Wednesday, 10 May 2017 07:09

HERE IS SUPER EAGLES SQUAD FOR FRANCE AND CORSICA FRIENDLIES

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has announced his 25-man squad for the upcoming international friendly games against France and Corsica later this month. 

Super Eagles are scheduled to camp in France ahead of their crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa on the 10th of June 2017.

The first friendly encounter will be against Corsica on Wednesday, May 24, before taking on European giants France two days later as Nigeria prepare to host SA.

The following Super Eagles squad was released on the official Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) website:

Goalkeepers:

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders:

Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Uche Agbo (CF Granada, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders:

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United FC)

Forwards:

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Olanrewaju Kayode (FC Austria Wien, Austria); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Serenren-Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)

TO JOIN TEAM IN PARIS AFTER ENGLISH FA CUP FINAL

Ola Aina (Chelsea FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)

MTN Football

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:24

ALLEGED N190 MILLION FRAUD: COURT DISCHARGES EX-HOS, ORONSAYE

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An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday discharged Steve Oronsaye, former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, of the N190 million corruption charges levelled against him.

Oronsaye was also the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force, set up by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was docked on a seven-count charge, bordering on breach of trust and diversion of N190 million meant for the committee he chaired.

The judge, Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, in her ruling on the no-case submission filed by Oronsaye, held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against Oronsaye.

“There was contradictory evidence by the prosecution witnesses on whether the defendant was still the head of service as at the time he chaired the committee.

“The court seems to discredit the evidence, suffice it to say that there is no evidence linking the accused with the statutory element and ingredients of the offence with which he is charged.

“The court of trial must as a matter of law discharge him because it has no business scanting for evidence that is nowhere to be found.

“ I have looked through the case and I am unable to see any justifications for this case.

“ The defendant is hereby discharged“ she held.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the prosecution closed its case on Nov.15 after calling six witnesses to testify.

On Dec. 9, the defence filed no-case submission, on the ground that the prosecution had no case against the defendant.

In his submission, the defence counsel Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), argued that there were omissions of essential elements in the charges against his client.

He said on that account the charges were imperfect.

Agabi said that the charge was initially 2- count, later amended to 7-count.

He said that, that was a sign that something was wrong with the charge from the beginning.

He said that the prosecution did not specify the amount that was entrusted to the defendant, nor the mandate of the committee the defendant chaired.

Agabi also said that no evidence of personal use of the fund that the defendant was accused of misusing, but mere allegations.

He said that no offence proven by prosecution to warrant the defendant to enter defence and urged the court to grant his no-case submission.

Responding, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Offem Uket, told the court that the prosecution has proved its case, adding that the defendant should enter his defence.

Uket said that it was not right to bring up the issue of imperfection of charges now, as it was against the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA) 2015.

He urged the court to dismiss the no- case submission.

NAN

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:42

THE CHIBOKGIRLS SAGA AND THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

By Charles Ogbu

Make no mistake, it is a very big slap on our face as a people and a bottom-less mockery of our collective intelligence that three years after about 276 girls were reportedly taken from a school in Chibok community, Borno state, no Nigerian has been able to break through the demonic web of embellished lies surrounding the unfortunate incident to gift the world with the unadulterated version of what really happened in Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014.

This is a grave indictment, not just on the journalism profession, but equally on the rest of us. 

Under the APC govt of Muhammadu Buhari, the incoherencies, contradictions and outright lies in the Chibok story have become so worrisome that for one to believe the Chiboksaga, such a person must authorize his brain to secede from the rest of his body. The Buhari govt has left no one in doubt that the Chibok affair was one of the biggest organised scam in human history. 

President Goodluck Jonathan had all the wherewithal to get to the root of this incident. His failure to use the instrumentalities of state to unravel this mystery and tell us the true story of what really happened remains inexcusable. This much is not debatable

Just so we are clear, I believe that some girls were taken from Chibok, Borno state. Denying this is as silly as claiming that the boko boys have never abducted or killed anyone in the NorthEast.

For me, this is not a question of whether or not, girls were taken from Chibok.

This is a question of who took those girls, who arranged the 'abduction', where were those girls kept for all those years and for what purpose?

Those 82 girls whose pictures were flying all over social media purported to be the Chibokgirls, do they look like people who spent three years in company of heartless terrorists in the dreaded Sambisa forest?  Do they? A betting man would bet that those girls were housed in a cozy apartment and treated like royalties. And their "Captors" are certainly not Boko haram. 

What sort of Vehicle did Boko haram terrorists use in carrying almost 300 girls?? How many vehicles were in that convoy and how did such a long convoy manage to drive from Chibok all the way to Sambisa despite the number-less military checkpoints on the road, then??

Considering the logistics involved in taking care of 276 noisy teenagers and moving them from one location to another while still under constant bombardment for 3 years, how could a technically defeated terror group have achieved this near-impossible feat in the same Sambisa forest that have repeatedly been cleared by our military on different occasion and even the BBOG's Oby Ezekwesili taken round the forest?

The same Sambisa forest where the Americans, Queen Eliza boys and Children of Kremelim  combed with their superior equipment in search of the girls and left without finding anything? 

In an educationally-disadvantaged region, you have almost 300 girls sitting for a core science subject like Physics and none of these girls could speak English even when the physics exam was to be written in English. Doesn't this seem very odd? Even in Anambra state with the highest cut-off mark of 139, you will hardly get up to 276 girls writing an elitist subject such as physics in WAEC in one exam centre. How did the NorthEast rated the most educationally backward in the whole country manage to pull off this magic of 276 girls sitting for Physics in one school??????

Who asked such a large number of girls to converge in the hostel that night?

Why did the Chibok school principal, one Hadija Asabe Kwambura, defy instruction from the then education minister and the security agency to relocate the exam centre from Chibok to Maiduguri for safety reasons?? Why did this woman give two contradictory account of the incident which placed her in Abuja and Borno state the night of the incident?  And why was this same woman reportedly made a commissioner by governor Shettima of Borno state, after the Chiboksaga-- the same Shettima, the woman principal claimed, asked her to ignore the security directive of the then FG and conduct the exam in Chibok with the assurance of providing security?

The Principal's daughter was not among the abducted girls even when she was at the school the night of the abduction. How convenient! 

In early 2016, we saw some of the girls who reportedly claimed they escaped from the Sambisa and found their way out of the forest. So now I'm supposed to ridicule common-sense by  believing that some naive teenagers simply escaped from a group once rated the world deadliest terror group and even technically manoeuvred their way out of the mine-infested Sambisa forest which the army told us is bigger in size than Enugu state??  How?

Where were those girls when our soldiers recovered Shekau's holy flag and holy Koran and turned Sambisa forest into an amusement park??

How come this invincible Shekau always kill our soldiers first and threaten to send us into extinction only to do a 360 degree U-turn 24 hours after, to release some of those girls. Last year, he killed 12 soldiers and gifted us with 2 suicide bombers only to release dozens of the girls 24 hours later. This year, he killed not less than nine soldiers and hauled invectives at the President only to release 82 girls to the same govt 24 hours later. Is this how they use to do in the Boko haram kingdom??

Since, we are told its a prisoner swap deal, how come these girls are always released in batches and at a time when this govt is in dire need of something to celebrate? And why always in May?

Why were the previously "rescued"/ released girls still being shielded from their parents and the media several months after? 

Why the secrecy?? 

Assuming they are still being debriefed, does debriefing take months?? And why haven't the security agencies used the results of the debriefing to free the rest of the girls? 

Quite frankly, the demonic web of embellished lies and earthquakic propaganda surrounding this Chibok incident is too big for anyone to ignore just so as not to be thought insensitive. 

There can be no argument that there are too many contradictions, incoherencies and outright lies in the Chibok saga.

Buying the Chibok abduction story without asking question is tantamount to helping the govt get away with her satanic business of subjecting our intelligence to ridicule.

Those who are busy trying to emotionally blackmail others into swallowing this story hook, line and sinker are not exactly helping matters here. It is beyond argument that some people played dirty politics with those naive girls. And those darkhearted people deserve to pay heavily for this.

The entire country, not just the Chibok community deserve some form of closure on this. That closure will not come by having all the girls returned to their parents. It can only come by having answers for the number-less unanswered questions surrounding this incident.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:36

NO FUND TO PAY WORKERS - FG

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New minimum wage talks may have been shifted until salary and promotion arrears owed civil servants are cleared, it was learnt yesterday.

Minister of Labour and Productivity Chris Ngige, Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Budget Office Director-General Ben Akabueze and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Comrade Ayuba Wabba met yesterday with the leadership of the National Assembly to find ways of clearing salary and promotion arrears of civil servants.

Also for discussion at the closed door meeting chaired by Senate President Bukola Saraki was the issue of payment of transfer allowances of workers and death benefits.

Ngige told reporters that they were at the National Assembly on the invitation of ledership. 

He added that though some progress was made at the meeting, all sides were to go back and come back tomorrow with possible solution to the identified issues which is that “government does not have enough fund for now to tackle the issues”.

Ngige said: “We are here on the invitation of the National Assembly, the joint committee on labour and employment and the meeting is chaired by the Senate President. 

“We are here to discuss issues relating to things that are meant for industrial harmony in the public sector.

“As you are aware, the labour federations have said the governors have not been treating them well.

“One of the cardinal issues of International Labour Organisation (ILO) is to give our workers decent jobs and we decided to discuss with them.

“We looked at the issues of salary arrears, promotion arrears, death benefits, location expenses and transfer allowances, hotel allowance, which overtime have accumulated and had run into billions and this is what is owed to federal public servants and we started the meeting today to find a solution.”

Asked why a new minimum wage was not top on the agenda, Wabba, who was almost walking away, described the process as “holistic”.

On labour’s demand, he said: “Labour has spoken with one voice. We have made a formal demand, which you are aware. It is N56,000, there is no need repeating it.”

The Nation

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:32

MANY PEOPLE AROUND BUHARI ARE VERY CORRUPT - TAM DAVID WEST

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Tam David-West, elder statesman and former minister of petroleum resources, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari government is dominated by corrupt people.

In an interview with Sun,

David-West urged Buhari to kick corrupt people out of his government.

He vouched for the integrity of Buhari, saying he “can entire fire” for him. 

“The president is my friend and I always tell him the people around him are corrupt. Buhari is clean,” he said. 

“I have worked with him and I can enter fire because of him; but a lot of people around him are very corrupt and until he kicks them out of his government, the country cannot move forward. Nigeria is a great country 

“There are a lot of people using government positions to influence things for themselves. When I was minister of petroleum, I had only three refineries and I was exporting petrol and the country was moving on well. President Buhari needs to clean up his house.”

On the probe of Babachir Lawal, secretary to the Government of the federation (SGF), David-West said: “If the SGF loves Buhari, he would have resigned. 

“I did not influence any contract to my favour or steal money when I was in government. People even made fun of me, that I was taking only tea.”

The Cable

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:29

STUDENT MADE TO REMOVE BRA AT EXAM CENTRE FOR SECURITY CHECK

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Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala Monday ordered a probe into allegations that an 18-year-old student was forced to remove her bra at an exam centre as part of stringent measures to stop cheating in a national-level medical entrance examination. 

The incident took place at TISK English Medium School in the state’s Kannur district on Sunday, when hundreds of students went for the National Eligibility and Entrance Test, NEET, seeking admissions to undergraduate medical courses across the country. 

“My daughter went inside the centre only to return a few minutes later to hand over her bra.

“As she entered the centre, the metal detector at the gate beeped due to the metal strap of the bra. She was told to remove the innerwear for security, to prevent cheating,” her mother told the media.

“Many others were forced to undergo the same ordeal,” she added. 

Kannur’s District Collector, M.M. Ali, said that he would look into the allegations. “I have heard about the allegations. 

“We will look into the matter,” he said. 

The State Human Rights Commission has condemned the incident and also sought a report from the district authorities. 

“We have asked the authorities there to submit a report into the serious allegations,” commission member J. Premeela Devi told the media. 

However, the principal of the school, where the examination was held in the district, Jalaluddin K. said: “We have clear instructions that if the metal detector beeps, no one can be allowed inside. 

“Whenever it beeped, we told students to remove what they have.”

PT

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:21

AMAECHI SUFFERS DEFEAT AT APPEAL COURT

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Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, yesterday, suffered defeat at the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the court upheld the judgment of the state's High Court, which threw out his suit challenging the constitution of a Judicial Commission  of Enquiry to probe sale of valued assets when he was governor of the state.

It would be recalled that on assumption of office,  Governor Nyesom Wike constituted a commission to probe the sale of valued  assets of the state by Amaechi while he was governor of the state.

Amaechi, on his part, approached the Rivers State High Court, in Port Harcourt, challenging the action of the government.

Justice Amadi of the Rivers State High Court in his ruling, held that Governor Wike acted within the confines of the law to have revisited the circumstances under which those assets were sold, a development which prompted the former governor to go on appeal. 

A unanimous judgment of the Appeal Court, yesterday, read by Justice F. O. Omoleye, dismissed Amaechi’s appeal, saying that the Judicial Commission of Enquiry was properly constituted by Governor Wike.

The appellate court said that the commission, chaired by Justice George Omereji, was in order to have looked into  the sales which included power assets of the state. 

Justice Omoleye in the judgement also said that the commission acted right to have looked into issues around the N2 billion agric loan disbursed by the former government to cooperative societies and the monorail project of the former administration.

 The other Justices are J. S. Abiriyi and S. T. Hussaini. 

Attorney General of the state, Mr Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, hailed the judgement of the Appeal Court, saying it has vindicated the position of the state government that the commission was not constituted to witch hurt anybody, stressing that judgment had again validated the probe by the state government. 

Vanguard

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:16

COURT ORDERS IGP TO PAY N4M FOR RIGHTS VIOLATION

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An FCT High Court sitting in Maitama yesterday ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris to pay N1million each to four men for violation of fundamental rights.

The suit brought by the four men, Ozor Okolocha, Elvis Obiaku, Edward Onyenoknone and Imoni Micah had IGP and FCT Commissioner of Police as respondents.

Trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke in his judgment held that the applicants were continuously detained by the respondents at Keffi prisons, without remand order renewal (14 days after the expiration of an earlier remand order) and without charges preferred against them.

“This is a gross violation of their fundamental rights as provided by the provisions of section 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

 “As compensation for the violation of their fundamental rights, N1million should be paid to each of the applicants for the hardship and embarrassment suffered by them”, the judge ruled.

Justice Okeke also held that the detention of the applicants and violation of their rights to liberty were not justified by the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

He also ordered that the respondents should refrain from arresting the applicants over the issues in the suit.

The applicants were said to be arrested on Dec. 17, 2015 and Jan. 6, 2016 at their home town of Ase-Omuku in Ndokwa East LGA of Delta State and brought to Abuja by one Inspector Tony Alabi. They were thereafter detained at Keffi prison on remand order from an Abuja Magistrate Court.

However, at the expiration of the order, no renewal was made until April 5, when the suit of violation of fundamental human rights was filed before the high court

Daily Trust

 
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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:05

NNAMDI KANU VOWS NEVER TO GIVE UP ON BIAFRA AGITATION

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Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOP), Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday in Enugu restated his resolve never to give up his agitation for the Republic of Biafra.

He also vowed to challenge his bail conditions which he described as obnoxious and unconstitutional very soon in court.

Kanu spoke when he paid a thank-you visit to Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) in Enugu.

He was received by top members of the ECA, including Mrs. Maria Okwor, Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh, among others. 

While expressing his gratitude for the support showed to him by the group, Kanu said he chose the option of fighting to liberate the people of Biafra and that there was no going back. 

“I have chosen the option that we must be free as a people; that we must be liberated as a race and that we must have every freedom, due to us, God-given and I would not want to go to heaven to experience it; I want to experience it here.

“I thank all of you that worked very hard, especially the Igbo Youth Movement; I must be specific, and the Eastern Consultative Assembly and all the market men, market women, those that closed their shops to see us and all those who made efforts to ensure that I was not consumed.

“I thank all of you; those who contributed to my being here today, because without your pressure, I don’ think I will be here. “However, the work is not done yet, we need to finish it.

“I desire Biafra, I want Biafra, I want nothing else other than Biafra. I will not settle for anything else other than Biafra. That was what I was born to do and that is what I will do till the day Biafra will come that we may live as free men on this very earth as the Most High God, Chukwu Okike Abiama ordained it,” he said 

“On those we left behind, we are making effort to see that they come out because they committed no crime. All we are seeking for is freedom; a return to the values we had before the advent of white men. A situation where people move their cows into our farms and slaughter our people will no longer be acceptable.”

He, however, refused to grant any press interview in apparent compliance with the bail conditions.

Thisday

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 07:03

PASSPORT BOOKLETS NOW AVAILABLE - NIS

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Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday informed members of the public that it had provided passport booklets to all its Passport Issuing Centres across the country.

NIS, in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, James Sunday, said the attention of its Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, was drawn to some media reports of persisting scarcity of Passports Booklets across its Passport Issuing Centre.

But the statement stressed that “there is no scarcity of passport booklets across all our Issuing Centres in Nigeria and abroad.”

NIS had in March informed members of the public about a shortfall in the supply of Passport Booklets in its system.

“The situation has since been resolved following government’s intervention and normalcy has been restored in all the Issuing Centres as contained in our notices to the public. The Comptroller General is by the notice encouraging all deserving passport applicants to approach the nearest passport offices to them directly to process their Passports and avoid patronising touts who may make the process difficult for them.

“They may also wish to forward all complaints/challenges on the process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for attention. The public is hereby advised to disregard the misinformation about scarcity of passport booklets and always contact the service for all our services,” it added.

Thisday

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