27 Nov 2016

ICPC recovers 103 exotic cars looted by top Government Officials ...

Perhaps some people may not find this mind-blowing given that Nigerians have become accustomed to hearing about outrageous looting of the nation’s treasury by public officials.

But many would appreciate that even with the falling value of Nigeria’s currency, N450m could save lives in the health sector where government hospitals in the country lack many equipment.

The quantum of money in question, if deployed in fixing the collapsed portions of the Benin/Ore Highway, could as well reduce the alarming rate of auto crashes and deaths.

However, the systemic nature of corruption in the country ensured that the money, instead of being expended on common good, was used to purchase exotic vehicles and then converted to personal properties by some top public officials.

The discovery came to light in the course of an investigation by Vanguard into the activities of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.

The manner in which the misappropriation took place offers insight into how undermining some public officials had been to the Nigerian story. Some top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, were discovered to be chiefly involved in the matter.

Some top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, were discovered to be chiefly involved in the matter. Specifically, those affected were of the Ministries of Water Resources, Labour, Environment,Information and Health, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, and Subsidy Reinvestment Programme, SURE-P.

Findings revealed that funds set aside by the SURE-P for execution of projects were used to procure vehicles by the MDAs. 

Meanwhile, the vehicles were supposed to have been recorded as part of the properties of the MDAs in line with the procurement rules of the civil service.

But it was learnt that since the funds did not emanate from budgetary allocation, the said  MDAs, did not record the purchase of the 103 vehicles.

The Obama administration says there is no evidence of hackers tampering with the 2016 presidential election

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President-elect, Donald Trump's opponent, the Green Party's 2016 presidential candidate, Jill Stein demanded a vote recount in Wisconsin, a Democratic state that he won, citing inconsistencies in the votes. But the Obama administration has said there was no evidence of the elections been tampered with or hacked.
Jill Stein who didn't get enough votes to be on the ballot paper said:

“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable. These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”
However, according to Politico, the Obama administration said it has seen no evidence of hackers tampering with the 2016 presidential election, even as recount proceedings began in Wisconsin.
Politico reported that the Obama administration said:
“We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” a senior administration official told POLITICO late Friday. “The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day,” the official added. “We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
Hillary Clinton also denies that there was any foul play with the election results but her team still joined Stein in the recount process in Wisconsin.

The recounts in all three states, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania need to be done by Dec. 13th 2016 for it to be considered ..which seems highly unlikely.

Source: Politico

Tragic! Photo of 3 who died after vehicle plunges into Azumini River in Abia State

Three people have been confirmed dead after a vehicle carrying five passengers plunged into Azumini blue river, a tourist spot in Ndoki, Abia State. According to Martins Nwankwo, who posted the photos, the tragic incident occurred on Monday, November 21. Two other passengers are currently receiving treatment at Cottage Hospital, Azumini. What he wrote and graphic photos from the incident after the cut...

"Yesterday night a golden colour Nissan sienna ran into azumini blue river and this 3 people dead & 2 now responding to treatment @ cottage hospital azumini, any person with useful information about this guys relation should contact azumini police station & God will bless u in jesus name amen"

NAFDAC Boss says 'We’ll prosecute supermarkets selling imported fruit juices'

The acting Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, in this interview with Punch's Niyi Odebode and Adelani Adepegba, talks about the activities of the agency and the challenges.

What innovations have you brought to NAFDAC since you assumed office some months ago?
It is not about me; it is about us. I have told my colleagues, I mean the directors in the agency that we need to reposition the agency in tandem with the change agenda. No one has the monopoly of knowledge. So, I have made it an all-inclusive administration where we all contribute to moving the agency forward. And because we have been in the system right from the outset, it is a lot easier for us to see it as a baby we are nurturing. I can make reference to a text message I received from a colleague in March (2016), when we came on board, where he said, ‘I was just wondering if being a chief executive officer is this easy. You have adapted seamlessly; I am truly happy for you.’

When I came on board, I made it clear that it’s a herculean task for all of us. And given the nature of the assignment, we have to be courageous, just and disciplined. We have to be transparent in the discharge of our duties. There should be equity and justice, fair play for everybody as stakeholders. We support them maximally, so long as they follow the standard operating procedures expected of them. So, it has been both interesting and challenging as we are gradually taking the agency to greater heights. I think everybody is happy; the workers and other stakeholders.

You said you have been working according to the ‘change agenda.’ What does this mean?
Change agenda means having the right focus; the right mindset; and doing it right. What have we been doing about the ‘change agenda?’ When you are in an establishment, the place will only thrive if you have the right workforce. Without the workforce, you cannot be in service; and so, what did we do? We started with attitudinal change, talking to one another that the era of impunity was over and we should be seen as doing it right. I made reference to even the developed countries where it seems that everything is working right. They’ve made it a way of life to be seen as doing it right. We can also cultivate that habit and make it our own way of doing things.

How do we do it right? We immediately did some kind of redeployment. We moved our personnel around. It becomes challenging and you want to prove that you can do well wherever you were moved to; so, productivity would be at its best. Of course, we knew that some people might not be happy, but job rotation is a motivational tool. Again, we broke into teams and we went to the six geo-political zones to do a reorientation for state coordinators in each zone. We drew up a training plan and it lasted for about three days. We also had a town hall meeting with our workers, telling them what was expected of them in this present regime of doing it right and propelling the agency to a greater height.

How has the economic recession affected NAFDAC regulatory functions?
I think we have been better off for it. Recession or no recession, we are talking due process. We have engaged our stakeholders in dialogue. Let me take it from the food sector. On the prohibition list are fruit juices that are not supposed to be imported into the country. Why? We have local capacity; so, we have engaged the stakeholders, telling them that enough is enough; that we should develop our own. Nigeria has fruits all year round. We have fertile land. Look at Benue State, for instance, which is the food basket of the nation, it has fruits all year round. Why can’t we process these fruits and convert them to juices? We have manufacturing industries locally that can produce the juices. When we do that; we’ll be contributing to our economy; we’ll create employment and have mastery of that particular vocation. What is more, the fruit juices produced in Nigeria are of better quality than the imported ones. During the meeting, we agreed that we should not create artificial scarcity; let us first be sure that we could meet local demand and be able to export. We have therefore given a charge that by December 31, 2016, no more foreign juices in our markets.

The enforcement arm of the agency has been working since June that we had the meeting. If you go to the supermarkets or the regular markets, you will find out that the quantity of imported juices has dropped drastically.

Also, in the pharmaceutical sector, we have ensured that at least four companies are pre-WHO (World Health Organisation) qualified. Any time multinational organisations are coming in here to donate drugs, the first thing we do is to check what they want to bring, and we encourage them to patronise the local industries, to purchase from them and donate to areas of need. So, the recession is making us to think outside the box to promote our own things.

You said no more importation of fruit juices from January, 2017. How will you enforce this?
We are mopping them up. We’ll start from the source. You know we have the addresses of the source, those importing the items. We have been engaging them in discussion in order to be on the same page with us.

Will this not lead to smuggling of foreign fruit juices into the country? 
I want to use this medium to thank the Nigeria Customs Service for the collaboration that we are enjoying with them. Yes, we have a lot of border posts; active and porous border posts; but we have intensified our surveillance and monitoring activities at all the seaports, not only on the land borders. We are in Seme, Idiroko, Ilela, Kangba, Maitagaru, and there are some other ones we are looking into for 2017 to begin to man as well, so that goods prohibited by NAFDAC do not come into the country through the borders.

So, what should Nigerians do if they find foreign juices in supermarkets by January?
They should report to the nearest NAFDAC office and give us the name and location of the supermarket. The enforcement arm of NAFDAC will take action, seize the products and prosecute those concerned. We will prosecute any supermarket that sells imported juices. That is the ultimate.

Wow! Read interview of Nollywood actor Mr Latin and his beautiful wife, Oluronke

Popular Yoruba comic actor, Bolaji Amusan, better known as Mr. Latin, and his wife, Oluronke, share interesting their love story with Punch's Gbenga Adeniji. Enjoy...

How did you meet your wife?
Mr. Latin: I met her while strolling along my office one day at Isabo in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I asked her out but as an actor, she merely laughed off my request. I pestered her for some time and she eventually agreed after two and half years. We got married in 1999.

What initially attracted you to your spouse?
Mr. Latin: I was swept off by her beauty, straightforwardness and sincerity.
Oluronke: He was very different from all my other suitors. I like his honesty above everything.

For how long did you date before marriage?
Oluronke: We dated for two years before we decided to get married.

Was there any initial objection to your marriage?
Oluronke: Yes. My father initially objected to our relationship but my husband later won him over.
Mr. Latin: Her father initially objected to our union because he loves his daughter so much. At the time, nobody wanted to give his daughter out in marriage to an actor. But after observing that I was truly in love with his daughter, he gave his blessing for us to marry.

Whose idea was it that you should live in Nigeria while your wife and children stay in Dublin, Ireland?Mr. Latin: It was the idea of the two of us. There was a long strike by teachers at a time and we thought such would not give our children what we really wanted for them. We decided to relocate but because of the nature of my job, I cannot stay over there with them.
Oluronke: It was a mutual agreement between my husband and I.

How has it been maintaining distant relationship?
Mr. Latin: We spoke almost 10 times every day. I woke them up with telephone call in the morning to speak with my wife and children till they are off to school. We also chat on WhatsApp and do video call almost every day. I do go to visit them and they come to Nigeria as well.
Oluronke: There is no discomfort because we manage to keep the communication going and this has helped us in building healthy relationship.

What domestic chores do you help your wife to do?
Mr. Latin: When I am with them abroad, we do almost everything together, including washing clothes.

How often do you hang out with your wife because of the distance?
Mr. Latin: When she is around, we go out together and whenever I am with them abroad, she takes me out.

Are the qualities you first noticed in your wife before marriage still intact?
Mr. Latin: The qualities are even more now. She is very supportive of me morally and financially. She takes good care of me and the children.

Is your husband a comedian at home?
Oluronke: Yes, he is very funny at home. He lightens my mood with jokes whenever I am angry.

How do you handle your husband’s female admirers?
Oluronke: It was hard at first coping with all his female fans but now, it’s not a problem because I understand him completely.

How do you cope with your female admirers?
Mr. Latin: I cope very well with my female fans but I do not go to the extreme. If a female fan admires me, I will appreciate her and that is all. I am happily married with children.

When did you have your first disagreement and over what?
Mr. Latin: The first disagreement was when I told my wife to leave me at a time that I had no money to take care of her. She told me point-blank that marriage should be for better and for worse. This is why I call her my small mummy.

Who apologises first whenever there is a disagreement?
Mr. Latin: Apology comes from either of us. She may be the one to apologise and I may be the one. It is not about who is at fault. We just try to maintain peace and move on.

What do you enjoy most when watching the films he features in?
Oluronke: I enjoy the fact that he is 100 per cent committed to his role and he does the best he can.

What have been the challenges of a distant relationship?
Oluronke: Not getting to see him everyday has been the most challenging but he comes over as much as he can and I appreciate his efforts in that regard.

What lessons have you learnt from marriage?
Oluronke: Marriage has taught me how to be patient and ensure that things are in order.

Do you allow your wife to watch your romantic scenes?
Mr. Latin: She watches all my movies and she corrects my mistakes and encourages me to do better.

What is the greatest gift your husband has given you?
Oluronke: The greatest gift he has ever given me is a car.

Why do you think most celebrities’ marriages crumble?
Mr. Latin: I do not know about the marriages of other celebrities.
Oluronke: I think it is due to lack of trust and understanding.

What areas would you would want him to work on in your marriage?
Oluronke: There is no area I want him to work on or make adjustment to. Everything is okay.

Did you marry your husband as a comedian? 
Oluronke: Yes, I married him as a comedian.

What are the secrets of your marriage?
Mr. Latin: To the glory of God, I thank God that everything is okay. We trust and understand each other and this has largely helped in sustaining our union.

We have been married for over 17 years and there was never a time that any of us contemplated leaving each other.

We believe in ourselves and operate as a couple, brother and sister and mother and father to our children.

Oluronke: The major secret of our marriage is trust. We trust ourselves.

Barcelona Footballer Neymar involved in a car accident ...photo

Barcelona star Neymar was involved in a car accident this morning. According to reports from Spain, the Brazilian flyer was on his way to the club’s training ground when he spun his Ferrari 458 Spider.

He was set to join team-mates ahead of their La Liga clash with Real Sociedad on Sunday night. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident and Neymar joined the squad for the flight to San Sebastian.

Photo of two Nigerian men arrested in Johannesburg, for possession of drugs worth R2 million

Two Nigerian nationals were arrested in Bryanston, North of Johannesburg, by the South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Hawks) on Thursday, November 24th.

The investigative team recovered and seized 7kg of Ephedrine and 2.5kg of Cocaine worth an estimated value of R2 million, and undisclosed amount of money.

The suspects, aged 42 and 44, appeared before the Randburg Magistrates Court on Friday, 25 November 2016 for dealing in drugs.

Photos of Nigerian comedian Basketmouth, mum's burial ...

Basketmouth's mum was  laid to rest. She passed away on October 3rd after a brief illness and was buried this weekend in Abia State.God rest her soul, more photos below...

More PDP Chieftains suspended from Party

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state, Saturday, expelled former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and a member of House of Representatives from Remo North federal constituency, Ladi Adebutu for alleged willful undermining of the party.

Others who were expelled from the party are a factional Chairman of the Party, Sikirulahi Ogundele and his secretary, Tolu Bankole.

Announcing the recommendation of the State Executive at a Press Conference held at the party secretariat, Abeokuta, the State Chairman, Bayo Dayo said Daniel and others having been examined for their alleged anti-party activities, were found guilty.

Murdered Footballer's family want FIFA to ban Nigeria, until soldier who killed their son is brought forward

Kinsmen of the murdered player of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Mr. Joseph Izu, have called on the world’s football governing body, FIFA, to intervene in the gruesome killing of the central defender.

They urged FIFA to bar Nigeria from all competitions until the government orders the military to produce the killer of Izu.

Izu was allegedly murdered in his home country, Okarki in Ahoada West Local Governemnt Area of Rivers State by soldiers in Akinima.

Ikechukwu Obuzor who spoke on behalf of the relations of Izu, said the appeal is necessary as the Nigerian government is not doing enough to apprehend the culprits and secure justice for the late footballer.

Obuzor, a former Chairman of Ahoada West LGA, is worried that the murder of the footballer has been swept under the carpet, adding that a notable citizen cannot be executed unlawfully. Obuzor said, “I humbly wish to draw the attention of Federation Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, and its President, Gianni Infantino to the Extra Judicial Killing of Joseph Izu, a renowned footballer with the Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan on Sunday, 16th of October, 2016.”

“Joseph Izu played for 3SC in the just concluded 2015 – 2016 season and was on vacation like most other footballers in Nigeria for the off season.

He was in his hometown, Okarki to enjoy his vacation and could not have been a target of the Joint Task Force (JTF) as he was never a cultist,”he said.

Hilary Clinton campaign announces it will join vote recount efforts

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Read the report from CNN below...
Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will take part in efforts to push for recounts in several key states, joining with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised millions of dollars to have votes counted again in Wisconsin.
But, in a post on Medium, Marc Elias, the campaign's counsel, said the campaign's own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.
In the campaign's most detailed comments to date on the recount, Elias wrote that while the campaign was not going to contest the results itself, it has decided now to take part in the effort to "ensure that it is fair to all sides."
But President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed the recount and said that "the election is over."
"The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, 'We must accept this result and then look to the future,'" Trump said in a statement, which called the recount "ridiculous" in a headline.
The President-elect blasted the Green Party's effort as a "scam" and accused the party's nominee, Jill Stein, of trying to reel in donations that she won't actually spend on a recount.
"This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn't even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount," Trump said. "This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing."
Green Party officials filed Friday for a recount in Wisconsin after reports of voting discrepancies.
Wisconsin Green Party co-chairman George Martin said that the party was seeking a "reconciliation of paper records" -- a request that would go one step further than a simple recount, which is expected to begin next week, and that he hopes will spur an investigation into the integrity of the state's voting system.
"This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working," Martin said.
Elias said the campaign had been quietly investigating accusations for a while and had received hundreds of requests that it do so. 
"Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides," Elias wrote on Medium. 
"If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well," he added.
Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said the team would not have sought the recount on its own and that they see no evidence of tampering so far. 
"We note we are guarding our prerogatives now that someone else has launched a recount. Not sure what you could point to to suggest there is anything here that calls the results into question," he told CNN.
In addition to Trump's total combined margin of victory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania being only about 107,000 votes -- by contrast, the Florida margin in Bush-Gore was 537 ballots -- Elias said concerns about Russia's interference in the election continue to raise concerns.
"This election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the "fake news" propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election," he wrote.
A senior administration official said in a statement that there is no evidence of any hacking.
"The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day," the official said. "As we have noted before, we remained confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure, a confidence that was borne out on Election Day. As a result, we believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective."
The Clinton campaign has met with lawyers, data scientists and analysts to assess anomalies in the results that would suggest a hacked result. Private meetings with outside experts involved sharing both groups concerns about the data and findings. 
Clinton's team said they investigated every theory presented and examined laws and practices pertaining to recounts, contests and audits.
"And most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses -- where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night," Elias said. "During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton's vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes."
The campaign plans to move forward in monitoring activities to better understand the results.
"In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results," he said.
It is "unfortunate" that all states don't conduct "post-election" audits.
"Wisconsin and Pennsylvania conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not," Elias wrote. "This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election."

Victor Moses saves Chelsea a come back from goal down to defeat Tottenham 2-1..photo

Nigerian winger Victor Moses scored Chelsea's winner against London rivals Tottenham on Saturday night after Chelsea suffered a scare, after conceding from a Christian Eriksen effort in the first half.

Eriksen shocked Antonio Conte's men in the 11th minute with a thunderous drive, but Chelsea had other plans for the visitors as Pedro equalized with a curling effort before half time.

Moses, who has been phenomenal this season, then rewarded Coach Conte's faith in him as he smashed the ball into the net in the 52nd minute.

Tottenham's goal against Chelsea was Chelsea's first conceded goal this season in almost ten hours of playing football. Congrats to them..

See the Signboard Gov Fayose put on the road in Ekiti state...photo

The post was shared by a twitter user, Ndamenem

Watch video of Nollywood actress, Dayo Amusa address women says 'We All Can't Be Slim'

In an interview with Broadwayafrica.com, Dayo talked about what acting hasn’t given her, her music and movie career and also about losing weight.
Speaking about what acting hasn’t done she said “I would say acting hasn’t placed me on the platform I really want to be, though I am making my profit in one way or the other but it hasn’t really given me the main dough that I really want also it hasn’t given me my private life like I really want.”


Donald Trump blasts the Green Party and Hilary Clinton for election recount, says it's a scam

President-elect Donald Trump blasted the election recount on Saturday, calling it "a scam" and "ridiculous" adding that Hillary Clinton had already conceded. He said the fundraising ploy by the Green Party and its nominee, Jill Stein was just a way to make some money.
He said:
"This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn't even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount."
Jill Stein was the presidential candidate for the Green Party. She had a fundraising where she requested $2.5million for the election recount in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and fortunately raised over $5 million online for the recount in Wisconsin, which may begin some time next week. Then she raised her target to $7million saying that she needed the extra funds for her lawyers.
After Trump complained about the recount, he went on his twitter page and wrote:
"The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems."

Pentecostal Churches now have apps so you can effortlessly pay tithe without attending service says OAP Freeze

According to OAP Freeze, a young man sent him a screenshot of his mobile banking app which had apps of various Pentecostal churches on it, including Highlife Church. In one of the comments, someone even said they attended a church where they had POS in the church where one could use their ATM cards. Read what Freeze wrote after the cut.. 

I weep for Nigerians and their many woes,
Their mind is an enemy, greater than all their other foes. ~FRZ
A young man sent me a screenshot of his mobile banking app containing top Nigerian Pentecostal churches and I can't hide my disappointment. These churches want to make payment of tithe so effortless that you don't even need to attend service to pay your tithe. Does this mean that tithe is more important than service? Can't they wait till Sunday to collect tithe? How come no Catholic Church, no Jehovah's Witness, Anglican Church or Mosque is there? Only the Pentecostal churches where u get anointed school fees, anointed cucumbers and clowns spraying the same money you pay as tithe at weddings and celebrations, that's if they are not buying private jets or building schools your children cannot afford to attend with it! Please which one is HIGHLIFE CHURCH again reggae church and hip hop church NKO??! #NaWaOh #ItsAShame #ThisIsNotWhatChristWanted

Dublin woman cuts husband's p3nis because of jealousy...graphic photo

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A jealous woman has been arrested for cutting her husband's penis because she is jealous he may be sleeping with other women. 
The police have apprehended the woman and an on going investigation is being carried out to see if she is mentally stable to carry out such demonic act... See graphic photo below...so sad!