Thursday, 30 March 2017

Millions to receive free mosquito nets in Edo State

Country representative and leader of the Catholic Relief Services of Nigeria (CRSN) team, Rebecca Bassey exchanging pleasantries with Governor Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has assured the Catholic Relief Services of Nigeria (CRSN) of a hitch-free exercise during the upcoming National Elimination Programme (NEP) aimed at distributing Long Lasting Insecticidal nets (LLl) to about 2.6 million people in the state. 
Governor Obaseki gave this assurance yesterday when he received a delegation of the CRSN, led by the country representative, Mrs Rebecca Bassey, at the Edo State Government House in Benin to intimate the governor on the NEP exercise and their level of preparedness.
Obaseki lauded the CRSN for the initiative, adding that Edo State government would assist in the area of publicity, security and other logistics.
The governor said the programme was timely, stressing that the people to be engaged in the state's agribusiness initiative would enjoy a mosquito-free environment when the exercise fully commenced.
He stated that a committee, which would work with the CRSN team, had been set up under the leadership of the Deputy Governor, Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu. 

EFCC arraigns Rep for certificate forgery

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned  a serving member of the House of Representatives,  Nse Bassey Ekpenyong  before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State  on a 9-count charge of forgery and uttering of documents.
Ekpenyong, member representing Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa- Ibom State in the National Assembly, was alleged to have forged  an Abia State Polytechnic Ordinary National Diploma Certificate and uttered a December 1999 West African Examination School Certificate, WASSCE, and thereby committed perjury before an Electoral Tribunal where he claimed that the certificates were genuine. 
Count one of the charges read: 
"That you Nse Bassey Ekpeyong on or about the 22nd November, 2012 at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with Certificate No. 001181 dated 22nd November, 2012 with  intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws Of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act".
Another count read: 

EFCC arraigns directors, firm over N735m subsidy scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 arraigned the duo of Adegbite Adetoye and Ponnle Abiodun along with Origin Oil and Gas Limited before Justice Silvanus Orji of the FCT High Court Apo, Abuja on an 11-count charge of fraud and abuse of Petroleum Support Fund to the tune of N735million.
Adetoye and his co-accused allegedly conspired and fraudulently obtained the sum of N735, 132, 076.18 (seven hundred and thirty five million, one hundred and fifty two thousand, seventy six naira, eighteen kobo) from the federal government as payment for the importation of 15,000mt of premium motor spirit (PMS) which they claim to have purchased from Vitol SA and imported into Nigeria through MT Silverie.
The offence contravenes Section 8 (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Particulars of count one read:

NSCDC suspends two officers for illegal possession of petroleum products

The Management of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has noted with dismay, the alleged possession of illegal petroleum products suspected to be AGO by two officers of the Corps who were recently arrested and paraded in Bayelsa State.
The Commandant General of the Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu who made this known, said the Corps have set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the matter for proper action to be taken in line with the public service rules.
However, the affected personnel, Assistant Superintendent of Corps (ASCI) Agah Utavie and Assistant Superintendent of Corps (ASCII) Angel S.K. Have been suspended from the service until investigations were concluded in this case.

House moves to check MDAs over abuse of delegated legislation

The House of Representatives, is considering a Bill which seeks to check the abuse of delegated legislation by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies  (MDAs).
Declaring open a public hearing on the  Statutory instrument (Legislative Scrutiny) Bill 2015, Courts and Tribunals Fines and Financial Penalties Bill 2016," Speaker Yakubu Dogara, lamented that some government agencies have constituted themselves into law making bodies by abusing the powers of legislative delegation.
"The Statutory Instrument (Legislative Scrutiny) Bill, 2015 seeks to make it mandatory, for a Statutory Instrument made by a person under the power conferred by an act of the National assembly, to lay the instrument before both Houses of the National Assembly and after the passage, it shall be published in the Official Gazette or the National Assembly journal and to come into force at the expiration of twenty-one sitting days after being so laid, unless National Assembly, before expiration of the twenty one days invalidates the instrument by a simple resolution.
The Speaker stated that the objective of the bill is to check the excesses of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies from enacting and implementing legislations that may not conform with the intent and spirit of the legislative delegation.

Police arrest killer gang and ritualists in Bauchi

After the reported killing of one Abdulhakeem Bauchi by unknown persons and recovery of the decomposed body, the police have arrested suspects involved in the murder.
Police detectives attached to anti kidnapping unit of the command have arrested some suspects for allegedly perpetrating the dastardly act: Micheal Sansai male aged 23 years of Rafin zurfi Area of Yelwa; Samuel Uzima male aged 24 years of Yelwa; William Yakubu male, aged 28 years of Shadawanka Barracks,Bauchi and Dauda Akanni male and 26 years of Yelwa area of Bauchi State respectively. 
Preliminary investigation revealed that the principal suspect Michael Sansai is a member of the Black Axe Confraternity, secret cult group.
Exhibits recovered so far from the suspects included one black Nokia 225 belonging to the deceased, 
seven wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, torn clothes of the deceased and a sim card and other incriminating items. 

According to SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Bauchi State Police Command, the case is under investigation to ascertain actual motive behind the act and efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing accomplices after which suspects would be charged to Court.

Abuja Airport runway now 57.5% completed - FG

From left: Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Saleh Dunoma during the inspection tour of the runway under reconstruction at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on Thursday.

The reconstruction of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has reached 57.5% completion, mid-way into the six weeks earmarked for the project, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed in Abuja on Thursday.

"Work is going on smoothly as you can see. We have taken you round and everything is in order,'' Senator Sirika said when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, led a team of journalists on an inspection tour of the project.

"The contractor has mobilised fully and we have now gone about 57.5% of the total work, which is good, which shows that we are on course, which shows that we are on time, which shows that we are doing what we are supposed to do to ensure that the runway is opened come 19th of April," he said.

Kano Judge frees 20 inmates from prison

The acting Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nura Sagir, has set free 20 inmates from Central Prison located in Kurmawa.
The judge freed the inmates while on a visit to the prison where he rolled out the parole of mercy in consonance with the provision of the Criminal Custody Act.
The Kano State Command of the Nigeria Prison Service had listed 107 inmates on the proposed parole list as part of efforts to decongest the central prison facility.
Those released were inmates alleged to be involved in minor offences, alongside those inmates held under custody for four years and above without being subjected to trial before a competent court of jurisdiction.
The CJ, who was accompanied by stakeholders in the judiciary, made use of his powers by also referring delayed cases for accelerated hearing.

Bird transforms into human being after electrocution

A bird Thursday allegedly, transformed into a human being in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
The incident which happened around 8:00am at Agip/Ada-George junction attracted huge crowd from every part of the city.
It was learnt that the bird turned into a lady after it was electrocuted by a high tension wire.
An eye witness said the bird was on top of a high tension pole by the junction when suddenly electricity company restored power.
Amadi noted that the power electrocuted the bird and that when it fell, it turned into an unidentified lady with cowries around her neck.

Your investigation of Sagay’s comments is a travesty ,SERAP tells Senate

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the leadership of the Senate to “immediately withdraw the unwarranted and unconstitutional ‘summon’ for Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption to appear before the Senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions for reportedly describing the body as ‘childish and irresponsible’ and one ‘filled by people of questionable character’.”
SERAP in a statement today signed by its executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni said that, “the Senate’s decision to summon Professor Sagay simply for exercising his right to freedom of expression is arbitrary, a travesty, mala-fide, and cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny. Suppression of freedom of expression and public discussion is inimical to peace, order, good governance and the rule of law, and patently inconsistent with the Senate’s law-making and oversight functions.”
The statement read in part: “The Senate is not immune from constitutional control simply because it’s a law-making body. In fact, the Senate has neither special immunity from the operation of the constitution nor special privilege to invade the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed right to freedom of expression of Professor Sagay or other citizens for that matter.”

Troops ambush terrorists along Ajiri-Dikwa road

Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Thursday carried out a fighting patrol towards Boskoro, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State where it was believed, a sleeper cell of  Boko Haram terrorists was hibernating. 

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman Director Army Public Relations stated that while advancing, the troops came in contact with some elements of the terrorists suspected to be in staging area to lay ambush for troops along Ajiri-Dikwa road. 

The patrol team engaged the terrorists and neutralized one of them and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 1 Magazine, 47 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and belt links.  Unfortunately one soldier sustained injury during the   operation. The gallant soldier has been evacuated to military hospital and he is responding to treatment.”

CAC demonstrates 48-hour company registration process

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) demonstrated on Wednesday that business owners in Nigeria can now conveniently register their businesses online within 48 hours.
At a CAC Customers’ Forum in Lagos organised in collaboration with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), the CAC Registrar-General, Mr. Mahmud Bello, explained that a series of reforms have been implemented by the Commission this year to make it “quicker, cheaper and more convenient” for Nigerians to start businesses.
The CAC as an agency of Government involved in the startup of business has strongly keyed into the vision of the Federal Government to make Nigeria a progressively easier place for businesses to start and thrive,” Bello said. “Our reforms are designed with the MSMEs in mind. For us, the Customer is King and must be treated with royalty.”
Highlight of the event was a live technical demonstration session by the Commission on its latest reforms such as the Document Upload Interface which enables e-submission of registration documents on the CAC Company Registration Portal, and the integration of the FIRS e-payment solution into the CAC portal to enable e-stamping. Participants were also given a walk-through of the Public Search Window and the Single Incorporation Form.

LG Autonomy: Nigerians must pressurise state Assemblies, governors- Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Hon Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to lend their voices to the push for financial and administrative autonomy for local governments in the country , noting that if state Houses of Assembly are not pressurised, they may not vote in favour of the proposal.
The Speaker said this when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Good Governance Group, led by former military governor of Bauchi State, Gen Chris Abutu Garba (rtd), in his office.
He maintained that there are beneficiaries of the present arrangement who will do everything possible to ensure that the proposed Constitution Amendment to wrest control of the resources of local governments from state governors does not scale through.
While calling on "civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, community based organisations, to stand up and be counted," Dogara, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give support to the clamour for local government autonomy, as promised in his inaugural address on May 29, 2015.
The Speaker recalled that the President had pledged that actualising financial autonomy for local governments  will be in line with his resolved  not to allow people under him to betray the trust Nigerians have placed on them as leaders.
"This is a betrayal of trust given to some elected officials by the people who now abuse this trust," he said, referring to some governors who divert funds meant for the development of local government areas. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Nigeria to showcase maritime potentials in Norway

From Left: The Executive Director Operations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud, the Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg and The Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamoh when the Norwegian delegation paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos.
As part of measures to attract foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) would be showcasing the potentials of the Nigerian Maritime Sector at the Norway Shipping week that would hold later this year.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this known when the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos recently.
Dr. Peterside who noted that Nigeria has a very rich maritime heritage said that the Honourable Minister of Transportation Rt. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders at the side lines of the occasion in Norway.

Boundary Commission commends Ugwuanyi on infrastructural development

Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Dr. M. B. Ahmad, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his remarkable initiatives in promoting peace and good governance in the state, noting that his administration’s giant strides in
infrastructural development are “quite commendable”.
The Director General who was represented by the director in charge of Internal Boundaries and Research Analysis, Dr. Okechukwu Oji spoke when he led a delegation from the commission to the Government House, Enugu on a courtesy visit to the governor.
The team was in Enugu to carry out an ethnographic survey of some dispute prone areas between Enugu and Anambra states’ boundaries.
Dr. Ahmad explained that the aim of the study was to ensure the restoration of peace and harmony in the affected areas, adding that the commission was embarking on an elaborate ethnographic research exercise to realize its set objectives.

Ile-Ife Crisis: Ooni cautions against politicisation, attacking statements

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has warned against alleged politicization of the tribal clash between Yoruba and Hausa indigenes in the ancient city.
He spoke during a condolence visit by leaders of Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, to him and victims of the crisis in the palace on Wednesday.
During the visit, the Yoruba leaders met with Yoruba and Hausa leaders and also distributed relief materials to victims.
The Ooni appealed to the Yorubas must understand that violent reactions will worsen the crisis.
He explained that persevering and admitting any alleged wrongdoing against Yorubas doesn't translate to being weak.
He also urged youths in the ancient city to use their strength for productive activities rather than violence.
He said, "The unity of this nation is very important and we must all defend it. We must all ensure peaceful co-existence. Painfully, the misfortune has happened but we just have to allow peace to reign. We cannot settle violence with violence. We all should persevere and realise that people of different tribes live in other parts of the country. It is patience that we need to get this case resolved.
"I have communicated with necessary authorities in the police force over the matter. There is a unique co-existence among people of different tribes and religions here and we must maintain that model.
"We only know the beginning of a war, nobody knows the end. I plead with Afenifere and other groups to let peace reign so that the crisis will not degenerate."

Agency vaccinates 1149 Bauchi Prison inmates against meningitis

The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency yesterday conducted a mass vaccination exercise against Cerebrum Spinal meningitis (CSM) for inmates in Bauchi Prison.
Speaking at the mass vaccination exercise, the Director Disease Control of the Agency,Dr.Fanti Ahmed, who represented the coordinator of the Agency said, they were in the prison to conduct the vaccination exercise in view of the outbreak of CSM in some Northern States and because some cases suspected to be CSM were also recorded in some parts of Bauchi State. He said the agency is being proactive in order to forestall an outbreak of the disease in the State. The Director Disease Control of the Agency assured of his agency's continued medical support to the Nigerian Prisons Service in the State.
Receiving the delegation in Bauchi Prison, the Controller of Prisons Incharge of Medical Services of the command, Dr.L.N.Dombin who spoke on behalf of CP Hassan A.Shema, commended the State Primary Health Care Agency for the effort and quick response to the situation.  
CP Dombin said although there's no reported case of meningitis yet in the prison but the mass vaccination exercise against the disease is still timely. Prisons staff of the prison and those at the State command headquarters were equally vaccinated against the Disease.

NCS redeploys 337 Asst Comptrollers

The Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved the redeployment of 337 Assistant Comptrollers of Customs to various Commands across the country with immediate effect.
According to a statement signed by Abubakar Dalhatu, Deputy PRO for Comptroller-General of Customs,the redeployment exercise which also confirms AC Joseph Attah as the substantive Public Relations Officer of the Service, moved AC Babadidi B from FOU D to Apapa, AC Udenze A from ICT to TCIP, AC Ilesanmi K.D from Apapa to Kad/Kt, AC Ugorji, O.A from ICT to PH II among others.
The CGC charged the affected officers to support the leadership of their new Commands in the renewed efforts to entrench a more transparent culture of service delivery.
He said ‘so much is expected from NCS in terms of economic and security wellbeing of the country, we cannot afford to fail the nation’.

Dabiri-Erewa calls for calm in India attacks

Worried by multiple distress calls by Nigerian students in India on concerns on their safety as a result of renewed attacks on them, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has urged Nigerians in India to remain calm, be watchful of their surroundings.
Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that the renewed Tuesday attacks on Nigerian students' in India was uncalled for. While condemning the mob action as unwarranted and deplorable, the SSA noted that the Indian authorities currently have five suspects in custody.
Dabiri-Erewa noted that though the situation was calm at the moment, the Indian government has a responsibility to protect Nigerian students in India going about their normal duties. She urged the Indian government to ensure that any alleged suspect should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Osinbajo to attend OECD anti-corruption & integrity forum in Paris

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be attending the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD's Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum holding in Paris this week from March 30-31.
Concerned that "corruption and abuse of public office are a blight on democracies and a drain on public finances and with trust in government flagging," the OECD forum brings together global leaders, Government ministers, business leaders and civil society representatives to discuss issues "including the cost to society of corruption, the use of political donations to buy influence, developments in corporate liability for graft, and the role of export controls to counter bribery."
The Vice President who is one of the featured speakers at the global conference will be leaving Abuja later today, after participating in the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Edo pensioners hail Obaseki

Governor Obaseki in a chat with Comrade Pullen Noruwa, Chairman NUP (Second from right) and his co-executives 

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Edo State Council, Comrade Pullen Noruwa has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki's effort on the recently concluded pensioners verification exercise by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), adjudging it as the best the country has had.
Comrade Noruwa gave this remark on Wednesday when he led the executive members of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City.
He also expressed satisfaction at the hospitality of the process as participants were seen going home with extra packs of food, soft drinks and other items.
Noruwa said the verification process was well organised and the welfare of pensioners was given due consideration during the process.

Bello charges Prof. Stephen Ocheni to do Kogi proud

Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello, has charged the new ministerial nominee from the State, Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni, to do the state proud by serving the nation with his wealth of experience if cleared by the Senate.
Speaking through his spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, the Governor said the appointment is "further testimony of the President's determination to drive his change agenda with Nigerians imbued with excellent ideas and administrative acumen", saying Prof. Ocheni is coming into his system with "a brilliant mind, high integrity and a desire to make Nigeria better for all."

Dogara pushes for payment of 3-yrs pension arrears

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, has assured pensioners that the House of Representatives will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to work out a definite plan to offset outstanding pension liabilities which is over N200 billion.
He also disclosed that the House will tomorrow (Thursday), consider  a motion to invite all key players in charge of pension to appear in plenary  next week Thursday to speak on how they plan to clear the pension liabilities.
Speaking when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, led by its national president, Dr Abel Afolayan, in the National Assembly, the Speaker emphasised that all pension due to retired public service workers must be paid because it is the constitutionally provided right to be paid their pension.
Citing section 173 (1 & 2) of the 1999 Constitution, he stressed that it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that pension earned by the pensioners are paid as due, as failure to do this could be a breach of the laws of the country.
Dogara said, "I refer us, all of us, to the provision of Section 173, sorry if I sound legalistic, we have to get it right. Provision of Section 173, subsection 1 of the Constitution provides as follows and I quote, "subject to the provision of this constitution, the right, right, that is the word the Constitution used, the right of a person who works in the public service of the federation to receive pension and gratuity shall be regulated by law." 

NCS denies seizing vehicles from Senator in Kano


The Nigerian Customs Service has denied a publication in some prints and online platforms that the service has seized vehicles belonging to a Senator in Kano.
According to a statement by Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of NCS for the Comptroller-General of Customs, “Since this is capable of misleading the public into wrong insinuations, it is imperative to state the facts: That the Operatives of NCS Compliance Team, based on credible intelligence, trailed the movement of some smuggled vehicles from Maigatari, Jigawa State to a house at Magaji Rumfa, GRA Kano. 

How SAN offered judicial worker $2,500 gratification -Witness

A prosecution witness, Daniel Danladi, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the ongoing trial of Dr. Joseph Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, told Justice Raliat Adebiyi of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, how Nwobike allegedly offered gratification to judicial officers to pervert the course of justice.
Nwobike is being prosecuted on a five-count charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice and offering gratification to public officials. 
One of the counts reads: “That you Nwobike, on the 19th day of March, 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, intentionally gave the sum of N750, 000 to Hon. Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court directly through your United Bank for Africa Plc Account No.1002664061 in order that the said Judge acts in the exercise of his official duties”.
Another count reads: “That on the 28th day of September, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction, you intentionally gave the sum of N300, 000 to Hon. Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court indirectly through Awa Ajia Nigeria Limited’s account No. 0000971931 domiciled in Access Bank Plc, belonging to Hon. Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court, in order that the Hon. Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa acts in the exercise of his official duties.”

Dr. Joseph Nnanna appointed as Chairman of AFC

Lagos: Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading pan-African multilateral development finance institution and project developer, announces that Dr Sarah Alade, its Chairman, representing the Central Bank of Nigeria, from which she officially retired on 22 March, 2017, has also stepped down from her position as Chairman of the AFC Board of Directors with effect from today.
Dr Alade will be succeeded by Dr Joseph Nnanna, Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr Nnanna has over three decades experience as an economist and banker.  He has served as a consultant to the government of Nigeria, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and, on the Board of the International Monetary Fund.
Dr Sarah Alade, said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of such a dynamic and fast-growing organisation.

Court strikes out rights suit as requested by ex-NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu

Justice Ahmed R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 struck out a fundamental rights suit brought against Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, by Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director, GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Operatives of the EFCC had on February 3, 2017, stormed a building belonging to the former NNPC boss and recovered a staggering sum of $9,772,000 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand United States Dollars) and £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pound Sterling) stashed in a huge fire proof safe.
Following the raid, the former GMD on February 8, 2017 reported to the Commission’s Kano Zonal Office where he admitted being the owner of both the house and the money recovered.
Yakubu, in a suit filed through his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, prayed the court to shield him from further investigation by the EFCC. He also urged the court to award the sum of N1billion against the EFCC and AGF, who was the second respondent, as damages and compensation, while asking the respondents to tender public apology in two widely published national dailies, for the violation of his aforementioned rights.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Police parade notorious kidnap gang

FHQ ABUJA-  MARCH 28TH, 2017
PRESS BRIFING
PARADE OF VICIOUS AND NOTORIOUS KIDNAP FOR RANSOM GANG/CULTISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL KIDNAPPINGS, ARMED ROBBERIES AND CULTISM IN RIVERS AND OTHER STATES IN THE SOUTH- SOUTH.
 AT THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA  BY CSP JIMOH MOSHOOD, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA
ON 28TH  OF MARCH, 2017

Gentlemen of the Press, you are welcome to today’s press briefing. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, concerned with kidnappings and other violent crimes in Rivers and other South – Southern States mandated IGP Monitoring Unit to unravel those responsible for the heinous and dastard act and put an end to the menace.


CASE 1:         ARREST OF   KIDNAP FOR RANSOM SUSPECTS, RESCUE OF VICTIM AND RECOVERY OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION

SUSPECT:
i.             Michael Obi ‘M’ 34 years old native of Boki Town cross Rivers State
ii.           Kelechi Ndukwu ‘M’ 30 years old from Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State
iii.         Ifeanyi Ezechukwu ‘M’ 28 years
iv.         Chinedu Amadi ‘M’ 18 years



EXHIBITS:
i.             one (1) locally made Revolver Pistol
ii.           Four (4) live ammunition
iii.         One (1) expended ammunition
iv.         One (1) locally made Pistol
v.           Three (3) live cartridges
vi.         One expended cartridge
vii.        Two hundred thousand naira (#200,000) ransom Money.

2.  The operatives of IGP Monitoring Unit carried out raid on a kidnappers hideout at Umuike Allu area of Rivers state on 20/3 2017 about 1230hrs and arrested the above mentioned suspects Michael  Obi 34 years and Kelechi Ndukwu  30 years old,  and rescued the victim (name with held), a student of Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State.
Equally, on 23/3/2017 about 1010hrs, another raid was carried out at Umuanwa community Ikwerre LGA in Rivers State and arrested Ifeanyi  Ezechukwu 28 years and Chinedu Amadi 18 years for kidnapping their land Lady and her son who were promptly rescued by the Police team and reunited with their family.
The suspects were identified by the victims and will be charge to court on completion of investigation.

CASE 2:           RAIDING OF CULTISTS HIDEOUT

SUSPECTS:
i.                   John Oteh ‘M’ 25 years
ii.                Atochi Oteh ‘M’ 41 years
EXHIBITS:
i.             One (1) Military Lar Rifle No. 770786
ii.           One (1) locally made double barrel gun
iii.         Two (2) locally made single barrel cut-to size guns
iv.         One (1) locally made pistol
v.           Seven (7) cartridges
vi.         One (1) expended cartridge

3.     On 20/3/2017 at about 0500hrs, sequel to the directive of Inspector General of Police on the activities of Cultists in Rivers State and environs , the IGP Monitoring Unit in Rivers State Command working on actionable intelligence with other specialized Technical Units of the Force under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, swooped on the hideout of vicious kidnap for ransom and cultist gang “Iceland Confraternity” Den in Ebitanwo/Rumuakude Communities and arrested two (2) members of the gang and recovered the exhibits listed above from them: They confessed to the crime admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of  various armed robberies, kidnappings and other cultist activities linked to them. They will be charged to court on completion of the investigation

4. The Inspector General of Police wishes to assure the good people of Rivers State and other states of the Federation of adequate security and implore them to co-operate with the Police personnel deployed in their localities to serve them better by providing useful and timely information necessary for crime prevention and detection in their areas.

CSP JIMOH O. MOSHOOD
Force Public Relations Officers

Force Headquarters

Edo govt wants foreign investors to explore Agric, energy business space

Edo State Deputy Governor.....Rt Hon. Philip Shaibu receives a gift from Xie Shao, Chairman of Skyrum corporation who led delegation of investors to the in Benin......Tuesday

Edo state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state is safe and conducive enough for investors to engage in large-scale investments. 
The governor gave this assurance, Tuesday, when he received a delegation of Chinese investors on an official visit to the Edo State Government House in Benin.
Represented by his deputy, Hon Phillip Shaibu, Governor Obaseki implored the visitors to explore Energy and Power, and Agricultural environment of the state.

Wike, Ikpeazu bag award of Excellence

Ahead of May 29, an international media organization has applauded the development strides of the Rivers State governor, Barrister Nyeson Wike.
A statement by Bizentol Integrity Media Limited, publishers of Strikee Magazine not only named Governor Wike as Pillar of Nigeria’s democracy but commended him for his commitment to the well-being of the people of the state through massive infrastructural development, regular payment of workers’ salaries and restoration of peace in the state..
The statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Bisi Ezekiel said Governor Wike was picked for his contributions to the development of the country, his accountability in the conduct of politics and governance as well as his decency and integrity in public and social affairs.
He is a shining example, beacon of hope for sustainable democracy in the country and a pillar of our nationhood”.
The statement described Governor Wike as one of the most progressive voices for structured change in Nigeria.
The award is in recognition of his outstanding achievements in office as governor of Rivers State and his promotion of good governance and deepening of democracy in the country, his large heart, incapability of harbouring prejudice or vengeance and his uncompromising attitude to corruption.”
Abia State Governor, Victor Chibukem Ikpeazu was also selected as an outstanding governor for his outstanding accomplishment in tackling the multi-faceted problems of development in Abia State as well as his commitment to alleviating the plight of the ordinary people.

Tinubu is a dogged fighter for democracy- Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has eulogized former Lagos State governor and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the Speaker, described Senator Tinubu as a leader, man of vision, and dogged fighter for democracy who has and continued to make invaluable contributions to democratic governance of Nigeria. 
The Speaker likened Senator Tinubu with the proverbial elephant that cannot be described and argued that any attempt to describe him will amount to grave injustice.
He is undoubtedly one of the leading lights of our modern democracy. I can only say this based on the part I have touched. I see him as someone who is demonstrating the attributes of a true leader,” he said.
He is not a regional leader. Some who thought he had everything cut out for him in the South-West and he may not be able to play on a more national platform, got it wrong as they saw how together with some other committed leaders in this country, how they midwifed a political organization that so many pundits believed it was impossible for them to midwife, they midwifed it and in the history of this country, for the first time, an opposition party which was built on some blocks including the great Asiwaju himself succeeded in wrestling power from the hands of the ruling party.”

Ekiti APC celebrates Tinubu at 65

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has congratulated the party National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, on the celebration of his 65th birthday.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party described Tinubu, who is also the Jagaban Borgu, as a dogged and courageous fighter, a political juggernaut and master strategist with uncommon wisdom of an astute manager of men and materials.
Recalling Tinubu's role in the success story of progressives politics in Ekiti State, Olatunbosun said he achieved that feat as a defender of truth and social justice.
Also describing Tinubu as a politician with a midas touch, the party said APC's victory in the national election that produced President Muhammadu Buhari was as a result of visionary leadership championed by the Asiwaju of Lagos that led to a national consciousness that gave APC victory. 
"Today, as we join millions of our party men and women as well as well-meaning Nigerians to celebrate this icon of democracy, our own Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at 65, our prayer is that God in His infinite mercy would continue to bless, keep and strengthen you.
"Long may you live to continue your selfless services to humanity and grow Nigeria to a prosperous nation that will be a pride of all Nigerians," Olatunbosun said.

U.S. Ambassador praises Nigerian Technovation champions

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington praised the ingenuity and determination of the Nigerian winners of the 2015 Technovation Challenge.  The four girls and their mentor, Team Charis, were featured in the American Film Showcase documentary “Code Girl,” which was screened today in Abuja, Nigeria.  The screening took place at the Genesis Theater and Cinemas to a large audience of school girls, technology professionals and senior officials from the Ministries of Science and Technology, as well as Education.
Ambassador Symington conveyed that the screening of the documentary highlighted the U.S. Mission’s support for increased participation by Nigeria’s youth, especially women and girls, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Defence Minister says Shekau is alive, still in Sambisa, wears masks

Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Dan Ali (rtd) has said that Boko Haram leader, Abubukar Shekua is still alive in Sambisa forest . While fielding questions from  State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on the defeat of insurgents Brig General Ali said that Shekua had been wearing masks to disguise himself, a reason why he had not been killed.
He however assured that the Nigerian armed forces would not rest until the terrorist was captured.
Ali expressed happiness over the capture of Camp Zero, saying that the Nigerian army would use the Forest as a training ground henceforth.
He said: "If you have been opportune to go to Sambisa, you will know that Boko Haram has been defeated. Go and see what is happening in Sambisa. It is as we have dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be. There is where we call camp zero where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men the armed forces.

Court rules FIC report and Jonas affidavit irrelevant to Gordhan application

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-- Ronica Ragavan, Acting CEO of Oakbay Investments Tuesday, responded to events in court.
“We are delighted that the FIC report, Deputy Minister Jonas’s affidavit and any reference to either of them have been struck from the Finance Minister’s application. As the Court agreed, the report and the Jonas affidavit are irrelevant to the application. They serve no purpose but to further the Minister’s own political agenda and to tarnish the Group’s image.

“For months we have said the list of 72 transactions has been a tool to smear our name and drive unsubstantiated negative media coverage of our business and our shareholders. When attached to a totally unnecessary application, with no contested legal issue, it becomes clear what the Finance Minister is up to.

“Now we want the information we need to prove our innocence. We call on the Finance Minister, the banks, the FIC and anyone with the power and authority to release the full details of the 72 transactions so that we can identify them. The truth will come out in the end and today is just the start.”

South Sudan becomes latest Afreximbank participating state


 
 
Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) with Mou Ambrose Thiik, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of South Sudan, after thire meeting in Cairo on Saturday.
 
CairoSouth Sudan, Africa’s youngest country, has become the latest country to join the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) as a participating state of the.
Stephen Dhieu Dau, Minister of Finance and Planning of South Sudan, formalized the country’s membership of the continental trade finance bank today in Juba by signing the instrument of accession to the Agreement Establishing the Bank. The signing of the instrument commits South Sudan to take all necessary steps for the ratification of the Establishment Agreement.
The accession follows moves initiated by South Sudan on Saturday when a delegation led by Mou Ambrose Thiik, the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, met in Cairo with an Afreximbank team for discussions to clear the way for the country’s immediate membership.

Ericsson lifts lid on restructure; cautions on Q1

Ericsson is facing costs of up to SEK15 billion ($1.7 billion) in Q1 after unveiling a strategic business revamp designed to lead the struggling vendor back to long-term growth.
New CEO and president Borje Ekholm (pictured) took the wraps off the new business strategy in an announcement today. The company hopes the approach will “revitalise technology and market leadership, improve group profitability and enable customer success”.
It said it will cut costs across the business, while focusing on fewer areas as it looks to take the fight to rivals Huawei and Nokia.
Ericsson said restoring profitability was key after being hit with consecutive quarters of losses, and it will start by streamlining its portfolio of services along with introducing a leaner top management structure.
This sees the company remove a layer from top management, and reduce its current set up of ten geographical locations into five market areas. As part of the plan, it will “explore” options for its media business, and refocus its managed services division.
Ekholm said the strategic focus had been developed after consulting customers around the world in an analysis of the company’s performance.

Turboflex FPGA technology: a game-changer for F5’s BIG-IP iSeries

JOHANNESBURG –– F5’s major enhancements to the industry-leading BIG-IP iSeries of application delivery controllers is now available to African enterprises. 

“The new iSeries devices have received significant attention in the data centre and networking communities globally,” notes Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, an authorised value-added distributor of F5 products throughout Africa. 

“In large part, this is due to a step-change in the way the devices are configured, using the latest in software-defined network architectures, to enable new agility and prepare organisations for a data-rich future.” 

“Local enterprises will enjoy a more malleable networking architecture that adapts to all sorts of evolving infrastructure needs. They’re better able to dynamically manage the flow of network traffic between users and applications,” explains Jacobsz. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Let us use opportunity of leadership to alter Nigeria for good— VP Osinbajo tells political leaders

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has called on political leaders in the country to commit themselves to doing something collectively and individually that can alter the ways things are done in Nigeria for good.
Prof. Osinbajo was speaking earlier today when he met with a delegation of lawmakers from the House of Representatives in his office to discuss the economy and particularly possible ways of navigating Nigeria out of recession.
The federal legislators who called on the Vice President are members of the Tactical Committee  on Recession from the House of Representatives and were led by Committee Chairman, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, in a visit that promoted cordiality and progressive synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency. Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma was also at the meeting.
Speaking on the need for political leaders to use their positions and the leadership opportunity to effect changes that would benefit the citizenry, Vice President Osinbajo said leadership was a call to service.

How Badeh used N800m NAF Fund for shopping mall -Witness

A prosecution witness, Nuhu Dalhatu, on March 23, 2017 told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that about N800 million used for the construction of a shopping mall linked to Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Air Staff, was traced to the Nigeria Air Force, NAF’s account.
Badeh is standing trial along Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N3.97 billion brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
While being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Dalhatu, a forensic analyst with the EFCC, told the court that investigations were carried out on a number of properties, linked to Badeh, one of which was the shopping mall located at 2, Oda Crescent.
I was asked to investigate the procurement scam that was linked to the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA, and Nigeria Air Force arms procurement contracts,” he said.
Dalhatu, who is the 17th prosecution witness, told the court that the property located at 19, Kumasi Crescent, was linked to his son. According to him, his son was invited for interrogation, during which it was discovered that the property was bought at about N260 million through a former NAF Director of Finance.

Alleged N450m Fraud: Court admits evidence against Belgore

Justice R.M. Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Thursday admitted as evidence a document containing the list of alleged beneficiaries of the sum of $115, 010,000 tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Muhammed Dele Belgore, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planning, who are being prosecuted on a five-count charge of money laundering.
Belgore and Sulaiman had allegedly jointly received the sum of N450m on March 27, 2015 out of the $115,010,000 paid into Fidelity Bank Plc by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
At the last adjourned sitting on March 14, 2017, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had sought to tender the list of the beneficiaries of the alleged $115,010,000 along with the attached Certificate of Identification issued, but Olatunji Ayanlaja, SAN, counsel to the second defendant, Sulaiman, objected to its admissibility.
Ayanlaja had argued that the document did not meet the provisions of the Section 84(2) of the Evidence Act, adding that “This document shows that it was printed from the mailbox of one Nnamdi@yahoo.com. But the Certificate of Identification was not made by the PW1; so, the PW1 cannot give evidence of the document being sought to be tendered.’’

Oyo artisans, traders honour Ajimobi

Oyo Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has announced additional loan scheme of N100m to traders and artisans in the state, in addition to the N880m already disbursed to members of the association in the past.
He promised that his administration would continue to assist them through regular disbursement of revolving loans as part of his administration’s agenda to rejig the economy of the state.
The governor gave the assurance while addressing traders and artisans who converged on the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, on Thursday, to honour him with the ``The great visionary leader’’ award.
At the ceremony, which was championed by the state branch of National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, was also conferred with the “Woman of noble character’’ award.
The event was attended by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola;  an industrialist, Chief Kola Daisi; Ambassador Olusola Sanu and members of Ibadan Elders’ Forum, among others.
Speaking at the capacity-filled stadium, the governor acknowledged the support of the traders and artisans to his administration as well as their contributions towards the economic development of the state.

Saphila 2017 set to re-imagine infinite possibilities

JOHANNESBURG – The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) has announced that its biennial conference for SAP users, Saphila, will take place at Sun City on 5 and 6 June 2017.
Touted as “ICT’s don’t-miss conference of 2017”, Saphila 2017 creates a platform for SAP users to connect, create and collaborate, through sharing knowledge about innovation, implementation and service delivery.
Delegates attending gain access to a world of first-class contacts and customers, including CIOs, CEOs, management level IT users, SAP end users, partners and consultants, and are guaranteed to get up close and personal with nearly 1,000 potential customers and future business partners.
AFSUG’s and SAP’s commitment to rethink, reassess and reimagine business for the digital economy, drives their search for what is possible,” says Reg Barry, AFSUG board member and Saphila 2017 chairman.
We again chose Sun City as our venue as it has recently completed a rebuild and refurbishment project to the value of R1 billion. With an all-new super-sophisticated design and décor that begins at the front door, delegates will experience the very latest in world-class conferencing throughout the many new rooms and amenities that enhance the revamped and reimagined venue. The perfect space to reimagine the way to do business,” Barry added

Delta has a bright future, says Speaker

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya, on Wednesday described the performance of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as impressive and inspiring.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has distinguished himself as a dynamic, articulate and vibrant governor. I am proud of his achievements” he said.
Fielding questions from journalists in Ugborhen, Sapele Local Government Area, Igbuya said that apart from carrying out peoples oriented programmes, Governor Okowa has an open agenda and therefore one cannot help but admire him.
Igbuya praised Okowa for his simplicity and forthrightness.
Democracy is alive in Delta State. Thanks to the cooperation and understanding between the executive and the legislature” he said.
He acknowledged the efforts of the governor in the development of the state.
Since May 2015, Delta State has grown from strength to strength under the leadership of Governor Okowa. Where should I start from? Is it provision of critical infrastructures or paying salaries? Is it empowerment of large number of Deltans? Is it high standards in management of public finances? Governor Okowa has set standards for governors in the country” he said.

ISPS Code Implementation: NIMASA DG assures of international best practices

In spite of the success recorded in the Implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code in Nigeria, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the Agency will not rest on its oars until the full implementation of the code is attained. 
Dr. Peterside who made this assertion during the opening of the ISPS code Auditors’ Training conducted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in conjunction with NIMASA in Lagos recently, noted that the Agency being the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of thecode in Nigeria, has embraced relevant trainings to acquaint its operational Staff of the rudiments of ensuring that our Ports and Jetties remain safe for economic growth and development.
He stated further that the training was a follow up to the previous Ports Facilities Security Officers (PFSO’s) Training conducted by the IMO and NIMASA in August, 2016.
According to him “this training is a continuation of the series of trainings highlighted for technical support by the IMO for enhancement of Nigeria’s maritime security to sustain the high standard of the implementation in line with global best practices. The training will equip participants with in-depth skills of carrying out audits which will further reflect high level compliance by stakeholders”.
While commending other sister parastatals of the Agency, especially the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for their cooperation and dedication towards achieving a safe maritime environment, Dr. Peterside hinted that the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has approved a unified biometric Identity Card system for operatives and workers that would be accessing any port facility in Nigeria to further boost security.

Why I called for state of emergency in Benue --Wike

L-R: Pro-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Mvendaga Jibo, Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, General Muhammadu Bashar  ( rtd), Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Ndowa Lale during a  Courtesy Visit of the Governing Council to the Governor on Thursday. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared  that  Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom  was one of those  who politicised insecurity in the  country , which  has now degenerated  to consume his state.
He emphasised  his call for the  declaration of a  State of Emergency in Benue State because the  State Governor has lost control  and  lacks the capacity  to  stand up for his  people. 
Addressing  the University of Port Harcourt Governing Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a Courtesy Visit on Thursday, Governor Wike  said  that  Ortom  was in the league of APC  governors who plotted a State of Emergency  against Rivers State when the state had security challenges. 
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