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N84.6 Million Diversion: 4 INEC Officials In EFCC Net

Thu, 2019-10-03 11:34


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested four
officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission for alleged
diversion of over N84.6 million meant for ad doc staff's allowances.

Those arrested are Hassan Aliyu, administrative secretary, Hussain
Jafar, head of operations, Abdullahi Abubakar, Accountant, and
Abdulmumin Usman, all are officials of INEC in Zamfara State.

According to EFCC's spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on
Wednesday in Sokoto, the arrest was due to a petition by one Abdullahi
Nasiru who wrote on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for
INEC during the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State.

“This, alleging that the Adhoc staff were denied payment of their
N6,000 movement allowance each for the two elections.

“They further alleged that what the Commission paid to them was
different from what other states paid their ad hoc staff.

“The commission allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 in Zamfara
while other states like Sokoto State, the commission paid N12,000."

He added, “However, an investigation by the EFCC revealed that none of
the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were
paid their entitlements commutatively put at N84,696,000."

Uwujaren disclosed further that the suspects would soon be charged to
court as soon as investigations were concluded.
 

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Buhari Insulted Nigerians By Visiting South Africa After Xenophobic Attacks - Fani-Kayode

Thu, 2019-10-03 11:15


Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode SaharaReporters Media

 

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described
President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to South Africa as an insult to
Nigerians.

Buhari is currently on a state visit to South Africa.

According to him, a president does not reward a foreign power that has
just "slaughtered" his citizens with impunity with a state visit.

He said Buhari’s visit to the country was inappropriate, adding that
it was yet another first in the ignoble hall of infamy and shame for
Nigeria.

He wrote on his Twitter page: “A President does not reward a foreign
power that has just slaughtered his citizens with impunity with a
state visit.

"@MBuhari’s visit to South Africa is inappropriate and an insult to
the Nigerian people. This is yet another 1st in the ignoble hall of
infamy and shame for Nigeria.”

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Buhari Regime To Christian Association Leaders: Speak 'Off Camera', Duty Is To Provide Spiritual Guidance

Thu, 2019-10-03 11:10


 

The President Muhammadu Buhari regime has advised leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria to discuss issues of public importance with the government in camera.

The Minister of Special Duties and International Affairs, Senator George Akume, gave the advice in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of CAN which was led by its president, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.

Akume said, “Honestly, it is always good to seek interaction with government, sometimes off camera.  It makes a lot of good because if you say sometimes innocently, something that is innocently put across could be distorted and magnified for a social purpose.

“The purpose of government is to provide security for people and property. Government is doing whatever it can to tackle insecurity.

"Your duty is to provide spiritual guidance."

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Nigerian Government Has No Forensic Evidence To Prove Maina Stole Money – Frank Tietie

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:44


Frank Tietie

Frank Tietie ChannelsTV

 

A Nigerian lawyer and rights activist, Frank Tietie, claims the
Nigerian government has no forensic evidence to prove that former
Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, stole
any money.

“There is no forensic evidence to prove that Maina stole money
directly,” the lawyer told ChannelsTV on Wednesday.

Tietie stated, “All of those forces who have always wanted him, who
have always been scared of him would now come and face him and he
should be given the opportunity to say the whole truth.

“Maina definitely has enjoyed some measure of cooperation from the
state authorities in such a confusing manner.

“At a point he was declared wanted, only to be reported to be
protected by the DSS.”

Maina was declared wanted by the EFCC for an alleged N2 billion fraud
in November 2015 that led to his disappearance only to show up again
in October 2017 as he was reinstated as a director in the Ministry of
Interior.

His reinstatement and promotion led to public outrage.

In an interview with ChannelsTV, after his return, Maina had said,
“Mr. President, I will give you information and documents that will
fetch you over N3 trillion now in Nigeria, give me nine months. Within
the first three months, I will show you N1 trillion just like I showed
you N1 trillion in this 2017."

Tietie, on the other hand, said, “I think he was reinstated as bait,
in order to allow him to release all of those sensitive information he
has, to bust corruption,” he added.

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Nigerians Serving 1000, 500 Years Jail Terms In Ghana —Umahi

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:25


 

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, claims some Nigerians have been
sentenced to 1,000 years' imprisonment, others 500 years in Ghana.

SaharaReporters could not independently verify the claim as of the
time of filing this report.

Umahi stated this at Township Stadium in Abakiliki during the 59th
Independence anniversary and 23 years of Ebonyi State's creation.

The governor said, “I get a lot of calls from people in Ghana, saying
a lot of them are about to be sentenced. Some people have been
imprisoned for 1000 years and some 500 years.

“So, it is important that as Nigerians, we re-evaluate ourselves
because a major cause of this is quick wealth among Nigerians and
quest to travel aboard at all cost."

Umahi added, “We must, as Nigerians, do everything to uphold our
cultural values and better ourselves outside the country.

“And in the area of cultism, let me say that the war has not started
in Ebonyi State. So there is going to be a very intensive war against
cultism as there will be whistle-blowers in this and we are going to
reward them.”

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GTB, UBA, Standard Chartered Bank, First Bank, Citibank, 7 Others Forfeit N499 Billion To CBN Over Loan Ratio Default

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:19


 

The Central Bank of Nigeria has deducted a total of N499,175,535,097 from the accounts of 12 banks under its supervision, over their failure to meet the September 30, 2019 deadline it had stipulated for them to maintain 60 percent loan-to-deposit (LDR) ratio.

The banks are Citibank, FirstBank of Nigeria, FBNQuest Merchant, First City Monument Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Jaiz Bank, Keystone Bank, and Rand Merchant Bank.

Others are Standard Chartered Bank, Suntrust, United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank.

THISDAY reports that the respective accounts of the affected banks at the central bank have already been debited.

A breakdown of the sum showed that while Zenith Bank was debited N135.629 billion; Citibank was debited a total of N100.743 billion; United Bank for Africa – N99.676 billion; FirstBank –N74.669 billion; Standard Chartered Bank – N30.027 billion and GTBank – N25.148 billion and FBNQuest – N2.697 billion.

Similarly, while FCMB’s account with the central bank was debited N14.371 billion; Jaiz Bank – N7.525; Keystone Bank – N4.163 billion; Rand – N2.823 billion, and Suntrust – N1.703 billion.

The central bank had on Tuesday raised the minimum LDR to 65 percent.

It had in the circular on the directive in July, stated that, “Failure to meet the above minimum LDR by the specified date shall result in a levy of additional Cash Reserve Requirement equal to 50 percent of the lending shortfall of the target LDR.

“The CBN shall continue to review development in the market with a view to facilitating greater investment in the real sector of the Nigerian economy.”

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US Government Says Africa Continent Of Future

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:12


Tibor Peter Nagy Jr. is the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Tibor Peter Nagy Jr. is the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Washington post

 

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy says Africa is the "continent of the future" with promising young people.

He stated this during a telephonic conference to discuss recent events at the United Nations General Assembly, including his participation in the US-Africa Business Roundtable hosted by Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, his bilateral meetings with African counterparts on the sidelines of UNGA, and his participation at high-level events on Mali, the Sahel, and Sudan.

Nagy said, "That I have hope for Africa? Yes, okay, I can certainly elaborate on that. I have been following Africa and living in Africa since 1978. From the time I arrive in Africa, I think until the time I die, I will remain an Afro-optimist. Which is not to mean that I think that Africa is always the continent of the future. I think that Africa is a continent of the here and now.

"If you look at the statistics in Africa, some people are scared by the fact that Africa’s population will double between now and 2050. I am excited about that. Because to me those millions and millions of young people represent a tremendous opportunity, an opportunity for economic growth, an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for dynamism.

"What we need, basically, is to get out of the way of those young people, which means better governance, better rules, better environments for business so that all those businesses around the world that want to invest in Africa will come in and invest in Africa and create jobs for all of those millions of young people. Because they want, as I’ve said, exactly the same things that young people in America, China, India, Europe want. Which is to have a chance at moving up the economic ladder, a chance to provide for their families, and a chance at that good life, which modern technology offers."

He said further, "So yes, I am very much an Afro-optimist and I’m very bullish on Africa. And hopefully, during this next year, I can get around to visiting the countries I have not been able to visit last year and again engage with the governments, engage with the business community to see how we can partner better."
 

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Nigerian Professor Kidnapped By Gunmen, Regains Freedom

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:03


Adamu Zata, the professor of soil science in Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, kidnapped on Monday was on Wednesday night released.

Prof. Zata regained freedom on Wednesday night after a ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

A source who disclosed this did not say how much was paid.

However, the professor was released only to learn of the gruesome murder of his younger brother, Dr. Sheda Zata, a veterinary doctor, aged 49.

Zata had been a kidnap victim before.

Last October, he was abducted in his home, located some 100 meters from the Girei Divisional Police station and his family reportedly paid N2 million to secure his release.

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Robbery: Two Fake Nigerian Soldiers In Police Net

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:00


Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

 

The Rivers State police command says it has arrested two fake soldiers allegedly involved in a robbery operation within the new Port Harcourt GRA.

The command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said in a statement that the suspects were apprehended on Wednesday.

Omoni said the anti-crime patrol team of the Abacha Police Station, while on routine patrol intercepted the robbers dressed in Nigerian Army uniform operating in a Honda Element car with Registration number AKJ 695 DX.

He stated that the two fake soldiers were Chibudo Ugwuala (31) from Abia and Godwin Ekpuno (23) from Akwa-Ibom.

“On interrogation, they could not give a satisfactory account of how they came by car and the military camouflage found on them.

“They had military ranks of brigadier general and colonel, which they have been using to intimidate people and commit crimes.

“Further probe revealed that the duo are persons with disabilities, one dumb and the other limping but thrive in criminal activities,” he said.

According to Omoni, the same operatives also arrested one Baredose Taabaa, a 26-year- old man from Khana Local Government Area of Rivers allegedly involved in snatching handsets.

“His criminal gang specializes in snatching handsets from unsuspecting persons along the Ikwerre Road area of Port Harcourt,” he said.

Omoni added that Taaba was arrested shortly after he snatched a Samsung handset from its owner at the Agip flyover.

“The handset was immediately recovered and the owner identified it to be his.

“All suspects arrested are helping us in our investigation and will be charged to court as soon as our investigation is completed,” he explained.
 

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"I'm 59!" By Peter Esele

Thu, 2019-10-03 09:40


Peter Esele

Peter Esele

 

The old man was dressed in an elaborate outfit he had obviously
outgrown. It must have been a relic from the past, a reminder of the
status he once possessed. He was pleased with himself all the same and
seemed oblivious to his ill-fitting, riotously coloured regalia. This
was his birthday, 59 no less and part of his annual ritual was to
dress for the occasion. He always looks forward to the celebration
because it coincided with his country’s independence day. With
patriotic fervour, he made it a point of duty to participate in any
accessible independence day commemorations. Last year, he was too
broke to make it to the march past so he sat in front of his box TV,
dressed to the nines and listened to the Presidential speech.

He stood to attention at the end of it. This year, he was determined
to make it outside and was all anticipation in spite of his
challenges. His Mercedes 230, a museum piece as far as his neighbours
were concerned, had acted up that morning. Neither he nor his
beleaguered godson turned driver could figure out the problem. He had
children who felt nothing for him by way of commitment. After all, he
invested very little in them. And when he throws biblical scriptures
at them, they retort with the same- “you cannot reap where you did not
sow".

The same biblical rhetoric was thrown at the situation with the
uncooperative car. “The devil is a liar” he screamed as he stormed out
of the decrepit compound, determined to celebrate his birthday at some
national event. Indeed,  he had much in common with the country he was
keen to celebrate. Denial, an abdication of personal responsibility
and a firm belief in heavenly signs and wonders and demonic sabotage.

With limited options for commute, he opted for the nearest bust stop.
Rallying his steadily declining energy, he marched on down the road to
board a bus to the celebration square. Things rapidly fell apart from
there.

Much to his chagrin, fellow passengers sniggered and stifled laughter
at his affected pomp and pageantry. He was fooling no one. The way
they saw it, you cannot prevent decline, with an even more declining
outfit. The bus conductor was the biggest culprit. No respect for age
and grey hairs when the old man appeared to have insufficient funds
for the fare. 59, railing at a boy young enough to be his grandson.
They hadn’t even allowed him the front seat. He had hoped to gain much
goodwill with his age. You see, to the old man, age was indeed a
number. His vain state of mind often had him demanding respect instead
of earning it via actions.

Frustrated with the humiliation, he blurted out the age-old maxim of
the defeated, “do you know who I am? Am I your mate? How dare you
treat me so shabbily? I am old enough to be your father!”

The entire bus went still. Then laughter broke out in unison.

The bus conductor knew the type. “ Baba park well joor! Who you be?
You no see jeep enter instead of this bus?”
Livid beyond measure, the old man opened his mouth and released a
string of incoherent gibberish about status, greatness and
disrespectful youths of today.”

For his efforts, the bus conductor retorted, “Oldman respect yourself,
make I no slap you! Mumu!”

“Slap me! That is all that you do, indolent and insolent youths of today!”

“Ha! Me lazy?  You nko? Tell me what you have achieved?”

“No mind am”, another passenger re-joined, stoking the fires of
conflict. “See you with your green-white-green agbada, what do you
have to show? Entering bus and abusing everybody!”

The Oldman raging to the brim, turned to the new culprit, “In my womb
is a fertile land filled with natural resources enough to cater to
over two hundred million people. From oil and gas to gold, bitumen,
diamond and many more, just name it and I have it. I am more than what
you see!“

“This Oldman don drink ogogoro,” said more culprits as everyone on the
bus started laughing at the elderly one. This was now a sport. Another
haggard-looking passenger who couldn’t resist a jibe called out,
“crude oil ke? And you are here like this? If it is in your backyard
as you was or in your belle, why haven’t you helped us stop importing?
Mad man!”

A visibly angry Oldman responded, “How dare you blame your lack of
creativity and vision on me ? If you are given a wife, should you also
be assisted with the conjugal duties? Na me go help una give am
belle?” He didn’t realise when he switched into pidgin English.

“Baba you are now speaking pidgin English?”

“ Yes I have to, if that will help your reasoning.”

“Oya,  give us Petrol, oil and gas baba!” ?

With his mouth spitting fire and brimstone, he fired back, “even if I
give you crude oil, you still won’t be able to convert it efficiently!
You will still blame me. How is that my fault?”

At some point in the course of his jeremiad, the bus had stopped
laughing and taunting.

“What will you call a man who imports what he has and exports what he lacks?”

“Mumu”, they all cried out in unison, even the irreverent conductor.

“And if that same man keeps blaming everyone else but himself, what
will you call him”

“Mumu”, they all cried again.

Suddenly, the bus started jerking and threatened to halt. The
erstwhile silent driver announced that the fuel tank was empty but
there was a petrol station few metres away. He barely managed to roll
the bus into the station where both the tank and some jerrycans were
filled to the brim with petrol.  “It is for my generator at home” the
driver said to the old man who had alighted to inspect the fuelling
process.
“What a shame,” the old man muttered. Over 20billion dollars expended
on power and its subsidy since 1999 and yet…”

“Baba, help us ask them,” a passenger called out, having heard the old
man’s comment.

While he was still mulling over the turn his day had taken, a loud
aggressive voice rang out, “park there or I shoot”.

A wiry policeman was advancing towards the bus.

“Who be driver? Wetin you carry?”

“Human being sir,” replied the unruffled driver.

“What of this jerrycan? Is it not against the law? You want to burn passengers?”

The driver stayed silent. Passengers and the old man looked on.

“What do you have for us?”

 Before the driver could respond, the old man shouted “look here, are
you not aware of the wonderful anti -corruption crusade of this
administration? This is wrong”

The policeman looked too bemused to be angry with what he considered
an ignorant interruption by an obviously senile old man. He took it
upon himself to educate. “If we don’t collect money on the road, how
do we fuel our police car or sometimes even pay for our uniform?”

In the course of the Officer’s lecture, the heavens opened, giving the
driver and his passengers the chance to scurry back into the bus and
drive off.


The old man was exhausted and worried the rains might dampen his
celebrations not to mention his already dampened spirit. When they ran
into a traffic jam, he listened to the animated conversation in the
bus rather than join in.

“How can a city of 20 million people have only one means of
transportation? Why can’t there be other transport options?”

He still did not join in but further retreated into his thoughts. He
had a nagging feeling that for all his posturing and rhetoric, he had
actually been speaking to himself. He was just as culpable. Like the
country he was keen to celebrate, he had not done much with his own
opportunities nor invested in his children. He had no diversified
streams of income, he was just as myopic as those he was accusing. But
he had to celebrate no? It was his ritual. He couldn’t afford to be
dispirited.

As the arguments inside the bus reached dizzying heights, he cried out
to the driver, “stop the vehicle , I am tired of you all, call me
whatever you like, I will celebrate. Next year I will be 60. Next
year, maybe I will do better, I don’t know. But, for now, let me
celebrate.”

Once again, he swept all his failings under the cover of superficial
lamentations and went on his not so merry way.

Comrade Peter Esele,  is the former President of PENGASSAN and Trade
Union Congress of Nigeria.

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Nigerian Samson Olayinka To Spend 10 Years In UK Jail For Crime

Thu, 2019-10-03 09:39


British prison

British prison BBC

 

Two gang members have been jailed after pleading guilty to firearms offences following a pro-active surveillance operation by detectives from Specialist Crime.

The two men were sentenced on Tuesday, 1 October at Inner London Crown Court.

Samson Olayinka, 22, of Falmouth Road, SE1 was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment for possessing a firearm with intent to enable another to endanger life.

Kluivert Atoprah, 19 (17.10.99) of Kennington Park Road, SE11 was sentenced to five years and eight months for possession of firearms, offensive weapons, and bladed articles.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harper, said: “These two men were carrying weapons including a shotgun. There is no telling what they would have done with them if confronted by a rival.

“We remain committed to taking guns and knives off our streets, and arresting those who pose a threat to the safety of Londoners is our priority.

"The Met’s firearms officers are highly trained and it is very rare that they discharge their weapons. That night, they genuinely feared for their lives."

On 5 November 2018, Trident detectives, supported by colleagues from the Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19), attempted to stop two people on a moped on Bowling Green Street, SE11.

The moped failed to stop for police and was pursued into Montford Place. The suspects attempted to evade capture by driving through bollards; their attempt proved unsuccessful and they crashed.

Firearms officers detained Atoprah by the moped. He was found to be wearing body armour and two knives were found on the ground next to him.

Officers continued to pursue Olayinka – who was the pillion passenger. 

During the foot chase, they heard gunshots and an armed officer subsequently fired his weapon.

Olayinka was detained in Montford Place. He was also found to be wearing body armour. There were no reported injuries.

During a search of a building site directly where he was detained, officers found a sawn-off shotgun with two spent cartridges. It was later established that weapon had been discharged as Olayinka discarded it, which caused the pursuing police officers to fear for their safety.

The men were both arrested and taken to south London police stations. They were charged on 7 November 2018.

 

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