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Latest News / Local - 2019-06-18 00:04:57

Ex-minister’s missed flight stalls Belgore’s money laundering trial

A missed flight by former National Planning Minister, Prof Abubakar Suleiman, yesterday stalled his trial and that of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Dele Belgore, at the Federal High Court in Lagos. Suleiman’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), informed Justice Rilwan Aikawa that his client was not in court because he missed his flight to Lagos. Oyetibo said it was not in Suleiman’s character to be away from court as he had always been present for his trial. He apologised for the former minister’s absence. Prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo confirmed that he was informed, but said he would reluctantly concede to the adjournment request. During an earlier hearing, Belgore told the court that he never met or dealt with former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is also named in the charge but is said to be “at large”. Read also: Alleged N450m fraud: Court adjourns Belgore’s trial to June 19 The lawyer said he was not aware that the N450 million he signed for in 2015 came from her as he believed that the funds came from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters following a fund-raising. Belgore was the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation coordinator in Kwara State ahead of the 2015 general elections. He also told the court that he di...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:51:08

Man Lands In Prison For Allegedly Defiling Neighbour’s 12-Year-Old Daughter In Lagos

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday, ordered that a 33-year-old man, Sunday Nwokolo, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter be remanded in prison, pending legal advice. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule- Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons. Sule-Amzat ordered the police to send back the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice, NAN reports. She adjourned the case until Oct. 14. The defendant, who resides in Masamasa area of Lagos, is charged with defiling a minor. Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 27 at his residence. Emuerhi said the defendant defiled the girl. He said the case was reported at the Gender Section of Ikeja Police command by the girl’s mother. The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. The post Man Lands In Prison For Allegedly Defiling Neighbour’s 12-Year-Old Daughter In Lagos appeared first on Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website.

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:24:25

HORROR!! Security Guard Beheaded By Ritualists On A Farm In Abuja

A security guard has been reportedly beheaded at a farm in the Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. A security guard with Prime Soil Limited, Habibu Usman, has been beheaded by suspected ritualists on a farm at Piri village, Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Daily Trust reports. A colleague of the deceased, simply identified as Ibrahim, said the incident occurred last Thursday about 9:38pm. He said he went to take over from his colleague at the farm on Friday morning but could not see him. He said while he was waiting with the hope that his colleague would turn up, another staff, Jibrin, who was guarding bulldozers and tractors inside the farm called him that he saw a polybag containing the deceased’s belongings by the road side. Ibrahim added that when he called Usman’s phone number, it did not connect and he became alarmed. “It was then I decided to call the family to know if he was at home but when I was told he was not at home, we went in search of him on my motorcycle. “We searched for the deceased even down to a stream and we couldn’t find him that night. It was until around 12: am on Saturday that his headless body was found close to the highway in a pool of blood,” he said. He said he called the police at Kwali and they came with...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:20:09

“One In Three Nigerians Lacks Access To Drinking Water” – UNICEF

As part of UNICEF campaign against open defecation in the country, the agency had provided improved water facilities to over 1.7 million Nigerians. The United Nations Children’s Fund has said that one in three Nigerians does not have access to basic drinking water services, adding that on the average, each of the people living in rural areas of the country has access to only four litres of water daily. UNICEF specialist on sanitation, Bioye Ogunjobi, told our correspondent that as part of the campaign to improve on water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the country, 1,227 schools in Nigeria had benefitted from the agency’s various interventions. He said UNICEF had supported 599 primary health care centres across Nigeria, with 2.4 million Nigerians also benefitting from distribution of hygiene supplies by the agency. Ogunjobi said that as part of UNICEF campaign against open defecation in the country, the agency had provided improved water facilities to over 1.7 million Nigerians, while 2.2 million people had also been provided with improved water facilities. He said:- “At least, one in three Nigerians does not have access to basic drinking water services. On the average, people living in the rural areas have access to only four litres of water per capita each day. Research show...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:15:30

Drama As Housewife Drags Her Mother-In-law To Shariah Court In Kaduna (You Won’t Believe Why)

A housewife has reportedly dragged her own mother-in-law to court in Kaduna state after becoming highly aggrieved with the older woman. A 28-year-old housewife, Hadiza Safiyanu, of Rigasa, Kaduna, on Monday dragged her mother-in-law before a Sharia Court I sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna, for allegedly calling her a “prostitute”, NAN reports. Mrs Safiyanu told the court that she and her husband had been living in her mother-in-law’s house since they got married. “On that fateful day, at about 11 p.m., my mother-in-law came into my room and began calling me a prostitute. She also told me to leave her house because her son has divorced me. “I refused to leave because it was late at night. She went outside and got a stick and started beating me. “She called me a prostitute and other unprintable names. “I packed out of her house the following morning. I have been living with my grandparents since then. I want the court to confirm the divorce and get my suitcases from her house”, Safiyanu said. The defendant, Aisha Lamido of Rigasa, Kaduna, denied the allegations. The judge, Dahiru Lawal, ordered that the complainant produce her witnesses on June 20. The post Drama As Housewife Drags Her Mother-In-law To Shariah Court In Kaduna (You Won’t Believe Why) appeared first on Naijaloa...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:02:03

Scandalous pay

•SERAP and others’ suit against lawmakers’ jumbo allowance is commendable The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough Nigeria have gone to seek legal intervention from a Lagos High Court to stop the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) from paying the members of the ninth assembly N4.68billion as take-off allowance. The leadership of the National Assembly, the NASC and the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission were all joined as defendants. SERAP, since its inception in 2004 as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, has been concerned and working towards the upholding of international human rights laws for increasing transparency, accountability and protection of economic and social rights in Nigeria. The organisation seems to have been actively and dedicatedly pursuing their goals in the country. Since the return to democracy in 1999, the salaries and other financial benefits of the National Assembly members have been like a financial sore on the nation’s budget annually. At some point during his tenure, the then governor of the Central Bank, Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, decried the fact that the National Assembly’s budget alone takes out a very reasonable percentage from the nation’s annual budget. Even...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:01:56

Overbearing regulator?

•NBC law is product of military rule; it needs a review It required the intervention of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to restore the licence of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM, which the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended on June 6.  The privately owned broadcasting organisation had gone to court to challenge the suspension of its licence. The court ordered both parties to maintain the status quo as at May 30, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before it. This conflict raises questions about the powers of the NBC, and the exercise of such powers, particularly whether the commission was overbearing by suspending the media organisation’s licence. The agency said the media group operated “as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the commission. They don’t pay their licence fees as and when due.” Other allegations: “Its broadcast is patently partisan and one-sided and deliberately inciting and heating the polity.” The agency also accused AIT/Raypower of using “divisive comments accredited to the segment of “Kakaaki”, tagged, “Kakaaki Social”, where inciting comments like, “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta”, “Nigeria irritates me”, “this country is gra...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:00:34

No Excuses APC

The All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman Adams Oshiomhole surely has his faults, but he also has the courage to dare. Some say he is abrasive and rash when pushing his view. But regardless of what one says about the petit former labour leader, it is dangerous to take him for granted in any contest, where being loquacious is an added advantage. Politics is one such contest, where being bombast could be a bomb against your opponents. In the run up to the 2019 general elections, the APC chairman was up and about shredding the reputation of the opposition PDP and asking Nigerians to move unto the NEXT level. Again, as the National Assembly prepared to elect their leaders last week, the APC chairman was so upbeat about the chances of his party, that he declared all the leadership positions a no go area for the opposition. He warned that any legislator who sells any piece of the family silver would be severely punished. His warning came when there was palpable fear that the PDP could take advantage of the potential division within the APC camp, to gain one of the four coveted seats. Luckily, with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu flexing their muscles, the party cleared the senate president and the deputy, as well as the speaker and dep...

Latest News / Local - 2019-06-17 23:00:07

Re: Postmaster-General or banker

SIR: Your editorial ‘’Postmaster General Or Banker?’’ on Monday, May 6, with the rider ‘Instead of opening 2000 MFB outlets, NIPOST should focus on its core mandate’ not only created the erroneous impression that NIPOST has been issued license to operate Microfinance Banks but also portrayed the Postmaster General of the Federation, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi as someone who is veering off his official mandate in pursuit of a different agenda. Inadvertently , perhaps , or, due to misinterpretation of piece of information available to your office, the article did not explain the role of NIPOST in the collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria  (CBN), The Nigeria Incentive based Risk sharing System of Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) to drive the federal government  finance inclusion program. NIPOST management is therefore worried that such a report is capable of creating erroneous impression that NIPOST is abdicating its mandate of providing efficient and reliable postal services to its esteemed customers and Nigeria at large. For the records, NIPOST has not been issued for the operation of Microfinance Banks. The MFB in question is an initiative of the collaboration between CBN and the Bankers Committee and NIPOST was identified as one of the agents to implement the project. The 200...

Latest News / Politics - 2019-06-17 23:00:04

Lagos PDP: Torn apart by crises

Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been embroiled in a battle of survival. Many factors have contributed to the intractable crises that have prevented the party from fulfilling its aspiration of giving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a run for its money in the last general elections. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examines the issues that have bedeviled the party and how it can be repositioned for future elections. All is not well with the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It has been a story of one crisis after another and it appears there is no end to the division rocking the one-time largest party in Africa. All efforts to resolve the crises have proved abortive. It has been a case of accusation and counter accusation among the major party stakeholders. The situation got worse, following the defeat of the party in the last general elections to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The outcome of the election released bottled up anger that has been nursed over the years. Observers believe the party has a long way to go, to challenge the dominance of the ruling party in the state. The party has not won any major election in Lagos since 1999. In the opinion of some members, if the quarrelsome situation continues, those who be...

Latest News / Politics - 2019-06-17 22:30:01

Super Falcons lose 1-0 to France despite brave performance in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup group game

Nigeria will now wait for the outcomes of other group stage games to know whether they will be among the best losers. The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 1-0 to France in their last group game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nigeria battled hard for most parts of the game but France managed to get a goal late on from a VAR-assisted penalty which was controversially retaken after the Nigerian goalkeeper had been adjudged to have stepped off her line before the spot kick was played.  Nigeria needed at least a draw to progress from the group stage as one of the best losers and kept it tight at the back for over 75 minutes of the game.  France probed and probed but failed to really trouble Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. In the 79th minute, France got their goal through Wendie Renard from the penalty spot after the referee with the help of VAR adjudged that Nnozgi Ebere had fouled...