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

 

SOURCE : SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK

 

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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.

SOURCE:  SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK

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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.”

SOURCE : SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK

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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.”

SOURCE : SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK

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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.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK

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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.

Bayelsa

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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