13 Dec 2016

Federal High Court orders EFCC to immediately defreeze Fayose's bank accounts

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Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has ordered that Governor Ayodele Fayose's accounts in Zenith Bank be defrozen with immediate effect. The accounts were frozen by the EFCC in June, this year. However, in his landmark judgment today, Justice Taiwo Taiwo described the EFCC action as illegal, wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional. 
The judge said the EFCC action breached the governor's fundamental rights to fair hearing, as the commission did not make him a party to the proceedings for the interim freezing of the account. He said that the EFCC suppressed facts by not disclosing to the court that granted the interim freezing order that the two accounts that were frozen belonged to Governor who enjoys total constitutional immunity.

Justice Taiwo also said that the EFCC did not provide any credible evidence empowering it to carry out the freezing of the accounts using Zenith Bank as a proxy, whereas, Zenith Bank is a mere custodian and not the owner of the accounts, which evidence has shown belong to the Governor. The judge ruled that being a person covered fully by Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, no legal proceedings can be instituted against Governor Fayose.

He also said that any law including some sections of the EFCC acts like Sections 28, 31, and 44 that expropriate citizens rights must be construed strictly and usually in favour of citizens whose properties have been confiscated. Governor Fayose's Counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), hailed the judgment, describing the judge as courageous and firm.

He said the judge, by the judgement laid to rest all the abracadabra of the EFCC in illegally, wrongfully, unlawfully and unconstitutionally going about on a rampage freezing Nigeria citizens accounts with reckless abandon. Ozekhome also said that Justice Taiwo further restored the hope of Nigerians in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man and woman and the guardian sentinel of the civil rights, liberties and freedoms of Nigerians.

Omg! Baby found in a plastic bag thrown in dumpster ...photo

Dead body of a baby was found inside a black bag left at a dumpster in Thailand.  Maintenance workers who arrived to pick up trash found the baby early this morning. 
See the disturbing photos below...

Image credit: Chachoengsao Raj

Omg! Two big girls fight openly at a saloon and strip each other ...photo

You know how ladies talk in saloon while making their hair and the discussion could turn to gossip of someone and somehow the person, a lady, showed up unexpected? Mehn it was a serious fight!

The ladies disgraced themselves, no one could separate and they destroyed many things at the salon, shame on them! See more photos below ...

Ugandan Police men walk in heels to end Violence Against Women

On Friday Ugandan police men joined civilians in a campaign tagged 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ' to end violence against women. In other to make this practical, the officers walked in heels. More photos below...

Acting OAU Vice Chancellor and Bursar summoned by EFCC

Anthony Elujoba, the Acting Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, and the bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, has been summoned by the EFCC over alleged misappropriation of funds.

The VC, having been accused of paying allowances without approval, received a summon, which came in form of a letter signed by Oseni Kazeem, of the Southwest Zonal Office of EFCC in Ibadan, advising the Vice Chancellor and the bursar to report with the necessary documents.

As reported by Premium Times, this summon came after an unnamed staff wrote a petition to EFCC complaining about the allowances.

The letter read in part;

“The office is currently investigating a case in which there is the need to obtain clarification from you. In view of the foregoing, you and your bursar are requested to report to our office for an interview.

“You are also to come along with the following documents: the salary payment schedule/any other payment made to senior staff and junior staff in August and September, 2016; payment vouchers relating to furniture allowances paid to the VC from the day he assumed office to date; certified true copies of the monthly salary pay slips of the VC from the day he assumed office to date.”

Saudi Woman faces a lashing after arrest by morality police for not wearing a hijab ...photo

Malak Al Shehri received death threats after she shared a photograph of herself without a hijab or abaya - a traditional body covering - on a street in the capital city of Riyadh. She was then arrested after a complaint was filed by the religious police.

The woman drew a furious reaction from the Saudi public and faced calls to be executed after she was pictured wearing a black jacket over an ankle-length orange and pink dress and boots.

Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman, a Riyadh police spokesman said:

'Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago.'

She now faces a public lashing in accordance with Sharia law. Despite the outrage, there has been voices of dissent who believe the measure is excessive, some courageous people on social media are calling for an end to the country's repressive, religious laws.

The ultra-conservative Muslim country enforces a strict dress code for women in public, banned them from driving and prohibits the mixing of sexes.

Update! South African pastor who made members drink Dettol spotted buying more bottles, claims he's been receiving "amazing testimony"

Despite a statement by Dettol South Africa, condemning Prophet Rufus Phala for forcing members of his church to drink the liquid antiseptic, he was spotted at a local supermarket buying more bottles of Dettol.

LIB reported how Prophet Phala of the Spiritual Christian Church in Makgodu Village, outside Polokwane in Limpopo, made his congregants drink Dettol antiseptic liquid, promising they will be healed of their sicknesses, adding that the Holy Spirit had instructed him to use the product (Read here).

Dettol company warned the prophet to stop the practice because oral consumption of its product can endanger health. Euphemia Annor, the regional legal director of Dettol South Africa, said:
"Dettol has been proved to be safe and effective when used as per recommended directions; however it is not for human consumption and is for external use only. We are against Prophet Phala using the product inappropriately."
Even after the company called the prophet on his phone and asked him to stop the practice, he was unfazed. When Daily Sun SA called him on Saturday, Phala said he had already bought four bottles of the product for use during yesterday’s service.(Sunday, December 11th)
"After last week’s service I have been receiving amazing testimony from members of my church" he claimed.
Source: Daily Sun SA

See photos of Mercy Johnson's daughter, Angel's 1st birthday party...

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie's daughter, Angel, turned one over the weekend and a birthday party was thrown for her. 
See more photos below...

Update! Brazilian footballer who survived tragic plane crash, wakes up from Coma with no memory of what happened ..photo

Two weeks after a plane crash in Colombia killed 71 people, a Brazilian soccer player, who was one of the few survivors, woke from coma over the weekend but has no idea of what happened. Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, 31, was one of the six survivors of LaMia Flight 2933 that crashed in Colombia on November 28. 

Neto however has no memory of the accident. He and his teammates (19 of them died) were on their way to play the championship of a South American tournament when the crash happened, and he asked about the outcome of the game when he awoke from coma.

Doctors and psychologists at the hospital are withholding information about the crash from Neto, until he is stable.

Police arrest one of the masterminds of CBN Governor's wife kidnap ...photo

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested the 10th gang member in the CBN Governor’s wife kidnap saga of September 2016, Umar Abubakar.

Mrs Margaret Emefiele was kidnapped with her three aides on September 29th at Oquneki hills along Benin-Agbor road in Delta State.

A press release issued today, December 12th and signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, said Umar Abubakar aka Kiriwa was trailed and arrested in Minna, Niger State on 9th December, 2016 consequent upon several weeks of monitoring and actionable intelligence gathering coupled with collaborative efforts of public spirited members of the community.

Umar Abubakar, one of the arrow heads of the dare devil kidnapping gang led detectives to two (2) houses and three plots of empty land he purchased with the proceeds of his share of the ransom.

The arrested kingpin confessed that he used three million naira (N3m), part of the ransom, to open a provision shop in Minna, Niger State which he was running with his wife. The original papers of the houses and plots of land have been recovered and registered as exhibits and the shop also sealed.

The Nigeria Police Force with the assistance and the support of the people will ensure that no crime committed will go undetected and perpetrators apprehended for justice and closure to prevail in the court of law.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris reassure members of the public of the readiness of the police under his leadership to deliver dedicated and quality policing services. He further urges all and sundry to be vigilant, provide useful information and report suspicious movements and activities to the police for prompt response.

Ooni of Ife reveals "I met Aliko Dangote, other successful Nigerians inside market where I was selling foodstuffs"

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyemi Ogunwusi narrated how he became an entrepreneur at a very young age to survive. The monarch disclosed this while addressing corps member on "Skills acquisition and entrepreneur development" at the NYSC orientation camp in Ede, Osun State. The programme, organised by NYSC coordinator in the state aimed at tackling unemployment in Nigeria..
"I met Aliko Dangote, Dr Deji Adeleke and other successful Nigerians inside the market where I was selling foodstuffs. I used my background to redefine the way I was selling the foodstuffs," Oba Ogunwusi said, urging the corps members not to be disappointed in the leadership of the country.

The monarch also disclosed that his daughter is currently undergoing the compulsory one-year NYSC programme in Abuja.

"I made up my mind that I would be an entrepreneur. I was selling rice and sugar. At the age of 19, I fathered a child, which made the matter more complicated. Life was very tough because I had to cater for my child, but that made me to work harder."

"Today, I am proud to say that she is one of the present batch deployed to Abuja. That experience shaped my life and made me to keep starving. I started going to Benue to bring yam tubers, which I turned to yam powder. I want to encourage you today, whatever you are selling or doing, do it with zeal."

Source: Nigerian Tribune

See Nigerians scooping fuel from tanker involved in accident along Benin-Auchi Highway...photo

Ardent APC and President Buhari supporter, Jack Obinyan-Buhari took to his Facebook page last Sunday, December 11th, to narrate how he spotted Nigerians scooping fuel from a fallen tanker involved in an accident with a trailer along Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway. He wrote:
"This is NOT Buhari...This is NOT recession...This is STUPIDITY of the highest order.
I have just seen this accident between Agbede & Aviele along Benin - Auchi - Okene Highway...I came down to take photographs (with zoom from a distance) only for me to see people taking fuel...And Road Safety are right there controlling traffic...I immediately ran away shouting the heck outta the road safety men to drive everybody and leave there... May God help us"
More photos below....

Update! Justice Ademola Adeniyi and wife granted N50m bail each

Justice Jude Okeke of a High Court in Abuja has granted bail to embattled Federal High Court judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi and his wife Olubowale, N50 million each. Justice Ademola and his wife were arraigned before the court this money on allegations of corruption and bribery.

When the charges filed against them by the Federal government was read to the accused persons, they both pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to January 18th 2017.

Big boy in Clearing & Forwarding arrested with N4bn drug ...photo

A big boy, Daniel Unegbu, has been arrested in connection with 83.4 kilogrammes of drug that tested positive for ephedrine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Unegbu was apprehended with two suspects – Joseph Ettah, 28, and Bright Wopara, 31 – by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the airport.

The drug, estimated at N4bn, was uncovered in artificial hair usually worn by ladies.

It was learnt that the drug, which was said to be the largest quantity of ephedrine seized at the MMIA so far, was to be exported to South Africa.

A bag of heroin smuggled from Nairobi, Kenya, and cannabis billed for trafficking to London, were also said to have been abandoned at the airport.

The NDLEA Commander at the MMIA, Ahmadu Garba, said a preliminary investigation showed that Unegbu helped the traffickers to conceal the drug.

He said, “Officials of the NDLEA at the departure hall detected a bag and during the search, it was found to contain substances that tested positive for ephedrine, with a total weight of 83.390kg. So far, three suspects apprehended are being interrogated to determine their level of culpability. The parcels of ephedrine were concealed in artificial hair.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that Unegbu, who works as a clearing agent, collected the luggage from his client and took it to the airport. Ettah and Wopara are the two luggage handlers who worked with him.”

He told Punch that “this end of the year counter-narcotic smuggling strategy had prevented attempt by a suspected drug trafficking syndicate to export 83.390kg of ephedrine hidden in female hair attachment to South Africa.

“Ephedrine is a precursor ingredient used in the production of methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the drug is about N4bn. NDLEA will continue to resist attempt by criminal syndicates to compromise security through strict law enforcement practice.

“Anti-narcotic agents have been placed on the alert and will remain vigilant to detect any act of sabotage. The case is under investigation and anyone found wanting shall be prosecuted in line with the NDLEA Act.”

Tenant flees home with neighbours’ 10 month old son ...photo

An unemployed young man, John David, has left a couple –Abdulrahman Balogun and his wife, Bunmi – in sorrow after he allegedly abducted their 10-month-old boy.

David and the couple live in Okokwu community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Punch Metro learnt that David had pretended to be playing with the kid, Richards, on their premises last Sunday around 7pm and eventually fled with him.

It was gathered that Abdulrahman and Richards were set to leave for a church service that day, and Abdulrahman were waiting outside for Bunmi to dress up.

Abdulrahman, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Monday, said he had gone inside to hasten up his wife as they were running late for the service.

“David came to play with him. I went inside to call my wife because we were almost late for the church programme. When I came outside, I could not find David and my son in the compound.

“We searched for them everywhere on the premises, but we couldn’t find them. I called his phone number and it indicated that it was switched off. He started living here five months ago,” he said.

The father, a teacher, explained that he subsequently reported the incident at the Mile 3 Police Station, adding that he discovered that he abductor had been bearing a fake name in the neighbourhood after he ran a check on his profile on Facebook.

“His name on Facebook is John Elvis David but we know him as Davies. He moved to this area five months ago. His three friends who lived with him have been arrested by the police.

“A woman called me yesterday (Sunday). She said she and David boarded the same bus in Warri around 4pm and that she saw him with my son. She said she was surfing the Internet after she arrived home when she read the post on Richard’s abduction on social media. She said she would have raised the alarm if she had read the post while she was on the bus.

“We got married October 2015. That is our first and only child. We are appealing to the public to assist in tracking down the abductor,” he added.

Richard’s mother, Bunmi, said, she was caught unawares by the incident as David was very generous to her son and looked innocuous.

She said, “I never had a cause to be suspicious of him (David). He was friendly with my son. They go out together and he buys things for him. So, I didn’t know he was this wicked.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Omoni Nnamdi, promised to get back to our correspondent, but had yet to do so.

India, US, Spain purchased N1.9trn Crude Oil from Nigeria

India, United States of America and Spain led other countries in patronage of Nigeria’s crude oil, spending a total of  N1.9 trillion in the first nine-months of this year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.

NBS, in its Foreign Trade Statistics for the first, second and third quarters of 2016, also revealed that 12 other countries emerged top destinations for Nigeria’s crude oil grades, as they spent N3.245 trillion on the purchase of Nigeria’s crude oil in the period under review.

The other countries, according to the NBS reports are Netherlands, France, South Africa, Brazil, China, Italy and Japan. The rest are Canada, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany and the Ivory Coast.

Specifically, in the first quarter of 2016, the countries, with the exception of Ivory Coast, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada and Germany, staked N624.6 trillion on the purchase of Nigeria’s crude oil; while in the second quarter of 2016, with the exception of Ivory Coast, United Kingdom, Japan, China and Brazil, the countries purchased N1.3 trillion of Nigeria’s crude oil.

In the third quarter of 2016, the countries with the exception of Germany, China, Italy, Japan and Canada, purchased Nigeria’s crude oil valued at N1.34 trillion. The top three destinations for Nigeria’s crude oil export, India, US and Spain, accounted for 58.21 per cent of total crude oil purchased by the 15 countries in the nine-month period.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, had a couple of days ago, said it was not true that Nigeria’s crude oil grades are stranded and that China was the only buyer of Nigeria’s crude oil. Baru , who was speaking at the bid opening ceremony for the sale and purchase of Nigerian crude oil grades for the 2017 fiscal year, said;

“There have been speculations that we are struggling for market. That is not true. Nigerian crude has continued to earn premiums and it is hot cake all over for refiners. “Because of the light nature of the crude, it induced very high yields on the valuable products that you produced from crude oil. Nigerian crude continues to maintain market. In fact, contrary to a lot of speculation that a lot of Nigerian crude goes to China; it does not. Most of them are consumed and refined in India and Europe. Particularly, this year and last year. Most of Nigerian crude end up in European refineries.”

UK-based man lost his two daughters and brother in the horrific Kenyan accident

Daniel Kimani, a Kenyan living in the United Kingdom, lost two of his daughters and his younger brother in the Saturday night horrific Naivasha crash, while his wife and one daughter sustained serious injuries.

The tragic road accident at Karai on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway involving more than 12 vehicles claimed nearly 40 lives. It all started when a Ugandan-registered light truck, which was carrying yet-to-be-identified flammable substances, exploded. The truck driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a bump, crashed into vehicles heading to Nairobi.

Kimani’s brother, David Kamau, was driving the four to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where they were to board a UK-bound flight to visit their father.
Speaking to People Daily on phone, an inconsolable Kimani, who resides in Mitcham, South West London, said he was communicating with the family until 6pm (London time) when he could no longer get hold of them.

"I called my wife and a person by the name Ng’ang’a picked her phone asking me to identify myself. I did and my worst fears were confirmed," he said. Ng’ang’a, he said, informed him that his wife and one daughter had been injured "

"Why them? My daughters Mary Njoki, 14, and Eva Wambui, 17, a Form Three student at Kibutha Secondary in Murang’a perished together with my younger brother David Kamau," he added. His wife, Violet Kimani and 24-year-old daughter, Juliet Wairimu, survived the grisly accident that threw the nation into mourning.
"My wife was treated at Avenue Park Hospital and discharged but Wairimu is still admitted at the hospital,” said the father of three. Kimani, who works as a clinical officer in the UK where he has lived for 10 years, last saw his family during the April holidays when they visited him. He described his departed daughters as full of life, passionate and ambitious.
"It is painful but God’s time is the best. They died a painful death but may God rest their souls in peace. I am happy that my wife and my daughter survived. I cannot question God and I send my condolences to the families and relatives of other victims," he said.
Two of the vehicles were carrying GUS and Administration Police officer from the elite VIP protection unit. 11 GSU officers died. Three Ugandans...the truck driver and two passengers died in the accident.

NDLEA arraigns 4 suspected members of international drug trafficking syndicate over N10.7B Methamphetamine drug ...photo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arraigned four suspected members of an International drug trafficking syndicate that specializes in smuggling narcotic drugs with fake security escort vehicles with siren.
According to a press release issued on December 1st,2016, all four defendants appeared before Honorable Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on Friday November 11, 2016.

Officers attached to the Edo State command intercepted the convoy of a Ford pickup and a Toyota Tundra while conveying 34.2kg of methamphetamine from Lagos. The substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was concealed in cartons containing computer accessories.  The estimated street value of the drug in Europe and Asia is about 24 million dollars.

NDLEA Edo State commander, Buba Wakawa gave the names of the defendants as Kaodilichi Obi Paul, 32 years old and Joseph Iloh, 54 years old as well as two drivers, Eke Cyprian, 55 years old, and Chinonso Maduekesi, 31 years old.
 According to the commander:
"This is the largest seizure of methamphetamine by the State command. The arrest was made along Lagos-Benin Bye pass. The drug tested positive for methamphetamine, weighed 34.2kg and all is now set for the defendants to be arraigned in court". The Agency is pressing a four count charge against the defendants. Count one states that without lawful authority, the defendants conspired to deal in 34.2kg of methamphetamine a drug similar to cocaine, heroin and LSD thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. Other charges are unlawful transportation and possession of the narcotic drugs punishable under sections 11b and 19 of the NDLEA Act. If  found guilty, the defendants risk minimum of fifteen years in custody.
In his comment, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) said that the case shall be diligently prosecuted. He also assured that investigation is still ongoing to establish possible links with drug trafficking organization outside the country. According to the Chairman: 
"The Agency will diligently pursue this case to a logical end. The success of the Agency in the dismantling of clandestine laboratories for methamphetamine production in the country must transcend shutting down of production cites to judicial victories. We shall also monitor every hint and subject every member of the suspected drug syndicate to justice. Nigeria's capacity and tenacity that resulted in the discovery of eleven methamphetamine production laboratories in the past five years shall be sustained. The triumph over drug trafficking syndicates is a victory for all".
Abdallah reiterated his call for stakeholders to support the Agency in the dismantling of drug trafficking syndicates in the country.