Court Adjourns Case Against Dele Belgore Till May 31

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned to May 31, 2017 the hearing of a motion seeking to terminate the charge against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore and a former Minister Of National Planning, Professor Abubakar Suleiman.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Mr Belgore alongside Professor Abubakar Suleiman for alleged money laundering.

Both men were accused of conspiring to take possession of the sum of 450 million Naira, which the EFCC claims forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

The defence council filed the application seeking to terminate the proceedings on the grounds that the prosecution did not file an affidavit to show it had not completed investigation on the matter.

The prosecution, however, argued that if an application is brought after a plea has been taken as to the validity of a charge, it can be considered alongside the substantive matter.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Reliwan Aikawa agreed that the motion could be heard alongside the substantive matter, and therefore adjourned the matter to May 31.

We Will Continue To Make Every Naira Count – Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has outlined some steps on how Nigeria’s economy should be taken out of recession.

She was one of the guests on the 2017 special May Day edition of the programme, The Platform; a lecture series organised by the Covenant Christian Center Lagos.

While addressing Nigeria’s financial crisis, Mrs Adeosun blamed the past administration for concentrating only on current expenditure, leaving the agriculture sector and other areas unattended to.

According to her, what the government spent money on, were the wrong things and that’s the result the nation now suffers.

“There is always a lag between action and effect. We are now suffering the effect of what was done two, three years ago.

“Ninety per cent of government expenditure was on what we call recurrent, which involves salaries, travel, training, welfare (food), that’s what we were spending money on and only 10% went on capital.

“Capital includes roads, rail, power, housing, building educational institutions and only 10% of government expenditure was capital.

As a way forward, she however, stated that “For the rest of the economy, agriculture, services, banking, trade, people must pay taxes; there must be more revenue. We can’t all rely on oil.

“We are going to be pushing out quite a few initiatives to improve our revenue. Then on our course, we will continue to be efficient, prudent, continue to make sure that every Naira counts.”

Also speaking at the programme was the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, who believes that the nation has imbibed a system of eating for today only and letting tomorrow take care of itself.

“The reason why we are talking about massive borrowing today is because we didn’t save yesterday.

“No nation can survive without saving for tomorrow – Never, and that is the crisis we face today,” he asserted.

Mrs Adeosun however, stressed that the past is gone and in moving forward, the plan is to improve oil and non-oil taxes in order to get the balance right.

BBN Star, Tboss Reveals Plans To Go Into Acting

Big Brother Naija star, Tokunbo Idowu, popularly known as ‘Tboss’ has revealed plans to begin a career in acting as well as hosting a radio show which she hopes to develop into a television programme.

According to her, she is currently gathering content for the show, attending a couple of auditions and she has received a lot of scripts which she has been screening.

The former BBN housemate said this on Channels Television, while sharing her experience in the house as well as outside the house, since the show came to an end.

“I am overwhelmed, completely overwhelmed.” According to her, there has been so much love and she would rather focus on the love, rather than on any form of hate.

Reacting to the issue of an alleged sexual harassment by Kemen, a former housemate who was later disqualified from the show following the incident, TBoss expressed utter disappointment, adding that the decision by Big Brother was the best option.

“I considered Kemen a friend. He was my go-to guy and my buddy, he encouraged me, he motivated me and he pushed me to mingle more with people especially at times when I didn’t feel like I fit in. So, for what happened to have happened, and just knowing all the people that look up to me, it was sad.

“I was angry, humiliated and I did feel violated but, I don’t play the victim card and I honestly feel that the decision that Big Brother took, was the only Decision that could have been taken.”

The ‘See Gobe’ edition second runner up, who was asleep in the same bed with Kemen, when the said assault occurred, stated that she was unaware of any such thing until Big Brother called her attention to it the following day hence; she did not assent to it and whatever happened was not mutual, as initially suggested by Kemen.

She also stated that initially, her reaction to Kemen would have been to slap him if she had her way, but on getting out of the house, she realised that anyone could make mistakes, especially as she considers herself an attractive person.

However, she equally expressed displeasure over the fact that according to her, Kemen has been granting several interviews in which he has been making contradictory statements.

Also reacting to an article titled ‘Big Brother Naija – Television As Madness’, written by a renowned Journalist, and a former Special Adviser to the Nigerian President, Mr Reuben Abati, who specifically body-shamed Tboss, she described it as sad and unfortunate, especially coming from a man of such calibre.

The Big Brother star, has however chosen to remain on the brighter side of life and embrace all the love she gets from the ‘Boss Nation’, as her fans are fondly called.

Workers’ Day: FG Urges Nigerians To Rededicate To National Service

Workers DayThe Federal Government has urged Nigerian workers to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the nation, particularly now that the government is embarking on the implementation of the economic recovery and growth plan.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), made this known in a statement signed by the director overseeing the office of the permanent secretary, on Friday.

Meanwhile, he congratulated Nigerian workers for their resilience, and hard work, especially to the government of President Muhammad Buhari, even as Monday, May 1, has been declared a public holiday, to commemorate the Workers’ Day celebration.

Obasanjo Tasks Foreign Nationals On Symbiotic Business Relations

A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has warned foreign nationals and investors doing business in Nigeria to stop undermining the nation’s self-reliance in their business dealings with Nigeria, saying that their dealings should be mutually beneficial.

He was speaking  in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during an interactive session with  members of the Indian Professionals Forum, where he sought more trade and economic relations with the two countries

Giving an outlook of the Nigerian economy, the former president expressed optimism that Nigeria is capable of surpassing the 1% national growth, predicted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) an the World Bank if more attention is paid to agriculture sector of the nation’s economy.

”I want to say it as it is, there are some Indian companies who have been doing what they would not have done in their country and that is unfortunate – I hope those of you who are doing the right thing who really make us proud of our association with India will make sure that this type of  thing is stopped.

“Such actions not only give Nigeria a bad name, they are also giving India a bad name, they give businesses generally in this part of the world a bad name but we should not allow them to go away with it.

”A situation where Jollof rice is being prepared and shipped to Nigeria is ridiculous to the extreme. If that is done by an Indian company, such company should be condemned, that is not what we want – what we want is something that will really enhance our capacity of achieving what we should be –  self reliance and making contributions to the global economy and that, we should be able to do.

”The projection  by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is that we will grow by 1% by this year, I believe that if we do very well in the Agriculture sector during this raining season, we may even  do a little bit better than that. So, the outlook for the Nigerian economy is good, it is bright and all of us who are in business with Nigeria must now be prepare to take advantage of the up that is coming to us in Nigeria,” Obasanjo stressed.

Meningitis: UNICEF Places Ekiti On Surveillance

Libya Identified As Epicenter For Migrant Child AbuseThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has placed Ekiti state on Surveillance to prevent an outbreak of meningitis which has killed over 400 persons in some northern states.

The international organisation said although there is no reported case of the outbreak in Ekiti, the organisation is working with experts in the Ministry of Health on the need to be alert.

The UNICEF Representative in Ekiti, Mr Abiodun Olagunju, said this on Thursday, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, during a stakeholders’ meeting held to discuss the second phase of polio vaccination in the state.

Olagunju said: “Though Ekiti is not within the meningitis belt, we are keeping watch because someone can bring it from the meningitis endemic state to Ekiti.

“UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO), are not fond of folding their arms and allowing communicable diseases ravage the land before taking actions. This is not medically wise.

“The target for the polio vaccination which will be administered for children below age five is 100 per cent in Ekiti. We recorded 87 during the first phase .

“Let me also enlighten our people that the vaccines for polio, measles, meningitis, Hepatitis B, are available in all the health centres in Ekiti, so we are on ground to fight communicable diseases to safeguard the health of our people”, he added.

Giving the overview of the first phase of the anti-polio campaign held in the state, the State Immunization Officer, Mrs Christianah Ajimati, said a total of 579,704 children were immunized with the polio vaccine during the exercise held in March, 2017 out of the projected 667,145.

She said Emure Local Government had the highest turnout of children for the exercise, with 95 per cent, while the least amount, with about 66 per cent, was recorded in Ekiti West.

The expert also noted that the second phase of the fight against polio would kick off between May 6 and 9, 2017, in order for Nigeria to maintain her polio-free status conferred by the United Nations.

Ajimati expressed delight that the country, particularly Ekiti state, has overcome the barrier of indigenous beliefs that had been considered a great impediment, preventing many of the parents from presenting their children for the oral vaccine.

“We want to commend our donor agencies and Ekiti State government for the release of funds. Timely release of funds and kits really helped this exercise.

“Nigeria has been listed a polio-free nation and we should not recede backward on the ladder by allowing our children to be killed by polio and other preventable diseases,” he urged.

Ile-Ife Crisis: Arraignment Of Suspects Stalled

Woman Charged With Murder Of Three Year OldThe arraignment of the suspects arrested in connection with the Ile-Ife ethnic clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 in Osun state, could not hold on Tuesday as scheduled.

The Police had brought in five suspects to the Osun State High Court, Osogbo for arraignment amidst heavy security, while lawyers were also seated in court 5 hoping that the suspects would be arraigned.

Up until some minutes past nine in the morning, when news filtered in that they would no longer be arraigned, the suspects were kept in a vehicle outside the court premises.

The Police, however, refused to comment on the matter.

‎The clash between the Ile-Ife community and the Arewa community had left many dead, several others injured and homeless as property worth millions were destroyed.

FG Starts Replacement Of Obsolete Aircraft At College Of Aviation

FG Says Abuja Airport 57% CompleteThe Federal Government says it will soon phase out obsolete trainer aircraft at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this during the handover of the DA42NG aircraft from Interjet Nigeria Limited to the aviation college.

The minister said the acquisition of more aircraft, as well as re-fleeting old ones is a commendable initiative by the college, which was established in 1964.

Meanwhile, the Rector of the college, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed, noted that the latest aircraft in the fleet was acquired over 15 years ago; a situation which according to him, hampers smooth training activities.

Speaking to journalists, Mr Sirika however, gave the assurance that the Federal Government is committed in implementing the aviation master plan across the country as soon as possible.

APC Inaugurates Buhari Support Groups In Kano

APC Inaugurates Buhari Support Groups In KanoA National Committee for Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG) has been inaugurated in the commercial city of Kano, in what seems like an attempt to strengthen the support base of President Muhammadu Buhari which seems to be weakening gradually as a result of challenges of governance.

The new committee is charged with the primary responsibility of identifying various independent groups that worked for the success of President Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party in the 2015 general elections.

Speaking during the inauguration of the committee at the Coronation Hall Wing of the Kano Government House on Tuesday, APC Majority Leader in the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, who is one of the key drivers of the group, said one of the four cardinal objectives of the committee was to generate support for the administration of the President.

Senator Ahmed Lawan

According to him, other objectives of the committee include: “To galvanise the support groups with a view to bridging any communication and support gaps between the government and the citizens of the country.

“To mobilise unwavering support for the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its efforts to fight corruption, secure the country, develop infrastructure, create jobs, and bequeath a legacy of socio-political change, and to serve as a platform for coordinating the activities of Buhari Support Groups nationwide.

“To also serve as a vehicle that will continually alert government of economic, political and social initiatives that will enhance policies and action for the benefit of Nigeria and her citizenry,” Lawan said.

Meanwhile, other sources have indicated that the committee is charged with the mandate of generating, as well as updating the database of supporters at the grassroots level.

The database is to cut across support groups and their officers from local government, ward and unit levels, in addition to identifying mobilisers, communicators, change advocates and their appropriate leaders.

PHOTOS: Nnamdi Kanu In Court

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, resumed on Tuesday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Court, however, granted the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), bail on health grounds.

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Meanwhile, Journalists, were barred from covering the trial, as the street leading to the court had earlier been barricaded by security officials

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[Updated]: Tears, Anger As Senator Isiaka Adeleke Is Buried

It has been an atmosphere of tears and anger in parts of Osun State as Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who died in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017, at a private hospital in Osogbo, was laid to rest on Monday.

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Mr Adeleke was the first civilian governor of Osun state and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Angry supporters of the late Senator, trooped out to express their grief, following the sudden death of the politician by barricading the Osogbo-Gbogan expressway and making bonfires on the very busy road.

While their actions had led to a gridlock, and motorists were forced to use alternative routes, armed policemen, however, moved to the scene and cleared the barricade.

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Court Strikes Out Obanikoro’s Application Against EFCC

Musiliu Obanikoro, EFCC, Ekiti election, ObanikoroA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a 100 million Naira suit instituted by Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and his family against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over allegations of property seizure.

Justice AbdulAziz Anka held that the suit lacked merit.

The Senator, his wife, his two sons, Gbolahan, Babajide and his daughter-in-law, had dragged the EFCC before the judge over allegations bordering on what they considered a breach of their fundamental rights.

Specifically, the plaintiffs had asked Justice Anka to make a declaration that the forceful seizure of their personal effects by the EFCC amounted to a gross violation of their rights.

The judge was equally urged to issue an order, setting aside the forceful detention of their property during a raid on June 14, 2016.

They also made a demand for an “unreserved public apology”, as well as the sum of 100 million Naira as general damages from the anti-graft agency.

The Obanikoros also wanted the court to issue an order restraining the anti-graft agency from arresting, detaining or harassing them or entering their premises again to seize their property.

On their part, the EFCC argued that Senator Obanikoro got suspicious payments from the Office of the National Security Adviser through some companies linked to the family.

The anti-graft agency argued that $1,018,000 was transferred from the office of the NSA to Mob Integrated Services on March 18, 2015.

The family through their counsel, Lawal Pedro (SAN), however told the judge that the said documents and property seized by the EFCC had nothing to do with the office of the NSA.

Justice Anka’s ruling subsequently held that the application of the Obanikoros lacked judicial procedure and was incompetent.

He also noted that the applicants’ houses were searched by the EFCC based on search warrants secured by the anti-graft agency from the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court.

The judge further said he could not declare the recovered items as null and void, so as not to foreclose the possibility of the EFCC tendering them as exhibits in imminent criminal cases against the Obanikoros.

He added that if the claimants decide to make a case of breach of their rights, they could do so during the criminal trial.