Friday, 30 November 2012
Radio presenter Freeze has been getting himself in the news quite frequently in recent weeks. After conducting an eye-opening interview with D’banj he got into a Tweet fight with maverick producer Don Jazzy but they’ve settled their differences and moved on.
The COOL FM OAP was a guest of UK’s Factory 78 and was asked to give his list of ‘Top 5 Nigerian Artistes’.
Freeze gave an interesting list mentioning the likes of D’banj, 2face, Psquare, Davido, Wizkid, Ice Prince.
Here’s his list below and reason for picking them…
5. Ice Prince: (No comment)
4. Wizkid: Freeze says the 22-year-old EME pop singer is ‘great’ and hardworking but takes fourth position because he feels he is not really in touch with his reality as compared to Davido.
3. Davido: Freeze explains he is placing Davido a step higher than Wizzy because he feels the 20-year-old is more in touch with his reality as a musician making reference to the ‘All of you’ track the singer recorded on his debut album.
2. 2face and Psquare: Freeze says Mr Idibia and the pop duo tie on his number two position – while not making further comments on Peter and Paul Okoye, he does have a few words for 2face.
Freeze says 2face is a ‘talented musician’, makes brilliant music although he doesn’t understand his recent songs that have to do with ‘freedom fighting’, ’2face is meek like Moses in the Bible’, Freeze says. ‘He is also an inspiration to the generation, contributing his quota to making sure the next generation is not underpopulated‘, he jokes.
1. D’banj: Freeze places D’banj in number one spot. His reason? ‘I think he has gone through a lot, signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music’, Freeze explains and continues by giving props to The Entertainer’s former label partner Don Jazzy.
Freeze also makes reference to faded stars like Style Plus, The Remedies and Eedris Abdulkareembut then dampens the reminiscence by saying he’s ‘not here to resurrect any careers’.
I think I have had it enough, and it’s even becoming more habitual as I always have a fast one with him even when my husband is in the house. My fear is that my husband will soon understand the gimmicks, if we continue in the escapade.
I’m very sorry to say this, but I think I’m an addict, as I get to my pick when I cheat on my husband. I also enjoy it more when it’s done swiftly; just that alone satisfies my libido. However, the reason why I’m so attached to this guy is because he is a complete man. No man can do what he does to me; in fact, it’s unspeakable.
When I met my husband 10 years ago, I knew he was my kind of man, as he was able to satisfy me the very night we met. We both met in one of the universities in the North. We got married just 3 years ago and here I’m trying to battle out of some addiction. I know it’s shameful, but it’s really hard for me to fight.
I had vowed never to be callous to him in any way until his younger brother finished his University program and came into our house last year. Two months after he got into that house, the entire story changed. We had our first night when my husband went on an official trip. I can’t give you the details of how it all happened, but it was the most regrettable night, as I regretted my action after then. We both concealed it, and pretended nothing ever happened, but from that moment, and even as my husband returned, he has not been able to satisfy me the way his brother did. This has kept me glued to his brother. Most of the time, I sneak out of bed to the toilet at nigh where we normally meet to do the dirty thing.
I will deliberately wake my husband when he is at the pick of his sleep, informing him that I was going to the toilet. I would always make sure I get back to the room within 5 minutes, but I tell you, I often return satisfied.
I’m gradually losing my joy and dignity as a married woman because of this development. It’s even becoming a daily occurrence, especially now that my shop has been closed permanently due to the ongoing crisis around my area, and I’m always at home with him in the morning. In fact, even as I write this note, I just doubt if we won’t have it the whole of today. I’m really not happy doing this, and I can’t even tell my husband. I know that the very moment he gets hold of the truth, he will throw me out of the house. I won’t tell him, I will protect my marriage. The brother is just so comfortable with what we are doing, as he has never discussed the negative side of our rough game with me. But the problem is that, at the most quiet time, especially when we are alone, and we look at each other, we just can’t stop doing it.
What is the solution please? is my case medical, spiritual or biological? I need your candid advice. I need to find a solution as I cannot continue like this, even as I don’t have a clue.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had on Thursday struck out the suit filed by civil society groups against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the $12.4 billion oil windfall.
The presiding judge, Gabriel Kolawole, in his verdict said the applicants lack the locus standi to file such a case.
He added that the plaintiffs should not be seen as busy ‘bodies’ but patriotic Nigerians.
It would be recalled that six civil society groups, viz. the Socio-Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP), sued the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the $12.4 billion oil windfall, which the nation recorded between 1988 and 1992, during the dispensation of Ibrahim Babangida’s as the military president.
The groups wanted the court to force the government to release a report of a probe panel led by Pius Okigbo over the spending of the money by the government.
The Federal Government countered the suit saying that the report was missing, adding that only the AGF could demand for such a report.
Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard Mofe Damijo (popularly called RMD) and the acting General Manager of the state’s Tourism Board, Philo Nkem Ajufo, have allegedly embezzled N50 million belonging to the ministry.
Several sources in Delta State, including two employees of the Culture Ministry, told our reporter that a former commissioner in the Ministry had requested N50 million to organize the “Delta State Expo 2007.” However, the state government was unable to release the funds that particular year to sponsor the yearly event.
By some bizarre twist, the funds were finally released to the ministry’s tourism account in May, 2012. “As soon as the money arrived, the commissioner said that the ministry could no longer hold the event since six years had elapsed,” said a source within the ministry. “The Honorable Commissioners also argued that Deltans would have forgotten about the event – and therefore the money should not be used for the purpose it was released.”
However, our reporter obtained documents from the Delta State Ministry of Finance stipulating that the N50 million must be spent on the event for which the Culture Ministry applied for it. The warrant was signed by one P.O. Evuojapha on behalf of the Commissioner of Finance. The warrant indicated that N35 million of the funds was to go to the Tourism Board.
Our sources disclosed that Mr. Damijo, a former popular Nollywood actor turned politician, connived to issue a check of N35 million in the name of Ms. Ajufo who reportedly deposited the sum into her First Bank private account number 3006131619. “Mrs. Ajufo and RMD then shared the money,” one of our sources asserted.
Another government source told SaharaReporters, “It is very obvious that the manner the check was issued in the name of the board GM instead of in the name of the board was fraudulent. It portrays an element of fraud.”
Several of our sources depicted Ms. Ajufo as somebody versed in the art of warming up to top politicians in the state and getting her way.
Two sources said Ms. Ajufo used her share of the looted funds to start off a twin duplex building located at No.6 Dunkwu Crescent in Asaba, the state capital. The building is behind Junior Staff quarters and near a Redeemed Christian Church. One source said Ms. Ajufo had started the project in June, 2012.
A source close to Ms. Ajufo told SaharaReporters that the head of the tourism board had denied receiving any of the embezzled funds. “She accused Mr. Mofe Damijo of carting away the whole sum of N50 million even when her account was used to commit the fraud,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Ms. Ajufo’s staff have reportedly lost all patience with her manner of running the board. “The acting GM is very, very corrupt,” said a staffer. “As we talk, apart from her official car, the Tourism Board cannot boast of a single functional car. All the board’s cars are grounded. And in this era of technology, there is no single working computer apart from one in her office – which she doesn’t use. Her office is entitled to N1 million subventions every month, but as soon as the money comes the commissioner and the GM share most of it. The left over is never properly used by the GM.”
A source who was on the GM’s entourage to the Akwaba Festival in Lagos last October told SaharaReporters that Ms. Ajufo embezzled some funds meant to secure an exhibition stand at the festival. “The GM collected N500, 000 from the government to procure an exhibition stand for Delta State at the Akwaba Festival held in Lagos in October, 2012. Instead, she pocked the sum of N300, 000 and went for an ordinary table stand which cost her N200, 000 only. She is the most corrupt of all the GMs we have ever worked with in that board. She runs fraudulent deals with the commissioner and they have both amassed wealth for themselves to the detriment of the people of Delta State.”
When a reporter sent a text to Ms. Ajufo, the embattled GM wrote back, “Please, speak with the Honorable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism. Thank you.”
Contacted by phone, Mr. Damijo denied all the allegations, insisting that no such money was released to his ministry at any time. “That matter is a dead matter,” he said. “There was no N50 million released to my ministry.” I run the Ministry with people, the Permanent Secretary and other directors.”
Thursday, 29 November 2012
This information is coming from Nasir Elrufai. He updated his facebook status thus:
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General Buhari loses his 1st daughter.
Zulai Buhari"...on our way to Kaduna tomorrow isA
Zulaiha Muhammadu Buhari RIP born 5th Dec 1972 left behind Amira, Moh'd & the two day old baby girl
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Highly controversial Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh who recently had a messy fight with star actress Mercy Johnson has confirmed the rift.
Tonto Dike who claims Mercy Johnson is not just her type said she had let go of everything that transpired between them.
In a recent interview, when puzzled on why she chose not to attend Mercy Johnson’s wedding, here is what the actress said:
“That’s not the reason I didn’t attend her wedding, it’s surprising,why people think you just have to be everybody’s friend.
In the industry,I don’t know half of the producers and I work for them,I don’t even know half of my colleagues but I work with them.
I kiss and hug them on set.We flow,we enjoy the friendship on set based on the energy and connection that exists between myself and the next person on set but that does not mean we are friends in the real sense of it. You can’t just be a friend to everybody, it’s a normal thing. Mercy Johnson is not just my friend”.
When asked about a serious fight she allegedly had with Mercy Johnson, here is what the actress said:
“Even if I had,I had let go everything.It doesn’t really matter to me anymore. Everybody is doing well,It’s just because we are not close,we only did about two or three movies together.We have never been close friends.”
Former Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Professor Ilochi Okafor, who was abducted by some unknown gunmen on Sunday regained his freedom on Wednesday.
The Law Professor was accosted and taken away in front of his residence at the Independence Layout in Enugu while leaving for church on Sunday.
we gathered that he was found blindfolded around the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Emene, Enugu on Wednesday.
An unconfirmed report revealed that the two-time Attorney General of the old Anambra state was able to regain his freedom after his family had allegedly parted with an undisclosed sum of money.
It would be recalled that following his kidnap, the Enugu State Police Command assured the safety return of the Professor and immediately swung into intensive investigation.
Feelers reaching us from the Yoruba movie industry, otherwise known as ANTP, indicates that one of the fast rising actresses, Silifa Ladeji famously known as Silifonia, was on Wednesday beaten to death by her lover during a misunderstanding.
A close friend of the late Silifonia, who is also an actress, said that Silifonia who was heavily pregnant before her sudden demise had been a victim of battery and assault in the hands of her lover.
we gathered that the suspect is currently at large, while the corpse of Silifonia has been deposited at an undisclosed mortuary.
Keep in touch for full details shortly.
A teenage girl was beheaded by a relative in northern Afghanistan after she refused to marry him, police said on Wednesday.
“Gisa, 15, was beheaded on Tuesday by her cousin Sadeq, in Khanabad district of Kunduz province after she and her family refused to allow the girl to marry him,”’police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said.
“Police arrested Sadeq and his friend Massoud, who had helped him to kill the girl,” Hosseini said.
Sadeq confessed that he killed the girl after she and her family rejected his request to marry her in spite of repeated appeals, Hosseini said.
“On Tuesday, Sadeq and his friend, Massoud, entered the girl’s house. When they found out she was alone, they beheaded her with a knife.”
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for girl education.
She was targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban for supporting education for girls.
A recent ranking of African Universities by Africa.com has placed the University of Lagos in the 9th position. Cairo University, Egypt ranks first on the list followed by yet another University in Egypt, American University in Cairo.
According to a statement on their website, “While students from across the continent continue to move abroad to study at leading learning institutions in the U.S. and Europe, Africa boasts its own league of great universities. Presented below is Part I of Africa.com’s Top 10 Universities in Africa. Part II will feature the Top 10 Universities in South Africa, a country that is home to enough academic heavyweights to populate its own list.”
Here is the list of 10 Universities ranked top in Africa:
1. Cairo University – Egypt
2. American University in Cairo – Egypt
3. Mansoura University – Egypt
4. Makerere University – Uganda
5. University of Nairobi – Kenya
6. University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
7. University of Botswana – Botswana
8. University of Ghana – Ghana
9. University of Lagos – Nigeria
10. Ashesi University – Ghana
The Statement on University of Lagos
Established in 1962 with the aim of training professionals for the newly independent Nigeria, the University of Lagos is a comprehensive university that strives to learn through “knowledge and research.” The University houses nine faculties, and the Medical School is home to three faculties. With an emphasis on research, the University’s faculty has published over 1,700 papers, with the most publications coming out of the medical, science, and engineering faculties.
In celebration of its Golden Jubilee, the University of Lagos will host a three-day research conference and fair with the theme “Research and Innovation for Economic Development in a Globalising Nigeria.”
Notable alumni include Nigerian television actor Francis Agu; publisher and film producer Wale Adenuga; Chairperson of the Nigerian Government’s Economic and Financial Crimes, Farida Mzamber Waziri, and HIV/LGBT activist Bisi Alimi.
The criteria used for the ranking include the following: 1) undergraduate and graduate school reputation among higher education peers; 2) student selectivity for entering undergraduate class; 3) quality and quantity of faculty research, including depth of research facilities and engagement beyond immediate community, and 4) international student ratio—the degree to which institution draws students from outside of its national boundaries.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Olaleye Sunday Olanrewaju known as Honorable LAS is a final year Accounting student of DLI in Unilag. He was hit by a stray bullet on Saturday, 24th of Nov. on his way to church at Sango Ota during a robbery incident. His family members have described him as a gentle, easy going man. Miss. Titilayo, one of his course mates said he was a fine, small but very intelligent and vibrant man. He will be greatly missed by all, she said. He was laid to rest today in his hometown. May his soul rest in peace.
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has died after a battle with pneumonia, according to his Facebook page.
“Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home,” read a statement on the page. “The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived.”
Ziglar's executive assistant Laurie Magers says Ziglar died Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano.
Ziglar’s speaking career had lasted more than 50 years, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, before he retired in 2010.
He was known for corporate training and motivational speeches that aimed to improve people's personal lives and careers. His company includes more than a dozen other speakers who advocate "The Ziglar Way."
Ziglar has written more than 29 sales and motivational books, including "See You at the Top" and "Over the Top," and has made appearances with U.S. presidents and world leaders, according to his website.
The talks between Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd and Assets Management Company Ltd (AMCON) have collapsed.
Spokesman of Capital Oil, Mr. Nick Hayes, said this mean plans by the company to re-open its depots in Lagos and other parts of the country have failed.
He said: “The implication of this is a crisis situation ahead, in regards to the shortage of fuel otherwise known as premium motor spirit (PMS), currently being witnessed across major cities in the country.”
Providing insights into what led to the collapse of talks barely 48 hours after Capital Oil and Gas said it was satisfied with discussions with AMCON, the spokesman blamed it on “inordinate ambition of some forces to take over the running of affairs in the company wholesale.”
In a statement yesterday, Hayes said: “It has now become very obvious that there is a grand design by some very ambitions people to capture the entire business concern and run it as if they set it up in the first instance.
“These people are the ones pushing AMCON to bring very unacceptable conditions to the negotiating table. Their whole plot is to ensure that there is no amicable settlement and in that way, AMCON can do their bidding which simply is, to take over the running of the affairs of the company.”
He said when Capital Oil sensed the personal interest, it backed out of the settlement plan electing instead to head back to the courts.
Hayes added: “Another issue that led to the disagreement by both parties we learnt, is the appointment of an Administrator to oversee the company. AMCON is understood to favour the appointment of an administrator who shall have sweeping powers. Expectedly, top Management of Capital Oil and Gas kicked against the move which they say will give such an Administrator the authority to throw out thousands of Nigerian youths in the employ of the company presently, in favour of those the Administrator may want to bring in. Mr. Hayes hinted that this is one issue that hurt the MD/CEO of Capital Oil and Gas, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, who has always been on the side of the youths as far as employment is concerned.
“He then warned that if AMCON is not stopped from playing politics with the country’s economy as they are presently doing, what happened in January when Nigerians took to the streets in protest against the removal of subsidy on oil, may be a child’s play to the chaos that will ensure when fuel finally dries out of filling stations nationwide.”
Less than 72 hours after a double suicide bombing which led to the death of at least 17 people at the Protestant Military Church, Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State and four weeks after requesting for a dialogue with the Federal Government, the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram has distributed another letter requesting dialogue with the Federal Government.
According to Reuters, the letter was signed by Sheik Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, a man known in security sources to be a moderate senior member of the sect and was sent through head of journalists in Borno State, Aba Kakami.
In the request for dialogue made earlier this month, the sect nominated former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, as a mediator. Buhari has since declined the offer. However, in this recent offer, they nominated Imam Gabchiya, an official of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State as mediator.
“We are by this letter of invitation to our respected elders proving to government that we are not joking with the government, but we are awaiting the response of those concerned,” Abdulazeez said in the letter.
This letter is coming three days after the Joint Military Task Force offered a N290m reward for information leading to the capture of 19 leading members of the sect.
In related news, contrary to the general belief that Boko Haram was responsible for the bombing of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad’s headquarters (SARS) in Abuja on Monday November 26th 2012, another radical Islamist sect – Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The unedited excerpt of the email claiming responsibility reads:
“In the name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful.
“The Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-sudan is hereby declaring by Allah’s grace to be the responsible for the attack held on 12th Muharram, 1334 – 26th November, 2012, on S.A.R.S. detention facility in Garki Area II, Abuja Nigeria.
“Allah SWT has obligated us to help those that are oppressed, especially those oppressions that is taking place in the security cells, prisons and other detention centers etc. and has become part of the main functions and basics that form Jama’atu Ansasrul Muslimina fi Biladissudan.
“We are stating loud and clear that many of those captured by the Nigerian security or by the Christian in Plateau state such as the women and children in Langtang, Yalwan Shandam etc to mention but a few. By Allah’s grace we are matching towards their freedom.
“Lastly, we are calling upon all Muslims to come and joined hands with us in carrying out this noble duty that Allah SWT has commanded us to do, Allah SWT said: “And what is the matter with you that you fight not in the cause of ALLAH, and for the feeble among men, and for women and children oppressed…”. Nisa’i:75.
“Abu Usamatal Ansari (Amir JAMBS).”
It is sad that while the Federal Government and security agencies are still searching for ways to stop the violent attacks from one sect, another one is rising up starting another trail of bloodshed again.
The Nigerian Prison Service Rebrands – Changes Name to “The Nigerian Prisons and Correctional Service” | Replaces “Hard Labour” with “Prison Labour”
The Nigerian Prison Service has been renamed following the third reading and passage of “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Prisons Act Cap. P29 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Nigerian Prisons and Correctional Service, to make comprehensive provisions for the administration of Prisons in Nigeria and for related purposes” by the Senate.
It is now addressed as “The Nigerian Prisons and Correctional Service.”
According to the Bill, the name change is “to underscore the humane aspect of the reform focus of prisons administrations and to conform to provisions in the international instrument.”
The Senate also approved a recommendation that deleted the words ‘hard labour’ and replaced it with ‘prison labour’. The Senators noted that “hard labour” is an inheritance from colonial era and should be deleted and replaced with “prison labour.”
The Nation reports that the Bill also empowers the State Comptroller of Prisons to reject additional prisoners where the prison in question is already filled to capacity.
Section 6 (4, 5,6) states: “In the event that the prison has exceeded its maximum capacity, the State Comptroller shall notify the Chief Judge of the State or the State Criminal Justice Committee.
“Upon receipt of the notification the Chief Judge or the State Criminal Justice Committee shall within a period not exceeding one month take necessary steps to rectify the overcrowding.
“Without prejudice to subSection 4, the State Comptroller of Prisons in consultation with the Prison Superintendent shall have the power to reject more intake of prisoners where it is apparent that the prison in question is filled to capacity.”
Senate President David Mark urged prison officials to ensure that prisoners do not become “more hardened” after serving their sentences but become better citizens.
Nigerian Prisons have for many years been burdened with many problems including congestion, poor facilities and non-reforming of the prisoners. It is hoped that these new changes would bring about some necessary changes to the prisons.
What do you think about the new name and change from “hard labour” to “prison labour”?
The Minister of State for Power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, yesterday told South African investors that evil spirit were behind Nigeria’s darkness preventing the country from taking her pride of place in the comity of Nations.
While addressing members of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Ruling Party, which led a team of investors to her office in Abuja, the minister said, “We must resolve to jointly exorcise the evil spirit behind this darkness and allow this nation take its pride of peace in the comity of Nations.”
The minister in a statement by the Deputy Director/Head of Press of the ministry, Greyne Anosike, said, “Nigeria needs help, any nation that loves Nigeria must collaborate with it now to resolve her energy crisis...We are getting irritatingly slow.”
She told the delegation that Nigeria has a structured response to her power challenges with a Roadmap it is implementing with care and diligence and asked them to study the power sector roadmap and come up with their specific area of interest, assuring that there were a lot of gaps to be filed in the sector.
The Minister said that work had reached various stages of completion in rehabilitating some of the moribund power stations littering the landscape pointing out that, the revival of the abandoned power projects was critical in lifting the sector as billions of funds had been sunk into them.
“It would amount to lavish diseconomy to embark on new project and abandon the old ones in which huge tax payers resources had been sunk,” she said, and added that she was confident that the present Administration is determined to make a difference in this sector and break the jinx.
The new papa (he just had a son) is wanted by the Nigerian police for a hit and run that occurred in Ikeja penultimate Friday.
According to police reports, Terry G hit the victim, Moshood Azeez, with his car while leaving Club Royale located on Oba Akran Rd Ikeja.
Moshood, whose leg was crushed in the accident, was rushed to General Hospital Ikeja where he is still receiving treatment. Terry G was said to have fled the scene of the accident now making it a police case.
Police at Wemabod Estate, Ikeja invited the Akpako master for questioning but he didn't respond to the invitation. Corporal Linus Reuben who is in charge of the case said Terry G has left the country for the UK. He said they plan to go after him once he returns
Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday ruled that an alleged serial fraudster, Seun Ogunbambo, continue to stay at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Lagos.
Mr. Ogunbambo is involved in multiple cases of fraud and is renowned for his ease to assume multiple identities, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The commission is accusing Mr. Ogunbambo, and his company, Adeline Investment Ltd., of fraudulently obtaining a credit facility of over N1.2bn from Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc in 2009.
Mr. Ogunbambo conspired with Olamide Ogunbambo and David Ayodele – both of them at large – to obtain the facility, the commission said.
While fixing trial for January 24th, 2013; Ms. Akinlade said that the defendant did not convince the court that he would not jump bail before the date.
“I’ve gone through the evidence against the defendant, the evidence is quite weighty and serious,” Ms. Akinlade said.
“Also, the claims that the defendant was using different names to procure international passports at different times were not challenged or contradicted; therefore admitted as the truth,” the judge added.
The judge maintained that she would give the trial an accelerated hearing.
The credit facility was granted to Mr. Ogunbambo, after he forged bank statement of Guaranty Trust Bank and Bank PHB, in four tranches – N610m, N230m, N200m and N180m, according to the anti graft agency.
In the bank statements that helped facilitate the fraud, Mr. Ogunbambo claimed that he earns a monthly salary of N5.5m, with an additional N5m per month taking care of his housing allowance, the EFCC added.
When he was arraigned last week, Mr. Ogunbambo pleaded not guilty to all 14 counts and was remanded in prison.
At the hearing of the bail application on Tuesday, Adebayo Adenipekun, counsel to Mr. Ogunbambo, said that his client had already refunded N120 million to the bank.
Mr. Adenipekun also told the judge that they have been meeting with the EFCC, as well as Stanbic IBTC, towards a resolution of the matter.
“It is not in dispute that before the arraignment and after the arraignment, the applicant has been meeting the complainant towards the settlement of the matter,” said Mr. Adenipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“The applicant will not only attend trial when the trial commences, he is also taking steps to settle this matter by plea bargaining,” he added.
Ms. Akinlade, however, responded that their meeting is not the matter before the court.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
A 3-storey building under construction along Works Layout in Owerri the Imo state capital has collapsed.
Sources said the building collapsed around 11 pm yesterday night during a heavy downpour.
It was also disclosed that a 28 year old man identified as Joseph Ekanem a carpenter who happens to be one of the workers inside the building have been trapped inside, even though they cannot ascertain if there are more workers trapped inside and they cannot ascertain as there are 6 workers working in the building on daily basis.
Sources also disclosed that the owner of the building who lodged in a hotel close to the building came to the scene of the incidence but quickly locked up the building and ran away, when Channels Television contacted him on the phone, he denied ownership of the building.
At the time of filing this report, State emergency management agency (SEMA), Imo rescue team, Road Safety and combined security operatives in the state forcefully broke into the premises in order to rescue the trapped man.
However, some of the people living in the neighbourhood attributed the collapse to quack and shabby job by the contractor as the foundation is not strong enough to carry a 3-storey building.
Empire Mates Entertainment, EME, has announced that they will round up activities for the year with a ground breaking live-in concert tagged “The Baddest”.
The concert which will hold on Friday, December 21, 2012 at The Grounds, Ocean View restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos will have the EME superstars led by R&B powerhouse, Banky W and internationally renowned pop star Wizkid thrilling music lovers with some of the greatest hits of 2012.
According to Banky W, “The Baddest” concert is a very special gift to our fans for all the support they have shown us throughout the year.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Aminu Yusuf, Monday disclosed that the first batch of the 2,000 Dangote graduate drivers trainees will conclude their training in January, 2013.
Yusuf in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stated the training would be done in batches of 100 participants on quarterly basis.
The programme which is spread over a period of four years would end in 2016.
The DG also disclosed that the institute was carrying out the training in conjunction with the Federal Vehicle Inspection Officers and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
“These graduates, which include women from the Dangote Group, will undergo a three -month training because they have no knowledge of driving before being certified as drivers.
“They have graduated from different universities but have never driven vehicles before.”
“After being certified as drivers at the end of the training, they will be licensed immediately.”
“These drivers will be different from other drivers because they are not illiterates and their training is sound,’’ he said.
He said the institute was determined to provide human capital development in the transport industry.
“It is our inherent duty to provide human capacity for the entire transport industry through training and retraining, orientation skills and development and professional training.
“We feel that we should extend our services to lower cadre especially our middle level and top management training institute.’’
The NITT boss further said: “But because of frequent demands from organisations for customised training programmes for drivers, we have now designed and customised such programmes.’’
Yusuf, a Transport expert, was recently conferred with the Dr Kwame Nkrumah African distinguished Public Service Order of merit Award 2012.
Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw has again bagged another brand ambassador deal, this time with a UK based perfume line.
The perfume line which is called Blessings Perfume, is owned by a UK based Nigerian and is exclusively sold in Harrolds, London. Although she did not disclose how much was involved in the deal, NET gathered that the company parted with a ‘mouth watering’ sum of money to have the actress sign the deal.
Henshaw started her acting career in 1993 and has featured in over 50 movies. She is presently a judge on the ongoing Nigeria’s Got Talent show and is also on set for an upcoming soap opera, Crossroads, along with other actors, including Emeka Ossai.
President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) Bolanle Onogoruwa to vacate office with immediate effect.
She is to hand over to the most Senior Director in the Bureau, Benjamin Ezra Dikki who is to hold the position in an acting capacity until further notice.
A press statement by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Vice President, Umar Sani said “The Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) Mrs. Bolanle Onogoruwa has been relieved of her appointment with immediate effect. She is to hand over to the most Senior Director in the Bureau, Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki who is to hold the position in an acting capacity.
“Mr. President extends his sincere appreciation to Mrs. Bolanle Onogoruwa for her services to the nation and wishes her the best in her future endeavours.“
The reason for her sack was not mentioned in the statement.