Thursday, May 9, 2019
The members who matched to the Minister’s house to protest were allegedly attacked by security agents. One of the injured NLC member (pictured above), was rushed to the National hospital in Abuja. All photos taken by Gbemiga Olamikan. More below…
Ogbemudia was arraigned on a one-count charge of obtaining the sum of Eighteen Thousand Five Hundred Pounds Sterling by false pretence.
The charge reads: "That you, Eric Ogbemudia (alias David Mark) on or about the 17th August 2015, in Benin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of £18,500.00 (Eighteen Thousand Five Hundred Pounds Sterling) from Mrs. Joan Gallyot, a British national under the pretense that she is one of the lucky winners of $852,000.00 (Eight hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand Dollars) Chevron/Texaco donation under its poverty reduction programme and that the money was for delivery charges of the cheque to her in the United Kingdom which you knew is false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) b of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act."
Upon his arraignment, the defendant pleaded "guilty" to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Immaculate Elody, prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant, accordingly.
However, the defence counsel, I.E. Oriazuwale, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy. He said the defendant had shown remorse and had promised never to return to the crime.
Justice M.J. Umar, thereafter, convicted and sentenced Ogbemudia to six months imprisonment without an option of fine. The judge also ordered that all assets recovered from the defendant be disposed with the proceeds transmitted to the British High Commission for onward transmission to the victim of the crime.
The rush to exit the place left over 40 students injured. Gbenga was rushed to the hospital but shortly gave him the ghost, when those who rushed him there couldn’t make an initial deposit.
Now, the first eHighways in Germany will help electrified trucks roll down the highway without contributing to air pollution.
The German state of Hesse on Tuesday opened its first stretch of eHighway, featuring overhead power lines meant to deliver charge to electrified trucks as they travel.
It's still in the pilot phase, covering just a six-mile stretch of autobahn near Frankfurt, but it will function with normal traffic operating around the trucks that can take advantage of the tech. It'll stay there until 2022, at which point the German government will determine whether to expand the project's scope.
It works just like the overhead power lines you're used to seeing on other methods of transportation. An electrified truck extends conductor rods to the power lines, creating a connection where power can flow from the lines to the truck's batteries, giving it enough juice to operate on electricity alone.
Once the car disconnects from the system, its hybrid system will function like normal. It's worth noting that the trucks need to be moving no faster than 90 kilometers per hour (about 56 mph) to take advantage of the power. Of course, not every truck comes equipped with the hardware to make this work, so Germany partnered with VW Group to build a hybrid truck specifically for the eHighway.
In a communiqué jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr Agam Ayuk and, the Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke, after its emergency general meeting on Wednesday in Calabar, the association said it was compelled to issue the threat after one of its members, Dr Ogbonna Uchenna-Aju, was abducted on May 3.
Uchenna-Aju was on a trip from Ogoja Local Government Area to his house in Obudu Local Government Area in the state when he was kidnapped.
The communiqué said the incident had brought psychological trauma and emotional destabilisation to members of his family and the NMA in the state.
“The state government and security agencies are given 48 hours to facilitate the unconditional release of Dr Ogbonna Uchenna-Aju. Failure to secure his release at the expiration of this ultimatum, the NMA in Cross River State will proceed on a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services in both the private, public and institutional hospitals in the state,” the communique partly read.
Okowa, while inaugurating a high-powered steering committee, which has him as Chairman to coordinate the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Services, WASH, and proffer effective reforms as well as formulate policies to end open defecation, said the water and sanitation sectors were receiving more funding in the state.
He said: “In the next four years, we will increase the allocation to water and sanitation sectors and hold those within the sectors accountable as we intend to have good value for any money released.
“Water, as the saying goes, is life. But regrettably, we have not done enough collectively as a nation in the provision of public water and sanitation facilities for our ever-growing population.
“Nigeria currently ranks second in the world after India in terms of people defecating in the open, as about 25 per cent of our population still practice open defecation.
“The Sustainable Development Goals 6.1 and 6.2 seek to stop open defecation by 2025 and ensure access to sustainable and safely managed WASH services by 2030.”
He restated this position yesterday while hosting the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mr. Leye Oyebade, in his office, in Ibadan.
He appealed to the Federal Government to invest in cutting-edge technology that would aid reconnaissance and intelligence gathering to preempt crimes before being committed.
If established, he said state police would have the benefit of good community relations, adding that increase in the funding of the police force and adequate provision of logistics would also boost the morale of the personnel.
The event was witnessed by the Speaker of the State Assembly and other principal officers.
The House of Assembly yesterday passed into law the Bill for the creation of four new emirates.
The proposed emirates, Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye, are to be upgraded into first class status.
The bill was an amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Law 1984, to pave the way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate Council.
The anti-graft agency said it has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption, no matter whose ox is gored.
It said Saraki has no need to fret as long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
This was disclosed in a statement, which reads; “The EFCC has taken note of the reactions of Senate President Bukola Saraki to the commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara State governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.
“Furthermore, the agency finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.
“It is in the interest of the public, and for Saraki’s personal good, that he is not only above board, but be seen at all times to be so.”
Okorocha, who said he remains a staunch member of the APC despite efforts to frustrate him out of the party, berated its National Chairman, Adams Oshimhole and some leaders for working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure he does not get his certificate of return as the duly elected senator for Imo West Senatorial District.
He said it was regrettable the evil that made him to leave the PDP and join forces with the progressives had become more fiery within the ruling party and large dose of that was being inflicted on him with aim of damaging his political career.
The embattled governor spoke at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja. He said: “The evil I feared in the PDP has befallen me ten times in the APC. Last week, I wrote a letter to INEC for the first rime myself, informing INEC of their wrong doings and illegal actions taken by INEC to withhold my certificate on mere allegations of duress which was never founded, neither was there any committee set up to investigate the matter.
“So, INEC on their own believe the reports of their Returning Officer without investigating the authenticity of the investigation. So, there was no issue of fair hearing at all.
“What is important here is that INEC does not have the power to withhold the certificate of return having declared the result. I believe the INEC chairman is up to a game with the chairman of the APC who are being used as the people to frustrate my coming to the Senate and this is politically motivated. I’ve given enough time that INEC might correct itself and do the needful and issue me my certificate of return but to no avail.
“Many things have happened so far and these should be of concern to everyone. INEC that made the submission to the tribunal have gone back requesting to withdraw it because the submission was defending the declaration by INEC.
“But because the submission seems to be in my favour, they have said they want to withdraw the affidavit which is out of time. The withdrawal was made by one of their staff, who said that Festus Okoye, a Commissioner in INEC, has threatened to sack him if he does not withdraw it.
“So, there is a huge threat going on in INEC. Festus Okoye is presently being used as the hatchet man; he has gone to the tribunal in Imo asking to withdraw the affidavit that has been filed defending APC.
“I wonder what they want to do with the certificate, if they don’t give it to me, who will they give it to? Maybe they will give it to Festus Okoye because he is from my Senatorial zone but what they are doing is presenting INEC as a lying organisation and that is dangerous for our democracy because, as it stands right now, the image of INEC is bastardised.
“What it means is that tomorrow somebody can withhold the certificate of anybody because you don’t like his face because you feel that he wants to politically challenge you in future. “Asked why he has not taken advantage of his close relationship to President Muhammadu Buhari to seek for his intervention with the leadership of the party, Okorocha said he did not want to bother the President with such an issue especially as it concerns INEC.
“If you know the President well, you would know that he will never intervene as he would only keep mute. But whether President Buhari speaks or not, INEC should do the right thing by giving me my certificate of return,” he declared.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Lol, I don’t even get
The suspects, who are between the ages of 18 and 30, were nabbed while relaxing in their hotel hide – out. Their arrest followed surveillance and intelligence reports on their activities and a response to the resolve of the Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to rid the nation of internet fraudsters.
Among the suspects are five young ladies and ten young men. They are: Tamunotonye Tolofari; Isaac Michael; Kingdom Ekekwu; Daniel Uwalaka; Godswill Agwu; Innocent Daniel; Prince Amaya; Tiemo Ipite; Nduah Gentle; Stella Gbarakoro; Christiana Cletus; Anita Jane; Best Noble, Nduah Precious and Emeka Chibuike Emeka.
Items recovered from them are laptops and phones. The suspects have made useful statements to the Commission and would soon be charged to court.
Model, TV personality, activist and entrepreneur Tyra Banks returns to the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, more than two decades after being the first black woman to grace the cover of the magazine alone in 1997.
Banks came out of modeling retirement specifically for her 2019 SI Swim photo shoot, photographed in Great Exuma, Bahamas, by Laretta Houston. The star poses in a yellow Andi Bagus string bikini as she gives her signature smouldering smize to the world.
“My first one was 23 years ago, how crazy is that,” an excited Banks said on Good Morning America where she revealed her new cover. “I’m like damn — I’m 45 dog!”
According to him, he is taking the course in order to help him improve Lagos state.
The oral interview which came after a written test was supervised by Gov. David Umahi and his Deputy Mr Kelechi Igwe, who was the chairman of the interview committee.
The interview session was televised live by the state’s television network and watched by hundreds of people across the state.
Two of the permanent secretary hopefuls, who are top civil servants, failed to recite the national anthem while another two could not recite the states in Nigeria and their capitals.
A particular candidate said that the capital of Kwara is Kwara and that capital of Lagos is Lagos while another said that the Anambra capital is Anambra.
An amused Umahi jokingly told one of the interviewees to ask her children at home to teach her how to recite the states and their capitals.
The governor noted that two persons each from the 13 Local Government Areas of the state were selected, making them 26, including three serving permanent secretaries.
“The appointment of new permanent secretaries will be based on their performances in the exercise as my administration is poised toward reforming the state’s civil service.
He noted, however, that only intelligent and resourceful candidates would be selected to assist in repositioning the civil service.
The candidates, numbering 40 were given 42 questions to answer five each and were expected to score not less than 60 per cent.
The Ebonyi civil service had been run without permanent secretaries since the inception of the Umahi administration and the development had elicited diverse speculations, especially from opposition parties in the state.
The additional first class Emirates include Rano, Gaya, Karaya and Bichi Emirates.
This follows the approval of the amendment of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law by the lawmakers, during their sitting on Wednesday.
In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.
The passage of this bill paves way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby decentralising the power of Emir of Kano, Channels Television reports.
Although, the State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is yet to assent the bill, it is expected that the bill will be presented to him for approval.
Mao Qun'an, a director of the National Health Commission, said at the second Digital China Summit that 19 provinces, or over half of China's provincial-level regions, had established provincial telemedicine platforms.
The central government has also earmarked 670 million yuan (99 million US dollars) in special funds to add telemedical and other equipment in primary-level health institutions in impoverished counties.
The commission is now working to realize online services in second and tertiary hospitals, he said. China's has a three-tier hospital grading system with the tertiary being the highest.
Internet hospitals refer to those offering medical services, such as consultation and diagnosis, online. In particular, they are expected to help tackle the scarcity of medical equipment and practitioners in some parts of China.
The court, on Wednesday, issued hearing notices for the judgment and had them served on all the parties to the four pending appeals relating to the disputed poll.
A five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey had, on April 24, heard three appeals and a cross-appeal filed in relation to the Osun State governorship election and reserved its judgments on the appeal.
With Justice Sankey presiding, other members of the appeal panel which heard the four appeals were Justices Abubakar Yahaya, George Mbaba, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga.
At the hearing on April 24, Oyetola of Osun State, his party, the All Progressives Congress, and the Independent National Electoral Commission urged the court to upturn the March 22, 2019 majority judgment of the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which nullified the governor’s victory at the September 2018 poll.
But the PDP and its candidate, Adeleke, who were declared the winner of the election by the tribunal, urged the Court of Appeal to affirm the tribunal’s judgment.
INEC had declared Oyetola and the APC the winner of the Osun State governorship election on the basis of the cumulative results of the September 22, 2018 main election and the September 27, 2018 supplementary poll.
Dissatisfied with the result declared by INEC, the PDP and Adeleke had filed their petition before the three-man Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, contending that they were the true winner of the election as they had already won after the September 22, 2018 poll and that there was no need for the supplementary election held on September 27, 2018.
The tiny bundle of joy made his first public appearance today swaddled in a traditional merino wool 'leaves & flowers' shawl from royal favourites G.H.Hurt & Son.
Baby Sussex also wore an adorable hat from the same designer.
However, if parents want their little ones to be dressed like the newest royal it will come with a hefty price tag - £169 to be precise. The shawl is priced at £105 while the baby hat and mitten set costs £64.
A follower of Toolz on instagram has asked her to ‘tuckher breast in’ after the OAP and mom of one posted the above photo. According to the follower, Toolz need to respect her husband. Toolz who was shocked about her anger replied her husband took the pic and many of her followers have also defended her saying, nothing is showing. Toolz also has her own response for her, see below…
A Chinese live-streaming host was attempting to eat the eight-armed creature alive.
But the octopus fended off her efforts by sticking to her face with its suckers.
Video footage shows the woman smile for the camera as she starts to eat the delicacy.
But she soon starts screaming in agony after it attaches its tentacles to her skin. At one point, the octopus manages to grab hold of her eye as she struggles to release the suckers from her flesh.
The 50-second clip was filmed by a blogger known as ‘seaside girl Little Seven’ on the popular short-video platform Kuaishou. At the start of the footage, she can be heard telling viewers ‘look how hard it’s sucking’ as she attempts to remove a tentacle from her upper lip. The octopus was clearly not going down without a fight and would not let go.
‘Seaside girl Little Seven’ starts to scream, telling viewers that it is ‘painful’ and ‘I can’t remove it.’ The creature is tightly clamped to her left cheek as she struggles to pull it off her. Once she removes the octopus, she declared tearfully ‘I’ll eat it in the next video.’
The creature left a small wound on her cheek, which the vlogger is distraught about. She cries ‘my face is disfigured’ to the camera and shows a tiny amount of blood.
Atiku and three other presidential candidates are challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election in which President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Chairman of the five member panel, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who made the appeal, at the special sitting of the panel, specifically warned counsel and parties in the various petitions to avoid discussing daily proceedings of the tribunal in the media and other public space.
Bulkachuwa however warned that the tribunal would not hesitate to weild the big stick over any one found culpable in that regards, adding that the task of the tribunal is a serious national assignment amust be seen as such by all.
The chairman who stressed that no matter how an election was conducted, there are bound to be complaints, hence the establishment of the tribunal to give speedy hearing on such complaints.
Bulkachuwa, disclosed that there are currently 786 petitions against the outcome of the 2019 general election, with Imo State having the highest number of 76.
The presiding judge assured that the panel would be fair to all and would give equal time to all litigants, in its efforts at ensuring that justice is done and done expeditiously in all the cases before it.
Responding, counel in the matters promised to play by the rules and give maximum cooperation to the panel.
While Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Levi Ozoukwu is leading the legal team of Atiku and the PDP, Wole Olanipekun SAN and Lateef Fagbemi SAN are leading that of Buhari and APC respectively.
Other members of the presidential panel include, Justices Abdul Aboki, Samuel Osiji, Joseph Ikyegh and Peter Olabisi-Igeh.
The tribunal in stating that proceedings would be on a daily basis called the first case, the petition of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and his Presidential candidate, Chief Albert Owuru.
Timi Dakolo has taking to instagram to share photos of his beautiful daughters, Hallel and Zoe, saying he will cry on their wedding days, and he means real cry and begged no one to ask him why he will. Captioning the pics, he wrote…
''LET ME JUST SAY THIS NOW,IF YOU GET INVITED TO THEIR WEDDING,PLEASE DON’T JUST COME WITH GIFTS AND LOVELY THINGS TO PRESENT TO THEM,BRING A LOT OF HANDKERCHIEFS BECAUSE THEIR FATHER IS GOING TO CRY A LOT ON THAT DAY,I MEAN CRY A LOT AND DON’T ASK ME WHY.#fatherdaughter #fatherhood #daughters #yardpeople''
The 34-year-old mum of one was a notable face missing from the pink carpet outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday night, despite her sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie Jenner - plus their momager Kris Jenner - all getting invites.
But there's a good reason why she wasn't there: Vogue editor Anna Wintour doesn't think she's famous enough.
Kim, who graces the cover of this month's American Vogue, also finds it hard to share the spotlight with her siblings, sources claim.
"Kim lives for the event and she would never want her Kardashian sisters there because that would take the attention away from her," one insider told Radar Online.
"Everyone in the family knows that it is Kim's night. She literally talks about it all year long."
But while Khloe has been in almost as many headlines as Kim over the last year, thanks to her rocky relationship with Tristan Thompson and the birth of her daughter True, Anna "thinks she's too C-list to be there".
Khloe, who boasts nearly 93million Instagram followers, was left to mope home alone while all her sisters - save Kourtney Kardashian, who declined her own invitation to stay with Khloe - went to the ball.
"Khloe and Kourtney have never been invited to the Met Gala, but Kourtney was invited to this one and chose to stay home with Khloe because she didn't want to leave her alone," the source went on.
Kim has made no secret of her desire to join the A-list crowd over the years and was thrilled to receive her first summons to the Met Gala in 2015.
"I used to dream about this night. I used to sit home in bed on my computer looking at all of the pictures of everyone, dreaming one day that I could ever attend a Met Ball, and never even believing that that would ever happen," she told Vogue .
"So to be the cover girl, going to the Met in Mugler is honestly the biggest dream come through and I'm so humbled by the idea that this is my life."
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