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Police reveal masterminds of Ozubulu Church massacre

The police in Anambra state have uncovered the masterminds of August 6th, 2017, Ozubulu church massacre.

The incident which occurred at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state is said to have left sad memories as well as fear of the unknown in the community.

Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters on Wednesday in Awka, the state commissioner of police Garba Baba Umar stated that the brutal murder of worshippers at St.Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu was still fresh in the minds of all and sundry, which he noted resulted in the killing of eighteen persons and injuring of ten others.

Umar explained that through discreet investigation and hardwork by the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Anambra state command, two indigenes from Anambra state currently serving jail terms in South Africa for murder, have taken responsibility for the brutal attack.

According to him, the duo vowed that there would be more attacks in the community, if their financial demands for undisclosed reasons were not met. The police commissioner maintained that one Quintos Anayo was mandated to inform elders of Ozubulu community of the likelihood of more attacks by gunmen on inhabitants of the community pointing out that the two persons who masterminded the killings at St.Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu were one prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwaoji respectively. He said both of them owned up to the commission of the crime.

Umar however emphasized categorically that all identified perpetrators in connection with the crime would be brought to book and that three of the suspects in custody would be arraigned in court for conspiracy and murder with others at large.

The police commissioner also disclosed that the International Police (Interpol) was involved in the investigations and the possible extradiction of the suspects based in South Africa who claimed responsibility for the church massacre would be made.

He therefore assured members of the public that all those who had a hand in the church attack would be fished out; that the state command solicits credible information from home and in the diaspora to bring about the successful completion  and prosecution of the case.

Ikeja Electric clears air on Lagos blackout report

Ikeja Electric has clarified reports that Lagos will experience power blackout for one week.

The electricty distribution company maintained that rehabilitation of Maryland Injection Substation will only partially affect power supply to Mende, Anthony, Maryland, Ikeja GRA, parts of Ojota, Ketu and Ikosi.

The rehabilitation work ,which will involve the replacement of obsolete Switch Gear Panels at the Switch room, will take place between 3rd and 10thNovember, 2017.

Speaking on the development, the Company’s Head of Corporate Communications advised online media who are seeking relevance to always crosscheck their facts from informed sources and desist from misleading readers by sensationalizing headlines.

Ofulue solicited the understanding and cooperation of all customers that will be affected by the power interruption, as all arrangements to ensure the completion of the rehabilitation at the stipulated time have been put in place.

He assured that regular updates will be made available through various channels of communications especially with the CDC, CDA Chairmen and other stakeholders. Also on IE website www.ikejaelectric.com as the project progresses. Customers can also call IE customer care lines 01-7000250, 01-4483900 and 0700-0-2255-453 for more information.

JUST IN: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu loses son

Mr. Jide Tinubu, the first son of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progessives Congress (APC), is dead.

Chairman of APC in Lagos, Otunba Henry Ajomale confirmed this in short statement on Wednesday.

Ajomale wrote: It’s with regrets that I inform you of the demise of Mr. Jide Tinubu, the Son of Our dear and esteemed Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Please commiserate with him.

Thank you.
Respectfully,

Otunba Henry Oladele Ajomale
State Chairman

Father sets son ablaze for disrespecting brother

A 56 year-olld man, Musa Alhaji have been arrested by the Niger state Child’s Right Agency for setting his 15 year old son, Bello Alhaji ablaze with petrol in Bida for disrespecting and quarreling his elder brother.

It was gathered that the father returned from work and saw Bello struggling to take over the phone of his elder brother, angered over what he teamed as disrespect, Musa fetched some petrol which he had in the house, poured it on him and set him on fire with a lighter.

It took the intervention of neighbours to save Bello from burning to death but before help could come, he had attained various degrees of burns.

The vigilantes apprehended the father and reported the case to the desk officers of the Childs Right Agency who swung into action by taking the injured boy to the General Hospital Bida and handed over the father to the police.

The Director General of the Child Right’s Agency, Barrister Mariam Haruna Kolo described the incident as a discipline that was out of line cautioning parents to note that there is a thin line between discipline and wickedness.

According to her, the offence at which the boy was been punished for was minimal to the punishment he recieved adding that setting someone ablaze is a bizarre way of discipline.

Kolo stated that the father would be evaluated for insanity stressing that a sane person cannot commit such atrocity against his son.

She also said that the boy is responding to treatment but he would be permanently scarred for life adding that he would also go through psychotherapy when he leaves the hospital because the trauma may affect him for life

The DG said that the case have been charged to court while the man is still in police custody adding that justice will take it’s due course.

The father, Musa Alhaji has pleaded for leniency as he said he acted out of anger.

He also pleased to be allowed to go home to cater for his family as he is the breadwinner of the family and his 13 children will starve if he is not allowed to go home and work to provide what they can eat.

Court rejects Jonathan’s request for N1bn from Metuh

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by former President Goodluck Jonathan seeking to be paid N1billion before he could attend court to testify in favour of ex-spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.

Medtuh, who is being tried with his company, Destra Investment Ltd for money laundering offences and allegedly receiving N400 million unlawfully from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

In his defence, Metuh, who has consistently claimed that the N400 was paid to him by Jonathan in 2014 for an image laundering project for his (Jonathan’s) government, applied for Jonathan and former NSA to be called as his witnesses.

Upon learning that a witness summons has been issued against him, Jonathan filed the application, seeking the voiding of the summons on him or that Metuh is asked to pay N1bn to facilitate his attendance of court.

But in a ruling some moments ago, Justice struck out the application by Jonathan on the grounds that it was based on hearsay.

The judge said his court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the application or make an order in Jonathan’s favour because there is evidence that he has not been served with the subpoena (witness summons) issued against him.

Justice Abang held that Jonathan cannot base his application on media reports when he has not been served.

The judge also dismissed a motion by Dasuki, seeking to adjourn the proceedings pending the determination of his appeal.

More to follow…

Bayelsa declares public holiday for thanksgiving

‎The Bayelsa State Government has declared November 2nd as a public holiday to mark the state’s annual thanksgiving.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, urged residents to take advantage of the holiday and turn up en masse for the solemn event.

“It is that time of the year again to collectively thank God for all his goodness, mercies and grace upon their lives and the state.

“There should not be any excuse not to turn up for the event as the public holiday which is backed by law, gives everyone, especially civil servants the opportunity to be part of it,” he said.

He noted that Governor Seriake Dickson would lead other‎ members of his cabinet to the thanksgiving at the newly inaugurated Bayelsa State Ecumenical Center.

‎Iworiso-Markson added that Rev. Uma Ukpai would be the guest preacher alongside other clerics while American songwriter and gospel musician, Ron Kenoly, would entertain the audience.

Dasuki pleads loss of memory at Metuh’s trial

Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), has appeared in the ongoing trial of former spokesman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Dasuki’s counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), however said the former NSA cannot testify due to loss of memory following his two years of incarceration.

He said the evidence to be given, is only a small aspect of his tenure as NSA, adding that he does not have “access to relevant files, records and documents required to refresh his memory of any decisions or actions he took or authorised in the course of his duties.”

Raji asked Justice Okon Abang to “tarry a while” in proceeding in the matter pending the determination of the appeal before the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Metuh’s counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN) agreed with Raji that the former NSA need additional time to access his documents to be able to testify in all the courts he is facing charges.

 

We’re ready to help Nigeria achieve financial inclusion, says Netherlands queen

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands says her country is ready to help Nigeria combat challenges in its way of achieving financial inclusion.

Maxima, who is the UN secretary-general’s advocate for financial inclusion for development, said this on Wednesday during her working visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Maintaining that the potentials in achieving financial inclusion are enormous, she said it is possible for Nigeria to be able to address perceived issues that would help its citizens reap the benefits of financial inclusion.

“I was here five years ago to launch the first national strategy on financial inclusion and since 2009, financial inclusion has grown in Nigeria. But in the last years, it has stalled,” she said.

“So, I think this dialogue with the communication institutions and also with the country’s leadership and private sector will take us all of our efforts to be able to achieve financial inclusion in Nigeria.

“It is very important that the mobile network operators are included in this process.

“But above all, what is really important is the corporation between the Central Bank of Nigeria and the NCC to address the real risks and perceived issues to actually make this happen.”

Maxima identified some of the issues in the way of achieving financial inclusion to include consumer protection, infrastructure as well as connectivity.

“A lot of countries have addressed these issues, it is not impossible. We will keep working towards that. We are prepared to help Nigeria to this journey of addressing the risks, identifying them and see the best ways to approach them with the help of regulators,” she added.

Earlier, Umaru Danbatta, executive vice-chairman of NCC, said NCC is committed to the actualisation of the national financial inclusion strategy.

He said the strategy aims to reduce the percentage of financially excluded adult population in Nigeria to 20 percent by 2020.

“Just recently, the final draft of the memorandum of understanding between the CBN and NCC was signed and the CBN/NCC joint technical committee on mobile money is addressing the modalities of mobile network operators registering special purpose vehicles to enable them become mobile money operators,” he said.

 

IKEDC warns of eight-day power outage on Lagos

Ikeja Electric on Wednesday said there would be an interruption of power supply to some parts of Lagos from November 3 to 10.

Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Felix Ofulue, said in Lagos that the outage was part of the strategic efforts to improve power supply to consumers across the network.

Ofulue said in a statement in Lagos that the company would carry out a complete rehabilitation of Maryland Injection Substation.

He said this would involve the replacement of obsolete switch gear panels at the switch room.

“The rehabilitation will affect power supply to Mende, Anthony, Maryland, Ikeja GRA, Shonibare Estate, parts of Ojota, Ketu, Ikosi, Demurin and environs.

“Power supply will be restored immediately after the completion of the exercise.

“We solicit the understanding and cooperation of all our consumers that would be affected by this outage,’’ he said.

Ofulue said IE had put in place arrangements to ensure that the rehabilitation was completed within the stipulated time.

He assured consumers that regular update would be made available through various channels of communications, especially to the Community Development Area chairmen and other stakeholders.

 

SEC arraigns man over identity theft, fraudulent sale of Nigerian Breweries shares

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on Tuesday, arraigned one Oyekun Akinsemoyin before the Ikeja Magistrates Court on charges of conspiracy, forgery, fraud and impersonation contrary to sections 412, 380 and 368 of the Lagos State Criminal Code.

According to SEC, the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Akinsemoyin is a major breakthrough in smashing a racketeering syndicate in the capital market.

Akinsemoyin was arrested by the SEC police unit for his involvement in the fraudulent transfer and subsequent sale of 53, 592 units of Nigerian Breweries Plc belonging to late Mr. Mwakama Chioma.

With a current market price of N150 per share the value of the stolen shares is N8,038,800.

Akinsemoyin allegedly forged a passport in the name of late Mwakama but with his own photograph, approached a stockbroker, Vision Trust Ltd and processed the illegal transfer and sale of the said shares.

The accused subsequently used the same passport to open a bank account at Diamond Bank where the illicit proceeds of the sales were deposited for his own use.

According to SEC, the issue of identity theft in the capital market has until the arrest of Mr. Akinsemoyin remained serious problem to the Commission “in the cause of carrying out its oversight on market abuse”.

The accused was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in the same sum. The surety is to show evidence of tax payment and a stable job. Office and residence addresses to be verified by the registrar of the court.

Meanwhile the accused to be remanded in Kirikiri prisons pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.

At last, DSS bows to court order, produces Dasuki

The Department of State Services has finally produced the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in compliance with an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja, that the ex-NSA should appear as a witness in the ongoing trial of a former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh.

He was produced by DSS operatives ahead of the Wednesday’s proceedings which commenced exactly 9 am.

He was decked in a light blue attire with a cap to match.

On Tuesday, despite the request by defence lawyers for an order of arrest to be issued against the Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, for failing to produce the ex-NSA in court, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang ruled that he could not yet conclude that the DSS top man deliberately flouted the court order.

But the counsel prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, had informed the court on Tuesday that the Legal Adviser of DSS informed him over the telephone that Dasuki refused to be brought to court except by force.

Tahir later told the judge that he received a text message from the Legal Adviser of DSS saying after much persuasion, Dasuki agreed to appear in court on Tuesday.

But the judge had ruled on Tuesday that whether or not Dasuki and another subpoenaed witness, former President Goodluck Jonathan, would go ahead to testify would depend on the outcome of the court’s rulings on the summoned witnesses’ application objecting to Metuh’s request for them to testify in the case.

EFCC resumes probe of Osborne’s $43.4m cash stash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has resumed the probe into the $43.4 million cash recovered at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos which led to Monday’s sacking of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ayo Oke by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Presidency said it is in order for anti-graft agencies to probe the former NIA boss and the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal.

There were indications last night that the EFCC had received the report of the Presidential Investigative Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

More suspects from the NIA and outside it are to be invited for interrogation by the anti-graft agency, it was learnt.

The EFCC deferred action on the interrogation of some suspects because it wanted the Osinbajo panel to conclude its assignment.

A top source in the anti-graft agency, who spoke in confidence last night, said: “On Tuesday, we resumed the ongoing probe of the $43.4million, 27,000 pounds and N23.2million recovered on April 12, 2017 from the seventh floor of a four-bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located on 16, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“We have shortlisted more suspects for interrogation and we are likely to pick them up any moment from now. Some of the suspects are NIA men including those in the Finance Unit.

“Don’t forget that the then Acting President approved the redeployment of NIA’s Director of Finance and some officials in the Finance Unit as part of the ongoing review of the finances of the agency.”

The detectives are being led by the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who has reconvened the team handling the investigation.

“Some of the detectives might still visit Lagos for more forensic evidence on some of the suspects,” it was learnt.

A judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Muslim Hassan, had on June 6, 2017 granted a final forfeiture order of the funds since no one appeared before the court to claim them.

Court refuses Diezani’s request for trial in Nigeria

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday dismissed an application by former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke seeking to be tried in Nigeria.

Ruling on the application, Justice Rilwan Aikawa said it was misconceived.

He agreed with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) that the application was a bid by the former Minister to escape justice in the United Kingdom.

Justice Aikawa said the Attorney-General of the Federation has the exclusive right to decide who to bring a charge against.
“Why did she wait all this while before she came up with this bizarre application?

“I find this application as lacking in merit and it is hereby dismissed,” the judge held.

He added that he would not allow his court to be misused, adding that Mrs Alison-Madueke “was crying wolf where there was none”.

The EFCC had urged the Court not to order Mrs Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom to Nigeria.

The anti-graft agency described Diezani’s prayer to be brought back to Nigeria as a ploy to escape justice in the UK, where, according to the EFCC, she is being investigated for several financial crimes by the Metropolitan Police.

According to the EFCC, investigation by the Metropolitan Police in Diezani’s case had reached an advanced stage and her prosecution in the UK was imminent.

It, therefore, said it would not be in the interest of justice to grant Diezani’s application seeking to return to Nigeria.

The EFCC said this in a counter-affidavit it filed in opposition to Diezani’s application before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, wherein she is seeking an order compelling the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her return to Nigeria.

In the said application, which she filed through her lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, Diezani said she wished to appear before the Federal High Court in Lagos to defend a criminal charge, bordering on alleged laundering of N450m by Mr Dele Belgore SAN, in which her name was mentioned.

US-based model slams N75m lawsuit against Wema Bank over alleged copyright infringement

 

An American-based Nigerian model, Nneoma Anosike, has sued Wema Bank plc at a Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged infringement of her intellectual property.

The plaintiff, who is a 2014 brand Ambassador of Pepsi Cola Nigeria, sued through her father, Mr Frank Anosike, as lawful attorney, claiming N75 million against the bank as general damages for passing off her services.

She is also claiming N20 million as damages for breach of her privacy by the bank advertising her photograph without her consent.

Nneoma is also seeking a public apology from the defendant to be advertised in national dailies which circulate in the U.S and Nigeria.

The plaintiff is further claiming two million naira as special damages of cost of action.

Besides, she is seeking the court’s declaration that she is entitled to her privacy and those of her correspondences, under Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the sole witness for the plaintiff, Anosike, continued his examination in chief.

Led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Gideon Okebu, the witness told the court that his daughter entered into a three-year management contract with an international firm, Ford Model Incorporated, New York, in 2014.

He said that the plaintiff was granted a U.S. Visa through the instrumentality of Ford, following which she travelled from Nigeria to the U.S. to continue her career solely under Ford.

According to the witness, on April 11, 2016, his daughter was requisitioned to attend a meeting with the board of Ford where she was presented with photographic advert of her picture from Instagram, which was photo-edited by Wema Bank and further advertised on its website.

He said that his daughter’s picture was used for the advert with the bank’s corporate logo beside her face and the words, “Be yourself, Everyone else is taken”.

According to him, this projection of Nneoma by the bank was with the aim of projecting the bank’s value and goodwill using her fame and popularity.

He told the court that the defendant’s action constituted a breach of Nneoma’s agreement with Ford Model, as it had caused her a retraction of contract extension by the firm.

Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned the case until November 20 for cross examination of the witness.

Ekwueme in coma after collapsing at home…Gov Ugwuanyi weeps

Second republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has collapsed and is currently at the Intensive Care Unit of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, by Penok petrol station in Trans-Ekulu, Enugu State.

Reports indicated that Ekwueme collapsed around 2am last Saturday, at his residence in Independence Layout, Enugu.
The development comes barely 10 days (October 10) after he celebrated his 85th birthday.

Family members said that the former vice-president went into coma soon after he collapsed.

“He was trying to get something from the table when he suddenly collapsed and immediately someone raised the alarm, we proceeded to revive him while cautious enough not to attract neighbours,” a relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

He added, “When it became obvious that he had lapsed into coma, we rushed him to a hospital (unnamed) in GRA (Government Reserved Area), but we were referred to Memphys Hospital by medical consultants who had critically examined his condition.”

The source said that the family chose to keep the incident secret for a while with the hope that Ekwueme would “miraculously” come out of coma.

“When there was no sign of improvement on Monday afternoon, we rallied round and informed the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, who is like a son, and he has been making plans to fly him overseas,” the source added.

Medical personnel at Memphys Hospital said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State broke down in tears on seeing Ekwueme at the Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday evening.

Although the governor’s visit was enshrouded in secrecy so as not to attract the prying eyes of the media and residents in the state, it was gathered that he could not hide his emotions as he wailed uncontrollably.

“My namesake, Ifeanyichukwu, do not leave us now! Even if you must go, please wait to see your daughter become the deputy governor of Anambra State before you leave us,” Ugwuanyi was reported to have wailed at the ICU.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the November18 poll in Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze, had presented the first daughter of Ekwueme, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, as his running mate.

Kyari, Oyo-Ita quarrel at Aso Villa over leaked Maina memo

A mild drama played out at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

A heated argument took place between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The altercation was believed to be based on Oyo-Ita’s leaked memo to Kyari on the embattled former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The mild drama played out in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun.

Saraki, Dogara and Oyegun were present to witness the inauguration of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the inauguration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem.

Mustapha succeeded in calming frayed nerves after Osinbajo and Kyari were seen engaging the visibly angry Head of Service in discussions.

Buhari has since inaugurated the new SGF. He has also inaugurated the remembrance emblem.

Nigerians must not allow another war, says Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday urged all Nigerians to decide not to allow the country to witness another civil war by their actions and inactions.

He said the step was necessary considering the immense human capital loss of past civil war.

Buhari said this in his remarks at the inauguration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration 2018 Emblem and Appeal Fund which was held in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The event as well as the inauguration of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, preceded the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

The President said it was worthwhile to honour the memory of veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united.

He said, “The resolve by our countrymen and women to remain in one indivisible and indissoluble nation, Nigeria is at the centre of this celebration.

“Indeed, the Remembrance Day Celebration is being marked on the 15th of January instead of 11th of November as in other Commonwealth nations to commemorate the end of the Nigerian civil war – a war that was fought to keep Nigeria one.

“We must, therefore, cast our minds back at the events that led to the civil war, the immense human capital loss of the tragic war, and resolve that never again shall we allow our dear nation by our actions or inactions to experience another war.”

Buhari commended men of the Armed Forces for their courage and sacrifices as they grapple with diverse and contemporary security challenges plaguing the country.

He promised that his administration will continue to do all within its power and resources to ensure that their welfare is adequately catered for.

The President said he looked forward to a time when business concerns and service providers in the country would give special recognition and consideration for the distinguished citizens and support the veterans’ cause in any way they can through voluntary donations, employment opportunities and welfare support.

He added, “As a government, we desire to improve the capability of our Armed Forces. I am glad that our efforts are yielding positive results already in boosting the morale of men and women of the Armed Forces.

“We will continue to engage them in training and retraining to improve their capacity to discharge their constitutional roles.

“As I launch the Emblem today, I call on all Nigerians, the Diaspora and our friends to donate generously to the cause of the Nigerian Legion and families of the Fallen Heroes.

“I implore all to procure and wear the emblem with pride as a way of identifying with those that laid down their lives, the incapacitated and others still who are daily in harm’s way in order to guarantee our peace and security. We will always remember them and the respect we owe them.

“I also hereby launch the Partnership Scheme for the Armed Forces in which all Nigerians, corporate organisations and government agencies should support and partner with the Nigerian Armed Forces in appreciation of the sacrifices of these honourable men and women.
Buhari thereafter launched the emblem with N10m.”

The twin event was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; Adamawa State Governor, Jibrila Bindow; ministers and service chiefs.

NBC fines 23 radio, TV stations for hate speech, vulgar lyrics, unverifiable claims

Twenty three radio and television stations across Nigeria have been fined for various breaches of broadcasting rules set by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC.

The NBC spokesperson, Maimuna Jimada, said in a statement that the stations were punished for hateful speech, vulgar lyrics and unverifiable claims.

The breaches contravened the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in the third quarter of 2017, according to the NBC.

The spokesperson said there will be higher sanctions if erring stations fail to comply with the fine.

“It is clearly stated in the code, if you are sanctioned this way and you don’t comply then you get a higher sanction”, Ms. Jimada said. “Everything is laid down in the code”, she added.

She also said the payments will be made into the NBC account.

Mrs. Jimada further said the contraventions were made between June and September this year and all the erring stations were fined according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

For using hateful speech, Family Love FM Port Harcourt was fined N200, 000 on 9/6/2017; ABS FM Awka fined N100,000 on 1/7/17; Express FM Radio Kano also fined N300,000 on 12/9/17, 16/9/17 and 17/9/17.

For using indecent musicals, the NBC fined RoyalFM Abuja, Flo FM Umuahia, Radio Continental Lagos and Crystal 100.5FM Minna N100,000, N100,000, N200,000 and N100,000 respectively.

For making unverifiable claims in their broadcast, the regulator punished Crowther FM Abuja, Harmony FM Abuja, Inspirational FM Uyo, BCA FM Umuahia, ABS FM Awka, Minaj Systems Radio, Obosi, IBC (Orient TV), Owerri, Rainbow FM, Isheri, Globe FM Bauchi, Arewa Radio, Kano, EBS Radio Benin and Bond FM Lagos with fines of N100,000, N100,000, 100,000, 150,000, 100,000, N100,000, N50,000, N100,000, N100,000,N100,000, N100,000 and N499,000 respectively.

As part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country, the federal government in June directed the NBC, to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech.

Also ahead of the forthcoming elections, the regulatory body said it will impose heavy sanctions on broadcast stations which promote hate speeches.

Boss Mustapha takes oath of office as SGF

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn into office the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

Mr. Mustapha was sworn in by Mr. Buhari shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, inside the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The swearing in ceremony was coordinated by a presidential aide, Tijjani Yusuf.

The occasion was attended by the Governor of Adamawa State, Mohammed Jibrilla.

The president also unveiled the Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem.

Mustapha had said earlir that he will work to ensure more cooperation between government ministries and departments.

Mr. Mustapha said this on Tuesday while speaking to State House correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office.

Mr. Mustapha, who was appointed on Monday, said his role in the government is to coordinate and ensure the implementation of government policies.

“Nigeria is not in lack of information and policy formulation, sometimes it is the synergy of those policies for the purposes of attending the goal that has been lacking,” he said.

“I think those are some of the things that I am going to bring to the office. There must be coordination, there must be synergy so that we can have a thrust that can move us forward,” he said.

The SGF said he found Mr. Buhari in high spirits adding that the president’s return to good health is a miracle.

“The President in his normal candour and humour ‎just cracked jokes and he was in very high spirit.

“I was pleasantly gladdened in my heart when I saw how robust and how uplifting he is in his spirit and in spite of the enormity of the fact that he has to deal with navigating the affairs of this nation.

“But he looked in-charge, quiet, calm and calculated, and the beauty about it is that his recovery process has been very very remarkable, it is just a miracle and I just want to thank God for that,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said he will work to ensure that the Buhari administration achieves its three-pronged approach to governance by dealing with corruption, diversifying the economy and tackling insecurity.

He said the administration has done well in security and diversification of the economy.

Asked what he will do differently, Mr. Mustapha said he will wait until he takes the oath of office and receive briefings before deciding what to do.

“Well, I will wait until the oath of office is administered on me. Once that is done, I’ll now begin to take briefings from the office and begin to chart a roadmap.

“It is always not too fashionable to begin to talk about an office you have never occupied. That will be being too presumptuous and I wouldn’t want to do that at the moment.

“I will want to step into the office first. But I have a general picture of where we should be going,” he said.

He said Mr. Buhari’s policy on Agriculture is helping to curb poverty in the country.

He said the ANCHOR borrowers programme and others have the capacity to take Nigeria out of its economic difficulties.

“I believe that if we can do that consistently for a number of years we will get out of this quagmire, because a nation that cannot feed itself has a long way to go in terms of institutional and industrial development.

“So, like I said I will not be too quick to say what I am going to do in office, but I have a general picture. Mr. President has cast the vision; all of us that are appointees of government have the singular responsibility to ensure that we run with that vision.

“He has made it plain and any vision that has been made plain for those that are being charged with responsibilities are supposed to run with that vision to ensure that at the end of the day the dividends of democracy is delivered to the people of Nigeria,” he said.

The SGF, who was part of Mr. Buhari’s presidential campaign team, also assured that the administration will not disappoint Nigerians.

He said the campaign team went round the country seeking a mandate which was granted by the citizens “freely”.
“It behoves on us charged with responsibilities to ensure that we do not disappoint them,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said he is aware of the high expectations of Nigerians from the Buhari administration.

“You live with families and you know the expectations of families. You live in communities, you know the expectations of those communities.

“You live in geographical jurisdictions and you know the expectations of those people.

“But we have come at a time when the resources are very very lean, in some cases not available but I believe with prudent management as being put in place by Mr. President we will be able to navigate these very difficult terrain and at the end of the day every Nigerian will have a smile on his face,” he said.

Mr. Mustapha said although the Buhari government is not promising “heaven on earth”, he said it can move Nigerians from a “state of squalor in which they are to a state where there will be hope, there will be expectations”.

He said hope does a lot of things, because of citizens desire to live for tomorrow.

“And if there is hope that things will be better, the people of Nigeria are very understanding people and I can assure you that they will continue to give this government the kind of support that we require to push the nation ahead,” he said.

More details emerge on married lovers found dead inside car after sex romp

The family of Lukmon Olowu, who was found dead inside his Toyota Corolla car on Sunday behind the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in Ogba area of Lagos State, has said there was no way he could be the lover of the lady found dead with him, Promise, who is also married.

Lukmon, 39, married with two kids, was a licensing agent.

According to the family, Lukmon couldn’t have been making love to the woman inside his car.

Promise was said to be from Cross River State, while her husband, Clement, a commercial bus driver, is from Edo State.
She had a child for Clement.

Lukmon’s family members, who gathered on Monday at their family house at 56, Shonola Street, Ogba, Lagos, said their son was murdered.

Contrary to earlier stories that Promise and Lukmon lived in the same compound, New Telegraph’s visit on Monday to Ogba proved that Promise lived at 48, Shonola Street, while Lukmon lived in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State.

Lukmon’s younger brother, Idris Olowu, said Lukmon was not into any relationship with Promise.

Idris said: “On Saturday evening, Lukmon and about six of his friends went to a birthday party at Obawole, Iju area.

“After the party, Lukmon used his car to drive many of his friends to their residences, including Promise.

“She also attended the birthday. Promise later called and pleaded with Lukmon to take her to her friend’s place around Excellence Hotel, located at Ogba.

“We understand that she called her husband, telling him that she would spend the night at her friend’s place before she called and asked Lukmon to drive her there.

“The next thing we heard was that police called us that our brother was dead, that they had found Promise and Lukmon dead inside his car.

“We heard they were found naked. We all went to the police station to confirm the information.

“Before the police drove the car to the station, they took pictures of their dead bodies.

“We saw a picture of our brother, naked, and his two legs raised and placed on the dashboard, while the dead woman was half naked.

“She was sitting beside him at the front seat. Her head rested lifelessly on the car seat headrest.

“I can swear with my life that my brother didn’t have anything to do with Promise. He was a responsible man, married with children. He didn’t take alcohol. I learnt that woman was dating a guy called Femi.”

Femi is said to be a DJ and is popularly known as Finest.

Continuing, Idris said: “Promise’s husband, Clement, had warned the guy several times to stay away from his wife.

“Even when the incident happened, the same Femi came to tell us that the trap was meant for him.”

Idris further disclosed that Promise lived close to a beer parlour. It was alleged that many people knew the late woman.
Idris further said: “She called her husband that night that she would spend the night at a friend’s place.

“It was not the first time Lukmon had used his car to convey Promise and other people to different places after parties.

“The woman always goes to parties with youths living in the area because she was a friendly type.”

Idris recalled that when they got to the police station on Sunday, Promise’s husband, Clement, said the dead person should have been Femi and not Lukmon.

Idris said: “To my surprise, when we got to Area G Police Command, Promise’s husband said that he thought it was Femi that died.

“Even Femi’s phone was brought out from Promise’s handbag by her husband.”

When our correspondent visited Promise’s house on Monday evening, some of her neighbours said she had no job, but frequents the beer parlour where she drinks.

One of the residents, who does not want her name mentioned, said: “The death of the woman came to every one of us as a surprise.

“Promise had a child and had a friend at the beer parlour joint. She used to stay at that club with her friend, drinking, whenever her husband was not around.

“It was at this club that some men, including the one that died with her, met her.

“There was a day I warned her to stop going to the beer parlour because I had seen a situation where some of the men that came to the joint would harass women.

“That was why I warned her to stay away from the place to avoid what eventually happened now.”

When our correspondent approached Clement, who wore a T-Shirt and brown trousers, he snapped: “No! No! I can’t talk for now.”

He crossed to the other side of the road and disappeared.
People in the area said the house he entered is his grandmother’s apartment.

Attempts to speak with Femi failed too.

When his phone was called, he picked and when our correspondent told him the reason for calling, he cut off and switched off.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police were carrying out intensive investigations to know the circumstances surrounding the death of the couple.

Famous-Cole added: “We got to know about this incident barely 24 hours ago.

“We are still investigating. We have to carry out autopsy to ascertain the cause of their death.”

New Telegraph