It will be recalled that the judge granted Fayose bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.
The former governor, who is standing trial before the court on an 11-count charge of laundering the sum of N6.9 billion, was also ordered by the judge that his two sureties must issue a N50 million bond from a reputable bank as well as possess three years tax clearance.
The court further ordered that the former governor must deposit his travelling passport with the court and must not travel outside the court’s jurisdiction during the proceedings without the court’s permission.
But as at 4:00pm on Thursday when the court was closed for the day, some family members, political associates and aides, including, Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka were seen leaving the court premises disappointed.
They had stormed the court as early as 9:00am, hoping that Fayose’s lawyer would be able to perfect the bail conditions.
The Nigerian army says it has located the grave where Muhammed Alkali, a missing general, was buried.
B. A. Akinruluyo, general officer commanding, 3 division, Rukuba barracks, made the disclosure at a press briefing on Friday.
Akinruluyo said some of the suspects arrested in connection with the incident said the body of the deceased was exhumed and reburied somewhere else.
Alkali was the immediate past chief of administration of the Nigerian Army. He was declared missing on September 3 when he was traveling from Abuja to Bauchi state.
The deceased had just retired from the army after 35 years.
“You would recall that on 2 September 2018 at about 8:00pm, unknown gunmen attacked a shopping complex located at Lafande Community on the outskirt of Jos metropolis in Dura-Du District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State,” he said.
“As a result of the attack, 11 people were killed while others sustained various degrees of injuries. The attack triggered protest by the people of the area on the morning of 3 September 2018. Irate youths in their hundreds trooped out, blocked the Eastern Bypass with stones and other dangerous objects. The immediate past Chief of Administration (Army), Major General Idris Alkali who recently disengaged from the Nigerian Army after 35 years meritorious service to the Nigerian Army and the country was travelling from Abuja to Bauchi via Jos same day.
“The senior officer was travelling alone in his black Toyota Corolla car with registration number, KWARA MUN 670 AA. Credible intelligence revealed that his car was stopped and he introduced himself as a general to the hoodlums who had barricaded the road that he was just passing through to Bauchi.
“The senior officer was assaulted and killed. Thereafter, his belongings such as clothings, cash, phones and laptop were shared by those who killed him. His body was dragged before being moved to somewhere else and his car was driven and pushed into the abandoned mining pit filled with water. The irate youths who followed his car to the abandoned mining pit filled with water on many tri-cycles popularly known as “Keke NAPEP” jubilated for reason best known to them or for mission accomplished. He was later buried in a shallow grave in an area popularly known as, “No man’s land” within the community.
“Please note that 4 different sources not known to each other at various times took us to the opened shallow grave where the senior officer was earlier buried but subsequently removed. Furthermore, sniffer dogs that have been cultured with the personal effects of the senior officer led us to the same opened shallow grave. That was the only grave we were led to by different people and sniffer dogs. We did not go to any other grave as the operation was carried out based on credible intelligence. Like I always say, the cordon and search operation is intelligence driven and that is why the operation has been conducted in line with international best practices and respect for human rights. This further explains why the Division did not clamp down on the entire community. Only the perpetrators are being targeted.
“At this point, let me reiterate that all the actors involved in this dastardly act who are still at large are known to us. All efforts are being made to get them arrested and be brought to justice as their photographs and personal details are with the relevant security agencies. The cordon and search operation conducted by own troops has really exposed the heinous crimes being committed by the few but fully supported and concealed by the entire community. I want to commend members of the public for their cooperation and still solicit for anyone with credible information on where the senior officer was reburied. It is the civic responsibility of the Dura-Du community to produce the corpse of the deceased senior officer and those who were involved in the killing of the senior officer.” (The Cable)
“At current numbers”, the Federal Government spends more than $1.8 million every day on the National School Feeding Programme, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
He also said $183 million had so far been invested in the programme.
According to NAN, Osinbajo stated this in his keynote address at the closing ceremony of the 20th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum held at Four Seasons Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia, on Thursday.
Osinbajo was quoted as saying more than nine million primary pupils were benefitting across 26 states where the programme had taken effect.
The programme featured more than 353 delegates and experts from nine countries. The delegates included experts in the nutrition industry, United Nations officials from the World Food Programme, Global Child Nutrition Fund, the World Bank and stakeholders.
He said: “By tackling the broader issues of eradication of poverty, food and nutrition security, and increasing school enrolment. It is becoming clearer that the 21st century will be defined by knowledge and skills.
“The nations that are best able to present the most knowledgeable and most skilful citizens will prevail in commerce, in science and technology and of course, will enjoy the greatest prosperity and the longevity to enjoy the prosperity.
“Nations that do not invest enough to produce the required level of talent and skills will be left behind; a farther distance than ever before in the history of mankind.
“By 2035, Africa will have 1.2billion people. Over 50 per cent of that number will be young persons under the age of 25. Today, 60 per cent of the unemployed in Africa are young people.”
Osinbajo said at the cost of $0.19 per child per day, a balanced meal was provided for every one of the children, as 9,300,892 million pupils in 49,837 public primary schools in 26 states across Nigeria benefitted daily.
According to Osinbajo, at current numbers, the programme costs $1,767,169.48 per day and over $183 million has been invested so far in the programme.
He continued: “The programme employs 95,422 cooks, and over 100,000 smallholder farmers linked to the programme, supplying locally sourced ingredients.
“This translates to 594 cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8 million eggs, 83 metric tons of fish that are procured, prepared, and distributed each week. As you can imagine, the quantity of starch and vegetables required for this programme on a weekly basis is equally impressive”.
He listed highlighted partnerships with international donors such as Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Partnership For Child Development, Imperial College, among others, justa s he commended the Global Child Nutrition Forum and World Food Programme, for their efforts.
Present at the occasion were Hatem Ben Salem, Minister of Education, Republic of Tunisia; Arlene Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Child Nutrition Fund; Don Burdy, Specialist at World Food Programme/World Bank, Daniel Balaban, Director of Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil and other regional representatives of WEF and GCNF, international donors. (SaharaReporters)
On-Air personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, says Tiwa Savage and Wizkid displayed professionalism in their ‘Fever’ music video.
On Wednesday, Wizkid gave music fans an unexpected surprise when he released the visual for the hit single, which generated a lot of reactions on social media.
However, in his reaction to the video, which he posted on Instagram, Daddy Freeze wrote: “I think the video for #Fever is great. The chemistry is amazing. Wiz did a good job and so did Tiwa. Music is a profession; both were very professional. The video only served to give life to an already soulful masterpiece.”
Dakore Akande, a Nollywood actress, has been unveiled as a brand ambassador for MTN Nigeria.
Only last weekend, Akande won the best actress category at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which held in Kigali, Rwanda.
She entered into a partnership with MTN on Wednesday, becoming the face of MTN XtraValue.
Akande is also expected to star in the TV commercials of the telecommunications company.
Speaking at the launch, Dakore said: “I think the XtraValue package was made just for me, as it helps me manage my busy schedule whenever I travel.
“I really love the roaming feature as it means I can use the same line in different countries at an affordable cost.”
During the event which held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos, the company also rolled out its revamped XtraValue proposition.
MTN’s XtraValue is available in two categories – XtraTalk (which offers customers more airtime for Voice calls than Data volume) and XtraData (which offers customers more Data volume and airtime for voice calls).
Eyebrows are being raised in Kogi East Senatorial district following revelations that embattled Senator Attai Aidoko polled 712 votes to beat all other candidates at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) primaries that never held.
In what look s like akin to ‘results without examination,’ Aidoko is said to have polled 712 votes to beat his other aspirants in a contest that is at best a figment of the imagination of some compromised divisional party executives led by Sani Umoru (Divisional Chairman for Dekina), zonal exco (led by Alhaji Manman Pele) and a few other compromised Party members.
“Call it impunity, bizarre, criminal, fraud or magic and you will be very correct but the revelation of a result for the PDP primaries Kogi-East Senatorial Primary election, which was scheduled to hold on 2nd October, 2018 but did not hold on account of resistance from stakeholders of the party, shows the desperation of Senator Aidoko to cling up to power,” one source who is conversant with the story told us.
It would be recalled that the designated Returning Officer who is also the State Vice Chairman of the Party, Chief Abenemi and the State Party Secretary, Alhaji Faruk Sule had at a press conference stated clearly that the Senatorial Primary election for Kogi-East did not hold.
According to a party man conversant with politics in Kogi East, “Atai Aidoko has never won any election. It’s either he manipulates the process with thugs and a few dubious party chieftains or uses the Courts to steal other people’s victories but this one is too open and I am sure his end has come”.
“Unfortunately for Aidoko, those he used amongst the police, INEC and the PDP are only just realizing their folly and have been singing in muted tones. It is only a matter of time before their involvements and confessions become public knowledge and qualify for criminal prosecution,” the man said, adding that there is are moves by some aggrieved party people and elders of the party to challenge the cooked results in court and ensure that all those guilty of arranging the fake results are brought to book.
As at the time of filling this report, calls and text messages to the nine INEC Chairmen of the various LGAs, except one, has yet to be answered, as many of them do not want to be witnesses in the imminent court case that is likely to ensue should the PDP press ahead with retaining Aidoko as the party’s candidate when there is a weight of evidence that it would be illegal to do so.
The discontent and dissent from Aidoko’s misadventure has led to a decimation in the ranks of the party as majority of loyalists are said to have either defected or are in negotiations with other parties, raising the possibility of the PDP being roundly beaten in the coming elections.
A close confident of Senator Atai Aidoko, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said the Senator is not losing sleep over the issues or his electoral victory as he has perfected plans to beat anyone who emerges especially the candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC) at the 2019 polls.
“Clearly, Aidoko is a handful for the people of Easter Kogi but we shall wait this episode out and see how his magic plays out on this occasion,” he said.
A full contingent of Stanbic IBTC staff as well as other well-meaning Nigerians will throng the streets of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt on Saturday October 27, 2018, as the financial institution undertakes its annual charity walk to raise awareness on the need to support limbless and indigent children.
Coming under its flagship corporate social investment (CSI) initiative, ‘Together 4 A Limb,’ this year’s walk will be a remarkable departure from previous editions as it will take place simultaneously and specifically focus on generating awareness for people living with limb loss as well as feature a song and dance to celebrate the 20 children who have been fitted with prosthesis since the initiative was launched in 2015.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Yinka Sanni, said a cardinal objective of the walk is to raise awareness about the importance of supporting the vulnerable in society, especially indigents and underserved children. It is also expected to connect with other Nigerians who share the passion for impactful social causes. “We understand how challenging it must be for the parents and guardians of these children, especially considering the high cost of acquiring these prostheses (artificial limbs). Our ultimate objective is to help these children to lead very productive and fulfilling lives,” Sanni stated.
Apart from raising awareness, through the ‘Together 4 A Limb,’ initiative, Stanbic IBTC also provides financial and educational support to beneficiaries through an educational trust fund of N1.5 million per person. Twenty children drawn from across the six geopolitical zones have benefitted so far from the initiative.
The walk, which is approximately eight kilometres long, kicks off at 8am in each location, with adequate protection provided by security forces and traffic wardens. It is the signature CSI initiative of the Group, which is focused on three key areas of human life: health, education, and economic empowerment.
“We are passionate about this initiative, which helps Stanbic IBTC to contribute meaningfully to the society. Through the provision of prostheses and education trusts to indigent children who have suffered limb losses, we are assisting young Nigerians to get on with their lives in a productive manner,” Sanni said. According to the helmsman, “The education trust will provide for the education of the beneficiaries for as far as they are willing and able to go and will enable them realize their God-given potential,” Sanni added.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, has urged the people of south-west to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections to guarantee a return of power to the region in 2023.
The minister said this at a special town hall meeting on infrastructure organised by the ministry information and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, led Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; and Suleiman Adamu, minister of water resources, to the town hall meeting.
Fashola said besides, the massive investments by the Buhari administration on infrastructure across the country and in the south-west particularly, the region would benefit politically by voting for Buhari.
The minister, who spoke in Yoruba, said: “Do you know that power is rotating to the south-west after the completion of Buhari’s tenure if you vote for him in 2019?
“A vote for Buhari in 2019, means a return of power to the south-west in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely.”
On the performance of the administration, Fashola said that the government had kept its promises to Nigerians in the three key areas of security, fighting corruption and rebuilding the economy.
He said the essence of the town hall meeting was to showcase what the administration had done in three and half years.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple took the world by surprised after he revealed that he is G.ay, 4 years ago.
Speaking recently with CNN, Mr Cook said, he’s happy about the distinction as the first CEO of a major company to ever come out as G.ay — and his decision.
Tim, whose sexuality had always sparked speculations prior to his coming out, in October 2014 told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview for her program on CNN International and PBS, that being G.ay is God’s greatest gift to him.
”I’m very proud of it, Being G.ay is “God’s greatest gift to me.
“I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was G.ay.”
According to Cook, his decision to unveil his sexuality became important in order to help people especially children who said they had been ostracized, bullied or abused because of their sexual orientation.
“I needed to do something for them,” Cook said. He wanted to demonstrate to G.ay children that they “can be G.ay and still go on and do some big jobs in life.”
The Apple CEO said he is glad other CEOs have come out since his revelation, although that wasn’t his goal, adding that coming out has helped him as a leader.
“I learned what it was like to be a minority,” Cook told CNN. “The feeling of being in a minority gives you a level of empathy for other people who are not in the majority.”
“That turns out to be pretty beneficial from this role as well.”
Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state has paid a visit to the 67-year-old Mrs. Ajibola Olutayo Otubose, who gave birth at that old age to a baby.
The 67-year-old woman, wife of 72 year old Prof. Oluwatowoloju Otubose, gave birth to a baby boy after over 39 years of marriage. More photos…