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NAFDAC Seeks Public Support To Tackle Drug Counterfeiters

17 September 2019 - 10:48am


The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has called on members of the public to support them in the fight against counterfeit drugs.

Speaking at a symposium organised by the United States Embassy in Lagos on Tuesday, Director-General of NAFDAC, Christianah Adeyeye, said the fight against fake drugs can only be won when members of the public partner with them.

She said, “If a drug is too cheap to be true, it is not true. Due to poverty and the fact that we want something cheap, we run towards it and many times they’re substandard. 

“We have to keep going up and down to make sure that we seize these products. 

“That is where the consumer also comes in. We can’t do this alone. If you see a hawker selling medicine that can heal 200 diseases, please call us.”

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Four Suspected Robbers Arrested In Lagos

17 September 2019 - 9:19am


The police in Lagos has arrested four notorious armed robbery suspects, who are also wanted for the murder of a policeman during one of their robbery operations. 

The Spokesperson for the police in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the suspects operated mostly at night and had been terrorising residents of Igando/Egan in recent times.  

Elkana said, “The armed robbery gang terrorises the Igando/Egan neighbourhood mostly at night time.

“They arrived the neighbourhood recently on three motorcycles with the intent to rob along Ikotun-Igando Road but the attempt was foiled by the police."

Elkana added that one Mr Oseni Waheed, 32, was arrested at the scene with one locally made pistol while the rest escaped.

He said, "Waheed led detectives to Aribisala Street in Egan where three of his fleeing accomplices were arrested."

Elkana further stated that the suspects were also on the wanted list of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for series of robberies and murders, adding that they would be charged to court after the completion of investigation.

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BREAKING: Air Peace Granted Landing Permit By South African Authorities

17 September 2019 - 8:31am


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South African authorities have granted the Air Peace Flight B777 a landing permit to enable it to evacuate some Nigerians from the country.

Over 300 Nigerians were initially expected to return today as part of the government’s efforts to evacuate Nigerians in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

But according to the airline, they would be taking off later this evening.

The initial delay was as a result of the airline not obtaining a landing permit on time.

So far, 187 Nigerians have been successfully evacuated and profiled according to their states.

The Nigerian Government has also confirmed that none of the returnees are criminals and that issues of compensation for victims will be handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, the Minister, Geoffery Onyeama, has said that xenophobic attacks will not be on the nation’s agenda at the United Nations General Assembly.

He said this is because Nigeria and South Africa should be able to sort out their differences privately.

Onyeama disclosed this on Tuesday at a briefing with journalists on Nigeria’s participation at the 74th UNGA holding in New York, United States.

He further stated that issues of non-renewal of work permits of Nigerians in South Africa and reports around the cancellation of the residency of returnees will be discussed by both President Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa during their meeting on October 3.

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The Potential Role Of Private Sector In Ending Open Defecation In Nigeria By Zaid Jurji

17 September 2019 - 8:26am


At nearly 200 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. With a population of this scale, any progress or regression in development clearly has a significant impact on both African and global development indicators.

In 2018, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, National Bureau of Statistics, and UNICEF initiated a survey to assess the state of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector in Nigeria. The results were appalling. The survey revealed that only 11 per cent of Nigerians have access to basic water, sanitation, and hygiene services, 24 per cent of the population practice open defecation and rural dwellers have an average per capita share of fewer than 4 liters of water per day. Nigeria's level of access to WASH services lags far behind those of other countries in the region. The initial results of the survey were so shocking that they were used as one of the platforms to declare a state of emergency in the WASH sector by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that WASH has a huge effect on many other development aspects of the population. Safe water and sanitation services positively impact the health status of people. For instance, proper WASH reduces WASH-related diseases and sustains the nutritional status of children by avoiding/reducing episodes of diarrhea, which translates into improved school attendance and learning opportunities, as well as improved work productivity and family income in the case of adults.

In November last year, President Buhari committed to ending open defecation. He reiterated the commitment made earlier through the 2016 endorsement of the national roadmap on ending open defecation by the year 2025. This was followed by the establishment of an open defecation free secretariat, which was in turn approved by the Federal Executive Council and is now fully functional and with budgetary allocations.

The Community-Led Total Sanitation approach that empowers communities to self-assess their sanitary practices and initiate actions to practice safer ones has been widely and successfully used. So far, out of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, 13 have now been triggered using the CLTS approach and certified as open defecation free. There are also thousands of communities, in other local government areas that have attained an ODF status.

These are all steps in the right direction that have led to good results. However, the scale of these results will always be overshadowed by the rapid increase in the Nigerian population, with recordable achievements tiny in comparison to WASH service gaps.

If Nigeria is serious about tackling the challenge of open defecation, then the country needs to explore every single available asset to progress exponentially instead. But what does that mean in practical terms and how should the country move from where it is right now?

Firstly, and very importantly, Nigerian leadership needs to appeal to and attract the private sector by providing an enabling environment for the latter to effectively engage in sector development. The PS can bring a wide spectrum of skills that the public sector usually lacks; innovation, efficiency, effectiveness, trust, confidence to name a few. Also, and unlike other public and external resources, the PS avails a critical local resource that is never depletable. Once given the opportunity, this unexplored treasure could potentially play a critical partnership role in revitalising and developing the WASH sector and help ending open defecation.

Moreover, the commitment at the federal level needs to be replicated at state levels. State leaders need to hold their state WASH authorities responsible for domesticating the roadmap and closely and continuously follow up on progress in implementation – this is implicit in true leadership to face and combat this challenge. Financial commitment is also needed to construct public toilets and support communications campaigns for behavioral change so that people start rejecting open defecation as a norm, then build and use toilets. Part of this campaign would entail leaders directly appealing to their communities and help defeat open defecation by constructing household latrines. Nigerians listen to their leaders who, in turn, should also make sure that all operational hurdles to reach this goal are eliminated.

This is in line with UNICEF senior management's set vision with regards to PS engagement, as voiced by ED Fore, who stated, "Often, nonprofits and government think of businesses to give them money to fund their programs or to be a contractor to deliver something. They don't think of them as a partner to co-create with. If you're really going to have a country that has a literate, engaged, safe, protected, healthy, well-nourished population, then you will need all of the assets of business co-creating with you."

The private sector can work closely with the government, states and local authorities and communities to actively create sustainable solutions to address the WASH needs of unserved and underserved communities through the lens of corporate social responsibility, Public Private Partnerships and else. This includes but is not limited to sustaining WASH facilities in public places, building toilets, training WASH entrepreneurs and toilet business owners, providing loans to the poor to construct their toilets, using innovations in sanitary materials technology to enhance construction quality or manage sludge treatment, relaying the correct hygiene message to the population through toiletry products and telecommunications, etc. Through donor funds, UNICEF is already using its convening power in supporting sanitation marketing by empowering toilet business owners and local masons to build improved sanitation facilities, establishing the connection with local manufacturers of sanitary components and trigger a demand for its use. UNICEF is also supporting sanitation financing by advocating for the use of and canvassing local resources to loan to the poor who can in turn build their latrines. These successful experiences could be shared amongst the different states to expand the impact.

This is a big challenge – but in Nigeria, big challenges come with big opportunities. Nigeria is a resourceful country – both in terms of human and financial resources – and has the largest economy in Africa. There is also the highest-level commitment to address the WASH sector's deficiencies. The goal to end open defecation – as daunting as it may appear – can be achieved should a sustained will to change be adopted. Nigerian leaders and people need to continue to look inward and explore every single asset in the country, build partnerships with the private sector, adopt successful approaches, and learn from best practices. UNICEF will continue to play its role as a catalyst and convening power to help Nigeria translate these plans into reality and achieve the goal of eradicating open defecation. 

 

Zaid Jurji is the Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene section at UNICEF Nigeria. Connect with him on Twitter: @zaidjurji.

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Has Osinbajo Been Reduced To Condolence Vice President? By Fredrick Nwabufo

17 September 2019 - 8:25am


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“What will Osinbajo do now?” I asked a senior colleague. He blurted: “He has his role cut out for him already. He is in charge of Tradermoniand condolence visits”.

Really, what is Yemi Osinbajo’s detail in the government now, considering the recent staggering upshots? Has he been lame-ducked and functionally vasectomised?

The last time Nigeria had a Vice President with the potency to make and execute decisions was under the Obasanjo administration. The extensive economic programmes initiated by the administration were machined by former Atiku Abubakar – before the fall out.

Atiku supervised the privatisation of public enterprises and truly wielded power as the second man in the hierarchy of authority.

In August, after inaugurating his cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari instructed his ministers to report to him through Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff. He also asked that all Federal Executive Council matters be channelled to him through Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Expectedly, this untoward warrant effectuated a furore among citizens.

On Monday, the President constituted an economic advisory council to replace the current economic management team headed by Osinbajo.

According to Femi Adesina, spokesperson for the President, “The Economic Advisory Council will advise the President on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies.”

Also, President Buhari has instructed Osinbajo to seek approvals for agencies under his supervision henceforth. Under the laws setting up the agencies, the President is empowered to give final approvals but this was not adhered to in the era of “change”. Perhaps it was politically convenient at the time.

Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Boundary Commission, the Border Communities Development Agency and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd. With the directive, he will now have to seek approvals for contract awards, annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to make regulations among other key functions. Is this not a function vasectomy?

In all of these, what exactly will the Vice President be doing now? And what does the constitution say about that office?

Section 141 of the constitution discerns the office of the Vice President as a functioning unit of government. To condense it, the constitutional duties of the Vice President include “participation in all cabinet meetings and, by statute, membership in the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, Federal Executive Council, and the Chairman of National Economic Council”.

Please note, “though the Vice President may take an active role in establishing policy in the executive branch by serving on the committees and councils, the relative power of his office dependent on the duties delegated by the President”.

Really, the power of the Vice President is derived from the President, who selects him as a running mate in an election, his office is a creation of the constitution with responsibilities. It is unsound when the office of the Chief of Staff, which is a divergence from the law – not recognised by the constitution – wields exorbitant power while that of the Vice President is emasculated. Is it logical that the Chief of Staff is much more powerful than the Vice President whose role is “cognised” by the constitution?

As a matter of fact, it seems Osinbajo is being stripped of even peripheral responsibilities and consigned to the desk of irrelevance. If this is the case, then it is a ratification of the wild rumours suggesting that he will be kept abridged ahead of the 2023 “gladiatorial” contest.

It appears condolence visits and food-sampling in markets are now functions where the beautiful intellect, experience and wealth of knowledge of Vice President Osinbajo are being deployed in. If Nigeria was a country immune to insanity, I think Osinbajo would be running it.

@FredrickNwabufo

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Mother Kills Daughter's Father Over Birthday Party

17 September 2019 - 8:24am


The police in Lagos has arrested one Stella Peter, 23, for allegedly stabbing the father of her daughter Bala Haruna, to death.

According to spokesperson for the Lagos police, Bala Elkana, Peter allegedly killed Haruna, who is 25 years old, for refusing to give her money to celebrate the birthday of their daughter.

The unmarried couple had lived together at number 2 Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, for three years before the incident.

Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, have taken over the investigation. 

The suspect allegedly confessed to the crime and would be charged to court for murder.

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Son Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing 80-year-old Father To Death In Kano

17 September 2019 - 7:39am


A 35-years-old man, Habibu Ibrahim, has been arrested for stabbing his 80-year-old father, Mallam Ibrahim, to death in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.

According to the spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Abdullahi Kiyawa, the matter was reported to the police by one of the suspect’s brothers named Yahaya on September 15. 

It was revealed that Ibrahim stabbed his father to death in the middle of the night.

Kiyawa said, “upon receiving the complaint, officers at the station quickly mobilised and rushed the victim to Doguwa General Hospital for medical attention but he died shortly afterwards.

“Preliminary findings revealed that the suspect is a drug addict and carried out the heinous crime under the influence of hard drugs.”

Kiyawa added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the arrest of the suspect.

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Nigerian Firm, Andela, Sacks 400 Employees

17 September 2019 - 7:36am


Andela, a Nigerian software start-up, has sacked 400 of its employees out of which 250 are from Nigeria and Uganda.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Jeremy Johnson, announced this on Tuesday.

Andela said the move was neccessary for restructuring of the company's talent pool in line with global market demands.

The company said, “250 junior engineers and staff from Nigeria and Uganda hubs with another 170 potentially impacted in Kenya.”

According to the CEO, the company had provided a holistic professional and financial support package for the affected employees.

It was revealed that the firm was partnering CcHUB (Nigeria), iHub (Kenya), and Innovation Village (Uganda) to help connect impacted developers with opportunities as over 60 companies are looking to hire top quality junior engineering talents.

Andela said that the “impacted engineers” will have the opportunity to use their co-working spaces of the partner hubs free of charge for the next three months.

The tech company said plans to hire an additional 700 experienced engineers by the end of 2020 was intact.

Andela Nigeria Country Director, Omowale David-Ashiru, said, “We’re proud of what we have achieved at Andela in five short years; we know the impact we have made both in Nigeria and globally.

“However, we have reached an inflection point that has required a change in strategy, which is why we are announcing these changes to our talent strategy.

“Our immediate focus is on providing practical support to those employees who are impacted by the restructure, and we will provide them with the resources they need to succeed in their next steps.”

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Two Killed In Ogun As Customs Officials Chase Smugglers

17 September 2019 - 6:56am


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Two persons were on Tuesday crushed to death at Akinale Village under Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State as officials of the Nigeria Customs Service chased a bus carrying cartons of smuggled frozen turkey into the country.

The bus driver rammed into the two victims, who were standing by the roadside along Abeokuta- Lagos Expressway.

Traditional ruler of Akinale, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, blamed the driver and Customs officials for the tragic incident.

He said, “Today’s accident is unfortunate and regrettable. It is indiscipline on the side of the driver and also on the side of the Customs officials that caused the incident.

“They (Customs operatives) were chasing the smugglers but immediately after the accident, they ran away. They didn’t wait.”

Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

He said, “It’s true that the Customs officials were chasing the bus and it somersaulted and killed two people.”

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Fani-Kayode Accuses South Of Being Weak And Divided

17 September 2019 - 6:48am


Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused leaders of the Southern part of Nigeria of being “weak and cowardly”.

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode said that Southern leaders were also “divided”.

He also said that they consistently put Nigeria's interest first as opposed to considering Southern interest.

He said, “The problem of Nigeria is not the North, it is the South. The North has strong, united and courageous leaders who put the Northern interest before the Nigerian interest. 

“The South has weak, divided and cowardly leaders who put the Nigerian interest before the Southern interest.” 

The problem of Nigeria is not the north: it is the south. The north has strong, united and courageous leaders who put the northern interest before the Nigerian interest. The south has weak,divided and cowardly leaders who put the Nigerian interest before the southern interest.

— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) September 17, 2019

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Only Two Persons Were Allegedly Abducted In Delta –Police

17 September 2019 - 6:46am


The Delta State Police Command has said that only two persons were allegedly abducted by gunmen in Ughelli Local Government Area of the state.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeyinka Adeleke, said contrary to speculations, only two persons was involved in the incident and not four as initially claimed.

Adeleke disclosed that the incident happened around 6:40 pm on Monday, adding that his men were making efforts to rescue the victims.

Information gathered revealed that the hoodlums numbering around 25 fled the scene after a gun duel with policemen numbering over 30 along the major highway.

Daily Post reports that some persons including the Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Flock of Christ Mission, Simeon Okah, were abducted at the same spot nearly two months ago but were later released after the payment of ransom.

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Again, Nembe Creek Trunk Line Placed Under Force Majeure

17 September 2019 - 6:10am


Nembe Creek Trunk Line, one of the two pipelines exporting Nigeria’s best oil grade, Bonny Light, has been placed under force majeure for the second time in about five months. 

Reuters reports that a spokesperson for Iteo – an indigenous petroleum exploration and production company, revealed this on Tuesday.

According to the official, the pipeline which conveys between 100,000 and 150,000 barrels of oil per day, was shut down last week. 

No reason was, however, offered for the latest fault on the important crude oil transport channel, which delivers the product to the Bonny Export Terminal in Port Harcourt – the Rivers State capital.

Reuters quotes a source in Shell as saying that the Trans-Niger pipeline was the only conduit for the much sort after Bonny light.

NCTL was in April 2019 put under force majeure due to a fire outbreak. The pipeline was reopened in May and has now been shut down again.

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Gunmen Abduct Lawyer In Delta, Demand N15m Ransom

17 September 2019 - 6:05am


Hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chike Onyemenam.

The abduction of the lawyer, our correspondent gathered, took place on Monday at Utulu Junction along Benin-Asaba Expressway under Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a family member of Onyemenam, who does not want his name mentioned, disclosed that the lawyer was abducted while on his way to inspect a property.

He said, “The kidnappers have established contact with the family and demanded N15m as ransom to release Onyemenam.”

When contacted over the issue, the Delta State Police Commissioner, Adeyinka Adeleke, said that he was not aware of the matter.

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Ranked Poorest In South-East, Ebonyi To Add 800 Aides To Existing 4,000 Appointees

17 September 2019 - 4:49am


Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has announced plans to appoint 800 aides, in addition to the 4,000 appointments already made by his administration.

Ebonyi, a salt-producing and agrarian state, ranked the "worst-performed and poor state" in Nigeria's South-east region in 2018.
It was ranked with 56 percent in the Nigerian sub-national poverty rates.

Umahi said this on Monday in Abakaliki when he met with members of the state executive council (EXCO), state lawmakers, local council chairpersons, and new appointees, among other stakeholders, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The governor said in spite of an initial 185 executive assistants, senior technical assistants, and technical assistants, he made an additional 200 similar appointments on Monday.

He said: “We would be getting about 800 EAs, STAs and TAs by the end of this meeting and from this moment, the task of making similar appointments is taken from me and given to the people from the ward level.

“This means that we will appoint three more TAs from each ward of the state and the stakeholders will sit and nominate two, while the party – the Peoples Democratic Party – will nominate one.

“The criterion used was that not all the past appointees returned but 80 percent of the appointments included former appointees, especially those who did well,” Umahi said.

He said that the EXCO met on Monday to approve the remuneration of the new appointees because it was in its power to do so.

“The EAs will receive N150,000 (N100,000 salary and N50, 000 for overhead costs), while the STAs will receive N120,000 (N80,000 salaries and N40, 000 for overhead cost).

“The TAs will receive N100 (N70,000 salaries and N30,000) for overhead cost.

“We would approach the House of Assembly on the issue of liaison officers, to bring their salaries to N60,000 in order to create additional ones, especially for women (widows).

“We intend to have two liaison officers in the wards – one for men and one for women and if you add party executives at the ward level, we will have about 4,000 appointees,” he said.

The governor said the essence of the appointments was to encourage people to contribute to the development of the state.

“Anyone that would be appointed would have something doing, at least possess one hectare of farmland, which will be adequately profiled.

“The development centre coordinators will ensure adequate supervision of schools and ensure that all ‘out of school children’ are in school, ” he said.

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Niger Delta Youths Occupy AGIP, Shutdown Flow Station

17 September 2019 - 4:48am


Youths of Abuetor, Agbere, Osekwenike and Osifo communities in Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa State has occupied the premises of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, (NAOC) Samabri flow station, and shut it down over alleged neglect, marginalization, and community development.

The youths under the aegis of the Samabri Agip Host Communities Youth Federation, who took over the flow station in the early hours of today, locked up Agip’s well-head.

The protest which entered its second day led by the group's leaders, Perfect Ikpekri, Hilari Orusomu, Micheal Lewis and Omoro Akpoeyiemi Secretary, vowed to continued to occupy the flow station until their demands were met.

Ikpekri said, "Despite our peaceful disposition to peaceful oil exploration activities for over 20 years in our communities, the company has failed to fulfil their promise of youth employment, contracts to our people and community development."

An official of the company, who gave his name as Clifford, told SaharaReporters: "I cannot talk to the press on this issue."

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BREAKING: South African Government Denies Air Peace Landing Permit

17 September 2019 - 4:39am



The South African authority has denied Air Peace landing right at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

The refusal of the South African authority to grant the airline landing permit has once again led to the disruption in the evacuation of Nigerians from that country following the ongoing xenophobic crisis there.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, who confirmed this to our journalists in Lagos said that efforts by the airline to get a permit from the South African authority failed.

The airline he said could not take off at 1 pm as planned because of the refusal of the landing permit.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not certain when the permit would be granted.

He said: “We did not take off by 1 am as scheduled because South African authorities are yet to give us landing permit. We are hopeful that they will give us the permit.  

''Our crew waited till 3:00 am but when the permit did not come, they went back to the hotel. Once we get the permit we will set off to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate but we are hopeful they will give the permit.''

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US Court Remands Invictus Obi In Prison Custody Until February 2020

17 September 2019 - 3:48am


Obinwanne Okeke, the 31-year-old Nigerian being tried in the United States for online fraud, has been remanded in prison custody until February 2020 for the continuation of his trial.

Okeke's trial commenced on Monday at the Newport News, Virginia, federal courthouse, following an indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The 31-year-old, who was featured on Forbes as one of Nigeria's promising young people has been in the custody of the US Marshals Service more than a month ago. See Also Internet FBI Arrest Nigerian Billionaire Over $11m Fraud 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

At the commencement of his trial on Monday, Okeko, famously known in Nigeria as Invictus Obi, the Virginia federal courthouse judge declared the case as complex.

The FBI accused him of orchestrating the theft of $11 million from a foreign subsidiary of American heavy equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar.

Upon conviction, the jury also said Okeke should be made to forfeit at least $11 million in asset and an emerald-shaped diamond engagement ring found on him when he was first arrested by federal agents as he was about leaving the US on August 6.

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N736 Million Road Contract: Niger Delta Community Asks Okowa To Blacklist PortPlus Firm

17 September 2019 - 3:45am


Indigenes of Ikpide-Irri riverine community, Isoko South local government area of Delta State, on Tuesday, called for the blacklisting of a firm, PortPlus, accusing it of carrying out a sub-par job on the N736-million community township road project.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had in 2017 awarded the first phase of the Ikpide-Irri road contract to the company paying it N736,404,555.60, which the elder brother of the contractor and president-general of the community, Michael Omojefe, said was a 'kola nut' contract given by the governor as appreciation to his younger brother for contributing to the governor's electoral victory in 2015.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sabastine Agbefe and Omohode Richard, on behalf of the community noted that firm, owned by Immanuel Emoefe, incorporated in 2004 with the registration number, RC No 607566, only handled operations as a marine logistics and support services provider.

"We are urging the governor to immediately revoke and re-award the contract to a competent company that specializes in good quality road construction. We also urge the governor never to award the second phase of the contract to the incompetent PortPlus limited.

“We received with great joy, the news that the contract was awarded to our own son, an indigene of the community where the job is sited. But it is however sad to note that a project designed by your government to bring smiles to the faces of the residents of the community is been executed poorly just to maxima huge profits. We urge you to revoke the contract immediately," the statement said.

The firm's site engineer, Frank Nnamdi, refused to comment when contacted.

He said he was not authorized to speak on the issue.

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Kebbi Most Expensive State To Buy Food In Nigeria -Report

17 September 2019 - 3:32am


Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday indicated that Kebbi State was the costliest state in Nigeria to have a meal in August 2019. 

The bureau noted that figures for the month under review did not account for the effect of the border closure, as it happened 11 days to the end of the period.

“In August 2019, food inflation on a year on year basis was highest in Kebbi (17.20%), Kano (16.08%) and Adamawa (15.95%), while Bayelsa (10.22%), Katsina (9.64%) and Kogi (8.97%) recorded the slowest rise,” the report stated. Overall, Kebbi state was also the most expensive part of the country, as the cost of goods and services increased by 14.97 percent.

“In August 2019, all items inflation on year on year basis was highest in Kebbi (14.97%), Kano (13.24%) and Bauchi (13.00%), while Cross River (8.97%), Delta (8.63%) and Kwara (8.32%) recorded the slowest rise in headline Year on Year inflation,” the report observed. All across the country, the rate at which the price of goods and services rose, reduced by six base points from 11.08 percent in July to 11.02 percent in August," it said. 

The NBS report added, "This was influenced by the reduction in the percentage increase of edibles, which soared by 13.17 percent in August as against 13.39 percent in July. In August, it was only the rate of increase in the price of goods and services in urban areas that increased, when compared with July.

“The urban inflation rate increased by 11.48 percent (year-on-year) in August 2019 from 11.43 percent recorded in July 2019, while the rural inflation rate increased by 10.61 percent in August 2019 from 10.64 percent in July 2019.” 

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Border Closure: Nigeria's Inflation Dropped Despite Measure, Says National Bureau Of Statistics

17 September 2019 - 3:24am


Nigeria Cameroon border

Nigeria Cameroon border

Nigeria's inflation rate has dropped by 0.06 in the last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

According to the Consumer Price Index, the inflation rate dropped from 11.08 percent in July to 11.02 percent in August.

The NBS said that the drop in inflation rate continued in August despite several pronouncements regarding restrictions on the import of some food items, minimum wage, and the recent border closures.

Similarly, food inflation dropped to 13.17% from 13.39%, while core inflation dropped to 8.68% from 8.80% recorded in the previous month.

With respect to the impact of border closure on consumer prices, the bureau stated that the country may not see the significant effect on inflation now as the closure was only captured for 11 days during the 31 days reference period in August.

According to the bureau, the rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of oils and fats, meat, bread and cereals, potatoes, yam, and other tubers and fish.

On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index increased by 1.22% in August 2019, down by 0.04% points from 1.26% recorded in July 2019.

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