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Apostle Suleiman's Omega Fire Ministry Building, Other Abuja Buildings Flooded After Downpour

19 August 2019 - 11:51pm

Controversial Apostle Johnson Suleiman's church, Omega Fire Ministry, was among many buildings that were flooded following a downpour that lasted for hours between Sunday and Monday.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that at least 10 houses, farmlands, shops, others were destroyed by flood in Gudaba community of Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The flood also affected a bridge linking Kuje-Gwagwalada road, forcing residents to stay indoors or wade through the water.

Zaka Tukura, whose house collapsed, told the news agency: “I was asleep when the water flooded my house. I had to quickly move my children to a neighbour’s house.

“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate that the flood has affected many people in this community.”

Another resident, Sarah Musa, said, “We could not sleep throughout because of the downpour. When the rain kept persisting, we knew we were in danger and started removing our property from the building even when we were not sure which area could be safe.”

She said her family members succeeded in moving some important household items before the house collapsed.

Mrs. Machbery Modupe, Head, Department of Works, Kuje Area Council, said, “We are already assessing the situation to ascertain the number of houses affected by the flood. The aim is to see how the victims can be supported.” 

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Sting Operations: DSS, ICPC Operatives Arrest 37 FRSC Officials

19 August 2019 - 11:47pm

A Joint Inter-Agency Team, led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested 37 operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for allegedly extorting money from motorists on highways.

The team, comprising officials of ICPC, FRSC and the Department of State Services (DSS), also arrested five persons said to be agents of the corps operatives in a sting operation carried out simultaneously in Nigeria's six geo-political zones.

A spokesperson for the ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement, “The FRSC management had, in the complaint to the Commission, observed that incidents of extortion were rife in the six states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi, and Ogun.

“Based on this, the ICPC-led team went into action and identified the notorious spots in each of the aforementioned states, which include Aba in Abia State; Ahoada, Ajaokuta, Itori, Toro and Gwantu, which are located in Rivers, Kogi, Ogun, Bauchi, and Kaduna states respectively.”

Thirteen FRSC operatives and two civilians were arrested in Aba in the South-east, while 24 officers of the commission and three agents were arrested from various spots on roads across the other geo-political zones.

“Findings from the Joint Inter-Agency Team indicated that various sums of money were found on the arrested Corps officials during the sting operations before they were taken into ICPC custody.

“However, all the officials arrested and three civilian accomplices have been granted administrative bail and will be prosecuted by the Commission at the conclusion of investigations,” said Okoduwa.

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My Views About Obasanjo And Buhari -Junaid Mohammed

19 August 2019 - 11:37pm

Junaid Mohammed

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Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, has expressed reservations about former President Olusegun Obasanjo's public letters to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking as a guest on ChannelsTV’s 'News Night', the politician said, “I am very cautious in reading or defining meanings into what people say or try and treat their own motives. Fundamentally, I believe in a democracy everybody must have his say that includes those who are perverse of majority view or those who are perverse in minority view. They say the minority will have their say, the majority will have their way but that is not to say that one part is important the other one is not important, everybody is important.

“What Obasanjo says is as important as what somebody who is walking the land, the fields in his farm and certainly what he says is as important as somebody who works in a factory or works in a government office. Why I take issues with Obasanjo and we have been friends for a very long time since 1976, I could go to him, see him anytime when he was in the cabinet office, we have a number of friends in common."

He said further: “What I find difficult is this obsession with making public matters that ought not to be made public because by making them public, you are in fact going into a contradiction and what you say may in fact be counter-productive.

“Secondly, even though Buhari was his junior in the military, and they fought the civil war together even though Buhari did not work directly under him, and it is not my headache, it is not my business to defend Buhari and I’ve never defended him because I believe if you are in public life, you are fair game whether you are president, whatever public office you are holding in a democracy, and I always underline ‘in a democracy’."

Continuing, the northern politician noted, “Now if you may want letter public, it creates whatever it was it wanted to create, you make a second one, again it hasn’t had much of an impact, you also have seen him between the first and the second one and you also have seen him in between the second and the third one. That shows that you are not giving him advice in public because you don’t have access.

“People like me who are commoners or like you may not be able to go in and see the president but he (Obasanjo) can see him anytime, he can talk to him anytime, the only thing he cannot do perhaps for security considerations might be to simply ask him to come and see him but if it were the reverse before Buhari became head of state first time he is the president and now the second time, he could actually ask Buhari to go to Otta or Abeokuta to go and see him."

Condemning Obasanjo's mode of letter-writing, Mohammed stated, “And if you want to advise somebody and you are really truly sincere about it and you are not out for cheap publicity, you do it in whispers, you go and whisper to him so and so cannot be right, my experience is that so so is also not right but if you decide to go the pompous way, write a big letter and quote A, B, and C, tell how much history you know, how many geographies you know, how much connections you have with the heads of state and heads of government it becomes counter-productive and what you say may be very important, so you can see that the man you are advising will not be able to benefit, the country will also not benefit from some of these things and that is why I thought enough is enough of this public letters.

“And if you write somebody a public letter, by definition you are not advising him, you are making cheap publicity for the country to organize and your own relevance either in the scheme of things or in what happened or you are trying also to cultivate your own place in history come what happens in the future, you may also be trying to say, after all, I got it right everybody else got it wrong and that is unfortunate  especially when you are talking about the destiny of 200 million people.”

According to the former legislator, the former president should have been more circumspect in his letters.

Mohammed said, “In the words of late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, no man is entirely evil and you cannot dismiss a man who has been a president twice, no. but the manner of conveying a message is as important as the messenger himself and the topic which he tries to address.

“So I will be the last person that has known him intimately in terms of very serious discussions about the future of this country. But the way and the manner and the style of presentation is as important as the message itself and that is what we learn in public life, I have no doubt in my mind that a lot of what he has been said is important but it is important only if it is going to be utilized for improvement and for good of the country.

“If it’s going to be used like in the market place, then at the end of the day, we are going to get ourselves into unnecessary skirmishes and vulgar language and people taking positions on primordial sentiments and not necessarily on what ought to be rationally advisable for the good of the country.”

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Ortom: Benue State Owes Over N22 Billion In Gratuity

19 August 2019 - 11:34pm

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom says his government owes more than N22 billion in gratuity of civil servants.

Ortom stated this on Monday during the inauguration of the chairman and members of the State Pension Commission in Makurdi.

According to him, N18 billion of the gratuity liability was inherited as he assumed office in 2015.

Today, the debt burden has risen to N22 billion, pointing out that the monthly pension bill of the state stands at N800 million as against N400 million he inherited in 2015.

The governor said the state needed to urgently commence full domestication of the National Contributory Pensions Scheme Act 2004 to mitigate the sufferings of retirees.

“The members (of the state's house of assembly) are all victims of non-payment of gratuities and pensions; so, they understand the pains of not being paid. Benue pensioners have been very patient with me and that has given me a lot of burden on my shoulder to ensure that something is done about it urgently,” said Ortom.​

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Germany-based Igbo Group Apologises To Ekweremadu Over Attack

19 August 2019 - 4:19pm

Ndi-Igbo in Germany has apologised to former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, over the attack on him by alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Nuremberg, Germany, last Saturday.

The group, which organised the event where the attack took place, described the incident as an embarrassment to the entire Igbo race and Nigeria.

In a statement on Monday, the group said that those involved in the attack would face the wrath of the law.

The statement reads, “Ndi-Igbo Germany wish to offer our unequivocal apology to our special guest of honour, Senator Ike Ekweremadu for the unfortunate treatment misdirected at him by members of Indigenous People of Biafra in Germany during the occasion of our 2nd annual Igbo Cultural Festival and Convention 2019.

“It must be emphasised that Senator Ekweremadu had nothing personal to gain in attending our cultural day.  See Also Sahara Reporters I’ve Forgiven My Attackers —Ekweremadu 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

“Rather Igbo residents in Germany lost an opportunity to tap into his reservoir of knowledge.

“No words can describe our shock, our consternation, and our sadness at this inexcusable, shameful and senseless attack. 

“We apologise from the depths of our hearts that you had to experience such a horrible thing in our midst. 

“Our apologies go to Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and to all well-meaning Igbo-Diasporan groups and associations both at home and abroad for this disgrace.

“We sincerely apologize to the National Assembly and indeed to our entire country for such an unwarranted assault on Senator Ekweremadu by the IPOB members in Germany.

“We are committed to working and cooperating with our host country Germany and with her constituted authorities. Ndi–Igbo Germany will let the full weight of the law take its course.” See Also Sahara Reporters Ekweremadu: Nigerian Government Vows To Punish Attackers 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

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LCCI Tackles Buhari, Says He Can’t Lift 100million Nigerians Out Of Poverty

19 August 2019 - 4:18pm

Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf

Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf ChannelsTV

Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf, has said it is impossible for President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Yusuf made the comments while speaking on a programme on Channels Television.

President Buhari had while addressing new ministers at a retreat on Monday vowed to lift at least 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.

But disagreeing with that statement, the LCCI boss said the President had not been collaborating with those, who could help him achieve the goal.

He said, “The President is talking about taking 100 million people out of poverty over 10 years, it is impossible to do that without investors. Because when we talk about job creation, it is not the government that will create the job.

“As we speak, the government is already overstretched in terms of the number of employees that they have and many of them are struggling to pay salaries and with the minimum wage that we are expecting any time soon, it will become even more difficult to create a new job.

“There is no sufficient consultation between those who are managing the economy and the government.”

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New Planet Discovered In Orbit

19 August 2019 - 4:16pm

A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published Monday.

“We talking about a giant planet about 3,000 times more massive than Earth, situated 2.7 times further from its star than the Earth is from the Sun,” said Anne-Marie Lagrange, an astronomer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research and lead author of a study in Nature Astronomy.

The new planet, b Pictoris c, completes its orbit roughly every 1,200 days. Like its big sister b Pictoris b, discovered by Lagrange and her team in 2009, it is a gassy giant.

Visible with the naked eye, Beta Pictoris — with a mass nearly twice that of the Sun — is a newborn by comparison: only 23 million years old.

The Sun is more than 4.5 billion years old.

It is also relatively nearby, just over 63 light years, and surrounded by a disk of stellar dust, according to a report by AFP.

“To better understand the early stage of formation and evolution, this is probably the best planetary system we know of,” Lagrange said.


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CBN Ordered To Pay N8bn To Benue Communities Over Military Invasion

19 August 2019 - 4:14pm

The Central Bank of Nigeria has been ordered by a Federal High Court to pay the sum of N8bn to Tiv communities in Benue over the invasion by soldiers in the area in 2001.

Communities to benefit from the financial compensation include Logo, Ukum, Kwande and Katsina-Ala local government areas.

The money is to compensate for the loss of lives and property they suffered during the invasion by the soldiers.

Justice Nyang Ekwo gave the order on Monday following an application by the communities for the enforcement of the consent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal in Enugu on February 2, 2015.

The judge, who had earlier granted the preliminary “garnishee nisi”, made the garnishee order “absolute” on Monday by ordering the CBN to pay the said amount to the affected communities.

The judge said, “The garnishee (CBN) is hereby ordered to pay the sum into an interest yielding account to be opened and maintained by the Chief Registrar of this court in First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

“The order authorising the disbursement of the money shall be made upon being satisfied with the terms of disbursement including the legal fees jointly signed by Ocha Ulegede Esq, and J.K Gadzama, SAN, for the ganishors and endorsed by first class chiefs of Jukun, Logo, Kwande, Katsina-Ala local government areas on behalf of the Tiv Traditional Council.”

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Nigeria, ECOWAS To Provide Basic Amenities in North-East

19 August 2019 - 4:13pm

The Government of Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States have said basic amenities would be provided for the North-East region of the country ravaged by insurgency.

President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, made the announcement in Abuja on Monday at an event to commemorate World Humanitarian Day.

Brou, who was represented at the event by the organisation’s Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, Dr Siga Jagne, said that damaged schools and health facilities in communities affected by insurgency will all be rehabilitated.

He said, “People in cities and towns struggle to find food, water and safe shelter while fighting drives millions from their homes; schools are destroyed and children are recruited and forced to fight. Women are abused and used as tools of war.

“As humanitarian workers deliver aid and medical workers help the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats and prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.

“We will work with all partners to sensitise the public during peace and conflict times of the need not to see humanitarians, especially women as targets.”

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Lagos Assembly Rejects Three, Confirms 35 Of Sanwo-Olu’s Cabinet Nominees

19 August 2019 - 4:10pm

Three names out of 38 nominated for appointment as Commissioners and Special Advisers by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was on Monday rejected by the state’s House of Assembly.

Those rejected are Ms Adekemi Ajayi-Bembe, Mr Obafemi George and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi.

The confirmed nominees are Mr Tunji Bello, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, Dr Wale Ahmed, Mrs Lola Akande, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, Mr Hakeem Fahm, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr Afolabi Ayantayo and Mr Samuel Egube.

Others are Mrs Bolaji Dada, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, Mrs Solape Hammond, Arch. Kabiru Abdullahi, Mr Olalere Odusote and Mr Aramide Adeyoye.

Dr Frederick Oladeinde, Mr Olatunbosun Alake, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Prof Akin Abayomi, Dr Rabiu Olowo, Dr Idris Salako, Mr Bonu Solomon Saanu, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, and Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka were also confirmed.

Completing the list are Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Mrs Shulamite Adebolu, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Mr Adetokunbo Wahab, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, and Ms Ruth Olusanya, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Mr Oladele Ajayi, and Mr Joe Igbokwe.

Before their confirmation by the House, the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, invited each nominee for brief introduction during plenary.

Obasa said, “In pursuant to Section 192 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the House now confirms the appointment of the following governor’s nominees.”

He thereafter directed Clerk of the House, Mr Sanni Azeez, to forward the list of the confirmed nominees to Sanwo-Olu, adding that those rejected could be renominated by the governor.

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Nigerian Arrested For Cocaine Peddling In India

19 August 2019 - 1:44pm

A Nigerian national was arrested on Saturday in Palghar with 32 grams of cocaine, a senior police official said.

Palghar police spokesperson, Hemant Katkar, said the Nigerian known as Laysan Emanuel, 57, was arrested from Tulinj when a police patrol party found him moving suspiciously in the area.

Katkar said, “We recovered 32 grams of cocaine from him. He has been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.” 

Another 31-year-old Nigerian was arrested in Delhi recently for allegedly peddling drugs after around 35 grams of cocaine was seized from him, according to a report by India Today.

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Borno Governor Places Curse On Persons Depriving IDPs Food

19 August 2019 - 1:42pm

Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, on Monday had a curse placed on anyone in the habit of diverting food items meant for internally displaced persons in the state.

The incident took place while the governor was coordinating and supervising the distribution of food items to nearly 200,0000 ‎IDPs in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.

 While the governor watched, an official, who had been assigned the task, raised a copy of the Qur’an and asked the wrath of God to come upon anyone fraudulently diverting food and other relief items meant for the welfare of displaced persons.

A curse was also placed on IDPs in the habit of collecting multiple rations of food to sell in markets, thereby depriving other displaced persons food to eat.

As soon as the official holding the Quaran and placing the curse began the act, dozens of adults disappeared from the long queues, raising suspicion that they could have been involved in the fraudulent practice.

The official said, “Listen to me very attentively, Governor Zulum has asked me to announce to you that from himself as governor down to humanitarian and government officials, in fact anybody at all that diverts food meant for IDPs, the curse of God through the instrumentality of the Qur’an will come upon them. 

“May the wrath of God come upon anyone who has collected allocation ticket but came here to collect what is meant for others. 

“You all know that food is distributed to households and everyone in the camps are part of a household.

“If you know you are not the head of a household or that you have already collected your portion, better leave the queue or incur the wrath of the Qur’an.”

Diversion of food items meant for displaced persons is a common practice among officials saddled with the welfare of such persons in many parts of the country especially in the North-East region where violent attacks by terrorist group – Boko Haram – hale eft many families homeless.

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I’ve Forgiven My Attackers —Ekweremadu

19 August 2019 - 1:42pm

Immediate-past Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that he holds no grudge against his attackers in Germany on Saturday because he had forgiven them for their ‘sins’.

The lawmaker, who returned to Nigeria on Monday, was assaulted by alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Nuremburg, Germany at an event to mark the 2019 New Yam Festival.

Ekweremadu, who spoke with journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, described his attackers as being under the influence of hard drugs and alcohol.

He said, “I had a feeling that they (his attackers) were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They did not represent the feelings of our people. I have forgiven them and have moved on.

“The government of Germany is free to do whatever they want to do about their case.

“The organisers of the event in Germany asked me to come to the venue because the place was already full of guests including the Mayor of the town and the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and I had to rush there.

“When I got there, the Ambassador was not there yet but a lot of people had already assembled. 

“I was excited and I alighted from my car to go and say hello to those standing in front of the hall.

“A group of young people with IPOB emblem and shirts were also standing there. One of them then accosted me and said that we didn’t do much when the Federal Government declared Operation Python Dance in the South-East.

“They asked me to address them on the issue right there but I told them that it was part of the issues I would address when I wanted to speak during the programme but they said no.

“They became agitated and started attacking me immediately.”

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Sowore’s Detention Only Favours Corrupt Nigerians, Politicians –CSNAC

19 August 2019 - 12:19pm

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has said the continuous detention of activist, Omoyele Sowore favours, by the Department of State Services, only favours corrupt elements in the country especially politicians.

Sowore was on August 3, 2019 arrested in Lagos by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to pour out onto the streets and protest against bad leadership in the country.

In a statement by its Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, CSNAC said Sowore, who is known for exposing corruption in government through his online news medium, Sahara Reporters, had been a thorn in the flesh of many politicians now happy about his continued detention.

Suraju said, “More than many media organisations, Sahara Reportershave exposed corruption in both private and public sector. 

“The group had made landmark revelations including the electoral fraud in Ekiti (2014), the fraud involving former Senate President, Olusola Saraki, the Haliburton scandal and many others that would have been swept under the carpet.

“Keeping Mr Sowore in detention for 45 days in an attempt to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.

“Many corrupt Nigerians whose heinous crimes have been exposed are excited to see the continuous detention of Sowore, who also publishes Africa’s foremost online media outfit, Sahara Reporters.”

The CSNAC chairman also described the continuous detention of Sowore as one of the worst forms of attack on free speech and citizenship campaign against corruption in Nigeria.

He added, “With the 45-day detention of Sowore, the FG had demonstrated a penchant for deliberate persecution. 

“Equating the scheduled protest of RevolutionNowwith treason, undermines the entire fabric of the country’s democratic history. 

“The detention of Sowore is not only an attack on free speech, it also represents a low water level mark in the fight against corruption by the civil society.”

The group also condemned the armed security invasion of the venue of a symposium organised by Coalition for Revolution in Lagos on Monday, calling for the release of all members of the African Action Congress and RevolutionNowmovement still held by security agencies.

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Dasukigate: CACOL Hails Arraignment Of Oshodin For N22.9bn Fraud

19 August 2019 - 11:39am

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The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has hailed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for arraigning Mrs Isabella Oshodin over money laundering to the tune of N22.9bn.

Oshodin was said to have received the money from the Office of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

CACOL in a statement by its Media and Publications Officer, Toyin Odofin, on Monday, described the move by the anti-graft agency as “heart-lifting”.

Odofin said, “It is heart-lifting that after many years that Nigerian dignitaries involved in the fraudulent distribution of money meant to purchase security equipment for the country are now being arraigned.

“But unless emphasis shifts from severity of punishment to certainty of detention in criminal offences, the fight against corruption would remain mere hallucination.”

CACOL stated that while capital punishment should not be employed, offenders must not go unpunished irrespective of political standings and economic status. See Also Corruption Dasukigate: EFCC Arraigns Isabella Oshodin Over N22.9bn Fraud 0 Comments 6 Days Ago

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Ekweremadu: Nigerian Government Vows To Punish Attackers

19 August 2019 - 11:37am

The Embassy of Nigeria, Berlin, Germany, has said it would swiftly identify and punish members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra believed to have attacked former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday.

In a statement on Monday, the embassy said the organisers had reportedly requested for police protection but were told that the threat level was minimal and did not require the stationing of any personnel at the venue before the incident.

The embassy added that it would move against the IPOB and its members to deter any reoccurrence of such incidence.

The statement reads, “The Embassy has requested a thorough investigation of this attack with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them swiftly to justice in accordance with German laws. See Also Sahara Reporters Ekweremadu Confirms Attack On Him By IPOB Members In Germany 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

“This would deter future acts of violence against officials of the Nigerian Government on German soil particularly against the backdrop of threats by the proscribed IPOB to carry out similar attacks on more Nigerian dignitaries especially those from the South-Eastern part of the country.”

Under German laws, physical assaults are punishable by fines or imprisonments of up to 10 years, depending on the gravity.

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Dasukigate: EFCC Arraigns Isabella Oshodin Over N22.9bn Fraud

19 August 2019 - 11:11am

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Isabella Oshodin and Bob Oshodin Organisation Ltd on a 25-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N22.9bn.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday.

Oshodin was alleged to have on 16 occasions received the sums of N500,000,000; N750,000,000; N125,000,000; N350,000,000; N170,000,000; N85,000,000; N60,000,000; N50,000,000 and others which totalled N2,366,000,000 from the Office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Investigations further revealed that the defendant on eight occasions received from Dasuki’s office sums totalling $57,217,301.15 into the Escrow accounts of Bob Oshodin Organisation Ltd.

Count two of the charges reads: “That you, Mrs Isabela Mimie Oshodin, Bob Oshodin Organisation Ltd and Mr Robert (Bob) Oshodin (still at large) on or about June 22, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly transferred the sum of $7,712,598 to one Portfolio Escrow Company with account number 3102004330 domiciled in California Republic Bank, United States of America which sum you reasonably ought to have known to be proceed of an unlawful act of Sambo Dasuki, the then National Security Adviser to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Provision) Act, 2011as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of her plea, the prosecuting counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib, prayed the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

The trial judge, thereafter, adjourned to August 21, 2019 and ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the ruling on the bail application

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Ekweremadu: Shehu Sani Warns Public Officials Against Travelling Abroad

19 August 2019 - 11:11am

Outspoken ex-lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has taken to Twitterto warn Nigerian public officials not to travel abroad or honour invitations from Nigerians living in the Diaspora so as to avoid being physically assaulted.

He gave the advice following an attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Germany on Saturday by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.

Speaking via his handle official handle, @ShehuSani, the Kaduna State-born politician said, “In view of the mob action against Ekweremadu, a dangerous precedent has been set, it’s for everyone in the position of power to take caution; maintain a low profile while abroad and avoid invitation to swim in seemingly calm crocodile pools.

“My advice to public office holders: whenever you are invited abroad, take the following steps; call Abike Dabiri to verify, call Farooq Kperogi to attest, call the embassy to vet, send your protocol staff to cross-check; If no green light, just chill at home."

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Presidency Warns Of Looming Fiscal Crisis

19 August 2019 - 10:33am

The Presidency has warned that Nigeria may soon face fiscal crisis if urgent steps are not taken to stop the negative trends in target setting and target realisation in tax revenue.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.

The Presidency said this in explanation for the reported investigation of Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler.

It was reported that Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, queried Fowler over why government revenue has been low compared to what it was before now.

The statement reads, “Following reports making the rounds in some media outlets, it is necessary to state categorically that the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, is not under any investigation.

“The letter from the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on which the purported rumour of an investigation is based, merely raises concerns over the negative run of the tax revenue collection in recent times.

“Taking a cue from today’s presentation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Retreat for Ministers-Designate, Federal Permanent Secretaries and top government functionaries, projected revenue of government falls behind recurrent expenditure even without having factored in capital expenditure.

“Consequently, it would appear that the country might be heading for a fiscal crisis if urgent steps are not taken to halt the negative trends in target setting and target realisation in tax revenue.”

Meanwhile, Fowler, while responding to the query issued to him by Kyari, said that the fall in revenue was caused by the recession the country experienced not too long ago.

He said, “The Nigerian economy also went into recession in the second quarter of 2016 which slowed down general economic activities. 

"Tax revenue collection (CIT and VAT) being a function of economic activities were negatively affected but actual collection of the above two taxes were still higher in 2016 to 2018 than in 2012 to 2014."

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After Ekweremadu Attack, Orji Kalu Cancels Trip To Spain

19 August 2019 - 10:29am

Former governor of Abia State and sitting senator, Orji Uzor Kalu, has cancelled his trip to Spain after members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Germany attacked former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday.

Kalu however, said his decision to ditch the trip was not to avoid assault from members of IPOB.

In statement on Monday, Kalu explained that he has been in his country home, Igbere, interacting with members of his constituency since the National Assembly went on recess.

The lawmaker said he had held several meetings with the people of Abia North at his residence in Igbere.

The statement reads, “I have been in my country home interacting with people from my constituency and settling disputes.

“The news that I suspended my planned medical trip abroad is not true.

“I was invited by an Igbo group in Spain to attend their function, I could not go because of the interaction with my constituents.”

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