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BREAKING: Nigeria beats South Africa 2-1..through to semis

Nigeria has defeated South Africa in a gruelling match ..2-1 to qualify for the Semi Finals of the African Cup of Nations football competition holding in Egypt.

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Senate asks foreign airlines to provide records of Nigerians in their employment

As one of the measures to surmount this challenge, the lawmakers directed foreign airlines to provide statistics of Nigerians in their employment.

The subject was brought to the Senate through a motion by Ifeanyi Uba (Anambra-YPP).

Mr Uba informed his colleagues that foreign airlines are now designated to multiple routes within Nigeria noting that this development threatens the survival of local airlines.

“For example, Ethiopia Airlines operates in five cities namely; Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, and Lagos; Turkish Airlines operates in four cities: Abuja, Kano, Lagos, and Port Harcourt and Emirates Airlines operates two frequencies daily into Lagos and one to Abuja.”

He noted that besides multiple designations, foreign airlines are now being encouraged to do multiple frequencies into the country and within the country, a practice which he said is not allowed in other countries.

“For instance, Turkish Airlines has just started Istanbul to Abuja, Abuja to Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt to Abuja, then Abuja to Istanbul. Lufthansa and Air France are also doing same, thereby running indigenous airlines out of business.

“Concerned that while Emirates has two frequencies into Lagos and one to Abuja, it has announced plans to introduce a third flight in and out of Lagos to start very soon, making it three flights daily to Lagos.”

Mr Uba stated that Nigerian airlines such as Arik, Virgin Nigeria, Medview and others, had in the past run out of international routes through this’ trend of unfair advantages allowed foreign airlines in Nigeria.’

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He said that indigenous airlines have the capacity to cover all the domestic routes being operated now by these foreign airlines. He added that the practice in international aviation is for foreign airlines to partner with local airlines to help them distribute their passengers within the domestic routes.

He said further, “The Senate notes that the unrestrained grant of designations and multiple frequencies to foreign airlines is not only hurting the growth of our indigenous carriers but also a monumental disservice to the economy of Nigeria in several ways. Besides threatening the continuous existence of our indigenous carriers, the capital flight out of Nigeria engendered by this unwholesome practice is monumental and harmful to our economy;

“The Senate notes equally that Nigerian jobs are seriously at risk as a result of this dire situation since it is the indigenous airlines that provide massive job opportunities for our people; the number of jobs created by all the foreign airlines put together is not up to what Air Peace alone created in its first one year of existence. That airline alone has over 3,000 employees and has also created over 8000 ancillary jobs.”

Mr Uba said the practice is a threat to the survival and growth of Nigeria’s aviation industry and if unchecked, would ultimately lead to the collapse of Nigeria’s indigenous airlines.

Contributing, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba-APC) urged the federal government to look into the regulation of the industry as the existing ‘environment does not support fair competition.’

Kabiru Gaya (Kano-APC) and Aishatu Ahmed (Adamawa-APC) urged better collaboration between Nigeria and foreign airlines.

Senate demands investigation into death of CIIN boss, other Nigerians killed in South Africa

 

The Senate, on Wednesday, called on the South African government to investigate the death of Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu and other Nigerian citizens who have died in suspicious circumstances in South Africa.

The Senate also urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa.

The call was made after the lawmakers deliberated on a point of order by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on the need to investigate the death of Mrs Ndibuisi-Chukwu.

Mrs Ndibuisi-Chukwu was the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN). She was allegedly murdered at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, South Africa on June 13 where she lodged.

She was attending the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO). Initially, it was suspected that she died of cardiac arrest.

In his lead, Mr Abaribe said the insinuation that she died of cardiac arrest was proved wrong following the autopsy report released on June 20 by the South African Department of Home Affairs which indicated in a death certificate that the death was unnatural and suspected to be murder.

He said the suspicion that she could have been murdered was further confirmed in a separate document issued by the South Africa, Department of Health on June 27 where it corroborated the autopsy report and revealed that she was strangled.

“In a curious twist, the hotel allegedly was reluctant to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding her death. This is not the first time Nigerians have died in suspicious circumstances in South Africa,” he said.

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Lawmakers who took turns to condemn the incident stressed the need for prompt investigation. Some senators also suggested that the South African Ambassador and the Nigerian Consulate be summoned for an explanation.

Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP, Anambra) urged the Senate to invite representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain how much investigation has been done. He also asked the Senate to send a “strongly-worded” letter to the South African government seeking details of Nigerians that have been killed in the country.

On his part, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, recalled that a similar issue was debated in the eight Senate and an ad-hoc committee sent to visit South Africa with a message that Nigeria as a country was tired of the killings.

“We believe that the relationship between the two countries must be better. There must be respect for each other.

“South African businesses flourish more than most Nigerian businesses. South Africans are safe and are protected in Nigeria. There is no need for any South African to take the life of a Nigerian or any citizen. Nigeria is a frontline state. We deserve respect and understanding.

“Our next set of contingents in the Pan-African Parliament must ensure that this issue is brought to the fore. We don’t take the law into our hands in the word of retaliation but we should not be taken for granted. We have taken these killings for too long and we are not going to take it anymore,” he said.

The Senate commended the federal government for its prompt action in seeking South Africa’s explanation of the death of Mrs Ndubuisi and urged the government not to relent in its efforts to unravel the circumstances of her unfortunate demise.

Reps ask FG to release Zakzaky and prevent emergence of another Boko Haram

Members of the House of Representatives have asked the federal government to obey the court orders directing the release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

At plenary on Wednesday, the lawmakers said IMN members who have been protesting their leader’s continued detention could wreak more havoc.

El-Zakzaky was arrested after the group better known as Shi’ites clashed with a convoy of the chief of army staff in Kaduna state in 2015.

Different courts have granted him bail but the government has insisted on detaining him thereby agitating his followers who invaded the National Assembly Complex on Tuesday.

At plenary on Wednesday, Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader, introduced a motion calling on his colleagues to probe the matter and ensure adequate security measures are in place at the legislative chamber.

While some of his colleagues agreed with the need for improved security, others emphasised that they should instead address “the root cause” of the protests which they identified as the continued detention of el-Zakzaky.

They argued that the circumstances surrounding the matter are similar to what led to the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgent group.

Onofiok Luke from Akwa Ibom said it is unfortunate that while the lawmakers are empowered to make laws, the federal government is going against the rule of law in disobedience to the court orders ordering the release of the IMN leader.

“If the court has given an order for the release of the man, we should cal on the government to release him. The discourse should not be on the invasion of the national assembly alone,” he said.

Bamidele Salam from Osun state said El-Zakzaky’s continued detention is injustice and “injustice to one is injustice to all.”

“I want to urge the federal government to look into the matter of the leader of this movement and allow the rule of law to take its course … to ensure that Boko Haram is not replicated in Shiites movement,” he said.

“If we are able to secure the national assembly, what happens to the man and woman in the market elsewhere?“

Simon Davou from Plateau state said rather than detain el-Zakzaky against court orders, the government should release him “and ensure surveillance, with enough security operatives to monitor his activities.”

Lai Mohammed, former minister of information, had in defence of the Islamic leader’s continued detention said last year, that no one wants to accept him as a neighbour.

“The court ruled that he will be released after his house has been rebuilt. Nobody wants to accept El-Zakzaky as a neighbor,” he had said during a Channels TV programme. So we have been able to build a house, where do we release him to?”

Governors kick against fuel subsidy

Governors have described as unsustainable, payment of oil subsidy to marketers by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The governors called on the federal government to do away with it, saying fuel subsidy is a drain on the nation’s resources.

Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), made the demand when he led a delegation to Mele Kyari, the new group managing director of the corporation.

He said subsidy remains a major drawback on government revenues, adding that there is need to consider a new deal on how government will absorb its cost.

This he said has become necessary given the new reality of low oil revenues and rising government commitments.

“It is important to highlight that subsidy remains a major drawback on government revenues. We may need to consider a new deal on how governments will absorb the cost of subsidy,” he said.

“This has become necessary given the new reality of low oil revenues and rising government commitments. We believe that at the current course, subsidy costs will continue to offset any recovery in the oil market. The country recorded one of its lowest cost of subsidy in 2016 when oil traded at an average of US$48.11 pb. Total subsidy that year was around N28.6 billion; but the amount rose to N219 billion in 2017 and N345.5 billion by mid-2018, as the price of oil and domestic PMS consumption rebounded.These are important considerations for us, with direct implications on energy security and economic stability in the country.”

The NGF chairman said having worked with Kyari when he was minister of mines and steel, he believes that the NNPC GMD is a man of integrity who would deliver on his promises to the nation.

Governors are the latest to oppose fuel subsidy. Last month, Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to end fuel subsidy. He had said “N1.5 trillion on subsidy is N1.5 trillion out of education“.

Six days ago, Stuart Symington, US ambassador to Nigeria, also advised the federal government to get rid of fuel subsidy.

Senegal pips Benin 1-0 to reach semi-finals after 13 years

Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals for the first time since 2006 when Idrissa Gueye scored to deliver a 1-0 last-eight win over Benin in Cairo Wednesday.

Everton midfielder Gueye struck on 70 minutes, side-footing the ball into the net from close range after being set up by Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

This was the first Cup of Nations match to use the VAR (video assistant referee) system and there were no controversial incidents.

Benin was reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when Olivier Verdon was given a straight red card for a last-defender foul.

(AFP)

Federer wins 100th Wimbledon match to reach 13th semi-final

Roger Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he reached his 13th semi-final at the All England Club and a possible duel with old rival Rafael Nadal.

Eight-time champion Federer recovered from losing the opening set to defeat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the 45th time.

The 37-year-old is also the oldest man to make the last four of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

Federer will now face Nadal at Wimbledon for the first time since their epic 2008 final should the two-time champion Spaniard defeat Sam Querrey in his quarter-final.

“We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he about us. I know people always hype it up in a big way,” said Federer.

“They did that again in Paris this year (when Nadal won their semi-final in straight sets). I’d love to play against him here at Wimbledon.

“But I go about it like every other match.”

Federer and Nadal have met 39 times in their careers but just three times at Wimbledon.

The Swiss star won their first two encounters in the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously triumphed in 2008 in a five-set epic which is widely regarded as the greatest Slam final ever played.

Federer said he was unaware that he had become the first player ever to win 100 matches at the same Slam.

“A fan told me congratulations on your hundredth win and I thought, oh yes, you’re right!”

Nishikori, bidding to become the first Japanese man to reach the semi-finals since Jiro Satoh in 1933, broke Federer in the first game on Centre Court.

It was enough for the 29-year-old to pocket the first set.

However, 20-time Grand Slam title winner Federer roared back, levelling the quarter-final with breaks in the second and sixth games of a 22-minute second set.

It was more of the same in the third as Federer found his range with a break for 4-3 before taking the set on a fourth set point.

Teenager allegedly hacks into bank account, steals N4m

A teenager, Nonso was on Wednesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly hacking into a Wema Bank account and stealing N4 million.

Nonso, 19, is standing trial with one Emeka, 36, on two counts of conspiracy and stealing.

The defendants, whose residential addresses were not given, however, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate A.O. Alogba.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ingobo Emby told the court that the duo committed the offences sometime in January at Wema Bank Plc Headquarters, located at 54, Marina St., Lagos Island.

Emby alleged that the defendants hacked into a Wema Bank account, fraudulently transferred four million Naira into various accounts. The allegedly withdrew the money and shared it.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

The magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N400, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum who must have N500,000 in their bank accounts.

He adjourned the case until July 18 for trial.

(NAN)

2023: Tinubu disowns supporters group, fails to address rumour of presidential ambition

All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, has distanced himself from a group promoting his purported 2023 Presidential ambition.

He, however, failed to state if he was nursing any presidential ambition or not.

In a statement by his Media Office, the former Lagos State governor said, “We have seen pictures of face caps, T-shirts, shirts and even leaflets with Bola Tinubu 2023 embossed on them purportedly by a faceless group which christened itself ‘Asiwaju Reloaded Ambassadors’ Nigeria’. Neither the group nor its souvenirs are known to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“We hereby, through this medium, categorically deny any knowledge of the group and dissociate Asiwaju Tinubu from the group’s unsolicited and unwarranted materials.”

The idea of Tinubu’s Presidential ambition was propagated by former Senate President Bukola Saraki who claimed last year that the former governor was supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election with the hope that Buhari would, in turn, support him in 2023.

NJC recommends Tanko Muhammad for appointment as substantive CJN

The National Judicial Council has said that it has recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The NJC said this in a statement by its Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, on Wednesday.

Justice Muhammad was sworn in as the Acting CJN on January 25, immediately after the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by Buhari.

The President in April requested and obtained the NJC’s consent to extend Muhammad’s acting tenure by the constitutionally-allowed three months.

The extended three months period was due to lapse on July 25.

Oye said the NJC took the decision to recommend Muhammad for appointment as the substantive CJN at the council’s meeting on Wednesday.

The statement added that a member of the council, Justice Umaru Abdullahi, who is a former President of the Court of Appeal, presided over the session of the NJC’s meeting when the recommendation of its Interview Committee that screened two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as CJN was considered and approved.

It added that the Acting CJN, Justice Muhammad, who doubles as the Acting Chairman of the NJC, presided over the plenary of the council when eight successful candidates were recommended to the governors of their states for appointment as Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the states.

The states are, Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa.

The statement read, in part, “The National Judicial Council rose today from an emergency meeting to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“The meeting which was initially presided over by Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, considered and approved the recommendation of its Interview Committee that screened the two candidates presented by the Federal Judicial Service Commission to it for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Subsequently, the plenary of the Meeting presided over by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, recommended to the Governors of Sokoto, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa States, eight (8) successful candidates for appointment as Chief Judges and Grand Kadis for the states.”

“The successful candidates are, Justice Muhammad S. Sifawa, recommended as the Chief Judge of the High Court of the State; the Acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, recommended as the Chief Judge of Lagos State; Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu, as Chief Judge of Anambra State; and Justice Nwaigwe A. Anselm as Chief Judge of Ebonyi State.

“The rest are Justice Aliyu M. Mayaki, recommended as Chief Judge of Niger State,

“Justice Filibus B. Andetur, recommended as Chief Judge of Taraba State; Kadi Tijjani Yusuf Yakasai, recommended as the Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Kano State; and Kadi Isa Jibrin Gantsa, recommended as the Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Jigawa State.”

The NJC’s statement noted that the newly appointed heads of court “will be sworn in after the approval of the President and their respective State Governors and confirmation by the Senate and State Houses of Assembly as the case may be.”

According to the statement, the NJC also acknowledged the notice of retirements of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Chief Judges of Gombe, Edo, Niger, and Ebonyi states, the Acting Chief Judge of Kebbi States as well as those of nine other judicial officers from the Federal High Court, High Courts of Gombe, Delta, Edo, Imo, Benue and Katsina states.

Reps to probe back door recruitment in MDAs

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the alleged clandestine recruitment process in federal government ministry, department and agencies (MDAs).

The house made the resolution following a motion introduced by Yusuf Gagdi from Plateau state during Wednesday’s plenary.

The lawmaker alleged that rather than following due process while recruiting members of staff, the MDAs often use the “back door” to employ those favoured for various positions.

He expressed strong reservation over the conduct of the MDAs, pointing accusing fingers to specifically the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) among others.

He added that even though the federal government lacked the capacity to employ most graduates, “there is the need for the few openings available to be filled competitively and based on the federal character principles.”

“It will amount to injustice if we will be sitting here and allow MDAs employ people at heir own will,” he said. “So it is important for this house to ask questions on how MDAs like NNPC, NPA, CBN recruit.”

Ayika Valentine from Anambra state asked his colleagues to consider what they would be remembered for as representatives and come to the rescue of their constituents.

“With what is going on here, you will agree with me some of our young ones that die in deserts lose their lives because they don’t have someone in the corridors of power,” he said.

Shettima Ali from Yobe state said the motion calls for immediate constitution of a committee to look into the matter.

Mzondu Benjamin from Plateau state said failure to address the alleged secret recruitment would mean a vote for insecurity and other challenges in Nigeria.

“I represent the unemployed youths of this country. Most of the problems we are facing are as a result of unemployment. A lot of unemployed youths who are out there will receive solace from this move,” he said.

The lawmakers subsequently resolved to set up a panel that would investigate the matter and report back in three weeks.

Never use saliva as lubricant during lovemaking —Doctor

A medical doctor, Victor-Bryan Nwala, has shared a medical tip on Twitter, warning against using saliva as lubricant during sexual intercourse because it might lead to infection.

Nwala tweeted this on his social media page monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday.

The physician warned that the practice could cause infections.

He said that people should avoid using saliva as a lubricant when trying to “get things moist” during intercourse.

He warned that saliva contains digestive enzymes that could prove dangerous to the ecosystem of the sexual organ.

According to the doctor, the bacteria in saliva is different from those in the vagina, and its introduction to the reproductive organ could lead to yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

He also listed herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis as diseases that could be transmitted to the genitals through saliva.

“Saliva is not a lubricant! The result can upset your vaginal microbiome and leave you susceptible to developing yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

“Any STI in the throat or mouth can be transmitted to the genitals through saliva.

“If your partner has an active herpes lesion, for example, using the spit to ‘make things slick’ could leave you with genital herpes.

“This scenario happens more than you might think and it is the most common way genital herpes is contracted.

“Even if you don’t see a cold sore on or around the mouth, the virus can still be transmissible.

“Herpes isn’t the only oral STI you could contract. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis can also all be transmitted to the genitals through saliva,’’ he warned.

Police arrest suspected abductor of OAU lecturer

The Osun State Police Command, on Tuesday, said one of the suspected abductors of Prof. Olayinka Adegbehingbe, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, had been arrested.

Adegbehingbe, who was returning to Ile-Ife from Lagos on Sunday, May 5, 2019, was abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen on the Ife-Ibadan Expressway and was released a day later after the payment of N5.45m ransom.

Parading the suspect, Usman Ladan, from Sokoto State, at the command’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, said Adegbehingbe actually identified the man as one of those who abducted him.

Ige said another of the alleged abductors was arrested while wandering aimlessly in Ikire, while two other suspects were arrested in the Iwo area for other crimes.

The suspects are Samaila Gede from Katsina State; Kemu Rejuli from Niger Republic; and Jubril Mohammed from Katsina State, who were said to have been apprehended with assorted charms.

The police boss added that four suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity had also been arrested, while planning the annual gathering of the group for July 7, in the Okuku area of the state.

Ige warned that the command would not condone any act of lawlessness, adding that efforts by operatives of the Operation Puff Adder and the support of the various communities in the state had assisted the command in keeping the crime rate low.

Ladan said that he was arrested at his place of work in Ikire, where he served as a guard at a filling station.

He said one man came to look at him and later returned after one week with policemen, who subsequently arrested him.

He denied involvement in the abduction of Adegbehingbe.

Rejuli, who was arrested in Ikire for wandering, said he was a herdsman and first came to the town four years ago and resided in the Sabo area of the town.

Alleged killer accuses woman of murdering her, husband, mistress

The Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of one Promise Oguegbu for allegedly killing an accountant, Rasaki Balogun, and his mistress, Muyibat Alabi, in the Ejigbo area of the state.

Balogun’s wife, Akorede, who discovered the corpses of her husband and Alabi at his second home, reported the incident to the police.

It was gathered that police investigation led to Oguegbu, who was arrested.

While speaking with journalists during a parade by the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, on Tuesday, the 25-year-old Oguegbu, however, accused Akorede of killing her husband and his mistress.

Oguegbu, one of Balogun’s tenants, stated that he saw when Akorede poured a substance into Balogun and Alabi’s mouths, adding that she pleaded with him (Oguegbu) not to expose her and bribed him with her husband’s car.

The suspect said, “I just came back from South Korea. On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, my landlord’s wife (Akorede) came around and called me to assist her with something. I asked her what it was and she said I should join her in the main building.

“When I got there, I saw a huge man in the sitting room, the man ordered me to tie the landlord girlfriend’s hands. My landlord and his girlfriend were shouting for help, but there was nothing I could do because I was afraid.

“I did not kill my landlord; it was my landlord’s wife who poured something into his mouth and that of his girlfriend. I saw her (Akorede) doing it. She gave me the key to her husband’s car and said I should not expose her. I did not report to the police because I was scared.

“The police arrested the woman (Akorede) and the man who was with her, but I don’t know where they are at the moment. I am not the one to carry their cross; they are not innocent of this crime. The police should also bring them to answer to the crime.”

When confronted with Oguegbu’s claims, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the matter was still being investigated.

Similarly, the command has arrested one Bidemi Mojuba for allegedly stabbing a commercial sex worker, identified simply as Christy, to death in the Amuwo Odofin area of the state.

Mojuba, who was also paraded by the CP on Tuesday, confessed that he committed the crime under the influence of hard drugs.

He stated that he felt the urge to have sex on the day of the incident after taking hard drugs, adding that he visited a club to pick Christy in order to satisfy his sexual urge.

When they got to his place of residence at No. 55 Cooperation Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mojuba said they were about to have sex when Christy demanded to be paid before rendering her service.

The suspect, who insisted that he would pay the deceased after the sex, said her insistence on getting paid in advance led to a disagreement and in the process, he picked up a knife with which he stabbed her to death.

A footage in possession of our correspondent revealed how Mojuba was tortured by residents of the area, who caught him after he had perpetrated the crime.

At first, Mojuba was seen confessing to killing Christy because she resisted his sexual advances; he later said he committed the crime for ritual purposes.

While speaking to journalists during the parade, the suspect said he took drugs to enhance his sexual performance, adding that Christy was his regular customer.

The 26-year-old said, “On the day of the incident, I took lots of hard drugs and I needed a lady to be with at home; so, I went to a club to pick Christy and we went home together. We were about to make love when she demanded money, but I told her that I was not a stranger to her and said I would pay her after we were through.

“We started quarrelling from the bedroom and came to the sitting room, but before I knew what was happening, I went into the kitchen, picked up a knife and stabbed her multiple times in different parts of her body. It was after the incident that I realised what I had done. It was unfortunate; I had taken the drugs before I went to pick her because I wanted to enjoy the sex.

“I feel guilty about what happened; she was a nice person to me, but I don’t know what came over the two of us. I did not kill her for ritual purposes; I only admitted to killing her for ritual purposes because of the serious beating the residents subjected me to.”

Muazu said Mojuba would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.

GM of Petroleum Equalisation Fund investigated over ‘money laundering’

Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman of the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public properties, says investigations are underway into allegations of money laundering against Goddy Nnadi, general manager (corporate services), at the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Management) Board.

Obono-Obla was speaking at a news conference in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He said the investigation became necessary after a non-governmental organisation (NGO) had, through a petition, drawn the attention of the panel to the financial misconduct against the PEF GM.

The chairman said the petition was further approved and forwarded to the director operations on June 10, for investigation and report.

Some of the allegations against Nnadi include money laundering, corrupt enrichment and acquisition of wealth beyond legitimate earnings.

Media had reported how Greatwood Hotels Limited, established in Owerri, Imo state, in 2015, was traced to Nnadi and how he was arrested for “breach of civil service rules and abuse of office”.

Obono-Obla, however, said after carrying out a thorough appraisal of documents sighted by the panel, it was discovered that the accused person operated corporate accounts with Galbani and Greatwood Hotels.

“It was also deduced that the total inflow of money into the suspect’s accounts in various financial institutions amounts to N2.2 billion, 302, 964 dollars, 11, 100 Euro and 2,000 pounds,” he said.

“Most of the inflow came into the suspect’s account from 2011 till date.

“His BVN is associated with 18 different bank accounts which include Naira, Euro and Pound Sterling.”

The chairman said the PEF GM failed to declare these assets, adding that it was “against the law for a director in the federal public service not to declare all his assets”.

“This is against the Constitution and the Recovery of Public Property Special Provision Act 2004 under which the panel was set up,” he said.

The chairman said Aisha Usma, general manager operations of PEF, was also discovered to have operated nine accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank with a total financial inflow of N1.4 billion.

“We found that Usman’s accounts were as a result of the payment of large sums of money by companies operating in the oil and gas industry,” he said.

The Human and Environmental Agenda (HEDA), a civil society group, also called for the prosecution of officials of the PEF alleged to be involved in the mismanagement of the board’s accounts.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Olanrewaju Suraju, chairman of HEDA, said it was appalling to discover that Nnadi was using public funds to “feather personal interests”.

HEDA also accused Usman of fraud, saying it had been “reliably informed” that she lives above “her legitimate means”.

“We are in possession of documents showing several companies that are allegedly regularly paying into the personal accounts of Mr Goddy Nnadi,” HEDA said.

“We have been reliably informed that Aisha Usman lives above her legitimate means and is said to own jewelry shop and property in Dubai.

“There are clear indications of abuse of office and public funds by these officials, leading to large scale corruption in the savage episode.

“There are rife speculations that N4.2bn was found in the accounts of general manager, operations, Mrs Usman’s account and another more than N2bn found in the executive secretary’s account.

“We call for the immediate prosecution of these officials who have put their fingers in huge funds belonging to the public.

“The government of president Buhari has betrayed the trust of Nigerians in the government’s capacity to confront corruption without political consideration, as exemplified in the recent compromise and ultimate withdrawal of corruption charges against senator Danjuma Goje.

“This organization is, therefore, using the opportunity of this press conference to demand: the conclusive investigation of this case involving PEF senior officials; complete recovery of all money and assets associated with corrupt enrichment of staff beyond their legitimate earnings; and prosecution of all those indicted by the special panel.

“We shall continue to monitor developments through media reports and intelligence gathering. Any attempt by the government or its official to influence, frustrate or terminate investigation will be further exposed and ultimately resisted by the people.”

 

Brexit: Trump calls Theresa May ‘foolish’

President Trump on Tuesday said Prime Minister Theresa May was “foolish” in her handling of Brexit, as he doubled down on the feud with Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch — whom he called “wacky,” “stupid” and a “pompous fool.”

“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled,” he tweeted.

He then turned his ire toward May, who is leaving office later this month after resigning over her handling of Britain’s departure from the E.U. Britain was scheduled to leave the bloc in March, but that timeline has been pushed back until October amid repeated failures to get her withdrawal agreement, negotiated with European leaders, through Parliament.

“I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” Trump said, apparently referring to past advice that she sue the E.U. “I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool.”

The outburst came amid an escalating diplomatic spat over the leak of diplomatic cables in which Darroch called Trump’s administration “diplomatically clumsy and inept” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal.”

The memo was one of several cables published by the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday in which Darroch made negative statements about the U.S. government, in which he said that Trump could be at the mercy of “dodgy Russians,” and that Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and be at “the beginning of a downward spiral.” He also reportedly indicated that Trump could win re-election, warning that he could shrug off scandals and “emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of ‘The Terminator.”

Witness indicts ex-NBA chairman, Ogunlana in alleged N20m fraud case

The Provost of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch, Lagos, Olubunmi Odeniyi, on Tuesday told Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, how insurance premium funds paid by members of the association were not remitted to any insurance company during the administrations of two former chairmen of the Association, Adesina Ogunlana and Yinka Farounbi, respectively.

Both Ogunlana and Farounbi were arraigned alongside Kappo Aderinola, a former Treasurer of the NBA, Ikeja branch, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on a 30-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit felony, money laundering and stealing to the tune of N20.1m, property of the NBA.

The second and third defendants, Farounbi and Aderinola, who were signatories to the accounts of the NBA, Ikeja branch, allegedly signed some cheques at different times without appropriate authorisation.

They also allegedly gave the cheques to the first defendant, Ogunlana, to cash fraudulently.

At the resumed hearing today, Odeniyi told the court that his investigations revealed that premiums paid by members of the association were not remitted to any insurance company, contrary to the claims by the defendants.

In his further testimony, Odeniyi, who is the second prosecution witness, PW2, told the court that he commenced investigation into the activities of the defendants and came out with his findings, after he was briefed by a member who alleged that the Association had not paid him any entitlement from the insurance policy.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Samuel Daji, the PW2 also told the court that he found out abnormalities in the insurance premium funds during the regimes of the defendants.

Odeniyi, under cross-examination by the defence, told the court that his investigation was limited to findings on the insurance premium and not signing of cheques.

Odeniyi also admitted that he was not aware that the first defendant signed some cheques after expiration of his tenure in office as the chairman.

In her evidence, a third prosecution witness, Caroline Iwayoyanfe, told the court that she got a call from an officer of the EFCC sometime in March 2019, informing her of a petition written to the Commission by NBA, Ikeja members against the defendants and that she would need to “throw light in respect of the petition.”

Iwayoyanfe, who is a former Vice Chairman and member of the Association, further told the court that: “I was invited by the EFCC to talk and write regarding authorisation of some financial transactions and signing of cheques by the defendants.

“I went to the EFCC office and wrote a statement, informing the Commission that I know nothing about any authorisation of any transaction or signing of cheques carried out by the defendants.”

Giving further evidence, she said between 2016 and 2018 when she served as Vice Chairman, the executives (defendants) rarely held meetings and that when Exco meetings were held, there was never a time where the defendants authorised the signing of any cheques or discussed such issues.

During cross examination, she admitted that she was not aware of any payment to the first defendant’s account.

“The expenses of the Association were silently done by the second defendants,” she added.

Justice Dada adjourned the case till July 10, 2019 for continuation of trial.

Police arrest 40 members of El-Zakzakky Islamic movement over violent protest in Abuja

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday in Abuja arrested 40 members of El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement over violent protest.

A statement by DSP Anjuguri Manzah, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, said the police foiled a violent attempt by members of the movement to invade the National Assembly.

He said members of the group started their protest in pretext that it was a peaceful procession but became violent when they attempted to force their way into the NASS complex.

The PPRO said it was at that point, that the police operatives on ground acted proactively, professionally and used minimum force to disperse the unruly protesters.

According to him, members of the sect during the violent protest shot two police personnel on the leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on six others.

He said that the injured policemen had been taken to the hospital for medical attention, adding that investigation into the incidence was already in progress.

“In view of the foregoing, the command wishes to state unequivocally that it recognises and respects the right of citizens to peaceful procession.

“But an attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause the breakdown of law and order will not be tolerated.

“Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land,” he said.

Manzah therefore, called on the public to go on with their lawful activities as normalcy has been restored with adequate security measures in place to forestall any security breach.

US wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top US general said on Tuesday.

Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition. Allies would patrol waters near those US command ships and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, articulated those details to reporters following meetings on Tuesday about it with acting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab Al-Mandab,” Dunford said.

“And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we’ll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we’ll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that’ll support that.”

Iran has long threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s oil passes, if it was unable to export its oil, something US President Donald Trump’s administration has sought as a way to pressure Tehran to renegotiate a deal on its nuclear program.

But the USproposal for an international coalition to safeguard shipping in the Strait, at the mouth of the Gulf, has been gaining momentum since attacks in May and June against oil tankers in Gulf waters. Last month, Iran shot down a US drone near the Strait, prompting President Donald Trump to order retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off.

Although US officials had publicly discussed plans to safeguard the Strait, Dunford’s disclosure that the coalition would also seek to bolster security in the Bab Al-Mandab off Yemen appeared to be a new element.

The US, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have long fretted over attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in the narrow Bab Al-Mandab waterway, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

Nearly four million barrels of oil are shipped daily through the Bab Al-Mandab to Europe, the US and Asia plus commercial goods.

Dunford said the US would provide “command and control” ships but said the goal would be for other countries to provide vessels to patrol waters between those command ships.

The third part of the mission would involve coalition members escorting their countries’ commercial vessels. “The expectation is that the actual patrolling and escorts would be done by others,” he said.

Dunford said the size of the campaign could be adjusted based on the number of countries that commit to it.

“This will be scaleable, right? So with a small number of contributors, we can have a small mission. And we’ll expand that as the number of nations that are willing to participate identify themselves,” he said.

Adeosun hasn’t replaced Buratai as COAS – Army HQ

Nigerian Army Headquarters have debunked insinuations and news going round that the newly promoted Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun has been made the Chief of Army Staff.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Tuesday, clarified that Adeosun still remained the Chief of Training and Operations at the Army Headquarters.

Musa explained that the newly promoted Lieutenant General was only granted accelerated promotion by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lt.-Gen. Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army.

“Members of the public are hereby once again informed that he has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General.

“It was formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“Lt.-Gen. Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander -in – Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter insurgency operation in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

“He still retains his appointment and position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army. Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded,” he said.

The army authorities earlier announced the promotion of Adeosun from the rank a Major General to Lieutenant General.

Also, Maj.-Gen. A.B Biu was promoted from Brigadier General to Major General.