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Indian hemp: 70-yr-old woman, 4 others docked in Osun

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A 70-year-old woman, Sarah Agboola, was on Monday arraigned in an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun over alleged possession of Indian hemp, conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

Also arraigned were Olalekan Kabir, 28; Segun Sunday, 26; Azeez Olarinoye, 22 and Taofeek Ojuade, 21.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Adesina Elijah, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Sunday at about 05:30 pm at Nonso Brothel in Obalufon area of Ile-Ife.

He said the defendants had in their possession some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

Elijah said that the defendants also conspired among themselves to engage in an unlawful assembly and cultism.

He further alleged that the defendants were members of Eiye Confraternity, a secret cult, disturbing the peace of Ile-Ife.

Elijah said the offences contravened Sections 62, 64, 430 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of possession of Indian hemp, conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

The defence counsel, Mr Unah Sunday, applied for bail for his clients in the most liberal terms, promising they would provide reliable sureties.

Magistrate A.A. Adebayo granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N300,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Adebayo said that the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He added that the sureties must be on Grade Level 08 as well as provide three recent passport photographs each.

The case was adjourned till July 16 for hearing.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

Alleged forged court judgment: How I received the shocking news, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah tells court

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SEN. Ifeanyi Ubah, on Monday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, how he received the news of alleged court judgment that purportedly ordered his dismissal as senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obinna Uzoh, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, and his lawyer, Eziafa Enwedo, along three others, were arraigned by the Federal Government (FG) for allegedly using a forged originating summons and court processes to obtain a forged  judgement from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to unseat Sen. Ubah.

The three other defendants, who are presently at large in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/78/2020, are Anani Anacletus Chuka, Aroh Ifunanya and Faith Samuel.

Ubah, while giving his evidence-in-chief as 1st prosecution witness (PW1) in the case, told Justice Okon Abang that while he was about to get settled for the legislative work, he received the shocking news.

Although the forged judgment had since been set aside by the Supreme Court, Uzoh and Enwedo were docked, on July 2, on a six-count criminal charge.

The FG told the court that the defendants, by their action, committed an offence contrary to Section 3(b) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap M17 Law’s Of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the same Act.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Testifying before the court on Monday, the lawmaker said he was elected as senator to represent his senatorial district in the 9th Senate in the 2019 General Election.

“My lord, I was the candidate of my party, the Young Ptogressive Party (YPP) in the election.

“I had my primary election withnessd by INEC and have my documents to back this up. I contested the election and won.

“I scored over 87, 000 votes against the candidate of PDP, Chief Chris Ubah, who scored 52, 000 votes and the 3rd candidate who was APGA candidate, Nicolas Ukachukwu, who scored 51, 000.

“Dr Andy Ubah, the candidate of APC, scored 14, 000 votes.

“My lord, I may not be accurate with the exact figures but it was within the range of my quaotation,” he said.

Ubah said the name of Uzoh, the 2nd defendant in the suit, was neither mentioned in the election results declared by the electoral umpire as a candidate representing a party nor was any of his poster seeing in the senatorial district.

He said though the election victory was challeneged by Chris Ubah of PDP before the High Court in Awka up to the Supreme Court, he won the case.

Besides, the lawmaker said his election victory was also challenged by Chris Ubah of PDP and Andy Ubah of APC at the election tribunal sitting in Akwa and at the Appeal Court but he won the suits.

“It is important for the court to know that these two people are brothers from the same family,” he added.

According him, by constitution and electoral act, this ended all legal battle.

“As I parked my luggage from court to assume my office, I met another legal ambush perpetrated by the 1st, 2nd defendants and others at large.

“I was faced with an application before INEC in Nov 2019 to issue a Certificate of Return to the 2nd defendant based on a judgment allegedly gotten before FCT High Court by one Hon Justice Kawu.

“It was a biggest surprise of my entire life as I had no iota of contest with the 2nd defendant,” he narrated.

Ubah said Uzoh did not participate in the senatorial political activities and the electoral process in Anambra South as a candidate.

“I was shocked to my marrow,” he said.

He said he consulted his legal team for defence.

“Eventually, we found ourselves appealed to the same judge, Hon Justice Kawu, for fair hearing.

“We notified the judge that we were not served the processes that culminated into the judgment of April 11, 2019, which was the purported judgment date.

“We looked at the court processes and discovered that the other defendants and some who ought to be defendants were also not in court e.g INEC, NECO, YPP and my good self.

“Even when we discovered in the court papers that there was a service on INEC and YPP, there was nothing to show that I was served.

Ironically, all the processes that were served on INEC during the alleged pendency of the suit were only acknowledged by same person in INEC, one Sule,” he remarked.

The lawmaker also said that all processes served on his parry, YPP, were acknoekedged by unknown person with a fake stamp of the party.

“Nevertheless, we were prepared to proceed on the case but unfortunately, the court refused our application to give us a fair hearing.

“We had no option than to move to Court of Appeal.

“It was in Court of Appeal that we met justice through the grace of God almighty,” he said.

Ubah told the judge that Uzoh, Enwedo and other defendants in the suit had close ties.

Although counsel to 2nd defendant, B. C. Igwilo, SAN, prayed the court to stop the senator from continued his statement, arguing that the witness was precluded from given evidence on previous court proceedings, Afam Osigwe,  counsel to the FG, disagreed with him.

 

Abang then overruled Igwilo describing his objection as “misconceived,” adding that going by Section 130(1) of the Evidence Act, Igwilo’s objection could only be applied in civil matter where previous court proceedings can only be tendered in evidence and not in a criminal trial.

“In criminal trial, a wittness can say anything concerning what he heard, saw or observe,” he ruled.

NAN also observes that the bail application hearing for Uzoh was also taking by the judge.

Justice Abang, after listening to counsel in the suit, adjourned the bail ruling until July 7 while he adjourned trial continuation until July 9.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

COVID-19: Akeredolu tests negative

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GOV. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Monday disclosed that he had tested negative for COVID-19.

Akeredolu disclosed this in Akure during the weekly broadcast on coronavirus at the Government House

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akeredolu had on Tuesday, June 30 announced via his official Twitter handle @Rotimi Akeredolu that he tested positive for the virus.

He explained that he received the negative result in the earlier hours of Monday.

The governor, who had been asymptomatic, however, encouraged residents of the state to adhere to all measures put in place to combat the spread of the dreaded virus.

Akeredolu, who described COVID-19 as “real, deadly, willing and able to wreak havoc on individuals and families if permitted”,  revealed that a COVID-19 testing center had been activated at Federal Medical Centre, Owo.

He also announced the appointment of Mr Tayo Oluseye Oluwatuyi as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to replace Ifedayo Abegunde, the erstwhile SSG who resigned his appointment earlier on Monday to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

NAN reports that Mr Idowu Otetubi was also nominated as a commissioner.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

COVID-19: Interstate commuters decry fare hike, seek govt intervention

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Some interstate commuters on Monday decried the high cost of transport fare charged by commercial vehicle operators in Lagos State.

The commuters decried the hike in fare in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos and appealed for government intervention.

According to them, the increase will impact negatively on social lives, goods and services, and also rubbish the eased interstate movement as people will be restricted from going to other places.

One of the commuters, Mrs Janet Igbokwe, a Textile material distributor who frequents Aba in Abia from Maza Maza, Lagos, said the transporters are charging 100 percent increase in fare now.

”Passengers are meant to pay for the price of two seats against one seat.

”Normally, the fare to Aba is N6,500 but we are paying N12,000 because the buses were ordered to carry less than the number of people they used to carry in order to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.

“This is my seat and in order to give space to the next occupant of the other vacant seat in the bus, I have been surcharged for this empty seat in between me and the other person all in compliance with the protocol.

”This is resources sapping,” she said.

Mr Ben Atuegbu, a Palm Oil Dealer, who distributes edible oil from Imo to Lagos, said end-users of the products would pay for the high cost of transporting them unless government subsidises it to stabilise prices.

According to him, the eased interstate embargo is going to be more meaningful if transport fare becomes normal.

Atuegbu, who boarded Owerri bound bus at the Young Shall Grow Bus Terminal FESTAC Gate, said government had done well in removing the order, adding that at least things are expected to flow economically.

”But, on the other hand, because of the protocols ordered by the same government, transport operators have given another restriction through increased fare, in the end, the whole thing falls on ordinary people.

“I came to Lagos on July 4 with three drums of oil to sell.

”That trip cost me N35,000 above the usual cost because of the COVID-19 protocol.

”Therefore, if the government wishes for the people is to feel its goodwill, there is a need for it to intervene and subsidise interstate transport for easy flow of goods and services,” he said.

Atuegbu said with the present fare, many people would be restricted from carrying out their endeavours, thereby making many things to be in short supply.

He said that this would induce scarcity in the system and hyperinflation that would further jeopardise the peoples’ welfare.

Mr. Jones Lawal, a Building Contractor, said because of the high cost of transport fare, he did not travel with his workers from Lagos to Enugu, where he had to execute a building construction contract.

Lawal, who relished the adherence to NCDC protocols by the transporters, said that he would co-opt workers from Enugu to execute the building project.

He said that working with unknown artisans in Enugu would be part of the sacrifice he would have to make for COVID-19.

Mrs Angela Opara, the Transport Manager, Sun Quick Motors Ltd, one of the interstate transport operators, said that the protocol had reduced the volume of prospective perssengers.

Opara said that for operators to maintain the protocol, especially the 50 per cent capacity perssenger carriage, the cost of the unoccupied seats had to be factored in.

She said this would enable operators remain in business and make profit also, adding that it is the reason for the fare increase.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government on July 2, eased the interstate movement restriction it imposed nationwide in the wake of the Coronavirus in March to curtail the spread of the virus.

The federal government in easing the interstate embargo ordered both transporters and passengers to observe the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recommended protocols to check the virus.

The protocol included 50 percent capacity passenger carriage, among others.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

Over 1m persons to evacuate homes in Japan after fatal rain

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THE death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, with heavy rain emergency warning forcing local authorities to issue evacuation orders to 1.1 million residents.

Ten people were still unaccounted for, officials in Kumamoto said, adding that though heavy rain continued to pound flood-stricken areas, hampering search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a heavy rain emergency warning for the prefectures of Saga, Nagasaki and Fukuoka on Kyushu.

In the city of Omura, Nagasaki, 94.5 millimetres of rain per hour was recorded, according to broadcaster NHK.

Speaking at a news conference, the agency’s forecaster Yoshihisa Nakamoto, warned of landslides, flooding and swollen rivers in the three prefectures and called on their residents to be on “maximum alert”.

On Saturday, flooding and landslides struck rural areas of Kumamoto, leaving dozens of people, including 14 at a nursing home, dead.

Wide areas along the Kuma River were flooded as its banks were breached at several locations.

At least 14 bridges, including 10 over the Kuma in Kumamoto were washed away, NHK reported.

About 6,100 households along the river were inundated, according to a government survey on Monday.

About 7,750 households lost electricity in the prefectures of Kagoshima and Kumamoto as at Monday, Kyushu Electric Power said.

The Meteorological Agency said it expected a seasonal rainy front to continue dumping torrential rains in wide areas of the country.

Rainfall of up to 300 millimetres was forecast for northern Kyushu, up to 250 millimetres for the Tokai region, and up to 200 millimetres for southern Kyushu and the Chugoku region by Tuesday evening, according to the agency.

Two years ago, torrential rains in western Japan caused floods and landslides, killing more than 220 people, the largest number of weather-related deaths in three decades.

About 4,300 people in the affected areas still live in temporary housing.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

COVID-19: Sacked Kaduna private schools teachers urge state government for employment

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SOME private schools teachers in Kaduna State sacked due to the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, on Monday pleaded with the state government for employment.

The teachers, who made the plea in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, said that they possessed the prerequisite qualifications for the job.

Mrs Amina Ladan, one of such teacher’s resident at Ungwan Rimi, said that as a mother of four, her only source of livelihood had been cut off in the last two months.

“The management of the school where I taught made it clear to us why no fewer than six of us had to be sacked.

“It has not been pretty funny seeing your counterparts in the public schools earning their monthly salaries in spite of the lockdown.”

Ladan urged the state government through the Ministry of Education, to work out a modality where disengaged private school teachers could be absorbed, adding that most of them were qualified.

Malam Ibrahim Mai’iko, who also worked with a private school in Ungwan Rimi, said that some of the disengaged teachers had collectively and individually petitioned the state chapters of the National Union of Private School Teachers and the NUT, on their plight.

He noted, however, that they were yet to receive any positive response from the unions.

“The harsh economic situation in the country is not new to everyone especially for parents, who have bills and family needs to cater to.

“It is our hope that our case will be addressed as soon as possible, so that life can be a lot easier for us,” he said.

Mrs Maureen David, a resident of Barnawa, who was also relieved of her job in a private school where she taught for 12 years, lamented that she received no entitlement nor pension since she was sacked in April.

“You can imagine how unfortunate it is for one to be verbally sacked without any form of entitlement, after having put in 12 years of hard work in a private school.

“I hold an NCE and Masters Degree in Mathematics, but will have to start job-hunting all over again,” she noted.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

Court remands couple for allegedly inflicting grievous injuries on maid in Enugu

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A Magistrates’ Court in Enugu, on Monday, ordered that a couple Mr Jude and Ifeoma Ozougwu, who allegedly caused grievous harm on a 10-year-old maid, be remanded in a correctional facility, pending legal advice.

The police charged the Ozougwus with unlawful attempt to kill, unlawfully intent to harm and engaging a little girl in hazardous, injurious and exploitative work against her physical and socio-psychological development.

The crime was committed between January and July 2020 at number 3 Akonameze Street, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.

The Chief Magistrate, Joseph Agu, who presided over the matter, refused to admit the defedant to bail.

“In exercise of my discretion, the offence is grievous going by the count one and count three of the charges; even as the girl is still hospitalised as well as the overwhelming public outcry; I reject the application for bail.

“I hereby remand the couple in Nsukka correctional facility pending further advice by the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

“The matter is adjourned until Aug. 13 after hearing from the DPP,’’Agu said.

Earlier, the prosecutor, CSP Paschal Nwachukwu, said that the court had no jurisdiction on the matter going with the gravity of the offences especially count one and count three of the offence.

Nwachukwu said that going by the lack of jurisdiction of the magistrate court to entertain the matter, the issue of bail remained premature, uncalled for and against the dictates of the law.

“The evidences of this matter is grievous and weighty.

“How can one explain nailing a child as was done to Jesus Christ, using hot pressing iron, sharp and dangerous objects on her even to her private part,’’ Nwachukwu, who is the officer-in-charge legal services of Enugu State Police Command, said.

The defence counsel of the Ozougwus, Mr Emeka Orji, however, prayed the court to discountenance the various public sentiments on the matter and grant bail to his clients.

Orji noted that the offence was bailable and the court should use it discretion to grant the Ozougwus bail.

“This couple run a responsible family and I believe if they are granted bail; they will attend to the court processes religiously,’’ he said.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

BREAKING: Integrity group emerges from APC NEC

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APC

IN a bid to further sustain the repositioning efforts of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a group of party faithful in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, have formed APC NEC – Integrity Group.

The group which emerged from the Non-National Working Committee of National Executive Committee (Non-NWC NEC) has also appointed its leaders and conveyed same in a letter to the caretaker committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni.

The Group in a jointly-signed letter by Hon. Abubakar Sadiq Saadu (Chairman) and David Okumba (Secretary) and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday assured the CEONCPC Chairman of its support and readiness to work with the Caretaker Comitee in order to restore the party to it prime status.

Pledging its support the group wrote, “As NEC members we are always ready and available for the Caretaker committee and shall support committee in whichever way require in cause of steering the party’s affairs.”

It also commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and expressed optimism that the Caretaker Committee will engender genuine reconciliation and peace in the party.

Eulogising the leader of the caretaker committee, the group described the emergence of Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe State governor, the chair of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee as a well thought out move.

The executive committee of the group as conveyed to the caretaker committee include, Hon. Abubakar Sadiq Saadu – North West (Chairman), Dr. Mrs. Racheal Akpabio – South South (Deputy Chairman), David Okumgba – South South (Secretary), Abubakar A. Musa – North East (Asst. Secretary), Lawal Kolade – South West (Treasurer), Terver Aginde – North Central (Organization/Mobilization), Hon. Muhammed S. Ibrahim – North West (Publicity/Strategic Communication) and Barr. Tanko Zakari – North Central (Legal Adviser).

Others are Muhammad Azare – North East (Welfare), Nduka Anyanwu – South East (Auditor), Bolaji Repete Hafeez – South West (Dep. Publicity/Strategic Communications), Hon. Ihuoma Onyebuchukwu – South East (Deputy Treasurer) and Abubakar Ajiya – North East (Coordinator) while is to serve as Abdulmunaf Muh’d – North West (Coordinator, John Uwaedu – South East (Coordinator), Adie Ferdinand Atsu – South South (Coordinator) and Jock Alamba – North Central (Coordinator)

For the Board of Trustees (BoT), the group appointed Alh. Nasiru Danu – North West (Chairman), Sunday Jacob – South East (Secretary),v Chief Koteteh Ibadan – South South (Member), Alh. Zakari Muhammad – North Central (Member) and Alh. Shuaibu Abdulrahaman – North East (Member).


The Nation

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

Hushpuppi’s death

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Hushpuppi

IT is Ramon Abbas he bears. Even that name puzzles. Some reports anglicise his first name as Raymond. But it is Hushpuppi we know, poetic, lyrical and even symbolic. Hush implies silent, furtive, conspiratorial, shadow. Puppy, in this regard, means playful like a week-old dog. That makes him a sly dog.

But then it has other origin stories. Some others date it back to the founding of New Orleans that gives the world Mahdi Gras, an unhinged carnival for pilgrims of pleasure. An immigrant woman invented a snack of a ball out of cornmeal and the city called it hushpuppy. Their own incarnation of akara. Even then, Abbas’ nickname is spelt ending with an I instead of a y.

The one picture that has trended of late features him in a shirt sporting a familiar brand Fendi. But another brand had been stalking him like a forest cat, slinking, longsuffering and calculating. It was a brand as counterforce: FBI. Nabbed in Dubai but caught in the United States, the sojourn of a colorful conman comes to an end. Behind bars, he will wear neither Gucci nor LV, but an orange top that will, at best, say INMATE.

Now he is no more Hushpuppi. He is now Abbas. He buried his real name in a casket of lies and deceit. He was reborn a glamour icon, one-named, abandoned home, and became a global Smart Alec. He was a man of means with no means of livelihood. He conquered cyberspace, dispossessed the gullible, stashed his global bank account, strutted the world, amassed dream cars, snored in palaces, dressed like a fop, preened like a peacock, seduced the young and befuddled the old.

He became a role model to a lazy generation that lapped luxury without labour. When he was caught, the FBI buried Hushpuppi and rebirthed Abbas. But where is the real Abbas though? Can he recognise Ramon again? He cannot. Like Sophocles’ Antigone, he “neither dwells among men nor ghosts.” He is in a dazed world, a wraith. He died twice; he is born again a jailbird, his third life. He was reckless. Now he is a wreck.

But Abbas is a tale for the moment, if in reverse. He was caught trying to denude a group of people in millions of dollars in palliatives in a time of pandemic. Abbas is a picture of avarice at a time of sacrifice. He was flaunting his shoes, cars, mansion, parties at a time when many hid behind homes, suffered in hospitals, coughed in misery, mourned or were mourned. He represented a heartless species when we were supposed to be our neighbours’ keepers, when many were suddenly whisked out of work.

When his fellow country folks lost their jobs, and men of means contributed their millions and billions to the poor, Abbas was a show-off. The thing with Abbas was no lockdown could stop his party. His extravagance was online. The world was his audience. He flourished and frolicked in real time and space, but his fans joined him virtually. His was a voyeur’s paradise. The young gawped and gawked, followed him, and commented. When they cursed, they did it out of smouldering admiration. He had come to represent a generation of Nigerians who did not trust their parents or their bosses or their leaders. They followed their greed. They followed Hushpuppi. He was a priest of a new goddess: money.

Abbas for them was a sort of escape. He had become the man who gamed the system and scored. All the stadia in the world applauded. They are like the character of the English novel Billy  Liar, a young man who lived in his imagination where he had attained power, wealth and glory, although he had nothing other than living from paycheck to paycheck. Abbas embodied that escape for them. They lived in Hushpuppi. They wore his Fendi, lived in his palace, flew in his jet, caroused his women, or were his women, they sat in the driver’s seat of his Ferrari and Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.

Here fellow Nigerians had no chance to host Owambes. Weddings and birthdays and funerals have been pruned to parlors and backyards. It is a time for humility, and it was only proper that the man who countered it be caught and put away.

These days no one has anywhere to go with Gucci shoes. No first class tickets to buy to London and take pictures for online vanity. No one has a chance to pile pockets with dollars and pounds to spray a celebrant. Those with big cars cannot drive them to anywhere for displays. No extravagances for the Mephistophelean or the harmless show man. The worst we can do is dress up at home, and flaunt it to our child or wife or husband, like Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectation who dressed every day for years in her wedding clothes and died in it without leaving her home.

Those with special cars only warm their engines and drive around the neighbourhood. These times are revealing our material constipation. Abbas, the man of constipation, has now left the building, his bowels rumbling with faecal waste.

Things are upside down. Those who see churches and mosques as avenues for amassing wealth are crowing that they want people together but they are tempting the Lord. It is possible that Abbas had some of these men of God praying for him, and he may be taking from this stolen money to feather the house of God. It is an irony we have people like this thriving when we hear men of God preaching. The point though is that this is an age where the Word of the Lord is trading places with the wealth of the Word. Quite a few churches give precedence to material splendor. It is a different kind of hypocrisy from a war-time play Mother Courage where Brecht says, “Whenever there’s a load of special virtues around, it means something stinks.”

Abbas epitomises the Yahoo Boys, and his fall is their fall. It is a comeuppance for a tribe of desperadoes who have demonised technological genius. The new frontier of progress is also their front for fraud.

It is not for nothing that he has been associated with some of our big-name politicians, even if they had nothing in common. He has had photo-ops with a few of them. If he were not Hushpuppi but merely Ramon Abbas, we might not have seen such pictures.

But our politicians have one quality in common with him: impunity. Where leaders promise and turn back on their word, it is as bad a lie as a Hushpuppi popping up on a person’s email and asking for one piece of information and turning the email into an opportunity to stalk and destroy. They are the monitoring spirits of the internet. They get the person’s account and they empty it.

We also see our politicians take away our money when others have nothing. Fraud is now familiar terrain of politicians. To be a politician is to seek avenue for self-service, not service to all. But the arrest of Abbas is hope, but not enough. It shows even the new frontier can be stalked and the crime encircled and ended. Our people are not doing well enough to catch those who are well-off by wrong means. A few have been caught. We want more.

Abbas is caught today, and no one is hailing him. His audience is now jeering. He is like Jay Gatsby in Scot Fitzgerald’s novel. He acquires his fable of wealth to get back a woman, and buys a big mansion just like Hushpuppi. Every neighbour comes to his frequent parties but not the woman he craves. He eventually dies alone and poor. Everybody comes to his parties but no one goes to his funeral.  Abbas is alone now. So is Hushpuppi. Abbas looks on as no one comes to Hushpuppi’s funeral. Hushpuppi’s frozen eyes look without seeing as Abbas goes behind bars.


The Nation

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |

 

BREAKING: PDP is only interested in Edo treasury – Ganduje

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THE Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for Edo State Governorship Election and Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is only interested in Edo State treasury, hence the support for Godwin Obaseki.

He promised that come September 19, “Governor Obaseki will be humiliated and Governor Wike isolated”.

Ganduje who spoke with newsmen shortly after his 49-member campaign council was inaugurated by the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) Governor Mai Mala Buni at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, vowed to secure victory for APC at the poll.

Details shortly…


The Nation

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

 

Ekiti APC crisis may destroy your legacy, Tinubu tells Fayemi

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A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Ekiti State, Prince Adeolu Tinubu has called on Governor Kayode Fayemi to resolve his differences with aggrieved party’s leaders in order to protect his administration’s legacy.

Tinubu said there was no alternative to peaceful co-existence, stressing that it was only in an atmosphere devoid of chaos and political rivalry that Fayemi’s five pillar agenda for meaningful growth and development can be achieved.

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Former Minister of Work, Senator Dayo Adeyeye and 13others aggrieved leaders has for sometimes been at daggers’ drawn with Governor Fayemi over the control of APC.

While speaking on Monday in Emure-Ekiti with newsmen, the APC Chieftain urged the governor to resolve his differences with the aggrieved leaders, saying they should be preoccupied on how to effect socio-economic changes in the state.

He said politicians shouldn’t have the erroneous impression that all their grievances can be resolved by heating up the polity, saying such tendencies can only make the state ungovernable and decelerate the spate of development.

Tinubu stressed that Ekiti state has a long history of “peaceful coexistence rooted in humility, integrity, good name, communal relationship, selfless service and hard work”, saying politics should not be allowed to truncate such long -standing tradition.

“I appeal to the Governor Kayode Fayemi and the political leaders of APC and even other parties to eschew discord and embrace peace.

“The latest development where party leaders are locked in battles would only increase disunity in the state and thereby retard the progress and development as a whole.

“There is no meaningful progress that can be made under the climate of discord, unhealthy rivalry, violence and general disequilibrium.

“Ekiti state is loaded with man power potentials, and we are respected for our hard work and intelligence. Such potentials will amount to nothing when not harnessed to effectively bring out greatness for our dear state.

“Governor Fayemi as the leader must live by example by reaching out to aggrieved individuals across party lines on the need to ensure a peaceful Ekiti.

“2022 governorship election is still long. This is the right time for governance and when time to play politics comes, then they should all go out and reach out to our people to canvass for votes, in a peaceful and civil manner,” he advised.


The Nation

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

BREAKING: Panel summons Magu

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THE Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has been invited before a panel probing the activities of the agency.

The panel is said to be sitting at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa.

Magu was stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him.

Although Magu was on his way to the Force Headquarters, he pleaded with an officer from FCID who met with him to honour the scheduled appointment.

But he was told the invitation by the panel was more important.

At about 1.35pm, Magu arrived at the Villa where he was ushered into the wing.

As at Press time, Magu has been joined at the Villa by his lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

A source said: “Both Magu and Jacobs are now in an office in the Banquet Wing of the Vila.

“He has not been arrested by any of the security agencies. We are awaiting further development. ”

Details shortly…

The Nation

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

 

COVID-19: Kenya announces phased re-opening of country

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Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta

KENYA’S President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a phased re-opening of the country from a lockdown imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), lifting restrictions in and out of the capital Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa.

“Today I order and direct that the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi metropolitan area.

“Also, Mombasa county and Mandera county that is currently enforced shall lapse today or at 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) tomorrow, Tuesday the 7th of July 2020,” Kenyatta said in a televised address.

The president however extended the current nationwide nightly curfew between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. for a further 30 days.

He said that international commercial travel would resume from Aug. 1, while domestic flights are scheduled to restart on July 15.

However, Kenyatta warned that should the situation worsen over the next few weeks the country could be locked down again.

“In the next 21 days we shall study patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease.

“Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to lockdown,” he said.

Kenya has confirmed almost than 7,900 cases of the coronavirus as of July 6, with 160 deaths.

The outbreak has battered the economy, with the finance ministry projecting growth to slow to 2.5 per cent this year from 5.4 per cent in 2019, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

 

French court says no need for protests to get official go-ahead

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FRANCE’S top administrative court on Monday suspended Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules that require official authorisation before protests can be held.

The Council of State said that ordinary laws requiring protest organisers to notify authorities, however not to seek permission, were sufficient.

“Authorities could still ban events notified to them that posed a health risk,’’ the council noted.

In June, the council suspended a complete ban on protests that was part of France’s ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Two large protests against alleged police violence and racism, as well as counter-protests by police officers, had taken place despite that ban.

The Council of State also said that a ban on gatherings of over 5,000 people remained justified in light of the health situation.

France was hard hit by the coronavirus, with almost 30,000 recorded deaths.

The country was under strict lockdown from March 17 to May 11.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |

Kano Assembly seeks upgrade of PHC to Cottage Hospital

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THE Kano State House of Assembly has called on the state government to upgrade the Zarewa Primary Health Care (PHC), in Rogo Local Government Area (LGA), to a Cottage Hospital.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Mr Magaji Dahiru (APC Rogo), during plenary on Monday, presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Gafasa.

Moving the motion, Dahiru explained that the PHC needed to be upgraded looking at the current population of the community, which he said was more than 50,000 at the moment.

“As you know, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a community with 20,000 populations is where PHC can be provided.

“A community with about 50,000 people should be provided with a cottage hospital, to be able to provide necessary attention to patients in such a large community.

“The population of the Zarewa community has now moved to over 50,000 people, therefore, there is need for the upgrade in line with the WHO rules,’’ he said.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the speaker.

The House then called on the government to take necessary action.

Similarly, the House also urged the state government to construct a road linking five communities in Kura LGA.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Musa Hayatu (APC Kura/Garin Malam), seeking for the construction of the road.

According to Hayatu, the road linking Danhassan, Danga, Tofa, Dukawa and Kunshama communities, is hampering smooth economic activities in the areas.

“The bad condition of the road has really affected our business and farming activities, causing a lot of hardship to farmers and traders while conveying their goods to the markets.

“Therefore, we are appealing to the state government, under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to come to our aide.”

The motion which was also adopted by the members.

In another development, the lawmakers also approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i, as Commissioner in the State’s Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC).

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 15:19 GMT |

Edo 2020: Campaigns have started officially – INEC

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has lifted the ban on campaigns by political parties ahead of the Sept. 19 governorship election the state.

Mr Timidi Wariowei, the INEC Head of Voter Education in Edo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the campaigns officially commenced on June 21.

Wariowei said: “Campaigns have officially started in the state. Campaigns start 90 days to the election and it started on June 21.”

Wariowei also disclosed that the office had taken delivery of some non-sensitive materials and distributed the same to the 18 local government areas of the state.

“The reason we distributed materials early is that the office we are occupying now has a small storage capacity.

“The storage facility cannot accommodate all the materials, so as the materials come we dispatch to our local government offices.

“The non-sensitive materials we have received so far are not complete so as they come in batches we distribute because of lack of space to keep them,” he said.

According to Wariowei, the total registered voters as at 2019 is 2,210,534, while uncollected PVCs stands at 483,868.

NAN reports that INEC has cleared and displayed list of candidates of 14 registered political parties, including the All Progressives Party and Peoples Democratic Party being the major contenders, ahead of the polls.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 14:19 GMT |

Gov’s wife urges holistic measures to check gender-based violence at grassroots

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WIFE of Kebbi State governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu, has called for holistic measures to effectively tackle gender-based violence at the grassroots level.

Malam Yahaya Sarki, the Special Adviser to Gov. Atiku Bagudu on Media, said in a statement that Mrs Bagudu made the appeal at a Digital Summit in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit was organised by an NGO, Movement Against Rape and Sexual Violence (MARS-V).

Bagudu spoke on the topic: “Obstacles to Invoking Chance in Gender Based Laws”.

The governor’s wife said that the advocacy centred on high level of discussions on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) and Child-Rights Acts.

She explained that grassroots advocacy needed to be stepped-up in order to yield positive results.

Bagudu urged government at all levels and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria to step-up efforts toward finding lasting solution to the menace of gender-based violence.

According to her, it is essential to note that the whole issue was about people’s culture.

“There is a general culture of silence among people at the grassroots.

“We need to constantly engage the rural gatekeepers at the grassroots; the religious and traditional rulers, because they are major facilitators to domesticating and implementing laws against sexual violence.

“Secondly, in order to change the mindset that Female Genital Mutilation is wrong and people are supposed not to mutilate a girl-child, we have to engage them very well.

“Although, we had tried in recent times, but there is the need to put in more efforts because there are major obstacles that we have faced.

“Even those that have little understanding have their own belief and interpretation of verses of the holy Qur’an, so we are finding ways of getting that mindset changed.”

The governor’s wife also bared her mind on the reformed Penal Code laws for Northern States compared to what was obtainable in the Southern part of the country.

The VAPP Act, according to her, is an improvement of the pre-existing laws, which considered a lot of things that the other laws did not treat, aside from the punishment.

“It is also imperative that Northern States that practice the Penal Code improves on it, so that they will be able to adapt the VAPP Act and so many other issues.

“Recently in Kebbi State, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu presented the last bill to the state House of Assembly, alongside the Child-Rights and the VAPP Act for hearing and passage into law.

“There is hope that the bills will see the light of the day, since the reformed Penal Code has already been adapted in the state,” she noted.

The governor’s wife commended the concerted efforts by the civil societies and advocates, including the development partners and agencies like the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), when the current outcry on gender-based violence began.

“Although, Nigeria is a large country, but there is the need to categorise it into zones, so that there will be a way in which everybody can have a voice to speak to a peculiar need of their areas.”

The webinar which is entitled: “Ending the Culture of Impunity in Cases of Rape and Gender Based Violence,” was anchored by renowned TV Host, Vimbai Mutinhiri-Ekpeyong.

Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State was the Guest Speaker, while his wife Aisha El-Rufai, and UNFPA Ambassador on Fistula and the wife of Niger State governor, Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, were guest speakers, among others.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 14:19 GMT |

Tambuwal mourns death of former minister Inuwa Abdulkadir

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GOV. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has described late former minister Inuwa Abdulkadir as a reliable political ally who never wavered in his commitment to the welfare and development of the people of Sokoto state and Nigeria as a whole.

Tambuwal made the remark in his condolence message to the family of the deceased, issued to newsmen on Monday in Sokoto.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abdulkadir died at the age of 54 on Monday morning at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, where he was on admission.

“Certainly, I am short of words to describe the passing on of my brother and good friend with whom I share an inexplicable bond over the years.

“Late Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir and I have come a long way since our zestful childhood till now.

“An unassuming, compassionate and reliable political ally and a colleague at the bar, he never wavered in his commitment to the welfare and development of the people of Sokoto state in particular and Nigeria in general.

“He fought brilliantly without anticipating reward. He was firm in his believe in fate, taking in his stride any unfortunate incident that could shake the faith of a lesser mortal.

“A strong pillar upon which I more often than not rest my weight of worries, no doubt Nigeria and Sokoto state have lost a true son, patriotic and upright, in Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir.”

The governor added that Abdulkadir passed on at a time “when all of us in Sokoto needed him most, leaving a gap that would take sometime to fill.”

Tambuwal commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed Allah to grant him abode in Aljanna Firdaus.

“I also condole his esteemed family and assure them of our support and encouragement. May the good Lord strengthen them and give them ample fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”

NAN reports that Abdulkadir was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee that was dissolved recently.

He was also a former Minister of Youth and Sports Development during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, and until his death, the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the Sokoto State University.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 14:19 GMT |

Germany’s coronavirus app reaches 15m downloads

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GERMANY’S official app for tracking cases of the coronavirus has been downloaded 15 million times since it was released almost three weeks ago, the government’s agency for disease control said on Monday.

Use of the app is purely voluntary.

It is designed to track known coronavirus cases and use decentralised Bluetooth technology to warn people of persons they have come into contact with.

In a country of around 83 million people, there had been concerns that not enough people would download the app to make it truly effective.

There has also been some reluctance among Germans of state surveillance – seen in Nazi Germany and again under the communist dictatorship of East Germany – fearing it could even be more worrying than the virus itself.

Health Minister Jens Spahn recently referred to the app as “one of many tools to contain new outbreaks.”

In spite some isolated clusters, including one linked to a meat-packing plant in the north-western state of North Rhine Westphalia, which prompted a regional lockdown, Germany has largely brought its coronavirus epidemic under control.

The daily rise in infections stood at 219 on Monday, bringing the official caseload to 196,554, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Among those who have tested positive for the virus, some 182,200 people are estimated to have recovered, while 9,016 people have died, the government agency said.

The death toll had increased by four on the previous day.

Progress in stemming infections has led some politicians to question whether rules making masks compulsory in shops and on public transport are still necessary.

But on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of masks.

She spoke via her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, who called mouth-and-nose coverings `indispensable’ for situations in which people are unable to keep a safe distance.

“Regions that possibly at the moment have a very low number of cases are now getting traffic from other parts of the country,” Seibert said.

He added that this increased mobility meant that anti-viral regulations were particularly important.

In another bid to control the pandemic, Germany’s army said it was working together with the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, to train 10 dogs – Alsations, spaniels and retrievers – to sniff out the virus.

The animals belong to the Bundeswehr’s only dog training site, based in the rural western region of Vulkaneifel.

“With a current success rate of around 80 per cent, the researchers … are well on the way to successfully continuing the project,” the dog training school said in a statement,

It added that the first reliable results of the study should be available in the coming weeks.

Dogs are used to search for explosives or drugs, but have also proved them to be useful allies in combating disease.

They can be trained to detect various cancers and low blood sugar levels in people who are diabetic.

So far, the dogs have been sniffing at saliva samples from infected individuals in which the virus has been chemically made safe.

The next stage of the project will be testing whether the dogs can detect the virus in saliva when it is active.

“This must take place under completely different conditions; after all, we have to be sure that nobody can get infected by the highly infectious samples,” said university researcher Paula Jendrny.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:59 GMT |

CSOs raise concerns over plans to release nautically engineered mosquitoes

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CSOs

MORE than 75 Environmental Civil Society Organisations from Nigeria, Africa and other countries have condemned moves to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes to control malaria infection.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that at a virtual meeting of the West African Integrated Vector Management Programme, on June 6, Mr Rufus Ebegba, Vice Chairman of the Programme said: “There is the need to accelerate the development of regulatory pathways for genetically based vector control methods such as transgenic mosquitoes.”

The groups in a statement, issued on Monday in Yenagoa, warned: “against the safety of introduction of the transgenic mosquitoes and other risky, unproven technologies in Nigeria”.

The statement was signed by Mr Nnimmo Bassey Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), who spoke on behalf of the groups.

They said such technologies might pose serious risks to humans, biodiversity and to ecosystem balance.

The groups noted that there were currently no peer review assessments for these transgenic mosquitoes; no international protocols for evaluating their safety implications; and the technology was dependent on and controlled by corporate bodies.

“That regulatory pathway for genetically engineered vector control of mosquitoes are actually rigged pathways to make our environment the test ground for the risky and needless experimentation.

“From our experience with genetically modified food crops in Nigeria, having the provisions in place to regulate the release of such organisms is equivalent to express permits for their introduction.

“The agency responsible for this regulation acts more like a promoter of the technology than a regulator.

“Nigeria must show leadership in the protection of African biodiversity and not allow an agency of government run amok with whatever technologies promoters suggest to it.” Bassey said in the statement.

Bassey added that tampering with genetic materials of living organisms was already creating problems in the world with the emergence and spread of zoonotic infections.

He stated that the infections were occasioned largely by loss of genetic diversity and habitat losses due to such manipulations.

“The shortcoming of these transgenic mosquitoes is already evident from the experiments done in Brazil and in Burkina Faso, stated Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje, Coordinator of the Food Sovereignty Programme of Friends of the Earth, Nigeria and Africa.

“The release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil between 2013 and 2015 by the biotech company, Oxitec has proved fatal,” Bassey-Orovwuje said.

The statement noted: “In July 2019, the genetically modified mosquitoes were released in Bana village in Burkina Faso, by the Target Malaria research consortium as an initial test run before the open releases of gene drive mosquitoes, with the aim to reduce population of Anopheles mosquitoes that causes malaria.

“The failure includes the incidental release of some biting female mosquitoes during the experiments, which put the community people at risk.

“Also, Target Malaria made claims of community acceptance for the project whereas testimonies from community people revealed that they have not been properly informed about the project or its potential risks.

“This is not different from the experience we have had with genetically modified cow-pea and cotton, which have been approved for commercial release in Nigeria,” The group stated.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

UK hopes for socially distanced performances at cultural venues, minister says

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BRITAIN hopes to permit outdoor and socially distanced performances at cultural venues, Minister Oliver Dowden said on Monday, after announcing a nearly $2 billion investment in the arts.

“I want all our cultural institutions to return to normal,” the culture minister told Sky News.

“Very soon I hope we will be able to permit outdoor performances and then later over the summer be able to have socially distant performances and have pilots to look at other innovative ways that performances can return,” said the minister.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Conception delay: Give men, women equal attention- Gynaecologist

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ABOSEDE Lewu, a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist say women get more support and attention while experiencing delays in conception or infertility issues than men or fathers-in-waiting.

Lewu, team lead at Girlsaide Initiative and Convener, Keep All Mothers Alive (KAMA) Project, made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka.

The medical expert noted that fathers in waiting sufferEd too and needed all the support to get through the journey to fatherhood.

“Men suffer too. They experience feelings of inadequacy, threatened masculinity and virility, denial, guilt, disbelief, social ridicule, self-doubt, and marginalisation.

“They also deal with anxiety, depression which could lead to impotence. In addition, they battle with strife, anger, and disappointment with partner and family.

“All these feelings reduce the quality of sex life because it is now all about conception. Some may experience erectile dysfunction especially when sample collection is involved.

“Repeating their challenges and testing from clinic to clinic could also be distressing,” she said.

Lewu said the struggles, pains, and emotions of men in relationships experiencing a delay in conception were valid and real and should be heard and acknowledged.

She urged family members and friends to also support such men by being sensitive and not to be a source of pressure and tension.

According to her, a good support system and a listening ear will make their journey smoother.

She also urged fathers-in-waiting to be open-minded about their fertility challenges and live a healthy lifestyle.

“If you are a father-in-waiting, make sure you and your partner are being evaluated, do not shy away from the second opinion to quickly identify the areas of challenges and tackle them.

“Live a healthy lifestyle, exercise, eat right and if you have any medical condition, treat it.

“Be open-minded, there are many pathways to parenthood; learn about them and explore,” Lewu said.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:59 GMT |

Shehu Sani asked me to give 4 judges N1m each- witness alleges in court

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Senator Shehu Sani
Senator Shehu Sani

SANI Dauda, a prosecution witness, told a Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, that  Sen. Shehu Sani asked him to give N1 million each to four judges to ”help” his case.

The former senator is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on bribery and advanced fee fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

When the matter was called, the judge ordered that it should be stood down for 15 minutes to allow the court to get an interpreter for two witnesses the prosecution had in court.

While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel Mr Abba Mohammed, Alhaji Sani Dauda, through the interpreter, told the court that he was arrested by the police with his entire family and released on Dec. 15, 2019.

According to Dauda, after my release, Sani visited to sympathise with me after which he called me that he wanted to see me.

When we met at my house in Maitama, he told me that I needed to give money to some judges to help my case.

“He told me that he spoke to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) on my case.

”He told me to speak to the CJN but I told him I will also like to see the CJN but he said that the CJN will not want people visiting his house since security operatives including the Department of State Services, (DSS) is watching who goes in and out.

“He then made a call and I spoke to the person on the phone and the person told me that Sani spoke to him about my case and he has spoken to four judges that when my matter comes to them, they should inform him.

“Sani said that there are four judges that we should give N1 million each but I told him that I was already in this predicament and can’t give out money.

“He also told me that he was told that Abubakar   also had a case at the EFCC and the prosecutor was asking for N1 million, a total of N5 million and I told him I didn’t have money today and he should come back the next day.”

“I then called a Bureau De Change Operator, Abubakar to bring the money to me.”

While the witness was trying to explain how he raised the money, converting dollars to naira, the judge said that he was not satisfied with the interpreter.

The interpreter said at some point that he didn’t know how to interpret what the witness had said just as he had hard interpreting the figure the witness was called.

The judge adjourned the matter until July 7 and ordered that another interpreter be provided.

Earlier, Mr Bala Ismael, another prosecution witness and an employee of Dauda had told the court that the former senator visited his boss five times before the COVID-19 lockdown.

He, however, said that he was not privy to their discussion and didn’t know what Sani left within a brown envelope.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:59 GMT |

Ebonyi ex-commissioner drags Gov Umahi to court, seeks N20m in damages

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ABIA Onyike, former Commissioner for Information and Orientation has dragged Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi before a Federal High Court, seeking N20 million in damages.

Onyike in the motion filed on July 3, with number FHC/AI/CS/59/2020, is seeking for an order for enforcement of his fundamental rights to; Dignity of human person, Personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to private and family life.

The former commissioner was also seeking for the enforcement of his fundamental right to freedom from discrimination.

Other respondents are the Ebonyi Department of State Services, Commissioner of Police, Chief Austin Umahi, HRH, Ezeogo Charles Azuenya, Chairman Afikpo South Local Government Area Council of Traditional Rulers are respondents to the motion.

The originating summons was brought pursuant to Order 11, Rule 1 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rule 2009, sections 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended.

The originating motion was further hinged on the provisions of the Article 5, 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

The appellant said the motion was also brought pursuant to the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction of the honorable Court as preserved by section 6 (6), (A) – (C) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended.

The applicant sought five reliefs including; a declaration that the plot, plan and attempt by the respondents to arrest, rearrest, detain, interrogate, torture, intimidate, harass and embarrass him by the respondents was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The appellant said that the stated actions if taken would amount to flagrant infringement of his fundamental right to dignity of human person; personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to private and family life and freedom from discrimination.

A declaration that the plot and plan by respondents to ostracise the applicant and banish him out of his village, local government area and state was manifestly illegal, unlawful and unconditional.

He alleged that the action if taken amounted to gross contravention of his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of movement and right to private and family life among others.

The applicant is seeking for the award of N20 million in damages against the defendants jointly and severally for bodily, mental, emotional, psychological trauma, social embarrassment, humiliation and ridicule suffered as a result of the unlawful plot to arrest him.

The plaintiff is seeking for any such order or further orders as the honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no date has been fixed for hearing in the motion.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

China begins pulling back troops near site of India border clash

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CHINA on Monday began pulling back troops from along its disputed border with India, Indian government sources said, following a clash between the two countries last month, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Troops fought for hours with rods and clubs on the night of June 15, with some falling to their deaths in the freezing waters of the Galwan River in the western Himalayas.

China has yet to confirm whether it suffered casualties. The Indian deaths are the highest along the border in more than five decades, a dramatic escalation that led to weeks of talks between senior military officials on how to ease tensions.

Chinese military was seen on Monday dismantling tents and structures at a site in the Galwan valley, near the scene of the latest clash, said the Indian government sources, who pleaded anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Vehicles were seen withdrawing from the area, as well as at Hotsprings and Gogra – two other contested border zones – the sources said.

India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval and Wang Yi, one of China’s top diplomats, had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views” on Sunday regarding the border, according to briefing notes by both countries released on Monday.

Both sides said they had agreed to a significant disengagement of troops.

India’s note also said both sides had agreed to respect the existing Line of Actual Control (LAC) reflecting positions along the contested section of border.

This reference was not included in Beijing’s note on the meeting.

In response to a question on whether China had moved back equipment in the Galwan valley, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, said both sides were “taking effective measures to disengage and ease the situation on the border”.

“We hope India will meet China halfway and take concrete measures to carry out what both sides agreed to and continue to closely communicate through diplomatic and military channels, while working together to cool down the situation at the border,” Zhao said at a news conference on Monday.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

COVID-19: Ramaphosa wants South Africans to keep distance from elderly

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Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday urged South Africans to keep a distance from their elderly parents and grandparents so as to save their lives as the COVID-19 pandemic kept spreading.

Coronavirus can infect anyone, but older people are among those at highest risk of getting severely ill and possibly dying, Ramaphosa said in his weekly address to the nation.

“Sadly, there have been a number of coronavirus outbreaks at old age homes and care centres, resulting in a number of deaths,” he said.

People with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, renal disease, asthma and chronic respiratory disease are more vulnerable to developing severe complications and dying from coronavirus, Ramaphosa said, citing data from the Department of Health.

According to new research published by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, a third of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 had at least one co-morbidity.

“This is a significant concern in a country such as ours that also has high prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis, the leading cause of natural deaths in South Africa in 2019,” Ramaphosa said.

Additionally, more than 4.5 million South Africans have diabetes, a figure that has doubled since 2017, according to Ramaphosa.

In Western Cape alone, diabetes is a co-morbidity in over half of all COVID-19 deaths, he said.

In some provinces, including Gauteng and Western Cape, testing is being offered to people with co-morbidities such as diabetes whether they show coronavirus symptoms or not, Ramaphosa added.

“This smart approach to screening and testing is part of our effort to limit infections among those most vulnerable,” he said.

As part of the national effort to contain coronavirus, protecting the general population from becoming infected must be matched by efforts to protect people who are at greater risk, Ramaphosa stressed.

“Difficult though it may be, we should not expose our elderly mothers and fathers to the virus through social visits.

“Let us keep in touch with them by phone or video messaging,” he said

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Polish president proposes banning gay couples from child adoption

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LESS than a week before Poland’s second round of presidential elections, incumbent Andrzej Duda presented a draft amendment to the constitution that would ban gay couples from adopting children.

On Monday, the president signed his legislative proposal, which will now be sent to parliament.

“The provision should allow for better care of children’s safety and well-being,’’ Duda said.

In order to take effect, the proposal would have to secure a two-thirds majority in the lower house and an absolute majority in the Senate.

These conditions may be difficult to meet in the current political landscape.

Duda is seeking a second five-year presidential term on a campaign of social spending and conservatism in lifestyle issues.

He has portrayed himself as a defender of family values and spoke out against the right of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to marry or form civil unions with each other.

Duda’s liberal challenger in the run-off, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, also said he was opposed to adoption by gay couples, though in the past he has voiced his support for gay marriage.

On Sunday, Duda and Trzaskowski will compete in the run-off election.

Opinion polls show the two politicians going head to head, with a slight advantage for the incumbent in averages of recent polls.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

With nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, India is third worst-hit

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Coronavirus

INDIA has overtaken Russia with the world’s third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at almost 700,000, the latest data showed on Monday.

Report says the outbreak shows no sign of slowing.

Health ministry data showed over 23,000 new cases reported in the previous 24 hours, down slightly from Sunday’s record increase of almost 25,000.

There have been almost 20,000 deaths in India since the first case was detected there in January.

India is now the world’s third worst-affected country, behind only the U.S. and Brazil.

It has seen eight times the number of cases as China that has a similar-sized population and is where the virus originated late 2019.

Officials said they had reversed a decision to reopen the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous tourist attraction, in the city of Agra, 200km southeast of New Delhi, following a spate of new cases in the area.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Environmentalist urges Nigerians to show more sensitivity toward climate change

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AN Environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, has urged Nigerians to show more sensitivity toward issues arising from climate change so as to mitigate its effects on the country’s ecology.

Taiwo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.

The environmentalist said the climate change impact on the environment was getting more glaring daily and there was the need to proactive about it.

“The impact of climate change is getting visible every day. We have even started seeing it all from the flooding and excess rainfall we are currently witnessing.

“The effects of climate change is something we can see physically. We have it on TV and through various social media to show that climate change is real; it is not hearsay.

“Every aspect of our lives would be affected in areas like health, our habitats, and even food security if we do not mitigate the effects of climate change on our environment.

“We need to do more as a country to mitigate the effects of climate change on our environment.

“There is a need to switch over to clean and renewable energy and also educate people on not blocking the drainages to allow easy flow of water and to discontinue illegal structures disturbing flow of water,” the environmentalist said.

Taiwo also called for enlisting young people in the fight against climate change impacts, through proffering innovative ideas and solutions to the issues.

He called for a stop to indiscriminate burning of refuse and waste matters to stop the depletion of the ozone layer.

“The youths can be involved to help curb the effects of climate change through innovation-proffering solutions in solving climate change related issues.

“They could also be involved in the campaign against climate change. Youth involvement is very paramount when it comes to sustainability and climate change issues.

“For the layman on the street, he needs to know that the rain is not falling as usual; the sun is not shinning as usual anymore. Everything is now in excess and damaging the environment.

“We can no longer breathe in fresh air again or drink clean water and this in turn will lead to increase in health-related issues because the excess rainfall leads to flood and a lot of sicknesses, especially in the low income area where sanitation is the problem,’’ Taiwo said.

According to him, the indiscriminate burning of refuse and waste substances is worst of them all in contributing to climate change effects.

“The burning of waste releases toxins into the environment and this greatly impact on our health. When burning the waste, the immediate surrounding is polluted as it depletes the ozone layer,” he said.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Britain pledges £1.5bn to save arts businesses

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ARTS directors on Monday welcomed the British government’s pledge of more than 1.5 billion pounds (1.9 billion dollars) to help venues crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak promised a 1.57-billion-pound “rescue package” amid fears that financial problems could prevent many smaller venues and even some leading names from reopening.

The government said the scheme would allow thousands of organisations across the performing arts, heritage, historic buildings, museums, galleries and live music venues to access emergency grants and loans.

“From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries to gigs performed in local basement venues, the UK’s cultural industry is the beating heart of this country,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

According to him, the money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat.

Arts directors welcomed the pledge, but actors’ union Equity, which represents some 48,000 people, said it was unclear how the scheme would support the many “freelance and self-employed creative workers our UK arts infrastructure depends on.”

“This package will be crucial in helping to safeguard the future life of our orchestras as well as all our associate artists and creative partners,’’ said Elaine Bedell, chief executive of London’s Southbank Centre.

Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger, joint chief executives of the National Theatre, said they felt “very positive that this major investment will reach and sustain the vital talent and infrastructure which make British theatre truly world-leading.”

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

COVID-19: Bayelsa Govt engages clerics on compliance with safety protocols

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THE Bayelsa COVID-19 Task Force has emphasised strict compliance with safety protocols to halt the spike in novel coronavirus infection in Bayelsa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bayelsa has 245 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, with 102 active, 127 recovered and 16 dead.

Mr Freston Akpor, a member of the task force and the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Information, told NAN that the state had taken steps to reduce the spread of the virus by ensuring strict compliance with safety protocols.

Akpor said that religious leaders had been told to take responsibility of their respective worship centres by ensuring compliance with all guidelines.

“This was among some of the resolutions reached at a meeting between members of the security subcommittee of the state Task Force on COVID-19 and Islamic leaders in Yenagoa.

“The meeting was necessitated by the non-observance of COVID -19 guidelines by worshippers at last Friday’s Juma’at prayers at the Arietalin Road Central Mosque and other prayer centres in the state capital.

“Social distancing, use of face masks and hand washing or use of sanitisers were not observed by worshippers,” Akpor said.

Akpor said that the guidelines including compulsory wearing of face masks were still in force and that the task force had a duty to ensure that all religious leaders and their followers adhered to the measures.

He said that the guidelines were applicable to all worship centres and were were aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic.

The permanent secretary noted that nine churches were earlier sealed and their pastors arrested for failure to adhere to the protocols.

“The task force will not hesitate to seal any worship centre that refuses to adhere to the guidelines and take stern measures against its leaders.

“The task force has ramped up its monitoring efforts to mosques on Fridays and churches on Sundays, being the only days allowed for worship in the face of the pandemic.

“The task force urged religious leaders to educate their congregation on the need to observe the measures to contain the pandemic.

“More than 20 Islamic leaders promised to keep their followers informed,” Akpor said.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

 

Rape: Pyrates want NASS to amend the VAPP Act

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NASS
NASS

THE National Association of Seadogs, Pyrate Confraternity (Sahara Deck) Abuja, has called on the National Assembly (NASS) and other relevant authorities to look into the possibility of amending the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015.

In a communiqué signed by the Steerer, Abuja City Centre, Mr Obiekwe Isaac, the association wants the amendment of the act to accommodate in particular the report of rape incidents that happened in the past.

The communiqué was issued at the end of its recent online meeting to celebrate the association 2020 Annual Feast of Barracuda (FOB).

The 2020 celebration was tagged: “Rape and Domestic Abuse in Nigeria: Criminal Justice System, Stigmatisation and Victim’s Post-Traumatic Challenges”.

According to the communiqué, the act of shyness of a rape victim’s permits the non-reportage of a rape incident that happened in the past.

It, however, called on the NASS and other relevant authorities to review and amend the VAPP Act to allow rape victim’s report such past cases and make it fresh again.

“Historical rape, that is the past rape cases are not reported, owing to the prevalent culture of victim shyness, and this discourages many victims from making early report of incidents.

“This trend only enables and empowers the perpetrators to continue the heinous crime, our association plans to approach NASS along with NGO’s to push for an urgent amendment.

“This is to create a robust legislative and legal framework to combat the issue of rape and gender-based violence,” it said.

The communiqué said that the association also plans to initiate a process to push at the state Houses of Assembly the domestication of the VAPP Act in their various states.

It said that it would also provide a contact telephone numbers of partners’ organisations where victims of rape and gender-based violence could get legal support to get justice.

The association also called for the domestication of Child’s Right Act by all states of the federation to stem the rising cases of rape and sexual abuse of children.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Swedish-Eritrean journalist alive after 18 years in Eritrean jail

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THE eldest daughter of the jailed Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, Bethlehem Isaak, who had been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial for 18 years, on Monday said her father was still alive.
“My dad is still alive. Maybe you think how I know. This is where silent diplomacy comes in. I can’t and I’m not allowed to say more,” Isaak said.
She was speaking on Summer, a popular annual radio programme, where people in the news are invited to fill the airwaves with their own contributions and music.
“It is the combination of work that exists around the Foreign Ministry’s units, the one that handles cooperation with other countries, in this case not least links with Eritrea, voluntary organisations and contact with the family.
“It is called silent diplomacy because you cannot or allowed to talk about what is going on to the outside world,” She said.
Dawit Isaak, 55, was arrested in September 2001, amid a clampdown by authorities on independent newspapers and labelled a traitor. Little has been heard from him since.
Earlier, the chairman of a committee seeking Isaak’s release, Leif Obrink, also stated that Isaak was alive.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, the information is a 10,“he said.
Isaak sought asylum in Sweden in 1987 and became a citizen in 1992. About eight years later he returned to Eritrea to work for the independent weekly Setit.
Eritrea often ranks at the bottom of the annual World Press Freedom Index compiled by the campaigning organisation reporters without Borders.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Buratai launches Exercise Sahel Sanity, inducts locally manufactured MRAPs

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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai
Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai

THE Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, launched the Exercise Sahel Sanity and inducted 10 new locally made combat vehicles into operation to tackle banditry in the North West.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the official launch of the new exercise climaxed the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2020, taking place at Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari.

Buratai said the exercise was scheduled to run from July 6 to Sept. 6

According to him, it is Nigerian army’s response to the escalating security challenges bedevilling parts of the North West and of course the North Central geo-political zones.

He said the exercise was expected to metamorphose into real-time operation, adding that it was designed to flush out armed bandits, terrorist groups and criminal elements in forests in the states.

“As you are aware, the worrisome spate of armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other sundry crimes, have continued unabated particularly in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger States in the past two months.

“This continued intransigence of bandits and terrorist elements has led to wanton destruction of lives and property with significant destruction in socio-economic activities which is predominantly the occupation of the people of the region.

“It is against this backdrop that Ex-Sahel Sanity is being launched to mitigate the current spate of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other activities of criminal elements in these states,” he said.

Buratai explained that the exercise would be conducted in conjunction with sister services, the police, Department of State Services and state authorities to decisively get rid of banditry activities and restore peace in the regions.

He disclosed that good number of equipment, platforms and necessary logistic supports had been made available for the exercise, adding that troops would demonstrate empathy towards law abiding citizens.

According to him, be rest assured that as the chief of army Staff, I will continue to give you my full support and try to ensure total victory over criminal elements and terrorists.

He urged the people to render their full support for the Nigerian army troops and other security agencies in areas of providing useful information on the activities of the bandits.

According to him, this will enable the security forces provide the needed security and an enabling environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.

“Additionally, Nigerian Army will also continue to support the non-kinetic efforts of the civil authority to combat criminal elements and reassure the nation of our commitment and determination to secure the country and protect lives and property of law abiding citizens,” he said.

Buratai stated that the locally manufactured Mines Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles being inducted into operations were the initiative of the 107 Equipment Support of the army in Maiduguri.

He said that the vehicles emanated from the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole and commended the efforts of the commanders for looking inward in their operational requirements.

According to him, the Nigerian army is going to be self reliant internally through its efforts, adding that order had been placed for 20 more of the vehicles.

Earlier, the Commander, 107 Division Equipment Support, Maiduguri, Brig.-Gen. Babatunde Alaya, said the MRAPs were conceptualised and designed to support the existing platforms.

Alaya said the vehicles were produced using local content, adding that the products had been tested and were battle ready.

He commended the COAS for giving the command the needed support and resources to embark on the project and come up with the vehicles within a short period of time.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

UN-Habibat trains Niger officials on data collection for urban-rural linkages project

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THE UN-Habitat on Monday organised a virtual data collection training on urban-rural linkages project for senior officers selected across the various Niger state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the urban-rural linkages project is one of the five components of the UN-Habibat Niger State Urban Support Programme (NSUSP).

It is aimed to localised and implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the new urban agenda by formulating the NSUSP and development plans for Minna and Suleja.

The trainees are to serve as the state working group on mainstreaming Urban-Rural Linkages (URL) aimed at linking the urban cities with the rural areas.

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Coordinator of the Niger State Urban Support Programme, explained that the training was part of the United Nations Development Account project.

He said that the aims of the training was to build and strengthen the capacities of policy makers and change agents on how to collect data and use evidence in urban policies and strategies that promoted urban-rural linkages.

Zubairu noted that the project was being implemented in four Africa countries such as Cameroon, Guinea, Conakry, Zanzibar in Tanzania, adding that Niger was the only benefitting state in Nigeria.

He, however, advised participants to take advantage of the training to acquire knowledge that would improve their productivities.

He also assured them of more opportunities in the course of implementing the policy and the integrated development plans for Minna and Suleja.

In his address, Alhaji Ibrahim Nasale, the state Commissioner of Land and Housing, advised participants to use the training towards the achievement of the global goal of leaving no one and no space behind.

Mrs Grace Githiri, UN-Habibat Expert on Urban Rural Linkages, trained participants on how to collect data and survey using Kobocollect and ODKcollect that would be used to facilitate institutionalisation of URL in Niger state.

One of the participants, Alhaji Ibrahim Jemaku, General Manager of the Niger state Geographic Information System (NiGIS), described the training as a platform for better understanding of the significance of urban-rural continuum which would bridge the gap between urban and rural systems.

Jemaku noted that the effort was to contribute to the localisation of the SDGs 11 so as to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

NAN

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 13:15 GMT |

Alleged 6.9bn fraud: Absence of prosecution witness stalls trial of Fayose

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Fayose
Fayose

THE absence of an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, on Monday, stalled hearing in an alleged N6.9billion fraud and money laundering suit filed against Ayodele Fayose in a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Fayose was first arraigned on Oct. 22. 2018, before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun, alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on 11 counts bordering on fraud and money laundering offences.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on Oct. 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with sureties in like sum.

The defendant was subsequently, re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, on July 2, 2019, after the case was withdrawn from Justice Olatoregun, following EFCC’s petition.

He had also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was allowed to continue on the earlier bail granted, while the case was adjourned for trial.

The commission has since opened its case before Justice Aneke, and is still leading witnesses in evidence.

When the case was mentioned on Monday, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the Court that the prosecution witness who ought to testify in court was unavoidably absent.

On this premise, the prosecution prayed the court for an adjournment. Defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, SAN, did not oppose the request for adjournment.

Consequently, Justice Aneke adjourned the case until Oct. 20 for continuation of trial.

NAN reports that during trial before Olatoregun, the prosecution had called witnesses, from several commercial banks, as well as a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro.

According to the charge, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and one Abiodun Agbele were said to have taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion, for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election campaign in Ekiti, which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have received a cash payment of the sum of five million dollars, (about N1.8 billion) from the then Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, without going through any financial institution.

He was also alleged to have retained the sum of N300 million in his account and took control of the aggregate sums of about N622 million which sum he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd and Still Earth Ltd, to retain the aggregate sums of N851 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Besides, the defendant was alleged to have used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja, which sums he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

He was also alleged to have used the sum of N200 million, to acquire a property in Abuja, in the name of his elder sister Moji Oladeji, which sum he ought to know also forms crime proceeds.

The offence, the EFCC said, contravened the provisions of sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011. (NAN)

– Jul. 6, 2020 @ 11:55 GMT |

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