The media campaign organization of Femi Gbajabiamila campaign organization has said that the speakership candidate of the 9th assembly has never be convicted of any crime whatsoever in any part of the world.
“Gbajabiamila has instructed his lawyers to sue anyone for defamation.”
The more than $267m (£210m) belonging to former Nigerian dictator General Sani Abach is to be shared between Nigeria, Jersey and the United States. The money was seized from a Jersey bank account belonging to Abacha.
The money was “derived through corruption” during the presidency of Sani Abacha in the 1990s, according to Jersey’s Civil Asset Recovery Fund .
A shell company called Doraville held the funds, which were frozen in 2014.
BBC reports that after a five-year legal wrangle, the money has now been recovered and will be split between Jersey, the United States and Nigeria.
Jersey’s attorney general, Robert McRae QC, said the seizure “demonstrated [Jersey’s] commitment to tackling international financial crime and money laundering”.
￼Abacha was in power from 1993 until his death in 1998.
It is not yet clear how much money will be kept by each government.
Jersey’s Law Officers Department declined to comment on the final distribution of the funds because it could “prejudice ongoing discussions”.
Jersey’s government said it had approached the US in 2007 to request legal proceedings begin in US courts over the laundered funds.
The US Department of Justice itself has forfeited millions of dollars of money back to Nigeria, ruling that Abacha and associates laundered funds through the US banking industry.
Following an “extensive” collection of evidence in a variety of international jurisdictions, the funds were frozen by the Royal Court in 2014 and finally paid into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund on 31 May.
The money is just a fraction of the billions of dollars that were allegedly stolen and laundered during the presidency of Gen Abacha.
Swiss authorities last year returned $300m (£228m) to the Nigerian government, after it was found to have been stolen from public funds.
That money is being paid back to 300,000 Nigerian households over the next six years.
A spokesman for Jersey’s Law Officers Department said it had faced “challenges and appeals” all the way to Jersey’s highest court, as well as “separate proceedings” by a third party in US court.
Mr Audu Umar (21) has killed his neighbour, Abubakar Muhammadu, for making sexual advances at his wife, Hassana Audu.
Umar, after killing Muhammadu of Fulani Camp, Wawa village, New- Bussa, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State, explained that such sexual move was a taboo in their tradition.
The Niger State Police Command yesterday confirmed the arrest of the suspect by a team of policemen attached to the New-Bussa Division for murder.
Umar was alleged to have killed the deceased for allegedly making sexual advances at his wife, which he insisted was against their tradition.
Umar confirmed that he killed Muhammadu with a machete.
He added: “I don’t regret killing him because he decided to die like a chicken. In his next world, he wouldn’t make advances towards married women. I’m ready to bear the consequences. So, let the law takes its course. I am fulfilled. Muhammadu will never see my wife again. Allah will judge him.”
It was gathered that sometime in May 2019, the suspect’s wife, Hassana, reported to him that Muhammadu had been disturbing her for a relationship, which she refused.
It was further alleged that Umar went to warn Muhammadu to desist from such behaviour towards his wife, but the latter allegedly refused to heed the warning.
This made Umar to attack the deceased with a machete, inflicting deep cuts on his head, which eventually led to the death of Muhammadu.
The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), Mohammad Abubakar, said that the matter would be charged to court after investigation.
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says it will commence the deployment of prepaid meters to its customers in the south-east from June 15.
In a statement on Tuesday, Chukwuemeka Ezeh, EEDC’s head of communications, urged the customers to take advantage of the meter asset providers (MAP) scheme and get metered within 10 days of paying for the meter.
The electricity company covers Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia states as its franchise area.
On April 3, 2018, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) introduced the MAP regulation to new investors to fast-track the roll-out of meters through the engagement of third-party investors.
The scheme was designed to close the huge metering gap in the country and end estimated billing.
The commission had issued permits to meter service providers to begin the roll out of new meters by May 1.
Ezeh said the company has been working closely with its MAP, Mojec International Limited, to ensure that the experience is smooth and easy for its customers.
According to him, the meters will cost N36,991.50 and N67,055.85 for single phase and three phase respectively.
“For customers to get started, they are expected to visit the EEDC District Office in charge of their area from the 15th of June, 2019, to pick up the Meter application form,” he said.
“The forms which are serialised will be issued to customers free of charge and should not be photocopied, as the photocopied version will not be treated.
“It is important to reiterate that the meter application form is issued at no cost and customers should make payment to designated bank account that will be provided to them through the Demand Note, and they should not pay to any staff of the MAP or EEDC.”
The founder of the One Love Family, Sat Guru Maharaj ji, Tuesday called on President Muhammed Buhari to appoint him as his ‘spiritual adviser.’
He said this has become necessary because other religious groups and their leaders have failed.
Maharaj ji made the request during a press conference to mark the 26 years ‘Anniversary Celebrations of Nigeria Declaration as the new Holy Land of the Universe.’
The event was held at Maharaj ji village, along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
￼He said among his expectations was for the president to appoint him to oversee the ministries of water resources, agriculture, and oil and gas in Mr Buhari’s second term.
Apart from his request for appointment, the controversial cleric also spoke on other issues.
He said the federal government needs to increase the wages and improve on the welfare of judges in the country to stop the temptation of receiving bribes directly or through agents. He also called for the creation of state police, saying it would help improve the security situation in the country.
￼The cleric advised the federal government to reveal the names of those involved in the mismanagement of funds of some privatised Nigerian companies, including Nigerian Airways, Ajaokuta Steel, Delta Steel, Nigeria Electric Power Authority among others.
He called ror the creation of the Ministry for Culture and Tradition, and the establishment of a ‘social security system to give all unemployed High School graduates the sum of N6,000 , National Diploma holders a sum of N8,000, Higher National Diploma and Degree the sum of N15,000 monthly.’ He said such will take them away from criminal activities.
￼“The Federal Government should increase the reward for whistle blower to 10% in order to encourage more Nigerians to take up the challenges, Alafin of Oyo should be made Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria ‘in consideration of his position from the inception of the project Nigeria as the leading king of the land,” he said. (Premium Times)
What is perceived to be parts of the agreement between the current governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun and former Governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, seems to be coming to play as the newly sworn-in Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has given back a hotel seized from Gbenga Daniel by the past government led by Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun seized the gigantic hotel, named Conference Hotel, eight years ago after succeeding Gbenga Daniel, with claims that they were built with state’s funds.
And since then, the hotel, which is situated at an highbrow at Oke Imosan, near Ogun State Secretariat had been taken over by weeds and rodents.
However, a visit to the hotel during the week reveals that Gbenga Daniel seems to have regained his hotel back.
During our visit to the hotel, though we weren’t allowed to enter into the premises by the two security man and woman, manning the gate, we spotted some bricklayers and labourers working on the hotel.
We also noticed that the weeds had been cleared unlike before when it was bushy, and the loads of tiles dumped long ago on the site are now clean and dusted. We also spotted some loads of sands newly poured on the site with labourers moving in and out of the hotel site.
When this reporter asked the security personnel at the gate if he could gain entrance into the hotel, he was told he cannot enter unless the Engineer orders them to do so. And when asked if the Engineer is around, they replied ‘he’s not on ground at the moment.’
Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, says the era for sharing public funds to “a few greedy politicians” in the state was over.
Obaseki was speaking on Tuesday when he received Muslim faithful at the government house to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
The governor said public funds at the disposal of the state will be used for the benefit of the people and development of the state.
Obaseki also said the plot of detractors to frustrate his administration will never come to fruition. He called on his guests and people of the state to “continue to pray for the administration to succeed.”
“Only God gives power. What is going on in Edo State is the handiwork of detractors who want to frustrate the administration so we can fail in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people. But that will never happen,” he said.
“The election is still a year ahead. What is playing out is a plan by very few greedy people who are concerned about themselves. We will continue to do our best in paying our workers and pensioners, and will continue to develop the state as the time for sharing money is over. The resources of the state are meant for the people.”
Gianni Infantino was re-elected by acclamation for a second term as FIFA president at the Congress of world football’s governing body in Paris on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old, who took charge of FIFA in February 2016 after the departure of the disgraced Sepp Blatter, stood unopposed for re-election for a new four-year term which will run until 2023.
He said that the organization has been transformed into being “synonymous with credibility.”
Before the decision, Infantino said: “It is only thanks to you that we have been able to transform FIFA, to transform it into a new FIFA, an organization that is synonymous with credibility, confidence, integrity, equality, human rights, social engagement, modernity, professionalism and equality.”
In demonstration of its commitment to promote and support healthy living amongst Nigerians, Keystone Bank Limited has partnered with “The TunMicro Sickle Cell Foundation”, a UK-based humanitarian organization and ‘Slum2School Africa’ to create awareness about Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) in Lagos.
According to the lender, the initiative is part of its efforts to commemorate the 2019 World Sickle Cell Day which holds in June.
World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 in order to increase the awareness about the sickle cell disease and its cure among the common public.
During the week-long awareness and free testing programme, over 700 children benefitted from the initiative held in three communities (Adogbo, Songonro and Migbewe) in Lagos. The children were enlightened on the causes, prevention and efficient management of the disease.
Commenting on the bank’s involvement in the event, the Ag. Group Managing Director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Abubakar Danlami Sule, said: “The impact of values development initiatives such as this cannot be overemphasized.
“Sickle cell disease has become a common and foremost genetic disease worldwide which can be cured through fast awareness campaign, curable activities, early diagnosis and effective management. According to statistics, it has been discovered that more than 1000 babies are being born every day with sickle cell disease in Africa only to die before the age of five.
“At Keystone Bank, we recognise the importance of health to nation building. Good health is critical to economic development and therefore, our contribution towards the awareness, prevention, and efficient management of the SCD within local communities further strengthens our stand to improve global sustainable development goals.’
Speaking further, the bank chief disclosed that Keystone Bank, through the initiative also seeks to stop the stigmatisation of people living with the condition in Nigeria, stressing that there is so much ignorance concerning the disorder.
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