Tuesday 9 May 2017

DSS Presents Video Evidence To Nail Farouk Lawan

The Department of State Security (DSS), on Tuesday, presented a video evidence at the FCT High Court, Lugbe, showing where Femi Otedola was seen giving out a parcel to Hon. Farouq Lawan.
Justice Angela Otaruku granted the request of the prosecuting counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to play the video, which lasted for almost three minutes, as evidence of Lawan collecting the said bribe from Otedola.

NAN reports that the request was made as Awomolo led the DSS Prosecutor, David Ojataha, Principal Officer in-charge of Technical Operations, DSS in evidence.

Court declares Rivers rerun election panel ‘unconstitutional’

A Federal High Court in Abuja has declared a 15-member panel that investigated violations during the December 10, 2016 Rivers State election rerun, “unconstitutional”.

In a lengthy ruling on Tuesday, the judge, Gabriel Kolawole, said the composition of the panel was not known to law.

The panel was raised by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to probe allegations of violations and violence during the legislative re-run elections.

The team had personnel from the State Security Service, SSS.

‘The Voice’ drops 2Baba as coach, picks Yemi Alade as replacement

Nigerian female artist Yemi Alade will replace Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2baba as coach in the second season of M-net music reality show, `The Voice Nigeria.’

According to the M-net West Africa team, 2Baba has left the show to pursue other commitments which has prompted the need for a new coach.

The second season which kicks off in a couple of weeks will have Alade join Patrick Okorie (Patoranking), Aituaje Iruobe (Waje) and Timi Dakolo who will reprise their roles as coaches.

N11bn oil scam: DSS trying to blackmail me – Ifeanyi Ubah finally opens up

The chairman of Capital Oil and Gas limited, Andy Ubah has described his arrest by the Department of State Services as a complete attempt to blackmail him.

The oil magnate said the claim by the DSS that he was involved in theft of petrol kept by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in his tank farm in Lagos was a wrong accusation.
The agency on Friday picked up Ubah over his connection with the missing petroleum product, which was valued at over N11bn.

The department said Ubah’s action amounted to economic sabotage, with “capacity to negatively impact on national economy”.

Breaking: Orosanye Not Guilty!

Nigeria’s former Head of Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye, has been discharged and acquitted of charges of corruption by an Abuja court.

Mr. Oronsaye was being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

National Assembly Raises 2017 Budget By N143bn

The National Assembly has raised the 2017 appropriation bill by over N143bn, up from President Muhammadu Buhari’s original proposal of N7.298tn. The new figure of the budget is now N7.441tn.

This came to the fore on Tuesday when the Senate received the report on the 2017 budget from its joint committees of Appropriation and Finance.

Nearly 250 refugees feared dead after two migrant boats sink in Mediterranean

A baby was among the bodies washed up on beaches in Libya following the latest disasters, which push the record death toll above 1,300 so far in 2017.

The country’s coastguard picked up seven migrants who said they had been on an overloaded dinghy packed with 170 people, which sank on Sunday.

Omar Koko, a coastguard commander in the western city of Zawiya, said more than 30 women and nine children were among those feared drowned.

‘Herdsmen’ attack Benue communities, kill eight — Police

Eight persons were feared dead following an attack by suspected herdsmen, on two villages in Logo Local Government Area of Benue state, a Police statement said.

Police spokesperson for Benue State, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attacks in a statement on Monday.

Mr. Yamu said the attacks on Akaa and Tse-Orlalu villages in Mbamar, Ugondo communities, were perpetrated by suspected herdsmen late on Sunday.

LASG removes VIO from Lagos roads

The Lagos State Government has ordered the Vehicle Inspection Officers to leave Lagos roads.

It was learnt that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed down the directive as a result of public complaints.

More details later…

Two nabbed for producing fake voters’ cards

Operatives of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police’ (AIG) Zone 2 command, Onikan, have arrested two persons for allegedly manufacturing fake Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC).

The suspects, Arrey Aberdeen, 33, and Giwa Monsuru were arrested by the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) after they got a tip-off about their activities.According to the police zonal spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a decoy policewoman was used to get the suspects. She said the woman approached Monsuru, claiming that she desperately needed a PVC in order to assist Internet fraudster collect money from the bank.

Leave our campus, UNIUYO Vice Chancellor orders herdsmen

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Enefiok Essien, has ordered herdsmen, operating within the university community to relocate their cattle from the campus within two weeks.
Mr. Essien, who made the call at a meeting with the herdsmen, led by their head, Farouk Miyetti Allah, in Uyo on Monday, said that the action would prevent cattle from constituting a nuisance to the environment.
According to a statement by the university’s Director of Public Relations, Godfrey Essien, the vice-chancellor said that the order became imperative as part of efforts to promote peace and unity on the university campus.

Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido make Forbes’ top 10 richest African musicians

Forbes Africa has released its list of Richest African musicians.

The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others.

Nigerian artistes, Don Jazzy, Wizkid and Davido, are among the top ten richest African musicians.

The top ten are:

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