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President Buhari And Bola Tinubu met in London today
EFCC Arrests ex-Adamawa Governor Bala Ngilari over N450m Election FundOperatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arrested the immediate past governor of Adamawa state, Mr Bala Ngilari for his alleged role in the distribution of the sum of N450 million diverted to the state for the failed re-election bid of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Premium Times, Mr Ngillari is being detained at the Gombe zonal office of the EFCC.
The former governor is said to have been implicated by a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Mr Hassan Adamu, who was earlier quizzed by EFCC officials.
Adamu reportedly told the anti-graft agency that when the chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, Joel Madaki, and himself (Adamu) took custody of the money from Fidelity Bank, it was taken to the government House in bullion vans by officials of the bank.
Mr Adamu also told investigators that Alhaji Hamman, the chief of staff to ex-Governor Ngilari at the time, and Aisha Waziri, the accountant to the government house, counted the money and confirmed the figure.
“The duo became custodians of the fund based on the directive of their boss, the governor,” Adamu reportedly told EFCC.
Adamu also said he left after the government officials took custody of the fund and did not know how the money was shared, and did not personally benefit from it.
An official of the EFCC stated that the former Adamawa governor has denied authorising his former aides to take custody of the election fund believed to have been diverted from federal government coffers.
“A detention order had earlier been signed and most likely, he would spend the night in EFCC custody,” the EFCC source said.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Short Story ‘On Monday of Last Week’ Set to be Adapted into FilmGhanaian-American filmmaker and producer, Akosua Adoma Owusu has revealed that her production company, Obibini Pictures has obtained film adaptation rights to Chimamanda Adichie’s On Monday of Last Week, a short story from her book The Thing Around Your Neck.
Akosua, whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals and cinemas, shared the news recently through a kick-starter campaign to help raise funds for the production of the film which is to begin in July. On Monday of Last Week is centered around a Nigerian woman, Kamara , who is on a journey to self-realization. The captivating story addresses identity, immigration, family, feminism and a notion of triple consciousness. Nigerian actress Chinasa Ogbuagu, who recently starred in the Off-Broadway play Sojourners, will be playing the lead character Kamara, while Ghanaian rapper M.anifest has signed on as the music supervisor for the production.
On Monday of Last Week will be the first of Adichie’s short stories that will be optioned for film. In 2014, Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o acquired the rights to make a film of Chimamanda’s 2013 bestseller Americanah which will feature Selma actor David Oyelowo.
Bauchi State Government Releases Statement Explaining N20m Cash in Commissioner’s Office
Shamsuddeen explained that the money in the picture which has been trending on social media and believed to be about N20m was neither an illegal transaction nor a money laundering attempt but in fact a benevolent act of the state as it was set aside to be disbursed to various mosques for feeding during the ongoing Ramadan. It was presented by Commissioner Abdullah Mohammed Idris to the people on Wednesday, 15 June, on behalf of the state governor.
The statement obtained from LIB reads:
“Good evening to the good people of Bauchi state. It has come to my attention, the circulation of certain photographs online of money found on the table of a serving Commissioner of Bauchi state. I wish to assure you all that, the said picture is no implication of corruption or illegal money transactions.
This period of Ramadan teaches us to extend love to the poor, less privileged and the non buoyant. In line with this, and as has always been done, the Bauchi State Government releases funds to mosques in Bauchi state for the provision of iftar to faithfuls. These funds are disbursed through the Office of the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, to assist faithfuls who are not buoyant enough to afford iftar.
“Once again, we understand the insensitivity of the image, surfacing at a time like this when we as a Government are working hard to achieve a corruption-free and transparent administration.
We want to assure the good people of Bauchi state that all and sundry is being done to make the best use of resources, fight corruption within the State and ensure that all our promises to the people are fully delivered”.
May Allah crown our efforts with success.
Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar
SA Communications to His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi State
16th June, 2016
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu visits Tompolo’s community
Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, the ancestral home of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, was on Thursday, agog, following the visit of Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. Kachikwu, visited the community, The visit is as a result of his pledge during the Federal Government’s Town Hall meeting, on Monday, in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital, that he was going to revive the abrupted construction of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.
6 die, 24 survive, in Lagos auto crashes
Six people were reportedly killed while twenty three others injured in two separate auto crashes in Lagos, Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.
Five persons were confirmed dead when their vehicle rammed into a stationery truck, late Wednesday, night, at Third Mainland Bridge, inward Oworonshoki area of the state, while one person died yesterday in the accident involving a Volkswagen commercial bus with 18 passengers on board which somersaulted on its way to Mile 12 from Lagos Island at Alapere inward toll-gate.
General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Mr. Micheal Akindele, who confirmed the incidents, said six victims in the Third Mainland Bridge accident, survived with injuries.
According to an eyewitness, the accident occurred when a Mazda commercial bus with number plates , AKD 292 XL, coming from Aja Lekki, en route Oshodi, rammed into a broken down MAN truck at about 10.24 PM on Wednesday, at Third Mainland Bridge inward Oworonshoki area. Akindele explained that further, “Investigation conducted by the Agency’s Emergency Response Team, ERT, at the incident scene, revealed that the commercial bus rammed into the broken down truck while on excessive speeding. “In the process, five victims (male adults) were trapped and the vehicle extricated by the ERT, their bodies recovered dead, while six other victims male adults were rescued alive with severe injuries and were taken to Accident and Emergency Centre (Trauma Centre) and Gbagada General Hospital by Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS.”
Jennifer Keshi takes charge of burial plans
After a minor controversy over plans for the burial of late soccer legend and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, the first daughter, Jennifer Keshi has arrived the country from the United States to coordinate the burial plans with members of the larger Keshi family.
With the Federal Government through the Sports Ministry showing a lot of interest in the burial plans, family sources say the only controversy at the moment is whether Keshi should be buried in Benin City his adopted home or Illah, his ancestral stead. “That will easily be settled”, the source declared. There is also a tentative burial date of July 28, that has not been totally agreed upon. Keshi There are already indications that many state governments, the NFF on both sides and the Federal Government have indicated interest in the burial schedule of the man fondly styled ‘the Big Boss’. The Keshi family has already given an assurance that the burial will be all-inclusive as Keshi during his life time had no foe.
Victim of police brutality buried with machete, bullet, eggs and pepper
The funeral of the late Osei Tawiah, who was allegedly brutalised to death at Krofrom, a suburb of Kumasi, Ghana by some personnel of the Ghana Police Service, was held today. According to Adom Online:
"Relatives of the deceased who have suspected a foul play in his death despite an autopsy report by pathologists at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) claiming he died of natural causes, rained all forms of curses on suspected killers of the young man.
The relatives after reigning the curses, armed the corpse with offensive weapons including a machete and a bullet. Eggs, sponge, a pair of shoes, a cap, pepper and other items were also placed in the coffin of the late Osei Tawiah.
The items, according to the relatives of the deceased are meant to aid Yaw Tawiah in the spirit world to avenge his death.
We won’t conduct re-run election in Kogi until there’s peace – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that it will not conduct the re-run election in Kogi State until there is absolute peace in the state.
According to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Samuel Madaki, the politicians and other stakeholders must sign a resolution towards that effect.
Kogi East senate seat, two other houses of assembly: Idah and Ofu, are still pending despite the election conducted twice.
Madaki said the commission has directed him to come to the state to ascertain if the political atmosphere is ripe for peaceful election.
Another militant group emerges, threatens to attack Utorogu gas plant
Despite federal government’s ceasefire order to allow for dialogue with rampaging Niger Delta militants, another militant group, Utorogu Liberation Movement, on Thursday announced its birth, threatening to attack West Africa’s biggest gas plant, Otorogu Gas Plant in Udu and Ughelli South council Areas of Delta State.
ULM also threatened to blow up oil facilities along the Oil Mining Lease 34 and other oil facilities in the upland parts of the Niger Delta.
The group in a banner message issued by Gen. K. Omovudu and others which was erected near the Motor Park in Out-Jeremi, headquarters of Ughelli South council, also declared support for the Niger Delta Avengers.
Another militant group emerges, threatens to attack Utorogu gas plant
Utorogu Gas Plant is Nigeria’s biggest plant which fields the Egbin Power Station, Lagos and others in the country.
Dogara orders investigation of three Reps over sex scandal
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday directed the investigation of three members of the House over an alleged sex scandal.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed this in Abuja, saying that the leadership of the House took the action following a formal complaint made by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
He said, “We are in receipt of a letter from the US Ambassador, alleging misconduct by some members of the National Assembly, who attended a training programme in the United States of America.
“The leaderships of the House has commenced its own part of the investigation. When it is concluded, we will brief Nigerians further on this issue.”
But, Namdas declined to answer questions on how the investigation would be conducted.
He did not say if a special committee had been constituted for the assignment or whether it would be conducted by the regular Committee on Ethics and Privileges.
“When we say we will conduct an investigation, we will conduct it and there will be a report,” Namdas stated.
The development came as the US formally withdrew its visas from the three lawmakers, an indication that they had been barred from future trips to the United States.
Physically-challegend man, wife, others arrested over serial kidnaps in Ondo
A couple, Ayodeji and Adebimpe Muyijimi, has been arrested by detectives in Ondo State for masterminding series of abductions, including that of the two Catholic reverend sisters and their driver along the Ore-Shagamu Express way in the state, recently.
The two nuns, Perpetual Apo and Bukola Familade, and their driver Zwugwa Zibai, were later rescued a week after they were kidnapped.
Ondo State Police Commissioner, Hilda Harrison, told newsmen in Akure that Ayodeji and Adebimpe Muyijimi have confessed to the crimes.
Harrison said they were arrested in Okitipupa town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state and would soon be charged to court.
Vanguard gathered that the husband, Ayodeji, who is said to be physically-challenged, often stayed indoors to give information on would-be victims to the gang.
The wife, Adebimpe, it was learned, keeps the arms and ammunition used by the gang during their operations.
Vanguard also gathered that the gang leader, Godwin Ufoma, was arrested alongside the couple, but presently on admission in an undisclosed hospital in the state.