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Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:39 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara has called on the national leadership of the Party not to welcome Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to its fold.

    Oyedepo said this on Wednesday when he led some political bigwigs in the state to the Party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.

    Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Oyedepo said the Kwara delegation met with the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and pleaded with him not to allow Saraki to hijack the party.

    According to him, it was wrong to allow Saraki to “have his way”‎, having left the party when he was expected to help in building and strengthening it.

    “We are apprehensive of what the national leadership can do to welcome somebody who had gone away from the party and is being given a royal welcome into the party.

    “It is not Saraki’s coming that create any fear, it is whatever the national leadership can do to encourage him to seize the party’s structure from established people of Kwara State.

    “Whoever is returning must respect the structure of our party and cooperate with us appropriately. We will welcome Saraki with open hands if he comes to be part of the party. We can’t say somebody should not join our party.

    “In plain language, the executive that is on ground was constitutionally elected for four years and parties are always in anticipation of new people joining them. You cannot dismantle the structure of a party because someone is joining the party,” Oyedepo said.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:31 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    The Coalition For Nigeria Movement, CNM, has quickly dismissed insinuation that it was rolling out Obasanjo’s script.

    The coalition maintained that it was an independent movement aimed at moving Nigeria forward.

    Former Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun state and Donald Duke of Cross-River state were among many notable politicians and youth leaders from across Nigeria who came together on Wednesday in Abuja to launch a new movement, Coalition For Nigeria Movement (CNM).

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, advocated for the formation of a Coalition.

    Present at the Abuja Press Conference were: Former PDP chairman Ahmadu Ali, Alhaji Buba Galadima and Bashorun Segun Runswe, Akin Osuntokun, among many other prominent Nigerians.

    Speaking at the launch, former governor Oyinlola said the “movement was not launched to legitimise OBJ’s legacies.”

    Prince Oyinlola pointed out that the messages raised in Obasanjo’s letter were true and should be looked into, but maintained that the launch of the movement was just a coincidence.

    He said himself and other notable Nigerians felt “the time has come that the youths should take the lead while the elders only provide guidance.”

    He added, “We are forming the movement to give the youths the chance to savage the country. We, the elders will only provide guidance.

    “We will be doing these together to savage Nigeria from total collapse.

    “This is not a political party, at least for now. If it must turn into a political party, it must be the collective decision of all of us in the movement.

    “Let me also add that we are not formed to legitimise OBJ legacies.” In his remarks, former Cross River governor Donald Duke, said sincere politicians were few in the country.”

    “What we have are those who just want to get to power, and they need just any political party”, he said.

    He called on the youths to join the movement and rescue the country.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:27 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    The Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Bala Takaya, has promised that the people of North-central zone would not work with other parts of Northern Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.

    Takaya stated this on Wednesday in Jos at a one-day summit tagged: “Political and Security Situation of Middle Belt: The need for roadmap.” According to him, attack on one was an attack on all.

    He added that this would ensure the zone was recognised as an important region in Nigeria.

    He added that the recent handshake across the Niger by leaders of the South-south, South-east and South-west was a build-up to 2019 and reaction to insecurity in Nigeria, especially, in the North-central.

    “The handshake across the Niger especially with South/South, South/East and South/West is to address salient issues affecting the zones. We are not standing aloof, we are working together in the struggle for equitable Nigeria through restructuring.

    “Leaders from these regions of the country were received by the leadership of the Middle Belt in Benue State in solidarity with the people and government of Benue State over the recent killings. We have solid relationship and we are in support of what the Benue State governor is doing. He should not waver, attack on one is an attack on all,” Takaya said.

    Takaya, however, called on the youth of the geo-political zone to be more proactive and defend their God-given lands.

    “Middle Belt youths must work together to overcome these challenges. The zone now is under the carpet. In some states, you have to be their surrogates to win elections in spite of your strength and population.

    “If you win, it can be upturned but I believe all these can stop if our youths are united for common front,” he said.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:21 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    Many people are feared dead as suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Dalori, Borno state on Wednesday.

    Confirming the incident to reporters, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in a statement, however, said only two of the suicide bombers died in the incident.

    The brief statement said, “Multiple suicide bomb attacks involving two suicide bombers at Dalori quarters near Dalori IDP camp.

    “One person was inflicted with a mild injury whereas the suicide bombers were killed by the explosion.”

    Dolori has been frequently attacked by Boko Haram, with at least, three attacks launched on the community since last two years.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:16 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    A sergeant simply identified as Timothy has been reportedly shot dead by one Corporal Adamu over love affairs.

    Adamawa police spokesperson, Othman Abubakar confirmed the death of the officer to newsmen on Wednesday.

    He said the officers were arguing over the corporal’s girlfriend when he shot him with his rifle.

    The incident happened on Tuesday at a bar in Madagali Local Government Area of the state.

    An eyewitness told Police that Corporal Adamu shot Sergeant Timothy dead after they engaged in heated argument.

    “They had a hot argument on Tuesday over one alcohol seller who is girlfriend to Corporal Adamu. She had complained that late Sergeant Timothy did not pay a N100 bill for his drink.

    “He initially took a shot of a local gin and demanded for another shot. This situation provoked Corporal Adamu, who warned Sergeant Timothy to be careful with his utterance to his girlfriend or he would be dealt with mercilessly.

    “And true to his words, Corporal Adamu cocked his rifle and shot Timothy, killing him on the spot and causing pandemonium,” the witness said.‎

    When contacted, Police spokesperson, Mr. Abubakar said the officer shot his colleague over a minor disagreement.

    “Reports from the area indicated that it was on Tuesday morning at about 11 : 00 a.m, when Corporal Bala Adamu and his colleague late Sergeant Emmanuel Timothy attached to 13 Squadron Police Mobile Force, Makurdi on special duties in Madagali, engaged each other in a hot argument that resulted to the corporal killing the sergeant with his rifle.‎

    “The corporal has been arrested while the corpse of the slain officer had been deposited at the Yola Specialist Hospital Mortuary.

    “The case has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department, Cid, at the state headquarters and investigation has commenced,” Mr. Abubakar said.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:11 AM - Forum: TV - No Replies
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    One of Big brother housemate, Ahneeka was on Wednesday rejected by fellow housemate , Dee one during a pairing game organised by Big Brother.

    The Pairing game had male housemates of Big Brother third edition tagged ‘Double Wahala’ sit on a bench and pick a flower while female housemates were blindfolded with a dark shade, and asked to pick numbers after which they were told to choose a male partner each.

    The male housemates in turn had the choice to either accept or reject the ladies as they approached.

    Acceptance meant that the female housemate would receive a flower from the male housemate.

    However, Dee one caused a stir as he rejected Ahneeka’s offer and opted for Vandora.

    Ahneeka, later picked Rico as her pair who agreed.

    After the game, Ahneeka told fellow housemate that she felt embarrassed and was mad at Dee one’s rejection but will get over it with time.

    “I feel bad but I don’t need his s‎ympathy. It was an embarrassing situation; I was rejected I did not see it coming. I’m so mad at him but I’ll get over It.

    “I dint make the wrong choice I thought it was a particular task, I wanted to ask you before then.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 05:04 AM - Forum: TV - No Replies
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    Nollywood Tinsel actress, April Joju Muse has recounted how she was sexually molested by a lesbian in church.

    The actress narrated her ordeal on social media. She lamented that she couldn’t protect herself when she was six years old and even Jesus Christ didn’t protect her from sexual assault.

    On her facebook page, she wrote; “I had my first lesbian experience (molestation) in church during Sunday school

    “I was only 6, Jesus didn’t protect me, the church couldn’t protect me. My Sunday school teacher didn’t even care. And I had to grow up and keep quiet until I had the courage to heal.

    “So many kids are going through, have gone through and will still go through the same thing because of insensitive religious biased morons.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 04:48 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United, suffered their second defeat of the season, after they lost 2-0 to Kano Pillars on Wednesday.

    Junior Lokosa scored both goals for the Sai Masu Gida in the 21st and 27th minutes at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

    The victory takes Pillars to third position in the table, while Plateau United remain second behind Akwa United.

    Akwa United maintained top spot in the table following a 1-1 draw against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.

    In other games, Sunshine Stars beat El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0, Abia Warriors lost 1-0 at Enyimba and MFM FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Wikki Tourists.

    Yobe Desert Stars also secured a narrow 1-0 win against in Damaturu.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 04:46 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    Manchester City are now 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, following a comfortable 3-0 victory over West Brom on Wednesday night.

    Fernandinho opened scoring for Pep Guardiola’s men in the 19th minute, before Kevin De Bruyne made it 2-0 after the break. Sergio Aguero rounded off scoring with a minute left.

    Their rivals Manchester United were unable to maintain the 12-point gap, after they lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

    Christian Eriksen scored the quickest goal in Premier League history after only 11 seconds to make it 1-0, before Phil Jones put the ball past David De Gea.

    In other games, Bournemouth shocked Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, Everton beat Leicester City 2-1, Newcastle United drew 1-1 with Burnley and there were no goals between Stoke City and Watford.


Posted by: Watchtower - 01-02-2018, 04:33 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    The home-based Super Eagles team has booked a place in the final of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN taking place in Morocco.

    The Eagles recorded a 1 goal victory over Sudan on Wednesday.

    Gabriel Okechukwu’s lone goal in the first half was all the Super Eagles needed to land in the final.

    They would be meeting Morocco, who had earlier qualified for the final after an impressive 3 – 1 victory over Libya.


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 12:37 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 10:43 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
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    The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosunhe, on Tuesday declared that there was no going back on the suspension of Mr. Mounir Gwarzo from the management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

    Adeosun stated this when she answered questions from members of the House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market and Institutions at a public hearing on the “need to intervene in the conflict between the minister of finance and the suspended director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission” in Abuja.

    She told the lawmakers that the report of an administrative panel of investigation set up by the ministry to probe the allegations against the suspended DG would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari later yesterday.

    She said that her decision to suspend Gwarzo on October 19, 2017 was to protect the capital market from any unforeseen negative impact because of the controversies surrounding his activities backed by documents revealing his involvement with two private companies, of which one was doing business with SEC.

    Adeosun who expressed regrets over the fuss which the controversy has generated, given its potential to negatively rob-off on the capital market, said that findings by the panel revealed that Gwarzo remained a signatory to accounts of both Medusa Investment Ltd and OutBound Ventures Ltd.

    The minister stated Gwarzo not only remained in control of both firms against the provision of the Public Service Rules, adding that the embattled DG recently requested for debit cards to the companies’ accounts with an unnamed commercial bank.

    While denying interfering in the commission’s decision on Oando Plc in its crisis with shareholders, Adeosun informed the committee that the case against Gwarzo had nothing to with his decision to audit Oando, adding that a whistleblower had submitted loads of documents alleging gross abuse of office and misconduct against him.

Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 10:24 AM - Forum: Events - No Replies
  • The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, on Tuesday led friends, family members and colleagues to pay their last respects to the late Special Adviser to Ambode on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Deji Tinubu, who died on Thursday.

    At a funeral service at the City of David parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Victoria Island, the late Tinubu was eulogised for his sterling qualities.

    Deji slumped while playing in a novelty football match with some members of the State Executive Council at the Jubilee Chalets in Epe on January 25.

    In a tribute published in the funeral service brochure and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the state government described Tinubu as a professional, who devoted time to the service of humanity.

    “He was an engineer but he was also an engineer of sports. He was both a sportsman and sports lover. But he is unforgettable as a sports administrator. Those who followed him knew him as a symbol of service to humanity,” the tribute read in part.

    Speaking at the service, Amosun described the late Tinubu as a man who had a passion for football and sports in general.

    He commiserated with Ambode and the state, stressing that Tinubu’s call to glory was an act of God.

    “God’s ways are not our ways; when it happens like this, we have to thank Him. We have to be thankful to God for his life in the 54 years he spent with us,” Amosun said.

    The wife of the Vice President urged the Tinubu family to take comfort in God, praying that God would sustain them.

    In his sermon, the Pastor in charge of the parish, Idowu Iluyomade, said Tinubu was a pillar, who contributed to the building of the church.

    He said, “I have known Deji (Tinubu) for 22 years. He was a giver and a lover of football. To the family, I want you to take solace in the fact that everyone will die or be raptured. Today, we celebrate Deji because we know he’s in a better place.”

    Iluyomade urged the congregation to see Tinubu’s death as a reminder of the futility of life and the need to submit their lives to God.

    Other dignitaries present at the service were the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; a former governor of Anambra State, Dr Peter Obi; Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; Mr. Dele Momodu; Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi and members of the Lagos State Executive Council.


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 10:17 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • A newly wedded man from Imo State, Collins Ezenwa, popularly called “E-Money”, has been shot dead by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad during a shootout with kidnap kingpins.

    Collins who wedded last November was said to have gone underground alleging that he had travelled to Malaysia for greener pastures.

    According to Sixtus Okechukwu in a Facebook post, “E-Money” returned in December ostensibly very rich and making everyone green with envy over his new acquired wealth.

    However, last Sunday, the police gunned him down during a shootout to apprehend a dreaded kidnap syndicate.

    The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem disclosed that “E-Money” alongside two others were killed while three others were arrested alive during a crossfire with operatives.

    Enwerem explained that the gang was dreadful like that of late Henry Nwabueze, popularly called Vampire, adding that they were so sophisticated that they operated using special number plates, to beat the unsuspecting public.

    “E-Money” was allegedly so rich that he bought and gave out cars to people during the last Yuletide.
    Also, another member of the kidnap syndicate, Chinwendu Sylvester, 24, from Olori Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, who allegedly operated as the driver, said that he took to kidnapping after Governor Rochas Okorocha demolished his business at Ekeonunwa Market, Owerri.

    Chinwendu said that his clothing shop was demolished and he approached a friend who introduced him to the syndicate, where he operated as the driver.

    According to him, he has spent three years at the Owerri Prisons for robbery related offences.

    He said: “When a job pays, he pays us according to the role we played. One of our victims paid N2million and he gave me about N380,000. From December till date, he gave me above N600,000 in all the operations.”

    A police source told newsmen that the gang leader accumulated millions via the crime, saying that “it is unfortunate that we could not capture him alive. He was a multi-millionaire, he bought cars and gave out some to communities where he received chieftaincy titles.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 10:02 AM - Forum: Naija Diaspora - No Replies
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    Obi Okeke (pictured left) and Arnold (pictured with the car) [Photo: TMZ]

    A Nigerian, Obi Okeke, has bought a Bugatti Veyron belonging to Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s for about $2.5 million (approximately N900m).

    According to a TMZ report, Mr. Okeke plans to resell the ride, which goes 0-60 mph in 2.5 secs and only had about 1,000 miles on it.

    The Super Sport version of the Veyron is recognised by Guiness World Records as the fastest streets legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph)

    The dealer popularly known as aka Doctor Bugatti is famed for selling a similar ride to boxing star, Floyd Mayweather, in August 2017.

    Mr. Okeke who is the owner of Fusion Luxury Motors, met Mayweather in 2009 and the boxer has purchased over 40 luxury cars from him.

    The 56-year-old car merchant is a fixture in the American luxury automobile industry, dealing in cars that cost millions and selling to high net worth clients.

    Currently in his inventory, car prices range from $49,000 to $3.8 million.


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 09:51 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
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    President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that his government would no longer tolerate killings and kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs in the country.

    The President stated this yesterday, in Port Harcourt, while declaring open the Ninth General Assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), with the theme: “Community Policing as a Catalyst to Crime Prevention: The Role of Traditional Rulers.”

    He was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abduraham Dambazau.

    Buhari said, “I am very worried and saddened about the persistent killings and kidnappings happening in our country, especially the wastage of innocent lives in different parts of the country by whatever means it is done, particularly in Benue State.

    “I have, therefore, directed that no effort should be spared in identifying and bringing to justice all those that are carrying out the acts. I have, therefore, directed the Chief of Army Staff to relocate to the North East to ensure that the activities of Boko Haram are stopped.

    “Likewise, I have directed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue State to ensure that the killings are not only contained and, but, that those involved are brought to justice.

    “By whatever name they are called, these acts are criminal violence in themselves even, as they are deliberate efforts to sustain fear on the citizens of our dear nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country by murdering innocent citizens and destroying property of people.

    “These actions amount to declaration of war on our peaceful co-existence and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian State and threaten her sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    “As a responsible government, we will never tolerate or condone trouble makers, criminals and killers; they should be ready to face the consequences of their acts.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 09:49 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    A senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Shehu Sani, has criticised the report of a committee constituted by the party to look into the issue of restructuring.

    The lawmaker said there will be no restructuring in the country before or after 2019 elections.

    The Governor Nasir El Rufai-led committee on submitted its report to the National Working Committee of on Thursday.

    The committee recommended devolution of power to states, establishment of state police and independent candidacy.

    Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, Mr. Sani described the report as a ‘political gimmick’ by the El-Rufai-led committee.

    He said the report was aimed at diverting people’s attention from a letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    “El-Rufai APC restructuring committee is self-serving, political gimmick aimed at diverting attention away from Obasanjo’s letter. It’s also a campaign document for 2019. It’s not a report worthy of the paper it was written,” Mr. Sani said.

    Mr. Sani maintained that the country will have no restructuring before or after the 2019 elections.
    He said Mr. El-Rufai is “anti-restructuring”.

    “El-Rufai is anti-restructuring. There will be no restructuring before and after 2019.The President had repeatedly made it clear that the problem is process so what are we talking about.

    “El-Rufai simply want to eat his cake and have it; orally calling supporters of restructuring as opportunists and on the other hand submitting a report in support of it,” he said.

    He said the document will not be considered by the senate.

    “When eventually the El-Rufai restructuring committee reaches the senate, it will be photocopied to 109 pieces and shared to the senators to use as Toilet paper. If there are extra copies, it will be shared to Suya and Akara hawkers outside the National Assembly to use it to wrap their products.

    “El-Rufai restructuring report will be shredded and modify to serve as a good toilet paper for senators. If there’s seriousness in restructuring it could have started in 2015.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 31-01-2018, 09:42 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
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    The face-off between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited (Intels), a company co-owned by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar is not over yet.

    This is as the NPA has handed a two-week ultimatum to the company to remit an outstanding $48 million that ought to have been paid into the agency’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) in 2017.

    The face-off between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited (Intels), a company co-owned by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar is not over yet.

    This is as the NPA has handed a two-week ultimatum to the company to remit an outstanding $48 million that ought to have been paid into the agency’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) in 2017.

    Intels, a logistics and facilities services provider in the maritime and oil and gas sectors, was co-founded by Gabriele Volpi, an Italian national, and former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.

    Atiku has since sold down most of his interest in the company to the former Lagos State governor and APC national leader Bola Tinubu.

    Speaking yesterday during an interview with CNBC Africa, Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, said Intels’ notice of termination would stand if the company fails to settle its debt.

    “I am giving Intels a possible two-week window to provide payment, two weeks from now, following which the notice of termination will not be withdrawn,” she said.

    “One of the issues we have had with Intels is their non-compliance with the TSA. As you are aware, the Nigerian government instituted the treasury single account which is the account that all revenues of government need to be paid into.

    “Intels collects revenue on behalf of the Nigeria Ports Authority and had refused to comply with TSA and kept retaining those revenues in their coffers.

    “So we insisted that they must comply, no company is above the laws of the country and we went through the whole process,” she was quoted to have said in the interview.

    She spoke further on what caused the disagreement between the maritime agency and the logistics firm, accusing the company of failing to comply with the ground rules.

    “I think it’s important for all entities operating in an environment to adhere to the rules and regulations,” she said.
    “What we seek to ensure is with you have a level playing field and you must comply to regulations. At no point was Nigeria Ports Authority not going to remit their own portion of the revenues.

    “All other third-party agreements that we have in the Nigerian Ports Authority have a similar structure, so why should Intels feel it can operate outside of the law? The other companies are complying, why don’t you comply?” She added.

    Last year, Nigerian government directed the NPA to terminate the boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement that the agency has with Intels Nigeria Limited.

    Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), in a letter dated September 27, 2017 Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, said that the agreement, which has allowed Intels to receive revenue on behalf of NPA for 17 years, violates the Nigerian Constitution, especially in view of the implementation of the TSA.

    Malami said the agreement, which allowed Intels to receive revenue on behalf of NPA for 17 years, violated Sections 80(1) and 162(1) and (10) of the constitution.

    The AGF wondered if the management of the NPA and Intels did not take cognisance of the relevant provisions when negotiating the agreement in 2010.

    But Intels insisted that it had settled the dispute with NPA and was awaiting the AGF’s clearance.
    The firm admitted the infractions and apologised for its initial rejection of the regulator’s directive on the TSA, stating its readiness to comply.

    In its apology, dated October 25, 2017, Intels, through one of its directors, Silvano Bellinato, suggested that an agreement that would ensure “mutual business satisfaction” be signed between the company and NPA.
    Bellinato also sought assurances that Intels’ share of collected revenues would always be remitted to it in good time after the TSA account with the CBN is credited.


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 07:23 AM - Forum: Global Gist - No Replies
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    A delegation of United States of American diplomats fled an event in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

    This is as angry protesters, who were against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, threw tomatoes at the delegation’s car as they fled.

    Aljezera quoted the Head of the Bethlehem Chamber, Samir Hazboun, as saying that they had been holding a training session for local business people about digital commerce with an American expert and a delegation from the US consulate in Jerusalem.

    American delegation hurriedly packed up their items and left, with the protesters throwing stones at them.

    A US State Department spokesperson said, “the United States opposes the use of violence and intimidation to express political views.

    “This non-political programme was one part of long-term US engagement to create economic opportunities for Palestinians.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 07:21 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reacted to the ruling by a Federal High Court in Ekiti that the commission cannot investigate state finances.

    The commission said the ruling was an error and cannot stand the test of time.

    The EFCC disclosed that it would approach the court of appeal to challenge the ruling so as to prove that it had the powers to investigate state finances.

    The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said this while responding to the decision of the court.

    He said, “The commission has applied for a certified true copy of the ruling of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti.

    “We will study it and avail ourselves of the right of appeal. The EFCC is confident that the judgment cannot stand.”

    The High Court in Ado Ekiti, Tuesday told the EFCC that it cannot probe states finances without a report of indictment from States’ Houses of Assembly.


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 07:19 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Reno Omokri, an aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has said that Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, cannot become a governor in Oyo State.

    Omokri revealed this in his tweet while reacting to Shiitu’s statement on former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s lengthy advice to Buhari.

    According to Omokri, no amount of insults by Shittu on Obasanjo would make him a governor.

    He said: “No matter how many insults Communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, heaps on Obasanjo, it won’t make him governor of Oyo in 2019.

    “Shittu is not politically savvy. Obasanjo is far more popular in Oyo than Buhari. Shittu may end up as the fly that follows the corpse into the grave!”

    DAILY POST recalls that Shittu had attacked Obasanjo over his controversial statement written to President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He accused the former president of engaging in sensationalism, adding that he was not in a position to dictate to Buhari.

    Shittu and Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi are reported to be at loggerheads over the Minister’s ambition to become Governor in 2019.


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 07:14 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    African football legend, Samuel Eto’o, has joined Konyaspor from Antalayspor for an undisclosed fee.

    The 36-year-old called it quits with the New Antalya Stadium outfit after three seasons.

    During his time at Antalayspor, he scored 44 goals in 76 games.

    A statement from Antalayspor read, “We thank him for his contributions to the club so far and we wish him success in the next sporting event.”

    Eto’o, a former Chelsea star, would be hoping to use his wealth of experience to help Mehmet Özdilek’s men swim out of the relegation waters.

    The club are placed 17th on the Super Lig log with 16 points from 19 games.


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 04:53 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    A Board of Trustee, BoT, member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Engr. Buba Galadima, has stated that the party is not a political party.

    He also asked President Muhammadu to resign and allow other Nigerians contest and take the country out of the current economic mess.

    He said he would have de-registered APC if he were the INEC.

    He made this statement on AIT’s “Focus Nigeria.”

    The BoT member said he was baffled at how President Muhammadu Buhari had let the country down by keeping quiet in all the happenings around Nigeria.

    Galadima was the National Secretary of the former Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, formed in the run-up to the 2011 national elections as a leading platform for former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari, which later merged with ACN and others in 2015 to become APC.

    Venting his disappointment on the Buhari’s admimistration, he said, “Since the advent of Buhari, APC has not been a party and has never followed their own internal rules and regulations.”

    Commenting on Obasanjo’s letter, he said it “couldn’t have come at a better time.”

    Galadima called on the president to “either resign and allow other Nigerian to contest and get the economy running since he is a shadow of himself being controlled by cabals running his government for him.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 04:33 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Ralia Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader, has sworn himself in as an alternative president.

    Odinga supporters attended the ceremony which held in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

    Security was tight in Nairobi as government shut down independent TV stations to prevent the programme from being aired.

    On Monday, Linus Kaikai, chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, said senior editors had been summoned by the authorities and warned not to cover the event or risk being shut down.

    Odinga, 72, was delighted when President Uhuru Kenyatta second-term victory was annulled while he refused to take part in the election re-run, claiming the government planned to rig the vote.

    Kenyatta won with 98 percent.

    Odinga postponed a previous effort to swear himself in but his party had insisted that Tuesday’s event will take place.

    “We intend to hold a peaceful event, in total compliance with the constitution and the law,” read a statement from the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.

    “We nonetheless wish to put the Jubilee (party) administration on notice that we will accomplish our mission come hell or high water.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 31-01-2018, 04:28 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said that full adherence to the principle of Separation of Powers was crucial to the survival of the democracy, good governance and enhanced national security.

    Saraki also commented on the refusal of the Senate to confirm nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Saraki spoke in his lecture entitled: ‘Separation of Powers and National Security in Nigeria: An Appraisal’, presented to Course 26 Participants of the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja.

    He noted that each arm of government is intended and designed to be free of coercive influence from another.

    “But, regrettably, that is not always the case, in practice, in the Nigerian experiment,” Saraki’s Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, quoted him as saying.

    “Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution provides that: ‘Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Senate and the House of Representatives shall have the power to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for summoning and recess of the House.

    “We, in the Legislature, as representatives of the people, strive to carry out our oversight functions in line with the doctrine of Separation of Powers – because it is our duty as stipulated by the Constitution.

    “We also do so to guard against Lockean ‘human frailty’ – by which I mean the tendency towards abuse of power, where such power is absolute. To one’s chagrin, however, our actions are often misconstrued, because few understand that the Legislative arm of government is not a rubber-stamp, driven from pillar to post by the whims and caprices of another organ of government.

    “Let all listening to me today note the unassailable position, which is this: the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature are co-equals; none is subordinate to the other. Indeed, as former Senate President Ken Nnamani once opined, ‘The Legislature and the Executive are co-managers of the economy.'”

    According to the President of the Senate, the press is replete with stories of ‘face-offs’ between the Legislature and Executive, real or imagined.

    These, he said, include unguarded pronouncements by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) – and other government officials – concerning the Senate; or the refusal of the heads of some government agencies to answer when summoned by the legislature.

    Saraki said: “The refusal of the Senate to confirm certain nominees of Mr. President has drawn undeserved ire in many quarters. These are people who misconstrue the role of the legislative arm, because we are perfectly within our bounds under the Nigerian constitution.

    “In any case, if the Senate confirms two nominees and rejects one –should we be seen as attacking the Executive? Or, should we not ask whether there are weighty questions to answer on the part of the nominee? Why is the Legislature vilified when occasionally, a nominee fails to scale through?

    “We really should ask ourselves the tough questions, rather than parroting the fallacy about the Legislature not playing along with the Executive. Ask yourself what kind of democracy we would have if all powers resided solely in one arm of government.

    “That is why I sometimes marvel at the hypocrisy of some vociferous voices who claim that they are fighting for democracy and yet they keep quiet when one arm of government repeatedly imposes its will on the judgement of a co-equal arm of government.

    “Democracy and the Rule of Law depend on four elements – deliberation, engagement, participation and collaboration.The constitution says that if you want to wage war or call out troops you must go to the National Assembly and you don’t – is that in tandem with Separation of Powers?

    “Even in the United States that we modelled our system on, the White House must engage with Congress in the formulation of critical policies on security and defence.

    “If the constitution prescribes who may be appointed into certain positions and you flout that – should the Legislature not take a stand in the public interest? Or the fact that one judge is believed to be corrupt – does that justify one arm of government breaking down the doors of members of an independent Judiciary?

    “American judges have blocked many Executive Orders made by President Donald Trump, including those on the Muslim Travel Ban, Immigration and Sanctuary Cities. Despite Mr. Trump’s frenetic twitter activity voicing his displeasure, the judges’ rulings stand – because the Judiciary is free from the coercive influence of the Executive.

    “The travails of the Nigerian Legislature have unfolded under the cloud of many challenges confronting the nation. These only serve to destabilise government, and cannot be good for national security.

    “In a country that is an amalgam of some 250 ethnic nationalities under one flag, unhealthy rivalries are a symptom of systemic distress, for the avoidance of which Separation of Powers was propounded,” he said.

    He further said that “A successful regime of Separation of Powers would require much more than enacting more laws and amending existing ones. It would require the active compliance with the doctrine from all arms of government.

    “As the Legislature, we would require the Executive to give due regard to legal decisions, invitations and resolutions of the National Assembly. Let me quickly add that we will hold ourselves to the same rules vis-a-vis our co-equals.

    “Going forward, we have set up a Committee headed by the Vice President to look into ways of improving the relationship between the Legislature and the Executive; and indeed, it is increasingly apparent that relations have improved greatly, although there is still much to be done.

    “The joint presentation of the Budget to both Houses, now done for two years in a row, is evidence of cordiality between the two arms of government. This is the way forward.

    “After all, when there is a cold war between two arms of government, who loses out? The country loses out– in terms of stability, governance, development, peace and security. We must also always keep in mind the fact that the ultimate Check and Balance is exercised by one party – the people – at the ballot box,” he said.

    He stated that there was the need to create greater awareness about the inherent principles separating the three arms of government, “such that, when the National Assembly next beams the searchlight on the use of funds appropriated for fighting the insurgency – or funds intended to provide succour to internally displaced citizens- some will not look at us askance – and those who would arrogate absolute power to themselves, will not go up in arms against the Senate.

    “It is a balancing act, as implied by Checks and Balances, and we will continue to do our best to fulfil our role according to the Constitution. Despite the clarity and gravity of the Constitution on the independence of the Legislature, the Deputy Senate President and I have been subject to prosecution over the internal affairs of the Senate.

    “The way we are elected and our processes – we are independent. It was therefore foolhardy of government to mount such prosecution.

    “The courts have ruled multiple times that the National Assembly’s internal affairs are inviolable – and yet, what we saw was a ready willingness to cross the line and mount a case, in a flagrant overreach of executive power. Let me say that I view this as a distraction and a legal affront to the principles of Separation of Powers.

    “From the outset, on my assumption to the position of Nigeria’s President of the Senate, I have had to endure court cases even at these pressing times in our national life, when all our energies should be geared towards development.

    “Through all this, I have respected the constitutional mandate of the Judiciary and appeared in court on several occasions, trusting that I would be vindicated, because I believe in the Rule of Law. These are some of the sacrifices we make, and what we go through, so that these institutions can be strong. It is not about individuals but about institutions of government, so as to strengthen democracy.

    “The way forward, having recognised the necessary value that Separation of Power brings to the strengthening of our democracy, it is important then that we chart a course that ensures that the inviolability of our institutions becomes a mandate for the protection of our democracy.

    ” I repeat, it is not about the individual; it is about the institution if we are to ensure the survival of our democracy. Therefore, the constitution itself has made provision for the process of the removal or appointment of the leadership of these institutions, in order to ensure that the integrity of the institution remains inviolable.

    “The key purpose here is not the protection of the individuals who occupy these offices temporarily but rather, the protection of our democratic norms. So, for everyone here today, there is really a choice to be made. We have to decide whether or not we really want democracy.

    “We cannot have it both ways. I always say that, today, we have an honest and transparent President – but it is no reason not to defend the principles of Separation of Powers – for who is to say what the next occupier of that office will be like?

    “We fight today with an eye on posterity, in order that the future may be more assured. Therefore, I charge you all to go and learn as much as you can about the doctrine of Separation of Powers and its implications for leadership, governance, democracy and national security.

    “If we decide that we do not want a National Assembly that will hold the Executive to account, that is another matter entirely. We can always go back to the Parliamentary system we operated immediately after independence.

    “But as long as we run the current system of government, it is not even a matter of debate. We must uphold the core principles of Separation of Powers because our development, peace and security depend on it,” he stated.


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