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Nigeria Customs Service dismisses 29 senior officers, Man beaten to death for urinating near Church and other major headlines you missed today!


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Nigeria rises to 60th in new Fifa ranking, now 11th in Africa




The Nigerian Super Eagles have risen to 60th in the new FIFA /Coca-Cola rankings published on FIFA's website today. Nigeria, coached by Gernot Rohr, is now the 11th best team in Africa behind Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, Congo DR, Congo, Mali, Cameron. Nigeria, before this latest ranking was 65th in September.

Argentina remains No 1, while Germany, Brazil and Belgium occupy the second, third and fourth position respectively.





Government official kidnapped in Sokoto State


Engr. Muhammad Lawal Mai Doki, Chairman of Zakat and Endowment Committe in Sokoto was kidnapped yesterday, October 19th, around 9pm within the Sokoto metropolis.
Engr. Mai-Doki is also the Project Manager Bakalori Irrigation Scheme of the Rima River Basin Development Authority. All efforts made towards establishing contact with his abductors has proved abortive.




Gov Fayose inaugurates Ekiti grazing enforcement marshalls







Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, today inaugurated the Ekiti state grazing enforcement marshalls.
The inauguration took place at the state government house in Ado-Ekiti. The Marshalls are charged with the responsibility of managing the activities of herdsmen in the state. 





GEJ attends 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa








Former President Goodluck Jonathan who is currently in South Africa, today attended the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa.




Nigeria Customs Service dismisses 29 senior officers

Twenty-nine (29) Senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. In a statement issued by Customs PRO, Wale Adeniyi, it was revealed that the dismissed officers were among forty-four (44) senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.

"Ten (10) other officers were retired from Service, while the appointment of one (1) was terminated. Four (4) officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated.

Four (4) of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five (5) were Assistant-Comptroller. Others were seven (7) Chief Superintendents of Customs and four (4) Superintendents, among others. "Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) had made it clear upon his assumption of duties that the Service will not compromise on Corruption and Indiscipline among the officers corps. In line with this, the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to handle cases reported promptly and professionally.

“We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others”, the CGC remarked at Management meeting convened to consider the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases.




Man beaten to death for urinating near Church 
 A man in Southern Germany was beaten to death by four men after he publicly urinated near a church, police said on Thursday. Police are searching for the four men who hurled insults and attacked the 51-year-old man recently after he was seen urinating close to a church in Freiburg, a city in Germany’s traditionally Catholic south. According to police, the man told his son about the attack before succumbing to his injuries later that day. However an autopsy confirmed that he died as a result of the attack. Report says public urination on Church buildings has become an issue of public concern in Germany, corroding the buildings’ sandstone foundations and leading authorities to institute hefty fines.




Finally, Justice Rita Ajumogobia submits to EFCC 
 After ignoring two invitations from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to appear before its operatives to answer to allegations of corrupt practices, a Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, finally turned in herself to the operatives. Vanguard learnt from competent source that the embattled judge turned in herself around 6pm after claiming to be ill for two days, a claim the operatives busted by storming the medical facility she said she was admitted.
 Ofili-Ajumogobia, who was invited alongside five other judges, reportedly told EFCC operatives that she was in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital and would not be able to honour its invitation. However, worried by the action of the woman, EFCC operatives are said to have immediately swooped on the hospital only to discover that she was not there. 
Operatives, trying to prove her wrong, were reported to have called the judge’s phone number shortly, asking her why she did not show up in their office in Ikoyi and she quickly replied that she was on admission in the said hospital. “Our operatives quickly told her that they were already in the ICU of the hospital, a development that shocked the judge. At that point, she immediately switched off her phone,” one of the sources close to the commission said. “We later found out that an administrative staff of the hospital was trying to insert the Judge’s name into its record as an in-patient but was questioned for the illegal action.” 
Our correspondent learnt that the EFCC had completed moves to arrest the judge just before she turned in herself to the commission last night. There were indications last night that the medical officer of the hospital might be questioned over the attempt to shield the judge from investigation. It will be recalled that in March this year, the National Judicial Council had imposed heavy disciplinary measures on Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, including precluding her from any promotions to the Court of Appeal or any Ad-hoc judicial appointment until her retirement from the profession. It also put her on the “Watch-List” of the Council for four years. 
The decisions followed an electoral petition filed by one Victoria Ayeni which the NJC appeared to find credible. The petitioner had alleged misconduct and injustice by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia for failing to deliver judgment in a pre-election suit between her and her political rivals.



I was nominated as VP by ‘somebody somewhere’ – Osinbajo





Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday night cleverly avoided to be dragged into the raging controversy over who nominated him to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 presidential election.

Although he confirmed that “somebody somewhere” must nominate one before occupying a position, Osinbajo refrained from disclosing who nominated him.

Controversy broke out recently when the author of Buhari’s biography, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, Prof. John Paden, claimed in the book that the President chose Osinbajo as his running mate despite the alleged opposition of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.


Despite the general belief that Tinubu was instrumental to the emergence of Osinbajo who served as his Attorney-General when he (Tinubu) was the governor of Lagos State, the author claimed that the names of Tinubu; the then Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and Osinbajo were forwarded to Buhari for him to pick a running mate shortly after he emerged the party’s candidate at its convention in Lagos.

The author claimed that Buhari chose Osinbajo above others despite enormous pressure from Tinubu to do otherwise.

Tinubu’s loyalists have since faulted the account of the author, saying he (Tinubu) nominated the Vice-President.

Speaking at a dinner organised for former Niger Delta agitators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo made a veiled reference to the controversy when he admitted that he was nominated by “somebody somewhere.”

He said, “I was in a group of young men and women and one of them asked the question how did I become Vice President?

“I was never a politician or anything like that. So I tried to explain it is quite simple that someone somewhere has to recommend you.

“Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand, whether to be a Vice President or to be an aircraft pilot or to be an engineer, somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity.

“I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received. And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.”

Osinbajo said all Nigerians, including the future generation, will remain losers once Niger Delta militants continue attacking oil and gas installations in the region.





President Buhari forwards names of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the senate for screening, confirmation








President Buhari today forwarded names of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the senate. Among those that made the list are Musa Ibeto former deputy governor of Niger state, Pauline Tallen, former deputy governor of Plateau state, Olorunnimbe Mamora, a former senator from Lagos state, and George Oguntade, a former justice of the Supreme Court.

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