October 19, 2018

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* Two former directors jailed for 105 years for fraud (ThisDay) * Anti-snakebite vials arrive Nigeria (Punch)

*   Two former directors jailed for 105 years for fraud (ThisDay)   *    Anti-snakebite vials arrive Nigeria (Punch)


Two former directors jailed for 105 years for fraud (ThisDay)

A High Court in Abuja on Monday sentenced two former top officials in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to 105 years imprisonment for contract fraud and abuse of office. The two men- Mohammed Dogonyaro Audu (also known as Abdullahi Dogonyaro Mohammed) and Yahaya Ayodeji, were arrested and tried in court by the EFCC. The breakdown of the jail sentences shows that Audu, who was convicted of the 10-count charge, will spend 70 years in prison while his co-traveller, Ayodeji, who was found culpable on five counts, will serve 35 years in jail. Read more

Anti-snakebite vials arrive Nigeria (Punch)

After one month of acute shortage of Anti-Snake Venom resulting in massive snakebite deaths across Nigeria, 5,000 vials of the ASV have arrived into the country. The ASV drugs, which arrived at the weekend, included EchiTAB G for the treatment of bites from carpet vipers, and EchiTAB Plus for venom from carpet viper, Puff Adder and Black Cobra. EchiTAB G is produced by Micropharm Ltd, United Kingdom, while EchiTAB Plus is produced at Instituto Clodomiro Picado, University of Costa Rica. Read more

We all have our roots in Lagos – Yayi (Punch)

The senator representing Lagos West in the red chamber, Olamilekan Adeola, has said all the democratically elected governors who had served in Ogun State all have connections with Lagos, including the current one, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Adeola, popularly called Yayi, who is one of the governorship aspirants in Ogun State in the 2019 elections, thus rejected the “tekobo” (stranger from Lagos) label placed on him over his ambition by his critics. His critics had labeled him a ‘stranger’ coming from Lagos into Ogun politics. Read more

Nigeria among countries with cheapest communications costs — NCC (Punch)

Latest studies have shown that Nigeria falls among the list of countries with the cheapest cost of communication, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated this at the NCC day during the 30th Lagos International Trade Fair. Represented by the Director, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis at the NCC, Ms. Josephine Amuwa, the NCC EVC said that the commission was working very hard to ensure that consumers of telecommunications services in Nigeria were not highly billed. Read more

The revolution in Nigerian churches (Punch)

The tithe debate kick-started by the radio presenter known as Daddy Freeze is causing ripples in the Nigerian church. It has done one big thing among Christians: It has reduced the fear that has enveloped Christians for decades – the fear ingrained in them not to question whatever is said by the spiritual leaders – for fear of incurring the wrath of God. In spite of the fact that the mission of Jesus Christ was to set the captive free (from sin, eternal damnation, bondage, fear, baseless traditions, sickness, etc), right from the time the Roman Empire took over the control of the church Read more

Buhari to appoint 8 new ministers (ThisDay)

In a move to keep to his promise to the chieftains and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to appoint more ministers to his cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a tentative proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers to his cabinet and reshuffle the cabinet. Presidency sources privy to the proposal informed THISDAY monday that the plan is to appoint eight new ministers who will all be politicians, to accommodate the yearnings of his party members including its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and at the same time position APC for the 2019 general elections. Read more

IPOB threatens Sai Baba’s visit to Ebonyi (ThisDay)

The leadership of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to deal with the Ebonyi State governor Dave Umahi and his family, and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to shelve his planned visit to Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital today, threatening to unleash mayhem should the president and his team ignore the warning. The group, in a statement monday by its media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful, said the visit if not shelved would lead to bloodshed, as members of the group would go on the rampage. Read more

Justice Nganjiwa wants transfer of bribery case (Punch)

A serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, who was charged with unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000, has asked for the transfer of his case to another judge. Nganjiwa’s lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), said on Monday that his client was afraid he would not get justice before Justice Adedayo Akintoye, who is currently hearing the case. The reason, he said, was because Justice Akintoye is already hearing the case of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), who was accused of bribing two judges, one of which is Justice Nganjiwa. Read more

Graduate breaks First Class jinx at UI History dep (Punch)

The University of Ibadan held its 2015/2016 convocation ceremony on Monday with 186 students finishing in the first class category. History was also made as Ozibo Ekele emerged the first student of the Department of History to bag a first class since the foundation of the institution. Ekele graduated with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 6.6 out of a maximum of 7.0. Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka, said that a total of 5,629 students from various programmes, including those from the Distance Learning Centre, were awarded first degree certificates at the ceremony. Read more

Ambode inaugurates ‘Sade Adesoye as 20th HoS (Sun)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  of Lagos State is about now inaugurating Mrs. Folashade Adesoye, as new Head of Service. Adesoye’s appointment which took effect on November 11 2017, followed the statutory retirement of  the erswhile head of service,  Mrs. Olabowale Ademola last Friday.  The new HOS was first appointed into the Lagos State Civil Service on December 28, 1983 as an Accountant and had served in several ministries. Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Read more

Nigeria’s oil sales suffer, US exports rise (Punch)

More than two dozen Nigerian crude oil cargoes were left unsold on Monday amid a supply glut of light sweet crude in the market. Reuters reported that tenders to buy oil from companies in India and Indonesia helped to absorb some excess, but there were roughly 30 unsold Nigerian cargoes and a handful from Angola. While Qua Iboe, Nigeria’s largest export grade, was offered at dated Brent plus $1.30, buyers said traded levels were likely to be lower because of an overall excess of light sweet oil. Read more

I didn’t apply for Eaglets job – Maikaba (Punch)

New Golden Eaglets coach Abdul Maikaba  claims  he did not apply for the national U17 team’s  coaching  job. The  Nigeria Football Federation on Saturday named the Akwa United  manager as coach of the Eaglets. Maikaba, who helped his Uyo side win the 2017 Aiteo Cup,  said he  applied for the U20 coaching job but will be ever ready to serve  his country  in whatever capacity. “I expected the coaching job but never expected to be named as the  U17 head coach,” supersport.com quoted him as saying on Monday.  “I actually applied for the U20 coaching job. Read more

Kano Police arrest 7 students for culpable homicide (Sun)

Police in Kano State have arrested seven students of Government Technical College Ungoggo in Kano State in connection with alleged killing of their colleague on Saturday night. The Police Public Relations Officer of the command in the state, DSP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in Kano on Monday. He said that the deceased, Mohammed Ali, a final year student, was reported to have been killed by the suspects following allegation of sodomy against him. Read more

Driver flees after killing pilot (Punch)

commercial bus driver has fled after reportedly crushing a pilot, Captain Samson Marioghae, along the Ughelli/Agbarho-Effurun section of the East-West Road in the Ughelli North council area of Delta State. It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday. Marioghae, who was heading for a burial before the car conveying him and his brother developed a fault, was reported to have died on the spot. Read more

Nigeria recovers $64.63m electricity debt from Benin, Niger (Punch)

The Federal Government on Monday announced that it had recovered $64.63m electricity debt from the Republics of Benin and Niger. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company has been directed to work out the modalities for the distribution of the money to power producing firms across the country. On August 9, 2017, that the NBET and the Transmission Company of Nigeria jointly wrote to the power firms of the Republics of Benin and Niger, demanding the payment of an outstanding $115.91m (about N35.4bn at the official exchange rate of N305 to a dollar) for electricity supplied to both countries by Nigeria. Read more

Poly lecturers’ strike cripples exams, lectures (Sun)

The indefinite strike by polytechnic lecturers nationwide which took off on Monday has affected on-going examinations, marking of answer scripts and lectures in several institutions. In some polytechnics, admission of new students has been put on hold. Last week, the National Executive Council (NEC) of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) directed its 55 chapters in federal and state polytechnics to down tools beginning Monday, November 13, if the Federal Government fails to meet the union’s demands Read more

Appeal Court reserves judgment on FG’s appeal against Saraki  (Punch)

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday reserved its judgment on the appeal filed by the Federal Government to challenge the acquittal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The three-man panel led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson reserved judgment after parties adopted their appellant’s and respondent’s briefs on Tuesday. The date of the delivery of the judgment is to be later communicated to the partie Read more

Wizkid beats Davido, others to AFRIMA top honours (ThisDay)

Star Boy, Wizkid, was the biggest winner at the All Africa Music Awards held on Sunday night at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. The pop star clinched three major awards: Best West African Artiste Award, The Song of the Year Award and the Artiste of the Year Award, trumping the likes of Davido, Runtown, Tekno and others. Wizkid’s win came shortly after Davido edged him out at the 2017 MTV EMA by winning the “Best African Act” on Saturday. Read more

Kiss Daniel leaves G-Worldwide to start his own label (Guardian)

Nigerian pop star Kiss Daniel has left G-Worldwide Entertainment. According to multiple sources on social media, the 23-year-old Yeba singer has launched his own label, FLYBOI I.N.C. Kiss Daniel is known for some of his hit singles: Woju, Laye, Good Time, Mama and others. Tumi, a member of the singer’s management, confirmed the move in a telephone conversation with WuzupNaija. Kiss Daniel also indicated the move on all his social media pages. His fans on social media congratulated him, asking him to take bigger risks by doing more collaborations. Read more

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister (Reuters)

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, media reported, after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings. The warrant comes at an awkward time for Pakistan, which wants to raise in excess of $1 billion on international debt markets through a Sukuk and a Eurobond in coming months and wants to woo international investors. Read more

U.S. sends military message to North Korea (NBC)

For the first time in a decade, three U.S. aircraft carriers and more than a dozen warships are running joint maneuvers with Japan and South Korea to put North Korea on notice. Watch here

Security tight at Kenya court before hearing on election challenges (Reuters)

Kenya’s Supreme Court prepared on Tuesday to review petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential election, in what may be the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote. Security was tight outside the courtroom, which has been centre stage for Kenyan politics since it nullified the results of August’s presidential election. That decision led to the re-run election on Oct. 26. Read more

Forced to wed at 19, U.S. campaigner works to save others from child marriage (ThomsonReuters)

After being married off at the age of 19 to an abusive husband by her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in New York City, Fraidy Reiss vowed to make a difference – and stop child marriage in the United States. For while campaigners globally are trying to stop child marriage in such places as Africa and Asia, few people realise that child marriage is legal in every one of the 50 U.S. states. Between 2000 and 2010, about 170,000 children aged under 18 were wed in 38 states where data was available, according to Unchained at Last, a non-profit group set up by Reiss in 2011 to fight child marriage in the United States. Read more


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