Assets Declaration: FG Files Charges Against Ekweremadu, Akpan

The Federal Government has charged the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu , and Senator Bassey Akpan , who represents Akwa Ibom North- East Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, with offences bordering on their alleged refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

Ekweremadu On Wednesday, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja where two separate sets of charges were instituted against the senators , ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the two of them through the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The judge, after granting the orders for service through substituted means , fixed October 22 for the next hearing date in respect of Ekweremadu ’ s case and November 19 for Akpan’s.

The Okoi Obono – Obla – led SPIPRPP had, on behalf of the Federal Government , filed the two separate criminal suits containing two counts each against the senators. It filed the criminal suit marked FHC/ ABJ / CR/ 62/ 2018 against Ekweremadu on May 11, 2018, while it instituted the one marked FHC/ABJ /CR /88 /2018 against Akpan on June 13, 2018.

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Emeka Offor donates $25 m books to Nigerian Universities

According to a statement released to Vanguard in Abuja on Tuesday by the Spokesperson Alex Aghome, the aim of the philanthropic gesture is to restore better reading culture in schools, provide better research materials for students and reduce the financial burden on parents. Speaking at the ceremony, the promoter of the foundation, Sir Offor, who was represented by Dr. Steve Dike, said that he was worried by the declining academic standards in the country arising from inadequate research and reading materials for students and decided to take a bold step to address the inadequacy by making the books available to the schools.

Offor said it was an embarrassment for Nigeria to rely on foreign nations for the training of its manpower needs, pointing out that the economic development of a country can best be sustained when there are is solid human capital to support it.

“It is in a bid to earnestly develop the human capital of Nigeria that I and my foundation have come out today to make these very essential books and other vital resource materials available to the schools,” Offor explained. The Chairman Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, said there was need to pay more attention to reading by students in Nigerian educational institutions not just to pass examinations but also to acquire requisite knowledge to help in developing the country.

Ahaneku said that the books distributed by the foundation would be useful to those who are development-oriented and facilitate the accreditation of university courses in the benefitting institutions. Among the beneficiaries were: Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu, Ebonyi State, University of Ibadan, University of Abuja, Federal University, Lokoja and its Taraba counterpart. It will be recalled that Sir Emeka Offor, in collaboration with Books for Africa, in 2013, started a philanthropic mission of books distribution to several secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria and other African countries with a view to giving Africans a better academic advantage.

Since 2013 till date, many tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa have benefited from the books distribution scheme by the Emeka Offor Foundation

Culled from Vanguardngr

Senate Confirmed The Appointment Of Muiz Banire As Chairman Of AMCON

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The decision to confirm Banire’s appointment was taken at the Senate’s plenary session on Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Banire, a former Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for appointment as the AMCON Chair in July 2018, shortly before the Senate abruptly embarked on the recess.

Breaking News: Police Slapped SaharaReporters Journalist, Threatened To shot him

A policeman, whose name tag simply read ‘Benedict’, threatened to shoot a SaharaReporters correspondent on Wednesday.

While our correspondent was recording the protest by the Aviation unions over the sack of 62 workers by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, the policeman challenged our reporter on the claim that he was filming his boss, which, by the way, wasn’t true.

The policeman, an aide hanging around waiting for his boss who was nowhere in sight, had demanded to see what the reporter was recording, and attempted to seize his camera. Minutes later, the policeman slapped our corespondent, and proceeded to cock his gun, in readiness to shoot him for carrying out his duty.

It took the intervention of members of the aviation unions, who held back the policeman, before he eventually stormed out of the area.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Senate Swears In APC Lawmaker Who Vowed To Make Buhari Life Preside

Honourable Gumau Yahaya, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who won the Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-election held in August, has been sworn in as a senator.

He took the oath of office alongside Ahmad Babba Kaita, also of the APC, representing Katsina North, at the Senate’s plenary session on Wednesday.

During his campaign, Gumau had said he would see to the amendment of the Constitution to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari remains President for life.

The 48-year-old said: “By God’s grace, we will amend Nigeria’s Constitution to allow Buhari to be President for the remaining years of his life. He will only cease to be President when God takes his life. Obasanjo tried all his best for the constitution to be amended to allow him go for a third term, but God didn’t approve of it because of its lack of sincerity. What is now needed in Nigeria is to protect Buhari’s interest and that is what we will do.”SEE ALSO

Gumau is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri and currently represents Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State at the House of Representatives

Muslim Community Honoured Cardinal-Onaiyekan

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide, has honoured His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, with an International Peace Award through its Muslim Television Ahmadiyya, MTA Africa in Ghana.

Cardinal Onaiyekan Mr Ahmed Konadu, Country Manager Nigeria & Ghana Muslim Television Ahmadiyya, MTA Africa Studios, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The MTA Africa Peace Committee said that Onaiyekan has been on national televisions severally condemning the killings of innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram group, describing their activities as “barbaric and inhuman”. “His style of intervention in religious and communal crisis resolution covers, religious persuasions, and town hall peace meetings between the warring leaders engaged in brutal killings in some parts of the country.

“Cardinal Onaiyekan used media advocacy to underscore the need for the Nigerian Government to show more commitment in addressing issues of social justice in order to achieve lasting peace in the country.

“In 2015 National election, he played a pivotal role with some elders in dousing the political tension by ensuring that Presidential candidates signed a memorandum of understanding on peace during and after the election.

“This led to the peaceful handover of power by the then ruling party- Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to an opposition party – All Progressives Congress, APC for the first time in the history of Nigeria.” “Lately, Onaiyekan instituted a Fellowship Programme on “Inter religious Dialogue and Mediation, where 36 fellows, including 16 Muslim leaders and youths were trained in the art of conflict resolutions and peace building initiatives among ethnic groups,’’ he said.

The renowned Catholic Priest won the prestigious award among other nominees in Africa, as a result of his commitment to peace efforts and initiatives in Nigeria and across the African continent. The cleric was presented with a cash prize of One thousand Pounds Sterling, a certificate and a plaque.

He has also received many awards including Pax Christi International’s in 2012 Peace Laureate, Peace Award from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria in 2017.

NAN also reports that the award is in line with its motto of “Love for All Hatred for None’’ in the countries where it is established.

(NAN)

INEC bans APC from fielding candidates in Zamfara

This followed the inability of the national leadership of the party and the state government to reach a common ground on the conduct of party primaries before the October 7 deadline given by the electoral umpire.

In a letter written to the ruling party and signed by the Commission’s acting scribe, Okechukwu Ndeche, INEC said its decision was based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The memo titled, ‘Failure to Conduct Party Primaries in Zamfara state within the stipulated timeframe”, which was obtained by Vanguard, reads: “Please refer to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections released by the Commission on 9th January, 2018.

You would note from the Timetable that the conduct of Party Primaries is scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018.

“Kindly also refer to the last schedule communicated by your party to the Commission on the dates of party primaries nationwide, including Zamfara vide your letter Ref. APC/NHDQ/lNEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd October 2018.

However, report received from pur office in Zamfara state shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed.

“Consequently, based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission does not expect that your party will submit names of any candidate from Zamfara State. For clarity, our position therefore is that the All Progressives Congrats APC will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship.

National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General elections. “Please accept the assurances of the Commission’s highest regards”.

Efforts to get the reaction of the ruling party was not immediately possible as the party spokesman could not be reached on his mobile phone.

Stay tuned for more information

IMF: Nigeria To Experience Slow Economic Growth In 2019

The three major economies of Africa: Nigeria, South Africa and Angola are projected to witness sluggish growth in 2019 and beyond, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

While Nigeria will grow from 1.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.3 percent in 2019, South Africa and Angola were projected to move from 0.8 to 1.4 and -0.1 to 3.1 per cents respectively, the IMF said yesterday.

The projected economic growth of the sub-Sahara Africa from 3.1 percent this year to 3.8 percent in 2019 is not enough to create the needed jobs for the growing population of the region, the Fund added.

The Fund in its 2018 World Economic Outlook released yesterday also warned that the fragile growth of the region may not be enough for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, if the trend remains for a while.

Maurice Obstfeld,  IMF’s chief economist and director of research said whatever affects the three major economies will affect the whole region as majority of the countries relies on their trajectories.

He said although the region would witness growth next year but the growing number of working class coupled with less jobs opportunities, huge public debts and poor infrastructure present a challenge in achieving the developmental goals of the United Nations.

“The continent could do much better once these economies are on the a more solid footings, particularly South Africa and Nigeria because they are really large and affect a number of countries in their neighbourhood.” Milesi Ferretti, Deputy Director Research said while presenting the report.

On the global ratings, IMF cut its global growth forecasts due to the trade tensions between the U.S. and trading partners.

The Outlook said the global economy is expected to grow at 3.7 percent this year and next year – down 0.2 percentage points from an earlier forecast, as the trade war started to hit economic activity worldwide.

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presented twice annually in April and October also marked down the growth  projections for the euro area and the United Kingdom, following surprises that suppressed activity in early 2018.

Among emerging market and developing economies, the growth prospects of many energy exporters have been lifted by higher oil prices, but growth was revised down for Argentina, Brazil, Iran, and Turkey.

Meanwhile, Nigeria and other African countries who are members of the G-24, are set to discuss debt relieve, disaster aid and crises prevention with senior staff from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the ongoing Annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Finance Minister, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed who is the leader of the Nigerian delegation to the Annual General Meeting is expected to be part of the meeting.

The Group of 24 (G-24), a chapter of the G-77, was established in 1971 to coordinate the positions of developing countries on international monetary and development finance issues and to ensure that their interests were adequately represented in negotiations on international monetary matters.

The IMF had in April warned that not enough has been done to prevent future financial crises.

Eric LeCompte, a financial expert and executive director of Jubilee USA said: “We are seeing growing debt crises in many developing economies, at the same time, we see risky and speculative behaviour on the raise.

“We know that risky behaviour and unsustainable debt is a recipe for financial crises.”

EFCC Sets Up Special Team To Probe Fayose

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has set up a special team to grill the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

The Governor will lose his immunity in a matter of few days.

This will give the EFCC the constitutional right to arrest, detain and prosecute him.

Fayose had already been invited by the anti-graft agency and is expected to report at the head office in Abuja to meet with the commission’s Director of Operations, Umar Mohammed, after which he will be grilled by a team of operatives.

Fayose, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors’ Forum, is under investigation for allegedly receiving over N1.2bn from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

He allegedly got the money during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

His aides, Abiodun Agbele, and others who are excluded from the immunity had been arraigned by the EFCC.

Punch reports that Fayose is expected to show up at the EFCC office next week, adding that the Governor has nowhere to run to since he is under security watch and cannot leave the country through any land border, seaport or airport.

A top officer at EFCC told the newspaper, “We have also set up a special team of investigators that will interrogate him immediately after the expiration of his tenure.”

Fayose’s spokesman, Idowu Adelusi, told the newspaper that his principal was ready for the EFCC.

Adelusi noted that the governor had written a letter to the EFCC indicating his readiness to appear before the commission next week.

He said, “Governor Fayose is an honourable man. He will not run away. He has already stated that he will make himself available next Monday once his tenure expires.

“He made this clear in a letter recently. Even when he was not under immunity, the governor honoured the EFCC invitations.

“The EFCC is not a court of law and cannot declare a person guilty. The governor will be available next week, no doubt.”

Atiku, like Buhari can’t Brings positive change in Nigeria—IPOB

NNEWI—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday blasted those jubiliating over the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, saying he will not make the needed difference Nigerians are clamouring for.

IPOB in a statement by  its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said there is no difference between Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari because they are both northerners and are pursuing well scripted northern agenda not known by many Nigerians.

IPOB expressed surprise with the way many Nigerians   particularly some people from South East are jubiliating over the emergence of Abubakar as PDP candidate, saying   they  seem to have forgotten in a hurry what they are going through in the hand of the present government which promised change that Nigerians are yet to see. IPOB members According to IPOB,  “We view with utter disdain and sadness,the macabre dance of shame being exhibited by some elements from the South East over the emergence of Atiku Abubakar.

 

“These shameless politicians, typified by the institutionalized bundle of treachery have reared their ugly heads once again in the never ending cycle of humiliation and suffering for Biafrans in Nigeria. “If people can forget with such ease that Atiku Abubakar is yet another northerner with a major stake in the   tendencies of Miyetti Allah, then there is reason to question the sanity of those that claim they are political leaders in the South East and South South.

“The same misplaced sycophantic euphoria greeted the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2014 when the mantra was to get rid of the same PDP that some  are campaigning for today.We know where Buhari’s regime has landed everybody.

“The same greedy and political short-sightedness that led to the emergence of Buhari  is at play once again.It confirms what we IPOB have always known, that some people do not have what it takes to usher in positive long lasting change.

“The same band of selfish politicians responsible for the pain and hardship ravaging our land today  are now telling us to vote for the umpteenth time in the hope that  things will get better this time around when they know it will not. “It is frankly unbelievable that some people can be that gullible as to be taken in by the charade that passes as electioneering in Nigeria.”

The noise making and celebration at the emergence of another Fulani man to contest presidential seat come 2019 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is indicative that politics in Nigeria is an exercise in recycling expired selfish people in the corridors of power.” According to IPOB, “The emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubarka did not come as a surprise because we the Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are well aware and informed on the antics of the Fulani caliphate with their jihadist plans to perpetuate the suffering and conquest of the rest of Nigeria particularly the former Eastern Region.

“It is a shame that Eastern politicians are still ignorant of this fact, even when they claim they are learned, if not how quickly so-called leaders of the East have forgotten that it was today’s President Buhari that truncated the guaranteed late Dr Alex Ekwueme presidency with his anti-east military coup of 1983. “It was the same man that played the major role in killing civilians and blackmailing an Easterner and former President Goodluck Jonathan out of office, using the formidable might of global Islamic brotherhood led by Obama.

“We therefore, wonder how can those confused easterners will be jubilating over Atiku Abubakar emergence, having speedily forgotten that he single handedly denied Dr Alex Ekwueme the PDP ticket in the run up to the Jos convention in 1999. “There is no serious politician in the South East and South South who does not know that it was the former Vice President that stopped late Dr Alex Ekwueme’s restructuring agenda in 1999.

“We are not unaware of the plans by the Fulani caliphate to continue their antics of perpetuating themselves in power by secretly placing their people in every political platform in Nigeria. “We still wonder why some Nigerians are so myopic to the extent they cannot see the handwriting on the wall.

“IPOB family members and it’s leadership worldwide have gone beyond the current gimmicks and frenzied local politics played by expired politicians on poor masses and we are aware that the Fulanis have a singular agenda, to conquer and Islamize Nigeria. “Unfortunately poorly informed Eastern politicians and their brood of up and coming baby traitors are helping Miyetti Allah in the conquest of the Eastern Region.

“It is important for us in IPOB to place it on record for Nigerians to know that It is that Atiku is a Fulani man and cannot jettison Fulani agenda.

 

“The Fulanis   are pursuing a totally different agenda in Nigeria while other Nigerians are myopically carrying on in their blissful ignorance, and any body in South should ask why can’t   a core Hausa man or Jukun man be the President of Nigeria. “These are the subtle realities that right minded people should worry about, Nigerians should know that the Fulanis are playing a nicely refined game with the brains of Nigerians.

“How sad that some people accepted the narrative that only a Fulani man can win against Buhari who is himself a Fulani. Those irrationally jubilating in the South East and South South over Atiku’s candidacy, must remember that Atiku, Saraki, Obasanjo, Tambuwal, Kwankwonso and others that conspired against   Jonathan in 2015 to put a Fulani man in power.

“Now Jonathan is gone, the big Fulani guns that abandoned him to join APC to ensure the loss of his presidency, have now jumped out of APC to join PDP to overrun the South East and South South who seem to forget so easily

Culled from Vanguardngr

Libyan Coach Resigned Ahead Of Qualifies In Nigeria.

Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just days before his side face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The match is billed for Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation and on Wednesday by Belgian Amrouche, who told the media that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.

The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

They were forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country.

Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday. Libya have four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.

The Seychelles are last in the group without any points. (Reuters/NAN

Breaking News :Prof Oludare Agbi, Nigeria’s former Ambassador To Greece And Australia, Is Dead.

Professor Oludare Agbi, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Greece and Australia, is dead.

We learnt that Agbi, who is also the Asiwaju of Akure Kingdom, died in the early hours of Wednesday following a battle with an undisclosed illness.

A family source confimed the death of the Chairman, Elders Council of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State but refused to give details.

“Yes, Baba (Prof. Olu Agbi) is dead, but the family will issue a statement concerning his death soon,” he said.

He was 73 years old.

Breaking News :Flights Grounded As Aviation Unions Shut Down Lagos Airport

Passengers are said to be currently stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport 2, as aviation unions have shut down activities at the airport.

The protest by the aviation unions followed an earlier threat over sack of workers by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited.

The shut down of MMIA 2 by the unions — Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) — is despite a court order restraining them from carrying out their threat to disrupt activities at the airport.

On Tuesday, a Federal High Court had granted an order in the suit filed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of MMA2, restraining the unions from shutting down activities at the airport.