Friday, 13 April 2018

Eric Lefkofsky Plans to Expand Tempus with New Funding

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Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who has been the brain behind multiple business ventures. He grew up in Michigan as the son of a school teacher and structural engineer. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1991, he continued on to the university's law school; receving his Juris Doctor in 1993.

Lefkofsky began his entrepreneurial adventures shortly after graduation, when he bought a Wisconsin-based clothing company with a college friend. This purchase jump-started Eric Lefkofsky's career. Fast-forward more than 15 years and Lefkofsky had already had his hands in multiple business projects, like InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, and Lightbank; an investment firm specializing in disruptive technologies.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bank Manager, Brother Drown During Picnic

The Manager of a Bank in Abak Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe, is dead.

Punch Metro learnt that Ubong, who was married with children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state.

Russia Warns US Over Syria Response

Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

"I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you're currently developing," Moscow's UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia said on Tuesday.

Australian Jailed For Cancer Scam

An Australian woman who faked having terminal cancer before scamming money from friends of her family has been jailed for three months.

Hanna Dickenson, 24, accepted A$42,000 (£22,000; $31,000) after telling her parents that she needed medical treatment overseas.

Guinea's Pregnancy Trickster Jailed Five Years

A woman in Guinea who sold herbs and potions to sterile women, telling them they would become pregnant, has been jailed for five years.

N'na Fanta Camara made concoctions that made their bellies swell.

The traditional healer is said to have tricked more than 700 women, charging them large sums for the treatment.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Four persons ‘convicted of noise pollution’ in Edo

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The Edo State government says it has secured conviction against four persons for noise pollution in the state.

A Government House press statement on Wednesday quoted the state Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Reginald Okun, as having said that the government was clamping down on persons who violate laws on noise pollution in the state.

Censors’ Board boss wants BBNaija show hosted in Nigeria

Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), says the next edition of the Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) reality show should be hosted in the country.

Thomas, in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja, said this while expressing displeasure on why a Nigerian show was being held in South Africa.

"Buhari does not deserve to be re-elected"

Presidential candidate and former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Profesor Kingsley Moghalu has reiterated the need for a paradigm shift in Nigerian politics, stating that based on an objective assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s failed performance, he does not deserve to be re-elected by Nigerians for a second term.

Speaking in a statement after a confirmation of the current president’s intention to contest for office again, the Founder, Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation, affirmed that although President Buhari had the unalienable right to run if he wishes, he should be judged on his record.

Leipzig’s Naby Keita set to face Marseille despite hip knock

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Liverpool-bound Naby Keita is expected to face Marseille in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final, second-leg, despite limping off against in the Bundesliga.

“Thankfully, it’s just a hip bruise, so hopefully there is no threat for Thursday,” said Leipzig’s relieved coach Ralph Hasenhuettl on Tuesday.

Ex-Governor’s Son Re-Arraigned For Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday in Abuja, re-arraigned Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, on a six-count amended charge of money laundering.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the total sum in question is about N1.5 billion.

My Boyfriend Rejected Me As A Man But Fell In Love After I Transitioned Into A Woman

A transgender woman who was rejected by her Facebook love interest as a man says they are now a couple and in love following her transition.

Erin Anderson, 22, knew she was born in the wrong body from the age of three, when she would put on her mum's makeup and draw herself as a girl.

South Sudan government wants rebel commander out of peace talks

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The South Sudan government wants the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) and Troika member states to exclude former army boss Paul Malong from the upcoming peace talks.
The Presidential Press Secretary, Mr Ateny Wek Ateny, in a press briefing on Tuesday in Juba, said Gen Malong’s participation would affect the peace process, adding that the former military commander believed in violence more than peace.

9Mobile: Teleology to pay $450 million in 90 days – NCC

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Umar Danbatta, said on Tuesday that Teleology Holdings Limited has paid initial deposit of $50 million for the acquisition of 9Mobile Nigeria Limited.

He said the company has 90 days to pay the balance of $450 million upon which the ownership of 9Mobile would be immediately transfered to it.

Police, hunter kill three robbers, recover 83 illegal arms in Bauchi

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Squad in collaboration with a renown Hunter, Ali Kwara, has killed three suspected armed robbers in Bauchi.

‎The Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in the state, DSP Kamal Datti, said in a statement on Tuesday in Bauchi that the robbers were killed during a shootout.

Court fixes May 30 for continuation Ex-Governor Shema’s N11 billion fraud trial

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A Katsina State High Court on Tuesday fixed May 30, for continuation of hearing into the case of alleged financial misappropriation against former Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shema, and three others.

Shema along with the three others were arraigned on a 24-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, fraud and using forged documents.

Zimbabwe parliament to summon Robert Mugabe over diamond mining

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A committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe is to summon former president Robert Mugabe to testify at a probe into lost revenue from diamond mining, a legislator said on Tuesday.

The lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15bn in income from diamonds due to corruption and foreign exploitation.

Gabon deports 3 coup suspects to Turkey

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Three Turkish nationals detained in Gabon over links to the Fethullah Gulen movement that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been brought to Turkey, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Speaking to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, Erdogan vowed to continue to seek supporters of the U.S.-based cleric “no matter where they run.”

I was the angel who rolled out the stone on Jesus’ tomb – Daniel Obinim

Founder and Leader of the International Godsway Church, Angel Bishop Daniel Obinim, has made another controversial statement and this time the pastor claims he was the angel that rolled away the tomb stone when Jesus resurrected.

The popular pastor whose church spreads across Ghana, with branches in Kumasi, Accra and Tema, mentioned this to his congregation during the Easter Celebration service.

Watching Porn together as a couple is a sin – Ghanaian man claims

A Ghanaian man by the name Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, in a post he forwarded to the media, has stated that it is sinful for couples to watch porn together.

He however emphasized on leaked sex tapes, which he claims are not in any way different from hard-core pornography. The man who quoted from both the Bible and the Koran, took pasages from the Holy Books to drive home his point.

FIFA appoints Nigerian doctor Ayodeji Olarinoye Doping Control Officer

A Nigerian man, Dr Ayodeji Olarinoye, has been appointed Doping Control Officer by the world soccer governing body, FIFA.

Olarinoye, who is a former medical doctor in the Nigerian U-17 football team, graduated from the University of Ilorin and he is now the country’s first FIFA doping control officer, the university’s weekly bulletin said on Tuesday.

I Deserted Army For Fear Of Boko Haram- Suspect

A dismissed Lance Corporal, Emmanuel Anthony, yesterday said he deserted the army for fear of being killed by Boko Haram insurgents.

He was paraded at the 81 Division headquarters in Lagos along with 12 others, including three dismissed personnel arrested for similar offences.

Massive 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile

The strong earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, rattled the coast of Chile, some 120 km south-west of the port city of Coquimbo, USGS said.

Striking at a depth of 71.6 km, the epicentre of the earthquake was 54km south-west of Ovalle, whose population is more than 113,000 people.

All Taxis Must Be Air-Conditioned By October - FCTA

The Transport Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released more guidelines for passenger service (commercial) vehicles, operating within the FCT.

Kayode Opeifa, the Transport Secretary of FCTA, stated this in Abuja on Monday after a meeting with all the Licensed Taxi Operators.

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, denies media reports claiming she refused paying lawyers that helped recover Abacha loot

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, denies media reports claiming she refused paying lawyers that helped recover Abacha loot

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has denied media reports claiming she has refused to pay lawyers that have helped in the recovery of loots of former military leader, Sani Abacha stashed abroad. Read the statement below

Nigerian Army sets up committee to investigate T.Y Danjuma’s allegations

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a committee to investigate claims of the Army’s complicity in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) last month accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country.

Man Rents Out Wife’s Room, Relocates Her To The Parlour Without Her Knowledge

A middle aged housewife, Umma Bashir, on Tuesday dragged her husband, Ibrahim Bashir, to a Sharia Sourt II at Magajin Gari, Kaduna State for renting out her bedroom without her knowledge.

The complainant told the court that her husband had provided two rooms for her and her two children but decided to rent out the bedroom without her consent.

President Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of 23 NPC members

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to confirm the appointments of 23 members of the National Population Commission.

In separate letters, which were read by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday, Buhari also sought legislative approval for the appointments of one National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and two non-judicial practioners as members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

Oscar Pistorius' Appeal Bid Dismissed

South Africa's constitutional court has dismissed a bid by the paralympian Oscar Pistorius to appeal against his 13-year murder sentence.

Ex -NSA Dasuki Demands N5bn From Federal Govt For Illegal Detention

Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has gone to court to demand for payment of N5bn as "general damages and compensation" from the Department of State Service, DSS, for the alleged violation of his fundamental human rights as enshrined under Sections 34(1), 35(1), (4) & (5), 37 & 41(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Data Misuse: Mark Zuckerberg Apologises

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met U.S. lawmakers individually on Monday and told Congress in written testimony that the social media network should have done more to prevent itself and its members’ data being misused.

His conciliatory tone precedes two days of congressional hearings where Zuckerberg is set to answer questions about Facebook user data being improperly appropriated by a political consultancy and the role the network played in the U.S. 2016 election.

Nigeria pays $5.08million United Nations annual dues for year 2018

The Federal Government of Nigeria has paid its regular United Nations dues for 2018. Investigations revealed that Nigeria paid $5,080,178 on April 5.

Nigeria will be the 74th out of the 193 member states of the global international organisation to fulfill its financial obligations.

Football star Obafemi Martins undergoes successful surgery in UK (Photo)

Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins has undergone a successful surgery on his ruptured quadriceps tendon in the United Kingdom.

Obafemi Martins suffered the injury during Shanghai Shenhua’s Asian Champions League game against Kashima Antlers which ended 2-2 in midweek.

Man arrested after incurring N2.5million hotel bills in Lagos

A man identified as Austin Akekuano has reportedly been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly issuing an FCMB dud cheque valued at N2.5 million to the management of Capital Unique Afrique Ltd for the payment of the hotel bills he allegedly incurred.

Oil rises to $68.65 as stock market rebounds

Oil prices rose more than two per cent on Monday, supported by a rebound in the stock market as trade war between the United States and China eased.

Brent crude futures rose to settle at 68.65 dollars a barrel. Brent prices gained 2.3 per cent on the day, its largest daily percentage gain since March 21.

Tunisia's Minister Backs Inheritance Equality

Tunisia's religious affairs ministry has said it supports the government's plan to give women equal inheritance rights. Religious Affairs Minister Ahmed Adhoum said his department backed the government, which has angered other religious clerics.

There are two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away – Femi Adesina writes

There are two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away - Femi Adesina writes

In support of President Buhari's decision to run for a second term come 2019, his speical adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has wriiten an article advising opposition to simply run away!

Read his piece below...

FBI raids the office of President Trump's attorney, seize documents relating to pornstar, Stormy Daniels

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On Monday, Federal agents raided the offices of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, who has been under intense public scrutiny for weeks over a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.  

The raid on Cohen’s office was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.  

78 users in Nigeria instal Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica app

Although 78 Facebook users in Nigeria installed the Cambridge Analytica (CA) app, the potential impact has affected about 271, 469 people in the country, according to the social media platform.

Facebook, yesterday began the process of notifying 87 million users, which it claimed might have had their data shared with the app.

”FG is planning to frame me like they framed Alamieseigha” Governor Nyesom Wike says

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the Federal government of planning to frame him up by planting illegal items on him in any of his trips outside the shores of Nigeria, and have him quizzed and embarrassed by foreign security agencies.

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that investigations by the Rivers State Governor revealed the Federal Government is using her security agencies to plan the set up anytime the governor travels abroad.

Arsene Wenger: ‘No Need To Buy New Forward In Summer Window’

Arsene Wenger has declared himself happy with Arsenal‘s forward options and says that “there is no need” to bring in any more during the summer window.

The Gunners have twice broken their transfer record to bring in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund over the past eight months.

5 Homosexuals Fight In Lagos After Contracting HIV

There was chaos in Egbe, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, when some homosexuals allegedly fought one another after contracting the Human Immunodefeciency Virus (HIV).

Punch Metro gathered that one of the men, identified as Ezeugo, infected his first lover with the virus.

Man Kills Brother Over Father’s Burial

A man, Ejiofor Oyiogu, has allegedly stabbed his 47-year-old elder brother, Ekene, to death in the Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The siblings were sons of a popular politician in the area who recently passed on.

A source told Punch correspondent that the siblings had issues over budget for their father’s burial, among other issues.

Drama As Bribe-Seeking SARS Men Keep Lagos Businessman In Toilet

A  businessman, Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, created a sensation on Monday after calling for help on Facebook while in the toilet of a Zenith Bank branch at Ago Palace-Way, Okota, Lagos State.

Ibe-Anyanwu claimed that some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were waiting outside the bank to extort money from him.

Photos: Army destroys herdsmen militia camps and armed robbers, kidnappers hideouts in Benue and Taraba States

 Photos: Army destroys herdsmen militia camps and armed robbers, kidnappers hideouts in Benue and Taraba States

Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on Sunday, 8 April, while on patrol within Gbajimba, Kaseyo and Adagu communities in Benue State, destroyed some herdsmen militia camps abandoned by criminals.
One motorcycle was recovered from the camp during the operation.

Seven wounded soldiers in Boko Haram fight flown abroad for treatment

Seven wounded soldiers in Boko Haram fight flown abroad for treatment

Yesterday, the Nigerian Army in Lagos said seven of its troops wounded-in-action in the North East would be flown abroad for advanced medical treatment.  

The Acting Chief Medical Director, 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba, Brig.-Gen. Adekola Dada, disclosed this while speaking with journalists at the hospital in Lagos.  

Mayor Hamidou Koundaba shot dead in Burkina Faso

Mayor Hamidou Koundaba shot dead?in Burkina Faso

Hamidou Koundaba, the Mayor of Koutougou commune, in Burkina Faso’s northern province of Soum was shot and killed on Sunday evening, local media reports.  

The attackers fled the scene after killing him outside his home, reports said.  

Photos: 27-year-old woman dies after being embalmed alive due to medical blunder

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A 27-year-old Russian woman has died after being embalmed alive due to a horrific medical blunder.
Medics put Ekaterina Fedyaeva on a formalin drip after routine surgery in her home city of Ulyanovsk instead of connecting her to a saline one.

Mike Tyson Unimpressed With Joshua's Performance

Mike Tyson has revealed he has fresh doubts about the pedigree of Anthony Joshua after the Brit became the WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) champion.

Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on points in his first 12-round fight as a pro, but the former knockout king failed to spark against the New Zealander.

PDP Will Take Over Ogun In 2019- Kashamu

The senator representing the Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu, says the Peoples Democratic Party will take over the seat of power in Ogun State in 2019.

He said this on Sunday at the party’s stakeholders’ meeting held in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Over 300 Youths Denounce Cultism In Bayelsa State As Government Goes Hard

Over 300 Bayelsa youths are reported to have denounced their involvement in cult activities today, 9th April 2018, as leaders of the various youths groups in the state converged for a final solution to the recent rise in crimes and criminalities.
The event which took place at the state volunteer office chaired by Hon. Prince Douye Koroye, witnessed the turn out of a large mammoth crowd.

Nigeria Stocks Drop To 3-Month Low After Buhari's Declaration For 2019

Nigerian stocks dropped to a three-month low after President Muhammadu Buhari said he would seek re-election in 2019, ending months of speculation about his future, Reuters reports.