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=>ICC receives petition against Alaafin of Oyo for murder and human rights abuse – Naij.com
The International Criminal Court (ICC), the Hague, has acknowledged a petition against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over alleged criminalities relating to murder, bomb planting and human rights abuse.
The petition titled: “Unprecedented criminality, flagrant human rights violations, bomb planting, gun running and unresolved assassinations in Oyo town, Oyo state” was delivered to the ICC on September 9, 2015.
We exclusively obtained copies of both the petition and ICC’s letter, dated February 2, 2016, acknowledging receipt of the petition.
The ICC reply came just over a week after President Muhammadu Buhari received similar petition against Oba Adeyemi.
Earlier on December 15, 2014, Justice Ayo Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ibadan, granted an order of mandamus brought before it by Jacob Oluokun and Sulaiman Ishola to compel the Inspector General of Police to investigate the criminal allegations, against Oba Adeyemi.
But since the order was given, the Nigerian Police have continued to disregard the directive even after the IGP, Solomon Arase, was threatened with jail term for contempt of court.
“Successive IGPs have refused to obey the order (to investigate the Alaafin) even after two letters of reminder on January 5 and 21,” the petitioners’ counsel, Abiodun Abdur-Raheem said.
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=>Budget Drama Continues As Health Minister Disowns Ministry’s Budget Propasal-The Nation
MINISTER of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole yesterday shocked members of the Senate Committee on Health when he informed the committee that the original budget of his ministry had been largely distorted.
He claimed that strange figures were smuggled into the budget.
The minister’s revelation might have reinforced the Senate’s claim that the 2016 budget had been tampered with.
The minister urged the committee to discard the budget proposal before it and await a new estimate to be re-submitted today. He assured members of the committee that the new proposal would reflect the programmes of the health sector for the year.
Adewole’s revelation forced Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, to convene a closed door session with the minister apparently to discuss the development.
The minister told the committee that there were some health issues on which conclusions had not been made by the ministry and yet allocations were made on them without the ministry’s knowledge.
Adewole insisted that the provisions of the budget before the National Assembly was in contrast with the priorities of the health sector as contained in the original budget it prepared and submitted to the budget office.
He noted that some of the votes earmarked by the ministry for some activities had been re-distributed while some important areas in the sector had been excluded.
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=> $150million allegation: Amaechi replies Wike- Punch
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers state has expressed regret over allegations of corruption against him by his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike.
According to the minister, the allegations were spurious and deceitful, The Punch reports.
Rotimi Amaechi described Wike’s claims as spurious
Wike had during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, February 7 alleged that Amaechi used the sum of $150m belonging to the state to fund the All Progressives Congress elections.
In a statement from his media office on Monday, Amaechi faulted the Rivers state governor for picking a church to spread his imaginary tale which according to him was another bogus, fallacious concoction.
The statement read: “This new scurrilous fabrication by Governor Wike is in sync with the one-point agenda of the Wike administration, which is to throw as much mud as possible at former governor Amaechi, hoping that some may at least stick.”
Amaechi had some questions for his successor, wondering why in spite of the billions of naira that had accrued to the state, institutions were been allowed to rot away.
“Rivers people want to know why weeds and grasses have taken over the beautiful schools built by Amaechi? Why the standard working health facilities Amaechi built and left behind are now looking desolate and abandoned?” he queried.
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» 6 Polyibadan Students Died And Others Injured In A Motor Accident – Newspeakonline
A ghastly motor accident has claimed the lives of six m3mberw of the poltechnic Ibadan, amomg them, students amd staff.
The accident occured on at about 6pm Monday along Oyo/Ibadan Expressway.
The accident involved a Hummer Bus of the Quantity Surveying department of the institution which was conveying some students and staff of the department to Oyo.
It was gathered that the tyre of the 18- seater bus burst in motion and the bus somersaulted. Four passengers reportedly died on the spot while two died later at the Adeoyo State hospital.
The injured persons were rushed to the Oyo Town General Hospital for treatment. Information was sketchy as at the time of filing t his report whether the number of casualties had increased.
New Telegraph however quoted the Public Relations Officer, of the insitution, Mr Soladoye Adewole, as saying:
“I just got the news not quite long. We have not been able to ascertain the number of deaths, but we have actually recorded some deaths. Our Director of Medical Services and Registrar Mr Ezekiel Fehintola have gone to the scene. We have not been given full details of the incident”
Every school activities has been suspended till next week
Source : jaymejate, student
=> Accept Electricity Tariff Hike As Painful Pill – Fashola -Thenation
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has appealed to Nigerians to bear the pains of the new electricity tariff hike, describing it as painful pill they must swallow in the interest of the country.
Fashola, who had a meeting with all stakeholders in power sector in Lagos on Monday, and inspected ongoing works at the Alagbon Local 2x15MVA, 33/11 KV injection substation in Ikoyi, told journalists that the right thing could have been to increase the power before the tariff but unfortunately it was not possible considering the rot the government met on ground.
He assured electricity consumers that they will get value for their money, adding that the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) have been directed to significantly improve service delivery.
Besides, the 10-year tariff order, will from the next two years begin to come down, he added.
He said: “I understand that people who have been disappointed over a long time will feel the sense of concern that again tariff has gone up. But the truth is that this tariff ought to have been there from day one, and I don’t know why government of yesterday was not courageous enough to tell us this was the tariff.
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=> EFCC Targets 750 New Employment, Moves To Investigate Diezani- DailyTrust
The ongoing fight against corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon enter the petroleum industry as all preliminary investigations have been concluded, acting chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu said on Monday.
He said towards strengthening the crusade, the anti-graft agency plans to recruit additional 750 different cadre staff this year that will add to the core work of the commission.
The EFCC boss revealed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives financial crimes committee to defend the 2016 budget proposal.
Magu was asked by Rep Razak Atunwa (APC, Kwara) on whether the agency will go after the former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke; Kola Aluko; former Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and some oil companies in its ongoing fight.
But he wasn’t specific in his response, as he only replied that “very soon, we will go into the petroleum industry.”
On the EFCC’s 2016 budget, Magu complained that a slash to the commission’s allocation of N1.60 billion may undermine its ongoing operations.
He said the ministry of Budget and National Planning had reduced the agency’s overhead cost for 2016 from the proposed N2, 999 billion to N1, 389 billion which could affect corruption crusade.
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=> Saraki At The Made-in-aba Trade Fair Yesterday (photos)
The Senate President said ”I had fun today at the Made in Aba Trade Fair. It was amazing to see the ingenuity and quality of Nigerian made products”
“In my remarks, I promised that the National Assembly would work on amending the Procurement Act by changing the word “may” to “shall”to ensure that Nigerian products are given first priority over their foreign counterparts in the procurement process”
=> “Ooni Of Ife Is Oba Of Benin’s Son,Not In The Same Class”-Bini Palace To Alake – DawntoduskNews
Following the statement credited to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo that the Oba of Benin is the third in the ranking of kings in the South-West region, the Palace of the Oba of Benin has dismissed this as untrue. The Esogban of Benin and Odionwere of the Kingdom (traditional head), Chief David Edebiri, yesterday, made this disclosure, adding that the Ooni of Ife was a son of the Oba of Benin, and the stool of the Oba of Benin could not be compared with that of any Yoruba King.
Esogban,who is third in command in the palace of the Oba of Benin, said: “We wanted to discard this report as something that was not necessary at all. We do not see how the Alake of Egbaland suddenly woke up to think that the Oba of Benin is also a Yoruba Oba. There is no basis for such classification; Oba of Benin has nothing to do with the Yoruba Obas. It is simply unnecessary, unless they simply want to stir up an unnecessary controversy.
“We are not in Yorubaland. To be frank, it is because many of them are not willing to come up with the truth, the word Oba is alien to Yoruba monarchy; it is not part of their title from time immemorial. For instance, the one they call the Oba of Lagos, these are recent adaptations. In the 50s, there was no Oba of Lagos, what we had was the Eleko of Eko. That is the title of the King there. In Ibadan, you have the Olu Ibadan. You come to Abeokuta, you have the Alake of Egbaland. You come to Oyo, you have the Alaafin of Oyo. In Ilesha, you have the Owa-Obokun of IIesha. So no Yoruba monarch had as part of his titles the word Oba except the Oba of Benin.
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=> I was happy in the prison – Obasanjo – Nigerianeye
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday declared that he was happy during his incarceration in Yola prison.
Obasanjo was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1995 after he was convicted for his involvement in the plot to overthrow the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
He spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Bible Society of Nigeria held at the Muson Centre,Onikan, Lagos.
He presented a bible, regarded as world’s biggest, alongside other BSN patrons which included former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon; former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Chairman, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Elder Felix Ohiwerei.
Delivering the BSN’s annual lecture titled: “Man in pursuit of happiness,” Obasanjo said, “When I was in prison, I had joy. I was always bubbly, teaching and preaching to other prisoners.
“It was because of the joy I had found in God, although it can be said to be abnormal that one is in prison and is happy.”
=> Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is next on our list to probe – EFCC- Nigerianeye
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will soon begin the probe of the nation’s oil and gas industry as part of the current anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The roles of some principal officers in the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke; her counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and an oil magnate, will come under intense scrutiny.
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said this in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the commission’s 2016 budget proposals.
In his presentation before the lawmakers on Monday, Magu tactically avoided giving direct answers to questions on whether Alison-Madueke would come under the searchlight of the agency.
The anti-graft agency’s boss merely responded to such questions by saying, “The commission will soon move into the petroleum sector”, but called on the National Assembly to support the efforts of the agency by making more funds available for its operations.
Shortly after the presentation of the EFCC’s chairman, however, a member of the committee, Mr. Razak Atunwa, told reporters that Magu actually informed the committee that Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and the oil baron would be investigated.
=>Exclusive: How Julius Agwu’s mother burst into tears at son’s show (Photos)
On Sunday, February 7, famous Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu staged an all-star show tagged ‘Life As I See It, THE Rebirth’ at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, which got his mother in tears as Onyeka Onwenu dedicated a special song to her.
The award-winning comedian who staged this gospel musical concert in order to thank the Almighty for his survival after having a successful brain tumour surgery was honored by his colleagues, famous music artists, politicians as well as his family and well-wishers.
The show which kicked off with a lovely performance by Julius Agwu’s children was attended by the wife of ex-governor of Lagos state, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Pat Utomi, Onyeka Owenu, Ali Baba, Nedu, Yinka Ayefele, Omo Baba, Gordons, Funnybone, Pastor ighodalo and wife among others
The highlight of the show that got everyone emotional was when Onyeka Owenu dedicated a song in Igbo Language to Julius Agwu’s mother. A song which was telling her to always give thanks and believe in God because He is the only one who will always be there to protect her and her family. Julius’s mother could not hold back her tears as she danced in a warm embrace with her Son.
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=> Why I cannot do without Funke Akindele – Comedian A.Y
– Ayo Makun has stamp his feet in the sand of time with his debut movie 30 Days In Atlanta
– He shares the secret of the success of 30 Days In Atlanta
– The comedian talks about his relationship with Funke Akindele and why he cannot do without her.
There is this strong bond between you and Funke Akindele, she is always by you either during AY Live or in your movie. What is the bond?
Yes, it’s relationship, it is talent. Iron sharpeneth iron; it is just gaining the right connection with somebody you believe you can work with. And Funke shares that same believe like if it is AY I am ready to go. It is going to be Funke because the connection is there and she also can deliver so it is not only about connection, it is about who she is, her gift and her talent as well. She is somebody who has it and nobody will drop that idea of working with somebody like that.
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=> K1 stages birthday bash for 3 daughters in 1 day
Fuji music maestro K1 De Ultimate known simply as K1 on Sunday, February 7, threw a lavish birthday party for his three daughters at Ticklebay in Lekki , Lagos.
One of the celebrants Anjolaoluwa Whitney
The three daughters are from different mothers with the last one being the daughter of Titi Masha.The three celebrants, with K1and wife Titi Masha
The party had celebrities like the youngest wife of Eleganza CEO Shade Okoya, Lil Kesh, Patoranking, the publisher of Global Excellence magazine Mayor Akinpelu among others in attendance.
=> Shaapera wins TECNO Own The Stage
After months of competing against some of Africa’s finest talents, Shaapera on Sunday, February 7, emerged as the maiden winner of TECNO Own The Stage.
It was a culmination of years of hard work for the Nigerian-born Shaapera who went home with the competition’s grand prize of $25,000 at the end of Sunday’s Grand Finale in Lagos.
In addition, she also earned for herself a recording deal as well as a brand new TECNO Phantom 5.
In second place was the Tanzanian, Nandy, who went home with $15,000, a three-month internship programme at the internationally acclaimed Chocolate City, and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone, while Pascal, from Kenya, finished in third place and earned for himself $10,000 and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone.
Sikin, who was the other Kenyan that made it into Sunday’s Grand Finale, placed fourth at the end of the show.
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