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September 20, 2019

Evil spirit made me kill my stepson – 22-year-old housewife

A 22-year-old housewife, Harela Uba, has confessed to killing her three-day-old stepson in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

She told Northern City News in Minna on Thursday that an evil spirit drove her into killing her stepson with an insecticide known as ‘Ota Pia-Pia’.

It was learnt that the suspect’s husband, Saidu Uba of Shakodna village in Shiroro, reported the incident to the police.

He told the police that his second wife, Fa’iza, of the same address, went into the bathroom and left her three-day-old baby boy in her room.

Saidu explained that when the nursing mother returned, she discovered a white foamy substance coming out of the mouth of the infant and she immediately rushed him to the General Hospital, Kuta, where a doctor confirmed the death of the child.

In an interview with our correspondent, Harela, who is eight months pregnant, blamed the devil for her decision to kill her co-wife’s son.

Speaking on the issue, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muhammad Abubakar, said upon interrogation, Harela confessed to giving her seven-year-old daughter, Khadija, ‘Ota pia-pia’ to administer on the child, which she obliged.

Abubakar said the suspect had since been charged.(City News )
September 20, 2019

In Kano: Police shut down O’Pay office

The Kano branch of Opay office -an online payment outlet for commercial tricycle operators-  has been shut down by the police.

The outlet was closed down during a raid  carried out by the Kano state police command over alleged non-compliance with the government rules and directives.

The Nation reports that armed security personnel stormed the state office at Lodge road in Kano at about 11:00am on Thursday.

The police officers also ordered all the staff and scores of commercial tricycle operators known as Adaidaita Sahu to immediately vacate the premises, threatening anyone who failed to comply with the order risked arrest.

An eye witness told The Nation the commercial operators were planning to settle their balance for previous night’s work when the police arrived and dispersed them.

The spokesman of the Police command,DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed incident,told this reporter  that, the command received an order from Kano state government to close the office.

Haruna, said the Opay company didn’t comply with some rules set for it by the state government in order to operate(Thenation)
September 20, 2019

Bombardment of Boko Haram strongholds ongoing says Army

The Nigerian Army said on Thursday that it was coordinating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force comprising Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad to bombard the strongholds of Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province fighters in the North-East, particularly in the Lake Chad region.

The army noted that the “continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits” of the terrorists had forced them to move en masse towards Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said in a release, that the military had observed a massive exodus of the insurgents from the Lake Chad Tumbus to the North and Central Africa sub-regions.

Musa said the military bombardments in the North-East would be intensified. (Punch)
September 20, 2019

UBA Bank Launches ‘Leo Apple Business Chat’ for iOS

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc Thursday announced that the services of its Chatbot, Leo, is now available for customers on Apple Business Chat, where its users can communicate directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

The Group Managing Director, UBA, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, while speaking at a ceremony held in Lagos, said, “As a brand focused on providing excellent customer experience, we are always looking for new ways to serve our customers easily and on time; we are therefore thrilled to support Apple Business Chat, which gives us a powerful and engaging connection with our customers.

“Most of our customers prefer iOS, and we always want to exceed their expectations when they experience UBA. Apple Business Chat makes communicating with us as easy as messaging a friend, so we expect it will quickly become our customers’ preferred customer service channel.”

He explained that UBA customers can now use the services of LEO, through the Apple Business Chat to open an account, buy airtime, check account balance, make account transfers and pay bills. With Business Chat, customers can always reach a live person and are always in control of whether they share any contact information with a business.

Uzoka added: “Today, we are covering a segment that has been missing for some time. It is our desire to ensure that we put Leo everywhere, and today it is now on the IOS platform as the users approached us that they needed to enjoy the service which Facebook and WhatsApp users had been enjoying from LEO. Consistently, we have been the first in the use of intelligence banking, this is the first time this is happening in Africa. LEO is live in English on the IOS platform, and by the end of October, it will be live in other languages. As you know, LEO is already on WhatsApp and Facebook in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili languages.”

To start Apple Business Chat, customers can click the ‘Chat with Messages’ button on UBA’s website or in mobile banking app, available in the App Store. A conversation with UBA’s agents will open instantly in the Messages app, and users can take their time responding when it’s convenient.

The Group Head, Online, Banking, UBA, Austin Abolusoro, who spoke at the event, said the bank was always looking for ways to improve its services to its teeming customers.
September 20, 2019

Davido: Chris Brown wants to be on my wedding train

Ahead of the talk-of- the town wedding between Davido and his fiancee, Chioma billed for 2020, the Nigerian pop-star has revealed that popular American singer, Chris Brown might be on his train.

“Chris say he wan Dey my train oooo ? Imagine Chris in attire !!!”he tweeted.

Recall that last week, Davido finally gave Chioma the assurance he promised her. He proposed to Chioma in London on Thursday night, September 12, 2019, exactly ten days after the couple’s families had an introduction in Lagos, Nigeria. The music star took her out on a dinner date in an expensive restaurant in London, where he proposed to her.

 The DMW boss also revealed on his Instagram page that Chioma is pregnant and due for a baby soon.(Vanguard)

September 20, 2019

Barcelona did everything possible to sign Neymar, but PSG wouldn't sell - Oscar Grau

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau has explained that the Catalan club did all they could to sign Neymar this summer, but that Paris Saint-Germain simply weren't willing to sell.

It had seemed as though the Ligue 1 club were more than happy to allow Neymar to leave, but Barcelona didn't put forward an offer that they saw suitable.

"We did everything possible to sign him," Grau said while presenting Barcelona's budget for 2019/20.

"We always tried in a viable way because we would have been delighted for him to come.

"If the parameters we set were met, it was sustainable.

"We offered alternatives to PSG, who rejected them.

"They didn't want to do the deal."

Treasurer Enrique Tombas echoed Grau's comments and went into some more detail.

"We made two offers," Tombas said.

"One with players to be exchanged and another without, both were sustainable."

The club also missed out on Matthijs de Ligt this summer, with the Dutchman opting to join Juventus.

"We can say the same with De Ligt," Grau explained.

"The tax situation in Italy is more advantageous."

The deal that saw Jasper Cillessen leave the Camp Nou was also discussed, with Neto arriving in return as his replacement.

"Cillessen wanted to leave because he didn't have the minutes he wanted," Grau explained.

"If he left, we wanted to see how to replace him.

"We saw what we had and we lacked experience, so we decided to sign Neto.

"The opportunity arose, but had it not then maybe we wouldn't have signed anyone."(Marca)

September 20, 2019

How corruption crippled Nigeria’s power sector –Researchers

A new report released by the Centre for Health Equity and Justice has revealed how fraudulent contracts were awarded in the Nigerian power sector.

At the public presentation of the report in Lagos on Thursday, the lead researcher, Dr Yemi Oke, who is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, said corruption in the electricity sector manifested by way of inflation of contracts, fraud, bribery and misappropriation of funds, among others.

The report titled, ‘Kept in Darkness – Holding Non-Performing Electricity Contractors Accountable,’ the report presented cases of corruption and non-performance in contracts awarded by the Federal Government.

The researchers on page 26 of the report listed contracts it recommended for outright determination or cancellation

It read, “Second Benin-Onitsha 330kv Trx Line Power lines awarded to ABB; Gombe-Yola-Jalingo 330KV Trz Line Consortium awarded to Chrome; Katampe-National Stadium 132KV Trx Line awarded to ABB Powerlines; Umuahia-Mbalano 132 KV Trx Line awarded to Santo Energy; Yola 330/132/33KV S/S awarded to Siemens.

“Umuahia-Ohafia 132KV Trx Line awarded to Harlesden Engineering; Ohafia-Arochukwu 132KV Trx Line awarded to Mogabs Ltd; Mbalano 132/33KV S/S awarded to Union Allied Engineering; Ohafia 132/33KV S/S awarded to Union Allied Engineering; Akure-Ado Ekiti 132KV SC Trx Line and Onitsha 330/132/33KVS/S, both awarded to Siemens.”

The researchers recommended that the bidding and awards of contracts processes and power sector should be streamlined and made more transparent. (Punch)

September 20, 2019

Ekiti mother, 2 children die after amala meal

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye, on Thursday, directed the House Committee on Health to commence investigation into the death of a 45-year-old woman and her two children, aged 12 and 14, after an amala (yam flour) meal in Odo-Ayedun Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of the state.

The woman’s husband, who is in his 50s, and also partook in the meal, is said to be in a critical condition at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti, as doctors are still battling to save his life.

Eyewitnesses said two dogs that also ate from the food died.

Afuye, who spoke at the plenary of the assembly, in response to the member representing the Ikole Constituency II, Adeoye Aribasoye, who brought the matter to the notice of the House, sympathised with the family of the deceased and the people of the community over the tragic incident.

Aribasoye had called for sympathy and investigation into the matter.

The lawmaker told journalists that the meal, which was prepared by the mother, was served to all members of the family as dinner.

Aribasoye, who said the cause of the incident was still unknown, noted that food poisoning was suspected.

The lawmaker lamented the poor facilities at the health centre in Odo-Ayedun from which he noted the victims could have received first aid.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident, saying the command would join hands with other institutions to investigate the cause of the deaths.(Punch)

September 20, 2019

Boko Haram, ISWAP fleeing to North, Central Africa -Army

Boko Haram fighters are fleeing to neighbouring countries as well as North and Central African nations, following military bombardments of their strongholds in the Northeast, the Nigerian Army said yesterday.

A statement by its spokesman Col Sagir Musa said the concerted efforts of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had led to the death of scores of Boko Haram fighters have been killed and their remnants are in mass exodus to the border towns outside Nigeria.

Musa said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that due to the combined onslaught on the identified hideouts of elements of the criminal elements of bandits and erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters by our troops and the MNJTF, at the fringes of Lake Chad region, there is observed massive exodus of the criminals out of Lake Chad Tumbus to North and Central Africa sub-regions.

“There are credible reports from very reliable sources indicating massive movements of the criminal groups out of the area towards Sudan and Central African Republic as a result of successful artillery and aerial bombardments of their settlements and as the heat of the onslaught is becoming unbearable.

“This mass movement for their lives was necessitated, following the sustained air and artillery bombardments by the Nigerian Armed Forces and coalition forces of the MNJTF, which killed uncountable erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters and destroyed their weapons and equipment.

“The various national troops and the MNJTF are maintaining aggressive patrols and blocking positions against infiltration by the escaping criminals.

“It is important to note that most of the Tumbus are located along the Quadrangular borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria. To further annihilate the fleeing terrorists, efforts are ongoing for continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits. Similarly, the countries in these sub-regions have also had been contacted through the MNJTF headquarters.”(Thenation)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019

Shehu Sani discribes CBN’s new policy on cash withdrawals, deposits ”Corporate Extortion”

Senator Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, has reacted to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest policy to attach charges to cash deposits or withdrawals made by customers.

Dailypost reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria had announced that deposits or withdrawals above N500,000 by customers will attract charges going forward.

The objective of the “transaction fees” is to give vent to the Central Bank’s policy designed to reduce cash in use.

CBN Payments System Management Department Director, Sam Okojere on Tuesday announced the take-off of the charges in a statement.

However, reacting via Twitter, Sani described the new policy as corporate extortion.

He wrote: “The new directives to Banks amounts to selective corporate extortion.”

September 19, 2019

CBN begins charges on withdrawals, deposits above N500,000

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday said that the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy will begin by March 2020.

The apex bank said this in a circular to all Deposit Money Banks in the country.

It said that implementation of the policy would signal the imposition of charges on deposits in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals.

According to the circular, the charges, which take effect from Wednesday (today) will attract three per cent processing fees for withdrawals and two per cent processing fees for lodgments of amounts above N500, 000 for individual accounts.

For corporate accounts, the apex bank in the circular said that DMBs would charge five per cent processing fees for withdrawals and three per cent processing fee for lodgments of amounts above N3, 000, 000.

The statement, however, disclosed that the charge on deposits would apply in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Abia, Anambra, and Rivers States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

It added that the implementation of the cashless policy would take effect from March 31, 2020.

To further promote the cashless policy and enhance the collection of applicable government revenues, the CBN also announced a review of the process for merchant settlement.

It added that with effect from Tuesday, September 17, the CBN had given approval for banks to unbundle merchant settlement amounts and charge applicable taxes and duties on individual transactions as stipulated by regulations.

A statement signed by the Director, Payments System Management Department, CBN, Sam Okojere, said a downward review of the Merchant Service Charge had been approved.

It said henceforth, the charges had been reduced from 0.75 per cent capped at N1, 200 to 0.50 per cent capped at N1, 000. (Punch)
September 19, 2019

Evacuation of Nigerians discourage Tourists, Others to South Africa -Air Peace Boss

Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has said that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa had led to a drastic reduction of tourists and air travellers to that country.

Onyema made the statement in Lagos on Wednesday evening while speaking with journalists during the arrival of the second batch of Nigerians evacuated from the former apartheid nation in the wake of latest xenophobic attacks on African migrants.

In total, 315 Nigerians returned from South Africa aboard Air Peace, bringing the total number of returnees to 493 out of over 600, who expressed their desire to return home following the latest xenophobic attacks.

The first batch had landed in the country last Wednesday with 178 returning with the Air Peace aircraft that airlifted them from South Africa.

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was on the ground to receive the returnees including a representative of the Lagos State Government. (Saharareporters)
September 19, 2019

Couples jailed for spending money mistakenly deposited into thier account

A court in south India has sent a couple to jail after finding the husband-wife duo guilty of spending four million Indian Rupees (about 57,150 dollars) wrongly credited to their bank account in 2012.

English daily The Times of India reported on Wednesday that seeing it as a “windfall,” the couple withdrew the money within a few days and went on a spending spree, including buying a property and on their daughter’s wedding.

The money was actually meant for a government bank account belonging to the Public Works Department for carrying out some developmental works.

It was realised after eight months that the money was wrongly deposited in the couple’s bank account, instead of the government department’s bank account.

On investigation, it was found that the couple misappropriated the money after withdrawing it within a few days of it being deposited in their bank account.

Found guilty, the couple; V. Gunasekaran and his wife Radha, was sent to three years imprisonment by the trial court in Tirupur district of Tamil Nadu state.

Coincidentally, the bank accounts belonging to the couple and the government department were in the same branch of a bank.

The error was detected by bank employees. (Xinhua/NAN)

September 19, 2019

Champions League: Ferdinand reveals why Hazard will regret joining Real Madrid

Ex-Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, believes Eden Hazard may live to regret joining Real Madrid.

The Belgian ended his seven-year stay at Chelsea last summer, to join Madrid in a deal worth an estimated £88m.

Injuries have disrupted Hazard’s start at the Bernabeu and he was well below-par in Madrid’s 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Speaking after the game, Ferdinand says he fears Hazard has moved to the club at the wrong time.

“When you go to a new club, especially the size of Real Madrid, you have got to earn the right to be the man that gets the ball, that they look to first as the talisman.

“He has got to do something in the training games and in the games itself, to make them want to give him the ball.

“I’m fearful for him really that he has gone to Real Madrid at the wrong time.

“This is an ageing side, they are not on the way up and they have not got much spark about them at the moment, and that is going to reflect on him, badly, in the long term,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. (Dailypost)

September 19, 2019

Champions League: Manchester City Guardiola singles out one player after 3-0 win over Shakhtar

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, reserved special praise for Ilkay Gundogan, following their 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donestk in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Gundogan set up the first goal for Riyad Mahrez with a shot that came back off the post, before scoring the second himself.

Gabriel Jesus added a third to seal victory at the Metalist Stadium in Ukraine.

“He’s an exceptional player.

“He knows how good he has to play as there are many others in that position.

“We have problems centre-back but we have good players in other positions.

“I’m satisfied with his performance today and ever since we’ve been here together. People are starting to look at what he’s done.

“Without him last season when Fernandinho was out we couldn’t have won the Premier League in the way we did.

“He can play in two or three different positions and today he made an outstanding performance,” Guardiola told reporters after the match.(Dailypost)

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