Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Arms scam: Badeh faces EFCC interrogators today

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, who is scheduled to return to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, today (Monday), is expected to have a tough day at the anti-graft agency.
It was learnt in Abuja, late on Sunday, that the commission had assembled two teams of its toughest operatives to engage the ex-CDS in a marathon session to find out his level of complicity in the $2.1bn arms deal scandal.
Close associates of the former CDS citing sources within the anti-graft agency also alleged that “plans are afoot to bring fresh charges” other than those Badeh was originally invited for against the ex-military chief.
A source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said, “We reliably gathered however that there are moves to thoroughly embarrass the former CDS when he arrives the EFCC headquarters.
“Our source revealed that some charges are being lined up against him, outside the speculated charges to confront him with.”
The associate insisted that the former CDS had expressed his willingness to cooperate with the anti-graft agency because he had nothing to hide.
According to him, the former CDS has vowed to remain in Abuja to answer to all the allegations against him, noting that he has no plans “to run away.”
Badeh was originally invited to explain his role in the alleged improper procurement of arms and ammunition for the armed forces under his watch.
Ongoing investigations by the anti-graft agency traced $2.1bn as part of the funds meant for the procurement of arms to the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Most of the funds were later traced into the private accounts of political associates of the former President Goodluck Jonathan for the prosecution of the 2015 general elections.
It will be recalled that Badeh had in an interview with Channels TV, in August 2015 a few weeks after he was relieved of his appointment, said the last time the Nigerian Army received new equipment was in 2006. He also said the Nigerian military flies the oldest fighter jets in the whole world.”
Attempts to get an official reaction from the spokesperson of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, were unsuccessful. Calls to his mobile phone indicated that it was switched off as of the time of filing this report.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway ready in 24 months –Fashola AUTHOR

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the Federal Government is concluding plans to complete the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos, within the next two years.
Fashola also stated that the Federal Government inherited a debt of N1tn as outstanding payments to road contractors across the country.
The minister, who spoke on Tuesday while addressing a joint session of the House of Representatives Committees on Works/Power/Housing in Abuja, added that the government’s total commitment to roads was in excess of N2tn.
He explained that the government had decided to prioritise road projects in the country by identifying major ones in the six geographical zones with a view to completing them.
Going by the prioritisation plan, Fashola mentioned the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as one of the projects that would be completed within 24 months.
He said N50bn had been proposed in the 2016 budget to speed up work on the reconstruction of the expressway.
He stated, “The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been prioritised as a major traffic artery. The bulk of our imported cargo comes from Apapa, Tin Can ports through this road to other parts of the country.
“Food items and livestock from the North also reach the South-West and other areas through the road. It’s in our national economic interest to fix this road.”
Another road, which the minister mentioned as having been prioritised, is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road in Lagos.
Other roads, named by Fashola as belonging to this category, include the Abuja-Lokoja and Nasarawa-Oweto-Otukpo roads.
He explained that the roads would be broken into a three-year plan (2016-2018), with the first phase being roads to be completed in 2016.
He added that 2,000 kilometres of roads would be completed each year, translating to 31 road projects in 2016 and 55 roads in 2017.
“Every zone of the country will be essentially served within available resources,” he said.
According to the minister, the total budgetary proposal for the entire works sector and the parastatals in 2016, is N285.3bn out of which N268bn is earmarked for capital projects this year.
The former Lagos State governor explained that faced with funding challenges, road tolling and payment of other forms of taxes, had become options the government could no longer overlook.
“There is a government policy on tolling, which is still being fine-tuned at the Federal Executive Council level. It will soon get to you (the National Assembly).
“For long, we have not been paying for services. We have to tell ourselves the truth now that this is the way forward,” Fashola said.
He stated that the government would no longer condone a situation in which contractors would collect money and abandon site.
“There are contractors, who have collected advance payment of 70 per cent and they are still not on site.
“In the environment where I came from, we will not give you a kobo until you have completed the job,” the minister said.
Fashola called on the National Assembly to consider reviewing some of the laws on road development in the country in order to attract private-sector investments.
The Chairman, House Committee on Works, Mr. Toby Okechukwu, told the minister that the government should articulate its funding plans for the road projects.
Okechukwu argued that the funding plans must be well spelt out so that most of the roads would not end up being abandoned again.
The session was not devoid of drama as lawmakers accused the government of favouring some sections of the country by constructing more roads in such zones.
Members from Bauchi, Ebonyi, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Ondo and Kano states among others, complained that their areas were marginalised.
Fashola said the government was not prioritising roads on the basis of states but geographical zones.

Fayose withdraws workers’ salaries after payment

It was a disappointing weekend for workers in Ekiti State as the state government on Thursday withdrew two months’ salaries already paid into their bank accounts.
This was as teachers in the state declared a two-day warning strike over the refusal of Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay their September 2014 salary arrears and 2014 leave bonuses.
The state chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Samuel Akosile, told our correspondent that the union would consider the next step to take at the expiration of the warning strike beginning today (Monday).
Workers, mainly civil servants in the state had last week received alerts from their banks that their salaries for November and December 2015 had been paid into their accounts.
The workers were, however, in for a shock as the salaries were quietly withdrawn from their accounts without reasons from the banks.
Expressing his frustration to our correspondent, a civil servant who simply identified himself as Akindele, said, “I had gone to the bank on Friday to withdraw money from the Automated Teller Machine but was disappointed when there was no money in my account. On enquiry, I was told that the government had instructed banks to recall payment.”
But the government has blamed the error on the service providers.
Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi, said the government had no intention to embarrass any worker, adding that the issue was being looked into.
“The error is from the service provider and it has been rectified,” he said.
But many workers had gone to the bank to withdraw the money before the government could start removing the money from their accounts.
Ogunsuyi, however, added that the government was looking into the case of those who might have withdrawn their money and “appropriate action would be taken after due consideration.”
However, the All Progressives Congress, has slammed Fayose for crediting workers’ accounts with their salaries only to withdraw the money after “a heavy media hype.”
The party in a statement on Sunday by the state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, accused the governor of fraudulent conduct to sustain his grip on the “thoroughly abused” people of Ekiti people.
He said, “This is not the first time the governor is doing this to workers. He did it to primary school teachers last year when he learnt that they were to embark on a strike. That is what he did last week after learning of the strike plan by teachers after they refused to help him in a solidarity rally to save him from Ekitigate probe.”
“The governor that said the state was broke suddenly paid two months’ salaries after learning that the teachers were bent on embarking on a protest over his failure to pay their salary arrears, even though he quickly reversed a month salary from their accounts after workers were celebrating payment of two months arrears.”
But debunking the allegations, the Chief Press Secretary to Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, in a statement said labour had not been kept in the dark in the running of the government.
He blamed former governor Kayode Fayemi for the inability to pay workers.
“Is it not the mess left behind by the Fayemi’s administration that is causing problem for Fayose’s government? Nine hundred and fifty million naira is deducted monthly by those who Fayemi administration took loan from. If N950m is added to N1.3bn that came last month, it will go a long way for Fayose administration to meet financial obligations,” Adelusi said.

Budget: FG admits errors, threatens sanctions against perpetrators

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning on Tuesday admitted that there were errors in the 2016 Budget, blaming the development on the adoption of the Zero-Based Budgeting System.
The ministry stated this in a statement by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Charles Dafe.
It explained that while the budget, which was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari was well structured and targeted at reviving the economy, those responsible for budgeting at the various ministries, departments and agencies of government were still grappling with some of the technicalities used in the fiscal document.
It said the new Zero-Based Budgeting approach was still new to most of the agencies of the government as it was a far departure from the envelope system of budget.
The Zero-Based Budgeting approach is a system of budgeting that reverses the working process of traditional budgeting by ensuring that all expenses must be justified in the new period.
The approach is different from the now common envelope system in the civil service, which was introduced by the Federal Government in 2003 and works by providing each MDA with a maximum amount for its capital and recurrent needs for the fiscal year.
As the country moves away from the envelope system, Dafe, in the statement, said the ministry would improve on the competency of the ZBB.
The statement read in part, “The proposals have received general commendation. However,   the   details   were   developed   using   the   Zero-Based Budget and is a new concept to our Budget Officers away from our traditional envelop process.
“The members of staff in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning as well as   those   handling   budget   issues   in   all   ministries   and   extra-ministerial   agencies   are   grappling   to   master   the technicalities in the ZBB template.
“As such therefore, some errors are not unexpected in the changeover to the   new   ZBB   approach.
“This   was   the   reason   the   ministry arranged for the proposals to be placed on the website of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to expose them to public scrutiny.”
While assuring Nigerians that the ministry would liaise with the National Assembly to address issues raised in the budget, the statement said the government would thoroughly investigate and sanction any one found to have been involved in any fraudulent activity as regards the budget.
It said, “The ministry assures the general public that it will   continue   to   liaise   with   the   relevant   committees   of   the National Assembly to address any issues that have arisen, or may arise.
“Training   and   retraining   to   build   capacity   of   the   Budget Officers on the ZBB concept will be intensified in 2016.
“As we move forward, lessons are being learnt; the ministry’s experience   and   competency   on   ZBB   will   be   improved   and perfected upon.
“However, the ministry has zero tolerance for malfeasance and whenever   any   wrongdoing   is   alleged,   it   will   be   thoroughly investigated and sanctions will be applied.”

DSS arrests Nigerian student recruiting terrorists for ISIS

The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Tuesday that it had arrested a student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abdussalam Yunusa, who was recruiting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
A statement issued by the spokesperson for the security agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, said that the suspect was arrested in Kano.
He said that the arrest of the suspect was sequel to available intelligence, which he said indicated the suspect’s terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.
The statement said, “On January 17, 2016 one Abdussalam Yunusa, a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was arrested in Kano.
“His arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorism antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.”
Before his arrest, Opuiyo said that Yunusa had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the group.
He gave the names of the recruited ones as Muhammed Rabi’u, Yahaya Jimoh and a female, Zainab Sunday.
He said that Yunusa was a 400-level undergraduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology before his arrest.
He was alleged to be a member of an extremist cell, comprising one Ibrahim and Abubakar Ligali, whom he (Yunusa) revealed was currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya.
Yunusa was said to have listed a Republic of Niger national, Ibrahim Jihad, and one Aminu as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and West African.
The cell was said to be funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group.
The statement said the group was funding terrorist activities through electronic money transfers.
Opuiyo added that the DSS had on January 17, 2016 in Daura, Katsina State, intercepted another budding extremist cell affiliated to the ISIS.
He said, “One Ibrahim Daura, Zaharadeen Salisu and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the DSS.
“This group was discovered in an active stage as its members were already coordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano states.”
In the same vein, Opuiyo said that the DSS also made some arrests on January 22, 2016 when it apprehended Obansa Salami, Ejide Tijani aka Abu Uwaise II, Mohammed Rabiu aka Ubida II, Zainab Mohammed and Abdulqadir Ahmad, in Kano while migrating to Libya with their immediate families, including infants – in a bid to join the ISIS.
He said the members of the group were apprehended after a painstaking monitoring of their network and plans.
Also on January 29, 2016 the DSS arrested Mohammed Ndako in Kwara State, Opuiyo said.
Ndako was said to be a 17-year-old undergraduate of a tertiary institution in the Kwara State.
He was said to have been arrested following a report of his plans with one Abdulkadir Salisu Ahmad aka Daddy Tall, who is another student in Kano State, to carry out coordinated attacks on populated targets in Nigeria such as worship centres or recreation centres.

Liverpool owners scrap ticket hike, apologise to fans

Liverpool’s owners on Wednesday apologised and scrapped controversial plans to hike Anfield ticket prices after 10,000 fans walked out of the ground in protest at the weekend.
Principal owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner acted after legions of angry Reds fans stormed out of the ground in the 77th minute of Saturday’s home game against Sunderland.
The timing reflected the £77 ($112, 99 euros) being asked for the most expensive ticket at Anfield next season.
As a result of Saturday’s mutiny, the club’s owners announced a number of changes to their initial proposals in a structure which will also remain for the 2017/18 season.
Revenue generated from ticket prices will be frozen at 2015-16 levels; this means the highest match-day price for a general admission ticket will remain at £59 — the lowest will be £9 and these tickets will be offered for every match with an allocation of 10,000 across the season.
The highest season ticket price will be frozen at £869 — after fears it would break through the £1,000 barrier — and the lowest £685.
“It has been a tumultuous week,” said an open letter jointly signed by Henry and Werner.
“On behalf of everyone at Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool Football Club we would like to apologise for the distress caused by our ticket pricing plan for the 2016/17 season.
“We were strongly engaged in the process to develop the ticketing plan for 2016/2017.
“We met directly with representatives of LFC’s Supporters’ Committee and along with LFC management, wholeheartedly agreed with major concerns raised, notably: access for local and young supporters; engagement and access to Anfield for local children; access to Premier League matches for those in Liverpool most challenged by affordability.
“We believe the plan successfully addressed these concerns and are disappointed that these elements have been either lost or, worse, characterised as cynical attempts to mask profiteering in the plan as a whole.
“Rather, we prefer to look at them as the parts of the ticketing plan we got right.
“On the other hand, part of the ticketing plan we got wrong.”
Liverpool supporters groups welcomed the u-turn by the owners, saying it was a warning that fans have to be respected.
“Today’s announcement has to be seen as a positive step in repairing the relationship between owners and supporters,” said the Spirit of Shankly group in a statement.
“If they had recognised what was being said by supporters about the impact of the original price rises (perhaps by actually meeting with their own Ticketing Working Group) then much of the embarrassment and upset of the last four days would have been avoided.
“It is a sobering lesson in listening to your supporters properly.”

FG to stop abuse of expatriate quota in oil sector

The Federal Government has commenced moves to stop the abuse of the expatriate quota by foreigners in the country.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said that the ministry was liaising with the Ministry of Interior to stop the abuse of the nation’s immigration laws.
Ngige was quoted as having made the comment in a meeting with the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the contractors in the oil and gas sector, in an email by the Deputy Director, Press at the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Samuel Olowookere, on Wednesday.
“Speaking on the vexed expatriate quota issue, the Minister said the ministry was already in liaison with the Ministry of Interior to check the abuse of the nation’s immigration/Labour laws and promised that the displacement of qualified Nigerians by foreigners would soon become a thing of the past,” the statement read in part.
Ngige also restated the Federal Government’s position that it would not allow job losses in the nation’s oil sector.
He said that the Buhari Administration would not allow job losses in the nation’s oil sector and that all threats to existing jobs should be nipped in the bud.
Ngige explained that he had to summon the meeting because of petitions he received on employment-related issues and the abuse of the Nigerian worker and for emerging issues to be resolved after which a stakeholders’ summit would be held.

Nigeria must get local government election right – INEC

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the country must get local government elections right.
He said this would help to strengthen the country’s electoral processes.
Yakubu spoke in Abuja on Wednesday when the management of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission, led by its Chairman, Dr. Binta Dikko-Audu, paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Yakubu said INEC was ready to support state electoral bodies in conducting credible elections at the state and local government levels.
He said that it was only when the states were committed to free fair and credible elections that country’s electoral processes would continue be consolidated on.
He commended Kaduna SIEC for considering the use of technology in its forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Yakubu said, “You have taken a bold step by agreeing to use the technology that has changed elections in Nigeria, believing that the technology will also change local government elections, not only in Kaduna State, but in Nigeria.
“We need to get the local government elections right just in the same way as we have gotten the national elections right and we should continue to strengthen the processes and the procedures.
“So, anything that INEC can do to add value to local government elections, I assure you that INEC will do so.”
He promised that INEC would provide the necessary support to Kaduna SIEC towards the state’s election as requested by its Chairman.
“We will be very happy to support the Kaduna SIEC, we believe that the card reader has revolutionarised our elections and the standard INEC has attained is replicated at the state level,” he said.

Amazing five generations photo

Wow. Starting from the left is the great great-grand mum, great grand mum, grand-mum, mother, (instagram user - Demsy who shared the photo) and then her daughter. Beautiful & priceless photo of her family's generations. Photo Credit: Instagram/umycutie

JLo shares hot photos on instagram

She's ageless! Ahead of her last Las Vegas performance until May, the singer shared a seductive dressing room pic with her leg up against the table on her IG page. She also posted a photo with her crew backstage. In the pic she displayed her cleavage in very low-cut top. See the pic after the cut...

Student kills own baby in Kaduna

An SS1 student of the Federal Government Girls College, Malali, Kaduna state has been arrested after she allegedly murdered her own baby and tried to dispose of the corpse today February 10th. According to Daily Trust, the student attempted to throw the baby over a female hostel fence, but the corpse got caught on the fence
Confirming the incident, the state Police spokesperson, DSP Zubairu Abubakar said one Ummu-Salam Umar; has been arrested in connection with the crime.
"At about 1.15pm, the Vice Principal of FGGC, Malali, Mrs. Obianwuzia reported at the station that ‎the corpse of a new born baby suspected to have been delivered by a student wrapped in a white cloth was thrown over the school fence. The corpse of the baby was left dangling on the school fence until the police came and removed it. After taking picture of the scene, it has been deposited at the mortuary."
He said further investigation has commenced into the matter.

Photos: Buhari arrives Nigeria after his 5-day vacation

President Buhari has arrived Nigeria after his 5 day vacation in London. See more photos after the cut

Photo: Man arrested for killing his stepmother 's boyfriend in Calabar

41-year old King Akpanke pictured above, has been arrested by officers of the Cross Rivers state police command for murdering his step-mother’s lover. King who was paraded before newsmen at the state police command headquarters in Calabar today February 10th, said he had on several occasions warned the deceased from coming to his late father’s house to have sexual intercourse with his step-mother.

“On that fateful day when we fought, he came to my house around 9 o’clock, he abused me and nobody was there in the house. The house belongs to my late father and I am the third son of my father. I was the only person in the house so when he started abusing me we fought, he brought a stick to hit me but I went inside and brought a knife and stabbed him on the head. So it was later discovered that he is dead. I am very sorry because it was a mistake. The young man was having constant sexual intercourse with my late father’s wife. I warned him several times to stay off the house which belongs to my father but he refused he always comes there to have sex with her. He has been calling me all sorts of names like armed robber. He had always planned to kill me”‎he said

Photos: Meet the fitness woman who crushes watermelons with her thighs in 5 seconds

Australian fitness guru Kortney Olson isn't only known as Australia's first female arm wrestling champion, she has now developed a reputation with her powerful thighs. She uploaded a video on Facebook on the 5th of February showing how she crushed a watermelon with her thighs in just 5 seconds.
She posted the video alongside the hashtags #YourHeadHereHomeboy and #RooshTheDouche in an apparent attempt to scare 'pro-rape' blogger Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh who planned to visit Australia. The video received more than 15,000 comments, with many making cruel or sexual remarks about Kortney's physique.
Kortney addressed the negativity in a Facebook post on Wednesday. 'Apparently my video has attracted a bunch of insecure, jealous little boys,' she wrote. 'So I can answer all of your messages at one time: YES! I'm married to a man. NO! I'm not a lesbian. 'NO! testosterone has some non-reversible side effects I'm not prepared to deal with. 'NO! I'm not competing in physique again, it was a massive waste of time and money. 'And finally, YES! I'd love to change the world with you by empowering more women to BE AND DO WHATEVER THE HELL THEY WANT TO.'

New stunning photos of Olajumoke...the bread seller turned model

She now has an instagram page managed by her modeling agency. Photos taken on set of a shoot! More photos after the cut...

Boko Haram kills more than 60 In Borno IDP Camp

According to reports, a military and emergency official said that more than 60 people were killed by a twin suicide bomb attack at an IDP camp in Borno yesterday February 9th. A break down in the telephone system had prevented the information being made public earlier until now.

Blac Chyna wants y'all to know she's missing her bae - Rob K

Why the ring emoji though? Or has Rob proposed to the possible Babymama of the next Kardashian generation? Lol. Blac shared a selfie of herself & Rob Kardashian grabbing her butt, all cuddled up in bed.

Justin Bieber covers the March 2016 Issue of GQ Magazine

Singer Justin Bieber opens up to GQ about a range of topics, including his relationship with model Hailey Baldwin, his faith, and finally growing up!

I have more, Fayose shouldn’t force me to spill all –Aluko, former Ekiti PDP Secretary

Former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko, in this interview with ADEOLA BALOGUN and GBENRO ADEOYE, says his life is in God’s hands
Did you give what you are doing a thought and consider the risks?
Yes, I did but you will find out that it’s better for you to add value to your community to make people feel better and it will make you feel better too. Jesus was only 33 years only and he was known all over the world. What I’m saying in essence is that getting into this is more of purging myself (of these things), more of restitution, more of saying I’m sorry to Ekiti people and more of saying that I want Ekiti vehicle to move forward properly.
But isn’t it because of your self interest that you are coming out now as you didn’t get what you wanted?

You are talking about 20 months ago and saying that I’m reacting now. No, what about House of Representatives election? That one is about eight months ago? But what I’m saying is that it’s about moving forward and not about the past. It is about the future and I’m saying that we need to get the past corrected.
You said you have known Governor Fayose for 41 years. Can you describe the relationship you have had with him?
It was very cordial; I saw him like a big brother. He was at Orita Challenge and I was at Felele, which were close to each other in Ibadan. We were family friends; we used to call ourselves the Ekiti people in Diaspora. We were young and he was a smart brother, always adventurous, so some of us wanted to follow him. We always found fun in whatever he was doing. We grew up together. During his first tenure, I was the Chairman, Government Advisory Committee, like a chief adviser. When he was about to be removed from office, I was one of those that were still with him till the last day. In fact, after he left, they came for me in the church. I was arrested and before that time, they had arrested like five others. Some spent three years, some four years. I spent six months in detention and we were not convicted at the end of the day.
What really happened between you two if you have known each other for 41 years?
One remote thing I can think of is between the two of us, known only to us. I have decided not to talk about that. But the other one is that while we were doing the Ekiti project, he was derailing gradually and he was using the Peoples Democratic Party platform to feed his returnees from Labour Party and that was not good. People started complaining to me. We were telling him, but he was not okay with it. He started seeing me like a rebel. He had already betrayed Femi Bamishile (former Ekiti House of Assembly Speaker), so I was on the lookout for him. Later he betrayed me. But I still felt that Ekiti and the party were bigger than all of us and that if we could manage him, he would only spend four years and go. That any move we wanted to make with the Ekiti project could then be made. So I was willing to be patient for him to step aside but it got to a level that even the leaders and stakeholders in the PDP started complaining; they were disgruntled and disenchanted.
With the disclosure, do you believe that you could still continue in politics or have you decided to retire?
Why? I am still in politics.
People are saying it is a betrayal of trust and that if you could do this to a close friend, why should they trust you?
You still don’t understand it. I am not the one betraying him; he is the one that has betrayed us. He is the one that has betrayed so many of us. He did that to Adamu Mu’azu; Senator Iyiola Omisore; Senator Teslim Folarin; Goke Olatunji. At a stage, it was he and Folarin who were forming the South West executive council and when it was Folarin’s time to contest for governorship primaries, Fayose started backing Christopher Alao-Akala. From Akala, he moved to Seyi Makinde. He betrayed Mu’azu also.
Why were you supporting him if you knew all of these?
Because I had trust and I believed in what we had used to bind ourselves together-God. He said that if he should betray me, all the terrible things in the Bible should come on his head. He said it.
But people are saying this action of yours would hurt your chances in politics. Don’t you think so?
Why? Because I told the truth?
Is it telling the truth or being hired to tell the ‘truth’?
By who? By the people I sent out of office in this manner? Do you think they will like me? Do you think so? It is Fayose that has pushed me into a corner. He used me to fight those people and then dumped me, so what will I do than to purge myself of this, apologise to Ekiti people, sit down and allow people without evil intentions to come near me? If you are saying that because of this, you cannot relate with me, then it means you have evil intentions and want to do something illegal.
Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to Fayose, Lere Olayinka, and the governor have insisted that you were sacked from the University of Ado Ekiti, but you are claiming that you were not sacked and that you are a pensioner. What should we believe?
I’m a pensioner and I have the letter of acceptance that followed my resignation letter with me. I was paid gratuity. Two years ago, I participated in a verification exercise. I ‘m still a pensioner and I have collected pension for January.
But Olayinka said that nobody in Ekiti State has been paid pension for January, that the last one was collected in October 2015.
He is a misinformed person; you can cross check from anybody in UNAD. Later, they were querying the school’s Vice Chancellor to find out where he got the money to pay us from. He said it was from a special fund. Will I be lying? Call any professor there; don’t just call anybody.
We hear it was Prof. Kolawole who eased you out of the school.
Prof. Kolawole was the VC when I was going for election. You are talking about 2011, I left 2010. We did primaries before general elections.
It was also said that you were involved in admission racketeering.
What is admission racketeering?
It was said that it was what gave you so much money and power.
I’ve worked in the banking industry, in financing, I have petrol stations, and I was into wood business. How would I be a lecturer of Business Administration and not be able to manage one or two businesses? Even lecturers in Arts will still do consultancy, write text books and do other things. So once you are a lecturer, it means you are above average. And you will not be like other people; you must also have a means of augmenting your income.
Are you saying you were not into admission racketeering?
Why should I be? Why?
What about allegations that you were a prominent cultist, even as a lecturer?
What is the meaning of a cultist?
We hear that you were a Capo and even more powerful than the VC of the school and that you were eased out of the system because of that.
You are giving me three, four, five reasons why I was eased out and I am telling you that I was not eased out. I moved on to do other things. If you check the date of my resignation, my giving three months notice, my eventual exit and when we had the primaries, you should be able to know now. Do your investigation. I told you that I contested in the general elections. If I had all of these things in my records, wouldn’t the opposition have used them against me? And remember that we were not in power at the time; it was Fayemi that was the governor at the time.
You have not told us if you were a cultist or not because you have only been trying to explain.
And I asked a basic question, and then the other thing is that I am bold. If you are bold, people will say things like that. People will look at me saying things to governor Fayose and say it is because I belong to a particular cult. No, it is because I have this innermost respect for myself and I can look you in the eye and tell you the truth. So if you are asking if I was a cultist, I was not. If you are also asking if I was the most powerful person in the university then, I would tell you that in terms of hierarchy, the VC was the most powerful. In terms of administration, the Registrar was the most powerful. Even I had a Dean and when you look at all these things, you will just be wondering and mind you, there were other things I was doing when I was in school. And there are other things I am doing now. I must be able to practise my profession. So nobody can come and say he made so much money because he was selling certificates. Am I still selling certificates now after seven years that I left the school?
Fayose said you have a lust for money. Is that true?
What about him? Don’t let me open a can of worms here because I have records of the people that donated to us and I know how much was expended and how much he kept. We did not touch any of his money because we thought we were working for the positions of deputy governor and chief of staff. He was the one that was taking everything away so he should not allow us to go into that. I have invested over seven years in this venture. Bamishile sold his house in Ghana and put the money in this venture. I know so many things I put up for sale to go into this venture, so if he is saying that, I will open another can of worms. An average Nigerian will hear me talking again and say you should not have said that. They should have cautioned him not to say what he is saying now. That is why I said he should stop it or I will further spill the beans. He should stop it now or else I will talk.
Are you saying he didn’t spend his own money for the election?
He had issues with the EFCC so don’t let me tell you the story of how the funding of that project started. I can mention names and sources that are not too ‘okay’. But I don’t want to go into that because they helped us at that time. I should not go into that but he should stop upsetting people. How much have I got from him? I have been using my money. He recovered his money while he was governorship candidate. We have records. So he should not allow us to go into that and so he should stop that.
Olayinka said you are not a family person. What was Olayinka trying to say?
They should ask them what they have done to my family. They should ask Governor Fayose what he has done to my family. That is the other side I described as personal and I don’t want to go into it. Ask him, as a big brother to me, what he had done to my family.

Attack on judiciary misguided – CJN, NBA

The bar and the bench on Wednesday criticised the recent attacks on the judiciary by those who questioned the integrity of recent judgments delivered by the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and the President of the ‎Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN), rejected some of the allegations against the judiciary during the valedictory court session held in honour of a retiring Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Muhammad Muntaka-Coomassie in Abuja.
Recent judgments of the Supreme Court on the dispute over the governorship elections in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi and other states recently drew criticism with many describing the apex court’s decisions as questionable and labelling the judiciary corrupt.

President Muhammadu Buhari also recently expressed concern about the integrity of the judiciar‎y and its ability to dispense justice without compromise in the corruption cases filed by his administration.
‎Part of Alegeh’s remark at the valedictory court session held at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja on Wednesday was a direct response to the comment credited to President Buhari.
Alegeh condemned what he termed “generalisation and/or categorisation” of the judiciary as corrupt and a stumbling block to the Buhari administration’s war against corruption
The NBA President also pledged the support of the bar to resist any attempt to intimidate or harass judicial officers.
He said, “The NBA condemns in its entirety the generalisation and/or categorisation of the judiciary as being corrupt and impediment to the zero corruption policy of the present administration.”
He, however, warned “the few bad eggs in the system” to desist from engaging in their embarrassing acts or be ready to face petitions which the NBA ‎would start filing against such judicial officers.
On his part, the CJN on Wednesday described the unfavourable opinion expressed against the decisions of the judiciary as “misguided”.
Justice Mohammed said the backlash which the judiciary had received over its decisions failed to give consideration to law and rationale of the ‎nation’s system of government.
He said, “The Nigerian judiciary, though constantly striving to redress wrongs and tilt the balance in favour of that which is right, has recently had to face the backlash of misguided opinions fashioned without due consideration of the law and rationale for the system of government that we operate.
“The judiciary is duty bound to act in accordance with the dictates of the law as it stands and not as critics would like it to be.
“In this sense, naive idealism is but a pale limitation of legal certainty and it is in observing the career and jurisprudence of s‎uch eminent jurists as my lord, Honourable Justice Muntaka-Coomassie that we see this most clearly.”

CPC orders MTN to pay N1.85m to subscriber

The Consumer Protection Council on Wednesday directed MTN Communications Limited to pay within 14 days the sum of N1.85m to one of the winners of its Ultimate Wonder Promo for lack of due diligence.
The council’s order came on the heels of a complaint brought by Mr. Omeje Fidelis against the telecommunications company alleging that he had been underpaid after he was declared winner of N2m in the said sales promotion, which was held in 2012.
According to Omeje, he participated in the promo and was called through MTN line 180 on October 10, 2012 that he had won N2m in the Ultimate Wonder Promo and that on October 12 of the same year he got a text message informing him of the presentation ceremony fixed for October 19 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
The complainant had claimed that during the said ceremony, he was presented with a dummy cheque of N2m with his name on it, interviewed and paraded before the media and the world as a winner of the said amount.

He recounted further that he was stunned to receive another call from MTN line 180 on November 2, 2012 that his winning was N150,000 and was thereafter given a Verve ATM card for that amount.
MTN, in its response to the Council’s intervention, denied the claim of Omeje, saying that he was from the on-set informed that his winning was N150,000 and that the complainant deceitfully presented himself when winners in the N2m category were called forward on the day of the prize presentation.
The company had stated further that Omeje’s antics was discovered at the verification of winners, which was done after the ceremony and he was thereafter contacted through its 180 line on his misrepresentation pursuant to which he apologised.
As a result of the development, the CPC in a statement said it demanded for the call data of the communications of the 10th of October 2012 when Omeje was informed of his winnings of N150,000, but MTN failed provide it.
The statement signed by the CPC Spokesman, Mr. Abiodun Obimuyiwa, stated that the company refused and neglected to comply with the request made both in 2012 and 2016.
It said, “The CPC, in its Orders, frowned at the consistent refusal of MTN to provide the call data records evidencing details of communication with the complainant, declaring that in the absence of this material evidence which is solely in the possession of the respondent the CPC must resolve the issue in favour of the complainant.”
“The process of the MTN Ultimate Wonder Promotion whereby the verification exercise was conducted after winners were identified, declared and winnings presented publicly is grossly flawed, lacking in transparency, inequitable and apparently calculated to deceive consumers.”
“The CPC, on the strength of these observations, therefore directed MTN to pay within 14 days of receipt of Order, the sum of N1,850,000 being the unpaid part of the N2m prize won by the complainant in the 2012 MTN Ultimate Wonder Promotion”.
Commenting on the issue, the Council’s Director General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, reaffirmed the obligation of businesses to desist from promos that are not honest, transparent, equitable and faithful or designed to deceive consumers.

Court extends order against Kashamu’s arrest, detention

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday renewed an interim order which it granted on Monday restraining the arrest or detention  of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu.
The restraining order with only 48 hours life span granted on Monday will now last till a fresh application by the Senator is heard and determined.
Ruling on an ex parte application by the senator on Monday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted an interim order, restraining the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami,  the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the agency’s former Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, from arresting or detaining him.
Justice Kolawole had on July 1, 2015, dismissed Federal Government’s  application filed by the then Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke against Kashamu, seeking Kashamu’s extradition to the United States of America to face drugs-related charge.

Kashamu had filed a fresh ex parte application seeking a restraining order against a possible arrest or detention following his apprehension that he could be abducted by the Federal Government through the NDLEA despite the subsisting order of the court against his extradition.
He had filed along with the motion ex parte, an application seeking the committal of the AGF, NDLEA and Giade to prison for allegedly disobeying the court’s order of July 1, 2015.

Businessman files N1bn suit against Nwankwo Kanu

A businessman and a lawyer, Ayoola Gam-Ikon, has asked a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja to order a former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, to pay him N1bn, for what the claimant termed his malicious prosecution by the police.
Gam-Ikon claimed to have on March 5, 2013 been arraigned on 19 counts of fraud by the police following a complaint against him by Kanu.
He, however, claimed that the entire charges were struck out on July 30, 2015 by the trial chief magistrate, following the legal advice of the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, who absolved the claimant of the alleged offences.
But Gam-Ikon, who claimed to have lost valuable time and years of his prime going to court and facing trial, urged the court to award damages to him against Kanu in the sum of N1bn.

The claimant urged the court to order Kanu to pay an interest of 22 per cent on the claimed sum from December 15, 2015 till the judgment day and 10 per cent interest on the claimed sum from judgment day till the claimed sum will be fully paid.
“The claimant was devastated by the effect of his arraignment, imprisonment at Ikoyi prison during the perfection of bail and pendency of a criminal charge and has been running from one hospital to the other for medical assistance owing to his debilitating ill health and has only just started showing signs of improvement,” Gam-Ikon claimed in his suit.
He claimed to have known Kanu while he was a banker with the Gulf Bank of Nigeria Plc, where he claimed Kanu had an account and he used to offer him financial management advice.
He, however, claimed to have later entered into hotel business with Kanu after he quit his job as a banker.
Gam-Ikon claimed that he and Kanu incorporated The Hardley Apartments Limited on April 22, 2004 on a shareholding agreement of 70 per cent to Kanu and 30 per cent to the claimant.
According to him, in the course of running the business they saw the need for expansion leading them to obtain a bank loan of N457m to raise the hotel to the five-star status.
He, however, claimed that trouble started between him in Kanu in the course of the loan repayment, culminating in his prosecution.
The case, which was filed on Tuesday, has yet to be assigned to any judge.

Mum comes under fire for buying her 15yr old daughter waist trainer to wear under her school uniform

A mum, 48 year old Karen Green from Southend, has been blasted by other mums for buying a waist trainer for her 15 year old daughter, Tilly, because 'it gives her a better shape in her blazer'.

Tilly says wearing a waist trainer has defined her figure & given her more confidence. The teen says her friends have also jumped on to the waist training craze and compare who has the smallest waist under their school uniforms. Explaining why she bought the device for her daughter, Karen said;

Tilly's mother Karen, who has been married to Tilly's father for 20 years, said: 'Tilly told me 18 months ago that she wanted one. She follows the Kardashians and other celebrities who have been promoting their use. I did my research and while I wasn't totally sure I approved of a growing teen having a device which potentially might restrict bone development and growth I knew if I didn't buy it for her she'd get it herself.'

Over the past four years Karen said her daughter, 'partly due to great genes, waist training, gymming and dieting' has undergone a 'remarkable transformation'. She is even compared to her idol Kylie Jenner. Tilly is now trying to follow in her mother's footsteps - she used to be a fitting model for Debenhams - and become a part-time model or work as a Kylie lookalike. 

'People think you are not mature at 15 but I am and I'm glad my mum is aware of what I wanted and got it for me. I can't tell you how many girls I know from schools around here use waist trainers under their uniform. It's the new trend and I think my friends are in awe I can tell my mum about it.' 

Tilly at 13... 

Dad writes tribute to his son who died at just 5months old (photos)

5 months old, Joel Chiemeriwo Onyekuru, died on 16th January 2016. So sad! Below is a tribute written by his dad and shared on Facebook...
"I call you Ichie Junior. He only spent 5months with us (My wife,Pearl Nathan and I) But filled us with Joy and Laughter. His smile can Heal. He was always happy only when he is hungry even at that,throw him up and he will stop crying. We take selfies together I talk to him as if his an adult. I know your Mum my Wife has more Faith, she kept and carried you 4 days after the doctor told us you had gone.
Your elder brother and sister still ask after you cos they don't see you here. Your elder brother Nathan behaves strangely,he acts restless guess he misses you. The mystery about your death is after the doctor gave us the news we didn't lay you to rest cos your body was still the same even after 4 Days no smelling, no colour change only your chest was cold. After you left,your Mum wakes up Every morning with Tears, only God Almighty can heal her of your absence.
I can go on and on even write a book about your life on earth. Well i just want the Whole World to know I was I mean I AM Proud to call you my Son JOEL CHIEMERIWO ONYEKURU. Dad still loves U. My Guy Rest in Peace

Ryan Reynolds named People magazine's Sexiest Dad Alive

The 39yr old  Hollywood actor has earned the top spot on People magazine's sexiest dad alive annual list which also included last year's champion, Justin Timberlake. The news was revealed during his interview on The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, when Jimmy pulled out a copy of the magazine and Ryan was on the cover.
''What?! I mean come on! I mean scientifically speaking, what's sexier than a man that produces children and then looks surprised about it,"  Ryan gushed.
 The actor and wife Blake Lively welcomed their first daughter, James, back in December 2014...

Future finally reacts to Ciara's slander lawsuit, calls it a joke

Ciara must be very bitter over this break up for her to go as far as suing her child's father for defamation. Reacting for the first time, Future called the $15million slander lawsuit a joke, saying Ciara made money off bad-mouthing him. TMZ reports below...
Sources close to Future tell TMZ, the rapper thinks it's absurd his baby mama filed the slander suit, since she's talked plenty of trash on him. We're told he believes Exhibit A is her 2015 platinum selling hit, "I Bet."
With lyrics like ... "You know that it hurts your pride but you thought the grass was greener on the other side. I bet you start loving me as soon as I start loving someone else. Somebody better than you” -- the song is widely believed to be about Future allegedly cheating on Ciara.

Our source says he could've sued over that, but didn't want to be petty. As for whether he fires back with a lawsuit now -- we're told he's considering it, but hasn't seen Ciara's docs yet. His team claims the process server at LAX failed to deliver.

Bottom line: it's a safe bet this is gonna get much uglier.