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Nigerian Undernourished Children In Sokoto, Zamfara, Get N102 Million In EU Humanitarian Aid

mer, 2019-09-11 14:17


Residents in a Borno IDP camp

Children in a Borno IDP camp

The European Union is allocating an additional €300,000 (N102 million) in humanitarian aid to provide life-saving treatment to undernourished children in Nigeria’s northwestern states of Sokoto and Zamfara, where violence and forced displacement are leading to a further deterioration of the situation.

The funds will allow UNICEF to provide undernourished children and their mothers with immediate nutrition treatment. Furthermore, mobile health teams will be sent out to strengthen the capacity of health facilities in delivering comprehensive basic health care services, including supportive medical supervision.

“The EU is stepping up its humanitarian assistance in Nigeria to help in addressing without delay the child undernutrition emergency that the northwest region is facing. Our funding will contribute to deliver the much-needed treatment for children and improve access to basic health care. 

"Timely help from the international community is essential to save children’s lives,” said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

As many as 280,000 children under five years of age across the states of Sokoto and Zamfara are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition, which is a life-threating condition. 

Children are particularly vulnerable given the low vaccination rates against common childhood illnesses.

In addition, both states regularly face cholera, yellow fever and meningitis outbreaks, while malaria is endemic and measles is recurrent. 

Northwest Nigeria has seen an increase in violence over the last months that has exacerbated the already existing dire nutrition situation. 

Recurrent clashes have driven people to flee their homes in search of safety.

These people leave everything behind, including their fields and their main source of subsistence. 

With communities in the region already struggling with the seasonal depletion of food reserves in-between harvests, the current lack of access to their fields means that they are likely to miss the next harvest, thereby putting further pressure on already strained food resources.

Medical facilities in the area are already working at maximum capacity to deal with cases of severe acute malnutrition. 

Mortality rates in such facilities are very high, as medical care is sought late, while many facilities are no longer running and/or are no longer accessible due to increased insecurity.

The European Union is one of the leading contributors of humanitarian aid in Nigeria. Since 2014, the EU has allocated almost €245 million to help the people in need in the country, including €28 million in 2019. 

EU humanitarian aid funding provides immediate assistance to cover the basic needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced people and host communities in Nigeria, and of refugees in other countries affected by the Lake Chad Basin crisis, namely Chad (Lake region), Niger (Diffa region), and Cameroon (Far North region).

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#RevolutionNow: Prosecutor’s Absence Stalls Trial Of Cross River Journalists

mer, 2019-09-11 13:57


The trial of Jeremiah Archibong and Jonathan Ugbal over the August 5, 2019 #RevolutionNow protests could not be heard today as the police’s counsel failed to show up in court again.

The duo, who are the managing editor and news editor of CrossRiverWatch, respectively, were arraigned on August 7, 2018 after 49 hours in detention for charges bordering on conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

The prosecutor had failed to appear in court on August 26, 2019, prompting the judge to adjourn the matter to September 11, 2019.

However, when the case was called up before Chief Magistrate Rita Marshall, today, Barrister Kehole Enya entered appearance for the defendants while the prosecutor, Barrister Denis Terhemba, was absent.

Another prosecutor, an inspector in the State Criminal Investigation Department, however, announced appearance for the prosecution. 

Mrs. Marshall asked if he had the case file with him but he answered in the negative. 

He, however, moved an oral application for adjournment which was granted.

The matter has been adjourned until October 3.

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OPEC Cuts 2020 Oil Demand Forecast

mer, 2019-09-11 13:50


OPEC on Wednesday cut its forecast for growth in world oil demand in 2020 due to an economic slowdown, an outlook the producer group said highlighted the need for ongoing efforts to prevent a new glut of crude.

In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cut its forecast for global oil demand growth next year by 60,000 barrels per day to 1.08 million barrels per day and indicated the market would be in surplus.

The weaker outlook amid a US-China trade dispute and Brexit could press the case for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia to maintain or adjust their policy of cutting output.

Iraq said ministers would on Thursday discuss whether there was a need for deeper cuts.

OPEC, in the report, lowered its forecast for world economic growth in 2020 to 3.1 percent from 3.2 percent and said next year's increase in oil demand would be outpaced by "strong growth" in supply from rival producers such as the United States.

"This highlights the shared responsibility of all producing countries to support oil market stability to avoid unwanted volatility and a potential relapse into market imbalance," the report said.

OPEC's policy of supporting prices through supply cuts has given a sustained boost to US shale and other rival supply, and the report suggests the world will need less OPEC crude next year.

The demand for OPEC crude will average 29.40 million barrels per day next year, OPEC said, down 1.2 million barrels per day from this year.

In July, OPEC and its allies renewed a supply-cutting pact until March 2020, citing the need to avoid a build-up of inventories that could hit prices.

Even so, OPEC said its oil output in August rose by 136,000 barrels per day to 29.74 million barrels per day as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Nigeria boosted supply.

Reuters reports that producers are still over-complying with the supply-cutting deal, but this puts OPEC output further above the 2020 demand forecast.

The report suggests there will be a 2020 supply surplus of 340,000 bpd if OPEC keeps pumping at August's rate and other things remain equal, more than the surplus forecast in last month's report.

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BREAKING: Tribunal Strikes Out INEC Motions challenging PDP Petitions

mer, 2019-09-11 13:24


The tribunal has struck out the application of INEC challenging the PDP petition for listing police, army and others to have committed serious crimes and manipulated the February 28 Presidential election without making them party to the petition.

Instead, the tribunal struck out all the paragraphs where the allegation of crime against the police, army and others were mentioned.

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Election Tribunal Gives Buhari Victory

mer, 2019-09-11 13:11


The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport.

Buhari who is the senator representing Oyo North in the senate won the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 poll.

The unanimous judgment read by Justice Sambo Daka on the petition marked EPT/OY/SEN/09/2019, stated that the petitioners Mulikat Adeola-Akande and her party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failed to prove their petition beyond a reasonable doubt.

Also among the panel were Justice Anthony Akpovi (Chairman) and Justice Chinyere Ani.

It awarded a cost of N150,000 against the petitioners and refused to grant their request for damages.

Buhari, who served as chairman Senate Committee of ICT and Cybercrimes in the 8th National Assembly, won the election with over 18,338 votes to defeat Adeola-Akande, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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LIVE: Judgment Day: Atiku, Buhari Wait Anxiously For Tribunal Verdict​

mer, 2019-09-11 12:51


The court proceedings have commenced.

Members of the panel of presidential election petitions tribunal have arrived in the court.

They were led by the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba.

 

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US Security Agents Arrest 281 'Yahoo-Yahoo Boys' Worldwide

mer, 2019-09-11 12:24


The United States of America's federal authorities have announced a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  

Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of State, was conducted over a four-month period, resulting in 281 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana.  

Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK). The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million.

BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.  The same criminal organizations 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. 

According to the US government in a statement made available to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, this is often accomplished by impersonating a key employee or business partner after obtaining access to that person’s email account or sometimes done through romance and lottery scams.  BEC scams may involve fraudulent requests for checks rather than wire transfers; they may target sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or employee tax records instead of, or in addition to, money; and they may not involve an actual “compromise” of an email account or computer network.  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.

“The Department of Justice has increased efforts in taking aggressive enforcement action against fraudsters who are targeting American citizens and their businesses in business email compromise schemes and other cyber-enabled financial crimes,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.  

“In this latest four-month operation, we have arrested 74 people in the United States and 207 others have been arrested overseas for alleged financial fraud.  The coordinated efforts with our domestic and international law enforcement partners around the world have made these most recent actions more successful.  I want to thank the FBI, more than two dozen U.S. Attorney’s Offices, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigation, U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, our partners in Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the UK, and our state and local law enforcement partners for all of their hard work to combat these fraud schemes and protect the hard-earned assets of our citizens.  

"Anyone who engages in deceptive practices like this should know they will not go undetected and will be held accountable.”

“The FBI is working every day to disrupt and dismantle the criminal enterprises that target our businesses and our citizens,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.  “Cooperation is the backbone to effective law enforcement; without it, we aren’t as strong or as agile as we need to be.  Through Operation reWired, we’re sending a clear message to the criminals who orchestrate these BEC schemes: We’ll keep coming after you, no matter where you are.  And to the public, we’ll keep doing whatever we can to protect you.  Reporting incidents of BEC and other internet-enabled crimes to the IC3 brings us one step closer to the perpetrators.”

“The Secret Service has taken a multi-layered approach to combat Business Email Compromise schemes through our Global Investigative Operations Center (GIOC),” said U.S. Secret Service Director James M. Murray.  “Domestically, the GIOC assists Secret Service Field Offices and other law enforcement partners with analysis and investigative tactics to enhance the impact of local BEC investigations.  Internationally, the GIOC targets and identifies transnational organized crime networks that perpetrate these cyber-enabled financial fraud schemes.  Through this approach, the Secret Service continues to strive to protect the citizens of the United States and our financial infrastructure from these complex crimes.”

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with its law enforcement partners, has proven once again, that cyber-enabled financial fraud will not be tolerated in the United States,” said Acting Director Matthew T. Albence of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  “Operation reWired sends a clear message to criminals, that no matter how or where crimes are committed, we will do everything within our means to dismantle criminal enterprises that seek to manipulate U.S. institutions and taxpayers.”

“The consequences of this type of fraud scheme are far-reaching, affecting not only people in the United States but also across the world,” said Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale.  “This investigation is just another example of how effective law enforcement agencies can be when they join forces.  By working together, we can keep our communities and our vulnerable populations safe from financial exploitation.  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is proud to be at the forefront of the fight against fraud and Postal Inspectors will continue to adapt to the ever-changing landscape to stop the scammers and protect our customers.”

“In unraveling this complex, nationwide identity theft and tax fraud scheme, we discovered that the conspirators stole more than 250,000 identities and filed more than 10,000 fraudulent tax returns, attempting to receive more than $91 million in refunds,” said Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation.  “We will continue to work with our international, federal and state partners to pursue all those responsible for perpetrating this fraud, preying on innocent victims and attempting to cheat the U.S. out of millions of dollars.”

“The investigation of these crimes crossed international borders,” said Director Todd J. Brown of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).  “Today’s charges are another successful example of our commitment to working together with both foreign colleagues abroad as well as local, state and federal law enforcement partners here at home in the pursuit of those who commit cyber-related financial crimes.”

A number of cases involved international criminal organizations that defrauded small to large-sized businesses, while others involved individual victims who transferred high dollar funds or sensitive records in the course of business.  The devastating effects these cases have on victims and victim companies affect not only the individual business but also the global economy.  According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), nearly $1.3 billion in loss was reported in 2018 from BEC and its variant, Email Account Compromise (EAC), nearly twice as much as was reported the prior year.  BEC and EAC are prevalent scams and the Justice Department along with our partners will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute the perpetrators, including money mules, regardless of where they are located. 

Money mules may be witting or unwitting accomplices who receive ill-gotten funds from the victims and then transfer the funds as directed by the fraudsters.  The money is wired or sent by check to the money mule who then deposits it in his or her own bank account.  Usually, the mules keep a fraction for “their trouble” and then wire the money as directed by the fraudster.  The fraudsters enlist and manipulate the money mules through romance scams or “work-at-home” scams, though some money mules are knowing co-conspirators who launder the ill-gotten gains for profit.   

BEC scams are related to, and often conducted together with, other forms of fraud such as:

“Romance scams,” where victims are lulled into believing they are in a legitimate relationship and are tricked into sending or laundering money under the guise of assisting the paramour with an international business transaction, a U.S. visit, or some other cover story;
“Employment opportunities scams,” where victims are convinced to provide their PII to apply for work-from-home jobs, and, once “hired” and “overpaid” by a bad check, to wire the overpayment to the “employer’s” bank before the check bounces;
“Fraudulent online vehicle sales scams,” where victims are convinced they are purchasing a nonexistent vehicle and must pay for it by sending the codes of prepaid gift cards in the amount of the agreed-upon sale price to the “seller;”
“Rental scams,” where a scammer agrees to rent a property, sends a bad check in excess of the agreed-upon deposit, and requests the overpayment be returned via wire before the check bounces; and
“Lottery scams,” where victims are convinced they won an international lottery but must pay fees or taxes before receiving the payout.

Starting in May 2019, this coordinated enforcement action targeted hundreds of BEC scammers.  Law enforcement agents executed over 214 domestic actions including arrests, money mule warning letters, and asset seizures and repatriations totaling nearly $3.7 million.  Local and state law enforcement partners on FBI task forces across the country, with the assistance of multiple District Attorney’s Offices, also arrested alleged money mules for their role in defrauding victims. 

Among those arrested on federal charges in BEC schemes include:

Following an investigation led by the FBI’s Chicago Division, Brittney Stokes, 27, of Country Club Hills, Illinois, and Kenneth Ninalowo, 40, of Chicago, Illinois, were charged in the Northern District of Illinois with laundering over $1.5 million from proceeds of BEC scams.  According to the indictment, a community college and an energy company were defrauded into sending approximately $5 million to fraudulent bank accounts controlled by the scammers.  Banks were able to freeze approximately $3.6 million of the $5 million defrauded in the two schemes.  Law enforcement officials seized a 2019 Range Rover Velar S from Stokes and approximately $175,909 from Stokes and Ninalowo. 
As a result of a joint investigation by the FBI, HSI, and DSS, Opeyemi Adeoso, 44, of Dallas, Texas, and Benjamin Ifebajo, 45, of Richardson, Texas, were arrested and charged in the Northern District of Texas with bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.  Adeoso and Ifebajo are alleged to have received and laundered at least $3.4 million.  In furtherance of their scheme, they are alleged to have assumed 12 fictitious identities and defrauded 37 victims from across the United States.
As part of a larger investigation by the FBI and the USSS in Miami, Yamel Guevara Tamayo, 36, of Miami, Florida, and Yumeydi Govantes, 39, of Miami, Florida, were charged in the Southern District of Florida with laundering more than $950,000 of proceeds of BEC scams.  The two individuals were also responsible for recruiting approximately 18 other individuals to serve as money mules, who laundered proceeds of BEC scams for an international money laundering network.  The victims of the BEC scams included title companies, corporations, and individuals.  The individuals were indicted June 18, 2019 and arrested June 20, 2019.  The change of plea for both individuals is scheduled for Sept. 16.
In an investigation by FBI Atlanta, two individuals were charged in the Northern District of Georgia for their involvement in a Nigeria-based BEC scheme that began with a $3.5 million transfer of funds fraudulently misdirected from a Georgia-based health care provider to accounts across the United States.  Two Nigerian nationals, Emmanuel Igomu, 35, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jude Balogun, 29, of San Francisco, California, have been arrested on charges of aiding and abetting wire fraud for their part in receiving and transmitting monies derived from the BEC. 
Following an investigation by the FBI, Cyril Ashu, 34, of Austell, Georgia; Ifeanyi Eke, 32, of Sandy Springs, Georgia; Joshua Ikejimba, 24, of Houston, Texas; and Chinedu Ironuah, 32, of Houston, Texas, were charged in the Southern District of New York with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud for their involvement in a Nigeria-based BEC scheme that impacted hundreds of victims in the United States, with losses in excess of $10 million. 

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The cases were investigated by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), IRS Criminal Investigation and U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.  U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Arizona; Central, Eastern and Southern California; Colorado; Delaware; Southern Florida; Northern Georgia; Northern Illinois; Kansas; Eastern Louisiana; Massachusetts; Nebraska; Nevada; Southern New York; Middle North Carolina; Northern Ohio; Oregon; Northern, Western and Southern Texas; Western Tennessee; Eastern Virginia; Eastern Washington, and elsewhere have ongoing investigations some of which have resulted in arrests in Nigeria.  

 

The Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and Office of International Affairs of the Criminal Division provided assistance.  District Attorney’s Offices of Harris County, Texas; Fort Bend County, Texas; and Washington County, Arkansas are handling state prosecutions.  Additionally, private sector partners and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ghana Police Service (GPS) and Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Turkish National Police (TNP) Cyber Department, Direction Centrale de la Police aux Frontieres (PAF) of France, Squadra Mobile Di Caserta and Italian National Police, National Police Agency of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TPMD), Royal Malaysian Police, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) of Kenya and the National Crime Agency (NCA), North Wales Police, Metropolitan Police Service and Hertfordshire Constabulary of the UK provided significant assistance.  

This operation serves as a model for international cooperation against specific threats that endanger the financial well-being of each member country’s residents. Deputy Attorney General Rosen expressed gratitude for the outstanding efforts of the participating countries, including law enforcement actions that were coordinated and executed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria to curb business email compromise schemes that defraud businesses and individuals alike.

The Justice Department’s efforts to confront the growing threat of cyber-enabled financial fraud led to the formation of the BEC Counteraction Group (BCG), which assists U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Department with the coordination of BEC cases and the centralization of related expertise.  The BCG facilitates communication and coordination between federal prosecutors, serves as a bridge between federal prosecutors and federal agents, centralizes and manages institutional knowledge and training, and participates in efforts to educate the public about protecting themselves and their organizations from BEC scams.

The BCG draws upon the expertise of the following sections within the Department’s Criminal Division: the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, which regularly investigates and prosecutes cases involving computer crimes, including network intrusions; the Fraud Section, which manages complex litigation involving sophisticated fraud schemes; the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, which brings experience in seizing assets obtained through criminal activity; the Office of International Affairs, which plays a central role in securing international evidence and extradition; and the Organized Crime and Gang Section, which contributes strategic guidance in prosecuting complex transnational criminal cases.

Operation reWired was funded and coordinated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2) and follows “Operation Wire Wire,” the first coordinated enforcement action targeting hundreds of BEC scammers.  That effort, announced in June 2018, resulted in the arrest of 74 individuals, the seizure of nearly $2.4 million, and the disruption and recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.

Victims are encouraged to file a complaint online with the IC3 at bec.ic3.gov.

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BREAKING: Atiku Vs Buhari: Tribunal Begins Proceedings On Judgment

mer, 2019-09-11 11:54


The court proceedings have commenced.

Members of the panel of presidential election petitions tribunal have arrived in the court.

They were led led by the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba.

The lawyers are currently announcing appearances.
 

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Judgment Day: Oshiomhole, Abba Kyari, Fashola, Keyamo In Court For Buhari

mer, 2019-09-11 11:54


The arrowhead of President Muhammadu Buhari's regime, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, is in the court ahead of the pronouncement of judgment regarding the actual winner of the last presidential election.

He is not the only Buhari loyalist in the court.

There are the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole; Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo; Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong; and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu.

The list includes Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige

The legal tussle is between Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around the Appeal Court Abuja venue of 2019 presidential election petitions tribunal ahead of the judgment by the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba, today.

Armed anti-riot policemen have taken positions on the premises and outside to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order.

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Armed Security Agents Surround Tribunal Venue As Atiku, Buhari Await Judgment

mer, 2019-09-11 11:52


Security has been beefed up around the Appeal Court Abuja venue of 2019 presidential election petitions tribunal ahead of the judgment by the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba, today.

Armed anti-riot policemen have taken positions on the premises and outside to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order.

Water canon trucks are also on standby to deal with likely protesters.

The courtroom is filled to the brim and with security operatives subjecting journalists and lawyers to rigorous checks.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu are already inside the court .

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‘Atiku Is Coming’, Some Nigerians Say As Nation Awaits Tribunal Judgment

mer, 2019-09-11 11:46


The presidential election petitions tribunal will in a matter of hours today decide if President Muhammdu Buhari actually won the 2019 presidential poll or Atiku Abubakar was the legitimate winner.

Since the notice became public, Nigerians have spared no comment in anticipation of the judgment.  

Supporters of President Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and that of Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been trending #AtikuBusted and #Atiku hashtags, respectively on Twitter.

Tosin Olaluwoye who tweets @tosin_olaluwoye said today's judgment was the first phase as the case might drag up to the Supreme Court.

“Today is really not the end of the presidential election wahala. Regardless of who the #PEPT declares winner today, those saying #AtikuIsComing and those saying #AtikuBusted (and NOT coming) will have to wait for the supreme court judgment. May Nigeria win,” he said.

Other more partisan supporters are hopeful that the judgment would further scuttle Abubakar’s ambition. 

“Today is the day that the Lord has made. Judgment day. Thanking God Almighty because #AtikuIsNotComing because #AtikuHasNoCase as #AtikuBusted several times,” ‘Kunle Adeniran tweeted.

Another user, Kenneth Cole tweeted, “Today! Today!! pesin go cry sooteeeeey!!!#AtikuIsNotComing #AtikuHasNoCase #AtikuBusted.” 

Similarly, Benard Loveth @Benardloveth said, “Atiku will finally enter RELIGATION tomorrow.”

However, some others are hopeful that “Atiku is coming”.

Eze Otuonye, @ezejeanpaul, tweeted: “#AtikuIsComing The solution for the judges is cancel the Feb 19th election Give a 60 days to conduct fresh presidential elections, give Buhari a warning to present original weac in 60 days or forfeit contesting while Buhari is confused, elections held and Atiku wins.”

“Today I'll know whether it's safer for somebody to choose a path as a bus conductor or as someone that will end up in this gown/wig. They call them lawyers but by end of today, I'll have a name for them. #AtikuIsComing is not about Atiku but about JUST WEIGHT for #Nigeria,” Ayemojubar said.

Grace Okagbare also tweeted: “Dear Daddy @atiku In d public court, you have obviously been served justice as d winner of the presidential poll. And at the tribunal, one thing is now clear and would be registered in our history forever; Nigeria was raped & you rose to the occasion to save her. #AtikuIscoming.”

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CBN Governor Emefiele Shuns Panel Investigating Nigeria's Abandoned Projects

mer, 2019-09-11 10:11


 

Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria's governor, and the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Nelson Braimbraifa, as well as his directors were absent as the House of Representatives began probe of abandoned projects in Niger Delta in Abuja on Tuesday.

The House Committee on NDDC, who frowned upon the development, therefore ordered Braimbraifa and his directors to appear before them on Friday. 

However, they asked Emefiele to appear on Monday.

The panel threatened to order their arrest if they failed to invitations.

A member of the committee, Buba Yusuf, raised a point of order to call the attention of the panel to the fact that the stakeholders critical to the investigation were not at the event.

Yusuf cited Section 89(1) of the Constitution, saying, “I have observed that the very relevant stakeholders that are supposed to be here for the success of this public hearing are not here. The  NDDC is a major stakeholder in this investigation and I am sure we have written to them twice and there was no response.

“We all know that Section 89 of the Constitution has empowered this committee to summon anybody, no matter how highly placed, to come before us to give evidence.”

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, was represented by the Director, Federation Account, Sabo Mohammed, while the Auditor General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine, was represented by the Director of Audit, Julius Isiuku.

The chairman of the panel, Nicholas Ossai said their first letter was received by the NDDC on August 14, with a reminder sent on August 23 when there was no response from the commission to the first letter.

He said, “Up till now, there is no response from them and it shows that they are above the law. But our constitution does not allow that.”

Ossai also read a letter by the  Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the committee in which the ministry sought permission to appear before the committee at a later date.

However, the chairman said, “You will recall that recently the ministers (Godwin Akpabio and Festus Keyamo) gave instructions to the NDDC on a national daily. So, I find it very difficult to believe that they have not been interacting with the commission. It is strange for such a letter to have come.

“The NDDC is not above the National Assembly or the management of the NDDC. I believe that Yusuf Buba is in the right direction.”

The House unanimously agreed to summon Emefiele and Braimbraifa.

Ossai said, “My ruling is that this honourable committee, in line with Sections 62, 88 and 89(1)(a)(b) and (c) of the Constitution that empower this committee to investigate the abandoned projects in the NDDC and to procure all necessary instruments to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, also summons the CBN Governor to appear before this  committee on Monday next week.”

Meanwhile, a  former Minister of Housing, Chief Nduese Essien, on Tuesday, faulted the governors opposing the constitution of the NDDC board.

Essien, who is also a former member of the House of Representatives, made his position known in a statement.

Essien,  who was part of the team that drafted the NDDC Act, said the claims and counter-claims on the distribution of key posts in the agency were unnecessary, saying the government did the right thing.

He said under the law establishing the commission, the post of the chairman was to rotate among the nine-member states, Punch reports.

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Ekiti University Student In Possession Of Weapon During Protest -Police

mer, 2019-09-11 10:03


 

The police in Ekiti State said that they had recovered a weapon from one of the protesting students of Federal University, Ado Ekiti.

Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, Caleb Ikechukwu, stated: “A weapon has been recovered from the protesting student."

The management said three students were injured in the protest.

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Ajimobi 'Constituted Authority' Loses Bid To Join Club Of Ex-Governors In Senate

mer, 2019-09-11 10:00


Reputed for his disdain and arrogance, former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has lost his battle to join the horde of ex-governors in the Nigerian senate.

He lost the bid to become a senator at the election petitions tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo.

The tribunal on Tuesday dismissed his petition challenging the victory of Senator Kola Balogun in the Ibadan South senatorial district election.

The tribunal held that Ajimobi failed to prove all the allegations of corruption against the lawmaker.

It noted that a margin of 13,502 votes between the votes cast for Balogun and Ajimobi, adding that the discrepancy of 11,759 votes alleged by the APC was far lesser than the difference.

He held that even if the 11,759 was deducted from the total difference of 13,502 votes, Balogun still led by 1,743 votes.

The tribunal added that Ajimobi rested his case on card reader malfunction which could not invalidate the accreditation of voters.

In a related development, the tribunal in another judgment delivered by Justice Sambo Daka upheld the victory of Senator Fatai Buhari in the Ibadan North senatorial district election.

It dismissed the petition filed by a former majority leader in the federal parliament, Mulikat Akande, challenging Buhari’s election.

Justice Daka held that Adeola and her party, PDP, failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to warrant cancellation of the election held in the senatorial district.

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Tribunal Returns Olujimi To Senate, Cuts Short Dayo Adeyeye's Hope

mer, 2019-09-11 09:57


 

The national assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State has nullified the election of the Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, the three-man tribunal led by Justice Daniel Adeck nullified the victory of Senator Adeyeye as the winner of the Ekiti South senatorial district election.

It nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, as the winner of the poll.

The tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.

Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the senate spokesperson, Rafiu Balogun, faulted the judgment and said it would be challenged tat the court of appeal.

 

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Bandits, Kidnappers Killed 1,400 People In Nigeria In 6 Months -UN

mer, 2019-09-11 09:49


 

At least 1,400 people have been killed by kidnappers and bandits in the last six months, says the United Nations 

 

The UN Country Director, Edward Kallon, disclosed this in Makurdi, at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom, noting that killings by armed herdsmen and bandits outweigh killings by the Boko Haram.

“Pockets of conflicts and insecurity in the country at large especially where I am today (Benue), the herders and farmers crisis and also kidnapping and banditry. This is now really getting out of hand.

“The last statistics I saw from the government was that over 1,400 people were killed as a result of kidnapping and banditry since the elections.

“This is not a pleasant statistics,” he said.

Kallon also claimed that institutional failure at all levels of governance was responsible for the killing of over 1,400 persons since March 2019, particularly by armed herdsmen, bandits, and kidnappings.

“We all know the statistics and the menace of herders/farmers problems. There were more people killed by the herders and farmers crisis than the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.

“When I said this in Abuja, it was not being welcomed but that was one statistics we have.  These are all due to weak institutions and governance deficit at the federal, state and local level,” Kallon said.

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Buhari Mourns, Says He's Lost Prudent Custodian After Employee Of 30 Years' Death

mer, 2019-09-11 09:36



President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of one of his domestic staff, Buhari Nalado Sandamu, who served him and his family for more than 30 years. 

President Buhari said in a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, that he had “lost a good and honest caretaker”.

Buhari said, “I have lost a prudent and a wonderful custodian who did so well taking care of my country home in Daura. 

"May Allah bless his soul and give strength to his family to bear this irreparable loss, Ameen.”
 

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Buhari Regime Proposes N9.78 Trillion For 2020

mer, 2019-09-11 09:32


 

The federal government has presented the medium-term expenditure framework and fiscal strategy paper proposing a total budget of N9.78 trillion for 2020.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, who made the presentation also proposed a budget of N10.1 trillion for 2021 and N10.4 trillion for 2022.

The crude oil benchmark for the 2019 budget is put at $60pb whilst for 2020-2022 is reduced to $55 per barrel with the oil production benchmark put at 2.18 million barrels per day. 

Ahmed also noted that the 2020 to 2022 fiscal years would be challenging with respect to revenue generation and rapid growth in personnel costs.

Thus, she argued that the states would be adversely impacted. 

The minister added that oil revenue is projected to decline from N3.688 trillion in 2019 to N2.367 trillion in 2020. 

This, she said, was due to lower production and lower oil prices.
 

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Buhari: Boko Haram Are Bandits

mer, 2019-09-11 09:24



Boko Haram has been degraded but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. 

Buhari spoke yesterday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

He said Nigeria was cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries. 

The president stated, “We are also using the air force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”

Buhari, according to a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Femi Adesina, also commended the support of the ICRC and other humanitarian organizations.

He said, “The situation of the displaced persons is very pathetic. Some children don’t know where their parents are; neither do they know where they come from. 

“We are focusing on education and healthcare, along with the rebuilding of infrastructure. The agency formerly under the leadership of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd) and now headed by Major-General Paul Tarfa (retd) is quietly making an impression. We are dedicating lots of resources to the area.” 

Buhari said ‘great progress’ had been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious. 

Maurer, who said Nigeria was the 5th largest operation of ICRC worldwide, stated that the organization would continue to render humanitarian action to people affected by violence. He said the recent killing of its two officials in the North-east shook the organization but not discouraged. 

The ICRC president, who said relationship would be further strengthened with Nigeria, added that “the more we see activity from Nigerian authorities, the easier it is for us to add here and there.”
 

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Sanwo-Olu's First 100 Days, Celebration Of Failure -PDP

mer, 2019-09-11 09:12


 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, yesterday, gave 30 percent score for the 100 days in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. 

The party said the state governor’s 100 days’ celebration was a charade because the first 100 days were marred by “failure and hopelessness".

The spokesman for PDP in Lagos, Taofiq Gani, in a statement, said, “Even by the governor’s own presentations, he can at best score 35 percent mark. Such a celebration of failure ought to have been avoided by any sensitive and honorable government.”

The party said the 100 days celebration was only attended by “APC apologists” who did not give a credible assessment of the governor’s performance.

The statement said, “This is just as the governor again exposed his unpreparedness for the job when he described the Badagry road as being within the Lagos East senatorial district as well as confusing Kogi for Kebbi in the LAKE rice project. 

“In struggling to mention achievements, the governor claimed the renovation of primary health centres and construction of 14 classrooms. These are indeed projects funded by NGO and Redeemed Church. The governor who claimed to have installed functional WiFi in Lagos, however, could not mention those areas but only promised to do so.” 

Contacted, the acting spokesman of APC, Hon. Abiodun Salami, described the PDP as “attention seekers”, saying the governor has done so well in 100 days especially in the areas of road construction, waste management, the education sector, among others, Daily Trust reports. 

Salami said it was evident all the good works the governor has done, claiming that over 150 roads have been fixed in the last 100 days, adding that has eased traffic in the nooks and crannies of the state. According to him, the fact that the PDP scored Sanwo-Olu 35 percent showed that “the man is working.” 

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