Popular Nigerian singer, Davido came under a bit criticism from his fans after posting a topless photo of himself on Instagram. Davido who is presently in Sweden posted the photo while preparing for his show. The photo shows how far he’s gone with his beard as the singer has just joined the beard gang. But […]
Few days ago, Malaysian-based Nigerian big boy, Ray Hushpuppi and rapper, Phyno blasted each on social media. ‘Efrebor’ crooner, Stramborella has now reacted to the beef by shading him, to join the growing list of artistes who have blasted Huspuppi. He shared a video of a man flogging a dog and wrote; “Puppy wey thief […]
Vândalo já foi detido pela polícia, que informou que ele estava alcoolizado
Estátua de Luis Suárez em cidade uruguaia foi arrancada
Tem gente que não gostou muito da presença do atacante Luis Suárez no casamento de Lionel Messi, que aconteceu na noite desta sexta-feira, em Rosario, na Argentina. Durante a madrugada de sábado, uma estátua do uruguaio que fica em Salto, cidade natal do atacante, foi arrancada do local e jogada no chão.
O vândalo, além de a destruir a estátua, ainda deixou uma mensagem escrita: "Fui ao casamento do Messi, volto rápido". Segundo a imprensa uruguaia, o autor do ato de destruição já foi detido pelas autoridades, que informaram que ele estava sob efeito de álcool.
Estátua de Luis Suárez em cidade uruguaia foi arrancada
A imagem de Suárez em tamanho real é uma alusão a uma comemoração de gol com camisa da seleção e fica em uma das esquinas mais movimentadas da cidade uruguaia.
O casamento de Messi
Luis Suárez foi um dos convidados para o casamento de Messi com Antonella Roccuzzo. Foram muitos nomes famosos, como Kun Agüero, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi e Carles Puyol, todos que já jogaram ou ainda jogam com o craque do Barcelona. Já o brasileiro Ronaldinho Gaúcho e o espanhol Andrés Iniesta confirmaram que não iriam ao evento por motivos profissionais do primeiro e pessoais do segundo.
E, às vésperas do "evento", novos detalhes foram revelados por fontes próximas à organização da festa. Os convidados chegaram em 12 jatos fretados pelo atleta argentino, bem como todos os convidados tiveram um salão de beleza disponível para se arrumar para o casamento.
Além disso, Messi e Antonella montaram um espaço especial para as crianças que foram convidadas, que ficarão entretidas durante o dia todo. A segurança foi reforçada e cerca de 300 agentes atuaram antes, durante e depois da festa de casamento. Suárez esteve com a família no evento e nem imaginava que sua estátua seria alvo.
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Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.
The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.
The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."
Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.
Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.
A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.
Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."
Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.
In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.
"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."
These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.
Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.
It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.
In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.
The Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan will be forced to relocate outside Taipei following the forced eviction of Taiwanese diplomats from the nations trade mission in Nigerias capital, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
Lateefat Oyeleye Abiola, on Friday emerged the best graduating medical student at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. She scored 95.6% not just to the best in her university, where she beat 564 other students, but overall in the country. Her achievement was announced by the president of the university, Vil S. Bakirov. Abiola [...]
Mike Adenuga’s son, Paddy Adenuga took to twitter to reveal why he cannot be with a woman who does not know her worth. He tweeted: a woman that doesn’t know her own worth scares the beejeezus out of me – i can’t be with you if you don’t even know your value #facts #truth [...]
Bayern Munich manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has admitted that likes Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and is open to bringing him to the Allianz Arena. “If an opportunity comes up, the club will be ready,” Ancelotti said at a media conference to mark the first day of Bayern’s pre-season preparations on Saturday. “There are lots of rumours. Alexis [...]
Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, has terminated his contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor over unpaid salaries. This was confirmed by his agent Ayodele Makinwa in an interview with CompleteSports. Onazi was also owed over three months salaries at Lazio during the 2015/2016 season, before he joined Trabzonspor last year. “Onazi has terminated his contract with [...]
Returnees in Gwoza local government area, the former caliphate of the Boko Haram militants have come out enmass on Saturday, to cheer troops of 26 Task Force Brigade, who conducted environmental sanitation exercise to clear the remains of war torn streets in the council. The visibly impressed and elated residents of the town, who came [...]
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC)’s indefinite strike action in Cross River State has now suffered a great setback as the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has pulled out of the strike. In a short statement made available to DAILY POST in Calabar this evening (Saturday), the Senior Special [...]
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has said plans to use video assistant referees (VARs) at the 2018 World Cup, are still on track following its success at this year’s Confederations Cup. “Nothing is standing in the way of using VARs (at the World Cup), as far as I’m concerned,” Infantino told a news conference in St [...]
The former Chairman, Presidential implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS), Air Vice- Marshal Saliu Atawodi (Rtd) has debunked the claims making the rounds in some section of the media that he is currently facing trial for alleged N600m fraud. Atawodi while speaking through his media consultant, Duro Meseko, frowned at the recent report [...]
The Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Umar Ahmed Imam has criticized those calling for secession , stating emphatically that they are corrupt officials who emanated from a product of a corrupt society. Imam while speaking on the political development of the country called on Nigerians to reflect on the process of nationhood by [...]
Apex Igbo social cultural group Ohaneze Ndigbo in South Africa has insisted that leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has no right to speak for the entire Igbo people. This was said by the founder of Ohaneze in South Africa, Chief Jonas Udeji, who noted that the stance of its national [...]
A journey of about 8 years successfully came to an end yesterday for 50 of ‘stranded ‘UNIOSUN medical students who had their medical studies stagnated for over two years as a result of non-availability of a teaching hospital for the Osun State University.They became medical doctors after a successful medical studies at the V.N. Karazin […]
Davido’s brother, Adewale Adeleke has reacted to being dragged out in the dirty sex scandal fight involving Kiran, one of the Matharoo sisters and a former ‘sex mate’ named Pam who was celebrating the sisters infamous arrest in Nigeria for blackmailing billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola. According to Kiran, Pam slept with Davido’s brother Adewale Adeleke […]
Barely a year after throwing her a lavish birthday party, Sexy Kenyan musician signed to Chocolate City record label Victoria Kimani and her South African-based Nigerian bae, Stanley Obiamalu unfollow each other on IG. According to Online reports, Stanley threw Victoria an over the top black tie birthday party attended by close friends in Johannesburg […]
Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has justified his decision to defend suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, in court. Ogungbeje has come under public criticisms for accepting the brief to seek freedom for Evans from police detention, or have him charged to court, weeks after his arrest. Nigerians had taken to the media to condemn […]
Photo Credit: Open Doors USA (World Watch Monitor) -- Twelve years after his death, Martina has finally ‘buried’ her father. Not in the real sense – he is in a mass grave somewhere unknown – but by saying goodbye in her own way, thanks to help from trauma counsellors helping women and children in northern Nigeria. UNICEF estimates more than 2.7...
Nwankwo Kanu, l’ancien attaquant des Super Eagles du Nigeria, a lancé un appel aux Africains à prendre conscience des maladies liées au cœur, suite au décès prématuré de l’international ivoirien Cheick Tioté. L’ancien attaquant de l’équipe du Nigéria projette de construire 5 hôpitaux spécialisés sur le continent afin de traiter...
I am a 79-year-old. My Hepatitis B (HBV) disease appeared at the age of 74, with no hope of a cure from the hospital i looked further for an alternative treatments, a friend of mine told me about Health Herbal Clinic in Nigeria who sell herbal treatments for diseases including HERPES, CANCER, DIABITIES, ALS, ALCER,AIDS, Hepatitis B disease, I contacted the herbal clinic via their website and purchased the HBV herbal remedy.
A Federal High Court, Kaduna, yesterday reserved judgment in the case of the December 2015 Zaria bloody clashes between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Shiites and the Nigerian Army for Wednesday, July 6, 2017. [...]
Death Penalty In South Africa – Before 6th June 1995, the death penalty was real in South Africa. Several convicts were executed for their crimes and, being hanged was favoured as the right way to do away with the criminals. Then, the Pretoria Central Prison ...
BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed the appointment of Justice Theron as Judge of the Constitutional Court by South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma. After the President consulted the Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng and leaders of parties represented in the National Assemb...
Dr. Henry Bello, was a family medicine physician, a Nigerian born muslim who had been allowed to stay in the United States on a expired work visa while having been arrested for sex abuse charges. In February of 2015, Dr. Henry Bello, a muslim, resigned in lieu of being dismissed for sending threatening emails to a fellow physician at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
He reportedly departed threatening to return and exact murderous revenge.
A background check would have shown that Dr Bellos was a foreign born muslim who had a criminal record that included an arrest for attempted burglary at 5:10 a.m. on April 23, 2003, when he kicked in the door to an ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Buchanan Place in the Bronx.
He was also that rare doctor with an arrest for fare evasion in the New York City subway, this at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2003.
He was also arrested for sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawful imprisonment at 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 29, 2004, on Bond Street in Manhattan. He is said to have grabbed the victim’s crotch with one hand while he lifted her in the air with his other. He began dragging her away.
“You’re coming with me,” he told the victim according to her subsequent account to the police. The police were well aware of Dr. Bello's murderous threats against his co workers, most especially female co-workers. Yet, the police did nothing. The immigration department did nothing.
Now, the New York Police Commissioner, the Mayor, and ever liberal crack pot wants to blame guns. Which, is absolutely ludicrous, the fault not with the gun, but with the inept, lazy, law enforcement officers who knew that there was a ticking time bomb in the form of an unstable, muslim sex offender and potential kidnapper. Yet, the authorities did nothing. The New York Police and the lax immigration officials who sat by and did not do their sworn duties to protect Americans should go to jail!
There should be a Federal investigation and if found negligent people should lose their jobs at the very least. I truly hope there is some financially hungry lawyer who sees the failure of the hospital, the police, immigration to protect both staff and patients from this Nigerian born muslim bent on murder-suicide.
These are the facts you will not hear from the mainstream media.
Nigerian energetic songstress, Omawumi returns after a long hiatus from the music industry, she premieres brand new music video, titled ‘I No Sure’. Watch, enjoy and share the beautiful visuals for the song “I No Sure” off “Timeless”. The brand new album by Omawumi released globally by Rocnation and Cabal Entertainment. The video was directed […]
Popular Nigeria / French singer Mr 2Sweet is back with the very much anticipated single “Money In The Bank” which he invites label mate Saga and popular aapper Vector The Viper to take part in making this new hit. The single which comes after the massive success of “Sukusu” which features Toubey and Solid Star/ […]
BARI - La Puglia ha un macchinario utile per ripulire la chiazza di petrolio che si è riversata al largo del Golfo del Messico: lo scrive il presidente della Regione Puglia, Nichi Vendola, in una nota inviata al ministro degli Affari Esteri Franco Frattini, all’ambasciata italiana a Washington e all’ambasciatore Usa in Italia, mr David Thorne.
“La società Fluidotecnica Sanseverino, con sede a Bari - scrive Vendola – ha brevettato un macchinario, l’Olisep Cc Ecology, in grado di compiere una separazione netta tra l’acqua e tutti i fluidi inquinanti che galleggiano”.
Il macchinario “ha la funzione di assorbire ed eliminare – spiega ancora Vendola – le chiazze di olio che troppo spesso si depositano sulla superficie del mare e che derivano dalle attività di navi cisterna, piattaforme petrolifere e industrie, senza utilizzo di alcun additivo chimico”. L’apparecchiatura è stata già testata da grandi aziende ed è oggetto di interesse nelle zone di estrazione di idrocarburi fossili, come l’Oman e la Nigeria.
“L'intero distretto della meccanica della Puglia – scrive Vendola – intende mettersi a disposizione per realizzare il numero di macchinari necessari a ripulire interamente la chiazza di petrolio riversatasi in mare”. “Riteniamo che la proposta - aggiunge Vendola – possa costituire una valida alternativa all’utilizzo dei solventi chimici, pericolosi per il delicato equilibrio marino e comunque non risolutivi”.
Chelsea's new kits were unveiled on Saturday, as the reigning Premier League champions launched their new relationship with Nike in some style.
The Blues announced a 15-year kit deal with the German sportswear manufacturers in October, and opted to use FIFA 18 'star' Alex Hunter to unveil the new strip this weekend.
The designs, while simplistic, have largely been warmly received by Chelsea fans, and Nigeria wideman Victor Moses has also tweeted his approval of the kit.
"Quality new Nike Chelsea...
Just in time for the summer, Nigerian artiste, YCEE dropped what seems to be the biggest song so far, in Nigeria this year, JUICE featuring London based, Nigerian artist, MALEEK BERRY which was produced by ADEY. From fans using ‘Too much juice, too much sauce’ in their everyday dealings, to the song (audio and video) […]
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed, before a Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court, charges of unlawful enrichment to the tune of N3.5 million against James Agbadu-Fishim, a judge of the National Industrial Court.
According to the charge sheet, the EFCC alleged that Mr. Agbadu-Fishim received the funds from seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria, a Lagos-based lawyer, and a law firm between 2013 and 2015.
The money, the EFCC claimed in the charge sheet, was paid into the judge’s First Bank account with number 3008199491.
The judge, according to the EFCC, allegedly received a total of N1.15 million from Felix Fagbohungbe between December 5, 2013, and February 26, 2015.
He also allegedly received a total of N700,000 in multiple tranches from Paul Usoro (SAN) between August 5, 2014, and March 26, 2015. Other senior advocates who allegedly paid money into the judge’s bank account include Adetola-Kazeem, who gave him N100,000 on February 10, 2015; and Uche Obi, who gave him N250,000 between October 17 and 20, 2013.
The rest include Muiz Banire, who according to the EFCC, gave the judge N500,000 on June 20, 2013; and Adeniyi Akintola, who gave him N300,000 in two tranches of N200,000 and N100,000 on June 3, 2013, and February 26, 2015, respectively.
The EFCC further claimed that the judge received a total of N250,000 from Joseph Nwobike (SAN), in tranches of N150,000 and N100,000 on December 12, 2014, and September 10, 2015, respectively; while a Lagos-based lawyer, Enobong Etteh, was said to have transferred N200,000 to the judge on October 27, 2014.
A law firm, Alliance Law Firm, according to the EFCC, also paid N250,000 into the judge’s account on August 21, 2015. The anti-graft agency alleged that Justice Fishim received the money “so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.” It alleged that the judge acted contrary to Section 82 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011. A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the case.
When they were invited by the Commission for questioning, last year, some of the lawyers accused of giving money to the judges maintained it was not a bribe.
For instance, Mr. Banire, announced at the time he would be stepping down as the national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress pending conclusion of investigation, said the N500,000 he gave the judge was meant for his mother’s funeral.
Also, Mr. Akinola had told newsmen last year that Mr. Agbadum-Fishim had been his friend for more than 25 years. “I gave him N100,000 twice when he lost his parents as financial assistance,” the lawyer had said. “I did not even attend the events. He has also given me money twice: N50,000 (when I lost my mother in 2014) and another N25,000 when my daughter wedded. He attended the two events. It was a kind of exchange of gifts. I knew him when he was in the University of Abuja.”
Two students of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) drowned on Saturday evening while reportedly taking selfie pictures on a canoe inside a river in the town.
The two students whose names were were both 300 level students of the university.
One was said to be a student of the department of Agriculture and Environmental Engineering, while the other was a student of the department of Project Management Technology.
The President, Students Union Government of the university, Adeyinka Olasehinde who confirmed the incident, said the death of the two students had thrown the university into mourning.
Olasehinde explained that four students went to a river close to the university and took pictures on a canoe stationed at the river.
He added that the canoe capsized while the students were taking the pictures.
Olasehinde hinted that two of the students narrowly escaped death because they knew how to swim, while two others were unfortunate.
He said the students who lost their lives were at the venue of their entrepreneuship training at the laboratory of the department of fishery and aquaculture behinde great hall in Obakekere area of Akure.
He said the ugly incident occurred after the students had finished their training for the day
The immediate past Nigeria’s Vice President, Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo has expressed fear that the nation’s security agencies may plant incriminating objects in his house to implicate him of corruption.
The former Vice President who reacted to the repeated raids on his Kaduna residence by the anti-graft agencies said he is apprehensive that a repeat of Commando-style raid of his residence will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him.
Sambo in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Umar Sani, lamented that the recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence and blocking all entry and exit points, in a ‘commando-style’ and coming along with a bullion van speak volumes of the ‘clandestine’ intention of the security operatives.
According to the statement, “In the late afternoon of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017, the Alimi Road, Kaduna un-occupied residence of the former Vice President Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON, was invaded by security operatives armed with a search warrant, who conducted a forensic search of the entire residence.
“Initially, we were at a loss as to their identity but later discovered that they were operatives from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). This raid brings to five the number of times the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed.
“It is worthy of note to state that no such brazen attempts were made at any point, either at his Link Road Kaduna residence, or his Abuja apartment, which he presently occupy.
“As the visit of the operatives was unscheduled, the reasons for the search were not specifically stated. However, the outcome of the search was made known. At the end of the whole exercise, the officers, who carried out the search were satisfied that nothing incriminating was found.
“As a law-abiding citizen, the former Vice-President did not raise any alarm in the previous invasions in view of the fact that he has nothing to hide.
“The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volumes of the clandestine intention of the security operatives.
“It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that a repeat of such episode will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him.
“It is against this background that we wish to draw the attention of the unsuspecting members of the public to this phenomenon. The desperation of some of the security agencies is glaring by the number of times such searches were conducted and still counting. We hope it is not a way to try to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it,” Sambo said.
You know no homo,nothing attached, we just love featuring her. Lol, especially now that she has relocated to Nigeria to be with bae despite not being married. You know the love is MADT, and we love her, for loving us (yes May D is one of us- Nigerian), lol. Two more photos of her below… But seriously she runs a nail shop in Lekki. Which tells she is going nowhere soon.
50 medical students of the Osun State University have ended their medical studies at the V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
One of the new medical doctors, Oyeleye Lateefah Abiola, was named by the Vice-President for Research and Education of the University, Mykola O. Azarenkov, as the overall Best graduating student from both the Faculty of Medicine and in the entire university.
She came out with a percent score of 95.6 per cent in the KROK 2 Exams which was the final examination for graduating students.
The convocation arena erupted in cheers as the best graduating student mounted the stage to deliver her speech.
The Karazin Kharkiv National University is 213 years old having been founded in November 1804.
Have you noticed the way Nigerians have been excelling in foreign universities lately? Sigh!
Fire has gutted a small section of the Federal Secretariat in Abuja The complex houses major government offices in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Channels v online reports.
Eyewitnesses said the fire started on the sixth floor of the building and is believed to have affected the seventh and eighth floors. Most of the damaged area is reported to be occupied by the Federal Ministry of Education.
A spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service said the agency received an alert 30 minutes after the fire started and its men were able to stop the inferno from spreading to adjourning buildings.
Fotografia e giornalismo: le immagini premiate nel 2007
Al Museo di Trastevere in Roma si terrà, come di consuetudine, l'edizione 2007 del World Press Photo, il più prestigioso premio internazionale di fotogiornalismo.
Il Premio World Press Photo è uno dei più importanti riconoscimenti nell’ambito del Fotogiornalismo. Ogni anno, da 50 anni, una giuria indipendente formata da esperti, scelti tra i più accreditati in campo internazionale è chiamata ad esprimersi sulle migliaia di domande inviate da ogni parte del mondo alla World Press Photo Foundation di Amsterdam da fotogiornalisti, agenzie, quotidiani e riviste. Tutto della produzione internazionale viene esaminato per il Premio, quindi il meglio organizzato nell'esposizione e nel catalogo. Si tratta quindi anche di un'occasione per vedere raccolte insieme le immagini più belle e rappresentative che, per un anno intero, hanno accompagnato, documentato e illustrato gli avvenimenti del nostro tempo sui giornali di tutto il mondo.
La giuria del concorso World Press Photo 2007 ha dovuto selezionare 78,083 immagini inviate da 4,460 fotografi professionisti di 124 paesi. La giuria ha premiato 58 fotografi, per 10 categorie diverse, provenienti da 23 nazioni: Argentina, Australia, Brasile, Canada, Danimarca, Francia, Germania, Ungheria, Svizzera, Israele, Italia, Giappone, Messico, Olanda, Nigeria, Norvegia, Palestina, Cina, Sud Africa, Spagna, Svezia, Regno Unito e Stati Uniti.
La giuria internazionale del 50° concorso World Press Photo ha premiato come Foto dell’Anno 2006 l’immagine a colori del fotografo americano Spencer Platt, dell’agenzia Getty Images. La fotografia mostra giovani libanesi che attraversano in auto i quartieri di Beirut devastati dai bombardamenti, ed è stata scattata il 15 agosto 2006. Il Premio World Press, Foto dell’Anno 2006 viene assegnato al fotografo la cui immagine, selezionata tra tutte quelle pervenute, rappresenta un evento, una situazione o un argomento di grande rilevanza giornalistica dell’anno, e dimostra un eccezionale livello di percezione visiva e di creatività.
Il presidente della giuria Michele McNally (The New York Times) ha affermato che l’immagine vincitrice rende perfettamente "la complessità e le contraddizioni del mondo reale, in mezzo al caos" e "ti consente di guardare oltre l'ovvio".
Quest’anno cinque importanti riconoscimenti sono stati attribuiti a fotografi Italiani:
Davide Monteleone, Primo Premio Storie nella categoria “Spot News” con un reportage sui bombardamenti israeliani in Libano, Contrasto Lorenzo Cicconi Massi, Terzo Premio nella categoria “Sports Features” con un lavoro sulla scuola Shichahai, Beijing, Contrasto Paolo Pellegrin, Primo Premio nella categoria “General News” Foto singole, Magnum Photos Max Rossi, Primo Premio nella categoria “Sports Action” Foto singole, Reuters Massimo Berruti, Secondo Premio Storie nella categoria “Contemporary Issues”, Grazia Neri
Non si tratta soltanto di immagini sensazionali. La mostra World Press Photo è anche un documento storico che permette di rivivere gli eventi cruciali del nostro tempo. Il suo carattere internazionale, le centinaia di migliaia di visitatori che ogni anno visitano la mostra in tutto il mondo, sono la dimostrazione del potere che le immagini hanno di trascendere differenze culturali e linguistiche per raggiungere livelli altissimi e immediati di comunicazione.
Il libro World Press Photo fotografia e giornalismo le immagini premiate nel 2007 è pubblicato da Contrasto e può essere acquistato anche su www.contrasto.it
Good initiative. It would be also good to do nutritional characterization. I had the same idea in Nigeria and Ghana bcs farmers grow native vegetables intercropped with yam but we culdnt get funds. It also could be a source for breeding them with low cost instead to biofortify starchy roots at very high cost.
LONDON: Everton have signed Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen on a five-year deal and will loan out the Nigeria striker to Anderlecht next season, the Premier League club said on Friday.
The 20-year-old was joint-leading scorer in Belgium's top flight last season with 22 goals in 38 games ...
EVERTON have confirmed the £7m signing of Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru as their summer spending spree continues. Onyekuru (below) has signed a five-year deal after leading the scoring charts in Belgium with 22 goals for Eupen last season. The...
Viljelykasvien siemenet ovat uusin ase taistelussa islamistista Boko Haram -järjestöä vastaan Nigerian pohjoisosissa. Pahimmin Boko Haramin julmuuksista on kärsinyt Bornon osavaltio, jossa on kahdeksan vuotta jatkuneen kriisin aikana kuollut yli 20 000 ihmistä ja yli 2 miljoonaa on joutunut jättämään kotinsa. Valtaosa lähtijöistä on maanviljelijöitä, joten alueen ruuantuotanto on kärsinyt pahoin. Trooppisen maatalouden kansainvälinen tutkimuskeskus Iita […]
Dr. Henry Michael Bello, the gunman who shot six people at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre in New York on Friday, has been identified as a Nigerian. Some Nigerians in New York, who knew Bello, confirmed to the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday. And the NYPD has also identified him to be a Nigerian-born
The suggestion that certain state governors are fraudulent and do not use their allocations wisely is true. It is also very true that the fFederal Government has not carried all sections of this country along in the last 50 years. Most people who feel alienated by the Federal Government are entitled to seek self determination in order for them to carefully deal with their home problems better, including the so-called governors. You and I also know that most of these so-called governors are no more than inpositions from 'above' and cannot be questioned.
I am always surprised when people defend the status quo so much almost with their last drop of blood as if the Nigerian state is their inheritance. Why do people love this country so much but make no serious genuine effort to administer it well? Agitating for self rule is a legitimate call and has been used in several parts of the world to determine the future of their political growth; Nigeria should not be an exception. People should not bother about what would happen to the 'splinter' group when they leave; there is always a plan for the person agitating. This is the time to take a realistic assessment of the contraption called igeria and accept that we have come to the end of the tethers.
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Today, there are now <i>28 million un-employed youths</i> in Nigeria just roaming
purposelessly inside Nigeria – a staggering figure equal to the entire population of Ghana;
a neighbouring West African country, according to a latest official bulletin issued by the federal
Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The jobless figure today is over half the whole population of Nigeria
at independence on October 1st, 1960.
@TruthKonveyor:disqus; One can only
hope that Nigeria will learn its lesson from Libya; that in a revolutionary
context, where the government itself is seen as economic threat to the pursuit
of happiness, the army cannot be neutral, otherwise, revolutionary militias
will take the army’s neutrality to mean army’s support for the morally wretched
status quo of living by plunder and bribes. Where the law courts have been
destroyed by bribes, swift revolutionary justice on the streets by the army is
the only next feasible option if civilian militias will not be provoked, impelled or
induced to also attack on army formations for conspiracy with rogue officials,
just as happened in Libya. Already, the signs are there in Nigeria that the country
is going in the same direction as Libya today. The Nigerian populace perceive
that the army is unconcerned about the genocidal corruption going on in Nigeria
and that the army does not fulfill its given constitutional duty to fully assist the
people; the civilians – as opposed to complicit civilian authorities – to maintain
law and order by rolling out the tanks against corrupt officials, to safeguard
Nigeria’s internal security.
Who told you Nigerians are not record makers? Dr. Lateefat Oyeleye Abiola, the best graduating medical student at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine, was on top of the world 30 June, as she delivered the valedictory speech. She scored 95.6 per cent to emerge the best, not just at her university, where she beat 564 other students, but overall in Ukraine.
Abiola who was a student of Osun State University was sponsored to the Ukrainian university by the government of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, to complete her studies.
The announcement that her score was the best in the entire Ukraine was made at a Pre-Convocation meeting held at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University , Kharkov by the President of the university, Prof Vil S. Bakirov.
Kharkiv University is the only university in Ukraine that has produced three Nobel Prize laureates.
There were 49 other students from Osun state, in her set, sponsored to the school by the Aregbesola administration. They all passed their exams.
Lateefat was one of the 85 medical students of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, left stranded and unable to complete their studies after the National Universities Commission in 2012 refused to accredit the course for lack of a medical school.
However, in 2014, when Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board, he decided to fully sponsor the 85 students that belonged to two different sets, to complete their Medical studies at the Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.
The convocation ceremony, which was attended by UNIOSUN vice-chancellor, Professor Labo Popoola.
Popular comedienne, Lepacious Bose, on Saturday said she made more money when she was overweight than when she became slim. Bose said this at a news conference to mark the 2nd anniversary of Herbal Pro’s flagship product, EZ Slim and the Unveiling of Nigeria’s First Online Health and Wellness Newsletter in Lagos. “I was obese for 25-years. I was never happy being fat and I had health challenges like my thyroids were aggravating, I was depressed, for two years I was not menstruating. I was so emotional and each time I visited the hospital, they will ask me to go and lose weight. “Though, I was making a lot of money because it was easy cracking jokes about my being fat. Now that I am slimming down, I do not make so much money anymore. “Above all, my weight loss has been an incredible journey and I am proud of the progress I have made and I don’t intend to stop. “I am also proud of the fact that my weight loss is an inspiration to others. I am happier, healthier and more confident thanks to EZ Slim product. “Presently, I am now a size 16. Two years ago, I was obese with a weight of 198kg.” Also speaking, Mr Kishore Uttamchandani, Managing Director, Herbal Pro said that a study by Herbal Pro Limited showed that 89 percent of people suffering from high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in Nigeria were either overweight or obese. Uttamchandani said that the study pointed to the lack of insight about healthy living as one of the causes of obesity in Nigeria. He said the organisation had introduced an online weekly newsletter aimed at providing information and advice on how to improve health through healthy living. ”There has been a significant increase in the level of internet usage in Nigeria. The internet is a key avenue for researching and passing on information. “Being a company that is into health and wellness, we would like to use the newsletter to educate, inform and advise Nigerians on how best to live a healthy life. “We believe that a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to reducing cases of illnesses, ” he said. In her remarks, Ms Vivian Iweha, Public Relations Manager of the organisation, said Herbal Pro was a herbal solution company focused on improving the health of Nigerians. NAN
Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital doctor shot dead by a former employee with a grudge, was supposed to be off duty when Dr. Henry Bello showed up. “She normally works in the clinic,” Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Chief Dr. Sridhar Chilinuri said. “Yesterday she was asked to cover one of the physicians who was out.”“She [&hellip
Fast rising Yoruba actress, Ayoola Kikelomo gives her own definition of a cheap girl. She wrote; A cheap girl is not the girl that accepts your proposal the first day. WHO IS A CHEAP GIRL? __________________________________ 1. A cheap gal is any gal who is living in a man’s house and the man has not [&hellip
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will support the Cooperative Financing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN) to ensure financial inclusion in the country. The Head of Financial Inclusion Secretariat, Mrs Temitope Akinfadeyi, said this at the 2017 United Nations International Day of Cooperatives in Abuja . Akinfadeyi stated that one of the initiatives that […]
Nigeria’s manufacturing sector has witnessed expansion for the third consecutive month, according to data released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) which measures the size of the nation’s manufacturing sector rose to 52.9 index points at the end of June. This figure showed a 0.4 per cent increase from […]
Nigeria Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has terminated his contract with his Turkish club, Trabzonspor with immediate effect. In a conversation with Sports Daily, the reliable midfielder cited the inability of the club to meet up with its contractual obligations as reason for the termination. He indicated that the club was in the habit of […]
The inaugural group of winners of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) was announced earlier today in Lagos, Nigeria. One thousand African entrepreneurs representing 52 African countries and territories were decided upon by the TEEP selection committee comprised of some of Africa’s distinguished industry captains and leading entrepreneurs including Monica [...]
VideoWith the continent's mostpopulous nation, Nigeria heading for presidential elections coming up this Saturday,the White House released a video of President Barack Obama’s message to the people of Nigeria earlier this morning. "Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you have made. Together you [...]
Speaking at a high profile panel on energy at the 2015 annual meeting for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist Tony Elumelu emphasized the key priority for 2015 for Africa as “policy, policy, policy”. Launching the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG), a multi-stakeholder advocacy group [...]
Followingpart one's coverageof Nigeria and West Africa's # 1online retailerKonga.com; founder and CEO,Simdul Shagaya, describing the growth trajectory of his fast-rising company said, “our progress so far simply speaks to what happens when you have this incredible focus on the needs of the customer. Retailers manifest the dreams and aspirations [...]
Video“If you think that you can be Africa's Steve Jobs, then 2015 is the year for you to start the journey,” saidNigerian billionaire and revered business leader, Tony Elumeluin a video message announcingtheofficial opening of his $100 million pan-African entrepreneurship initiative,theTony ElumeluFoundation Entrepreneurship Program(TEEP). The highly anticipated program went live [...]
Despite the many challenges that the continent faced in 2014; the kidnapping of 276 school girls in Nigeria, Ebola outbreak in the West African epicenters of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and conflicts in various African countries, there were also significant strides and gains; the continent continued to make economic [...]
As Africa and the world grapple with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and reports of infection in Spain and the United States, international health authorities havedeclared two West African countries free of Ebola virus transmission. Senegal was declared free from Ebola on October 17 and Nigeriabecame the second West [...]
The National Assembly (NASS), says it has set up Ad-hoc Committee to resolve burning issues arising from the 2017 Hajj fare announced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NACON). Dr Abdullahi Salame, Chairman House [...]
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Une rixe opposant une centaine de migrants africains, des Erythréens face à des Ethiopiens, armés de bâtons et de pierres, a débuté vers 13h15 dans la zone industrielle de Calais, indique la préfecture du Pas-de-Calais.
"Il y a un blessé léger mais l'intervention était toujours en cours", vers 15 heures, a indiqué le directeur de cabinet de la préfecture, précisant que des précédentes violences hier soir, toujours entre Érythréens et Éthiopiens, avaient fait neuf blessés légers.
Environ 600 migrants d'Afrique de l'Ouest ont été secourus depuis le mois d'avril dans le désert nigérien après avoir été abandonnés par des passeurs, a indiqué hier l'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM). L'organisation a toutefois estimé que les 51 migrants portés disparus la semaine dernière, après avoir été abandonnés en plein désert sur la route de l'Europe via la Libye, étaient probablement morts. Les 51 migrants "sont (donc) présumés morts", même si "les corps n'ont toujours pas été retrouvés", a-t-elle dit.
"L'opération de sauvetage de l'OIM a secouru depuis le mois d'avril 600 migrants abandonnés dans le désert du Sahara" qui ont été hébergés dans son centre du nord du Niger, dans le cadre de son projet "Aide et secours aux migrants dans la région d'Agadez" (MIRAA)", a indiqué l'organisation. La dernière partie de cette opération s'est déroulée dimanche quand 24 migrants, dont des Gambiens, des Nigérians, des Sénégalais et des Ivoiriens, ont été rescapés par l'armée nigérienne et transférés vers un centre de transit de l'OIM.
Ces miraculés faisaient partie d'un groupe de "75 migrants" ayant embarqué à bord de trois véhicules à Agadez pour la Libye, et ont alerté les autorités de la disparition de 51 de leurs compagnons, désormais donnés pour morts, selon l'OIM. Les autorités sont retournées là où elles avaient découvert les survivants dans l'espoir de sauver les autres migrants "mais ne les ont pas retrouvés en raison d'une tempête de sable", explique l'OIM.
Fatoumi Boudou, le préfet de Bilma (nord) a assuré que des recherches effectuées par les forces de défense et de sécurité (FDS) "dans un rayon de 65 km" ont permis de "découvrir une seule tombe" à côté de laquelle elles ont trouvé "une carte d'identité d'un étudiant du Nigeria". "Nous sommes restés dans le désert pendant dix jours. Après cinq jours, le chauffeur nous a abandonnés. Il est parti avec toutes nos affaires, en nous disant qu'il reviendrait nous chercher dans quelques heures mais il n'est jamais revenu", a raconté à l'OIM, Adaora, une rescapée Nigériane de 22 ans.
Début juin, 44 migrants, parmi lesquels des bébés, avaient été retrouvés morts en plein désert dans la région d'Agadez, sur la route menant à la Libye voisine.
Paris: 1200 migrants autour du centre La Chapelle (29.06.2017)
Par Le Figaro.fr avec AFPMis à jour le 29/06/2017 à 13:55 Publié le 29/06/2017 à 12:29
Près de 1.200 personnes vivent dans la rue aux alentours du centre humanitaire pour migrants ouvert dans le nord de Paris, porte de la Chapelle, selon l'association France terre d'asile (FTDA) qui a été mandatée pour mener des maraudes.
"Nous avons décompté 1.178 personnes au cours de la semaine du 19 au 25 juin", a indiqué Pierre Henry, directeur général de FTDA, faisant état de "200 personnes supplémentaires par semaine". "Plus on attend, plus la situation est dégradée", a-t-il ajouté, jugeant une évacuation "obligatoire".
Le 9 mai, un peu plus de 1.600 migrants avaient déjà été évacués de campements insalubres installés autour de la porte de La Chapelle, dans ce qui constituait la plus grosse opération de mise à l'abri en six mois.
"Le vrai sujet est: que peut-on mettre en place pour éviter d'y avoir recours d'ici un mois ?", a ajouté le responsable de FTDA, plaidant pour l'ouverture d'autres centres humanitaires, ailleurs qu'à Paris. "Si rien n'est fait d'ampleur, on va continuer à gérer le bazar".
La maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo avait écrit au ministre de l'Intérieur fin juin pour lui demander la création de nouvelles places d'hébergement "sur toute la France", sans quoi "plusieurs milliers" de migrants risquent de camper dans les rues de Paris cet été.
FTDA organise des maraudes pour signaler les cas les plus vulnérables, à charge pour les gestionnaires du centre de premier accueil de déterminer les critères d'entrée dans le dispositif, a précisé M. Henry.
Les migrants, dont beaucoup d'Afghans, d'Erythréens et de Soudanais, se sont réinstallés dans des conditions d'hygiène et de sécurité déplorables, sous les ponts de l'autoroute A1 et entre les voies d'accès au périphérique. Ils campent autour du centre humanitaire, qui avait justement été ouvert en novembre pour mettre fin au cycle des installations et évacuations de campements en pleine crise migratoire. Mais faute de places où les orienter ensuite, le dispositif sature.
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Mis à jour le 21/06/2017 à 10:25 Publié le 21/06/2017 à 07:10
La chaîne de cafés américaine Starbucks a dit mardi qu'elle allait embaucher 2.500 refugiés en Europe dans le cadre d'un plan de recrutement de 10.000 réfugiés sur cinq ans dans 75 pays présenté fin janvier. Le groupe a précisé avoir commencé à recruter des réfugiés dans huit pays européens, l'Allemagne, l'Autriche, l'Espagne, la France, la Grande-Bretagne, les Pays-Bas, le Portugal et la Suisse.
L'initiative de Starbucks, qui avait été prise peu de temps après le décret, toujours bloqué, de Donald Trump interdisant l'entrée aux Etats-Unis aux réfugiés de sept pays majoritairement musulmans, avait été mal accueilli par certains aux Etats-Unis. Mais il semble qu'il n'y ait pas de réaction similaire en Europe, avec seulement une poignée de personnes exprimant sur Twitter leur désapprobation de l'embauche de réfugiés.
Ces derniers représenteront quelque 8% des effectifs actuels de 30.000 personnes de Starbucks en Europe. Quelque 1,7 million de réfugiés et de migrants, en provenance surtout depays ravagés par la guerre et les violences tels que la Syrie, l'Irak, l'Afghanistan ou encore l'Erythrée, ont afflué dans l'Union européenne depuis 2014.
L'engagement de Starbucks en faveur des réfugiés "montre que des entreprises comme les nôtres peuvent utiliser leur taille pour avoir un impact positif sur la vie des gens", a déclaré Martin Brok, président de Starbucks Europe, Afrique et Moyen-Orient, cité dans un communiqué.
Hongrie: dix accusés dans le procès du «camion charnier»
Par Florence La Bruyère, correspondante à Budapest — 21 juin 2017 à 10:57
Un des suspects dans l'enquête sur le camion charnier découvert en Autriche, à son arrivée le 29 août 2015 au tribunal de Kecskemét en Hongrie
Un des suspects dans l'enquête sur le camion charnier découvert en Autriche, à son arrivée le 29 août 2015 au tribunal de Kecskemét en Hongrie Photo ATTILA KISBENEDEK. AFP
C’est dans les environs de Kesckemét, ville située à mi-chemin de Budapest et de la frontière serbe que des trafiquants avaient embarqué des réfugiés dans un camion en 2015 pour un voyage mortel.
Hongrie: dix accusés dans le procès du «camion charnier»
La tragédie avait provoqué une vive émotion en Europe. Le 27 août 2015, alors que des milliers de réfugiés affluent sur le continent, 71 personnes sont retrouvées mortes dans le compartiment étanche d’un camion frigorifique abandonné sur la bande d’urgence d’une autoroute autrichienne, à Parndorf, à 11 kilomètres de la frontière hongroise. A l’intérieur du véhicule immatriculé en Hongrie, la police autrichienne découvre les cadavres de 59 hommes, huit femmes et quatre enfants dont un bébé de dix mois. Ils sont syriens, irakiens, iraniens, et afghans. L’entassement des corps et leur état de décomposition sont tel que les équipes médico-légales mettront une nuit entière à les dégager. Les victimes, prises en charge par des passeurs au sud de la Hongrie, non loin de la frontière serbe, sont mortes d’étouffement dans des conditions atroces.
La découverte du camion charnier, ainsi que celle, quelques jours plus tard, d’un enfant mort sur une plage turque, provoquent une onde de choc en Europe. «Nous sommes tous bouleversés par ces terribles nouvelles, réagit aussitôt Angela Merkel. Même les journaux allemands ultra-conservateurs appellent au soutien des réfugiés. En phase avec l’opinion publique de son pays, la chancelière prend l’initiative d’accueillir des centaines de milliers de fugitifs en Allemagne.
«1000 à 1500 euros»
Dans le box des dix accusés comparaissant ce mercredi à Kecskemét, neuf ressortissants bulgares et un citoyen afghan de 30 ans, chef présumé du gang de trafiquants. Ce dernier, Samsoor L., vivait depuis 2013 en Hongrie où il bénéficiait de la protection subsidiaire, un statut proche de celui de réfugié. Il disposait de la complicité de compatriotes établis en Serbie, qui lui adressaient des migrants transitant par ce pays.
D’après les enquêteurs, le réseau de trafiquants a généré d’importants profits en convoyant de février à août 2015 au moins 110 personnes à qui il était demandé «de 1000 à 1500 euros» chacune pour passer en Autriche. Les gains étaient rapatriés en Afghanistan.
Le crime est «d’une nature exceptionnelle» selon le parquet hongrois (l’affaire est jugée en Hongrie, lieu de décès des victimes selon les autopsies). Le jour même de la découverte du camion charnier, les trafiquants ont transporté un autre groupe de 81 migrants dans des conditions identiques ; ces derniers ont échappé de peu à la mort en défonçant la porte du camion.
Le procès s’ouvre sur une controverse. La police hongroise aurait-elle pu empêcher le drame ? C’est ce que soutiennent des journalistes d’investigation allemands du Süddeutsche Zeitung et des chaînes NDR et WDR qui ont eu accès aux transcriptions des écoutes. La police magyare avait en effet repéré les trafiquants dès juillet 2015 et les avait mis sur écoute 13 jours avant le drame.
«Pas question d’ouvrir la porte du camion»
Le matin de la tragédie, à 6h16, le chauffeur du camion, qui roule encore en Hongrie, appelle un complice bulgare. «Ils font un boucan pas possible à l’arrière. A la frontière, la police risque de les entendre, qu’est-ce que je fais ?» Le complice appelle alors le chef afghan qui donne ses ordres : «Pas question d’ouvrir la porte du camion […] ni de leur donner de l’eau. Dis [au chauffeur] de continuer. Et s’ils meurent, dis-lui de se débarrasser des corps dans la forêt, en Allemagne».
Mais si la police enregistrait bien ces conversations, qui ont eu lieu en pachtoun, en bulgare et dans un dialecte serbe, elle ne les écoutait pas en live. «Les autorités hongroises n’ont pu faire traduire et analyser ces informations qu’après la découverte du crime» a indiqué à Libération Gabor Schmidt, porte-parole du parquet de la région de Bacs-Kiskun. D’après les données recueillies les jours précédents, rien n’indiquait que les migrants étaient en danger de mort. «Les autorités hongroises n’auraient pas pu empêcher ce crime, vu le déroulement extrêmement rapide des événements» ajoute Gabor Schmidt.
Le procès devrait durer au moins jusqu’au 30 juin. Aujourd’hui, les chefs d’inculpation retenus sont : trafic d’êtres humains, crime en bande organisée, et assassinat commis avec une extrême cruauté. Des crimes passibles de 30 ans de prison, voire de détention à vie.
Florence La Bruyère correspondante à Budapest
Anne Hidalgo interpelle le gouvernement sur la crise migratoire qui reprend à Paris (20.06.2017)
La maire de Paris adresse un courrier à trois ministres, dont celui de l'Intérieur Gérard Collomb, pour alerter sur une nouvelle crise migratoire qui s'amplifie dans la capitale, alors que 1000 migrants campent actuellement dans les rues du nord de Paris.
«Si ce rythme des arrivées se poursuivait sans augmentation du rythme des prises en charge, ce sont ainsi plusieurs milliers de personnes qui seraient contraintes de vivre dans des conditions indignes au sein de la capitale au cœur de l'été», explique la maire. «Or, la situation actuelle est déjà difficilement tenable en l'état.»
Un campement de 1000 personnes à Paris
Un campement d'un millier de migrants s'est de nouveau reconstitué dans le nord-est de Paris. En cause, la saturation des «centres d'accueil humanitaire» de la porte de La Chapelle et d'Ivry. «Environ 70 migrants arrivent chaque jour au centre d'urgence de La Chapelle, pour 40 à 50 prises en charge par l'Etat dans des Centres d'accueil et d'orientation», explique-t-on à l'Hôtel de ville.
«Les tensions à l'entrée du centre humanitaire sont désormais quotidiennes tant les frustrations sont grandes et les rixes se multiplient», peut-on lire dans le courrier d'Anne Hidalgo. Boulevard de La Villette, la file d'attente devant le plateforme d'accueil gérée par France terre d'asile «est en passe de se transformer en campement permanent», poursuit-elle.
La maire plaide donc pour la création de places d'hébergements supplémentaires sur toute la France. «Il y a une incohérence majeure aujourd'hui dans l'accueil des migrants», estime-t-on à la mairie. «Un migrant qui vient d'Italie doit aller jusqu'à Paris pour obtenir un premier accueil d'urgence, avant d'être placé par l'Etat dans des centres d'accueils qui seront potentiellement dans le sud du territoire...» Anne Hidalgo demande donc la création de centres similaires à celui de Paris dans toute la France.
Le courrier aborde également la question des mineurs étrangers isolés, dont le nombre a «doublé en un an». Actuellement, la quasi-totalité de l'effort de prise en charge repose sur Paris et la Seine-Saint-Denis. La mairie de Paris pointe l'absence de coordination des différents services chargés de les prendre en charge sur le territoire français. «Il apparaît aujourd'hui essentiel de nationaliser la procédure d'évaluation de la minorité et de l'isolement, et que cette dernière soit confiée à des équipes disposant d'une taille suffisante», indique le courrier.
Anne Hidalgo appelle enfin à la création d'une instance qui associerait les services de l'Etat, les collectivités locales concernées et les principales associations afin de «construire une réponse collective» à la nouvelle crise migratoire qui se prépare pour cet été.
«Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye» (21.06.2017) Libération
A Calais, le 15 juin, des hommes patientent près de la station-service où les camions font le plein avant de traverser la Manche. Photo Antoine Bruy pour Libération
Depuis le démantèlement de la «jungle», la situation humanitaire des quelque 500 réfugiés qui errent dans la ville est devenue intenable. Les forces de l’ordre les traquent sans répit et les associations ont bien du mal à les aider.
«Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye»
Calais, année zéro. Devenue depuis deux décennies un des principaux lieux de regroupement sur le sol français des exilés du monde entier, les côtes britanniques en ligne de mire, la ville du Pas-de-Calais vit un éternel recommencement. Bien que bunkerisée - on ne compte plus les kilomètres de clôtures et de fils barbelés déroulés à grands frais par les autorités - Calais reste un eldorado pour des milliers de migrants. Hier soudanais, irakiens ou kurdes, ils sont aujourd’hui principalement érythréens, afghans ou éthiopiens, à errer dans la cité, sans cesse traqués par des forces de l’ordre presque aussi nombreuses qu’eux.
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Migrants à Calais, la traque permanente
Spectacle absurde, aux premières lueurs de l’aube, de quatre CRS postés au bord d’une voie rapide et dissuadant quatre migrants, installés juste en face, de rejoindre une station-service où les poids lourds viennent faire le plein avant de rallier l’Angleterre. Calais, c’est un ballet permanent de silhouettes anonymes errant le long des bretelles d’autoroutes, un simple sac sur le dos. Des camionnettes de gendarmes et de policiers comme incrustées dans le bitume à certains points «stratégiques». Des discussions saisies à la volée, comme ces six militaires de l’opération «Sentinelle», racontant à la terrasse d’un café comment ils ont découvert, l’autre nuit, «sept Ethiopiens dans une voiture» au terminal Eurotunnel.
Il y a huit mois, l’Etat organisait, devant les caméras du monde entier, le démantèlement de la «jungle» de Calais, bidonville où vivaient près de 7 000 personnes. La majorité avait bénéficié d’un relogement dans un centre d’hébergement. François Hollande était président de la République, Bernard Cazeneuve ministre de l’Intérieur. C’était il y a une éternité. La seule obsession des autorités, depuis lors, est d’éviter la reformation d’un «point de fixation», pour reprendre la novlangue administrative. Envolées, les promesses de conserver un dispositif d’accueil dans le Calaisis.
«Cela fait huit ans que j’interviens ici et je n’avais jamais vu ça, soupire Vincent de Coninck, chargé de mission pour le Secours catholique. La politique renouvelée de Macron ? En réalité, il emploie des politiques à l’œuvre depuis quinze ans, qui ont fait preuve d’inefficacité et d’inhumanité.» La semaine dernière, le Défenseur des droits, Jacques Toubon, a dénoncé des atteintes d’une «inédite gravité», demandant aux autorités de ne pas s’obstiner dans ce qui s’apparente à un «déni d’existence» des exilés. «Peut-être que Toubon est devenu no border…» ironise Vincent de Coninck.
Quelque 500 migrants survivent aujourd’hui à Calais. A part renforcer la répression policière, l’Etat n’a rien prévu pour eux. Pour demander l’asile, ils doivent se rendre à Lille et risquer les contrôles, voire un placement en rétention. Pour boire, manger, se laver, ils s’en remettent aux associations. Le midi, la distribution de nourriture s’effectue dans la cour de l’église Saint-Joseph. Le père Jean-Marie Rauwel, 52 ans, a décidé de mettre l’espace à disposition des exilés et de leurs soutiens. Il explique : «Avant d’être des migrants ou des réfugiés, ces personnes sont des rescapés. Pour une grande majorité, ils ont perdu des proches au cours de leur périple, morts en mer, dans le désert ou parfois lâchement assassinés. Rien que cela mérite le respect et un minimum d’accueil.»
A l’ombre d’un mur, Haben, un Erythréen de 17 ans, patiente avec ses amis, le temps que la distribution de ce jeudi commence. Ils écoutent des chants religieux chrétiens sur le portable d’un des membres du groupe. «La seule raison pour laquelle on veut aller en Angleterre, c’est qu’on a de la famille là-bas, explique Haben. On essaie de monter dans des camions tous les jours, jusqu’à ce que notre Dieu nous donne notre chance. Mais on est fatigués. Certains sont là depuis un an ou deux.» Du français, il ne connaît que quelques mots. Notamment ceux-ci, martelés par les forces de l’ordre chaque nuit : «Allez, allez, allez, on bouge !» La traque ne s’interrompt jamais. Les migrants en font tous le même récit. L’irruption de CRS, en pleine nuit, dans les bosquets et fossés où les migrants tentent de grappiller quelques minutes de sommeil. Les lampes torches dans les yeux, les coups de matraque dans les jambes, les «sprays» de lacrymo dans les yeux et sur les duvets. «Si tu restes trop longtemps à un endroit, ils deviennent très agressifs», résume Haben.
Juste à côté, Youssouf prend le relais. Il porte une veste de jogging de la marque Macron, car les dons, ici, ne sont pas qu’alimentaires. L’adolescent a l’air aussi épuisé que ses camarades, mais il a très bien identifié les forces en présence dans le coin. Ainsi, raconte-t-il, les gendarmes sont «OK, t u peux leur parler». Les CRS, en revanche, l’effraient. Il montre une plaie sur le tibia, deux autres à chaque avant-bras. «Ça, c’est la police, dit-il. Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye.» Un troisième Erythréen, Mahari, complète : «Moi, mes blessures sont juste internes.» Il montre sa tête.
Quatre heures plus tard, dans la zone industrielle des dunes. C’est là, à quelques centaines de mètres de l’ancienne «jungle», que s’est organisé le démantèlement en octobre. Aujourd’hui, ils sont plusieurs dizaines à s’y cacher. On croise un groupe d’Ethiopiens. Pour Natnael, la vie se résume à «être en mouvement, tout le temps, sinon la police frappe». «On dort trente minutes d’affilée par jour», glisse-t-il.
Il est l’heure de la distribution du soir, la seule tolérée par les autorités, entre 18 et 19 heures. Pour s’y rendre, on serpente dans les fourrés, jonchés de vêtements abandonnés, car recouverts de lacrymogènes. Une longue file se forme devant les camionnettes de Refugee Community Kitchen, l’organisation britannique qui confectionne les barquettes de salade de légumes et de riz pilaf. Un groupe électrogène, auquel sont raccordées des multiprises, permet de recharger les téléphones portables. Un jeune Erythréen confie qu’il a pu appeler sa famille il y a trois jours : «Mais je n’ai pas dit grand-chose sur ma situation, sinon elle serait anxieuse.» A 19 h 30, réglés comme du papier à musique, les CRS font leur apparition. La foule se disperse dans le calme.
L’inconnue du soir
21 heures, rendez-vous est pris au grand hangar inter-associations, où sont stockés les dons et préparés les repas. La maraude d’Utopia 56 ne va pas tarder à partir. A son bord, Youssef, David et Sophia. Ils ont leurs habitudes et savent exactement où les réfugiés viennent demander un repas. Comment se comporteront les forces de l’ordre ? C’est l’inconnue du soir. Depuis des semaines, les bénévoles en sont réduits à un «jeu du chat et de la souris», n’échappant pas, souvent, à des contrôles d’identité plus ou moins cordiaux.
La camionnette marque son premier arrêt à «l’ancien Lidl», le long d’une voie de chemin de fer. A travers champs, on voit les migrants arriver. Il y a Shakran, un Afghan de 25 ans. Il a vécu quelques années au Royaume-Uni avant d’être expulsé, mais rêve d’y retourner, par la voie légale cette fois. Sa compagne, britannique, a donné naissance il y a trois semaines à leur premier enfant, prénommé Mohamad. L’homme espère obtenir un visa pour les retrouver. Arrive Nassir, un Afghan de 15 ans. Il montre le ciel quand on lui demande s’il a de la famille outre-Manche, puis lâche sur le ton de l’évidence : «Je veux aller là-bas parce que les gens ici n’aiment pas les réfugiés.» La camionnette repart. Elle circulera jusqu’au milieu de la nuit.
Cinq douches offertes
5 h 30, le jour se lève sur la rue des Mouettes, dans la zone industrielle. Quatre fourgons de CRS sont déjà garés sur place. Extirpés de leur sommeil, les migrants racontent que cette nuit a été plus calme qu’à l’accoutumée. Conséquence, peut-être, du coup de gueule des associations contre la répression policière. Déjà, des exilés se dirigent vers le «belgium parking», l’endroit où la plupart tentent de s’engouffrer à l’arrière d’un camion. Ils y vont comme certains vont au travail. On ne sait pas trop s’ils croient vraiment en leurs chances. Trois heures plus tard, la camionnette de l’association Salam se gare pour la distribution du petit-déjeuner. Il faut faire vite, les CRS pourraient s’y opposer.
CRS venus stopper la distribution alimentaire pendant la maraude de l’association Utopia sur « le parking de covoiturage »
Estelle et les autres bénévoles sortent les thermos de thé et de café et des sacs entiers de viennoiseries, récupérés dans les invendus de boulangeries amies. Un attroupement se forme vite autour de Brigitte, qui, chaque jour, «offre» cinq douches chez elle aux migrants. Ils l’alpaguent gentiment, s’accrochent à son bras, crient «Mamy, twenty days no shower !» Elle rigole : «Les fayots !» Il faudra néanmoins n’en choisir que quelques-uns. Très vite, des CRS déboulent, demandent aux bénévoles de remballer. Il y a cinq membres de Salam, quatre policiers et… deux réfugiés. Le dialogue tourne court. «Il faut qu’ils arrêtent tout», lâche un pandore. «Même de l’eau, on ne peut pas en distribuer ?» demande Estelle. Le chef : «Oh, ils se débrouilleront, ne vous inquiétez pas.»
Sylvain Mouillard Envoyé spécial à Calais Photos Antoine Bruy
FIGAROVOX/ENTRETIEN - Jean-Thomas Lesueur, délégué général de l'institut Thomas More, fait le point sur la politique migratoire de l'Europe. Pour lui, on attend toujours une réponse claire et structurée de la part des États membres de l'Union européenne.
FIGAROVOX.- La mort d'un homme causée par un barrage de migrants en début de semaine a remis la question migratoire au cœur de l'actualité. En parallèle de cet événement, Anne Hidalgo a appelé le gouvernement à l'aide, car elle n'arrive plus à faire face à ce problème à Paris. Où en sommes-nous vraiment en France et en Europe? Les flux migratoires sont-ils devenus ingérables?
Jean-Thomas Lesueur.- L'Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations a enregistré 81 292 arrivées (y compris les décès en mer) en Méditerranée pour le premier semestre 2017, contre 215 702 pour la même période en 2016. La porte grecque est globalement refermée, avec un peu plus de 8 000 arrivées contre 158 000 l'an passé (essentiellement grâce à l'accord avec la Turquie, que cela nous plaise ou non). L'Italie est toujours sous pression (69 000 contre 56 000) et certains s'inquiètent de ce qui se passe aux frontières espagnoles, même si les chiffres restent proportionnellement bas (un peu plus de 3 000).
On peut donc certes considérer que les flux migratoires à l'échelle européenne sont moins «ingérables» qu'ils ne l'étaient en 2016 et surtout en 2015. Mais le problème est qu'ils ne sont toujours pas sérieusement gérés…
C'est vrai à l'échelle européenne où la pression reste forte et les initiatives prises jusque-là, louables si l'on veut, mais insuffisantes. L'Europe doit faire de la garde de ses frontières extérieures une véritable politique structurée et coordonnée avec les États membres (et non contre eux) dans une logique de double ligne de défense. C'est vrai aussi à l'échelle française où les passes d'armes entre le maire de Paris et le ministre de l'Intérieur montrent qu'on n'a toujours pas de solutions.
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Federal Government says it has released the sum of N420.2 million to the Nigeria film industry (Nollywood) to improve and support aspiring practitioners. According to a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Patricia Deworitshe, on Friday in Abuja, the money, which is the second tranche payment will benefit 105 film distributors.
The Federal Government had earlier introduced the “Project Act Nollywood’’, with three primary components aimed at developing the movie making value chain. The components are the Film Production Fund (FPF), Capacity Building Fund (CBF) and Innovative Distribution Fund (IDF). The FPF and CBF have been fully implemented, while the IDF, which is the third component of the project, is on-going. The IDF covers online, National, Regional and community categories of Nollywood Film distribution and exhibition. The objectives of IDF is to improve the distribution network of Nigerian Audio-Visual contents, cut down on piracy, create jobs, and protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) within the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. N1.8 billion was approved for disbursement to 106 beneficiaries in this component, and N1.335 billion was disbursed earlier in the year as the first tranche to 105 beneficiaries. Deworitshe said that before the release of the second tranche, the finance ministry had earlier carried out a successful monitoring and evaluation of the first tranche disbursement. “Fifteen community cinemas and viewing centres have been established through the grant and this has improved the distribution network of movies in Nigeria. “The programme has supported 18 firms in strengthening online distribution platforms, this has helped curb illegal downloads and piracy. “Two hundred and fifty-six permanent jobs and 544 temporary jobs have been created through the financial support provided to 105 beneficiaries by the programme,’’ she said. Deworitshe said the programme had also aided the extension of the Nollywood Industry to sub-Sahara Africa through the funding of National distributors to expand their distribution capacity and network. She said through the programme, distributors had expanded their capacity to lip-synching their content in French for onward distribution to the ECOWAS sub-region.
As the call for restructuring of Nigeria begin to gain momentum, the 2014 Conference report which was compiled by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan has been released and it shows 18 new states recommended to be created across the country. This is coming contrary to the expectation of many Nigerians that the 2014 National Conference proposed a return to the regional governments. Nigeria Senate had also called on the Presidency to submit the 2014 confab report to it, for deliberations, as the calls for restructuring continue to mount. Notable Nigerians including former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, some Afenifere group had called for the restructuring of the polity. Even ruling All Progressives Congress, APC had listed a process of restructuring in its 2015 election campaign although the Chairman of the party, Cheif John Oyegun said all nationality will be engaged before the process starts. According to the report, the additional 18 new states recommended for creation are: 1. Apa State from the present Benue State; 2. Edu State from Niger State; 3. Kainji State from the present Kebbi State; 4. Katagun State from the present Bauchi State; 5. Savannah State from the present Borno State; 6. Amana State from the present Adamawa State. Others are 7. Gurara State from the present Kaduna State; 8. Ghari State from the present Kano State; 9. Etiti State from the present South East Zone; 10. Aba State from the present Abia State; 11. Adada State from the present Enugu State; 12.Njaba-Anim State from the present Anambra and Imo States. 13. Anioma State from the present Delta State; 14. Ogoja State from the present Cross River State; 15. Ijebu State from the present Ogun State; 16. New Oyo State from the present Oyo State. The report further stated that the third state to be created in the South South would be named later, along with its capital; just as the third state to be created in the South West would be named later, along with its capital while the 1999 Constitution shall be amended to make the process of state creation less cumbersome.
Accordint to reports, Nigeria has the highest number of private jet owners in Africa with businessman, Aliko Dangote and Bishop Oyedepo owning the highest number (four each). Out of the 177 Private Jets owners in Nigeria, four of them are owned by women. These are the four women who own private jets in Nigeria: 1. Mrs Folorunsho Alakija
One of Nigeria’s first female billionaire is the founder of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian company that owns a substantial participating interest in OML 127, a lucrative oil block on the Agbami deep water oilfield in Nigeria with its partners including Chevron and Petrobas. She is estimated to be worth at least $1.6 billion.Her first company was a fashion label that catered to Nigeria’s elite women, including the wife of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who awarded Alakija’s company an oil prospecting license. She is said to own at least $100 million in real estate and a Bombardier Global Express jet worth N7.3b. 2. Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke
She has held three significant positions in the Nigerian federal government. She was appointed Transport Minister in July 2007. Arguably a woman of many firsts, Alison-Madueke was the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, and in October 2010 she became the first woman to head a country delegation at the semi-annual OPEC conference. She was also the first female Minister of Transportation, and the first woman to be appointed to the board of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria. On 27 November 2014, she was elected as the first female President of OPEC. In 2013, she was accused by the federal lawmakers of squandering N10 billion to charter and maintain private jet solely for her personal needs and those of her immediate family. She has a Bombardier 605 private jet worth N5.1b. 3. Bola Shagaya
Bola Shagaya, one of the richest women in Africais the managing director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, serving local lubricant blending plants. She made headlines when she acquired the latest edition of a brand new Gulfstream G650 model jet reportedly worth about N11.5 billion at the time in commemoration of her 55th birthday in 2014. 4. Daisy Danjuma
She is the wife of one of Nigeria’s richest men, General Theophilus Danjuma. According to reports, she got her own jet as a gift from her billionaire husband. In 2003 she was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she served on numerous committees, most notably as Chairman of the ECOWAS Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee and Senate Committee Chairman on Women Affairs and Youth Development. Source: takemetonaija
Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki has said he would collect every penny of the N4 billion awarded to him against publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore. A court had awarded N4 billion to Saraki on Thursday in a lawsuit against SaharaReporters for series of libelous articles against him. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said he would use the money to support media organizations struggling to survive as well as lawyers handling pro bono cases for citizens. Saraki said the judgement showed that Nigeria’s system could be trusted and redress could be sought. “One thing is clear by the judgement, there are systems in place in our nation for all citizens to seek redress if they have been unfairly treated in any way. “This judgement is a fulfillment of our promise that we will explore all legal means to seek redress for all the fabrications and mudslinging that Sahara Reporters has thrown at us over the years.’’ On what he plans to use the money for, Saraki said; “The restitution from this judgement will be channeled to set up a Foundation whose aim will be to support pure and unadulterated investigative journalism and assist the families of real journalists that die in the line of duty. “The money will also be used to support genuine publications whose owners are struggling to pay salaries of workers or meet their ever rising running cost. Part of the money will also be channelled to help lawyers who have been providing pro bono services to litigants, particularly, on cases bothering on enforcement of fundamental human rights.’’
Nigerian Army on Friday confirmed the loss of four soldiers in Borno State Thursday when their patrol vehicle ran into an IED buried on the road between Kangarwa and Alagarno village. The army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, confirmed the incident in a statement while giving an update on troops’ operations in the North-East. Usman said three other soldiers sustained injuries, while the patrol vehicle was completely damaged.
He said three suspected terrorists who planted the explosive and hid themselves had been “fished out” and “neutralised”. The army spokesman said apart from clearance operations, troops stationed at Banki in Borno rendered humanitarian assistance to over 887 Nigerian refugees who returned from Cameroon since Tuesday. - NAN
Yesterday, Queendoosh posted on a shooting which took place at a New York hospital , though the number of casualties were yet to be ascertained by the police at that time . New report suggests, that six persons were killed and the gunman who shot the people at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre in New York on Friday, has been identified as Dr Henry Michael Bello, a Nigerian. Some Nigerians in New York, who knew Bello, confirmed to the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday. And the NYPD has also identified him to be a Nigerian-born doctor. JUST IN: Police Reports Gun Shots At Bronx Lebanon Hospital, New York City Bello, 45, shot dead a woman, on the 17th floor and injured at least six others on the 16th floor, before killing himself the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neil, said. Five of his victims were seriously injured and “fighting for their lives”, Bello went into his former workplace wearing a white lab coat with an AR-15 machine gun hidden underneath with the intention of targeting the same individual. NYPD officials said Bello asked for a specific doctor on the 16th floor but when he was told the doctor was not there, he became angry and started shooting at everyone. Officials said Bello tried to set himself on fire before committing suicide. Reports said Bello, who was hired at the hospital in August 2014 as a house physician, had past arrests for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination. Money will kill Nigerian politicians, ‘stomach infrastructure’ is wrong – APC ex-chairman, Akande In September 2004, he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told officers he had grabbed her crotch area outside a building on Bleecker Street in Manhattan and tried to penetrate her through her underwear, reports said. Court records indicated that in September 2004, Bello pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a misdemeanour, and was sentenced to community service, while the felony sexual abuse charge was dismissed, according to reports. He was going to be fired by the hospital, after reports of sexual harassments, but instead chose to resign in February 2015 in lieu of termination, reports further said. Reports from the New York State Education Department said Bello had received a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate in order to gain experience so he could be licensed. The permit was issued on July 1, 2014, and expired on July 1, 2016, while he also had a pharmacy technician license that had been issued in California in 2006. He went to medical school on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. A photo provided by authorities showed him dead on the floor of the hospital, wearing a bloodied doctor’s coat. Law enforcement officials described Bello as transient recently, with at least five different addresses since he left the hospital.
As the call by Igbo for a secession continues, the real reason France supported Biafra during the 1967-1970 civil war has been revealed. According to DailyPost, the revelation was made in a war-time memos compiled by the US Central Investigation Agency, CIA. In the compilation, French Secretary General for African and Malagasy Affairs, Jean Mauricheau-Beaupre was quoted as saying that French’s support to Biafra as it fought to break away from Nigeria was not in defence of its secession cause — even though it had a humanitarian appeal. He said the European country’s support was due to the desire to have access to the region’s oil. He said, “France supported Biafra because of the oil and ERAP, but not the Ibo revolution,” referring to Emergency Response Action Plan, ERAP. Mauricheau-Beaupre was further quoted in the memo as saying French support was merely given to a “handful of Biafra bourgeoisie in return for oil.” As the hope of Biafra breaking away increasingly seemed lost, he ruled out the possibility of a guerilla war in the region, saying there was no popular support in the region. He added, “The real Ibo mentality is much farther to the left than that of Ojukwu and even if we had won, there would have been the problem of keeping him in power in the face of leftist infiltration,” referring to the Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. During the 3-year-old war, nations that supported Biafra openly were, France, Gabon, Tanzania and Ivory Coast.
The Nigerian Navy, today opened their online registration portal, to all interested candidates for the 2017 recruitment exercise. It is free of charge for applicants and candidates can apply online via www.joinnigeriannavvy.com. Basic requirements for Nigerian Navy recruitment are: Applicants should possess any of the following educational and /professional qualifications: – West African School Certificate/Senior Secondary School Certificate. – General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level. – WAEC City and Guilds or London City and Guilds. – Ordinary National Diploma (OND). – Any other educational qualification equivalent to those mentioned above. All applicants must produce their primary school leaving certificate. Applicants are to note that entry requirement into the following categories is SSCE or equivalent: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, C1, D1, D2, D4, D5, D6, E1, E2, E3, E4, F1, G, H. Any other additional qualifications in these categories can only serve as an added advantage for selection into the branch and not for advancement. Any applicant possessing higher educational/professional qualification, i.e. HND, BA/BSc, etc other than those stated in Paragraph 1 (a-g) should not apply. Candidates are therefore warned that it is an offence to declare false educational /professional qualification. This attracts outright withdrawal or dismissal and hand over to Civil Police for prosecution.
Any certificate or qualification not declared or tendered and accepted during the recruitment exercise is not acceptable after recruitment and cannot be tendered for the purpose of change of branch or advancement while in the Naval service. Only qualifications obtained through proper service provisions are tenable after joining. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 22 years at the time of entry into the Training School for school certificate holders, while 24 years of age is the acceptable limit for those with higher qualifications e.g. Nurses, NCE Holders, ICT Professionals, etc. Applicants must not be married or have children before joining. Applicant is required to print out Parent /Guardian Consent Form and Local Government Attestation Form. Applicants must be of Nigerian origin by birth. Applicants with any of the following problems are NOT to apply: short sight, ear problem, previous orthopaedic operation, flat foot, below the required height (Male 1.70, Female 1.67), fracture, stammering or any natural disability. Applicants must be free from any previous conviction by court of law on criminal charges.
Nigeria's Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Saturday alleged that doctors have ruled out President Muhammadu Buhari’s return because he can no longer function. He made the disclosure while berating the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, John Oyegun for saying Buhari is fast recovering from his illness in London. The Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain described Oyegun as a “liar” for giving such update on Buhari’s illness. Fani- Kayode, who took to his twitter handle wrote: “Attempt to bring @NGRPresident Buhari to Nigeria from London has flopped again as his doctors rule out his ability to function. O ma se o! “We are glad to inform you that Buhari is recovering in a very robust manner”- John Odigie-Oyegun. Liar, liar pants on fire! STOP LYING!” This is coming at a time when the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose claimed that Buhari has been on life support for 20-days. Source: Daily Post
Nigerian singer, Dammy Krane risks going to jail if he is unable to pay a stipulated fine for grand theft. TheNETng findings show that according to Florida state law, third degree grand theft attracts a five-year jail term or a fine of $5,000. Dammy Krane is currently being held on a four-count charge for credit card scam, grand theft (third degree), forgery and armed robbery. A thorough look at the US criminal code explains that grand theft, also called grand larceny, is a term used throughout the United States designating theft that is large in magnitude. Grand theft is contrasted
The secessionists' leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu may have landed self in another trouble over alleged millions of naira in form of donation received from the notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike better known as Evans as the Nigerian Police Authority has vowed to investigate the allegation
The Police, according to News broadcast on Faaji FM in Lagos said it will commence investigation leveled against Nnamdi Kanu and other mentioned in series of the confessional statement by the kidnap gang leader, Evans.
Recalls an unconfirmed report by online news blog,Elombah.comhas claimed that the notorious billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans had confessed to the police how he sent millions of naira to Nnamdi Kanu’s Radio Biafra.
The online Newspaper quoted a reliable police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press as saying that Evans confessed he has allegedly donated heavily in promoting radio Biafra and the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].
The Kidnap kingpin was also quoted to have made a shocking revelation that he has donated over 10 million Naira to the group since 2014.
According to Elomba.com, Evans was quoted to have said his last donation to the group was allegedly $5,000 in June 2015 and that he was allegedly in touch with IPOB leaders until he was arrested.
According to the insider, Investigations are ongoing and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring those who benefited from Evan’s magnanimity are arrested and every penny recovered.
The IGP has also promised that Evans will soon be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are completed.
Meanwhile Evans, on Wednesday filed a fundamental rights enforcement action before the Lagos Federal High Court in Lagos, urging the court to order the police to charge him to court or release him immediately.
Joined as respondents in the said suit marked FHC/L/CS/1012/2017 are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
In the suit filed on his behalf by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, the suspected kidnapper is seeking a court order directing the respondents to immediately charge him to court if they had any case against him in accordance with sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the Constitution.
He is on the alternative seeking for an order compelling the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court.
Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, 2017, without being charged to court or released on bail was an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
The suspected kidnap kingpin who had evaded arrest for a long time, was eventually arrested at his Magodo Estate home in Lagos on Saturday, June 10, 2017 after an intense gun battle between his gang and special detachments of the Nigeria Police Force.
The 36-year-old kingpin has also revealed his involvement in drug trafficking and robberies.
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E' previsto domani 2 luglio, alle ore 8.00 circa, l'arrivo nel Porto di Reggio Calabria della nave "Diciotti" con a bordo 413 migranti, di varie nazionalità : Africa centrale, Senegal, Costa d'Avorio, Guinea Conaky, Bangladesh, Mali, Gambia, Camerun, Nigeria, Biafra, Sudan, Congo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea Bisseaou, Libia e Casamass.
Le operazioni di primo soccorso e assistenza, coordinate dalla Prefettura, saranno prestate dal personale della Polizia di Stato, dei Carabinieri, della Guardia di Finanza, del Comune Capoluogo, della Polizia Provinciale, della Capitaneria di Porto, dell'USMAF, del SUEM 118 e dell'Azienda Ospedaliera, della Croce Rossa Italiana, del Coordinamento ecclesiale Migranti della Caritas e da varie altre Associazioni di volontariato.
Al momento dello sbarco i migranti verranno sottoposti alle prime cure sanitarie da parte del personale medico presente sul posto e assistiti dalle Associazioni presenti.
Nell'occasione sarà allestita, a cura della Regione Calabria, la tenda per il trattamento igienico – sanitario dei migranti con patologie cutanee.
I migranti saranno trasferiti secondo il Piano di riparto predisposto dal Ministero dell'Interno.
Nigerian energetic songstress, Omawumi returns after a long hiatus from the music industry, she premieres brand new music video, titled ‘I No Sure’. Watch, enjoy and share the beautiful visuals for the song “I No Sure” off “Timeless”. The brand new album by Omawumi released globally by Rocnation and Cabal Entertainment. The video was directed […]
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– Nigeria’s all-time goal scorer Rashidi Yekini died in 2012 at the age of 48 – He was buried at his residence in his home town of Ira, Kwara state – Fresh facts indicate that the burial site is in total shambles and a young man Oladimeji Adeoti is leading the cause to ‘re-build’ the […]
[This Day] Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has urged players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to continuously improve on their skills to attain the best possible height in their career.
[Guardian] No doubt, there has been serious dip in the country's football. The 'Golden Generation' (1994-1998), led by the late Stephen Keshi, has given way to 'Struggling Generation' (1998 to date), with the Super Eagles metamorphosing into 'Super Chickens' and 'Egrets'.
<blockquote><div>Tin-Tin</div>Everton latest signing Henry Onyekuru says he could have earned more elsewhere than at Everton but choose to join the Premier League side after listening to advices from ex Nigeria international Peter Osaze Odemwingie.<br />
Onyekuru’s move to Everton was confirmed yesterday by the club, with the official announcement also confirming that he will spend a season on loan at Belgium side Anderlecht.<br />
However the striker could have ended elsewhere particularly West Ham who were the front runners for his signature, but the 20 year old who scored 24 goals last season for Eupen revealed other factors made him snub a move to other teams.<br />
A chat with Odemwingie who played in the Premier League for Stoke City, West Brom and Cardiff City played a role in his choice of Everton, as well as assurances from Everton boss Ronald Koeman.<br />
“Before making the decision I seek some advice from Nigeria ex players like Osaze Odemwingie, and he gave me some advices you know. I have some other clubs you know ready to offer more than what Everton did”, he told Owngoalnigeria.com.<br />
“But I begged with my agent I need to play inside the pitch and not just the financial aspect for my career I need a coach that will push me to make a good career for me, so I choose Everton because the coach really wants me and I am going to take a loan to Anderlecht, so it’s good for my career.</blockquote>Doesn't seems to be someone who will go on strike to be honest, hopefully he's now grown up and regret what he did last season.
Everton latest signing Henry Onyekuru says he could have earned more elsewhere than at Everton but choose to join the Premier League side after listening to advices from ex Nigeria international Peter Osaze Odemwingie.<br />
Onyekuru’s move to Everton was confirmed yesterday by the club, with the official announcement also confirming that he will spend a season on loan at Belgium side Anderlecht.<br />
However the striker could have ended elsewhere particularly West Ham who were the front runners for his signature, but the 20 year old who scored 24 goals last season for Eupen revealed other factors made him snub a move to other teams.<br />
A chat with Odemwingie who played in the Premier League for Stoke City, West Brom and Cardiff City played a role in his choice of Everton, as well as assurances from Everton boss Ronald Koeman.<br />
“Before making the decision I seek some advice from Nigeria ex players like Osaze Odemwingie, and he gave me some advices you know. I have some other clubs you know ready to offer more than what Everton did”, he told Owngoalnigeria.com.<br />
“But I begged with my agent I need to play inside the pitch and not just the financial aspect for my career I need a coach that will push me to make a good career for me, so I choose Everton because the coach really wants me and I am going to take a loan to Anderlecht, so it’s good for my career.
01 July 2017, Abuja – Nigeria’s manufacturing sector has witnessed expansion for the third consecutive month, according to data released by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The News Purchasing Manager’s Index which measures the size of the nation’s manufacturing sector rose to 52.9 index points at the end of June. This figure showed a 0.4 […]
01 July 2017, Abuja – The UN Economic Commission for Africa on Friday urged the Federal Government to explore renewable energy by utilising the country’s untapped energy sources, estimated at 93,950MW. Mr Bakary Dosso, the ECA Chief Sub-Regional officer, Data Centre, made the appeal at the launch of the ECA Country Profile 2016 Report for Nigeria […]
Ike Amos 01 July 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Thursday, signed a $700 million agreement with First Exploration & Production and Schlumberger that would see Nigeria’s crude oil and gas reserves grow by 193 million barrels and 800 billion cubic feet respectively. The agreement, the NNPC in a statement signed […]
01 July 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — After years of uncertainty, the Federal Government has given the management of the Maritime University of Nigeria Okerenkoko, Delta state the go-ahead to commence academic activities. While disclosing this in Port Harcourt yesterday at the celebration of World Seafarers’ Day tagged Seafarers’ Matters, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr […]
“It is obvious, 40 per cent of the national employment comes from the sector not only that, 95 per cent of the foreign exchange earning of Nigeria comes from oil and gas. 16 per cent of our GDP also comes from this sector, with 37 billion reserved crude oil as well as 183 cubic feet of gas.”
“As social partner and major stakeholder in the sector, we can attest that instead of the amendment, the Gas Master Plan unveiled under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, be given proper implementation. This can optimise the Nigeria’s gas resource potential, end gas flaring in the country and bring gas revenue earnings to level up with that of crude oil.”
Le comportement d'un conflit ethnique au diocèse d'Ahiara
Le 8 juin 2017, le Pape François avait reçu en privé une délégation du diocèse d’Ahiara (Nigeria). C’était dans le contexte d’un conflit ethnique provoqué par la nomination de Mgr Okpaleke à la tête du diocèse, nomination refusée par une partie des prêtres et des fidèles chrétiens catholiques parce l’évêque nommé n’appartient pas à la tribu locale et ne fait pas partie de leur ethnie. Une situation « lamentable », juge le Pape. C’est depuis 4 ans que ce diocèse refuse cet évêque nommé. En 2013, le cardinal Onaiyekan avait été nommé administrateur apostolique d’Ahiara en attendant de parvenir à une solution.
Le Pape a souligné le "caractère inacceptable de la situation à Ahiara" et les a sévèrement mis en garde.
Dans son discours d'un très grande sévérité, le Pape a dit clairement être profondément attristé et affirme que ceux qui se sont opposés à la prise de possession de l’évêque nommé veulent détruire l’Eglise. Ceci n’est pas permis. J’estime qu’il ne s’agit pas ici d’un cas de tribalisme mais d’une appropriation de la vigne du Seigneur, a-t-il ajouté.
Il s’est réservé de prendre des mesures opportunes car initialement il avait envisagé la suppression pure et simple de ce diocèse. De toutes les façons, les peines plus graves dont la suspens a divinis des prêtres récalcitrants sont envisagées au cas où cette situation de non obéissance à l’acceptation de la nomination de l’évêque perdure.
Enfin le Pape a salué l’évêque nommé qui a adopté une attitude de grande patience et a admiré son humilité.
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Apparently in a bid to determine the health status of the Ailing President Muhammadu Buhari and the nature of his illness “in order to advise him to either resign or be impeached, a Nigerian based in the United States of America, Mr. Toyin Dawodu, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to appoint a medical panel to determine the health status of ailing President, Punch Newspaper reports this morning.
Recall Buhari had left the country for the United Kingdom since May 7, 2017 for a medical vacation.
But the details of the President’s ailment and condition have been kept away from Nigerians.
In the suit filed by Dawodu marked FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2017 on June 28, he urged the court to declare Saraki as empowered by the Nigerian Constitution to set up a medical panel to determine Buhari’s health status “without first being a resolution of the Executive Council of the Federation.”
Section 144(1) of the Nigerian Constitution provides that such a medical panel should be appointed by the Senate President following a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of the members of the Executive Council of the Federation.
But the plaintiff, through his counsel, Frank Tietie, contended in the suit that “in the absence of a resolution by the Executive Council of the Federation” as required under section 144(1) of the Constitution, the Senate President could constitute such medical panel “to determine the health status of the President.”
The respondents to the suit are Saraki, the Executive Council of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).
While he prayed the court to direct the Executive Council of the Federation to convene a meeting to vote on a resolution on the medical fitness or incapability of President Buhari to discharge the functions of his office, he also prayed for an order directing the Senate President to set up a medical panel to investigate the President’s health.
His prayers read in part, “A declaration that the 1st Respondent, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is empowered by Section 144(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Altered) to appoint a Medical Panel to determine the health status of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, without first being, a resolution of the Executive Council of the Federation (EXCOF) on the medical fitness or incapability of President Muhammadu Buhari to discharge the functions of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
A supporting affidavit deposed to by a lawyer, Otika Stephen, in the law firm of the plaintiff’s lead counsel, described Dawodu as a US-based Nigerian.
The affidavit, however, stated that “the plaintiff is a registered voter in Nigeria. A copy of the applicant’s voter card is herein annexed and marked as Exhibit A”.
It stated that Dawodu was not against Buhari but decided to institute the suit in the public interest.
It also stated that Buhari’s health status was of national concern and that when his illness could no longer allow him to discharge the functions of his office, “it would be in the national interest to advise him to resign.”
The affidavit, however, added that the Federal Executive Council “is unlikely and unwilling to exercise its constitutional responsibility of determining by resolution” the status of the President’s health.
It stated that with President’s handing over to the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, as acting President, he (Osinbajo) “is fettered even in his capacity to fully discharge the functions and responsibilities of the office of the President.”
It said it was therefore important to determine the health status of Buhari and the nature of his illness “in order to advise him to either resign or be impeached.”
Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has justified his decision to defend suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, in court.
Ogungbeje has come under public criticisms for accepting the brief to seek freedom for Evans from police detention, or have him charged to court, weeks after his arrest. Nigerians had taken to the media to condemn the move, saying, the notorious criminal suspect who confessed to denying his victims their freedom did not deserve mercy considering the atrocities he reportedly committed with his gang members.
But, speaking with Saturday Sun yesterday, Ogungbeje, accused a section of the media, as well as many Nigerians of being ignorant of the law.
Citing a judgment delivered by Lord Denning, regarded as the most famous and influential judicial figure of the last century, he noted that it was settled in law that “no matter the bases of the complaints of the cause of your crime, no matter how unpopular is the cause of your crime, no matter how bad is the cause of your crime, the legal practitioner has a duty to take up the cause, if he’s properly briefed and provided that person represents his client within the bounds of law.”
He added: “That is my answer to your question. So, no matter the public opinion, I have the responsibility to take up the matter. We were properly briefed. So, our action is based on law. And we want to represent our client within the bounds of law, within the confines of law. So, if you for instance, you’re a journalist, if you brief me… you don’t want me to take up your cause, because people are saying negative things about you, or because people have condemned you and found you guilty before the media, that I should not take up your case?
“Look, let me tell you right away. We were briefed two weeks ago. And I told them to give me two weeks to think, whether I would take up the brief or not. I did my consultations. We consulted even journalists, you can go and make enquiries. I consulted my people. I consulted senior lawyers. So, have I done what is wrong by taking the cause of my clients? Forget what people say in the court of public of opinion.
Recall that On Thursday, January 19, Buhari departed Abuja to the United Kingdom on a 10-day vacation during which he would undergo routine medical check-ups.
His trip and absence from the country has been trailed by controversy. There has been speculation that the president is sick and some even went as far as saying he was dead but all these reports have been debunked by the presidency. Nigerians are really tired of all the lies Government is telling them about the whereabouts of president Buhari
It was shocking, as a host of political commentators took to the social media, to declare embattled President, Muhammadu Buhari, as the number one ghost worker in Nigeria, and possibly the entire world.
Other commentators tagged him: “President in diaspora”, having left the shores of Nigeria for more than 50 days now, in what his handlers described as a “follow up medical consultation”, in an undisclosed hospital in United Kingdom, UK, for an undisclosed illness as well.
Post-Nigeria, also gathered that the recent Sallah message by Buhari, aired in Hausa language, has been described by many as a gimmick.
Although, the Presidency has been assuring anxious Nigerians who are bent on knowing the whereabouts of their President, that all is well.
Meanwhile, a former Special Adviser to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Electronic Media, Reno Omokri, had also joined a cross-section of Nigerians, to described Buhari as a “Ghost President.”
The former Presidential Aide, said it was hypocritical for a government that fights ghost workers, to be headed by a “Ghost President.”
In a series of tweets on his social media handle, Omokri wrote: “It is hypocritical for a govt that fights ghost workers, to have a ghost President. If the President is sick, let him hand over to Osinbajo!
“If you thinks it’s harsh to ask President @MBuhari to hand over to Osinbajo, ask him if he did not give the same advice to Yar’adua, in 2010! “On March 10, 2010, President @MBuhari called for the impeachment of Yar’adua, because his illness prevented him from performing his duties.
“Ghost President, with ghost achievements, fighting ghost workers, with an EFCC that goes after his ghost monies, in apartments owned by ghosts.
“I urge any civil servant who is being queried or sacked for absenteeism, to sue the FG. If President Buhari can work from home, why can’t you?
“Hand over to Osinbajo! It doesn’t have to be permanent. Go take care of yourself. Aso Rock is a PRESIDENTIAL Villa, not a retirement home!”
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized an estate, allegedly valued at over N4 billion from a former Chief of Army Staff.
The estate, which has been placed under Interim Asset Forfeiture, was confiscated on account of the ongoing probe of the ex-Army Chief over $2.1 billion arms deals.
Prior to the seizure, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP) had traced about N2 billion meant for the purchase of vehicles for the Nigerian Army, to the accounts of five children of the former Army chief.
There were indications that the said accounts were yet to be de-frozen at press time.
The Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment, headed by AVM JON Ode, had submitted its third interim report to President Muhammadu Buhari, leading to the shortlisting of the 54 people to be probed.
Apart from two ex-Army Chiefs, others recommended for probe are 16 other retired and serving Army officers, 12 serving and retired public officers and 24 Chief Executive Officers of companies involved in the procurement of equipment.
According to findings made by TheNation Newspaper, the EFCC decided to invoke Interim Asset Forfeiture Clause pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
A search by the paper revealed that the estate is sited between Jabi and Life Camp.
When its correspondent visited the site at 11am on Friday, the EFCC’s ‘Keep Off’ sign was already pasted on the estate.
The anti-graft agency also indicated that the estate was “under investigation.”
The estate contains more than 30 duplexes built to taste.
A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The ex-Army Chief was referred to the EFCC based on the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment, headed by AVM JON Ode.
“We are still investigating the ex-Army Chief and he will soon be interrogated. But in line with our modus operandi, we have been able to trace his suspicious assets which we have attached under Interim Asset Forfeiture.
“In this case of the ex-Chief of Army Staff, his children and friends were used as fronts for money laundering.
“We have traced many suspicious accounts linked with the ex-Army boss. Most of these accounts have been frozen.
“Some of our operatives have been working on documents in the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) on evidence relating to these scandalous procurement deals.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “The estate under forfeiture is so massive and valued at about N4 billion.”
Section 7 of the EFCC Act says: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.
“(b) Cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”
The Presidential Committee had established that the ex-Chief of Army Staff has a case to answer.
The report of the panel said in part: “The Committee further established that between March 2011 and December 2013, two companies exclusively procured various types of Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N2, 000,000,000.00 for the Nigerian Army without any competitive bidding.
“Most of the contracts awarded to the companies were also split, awarded on the same date or within a short space of time at costs and mobilization higher than the prescribed thresholds.
“For instance, on 15 Feb 13, the 2 companies were awarded contracts worth N260, 000.000.00 and N315, 000,000.00 respectively for supplies of various vehicles. The Nigerian Army could not justify the exclusive selection of these vendors against other renowned distributors of same brands of vehicles procured.
“More seriously, the Committee found no credible evidence of delivery of the vehicles by the 2 companies as there were no receipt vouchers but only unauthenticated delivery notes, invoices and waybills that were purportedly used for the deliveries.
“Nevertheless, the vendors were fully paid based on job completion certificate authenticated by the then Chief of Logistics. The payments were also made without deduction of Withholding Tax (WHT). Furthermore, analyses of the various banks accounts of the two companies showed transfers to individuals.”
The report said the individuals were five children of the ex-Chief of Army Staff and one other front.
“Thus, the Committee recommends further investigation to determine delivery of the vehicles and relationship of funds beneficiaries with the former COAS and the two companies,” the report added.
The panel also discovered that “between May 2014 and March 2015, the ONSA mandated CBN to release various sums totaling $386,954,000.00 to three companies for ‘procurement of technical equipment’, without tying the money to particular items of procurement.
“Thus, the allotment of the fund was left at the discretion of the vendor without input or consultation with ONSA or the Nigerian Army.
“Furthermore, some of the funds transferred preceded the formalization of contracts with the Nigerian Army. There was also no evidence of any contract to justify the payments made by ONSA to the companies. Consequently, it had been difficult for the ONSA, the Nigerian Army and the companies to reconcile the accounts vis-a-vis the equipment delivered.”
The panel also discovered that 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) which were rejected by Iraq were later sold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
It claimed that some of the APCs were either expired or unsuitable, leading to loss of lives.
It added: “The Committee observed that one of the new equipment procured for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine was BTR-4E APC. However, according to the Ukraine’s State Enterprise Lviv Armour Repair Plant, the designers of the equipment, ‘some of the products sold to Nigeria in 2014 were actually among 42 units designed for Iraq which subsequently rejected them due to poor performance rating.’
“The Nigerian Army did not also undertake the mandatory pre-shipment inspections provided for in the contract agreements. Instead, the NA deployed an Infantry officer, who lacked the technical knowledge to assess the capabilities and shortcomings of the equipment, to oversee the shipment of the items for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine.
“Additionally, the 2 weeks training availed the technicians and operators was inadequate for them to comprehend the technical workings of the newly introduced equipment.
“The Committee’s interactions with the field operators revealed that although the platforms and ammunition procured were deployed for the NE operations, some of them were aged or expired, lacked spares and prone to breakdown without immediate recovery equipment.
“Therefore, failure to carry out pre-shipment inspection and inadequate training resulted in procurement of some unreliable equipment that reduced the capacity of the Nigerian Army in the North East Operations and resulted in the loss of lives and equipment.”
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, led by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has on Wednesday, approved the purchase of the popular Metro Plaza building, to serve as the permanent Headquarters of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON.
The approval was done at the FEC meeting today, which is still holding inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, said the Commission has been operating in a temporary office, since its establishment, in 2006. “In fact, it can be argued that all the bodies responsible for Hajj operations, have been occupying temporary offices for over a 100 years”, he said.
Dr. Henry Michael Bello, the gunman who shot six people at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre in New York on Friday, has been identified as a Nigerian.
Some Nigerians in New York, who knew Bello, confirmed to the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
And the NYPD has also identified him to be a Nigerian-born doctor.
Bello, 45, shot dead a woman, on the 17th floor and injured at least six others on the 16th floor, before killing himself the New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neil, said.
Five of his victims were seriously injured and “fighting for their lives”,
Bello went into his former workplace wearing a white lab coat with an AR-15 machine gun hidden underneath with the intention of targeting the same individual.
NYPD officials said Bello asked for a specific doctor on the 16th floor but when he was told the doctor was not there, he became angry and started shooting at everyone.
Officials said Bello tried to set himself on fire before committing suicide.
Reports said Bello, who was hired at the hospital in August 2014 as a house physician, had past arrests for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination.
In September 2004, he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told officers he had grabbed her crotch area outside a building on Bleecker Street in Manhattan and tried to penetrate her through her underwear, reports said.
Court records indicated that in September 2004, Bello pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a misdemeanour, and was sentenced to community service, while the felony sexual abuse charge was dismissed, according to reports.
He was going to be fired by the hospital, after reports of sexual harassments, but instead chose to resign in February 2015 in lieu of termination, reports further said.
Reports from the New York State Education Department said Bello had received a limited permit to practice as an international medical graduate in order to gain experience so he could be licensed.
The permit was issued on July 1, 2014, and expired on July 1, 2016, while he also had a pharmacy technician license that had been issued in California in 2006.
He went to medical school at Ross University on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica and later worked briefly as a pharmacy technician for Metropolitan Hospital Centre in Manhattan in 2012,
A photo provided by authorities showed him dead on the floor of the hospital, wearing a bloodied doctor’s coat.
Law enforcement officials described Bello as transient recently, with at least five different addresses since he left the hospital.
he National Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Banire, in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, speaks on the issues of lack of internal democracy in the party, the performance of the incumbent government so far and why he seems to hold a different view from the majority in the party
Your party made a mockery of internal democracy at the recently held local government primary election in Lagos State, by trying to impose candidates. Was that the decision at the national level or the electoral committee and the state chapter acted alone?
As far as I’m concerned, there was no primary election, because the election didn’t take place at all. That is my own position, from my vantage position, from my observation and from the point of law. There was no primary, so nothing happened on that day.
But the drama at the Teslim Balogun Stadium that day was as a result of your primary election that was to hold.
That must have just been an assemblage of human beings, the purpose of which I wouldn’t know, but certainly not for primaries. My own view is clear, which is nothing personal. Our constitution is very clear on the way to go about it. If you look at Article 20 of our (APC) constitution, it says a lot about the procedure for nomination of candidates at all levels, from councillorship to the President and that is what must be followed. That has been my own position from time immemorial. If you recall the run-up to the primaries for the governorship election in 2014, that was the same posture I maintained, and all over the nation up till today, I maintain the same posture. The good news is that the Supreme Court in Nigeria has consistently been telling us its position that people must comply with the party’s constitution. That is why I always counsel to avoid this pitfall, and it is not peculiar to Lagos alone. So, for me, it’s nothing personal and what the constitution requires is not optional.
We have reports that high-ranking members of your party who should know what the law requires are guilty of that attempt to impose candidates on the people. For example, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was said to have reeled out those names even before the election. Is that the kind of practice APC wants to be known for?
Let me tell you my understanding. People said to me that Asiwaju had earlier announced some 18 candidates for chairmen. Even at that, I said he must have been misquoted because there is a difference between endorsement and nomination. They are two different things. I reserve the right to endorse anybody, but when it comes to elections, then I don’t have the right of imposition. So, I told them clearly that they must have been misquoting him because he (Asiwaju) certainly has a right to preference.
He wouldn’t have been misquoted because it was the names that were mentioned that were eventually announced as the candidates.
I heard he said 18, but what happened covered the entire state. Then, you yourself must have seen that the process was hijacked.
Can we say it was hijacked, when members of the party waiting to vote simply resisted imposition?
Let me tell you, there are so many godfathers, for selfish reasons, all about bread and butter and it is not in APC alone. It’s in all political parties and that is the essence of having a constitution because the tendency of every human being is to be domineering. It’s innate in us and that is why we agree as members of the same club to say we must have rules and regulations that would bind us and regulate our affairs. And having subscribed to it, then, you are bound by it. The APC is a bigger party, unlike AD, AC, ACN, etc. It’s a conglomeration of several interests and that is why for you not to have an implosion, you must consistently be bound by the rules and regulations.
But there is currently an implosion because some of the aspirants described the Lagos APC as undemocratic and fraudulent. Are those not clear signals?
They are signals. Personally, I think I owe it as a duty as the custodian of the APC constitution to ensure it does not happen. That is why I kept on saying and warning every day that don’t do this thing, do the right and proper thing. If we all agree that all these people are our party members, why discriminate against them. Allow all of them a level-playing ground. Whoever emerges is an APC candidate; simple and straightforward. Are the governor, the President and many others not proud that they went through the primaries before the 2015 election? In fact, part of what put our party on global map today was the presidential primary election we had; that everybody saw and witnessed it. We will not give up because we know it’s not easy for people to change.
One would expect that, as the National Legal Adviser, you would have advised them against that decision, because the imposition was already a matter of discourse before the day of the primary?
Yes, you’re right. That wasn’t our consensus when I attended their meeting. The meeting we had with all the local government officials, the stakeholders and the state executive, I was there and I advised them. They were very happy, they all subscribed to everything in the constitution. In fact, I was very proud of them that day, just for them to somersault suddenly because we had some scavengers who were able to profit from the venture; because people were just selling the party ticket all over the whole place. That was the problem. So, in order for me not to be guilty of standing by, that was why I even had to write them to say I heard something, please do not allow it to happen, follow the constitution.
Those who masterminded the charade are senior party men, like the party chairman in the state, Chief Henry Ajomale and Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, who have tried to defend their action.
Well, I do not even see Afikuyomi as a senior party man; he’s just like any other party member in Lagos. He doesn’t hold any position in the party, and being the chairman of the electoral committee was only a transient thing. Several of them we appoint every day. Some mess themselves up and some will perform creditably and commendably.
In that duty, has he performed creditably?
As far as I’m concerned, he has not even done it or discharged the responsibility.
But he read the pre-selected names, which is part of his responsibility as the chairman of the electoral committee.
He announced names of people he felt that he wanted. As a person, did you witness any primary? Nomination presupposes voting, and was there any voting? Up till now, there was no voting and there must be. If any other person who succeeds me decides to introduce anarchy, so be it, but while I’m still there, I will ensure that the proper thing is done.
It seems criminal to sell forms to aspirants and still want to impose people on them. Is the party going to refund them?
It’s not even a matter of refunding them, it’s about allowing internal democracy to prevail in the party. People tend to trivialise this issue but it’s an issue that I’ve signed into. There has been several intimidation, harassment and deprivation every day, but I’m not bothered. As far as I’m concerned, all those issues won’t work for me, because my religion preaches dying for what is just and proper. For me, I suffer it every day, from the security agents to government and people all over; that I’m their stumbling block, but I’m nobody’s stumbling block. I only believe that proper things must be done.
Will the party now hold another primary?
It’s not my role to organise primary, as the National Legal Adviser. It’s for the state to do the right thing, subject to guidelines from the national.
The national chairman of your party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has not said anything on this matter, and some would think it is because of the issue he had with Tinubu that he chose to stay off Lagos matters?
For me too, it’s a possibility. I would reckon the same way, but I don’t know the reason why a pronouncement has not been made, which is allowing court action to fester. My expectation is that the Vice Chairman, South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure, the Deputy National Chairman, South, Mr. Segun Oni, and others should have intervened. Look at cries all over and the way the thing disparaged the party all over. They should have called a meeting urgently on the issue. That’s my expectation because I’m from this state and I don’t want to push anybody. In other states, ask them at the national, I would trigger the process and force the meeting on.
But should you fold your arms in your own state?
The assumption would be that I’m biased and that’s why I’m distancing myself from it a bit. But I know that the way things are going, they themselves would wake up shortly.
Now that election is fast approaching and another date has not been announced for the primary, what if the party goes ahead with those names. What will happen?
Nothing will happen if no aspirant challenges the party. Some have challenged them, my own role is to go and defend. And I’ve told them I will not lie. I’m a very senior member of the bar. I’m a bencher and a senior advocate, so you won’t expect me to go to court and say we did primary where we did not. Of course, I will submit to judgment. It has happened before, where we submitted to judgement. In such cases, I would simply tell the court that My Lord, they did not follow our constitution. So, if anybody goes to court and the matter is to be defended, we will go to court and tell the truth. I will never lie in court to protect party and I often tell our party people not to put us in a position where they would expect us in the legal department to lie, because we won’t.
Also, governors, those under your platform inclusive, find it difficult to conduct local government election. Is it that you don’t advise them?
Well, again, I have advised them on that. That is why most of the states are doing it now. One charlatan recently placed an advert in your newspaper referring to it that I had the effrontery to ask the governor why he appointed sole administrators. It’s my duty to tell anybody. Those are the people that mislead them. In fact, one must commend the governor for saying okay let’s conduct the election. Look at Osun State, it has not conducted election for almost seven years, which is unfortunate and absurd. It’s an impeachable offence. The constitution says no local government must be run by any less than democratically elected leaders. The Supreme Court has pronounced it in Imo and Ekiti states condemning it and I’m sure the apex court would be excited dealing with such issues now because they have made several pronouncements condemning that practice. No governor can substitute his own opinion of what true federalism is for the position of the law, which is clear. My expectation is that people themselves should wake up. Nigerians should wake up.
If refusal to conduct that election is an impeachable offence, and given the quietness across the board, would you say Nigerians are docile?
Extremely docile. I’ve never seen this kind of people in my life. I must confess to you, ha! I get frustrated. At times, when some people decide and say let me take their battle on, what do you find out? The people would even be the first set of people to persecute that person, they would ask him which one is his own? Is he the only one? I start wondering that me I’m okay, it’s because of you that I’m doing this. So, they are just too docile. Ha! It’s too much.
Given the prominent role the party plays in our type of democracy, why has the party not been able to call people elected on its platform to order?
Well, our democracy is still developing. My personal opinion is that it’s because of the financial status of most parties. They tend to rely heavily on these offices rather than on membership dues.
But that itself is wrong; using state funds to run parties.
That is what we are aggressively trying to correct in APC now. The moment we are able to get everybody to be paying their membership dues, the party would be able to flow on its own financially, have a life and be able to take position on issues.
Given your stand on several issues and many of such you have had to deal with over time, are you sometimes embarrassed by some actions of the big men in your party?
Yes, a lot. Honestly. I get embarrassed and that is why I’m even anxious to quickly finish the tenure. Let me tell you something, which is another point that needs to be made clearly to a lot of people. We are sacrificing for the party. We are not paid officials. I’m not being paid anything. I go to Abuja practically every week with my money, I pay for my hotel, maybe occasionally when we have NWC meeting, they used to pay N100,000 now N120,000. My ticket alone is almost N140,000, my hotel is not less than N60,000 per night, apart from the internal transportation and other things. But it’s all about sacrifice. We don’t derive any pecuniary gain from it but we are happy doing it for now, and that is why I maintain that don’t rubbish me over what I’m even doing gratuitously. We just believe that some of us must be able to add value to the system and at least set the template that will outlive us and that is my ambition every day, and that is why when people continuously fight me, particularly in Lagos here, I just laugh. All these things are not personal. I’m not fighting anybody; everybody is my friend. But when it comes to the rule of law, I apologise, I can’t compromise it. It’s as simple as that. I’m unable to compromise it. That’s all I’m living for, that’s all I’m about.
But the big men in your party do these things and get away with it?
Again, that is another thing I normally have issues with. I don’t believe there are strong men in any political party. For me, party is party. Apart from the officers of the party, all members are equal. Once I pay my dues, I’m entitled to the same powers and privileges in the party. The moment we continuously discriminate against some people, that is the source of our woes. That is my own position. That is why given what happened in Lagos, everything I do, I direct to the state chairman. I don’t recognise any other person as the person controlling the party machinery in Lagos. It’s the state chairman that bears responsibility under the constitution for whatever happens. What happens behind, under, beneath, I don’t know about it. By the time you are talking about people that are not officially responsible, you are descending into their arena which is not your business. I don’t have a problem with anyone pulling so much weight, but my problem is where there is no compliance with the rules.
Are you saying you don’t recognise the position of the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who lives in Lagos?
Officially, the only person I can interact with officially are the party officials. That is what I mean.
People see him as the godfather of APC in Lagos…
(Cuts…) Let me tell you, I do not even see Asiwaju as a godfather, because he is not the person directly involved in that charade. He once drew my attention to it, that Muiz, are you saying I don’t have a right to endorse a candidate, and I told him, sir, I concede. Asiwaju wasn’t the one that came to the field to destabilise the process. Blame the party structure in the state.
People believe he did it underground.
I can equally do anything underground but you can’t hold me for it. How do you prove that?
But some have pointed out that it seems you don’t agree with him on certain things and that you don’t let him have his way sometimes.
It’s not true, let me tell you, it’s people that are hungry that are saying so. I, personally, am telling you I have no problem with Asiwaju at all. Asiwaju is my boss any day but the responsibility on my shoulder makes me not to see him regularly like before. Those people always want to create problem. If you don’t go and poison his mind or misdirect him, there is no problem. When has he himself come to say all of you must vote for a particular person? Some people only do name-dropping for their personal reasons. Same way they said the President told them to pick Yahaya Bello as the candidate for Kogi election at that time. At times, most of these people are innocent, people are only using their name to perpetrate evil.
Are you saying you have a cordial relationship with him?
As of this time I’m talking to you, there is no enmity between us. Let me even tell you, there is nothing I’m doing that I didn’t learn from him. Look at his antecedents. He is the greatest rebel of our time. He taught us how to be rebellious. He’s a very courageous man and he taught us courage. He taught us to hold our views and be tenacious. In fact, he enjoys me facing and disagreeing with him.
Would you then get in touch with the APC chairman in Lagos to do the right thing as regards the imposition issue?
I have written; I don’t talk to them by mouth because they would deny it. I have written to them, I mean several letters. I keep on writing our people to do the right thing, even beyond Lagos. What does it cost people to stand by the truth? Even if they would sack you tomorrow, let them sack you and you go to your house. The problem is that majority of the people that are in politics today, especially at elective level or appointed level, are people without alternative contact address. They have no other job in their lives, so, they can kill or do anything, because they are always desperate to remain in the corridor of power. That is the problem.
There have been several calls for restructuring of Nigeria, and fortunately the first item on your manifesto is that you would restructure the country. Now that people are calling for it, your party that promised it has gone silent. Is that fair?
Again, that is an issue I want to bring up at our next meeting. Personally, I subscribe to it. My only area of conflict is the perception of the restructuring itself, because from what I’ve seen, restructuring means different things to different people. Some would say fiscal, national, complete, organisational restructuring and so on.
Perhaps that is what you get when you leave people to speculate and you maintain silence at the wrong time.
We must fundamentally agree on the type of restructuring that we want to embark upon. Let it be clear to everybody. When it is clear, all of us will go to the next stage and I think that is where the party needs to trigger a process, towards aggregating opinions on what we even mean by restructuring. Let’s agree. When we do that, we can then draw the timetable.
But when you were preparing your manifesto, what kind of restructuring did you have in mind?
We had our own conception of it, but I’ve read several other versions. If it’s our own we are already implementing, but not in the manner people are saying now.
Could you tell us the ones you have done?
Most of the ones we are looking at is fiscal restructuring and that has started. We used to have inequality in appointment of ministers; some have two while some have one, but that has been eliminated now. A lot is also happening on the issue of local government autonomy and the judiciary. Look at the issue of appeal, not every appeal will now go to the Supreme Court and that has gone far at the National Assembly. But people want more than that and I have no problem with that.
But why has your party not taken a stand in response to the calls for it from everywhere?
Like I said to you, some of these issues, I might be the one to trigger the process, maybe because the party is overwhelmed; running from one election to another regularly and it doesn’t even have so much logistics to anchor some of these programmes.
If you have been overwhelmed with winning elections, does it mean the APC is only concerned with winning elections, not minding if the promises made earlier had been fulfilled?
Certainly, you know that for every election, there must be campaign and you campaign on the manifesto. So, we can’t run away from them. If we are not implementing, people would see them and they would have raised it. There are also issues with the one people are calling for now. It seems we are doing it in piecemeal at the moment, maybe what we need, which I agree to, is a holistic approach to it. I’m sure the party is not averse to it conceptually.
It would seem you are about the only one prompting some of these things. It seems your members go to sleep once they win election.
With due respect to most of our members, I think there is what I will call economic impairment affecting them. You know at times, you need stamina to talk. If you haven’t eaten, you probably won’t be able to talk.
A lot of people have doubted the integrity of your party because when late President Yar’ Adua was sick, your party, through Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the then spokesperson, was on his issue, maintaining that Nigerians deserved to know the state of health of their President. But now that President Muhammadu Buhari is equally ill, the same Alhaji Lai Mohammed said such is a confidential information. Aren’t you taking the people for a ride?
You know the dangers of precedence that I spoke about at that time, that when you talk, know what you are talking. I will escalate this issue to Alhaji Lai Mohammed and seek further explanations on why disclosures about the President’s health are not being made. They might know things that I don’t know. There are several human beings with different ailments. So, continue exploring the channels available to you, like the Freedom of Information.
Should we need to go that far if your party that promised change is sincere about being transparent and accountable?
The actions of some individual officers should not be equated with that of government. Look at what happened the last time when your reporter was sent out of the State House and the government decided to deny it. It happens sometimes like that in government that somebody overzealous somewhere would do something. But for me, we must never get frustrated by any system.
Your manifesto is a very beautiful document, but as a person, when you pick it, are you satisfied with how your party has fared?
Yes, I’m satisfied. The manifesto is not a document for four years. It is a document that is expected to endure for the next 50 years. We have just spent about two years.
So your target is 50 years?
It cannot be minimum. The things there are ideal situation and it can’t be implemented in one day. Those are aspirations and the things we want to see. For example, at times, when people talk and they get into government and they see what resources are available, they face reality. But before they get there, they feel all these things are possible.
Since that was what your party did, it would seem that it hoodwinked the people into believing in your promises.
No, we are saying given all factors being constant, these are the things we want to do. The situation we met was worse than what we even anticipated. Unfortunately again, several other inhibiting factors came in. So, it’s not a document that would just die in four or eight years. It will live for a long time, so give it the benefit of survival.
But shouldn’t we blame the politicians that throw money around?
Yes, that is why at times I wonder if our leaders are not wicked, as they consciously put our people in abject poverty so that they can’t reason. For me, we need a major movement in that regard. The press need to do a lot in that regard. They need to educate people and enlighten them. I have always been saying that there is need to continuously establish the nexus between the people’s lives and their votes. We must connect it to say if you take money for your vote, it’s your life you are selling. Let them see clearly how they would not see hospital, good road, good school and other things, by just mortgaging that votes. We owe it a duty to them, particularly the elite. If that is the minimum we can do.
People have always talked about expensive elections, but for local government election, is N555,000 not too much for the form, excluding N5,000 for the expression of interest?
Again, I, as a person, disagreed with it, because the question I even asked them was that what is the minimum wage? Are you saying that somebody on a minimum wage can’t contest? No. It can’t be. There are some of these things at times that people are not even challenging. That is the problem. That is where it lies. The aspirants should challenge it.
Your signature campaign programme was anticorruption fight. Given the next to nothing achievements recorded in that regard, how would you rate the government’s performance in that regard?
For me, I have a different view about that. I have always believed that little would be achieved with the way and manner we are currently fighting corruption. I want to see that document on the socio-economic diagnosis of corruption in Nigeria. Before you can fight corruption, you need to know what the attractions, the causes and what creates the opportunity, the sociologist must tell us. We underestimate the capacity of those people. We need to do the study. It is when we have the study, then you now start gradually to tackle it, like discouraging the attractions. I have always believed that if all of us wake up and every day at our various churches and mosques, we send curses after the corrupt people, I tell you corruption will reduce.
As law enforcement agencies remain helpless in putting a stop to killings in Ikorodu, Lagos, carried out by suspected members of a cult group known as Badoo, traditionalists in the community have taken matters into their hands in a war against the dreaded group.
The cult group is known for wiping out whole families and using objects such as pestles and rocks to smash their victims’ heads.
On Wednesday, about a hundred native doctors garbed in white attire gathered at the palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, to express their readiness to combat the group.
Many of them were armed with fetish objects like cow horns tied with red ribbons, chanting war songs.
To kickstart this phase of the “war”, the palace carried out some rituals while residents were advised to stay indoors between 11.30pm on Thursday, June 29 to 5.30am on June 30.
The Oluwo Osugbo of Ikorodu, Chief Adegboyega Adeyeri, who is one of the leaders of the traditionalists in the town, told Saturday PUNCH that they have kick-started the defeat of the Badoo group.
Even though he did not reveal specifics of measures taken, Adeyeri called on all members of the Badoo group to give themselves up as soon as possible.
He said, “We will not give a specific ultimatum to them like our fore-fathers did in the past but there are no two ways about it, all the evil doers would be caught.
“If the spirit of our fore-fathers are still with us, every member of the group or any other person responsible for killings in Ikorodu would all meet a deadly end soon unless they surrender.
“The steps we have taken would ensure that none of them escapes. When things become as worse as this, the steps we have taken become necessary.
“The killers have done their part by carrying out the killings, now we have taken our own steps and it is time for them to start feeling the sting.”
According to Adeyeri, the members of the group have taken oaths of secrecy, which was why those caught never confessed.
“Part of what we have done is to ensure that anytime one of them is caught, the suspect would surely confess by the power of our fore-fathers. All traditionalists have come together as one on this and this alone is an assurance that we cannot fail. No matter how smart or how devilish they are, we will catch them all,” Adeyeri said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, on the other hand, said it was holding prayer sessions over the matter even though it had not publicised it.
The Lagos Chairman of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, told Saturday PUNCH, “We are praying and we are always praying even though we don’t have to publicise the matter. Anything that prayers cannot handle is not an issue.
“We are also praying for the state generally and our nation. And that is all I can say about the matter at this moment.”
One of the leaders of the vigilance groups in Ikorodu, Chief Kamorudeen Bombata, told Saturday PUNCH that vigilantes across Ikorodu now embark on patrol side by side with policemen.
“Nobody is happy about what is going on in Ikorodu at this time. This is why we no longer sleep because of constant patrol in the night,” he said. This is coming on the heels of the latest killing suspected to have been carried out by the group when a couple – Ike David, 50 and Margret David, 28; and two of their three children Ike David (Jnr.), 5 and Matthew David, 4 – were killed at Olopomeji, Odogunyan around 1am on Wednesday.
The traditional ruler of Igbogbo, one of the suburbs of Ikorodu, Oba Semiu Kasali, told Saturday PUNCH that there had been series of meetings with community development associations, security agencies and vigilance organisations in the community, adding that religious houses have also been involved to ensure prayers are offered to help combat the Badoo cult.
He said, “We have already tasked our traditionalists to do the needful in terms of appeasements needed to forestall more violence. We have also continued to sensitise our people to be vigilant. Last week, we saw an evidence of this when a suspect was caught and was nearly lynched on allegations that he belonged to the Badoo group. The divisional police officer and some of his men were almost attacked. We had to call the Army to prevent the suspect from being lynched and also helped to safeguard the police officers.
“We will continue to sensitise our people not to take the laws into their hands. But the police have a lot to do too because we have realised they are not adequately prepared to handle this situation. We urge the government to give the police formation around here the necessary support to do their job well.
However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police are currently working with the military and private security outfits to ensure the safety of residents of Ikorodu and apprehend the criminals behind the killings.
Report reaching us from Mgbuka Obosi market in Anambra state says that all the traders are currently running helter skelter following a mob action carried out by few miscreants.
A trader in the market who spoke to our correspondent on telephone said problem started when some members of Nigeria Police Force (SARS unit) invaded the market to arrest some drug dealers. But they faced a stiff resistance which resulted in a fight that claimed the life of one of the policemen from the SARS unit. When they found out that the policeman is dead, they started running to avoid reprisals. The market is located close to Onitsha, the commercial city of the state.
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THE RELIGION OF 'AMERICAN POLITICS' IS SUPERIOR TO ONE'S WILL TO DEFINE THE INTEGRITY OF:
THEIR RACIAL "ORGANIC COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT INTERESTS
THEIR IDEOLOGY SENSE OF MORALITY
THEIR VALUATION FOR 'HUMAN LIFE' AS THEY INSTEAD PROTECT 'CHOSEN IDOLS'
My contempt for "Black POLITICAL Conservatives" rings just as strong as the larger and more prevalent 'Black Faced Progressive Nationalists".
DO YOU NOT SEE THAT - for ALL 'BLACK POLITICAL OPERATIVES IN AMERICA' - if there is not UNITY IN FIGHTING THE WHITE RIGHT WING ENEMY - they will degrade into EGOTISTICAL FIGHTING FACTIONS?
You must therefore admit the BRILLIANCE in the WHITE MAN'S decision to "DIVIDE HIMSELF" (into Progressive And Right Wing camps) in order to PACK THE "AMERICANIZED NEGRO" into ONE CONTAINER: AMERICAN POLITICS - through which they invest their BLACK VALUABLES to be HARVESTED!!!
8 QUESTIONS FOR CHIDIKE OKEEM
1) Why do you use a Black person's views on TRAYVON MARTIN as an inference to his 'BLACKNESS'?
IN FIVE YEARS SINCE TRAYVON MARTIN'S UNTIMELY DEATH AT THE HANDS OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN:
More Than 30,000 Black People Have Been Murdered In The United States
A Black Municipal District Attorney Who Was 'Down For The Cause' Now Sits In Jail
Every Black Man In This Picture Is SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS RICHER And Has Moved On, Signing New Contracts With Different NBA Teams
And Though The CORRUPT PULPIT Occupier Of "DR KING'S Church" Deceived His Congregation To ALL WEAR HOODIES On "Hoodie Sunday" - NOT ONE DAMN MURDERED BLACK Since That Time IN METRO ATLANTA Triggered Any Similar THEATRICS.
How The HELL Do You Logically Use THIS As Your 'Black Litmus Test - ESPECIALLY Since You Were Born In NIGERIA ?
2) Why Is A FRIEND Of A WHITE POLITICAL ENEMY Hated By Black Progressive Evidence Of A RACIST ----But THESE PEOPLE Are Welcomed By The Black's On Stage?
Popular Blacks Who Have Murdered Or Been Directly Associated With A Murder (ie: Refused To SNITCH TO BRING JUSTICE To The MURDER VICTIM'S FAMILY, Yet Been Welcomed Back Into The Black Community IN GOOD STANDING)
3) Why Did You Say: "The goal of the BLACK CONSERVATIVE is to make Black people BELIEVE IN CONSERVATISM"?
....BUT YOU SAID YOU WERE A 'BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN' - yet in this debate YOU NEVER separated your CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP from your EARTHLY POLITICAL EFFORTS to make Black people believe in "CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT OF MAN"
4) Why Is Jesse Lee Peterson's IGNORANT Comments About "A Slave Ship Being Akin To A Crowded Airplane" Was MORE OFFENSIVE Than "AFRICANS TO-DAMNED-DAY Being Packed In FLIMSY BOATS Hoping To Exit Africa For WHITE HEAVEN ON EARTH - Europe"?
8 QUESTIONS FOR JESSE LEE PETERSON
1) What Would You NOT DO In The Realm Of Political Opportunism Because Your "Christian Religious Calling Prohibits You From Doing So?"
2) Why Did You Dismiss Chidike Okeem From Being A 'Conservative Republican' And A "Born Again Christian' Based Upon.........
His Criticism Of "White Conservative Republicans" Who You Are Friends With
The Fact That His MOTHER AS A FEMALE Was Ordained Into A Pastor?
ARE THERE ANY OTHER SUBSTANTIVE VIOLATIONS That Define The Membership In Your Party And Your RELIGION?
3) Why Did You Keep Using The Word "Black Conservative" and "Black Republican" Interchangeably?
Jesse Jackson Sr does the exact same thing with "Blacks" and "Black Democrats". How are you any different than him?
4) As A BLACK MAN - Why Do You "AFRICA" As A NEGATIVE TAUNT For BlACK PEOPLE
I have said this about FRAUDULENT PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANS and I will repeat for FRAUDULENT CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS:
Does it seem strange go you that the DOMAIN OF YOUR "RELIGIOUS PRAYER CIRCLE" is perfectly aligned with MAN MADE POLITICAL BOUNDARIES within which YOU FIGHT YOUR RELIGIOUS CRUSADES - mostly against FELLOW "CHRISTIANS" whose primary distinction is their POLITICAL IDEOLOGY?
5) What About Your "Christianity" Makes You So NATIONALISTIC Over "Humanitarian"?
I was named one of the Jewish Press' Most Worthwhile Blogs from 2006-2011 and my writing has been cited by Rush Limbaugh, Melanie Philips, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Judith Klinghoffer, John Podhoretz, Jeff Jacoby and Michelle Malkin, among others.
There are few surprises here. Just the inevitable descent of the Democrats into the fever swamps of hatred and extremism.
According to the anti-Israel group behind the Congressional letter, “The effort to gather signatories to the letter was supported by a coalition of human rights organizations including U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, and American Muslims for Palestine.”
32 Democrats in Congress signed on to a letter circulated by a group that even the ADL had described as having its "organizational roots in the now-defunct Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States."
It won't surprise you to learn that Keith Ellison tops this list. Or that Betty McCollum, Earl Blumenauer and Mark Pocan are also there. Pocan recently got caught sponsoring an anti-Israel forum. And is turning into a reliable anti-Israel hack on the Hill.
Then there's Hank Johnson, who called Jews terminates, Barbara Lee, James McGovern, Andre Carson, Anna Eshoo, John Conyers, Luis Gutierrez, Peter DeFazio, Marcy Kaptur, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Karen Bass, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Roy Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Bobby Rush, Peter Welsh, David Price, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Beyer, Chellie Pingree, Salud Carbajal, Gwen S. Moore, Danny Davis, Jackie Speyer, Jared Huffman, Tulsi Gabbard and Pramiya Jayapal.
So there's the usual Prog caucus gang. And a sizable heaping of Congressional Black Caucus people. Anyone with a leftover crush on Tulsi Gabbard as the one good Dem would do well to drop it.
A particular note of disgrace here has been struck by Alan Lowenthal. The leftist won his last race by a limited margin. It remains to be seen what the voters will think of his role in this.
Donald Trump last night hit out at Irish ‘snowflakes’ as the scandal which some commentators are referring to as ‘Free Ice Creamgate’ took a turn for the bizarre. Free Ice Creamgate began when a man calling himself ‘Bill Gleeson’ tweeted that Irish premier Michael D Higgins had purchased 99s for a crowd of people in […]
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Pooled-DNA sequencing identifies genomic regions of selection in Nigerian isolates of Plasmodium falciparum.
Parasit Vectors. 2017 Jun 29;10(1):320
Authors: Oyebola KM, Idowu ET, Olukosi YA, Awolola TS, Amambua-Ngwa A
BACKGROUND: The burden of falciparum malaria is especially high in sub-Saharan Africa. Differences in pressure from host immunity and antimalarial drugs lead to adaptive changes responsible for high level of genetic variations within and between the parasite populations. Population-specific genetic studies to survey for genes under positive or balancing selection resulting from drug pressure or host immunity will allow for refinement of interventions.
METHODS: We performed a pooled sequencing (pool-seq) of the genomes of 100 Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Nigeria. We explored allele-frequency based neutrality test (Tajima's D) and integrated haplotype score (iHS) to identify genes under selection.
RESULTS: Fourteen shared iHS regions that had at least 2 SNPs with a score > 2.5 were identified. These regions code for genes that were likely to have been under strong directional selection. Two of these genes were the chloroquine resistance transporter (CRT) on chromosome 7 and the multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1) on chromosome 5. There was a weak signature of selection in the dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) gene on chromosome 4 and MDR5 genes on chromosome 13, with only 2 and 3 SNPs respectively identified within the iHS window. We observed strong selection pressure attributable to continued chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine use despite their official proscription for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria. There was also a major selective sweep on chromosome 6 which had 32 SNPs within the shared iHS region. Tajima's D of circumsporozoite protein (CSP), erythrocyte-binding antigen (EBA-175), merozoite surface proteins - MSP3 and MSP7, merozoite surface protein duffy binding-like (MSPDBL2) and serine repeat antigen (SERA-5) were 1.38, 1.29, 0.73, 0.84 and 0.21, respectively.
CONCLUSION: We have demonstrated the use of pool-seq to understand genomic patterns of selection and variability in P. falciparum from Nigeria, which bears the highest burden of infections. This investigation identified known genomic signatures of selection from drug pressure and host immunity. This is evidence that P. falciparum populations explore common adaptive strategies that can be targeted for the development of new interventions.
Nollywood celebrities have expressed their views concerning parents pressuring heir children into marriage. According to veteran actor, Patrick Doyle, every parent want to see their children married off while they’re still alive, and they get worried when that doesn’t happen when the child is old enough to be married, but he further clearly states that […]
Regarded as one of the hottest producer gems in the Nigerian music industry at the moment, Bankyondbeatz dishes his first single after his much-talked-about Fuego Senoras EP. Titled Good Loving, the song sees the young producer team up with his now frequent collaborator, DJ Yin on a house rhythm which is tipped to not only be a DJ’s favourite but find its […]
A Nigerian senator and ex presidential adviser, has accused the Cross River State Governor of removing a jeep from her home. Prof. Ben Ayade and Senator Florence Ita-Giwa Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former presidential adviser, has accused the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, of sending his aides to forcefully remove a Toyota Prado jeep in […]
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Proud parents to newborn twins, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have revealed their names – and they will be called, Rumi Carter and Sir Carter, joining Blue Ivy Carter, their first 5-year-old daughter. According to TMZ, the superstar parents run a company that owns they trademarks to their names and said company just filed legal documents to […]
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Amber Rose and her rumoured new boo, rapper 21 Savage emerged hand in hand from a restaurant in West Hollywood on Wednesday night. The 33-year-old Amber and 24-year-old rapper have been hanging out together for a while. She sure has a type:
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Onyeka Nwelue sets out to do more than add to the poetry firmament with another collection but instead seeks to provoke unending discourse on the joys of the unconventional poet outmaneuvering the straitjacket restrictions of the genre. Like a persistent itch that only goes away by scratching, it is hard to ignore this writer." - Eromo Egbejule, The Guardian (UK)
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are welcoming Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who are visiting Japan as state guests, at the Imperial Palace, with Crown Prince Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attending a related event there. But there are two nameless people who are not happy with this visit - a Mexican musician, who hates the Spanish and a Japanese business man, who hates the Chinese. They meet at the Transit Lounge in Doha International Airport, waiting for their connecting flight to Tokyo and begin telling revealing stories, which take us to Lille, Paris, New York, New Delhi, Lagos, Tel Aviv and down to Tokyo.
Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. In Nigeria in 1964, when future Afrobeat star Fela Kuti heard and hired his influential drummer Tony Allen, they were both working as jazz musicians. The following year, they revamped the band into something more pop-oriented. Now Tony Allen revisits those jazz roots in a salute to his early hero Art Blakey. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has a review. (SOUNDBITE OF TONY ALLEN'S "MOANIN'") KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: Drummer Tony Allen deep in the groove on a revamp of Bobby Timmons is soul-jazz classic "Moanin'," a staple of Art Blakey's repertoire. It's from Allen's four-song digital and vinyl EP on Blue Note, "A Tribute To Art Blakey." The drum kit was one of the 20th century's great inventions. The array of drum, cymbals, foot pedals and hardware that let a single musician do the work of a small percussion section. (SOUNDBITE OF TONY ALLEN'S "MOANIN'") WHITEHEAD: Tony Allen had heard the