Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Wali takes over from Jega at INEC Chairman

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 Professor Attahiru Jega has ended his tenure as Nigeria's chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  .
The former INEC boss, who took over from Professor Maurice Iwu, on June 8, 2010, during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, handed over the mantle of leadership to the commission’s National Commissioner, Ambassador Mohammad Wali, on Tuesday.
Ambassador Wali, who hails from Sanyima town in Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State, north-west Nigeria, will therefore end, his tenure as acting chairman on August 11, 2015.

Mugabe derides USA same sex-marriage ruling, asks for Obama's hand in marriage

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Comrade Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old president has challenged President Barack Obama by asking his hand in marriage, in his weekly radio interview with Zimbabwe’s national radio on Saturday.
“I’ve just concluded since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance thus if it becomes necessary , I shall travel to Washington, D.C. , get down on my knee , and ask his [Obama’s] hand,” said Mugabe deriding U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex Marriage a Right Nationwide.  
  “I can’t understand how this people dare to defy Christ’s explicit orders as our Lord prohibited mankind from sodomy,” said the old recalcitrant Zimbabwean leader in an interview with ZBC radio station, adding, the American Government is run by perverts, Satan-worshipers who insults the Great American nation.
  The American tradition and heritage was based on lofty Christian principles, added Mr. Mugabe, but to the detriment of this great nation, America’s corrupt political elite is acting according to their diabolic whims.
 Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, the first ever from a sitting president, came amid growing pressure for the president to clarify his previously muddled opinion, as two senior members of his administration announced personal support for gay marriage and a day after voters in North Carolina approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
  The statement brought an immediate reaction from his prospective opponent at home as well.
“My view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman, and that’s my own preference,” Mitt Romney said at a brief news conference in Oklahoma City after Obama’s remarks were released. “I know other people have differing views — this is a very tender and sensitive topic, as are many social issues. But I have the same view that I’ve had since running for office. I shall end this mockery.”
  Romney backs a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and was opposed to the Massachusetts state court decision legalizing gay marriage issued while he was governor.

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France has expelled 40 radical preachers since 2012


(AP)--France's top security official says the government has expelled "about 10" radical imams and preachers since the beginning of the year and a total of 40 since 2012.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Europe 1 radio that France will not tolerate "preachers of hatred."
He spoke three days after Yassin Salhi was accused of beheading his boss and then trying to cause an explosion at a U.S.-owned gas factory in southeastern France. He had been flagged in 2006 for ties to radical Muslims, but surveillance was lifted in 2008.
The plant reopened on Monday. Executives say Salhi made regular deliveries for the plant and had an entry badge. Authorities are searching for possible international links.

We ’ll create 6000 direct jobs in six months—-Okowa

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has vowed to untie entrepreneurship schemes from the apron spring of politicians in order to create 6,000 direct jobs in the next six months in the state.
At the unveiling of six entrepreneurship schemes/programmes before government functionaries and members of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, Monday, June 28 in Asaba, he said “these initiatives will create jobs and wealth, diversify the economy, engage youths in productive enterprises, nurture entrepreneurs and leaders, and promote communal peace and security.”
The schemes are Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP); Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP); Tractorisation; Extension of Loans; and Development of Agro-industries.
The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, stressed that the government “is determined and poised to deliver prosperity to everyone in Delta through our SM.A.R.T agenda, and it is on that note that we are launching these job creation schemes.”
He explained that the meeting with the traditional rulers was to get them acquainted with government’s job creation programmes as key stakeholders and partners with the government, assuring that the royal palaces would serve as centres for collection and submission of the forms for interested participants in any of the schemes.
According to the Governor, “we want to take advantage of our revered traditional institution to ensure that beneficiaries are sons and daughters of our communities so that we can maximize the gains of all that we are putting into the programmes.”
‘’The forms can also be accessed and downloaded online, he said the recourse to the traditional rulers to assist in the distribution and collation of the forms was to allay any fears of political marginalization as the royal fathers are non-partisan,’ he stated.
Briefing the gathering, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on job creation and commissioner-designate, Dr Kingsley Emu, explained that under the YAGEP scheme, participants across the 25 local government areas would be screened and selected by a team of consultants after which they would undergo one month training at Songhai Farms for life skills, attitudinal change and hands on management.
He said the areas of focus are piggery, poultry, fisheries, and vegetable farming. He revealed that upon completion of the training the participants would proceed on a one-month internship after which they will be given starter packs to start their own farms.

Cyber-crime of $107K:Caucasian Professor confronts Ghanian pastor

An Indiana-based Caucasian woman thought she found a soul mate who lives in Sweden, via Chimistry.com. Unknown to her, she was dealing with a Ghanaian-based scam bag who uses Google telephone numbers to fool his unsuspecting victims. To make him appear like a regular everyday dude, a Pastor got introduced to her. The very convincing Pastor, who claims she is a minister of God, did her job so well. The victim had no clue she was part of the online- scam rig, called, Yahoo-Yahoo or advance fee fraud, popularly called 419 in Nigeria.
Pastor Philomena posted daily on her Facebook wall, Bible quotations and video where she preached the word of God. It was all deceptions to make the unsuspecting victim believe she was dealing with folks who had the fear of God in them. Prof. Kauffman transferred over $107K to the Pastor's account after her supposedly online lover told her, he won a $2 million contract with Artiel and needed help to start the project. The man vanished into the thin air, after collecting the money. The pastor now told the victim the familiar tale. She thought the woman got swindled!
The victim who lives in Indiana contacted NIGERIAN FM for help. We were able to get in touch with the 'Pastor' with a promise to give her a speaking gig. On the day of her scheduled sermon on NIGERIAN FM, we had her victim, waiting on a merged call, to confront her.
If you are one those online lovebirds, you must listen to this confrontation between Pastor Phil and Prof. Kauffman, coming up at 3 PM EST or 8 PM, Nigerian time. This is only the part 1 as we close in on the primary suspect who is currently on the run.

Govt plans luxury tax as more Nigerians buy private jets

SUPER-RICH Nigerians who move around the world in their private jets, enjoying ostentatious lifestyles may now have something to worry about, as the Federal Government has perfected plans to tap from their enormous reservoir of wealth, from which it hopes to rake in N38 billion yearly.
Nigeria, being home to the highest number of private jets on the continent, the Federal Government has come up with a newly introduced luxury tax to compel such high-net-worth individuals pay a liitle of the millions and billions into government coffers.
According to reports, Nigerian private jet owners have spent more than N1.5 trillion in foreign exchange to purchase these sky “toys.”
But with the recent introduction of the luxury tax by the Federal Ministry of Finance, following shortfall in revenue occasioned by the slump in oil prices, the Federal Government in trying to expand its income base, is now targeting rich Nigerians who own private jets or fly in premium cabins (first and business classes).
This category of Nigerians will pay the special levies known as luxury tax from which government, by this policy, hopes to generate almost billions of naira yearly, investigations by The Guardian have revealed.
To ensure a more sustainable revenue profile in the 2015 budget, the ministry last April announced that all local and foreign private jet owners in the country would now pay a yearly surcharge of N3, 200 per kilogramme on the weight of each aircraft.
It also said that in view of increasing foreign travels by Nigerians, all first class and business class tickets to overseas’ destinations would attract a flat rate of N15, 000 each as surcharge.
The ministry explained that the new measures were to tackle the huge revenue gap created by the slump in crude oil prices as well as the decline in production.
Business class and first class passengers , called premium passengers in travel parlance, pay far higher fares than their counterparts in the economy cabin.
For instance ,on the Lagos-London route, while economy class tickets currently cost between N220, 000 and N250, 000 as summer approaches, business class tickets cost between N850, 000 and N1.2 million, while first class tickets are sold for between N2.5 million and N3.5 million, depending on the airline.
The difference in fares is determined by the level of comfort in each cabin as well as services rendered by cabin crews.
According to calculations by our correspondent, all the private jet owners in the country will pay an approximate total of N7.9 billion yearly as luxury tax, while overseas passengers travelling in first class and business class cabins will pay about N30 billion as foreign travel surcharge; these add up to N37.9 billion as taxes from the air travel sub-sector.
Figures from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) show that there are over 190 local and foreign-registered private jets in the country at present.
Some of the common brands and models of the private jets are Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605; Global Express, Global 6000; Hawker Siddley 125 and 900; Gulfstream 450, 550 and 650; Embraer Legacy, Fenum and Citation.
The maximum take-off weight of the common brands and models ranges from 8,000kg to over 17,000kg.
Taking an average maximum take-off weight of 13,000kg per jet and using the N3, 200 surcharge announced by the Ministry of Finance, the Federal Government is expected to generate N41.6 million yearly from each private jet owner.
If this is multiplied by the 190 private jets in the country, the government is expected to generate N7.9 billion from the sector.
Similarly, data from aviation agencies show that Arik Air, Aero Contractors and 26 foreign airlines operating in the country carry over two million business and first class passengers to destinations all over the world yearly.
Using a flat rate of N15,000 per ticket, the two million premium passengers are expected to generate N30 billion to the coffers of the Federal Government every year.
It was learnt that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had written to the private jet owners in the country, giving the total sum they were expected to pay on their aircraft.
A private jet owner, who spoke to The Guardian on the condition of anonymity, said the FIRS wrote to request him to pay an annual luxury tax of N44 million on his Hawker Siddley jet.
“The FIRS has also sent invoices to us (private jet owners) to effect payment immediately,” the source added.
It was also gathered that the Federal Government was putting finishing touches to the commencement of the collection of the foreign travel surcharge from the airlines.
The Director, Communications and Liaison Department, FIRS, Mr. Emmanuel Obeta, could not immediately respond to questions on how much the government was expected to generate from the luxury tax and foreign travel surcharge.
The Ministry of Finance, however, confirmed in a statement that the FIRS had commenced the process of collection of the taxes and had served assessment notices on the private jet owners in the country, adding that discussions were ongoing with them to ensure a successful implementation of the initiative.
A published report by Forbes magazine said that in the last five years, wealthy Nigerians had spent over $6.5 billion acquiring new private jets, which made it the continent’s biggest market for private planes.

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Indonesia transport plane crash kills at least 30



At least 30 people have been killed in a military transport plane crash in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan, officials say.
Local TV reported that the Hercules crashed into two houses and a car and burst into flames.
Military spokesman Fuad Basya told the BBC that the plane came down soon after take-off and that there were at least 12 crew members on board.
Officials say that bodies were recovered from the plane wreckage.
A major rescue operation is under way at the crash site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke. 
Military personnel removed an aircraft wheel from the crash site on Tuesday
Rescuers are having to deal with wreckage from the aircraft as well as debris from destroyed buildings
The crash is one of several involving military aircraft in recent years
A large crowd has gathered at the crash site
Large crowds watched the emergency services search the flaming wreckage, with the fuselage of the aircraft visible through the thick plumes of smoke. Buildings in the area of the crash were clearly damaged.
"I saw the plane from the direction of the airport and it was tilting already, then I saw smoke billowing," a local resident told the AFP news agency.
The cause of the crash is not yet clear but Air Force Chief of Staff Agus Supriatna said that the pilot had asked to return to base because of technical difficulties.
"The plane crashed while it was turning right to return to the airport,'' he said.
Correspondents say that it is the second time in 10 years that a plane has crashed in Medan.
In September 2005, a Boeing 737 came down in a crowded residential area shortly after take-off from Medan's Polonia airport, killing 143 people including 30 on the ground.
The latest crash in Medan is one of several involving military aircraft since 2009:
  • April 2015: An F-16 fighter jet catches fire as it takes off from an airbase in Jakarta,
  • March 2015: Two air force planes from an Indonesian aerobatics team crash during a practice session
  • November 2013: An army helicopter crashes near the Indonesian-Malaysian border, killing 13 people
  • August 2013: A door from a training helicopter falls onto a residential area of Jakarta
In 2012, nine people were killed after an Indonesian air force plane crashed into a housing complex in the east of Jakarta.
And in 2009 an Indonesian military transport plane carrying troops and their families crashed in Java, killing 98 people.

Afreximbank agrees to EUR 57 million funding for Cape Verde hotel project

 

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Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra (right), exchanges documents with Jean-Marie Gras, President of Decameron New Horizon, at the signing ceremony in Cairo.
 
 
Cairo-The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today signed on to an agreement to provide a 57 million-Euro credit facility for the construction of a five-star hotel and spa by Cape Verde-based Decameron New Horizon group along the island nation’s main Santa Maria beach.
                The approval of the dual tranche facility was part of Afreximbank’s strategy of facilitating the growth of the tourism sectors in Member States of the Bank under its Construction and Tourism-Linked Relay Financing Facility (Contour), said Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra at the signing ceremony for the facility which was held at the Bank’s Cairo Headquarters.
                According to Afreximbank, the first tranche of the facility, amounting to 30 million Euros, will provide payment assurance to Ecobank Cape Verde, the local administrative agent and construction financier, and will enable Decameron New Horizon to finance civil and concrete works as well as purchase equipment and furniture. The 27 million-Euro second tranche will go to ES-KO Group, the construction contractor, as working capital for additional furniture, fittings and equipment.
“This facility brings our support to Cape Verde’s tourism industry to $102 million,” said President Ekra, who explained that the support was in the context of the recent projection by the World Tourism Organization that Cape Verde would emerge as one of the world’s top 10 tourism destinations in the next 10 years.
With tourism currently accounting for more than 46.9 per cent of the economy, and with that figure expected to reach 50 per cent by 2018, Cape Verde offered a suitable environment for such a project, said Mr. Ekra who highlighted the positive impact that tourism could have in revenue generation, foreign exchange inflows and employment creation.
Jean-Marie Gras, President of Decameron Cape Verde, commended Afreximbank’s Contour programme as “a unique and original facility that makes it possible for countries like Cape Verde to access much-needed financing in order to fulfil their tourism potential”.
Also speaking, Mamady Diakité, an Executive Director at the Ecobank Group, said that the collaboration on the project had given his organization its first opportunity to conclude a tourism-related transaction in Cape Verde.
The hotel complex is expected to boast 544 rooms and will include a convention centre, seaside restaurants and a fitness and relaxation centre.

Most wanted drug baron, two others arraigned in court

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday arraigned a drug baron, Ikejiaku Sylvester Chukwunwe, before a Federal High Court, Awka. Chukwunwe, who was described as the most wanted drug trafficker in Anambra, was arraigned on 13 count charges.
Also dragged to court by the agency were Oluchi Nduaguba and John Atuenyi.
However, the trio pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them by the prosecutor.
Chukwunwe was charged for conspiracy to form and operate a drug trafficking organisation to process and export Methamphetamine; a drug similar to cocaine and heroine by using couriers and cargoes.
He was charged for unlawfully engaging in the organisation, management and financing of a drug trafficking organisation by the production and exportation of methamphetamine.
He was also charged to have conspired to convert the proceeds of illicit traffic in narcotic and psychotropic substances into legitimate enterprises between 2010 and 2015.
Prosecuting counsel Lambert Nor said the offences contravened Section 18(a) of Money Laundering Act, 2011, and punishable under Section 15(1) and (2).
Accordingly, he was charged for converting the proceeds directly from the illicit traffic in narcotic substances into real property and physical assets in different locations in Lagos and Anambra.
The other accused persons; Oluchukwu Nduaguba and John Atuenyi, were charged differently on six count charges on the same matter.
The defence counsels, Chief Benson Ndakara and Mr Emmanuel Okenyi, made applications for their bail, but the prosecuting counsel opposed it.
After hearing from both the defence and prosecuting counsels, Justice Isa Gafai adjourned the ruling for their bail application to July 1.
Gafai, however, adjourned the case to Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 for hearing. (NAN)

Chibok girls forced to fight for B’Haram – Witnesses

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Many of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped on April 14, 2014 have been forced to join the fighters of the Boko Haram sect, the BBC has been told.
Witnesses told BBC Panorama Programme that some of them are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.
The BBC cannot verify the testimony, but Amnesty International says other girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been forced to fight.
The Chibok schoolgirls are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Three women who claimed they were held in the same camps as some of the Chibok girls told the BBC’s Panorama Programme on Monday that some of them had been brainwashed and are now carrying out punishments on behalf of the militants.

80-yr-old blind man nabbed having sex with chicken

Samuel Gicheru, an 80-year-old blind Kenyan man caused a stir at a District Court in Narok in the Lake County area of that country when the prosecutor told the judge that he was caught having sex with a chicken.
Gicheru was charged and convicted after he pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.
The prosecutor said that Gicheru went over to his house to investigate when they heard noises, thinking thieves had broken into the blind man’s home. But they were shocked on arrival to see Gicheru having sex with the chicken.
He was arrested and handed over to the police who charged him to court.

Chadian Police arrest 60 Boko Haram suspects


Chad's prosecutor says 60 people including suspects from Cameroon, Nigeria and Mali have been arrested over an attack in the capital earlier this month that killed dozens of people and wounded more than 100 others.
Alghassim Khamis said Sunday new details have been uncovered concerning the June 15 attack that saw one suicide bomber blow himself up outside a police station and two others near a police academy.
He said the final death toll was 38 "including the three suicide bombers."
The attack was the first of its kind on the Chadian capital and came following threats from the Nigeria-based extremist group Boko Haram.
Chad has been a major contributor to the fight against Boko Haram, which had already attacked Chadian villages along the lake dividing the two countries

Fayose presents 10 Commissioner nominees to Ekiti Assembly

Ekiti State House of Assembly on Monday directed all the 10 Commissioners nominated by Governor Ayo Fayose to appear before it on Tuesday for screening.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Clerk of the House, Mr Tola Esan in Ado-Ekiti.
The names, according to the statement, are Chief Bisi
Olawole, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, Mr Kolapo Kolade and Dr Ojo Olurotimi.
Others are Mr Adesua Samuel, Mr Victor Egunjobi, Mrs Olubunmi Olayinka, Chief Otitoju Taelolu and Mr Olugbenga Olajide.
The statement enjoined all nominees to attend the screening scheduled for the Assembly Complex in Ado Ekiti at 11.00 a.m.
NAN recalls that Fayose had on June 26 in a monthly media chat tagged, “Ask Your Governor” promised to send the list of his commissioners nominated to the State Assembly within 48 hours.

Devise ways of paying workers’ salaries – Buhari tells governors

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday challenged governors of the 36 states of Nigeria to devise ways of clearing the backlog of salaries they are owing workers in their states.
The president spoke at the  inauguration of the National Economic Council, pointing out that non payment of salaries is causing hardship to workers across Nigeria.
The President also challenged the governors to more prudent in their financial affairs in view of the present state of the nation’s finances while also looking inward in order to boost their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to supplement income from the Federation Account.
“Your Excellencies, it is evident that the task of ensuring growth, job creation and equity, is quite enormous. Consequently, we must kick-start this process by cultivating a culture of prudent management of resources at all levels of government.
“This will entail looking inwards to secure sustainable ways of increasing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and harnessing growth potentials of each state to supplement the Federation Account allocation to states.
“I therefore urge council members to consider, as a matter of urgency, exploring efficient means of gradually liquidating all unpaid salaries of staff, which have brought untold hardship to thousands of families.”
The President also asked the states to undertake only projects that will meet immediate needs of the people within available resources while they should also cooperate closely on projects like interstate and feeder roads, soil erosion, desertification and other developmental programmes.
“I would like also, as a former governor myself to remind us the need for neighbouring states to cooperate closely on projects such as interstate and feeder roads, soil erosion, desertification and other developmental programmes,” he stated.
He also advised the governors to remove politics from developmental programmes.
“Our country is one and we who have the responsibility to run it should lead by example. As far as is possible there should be distance between politics and developmental programmes,” he added.
Buhari also promised the Governors that the Federal Government will ensure greater accountability, transparency and integrity in the distribution of the Federation Account as it will abide by the provisions of Sections 80 and 162 of the Constitution.
“All revenue generating agencies such as Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) amongst others shall comply with stipulated financial regulations and administrative instructions in their remittances into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.”
The President also promised that he will continue the fight against Boko Haram, pointing out that the Armed Forces have shown renewed commitment and made steady progress in the fight against Boko Haram.
“I am also happy to reiterate that following my invitation to Germany early this month by the G-7 Nations who have shown concern about the insurgency and promised to intervene to restore the destroyed infrastructure, schools and hospitals amongst others, I have directed the front line states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to articulate realistic assessments, costs, locations on local government by-local government of affected facilities for submission to the President of the G-7 for further verification.
“In addition, the requirements of the military have been prepared by the Service Chiefs for the consideration of the G-7 Nations.”
The NEC which is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo consist of 36 State Governors, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Permanent Secretaries for the key ministries that have something to do with the economy.

Facebook opens its first Africa office in Johannesburg

Facebook has opened its first headquarters in Africa as it looks to add to its existing 120 million users on the continent.
The new office in Johannesburg will focus on growing markets in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, it says.
About one in five people in Africa have internet access, but almost double that figure are expected to have mobile internet connections by 2020.
About 80% of those who use Facebook in Africa access the site by mobile phone.
"This is one of the places where our next billion users are coming from," Facebook's vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn told Bloomberg news.
Facebook says it will also be looking to boost growth in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia as part of its increased presence in Africa.

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13-year-old marriage dissolved over sex

Mr Henric Agbaje, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Monday dissolved a 13-year-old marriage between Ganiu Aremu and his wife; Omolola for sexually starving her husband.
In his judgment, Agbaje said that he was convinced from what he saw of the couple that the bound of love between them had ceased to be.
He ordered that Omolola should take custody of the 10-year-old child between the couple.
“In addition, Aremu shall pay a monthly feeding allowance of N10, 000 for the welfare of the son and shall not falter in his responsibility for his school fees.
“In the interest of peaceful coexistence, Omolola shall produce the child in the court anytime Aremu wants to see him,” the arbitrator stated.
Narrating his ordeal, Aremu told the court that his wife had for over a year sexually starved him in addition to her extreme cruelty to him.
“My wife is unrepentantly cruel; inflicting physical and emotional harm to me and my relatives who have the misfortune of living with me.
“Aside from that, she is extremely hostile to me and other members of my extended family.
“For instance, she does not want to see my mother in anyway, calling her a witch.
 “If any of my friends from either far or near come visiting without her approval, Omolola will turn them away or fight them.
“Sometimes, she locked up some of my people in the house, thus, preventing them from going on their legitimate businesses.
“As if those are not enough, Omolola fragrantly disobey my simple rules and instructions that will enable harmonious living at home.
“Worst still, Omolola has ensured complete emotional detachment from me as her husband including denial of conjugal rite,” Aremu explained.
The plaintiff, who is a trained Medical Doctor is a staff of the Federal Staff Hospital in Abuja and has his Ibadan address as Plot 4, Olusola-Ajadi Layout, Ehin Grammar Ibadan.
In her argument, Omolola, however, debunked the claims made by Aremu, describing them as lies.
She vowed never to collect anything from him for the upkeep of the child.
“Since Aremu has chosen to abandon the child and I, we don’t need anything from him, my God is able to cater for us,” Omolola stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Omolola lives in Lagos and works as a teacher. (NAN)

North in conspiracy against the Yoruba –Bisi Akande

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A one-time governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, has said that a large section of the South West sees the rebellion of All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Eighth National Assembly as Northern conspiracy against the Yourba.
In a letter he publicly released late Sunday June 28, 2015, Akande wrote: “While other position seekers are waiting in the wings until Buhari’s ministers are announced, a large section of the Southwest see the rebellion as a conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba.”
Akande, former APC Interim National Chairman expressed doubt that the party’s leadership was capable of handling the situation, even as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors elected under the party’s platform to intervene in order to prevent the party from total collapse.
Akande went down memory lane on how the APC was established, and challenges that threatened its existence in the formative stage.
He said that he had it on good authority that some of those who defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were planning to resuscitate the former ruling party ahead of 2019 elections.

Killers of former FUTA VC reveal how they strangled him before killing him

The domestic staff employed by the late FUTA VC have revealed how they strangled him before they hid him. Yemi Bamitale and Daniel Ita, driver and security guard to the slain former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Prof. Albert Ilemobade, on Monday gave graphic details of how they killed their former employer in cold blood.
The suspects, now in police custody, were picked up at Iloti, in Ogun State, where they were about to sell off the vehicle stolen from the late professor.
While being paraded at the Ondo State Police Command, the suspects said the plan to kill the professor and take his car away for sale was hatched a day before the act was committed.
Bamitale, a driver, who was sacked by Prof. Ilemobade months earlier, said the incident was his second attempt to steal the car.
He said before he was sacked by his master, he had earlier made away with it, but he could not find a buyer because the vehicle had a tracker.
He said he later re- worked his plans and co- opted Daniel Ita, who provided the insider information needed to execute the plan.
He noted that it was Ita who made all the arrangements and provided his transport for him to return to Akure for the operation.
Giving further details on how they killed their victim, Bamitale said, “Daniel lured out Baba by telling him that there was an electrical spark in the house after I’ve stationed myself around the entry of the kitchen.
“Immediately Baba came out, I grabbed him and strangled him to death. Daniel’s role was to put a piece of cloth in his mouth to stop him from shouting.
“After some few minutes, the old man gave up and we dragged him into the generator house and locked him inside the store that Sunday night. We left the house and locked the gate outside so that no one will suspect us.
“We went inside and took the car key and some other items like IPad, two phones, laptop, two bags and seven thousand Naira which we used to fuel the car.
“We left Akure and headed to Lagos. We left with those items so that the car will not be tracked again because Baba used these gadgets to activate the tracking.”
He further explained that although they encountered some policemen at the main entrance of the Ijapo Estate, Ita was duly recognized as Ilemobade’s security man and they were let go.
He said they encountered another challenge when men of the Federal Road Safety Corps detained the vehicle for invalid vehicle particulars at Ijebu-Ode and they had to sell the phones and IPad in order to pay for the release of the vehicle.
“We sold off the phones and laptops after being booked by the Road Safety officials. We sold the phones to retrieve the car from them before heading to Ijebu Ode with the hope of selling the car there,” Bamitale said.
Ita also corroborated Bamitale story and revealed that he had earlier visited a herbalist who warned against the killing of their boss but said Bamitale insisted that the man must be killed in order to get the car sold.
Ita, in his own account, said it was Bamitale’s idea that if Prof. Ilemobade was not killed, the stolen vehicle would be tracked.
He said drawing from Bamitale’s first experience of failure due to the tracking device in the car, killing the professor became the only option.
Police reported that luck ran out on the suspects when the man trying to buy the car called the police after he suspected that with the ridiculous price demanded by the suspects, the vehicle would have been stolen.
The Ondo State Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, said Ita and Bamitale were arrested with the vehicle belonging to the deceased with Registration number GGE589 CF in Ogun state by security operatives in Ogun state.
“Detectives from Ondo state command later discovered that the night guard and the former driver strangled the aged Professor and dumped his body in an isolated store in the compound of the professor,” he said.
According Eke, the suspects have confessed to the crime, assuring that they their accomplices would be brought to account for the act.
He also said that relatives of the deceased had identified the corpse, which had since been deposited in the mortuary.
Adeseni Ilemobade, son of the late professor, said the family demands justice for the gruesome murder of their father.

Naira drops further as CBN new FX rule fails

The Nigerian naira on Monday fell sharply against the United States dollar trading at N226 $1 in the parallel market (black market) from its close of N220 last week.
Forex dealers blamed the drop on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s new forex rule which banned importers of 41 items including rice, cement, foreign bonds and private planes from sourcing forex from the interbank market.
The bank announced the new measure last Wednesday in another move to conserve the nation’s dwindling foreign reserves.
Yesterday, the naira sold at N198.90 $1 from its previous close of N196.90 at the interbank market.

NNPC earned N8.1trn, remitted N4.3trn into federation account, blew N3.5trn – NEC

Based on allegations that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) earned N8.1 trillion and remitted only N4.3 trillion into the account of the federal government and illegally withheld and spent N3.5trn between 2012 and May 2015, the National Economic Council (NEC), which was formally inaugurated Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, has set up a four-man committee to examine the accruals into and withdrawals from the Federation Account and the Excess Crude Account from 2012 to May 2015.
The committee was set up at the 58th meeting of the council, after it was inaugurated by President Buhari, under the chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The members of the committee are the Chairman of the Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari; Governor Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Mr. Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Mr. Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom).
The members told state house correspondents at a joint press conference that NEC looked at the report of the Excess Crude account to know “what is there and what is not there. Also, the council got the briefing from the Director of Funds on the unremitted funds by the NNPC.
“On that line, four-man committee was constituted to go through the books of the NNPC and the Excess Crude Account as well as the Federation Account. They are to check the books of the NNPC especially the issue of the Excess Crude and what is not remitted to the Federation Account,” the chairman of the NGF said.
Expatiating further, Governor Oshiomhole said it was the first time the NEC met in which under the instructions of the President, NNPC and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation were compelled to provide information on issues related to the sales of Nigeria's crude from 2012 to May 2015.
“This has not happened before and for us this is profound – talking about transparency, talking about change.
“And what we saw from those numbers, which I believe Nigerians are entitled to know, is that whereas the NNPC claimed to have earned about N8.1 trillion what NNPC paid into the Federation Account in 2012 all through 2015, end of May was N4.3 trillion.
“And NNPC withheld and spent N3.5 trillion.
“Now, the major revelation here for me is that the entire Federation, that is the Federal government, the state governments and all the 774 local governments the amount the NNPC paid into the Federation Account for distribution to these tiers of government came to N4.3 trillion and NNPC also took and spent N3.5 trillion
“Which means that the cost of running NNPC is even much more than the cost of running the Federal Government.
“That tells you how much, talking about what is missing what is mismanaged what is stolen, there are huge numbers here.”
The governor said the former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, reported by Nov 2014 “that we had $4.1 billion in the account but today the Accountant General office reported that you have $2.0 billion in the account''.
Governor El Rufai said the excess crude account was established by the Olusegun Obasanjo's administration, saying it was part of the administrative arrangement to save for a rainy day. He said it was meant to have very clear accountability so that every state and the local government at any point in time know the balance in the account.
He said that before any money could be spent from the account, the Federal and States needed to agree.
“That was how we agreed to build the seven power stations that are NIPPs today. We also met and agreed to build the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Rail line from the account; but what we have seen in the last few years is that the account is being operated unilaterally by the Federal Government. Drawings were being made without consulting those that actually own the money. The account is 52 per cent under the FG and 48 per cent owned by the states and the local governments,” he said.
Speaking further, the chairman of the NGF, said the council also deliberated on a number of issues concerning the states and their programmes.
He said the Federal Government in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria would look inwards to see how much support they could give to the states, more especially on the issue of outstanding salaries in some of the states and the federal government.
He said that Buhari had insisted that the provisions of the constitution be implemented with regard to remittance of all federal money into the federation account be followed.
“He insisted on putting in section 80 and section 162 of the constitution which says that all monies should go into the federation account.
“Some revenue generating agencies are not paying, he mentioned some: NPA, NIMASA, NCC and many others.
“So all these revenue generating agencies the council expects that their funds should go into the Consolidated Federation Revenue Account as directed by the President,” he said.

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, (THEWILL) – Following revelations that state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) earned N8.1 trillion, remitted only N4.3 trillion into the account of the federal government and illegally withheld and spent N3.5trn between 2012 and May 2015, the National Economic Council (NEC), which was formally inaugurated Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari, has set up a four-man committee to examine the accruals into and withdrawals from the Federation Account and the Excess Crude Account from 2012 to May 2015.

The committee was set up at the 58th meeting of the council, after it was inaugurated by President Buhari, under the chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The members of the committee are the Chairman of the Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari; Governor Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Mr. Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Mr. Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom).

The members told state house correspondents at a joint press conference that NEC looked at the report of the Excess Crude account to know “what is there and what is not there. Also, the council got the briefing from the Director of Funds on the unremitted funds by the NNPC.

“On that line, four-man committee was constituted to go through the books of the NNPC and the Excess Crude Account as well as the Federation Account. They are to check the books of the NNPC especially the issue of the Excess Crude and what is not remitted to the Federation Account,” the chairman of the NGF said.

Expatiating further, Governor Oshiomhole said it was the first time the NEC met in which under the instructions of the President, NNPC and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation were compelled to provide information on issues related to the sales of Nigeria's crude from 2012 to May 2015.

“This has not happened before and for us this is profound – talking about transparency, talking about change.

“And what we saw from those numbers, which I believe Nigerians are entitled to know, is that whereas the NNPC claimed to have earned about N8.1 trillion what NNPC paid into the Federation Account in 2012 all through 2015, end of May was N4.3 trillion.

“And NNPC withheld and spent N3.5 trillion.
“Now, the major revelation here for me is that the entire Federation, that is the Federal government, the state governments and all the 774 local governments the amount the NNPC paid into the Federation Account for distribution to these tiers of government came to N4.3 trillion and NNPC also took and spent N3.5 trillion

“Which means that the cost of running NNPC is even much more than the cost of running the Federal Government.

“That tells you how much, talking about what is missing what is mismanaged what is stolen, there are huge numbers here.”

The governor said the former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, reported by Nov 2014 “that we had $4.1 billion in the account but today the Accountant General office reported that you have $2.0 billion in the account''.

Governor El Rufai said the excess crude account was established by the Olusegun Obasanjo's administration, saying it was part of the administrative arrangement to save for a rainy day. He said it was meant to have very clear accountability so that every state and the local government at any point in time know the balance in the account.

He said that before any money could be spent from the account, the Federal and States needed to agree.

“That was how we agreed to build the seven power stations that are NIPPs today.

“We also met and agreed to build the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Rail line from the account; but what we have seen in the last few years is that the account is being operated unilaterally by the Federal Government.

“Drawings were being made without consulting those that actually own the money. The account is 52 per cent under the FG and 48 per cent owned by the states and the local governments,” he said.

Speaking further, the chairman of the NGF, said the council also deliberated on a number of issues concerning the states and their programmes.

He said the Federal Government in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria would look inwards to see how much support they could give to the states, more especially on the issue of outstanding salaries in some of the states and the federal government.

He said that Buhari had insisted that the provisions of the constitution be implemented with regard to remittance of all federal money into the federation account be followed.

“He insisted on putting in section 80 and section 162 of the constitution which says that all monies should go into the federation account.

“Some revenue generating agencies are not paying, he mentioned some: NPA, NIMASA, NCC and many others.

“So all these revenue generating agencies the council expects that their funds should go into the Consolidated Federation Revenue Account as directed by the President,” he said.

Read more at: http://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/183997/1/nnpc-earned-n81trn-remitted-n.html

Monday, 29 June 2015

Boko Haram: Suicide bombing kills 11 in Chad's capital


N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Two suicide bombings rocked Chad's capital, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, an official said Monday.
Five police officers were among the 11 dead, said Chad's Minister of Public Security, Abderahim Bireme Hamid. He blamed extremists for the attack, saying that "the mastermind of the network was arrested yesterday."
The other six killed were extremists, he said.
"This is a result of the search this morning. When five members of Boko Haram saw police arrest a member, they set off the explosives," Bireme Hamid said on national radio. Three others were injured in the blasts, he said.
The first explosion was heard early Monday in the Dinguessou neighborhood of N'Djamena, and the second came minutes later, said resident Souleymane Brahim.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group based in neighboring Nigeria that has already attacked Chadian villages along the lake dividing the two countries.
Boko Haram this year became the West African franchise of the Islamic State group, which has called for more attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.
The blasts come weeks after a double suicide bombing in the capital that killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 100 others. The June 15 attack was the first of its kind in N'Djamena and came after threats from Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
The June 15 blasts led to the arrests of 60 people from Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria, Chad's prosecutor announced on Sunday. Alghassim Khamis said an active cell was dismantled, leading to the seizure of "communication materials" and the arrests.
Chad has been a major military ally with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram, which has publicly threatened the Chadian president with retaliation.

8 people including pregnant woman killed as, Agatu, Fulani warriors clash


About 8 persons were killed and several others injured during the weekend in a communal clash involving the Agatu, in Omala local government area of Kogi state and Fulani warriors of Benue state.
  
Amongst them was a pregnant woman  who was gruesomely murdered with her foetus forcefully removed.
The incident  has left over 100 people displaced from both communities as dozens from both communities are holed up at Bagana in Kogi state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Omala local government council, Dr Jorome Agi, confirmed the incident and assured the council is very much on top of the situation. He said a housing estate property belonging to one Alhaji Hassan Abubakar, a cattle dealer at Obama village was set ablaze. According to him Abubakar was also fingered in the recent massacre of over 400 cows.

I don’t know my age – Charly Boy


Charly BOy
Area fada, Charles Oputa , aka, Charly Boy celebrated his birthday anniversary last Friday in Abuja and he declared that he doesn’t even know his real age.
“I don’t really know my age. How people came about 64 is still a surprise to me. I am not particular about how old or young the number is, what I’m concerned about is the age of my mind and the age of my body.
From my physique and my energy, I feel like I am 35 years younger. However, going by the age of my mind, experiences, my responsibilities and wisdom I should be about 87 years of age,” Charly said.

Battle of the booties: Kim Kardashian bumps into her BFF Serena Williams on London street





Kim Kardashian had a hilarious reunion with one of her good pals Serena Williams outside Harrods on Friday.
The pregnant star was in the city indulging in some retail therapy when she came across the tennis champion, who was also in Knightsbridge.
Both stars are renowned for their shapely assets - and we couldn't take our eyes off them as they embraced in the street.


Will Alexander/WENN.com Kim bumped into tennis star Serena Williams
Booty watch: Serena and Kim caught up outside Harrods
Serena, who wore her hair in loose curls, wore her athletic gear with a full face of make-up, as she gears up to the start of Wimbledon.
The pair caught up for a quick gossip after a big cuddle as fans couldn't believe their eyes.
Earlier in the day, Kim was seen suffering from unfortunate VPL as she headed to London’s Selfridges for a shopping spree as well as a renowned lingerie store.


Will Alexander/WENN.com Kim bumped into tennis star Serena Williams
Serena is getting ready for Wimbledon but spent some time catching up with Kim
The pregnant star was pictured at the iconic London department store with a group of friends wearing £800 frilly black Givenchy skirt, which was caught in an unflattering light – revealing her underwear.
The 34-year-old put on a busty display in a black halterneck leotard, which she teamed with the designer skirt and a pair of nude strappy sandals.


Kim was on a shopping mission in London today
A convoy of cars for Kim’s entourage waited outside Rigby and Peller in Knightsbridge, where Kim also stopped to look at lingerie.
Once fans heard who was inside, they clamboured at the windows to get a glimpse of the reality star in the flesh.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is set to support her husband Kanye as he headlines Glastonbury festival on Saturday night.


 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian waltzed to Harrods and Selfridges on Friday
After the downpour at Worthy Farm today, we reckon Kim could have been sorting herself out with some Wellies.
The star recently revealed that she has gained 15 pounds since becoming pregnant.
The reality star - who is expecting her second child with husband Kanye West - has admitted she has piled on the pounds since finding out she is welcoming a little boy.


Will Alexander/WENN.com Kim Kardashian arrives at Selfridges department store
Speaking on The TODAY Show, she said: "I've gained like 15 pounds already! It's gone everywhere.
"It's in my boobs right now. My boobs are huge!"
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old television personality - who also has two-year-old daughter North - previously admitted she is trying to fit into her pre-pregnancy clothes.


Kim Kardashian arrives at Selfridges department store

She shared: "At this stage, I'm just trying to fit into the things that still fit me.
"When I wore my latex dress I just knew it fit me and I knew I probably only had a couple of weeks left before I couldn't wear it for a good year - and I'd never worn it so I wanted to get use out of it."


Kim Kardashian visits luxury underwear store Rigby & Peller in Knightsbridge

And Kim is happy to wear "tighter clothes" throughout her pregnancy as she finds them more "slimming" but has revealed she will always be wearing some sort of cardigan to hide her "big arms".
She added: "I do think tighter clothes look better and more slimming, and I don't care how hot it is, I'm going to wear thin coats all summer to conceal my big arms."I'm going to have a strategy of just really simple this time."



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