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Buhari Jets Out To Burkina Faso Saturday For ECOWAS Counter-terrorism Summit

ven, 2019-09-13 15:57


 

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday to attend the one-day Economic Community of West African States Heads of State and Government Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Given the growing threat of terrorism in the sub-region, the West African leaders had called for the meeting to review different initiatives taken so far and redefine the priority intervention areas for the containment of the worrisome attacks in the region.

Adesina revealed that the decision to convene the summit was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.

He said “In Ouagadougou, ECOWAS leaders are expected to adopt a priority action plan on counter-terrorism and put in place a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the measures adopted towards ensuring lasting peace in the sub-region,”

President Buhari would be accompanied by Abubakar Bello, Dapo Abiodun and Okezie Ikpeazu – governors of Niger, Ogun and Abia states respectively.

Other members on the entourage include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Abubakar.

 

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Buhari: PDP Supporter Stabs APC Loyalist For Celebrating Tribunal Victory

ven, 2019-09-13 14:32


APC vs PDP cartoon

APC vs PDP cartoon

 

A middle-aged supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Best Uduophori, has allegedly stabbed a loyalist of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elvis Omoiri, for celebrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election petitions tribunal.

According to an eyewitness, Omoiri, had gone to a beer parlour belonging to Uduophori at Okolona, Effurun in Warri on Thursday a day after the court judgment to have a drink with friends to celebrate Buhari's victory when he was reportedly stabbed by the owner of the joint, who is a PDP.

Trouble started when Omoiri expressed his delight at the judgment.

But Uduophori disagreed with him.

Angered, the PDP loyalist broke a bottle and stabbed the APC supporter.

"Best has his beer parlour in front of Elvis compounded and before now Best has always antagonized Elvis because of their political differences and while discussing they had this disagreements and stabbed Elvis everywhere and was even resisting those who tried to rush Elvis to the hospital.

"Elvis is an Isoko boy from Ivrogbo-irri, Isoko South local government area of Delta state and a die hard believer of the Buhari APC led government," the eyewitness said.

The victim is currently at a hospital and could not talk when SaharaReporters contacted because he was sleeping.

Policemen from the area command in Warri who visited the hospital to get his statement also refused to speak on the matter.

But, one of the cops, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the case was being treated as attempted murder.

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Thousands In Nigeria Protest Three Years Of No Electricity

ven, 2019-09-13 12:46




Agbarha-Otor community, Ughelli North local government area of Delta State has staged a protest against the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over power blackout in the last three years.

The protest which began on Thursday, entered its second day (Friday), caused gridlock along the Ughelli-Warri section of the ever-busy East-West Road.

The residents said they wanted the management of BEDC to immediately restore light to the community.

The protesters numbering over 5,000 was said to have barricaded the expressway today (Friday) as early as 8 am to press home their demands, bemoaning what they described as a nonchalant behaviour of the electricity company refusing to carry out repairs on some faulty equipment in the area unless the community offset an alleged N70 million debt.

The community, however, debunked the alleged debt and accused BEDC officials of not honouring meetings to ensure power is restored to Agbarha-Otor, 

When SaharaReporters contacted BEDC,  its officials refused to comment on the issue.
 

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Xenophobic Attacks: Nigeria Will Seek Compensation From South Africa, Says Dabiri-Erewa

ven, 2019-09-13 12:41


 

The Nigerian government says it would demand compensation from South African government over the killing of its citizens in the xenophobia attacks.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this in Akure, the Ondo State capital. 

She spoke at the '1st Diaspora Lecture' held at the Federal University of Technology Akure on Thursday evening.

Sahara Reporters reported that the lecture, Role of Africans in Diaspora in the Transformation of a University of Technology'.

Speaking, Dabiri-Erewa said the attack on fellow Africans by South Africans was unpleasant and does not represent Pan Africanism.

According to her, no fewer than 127 Nigerians were killed in the last two years in South Africa due to xenophobic attacks.

Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by her media aide, Abdulrrahman Balogun, said the situation had compelled the commission to sought support of governors in the creation an office for diaspora affairs.

She said, "We are already pressing on for compensations for those who have lost good and properties. We are pressing for justice too for those who have already lost their loved ones and killed.

"Also, we want the government of South Africa to prosecute those who have been arrested. It is not a crime for people to move especially within Africans or any part of the world.

"We are saying that if there is any Nigerians who commit any crime in any parts of the world he or she should be punished. Don't say that the crime of one should be melted on others but we are always ready to protect our own citizens.

"This is why It is important that each states has diaspora desk to link with diaspora comission so that anything that has to do with Nigerians can address."

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Slain Ondo University Professor To Be Buried Tomorrow, Colleagues Ask Buhari To Get His Killers

ven, 2019-09-13 12:11


 

Prof. Gideon Okedayo, a senior lecturer at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OSUSTECH), would be buried tomorrow (Saturday).

Dipo Komolafe, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the institution told SaharaReporters today (Friday).

According to Komolafe, the institution will also hold a special congress as a mark of honour for the deceased.

He described the killing of Prof. Okedayo as a "big lose" to the academic community stressing that his killers must be brought to book and face justice.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Kidnapped Ondo University Professor Found Dead 0 Comments 4 Days Ago

It was gathered that the service of song and commendation will hold thereafter today inside the university's auditorium.

Okedayo, who was a lecturer in Applied Mathematical Science Department of OSUSTECH was abducted by gunmen lastweek.

He was on his way to his home town when he was waylaid and sezied at Igara, Akoko-Edo area of Edo state.

Later on Monday, his body was found in a bush already decomposing.

Angered by the Prof. Okedayo's, gruesome murdered, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the school said in a statement today, by its Chairman, Dayo Temola, ""We, therefore, reiterate that he did not in anyway deserve this in a country that he diligently served.

"We also maintain that the relevant security agencies were never proactive enough despite immediate report by his driver who narrowly escaped from the abductors.

"We charge the federal government and security agencies to go after the killers of Prof. Okedayo with a view to bringing them to book.

"We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately overhaul the security apparatus in the country. Nigerians deserve a safer ambience in their own land."

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Bauchi Governor Refunds UNICEF's N15 Million Meant For Malnutrition Intervention

ven, 2019-09-13 09:17


Bala Mohammed
Bala Mohammed

Bala Mohammed

 

Bauchi State government has paid up N15 million as a refund to the
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its Severe Acute
Malnutrition (SAM) and other interventions in the state.

The state's governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, approved the immediate
refund of N15 million to the State UNICEF Field Office during an
interactive session with its officials led by the state Chief Field
Officer, Bhanu Pathak.

The governor was responding to a request by UNICEF for the state
government to refund the money not utilized by the Bauchi State
Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA) during the last
administration, Daily Trust reports.

Senator Mohammed frowned at the spending of N732 million by the
previous administration without proper documentation.

He said he would continue to ensure payment of counterpart funding to
enable the state access more interventions from donor agencies.

Governor Mohammed also promised the readiness of his administration to
fill the human capital gap in the state for effective implementation
of projects by development partners.

Bhanu Pathak said UNICEF supported the implementation of five
programmes in health, education, sanitation, nutrition, and child
protection.

According to him, the organization has set aside N270 million for the
supply of commodities to treat malnourished children.

He, therefore, appealed to the governor to allocate more resources for
tackling malnutrition in the state.
 

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West African Presidents Meet To Fight Rising Terrorism In Sahel

ven, 2019-09-13 09:08


 

West African leaders meet in the capital of Burkina Faso on Saturday
for a summit expected to lead to an overhaul of the flailing attempt
to roll back jihadism in the Sahel region, Agence France Presse
reports.

Most of the heads of ECOWAS, a grouping of 15 countries on West
Africa's coast and hinterland, are expected to attend the special
one-day meeting, which will also be attended by Chad, Cameroon, and
Mauritania.

Topping their agenda: the record of the so-called G5 Sahel -- a
five-nation effort intended to combat terrorism in the fragile region
that lies between the Sahara and Atlantic.

Backed by former colonial power France, the G5 Sahel was created to
great fanfare in 2014.

The centerpiece of its strategy has been an initiative, launched in
July 2017, to pool 5,000 troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali,
Mauritania and Niger to wrench back control from ruthless jihadist
groups.

But, hamstrung by insufficient funds, training, and equipment, the
force has only now reached a complement of 4,000 troops, and for many
analysts seems to be losing the battle.

The nimble rebels have spread from Mali to Burkina Faso and Niger, as
well as Chad.

Their hit-and-run raids are inflicting a mounting human, economic and
political toll, sparking fears that the coastal countries to the south
are next in line.

Yet another example of the difficulties the region faces came on
Thursday, when two soldiers were killed in two simultaneous attacks in
Burkina Faso's north, security sources told AFP. It was just the
latest in a series of deadly attacks on security forces in the
landlocked West African nation.

Lassina Diarra, a regional political analyst, said scathingly the
Ouagadougou summit should "mark the burial" of the G5 Sahel.

"The ECOWAS countries have realized that they have to act... that they
are threatened," Diarra said.

Mahamadou Savadogo, an academic at the CERRAD research unit into
democracy and development at Senegal's Gaston Berger University, said
the G5 Sahel "is almost on its knees. It started off the wrong way."

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also has a grim view of the situation.

"I totally believe we are not winning the war against terrorism in the
Sahel and that the operation should be strengthened," he said last
week.

The scale of the challenge facing the G5 Sahel force is huge.

According to the US thinktank the Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS), the number of radical Islamist-linked
attacks in the Sahel has doubled each year since 2016.

Last year, the tally was 465 -- more than one a day.

"Despite significant international engagement and investment, violent
extremism is increasing," it said.

The British humanitarian charity Oxfam says that 13 million people in
the region currently need help -- water, health, shelter, sanitation
and education are needed in addition to food aid.

- 'International coalition' -

Against this grim background, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, at a
summit of the African Union in July, called for the creation of an
"international coalition" modelled on the lines of the loose alliance
that fought the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The idea of a wider international pitch also appeals to Ivory Coast,
which in 2016 suffered a terror attack that claimed 19 lives.

Its northern border has been declared by France's foreign ministry to
be an "orange" security risk -- French nationals are advised not to go
there unless necessary.

"MINUSMA (the UN mission in Mali) and the G5 Sahel are not enough. We
have to find wider and more effective means of coordination," Ivorian
President Alassane Ouattara said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has lobbied relentlessly for
donations for the G5 Sahel force, has also signalled a subtle shift in
tone.

Flanked by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 summit in
Biarritz last month, he said it was time "for change, in methods and
scale."

- Coastal concern -

Savadogo said West Africa's coastal countries "have taken over the
problem. The structure (of the force) will be modified, although the
outside may be kept."

A French security official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
reacted guardedly to the potential outcome of the Ouagadougou summit.

"Another summit, another meeting, another meeting which ends in a call
for more cooperation... Perhaps. But at least you can see a movement
for change."

Beyond the military realm, there is a widening acknowledgment among
analysts, politicians and army officers themselves that security is
only one part of a much broader strategy to stabilize the Sahel.

ECOWAS -- the Economic Community of West African States -- brings
together 15 countries whose economies range from regional heavyweights
Nigeria and Ivory Coast to the impoverished Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Landlocked Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger are non-coastal states.

"There are many advantages in seeing the coastal countries taking over
the problem. Their economies are wealthier and they have a better
chance of luring international donors" for security and development,
said Savadogo.
 

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Access Bank Vulnerable To Oil Shocks, Naira Devaluation -Moodys

ven, 2019-09-13 09:07


 

Access Bank’s assets are exposed to a fall in oil prices and a depreciation of the naira. 

This is the finding reported in a report by a topmost rating agency, Moodys.

“Access’ asset quality remains vulnerable to an oil price decline or a depreciation of the naira, the local currency, because of its high exposure to the cyclical oil and gas sector and foreign currency-denominated loans,” the report said. 

Sighting Access bank’s nine-month result which was released on September 9, Moodys said 30 percent of the lender’s gross loan was owned by debtors in the oil and gas sector. 

These debtors are also responsible for more than half of the bank’s none performing loans (NPL’s). 

The rating agency also noted that 35 percent of the financial institution’s loan book was denominated in foreign currencies, which is "exposing the bank’s clients that do not earn foreign currency revenue to high risk of default on their foreign currency loans".

Moodys also observed that Access Bank’s net value reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent. This implies a 1 percent drop in the size of what a shareholder can receive when the commercial lender’s total assets are deducted from its total liabilities – an indication of the bank’s value. 

The report noted that the expected net value of shareholder equity to asset ratio of a bank of Access’ standing, should be a minimum of 13 percent. 

Moodys, however, observed that the bank had reduced its NPL’s to 6.4 percent, despite absorbing a huge NPL portfolio of 40.4 percent from Diamond Bank, which were not fully provisioned for.

The firm stated that the NPL ratio of the newly merged institution dropped from 14.1 percent as of January 2019 to 6.4 percent as of June 30, 2019. 

Moodys also noted that the bank increased its covering for NPL’s which would allow it to take out more bad debt in the coming future.

“A lower NPL ratio will provide the bank with room to grow its assets, supporting revenue growth,” Moodys said. 

The firm also observed that the institution’s net interest margin (NIM) improved from 5.6 percent to 7.6 percent between June 2018 and June 2019. 

This implies that there was an improvement in the investment decisions of the bank when compared to its debt standing. 

In all, Moodys described the bank as being solvent.

 

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Buhari: I Have No Intention Of Inflicting Additional Hardship On Nigerians

ven, 2019-09-13 08:54


 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no intention of inflicting
additional hardship on Nigerians.

He declared that there are no plans to increase fuel price and also
restated his promise of ridding the nation of corruption and the oil
and gas sector of corruption.

The President said this when he met with newly elected officers of the
Trade Union Congress (TUC) in his office, in Abuja.

The TUC delegation was led by the National President, Quadri Olaleye.

President Buhari disclosed this when he responded to a request by the
group not to increase the price of fuel and promised to sustain the
momentum in his second tenure and lift millions of Nigerians out of
poverty.

He added that the key agenda of the inaugural federal executive
council meeting focused on the medium-term expenditure framework which
includes the minimum wage as he re-echoed a commitment to implement
the new national minimum wage.

Leader of the delegation, Quadri Olaleye of the food, beverage, and
tobacco senior staff association who recently emerged as the new
national president of the TUC, replacing Bobboi Kaigama led
the14-member national administrative council of the union to the
president.

The Minister of Labour and  Employment, Chris Ngige, was also at the
meeting, ChannelsTV reports.
 

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ISWAP Terrorists: How We Ambushed, Killed Dozens Of Soldiers, Seize Nine Military Vehicles

ven, 2019-09-13 08:50






 

Dozens of soldiers were killed and several others wounded after a fierce attack on a military convoy in the Lake Chad region, SaharaReporter has learnt.

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) confirmed that nine four-wheel vehicles were captured from troops in the region after an ambush between Damasak and Gudumbali on Tuesday.

It was earlier reported that nine soldiers were killed and nearly 30 others missing in action but the figure was higher than that.

ISWAP has since claimed responsibility for the attacks saying; "Dozens of dead and wounded among the apostate Nigerian Army in the region of (Lake Chad). West African state Tuesday, 11 Muharram 1441AH, by the Grace of God. 

"The caliphate soldiers ambushed a convoy of the Nigerian Army apostates between the towns of Damasak and Gudumbali and clashed with them with various types of weapons. 

"Meanwhile, the Mujahideen arrived on another site of the apostates near the town Garno in the region of Lake Chad on Tuesday and clashed with them with medium and heavy weapons." 

ISWAP claimed further: "Resulting in the death and injury of dozens of them and the destruction of three trucks and armoured vehicles and seizure of nine four-wheel drives and armoured vehicles as well as other weapons and various ammunition, all praise and gratitude be to Allah."

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Nigeria Ranks 146 Out Of 190 On Ease Of Doing Business Globally

ven, 2019-09-13 08:37


 

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission says the country is
currently rated 146 of 190 countries on the global Ease of Doing
Business, according to rating by the World Bank.

This rating was revealed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission,
Yewande Smith, in Lagos.

The report, which was presented at the lecture, Nigeria’s Ease of
Doing Business score shows that there was an improvement of 1.37
points from 51.52 distance to frontier in 2018 to 52.89 in 2019.

She added that the Commission had adopted some proactive strategies
geared towards improving Nigeria’s Investment Promotion, thereby
helping to create ease in doing business.

“The Proactive Investment Promotion strategies include focusing on key
strategic partners and countries, identifying high impact sectors,
better balance investors’ rights with obligations, improving investor
experience and using feedback to develop the business environment.”

Others are: proactively inviting target companies to Nigeria and
hand-holding them through the decision making and the implementation
process, and encouraging more Nigerians to invest in the country.

“We encourage states to develop investment promotion agencies so that
they will be specifically charged with the responsibility of promoting
the states,’’ she said.

She urged the government to enable investors so they can create more
jobs that will have a significant impact on the economy, the News
Agency of Nigeria reports.

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Donald Duke: I Owe AMCON N340 Million Not N569 Million

ven, 2019-09-13 08:25


 

Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River State, has denied a
claim by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria that he owed a
debt of N569 million.

Duke stated that he only owed AMCON N340 million, which he said had been paid.

The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has discharged the order
granted AMCON to take over the property of Duke after he opted for an
out-of-court settlement to pay the debt.

Counsel to Duke, Edoigiawerie Uyi, told the court that his client had
shown good faith by making payment of over N350 million, which the
parties all agreed to.

However, Duke, in a statement said the AMCON blew the matter out of
control by approaching the court and claiming that he owed N569
million.

The statement said, “Recently, an obligation I had to AMCON has made
the news. Whilst I do not understand the excitement this has
generated, bearing in mind that debts far in excess of this have not
received a whisper, clearly some people are having fun at my expense.

“Nevertheless, I think it appropriate now that the issue has been laid
to rest, to state my side of the matter, considering the fervour the
story generated.

“AMCON made a claim of N569 million against me which I disputed. I
guess to arm-twist me they proceeded to court and created a media
circus. Having done what I consider their worst, I insisted on what I
believe is the correct amount. We have since agreed to this amount and
the sum of N340 million has been paid.”

The 2019 presidential candidate, however, took a jibe at his attackers
saying, “I hope this takes the wind off the sail of those who made a
mountain out of a molehill. There was nothing to be excited about
after all.”
 

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Xenophobia: Second Batch Of Nigerians To Leave South Africa September 14

ven, 2019-09-13 08:25


 

The next flight airlifting Nigerians who indicated interest to
voluntarily leave South Africa would leave the country on Saturday
(tomorrow), The Nation reports.

The Nigerian government had ordered the immediate evacuation of
Nigerians from South Africa following a renewed xenophobic attack in
the country.

A batch of 187 Nigerians transported by Air Peace had arrived in the
country on Wednesday night with the Nigerian government promising
returnees stipends and entrepreneurship training.

Confirming the takeoff of the second batch from South Africa, Prince
Ben Okoli, President of Nigerian Citizen Association, South Africa
(NICASA) said collation of names is ongoing by the Nigerian embassy in
South Africa.

“We are busy doing the collating of names of intending returnees for
the next flight. Hopefully, according to the consul general, the next
evacuation will be done on Saturday,” he said.
 

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NANS: Ekiti Governor Fayemi Busy Fighting For Security Votes, His Wife Lying About Killing Of FUOYE Students

ven, 2019-09-13 08:21


 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked the
federal government to set up a panel to probe the killing of two
students of the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State by police
officers attached to Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti State Governor,
Kayode Fayemi.

The police had opened fire on protesting students, killed two of them
as the students stopped the convoy of the first lady during a tour.

Reacting to the killing of their colleagues, NANS accused the first
lady and Governor Fayemi of denying the truth of the matter and
blaming the students for how the peaceful protest turned bloody.

NANS PRO, Comrade Adeyemi Azeez, said: “We, however, call on the
federal government to probe this killing of our students in Ekiti as
this can best be described as a ‘state-planned assassination'.

“Even when the rich oppress the poor in Nigeria, it is not done in the
open but the reverse was the case of Mrs. Fayemi who threw two
families into sorrow and gnashing of teeth without remorse.

“And against the expectation of mothers, Erelu as fondly called, could
still lie even when the lives of two promising young Nigerians were
involved.

“This pitiable situation which has been on between the rich and the
poor might graduate into a revolt of the poor in this country.

“Despite our respect for Governor Fayemi, his wife has successfully
turned our backs against each other as we would not toy with the life
of any of our students.”

The students also knocked the governor for keeping mute since the news
of the killings of the students broke.

Azeez stated that the governor who is well respected by the national
students’ body is losing their respect.

He said: “We know that God almighty is the biggest judge and will
dispense judgment as due to her.

“You and your husband have the state powers and as a result should be
able to restore normalcy to an uproar, that is why you were elected.

“Her husband, who used to be one of our well-respected elders in NANS,
is also gradually losing our respect as he has not said anything since
this crisis started instead he is busy fighting for security votes.

“If we have our way we would suggest that Ekiti state security vote be
removed since the governor has not been making judicious use of the
ones he has been collecting which is evident in his inability to
secure our students.”

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Nigerian Lawrence Maduagwu Sentenced To 10 Years' Imprisonment For $179,000 Fraud

ven, 2019-09-13 08:19


Lawrence Maduagwu

Lawrence Maduagwu

 

A Nigerian, Lawrence Maduagwu, has bagged 10 years in prison for fraud
of $179,000.

Justice Mojisola Dada of the State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos,
found Maduagwu guilty of a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining
by false pretence levelled against him.

According to the EFCC, Maduagwu was introduced to the complainant, PMC
Industry Limited, a Chinese company, through its Nigerian
representative, Ohio Ileogben, as a businessman who deals in calcium
chloride chemicals.

He, however, failed to pay for the 500 metric tonnes of calcium powder
valued at the sum of $179,000, after taking delivery of the items and
efforts to get him to pay for the goods were unsuccessful.

Count one said: “That you, Lawrence Maduagwu, sometime in 2013, at
Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud,
induced PMC Industry Limited, China to confer a benefit on you by
supplying you 500 metric tonnes of calcium chloride powder valued at
$179, 000 on the understanding that you will pay for the goods. But up
till now, you have refused to do so.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his
full trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji called
five witnesses and tendered several exhibits that were admitted in
evidence by the court.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada convicted and sentenced the
defendant to seven years' imprisonment on count one and three years on
count two.

Both sentences are to run concurrently from the date of his remand
(February 28, 2018) by the court.

The judge also ordered that the convict make full restitution of
$179,000, which the EFCC must employ all legal means to ensure
compliance.

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Alleged N6.2bn Fraud: Witness Reveals How Former Governor Jang’s Aide Conveyed Cash To Him

ven, 2019-09-13 08:12


 

Musa Sunday, a prosecution witness, has revealed to the court how
Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, received money in cash
from his aides.

Sunday is testifying against Jang as the 11th witness in the ongoing
alleged N6.2 billion fraud, at a State High Court, sitting in Jos,
Plateau State on Thursday.

Jang and the aide, Yusuf Pam, a cashier at the Office of the Secretary
to the State Government, SSG, are accused of colluding to divert state
funds to personal use and are standing trial before Justice Daniel
Longji.

During cross-examination by Mike Ozekhome, (SAN), counsel to Jang,
Sunday explained how Pam, during investigations into the alleged
fraud, took him through the hidden back passage through which he
usually used to take cash to Jang.

He said: “The new Government House is located at the outskirt of town
amidst a lot of buildings.

“Amongst the buildings was the office of the SSG of the state where
Pam and the EFCC detectives reported their arrival to the SSG.

“From the SSG's office we were led to the Government Office, the
Governor’s office, a storey-building with two doors one at the main
entrance and at the back exit.

“There, Pam showed us how he delivered cash in ‘Ghana must go’ bags to
the former Governor.

“He had clearly said and even showed me the back entrances where the
cash was stacked and given to the governor.”

While identifying Exhibit P62, a response from the Plateau State House
of Assembly dated July 19, 2018, and September 2014, alongside the
letter from the EFCC requesting for information, Musa told the court
that investigations revealed that memos were written by the Commission
of Finance, who was involved in seeking approval for the disbursement
of the funds involved in the alleged fraud.

“However, the monies were further transferred from Plateau State One
account to OSSG account where the second defendant withdrew cash and
delivered to the first defendant,” he said.

Under cross-examination, the witness further confirmed that about
$100,000 was deposited in a single day into Standard Chartered Bank.

He said: “On May 6, 2014, $50,000 cash deposit in tranches of $10,000
five times and on May 7, 2014.

“Yakubu Jang, son of the first defendant was among the persons who
deposited monies into the account.”

The case has been adjourned until Friday (today) for continuation.
 

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EFCC Arrests More Suspected Internet Fraudsters

ven, 2019-09-13 08:10


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja and Ilorin
zonal offices, have arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in
separate operations.

Eight of the suspects were arrested following a raid on their
residence located at No. 16 Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15
& A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp, Abuja.

They were arrested on September 9, 2019 following action on
intelligence report indicating their involvement in internet fraud.

Some of the items recovered from them include several mobile phones,
laptop computers, passports, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Avalon, Lexus 15
250, Mercedes 4matic C350, Mercedes C280, Mercedes GLA 280 and Acura.

Those arrested are Chiyiri Izuchi. Nurala Eze Kamchi, Amuka Shadrack,
Nwegbediegwu Chekwubechukwu J, Chigbo Eze, Franklin Okafor, Ezeagwu
Olisaemeka and Nnamani Chukwudera.

EFCC explained that the suspects used their phones and laptop
computers to communicate with their victims who are majorly foreigners
in order to defraud them of their monies.

The anti-graft agency also revealed that the suspects arrested in
Ilorin, Kwara State received monies in several foreign currencies,
deposited into their accounts by their victims.

Items recovered from them include, phones, cars and documents
containing false information.

Those arrested include Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode,  Babatunde
Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.

The EFCC stated that those arrested would soon be charged to court.

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Outrage As Nigerians Call For Prosecution Of Mrs. Fayemi's Security Detail Who Shot, Killed University Students

ven, 2019-09-13 08:06


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Bisi Fayemi

 

Nigerians have called for the arrest and prosecution of security
agents that to Governor Kayode Fayemi's wife, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, for
shooting and killing two students at the Federal University of Oye
Ekiti during a peaceful protest on Tuesday.

The students, who were protesting the absence of electricity in the
school, blocked the convoy of the first lady of Ekiti State while she
was on a tour of the state.

The two students killed are Okonofua Joseph and Dada Oluwaseyifunmi Kehinde.

As one of the students, Dada was buried on Thursday, Nigerians on
social media called for the prosecution of the security detail of Mrs.
Fayemi and demanded that the state governor's wife be held responsible
for the killing.

@agunbiade_isaac said, “We seek justice in fuoye...the soul of the
departed will torment all people responsible for their death until
justice is served #JusticeForFUOYE."

A human right activist, Towolawi Jamiu, who tweets with @jharmo said,
“The freedom to peaceful assembly is sacrosanct & guaranteed by the
1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. We condemned the
killings of FUOYE Students and demand that the perpetrators be brought
to book. Justice must prevail.  #RevolutionNow  #JusticeForFUOYE.”

@segalink tweeted, “May his soul rest in perfect peace. Perpetrators
will know no peace. Everyone linked to their death will be inflicted
with eternal sorrow. Justice will be served. #JusticeForFUOYE
#EndImpunity.”

Another tweeter user, Jegede, who tweets with his personal Tweeter
@jegede__ said, “Kenny, 100 level student of #FUOYE shot by @PoliceNG
is laid to rest. Justice must prevail.”

@Citizen_Gavel, a rights oragnisation that provides free legal service
for victims of abuse said, “The FUOYE tragic incident reiterates our
call for respect of human rights by security agencies, we demand an
independent investigation into the situation and state that all
perpetrators be brought to justice. cc: @PoliceNG_CRU @PoliceNGLagos
@RommyMom1  #JusticeForFUOYE.”

@Cruzomosng said, “@PoliceNG you were screaming and shouting about the
attack by the army on your men meanwhile as usual you just showcased
the reason why karma caught up with you in Ekiti state, I trust you
guys to cover up as usual and lie     #JusticeForFUOYE.”

Meanwhile, some angry students went as far as hurling insults at Mrs. Fayemi.
 

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Bus Collides With Canadian Prime Minister’s Aircraft

ven, 2019-09-13 02:13


 

Justin Trudeau’s re-election bid suffered a setback on Thursday when a bus carrying journalists collided with his campaign plane at a whistlestop in westernmost Canada, forcing him to fly a loaner, AFP reports.

According to reporters travelling with the Canadian Prime Minister, the collision occurred shortly after landing in Victoria late on Wednesday on the first leg of a cross-country tour.

The media bus drove under and scraped the wing of the plane.

“There were no injuries and the damage to the plane is being assessed,” Liberal spokeswoman, Eleanore Catenaro, told AFP.

The mishap, she added, would not affect Trudeau’s busy schedule, which included campaign stops in Kamloops and Edmonton this week.



 

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Nine Soldiers Reportedly Killed, 20 Missing After Clash With Boko Haram In Borno

ven, 2019-09-13 02:04


 

At least 20 soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole are reportedly missing, while the bodies of nine others have been recovered in the Gudumbali area of Borno State.

This followed a fierce battle between the troops and Boko Haram insurgents, who were said to have planned a massive attack in the axis.

It gathered that the soldiers were ambushed by the terrorists in a village called Granda, engaging them overnight from Monday until the early hours of Tuesday.

The troops were said to be closely supported with air warfare by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole.

Sources, however, said some of the soldiers later fled, leading to the overpowering of the military base during which nine soldiers got killed in battle, according to Channels Television.

They added that seven out of the fallen soldiers were slaughtered as the insurgents beat a retreat.

The bodies of the slain soldiers have since been evacuated and deposited at the military hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the insurgents carted away a fuel tanker and other vehicles of different brands.

The ambushed battalion had just been deployed to Gudumbali to commence a new operational strategy codenamed “Super Camp”.

It was gathered that the insurgents had sent out spies around the military base, who pretended to be farmers, only for the attack to happen.

The Nigerian Army authorities have yet to confirm the incident and the casualty figure.

 

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