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Army investigates conduct of troops during polls Panel to visit states, interact with CSOs, others on claims against the Army

Tunde Opalana, Abuja The Nigerian Army has set up a 9member investigative committee to probe all allegations of misconduct against its personnel during the 2019 general elections.

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This is to ensure that troops deployed for election security duties during the 2019 general elections conducted themselves within laid down rules of engagement and the code of conduct of the army. According to acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa,

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‘One chance’ robbers devise new method in FCT Use POS to rob unsuspecting victims

Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja The activities of robbers popularly known as “One chance” in the Federal Capital Territory is assuming a frightening dimension. The deadly gang who now operate during the day and night have added another dimension to their enterprise by moving around with a Point of Sale (POS) transaction machine. They now target the SIM cards of their victims, alongside ATM cards. It has been discovered that, with the SIM card, they can access their victim’s bank verification number (BVN) and have total access to other accounts linked to it. Though the police say it is decreasing due to several measures being put in place against it, residents and victims told The Daily Times that ‘One Chance’ robbery style is actually on the increase. It is usually carried out in commercial vehicles, where criminals pose as passengers only to turn against other passengers in transit.

Mr. Jude Agbo, a resident of Nyanya, a satellite town in the FCT, told our correspondent that he was returning from his office at Maitama Extension around 11:00pm after the day’s job. He boarded a cab at Mpape junction to go home, but immediately after the car took off, the man that sat beside him removed a gun, pointed at him and asked him to cooperate with them. He said: “They collected all I had on me. As if that was not enough, they took my ATM card, drove to a bank around the area and requested for my pin with the gun still pointing at me. “After I gave them the pin, they confirmed to be sure after which they pushed me off the car on the very lonely road. Before the day break, they withdrew N300,000 from my account. It is indeed an experience I will never forget”. Another incident involved Alfred Uma who was returning to Abuja from Lokoja. He alighted from the popular Utako market where he boarded a taxi to Wuse Zone 5 having no inkling that he boarded a CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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vehicle operated by thieves. He said mid-way into their journey, just after Sky memorial the robbers announced their mission. “The two-man gang asked everyone in the cab to obey their orders or get hurt. “To my utmost shock, these gang had a POS on them. Those of us with ATM cards were asked to transfer money using the POS. We had no choice but to obey because of the dangerous weapons they were carrying”, Uma said. Residents say they are no longer safe and it is really disturbing because it keeps happening every day. The ugly development has brought safety and security issues to the front burner amongst Abuja residents. A reporter who was waiting for a taxi at the Federal secretariat also fell a victim of this deadly gang. According to the reporter simply identified as Alex, as soon as he boarded the cab, he observed that the driver took him through an unfamiliar route. “It didn’t occur to me that

he had a bad motive because I thought he was avoiding traffic only for him to stop on a lonely road not far from AYA, pretending he wanted to take a tool in the boot to check a fault in the cab. “Before I could say driver ‘hurry up’, he came into the cab with one other man from God knows where who pointed a dagger at me, dispossessed me of my laptop and everything I had on me, then they threw me out of the cab and zoomed off. It was terrible”. Another ‘One Chance’ incident involved a middleaged woman who came out from a bank along Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki after withdrawing money. She boarded an unpainted Volkswagen Golf cab unknowing that four other passengers already seated in the cab were members of the driver’s gang. Luck, however, ran out on the driver and his gang when a taxi sighted the Volkswagen car and discreetly followed the cab behind having sensed that the mission of the four men in the cab when they picked up the victim was suspicious. While the criminal and

his gang were busy robbing their victim, the taxi driver behind rammed his car into theirs thereby forcing them to stop. That was after they had snatched N57, 000 cash from the woman’s handbag. The other members of the gang escaped leaving the driver to his fate. The shouts for help by the woman drew the attention of passersby who pounced on the driver and subjected him to serious beating. He was lynched by a mob. Many of the red municipal buses that linked the city centre to the suburbs have since been decommissioned and are now wasting at the Abuja Municipal Transport Company park along Kubwa Expressway. As a result, with the chaotic public transportation need between the city centre and satellite towns, private vehicles have become the only alternative for people to reach their destinations, and also pose the greatest risks. Most residents (especially those that make use of commercial transportation) have either had encounters or known someone that had an encounter with the criminals.

Army investigates conduct of troops during polls Continued from page 1 the investigative committee is headed by Maj. Gen. T.A. Gagariga with Brig. Gen. J.M. Ali, Brig. Gen. G.O. Adeshina, Brig. Gen. M. A. Obari, Col. A.T. Bitiyong, Col. A. Tanko and Col. W.A. Bakare as members and Lt. Col. Ebuk will serve as secretary. He said in a press release that the committee is “to investigate all allegations of misconduct against the NA during the just concluded general elections. The committee is to submit its report not later than 31st of March, 2019.” The committee, which has already commenced action, was inaugurated by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General Kay Isiyaku, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and admonished to carry out their duties objectively, fairly and transparently in line with its

terms of reference. According to Col. Musa, the committee’s terms of reference centered on thoroughly investigating the activities, actions and/or inactions of NA personnel in all the states that alleged one infraction, wrongdoing or the other. “The committee is also to collate and thoroughly analyze all reports to determine the veracity of the allegations, including the alleged assassination attempt on the Rivers State governor and the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Lt. Kurmi as well as that leading to serious injuries to an officer and some soldiers in the state. “The committee is further mandated to visit all states where issues have been raised about the conduct of NA during and after the elections and also interact with Civil Society Organisations, sister security agencies and state

governors with claims against the army,” he added. It would be recalled that Lt. Gen Buratai had at many fora, consistently (both in words and actions) soundly indicated that under his watch, army personnel must remain apolitical, respect human rights and abide by the rule of law in all its official engagements within or outside Nigeria and in or out of conflict situation. Troops were deployed for the elections under Operation Safe Conduct that was set up to provide support to the police and other security agencies to ensure hitch free and successful elections in the country. Chairman of the committee, Major General T.A .Gagariga assured the army chief and all Nigerians of the committee’s commitment, resolve and determination to objectively and professionally address the major issues as contained in the committee’s terms of reference.

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L-R: Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachicku, Minister of Water Resources, Alh Sulieman Adamu and Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu during the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja

Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Kadir Obafemi Hamzat, charting with one of the pupils of Collapsed Building, during their visit to the Lagos General Hospital, in Lagos…on Thursday.

L-R: Princess Adejumoke Ekanola; Awardee, Mrs Oluremi Soetan; Deaconess Arinola Odusola and Director of Music Nun Danket Orchestral & BandMr Adeyinka Akapo, at the Group’s 5th year Anniversary Official Unveiling of the Commemorative logo/Activities in Lagos.

Many trapped as building collapses in Ibadan A two-storey building collapsed on Friday in Sogoye along Bode, Molete area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, leaving many of its occupants trapped. A resident, who disclosed this, said the incident happened around 5:50pm. The number of trapped victims could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. However, sympathisers were

at the scene at the time of filing this report, making efforts to rescue victims before the arrival of government officials. Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government shortly after the incident deployed two excavators to the scene of in a bid to rescue victims trapped under the rubble. Spokesman for the Oyo State Government, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the government was on top of the situation.

Arulogun said: “We have deployed two excavators there. Our officials are right there now, to rescue trapped victims. There is no cause for alarm.” As at the time of filing this report, no death had been recorded. The incident comes exactly 48 hours after a three-storey building collapsed in the ItaFaaji area of Lagos Island, killing at least 12 persons, including nine children.

L-R: Wole Famurewa, Market Editor, West Africa, CNBC/Moderator; Dr. Doyin Salami, Senior Lecturer, Lagos Business School (LBS); Abosede Alimi, Director, Strategy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Management, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF); Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Group Chief, Sustainability and Governance, Dangote Industries Limited, and Mr. Kola Aina, Founding Partner, Ventures Platform Limited, at the official report presentation of LSETF impact, progress with support from Ford Foundation in Lagos State.


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Forfeiture of N2.4bn: Supreme Court rules against Patience Jonathan Adrew Orolua, Abuja The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Patience Jonathan, wife of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, seeking to upturn the interim forfeiture order by a Federal High Court, Lagos placed on the sum of N2.4 billion linked to her. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had traced the said sum to her and alleged that it was a proceed of illegal activities. The N2.4 billion, according to the EFCC was surreptitiously kept in the bank account of La Wari Furniture and Baths Limited, domiciled with Eco Bank Plc.

Justice Mojisola Olaterogun had in 2017 ordered the interim forfeiture of the money and held that anyone interested in it should appear before the court to show cause why it should not be finally forfeited to the federal government. Dissatisfied with the ruling, thr former First Lady had approached the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, seeking to upturn the ruling of the lower court. However, ruling on the appeal on January 12, 2018, the appellate court, in a lead judgement read by Justice Mojeed Owoade, rather upheld the interim forfeiture order. Not satisfied with the ruling of the appellate court, Dame

Jonathan, through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, again filed an appeal challenging the ruling before the Supreme Court. However, the five-member panel of Supreme Court justices have now again in a unanimous ruling, delivered on Friday, March 15, 2019, upheld the interim forfeiture order of the N2.4 billion. It would be recalled that a fivemember panel of Supreme Court justices, had on Friday, March 8, 2019, in a unanimous judgement, also dismissed Mrs. Jonathan’s appeal against the interim forfeiture order of a Federal High Court, Lagos, for another $8.4 million traced to her by the EFCC and believed to be proceeds of illegal activities.

Again, NEMA receives 174 returnees from Libya Says 12,574 Nigerians deported from Libya since 2017

Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo The Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Lagos Territorial Office, Mallam Idris Muhammed, has received 174 repatriated Assisted Voluntary Returnees. Idris disclosed that with this batch, the total number of stranded Nigerians repatriated back from Libya makes it 12,574 Assisted Voluntary Returnees. In addition, Mallam Muhammed revealed that over 4,900 of the Returnees have been trained on various skill acquisition and empowerment training by IOM through Special Funding facilitated by the European Union.

He said most of them have set up various businesses in their choice of occupation. He explained that the Thursday this week flight was the 64 flights since the Programme of Assisted Voluntary Returnees initiated by EU but being implemented by IOM started in April, 2017. The Returnees were brought back aboard Al Buraq Airline in Boeing 737-800 aircraft with flight number UZ 389-390 and registration number 5A-DMG from Sebha City and arrived Cargo Wing of MMIA, Ikeja, Nigeria at about 9:45 p.m. Details on the new Returnees indicated that 62 adult females, 11 female children and 11 female infants made the total of 84 females

while the males were composed of 74 male adults, 12 male children and 15 male infants making a total of 90 males that were brought back. Addressing the returnees on arrival, the Coordinator assured all the new Returnees and those that had been brought earlier of Federal Government readiness to continue supporting and collaborating with other Department Partners in providing enabling environment for the realisations of potential of all the youths in the country. He empahsised that Federal Government will continue to strengthen her assistance to state and local government authorities in rehabilitating the Returnees into their communities.

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How APC won Zamfara elections in 24 hours – Gov. Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has attributed the successes recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the February 23 and March 9 general elections in the state despite the party’s crisis to “divine intervention’’. Yari disclosed this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC was allowed to field candidates for all the elections in the state only a week before the first day of elections (February 23) when a Court of Appeal in Sokoto, Sokoto State, reversed an earlier decision of a lower court, which had banned the party from the elections. The Zamfara State Collation Officer, Kabir Bala of the Ahmadu Bello (ABU) Zaria, had announced that the APC Presidential candidate, President Buhari, won the February 23 presidential election in the state with 438,682 votes while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, scored 125,423 votes. Bala also disclosed that the APC had won the three senatorial seats and the seven seats in the House of Representatives from the state in the February 23 presidential and parliamentary elections. He said the APC governorship candidate won the state governorship election with 534,541 to defeat Bello Muhammad Mutawalle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 189,452 while the APC also won all the 24 seats in the Zamfara State House of Assembly. Governor Yari, who spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday, said he was happy with the outcome of the elections, saying that it was God that gave this political victory to the APC in the state. He said: “You know the turmoil that Zamfara elections put on Nigeria, disagreements upon disagreements, from the party to court and then to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which disagreed. ”Then, we went back to court and finally under 24 hours, we were cleared and we were back on the ballot box. “Only God has done this and given us

the victory. “I am very happy with the outcome of the elections. I also want to appreciate my people, despite the fact that some people felt I was carried away by the activities at the centre, insinuating I abandoned the seat, especially with the security problem, but the people are aware of what the administration has been doing and they appreciate it. “Despite the daily attacks, the security agencies were up and doing and their presence in the state was well appreciated by the people. “They also appreciated the efforts of Mr President which took us to where we are. Like I said only God could have done it.’’ The governor also disclosed that he had succeeded in reconciling all the aggrieved APC aspirants in the state. He said his past experience as party chairman in the state, member, House of Representatives and governor for eight years had helped him to restore peace and tranquility within the governing APC in the state. “In my state, there were only seven or eight people contesting for the governorship position and I have said it that if I could preside over primaries where 18 people contested and succeeded, why can’t I manage eight, nine or 10 in my state? “I have been on ground since 1999 to date and I know the system and how it works. I have been party secretary, party chairman, House of Representative and a two-term Governor, is with this experience that I was able to manage. “Unfortunately, there were a lot of misunderstanding between the party in the state and the national body but in the end we ended in the court and the court gave the verdict and INEC compiled. “Though, it came late, if you are with the grassroots definitely everything must work well. The people appreciated what we have been doing and when it came to voting, they voted wisely,’’ he added. Yari, whose tenure as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum would expire by May 29, expressed the hope that the forum would remain united and work in tandem with the Federal Government’s agenda.

Sugar’s murder: ADP protests, gives DSS, Police ultimatum Tom Okpe, Abuja

While the nation awaits the rescheduled inconclusive election in some states fixed for March 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has protested the murder of its prominent member, Temitope Olatoye, (also known as Sugar) in Oyo State during the Governorship and the State House of Assembly election last Saturday, asking the Inspector General of Police and the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) to unravel the killers within 48 hours. Olatoye was reportedly shot at a close range on Saturday evening, March 9, 2019, and later died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the University College Hospital, Ibadan,

following the bullet wounds he sustained on the head by suspected political opponents in Lalupon area of Ibadan, Oyo State. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, National Chairman and Presidential candidate of the party, Engr. Yusuf Yabaji Sani, described the late lawmaker as an astute and principled politician, saying that despite the overtures by some political parties to defect, the late lawmaker stuck to the ADP principles and remained loyal to the party. He said: “We call on the Inspector General of Police, Director General DSS and other relevant security agencies to within the next forty eight hours order a thorough investigation and bring to book the perpetrators of this dastardly political act. “The ADP is exceedingly

worried that Sugar who had won his Senatorial elections convincingly and later upturned was reportedly attacked by suspected thugs of a rival politician in his Lagelu/ Akinyele Federal Constituency of Oyo State. “We are confident of justice in this premeditated day light murder as we rely on the promises made by the President Muhammadu Buhari before the elections that all perpetrators of election violence will be made to face the full wrath of the law. “The ADP joins Sugar’s grieving aged mother, family members, friends, political associates, millions of supporters and the rest of humanity to denounce the gruesome murder of this philanthropist par excellence, family man, peace maker, popular politician exceedingly loved by his people who had

continuously elected him at every election he contested from the state House of Assembly to the Federal House of Representative where he was a serving member until his last outing when he again, was elected to represent his constituency as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. Engr. Yabàji said the party is proud that the late Sugar remained an apostle of the ADP ideal of providing credible alternative leadership, ideas, philosophical framework and development-oriented policies that has been spoken of in the last one year. “Hon Sugar’s death was one in many others perpetrated by desperate politicians for selfish and ill- motivated interests. These condemnable acts of killings and the impunity, with which they are carried out have appalled Nigerians and

members of the international election observers, who have also denounced the killings and irregularities that characterised the elections, especially the March 9 Governorship and state House of Assembly elections. “The violence of the 2019 elections has once again proved that some political actors in Nigeria have imbibed this dangerous do-or- die politics, which has continued to bring death and destruction of property in every election cycle. The ADP is even more grieved that the security agencies that promised adequate security before, during and after the polls, appeared to have failed in their duties. “The ADP has it on good authority that elements of some favoured political parties had the backing of the security forces, while they perpetrated violence and irregularities during the polls”, he stated.


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Gov Ishaku raises the alarm over fake military attack plot Accuses APC of masterminding Jalingo killings

Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo Taraba state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has raised the alarm and has asked the people of the state to be vigilant, declaring that fake armed soldiers plan to attack the state in four days’ time. Ishaku, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, explained that the fake soldiers were on a mission to kill innocent people in the state. “They are on a serious mission to kill; these are fake Soldiers who were smuggled into the state to waste the lives of innocent people,” he said. While calling on the people of the state to watch out for the fake soldiers, Gov. Ishaku further called the attention of security agencies to

be proactive against the activities of the fake soldiers. Similarly, the state government has accused the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship election in the state, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi as the brain behind the crisis that erupted in Jalingo, the state capital since his declaration as the governor-elect. The state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Simon Dogara, who made the allegation this Friday during a press conference in Jalingo against the APC candidate, said that several lives were lost in the orgy of violence that erupted in the state. He said miscreants suspected to be APC youth attacked people who came out in their numbers to celebrate the PDP’s victory, disclosing that the dangerous dimension to the ugly incident

was the religious colouration the crisis has turned into. Referring to the APC governorship candidate in the state, Dogara said that “it is disheartening that a man who is aspiring to a high position of leadership of the state will resort to religious bigotry to achieve his ambition.” While thanking the larger section of the people for refusing to cooperate with him to cause more tension and damage to lives and properties, the commissioner informed that peace has gradually returned to Jalingo. He maintained that Governor Ishaku appreciates the contributions of all the good people of the state in achieving peace. According to him, the governor would ensure that all law - abiding citizens are protected to go about their lawful activities without molestation.

Short News FG’s policies implementation, audit committee to submit report in 14 days Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The federal government’s policies, programme and project audit committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari will in the next two weeks submit report on its findings and guidelines on how the APC led administration will deliver on its mandate. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who doubles as the chairman of the committee, disclosed this on Friday while formally inaugurating the committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said that the objective of the report would be a guideline for the incoming ministers and cabinet members. Osinbajo said that the committee would determine the current status of government’s projects and performance as well as providing a direction for the implementation of the government’s policies and programmes in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the Next Level policy documents. The Vice President also said that the committee will review government’s projects, including those inherited from previous administration and those initiated by the present administration. According to him, the term of reference is to audit and determine the status of implementation of policies, programmes and projects either inherited or commenced by the out-going administration, identify and highlight a residue of works and challenges that may militate against their successful implementation. “The committee will prepare and produce a detailed working document that would guide the incoming cabinet members on the direction of government regarding policies, programmes and projects, co-opt any organization(s)/person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the exercise and make any other recommendation(s) as may be necessary,” Osinbajo stated.

AGF says MDAs not yet on IPPIS will face consequences Joseph Inokotong, Abuja The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris has again advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) yet to comply with the President’s directive to move their payroll to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to be ready for the consequences of their action, as the treasury will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the directive is fully complied with. Mr. Idris gave this advice while receiving the Ag. Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Adamu, who was at the Treasury House on a courtesy visit. Commending the police for showing example by complying with the directive of the President, the AGF said “I want to place on record that the police has fully been integrated into the IPPIS platform and their successful enrollment has paved way for the enrollment of the military, which has further demonstrated the robustness of the platform and our avowed commitment to a transparent, accountable and efficient management of the nation’s funds in line with global best practices.” In a statement by the Head Press and Public Relations (OAGF), Oise D. Johnson, the AGF also congratulated the Aacting police inspector-general on his appointment, describing it as well deserved and expressed optimism that given his sterling qualities and performances so far in office, the acting IGP would soon be confirmed as the substantive inspector- general. Earlier in his remarks, the Ag. Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, extolled the cordial relationship existing between the police and the office of the accountant general, describing it as “a very strategic partnership in the business of policing the nation.”

L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Emirs of Borgu, HRH Mohammed Sani Haliru Dantoro Kitoro !V, Emir of Kaiama, HRH Alhaji Muazu Shehu Umar, Oba of Kishi HRM Oba Lawal Mashood Oyekola, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Senator-Elect, Pharm Sadiq Umar Suleiman, Wazirin Borgu, Alhaji Sa’ad Abdulhameed, Galadiman Borgu, Alhaji Baba Khald a during a congratulatory visit for the re-election of the President for 2nd term at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

INEC panel on Rivers concludes work The fact-finding panel constituted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to look into the conduct of the last governorship and state assembly elections in Rivers state has concluded its assignment. Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi told journalists in response to media enquiries that the panel which is headed by Prof. Anthonia Simbine would submit its report to the commission for further action “The Rivers Fact Finding

Committee is back and will submit its report to the commission which will study it and decide on the next line of action,” he said on Friday. Pressed for specific timelines, Oyekanmi said the commission would make its decision public after studying and deliberating on the report. Sources within the commission said that the committee whose deadline lapsed since Wednesday, could not submit its report the following day as the commission spent all day presenting

certificates of return to over 400 federal lawmakers. Following reports of widespread violence and disruption of elections in the Rivers state during the governorship and state assembly elections, INEC had announced the suspension of all electoral processes. While the suspension was indefinite, the commission also launched a probe of the entire processes and its fact-finding committee was to report back within 48 hours. The deadline ended Tuesday.

PDP asks INEC to declare Imo North senatorial result Tunde Opalana, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to direct the immediate announcement of the already collated results of the February 23 Imo North Senatorial District election, as well as the March 9 re - run poll, in which the PDP candidate, Ndubueze Patrick is in the clear lead. The party cautioned that the continuous delay in announcing the final result, after returns have been established at the polling units, wards and local government levels is already heightening tension in the state. The party claimed that the results have been moved to INEC headquarters in Abuja following the harassment of INEC officials in Imo state by agents of the losing All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Alliance (AA). Stating the party’s position in a statement on Friday, National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said from the collated results in the February 23 elections, the PDP won in all the local governments in Imo North before polls in two local governments, Isiala Mbano and Ehime Mbano were cancelled and scheduled for a re - run. “Already, from the results declared, the PDP led in Okigwe, Onuimo, Obowo and Ihite/Uboma Local Government Areas with 21, 254 votes ahead of APC and AA which scored 12, 756 and 12, 236 votes respectively. “At the March 9 re - run elections, when the AA and the APC realized that the PDP was winning, they resorted to mutilation and alteration of results, particularly with the collaboration of collation officers in Ehime Mbano, before the intervention of the state resident electoral commissioner, who called for proper scrutiny of documents following protests by the people,” he said .


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PDP warns INEC against cancelling Short News Delta runs free education at basic, declared results in Bauchi secondary levels - Gov’s aide Tunde Opalana, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sternly cautioned the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, against attempts by his commission to tamper with and further cancel already tallied and declared results in 14 local governments in the Bauchi state governorship election. The PDP warned that with the charged atmosphere in state and the level of awareness attained by the people, any attempt by anybody to tamper with the already announced results will attract serious consequences. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, said the PDP already has full information of plots by certain known top ranking officials of INEC, who have been bribed with huge sums of money by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to widen the scope of result cancellation beyond Tafawa Balewa to 14 more local government areas and hike the number of cancelled votes from 70, 000 to 184, 555.

To achieve this, he alleged that INEC has been instructed by the APC to cancel already declared results in 230 polling units in 15 council areas in the state, cause confusion and pave the way for the APC to manipulate the March 23 supplementary elections. The party said upon realizing that the PDP and its candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, are inevitably coasting to victory, being that Tafawa Balewa is home to the PDP, the APC is instructing INEC to cancel elections in more local governments where it plans to manipulate the process and allocate fictitious results for the APC at the March 23 polls. It insisted that such a wicked plot cannot stand, as the people of Bauchi state have fully rallied themselves for a firm resistance. “Our party is already in possession of a leaked document from the Bauchi INEC office, which exposed details of this wicked plot against the people of Bauchi state. “This plot further justifies our stance that even the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa results was orchestrated by the APC and INEC in the ignoble bid to forcefully rob the people of Bauchi state of their choice of the PDP candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, as their governor.

“It is public knowledge that by the results delivered at the polling units, Sen. Bala Mohammed was already leading with over 4, 000 votes after results of 19 LGs were collated and announced. “With Tafawa Balewa LG where the PDP scored 40, 000 valid votes against the APC’s 29, 000, it is clear that our party won the election with about 15, 000 votes only for the results of the Tafawa Balewa to be cancelled for no just cause by INEC,” he said. The PDP urged Nigerians to note that the result for Tafawa Balewa was cancelled by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, who unilaterally ruled that there was no result for the council area even when the Collation Officer, Mrs. Dominion Anosike, had informed the commission that there was no incident of cancellation, violence or electoral malpractices at both the polling unit and ward levels. “Though the PDP vehemently rejected the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa, it stands with the people of Bauchi state in their determination to go to the supplementary election on March 23 and reinforce its candidate’s victory in Tafawa Balewa LG.

Nosa Akenzua, Asaba The Delta state government has reacted to an online viral video where a pupil was reported to have been sent out of school for lack of school fees. Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu in a statement in Asaba on Friday, noted that it was wrong to have put the blame on the shoulders of the state government as public schools in the state are completely free from tuition fees. The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a virile video online of a little girl purportedly from Delta state where she alleged that she was driven from school because her parents were unable to pay her school fees. “We have also watched the video and read several comments on the matter where mischief makers tried to put culpability on the state government. While we empathize with the little girl and her parents over her ordeal, it is important to state that the state government runs free education at both primary and secondary school levels in all public schools in the state and therefore, it is impossible to assume that the little girl was sent home from a public school in the state.

Ambode’s wife condoles families of collapsed building victims Benjamin Omoike Wife of the Governor of Lagos state, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, on Friday described the collapsed building which claimed the lives of some school pupils at Ita-faaji area of the state, as a very sad incident and prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims. In a statement signed by the Assistant Director Public Affairs in her office, Folashade Kadiri, the governor’s wife lamented that it was most unfortunate that young pupils in the course of education should meet such a tragic fate. According to her, “as a mother I feel pained and sad that little pupils in the course of education should meet such a tragic fate.” Mrs. Ambode, who is currently out of the country, noted that sad occurrences like these could be prevented, if property developers adhered strictly to building codes and carry out integrity tests, stressing that lives were too precious to sacrifice for economic gains. She prayed that God would comfort the families of the deceased children, bring quick recovery for the injured and prevent a recurrence of such a fatal tragedy in the state.

Idera community seeks govt’s approval of community school Joy Obakeye, Lagos

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9th NASS: Buhari won’t interfere in choice of principal officers - Presidency Tunde Opalana, Abuja The Presidency has assured elected members of the National Assembly that President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the leadership race that will produce principal officers of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, gave the assurance of Buhari’s neutrality in the choice of the 9th National Assembly leadership while addressing Senate correspondents in Abuja on Friday. Describing Buhari as a democrat who believes in the principles of power separation, Enang said the President will allow each arm of government to perform its constitutional responsibility without interfering in who assumes leadership positions of the parliament.

Some of the incoming lawmakers had on Thursday specifically, cautioned President Buhari and the APC leadership against working at cross-purposes to avoid another tussle that would alter the party’s zoning formula. The presidential aide said Buhari will remain neutral and allow the elected lawmakers carry out their constitutional responsibilities. He said that “the principle of President Muhammadu Buhari is that each arm of government should function according to what the constitution says which is that every person in government should do the right thing. “He (Buhari) will not go beyond what the constitution allows him and every arm of government should stick to its constitutional responsibilities.” Enang urged the federal lawmakers to give priority to certain critical legislations like the 2019 Appropriation Bill, New Minimum Wage Bill, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and

the budget of the various government agencies. He said that “the budget of the 64 different federal government owned agencies are still pending before the national parliament. “Unless the budgets of the different agencies are considered and passed, we still have a lot to lose in terms of opportunities for employment in those ministries and some capital projects which would have increased government spending or the spending of the various agencies and parastatals. “The executive is ready with all the system to come in and defend the budget. We have in advance, worked with the committee on appropriation to determine a time table for the defense of their budgets. “We have informed all the ministers, heads of departments, agencies and the ministries to be on the alert so that immediately the bill is committed to the committee on appropriation, we will upon invitation, appear before them.”

Idera Community Development Association, Ikorodu, Lagos state is seeking for the state government’s approval of their community school that has been existing for a while now. The group at the first end of the year party organized by Godleds Community Development Association said that the Idera community belongs to the three CDA’s namely Godleds, Agbede, and Fajimi. Spokesman of the group, former chairman of the community, Ajaro Moruf, said that the three CDA’s in the spirit of giving back to the society and helping the government develop their area bought four plots of land, while the Omonile’s supported them with two extra plots making it an acre to build the community school in order to give their children access to education. He said they came up with the land dedication for the construction of the school because the communities had no public school, adding that when the school project started in 2015, that enrolled 100 pupils. According to him, 15 CDA’s had access to the school before the school closed in 2017 because of lack of funds to pay teachers, declaring that “the school is free and basically for the less privileged.”

Kidnappers release Masari’s mother-in-law - Police

The Katsina state Police Command has confirmed the release of the mother-in-law to Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state, Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf. Hajiya Hauwa, the mother to one of the governor’s wife, Hajiya Binta, was abducted one week ago at her residence in Katsina metropolis. This was contained in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isa on Friday in Katsina. ‘’I am very happy to inform you that the old woman has been released by her abductors in the early hours of the day (Friday). She is hale and hearty and has already been reunited with her family after necessary medical checkup,’’ he said. In a related development, the PPRO said that the police arrested a notorious member of a kidnap syndicate in Batsari Local Government Area of the state. Isa said that the suspect attacked the house of one Mustapha Sani and attempted to kidnap his two wives. According to him, the combined team of police and vigilante members promptly pursued the suspect and succeeded in rescuing the two women. “The command will continue to solicit for the cooperation and support of the public in the fight against kidnapping and banditry,” he said.


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Benue youth allege INEC under pressure to subvert guber re-run

National President of Benue Youth Forum, Comrade Terrence Kuanum has raised the alarm that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was under intense pressure from high quarters to subvert the coming Benue state governorship re-run election in favour of the APC. He warned that any external interference to skew the process in favour of any party would be resisted by Benue youth and advised those plotting to compel the state resident electoral commissioner to announce the APC as winner of the re –run poll against the wishes of the majority of the people of the state, to also make available body bags to evacuate Benue youths who are prepared to die for a course they believe in. Comrade Kuanum, who spoke in Makurdi, said that Benue youth

have it on good authority that the state REC, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda had allegedly come under intense pressure from the APC to subvert the re-run election in the state and announce the APC candidate as winner. “The plan is for INEC to announce the APC candidate winner of the election while PDP heads to the tribunal to seek justice which will not be served. The APC and its cotravelers are pressuring INEC to destroy Benue state for their own greed even when it is obvious that the re-run is nothing, but an academic exercise because Gov. Samuel Ortom has a lead margin of over 80, 000 votes. “Moreover, we also have it on record that in the 179 polling units where elections were cancelled which are known PDP strongholds,

with registered voter strength of 121, 019, not more than 70, 000 of the electorate have Permanent Voters’ Cards, even at that, there is no way voter turnout in these places can hit 40 per cent. “We’re confident of victory; PDP Benue youth have said and we will reiterate that nobody, would impose a governor on us. We will freely choose our governor and he is the one who has continued to stand in defense of the people and that is why we came out en masse a week ago to vote him to show gratitude and we will do it again on March 23.” When contacted, the INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Benue state, Mr. Emma Okpe said “it is not true that we are under pressure to announce anybody winner of the March 23 re-run, these are mere rumours in the town.”

Short News Group demands resignation of Edo PDP chairman Titus Akhigbe, Benin A group within the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change has vowed to rescue the state branch of the party and turn it into a vibrant, inclusive and transparent party that will always win elections in the state. The group’s position is contained in a statement made available to newsmen immediately after an emergency meeting of concerned party members in Benin City, the Edo state capital. The communique signed by group’s Legal Adviser, Davison Osas Davison, said that the door of the PDP concerned members is wide open to women and men who are passionate about the party and want to reverse its electoral misfortunes since the present executive committee led by Chief Dan Orbih assumed office nine years ago. The group said “we can no longer fold our hands and allow a group of political merchants to destroy the party we labored to form and nurture before the so-called leaders came in from their former political parties to reap where they did not sow. “Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change is irrevocably committed to return the party to the people from the present stranglehold of the cabal.”

Abducted Lebanese worker killed in Kano A kidnapped Lebanese construction engineer has been found dead in the bush in Kano state, a police spokesman said Friday. His body was found by locals near Yansango village on the outskirts of Kano City said police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna. “The body of the expatriate engineer was discovered by villagers in the bush and the police were notified,” he told AFP, adding that “he was confirmed dead at Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy.” Haruna, who said an investigation was under way, did not say whether the kidnappers had made any ransom demand. Four gunmen abducted the Lebanese at a road construction site in Kano on Tuesday morning, in an attack that left one construction worker dead and another injured. The engineer was supervising work on the site at the time. In April last year, gunmen seized a German engineer in Kano after killing his police escort, days after a Syrian businessman was killed by gunmen who abducted his teenage son. The German was held for several weeks before being released.

Plateau INEC boss beating drums of war - Group Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos L-R: National President National Union of Road Transport Workers , Alh. Najeem Yasin; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu; Deputy National President, NURTW Bayesla State, Mr. Elijah Uwumoko; Member NURTW, Mr. Joseph Alunya; Chairman NURTW Lagos state, Alh. AgbedeTajudeen; and a Member, National Trustee NURTW, Alh. Imam Karshi, during the NUTRW visit to the IGP on credible election in Abuja.

BMO commends Buhari’s foresight as non-oil exports rises The Buhari Media Organization has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over what it described as his foresight following the rise of non-oil export rise by 15 per cent. The group said the rise in foreign exchange earnings from non-oil export is a vindication of Buhari’s foresight in diversifying the Nigerian economy. According to the BMO, the expansion in production of agricultural commodities for export and mining of non-oil minerals is pulling in more foreign exchange for Africa’s biggest economy. This was contained in a statement signed by the group’s Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke respectively in Abuja on Friday, stated that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) latest figures on earnings from non-oil and electricity exports which increased by 15 per cent to $1,034.59 million in Q4 2018 is a clear manifestation of the wisdom in Buhari’s

economic diversification efforts. “CBN statistics which indicate a favourable provisional balance of payments for Q4 2018 with a surplus of $2.80billion is a proof that Nigeria’s effort to reduce unnecessary imports and increase exports is working to our national advantage. “We expect Nigerians to appreciate that it is a significant economic achievement for the country’s current account balance to have improved from a deficit of $1,544.41 million in Q3 2018 to a surplus of $1,104.57 million in Q4 2018. “This achievement did not happen on its own, but a result of sound economic management by the administration and its agencies that are working in harmony to achieve the vision of President Buhari to reset the economy, sustain and deepen the status of our economy as the largest on the African continent,” the BMO

stated. The pro-Buhari group specifically, praised the CBN for its diligent management of the country’s foreign exchange chest and turning the nation’s financial account balance with assets of $2,327.91 million in the period under review against net financial liabilities of $4,615.17 million recorded in the preceding period. “The impact of restriction on access to foreign exchange at official rates for the frivolous importation of certain goods has had a significant impact in checking leakages of the country’s foreign exchange reserves by increasing the surplus in the goods account. “It is significant to note that the CBN says surplus in the goods account increased significantly to $6.794 billion in Q4 2018 from surpluses of $3.76 billion in the preceding quarter and $5.473 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017,” the statement added.

A group under the aegis of Plateau Citizens has declared that they will resist plans by the Plateau state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Malam Halilu Pai, to take the state into another round of crisis, accusing him of beating the drums of war. The group said as concerned citizens, Plateau youths were questioning INEC over its neutrality in the electoral process, asserting that majority of the crises that have engulfed the state were the outcome of the insensitivity of the electoral body to conduct free, fair and credible elections. Speaking at a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state capital, the group’s Director, Mr. Joseph Bot, also called for the resignation of the state INEC boss. “We hereby call on Malam Halilu Pai to resign honorably as the lives of Nigerian citizens surpass the interest of one man; our second prayer is a call for the cancellation of election in Jos North, Shendam, Wase, Kanam, Qua’an-Pan, Langtang South and Mikang Local Government Areas,” he said. The body accused the resident electoral commissioner of illegally distributing sensitive electoral materials, including thumb- printed ballot papers in favour of a particular political party. “These sensitive materials were found in the hands of reputable political personalities days before the general elections. Other sins of the electoral umpire range from the deployment of military troops who disrupted the election by harassing and brutally assaulting the electorate and youth corps members. “Use of unclaimed PVCs in the possession of INEC while carrying out secret accreditation at various corners. Exchange of smart card reader machines in some polling units and collation centers among others,” the group alleged.


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Supreme Court okays Rev. King to die by hanging

The Supreme Court has okayed the convicted General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King to die by hanging. In a unanimous judgment Friday afternoon, a seven-man panel of justices of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen, upheld the death sentence that was earlier handed to Ezeugo by the Lagos state High Court. Consequently, the court in its lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, dismissed the appeal filed by the convicted clergyman. Justice Ngwuta declared that “the facts of the case could have been lifted from a horror film and having resolved all the 12 issues Ezeugo raised in his appeal, this appeal has no merit. The judgement of the court of appeal is hereby affirmed. “The prison sentence that was earlier handed to the appellant is no longer relevant in view of the death sentence passed on him.” It will be recalled that Ezeugo was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007, for the alleged

murder of his church member, Ann Uzoh. He was subsequently arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder. The charge against him was instituted at the instance of the Lagos state Directorate of Public Prosecutions. During the trial, the prosecution had argued that the convict poured petrol on the diseased, Uzor and five others. Uzoh died on August 2, 2006, exactly 11 days after the incident. In her judgment, trial Justice Joseph Oyewole, who is now a justice of the Court of Appeal, Calabar, said there was sufficient evidence linking the accused person to the commission of the crime. Consequently, she convicted and sentenced Ezeugo to 20 years’ imprisonment for the attempted murder and death by hanging for murder. But, dissatisfied with the judgment, Ezeugo filed an appeal at Appel Court, Lagos and in his notice of appeal dated January 16, 2007, prayed the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the lower court. Aside 16 grounds of appeal he raised

through his lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, he was subsequently granted leave to argue an additional 16 grounds based an amended notice of appeal filed on June 15, 2008. Ojo argued that his client did not commit the crime and was not at the scene of the incident, insisting that the deceased, Uzoh, had in two statements she made after the incident and before her death, stated that she got burnt in a generator accident and that the cleric was not responsible for her injuries. The three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, in a lead judgment that was delivered by Justice Fatimo Akinbami, dismissed Ezeugo’s appeal and upheld the high court’s verdict. The other members of the appellate court panel that equally concurred with the lower court’s verdict were Justices Amina Augie and Ibrahim Saulawa. Determined to save his life, Rev. Ezeugo lodged an appeal before the Supreme Court. However, his appeal was challenged by the Lagos state government which urged the apex court to dismiss it and uphold the concurrent verdicts of the two lower courts.

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Short News Price of cooking gas increased in February – NBS The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the average cost of refilling a five kilogramme cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) increased from N2, 039. 82 in January to N2, 067. 68 in February. The bureau disclosed this on its “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch’’ for February released on its website. It said the price of refilling a five kg cylinder of cooking gas increased by 1.37 per cent month-on-month and decreased by -4.09 per cent year-on-year in the period under review. According to the NBS, states with the highest average price for the refilling of a five kg cylinder of cooking gas are Bauchi (N2, 500); Cross River (N2, 450) and Adamawa/Borno (N2, 400). It said states with the lowest average price for refilling of a five kg cylinder of cooking gas are Osun (N1, 811.11); Kaduna (N1, 725) and Enugu (N1, 680). Similarly, the bureau said the average price for refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas decreased to N4, 244. 91 in February from N4, 277. 86 recorded in January. It added that the price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas decreased by 0.77 per cent month-on-month and -2.04 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

NYSC sanctions 25 corps members in Delta, rewards 36 others Nosa Akenzua, Asaba No fewer than 25 serving corps members in Delta state have been sanctioned by the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for sundry offences, while 36 others were rewarded for their commitment to service. Delta state NYSC Coordinator, Benjamin Omotade, who confirmed the sanctioning of the 25 corps members to newsmen in Asaba, said a total of 3, 080 corps members under the 2018 batch ‘A” category were admitted in the state, adding that three corps members bagged the NYSC governing council chairman award, while 30 others received the state coordinator’s commendation letter. Omotade explained that the 25 corps members found wanting were punished in accordance with the bye - laws of the corps, disclosing that they were reprimanded with punishments ranging from two weeks’ extension of service to two months, adding that few cases of absconding recorded were forwarded to the national headquarters for repeat of their service year.

Domestic observers okay guber poll in Niger Saka Bolaji, Minna

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar exchanging greetings with former President Olusegun Obasanjo while the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola looks on during Atiku’s visit to Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State... on Thursday.

Bandits kill 17 in fresh attack on Kaduna village

At least 17 people, including civilian militia members were killed in clashes with cattle thieves in a community in Kaduna state, the police confirmed on Friday. According to the police, armed bandits attacked Jan Ruwa Village in Birnin Gwari district of Kaduna state and stole livestock, leading to clashes with a local militia force. Kaduna state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said the bandits took away many cows, but that

the vigilante members fought the bandits in an attempt to reclaim the stolen herd. “In the process, the bodies of 15 vigilantes and two others were recovered,” he added in a statement. The Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state has in recent years become notorious for cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom, forcing many local people to flee for their homes. Gangs are known to roam

on motorbikes on the hunt for victims, often crossing over into neighbouring Zamfara state. Kidnap victims are often released within days if the ransom is paid, but residents say they can be killed if no money is forthcoming and their bodies dumped in the bush. Amnesty International last year said communities in Zamfara state were “at the mercy” of armed bandits who had killed at least 371 people in the first six months of 2018.

The recently concluded governorship and house of assembly elections in Niger state has been rated high by a coalition of domestic election observer groups that monitored the exercise. The coalition also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), security agencies and the media for performing their duties creditably and in the best professional manner. Leader of the coalition, Comrade Mohammed Abdullahi Jabi, said that there were no cases of under -aged voters at polling units visited by members of the coalition, adding that “the card reader machines were deployed in record time with fully charged batteries “All other election materials were available in large quantity in each of the polling units and local government areas visited by our observer teams in the three senatorial districts in Niger state,” he asserted. Abdullahi also applauded the conduct of voters, said that “generally, voters and the electorate conducted themselves in an orderly manner devoid of rancour or violence to ensure the peaceful process of voting at polling units.”

Lady loses sanity after alighting from car in Delta Nosa Akenzua, Asaba A middle -aged lady, identified as Maureen Anika was in the early hours of Friday found roaming the streets of Warri, Delta state after she had allegedly alighted from a Mercedes Benz car driven by a yet to be identified man. It was gathered that the lady lost her sanity and could not identify herself after the driver of the now mysterious car dropped her off on Ajamimogha Road in Warri, and instead started talking to herself and displaying weird manners. Sources said the lady may have been induced with a fetish substance by suspected ritualists and as such could not speak or hear when people tried to talk to her. But the acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Chucks Orisewezie, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Warri, said something strange may have happened to the lady, adding that investigation was ongoing.


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WAEC de-recognises 13 schools, warns 56 others in Kogi Short News

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has de-recognised 13 secondary schools and warns 56 others in Kogi State for their involvement in examination malpractice during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). Ademu Amos, WAEC Desk Officer, Kogi State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, disclosed this at a meeting with the principals, vice Principals and examination officers of the affected schools on Thursday in Lokoja. Amos said 13 secondary schools were derecognised while 56 others were seriously warned by the council due to examination malpractice. The de-recognised schools include Jama’atu Nasril Islam Sec. Sch, Ankpa, Christ the King College, Govt. Girls Sec. Sch, Okaba, Ikah Comm. Sec. Sch, Ikah, Iyale Comm. Sec. Sch, Iyale, and Aitam Science Academy, Anyigba. Others are Al-Ansar Sec. Sch, Lokoja, Bright Future Int. Sec. Sch, Obangede, Okehi, Comm.

Sec. Sch, Uboro, Okehi, Paramako Sec. Sch, Ogbogbo, Omabo Comm. Sec. Sch, Omabo, First Grade Success Academy, Okenya, and National Sec. Sch, Agala-Ate road, Anyigba. Amos noted that the state government was not happy about the development, describing it as a serious issue that could dampen the hope of a nation. According to him, the Examination Malpractices Act No. 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), offenders are liable to four years imprisonment and a fine of N100, 000 per student and N250, 000 per school. Amos explained that the major offences committed ranged from the use of mobile phones and sameness of work by copying one another in the examination. Natty Bobai, WAEC Branch Controller in the state, said it had zero tolerance for examination malpractice and would do everything to curtail the menace. He, however, commended the commissioner for tackling issues bordering on examination

headlong and commended her resolve to stand with the council for what it stood for. Amos also urged the stakeholders to join hands with the council in stamping out the menace of examination malpractice in the nation’s education sector. Rosemary Osikoya, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, reiterated the commitment of the state government to reduce examination malpractice to its barest minimum in the state. Mrs Osikoya stressed the need for stiffer penalties as prescribed by law and other stringent measures to curb the menace in the state. She noted that 47 secondary schools were de-recognised and 108 warned in 2017, while 13 schools were de-recognised and 56 warned in 2018. She said the state government had been able to reduce the trend to 27. 6 per cent for derecognition, 50.9 per cent warned, while 1.38 per cent were indicted.

Police arrest 3 suspects for theft in Niger Saka Bolaji, Minna The Niger state Police Command has arrested three persons in Bida suspected of stealing five motor-cycles and receiving stolen properties. According to the state police image maker, DSP Mohamed Abubaker, the suspects are Aliyu Aliyu, Dauda Ibrahim and Umar Garba. Abubakar disclosed that two of the suspects specialized in stealing motor-cycles and selling same to the the third suspect, Umar Garba. He added that the said Umar has confessed to snatching and selling seven motor-cycles robbed across the state, adding that during police investigation, all the suspects confessed to the crime while five motor-cycles were recovered as exhibits. According to him, the suspects will soon be charged to court for prosecution. “The command therefore, wishes to assure members of the public that the police will continue the onslaught on crime generally to stem the tide of criminality in the state and at same time solicit the support of the citizens in giving useful and timely information to the police,” he added.

Court restores lawyer’s SAN title 10 yrs after

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau Rtd, SSAP Mallam Garba Shehu, SSAP Domestic and Social Event Mallam Abba Sariki, Perm Sec State House, Alhaji Jalla Arabi during congratulatory visit by the people of the Borgu Kingdom led by the Emirs of Borgu, Kaiama, Ilesha, Gwanara Yashinkira and the Okuta Emirates in Niger and Kwara State for the re-election of the President for 2nd term at the State House in Abuja.

FG inaugurates presidential committee on Buhari’s second term Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The federal government has flagged off the inter-ministerial presidential inauguration committee for the second term inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Secreatary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha while inaugurating the committee, recalled that about four years ago, the Buhari administration came on board with the promise of change built on reviving the economy, improving security and fighting corruption. Mustapha, who is the chairman of the second term inauguration committee, said that the government has since 2015 committed itself to working hard to achieve sustainable economic growth, as well as a secure and corruption free nation. As a reward for exemplary leadership and sincerity, the SGF said that Nigerians from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds gave President Buhari a new mandate of four years. “Preparatory to the inauguration of the new administration, Mr. President approved the constitution of this presidential inter-ministerial inauguration committee to plan,

organize and execute all approved programmes for the series of activities that would be undertaken,” the SGF said. Members of the inauguration committee are the secretary to the government of the federation as chairman; ministers of information and culture, interior, foreign affairs, FCT, defence, health, education, minister of state (aviation), the APC national chairman, inspector general of police, director general (Department of State Services) and the commander, Brigade of Guards. Others members include, permanent secretary (State House), permanent secretary (general services office), permanent secretary (political & economic affairs office) as secretary. The chairman also, said that other sub-committees would be constituted to work closely with the main committee. The committee’s terms of reference are to plan, organize and execute all approved activities for the 2019 presidential inauguration, co-opt any organization(s) /person (s) relevant towards the successful execution of the programme, document for posterity all planned activities for the inauguration and carry out

any other assignment as may be required towards the successful implementation of the programme. “The presidential inauguration committee in the course of the implementation of this assignment, several sub-committees to be headed by ministers will be constituted. For inclusiveness however, other members would be drawn from, not just the MDAs, but also from the APC, the presidential campaign council, the Buhari Support Organization as well as women and youth campaign council. “The mandate of these subcommittees will be clearly spelt out to reflect the purpose for which they have been constituted. Ahead of such constitution, I wish to underscore the need for collaboration and synergy amongst sub-committees while planning and executing the approved programmes. “Finally, let me remind all members of the importance of this assignment and that no stone should be left unturned to ensure that this 2019 presidential inauguration committee delivers on its mandate. We must therefore deploy our wealth of experience and show unwavering commitment to this exercise,” the SGF stated.

The Ibadan-based lawyer, Kunle Kalejaye, who was stripped of the prestigious rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has on Friday regained his title after winning his appeal at the Supreme Court. Kalejaye was accused of exchanging text messages with an election tribunal Judge, Thomas Naron, during the 2008 governorship election litigation between former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun state and former Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Kalejaye had faced an inquiry over the alleged professional misconduct since 2008, when a series of text messages between him and the judge were said to have found their ways into the public domain. Nigeria’s Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) later stripped him of his title, one of several disciplinary measures meted on Kalejaiye. But following the judgement of the apex court, all his rights and privileges as a senior advocate have been restored.

Commissioner accuses PDP loyalists of destroying Nasarawa LG result

The Kano state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo has accused a former House of Representatives member, Farouk Lawan and Rep. Nasiru Sule Garo of destroying the result sheets of Gama ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state during the governorship poll. The commissioner, who was widely accused of disrupting the collation process at the ward, denied the allegation and accused supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of destroying the result sheet. Garo alleged that he was manhandled by PDP supporters at Nasarawa Local Government collation centre in their bid to stop him from gaining access to the venue, saying his clothes were torn in the ensuing melee. He said before himself and the deputy governor arrived at the collation centre, after they got information that some PDP members were at the centre trying to disrupt the process, Farouk Lawan, Rep. Nasiru Sule Garo and other PDP stalwarts were seen tearing the result sheets without resistance from anyone, including the security agents manning the collation centre. His words: “It is not true. These people, the PDP people, I can name some of them: Farouk Lawan, Nasiru Sule Garo and other members of PDP went to Nasarawa Local Government collation centre, assaulted the INEC officer and tore the entire result sheets of the local government. The INEC officer has reported that which you are aware of.

Lagos begins demolition of marked structures

The Lagos State government has begun the demolition of buildings on Freeman Street at Ita Faji area of Lagos Island. The demolition began after a building housing Ohen Nursery and Primary School, located on the street collapsed just before 10am on Wednesday. Among victims of the collapsed building were children, whose school was located on the top floor of the three-storey building. Although, no official figure has been given on the number of those that lost their lives in the incident, scores of people sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals. The search for more victims of building disaster was brought to an end on Thursday.


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I can play all roles but I cannot be nude - Actress Amada Ebeye Amada Ebeye, who is presently on the set of her new TV series, It’s a Crazy World, is ready to do anything to protect her son and their bond. In this interview with MUTIAT ALLI, the Delta State-born filmmaker shares her worries, challenges that come with film production in Nigeria, child adoption and lots more. Enjoy… It’s A Crazy World, why did you decide to opt for that name? I decided to go with the name because of the content of what I’m shooting. It’s a comedy series. It has lots of competition for women. It has lots of struggles. It’s funny and at same time too much to learn from, touching every aspects of live. At first, I wanted to call it The Wives, when I created the story but lots of movies with similar names out there. I wrote the script but I have writers who write for me. However, there are still some episodes I wrote. What’s the general message you want people to learn from the story? We are tackling issue which has to do with the social media. We are trying to make people see the vices of social media. It’s unarguable that it has made people rich; it has changed the lives of some people. It has connected the world together. But then they are some other bad sides of social media. It has destroyed a lot of people that don’t know how to use it. People get intimidated and depressed over the fine photos they see on social media. So It’s A Crazy World has been put in the screen for you to see what happens on social media, behind those lovely, smiling photos. Did you have any personal encounter with some of the vices of Social media? I’m on social media all the time. I’m an actress. I’m an extremely private person, so to smile and take photos to put on social media is a lot of work. So, I understand what’s it’s like to stay relevant on those new platforms. How many hours do you spend on social media? To be very honest, in a day I can spend 20-hours on social media. What’s your favorite social media? Instagram. I like Twitter but I won’t choose it over Instagram. How did you pick your cast for the Series? I developed the Treatment in 2017 when I was in film school in Canada. I just want people that respect in the industry to be in my movie. Over there I thought to myself, who could pull off the role of Don in the movie and I know it would be Bob-Manuel Udokwu. Because he is very good at what he does. He is one of my best actors. When it was time to look for the wives, I know Grace Ama would always play the Kemi role well. Then other ones I picked also fit into their roles perfectly. How easy was it for you to get them to be on your set, all together? It was Okay. We thank God for instagram. Most of them, I sent them Direct Messages (DM) and they responded. I got their contacts, chatted them up. Bob-Manuel was the only person I wouldn’t get on Instagram because he is not on Social media. So, I got his contact, called him up, spoke with him and he came on board. He didn’t give me any stress. How has the chemistry being on set, it’s obviously going to be a long shoot?

It has been amazing. Talking about working with these professionals, it has been brilliant. Because they just know what to do. For them, acting is just inborn. They take their lines so smoothly, because they have been in the game for so long. They put themselves into the character and deliver perfectly. From the look of this beautiful location in Victoria Garden City (VGC), we could tell you have spent huge amount of money to achieve all these, can you put a figure to it? Thank God you know. Everything I’ve spent and still spending is close to 30million naira and over. Are you doing this alone or collaborating with some investors? I couldn’t do this alone. I had to sell the idea because I had to go from budget to budget. I started with N10m, then 15, then 25, now I know it might surpass N35m. I pray I make my money back and also be able to pay my investors. They trusted me with their money, so I don’t want to disappoint them. What’s giving you the confident that you will get your money back? I’m very spiritual. I tell God the little one I have, please use it to bless my hustle. I put in my money, my sweat, so I believe God will bless me abundantly. When is it ready for people to enjoy? June. It would be ready for all. Where do you plan to air it? Right now my target is African Magic Showcase, family and another. Why did you decide to go into production? I told myself, I don’t just want to be an actress because no matter how you act, you can’t be richer than your producer. So, I went back to rethink. So, I am now I’m an actress, producer and filmmaker. Well, its not over for me for anything. I just like following my life, steps by steps. I do plan my life, but sometimes you see yourself doing what you had planned never to do again. But right now, I have the right to tell my own stories the way I want it to be. I now have my own world, to do my own stories. I still like Asaba, I am not saying Never to anything. That’s still where they money are made. What are the challenges of being a first time TV series producer? The challenge is budgeting. The light situation. We are shooting for 30 days. When I went to make inquiries to rent cameras and lights, the amount I was told was so shocking. I had to start buying my own equipment to add to the ones I already had. Then feeding all the cast and crew for that number of days, it not an easy one. They are my responsibility till the shoot is done. What of your son, how do you create time for him? My son is not here. My mom went to Canada to stay with him. So, my family is always there to support me.

Amada Ebeye What would you say is the proudest thing you have done for yourself? My son. That’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my life. That’s the only thing I can’t regret. The only person I can’t trade for anything in the world. I can trade this production if the worse comes to worst (laughs). But my son, never! What would you regard as an addicted bad habit? Well, I’ll say going late for meetings or appointment. Then I have Sweet tooth. I love chocolate, and other sweet stuffs. I have to struggle to keep fit. What is that one thing you can’t wait to tell your son? I tell him I love him every day. But on a deeper level, I can’t wait to tell him that no matter what he does, he would get married someday but he should always have a place in his heart for me. I pray every day that my daughter-in-law would be good to me. I just don’t want anyone to turn my son away from me. Are you scared that one day, a lady would come and take your son away? I get scared of that all the time. Then people tell me that, maybe I should try have another child. Because it’s always my son all the time.

So when are you having more kids? I’m not a regular everyday girl. My dreams and aspirations are different. What other women might be dreaming about, is not same thing I would want to become. When it comes to giving birth, I really don’t think I want all my children to come from me. I would wait to see what happens in the nearest future. I want to adopt. Right from when I was much younger, I dreamed of the day I’d be able to say this; that I want to adopt kids. I look at those kids that don’t have parents and I keep wondering why we have to keep giving birth, when there are already lots of kids out there to take care of. Adoption is my priority than giving birth to my biological children. What kind of role do you play at this stage of your career? I play all roles but I cannot be nude. Do you have regrets, looking back at some roles you had played in the beginning of your career? There are lots of them I can count. Then everyone wanted to be popular and pay bills. You just pick up any roles given to you. That’s why I tell people don’t let this industry pressurize you to do what you don’t want to do. They have been movies that I had done in the past, but if you bring the scripts to me now, I’ll turn them down out rightly.


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Election victory: Ogboru, Uduaghan, Omo Agege should work with Okowa - I Go Dye

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6th Gidifest: Niniola, Patoranking, DJ Obi, Wande Coal, others announced as headliners …..As LAX, Zlatan headline the next generations stage Ahead of the 6th edition of the yearly music culture event; The Gidifest, organisers recently at a media parley revealed the names of top entertainment headliners for this year’s event billed to hold at the Landmark Beach Front, Victoria Island come April 20th, 2019. Organizers unveiled Wande Coal, DJ Obi and Sarz who will all be joining the already announced Patoranking, Niniola, Teni the entertainer, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Neptune and more on the main stage. Wande Coal is ready to dominate his debut at Gidi Fest this Easter. He offers a distinctive sound and a track record of releasing huge international hits. His collaborations include everyone from Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Patoranking - who also shares the stage at Gidi Culture Fest this year. However, leading the train of the next generations stage this year is LAX, Zlatan alongside other promising

young artistes that includes Boogey, Mich Straaw, Organya, Famous Bobson, Andre Music, Oladapo, Mo Believe, Dami Oniru, DJ TMSKD, DJ Nana amongst others. Speaking on the coming event, Gidi Fest and Eclipse Live Co-Founder Chin Okeke says: “We are excited by the sheer diversity of the acts we’re announcing this year, it’s going to be a hell of a show. This year will see a return to our roots of promoting the future of African music, whilst many returning acts who have grown in leaps and bounds since the last time they graced the Gidi Fest stage. Expect a beautifully curated experience with a big focus on the culture around the music.” The Gidi Tribe reaches beyond the shores of Nigeria, from Africans to diaspora in Europe, Caribbean and American with African heritage. Gidi Fest aims to promote Lagos as a

destination and expose the stories that captivate music fans and explorers from everywhere. Speaking on the states involvement; The Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde noted that “ The Lagos State Government is happy to endorse and be associated with the Gidi Culture Festival for six consecutive years. The festival has been consistent with aligning with the mandate of the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture to use the musical arts and the creative energy of our teeming youths to further promote the image of our state as a prime destination a destination and powerhouse of the creative economy.” With an expected capacity of 10,000 fans and more experiential programming still to be revealed, the Gidi Tribe can expect something unforgettable this Easter weekend.

Popito Baron out with new single’ Laslas’ featuring Teni Entertainer Stories Mutiat Alli Talented music artist, songwriter and Producer, Ezerioha Ebuka better known as Popito by his teaming fans is not stopping at releasing hit singles back to back since he pitched his tent with the TNBT record label, a fast growing Nigerian record label with huge interest in musical talented. After a successful wave with ‘Coming Thru’, Popito releases yet another banger with one of

Nigeria hottest female artiste, Teni Entertainer titled ‘ Las Las’ which is currently enjoying massive airplay. The prolific music producer grew up in the western part of Nigeria and his known to have produced major hits songs for big names in the entertainment industry that includes Timaya, Skales, Davido, Orezi, Faze, Tunde Ednut, Solidstar, Cynthia Morgan, Terry Apala, Chuddy K, Morachi, Tonto Dike, Stormrex and Splash to mention amongst many others.

Popular stand-up comedian, Francis Agoda, a.k.a I Go Dye, may not be a politician but overtime he has proved himself an advocate of peace and good governance of some sort. Little wonder he wasted no time in congratulating the returning governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, on his victory at the Governorship and House of Assembly elections which took place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, across the nation. “I congratulate you because it’s an overwhelming victory and your personality as a humble man, reflected in Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, not as the executive Governor of Delta state that won you a second chance to be re-elected”, he said while celebrating the governor’s reelection. He appealed to the opposition, Great Ogboru, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator Omo Agege and the entire people of Delta State to embrace peace and work together for the development of the state. “At this point, I kindly call on all Deltans, most especially the political class to embrace one another. This should be a moment to build our state and bring about even development in all sectors, irrespective of party affiliations. We should nurture a common goal of unity and develop the state. I appeal to Great Ogboru, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Omo Agege and all political class in Delta State to work with Okowa to develop the state.” While specially congratulating Senator Omo Agege, the humour merchant advised him to do all within his power to create more job opportunities for the youth in Delta State, if I Go Die

he eventually emerges Senate President. “I also use this medium to congratulate Sen. Omo Agege, who shall be representing us for the second time, to work effortlessly to drive the course of opening all our sea ports to create jobs for our youths. If in his favor God grants him the honour of becoming the next Senate President, he should work in the path of nobility and accord a friendly disposition to the governor of Delta State. The level of development which is desired in Delta State honestly requires the collective responsibility and support of every one. We cannot achieve the goal of development without cooperation of oneness and above partisan affiliations. Let’s forge on a new path of sacrifice and lasting peace, with just one goal as brothers and sisters. Once more congratulations to you all”, he said.

Fox’s most famous TV series to land on StarTimes online video platform Fox’s most famous TV series, like The Walking Dead and Empire, are to land on StarTimes online video streaming platform, StarTimes ON, in March. A source from StarTimes released that almost all Fox famous TV series would successively be available on StarTimes ON from 22nd March. And according to the source, a Fox+ Series zone would particularly be created. Besides The Walking Dead and Empire, 24, X-files, Outcast, Bones, American Dad, Modern Family, Ghosted, Chance, Star and Family Guy will be first served in March to users of StarTimes ON. More TV series, including Legion, Prison Break, Homeland, Atlanta, American Horror Story, Wayward Pines, Da Vinci’s Demons, Futurama, The Americans, Sleepy Hollow, Bob’s Burger, Scream Queens, Rosewood, Baskets, 24 Legacy, Son of Zorn and The Gifted will join StarTimes ON

later, in April, May and June. “We are very happy to bring Fox+ Series to our users and I’m sure that fans of American television series will fully enjoy themselves with StarTimes ON,” said Ariel Wang, StarTimes ON Operation Director. She said that StarTimes ON would continue to introduce excellent international and African local contents to the online video streaming platform with saying: “No doubt, people can expect more!” As Africa’s leading digital TV operator, StarTimes provides Terrestrial TV (DTT) and Satellite TV (DTH) services to millions of customers in the market. Last year, StarTimes pioneered its online video streaming service with having forged a new brand, StarTimes ON, for the online business. Till now, StarTimes ON has accumulated over 12 million users in African market.


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3Line Card Management to launch ‘SUSUBYU’ Isaac Oguntoye 3Line Card Management, one of the leading innovative fintech company in Africa, is set to launch ‘SUSUBYU’, a digital saving product modelled on the traditional informal thrift savings. The product enables seamless daily contributory savings into the customer’s thrift saving account. According to the fintech firm, SUSUBYU is one of the products of its ‘Freedom Network’ in partnership with commercial and Microfinance banks. The Freedom network is a CBN licensed super-agent offering financial services through its agents across Nigeria. The product was created as part of its unswerving commitment to provide seamless access to financial services for the unbanked. 3Line leverages technology to foster a safe, easy, robust, and efficient contributory savings scheme popularly

known as Esusu, Adashe, & Ajo across Nigeria with ‘SUSUBYU’. The product also enables customers to access microloans instantly upon meeting the set criteria. Sibigem Chibuzor, Operations Manager, 3Line, reiterated that 3Line is keen on impacting the people at the grassroots positively: making financial service conveniently available to them. Chibuzor said “It has always been our goal to reach the people at the grassroots to add sustainable value to their lives using technology. With our Freedom Network we develop platforms that allow the unbanked easily access basic financial services such as cash-in/cash-out, funds transfer, bill payments, savings and more. Thus, financially included.” He further asserted that SUSUBYU was a response to customers’ needs. However, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) in 2018, licensed 3Line to operate as a super-agent in Nigeria’s financial services

system in order to boost financial inclusion in Nigeria. The sole purpose of the Freedom Network is to tackle the challenges hindering financial services and inclusion in Nigeria. 3line intends to create more jobs by recruiting agents across the country. It aims to establish a network of 50,000 active agents across the country within 5 years. “Currently, we have over 2500 registered agents with kiosks in operation across the country. We plan to create a network of 50,000 active agents by the year 2024. This will not only drive financial inclusion but also provide jobs for the people.” Chibuzor concluded. The company’s infrastructure processes transactions across multiple electronic channels. 3Line focuses on four key areas: Card scheme (Freedom Card), Transaction Switching, Processing, Branchless banking and bespoke electronic payment application development.

Sunny Ade, Osayomore Joseph to serenade guests at Iyayi Efianayi’s burial Veteran music maestros, King Sunny Ade and Ambassador Osayomore Joseph will serenade guests at the burial ceremony of business mogul and renowned philanthropist, Dr. Iyayi Efianayi. The burial ceremony slated to take place from Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019 is expected to attract the crème de la crème of every sector of the Nigerian society. While King Sunny Ade will perform on Saturday, March 23, 2019, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph will take his turn on Sunday, March 24, 2019. These and other activities were unveiled by Dr. Caesar Osaheni-Iyayi, the Executive Chairman of Caesar Engineering and Construction Limited and the eldest offspring of the highly revered industrialist at an interactive session attended by members of the family, friends and media practitioners on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Iyayi Homestead, Egba Crescent, Ugbor GRA, Benin City. According to Dr. Caesar Osaheni-Iyayi, the ceremony will commence on Thursday, March 21, 2019 with a Service of Songs at Iyayi Homestead, Egba Crescent, Ugbor GRA, Benin City, Edo State by 4 PM.

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This will be followed by an interdenominational Funeral Service at the Main Auditorium of Ugbowo Campus of the University of Benin, Benin City on Friday, March 22, 2019. The event, which is slated to commence by 11:00am will be anchored by Warri Choral Society. At the end of the event, the body will depart the University of Benin Main Auditorium by 2:00pm for Iyayi Homestead, Egba Community, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State for lying-in-state. Interment will take place in the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2019 after a short church service at Egba Baptist Church, Egba. Late Dr. Iyayi Efianayi was born on January 6, 1931 in Egba and died October 11, 2018 in France on his way to Nigeria from the United States of America where he went for a medical check-up. Also speaking at the interactive session, the Public Relations Manager of Caesar Engineering Construction Company Limited and the Vice-President of the Egba Development Organization Mr. Julius Onaghise paid glowing tribute to late Dr. Iyayi, describing him as a father to all

members of Egba community, benefactor to many, cheerful, humble and very God fearing. According to him, Iyayi’s good works and contributions towards the development of Egba land and Edo state in general will never be forgotten. It would be recalled that the Governor of Edo state, His Excellency Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sir Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, former Governor and immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John OdigieOyegun, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, the senator representing Edo south senatorial district and other dignitaries have paid their condolence visits to the deceased’s family. Speaking during his visit, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki noted that Dr. Iyayi led a humble and great life that is worthy of emulation. According to him, he was a trailblazer on so many fronts; in business, philanthropy and community service, created jobs for thousands of Edo people and residents and supported the church and the lessprivileged in several ways.

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Dr. Chris Okafor celebrates The annual family liberation conference of Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministries, aka Greater Liberation Cities, will begin from the 27th -31st March 2019 at the International Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria. The conference is expected to provide over 9,000 miracles babies for expectant mother across the glove, this was stated by the Generational Prophet of God and Senior Pastor, Greater Liberation city worldwide Dr Chris Okafor, he re-emphasized that God revealed to him that more than 9000 babies will be given to woman looking for the fruits of the womb, he said God was so specific because lots of woman name will change and the reproach of barrenness will be lifted permanently in the life’s of many families. The 2018 edition of the conferences recorded over 4,000 testimonies on how God were blessing different families with twins, triplet, male and female child. The last year edition recorded over 15,000 turn out of worshipers across the globe and the conference served as a way God uses to settle families. According to the Apostle of Altars, Dr Chris Okafor this year 2019 edition will witness tremendous prophesy/deliverance and miracle because God says this year

edition will be unique in all ramifications and in as much as many people are willing to be part of the conference, God plans and purpose in their life will never pass themby. The conference will begin on 27th march by 7am-10am, while on Thursday 28th, program will begin by 5pm-9pm, on Friday is night vigil, it will begin by 7pmyou breakthrough, this night is the night of prophecy, miracle and solution, the man of God said the night will provide enough time for God to visit all the case files and villages of people present at the conference. The thanksgiving service which will also round up the program come up on Sunday 31st march 2019, it will climax the annual conference as the man of God Dr Chris Okafor said all worshipers will be anointed and their life’s will never remain the same, because what God said about them will never go without manifestation because God was specific that their shall not be barren again in the land. Greater Liberation City international headquarters is situated as Greater liberation city close, Oshofisan crescent off Edozie Street by Ereke bus stop Ojodu Berger, Lagos - Nigeria.

Unveiling Chief Toyin Omonijo “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most”, but if new step is not taken, improvement and growth will be unattainable. The above analogy perfectly described Chief Toyin Omonijo, the Chairman of Vitality Oil and Gas, whose penchant for taking new step has been commended by his admirers. Chief Toyin, a top socialite and easy going dude whose Oil business transverse the length and breadth of Lagos is in the news for the right reason. Aside the Oil company, Chief Toyin Omonijo surely has other business interests, but like Oliver twist, he keeps navigating the business environment, taking up new challenges, exploring new ideas with vigour and determination. His exploration may have paid off with the birth of his new brainchild in hospitality business. His incursion into the hospitality world gave birth to Tom Hotels and Suites which will be commissioned any time soon. Sitting on an expansive acres of land, and situated in the western part of Lagos, the hotel is exquisitely furnished with modern

materials imported from overseas. Friends, business associates, and well-wishers of Chief Toyin are said to be expectant and much more eager for the deal day to come in order to felicitate with a man of manny parts.

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Comedy Nites with IK - The fun begins on Africa Magic Urban Stories by Mutiat Alli, Lagos

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A brand new season of “Comedy Nites” has hit the air on Africa Magic Urban, Channel 153 on DStv. The new season promises to entertain the audience with thirteen nights of fun, side-splitting jokes, laughter and occasional music. Comedy Nites is a half hour, Stand-up comedy television show that boasts an array of top-notch performances from a blend of newly discovered, fast rising and established Comedians all in a cozy, comedy club setting. This season sets the Comedy Nites stage ablaze with fresh acts from Senator, Koloman, Larry J, Efe the Warri boy, Dee-One, Josh 2 Funny, Ovy Godwin, Ukodo, Daniel Egwede, Koja Kaze, MIC, PHAGE, Damola, Laff Doctor, Whalemouth, Parkhage, Short Family, Ebube, Uwa, Mr Paul and MCLively. Channel Director, African Magic Channels, Wangi MbaUzoukwu says “we’re excited about this and we hope our viewers will be entertained by the show. This isn’t just comedy; it is an opportunity to introduce upcoming comedians to a large audience”. First-rate performances from SLK, Forever, Odogwu, Bow Joint, Desmond, Bash, Lasisi, Funny Bone, Acapella, Omo Baba and Emma Oh my God will leave viewers in stitches. Comedy Nites will also feature must-watch headline acts from top of the range Comedians like Basket Mouth, Dan the Humorous, Buchi, Bovi, Chigurl, Akpororo, Ajebo, MC Abbey, Okey Bakassi, Klint da drunk, Kenny Blaq. It will also feature surprise performances from guest artistes. “It’s been an exciting experience working on this project. It took months of hard work and planning and I can’t wait for viewers to enjoy the show”. State, IK Osakioduwa.

Nigerian rapper Mz Kizz joins other African Hip-Hop female artistes to celebrate International Women’s Day As the world prepared itself to honour women across the globe for International Women’s Day, Africa’s most innovative beer brand, Castle Lite, embarked on a journey of celebrating women across the continent by facilitating the biggest ever female Hip-Hop collaboration from Africa. The aim was to showcase the power when women stand together and fortify unity through music, so the brand partnered with an ensemble of five (5) heavyweight female rappers and boldly remixed Hip Hop royalty Queen Latifah’s popular 90’s anthem, U.N.I.T.Y. South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria were collectively united to do the remix with the likes of Mz Kizz (Nigeria), Moozlie(South Africa), Gigi Lamayne (South Africa), Rouge (South Africa), and Rossa Ree (Tanzania), behind the mic. Castle Lite’s U.N.I.T.Y is more than just another female HipHop collaboration; it is a celebration and call, not only to women across the continent but to the rest of the world, to give life to the power of women in unity. The five artists executed a simultaneous live stream of U.N.I.T.Y. this morning on Instagram; a first of its kind for Castle Lite and on the African continent. And speaking ahead of the song performance (livestream), Castle Lite Brand Director Silke Bucker said: “Our ethos as Castle Lite has consistently been about pushing boundaries through innovation, and to commemorate this special day, there was no better way for us to unite women than through what is truly our passion point – music.” “The ever-strengthening musical ties across the continent made it natural for these brilliant artists to come together in song with the brand, and Castle Lite is privileged to place women in hip-hop at the forefront. Today we all celebrate the power of women in UNITY and our glow of pride couldn’t be brighter in celebration with all the amazing women across the globe on this unique international day,” Bucker added.

Last year, the extra cold beer brand broke music barriers when they hosted the first ever all female Hip Hop experience titled Hip Hop Her story, which focused on highlighting the role women have played in the evolution of Hip Hop. Castle Lite’s Hip Hop Herstory was a success and learning from that experience meant that the U.N.I.T.Y. collaboration was not only logical but progressive in highlighting and honoring the talents and contributions of our very own from Africa.

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Seyi Shay live at Biosdale of Canary Wharf Superstar Seyi Shay has had quite the thrilling career, experimenting with different styles and doing justice to all of it. She’s been off to a great start this year with two new brilliant videos recently released, and now a two-night residency at Biosdale of Canary Wharf, London, lined up. Biosdale of Canary Wharf is one of London’s great traditional British restaurants dedicated to the finer things in life such as delicious food, fine wine, and whisky, set to the soundtrack of the best live blues, soul and jazz music from

around the world. Great artistes like Melanie C, Brian McFadden, Rebecca Ferguson, and Horace Andy are some of the performers to have once held residencies at the 200-capacity venue. On the nights of the 29th and 30th of May, Seyi Shay will be playing intimate shows at the illustrious venue, delivering live performances of dancehall-infused AfroBeat hits. Ticket offerings allow attendees to either enjoy dinner and the show, or simply get lost in the artiste’s enchanting performances and can be purchased here.


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Muoka deepens foam market with more sleep galleries across Nigeria Ladesope Ladelokun Mouka Limited has continued the deepening of its foam market share by opening another worldclass Sleep Gallery at its corporate head office in Lagos. The Ikeja Sleep Gallery is an addition to seven others across the nation. The opening was done as part of 2019 The World Sleep Day, an initiative of the World Sleep Society to recognise the impact of sleep on human health. Speaking at the World Sleep Day press conference, in Lagos, the CEO of Mouka Limited, Mr Raymond Murphy, explained that quality sleep is a treasured function and one of the core pillars of health. He added that when sleep fails, health declines, decreasing the quality of life and this explains his company’s relentless commitment to providing the best mattresses, pillows and other products to enhance quality sleep. Emphasising the importance of quality sleep to overall health at any age, the Senior Marketing Manager Mouka Limited, Mrs Tolu Olanipekun showcased Mouka’s range of products specially design for different phases of life. From the Dreamtime mattresses for children which are water resistant and breathable to the Regal orthopaedic mattress, Mouka has different offerings from cradle to adulthood. Explaining the features of Mouka’s Sleep Galleries, Mr Dimeji Osingunwa, the Commercial Director of Mouka Limited, consumers can experience Mouka’s wide range of products while experts help them choose the right mattress, pillows, beds, beddings and other lifestyle products to suit their physiological needs, style and budget.

StarTimes launches the next generation of TV Joy Obakeye StarTimes has unveiled its latest product, the newest generation of TV set. Called StarTimes Smart TV, it is available in two sizes, 50 and 55 inches, and offers 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Surroung to give viewers an immersive experience. 4K Ultra HD resolution is having four times as many pixels as HD which completely changes the level of visual detail and clarity we’ve come to expect from TV screens. Whereas traditional HD is limited to 1920 vertical columns and 1080 horizontal rows of pixels, 4K Ultra HD has a total resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 – a slightly smaller resolution than the 4,096 x 2,160 resolution seen on cinema screens. StarTimes Smart TV also connects you to online streaming, videos, games, music and much more. Equipped with Bluetooth port, Ethernet port and built-in Wi-Fi, StarTimes Smart TV is able to connect Internet from anywhere in the house. This connection is used to stream television shows and movies as well to browse the Internet. The Smart TV comes with more than 100 popular applications, including YouTube, Deezer or TED. It offers also a series of free video games for adult or children. With built-in DTT and Satellite TV (DTH) access, as well as Internet TV and over-the-top content (OTT), no need to buy a decoder anymore to access hundreds of channels and unlimited Internet content. Controlling these rich features is more than easy with StarTimes Cast App. The smartphone becomes not only a remote controller but also a TV guide and a portal to share video, music, photos to the Smart TV.

Obi Asika, Founder, Social Media Week; Segun Agbaje, Managing Director/ CEO, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Oyinade Adegite, Head, Corporate Communications and External Affairs, at the Social Media Week in Lagos.

Nigeria’s inflation rate slows further to 11.31% in February – NBS Motolani Oseni The Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measured inflation slowed further to 11.31 per cent (year-on-year) in February from 11.37 per cent recorded in January, latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed. The NBS made this known in its “CPI and Inflation Report’’ for February released in Abuja on Friday on its website. The bureau said the figure was 0.06 per

cent points lower than the 11.37 recorded in January in the period under review. It said the increases were recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that yielded the Headline index. On a month-on-month basis, it said the headline index decreased to 0.73 per cent in the period under review by 0.01 per cent points from 0.74 per cent recorded in January. It said the percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12 months period ended December over the average of

CPI for the previous 12 months period. It, however, measured the CPI at 11.56 per cent in the period under review, indicating a 0.24 per cent decline from 11.80 per cent recorded in January. The bureau said the urban inflation rate decreased to 11.59 per cent (year-on-year) from 11.66 per cent recorded in January of the same year. It said the rural inflation rate also decreased to 11.05 per cent in February from 11.11 per cent recorded in January. According to the NBS, the CPI measures

the average change over time in prices of goods and services consumed by people for a day-to-day living. It said the construction of the CPI combines economic theory, sampling and other statistical Techniques, using data from other surveys to produce a weighted measure of average price changes in the Nigerian economy. It added that the production of the CPI requires skills of economists, statisticians, computer scientists, data collectors and others.

N740bn debt: AMCON to disengage APMs for not effective in debt recovery Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The Managing Director/CEO, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Ahmed Kuru, has hinted on the corporation’s plan to disengage Asset Management Partners (AMPs) that are not effective in recovering N740 billion debts assigned to them. The AMPs are currently handling over 6,000 accounts within AMCON portfolio but outsourced to them. The accounts outsourced to AMPs constitute only 20 per cent or N740 billion of the total Eligible Bank Assets (EBA) portfolio of N3.7 trillion. Kuru said AMCON places equal importance on the recovery efforts as they count towards

the achievement of the corporation’s core mandate. He also promised the corporation may assign more accounts to AMPs that have shown aggression and zeal based on the review of the AMP scheme so far. Kuru spoke at the 2019 edition of the AMCON/AMPs Interactive/Feedback Session in Abuja. AMPs, are consortiums appointed by AMCON after a rigorous selection process with specialist skills required to ensure recovery and debt resolution; banking, legal, valuation and accounting. Kuru said that collaborating with AMPs became necessary because AMCON has a total loan portfolio of over 12,000 loans of various sizes and sectors that are still lingering many years after the corporation was established.

He stated that when this is compared to AMCON’s staff strength, it became obvious that the corporation surely needed a strategic approach to improve coverage, recovery and results. To achieve the mandate as part of the corporation’s renewed strategy to resolve these loans, he said, AMCON in 2016 introduced the AMP scheme to assist the corporation’s recovery activities especially in tracing, identification and location of obligors with the intent to resolve their outstanding indebtedness; tracing, identification and location of assets of obligors (both pledged and un-pledged) to enhance the EBA value, and achieve set recovery objectives. The AMPs, he further said, were also empowered to enable them get involved in negotiation of settlement & restructuring terms with identified obligors in line with approved

guidelines; pursuing & enforcing debt recovery and collection activities geared towards optimization of assigned portfolio to achieve set targets and initiation of legal actions to further the loan recovery mandates in line with approved guidelines, amongst other obligor engagements. With this laid down guideline and with AMCON sunset in sight, Kuru said AMCON is more aggressive with its recovery strategy and also expects its partners to equally step up their game because the corporation will no longer accommodate any AMP that is not moving on the same speed. “We know it is not easy the jobs we have assigned to you. Recovery is a difficult job but even at that, a few of you (AMPs) have shown they cannot cope; we may have no choice to disengage such partner”, he said.

Afreximbank President, Finance minister, others for The Bullion Lecture Motolani Oseni Professor Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), will deliver The Bullion Lecture 2019, and will be chaired by Dr Uche Olowu, President/Chairman of Council, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), and Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed will be the Special Guest of Honour. Professor Oramah who is also Chairman, Board of Directors, Afreximbank, currently

serves on the Practitioner Advisory Board of the Institute for Trade and Innovation of Offenburg University, Gengenbach, Germany, will be speaking on ‘Leveraging The African Intercontinental Free Trade Agreement for Nigeria’s Economic Development.’ In a statement issued in Lagos by Founder/ Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Financial Journalism (CFJ Nigeria) Ray Echebiri, explained that The Bullion Lecture is a platform conceptualised by CFJ Nigeria for lively discourse on national and international issues, and is always delivered by first-rate

academics or professional. According to him, the 2019 edition of The Bullion Lecture will hold 10 am on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos. Distinguished panellists who will dissect the lecture are Mr Muda Yusuf, Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Mr Ade Adefeko, Vice President, Government and Corporate Affairs, Olam Nigeria. Expected guests at the lecture include government officials, captains of industry,

banking industry executives, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of multilateral institutions, senior media executives and other journalists, and members of the public. CFJ Nigeria, organisers of The Bullion Lecture, was established to provide specialised training programmes in financial journalism with a view to addressing the knowledge and skills gap in the practice of the trade, and to conduct research on financial journalism, business, the economy, development and banking and finance.


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Govt. to demolish over 150 defective buildings in Lagos Island Temitope Adebayo Following the collapsed of a three-storey building on Massey Street in Ita Faji, Lagos, the Lagos state government has started pulling down defective buildings marked for demolition in Lagos Island. Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) are currently demolishing some houses at Freeman Street in Ita Faji. Twelve people, including nine children, were killed in the incident while 50 were rescued.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said it had rescued all the trapped victims but some residents said people were still in the rubble. When he visited the area after the collapse, Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, said some landlords had been resisting the demolition of defective buildings. But the Lagos state building control agency (LABSCA) on Friday began the demolition of defective buildings on the Lagos Island. Men of the agency’s task force pulled down a three storey building on 60A Freeman Street, Epetedo area. The demolition exercise is not

unconnected with the Wednesday incident around the same area, where a four-storey building collapsed, killing over 18 pupils and leaving scores injured. LABSCA official, Mr Omotayo Fakolujo, told newsmen that the property owner had been served several notices dating back to 2013 before the demolition. He said that over 150 houses on the Lagos Island have been identified for demolition. “On the Lagos Island, we have over 150 houses marked for demolition. We have removed over 30 in the last year and we are going to be removing them in phase. “What we are trying to do is to remove occupants from all these structures that

have been marked so that no life is lost in Lagos. “For now on Lagos Island alone, we have a clear court case approval of over 80 cases and 80 structures that are ready for removal and we will do it in phases systematically from today (Friday) so that life will be comfortable for Lagosians. “We will remove three today on Lagos Island. And for the houses that are still occupied, we are going to evict the occupants of the structures because their life is more prominent to us.” Noting that the agency is monitoring to ensure that new structures are built right, he noted that in the past three years there

Blind users can now explore photos with microsoft AI Godwin Anyebe Users can now use touch to explore objects and people in photos. Microsoft’s seen AI is an app that lets blind and limitedvision folks convert visual data into audio feedback, and it just got a useful new feature. It’s powered by machine learning,

of course, specifically object and scene recognition. All you need to do is take a photo or open one up in the viewer and tap anywhere on it. “This new feature enables users to tap their finger to an image on a touch-screen to hear a description of objects within an image and the spatial relationship between them,” wrote Seeing AI lead Saqib Shaikh in a blog post. “The app can even describe the physical appearance of people and predict

their mood.” Because there’s facial recognition built in as well, you could very well take a picture of your friends and hear who’s doing what and where, and whether there’s a dog in the picture (important) and so on. But the app now lets users tap around to find where objects are — obviously important to understanding the picture or recognizing it from before. Other details that may not have made it into the overall

description may also appear on closer inspection, such as flowers in the foreground or a movie poster in the background. In addition to this, the app now natively supports the iPad, which is certainly going to be nice for the many people who use Apple’s tablets as their primary interface for media and interactions. Lastly, there are a few improvements to the interface so users can order things in the app to their preference.

Airpeace voted best local airline of the year Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Air Peace has again been chosen as Nigeria best airline, garnering a whopping 44.7 per cent of the total votes cast in the domestic airlines’ category of the third edition of the Nigeria Travel Awards organised by Jumia Travel in Lagos. The airline beat five other domestic carriers to clinch the “Best Local Airline of the Year” award. The first runner-up in the category came far behind with 15.6

per cent of the total votes cast. Air Peace also picked the award for 2017. The winner of the award was chosen by members of the public through a simple online poll that closed on March 6. The airline with the highest number of votes picked the award. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Lagos, the Managing Director of Jumia Travel Nigeria and Ghana, Ms Omolara Adagunodo said the event was organised to celebrate and encourage those excellently acquitting themselves

in their different spheres of operation. Air Peace was represented at the awards by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Mrs Patricia Ebilah and Corporate Communications Executive, Mr Efe Osifo-Whiskey. Speaking after receiving the award, Iwarah assured that Air Peace was in the airline business to do Nigeria and Africa proud. The airline, he assured, would continue to sustain the high standards it

was reputed for. He said the carrier was poised to compete on the same platform with its counterparts across the world, especially with its soon-to-commence long-haul flights to Sharjah, Dubai, London, Houston, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Johannesburg. He urged members of the flying public to continue to patronise Air Peace, assuring that the airline would neither disappoint them nor compromise the safety of its customers and crew.

Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olawuni Anthony (2nd left), presenting an award to General Manager, Human Resources, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Tony Ayasal (2nd right) who represented the Director-General, NCAA, Capt Usman Muhtar, while Secretary General of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu (left)) and President General of ANAP, Comrade Kabir Yahaya Gusau look on during the union’s first National Delegate Conference in Ota, Ogun State.

Cars45 expands retail footprints with ENYO partnership Ladesope Ladelokun Leading online vehicle trading platform, Cars 45, has launched its partnership with ENYO retail and supply, an innovative fuel retail brand, to pave way for consumers across Nigeria to buy, sell or swap their cars at every ENYO service stations in Nigeria as part of its commitment to delivering firstrate services and facilitate ease of access. The partnership, according to the stakeholders, will enable consumers to enjoy top-grade automotive services at ENYO retail outlets and increase the visibility of Cars 45 value offering across the foot and vehicular traffic channels. Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Cars 45, Etop Ikpe, described the partnership as one that is in line with the company’s mission to build an ecosystem that enables and drives trade in the country’s automotive sector. He said, “This partnership with ENYO affords us the opportunity to deepen the pervasiveness of our products and services across the country. We are always seeking innovative approaches to expand and transform the currently fragmented automotive ecosystem and offer support across all the automobile trade, repair and verification services.” He added:” Cars 45 and ENYO are both technology-driven and innovative firms that have become synonymous with engaging customers through excellent retail experiences. While Cars 45 is fueling and giving life to the car ownership dreams of consumers, ENYO is powering a fuel retailing revolution in Nigeria.” Commenting on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of ENYO Retail and Supply, Abayomi Awobokun, said that the partnership with Cars 45 was in line with ENYO’s desire to become the most desired fuel retailing company that is known for its world-class retail experience, customer-centric and technology-driven operations. His words:” This partnership is a step in the right direction and is positioned to achieve great feats as well as validate our market position and ability to create new value streams for our customers. It is also in alignment with our brand persona as the most exciting and trusted fuel retail brand in Nigeria. I have no doubts that this partnership will become the role model in delivering world-class automotive services in Nigeria.” According to the Head, Commercial Operations and Marketing, Cars 45, Mayokun Fadeyibi, the company is working tirelessly to make the automotive transaction experience a lot easier and exciting. She says the services provided by Cars 45 will be accessible in the over 55 ENYO service stations across thirteen states and will serve over 50,000 customers daily. She added that the company would look to build on the partnership and expand the scope through the year.


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Negative effects of 2019 elections will take many years to erase and correct – Yerima Comrade Shettima Yerima a renowned human rights activists is the President of Arewa Consultative Forum. He is worried about the outcome of the 2019 elections, describing it as a failure, arguing that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has taken the country several years backward. He told PATRICK OKOHUE further in this interview that unless the nation deliberately decides to restructure the system, the future is bleak The much awaited 2019 elections just took place and many things happened, like the inconclusive elections in many states, as is now peculiar with this INEC and many other things that Nigerians had thought the nation had over grown in organising elections, but what is your impression of the elections generally? It was sad and very unfortunate that in the 21st century, we are experiencing this kind of election, it is sad, some of us felt very pained because a lot of us have a lot at stake. A lot of us feel so sad that we have made a lot of sacrifices for this democracy to come into being. Also remember that we have some of our colleagues who today are not alive to see what is happening, despite being part of the struggle from the days of the military that we have been together as young comrades. For over 20 years we were in the trenches clamouring for democracy, but this is not the type of democracy that we expected. We thought that by now we would have been improving, but the last 2019 election has actually shown that rather than going forward we are going backward, and have gone much steps behind now, because I do not see us solving this problem in the next 10, 20 years to come. What we have lost in this election, where the will of the people are not being respected, where people come out enmass to elect their leaders, but simply because of the interest of one or two persons, who felt they are not comfortable with those people who were elected, they undermine the collective will of the people and do it and get away with it. Where you see INEC suddenly becoming an APC arm of government, where security agencies who are supposed to be seen to be neutral and look at the country as their primary responsibility to protect, but rather turn back on the country and do the bidding of few individuals, this portend nothing but danger, where a ruling party does not believe that it should have opposition, rather what they want is to have a one party state, where anything goes, where impunity will become the order of the day, where they can do anything their own way without anybody checkmating their excesses, this is rather unhealthy. It is sad, what happened in the last election is not what we expected, with the kind of money approved for INEC, with the kind of both local and international support that they got, with the good will of Nigerians behind them to encourage them to give us free and fair election, which was the only thing Nigerians asked for, but it turned out to be something else. Today, whether you like it or not, PDP has been vindicated when they said they won

that presidential election from what has happened in the governorship election. Why was it so impossible for the INEC and the APC to agree that they have been defeated in those states that they declared inconclusive, only in states won by the PDP that elections have been declared inconclusive, but where APC won even when there are more cancellations, going by figures and everything, going by the Electoral Act, they were declared as winners, but in the case of states won by PDP it has been declared inconclusive, this is unfair, Nigerians deserve more than this. Unfortunately, today the INEC cannot be said to have any credibility before Nigerians, my worries is not what happens today, but the consequences of what happens today is what we are going to reap in the next 20 years, because you cannot come out and tell Nigerians to come out enmass and vote, because they will always think back on this, and where people wake-up on election days and they don’t feel like going to vote, it is obvious that we are in for a dooms day, because certainly we might not get the kind of leaders that we desire to govern this country, people who will lord it over us, the mafias will continue to do their own thing and they will continue to impose people on you to lead you whether you like it or not. This is the problem we are going to face in the future. You are one activist who has been around since the days of the military, you have seen a lot of things, what will you say is the problem of Nigeria, because over time many countries who were in the same situation with Nigeria have gone far ahead of us, yet we seem to be going round in cycles? Going back to history, in the dark days of the military, in the era when we had the likes of Gani Fawehinmi, of blessed memory, the likes of Beko Ransome Kuti, the likes of Wole Soyinka, even though he is alive, he is not actively involved in some of these struggles now, the likes of Chief Anthony Enahoro whom I worked with closely, especially during the NADECO days. The activism at that time was more coordinated, well organised, the civil society were doing very well, with the Campaign for Democracy, and so many of these platforms at that time, subsequently, after the demise of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Beko, Enahoro, things went wrong, the last we did was in PRONACO, under the leadership of Chief Enahoro, when I was the Youth Director, Beko was the deputy to Enahoro, we were advocating for a new constitution for the country, the civil society was strong because there

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was a rallying point. After the demise of these heroes suddenly there was no more rallying point, that was where we began to lose it, some of them would rather think about themselves rather than think about the collective interest. At the time of Gani Fawehinmi, he does not care about where you came from, he does not care about your religion, when an injustice is melted on you he takes his own resources to fight for you. Are we saying we don’t have lawyers like Gani Fawehinmi today? We do, but do they have the same mind set like him? No. I wouldn’t want to mention names, but some of them are

still alive. They suddenly compromised the struggle, they made it as if it is their personal business and they do the business themselves to the extent that even their followers loss confidence in them, so there is no rallying point, that is why it is so difficult to make a clarion call and you see every civil society coming on the desk to do the battle, otherwise, if we were so organised the way we were in the past, some 15 years ago things wouldn’t have been the way it is today, so we lost out. Will you say the coming of the political era helped to compromise the

Unfortunately, today the INEC cannot be said to have any credibility before Nigerians, my worries is not what happens today, but the consequences of what happens today is what we are going to reap in the next 20 years, because you cannot come out and tell Nigerians to come out enmass and vote, because they will always think back on this, and where people wake-up on election days and they don’t feel like going to vote, it is obvious that we are in for a dooms day, because certainly we might not get the kind of leaders that we desire to govern this country

civil society community? So many things happened at the time of the fight against military dictatorship, even when the military left power and returned to the Barracks, some of us were not mindful of the fact that we needed the power, we kept chasing shadow, when the military were no longer in control and some people came from behind who were never part of that struggle and hijacked the process. When we got to some extent we realised that the enemy we were looking for were no longer there, we turned back but some people have already grabbed the power and those are the same people today that have held this country to ransom, they never paid dues, they never made any sacrifice, they never suffered for it, they abuse the sensibility of Nigerians because they never made any sacrifice, they never knew what was involved at the time we fought against dictatorship. So, it is so sad and painful when we see this election of 2019, now we realise that almost what we did in the past, the kind of sacrifice of those lost in the battle, those that suffered a lot of detention with us, and this is not what we expected to see now, our case, the likes of me is different from somebody who just woke up one day to call himself a comrade, form a small group of people, sit down under air-condition, in a comfort zone and talk, the way they see things is not the way we see things, that is why sometimes when we talk some people will say are you mad, no, we are not mad, we know what we are saying, it is painful, because you felt this is something you are nursing for the betterment of the country, then one person will singlehandedly come from nowhere and abuse the entire process, people will just sit down and laugh and think it is normal. The consequences is that maybe after now we begin to reap it, probably some of us may not be alive again to give our own side of the story. But certainly, this is total backwardness, in this era you conduct an election of this nature, marred with rigging, even before the election day the election have been rigged, the hands are very clear, even the removal of Justice Walter Onnoghen was itself a rigging, just for all of these to happen and people fold their hands and say all is well. Some people are suggesting that for these kind of anomalies to be avoided that there is the need for electoral reforms that will involve maybe electronic voting, transmission of results electronically and all that, do you share these views? I do, the electoral law that was ignored by this President was one issue that clearly shows that this thing is calculated for it to happen, electronic process of election had actually been

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Negative effects of 2019 elections will take many years to erase and correct – Yerima Comrade Shettima Yerima a renowned human rights activists is the President of Arewa Consultative Forum. He is worried about the outcome of the 2019 elections, describing it as a failure, arguing that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has taken the country several years backward. He told PATRICK OKOHUE further in this interview that unless the nation deliberately decides to restructure the system, the future is bleak The much awaited 2019 elections just took place and many things happened, like the inconclusive elections in many states, as is now peculiar with this INEC and many other things that Nigerians had thought the nation had over grown in organising elections, but what is your impression of the elections generally? It was sad and very unfortunate that in the 21st century, we are experiencing this kind of election, it is sad, some of us felt very pained because a lot of us have a lot at stake. A lot of us feel so sad that we have made a lot of sacrifices for this democracy to come into being. Also remember that we have some of our colleagues who today are not alive to see what is happening, despite being part of the struggle from the days of the military that we have been together as young comrades. For over 20 years we were in the trenches clamouring for democracy, but this is not the type of democracy that we expected. We thought that by now we would have been improving, but the last 2019 election has actually shown that rather than going forward we are going backward, and have gone much steps behind now, because I do not see us solving this problem in the next 10, 20 years to come. What we have lost in this election, where the will of the people are not being respected, where people come out enmass to elect their leaders, but simply because of the interest of one or two persons, who felt they are not comfortable with those people who were elected, they undermine the collective will of the people and do it and get away with it. Where you see INEC suddenly becoming an APC arm of government, where security agencies who are supposed to be seen to be neutral and look at the country as their primary responsibility to protect, but rather turn back on the country and do the bidding of few individuals, this portend nothing but danger, where a ruling party does not believe that it should have opposition, rather what they want is to have a one party state, where anything goes, where impunity will become the order of the day, where they can do anything their own way without anybody checkmating their excesses, this is rather unhealthy. It is sad, what happened in the last election is not what we expected, with the kind of money approved for INEC, with the kind of both local and international support that they got, with the good will of Nigerians behind them to encourage them to give us free and fair election, which was the only thing Nigerians asked for, but it turned out to be something else. Today, whether you like it or not, PDP has been vindicated when they said they won

that presidential election from what has happened in the governorship election. Why was it so impossible for the INEC and the APC to agree that they have been defeated in those states that they declared inconclusive, only in states won by the PDP that elections have been declared inconclusive, but where APC won even when there are more cancellations, going by figures and everything, going by the Electoral Act, they were declared as winners, but in the case of states won by PDP it has been declared inconclusive, this is unfair, Nigerians deserve more than this. Unfortunately, today the INEC cannot be said to have any credibility before Nigerians, my worries is not what happens today, but the consequences of what happens today is what we are going to reap in the next 20 years, because you cannot come out and tell Nigerians to come out enmass and vote, because they will always think back on this, and where people wake-up on election days and they don’t feel like going to vote, it is obvious that we are in for a dooms day, because certainly we might not get the kind of leaders that we desire to govern this country, people who will lord it over us, the mafias will continue to do their own thing and they will continue to impose people on you to lead you whether you like it or not. This is the problem we are going to face in the future. You are one activist who has been around since the days of the military, you have seen a lot of things, what will you say is the problem of Nigeria, because over time many countries who were in the same situation with Nigeria have gone far ahead of us, yet we seem to be going round in cycles? Going back to history, in the dark days of the military, in the era when we had the likes of Gani Fawehinmi, of blessed memory, the likes of Beko Ransome Kuti, the likes of Wole Soyinka, even though he is alive, he is not actively involved in some of these struggles now, the likes of Chief Anthony Enahoro whom I worked with closely, especially during the NADECO days. The activism at that time was more coordinated, well organised, the civil society were doing very well, with the Campaign for Democracy, and so many of these platforms at that time, subsequently, after the demise of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Beko, Enahoro, things went wrong, the last we did was in PRONACO, under the leadership of Chief Enahoro, when I was the Youth Director, Beko was the deputy to Enahoro, we were advocating for a new constitution for the country, the civil society was strong because there

Shettima Yerima

was a rallying point. After the demise of these heroes suddenly there was no more rallying point, that was where we began to lose it, some of them would rather think about themselves rather than think about the collective interest. At the time of Gani Fawehinmi, he does not care about where you came from, he does not care about your religion, when an injustice is melted on you he takes his own resources to fight for you. Are we saying we don’t have lawyers like Gani Fawehinmi today? We do, but do they have the same mind set like him? No. I wouldn’t want to mention names, but some of them are

still alive. They suddenly compromised the struggle, they made it as if it is their personal business and they do the business themselves to the extent that even their followers loss confidence in them, so there is no rallying point, that is why it is so difficult to make a clarion call and you see every civil society coming on the desk to do the battle, otherwise, if we were so organised the way we were in the past, some 15 years ago things wouldn’t have been the way it is today, so we lost out. Will you say the coming of the political era helped to compromise the

Unfortunately, today the INEC cannot be said to have any credibility before Nigerians, my worries is not what happens today, but the consequences of what happens today is what we are going to reap in the next 20 years, because you cannot come out and tell Nigerians to come out enmass and vote, because they will always think back on this, and where people wake-up on election days and they don’t feel like going to vote, it is obvious that we are in for a dooms day, because certainly we might not get the kind of leaders that we desire to govern this country

civil society community? So many things happened at the time of the fight against military dictatorship, even when the military left power and returned to the Barracks, some of us were not mindful of the fact that we needed the power, we kept chasing shadow, when the military were no longer in control and some people came from behind who were never part of that struggle and hijacked the process. When we got to some extent we realised that the enemy we were looking for were no longer there, we turned back but some people have already grabbed the power and those are the same people today that have held this country to ransom, they never paid dues, they never made any sacrifice, they never suffered for it, they abuse the sensibility of Nigerians because they never made any sacrifice, they never knew what was involved at the time we fought against dictatorship. So, it is so sad and painful when we see this election of 2019, now we realise that almost what we did in the past, the kind of sacrifice of those lost in the battle, those that suffered a lot of detention with us, and this is not what we expected to see now, our case, the likes of me is different from somebody who just woke up one day to call himself a comrade, form a small group of people, sit down under air-condition, in a comfort zone and talk, the way they see things is not the way we see things, that is why sometimes when we talk some people will say are you mad, no, we are not mad, we know what we are saying, it is painful, because you felt this is something you are nursing for the betterment of the country, then one person will singlehandedly come from nowhere and abuse the entire process, people will just sit down and laugh and think it is normal. The consequences is that maybe after now we begin to reap it, probably some of us may not be alive again to give our own side of the story. But certainly, this is total backwardness, in this era you conduct an election of this nature, marred with rigging, even before the election day the election have been rigged, the hands are very clear, even the removal of Justice Walter Onnoghen was itself a rigging, just for all of these to happen and people fold their hands and say all is well. Some people are suggesting that for these kind of anomalies to be avoided that there is the need for electoral reforms that will involve maybe electronic voting, transmission of results electronically and all that, do you share these views? I do, the electoral law that was ignored by this President was one issue that clearly shows that this thing is calculated for it to happen, electronic process of election had actually been

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Huge protests in Algeria as allies turn on Bouteflika A huge crowd has gathered in the Algerian capital to protest for a fourth consecutive Friday demanding urgent change and an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years. Demonstrators crammed streets and squares in central Algiers after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria’s red, green and white flag. Reuters news agency said protesters numbered in the hundreds of thousands, describing the rally as the biggest since the start of the rallies last month. Demonstrations also took place in Bejaia, Oran, Batna, Tizi Ouzou and other cities. The rally was the first major test of whether 82-year-old Bouteflika has calmed anger on the streets with his surprise announcement on Monday that he would not seek reelection but would instead cancel the presidential poll scheduled for April 18. “You pretend to understand us, we will pretend to listen to you,” read a banner held aloft by the mostly young demonstrators. “The options for the authority to stay in power have become nil,” law student Kenza Sulaimani was quoted as saying by the DPA news agency. “We don’t want to see anyone belonging to the present regime.” Meanwhile, Algeria’s ruling FLN party showed more signs of turning its back on Bouteflika, with one senior figure saying in an interview overnight that the long-serving president was “history now”. Former spokesman Hocine Kheldoun, who talked to Ennahar

television late on Thursday, became one of the most senior FLN officials to break with Bouteflika publicly, saying the party had to look forward and support the aims of demonstrators. A former minister who is familiar with Bouteflika’s inner circle told the Reuters news agency that the president could not survive given the pressure building against him. “Game over. Bouteflika has no choice but to quit now,” the former minister said on condition of anonymity. Protesters were initially overjoyed when Bouteflika announced he would not stand again, but his move to cancel the vote prompted accusations of “tricks” and set off a new round of demonstrations. He has also named a new prime minister, replacing the unpopular Ahmed Ouyahia with former interior minister Noureddine Bedoui, who, on

Thursday, defended the postponement of the polls. The protest movement has been led by students in a country where half the population is under the age of 30 and youth unemployment has spurred anger against a government seen as out of touch. The military, which has traditionally played a behind-the-scenes powerbroker role, has distanced itself from Bouteflika and stayed in its barracks throughout the crisis. It is expected to retain influence under all scenarios. Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair and has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, has promised a “national conference” to carry out reforms. The president said new elections would be held “before the end of 2019”, suggesting he may stay in office for another year.

‘Hello, brother’: Muslim worshipper’s ‘last words’ to gunman A Muslim worshipper, who was among the first people to be killed in New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting, appeared to say “Hello, brother” to the attacker just moments before he was shot dead. According to a live stream video of the attack, the man, who is yet to be identified, could be overheard saying “Hello, brother” as the gunman approached the entrance of the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. At least 49 people, including children, were killed in Friday’s attacks targeting the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. Police said on Saturday morning that 42 people were being treated for wounds following the “terrorist” attack. Two of them, including a four-year-old child, were in critical condition. Video footage of the assault, which has been widely shared on social media, showed a gunman shooting indiscriminately at worshippers as they ran for safety or lay huddled on the floor. A 28-year-old Australian man, who police have not identified, has been charged with murder. He is set to appear in court on Saturday. As the attack shocked New Zealand, a nation where violent crime is rare,

several social media users hailed the Muslim man who greeted the attacker before he was murdered. “’Hello, Brother’ were the last words of the first New Zealand victim. As he faced a rifle, his last words were peaceful words of unconditional love. DO NOT tell me that nonviolence is weak or pacifism is cowardice,” one Twitter user said. “’Hello brother’ a word came out of a pure soul filled with a peaceful faith. ‘Hello brother’ was said to a killer with a rifle pointed to this greeting. ‘Hello brother’ he said thinking that he is talking to a human with soul and feelings. ‘Hello brother’ was shot dead,” another wrote. “Hello brother and the reply was three bullets - Bi-ayyi thanbin qutilat (For what crime. She was killed) [Quran: 81, v9],” said another. Aziz Helou, a resident of Melbourne, Australia, wrote on Facebook that “amongst the chaos of today, the evil we both heard and saw”, that one incident stood out. “The first Muslim man to die, his final words were ‘hello brother’. These words were uttered by a man who symbolised Islam. He had a rifle pointed at him by a man with clear intentions to kill and

how did he respond? With anger? With aggression? No, with the most gentle and sincere greeting of ‘hello brother’. “Perhaps this hero was trying to defuse the situation? Maybe Allah used this man to show the world the kindness that is Islam. I don’t know but what I want, is to make certain, is that this detail isn’t lost amongst you. That this mans final act was an Islamic one, a sincere courageous and warm way to stop violence instead of fuelling it”. In a social media video, former New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams gave a tearful tribute to those killed. Williams, a practising Muslim, struggled to hold back tears in the 64-second Twitter post, telling families of those killed that “you are all in Paradise”. “I heard the news. I couldn’t put it into words how I’m feeling right now,” Williams said. “Just sending my duas (prayers) to the families”. Before the attacks took place, the gunman reportedly published an Islamophobic manifesto on Twitter. He then live-streamed his rampage, according to an analysis by the AFP news agency. Political leaders across the world condemned the killings, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan describing them as “the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia”. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also blamed the attacks on rising Islamophobia. “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam and 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim,” said Khan. “This has been done deliberately to also demonise legitimate Muslim political struggles.”

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Political and religious leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Forty-nine people were killed and at least 48 suffered serious injuries in the shootings targeting the mosques during Friday prayers. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shootings appeared to be a well-planned “terrorist attack”. Police said three men and a woman were in custody in connection with the attacks. The timing of the shootings and the posting on social media of what appeared to be live, point-of-view video footage of the assault by a gunman, added to the distress of many. Here is how political leaders around the world reacted soon after the incident. Turkey Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the deadly attack on the mosques, describing them as “the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia.” “With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing,” Erdogan said at the funeral of a former Turkish minister. “It is clear that the understanding represented by the killer that also targets our country, our people and myself, has started to take over Western societies like a cancer.” Erdogan’s spokesman separately condemned what he called a “racist and fascist” attack. “This attack shows the point which hostility to Islam and enmity to Muslims has reached,” Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter. “We have seen many times Islamophobic discourse against Islam and Muslims turning into a perverse and murderous ideology. The world must raise its voice against such discourse and must say stop to Islamophobic fascist terrorism,” he said. US President Trump sent out a 270 character Tweet but failed to mention the word Muslims when condemning the deadly shootings. Instead, he sent his “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to the people of the country. “49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the US strongly condemned the attack. “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” Sanders said. The UN Security Council condemned the mass shootings in Christchurch as “heinous and cowardly” and said acts of “terrorism” were criminal and unjustifiable. ‘Hello brother’: Muslim worshipper’s ‘last words’ to gunman “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the 15-member body said. A spokesman for Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, said the UN chief was “shocked and appalled at the terrorist attack” in New Zealand and was urging people everywhere to work together to “counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism”. Jordan According to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, a Jordanian man was among those killed and five other Jordanian nationals have been injured in the attack. “This heinous massacre is an appalling

terrorist crime. It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion,” Jordan’s King Abdullah said. Lebanon Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Jubran Bassil warned against the rise of extremism in the West, saying it puts “communities at great risk and in direct confrontation that will only lead to the scourge of war.” Egypt Egypt said it stands by New Zealand and the families of the victims, and condemned “the despicable act of terrorism that goes against all principles of humanity and serves as a new reminder of the need to continue and intensify international efforts to fight terrorism, violence and extremism.” Qatar Qatar said it condemned in the strongest terms the “terrorist and brutal attack” in New Zealand. In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Qatar reiterated its firm stance on rejecting violence and terrorism, regardless of motives and reasons. Indonesia Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslimmajority country, strongly condemned the shooting as authorities were checking on whether any of its citizens were victims. “The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. READ MORE New Zealand PM: Dozens killed in ‘terrorist’ attack on mosques She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three still unaccounted for. Malaysia In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack he described as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace”. “I am deeply saddened by this uncivilised act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians,” he said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the people of New Zealand.” Pakistan Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed the New Zealand attacks on rising Islamophobia after 2001’s September 11 attacks. “Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families,” he tweeted. “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles,” he added. Afghanistan Afghanistan’s ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded. “My thoughts are with the family of Afghan origin who’ve been shot and killed at this heinous incident.” Organization of Islamic Cooperation The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said the attack “served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia.” OIC’s Secretary General, Youssef alOthaimeen, urged the New Zealand government to provide more protection to Muslim communities living in the country. Al-Azhar University in Egypt Al-Azhar, the world’s foremost Sunni Islamic institution and university, said the attacks reflects an “escalation of the discourse of hate, xenophobia and Islamophobia” in Western countries.


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13 14 15

10”X5 10”X4 10”X3

320,067.93 255,641.86 191,665.00

16,003.39 12,752.09 9,583.34

28 29 30

7”X2 6”X4 6”X3

51,614.05 173,871.36 66,360.90

2,193.60 4,818.40 2,820.34

43 44 DOUBLE SPREAD 774,210.84 DOUBLE SPREAD(1/2) 367,105.47

32,803.96 16,451.98

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Nigerians fighting their way to glory outside of Nigeria

Nigeria has always had a history when it comes to combat sports. The towering legend of Dick Tiger was impossible to escape, Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey held a featherweight title as far back as 1957, and in the last three decades the likes of David Izonritei, Ike Ibeabuchi and Samuel Peter have shaken up the heavyweight division. Perhaps it is simply a case of Nigerians being able to channel their pent-up frustrations at the state of their home country through martial arts, and in that sense sport is simply a means of release. Be that as it may, Nigeria’s fighters are once again tasting glory and acclaim all over the world, flying the nation’s flag as they do so. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a relatively new phenomenon, founded only some 25 years ago. The UFC is the biggest competition in the mixed-martial arts (MMA), where competitors combine boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and other disciplines while fighting in an octagonal cage. Now firmly established in the mainstream, Nigerians have wasted no time asserting their presence within the octagonal ring. Kamaru Usman was born in Auchi, but left for the United States of America at the age of

READ MORE ON: www.dailytimes.ng eight – in the first leg of his family’s quest for him to pursue a medical career. He took an interest in wrestling in high school while he harboured his own Olympic wrestling dreams, but in 2012 he debuted in the UFC. Usman, 31, is the first African to hold gold in the promotion on March 3, he defeated long-reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to win the UFC Welterweight title. He may be the first, but it certainly does not seem like he will be the last. Israel Adesanya, 29, recently caught the eye when he defeated UFC legend and longest reigning champion in the competition’s history Anderson Silva in February. It was a highlight reel moment for the selfstyled ‘Last Stylebender’, who could end up being a champion as well in the middleweight division. While mixed martial art is considered a little too violent by some of the Nigerian audience, boxing is a lot easier to relate to. Anthony Joshua, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion of the world, is the obvious standard bearer, and is undefeated in 22 professional fights, 21 of those coming by way of knockout. His heritage lies in the bustling city of

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Sagamu, two hours’ drive from Lagos. However, beyond him there is upcoming talent in the division in the form of Ughelli native Efe Ajagba. The 24-year-old has been largely forgotten since he represented Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There, he was eliminated in the Quarterfinal by Ivan Dychko, a previous bronze medal winner in the superheavyweight category. He would attribute that defeat to his lack of a proper sparring partner in training, and alleged that his higher ranking had seen him favoured by the judges. Believing he has stayed too long in the amateur ranks, in July 2017 he moved to the United States to turn professional. Since then, Ajagba’s growth and rise has been impossible to ignore: none of his nine professional fights to date has gone the distance, and eight of them have ended by way of knockout. He has the potential, certainly, to be a top heavyweight contender in the future, and so far looks to be managed intelligently and at a steady pace. There are some doubts over the quality of his opposition, but it is important to note he is only 24 years old, and has a lot of time to step it up.

Gernot Rohr hands Ikouwem Udoh late invitation for Super Eagles games against Seychelles, Egypt Enyimba defender Ikouwem Udoh has been handed a late invitation to the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles and the international friendly against the Pharaohs of Egypt. Udoh, who is the captain of Nigeria’s U-20 side, the Flying Eagles, joined his Enyimba teammate, Valentine Ozornwafor and Kastina United goalkeeper as three home-based players in the list of invited players for both matches. His inclusion increases the number of players invited for the game by Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr to 24.

The left-back, and Valentine Ozornwafor were named in the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations team of the tournament in Niger where the Flying Eagles finished in fourth position. It is the first time Udoh has been called up to represent the Super Eagles, and he will compete with Paderborn of Germany, Jamilu Collins for the leftback position. The Super Eagles will face Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Saturday, March 23rd and Egypt in a friendly at the same venue three days later. The three-time African champions

are already through to Egypt 2019 after holding the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their last game in the qualifiers at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Seychelles are without a win in the group and have conceded 22 times in five matches. Nigeria defeated the Pirates 3-0 in the reverse fixture last year – their first win in the group after going down to a 2-0 home defeat to South Africa in their first game of the qualifiers. Gernot Rohr’s men are expected to start preparations for the match next week Monday in Asaba.

BFN lauds FRSC for employing badminton players

UEFA: Manchester United could have Champions League fixtures reversed

The board of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has commended the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for giving employment to badminton players who are doing the country proud. BFN President Francis Orbih during a courtesy call to the Corp Marshall of FRSC also expressed appreciation for the synergy between the FRSC and the BFN. Over the years, the FRSC has recruited players like Ibrahim Adamu, Gideon Babalola and Isaac Ogbole, while the most recent one’s given employment include Anu Opeyori, Deborah Ukeh who are Men and Women National number One and two respectively as well as Aminat Ilori. In his remarks, Orbih stated: “we’re indeed very grateful for what FRSC has done for badminton over the years”. “If you don’t have gainful employment it is always a big challenge after the players active years. So, it is very important we show appreciation when certain things are done for

Manchester City and Manchester United will not play their home games in next month’s UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on the same or consecutive nights, UEFA said on Thursday. European football’s governing body said, ahead of Friday’s draw, that this was as a result of a decision by local authorities. It said it would amend the scheduling if both Manchester clubs are drawn to play their home games in the same week. UEFA said Manchester United, who finished below champions Manchester City in the English Premier League last season, would have their fixture reversed. The quarter-final first leg matches will be played on April 9 and April 10 with the return legs scheduled for April 16 and April 17. “Following a decision made by relevant local authorities, Manchester City and Manchester United

us and our players,” Orbih added. Orbih hinted that Nigeria would be playing host to other African countries at the All African Senior badminton Championship in Nigeria next month. The event which will be happening in Nigeria for the first time in 19 years will be staged in the city of Port Harcourt starting from April the 22 to 28. The championship which is badminton’s flagship event in Africa, has been given a status of an Olympic qualifier. Meanwhile, the Corps Commander, Manpower Development, Charles Aborchi who received the BFN on behalf of the Corps Marshal thanked the BFN President for his remarks, even as he promised that the FRSC will continue to feature in every sporting event in its bid to contribute to the growth of sports in the country. He stressed that all the request made during the visit would be addressed and looked into so as to sustain the good partnership with the federation.

cannot play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights,” UEFA said. “Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence (home or away), the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season — in this case United — will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles. “In accordance with paragraph 21.01(b) of the UEFA Champions League regulations, the UEFA administration will determine which matches will be played on Tuesday, which matches on Wednesday.” UEFA said that the same rule would apply should both teams advance to the semi-finals. There is also the possibility that derby rivals Manchester United and Manchester City could face each other in the quarter-finals. They may even have to take on fellow English Premier League (EPL) sides Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

CS Sfaxien arrive in Enugu to face Rangers CS Sfaxien have arrived in Nigeria ahead of their matchday 6 Caf Confederation Cup club tie against Enugu Rangers on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. The Tunisian club posted pictures of their departure from the airport early on Thursday on their official twitter handle as well as on their Facebook page before arriving hours later. An official of the Flying Antelopes confirmed to Goal that the Black and Whites came into town aboard a chartered flight on Thursday. “CS Sfaxien are in town now, they came via a chartered flight Thursday evening,” the top official stated.

Already the Tunisian club are through to the quarter-final of the Caf Confederation Cup and would only be looking to keep top spot in Group B by avoiding defeat against the Nigerian side who have a very slim chance of pulling through. In the reverse fixture between these two sides, it ended all square as Rangers got a 1-1 draw in Sfax. Ahead of the last set of group games, Sfaxien have nine points from five matches, twice Confederation Cup winners Etoile du Sahel seven, while the coach Gbenga Ogunbote tutored side have five and Salitas four.


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