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Posted by: Watchtower - 22-09-2017, 03:39 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
  • Tammy Abraham has denied reports that he is set to switch international allegiances to Nigeria in a bid to play at next year’s World Cup and insisted he remains committed to England, The Guardian reports.

    The Chelsea striker, who is on a season-long loan to Swansea, played for England at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Poland but remains eligible for the Super Eagles through his parents.

    Nigerian Football Federation president  Amaju Pinnick was quoted in the Nigerian media on Thursday that he was hopeful of persuading the 19-year-old to switch allegiances despite representing England at various youth levels thanks to his close relationship with his father, who is a childhood friend.

    Pinnick  said the NFF had  begun the process of applying to FIFA  to transfer Abraham’s registration.

     However, the player  has denied those reports and insisted he remains available for selection for Aidy Boothroyd’s squad.

    “I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week,” Pinnick said.

    “It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England. He and his parents have started the necessary documents to effect the switch

    “Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles.

    “With his talent he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad, by God’s grace we make it to Russia, then he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland.”

    But Abraham has released a statement confirming he remains committed to England.

    “Contrary to reports in the media today (Thursday) I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance,” said Abraham.

    “I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.

    “However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.

    “I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 11:09 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
  • Some of the richest and most important people in the world gathered in New York on Wenesday night to celebrate Forbes' 100-year anniversary and a trending photo from the party shows a group photo of billionaires worth at least 147 billion dollars pose on stage.

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    Billionaires; Warren Buffet, CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya, Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former GE boss Jack Welch; entrepreneur and investor Philip Anschutz; Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, investor Ray Dalio, rapper and businessman Sean 'Diddy' Combs, were on stage amongst others.


Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 10:36 AM - Forum: Lifestyle - No Replies
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    It has now become commonplace to see people livestreaming the most bizarre things, even suicides. A man livestreamed himself bleeding from his neck after he was shot supposedly by a rival gang.
    In the video, the man is seen riding in a car on his way to the hospital. Blood was oozing out of his wounds and rather than save his strength, he talked through the recording. Addressing the people who shot him, the bleeding man said he is no snitch and would not report them to the authorities but he will make sure they pay for what they did to him.
    "You did that sh** bro you gonna shoot me ma ni**** you f****** dead bro," he threatened as he revealed he was on his way to the hospital but will exact revenge eventually.
    He went on to say: "You should have shot me in my head you feel me?!"

    Watch the video below (link).


Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 10:25 AM - Forum: Romance - No Replies
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    Photos and video of a Kenyan lady who was caught on camera masturbating allegedly inside an Uber have gone viral.

    The video was shared on Instagram by one Kufre Mayana who claimed the lady sent her Uber driver on an errand in order to masturbate.
    In the video, the woman could be seen talking to someone on the phone but the contents of conversation doesn't look like it's sexual as she was asking the person what time they would get to a pre-planned destination.
    However, the lady couldn't control her urges and started to masturbate inside the car. See more photos and watch the video below 
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Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 10:12 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
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    Frontline gaming and entertainment company Western Lotto Nigeria Limited Wednesday formally presented a cheque of N15m to the first winner of the jackpot on its platform, Miss Dorcas Nwagbara.
    Nwagbara won in the Powerball draw on August 13. Powerball is one of seven international lottery games on the Western Lotto platform. The N15m prize is arguably the highest winning on any lottery in Nigeria.
    An elated Miss Nwagbara, a microbiology graduate of the Imo State University and entrepreneur, said she was initially in shock when she received a call informing her of her win.
    She stated, “As you can imagine, I am super excited. Friday, September 15, was one of the most exciting days in my life so far. I woke up that morning, and I did not even know that my name was everywhere. My name was trending.
    “I then got a call from Western Lotto. Apparently, they had been trying to reach me all of Thursday, September 14. I had won the jackpot on Wednesday, September 13.
    “Initially thought it was a call from one of the utility service providers and I was like “not again”.  I picked up the call, and the next thing I heard was, “Congratulations! You won the N15million Powerball Jackpot.  I was like, ‘Can you say that again’?  The caller confirmed.
    “I do not know what to say but to thank God. I just want to thank God, and I also want to encourage whoever is playing Western Lotto games to keep playing. I played up to 11 lines the day I won. So, just keep playing. It would come.”

    At the ceremony Wednesday, the company presented a symbolic cheque to mark the winning.
    Western Lotto managing director Mr Yomi Ogunfowora said the company was as excited as the winner. “The win by Dorcas confirms our claim that our customers can win every prize on offer across all our games and that we would honour such wins”, Ogunfowora stated. He added: “As we celebrate Ms Dorcas Nwagbara, we believe her winning cheque of N15m will invite Nigerians to join us in a world of fun and hope for a better lifestyle.”
    Western Lotto Nigeria Limited offers seven international lottery games under license from the Nigerian Lottery Regulatory Commission. The games are Powerball, Euro Jackpot, LottoRace, Euro Millions, Mega Millions, Kashman and UK Lotto.
    Ogunfowora said the company was committed to upgrading the lifestyles of customers. He added, “The terms of reference of Western Lotto is to bring fun and hope to the Nigerian public. Hope is one of the fundamentals of life and is particularly important in difficult periods such as the one Nigeria is passing through.  We bring to the Nigerian consumer games that offer opportunities to change the narrative of their lives. Just one winning combination with minimal expenditure can modify the life story of a subscriber.”
    Brand ambassadors of the company joined at the presentation. Present at the event were Olu Jacobs, Jide Kosoko, Kemi Afolabi, and Odunlade Adekola. Others were Paul Obazele, Tuface Idibia and Ramsey Noauh.


Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 10:04 AM - Forum: Events - No Replies
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    Drake lost his close friend Anthony Soares, 33, on Thursday, September 14. A shocking video has now been released showing the moment Soares aka FIF was ambushed and gunned down in Toronto.
    Toronto Police Service released the footage as it hunts for suspects. Officers have asked help from members of the public in identifying them. The shooting took place in the Kennedy Road and Glamorgan Avenue area at about 3 a.m. A police spokesperson said the victim got out of a car and walked into the lobby of a building before he was approached by two suspects armed with handguns.
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    The victim was shot at close range multiple times so that he didn't stand a chance. The suspects then ran off but not before one of them wiped a door clean of fingerprints. Soares was taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.
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    Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux said at a press conference:
    Quote:"The deceased is trapped between the inner foyer area and the offenders are on the other side of the glass. The two suspects run to the front foyer area, and from the outside start to fire at the deceased through the glass. The deceased falls to the floor of the foyer. The suspects continue to fire at the deceased while on the floor. Both of the suspects are armed with semi-automatic pistols."
    Drake took to Instagram to mourn the death of his friend. Posting a photo of the guy, he wrote:
    Quote:"RIP to one of our family members...our brother... I still can't even believe this morning was real. It was a honor to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive ?Forever Fif"
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    Below is a video of the moment he was shot.


Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 09:55 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    The Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Edgal Imohimi, on Tuesday September 19th, rescued the couple pictured above from a ritualist shrine in Ikorodu in Lagos state. The couple had reportedly gone to the town for spiritual help but on getting to the shrine, they met with the owner, Adedeji James, who planned to use them for ritual purposes. Acting on a tipoff, the state police commissioner stormed the shrine and rescued the couple. The discovery necessitated yesterday's demolition of three shrines in the area. See more photos below

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Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 09:50 AM - Forum: Events - No Replies
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    10 year old Somto Ibeanusi who was killed during the demolition of the Eke Ukwu market in Owerri, Imo state in August, has been buried. He was laid to rest at his hometown in Umunnealam Ukwuofor, Nnewi, Anambra state yesterday September 20th. Somto was killed by a stray bullet when he went to his parent's shop in the market to remove their goods whilst the demolition was going on. The traders in the market had tried to prevent the demolition and the security officers who were present fired some shots into the air. Sadly, one of the bullets hit Somtochukwu. May his soul rest in peace Amen. See photos from his burial below

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Posted by: Sholzy - 21-09-2017, 09:39 AM - Forum: Romance - No Replies
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    Dencia is against side chics dominating a relationship and has shared some advice to women who have to deal with them. Diamond Platnumz' steady girlfriend Zari Hassan and Kevin Hart's wife Eniko had to recently.
    According to her, 'side pussy' must never win and if they want drama publicly, beat them to their game by pretending to be cool with it. This will stifle the public drama and allow women handle the situation privately.
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Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 05:49 AM - Forum: Green Living - No Replies
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    Seventeen Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have taken the Federal Government to an Abuja Federal High Court over permits issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) for genetically modified cotton and maize in the country.
    The groups in a statement by the Project Officer, Biosafety for Home of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Joyce Ebebeinwe, also asked for the revocation of the confined field trial for GMO Maize with code number NK603 and MON89034X NK 603 in Nigeria.

    The groups argued that the permits given to Monsanto were issued on May 1, 2016, which fell on was a Sunday, while the following day was a workers’ day Public Holiday.

    The groups argued that the permit should be declared illegal, null and void, adding that contended that NBMA violated Nigerians’ fundamental human rights.

    They are, therefore, asking the court for a perpetual injunction to restrain Monsanto and NBDA from carrying out any activity pursuant to the permits.
    The respondents are NBMA, the Minister of Environment, MOSANTO, NABDA, Minister of Agriculture, the Attorney General of the Federation and the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

    In the Originating Summons deposed to by HOMEF’s Executive Director, Nnimmo Bassey, the groups are asking the court to determine: “Whether with regard to section 15 of the interpretation Act 2004, the grant of approval by the agency on a Sunday was a valid Act.

    “Having regard to sections 2 and 3 (B) of Biosafety Act, 2015 as well as Article 1 of Cartagena protocol, principle 15 of the RIO declaration on environment and development codifying the customary international law on precautionary principle, whether granting the permits satisfied the letters and spirit of the biosafety Act 2015, and

    “Given the nature of the subject matter and the provisions of the enabling laws, the agency has exercised its discretion to grant the approval legally and fairly,” among others.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 05:35 AM - Forum: Travel - No Replies
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    The Federal Government says the planned concession of major airports across the country will go ahead as planned.

    This is just as it announced that N45bn would be paid to ex-workers of the defunct Nigerian Airways as severance package.

    The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    He was reacting to the protests by members of the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association and the National Union of Air Transport Employees, who kicked against the planned concession.

    Sirika said the government could no longer sustain the funding of the 22 airports across the country and thus had to enter into concession arrangements.

    The minister said the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, for instance, was originally built to handle 200,000 travellers per annum but today, it was serving eight million passengers per annum, stressing that the government did not have the resources to upgrade the facilities to handle the increasing number of travellers.

    While acknowledging the rights of the workers to protest, Sirika said the government would try its best to ensure that jobs were not lost.

    “At the time the concession of some government assets started, we were not knowledgeable in what concession entails; but today, we have the knowledge and it will be transparently done with the active participation of workers in both the delivery and the steering committees to drive this process,” he explained.

    Sirika added that a portal would be created by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission where all matters of concession would be made available to ensure transparency.

    He added, “I have to say that we have been meeting with them, but the policy of the government is that we cannot fund aviation infrastructure today through public budgets. The money is not there. We intend to get the private sector to come and put in their money.

    “The policy has been done that it will go through concession, to give to some individuals who will build, operate, maintain, sustain and make money, and the government will also make money in the process and the airports will be returned to the government after a number of years, between 20 and 25 years. This will be transparently done; this is the catch phrase, so we are proceeding.”

    He revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the concession of the airports since 2015, but things were being put in place to ensure that it was a success.

    “Mr. President gave the approval for the concession of all Nigerian airports but to start with the big four in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt. And that approval was taken to council and it also approved Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano to start with. The rest will follow in due course,” the minister said.

    Sirika also told journalists that Buhari had approved N45bn as severance package for ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways, which was liquidated in 2003.

    He added, “Past governments decided to liquidate the Nigeria Airways without attending to the issue of the entitlement of the workers and the workers had been struggling to get paid.”

    “This government decided to take it seriously. And I am happy to announce that Mr. President has approved N45bn, which has been confirmed to be the entitlements of these workers, and the Ministry of Finance has been instructed to pay.

    “The Ministry of Finance has written to me that they have received instructions to pay these workers and therefore they are going about setting up all the modalities to pay. It will not be paid through my ministry before somebody will say I have stolen it. It will be paid by the Ministry of Finance through a process and that process will commence very soon.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 05:19 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • A female lawyer, Elizabeth Agboje, who allegedly tortured her adopted daughter, was among some suspects paraded on Wednesday at the Rivers State Police Command in Port Harcourt.

    It was gathered that Agboje’s victims, a nine-year-old Miss Bright Maxson, was first tagged a witch before she was reportedly tortured by her foster mother.

    The lawyer, who has two biological children, was said to have continually subjected the girl to all manner of degrading treatments without minding the implication.

    The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, told journalists that Mrs. Agboje was apprehended by the Human Rights Department of the Command for allegedly torturing Bright Maxson.

    “The Human Rights Officer of the Command, DSP Emmanuel Ukwenya, arrested one Barrister Elizabeth Agboje, who it was alleged, had been consistently torturing and assaulting little Miss Bright Maxson, nine years, accusing her of being a witch and a thief.

    “She is also alleged to have subjected her to all manners of degrading treatments for over seven years. The lawyer is a suspect who has made useful statement to the police and as soon as investigation is concluded, she will be charged to court for proper prosecution,” Zaki added.

    It was, however, gathered that the victim, who was said to be sick when she was rescued by the police, had been receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Port Harcourt.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 05:13 AM - Forum: Lifestyle - No Replies
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    While the fate of 42 young men charged by the Lagos State police command over their alleged homosexuality, hangs in the balance at the court, the rising cases of homosexuality in Kebbi State has become worrisome to the state government, with statistics showing that even children have been initiated into the menace.

    During a recent visit by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Bala Mairiga, to prisons across the state, it was discovered that about 70 per cent of minors’ cases were homosexuality. It was further gathered that Jega Local Council has the highest cases of homosexual, followed by Zuru, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza and Kamba councils.

    Speaking on the increasing trend of homosexuality in the country, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, urged youths to stop wearing dreadlocks and saggy trousers. “The wearing of tattoos, dreadlocks, sagging trousers and painting of hair have become a vogue among our young men, due to their exposure to satellite broadcasting, and this is influencing the new trend of embracing lifestyles that are inimical to our traditional culture, religious values and identity as a people.”

    Meanwhile, the police have increased manhunt for a homosexual suspect, James Bayo Erinle after over five months of disappearance. He was attacked and mobbed by hoodlums at Afe Street, Muritala Mohammed Road in Sabo Yaba area of Lagos State for allegedly involving in a same-sex relationship.

    According to police sources, James had been deported from Canada on April 1, 2017 only to be reconnected with his former schoolmate and gay partner. Neighbours suspecting the duo of James and his male partner pounced on them and were about to lynch them on April 6, when they were rescued from the hoodlums and taken to the hospital.

    Managing director of Dera Clinic, Dr. O.O. Oladonjoye, in a medical report told investigators that the victim, now at large, was treated for multiple body injuries sustained during the assault at Yaba, but discharged himself on April 7, on self-request, sensing that his life was in danger.The Investigating Police Officer at Area F, Inspector A. Abiodun, said the duo are being investigated for the alleged offence.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 05:05 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
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    A member of the National Youths Service Corps, Ofodile Juliet Onyinyechi, shared her ordeal in the hands of suspected ritualists while on her way to the place of primary assignment.

    The physically challenged former beauty queen said she was happy she was deformed as it saved her life.

    The University of Lagos graduate who recounted her ordeal in an Instagram post a few days ago, said it was a blessing that she was born deformed and that she regretted ever blaming God for how she was.

    She wrote, “I know it will come as a shocker to you but am glad it will electrocute the devil.

    “On Thursday at about 5am, I boarded a bus at my bus stop and another man wanted to enter but the conductor refused saying he had 1000naira this early morning but the man didn’t say anything so how did the conductor know?

    “They pretended like they were picking up another but when she tried to enter, they drove off. The conductor told the man beside me that where is he going to that he paid 30 naira and so he got up trying to point out where he will alight and the next thing was someone grabbed my head, neck, tied my eyes, covered my mouth and I was screaming Jesus and they pulled me to the floor of the bus.

    “Removed every metal on my body, tied my legs together, touching my private part and he wanted to tie my hands I said while crying that I have gone through a lot in life that they should please have mercy on me.

    “The bus was silent when they saw my hand and then they started murmuring. The main boss asked them to unfold my eyes and mouth and asked what happened to my hand and I said it was how I was born and I was a corper going to my place of primary assignment.

    “He was quiet and then told me that they would let me go and cleaned my eyes, gave me my belongings, told me sorry and dropped me off at a point.

    “Then I appreciated God for moulding me this way from birth because if it was from an accident they might not let me go and if my hand were complete just say bye bye to earth.

    “Am sorry God for being ashamed of it but it is the people of the world that always made me feel incomplete.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 04:59 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • In a swift reaction to the order by the court, Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Wednesday said the order proscribing IPOB was faulty in law and should be challenged and set aside by all those affected or to be affected by it.

    In a statement he issued in Lagos, he said there was no legal entity in law known and referred to as IPOB, because such entity did not exist in law.

    He said: “The Attorney-General of the Federation cannot competently sue IPOB as a defendant in any court of law, the same being an entity unknown to law.

    “The court cannot make an order against a non-existing entity such as IPOB. Such order, if and when made, is at large and unenforceable.”

    The legal practitioner said the Supreme Court had stated it time without number that the court could not proceed against a non-juristic person.

    The statement continued: “The court, which is a creation of the law to interpret the law, cannot competently proscribe what does not exist in the eyes of the law.

    “If IPOB is registered in Nigeria at all, it can only sue and be sued in the corporate name of its incorporated trustees. The Hon Attorney-General, with all due respect, cannot file or maintain a suit in court against IPOB, in the manner formulated in this case.”

    He urged Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, and all those concerned to proceed to challenge the competence of the suit itself and the jurisdiction of the court to make the order.

    “I verily believe that the federal government should follow the noble advice that General Muhammadu Buhari gave to the United Nations (on North Korea), to adopt dialogue in the resolution of the agitations coming from the South-east,” he added.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 04:46 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
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    A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nigeria, the South-east separatist group which has been agitating for the realisation of the Republic of Biafra.

    The acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Adamu Kafarati, granted the order proscribing IPOB following an application filed and moved Wednesday by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

    The judge granted all the prayers brought before him by the justice minister.
    THISDAY had on Tuesday exclusively reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday signed a presidential proclamation proscribing IPOB, effectively initiating the formal process of banning the group in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

    It also paved the way for the AGF to head to court to give legal backing to the presidential proclamation.

    In his application, Malami had asked the court for an order declaring that the activities of IPOB in any part of Nigeria, especially the South-east and South-south of Nigeria, amounted to acts of terrorism and illegality.

    He also asked the court for an order proscribing the existence of IPOB in any part of Nigeria, especially the South-east and South-south of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies.

    Malami asked the court for an order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of IPOB under any other name or platform howsoever called or described.

    After the justice minister moved the application, the judge granted it as prayed.
    The judge said: “Upon reading through the affidavit I support, certificate on compliance with Section 84 of the Evidence Act 2011 both sworn to by CPL Kolawole Mathew of the Nigerian Army and written address attached thereto all dated and filed at the court registry, Abuja.
    “It is hereby ordered as follows: That the application is granted as prayed.

    “That an order declaring that the activities of the respondent (IPOB) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-east and South-south regions of Nigeria, amount to acts of terrorism and illegality, is granted.

    “That an order proscribing the existence of the IPOB in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-east and South-south regions of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies is granted.

    “That an order restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (IPOB) under any name of platform however called or destined, is granted.”

    The order was signed by the court’s registrar Babatunde Ashada.
    The signing of the proclamation by Buhari marked the beginning of the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act.

    The court order obtained Wednesday clothed the presidential proclamation with the legality that it required.

    Section 2 (1) of the Terrorism Act states that “where two or more persons associate for the purpose of, or where an organisation engages in: (a) participating or collaborating in an act of terrorism; (b) promoting, encouraging or exhorting others to commit an act of terrorism; or © setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism, the judge in chambers may on an application made by the Attorney General, National Security Adviser or Inspector General of Police on the approval of the President, declare any entity to be a proscribed organisation and the notice should be published in the official gazette”.

    Sub-section 2 goes further to state: “An order made under sub-section (1) of this section shall be published in the official gazette, in two national newspapers and at such other places as the judge in chambers may determine.”

    Before the commencement of the formal process to proscribe the group, the Nigerian Army had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.

    When criticised for not following due process in making the declaration, the army was forced to backtrack and stated that it had not declared the group a terrorist organisation.

    Among those who cautioned against not following due process was the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who insisted that due process should have been followed before the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group by the army.

    He, however, expressed confidence that the president would initiate steps to ensure that due process was followed, thus demonstrating to the world that Nigeria was guided by the rule of law whatever the circumstances are.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 04:37 AM - Forum: E-Commerce - Replies (1)
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    Electronic Commerce platform, Jumia Nigeria has announced the launch of an entrepreneurship competition and a “Super Startup campaign” from yesterday until September 30th targeted at all entrepreneurs to have an unparalleled opportunity to grow their business.

    Targeting start-ups and new businesses, the nationwide competition challenges and encourages entrepreneurs who are developing a unique digital application, smart solution or much needed service that helps to solve tangible consumer or business problems Nigeria.

    Jumia Super Startup week kicks off with live online tech talks at Speakers include: Shola Akinlade, CEO of Paystack who will be speaking on Starting a business in Nigeria- The Story of Paystack; Yemi Bademosi, founder of Microtraction will be discussing Getting Funding For Your Start-up on September 20th and Maya Horgan-Famodu, founder of Ingressive will be speaking on The Nigerian Start-up Ecosystem on Friday.

    During the second week of the campaign, Sacha Poignonnec, Co-CEO of Jumia Group will be speaking about The Jumia Story: From Startup to Hypergrowth, on September 25th. Bili Sule, VP of Growth Marketing, Jumia Nigeria will share insights on how business savvy Nigerians can make money by leveraging Jumia’s Entrepreneur Empowerment Program on September 27th.

    Entrepreneurs with great ideas or new businesses can pitch their ideas via social media for a chance to secure the N1 million in business funding. To enter, interested contestants are to simply post a 60 second video explaining your business on social media with the hashtags #JumiaSuperStartup and #GrowYourHustle. Interested participants can visit for additional details and for terms and conditions about the competition.

    While Commenting, the CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah stated that “Nigeria is a country of promise, and we are optimistic that through the Startup space we will always be to help fulfil this promise by developing unique solutions for our ecosystem. We believe that the entrepreneurship challenge is a key element of this and certainly exemplifies the impact of Jumia’s efforts to foster entrepreneurship among our next generation of business leaders.”

    “Our main goal is to boost African entrepreneurship by enabling young and smart entrepreneurs to kick off with their own projects. The key for us is to give full and adapted support to young talents, from funding to mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 04:31 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, struck out one of the nine counts of $1.6bn crude oil fraud instituted against businessman, Jide Omokore, and five others.

    Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in a ruling, struck out the eighth count after hearing an application by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who had alleged that she was indicted in the particular count without an opportunity to defend herself.

    The six, named as defendants in the case, include Omokore, his two companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.

    The other defendants are a former managing director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Victor Briggs; a former group executive director, Exploration and Production of NNPC, Abiye Membere; and a former manager, at the NNPC, David Mbanefo.

    he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had preferred nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn, alleged to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government, against the six defendants.

    Alison-Madueke, who was said to be currently in the United Kingdom facing some legal proceedings, was not listed among the existing six defendants in the case to defend the charge, but she was, together with Briggs, Membere and Mbanefo, in count eight, accused of aiding Omokore in the commission of money laundering offence.

    The offence she and others were accused of was said to be contrary to section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

    But the former minister, through her lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), on September 18, filed an application seeking among other prayers, an order directing an amendment to the charges, by adding her name as the seventh defendant to enable her to defend herself with respect to the eighth count.

    Arguing the application on Wednesday, Ikpeazu said, “Count 8 having been brought against the applicant, can the applicant be validly kept out of this trial having regard to the nature of the count?  We ask the court to answer in the negative.”

    But opposing the motion, the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. M. S Abubakar, said the applicant was by her application “impliedly raising the issue of proper parties before the court”, he said, “does not arise in criminal trial.”

    In his ruling, Justice Dimgba noted that the argument canvassed by the EFCC was credible but expressed concern about why the prosecution chose to include the former minister’s name  as a defendant in the eighth count, yet refused to have her named as a party on the charges “to enable her appear to clear and defend her name.”

    He asked, “How can she appear to clear her name to a count when her name by the deliberate action of the prosecution has been left out of the charge?”

    Ruling further, he said the position that met the justice of the case was to strike out the eighth count in order to preserve the rights of the prosecution, the defence and the former minister.

    He ruled, “That solution lies in striking out count number eight entirely from the amended charge dated August 4, 2017, and I therefore accordingly strike out count number eight from the amended charge.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 02:41 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others, for their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017.

    Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the eight high chiefs that were elevated to kings as well as the Baales that were conferred with kingship status.

    Apart from the suit filed by the Olubadan, there are others filed by a former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, Abdul Jelil Karimu and others.

    In the suit numbered I/1077/2017, which was filed at the High Court of Justice, Oyo State on September 19, 2017, the Olubadan is claiming that the governor violated the Chiefs Laws CAP 28 of the state in installing the new kings.

    He argued that Ajimobi did not possess the power and authority to confer anybody with the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet.

    he Olubadan is also claiming that the crowning of the kings is illegal and void since the governor did not consult with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs. The Olubadan is seeking an order setting aside the Gazette number 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017 made by the governor and which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and Baales.

    He said the governor’s action violated the provisions of the CAP 28 of the Chiefs Laws of the state.

    The monarch, therefore, prayed the court to set aside the installation of the new kings.

    One of the lawyers of the king, Abiodun Abdu-raheem, told our correspondent that his client had triggered sections of the state Chiefs Laws to challenge the defendants and that the governor did not fulfil the process as prescribed by the law before embarking on the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration of 1959.

    He said, “The governor exercised his power to elevate chiefs to kings acting under the provision of Section 28 (1) Cap 28 of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State. The Olubadan is contending the fact that before you can exercise any power under the section of the Chiefs Law, you must as a matter of necessity consult with the Oyo State Council of Chiefs and Obas.

    “As far as the monarch is concerned, the council has not been holding meeting by virtue of the directive of the governor in 2011. Since the council is not sitting, the governor could not have consulted with it before going on to carry out the action that led to the crowning of the kings.

    “There is no provision that says that the governor can waive consultation with the council if it is not sitting. The law is clear on this matter. As it is today, the Olubadan of Ibadan land is the chairman of that council, even though the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is contending that in court.

    “In the entire provisions of the Chiefs Laws, beaded crown is mentioned and not coronet which the government claimed that was given to the Baales who were elevated to kings. The government stated that it gave beaded crowns to the high chiefs and coronet to the Baales but there are no provisions for coronet in the state Chiefs Laws.

    “The issue of amending chieftaincy declaration of the Olubadan can only be done after certain requirements are fulfilled. The law says that there must be a chieftaincy committee to be set up by the governor before such thing can be done. But such committee did not exist. The law says such committee must have a recognised chief as the chairman and other chiefs as members. We want the court to determine if the committee set up by the governor had a recognised chief as its chairman and if the members were chiefs.”

    Meanwhile, the Olubadan has said that Ajimobi would not contemplate on removing him on account of his opposition to the review.

    He stated this while receiving Senator Olufemi Lanlehin in his palace on Wednesday. While addressing the monarch, Lanlehin, who is a lawyer, said that the review of the declaration by the governor was illegal, saying that public outcry against it had shown that Ibadan people were against it.

    “What the Olubadan is going through is not for himself or members of his family. It is on behalf of the whole of Ibadan land at home and in the Diaspora.

    “Olubadan is the custodian of a system that is the envy of all and sundry. Some of us have travelled all over the world and we know how very well they talk about the system in Ibadan. Not only am I a witness to this system, not only have I read about it, I am also a participant because my late father was the Osi Balogun of Ibadan land. I saw the peaceful, rancour-free and non-violent way the system has been operated for years and it has worked for us.

    “So, for anybody to want to change it or thwart or make it retrogressive will not be acceptable. In any event, the law does not support the manner of change either by way of the process or the result. So, procedurally and substantially, it is wrong. The Chiefs Law is very clear. This law is about the declaration of each town. It is a Chieftaincy Committee that deciphers the customs and traditions of a particular people and codifies same and it is registered and thus become a declaration for the chieftaincy of that place,” Lanlehin said. 


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 02:15 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • he Federal Government spoke yesterday of an international dimension to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) crisis.

    It accused the United Kingdom of doing very little about its complaint that Biafra Radio was broadcasting from its territory. Besides, said the government, the bulk of IPOB’s funding from its diaspora supporters is sent through France.

    Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who stated this yesterday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, added that IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s belligerent attitude and the violence the group employed could not be overlooked by any government.

    he minister said: “Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know, but you see, can you as a government stop sending money to your parents? You have to block the sources of finance that is what I said recently.

    “It is incontrovertible that some people in the diaspora contribute money to IPOB. We know this as a fact. Again, there are a few knotty diplomatic issues which you need to skip. For instance, who does not know that the IPOB internal radio is located in London? We know the diplomatic moves we have been taking and approaching the UK, all the damage it has done; but they don’t see it that way. For them, it is about freedom of expression.

    “If we have a person in Nigeria openly soliciting arms to come and fight the UK, what would you think of it. Would you consider that freedom of expression? And this is a country that also has had a history; what did the Irish Repubublican Army (IRA) do to be labelled a terrorist organisation? They were planting bombs, they were fighting the British army.

    “I don’t want any diplomatic row. We know for a fact where the funding is coming from and we are going to stop them but it is difficult to stop them and we have been working on it and we will not stop.”

    On those financing IPOB, the minister said: “We have the records; we know IPOB collects money from many people from the diaspora, they collect money from many people in Nigeria. They collect money from some foreign countries; this is clear.

    ”I think this is not rocket science. Any treasury looter would do everything possible to distract the government. If by any act, God forbid it, Nigeria is today engulfed in war, and Nigeria is now involved in trying to quell unrest, will the courts be spared? What would be the first priority of government?  It will be to quell that riot, so it is a way of distraction to ensure that government is not focused.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 01:48 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The federal government has eventually obtained an order of the Federal High Court Abija to proscribe the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)

    details coming soon.

Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 01:39 AM - Forum: Mobile Phones - No Replies
  • [Image: nokia_8_-_looks.jpg?itok=szzxLMos]

    Technology Distribution (TD) Mobile recently unveiled the Google-backed Freetel ICE 2, an  android smartphone.

    Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, who said partnership with the Japanese manufacturers was a game changer, declared that, “when you are looking for partnerships, go all out and partner with the best.”

    Designed for the Nigerian market, the ICE 2 smartphone is one of many devices from the stable of Freetel, Japan’s largest selling smartphone brand. 
    The device was designed in the state-of-the-art design centre in Tokyo, Japan, while manufacturing was overseen by Japanese engineers with over 40 years of experience. In addition, the device is Google GMS certified, confirmation that it meets Google’s performance requirements and properly runs the Google Apps.  Book lovers will also be thrilled by the ICE 2, which comes pre-loaded with Worldreader’s free e-library of 50,000 e-books, which enables Nigerians to read their favourite book at no cost.

    According to MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rahul De: “We are excited by this partnership because our focus over the years has been on connecting millions of Nigerians to each other and the world, thus expanding access to information, entertainment and endless opportunities. The affordable and innovative ICE 2 takes us further along this journey, allowing more Nigerians make the transition to smartphones.”

    Also speaking at the event, Managing Director, TD Mobile, Mrs. Gozy Ijogun, noted that the launch of the Freetel ICE 2 was a fitting testimony to the company’s landmark strides in making ICT products and devices accessible, affordable and usable across Africa.

    “Since inception, TD Mobile has been the leading driver of smart devices penetration in the West African sub-region. The launch of the Freetel ICE 2 resonates with our mission of spear-heading a technology revolution in Africa and further shows why we have remained in the forefront of bringing the best and latest technology products to the sub-region. Through the strategic partnerships with our massive network of operators, dealers and retailers, we are sure to see the ICE 2 Android smartphone in the hands of millions of Nigerians in no time,” she said.

    On its part, Google’s head of Nigeria for Android partnerships, Adama Diallo, said, “We have been truly impressed by the quality of the Freetel ICE 2 at this price point. We are excited to continue working with ecosystem partners like Freetel, TD and MTN to offer Android devices at every price point and connect more Nigerians to the Internet.”
    Similarly, HMD Global also unveiled the Nokia 8 smartphone, designed with content creators in mind. 
    According to the manufacturer, Nokia 8 brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics. With performance and pure Android at its heart, as well as the most advanced aluminium unibody design to date, the Nokia 8 represents all the hallmarks of a true flagship Nokia smartphone.

    Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video.Leading-edge 360° audio capture ensures the playback lets you truly relive the moment so your memories never fade. 

    Speaking,General Manager, West, East and Central Africa, HMD Global,Joseph Umunakwe, said:“We know that customers are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance.” Adding that Nokia 8 will be available in two colours: Polished Blue and Steel.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 01:33 AM - Forum: Mobile Telecoms - No Replies
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    With Nigeria’s  telecommunications sector contributing  N1.549 trillion to the gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2017, the same revenue cannot be said of growth in terms of income for the operators. 

    While the GDP continues to spike, telecom operators and service providers bear the brunt and no longer make jumbo profits as they used to do. Rather, virtually all of them are striving to survive in a saturated and inconvenient business environment. 

    The telcos struggle to stay afloat is alsoin the face of a decline in teledensity from 110 to 99 per cent. While Kenya is much smaller in comparison to Nigeria, it still boasts of ICT contribution of 10 per cent to the GDP, 40.2 million mobile subscribers,  29.6 million Internet subscribers, and mobile signal population coverage is about 95 per cent. In addition, Kenya’s three mobile operators, Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya (mobile and fixed), according to the Communications Authority of Kenya, enjoy hassle-free operations and guaranteed means of re-couping their investments.

    Similarly, Daily Sun’s source in Portugal, Mr. Rio Ronaldo, explained that the Portuguese telecom sector is far ahead of Nigeria in terms of funding, regulation and quality. This is even as the European Union (EU) has established regulations that all member nations must follow. 

    That may not be the case with Nigeria as is the focus seems to be on the GDP, while the operators are left to face a harsh economy on thir own.
    Little wonder that Etisalat investors took their portfolio investments back to Dubai. Other telcos may follow suite or be forced to merge if they are unable to meet the operational expenditure (Opex) and capital expenditure (Capex) benchmark, coupled with thier inability to have access to forex.

    Daily Sun’s investigations showed that most telecom operators in the country have to make hard decision daily because of factors such as dwindling purchasing power of subscribers, inactive SIM cards, mobile number portability and migration of subscribers to over the top (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Skpe and Facebook to pass across information.

    Other challenges include increasing drop in voice calls, technology disruption and impact of recession that may further threaten their future survival.
    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) website showed that 10 million subscribers were lost between January to June 2017. While telecoms operators  lost N1.83 trillion during the same period, with average revenue per user of N1,830 for each subscriber.

    Hundreds of telco staff have been laid off as the otherwise large workforce was downsized to the barest minimum as a cost-saving measure. Industry analysts believe that no telecoms industry in the world sacks staff like it is done in Nigeria.

    Chairman, Association of Licensed Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, disclosed that in spite of efforts by telecoms operators to keep the flag flying, they still contend with stiff challenges as government has continued to pay lip service to the issue of OTT and making their equipment critical infrastructure.
    Said he: “Telcos pay over N300 billion to the coffers of government in taxes and levies annually. They have a strong presence in the country, and attracted over $38 billion FDI in the past 16 years. The industry is a catalyst for telecoms infrastructure development in the country, and also a major employer of labour, having created over 30,000 direct job opportunities and over 500,000 indirect job opportunities.”

    Meanwhile, the executive vice chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, speaking through the executive commissioner, stakeholder management, Mr. Sunday Dare, said there would henceforth be an annual report, which would be made available to the commission, to review in more detail telecom operators that are not as strong as they look.

    “We are looking through the books in a deeper way beyond submission. By October, NCC will know the financial health status of these operators,” Dare said.

    He advised that, with the Etisalat incidence, other operators should be thinking of consolidation and mergers to create synergy and improve their lot. 
    He also stressed that stakeholders in Nigeria’s telecom industry would need to check and scrutinise monopoply, anti-protectionism and OTT, among others.


Posted by: Watchtower - 21-09-2017, 01:24 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
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    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a suspected fraudstar, who specialised in issuing fake Canadian visa to his victims.
    Mr Ago Oyewole, EFCC Zonal spokesman in Ibadan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the visa-racketeering suspect (names withheld), had defrauded his victims of more than N3 million.

    He said that some of the victims were allegedly charged between N200,000 and N1 million per visa.
    Oyewole said his arrest was sequel to a petition filed to the commission on the alleged involvement of the suspect in the issuance of fake Canadian visa.
    “Eight of the victims have come forward to volunteer useful information to the operatives of the Commission.
    “Copies of fake Canadian visas were recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest. The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the EFCC official said.


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