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Nnamdi Kanu’s wife speaks on husband’s ‘disappearance’, 2019 election

Wife of the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, says her husband’s disappearance should be the major issue that will dictate discourse as the nation goes to the poll next year.

Uchechi Kanu, speaking in an interview published by BBC on Monday, said the Nigerian government should account for her husband’s whereabouts, else, people will not vote.

“In the next coming election,” she said, “we need to have that in mind that for us to ever be better, we need to stand up.

“Yes, Nnamdi Kanu’s issue should be the number one thing: where is he? You need to provide him; at least tell us where he is. You need to at least do something before you run an election, otherwise we aren’t going to vote.”

Mr. Kanu is wanted by the Nigerian government for alleged treason. He has not been seen in public since September 2017 when the army raised his residence in Abia state.

The army denies knowing his whereabouts.

Mrs. Kanu maintained that the Nigerian Army should tell the world what happened to her husband, saying nobody in his family knows whether he was dead or alive.

When asked how life has been since her husband’s “disappearance”, she became emotional, describing the experience as difficult.

“It is difficult,” she said about raising their child without her husband, adding that the child sometimes says things that break her heart.

“He goes sometime… he says ‘Daddy’, and that kills me more, because I don’t know what to say to him,” she said.

She, however, dismissed the notion that her husband’s action was illegal, saying Mr. Kanu acted within the ambit of the law.

She said, “What makes it illegal? Why? Why should that be treasonous? One asking for self-determination; how’s that a crime? It is not a crime.”

On insinuations that Mr. Kanu kept his family in the safety of Britain and expected other people to die for a cause he could not bring his family in to fight for, Mrs. Kanu said such statements were insensitive, adding that the family has been the worst hit since he disappeared.

“Do they even know what I go through? I can’t even explain,” she said, adding that Mr. Kanu’s immediate family is homeless and suffering too.

“Is that not sacrifice?” she said, adding that such insinuation could only be made by those she called “Typical stupid African person”.

FRSC unveils 10-year road safety vision

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has unveiled a 10-year road safety vision and action plan that revolves around the Federal Government’s Vision 20:2020 and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Its Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, laid out the vision in a presentation at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Corps in Abuja on Monday.

Vision 20:2020 seeks to “launch the nation into a path of sustainable social and economic progress and accelerated emergence of a truly prosperous and united Nigeria’’.

Its overall objective is to place the country among the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020.

The SDGs, on the other hand, are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations targeting 169 socio-economic issues including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change and gender inequality.

In the presentation titled; “Celebrating 30 years of Road Traffic Administration and Safety Management in Nigeria’’, Oyeyemi said the FRSC’s vision was hinged on two broad objectives.

According to him, the objectives are optimising human and natural resources to achieving rapid economic growth, and translating the growth into equitable social development for all citizens.

He said the corps’ mandate was relevant in six of the 17 SDGs expected to be achieved by member nations by 2030.

On Goal 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), Mr. Oyeyemi said the corps would ease movement of farm produce across the nation’s roads to the markets.

“Globally, 30 to 50 per cent of food production goes to waste because of inefficient preparation or inadequate storage facilities.

“Therefore, easing the movement of farm produce will reduce losses associated with value degeneration of produce which in turn impacts on profitability and nutritional value.

“Farmers’ interest in agriculture will also increase arising from profitability such that agriculture as alternative national source of income becomes enshrined as many unemployed Nigerians would go into agriculture thereby reducing unemployment.

“Prices of food will also reduce. All of the above will assist to guarantee food security because food security is a condition related to the supply of food, and individuals’ access to it.

The FRSC boss said the corps would intensify efforts to ensure that road traffic accidents did not lead to deaths in line with Goal 3 which targeted healthy living and the well-being of all.

To this end, he said, the corps would improve on its response time to accident scenes and other traffic emergencies, and acquire air ambulance for prompt evacuation of victims.

He explained that the FRSC’s Community First Responder Scheme would equally be enlarged to bring in more communities, while training and development would be enhanced

On Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive, equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), Oyeyemi said FRSC would upgrade its “Academy to a centre of excellence in road safety management in Africa’’.

“The corps will also provide Post-Graduate Diploma in other fields of endeavour. The Training School will equally be upgraded to a certificate and diploma awarding institution.

“By these, both institutions would create more space for higher education for the teaming Nigerians desiring same,’’ he said.

The FRSC helmsman said that the 10-year vision was also relevant to Goal 11, which borders on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

To drive attainment of this goal, Mr. Oyeyemi said the FRSC would push for the relocation of human activities such as schools, markets and parks that obstruct traffic.

According to him, this is to ensure safer cities and other human settlements.

He said the corps would do this in collaboration with other stakeholders, including the Society of Town Planners.

“With improved road traffic administration and safety management, Nigerian roads would be safer and attract foreigners to the country who can commute safely without any fear.

“It will also impact on Nigerians as ease of commuting would be enhanced, along with it social activities,’’ Mr. Oyeyemi explained.

On Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), Mr. Oyeyemi said periodic technical inspections of vehicles would be made effective.

This, according to him, will ensure that vehicles comply with minimum safety standards.

He said further that the inspection would cover vehicle identification, exhaust emissions, noise emission other safety and environment requirements listed in the United Nations Rule.

To accomplish the goals, the corps marshal said the FRSC would rely on five sources of funding including a Road Safety Fund to be established in line with the provision of the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy.

He said the corps would also exploit the 10 per cent cost of new road construction recommended for road safety enhancement, and partnership funding from international donor agencies/organisations and other partners.

(NAN)

Teenage suicide bomber shot dead around UNIMAID

A 13-year-old male suicide bomber has reportedly been shot dead close to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in Borno state.

A security source told TheCable that the bomber was gunned down by the security operatives who sighted him as he was trying to sneak into the premises of the university.

“The sound you heard was the sound of the IED strapped on the bomber’s body after we shot him down. So far only the bomber died,” the source said.

“We have already contacted the police EOD team to sanitise the scene and its environ. As it is now, we are on high- level of alert as you know suicide bombers don’t come alone.

Ibrahim Jiddah, a student of the university, told TheCable that the explosion sparked tension on campus.

“We heard the sound. And that the sound is very close, I knew that the university was under attack by Boko Haram,” he said.

Boko Haram has carried out a series of attacks on the school. In January 2017, the sect struck in the university killing four people, including an infant and a professor.

Between then and now, the institution has recorded at least five attacks from Boko Haram.

Last year, Dani Mamman, chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) UNIMAID chapter said at least 70 lecturers have resigned from the university since 2009 owing to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Supporters of Okorocha’s deputy, son-in-law in violent clash

Many people were injured on Monday when the supporters of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, and those of the son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, had a violent altercation at a political meeting.

The clash happened at the council hall of the Mbaitoli Local Government Area, at Nworubi, where the supporters of Okorocha’s son-in-law had allegedly gone to endorse him to run for the 2019 governorship election.

Mbaitoli LGA is where the deputy governor, Madumere, hails from.

Both Madumere and Nwosu are angling to succeed Okorocha in office, but the governor had, last week, publicly announced that he would support his son-in-law who is currently his chief of staff should he declare interest to contest.

Sources at the meeting told our correspondent that a political structure known as “I believe Movement,” which is pro Nwosu; and supporters of the deputy governor attacked one another immediately the mission of the visitors was announced.

According to an indigene of the LGA who was at the meeting, the visitors had sent them a text message, inviting members of the public to a gathering without stating the agenda.

The indigenes, according to the source, became enraged when the visitors announced that the essence of the political gathering was to endorse the governor’s son-in-law for governor.

“Members of ‘I believe Movement’ took us for granted. They came to our Local Government Area to endorse the governor’s son-in-law, as against our son who is the deputy governor of the state.

“They want to use us to score a political point against the deputy governor, who is our son.

“The annoying aspect is that they didn’t inform us why they invited us

“Immediately we realised what their plan was, we told them categorically that we were supporting our son, who is the deputy governor, for the governorship election.

“They started shouting ‘I believe Movement in support of Uche Nwosu;’ and we started shouting ‘Madumere.’

“They picked offence and started fighting us,” the source explained.

According to the source, the indigenes had to call for reinforcement, which led to alleged bloody clash.

“Our people regrouped and came to the hall to save us. They started using stones, bottles and other weapons on us.”

Our correspondent learnt that the free for all and exchange of punches led to many of those involved sustaining injuries.

Some members of I Believe Movement, our correspondent learnt, ran home half naked when the indigenes overpowered them, as it took the intervention of security men to bring the situation under control.

When contacted, the state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, said he had yet to be briefed.

All unclaimed looted assets will be sold – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said all unclaimed looted assets including landed properties recovered by the federal government would be sold and the proceeds deposited into government treasury.

The president made this known when he addressed members of Daura Emirate coalition who paid him a condolence visit at his country home, Daura, Katsina State.

President Buhari noted that many suspected looters of government resources had been denying ownership of their ill-gotten properties and assets across the country.

He stated that he was not surprised by the increasing number of those denying ownership or disclaiming the properties traced to them by the various anti-corruption agencies.

“Some years back, one of my schoolmates in the primary school who worked at a cottage company before his demise predicted that we will come to a situation when looters will deny their loots in Nigeria.

“So as a civil servant, you have 10 houses in Abuja and even in Kaduna and abroad, the more you show them the properties the more they will swear that it does not belong to them.

“And we are still following the process, you know democracy you have to follow due process and respect the rule of law.

“If you are following you will hear that some of these looters were arrested, and for those who deny their loots, then instead of what happened before, this time around we will sell those stolen properties and the proceeds will be deposited in government treasury,’’

“If the money is in the government treasury I will see who will come back after we left and reclaim them,’’ he said.

The president pledged that government would ensure availability of fertilizer and other farm inputs to farmers to sustain the successes recorded by the farmers in the previous farming seasons.

He said: “Please tell Nigerians that we are trying our best, and I thank God, the rainy season is blossom, we will try to add more money to farmers, and ensure the availability of fertilizer and other farm inputs.

“We will also continue to reconstruct roads and railways and provide electricity and we promise we will continue to do so.’’

The leader of the coalition, Muhammed Sale, told the President that they were in his resident to condole with him over the death of his two relatives.

(NAN)

New sudy shows why men who marry chubby, curvy women are happier

Even though men typically prefer tall, thin women, a study shows that they need to expand their horizons.

In a study carried out by the department of psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Dr. Edgardo Morales and Dr. Filemón Alvarado found that men that were in a relationship with curvy, plus-size women were 10 times happier compared to men that were in a relationship with skinny women.

They also found that men that were in a relationship with chubby women smiled more and were more likely to solve their problems easier.

Evidently, the higher BMI of chubby women comes with an incredible side effect of being able to anticipate their partner’s needs as well as satisfy them.

Men love chubby women’s fat dimples, fat rolls, and extra side boobs.

For these women, carrying baby weight and reproducing would not be a problem, since they’re already heavy.

Here is why men who were in a relationship with curvy, plus-size women were 10 times happier compared to men that were with skinny women:

◾These women do not put too much pressure on their partners to be fit.

◾They do not try to lose weight. This means more eating out opportunities.

◾Buying them their favorite chocolate can make them happy.

◾They’re funnier. People that laugh together are happier couples. Furthermore, happier couples are more likely to have a healthier and longer relationship.

◾They give good hugs. Chubby women are better to hug, without exceptions.

◾They tend to cook better. Of course, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

◾They’re foodies. Men want to chow down with their partners.

◾These women tend to be figuratively and literally sweeter.

◾There is more to love.

Curvy, plus-size women are labeled unhealthy or unattractive in mainstream media. However, this study shows that men that marry plus-size women tend to be happier.

I feel like going to Brazil – UK supermarket manager says after sex video goes viral

A teenageTesco manager caught romping with a colleague has told how a “moment of madness” sent her life spiralling out of control.

Caitlyn Kirby, 19, says she has felt like fleeing to Brazil after a video of her and Neville Fox, 35, went viral.

Her family have dubbed her the “Kim Kardashian of Norwich” after Fox was filmed performing a sex act on her at work.

Bakery boss Caitlyn revealed she had been flirting for weeks with the fresh produce manager.

She also said he had told her he had split from his 54-year-old partner before their romp in an office on Saturday.

She told The Sun: “It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, a moment of total madness.

“I’ve paid a high price for a silly mistake.

“I suppose I managed to be the idiot that gets caught doing it.

“We had been flirting at work for a few weeks but it was nothing serious.

“I had just finished but he was still working when one thing led to another at about seven in the evening.

 The 19-year-old says she feels like fleeing to Brazil after saying her life has now spiralled out of control

“It just seemed to happen out of nowhere.

“He made the first move, I went along with it and it just spiralled out of control.

“The whole world has seen what happened next.

“He’s quite a bit older than me so maybe he should have known better but so should I.

 Caitlyn says that 35-year-old Neville Fox said he had split from his partner
Caitlyn says that 35-year-old Neville Fox said he had split from his partner

“The person I feel really awful for is Neville’s partner.

“She must be mortified about it all.

“Neville had said that they’d separated.”

The pair were spotted by a group of lads outside who then shared the video on WhatsApp.

 Caitlyn handed her resignation to Tesco after working there since she was 16

Horrified Caitlyn then discovered on Monday that it was doing the rounds at the store in Stalham, Norfolk.

She said: “There was a rumour going around at work.

“At first I didn’t know if it was true until at the end of my shift they showed it to me.

“I was absolutely mortified.”

 Caitlyn says that her family have dubbed her the 'Kim Kardashian of Norwich'

Management hauled in the pair and told them there would be an investigation.

But Caitlyn, of Norwich, went on: “By Tuesday morning the video had gone viral and there was nothing I could do about it.

“I handed in my notice.

“Can you imagine having to go in and face everyone after something like that?

“It’s been a really mad week.

“I think I might move to Brazil to get away from it all.

“I had to delete all of my social media because of the comments.

“It went completely out of control.

“I had 304 friend requests on Facebook after it came out – mainly from teenage boys.”

She apologised to Neville’s partner but said some of her own family are envious at all the attention she has been getting.

And she said she had been compared to US TV star Kim Kardashian, who shot to fame after appearing in a sex tape.

Caitlyn said: “My older sister’s really jealous. She says we’re now the Kardashians of Norwich.

“She would definitely have preferred it if she had got fame out of this.

“She watched the video with me and said she would have expected me to be sitting on a chair.”

Her parents are also unhappy, she said, adding: “I’ve always been the good one so I think they were all a bit shocked.

“I got some of the best grades at school.”

Katsina gov’s aide kills own daughter with car

Tragedy struck in Katsina on Friday when Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Assistant on Religious Affairs, Abdullahi Darma, accidentally crushed his daughter, Aisha, with his car.

It was learnt that the incident occurred at Darma’s Katsina house while he was reversing the vehicle.

Sources said the governor’s aide did not know that the toddler was behind the car.

“The car ran over the girl and she died on the spot,” a family source said.

Darma also posted news of the tragic incident on Facebook, which elicited an outpouring of condolences from sympathisers and associates, many of who also besieged his residence to commiserate with him.

“A few minutes ago, I got tested by God. I was reversing my car when I crushed my daughter mistakenly and she died,” he said in Hausa in the Facebook post.

Darma was brief in his response on Sunday when our correspondent sought to know how the accident occurred.

He described it as “an act of God.”

Our correspondent could not confirm whether the incident was reported to the police, as the state police spokesman, DSP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for comment.

FG talks tough, wants global cooperation against tax-evading multinationals

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has called for the designation of tax malpractices by multinational corporations in Nigeria and other developing countries as ‘foreign corrupt practices’.

She made the call at the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) Conference in New York, which rounded off over the weekend.

The PCT is an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nations.

The minister explained that Nigeria was doubly affected by illicit financial flows, IFF, as a result of corruption and tax evasion.

She requested global organisations such as the OECD, World Bank, IMF and United Nations to see the tax avoidance actions of multinational companies as corrupt practices.

“There is absolute need for a complete understanding of how these Multinational Corporations (MNCs) behave in Nigeria and developing countries, many operate a completely different standard in Africa to what obtains globally,” Mrs. Adeosun said.

She lamented the capability of defaulting MNCs to hide behind slow legislative processes to avoid doing what was right in the nations from which they derived significant income.

The minister, who disclosed that options to sue such companies in their own countries were being explored, said that the designation of tax crime as foreign corrupt practices would support such efforts.

On the wider issue of illicit financial flows, she emphasised that Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari, was ‘taking strong action and was determined to reverse their impact’.

The government, according to Mrs. Adeosun, is taking a number of measures internally and also taking full advantage of international initiatives to tackle the problem.

She added, “Internal measures include tightening financial controls and surveillance, adoption of the National Tax Policy with its commitment to regular revisions of tax laws and the ongoing tax amnesty programme, the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).”

The minister stated further that the Nigerian government would use every available avenue to improve its revenue generation and tax collection. She credited the United Nations with putting the issue of illicit financial flows at the forefront of the fight against it.

She noted that that it was ‘entirely appropriate that we are discussing this issue in the United Nations Headquarters, as this is a United Nations sized problem’.

She referred to the Thabo Mbeki report that found that IFFs from Africa exceeded the volume of foreign aid into Africa, adding that Nigeria was found to be the most adversely affected.

“The Nigerian government is taking responsibility for preventing illicit flows but the range of measures used and the sheer volumes are such that the recipient nations must also take measures to discourage the flows into their countries by asking more questions,” Mrs. Adeosun remarked.

She lauded the recent initiative by the United Kingdom Government with Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) and requested that more countries adopt such measures.

She added that Nigeria was studying the options for introducing similar measures in the country.

Kano govt blames INEC for underage voting, says videos recorded during 2015 polls

Kano state government on Monday said the footage showing underage persons voting reportedly during the Kano local government polls, was recorded during the March 30, 2015 general elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

It said the exercise depicting the illegality was never conducted by the state electoral body, KANSIEC.

In the aftermath of the public outcry that greeted the footage, INEC had quickly absolved itself saying its voters’ register which should have been used for the Kano polls did not contain underage voters.

However, the state Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, is not impressed by INEC’s defence. He offered another explanation.

“What you have seen in the video clip showing underage kids voting, did not happen now. It was recorded during the last 30 March 2015 elections,” he said.

Mr. Garba, who was furious about the clips, said Monday that some “mischievous persons were behind the spreading of the clips but were missing out in the whole game because what was therein the video happened in 2015.”

The March 30, 2015 general election held across the country for the offices of the president and National Assembly members.

The latest government’s stand comes barely 24 hours after the state electoral body, KANSIEC, said it is ready for the INEC investigation into the matter.

The KANSEIC chairman, Ibrahim Sheka, had earlier dismissed the clip.

He said the clip was released 48 hours after the conduct of their local government elections, “something that clearly shows a disconnect between our local government elections and the video.”

Pope appoints new administrator for Ahiara Catholic diocese after members rejected his nominee

Some Nigerian Catholics who defied the Pope on the appointment of a new bishop have finally had their way.

On Monday, the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, appointed an administrator for the Diocese of Ahiara in Imo State, following the resignation of its former Bishop, Peter Okpalaeke.

Mr. Okpalaeke resigned following a series of crisis that lingered for almost six years, with most members of the diocese rejecting Mr. Okpalaeke after his appointment in 2012 by Pope Benedict

The members of the congregation had remained adamant on the rejection even when Pope Francis insisted they obey him as the bishop and that he would not be replaced.

In a statement on Monday from the Nigerian Catholic secretariat signed by its director of social communications, Chris Anyanwu, the church said the appointment of the new administrator is with immediate effect.

“Following the resignation of Most Rev Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of Ahaira Diocese, as a result of the crisis that has lingered for nearly six years in that diocese, His Holiness Pope Francis has today appointed Most Rev Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of Umuahia as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahaira Diocese. This appointment is with immediate effect,” Mr. Anyanwu, a Catholic priest, said.

Shehu Sani: Blood is becoming cheaper than petrol in Nigeria

Shehu Sani, senator of representing Kaduna central, says blood is becoming cheaper than petrol in Nigeria.

Sani said Nigeria has now become a country of “mass murder, mass burial and continuous bereavement”.

The senator said when a country is no more shocked by tragedy, it has lost its humanity.

“In Nigeria today, blood is becoming cheaper than water and PMS. The most tragic of all tragedies is when tragedy become a routine in our daily lives,” he said in a statement.

“We are in an era where our political class are toasting champagne on the tiles of new sepulchre. The silence and cowardice of the northern political elites to the mass killings going on in the north is out of fear that they can be labelled or blackmailed as being anti-government.

“When a nation is no more shocked by tragedy, it has lost its humanity. When people are being killed every day, they are buried along with the integrity of their government and the honour of their leaders. When the right to life is not sacred, all other rights are incinerated.”

The senator said President Muhammadu Buhari must stop the “sycophantic” culture of governors leaving their duty posts to visit him.

“The new sycophantic political culture of governors leaving their duty post, in their respective states, almost on a daily basis to climb the Rock of Aso in order to pledge loyalty, leave their citizens in the hands of moribund and powerless deputy governors and at the mercy of well-armed killers,” he said.

“President Buhari must ban state Governors from the daily ritual of visiting the villa while their homes burns.”

A psychiatrist should examine me if I join Obasanjo’s coalition – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, says he should be examined by a psychiatrist if he joins the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) masterminded by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo recommended the coalition in a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari in January.

The elder statement had asked Nigerians to rally round the movement, saying neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could give Nigeria the leadership it deserves.

But speaking in an interview with BBC Yoruba, Soyinka said the coalition is not meant for someone like him.

“Me? Obasanjo would establish a group and I will become a member of such group? That means they should get a psychiatrist to examine me,” Soyinka said.

He also spoke about the letters which Obasanjo and former military President Ibrahim Babangida addressed to Buhari.

Soyinka said people should get suspicious “when these soldiers speak” because there is the possibility that “what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind”.

The scholar said nonetheless, the content of the message should be examined even though the messengers are not trustworthy.

“When these soldiers begin to speak, we are supposed to get suspicious and ask what exactly do they have in mind? It is possible that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind,” he said.

“You can look at it from two perspectives, the messenger and the message. The message should be examined closely. We should not look at the misdeeds of the messenger alone. Let’s start by asking, is he saying the truth or telling lies, or is he being tricky?

“If he is saying the truth and talking about things that are beneficial to the masses, we would allow that be. After that, we would now look at the person speaking, what is in his mind? …  even if it’s a little child who is speaking, as far as that child is saying the truth, we won’t ask the child to keep quiet. We won’t ask the child what do you know? We would listen. It is the same situation with those who have presided over the affairs of this nation without making significant progress.

“We have seen their weaknesses, we have seen their nakedness in public, if they now want to be covered by saying that they have turned a new leaf, we would examine that, too. What I am saying in essence is that what they have said should also be examined.”

He urged the youth to come together and present a candidate to represent them, adding that the older generation would support them.

“We have a lot of them. It is the turn of the younger ones. If they come together, as we speak, if they can start now and bring out one individual among them, we will work with him,” he said.

“We are going to give them the support they need to transform the country. People like us are supposed to sit somewhere.”

FG queries Magu, Keyamo over charges filed against CCT chairma

The federal government has queried Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Festus Keyamo, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), over the corruption charges filed against Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

On behalf of the EFCC, Keymao filed a two-count corruption charge against Umar at a federal high court in Abuja, three weeks ago.

Umar was accused of demanding a bribe of N10 million from one Rasheed Taiwo, a former customs official who was facing false assets declaration charges before the CCT.

The anti-graft agency had cleared the CCT chairman of the same allegation in 2016.

The query dated February 16, 2018, was signed by Dayo Apata, solicitor-general of the federation.

Magu was asked to explain what informed the filing of corruption charges against the tribunal chairman having being cleared of corruption allegations on two occasions.

Like Magu, the senior Lawyer was given till February 20, 2018, to furnish the office of the AGF in writing the etail of who engaged or issued him with authority to file the corruption charges.

“The attention of the honourable attorney-general of the federation was drawn to news report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed charges of corruption against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Hon. Justice Danladi Umar, before the FCT high court,” the letter read.

“I am directed by the honourable attorney-general of the federation to seek clarification from you as to whether the charges were filed on your instruction or directive and if in the affirmative, what is the compelling basis for doing so. This clarification becomes imperative in view of the following background facts.

“The commission’s investigation report dated 5th March 2015 addressed to the Secretary to the government of the Federation stated as follows: ‘the facts as they are now against Justice Umar raised a mere suspicion and will therefore not be sufficient to successfully prosecute for the defence.

“Kindly accord this letter top priority while your prompt response within 48 hours from the receipt of same is required in the circumstances.”

In an interview with TheCable, Umar had wondered the choice of Keyamo in the fresh charges filed against him.

The lawyer was the one who represented Taiwo, who allegedly bribed the CCT chairman.

“Festus Keyamo is the legal representative of the man that the chairman allegedly collected money from. He is the one standing on his behalf before CCT chairman,” Ibraheem Al-Hassan, spokesman of the CCT chairman, had said.

“We begin to get confused though maybe because we are not learned people but we felt that morally how can you be defending case here and prosecuting the person the that you are defending case before him. We felt morally that is not right.

“It is left for the system to prove you right or wrong. The procedure and the power that play that exists between Keyamo defence in our court and filing case against the chairman is causing us a lot of concern.”

VIDEO: Man caught stealing N1m on Abuja-Lagos Air Peace flight

Kunle Oni, one of the passengers who boarded an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos, was allegedly found in possession of money belonging to other passengers.

Aviation security officials found several bundles of naira notes totalling about N1m in Oni’s bag after quizzing him.

The suspect who sat comfortably did not show any sign of remorse when he was being interrogated.

“Where is your boarding pass?” the interrogator asked, to which he responded by reaching for his breast pocket.

After collecting the boarding pass, the aviation official said: “What is your name?” and the suspect responded: “Kunle Oni”.

The identity card he used in boarding showed he is an official of one HB Company.

When asked how long he had been stealing on board, Oni simply said, “this year”.

Told to bring the money he stole, Oni unzipped one of the bags with him and brought out a brown envelope. He also presented N500 notes.

Lagos Airport Police Command will charge the suspect to court today.

The spokesperson for the command, DSP Joseph Alabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the suspect, who identified himself in a video, would be arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court for stealing.

Alabi said the suspect, who lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, allegedly stole the sums of N504, 000, N350, 000 and N154,000 aboard the flight.

He said the monies belonged to one Mr Olaniye and Mr Abubakar Jimoh, who were his co-passengers on board the flight.

$11.5m deposits: EFCC rejects Patience Jonathan’s settlement offer

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan’s bid to settle out of court the brewing dispute over the strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts has been rejected.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has  asked the ex-First Lady to come before a court by entering into a plea bargain in line with the laws of the land.

The agency said it would only accept a plea bargain in which the court is carried along.

Also, EFCC detectives have not been able to trace about 29 of the 31 individuals and companies which made the controversial deposits.

The development has fuelled speculations that some of the depositors are “fictitious”.

Some of the shops where the ex-First Lady visited are said to have offered to give details of how much was spent and the items bought.

The EFCC believes that an out-of-court settlement suggests that there is a dispute between two parties.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have considered the January 30, 2018 letter by Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan; we are of the opinion that  her  offer of out-of-court settlement is strange and confounding as if there is a dispute between her and the EFCC.

“We are certainly rejecting the offer from the ex-First Lady because the EFCC does not engage in such a deal.

“But we prefer the ex-First Lady approaching a court for plea bargain in line with the relevant laws if she is ready to settle all issues. The terms of the plea bargain will be open to all parties before the court.

“I think she should emulate other high profile suspects who went to the court for plea bargain. We are ready to apply the laws in the interest of justice for all. We won’t oppose plea bargain.”

The source said the EFCC would soon make its position known to Mrs Jonathan counsel. “As an officer in the Temple of Justice, we know that the respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) will guide the ex-First Lady accordingly,” he said.

Udoji, Kano Pillars defender, dies in road crash

Chinedu Udoji, Kano Pillars defender, has died in a road accident which occurred on Sunday night.

Udoji, who played against Enyimba FC, his former club, on Sunday, had an accident on his way home after the Nigeria Professional Football League game in Kano.

Confirming the incident to TheCable, Idris Malikawa, Kano Pillars’ spokesman, said “it is indeed a sad day for Nigerian football”.

“Udoji took his shower after the game and told me he was going to see his former teammates at the hotel,” Malikawa told TheCable.

“He had already seen his former team and it was on his way back to the Kano Pillars camp that he had the accident.

“We all are still in shock over his death. Can you imagine that he won the best man of the match in yesterday’s game?

“It is a sad day for me, the entire Kano Pillars team, fans, Nigeria Professional Football League and Nigerian football in general.”

The deceased joined Pillars last season after spending seven years with Enyimba.

There were reports that he had another offer from Enyimba but he opted to remain with the Kano side.

Trump caught having sex with waitress in corridor

Donald Trump was caught having sex with a waitress in a corridor during a business lunch meeting, claims property developer Peter de Savary.

The former owner of Skibo Castle in Sutherland also claims the US President stole his plans to develop the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

De Savary, 73, lost out to Trump in the race to buy the Palm Beach property in 1985 but later met him to discuss a partnership to develop it.

De Savary was there with his wife but Trump was on his own.

He was married to first wife Ivana at the time.

De Savary told the Daily Mail: “I had the whole thing worked out, everything that I would do to the club.”

“Halfway through the lunch he says, ‘Excuse me, I’ve got a very important conference call to make,’ and he disappears.

“Then, a minute later, Lana, my wife, says, ‘I need to go to the loo.’ She comes back rapidly, ashen-faced. I say, ‘What’s the matter?’

“She said, ‘I took the second on the left as you said, and the girl who was serving us lunch had her skirt up and Trump was having sex with her in the corridor’.

“So, anyway, he comes back and he says, ‘We gotta do this together, Peter,’ so naively, I gave him 100 per cent of my vision.’”

But when De Savary called him later, Trump said he was going to do it all himself.

De Savary added: “I said, ‘You b ***** d.’

“He said, ‘You shouldn’t have talked so much. You convinced me.’.”

The White House did not respond to requests for comment when contacted by the Mail.

(Mirror Online)