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May 17, 2019

Why I accepted to be Emir of Bichi — Bayero

The newly appointed Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, yesterday explained why he accepted his appointment. Addressing a press conference yesterday, Bayero said since time changes things, he accepted it in good faith.

Bayero said from the 1963 when his late father became Emir of Kano to date, a lot of changes had happened and would continue to happen.
“Let me give example with myself. I was appointed Danmajen Kano in 1990 by my late dad; later I became Danburan Kano, then Turakin Kano to Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida and finally to Wamban Kano. It may interest you to know that wallahi, I have never gone to anybody asking for any of these appointments.

“Again, from the time my late dad became emir to the time he died, he saw a lot of changes and he accepted them in good faith. Historically, the police, prisons, customs, judges and schools were initially under emirates, but as time went by, they separated and our forefathers had to accept the changes.

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“So, the creation of new emirates to me is nothing but changes that always come from time to time. For me, having five emirs in Kano will affect its development if the emirs can work together in peace and harmony. If the emirs have concern about the development of Kano, they can work together and move the state forward. There is no difference between the all of us,” he said.

On his relationship with the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi ll, Bayero said: “Sanusi is my brother. He has respect for me and I have respect for him. I am from the royal family. When he was appointed emir, I was among the first set of people that paid homage to him and I gave him my support and I will continue to support him.

“So, because I am appointed emir, I don’t think he will feel offended and I don’t think he will not support me to succeed in all my undertakings. I have no grudges against him whatsoever and I don’t think he has any against me.” (Daily Trust)
May 17, 2019

Lawyer sues SEC, others over MTN listing

A lagosS-based lawyer, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, yesterday took the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to stop the planned listing of MTN shares on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2019, Mekwunye is asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining SEC from going ahead with the listing of MTN shares pending the determination of a suit before the Supreme Court bothering on alleged breach of contract in the divestment of MTN assets. Joined in the suit, as co-defendants, are MTN and NSE.

Also in the originating summons, Mekwunye is asking the court to determine whether SEC can approve the listing of MTN shares in the NSE in view of the pending suit before the Supreme Court. In a motion on notice of interlocutory injunction, Mekwunye is praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants or their agents from advertising, publishing or listing MTN shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

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The plaintiff is also asking the court to direct the defendants to maintain status quo ante regarding the listing of MTN shares and a further order nullifying all approvals given to MTN by SEC and NSE towards facilitating the listing of its shares. Mekwunye is also praying the court for an order of mandatory/ restorative injunction setting aside and or nullifying all actions taken, including notices, resolutions and authorisations and so on by MTN with a view to facilitating the listing of its shares.
Mekwunye had in 2008 sued MTN, Lotus Capital and Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, IHS Holding Ltd and INT Towers Ltd before the Federal High Court over alleged breach of contract in the massive divestment of MTN assets. Mekwunye claimed at the lower court that MTN through its appointed nominee, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management and Lotus Capital defaulted in a share investment agreement with him. He urged the court then to restrain MTN from listing its shares on the stock market pending the determination of the suit.

But ruling on a preliminary objection raised by MTN on the competence of the suit, the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olateru, asked parties in the suit to explore the arbitration clause embedded in the contract. But dissatisfied with the ruling of the court, Mekwunye filed a motion on notice on February 26, 2018 at the Court of Appeal arguing that an arbitration clause in agreement between him and MTN cannot be used to determine the suit involving IHS Holdings Ltd and INT Towers Ltd who are not parties to the arbitration clause.

The Court of Appeal in its ruling also asked parties in the suit to pursue arbitration earlier pointed out by the lower court. Still not satisfied with the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Mekwunye took the matter to the Supreme Court, insisting that the crux of the matter is the failure of the respondents to list MTN shares in NSE in 2011 as agreed by parties and that until the suit is properly determined, MTN ought not to be allowed to list its shares at the stock market. The Supreme Court is yet to give final verdict on the matter. (The Guardian)
May 17, 2019

Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from “foreign adversaries”.

He signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks.
The order does not name any company, but is believed to target Huawei.
The Chinese tech giant said restricting its business in the US would only hurt American consumers and companies.

Several countries, led by the US, have raised concerns in recent months that Huawei products could be used by China for surveillance, allegations the company has vehemently denied.

The US has been pressuring allies to shun Huawei in their next generation 5G mobile networks.
In a separate development, the US commerce department added Huawei to its "entity list", a move that bans the company from acquiring technology from US firms without government approval.

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The moves are likely to worsen tensions between the US and China, which had already escalated this week with tariff hikes in a trade war.
Huawei has been at the epicentre of the US-China power struggle that has dominated global politics over the past year.

According to a White House statement, Mr Trump’s order aims to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services”.

It gives the secretary of commerce the power to “prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security", the statement adds.
The move was instantly welcomed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who called it “a significant step toward securing America’s networks”.

The US had already restricted federal agencies from using Huawei products and has encouraged allies to shun them, while Australia and New Zealand have both blocked the use of Huawei gear in 5G networks.
Huawei has said its work does not pose any threats and says it is independent from the Chinese government.

“Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger,” the company said in a statement, responding to the decision.
“Instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

The company also said “unreasonable restrictions” on Huawei raised “other serious legal issues”.

During a meeting in London on Tuesday, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said it was “willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments” as concerns over the security of its products used in mobile networks continued to grow. (BBC)
May 17, 2019

Nigerian football star in EFCC net

Nigeria’s anti-graft and financial police said Tuesday night it has arrested a footballer with one of the country’s storied football clubs.

Dayo Oginni, who plays for the feeder team of 3SC FC of Ibadan, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission on Tuesday in the Oyo State capital city along with his brother-in-law Alabi Okikiola and his friend Jonas Okwuwe.
EFCC said in a statement that 3SC confirmed Oginni was its player but claimed he has not been training with his colleagues “for a long while”

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“Their arrest followed a petition from a neighbour, who raised high suspicion on the reckless and flamboyant life the suspect lived, without any known reasonable source of income,” EFCC said in the statement.

In their separate statements with the Commission, Oginni said he is an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Part 1 student at Ibadan Polytechnic, while Okwuwe claimed to be a Computer Science graduate from the Auchi Polytechnic.
Oginni’s brother-in-law, Okikiola, said he had a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting, also from the Polytechnic Ibadan.

EFCC said it will take the suspects to court after completion of investigations. (The Guardian)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019

Shell targets about 2,400MW electricity from new gas project

The ongoing Assa North/Ohaji South gas development project in Imo State, southeast Nigeria, will produce 600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, energy equivalent of about 2400 Megawatts which is enough to provide uninterrupted electricity to about 2.4 million homes, Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor said on Monday.

Okunbor spoke at the media launch of the 2019 edition of the Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes, an annual publication detailing the activities of the business interests of the global energy giant in Nigeria covering SPDC, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell Nigeria Gas and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas.

SPDC took the final investment decision on the Assa North/Ohaji South project last December giving a major momentum to the domestic gas aspiration of the Federal Government for increased power generation and industrialisation.

Giving a breakdown of the gas production, Okunbor said 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day would be processed at a new gas processing plant owned by the SPDC Joint Venture while the remaining 300 million will go to a proposed gas processing plant by SEPLAT Petroleum.

Okunbor said, “The project would be a major game-changer in Nigeria’s quest for energy sufficiency and economic growth as we look to grow the domestic gas market.” He added that the SPDC and its joint venture partners – NNPC, Total and Agip – would continue to explore other areas of support for the expansion of domestic gas supply and continue to make investments under the right conditions.

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The Assa North/Ohaji South Gas Development Project ranks top among the Federal Government’s Seven Critical Gas Development Projects aimed at accelerating Nigeria’s aspiration for energy sufficiency and diverse industrial growth.

Explaining the company’s gas development strategy, SPDC’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli, said Shell was transforming to a gas-oriented business and currently accounts for about 10 percent of Nigeria’s domestic gas most of which is used for power generation.

SPDC and SNEPCo continue to contribute tremendously to the Nigerian economy. They paid N515.14 billion to the Federal Government in 2018 in taxes, royalties and levies while contracts worth N393.94 billion were awarded to Nigerian companies in the same year.

These contributions, according the 2019 Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes, are aside the N39.58 billion paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission and another N44.36 billion disbursed for various community-driven projects in the Niger Delta under the SPDC JV Global Memorandum of Understanding.

Shell Companies in Nigeria also made direct spending of N17.03 billion on social investment projects making Nigeria the largest concentration of social investment spending in the Shell Group.

Those who attended the Briefing Notes launch included the SNEPCo’s Managing Director, Bayo Ojulari; SNG’s MD, Ed Ubong and the SPDC’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli.
May 14, 2019

Obiano meets Buhari, lobbies for more Federal appointments for Anambra

Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State on Monday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, where he lobbied for federal appointments for indigenes of the state.

Governor Obiano also explained that his much touted closeness to President Buhari was a result of their shared commitment to honesty and passion for infrastructure development.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with the President, the governor said that he came to congratulate the President on his election victory and to brief him on the level of work and state of some federal projects in Anambra.

According to him, “If you get closer to what the President is doing. Like me, I am a hands-all governor and I don’t treat federal government projects as if they are in Abuja, no. I go there and supervise the projects as if there are my own projects initiated by Anambra state government.

“I know he is doing a great work. I told my people to know where we headed, that this man keeps his words just like me and he is doing a great work. He is honest, straight forward, his yes is yes, his no is no. So why can’t I like such a fellow? He is a very good friend of mine and that friendship exists.”

On his mission to the State House, he said, “I called the President real time when he won the election and this is the first time I am seeing him physically since after that election. So I came to congratulate him on his well-deserved victory.

“That is one, then I gave him update on the federal government projects that are going on in Anambra. For example, Second Niger Bridge, which is going according to plan, work is going on there very well. The minister of Power, Works and Housing and myself were at the sites recently and I came to brief him fully how that work is going as planned.

“Secondly, the road they are doing between Onitsha and Awka -17.5km – is going on very well, they have stone-patched about eight kilometers of that road already and they have asphalted four kilometers already.

“Again, I commended him for that initiative. Initially, people thought it was election fluke but you can see long after the elections those works are still going on very well.”

The governor said he was however, asking for more support concerning social programs and other federal roads in Anambra State.

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“They have concentrated majorly on the main one now which is Onitsha-Enugu Express Way. But we have over seven more dilapidated federal roads in Anambra that have not been touched for over twenty years. Quite honestly, it was under his tenure – under Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that those roads were made and now he is the fellow fixing them many years after.

“So we did ask for favour in that area, we did ask for increase in the social programs that the federal government is handling; more support for school feeding. Now we are feeding 126,000 pupils every day.

“So far about N2.3 billion has been spent by the federal government in school feeding in Anambra State – a very good program. Also, on the NPower program, we have over 8000 youth are already employed.

“Youth that ordinarily would have been doing some other things, are gainfully employed by the Federal government and of course, I did ask for support in appointments: ministerial, ambassadorial, parastatals and so on so that all of us can move to the Next Level.” (Vanguard)
May 14, 2019

Power outage stalls Ebonyi NASS election tribunal sitting

Hearing to the petition filed at the National Assembly (NASS) Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Monday, witnessed a major setback following power outage which lasted for several hours at the State Judicial Complex, Abakaliki venue of the tribunal.

The tribunal room which was on Monday filled to capacity with hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters made the courtroom very unconducive as moments of waiting for the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to restore the power proved abortive.

The tribunal which was expected to commence sitting at exactly 11:00 a.m. on Monday also started beyond schedule as the tribunal Chairman, Justice S. H. Aprioku, appeared in court at about 12 noon and apologised that the lateness was as a result of the power outage.

It would be recalled that, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on February 25, 2019, declared the candidate of PDP, Hon. Lazarus Ogbe, winner of the Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency which prompted the Candidate of APC, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, to approach the tribunal seeking to be declared the winner of the election.

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Counsel to Comrade Ogah, Mba Ukweni SAN, in suit number EPT/EB/REP/01/2019 avarred that the result of the election cancelled by the commission was collated at the polling units and the ward levels, adding that the result announced by the commission was not the original result collated at the polls.

The Tribunal Chairman, after listening to the submission and prayers of counsel to the petitioner, sought the leave of counsel to both parties for a 15-minute adjournment which was unanimously adopted because of the power outage.

It was observed that within the period of the adjournment, power was restored at the complex which prompted the tribunal to reconvened and just as the tribunal was about to commence sitting, the power went off again and the place became unconducive again.

At this point, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Aprioku considering the effect of the power outage, adjourned the hearing till Friday 17th May 2019 for continuation of the hearing and to enable the court fix the power problem in the complex.

News Express
May 14, 2019

Alleged corruption: Court strikes out suit against Oshiomhole on technical grounds

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a suit seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate corruption allegations against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, an Edo based cleric, had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/628/2018, alleged that Oshiomhole who was sued as the 2nd respondent, while in office as governor, acquired properties in United States of America, South Africa and Dubai worth billions of U.S. dollars and far in excess of his legitimate income.

The clergy further told the court that Oshiomhole built a sprawling mansion worth more than N10billion in his home town known as Iyamho, while he was in office as governor.

According to him, “the said building was constructed by Verissimo, a South African architectural outfit. The said house of the 2nd respondent has swimming pools, water fountains, multiple theatres for cinema and live performances, huge event halls, bridges, man-made lake and lodges of different sizes among others.

“The said cost of building the mansion is well outside the 2nd respondent’s legitimate income. The 2nd respondent’s lifestyle and extent of the said property were not justified by his source of income.”

Prior to the suit, the applicant told the court that he had on November 4, 2016, sent a petition to the EFCC, detailing some corrupt practices he said the ex-governor was involved in.

It was his contention before Justice Anwuli Chikere that EFCC’s refusal to act on petitions containing “weighty allegations” against Oshiomhole, ran contrary to Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which enjoined the state to abolish corrupt practices.

But in her judgment, Justice Chikere upheld the preliminary objection raised in the suit by Oshiomhole to the effect that the action was statute-barred.

The court held that although EFCC has a statutory obligation to investigate corruption allegations, the case that was brought against Oshiomhole had become statute-barred. The court held that the applicant ought to have approached the court for order of mandamus, three months after EFCC refused to act on his petitions. Justice Chikere maintained that having failed to institute the action within the statutorily-allowed period, the applicant, therefore lacked the locus standi to sustain the suit. Consequently, the court said there was no need to consider the merit or otherwise of the allegations and affidavit evidence that were tendered against the APC chairman. It upheld separate preliminary objections that both Oshiomhole and the EFCC lodged against the suit. “In conclusion, this suit lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed,” the court held.

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However, the applicant, through his lawyer, Mrs. Uju Chukwura, vowed to appeal against the ruling, insisting that he had strong evidence to prove that the APC chairman corruptly enriched himself with funds he diverted from the public treasury.

The EFCC and Oshiomhole challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit. In a preliminary objection, EFCC it through its lawyer, Mrs. Best Ojukwu, argued queried the locus-standi of the applicant to file the action.

The agency maintained that it has the discretion to decide how to use its available manpower to carry out investigations into petitions that are submitted to it.

Although EFCC admitted that it was in receipt of petitions accusing Oshiomhole of complicity in acts of corruption, it however told the court that it was not under any obligation to report or give account of its investigations to any individual or under a timeline within which to carry out its functions. Consequently, EFCC urged the high court to dismiss the suit and decline request for an order of mandamus to compel it to initiate criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole.

“That investigation of cases is a holistic process which entails time, resources, inter-agency cooperation, interview of different persons and gathering of evidence over a long period of time depending on the nature of the case and other variables,” it told the court.

Similarly, Oshiomhole, through his team of lawyers led by Mr. Damian Dodo, also challenged the powers of the court to order EFCC to prosecute him on the basis of the suit. While acknowledging the powers of the anti-graft agency to probe financial and economic crimes, Oshiomhole, contended that the court could not okay him to be investigated on the strength of a petition he said was lodged against him since 2016. He argued that the suit had become statute- barred, saying the applicant ought to have instituted the action within three months after the first petition was filed against him before the EFCC. The APC chairman noted that the cleric first wrote a letter to the EFCC on October 28, 2016, drawing its attention to the allegations of financial misappropriation he made against him. He told the court that the applicant wrote another letter that was received by the anti-graft agency on December 13, 2016, reminding it of his pending petition that was allegedly not acted upon by the EFCC. “The action of the 1st respondent (EFCC) which is being subjected to review by the instant proceedings for judicial review, last occurred on December, 2016, while the proceeding for judicial review was commenced on June 13, 2018, 18 months after the occurrence of the alleged failure being complained about.

“The suit is statute-barred by virtue of the facts stated above and the applicant/respondent’s right of action (if any) has become unenforceable,” Oshiomhole contended. He maintained that the applicant failed to show how actions he took while in office as governor “affected him over and above other residents and indigenes of Edo State.

“This honourable court is robbed of jurisdiction to entertain this suit for failure of the applicant/respondent to commence this action within the time provided by extant rules of this honourable court and/or for failure to disclose locus standi to institute the action,” Oshiomhole added. (The Sun)
May 14, 2019

Gov. Fayemi suspends anti-grazing coordinator

Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi has suspended indefinitely the Coordinator of Anti-Grazing Agency, Mr. Sola Durodola over offensive comment on herdsmen.

According to a statement dated May, 13 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, Durodola is to hand over all government properties in his custody to the Director of Anti–Grazing.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode said: “the suspension is with immediate effect”.

The suspension came barely 42 hrs after Durodola addressed journalists and claimed government was set to commence registration of herdsmen in the state to forestall herdsmen-farmer clashes.

The Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua however debunked the claim, describing it as absolute falsehood.

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Olumilua said the claim does not represent and capture the agenda of the Fayemi-led administration.

The Commissioner disclosed that the investment of the Governor in the security of lives and property of people was yielding positive result, stressing such offensive statement could undermine the peace of the State.

He added a law regulating activities of herdsmen and farmers was already in place, saying there was need to refute any form of duplicity that capable of causing confusion.

He urged public to discountenance the comments and continue their legitimate businesses, without any form of apprehension.

The Commissioner stopped all government functionaries serving in MDAs from addressing the media on sensitive issues without clearance from top echelon of government, saying failure to comply will warrant unpleasant sanctions against erring government functionaries. (The Nation)
May 14, 2019

Deposed Sudanese President al-Bashir charged with deaths of protesters

Sudan's public prosecutor has charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

The charges stem from an inquiry into the death of a doctor killed during protests that led to the end of Mr Bashir's rule last month.

Mr Bashir's fate is unclear. He was reportedly arrested after being ousted.

He is also facing an investigation over allegations of money laundering and terror financing.

Some Sudanese people will not believe that Mr Bashir is really in trouble for such crimes until they see him in a court, reports the BBC's Will Ross.

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In December, protesters started demonstrating against a government decision to triple the price of bread. The protests soon morphed into widespread anger against the president's 30-year rule, led by doctors.

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Five weeks into the protests, on 17 January, witnesses said state forces fired live ammunition at protesters and killed a doctor.

He had been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum when police fired tear gas into the building.

A witness told the BBC that the doctor had walked out with his hands in the air, told the police he was a doctor and was instantly shot.

He is one of dozens of people killed during the anti-government protests.

The protesters later staged a sit-in outside the military headquarters to demand the military force the president out.

A military council assumed power of the country on 11 April, but demonstrators are insisting that it hands over to a civilian administration.

Military-opposition deal

An opposition coalition and the ruling military council announced on Monday that they had reached a breakthrough agreement on a power structure to see the country through the transition.

"At today's meeting we agreed on the structure of the authorities and their powers," protest movement spokesman Taha Osman told the AFP news agency.

"The authorities are as follows - the sovereign council, the cabinet and the legislative body," he said.

The military council also confirmed that a deal on a transitional power structure had been reached.

The two sides are set to meet again on Tuesday to discuss how long the transitional period will last and the make-up of the three bodies.

Both issues have been major sticking points in talks between the two sides over the past month.

Generals say the transitional period should be two years, while protesters want it to be four years. (BBC)
May 14, 2019

Emefiele’s reappointment: Buhari appreciates competence, hard work — Gov. Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s reappointment of the Central Bank Governor (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, shows that the president appreciates competence, hard work and meant well for the economy of the nation.

Dickson, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, commended the president for the decision to re-appoint Emefiele after diligence service during his first tenure.

The governor said that it was encouraging and a display of leadership for the President who inherited Emefiele from the Jonathan administration in 2015 to retain him at the expiration of his first tenure.

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He stressed that it was indeed important as the Chairman of the South South Governor’s Forum to praise the President’s efforts in an area where he is found to have done the right thing.

He said, “I wish to sincerely commend President Muhammadu Buhari for mustering the courage to reappoint the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele for a second tenure as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

“As the Chairman of the South South Governors Forum, I find it necessary to commend the President for appreciating a son of the South South and keeping faith in his competences as the Head of the CBN.

“It is a fact that the President’s action is worthy of commendation and it is indeed important that when the right thing is done it is appreciated irrespective of political divide. The zone is grateful to the President for this move.” (Daily Trust)
May 14, 2019

Amazon offers employees $10,000 to resign

Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to one for its Prime members. The company sees the new incentive as a way to get more packages delivered to shoppers’ doorsteps faster.

Amazon says it will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the program and leave their jobs. The company says it will also pay them three months’ worth of their salary. The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Whole Foods employees are not eligible to receive the new incentives.

Seattle-based Inc. declined to say how many employees it expects to take them up on the offer.

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The new employee incentive is part of a program Amazon started a year ago that lets anyone apply to launch an independent Amazon delivery business. It is part of the company’s plan to control more of its deliveries on its own, rather than rely on UPS, the post office and other carriers. Startup costs start at $10,000 and contractors that participate are able to lease blue vans with the Amazon smile logo stamped on the side.

Overall, more than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since it launched the program last June, said John Felton, Amazon’s vice president of global delivery services.

One of them is run Milton Collier, a freight broker who started his business in Atlanta about eight months ago. Since then, it has grown to 120 employees with a fleet of 50 vans that can handle up to 200 delivery stops in a day. It has already been preparing for the one-day shipping switch by hiring more people.

“We’re ready,” says Collier. (AFP)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Why we arrested pop star Naira Marley, others — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed cleared the air over the arrest of popular Nigerian singer Afeez Fashola otherwise known as Naira Marley, and some other artistes, among them another rfast-rising music star Zlatan.

Speaking to News Express on Friday in Abuja, EFCC Acting spokesman Tony Orilade said that Marley was intercepted in relation to alleged advance fee scam and related cyber crimes.

Naira Marley, known for his single ‘Issa Goal,’ recently came under fire by renowned rapper Ruggedman for promoting Internet fraud in his music.

Orilade told News Express: “Yes, he is with us. He’s not the only person; he had some other persons also arrested alongside (him).

“They were arrested in relation to advance fee fraud — Internet-related cases and all of that. Give me a little time and I will get you the details.”

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A video featuring Ruggedman has gone viral this week in which the rapper called out Naira Marley for advocating Internet fraud. The artiste noted that the promotion of such cyber crimes impacted negatively on Nigerians abroad.

However, Naira Marley, whose recent song is titled ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy,’ responded by mocking Ruggedman in an Instagram video and defended his artistic choices.

The EFCC last year launched Operation Cyber Storm which sought to curb the activities of Internet fraudsters. Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.
May 12, 2019

Man remanded for beating wife to death over sex

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday remanded one 31-year-old Godspower Johnson accused of beating his wife to death during a fight over sex.

Chief Magistrate O.O. Olatunji, ordered that Godspower should be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, for the next 30 days pending  advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the case.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 21, at 5.30p.m., at No. 28, Adekoye St., Igbo-Elerin, Ishashi.

He alleged that Johnson  beat his wife, Deborah, aged 31, to death during a fight.

“The defendant wanted to make love to his wife, he inserted his two fingers into her private part which didn’t go down well with the deceased. A fight  ensued leading the defendant to beat up his wife,” he said.

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The prosecutor said that murder contravened the provisions of Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

NAN reports that Section 223 stipulates death sentence for the offence.

Olatunji adjourned the case until June 7 for mention. (NAN)
May 12, 2019

Black Moon: The Moon shines our world what happens when the moon goes dark (Episode 2)

You thought I was dreaming???  

That was what I felt too,  I'm I supposed to think at 27 the only man I've known all my life is a bad man? How funny!!  What a twist to my fate!!!  I left Island club bleeding.. I called my boyfriend Tunde he wasn't answering his phone.

 I thought of who to call so I called TOLA Wilson my bestie, Her voice sounded like she has been crying,  I asked her what was wrong with her she said nothing, I told her she has to come pick me up around Onikan roundabout, that I'm in so much pain, Brief history about Tola Wilson, To all my friends out there when I tell them "I love you" i really mean it, like go out of my way to sacrifice for them and all.  Not because I'm stupid but because I understand the value of friendship, love and forgiveness. But same isn't the case of Tola. How could Tola have done this?? How???? Friendship of 26years ???

She helped my father set me up??

People are deadly....  Tola was supposed to be my bestfriend,  her mother was my mother's best friend atleast so I was told.. I find it hard to believe anything now.. .  She told me she was on her way.. I waited for 30mins and so she came. I was trying to explain things to her she just smiled and looked at me furiously "ABIKE why did you run? "  if anything happens to that baby I will not forgive you!!!!!!!  Wait what????  She knows about the baby too???  What is actually going on here.  I'm I running mad??  My best friend is also interested in a baby I don't even know about yet!!  How come???  I became so scared and confused.  Like everybody wants a share of the baby in my womb and nobody is saying anything to me........ I told her to drop me, she moved close to me and whispered into my ear  "You haven't seen anything yet".. She cleaned my face with a white handkerchief. Immediately i slept off.. ......  You don't want to miss the next episode on Monday.

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