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Abike Dabiri, Ohaneze Ndigbo Condemn Attack On Sen. Ekweremadu In Germany

17 August 2019 - 3:39pm

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu


The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, and a serving senator, Ike Ekweremadu at the 2nd Annual Igbo cultural festival in Nuremberg, Germany. 

In a statement on Saturday, Dabiri said the incident was an embarrassment to the country and called on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators were made to face full consequences for their actions. 

She said that it was shameful and pathetic that an event which was put together by Ndigbo community in Germany and whose members comprised of the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.

She appealed to Nigerians to be of good behavior wherever they found themselves because such incidents had the capacity to tarnish the image of the country.

Meanwhile the Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo also expressed shock over the incident and asked Germany law enforcement agency to fish out the perpetrators. 

A statement by the president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, described the action as 'un-Igbo' and lamented that Ekweremadu who had always been in the forefront of fighting Igbo cause did not deserve the kind of treatment meted out to him by the pro-Biafra agitators.

He said, "The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity. This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weakens our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.

"Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race. Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful."

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Ekweremadu Confirms Attack On Him By IPOB Members In Germany

17 August 2019 - 3:02pm


Ike Ekweremadu, the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate has confirmed a physical assault on him by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday.

Ekweremadu confirmed the attack in a statement released by his Media Assistant, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a 64-second video about the attack had gone viral on the social media earlier on Saturday.

NAN further reports that there were initial speculations on the veracity of the video where the senator was attacked with eggs by the irate IPOB members.

The Senator who also gave an account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, however, assured that he was safe.

He condemned the attack and said he had immediately reported it to the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Yusuf Tuggar.

He said: “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however, could not make it eventually.

“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.

“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organizers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.

“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency and the media as well as rallied the southeast Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to the heart against them, for they know not what they do.

“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well-meaning Ndigbo. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.” 

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Election Tribunal: APC Suspends Chairman, Two Others

17 August 2019 - 1:07pm


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended three top of its top members who allegedly made moves to scuttle the party’s victory at the election petition tribunal.

The trio made up of the Zonal Vice Chairman, Financial Secretary and a Local Government Party Chairman in Adamawa state reportedly connived with the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to scuttle the APC's chances of reclaiming the Adamawa governorship seat at the tribunal.

They are, Aliyu Bakari, (Vice Chairman, Central Zone), Saidu Naira (Financial Secretary) and Babangida Talase (Chairman Mayo-Belwa LGA).

A statement signed by Mohammed Abdullahi, state publicity secretary on Saturday says, ”Alh. Aliyu Bakari has been suspended indefinitely from the party.

“Alh. Saidu Naira and Alh. Babangida Talase have been suspended from the party for a period of six months.

“All the suspended officials are relieved of their respective positions in the exco. And the matter has been referred to the National Secretariat of the party for further necessary action and directive.”

On July 2, 2019, SaharaReporters reported mild drama in court when two opposing counsels appeared in court for APC in the Adamawa state Election Petition Tribunal.

Aliyu Bakari, APC Vice Chairman (Adamawa Central), announced appearance for the party alongside one of the counsels, Smart Ukpanah; and applied to withdraw the party's petition against Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

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Operation Lafiya Dole: I Will Take The Fight To Boko Haram, Says New Commander, Adeniyi

17 August 2019 - 12:55pm


Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the new theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno state, has vowed to turn on the heat on Boko Haram insurgents and take the fight to them in their hideouts.

Adeniyi made the declaration while taking over from the former theatre commander, Major General Benson Akinroluyo in Maimalanri Cantonment in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said: “I am going to turn on the heat on the Boko Haram insurgents. I am going to take the fight to them until Boko Haram disappears from the Northeast.

"I am proud and happy that I am today taking over from General Akinroluyo, my commander. He has mentored me and we are going to continue from where he stopped and even do more until we finish the task of wiping out insurgents from the theatre and the nation at large.”

He also vowed to fight to the end and close the chapter of Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai for appointing me as Theatre Commander. I assure him and Nigerians that I will not let you down. We will fight everything to see that the works finish on time.”

In his remarks, the immediate past Theatre Commander, Major General Benson Akiroluyo said that he was leaving the theatre calm and better than what he met when assumed duty.

“I came when there is tension in the theatre, a few days after metal attacked and the Metele was always on the media. And thank God I am leaving the theatre today calm and better than when I met it.

“I am happy whenever I am In Borno because I was in Maimalanri as a captain in 1997 and got my promotion to Major and 20 years after, in 2017 I was also decorated with the rank of Major General here in Maiduguri; Maiduguri is my second home. I was also the second longest-serving theatre commander since the commander was created, second to General lucky Irabor.

“I am happy that I am today still alive that I am handing over to my deputy’s. I have gone round the theatre and today thank God He has spared my life and I am leaving the command to my deputy who also knows the terrain and the operation of the theatre. I hope he will continue from where I stopped. It is just like a moving vehicle and today I am leaving to my spare driver, who will keep the vehicle moving until we reached the destination." 

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FIFA Ban: My Legal Team Preparing Defence, Says Siasia

17 August 2019 - 10:28am


Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has said that his team of lawyers are currently working to appeal a ban slammed on him by FIFA on Friday.

The world football governing body had on Friday placed a life ban on the ex-Nantes of France striker for alleged match fixing.

Siasia, who made the disclosure on Saturday, said that he was hopeful of a positive conclusion to the matter.

In a statement on Friday, FIFA said that its adjudicatory chamber of independent Ethics Committee found Siasia guilty of the offence.

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Buhari Returns To Abuja After Nine Days In Katsina

17 August 2019 - 10:14am


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday returned to Abuja after a nine-day official visit, including celebrating the Eid-el-Kabir with family members and inauguration of some developmental projects in Katsina State.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, shortly before departing the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, Katsina for Abuja, Buhari had charged the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits.

He gave the order when he addressed 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’.

While in his hometown, Daura, Buhari received Guinean President, Alpha Conde, and several other dignitaries.

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BREAKING: #RevolutionNow: DSS Releases Dan-Halilu After 11 Days In Custody

17 August 2019 - 6:39am

The Department of Security Services has released ex-Daily Trust editor, Mr Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, after 11 days in custody.

Dan-Halilu was arrested over a Facebook post endorsing the #RevolutionNowprotest spearheaded by Omoyele Sowore.

The DSS released the journalist on Friday, according to PRNigeria.

Dan-Halilu, after a preliminary investigation, was released penultimate Wednesday but was again re-arrested after operatives of DSS in Kaduna received a directive from Abuja that he should be made to undergo further thorough investigation and 'rigorous' questioning.

A family source also confirmed the release of Dan-Halilu to PRNigeria.

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Religious Studies Teacher Rapes, Impregnates 15-Year-Old Pupil

17 August 2019 - 5:57am


A teacher with Jubilee Community Grammar School in Surulere under Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Sola Akinyemi, has raped and impregnated one of his students, a petition obtained by Sahara Reporters, revealed.

Akinyemi, according to the petition, had been forcefully having carnal knowledge of the student before he eventually got her pregnant.

It was learnt that the teacher takes Christian Religious Studies subject in the government owned school.

It all started when the randy teacher found a mobile phone on the student during a lecture.

The phone was seized and became a bait in luring the girl to different hotels in Ondo town where the teacher took advantage of her for two years.

The teacher threatened to deal with the student if she told anyone that he raped or had been sleeping with her.

A recent scan carried out on the girl revealed that she is currently seven months pregnant.

Sad by the ugly incident, mother of the teenage girl reported the case to her friend, who subsequently confronted the teacher.

The case was later reported to the police in Ondo town.

Akinbinu Oluwafemi, a human rights lawyer, has taken over the case and petitioned the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State on the matter.


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Oyegun: Nigerians Like A Child Blaming His Father For Being Unable To Provide For His Family

17 August 2019 - 5:48am

Odigie Oyegun

Odigie Oyegun The Guardian Nigeria

The pioneer National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described Nigerians as a child who failed to understand the challenges his father is facing in providing for the family.

He, however, hoped that President Muhammadu Buhari's 'Next Level' promises would be fulfilled.

Speaking on why his party has failed to bring the change it promised Nigerians in 2015, Odegie-Oyegun said, "It’s like a child blaming the father for not being able to provide for him. When he becomes a father, he will know why. The problems were much more than we anticipated. I hope the 'Next Level' (campaign) will produce the kind of result that will now place the nation on the path of growth. We cannot afford to still give excuses again.”

Odigie-Oyegun stated this in an interview with Punch on Saturday.

When asked if Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka was right in describing his generation as wasted, the APC chieftain replied, “Well, Soyinka is very dramatic with his words. He uses words to dramatize situations and to call attention (to issues). All he was saying was that we had not achieved our potential. That is my own interpretation. We fall far short of our potential, even till this date.

"All those things we left behind, even as civil servants, are in a state of disrepair. There is no comparative replacement all these years and it is worrisome, it is painful and disappointing. I pray that one day; we will find our way back to the path of growth and development.”

He also commented on the security situation in the country which according to him is a serious challenge.

“Sometimes, I read in the media opinions that there must be total peace but I accept that where we are now is far from being good when even citizens of the country feel unsafe. I can speak for myself and say that if I could avoid travelling outside Benin City for even 10km, I would do it. I know they (bandits) kidnap in cities too.

“They kidnap in towns but, at least, you are a bit safer in your bedroom than on the highways. So, yes, we have a serious challenge in the way the new security threat is manifesting itself. I think there are people out there, whether in this country or outside the country, that are trying to get Nigerians into thinking that the government cannot protect them and that is a very dangerous thing,” he explained.

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Police Invite Cross River Journalist Over Article

17 August 2019 - 4:33am

Agba Jalingo

Agba Jalingo


The Cross River State Police Command have invited Agba Jalingo, a journalist publisher of CrossRiver Watch, for publishing an article exposing how Governor Ben Ayade approved and diverted N500m for Cross River Micro-Finance Bank.

In the article, Jalingo said the micro-finance bank had been rendered non-functional as money earmarked to kick start its operation was not released.

The report reads, “After raising these high hopes and expectations, eight months after the opening of the bank and release of N500m, not a dime has been given to anyone.

“Information available to me suggest clearly that after approval of the N500m, Governor Ayade diverted the funds and embezzled same and this has stalled plans for the microfinance bank.”

About a month after the publication of the report, the police invited Jalingo for questioning on the article.

The Police in its letter to him, said the article is "conspiracy to cause a breach of peace".

The invitation letter dated August 14, 2019 and delivered two days later, reads, “This office is investigating a case of conspiracy to cause a breach of peace, reported by Cross River Microfinance Bank, Calabar, in which your name is mentioned.

“To facilitate our investigation, you are kindly requested to report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, Calabar, on Monday August 19, 2019, at 1400hrs, to state your side of the case.

“Your cooperation is highly solicited as we expect an early response, please.”


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FBI Arrest Nigerian Billionaire Over $11m Fraud

17 August 2019 - 4:11am

The Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested the Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke, for conspiracy to commit computer fraud.

Okeke, who made it into Forbes ‘Africa’s 30 Under 30 List in 2016’, was arrested by the FBI over $11m wire fraud after an account belonging to the CEO of Unatrac Holding Limited, a steel company, was hacked.

The suspect was alleged to have conspired with some other individuals to access the CEO’s computers without authorisation, PMNews reports.

According to an affidavit signed by Marshall Ward, a Special Agent of FBI, representatives of Unatrac Holding Limited, contacted the agency after experiencing a fraudulent transfer of $11m from the firms account through a compromised email.

The affidavit reads, “Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer received a phishing email containing a web link purportedly to the login page of the CFO’s online email account hosted by Microsoft Office365.  

“When the CFO opened the link, it instead led him to a phishing website crafted to imitate the legitimate Office365 login page.  

“Believing the page to be real, he entered his login credentials, which were captured by an unknown intruder who controlled the spoofed web page.

“Between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the intruder accessed the CFO’s account at least 464 times, mostly from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in Nigeria.”

The report led to an investigation, which began in July 2018 after the FBI reviewed the submitted documents and eventually led to the arrest of Okeke.

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NCAC, Women Group Partner On Cultural Reorientation

17 August 2019 - 3:56am


In a bid to stem the current tide of public display of nudity and immorality among youths in Nigeria, the National Council of Women Societies and the National Council for Arts and Culture have embarked on sensitisation initiatives.

Speaking at a meeting of both organisations in Abuja, National President of the NCWS, Dr Laraba Shoda, condemned the upsurge in public display of nudity following a viral video of near-naked girls dancing in public inside a transparent van in Lagos.
She described another scenario where a young lady walked into a mall completely naked as negating the essence of the Nigerian culture, which promotes the dignity of the African woman.

Dr Shoda said there was the need to create television programs with good cultural content to arrest the disturbing trend.

On his part, the NCAC Director-General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, said the partnership of interest between the women societies and the NCAC will signal a new dawn in the crusade against cultural degeneration and foreign erosion of our culture.

According to Runsewe, the NCAC is working on a legislation with the National Assembly to curb the negative trend of public nudity.

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Venezuelan Caught With 80 Cocaine Capsules Says She's Mule For Nigerian Drug Supplier -Indian Police

17 August 2019 - 12:58am


A 27-year-old Venezuelan woman arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) under suspicion of drug trafficking says she was sponsored by a Nigerian drug supplier based in Brazil.

Eighty capsules containing cocaine worth nearly ₹5 crore were recovered from her.

The accused woman has been charged under sections relevant sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

On August 9, the DRI detained Balzabaptista Karendarlenny after she arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo in Brazil (via Addis Ababa).

Sources in the DRI said they had specific information on
Karendarlenny. Having secured the court’s permission, the DRI took Karendarlenny to Sir JJ Hospital where x-rays confirmed alien objects in her body.

Between August 9 and 13, Karendarlenny has purged 80 capsules containing 800 grams of high-quality cocaine, the estimated value of which is ₹5 crore.

Since the accused speaks only Spanish, DRI officers, with the help of an interpreter, have interrogated her and learnt that in the past, she had been in the military for two years (in Venezuela, two-year military service is obligatory for all those above 18).

She also worked at a call centre and had been forced into sex work due to financial difficulties.

The accused has told officials that in 2014, she came in contact with a Nigerian drug supplier through another sex worker.

This supplier used mules – people who carry drugs in exchange for money – to transport drugs to countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia.

According to the accused, the supplier contacted her in February through Facebook and offered her a job as a drug courier, reports Hindustan Times.

She accepted his offer as she was in need of money and a few months ago, she moved to Sao Paulo, in Brazil, from where the Nigerian was running his operations.

For one smuggling trip, the woman would be paid $5,000 (₹3.5 lakh), upon returning to Brazil.

Officers are now trying to get information on her associates and to whom she was to deliver the drugs in Mumbai.

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Nigerian Based In Delhi Using Policemen To Peddle Drugs -India Government

17 August 2019 - 12:46am

India Police

India Police


Dismissed head constable Gangandeep Singh alias Gaggi, who was arrested for drug peddling had created a network for smuggling with the help of accused arrested in different criminal cases.

Posted as munshi of Sadar police station at Khanna, Gaggi used to deal with criminal cases. Around eight months ago, Gaggi came in contact with Amandeep Singh alias Mauli of Kidwayi Nagar, Ludhiana, when the latter was arrested for drug peddling. Gaggi then offered to help him in the case on the condition that he starts working for him.

A Nigerian national based in Delhi would send drugs to the head constable through a courier, which would further be supplied to Amandeep, who along with his accomplices Vikas Kumar alias Lara of Rishi Nagar used to sell the contraband further among addicts.

Cops privy to the investigations say that Gaggi had been working as a munshi for the past eight months. He had joined the police force eight years ago and used his connections to get to the post.

Earlier, he had worked as a reader of several police officers. Sources said that earlier, Gagandeep Singh used to commute on his motorcycle. All of a sudden he bought an i-20 car, which raised suspicion.

Also, the STF has been investigating to know his assets.

He, along with his drug peddlers Amandeep and Vikas, were arrested on Sunday along with 785 gm heroin. Hours after his arrest, Khanna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gursharandeep Singh had dismissed him.

Ludhiana special task force (STF) in-charge inspector Harbans Singh stated that Gaggi was produced before the court of duty magistrate on Monday and sent to two days in STF custody.

With the arrest of head constable, other police personnel of Sadar police station of Khanna have also come under scanner, HindustanTimes

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Buhari's Hometown, Daura To Have Battalion Barracks After Air Force Built 'Reference' Hospital In His Village

17 August 2019 - 12:37am

President Muhammadu Buhari and General Tukur Burutai

President Muhammadu Buhari and General Tukur Burutai


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has commended the commitment and achievement of troops deployed at forwarding Operating Base at Daura in Katsina State for combating armed banditry, cattle
rustling and kidnapping among other menaces during Operation Harbin Kunama III and ongoing Operation HADARIN DAJI in the North-Western part of Nigeria.

The army chief stated this when he visited the base on August 15, 2019, a statement by the army disclosed.

He also disclosed the Nigerian Army’s plans to replicate the "noble concept of Super Camp" in the region, with the aim of projecting offensive patrols, raids, ambushes and other combat missions to tackle the security threats occasioned by the activities of bandits and other criminals elements.

He added that provision of logistics to enable troops to perform effectively remained his top priority.

"Lt Gen TY Buratai announced that works and provision of
infrastructure will soon commence on the proposed permanent site of the 171 Battalion located in Daura. He informed them of the introduction of 'boots and polish' allowances, among other welfare packages to boost troops morale, encourage hard work and professionalism.

"There was loud ovation when Buratai conducted troops at the base to a series of push-ups," the statement said.

In another development, the army chief along with the Chief of Defence Staff, General A.G. Olonisakin, and other service chiefs attended the commissioning of Nigerian Airforce Reference Hospital in Daura and thereafter paid Sallah greetings to President Buhari.

Buratai also paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar.

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ICPC Freezes Former Zamfara Governor Yari’s $669,248, N24.3 Million

17 August 2019 - 12:29am

Gov. Abdulazizi-Yari of Zamfara State.

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A federal high court in Abuja has granted permission to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to freeze various sums of money in bank accounts traced to the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave the permission on Friday when he ruled on an ex parte motion filed by ICPC ordering that all the accounts containing $669, 248.89 and N24.3 million, domiciled with Polaris and Zenith banks respectively, be frozen.

The monies are funds allegedly stashed in the personal accounts of the former governor and companies belonging to him, which include Kayatawa Nigeria Limited and B. T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited.

A breakdown shows that the sum of N12, 912, 848.68 was stashed in the former governor’s Zenith Bank account; N11, 159, 674.17 found in a Zenith bank account operated by Kayatawa and N217, 388.04 also in Zenith Bank belonging to B.T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Ltd. $56, 056.75 was discovered in the former governor’s Polaris Bank account.

Another $301, 319.99 was kept in Kayatawa’s Zenith Bank account, while $311, 872.15 was found in BT Oil and Gas’ Zenith Bank account.

The monies, when converted and put together, bring the total amount frozen to N263, 033, 519.3.

The judge also ruled that ICPC should publish the order of interim forfeiture in a national daily within 14 days and that the affected parties should show a reason why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government.

The anti-corruption agency had approached the court through section 48 (1), (2) and (3) (a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, praying for an order of interim forfeiture of the alleged funds to the federal government.

All the sums are alleged to have been proceeds of corruption emanating from the illegal activities of the governor and his representatives.

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Nigerian Stock Exchange Experiences Further Dip In Transactions

17 August 2019 - 12:17am

Nigerian Stock Exchange
Nigerian Stock Exchange

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Transactions on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange declined profile on Friday with crucial market indicators dropping by 0.47 percent.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the All-Share Index lost 127.64 points or 0.47 percent to close at 26,925.29 from 27,052.93 recorded on Thursday.

Also, the market capitalization shed N62 billion or 0.47 percent to close at N13.121 trillion compared with N13.183 trillion on Thursday.

Nestle topped the losers’ table, dropping by N127 to close at N1,143 per share.

Okomu Oil trailed with a loss of N3 to close at N49, while NASCON dropped by N1.40 to close at N12.60 per share.

Stanbic IBTC was down by N1.30 to close at N33, while Unilever dropped by 90k to close at N27.90 per share.

On the other hand, Dangote Cement led the gainers’ table, increasing by N2 to close at N164 per share.

Flour Mills followed with a gain of N1 to close at N13.80, while BOC Gases appreciated by 55k to close at N8.12 per share.

Custodian and Allied grew by 40k to close at N6, while Zenith Bank rose by 35k to close at N16.60 per share.

A breakdown of the activity chart showed that Guaranty Trust Bank was the most active stock, having accounted for 67.86 million shares worth N1.76 billion.

Transcorp followed with an exchange of 25.66 million shares valued at N23.06 million, while Sterling Bank traded 25.02 million shares valued at N55.48 million.

Fidelity Bank sold 23.68 million shares worth N33.60 million, while Zenith Bank traded a total of 19.35 million shares valued at N321.18 million.

In all, investors traded 258.29 million shares valued at N3.531 billion transacted in 4,662 deals.

This was in contrast with a turnover of 233.19 million shares worth N3.64 billion in 4,331 deals.


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Buhari Regime Unlikely To Let El-Zakzaky Travel Again -Report

16 August 2019 - 11:43pm

El-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria

El-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria

Following the arrival of the leader of the Islamic. Movement in Nigeria. (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from India, top security sources in the President Muhammadu Buhari regime might bar the embattled Shia leader
from travelling abroad for medical treatment again while he remains in detention.

The IMN leader's attitude and activities during his medical visit to India are part of the reasons he might not be given a chance to travel in the future for any medicals, Punch reports.

A top security official told the newspaper, “With what he has done confirming some of the security reports we had on him already, the government is not likely to allow him to travel abroad again, even if the court rules otherwise.

“The government has always insisted that he (El-Zakzaky) could be treated within the country. Now that his activities in India, including how he planned to meet his lawyers, had been revealed, I bet the government won’t take a second bet on him.

“At least, the government will consider security reports before taking any decision, even with any court ruling.”


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Dozens Of Suspected Kidnappers, Robbers Arrested In Kano -Police

16 August 2019 - 11:18pm


Policemen in Kano State say they have arrested dozens of suspected criminals for alleged involvement in robbery, kidnapping, and currency counterfeiting.

The suspects paraded on Friday by the Police Commissioner in Kano, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed, were arrested during last Sallah celebration.

Nine of the suspects, the police stated, were arrested for armed robbery and 16 for kidnapping.

Meanwhile, the police have rescued two kidnap victims.

Thirty-four thugs, ‘Yandaba’, were also arrested in various locations with "dangerous weapons" during the Sallah period while 51 other suspects were also nabbed being in possession of cannabis and other banned substances.

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Sowore's Detention: Buhari Regime's Action Will Heat Up Polity, Says Chief Onitiri

16 August 2019 - 11:13pm


A political activist, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, has called for the release of pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement by Onitiri on Friday, he described the detention of Sowore as unnecessary, undemocratic and unpopular, adding that the continuous detention of the AAC candidate in the last presidential election can heat up the polity.

He said: “I wish on behalf of millions of Nigerian democrats and peace-loving citizens plead with President Muhammadu Buhari's government to release the convener of ‘Revolution Now’, Omoyele Sowore, as his detention will continue to heat up the polity.

“Besides, we wish to plead with our judiciary not to be used against the people, as Nigerians shall hold the judiciary responsible if our democracy should fail.

“We have come a long way to achieve this democracy and it should never fail. We implore our judiciary to be courageous, stand firm with the people of Nigeria and defend our democracy.

“This is the time we need our Judiciary to be bold and courageous. We have no other country we can call our own. We must all salvage our country, Nigeria and make it work and great again.”

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