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Kwara gov threatens legal action to recover loots

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Friday said that it may approach the court to recover the state assets illegally sold by the past administration.

The governor who dropped the hint at the Government House, Ilorin while receiving the final report of the 21 member committee on the review of the sales/disposal of government properties by the immediate past administration said that he would test the recommendations of the committee on sales of public assets in the court in a bid to get justice for the people of the state.

In a statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abdulrazaq said, “I thank you for your time and the efforts put into the work. I went through the interim report and I’m sure this final report would be an improvement on it.

“We would not discard the report because that would be a waste of your time and resources. We will definitely look at it. And we will find judicial solutions for the good of the state and Nigeria.

“In the interim report that you recently submitted, we saw some abnormalities which we will not allow to stand”, he added.

The Governor also said the committee might be called upon to make clarifications as government goes through the report.

Senator Suleiman Ajadi, chairman of the committee, told the Governor that several frauds and mismanagement of public funds and properties were discovered, especially in the handling of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises funds, Harmony Holdings, and others.

He urged the administration not to let the report end in the bin as that might mean the loss of at least N5bn allegedly mismanaged through the SMEs funds.

“The committee observed unconscionable and immoral use of public funds to buy luxury cars, which flies in the face of the poverty being faced by our people, especially because of the several months of unpaid salaries,” Ajadi said.

“It was considered reckless and against all common decency for those in authority to award these properties kept in their care to themselves in whatever guise.”

It would be recalled that the government had recently approved the recommendations of Kwara state House of Assembly that a four-bedroom property “Alimi Lodge”, within the government house allocated to the immediate past President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki be forfeited to the state government.

Ekiti begins ‘naming and shaming’ of rapists

The Ekiti government has commenced the “naming and shaming” of those convicted of rape in the state.

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, announced this in a tweet on Friday.

“Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. #SayNotoRape. JKF,” Fayemi tweeted.

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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The tweet had a poster of one Asateru Gabriel, a convicted rapist who is already serving a five-year jail term in Ado-Ekiti prisons.

The notice said Gabriel was convicted of sexually abusing a seven-year old girl.

“This person whose picture appears here is REV. ASATERU GABRIEL formerly of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ifisin-Ekiti,” it read.

“He is currently serving a five year prison sentence at the Federal Prisons, Ado-Ekiti for SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF A 7 (SEVEN) YEAR OLD GIRL. He has been registered in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice Sex Offenders’ Register.”

Many Nigerians commenting on the tweet expressed satisfaction with the development.

Kadaria Ahmed, media personality, said: “Bravo, Bravo. Salute Sir, salute!.”

Kayode Fayemi


Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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Kadaria Ahmed


Bravo, Bravo 👏👏👏👏 Salute Sir, salute!

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Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. . JKF

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Encourage protest culture!@Laraoriye

Ok, Ekiti state government is definitely on to something. Well done.

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Kadaria Ahmed


Bravo, Bravo 👏👏👏👏 Salute Sir, salute!

Yemi Idowu@yemray

This is a good step of character revolution and change wind that we need in our society, to be rootless in shaming a crime and be glamorous in appreciation efforts and patriotism, we should extend this to other criminal matters like corruption,money laundering etc 👏👏👏

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Good stuff but if the Judgment of the Lower Court is upturned by a the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, the Ministry will have to issue a Public apology

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A very nice step Sir.

Please can the law be influenced to increase the years for subsequent offenders. @Ify_I @Uwanma

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IMN: FG presented El-Zakzaky to India as a dangerous suspect with an unknown ailment

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has accused the federal government of alleged plans to kill Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, its leader.

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat,  arrived in Nigeria from India on Friday after refusing to receive treatment in the Asian country.

The duo travelled to India on Monday on medical grounds following the order of a Kaduna high court but claimed they met doctors other than the ones they chose to treat them.

They insisted that would only submit to treatment from doctors they personally chose, preferring to return home instead.

The federal government had said El-Zakzaky was misbehaving in India and wanted to check into a five-star hotel.

Reacting to his return, the group, in a statement by Ibrahim Musa,  its spokesman, said the federal government had ulterior motives.

The faulted the reception of the Shiite leader at the airport, asking that his whereabouts be made public.

“It is a well-known fact that the Nigerian authorities had tried all their antics to see that the Sheikh wasn’t given medical leave,” the statement read.

“Distrustful of the Nigerian government’s offer of a jet to take him to the destination, having survived its attempts to poison and kill him while in detention, our leader Sheikh Zakzaky declined the offer and chose to pay for his trip through the Emirates Airline.

“The interference of the government raised suspicion that it was planning to kill the Sheikh in India using its international connections. He insisted that if he would not be allowed to see the doctors that brought him to India he would rather come back to Nigeria and seek another destination for his treatment.

“It is glaringly clear that the government had an ULTERIOR MOTIVE it was nursing using its connections in India when it violated court order and interfered with the procedures of the Sheikh’s treatment.

It is worth noting that the Kaduna high court allowed the Sheikh to go to India with the government only supervising, instead the federal government presented him to the Indian government as a dangerous suspect with an unknown ailment coming to India and demanded stringent security placed on him. There was even a report that the security agents in India subjected him to physical assault.”

FG accuses El-Zakzaky of trying to seek asylum in India

The Federal Government has accused the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky of trying to seek asylum among other acts of “misconduct” while on a three day medical trip to India.

El-Zakzaky was returned to Nigeria on Friday after refusing medical present and complaining of his being subject to imprisonment in India.

His trip was based on a court order, which allowed him to leave the country despite facing terrorism and murder charges in Nigeria. He and his wife had been in detention since 2015.

Below is the full statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture:

The Federal Government wishes to inform the public about the latest development in the Ibraheem El-zakzaky medical trip controversies to India. The Government notes with dismay the acts of misconduct exhibited by El-zakzaky that necessitated his repatriation.

The earlier statement of 14th August 2019 by the Government addressed the issues that would have raised some questions with the latest occurrences and particularly the uncelebrated return of El-zakzaky from India. The public may note that El-Zakzaky’s actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the Governments of Nigeria and India.

With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures while in India, he initiated contacts with a team of lawyers led by Ali Zia Kabir Chaudary and Gunjan Singh in that country. He also contacted some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and other Shiite groups. His aim was to seek asylum and eventually relocate to another country.

It is important to note that if an Indian court had granted El-zakzaky asylum or leave to travel to another country, it would have violated the Nigerian court order that granted him permission to travel for medical treatment. However, he used the opportunity of being in India to attempt to internationalise his cause by mobilising the Rights groups. Even most unfortunate and rather embarrassing as earlier stated, was his quest to be relocated to a 5-Star hotel to receive visitors instead of being admitted in the hospital as a sick person he claimed to be.

In spite of his misconduct, El-zakzaky’s spouse went further to antagonize the Indian and Nigerian security agents and accused the latter of killing her children. These acts were aimed at winning international sympathy as well as disparaging the Nigerian Government. Having subordinated the quest for medical treatment to other ulterior motives, it became obvious that El-zakzaky was focused on realising some sinister motives thus the decision to return him to Nigeria.

Grace Isu Gekpe
Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture

16th August 2019

JUST IN: FIFA bans Siasia for life over bribery, match manipulation


The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

According to a statement posted on FIFA’s website, the formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.

This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities, it said.

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Siasia.

The decision was notified to Mr Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into effect.

Siasia is yet to comment on the development.

Why I detained 10-year-old boy in dog cage — Woman in viral video

A 24-year-old woman, Onyinye Mbadike, who detained a 10-year-old boy, Chibike EziAmaka, in a dog cage, has been arrested.

Mbadike, of 7, Trimnell Street, Aguda, Lagos State, was arrested on August 14, 2019 by a team of detectives from the Gender Unit, Lagos State Police Command.

She was arrested for assault and child abuse.

This followed a viral video on the social media showing the suspect torturing EziAmaka of the same address.
The video also showed the suspect locking the boy up in a dog’s cage alongside her pets.

The Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Zubairu Muazu, ordered the Gender Unit of the Command to identify the woman in the video, rescue the child and make the suspect face the full weight of the law.

The Domestic and Sexual Response Team, Alausa, Ikeja also added its voice to the call for investigation with a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police to that effect.

The Gender Unit traced the suspect to Chumpe Liquor Store, Surulere and her residence at Aguda.

The 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to a secured shelter.

The suspect admitted that she is the one in the viral video flogging the child with belt, but she denied locking the survivor in a cage with dogs.

She said she only locked him in an empty dog kennel where bags are kept.
She claimed to have locked up the boy for a few hours.

She alleged that the boy took a hot drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving, leading to his smashing the side mirror of her Toyota Camry with stone.

Investigation revealed that the minor lost his parents and was brought to Lagos in 2012 from Anambra State by the mother of the suspect along with his two siblings.
The suspect and the survivor are cousins.
The suspect’s mother is the elder sister of the survivor’s father.

Mbadike will be charged to court, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Thursday.

Elkana reiterated the Command’s commitment towards protecting the rights of children and other vulnerable members of the society from all forms of violence and abuses.

Buhari to tribunal: Atiku’s petition worthless, meaningless, ungrantable

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the petition by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atikiu Abubakar, as the most worthless in election litigation history.

The President thus urged the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) to dismiss the petition for lack of merit.

But the PDP candidate insists that the President is unqualified to contest the election. He urged the tribunal to quash his victory.

These are the highlights in the final written addresses submitted to the court, which they are expected to adopt on August 21 when the court will hear final submissions from parties to the petition by Atiku and the PDP, challenging the outcome of the last presidential election.

In a leaked report by The Nation, Buhari and the APC argued that not only are the reliefs sought by the petitioners “ungrantable and meaningless”, they (Atiku and the PDP) failed woefully to prove the allegations as contained in their petition.

Buhari and the APC, after analysing the evidence by witnesses called by the petitioners, argued that in their attempt to establish their allegations, they dumped documents on the court in the name of tendering documentary evidence.

They said: “It is submitted with every force that in the annals of election petition proceedings in Nigeria, this particular petition has been the most starved in terms of evidence, whether oral or documentary.

The petitioners also woefully failed to appreciate that this court does not wrought miracles, but decides cases according to law, and not based on sentiments.

“Whereas, the petitioners are challenging results of election in all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and have pleaded in paragraph 107 of their petition that there were 119,973 polling units in the country, they called only five polling unit agents to give evidence, i.e PW5 of Mai Angwa Yclwa 008 Polling Unit of Jigawa State; PW6 of Farin Dutse 001 Polling Unit of Jigawa State; PW12 of Polling Unit 009 of Nasarawa “B” Ward of Niger State; PW46 of Unit 009, Karu Ward of Nasarawa State, and PW49 of Unit 1, Morowa of Nasarawa State.

“Apart from the fact that these witnesses made no impression on the petitioners’ case, a pertinent question arises, to wit, what happens to the remaining witnesses in respect of the outstanding 119, 968 polling units in the country?

Respondent submits that the petitioners are not in the least bit, serious at ventilating any grievance against the presidential election of 23rd February, 2019 before this honourable court. From the presentation of the petition, through to the calling of witnesses, the petitioners would appear to be very unsure and unsteady as to what they want precisely.

“This is not surprising as the entirety of the petition is based on assumptions, speculations and conjectures. The petition itself is based on conflicting and irreconcilable grounds, the last two of which glibly suggest that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not qualified to contest the election under reference.

“As against the grounds, the evidence given, both oral and the dumped documentary, suggests something different; the five reliefs sought are not any shade better than the grounds, but they vividly bring to the fore the confusion enveloping the entire petition.”

Lawan, other senators arrive Daura to pay Buhari Sallah homage

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Friday led some senators to Daura to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Some of the senators, who made the trip include Senate Leader Abdullahi Yahaya, Deputy Senate Leader Ajayi Borrofice, Deputy whip Sabi Abdullahi Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe Minority whip Sen. Philip Aduda and Deputy Minority whip, Sahabi Ya’u.

Also on the senate entourage were the three senators from Katsina State, Senator Babba A Kaita, Senator Abdullahi K Barkiya and Senator Bello Mandiya.

A photo of the Senators arriving at the airport was shared on the verified Twitter handle of the Senate.

Lawan returned from the 2019 hajj on Thursday.

Buhari had left Abuja for Katsina last Thursday to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir in his hometown of Daura.

The Eid-el-Kabir had been celebrated on Sunday and the Federal Government had declared last Monday and Tuesday as public holidays.

British court gives P&ID go-ahead to seize Nigerian assets worth $9bn

A British court has given Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) the go-ahead to seize Nigerian assets worth $9 billion.

P&ID got a judgement in its favour in London on Friday.

The case in contention is a 2010 deal agreement to build a gas processing plant in Calabar which collapsed because Nigeria did not meet its end of the bargain.

Commenting on the judgement on behalf of the company,  Andrew Stafford Q.C. of Kobre & Kim said: “We are pleased that the Court has rejected Nigeria’s objections both to the arbitration process and to the amount of the award and that it will grant permission to P&ID to begin enforcement of the award in the United Kingdom.

“The Court has ruled decisively in P&ID’s favour and has comprehensively rejected Nigeria’s efforts to avoid payment of this award of over $9.6 billion.

“P&ID is committed to vigorously enforcing its rights, and we intend to begin the process of seizing Nigerian assets in order to satisfy this award as soon as possible.”

The bone of contention

P&ID, founded by Irishmen Michael Quinn and Brendan Cahill had entered into a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA) with the federal government in 2010 to build a state-of-the-art gas processing facility in Calabar.

The plant, in which Nigeria was to have a 10% stake, was to refine associated natural gas into non-associated natural gas to power the national electric grid as conceived in 2006 when President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power.

The agreement stipulated Nigeria would receive 85% of the non-associated gas at no cost for electrical generation and industrialisation. P&ID would receive the remaining 15% of byproduct – methane, propane, butane – to sell on the commercial markets, of which Nigeria would receive proceeds from their 10% stake in the company’s ownership.

Based on the agreement, the government was to supply 150 million standard cubic feet (scf) of the gas per day to P&ID — rising to 400 million scf in the life of the project. The gas was otherwise being flared by the oil-producing companies.

The GSPA also required the government to build a gas supply pipeline to the P&ID facility.

P&ID said after spending several years preparing for the project, the project collapsed because the Nigerian government did not build a pipeline or secure supply of gas as stipulated in the agreement.

The judicial journey

In August 2012, the company initiated arbitration proceedings.

The tribunal was organised in London under the rules of the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act as part of the original contractual agreement between parties.

In January 2017, the tribunal ruled that Nigeria was liable for $6.6 billion in damages, which increased to $9 billion after interest.

Implications for Nigeria

For a start, Nigeria’s debt which was put at N24.9 trillion as of July 2019 would increase significantly without the government borrowing a dime.

At the official exchange rate of N305/$, this judgement debt is N2.7 trillion.

However, this amount might increase due to tax if the settlement is not resolved quickly.

Going by the court ruling, Nigeria will lose some prized assets.

Court grants ICPC’s request to freeze Yari’s accounts

A federal high court in Abuja has granted a request by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to freeze bank accounts aid to be owned by Abdul’aziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state.

The court also granted the agency’s request to freeze the accounts of Kayatawa Nigeria Limited and B.T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, allegedly linked to him.

Ruling on an ex-parte motion filed by the ICPC on Friday, Taiwo Taiwo, the judge, ordered that the former governor’s accounts in Polaris and Zenith banks with funds in dollars and naira, be frozen pending the time the “affected person shows cause why the freezing order should be vacated”.

The judge also ordered ICPC to publish the order in a national daily within 14 days, asking the affected parties to show cause why the “funds should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government”.

The ICPC, through Osuobeni Akponimisingha, its lawyer, had filed the application following an intelligence report that Yari and the two companies “are involved in some unlawful activity against the interest of the Zamfara state government and by extension the federal government of Nigeria.”

The ICPC had alleged that Yari and the companies received various funds belonging to the state government through their accounts domiciled in the two commercial banks.

It said the funds in the accounts remained only $669,248 and N24,289,910 as of the time it filed the applications.

Earlier in August, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had uncovered 21 exotic cars during a raid at the Talata-Mafara residence of the former governor.

The EFCC had raided Yari’s residence when he was out of the country. The anti-graft agency also searched the houses of Jafaru, Yari’s brother, and Sha’aya Mafara, his friend.

Yari is currently being investigated for alleged questionable payment of N19 billion from the London-Paris Club refund; N35 billion spent on internally displaced persons (IDPs); ecological and stabilisation fund and how he incurred N151,190,477,572.02 liabilities on ongoing projects.

DSS operatives detain El-Zakzaky on return to Nigeria

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), is back in the country.

He arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 11:40am but operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) prevented journalists and some of his supporters from having access to him.

It was learnt that immediately the Ethiopian Airlines flight conveying El-Zakzaky and Zeenat, his wife, touched down, the security operatives drove an ambulance to the tarmac and picked them up.

They were said to have been taken through the presidential wing of the airport.

He, his wife, some family members and security operatives had left the country on Monday but 24 hours after he landed in India, the cleric raised the alarm that he was being frustrated.

Journalists who were denied access to El-Zakzaky at the airport

In an audio tape that went viral on Wednesday, he had said he was being re-detained under heavy security, expressing the desire to return home.

El-Zakzaky said he was not given access to his preferred doctors, adding that he did not trust those they asked to examine him.

But the federal government had dismissed the claim accusing him of not complying with the terms of the Kaduna high court which granted him medical leave.

In a statement, Grace Gekpe, permanent secretary, ministry of information, said the IMN leader demanded to have his passport and sought free movement. She added that he wanted to receive visitors and also made a request to be checked into a 5-star hotel.

She said he had behaved so badly that the Indian authorities were willing to return him to Nigeria.

Suhaila, a daughter of El-Zakzaky, had earlier told BBC that her father was suffering from lead poisoning which could result to his death.

The cleric and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in 2015 following a clash between their supporters and some soldiers.

Community service for minor offences — 6 highlights of the new prisons law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the prisons bill, 2018, into law effectively changing the Nigerian Prisons Service to the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The bill was read a first time on May 26, 2016; a second time on October 26, 2016, and it was passed on December 20, 2018.

The law is significant for the sweeping reforms it seeks to entrench in the Nigerian prisons system which seems suspended in the past, despite modernisation and changes in custodial practices.

Since Decree No.9 of 1972, which initiated some reforms in the Nigerian Prisons Service, there have been scanty improvements in custodial service – essentially. Though there had been reorganisations – in 1986, 1993 and 1999 – but these were more structural than composite.

The prisons act was last amended in 2004, but this new law brings with it novelties – non-custodial service – such as community service, probation and parole.

TheCable highlights six key provisions of the new law.


Unlike in the Prisons Act of 2004, which named the federation prisons service as ‘’the Nigerian Prisons Service’’, the new law renames the institution as ‘’the Nigerian Correctional Service’’. The ”prisons” are now to be called custodial centres with classifications such as ”maximum security custodial centre”, where there is enhanced security, with close-circuit television, electric fencing, electronic scanners, high level of technology, and reserved for high risk inmates of all classes; ”medium security custodial centre”, where there is reasonable level of security reserved for inmates of all classes.

There are also open custodial centres – for treatment of long term first-offenders; farm centres – for convicts with good conduct who have six months or less to serve; satellite custodial centres – for convicts serving three months imprisonment or less, and awaiting trial persons charged for minor offences who are required to be presented in courts without major cusotodial facilities; borstal institutions – for the detention and juvenile offenders and female custodial centres – for all classes of female inmates.


In the new law, the goal of the institution will be to correct, reform, rehabilitate, reintegrate all persons legally interned; provide safe, secure, and humane custody for inmates; identify the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates; initiate behaviour modification in inmates through provision of medical, psychological, spiritual and counselling services for all offenders, including violent extremists, and provide support to facilitate the speedy disposal of cases of persons awaiting trial, and also, empower inmates through the deployment of educational and vocational skills training programmes and facilitate incentives and income generation through custodial centres, farms and industries.

The law prohibits torture, inhuman and abusive treatment of inmates.

This is to bring the prisons system into compliance with international human rights standards and correctional practices.


The law prescribes that where an inmate sentenced to death has exhausted all legal procedures for appeal and a period of 10 years has elapsed without the execution of the sentence, the chief judge may commute the sentence of death to life imprisonment.


Also, the Prisons Act 2018 provides that ‘’in the event that the custodial centre has exceeded its capacity, the state controller shall within a period not exceeding one week, notify the chief judge of the state, the attorney-general, the prerogative of mercy committee, the state criminal justice committee and other relevant bodies’’. It prescribes sanctions for any state controller who fails to notify the relevant bodies when the custodial centre approaches full capacity within the stipulated time-frame.

It also empowers the correctional centre superintendent to reject more intake of inmates where it is apparent that the centre in question is filled to capacity.


According to the law, the relevant information about a person’s offence, biometrics, personal history, risk and needs assessment, including the person’s psychological or mental health status and his antecedents shall be kept in a centralised database management system of the correctional service.


The non-custodial faculty of the correctional service, as prescribed by the law, is responsible for the administration of non-custodial measures, namely: community service, probation, parole, restorative justice measures and such other measures as a court of competent jurisdiction may order. Restorative Justice measure approved in the Act include victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, community mediation and other conciliatory measures as may be deemed necessary pre-trial, trial during imprisonment or even post-imprisonment stages.

Zenith Bank hails Nigerian basketball team D’Tigeress on quaterfinal qualification

Zenith Bank Plc has hailed the Nigerian female basketball team, D’Tigress for their exploits at the ongoing FIBA Women’s Afrobasket 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

The Nigerian football team has progressed to the quarterfinal stage of the competition.

The Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu commended the team for their hard work, dedication and team spirit, and urged them to go all the way to the final and bring the trophy home.
Zenith Bank is the sole sponsor of the Nigerian Female Basketball League.

Onyeagwu expressed delight at the heroics of the team, comprised mostly of products of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, which the bank has sponsored solely for 15 years consecutively.

Reigning champions, D’Tigress of Nigeria are through to the quarterfinal stage of the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2019 after a resounding victory against Cameroon in their last group game match on Tuesday, finishing off with a 106-39 points.

The Nigerian female basketball team had earlier defeated Tunisia 75-26 in their opening match of the competition at the magnificent Dakar Arena on Saturday to kickstart the defence of the title they won two years ago in Mali.

NNPC contracts Halliburton to further oil search in Bauchi, Gongola Basin

The Frontier Exploration Services (FES) Unit of the NNPC, the Nigerian state hydrocarbon company, has awarded contracts to Halliburton to run drill stem tests (DSTs) and tubing conveyed perforation (TCP) on the Kolmani River-2, in Bauchi State, in the Gongola Basin, in the country’s northeast.

In the industry, the application of DST (a tool for measuring reservoir flow rates), is usually an indication that the results of wireline logging have signaled that the well has encountered some commercial pool of hydrocarbon.

The company has kept a tight lid on information, but Africa Oil+Gas Report learns that several feet of natural gas and oil may have been encountered, although the case for commerciality is up in the air.

“The sand is better developed at this location and when we were to hang the 9 5/8 inch casing at some few feet deeper than 10,000feet (3,048metres), we were hardly able to find a shale level to hang”, one source enthused. “We are drilling with a water based mud, so there are no issues about the stability of the well bore”. The story changed in the 8 ½ inch hole, according to our findings. The rate of penetration of the drill bit was so low from 13,100ft to 13, 250ft, according to field report, indicating tighter formation.

Kolmani-River-2 is being drilled to appraise the 1999 gas discovery made by Shell in Kolmani River-1. The Anglo Dutch major drilled the discovery well to a depth of 3,000metres (9,842feet), and Kolmani River-2 is planned to go close to 5,000feet deeper, to 4,350metres (14,270feet) than that, even though the location of the appraisal well is updip of the discovery well.

Shell didn’t test the discovery well, but went ahead and booked 33Billion standard cubic feet of gas as possible estimated recoverable reserves, based on some petrophysical results. NNPC, however, aims to collect as much geosicentific data as possible. “We are taking lots of sidewall cores, lots of fluid samples for PVT. The results are looking good.” The new well is being drilled by the Drillog operated Rig 101.

A commercial sized pool of hydrocarbon in Northern Nigeria will change the entire dynamics of politics in Africa’s largest economy.

35-year-old man dies during marathon sex with 50-year-old widow in a farm

A 35-year-old man died in mysterious circumstances while having sex with a 50-year-old widow in a maize plantation in Sachangwan-Chebyakwai, near Eldoret International Airport in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, on Monday.

The deceased identified as Julius Kiptoo is said to have been on a drinking spree until late night at a local bar on Sunday before hooking up with the woman whose name could not be immediately established.

When journalists toured the area on Monday morning, shocked residents were seen trooping to a maize plantation where the duo had their romp to view the lifeless body of the young man.

The woman narrated to detectives who arrived at the scene how the young man became obsessed with nonstop sex after swallowing a sex booster pill.

“We were headed to the house but he became impatient and demanded that we do it at the maize plantation. However, he started becoming sick in the process before dying instantly,” said the woman.

She said that she later called neighbours who confirmed that the young man, who does menial jobs in the village, had died.

Police from the nearby Kiambaa Police station who arrived at the scene moved the body to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Mortuary.

The woman was on the receiving end from irate villagers who blasted her for being a bad example to young women in the village by moving with younger men.

“This is very embarrassing. We look up to such women for guidance but they are the ones spoiling young people,” said Susan Jerotich, a resident told Nairobi news

PDP, Atiku to tribunal: We have built iron-cast case for Buhari to be sacked

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku, have asked the presidential election tribunal to sack President Muhammadu Buhari on account of him not possessing the requisite academic qualifications to have contested the Presidency in the poll.

While insisting that it has made an iron cast case against the eligibility of the President to have contested for the number one position in the country, the petitioners further maintained that the election that produced him did not meet up with the standard set out in the Electoral Act.

This was contained in the 43-page final addresses to the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five- member presidential election tribunal filed by their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), on August 14, 2019.

The petitioners who are challenging the return of Buhari and the credibility of the election had closed their case after calling 62 witnesses and tendering over 4, 000 documents.

Meantime, the tribunal has fixed August 21 for the adoption of final addresses by parties to the petition.

But in its final written address, the PDP and Atiku insisted that they have proved all allegations contained in their petition against the conduct of the February 23 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The petitioners further claimed to have established the fact that Buhari does not possess the requisite academic qualification for the position of President of Nigeria.

They stated that even Buhari’s own witnesses under cross-examination admitted to the fact that Buhari does not possess a school certificate, being the basic requirements for contesting the office of the president.

“We therefore submit that all the purported evidence led by the 2nd respondent (Buhari) to prove that he attended a secondary school or a primary school or that he attended some courses, is irrelevant because he did not rely on any of those purported qualifications in exhibit P1, he relied on primary school certificate, WASC and Officer Cadet.

“Equally futile is his attempt to prove that he can speak and write in the English language. That is all irrelevant to his inability to produce his primary school certificate, secondary school certificate or WASC and his Officer Cadet qualification, whatever that means. Officer Cadet is not a qualification or certificate under the Constitution and Electoral Act; nor is it known to any law.

On the purported Cambridge University certificate tendered by Buhari before the tribunal, the petitioners asked why, “it was easier for Buhari to go all the way to Cambridge in the United Kingdom to obtain a bogus documents that his own witnesses said was not a certificate, instead of just driving down the street in Abuja to the Army Headquarters or placing a phone call to the Secretary of the Military Board in Abuja to hurry over with his certificate or certificates.”

They further contended that, “A comparison of the purported Cambridge Assessment International Education Certifying Statement of the purported West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate and a certified true copy of the purported confidential result sheet of the University of Cambridge West African School Certificate of 1961 for the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, reveals many discrepancies in the supposed result.

“One listed 8 subjects that the candidate therein mentioned one ‘Mohamed Buhari’ allegedly sat for, the other 6 subjects, both documents are therefore unreliable as both cannot be correct. The contradiction must count against the 2nd respondent.

Another false claim by Buhari, according to the petitioners is that he attended, “Elementary School, Daura and Mai Aduwa 1948-52”. Elementary School Daura is totally different from Mai Aduwa, their locations are totally different. He also claimed he entered Middle School Katsina in 1953, however, the petitioners submitted that by 1953, the Middle School system had been abolished in the Northern Region of Nigeria.

On the claim that his certificates were with the military, the petitioners submitted that Buhari failed woefully to prove the claim, “rather the petitioners’ evidence to the contrary was not contested nor challenged.

It is also the case of the petitioners that they have successfully proved that the Nigerian Army had denied being in possession of Buhari’s alleged certificates.

“One of the strongest evidence on the issue was given by the second respondent’s own witness, RW1, General Paul Tafa, (Rtd), who under cross examination by the 1st respondent (INEC), told the court firmly and unequivocally that the Army did not collect the certificates of military Officers and added, ‘there was no such thing”.

On the issue of rigging and non-compliance with the Electoral Act, the petitioners said with the plethora of evidence tendered and witnesses called they have been able to show to the tribunal that Buhari’s election was invalid.

They added that analysis of results from 11 states showed how INEC in connivance with Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) wrongly and unlawfully credited Buhari with votes not valid or lawful.

According to them documents tendered before the tribunal showed huge discrepancies between collated results as contained in the tendered Certified True Copies of forms EC8A and polling units.

They further alleged that a total of 2, 906,384 votes were cancelled across the country, while 2, 698,773 Nigerians were disenfranchised.

They said the two figures when added exceeded the 3, 928,869 differential between the votes as stated in INEC form EC8E.

EFCC confiscates HoS, Oyo-Ita’s passports

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized the international and diplomatic passports of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who is under investigation for alleged N3billion fraud.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s movement has been restricted to the country pending the conclusion of investigation.

In continuation of the investigation, the EFCC may invite three Permanent Secretaries and some Directors of Procurement for interaction over some contracts awarded to firms with link to the Head of Service.

According to investigation by our correspondent, the EFCC decided to restrict Oyo-Ita’s movement so that she can be available for another round of interrogation.

Although she is hospitalized having complained of being ill, sources said security operatives had been deployed to monitor her movement in the Abuja hospital

A source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “The latest about the ongoing investigation is that the EFCC has seized the international and diplomatic passports of the Head of Service.

“In line with normal investigative procedure, we need to restrict her movement to the country to enable her attend more interrogation sessions which have been lined up for her.

“We are monitoring her progress in the hospital until she is stable enough to come for another round of grilling.”

The source added: “We may invite some Permanent Secretaries and others because our investigation shows fresh clues during analysis of letters of award of contracts in some ministries, departments and agencies.

“All the accounts of the affected companies have been placed under watch till they are clear of any infraction.”

It was learnt that prior to her arrest, there had been complaints about Civil Servants’ Group Life Insurance Scheme (GLIS), which the Federal Government voted N16 billion for.

Some civil servants faulted the management of the insurance scheme which they have not benefited from.

It was confirmed that the GLIS was enmeshed in controversy over alleged under-hand deals by some underwriters.

It was gathered that some of those aggrieved have asked the EFCC to look into challenges on GLIS.

Another source added: “The EFCC is aware of issues on GLIS but we have not reached this bend. Our focus is on alleged abuse of office and contract scam involving some proxy companies.

“We will ensure a comprehensive investigation and we will be fair to all. We accorded the Head of Service much respect befitting her status. We will soon release the details of our findings.”

But Mrs. Oyo-Ita explained that she had no hand in the management of the N16 billion.

About two and half weeks ago, she said: “The GLIS was set up to be able to ensure that government meets up with benefits of any civil or public servant who, in the process of doing his work as a civil servant, loses his or her life.

“This GLIS is the policy that is carried out with underwriters; these underwriters are being regulated by the National Insurance Commission (NIC). The NIC regulates premiums that are paid to these underwriters and the last group life programme was actually handled by the sub-committee of cabinet chaired by the then Minister of Finance.

“The report of the sub-committee was submitted to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and approval was given for that programme to be implemented.

“The fund for that programme is always domiciled with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

“The only thing that the Head of Service does is to compile the names of all the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) that are to be under the group life policy.

“For someone to say that N16 billion has gone missing in my office is strange to me and to many others who understand how the GLIS works.”

BREAKING: El-Zakzaky on his way back to Nigeria

Barely three days after landing in New Delhi, India for medical treatment, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, has reportedly discharged himself from the Medenta Hospital and is now on his way back to Nigeria.

The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, said that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who were airborne as of the time of speaking with our Correspondent on Thursday evening, left New Delhi around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time, heading back to the country.

Musa in a statement blamed alleged interference by the Federal Government for scuttling the IMN leader’s planned treatment.

Musa said, “Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja.

“In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria. He has left Delhi by 17:00 Nigerian time. He prayed that may that be the best option in the circumstances.”

The group added, “The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible,” Musa alleged.

The FG had earlier refuted El-Zakzaky’s allegations, stating that he attempted to violate the conditions of his treatment by making unreasonable demands, including insisting on lodging in a five-star hotel in New Delhi with free access to all manners of visitors

Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim shares `unwholesome’ marriage experience

Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim on Wednesday advised women involved in unwholesome marriage to quit and save their lives.

Ibrahim stated this on her instragram handle @julietibrahim, as she opened up her divorce issue with her ex, Kwadwo Sofa at her book launch titled “A Toast of Life”.

The beautiful movie star in her book shared her journey through life and how her family survived wars across Liberia, Lebanon and Côte d’Ivoire in the book.

“A Toast of Life” tells the story of how a girl could succeed through difficult times and still emerge successful.

The book was an eye opener on Juliet’s growing up years and her current reality.

The Ghanaian star further appealed to women to quit their ‘unwholesome marriages’ in order to stay alive instead of killing themselves in such marriages.

The film producer, thereby, admonished the public to stop judging people who want to end their marriages, stressing that, hers left her in a dark place where she was miserable.

”People have had their own perception about what led to my divorce. I have sat down for many years and have had to deal with the pain and insults from the public who had no clue what I went through as a person during that period and how it affected me.

“The depression and all that happened. All I will say is you should never judge someone who wants to come out of a marriage.

“Sometimes, it is better to come out of it than to stay in it, for your own sanity and mental stability,it is always good to take a bold decision for yourself. For your kids, if there are kids involved take a bold decision,” she said.

Ibrahim had revealed that her marriage with Sofa was a mistake which should not have happened while pointing out that her ex-husband’s family was never in support of her marriage.

She was married to Safo in 2010 after she got pregnant for him in the course of their friendship.

They were however granted divorce in June 2014 after he allegedly cheated on her.

The actress made her first acting debut in 2005 in ‘Crime to Christ’ starring Majid Michel, her first Nollywood film was Yankee Boys and had featured in more than 50 films.

In 2014, she produced her first film ‘Number One Fan’, where she starred as an actress being stalked on by a fan in the film.

Her second movie ‘Shattered Romance’ which paraded Nigerian and Ghanaian actors, launched amidst fanfare in Accra, Ghana 2014.

Her new TV series; ‘Every Woman Has A Story’, where she debuted her directorial skills airing on Terrestrial Tv and her new Reality Show.

She has also featured in Twi movies in Yoruba language films and also a Hausa Language film “Ladan Noma”.

She has won the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards for her role in four Play.

The 33 year old is being referred to as the “Most Beautiful West African Woman” according to A-listers Magazine

I’ll not be intimidated by insurgents’ threats – Gov. Zulum

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Wednesday said he would not be deterred by insurgents’ intimidation and attacks in some resettled communities in the past weeks in the state.

Zulum, who spoke at the inauguration of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Agro-Ranger squad, said his administration remained committed to ending insurgency and restoring peace to the state.

“Let me assure our people that the recent intimidations by insurgents at Gajiram; Gajiganna, Dalori and Gubio will never deter us from our commitments to finding peace and stability in the state.

“We will not be frightened, we will not fear any threat, it rather increases our commitment and resilience until we find peace.

“During my inaugural address; I pledged my commitment towards upholding Section 14 (1b) of the constitution that categorically states that security and welfare of the people are the primary purpose of government. I am ready and ever committed to ensuring the fulfilment of that pledge,” he said.

Zulum said the state government would continue to collaborate with the military, police and other security agencies to protect lives and property.

He noted that the state government had so far opened up farmlands and mobilised farmers to encourage agricultural activities.

The governor added that effective measures had been evolved to provide grants to farmers and enhance farmer support services.

Commenting on the agro-ranger initiative, Zulum assured of the state government’s support for the squad to ensure sustainability.

He also presented 10 patrol vehicles to the squad, and pledged to provide communication gadgets to them.

The governor further renewed calls for insurgents to surrender for de-radicalisation and reintegration into society.

Also, Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Corps Commander in the state, disclosed that 75 agro-ranger squad deployed to the state, would work alongside 120 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters and vigilante, to protect farmers in the Maiduguri area.

Ibrahim explained that the squad would be conducting patrol at Njimtilo; Moloi-Kura, Tamsu-Ngamdu, Masu, Shuwari-Karaye and Madu-Ajiri axis of the town.

He tasked the agro-ranger squad to be guided by the rules of engagement governing their operations.

While commending Zulum over his support to the corps, Ibrahim called on organisations and wealthy individuals to support the squad to ensure its sustainability.

He also called for synergy between the agro-ranger squad and other security agencies to counter insurgency and protect farmers and communities.

“NSCDC is geared to protect liberated communities in Borno, so that people can return to their homes and cultivate their farmlands,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NSCDC initiated the special agro-ranger squad to protect ranches and farmlands as well as provide intelligence on livestock and dams.

The corps planned to deploy 5,000 personnel to about 2,500 ranches and farming communities in the country.