Friday, November 30, 2018

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Now 4th In Africa, 44th In The World

Nigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains her 44th spot in the world with 1,427 points, as against October’s 1,431 points, in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings newly released.

Tunisia who led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North Africans dropping four places to 26th in the world with 1,493 points.

Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1,505 points and places 23rd in the world.

He Inspired Generations! Trump Mourns Bush

US President Donald Trump on Saturday paid tribute to late former leader George H.W. Bush, praising his lifetime of service to the nation and “unflappable leadership” during the waning days of the Cold War.

“Melania and I join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of former president George H.W. Bush,” Trump said in a statement from Buenos Aires, where he was attending the G20 summit.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.”

One Dead, Seven Injured As Boko Haram Attacks Military Base Again

Boko Haram militants attacked an army base in northeast Nigeria, killing one soldier, military sources told AFP on Friday.

Fighters with the Islamic State West Africa Province came in trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns and attacked the base in Arege village near the fishing town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad, the paper claims.

The base came under attack before dawn, prompting clashes, a military source revealed according to AFP

“The attack was successfully repelled but unfortunately a soldier was killed and seven others were injured,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the incident.

The same base came under attack on Wednesday, but the militants failed to overrun it “and suffered heavy casualties,” a military statement said on Twitter.

The jihadists have in recent months intensified their attacks on military bases in the northeast, with the most audacious taking place on November 18, when military sources said at least 43 soldiers were killed at a base in Metele near the border with Niger.

Troops who survived said over 100 of their colleagues were killed, but after a long period of silence, the military on Wednesday gave an official figure of 23 deaths.

The latest attack came a day after President Muhammadu Buhari went to N’Djamena to meet top leaders from Chad, Niger and Cameroon to discuss how to deal with the surge in violence.

Ex-US President, George Bush Is Dead

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army has died. He died last night at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10 p.m. Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.

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NFF Motivates Falcons With $10,000 Win Bonus Against South Africa

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has opted to double the winning bonus of the Super Falcons as a big incentive ahead Saturday’s 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations Final against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Accra.

President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, made the pledge when he met with the players and officials at the AH Hotel, Accra on Thursday, as he delivered the good wishes of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the football –loving populace of Nigeria to the Cup holders.

The Falcons had earned $3,000 for a win in the group phase but were earmarked for $5,000 each for victory in the Final.

“I want to let you know that the Government and the good and great people of Nigeria are happy with your performance in the championship so far. They are looking forwards to you retaining the trophy by beating South Africa on Saturday.

“Let me commend the lofty commitment, dedication and resilience that you have displayed so far in the championship, alongside that unique Nigerian spirit that was most in evidence against the Cameroonians in the semi final. You are indeed true champions, and we believe you will retain the Cup on Saturday. Go out there and win on Saturday and earn yourselves $10,000 each, as against the $5,000 that the NFF earlier promised.”

The two captains, Onome Ebi and Rita Chikwelu on behalf of the team expressed gratitude to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), the NFF, the Nigeria media and football –loving Nigerians at home and in the diaspora for their support to the team, and pledged that they will overcome the Banyana Banyana in Saturday’s final in order to return to Nigeria with the trophy.

Donald Trump's Youngest Daughter Is Dating A Man Raised In Lagos [Pictured]

Tiffany Trump is dating a new billionaire construction heir from Nigeria - a country her father referred to as a 's**thole' earlier this year.

Page Six reports that the youngest first daughter brought Michael Boulos, heir of multibillion dollar Nigerian conglomerate Boulos Enterprises, to Thanksgiving dinner at Trumps' Mar-a-Lago.

The pair were spotted in September attending a Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week, while Tiffany wore a baby blue dress and sat alongside her new beau.

Despite their public appearance, a source tells Page Six Tiffany is 'happy she has so far been able to keep this with Michael under the radar'.

'She introduced him to her family at Thanksgiving, and he comes across as a very intelligent young man from a great family,' the source said.

'There was no mention of the president's unfortunate comment about African nations,' they added.

The pair met on vacation in Mykonos this summer just after the 25-year-old called it quits with ex-boyfriend Ross Mechanic in the spring, whom she met while attending University of Pennsylvania.

Boulos' family is of Lebanese decent and was raised in Lagos but is now based in London, Page Six reports.

The company specializing in cars, construction and retail.

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Man Caught Attempting To Sell Human Eyeball For N250,000 In Niger State

The Niger State Police Command has arrested Shuaibu Ibrahim,35, of Safiu village in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State with a human eyeball.

According to the police report, operatives attached to the Gawu Babangida Division in Gurara Local Government Area arrested Ibrahim.

It was learnt that the police operatives apprehended the suspect in the early hours of Thursday following a tip-off from a member of the public.

The eyeball was said to have been removed from a victim of a communal clash between the Igbira and Bassa people in Nasarawa State.

Northern City News gathered that one Ojo, now at large, reportedly gave the eyeball to the suspect to sell in Niger State for N250,000.

Further checks revealed that the suspect had been involved in the illegal trafficking of human parts across the northern states for over five years.

The suspect said he was the intermediary between Ojo and his customers, who were buyers of human parts.

Ibrahim said, “My duty is to deliver human parts given to me by Ojo to his clients across the northern states. We make quick money in this business but I cannot tell what the buyers are using the parts for.

“A lot of people are interested in buying human parts but I don’t know what they use them for. My duty is to deliver as and when due to our clients and collect the money.

“I don’t even ask clients what they are using the human eyeballs for, but I guess it must be something serious.”

Jamil Abubakar’s Alleged Babymama Calls Him Out! You Don't Take Care Of Our Son YET YOU MOCK ME

Former IG's son, Jamil Abubakar is getting called out again by his alleged babymama Chiamaka. Chi who is now into beauty products (sells cream) says Jamil has not been responsible for the upkeep of 'their' son and yet he has the guts to mock her on snapchat for selling cream. Chi who obviously got upset because of this claim, took to her IG and called the former police boss' son out.... She said alot... read below.

FACES At The Premiere Of ‘Heaven On My Mind’

Yesterday, Uche Jombo and Ini Edo held the Lagos premiere of their new movie,  ‘Heaven on My Mind’ at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki Phase 1. Stars of the movie and friends of the actresses all turned out for the movie. More photos below...

51 Whales Die After Becoming Stranded On A Beach

Fifty-one pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands off New Zealand.

The mass stranding means more than 200 whales have died in separate incidents over the past week in the region.

New Zealand's Department of Conservation says between 80 and 90 whales were found to have become stranded in Hanson Bay on Thursday.

Several dozen managed to refloat themselves but 50 were found dead and one had to be put down.

"There was no likelihood of being able to successfully save the remaining whale. Sadly, the decision was made to euthanise. It was the most humane thing to do," said DOC's Chatham Islands Operations Manager, Dave Carlton.

"This is always an awful decision to have to make."

Atiku's US Visa: PDP Tells APC; What Is Your Own

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States, Punch learnt on Thursday.

It was learnt that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja.

Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019  presidential election.

According to their source, those planning the trip with the former VP  are out to use it to address some  US congress caucuses, as well as a high ranking official in the Donald Trump administration.

The source said, “I can authoritatively tell you that Atiku Abubakar went to the US  Embassy on Tuesday for an interview and there is hope that he will get it (visa).

“When he gets it, we will use it to make a political statement. This is because those saying he can’t travel to the US will be shamed.

“Apart from that,  the trip will be used to sell his candidature and that of the PDP to the entire world. So, let us wait and see what will happen. The PDP and Atiku are ready for the 2019 race.

Reacting to the development, the Federal Government warned the US to be cautious about granting Atiku a  visa now.

It said this was necessary in order not to create the impression that the PDP candidate had been endorsed by America for the 2019 election.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the government position at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

Mohammed, who spoke in his office, said the government was aware of the move by the ex-VP to allegedly lobby the US to lift the visa ban imposed on him.

He said, “We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies.

“However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other.

“An impression must not be created that the US government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other.”

The minister alleged that for years, there had been a kind of congressional bi-partisan investigation into the corruption (allegations)  against certain individuals,  which had made it difficult for Atiku to secure a US visa.

Meanwhile, the PDP has alleged that the All Progressives Congress “is already jittery because of the calamity that will soon befall them”.

National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke with our correspondent on  Atiku’s application for a US visa, asked the  APC  and  FG to be ready to accept defeat in the February presidential election.

He said, “What is their own in the visa that they are calling on the authorities of another country not to grant a private citizen?

“The fact is that the APC government has failed. They are already jittery. They know that the game is up and that’s why they have been running from pillar to post.

“Tell them that their days of deceit are over. Nigerians are tired of them and they can no longer lie or take the people for a ride anymore.”

Uche Jombo COMES ALL OUT For Her Movie Premiere, ‘Heaven On My Mind’ [Photos]

She's not joking! When it takes you years to work on a film, cost and other logistics too, you want to come all OUT for the premiere and Uche did just that as she attended her movie premiere ‘Heaven on My Mind’ yesterday in Lagos. Ever seen Uche this 'decked' before? Mama came all out [Claps].

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Satellites Warn African Farmers Of Pest Infestations

UK researchers have developed an early warning system to prevent the crops of African farmers from being devastated.

The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) combines temperature data and weather forecasts with computer models.

It then sends farmers a mobile phone alert so that they can take precautions.

It is hoped that the system will boost yields and increase farm incomes by up to 20%.

Prise is being used in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia and will be rolled out soon in other parts of the world.

Prise is an upgrade of a highly successful UK Aid scheme run by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI). It uses a network of so called "plant doctors" and clinics to advise farmers when pests or diseases destroy their crops.

Image caption Farmers and plant doctors have access to an app to help them diagnose pest infestations and suggest remedies

The "doctors" draw on a database using an an app to help them to diagnose the issue and then prescribe the right pesticide and other measures. Walter Wafula, who grows Maize in Bungoma in Kenya, told BBC News that the service had transformed his family's lives.

"Because of the increased income from my farm, my kids can now go to a better school and the life at home has improved because I can provide the basic needs for my family," he said.

EFCC Arraigns Gombe College Provost For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned the Provost, Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa, Gombe, Prof. Fatima Sawa, and two others before a Federal High Court sitting in the state for alleged N52m fraud.

The Public Relations Officer, Gombe Zonal Office of the EFCC, Bello Bajoga, disclosed this in a statement made available to Northern City News on Thursday.

According to him, the three were arraigned before Justice N. I. Afolabi on four counts bordering on conspiracy, concealment of illicit origin of funds and fraud.

Bajoga said the defendants, Prof. Fatima B. J. Sawa, Umar Modibbo and Abdurrashid Abubabakar, allegedly used their positions as provost, expenditure officer, and bursar, respectively to conspire among themselves and transfer the sum of N52, 444, 097.06 from the institution’s account domiciled in one of the new generation banks by using the GIFMIS payment platform without justification.

The statement read in part, “However, investigations carried out by the commission revealed that the amount in question was transferred to one company called Freeman ICT Hub in one instalment and the company did not deserve to receive that payment as no service was rendered by the company to the institution.

“Count three of the charge read, ‘That you Fatima B. J. Sawa, Umar Modibbo and Abdurrasheed Abubakar, sometime in December 2017 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of  this honourable court in your capacities as provost, expenditure officer and bursar, respectively of the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa, with intent to defraud, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit; attempt to obtain the sum of N52, 444, 097.06 under false pretences, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8 (a) and Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.”

He said that when the case was mentioned in court, the prosecution counsel, Ndeh Godspower, urged the court to take the plea of the defendants and the court obliged.

According to the anti-graft agency’s spokesman, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He added that the prosecution, in view of the plea of the defendants, applied for a trial date and urged the court to remand them in prison custody.

Bajoga said while adjourning the case till January 17, 2019 for definite hearing, Justice Afolabi granted all the defendants bail in the sum of N60m with two sureties each in like sum.

 The judge added that the sureties must be a resident in Gombe State, have landed properties with Certificates of Occupancy and one of the sureties must be a blood relation of each of the defendants.

Amazingly 4-Month Old Baby Survives As Generator Fumes Kill Three Family Members In Osogbo

Three members of a family residing at the Olorisaoko Compound, Osogbo, Osun State, were found dead in their home in the early hours of yesterday.

Although their death was blamed on many factors, including the last meal ate by the late police Sergeant Mary Samuel and her family, but security sources said the victims might have been killed by generator fumes.

A security source, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch correspondent that the late Samuel had a torch in her hand when security men gained access to her apartment, adding that she must have slumped while heading towards the direction of the kitchen, where a generator was kept.

Others found dead in the apartment located on the ground floor of a storey building behind the Osogbo Central Mosque apart from Samuel, were her daughter, Abigail, and her grandchild, whose name could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

Another victim, identified as Jumoke, said to be the eldest daughter of Samuel, it was learnt was revived at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, before she was transferred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife for further treatment.

According to findings, the husband of the deceased is also a policeman and is presently serving outside Osun State.

An eyewitness said the attention of people in the neighbourhood was drawn to the apartment of the deceased by the cry of her four-month old granddaughter few minutes before 7am.

A neighbour of the deceased said, “Someone from the next flat to hers had gone to Mrs Samuel’s apartment to ask for money for electricity. But when she got to the door, it was locked and the cry of one of her grandchildren could be heard.

“The person that went there became worried that no one was attending to the crying baby and she alerted others in the neighbourhood. The entrance door to the apartment was later broken and people went in.

“Samuel was found almost naked and she was confirmed dead at LAUTECH. Two others were dead too. But Jumoke, the eldest daughter of the deceased, who came around with her two children last weekend, was revived at LAUTECH and has been rushed to the OAUTH, Ile-Ife.

“The only person not affected by the fumes was a four-month-old granddaughter of the deceased. She was taken away by neighbours as the corpses of the others were being evacuated.”

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Nigeria’s Active Telephone Lines Increased To 165m In October – NCC

Active telephone lines in Nigeria increased from 162,058,918 in September to 165,239,443 in October 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.

The commission made this known in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data published on its website on Thursday.

The regulatory body said that the lines increased by 3,180,525 from the 162,058,918 recorded in September.

It said that of the 165,239,443 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) network recorded 164,865,417 in the month under review.

62 Women Vie For Elective Positions In Kano – INEC

No fewer than 62 female candidates are seeking various elective positions in Kano State in the 2019 general elections, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Riskuwa Shehu, has said.

Mr Shehu, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, said the commission received the nominations of the candidates from political parties in the state.

He spoke through the commission’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, Garba Lawal.

Photos From Tosyn Bucknor's Burial In Lagos

Late Tosyn Bucknor has been buried. Her final internment started with a funeral service at Harvesters International Christian Center, Lekki where her colleagues and friends were all in attendance Among those that attended are Bovi, Ali Baba, Banky W, Ebuka, MI Abaga, Timi Dakolo and wife, Kate Henshaw, Kemi Lala Akintoju, Toke Makinwa and many more.

Obasanjo’s Son Defends Buhari’s Administration

Olujonwon Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the National President of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO), has told Nigerians not to compare the administration of his father to the current President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He said this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat.

He, however, said that while he could not speak for his father’s administration, he believed in the President Buhari-led administration as a young man.

He added that his continued support for the Buhari administration did not in any way amount to him disrespecting his father, saying that as an adult, he was entitled to his political views.

“Everybody’s parent wanted them to be one thing or the other, probably different from what they are today, but at certain stage in our lives, we choose our path, that does not amount to disrespecting your parents.

“When we get to certain point in our life, you are responsible for the decisions you take, with all due respect, my father is my father and will remain my father despite our political differences.

“I am an adult and as individual, I am here as someone who believes in Buhari`s government, this government is diversifying the economy from an oil based economy and has made agriculture fashionable.

“Today, people talk about farming and they no longer look at it in a degrading manner, people now look at the value chain when you talk about farming,“ he said.

The BYO president added that to him, it was all about the impact the Buhari-led government had made and how much it had impacted on the people.

360,000 Adolescents Expected To Die Of AIDS By 2030, Says UNICEF

Some 360,000 adolescents are expected to die of AIDS by 2030 if investment in HIV prevention is not ramped up, according to a UNICEF report released on Thursday.

The figures show the world is “off track’’ in its goal to end AIDS among children by 2030, UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said.

Projections show there will be a decline in the number of children and young people infected with HIV and dying from AIDS-related causes.

But the UN children’s fund warned progress is notably slower among adolescents – defined by the UN as those between ages 10 and 19.

For example, AIDS-related deaths are projected to decrease by 57 per cent among children below the age of 14 by 2030, compared with 35 per cent among those aged 15 to 19 years.

“Programmes to prevent HIV transmission from mothers to babies are paying off but haven’t gone far enough.

“Programmes to treat the virus and prevent it from spreading among older children are nowhere near where they should be,’’ Fore said.

The report blames slow progress in preventing HIV among young children, along with a failure to address structural and behavioural drivers of the epidemic.

Gov Udom To Be Decorated By Ooni Of Ife

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, will, in December be decorated and inducted into the Prestigious HoG Hall of Fame by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, a statement signed by the Managing Custodian of the HoG Awards, Rupert Ojenuwa, states.

According to Ojenuwa: “The HoG Awards which parades some of the finest Nigerians on its Board has decided to honor the governor of Akwa Ibom during its Hall of Fame Induction and Decoration Ceremony and Pre-20th Democracy Anniversary Celebration. The choice of the governor of AkwaIbom is hinged on his very unique performance in the state. The governor is an example of a leader who hit the ground running. He has his signature in every sector of the state- from education to health care and to human capital development as well as infrastructure.

“During a review meeting, it was impossible to narrow Udom Emmanuel’s achievement to a single line because his achievements litter freely across board which is why the the Board, led by a former Honorable Minister of Information, Chief Alex Akinyele, in Conjuction with the Ife Palace has nominated him for the highest honor of OVERALL MOST PERFORMING GOVERNOR IN NIGERIA .”

The HoG Induction and Decoration Ceremony of the HoG Awards is the highest ceremony held by the HoG Organization as it happens once in four years. The honor is usually bestowed on individuals whose achievements cuts across a one- year review which our regular annual award captures.

VIDEO: Burnaboy And Zlatan Ibile Doing The Zanku Dance

VIDEO: Burnaboy And Zlatan Ibile Doing The Zanku Dance

Boko Haram Uses Drones, Mercenaries – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has given an account of military losses in recent weeks to Boko Haram terrorists and at the same time made a chilling revelation that the insurgents have gone hi-tech in fighting Nigerian soldiers.

He revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents now use drones and mercenaries to attack troops’ formations in the northeast.

A statement signed by Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka, on behalf of Buratai and issued on Wednesday said the trend pose threats which require review of military operations against the insurgents.

“Since 2015; the Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies have systematically degraded the capabilities and capacity of Boko Haram terrorists and many successes were achieved.

“However, in the last two to three months, we have noticed daring moves by the terrorists, increased use of drones against our defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks. These potent threats require us to continually review our operations”.

Buratai disclosed that 39 soldiers were killed and 43 others wounded in multiple attacks coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents on various military locations in the past few weeks.

He disclosed that insurgents attacked Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto, Gajiram and Metele military locations between Nov. 2 and 18, adding that they were successfully repelled by the gallant troops and several insurgents killed.

“In recent weeks, Nigerian troops deployed in the North East of Nigeria under Operation LAFIYA DOLE have come under series of attacks by large numbers of Boko Haram Terrorists.

“Specifically; the Nigerian Army troops deployed at Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto and Gajiram came under attack at different times within a two-week period between November 2 and 17, 2018. Each of these incidents was successfully repelled and several members of the terrorists killed.

“However, a total of 16 personnel were killed in the course of these attacks while 12 soldiers wounded in action and are receiving treatment at our military medical facilities.

“As you are all aware, Nigeria is contributing troops to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its headquarters in N’djamena, Chad. One of the Nigerian battalions; 157 Task Force Battalion, deployed under the auspices of the MNJTF was attacked at their base on the outskirts of a town called METELE on November 18, 2018.

“During the attack, the troops were forced to withdraw and several casualties were recorded. As at date 23 personnel were killed in action and 31 personnel wounded and have been evacuated to several medical hospitals within Borno State,” Buratai said.

Boko Haram: Buhari Leaves For Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari on today departed Abuja for N’Djamena, Chad, to preside over the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).

Buhari, in his capacity as Chairman of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), summoned the meeting meant to find lasting solution to the menace of Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja said the meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the LCBC would take place in N’Djamena, Chad today.

Also, the President of Benin Republic, a troops-contributing country, has also been invited to attend the meeting.

ICPC Arrests Fake Ex-Nigeria Airways Worker Who Turned Up For Money

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested one Emmanuel Eneji for falsely claiming to be a former employee of the defunct Nigeria Airways.

In a statement made available to Premium Times through the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, it said Mr Eneji was arrested at the Ministry of Finance, Abuja.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Finance is the venue of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) where all ex-staff of the non-operational agency have been presenting themselves for verification.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the payment of owed emoluments to the ex-workers of the airways and the process is ongoing.

The ICPC in the statement said the alleged impostor claimed to have worked as operations manager of the Airways in Ghana and had presented a verification slip that belonged to another.

But checks on his documents and other findings uncovered him to be an impostor, the agency said, as insiders familiar with the operations of the defunct airways told investigators that the position of operations manager in Ghana never existed.

The statement added that when further probed on the authenticity of his claim, Mr Eneji claimed that he lost his Nigeria Airways Staff Identity Card, including employment letter, letter of promotion from Grade Level 09 to 10 and his letter of disengagement as well as his academic certificates in a fire incident during the Zango Kataf uprising in 1993, at Malali, Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, the only document in his possession linking him to the non-operational airways was a photocopy of the Nigeria Airways Training School Certificate.

According to the statement, the suspect also claimed to have used a police report and an affidavit for the lost documents to scale through the verification exercise in Lagos, which enabled him to obtain a verification slip and a bio-data form from PICA.

He further claimed that one Mr Ajayi, a staff of the Nigeria Airways Union, issued him the verification number on the list of staff to be verified, that belonged to another person upon the presentation of police report and the affidavit.

“Investigation on the matter continues and the suspect will be charged to court upon conclusion,” the statement added.

Don’t Buy Cell Phones From Strangers – Police Warns

Oni Waheed, the divisional crime officer, Ilaro police command, Ogun State, has advised the public to desist from buying cell phones from strangers in order not to get into trouble with the law.

Mr Waheed gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ota, Ogun State.

He said instead, people should purchase their cell phones from well-known outlets to prevent them from getting into police net.

“It is easy to trace cell phones bought from an outlet when crime is being committed by criminals than the one purchased from a stranger,” he said.

Mr Waheed noted that hoodlums sometimes robbed people of their valuables like cell phones, laptops and money and sell them to innocent people.

According to him, most of the criminals who indulge in the act usually sell the stolen goods to innocent people, on the pretext that they needed money urgently to attend to some needs.

“We have seen many victims of such problem and there is no evidence to prove their innocence.”


Suspected SARS Officer Shoots Dead LASTMA Official At Iyana Ipaja

A man suspected to be an officer of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS, popularly called SARS) has killed an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

The victim has been identified as Adeyemo Rotimi.

Mr Rotimi was murdered at Iyana-Ipaja at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday while on duty controlling traffic.

LASTMA took to its Twitter to confirm the death of the official on Thursday morning.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our gallant officers, Adeyemo Rotimi, who was murdered in cold blood by suspected FSARS operative while discharging his lawful duties at his point in Iyana Ipaja on the 28th of November, 2018,” the tweet read.

Residents who spoke with reporters said before the LASTMA official was killed, the SARS officer warned him.

Adejumo Kola, who was at the incident, said: “the SARS first warned the LASMA guy against stopping him but the guy was on top of his voice saying he was doing his job. This got the SARS offended and he killed the man after taking his gun from his car. We all scattered after hearing sound of the gun”

It was learnt that the SARS officer was driving a Honda Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Mr. Adeyemo was confirmed dead at Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital and his remains have been deposited in a mortuary in Yaba, Lagos.

Ghen Ghen! Amosun’s Preferred Candidate Dumps APC, Heads To APM

Adekunle Akinlade, the preferred governorship candidate of Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Allied People’s Movement (APM).

Mr Akinlade’s defection is coming few days to Independent National Electoral Commission’s deadline of governorship candidates’ substitution.

Obviously, he will be taken the ticket for that party Oh politics!

Escoba Smith Again Gives Out Brand New SUV

Escoba Smith a Turkey based Nigerian millionaire is known for his generous giving. And today again, he announced he just gave hos spiritual mother a 2018 Toyota Landcruiser SUV.

Sharing photos from the presentation of the SUV o social media, Escoba wrte;

"Thank you, my spiritual mother for bringing out the best in me with your messages of love, prosperity and righteousness. As you celebrate your birthday, may God’s blessings, grace, favor and guidance continue to be with you! Accept my token warmest gift#2018 Toyota Landcruiser."

Churches, Mosques In Oyo State To Now Pay Levies

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has introduced levies on churches, mosques, and other business organisations in the state.

These levies, according to the state government, were imposed as part of efforts to generate funds to assist security agencies.

The categories of these levies were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency meeting convened by the state government which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.

At the meeting were the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude; representatives of the GOC of 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan; police area commanders, DSS, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, chief executive officers of banks and representatives of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria.

The flyers seen by reporters indicated that religious bodies in class A are expected to pay N60,000 while manufacturing and services in category A are to pay N100,000 annually.

The approved levies for class A (Large) in the manufacturing sector is N100,000 while class B (Medium) is N80,000 and class C (Small) is N60,000 annually.

Comedian AY & Wife, Mabel Makun Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

Comedian AY and wife, Mabel are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today! To celebrate their special day, AY is taking Mabel to London. In fact they are on their way now. Also writing on IG in celebration, the comedian wrote;

''Not like we have made this last 10 years the easiest way to live together, or paint the picture of a perfect relationship from the last 15 years that i have known you. But our patience, perseverance and love for each other have made it look so easy and effortless till date. I may not be able to explain my feelings in word, but this 10th year wedding anniversary simply attests to the fact that we are meant for each other. Today is as special in my life as I believe it is in yours. Thank you for taking good care of me, thank you for turning our house into a home, thank you for your invaluable love, tolerance, kindness, and support. Thank you for the sweet memories that comes with our gifted daughter Michelle, and all the wonderful years we have shared together as progressive partners through His special grace. I want to grow old with you and remember the past with you. Happy 10th wedding anniversary, my sweet Personal Angel (PA) @Midas_interiors''

Expect bodies in the streets of African Countries - Melinda Gates warns of the implications of Coronavirus in Africa

Melinda Gates has warned that there will be dead bodies littering the streets in African countries if the world does not act fast to curb...