12 Nov 2016

Photos from IStandWithTinubu rally today in Lagos...photo

A rally has taken place today in Lagos in support of APC National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Youths came out in their numbers to support their leader carrying placards which read ‘IStandWithTinubu. 
More photos below...

Governor Fayose calls on Senators to stop Buhari's $29.9bn Loan ...

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State says the attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to borrow $29.9bn to finance the build infrastructures will plunge the country into depression, urging the Senate to reject the proposal.

In a statement, Fayose, who said that Senate President Bukola Saraki’s body language appears to be in support of Buhari’s request, added that “any attempt to subvert the wishes of Nigerians, who had rejected the proposition, would amount to a betrayal of trust.”

The governor also said the ruling All Progressives Congress would implode before the 2019 general elections.

Fayose spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled: “Journalism: Antidote to Economic Recession,” as part of activities marking the 2016 Press Week.

The governor, who criticised Buhari for blaming the past governments for the economic woes of the country, said borrowing $29.9bn would push the economy from recession into depression.

He also said his recent support for a former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Tinubu, should not be misinterpreted to mean that he was planning to defect to the APC.

He said, “How can I join a party that is making Nigerians hungry and angry? God forbid. I have seen the body language of Senator Saraki that he is planning to hit the gavel in support of external borrowing. I want to warn that the National Assembly must not kill Nigerians perpetually.

“We are 80 per cent close to depression. We must pray that Nigeria should not go into depression finally next year.”

A Church worker and drummer collude with Robbers to Steal N1.5m from Church ..photo

Oyo State Police Command has arrested two members of a Methodist Church Cathedral in Ibadan for planning to rob the church with intent to cart away N1.5million.

The state's Police PRO, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said a worker in the church, Ogundijo Abiola (43), and the church drummer, Alabi Olukunle (25) had invited a gang of armed robbers to invade the church and cart away the money with the plan to share the loot with the robbers.

They were arrested during the Sunday service.

“The anti-robbery squad of the command foiled an armed robbery attack on the church in Ibadan on November 6, 2016 and arrested two members of the church for their involvement in the crime.

“The robbery was at its final planning stage when they were arrested. The planned robbery was conceived by the two suspects, who invited the gang to rob the church of the sum of money.”

In his confession, the church worker, Abiola, said that he contacted the robbers on Saturday and told them that there was enough money to steal in the church coffers, adding that he also told them that the money would be shared equally.

Also in his confessional statement, Olukunle said Abiola contacted him and told him that he needed people who could handle the church priest.

“He said he wanted to beat the priest and then rob the church of N1.5m. I know a thug so I contacted him and he agreed to do it. But Abiola called me again to halt the operation and I did. But on Sunday, police came to the church and arrested us. I am only a drummer in the church.”

MURIC advises Nigerian Muslims to suspend US trips due to Donald Trump's victory...

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Against the background of the emergence of the Republican Party candidate, Donald Trump, as the president-elect of the United States, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to Nigerian Muslims to suspend planned trips to the US until they know which way the cat will jump.

It also advised immigrant Muslims residing in the US to return to their countries or be prepared for harsh treatments, including increased Islamophobic attacks.

Trump had defeated the Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election held on Tuesday.

In a statement, on Friday, by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said considering Trump’s “Americanisation of virtually everything” and “tortuous isolationism and a pathological obsession with Islamophobia,” his emergence as the next president of the United States had serious implications for Muslims in that country and elsewhere around the world.

“The contemptuous treatment of Muslims travelling in or out of America has long been a matter of serious concern to advocates of free movement and Allah-given fundamental human rights.

“Coupled with this is the horrendous policy of rendition whereby Muslims are kidnapped en route other destinations and forcefully taken to the dreaded Guatemala to face America’s notorious waterboarding and other forms of inhuman treatment.

“The advent of Donald Trump is the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The American president-elect has divided America along racial and religious lines. He threatened to close mosques. He also swore to give Muslims a special data base in order to control terrorism.

“Trump may be an iconoclast but the Americans who voted for him were not deaf. They heard him loud and clear. They heard all his threats. The victory of Trump, particularly coming hot on the heels of Brexit, means that Western democracies are jettisoning globalization for nationalism.

“MURIC respects the wish of Americans to stand by their national interest. We call on Muslims around the world to also respect the wish of the American people to be left alone.

“Nonetheless, we reiterate our avowed rejection of racist and hate speeches. We disown violent groups like Al-Qaidah and ISIS who instigate Muslims to kill Americans and attack American and Western interests.

“We urge Muslims around the world to nurse no malice against Americans over Trump’s victory and the likely fallout. It should be noted that a few Americans support Trump’s weird policies. He won the election via the Electoral College but received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. The victory of Trump reveals the paradoxical underbelly of the world’s greatest democracy. American minority has had its way”, MURIC’s statement said.


Wow! Man buried in Gold fish-Like casket in Akwa Ibom ...photo

The photos were shared on Facebook by a man who witnessed it this morning. Above is what he wrote and the photos he shared below. There must definitely be a reason for it!

Photo of South African councilor Thembinkosi Zoleka shot dead at his home ...

Thembinkosi Zoleka, the councilor of African National Congress, has been confirmed dead after he was shot in his bed at his home at Phillips Road around KwaZulu-Natal, around 11pm on Thursday night. According to Timeslive, Zoleka, who is popularly known as 'Commando', was found dead in his bedroom following a single gunshot wound to the head.

A statement released by Mdumiseni Ntuli, a spokesman of the ANC, KwaZulu-Natal party confirmed the demise of Zoleka.
‘The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked and saddened by the brutal murder of one of its activist. Details regarding his murder are sketchy but he was attacked in his sleep when the assassin gained entrance to the house through the window. He was shot while his wife and children were in the dining room studying and the suspect used the same window to escape.’
The KwaZulu-Natal police team will be launching an investigation to apprehend the culprit.

Update! Body of missing teen whose boyfriend allegedly killed her Mom and sister found in the woods ...

The 16-year-old girl who was declared missing after her younger sister and mother were allegedly fatally shot to death by her 21 year old boyfriend in their Texas home has also been found dead, authorities said. 

The body of Kirsten Fritch was discovered at about 12:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon, not far from where officers arrested her boyfriend, Jesse Dobbs, two days earlier, the Baytown Police Department said.

Authorities found Dobbs in Shenanigan’s Bar in Texas City at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, hours after Fritch’s mother, Cynthia Morris, 37, and her sister, 13-year-old Breanna Pavilicek, were found murdered, police said.
"Baytown Detectives attempted to interview Mr. Dobbs about the murder; however, he refused to offer any details about the deaths of Cynthia and Breanna, or the whereabouts of Kirsten,” Baytown police said in a statement.
After searching for nearly two days, police discovered Fritch’s body in a wooded area north of the bar.
“A motive for the murders has yet to be determined as Mr. Dobbs continues to refuse to cooperate with detectives,” police said.
Dobbs and Fritch began dating after they met online, Fritch’s grandmother, Barbara DeRamus, told KHOU.

He moved into the family’s home not long after, but the teen’s mother wanted him out and did not approve of the relationship, DeRamus said.
“He just seemed like a lowlife”. “I thought, what was Kirsten doing with this idiot?”
Dobbs has not been charged in connection to the murders, but authorities said he is a suspect in all three deaths.
However, he remains in the Galveston County Jail on a resisting arrest charge, authorities said.

Source: YN

We didn't give Boko Haram money to release Chibok Girls – Presidency

The Presidency has insisted that the Federal Government did not pay members of the Boko Haram sect to secure freedom for the 21 Chibok girls, as being speculated.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the position of government remains that cash was not involved in the release.

He said, “Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, told the country that there was no cash involvement in the release of the 21 Chibok girls. If you have evidence that it was not so, simply produce it.”

But one of the lawmakers involved in the negotiation that led to the release of the 21 girls confirmed that a ransom was paid to Boko Haram but said the amount was far less than $50m.

The source, who expressed shock when Punch put the question to him to confirm or deny payment, agreed to speak on condition of anonymity.

He said, “I don’t think it is up to that amount. Yes, there was a deal. Something like that happened but it was never near the amount you just mentioned; it is even not up to a quarter of that amount. I can tell you that it was done.

“I can also tell you that the second round of the talk was scuttled because of the disagreement on the next tranche of a ransom. The negotiation for another batch of the girls has hit the brick wall as a result of the failure to agree on an amount. I am speaking to you on this authoritatively.

Update! Nigerian man, Solomon Odekunle's accused killer charged with 2nd degree murder ...

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Joe Bryan Ndikuriyo, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old international economics student from the University of Ottawa.

Ottawa police say Solomon Odekunle, originally from Nigeria, was stabbed to death at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ogilvie Road.

Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt of the major crimes unit said police were working to determine a timeline of events, and called on any witnesses to come forward.

Investigators combed a crime scene in front of Piper's Bar and Grill, but said they didn't know whether the incident started there or resulted from a fight that started inside the bar.

In addition to the murder charge, Ndikuriyo was charged Monday with the attempted murder of another person. Police said that person, a friend of Odekunle's, required stitches.

Ndikuriyo appeared in court with a bandaged right hand Monday morning. Police said he was taken to hospital for medical treatment after he cut his hand during a fight.

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The victim, 21-year-old Solomon Odekunle, arrived in Ottawa in 2012 and was studying economics at the University of Ottawa. (Submitted)

Police said Ndikuriyo is an Ottawa resident and known to them.

He had served two weeks in jail for possession of a weapon.

Odekunle's killing is Ottawa's 17th homicide of 2016.

FG to give N1.6bn to women as loan

The Federal Government has concluded plans to disburse about N1.6bn to women in eight states under its empowerment programme to support small businesses.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, made the disclosure in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa, when she paid a visit to the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

According to her, the loan, known as the National Women Empowerment Scheme, is part of the N500bn social intervention fund endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She listed the beneficiaries as Nasarawa, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Abia, Osun, Jigawa, and Akwa Ibom states.

Alhassan said the advocacy and sensitisation tour was to inform women on the procedure for obtaining the loan without any form of collateral or bank specification as is the case with previous schemes.

The minister, while disclosing that other states will also benefit from Government Enterprises Empowerment Programme whose funds will soon be released, called on the Nasarawa State Government to domesticate the violence against persons prohibition acts passed by the National Assembly recently.

While responding, Governor Al-Makura gave the assurance that he would send an executive bill to the state assembly for the act to be domesticated in the state and that he would ensure the empowerment programme achieve its set objectives in Nasarawa.

Two bank staffs arraigned by EFCC for $1m fraud ...photo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, November 11 , 2016 arraigned the duo of Sada Adamu and Babatunde Faro, an employee of Diamond Bank Plc before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 4-count charge of money laundering, false declaration of assets and fraud to the tune of $1million.
Adamu was alleged to have made cash payment of the said sum being an amount exceeding the stipulated N5million threshold payable cash by an individual according to law, to Faro. The offence is a breach of Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(2)(b) of the same Act. The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
In view of their plea, counsel to EFCC, S. A. Ugwuebulam, asked the court for a date to commence trial. However, W. Y. Maman and W. T. Iorshe representing Adamu and Faro respectively prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail pending trial. Opposing the motion, Ugwuebulam stated that:
"The offences border on money laundering and other financial transactions without licenses. I urge the court to discountenance the motion for bail and order speedy trial of the case".
Justice Dimgba, thereafter, adjourned to November 14, 2016 for ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Kuje prison.

Omg! Watch Nigerian Air Force destroy illegal barges and canoes carrying stolen oil

In its relentless effort to stop illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, the Air Component of Operation Delta Safe has destroyed new set of barges and canoes used by oil thieves for conveying stolen petroleum products in Rivers State.

While on armed patrol over Isaka and Bille towns, Nigerian Air Force helicopter sighted and set ablaze 2 illegal oil barges and canoes containing drums filled with stolen products. Another set of 2 barges were also destroyed in a similar operation conducted around Kidney Island and Alakiri town on 10 November 2016.

The latest operations showed that illegal bunkering activities have resumed around Bille and environs. Nevertheless, the NAF will not relent in its pursuit to put an end to these acts of economic sabotage by ridding the region of criminal elements.

Wow! Nigerian footballer and Fulham FC foward, Omatsone Aluko named English Championship Player of the Month

Nigerian and Fulham FC winger, Omatsone Folarin Aluko, has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the month for October. The 27-year-old scored a solo effort against Barnsley, then had a hat-trick of assists in a memorable display against Huddersfield.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said:

"I am very happy for Sone getting this award as he has worked hard for the team over the past months, so it is a good reward for him.
"We have seen an improvement to our results of late, so it is also a reflection on the whole team, and I want that hard work to continue so that many of my players will be eligible for this award in future months.”
Aluko said it's a great feeling to be recognised with this award.
"It’s a nice feeling to be publically rewarded for your efforts. Ultimately I think it’s a team award. I wouldn’t get this award if the team weren’t winning and it’s a credit to my team-mates and all the staff who have provided me with a platform to play well on. The results have gone our way recently and because of this I’ve been able to show my best form."
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said:
"It’s great to see Sone doing so well under Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham after he was so unlucky with injuries at Hull.
Born in England, Aluko was capped by England at all levels up to under-19 before accepting an offer to play for Nigeria. His sister, Eniola Aluko is also a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea Ladies and England Ladies.

Source: Sky Bet Championship

Shocking! Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi's marriage to American wife crashes, he confesses he used her for papers ...

Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi is set to divorce his wife barely three years after they got married. According to the actor who posted the news on his Instagram page, he is no longer happy in the marriage and only used her documents to secure his normal US visa.
Read what he wrote after the cut:

"It's so sad that a lot of people never give me the benefit of the doubt. Only a handful think it is right to respect my freedom of choice. I have been unlucky in life, most of what I do normally have opposite impression irrespective of my positive mindset. I cannot help it and will rather prefer to continue to be real as possible, I am used to being misinterpreted my entire adult life. I never aim to hurt anybody in words or actions before them or behind them. I am never raised that way. They forget that some people no matter how horrible the situation, still has some dignity left in them. 
I have also been raised to know that no matter how small the interactions I have with anybody, I should not let my manners slip. It cost nothing but could win a whole lot of goodwill. More so, I have been vigorously warned by my parents never to prove to know if what am ready to give out is a guess. 
Hopefully Fran accepts my proposition to end this marriage now as I cannot continue this way, AM NOT HAPPY anymore as we edge close to the 4th year anniversary. Fran is such a beautiful woman, supportive and wish I come live in England, take up employment and study. I HAVE USED HER DOCUMENTS TO RENEW MY NORMAL VISA ONLY, so no question she is not willing, I NEVER said that. With all humility, if she never promised me she is coming to take up employment in Nigeria and live with me, maybe we may not have secured the dating. I have made it abundantly clear I am not prepared to live abroad as my career was just gathering shape then. I decor wedding hall Nigeria colour on purpose. 
The outlook of my choice may look familiar to those marriages but I never thought people will think of me that way. I have to live with that but sometimes it can be so bruising. 
I am focused on my career and keeping my fans and admirers entertained. I have an absolute right to do whatever makes me happy provided it is nothing criminal, illegal, immoral or anti-social. I am NOT interested with the reason two adult came together. It's crude and an uncivilized thing to do for me. I HOPE I FIND TRUE LOVE AGAIN WHILE I PUSH FOR A HIT-FREE DIVORCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I will be fine guys. Thank you - Yomi Fabiyi

Omg! See graphic photos of alleged robbery attack at Unity Bank Otun, Ekiti state ...

Armed robbers killed a manager and cashier with Heritage Bank, two other persons and carted away undisclosed sum of money in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Friday, November 11th.
A security guard attached to the palace of the paramount ruler of the town, Adedapo Popoola and another guard at Unity Bank, were among those killed in the robbery incident which lasted for about one hour.

The spokesman for Ekiti State Police Command Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said the incident said bodies of the victims has been deposited at the Usi-Ekiti General Hospital.
"We have commenced investigations into the incident and hope that the perpetrators would soon be apprehended," headed.

Photo of Nigerian man sentenced to 12 months jail term for 5.7m fraud...

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Friday secured the conviction of one Abdulmajid Abdulkareem pictured above before Honourable Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court, to serve 12 months in jail on a one count charge of cheating.

According to a statement released by the agency, the convict who has been sentenced to serve twelve months imprisonment with option of N30, 000 (Thirty Thousand Naira Only) fine on a one count amended charge of cheating, was formerly arraigned by EFCC on the 30th of October, 2014, on a three count charge of obtaining under false pretense, forgery and using as genuine.
Upon Abdulkareem's arraignment before the court, he pleaded not guilty, but during the course of his trial in the same court, he approached the commission with a plea bargain agreement and subsequently changed his plea in today's proceeding from not guilty to guilty.

However, the convict's ordeal started when the commission received a petition that sometime in September, 2013, Abdulkareem sold a plot of land to the complainant, Sagir Bashir Nasambo with Certificate of Occupancy No. LKN/RES/2002/712 situated at No. 2786 Dorayi Babba Street, in Kano metropolis through a hand written sales agreement dated, 11 September, 2013; at the cost of N5,750.000.00 (five million seven hundred and fifty thousand naira ).

After making payments, the complainant discovered upon confirmation from the Ministry of Land and Physical Development, Kano,  that the ‘C of O’ presented to him by the convict was forged. The amended charge read" That you Abdulmajid Abdulkareem sometimes in September, 2013 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano state with intent to defraud, falsely obtained the sum of N5,750,000 (Five Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) from Sagir Bashir Nasambo purporting to sell a property situated at No 2786 with Certificate of Occupancy No . LKN/RES/2002/712 situated at Dorayi Babba Street, Kano, which pretense you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 322 of the same Law”.