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Yahya Jammeh stole $50m

Yahya Jammeh stole $50m

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Yahya Jammeh accused of stealing $50m The Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh stole “at least” $50m from the state before he left the country in January.According to the justice minister,  Jammeh withdrew the money via a state telecoms company. The BBC reported that a court has ordered all his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen. Mr Jammeh flew into Equatorial Guinea after 22 years in power. He lost an election in December and only agreed to step down after regional powers sent in troops threatening to force him out. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Mr Jammeh left the country. The amount was initially suggested to be more than $11m (£8.8m) by Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty then an aide to new President Adam Barrow. But on Mond
Former Gambia President, Jammeh in trouble

Former Gambia President, Jammeh in trouble

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Exiled former Gambia President Yahya Jammeh The exiled former President of the Gambia, Mr. Yahya Jammeh, is in trouble following the seizure of his assets.The personal assets of Jammeh been frozen included bank accounts and local companies in his name. Justice Minister Abubakar Tambedou said in Banjul on Monday at a press conference. Tambedou said the assets frozen were without exception; all his known properties including his lands, companies and livestock. He said the current government had secured a court order freezing properties inside The Gambia. including those directly or indirectly linked to the former leader who was being investigated for economic crimes against the state. According to Tambedou, the order allows the state to impound 131 of Jammeh’s landed properties, 88 local ban
Tinubu warns coup plotters

Tinubu warns coup plotters

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Tinubu: warns coup plotters By Yemi AdeleyeThe National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu has warned soldiers planning a  coup d’etat  in the country to stop it as they would be resisted. Tinubu gave the warning at the Lagos Assembly Special Parliamentary Session to celebrate Lagos at 50, Second Anniversary of the 8th Assembly and official inauguration of L-Shaped Assembly Complex. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the army had, in a statement on May 16, warned all officers and soldiers to steer clear of politicians trying to woo them. Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the army spokesman, had said in the statement that the warning followed information received by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai that, “some individuals have been approaching some
FG, AfDB partner on Kano rural roads

FG, AfDB partner on Kano rural roads

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Construction of roads, The Federal Government, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank are collaborating to  construct 700 kilometres of rural roads in Kano State.Mr Ubandoma Umarama, the National Coordinator, Federal Projects Monitoring Unit, told a one-day stakeholders’ workshop in Kano on Monday. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop is on identification of intervention areas and selection of high priority rural roads for the AfDB/World Bank-funded RAMP III in Kano State. Umarama, who was represented by Mr Aminu Mohammed, said the project was an initiative of the federal government, which when completed, would address the challenges faced by rural communities in terms of access roads. According to him, no fewer than seven states are currently benefiting from
Protesters storm EFCC over Turnah’s arrest

Protesters storm EFCC over Turnah’s arrest

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the EFCC Scores of protesters on Monday stormed the Port-Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Port Harcourt over the arrest of Mr George Turnah.Turnah, was a former Special Adviser to erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Dan Abia. He was recently arrested by the anti-graft agency in Port-Harcourt, Rivers, for allegedly stealing N2 billion from the coffers of the NDDC. Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Monday night that the protesters were mostly youths under the aegis of Egbeyin Congress and Ogbia Brotherhood Council. Led by one Mr Dan Igbe, the youths reportedly said they were protesting in support of Turnah, who they alleged was being humiliat...
Protesters storm EFCC over Turnah’s arrest

Protesters storm EFCC over Turnah’s arrest

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the EFCC Scores of protesters on Monday stormed the Port-Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Port Harcourt over the arrest of Mr George Turnah.Turnah, was a former Special Adviser to erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Dan Abia. He was recently arrested by the anti-graft agency in Port-Harcourt, Rivers, for allegedly stealing N2 billion from the coffers of the NDDC. Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Monday night that the protesters were mostly youths under the aegis of Egbeyin Congress and Ogbia Brotherhood Council. Led by one Mr Dan Igbe, the youths reportedly said they were protesting in support of Turnah, who they alleged was being humiliat...
Trump budget cuts food, medic aid for poor

Trump budget cuts food, medic aid for poor

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Trump budget to be unveiled at U.S. Congress today President Donald Trump’s first full budget which will be presented to lawmakers today has slashed funding for healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor while it trims the deficit.Trump, currently traveling in the Middle East and Europe on his first foreign trip since assuming office in January, will miss the unveiling of his plan. According to Reuters, the  plan would cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over 10 years, balancing the budget by the end of the decade. More than $800 billion would be cut from the Medicaid program for the poor and more than $192 billion from food stamps. Presidential budgets are often ignored by the U.S. Congress, which controls federal purse strings. Lawmakers are expected to shy away from at le
Politics, leadership and accountability: The role of the people by Femi Falana,

Politics, leadership and accountability: The role of the people by Femi Falana,

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By Femi Falana, SAN INTRODUCTION: I congratulate members of the Movement for Genuine Change on the occasion of the 50th year anniversary of the creation of the Kwara State. I am delighted to participate in the historic celebration by the government and people of Kwara State. Although like other states in the country,Kwara State was established for the purpose of bringing the government closer to the people, it is regrettable to note that over the years, the government has been taken away from the people as a few powerful individuals have privatized the state and cornered its resources to the detriment of the people.  It is hoped that this movement will align with other progressive organizations to embark on the mobilization of the people to take their political destiny in their own hands.
British court awards Ibori £1 compensation

British court awards Ibori £1 compensation

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A High Court in London has awarded James Ibori, former Delta State governor, a nominal £1 (about N400) as damages over his claim of unlawful detention by Amber Rudd, British Home Secretary. Cheema-Grubb, the judge, agreed that between December 20 and 21 last year, Ibori, who spent years in UK jail for money laundering, was unlawfully held for one day, 18 hours and 10 minutes. Ibori had claimed £4,000 in damages. She said the Home Secretary “failed to have regard to her limits to detain” as attempts were made to claw back millions from him. But in rejecting Ibori’s bid for thousands in compensation, the judge ruled: “There is no compensatory loss to Mr Ibori and I fix nominal damages at £1.” In a statement on Monday, Tony Eluemunor, media aide to Ibori, said the former Delta State governor
Manchester Arena bombing : U.K. Police confirm 19 dead

Manchester Arena bombing : U.K. Police confirm 19 dead

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An injured person at the Arena Greater Manchester Police said 19  people were  killed and about 50 injured in a blast at Manchester Arena. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported to be in the foyer, after a pop concert by American Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities and others injured”. The cause of the explosion is unknown but the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident. According to the BBC, senior counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office. Early  estimates put the number of fatalities in double figures, although these are not confirmed. Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains c
‎Ekiti 2018: Fayose drops bomshell, says he would contest to complete

‎Ekiti 2018: Fayose drops bomshell, says he would contest to complete

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Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose Monday evening dropped a bombshell when he declared that he would contest the 2018 gubernatorial election ‎so that he could serve his term which was truncated through an orchestrated conspiracy of illegal impeachment in 2006. Ayodele Fayose It would be recalled that the Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment saga that ousted Fayose from office about seven months to the end of his first term. The apex court described the said impeachment as null and void. Speaking in a live broadcast on Ekiti State Television in Ado-Ekiti on Monday evening, Fayose who was explaining why he chose to put his image on a campaign poster currently circulating the nooks and cranny of the state, said that since the apex court had said that. Hiss impeachment in 2006
Passenger bus nosedives 300 feet, kills 17

Passenger bus nosedives 300 feet, kills 17

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Mexico bus accident claims 17 lives At least 17 people were killed and 31 were injured when a bus plunged some 300 feet off a roadside in a mountainous region of southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, authorities said on Sunday.The accident occurred near the town of Motozintla when the bus ferrying people home from a spiritual retreat on the Pacific coast came off the road and fell down a steep slope, emergency services in the state of Chiapas said in a statement. The passengers came from the nearby municipality of La Trinitaria and at least 17 died and another 31 were injured, said a spokesman for emergency services, Daniel Cuate. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed his condolences to the families of the bereaved on Twitter. P...
Passenger bus nosedives 300 feet, kills 17

Passenger bus nosedives 300 feet, kills 17

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Mexico bus accident claims 17 lives At least 17 people were killed and 31 were injured when a bus plunged some 300 feet off a roadside in a mountainous region of southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, authorities said on Sunday.The accident occurred near the town of Motozintla when the bus ferrying people home from a spiritual retreat on the Pacific coast came off the road and fell down a steep slope, emergency services in the state of Chiapas said in a statement. The passengers came from the nearby municipality of La Trinitaria and at least 17 died and another 31 were injured, said a spokesman for emergency services, Daniel Cuate. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed his condolences to the families of the bereaved on Twitter. P...
Elephant kills hunter in Zimbabwe

Elephant kills hunter in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe elephants A big game hunter died in Zimbabwe when a member of his hunting group fired their gun at an elephant striking it and causing it to fall on him.The group had gone for a walk in the afternoon near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park when three elephants stormed the group, News 24 reported. A fourth elephant stormed the group from the side and was shot. The animal grabbed 51-year-old Theunis Botha with its trunk, then collapsed and fell on him. Botha had “unknowingly” approached the elephant herd, a wildlife official told The Associated Press. Simukai Nyasha, spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said Botha was on a 10-day, licensed hunt. Botha was a specialist in hunting leopards with hounds. Game Hounds Safaris, Botha’s company, said in
Elephant kills hunter in Zimbabwe

Elephant kills hunter in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe elephants A big game hunter died in Zimbabwe when a member of his hunting group fired their gun at an elephant striking it and causing it to fall on him.The group had gone for a walk in the afternoon near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park when three elephants stormed the group, News 24 reported. A fourth elephant stormed the group from the side and was shot. The animal grabbed 51-year-old Theunis Botha with its trunk, then collapsed and fell on him. Botha had “unknowingly” approached the elephant herd, a wildlife official told The Associated Press. Simukai Nyasha, spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said Botha was on a 10-day, licensed hunt. Botha was a specialist in hunting leopards with hounds. Game Hounds Safaris, Botha’s company, said in
Tinubu bankrolls air freight of Moji Olaiya’s body

Tinubu bankrolls air freight of Moji Olaiya’s body

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Tinubu with Moji Olaiya’s first daughter, Adunola today Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today gave out the money needed to bring back to Nigeria the body of Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya from Canada, where she died on Thursday morning.Sources said Asiwaju stepped in today after Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State disappointed the family. He was approached on Sunday. Moji was scheduled for burial last Friday in compliance with Islamic rites, but her burial was shelved at the last minute, with her 18 year-old daughter insisting her body be brought back to Nigeria and words that Fayose was going to help. But Fayose snubbed the family. Tinubu today met with the family, along with Nollywood friends of Moji , said a source close to the Bourdillon home of the nationa
Tinubu bankrolls air freight of Moji Olaiya’s body

Tinubu bankrolls air freight of Moji Olaiya’s body

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Tinubu with Moji Olaiya’s first daughter, Adunola today Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today gave out the money needed to bring back to Nigeria the body of Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya from Canada, where she died on Thursday morning.Sources said Asiwaju stepped in today after Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State disappointed the family. He was approached on Sunday. Moji was scheduled for burial last Friday in compliance with Islamic rites, but her burial was shelved at the last minute, with her 18 year-old daughter insisting her body be brought back to Nigeria and words that Fayose was going to help. But Fayose snubbed the family. Tinubu today met with the family, along with Nollywood friends of Moji , said a source close to the Bourdillon home of the nationa
Fayose to probe Fayemi’s tenure

Fayose to probe Fayemi’s tenure

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…development in line with state Law signed by Fayemi himself-Ekiti CJ Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose yesterday inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate allegations of fraud against former governor of the state and current Minister for Steel and Minerals Resources Development, John Kayode Fayemi. The Commission is to submit itls findings in three months. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ekiti State and Ayo Fayose This was in compliance with the recent resolution of the State House of Assembly directing the governor to so do. Explaining the rationale behind the development, governor Fayose, whose speech was read by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Mrs. Modupe Alade, to journalists at the government office Exco chambers, Ado-Ekiti, said: &#...
Nigerian Navy Day: Indian Warship arrives Lagos for drill

Nigerian Navy Day: Indian Warship arrives Lagos for drill

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Naval officers getting set for Nigerian Navy Day celebration By Victor AsijeThe Chancery of the High Commission of India in Lagos, on Monday announced the scheduled arrival of an Indian Naval Warship, INS Tarkash, to Lagos by the end of this month. The Head of the Chancery, Mr Jagdeep Kapoor, said in a statement that the visit of the warship would coincide with the celebration of the Nigerian Navy Day which would hold on June 1st. “The Indian Naval Warship, INS Tarkash, is arriving on a scheduled goodwill visit to Lagos at the end of this month. “The visit of the Indian warship coincides with the Nigerian Navy Day that is celebrated every year by the Nigerian Navy on 1st June,’’ he said. According to him, the visiting ship, INS Tarkash, is a state of the art frigate commissioned into the I
Nigerian Navy Day: Indian Warship arrives Lagos for drill

Nigerian Navy Day: Indian Warship arrives Lagos for drill

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Naval officers getting set for Nigerian Navy Day celebration By Victor AsijeThe Chancery of the High Commission of India in Lagos, on Monday announced the scheduled arrival of an Indian Naval Warship, INS Tarkash, to Lagos by the end of this month. The Head of the Chancery, Mr Jagdeep Kapoor, said in a statement that the visit of the warship would coincide with the celebration of the Nigerian Navy Day which would hold on June 1st. “The Indian Naval Warship, INS Tarkash, is arriving on a scheduled goodwill visit to Lagos at the end of this month. “The visit of the Indian warship coincides with the Nigerian Navy Day that is celebrated every year by the Nigerian Navy on 1st June,’’ he said. According to him, the visiting ship, INS Tarkash, is a state of the art frigate commissioned into the I