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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.


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.


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.”