police team to the scene of the incident led to the arrest of Ifelowo.

The victim, Sowunmi, was said to have identified Ifelowo as the one who shot at his son. Upon interrogation, Ifelowo reportedly confessed that he and one Jeje were invited for the robbery by Bayegun and Fatai.

He said further that Fatai provided them information that the victim had a lot of money as a cocoa merchant. His confession led to the arrest of Bayegun and Fatai, while a cut-to-size shotgun loaded with a live cartridge was recovered from them.

The victim of the attack, Abiodun was taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical care. The state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) unit for discreet investigation.
2 Queen’s College Girls Die After Eating Spaghetti, School Shut Down

2 Queen’s College Girls Die After Eating Spaghetti, School Shut Down

Two students of the elite secondary school for girls in Nigeria, Queen’s College, Yaba, in Lagos, have died after eating Spaghetti served from the school’s Refectory by the college cooks. Following the death of the students, the school was shut down by the management. The two female boarding students, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithia Itulua reportedly died between Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2017, after prolonged vomiting and stooling. They had allegedly eaten Spaghetti and drank water served in the Refectory. The school sent the students home on the directive of officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and their colleagues from Lagos State who have opened investigations into the deaths. Already, the officials from the Federal Ministry are in the school, to determine what allegedly caused the deaths of the two female students. Following outbreak of diarrhoea in the school, parents, whose wards resumed on Monday, contacted officials of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA), to find out the situation of things. Only Senior Secondary III students resumed on Monday, to complete their examinations while the junior students were expected in school next week, but, with the outbreak of diarrhoea and the directive by health officials to send the students home, it will affect the resumption of other students. Some parents told Daily Sun, yesterday, that the school management ought to have taken pre-emptive measures when, a month ago, some students started vomiting and stooling in the dormitory and were rushed to the sickbay by their colleagues. According to the Daily Sun, a senior staff confirmed that health officials have directed that the SS III students be sent home to enable Lagos State health officials investigate the source of the diarrhoea as well as carry out environment assessment of the school. “As soon the SS III students finish their Mathematics examination, today, they will go home. We have informed parents about their coming home. The health officials insisted the students must vacate the college to allow for thorough investigation.” The staff, however, added that, “some parents are just blowing the issue out of proportion. The issue started a month ago when some students complained and were treated at the sickbay and two weeks ago, a student vomited and stooled and she died later. The new old girls association president called the principal to inform her of another death which we are yet to confirm.’’ Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole also visited the school. It was gathered that Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris called to instruct that health officials be allowed to carry out their investigation.
Arsenal Fan 'Boy-Yo' Murdered In Ogoni, Rivers State By Gunmen

Arsenal Fan 'Boy-Yo' Murdered In Ogoni, Rivers State By Gunmen

An indigene of Ogoni in Rivers State, was gunned down by unknown gunmen few hours ago. The notorious cultist identified as Boy-yo is suspected to have been killed by members of a rival cult group. According to Baridam Ben who shared the story, this happens everyday in the oil rich town of Rivers State. He also advised Ogoni youths to shun cultism and embrace their potentials. Here's what he wrote; 'Crime does not pay.Ogoni boys should wise up. This is the lifeless body of Boy- Yo, gunned down few minutes ago by gunmen. It is painful because he had great promises, great potentials, great energy, but has been swallowed by the street. Ogoni boys should know that the Rivers State government is not interested in their well-being, so use your energy for productive ventures and not militancy and cultism. This is a sad day for every street boy in Bori because this is someone we all know, and it is a sad reminder of everything that is wrong about the street. Countless of people like this are dying every single day in Ogoni land, but who the fuck even cares? Give his death a meaning by using it as a lesson and stay out of trouble.Rest In Peace Boy-Yo. Arsenal fan'https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CCHppML8We4/WLWHadguenI/AAAAAAAAiks/bER6tvrQT5ITyjlwdNVrOI7Pdm7DUYbSACK4B/s280/_20170228_151826-787849.JPG
"Osinbajo Is Better Than Buhari, Take It Or Leave It" – PDP Youths

"Osinbajo Is Better Than Buhari, Take It Or Leave It" – PDP Youths

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Frontier (PDPYF) has fired back at the Presidency for branding as “mischief makers” Nigerians who hold the opinion that Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo, within 40 days has performed better than President Muhammadu Buhari did in 20 months. The opposition youth group, in a sarcastic series of tweets published on its official twitter handle (@PDPNYF), challenged the claims made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s political adviser, Babafemi Ojudu, that the peace-building efforts of the federal government in the Niger-Delta and the recent measures put in place to arrest the downward slipping of the Naira against the Dollar in the parallel market were directives Buhari gave from London. They insisted that President Buhari’s cabal was the problem plaguing the country. The PDP youths said: “The tide suddenly changed when President Muhammadu Buhari travelled out for health vacation. Nigerians are convinced and his version of the APC is the problem. “Buhari that was well and couldn’t address the Naira exchange rate to Dollar now giving such instructions from the sick bed? Impossible. “Buhari that was well and okay and couldn’t pay a visit to Niger Delta now giving instructions to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to take such action. Drama.”
24 Hours Later Body Of An Accident Victim Still Lies At Same Spot In Ibadan

24 Hours Later Body Of An Accident Victim Still Lies At Same Spot In Ibadan


The body of an old man, who was knocked down by a hit and run commercial motorcyclist (Okada) at Dugbe road in Ibadan, Oyo State, is still left lying at same spot 24 hours after the accident.


According to Kehinde who witnessed the accident, residents of the area seem not to care about
the lifeless body of the deceased, as they went about their normal business like nothing happened.

Here's what he wrote;

"Ok this is serious...I closed from work and witnessed an accident around 8:40pm yesterday, old man was knocked down by one okada rider at this very busy dugbe junction in ibadan, OYO state....OK 24hrs later I came back to pay "Nepa bills" exactly 11:15am at that same junction and to my greatest surprise I found the lifeless body of that man still lying there and nobody seems to care about it."
Woman Who Called Tonto Dikeh's Husband A Scammer On IG Arrested By Police

Woman Who Called Tonto Dikeh's Husband A Scammer On IG Arrested By Police


The owner of instagram page @NigerianWomenDiary, real name Adeola Olonilua, was arrested by Big Church Group yesterday for defamatory reports about Churchill Olakunle's company. She was arrested at 3pm at Tantalizers at Lekki Phase 1. The woman is still in police custody at Maroko Police state and according to sources close to the company, they have decided to let her go after she signed an undertaken.
Policemen Flee, Removes Uniform As Robbers Storm Bank In Delta State

Policemen Flee, Removes Uniform As Robbers Storm Bank In Delta State


Tragedy struck today as unknown gunmen shot a middle-aged man who came to deposit money in a bank at Asaba, Delta state. The bank customer who died while being rushed down to the hospital, was shot at a close range after he refused letting go of the bag, that contained the large sum of money he came to deposit.


According to eyewitnesses, the 8:15a.m incident left them defenseless as policemen attached to the bank, fled the scene while 3 of them removed their uniform, as the men of the underworld who
came in a blue golf car struck their first shot as the deceased arrived the bank in a tricycle (keke-napep),.

“Three of them sat close to my shop for hours, before a man was coming towards the bank and they quickly walked towards the man (victim) who carried a black bagco bag of money and started dragging the bag with him at gun point while urging him to release the bag.

“We saw them dragging the money with the man, I thought it was one of the movie scenes, you know these Nollywood people do use Asaba very well for acting movies.
“But before we knew it, they shot the man. It was at this point that everyone, including the policemen took to our heel while the victim held on the bag of money and struggled into the bank where he fell on the ground.

The bank thieves left the money bag which the deceased held on to after he was shot and drove off immediately. The body of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).

“They were in the car for sometime before the car refused to start to immediately. But nobody, not even armed policemen who had removed their uniforms dared to challenged them until they finally zoomed” the eyewitness who pleaded anonymity added.

The Sun reports that the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, has confirmed the incident, and also said the incident was already being investigated.
Those Rating Osinbajo Higher Than Buhari Want To Cause Division - Presidency

Those Rating Osinbajo Higher Than Buhari Want To Cause Division - Presidency

The Political Adviser to the President in the Office of the Vice President, Senator Femi Ojudu made the remarks while fielding questions from State House correspondents on the speculations making the rounds, preferring Osinbajo’s style of governance to Buhari’s on Monday in Abuja. It will be recalled that Osinbajo has been piloting the affairs of the country since January 19 when President Buhari jetted out to London, United Kingdom on medical vacation. . Since his departure, Osinbajo has apparently taken a couple of initiatives that had elicited hopes that Nigeria may get out of its present state of economic recession sooner than expected. One of those decisions was a directive to the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele to review the country’s foreign exchange policy which seems to be producing results at the moment, judging from the Naira value appreciation over the Dollar. Osinbajo had earlier also forwarded the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Oonneghen to the Senate for confirmation contrary to the Buhari’s perceived reluctance since appointing the CJN in acting capacity in November, 2016. Reacting to trend of comparing the President and his Vice, Ojudu said it was completely unfounded. He said: “I think it is thoughtless. I also see it as a ploy by the opposition to cause an unnecessary division. It is a joint ticket. The president and the vice president were elected based on the manifesto of the party and since they were sworn-in, they have been committed to implementing that manifesto. “The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing, are the ones saying this. It is now the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result. It is not a question of one person being better than the other person. “I will give you an example, there is nothing that has been done since the vice president started acting that is not something that started far back in the past. A good example is the Niger Delta initiative. The President called the Vice President and said I am giving you the mandate, go into the Niger Delta, meet with everyone who is a stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefits of Nigerians. “We are losing 1.2 million barrels of oil per day. All the gas pipelines powering the turbines are being blown up. And the President has said unless and until we resolve this problem, we will not get out of recession. The VP took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta. It is the initiative of Mr. President not that of Vice President. “This is mischief makers, those who do not wish this country well, who are always promoting crisis, who will not allow the people to benefit from this democracy are the ones promoting this kind of divisive tendencies.” He said that the Acting President on some occasions consult the President even as he refused to accept that Osinbajo was not in charge. “Almost on a daily basis, yes. Well, there are things he still needs to consult the President. I mean it is not a regular thing but major decisions he still has to consult Mr. President. The president is still the president. ”He is in charge but like I said earlier on, this is a joint ticket the president of Nigeria remains the president of Nigeria. He is acting because it is one and the same. He is more experienced, he has been in the game longer than the vice president and if there are major issues that he needs to take decision on, he could call on him and say Sir, what do you think about this we are about to take decision on it. Do you have opinion? That does not mean he is not in charge.” But reminded that Nigerians other than partisan opposition politicians were the ones making the comparisons, Ojudu maintained his position of oneness. ”Again, one other thing you have to see is that if you give someone a responsibility, he must be able to show to Mr. President that despite that he is not being around is not going to create any vacuum. He can then decide not to sleep at all, all through the time the president is a way just to show him that he is capable of ensuring that Nigeria goes on well while he is away. “And the President could also have given the mandate let nothing go wrong, I believe in you, I appointed you as my Vice President you must make sure that you do this. If you have a boss who gives you an assignment you will want to impress him and Nigerians as well and that for me is what has happened. It is not that one person is better than the other, certainly not. “I’m telling that I have seen some things sent out intentionally to cause some kind of division within the presidency. Some people who have been condemning everybody in the past, I see them on twitter and on facebook and generally on social media. Some people are trying to promote division and we are not going to allow that. This president and vice president worked together in tandem and I know they both have confidence in this nation”, he said. Also asked to react to the concerns in Katsina State that the president was poisoned, the Political Adviser said it was stupid to believe such stories. “The way I will react to that is that those of you in the media should be careful what you pick from the social media now. It is becoming a factory for fake news in the Nigeria. A lot of things you see on social media can never be true. I saw that, I read it and I assessed it using the prism of these factors, those indices we use to analysis stories in the media and found out that, that it cannot be true. “For example they said somebody kept N77 trillion somewhere, imagine that. What is the total value of Nigeria’s economy that because of somebody keeping N77 trillion therefore some people want to poison him so that they can inherit the money. “I mean we have a president that nobody in this country can question his integrity. As a young officer, a middle officer, a senior officer and as a Head of State till now, nobody has been able to tarnish his image or come up with anything. For me, it is not even worth responding to, as soon as I read it, I dismissed it, it is so ridiculous. Again it is the handiwork of our enemies, the problem is fakeness has almost become global and universal, other countries are experiencing it. Those who want to destabilize the country, they come up with all kinds of stupid stories, some kind of unimaginable stories. So we should just discountenance those things”, he said.
Man Dies In Lover's Apartment In Ogun, Lover & Friends Dump His Body In A Bush

Man Dies In Lover's Apartment In Ogun, Lover & Friends Dump His Body In A Bush

The police in Ogun State have arrested three women over the mysterious death of the lover of one of them in Mamugba community, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrests to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, said the suspects connived to dump the remains of the victim in the bush. He said, the man had visited to spend the night with his lover, identified as Rukayat Bashorun, but died in a mysterious manner. “The Ogun State police command has arrested three women namely: Rukayat Basorun 37, Omobola Shodimu, and Aanu Owoade, for murder. The suspects were arrested when information got to the police that they secretly dumped a corpse in a bush”, he stated. The police spokesperson added that the Divisional Police Officer for Ogijo, Tijani Mohammed, who received the information led his officials to the area at Mamugba village, Simawa where the main suspect, Ms. Basorun, was arrested. “Investigation revealed that the deceased happened to be Rukayat’s lover who came to spend some time with her but died in suspicious circumstances in the house of the suspect. “Rukayat then connived with her two other accomplices to take the body and dump it in the bush”, he emphasised. Mr. Oyeyemi said, on interrogation, Ms. Basorun confessed that the deceased was her man friend who went to visit her but suddenly fell sick. “She stated further that she took him to a private hospital but the money charged by the hospital was too much for her to pay which made her to take him to an undisclosed clinic where she said the man gave up the ghost”, he stated. “When asked the reason why she decided to dump the corpse in the bush, she could not give any reasonable response”, Mr. Oyeyemi stated. The police spokesperson said the corpse had been recovered and deposited at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital mortuary in Sagamu for autopsy. He said the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
Obasanjo's 80th Birthday: CAN Celebrates OBJ, Inaugurates Him Onigbagbo Of Ogun

Obasanjo's 80th Birthday: CAN Celebrates OBJ, Inaugurates Him Onigbagbo Of Ogun

Ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo will turn 80 March 5, 2017. A thanksgiving as held on Sunday at the Treasure House of God, Agbeloba, Abeokuta, Ogun where the Christian Association of Nigeria conferred on him the 'Asiwaju Onigbagbo of Ogun State' (Leader of Believers). Invited special guests includes Mrs Awolowo Dosunmu, HRM Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu Amororo II Oba Olowu of Owu, HRM Oba M. A. A. Gbadebo CFR, The Alake of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Abosede Onanuga - Deputy Governor of Ogun State, The Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekumbi and other important dignitaries. Obasanjo was born 5 March 1937, former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He holds many chieftaincy titles, such as Balogun of the Owu lineage and the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan of Yorubaland.
Tinubu Prepares To Run For Presidency In 2019, Lists Running Mates - ThisDay

Tinubu Prepares To Run For Presidency In 2019, Lists Running Mates - ThisDay

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, has been holding a series of meetings and consultations for his bid for the presidency in 2019, THISDAY has reliably learnt. According to sources close to the former Lagos State governor, he is also putting together a team, preparatory for the race and has developed an elaborative strategic plan to make a bold bid for the coveted office. In so doing, Tinubu, sources confirmed, has abandoned his initial plan of aligning with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to build a mega party to take on the APC in 2019. Instead, Tinubu, the sources volunteered, has decided to remain in the APC, a party that he played a pivotal role setting up in 2013 and leading it to a historic victory in the 2015 elections. Tinubu had hinted of his interest to contest for the presidency in Akure last Friday when he told reporters during the inauguration of the new governor of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), that he could run for the office in 2019. “There is nothing wrong with such ambition,” he said, adding: “It depends on the timing, the environment and what the political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration.” Following his brushes with the leadership of the APC and his perceived marginalisation in the Muhammadu Buhari administration, he was said to have opted for building a huge alliance, using the PDP and some other parties to form a new mega party that would serve as a counterweight to the ruling APC and wrest power from it in 2019. But Tinubu, according to sources, has had a change of mind and has decided not to leave a house he helped to build for others. Although Buhari’s absence and concerns over his health, which may rule him out of the contest in 2019, may have played a role in Tinubu’s decision to contest for the presidency on the platform of the APC, sources informed THISDAY that the former Lagos governor’s mind is made up to make a go for the presidency. According to a source in the know, “Asiwaju would actually prefer that the president recovers and returns hale and hearty, but he does not seek a second term. “But even if Buhari decides to seek a second term, Asiwaju’s mind is made up, as he will contest for the post in the APC under any circumstances. “He is tired of being a kingmaker and has decided that he will contest under any prevailing circumstances.” In this regard, the source said Tinubu remains on course to build a strong counter force within the APC, first in South-west, by stepping up his efforts to reconcile with all his erstwhile political associates, including former Governors Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, as well as other political leaders like Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. His goal, according to THISDAY sources, is that a reinvigorated alliance in the South-west would help him checkmate his estranged younger associates, including former Governors Kayode Fayemi and Babatunde Fashola, as well as Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who he believes are being used to clip his political influence in the region. With the South-west tidied up, the presidential aspirant is said to be consulting widely in the North, reaching out to the region’s political heavyweights and sourcing for alliances that will strengthen his hand in building a strong base in that part of the country. Already, Tinubu’s team has pencilled down three names as possible running mates, a source close to the APC leader disclosed. They are Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State due to name recognition and political considerations; Senator Abu Ibrahim who represents Buhari’s Katsina South Senatorial District, to placate the president’s people and power bloc; and possibly the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, his well-known political associate and an expert on economic reforms that could prove very useful to a Tinubu presidency. However, as Buhari’s absence opens the field for contenders for the presidency on the platform of the APC, his aide responsible for political affairs, Babafemi Ojudu, has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by those in the opposition to cause a division between Buhari and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Naira Strengthens To N435/$ On CBN Dollar Glut

Naira Strengthens To N435/$ On CBN Dollar Glut

The naira continued to strengthen on the parallel market on Monday to close at N435 to the dollar, stronger than N450 to the dollar at which it closed last Friday, as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) continued to relentlessly pump the greenbank into the interbank foreign exchange market to meet the demand of bank customers. But the buy rate of the greenback rose slightly to N430 to the dollar Monday, against N440 last Friday. Several parallel market operators who had been stockpiling dollars for months, were seen lamenting that the CBN’s intervention was forcing them to offload their dollars at a loss. But as they bemoaned their losses, market analysts cautioned that they were likely to incur more losses, as the CBN, in keeping with its determination to increase liquidity in the FX market Monday pumped a fresh $180 million into the interbank market. A breakdown of this amount showed that the CBN sold $100 million through its special wholesale intervention forwards and pumped an additional $80 million to the banks, specifically for school fees, medicals, and Business and Personal Travel Allowanced, among other invisible transactions. CBN also said it would with “immediate effect give Travelex $4 million weekly to satisfy demand for travel allowances at the Lagos and Abuja airports”. In a statement released Monday, the CBN’s acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said the central bank’s commitment to providing enough FX for legitimate business remains unshaken, reiterating that it would do “everything possible” to maintain the steady supply of forex to the market. In all, the new FX measures introduced by the CBN aimed at improving liquidity in market has led to the appreciation of the naira by N85 in just one week. Analysts are projecting that the naira might appreciate to about N400 to the dollar on the parallel market this week, effectively meeting the CBN’s objective of closing the gap between interbank and parallel market rates. The CBN had maintained that much of the dollar demand was a bubble created by speculators and hoarders of the greenback. Also, speaking on a programme monitored on Raypower FM in Lagos Monday, Okorafor urged currency dealers and others hoarding dollars to make hay and sell their holdings in order to avoid heavy losses. He added: “I want to assure that we would provide enough liquidity in the market and we will sustain liquidity in the market. The country is opening up and foreign reserves are improving. Many people outside are beginning to realise the huge opportunities in this country. “You can see the subscription of the Eurobond. It clearly shows the potential in this economy. This economy is bottomless when it comes to investment opportunities. “So, ultimately, the exchange rate would improve and anybody hoarding dollars would suffer for it.” Responding to a question on the impact of the continuing ban of 41 items from accessing the official FX market, the CBN spokesman said: “The savings we have made from the elimination of the 41 items from the FX market have been very huge. “Nigerians are beginning to adapt to made-in-Nigeria products and indeed we have supported some local manufacturers. “Apart from rice, we are funding the production of palm oil and other produce. “We have two firms now producing toothpicks in Nigeria. So, you can see that even though people criticised the removal of the 41 items, which is one thing that we held on to, to change the entire economic landscape of this country. “No country is known to have succeeded or became great by depending on outsiders for its food, fashion, drinks, and others. We cannot continue like that. “We must change our appetite for foreign goods and services. We are determined to fund the FX market.” Meanwhile, Nigeria’s external reserves increased further to $29.414 billion, according to latest figures made available by the CBN.

Monday, February 27

 FIRS Seals Kabo Airlines, Others Over N200 Million Tax Liabilities

FIRS Seals Kabo Airlines, Others Over N200 Million Tax Liabilities


The Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, today sealed the offices of Kabo Airlines, Monaco Ventures Limited and Paki International Motors, all in Kano, over tax liabilities.

Kabo Airlines owes N149,707,949.03 from the assessment year of 2004 to 2013. According to the head of the enforcement team in Kano, Bukar Gana, the airline’s liabilities are made up of Income Tax (IT) and Education Tax (ET). He explained that the company did not contest the liabilities, an action which led to the sealing of its premises on Ashton Road, Kano State.

Also sealed was Paki International Motors, which owes Company Income Tax (CIT) totaling N51,148,117.57, accumulated between 2008 and 2014.

The enforcement similarly sealed Prince Hotel (Sojuna Hotel) over N8,359, 680.76 liability from 2014 to 2016. In its defence, the hotel management pleaded that the default was as a result of non-disclosure of the liability by the company’s tax auditor. It promised to pay 50 percent of the liability immediately and the remaining in April.

Phamadex Nigeria Limited, which owes withholding tax amounting to N572,331,.72 from 2014 to 2015 assessment year, presented evidence of payment of the liability. However, the company was yet to pay the penalty and interest that had accrued on the liability. The team gave the company the grace to pay up within 24 hours.

The FIRS team also visited the premises of Monaco Ventures Limited over an Education Tax debt of N385,922.50. The company was also sealed up by the team. The enforcement exercise continues in other parts of the country.
Aisha Shettima Nur declared wanted by EFCC

Aisha Shettima Nur declared wanted by EFCC


Former banker, Aisha Shettima Nur has been declared wanted by EFCC for money laundering.




Read the statement from EFCC after the cut...


"WANTED BY EFCC
AISHA SHETTIMA NUR (aka YAGANA IBRAHIM BUKAR)
The public is hereby notified that Aisha Shettima Nur is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for money laundering.
On November 14, 2016, Nur, a former banker, was convicted (in absentia) on a ten count charge of money laundering. Investigations had revealed that the convict laundered monies which were the proceeds of crime through the accounts of her siblings and daughter, as well as through the purchase of vehicles and stocking of a provision shop.
While the cases were ongoing at both the Federal and State High Courts, the convict had jumped bail, consequent upon which judges of both courts issued bench warrants for her arrest. Unfortunately, all efforts to arrest her by the Commission proved abortive, resulting in suspended sentencing until the convict is apprehended.
The fair-skinned fugitive is 37 years old and 5.4 feet tall. She hails from Maiduguri, Borno State and is fluent in Hausa, Kanuri and English languages. Her last known address is No 1, Umar Galadima Street, Kawo, Kano
Anybody with useful information as to her whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Ibadan, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 0809 3322 644 (0809 EFCC NIG), 0818 3322 644 (0818 EFCC NIG); its e-mail address: info@efccnigeria.org or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies."

25 INEC Officials In Hospital After Rivers Rerun Attack

25 INEC Officials In Hospital After Rivers Rerun Attack



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said more than 25 of its staff members were receiving medical attention as a result of attacks suffered during Saturday’s supplementary election in Etche local government area of Rivers state.

In an interview with NAN in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Aniedi Ikoiwak, resident electoral commissioner (REC) blamed the attacks on the people of Rivers.

He said one of the victims just regained consciousness on Sunday.

“This is one area that Nigerians should ask questions: over 25 INEC staff members are in hospital today because the people of Rivers state decided to either kill or wound them,” he said.

“They were all beaten up because they went to those villages to conduct an election.

“Let the people of Rivers state tell us the offence any of them committed. What did they do? They were bringing materials for the election; they decided to descend on them, beat them up, collect their personal belongings and run away.”

Ikoiwak noted that the victims were on official duty and needed a peaceful environment to achieve success.
He called on Nigerians to condemn the alleged attack.

“It is very sad. None of them was beaten up in his home but where they went to conduct an election,” he said.

“Why shouldn’t Nigerians discuss that? Why should people sent to conduct an election be beaten up and their belongings taken away from them?”

But Nyesom Wike, governor of the state, has described the election as one of the most peaceful in the history of the state.

Speaking at a church service in Port Harcourt, Wike commended security operatives for the role they played in the exercise.

“For the first time, I want to commend the security operatives in the state. If they have been doing this way, we wouldn’t have been having problems in this state,” he said.

“This is the first election I have seen in my life, since this government came, that you don’t see too much involvement of security operatives and that is why nobody has died, that’s why the election went on peacefully.

“I told the opposition party, because security is not interfering, that’s why you can’t get one seat. If they were carrying [electoral] materials as they used to do before, they would have allocated some seats.

“So, I want to commend them.”
About 700 staff members of INEC were mobilised for the supplementary legislative election in Etche.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had withdrawn from assisting INEC in the election due to security issues.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious in the exercise.
Nigerian Blogger Lilian Nwobu Dies Leaving Her 2year Old Daughter Behind

Nigerian Blogger Lilian Nwobu Dies Leaving Her 2year Old Daughter Behind

Blogger Lilian Nwobu was reported dead yesterday after it was announced that she was suffering from cancer of the blood. She was survived by her Daughter named Xenia after she wedded to her handsome husband on 4th November 2013 She is the Founder of Gistpost.com, an entertainment website in Nigeria. She graduated at Anambra State University where she studied Business Administration. Perhaps she is also a staff at GT Bank. May Her Soul Rest In Peace Amen!
Man Set Ablaze For Stealing A Motor Battery In Calabar (graphic Photos)

Man Set Ablaze For Stealing A Motor Battery In Calabar (graphic Photos)

This morning, a Facebook user, Julie Effiong alerted Brainnewsng.com of a jungle justice in Yellow Duke by Okodi and Okoho Ephraim, where she quoted ”Very horrible sight”. It was gathered that the affected man, which is still under his early 20’s stole a motor Battery, where luck ran out of him, he was caught, beaten by angry mob before being set ablaze. See Graphic Photos below Photo Credit: 'Ifere Paul'
The Oscars 2017: Full Winner's List (pics)

The Oscars 2017: Full Winner's List (pics)

Moonlight has won the best picture Oscar in an unlikely victory, sensationally defeating the strong favourite La La Land. Directed by Barry Jenkins and adapted from an unpublished playscript by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight won near- universal critical plaudits for its depiction of the coming of age of a gay black teenager from a rough neighbourhood in Miami. It defeated nine other films in the Oscar race: apart from hot favourite La La Land, it also beat Kenneth Lonergan’s grief drama Manchester by the Sea and the commercially successful Hidden Figures, about black female mathematicians who worked on Nasa’s moon mission in the 1960s. Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won their first Oscars for their supporting roles in African-American stories "Fences" and "Moonlight," in stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated. THE WINNERS LIST IN FULL Best supporting actor WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) Dev Patel (Lion) Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) Best makeup and hairstyling A Man Called Ove Star Trek Beyond WINNER: Suicide Squad Best costume design Allied WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Florence Foster Jenkins Jackie La La Land Best documentary Fire at Sea I Am Not Your Negro Life, Animated WINNER: OJ: Made in America 13th Best sound editing WINNER: Arrival Deepwater Horizon Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Sully Best sound mixing Arrival WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 13 Hours Best supporting actress WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences) Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Nicole Kidman (Lion) Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) Best foreign language film Land of Mine A Man Called Ove WINNER: The Salesman Tanna Toni Erdmann Best animated short Blind Vaysha Borrowed Time Pear Cider and Cigarettes Pearl WINNER: Piper Best animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life As a Zucchini The Red Turtle WINNER: Zootopia Best production design Arrival Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hail, Caesar! WINNER: La La Land Passengers Best visual effects Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange WINNER: The Jungle Book Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best film editing Arrival WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La Land Moonlight Best documentary short 4.1 Miles Extremis Joe’s Violin Watani: My Homeland WINNER: The White Helmets Best live-action short Ennemis Interieurs La Femme et le TGV Silent Nights WINNER: Sing Timecode Best cinematography Arrival WINNER: La La Land Lion Moonlight Silence Best score Jackie WINNER: La La Land Lion Moonlight Passengers Best song Audition (La La Land) Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls) WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land) The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story) How Far I’ll Go (Moana) Best original screenplay Hell or High Water La La Land The Lobster WINNER: Manchester by the Sea 20th Century Women Best adapted screenplay Arrival Fences Hidden Figures Lion WINNER: Moonlight Best director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Best actor WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) Ryan Gosling (La La Land) Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) Denzel Washington (Fences) Best actress Isabelle Huppert (Elle) Ruth Negga (Loving) WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land) Natalie Portman (Jackie) Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) Best picture Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures WINNER: La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea WINNER: Moonlight
Tonto Dikeh Finds Love Again, Dating A Younger Cute Guy Raphael? (Photos)

Tonto Dikeh Finds Love Again, Dating A Younger Cute Guy Raphael? (Photos)

Has Tonto Dikeh found love again? Tongues have been wagging since the sudden intimacy between Tonto Dikeh and Raphael 2Kriss shortly after she left her husband's house. It seems that she has found solace in the warm hands of a younger lover named Raphael. He was said to have played the fatherly role at her son's birthday party.
Hijackers Hit Tanker Escort’s Head With Hammer, Divert Multi-million Naira Product

Hijackers Hit Tanker Escort’s Head With Hammer, Divert Multi-million Naira Product

Operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested 12 suspects over an attempted murder of a tanker escort and the diversion of a 45,000 litre diesel laden truck and 410 bags of flour. The incident happened on 1 February, 2017 when the truck with the registration number ENU 751 XH conveying 45,000 litres of diesel it loaded at Optima Depot, Koko, Warri in Delta State was hijacked after some suspects hit the truck pilot, Tunji Ajayi with hammer at the back of the head and threw him into a ditch. The diversion was reported at the Rapid Response Squad’s Headquarters in Alausa, where it was reported that the officials declined to take up the case over jurisdiction. It was further revealed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni on hearing of the incident directed that the police swing into action immediately, noting that crime has no jurisdiction. The operatives, in handling the case spent 11 days shuttling Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Edo States and picking up all the suspects allegedly involved in the diversion of the diesel and 410 bags of flour. As at Sunday, the operatives had arrested 23 people directly involved in the attempted murder of Tunji Ajayi, the representative of Samsuat Petroleum, the diversion, buyers and sub – buyers of the products. The complainant, Mrs. Nafisat Osinowo, in her statement at the RRS’s Office in Alausa, Ikeja, stated, “the diesel was meant to be delivered in Sango, Ogun State. Our representative escorting the truck called me when they got to Benin that the tyre of the truck was not good in the afternoon. “He called again at 11:00 p.m. that the truck has been parked in Ore. It is our tradition not to travel at night. Our discussion was that they proceed on the journey at 5:00 a.m. the next day. That was the last time we spoke. Efforts to get him the following day proved abortive until few days later when we were called that he was in an intensive care unit at the hospital”. Sources revealed that Gbenga Akinboyewa (33) and Obinna Ofunue (29) were recruited by a syndicate in connivance with the driver of the diesel truck, Amara (now at large) to eliminate Tunji Ajayi, the representative of the owner of the product. The trio had at Ore at night, engaged Ajayi, overpowered him before hitting him at the back of the head with a hammer. They were reported to have thereafter dropped his body in a ditch along the road before diverting the truck with the 45,000 diesel. The syndicate, led by Chibueze Nnamdi, a building materials dealer in Ore, Ondo State, Edwin Ozor, Oluchukwu and one Shedrach, now at large, had raised N800, 000:00 to pay for the services of those engaged in the course of the diesel diversion. According to Nnmadi, “I invited Akinboyewa into the deal. I briefed him and he in turn invited Ofunue. The instruction we gave them was to tie the hands and legs of the escort and hide him somewhere so that within an hour, we would have closed the deal before he was loose. I didn’t say they should kill him. “Biggy (Ozor) and I raised N800, 000 to settle the boys, lodge them in a hotel, feed and take care of other emergencies in the course of the job. We promised Akinbiyewa N500, 000 for his own aspect of the job”. He disclosed further, “when we were in control of the truck, we drove to Ijebu Ode, where we discharged 2,800 litres. We proceeded to Lagos, where we offloaded 19,200 in one station, 14,000 in another and 8,400 in the last filling station. Those equally arrested in connection with the attempted murder and diesel diversions were: Sadiku Ganinu, Oluchukwu Oyema and Gbenga Aliyu. Meanwhile, the operatives have also uncovered that the same syndicate had sometime last week facilitated the disposal off 410 bags of flour believed to belong to Dangote Flour. Sources revealed that one of the suspects, whose name was not mentioned, disclosed to the police that the syndicate had a week ago, disposed a truck load of flour. The revelation prompted further investigations by the operatives, which led the RRS team to Sagamu, Ogun State, where the buyer of the flour, Rabiu Bello was arrested. Bello, a Colanut dealer, had in his statement stated that one Mustapha (at large) brought the flour deal to him, adding that, he bought each bag of the flour N8500. He further stated that he in turn sold the flour in Zamfara at N9500 per bag. Others involved in the flour deal and arrested by the operatives included: Chigozie Obi, Feranmi Michael and Adedeji Kehinde. All the suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti.
Rivers Re-run: APC Rejects INEC Declaration Of PDP As Winner

Rivers Re-run: APC Rejects INEC Declaration Of PDP As Winner

Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected Etche State Constituency and Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency rerun election results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). A statement by Rivers State APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya, said the party was taken aback when it was reported that the National Electoral Commissioner in charge of Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers states, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, had ordered that the incomplete results be declared despite the earlier declaration by the two Returning Officers on Saturday at Okehi that the elections were inconclusive. The statement noted that “The APC vehemently rejects the results as declared today (Sunday) at the State INEC Office in Port Harcourt. This action by INEC runs counter and contradictory to earlier announcement on Saturday by the aforementioned Returning Officers who are the duly empowered persons to make such declarations. “What INEC did today is a rape on democracy and the APC will surely resist it with every legal window available to it. INEC can only do what it did today because Gov. Nyesom Wike has, as usual, generously compromised key officials of INEC in Rivers State. “The APC notes that despite the general outcry concerning Gov. Nyesom Wike’s interference in the electoral process, the governor physically held hostage a Returning Officer to force him announce results in a manner unbecoming of a governor. We condemn this and call on INEC leadership and security agencies to investigate this unfortunate incidence. “We recall that this same compromised INEC in Rivers State embarked on the now infamous 2015 elections which is unarguably the worst election in the annals of Nigeria. During the December 10, 2016 rerun that followed, INEC continued to exhibit unwarranted contradictions and unwholesome mishandling of the process which resulted in the further rescheduling of the rerun elections for Etche State Constituency and Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency. Sadly, INEC has, once again, bungled it.”
Ekiti PDP Senator Ignores Fayose, Declares Support For Sheriff

Ekiti PDP Senator Ignores Fayose, Declares Support For Sheriff

While the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, champions the movement against Ali Sheriff as Peoples Democratic Party chairman, a senator from his state has declared full support for Mr. Sheriff. Mr. Sheriff has been recognised as PDP chairman by the Court of Appeal. But Mr. Fayose, who heads the PDP Governors Forum, and other party leaders have restated their opposition to Mr. Sheriff and vowed to appeal the judgement at the Supreme Court. However, on Sunday, Fatimat Raji- Rasaki, who represents Ekiti Central Senatorial District said Mr. Sheriff was the authentic national chairman of the PDP. She made the declaration on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti while speaking with journalists at the end of a three-day capacity building training on ICT she organised for 100 beneficiaries in her constituency. Mrs. Raji-Rasaki’s declaration comes days after another senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce also declared support for Mr. Sheriff saying there was no need for further litigations. On Sunday, Mrs. Raji-Rasaki, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, said the era of impunity was dead in the PDP. She said that the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Mr. Sheriff as the national chairman of PDP had afforded the party an opportunity to put its house in order. The lawmaker, who belongs to a rival PDP faction in Ekiti different from the governor’s, said the recent developments in Ekiti and at the national level, would enable the PDP prepare ahead of the 2019 general elections. She described the Court of Appeal judgment as a “new lease of life’’ for members of the party. The senator, who distributed free laptops to participants who attended the training, stressed that anybody that wants to make impact in today’s world must be empowered technologically. She urged the beneficiaries to put into practice what they learnt at the training. Mrs. Raji-Rasaki expressed sadness that impunity, lawlessness, violation of the PDP constitution and abuse of power by people whose names she did not mention, had negatively affected the party’s fortunes before the judgment. She expressed hope that the PDP would emerge stronger from its crises to be a party that would allow equity, justice, fair play, adherence to due process and the principles of democracy to thrive. The senator expressed satisfaction that the judiciary intervened and resolved the protracted crises rocking the party. She lauded the Ekiti chapter of the party for affirming Williams Ajayi as the authentic state chairman. She alleged that some individuals in the PDP had turned the party into their personal property where party congresses and primaries elections to elect candidates were hijacked. She added that members of the party were not allowed to choose candidates of their choice. She said: “Crisis in any political party is part of democracy because we disagree to agree. “We, the authentic PDP, are being led by Ali Modu Sheriff and we thank God that the court judgment has put an end to impunity in our party. “Impunity is one thing that destroys any organisation or association where people decide and subscribe to rules and regulations guiding them. “It is a pity that some people turned the PDP to a place where one person will corner everything and turn it to PLC. “A party is supposed to be where everybody has a say because we are in a democracy. “In Ekiti, the authentic executive has won in court as well, so in the PDP, we have smh
Sheriff Asks Court To Jail Makarfi, FFK, Obi, Others Over Contempt

Sheriff Asks Court To Jail Makarfi, FFK, Obi, Others Over Contempt

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has asked the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to jail his arch rival, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and some of his loyalists. Apart from the former governor of Kaduna State, Sheriff, who is also a former governor of Borno State, also listed three other prominent leaders of the party as those to be jailed by the appellate court. Sheriff and the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, accused Makarfi and others of flouting the order of the court, which was delivered on February 17, 2017. The court, in the judgment, had pronounced Sheriff as the national chairman of the party while it also upheld that Oladipo remained its national secretary. Apart from Makarfi, others named as alleged contemnors are the two other members of the sacked National Caretaker Committees, Senator Ben Obi (secretary) and Mr. Dayo Adeyeye (publicity secretary). He also listed a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, among the alleged contemnors. Sheriff, in suit number FHC/ PH/ CS/524/16, asked the court to commit the four persons to prison for one year over the alleged contempt. Apart from the four named above, the PDP national chairman also listed a former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin; and an aspirant to the office of the party’s national chairman, Chief Bode George, as alleged contemnors. However, he did not pray the court to commit Ihedioha, Gana, Jibrin and George to prison, rather, he asked the court for an order restraining them from “proclaiming or otherwise holding out to the public that the 1st to 3rd alleged contemnors are national officers of the PDP for any purpose whatsoever.” Listed as defendants in the case are the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector- General of Police and the Department of State Services. The duo asked the court to stop Makarfi and his group from parading themselves as national officers of the party. They also asked the court to direct the IGP and the DSS to close down the factional secretariat being operated by the Makarfi group. Apart from that, they also asked the court not to transmit the records of the court proceedings to Markarfi and his group, saying they didn’t have the permission of the party to get it. Oladipo, who signed an affidavit in support of the claim, stated that on February 17, “soon after the judgment was delivered, the alleged contemnors proceeded to address the media and to comment negatively, contemptuously, disparagingly and contumeliously on the findings and order of the court set out above.” He added, “Rather than accept that the justice of the matter as determined by this honourable court was as expressed in the findings, holdings and order set out above, the 4th to 8th Alleged Contemnors made statements encouraging the 1st to 3rd respondents to defy the order of the court and flout the purpose of the court’s judgment delivered on the 17th of February 2017.” He said it was on this basis that the alleged contemnors placed notices in newspapers, where they convened a meeting of what they called “PDP stakeholders.” He stated, “The said meeting was held on Monday, February 20, and was attended by the 4th to 8th alleged contemnors, who made further statements encouraging the 1st to 3rd alleged contemnors to defy the holdings and order of the court.” The motion on notice for the committal of the alleged contemnors was filed by eight lawyers, led by a former Minister of Justice, Akin Olujimi (SAN), who was joined by two other SANs – Dr. Alex Izinyon and B. E. Nwofor – among others. The lawyers said, “The actions of the alleged contemnors, as shown in the affidavit in support of this application, have the effort of flouting the purpose of the judgment of this Honourable court, which purpose is to properly regulate the exercise of powers by the alleged contemnors against the applicants and 1st Respondent; avoid any further anarchy, lawlessness and deepening crisis capable of heating up the Nigerian polity; and establish the requirements of the rule of law and due process in the administration of justice. “Although the alleged contemnors were not parties to the action in court, it is our humble submission that they have a responsibility to ensure that they do not aid and abet the disobedience of the judgment order or treat the said judgment with disdain and disrespect.” Markarfi and the other faction of the party are believed to have filed an application seeking for stay of execution of the judgment and leave for appeal. No date has been fixed for the hearing of Sheriff’s case, which was filed on February 24, 2017.
UK Okays Diezani’s Trial For ‘money Laundering

UK Okays Diezani’s Trial For ‘money Laundering

All is set for the trial of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and four others in London for alleged corrupt practices. The trial has been fixed for June and more evidence were hauled to the United Kingdom at the weekend. Part of the evidence are the proceedings of a Federal High Court in respect of the order of final forfeiture of $153million allegedly traced to the ex-minister. It was also learnt that one of the suspects had been found at a hideout in London and placed under surveillance. There have been reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was negotiating with Mrs. Alison-Madueke. The EFCC yesterday said it was not engaged in any secret negotiation with her. According to a source in the anti-graft agency, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, the agency is set for the trial. The source said: “The UK investigators have gone far on the allegations against Diezani. From the records made available, the ex-minister and four others will face trial as from June. “We have taken more evidence to the UK, including all court records relating to the final forfeiture of $153million. We have a huge pile of documents.” Responding to a question, the source added: “In fact, one of the suspects on the radar of investigators has been located in London and he is under surveillance.” He declined to name the suspect. On the reported negotiation with the former minister, the source said: “There is no basis to negotiate with the ex- Minister in view of the overwhelming evidence at our disposal. You should ask yourself what purpose the negotiation will serve. “The EFCC is set for the trial of the ex- minister at home and abroad. It is curious to be talking of a curious negotiation with someone who has a prima facie case to answer. “The ex-minister has forfeited $153m; we have had far-reaching investigation on her involvement in the $115m poll bribery scandal; we have seized some of her choice properties and she has consistently maintained that she is ready for trial. So, what is the basis for negotiation when we have a good case?” The National Crime Agency (NCA) on October 2, 2015 arrested Mrs. Alison- Madueke and four others for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering. The former minister, whose movement has been restricted to the UK, remains under investigation. The NCA found some of the ex-minister’s brothers and other business partners complicit in the money laundering allegation. She was arrested with her brothers. Messrs Abiye Agama and Somye Agama are Mrs Alison-Madueke siblings who operate some UK-based businesses hurriedly shut them after the NCA and the EFCC searchlight became intense. The two brothers are directors of Hadley Petroleum Solutions Limited, a company the authorities believe was used for money laundering. The other directors are Ugonna Madueke and Abu Fari. The company was registered in June 2013 in Manchester, but was dissolved less than two years later last February without filing any account. Abiye, 33, a point man of the firm, is a computer engineer and manager. He was a director in 11 other companies. He resigned from seven of them. According to EFCC records, some of the assets linked with Mrs. Alison-Madueke are: A block of six units service apartments on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Six units terrace flats in Yaba, Lagos Mainland Twin four-bedroom duplexes in Lekki Phase I Two duplexes on Banana Island A duplex in Asokoro District, Abuja A mini-estate in Mabushi, Abuja A set of 12 terrace duplexes at Omaremi Street in Port Harcourt Large expanse of land at Oniru, Victoria Island in Lagos A multi-billion Naira estate in Yenagoa Two apartments in Dubai marked as J5 Emirates Hills (30million Dirham) and E146 Emirates Hills valued at 44million Dirham A hotel in Port Harcourt under investigation $37.5m mansion on Banana Island in Lagos. But Alison-Madueke had disputed some of the slush funds and assets attributed to her
More Youths To Be Gainfully Employed In 2017 – FG

More Youths To Be Gainfully Employed In 2017 – FG

The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is laying a solid foundation for the future generation through his leadership style. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Lawal, who spoke at a roundtable with top government officials in Owerri on Saturday, said that by no fewer than one million youth will be gainfully employed by year end. The SGF was in Owerri on Friday where he was conferred with a Fellowship at the 5th Convocation of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo. He said Buhari’s administration was not witch-hunting anybody, but wanted to ensure that impunity and corruption were eradicated in the country. Lawal said the Federal Government had already engaged over 30,000 youths through its numerous programmes and job creation, adding that one million youths would be gainfully employed before the end of 2017. He said the president inherited a lot of challenges ranging from insecurity to corruption, adding that the situation needed support and patience to fix the economy. He said that everybody must join hand to rediscover the nation and to put it back to where it rightfully belong. He said, “We have commenced a new journey of rapid and sustainable economic growth that will usher us prosperity despite all the challenges. “Our economy should have been among the strongest in the world if not for the high level of corruption which is more evident in key sectors like education and health care delivery.” The SGF said the administration had recorded huge success since it started the fight against corruption and had prosecuted many public office holders. He added that the Whistleblowing policy had helped the administration recovered millions of naira from corrupt Nigerians, adding that the huge sum would be reinvested to boost the economy. Lawal said that government was aware of the pains Nigerians were passing through. He assured that government was doing everything possible to address it. “This government has introduced diversification policy and very soon we will begin to witness changes as we have witnessed in rice and wheat production,” he said. Gov. Rochas Okorocha said that this was not the time for Nigerians to weep or complain in the struggle for nationhood, but a time to comply. According to him, Nigeria must write the history of this recession, just like other advanced nation did in their own struggle to greatness. Okorocha further said Buhari’s main job was not to build skyscrapers but to lay a solid foundation for other successors to build. He said Nigerians should continue to pray for the president as his emergence was divine and the purpose must be fulfilled. Okrocha also admonished youths to de- emphasize the search for civil service jobs, but to see agriculture as the fastest means to create wealth.
Military Truck Rams Into Car Carrying Family Of 7 In Calabar

Military Truck Rams Into Car Carrying Family Of 7 In Calabar

Tragedy strucked yesterday night, as a military truck rammed into a white lexus jeep, reports say, containing 7 people (5 adults and 2 children) on their way coming back from church
The victims were said to be returning from Word Alive Church, before the incident occured. The Army Truck has a registration number of ARMY 933.
Ebube Muonso Seeks Amnesty For Nnamdi Kanu

Ebube Muonso Seeks Amnesty For Nnamdi Kanu

The Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma, pop­ ularly known as Ebube Muonso, has pleaded with the Federal Government to grant amnesty to the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. He described the incarceration of Kanu as an injustice and inequity from the government. The clergyman said that addressing various critical issues like injustice, marginalisation and others which fuel the urge to secede would have far-reaching effect than holding other people captive. Obimma took the anti-corruption war of the Buhari-led Federal Government to the cleaners over alleged lopsidedness. He spoke at the end of a 33-day prayer session with the theme: “My Year of Divine Enthronement” organised by his ministry. The event was allegedly attended by about 1.5 million participants across the globe. He preached from 9pm to 9am and attended to over 600 participants after the prayer session. Two deaf and dumb participants: Paul Ukachukwu and Bernard Mmaduka, said that they received their healing as they could hear and speak. Obimma said: “The President (Buhari) is partial in his anti-corruption war. For him, the politicians in the ruling APC are saints but the ones in the PDP, APGA, and other political parties are corrupt. Let there be equality; let love lead Nigeria.” Obimma, a Catholic Priest with Onitsha Archdiocese and Parish Priest of Blessed Iwene Tansi Parish, Umudioka, Dunukofia in Anambra State, lamented that with the exchange rate of the dollar to Naira worsening daily, Nigerians were finding it very difficult to afford the basic require­ ments of life even as many industries and businesses are have shut down. He continued: “My message is for our country Nigeria whereby some people are under oppression. We say we’re one Nigeria but that’s only in words. I am advocating for equity, justice, and fair­ ness. “And again, God has absolute power; holding other people captives just like Nnamdi Kanu who is languishing in prison. And everybody is passive about that even Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Injustice is in­ justice. “I pray that the Federal Government will grant him (Kanu) amnesty. As you can see, there is hunger in the land. The President and others should alleviate hun­ ger in the land. The people are dying daily. Prices of goods are skyrocketing. As a priest, I’m not happy when I see my flock suffer,” he stressed.

Sunday, February 26

 Wife Of Zambia Man Who Is A Maid To Chinese Man Delivers Asian-looking Baby

Wife Of Zambia Man Who Is A Maid To Chinese Man Delivers Asian-looking Baby


Mr Fabio Phiri, a Taxi driver from Lusaka, Zambia and his wife Priscilla Phiri, a maid at China Engineering and Construction limited welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their family six moths ago.

Despite the fact that the baby obviously looks mixed and that the woman might have been doing more than cleaning and cooking for her former boss, the young couple are very much happy and have thanked God for blessing them with a beautiful baby boy.

"I love my son , he is a blessing to me , because of him I have been forced to even work hard in life so that I can always provide for him," Mr Phiri said.

"He is a big boy now and is 6 months old , I named him after myself because he looks exactly like I do especially when I was a baby like him , his name is Fabio Ji Wu Phiri, the Ji Wu is a name we gave to him after my wife's former boss mr Ji Wu Young a Chinese engineer who was working at China Engineering and Construction limited , he helped us a lot when my wife was pregnant and has been very supportive to our family and the baby , even after he left Zambia , he still sends money to help us with up keep so the only way we could appreciate him is by giving some of his names to our son " Mr Fabio Phiri added.

On her part, his wife Priscilla said she was grateful to God for giving her a beautiful and healthy baby boy.

"I am very happy for this gift of a beautiful baby boy , I love him so much and I am thankful to God for giving him to me."

Amina Mohammed Departs The Nigeria For Her UN Job

Amina Mohammed Departs The Nigeria For Her UN Job


Former minister for Environment, Amina Mohammed has bid farewell to Nigeria ahead of her new job at the United Nations. Amina Mohammed, who assumes the position of Deputy Secretary General at the United Nations in March thanked Nigerians for supporting her during her time as minister.

“Farewell Nigeria as my life journey takes another turn on the road. Thank you for your kind words of support. Allah swt ya saka da alheri,” she tweeted on Sunday.


She was also pictured at the airport in Abuja -departing to an undisclosed destination.
Fake Big Brother Naija Housemates Jon Ogah And Ese Evicted

Fake Big Brother Naija Housemates Jon Ogah And Ese Evicted


Coming shortly after big brother announced there won't be eviction today, fake big brother naija housemates, Jon Ogah and Ese, have been sent packing from the house.


The housemates only spent two weeks in the house, before getting evicted. However, it seems
some of the reality show's fans wanted them to stay longer.