‘NBA should punish Monday Ubani for misconduct’ – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reacted to a statement by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, entitled, NBA Condemns The Unlawful Detention of Monday Ubani by EFCC, Demands Immediate Release,” wherein it condemned the Commission for allegedly refusing to charge to court or release one of its members, Monday Ubani.

 

The statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Association, Kunle Edun, and syndicated in sections of the media today April 2, purports that Ubani is still being detained despite the order of Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal High Court, for the EFCC to “charge Monday Ubani, a former 3rd Vice President of the NBA and his co- applicant to court on or before Friday, 28 March, 2019… or release them on bail”.

 

“It has been 3 days after the order of the court was made and the EFCC has characteristically shown daring disobedience to the order of court by refusing to release Monday Ubani on bail or charge him to court,” the association said. And then the clincher, it added that “the agency’s penchant for disobedience to orders of court is an ominous threat to rule of law and impacts negatively on Nigeria’s investment environment”.

 

It is regrettable that the NBA opted to vilify the Commission over a purported order that is based on an ex parte motion by Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Counsel to Ubani, without any objective attempt at reviewing the facts of the case between the EFCC and Ubani.

 

Unknown to the bar leadership, there are, at least, three different motions before the court on this matter. The applicants have a pending motion on notice for bail. They also filed a motion ex parte for bail. All the Commission is waiting for are dates for the motions to be argued.

 

The NBA must be mindful not to succumb to the wiles of members whose conducts detract from the lofty ethical standards of the bar.

 

Instead of rebuke, the Commission expects the NBA to remonstrate with Monday Ubani for flouting one of the time honoured rules of professional conduct by legal practitioners, which forbids lawyers from standing surety for their clients. Rule 37(1) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, states: “where a lawyer undertakes the defence of a person accused of a crime, he shall exert himself, by all fair and honourable means, to put before the court all matters that are necessary in the interest of justice, but shall not stand or offer to stand bail for a person for whom he or a person in his law firm is appearing.”

 

By standing surety for Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, former Chairperson of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), his client and suspect in a fraud case before the Commission, Ubani is liable for misconduct, for which the EFCC expects the NBA disciplinary committee to take appropriate action.

 

Contrary to the attempt to portray the Commission as one that thrives on impunity, Ubani has already been brought before the court by the EFCC. This fact is reflected in the statement he made to the Commission on September 13, 2018 wherein he stated: “Today, we were in court and my role in the whole saga was explained to the court and the court adjourned the matter to 6th of December, 2018.”

 

By “the saga”, Ubani is referring to his role as surety for his client, Dr. Olojeme, a prime suspect in the N68billion NSITF fraud. Olojeme and a former Managing Director of the agency, Umar Munir Abubakar allegedly mismanaged and diverted into personal accounts the total sum of N50billion Employee Compensation Scheme (ECS) funds paid in by Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other companies since 2011 and another N18billion, being contribution by the Federal Government as take off grant to the NSITF.

 

Following investigation into this fraud, which coincided with the dissolution of the NSITF board in 2015, Olojeme fled the country. She was placed on a watch list for over a year while other suspects in the case were arrested and questioned. A 26-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and diversion of public funds was filed before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in charge No. CR/365/17 against the defendants with Olojeme listed as being at large at the time.

 

However, on December 18, 2017, Olojeme turned herself in, and was interviewed and subsequently released on administrative bail on January 2, 2018, to two sureties namely, Monday Ubani and Hon. Christopher Enai. The sureties as part of the bail bond, agreed to forfeit to the federal government the sum of N1billion each, should they fail to produce Olojeme whenever she was needed.

 

After she reported to the Commission, the charge was amended to include Olojeme. However before the next date of arraignment she fled the country. The sureties were called several times, the last being March 19, 2019, to produce her but failed. Consequently, the Commission filed a recognisance process against them on March 21, 2019 at the FCT High Court 7, Apo, Abuja which they have duly responded to by filing preliminary objection.

 

The Commission is waiting for the court to fix a date for the parties to argue the applications

Japanese government releases $1.5m towards rebuilding North-Eastern Nigeria

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The Government of Japan has released $1.5million to fund community stabilisation activities in the North-East region of Nigeria. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the funds would be utilised through an ongoing programme launched in 2016 and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria.

 

The interventions being implemented in the region are aimed at supporting victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the three most affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.  According to the statement, the recent release of funds “builds on ongoing activities that the Government of Japan has been supporting which have facilitated the rehabilitation of 20 public infrastructures and provided emergency employment to more than 2,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and returnees”.

 

Also, more than 4,000 farmers and over 1,000 small businesses have received support with inputs and capital that helped improve and expand their sources of livelihood. The Government of Japan has already invested $6.5million in stabilisation activities in Nigeria’s North-East.

 

The funding from the Japanese government would be utilised within the framework of Integrated Community Stabilization Programme which UNDP has been implementing in the region intended to directly benefit 125,000 people in the three states. An additional one million people will indirectly benefit from interventions under the project. Implemented through an integrated approach, the project’s goal is to support over 2,200 farmers, 500 small businesses, five community public infrastructures, and provide emergency employment to over 850 community members.

 

Speaking on the activities in the region, Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, acting UNDP Resident Representative, said: “Stabilization efforts in the North-East are helping families and communities begin to rely less on humanitarian aid and more on themselves. This support from the Government of Japan will go a long way in laying a foundation for development to take place again in the region.”

 

Ms. Khardiata added that meeting urgent early recovery needs of the crisis-affected communities remained a huge challenge requiring more partners and investment.  In his remarks, Shigeru Umetsu, Chargé d’affaires ad interim of Japan to Nigeria, gave the assurance that the Government of Japan would continue to support efforts aimed at restoring stability and livelihoods for the communities in the North-East.

Chidinma demands apology from City FM after an OAP said Kizz Daniel’s #FvckYou song was about her

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Nigerian singer, Chidinma through her lawyers ‘Shonaiya & Co’ have written a letter to City FM in Lagos demanding a public apology and retraction of ‘defamatory’ statements by its on-air personalities who said the viral Kizz Daniel ‘Fvck You’ song was about Chidinma and that the singer humps around.

 

In a chat with LIB, Chidinma’a legal representative Ayo Shonaiya said, ‘this is just a Notice to the station and the OAP to retract his comments and apologise to Chidinma because those statements are false and defamatory’.

 

He added that, ‘It is their next move or how they respond that will decide our next move’.

Chidinma and Kizz Daniel were rumoured to be lovers before their relationship hit the rocks at some point in 2018.

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“I deeply regret what I did” pedophile footballer Adam Johnson finally speaks following release from prison

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Adam Johnson has finally apologised after he was released from prison where he served three years for child sex offences.

 

The disgraced former footballer said he “deeply” regrets his actions. Johnson, who had played for England, said today he wants to move on with his life after grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

 

Johnson, 31, was released from HMP Moorland Prison on March 22 after serving only three years out of his six-year prison sentence.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, the dad said he “would like to take this opportunity to publicly express my remorse for my actions” which “led to my conviction and imprisonment”.

He continued: “I am very sorry for the effect my conduct had on those directly and indirectly involved. It should never have happened and I deeply regret what I did.

“I now want to concentrate on the future and want to demonstrate through my actions that I am committed to repaying them for their support.”

 

In the statement, Johnson also apologised to friends and family and thanked any members of the public that supported him.

Photo: Eiye confraternity members arrested and arraigned in Lagos

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Three men, Amechi Dukur, Totimi Johnson and Yusuf Ahmed, were on Monday arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, over alleged membership of an unlawful society.  Dukur, 25, Johnson, 18 and Ahmed, 21, are facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, membership of unlawful society and breach of peace.

 

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the trio, along with others still at large, committed the alleged offences on March 1, at 2.00 p.m. at Akala area of Mushin, Lagos.

 

Ihiehie said the defendants and their accomplices, conspired and conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by using some dangerous weapons to threaten the community. He also alleged that the defendants belonged to an unlawful society called the Eiye Confraternity. The offences contravened Sections 42(a) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

 

Ruling on the bail application, the Magistrate, E. Kubeinje, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50, 000 each, with one surety each in like sum. Kubeinje said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed, and with evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government. She adjourned the case until April 24, for further hearing.

President Buhari rejects seven bills from National Assembly

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President Buhari has rejected seven more bills transmitted to him by the National Assembly. The president announced his decision to withhold assent to the bills in a letter read during senate plenary on Tuesday April 2nd.

 

The bills rejected include: Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill, 2018; Nigeria Aeronautical Research and Rescue Bill, 2018; National Institute of Credit Administration Bill, 2018 and Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund.

 

Others are National Housing Fund Bill, 2018; Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Bill, 2018 and National Bio-technology Development Agency Bill, 2018.

This brings to 20, the number of bills President Buhari has rejected from the National Assembly in 2019.

Photos: Many injured as truck loaded with crates of beer skids off Enugu/Onitsha Expressway

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Many people sustained serious injuries after a truck filled with beer skidded off the MCC axis of the Enugu/Onitsha Express road and fell into the center drainage of the express road today April 2nd.

 

Eyewitnesses say the conductor of the vehicle with registration number Enugu XX 971 ENU was signalling to other vehicles to make way for the lorry which was carrying empty crates of beer from Ogbo tomato axis of the express road due to brake failure before it finally crashed at the MCC axis.

 

The injured victims, three men and a lady, were rushed to St. Charles Borromew hospital for treatment.

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German FA president, Reinhard Grindel resigns over ‘gift’ scandal

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German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel confirmed his resignation on Tuesday following a series of scandals.

 

The 57-year-old has been under growing pressure following controversies culminating in a newspaper report on Monday that he had accepted the gift of a 6,000 Euro ($6,700) watch from his Ukrainian colleague Hryhoriy Surkis.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, Grindel confirmed that he had received the gift and that he would end his three-year tenure in charge.  “I am deeply shaken to have to give up my role as DFB president over such an issue,” Grindel said.

Two persons burnt to death as Hilux vehicle collides with fuel tanker in Bauchi

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Two persons were burnt to death while several others sustained injuries in a fatal auto crash. that occured along the Bauchi-Jos road today April 2nd. The accident which happened in the early hours of the day, occured when a Hilux vehicle had a head collision with a petrol tanker.

The impact of the collision reportedly triggered the explosion.

Speaking on the unfortunate incident, the Public Relations Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State Sector Command, Rilwan Suleiman, said

“Yes, it is true, there was an accident a few moments ago (at about noon), a Hilux with a Government number plate collided with a petrol tanker, unfortunately, it caught fire. Two people died on the spot.”

Suleiman said the remains of the dead persons have been deposited in a morgue while the injured ones have been transported to a hospital.

Photos: President Buhari attends Inauguration ceremony of President Macky Sall of Senegal

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On Tuesday, President Buhari attended the inauguration ceremony of President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar.

 

Other Nigerian dignitaries present at the occasion include, AfDB President Dr Akinwunmi Adesina and MD Sahara Power Group Mr Kola Adesina, MD Sahara Power Group Mr Kola Adesina and Chairman Heirs Holding Tony Elumelu.

 

See more photos below….

 

Photos:?President Buhari attends Inauguration ceremony of President Macky Sall of Senegal

Photos:?President Buhari attends Inauguration ceremony of President Macky Sall of Senegal

Photos:?President Buhari attends Inauguration ceremony of President Macky Sall of Senegal

Nigerian police force reacts to reports of ’30 people’ getting kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway

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The Kaduna State Police command has reacted to media reports that over 30 people were  kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway yesterday.

 

‘The attention of the Kaduna Police Command has been drawn to a fake story going round on social media to the effect that about thirty (30) people have been kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway yesterday and their vehicles abandoned by the road side’ the command tweeted.

 

Adding that, ‘the Command wishes to unequivocally refute the story as fake fictitiously fabricated by some unpatriotic elements to create panic in the minds of unsuspecting citizens who ply the road for their legitimate businesses’.

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Wife’s ‘hair shaved off by husband’ after she refused to dance for his friends

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A man has been charged to court for attacking his wife, stripping her naked and beating her with a pole before shaving her head.

Asma Aziz, 22, a mother-of-three, posted a video of herself crying online. She had bruises on her face and her hair was shaved off as she begged the public for help. She claimed she was attacked and humiliated by her husband – Mian Faisal – and his friends because she had refused to dance for them.

Her husband, Mian Faisal, and an employee of his, appeared at the Model Town Courts in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, after four days on remand.

 

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Judicial Magistrate Shahid Zia has now ordered Faisal to remain in custody to await a medical report on his alleged victim’s injuries.

Asma was present at Monday’s hearing along with her lawyers, where she urged the court to bring her husband to justice.

 

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Asma and Faisal before the attack

 

She said Faisal had frequently forced her to dance for his friends previously, but this time she said no, so he and his friends ripped her clothes off before she was pinned down while her husband shaved her head then set it on fire.

She said in the footage: “They (my husband and his friend) undressed and beat me with a pipe.

“My clothes were bloody. I was bound by a pipe and hung from the fan. He threatened to hang me naked.”

Faisal said he was ready to face the court’s judgement but demanded his side of the story be heard.

He said: “You [the media] have been advocates for Asma for the past one week — give an hour to me and listen to what I have to say. I will accept any punishment I am given.”

Asma says that Faisal was kind and loving when they first got married four years ago, but after just six months she noticed his behaviour beginning to change. She claims he began to beat her after drinking alcohol and often invited his friends for parties at their house.

 

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Asma also alleges that when she went to police, officers refused to register her claim because she could not pay a bribe, saying on camera she felt her only option was to ask the public for help.

Shireen Mazari, the Minister for Human Rights in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet, wrote on Twitter that his office had taken notice and ordered the arrest of two men – Asma’s husband Mian Faisal and his employee Rashid Ali.

Punjab police spokesperson Nabila Ghazanfar told ARY News that a high-level investigation has been opened to look into the incident, pending which the victim has been put under police protection.

The results of Asma’s medical examination, seen by DawnNewsTV, reportedly show that she had multiple bruises on her left arm, bruises and swelling on both cheeks, a cut on her hand, redness and watering in her left eye, and had suffered dizziness and vomiting.

Amnesty International South Asia last week tweeted that while it is ‘glad that strong and swift action’ was taken against Asma’s alleged attackers, it was dismayed at the “alarming rise in reported cases of violence against women”.

Below is a video of Asma sending out a cry for help.

 

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Video: Angry dad storms Nigerian private university to flog his son for allegedly scamming him of N800k

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An angry Dad stormed a private university in Nigeria yesterday to flog his son for allegedly scamming him.  According to reports, the student lied to his father that he needed money, about N800k, to sought some school issues.

He collected the money and never did as he said. His father found out, stormed the school and gave him serious beating.

Watch video below.

 

Felicity Hayward covers her naked body in paint to promote body positivity

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To promote body positivity, Felicity Hayward went nearly naked and covered her modesty with body paint ahead of her appearance in Naked Beach.

The plus-size model’s body was covered with butterfly artwork in paint. She also had on skimpy panties but that was all.

Felicity will star in a new series, Naked Beach, which will see contestants embark on a naked mission to find their self-esteem.

 

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Sharing a photo of her naked body covered in paint, Felicity wrote:

The statement that Self Love, Brings Beauty has been something which has resonated for me for years. We weren’t born full of hate for ourselves or others, society has changed us by what we are viewing in media, or what beauty or body trend is currently popular.

In a life of social media filled with photoshop and unrealistic beauty standards we really do have a body image crisis on our hands.

70% of the UK have issues with their body leading to low self esteem and confidence issues and I have always wanted to help change that, so … …

I’m really excited to announce that I am part of @channel4 ’s brand new show – Naked Beach ?? Myself and a host of other body confident babes will be helping individuals on their journey of understanding their bodies and their journey of self love.

Once you understand that there are no two humans on the planet are the same, you realise you can aspire to be the best version of yourself, not someone else.

So here we are naked, on the telly, suns out, bums out and hoping to make a difference to people’s lives.

In my opinion life is too short to listen to other people’s views on your body, you must enjoy your life to the fullest, but in order for that you need to feel that love from within, I hope we can help you with that ?

Starts Thursday 11th April, 8pm, Channel 4 ? hope you ready ?? #NakedBeach #SelfLoveBringsBeauty#SelfLove #Channel4

Photo: Six-week-old baby snatched from his mother outside Shoprite Center, South Africa

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Police have launched manhunt for a suspect who snatched a six-week-old baby from his mother outside the Shoprite Centre in Pretorius Street, Mokopane CBD, South Africa.

Police Captain Marcus Mofya, who confirmed the incident said the baby boy was snatched from the mother outside the Shoprite Center while she was buying food at a spaza shop.

Reports suggest the baby snatcher disappeared into the taxi rank in the vicinity of the Shoprite Centre.

“The case is still under investigation and we are following up on all the clues we have. Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect and reunite the baby with her family, should urgently contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501; Captain Marcus Mofya at 082 565 8277/015 4091400; the crime stop number 0860010111; the crime line SMS 32211 or the nearest police station.” Mofya added.

Paris prosecutor to investigate Ex-Man.U star Patrice Evra over alleged anti-gay insults towards Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris prosecutors have announced they have opened an investigation into former France and Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, over alleged anti-gay slurs aimed at French football club, Paris Saint-Germain.

After Manchester United eliminated PSG from the Champions League last month, Evra made two explicitly anti-gay insults about PSG as he responded to comments made online about the French club.

In a video which went viral, Evra said: “Paris, you are queers… Here are the real men doing the talking.”

The 37-year-old later defended himself on social media after the incident, saying that “he loved everyone” and was not homophobic.

The inquiry follows a complaint lodged last week by two French gay rights groups, Stop Homophobia and Mousse, supported by Red Direct, an association of ex-players of Paris Foot Gay.

“This is a great satisfaction for our collective Red Direct,” Julien Pontes, of Red Direct, told AFP, praising “the speed of the reaction of the Paris prosecutor, who decided that the law would apply to Mr. Evra”.

“He looked so happy. I couldn’t stand his happiness” – Suspect confesses to killing victim for ‘being happy’

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Prosecutors said Monday, March 1, that a suspect has confessed to murdering Stefano Leo, a young man who was found stabbed to death on the banks of the River Po in Turin, Italy, in February, for the sole reason that he wanted to kill someone.

The suspect, Said Machaouat, a 27-year-old Italian with Moroccan roots, turned himself in at the weekend.

“I chose to kill that young man because he looked happy. And I couldn’t stand his happiness,” Machaouat said, according to the prosecutors.

“The motive is spine chilling,” Turin prosecutor Paolo Borgna said.

 

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Machaouat,  pictured above, was quoted as telling prosecutors Ciro Santoriello and Enzo Bucarelli that “I wanted to kill a lad like me, to take away all his prospects, his children, his friends and relatives”.

The suspect, who showed investigators to where a kitchen knife that is thought to have been the murder weapon was, said he was depressed after splitting up with his ex wife.

“The worst thing was knowing that my four-year-old boy was calling a friend of my ex partner daddy,” Machaouat was quoted as saying.

Sam Smith calls himself ‘Bond Girl’ as he strips down to his underwear to show off his eggplant (Photo)

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British gay singer, Sam Smith, who recently revealed in an interview that he feels very feminine after having sex with men, took to his Instagram story to share a photo of himself posing in just his underwear and showcasing his eggplant.

He captioned the photo: ‘Bond Girl.’

 

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