Famous Entrepreneur from Italy



Yesterday Gian Luca Rana, CEO of Giovanni Rana Group and President of Athesis (one of the largest Italian publishing groups), welcomed the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella in “L’Arena”, Verona’s most prestigious newspaper.

The very first Italian flag was put on display for the occasion, first flown in 1866 Verona after the escape of Austrian troops. The historic “L’Arena” newspaper, now 150 years old, was founded that same year.showing infographics

The President of the Italian Republic wanted to pay tribute to the Italian flag as a symbol of the unity and the strength of the Italian country.

President Mattarella praised entrepreneurs like Gian Luca Rana, who support the freedom of information and promote Italy’s quality of work and creativity, spreading the “Made in Italy” around the world.



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I Would Have Resigned If I Were Senate President Bukola Saraki’s Shoes – Senator Fatai Buhari

The Chairman Senate Committee of ICT and Cybercrime, Dr. Fatai Buhari has said he would have resigned if he was the one facing trial like the Nigerian Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki making reference to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland. According to Senate Buhari  “ I hate to talk about personalities but on issues, but on this matter as a person I would have done the same thing the Prime Minister of Iceland did, I will resign from that position whether I am right or wrong”.

The Chairman Senate Committee of ICT and Cybercrime, Dr. Fatai Buhari has said he would have resigned if he was the one facing trial like the Nigerian Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki making reference to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland. According to Senate Buhari  “ I hate to talk about personalities but on issues, but on this matter as a person I would have done the same thing the Prime Minister of Iceland did, I will resign from that position whether I am right or wrong”. The senator made his position on the trial of the Nigerian Senate President known while addressing journalist on the “State of the Nation”  in Ibadan earlier today.

He assured Nigerians that the APC-led administration of  President Muhammadu Buhari has good intentions and plans to transform Nigeria into a better country and will fix and restore the lost glory of the country in a matter of time. The Senator representing Oyo North in the Senate further reassured Nigerians that the APC will not betray the confidence reposed in them.  The APC lawmaker who apologised on behalf of his party said, “We are very sorry about the current situation of things in the country, nobody ever envisaged that things were that bad in the country under the previous administration but we have seen it now and we will surely fix it. We understand what Nigerians are passing through, and we won’t make it harder on them till we solve the problems, what we promised Nigerians is safe landing and we shall surely deliver on our promises.”

Speaking on the fuel crisis, Senator Buhari opined that the country needs to hasten action to deregulate the sector.  “We are in this mess because of our poor maintenance culture, if we had maintained the existing refineries in the country, we would not have relied on imported refined products for sustenance ”.

He also noted that beyond crude oil,  the committee he chairs in the Senate is also looking at how ICT can also serve as a huge source of revenue for the country citing as example country like Korea that doesn’t have crude oil but built their economy on ICT and today the country is one of the most advanced country in the world”. The Senator, who is also a member of the appropriation committee, stated it clearly that the mistakes and errors in the 2016 budget have been corrected and details submitted to President Buhari for assent and implementation.

Senator Abdulfatai Tayo Buhari, representing Oyo North Senatorial District




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Gunmen Invade Home Of Bayelsa Monarch AJ Turner

Gunmen on Saturday attacked the country home of King A J Turner, the Paramount Ruler of Opume, in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa State destroying household furniture and electronics. According to police the motive of the act remains unclear.

Gunmen on Saturday attacked the country home of King A J Turner, the Paramount Ruler of Opume, in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa State destroying household furniture and electronics. According to police the motive of the act remains unclear.

King AJ Turner, Paramount Ruler of Opume Kingdom

The gunmen, numbering about twenty, were said to have stormed the community in two speedboats at about 12:55 am on Saturday. Witnesses state that the gunmen wore military uniforms and black outfits.

Though no life was lost during the attack, which was said to have lasted about three hours, the assailants destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

According to sources speaking with SaharaReporters, the gunmen brutalized the Deputy Chairman of the Community Council of Chiefs before nabbing him from the area. The gunmen forced him to accompany them to a residence of Mr. Turner where they used dynamite to gain entry to his gate.

Mr. Turner, an ally of the former president Goodluck Jonathan, and his family members were not at his home at the time of the incident.

A local resident disclosed that they were woken from their sleep by the sound of explosions and gunfire, but they did not dare to leave the safety of their homes to challenge the assailants.

Bayelsa police command spokesman, Asinim Butswat, said he has yet to be briefed on the incident as he was away at Amassoma on official duty at the time of publication.


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DSS Says IPOB Members Abducted And Killed Five Fulani Residents In Abia State

An investigation by agents of the Department of State Service (DSS) has uncovered that members affiliated with the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) abducted five Hausa-Fulani residents in Abia State. The announcement was issued by DSS official Tony Opuiyo from the headquarters in Abuja.

An investigation by agents of the Department of State Service (DSS) has uncovered that members affiliated with the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) abducted five Hausa-Fulani residents in Abia State. The announcement was issued by DSS official Tony Opuiyo from the headquarters in Abuja.

DSS Agents

This announcement comes amid escalating tensions between Southeast residents, IPOB members, and the Nigerian government including the DSS.

Mr. Opuiyo identified the five victims as Mohammed Gainako, Ibrahim Mohammed, Idris Yakubu, and Isa Mohammed Rago. They were reportedly abducted from Isuikwuato Local Government Area (LGA) in Abia State.

He also stated that the five men were later discovered in shallow graves in the Umuanyi forest in Abia State.

“The abducted men were later discovered at the Umuanyi forest, Abia State, where they were suspected to have been killed by their abductors and buried in shallow graves, amidst fifty (50) other shallow graves of unidentified persons. Arrest and investigation conducted so far, revealed that elements within the IPOB, carried out this dastardly action,” according to the press statement issued by Mr. Opuiyo.

The DSS official then alleged that IPOB was “gradually showing its true colour” and was attempting “to ignite ethnic terrorism and mistrust.”

Mr. Opuiyo added that the DSS “will not hesitate to act decisively within its statutory mandate to ensure that the sponsors and perpetrators of this action are apprehended and prosecuted for their crime.”


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Change Agenda Still On Course, Buhari Assures Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for their perseverance and urged them not to lose confidence in his administration’s ability to achieve change in the country.





President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for their perseverance and urged them not to lose confidence in his administration’s ability to achieve change in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari speaking in Paris

Mr. Buhari voiced the sentiments Friday night at the 2015 Vanguard Awards in Lagos where he received the Personality of the Year Award. In a speech that was meant to address widespread disenchantment over one of the country’s worst fuel and electric power crises, the Nigerian president said he was aware of Nigerians’ difficulties, listing the deepening fuel scarcity, perennial electric power problems, and inflation, among other issues.

”As a government that was propelled into office by the power of the people, we cannot but feel the pains of our compatriots, and we deeply empathize with them,” Mr. Buhari said in his speech. He stated that the government was “working round the clock to ease the pains of Nigerians,” claiming, “the efforts of the government have started yielding fruits as we seek to make the petroleum products available nationwide, restore gas supply to the power generating firms, reflate the economy and put Nigerians back to work.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, represented Mr. Buhari at the event.

The president’s speech added that Mr. Buhari understood that Nigerians had started questioning whether the current situation was the CHANGE they voted for, while some have critics had even gone as far as suggesting that they had been duped the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Well, I can tell Nigerians that our CHANGE AGENDA is real, and that indeed, they will get the change they voted for. Nigerians have not entered ‘One Chance’, because the ‘One Chance’ drivers and their conductors have been driven out of town,” Mr. Buhari declared in his speech. He added: “Change is a process, and that process has begun.” According to the president, the country’s current pains would soon give way to abundant joy “as we put our country firmly on the path of sustainable growth and development.”

Mr. Buhari described all Nigerians, civil society organizations and the media as the real heroes of the 2015 general elections in particular and the country’s democracy in general, declaring that the accolades belonged to these groups.

President Buhari praised the media for its role in ensuring the relative success of the 2015 general elections as well as the country’s democratic resilience. According to him, “When the history of the last general elections as well as our democracy is eventually written, I have no doubt that the media will occupy a prominent place on its honor’s list.” He said the Nigerian media had always stood on the side of the people and fought for the national interest both during democratic and military rules.

The custodians of the Vanguard Awards disclosed that they choose Mr. Buhari for the 2015 Personality of the Year honor because the president was “a living example of what tenacity, fortitude, and perseverance mean in human experience, and until future experience proves otherwise, he is the closest yet that Nigeria will have to America’s Abraham Lincoln.”


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Kano Journalists Banned From Covering Vice President’s Official Visit

A combined team of media from various organizations in Kano State were barred from covering Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s official visit to the State.


A combined team of media from various organizations in Kano State were barred from covering Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s official visit to the State.

Yemi Osinbajo

The Escort Commander to Nigeria’s Mr. Osinbajo, DSP Akande Bamidele, prevented the official journalist vehicle from joining the Vice President’s convoy.

Mr. Bamidele brashly told the members of the media that “the Vice President is not on jamboree, you will not follow us,” according to reports.

Mr. Bamidele insisted that he had been instructed not to allow the journalists to cover Mr. Osinbajo’s activities in Kano State and that they will not be permitted to follow the official convoy.

At the Sabon Titin Dorayi underpass a military police officer, Captain S. Lawal, instructed four policemen to block journalists vehicle and stop them from following the convoy.

The military officer told the journalists’ driver the he was instructed by the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, that their vehicle is not allow into convoy.

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Adviser for Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was contacted for statement on these events in Kano State but he could not be reached at the time of reporting.


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Governor Fayose Was Banned From Entering US Over Corruption, Political Violence

A classified US document obtained by SaharaReporters has revealed that the American government in February 2009 banned Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State from getting a visa to enter the US.

classified US document obtained by SaharaReporters has revealed that the American government in February 2009 banned Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State from getting a visa to enter the US. It is unclear whether the ban remains in force.

Ayo Fayose

Mr. Fayose’s wife, Feyisetan Helen Olayemi Fayose, whose date of birth was given as January 8, 1964, was also targeted for the visa ban. The document showed that the US Embassy recommended the cancellation of her existing visa, which was supposed to be valid until February 2010.

Other members of the governor’s family recommended for the 2009 visa ban included his first son, Oluwajomiloju John Fayose, born on February 18, 1992. His B2 visa was recommended for cancellation even though it was supposed to be valid until July 27, 2010. Also covered by the 2009 visa prohibition recommendation were Mr. Fayose’s two others sons, Ayorogbayimika Mine Fayose, born August 1, 1995, and Chukwuemeka Boluwatife Fayose, born November 5, 1997. Both were to have their existing visas rescinded, even though the visas were supposed to be current till July 27, 2010.

An interagency committee at the US Mission in Nigeria decided to target Mr. Fayose for visa ineligibility by asking President Barack Obama to invoke Presidential Proclamation 7750 (PP7750), after Mr. Fayose’s impeachment in 2006.

The classified document indicated that Mr. Fayose had stolen as much as $81 million from the coffers of Ekiti State

during his inaugural tenure as governor.

Helen Fayose 

Apart from the main allegation of corrupt enrichment, in which Mr. Fayose was accused of using several companies to steal from Ekiti State, he was also portrayed as having “provided stipends to people to attend his rallies and paid journalists to write favorable stories.”

In excluding Mr. Fayose from entry into the US, the US Embassy also remarked that the governor was involved in the “triggering of events,” citing him for using political violence to corrupt elections.

The classified document provided a list of persons murdered by associates of Mr. Fayose. The murder victims include Tunde Omojola and Ayo Daramola, both of them murdered by well-known aides or associates of Mr. Fayose. Mr. Fayose was also suspected of involvement in the attempted assassinations of Taiwo Fasuba, then chairman of Ado-Ekiti local government area, and Afe Babalola, a prominent lawyer who hails from Ekiti State.

In a text message to SaharaReporters, Mr. Fayose suggested that the visa restrictions had been lifted or that his immediate family members were never barred from entering the US after all. “My family (wife and son) was in the US last summer,” the governor stated in the text. His text further stated, “I have only been to the US only twice in my life. During my trial by EFCC between 2007 and 2014, in 2009 the court [asked] that my passport be deposited with the court. I approached the American Embassy for renewal [and they] said I can come back after the trial. I have since won my case at the Ado Ekiti Federal High Court in 2014, which discharged and acquitted me. I have not approached the US Embassy since then.”

Mr. Fayose added he was not aware of any continuing visa ban targeting him even though he admitted to our reporter that when he approached the US Consulate in February 2009, he was told to go and conclude his corruption trial.  He stated that he had not applied to the US Consulate for travel ever since he controversially became governor again in a highly tainted election in 2014.

SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Fayose went into hiding for several months after he was impeached as governor of Ekiti State. He then approached the US Consulate on February 13, 2009, seeking a visa to visit the US for an “urgent medical issue,” but his application was denied.

Fayose’s sons, three of them were targeted for visa ban


Source:  Sahara Reporters

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FCT Election Records Low Turnout

The Federal Capital Territory Council polls has recorded a low turnout of voters amidst tight security.


Although the situation was different in the outskirts of the city centre, where turn out of voters can be said to be impressive.

Many of the voters told Channels Television that voting started at 7.45AM amidst tight security by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

However, some agents of political parties participating in the area council elections in Abuja have commended the FCT Independent Electoral Commission for distributing election materials on time.

Meanwhile, a representative of INEC said the late arrival of security officials to the distribution venue was the initial challenge they had.

The INEC official, however, assured that the Commission has deployed enough personnel to handle the conduct of the election.

Officials started leaving for their pooling units with voting materials as early as 7:25AM.

Six area councils namely Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali are participating in the exercise expected to elect chairmen and councillors into the area councils.

Source :channelstv

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Angola Becomes The First Country In The World To Ban Islam

Angola has reportedly declared Islam illegal and ordered for all of the country’s mosques to be closed down.

Minister of culture Rosa Cruz e Silva said that mosques in the largely Christian country would be closed until further notice.

She described Islam as a ‘sect’ that would be banned as counter to Angolan customs and culture.

Angola (capital, Luanda, pictured) has reportedly declared Islam illegal and ordered for all mosques to be closed

There are unconfirmed reports that mosques across the African country are being destroyed, according to the International Business Times.

President Jose Edurado dos Santos reportedly told the Osun Defence daily: ‘This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.’

Along with Islam, which is a religion associated with less than 1 per cent of the population of 19 million, 194 other ‘sects’ have been banned in the nation, where more than half the population is Christian.

Ms Cruz e Silva said: ‘The legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and] their mosques will be closed until further notice.’
Clashes between Christians and Muslim people are frequently reported in the local media.

Manuel Fernando, director of the Angolan Ministry of Culture’s National Institute for Religious Affairs, denied the reported measures.

Less than 1 per cent of the Angolan population of 19 million people are Muslim‘There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion,’ Fernando told Agence France-Presse. ‘There is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are.’

Less than 1 per cent of the Angolan population of 19 million people are Muslim the majority of whom are migrants from West Africa and families of Lebanese origin, according to the US State Department.
The crackdown on Islam comes as Christians in the Middle East are being forced out from Muslim countries. China is said to have also taken major steps to ban Islam from The Nation.

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Why We Can’t Recover Funds Looted My Ex-Minister Alison-Madueke, Others — Presidency

Lack of funds is stalling Nigeria’s effort to trace and recover its stolen monies, and prosecute former government officials responsible for the heist, the presidency has said.

A letter by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACC) to a United Kingdom-based anti-corruption organization, Global Witness, soliciting assistance in raising funds, revealed that due to the fall in crude oil prices and the general economic downturn, the government lacked the needed funds to pursue recovery of loots.

The letter, dated February 15, 2016, was signed by the Executive Secretary of PACC, Bolaji Owasanoye, and directed to the Director of Global Witness, Simon Taylor.

It stated that the commitment of the government to tackle Boko Haram insurgency, fight corruption and improve the livelihood of Nigerians through job creation, was being hampered by dwindling oil revenue and mounting debts.

Mr. Owasanoye, a professor, argued that the economy could not be revived simply by improving revenue generation, without wiping out corruption and recovering money stolen former officials.

He said ongoing investigations into the diversion of arms funds by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and ex-military chiefs, show that significant amount of the money needed by the government to alleviate poverty were still in “the pockets and bank accounts of looters of public funds”.

He said intelligence reports and court rulings elsewhere have shown that there were more funds to be recovered from the immediate past Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, the fraudulent sale of OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas, a company owned by “a well-known money launderer”, Dan Etete, assets traced to former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, and former military ruler, Sani Abacha.

He however explained that due to the multi-jurisdiction of the cases, and the exorbitant charges of professionals such as lawyers, forensic financial investigators, and the ability of the suspected officials to use part of the alleged stolen fund to challenge the recovery of the fund, the government needed huge flow of resources.

“However, this poses a major problem. An empty treasury means that the money is not currently available for the government to engage these professionals due to the high fee that they charge.

“Even in cases where service will be given on contingency basis the initial seed fund required to start the process is not affordable. As a result, the action the government urgently seeks to take is being stymied,” Mr. Owasanoye wrote.

He argued that the government’s capacity to pursue all potential cases would be greatly boosted by the creation of an Assets Tracing, Recovery and Litigation Fund from which lawyers, investigators and forensic auditors will be paid.

He added that the government was also working on an arrangement where professionals engaged would be paid only on successes recorded.

“Once engaged, government can negotiate with the professionals to earn only success fees. Each professional engaged will secure its own litigation funders to support their briefs,” he stated.

Mr. Owasanoye further revealed that government would not have got as much traction as it does in its drive to prosecute ex-officials, and in the recovery of funds, if it had not received a combined financial lifeline of $5 million from international organizations such as the Ford foundation, MacArthur Foundation and the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

“This fund is supporting the mandate of the Presidency Advisory Committee on Corruption which is co-ordinating the anti-corruption effort of the government and promoting improved criminal justice administration.

“In light of the very dire economic situation of the moment this support and the proposed Assets Tracing, Recovery and Litigation Fund, is crucial to government ability to get recovery assets to support social welfare projects for the impoverished majority of Nigerians.

“Furthermore, funding support will enable government to use money that would have otherwise gone to professionals for assets recovery for other social protection projects,” he wrote.


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Police raid P-Square’s Lagos residence over N8m breach of contract

Police raid P-Square’s Lagos residence over N8m breach of contract

hardly had the dust over the rift between Peter of Psquare and his brothers; Paul and Jude settled when the iconic music family is faced with another messy , bothering on alleged breach of contract.

Residents of Omole Estate woke up Friday morning to the invasion of the Square Villa, home of Psquare, by policemen, purportedly carrying out a court order to reclaim about N8million said to have been paid to Psquare for a show they eventually turned down.

A leader of the delegation who spoke exclusively to NET said they were carrying out an order passed by the Ikeja High Court, Lagos. “Psquare were paid over 8million Naira for a show and they didn’t show up for the show. Our job here is to enforce the court injunction and retrieve the cash. Right now they say they are trying to transfer the money and that’s why we are waiting.”

Although the group neither showed the court injunction to the NET correspondent nor revealed the name of the client, an eye witness said the singers appeared beaten by the situation which attracted a mammoth to their residence.

Paul was seen driving out of the Sqaure Ville in a tinted BMW, refusing to speak to anyone. There were indications the singer was going to sort out the refund rather than allow further molestation.

Recall that few days ago, Peter started a Twitter rant, calling it quits with their elder brother and manager, Jude. The matter appeared to subside after Paul took sides with Jude.

Peter had gone ahead to reveal more bitter secrets, including how Jude hijacked reggae star, Cynthia Morgan from him.

Source : thenationonline – Victor AKANDE

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Our Priority Is National Food Security – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari says the priority of his administration is to ensure food security in Nigeria before export of food products.

The President made the statement on Saturday while contributing to a Presidential Panel Roundtable on Investment and Growth Opportunities at the opening session of the ‘Africa 2016: Business for Africa, Egypt and the World’ at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

With Nigeria being a mono-economy, dependent on oil, and with a teeming unemployed youth population, he stressed that the way out of the current slump in the global oil market was for the administration to focus on agriculture and solid minerals development.

“The land is there and we need machinery inputs, fertilizer and insecticides,” he said.

Productive and Self-sufficient

On his opposition to the devaluation of the Naira, President Buhari noted that Nigeria could not compete with developed countries which produce to compete among themselves and could afford to devalue their local currencies.

“Developed countries are competing among themselves and when they devalue, they compete better and manufacture and export more.

“But we are not competing and exporting, but importing everything including toothpicks. So, why should we devalue our currency?” the President asked.

According to him, “we want to be more productive and self-sufficient in food and other basic things such as clothing. For our government, we like to encourage local production and efficiency”.

The President stated that those who had developed taste for foreign luxury goods should continue to pay for them rather than pressuring government to devalue the Naira.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would get out of its current economic downturn, pointing out that another major problem militating against economic revival was the huge resources deployed towards tackling insurgency and international terrorism.

President Buhari commended the support being received from the international community in his administration’s fight against terror, as well as cooperation in tracing looted funds stashed away in foreign countries.

Responding to a question on his performance since he assumed office, he said that his administration had been quite focused on three fundamental issues of securing the country, reviving the economy and stamping out corruption.

“The message on corruption has been driven home vividly and Nigerians are very acceptable to the message,” he said.

President Buhari added that those accused of stealing public funds were cooperating by voluntarily providing useful information while investigations and prosecutions were going on.

In his address, the Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, said that Africa needed to concentrate on transforming into knowledge societies using innovation and research.

The Presidents of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia also participated at the Roundtable.

In his message, the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, stressed that “Africa must think big, act big and develop big.”

Before departing Egypt, President Buhari and his Egyptian host, had a bilateral discussion on security, military cooperation, agriculture and solid minerals development.

Source :Channels Television.

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Former ADC to Goodluck Jonathan, Col Adegbe, arrested

Former Aide-de-Camp to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal fraud. Ojogbane was arrested on Wednesday February 10th after he was recalled by the Nigerian Army from the UK where he was undergoing a course.

Upon his arrival in Lagos, he was flown to the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja popularly referred to as Abacha Barracks where he was interrogated by some senior military officers. He was then taken to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for further interrogation.

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Big Lawyers Now Acting As Technical Advisers To Criminals — EFCC Chairman

Many big thieves continue to operate because they know there are SANs ready to defend them…
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has charged members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, to join hands with the commission to stamp out corruption from the country.

Speaking when members of the NBA paid him a courtesy call on Wednesday, Mr. Magu, in a remark titled “The NBA Must Not Allow Corruption To Kill Nigeria”, said unprofessional conducts of some lawyers is giving the NBA a bad name.
Our “society is not served when prominent members of the bar not only take clearly tainted briefs, but even facilitate the commission of crimes by knowingly supplying the technical know-how and later, helping in the dispersal of the proceeds of crime.

“There are lawyers within the fold of the NBA who ought not to be among your noble ranks. Those people are not fit to be called ministers; rather, they are vandals of the temple of justice,” he stressed.
He also decried the practice by some members of the NBA who he said were aiding individuals and corporate organizations to perpetrate economic and financial crimes.
“Law enforcement, just as the judiciary, encompassing the bar and the bench, is a critical link in the justice delivery system of any society.
“I dare say that even when opinions and tactics differ, the interest of the two blocs cannot but converge on the overriding interest of the people,” he insisted.
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Protesting Yabatech Students Tell Police, ‘If You Tear Gas Us, We Will Stone You’

It has been ‘war’ in Yabatech ever since 27-year old final year student, Dazan Charity died in the school medical centre yesterday. According to her friends, Dazan was very ill but the people at the school’s medical centre asked them to go and bring N35,000. According to the students, none of them had that kind of money and questioned why they must pay such an amount in the first place. When there was no way forward, the students had to run around to get the list of medications written for them by some of the staff at the medical centre, which includes drugs and drips. But sadly, Dazan who lost her father not too long ago and her mother lying ill in their home town passed away.

This made students flare up and said the school medical centre is used to demanding money from students and sometimes not give them proper medical attention. They however asked that the medical centre be eradicated or the centre be probed on why they don’t have the facilities they should. Continue…


This however led to a long protest and the school management then issued a notice asking every student to go home for four weeks but the students feel four weeks might led to 6 months and refused to leave the school premises. Fast forward to this morning, the protest continued as some students marched to the school gates, locked them up and said no one will be allowed to go out, except they want to come in.

Sensing they can’t handle the situation, the school management invited policemen who came in with four vehicles but the students were quick to warn them, saying ‘if you teargas us, we will throw you stones’.

The situation is still very tensed at the moment but police officers are speaking with students to let peace reign as they insist they open the school gates for those who want to go home. More photos below…









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Nigerians criticise discriminatory electricity charges

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By Sebastine Obasi & Prince Okafor,

Discriminatory electricity charges approved for the 11 distribution companies, DISCOs, by the regulator, National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, effective from February 1, have continued to draw protests from concerned consumers.

Under the new tariff regime, electricity consumers under the R2 Class (residential) will pay N24.30 per kilowatt in Abuja; BeninN24.08; Enugu-N27.13; Ibadan N23.09; Jos N26.93; Kaduna N29.27; Kano N20.26 and N26.41; Ikeja N21.30 and N21.80; Port Harcourt N24.91; Eko N24.00 and 25.79; Yola N23.25 and N24.75 accordingly. Going by the approved tariff, Kaduna DISCO is to charge the highest tariff of N29.27 in 2016, with reduction of N27.04 in 2017 and another increase of N28.75 in 2018. This is followed by the Enugu DISCO which is to charge N27.13 in 2016, with a progressive increase of N30.93 in 2017 and N31 in 2018. However, Ikeja DISCO, which has one of the highest concentrations of urban areas in the country, has the lowest tariff of N21.3 in 2016, N21.1 in 2017 and N18.94 in 2018. The tariff is said to cover a 10-year period with expectations that the prices will start reducing from 2018 to 2024, when the sector must have advanced to an operational system that guarantees regular supply. Discriminatory tariff regime However, NERC did not explain the criteria for approving such discriminatory tariff regime. When contacted, Head of Media Department, NERC, Mr. Michael Faloseyi, did not answer the numerous calls put to him, neither did he respond to the text message sent to him to that effect. Expectedly, the high tariff being charged by Enugu DISCO did not go down well with the state branch of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, who confronted the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the DISCO, Mr. Robert Dickerman on the issue. In his response, the CEO said that tariffs are set based on each DISCO’s cost of service. “Cost of service, includes CAPEX, OPEX and Losses. Losses include energy taken by customers but not paid for. “Our cost of service is unfortunately the highest in the nation. I would love to have the competitive advantage other DISCOs have of a lower cost structure. I also appreciate the points that your group made in our meeting that you are competing with other companies who have lower energy costs as a result of their location. Again, that is the nature and structure of this industry. Neither of us, nor any lawsuit, can change that fact. “You and the other MAN members have my promise that EEDC will do everything in our power to give you excellent service while we strive to reduce our costs, meter all customers, improve reliability and improve our distribution network. Eventually, our tariffs will come down substantially. We thank you for your understanding and appreciate the open dialogue that we have begun,” he added. Already, commercial and residential consumers are groaning under huge estimated bills, incessant outages, lack of prepaid meters and ageing equipment among others which the 11 DISCOs have been linked to the long years of neglect of the electricity sector. In Ebonyi State, quarry operators have expressed dissatisfaction over exorbitant tariffs charged by Enugu DISCO despite the irregular electricity supply. In Okposi Umuoghara quarry site in Ezza North Local Council of the state, the Chairman, Ebonyi State Stone Crushers Association, Mr. Stanley Ugonweze, said he had written to both the federal and state governments as well as the DISCO to register their unhappiness.

Source :Vanguard

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