Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Uber Sacks Star Engineer Accused of Spying on Google


Uber has sacked the man at the centre of an ongoing legal scandal in which Google has accused the taxi-hailing company of corporate espionage.

Anthony Levandowski is a former Google engineer – and now a former Uber engineer – who has been accused of stealing technology from one company and bringing it to the other.

The lawsuit brought by Waymo, the business unit developing self-driving vehicles at Google’s parent company Alphabet, alleges that there was a conspiracy between Uber and Mr Levandowski to steal its technology.

Waymo claims Mr Levandowski took 14,000 documents with him when he departed the company to create his own start-up called Otto, which was also building self-driving cars.

Uber acquired Otto for $680m (£540m) last year, at which point Mr Levandowski began to oversee Uber’s work on developing autonomous cars.

He stepped down from the leadership role at Uber following allegations of technology theft, but has now been fired from the company.

A spokesperson for Uber has said that Mr Levandowski was fired after failing to meet the deadline for returning the alleged stolen documents, as issued by the judge in the ongoing claim.

Waymo alleges that Uber and Mr Levandowski conspired to create Otto so that Uber could appear to have legitimately acquired the same technology as Waymo was using.

Uber denies these allegations. Mr Levandowski has refused to hand over the laptop on which he is alleged to have downloaded the documents despite a court order, and declined to answer Waymo’s questions.

Man Caught While Stealing RCCG’s Fan, Says He Wanted To Buy Food Stuff

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A young man, who attempted to steal a fan from a branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Onifade Town, Ayobo area of Ogun State in the early hours of yesterday, was arrested by some members of the church.

The suspect, who gave his name as Dele, told the mob that paraded him naked and almost lynched him that he stole the fan because he needed money to buy gari, rice and palm oil.

Dele was said to have walked into the church, unplugged one of the standing fans from a wall socket and took it away.

However, one of the church workers, who had gone to clean the auditorium that morning sighted the suspect coming out with the fan.

When the church worker asked to know where the suspect was taking the item to, the latter took to his heels, consequent upon which an alarm was raised.

The suspect, as gathered, attempted to board two commercial motorcycles with a view to escaping from the scene, but the motorcyclists failed him.

The third motorcyclist, rather than take him away from the mob, held him until he was caught.

In the course of interrogation by the angry mob, Dele said he came from Kaka area of Ayobo, pleading to be pardoned.

The suspect said in pidgin English, “I wan use the money buy yam, gari, rice and palm oil for house because I dey hungry.”

He was, however, stripped naked and forced to carry the stolen fan on his head. He would have been lynched but for the intervention of some church members.
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A young man, who attempted to steal a fan from a branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Onifade Town, Ayobo area of Ogun State in the early hours of yesterday, was arrested by some members of the church.

The suspect, who gave his name as Dele, told the mob that paraded him naked and almost lynched him that he stole the fan because he needed money to buy gari, rice and palm oil.

Dele was said to have walked into the church, unplugged one of the standing fans from a wall socket and took it away.

However, one of the church workers, who had gone to clean the auditorium that morning sighted the suspect coming out with the fan.

When the church worker asked to know where the suspect was taking the item to, the latter took to his heels, consequent upon which an alarm was raised.

The suspect, as gathered, attempted to board two commercial motorcycles with a view to escaping from the scene, but the motorcyclists failed him.

The third motorcyclist, rather than take him away from the mob, held him until he was caught.

In the course of interrogation by the angry mob, Dele said he came from Kaka area of Ayobo, pleading to be pardoned.

The suspect said in pidgin English, “I wan use the money buy yam, gari, rice and palm oil for house because I dey hungry.”

He was, however, stripped naked and forced to carry the stolen fan on his head. He would have been lynched but for the intervention of some church members.

War In Calabar: Many Dead As Naval Officers Burn Down Police Station

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Several police officers are feared to have been killed Tuesday night after suspected officials of the Nigerian Navy stormed a police division in Calabar, southern Nigeria.

Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES the attack, which began shortly after 8:30 p.m., was still underway as at 10:19 p.m. at Akim Divisional Headquarters.

“The police station is still burning as we speak,” a horrified witness stated.

Naval spokesperson, Suleiman Dahun, said he wasn’t aware of the development as at 10:26 p.m., promising to revert after his findings.

Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, could not be reached for comments Tuesday night.

Sources said the unrest was a continuation of an initial skirmish between a police traffic officer and a naval officer at a traffic light near the Calabar Stadium along the Airport Road on Tuesday afternoon.

“Some naval officers ran the red light and police traffic officers intervened, but rather than listen, they descended on the policemen and beat them up,” a witness said. “This was around 5 p.m.”

“Police officers now called for back up and and the Navy also called for reinforcement and they took over the road leading to the airport.

“But the Navy Commander and police commissioner in the state intervened and the two sides backed down,” the witness said.

“However, around 8:00 p.m., when everyone thought the matter had been resolved, naval officers descended on Akim Police Station and started shooting and burnt down the facility.

“We confirmed three bodies but we feared there are more,” the witness said.

The witness also accused the naval officers of blocking fire fighters from extinguishing the inferno set at the police station.

Source: Premium Times

APC REPS PRAISE JONATHAN FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY





Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday praised former president, Goodluck Jonathan, saying he helped stabilise the country’s democracy.

This appraisal is due to Jonathan’s acceptance of the last general elections, Punch reports.

The praises for Jonathan came as the House debated a motion to celebrate Democracy Day (May 29) and restate faith in it as the best form of government, kicking against any form of military coup.

The motion was moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Rules/Business, Orker Jev (Benue, APC).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#BBNaija Winner, Efe Made Nigeria Youth Ambassador, As He Visits Dalung (Photos)


Big Brother Naija Winner, Efe Ejeba paid a visit to Minister of Youths and Sports, Hon Solomon Dalung at his office in Abuja.

After much discussion, Solomon Dalung took to Facebook to announce that Efe is the new Nigeria Youth Ambassador.



See what he wrote:

“”Based on logistics” I received Efe Ejeba, the Big Brother Naija Winner in the Ministry of Youth & Sports today. Efe being an influential young person full of passion and determination, we discussed among many areas of collaboration to engage young talents across the country.
God bless #NigerianYouths.

“who I be?” the popular saying of the Big Brother Naija Winner, Efe Ejeba is today a voice that reminds every young person that no matter your humble beginning, your dreams are valid!

On this note, Efe Ejeba the winner of Big Brother Naija is today pronounced & decorated;

“NIGERIA YOUTH AMBASSADOR”

Congratulations and we wish him well.

God bless #NigerianYouths.”




JAMB Says No Cut-Off Marks Yet


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it has yet to release cut-off marks for placements into tertiary institutions for the 2017 academic year.

Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the policy committee meeting responsible for the marks had not met.

“We want to appeal to all candidates to jettison such speculations and engage themselves in more meaningful ventures that would add value to their future,’’ he said.

Benjamin said results of the just concluded 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination had since been released, with a few others still being previewed.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians to understand that such candidates whose results are being previewed may not necessarily have participated in any malpractice.

“But rather, centres where they sat for the examination had issues during the conduct of examination.

“These issues were reflected on the CCTV footage and this suggests why they must be carefully investigated before releasing such results,” he said.

The official said a school in Abia was discovered to have connected cables secretly to a distant hall for hired mercenaries to write for candidates.

“This is very unfortunate given the fact that the school is a missionary school and supposed to be a leading light against such vices.

“We urge candidates to note that no result will be withheld without a cogent reason as this explains why we are taking time to ensure that those who are innocent are exonerated.

“Again, candidates are advised not to patronise any centre, office or shop for any service; please visit our offices in all the 36 states of the Federation and FCT for any complaint, enquiry or assistance.

“This is also because our attention has also been drawn to an illegal centre being operated near our Ikoyi Office in Lagos with the aim of defrauding innocent candidates.

“This centre collects all kinds of fees in cash for services that are even free. The general public should note that payments for any of our services are done via our TSA account with CBN and not cash.”

Unqualified Nurse Kills Senator Adeleke - Coroner

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The Coroner Inquest set by Osun State government to unravel the cause of the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke gave its verdict on Tuesday in which it ruled that the unqualified nurse, Alfred Aderibigbe who injected the late politician murdered him.

The Coroner, Olusegun Ayilara while delivering his ruling in Osogbo said the deceased was treated by the nurse who administered some drugs on him intravenously without a doctor's prescription.

The coroner advised the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look further into the case file of Aderibigbe to determine the appropriate charge to press against him, if any.

The Coroner also recommended that the qualification of Alfred Aderibigbe be further investigated by the police to determine his eligibility to perform the role of medical practitioner.

He added that the Government should sensitize people on the dangers of taking drugs without doctor's prescription.

We Will Soon Sign Budget — Osinbajo


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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has hinted that the 2017 budget will soon be signed into law.

The acting president dropped the hint yesterday in his nationwide broadcast commemorating the country’s Democracy Day and the second anniversary of the present administration.

He said the implementation of the 2017 fiscal document would bring added impetus to the ongoing economic recovery.

The National Assembly had penultimate Friday transmitted the details of the budget to Osinbajo.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, did not answer several phone calls our correspondent made to him last night to ask why the signing of the budget was being delayed 10 days after the document was transmitted to the executive.

But in his reply to a text message sent to him, Akande said his boss had given an indication in his broadcast, on when the budget would be signed.

Osinbajo had stated in the broadcast thus: “And the implementation of our 2017 budget, which will soon be signed into law, will bring added impetus to our ongoing economic recovery.”



Source: Daily Trust

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The sit-at-home protest called by pro-Biafran groups has finally collapsed in Ebonyi following the intervention of government officials and security agencies in the state.

There have been earlier reports that most shops at the Abakpa main market in Abakaliki were under lock and key even as the owners were seen discussing the exercise.

But, they gradually opened for business when they noticed that those who ignored the exercise were not harassed.

When our reporter visited the shops later around noon, virtually all the shops were open for business.

Also, the two banks, Diamond and Ecobank, that refused to open for business in the morning later opened around 11 a.m.

A security guard at one of the banks, said they were waiting for signal from their headquarters before they could open.

Most banks had earlier opened for business in the morning after receiving assurances from security agencies and government officials in the state of adequate security and protection of their staff and customers.

Source: Premium Times

Biafra: We’ll Clamp Down On Those Who Try To Force People To Stay At Home – Abia Police

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The police in Abia State say they are taking steps to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order following the stay-at-home order by MASSOB.

The command has given the assurance that it has put in place aerial and land surveillance and is ready to clamp down on any person, groups or individuals intending to compel the residents to stay at home.

The Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, told journalists in Umuahia, the state capital, that the directive by MASSOB is an infringement on the fundamental rights of the citizenry and would not be tolerated.


Source: Channels TV


INTERVIEW: I Feel Sorry For Obanikoro Reconciling With Tinubu — Bode George

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Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, speaks with TOLUWANI ENIOLA on the PDP crisis, Musiliu Obanikoro’s reconciliation with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and national issues

The Supreme Court has struck out an application by Ali Modu Sheriff asking the court not entertain the plea made by the Ahmed Makarfi faction on the party’s crisis, is this a sign of victory for the Makarfi faction which you are supporting?

The Supreme Court made the right decision. I said it severally that there was something wrong with the February 17, 2017 judgment of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal which sacked the caretaker committee and affirmed Sheriff as the national chairman of the PDP. After the botched Port Harcourt convention, Sheriff called a press conference to singlehandedly cancel a convention which only a national executive committee has the power to do. So, we are optimistic that the Supreme Court will deliver a good judgment which will set democracy in Nigeria on a good course.

Many people expected both factions to reach a truce with the intervention of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Why did Jonathan fail to resolve the crisis?

This was what happened. When I was in London, the former President spoke with me that he needed to arrange a meeting to broker peace between both factions. I said, “Oga, I appeal to you, let the Supreme Court deliver its judgment first before any reconciliation is done.” Jonathan was humane. He was thinking as a leader. But I told him that one does not reconcile people who disrespect the party’s constitution. I told him there was danger in such an early reconciliation .I maintained that one does not broker peace when there is a Berlin war between the two parties, who are in court. The matters before the court are strategic and fundamental to the future operations of the party. I advised that he should intervene towards 2019.

So, what did Jonathan do wrongly?

He should have waited for the outcome of the court before intervening. That is what we advised. Once the Supreme Court gives a judgement, then he can come in. The Supreme Court judgement will set a precedent for the party.

Are you saying Jonathan made the reconciliation to flop?

I did not say that. He was concerned. He didn’t feel that the court was the best platform to resolve the impasse. Eventually, Sheriff stormed out of the meeting he convened, disrespecting the former president. That was the height of disrespect. He said they didn’t allow him to speak as the chairman of the party.

Musiliu Obanikoro, a staunch PDP governorship aspirant, has reconciled with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, how did you feel about this development?

I am not bothered. I read his reasons for reconciling with Bola (Tinubu). He anchored his reconciliation with Tinubu on the problems in the PDP. But it is when there is crisis that you know the truly committed, dedicated and loyal people. Will the people he is going to meet there (APC) say well done, the faithful servant? I feel sorry for him. Tinubu and others were responsible for my travails during the Nigeria Ports Authority crisis when I was sent to prison for doing nothing. I can only wish Obanikoro the best of luck.

Do you see him as a betrayer for joining the APC?

I won’t use that strong word to describe him because he (Obanikoro) is still my brother. I can only advise him that we are here only for a short time. That popular song says, “Feso jaye.” Let him take heed. Life is not a bed of roses. The highway of life goes into the valley once in a while. There is no human being who will not go through one trial or another. But that tunnel of tribulation is to test your strength and faith in God. If you believe in him, you will triumph. That is what he should think about.

Is his defection connected with his ambition to become the governor of Lagos?

Did he even realise the governorship ambition in the PDP? I have advised him severally, he didn’t listen to me. He said I was too hard and that I hate him. But now, he will go to the APC and he does not need to say I hate him anymore. The benefits and problems of the party should be enjoyed and borne by all. That is the beauty of democracy. It is not only the goodies of the party that you share. You should share in the problems of the party.

What is you grouse with Obanikoro?

During the last administration, I led a delegation from the South-West to Jonathan. I complained that there was no indigenous minister from Lagos State in his government. Jonathan said he would satisfy us. He then asked us to bring three names from Lagos, that he would consider one of them as a minister. I called a meeting of all the leaders from the senatorial districts in my compound to nominate names from each district. Obanikoro’s name was last in the Lagos-Central senatorial district. They didn’t vote for him. I gave them free hand to nominate and vote. After voting, they gave me three names which I took to Jonathan.

Jonathan wanted a woman as a minister. He rejected the initial names we submitted and asked us to nominate three qualified women for the job. I took the message back to Lagos. They nominated the women and I took the paper back to the president, to choose any of the three women we suggested. Then I travelled (out of the country). When I came back, Obanikoro came to my house and prostrated before me. I asked him what the problem was. I said, “I hope you have not committed any crime?” He said no. He said Jonathan had chosen him to be a minister and that he had got his appointment letter. He said he was asked to come and seek my support. I said the final decision on who would represent Lagos could only be taken by the President. I said there was no way I would challenge Jonathan’s decision. Obanikoro went to the Senate for confirmation and the likes of Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu and other APC senators opposed his nomination. But David Mark was able to manouvre for him and he was confirmed. Obanikoro left there and came straight to my house to come and thank me. He thought I would oppose him. I said, “Obanikoro, listen, I am a Christian. If you want to be minister, go and be. God must have said you will be a minister.” Two months after, he came to me and said he wanted to be governor. I said, ‘Obanikoro, if you knew you wanted to be governor, why did you go and lobby Jonathan to be minister? He said, “I didn’t lobby sir.” I said if he didn’t lobby, how did his name get to Abuja? I made up my mind not to support him. I asked him why he didn’t allow somebody else to be minister when he had a governorship ambition. I said, ‘na you alone dey for this party?’

Will you join the APC if the Makarfi faction loses at the apex court?

Me? (Laughs) That is like pouring petrol into fire. If Makarfi did not win, I will be so happy to go to my house and say to my children, “I think I have run the race and played my part.”

Are you saying you will retire from politics if Sheriff wins?

Yes, I am going home. I won’t work with him. My concept of operation would have been affected.

You are also close to Oba Akiolu. What if he encourages you to join the APC?

They know. How can you compare APC to PDP? PDP was established by our founding fathers. How would you imagine Bola Ige to be under the same platform with Alex Ekwueme? What will I get in the APC that I have not gotten under the platform of the PDP?

Do you also intend to reconcile with Tinubu as it appears both of you are sworn enemies?

Bola (Tinubu) and I are not sworn enemies. Bola and I met during the burial of Alao Arisekola in Ibadan. That was the first time I saw him physically after I left the military. I was seated in the front row at the stadium. As I was going out, I saw him but refused to greet him. Then Governor Abiola Ajimobi jumped up and said, “Egbon, you did not greet Bola Tinubu? I said, ‘why would I greet him? Did you know what he did against me where he got the court to convict me for an offence I never committed?” But Oba Otudeko advised that we should use Arisekola’s death to settle the disagreement. I asked Ajimobi to go and call Bola (Tinubu). He (Tinubu) came to where I was and we shook hands. He said, “Egbon, e mabinu (Don’t be offended).” I am not God. So, since then, we settled our disagreement. The prison experience was a period of learning for me. The fact that we resolved it does not mean I cannot refer to it for the younger generations to learn, in order to avoid such pitfalls in the future. The only person you can trust absolutely is God Almighty.

But despite the apology, there are still ill-feelings between both of you?

There is nothing again. If we are in the same party, we probably will reason together. But he is still in another party. We are trying to get our party stabilised to have an effective opposition. When they were in the opposition, Lai Mohammed was criticising us anyhow, but now he is in the government, we want to caution him too because a lot of rubbish is coming from him. Don’t you know that Lai Mohammed is now being referred to as a liar? He is my friend but that is the impression people have of him.

Why is it that you and Tinubu cannot work together?

I don’t believe in Bola’s (Tinubu) concept of politics. Their concept of operation in the APC is different from the way I was brought up. A tree cannot make a forest. That is the difference between us. Let us collectively take up the mantle, not godfather kind of politics. This young man (Governor Akinwunmi Ambode) is doing a great job in Lagos and I am impressed. I went round recently and passed through Epe, while going to Ondo State. I passed through the route several times as a governor of old Ondo State in 1990. I was stupefied by what I saw. He is opening up the ancient villages with good road network and the quality of the road is amazing. Within two years, Ambode has outperformed Babatunde Fashola and Tinubu combined, in terms of infrastructural development, maybe because he is from the civil service. He is better than both of them with his achievements. But I can convince our people that when we settle the PDP crisis, we will present somebody who would be hundred times better than Ambode.

But a factional chairman of the PDP in Lagos, Segun Adewale, also accused you of playing godfather politics?

Adewale can open his mouth and say rubbish. Who is Adewale? Mine was to play the role of an elder and give them financial and moral support. When that same Adewale was going to contest the House of Representatives election, I supported him completely because he won the primary. When the police harassed and arrested him on the day of election, he was bundled to Panti. I called the president who gave the directive that he must be released. The next time, he said he wanted to contest the senate, I asked him to go to the field.

Junaid Mohammed recently said that the North would insist on two terms in 2019 if anything happens to Buhari. What is your take on that?

Junaid is my friend. We must be very careful about making inflammatory statements. The country is in a flux. We are not stable. My best friend is still a Fulani till today and I have no regrets. Junaid’s comment is unacceptable and irrelevant at this point. We have to be careful. For example, last week, I was watching the television and saw a serving justice of the Supreme Court being arraigned in a High Court on a criminal charge. I wept for this country. Someone close to me said don’t you know where he is from? Nowhere in the world would that happen. If they found something illegal about him, the most rational thing is to ease him out through the NJC. People have read many things to it and I am sure it has nothing to do with tribalism but no matter what, that is the major problem. We have not become a united country. During my days in the military, we defended the integrity and borders of this country without tribal sentiments.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has raised the alarm about soldiers hobnobbing with politicians; why do you think such an alert is coming, especially at this period.

Let me simply advise our men in the military. They should know that was how the military was brought in. Gradually, the dirty attitudes and behaviour in Nigerian politics were embedded into the military psyche and we lost our steam and the togetherness that we cultivated. Let the military face their works and duties. A coup will be disastrous.

Do you think the military of today can foil a coup if staged?

Nigeria is heavily divided now on tribal basis than before. The picture I see now is not the same picture we saw. When we were in the barracks, your next door neighbor could be Igbo or Hausa and he is your family. We fought together and lived together. I don’t even want to take my thoughts towards coup. That will be madness and it will set this country on fire. No nation goes into a civil war twice and survives. We should be very careful. Buratai should stand at alert and educate his soldiers. They should not throw a stone into the well; one million professors will not be able to find that stone in that well. Remember that was how the crisis started in the 1960s in the South-West. The Action Group was to be decimated. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was arrested on the grounds that he committed treasonable felony. It was a Yoruba judge that they used to send him to prison. The West was never at peace until the military struck and there was another counter coup. That was the day that the military got into the politics and destroyed the country.

Is there a similarity between the Jonathan administration and the current one?

I have said that I will not make any political statement until the last quarter of this year when real politics begins. The reason is that by my own training, once a government is in power, you give them that benefit of the doubt to carry out their plans and programmes. We are watching. I will not talk unless it comes to a very terrible scenario. The only criticism I have made against the Buhari government is the marginalisation of the South-South and the oil-producing areas. Rather than turn the zone into a war zone, we should negotiate with them. When the oil and gas sector is down, the treasury is down and so the economy will be down. When the economy is down, investors will run away. I get angry when I see our banks and communications companies wasting dollars on CNN for adverts. Even Globacom is sponsoring adverts outside Nigeria when our children are suffering here. The Federal Government must surcharge any company that advertises on CNN and other foreign media. Why can’t they advertise at home here? The Minister of Finance and the Federal Inland Revenue Service should wake up and formulate a policy to that effect. For every dollar spent there, 50 cent of it must be paid to the treasury of this country. All our banks put together are not up to one bank in South Africa. The communications companies are delivering poor services. They should stop promoting themselves uselessly in the international scene.

In your view, is Jonathan a better leader than Buhari?

I won’t answer that question. I will answer it at the appropriate time. First of all, as a Christian, we are asked to pray for our leaders so that their decisions, policies and programmes will benefit the masses. We must pray for Buhari. Jonathan is humane. He did a lot of things with his conviction which some of us expressed reservations about. We told him to use tested people. He has done the best he could. What we will look at, which I am trying to avoid, is to put them on a tripod and start to examine them. That is looking into their government. When we come to the right period, we will talk.

Should Buhari resign based on his health status?

There is no need for that. If he resigns, automatically, the number two would take over. Then another person would be chosen as vice-president. The APC is a congregation of strange bedfellows. But tribalism is their problem. The highest level of tribalism is being exhibited in the APC unlike the PDP. There is no trust. They said Osinbajo should be Coordinating Acting –President. What does that mean in law to us? Is it because he is a Yoruba man?

But Osinbajo said the President takes him like a son.

No, even if Buhari takes Osinbajo like a blood brother or biological son that is personal. Osinbajo will not undermine his boss. He is trying to say that he will not undermine his boss. Of course as a vice-president, you must be committed to your boss and be loyal, otherwise God would charge you. If they think it has gotten that bad, they should work with Osinbajo and allow Nigeria to work. Millions of Nigerians are suffering.

There is outcry over non-indigenes taking over the Lagos political space. Some are saying that Obanikoro and some other top politicians in the city are not even from Lagos?

Of course (Obani)Koro is not originally from Lagos. I am a bonafide Lagosian so I know a lot of things. Let me tell you a story. Koro’s father, as told by Baba Adedibu, was from Ibadan. The story is that they came to live in Lagos but they are originally from Ibadan. His (Obanikoro’s) mother is an Owu woman, and they worked in Obanikoro’s palace.

Can you substantiate that?

I won’t say more than that. Baba Adedibu told Obanikoro this story when he went to lobby Adedibu to beg me. I said, ‘I have nothing against you. I don’t hate you.’ The truth is that Lagos, right from day one, has been a trading point. We were brought up to accommodate people who came from the hinterland; we accommodated them because Lagos is a trading port.

Oba Akiolu was reported to have said that Lagos is not part of Yorubaland?

What he was saying is this. Lagos was a colony. There were three protectorates; northern, southern, and Lagos. So, what he was saying is that Lagos was on its own and not part of the Southern protectorate. Lagos was not under the Western Region. Although we speak Yoruba, we were never part of the Western Region. That is history.

Why do you think returning to the regional structure as canvassed at the national conference will not work?

When Baba (Ayo) Adebanjo said we should go back to the Western region, and do it the way it was then, I said there would be problem. Remember that Ekiti was under Ondo State at a point. I said if you tell Ekiti people to go back to Ondo, there will be carnage; the same would happen if you tell Ogun people to be under Ibadan. Or that Osun should become old Oyo. In fact, Ibadan people would tell them to stay where they are. In their plans, they said they would make Lagos the capital of the new Western region. I said Lagos was never under the Western region in the first place. So, what Akiolu was saying is that Lagos was not under the full control of the Western region.

That is why the PDP is different. There is no tribe that does not reside in Lagos because of the trading aspect of it. We won elections in many areas in Lagos areas because we gave non indigenes who had populated such regions stakes. Politics is about people.



Source: PUNCH

Monday, May 29, 2017

‘I have raped 30 women in 3 years, killed many others’ – Lagos Kingpin confesses


A 37-year-old armed robber the police described as notorious, Lanre Olowojobi, alias Pumpy, arrested at Mushin, Lagos, at the weekend by operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce, has narrated how he and his gang members robbed and raped their female victims.

Olowojobi, whose gang members, the police said, have been raining terror on Mushin, also admitted in his statement that he killed many of his victims for refusing to let go of their valuables.

The suspect was arrested at the weekend during a raid of some identified criminal hideouts in the Akala, Idi-Iro, and Fadeyi areas of the metropolis.

In his confessional statement to the police, Pumpy had disclosed that he had raped not less than 30 women in the past three years, with most of his victims those that his gang members had waylaid to be robbed.

He explained that his accomplices would drag their unfortunate victims into the bush or abandoned structures where they took turns raping them.

Pumpy, who hails from Ipoti in Ekiti State, also said he had shot dead more than 10 persons in frequent fracas in the Akala area of Mushin widely feared in Lagos as a gathering of undesirable elements and dark spot for criminal activities.

Pumpy narrated, “I joined the boys in the street in 2008 but I started my own gang in 2010. Initially, we were four members of the gang but we later increased to 10.

Aside from being contracted by land grabbers and members of the different transport unions during their frequent leadership tussles, we also recruit young boys and girls to sell drugs on the street.

I have over 20 young boys and girls who sell Indian hemp, Codeine, Tramadol and other drugs to users in the area. These young boys and girls do this in return for food, shelter and protection. A good number of them ran away from their homes while some of them are destitute.

There was a time I butchered one guy like a goat simply because he assaulted my girlfriend. Before then, I had warned him to stay away from my girl but he refused.

I Inherited Witchcraft From Suswam - Benue Gov, Ortom


Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has revealed that Benue State government House was filled with witchcraft, idol worshipers before he came on board.

Ortom, however noted that his emergence as the state governor purged the government of all forms of ungodliness.

The governor made this disclosure in his second anniversary speech.

According to him, “Ladies and gentlemen at the time we took over. There was poor security of lives and property in Benue State. Government business was sluggish.

“Corruption and brazen embezzlement of funds was so obvious that it could be seen and touched.

“Lying was the language of governance. Wild parties, orgies, ungodliness, witchcraft, and idol worshipping was common and Government House was desecrated with all forms of ungodliness.

“Government of Benue literarily became a sea of political appointees with over 500 Special/Senior Special Assistants, 30 Advisers, 17 Commissioners together with a litany of praise singers.

“The biggest challenge we inherited was insecurity. Citizens were attacked by hoodlums day and night. Big markets in Tivland like Ihugh, Adikpo, Zaki Biam, Tor-Donga and Aliade were closing down because hoodlums used to snatch money from traders who sold their wares at such markets.

“Primary school teachers were on strike for about one year. Quality of education nose-dived because teachers were on strike at all levels of our educational system.”

Lagos State Government smashes Ojota drug syndicate, arrest 115 thugs


As part of the plans to ensure a safer and cleaner environment, the Lagos State Government destroyed drugs suspected to be Indian hemp and other illicit substances recovered from arrested hoodlums during the recent fracas which rocked Mushin community.

The product which was worth millions of naira was destroyed at the popular Olusosun dump site, Ojota by a team of the Lagos State Task Force alongside other operatives attached to the Lagos State Police Command.

Led by the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, the enforcement team burnt drugs such as codeine, Indian hemp and other outlawed drugs in compliance with the order of Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi of the Lagos State Mobile Court at Oshodi.

Speaking on the incident, SP Egbeyemi disclosed that Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi recently gave a ‘Court Order’ after the prosecution of 36 hoodlums arrested during the fracas between Alamutu and Akala-Elegba boys at Idi-Oro.

You would recall that during the fracas between the groups, innocent lives were lost while others were injured with properties worth several millions damaged.

Meanwhile, the Lagos Task Force has arrested another 115 hoodlums during an over-night raid carried out around Fadeyi, Akala and Idi-oro area of Mushin. The arrested suspects during the raid consist of 113 males and 2 females.

Speaking on the operation, SP Egbeyemi sad, “the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni had directed that all arrested 115 hoodlums be charged to court.”

UI Shut Down, Students To Vacate By 6pm Today


The Vice Chancellor, University of University, UI, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka today ordered all the undergraduate students of the institution to vacate the institution before 6pm today.

Olayinka who responded to the protest staged by the undergraduate students today said, “all the undergraduate students should leave halls of residence on or before 6pm today.

He also postponed the first semester examination slated to start tomorrow to Monday July 17, 2017.

He said that the order did not affect the academic programmes of the post graduates.

He said their lectures and other academic activities continue.

The university authority had earlier appealed to the students to shelve their planned demonstration in the interest of peace, but the students went ahead and staged a protest.

This morning, there was heavy military presence at the university entrance to forestall breakdown of law and order. An armoured tank was also stationed nearby.

Moji Olaiya’s Family Dismisses Rumour Actress Was Poisoned

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The family of late Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya, has dismissed reports that the deceased died of poisoning.

A statement by Moji burial committee quoted the family as saying younger brother of the deceased, Yinka Farinde, who received the autopsy report of the deceased disclosed that poison was not linked to Moji’s death.

The statement signed by Yomi Fabiyi, reads, “The attention of the Burial Committee of Late Moji Olaiya has been drawn to the rumour spreading around that the autopsy carried out on the deceased stated that the late thespian died of poison. It is a total fallacy.

“The family through this committee wish to vehemently state as follows:

“Late Moji Olaiya DID NOT die of poison and the rumour mongers should provide the autopsy report they are quoting from.

“The younger brother of the deceased Femi Olaiya who travelled from UK to Canada and top Nigerian promoter in Canada Mr Yinka Farinde monitored and recieved the details of the autopsy and nothing of poison is in the original autopsy documents with the family.

“Whoever is spreading the rumours is evil and have no respect for the dead. Karma like kinetic energy will locate and find such detractors, using the vulnerability and anonymousity of social media as a channel to perpetrate their motive.

“That we know BREAKING NEWS doesnt wait for no one but it makes more sense for the media and blogger to verify vividly the source of a news item and have documetary evidence or fact in sight before going to press.

“The family finds the rumour disturbing and see it as a deliberate attempt to frustrate the befitting burial they are putting in place for their beloved one.

“The accused women were of help to the deceased in terms of accommodation and so on during her lifetime in the same Canada and one of them has been taking care of the 2-months old child the deceased left behind as we speak. Any envious intentions against their persons should not degenerate to the level of spreading falsehood such as murder against. It is bizarre and appalling.

“The committee humbly again ask for total respect for the dead, family and women whose pictures had gone viral. Thank you for usual understanding and co-operation in this regards.”

DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, COMMEMORATING THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION, MAY 29, 2017


Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

1. Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

2. Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

3. In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

4. But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with our neighbours, Chad, Cameroon and Niger – allies without whom the war against terror would have been extremely difficult to win. We have re-organized and equipped our Armed Forces, and inspired them to heroic feats; we have also revitalized the regional Multinational Joint Task Force, by providing the required funding and leadership.

5. The positive results are clear for all to see. In the last two years close to one million displaced persons have returned home. 106 of our daughters from Chibok have regained their freedom, after more than two years in captivity, in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since tasted freedom.

6. Schools, hospitals and businesses are springing back to life across the Northeast, especially in Borno State, the epicentre of the crisis. Farmers are returning to the farms from which they fled in the wake of Boko Haram. Finally, our people are getting a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding their lives.

7. Across the country, in the Niger Delta, and in parts of the North Central region, we are engaging with local communities, to understand their grievances, and to create solutions that respond to these grievances adequately and enduringly.

8. President Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is a comprehensive peace, security and development plan that will ensure that the people benefit fully from the wealth of the region, and we have seen to it that it is the product of deep and extensive consultations, and that it has now moved from idea to execution. Included in that New Vision is the long-overdue environmental clean-up of the Niger Delta beginning with Ogoni-land, which we launched last year.

9. More recent threats to security such as the herdsmen clashes with farmers in many parts of the country sometimes leading to fatalities and loss of livelihoods and property have also preoccupied our security structures. We are working with State governments, and tasking our security agencies with designing effective strategies and interventions that will bring this menace to an end. We are determined to ensure that anyone who uses violence, or carries arms without legal authority is apprehended and sanctioned.

10. In the fight against corruption, we have focused on bringing persons accused of corruption to justice. We believe that the looting of public resources that took place in the past few years has to be accounted for. Funds appropriated to build roads, railway lines, and power plants, and to equip the military, that had been stolen or diverted into private pockets, must be retrieved and the culprits brought to justice. Many have said that the process is slow, and that is true, corruption has fought back with tremendous resources and our system of administration of justice has been quite slow. But the good news for justice is that our law does not recognize a time bar for the prosecution of corruption and other crimes, and we will not relent in our efforts to apprehend and bring corruption suspects to justice. We are also re-equipping our prosecution teams, and part of the expected judicial reforms is to dedicate some specific courts to the trial of corruption cases.

11. We are also institutionalizing safeguards and deterrents. We have expanded the coverage of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). We have introduced more efficient accounting and budgeting systems across the Federal Government. We have also launched an extremely successful Whistleblower Policy.

12. The Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance has succeeded in plugging leakages amounting to billions of naira, over the last two years. We have ended expensive and much-abused fertilizer and petrol subsidy regimes.

13. We have taken very seriously our promise to save and invest for the future, even against the backdrop of our revenue challenges, and we have in the last two years added US$500m to our Sovereign Wealth Fund and US$87m to the Excess Crude Account. This is the very opposite of the situation before now, when rising oil prices failed to translate to rising levels of savings and investment.

14. Admittedly, the economy has proven to be the biggest challenge of all. Let me first express just how concerned we have been, since this administration took office, about the impact of the economic difficulties on our citizens.

15. Through no fault of theirs, some companies shut down their operations, others downsized; people lost jobs, had to endure rising food prices. In some States civil servants worked months on end without the guarantee of a salary, even as rents and school fees and other expenses continued to show up like clockwork.

16. We have been extremely mindful of the many sacrifices that you have had to make over the last few years. And for this reason this administration’s work on the economic front has been targeted at a combination of short-term interventions to cushion the pain, as well as medium to long term efforts aimed at rebuilding an economy that is no longer helplessly dependent on the price of crude oil.

17. Those short-term interventions include putting together a series of bailout packages for our State Governments, to enable them bridge their salary shortfalls – an issue the President has consistently expressed his concerns about. We also began the hard work of laying out a framework for our Social Intervention Programme, the most ambitious in the history of the country.

1. One of the first tasks of the Cabinet and the Economic Management Team was to put together a Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget, targeting initiatives that would create speedy yet lasting impact on the lives of Nigerians.

1. Indeed, much of 2016 was spent clearing the mess we inherited and putting the building blocks together for the future of our dreams; laying a solid foundation for the kind of future that you deserve as citizens of Nigeria.

1. In his Budget Presentation Speech to the National Assembly last December, President Buhari outlined our Economic Agenda in detail, and assured that 2017 -would be the year in which you would begin to see tangible benefits of all the planning and preparation work. It is my pleasure to note that in the five months since he delivered that speech, we have seen tremendous progress, as promised.

1. Take the example of our Social Investment Programme, which kicked off at the end of 2016. Its Home Grown School Feeding component is now feeding more than 1 million primary school children across seven states and would be feeding three million by the end of the year. N-Power, another component has engaged 200,000 unemployed graduates – none of whom needed any ‘connections’ to be selected. Beneficiaries are already telling the stories of how these initiatives have given them a fresh start in their lives.

2. Micro credit to a million artisans, traders and market men and women has begun. While conditional cash transfers to eventually reach a million of the poorest and most vulnerable households has also begun.

3. Road and power projects are ongoing in every part of the country. In rail, we are making progress with our plans to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to upgrade the existing 3,500km narrow-gauge network. We have also in 2017 flagged-off construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan leg of our standard-gauge network, and are close to completing the first phase of Abuja’s Mass Transit Rail System.

4. In that Budget speech in December, the President announced the take-off of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. Today, five months on, that Initiative – the product of an unprecedented bilateral cooperation with the Government of Morocco – has resulted in the revitalisation of 11 blending plants across the country, the creation of 50,000 direct and indirect jobs so far, and in the production of 300,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilizer, which is being sold to farmers at prices significantly lower than what they paid last year. By the end of 2017, that Fertilizer Initiative would have led to foreign exchange savings of US$200 million; and subsidy savings of 60 billion naira.

5. The Initiative is building on the solid gains of the Anchor Borrowers Programme, launched in 2015 to support our rice and wheat farmers, as part of our move towards guaranteeing food security for Nigeria.

6. All of this is evidence that we are taking very seriously our ambition of agricultural self-sufficiency. I am delighted to note that since 2015 our imports of rice have dropped by 90 percent, while domestic production has almost tripled. Our goal is to produce enough rice to meet local demand by 2019. In April, the President launched our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which built on the foundations laid by the Strategic implementation Plan of 2016. The plan has set forth a clear vision for the economic development of Nigeria. I will come back to this point presently.

7. Another highlight of the President’s Budget Speech was our work around the Ease of Doing Business reforms. As promised we have since followed up with implementation and execution. I am pleased to note that we are now seeing verifiable progress across several areas, ranging from new Visa on Arrival scheme, to reforms at our ports and regulatory agencies.

8. The President also promised that 2017 would see the rollout of Executive Orders to facilitate government approvals, support procurement of locally made goods, and improve fiscal responsibility. We have kept that promise. This month we issued three Executive Orders to make it easier for citizens to get the permits and licenses they require for their businesses, to mandate Government agencies to spend more of their budgets on locally produced goods, and to promote budget transparency and efficiency. The overarching idea is to make Government Agencies and Government budgets work more efficiently for the people.

9. The impact of our Ease of Doing Business work is gradually being felt by businesses small and large; its successful take-off has allowed us to follow up with the MSME Clinics -our Small Business support programme, which has taken us so far to Aba, Sokoto, Jos, Katsina, and we expect to be in all other states in due course.

10. Let me note, at this point, that several of our Initiatives are targeted at our young people, who make up most of our population. From N-Power, to the Technology Hubs being developed nationwide, to innovation competitions such as the Aso Villa Demo Day, and our various MSME support schemes, we will do everything to nurture the immense innovative and entrepreneurial potential of our young people. We are a nation of young people, and we will ensure that our policies and programmes reflect this.

11. One of the highlights of our Power Sector Recovery Programme, which we launched in March, is a N701 billion Naira Payment Assurance Scheme that will resolve the financing bottlenecks that have until now constrained the operations of our gas suppliers and generation companies. Let me assure that you will soon begin to see the positive impact of these steps.

12. Our Solid Minerals Development Fund has also now taken off, in line with our commitment to developing the sector. Because of our unerring focus on Solid Minerals development over the last two years, the sector has, alongside Agriculture, seen impressive levels of growth – in spite of the recession.

13. On the whole, just as the President promised in the Budget Speech, these early months of 2017 have seen the flowering of the early fruit of all the hard work of our first eighteen months.

14. We opened the year with an overwhelmingly successful Eurobond Offer – evidence of continuing investor interest in Nigeria. We have also launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020, to build on the gains of last year’s Strategic Implementation Plan. And the implementation of our 2017 Budget, which will soon be signed into law, will bring added impetus to our ongoing economic recovery. In the 2016 Budget we spent 1.2 Trillion Naira on infrastructure projects, another milestone in the history of this country. Our 2017 Budget will double that investment.

15. That budget also provides for substantial investment to implement the rollout of Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones (SEZs), as well as our Social Housing Programme. The Industrial Parks and Economic Zones will fulfill our ambition of making Nigeria a manufacturing hub, while the Family Home Fund of our Social Housing Programme will provide inexpensive mortgages for low-income individuals and families across the country.

16. These plans offer yet more evidence that we are ramping up the pace of work; the work of fulfilling all that we promised. In the next two years we will build on the successes of the last two. We have demonstrated a willingness to learn from our mistakes and to improve on our successes. The critical points that we must address fully in the next two years are : Agriculture and food security, Energy, (power and Petroleum,) Industrialization and Transport infrastructure. Every step of the way we will be working with the private sector, giving them the necessary incentives and creating an environment to invest and do business.

17. Our vision is for a country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes. It is for a country that no longer has to import petroleum products, and develops a lucrative petrochemical industry. Very importantly it is for a country whose fortunes are no longer tied to the price of a barrel of crude, but instead to the boundless talent and energy of its people, young and old, male and female as they invest in diverse areas of the economy.

18. And that vision is also for a country where the wealth of the many will no longer be stolen by or reserved for a few; and where the impunity of corruption – whether in the public or private sectors – will no longer be standard operating practice; a land rid of bandits and terrorists.

19. As citizens you all deserve a country that works, not merely for the rich or connected, but for everyone. And our promise to you is that we will, with your support and cooperation, take every step needed to create that country of our dreams.

20. We also know that this journey will of necessity take time. But we will not succumb to the temptation to take short-cuts that ultimately complicate the journey. We did not find ourselves in crises overnight, and we simply do not expect overnight solutions to our challenges.

21. The most important thing is that we are on the right path, and we will not deviate from it, even in the face of strong temptation to choose temporary gain over long-term benefit. As the President has summed it up: “The old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing, and a new era is rising.”

22. And so we commemorate this second anniversary of our administration with confidence and optimism. I firmly believe that we have put the most difficult phase behind us; and we are witnesses to the ever-increasing intensity of the light at the end of the tunnel. We ask for your continued cooperation and support, to enable us realise all our best intentions and ambitions for Nigeria. On our part We will continue to carry you along on this journey, speak to you, explain the challenges, and share our Vision.

23. And while we all daily pre-occupy ourselves with pursuing the Nigerian Dream – which is the desire to better our lives and circumstances vigorously and honestly – it is inevitable that grievances and frustrations will arise from time to time.

24. This is normal. What is not normal, or acceptable, is employing these frustrations as justification for indulging in discrimination or hate speech or hateful conduct of any kind, or for seeking to undermine by violent or other illegal means the very existence of the sovereign entity that has brought us all together as brothers and sisters and citizens.

25. Nigeria belongs to all of us. No one person or group of persons is more important or more entitled than the other in this space that we all call home. And we have a responsibility to live in peace and harmony with one another, to seek peaceful and constitutional means of expressing our wishes and desires, and to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests.

26. Before I end this speech, let me ask for your continued prayers for the restoration to full health and strength and the safe return of our President.

27. I congratulate all of you on today’s commemoration of this important day in the democratic calendar our country. Nigeria is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the destination of our dreams.

28. May God bless you all, and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Jilted Woman Hired Assassins to Murder Italy-based Casanova Nigerian Man in Edo State


Jilted Woman Hired Assassins to Murder Italy-based Casanova Nigerian Man in Edo State It has been revealed how a jilted lover hired assassins to kill an Italy-based Edo man after he returned to the country for vacation.

Omoruyi Okundolor was murdered by hired assassins

Men of the Nigerian police in Edo state have arrested two men who allegedly assassinated Omoruyi Okundolor, an Italy-based Nigerian man in Benin city, Edo.

According to information revealed by Festus Alenkhe, Senior News reporter/presenter with Edo Broadcasting Service, Benin City, the late Okundolor fondly called Uyi, was shot dead in his compound early this month.

Alenkhe wrote: "Two suspects alleged to have gruesomely assassinated an Italian based Nigerian in Benin city, Edo state Mr. Omoruyi Okundolor have been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.

"They were said to have confirmed that the female lover of the deceased who felt jilted contracted them for the killing. The suspects who said they were four that went for the killing named one Moses and power as members of their gang.

"The said female lover and the two accomplices are now at large. They claimed that the plan to assassinate Omoruyi okundolor was hatched in a drinking spot at evbuotubu in Benin city.

"An 18 year old girl was also killed by the hoodlums when they were on their way to assassinate Omoruyi on the excuse that the young girl recognise on of them who pulled the trigger.

Use Ramadan period to curb corruption – Cleric tells Muslims


An Islam scholar, Prof. Afiz Oladosu, has advised Muslim faithful to take advantage of the holiness of Ramadan to shun all corrupt practices.

Oladosu, a Lecturer at the Department of Religions, University of Ibadan, gave the advice on Sunday during a Ramadan lecture, organised by the Lagos State University Muslim Community and Prof. Ismail Balogun Foundation.

Delivering a lecturer titled, “Combatting Corruption: Duties of Muslims in a corrupt society,” Oladosu said that greed and and lack of God consciousness were mainly responsible for corrupt activities in our society.

“Ramadan is about law that does not sleep; it is about self accountability and transparency, and clears our minds of greed and selfishness,” he said.

He said that corruption was responsible for numerous social ills in Nigeria, adding that the scourge transcended material corruption.

“Corruption has cost Nigeria more than 380 billion dollars since independence in 1960; resulting to bad roads, poor education and health services and has caused insecurity and insurgency in some parts of the country.

“Corruption makes the poor poorer, creates uncertainty and increases crime rate, but it is not all about material corruption.

“Transparency describes corruption as misuse of power for private gain while Websters dictionary defines it as perversion of integrity in the discharge of public duties.

“There is a spiritual angle to corruption which we need to tackle before looking at material corruption,” he said.

Oladosu explained that the holy Qur’an sternly warned Muslims against partaking in any corrupt act.

“Corruption appears not less than 52 times in the Qur’an, with references to corruption, the corrupter, the corruptee and the corrupted.

“Muslims should strive to shun all these categories of corruption for the sake of Allah.

“The month of Ramadan provides a good opportunity for stock taking and a rebirth,” he said.

He advised governments and private employers of labour to always strive to meet their obligations to their employees to prevent them from being tempted into corrupt activities.

Democracy Day: We Must Remain Vigilant, Says Tinubu


Former Lagos State Governor, Sen. Bola Tinubu on Sunday urged Nigerians not to take the nation’s democracy for granted, but keep and nurture it for the progress and growth of the country.

Tinubu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, made the call in his message on this year’s Democracy Day and 2nd year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He urged Nigerians to remain vigilant, and by doing so, ensure a better future and better Nigeria for all.

”Democracy Day and our commemoration of it must be more than an empty ritual. It must add up to more than another reason to have another holiday.

”We, as a people, choose democracy as our preferred form of governance not because it would be easy to achieve or to hold even once we have it.

”We choose democracy because history has taught us that the welfare of the people is best and perhaps only secured by government responsive and accountable to the people. This can only be democracy.

”Many Nigerians have fought and sacrificed to enshrine democracy as our way of governance. We mark this day in honour of these people, many of whom laboured in obscurity and without proper thanks, to achieve this precious thing for the nation.

”We mark this day to keep in remembrance that we must not take this good form of government for granted. We must keep and nurture it, not for democracy’s sake, but for our own sake.

”We must remember that should we fall asleep, there are those who would like nothing better than to take our democracy from us,” he said.

Tinubu congratulated President Buhari on his second anniversary in office and urged him to continue to protect and improve the country’s democracy.

”I congratulate Nigerians on this day. I congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and urge him and his administration to continue to do all it can to protect and improve our democratic way of life.

“I wish all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day,” Tinubu said. (NAN)
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Presidency Releases Buhari’s Pictures To Mark 2017 Children’s Day

                                             

The Presidency on Saturday in Abuja released some filed pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari with children in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of memorial events to mark this year’s Children’s Day.

Buhari left Abuja for London on May 10, to see his doctors for follow-up medical checks.

The pictorial report showing the president with the children was released by Mr Bayo Omoboriowo, the president’s personal photographer.

Omoboriowo captioned the report as “File photos of President Muhammadu Buhari and children on the occasion of Children’s Day 2017. “Let little children come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God.” He added: “Pictures of the jolly grandfather and the little ones were taken at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

One of the pictures showed the president carrying a child standing alongside the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Other pictures showed Buhari in relaxed-mood with the children as one of them attempting to fix a cap on the president’s head.

It would be recalled that Osinbajo on Friday met with school children in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he offered them gifts.

Osinbajo also took group photos with the children as part of activities to mark the 2017 Children’s Day.



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NOUN Matriculates 480 Students


The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Minna, Study Centre, has matriculated 480 students for the 2016/2017 academic session.

Speaking during the ceremony on Saturday, Prof. Abdalla Adamu ,Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) advised the students to take their studies seriously.

He said that the university is an Open Distance Learning institution providing access to higher education for qualified candidates.

Represented by Dr Francis Gana, Director
of the Study Centre, he urged the new students to be focussed to achieve their set objectives.

He said that the University is well prepared to contribute to the global human technological development through the provision of qualified manpower.

He said that the University is increasing its momentum in the pursuit of its objectives to make its operations familiar and relevant to its teeming students.

He called on the matriculating students to be diligent in their studies and conduct themselves properly at all times.

PRESIDENTIAL POLL: PDP LEADERS MOUNT PRESSURE ON JONATHAN NOT TO CONTEST IN 2019


Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are reportedly mounting pressure on ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to shelve his alleged ambition to contest the 2019 presidential election.

It was learnt that the leaders’ advisory was subtly relayed to the ex-President through his supporters who were trying to gauge the opinions of PDP members on the issue.

But the party looks likely to concede its presidential ticket to the North irrespective of who, between Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, wins the PDP leadership contest at the Supreme Court.

Party sources said Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, and some governors are being considered as presidential running mate.

Investigation revealed that the party is already repositioning itself for a major battle with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 elections.

It was gathered by Eyes Of Lagos that while many party leaders still have a lot of affection for Jonathan for “keeping faith with his transition programme” and want him to have a fresh shot at the presidency, others strongly believe that it will be difficult to sell his candidature to the majority of Nigerian voters.

Based on realistic permutations, some leaders of the party have been putting pressure on Jonathan to forego his ambition in the interest of the party.

A top source in PDP said: “Although we are awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the leadership of our party, we have gone far with our homework.

“A realistic option we have faced is the fact that to win in 2019, we have to retain our presidential ticket in the North. The PDP is still solid in the South-East and in the South-South.

“We have however come to appreciate that conceding the ticket to ex-President Jonathan might not work considering ethnic colouration which beclouded the last presidential election.

“The allegations raised against some key actors in Jonathan’s government, including ex-First Lady have made the choice of the ex-President a hard sell.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “PDP leaders have subtly passed the message to Jonathan.

“We are however leaving the ticket open to the North. We anticipate that some defectors from APC might add more strength to our search for a candidate that can beat to the game.

“We want to try as much as possible to provide alternatives to APC. Of recent, ex-Governor Sule Lamido is the only leader who has come out with his presidential aspiration.

“Even when an attempt was made to enable the Forum of former Ministers to endorse Lamido, it was not accepted.

The source listed the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Akpabio, and some governors (whose names were not revealed) as some of those being considered for the VP slot.

“Certainly, the PDP will pick its running mate from either the South-East or the South-South.

“Our search team said it is impossible for the party to look forward to the South-West because of the grip of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the ongoing consolidation in the zone by APC.”

Please Release Me To Attend My Wedding, Arrested Oil Thief Suspect Begs


A suspected oil thief, Ikechukwu Onyenze, who is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, has begged to be released so that he can attend his traditional wedding.

Onyenze, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt, lamented that his absence at his marriage ceremony would negatively affect his person.

He added that he would appreciate a temporary freedom by the civil defence.

The suspect, who is a 35-year-old heavy duty vehicle mechanic from Abia State, told The Punch on Friday that the marriage ceremony was to hold on Saturday (today).

Denying that he was into oil theft, Onyenze said he was inside a petrol tanker before being arrested because the driver called him to come and carry out some repairs on the vehicle.

“It was a friend of mine who was driving the tanker. He called me that he had problem with the Civil Defence. He also said the vehicle was having break problem. So, it was when I came to help him that I was arrested. That’s how I know about this truck.

“As of the time of arrest, we were inside the truck, including the driver of the truck. I am a heavy duty mechanic. During the time of the arrest, the driver and the two conductors escaped.

“I am about to marry. My traditional marriage is on Saturday; this coming Saturday. My shop is at Obigbo; by Health Centre in Iriebe. If they (NSCDC) can permit me to go and be part of my marriage ceremony, I will be happy.

“I have left everything in the hand of God; He knows the best. I feel so bad that I will not be able to be present at my marriage ceremony. My advice to people is to avoid this kind of situation,” Onyenze said.

Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, the Rivers State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mohammed Haruna, described him as a notorious oil bunkerer, who once escaped from operatives of the corps.

Haruna also dismissed Onyenze’s plea to be freed so that he (suspect) would be able to attend his traditional marriage ceremony as a ploy to whip up sympathy.

“The man had been arrested before and he escaped. He is a notorious oil bunkerer. We were able to arrest him again. He escaped and went back to the crime of oil theft, but we have got hold of him. This time around, he will face the law.

“On his claim about marriage, it is false. We have not been able to verify his claim. He is just trying to whip up sympathy. Even the address he gave as a place he operates a shop is false. Our investigation is still ongoing and he would be charged to court at the end of investigation,” the state NSCDC commandant said.

Igbo Youths Launch Anti-biafra Movement, Slam Nnamdi Kanu

A youth group, under the aegis of Igbo for Nigerian Movement, INM, has floated anti-Biafra campaign to unite people of Igbo extraction in order to reap maximum benefits from the peaceful co-existence of one United Nigeria.

INM called on the entire Ndigbo to bury the idea of the struggle of the Republic of Biafra and embrace the new platform, INM for intellectual and strategic engagements that would enthrone equity, fairness and justice to every member of the Nigerian State.

The group warned that the ongoing clamour by some persons for the secession of Igbo from Nigeria was a call to self-destruction and would only do them more harm than good.

Some groups, including the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as well as the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, under the leadership of Uchenna Madu have been clamoring for the birth of Biafra.

According to them, Nigeria is a zoo and has succeeded in expunging them from the scheme of things in the nation.

However, the INM leader, Maxi Igwe Ifeanyi speaking alongside with his newly inaugurated Excos Today (Sunday), called on those supporting the return of Biafra to quickly swallow their word and work together for a united Nigeria in line with the vision of great nationalists like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Mazi Ifeanyi Igwe, the group's leader in his interview, insisted that Biafra was not the panacea to Igbos' problem, rather the beginning of more trouble for the land as the agitation has continue to sow the seed of suspicion for the average Igboman particularly in the political circle used by other ethnic groups as the key to other segment of our national life.

He said, "The ongoing clamour by some infertile-minded Igbo brethren for the secession of South east from Nigeria is a call to self-destruction, to say the least.

"It is obvious that those championing the movement for the return of Biafra were not born during the civil war and have no single idea of what Ndigbo went through during and after the war.

"We therefore call on those behind this movement to sheathe their sword and embrace a one and united Nigeria.

"Biafra is never the solution to our problem. In fact, it is the beginning of more problems for our already-troubled land.

"INM stands for the unity of Nigeria and urge those beating war drum to heed to the old Igbo adage that says, "ogwumagana agahi ogbanye ije ya maka na ohia n'ere oku (the chameleon does not change its movement because the bush is on fire.)" he added.

'I Beat Both Of Them': Hillary Clinton Defiantly Claims She Defeated Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders During The Election

Hillary Clinton has claimed she defeated Donald Trump in last year's presidential election.

Clinton, who received almost three million more votes than her reality television host opponent, was denied the presidency because she lost the electoral college count 304 to 227.

But the 69-year-old made the claim in a New York Magazine piece in which she discussed everything from sexism and voter suppression to James Comey costing her the White House, the country 'stalling' under Trump, and Russia's 'attack' on American democracy.

Clinton started by dismissing the notion the election was won because of anger, which both Trump and Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic primary, tapped into.

'I beat both of them,' Clinton said, after saying anger is not 'a good strategy for most people'.

'You can't be angry for yourself. You just can't. You can be indignant, you can be annoyed, you can be frustrated, but you can't be angry… I don't think anger's a strategy,' she told the magazine.

The former Secretary of State then turned her attention to Comey's ousting from the FBI by Trump.

'I am less surprised than I am worried,' she said.

'Not that he shouldn't have been disciplined. And certainly the Trump campaign relished everything that was done to me in July and then particularly in October.

'Having said that, I think what's going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry, and I think that's terrible for our country.'

Clinton then said the response from elected officials in Washington to Russia's efforts to impact the election and sway it in Trump's favor will be remembered for a long time.

'(History) will judge whoever's in Congress now as to how they respond to what was an attack on our country,' she told New York Magazine.

'It wasn't the kind of horrible, physical attack we saw on 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but it was an attack by an aggressive adversary who had been probing for many years to figure out how to undermine our democracy, influence our politics, even our elections.

'Left unchecked… this will not just bite Democrats, or me; this will undermine our electoral system.'

The 69-year-old also described to the magazine how she knew on November 8 the race with Trump was close, but she thought she would 'gut it out' and win.

'I was as surprised as anybody when I started getting returns, she said.

'Because that’s not what anybody - with a couple of outliers - saw in the data. And the feel was good!

'We had good crowds, we had lots of energy and enthusiasm, and I thought we were going to pull it off.

'And so did the other side, by the way. They did not believe they were going to win.'

When the issue of sexism was brought up by the magazine, Clinton explained how she hoped 'the rawness of being a woman competing for the presidency would have dissipated' would have gone away since she was defeated by President Obama eight years earlier.

But she found that while it had 'somewhat diminished', there was 'a lot of implicit bias was just raging below the surface'.

'There were still very deep, raw feelings about gender that had not been resolved,' she said.

'There is a stark difference between men and women when it comes to success and likability.

'So the more successful a man is, the more likable he is. The more successful a woman is, the less likable she is. And it’s across every sector of society.'

Clinton was then asked about those in the wake of her defeat who were attempting to pin the blame for the loss entirely on her.

There’s always, what’s that word… Schadenfreude - "cut her down to size", "too big for her own britches" - I get all that,' she said.

'I take responsibility, I admit that I'm not a perfect candidate - and don’t know anybody who was - but at the end of the day we did a lot of things right and we weathered enormous headwinds and we were on our way to winning.

'So that is never going to satisfy my detractors. And you know, that’s their problem.'

Source: Daily Mail UK

Teebillz: My Marriage To Tiwa Savage Remains Solid

The music executive opened up about his determination to be a better person while also dismissing divorce rumours.

Teebillz, the husband of Mavin Records singer, #TiwaSavage, has maintained that his marriage to the latter remains strong despite strong challenges from the past.

The marriage of the couple went through a rough patch following Savage’s emotional interview in 2016, where she confirmed that her hubby cheated on her with another woman.

The music executive who spoke in a chat with Linda Ikeji TV revealed that he is currently working on being a better person, while also dismissing rumours of divorce concerning them.

“Everything that is mine, everything that God has ordained to be mine surely will be mine.

“Be it money, business, relationship, friendship, whatever it is, and with a positive mind, everything will come back to you.

“All I’m doing is working on myself, being a better person and with a positive mind, everything you desire will come to you.

“Was my marriage dissolved before? Did you see me sign divorce papers? Is social media part of my family and they claim to know what’s going on in my family. Is it not the same social media that said I went to Rehab in the states? I did not leave this country.

“I fought my journey in this country. Did you hear that she (Tiwa Savage) is married to someone else? Did you hear that she’s dating someone else? Have you seen her date anyone else? Have you seen me date anyone else? Read through the lines and let us stay positive.”

Savage and her husband have seen great improvement in their bid to resuscitate their marriage which was at the edge of disaster last year.

The pair had been spotted in public together as a couple, a thought that would have seemed unrealistic at the dawn of the marriage which saw them engage in a bunch of counter accusations.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Acting President, Osinbajo Makes Federal Appointments

Acting President Osinbajo has approved the following appointments for some Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions:

1. Alh. Ali Usman​​—Chairman, National Pension Commission ​​​​(subject to confirmation by the Senate).

2. Mr. Funso Doherty​—Director-General, National Pension Commission (subject to confirmation by the Senate).

3. Mr. Manase Benga​—Executive Commissioner, National Pension ​​​​Commission (subject to confirmation by the Senate).

4. Zaki Magawata​—Executive Commissioner, National Pension ​​​​Commission (subject to confirmation by the Senate).

5. Ben Oviosun​​—Executive Commissioner, National Pension ​​​​Commission (subject to confirmation by the Senate).

6. Nyerere Ayim​​—Executive Commissioner, National Pension ​​​​Commission (subject to confirmation by the Senate).

7. Dikko Aliyu AbdulRahman—Chairman, Governing Board of the Bank of Industry

8. Mr. Olukayode Pitan​—Managing Director, Bank of Industry

9. Mr. Emeka Nwakpa​—Chairman, Governing Board of the Consumer Protection Council

With the exception of those that are subject to confirmation by the Senate, all other appointments take immediate effect.

IPOB, MASSOB Are Illegal Groups, Reject Them, Police Urges Igbos

Ahead of the 50th Biafra anniversary celebrations scheduled for next week, the Nigeria Police Force has declared that IPOB and MASSOB, two leading umbrella groups agitating for the Independent State Of Biafra, are illegal groups.

The Force has therefore asked Nigerians to reject the group and their agenda.

The Ebonyi State Police Command through its spokesman, Jude Madu articulated the position of the Police in an interview with NAN.

Madu confirmed that some pro-Biafra agitators were arrested “for unlawfully sensitising” the public to stay at home on May 30, in observance of the group anniversary.

Madu said those arrested in Ebonyi would be charged to court, adding that the command would ensure that they are duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

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