24 Oct 2016

Fani Kayode collapses in EFCC custody

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Read the press statement today...
When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was rearrested on Friday, 21st of October, 2016, in the premises of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, we raised a number of issues which included that the re-arrest was not only unnecessary but that it was also reckless.
We made known our fears that Fani-Kayode’s life was in dire danger as long as he remained in EFCC custody or in the custody of any agency of the federal government based on discreet information available to us. This is apart from the fact that his health has been badly affected since his incarceration for a whopping 67 days based on some questionable ‘detention orders’. This fact is well known to the EFCC as Fani-Kayode’s lawyers have written several letters to the Commission reminding them of the health conditions of the former minister of aviation (Kindly see attached).

It is therefore shocking that having known these facts, the EFCC still acted in a most unprofessional and crude way by re-arresting a man who has never been known to turn down their invitation even for once, who was since granted administrative bail by the same Commission after meeting the stringent conditions set by them; a man who is also supposed to be on bail as granted by the courts after fulfilling the conditions, and who even has his international passport still lodged with the Commission. 

Although Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was yet to complete the recovery therapy he was undergoing after spending the initial 67 grueling days in EFCC custody wherein he was also physically attacked by one of the Commission’s agents, in deference to the law and the Commission, he painfully but willingly cut short his therapy and medical checks to attend court proceedings.
One would have thought that these were enough to convince EFCC that Fani-Kayode was very willing to face his persecutors in court. But rather than be humane in their conduct, EFCC hounded him for the umpteenth time on that fateful Friday and have since kept him in custody.

It is therefore little wonder that based on the history of his medical conditions which the Commission is very much aware of, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode slumped while in detention on Saturday, 22nd of October, 2016. 

But for the quick and professional intervention of the medical team in the EFCC medical facilities, the story could have been different, it could have been fatal!

We must commend the medical staff at the Commission’s medical facility. They were prompt in their response, and very impressive in their care. It is very heartwarming to know that some professionals have not allowed the political witch hunt and persecution of political opponents and perceived enemies taint their professional calling. We hope this extends to all facets of the Nigerian society.

Nigerians would recall that we had earlier raised the alarm about the danger in which Fani-Kayode’s life is right now; we are shocked that that danger rather than ebb away is becoming a reality slowly but steadily. If not, why re-arrest and keep him in detention when he has not failed to appear before the Commission or even before the courts at any time, neither has he ever been declared wanted?

The fresh charges for which he was said to have been re-arrested were presented to him over the weekend and they border on an alleged N26m which he was accused to have collected from the erstwhile NSA, Sambo Dasuki, and he has since signed for the charges while he waits for his day in court. So, why still detain him if there is no sinister motive behind it all? 

From the foregoing, it is obvious that this issue about corruption is nothing but an already exposed fa├žade for the silencing of opposition voices, and keep Fani-Kayode out of circulation as long as practicable since he is seen by many as one of the strongest voices against tyranny, oppression and executive lawlessness.

For the avoidance of doubt, we reiterate our earlier warning that nothing untoward must happen to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode whether now or in the nearest future. Should anything happen to him, we can assure those responsible that there would be reactions of unimaginable propensity.
It is not all sacrifices that the gods accept. There are some sacrifices that even oracles reject for fear of untamable repercussions!

Nigerians are watching and waiting!

Jude Ndukwe
SA (media) to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode
24th October, 2016

Folorunsho Alakija reveals it took over 30 years to become one of the most influential women on the continent

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Nigerian business tycoon and one of the richest black women in the world, second in Africa, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija with $1.82 billion fortune, shared her most challenging day in business with Peace Hyde for Forbes Africa TV. Bellow are highlights of the interview: 

      1.1. There are no overnight success stories
It took Alakija just over 30 years to become one of the most influential women on this continent which goes to show that it takes time to achieve success.
  1. 2.    Take control of your own career!
When Alakija realised that the company she was working with were hiring more people and it would take much longer for her to move up in the organization due to clogs in the system, she decided to quit and move on to a better position. Things only happen when you take control.
  1. 3.    It Pays to invest in your growth
Sometimes to get to the next level, one has to spend time investing in ones personal development. After quitting her job, Alakija decided to study fashion to learn the trade and get qualified as a designer before becoming one of the leading fashion houses of her time.
  1. 4.    You need to break out to break even!
Alakija won a fashion competition, which was the beginning of her breakthrough for her fashion label. That competition gave her national recognition and helped her to attract more customers.
  1. 5.    Be vigilant, you never know when an opportunity is around the corner.
A chance meeting with an old friend on a flight to the UK was all Alkaija needed to start thinking about the oil sector which now accounts for her $1.82 billion fortune. Next time you are in a Buka hut, think consider who might be holding your next big break.
  1. 6.    No is never good enough!
Alakija initially had a number of rejections when she was looking to break into the competitive industry but each time she did more homework and went right back. Her persistence beat the resistance of the then oil minister who eventually awarded her the oil license.
  1. 7.    Partnership is Key
As a business owner you may not be able to do everything on your own. Your ability to find the right type of partners to help you achieve your end goal will determine how effective you are as an organization. Alakija found technical partners before applying for her oil license giving her a much stronger chance of succeeding
  1.8.       Time is an important factor of success
It took Alakija three years to get her oil licence and another three years to get a new set of technical partners to begin work. As an entrepreneur, your ability to succeed sometimes greatly depends on how resilient you are in waiting for your break through.
  1. 9.    Sometimes a big break will look like a stumbling block
It is not all big breaks that look glamorous. Sometimes a break can be disguised as a barrier. When Alakija was awarded her oil block, it was one of the worst because it was deep offshore and there was no technology that had been developed to explore 5000 feet below sea level. But she still saw the opportunity and overcame the challenges.
  1. 10. Always expect the unexpected
After finally securing the oil block and finally reaping the rewards, Alakija had to now fight the government of the day who decided to back into their contract and take 40% of their 60% stake in the oil business. In business it is always prudent to prepare for the worst.
  1. 11. Know who your true friends are
When Alakija was in trouble with the government, they went knocking on several doors for help but nobody would help them. According to her, they suddenly became the plague with friends they had known for years all ignoring their phone calls.
  1. 12. When you have nothing to lose, choose to fight back.
Alakija and her family felt that they had everything to gain if they fought the government and won. At the time, everybody wrote the company off assuming the worst for the fledgling business. In the end, that risk paid off and they won.
  1. 13. You will not win every battle but you will win the war
Alakija’s battle with the government took 12 years and there were a lot of motions that were lost in court but at the end, her tenacity meant that they eventually came out as the victors in this battle.
  1. 14. Sign on the dotted line
Alakija had signed a contract with the government allowing them to back into the contract provided certain criteria were met. The government ignored the terms of the contract, which made their acquisition of the oil block void. In business, always have terms agreed and documented to avoid discrepancies.
  1. 15.Business has no Gender
Success in business is not the exclusive preserve of any gender but rather hard work and perseverance. Folorunsho Alakija is the only prominent female tycoon in the competitive male dominated oil industry proving that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Source: Forbes Africa

Shocking! EFCC operatives have arrested former media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati...photo

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The EFCC operatives have arrested former media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati. 
He was arrested today and he is being interrogated for allegedly receiving some money from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki who is currently being tried for misappropriation of $2.1 billion arms procurement fund. 
‎Abati is expected to spend the night at the EFCC office today.

Suspected owner of Naijagistlive arrested over attempts to swindle oil billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola ..photo

The operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos have arrested a suspected fraudster, Babatunde Oyedepo, popularly known as Baudex on IG, for allegedly attempting to swindle businessman Femi Otedola.‎

The Nation reports that Oyedepo, 23, was alleged to have sent threat and blackmail messages to the complainants and other high profile Nigerians through a website, naijagistlive.com, demanding huge sums of money.

Oyedepo, a resident of Sixth Avenue in Festac Town, was alleged to have posted a superimposed nude pictures of a lawyer on his website, alleging that she had been sleeping with her boss and other clients. According to the police, the suspect demanded N3.5million from the lawyer to remove the inappropriate picture from the site, which the victim could not afford.

A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said “The victim had allegedly told the suspect that she has no such money in her account and that the picture posted on the website had cost her, her job, her marriage and her social life. The lawyer is among the three different persons who petitioned the suspect.” Spokesman for SFU, Lawal Audu said the suspect has three different cases pending before the unit, adding that the first two involved fraud and threat to life.

According to Audu, on October 19th, one Dapo Balogun reported a case of extortion, black mail and threat to life against the suspect.

“The complainant claimed that the suspect had posted on naijagistlife a story alleging that he had worked with former Petroleum Minister, Deziani Allison-Maduekwe and that throughout the period he had fraudulently acquired huge sum of money. The complainant also claimed to have received a mail from the suspect, informing him that he should pay an undisclosed amount running into millions to enable him remove the provocative story from the site.

He alleged that since then he had been receiving threat messages from unknown callers demanding huge sum or risk being being kidnapped. The second complainant is Femi Otedola. He claimed that the suspect posted an annoying story on the same website accusing him of sleeping with different girls in his office. The suspect has another fraud case pending at the Federal High court.”

The suspect however denied being responsible for the actions, insisting that he was framed by the owners of the website which he only designed. The school dropout who claimed to be a website designer, said that he was contacted through email to design the website.

He said: “I design websites for people and after designing the site I will include my contacts in the website to attract other customers. I was arrested through my contact on naijagistlive.com.

Lagos residents descend on robber while trying to rape a lady...photo

A suspected member of a notorious armed robbery gang that had been terrorising residents of Igando, Lagos, was yesterday arrested while attempting to r*pe one of his female victims during operation.

The suspect, Akeem Folorunsho, and some members of his gang, stormed No.6 Ismail Abass Street at about 5am and gained entrance into one of the apartments. The cutlass-wielding men, according to a tenant, ordered a lady in the room to lie down in a bid to r*pe her. 

However, her father was said to have put up an act of bravery by engaging the armed men in a brawl, in the process policemen were contacted. A resident, who gave his name as Chima, said: 

“When the alarm was raised from the apartment that was being attacked, some people summoned courage and went into the apartment, where the father of the house (names withheld) was engaged in a fight with the robbers. 

“One of the robbers was apprehended, while the other fled on noticing that residents were aware of their presence.” 

The apprehended guy would have been lynched by the mob, but for the intervention of policemen. 

Lagos Police spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the incident, said: 
"It took reinforcement for police to rescue the robbery suspect, one Akeem Folorunso. He was taken for treatment and Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that he should be transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, while effort is on to track his accomplices.”

Assistant Commissioner of Police arrested with N2.7 million bribe cash...photo

The Nigeria Police has said there will be no cover-up in the case of the Assistant Commissioner of Police arrested with N2.7 million bribe cash.

The Head, Compliant Response Unit (CRU), Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle, said all necessary actions have been provided in the Police Act and Regulations on the case.
"I don’t see anybody covering up this particular case because the necessary actions needed to be taken, the normal disciplinary procedure as provided under the Police Act and Regulations are being followed." he said.
The indicted officer had been issued a query and a criminal investigation had been conducted by the X-squad. He responded to the query and had faced the Force Disciplinary Committee (FDC), which had made its recommendations to Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

Shogunle explained that the I-G had been forwarded his recommendation to the Police Service Commission ( PSC) for ratification.
"The processes needed have been done and all we are just waiting for is the recommendations of the PSC,"  he said.
He said it was when the Commission informed the I-G on the matter that the CRU would in turn inform the public on the matter.
Shogunle said that I-G had directed the unit to ensure that it discharged its responsibilities without impunity in line with its motto.
"One of the things the I-G has tasked the CRU, which is no to impunity, is that the unit should ensure that it upholds that motto," he added.
The CRU head said that the inclusion of the X-squad unit of the police was yielding result.
"One of the breakthroughs we have had as contained in the CRU third quarter report was actually done by the x-squad. This is the kind of things the public should expect with the inclusion of the squad by the I-G in the fight against corruption," he said.
He said there was cordial working relationship between the Nigeria Police Force through the CRU and human rights groups in the country.
"As a matter of fact, we have a committee made up of these organisations to review policing operations nationwide. We hear from them issues of policing and also give them feedback on their cases that were handled by the CRU," he said.
Source: The Nation

So sad! See the burial of bride-to-be and her mother killed in a fatal accident 3 days to her wedding in Bauchi..photo

 Victoria Hallan, 23 yr old, and her mother, 50, died in a fatal accident along the Jalingo-Bauchi expressway on October 12th, just 4 days before her wedding slated for October 15th. They were laid to rest on the day that was supposed wedding day 15/10/2016 at the Christian Cemetary in Kagadam, Bauchi.

Victoria, National Diploma graduate of Science Laboratory Technology from Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, her mother Naomi Hallan and friend Roseline were heading to Bauch State to put finishing touches to her wedding when the vehicle they were traveling in suffered a burst tyre.

Check out photo of Mikel Obi and his girlfriend...

His girlfriend, Olga shared the photo on social media this afternoon...lovely!

Na wa o! Photo of man who gets stuck in a bin....lol

The police were alerted when stunned locals in the town of Murcia, south-eastern Spain, heard a voice coming from a tiny rubbish bin. It turned out that there was a man inside, a Romanian, who had climbed in, apparently mistakenly, thinking it contained old clothes he could take.

According to reports, passers-by, who heard the man calling for help, initially ignored it, suspecting it was a candid camera stunt, but eventually somebody called the police, who turned up and confirmed that it wasn’t a stunt and that the man was indeed trapped in the bin.

When he explained that he was stuck, they tried to free him, but failed and in the end had to call in council staff to open the bin manually. This worked and the man was finally freed, without the need to call the local fire brigade.

The Police believe he was probably with an accomplice who would have kept watch outside, but ran off when his friend got stuck.

President Buhari meets with APC members...photo

The President had a closed door meeting with APC governors at the state house Abuja this morning Governors like Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, sent in their deputies. More photos below...

Wow! Check out the new released photos of Olori Wuraola Zynab

The wife of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Olori Wuraola-Zynab looking beautiful in theses new portraits shared via social media. More gorgeous photos below...

Angry family release graphic photos of body of Nigerian footballer killed by JTF

Shooting Stars of Ibadan defender, Joseph Izu, was killed last week by the JTF. His dead body was released by his angry family, who are seeking justice...after the cut..

Lobatan! Watch video of footballer get yellow card for twerking on the pitch after scoring...lol

Sierra Leonean footballer, Kei Kamara who scored in New England’s 3 – 0 win over Montreal Impact on Sunday, gave the fans something different from what they've been seeing on the pitch by squatting down to Twerk. 
This got him a yellow card. Watch the video below...

Secret exposed! Meet Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's love child that broke his marraige from ex wife Anita...photo

The above picture is that of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's love child, Ashley. She is Christine Davidson Eke's daughter for Chris. The ministry covered up this story and claimed it was another mistress of his, Yemisi Kudehinbu that caused the break up but infact it was because of this love child he had with Christine Davidson that ended his marriage with Anita.

Yemisi Kudehinbu was one of his mistresses which the ministry is aware of but they used her affair with pastor Chris to cover up this love child. Below is a photo of Pastor Chris with Yemisi...

We can also confirm the resemblance of Pastor Chris's mum with this child, you can tell Ashley is the image of the grandmother. Below are photos of his mum.
The above photo is Christine Davidson Eke and daughter, Ashley she had for Pastor Chris. The truth is out there now and we will continue to reveal more of his atrocities...big shame! 

Tragic! The Eze Ndigbo of Malaysia dies in his sleep ...photo

The Igbo community in Malaysia are mourning at the moment. Most of them woke up to the news of the death of their Eze Ndigbo who heads them in Malaysia.

The young Chief, Izuchukwu Nwajiaku, a renowned exporter who was crowned about two months ago (August) died in his sleep yesterday. May his soul RIP.

Nigerian born Gay activist, Bisi Alimi shares photo of Nigerian Anglican priest to officiate his wedding next month ...photo

Bisi Alimi,  will be exchanging vows with his fiancee next month, shared this photo of the Nigerian Anglican priest named Ijeoma who will officiate his wedding next month. Bisi wrote;
"Day 17 of 30 days to my wedding of 30 things to be grateful for. She is an ordained priest of the Anglican Church, a mother, sister, aunt and friend to a lot of marginalised group. Most importantly, she is a Nigerian and a strong ally of LGBT people.
She has taught me a lot about pure Christian faith that is rooted in 'love your neighbour as you love yourself'. Her Christian hugs has given a lot of us love and hope. Even when we are upset and angry at the venom of hate that comes from Nigeria Christians, she showed us there are better, humane and loving people of faith. This woman has been at the fore front of HIV work in UK for the gay and black community. She doesn't have a gay son, lesbian daughter or Trans or Bi relatives. She loved everyone because when she sees them, she sees the human in them. Her name is Rev Ijeoma and as she presides over my wedding in few weeks, I am most honoured and humbled to be saying I do in her presence to a man she has come to see as her brother. From the bottom of my heart Rev and with tears of joy, I say THANK YOU #30daysofthankfulness#ido #gaywedding #samesexmarriage#samesexwedding #christianlove#loveislove #lovewins

Meet Egyptian woman believed to be the fattest female on earth ...photo

This Egyptian woman is believed to have become the fattest woman on the planet after her weight ballooned to 79 stone.

Iman Ahmad Abdulati, 36, from Alexandria in northern Egypt, has not left her home for 25 years because of her weight problem.

After years of desperate attempts to deal with the issue, her sister Chaymaa’ Ahmad Abdulati has now gone public with the problem in the hope of getting help. Iman currently lives in the family home with her sister and mother.

Her family believe she suffered a stroke at the age of 11 which left her bedridden and piling on weight.

She needs help going to the toilet as she can no longer walk there herself.

According to El Arabiya, Iman was born weighing a staggering five kilograms.

She was diagnosed with elephantiasis - a parasitic infection that causes extreme swelling in a person's limbs and arms.

Relatives also say medics have previously stated her problem may have been caused by a fluid retention problem meaning that large amounts of extra water are being retained in her body.

It is feared she may die if she cannot be moved to a hospital in Cairo for emergency surgery.

She never attended school because of her weight problem and is also said to have been affected by her father's death when she was young.

Aliko Dangote sacks 36 Expatriates and 12 Nigerians due to Recession

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The current recession rocking the Nigerian economy has hit one of the biggest employers of labour in the country outside of the government as the Dangote Group, belonging to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has fired 48 members of staff.

It was gathered that those sacked were made up of 36 expatriate and 12 Nigerian workers from the group’s headquarters and one of the subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc.

Though no official of the group was willing to speak on the matter on Sunday, one of Punch correspondents gathered from highly placed sources that the decision to sack the workers was not unconnected with the current high cost of running business in the country occasioned by the unavailability of foreign exchange and the unprecedented hike in the naira to dollar exchange rate.

It was further gathered that the huge amounts in foreign currencies being paid to the expatriate workers had become a burden on Dangote due to the steady depreciation in the value of the naira and the difficulties of raising enough dollars.

Consequently, the industrialist, according to sources, has decided to replace the expatriates with Nigerians, who have acquired the requisite experience on the job, as paying them in naira will be less problematic.

For the affected Nigerians, it was gathered that most of them had disciplinary issues, which made it easy for the group to do away with their services.

Obanikoro's family rally round to raise N100M for his bail

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The family and associates of the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, are intensifying efforts to raise N100m to release him from the detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A source said the family had taken a decision that the former minister would not spend another week in the detention facility of the commission.

Obanikoro flew into the country on Monday last week and has since been held by the EFCC, whose operatives have been interrogating him in connection with N4.7bn traced to Silva Mcnanamara, a company in which, the commission says he has interests.

Babajide and Gbolahan, two of Obanikoro’s sons, were said to be directors of the company when N4.7bn was allegedly paid into the company’s accounts from the office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

The money was said to be part of the amount earmarked to finance the June 21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election, which Governor Ayodele Fayose won, and the November 2014 governorship poll in Osun State, which Chief Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party contested and lost.

Fayose, also of the PDP, defeated the then incumbent, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, while Omisore lost to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, of the APC.

A family source on Sunday said members of the family were worried about the continuing detention of the minister because of his health and were moving to ensure that he did not spend beyond Tuesday (tomorrow) in detention.

“We are concerned about his health and we are not ready to see him still in detention beyond Tuesday this week. The man’s life is more important than the money they are asking him questions about,” the source stated.

The family source confirmed that the commission had given a condition to the former minister to raise N100m to get an administrative bail.

“If that is the only condition to see him out of detention for now, we are making efforts to raise that. You know the situation of the country now, but no sacrifice is too much to make him a free man again,” the source told Punch correspondent.

Photo of dad sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping teenage daughter

This 41-year-old man in Fresno, California was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period.

The man was sentenced Friday, October 21, to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history. The Associated Press is not naming the man because it could identify his daughter. They also don't name victims of sexual abuse.

In announcing the punishment, Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. told the man he is a "serious danger to society" and noted that he had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament.

The man's daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but instead of protecting her, he turned her into "a piece of property," prosecutor Nicole Galstan said.

The victim was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013, when the girl got the courage to leave him.

In September, a jury found him guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of rape of minor. The daughter, who is now 23 told the judge that her father has never shown remorse for her pain and suffering.
"When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless,"
Before his preliminary hearing, he turned down two guilty pleas. If he had admitted  his guilt, prosecutors would have recommended 13 years in prison. But he rejected the offer, saying he should be released from jail for the time he already served.
"He ruined her teenage years and made her feel like it was her fault," Galstan said.

Source: Associated Press

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times