Before he was a Senator, Shehu Sani was imprisoned alongside many other prominent Nigerias for treaon against the military junta…
Before he was a Senator, Shehu Sani was imprisoned alongside many other prominent Nigerias for treaon against the military junta…
Three Catholic priests have reportedly died all within the space of six months in IgboUkwu village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. According to reports, their death comes after about 15 shrines were destroyed in the state and traditional rulers promised to retaliate.
The latest Catholic priest to die in the community is Reverend Father Christopher Azolibe. He was the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, the foremost Catholic community in Igbo-ukwu town.
Before the death of Rev. Father Azolibe, two other priests died after the Christian community in the town carried out a crusade that led to burning of shrines on December 29th, 2017.
Prior to the burning of the shrines which locals claim was spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma (Ebube Muonso), the spiritual director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, the traditionalists had received information that the priest was coming for community “cleansing” and had written to the Parish Priest of the host church, urging the parishioners to steer clear of their religious sites.
But the priest reportedly went ahead with the cleansing after which traditionalists reportedly vowed to retaliate. With the death of three priests in the space of six months, locals now fear the threats made by the traditional worshippers are coming to pass.
Justice Akin-David Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede, Osun State has convicted and sentenced one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa, alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Limited to a six- year jail term on two counts of the amended three counts charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC respectively.
The Convict and his company were awarded a TETFUND contract for theconstruction of amphitheater at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun. They were investigated and arraigned for offences of stealing and giving of gratification to public officers. Justice Oladimeji in his ruling found the convicts guilty on counts one and three. Ojemuyiwa and his company were convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment each on the two counts of the three charges. They were discharged and acquitted on count two. The Sentencing is to run concurrently.
The convicts who were arraigned by the Ibadan Zonal office of the EFCC, on Monday, April 3, 2016 pleaded not guilty to the two counts which were later amended to three-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers preferred against him.
Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the prison followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of .3 Billion Naira (N300 Million Naira) TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.
One of the charges against them reads: “John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of N43,093,694.36 (Forty Three Million, Ninety Three Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety Naira, Thirty Six Kobo) to members of Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, through one David Olayinka Olajede of De Capstone Ltd on account of the award of contract worth N228,298,302.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Two Naira) and the over payment of mobilization fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education.
Nigerian dancehall musician,Timaya may have announced his engagement on Instagram. And from all indications, the father of two didn’t propose to his babymama and mother of his two daughters.
Though he didn’t give details, Timaya is head over heels in love with beautiful interior decor expert, Tama who is reported pregnant with his 3rd child.
See his very suggestive post below….
United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO’s) Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili named Aliko Dangote an Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in the framework of the 61st Regional Commission meeting for Africa, celebrated in Abuja, Nigeria recently.
“With this appointment, Dangote is added to the list of personalities named by UNWTO as Ambassadors for Responsible Tourism, whom we hope will act as messengers of our legacy and vision across the globe”, said Secretary-General Pololikashvili.
Considered one of the most successful businessmen in Africa, Aliko Dangote founded the Dangote Group 30 years ago and turned his enterprise into the largest business conglomerate in West Africa. Dangote also set up the largest Foundation in Africa, the Dangote Foundation, devoted to providing nutrition, health and education to the continent’s most vulnerable people.
Super Eagles assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi has been reportedly dropped from his position after his reported clash with the national team captain, John Mikel Obi.
The pair were said to have been involved in a clash over leadership tussle while the Super Eagles’ squad were in Camp in Austria ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Onazi later dismissed reports saying there was no clash between himself and Mikel.
But in a new report online, Onazi, who plays for Trabzonspor of Turkey, would no longer serve as assistant captain and Coach Gernot Rohr has said the idea was counter productive to his plans ahead of the Mundial.
A source said: “Rohr has resolved to cancel the position of assistant captain in the Super Eagles as it is believed to be one of the issues militating against the team
“Mikel remains is the captain and have been told to hand over the captain’s band to the most senior player on the pitch whenever he is being substituted.
“By this pronouncement, Onazi ceased to be Super Eagles’ vice-captain from now on,” the source added.
The Super Eagles who will be facing Croatia, Iceland and Argentina left for Russia this afternoon.
President Buhari is back in the country after his 2-Day official visit to Morocco on the invitation of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
The visit reinforces the positive bilateral relationship between Morocco and Nigeria since the Royal Visit to Abuja in December 2016. His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency President Buhari affirmed their will to create a model of South-South cooperation.
The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Id-el Fitr.
Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. M. Umar in Abuja on Monday.
He congratulated the Muslim faithful on a successful completion of the Ramadan and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.
Dambazau stated that it was government’s desire that “all Nigerians be inspired by the virtues gained during the holy month of Ramadan to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.” He encouraged all Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking the nation to greater heights.
This afternoon, the Super Eagles of Nigeria squad traveled in style to Russia for the 2018 World Cup tournament. The team rocked matching white and green attires which they paired with leather slippers and hats.
See more photos below.
US president Donald J. Trump is currently having a historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in Singapore. They are meeting in Capella resort, an isolated hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
The two leaders shared a historic handshake as they met for the first time at 9am Singaporean time.
The meeting is supposed to last for 45 mins. The two leaders will kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a U.S. official said. Trump and Kim and their translators will meet first in a session first, before they allow their respective advisers to join them.
Update: The initial meeting with the two leaders and their translators is over. They both came out together, with Kim Jong Un smiling from ear to ear. They both waved to journalists, then moved to a different room for an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers.
President Trump’s advisers at the meeting are his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, his Chief of Staff, John Kelly and Ambassador John Bolton, his National Security adviser.
The two principal suspects who allegedly implicated Senator Dino Melaye in the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and illegal arms dealing, have denied the allegations levied against them by the police.
The duo of Kabiru Seidu, aka, Osama and Nuhu Salihu, aka, Small, who were arraigned before a Kogi Senior Magistrate Court in Lokoja on Monday June 11th, alongside Melaye, declared that the allegations were false and they were not guilty when their pleas were taken.
The alleged offences according the prosecution led by Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), are contrary to section 97(1) and the Penalty Code and section 27(1)(a) (1) of the firearms Act CAP P28, laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Izinyon at the resumption of the matter had told the court that the state High Court presided over by the Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah had released the Senator on bail.
He said that the status of first and second defendants remained same in police custody as ordered by the magistrate court on May 3.
Izinyon reminded the court that the pleas of the defendants were not taken on arraignment as he submitted that the court has jurisdiction to try the case and should therefore go ahead to take their pleas.
When the charges were read afresh to the defendants, Melaye as well as Seidu and Salihu, pleaded not guilty as they said the seven charges were all false.
After the pleas were taken and the defendants pleaded not guilty, Izinyon applied for the leave of the court to have prosecuting witnesses to have their depositions forwarded to the defence.
He adjourned the matter to July 26 for commencement of hearing.
Swedish DJ and music producer, Avicii, 28, who committed suicide, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony in his hometown of Stockholm.
Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in the city of Muscat, Oman, on April 20, was buried in a private ceremony which held on Sunday at Skogskyrkogården, a cemetery in southern Stockholm which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Avicii’s friend Jesse Waits, a US entrepreneur and nightclub owner posted a picture on Instagram of the funeral order of service, simply captioned with a heart emoji.
Read the family’s open letter, published last Thursday.
‘Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul who always carried great existential questions.
‘An overperforming perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a tempo which led to extremely difficult stress.
‘When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to feel good and be able to do what he loved the most – music.’
‘He truly battled thoughts about the Meaning, Life, Happiness.
‘Now, he could not go on any more. He wanted peace.
‘Tim was not made for the machinery he ended up in, he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans, but shunned the spotlight,’ the statement read.
‘Tim, you will forever be loved and missed. Who you were and your music will carry on the memory of you.
‘We love you, the family’.
President Buhari has described Nigerian youths as “intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious’’ people that always seeks self-improvement and self-actualization in any part of the world.
President Buhari said this on Monday during one of his meetings with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani, at the Royal Guest Palace in Rabat, Morocco.
According to President Buhari, Nigeria’s “visionary and resilient population’’ works hard to always position the country for more growth, fuelled by a largely youthful group that continually wants to contribute to development.
“Nigerians are intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious. I received some of our students here yesterday and I am really impressed with the zeal and fearlessness they exuded. In Nigeria we have a very young and aggressive population and we are working very hard to create the enabling and inclusive environment for their contributions to be better appreciated,’’ the President told the Prime Minister.
President Buhari said his government is harnessing the human and material resources available in the country, especially in the educational and agricultural sectors, while seeking partnerships with countries that can explore the huge potentials in Nigeria.
The President noted that Nigeria was already on the verge of an agricultural revolution as the importation of rice had been cut down by 90 per cent in 18 months.
“We need to do more to improve our statistics on food production and graciously, the weather has been auspicious in the last couple of years for agricultural growth. We are happy that through partnership with you and hard work the price of fertilizer is already down by 50 per cent,’’ he said.
On the three agreements signed during his visit, namely, Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project, vocational training in agriculture and building of a chemical plant in Nigeria, the President assured the Prime Minister that they will receive appropriate attention.
“We have a huge gas reserve in Nigeria, and we should be known more for gas exploration than for crude oil. So, we are happy with the new partnership with Morocco,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said his country had always been impressed by Nigeria’s intellectual zeal and strength, noting that “many Moroccans appreciate the intellectual contribution of Nigerians, especially in literary works.’’
“Your visit to our country is historic and we are looking forward to more partnerships, especially among our universities, which would further consolidate our relationship,’’ Othman said.
President Buhari also met with the head of the Moroccan legislature, Habib El Malki and the President of the Advisers on Commerce, Ben Chemmas.
The Nigerian leader ended his two-day visit to the Kingdom of Morocco with a visit to the mausoleum where he laid wreaths on the tombs of past kings.
A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has sentenced a 28-year-old man, Kingsley Inyang, to life imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl.
Justice Ogunsanya convicted and found him guilty of defiling the girl, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
According to the prosecution team, Inyang defiled the girl, his church member, in his home on July 26, 2015. She told the court that the first time Inyang defiled her was on a Sunday evening after a fellowship service, following which he threatened to assault her if she told anyone.
Three days later, as she and her younger brother passed his house on their way home from bible study, he beckoned on her again. “He sent my brother outside and forced me to make love to him and said that I should not let anybody know, otherwise he was going to beat me,”she said.
After listening to the victim and examining the evidence brought before it, the cour found the suspect guilty and sentenced him accoridngly to 1 year imprisonment.