Breaking Fire Outbreak at UBA ‘Branch’ In Victoria Island

The UBA Pensions Custodian Limited — a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBA Plc — located at 22B Idowu Taylor St, Victoria Island, Lagos, is currently on fire.

An employee of the bank who spoke with SaharaReporters on phone from the UBA Head Office said the incident sent staff, as well as people in neighbouring buildings and on the streets, scampering for safety.

He also said Fire Service, emergency agency and security officials had been contacted.

As of the time of filing in this report, information about the source of the fire and possibility/toll of casualty were still scanty.

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Breaking: INEC issues Fayemi certificate of return as Ekiti Governor

Featured Image -- 535Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has, at a ceremony in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, issued the winner of the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi with certificate of return, making him the Governor of the state.

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Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party, defeated his closest opponent, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Issuing him the certificate of return was INEC’s  National Commissioner in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Oyo states, Prince Solomon Soyemi.

Remarkable Day For Nigeria’ — FG Unveils Name, Logo Of New National Career In London

Nigeria’s new carrier to begin operations in December 2018 will be known as Nigeria Air, Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, revealed in London on Wednesday.

Sirika unveiled the name and logo of the new national carrier at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow, saying the carrier is private sector-driven, and is therefore a “business” rather than a “social service”.

He also said the government will not own more than five per cent of the airline, and will therefore not be directly involved in its running.

“This is an important day for Nigeria. The largest economy in Africa, largest population, GDP of around half a billion dollars, and the only true aviation player in West and Central Africa,” he said.

“Nigeria has unfortunately not been a serious player in Aviation for a long time. We used to be a dominant player, through Nigeria Airways, but sadly not anymore.

“This will be a national carrier that is private sector led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.

“The Nigerian government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new national carrier. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it.”

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Sirika also explained that the new terminals in Lagos and Abuja Airports will add 11 million passenger capacity in each of the two airports, while the airline will have flights on 81 domestic, regional and international routes.

Nigeria’s previous carrier, the Nigeria Airways Ltd., was founded in 1958 after the dissolution of West African Airways Corporation (WAAC) but ceased operations in 2003.

Breaking: Police arrest eight suspected kidnappers Of Chibok Schoolgirls

The Nigerian Police has, Wednesday, arrested Eight members of the Boko Haram  terrorists suspected who partook in the kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state.

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The suspects were paraded on Wednesday by the Nigerian Police in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

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Obiano Flags Off Construction Of 18KM Road; Promises Democracy Dividends To The People-Obika Chidiebele

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano earlier today, flagged off construction of Oroma-Umudora-Umuikwu-Onono road with spur to Umueze Anam, all in Anambra West Local Government Area.

At a short ceremony held at Afor Market, Oroma Etiti, Governor Obiano observed that the 18km road with culverts awarded to TAMAD Construction Coy, will link about five communities in Anambra West council area. The road will give the communities access to Asaba, Delta State, with a spur at the Oroma -Kogi-Abuja Highway.

“This road links major agrarian communities in the area who are major producers of Vegetables, Ugu, Bitter leaf, Yam and rice which serve as export commodities for the state”, Governor Obiano said.

He explained that when fully completed, the road will facilitate easy movement of goods to the markets of Otu and Onitsha, thus, putting money in the pockets of the farmers and the state by extension.

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In his speech at the event, the Anambra West LGA chairman, Hon Tonycollins Nwabunwanne, described Governor Obiano as a workaholic. He promised that the Local Government was ready to help with the protection of the company workers.

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The member representing Anambra West in the Anambra State House of Assembly and also the majority leader, Hon Victor Okoye, thanked Governor Willie Obiano for his visionary leadership in the state. He informed the Governor that the Anambra West people will continue to be supportive of his government.

In joy and excitement, the people of Anambra West had trooped out en mass to welcome the Governor and his entourage.

IARA nominates Peter Okoye for 2 awards


International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA) has nominated Ace Nigerian Singer Peter Okoye, Mr P, for best male artist’ and ‘best international male artist’ categories for IARA 2018.

Screen-Shot-2018-02-09-at-12.51.03Mr P, who has‘ ebeano crooner’ as his hit so far this year, took to his instagram handle: @Peterpsquare and thanked his fans for the nomination. Peter ‘Psquare’ Okoye ‘”Two nominations :

International Achievement Recognition Awards. Shout out to all my loyal fans, this one is for you. My first ever nomination, not one but two! It can only get better and better”. “‘@iara awards, I am truly honoured and congrats to other nominees y’all are incredible,’’ he wrote Mr P will be going against Micheal Dappah, Davido, George Ezra, Ihab Amir, Bread Boi, Louis Tomilson, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason for the ‘best male artist category.

Other artistes nominated in the ‘best international male artist’ category are: Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Cassper Nyovest, Medikal, Black Coffee, La Fouine and Mohammed Abass. Newsmen report that, at the 2017 edition of the award, Adekunle Gold took home the best African artist award. The award ceremony is scheduled to hold on Sept. 22 at Hilton Hotel in London.


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Anglican Church abolishes wedding before traditional marriage

ANGLICAN Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Anambra State, Rt Reverend Samuel Ezeofor has abolished the wedding of couples in the diocese without first performing their traditional marriage rites.



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Bishop Ezeofor who announced this at the Cathedral Church of Saint John Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area during a thanksgiving service to mark the end of the first session of the fifth Synod of Aguata Diocese, urged would be couples to first observe the traditional marriage rites before wedding in the Church.


Big Blow For Orji Uzoh Kalu As He Lost His Bid To Prevent The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (7 ) From m Raising g The Counts Of Charges Against st Him m In n His s 11-YEAR-LONG N3.3BILLIONFraud d Trial l From 34 to 39.

Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State, on Tuesday lost his bid to prevent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from raising the counts of charges against him in his 11-year-long N3.2billion fraud trial from 34 to 39.Orji Uzor Kalu_0

EFCC is prosecuting Kalu, together with his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, Slok Nigeria Ltd, said to be owned by him.

In October 2016, EFCC preferred 34 count charges, including a N3.2 billion fraud charge, against Kalu, but he and Udeogo pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) subsequently informed the court of a “second further amended charge” to kalu’s charges, but the accused’s defence team, comprising Awa Kalu (SAN), Chief Solo Akuma (SAN) and K. C. Nwofo (SAN), opposed it, arguing that it wasn’t done in accordance with the provisions of the law.

They urged the court to reject the amended charge.

However, at his re-arraignment at a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, Justice Mohammed Idris held that the prosecution could amend the charge.

According to the court, an alteration of a charge can be allowed at any time, while the court accordingly, calls upon the accused to plead to the new charge and proceed with trial.

The court held that it could not shut out the prosecution from filing a second amended charge as the defence had not showed that the amendment would be prejudicial to it.

After the court’s ruling, the accused were then re-arraigned on the new charges, and they again pleaded not guilty, while the court allowed them to continue with the bails earlier granted to them.

The defence team then informed the court of the “no case submissions” filed on behalf of the accused. They added that they had served same on the prosecution, which in turn, filed a written address in reply.

The defence argued that the prosecution’s address was over 100 pages and so, they would require time to study same and make a response.

Idris then adjourned the case until July 25 to hear addresses on the “no case” submissions.

In the charge, the accused were alleged to have committed the offence between August, 2001 and September, 2006.

Kalu was alleged to have used his company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., to retain N200 million in an account in First Inland Bank, now First City Monument Bank.

The sum is alleged to have formed part of funds illegally derived from the treasury of the Abia State Government,

In one of the counts, Kalu, his company (Slok Nig Ltd), one Emeka Abone and Michael Akpan, who are said to be at large, were also alleged to have, between 2001 and September 2006, collaborated to commit an offence.

They were alleged to have concealed the genuine origin of an aggregate sum of N7.2 billion, which formed part of funds illegally derived from the Abia State Treasury, and converted same into several bank drafts, which were subsequently, paid into the account of Slok Nigeria Ltd.

In counts one to 10, the accused were alleged to have retained about N2.7billion in different accounts, which funds were said to belong to the Abia State Government.

Cumulatively, in all the counts, the accused were alleged to have diverted over N7.1billion from the Abia State Government’s treasury, during Kalu’s tenure as Governor.

The offences contravene the provisions of Sections 14, 15(6), 16, 17 and 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2005.

They also contravene the provisions of the Money Laundering Act of 1995 as amended by the amendment Act No. 9 of 2002 and Section 477 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation, 1990.