The Super Eagles on Monday played a 1-1 draw with the
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Stade Omnispirts Ahmadu Ahidjo in
The Nigerians were rewarded with a goal in the 30th minute
after an Odion Ighalo’s shot was cleared to Belgium-based Moses Simon
who put the ball behind goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.
The Cameroonians equalised from the spot following a reckless challenge by goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa on Djoum Arnaud.
Vincent Aboubakar slots the ball calmly into the net as Ezenwa runs the wrong way.
The Super Eagles were the better team when both sides clashed last Friday in Uyo; winning 4-0 at the Nest of Champions.
Nigeria tops Group B with 10 points ahead of second-placed
Zambia which has 4 points but with a game in hand, Cameroon are third
with three points while Algeria stay at the bottom with just a point and
a game still unplayed.
23 Universities Adopt JAMB’s 120 Cut-Off Mark
At least 23 Nigerian universities have adopted the 120 cut-off mark
recently introduced by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board,
The universities, mostly private, are among the 168 universities in
Nigeria whose cut-off marks were released in a document Premium Times
obtained from JAMB on Friday.
The universities that adopted the 120 cut-off point include:Achievers
University, Adeleke University, Caleb University, Fountain University,
Caritas University, Novena University, Renaissance University,
Ojiagu-agbani University, Evangel University, McPherson University,
South Western University, Samuel Adegboyega University, Wellspring
University, Western Delta University, Wesley University, Summit
University, Edwin Clark University, Hezekiah University, Kings
University, Arthur Javis University, Crown Hill University, Clifford
University and Coal City University.
EFCC: Ibori Fighting Hard To Stall Confiscation Of His Assets
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says James Ibori,
former governor of Delta state, is “fighting tooth and nail” to stall
the confiscation of his assets in the United Kingdom.
In 2012, a UK court convicted Ibori of money laundering, with most of
his property in the country risking confiscation. He, however, appealed
In the latest edition of its monthly media publication, EFCC ALERT, the
anti-graft agency said Ibori is on a “campaign of calumny” targeted at
UK police officers in retaliation of his conviction.
“One of such, published on financialwatchngr.com, November 28, 2016,
claimed that the UK had opened ‘fresh investigation of corrupt policemen
involved’ in Ibori’s trial. The report credited to a statement by Tony
Eluemunor, Ibori’s media aide, had posited that ‘the latest
investigation’ was by the Independent Police Complaints Commission
(IPCC),” Adeoye wrote.
“Investigations, however, indicate that there was in fact, no such
‘fresh investigation’ and the IPCC was not investigating anything new.
Interaction with one of the officers involved in the investigation and
prosecution of Ibori, indicates that no such notices, as claimed in the
Eluemunor statement, was served on the officers.
“The report overreached its propaganda agenda, referring to the officers
as being ‘on active duty while the investigation continued’, when in
fact, the reverse was the case as they had long retired from the Police.
Matthew Hurding-Jones, who was listed among the officers erroneously
reported as being investigated, had changed his name three years before
the publication of the report.”
Adeoye said allegations of bribery and corruption on part of police
officers who investigated Ibori, were dismissed in July, 2014 by an
“The court ruled that the allegation that Risc Management Limited (RML),
a company of private investigators gave bribes to officers in the
course of investigation, in exchange of ‘privileged information’, was ‘a
very grave one’, but “such allegation has in fact already in substance
being investigated and rejected,” Adeoye wrote.
“Moreover, investigation proved the allegation of payment of £20,000 as
bribe to police officers to be false. It was established that £11,500
supposedly invoiced by RML was never paid. The remainder was paid to an
operative of RML for travel expenses. None ever went into the pocket of
any of the officers that investigated Ibori.”
The report accused the Ibori media team of “fighting dirty” to the end,
citing when in May, the team claimed “legal victory” for Ibori, and
portraying him as a “victim of persecution”.
Adeoye said a report by the Ibori media team said Ibori secured
‘victory’ against the UK government, and that ‘Ibori’s human rights had
been violated’ by Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary.
“No doubt, the ‘other side of the news,” he wrote.
“In actual fact, Rudd had tried to keep Ibori in the UK so that his
confiscation hearing could be dealt with. A trial judge had rejected
Ibori’s claim for £4,000 in damages, and instead awarded “nominal
damages” of £1 for his being kept in custody for an extra 42 hours.
“The decision to keep Ibori in immigration detention, the judge opined,
was probably because of millions of pounds authorities were yet to
recover from him, as against a violation of Ibori’s rights as alluded to
by the report.
“Apparently, Ibori, seems a wounded lion fighting tooth and nail to
stall confiscation of his assets in the UK, even as he awaits the
hearing of the appeal, which is understood comes up in November.”
Kogi records New Case of Lassa Fever
The Kogi State Government has confirmed a new case of lassa fever in the
state. The carrier was discovered at the Federal Medical Centre in
Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The head of clinical services at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr
Jones Taiwo who confirmed the incident explained that a sample test was
carried out on the patient who came from Owo in Ondo State and it showed
positive of lassa fever.
According to Dr Taiwo, the patient was transferred to Irrua specialist
hospital in Edo State for further tests to ascertain if the disease was
actually lassa fever, but unfortunately, the patient was confirmed to
be carrying the disease.
The government is now working towards tracing all those who might have
had contact with the patient, to curtail the spread of the disease.
Resident Doctors Begin Nationwide Strike
Resident doctors across Nigeria have commenced a nationwide indefinite
strike. The doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of
its national leadership that ended in the early hours of this morning.
In a brief statement, the President of the National Association of
Resident Doctors, NARD, Onyebueze John, said, “Rising from our NEC
meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has
resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on
total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list
for strike action are resolved by Government.”
Lagos Policemen Collect N50K For Bail, Seize Phone Over N20K Balance
Policemen attached to the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad of the
State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Lagos State
Police Command, have been accused of collecting N50,000 before granting
bail to one Blessing Taiwo, who was arrested for alleged theft.
Although the suspect was released on Saturday after the money was paid,
the police allegedly seized her mobile phone pending when a balance of
N20,000 would be paid on Tuesday.
Metro learnt that the suspect’s sister, Florence Taiwo, who always took
food to her in the cell, was allegedly molested by the policemen who
touched breasts and dipped hands into her private parts before allowing
her to take the food into the cell.
Punch correspondent gathered that Blessing, a mother of two, had been
arrested on Monday after her boss, Mrs. Abiola Osagie, accused her of
stealing $50,000 while the latter was away on a trip.
After spending three days in the cell and the intervention of the Office
of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer and an Assistant
Commissioner of Police, the suspect was released on bail.
However, a demand of N2m was allegedly made, which was negotiated to N70,000.
“After we paid them N50,000, the police didn’t release her (Blessing)
phone. They said we should bring the remaining on Tuesday when her phone
would be released,” a family member told Punch correspondent.
On how the matter started, Blessing said she had been working as the
office administrator and assistant to Osagie for the past eight years in
an international investment and equity firm, AfricInvest.
Blessing said, “The office cleaner was sacked more than a year ago and
since then, a new cleaner had not been employed. I have been the one
cleaning the office; washing the toilet and doing other menial duties.
“During the quarterly appraisal, I raised issues about the general
cleaning of the office and suggested we get somebody to do it. After she
travelled, I asked her driver to do the job for a fee of N10,000. I
decided to give the job to him to save cost.
“However, on the last day of the cleaning, I observed the man messed up
the chemical for the cleaning of the floor and I got a man to assist
with the clean up.
“She returned from her trip on Thursday, and by Friday, she came to the
office. I gave her feedback about the cleaning. I told her I invited
four people from outside to do the job. I didn’t tell her that her
driver did the job because if she knew, she would have asked why I paid
him any money.”
Blessing said she, however, received a call by 8.30pm on Monday, as
Osagie asked her to get to work early on Tuesday over an issue.
“When I got there, she said I should get a ladder and climb to a
particular cabinet. I thought she wanted me to bring down some files.
“However, I found a black bag and she asked me to bring it down. She
said she left $50,000 in the bag, among other currencies, and I told her
that nobody took anything from the place because I was careful,” she
Policemen from the Ikoyi division were said to have been invited to the firm, who interrogated the suspect.
Blessing, 43, said she informed the police that the driver and another
man were involved in the cleaning and she supervised them.
The driver, however, reportedly told the police that the bag in question had been taken home by Osagie on Monday.
He allegedly said he noticed that the bag was heavy, adding that he did not know the content.
A security man on the premises, who was also interviewed, allegedly told
operatives that Osagie was seen returning to the office alone late on
the same night with the bag.
Punch Metro learnt that operatives searched the home of Blessing and checked her bank account balance without finding any money.
The Divisional Police Officer allegedly said there was no evidence
linking Blessing with the incident, but the complainant allegedly
insisted that she was culpable.
The matter was subsequently transferred to the SCIID, Yaba, from where
it was referred to the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad headed by
CSP Akinade Adejobi.
The suspect’s sister, Folake, said, “The police at Ikoyi told her that
they didn’t find any evidence of stealing. But she (Osagie) insisted
that my sister took the money.
“The case was transferred to the SCIID, Yaba, on Wednesday, from where
it was referred to Hogan Bassey Crescent. My sister was detained that
night and we were asked to return the following day.
“During the interrogation, the driver, who agreed to cleaning the office
and collecting N10,000 said he assisted the woman to carry the bag into
the car the night preceding when she declared the money missing. She
didn’t deny it.
“The other cleaner said he didn’t spend more than 20 minutes on the
premises and he assisted in mixing the chemical. When it was my sister’s
turn to talk, she (Osagie) asked her to keep quiet and she should only
respond to questioning.”
She said after the intervention of the Lagos police PRO and the ACP, Adejobi agreed to give the suspect bail.
Another member of the family, Florence, said she had yet to recover from
the harassment she suffered at the police formation while taking food
to Blessing in the cell.
She also alleged that her sister was subjected to inhuman treatment.
She said, “The stench in that station was horrible and I later realised
that it came from my sister’s cell, where a mentally deranged woman was
being held for alleged ritual dealings.
“I personally went through hell. Any time I was going to give her food, they would collect a bribe of N1,000 to allow me in.
“When I get in, the policemen will start touching my body, including putting hands in my private parts.
“There is a particular one that has been harassing me with calls and
asking me to date him. The policemen there are not normal; they wear
earrings in their tongues, ears and nostrils.”
Punch Metro obtained a petition on the case by the Network on Police
Reform in Nigeria, calling on the new Commissioner of Police in the
state, Edgal Imohimi, to investigate the matter.
The group said not only did Adejobi detain Blessing for three days,
which violated her rights, he also collected N50,000 for bail as against
the police ethos of ‘bail is free.’
It said, “In the first place, a case of stealing ought not to be taken
to or investigated by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit… And the OC decided to do
the complainant’s illegal biddings, which the DPO at Ikoyi
professionally refused to do.
“NOPRIN is shocked at the impunity with which the OC Anti-Kidnapping
assumed the role of investigator, prosecutor and executioner. He has
shown obvious interest and bias in this case. The conduct of the OC
manifests notoriety for corruption and abuse of police power. He is also
a bad influence on other officers under him.
“Police officers who sexually abuse female detainees or women who come
in contact with them should not be allowed to remain in the police
force. It is an egregious abuse that should be treated with great
The group called for investigations into the incident and alleged acts
of misconduct and infractions of the law by the OC and some officers
The complainant, Osagie, said she had nothing to gain from wrongly accusing Blessing.
“The fact is that there was money in that bag and today, there is no
money. It is a mystery that has to be unravelled. I have gone through a
stress in a week that I haven’t gone through in my life. What is my
benefit in that? That I want to get the money that I didn’t have, or
expect Blessing to raise such funds?
The Lagos State police spokesperson, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the
allegations had also been trending on the social media, saying the
command would investigate them.
In a statement on Sunday, he said the Investigating Police Officer,
Sergeant Kudeinbu Sheu, had been arrested and was being interrogated at
He said, “The command wants to reassure members of the public that
proper investigation will be carried out and the command will like to
encourage the suspect, Blessing Taiwo, to come forward with relevant
information to aid the police in the ongoing investigation.”
Patience Jonathan Dares EFCC, Recovers N2bn Hotel
Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has recovered
her N2bn hotel which was sealed off by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission in June, The Punch has learnt.
In June, the EFCC placed the red inscriptions, ‘EFCC Under
Investigation’ all over the hotel which is located near Setraco
Construction Company, off the Mabushi Kado Expressway.
However, when Punch correspondent visited the five-storey building
recently, the EFCC inscriptions had been covered with patches of grey
When asked if they had the right to enter the building, one of them
said, “Go and ask the EFCC if they had the right to put their sign all
over the building in the first place. If you want more information, go
and ask madam.”
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he did not know
much about the seizure of the building and thus could not say if it had
been returned to Patience or not.
He said, “I have spoken to the appropriate people but I was not able to get any answer on the matter.”
A source at the EFCC said it was wrong of Patience to have erased the EFCC inscription from the building.
He said, “Sometimes when we are investigating some politically exposed
persons, they immediately begin to sell off their buildings in order to
cover their tracks and run away with the cash so that is why we put EFCC
signs on the buildings so that innocent people will not buy those
Ondo State Poly Lecturers Begin Strike
Lecturers at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo in Ondo State have commenced a
strike over the refusal of the school management to pay their arrears.
The lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of
Polytechnics (ASUP), are demanding the payment of arrears accruing over
The polytechnic lecturers in the school said they are owed ten months of
arrears and that promises made by the authorities to resolve the matter
have not been fulfilled.
A source in the school said the union leaders have exhausted their
strength in negotiations with the university authorities and were
therefore left with no choice but to strike,
The source said the union leaders have also accused the management of
the institution of being insensitive to the plight of the lecturers and
staff members of the school.