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Politics / God Is With Trump, He Remains The President Of US And Leader Of The World – Ffk by Mrakeli: 6:48am On Feb 06
Fani Kayode congratuates Trump on his impeachment Victory.

Recall that President Trump won impeachment acquittal in the U.S. Senate.

Majority of senators expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But the final tallies — 52-48 favoring acquittal of abuse of power, 53-47 of obstruction of Congress’ investigation.


Guilty 48. Not Guilty 52.

@real Donald Trump remains President of the United States & leader of the free world. Thanks be to God for honoring His word. @real Donald Trump, go forth in power, continue to put ur enemies to shame & prepare for ur 2nd term! The Lord is with you!


Education / 2020 UTME: JAMB Registers 700,000 Candidates In 2 Weeks by Mrakeli: 3:32am On Jan 27
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says 700,000 candidates have so far been registered for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) nationwide in two weeks.

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known in an interview with Akelicious in Lagos on Sunday night.

According to him, the exercise has been hitch-free, with impressive turnout from the first day at the various accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide.

“I will like to say we have actually found this exercise very interesting as we have already registered a total of 700, 000 prospective candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in just 14 days.

“We have 21 days left to go for this registration exercise and we wish to call on all candidates, the UTME and Direct Entry, to seize the opportunity and register, as there will be no extension.

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Benjamin noted that the Board had blacklisted 41 centres out of the 692 centres used, over issues such as registration cyber fraud, extortion and technical deficiency.

He warned parents not to also give in to any form of extortion.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Board that some elite schools are using the name of the Board to extort huge sum of money from parents under the guise that the Board has ordered such payments.

“The Board wishes to make it clear that unlike the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO) and others, the UTME and the Direct Entry (DE) registration and examination exercises are not school-based.

“As such, schools have no role whatsoever in the Board’s operational processes.

“This is because these exercises require only the participation and engagement of individual candidates.

“Consequently, schools that are using the name of the Board to swindle parents of large sum of money for the purpose of registration or other services, are hereby warned to desist forthwith,” he said.

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According to him, these affected schools may wish to employ other means to extort gullible parents but certainly such practice should not be at the expense of the Board or its processes.

Benjamin added that the information became necessary following discovery of series of data mutilation, owing to this unwholesome group processing of registration, among others.

“Parents are to note that the cost of the UTME forms remains N3,500 for the ePINs and N500 for the reading text and nothing more.

“Parents are to ensure that their children do this individually and not as a group. In addition, the CBT centres where the candidates register have been directed not to charge anything above N700 as their service charge,’’ Benjamin said.

On the Board’s advice on vending, Benjamin said it was important for vendors and candidates to know that certain measures had been taken by the Board to define the process of vending ePINs.

He said this was to serve as guide against candidates exposing their personal data to fraudsters.

Benjamin urged candidates to note that any personal data divulged to any third-party, be it a vendor or agent could expose them to the risk of losing their UTME registration, thereby jeopardising their future aspiration.

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“In view of the above, the Board wishes to reiterate that pin vending should be done directly to individual candidates and should be done online through the pin vending platform and not offline.

“There should be no bulk purchase of pins by candidates or secondary schools as is being done by some elite schools. All online vending should be done directly to each candidate on the presentation of his or her profile code.

“After vending the pin, the relevant pin should be sent to each candidate through his or her phone, hence there is no need to write the pin by hand, by any vendor or agent.

“Any vendor/agent who collects a prepared list with candidates’ names, profile codes and other vital details for the purpose of vending pins will be sanctioned.

“Similarly, any vendor collecting such prepared lists is hereby advised to desist with immediate effect as this action has severe consequences on the candidates whose data are being exposed indiscriminately,” he warned.

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Politics / ‘I Am Not A Spare Tyre, I Have Roles In Governance’ Says Baba Tela, by Mrakeli: 7:19pm On Jan 26
The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Baba Tela, on Sunday said that he does not consider himself a spare tyre in the governance of the state.

Tela assreted that he has a constitutional role to play in his capacity.

He made this known to newsmen on Sunday in Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of the state.

Also, Buhari congratulates Gov. Lalong of Plateau on Knighthood.

Tela was reacting to insinuations that deputy governors were like spare tyres of a vehicle and cannot offer anything to the people of the state.

“I am not a spare tyre, I have a specific duty and have a specific role, and the constitution is very clear on the role of the deputy governor and the governor in running of a state or running of the country.

“So, I think we should stick to the constitution, once we stick to the constitution, we won’t have any problem.

“It depends on the way you put things to any person, it doesn’t mean that a spare tyre does not have its own uses.

“Have a puncture at the middle of the night 120kms or 150kms away from the town and then you will know the importance of a spare tyre.

“So, it is not like spare tyres even doesn’t have their own functions, they do.

“We relate as senators and we relate as governors and deputy governors, and it may even interest you to know that I was in the Senate before my governor and he always gives me that respect.

“He always does that and I always appreciate it, but he is the governor and I respect his position as the governor and I know that he is the governor,” Tela said.

He described Gov. Bala Muhammed as a simple and down-to-earth person who carries everybody along.

“Even when he takes a decision and he later finds out that you have a superior argument, he will apologise and go with you,” Tela said.

Meanwhile, the deputy governor has said that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state was so low and promised that the administration was equally making efforts to raise it in a way that would not negatively affect the people.

Tela assured that he and his boss were ready to work for the people and for the development of the state and country at large.


Politics / APC Wins Reps Seat In Cross River by Mrakeli: 9:32am On Jan 26
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Alex Egbonna of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the House of Representatives election for Yakurr/Abi Federal Constituency in Cross River.

Dr Alalibo Johnson, State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), announced the result on Sunday at the collation center in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area.

Alalibo said that, the APC candidate got 29,716 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mr John Lebo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who secured 26,039 votes.

The commission also declared Mr Davies Etta of the PDP as winner of Abi constituency seat in the State House of Assembly.

The PDP candidate garnered 13, 349 votes to defeat his closest rirval, Mr Eyeng Iwqara of the APC who had 8, 792 votes.

The REC, however, said that, INEC cancelled election in Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward, consisting of eight polling units with combined total of 5,616 registered voters, due to violence.

Full details at https://www.akelicious.net/apc-wins-reps-seat-in-cross-river/

Politics / 26,000 Babies Will Be Born In Nigeria Today, 392,078 Globally, Says UNICEF by Mrakeli: 7:19am On Jan 01
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that no fewer than 26,039 babies will be born in Nigeria today being New Year’s Day.

Babies born Nigeria today will account for almost seven per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on New Year’s Day globally, the third-highest in the world, after India and China.

UNICEF revealed that India will have the highest number of newborns as 67,385 babies would be born in that country followed by China with 46,299, while 16,787 babies would be born in Pakistan, 13,020 in Indonesia, 10,452 in the United States of America, 10,247 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 8,494 in Ethiopia.

However, Fiji in the Pacific will most likely deliver 2020’s first baby, the United States, it’s last and globally, over half of the births are estimated to take place in eight countries.

Nigeria Representative of UNICEF, Peter Hawkins, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday lamented that for millions of newborns in Nigeria and around the world, the day of their birth is far less auspicious and often their last.

He lamented that in 2018, 2.5 million newborn babies died in their first month globally and about a third on their first day, adding that Nigeria recorded, 318,522 deaths of newborn babies.

Hawkins observed that most of the children died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis, adding that over 2.5 million babies were born dead each year, while over 400,000 stillbirths occur in Nigeria yearly.

Hawkins said in the last three decades, Nigeria and the world have experienced remarkable progress in child survival, reducing the number of children who die globally before their fifth birthday by more than half.

“In Nigeria, this number reduced by about 500,000 between 1990 and 2018, but there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in their first month accounted for 47 per cent of all deaths among five-year-old children in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 1990.

“The figures are 29 per cent, up from 21 per cent in 1990. UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign calls for immediate investment in health workers with the right training, who are equipped with the right medicines to ensure every mother and newborn is cared for by safe hands to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery, and birth,” he said.


Politics / PDP, Atiku Should Gracefully Accept Court Verdict, Says Lawan by Mrakeli: 6:43pm On Oct 30, 2019
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, to gracefully accept the final verdict of the Supreme Court.

The apex court had on Wednesday, dismissed an appeal filed by the PDP and Atiku for lacking in merit after challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election of February 23, 2019.

Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, said that after the end of litigation, attention should be shifted to showing support to President Buhari as he hopes to build the country.

“Now that the litigation is over, we should all rally as one people behind the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in his commitment to building the great nation of our dream.

“The petitioners should gracefully accept the final verdict of our court of law while the winners should demonstrate magnanimity by extending the hand of fellowship to the opposition with a view to carrying all Nigerians along in the arduous task of nation-building,” Lawan said.

He urged President Buhari and his government to continue to focus on good governance so as to deliver on the President’s agenda of improving the lives of Nigerians and putting the nation on the path of sustainable development.

Lawan said the ninth National Assembly will continue to produce good legislation and pursue the harmonious relationship between the organs of government and among Nigerians for the unity, peace, and progress of our fatherland.


Politics / Breaking: Court Orders PSC, IG To Suspend Recruitment by Mrakeli: 4:24pm On Oct 23, 2019
A Division of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the stoppage of the on-going recruitment of 10,000 police constables in the country.

The presiding judge, Inyang Ekwo has therefore ordered the Inspector General (I-G) of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and other parties in the suit to maintain status quo until further pronouncement.

Justice Inyang Ekwo who gave the order at the hearing of the case brought by the PSC against the IGP, further urged all parties to stay within the bounds of the law until the matter is decided.

The PSC had brought the matter before court, asking it to stop Adamu from continuing the recruitment exercise, alleging that the power of the commission had been usurped.

In a suit No FHC/ABJ/05/1124/19, the Police service Commission had dragged the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector General of Police and the Ministry of Police Affair who are the 1st 2nd and 3rd Defendants respectively in the suit to court.

The Attorney General of the Federation is on the verge of being joined in the suit as one of the Defendants.

The PSC sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, their officers and representatives including anybody or person acting on their behalf from appointing, recruiting or attempting to appoint or recruit by any means whatsoever any person into any office in the first defendant pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

Opening his argument on the matter, Counsel to the three Defendants, Dr Alex Izinyon SAN asked that the Attorney General of the Federation be joined as fourth defendant in the matter.

The counsel to PSC, Kanu Agabi SAN did not however disagree or raise any objection when Justice Ekwo was about to adopt it.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge had gone ahead to give the plaintiff four days from the date of the order to amend, file and service the processes and the first to third defendants another four days upon service by the plaintiff to amend file and serve their processes.

Ekwo thereafter cautioned the senior lawyers, saying that they represent the cream of the inner bar and since the issues between them has been brought to court, all parties must respect the rule of law and stay within bounds until the matter is decided.

“I need your assurance on that,” Ekwo added.

Meanwhile, Izinyon had gone further to argue that the issue that brought the motion was the issue of recruitment, which has passed, as recruitment of the 10, 000 constables had been concluded by the Police.

“I am giving you between now and the fourth of November to return to court.

“Are you telling me that between now and the fourth of November, you still need to go on with what you are doing?” Ekwo had queried.

Izinyon responded: “We have finished what we are doing, with the greatest respect. And with the greatest respect, the police service commission is aware.”

At that point, Ekwo had to interject and reiterated his initial stance as saying; “The case is not between you and me.”

“You have submitted to the jurisdiction of the court. You stay within the jurisdiction of the court,” Ekwo said.

In his own argument, Agabi, told the court that he had nothing more to add, saying that the judge has said it all. “We are before the court.” he held

Arguing further, he said, “Now my learned brother is saying they have already completed it. What an embarrassment it would be to the nation and to the police if this court should decide that whatever they were doing were illegalities. What an embarrassment.”

The matter has since been adjourned to November 4, 2019.


Politics / Buhari Sends Message To Canada’s Trudeau Over Poll Victory by Mrakeli: 11:29am On Oct 23, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message of congratulations to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his election victory and expressed optimism that Nigeria-Canada relations will continue to blossom.

Buhari also rejoiced with the Liberal Party of Canada and Canadians generally on the outcome of the Federal election in the country.

Canada and Nigeria are major trading partners, with trade totalling $948.4 million recorded in 2018.

Nigeria and Canada also belong to the Global Counter Terrorism Forum and several other international organisations,

President Buhari said he expects continued relationship with Prime Minister Trudeau across a wide range of shared values and interests.

He hoped that both countries will continue to stand together on issues of peace and security that guarantee a better and more secure world for all.

Buhari recalled the visit of Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, to Nigeria in October 2018. He said it provided an opportunity for Nigeria to appreciate the humanitarian assistance of Canada to civilian populations affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.


Politics / 2023: Junaid Mohammed Need A Doctor To Examine,advice Him -NUF by Mrakeli: 2:58am On Oct 23, 2019
The attention of NDI-IGBO UNITED FORUM (NUF) WORLDWIDE has been drawn to various vituperative, wasteful and vain utterances of one northern politician said to be a second republic lawmaker. Most recent of such uncouth diarrheic vomit was a divisive statement credited to him in support of his preference to Senator Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidency in 2023 instead of an Igboman.
A quick check reveals that this Niger Republic migrant has not hidden his acute hatred for the Igbo tribe coupled with his inordinate penchant for undeserved publicity incurable distorted reasoning
In 2012, one Russian Trained Doctor turned bigot called Dr Junaid Mohammed said Igbo Presidency not feasible in 2015. He spoke vainly like a Presidency maker.
In October 2017, same man uninvitedly declared that Igboman cannot be President in 2019. Not done yet, in the wake of IPOB attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in August 2019, same Junaid used the platform again to unleash his contaminated venom on Igbos saying that Igbos can’t be trusted with Presidency. What’s the relationship between the attack and Igbo Presidency if I may ask?
Most recently, the barking dog that has lost control best considered as author of confusion and monumental burden to Nigeria, Junaid lost his balance as a balanced personality. He fell short of fueling the battle between Osibanjo and Tinubu in a subterranean manner. NUF wouldn’t have bothered with his busy body like a professional prostitute boldly positioned on a busy road seeking for devourers but we got involved by saying that “I will rather have Tinubu as President than have an Igbo…..because they are ambitious.
These are some catalogue of such statements credited to this claimed Nigerian living, dreaming and dreading Igboland and Igboman. It’s worrisome that a man as young as Junaid cannot learn and talk like respected statesmen. What has IPOB attack on Ekweremadu got to do with Mohammed. Has his Boko haram children and grandchildren in the North listened to his call to end insurgency that’s threatening the cooperate existence of Nigeria with avalanche of attacks that has given birth to IDPs? Didn’t Nigerians especially North vote President Buhari even in the face of coordinated terrorist attacks? Why use the occasion of IPOB attack on one of their own to bully a race? Who has bullied the North even in the act of unprovoked attacks on Nigerians by a group with roots in the North?
Junaid would have ended his 2023 pontification on his choice candidate without drawing Igbo into his unfortunate hate speech and analogy. Gladly the unchained Junaid used the single pronoun “I” meaning he spoke for himself only and not for the Northerners given the fact that several respected Northern Nigerians have spoken in support of 2023 Igbo Presidency. A thousand Junaid can’t punctuate the emerging wave of the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction. Junaid is equally mischievous because he just pitched Osibanjo against Tinubu. That alone, is an “unfatherly” act.
On the unfathomed excuse that Igbos are ambitious, we submit and accept with all trappings that we are ambitious. Ambition drives hard work, performance and results. Junaid was ambitious to have studied in Russia. Not satisfied as a doctor, ambition pushed him in as a lawmaker. However, his present ambition of not seeing an Igboman become President will end in futility and self destruction. When it happen, we shall be glad to read an epitaph in his tomb that says, “here was man who shamefully and effortlessly fought a destined race against producing President of Nigeria and committed suicide when the race won the Presidency.”

To avert this catastrophic self destructive tendency, first, the Northern Leaders and respected elders should visit Dr Junaid Mohammed and call him to order unless he’s speaking their minds. Furthermore, his children should consider the option of counselling their father so as to punctuate his unsolicited views and save them the opprobrium of disgrace. The Northern Youths should have reasons now to caution their grandfather to tame his tongue to avoid pitching them and their glorious posterity against other tribes in a country where all tribes and race have equal rights and privileges.
When all these fail, NDI-IGBO UNTED FORUM (NUF) WORLDWIDE would engage a team of medical doctors from Nigeria and Russia to reexamine his mental status because of his sworn disdain for Igbos. NUF can no longer fold it’s arms and watch a misfit insult a whole race again notwithstanding our non violate posture. We want to tell Junaid and his likes that are in minority that when the chips are down, Ndi-Igbo will relegate party affiliations to the background and pursue common Igbo interest. Someone should visit him and sound it clear to him that the fragile Ndi-Igbo bloc he used to know is gone and buried as we have a united and indivisible race committed to actualizing this mandate. We enjoin well meaning brothers and sisters from other zones and especially the North to support Ndi-Igbo ahead of 2023. Our collective ambition as a country desperate to have a country built around justice, equity and fairness is same ambitious disposition we have in NUF.

God bless Nigeria.

Mazi Agodi KANU
Secretary General, NUF.


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Politics / ‘if You Fail To Fight For Your Right, Death Awaits You’– Nnamdi Kanu To Biafrans by Mrakeli: 7:57am On Oct 09, 2019
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Leader, Chief Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has lamented that death awaits “all Biafrans” agitating for the Republic of Biafra if they don’t rise up and fight for their rights.

The IPOB leader made this comment during his second broadcast of the month on Radio Biafra on Monday, October 7.

During the broadcast, Kanu said death awaits all Biafrans except they rise up and fight President Muhammadu Buhari led government as well as the Nigerian security agents.

His words:

“There is something I want all Biafrans to know including Ibibio, death awaits us all, except we rise up and fight these people (Nigeria and the Nigerian security agents).”

Meanwhile, Naija News reports that Kanu’s statement is coming after he said last week during an “emergency broadcast” that the Republic of Biafra will come in his time.

“Here we (IPOB) remain whiter than whiter and whiter than snow, that is why we have been able to accomplish what many nations have not been able to accomplish.

“We do not take the praise, every praise and adoration for all we that we have become, for all that we have accomplished in this very noble quest to restore Biafra belongs to Chukwu Okike Abiama in heaven, it doesn’t belong to man.

“Every praise redirects towards heaven and because of that because of that, Biafra shall come in our time,” Kanu had said.


Politics / SIM Registration: NCC Makes NIN Compulsory by Mrakeli: 6:18am On Oct 07, 2019
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that registration of new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards will now require the presentation of the National Identity Number (NIN).NCC, which said the enforcement of the new rule takes effect soon, noted that the move became necessary following the rising criminality in the country.

According to its Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, the policy is in line with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Act 2007 relating to NIN regulations, which provide that a person must provide his/her unique number to register a SIM card.Consequently, Danbatta said the NCC, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, had set in motion mechanisms for compliance.

Meanwhile, Nigeria added 1.95 million new subscribers to its networks between July and August.Speaking at the third yearly conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) at the weekend in Lagos, Danbatta, who was represented by the Head, Online Media and Special Publication, Omoniyi Ibietan, promised that all avenues must be explored to cage the rising cases of insecurity in the country.

The event was themed “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward.”The EVC said: “Permit me to quickly take you through a few things that the NCC, as the country’s independent telecommunications regulatory authority, has been doing towards engendering security of lives and property for economic development in our country.

“This will be discussed under the sub-theme, ‘NCC, SIM Registration, Security and National Development’.”According to him, the Nigerian telecoms industry, in the past 18 years, has recorded tremendous growth. Danbatta added: “Today, the number of active telephone lines in the country is about 175 million, representing a tele-density of 91.65 per cent. The number of Internet users is 122.6 million, while broadband penetration currently stands at 35 per cent. The cumulative investment profile in the sector is over $70 billion.

“At 11.39 per cent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the telecoms sub-sector remains a major actor in the national economy. “Indeed, as at the second quarter of 2019, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector’s contribution to the GDP was 13.88 per cent.

“Today, the positive impact of the telecoms sector, either voice or data, resonates in other sectors of the economy.” The NCC boss pledged that his organisation remained committed to using telecoms to support the current tripartite agenda of the Federal Government, which are, to improve the economy, enhance lives and property, as well as fight corruption.


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Politics / Governor Sanwo-olu Reveals When Bad Roads In Lagos Will Disappear by Mrakeli: 6:23pm On Oct 01, 2019
The governor of Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged residents of the state to exercise patience over the slow rate of repairs on the bad roads across the metropolitan city. The Nation reports that, Sanwo-Olu made the appeal during a question and answer session at an independence day event called ‘The Platform’ at Iganmu area of Lagos. The governor assured that work would begin in earnest on the roads once the current heavy rainfall stops.

The rains, he noted, has been falling since he was sworn into office earlier this year.

He also warned that not all of the roads would be repaired at the same. Governor Sanwo-Olu’s plea came just as Legit.ng reported that the gridlock along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway caused by the ongoing reconstruction of the road by Julius Berger Construction Company bites harder, residents working in Lagos now take refuges on the Island, mainland and in churches. Hundreds of residents are said to be living in the adjourning communities along the ever busy expressway but working in Lagos now squat in various places ranging from churches to relatives and friends.

The residents who spoke to newsmen lamented the lackadaisical attitude of the contractor (Julius Berger) handling the road that reputably has 250 vehicles on it every day.


Politics / Ad Hoc Committee Members On Ports' Decongestion And Restoration Wound Down Its T by Mrakeli: 4:44pm On Sep 23, 2019
Today, the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on ports decongestion and restoration wound down its tour of locations. The 14-man committee which has Hon Baba Yusuf Yakub as the chairman was at Onitsha River Port to see things for themselves. At the public hearing which was held at the hall of the All Saints Cathedral Complex, Onitsha, after the tour of the facility by the members had the heads of many agencies and stakeholders in attendance. Among the agencies invited to make contributions on the way forward were National Inland Waterways (NIWA), Nigerian Shippers' Council, Customs and Excise, Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Trader Association (ASMATA), Importers' Association, and the representatives of Anambra State Government etc. They all agreed to the importance of a decentralized port system in Nigeria and called for immediate resuscitation of the Onitsha River Port as well as the other Eastern Ports.
Politics / Adamawa LG Election: 14 Women Emerge Candidates In APC Primaries by Mrakeli: 4:26pm On Sep 23, 2019
No fewer than 14 women emerged as candidates in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries to contest in forthcoming Council polls in Adamawa, slated for November.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi made this known Monday in Yola while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the primaries, held on Sunday.

Abdullahi said Mrs Sophia Elisha emerged unopposed and was affirmed by 289 delegates as the only female candidate for Chairmanship ticket in Numan LG, while 13 other women emerged as Councillorship candidates in various wards across the state.

Abdullahi said out of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, only the chairmanship results of Madagali, Yola South and Toungo,were still being awaited.

Abdullahi said the chairmanship candidates of APC for Numan, Hong, and Guyuk LGAs emerged unopposed, while those of Michika, Song, Shelleng, Girei, Lamurde and Fufore LGAs emerged through consensus, reached by the aspirants.

He said candidates that emerged through election were those of Mubi North, Maiha, Ganye, Mubi South, Gombi, Yola North, Demsa and Mayo-Belwa LGAs.

“We received 35 complaints from the councillorship primaries held in 226 wards, which had been treated.

“As for now,we are yet to receive any complaints regarding chairmanship primaries,” Abdullahi said.

On the party’s preparations for the November election, Abdullahi said that with the transparent and rancour free primaries, the party was fully prepared.

He warned that any group or persons trying to manipulate the election would face the full wrath of the law.

“We are more than ready to face the election;we are going into this election to win.

“Anybody that attempt to change what people have chosen through the ballot by any form of manipulation, is a criminal and the place reserved for criminals is prison,” Abdullahi said.


Politics / Nigerians In Big Trouble, As Buhari’s Supporters Campaign For 3rd Term by Mrakeli: 12:56pm On Sep 23, 2019
Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have started campaigning for a ‘Third Term’ in Office, beyond 2023, when his second term expires.

According to a post on a Facebook Page called, ‘The Buharist Reporters’, Some supporters of the President were photographed with a caption “Movement for the Approval of Buhari Third Term. We demand Constitutional Amendment to enable Baba continue beyond 2023…”

The development has elicited several reactions from Nigerians, with many calling it “an impossibility”.

More photos at https://www.akelicious.net/nigerians-in-big-trouble-as-buharis-supporters-campaign-for-3rd-term/

Religion / Embrace Agric To Stem Unemployment, Oyedepo Tells Nigerians by Mrakeli: 3:20am On Sep 21, 2019
General Overseer of the Living Faith Church International, Bishop David Oyedepo, has canvassed a paradigm shift from the pursuit of elusive white collar jobs to embracing of agriculture, if Nigeria’s quest of boosting employment opportunities for its citizenry would not be a mirage. Oyedepo, who spoke at the 20th International Conference and 40th Annual General Meeting of Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers, (NIAE) held at Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, said, aside agriculture, no vocation or institution could accommodate millions of Nigerian job seekers. He said: “Landmark University has a vision to restore agrarian revolution in Africa and to restore the dignity of African man.

We are endowed with fertile land but sadly we have over 400 million hungry graduates across the globe seeking for job opportunities that do not exist. “The cheapest way to be gainfully engaged is via agriculture. It can’t go into extinction because man must eat to live. There is no day that food will be irrelevant. It is, therefore, wise and safe now to tackle the impending day of poverty and hunger through mechanised farming.”

The event, with the theme: ‘Innovations and Technologies For Sustainable Agricultural Mechanisation and Livestock Transformation For Economic Growth’, drew participants from within and outside the nation. Keynote Speaker, Prof. Michael Ngadi, an international expert in Food Quality and Safety, noted that agric engineers, particularly of the modern century, have been playing key roles in bringing food to the table of man. While decrying the high rate of human population the world over put at about 7.7 billion, with a tendency to grow into 10 billion in few years’ time. Ngadi said unless the food capacity is boosted via agricultural mechanisation, man would suffer from famine and quality health conditions. Nigeria, he said, should take a cue from China which has one of the finest Gross Domestic Product (GDP), due to its innovations in the field of agricultural mechanisation, notwithstanding its humongous population.


Politics / Re: Ekwunife,saraki, David Mark, Peter Obi,others At Dr Okey Emodi Burial (photos) by Mrakeli: 2:09pm On Sep 20, 2019
Sen Uche Ekwunife, Bukola saraki, David Mark, Sen. Eyinaya Abaribe, Dr chris Ngige, HE Peter OBI and host of other dignatories graced the burial ceremony of Dr Okey Emodi, husband to Sen.Joy Emodi at St Mary's catholic church Onitsha Anambra state.

More photos at https://www.akelicious.net/ekwunifesaraki-david-mark-peter-obiothers-at-dr-okey-emodi-burial-photos/

Politics / Ekwunife,saraki, David Mark, Peter Obi,others At Dr Okey Emodi Burial (photos) by Mrakeli: 2:08pm On Sep 20, 2019
Sen Uche Ekwunife, Bukola saraki, David Mark, Sen. Eyinaya Abaribe, Dr chris Ngige, HE Peter OBI and host of other dignatories graced the burial ceremony of Dr Okey Emodi, husband to Sen.Joy Emodi at St Mary's catholic church Onitsha Anambra state.

More photos at https://www.akelicious.net/ekwunifesaraki-david-mark-peter-obiothers-at-dr-okey-emodi-burial-photos/

Politics / $20,00 Bribe: EFCC Arraigns Former Petroleum Ministry Director by Mrakeli: 1:22pm On Sep 20, 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Grace Taiga, a former director, legal services at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, on an eight-count count charge bothering on bribery.

The anti-corruption agency accused Taiga of receiving $20,000 bribe among other charges.

The former director was arraigned before an FCT high court, Abuja.

Taiga, during her trial on Friday, was escorted into the courtroom limping.

The case was initially filed against her and Muhammad Kuchazi, the commercial director of P&ID British Virgin Island.

However, the prosecutor informed the court that the charges had been amended and the case was now only against Taiga.

Full details at https://www.akelicious.net/2000-bribe-efcc-arraigns-former-petroleum-ministry-director/

Crime / Police Intercepts Van Carrying Cannabis In Lagos by Mrakeli: 8:26am On Sep 20, 2019
Operatives of the Nigerian Police have intercepted a van carrying large quantity of cannabis also known as Indian hemp

The Police Officers from Area J Command, intercepted the van which was loaded with twenty bags of Cannabis along Itafaji street, Lagos Island

According to the statement released and signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, the driver of the Van, Usman Adeyemi , who is 2- years-old was arrested.

The statement confirmed that the vehicle has been impounded for discreet investigation while investigation on the crime continues.


Politics / FG, States, Lgs Share N740, 880bn FAAC Allocation For August by Mrakeli: 4:37am On Sep 20, 2019
The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) Thursday in Abuja shared a total of N740.880 billion to the three tiers of government as federal allocation for the month of August .

From this amount, the federal government received N301.804 billion, representing 52.68 per cent; the States got N188.925 billion or 26.72 per cent while local government councils got N142.654 billion, representing 20.60 per cent.

Oil producing states received N43.513 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue.

However, cost of collection/transfers/ FIRS, refund was N43.984 billion.

A communiqué issued by the FAAC indicated that the Gross Revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for August 2019 was N88.082 billion as against the N94.159 billion distributed in the previous month of July, 2019, resulting in a decrease of N6.077 billion.

The distributed Statutory Revenue of N631.796 billion received for the month of August was lower than the N674.365 billion received in the previous month by N42.569 billion.

The communiqué further disclosed that, revenues from Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Companies Income Tax (CIT) increased considerably, while Value Added Tax (VAT), Royalties, Import and Excise duties recorded decreases.

However, additional N20 billion from the Forex Equalisation Account shall be shared accordingly among the three tiers of government, which brings the total distributable revenue to N740.880 billion.

Furthermore, the committee stated that as at August 19th, 2019, the Excess Crude Account (ECA) is $328.122m.


Politics / Nigerians In Trouble, As Fulani Herdsmen Threaten To Go On Strike by Mrakeli: 5:28am On Sep 15, 2019
Hajiya Baheejah Mahmood, the National Woman Leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has threatened that the Fulani Herdsmen may soon embarked on a strike.
She stated this on Saturday, in a statement made available to Journalists, in Bauchi State.

The statement reads:
A Fulani is a courageous, self-reliant, fearless and shy person who can be considered an introvert. The Fulani man does not interact and mingle so much with people of other languages and cultures. He prefers to be alone or with his animals or among his kith and kin. He feels intimidated with the presence of other people who he does not know, around him. Despite these though, the Fulani man is a sociable person who likes a lot of fashion and fashionable dressing in multi-colored attire. I consider the Fulani man a very enterprising and thorough person, tending to his herd every hour of the day and going in search of grazing lands to wherever the search might take him. The typical Fulani man is very straight forward and honest but will not stop at anything to defend himself, his family and herd against any predators; human or wild animals.
A Fulani woman on the other hand is a very respectful, obedient, shy and submissive woman to her husband and family. She does all the house chores from taking care of the children, cooking, and preparing and selling the cow milk and cheese. Traditionally, the Fulani woman is a full-time housewife who is fully in charge of the home front. When the family is moving around in search of pasture for the cattle, she is responsible for the children throughout the journey.​
The Fulani are mostly known to engage in cattle rearing or transhumance endeavours. Most of them are without a permanent settlement because they move from place to place in search of greener pastures and water for their cattle. In Nigeria, the Fulani move from the North towards the South during the dry season months between February to March and back towards the North at the start of the rains. They depend on the cattle for their means of livelihood.
The Fulani contribute a lot to the economy of the country and its people. They provide the country with over 90 percent of its meat requirement. The cattle provide beef; they rear chickens, guinea fowls, goat and sheep too. They contribute to the dairy (milk) production and supply of hides and skin of the country, which contributes to the GDP of the economy. The affordable meat and eggs consumed in Nigeria are largely as a result of the activities of the Fulani. During festivities of Muslims and Christians, and almost anything in-between, cattle, sheep and goats are used which are readily available as a result of the transhumance activities of the Fulani. All the products of the activities of the Fulani contribute to the nutritional enhancement of the country with provision of protein in form of meat, eggs and dairy.​

The Fulanis as a people gain next to nothing from the government of the country. Because they are mostly on the move, the Fulani’s do not benefit from the provision of basic amenities such as schools, hospitals and roads. They hardly know the importance of infrastructural items such as electricity, tap or borehole water and bridges. In fact, the Fulani only “buy into” infrastructural and economic development programs that are targeted at some other population, but not those targeted specifically at them. Before a program is designed specifically targeting the Fulani, thousands may have been developed for the “regular” population. No one thinks about them and their welfare and those of their cattle, despite the huge direct and in-direct contributions they make to the employment creation drive of the government. Groups such as butchers, traders in cattle and other animals, traders in hides and skin, makers of leather shoes and bags; and yoghurt-producing companies all depend on the animal product of the Fulani. What the Fulani need is a kind of public/private partnership (PPP) arrangement with the government to boost the production of the animals and their products. For example, if the Fulani should decide not to bring their livestock to the market for one week, all Nigerians will then know and appreciate their contribution to the economy and the well-being of Nigerians.

The Fulani face a lot of challenges. Moving across the length and breadth of this country and even beyond, with their cattle, in search of greener pasture is not an easy feat as their health, safety and general well-being and that of their children and animals can all be compromised during such trips, especially with the current insecurity reigning in the country. The Fulani women and children are more vulnerable in every situation when their husbands and fathers embark on such trips in search of greener pastures, in places thousands of kilometres away. They are equally vulnerable when the whole family moves on such trips as the women have to back the infants while the older children are made to trek through treacherous terrains on foot, open to the elements. If the Fulani herdsmen decide to go on strike for one week, Nigerians will suffer.


Celebrities / Ken Erics: Rachael Okonkwo Not Responsible For My Crashed Marriage by Mrakeli: 4:09am On Sep 14, 2019
Keeping up with relationship as a celebrity seems to be the toughest thing to do, as marriages of celebrities keep crashing like a pack of cards.

During the week, Oni Adaba, the wife of popular actor, Ken Erics revealed that their marriage of two years had hit the rocks. She broke the sad news on social media to the amazement of her fans.

According to her, Erics abandoned their matrimonial home 10 months ago, leaving her in excruciating trauma and pain. Adaba also alleged that Erics never touched her for once in their marriage. Even though, she was advised to seduce him to get him in the mood, rather than get the desired result, she got the beating of her life in return.

When Inside Nollywood reached out to Ken Erics regarding the reports of his broken marriage, he maintained that the truth would come out soon.

Hear him: “I don’t want to talk about this at all. People should believe what they want to believe. Lies don’t last. The truth will come out pretty soon.

Roping me with Rachel Okonkwo is another stupid thing to do. It doesn’t make sense at all. That’s the height of naivety. I’ll clear my name from all these rubbish but not now. I’d do that at my convenient time. I know the Internet never forgets; that’s why I would clear the air at my convenience. Let me give this some time to die down. It won’t take more than one week. The dust it raised will settle.”

Meanwhile, Rachael Okonkwo has opened up on her relationship with Ken Erics, as fingers keep pointing at her for causing his marriage so much harm.

According to the actress, she never had any affair with Erics and therefore could not be responsible for his crashed marriage.

Okonkwo said she and Erics had been friends for years, adding that she felt bad about his marital issues and prayed God to give him wisdom to handle the situation.

“For all the people cursing and abusing me for crashing his (Erics) home, may your curses be my portion if I had anything to do with him sexually in this life,” she said.


Politics / Street Protest Can’t Change Our Leaders – Charlyboy by Mrakeli: 4:08pm On Sep 13, 2019
Charles Oputa, a.k.a “Charlyboy”, convener of ‘OurMumuDonDo Movement’, on Friday said street protest by Nigerians over national issues cannot change political leaders at all levels.

Charlyboy made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

He said that successive Nigerian political leaders had remained insensitive to the plights of ordinary Nigerians over the years and were not moved by such protests to hold them accountable.

Charlyboy also known as ‘Areafada’, lamented that for almost six decades of Nigeria’s independence, its citizens were yet to experience ‘freedom from bad leadership’.

He said he was therefore boycotting street protests over national issues, and urged advocates of good governance and patriotic Nigerians to resort to engaging the leaders through other non-violence avenues.

The 68-years-old activist, self acclaimed “President of frustrated Nigerians’, recounted how he spent most part of his years fighting for the rights of ordinary Nigerians.

He said that in some cases, he went to the streets to champion the fights for the rights of those he never knew.

“I have spent over 40 years of my life leading protest for a better society, and I can tell you that street protest will not change our leaders.

“My father always told me back then that whenever I see injustice, I should fight it because it may come to affect me someday too, and that is my motivation for fighting injustice over these years.

“On several occasions, I have been tortured by the Nigerian police and the military for standing up to authorities to ask questions.

“However, on some occasions, I have been regarded as their friends, depending on the sensibility of those in power.

“I am not a professional protester, so now I have decided to use other means to hold leaders accountable,’’ he said.

The former president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said that he decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths toward holding leaders accountable.

He explained that he was leading an advocacy and enlightenment campaign ‘Na We Be Government” and decided to go back to music, his age-long passion to call citizens to participate in nation building. Forum advises youths to vote out selfish politicians

“All over the word, the Arts, especially music have been used to inspire people and change narratives towards a better society.

“I did not go into music for money, but for the passion of it, and this time I am using it to awake the consciousness of all Nigerians toward building the country they desire.

“A lot of Nigerians have given up on their country because of bad leadership over the years, and do not believe they have a say in the affairs of their country.

“It is time they are reminded that power truly belongs to them and there is a social contract between them and elected political leaders.

“Citizens will do their part and political leaders should also fulfill their obligations as promised in their manifesto, and as required by the constitution,” he said.

reports that Charlyboy is the second son of former Supreme Court justice Chukwudifu Oputa, who had set out to become a Catholic Priest, but left seminary school after a year.

An avid supporter of Okada riders in Nigeria, he is known to have championed many protests, especially when it affects the down-trodden in the society.

In the mid-nineties Charlyboy fought for the rights of military pensioners during the Abacha-led military administration by marching to the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Abuja to demand payment of their pension arrears.

He had also spearheaded campaigns for Nigerian widows, and was founder of the “Save Nigeria from Nigeria’’ campaign, and he was arrested alongside other activists for civil disobedience during the fuel subsidy protest in 2012.


Politics / Row, Electricity Challenges Account For 70% Of Operators’ Costs by Mrakeli: 6:06am On Sep 13, 2019
Challenges posed by hike in Right of Way (RoW) remain unabated as 70 per cent of telecommunications operators’ expenditure currently consumes a bulk of their revenue.

The issue was raised on Wednesday in Lagos, at the on-going NigeriaCom 2019 telecoms forum.According to investors, business managers, and stakeholders, who gathered at the event, government’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ was yet to be felt in the telecommunications industry.

Speaking during a panel session on ‘Public and Private Collaboration for a Robust Broadband Plan in Nigeria’, the Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, regretted that network operators are faced by multifaceted challenges ranging from multiple taxes, insecurity, and harsh business environment.He lamented that the operators are usually harassed, mostly at the state and local government levels during infrastructure deployment.

According to him, lack of understanding among state government officials contribute to the challenges as exorbitant charges during the process of obtaining RoW for broadband infrastructure deployment now accounts for about 70 per cent of the costs.Adebayo, an engineer, noted that while the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has done very well by educating government officials, the environment is not yet conducive for the industry operators as there are still cases of high-handedness by the state officials.

Referring to the National Broadband Plan (2013-2018), the ALTON Chairman said although the 30 per cent target was achieved and surpassed, however, the operators would have helped the country to perform better had those bottleneck been removed.He also expressed concern that government was not doing enough to protect smaller companies in the industry, stressing that if operators with deep pockets continue to have access to bouquets of services through licensing, they would continue to threaten smaller operators.

“It is expensive to buy broadband in Kano State, for instance, than other areas like Lagos, because of the cost of doing business”, Adebayo said.
He however, said that all hope is not lost as the operators are prepared for the future, saying, “Investors looking to come here should know we understand this is the new frontier for businesses.

“All we have to do as a country is have a critical look at the policy and regulatory environment. Protection of telecom infrastructure and designating same as national critical infrastructure is important”, he added.On his part, the Chief Operating Officer at Rack Centre, Ezekiel Egboye, said that infrastructure remains critical to promoting digital services on the Continent.

Egboye called for improved handshake between the public and private sectors to support innovation.It was also revealed at the forum that due to the gaps in power generation in the country, operators currently buy an average of 40 million litres of diesel per month to drive telecom sites.

The Vice President, Network Operations, Airtel Nigeria, Dr. Adedoyin Adeola, noted that power supply was being sabotaged by different people who were benefiting from alternative forms of energy.According to him, network operators in Nigerian and few other African countries are the only ones who introduce two power generating sets into their business case.

Adeola noted that in other climes, operators relied solely on electricity from the national grid.“In Nigerian telecoms, we consume almost 40 million litres per month to power telecoms towers. In the telecoms industry today, it is only in Nigeria and a few other countries that will factor in two power generators in their business case.

“One will work for 12 hours and the other for another 12 hours. The reverse is the case in other countries where the cost of generator is zero while public electricity supply is fixed at 100 per cent,” he stated.

From his perspective, Managing Counsel at Greenfields Law, Osondu Nwokoro, said that there should be consistency with regards government policies in order to entrench business stability.He also said that policies to support smaller businesses cannot be overlooked, adding they add dynamics and changes in every economy through innovative products and services.


Crime / Teenager Gets 80 Strokes Of The Cane For Smoking Marijuana by Mrakeli: 3:00pm On Sep 12, 2019
A Shari’a Court l sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old girl, Zainab Abdullahi, to 80 strokes of the cane for smoking marijuana in public.

Delivering judgment, the Judge, Malam Muhammad Shehu-Adamu, sentenced Abdullahi after she pleaded guilty to the offence.

Shehu-Adamu held that the 80 strokes of cane was a punishment stipulated for people who engaged in taking intoxicants (Hadd) and cannot be reversed.

He urged the Muslim Council of Nigeria to continue with their good work and try to reform the convict in the possible way they can.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Ibrahim Shuaibu, told the court that the police arrested Abdullahi on the road smoking marijuana.

Shuaibu told the court that the convict had been convicted was serving a jail term due to her inability to pay a fine of N7,000, until a religious organisation named Muslim Council of Nigeria paid the fine.

Also speaking in court, Abdulrahman Sadiq, a member of the council commended the court for instilling value and promoting peace in the society praying the court to reduce the punishment for the convict.


Politics / Insurgents Not In Control Of Any Nigerian Territory, Buratai Insists by Mrakeli: 6:17am On Sep 11, 2019
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said yesterday that the Nigerian military had denied Boko Haram and Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) physical presence in any part of the Nigerian territory.

Buratai also said the deployment of troops during internal operations was in support of the police as the lead security agency.
Speaking in Abuja at a summit tagged: Terrorism, Insurgency and Incidence of Electoral Violence in Nigeria: Role of Security Agencies,” organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Buratai said the military had made significant progress in protecting lives and property, especially in the North-east where it denied terrorists physical presence.

The position of the army chief, however, contrasted with the recent position of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zullum, and some communities in the state who had faulted the super camp war strategy of the Nigerian Army prompting the declaration of loss of confidence in the military.

The military has also countered the declaration, saying that it liberated 22 local government areas of the state since 2015.
“We have made significant progress in ensuring that lives and property of the citizens are secured, particularly in the North-east where the Boko Haram terrorists have been denied physical presence in any Nigeria territory.

“The Nigerian Army understands fully the fact that keeping the peace either at the national level and international level requires that we adhere to the extant rules of engagement. Where there are infractions or violations of human rights of the citizens, appropriate disciplinary measures are applied,” Buratai added.

He said the measure was aimed at upholding and maintaining the trust and confidence of the populace as well as the dignity of the Nigerian Army.
The army chief said many officers and soldiers had been killed and would continue to be killed in order to protect the country.

On deployment of troops during internal operations, Buratai said troop deployment was done in support of the police as the lead security agency.

“As you are all aware, security and development are like Siamese twins and they move in the same direction. We therefore continuing to dissipate our energy, some of us have paid the supreme price and would continue to do so if need be in upholding the sanctity and integrity of our nation.

“We rely on the oath of allegiance we all swore at different points of our lives while joining the service. Let me therefore use this platform to say that the personnel of the Nigerian Army are deployed in all the geopolitical zones of the country to assist the police and by extension the civil authority to keep the peace,” he said.


Politics / N5.5bn Cars: Senators Unjust To Nigerians – CACOL by Mrakeli: 11:49am On Sep 10, 2019
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has described the action of the principal members of the Ninth Assembly and other prominent government officials, proposing N5.5bn for the purchase of luxury cars as part of the obligation in discharging their duties as unjust and unfair to Nigerians.

In a release issued by its Media and Publications Officer, Toyin Odofin on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the Centre, Debo Adeniran said, “Spending a huge sum of N5.550 billion to buy luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate is unjust and unfair, it negates the constitutional oath of office made by members to perform their functions in the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens, as contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

“This is the 20th year of this civil rule and this is called the ninth Assembly but we have not recorded much progress in terms of legislative morality, conscience, ethics and responsibility.”

Adeniran said, in a country faced with various economic challenges, the oversight function of the lawmakers shouldn’t be based on purchasing luxury cars.

The statement also noted that “the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT, Enough is Enough (EiE) and 6,721 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court to restrain the National Assembly (NASS) Service Commission from paying N5.550 billion budgeted for purchase of luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate, and to restrain the Senate from collecting the money until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate.

“The suit was filed on Friday at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, and Lagos by Kolawole Oluwadare and supported by an affidavit of urgency. However, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.”

The CACOL Boss added that “we must continue to denounce that action, because once we keep quiet, they like it and then go away believing that they have overwhelmed us.

“It’s condemnable and totally unacceptable, Nigerian people must not surrender on this issue, Adeniran urged.


Crime / EFCC Remands Galaxy Boss For Diverting $2.8m, N6.5b Investors’ Funds by Mrakeli: 5:55am On Sep 10, 2019
Justice Muyiwa Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Nyanya has ordered the detention of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services, Babagana Dalori, in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody for diverting $2.8 million and N6.5 billion of investors’ funds.
The judge gave the order yesterday while ruling on a bail application brought before the court by Dalori’s counsel, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), following the suspect’s arraignment by the EFCC for criminal charges. EFCC had on September 2, 2019 arraigned Dalori and his company before Justice Idris on three sets of charges – two counts on alleged N95.53 million fraud, two on obtaining N4 million by false pretence, and eight on N30.908 million fraud.

Dalori is also being prosecuted by the EFCC before Justice Venchak Gaba of the FCT High Court, Kwali, Abuja, for alleged N10 million fraud.Following his arraignment before Justice Idris, his counsel applied for his bail, arguing that the case against him was civil.He also urged the court to release him on health grounds.

The bail application was, however, vehemently opposed by counsel to EFCC, Maryam Ahmed, who urged the court to deny the application for bail in the interest of justice.In arguing against the application, the EFCC also attached 145 petitions in the counter-affidavit, stressing that it needed more time to investigate the allegations.

The court also noted that the EFCC was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Dalori used investors’ money to trade in foreign exchange, as indicated in the confessional statement by a representative of Forextime Limited (the company he allegedly used for the transaction), which was attached in the EFCC’s counter-affidavit.

Specifically, Dalori was alleged to be running a ponzi scheme, which he used to defraud unsuspecting investors to the tune of N6.5 billion. So far, the EFCC has received a total of 146 petitions, with 128 already tilting against him involving the fraud.Investigations into his dealings also revealed that he traded with investors’ $2.8 million in forex at a loss, and gave a N500 million tip in order to secure a contract, which, however, flopped.

Further probe into the petitions also exposed activities, which involved diversion of investors’ funds to acquire properties, including four filling stations, one hospital, supermarket, watermelon farm, fish and poultry farm, a water factory, estates, and three quarries in Kano, Ogun and Abuja.
EFCC also picked holes in Dalori’s claim of investing in transportation through Galaxy, as investigators could not trace any existing bus used for transport by his company.


Business / NSE Opens Trading With 0.21% by Mrakeli: 8:40pm On Sep 09, 2019
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) reopened for the week on Monday still on a bearish trend, amid persistent sell pressure.

Specifically, the All-Share Index dipped 56.73 points, representing a decline of 0.21 per cent to close at 27,089.84 against 27,146.57 posted on Friday.

In the same vein, the market capitalisation lost N28 billion or 0.21per cent to close at N13.179 trillion, compared to N13.206 trillion on Friday.

The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Nestle Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Oando and Cutix.

Analysts at Afrinvest Limited said that, “In line with the trend, we expect the bearish performance to continue in the absence of any positive driver.

They said they did not rule out the possibility of some bargain-hunting, driving positive performance in subsequent sessions, never the less.

However, market breadth closed slightly on the positive side with 15 gainers versus 14 losers.

A breakdown of the price movement chart indicates that Livestock Feeds led the losers’ chart with 7.14 per cent to close at 39 kobo, per share.

Lasaco Assurance followed with a loss of 6.90 per cent to close at 27k, while Cutix lost 6.67 per cent to close at N1.40 per share.

NPF Micro Finance Bank depreciated by 6.45 per cent to close at N1.16, while Nestle Nigeria dipped by 5.73 per cent to close at N1,136, per share.

Conversely, UACN and UAC Property Development Company recorded the highest price gain of 9.09 per cent each, to close at N6.60 and N1.08 per share respectively.

John Holt followed, gaining 8.93 per cent to close at 61k per share.

Seplat rose by 7.12 per cent to close at N426, while FBN Holdings appreciated by 6.90 per cent to close at N4.65 per share.

Similarly, total volume traded depreciated by 6.7 per cent with an exchange of 290.49 million shares worth N4.29 billion traded in 2,900 deals.

This was in contrast with a total of 311.26 million shares, valued at N6.44 billion transacted in 3,192 deals on Friday.

Transactions in the shares of Guaranty Trust Bank topped the activity chart with a turnover of 128.49 million shares worth N3.38 billion.

FBN Holdings followed with 41.84 million shares valued at N183.53 million, while Transcorp traded 32.85 million shares worth N32.9 million.

Access Bank sold 23.88 million shares valued at N162.67 million, while UACN accounted for 10.61 million shares worth N69.74 million. (NAN)


Politics / World Literacy Day: 70 Million Nigerians Cannot Read Or Write –data by Mrakeli: 5:10pm On Sep 09, 2019
As the world celebrates World Literacy Day, latest data from the Ministry of Education has revealed that 70 million Nigerians, about 30 per cent of the country’s population, are still illiterate – unable to read and write.

This is despite claims by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that the government had increased enrolment through the school feeding programme.

In the 2019 budget, Nigeria earmarked N462.2bn only for education, falling 15 per cent to the 20 per cent minimum recommendation for developing countries by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Compared with the 2017 budget for education, which was N398bn, the N620.5bn for education this year might be seen as a remarkable increase but some stakeholders said it was still meagre.

The statistics from the Ministry of Education also revealed that females account for nearly 60 per cent of Nigeria’s illiterate population.

Despite several initiatives by the government, Nigeria still battles with low literacy levels fuelled by poverty, traditional and religious barriers as well as lack of political will to resolve the problem.


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