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JUST IN: Northern Elders’ Forum orders Fulani herdsmen to vacate southern Nigeria

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has asked all Fulani herdsmen residing in the southern part of the country to vacate immediately if their security was no longer guaranteed.

Addressing a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the chairman of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the Forum would continue to take up issues relating to the security and safety of Northerners in the South.

He said stakeholders and other well-meaning Nigerians must do everything possible to stop the escalation of sensitive matters that would lead to the breakdown of law and order in the country.

“I will like to take a particular note of the last paragraph of your presentation especially with what we have heard in the last few hours that some violence had already started to manifest in some sections of the country against the herdsmen, who for all known reasons have been in peaceful co-existence in the communities where they have lived for many years.

“Now, certainly we are worried about their safety, like we are worried about the safety of every Nigerian who decided to live wherever they want to.

“But then, if there is no certainty that their safety is guaranteed by the authorities that are immediately around them or by the authorities that have the responsibility for the overall security of all Nigerians wherever they reside, we are certainly worried about their wellbeing and I think particular attention should be paid to what is happening on hour-to-hour, day-to-day basis.

“And if it is indeed, true that there safety is not guaranteed in the places where they are residing, we would rather have them back into areas where there safety is guaranteed, and this is coming back as much as possible to the North.

“They who are residents there should keep us informed and those of us who are monitoring from here should also keep ourselves informed about what what is happening”, he said,

Yuguda: Some herdsmen are criminals but it’s unfair to condemn all

Isa Yuguda, former governor of Bauchi state, says the situation where the entire herdsmen in the country are criminalised is unfair, maintaining that some of them are peaceful.

Speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Yuguda said though insecurity did not start during the president’s administration, he is addressing it to the best of his ability.

Yuguda blamed the current insecurity on competition for land and increase in population.

“Everybody knows that insecurity in the country did not start with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. We were in government when this insecurity started,” he said.

“Most of you are aware Boko Haram started in Bauchi and by the grace of Allah, Bauchi was able to address it. Of course, it has continued and Mr. President has been able to substantially defeat the insurgency in the north-east.

“Nigeria is such a huge country and with population growing from 60 million in the 60s to over 200 million today, so most of these challenges you are seeing today is more about competition for land, especially as regards the so-called herdsmen.

“We know there are quite a number of them that are criminals but criminalising the entire herdsmen, I think is unfair because they have been peaceful people.

“So, some of these criminals would have taken advantage of what has been happening and unleashing mayhem on our people but that is not acceptable. I believe Mr. President is also addressing that to the best of his ability.”

The former governor added that banditry in the north-west is no longer a local problem, but has taken an international dimension.

“In the northwest, we have witnessed a lot of challenges when it comes to banditry and you may not know where the bandits are coming from,” he said.

“It cannot only be a local problem, it could be an international problem, probably migration from somewhere, criminals from other parts of Africa may have assembled and say let’s go into a richer country like Nigeria and ravaged them ceased everything that they have. It could be possible and when they come they have some local converts, who will want to go their own way.

“So, as along as the population is willing and he too has the vision to address the problem, I think we are going to win. So, really the insecurity in north east and the north west is being addressed and everybody is happy.

 

 

UK visa system ‘discriminating against Africans’

The All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa says the UK visit visa system is widely inaccessible to many Africans and widely perceived as discriminating.

In a statement released on Tuesday, APPG said a study it conducted showed that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.

“After six months of evidence gathering, a parliamentary report, published on 16th July by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa, for Malawi and for Diaspora, Development and Migration found the UK visit visa system was not currently fit for purpose, being inaccessible to many Africans, under resourced, unaccountable and widely perceived as biased or even discriminating against Africans,” APPG said.

“The report identifies specific challenges faced by Africans in applying for visas to the UK, including; a centralised application system that requires many applicants to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles simply to apply for a visa.

“Weak quality control and lack of oversight leading to erroneous, careless and sometimes offensive decisions.

“Perceived lack of procedural fairness: in many cases additional documentation and evidence is requested over and above that specified in the guidelines, but even then some decisions seem to be arbitrary and illogical.

“Financial discrimination in decision-making: many applications are rejected because the applicant has little money, even though all costs have been guaranteed by a sponsoring third party.

“No right of appeal, requiring expensive re-application to correct a mistaken decision.”

Chi Onwurah, chair of the APPG for Africa, also said at a time when the UK needs to be “open for business”, the broken visas system is doing severe damage to UK-Africa relations across a variety of sectors.

“As well as our relations, it damages our economy and society. It is embarrassing, patronising and insulting to African applicants and leaves the slogan of “Global Britain” empty and meaningless,” it said.

To help respond to concerns raised by the findings, APPG recommended expedited application processes for those applicants who currently have to travel to a neighbouring country to apply and/or be interviewed for a visa.

Also recommended is clearer information to visa applicants on visa application processes and requirements, especially in terms of supporting documents that must be submitted by the applicant.

It also recommended opening more visa application centres (VACs) in countries where there are none.

APPG added that the UK has good relations with most African countries, but it needs to realise that no single issue does more damage to the image or influence of the UK in Africa than this visa question.

Shell, other oil firms take on Rivers University students as offshore engineering interns

 

Pioneer students of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC JV)-sponsored Centre of Excellence in Marine and Offshore Engineering at the Rivers State University (RSU CoE), Port Harcourt, have commenced the mandatory six months Research Internship with Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) in Lagos.

The Research Internship is a key requirement for the award of the Master of Science degree after a year of academic work.

While four students are working with SNEPCo, three others are with Total Exploration and Production Nigeria and the remaining three students are with BW Offshore in a successful collaboration between industry and academia.

SPDC General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli, said, “The Research Internship enables the students to have critical industry-experience, hands-on practical training and opportunity to undertake post-graduate research under competent industry supervisors and working with state-of-the-art facilities.”

“The programme enables us to graduate industry-ready young Nigerians and domicile in-country several services usually provided by expatriates,” he said.

Director of the RSU CoE, Dr. Ibiba Douglas, said, “All 10 pioneer students of the Centre have commenced internship in the respective companies to which they are engaged and after the Internship phase, in December 2019, the students, on their return to school, will defend their M. Sc. thesis in order to graduate.”

Meanwhile, eight post graduate students of another SPDC JV-sponsored Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin (UniBen CoE), who recently concluded the compulsory six months Internship with SPDC, have described the experience as “a landmark in their career.”

Orilade Success, writing on behalf of his fellow Interns, said, “The past six months have been a landmark experience in our careers. We have taken note of the learnings and feedback and, moving forward, we won’t let you down as ambassadors of this reputable organization. This is certainly a step in the right direction for all of us.”

In 2013, SPDC collaborated with the University of Benin to begin academic work at the Centre of Excellence for post graduate studies in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering and the Director of the UniBen CoE, Professor Joseph Ebeniro, said, “SPDC JV investment in talented Nigerian youth, supported by other industry stakeholders, is providing special academic platform to produce industry-ready graduates for employment in the E&P industry, as well as undertake research to address industry challenges.”

Weli said, “SPDC JV has a long history of support for education in Nigeria. As part of its commitment to the holistic education of Nigerians, especially young people from its areas of operations, SPDC JV currently runs four categories of scholarship schemes.”

“These are Regular Secondary School Scholarship Scheme (providing annual financial support to secondary school students); Cradle-to-Career (another Secondary School Scholarship Scheme focused on providing quality full-boarding secondary education in reputable private secondary schools to selected talented primary six pupils from public schools across Nigeria and developing the recipients into functional citizens that can confidently face life and compete favourably with their counterparts from anywhere in the world); and University Scholarship Scheme (started in 1953 and is a flagship programme providing support to Nigerian students in all accredited Universities across Nigeria), ” Weli said.

“The fourth category, the SPDC JV Post Graduate Scholarships scheme (launched in 2009 and aimed at building a talent pipeline in our host communities) is a one-year master’s degree program offering selected post graduate scholarships for the training of graduates in the core competence areas of petroleum Engineering, Subsurface Studies and facilities engineering in three of the topmost universities in these fields in the United Kingdom.”

Sanwo-Olu declares another Lekki toll free day on Wednesday

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has again approved the opening of Lekki and Ikoyi toll gates during peak hours on Wednesday 17th July 2019.

The toll-free passage at the toll plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge would run between 6:30am and 9:30am in the morning, and also at the peak period in the evening (4:30pm to 7.30pm).

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
DEPUTY CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

Peru ex-president Toledo arrested in U.S

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States under an extradition order on Tuesday, the South American country’s public ministry said in a post on its official Twitter account.

Toledo, considered a fugitive in Peru, has refused to heed orders by local judges to spend up to 18 months in pre-trial detention in connection with a massive bribery probe related to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Toledo has denied any wrongdoing.

Soldier ‘planning’ coup against Zimbabwe president identified

The soldier who is being accused of spying on Zimbabwean First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa and plotting to topple President Emerson Mnangagwa has been identified.

The soldier identified as Lieutenant Colonel Samson Murombo is Commanding Officer 1 Presidential Guard Infantry Battalion.

The military boss was identified by a Zimbabwean on Twitter and exiled after former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo posted “a shocking audio” of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa ranting about the army allegedly spying on her and a coup plan against her husband, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The Twimbo posted the picture of Lieutenant Colonel Murombo who with Mhlanga and Manjoro are accused by the first Lady of planning a coup against Mnangagwa.

Court remands housewife for allegedly seducing friend’s husband

The Sharia Court II sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna, on Tuesday, remanded a housewife, Adama Arabi, who was dragged to the court for allegedly seducing her friend’s husband.

Mrs Arabi of Unguwan Rimi, Kaduna, is also being charged for trespass.

The judge, Murtala Nasir, ordered that the woman be remanded until she perfected her bail conditions.

The judge ordered her to bring a surety who would deposit N100,000 with the court and ensure that she appears in court on the next adjourned date.

He adjourned the case till July 25, for further hearing.

Mr Nasir warned both parties to desist from any form of communication that would trigger chaos between them.

Earlier, Musbahu Mustapha, counsel to the complainant, Fatima Sulaiman, a businesswoman who resides at Malali, Kaduna, told the court that both parties were friends who discuss their marital problems with each other.

“The defendant is taking advantage of the trust between her and my client, she always goes to my client’s house dressed seductively and my client feels free and reveals everything bothering her marriage to her.

“Fatima has a shop at Malali, Kaduna, the defendant goes there uninvited to seduce her husband who sometimes stays at the shop. We have witnesses to testify on this,” he said.

“After all efforts of the defendant to gain access into the heart of my client’s husband, Sulaiman Jere, failed, she began to spread rumours that my client’s husband usually meets her to calm her down and that he loves her.

“This act contravenes section 174, 373, 158 and 232 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2002.

“We are praying to the court to proffer appropriate sanction to the defendant for threatening my client and for betraying the trust between them,” the counsel added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused, who was not represented by a counsel, denied all charges against her.

Comedian in court over alleged rape

A 24-year-old comedian, Iyanuloluwa Adejumobi, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly raping a woman.

However, when the case was mentioned, Magistrate B.O Osunsanmi did not take the plea of Mr Adejumobi, 26, who lives at Abesan Estate, Lagos.

Mrs Osunsanmi, however, following the defendant’s claim of being in court because of an ”amorous relationship gone sour with the complainant,” admitted the comedian to bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate ordered that one of the sureties must own landed property in Lagos and both must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She directed the police to forward the case file to the office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice and subsequently adjourned the case until August 25 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 3 at his residence.

He said that the defendant allegedly lured the woman into his room on the pretext that his father had seen a vision regarding her and wished to see her.

The prosecutor alleged that the defendant beat up the complainant and raped her.

He said the case was reported at the police station and the comedian was arrested.

The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of Section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which prescribes life imprisonment for rape.(NAN)

AFCON 2019: Why we won’t sack Rohr, NFF boss

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has denied reports suggesting plans to sack Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, at the end of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Opinions have always been divided on Rohr’s suitability for the Nigeria national team with some agreeing that the Franco-German has had a positive impact on the team while others claim he is not technically savvy enough to lead the Eagles to the next level.

While Mr Pinnick admitted that there were areas of disagreements with Rohr, he told journalists in Cairo why the coach will stay on the job and the plans being made by the NFF to help the manager get better.

“He (Rohr) will remain in the job. I have complete confidence in him,” the NFF president assured even though there were renewed calls for Rohr’s sack following Sunday’s semi-final defeat to Algeria.

“Gernot has taken us to the semi-final, the target we set for him. Right now, we have a third-place match to play for and we intend to have our team leave Egypt with honour.

“There are some people that have been calling on me and the federation to sack Gernot. But I am not going to do that. In fact, Gernot is going on a refresher training period with Bayern Munich after the Nations Cup. We have a long-term plan with him.

‘We have had rocky and difficult moments in our relationship, but this is normal in any relationship between two people. He is a good coach and we want him to remain with us. That said, we will work together on what needs to be improved upon.”

With Nigeria getting set to face Tunisia in the AFCON third-place match at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo on Wednesday, coach Rohr is more preoccupied with that assignment and not talks of him losing his job anytime soon.

Rohr told BBC Sport: “There is no hurry because we want to finish third now. We will take a look at my overall results after the third-place match.

“I’m still under contract for another year, so we will see what is decided together.

“There are positives for us to look at on this journey, but after this final game we can think and then talk about the future.”

Rohr took charge of Super Eagles in August 2016 and qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia where the team failed to make it past the group stage.

Fraud: World Bank, African Development Bank blacklist 15 Nigerian firms, 9 individuals

The African Development Bank and the World Bank have blacklisted 15 Nigerian firms doing businesses with them.

Also put on the blacklist are nine Nigerian nationals indicted for various forms of procurement malpractices, according to a report by Premium Times.

The African Development Bank had early Tuesday announced the debarment of Lutoyilex Construct Limited, a construction company registered in Nigeria.

The company’s Managing Director, Bamidele Obiniyi (also known as Mr Bamidele Abayomi) was also debarred for 36 months (May 5, 2019 to May 13, 2012).

The Bank said an investigation conducted by its Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that Lutoyilex engaged in fraudulent practice while bidding for a construction contract under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase One in Nigeria (ATASP-1). ATASP-1 is financed under the African Development Fund administered by the African Development Bank Group.

“While participating in a tender for the construction of social infrastructure in Niger State, the company, misrepresented its experience in conducting similar construction contracts,” the AfDB said.

“The debarment renders the company and its managing director ineligible to participate in Bank-financed projects during the debarment period.”

The debarment, the African Bank explained, qualifies for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Debarment Decisions, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank Group.

Investigations by the paper however showed that Lutoyilex is just one of 15 Nigerian firms that have recently been sanctioned by both the World Bank and the African Development Bank for sharp practices.

Mr Obiniyi is also one of the nine Nigerian nationals currently serving debarment terms for corruption-related offences.

The Nigerian companies and individuals are part of an infamous club of 912 firms and personalities across the world who remained temporarily blocked from bidding for contracts by multilateral development banks.

The African Development Bank says sanctions are usually “imposed on entities found to have participated in coercive, collusive, corrupt, fraudulent or obstructive practices under the Bank’s sanctions system or adopted under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions.

“Flowing from its mandate, the Bank Group has a fiduciary and legal duty to ensure that funds are used for the purposes for which they were intended,” the African Development Bank said of its sanction regime.

“Where firms or individuals divert these funds to other uses through fraud, corruption and associated harmful practices (defined as ‘Sanctionable Practices’), the Bank Group exercises this fiduciary duty by sanctioning these entities through an administrative process.”

The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the African Development Bank Group is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of corruption, fraud and other sanctionable practices in Bank Group-financed operations.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Photo: AfDB

The investigation that led to the indictment of Lutoyilex was conducted by AfDB’s Esther Mhone and Justin Maenje.

While Lutoyilex and its managing director are accused of misrepresenting their company’s experience during a procurement process, the specific offences committed by the remaining 14 companies and eight individuals remained unclear. But the wrongdoings are all fraud related.

The affected Nigerian companies and their terms of debarment are:

CNE Environmental & Waste Services Limited — (05/02/2019 — 04/02/2024),
Agonic Associates Niger Limited — (30/06/2016 — 29/06/2019),
ALG Global Concept Nigeria Limited — (23/01/2019 – 22/01/2022)
Best Scan Solutions — (24/01/2017 — 23/01/20210),
D.A. Construction Limited — (06/05/2014 to an unknown date)
Emmajoko Nig Enterprises (29/01/2019 — 28/01/2024)
Idemia Nigeria Limited — (formerly Oberthur Technologies Nigeria Limited) — (29/11/2017 — 28/05/2020)
Lutoyilex Construct Limited — (14/05/2019 — 13/05/2022)
Marabef Global Limited — (11/01/2018 — 10/01/2022)
Oberthur Technologies Nigeria Limited — 29/11/2017 — 28/05/2020
Oceanic Construction and Engineering Nigeria Limited — (01/02/2019 — 31/01/2023)
Qualitrends Global Solutions Nigeria Limited — (16/04/2019 — 15/04/2022)
Rojoke CNE Services Ltd. — (05/02/2019 — 04/02/2024)
SNC-Lavalin International (Nigeria) Limited — (17/04/2013 — 17/04/2023)

The individuals blacklisted are:
Mr Abuharaira Labaran Gero — (23/01/2019 — 22/01/2022)
Mr Bamidele Obiniyi also known as Mr Bamidele Abayomi — (14/05/2019 — 13/05/2022)
Mr Agomuo Nicholas — (30/06/2016 — 29/06/2019)
Mr Efe Michael Udumebraye — (13/12/2018 — 12/12/2022)
Mr Henry Chinedu Ojoko — (29/01/2019 — 28/01/2024)
Mr Iyke Ambrose — (24/01/2017 — 23/01/2021)
Mr Patrick Alozie Onwuka — (11/01/2018 — 10/01/2022)
Mr Robinson Ekenedilichukwu Ojoko — (05/02/2019 — 04/02/2024)
Mr Benson Ojoko — (29/01/2019 — 28/01/2024)

The firms and individuals remain ineligible to participate in contracts financed or administered by the World Bank and the African Development Bank Group for the periods stipulated against their names.

The World Bank was set up as a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It has two goals which it aims to achieve by the year 2030.

They include ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than three per cent and promoting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 per cent for every country.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group aims to reduce poverty, and spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its member countries. Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina is its current President.

Premium Times 

Jos Building Collapse: NEMA confirms 14 dead

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said 14 persons have so far died and four others severely injured in a collapsed three-storey building in Delimi Community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau.

Nurudeen Musa, head, Search and Rescue Operations at the North-Central office of NEMA, made this known to journalists in Jos on Tuesday.

The three-storey building belonging to Rufai Kabiru collapsed in the late hours of Monday, killing its owner and other people.

The Plateau Police Command while confirming the incident on Monday night, had told NAN that three persons lost their lives in the incident, seven severely injured, while seven others were rescued unhurt.

Mr Musa, however, told journalists that the death toll had increased after the rescue operation conducted by a joint team from NEMA, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the International Red Cross and security agencies.

“As at this afternoon, we recorded 14 deaths and four persons severely injured in the collapsed building,’’ he said.

Mr Musa said the injured were currently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital and Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

NAN gathered that the bodies of some of those who lost their lives, which include the owner of the building and his pregnant daughter, had been released to their families and were buried.

As at the time of filing this report, rescue operations were still ongoing at the scene of the incident. (NAN)

Insecurity getting worse under Buhari, says Jonathan

Less than 24 hours after ex-President Olusgeun Obasanjo sounded the alarm over the high level of insecurity in the country, former President Goodluck Jonathan lent his voice to the same issue.

When he paid a condolence visit to Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, in Akure, Ondo state capital, on Tuesday, the ex-president said insecurity is getting worse under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although he did not mention the name of Buhari, he clearly referred to the government headed by his successor.

He challenged the federal government to come up with new strategies to tackle insecurity, adding that one could not continue doing old things and expect new results.

Jonathan visited Fasoranti over the death of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the elder statesman, who was murdered along Benin-Ore highway while returning to Lagos after visiting her father in Akure on Friday.

“The issue of security must be approached from a different dimension. We cannot continue the old way because it is getting out of hand. We hope the federal and state governments will do something about it,” he said.

“Every generation face problems and this generation must find ways to solve these problems. Every government faces problem. The first commercial kidnapping, because it involved money, happened in 2006 when I was the governor of Bayelsa state. From that time, it moved to terrorism in the north. Now, it is a major problem in the country.

“The federal government in conjunction with state government must design a different approach to this issue. I was there as president and security challenge was there but now, it is getting worse everyday and we can’t continue to use the same old method.”

The former president advised the government to create a special security unit to fight banditry and kidnapping.

“I believe the federal government should set up a special unit like we set up EFCC and ICPC to handle corruption cases, so that they will know that their responsibility is to manage this kidnapping, killings and the rest.We can’t continue like this, it is not possible.

“We can’t even talk about managing the economy of this country when people are not save. The economy is for the people, people must be alive to enjoy the infrastructures. If you do all the roads in the country and people cannot move about, the roads become meaningless.

On the call of Obasanjo for a national conference, Jonathan said: “A lot of things were discussed during the national conference organized during my time as president. The issue of security, state and community policing were discussed. I always believe that government should look at that report, it was not written by me.

“We should not play politics with serious national issue. If we look at that report, there are recommendations that bother on security and if there is area that need to be expanded because I believe everyday new idea comes, it should be updated. There is nothing wrong holding a specific meeting to look at the issue of security. I believe the federal and state government having a new approach, deploying technology and having more money to protect our people.”

Supreme Court strikes out Nwoko’s petition, upholds Nwaoboshi as senator

The Supreme Court has dismissed two suits filed by Ned Nwoko challenging the election of Peter Nwaoboshi, senator representing Delta north.

Nwaoboshi had emerged candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 2, 2018, primary of the party held in Delta state.

Nwoko had filed a suit to challenge the emergence of Nwaoboshi.

The 59-year-old politician was pronounced senator after an Abuja high court sacked Peter Nwaoboshi on the grounds that he was not the duly elected candidate of the PDP in the primary election.

Dissatisfied with the judgement, Nwaobishi appealed the judgment before a court of higher jurisdiction.

The court ruled that the initial case filed by Nwoko before the high court is statute barred as it exceeded 14 days from the time of the incidence that birthed the suit.

The appeal court returned Nwaobishi as senator for Delta-north.

Nwoko proceeded to the supreme court to challenge the decision of the appeal court.

In the ruling on Tuesday, Inyang Okoro-led five-man panel dismissed the suits for lack of jurisdiction.

N48bn assets: Oyo APC asks Makinde to explain source of wealth

Akin Oke, chairman of Oyo state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked Seyi Makinde, governor of the state, to disclose the source of his wealth.

On Monday, Makinde had declared N48 billion worth of assets.

Speaking with NAN on Tuesday, Oke said the governor should not only tell people what he has but also how he accumulated them.

“I don’t think I want to make comment on the issue, since I have no idea, but it raises a number of issues,” he said.

“He just declared what he has, how he came about the asset is not there.”

The party chairman said it will be too early to do a review of Makinde’s administration, adding that the people will see the kind of leader he is in a matter of time.

“Going by my experience and exposure , I think it is too early to honestly assess a governor just after a few weeks office. I would rather wait till after 100 days or even after six months,” he said.

“To start assessing people after six weeks in office will be so unfair if one wants to be honest to his conscience.”

With the public declaration of asset, Makinde said he has fulfilled one of his campaign promises, thereby urging members of his team to do the same.

Doctors separate twins joined at the head after 50-hour surgery

Two-year-old twins joined at the head have undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to separate their skulls, brains and blood vessels, say doctors on Tuesday.

The highly complex surgery involved multiple operations on Safa and Marwa Ullah, who were born in Pakistan in January 2017 with a condition known as ‘craniopagus’ in which the girls’ skulls and parts of their brains were joined and intertwined.

It is believed that it took around 100 doctors more than 50 hours to separate the two-year-old sisters through a series of operations over a five-month period.

“Craniopagus is an exceptionally rare and complex condition,” said David Dunaway, who co-led the surgical team that treated the twins.

“The operation, conducted in February, was the most complex such separation his team had performed to date.”

Twins Safa and Marwa Ullah after their seperation (Photo credit: SWNS)
Twins Safa and Marwa Ullah after their seperation (Photo credit: SWNS)

Having twins joined at the head with fused skulls and separate bodies occurs in less than one in a million births, while having the connection extend into the brain tissue is rarer still.

Around 50 sets of craniopagus twins are estimated to be born around the world every year, of which only around 15 are thought to survive beyond the first 30 days of life.

Dunaway said this separation was helped by state-of-the-art technology, including virtual reality, advanced imaging and three-dimensional rapid prototyping.

This had allowed the surgeons to use images of the girls’ brains and blood vessels to plan and practice the surgery in advance to minimise complications.

The procedures took place at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, with the girls well enough to be discharged from hospital four months later.

“These cutting-edge scientific techniques greatly increased the chance of success for Safa and Marwa,” the Great Ormond Street team said in a statement.

“Their brains were more intertwined than the previous sets of craniopagus twins making it the most complicated separation to date.

“Five months after their final operation, Safa and Marwa are making slow but steady progress.”

He added that “a further period of recuperation and rehabilitation is essential to maximise their recovery”.

PDP witness: An INEC official was caught with $10,000 on election day

Likita Ali, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent, says an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was arrested with $10,000 on the day of the presidential election.

Ali said this on Tuesday while being cross-examined by Yunus Usman, counsel to INEC.

The witness said he served as agent of the PDP in Lafia local government area of Nasarawa state.

He said the unidentified INEC official was allegedly caught at the Lafia local government collation centre.

“I was there when the INEC official was caught. Lafia local government collation centre was where it happened.”

When Usman asked him if the INEC official was alive, he responded saying: “He should be alive.”

The witness said he reported the matter to the security agencies in the area and the official was arrested and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office in Lafia.

When asked by Mike Igbokwe, a counsel to Muhammadu Buhari, if he kept a copy of the statement to police, Ali said “no.”

He added that he visited all the 24 polling units in his ward.

Buhari’s lawyer shows video clip of INEC chairman talking about transmission of results

Alex Izinyon, counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tendered a video clip of Mahmood Yakubu, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, discussing difficulty in the transmission of election results.

Izinyon tendered the clip on Tuesday at the resumed cross-examination of Segun Showunmi, star witness of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the presidential election petitions tribunal in Abuja.

Showunmi was a spokesman of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign.

While the clip was played in open court, the INEC chairman was heard saying: “Recall that we have had discussions with the NCC, telecos, we have blind, how do we transmit results in blind spots.”

Yakubu also expressed concerns about cyber security.

After the clip ended, Buhari’s counsel asked the witness if he could identify INEC chairman, he said: “He may look like him.”

Asked again if that was INEC chairman: “He could be” but Showunmi identified Channels Television logo.

After that Izinyon sought to tender the video and its certificate of compliance but Chris Uche, counsel to the petitioners, objected.

Uche argued that the respondent could not be tendering evidence while they were doing so adding that they “will have their time.”

Thereafter, the tribunal led by Mohammed Garba marked the clip as evidence.

Police arrest woman who allegedly poured hot water on husband’s genitals

The Police Command in Kano State has confirmed the arrest of a housewife, Aisha Ali, who allegedly poured hot water on the private parts of her husband.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a statement in Kano on Tuesday and said that the incident occurred at Feyen-Fayen village in Danbatta Local Government Area.

Haruna said the Command received a report on Sunday from the Village Head of the community that 35-year-old Aisha poured hot water on the lap and private part of her husband in their home on Friday.

“The husband suffered severe burns in his private parts and surroundings. He is presently admitted at Danbatta General Hospital, receiving medical care and is responding to treatment,’’ he said.

He said that after the incident, the suspect fled the village into neighbouring Jigawa State.

Haruna said that on receipt of the report, the Police responded promptly by raising a team of Operation Puff Adder, which tracked and arrested the suspect at her hideout at Babura in Jigawa.

He said that preliminary investigation revealed that she committed the act because her husband was planning to marry a second wife.

According to him, the commissioner of police in the state has ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

The spokesman said that the suspect would be arraigned as soon as the investigation is completed.

“The Command is using this medium to call on law-abiding citizens of the state to always report any incident to the nearest Police station without delay.

“This will assist in immediate arrest, investigation and diligent prosecution of the culprit,” he said.

Beyonce features Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, others in Lion King album

Pop queen, Beyonce, has featured six Nigerian artistes in her new album, The Lion King: The Gift, which is the musical accompaniment to her new Disney movie, with the same name.

The Nigerian artistes include Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi and Tekno.

According to Fader, the Single Ladies crooner has confirmed the details of the new album scheduled for release on Friday.

Ghana’s Shatta Wale was also featured in the album.

Beyonce had last week said, “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.

“It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”