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Afe Babalola supports restructuring, says Obasanjo is best president

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Aare Afe Babalola, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the best President Nigeria ever had.

Babalola said Obasanjo, who had a rare opportunity to lead the nation three times, first as a military Head of State in the late 70s and twice as civilian president from 1999 to 2007, was known to him to be ‘a very energetic, strong-willed, and stubborn person’.

“He is difficult to persuade but he is a progressive man. He never became a professor but he knows better than most professors. He is a highly talented man and he is the best president Nigeria ever had,” Babalola said.

The Founder and President of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, made the remarks while receiving the members of the Yoruba Patriots Group, who nominated him as their patron.

According to him, it was Obasanjo’s efforts in supporting UNESCO during his tenure that helped in repositioning education in the country.

Speaking about the objectives of the group, its publicity secretary, Segun Adewale, said it was formed in 2005 by some progressive Yoruba people who desired progress and unity for the nation.

He said, “We felt that the way the Yoruba nation is being relegated to the background in Nigeria is not acceptable.

“What we intend to do is to create a legacy that would survive us. And to do this, we are consulting with established Yoruba men who love the nation and who have the knowledge and have made serious sacrifices to make Yoruba number one in the world.

“Aare Afe Babalola is one of them. This is why we consult him to get a template that would make Yoruba the most economically developed nation in Africa.”

Speaking on the agenda of the group, Babalola said he supported the YPG for the Yoruba to have their rightful place.

“The kind of restructuring that is needed in Nigeria is one that would give autonomy for each ethnic nationality to manage itself in the areas of economy, education, power and others with the exception of geographical expression,” he said.

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S’East, S’South govs meet over Biafra agitation, restructuring

Governors of the South-East and South-South states held a crucial meeting in Enugu on Sunday night.

Our correspondent learnt that the meeting, which held at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, was informed by the ongoing agitation for Biafra in parts of the two zones, as well as the campaign for restructuring.

The meeting came on the heels of an earlier meeting between the South-East governors and some Igbo leaders, including the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the South-East National Assembly Caucus, where they declared their support for a ‘united Nigeria.’

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who addressed the opening session of the meeting on Sunday night, stressed the need for cooperation between the South-East and the South-South.

Ugwuanyi noted that the two zones “are joined by tradition, geography and brotherhood, and also by common challenges.”

He noted that Igbo leaders had already met and agreed “on a restructured Nigeria, where peace, love, equity and opportunities are paramount, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender and political affiliations.”

“It is against this background, therefore, that the meeting of the South-East and the South-South, becomes important,” the governor added.

Ugwuanyi, who lamented common infrastructural challenges in the two geopolitical zones, said the South-East and South-South would thrive through mutual cooperation.

According to him, the collaboration between the South-East and South-South would give the two zones more influence at the federal level.

“I believe that a sustained South-East and South-South cooperation would foster and accelerate competitive development.

“Through inter-regional cooperation, we will be able to speak with one voice and form a greater political capital that will influence the Federal Government,” he said.

The governor stressed the need for the inclusion of the eastern rail corridor, which runs through the South-South and South-East, in the proposed Chinese EXIM Bank loan.

The meeting, which entered a closed session as of the time of filing this report, had nearly all the governors in the two zones in attendance.

Apart from Ugwuanyi, other governors at the meeting include Okezie Ikpeazu, (Abia); Rochas Okorocha, (Imo); Dave Umahi, (Ebonyi); and Seriake Dickson, (Bayelsa).

Others are Nyesom Wike, (Rivers); Ben Ayade, (Cross River); and Udom Emmanuel, (Akwa Ibom).

Willie Obiano of Anambra State was represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke, while

Godwin Obaseki, (Edo) and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, have not arrived as of the time of filing this report.

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24 year-old robbing two residents with toy guns and rape woman

The police have arrested a 24- year-old man, Joseph Nwadunobi, for allegedly robbing two residents of Ajileye Street, in the Ijedodo area of Ijegun, Lagos State.

It was learnt that Nwadunobi and his accomplices at large, while armed with toy guns and cutlasses, robbed one Maurice of a laptop, clipper, camera, four phones, and cash of N36,000.

They also reportedly inflicted wounds on his head.

Not done, the suspects reportedly went to one Esther’s apartment. It was gathered that when Esther told them that she had no valuables, they took turns to rape her.

It was said that the incident was reported to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, and a manhunt was launched for the suspects, leading to Nwadunobi’s arrest.

The suspect was brought before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court by a police prosecutor, Inspector Benedict Aigbbokhan, on four counts bordering on robbery, assault and rape.

Aigbokhan told the court that the offences contravened sections 299, 297(2)(a) and (b), 175, 260(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The charges read in part, “That you, Joseph Nwadunobi, and others at large, on March 16, 2017, at about 6am, on Ajileye Street, Ijedodo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves while armed with toy guns, knives, cutlasses and other weapons, did steal one laptop, four phones, a clipper, camera, foodstuffs and cash sum of N36,000, property of one Maurice.

“That you, Joseph Nwadunobi, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, while armed with toy guns, knives, cutlasses and other weapons, did cause grievous harm to one Maurice by giving him several machete cuts on the head, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 175 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

“That you,  Joseph Nwadunobi and others at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully have sexual intercourse with one Esther without her consent, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 260(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

The defendant’s plea was turned down by the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Akokhia.

The magistrate ordered that he should be remanded in prison and adjourned the case till September 12, 2017, for mention.

How FG spent $4.8bn foreign loans in two years

While Nigeria’s rising indebtedness is generating ripples as to the sustainability and the interest element, the Federal Government has given details of some of the foreign loans it has raised in the last two years, expended on programmes rather than development projects, EVEREST AMAEFULE writes

The Federal Government obtained about $4.8bn from various foreign sources in the last two years, The PUNCH has learnt. The loans were expended on various programmes.

The Economic Governance, Diversification and Competitiveness Support Programme was the highest single financing item on which the government expended $600m of the borrowed funds from external sources in the last two years.

Responding to an enquiry from The PUNCH under the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Government, through the Debt Management Office, said it received $600m from the African Development Bank for the EGDCSP.

The AfDB said on its website that the programme would help the government to create the fiscal space to facilitate a smooth implementation of the government’s budget, support fiscal and structural reforms, and improve the targeting of social sector spending to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population.

While the first tranche of the programme costing $600m was approved in 2016, the second tranche costing $400m is expected to be approved this year to take the total value of the loan to $1bn.

Another major loan of $500m came from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for Nigeria’s development finance institutions. The item also attracted $400m from the AfDB in addition to another $400m secured from the African Development Fund.

The Federal Government secured $500m from the International Development Association, an arm of the World Bank, for the Saving One Million Lives, which is a scheme to expand access to essential primary health care services for women and children.

Three states, Rivers, Ogun and Lagos, benefitted from the foreign debts secured in the last two years. The Federal Government secured UA3.3m ($5.06m) and $200m for the Urban Water Sector Reform and Port Harcourt Water Supply and Sanitation projects, and $33.17m for the Ogun State Urban Water Supply Project.

It also obtained $100m from the AFD for the Lagos Integrated Urban Development Project.

From the International Development Association, the Federal Government secured $200m, $70m, $140m and $70m for the Polio Eradication Support Project, Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project, Community and Social Development Project, and African Higher Education Centre of Excellence Project, respectively.

Another $140m was obtained from the World Bank for the Community and Social Development Project. The Polio Eradication Support Project received another $200m from the IDA, while the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project also received $100m from the same organisation.

From the Export-Import Bank of China, the Federal Government obtained $325m for 40 plants under the Parboiled Rice Processing Plant Project; and $280m from the AfDB for the Enable Youth Nigeria Programme.

Also from the AfDB, the Federal Government obtained $250m for the Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme.

From the IDA, the government also obtained $200m for the Multi-Sectorial Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria and $90m for the Regional Surveillance Systems Enhancement.

The government’s response to The PUNCH’s enquiry, which was directed to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, did not indicate how far it had gone in implementing the projects for which it obtained the foreign loans in the last two years of the current administration.

Experts have at various times expressed fears that governments across the country borrow funds that are not tied to projects but to finance routine expenditure such as salaries and overheads.

While this may be true of local debts, foreign agencies hardly lend without knowing what the funds will be utilised for.

The response of the Federal Government to PUNCH’s enquiry showed that local debts were not tied to any specific projects but warehoused in the Central Bank of Nigeria for financing budget deficits.

Some stakeholders say the government should only borrow to finance capital projects and infrastructure that have the capacity to generate funds for both debt servicing and repayment of the principal.

This is hardly the case as most of the debts are spent on programmes and routine expenses.

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Man hypnotises, has sex with 7 housewives

A 40 year-old man, Sani Idris, of Maska village in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, is now in prison custody on the orders of a Katsina Senior Magistrate Court.

He was accused of hypnotizing and having sexual intercourse with seven married women.

He was said to have lied to his victims that their husbands were wizards and members of the occult.

The accused is facing charges of rape and ‘attempt to commit an offence to wit causing miscarriage’, which police said, are contrary to section 283 and 95 of the Penal Code.

Senior Magistrate Abdulkareem Umar had remanded Idris in prison custody on Friday and adjourned the case till July 24, 2017 for mention.

The police told the court that the husband of one of the victims, Muntari Samaila, lodged a complaint against Idris at the Funtua Central Police station.

Samaila reportedly told the police on June, 11, 2017 that on the previous day, his wife, Maimunatu,19 years, had informed him that  Idris  who claimed to be a soothsayer phoned her with number, 08148122935, asking her to come down to his house located also at Maska village.

He added that on getting to the house, Idris allegedly told Maimunatu that her husband was a wizard and that he would help her to “tackle him.”

The accused was said to have thereafter prepared some concoction for Maimunatu to drink to abort her one month pregnancy after which recited some incantations.

Sumaila further told the police that the accused subsequently had sex with Maimunatu and warned her not to tell anyone.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed the offence and further said he had done the same thing to other women,” the police First Information Report stated.

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Osinbajo, Saraki move to avert govt shutdown.

Despite assertions of seeming belligerence, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was, yesterday, reaching out to the leadership of the National Assembly towards averting imminent paralysis of the machinery of government.

As part of the moves, the acting president was last night scheduled to meet with the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to thaw the ice.

The meeting, Vanguard learned last night, was at the instance of the acting president who, it was learned, is fighting to avert seeming conspiracies among some persons in the National Assembly and the Presidency to derail his function as acting president.

Notable among the conspiracies is the plot by some in the legislature to frustrate confirmations for presidential appointments and approvals for external loans needed to facilitate key projects of the Federal Government.

The meeting, which was yet to take off at press time, Vanguard learned, was upon pressures by some senators and members of the House of Representatives to bring forward their annual recess as a way of teaching Osinbajo a lesson.

“If the National Assembly goes on recess without confirming those nominees or the President getting National Assembly approval for those strategic loans needed for key infrastructure projects, how can Osinbajo succeed?” a source who spoke in confidence asked yesterday. The meeting between Osinbajo and Saraki is in the wake of claims that a section of the alleged cabal in the Presidency had teamed up with some in the National Assembly to cut Osinbajo to size. Yesterday’s meeting, Vanguard learned, followed Thursday’s meeting between the acting president and Saraki where preliminary efforts were said to have been made towards reconciliation. However, the success of that meeting, Vanguard learned, was nearly beclouded by the leakage of the secret meeting by those sympathetic to the cabal in the presidency.

“You can see that vested interests do not want Osinbajo to succeed and the same forces were the ones who leaked the meeting with the intention of embarrassing the two men,” a source privy to the development said yesterday. The crisis between the two arms of government came to a head last Tuesday when the Senate turned back Osinbajo’s request for the confirmation of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director-General of the National Lottery Commission. Speaking on the reconciliation moves, yesterday, a source said: “Osinbajo has perhaps realised his mistake and that he should not have spoken on the Magu issue and now everyone is trying to use that against him.

” Alleging high-level conspiracy directed at the Osinbajo presidency, the source asked why those with the ears of the cabal in the presidency such as Senators Yerima and Karibu Marafa were very passionate about the motion to stop reject further nominations from Osinbajo. “The fact is that they want to make life difficult for the acting president who out of his own lack of political tact voiced support for Femi Falana’s claim on Magu,” the source said. There were also claims yesterday that claims attributed to Osinbajo at the EFCC function in Kaduna where he was represented by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State were not representative of the acting president. Calls to El-Rufai’s special adviser on media, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, and a text message were unheeded as at press time yesterday.

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Kidnappers want N50m for Seplat staff’s wife’s release

Sapele—The kidnappers, who abducted Sussan, wife of Sapele-based staff of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd., Chief Anthony Owumi, yesterday reportedly demanded a ransom of N50 million before she will be released.

She was kidnapped nine days ago from their Amukpe country home in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, amidst intense gun fire that sent her neighbours scampering for safety. Meanwhile, the victim’s husband has pleaded with the abductors to release her unconditionally, saying “I do not have such an amount. “Neither I nor my wife is in possession of illicit wealth. I am pleading with those kidnappers to release my wife unconditionally.” Security officials have, however, recovered both her black 4matic Mercedes SUV and the black Toyota Landcruiser used by her abductors along Elume Road, also in Sapele council. According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, “the police command is on top of the issue as they are working round the clock to have her released.” Meanwhile, several pastors across the town have since the incident began marathon interdenominational prayer sessions at the Anthony Owumi Estate, where the victim was kidnapped.

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Paul Okoye celebrates the birth of his newborn twins, says his home is now complete!

Psquare’s Paul Okoye and his wife, Anita have welcomed twins; a boy and girl. The excited father has now taken to Instagram to celebrate their birth. He wrote;

“God!! Na me be dis!!?…#twins #papaejima #babaibeji #babayanbiu #doubledouble. What else can I say, God we thank you. Now the house is complete. Full house soon.”

Official: Wayne Rooney signs for Everton

Manchester United has announced that Wayne Rooney, the club’s all time highest goal scorer with 253 goals has just signed for his boyhood club, Everton on a free transfer, after Man U offered to buy out his remaining contract, in a deal that involved the £75m capture of Romelu Lukaku.

Rooney, left Everton 13 years ago as an 18 year old to join the Old Trafford club and ever since then his career hasn’t looked back winning every possible trophy a club could garner in the European continent.

Everton confirmed the two-year deal with a short teaser video entitled ‘welcome home Wayne’. Announcing on the club’s website, Jose Mourinho said,

“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come. “It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.” Man U’s Chief Executive, Ed Woodward said,

“Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago. “Who can forget his storybook debut hat trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team. “He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game. His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago. “On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible

Carl Ikeme, Super Eagles goal keeper, shares photo from his hospital bed, thanks everyone for their prayers and support

Last week, news broke that Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. He shared a photo from his hospital bed this evening and thanked everyone for their support.

WhatsApp update adds filters for editing videos, photos

WhatsApp has added a pair of new features designed to encourage you to share more pictures through it.

The messaging app now offers a selection of filters, which you can use to edit your photographs, videos and even GIFs before sharing them.

It’s a mildly surprising move, but it is clearly designed to keep younger users engaged.

Five filters are currently available – Pop, B&W, Cool, Chrome, and Film – but it’s highly likely that more will be rolled out gradually.

WhatsApp has also started organising pictures a lot more neatly.

Previously, collections of pictures would be stacked on top of each other in a conversation, pushing the latest text messages way out of view.

When you share multiple images now, they’ll appear within a much more compact grid.

If you happen to be sharing a lot of pictures at once, those that can’t appear within a plus sign and a number in the bottom-right square will represent the grid.

The update brings WhatsApp even more in line with Instagram. Facebook owns both companies, and both recently added stories-style ephemeral features, which were taken from Snapchat.

Lukaku to have Man United medical in LA

Romelu Lukaku will undergo his Manchester United medical in Los Angeles on Saturday ahead of a £90m move from Everton, Sky sources understand.

United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with the Toffees to buy the 24-year-old striker “subject to a medical and personal terms.”

Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay £75m up-front plus £15m of add-ons and Wayne Rooney will move to Goodison Park in the opposite direction.

Lukaku has been holidaying in LA with prospective Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba, who has posted a congratulatory message to his friend on Instagram and said “see you tomorrow in training”.

Both players have also been training together at UCLA ahead of United’s pre-season tour of the US, which begins with a friendly against LA Galaxy in the Californian city next Saturday.

United have declared they have got their man despite Sky sources claiming a late intervention from Chelsea on Friday night in which they indicated to Everton they would match United’s offer.

The feeling at Stamford Bridge was that Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, wanted him to go to United while the player himself preferred a move to Chelsea, and the decision was down to the Belgian.

He appears to have chosen the red half of Manchester and Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to have been frustrated at the prospect of missing out Lukaku, who had been his main target for a new striker this summer.

Diego Costa is expected to be sold to Atletico Madrid, while Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who has been of interest to both United and Chelsea, remains in the dark over where his future will be.

Emenike joins Olympiacos in Belgium

Emmanuel Emenike teamed up with the rest of the Olympiacos squad for pre-season training in Belgium on Saturday.

Emenike has signed a two-year contract with an option for an additional year with ‘The Reds’ after a difficult time at Turkish giants Fenerbache.

Olympiacos announced the transfer of the 30-year-old Nigeria striker on Wednesday and he and another new signing, Mehdi Karsela, joined up with the squad, who left for Genk, Belgium, on Wednesday.

A squad of 24 players flew out to Belgium Wednesday morning and they will train there till July 16 during which they will play pre-season friendlies against Lokeren and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

‘The Reds’ are also preparing for the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Woman goes naked to protest hours-old car that broke down

A woman bought a new car, but her joy was short-lived, as the car broke down without warning a few hours after purchase.

In protest, she stripped naked and invaded the residence of the dealer who sold the car to her.

Bizarre footage shows the furious woman staging a naked protest outside the car dealer’s home.

The video was shot in the Brazilian state of Santa Catrina and shows the angry 29-year-old tearing down the man’s fence, the Mail has reported.

She explained to police officers that she had called the owner but he had refused to repair it.

She was arrested not long after officers arrived, who detained her under Brazil’s article 223, for public indecency.

The incident, which happened in Brazil, led to men gawking at her in lecherous manner, while recording the scene.

Stop playing politics with Kanu’s case, IPOB tells FG

The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Saturday, expressed dissatisfaction with what it described as the slow pace of the trial of its leaders, Nnamdi Kanu and others still in detention.

It alleged that the Federal Government was deliberately delaying the case and playing politics with it.

In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary,  Emma Powerful, the group said hearing on the matter slated for July 11 had been postponed.

According to it, the development is an affront to justice administration and fundamental rights.

The statement read in part, “The members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide have discovered that the Federal Government and the judicial commission/judiciary are playing politics with the case of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu and others in Kuje prison.

“The Federal Government and her security operatives, especially the DSS, are trying to abduct and torture those suspected to be IPOB members, to make incriminating statements against our leader and IPOB members in order to establish a case without proof.”

The group called on all men and women of good conscience around the world, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other relevant human rights organisations to prevail on the Federal Government to release its detained members.

Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council has vowed not to relent in its secession struggle despite opposition from Ijaw leaders, including the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark.

The group’s president, Mr. Eric Omare, stated this on Friday during the handover by the immediate past president, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, to the 7th National Executive Council of IYC in Warri, Delta State.

Omare also said Ijaw ethnic nationality would not be part of Biafra, adding that Ijaw had started demanding self-determination before the current clamour by some groups in the South-East.

He noted that in line with his administration’s vision, the Ijaw people would relentlessly pursue self-determination from where its former revolutionary leader, the late Major Isaac Adaka-Boro, stopped.

He said, “We do not want a situation, as it is now, where the Ijaw are balkanised in six different states. In Ondo State, the Ijaw people are the minority while in actual fact we are the mainstay of the state. In Edo State, the Ijaw are not just a minority group, they are treated as third-class citizens.

“In Delta State, especially in Warri, we are treated as local citizens. We can vote but we cannot be voted for. In Bayelsa State, even with the resources there, it is still the same thing. Similar problem exists in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.”

Omare said his administration would engage ethnic nationalities across the country on the best solution to the current agitations in the country.

Jonathan’s son-in-law escapes 4th assassination attempt

The son-in-law of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prince Goodwill Edward, was shot again for the fourth time on Friday by gunmen in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

Edward was reportedly shot in his State Housing Estate residence within the Calabar Municipal axis of the state capital.

The victim is the Special Adviser on Youths Affairs to Governor Ben Ayade.

Although the severity of injury sustained in the attack could not be ascertained, it was learnt that he was presently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Calabar.

Edward, who is from Abi Local Government Area of the state, got married to Jonathan’s daughter in 2014.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa,said that the matter had been reported officially to the police.

He, however, said, “From our records, it was not the first time that Edward had been attacked.

“This is the third or fourth time that this thing is happening. Do you know that as I’m talking to you, there is no official report about it. We are not going to wait until the matter is reported. We are the police, we know our responsibility.

“Even if they have a reason for not reporting,  we are not going to sit down until the matter is reported. We have the responsibility to investigate and by the grace of God we will go after those responsible.”

Police move Evans to Abuja, tighten security in cell

Police authorities have moved the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, and his accomplices to the Force Investigation and Intelligence Department, Garki, Abuja for further investigations.

Our correspondent learnt on Friday that the suspects were brought from Lagos to Abuja last Monday by men of the IG Intelligence Response Team to ensure unhindered and thorough investigation into their criminal activities.

Sources said Evans was kept at the ‘VIP wing’ of the police cell at the FCIID, Abuja, where other notorious crime suspects were being held.

It was gathered that security had been beefed up at the detention centre since the crime kingpin was brought to the cell.

A source said more police operatives were deployed in and around the facility to prevent any security breach and to safeguard all the detainees.

“Evans was brought to the FCIID on Monday and since then, the atmosphere changed. You now have more security personnel on duty as part of measures to prevent any unpleasant development. Some unidentified persons have also been visiting the suspect,” the source said.

Our correspondent gathered that the police investigators did not restrict access to the suspect in order to profile those visiting him and establish the link between them and the kidnap kingpin.

Evans and six of his co-conspirators were arrested in June, after policemen stormed the kidnappers’ den and engaged them in a gun battle which lasted several hours.

Members of his gang usually kidnapped victims in Lagos State but they had also abducted prominent Nigerians from other parts of the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, could not be reached for comment as calls to his phone failed to connect. He had yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

Container crushes father, two sons returning from Redeemed camp

Tragedy struck in the early hours of Saturday after a container detached from a truck and fell on a commercial bus at Ojota Bus Stop, Lagos, killing five persons.

The deceased were identified as the bus driver, whose name was given as Charles, his two children, a woman and one middle-aged man, while three others were injured.

the victims had attended the Holy Ghost Service, a programme usually held on first Friday of each month, at the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp, at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It was gathered that when Charles wanted to leave the camp for his Gbagada home on Saturday with his sons and two neighbours, three other worshippers begged him for a lift.

Two of the worshippers’ destination was Ojota.

As Charles parked at the bus stop around 3am for the two passengers to alight from the vehicle, the container loaded with plywood suddenly fell off the truck onto the bus, and trapped all the occupants.

The truck driver reportedly fled the scene, but his motor boy was apprehended and handed over to the police.

Emergency officials, who responded to the incident, removed five corpse which were later deposited in a mortuary in Ikorodu General Hospital.

The injured were rushed to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre at the old toll gate.

Our correspondent, who visited the centre, was not allowed into the wards.

However, one of the church members given a lift by Charles, simply identified as Ifeanyi, who was injured in the leg, walked out supported by his sister and spoke briefly with journalists.

He said, “He had stopped at Ojota for them (two other members of the RCCG) to alight from the bus when I suddenly heard the sound of something crashing on the bus. That was all I knew.”

Concerning the incident, the General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said, “The agency’s Emergency Response Team received a distress call via the CRM regarding an accident at Ojota Bus Stop. Investigation carried out by the ERT at the scene revealed that an articulated truck with number plate, AKD 663 KF, conveying a 40-feet container laden with plywood fell on a Volkswagen commercial bus (danfo), marked FST 944 XR.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the number of casualties.

The RCCG’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Olaitan Olubiyi, said he learnt about the accident on WhatsApp, adding that the church would make efforts to locate the victims.

Flood wreaks havoc in Nigeria’s most expensive neighbourhoods

Areas: Lekki, Banana Island, Ikoyi, VI

Residents flee homes.

A heavy rain that fell on Friday night and Saturday morning has left hundreds of homes and roads flooded in Nigeria’s affluent neighbourhoods of Ajah, Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island areas of Lagos State.

Lekki Phase I, all the way down to Lekki Free Trade Zone, and Ajah were severely affected by the flood. Other areas affected were Lekki Phase II, Osapa London, Victoria Garden City, Ikoyi,  Banana Island, Badore, Bugije, Igbo Efon and Awoyaya.

Many of the residents in these areas, who are arguably millionaires, were stranded in their homes while others had to flee their houses to hotels and friends’ homes on the Mainland on Saturday after the flood entered their homes destroying property.

Commuters were also stranded at bus stops across the state following the downpour that lasted for several hours, with gridlock witnessed in several areas. Some of the commuters paid the sum of N1,000 to touts who were willing to carry them on their backs across the flood, while some brave ones swam in the flood to their destinations.

A video surfaced online of a white man paddling a boat in the flood but our correspondents couldn’t confirm if it was a recent video. Another viral video showed  some residents in the area with a crocodile they caught in the flood.

Twitter user, Deftonesceo, said about the catch, “After the intense flooding, some of our few friends came out to play. @oluwadee, come and make some shoes for me. #crocodileskin #lekkiliving.”

At Lekki Phase 1, several vehicles broke down on the road giving some hoodlums popularly known as Area Boys the opportunity to make money.

Depending on their bargaining power, motorists were made to cough up between N1,500 and N2,500 for their vehicles to be pushed out of the water.

In a bid to avoid flooded roads, several motorists drove against the traffic, causing more chaos on the road.

At Adetokunbo Ademola and adjoining streets on Victoria Island, several homes were overrun by the flood.

Public transport operators aborted their trips and passengers were forced to alight from the buses.

Similarly, tricycle operators had a field day as they operated freely on the flooded roads though they had to increase their fare.

For instance, they charged N150 for a N50-trip. Due to the scarcity of vehicles and the flooded roads, commuters were forced to trek to their destinations in the rain.

Operators of commercial motorcycles also had a field day ferrying commuters to places many buses and taxis could not ply.

Residents affected by the flood also posted photos and videos on social media to capture their agonies on Saturday.

Twitter user, identified only as Abdulrahman, advised the Lagos State Government to declare a state of emergency on the incessant flooding in the state.

Sharing a picture of a flooded part of Victoria Island, he said, “I think Lagos should declare a state of emergency over this flood. This (picture) is not Lekki; this is the heart of VI. This place never witnessed such (flooding).”

Josiah Amaga, another Twitter user, said, “Let us take a moment to pray for our friends in Lekki, VI, Ajah and Lagos State in general for this flood.

Also on Twitter, Chidi Okereke wondered why flooding should be a major challenge in the state, despite its economic buoyancy. “How can we ensure it doesn’t happen again?” Okereke said.

An activist, Victoria Ohaeri, wrote on Facebook, “We have been told that Lagos is the centre of excellence. But when it rains non-stop for only two days, citizens are submerged in a flood of doubts.”

Facebook user affected by the flood, Cookel Erheriene, bemoaned that the disaster made people stranded.

Sharing a photo of a flooded duplex in his area, Erheriene said, “Areas from Lekki Phase 1 all the way down to the Lekki Free Trade Zone have been partially submerged in flood. The situation has caused people to be stranded and broken down in spirit. Where will I sleep now?”

Also the flood did not spare the residents of Banana Island, the uber-rich enclave where plots of land are sold for as much as N500m.

Parts of the large estate which is home to some of the country’s richest men were heavily flooded. On 2nd Avenue (which is also known as Mike Adenuga Avenue), both sides of the dualised road were flooded.

Magu’s confirmation controversy: Osinbajo’s statement, a personal opinion, say AGF, Buhari’s aide

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s statement on the confirmation of acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was a personal opinion.

Also on Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), declared that the position of Osinbajo on Magu was not a decision of the Federal Executive Council.

Osinbajo had, in an interview in April, ruled out the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari replacing Magu, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate twice.

He had said he aligned himself with the argument of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, that Senate confirmation was not needed for the EFCC chairman based on the provisions of Section 171 of the constitution.

Osinbajo’s statement has drawn the ire of Senators, who, on Tuesday, resolved to step down all requests for confirmation into executive positions from the Presidency.

The senators also asked the acting President to withdraw the statement “without further delay.”

Shehu explained that the statement was Osinbajo’s personal opinion, which he made as the Vice-President when Buhari, who is currently receiving medical treatment in the United Kingdom, was still in the country.

The presidential spokesmen stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

He said, “Our understanding is that some remarks made by the Acting President some months ago when he was the Vice-President, because the President was around at that time, an opinion he gave is being misconstrued.

“A senior lawyer in the country offered an opinion, in which he said some categories of public officers, traditionally cleared by the National Assembly, need not go through that process, that those ones can be appointed through presidential fiat; they don’t have to go through screening.

“But several months ago, in his position as Vice-President, Prof. Osinbajo gave a personal opinion, saying what this lawyer said makes sense.”

Shehu added that the Federal Government had not taken a decision that some nominees would no longer be sent to the National Assembly for confirmation.

He said since Osinbajo gave the opinion, over 20 nominees had been sent to the Senate for confirmation.

Shehu however assured all stakeholders that the current face-off would be resolved through dialogue.

He said, “There is no official position by the government of Nigeria, and the Federal Executive Council never sat down to take a decision to say that some categories of officials will not be sent to the National Assembly any longer.

“The authority of the Senate, under the Constitution to screen and pass nominees, has never been questioned by the government or the Federal Executive Council.

“From the time the Vice-President gave that opinion till now, more than 20 nominations have been forwarded to the Senate and quite a number of them have been screened, sworn in and are now occupying positions.

“Therefore, this is not a big issue as some people want to make it. The party, government and the National Assembly will sit at a round table and this matter will be discussed and resolved.”

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Akwa Ibom gov approves new stadium for Eket

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has approved the construction of a 10,000-seater stadium in  Eket  town  in Eket Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Sport, Mr. Monday Ukoh, who inspected the old Eket Stadium on Wednesday, said the new facility would be completed before the end of May 2018.

Ukoh told reporters  that the  stadium would have tartan tracks and  a practice pitch.

According to him, the facility when completed, will  offer the residents of the city an opportunity to watch top flight football.

The commissioner said, “We are not going to inherit anything from the old stadium. Everything here will give way for a brand new stadium which by the grace of God will be completed before the end of May 29, 2018.

“We are going to construct a stadium that will take  at least 10,000 spectators,  and going by the enthusiasm and quality that the governor attaches to his projects,  the stadium should be able to attract international matches.”

On the move to develop athletes,  who excelled at the last state youth games, Ukoh said the athletes would represent the state in the forthcoming National Youth Games in  Ilorin, Kwara State.

Our correspondent learnt  that Eket Stadium was constructed by the Eket LGA in 1994 and hosted  Mobil Pegasus FC’s’ home games. But it has since been abandoned  after the  organisers of the Mobil Secondary School Athletics Competition moved the event  to the  Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

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UNIDO to empower 500,000 Nigerian SMEs with skills

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation is set to empower over 500,000 Small and Medium Enterprises, especially operators in the non-oil sector, with adequate skills to enhance their operations and contribute significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in the next two years.

The Chief Technical Adviser, Investment Promotion Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Mr. Stanislaw Pigon, said for the Nigerian economy to be competitive, the non-oil sector must be equipped with adequate investment and training in technology.

Pigon, who spoke at the UNIDO roundtable meeting on investment and technology promotion with captains of industry in Lagos on Wednesday, said this would be made available by the organisation from.

He stated that the organisation was set to partner several groups of industrial firms, professional bodies, enterprises and the Federal Government to ensure sustainable industrial development in the country.

Pigon said, “Investment and technology are also very important in improving infrastructure efficiency, diversifying the economy, expanding the production base, as well as facilitating access to international and new markets.

“But disparities in terms of investment flows and technology innovation still persist and development efforts are hampered by weaknesses in institutional capacity, regulatory frameworks, the cost of doing business, the lack of advisory and support services for both foreign and local investors.”

He added that the Investment and Technology Promotion Office arm of UNIDO was set to provide support, advisory and technical services to enterprises and business development firms through networking with the private sector and institutions in the country to disseminate opportunities for investment and technology transfer.

Speaking at the event, a manager with Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Mr. Sadiq Usman, agreed with Pigon that lack of technical skills and capacity building had been the bane of industrial growth in the country.

“The FMN has been witnessing difficulties in getting a capable hand to manage its sugar mill in Niger State. We go to India every year to employ experts to work in the mill because we can’t find any Nigerian capable of handling the work,” Usman stated.

The Head, ITPO Nigeria, Mrs. Adebisi Olumodimu, said, “With the right regulatory incentive framework, and the right frame of mind of entrepreneurs in the non-oil sector, the Nigerian economy could take a step forward in industrial upgrading and technological innovation to make the nation a more competitive brand in the continent and the world at large.”

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United Airlines plane catches fire during landing at Denver International Airport

SkyWest flight 5869 belonging to United Airlines caught fire moments after landing on Sunday afternoon.
59 passengers on board in the SkyWest jet were flying from Aspen to Denver in Colorado when one of the engines on the plane caught fire after landing.
Confirming the incident last night,  a spokesperson for the airport wrote on Twitter: ‘Arriving SkyWest flight 5869 was reported on fire, all passengers evacuated safely with no injuries. Denver Fire is on scene assessing’
According to the spokesperson, all runways are now open as an investigation into SkyWest fire continues. Other airport operations remain unaffected.
SkyWest in a statement also confirmed that all the 59 passengers were evacuated safely with no injuries.

“After landing safely at Denver, SkyWest Flight 5869, a CRJ700 operating as United Express from Aspen to Denver, experienced engine issues. All 59 passengers safely deplaned the aircraft and were transported to the terminal.”

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The spot light photo: 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Kim K and their children

Kanye West, Kim K his wife, their children North and Saint West, 2Chainz, his partner, their children Heaven, Harmony and son Halo. North’s face though

Patoranking – I don’t want to ever return to poverty again

There are lots of people that rose from the ghetto but forgot all about their background once they had their first taste of fame and fortune.

However, that is not the case with singer, Patoranking, as he has vowed never to forget where he comes from. He told Sunday Scoop, “Whenever I remember where I’m coming from, I am inspired to hustle harder. I grew up in poverty and I don’t ever want to go back to that again. If you listen to my songs, you would notice that I’m always trying to motivate people that there is no one that cannot be successful. Once you have something to offer and you work hard, the world is yours for the taking.”

On what he is doing to support other youngsters in the ghetto, he said, “I don’t have to announce whatever help I render to people. As far as I’m concerned, it is between me and God. I help the people I can in my own little way because I believe I am blessed by God so as to be a blessing to others as well.”

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