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Benue State Governorship Election: Tribunal Reserves Judgment

jeu, 2019-09-12 08:00

The Benue State governorship election petitions tribunal has reserved
judgment in a petition filed by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressive
Congress (APC) challenging the victory of Governor Samuel Ortom of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal said a date will be announced later when the judgment
would be made.

Jime and the APC filed the petition on the grounds that Ortom was not
duly elected by a majority of lawful votes.

The PDP had asked the tribunal to dismiss Jime’s petition and that of
his party for lacking in "evidential and material" value.

PDP’s counsel, Chris Uche, moved the motion before the tribunal while
adopting their final written addresses by parties before the Justice
Henry Oluseyi-led panel.


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How Buhari Regime Will Support Embattled Nigerians Returning From South Africa -Dabiri-Erewa

jeu, 2019-09-12 07:54

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora
Commission, says the President Muhammadu Buhari regime will support
repatriated Nigerians following recent vicious xenophobic attacks on
them in South Africa.

The first batch of returnees, about 188, had departed South Africa on Wednesday.

Dabiri-Erewa, said: “The bank of industry will also be here to offer
some entrepreneurship programme and some support to start a small
business and there would be some stipends for transportation to take
you home and we will profile them and for those who want to get any
training, they will decide what kind of training they want to do and
the Bank of Industry will be there to provide it.”

According to ChannelsTV, some Nigerians were denied repatriation
because of issues regarding their documentation.

The TV reported that about seven people were detained for allegedly
entering the country illegally.


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Nigerian Government To Increase VAT As Buhari Regime Eyes 7.2%

jeu, 2019-09-12 07:42

The President Muhammadu Buhari regime says it will start having
consultations at various levels on the review of Nigeria's value-added
tax (VAT) from five percent to 7.2 percent.

The federal government pointed out that it was ready to begin
deductions to recover bailouts given to the state governments.

Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, stated this on Wednesday while
speaking with journalists after the maiden Federal Executive Council
meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We will begin consultations and consultations will be at various
levels in the country. So it includes consultations with the states,
with the local governments, with the parliament as well as with the
Nigerian public. For the VAT increase to take effect, there has to be
an amendment to the VAT Act,” she said.

“It was not a grant to states by the federal government. The central
bank has a responsibility to ensure that loans given act are paid."


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Italy To Pay Nigerians, Others €700 To Stay In Its Villages

jeu, 2019-09-12 03:04


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The town of Caltanissetta in Sicily, Italy, have opened the doors of its vacant homes to asylum seekers, who have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya.

In another region in the south of Italy called Molise, new comers including Nigerian migrants will be given €700 to stay in one of its villages for three months, according to The GuardianUK.

These persons are, however, mandated to open a business and the population of each village is to be kept under 2,000.

“We wanted to do more; we wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything.

“It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population.

“If we had offered funding, it would have been yet another charity gesture,” Donato Toma, President of Molise, said.

Toma said if a village can keep its population under 2,000, they will be given €10,000 per month to build infrastructure and hold cultural activities.

The International Organisation for Migration reports that in the second quarter of 2018, Nigerians made up 13 per cent of the migrant population in Italy, a spot it shared with fellow West African state, Guinea.

The offer by the President of Molise is appetising to Nigeria’s Igbo retailers and importers, who build dynasties as well as expand their footprint through informal apprenticeships.


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NLNG Signs Letter Of Intent On Delayed Gas Expansion Project

jeu, 2019-09-12 02:59

The Nigerian Natural Liquefied Gas LTD has signed a letter of intent for the engineering, procurement and construction of its long held up Train Seven project.

In a statement released by the company on Wednesday, it said that the $10bn project will be executed by a consortium of Italian firm Saipem, Japan’s Chiyoda and South Korea’s Daewoo.

The statement reads, “The project will form part of the investment of over $10bn including the upstream scope of the LNG value chain, thereby boosting the much needed Foreign Direct Investment profile of Nigeria.”

Managing Director of NLNG, Tony Atta, said in 2018 that the Final Investment Decision would be made in the fourth quarter of that year.

This did not however, materialize.

According to the release, the project will have a four to five-year execution time after the signing of the FID.

The project is expected to add an extra 8 million tons per annum of gas to the 22 mtpa currently exported by the company.

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Ondo Government To Begin Clamp Down On Pubs In Reserved Areas

jeu, 2019-09-12 02:40

A clamp down on pubs would soon begin mostly in Government Reserved Areas in Ondo State.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Rasheed Badmus, disclosed this on Wednesday.

Badmus said the decision to demolish such facilities was occasioned by rising cases of insecurity in the state.

He said, “All pubs in Alagbaka and Ijapo areas would soon be demolished and we have already marked them.

“We have visited and served all of them quit notice that we will not tolerate any attachment in our GRAs.

“We noticed that those engaging in this illegal activities failed to respond and we need to take prompt action.

“After drinking, they always terrorise the area, we have given them notice for over 10 months now.”

Badmus further explained that the state government will not pay any compensation to owners of structures being used as pubs.

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Tribunal Verdict: Shehu Sani, Fani-Kayode React To Buhari's Victory

jeu, 2019-09-12 02:38

Reactions have continued to trail the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja upholding the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 elections.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, had filed a petition challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission’s announcement of Buhari as winner of the election.

But following Wednesday’s verdict by the tribunal, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode tweeting @realFFK, wondered why Nigerians were surprised at the outcome of the tribunal.

He alleged that Buhari rigged the courts in his favour.

He said, “If anyone is surprised by today's ruling in the @Atiku/@MBuhari case, then they still don't understand the nature of the beast we are fighting and the gravity of the situation we are in.

“They didn't just rig the election, they rigged the courts too! They control all three arms of government.”

Using a biblical illustration, Senator Shehu Sani called on Nigerians to girdle up for the journey ahead.

He said, “All yea who climbeth the Mount Sinai today, hoping to see the Sun riseth from the West, can now descend and head to Damascus, and taketh along with thee a stock of olive and pots of water from the Euphrates. The journey ahead is of the Lord.”

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10 Women Released By Bandits In Katsina

jeu, 2019-09-12 02:36

No fewer than 10 women including a four-year-old baby have been released by repentant bandits in Katsina State, a statement by the state government said on Wednesday.

The government is currently engaged in dialogue with bandits terrorising Katsina in order to restore peace and normalcy to the affected areas.

It was gathered that the victims regained their freedom few hours after the government released seven bandits, who had been in detention.

The statement issued by Director of Press in the office of the Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mr Abdullahi Yar’adua, said that those released were kidnapped two weeks ago from Shimfida Village in Jibia Local Government Area.

Governor Aminu Masari had in the last one week been meeting with the bandits to broker agreement for lasting peace in the state.

The council areas affected by the activities of bandits are Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Safana, Danmusa, Batsari and Jibiya.

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BREAKING: 57 Navy Detainees In Apapa Embark On Hunger Strike

jeu, 2019-09-12 00:26

Some 57 prisoners being illegally detained by the Nigerian Navy in Apapa, Lagos, have embarked on indefinite hunger strike, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report.

The 57 persons have been in the custody of the Navy for yet to be disclosed criminal offences and have not been charged to court since their arrest.

They are being held in a crowded cell at the NNS Beecroft in Apapa.

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BREAKING: Nigerians Evacuated From South Africa Arrive Lagos

mer, 2019-09-11 23:59

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Some Nigerians evacuated from South Africa over the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in the country, have landed in Lagos.

The Air Peace flight, which evacuated them on Wednesday, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at exactly 9:35pm.

More to come...

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BREAKING: Buhari Reacts To Tribunal Victory, Says "We Are Now Vindicated"

mer, 2019-09-11 23:48

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to his victory at the election petition tribunal on Wednesday, calling it a vindication of his well deserved victory.

The tribunal dismissed Atiku Abubakar's petition challenging the results of the 2019 presidential election for not being able to prove satisfactorily all the allegations he brought before the panel.

In his response on Wednesday evening in a series of tweets, President Buhari tweeting @Mbuhari said, "Today’s ruling is a well-deserved victory for Nigerians who trooped out overwhelmingly to elect us for a second term in office. 

"I was unperturbed all along because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated!

"I dedicate this victory to the Almighty God and to all Nigerians. And I commend the judiciary for dispensing justice without fear or favour.

"I am hereby extending a hand of fellowship to everyone who felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election and went to court."

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HURIWA Condemns Judgment Of Presidential Election Tribunal

mer, 2019-09-11 22:35

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has condemned the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal THAT dismissed the petition filed by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari during the February 23, 2019, election.

In a statement on Wednesday, the group said it was horrified by the judgment, stating that the judicial system is compromised and tainted by political loyalty.

The statement reads, “We are not surprised that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has wrongly confirmed the overwhelming perception of most critical-minded Nigerians that nothing good will ever come out from the current contraption we call the Nigerian judicial system.

“The Nigerian judicial system as it is currently constituted is dysfunctional, is compromised, is tainted politically, is populated and driven physically by people with the wrong mindset who are not patriotic, who are not committed to the real essence of justice as it should be.”

The group said it was befuddling that the tribunal dismissed important issued raised by Abubakar and his party, stating that Nigerians are interested in verifying if President Buhari indeed has a secondary school certificate as required by law.

The tribunal had upheld that the certificate of President Buhari with the Nigerian Military was higher than a secondary school certificate and therefore he was ‘eminently’ qualified to contest for the position of president.

However, HURIWA said the constitution was clear on the educational requirement for anyone willing to participate in Nigerian elections.

The group said, “It is inconceivable that the judiciary would close its eyes to the fact that there are lingering debates and argument strong enough to disqualify one of the candidates which are the exact whereabouts of the secondary school certificate.

“If the constitution says you need at least a (secondary) school certificate, what the constitution means is that the secondary school certificate is the minimum benchmark.

“Secondly, we are highly disappointed in the first instance by the dismissal of the application that was filed by the petitioner seeking to get the Supreme Court's nod to compel INEC to allow the petitioners to supervise the server.” 

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FBI Arrests 167 Alleged Scammers In Nigeria, Seizes $3.7m

mer, 2019-09-11 22:34

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The United State Federal Bureau of Investigation said it has arrested 167 alleged Business Email Compromise fraudsters in Nigeria and seized nearly $3.7m.

The US Department of Justice made the disclosure in a statement released on Tuesday, stating that a total of 281 arrests were made within the United States and overseas.

There were “167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana.  Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom”.

The FBI said the alleged fraudsters do not only focus on businesses but also individuals.

It said same criminal organisations that perpetrate BEC also exploit individual victims, often real estate purchasers, the elderly, and others, by convincing them to make wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals.

The statement said, “Foreign citizens perpetrate many BEC scams. Those individuals are often members of transnational criminal organizations, which originated in Nigeria but have spread throughout the world.” 

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US Charges 22-year-old Nigerian For Money Laundering

mer, 2019-09-11 22:21

A 22-year-old Nigerian, Abasiakara Ekanem, has been charged alongside four others for alleged offences of conspiracy and money laundering in the United States.

The United States Department of Justice disclosed that Ekanem and the other defendants were part of those indicted in another court in Witchita for international fraud.

Others mentioned include King Essien, 26, Franklin Okapu, 20, Oluwatimileyin Diyaolu, 21, Emmanuel Daramola, 22.

According to the DoJ, the indictment alleged that the defendants received money from victims of fraud in the United States and foreign countries.

The department said, “Essien’s account received cash depots of more than $190,000, international wire transfers of more than $120,000 and domestic wire transfers of more than $88,000. Two-thirds of the money was transferred to bank accounts in Nigeria and Ghana.

“Okapu’s accounts received cash deposits of more than $67,000 and total deposits of more than $337,000, including domestic transfers, money orders and cashier’s deposits.

“Diyaolu’s accounts received total deposits of more than $572,000. Three-quarters of the money was transferred to bank accounts in Nigeria.

“Daramola’s accounts received total deposits of more than $283,000. More than two-thirds of the money was transferred to bank accounts in Nigeria.

“Ekanem’s accounts received total deposits of more than $208,000. Almost half the money was withdrawn as cash.”

Together, the defendants allegedly transferred more than $923,000 to an unindicted conspirator in Lagos, Nigeria, and more than $211,000 to another unindicted conspirator in Lagos, Nigeria.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $500,000. 

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Court Strikes Out Akume’s Petition Against Orker-Jev

mer, 2019-09-11 22:10

George Akume

George Akume

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, has thrown out the petition filed by Senator George Akume challenging the victory of Senator Emmanuel Orker-Jev representing Benue North-West Senatorial District.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had returned Orker-Jev of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the February 23, 2019 election.

Akume had approached the tribunal to upturn Orker-Jev's victory and declare him as the substantive winner.

In his judgment, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice P. O Odudu, maintained that the petition challenging the election did not cover less than 404 polling units but the petitioner had brought less than 20 witnesses.

Odudu said, “The petitioner is required to provide evidence polling unit by polling unit, ward by ward.

“Even if all 20 witnesses’ evidence were to be proven, it would just be like a drop of water in an ocean and therefore of no consequence to the overall result.”

He, therefore, dismissed the petition and awarded N100,000 damages each to the first and second respondents (Orker-Jev and INEC), who were joined in the petition to be paid by the petitioner.

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Scientists Discover New Planet With Water

mer, 2019-09-11 22:09

Astronomers at the University College London, say they have discovered water on a potentially habitable planet.

The BBCsaid their findings were published in the Scientific Journal. 

The scientists believe that up to half of the planet is made up of water.

Prof Giovanna Teneti, the lead scientist on the project, said the discovery made on the planet named K2-18B, was ‘mind blowing.’

She said, “This is the first time that we have detected water on a planet in the habitable zone around a star where the temperature is potentially compatible with the presence of life.

“Within the next 10 years, we will know whether there are chemicals that are due to life in those atmospheres.”

K2-18b is the only planet that showed it had water in it out of all the planets discovered by the Hubble Telescope between 2016 and 2017.

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Tribunal Verdict: We’ll Study Judgment, Secondus Says

mer, 2019-09-11 22:08

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said that the party would study the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari during the February 23 election.

Secondus disclosed this shortly after the ruling of the tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the legal team of the party would go through the verdict and come up with an official position for them to decide whether to appeal or not.

But while reacting to the tribunal on his own part, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, urged the PDP to close ranks with the administration of President Buhari in moving the country forward.

He said, “It is time now to close ranks and work with the President and assist him to deliver on his mandate. 

“It is a win-win for all and I don't think PDP has lost. They suspected that we cheated and they have been reassured that they were not cheated.

“I want to appeal to PDP and let them know that Nigeria is one country and the argument is about who is preferred to rule and govern the country.

“Now that we have put this behind us, there should be no further distractions.

“We all can come together both the opposition and the ruling party through constructive engagement and assist government to do what it has to do to ensure that life is better for the average Nigerian.”


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PDP Rejects Tribunal Ruling, Heads To Court

mer, 2019-09-11 21:38

The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, describing it as a “subversion of justice”.

The tribunal had on Wednesday in Abuja struck out the petition of the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 election.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement after the ruling said that the party was shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it.

He insisted that President Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.

He said, “The PDP finds it as bewildering that a court of law could validate a clear case of perjury and declaration of false information in a sworn affidavit, as firmly established against President Muhammadu Buhari even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.

“The tribunal raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the respondents.

“Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess. This is contrary to established proof of claims of certification.”

He urged all the party supporters not to lose hope and remain calm as the PDP’s lawyers are “upbeat in obtaining justice at the Supreme Court”.

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Foreign Students To Be Allowed To Stay Two Years In UK After Graduation

mer, 2019-09-11 21:30

Britain’s Government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating.

Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, said the change was aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best from around the world” and a sign of “the United Kingdom’s ambition once we have left the European Union”.

“Instead of being open to free movement from just the, the United Kingdom will be able to take advantage of a global talent pool… and that’s something that’s a great advantage for us,” she told BBCradio.

Leadsom said the government wanted to increase the number of international students in Britain 30 per cent to 600,000 by 2030, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths, collectively known as STEM subjects.

International students currently make up half of all full-time post-graduate STEM students in the country.

They can currently remain in Britain for up to four months after completing their studies, with the new rules now set to come into effect for those starting courses next year.

“Giving them that two-year period will enable them to find a job that befits their degree,” Leadsom added.

“There are so many new skills and new industries that are just now emerging, and we do want to be able to attract a global talent pool of people,” she added.

Students will need to have successfully completed a degree from a “trusted” British university or higher education provider, which “has a proven track record in upholding immigration checks and other rules,” according to the government.

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Miners’ Chair Abducted By Unknown Gunmen In Kogi

mer, 2019-09-11 21:29

Chairman of Kogi State Miners Association, Yunusa Oruma, has been kidnapped from his home at Ankpa Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen.

This was disclosed by the victim’s brother, Prince Oruma, on Wednesday.

The miners association’s chair was resting in his home when his abductors arrived and whisked him away.

According to the relative, the abductors are yet to reach the family for ransom for his release.

Spokesperson for the police in Kogi, William Aya, also confirmed the incident, adding that efforts are ongoing to secure the victim’s release from the kidnappers.

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