Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Photos: EFCC arraigns three ‘Ghost Workers’ for N9.7m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today arraigned the trio of Onukaogu Onyinyechi Esther, Ebenuwa Chinazo Jennifer and Onukaogu Joshua before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the FCT High court sitting in Wuse, Abuja, on a 13-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

Esther allegedly abused her office while being a staff of Soft Alliance, consultants to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation on IPPIS between 2012 and 2013, to input her name and two of her siblings (Jennifer and Joshua) into the IPPIS database as staff of Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Works respectively, for the purpose of receiving salaries from the federal government. 

Senegal joins nations cutting ties with Qatar

Senegal joins nations cutting ties with Qatar

The West African nation of Senegal is recalling its ambassador from Qatar, joining several Middle Eastern countries that have cut diplomatic ties in recent days.
The announcement was made public on Wednesday, a day after a similar decision was announced by the neighboring country of Mauritania to the north.

Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest, apologise to Southampton

Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest, apologise to Southampton

Liverpool have abandoned their hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk and apologised to Southampton for “any misunderstanding” over their interest.
Press Association Sport reports that Saints had not received any contact from the Reds regarding their defender, yet the Dutch defender apparently indicated an eagerness to become the latest player to swap St Mary’s for Anfield.

England stars put through military drills in Army Camouflage ahead of World Cup qualifier (Photos)

The Three Lions of England team will take on Scotland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier and were given a never before training session by their manager, Gareth Southgate.

About twenty England players were recently taken on a secret mission to a Commando Training Centre in Devon, a 48-hour boot camp designed for marine recruits.

Pregnant teenager involved in a car crash gives birth at the roadside just moments before dying of her injuries

Joanna Delgado, 18, of Kerman, California, gave birth by the roadside immediately after she was involved in a head-on car crash on Sunday night. The teenager died just after delivering her baby girl via c-section at the crash site while the baby died a day later in the hospital in California.

Lionel Messi 'snubs Luis Enrique for his wedding'

Messi has invited every single one of his Barça team-mates to the event in Argentina. That's to say, 21 players. That doesn't mean they will all go, though. For example, captain Andres Iniesta has already explained to Messi that he will be unable to attend.

Also invited are all the kitmen, physiotherapists, masseurs and doctors who work with the first team. Of course, player liason officer and good friend Pepe Costa has also been invited.

Photos: Super Eagles players observe one minute silence in honour of late Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles players who are currently in Akwa Ibom state training for their upcoming Africa's Cup of Nation qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa observed a one minute silence in honour of their former coach, Late Stephen Keshi who died one year ago today. Another photo after the cut...

World’s richest arms dealer Khashoggi dies aged 82

Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi , a businessman once worth billions and renowned for his lavish lifestyle, has died at the age of 82, his family said.

Hailed for his “elegance, strength and dignity” by loved ones, the tycoon, the uncle of Dodi Fayed, was said to have been undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

He died in London on Tuesday, according to a family statement.

Photo: Nigerian man nabbed at Indian Airport for 'black dollar scam'

Police on Friday, June 2, arrested a Nigerian man at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport for 'black dollar scam' and forgery. 

Officials said that the man identified as Gabriel Blessing Efe, was trying to travel to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar on forged documents. 

For those who don't know, a black dollar scam is a trick where con artists attempt to obtain money by duping their victim by persuading them that a bundle of banknote-sized paper are actually currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection, and can be brought back to original dollars if treated with a particular chemical.

Biafra Television Now Broadcasting Illegally in Nigeria - NBC Opens on Pro-IPOB TV Station

While speaking with journalists at an interactive session in Ilorin, Kwara state on Tuesday, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, the director-general of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), revealed that a media station, Biafra Television, is transmitting illegally on Nigeria airwaves.
Kawu who revealed that the TV station is purportedly owned by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), also said the Boko Haram insurgent group had commenced radio transmission via a station located between Nigerian and Cameroonian borders .

Three Dare-devil Armed Robbers Caught After Native Charms Failed Them During Operation in Lagos

Three dare-devil armed robbers who reportedly procured a native charms to enhance their operation  have been arrested by the police during one of their operations in Lagos, according to a report by PM Express.
The suspects were identified as Michael Eyen,30, Aina Adebasha, 35 and Olatunji Sunday 25. They were arrested at Orisumbare Phase 1 in Ayobo, Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos. They had attempted to dismantle a new transformer installed in the area to sell.

Mourning, Commotion as Flood Kills Village Head, Five Others In Niger

Mallam Abdulmumuni Mohammed, a village head, and six others have been killed in a flood that caused havoc in Mashegu and Borgu local government areas of Niger state, The Nation reports.
The flood which wreaked havoc on the two local government areas also destroyed 600 houses.

After 32 Years of Childlessness, Nigerian Pastor and Wife Welcome Their First Child (Photos)

Reverend Michael and his wife, Christiana Ewache have been left overjoyed after welcoming their first fruit of the womb since they got married for the past 32 years.

How Armed Robbers Attacked Players & Officials of Osun United FC (Photo)

Officials and players of the Osun United Football Club of Osogbo, were on on Wednesday morning, attacked by some armed robbers on Ore-Ondo Expressway, while the team was travelling to Osogbo from Calabar where they honoured their Week 14 Nigeria National League competition.
According to a report by Punch Metro, the vehicle in which the team was travelling developed a fault few kilometers to Ondo town, and as the vehicle stopped to see what the problem was, about armed men reportedly came out from the bush and attacked the footballers.

Storm Kills Eight People in Cape Town, South Africa

Eight people have been killed and thousands rendered homeless due to a violent storm that swept through the South African city of Cape Town.
The storm had been sequel to months of drought. Officials said a family of four, including four-year-old twins, died in the suburb of Kraaifontein after lightning set their house on fire.

FG Enrolls 200 Ex-Niger Delta Militants Into Sports - Presidency Reveals

While speaking in a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh, disclosed that the presideny has enrolled 200 ex-militants in the Niger Delta region for an all-inclusive sports competition, saying it is a means to ensure lasting peace in the region.

Khloe Kardashian was toxic-Lamar Odom's daughter speaks

Lamar Odom's daughter Destiny has opened up for the first time about witnessing her father's struggle with drug addiction and his 'toxic' relationship with ex-wife Khloe Kardashian.

Speaking to People ,Destiny said that her relationship with Khloe was strained from the start after Lamar embarked on his  romance with the KUWTK star in 2009.She said.

EFCC Arraigns Female INEC Commissioner Over N185.5 Million Scam

A former Rivers State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Gesila Khan Okubama, was on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at a Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State over N185.8 million scam.

The Commissioner, together with one other official, Peter Popnen, was arraigned before Justice Salihu Saidu on a five-count charge bordering on gratification and money laundering to the tune of N185, 842,000k( One Hundred and Eighty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Naira only).

Man kills wife over N4,000 housekeep allowance

The Kogi State Police Command on Wednesday paraded some suspected criminals including one Abdullahi Garba who allegedly stabbed his wife to death over housekeep allowance.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Abubakar, who stood in for his boss, Wilson Inalegwu, said detectives from the Homicide Section of the Okehi Police Division, Okehi Local Government Area of the state, arrested the suspect over the murder of his wife, Falilat Saka Garba (29).

Senate confirms 82-year-old, two others as ambassadors

The Senate has confirmed 82-year-old Sylvanus Nsofor nominated as a non-career ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The upper chamber had earlier rejected Nsofor twice due to a report by the Department of State Services (DSS).
It also confirmed Joseph Igi and Yusuf Hinna as ambassadors.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin agrees terms with Barcelona

Arsenal ’ s Spanish right -back Hector Bellerin has reached an agreement to rejoin Barcelona, reports across Europe said on Wednesday .

The Spaniard was said to be planning talks with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to discuss his departure , and it is expected to take place in the next 10 days .

Muslim leaders from across Britain refuse to bury London Bridge attackers

British police identified Khuram Shazad Butt and Rashid Redouane, as two of three attackers who struck pedestrians with a van on London Bridge and stabbed pub-goers after crashing.
One eyewitness said that an attacker shouted “this is for Allah” during the assault, but more than 100 imams and Muslim scholars from across Britain have said that they cannot even bury the terrorists after such actions that claim to be in the name of Islam.

There should be no pity for Dammy Krane

The narrative that Dammy Krane was a product of his environment should not be entertained.

There are people of the opinion that the
pressure to appear successful » by all means made the singer crack.

Pressure makes diamonds and it can burst pipes. What you have inside will come out when life throws a few curve balls at you. Dammy Krane's incarceration for alleged grand theft among other things shouldn't be blamed on the society.

2.1b arms: Ex-Air chief’s son forfeits 20 cars, house

Twenty exotic cars have been surrendered to the Federal Government by the son of a former Chief of Air Staff, who is facing trial for $2.1billion arms deal.
More than five properties and over N2billion have been seized from the former Chief of Air Staff, who served in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Man United confident of landing Real Madrid’s Morata – report

Man United confident of landing Real Madrid’s Morata – report

Manchester United are confident of signing Alvaro Morata and will continue negotiations with Real Madrid for the Spain international, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports reports the prospective deal does not include David de Gea going in the other direction.

Senate demands downward review of N1.5m hajj fees

Senate demands downward review of N1.5m hajj fees

The Senate on Wednesday criticised the recently approved 2017 Hajj fare packages for 23 states by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. As a result, the legislature launched a probe into the upward review to unravel the alleged corruption in the process.
The move followed the adoption of a motion moved by the Senator Ibrahim Dambaba (Sokoto-South).

Robbers kill 4 policemen in Osun

Robbers on Tuesday killed four policemen in multiple bank robbery attacks in Iwo, Osun, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The attacks, which were targeted at three banks on Bowen University road, Iwo, were carried out at

Buhari only made three campaign promises and they are being fulfilled– Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has rated Muhammadu Buhari high in his second year in office.

Adesina claimed that Buhari made only three campaign promises which he is fulfilling .
Speaking with Sun,he said

How ex-AGF directed EFCC to probe alleged $20m Swiss bribery scandal

A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello (SAN), is said to have actually directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the alleged $20million bribery scandal uncovered in Switzerland.
But the anti-graft commission allegedly said the funds may have been consultancy fees. The Swiss authorities, through the Office of the Attorney-General, Department of International Affairs on May 2, 2012 had implicated some Nigerians in the $20million scandal alongside Dredging International Services (Cyprus) Ltd.

I wasn’t arrested over dud cheque, says ex-speaker

Former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. John Clark Dabwan said yesterday that he was not arrested as being speculated by the media. In a telephone conversation yesterday, Dabwan said that some people sometimes would just blow up some infinitesimal issues just to hear the reactions of members of the public.
The Jos High Court presided by Justice Philomena Lot on Monday reportedly ordered the arrest of the former Speaker for allegedly issuing a dud cheque of Sterling Bank for N3.8 million to a Jos-based businessman.

Buratai orders probe of alleged personnel misconduct at IDPs camps

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has asked the Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) and Army Provost Marshal to investigate allegations of misconduct by some personnel at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.
A statement by Army Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman in Abuja, yesterday said the Nigerian Army has noted with great concern growing allegations of misconduct against some persons on security duties at IDPs camp in Bama, Borno State.

Emir Sanusi Sacks Private Secretary

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has sacked his Palace Secretary, Isa Sanusi Bayero, for allegedly leaking sensitive information.
LEADERSHIP reports that a senior figure in the emirate, who spoke anonymously said the sacked secretary masterminded most of the negative stories that leaking information from the palace.

Russia tightens security ahead of Confederations Cup kickoff

Russia tightens security ahead of Confederations Cup kickoff

Russia has boosted security ahead of the Confederations Cup tournament which begins on June 17.
The two-week tournament, which features world champions Germany and European champions Portugal, will showcase four of Russia’s 12 World Cup venues.

Man rapes six sisters, mother for providing help

A monster, who kept six young sisters as sex slaves at his home after he was ‘gifted’ them by their parents faces life in prison.

Police found Lee Kaplan, 51, was found living with 12 women and girls who were all related in Pennsylvania last year.

Six of them were the daughters of Amish couple, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus.

Kachikwu says no N5 increase on PMS, declares fuel importation “shameful”

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, says it was shameful that the country has continued to import finished petroleum products.

Noting that this has to stop, Kachikwu assured that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources was committed to​ putting the situation to an end.​.

Forbes reveals the richest king in Nigeria

Forbes have released list of the richest king in Nigeria.

The Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, HRM Frederick Obateru Akinruntan was named the richest monarch in Nigeria.

Oba Akinruntan beat the likes of the Alaafin of Oyo, the Sultan of Sokoto, the Ooni of Ife and the likes to emerge the wealthiest monarch.

Zimbabwean man loses wife in Champions League final bet

A Zimbabwean man with gambling addiction, who went to the extremes of betting his wife over the recently played Real Madrid, Juventus match has been fined two beasts. reports that Charles Jambaya (26) from Mkandapi village did the unthinkable on the 3rd of June when he pledged his wife Caroline Shumba (22) to another man over the Juventus, real Madrid match.

Mark Zuckerberg meets founder of Nigerian all-female Facebook group

The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday received Nigeria’s Lola Omolola, founder of a private Facebook group called Female in Nigeria.

FIN was founded in 2015 by Ms. Omolola, as a movement of women focused on building compassion and providing support for one another, with the goal of having up to 1000 members in the group.

Dammy Krane released from prison

Nigerian singer , Dammy Krane , has been released from a US jail after meeting his bail conditions , set at $ 7 , 500 .

The singer , who was earlier arrested for credit card fraud, pleaded not guilty to the charges and demanded a trial by jury and also chose the option of a waiver pre -trial conference .

According to an update from the Miami -Dade County Criminal Justice Online System , Dammy Krane ’ s court hearing has been fixed June 23 , 2017.