Tuesday, 1 December 2015

EFCC Arrests Ex Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, Over Arms Purchase Scandal

The EFCC today nabbed former Sokoto Governor Attahiru Bafarawa after he lost his hide-and-seek game with the agency over allegations that he was used by former President Goodluck Jonathan and former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to launder over N4.1billion in federal funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram. Attahiru Bafarawa Premium Times

Bafarawa’s son was picked up yesterday, and analysts speculate that he may have revealed his father's location to the EFCC.

The former governor was subsequently arrested this morning and is now being interrogated by EFCC investigators in Abuja.
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AIT Owner, Raymond Dokpesi Arrested Over N2.1 Billion Arms Purchase

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arrested the Chairman of Africa Independent Television, Raymond Dokpesi, over the spreading arms purchase scandal involving the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the theft of N2.1billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mr. Dokpesi was arrested shortly after noon, Nigerian time, and whisked to the EFCC, where he is now being interrogated.

EFCC sources told SaharaRerporters that on the instructions of the Mr. Dasuki, CBN paid N2.1billion to the AIT chairman.
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Exclusive photos from the wedding of Emir Sunusi's niece, Mufida

Photos from the wedding of Mufida, the niece of Emir Sunusi. See more photos after the cut...

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Photo: Fayose takes full page advert to slam Buhari’s 6-month rule

Lol. This man and Burhari. The Ekiti state governor took a full page advert in one of the dailies today to call out President Buhari.
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FG To Commence Registration Of Unemployed Nigerians Nationwide

In a move aimed at actualising the planned social security for the teeming unemployed Nigerians, the federal government monday said plans were underway to register all unemployed citizens across the country.

The decision came amid the slow pace by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to fulfill its campaign promise of paying unemployed graduates N5,000 as social security stipend.

The acting Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Olakunle Obayan, stated this during the official handover by the former Director General, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed.

Speaking on the current template to address the challenges of unemployment in the country, Obayan said: “Actually some of them (projects) are brand new and they are coming up in 2016. We are going to tenaciously pursue the employment generation activities of NDE, and we are going to expand their scope.

“This new schemes when they come on board, are schemes such that they are going to take care of the social security issues and something that will need majority of the people to get something doing.

He stated that: Besides, we have programmes that are for the graduates of the tertiary institutions as well. We have so many programmes that have been designed such that it will improve our service delivery system.

“We are going to pursue that vigorously, we are going to start a national registration of the unemployed. That we are going to take on fully so that we will have a great idea of how many of them are around.” Obayan stated: “We have some but we are going to improve on the information we have in our data base and we are going to make sure that it is something we can access from our different locations, even if you are down in the hinterland, you should be able to do so.

“We have all these things planned in place, all these will drive as soon as I settle down which is this week and you will start seeing these activities around NDE.”

Regarding funding of such programmes, the acting DG stated that “the issue of funding is something that is hindering the NDE to even do more in meeting its mandate. How are you going to go about funding so that all visions won’t waste?

“Being in government, so many times, you have to be conscious about what goes on in your funds from here to there. Right now, we are going into PPPs so that we can extend the mileage of our funds and how many people we can reach and several collaborations as well that we are getting into.

“Some of them with the members of the national assembly, world bank, we will want to partner with DFID, ILO and so many development partners, but asides that, we try to do more in 2016 because government does not have that kind of money right now, and actually employment generation, and job creation should not be solely for government; private sectors generally, they should come on board.

“This is one of the reasons we are planning a stakeholders’ forum, where the private sector will actually know its role. It is not strictly for government, these people we train, are not only for government, they are for all.” While presenting his handover notes, Mohammed said he would leave behind an efficient workforce that had been groomed in tackling the nation’s employment crisis.

He explained that NDE has diversified into various areas in the training and mentoring of Nigerians not just for acquiring jobs but also for creating employment opportunities for other Nigerians.
The former DG retires from service after 26 years in public service
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19,396 Test HIV Positive In Niger State – Permanent Secretary

A 2015 cumulative report from Niger State government has stated that a total number of 177,988 people were counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS out of which 19,396 were found positive.

To mark the World AIDS Day, the permanent secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr Ibrahim Tiffin, speaking to journalists at a news conference yesterday in Minna said 15,444 people are currently on antiretroviral therapy, ART treatment in Niger State to date.

According to him, the prevalence of HIV in Niger State has decreased from 4.0 per cent to 1.7 per cent, which is below the national average of 3.0 per cent and lowest in north central zone.

Tiffin noted that continuous supply of test kits and commodities to 310 existing prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS have been sustained as pregnant women who attend antenatal care are often counseled and tested.

The statistic, he said was based on 2014 Zero ANC prevalence survey.

He also added that the state agencies for the control of AIDS have been repositioned for better service delivery.

The permanent secretary also stated that the state has developed state HIV operational plan from 2015 to 2016 while scaled up plan for elimination of mother to child transmission of the disease has been developed through activation of 36 primary health care facilities in the state.
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Judge’s Absence Stalls Trial Of Kanu, Radio Biafra Director

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra, suffered a setback on Tuesday due to the absence of Magistrate Shuaibu Usman of the Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja. Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to unlawful society, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The case which had earlier been fixed for ruling did not hold due to the absence of the magistrate in court. No reason was given by the court on why the magistrate did not sit. Speaking to newsmen at the court premises, the defendant’s lawyer, Mr Vincent Obetta said all efforts to reach the magistrate on phone were not successful.

Obetta appealed to the prosecution, the Department of State Service (DSS), to obey the subsisting order of the court to transfer his client to prison custody to enable him have access to him. “DSS has refused to obey the court order to transfer my client to prison custody. “I call on the trial judge to order the DSS to transfer my client to prison custody.
“The DSS has flouted the court order which granted my client bail since Oct. 19,’’ he said. At the last sitting on Nov. 23, the DSS had requested the court to discontinue trial. Prosecution counsel, Moses Idakwo, had informed the court that after the arraignment of the defendant, the complainant stumbled on some facts which took the matter out of the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ court.
According to him, the complainant found out that the accused was involved in terrorism and has been financing it. Idakwo said that the DSS had also obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated Nov.10, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days.
Obetta, had objected to the application by the DSS and prayed the court not to discontinue the case. He had argued that the prosecution did not present any information from the Attorney-General of Federation who had the authority to approve such.
The magistrate had adjourned the matter for ruling till Dec. 1.
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Aisha Buhari Visits Wife Of Dubai Prime Minister (Photo)

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari visited the Wife of the Prime Minister/Ruler of Dubai, Her Royal Highness Princess Sheha Haiya today December 1st.
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Aisha Buhari Visits Wife Of Dubai Prime Minister (Photo)

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari visited the Wife of the Prime Minister/Ruler of Dubai, Her Royal Highness Princess Sheha Haiya today December 1st.
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10 Suspected Robbers Killed In Lagos In 12 Days

No fewer than 10 suspected armed robbers have been killed in the last 12 days in different parts of Lagos State during exchange of gunfire with the police. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, made the disclosure on Monday while addressing newsmen on the activities of the command in the last two weeks.

Owoseni said that while some of suspects died exchanging gunfire with the police during gridlock robbery, others died robbing some residents in different areas. He said that 19 other robbery suspects and 11 cultists were arrested and 15 ammunition, eight guns and two vehicles were recovered within the same period.

According to him, other exhibits recovered are four speed boats, two canoes, four military camouflage uniforms, two mobile police uniform and handsets used by the robbers to attack banks in Agbara, Ogun. The commissioner said that within the period, 949 suspected miscreants were arrested during raids of some black spots but 83 were released after screening.

Owoseni said 866 were charged with various offences, adding that 1,060 motorcycles were impounded for contravening the ban on commercial motorcycles plying the highways. He noted that the incident of traffic robbery had reduced but said that there was the need for members of the public to give prompt information to the police. Some of the arrested suspects and exhibits were also paraded.
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Boko Haram Member Arrested In Attempt To Bomb People At Fuel Station In Maiduguri

A member of Islamic militant, popularly called Boko Haram was arrested today, Tuesday, along Damboa road by members of the Civilian JTF while attempting to detonate an improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a crowded fuel station where hundreds of people were waiting to buy fuel.

Garba Hussaini, a pump attendant, who spoke with DAILY POST in Maiduguri said, “Today, we are very lucky because there are over 500 people with hundreds of cars waiting for fuel when the sect member approach the crowd with 5 litres gallon, pretending to have come to buy fuel.”

According to him, when one of the boys controlling the crowd tried to prevent him from entering with the gallon, he got angry and remove a knife, attempting to stab the boy. “In the process, a member of the Civilian JTF noticed that, bomb was tied round him and he quickly grabbed him before he made any attempt to detonate it,” he added.

When Our Correspondent arrived at the filling Station, there was obvious fear and shock on the faces of people waiting on the queue. The manager of the station who declined comment also asked the pump attendants to stop selling even as some people were following and begging him to sell the product to them.

Speaking with one of the buyers on the queue, who identify himself as Mallam Sani, he said, ” I did not know what happen. I only saw people running and the Civilian JTF grabbed somebody. They carried him inside Keke Napep and head to town, later I heard that, he was Boko Haram with bomb trying to kill people. Actually, I don’t know why fuel should be scarce in the first place when we have a competent president, who is also the petroleum minister. If this Boko Haram had succeeded, hundreds of people would have gone with him.”

Another Mohammed Umar told Our Correspondent that, immediately the man came, they started suspecting him, then he went back and brought a gallon. “A lot of people were trying to bribe their way in to have the fuel and the crowd was concentrated around the pumps. This man just pushed one of the boys controlling the crowd from outside and was going in when the boy held his hand, trying to stop him, and the man drew a dagger. We suddenly saw one of the JTFs grabbed the man from behind.

“We did not hear what he was saying until we heard bomb! Bomb!! Then everybody began to run away. They said, he was carrying bomb. For me, I took to my heels when I saw people running. I don’t associate myself with crowd since Boko Haram started bombing people. But this one would have been another catastrophe,” he said.
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35-Year-Old Man Kidnaps Teenager In Lagos, Keeps Her As Sex Slave

A 35 -year- old man has been arrested by the police and charged before a court for allegedly abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity as a sex slave in Lagos State , western Nigeria .

The man, Osita Molokwu, allegedly abducted and kept Ogechi Emmanuel in his house for several days without the knowledge of her parents.

The incident happened at 22, Moriamo Adeshina Street , Abaranje in Ikotun area where he resides.

According the police , Molokwu allegedly intended to have sexual intercourse with Ogechi Emmanuel and detained her in

his house against her wish .

P .M . NEWS gathered that Ogechi was in Molokwu’s house for several days without her parents knowing her whereabouts.
The girl ’s mother, Christiana Emmanuel, was later informed that Ogechi was in Molokwu’ s house.

And when she went there to take Ogechi home, Molokwu refused.

He reportedly asked Ogechi ’s mother to leave with him and when he was through with her, she would return to her parents’ house .

Angered by his action , Christiana went to Ikotun Police station and reported that Molokwu abducted Ogechi and engaged her in marathon sex against her wish.

The police arrested Molokwu who claimed that he wanted to marry her and as such , he did not abduct and detain her as they claimed .

Ogechi told the police that he detained her and engaged her in sex against her wish.

She did not explain why she did not raise the alarm or escape from his house.

Consequently, Molokwu was charged to court for unlawfully detention for sexual intercourse under the Criminal Code.

When he was brought to Ejigbo Magistrates ’ court to be arraigned , the court did not sit and was returned to the station to be arraigned the following day .
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Blackberry Brings BBM Mobile Payments To Nigeria

BlackBerry announced Monday that it plans to allow BBM users in Africa (starting with Nigeria) to send money or airtime “as simply as they transfer photos or files.” It’s part of a wider push by BlackBerry to establish a presence in the mobile payments space, especially in emerging markets.

In Nigeria and South Africa, the company says it sees over half a million new users install BBM per month, which it believes is allowing “a network effects [to] take root in several markets across the continent.” Beyond that, it’s seeing “close to 10 million visits to the BBM Shop per month, and now over 26 million ad requests per day.”

These strong advertising numbers mean that South Africa and Nigeria “represent two of our biggest global opportunities,” BlackBerry said, adding that while “both are seen as developing economies, they are some of our top revenue-generating markets.”

The company already offers mobile payments in Indonesia, for example, an emerging country of around 250 million in Southeast Asia that still has many loyal BlackBerry users. But other popular messenger apps in these markets also offer mobile payments/wallets, including Line, WeChat (which just launched its peer-to-peer mobile wallet in South Africa), Kakao Talk, and others.

BlackBerry first pushed into mobile payments in June last year when it signed a three-year deal with mobile payments firm EnStream, a joint venture by Canada’s three largest wireless carriers, to secure and transfer credit card information between smartphone owners and banks, as we reported at the time.

Then, in August this year, BlackBerry brought mobile payments via PayPal to BBM users in Canada, under the name BBM Money.

But the reality is that the remaining BBM strongholds are fairly few and far between these days, and it seems unlikely that even BlackBerry’s attempt to get back into the smartphone wars with Android will help a whole lot on that front — at least not in the near-term.

“We’re excited to announce we’ll be expanding our mobile payment initiatives into Africa, commencing in Nigeria,” Matthew Talbot, BlackBerry’s senior VP for emerging solutions, wrote in a blog posting. “BlackBerry has partnered with Interswitch Ltd, Nigeria’s largest payment processor, to enable any Nigerian to transfer money or airtime within BBM, as simply as they transfer photos or files.”

“Separately, we are also expanding BBM Shop payment options. We’ll soon include the Firstmonie mobile wallet, which is provided by Nigeria’s largest bank, First Bank of Nigeria Limited. We’re also teaming up with Mobile Media Info Tech (MMIT), a Nigerian company working to revolutionize mobile payments, to bring secure payments to the BBM Shop.”

BlackBerry is also seeing over 20 million views per month (views, not visits) on its BBM Shop in Africa, and says 60 million total stickers have been sent and received there. (It offers 25-sticker packs “tailored to the African market.”)

While emerging markets are clearly important to BlackBerry (they’re important to all players in the smartphone game!), it seems that not all are created equal — yesterday, the Canadian company announced that it is pulling out of Pakistan over security concerns. I don’t expect it has any plans to pull out of Africa too soon, though.
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Senate approves FG’s N574bn budget

The Senate has approved the 2015 Supplementary Appropriation Bill of N574,532,726,857. The senate approved the Budget after the third reading done during their plenary session today December 1st.
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We did not promise N5k to unemployed graduates but to vulnerable Nigerians- Lai Mohmmed

At an interactive session with members of the Nigeria's Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the National Press centre in Abuja this morning, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Buhari administration did not promise unemployed graduates N5, 000 stipends.
"We did not promise 5,000 Naira to unemployed graduates but to vulnerable Nigerians" he said
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Photos; Customs Boss Col Hameed Ali Arrives Owerri In Style For Familiarization Visit

Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) was in Owerri, Imo state recently for a familiarization visit to Customs Area Commands in Zone 'C'. The Customs boss flew in the NCS Air Border Patrol (Cessna CJ4 Surveillance Aircraft) after meeting with governor Ugwuanyi in Enugu state.

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"Release Nnamdi Kanu" -- Pro Biafra Protesters Say As They Storm Abuja (See Photos)

This is currently happening; Biafran supporters have gathered in their numbers to protest in the FCT against the continuous detention of Radio Biafra director Nnamdi Kanu. The agitating youths were spotted on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Utako, Abuja.

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Photos: One person confirmed dead, 20 injured following a mock terror drill at a Nairobi university

A terror drill went wrong leaving one person dead and at least 20 injured on Monday, November 30, at Nairobi's Strathmore University when sounds of gunfire sparked a panic.
The students were said to have fled after hearing gunshots fired during the security exercise thinking it was a terror attack. Images shows terrified students standing on window ledges.

The university confirmed the mock drill had been organised by the university and security agencies to test the student's alertness and response.
The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Esther Kidambi from the university's administration. According to Mpasho News, Ms Kidambi succumbed to head injuries sustained when she jumped from the 3rd floor of a building as she tried to escape. She was pronounced dead by health officials at the university's clinic.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has denied claims that Strathmore University had informed the police about the terror drill. Nairobi head of CID Nicholas Kamwende said they have opened a criminal investigation into the incident.

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Poor salary should not justify stealing- Finance Minister Adeosun tells Nigerian Civil servants

Finance Commissioner, Kemi Adeosun has told Nigerian Civil Servants not to justify stealing of public funds because of poor salaries. Adeosun stated this while inaugurating the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry Of Finance in Abuja yesterday November 30th.
"We are going to look up all the causes that make government spending extremely inefficient and we are going to circulate those results to the agencies so that they will get a circular saying this is on paper and if you go above it, the Permanent Secretary or whoever is approving it needs to have a reason for doing so.

We are setting a benchmark; at the moment, there are no guidelines; and where there are no guidelines, there is no sin. So, we need to establish those guidelines to guide how people spend money. We cannot justify stealing and say because my salary is low so it justifies stealing. Not everybody steals and not everybody is willing to steal, and stealing is not a way to address low remuneration. Stealing is stealing and it is a crime; you cannot steal and say because my salary is low that was why I stole; what about people who have no salaries? Stealing is stealing and we must address it. It is not acceptable. We need to address it and we will do so very aggressively. There is no excuse for stealing.”she said
Adeosun said the introduction of the Efficiency Unit in the ministry was to checkmate the manner in which government money is being spent in this very challenging economic times.
“Our own initial reviews have found wide variations in the prices of basic items between departments and within agencies. Printer cartridges of the same specification ranged in price from N16,000 to N62,000".she said
She said that the obvious differences in these items will no longer be tolerated in these economic hard times.
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Finally, Emir Of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II Joins Twitter. See His First Tweet

Nigerian prolific monarch, Emir of Kano -Muhammadu Sanusi II has officially joined social media network Twitter. His first tweet reads; Hello, Twitter! Excited to join the conversation and share updates with you. Busy and exciting first day of the month as Emir of Kano.

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Photos; Barack Obama, President Hollande Of France Dine With Others At Paris Exclusive Restaurant

Pictured are powerful world dignitaries in the likes of president Barack Obama, French president Hollande, US Secretary of States -John Kerry and others at a dinner at the #COP21 climate summit in Paris. They dined on Monday night at one of the finest gastronomic restaurants in the world -three-Michelin restaurant. 

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See The Condition These Students Were Subjected To For Exams In Akwa Ibom (Photo)

This is the embarrassing condition students in some public schools in Akwa Ibom go through in the process of acquiring knowledge. Due to the dilapidated infrastructure and little classroom space in the schools, students have to "survive" by any means possible. These students were pictured during an examination in one of the state's schools. See more pics below;

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ISIS releases magazine which shows Obama and Putin in prisoner jumpsuits

Islamic State group released a new issue of Russian language propaganda magazine 'istoks'. The magazine focuses on the Russian plane crash and threats to attack US and Russia. US President Barack Obama and Russia's Putin were also pictured in prisoner jumpsuits.
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