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TOP NEWS IN NIGERIA TODAY(EVENING EDITION)
=>Naira Drops To 313.5 As Dollar Shortage Persists-Punch
On Thursday, January 28, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), received a letter. The two-paragraph letter from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, made only one request from the anti-graft chief. Signed by Muhammad Diri, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, the letter asked Mr. Magu to forward “the case diary in respect of investigation into” the OPL 245 Malabu scandal. The letter, which should normally be a routine one, caused a dilemma to the EFCC chief. It put him directly in the middle of a conflict, a senior government official called “cold war” between the Attorney General Abubakar Malami, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The crux of the disagreement between the vice president and the attorney general concerns what decision the administration should take as it tries to resolve the fraud and controversy surrounding the allocation of immensely rich OPL 245 to Malabu and its subsequent assignment to oil majors, Shell and Eni. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the recommendations made by the justice ministry to the presidency regarding the resolution of a long-drawn scandal which has given Nigeria a bad name, and is being investigated by authorities in Italy, UK, Nigeria, and the U.S. READ FULL NEWS
=>FG Moves To Secure List Of Properties Owned By Nigerians In Dubai-Sunnews
Few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the federal government has revealed that efforts were in top gear to secure a list of Nigerians who owned choice properties in the country from proceeds of fraud. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, while briefing the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs during the budget defence of the ministry, said the Nigerian government was in talks with the UAE government in getting a list of all properties owned by Nigerians. According to him, with the presence of the new All Progressives Congress (APC) government and the change mantra, Nigeria’s diplomatic missions will be repositioned to effectively carryout their functions. On the issue of money laundering and the role of Nigeria’s foreign missions abroad, he disclosed that the Ministry is presently engaged in the recovery of over $300 million laundered money in the State of New Jersey in the United States of America. Meanwhile, a Senate panel has urged foreign missions abroad to be watchdogs of the federal government in its fight against money laundering which has made countries abroad their safe havens. The recommendation was given by Senate Leader Ali Ndume during the 2016 budget defence of Foreign Ministry. Meanwhile, the Federal Government has revealed plans to employ families of dead victims as well as other injured persons of the 2014 immigration test stampede. Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at the end of the ministry’s budget defence yesterday. Dambazau said the ministry, in accordance with a presidential directive, has concluded plans to employ them, adding that their letters of employment will be issued shortly. “There is a Presidential directive and we are implementing that directive…They will get their letters of employment as soon as possible. It is now for the board to sit down and organise the process. We want to ensure that the process is transparent so that nobody can criticise it in the future,” he said.
=> Lagos-ibadan Expressway Ready In 24 Months –Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the Federal Government is concluding plans to complete the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos, within the next two years. Fashola also stated that the Federal Government inherited a debt of N1tn as outstanding payments to road contractors across the country. The minister, who spoke on Tuesday while addressing a joint session of the House of Representatives Committees on Works/Power/Housing in Abuja, added that the government’s total commitment to roads was in excess of N2tn.He explained that the government had decided to prioritise road projects in the country by identifying major ones in the six geographical zones with a view to completing them. Going by the prioritisation plan, Fashola mentioned the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as one of the projects that would be completed within 24 months.He said N50bn had been proposed in the 2016 budget to speed up work on the reconstruction of the expressway.He stated, “The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been prioritised as a major traffic artery. The bulk of our imported cargo comes from Apapa, Tin Can ports through this road to other parts of the country. “Food items and livestock from the North also reach the South-West and other areas through the road. It’s in our national economic interest to fix this road.”Another road, which the minister mentioned as having been prioritised, is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road in Lagos. Other roads, named by Fashola as belonging to this category, include the Abuja-Lokoja and Nasarawa-Oweto-Otukpo roads.He explained that the roads would be broken into a three-year plan (2016-2018), with the first phase being roads to be completed in 2016. He added that 2,000 kilometres of roads would be completed each year, translating to 31 road projects in 2016 and 55 roads in 2017.“Every zone of the country will be essentially served within available resources,” he said.According to the minister, the total budgetary proposal for the entire works sector and the parastatals in 2016, is N285.3bn out of which N268bn is earmarked for capital projects this year.READ FULL NEWS..
=>Buhari Returns To Nigeria After UK Vacation And Medicals; To Embark On Three-Nation Tour Of Egypt, Saudi Arabia And Qatar-Sahara Reporters
President Muhammadu Buhari is on his way back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom following an abrupt five-day vacation he began in London last week.
SaharaReporters sources said his Presidential jet departed London for Abuja at exactly 13.45hrs GMT.
The President had abruptly embarked on the vacation after participating in a Syria donor conference in London.
SaharaReporters reported that that his handlers had merely inserted him into the Syria conference as a cover for a medical visit to his doctors. It is unclear why his healthcare is shrouded in secrecy.
The President stayed at an apartment in the Knightsbridge area of London, but sent the bulk of his aides back to Nigeria. Our sources say that following meetings with his doctors over two days, he rested in the apartment until today.
Since leaving Nigeria, there have been speculations about his being sighted in Saudi Arabi, but SaharaReporters can confirm that the President did not leave London until today.
He is expected to be in Nigeria for the next two weeks, but will resume his foreign tour on February 24, if everything goes as planned, with a three-nation state visit to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
While in Saudi Arabia, President Buhari is expected to perform the Umrah, as well as visit Makka and Madina. SOURCE
=>Chinese sex workers invading, spreading across Nigeria and Africa-Quartz
– Chinese sex workers are flocking to Africa in the wake of investments and businesses.
– Thousands are poised to flood into Nigeria’s sex industry, attracted by relative economic prosperity.
– The influx of Chinese prostitutes is being met with fierce resistance by local sex workers in countries like Cameroon.
China has surpassed the U.S. as Africa’s top trade partner, investing heavily in infrastructure development projects, manufacturing, mining and agriculture amongst others.
Chinese investment in Africa is well documented and the country’s direct investment in African countries runs into billions of dollars.
Chinese outbound tourists visiting Africa have also steadily increased over the past few years, with the continent reportedly receiving 2.69 million visitors from China in 2014. The presence of Chinese nationals on the continent doesn’t end there, but there is now a new phenomena which has been reported in several African countries.
Chinese sex workers have taken various countries by storm, providing their services in Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.
According to research, Sub-Saharan Africa has become a new haven for Chinese sex workers.
The research conducted by Basile Ndjio, a researcher from Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study explores migration patterns of Chinise sex workers in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana. READ FULL NEWS
=>Married woman glued to boyfriend after having sex in Enugu-Lailasbog
Unconfirmed reports claim that a married woman and her boyfriend were stuck together after sex in Nsukka area of Enugu state yesterday, February 9.
According to reports, the duo tried all their possible best to disengage themselves to no avail. They had to call on nearby neighbours who in a bid to help them wheeled them down to one Bishop Shanahan Teaching Hospital in a wheelbarrow.
There were reports that this occurrence might be a medical condition called Penis Captivus, a rare occurrence in sexual intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual. But another quarter said the woman’s husband jazzed the woman so as not to cheat on him sexually outside their matrimony. It has however not been ascertained if the doctors at the hospital have been able to separate them or if couple are still within the hospital premises.
=>Theft: Court Jails Man 7 Years For Stealing Spaghetti-Leadership
Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday sentenced a business man, Sayyu Aliyu Zakari to seven years imprisonment for stealing 9000 cartons of Dangote spaghetti worth N9, 180,000.
Zakari was arraigned on a three count charge of stealing and issuing a dud cheque through his company, Alrander limited to Dangote company.
The judge sentenced Zakari to five years imprisonment on count one, two years in respect of each of count two and three while his company, Alrander limited is to pay a fine of N1m.
The court ordered that the prison terms shall run concurrently from February 9, 2016.
The convict, Zakari and his company, Alrander Limited was arraigned on August 13, 2013 on the charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Zakari was said to have, on September 11,2012, with intent to defraud, knowingly and fraudulently issued a Fidelity Bank Plc cheque for the sum of N9, 180,000 aimed at purchasing the food products.
The EFCC SAID the offence of stealing is contrary to Section 285(1) of the Criminal Code Cap C3 Vol. 44 Laws of Lagos State Nigeria while the offence of issuance of dishonored cheques is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the dishonoured cheques offence Act Cap D11 Laws of the Federation.
=> Nigerians studying in other African countries spend $2bn on tuition annually
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Senator Binta Masi, on Tuesday, frowned at Nigerians travelling to other African countries to get educated.The Senator who said Nigeria was getting it right on the initiative of research and education network, said Nigeria currently spends over $2 billion annually as capital flight on education abroad. Masi disclosed this in Abuja during the official Commissioning of the Federal University of Lafia, FUL, to the Nigeria Research and Education Network, (NgREN). She said as chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education Trust Fund, the NgREN initiative would be further exposed to members of the National Assembly to fully engage all stakeholders and ensure adequate funding and support for maximum delivery of the NgREN services. The Senator also noted that the National Assembly would continue to support more initiatives on rescuing and reviving the glory of the Nigeria education sector. The Coordinator of the Programme in NUC, Dr Joshua Attah, speaking on the benefits of NgREN, said the network helped in cutting cost as its present connection fee was $59 per megg. “It helps to avoid unnecessary travels and also help cut cost of capacity building as teaching can be delivered to several people.” He added that NgREN will address ranking address,” Attah said. READ FULL NEWS
=> Babangida joins Nigerians to condemn Aso Rock rent-Naij.com
Former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, has lend his voice to the criticism currently accompanying the 2016 national budget that was presented to the National Assembly last year December by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former president in his reaction to the ongoing criticism trailing the alleged payment of rent in the Aso Rock, requested to know who the landlord is.
He also advised the country’s politicians, saying: “I strongly believe our Politicians are well fed. The Aso Rock food budget should be reviewed. Aso Rock is not a place to feed Politicians.”
Former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida asked who the current landlord of Aso Rock is
Buhari, who hammered so hard on the economic challenges facing the country following the sudden fall in crude oil prices, assured Nigerians that the budget would mitigate the effect of the unbelievable reality. The president also promised that the budget would cut waste from government spending while its funds would be directed to public good.
But, the recent breakdown of the budget, especially the allocations made to the Aso Rock villa, ignited furious reaction from Nigerians who took to a micro blogging site (Twitter) to inquire for answers that are still in the pipeline. Some described the budget as a collection of fraudulent and frivolous allocations aimed at sustaining the flamboyant lifestyle of public officials.
=>Network On Police Reform In Nigeria Condemns Military Crackdown On IPOB, Urges Investigation Into Incidents- SaharaReporters In a statement today signed by its National Coordinator, Okechukwu Nwanguma, the group called on the President to order military and other law enforcement authorities to act professionally and humanely and desist from the use of excessive and lethal use of force to suppress peaceful protests.
It cited a crackdown yesterday morning in Aba when it said military men who arrived in several Hilux vans opened fire on members of IPOB as they were conducting prayers at the National High School, killing nine unarmed members instantly, and bundling away several injured ones.
According to the statement, “One of the IPOB members who witnessed the attack informed NOPRIN: ‘we gathered at National High School when Police men came with up to fifteen Hilux. They were outside, and before we know it, the military men came with (another) five Hilux Vans and a Jeep. They surrounded us as if we are criminals. We were singing and praying. They took six of our coordinators and three others away and started shooting at us. Nine people died instantly. They took them away with those with gunshot (injuries). Two died on our way to the hospital. Four in one hospital have no hope (of survival) with many others. All there Hilux Vans were filled with our men…’”
NOPRIN described the conduct of the military as a heinous crime and human rights abuse against a group conducting itself peacefully, stressing that the attack was unprovoked and unjustified as the IPOB members were neither armed nor posed any threat to the military or to anyone else.
“This latest merciless shooting and abduction of members of IPOB by the military is one too many,” it said.
ENTERTAINMENT =>Photos: Bread seller turned model, Olajumoke, to feature on CNN?- Linda Ikeji
Linda ikeji wrote this on her blog this afternoon about the Breadseller turned model Now, I’m officially jealous! CNN? Wow, you go Olajumoke! Bread seller turned model, Olajumoke Orisaguna, pictured above during a fitting for designer April By Kunbi today and according to her model management, Few Models, who shared the photos, the fitting was covered by CNN.
Dede oneday was planning house opening on Dec. 25th and died on 11th Dec.. Uwaezuoke just said so on stage yesternight at the Nollywood Candle Night for the Dead Actor , Abia NOLLYWOOD mourns dede1day. Tue 9/2/16, (4pm Road Show), 7pm Candle/Drama Nite @ Luxury City hotel (sugarland) Aba. Dress Code was Black , see Photos below. SOURCE
TOP NEWS IN NIGERIA TODAY(MORNING EDITION)
=>Biafra: 6 IPOB Members Shot Dead In Aba, 30 Injured, 45 In Police Net – Vanguard
ABA—The protest embarked on by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over the prolonged detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, turned bloody in Aba, Abia State, as a combined team of security agents, comprising soldiers and policemen allegedly fired shots at the protesters, killing six members of the group and arresting 20. Also in Enugu, the Police in the state yesterday, arrested 25 members of the IPOB, who had gathered at the Naira Triangle in preparation for a protest march. Vanguard gathered that the protesters had, as early as 9am, converged at National High School, along Port Harcourt-Aba road, from where they usually march to other areas of the city when security agents swooped on them. Sources said the IPOB members were in prayer session when the soldiers and their police counterparts invaded the area and arrested some leaders of the group. In the confusion, several protesters were injured while 10 were feared dead. Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the casualty figure would have been higher had some of the protesters not escaped. According to them,“the protesters as usual, gathered at the school to pray before taking off, but soldiers and policemen invade the area. There was heavy shooting. I saw more than three dead people. Many others were injured.” The situation caused tension in the area as shop owners and residents scampered to safety. Motorists avoided the stretch between Crystal Park Hotel junction and National High School in order not to be caught in the crossfire. An IPOB official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the security agents arrested the group’s Aba Coordinator identified as Ikechukwu and some of his assistants. The official, who disclosed that 20 IPOB members were being detained by the Police, insisted that they would not relent until their detained leader is released as well as the actualization of an independent state of Biafra, adding that the protest would continue until Friday.
Following the revelation of several unjustifiable allocations in the 2016 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, the federal government has finally admitted that there were errors in the 2016 Budget. In it defense, FG put the blame on the development on the adoption of the Zero-Based Budgeting System. The ministry of dudget and national planning in a statement by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Charles Dafe said the budget was well structured but those responsible for budgeting at the various ministries, departments and agencies of government were still grappling with some of the technicalities used in the fiscal document. “The proposals have received general commendation. However, the details were developed using the Zero-Based Budget and is a new concept to our Budget Officers away from our traditional envelop process. “The members of staff in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning as well as those handling budget issues in all ministries and extra-ministerial agencies are grappling to master the technicalities in the ZBB template. “As such therefore, some errors are not unexpected in the changeover to the new ZBB approach. “This was the reason the ministry arranged for the proposals to be placed on the website of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to expose them to public scrutiny,” the statement reads in part. The ministry said it will liaise with the National Assembly to address issues raised in the budget adding that the government would investigate and sanction anyone found to have been involved in any fraudulent activity as regards the budget. “The ministry assures the general public that it will continue to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly to address any issues that have arisen, or may arise. “Training and retraining to build capacity of the Budget Officers on the ZBB concept will be intensified in 2016. READ FULL NEWS
=>Soldiers aid Boko Haram terrorists with weapons, kits (photos)-Naij.com
The Nigerian military has opened up on how some of its soldiers are making a mockery of its efforts to win the war against insurgency in the country. According to Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director of public relations, some of their officers may have been in secret discussions with some of the insurgents, hence some of the setbacks being recorded by the troops who are on the battlefields with the terrorists. He made this disclosure while briefing newsmen of the latest successes recorded by the Nigerian Army following recent raids on the terrorists’ camp in different parts of Nigeria’s northeast.
Some of the military kits recovered from the terrorists’ den after the recent raid.
Colonel Usman said: “Unfortunately, despite these successes, a crop of black sheep amongst us are bend on tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army. “Last Sunday 7th February 2016, two of our Explosive Ordinance Device personnel attached to 143 Battalion, 13NA/ 70/10183 Sapper Eric Nwokorie and 13NA/70/10263 Sapper Macauley Fortune were arrested at Yola park with the following unauthorised military items: 1 Smoke grenade, 2,136 live rounds of 7.62 (Special) ammunition, 50 live rounds of 7.6mm (NATO) ammunition, 5 magazines of AK 47 rifles, 2 Browning Machine Gun live rounds of ammunitions.
Cartridges and live ammunition also recovered by the Nigerian troops.
» Reverend Sisters Die In Accident In Cross River (Graphic Photos)-TrezyBlog
Four reverend sisters pictured above died in a fatal motor accident after their car collided with a truck of a bottling company along the Ikom-Okoja road. A facebook user who witnessed the gory accident shared the photos online. So sad. May their souls rest in peace. SOURCE
=>Saraki Could Face 14-year Jail Term, Ban From Public Office If Convicted- Sunnews
With the collapse of the fierce battle at the Supreme Court on Friday to stave off his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for allegedly falsifying his declaration of his assets, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on conviction risks 14 years jail term, losing his position, 10 years ban form holding public and forfeiture of any asset related to the alleged offence. The Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act empowers the Code of Conduct Tribunal to impose any of the punishments prescribed in section 23 of the act. Section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act provides: “(1) Where the tribunal finds a public officer guilty of contravening any of the provisions of this act, it shall impose upon that officer any of the punishments specified under subsection (2) of this section.” Section 23(2), however, states: “The punishment which the tribunal shall impose shall include any of the following: (a) vacation of office or any elective or nominated office as the case may be; (b) disqualification from holding any public office (whether elective or not) for a period not exceeding 10 years; (c) seizure and forfeiture to the state of any property acquired in abuse or corruption of office.” The prescribed sanctions are also provided for in paragraph 18 of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended). However, to show that the prescribed sanctions may not be exhaustive, as the Act employs the word “include,” section 23(3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act provides: “The punishments mentioned in subsection (2) of this section shall be without prejudice to the penalties that may be imposed by any law, where the breach of conduct is also a criminal offence under the Criminal Code or nay other enactment or law.” Under this provision, if found guilty of breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, Saraki may also be punished for perjury, as his asset declaration was done under oath. The Criminal Code Act prescribes imposition of 14 years jail for perjury.
=>Recruiter Of Terrorists For ISIS Arrested In Nigeria-PremiumTimes
The State Security Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa alleged to a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the SSS through a statement by one of its officials, Tony Okpuiyo, said Mr. Yunusa was arrested in Kano on January 17 after he “completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ISIS.” Read the SSS’ full statement below. DSS Arrests ISIS Recruiter and Other Terrorists … Planned Terrorists Attacks in States Aborted In line with the Service statutory mandate to decisively and continually provide actionable intelligence as well as act to degrade persons and groups that threaten internal security in the Country, the Service initiated series of tactical operations, involving raids and enforcement actions against identified criminal and extremist kingpins and syndicates across the country. These recent operations have significantly degraded the key extremist groups and kidnapping gangs, terrorizing innocent citizens in the Country, particularly in the South-West, North-West and Middle-Belt regions of the Federation. On 17th January, 2016, one Abdussalam Enesi YUNUSA, a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was arrested in Kano. His arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country. Prior to his arrest, YUNUSA had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ‘Islamic State’. These recruits include the trio of one Muhammed RABI’U, Yahaya Momoh JIMOH and Zainab SUNDAY (f). YUNUSA is a 400 level undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology.
=>Presidency puts measures against terror attacks on Villa-Naij.com
The presidency on February 9, Tuesday, has moved against terror attack in Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer Bashir Abubakar has issued a circular titled ‘Use of tinted cars around the Presidential Villa, Abuja’. Abubakar ordered all tinted cars and other vehicles to be systematically searched. He stated that the most of the main attacks by terrorist groups around the world against high profile targets were done with stolen or tinted cars. The document reads in part: “It has been observed that some staff of the Presidential Villa driving tinted cars, especially security personnel are in the habit of refusing to wind down their windscreen for security checks before driving into the villa. “It is most worrisome that some of them used the excuse of either driving official cars or driving VIPs to justify their acts. “This act which is not in tandem with standard security drill and procedure poses serious threat to the safety and security of the Villa. “It is important to note that the insistence of security operatives at the pilot gates to properly screen vehicles coming into the villa whether tinted or not tinted, official or unofficial is not out of place. “Therefore, there is need for all to subject themselves and their vehicles to security checks as the case may be, so as to prevent unscrupulous elements from exploring the situation to launch attacks on the Villa. “More So, that most of the major attacks by terrorists groups on high profile targets around the world are being carried out using hijacked vehicles or vehicles with tinted glasses.”
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed an application by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for the release of certain items, including his British and Nigerian passports, which are in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Justice James Tsoho dismissed the application made orally by Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Chuks Muouma (SAN), who had sought the release of the items on the grounds that they would not be needed by the prosecution since they were not listed as part of the exhibits to be tendered.
Apart from the passports, other items which Muouma sought to be released to the IPOB leader, who is currently in detention along with his two co-accused person at Kuje prison, are cash sums of $2,200 and N87,000.
In a bench ruling delivered shortly after entertaining various arguments, Justice Tsoho dismissed the application for lacking in merit.
The judge held that the fact that the items were not listed as possible exhibits did not foreclose the possibility of their being later used by the prosecution.
He held that just as the prosecution was at liberty to call any witness it intended to at any time, it could also decide to tender any exhibit without prior listing of them.
“On the basis of that, the application is here by dismissed for lacking in merit,” the judge ruled.
Meanwhile, the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Diri, informed the judge on Tuesday that he had filed an application seeking the protection of the prosecution witnesses.
=> Fashola can’t run power ministry like he ran Lagos —Tribune
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, on Tuesday, decried the recent hike in electricity tariff by the Federal Government. According to CACOL, the increase would amount to a corrupt practice to force the tariff increase on people. “We note that in spite of public outcry against any hike, the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing superintended upon by Mr Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos State, has gone ahead to illegally impose a tariff hike on electricity on Nigerians for services not rendered to them. This is flagrant and audacious corruption in a situation where the Federal Government claims to be fighting against corruption and illegality. “Mr Babatunde Fashola should be told that the ministry he superintends over is not meant for the kind of antics that he got away with in Lagos State when he was governor,” the Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr Debo Adeniran, said. According to him, it was the nation’s electricity firms and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that owed Nigerians money and apologies for not rendering adequate services that they received money for and continued to receive money for. “Therefore, we reject this hike in electricity tariff in totality. We demand that power supply should be made available and accessible to all and a billing system that will be transparent, reasonable and commensurate with consumption should be provided. “The DISCOs and NERC can take a cue from the telecommunications sector by providing meters; fixing the cobweb-like cables that dangle over the heads of people,” the CACOL boss said.
=>Olisa Metuh bought N500 million house on Banana Island – Witness-Nigerianeye
A detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Junaid Sai’d, yesterday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh, allegedly transferred N500 million to Daniel Paul International Ltd.
Sai’d said the money was transferred in two tranches of N200 million and N300 million to purchase a landed property for the defendant on Banana Island in Lagos.
The detective also claimed the PDP spokesman allegedly gave $2 million cash to a woman in his home to invest. Sai’d told the court that the $2 million was Metuh’s share of the N10 billion allegedly withdrawn by ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for distribution to party members at the last PDP presidential convention where Goodluck Jonathan was picked as a sole candidate. The witness said there was evidence that Metuh’s company, Destra Investment Limited, got N400 million from the ex-NSA for security services. But he claimed there were no records of contractual agreement or any project executed. He said investigation showed that the fund was deployed in PDP campaign. Metuh is being tried for allegedly using the N400 million he purportedly received from the Office of the NSA in November, 2014, to fund the party’s presidential campaign. He was arraigned with his company, Destra, on January 15 on a seven-count. The PDP spokesman was also accused of laundering $2 million cash through a phony investment transaction.
=> N400m Fraud: EFCC Closes Case Against Olisa Metuh
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday closed its case against the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh. Metuh was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged N400m fraud. During his trial yesterday, a witness of the EFCC, Junaidu Sa’id, told the court how $47million was withdrawn from the CBN and disbursed to members of the PDP including Metuh for the purpose of the party’s presidential campaign. Sa’id, an investigative officer with the anti graft agency, was led in evidence by the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that the commission in the course of investigation discovered how the office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki’ leadership withdrew $47million for the purpose of the campaign activities of the PDP. The witness said, “It was at that period that Dasuki withdrew $47million from the CBN which was shared to members of the party for the presidential convention that the commission traced the $2million paid to Destra Investment company belonging to Metuh. “It was four days after the disbursements that Metuh gave the money to his then wealth manager, Nneka Nicole Ararume.” Under cross examination by the lawyer to Metuh, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), the witness said that Metuh had written in his statement that the monies he received from the Office of the former NSA was for campaign activities as approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan and for the payment of his personal debt. READ FULL NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT =>Popular Yoruba actor Arakangudu is dead
The popular well-built Nollywood actor Arakangudu is dead. Arakangudu died between Monday night and Tuesday morning, February 8-9 of cardiac arrest in Kaduna where he was undergoing a course. The baritone-voiced actor who practiced his trade in the Yoruba genre of Nollywood is known for his portrayal of herbalists and armed robbers. He was also a movie producer and has produced many award-winning movies, among them Iya Oko Bournvita, Agba Osugbo, Aje Olokun, Ogbologbo, Ilu Gangan. He was also a movie director and directed a couple of movies. Arakangudu, also known as Sikiru Adeshina, had gone off the acting radar for some years after suffering from an undisclosed ailment that made him abandon his Lagos base and relocate to Oshogbo, his home town. Arakangudu later made a return to acting in 2015 with his role as a chief in the palace in a recent movie titled Ayaba Oosa. Contrary to the believe that Arakangudu will be buried today being a Muslim, a close associate of his Mr Olaolu confirmed his death to Naij.com. He said the late actor died in Kaduna and because of the distance between Kaduna and Oshogbo Arakangudu will not be buried today but tomorrow Wednesday, February 10.
=> Pics: Actress Toyin Aimakhu’s Ex-Husband, Adeniyi Johnson Flaunts Mystery New Lover
As Toyin Aimakhu moved on to socialite and millionaire Nollywood investor, Seun Egbegbe. Her estranged husband, Adeniyi Johnson seems to have done the same. He flaunted this mystery lady with an interesting caption. (Do we hear wedding bells?) He has also removed ”husband” from his instagram bio.SOURCE
=>Confirmed: Ali Baba says Helen Paul backstabbed him
Acclaimed king of comedy, Alleluya Atuyota Akprobomere, popularly known as Ali Baba, has confessed that comedienne Helen Paul was the one he referred to in a controversial Instagram post last year. In the post, Ali Baba berated a ‘female colleague’ who ‘backstabbed’ him after he had recommended her for an event, and as well done several favours for without waiting for any compensation in return. Ali Baba’s comments immediately went viral on social media, albeit a war of words also ensued between Helen Paul and Gordons a few days earlier at the AY Live Comedy show in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. Fingers were instantly pointed at Helen as the ‘backstabber’ in question by social media commentators. Tatafo, as Helen is fondly called, later posted a comment, literally claiming that if she was the one in question, Ali Baba would have personally called her to express his grievances. A few days later, the king of comedy denied that he was referring to her, but a source close to him has claimed otherwise. “He (Ali Baba) actually confessed to me that he was referring to Helen Paul. He is quite bitter about the fact that after recommending her for a job, which they were billed to co-host, she was suggesting to the event planner to use a younger male comedian instead. “What the lady (Helen Paul) did was wrong actually, so Ali has the right to be upset,” our source revealed. SOURCE
=> My Brothers Failed To See The Talent In 9ice, Phyno & Others- Paul Okoye Regrets
– Paul Okoye said the brothers would have signed Phyno, 9ice, Kiss Daniel – Paul explained why the Okoye brothers are doing things independently – He said he was sure of achieving success with his new artiste, Muno Following the birth RudeBoy records and signing of Muno to the label, Paul Okoye of Psquare has revealed why the brothers are doing business individually. In an exclusive interview with Naij.com on Monday, February 8 at their Omole residence, Paul maintained that Psqaure remains intact but it was time for each of them to try out things independently without hurting the Psquare family. He said he decided to sign Muno immediately he heard him so as not to repeat missed opportunities he had with some artistes in the past. He revealed that he had missed opportunity of signing artistes who are now stars just because he wanted them signed unto Square records. “When they brought Muno to me, I heard his voice, I accepted him immediately because I no wan hear say he don blow tomorrow and I don miss again (general laughter).” He further explained that Square records had missed opportunities of signing several artistes. “When Jude brought Cynthia Morgan I was in support of it, but my brother (Peter) wasn’t comfortable with it but Jude doesn’t want that kind of stories anymore so he went on his own. We don’t want to experience the kind of experience we had before because the problems we will start resolving might even start affecting us. Now, some of us are now like, ‘if to say we know we for allow this girl join us o in Square records’. READ FULL NEWS
Actress Funke Adesiyan says she does not believe in marriage
Nollywood actress turned politician Funke Adesiyan is gradually carving a niche for herself as a controversial personality. The actress who contested in the 2015 general election for the Oyo state House of Assembly and is ripe for marriage has just dropped a shocker concerning marriage. Adesiyan relocated to Ibadan after her failed relationship with star Nollywood actor Saheed Balogun. She said she does not believe in marriage. “I never believed in this sham called marriage. I rather appreciate two lovers appreciating one another without any imprisonment. What would give a wife the right to kill her husband and vice versa if not the nonsense that had filled their brains of “owning one another till death do us part”? Not one person has the right to another’s life. Not even the child you gave birth to. They are gifts from God. The lawyer who killed her husband must be jailed if not killed in return. She has to learn her lesson that just because they were married doesn’t mean she owns his life. It’s just stupid”. The actress who has been working on her stature said she is done with working out. She said she has achieved the perfect shape she wanted and that the only thing left for her is to maintain her new figure. She said this on her Instagram page. SOURCE
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