Blatter To Stay On As FIFA President

BlatterSepp Blatter says he will not stand down as FIFA President despite Swiss investigators opening criminal proceedings against him.

The 79-year-old is suspected of signing a contract that was “unfavourable to FIFA” and making a “disloyal payment” to UEFA President, Michel Platini.

But Blatter insists he “has done nothing illegal or improper”.

In a statement released through his lawyers, Blatter also said that the 1.5 million pounds payment made to Platini in 2011 was legitimate.

Platini Defends Sepp Blatter Payment

In a related development UEFA President, Michel Platini, has defended the payment made to him by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

In a statement released to the Union of European Football Associations, Platini said that the money was for legitimate work conducted for the world governing body.

Platini, who insists he has done nothing wrong, said that he would assist with further investigation whether they harm his image or not.

Despite Platini’s letter, Scottish FA Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, says the issue of the nine-year gap between work and payment needs to be explained.

Fayose Impeachment: Court Fixes June 5 For Suit Challenging Jurisdiction

FayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved ruling till June 5 to decide whether it has jurisdiction in a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly challenging the planned impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Lawyer to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit on the grounds that it is an abuse of court process.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, the All Progressives Congress (APC) questioned the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit because a similar suit had been filled in another court as such it would amount to an abuse of court processes.

However, the lawyer to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who opposed the application, asked the court to alternatively transfer the case to the Ekiti State division of the Federal High Court so that all the parties can have their day in court.

When asked if the case would not be futile because the seventh assembly is winding down already, Counsel to APC, Terrence Vembe, said that the legislators are free to go ahead with the case.

“We are concerned with what is going on in court here. I’m not in Ekiti, I’ve not been there for a very long time. I only know about what is going on in the court.

“The legislators are very free as air to go ahead with what they are doing (because) in the first place they are not under any obligation to obey an order of a court that does not have jurisdiction.”

However, Counsel to the PDP, Ahmed Raji, was of the view that once the new parliament comes in they may have to reconsider their stance as to whether or not to go on with the matter.

“The whole idea is to forestall an illegal impeachment, an unconstitutional impeachment, an unlawful one for that matter.

“If that threat is no longer there, the rightful thing to do is to discontinue the suit,” he said.

For now, observers are watching the outcome of this and similar suits which bothered on the impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Governor Obiano Commissions BOI Office In Awka

obiano has commissioned a boi office in awkaThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, in furtherance to the existing partnership with the Bank of Industry (BOI), has commissioned its state office in Awka, Anambra State Capital.

The new bank building is sited along Zik Avenue, Old Road, Awka.

At the opening ceremony, Mr Obiano said the enabling environment in the state presently, in terms of security, road infrastructure and adequate measures and proper policies that help reduce cost of business operation support business growth and development.

While addressing the people, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Rasheed Olaoluwa, recalled how the journey of partnership with Anambra State Government started in 2006 and how it had increasing impact on the people in the areas of wealth and job creation.

He commended Governor Obiano for sustaining and enhancing the partnership through creating adequate enabling environment in the state since assumption of office.

Mr Olaoluwa said that the bank would complement the effort by improving the quality of its service delivery on industrial development in the state.

In response, Governor Willie Obiano said the state was blessed with resourceful, industrious and entrepreneurial characters.

He stressed that the support his administration was providing to Small and Medium Scale Business would ensure that the ingenuity of the Anambra people was brought to the fore.

He added that his administration, since inception, had put in place measures and policies that would help smooth business operation, promising many more to come.

Health Workers Strike: Ministry To Operate ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy

DoctorsThe Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, says the Ministry will operate a ‘no work, no pay’ rule, if the health workers’ refuse to call off strike.

The Permanent Secretary, who made the statement at a news conference in Abuja, described the decision by workers to stay away from work as grossly unacceptable.

Mr Awute also condemned the harassment on officials of some of the health institutions in the country by the striking workers.

The workers began the industrial action since May after the National President of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) called for the action citing the failure of the former President Jonathan’s administration to honour an agreement earlier reached.

Fifa’s Sepp Blatter Under Investigation In US

FifaFIFA President, Sepp Blatter is being investigated by US officials, as part of their inquiry into alleged corruption at the world football body, according to U.S. media.

The news came hours after the 79-year old Blatter announced that he was stepping down from his role as the President of FIFA.

US prosecutors launched a criminal inquiry last week, with seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland, part of a group of 14 people indicted.

The seven people arrested were: Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, Eduardo Li, Maria Marin, Julio Rocha and Costas Takkas.

Two days after the arrests, Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA.

On Tuesday, Blatter said that it appeared the mandate he had been given “does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football”.

He also said: “Fifa needs profound restructuring.” adding that he would remain in post until an extraordinary congress was called to elect a new President.

FIFA rules say the election is expected to take place between December 2015 and March 2016.

Kano Governor Sets Up IGR Committee, Flags Off Sanitation Exercise

Ganduje sets up igr committeeKano State governor, Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has set up an Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Committee to tackle the state’s current financial situation and also reduce over dependence on federal allocations.

The committee which was given four weeks to submit its report will also recommend to the government possible ways of increasing the state’s IGR.

The state is said to have over three billion naira debt to settle, among other liabilities.

The Chairman of the committee, Professor Isah Dandago, a Professor of Accounting from Bayero University, Kano, said he chaired the same committee in 2003, but the report which should have tackled the situation was abandoned by the then government.

The committee is, however, optimistic that the situation will be over if government will work on their recommendation after four weeks.

The governor has also flagged off a 7-day sanitation exercise tagged ‘Keep Kano Clean’, in all the 44 local governments of the state.

Mr. Ganduje also directed the state’s sanitary inspection workers to closely monitor house-to-house compliance.

IBC Workers Protest 3 Months Unpaid Salary, Urges Management Investigation

imo ibc workers protest non-payment of salaryWorkers of the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) in their numbers took to the streets of Owerri, Imo state capital, on a peaceful protest over the non-payment of three months’ salary owed by the state government.

The protesters walked all the way from Akanchawa avenue, the IBC headquarters, down to Government House, to express their grievances to the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who unfortunately was out of town.

Carrying placards with several inscriptions, the protesters demanded for their salaries and insisted on seeking audience with Governor Okorocha.

Speaking to Newsmen, the Chairman of the IBC Joint Action Committee of the Workers’ Union, Mr Sam Eke, said they have also come to bring to the notice of the governor the insensitivity of the board and management of IBC to the welfare of workers, as it has gotten to their notice that the salaries have been approved and released by the governor, but the management is still withholding it for no just cause,

They appealed to the state government to investigate the allegations and take necessary steps.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Imo State Government, Jude Ejiogu, appealed to the protesters not to begin the new administration with protest, assuring them that urgent measures would be taken to ensure quick payment of their salaries, knowing fully well that the Okorocha led administration is unequivocally committed to the welfare of workers in the state.

Mr Ejiogu also assured that the state government will immediately set up a committee to look into the allegations raised about the board and management of IBC as soon as possible.

Fayose Says Plan To Impeach Him Is Illegal

fayoseThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said that the attempt of the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to impeach him is illegal and will result into flouting a subsiding court order which has asked parties to maintain status quo.

The Governor stated this while speaking to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

According to the embattled governor, all efforts to pacify the APC lawmakers in sheathing their swords have been defied after having a meeting with them in Akure.

The Governor said that he has paid the lawmakers’ entitlements and salary areas as agreed, but they have failed to keep to the truce which was called.

Governor Fayose also said that any attempt by the lawmakers to storm the state over any impeachment may unsettle the peace in the state.

Meanwhile, all attempts made by Channels Television to reach the lawmakers proved abortive.

In April, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the APC, challenging the eligibility and election of Fayose for lack of merit.

Police Nab Ritualists, Fraudsters In Oyo State

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has arrested some fraudsters cum ritualists in their hideout situated in Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state.

The Special Ambush Squad alongside the Anti-kidnapping Squad which was led by the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, succeeded in making the arrests without bloodshed.

One of the suspects, Ismael Adesina, a 42-year-old man who was arrested at the scene of crime, confessed to duping people for over five years in a compound set in the thick jungles of Isase after Badeku community in Ona Ara LG.

Fake foreign currencies, charms, machetes and other criminal items were also recovered from the den which looked more like a ritualist haven.

Channels Television crew were able to take shots from a safe distance where the squad took positions to smoke out the suspects.

The traditional head of the Isase village where the shrine is located expressed shock at the discovery and promised that the community would ensure the demolition of the place.

Meanwhile, Mr Katsina has said that his command will not relent in efforts to wipe out crime, adding that the intelligence led operations of his special squad made the arrests possible just before they committed another crime.